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PRO GAA Scene 30th March 2016 2016-03-30 08:02:00

Kerry in prime position for an Allianz Football League Semi Final spot

Kerry put themselves in a perfect position for a semi final place when a tremendous second half performance saw them get the better of Monaghan by an eight points margin (1-17 to 1-9) in the Allianz Football League Round 6 game at Clones on Sunday. Employing extra men at the back, the home-side gave as good as they got during the first half after which the sides retired on level terms 6 points apiece. With wind advantage, Kerry upped the tempo in the second half hitting an amazing six points in eleven minutes and though they conceded a goal against the run of play that reduced the deficit to just three point, Kerry hit back to score 1-3 without reply something that must have pleased manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice no end . So, with one round of the League proper to go, Kerry will no doubt be pleased to have put a four game winning streak together given that the prophets of doom were forecasting a visit to Division 2 following a poor start which saw them ship defeats at the hands of Dublin and Roscommon. Performances in those games were certainly disappointing but Kerry  have recovered well with many of their injured stars returning to training and some of those  that had been absent making a welcome return to form.

Semi Final place up for grabs at Austin Stack Park

Kerry and Cork renew rivalry on Sunday next in Tralee’s Austin Stack Park (2pm) in a game that will decide who will advance to the League semi finals. Kerry of course have put together a four match winning streak but their opponent’s season has been a bit topsy-turvy mixing the good with the bad. Cork opened with a good win over Mayo and had two good wins in the last two rounds over Down last Sunday and Monaghan, however, they shipped a heavy defeat at the hands of Roscommon and also lost to both Donegal and Dublin. They did perform very well in that game against Dublin it must be said and that performance gave them the impetus for successive wins in the last two rounds.

While the points at stake will be vital on Sunday, I have no doubt that both sides will also have an eye on a possible championship meeting later in the year and neither side will want to give an inch. Cork of course are under new management in Peadar Healy, a man who is no stranger to Kerry football having been involved with the Dr Crokes management team last year and no doubt he will be wanting to lay down a marker in his opening game against the “ould enemy”.

Everything points at a cracking game of football, a big crowd and an electric atmosphere in Austin Stack Park.

Allianz Football League Match arrangements

The Allianz Football League meeting of Kerry and Cork in Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on Sunday next (throw-in 2pm) is an all ticket affair.

Tickets may be pre-purchased or are available on the day at the ticket vans which will be located in the main entrance Car Park. Stiles, including those at the Mitchel’s and Horan’s ends, will open at 12:00pm. There will be a designated stile for Season Ticket holders.

€5 discount for pre-purchased tickets for Sunday’s Allianz League game

A pre purchase discounted price of €10 applies. Please note that the cut off time for the pre-purchase discount will be midnight on the night before the fixture (Saturday night at 12 for Sunday’s game). Tickets purchased on match day will cost the usual €15. Admission for OAPs and Students is €10 on the production of valid I.D and Under 16s are free. Tickets can be pre-purchased from the usual sources including participating Centra and Supervalu stores throughout the county, online on www.gaa.ie, from Austin Stack Park and from the Kerry GAA Store in the Outlet Centre in Killarney.

Accommodation in the stand is on a first come first served basis and there will be a 36 page special souvenir programme on sale with the proceeds going to the Kerry Post Primary Colleges Committee and to Kerry Handball.

Credit Union Senior Football League.

A curtailed Round 2 of the Credit Union senior football league went ahead over the weekend.  A Number of games, particularly Division 3, were deferred to the coming weekend due to the senior football championship qualifier game on Friday evening between St Brendans and Shannon Rangers.

So there is a full round of fixtures in Division 3 this weekend, and two more in Division 4 and all of those games are scheduled for Sunday at 12 noon, except the meeting of Annascaul and Ballydonoghue which throws in at 11:30 and Dromid Pearses v Ardfert which has a 2pm start. The Division 1 meeting of Milltown-Castlemaine and John Mitchels will be played on Saturday at 5:30 pm.

Meanwhile, following last weekend’s games, Dingle, Dr Crokes, Kerins O’Rahillys and newly promoted Templenoe have full points in Division 1; St Marys, An Ghaeltacht and Emmetts have maximum points in Division 2; Fossa, under new manager John Evans, and Skellig Rangers have full points ion Division 4 and in Division 5, Tuosist, Castlegregory and Austin Stacks top the table with full points.

