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PRO GAA Scene May 3rd 2017 2017-05-03 00:01:00

Kerry GAA Scene May 3rd 2017

Castleisland Mart Club Championship Roundup

There was another hectic weekend of Club Championship activity in all grades over the weekend with Dr Crokes qualifying for the Senior Final while the semi finalists are now known in the Intermediate, Junior Premier and Junior Championships. Those semi finals will not be played until the Autumn however.

Senior Club Championship

Dr Crokes qualified for their sixth senior Club Championship final in a row with a five point victory over Rathmore (1-15 to 1-10) at Fitzgerald Stadium. Meanwhile, Legion surprised many observers by going to Dingle and defeating the local side in the Round 1 replay by the minimum margin (1-12 to 1-11)to set up a semi final meeting with Kenmare on Sunday next in Fitzgerald Stadium at 2:30pm for the right to play All Ireland champions Dr Crokes in the final.

Intermediate Championship

The meeting of the last two All Ireland Junior Club champions, Templenoe and Glenbeigh/Glencar in Templenoe on Saturday last resulted in a two points victory for the homeside (1-10 to 0-11)while there were six goals scored in Cahersiveen where St Marys came from behind to defeat a gallant Desmonds side by four points (4-10 to 2-12). Meanwhile in Gallarus on Bank Holiday Monday the home side had five points to spare over Ardfert (1-14 to 0-12).

So Templenoe, St Marys and An Ghaeltacht  join Laune Rangers in the Intermediate semi finals.

Premier Junior Championship

There was just one game in the Premier Junior Club Championship this weekend with Na Gaeil getting the better of Churchill by five points (0-17 to 2-6). The Tralee side join Firies, Dromid Pearses, and Skellig Rangers in the semi finals.

Junior Championship

Castlegregory secured their semi final place with a one point victory over Duagh (1-10 to 1-9) while Ballyduff made the long trip to Tuosist but lost out by the minimum margin (1-5 to 0-7).

So Castlegregory and Tuosist join Lispole and Listry in the semi finals.

Novice Championship

There was just one game in the Novice championship last weekend with Scartaglen securing a semi final place thanks to a narrow one point victory over Knocknagoshel (0-11 to 1-7). Ballylongford gave a walk over to Beale in a Preliminary Round game and there is another Preliminary Round game fixed for Saturday next when Clounmacon play Cromane for the right to play Kilgarvan. The final Preliminary Round game does not go ahead until May 27th when Moyvane play Asdee with the winners travelling to Beale in Round 1.

Senior Football Championship Relegation Playoffs

The much anticipated meeting of Austin Stacks and Kerins O’Rahillys in the senior football championship relegation playoff Round 1 at Austin Stack Park on Sunday evening failed to live up to expectations with Austin Stacks comfortably securing their championship status with an emphatic 1-15 to 0-9 victory over their Tralee rivals. Kilcummin will play Dingle in the other round 1 game on Sunday next in Killorglin at 2:30. That competition will then be parked until the latter stages of the Senior Football Championship.

Garvey's SuperValu Senior Football Championship

The Garvey's SuperValu senior football championship gets underway on this weekend when St Brendans and Shannon Rangers meet in a qualifier game at Austin Stack Park on Saturday at 6:30pm. The winners will play Kilcummin in Round 1.

The Championship proper will get underway the weekend after next when there are eight games down for decision spread over Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th May.

Busy week for Minor Football Management Team

The next week or so will be a busy one for the Kerry Minor Football management team with two knockout games at Under 17 and Minor level down for decision. The Under 17 squad were in action on Tuesday evening when they had a 3-11 to 1-6 victory over Tipperary and that win sets up a Munster final meeting with Cork in Austin Stack Park on Tuesday 16th May.

Meanwhile the Kerry minor squad will be putting the finishing touches to their preparations for a winner takes all meeting with Cork in Páirc Uí Rinn on Wednesday of next week, May 10th (7pm).  Kerry are sweating on the fitness of Sean O’Leary and Patrick Warren, both played against Clare in Round 1, who are recovering from injury and the likes of Cian O’Callaghan and Cian Gammell, both of whom were involved last year, are also rehabbing from injury but hopefully all four will be fit for the Cork game.

Keane's SuperValu Killorglin Minor Football Leagues 

The way has been paved for the finals in all of the Divisions of the Minor League bar Division 1 where the competition is at the semi final stage.

There are two finals down for decision this coming weekend as follows:

Division 6A – Castlegregory v Beale in Strand Rd on Friday next 7pm

Division 6B - Moyvane/Tarbert v St Pats in Finuge on Friday evening next at 7pm.

The remaining finals and the Division 1 semi finals are not likely to be played until Friday May 19th or prior to that if dates become available.

