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PRO GAA Scene 9th November 2016 2016-11-09 20:34:00

Kerry GAA Scene Wednesday 9th November 2016

Fossa are County Junior Football Champions

Fossa made no mistake at the second time of asking at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on Sunday when winning the Co. Junior Football Championship title for the first time (2-12 to 1-8). In a game that never rose to the exciting heights of the drawn encounter between the sides, goals at vital stages of both halves ensured that the Con Brosnan Cup went east. Fossa, considered unlucky not to hold out in normal time of the drawn match but lucky to snatch a draw in the regulatory extra time that was played, had a number of players who upped their games big time since the drawn encounter. Chief among those was the twin threat in the full forward line of Tadhg O’Shea and veteran Domhnall O’Sullivan who kicked 1-8 between them. Fintan Coffey, who hit three points from play, was another who showed the younger players such as Paudie Clifford the way and there was no doubting the fact that Fossa were deserving winners on the day. Beale did have a good second quarter that should have set them up for a wind assisted second half but they failed to capitalise on their possession during an uncertain period for the winners. Substitutes Darragh Buckley and Ian Blake did score four points from play between them but Fossa’s second goal that came from a great sweeping movement, ensured a first county title in their 46 year history for Fossa.

After the game, Treasurer of the County Committee Diarmuid Lynch presented the Con Brosnan Cup to winning captain Domhnall O’Sullivan and Jimmy Roche, representing sponsors, Castleisland Mart, presented the Man of the Match award to Fossa’s Tadhg O’Shea.

Lispole are County Novice Football Champions

Lispole claimed the Castleisland Mart Novice Championship Final with a five points victory over Tuosist at a cold Listry venue on Sunday last (1-17 to 2-9).  Most of the excitement in this match was crammed into the closing stages as Tuosist, who trailed for all of the game, made a remarkable comeback from an eleven point deficit to be just five points adrift following an additional four minutes of injury time.

Lispole, with Man of the Match Declan O’Sullivan and Brian Rayel in fine scoring form, led by 9 points to 5 at the break and on the restart  the winners pushed on to be 1-14 to 0-6 clear by the three quarters stage, the goal coming from Declan O’Sullivan. However Tuosist scored two late goals through Darragh Ó Sióchru and Sean Daly to set up an exciting finish but time ran out on the Kenmare District side. So after a number of disappointing semi final and final defeats at Novice level, particularly in the last few years when they were on the losing side on three occasions, Lispole have finally got their hands on a County trophy, their first since 1984.

After the game, Lispole captain Declan O’Sullivan was presented with the Novice Cup by Asst Secretary of Kerry Co Committee Stephen O’Sullivan and O’Sullivan was also the recipient of the Castleisland Mart Man of the Match award.

Lispole will now represent Kerry in the Munster Junior B Competition run by the Knockaderry Club in South Limerick where they will play the yet to be decided Limerick champions on November 20th in Knockaderry.

Credit Union Senior Football League Playoff

Sunday next should see all but one issue in the Credit Union Senior Football League remaining to be resolved when the Division 4 playoff to decide the champions of that division will take place. The top two, Fossa and Na Gaeil will meet in Milltown at 2:30 with Stephen Mulvihill the referee. Both sides are of course already promoted to Division 3 next season along with Ballymacelligott and victory for either side would be the icing on the cake as far as the League is concerned.

The Division 1 final between Dr Crokes and Austin Stacks has been fixed for November 19th in Lewis Rd.

Busy weekend ahead for Kerry Clubs in the Munster Club Championship

The coming weekend is a busy on for Kerry clubs competing in the Munster Club football Championship with all three representatives involved on Sunday next and all with a home venue.

Senior Club Championship - Dr Crokes, following their nine points first round victory over Kilmurray-Ibrickane in Quilty have a home semi final tie against newly crowned Tipperary champions Loughmore-Castleiney. That game is fixed for Lewis Rd at 2pm. In the other semi final, Carbery Rangers of Cork will have home venue in Clonakilty against Waterford Champions The Nire. The final is fixed for November 27th.

Intermediate Championship – Kenmare, following their very facile first round victory over Tipperary side Fethard, will play the Clare champions Kilfenora in Fitzgerald Stadium at 2:30pm. The Clare side got a bye to the semi final so not very much is known of what sort of a threat they will pose to the Kerry standard bearers who however, should have enough experience and talent to progress to the final. Kiskeam of Cork play Adare of Limerick in the other semi final. The final is fixed for November 27th.

Junior Championship - Newly crowned Kerry champions, Glenbeigh-Glencar have earned a home venue in Glenbeigh for their semi final against the Waterford champions on Sunday next. Late last week the seaside venue was given the green light to host the game by the Munster Council which is a great reward for the Kerry champions.  The Waterford champions were due to be decided mid week with the playing of the final between Colligan and Ballyduff Lower. Ballyduff are the popular choice to prevail in that final and it will be a busy weekend for them should they do so as their hurlers are involved in the Munster Junior Hurling semi final on Saturday. The game on Sunday has a 2pm throw-in time and the winners will play Gerald Griffins of Limerick in the semi final on November 20th with the final fixed for Mallow on November 4th.

