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PRO GAA Scene April 19th 2017 2017-04-19 00:01:00

Castleisland Mart Club Championship Fixtures are made

Following Round 1 last weekend, the coming weekend will also see a big weekend of activity in the Castleisland Mart Club Championships. Fixtures for the various Championships were made by the CCC at their meeting on Monday evening. The majority of games are fixed for the coming weekend but there are games also pencilled in for the May Bank Holiday weekend for various reasons. Extra time applies in all Club Championship games and the draw for the semi finals will be made at the County Committee meeting on Monday next April 24th.

Senior Club Championship

Round 1 of the Senior Club Championship gets underway this coming Sunday (2:30)  with three games down for decision and the fourth, Rathmore V Kilcummin will be played on Wednesday 26th at the request of both clubs. All Ireland Club champions Dr Crokes take on old rivals Austin Stacks in the stand-out fixture of the weekend in Lewis Rd, a game that is going to attract a large crowd no doubt. Legion have home venue against Dingle and Kenmare Shamrocks make their senior debut when they travel to Strand Road to take on Kerins O’Rahilys. The remaining game, between Rathmore and Kilcummin on Wednesday of next week (7pm) is of course a local derby.

The senior club championships have of course taken on added importance in the last couple of years given that first round losers will be involved in the senior county championship relegation process and the draw for that will also be made at the county committee meeting on Monday night. Round 2 of the Senior Club Championship and Round 1 of the SFC Relegation playoffs will be played on the weekend of April 30th.

Intermediate Club Championship

There is just one game in the Intermediate Club Championship this weekend when two teams who had impressive first round victories go head to head in Glenflesk at 2:30pm. The home side did well to edge out Brosna by a point and visitors, Laune Rangers, threw League form on it’s head when securing an outstanding victory in round 1 away to Milltown-Castlemaine last weekend.

The last two All Ireland Junior Club championship winners, Templenoe and Glenbeigh-Glencar meet in Templenoe on Saturday week 29th, St Marys and Desmonds, two sides who had good away victories in Round 1 will meet on Sunday 30th in Cahersiveen (2:30pm) and on Bank Holiday Monday (3pm), An Ghaeltacht will have home advantage in Gallarus against Ardfert who defeated John Mitchels in Round 1 after extra time.

Junior Premier Club Championship

There are three games down for decision in the Junior Premier Club Championship  this weekend. On Saturday evening, Skellig Rangers play host to Listowel Emmets at 6:30pm while on Sunday there are two games down for decision. Dromid Pearses have Fossa as visitors and  Firies play host to Keel with both games throwing in at 2:30pm.

The remaining quarter final tie between Na Gaeil and Churchill will be played on Saturday 29th.

Junior Club Championship

There are two games down for decision this Sunday  in the Junior Championship when Listry entertain Tarbert and Lispole play host to Cordal with both games at 2:30pm.On Sunday week, Castlegregory have home venue against Duagh and on the Bank Holiday Monday, Tuosist will play Ballyduff.

Novice Club Championship Draw

The Draw for the Novice Club Championship was made by the CCC on Monday evening and resulted in the following pairings:

Preliminary Round

(A) Clounmacon                                 v          Cromane                                 

(B) Beale                                             v          Ballylongford                         

(C) Moyvane                                       v          Asdee

Novice Championship Rd 1 – Extra Time 1st named = home venue

Round 1 

Sneem/D’nane                         v          Valentia (Sunday April 23 @ 2.30pm)

Knocknagoshel                       v          Scartaglin

 (B)                                          v          (C)

Kilgarvan                                v          (A)

Kerry’s Under 21 title hopes shattered

In a very disappointing finale to their season, Kerry Under 21 footballers were outclassed by a spirited Galway side in the All Ireland semi final in Ennis on Saturday last. The winners got off to the proverbial whirlwind start and with Kerry caught in the headlights, the wind assisted Tribesmen had a match winning tally of 1-7 on the scoreboard inside the opening ten minutes or so. Kerry did recover their composure to some extent before the break as Galway’s by now wayward shooting kept the Kingdom in the game.

