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PRO GAA Scene 30th November 2016 2016-11-30 08:26:00

Glowing Tributes paid to outgoing chairman at County Committee meeting

Monday night’s County Committee meeting was significant for the fact that it was the final county board meeting of the year and it also marked the final county board meeting to be chaired by Patrick O’Sullivan who has been an officer of the board since 1998, the past five years as chairman. Glowing tributes were paid to the Dr Crokes man by delegates and fellow officers alike for his contribution as an officer over an eighteen year period and particularly for his work in relation to the Centre of Excellence in Currans. Replying, the chairman thanked the Clubs of the county, the delegates, fellow officers and his club, Dr Crokes for their co-operation during his tenure and he wished incoming Chairman, Tim Murphy the very best of luck in the chair. The annual county convention of Kerry GAA will be held in The Rose Hotel Tralee on Wednesday December 14th .

Motions Defeated

There were nine motions submitted by the clubs on the Clár for consideration by delegates at Monday night’s meeting of the County Committee. Of these nine motions, five were either withdrawn or referred to other committees while the four motions that were moved were all heavily defeated. Among those was a motion from Rathmore proposing that scoring difference should replace playoffs to decide promotion and relegation issues, while a motion from Cordal asking that no senior county league games be played during the month of June was also defeated.


Maurice Fitzgerald ratified as new Kerry Selector

Former 2 time All Ireland Football winner Maurice Fitzgerald has joined  Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s management team as a selector in place of Diarmuid Murphy who stepped down earlier this year after six years in the position. The St Marys Cahersiveen Clubman was ratified at Monday night’s meeting of the Kerry County Committee.

Eamonn Fitzmaurice welcomed the appointment of his former teammate to the management team; “I am delighted to welcome Maurice into the Kerry senior football setup. His football knowledge, work ethic and personality will be a huge asset to us”.

Fitzgerald will join Trainer/Selector: Padraig Corcoran (Dingle) and selectors Mikey Sheehy (Austin Stacks) and Liam Hassett (Laune Rangers) as part of the backroom team.

Dr Crokes are Munster Champions for a 7th time

Dr Crokes had little difficulty in claiming their 7th Munster Senior Club title when easily accounting for Waterford champions The Nire in Mallow on Sunday last. The Killarney side had their passage to the semi final secured when leading by 3-9 to 0-1 at the break with all three goals coming from Daithí Casey. Crokes were quite content to pick off the points during the second half and eventually ended up winners by an eighteen points margin, 3-15 to 0-6. They now take on Connaught and Galway winners, Corofin, in what promises to be a mouth-watering semi final on February 11th next year.

Kenmare are Munster Intermediate Club Champions

Kenmare Shamrocks strolled to a facile 1-20 to 1-8 victory over surprise finalists Adare in the Munster Intermediate Club Final at Mallow on Sunday last. Like their senior fellow county-men, Dr Crokes, Kenmare laid the foundation for this win with a very solid first half that saw them retire at the interval 1-11 to 0-5 to the good with the goal coming from Kerry Minor captain Sean O’Shea. Five more points during the third quarter ensured that they added the Intermediate title to the Junior title they won back in 2012 and interestingly, 1-17 of their final tally came from their full forward line. That win by Kenmare, the ninth Kerry club to win the title, sets them up for a semi final meeting with Lee Keegan’s Westport on January 29th.

Glenbeigh-Glencar go for Munster Glory

On Sunday next Kerry Premier Junior champions Glenbeigh-Glencar travel to Mallow to take on Cork’s representatives Gabriel Rangers in the Munster Junior football final seeking to become the ninth Kerry club in a row to claim the title. Neither side have had any great test of their capabilities since winning their respective county titles with the Mid Kerry side getting a walk over in the quarter final and easily accounting for Gerald Griffins of Limerick in the semi final, while Gabriel Rangers recorded rather facile wins over Clare’s Meelick and Clonoulty-Rossmore from Tipperary on their way to the final. This promises to be the best and most competitive of the Munster club finals so far and whoever emerges as winners will know they have been in a game. Throw-in is at 3:15pm.

