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PRO GAA Scene January 18th 2017 2017-01-18 19:43:00

Kerry GAA Club Forum takes centre stage this weekend

The Kerry GAA Club Forum takes centre stage this weekend at the Rose Hotel Tralee.  There is little doubt that the Club structure is the most important unit within the GAA – without the Clubs there would be no players and consequently no GAA. Therefore, it goes without saying that it is vitally important that the views of the people running these clubs are aired and that cognisance is taken of their views and opinions.

During the Winter months, the plight of the clubs and their players has been highlighted and debated at a national level as never before and we have seen increased funding for the Gaelic Players Association, and more recently we have seen the advent of the Club Players Association. There are fierce challenges facing the clubs of this and any other county you wish to mention so there has probably never been a more appropriate time to act in relation to clubs, the issues facing them and their requirements. In a big county with such a diverse geographical spread as Kerry has, clubs are facing different challenges. Rural de-population is a major issue for clubs especially on our south-westerly seaboard and by the same token, the migration of families to urban areas is posing problems of quite a different nature for clubs in those areas. Coping with the ever increasing financial burden on all clubs is an age old problem while acquiring volunteers for the various tasks associated with running clubs is an issue that is becoming a major problem in all clubs.

These of course are but a few of the challenges facing clubs and no doubt, by close of business on Saturday many more important issues will have been highlighted. Each club is requested to have four members present. It is imperative that the chairman and secretary of each club is present together with two more members and ideally one of these should be from the Juvenile section of the club.

The morning session will be devoted to discussions on Clubs, Players, Fixtures, Registration and methods of registration. That is a wide range of issues to discuss and the brainstorming of officers to illicit their views on these, and other topics, is certain to generate plenty of debate.

After a break for lunch, the evening session will concentrate on laying the groundwork for the development of a strategic plan for Kerry GAA for the period 2018 to 2020. The last strategic plan for Kerry GAA was a five year plan that covered the period 2010 to 2015 but the GAA has more recently veered away from a five year period deeming it to be too long a period to plan ahead for and they are now favouring the shorter and more condensed three year period as being more realistic from a planning perspective.

Saturday’s event will mark the first important step in in the development of a strategic plan that will bring Kerry GAA into the next decade. The forum commences at 10:30 and finishes at 4pm.


Kerry Qualify for the McGrath Cup Final

Kerry qualified for the McGrath Cup final following a deserved 1-13 to 1-9 victory over Cork in Mallow on Sunday last. Kerry, with Jack Savage in fine form, led by 1-8 to 0-5 at the break, the penalty goal coming from James O’Donoghue and despite Cork getting a goal of their own during the second half, Kerry retained their advantage and ran out deserving winners.

Kerry now meet Limerick in the final on Sunday next at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. The venue was decided on the toss of a coin.

A double bill at the Gaelic Grounds will also see Kerry Hurlers take on Limerick in the CoOpSuperstores.ie Munster Senior Hurling League in the opening game at 1pm  followed by the McGrath Cup final at 3pm.

Kerry then has a break of two weeks before opening their Allianz League campaign away to Donegal on February 5th. The remaining League games are home to Mayo in Austin Stack Park on February 11th under lights; home to Monaghan in Fitzgerald Stadium on February 26th; away to Roscommon on March 5th and then after a two week break, three games on the trot starting with a home game against Dublin in Austin Stack Park under lights on March 18th; away to Cavan in Breffini Park on March 26th and home to Tyrone in Fitzgerald Stadium on April 2nd. The final is fixed for April 9th.


Kenmare – New York Fundraiser as Club Semi finals loom

Friends of Kenmare Shamrocks in New York are holding a big fundraiser in the Central Bar, 109 East 9th St. on Friday 20th January next with Auctions and Raffles go leor to aid in the fundraising for Kenmare’s All Ireland Club Championship campaign. For further details contact Sean Price (516 9033531) or Denis Sullivan-Morgan (646 7690367). Kenmare are in action on Sunday January 29th. with a  very attractive Kerry/Mayo club double header in Cusack Park Ennis; In the Intermediate semi final, Kenmare Shamrocks meet Lee Keegan’s Westport  @ 2:15 and in the  Curtain raiser,  Glenbeigh-Glencar will play Louisburgh @ 12:30 in the Junior semi final. Meanwhile times have been announced for the Senior Club Championship semi finals with Dr Crokes playing Corofin at 4pm in the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick and St Vincents of Dublin playing Slaughtneil of Derry in the other semi final at the earlier time of 2pm in Newry. Both games are live on TG4.

Meanwhile, Lispole should know their opponents in the Munster Junior “B” decider on January 22nd following next Sunday’s semi final between Wolfe Tones of Clare and Ballyhooly of Cork. The final will be played in the sponsoring club, Knockaderry in south Limerick.


