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PRO GAA Scene April 26th 2017 2017-04-26 23:09:00

Kerry GAA Scene Wednesday April 26th 2017

Castleisland Mart Senior Club Championships Roundup

Last weekend saw a hectic weekend of Club Championship games and the coming Bank Holiday weekend has another host of major games to whet the appetite for the GAA supporter.

In the Senior Club Championship, Kenmare, who were many people’s favourites to be involved in a Relegation playoff situation, probably caused the biggest surprise of the weekend when going to Strand Road and defeating Kerins O’Rahillys in their own home patch by the minimum margin. Dr Crokes put another Tralee side, Austin Stacks, to the sword after a low scoring encounter at Lewis Road, and Legion and Dingle must replay their first round game after extra time could not separate the sides in Dirreen where James O’Donoghue made a welcome return to action for the homeside.

Castleisland Mart Senior Club Championship Semi Final Draw

The draw for the Castleisland Mart Senior Club Championship semi finals was made at Monday night’s County Committee meeting and resulted in the following pairings:

Kenmare Shamrocks play the winners of the Dingle V Killarney Legion replay on Sunday May 7th at 2:30pm at a venue to be confirmed.

Winners of the Kilcummin V Rathmore Round 1 game play Dr Crokes on Sunday next in Fitzgerald Stadium at 2:30pm.

Dingle and Killarney Legion will replay their Round 1 game on Sunday next in Dingle at 2:30pm.

The Rathmore V Kilcummin Round 1 game goes ahead by agreement on this Wednesday evening in Rathbeg at 7pm.

Castleisland Mart Intermediate Championship

There was just one game in the Intermediate Championship last weekend where Laune Rangers followed up their impressive win over Milltown-Castlemaine in the opening Round by travelling to  Glenflesk and defeating the home side by three points.

There are three very interesting games down for decision in the Intermediate championship this weekend when the two last All Ireland Junior Club champions, Templenoe and Glenbeigh-Glencar meet in Templenoe on Saturday and on Sunday two no less attractive ties see Castleisland Desmonds travel to Cahersiveen to take on former All Ireland Intermediate Champions St Marys and in Gallarus, An Ghaeltacht have Ardfert, a side who know a thing or two about winning Club Championships, as visitors. Certainly it appears that whoever joins Laune Rangers in the semi finals over the weekend will have earned their place.

Castleisland Mart Junior Premier Championship

There is no doubting the big result of the Junior Premier Championship last weekend and that was Skelligs Rangers’ three points victory over Listowel Emmets – a side two divisions above them in the County League – at Portmagee. Of course the South Kerry side also defeated Division 2 side St Pats in the previous round. Fossa’s good run in Club Championship action over the last year or so came to an end in Dromid where the home side survived a brave comeback by the visitors who were nine points adrift at the break, to edge into the semi finals by a point. In the third game of the weekend, Firies finished the stronger in Farranfore kicking eight unanswered points to go safely through after a high scoring encounter with Keel.

This weekend there is a very interesting game in Killeen where Na Gaeil play host to Churchill and both of these claimed major scalps in the opening round when Na Gaeil defeated Beaufort and Churchill surprised competition favourites Ballydonoghue.

Castleisland Mart Junior Championship

In the Junior Club Championship, Division 2 side Listry had a narrow victory over Tarbert a club with a championship pedigree two divisions below them in the League. Elsewhere, Lispole have brought their good League form into the Championship with and eleven points victory over Cordal in Lispole.

This weekend sees Castlegregory with home venue against Duagh on Sunday and on Bank Holiday MondayBallyduff have to make the long trip to Tuosist to take on the locals in the last of the quarter final ties.

Castleisland Mart Novice Championship

There was just one game in the Novice Championship last weekend with Sneem-Derrynane recording a good win over Valentia.

This weekend sees two Preliminary Round games and a Round 1 game down for decision. On Saturday Clounmacon play Cromane and Beale play Ballylongford while on Sunday Knocknagoshel have Scartaglen as visitors in a Round 1 game.

Club Championship Semi Final Draws

The draws for the semi-finals of the Intermediate, Premier Junior, Junior and Novice Club Championships will be made once all the semi finalists are known and the semi finals are unlikely to be played until early Autumn.

Castleisland Mart Senior Club Championship Relegation Playoff – Round 1 Draw

The draw for the Castleisland Mart Senior Football Championship Relegation Playoff – Round 1 was made at Monday night’s County Committee meeting and resulted in the following pairings:

The losers of the Rathmore v  Kilcummin Club Championship Round 1 game will play the losers of the Dingle V Killarney Legion Club Championship Round 1Replayon Sunday May 7th at 2:30pm at a venue to be decided.

Austin Stacks will play Kerins O’Rahillys on Sunday evening next in Austin Stack Park at 6pm.