Division 1 - Semi finals - Austin Stacks v Firies and Dingle v Dr Crokes

Division 2 - Cordal/Scart v Listowel Emmets

Division 3A – Fossa v An Ghaeltacht

Division 3B – Gneeveguilla v Kenmare

Division 4 – Finuge v Annascaul/Lispole

Division 5 - Glenbeigh/Glencar/Cromane v Renard/St Mary's

Kerry GAA “Night of Champions” at the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium

Kerry GAA and the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium are delighted to announce that the annual “Night of Champions” fundraising event for Kerry GAA teams will take place at the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium on Friday June 16th 2017 and will be broadcast live on Radio Kerry. More details next week.

Scór Sinsear craóbh na hÉireann 

The All Ireland finals of Coiste Scór Sinsear in the Quiz will take place at the Waterfront Theatre, Belfast on this Saturday May 6th with a starting time of 11am. Kerry’s only representative at the finals will be the Rathmore Quiz team, former three time All Ireland winners of this competition which consists of Donie O’Leary, John S. O’Sullivan, Tony Moynihin and Dan Vincent O’Connor.

Down through the years this discipline of Scór has generated great interest amongst the Clubs of the county with both Churchill (Senior) and Spa, (Junior) both deprived of a recent 3-in-a-row of All Ireland titles by a single point. Certainly Rathmore, former All Ireland senior winners, are no strangers to this stage of the competition having won national titles on three  previous occasions; in fact they have been pipped at the post for the last three years by Churchill  at county level who went on to win national Quiz titles.  A tie breaker was needed to separate the teams on two occasions at county final level. This will give an indication of the standard of competition in the County where at least five other clubs were also in contention for honours.

Kerry have won six national titles in the Quiz with Firies crowned champions for the first time for the Kingdom in 1980 followed by Rathmore  (1995, 2007, 2011)  and Churchill (2014, 2015).

The remainder of the days programme will get underway at 3pm.

Lá na gClub

The importance of YOUR GAA club in YOUR community will be highlighted  as ‘Lá na gClubanna’ takes place on this coming weekend. Cumann Lúthchleas Gael is making prizes available to clubs who participate in Lá na gClubanna including the chance to win an overnight stay and match tickets to an All-Ireland senior semi-final of their choice. As well as that, ‘Lá na gClubanna’ events will be captured by professional photography and video for two lucky clubs. For YOUR club to be in with a chance of winning, clubs can submit their plans by email to communications@gaa.ie detailing why it is they should win and what lengths they have gone to in order to organise their Lá na gClubanna events. The GAA is encouraging every member to mark this special day of celebration by participating at events in their club in recognition of the vital role that our clubs and members play at the heart of the GAA. For full information, visit www.gaa.ie/lanagclubanna

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

Kerry Hurlers back to winning ways

The Kerry senior hurlers got back to winning ways last Sunday with a 0 - 20 to 2 - 12 win over Westmeath at Mullingar in round 2 of the Leinster Senior Championship round robin series. Well done to all involved.

This sets up a crucial round 3 clash with Laois at Austin Stack Park on Sunday week, 14 May, 3.00p.m.

Credit Union Senior Hurling League

In the Credit Union Co. Hurling League Division1, the remaining Round 2 game between Ballyheigue v Crotta goes ahead on this Friday, 5 May at Ballyheigue, 7.30p.m. Round 3 is scheduled for this Sunday, 7 May, 2.00p.m. with the following fixtures: Lixnaw v Ballyheigue; Crotta v Causeway; St. Brendan’s v Ballyduff; Abbeydorney v Kilmoyley.

Division 2 will be played on Wednesday evenings, commencing on 31 May.

Celtic Challenge

The Under 17 Celtic Challenge County & Divisional hurling competition commences on this Wednesday, 3 May when Kerry will play Limerick City at Austin Stack Park, 7.30p.m. This competition is aimed at players aged 16 and 17 years old who are not participating in State Examinations during May and June, Fixtures information on www.gaa.ie   Kerry will play in Group B, competing with Clare South/East, North Cork, West Limerick, Limerick City and West Cork.


This Saturday, 6 May, will see a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Causeway Comprehensive School’s historic win in the All-Ireland Colleges Senior ‘B’ competition in 1977. A range of events is being organised for the day, including a golf scramble at 12 noon in Ballyheigue, a re-union of the panel, family and friends at 6.00p.m. at McHale’s Stretford End, Causeway and later on, school past pupils are invited to come along and join the gathering. A special commemorative booklet has also being compiled, edited by John White.

This weekend also marks Lá na gClubanna in G.A.A. units across the country. In Kerry, 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of Coiste na nÓg Ciarraí, which was formed as Bord na nÓg in 1967.

Congratulations to Kenmare/Kilgarvan on winning the 2017 Co. Under 14 Féile na Gael ‘A’ competition, defeating Ballyheigue by 2 - 12 to 1 - 4 in last Monday’s final. The ‘B’ title was won for the first time by Tralee Parnell’s.