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PRO GAA Scene May 19th 2017 2017-05-17 21:52:00

Garveys Senior Football Championship in full swing

Well there was the usual mixed bag when the Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship swung into action last weekend. There were close encounters, a couple of draws, and a few hard luck stories and the good news for the county’s GAA followers is that there is another packed weekend of action coming up.

Pride of place last weekend must surely go to Kerins O’Rahillys who got over the trauma of losing to town rivals Austin Stacks on the previous weekend to record a four points victory over a South Kerry side who admittedly were without the likes of Kerry stars Killian Young and Bryan Sheehan.

If it’s drama you were after then Connolly Park was the place to be as Austin Stacks, inspired by the introduction of Kieran Donaghy, recovered from an eight points interval deficit to force extra time against St Kierans and at the end of an absorbing 80 minutes of football the sides could not be separated.

Feale Rangers certainly gave football in the northern half of the county a badly needed boost when they travelled to Gallarusand came away with a four points victory. Meanwhile, Dingle had a big victory over a depleted Kenmare District side who badly missed the services of the likes of the injured Tadhg Morley and Adrian Spillane.

St Brendans built on their big qualifier win by putting back to back victories together when accounting for Kilcummin in Blennerville and All Ireland champions Dr Crokes, had little difficulty when accounting for Mid Kerry who were forced to line out without Kerry players Darran O’Sullivan and Peter Crowley along with Colin McGillicuddy in Fitzgerald Stadium.

Staying in the eastern side of the county, Rathmore just shaded East Kerry in the big local derby of the weekend at Fitzgerald Stadium and Killarney Legion and Kenmare Shamrocks will have to do it all again following an exciting draw in Dirreen.

Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship 2017 – Round 1 Results

Dingle                                   3-16       Kenmare District              2-4

Austin Stacks                     0-16       St.Kierans                            1-13

St Brendan's                       2-17       Kilcummin                          2-14

Killarney Legion               0-15       Kenmare Shamrocks      1-12

Rathmore                            1-12       East Kerry                            1-10

Kerins O'Rahilly's             2-16       South Kerry                        2-12

Feale Rangers                   1-13       West Kerry                         0-12

Dr Crokes                            2-14       Mid Kerry                            0-9

Another packed weekend of Championship action in store this weekend

The coming weekend will see another packed weekend of action in the Garveys Supervalu senior football championship.

First up, there are two first round replays down for decision and if the drawn encounters are anything to go by then supporters are in for another treat. Austin Stacks travel to Scartaglin to take on St Kierans on Saturday evening at 6:30pm with the prize for the winners being a home game against Kenmare Shamrocks or Killarney Legion (Losers are away to West Kerry) while on Sunday, Killarney Legion make the trip to Fr Breen Park to take on Kenmare Shamrocks in a game that throws in at 2:30pm (Losers are away to Kenmare District).

The Draw for Round 2A was made between the eight first round winners though two of those have yet to be determined following drawn games between Austin Stacks and St Kierans and Killarney Legion and Kenmare Shamrocks. The incentive for the winners in this group is of course a place in the quarter finals of the competition while the losers move on to Round 3.

On Saturday, Dr Crokes will play host to a lively and youthful St Brendans side in Lewis Rd while in Rathbeg, Rathmore will prove stern opposition for Feale Rangers. Both of those games are at 6:30pm. The final Round 2A game of the weekend on Sunday is sure to be a very interesting one when Dingle play host to a rejuvenated Kerins O’Rahillys side in Páirc an Ághasaigh at 2:30pm.

Meanwhile in Division 2B, the stakes are a little higher as the losers in this Round exit the competition. There is a double header in Lewis Road on Sunday evening where KIlcummin play South Kerry at 2pm for a place in Round 3, while at 3:45, East Kerry face Mid Kerry.

The following are the weekend Championship fixtures:

Senior Football Championship Round 1 – Replays


Saturday May 20 @ 6.30pm – Extra Time

St Kierans                                v          Austin Stacks               in Scartaglin

Sunday May 21 @ 2.30pm – Extra Time

Kenmare Shamrocks                v          Killarney Legion           in Kenmare



Senior Football Championship - Round 2A

Saturday May 20 @ 6.30pm – Extra Time

Dr Crokes                                v          St Brendans                  in Lewis Rd

Rathmore                                 v          Feale Rgs                     in Rathmore

Sunday May 21 @ 2.30pm – Extra Time

Dingle                                       v          Kerins O Rahillys          in Dingle

Date & Venue TBC

Austin Stacks or St Kierans      v          Killarney Legion or Kenmare Shamrocks


Senior Football Championship - Round 2B

Sunday May 21 @ 2pm – Extra Time

Kilcummin                                v          South Kerry                 in Lewis Rd

Sunday May 21 @ 3.45pm – Extra Time

East Kerry                                v          Mid Kerry                    in Lewis Rd

Date & Venue TBC

Kenmare District                      v          Killarney Legion or Kenmare Shamrocks

West Kerry                              v          Austin Stacks or St Kierans

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Leagues 

The remaining finals and the Division 1 semi finals of the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Leagues are pencilled in for Friday evening with one final down for decision on Sunday. The following are the fixtures:

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

Division 2 - Cordal/Scart v Listowel Emmets on Sunday at 6pm in Na Gaeil’s pitch in Killeen.

