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PRO GAA Scene 15th October 2014 2014-10-15 08:52:00

PRO GAA Scene 15th October 2014

Garveys Supervalu Senior County Championship Semi Finals
Pre-match favourites, Austin Stacks and Mid Kerry, duly qualified for the Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship final following comprehensive victories over their respective opponents Dingle and Shannon Rangers before a big crowd at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on Sunday last. The one sided nature of both semi finals, particularly the latter between Mid Kerry and Shannon Rangers, was disappointing but no fault could be laid at the door of the victors in each case and there is no doubt now that the best two teams in the competition have made it to the final which is fixed for Sunday October 26th.
Austin Stacks qualified for their second county final in a row when they had a seven points winning margin, (2-13 to 1-9,) over a disappointing Dingle side. Dingle gave as good as they got in the opening quarter or so but once Kerry star Kieran Donaghy turned on the power in the third quarter there was only going to be one winner. Donaghy set up 1-3 and pointed twice himself in an amazing period of play between the 19th and 30th minute and Stacks retired at the break with an eleven point lead. The winners were content to see out the rest of the game without really moving into top gear and though they only scored 1-2 in the second period (the goal an o.g.) there was never any danger of them being caught despite brave displays from Mikey and Paul Geaney in particular for a youthful Dingle side.
In the second game, Mid Kerry cruised into the Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship final following a very one sided victory over a very defensive Shannon Rangers side in the second semi final at Austin Stack Park. Once they unlocked the North Kerry defensive screen, Mid Kerry were never in danger of qualifying for their first final since they last won the competition in 2008. We had to wait all of 14 minutes for the first score of the game, a point by Darran O’Sullivan, as Mid Kerry tried to tweak an opening but once Darran O’Sullivan goaled in the 22nd minute the writing was on the wall for Rangers who failed to score in that opening period during which they kicked six wides. It was not quite as one sided in the second period, as Rangers displayed a somewhat more offensive strategy but the goal they craved for never looked like materialising and the remainder of the game was played out before an ever dwindling crowd with Darragh O’Shea in the Rangers goal making a series of fine saves to prevent a heavier defeat for the North Kerrymen.
County Final fixed for Austin Stack Park
The Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship Final between Austin Stacks and Mid Kerry will be played on Sunday October 26th in Austin Stack Park, Tralee, at 3pm.
It will be preceded by the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship Final between Dingle and Dr Crokes at 1pm

Garveys Supervalu Senior County Championship Relegation Playoff
The Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship Relegation Playoff sees Kilcummin play Kerins O'Rahillys on Sunday next in Castleisland (2pm). This is no doubt a big game for both sides given the importance of retaining their senior championship status. O’Rahillys of course have a long and proud tradition in the championship while Kilcummin have punched above their weight to retain senior status since 1998, quite a remarkable feat for the club. The losers of Sunday’s game will play Currow in the relegation decider.
Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Championship Final

