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PRO GAA Scene 13th January 2016 2016-01-13 08:14:00

Understrength Kerry go down to Clare in McGrath Cup

A largely experimental Kerry side, that contained none of the All Ireland match day squad, went down to Clare by three points in their opening game of the McGrath Cup before 805 spectators at Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday last.

Kerry had the better of the first half after which they held a four points lead, but a much improved second half performance from the Bannermen was too much for the home side and the visitors ran

Kerry, who have no chance of making the final of the competition  will now play Tipperary on Sunday next in Tipperary Town in Round 2 at 2pm.

With the opening round of the Allianz Football League against Dublin just over two weeks away, Kerry returned to full training on Tuesday of this week and among those that will be part of the panel for the first two game, away to Dublin and at home to Roscommon, will be the ex Kerry Minor duo of Brian Ó Beaglaoich (An Ghaeltacht) and Tom O’Sullivan of Dingle.

Bryan Sheehan nominated to be the new Kerry Captain

County champions, South Kerry have informed the secretary of the Kerry County Committee that Bryan Sheehan is to be their nominee to captain the Kerry Senior Football team in 2016.

The St Marys clubman, who previously led the Kingdom in 2010, and who made his championship debut against Tipperary back in 2005, has made 60 championship appearances in the green and gold for Kerry scoring a whopping 6 goals and 153 points.

The nomination will be ratified at the next meeting of the Kerry County Committee.

John Mitchels and Spa in Division 2 Promotion Playoff Final

John Mitchels and Spa have qualified for the final of the Credit Union Senior Football League Division 2 playoff when upsetting the form book to get the better of Rathmore and St Marys respectively on Sunday last..

John Mitchels 2-8 Rathmore 0-12

John Mitchels needed extra time to dispose of Rathmore at Finuge (2-8 to 0-12). Rathmore got the better start and led by 5 points to 2 at the end of the first quarter but a goal from Alan O’Donoghue saw Mitchels go in at the break on level terms, 1-4 to 0-7. The sides were still level at the three quarter stage and the game went to extra time when they finaished all square after 60 minutes, 1-8 to 0-11. There was no further scoring during the first ten minute but a goal from George Bastible worked the oracle for the Tralee side during the second period.

Spa 1-11 St Marys 1-8

Spa brought the St Marys winning streak to an end at Farranfore when upsetting the odds to record a deserved three point victory, 1-11 to 1-8. Indeed it was Spa who inflicted the last competitive defeat on the Cahersiveen side way back in Round 4 of the League last May. Spa got the better start and led by 3 points to 1 after nine minutes but Marys fought back to level 3 points all by the end of the first quarter. A penalty by Kerry minor Michael Foley saw Spa lead by 1-6 to 0-5 at the break. Denis Daly with a goal, and a point from Bryan Sheehan, had the sides level on the resumption but with Michael O’Donoghue and Dara Moynihan in fine form, Spa added on the winning points.

Spa and John Mitchels will now meet in the final of the promotion playoff this weekend with the winners joining Templenoe and Kenmare in Division 1.

Fixture planning for New Season has commenced

The CCC has met  for the first time this year on Monday night of this week and it’s their job to put a fixtures calendar in place for the year and very importantly, this Fixtures calendar has to be passed by the County Committee  which is  made up of all clubs and District Boards in the county. Each District Board, including the North and South Kerry Hurling Boards, has a representative on the CCC and they have a big input  into the fixtures planning. So effectively every unit within the county has a say in the Fixtures plan if they choose to do so and now is the time for any club with ideas or submissions to let their feelings known through their District Board representative.

Dr Crokes win Under 21 Club Football Championship

Dr Crokes are the Acorn Life county Under 21 Club Champions following a seven points victory over Annascaul/Lispole/Castlegregory at Lewis Road on Saturday afternoon last (2-11 to 2-4).

A goal from Jordan Kiely saw Dr Crokes race into a 1-2 to no score lead after ten minutes but two goals from Keelan Dowling had the sides level by the break, 1-5 to 2-2. The sides swapped two points apiece on the resumption but points from Jordan Kiely and Gavin O’Shea and a late goal from Michael Casey secured the title for Dr Crokes.

After the game, the Tom Naughton Cup was presented to winning captain Gavin O’Shea by Stephen O’Sullivan, Assistant Secretary of the Kerry County Committee.

Templenoe are through to All Ireland Junior Semi Final

Templenoe made the journey to Birmingham a fruitful one as they overcame Liverpool side John Mitchels on a score of 2-8 to 0-6 to advance to the semi final of the All Ireland Junior football championship against Meath side Curraha on Sunday 24th January at a venue to be decided. A goal by Killian Spillane saw the winners lead by 1-5 to 0-1 at the break and another major, this time from Stephen O’Sullivan, copper-fastened victory in the second half.

The Kerry GAA Supporters Annual Dinner Dance and Awards Night 

The Kerry GAA Supporters Club hold their annual social on Saturday 23rd of January in the Ballygarry House Hotel in Tralee.  There is plenty to celebrate there too with All Ireland titles by the Minor and Junior footballers and National titles as well by the Senior and Minor Hurlers as well as eight All Stars between football and hurling not forgetting Dominick Lynch’s exploits on the Handball scene. So a big night as usual in the Ballygarry House on 23rd – tickets available from Donie O’Leary, John King, Martin Leane and any of the committee members.

