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PRO GAA Scene May 10th 2017 2017-05-10 00:01:00

Kerry GAA Scene May 10th 2017


Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship swings into action

Following a rather inauspicious prelude to the competition last weekend when St Brendans had an overwhelming 6-24 to 1-8 victory over a hapless Shannon Rangers side in the qualifier game at Austin Stack Park, the Garveys Supervalu Senior football Championship swings into action in earnest this weekend with eight games down for decision spread over Saturday and Sunday. There are the usual big derby games, the Club vs Division, the Club team vs Club team  and Division v Division games to whet the appetite of the GAA pundit.

There are three games down for decision on Saturday evening, all at 6:30pm and all three will see Club vs Division encounters. In Connolly Park, Austin Stacks, fresh from their big win over Kerins O’Rahillys in the relegation playoff, play host to St Kierans who went very close to defeating Dr Crokes last year before surprisingly losing out to Rathmore at the quarter final stage.


There is an intriguing game in Templenoe where last year’s beaten finalists, Kenmare District, entertain Dingle. The District side will of course be without last year’s Intermediate winners Kenmare and will be backboned by Templenoe who have shown good form in the Intermediate Championship securing a semi final place. Dingle will no doubt take confidence from their victory over Kilcummin in the relegation playoff last weekend.


St Brendans Board have home venue in Blennerville when they take on Kilcummin. Both of these sides were in action last weekend with St Brendans getting into Championship mode at least with that big qualifier win over Shannon Rangers while Kilcummin will need to improve on their form against Dingle in the relegation playoff defeat if they are to harbour thoughts of a victory at the picturesque Blennerville venue.


The five remaining games will be played on Sunday when there is a very attractive double header at Fitzgerald Stadium. Getting proceedings underway at 2pm is the big local derby featuring East Kerry and Rathmore. These two sides had contrasting fortunes in last year’s competition with East Kerry exiting the competition in Round 2 following defeats at the hands of Austin Satcks and Milltown-Castlemaine while Rathmore came within inches of a final place when Paul Murphy’s late shot went the wrong side of the post against Kenmare District.


All Ireland club champions Dr Crokes start this year’s campaign with a tough opener against Mid Kerry who were one of the defeated quarter finalists last year. Dr Crokes are showing no signs of easing off following their All Ireland exertions so Mid Kerry have a tough task on their hands in a game that gets underway at 3:45pm.


In Derreen, at the earlier time of 1:30pm, Killarney Legion play host to Kenmare Shamrocks and of course the Kenmare side will no doubt be buoyed by their Club semi final victory over the same opposition last weekend. The visitors of course are making their debut in the competition having won the Intermediate Championship last year while Legion, who exited the competition at the Round 3 stage last year, will be hoping to show the form that saw them do everything bar win the title in 2015.


West Kerry, backboned by a Gaeltacht side who are going very well this season, have Feale Rangers as visitors in Gallarus, Last year, the home side exited the competition after Round 3 while their opponents on Sunday lost both of their games in the competition. The game in Gallarus, throws in at 2:30pm.


Kerins O’Rahillys will want to get back to winning ways when they have South Kerry as visitors to Strand Road (2:30pm). The home side were very disappointing against Austin Stacks in the recent relegation playoff so they will want to show a vast improvement if they are to defeat a South Kerry side who will be at least looking to better their Quarter Final placing last year.


Senior Football Championship Relegation Playoffs 

The second of the senior football championship relegation playoff games took place in Killorglin on Sunday last where Dingle had a 2-16 to 0-10 victory over Kilcummin to secure their senior status.


Kerins O’Rahillys are the other team involved in a relegation playoff but of course should either of these two sides qualify for the senior football championship final then that achievement would preserve their championship status, therefore, this competition will be parked until the latter stages of the senior football championship in the Autumn.


Kerry put their All Ireland Minor title on the line against Cork

Kerry Minors will put their All Ireland Minor title on the line when they take on old foes Cork in a winner takes all Munster Minor championship semi final at Páirc Uí Rinn on Wednesday evening at 7pm. Kerry have a very impressive unbeaten record of 19 games at Minor championship level but that will hardly count for anything in the white heat of the Cork venue on Wednesday evening. Indeed it can be justifiably argued that Cork have been Kerry’s toughest opponents during that three year reign and one has only to go back to 2014 at the same stage of the competition when Kerry survived by the skin of their teeth in Tralee after a nail biting extra time encounter when the result did really go all the way down to the final kick of the game.


