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PRO GAA Scene September 27th 2017 2017-09-27 00:01:00

Kerry GAA Scene Wednesday 27th October 2017

John O’Leary PRO


Garvey's SuperValu Senior Football Championship Quarter Finals

The quarter finals of the Garvey's SuperValu Senior Football Championship played in contrasting weather conditions last weekend ended with clear-cut verdicts in all of the four games.

With swirling wind and rain being the order of the day on Saturday evening in Austin Stack Park it was little wonder that the standard of football suffered in the conditions. Kerins O’Rahillys gave what was probably the most impressive performance of the weekend when defeating East Kerry and it must be said that the blues were full value for their twelve points win. Indeed the young Divisional side could hardly have complained if the margin of victory was double the deficit at the final whistle as Rahillys passed up chances of at least two or three more goals. The likes of David Moran and Tommy Walsh were in tremendous form throughout and the writing was on the wall very early in the game for East Kerry. Tougher tasks await the winners but the 3-12 to 1-6 win will have done their confidence a power of good.

The second game on the bill, between West Kerry and Austin Stacks,  was played in more favourable conditions and it was also more competitive, although after an early goal by the very impressive Eánna Ó Conchúir, West Kerry were always shaping like winners. They led by four points at the break and once they went six clear at the three quarter stage there was no catching them but  it must be said that Stacks were very disappointing on the night. Fielding twelve players from Intermediate finalists An Ghaeltacht, this 1-17 to 0-14 victory was certainly a performance of note from the winners and it sets up a very interesting semi final against the county and All Ireland champions Dr Crokes. There were many standout performances from some of the younger players from the west and the progression of both West Kerry and An Ghaeltacht from here on in will be interesting to say the least.

By Sunday in well attended Fitzgerald Stadium, the weather had improved and so did the standard of football.  The opening game between Dr Crokes and Kenmare District was not as free flowing as the Club Championship final between the sides a few weeks back and there was a bit of needle evident throughout with one or two players on both sides lucky to survive stiffer sanctions. Dr Crokes found scores easier to comeby throughout as Kenmare found it difficult to come out of defence time and again. Micheál Burns was the standout player on the Crokes team with four points from play to his credit in the 0-17 to 0-12 win but the champions will be sweating on the fitness of Kieran O’Leary who limped off early with a leg injury. Kenmare will rue some missed goal opportunities especially during the first half but they will surely be happy enough with their first year at senior level.

The final game of the weekend needed something to liven it up at times such as a Rathmore goal maybe but goal chances were few and far between as the Divisional side, thanks to a four point scoring burst midway through the second half, ran out 15 points to 12 winners. Robert Wharton impressed in the half back line for the southern boys as did Matthew O’Sullivan at full forward where he had a great joust with Aidan O’Mahony throughout. The loss of John Moynihan early on through injury was a huge blow to Rathmore’s hopes while South Kerry also have injury woes with Bryan Sheehan joining Killian Young on the treatment table. The availability of these two key players will be vital to South Kerry’s future progression in the championship.

Garvey's SuperValu Senior Football Championship Semi Finals

The draw for the semi finals of the Garvey's SuperValu Senior Football Championship were made in Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday evening by Co Board Secretary Peter Twiss and Jim Garvey of Garvey's SuperValu. There are two interesting semi finals with All Ireland champions Dr Crokes potentially putting their two titles on the line when they take on a West Kerry side backboned by a Gaeltacht side who have reached the Intermediate final as well as qualifying for the Division 1 County League final, also against the Killarney side. Even if they lose to West Kerry, Dr Crokes could still represent Kerry in the Munster Club Championship should South Kerry prevail in the other semi final against Kerins O’Rahillys who are hitting form just at the right time. They certainly make for two interesting encounters and they are down for decision In Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday week 7th October.  Kerins O’Rahillys and South Kerry will get proceedings underway at 3pm followed by county champions Dr Crokes against West Kerry at 4:45pm.

Garvey's SuperValu Senior Football Championship Final

The Garvey's SuperValu Senior Football Championship Final will be played on Sunday October 22nd in Austin Stack Park Tralee at 3pm. The curtain raiser for the final depends on who wins the South Kerry v Kerins O’Rahillys semi final. A victory for South Kerry would see Kerins O’Rahillys and Kilcummin involved in the Senior Football Championship relegation final which will be the curtain raiser in that event. Meanwhile, if O’Rahillys win their semi final  then as county finalists their senior status will be secure and  Kilcummin will then be automatically relegated to Intermediate status next season. In that event, the Junior Premier Club Championship final between Dromid Pearses and Firies or Na Gaeil will be the curtain raiser at 1pm.


Castleisland Mart Club Championships Round-up

Castleisland Mart Intermediate Club Championship 

The second semi final of the Intermediate championship played in Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday evening last saw Templenoe qualify for the final when defeating Laune Rangers on a score of 1-12 to 2-6 after a keenly contested game that was in the balance right to the end.  The winners led by 6 points to 3 at the break but there was still only a point between the sides at the end of normal time before points from the Crowley brothers, Brian and Gavin secured a final place for Templenoe.

The final against An Ghaeltacht has been fixed for Austin Stack Park on Sunday 29th October at 3pm where it will form a double bill with the Junior championship final between Castlegregory and Listry.