Division 3A – Fossa v An Ghaeltacht in Farranfore at 7pm

Division 3B – Gneeveguilla v Kenmare in Glenflesk at 7pm

Division 4 – Finuge v Annascaul/Lispole in Ballymac at 7pm

Division 5 - Glenbeigh/Glencar/Cromane v Renard/St Mary's in Glenbeigh at 7:30pm.

Junior Football Leagues Commence

The very popular Junior Football Leagues commence this weekend with the majority of games on Friday which is the default date for the competition, however, going forward clubs may agree an alternative date over the fixture weekend. The League has suffered in the past few years with the reduction of players available to clubs and particularly so when the Junior Leagues clashed with senior fixtures. This year every effort has been made to avoid such clashes and the eight groupings are geographically aligned in order to facilitate travel. This competition, which has in the past been described as “social football” is designed to give games to Juniorplayers who are a very important species in any club. Groups 1 and 2 are fifteen aside, groups 3 and 4 are 13 to 15 aside and the remaining groups are 13 a side.

Kerry Minor Footballers in Munster Final

Kerry Minor footballers continued their winning streak when defeating Cork (2-17 to 1-10) in the Munster Minor Championship semi final in Páirc Uí Rinn on Wednesday evening of last week to extend their unbeaten run to twenty game s stretching back to 2014. This was of course a winner takes all fixture and winning it means that Kerry will see action till at least the August weekend. Manager Peter Keane had emphasised the importance of having the squad together for the Summer months when management could work on their fitness and skills unhindered by examinations or colleges fixtures.

Cork hit for a very early goal but the way Kerry recovered from that setback was a great sign of the maturity of the squad as they wiped that out that early deficit with ease and then began to build up a lead that saw them take a well deserved lead of seven points (2-9 to 1-5) to the half time break. The Kingdom boys, superbly led by captain and chief talisman, David Clifford kept the scoreboard ticking over in second half and even had luxury of giving away a penalty which brought a tremendous save from young Dingle custodian Deividas Uosis. The same player had another fine save soon after and Kerry went on to record a very satisfying ten points victory.

Kerry will now meet Clare in the Munster Final on July 2nd.

Meanwhile the Kerry Under 17 team were due to play Cork in the Munster Final on Tuesday evening and that competition will then be parked until the August weekend when the semi finals – Munster V Connaught – will be played. The final is on August 20th.

Kerry GAA Lotto Jackpot is €20,000

The Kerry GAA Weekly Lotto Jackpot is now €20,000. The numbers drawn this week were 30, 1, 27 and 22. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to next week’s draw on Monday night. Play the Kerry GAA Lotto on kerrygaa.ie

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Kerry Hurlers make exit from Leinster SHC

The Kerry senior hurlers made their exit from Leinster Senior Championship round robin series last Sunday when they went down by 3 points to Laois, 2 – 21 to 3 – 15. This also brings the curtain down on their competitive season for 2017.

It was a season where Kerry were relegated to Division 2A of the Allianz League but confirmed their place in the Leinster senior series again for 2018. Since January, they have put in some great performances against top opposition, including that against eventual League winners, Galway.

Thanks to all who participated in such a great effort, in particular the panel of players under the team manager Fintan O’Connor, selectors Ian Brick and Maurice Leahy, trainer Damien Ryall, coach Brendan Cummins and the wider support team.

Credit Union Co. League


In the Credit Union Co. Hurling League Division 1, Causeway had a 4 - 18 to 2 - 7 win over Ballyheigue. On this Friday, Abbeydorney are at home to Kilmoyley, 7.30p.m. Lixnaw still lead the league table with full points from 3 games. Full details available at www.kerrygaa.ie  

Celtic Challenge


The Kerry Under 17 hurlers had a 4 – 16 to 0 – 13 win over West Limerick last Wednesday in Round 2, Group B of the Celtic Challenge competition. On this Wednesday, 17 May, in Round 3, Kerry will be away to West Cork at Aghabullogue, 7.30p.m. Fixtures information on www.gaa.ie  

Poc Fada 

Comórtas Poc Fada Chiarraí, the county long puck hurling competition will take place over a course on Kerryhead Mountain on Saturday, 3 June. One competitor from each club is invited to participate in the senior & under 16 hurling and camogie sections. The perpetual trophy for the senior competition is sponsored by the North Kerry Hurling Board.


The 2017 North Kerry Senior Hurling League Final between St. Brendan’s and Lixnaw is down for decision on this Wednesday, 17 May. Venue is Causeway where there will be a 7.00p.m. throw in.

Tralee Parnell’s Hurling Club continue their weekly coaching sessions for Under 8, 10 & 12 plyers at Caherslee G.A.A. grounds each Friday evening from 7.00 – 8.00p.m. All children from the Tralee catchment area are welcome to come along and participate, equipment supplied. Further details on the club Facebook page.