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PRO GAA Scene 14th September 2016 2016-09-21 22:43:00


Kerry Minor Footballers take on Galway in All Ireland Final

Sunday next will see the culmination of a long drawn out championship season for the Kerry Minor team when they take on Galway in Croke Park with a 1:15 throw-in. The road to Croke Park started way back on 13th of April in Dungarvan when Kerry got their season of to a good start with an emphatic victory over the local side. A month later, Kerry had six points to spare over Clare at Milltown-Malbay and they then had to wait until July 3rd for the Munster final with old adversaries Cork, a game that Kerry eventually won by six points despite the concession of three goals. The quarter final and semi final victories over Derry and Kildare were due to exceptional second half displays on both occasions and there is no doubt that Kerry are well worth their final place.

Opponents Galway come into the game with a fine pedigree also. They had ten points to spare in their opening game against Roscommon and then defeated Mayo by six points in the Connaught final. They defeated Laois by seven points in the quarter finals and then accounted for many people’s favourites for eventual honours, Donegal, far more comfortably than the four points winning margin would suggest.

So the scene is set for an epic battle between two footballing sides with Ciaran Branagan of Down the man in the middle.

While Kerry have won the previous two All Irelands in the grade, as manager Peter Keane pointed out at the team press briefing, this particular group of players and their management are looking to make their own bit of history in Croke Park on Sunday. Some players of course have experience of All Ireland final day from last year and others were part of the Hogan Cup colleges victory with St Brendans in Croke Park earlier in the year and this no doubt will be of benefit to them, however, every game presents a new challenge and collectively they will know that only a top class performance on the day will suffice. We wish all involved the very best of luck on Sunday.


 Kerry GAA Golf Classic 

One of the major fundraising ventures ahead of All Ireland Finals, the annual Kerry GAA fundraising Golf Classic, takes place on this Friday in Killarney Golf Club and there is also one in Lucan Golf Club in Dublin for Kerry GAA Supporters in the capital.


Kerry GAA Church Gate Collection

Our thanks to all who contributed to the annual Kerry Teams Training Fund Church Gate Collection last weekend. All funds raised go towards the training of Kerry GAA intercounty teams in both hurling and football.  


Austin Stacks are Senior Club Champions

Austin Stacks are the Castleisland Mart Senior Club Championship champions for the first time since 2003 following a one point victory over their old rival Dr Crokes at Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday afternoon last. The Tralee side just about deserved their victory and despite playing second fiddle in the first half to a Dr Crokes side who had been reduced to 14 men at the end of the first quarter, they recovered well in the second half to make that extra man pay dividends. The 1,040 paying customers certainly got their money’s worth after a fine contest played at championship pace throughout. Dr Crokes, who had coped well with their numerical deficiency, will bemoan the fact that a number of chances to win the game, let alone force extra time by drawing level, went a-begging as the game came to its conclusion. However, as Stacks captain Kieran Donaghy referred to in his acceptance speech, the Tralee side had lost out in many similar situations when the sides have clashed in recent times. This game will certainly have brought both sides up to, or near championship pace, as they head into the County Championship where the winners play Kenmare District and the Killarney side have Kerins O’Rahillys as their opposition. After Saturday’s game, young jack Morgan of Austin Stacks was named the Castleisland Mart Man of the Match.


Castleisland Mart Club Championship Roundup

Action in the Castleisland Mart Club Championships has resumed and last weekend there were two quarter finals of the Novice Championship played.  It took extra time to separate Lispole and Duagh in Lispole where the home side finally prevailed on a 2-17 to 1-11 score line while in Tuosist, the home side had four points to spare against Valentia, 1-13 to 2-6.The semi final lineup on sees Cromane play Lispole and Ballyduff play Tuosist. Both of these semi finals were originally fixed for September 25th but obviously, with the replay of the senior hurling final pencilled in for that weekend, a new date will have to be found for the Ballyduff/Tuosist game.

The semi finals of the Intermediate Championship are fixed for Sunday September 25th as a double bill in  Fitzgerald  Stadium where Desmonds play Kenmare at 2pm and Templenoe play An Ghaeltacht at 3:30.

The Junior Premier semi finals are also down for decision on Sunday 25th as a double bill in  Austin Stack Park where Na Gaeil play Emmets at 2pm and Glenbeigh/Glencar play Ballydonoghue at 3:30pm.

 The Junior Champ semi finals are fixed for October 2nd when Fossa play Scartaglen in Farranfore and Listry play Beale in Strand Road. Both games are at 2:30pm.


