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PRO GAA Scene September 6th 2017 2017-09-06 00:01:00

Final Round of the Credit Union Senior Football League

With the exception of a few games where promotion or relegation was not an issue, the final round of games in the Credit Union Senior Football Leagues were played on Sunday and the vast majority of promotion and relegation issue have been decided but there are still a number of playoffs required.

The following is the situation in the various Divisions.

Division 1

Division 1 League Final: Dr Crokes V An Ghaeltacht

Relegated: Desmonds, Austin Stacks; Milltow-Castlemaine or St Marys

In Division 1, unbeaten Dr Crokes have qualified for the Division 1 Final and their opponents will be An Ghaeltacht thanks to their victory over St Marys in Cahersiveen.

Castleisland Desmonds and Austin Stacks were already relegated to Division 2 next season and there will have to be a playoff between Milltown-Castlemaine and St Marys, who both finished on 8 points, to decide the third team for the drop to Division 2.

Division 2

Promoted: Killarney Legion (Champions), Spa and Beaufort

Relegated: Listry, St Pats and Waterville

In Division 2, Killarney Legion, following their victory over Glenflesk, are promoted to Division 1 as champions following just one year in the lower division, and they are joined by Spa and Beaufort who were already promoted before the final round.

At the bottom of the table, Listry were already relegated and they will be joined by St Pats and Waterville whose victory over Listry was not enough to save them.

Division 3

Promoted:  Ballymacelligott, Na Gaeil and Dromid Pearses

Relegated: St Michaels-Foilmore, Fossa; St Senans or Gneeveguilla

In Division 3, Ballymacelligott, Na Gaeil and Dromid Pearses, none of whom were in action over the weekend, were all already promoted to Division 2 before the final round of games, however, it has yet to be decided who will go up as champions and that issue may very well not be decided until Sunday 24th September when Ballymacelligott and Na Gaeil, both on 17 points, will play their final round game. Dromid Pearses (16 points) also have to play their Round 11 game and are away to Finuge on a date to be decided.

At the foot of the Division 3 table, St Michaels-Foilmore were already relegated to Division 4 and they will be joined by  Fossa , and Gneeveguilla or St Senans  both of whom finished on 9 points and will have to playoff to see who goes down. Gneeveguilla picked up full points from two games played over the weekend.

Division 4

Promoted: Keel, Lispole; Skellig Rangers or Dr Crokes.

Relegated: Scartaglen, Sneem-Derrynane and Duagh

In Division 4, Keel and Lispole finished joint top of the table on 19 points and they are promoted to Division 3 with a playoff necessary to decide the champions.  Meanwhile Skellig Rangers and Dr Crokes finished level on 18 points in joint third place and they will playoff to decide the third promotion place.

At the bottom of the table, Scartaglen and Sneem-Derrynane were already relegated to Division 5 next season and the fact that Sneem-Derrynane conceded to Beale meant that the North Kerry side were safe and it also spelt relegation for Duagh.

Division 5

Promoted: Cordal, Ballylongford

In Division 5, Cordal (23 points) and Ballylongford (22 points) were already promoted with Cordal going up as champions. The final promotion place rests between Cromane and Rathmore both of whom finished on 17points and must playoff to decide who goes up.

Castleisland Mart Club Championships

The Castleisland Mart Club Championships swing back into action this coming weekend with action in the Senior, Intermediate, Junior Premier, Junior and Novice Championships.

Senior Club Championship

Pride of place this weekend goes to the playing of the Castleisland Mart Senior Club Championship final between Dr Crokes and Kenmare Shamrocks which takes place on Sunday in Fitzgerald Stadium at 2:30pm. The fact that both of these sides will meet in the senior county championship quarter finals in just two weeks time should whet the appetite even further.  Dr Crokes are appearing in their 6th final on the trot having won three in a row between 2012 and 2014 but suffering defeat in their last two appearances, to Dingle in 2015 and Austin Stacks last year. In comparison, Kenmare Shamrocks are appearing in their first final having been promoted to the senior ranks this season following victory over near neighbours Templenoe in last year’s  Intermediate final. To reach Sunday’s final they accounted for Kerins O’Rahillys in Strand Road by a point and then defeated Legion in the semi final in Fitzgerald Stadium while Dr Crokes had a good win over Austin Stacks in Round 1 and then Rathmore in the semi final.

