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PRO GAA Scene August 23rd 2017 2017-08-23 18:44:00

Kerry and Mayo have to do it all again

Well Kerry and Mayo have to do it all again following their epic semi final draw in Croke Park on Sunday last. This was one of those enjoyable championship games that will live long in the memory and of course the final result was in the balance right down to the last kick of the game – literally!

While Mayo are battle hardened at this stage following a raft of games through the qualifier route, this was Kerry’s first real championship test  since last year’s semi final against Dublin - and it showed. Kerry were in all sorts of bother early on as Mayo hit the ground running and in fairness they did well to weather the storm and go in on level terms at the break.

The Kerry management team certainly earned their corn during the interval and following some personnel and tactical changes we saw a different Kerry side emerge for the second half. This Mayo team is made of stern stuff however and after a tremendous forty minutes or so when fortunes swung one way and then the other, very few in the huge attendance could quibble with the game ending in stalemate.

There is no doubt about it but Kerry needed to get a game like this under their belt. Unfortunately, teams outside of Division 1 are not going to give Kerry the stern test they require for the white heat of championship battle and for the second year in a row, Kerry went into a big game at the semi final stage untested. Kerry management now have a chance to regroup and take stock of their charges. The replay in Croke Park on Saturday (3pm) will be another epic – make no mistake about that. This Mayo team is a far cry for that of the early noughties and with leaders all over the field they will fight to the bitter end. Kerry will have to match that hunger and desire, and maybe the replay will be a blessing in disguise for the Kingdom should they succeed on Saturday.

The Kerry team will be announced on Friday evening and posted on the Kerry GAA Website at 8pm. Referee for the game is David Gough of Meath.


Ticket Information for the Replay

There is an all round reduction of €10 in the cost of the Stand Tickets for the Kerry V Mayo Replay on Saturday. Stand tickets will cost €35 (Under 16’s €5 in Cusack and Davin Stands only) and Terrace Tickets will cost €25. The usual concessions apply for students and OAPs.

Tickets are now available to purchase from participating Centra and SuperValu stores, including all Garveys Supervalu Stores around the County and online at tickets.ie

Tickets are also available from the Kerry GAA Store in the Killarney Outlet Centre. Tickets will go on general sale in Austin Stack Park on Wednesday and Thursday fron 2pm to 5:30pm and on Friday from 2pm to 4pm.


Kerry GAA Supporters Club

The Kerry GAA Supporters Club will take buses to the All-Ireland Semi-Final replay on Saturday next departing from Farranfore at 8am, Tralee at 8:30 and Listowel at 9am. All seats must be booked by Wednesday evening. For bookings please contact; Martin Leane, John King or Donie O’Leary. All persons travelling must have a valid membership card.


Kerry Minors Book place in All Ireland Final

Kerry Minor footballers booked a place in this year’s All Ireland final following another comprehensive victory this time over Cavan at Croke Park on Sunday last (2-22 to 2-10).Kerry were in control of this game virtually from the throw-in but in the final quarter they did relax and allowed their opponents to close the gap to five points, however, they upped the tempo once more and finished strongly and Kerry have now qualified for their fourth final on the trot.

This is of course the final Minor championship at Under 18 level as the age limit reduces to Under 17 next season and it is a chance for Kerry to make a bit of history by becoming the first County to win four titles on the trot. Both Kerry, Cork and Dublin have all achieved a three in a row in the past but the 4th has proved elusive to all – thus far!

Kerry will play either Dublin or Derry in the final on September 17th.


Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship Semi Finals

The two semi finals of the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship will be played on this Wednesday evening when East Kerry and St Kierans clash in Austin Stack Park and St Brendans and Kenmare District meet in Lewis Rd.

With a wealth of talent from the successful Minor and Under 17 county and colleges teams in action these games are sure to be worth seeing. Both games are at 6:30pm with Extra Time if required.


Credit Union Senior Football League Update

The Credit Union Senior Football League, bar a couple of back games, is now down to the final Round of games.