The Kerry team to do duty on Wednesday evening shows two personnel and a number of positional changes from the side that defeated Clare in the Quarter Final. Cian Gammell and Niall Donohue, both members of last year’s extended panel, come into the defence in place of Sean O’Leary and Patrick Warren both of whom picked up injuries in the quarter final tie and who are included among the substitutes.


The team contains 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, who captains the side this year,  while Cian Gammell was a member of the extended panel last year.


Potts, together with Chris O’Donoghue, Cian Gammell, Niall Donohue and Donnchadh O’Sullivan, were members of the St Brendans College Hogan Cup winning side this year.

Cork, who lost out to Kerry by six points at the Munster final stage last year and subsequently went down to Donegal by the same margin in the quarter finals,  have over half of last year’s team available to them again this year including the very promising sharpshooter Damien Gore.


Kerry Qualify for Under 17 Final

Kerry  Under 17 squad were in action on Tuesday evening of last week when they had a 3-11 to 1-6 victory over Tipperary in the Munster semi-final and that win sets up a Munster final meeting with Cork in Austin Stack Park on Tuesday 16th May.


Castleisland Mart Club Championship Roundup

After four weeks of intense activity, the Club Championships are winding down for the present given that the semi finals of the various championships will not be played until the Autumn. The draws for those semi finals will be made at the next meeting of the county committee which is scheduled for May 29th.


The following is an update of the various championships:


Senior Club Championship

Dr Crokes have qualified for their sixth senior Club Championship final in a row and they will meet Kenmare Shamrocks in the final. Kenmare qualified for their first Senior Club final following a deserved 3-12 to 1-13 victory over Legion at Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday last. Due to County Championship and Kerry intercounty activity, that game is unlikely to be played until mid Summer.


Intermediate Championship

Templenoe, St Marys, An Ghaeltacht and Laune Rangersare the Intermediate semi finalists.


Premier Junior Championship

Na Gaeil,  Firies, Dromid Pearses, and Skellig Rangers have qualified for the semi finals


Junior Championship

Castlegregory, Tuosist, Lispole and Listry have qualified for the semi finals.


Novice Championship

Scartaglen and Sneem/Derrynane have already qualified for the semi finals of the Novice Championship.  Cromane defeated Clounmacon by 3-19 to 2-11 in a Preliminary Round game at the weekend and they now travel to Kilgarvan in Round 1 with the winners in the semi finals. The final Preliminary Round game goes ahead on May 27th when Moyvane play Asdee with the winners travelling to Beale in Round 1 in search of a semi final place.


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.


Kerry GAA Supporters Club is the new sponsors of the feature race, the “Kerry GAA Supporters Race of Champions”. The open 550 yards event always attracts the cream of Ireland’s potential Derby candidates with last year’s Derby winner Rural Hawaii finishing fourth in the 2016 Race of Champions. Kerry County Committee wishes to thank the Kerry GAA Supporters Club for their generous support of this prestigious race.


The Race of Champions will be just one of eleven quality races on the card. The event will also feature a Best Dressed Lady competition kindly sponsored by Jasmine Boutique and of course, Kerry county footballers and hurlers will be in attendance and available for photographs and autographs.


Speaking at the launch at the Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney, Declan Dowling, Sales and Operations Manager of Kingdom Greyhound Stadium stated “We are thrilled to have the Kerry GAA Supporters as our new sponsor of the Race of Champions and it emphasises the importance that Kerry GAA place on having this prestigious race as the centre piece of their annual massive fundraiser for the training fund for all their inter county teams.”


Donie O’ Leary, Chairman of the Supporters Club stated “We are delighted and privileged to come on board as sponsors of the very famous Race of Champions and look forward to seeing Ireland’s top canine stars battle it out for the €15,000 first prize.”


Christy O’ Connell, Chairman of the fundraising committee commented, “We look forward to seeing all of the Kerry GAA supporters come along on June 16th to meet all the Kerry GAA players up close. We will also have a Best Dressed Lady competition sponsored by Jasmine Boutique, a penalty shoot-out featuring Colm “the Gooch” Cooper plus many other former greats of Kerry GAA. For all the kids we will have loads of attractions and your favourite cartoon characters.”


Johnny Buckley is the new Kerry Captain

County champions, Dr Crokes, have nominated Johnny Buckley to captain the Kerry Senior Football team in 2017.