Given that it is a perfect rehearsal for the county championship encounter, this initial meeting is sure to give value for money with so many young up and coming players on both sides.

Intermediate Club Championship

The first of the two Castleisland Mart Intermediate Club Championship semi finals is down for decision this weekend when St Marys play An Ghaeltacht in Killorglin on Sunday at 2:30. These sides clashed as late as last Sunday in the senior football league, a game that finished in a victory for A Ghaeltacht  but the stakes on Sunday are a lot higher as All Ireland Intermediate champions from 2016 St Marys, who have defeated Currow and Desmond to get this far,  only know too well.  An Ghaeltacht, with a young team, have been making steady progress under Marc Ó Sé and defeated Gneeveguilla and Ardfert, both in Gallarus, on the way to Sunday’s semi final.

The second semi final between Templenoe and Laune Rangers will be played on Saturday 23rd September at 5pm in Fitzgerald Stadium. The Kerry champions are away to the Tipperary representatives on the weekend of October 30th.

Junior Premier Club Championship

There is a big local derby in Cahersiveen on Saturday when South Kerry rivals, Dromid Pearses and Skellig Rangers meet in the Castleisland Mart Junior Premier Club Championship semi final (5pm). The stakes are always high when local sides clash in championship action and the fact that a final place is at stake makes this an eagerly anticipated fixture. Both sides have been successful at Junior level in recent times and have had good League seasons in their respective divisions. Dromid have accounted for Renard and Fossa on their way to the semi final while Skellig Rangers defeated St Pats and then took a major scalp when defeating Listowel Emmets in the Quarter finals.

The second semi final between Firies and Na Gaeil will be played on September 30th and the Kerry representatives will be in Munster action on November 6th with a home tie against Waterford opposition.

Junior Championship 

The first semi final of the Castleisland Mart Junior Championship is down for decision on this Saturday at 5pm when two sides from opposite ends of the county, Tuosist and Castlegregory, meet in Derreen.   The West Kerry side, who finished just behind the leaders in Division 3, defeated Scartaglen and Duagh on their way to the semi final while Tuosist, languishing in the bottom half of Division 5, have defeated Valentia and Ballyduff.

In the other semi final  Listry now take on Lispole in Strand Road on Saturday 16th which is a week later than originally fixed.

Novice Championship

There are still two games to be played in Round 1 of the Novice Championship. On Sunday next, Beale have home venue against fellow North Kerry side, Moyvane (2:30pm) with the winners there due to play Sneem-Derrynane in the semi final on September 16th. Meanwhile the Kilgarvan Vs Cromane first Round tie will not be played until September 24th and the winners there will play Scartaglen in the semi final.

Junior Football Cups Update

The Junior Cups - Molyneaux, McElligott , Barrett and Cahill – are progressing slowly due to County League fixtures last weekend and Club Championships on the coming weekend. The following is the fixtures situation;

Molyneaux Cup  

Dr Crokes and Rathmore will meet in the final on Saturday 16th September

McElligott Cup

Spa play John Mitchels in Spa on this Saturday (4:30pm)  in the first semi final with Beaufort playing  Ballydonoghue on a date to be decided..

Barrett Cup

The four quarter final pairings are known and the quarter final line-up is as follows:

St Pats V Clounmacon  (Saturday 9th Sept)

St Michaels-Foilmore V Castlegregory

Desmonds V Kenmare

Ardfert V Listry

Cahill Cup

Currow defeated  Dromid Pearses in an outstanding Round 1 game last weekend and the quarter final line-up  is as follows:

Renard V Churchill (Saturday 9th Sept)

Currow or Dromid V Tarbert

Charlie Kerins V Skellig Rangers

Ballymacelligott V  Beale

Junior Football League Finals

There are three outstanding finals to be played in the Junior Leagues as follows:

Group 4: Beaufort V Glenbeigh/Glencar

Group 5: Waterville V Skellig Rangers

Group 8: Tarbert V Ardfert

Jack O’Connor appointed Kerry Under 20 Football Manager

At Monday night’s meeting of the County Committee Jack O’Connor (Dromid Pearses) was appointed Manager of the Kerry Under 20 football team for a two year period.  Jack was manager of the Kerry Under 21 side for the last two years and prior to that led Kerry to two All Ireland Minor titles in 2014 and 2015. 