An eight point half time deficit was reduced to five immediately on the resumption and the margin was down to three by the end of the third quarter, however, a very harsh second yellow card for Barry O’Sullivan more or less was the death-knell for Kerry’ aspirations and they finished four points adrift at the break; 2-14 to 2-10.

So a season that promised so much ended in heart break. The intensity and the focus that was so evident in the Munster final win over Cork was very obviously missing on this occasion. To replicate such a complete performance as was given in Páirc Uí Rinn was always going to be a challenge. Galway, following a fine display against Mayo in the opening round, were themselves  lethargic in the Connaught final against Sligo but survived after extra time and this time round were in perfect shape physically and mentally for the Kerry challenge.

So, a disappointing end to the season for Jack O’Connor’s charges but the experience gained – tough and all as it was to take – is sure to stand the players in good stead in their future careers.

Kerry Minor Footballers set up probable meeting with Cork in Munster semi final

Kerry eased their way to a probable Munster Minor Football Championship semi final showdown with Cork on May 10th following a decisive victory (2-16 to 1-6) over Clare before an attendance of 2,567 at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on Wednesday evening last. There was never any likelihood that Clare would cause an upset at any stage, but the Kerry management will be far from happy with their side’s second half display when they shared the scoring with the Bannermen, squandering numerous scoring chances in the process.

The team that did duty on Wednesday evening contained just four of the side who played in the All Ireland Minor Final last year – Michael Potts, Diarmuid O’Connor, Brian Friel and David Clifford - while the injured pair of Cian O’Callaghan and Cian Gammell along with Niall Donohue, Fiachra Clifford, Chris O’Donoghue and Ryan O’Neill were all part of the extended training panel last year.

Kerry, Cork and Limerick have qualified for the Munster semi finals, however, the exact semi final lineup will not be decided until the playoffs have been completed. While Kerry and Cork are on the same side of the draw, repeat pairings are not allowed and if Waterford were to defeat Clare and then defeat Tipperary in the playoffs for instance then the Deise county would be drawn against Cork or Kerry in the semi finals as they have already played Limerick! So, while everyone will be keeping an eye on Waterford’s progress - they are away to Clare on this Wednesday – the odds favour a Kerry V Cork winner takes all semi final on May 10th in Páirc Uí Rinn. The losers of that game will exit the competition as there is no back door at the semi final stage.

Kerry Under 17 Footballers in action on May 2nd

Kerry Under 17 footballers, who are under the same management as the minors, begin their season with a home game in Austin Stack Park Tralee on Tuesday May 2nd against Tipperary. Should Kerry win that game they will face the winners of the other semi final between Cork and Limerick and that would also be a home venue for Kerry.

The Under 17 competition of course is a competition designed to give intercounty competition to a group of players who would otherwise have missed out on intercounty activity due to the lowering of the Minor age group to 17 from 2018.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football League

This is an important week for the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football League with important back game pencilled in for Tuesday and Friday while some semi finals, especially in the lower divisions, will also be played on Friday evening. Groups with six teams will have two semi finals while in groups with five teams, the top team goes into the final and second and third playoff in a semi final.

The following is a general idea of the playoff positions in each of the groups before Tuesday’s back games:

Division 1

Austin Stacks and Dingle are heading towards the semi finals with the remaining two places resting between Dr Crokes, Na Gaeil and Laune Rangers

Division 2

Cordal/Scart, Kilgarvan/Tuosist/Templenoe, Emmets and Rathmore have qualified for the semi finals on Friday evening.

Division 3A

Ballymacelligott are in the semi finals and they will be joined by three of the following four teams; An Ghaeltacht, Beaufort, Glenflesk and Fossa.

Division 3B

John Mitchels and Desmonds are in the semi finals and they will be joined by Kenmare Gneeveguilla or Keel/Listry.

Division 4

Finuge are in the final and Annascaul/Lispole play St Senans in the semi final this Friday evening in Annascaul.

Division 5

Renard/St Marys, Milltown-Castlemaine, Waterville/Dromid and Glenbeigh-Glencar/Cromane  look best placed to qualify for the semi finals.