Round 3 of the League will be played on April 10th a week before the Club Championships swing into action.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Leagues

Round 5 of the Minor Football Leagues, with the exception of a few games involving Killarney/East Kerry Clubs, goes  ahead on this Friday evening at 6:30. There are a small number of back games in all Divisions still to be played but in general fixtures are very much up to date.

The playoff arrangements are as follows:

Any group with six teams has two semi finals while groups with five teams have one semi final with the top team going through to the final.

For groups with six teams the semi-finals pairings are: 1 v 4 and 2 v 3, with teams  1 and 2 having home advantage. However where CCC determines that travel involved is excessive then the CCC will fix the game for a neutral venue.

For groups with five teams the top team goes straight into final and next two teams play in a semi final. The 2nd placed team is at at home to 3rd placed team, however where the CCC determines that travel involved is excessive then the CCC will fix the game for a neutral venue.

If there is a tie, the result of the league game between the sides will determine placing.


Two Premier Junior Club Championship preliminary round games down for decision this weekend

There are two Castleisland Mart Premier Junior Club Championship preliminary round games down for decision this weekend when Tuosist are home to Ballylongford and Ballyduff entertain Kilgarvan.  The winners of the Tuosist/Ballylongford game travel to Finuge and the winners of the Ballyduff/Kilgarvan game travel to Keel in the Premier Junior Qualifiers proper. The losers of this weekend’s games will take part in the Novice Championship.

Under 21 Munster Final on Thursday 7th April

The Kerry Under 21 footballers, under the management of Jack O’Connor, continue their preparations for the Eirgrid Munster Under 21 football final against Cork, a game that will be played in Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on Thursday week (April 7th) with a 7:30 throw-in. This is Kerry’s first final appearance since 2012 and they will be looking for their first Munster title since 2008 when they went on the defeat Kildare in the All Ireland final under the captaincy of Killian Young.

Injuries have not been kind to Kerry this year with Brian Sugrue, injured in the semi final against Limerick, the latest to join the casualty list. He, along with Liam Carey, Liam Kearney  and Shane Ryan will not be available for the Munster final but on the positive side, Cormac Coffey, Mark O’Connor, Brandon Barrett and Matthew Flaherty are back in training.

Kerry Minor Footballers in action on April 13th

Kerry Minor footballers are presently preparing for their first outing in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football championship on Wednesday April 13th when they travel to a Waterford venue to take on the locals in a quarter final tie. The team is managed by Peter Keane of St Marys and selectors are Tommy Griffin of Dingle and James Foley of Kilcummin.

St Brendans College in Hogan Cup Final

Best wishes go to St Brendans College Killarney on Saturday next when they take on Derry outfit St Pats of Maghera in the Masita All Ireland Post Primary Schools Hogan Cup final in Croke Park at 3pm.

Despite winning 21 Corn Uí Mhuirí (Munster Colleges) titles, the “Sem” have won only two All Ireland titles; in 1969 when they defeated St Marys of Galway by 1-13 to 3-3 with John O’Keeffe captain and 1992 when they defeated St Jarlaths of Tuam by 0-9 to 0-5 with Kilcummin’s Niall Mangan as captain of a team that also included Seamus Moynihan. St Brendan’s last appearance in a final was in 2010 when they were defeated by St Colmans of Newry, while St Pats won the All Ireland in 2013 when they defeated St Patricks of Navan. St brendans are captained by last year’s Kerry  minor Daniel O’Brien of Glenflesk.

Féile Draw this Thursday

The draw for the 2016 Féile na Peil, hosted by Kerry, West Cork, and West Limerick, will be held in the Brehon Hotel, Killarney, on this Thursday March 31st at 8.00pm. Féile is a huge sporting event on the weekend of June 24th to 26th - the biggest juvenile sports tournament in Europe, with an emphasis on participation and enjoyment.

Defibrillator Training

All clubs are reminded that the Planning and Development Committee of Kerry GAA are organising training on the use of Defibrillators in Austin Stack Park Tralee on Tuesday April 5th at 6:45.

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

Kerry and Laois meet in Austin Stack Park Division 1B showdown

All hurling followers are looking forward to this Saturday evening, 2nd April when Kerry take on Laois at Austin Stack Park in the Allianz hurling league Division 1B relegation play-off. The game has a 5.00p.m. throw in.

Admission on the day costs €15 but it is available at a reduced price of €10 if purchased online on www.gaa.ie , from the Kerry GAA offices in Austin Stack Park, from the Kerry GAA Store in the Outlook Centre in Killarney or at participating Centra or Supervalu stores around the county up to midnight on Friday. Students and OAP admission is €10 on production of valid ID and Under 16s are free.

