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PRO GAA Scene 19th October 2016 2016-10-19 20:40:00

Kerry GAA Scene Wednesday October 19th

Dr Crokes win 11th SFC Title

Dr Crokes are the Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship champions following a thoroughly deserved seven points victory (2-16 to 1-12) over divisional side Kenmare District at a very wet Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney on Sunday last. With experienced players of the calibre of Eoin Brosnan, Ambrose O’Donovan, Colm Copper and Brian Looney in their ranks they had the perfect mix of youth and experience in abundance and they controlled the game for long periods. In contrast, their opponents were young and inexperienced at this level of football and while they brought a breath of fresh air to this year’s championship with their youthful enthusiasm that endeared them to many football followers, in the tough conditions that prevailed on Sunday last they were always going to be up against it against a side, over a dozen of whom, had featured in the 4-in-row winning sides of 2010 to 2013.

Four points up at the break, the Killarney side secured the title during the third quarter and their response to Teddy Doyle’s fine goal in the 35th minutes was to reel off five unanswered points in a six minute spell of dominance. Thereafter it was a matter of what the winning margin would be. The winners had many fine performances on the day with Colm Cooper in particular delighting the attendance with an overall display of class that brightened up a dark afternoon. Cooper was afterwards named the Garvey’s Supervalu Man of the Match, an accolade he also won back in 2010 at the start of the 4-in-a-row odyssey.

Kenmare District, while not managing to secure the ultimate prize, can look back with pride on their performances in this year’s championship. Their refreshing style of play was a shot in the arm to the game of football in the county and they will know that success at this level will only come with experience. They coped admirably with the burden of having to prepare for finals at senior and intermediate level and there is certainly a bright future ahead for this talented group of players.

So Dr Crokes move up to third in the Roll of honour on 11 titles one ahead of John Mitchels and one behind Laune Rangers and Austin Stack who are joint top.

Glenbeigh-Glencar and Na Gaeil must meet again to decide Junior Premier Title

Glenbeigh-Glencar and Na Gaeil must meet again to decide the Junior Premier title following the drawn final between the sides in the pipe opener at Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday last. Both sides found the going tough in the difficult conditions and Na Gaeil, who operated out of Division 4 of the League this year, certainly took the game to their Division 1 opponents though Darran O’Sullivan’s late goal just was the difference between the sides at the interval. Glenbeigh – Glencar, who have made a habit of losing the Junior Championship over the last decade, seemed to have pressed the self-destruct button once again when indiscipline saw them reduced to thirteen men with all of twenty minutes to go, but they went on to play their best football in this period going three clear going down the straight before being reeled in by the numerically stronger Tralee side.

So after what was a poor enough spectacle from a supporter’s point of view, both sides have a chance to redeem themselves when they cross swords once again on Sunday 30th at the same venue at 2:30pm. The winners of the new Tom Keane Cup will represent Kerry in the Munster Junior Championship on the weekend of November 6th when they take on the Waterford champions at a Kerry venue.

Beale and Fossa play out exciting Draw in Junior Championship decider

After an absorbing game at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on Saturday evening, Beale or Fossa could not be separated in the Castleisland Mart Junior Championship Final - even after two periods of extra time. For sheer excitement and drama this was certainly the game of the weekend with an enthusiastic crowd rising to the heroic displays on the field of play and it was only fitting that both sides should get another day out with the score deadlocked; Fossa 3-10 to Beale’s 1-16.

It was a game that first Fossa dominated and then Beale hit form before Fossa finished strongly only to be caught in injury time in normal time to force extra time. Beale looked to have their name on the cup as the clock ticked down in extra time but somehow Fossa conjured up three points to save the day and force a replay on Sunday November 6th (2:30) at the same venue.


Exciting Double Bill in store in Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday

There is an exciting double bill in store for Kerry GAA Supporters at Killarney’s Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday next when the County Minor and Intermediate Championships are down for decision.