Castleisland Mart Junior Premier Championship 

Firies and Na Gaeil will meet in the second Junior Premier Championship semi final in Castleisland on this Saturday evening at 5pm in Castleisland. The winners will meet Dromid Pearses in the final but the date depends on the result of the senior semi final between South Kerry and Kerins O’Rahillys as follows;

  • If South Kerry are defeated in the Senior Semi Final - Then this game will form the curtain-raiser to the Senior County championship final in Austin Stack Park on Sunday 22nd of October @ 1pm
  • If South Kerry qualify for the Senior County championship final then the Junior Premier Championship final will be played in Killorglin on Saturday 28th October @ 4pm

Castleisland Mart Junior Championship Final

The Junior Championship final between Castlegregory and Listry has been fixed for Austin Stack Park on Sunday 29th October at 1pm where it will form a double bill with the Intermediate championship final between An Ghaeltacht and Templenoe.

Castleisland Mart Novice Championship

Cromane have qualified for the semi final of the Novice championship following a 1-18 to 0-10 victory over Kilgarvan last weekend. They now meet Scartaglen in the semi final on October 8th for the right to play Moyvane in the final.


Credit Union Senior Football League – Promotion & Relegation Play-offs

Dates, or provisional dates have been confirmed for the remaining games in the Credit Union Senior Football League where vital promotion and relegation issues are still to be decided. No date has been fixed for the Division 1 final between Dr Crokes and An Ghaeltacht  a game that could very well see the county senior football champions play the county Intermediate champions.

Division 1 Relegation Play-off

St Marys v Milltown-Castlemaine - October 21st or 29th 

Division 3 Relegation Play-off

Gneeveguilla v St Senans – Saturday October 21st in Castleisland @ 4pm

Division 4 Promotion Play-off

Dr Crokes V Skellig Rangers - October 15th or 30th

Division 5 Promotion Play-off

Cromane v Rathmore – Provisional date -  15th October.

Na Gaeil are Senior Football League Division 3 Champions

The final round 11 game in Division 3 played  in Ballymacelligott on Sunday last was effectively the Division 3 final. Both Ballymac and Na Gael had already been promoted to Division 2 but Na Gaeil it is who go up as champions following a decisive 3-17 to 1-9 victory over their neighbours. Dromid Pearses are the third team to be promoted.

District Board Review

There is an important meeting on this Wednesday evening in Austin Stack Park when the District Board Review Committee under the chairmanship of Eamonn Whelan will meet the District Boards at 8pm. At least three representatives from each District Board, including the chairman and secretary are asked to attend.

Junior Cups Roundup

McElligott Cup

John Mitchels play Beaufort in the final on Saturday 21st October .

Barrett Cup

Clounmacon  play St Michaels-Foilmore in the first semi final on this Saturday in Clounmacon at 5pm.

Kenmare play Ardfert in the second semi final on this Sunday at 3pm at a Killarney venue to be decided.

Cahill Cup

Ballymac play Beale in the Quarter Final on this Saturday in Ballymac at 5pm.

On Sunday 8th October, Currow play Skellig Rangers in Currow and Renard play Ballymac or Beale  in the semi finals.

Electric Ireland GAA Minor Stars Football Team of the Year

Kerry Minor Team has 8 Players on the inaugural Electric Ireland GAA Minor Stars Football Team of the Year announced today.

So congratulations to the following players who will be feted and receive their awards at a function in Croke Park on Saturday October 7th.

Goalkeeper                        Deividas Uosis (Dingle)

Left Corner Back               Cian Gammell (Killarney Legion)

Right Half Back                  Michael Potts (Dr Crokes)

Left Half Back                     Niall Donohue   (Firies)

Centre Field                        Barry Mahony  (St Senans)

Centre Forward                David Clifford (Fossa)

Left Half Forward             Donal O’Sullivan (Kilgarvan)

Left Corner Forward        Fiáchra Clifford (Laune Rangers)

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

Garvey's SuperValu Senior Hurling Championship Semi Finals

The 2017 Garvey’s SuperValu Kerry senior hurling championship final will be between Ballyduff and Lixnaw. In last Sunday’s semi-finals, Ballyduff had a 1 - 17 to 0 - 16 win over holders, Kilmoyley, while Lixnaw edged out St. Brendan’s, 1 - 13 to 2 - 8. The final is scheduled for Sunday week, 8 October.

The sides last met in a final in 2012 when Ballyduff won by 1 - 15 to 1 - 9. Ballyduff will be aiming to go ahead in the Kerry hurling championship roll of honour – they currently share that honour with Kilmoyley on 24 titles each. Lixnaw will be going for their 9th title.

The final is fixed for Austin Stack Park on Sunday October 8th at 3pm and it will be preceded by the Keane's SuperValu Killorglin Minor Hurling Championship final at 1pm.

Keane's SuperValu Killorglin Minor Hurling  Championship

In the remaining quarter finals of the Co. Minor hurling championship last week, Causeway had a 2 - 14 to 1 - 16 win over South Kerry; Abbeydorney/ Tralee Parnell’s overcame Kilmoyley by 5 - 17 to 0 - 5 and Crotta, going for 2 in a row, defeated Lixnaw by 3 - 19 to 2 - 8.

The semi-finals go ahead as a double bill at Austin Stack Park on this Saturday, 30 Sept.

St. Brendan’s play Crotta at 2.00p.m. and Abbeydorney / Tralee Parnell’s meet Causeway at 3.45p.m.

Credit Union Senior Hurling League

The Credit Union senior hurling league Division 1 final between Ballyduff and Kilmoyley has been provisionally fixed for Saturday October 28th.

The semi-final of the Credit Union Co. Senior Hurling League, Division 2, between Causeway and Dr. Crokes is fixed for this Sunday, 1 October at Causeway, 1.00p.m. The winners will meet St. Brendan’s in the final which is provisionally fixed for October 28th or 29th.