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PRO GAA Scene 26th October 2016 2016-10-26 08:31:00

Kerry GAA Scene Wednesday 26th October 2016

Kenmare are Intermediate Champions

Kenmare are the Castleisland Mart Intermediate football champions following an easier than expected victory over an injury plagued Templenoe side before a fine attendance of 2,558 at Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday last. Templenoe had first use of the wind but it was Kenmare who settled quicker and were 1-8 to no score to the good before their neighbours finally got on the scoresheet in the 33rd minute. To be fair to Templenoe, they did put in a mighty effort in the second half in a bid to retrieve the situation  but they were always fighting an uphill battle and the winners had a comfortable eight points lead (2-11 to 1-6) at the final whistle.

So it’s Kenmare who go on to represent Kerry in the Munster Intermediate Club Championship where they face the Tipperary standard bearers, Fethard in Clonmel on Sunday next at 2pm and of course, last Sunday’s victory also means that Kenmare will be playing in the senior championship next year. Kerry All Ireland Minor winning captain, Sean O’Shea was named the Castleisland Mart Man of the Match and the trophy was presented to him by Jimmy Roche representing the sponsors.

Templenoe in the meantime have the chance to take a well earned rest following their exertions over the last year and a half or so during which time they won County and All Ireland Junior titles.

East Kerry are Minor Football Champions

In the end, East Kerry proved themselves to be far too strong for Mid Kerry in the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor County championship final at Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday last. Mid Kerry, with a very young side, did stay with the winners for forty minutes or so, however the overall strength of the East Kerry panel saw them dominate the final third of game to run out deserving winners (3-16 to 0-9).  It was a disappointing game but that will hardly worry East Kerry who win their first title since 2013 and will have the honour of naming the Kerry Minor captain for 2017 as Peter Keane and his charges set out in search of a four in-a-row of All Ireland Minor titles. Kerry centre back Daniel O’Brien was afterwards names as the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Man of the Match, a trophy that was presented to him by Seamus Kerrisk representing the sponsors.

Junior Premier Final Replay on Sunday next

The replay of the Castleisland Mart Junior Premier football championship will take place in Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday next when Glenbeigh-Glencar and Na Gaeil cross swords at 2:30 pm with Padraig O’Sullivan of Firies the man in charge. Both sides will have mixed emotions about the drawn encounter between the sides. Glenbeigh-Glencar, who of course were operating out of Division 1 of the League this year, did not really begin to play until they were reduced to thirteen men with all of twenty minutes still to play and will feel that they should have held out in those final few minutes when the numerical disadvantage finally began to tell against them. Na Gaeil on the other hand, belied their Division 4 status for a lot of the first forty minutes or so when the sides were evenly matched and they will be disappointed not to close out the deal at the first attempt.

Conditions for that final were particularly bad with wind and rain militating against good football so both sides have the opportunity on Sunday next to show what they can really do. Along with being the first winners of the new Tom Keane perpetual cup, the other big incentive for the new champions will be representing Kerry in the Munster Junior Club Championship. Sunday’s winners are due to play the Waterford champions at a Kerry venue on the weekend of November 6th, however, with  a minimum of three games yet to be played before the Waterford representatives are known, and no fixture this weekend, they may not have their championship completed in time for the Munster fixture on Sunday week. The winners of Round 1 are due to play the Limerick champions on November 20th .

Dr Crokes head for Clare

County senior football champions Dr Crokes head to Quilty in West Clare on Sunday next to take on the newly crowned Clare champions Kilmurray-Ibrickane in the first round of the Munster Club Championship. The Kerry standard bearers were given a real fright by the home side when last they met at the same venue in 2011 and there is no doubt but Colm Cooper and company are in for another tough hour on Sunday in a game that has an early throw in time of 1pm due to the replay of the Clare Senior Hurling Final in Ennis.

Junior Football Championship Replay

The replay of the Castleisland Mart Junior Football Championship final between Beale and Fossa will take place in Austin Stack Park on Sunday November 6th at 2:30pm

Novice Football Championship Final

Tuosist qualified for the Castleisland Mart Novice Football championship with a narrow 1-8 to 0-9 victory over Ballyduff in Kilcummin on Saturday last. The winners will now play Lispole in the final on Sunday November 6th.

Credit Union Senior Football League playoffs

There are still two issues to be resolved as the Credit Union Senior Football League playoffs come to a conclusion. 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 next, October 30th when Sneem/Derrynane play Tuosist in Beaufort at 2:30.

Nominations for Annual Convention close on Tuesday next

The Annual Convention of Kerry GAA will be held in the Rose Hotel Tralee on Wednesday December 14th.  Letters for nominations and motions were sent to the clubs on Wednesday last and Tuesday next, November 2nd is the closing date for the return of nominations.

There will be a changing of the guard to some extent at Convention when at least three new officers will be elected to the Executive Committee. The current Chairman, Patrick O’Sullivan, Development Officer Tim Murphy and Coaching Officer Eamonn Whelan have to vacate their positions due to the five year rule. It is generally accepted that all three proved themselves to be  outstanding officers during their respective five year terms.

There are fifteen Officers in all on the Executive – The Secretary is a full time post appointed by Croke Park; The Children’s Officer 9a position exempt from the 5 year rule) is nominated by the outgoing Executive as per GAA Rule and all of the remaining 13 officers have to be elected on an annual basis. Any member of the GAA can contest a position once nominated by their Club.