Credit Union Senior Hurling League

The Credit Union Co. Senior hurling league Division 1 got underway last weekend with 3 games played. With both teams fielding very under strength, Kilmoyley had a 0 – 11 to 0 – 9 win over St. Brendan’s at Ardfert. Causeway travelled to play Ballyheigue and had a convincing 1 – 14 to 0 – 3 win over the home side. At Abbeydorney, the home team were down by 0 – 9 to 1 – 5 at half time but turned things over significantly in the second half to eventually win by 9 points, 2 – 14 to 0 – 11.

The Saturday evening game did not go ahead. The referee was present at Ballyduff at the appointed 5.00p.m. throw in time but neither team was present. It has been re-scheduled for this Friday, 1 April at 6.15p.m.

Round 2 is scheduled for the weekend of 10th April with the following games: Abbeydorney v St. Brendan's; Ballyheigue v Ballyduff; Kilmoyley v Causeway; Lixnaw v Crotta O`Neill's.

Todd Nolan Hurling Tournament

The Launch of the Todd Nolan Munster Minor Hurling tournament will take place in Parker’s Lounge Kilflynn on this Saturday 2nd April at 8:30pm.

Hurling Cúl Camps 2016

The 2016 Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps for Hurling in Kerry have been arranged as follows: Causeway (4 – 8 July), Lixnaw & Ballyduff (11 -15 July), Ballyheigue & Kenmare (18 - 22 July), Ardfert &  Fitzgerald Stadium (25 – 29 July), Abbeydorney (1 – 5 August), Crotta O’Neill’s – Dromakee (8 – 12 August)  and Kilmoyley & Tralee Parnell’s - Caherslee (15 – 19 August).

Cost is €55 per child with reductions for additional members of families. Camps are open to primary school children between 6 and 13 years of age. Monday’s to Friday’s, 10.00a.m. – 2.30p.m. daily. Further details at www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie


The Tralee Parnell’s Hurling Club main fundraiser, for the year - a Race Night - takes place on Saturday, 16th April in the Fel’s Point / Rose of Tralee Hotel at 8.30p.m. Further details on the club website or from secretary.traleeparnells.kerry@gaa.ie

Outdoor hurling this Friday in the I.T North campus astro turf from 7.00p.m. to 8.00p.m. for the following groups: under 6, 8 & 10 boys and girls. Club registration will also take place in the I.T also and new members are welcome to come and try hurling with the club. Equipment can be loaned for the session. All other hurling and camogie teams train in Caherslee at the same 7.00p.m. time.

The Crotta Hurling Coiste na nÓg & Senior club awards night will be held on Saturday, 16 April at 7.30pm in the St. Columba Centre, Kilflynn. Guest of honour will be 8 time All-Ireland winner and 2 time All-Star, Kilkenny’s Richie Power.

John Flanagan RIP

The death has taken place of former Kerry & Kilmoyley hurler John Flanagan. John captained Kerry to win the All-Ireland Junior hurling championship in 1972 (when they defeated Warwickshire in the Final by 5 – 5 to 2 – 9). He also won 5 Co. senior hurling championship medals with Kilmoyley – in 1962, 1963 (as captain), 1964, 1970 & 1971. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

SENIOR SCÓR ALL-IRELAND - Two Clubs Seeking Glory for The Kingdom:

Best wishes to the Spa Club (Cill Airne) Figure Dancers and to the Brothers Pearse Club (Churchill) Quiz Team in their All-Irelands in the INEC on Saturday next (2nd).

Peadar Ó Cearnaigh's ‘Amhrán na bhFiann’ will be sung by Aoife Ní Choileáin-Uí Dhonnchú (Club Aibhistín de Staic) who has been Scór champion singer of Kerry on four occasions.

Rinceoirí an Spá: Sinéad Ní Chróinín, Pádraigín Ní Mhurchú, Clár Ní Mhuimhneacháin, Céití Ní Chonchúir, Fiona Ní Cheallaigh, Ciara Ní Shé, Mairéad Ní Mhongáin, Áine Máire Ní Niallagáin, Máire Masún.

The Brothers Pearse Club (Cnoc na hEaglaise) Quiz Team: Alex Ó Dónaill, Seán Ó Flaithearta’, Pól Ó Cullota, Mícheál Mag Fhionnbhair (Gaynor). Go n-éirí go geal leo uilig