The Killarney Coach Tour Operator made his Championship debut against Cork in 2012 and has made 20 championship appearances for his county. He recovered from injury that kept him side-lined for a lot of last season to lead his Club to a county title and recently crowned that achievement by captaining the black and amber side to All Ireland Club Final glory. Johnny is presently rehabbing from injury after his club champ exertions.  Fionn Fitzgerald is vice captain for the year.


Kerry have resumed training in Fitzgerald Stadium ahead of their Championship campaign which gets underway on June 10th or 11th against either Clare (Cusack Pk) or Limerick (Fitzgerald Stadium).


The new line of Kerry GAA championship leisure wear is now available in the Kerry GAA Store in the Outlet Centre in Killarney.


Keane's SuperValu Killorglin Minor Football Leagues 

There were two finals played in the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor football leagues last weekend.


In the Division 6A final, Castlegregory defeated Beale 3-17 to 3-9 in Strand Road on Friday evening. Co. Board Assistant Treasurer Paudie Dineen presented the Division 6A Shield to winning Captain Jimmy O'Grady and Tommy Sheehy of Keanes Supervalu Killorglin presented the Man of the Match trophy to Castlegregory's William Goodwin.


In the Division 6B final, Moyvane/Tarbert defeated St Pats Blennerville in Finuge on a score of 2-20 to 0-10. Munster Council Delegate of the Kerry Co Committee Christy Killeen presented the Division 6B Shield to winning Captain Liam Greaney and Noel Byrne of Keanes Supervalu Killorglin presented the Man of the Match award to Cian Enright-Barry of Moyvane/Tarbert.


The remaining finals and the Division 1 semi finals are pencilled in for Friday May 19th.


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


Scór Sinsear craóbh na hEireann 

Kerry’s only representatives in the All Ireland finals of Coiste Scór, which took place at the Waterfront Theatre, Belfast on Saturday last were the Rathmore Quiz team who finished in joint third place behind winners Monaleen of Limerick who now lead the Roll of Honour with four Quiz titles, one ahead of Rathmore. Well done to Donie O’Leary, John S. O’Sullivan, Tony Moynihin and Dan Vincent O’Connor.


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Kerry and Laois battle it out for Leinster SHC place

The Kerry senior hurlers play Laois in round 3 of the Leinster Senior Championship round robin series on this Sunday, 14 May at Austin Stack Park, 3.00p.m.Hurling supporters are invited to come along and support the team for this crucial clash. General admission is €10, with €5 for students / senior citizens and all under 16’s are free.


Laois have 4 points from 2 games and a better scoring difference (+ 18) than Westmeath (- 5), Kerry (- 4) or Meath (- 9) and only a highly unlikely series of outcomes could prevent them from advancing to the quarter-finals.


Score difference comes into play if three or more teams finish level on points. It would become significant, for example, should Kerry beat Laois and Meath overcome Westmeath on Sunday. Three teams would then be level on four points each, with only 2 to go through. A county could yet claim second place in the group with two points, should Laois defeat Kerry and Westmeath overcome Meath. Should that happen, Westmeath would actually go through because they would then have a better score difference than either Kerry or Meath. All to play for and best of luck to the Kingdom.


The Kerry team will be announced on Friday evening at 9pm.


Credit Union Senior Hurling League

In the remaining Credit Union Co. Hurling League Division1 Round 2 game on Friday last, Crotta had a 2 – 14 to 1 – 7 win over Ballyheigue.


However, only one of the Round 3 games went ahead last Sunday, when Ballyheigue suffered their second defeat of the weekend, losing to Lixnaw by 0 – 25 to 1 – 10.


Under 17 Celtic Challenge

The Under 17 Celtic Challenge County & Divisional hurling competition continues on this Wednesday, 10th May when Kerry will play West Limerick at Newcastlewest, 7.30p.m. They lost heavily, 4 – 16 to 0 – 5 against North Cork in Round 1. Fixtures information on www.gaa.ie   Kerry are competing in Group B, with Clare South/East, North Cork, West Limerick, Limerick City and West Cork.


Hurling Cúl Camps 2017

Registration is now open for the 2017 Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps. Hurling venues 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


Clubs

There are 2 North Kerry Hurling finals down for decision this weekend. On Friday, St. Brendan’s play Kilmoyley in the Junior League final at Abbeydorney, 8.00p.m. In the Intermediate League final, Causeway meet Abbeydorney at Kilmoyley on Saturday evening at 7.00p.m.


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. Anyone from the greater Tralee area is welcome to come along and give hurling a try, equipment supplied. Further details on the club Facebook page.