East Kerry and Mid Kerry clash in Minor Final

The opening game of the double bill in the Stadium (1:30)will see East Kerry and Mid Kerry clash in the Keanes SuperValu Killorglin Minor Football Championship final at 1:30pm. There is a large sprinkling of players who featured in the recent All Ireland minor final on show with the likes of Cormac Leane, Caolim Teahan, Mike Breen and Fiáchra Clifford lining out for Mid Kerry while East Kerry can call on Chris O’Donoghue, Daniel O’Brien, Mark Ryan, Dara Moynihan and David Clifford from the successful county panel. Last year’s beaten finalists, Mid Kerry, who last won the title in 2003, defeated Firies, Austin Stacks, Kenmare District and Firies again in the semi final to qualify for the final while East Kerry, champions in 2013, accounted for Shannon Rangers, Dr Crokes and then St Brendans in the semi final. Two former Kerry players will be in opposite dug-outs with Seamus Moynihan training East Kerry and Sean O’Sullivan in charge of Mid Kerry, The general feel good factor associated with minor football following a very successful three year period at county level is bound to be added to on Sunday next. Should the sides finish level on Sunday the game will go to a replay.

All Kenmare District clash in the Intermediate Final

The loss to Dr Crokes in the Senior Championship final by the Kenmare District side on Sunday last is hardly going to dampen the enthusiasm of the followers of Templenoe and Kenmare as they see their sides go head to head in the Castleisland Mart Intermediate Championship Final in the second game of the double bill in Fitzgerald Stadium (3:30) just seven days after that galling defeat at the hands of the Killarney side. Neither side have had time to dwell on the happenings at the same venue last weekend.

It’s been a meteoric rise up along the ranks for reigning All Ireland Junior Champions Templenoe  who have matched year on year success in the County League by winning county Novice and Junior titles in the past two years and now they are just 60 minutes away from gaining senior status. While maybe not claiming the same headlines as their near neighbours, it has also been a successful era for Kenmare Shamrocks. They won the Junior Championship in 2012 and went on to reach the All Ireland Junior Final where they had to give best to Ballinasloe and they were promoted to Division 1 last year only to lose that status once again in the season just ended.

Kenmare, captained by Stephen O’Brien, had a comprehensive victory over a fancied Desmonds side in the semi finals while Templenoe, captained by Tadhg Morley, were no less impressive when accounting for An Ghaeltacht, albeit by just a two points margin in their semi final. It is rightly set up for what promises to be a cracking game between two local rivals on Sunday next with the ultimate prize of senior county championship status at stake for the winners who will go on to represent Kerry on the following weekend against the Tipperary champions, Golden-Kilfeacle or Fethard at a Tipperary venue.

Credit Union Senior Football League playoffs are nearing a completion.

The replay of the Division 3 relegation playoff between Ballydonoghue and Keel  on Saturday last resulted in victory for the North Kerry side on a score of 2-14 to 0-18 , again, as in the drawn encounter, after extra time. Keel thus drop to Division 4 along with Tarbert and Beale.

 The Division 4 playoff to decide the champions of that division will see the top two, Fossa and Na Gaeil playoff on Sunday November 13th  at 2:30 at a venue to be decided.

Meanwhile, the final promotion place in Division 5 will be decided on Sunday October 30th when Sneem/Derrynane play Tuosist in Beaufort at 2:30.

Major Fundraiser for Centre of Excellence includes DVD Launch 

A Gala Fundraiser evening and dinner jointly hosted by Kerry GAA and Kerry Group to honour our Senior Football All-Ireland winning teams from 1997 to 2014 will be held in the INEC Killarney on Saturday November 19th.

A specially commissioned DVD, which is a year in the making, featuring the players and teams of the period will be launched on the night and will be a follow up to the very popular Golden Years video.

The proceeds of the event will be used towards the cost of completing the Centre of Excellence in Currans which is due to be ready in the spring of 2017. County Chairman Patrick O’Sullivan said that this dinner afforded the people of Kerry an opportunity to play their part in the fundraising drive for the Centre of Excellence;  “We are hoping for a good response from business people and GAA members and supporters from all around the county. The DVD of Kerry victories since 1997 will be launched on the night. Interestingly, a DVD of the original Golden Years is still popular and this year we sold 500 copies in the Kerry GAA Store. We would be hoping to raise between €80,000 to €100,000 for Currans, and as all our fundraisers have been aboard, we thought it would be only right to allow the GAA family in Kerry to feel that they had made a contribution to the fantastic facility that will be Currans”.