Division 6A

The semi final lineup this Friday evening is as follows:

Castlegregory V  St Michaels-Foilmore in Castlegregory and Knock/Brosna V Beale in Brosna. Both games at 6:45pm

Division 6B

The semi final lineup this Friday evening is as follows:

Skellig Rangers/Valentia/Sneem/Derrynane V Moyvane/Tarbert and Asdee/Ballylongford V St Pats in Ballylongford @ 6:45pm


County Committee Meeting

A meeting of the County Committee will be held in Austin Stack Park on Monday evening next at 8:00pm


Vincent Linnane RIP

Vincent Linnane, who passed away suddenly on Tuesday of last week, was the very popular groundsman in Austin Stack Park since 1989 and of course was even better known as the Kit-man for the Kerry Senior football team.

Vince started off as Kit-man for the Kerry Minor hurlers in the early nineties and then moved to the Minor footballers in 1993 and his brief very soon expanded to include the Under 21 and Senior footballers – and he has been guardian of the green and gold jersies ever since.

Eamonn Fitmaurice, paying him tribute probably summed up his contribution to Kerry GAA when he said:

“He was a huge part of our setup. He has been an incredible servant to Kerry both in his role as caretaker of Austin Stack Park and as our Kitman. He took ferocious pride in his work and always wanted to make sure the players were happy and wanted for nothing. His attention to detail was incredible. He was the heart and soul of Austin Stack Park and loved working there”.

As late as last Sunday week Vince was seen overjoyed in Croke Park after Kerry had defeated Dublin – in a way it was a very fitting send-off indeed.

The esteem in which he was held was manifested in the huge number of players and administrators and GAA people from all over Kerry who turned up in Ballyduff on Friday evening for his removal and again on Saturday  morning for his funeral service after which the cortege was fittingly led out through the village of Ballyduff by the Kerry GAA gear van .

On behalf of all the Gaels of Kerry and beyond I send our deepest sympathy to Vince’s wife Noreen, and his large extended family. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

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Kerry Senior Hurlers open Leinster Championship campaign

The Kerry senior hurlers will open their Leinster Senior Championship round robin series campaign on this Sunday, 23rd April, with an away trip to play Meath. Venue is Páirc Tailteann in Navan where there will be a 3.00p.m. throw in.

Meath come in to this game as reigning Christy Ring Cup champions and as recent winners of the Allianz League, Division 2B (where they defeated Wicklow in the final by 4 – 24 to 2 – 15). Kerry meanwhile have had some tough outings in the league, albeit competing at a far higher standard.

In Round 2, Kerry play Westmeath at Cusack Park, Mullingar on Sunday, 30 April and in Round 3 they meet Laois at Austin Stack Park on Sunday, 14th May. The top-two teams from the round-robin will progress to the Leinster quarter-finals against Offaly or Wexford on the weekend of 27/28 May. Full details at www.leinstergaa.ie


Credit Union Senior Hurling League

Round 2 of the Tralee Credit Union Co. Senior hurling league Division 1 is down for decision this weekend. The pairings are: Ballyduff v Abbeydorney; Ballyheigue v Crotta; Causeway v St. Brendan’s and Kilmoyley v Lixnaw (first named at home). Check with local clubs for exact fixture details.

Celtic Challenge

The Under 17 Celtic Challenge County & Divisional hurling competition commences on Wednesday, 3rd May. It is aimed at players aged 16 and 17 years old who are not participating in State Examinations during May and June. 47 teams country wide will participate in the competition. Further information on www.gaa.ie Kerry will participate in Group B where they will play Clare South/East, North Cork, West Limerick, Limerick City and West Cork before moving on to a seeded knockout phase. The competition will culminate with all finals being played at the same venue on Saturday, 24 June.


Tralee Parnell’s Hurling Club has weekly coaching sessions at Caherslee G.A.A. grounds each Friday evening from 7.00 – 8.00p.m. Anyone from the greater Tralee area is welcome to come along and give hurling a try. A hurley and helmet will be loaned to any young player requiring same each session. Further details on the club Facebook page.