In Division 1, Dr Crokes, following their victory over Milltown-Castlemaine (2-14 to 0-12) on Friday evening,  are in the Division 1 Final and the second final place rests between An Ghaeltacht  on 16 points (away to St Marys in final round) and Rathmore on 14 points (home to Austin Stacks in Round 11).

Castleisland Desmonds and Austin Stacks are relegated to Division 2 next season and Milltown-Castlemaine, who are on 6 points, and St Marys are two points better off on 8 points will fight it out to avoid the third relegation place.

In Division 2, Killarney Legion were already promoted to Division 1 next season and they will be joined by Spa and Beaufort following Beaufort’s victory over St Pats ( 4-12 to 0-9) and Kilcummin’s victory over Glenflesk (3-15 to 1-10) both played on Friday evening.

At the bottom of the table, Listry are relegated to Division 3 next season but who will join them will depend on the final round of games. St Pats (5 points), Waterville (6 points), Kilcummin and Listowel Emmets (both 7 points) are all in relegation trouble. In the final round of games, St Pats play Kenmare, Waterville play Listry, Emmets play Ardfert and Kilcummin play Spa.

In Division 3, Ballymacelligott and Na Gaeil were already promoted to Division 2 and following St Senans defeat of Laune Rangers on Friday evening (0-11 to 1-7), Dromid Pearses have been confirmed as the third team to be promoted.

At the foot of the Division 3 table, St Michaels-Foilmore are relegated to Division 4 and they will be joined by two from Fossa (4 points) , Gneeveguilla (5 points), and Ballydonoghue (7 points) who are all in relegation trouble with two important back games to be played in the coming week;  On Tuesday 22nd Gneeveguilla play Fossa and on Wednesday 23rd Laune Rangers will play Ballydonoghue.

In Division 4, the top three promotion places rest between Keel, Lispole, Skellig Rangers and Dr Crokes with a playoff very likely to decide placings. There are no back games in this division.

In Division 5, Cordal and Ballylongford are promoted with Rathmore or Churchill likely to join them in Division 4 next season.

Round 11 of the Senior Football League will be played either on the weekend of September 24th (should Kerry reach the All Ireland final) or the weekend of September 3rd (should Kerry not be contesting the All Ireland final).


Junior Cup Competitions

The Junior Cups get underway in earnest on this coming Friday evening with fixtures in the  Molyneaux, McElligott , Barrett and Cahill Cups.  Fixtures are as follows:

Molyneaux Cup - Semi Finals   Friday 25th August                                                                                                                                               

Kerins O’Rahillys    v       Dr. Crokes                  

Rathmore               v       Austin Stacks

                                                                                                                                                                            McElligott Cup - Quarter Finals Friday 25th August

1.            Gneeveguilla         v    Beaufort

2.            Ballydonoghue     v     Milltown C’maine          

3.            Spa                         v     Moyvane  

4.            Glenbeigh G’car   v     Jn. Mitchels

Semi finals: 1 v 2 & 3 v 4, on Friday 1st September.


Barrett Cup; (13 aside if required)   

1.              St. Pat’s                            v     An Ghaeltacht (22nd Aug)

2.              Clounmacon                 

3.              St. Mls. Foilmore          v     Laune Rangers (25th Aug)

4.              Castlegregory  4-13       Na Gaeil 4-7

5.              C’island Desmonds     

6.              Kenmare                        v     Waterville (25th Aug)

7.              Ardfert                            v     Annascaul (24th Aug)

8.              Listry                                       

                                                                                                                                                                   Qtr.  Quarter Finals;  1  v  2,  3  v  Castlegregory,   5  v  6,   7  v  8,                                                             

Semi finals;    1 /2 / 3 /4     v     5/ 6 / 7 /8 

Cahill Cup; (13 aside if required)

    (A)     Currow                    v      Dromid                                                                         

    (B)     Tarbert                        

    (C)     Charlie Kerins         v      Fossa      

    (D)     Skellig Rgs              

    (E)     Renard                     v      Cromane  

    (F)     Churchill                  v      St. Senan’s    (24th Aug)                                                                                                                               

    (G)     Ballymacelligott     v      Lispole

    (H)     Beale  5-5                v      Brosna 0-8

Quarter Finals;  A  v  B,    C  v  D,   E  v  F,   G  v Beale,                                                                       

Semi Finals:   A /B / C /D     v     E/ F / G /H 

Criteria for player eligibility in Junior Cup competitions has been forwarded to all Club Secretaries.