Munster Junior B Championship

Kerry Novice champions Lispole are still waiting on their opponents for the Munster Junior B semi final on December 11th. Oola of Limerick and Tipp’s Arravale Rovers wil play in the quarter final on Sunday next with Lispole facing the winners on the following weekend.

Kerry Senior Footballers begin 2017 season with McGrath Cup game against Tipperary

Kerry Senior Footballers will open the 2017 season with a McGrath Cup game against Munster Finalists Tipperary at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on Sunday January 8th. (2pm) and will play Cork in Round 2 the following Sunday in Páirc Uí Rinn.

 In Group B, Limerick, Clare and Waterford will fight it out for a place in the final. The McGrath Cup Final is fixed for Sunday January 22nd.

Allianz Football League Fixtures

Kerry open their Allianz Football League campaign away to Donegal in Letterkenny on February 5th in the first of three away games, the others being away to Roscommon and Cavan.

Kerry have four home games with two fixed for Tralee – both under lights against the All Ireland Finalists – Mayo on February 11th and Dublin on March 18th. The remaining two home games are against Monaghan and Tyrone.

AFL Fixtures

Rd. 1      Feb 5th                 Donegal V Kerry               Letterkenny

Rd. 2      Feb 11th                                Kerry V Mayo                     Austin Stack Park

Rd. 3      Feb 26th                Kerry V Monaghan          Fitzgerald Stadium

Rd. 4      Mar 5th                  Roscommon V Kerry       Hyde Pk

Rd. 5      Mar 18th                Kerry V Dublin                  Austin Stack Pk

Rd. 6      Mar 26th                Cavan V Kerry                    Breffni Pk

Rd. 7      April 2nd               Kerry V Tyrone                  Fitzgerald Stadium

There will be no Division One semi-finals. Instead, the top two teams will contest the final one week after the Round 7 matches have been contested – April 9th.

Munster Senior Football Championship

The dates, and venues for the 2017 Munster GAA Football Championship fixtures have been announced. The Quarter-Finals are fixed for the weekend of May 27th/28th while the Semi-Finals will take place on June 10th/11th.

Munster Senior Football finalists Kerry and Tipperary have byes to the semi-finals.

The defending champions Kerry will await the winners of the Quarter-Final meeting of Limerick and Clare. If it’s Kerry V Limerick the game is in Fitzgerald Stadium and if it’s Kerry V Clare the game is in Cusack Park. Tipperary will play either Cork or Waterford on the other side of the draw.

The 2017 Munster Senior Football Final is fixed for Sunday July 2nd.

Munster Under 21 Football Championship

Kerry Under 21 footballers  will play Clare in the quarter final of the Munster Under 21 Championship on March 8th in Austin Stack Park Tralee. The winners play Waterford in the semi final in Dungarvan on March 15th. Cork will open the defence of their Munster Under 21 Football title with a home semi-final versus either Tipperary or Limerick.

The Munster Under 21 Football Final is fixed for Wednesday March 29th.

Munster Minor Football Championship

Kerry will begin their quest for their fifth Munster Minor Football title in a row with a home game versus Clare on Wednesday April 12th. Tipperary will host Cork while Limerick have home advantage versus Waterford in the other opening round fixtures on April 12th.

The semi final pairings will not be revealed until after the Round Robin series – teams who have already met will be kept apart in the semi finals.

The 2017 Munster Minor Football Final is fixed for Sunday July 2nd.

Munster Under 17 Football Champiuonship

In the Munster Under 17 Football Championship, Tipperary will host Clare on Tuesday April 4th while on the same date, Waterford host Cork.

In the semi-finals on Tuesday May 2nd, Kerry will have home advantage in Austin Stack Park versus the winners of Tipperary or Clare while Limerick will travel to play the winners of Waterford and Cork.