Tickets for The Allianz Leagues are now on sale! 

Tickets are now on sale for the Allianz Football and Hurling Leagues at a  pre purchase discounted price of €10 for Division 1 and  2 in Football and Division 1A and 1B in Hurling.  The cut off time for the pre-purchase discount will be midnight on the night before the fixture (Tickets on match day will be €15).

Tickets will be available from the usual sources including participating Centra and Supervalu stores throughout the county. A link will also be made available on the Kerry GAA Website to purchase tickets. The GAA Season Tickets are still on sale from Croke Park and renewals are on-going.

Kerry GAA Gala Fundraising Dinner in Dublin

The inaugural Kerry GAA Gala Fundraising Dinner will be held at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel, Dublin, on Friday 29th January.

This exciting black tie event will take place on the eve of the opening game in the Alliance Football League in which Dublin and Kerry will meet again in Croke Park. In fact, the enduring rivalry between our great footballing counties will be a central theme of our Gala Dinner which will be attended by many of the stars of the legendary Kerry-Dublin clashes over the decades. We will also be joined by leading personalities from other sports.  All funds raised on the night will be invested in the development of training and coaching facilities at the Kerry Centre of Excellence Project.

A table of ten costs €2,000 and includes:

Dinner and entertainment, compared by RTÉ’s Darragh Moloney,  Music, led by the great Liam O’Connor.

The chance to participate in an auction of Kerry and Dublin GAA and other collector’s sporting memorabilia

Tickets to the Kerry V Dublin National League opening match on 30th January

Tickets for a legends Tour of Croke Park to take place on the afternoon of the match

To book a table please visit www.kerryfundraiserdublin.com or contact Carley Donegan on info@kerryfundraiserdublin.com.

Scór na nÓg

Congratulations to The Spa (Cill Airne) Scór na nÓg Rince Seit team that was Kerry’s only Munster final winning item in Ceapach Choinn on Sunday last. Their performance was superb! Spa’snext important engagement will be on 30th January in Killarney’s INEC where they will be expecting to bring another All-Ireland title to The Kingdom. The Spá (Cill Airne) Scór na nÓg quiz team will also be taking part in the All-Ireland final on 30th January. As the Kerry qualifiers, they go straight into the national final. This team also won the 2015 quiz title. An mbeidh dhá chraobh ag Spá Chill Airne i 2016?

We sympathise with all our other participants who performed admirably at a very high level….Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann standard….but just didn’t get the imprimatur from all three adjudicators! However, they are to be congratulated on being part of a highly competitive and entertaining Munster competition.

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

The Kerry senior hurlers put up another reasonably satisfactory performance on Sunday last against Cork before eventually losing by 1 - 20 to 0 - 18  in round 1 of the Munster senior league. The game had been changed to Mallow on Saturday. Cork were ahead by 1 – 11 to 0 – 9 at half time.

Kerry will play Clare in Sixmilebridge in round 3 on this Wednesday, 13th at 7.30p.m. and will be at home to Waterford in Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday week, 24th at 2.00p.m. Daniel Collins (Kilmoyley) has been nominated as the Kerry senior hurling captain for 2016. Tom Murnane will be the vice captain.


Thanks to all who have purchased the book ‘North Kerry – a hurling history’ to date. It remains on sale locally for €20 at the following shops: O’Mahony’s Bookshop, Castle Street, Tralee; Foley’s Gala Express, Lixnaw; Lerrig Stores, Kilmoyley; Horgan’s Centra, Ardfert; Powers, Dillane’s and the Post Office, Abbeydorney; Woulfe’s Bookshop, Listowel; Ross’s Centra and Sheehy’s, Ballyduff; Moriarty’s Post Office, Ballyheigue; Flynn’s, Leahy’s and the Post Office in Causeway and Polymath Bookshop, Courthouse Lane, Tralee. Any enquiries from tocatp1@gmail.com or 087-9706162.

Club Scene

The annual convention of the North Kerry Hurling Board goes ahead on this Thursday, 14th January and it will be hosted by the Ballyduff Club.

Kilmoyley Hurling Club has produced a limited edition 2016 Kilmoyley G.A.A. calendar, featuring all teams from under 6 right up to senior. It is on sale locally at just €7, with €1 from each sale being donated to the Kerry/Cork Health Link bus. Further details from (087) 9812676 or (087) 9745817. Kilmoyley will hold their 53rd Annual Social on this Saturday, 16th at Ballyroe Hotel. Highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the 2015 co. senior and intermediate championship medals.

Lixnaw Hurling Club will hold their Victory Social and co. minor championship medals presentation on Saturday week, 23rd January in the Ballyroe Heights Hotel.

The Tralee Parnell’s Hurling Club will hold a club development workshop on this Friday, 15th January at the Kerin’s - O’Rahilly’s Clubhouse, commencing at 7.30p.m. All interested in the promotion of hurling and camogie in Tralee town are invited to attend.  Up to date news on the club is available at traleeparnellshurling.blogspot.ie