Junior Football Leagues

The Junior Leagues are coming to a conclusion with three finals and a semi final played last Friday evening.

Group 2 John Mitchels defeated Moyvane by 2-9 to 1-6 in Finuge.

Group 5 Skellig Rangers defeated Dr Crokes by 5-12 to 1-15 in the semi final and the winners play Waterville in the final.                                                                                            

Group 6 Clounmacon defeated Castleisland Desmonds by 1-11 to 1-5 in the final in Duagh .

Group 7 Listry defeated Fossa by 1-8 to 0-5 in the final in Derreen on Thursday evening.


Minor Football League Finals

There are two outstanding games to be played in the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Leagues and both games will be played on this Wednesday evening as follows:

Austin Stacks play Dr Crokes in the Division 1 final in Milltown at 6:30 and in the Division 5 Final Replay, Glenbeigh-Glencar/Cromane will play Renard/St Marys in Cahersiveen also at 6:30.


Hurling 


St Brendans and Abbeydorney in SHC Replay this weekend

The 2017 Garvey’s SuperValu Kerry senior hurling championship Round 3 replay between St. Brendan’s and Abbeydorney has been re-fixed for Sunday next , 26th August at 1:30p.m. in Austin Stack Park, with extra time if necessary.

The draw for the Garveys Supervalu senior hurling championship semi-finals resulted as follows: Kilmoyley v Ballyduff and    Lixnaw v winners of St. Brendan’s/Abbeydorney replay.


Credit Union Senior Hurling League Final

The Credit Union senior hurling league Div. 1 final between Lixnaw and Ballyduff will be played on Friday evening in Austin Stack Park Tralee at 6:30pm. With both sides through to the semi finals of the Senior championship then it is expected that this will be a competitive and entertaining tie.


Kerry Under 21 Hurlers are in All Ireland Final

The Kerry Under 21 hurlers advanced to the final of the All-Ireland ‘B’ championship (Ritchie McElligott Cup) with a convincing 1 - 23 to 1 - 9 win over Meath at Semple Stadium on Saturday last. They will now meet Wicklow in the final on Saturday, 9th September. Fixture details at www.gaa.ie


Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Hurling Championship Draw

The draw was made for the Keane’s SuperValu Co. Minor Hurling Championship on Kerry G.A.A TV on Thursday last. In the Preliminary Round, Ballyduff meet Lixnaw on this Wednesday evening  in Ballyduff at 6:30pm. Crotta will play the winners of this game in Round 1. The remaining ties are: Ballyheigue v St. Brendan’s; South Kerry v Causeway and Kilmoyley v Abbeydorney/ Tralee Parnell’s


Co. Intermediate & Junior Championships

The final of the 2017 Co. Intermediate Hurling Championship Final [Corn Antóin Ó Murchú] between St. Brendan’s and Kilgarvan due to be played on  this Sunday has been postponed due to the refixing of the Senior Hurling Championship Round 3 replay.

In Round 3 of the Co. Junior Hurling Championship, Lady’s Walk had a 2 - 14 to 2 - 4 win over Duagh.


Wheelchair Hurling

The M. Donnelly Interprovincial Wheelchair Hurling competition will take place at the John Mitchel’s G.A.A. Complex on Saturday, 26 August from 11.00a.m. to 3.00p.m. Proceedings will commence with a parade of teams from each of the four provinces into the main hall, each carrying their provincial flags. All support welcome.

The Interprovincial Wheelchair Hurling League and Championships were formed in 2013 and provide a competitive sporting environment for wheelchair users. The competition has gone from strength to strength with the Provincial Councils providing the platform for the players to compete.