The Munster Under 17 Football Championship Final is fixed for Tuesday May 16th.

All Ireland Winners to receive their Medal Presentations

Kerry’s victorious Junior and Minor footballers and 5-in-a-row winning Minor hurlers will receive their winner’s medals at a function in the Rose Hotel Tralee on this Saturday evening where Munster Council chairman Jerry O’Sullivan will be the guest of honour.

Kerry’s Magnificent 7 DVD to go on sale on December 12th

Kerry’s Magnificent 7 DVD, the follow on to the very successful “Kerry’s Golden Years” video and covering the period from 1988 to 2016 will go on sale on Monday December 12th just in time for the Christmas market. The DVD is a must have for all Kerry supporters as is the commemorative 40 page booklet, priced at €5 which is currently on sale in the Kerry GAA Store in Killarney. The DVD may be ordered in advance on line at www.kerrygaa.ie

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

Kerry’s Senior Hurling Fixtures for 2017 revealed 

The Kerry senior hurlers will open their 2017 Allianz Hurling League campaign on Sunday, 12th February with a home game in Austin Stack Park against Laois. Three of their five league games, including the final two, will be in Tralee, with games against Galway on 12 March and Offaly on 26 March. In between they will be away to Limerick on 19 February and Wexford on 5 March.

The year will begin on Sunday, 8 January with a Munster senior league game. This competition will be played on a round robin basis between 5 Munster counties, excepting Tipperary, who have decided not to take part. The draw for this competition will be made by the Munster Council, G.A.A. on 15 Dec.

Fixtures have also been made for the round robin series of the 2017 Leinster senior hurling championship which involves Kerry, Meath, Westmeath and Laois. The first Kerry game will be away to Meath at Páirc Tailteann in Navan on Sunday, 23 April; In Round 2  Kerry play Westmeath at Cusack Park, Mullingar on Sunday, 30 April and in Round 3 they meet Laois at Austin Stack Park on Sunday, 14 May. The top-two teams from the round-robin will progress to the Leinster quarter-finals against Offaly or Wexford on the weekend of 27/28 May. Full details at www.leinstergaa.ie

There was good news for Clare native Patrick Kelly at the recent Central Council meeting when Kerry’s request for a derogation to allow him continue play his senior hurling with Kerry was granted.

Victorious Kerry Minor Hurlers’ Medal presentation

The victorious Kerry Minor hurlers will receive their All Ireland Medals at a function in the Rose Hotel Tralee on this Saturday evening

Club News

The Crotta Hurling Club annual general meeting will be held on this Sunday, 4th December in the St. Columba Centre, Kilflynn starting at 6.00 p.m. Nomination and motion forms to be returned to Club Secretary, Annette Nolan, by this Friday, 2 December.

Best of luck to former Abbeydorney and Kerry hurler, Darragh O’Connell, who will be playing in the Leinster club senior hurling final with Cuala (Dublin) on this Sunday, 4th December. They meet O’Loughlin Gaels (Kilkenny) at Portlaoise, 2.00p.m.

Congratulations to St. Brendan’s and Kerry player, John Egan, on receiving a national Irish Daily Star Player of the Match award at a function in Croke Park recently for his performance in the Kerry v Carlow championship match last May. An award was presented to a player in each of the All-Ireland championship matches played in 2016 and among the other winners were Shane Dowling (Limerick), Austin Gleeson (Waterford), Lee Chin (Wexford) and Tony Kelly (Clare).

The Ladys Walk Motion to Convention asking for the Intermediate Hurling Championship to be held prior to the start of the Senior Hurling Championship was defeated at Monday night’s county committee meeting.

Tralee Parnell’s winter indoor hurling sessions for Under 10’s continue each Tuesday at the Tralee Sports Complex at 6.30 pm. All current and any interested new players are invited to attend.  Cost is just €2 per child to cover overheads.