The long awaited Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football championship final between Dingle and Dr Crokes will be played as a curtain raiser to the senior county final on Sunday October 26th.
Castleisland Mart Senior Club Football Final
The much anticipated “rematch” between Killarney Legion and Dr Crokes in the Castleisland Mart Senior Club Championship final should bring a big crowd in its own right to the Club Championship double header at Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday (3:45). With the possibility of a Divisional side winning the county championship, then the Club championship takes on an even greater significance as participation in the Munster Club championship will be at stake. Legion of course caused something of a sensation back in mid July when they knocked their 5-in-a-row chasing Killarney neighbours out of the county championship and no doubt they will be looking to repeat that achievement on Sunday given that their interest in the county championship is ended. Dr Crokes will see Sunday’s game as an opportunity to get back on the Munster Club Championship trail to defend their provincial title - should the result of the county final go their way. Another intriguing game between these two sides is in store
Castleisland Mart Intermediate Football Final
The Castleisland Mart Intermediate Football Championship final will see Spa and Ardfert meet in the opening game of a very attractive double header at Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday next (2pm). Spa earned their final place following victory over Castlegregory in Round 1 and then disposed of Listowel Emmets after a replay in the quarter final before defeating neighbours Glenflesk in the semi final by a four goal margin, 4-13 to 0-13. Ardfert defeated St Marys and John MItchels on route to the final before disposing of a fancied Desmonds side in the semi final on a 1-12 to 0-10 scoreline.
Ardfert last won this title back in 2006 and went on to claim the All Ireland Club title the following Spring, while their opponents Spa, won the title in 2009 before going down to Moy of Tyrone in the Club Final. Spa also appeared in the 2012 Intermediate final when they were defeated by Finuge after a replay.
Sunday is a big day for both clubs and no doubt the perfect settin of Fitzgerald Stadium should bring out the best in both sides as they strive to regain senior championship status in 2015.
The winners of the Intermediate championship will be in Munster Club action on October 26th at home to the Clare winners.
Junior Club Championship Semi Finals
South Kerry’s exit from the Co Championship frees up the first semi final of the Junior Championship with Dromid Pearses playing Duagh on next Sunday next in Killorglin at 2:30. Dromid have defeated Na Gaeil and Churchill (after a replay) on the way to the semi final while Duagh defeated Cordal and Scartaglen. Mid Kerry’s progress in the Co. Championship has put the other semi final between Glenbeigh/Glencar and Brosna on hold but there is no great urgency in that fixture as the Kerry representatives are not out in Munster club championship until November 23rd.
Castleisland Mart Novice Football Championship semi finals
The Castleisland Mart Novice Football Championship semi finals featuring St Senans V Listry (2:00) and Lispole v Knocknagoshel (3:45) will be played on Sunday next October 19th as a double header in Austin Stack Park.
Under 21 Club Championship
An Ghaeltacht and Dr Crokes will contest the Under 21 Club Championship. Last weekend, An Ghaeltacht defeated Templenoe (3-14 to 1-9) and Dr Crokes defeated Rathmore (2-11 to 1-9) in the semi finals.
11 Kerry Players Nominated for OPEL GAA-GPA All Stars
11 of Kerry's All Ireland winning side have been nominated for the OPEL GAA-GPA Alll Stars team to be honoured in the Convention Centre Dublin on Friday October 24th.
They are as follows:
Full Backs: Fionn Fitzgerald and Paul Murphy
Half Backs: Aidan O'Mahony and Peter Crowley
Midfield: Anthony Maher and David Moran
Half Forwards: Johnny Buckley and Donnchadh Walsh
Full Forwards: Kieran Donaghy, Paul Geaney and James O'Donoghue.
James O'Donoghue has been nominated for the Player of the Year along with Neil McGee (Donegal) and Diarmuid Connolly (Dublin). The Football recipients will be announced on Thursday October 23rd.
Kerry to meet Waterford or Tipperary in Munster Championship 2015
Kerry begin the defence of their All Ireland and Munster Championship titles when they meet the winners of the Munster Quarter final tie between Waterford and Tipperary. It will be recalled that Kerry played both Tipperary and Waterford in the 2013 Munster Championship in Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney.
The Draw made on Thursday night last, sees Cork take on the winners of the other Quarter final tie between Clare and Limerick. Fixtures will be made at a later date by the Munster Council of the GAA.
P.J. McIntyre RIP
It was with great sadness that Kerry Gaels heard of the death of P.J. McIntyre last week. P.J. was an Offaly native who came to Rathmore as a Garda in 1966 before moving to Kenmare a year later and he made the Kingdom his home away from home ever since. He had the distinction of representing his native county in both hurling and football in every grade from Under 14 to senior level and when he moved to Kerry he transferred allegiance to his adopted county and went on to play senior hurling and football with Kerry. Having played in the 1966 county football final with East Kerry, losing out to John Mitchels, he won a county medal in 1974 when Kenmare defeated Shannon Rangers and he also went on to train the Divisional side to a county final title when Kenmare defeated Dr Crokes in dramatic circumstances in 1987. A mainstay of the Kenmare Shamrocks for many years he served in almost every position within the club and was also active as an administrator at Divisional level being chairman of the Kenmare District Board and a member of the County Committee at the time of his death. A gentleman to his fingertips, the large turnout at his removal and burial was testament to the high regard he was held in not only in Kenmare and the surrounding area, but throughout the county. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Hurling News with Tommy O’Connor of the PR & Marketing Committee
Lixnaw are County Hurling Champions at the second attempt
Congratulations to Lixnaw on winning the 2014 Garvey’s SuperValu Kerry Co. Senior Hurling Championship. In last Saturday’s replayed final they defeated Kilmoyley by 1 - 12 to 0 - 12. This was Lixnaws’ 8th title (their previous victories were in 1933 1954, 1983, 1985, 1999, 2005 and 2007). Team captain, Maurice Corridon, received Corn Neilus Ó Floinn from Patrick O’Sullivan, Cathaoirleach Choiste Contae Chiarrai, C.L.G. while the Man of the Match Award went to the Lixnaw centre forward and scorer of 5 points, Ricky Heffernan. Ricky had also won the award in the drawn game.
Lixnaw now go on to compete in the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship on Sunday week, 26th October with an away game against the Cork Intermediate Champions, Ballyhea (who had a 1 - 17 to 0 - 16 win over Newcestown last Sunday).
St Pats are Junior Hurling Champions
Well done also to St. Pat’s (East Kerry) on winning the Kerry Junior Hurling Championship title for the second year in a row. In the final, which was played at Kilgarvan last Sunday, they had a 1 goal victory over Kenmare, 4 – 9 to 3 – 9.
St. Pat’s got the boost of a goal from Jamie Cooper after just 40 seconds of a most entertaining game. That goal helped them keep ahead right through to half time, when they led by 2 - 5 to 1 - 6. Cooper added another goal 2 minutes after the re-start to crown a fine performance. Although St. Pat’s were always marginally ahead, they had to display some serious resilience to keep Kenmare at bay. St. Pat’s were up 6 points entering the last quarter, 4 – 5 to 1 – 8 but a tremendous Kenmare revival left just a goal between the sides with 5 minutes left. Pat’s soaked up all the pressure and survived to win by a 1 goal margin. After the game, the cup was presented to winning captain, John Wharton, by Pat Delaney of the CCC.
This was the 4th time St. Pat’s have won this competition, having previously won it in 2007, 2010 and 2013.
Five teams took part in the first part of the Tom Healy Memorial Under 15 Tournament which was played at Abbeydorney last Friday evening - St. Brendan’s, Crotta, Ballyduff, Abbeydorney and Kilmoyley. Teams play 9 a side under lights. After a great night’s activity, Crotta and Abbeydorney qualified for the semi-finals. Part two takes place this Friday, commencing at 6.30p.m.
The replay of the North Kerry Under 16 ‘A’ Championship Final between St. Brendan’s and Crotta goes ahead at Abbeydorney on this Thursday evening, commencing at 7.0p.m.
The Daniel Foley Under 13 tournament will be played at a no. of venues on this Saturday, 18th October will the Final going ahead at Ardfert at 3.00p.m.
Clanmaurice are Munster Junior Camogie Champions
Finally, congratulations to the Clanmaurice camogie team on winning the Munster Junior Camogie Club Championship title for the first time. In last Saturday’s final, played at Rathkeale, they beat Murroe-Boher (Limerick) by 3 – 7 to 0 – 5.