Closing date for both nominations and motions is November 2nd and Clubs are reminded that motions for Convention have to be passed at a special meeting of the Club.


All Munster Football Championship Draws now known

Following the draws for the Under 21 and Minor championships last week, all the draws for the Munster championship 2017 are now known.

The semi final draws for the Munster Senior Football Championship 2017 were made a couple of weeks back and they see Kerry play Limerick or Clare and Tipperary play the winners of Cork or Waterford.

In Under 21 Football, Kerry will play Clare with the winners playing Waterford. On the other side of the draw, Tipperary play Limerick with the winners playing Cork.

In Minor Football, in the first round , Kerry will play Clare while Limerick take on Waterford and Tipperary play Cork. The Semi Final Draw has not been revealed as teams who have already played cannot meet each other in the semi final.

Following the success of a motion to Annual Congress to reduce the Minor age limit from Under 18 to Under 17, the 2017 Inter-County Minor Championships will be the last to played as an Under 18 competition. In order to cater for players born in 2000, a special one-off competition has been organised for Under 17 players (players born in 2000 only).

In Under 17 Football, Tipperary take on Clare in the Quarter-Final will the winners playing Kerry in the Semi-Final. Cork will play Waterford wthl the winners playing Limerick in the other side of the draw.

Deaths of two former Kerry players

The death occurred last week of two former Kerry players who would have soldiered together for a number of years.

Donal "Marcus" O'Neill was Born in Farranfore and played seven championship games and sixteen League games for Kerry between 1952 and 1958. Though he did not manage to win an All Ireland senior medal he did win a Minor All Ireland in 1950 when Kerry defeated Wexford in the final.

Originally a member of the Legion Club, O'Neill played in five County Finals - In 1950 with Killarney, in 1951 when Dick Fitzgeralds defeated Dingle and, on moving to Cahersiveen, he won three County Championships with South Kerry, in 1955, 1956 and 1958.

Tom Ashe played nine Championship games and fourteen League games for Kerry between 1949 and 1953 in a Senior career that culminated in an All Ireland Final victory over Armagh in his final year on the team. Indeed in the ’53 semi final Ashe scored two goals as Kerry defeated Louth.

The Dingle man played in the 1946 Minor Final when Kerry defeated Dublin and two years later he was on the Dingle team that defeated Shannon Rangers to win the county Senior championship title for the 6th and last time.

We also remember Finbarr Carrig who at the time of his recent death was President of Tarbert GAA Club. A former player with the clu he was also a former officer of the County Bórd na nÓg.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anamacha.

Kieran Donaghy Book launch

Kerry star Kieran Donaghy launched  his new book titled “What do you think of that” in the Ba;llygarry House Hotel on Thursday last and we wish Kieran the best of luck with the book. Kieran has upcoming signing dates in Easons Killarney on November 19th, Easons Listowel on November 26th and in Garveys Supervalu Dingle on a date to be announced.

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


Austin Stacks are SHL Division 3 Champions

In the final of Division 3 of the Credit Union Co. Senior Hurling League played at Connolly Park, Tralee last Saturday, Austin Stack’s had a 3 - 11 to 1 - 8 win over Duagh. After a very competitive opening half, just 2 points separated the sides, with Stack’s ahead by 0 – 5 to 0 – 3 but 3 goals in the first fifteen minutes of the second half set them on their way to a comfortable 12 points victory.

After the game Gerard McCarthy, Oifigeach Iomána Coiste Chontae Chiarraí C.L.G. presented the cup to the Austin Stack’s captain, Andrew Foley.

Minor Hurling

The final of Division 1B of the Co. Minor Hurling League between Kenmare / Kilgarvan and Causeway is fixed for Monday next (Bank Holiday), 31st October. Venue is Austin Stack Park where there will be a 2.00p.m. throw in.

The 2017 inter-county minor championships will be the last to played as an Under 18 competition as following a motion passed at Annual Congress, inter county  minor will revert to Under 17 from 2018. In order to give county competition to players born in the year 2000, the GAA has arranged a once off Co. Under 17 championship in addition to minor for 2017. In the Munster competition Kerry have been drawn against Clare, date to be confirmed [winners v Waterford]. Kerry will not be competing in the Munster minor or Under 21 hurling championships in 2017.


Congratulations to Keith Carmody (Causeway) who as captain, led the Ireland Under 21 shinty team to victory in their international with Scotland at Inverness last Saturday. This is a tremendous honour for Keith and Kerry hurling in general. He was joined by Jack Goulding (Ballyduff) and Philip Lucid (Ballyheigue) who scored 13 of Ireland’s points in their 4 - 18 to 2 - 11 win.

Scotland won the senior international by 0 - 14 to 0 - 5 with Shane Nolan (Crotta), Mikey Boyle (Ballyduff), Brian Murphy (Causeway) and Pa Kelly (Clarecastle) taking part.

Munster Club Championships

In the Munster Junior Hurling Championship Kilgarvan will have an away quarter final on this weekend against the Waterford champions, Ballyduff Lower in Walsh Park Waterford at 2pm.

In the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship semi final, Kilmoyley with be away to Monaleen (Limerick) on the weekend of 6th November.

Tralee Parnells AGM

The Tralee Parnell’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday, 18th Nov.