Brosna native Tim Murphy to be elected chairman at County Convention

Tim Murphy is set to be the new Chairman of the Kerry County Committee, When nominations closed on Wednesday last, the Brosna clubman was the only nominee to replace the outgoing Chairman, Patrick O'Sullivan whose 5 year term in the chair comes to an end at the upcoming County Convention to be held in The Rose Hotel, Tralee on December 14th.

Murphy, an engineer,  has been Development Officer for the past 5 years and during that time has overseen the major development and construction of the Kerry GAA Centre of Excellence at Currans which is due to become  operational next Spring. He has also project led the recent redevelopment of Austin Stack Park, a project that is ongoing. Prior to becoming County Development Officer in 2012 he served as Chairman of the Brosna Club for 11 years.

Meanwhile Eamonn Whelan will take over the role of Development Officer. Again, the St Senans clubman was the only nominee for the position.  He served a very successful five year term as Coaching and Games Officer and prior to that he was involved in Bórd na nÓg. The North Kerry man was a selector with Jack O’Connor for the first two of the Minor 3-in-a-row and joined O’Connor at Under 21 level last year, a role he will continue with in the coming year.

Terence Houlihan of Laune Rangers, again being the only nominee for the position, will fill the Coaching and Games officer post. He served as Secretary of Laune Rangers for five years, and has been involved in a coaching capacity both with his club, with the Kerry South U15 Development squad for two years and with the Kerry Coaching and Games Committee for the past twelve months.

The Secretary position is a full time post; the Children’s Officer is appointed at Convention on the nomination of the outgoing Executive and all other Officers have been returned unopposed.

Kerry GAA Gala Celebration 

The Kerry GAA gala celebration night (in association with sponsors Kerry Group) is just over a week away. The black tie event at the INEC on Saturday 19th is sure to be the highlight of the social year with eighty four players from Kerry’s seven All Ireland winning senior teams from 1997 to 2014 being honoured and receiving special presentations. Twenty five members of the various management teams will also be honoured and the celebration will also feature the launch of a specially commissioned DVD featuring the great players and personalities from this era, their stories and highlights from those wonderful games. With the silken skills of the likes of Seamus Moynihan, Maurice Fitzgerald, the three Ó Sé brothers, Declan O’Sullivan Colm Cooper and many many more to be viewed, this DVD is sure to be a popular best seller, indeed its predecessor, Kerry’s Golden Years is still selling briskly in the Kerry GAA Store.

All proceeds from the night will go towards the development of the Kerry GAA Centre of Excellence at Currans. A very limited number of tables are still available.

Coiste Scór Chiarraí – Scór na nÓg Finals this weekend

The first competition at county level in Scór for the new season will take place on this Friday evening at the C.Y.M.S. Killorglin when the County Finals of Scór na nÓg will take place starting at 7pm. The Quiz which will not be part of the main event will have a starting time of 7:30pm upstairs at the same venue. All winners on the night will then go forward to the Munster Semi Finals to be held in Cashel, county Tipperary commencing at 2pm on Sunday December 11th.

Rounders for All Sessions

Rounders for all sessions will resume in the John Mitchels club Tralee over the next four Wednesdays – November 9th to 30th from 4 to 5pm. these are free sessions for children of all abilities aged 7 to 14 years with the emphasis on fun and enjoyment.

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

Kilmoyley are in the Munster Intermediate final!

Last Sunday was another historic day for Kerry hurling as Kilmoyley became only the second Kerry side to qualify for the final of the Munster Intermediate Hurling championship. At the Gaelic Grounds they defeated the Limerick intermediate champions, Monaleen, by 4 -12 to 0-13.

They will face Lismore (Waterford) in the final on the weekend of 20 November. Lismore is the home club of the Shanahan brothers, Dan and Maurice, as well as former county players Ray Barry and Paudie Prendergast. No venue has yet been decided. All fixture details at www.munstergaa.ie

Inter county

The draws have been made by the Leinster Council G.A.A. for the round robin series of their 2017 senior hurling championship which involves Kerry, Meath, Westmeath and Laois. Kerry’s first two games will be away to Meath and Westmeath respectively. Kerry will just have one home game, in round 3 against Laois. Exact dates, times and venues to be confirmed.


The North Kerry Hurling Board annual Awards night will take place at Ballyroe Heights Hotel on Friday, 18th November.

Clubs are now planning their annual general meetings with the following to take place this month: Tralee Parnell’s Hurling Club on Friday, 18th Nov. at the Kerins-O’Rahilly’s Clubhouse at 9.00p.m.; Abbeydorney G.A.A. Club on Sunday. 20th Nov. at 2.00 pm in The Complex; Lixnaw Hurling Club on Friday, 25th Nov. in their Clubrooms at 8.00p.m.