Annual Convention

The Annual Convention of Kerry GAA will be held in the Rose Hotel Tralee on Wednesday December 14th. Letters for nominations and motions will be sent to the clubs on this Wednesday. There will be at least three new officers on the Executive Committee following Convention as the current Chairman, Development Officer and Coaching Officer have to vacate their positions due to the 5 year rule. Closing date for nominations and motions is November 2nd.

Work to commence of Austin Stack Pavilion this week

Development Officer Tim Murphy informed Delegates at last week’s County Committee meeting  that work was due to commence immediately on the upgrading of the pavilion at Austin Stack Park following a grant of €195,000 being received and County Chairman Patrick O’Sullivan confirmed that it is proposed to spend a total of  €400,000 to complete the works.

Kerry GAA propose Sean Walsh to contest the Presidency of the GAA in 2017

On the proposal of Kerry County Committee Chairman Patrick O’Sullivan at last week’s  County Committee meeting in Austin Stack Park, former Kerry and Munster Council Chairman Sean Walsh, was nominated to contest the Presidency of the GAA next year.  Walsh was unsuccessful last time out when Cavan’s Aogán Ó Fearghail was elected.

Munster Senior Football Championship Draw 2017

The following are the semi final Draws for the Munster Senior Football Championship 2017:

Kerry play Limerick or Clare and Tipperary play the winners of Cork or Waterford.

The Draws for the 2017 Munster Minor and Under 21 Championships will take place on this Thursday October 20th.

Kieran Donaghy Book launch

Kerry star Kieran Donaghy will launch his new book titled “What do you think of that” in the Ba;llygarry House Hotel on this Thursday evening at 8pm

Scór na nÓg

The county final of Scór na nÓg will take place in the CYMS hall Killorglin on Friday November 11th at 7pm.

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

Lixnaw are Acorn Life Under 21 Hurling Champions

Lixnaw are 2016 Acorn Life Co. Under 21 hurling champions following their 3 – 15 to 1 – 12 win over St. Brendan’s on Saturday at Abbeydorney. Although level at half time, 2 goals in quick succession early in the second half gave Lixnaw the initiative and they went on to record a comfortable 9 point victory at the finish.  

After the game Gerard McCarthy, Oifigeach Iomána Coiste Chontae Chiarraí C.L.G. presented the cup to Lixnaw captain, Jason Wallace. The Player of the Match Award went to Shane Conway and it was presented by Pius Conway of Acorn Life, Tralee. Match referee was Mike Joy (Casán na hAinnir). This was Lixnaw’s 5th Co. Under 21 title having previously won it in 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2004.

8 Kerry Players selected for Shinty Internationals

5 Kerry hurlers have been honoured with selection on the Ireland senior team to play Scotland in the annual Shinty international tournament to be played in Inverness this Saturday, 22nd October – Shane Nolan (Crotta),  Mikey Boyle (Ballyduff), Brian Murphy (Causeway) and Pa Kelly (Clarecastle).

In addition 3 players have been selected for the Under 21 international – Jack Goulding (Ballyduff), Philip Lucid (Ballyheigue) and Keith Carmody (Causeway) who has also been awarded captaincy of the side.

Leinster Senior Hurling Draw

Kerry will take Part in the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship Round Robin Group Groupalong with Westmeath, Laois and Meath.

The top two in the group go forward to the Draw proper with one Team playing Offaly and the other playing Wexford.


In the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship quarter final this weekend, Monaleen (Limerick) with be at home to St. Joseph’s Doora-Barefield (Clare). The winners will play Kilmoyley on the weekend of 6th November. Fixture details at www.munstergaa.ie

In the Munster Junior Hurling Championship Kilgarvan will have an away quarter final on the weekend of 30th October against the Waterford champions (Ballyduff Lower or St. Mary’s). Kilgarvan qualify by firtue of the victory over Austin Stacks in the South Kerry final on Saturday last.

Advance notice for the Tralee Parnell’s Annual General Meeting which will be held on Friday, 18th Nov.