Master Fixtures Schedule is published

Fixtures planning for the upcoming season has been ongoing since before Christmas and following the annual meeting with the hurling clubs of the county last week the CCC has signed off on the Master Fixtures Schedule for the coming season.  That Fixtures Plan was due to be put before delegates for ratification at Tuesday night’s county committee meeting.  Fixtures for the Credit Union  Senior Football League have already been published and circulated to Clubs. There’s a new draw this year and the winners of the Division 1 title for the last two years – Dr Crokes and Austin Stacks - are scheduled to meet in Round 1 which is pencilled in for March 19th with Round 2 the following weekend. Similar to last year, all rounds of the League are due to be played by the last week in September at the latest and should Kerry not be involved in the All Ireland Final then the final round of games is scheduled for August 27th.

The various Club Championships are due to commence on April 16th at which stage all clubs will have played 3 rounds of the League and  the Draw for the Club Championships will be made before the end of January. Round 1 of the Senior Football Championship commences on  May 14th.


5 Kerry Colleges in Corn Uí Mhuirí action this Wednesday

Five Kerry colleges are in Munster Colleges Football - Corn Uí Mhuirí – action on this Wednesday and unfortunately, there are two all Kerry clashes. With all due respect to the other three, the big clash is that between Pobal Scoil Chorca Dhuibhne and St Brendans for the simple reason that these two sides have won the last three Hogan Cup finals between them with the Dingle outfit winning in 2014 and 2015 and the Killarney boys winning the title last year.

The full list of fixtures, with all games throwing in at 1:30, is as follows:

St Brendans V Pobal Scoil Chorca Dhuibhne at a Tralee venue yet to be confirmed.

Tralee CBS V Intermediate School Killorglin in Fitzgerald Stadium

St Flannans V Mercy Mounthawk in Rathkeale

Colaiste Chriost Rí and St Francis College Rochestown are the fourth quarter finalists.


Kerry GAA Supporters Club annual Social

The Kerry GAA Supporters Club Annual Social will take place on Saturday 28th January at Ballygarry House Hotel, Tralee. Guests of honour on the night are each football legends in their own rights in the persons of Darragh, Tomás and Marc Ó Sé. These three remarkable footballers have won everything possible in the game bot as individuals and as a group. The have played and won together and now they are being honoured together by the Kerry Supporters.

Other guests will include minor football winning captain, Sean O’Shea, minor hurling captain Shane Conway, junior football captain Paul O’Donoghue along with the respective team managers and 2016 All-Star, Paul Geaney. Music is by Neily O’Connor. Tickets are available from club members.


Kerry GAA Supporters Club trip to Donegal

The Kerry GAA Supporters club are organising an overnight trip to Donegal for the Kerry v Donegal Allianz Football League game on Sunday 5th February. All bookings must be made together with full payment on Monday next 23rd January at the Listowel Arms Hotel and the Ballygarry House Hotel Tralee at 8.30pm. This is the final night for bookings.  For further details, contact Martin Leane, John King or Donie O’Leary.


Hurling News with Tommy O’Connor of the PR & Marketing Committee

Kerry Senior Hurlers go down to Clare

The Kerry senior hurlers put up another very good performance last Sunday before eventually going down to Clare by 2 – 24 to 1 – 15 in round 2 of the Co-Op Superstores.ie Munster senior hurling league at Tralee. Clare led by 1 - 12 to 0 – 11 at half time.

Kerry’s next game in the competition will be away to Limerick on this Sunday, 22nd January. at the Gaelic Grounds, at 1pm.. The game will be part of a double bill with Kerry and Limerick also meeting in the McGrath Cup football final at 3pm.

This will be followed by Round 4 on Wednesday, 25th Jan. against Waterford under lights at Austin Stack Park at 7.30p.m. Details of the Munster league sponsors, Co-Op Superstores, the retail arm of Dairygold, are viewable online at www.coopsuperstores.ie

Kerry’s Allianz Hurling League campaign gets underway on February 12th with a home game against Laois in Austin Stack Park and Round 2 the following weekend sees Kerry travel to the Gaelic Grounds to play Limerick.


Clubs

Fixtures have been made for the 2017 Credit Union Co. Senior Hurling League. The competition will commence on the weekend of 9th April and details of all rounds are posted on the Kerry G.A.A. website www.kerrygaa.ie

Crotta O’Neill’s Hurling Club will hold a victory social on Friday, 4th February at Ballyroe Heights Hotel to mark their 2016 Co. Minor Hurling Championship win. The team that won the 1992 Co. Under 21 Co. Championship will also be honoured on the night. Tickets available at local outlets.

St Pat’s East Kerry Hurling Club has embarked on a major recruitment drive and has issued an invitation to players of all ages to join. Details are on the club Facebook page.

The Annual Convention of the North Kerry Hurling Board has been re-scheduled for this coming Monday, 23rd January, 8.00p.m. Venue will be the Ballyheigue G.A.A. Clubrooms.

The St. Brendan's Hurling Club Annual Convention will take place on Friday week, 27th January 2017 at 8.00p.m. at Ardfert N.S.

Tralee Parnell’s Under 8 & 10 hurling coaching will commence in Tralee Sports Complex on Tuesday, 7 February from 6.00 to 7.00 pm.