Garvey's SuperValu Senior Football Championship Fixtures

The following fixtures were agreed by the CCC in respect of the Garvey's SuperValu Senior Football Championship Round 1 games:


Senior Football Championship – Qualifier Match


Saturday  May 6th @  6:30pm – Extra Time

St Brendans                 v          Shannon Rgs               in Austin Stack Park



Senior Football Championship Rd 1 

Saturday May 13th  @ 6.30pm – Extra Time

Austin Stacks              v          St Kierans                    Venue TBC

Kenmare District.       v          Dingle                         in Templenoe

Qualifier Winner         v          Kilcummin                  Venue TBC

Sunday May 14th @ 1:30pm – Extra Time

Killarney Legion         v          Kenmare Shamrocks   in Direen        

Sunday May 14th – Extra Time

East Kerry                   v          Rathmore                    in Fitzgerald Stadium (2pm)

Dr Crokes                    v          Mid Kerry                   in Fitzgerald Stadium (3:45pm)

Sunday May 14th @ 2.30pm – Extra Time

West Kerry                  v          Feale Rgs                    in Gallarus


Kerins O’Rahillys       v          South Kerry                 in Strand Rd.


Round 2A of the senior football championship will see the winners of Round 1 drawn against each other while Round 2B will see the Round 1 losers drawn against each other with the losers of the Round 2B games exiting the championship. Round 2 games are down for decision on the weekend of May 21st.

Keane's SuperValu Killorglin Minor Football Leagues

Last weekend was a very busy one for the Keane's SuperValu Killorglin Minor Football Leagues and the way has been paved for the finals in al of the Divisions bar Division 1 where the competition is at the semi final stage.

The following is a rundown of the various final pairings:

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

Division 6A – Castlegregory v Beale

Division 6B - Moyvane/Tarbert v St Pats

With the Kerry U17's and minors playing over the next number of weeks the most likely date for semi finals in Division 1 and finals in other divisions is Friday 19th of May. The ^A and 6B finals will be played this weekend.

If there are situations where final's will not be affected by Minor and U17 inter county players these finals may be played at an earlier date if possible.

Kerry Under 17 Footballers in action on May 2nd next

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 evening next against Tipperary at 7pm.

There are a number of players involved with both the Under17s and Minors such as goalkeeper Deividas Uosis, the Horan brothers and Michael Slattery to name but a few and a large panel has been in training.

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.

Kerry Minors will play Cork

Waterford’s loss to Care in the Munster Minor football championship Round Robin series ast week means the Kerry will play Cork in the Munster semi final on May 10th in P airc Uí Rinn where the loser will exit the Minor competition for the year.

Jimmy Keane is the new Kerry Junior Trainer

Jimmy Keane of Brosna was appointed the new Kerry Junior Football team manager for the next two years at Moinday night’s County Committee meeting. Jimmy trained Brosna to an All Ireland Junior Club championship title two years ago.

Kerry GAA Lotto

The first draw for the newly revamped Kerry GAA Lotto was made at Monday night's county committee meeting. The numbers drawn were 21, 19, 1 and 26 and there were no winners of the €20,000 Lotto Jackpot. Sinéad Pigott of Killorglin won a signed Kerry Jersey.

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

Kerry Hurlers take on Westmeath in Leinster SHC 

The Kerry senior hurlers, defeated by Meath by 3 – 20 to 2 – 17 in the opening round of the Leinster Senior Championship round robin series campaign last Sunday, are on the road again this weekend.

Last weekend in Páirc Tailteann, Kerry, aided by a goal after 14 seconds from Shane Nolan, started well but soon found that Meath were playing with a confidence that a string of victories on the way to the Division 2B league title brought. Home support drove them on and they were well worth their 6 point victory. Kerry never gave up however and in the final stages laid siege to the Meath goal but could not get the vital scores to save the day.

Kerry now face another difficult away game on this Sunday, 30 April in Round 2 when they play Westmeath at Cusack Park, Mullingar, 3.00p.m. Westmeath operated out of Division 2A in the league and won 3 out of 5 games, defeating Antrim, Armagh and London. With both sides losing last Sunday, this is a must win game, one that Kerry are well capable of re-grouping for, however they will have to do so without the services of players of the calibre of Patrick Kelly, Colum Harty and Daniel Collins, all of whom are on the injured list.

The Kerry team will be announced at 9pm on Friday evening and posted on the Kerry GAA Website.

Kerry finish the Round Robin campaign with a game against Laois in Austin Stack Park on Sunday May May14th (3pm). Two weeks later the top two teams in the Round Robin section go forward to meet Offaly and Wexford.


Credit Union Senior Hurling League

Three games went ahead last Sunday in Round 2 of the Credit Union Co. Senior hurling league Division 1, following which St. Brendan’s and Lixnaw are joint top of the table on 4 points each. The Ardfert side had a 1 - 17 to 3 - 10 away win over Causeway while Lixnaw defeated Kilmoyley by 3 - 13 to 0 - 12. Ballyduff opened their campaign with a 1 - 13 to 0 - 14 win over Abbeydorney.

The remaining Round 2 game between Ballyheigue v Crotta goes ahead on this Saturday evening at Ballyheigue, 6.30p.m. Round 3 is scheduled for the weekend of 7 May.

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 Wednesday next, 3 May. 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. Fixtures information on www.gaa.ie Kerry 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 Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow 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. Further details on the club Facebook page.

Ballyduff, Kenmare/Kilgarvan, Crotta and Ballyheigue have qualified for the semi-finals of the Co. Under 14 Féile na Gael ‘A’ competition, to be played on this Saturday. The ‘A’ and ‘B’ (involving South Kerry and Tralee Parnell’s) will be played on Monday, 1 May (Bank Holiday). Check with clubs locally for fixture details.