Credit Union Senior Football League Playoff Roundup

Keel and Ballydonoghue met at Strand Road on Sunday evening in a Division 3 relegation playoff game to decide who would join Tarbert and Beale in Division 4 next season and after an absorbing encounter, neither side could be separated and will have to do it all again at a later date. Gary Sayers was the Keel hero scoring 1-1 in the dying moments of normal time to force extra time and again when his side were a point adrift as extra time came to an end the same player pointed a pressure free from near the sideline to guarantee his side a second chance.

Meanwhile, St Michaels/Foilmore and Listry will playoff on Saturday September 24th. in Killorglin at 5pm to fill the third relegation spot from Division 2. Finuge and Laune Rangers have already made the drop.

In the promotion playoffs, there are three teams in a three way playoff in Division 3 with Gneeveguilla, Annascaul and St Pats vying for the third promotion place.

Round 1 sees Gneeveguilla play Annascaul on Saturday Sept ember 25th in Ballymac at 2pm the winners of that game will play St Pats on Sunday Ocober 2nd and the winner there will be promoted to Division 2 along with Ardfert and Currow.

There is also a three way playoff in Division 5 to decide two promotion places between Tuosist, Sneem-Derrynane and Duagh.  Round 1 will see Duagh play Tuosist on Sunday September 25th in Milltown and the winner of that game will be the second team promoted behind champions Castlegregory. The loser of that game will play Sneem/Derrynane to decide the third team to be promoted to Division 4.


Junior Football Roundup

The remaining Junior Football Cup and League competitions will have to be played off at weekends due to the fading light and it is hoped to play some games, that fell foul of the weather last weekend, on the coming weekend.


Molyneaux Cup

Dr Crokes meet Rathmore in the Final on this coming Saturday in Rathbeg at 2pm.


McElligott Cup

Laune Rangers play Gneeveguilla in the final on this Saturday at 6pm at Lewis Rd.


Barrett Cup

Beaufort play Kenmare and  St Marys play Clounmacon in the semi finals.


Cahill Cup

The Semi final line-up sees Tarbert  play Charlie Kerins and Churchill play St Senans. Both games will be played on 23rd/24th September.


Junior Leagues Roundup

The Junior Leagues are at the final stage in most of the Divisions. The following is a rundown of the various groups:

Group 3: Spa play Beaufort in the final on Saturday 24th in Fossa at 4pm.

Group 5: St Marys defeated Skellig Rangers by 4-6 to 0-8 in the final on Sunday last.

Group 7: Currow play Dr Crokes in the final.


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


Crotta are Minor Hurling Champions for the first time!

Pride of place this week goes to the minor hurlers of Crotta O’Neill’s on winning the Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin Co. Minor hurling championship title with a 0 – 12 to 0 – 10 win over Lixnaw in the final on Sunday last.  This is the first time that Crotta have won the minor title and it is a fitting reward for the huge amount of work that has been put into the underage scene in the club over the past no. of years. It was a great honour for their captain, Thomas Quinlan, to receive Corn Seán Loibhéad from Gerard McCarthy, Oifigeach Iomána Coiste Contae Chiarraí. Well done to all involved, in particular to the panel of players and to the management team of Brendan Mahony, John Edwards, Michael Lynch, Paul O’Donoghue and Shane Nolan. Comhghairdeas díbh go léir.

Senior Hurling Final goes to a Replay after thriller

It will take another game to decide the resting place of Corn Neilus Ó Floinn for 2016 after last Sunday’s thrilling draw in the Garvey’s SuperValu Co. Senior Hurling Championship final. It ended Ballyduff 2 – 14 Kilmoyley 1 – 17 after an excellent contest, played before a large attendance of 3,335.

At half time in the game the Ballyduff team that won the 1991 senior championship title was introduced to the crowd by Ger Galvin.

Under 21 Championship gets underway

The quarter finals of the Co. Under 21 hurling championship are scheduled for this Saturday, 17th September, 5.00p.m. (extra time if necessary): St. Brendan’s v Causeway at Ardfert; Kilmoyley received a walk over from South Kerry. Lixnaw and Crotta have received a bye to the semi-finals.

Junior Hurling  Championship

Also on this Saturday Duagh play St. Pat’s (East Kerry) in the semi-final of the Co. Junior hurling championship (extra time if necessary). Venue is the John Mitchel’s G.A.A. Complex where there will be a 5.00p.m. throw in. The winners will meet Austin Stack’s in the final on Saturday, 24th Sept. (provisional fixture).

Clubs

Tralee Parnell’s are inviting interested adults to participate in the Hurl with Me programme which the club is promoting of Friday’s 16th, 23rd and 30th Sept. between 7.30p.m. and 8.30p.m. each evening at Caherslee G.A.A. Grounds. It is an initiative to get parents involved with their children and to give hurling a try. Further details at www.facebook.com/TraleeParnellsHurlingClub