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PRO GAA Scene March 29th 2017 2017-03-29 20:14:00

Kerry GAA Weekly News - Wednesday 29th March 2017


Kerry have to settle for a draw against Cavan in Allianz League

Kerry senior footballers made the long trip to Breffni Park on Sunday last for the Allianz Football League Round 6 game against Cavan and despite looking good for the two points on offer entering injury time they eventually had to settle for a share of the spoils following two late points from the home side. That lost point will cost Kerry a chance to make it to the final irrespective of the results this coming weekend and certainly Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice will be annoyed to let a winning lead slip for the second week in a row. Both sides came into this game following two good performances in the previous round, especially Cavan who had defeated Mayo in McHale Park, and the big attendance of 8,668 were in an expectant mood. The match never lived up to expectations however as Kerry struggled at times to overcome the defensive set up of the home side. Still a point on the road more or less ensures the Kingdom’s position in the top flight and the pressure is off for the final round.


Kerry Renew Rivalry with Tyrone

Kerry renew rivalry with old adversaries Tyrone when the sides clash in the final round of the Allianz League in Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday next, a game that has a 2pm throw-in time. As we all know by now Kerry’s chances of a place in the final have evaporated over the last two weekends with successive draws against Dublin and Cavan but despite losing out by a single point to Mayo last weekend, Tyrone (on 7 points) have a right good chance of getting a final place should they manage to defeat the Kingdom and should Donegal and Monaghan (both on 8 points) come a cropper against Mayo and Dublin respectively.

With the exception of their last meeting in Fitzgerald Stadium three years ago, when Kerry had fifteen points to spare over their northern opponents, games between these sides have been tight affairs with a point or two being the usual difference between them at the final whistle. I expect Sunday’s game to be no different when two sides, widely tipped to make it to the last four of the championship come August time, go head to head.

Despite not qualifying for a final place, Kerry have plenty to play for on Sunday not least the fact that they are playing before their own supporters, and secondly, with a possible renewal of hostilities between the sides later in the year, Kerry boss Eamon Fitzmaurice will not want to concede an inch to his managerial opponent Mickey Harte. Kerry are going through a rough patch injury-wise at this present time but on the other hand, the younger players are getting valuable experience in their efforts to stake a claim to a place in the coveted championship panel. It promises to be a game well worth seeing and there is bound to be plenty to talk about when the dust settles – there usually is when these sides meet.

Match Arrangements for Kerry V Tyrone

The Kerry vs Tyrone game at Fitzgerald Stadium will throw in at 2pm and patrons are advised to come early and to please note the following:

Stiles will open at 12:30pm and Ticket vans will be in operation at both the Lewis Road and Dalton’s Avenue ends of the ground. Designated gates will also be in operation for Season Ticket holders at both ends of the ground.

Admission on the day is €15 and entry to the Stand will be on a first come first served basis. The usual concession for Students and OAPs applies to pre-purchased tickets only. Under 16s will be admitted free.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at all the usual outlets including participating Supervalu and Centra Stores throughout the county including all Garveys Supervalu Stores, at GAA.ie and at the Kerry GAA Store in the Outlet Centre Killarney and the Pavilion in Austin Stack Park Tralee. Tickets may be purchased on-line or at these outlets right up to match time. Patrons, including students and OAPs, who purchase in advance of match day will get 20% (€3) off the adult admission price (this offer applies to 12 midnight on Saturday night only).

Patrons are reminded to park responsibly and to remember that car parking restrictions will be in operation on the roadway at the rear of the terrace where emergency ambulance clearways have to be maintained.

Kerry and Cork clash in Munster Under 21 Final

Kerry travel to Páirc Uí Rinn on this Wednesday night for a much anticipated meeting with Cork in the Eirgrid Munster Under 21 championship final, a game that has a 7:30 throw-in time. Kerry folk need little reminding that the Kingdom have not beaten Cork in this grade since Killian Young’s side of 2008 worked the oracle in Austin Stack Park back in 2008 with a team that included the likes of Shane Enright, David Moran, Kieran O’Leary, Johnny Buckley and Tommy Walsh. That team went on to claim Kerry’s last All Ireland in the grade but since then Kerry have had to suffer a raft of disappointing defeats at the hands of the Rebels including four in the first round, one at the semi final stage and three finals.

What is surprising is that Cork have gone on to win just two All Ireland titles in the grade in those years though it must be conceded that they were particularly unlucky in a couple of finals when lady luck did not smile on them. Kerry, under Jack O’Connor, have been busy building on the success of their minors over the past three or four years and they were unlucky with injuries last year, but on this occasion they are picking from a full squad although it has been a struggle to get the full panel together with Sigerson and All Ireland Club activity ongoing right up to the St Patrick’s weekend.

It has been all of twenty years since Kerry have won on Cork soil at this level and that replayed final in Páirc Uí Rinn will be remembered for the last minute penalty save by David Moloney of Dr Crokes from Fionán Murray. That Kerry side included the likes of Barry O’Shea, Eamonn Fitzmaurice, Tomás Ó Sé, Denis Dwyer, and Mike Frank Russell.

The Kerry team to do duty on Wednesday contains eight of the side that started in last year’s final against the same opposition while four more starters were on the injured list for last year’s decider.