Former three time All Ireland winner, John Crowley (Glenflesk) replaces Declan O’Sullivan in the backup team which is as follows:

Selectors: Micheál O’Shea (Castlegregory), Eamon Whelan (St Senans), John Crowley (Glenflesk).

Trainers: Alan O’Sullivan (Kerins O’Rahillys) and Arthur Fitzgerald (Firies)

Kerry GAA Fundraising Golf Classics

Two Kerry GAA Fundraising Golf Classics will be held in the lead-in to the All Ireland final weekend where of course the Kerry Minor football team will proudly carry the Kerry colours.

The classics take place on Friday 15th in Killarney Golf Club, and the Kerry Association in Dublin will organise an outing in Lucan Golf Club.

Cost is €700 per team (4 Ball) and this includes 2 Free Tickets for the All Ireland Finals and a meal for four.  For further details on the Kerry Classic contact J.P.  Brick (087 2583143) and for information on the Dublin event contact Luke Moriarty (087 2577376).

Kerry GAA Annual Church Gate Collection

The Kerry GAA annual church gate collection will be take up at all masses  in the county this coming weekend with proceeds going towards the development of coaching in the county.  Your contribution would be greatly appreciated.

Kerry GAA Supporters Club Bus

The Kerry GAA Supporters Club will take their usual coaches to the All Ireland Football finals on September 17th. All seats must be booked by Thursday 14th. Contact Donal O’Leary, John King or Martin Leane.

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

Kerry Under 21 Hurlers in All Ireland Final action

The Kerry Under 21 hurlers meet Wicklow in the final of the All-Ireland ‘B’ championship on this Saturday, 9th September. Venue will be Semple Stadium, Thurles, where there will be a 1.00p.m. throw in. It will be followed by the All-Ireland Under 21 final between Limerick and Kilkenny and both games will be televised live on TG4. The trophy on offer commemorates the former Lixnaw and Kerry hurler, Ritchie McElligott and it was first presented in 2015. Kerry leads the national roll of honour in this competition with 7 titles [2001, 2002, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013]. Team captain is Darragh Shanahan (Lixnaw).

The Kerry team will be named on Friday morning and posted on the Kerry GAA Website.

Co. Intermediate Championship

St. Brendan’s and Kilgarvan will contest the final of the 2017 Co. Intermediate Hurling Championship Final [Corn Antóin Ó Murchú] on this Saturday, 9th September at 5.00p.m. Venue is Lewis Road, Killarney. Kilgarvan last won this competition in 2010 while St. Brendan’s go way back to 1998 for their last title.

County Junior Championship Final

The final of the county Junior hurling championship will be played in Abbeydorney on this Friday evening when Ladys Walk play Duagh at 7:30pm.

County Senior Championship

The 2017 Garvey’s SuperValu Kerry senior hurling championship semi-finals have been fixed for Sunday, 24th September at Austin Stack Park. St. Brendan’s will play Lixnaw at 2.00p.m. followed by Kilmoyley versus Ballyduff at 3.45p.m. The final is scheduled for Sunday, 8th October.

County Minor Championship

Fixtures have also been made for the quarter finals of the Co. Minor hurling championship. Ballyheigue are at home to St. Brendan’s on Saturday, 16 September, 4.00p.m. South Kerry v Causeway goes ahead at Kilgarvan on Tuesday, 19 September at 6.00p.m. Then on Wednesday, 20 September at 6.00p.m. Kilmoyley are at home to Abbeydorney/ Tralee Parnell’s while holders Crotta play Lixnaw.