Cork are an experienced side, have matched Kerry at minor level in 2014 and 2015 and will as usual be a difficult nut to crack. Kerry, with a squad who are accustomed to a winning mentality, will be attempting to finally end the hoodoo that has hung over them in the Under 21 grade in recent times and only an Herculean performance will see them through on this occasion. Referee is Alan Kissane of Waterford.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football League

Seldom has the Minor County football League been hit as hard with bad weather adding to the problems associated with the successful passage of colleges teams through the Munster and All Ireland series. Last weekend saw a total of fifteen games being played the majority of which were in Round 4. However there are still quite a number of back games to be played and the problem is that in many cases it is the same clubs that are affected by these back games. This weekend Round 5 games are down for decision on Friday evening at 6:30pm but once again, East Kerry teams in the Killarney area will be hit due to the Hogan Cup final involving St Brendans College. It will be necessary to play back games mid week next week to try and eat into those back games.


Credit Union Senior Football League 

A full round of games was played in Round 2 the Cerdit Union senior football leagues last weekend  the highlight of which was the meeting of All Ireland Club champions Dr Crokes and Rathmore in Lewis Rd which the town side shaded by a goal.

This weekend, the Round 3 meeting of Brosna and Annascaul has been brought forward to Saturday at 5pm and the Division 5 game between Ballyduff and Churchill will be played on Sunday at 2pm.

Round 3 of the League will go ahead on the weekend of April 9th and there is a break then in League activity until June 4th as the various Club Championships kick in.

Junior Club Championship – Preliminary Rd

On Sunday next, Kilgarvan meet Ballylongford in a Preliminary Round of the Castleisland Mart Junior Club Championship in Kilgarvan at 2pm. Winners are away to Duagh. The second preliminary round of the Junior championship will take place on Sunday 9th when Ballyduff play Knocknagoshel.

Hogan Cup Final

Best wishes to St Brendans College Killarney in their quest to win back to back All Ireland Colleges Hogan Cup titles when they take on St Peters of Wexford in Croke Park on Saturday at 4pm. St Brendans, who of course are the defending champions, will be trying to emulate Pobal Scoil Chorca Dhuibhne by making it two titles on the trot against a side who have a better history in competing in the All Ireland Colleges Hurling Championship (Croke Cup) rather than its football counterpart. The Wexford side have earned their final place the hard way however with a tremendous victory over the fancied MacRory Cup champions St Marys of Magherafelt in the semi final last week and no doubt that will be a huge confidence booster to them. The Sem will have the edge in experience however with many of last year’s successful side available to them such as David Shaw, Billy Courtney and another Kerry minor from last year, Dara Moynihan from Spa who captains the side.

We wish them well in their quest to bring the Hogan Cup to the Kingdom for the 8th time.

While on the Colleges theme, congratulations to Pobal Scoil Chorca Dhuibhne who won the McGirr Cup, All Ireland Junior Colleges fina,l after a dramatic extra time encounter with St Pats of Maghera on Saturday last.

Eirgrid Munster Minor Football Championship

Kerry Minors open the defence of their Munster and All Ireland minor crowns when they take on Clare On Wednesday 12th April in Austin Stack Park.

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Kerry go down to Offaly in the Allianz Hurling League

In round 5 of the Allianz hurling league, Division 1B last Sunday, Kerry went down by 2 points, 2 - 16 to 1 - 21 to Offaly after quite an entertaining contest. The crucial difference between the sides was the fact that Kerry had a player sent off just before half time and the toll of having to play the entire second half with just 14 players proved just too much. Although Kerry Offaly and Laois all finished on 2 points, the Faithful county had a better scoring average which gave them a place in the quarter finals of the League against Tipperary.

Kerry take on Laois in Allianz Hurling League Div 1B Relegation Playoff

This result against Offaly on Sunday last unfortunately means that Kerry must now face a relegation play off where they will meet Laois once again. Under the rules of the competition, Laois will have home advantage because they have only played two home matches thus far in the League whereas Kerry have played three – the reverse of the situation last year when Kerry had home advantage in a similar situation. The game will go ahead at Portlaoise on Saturday at 7pm. Kerry have had the measure of Laois in recent time winning the Round 1 games played both last year and this year and also getting the better of the midlanders in the relegation playoff last year.


Credit Union Senior Hurling League

The Credit Union Co. Senior hurling league Division 1 (Nicholas Scollard Cup) gets underway on the weekend of 9th April. Round 1 fixtures are: Lixnaw v Abbeydorney; Causeway v Ballyduff; Crotta v Kilmoyley.


The Crotta O’Neill’s Coiste na nÓg awards night will take place on this Wednesday, 29 March in the St. Columba Centre, Kilflynn, commencing at 7.30p.m. Guest of Honour will be the current Hurling Player of the Year, Waterford’s Austin Gleeson.

Tralee Parnell’s Hurling Club will hold and Easter Hurling Camp for 7 to 14 year olds from Tuesday, 11 to Thursday, 13 April, 10.00a.m. – 1.00p.m. each day/ Further details on the club Facebook page.

Todd Nolan minor hurling tournament will take place on this Saturday, 1 April at Abbeydorney & Kilmoyley.

Hurling Cúl Camps 2017

The 2017 Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps for Hurling in Kerry are: Causeway & Rathmore (3 – 7 July), Lixnaw & Ballyduff (10 - 14 July), Ballyheigue & Kenmare (17 - 21 July), Abbeydorney, Ardfert & Fitzgerald Stadium (31 July – 4 Aug.), Crotta O’Neill’s – Dromakee (7 – 11 August) and Kilmoyley & Tralee Parnell’s - Caherslee (14 – 18 August).

Cost is €60 per child with reductions for additional members of families. Open to primary school children, boys and girls between 6 and 13 years of age. Monday’s to Friday’s, 10.00a.m. – 2.30p.m. daily. Further details at www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie