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PRO Weekly GAA Scene August 13th 2014 2014-08-13 13:17:00

Kerry Seniors and Minors prepare for Mayo showdown

This is a busy week for the Kerry Senior and Minor management teams as they prepare their squads for the forthcoming All Ireland semi finals in Croke Park on Sunday week, August 24th. The minor game has been confirmed for 1:30 with the senior throwing in at 3:30. Uniquely this year, the semi final pairings in both senior and minor – Kerry v Mayo and Dublin v Donegal – are replicated, and this is something that does not happen too often especially in the “back door” era.

Tickets arrangements for All Ireland Semi finals are on sale

Tickets for the All Ireland Minor and Seniorsemi finals are already on public sale in the various ticket outlets including Austin Stack Park, the Kerry GAA Store in the Outlet Centre in Killarney, participating Centra and Supervalu stores county-wide and from tickets.ie

The Kerry County Board office is open from Monday to Friday from 2.00 to 5.30pm each day.

Ticket prices as follows:
Stand: €40 
Terrace: €25
Family Tickets - Cusack/Davin Stands only: Adult €40, Juveniles €5
Students/OAP – Concession on Cusack/David Stands only – Get a refund of €10 at specified Stiles on the day on production of a valid ID.

5-year Ticket Scheme

All members of the 2013-2017 Ticket Scheme are requested to apply for Scheme ticket (s) as soon as possible.

All Postal applications should be received not later than Monday 18th August and must include cash/cheque and SAE.

Applications should be sent to "An Runaí, Kerry Co. Board, Austin Stack Park, Box 125, Tralee Co. Kerry" and must quote the Scheme Registration Number.

Members who wish to collect their tickets can do so from the Kerry County Board during the following opening hours: Monday to Friday from 2.00pm to 5.30pm.

Kerry GAA Store

The new line of Kerry GAA Championship leisure wear is now on sale in the Kerry GAA Store in the Outlet Centre, Killarney.

Kerry GAA Supporters Club Bus

The Kerry Supporters club will take coaches to the All Ireland Semi Finals on Sunday the 24th of August. All seats must be booked no later than Thursday 21st August.
Bookings can be made through the usual sources; Donal O’Leary (064 7758099), John King (066 7124229) and Martin Leane (068 48116).

The winner of the monthly Kerry Supporters Club draw was Bridie Howard, Tralee.

Kerry Juniors to play Cavan in All Ireland Final

Kerry Juniors qualified for an All Ireland Final meeting with Cavan following a comprehensive victory over Sligo in Ennis on Saturday last (2-21 to 0-10). A much improved second half performance during which they outscored their rivals by 2-13 to 0-2 must have satisfied manager Stephen Wallace and his backroom team. The final is fixed for Portlaoise (3pm) on August 23rd which is obviously going to be a busy weekend for Kerry GAA followers with Seniors, Minors and Juniors in action.

Acorn Life Under 21 Championship Final 

St Kierans and Kenmare District meet in the Acorn Life Under 21 Championship Final in Fitzgerald Stadium on this Wednesday evening with a 7pm throw-in.

Both sides have played three games en route to the final and both have been equally impressive. St Kierans, last year’s beaten finalists, started their campaign with a 2-11 to 2-6 victory over Dr Crokes and followed this with a 15 points to 9 victory over Feale Rangers. In the semi final, St Kierans accounted for Shannon Rangers by 5-17 to 3-5 and that emphatic win will probably earn Mike Murphy’s side the favourite’s tag backboned as they are by half a dozen Desmonds players, including Kerry Junior player Thomas Hickey.

Kenmare, in contrast are playing with a very small hand and did not even have the full complement of six substitutes in their last outing but Pat Spillane’s side defeated West Kerry by 1-10 to 0-12 and then Kilcummin/Rathmore by 3-12 to 2-14 before seeing off a highly fancied South Kerry outfit by 2-11 to 1-11 in the semi final. They are backboned by the Crowley brothers, Gavin and Brian and Cian Hallissey. 

St Kierans no doubt will be striving to make up for last year’s final defeat by Mid Kerry while Kenmare will be hoping to continue the progress made under Pat Spillane, Tom O’Connor and Co. It promises to be an intriguing final.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship
Semi Finals

The way is clear for the semi finals of the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor football Championship following the playing of the four quarter finals last week. As was the case in 2013, Dr Crokes, East Kerry, Dingle and An Ghaeltacht will go into the hat for the semi final draw.

Extra time was needed in Caherciveen where Dr Crokes, inspired by Kerry minors Micheál Burns and Jordan Kiely who scored 5 points apiece, got the better of South Kerry (0-14 to 0-13). Dr Crokes led by 10 points to 7 at half time but South Kerry fought back to level the game on 12 points each. A point by Micheál Burns, one of only three scored in extra time, all in the first period, proved to be the winner.

In Ballylongford, Dingle proved too strong for Shannon Rangers and powered by Barry O’Sullivan and Cathal Bambury they led by 9 points to 5 at the break and ended up winning by 15 points to 10.

Holders East Kerry, who this year added Rathmore, Legion and Kilcummin to their ranks, while losing Spa, had a good win over Mid Kerry on a 3-17 to 3-10 scoreline. Young David Clifford showed his potential once again by scoring 2 goals as East Kerry led by 3-7 to 1-7 at the break and though Mid Kerry hit back with goals from David Costello and John Tyther the winners added on the points with Kerry minor goalkeeper Shane Ryan finishing with 8 points for East Kerry, five of those from frees.

In Spa, the home side looked in a good position at the break when Evan Cronin’s goal helped them to a 1-7 to 1-4 interval lead. P.J. Mac Láimh with his second goal had the sides back on level terms soon after the restart, and David Spillane and Tomás Ó Sé then swapped goals but a couple of points by Cathal Bambury settled the issue in favour of An Ghaeltacht (3-11 to 2-13).
So an intriguing semi final draw in prospect and that draw will be made on Radio Kerry Saturday Sport on this coming Saturday. The final is pencilled in for Thursday August 28th.

Credit Union Senior Football League

Round 9 of the Credit Union Senior Football League takes place this weekend with the majority of games scheduled for Saturday evening. Promotion and Relegation issues are beginning to take shape in all Divisions and Round 9, coming as it does in the height of the holiday season, will be an important round for many clubs.

Junior Football Leagues Roundup

The following is the up to date position with the Junior Football Leagues with three groups yet to be completed;

Group 1: Killarney Legion will play Austin Stacks in the final following the Tralee side’s 7-11 to 3-14 victory over Rathmore on Wednesday evening last.

Group 3: An Ghaeltacht are in the final, Milltown play Na Gaeil in the semi final on August 19th in Milltown.

Group 4: Waterville and Templenoe are in the final on a date to be fixed.

Junior Cup Competitions have commenced

The Junior Cup competitions kicked off on Friday evening last with action in the Molyneaux, McElligott, Barrett and Cahill Cups and these competitions continue on this coming Friday evening. Where difficulties arise with fixtures clubs should try and agree an alternative date with the opposition in order to minimise any undue delays in the various competitions. 

The following are the fixtures - first named have home venue, all games commence at 7pm. 

Molyneaux Cup 
Dingle and Kilcummin advanced to the semi finals with victories over Laune Rangers and Milltown/Castlemaine respectively on Friday evening last. The two other quarter final ties are down for decision this coming Friday with Kerins O’Rahillys playing Dr Crokes and Rathmore taking on Austin Stacks. 

McElligott Cup 

The two Preliminary games played last weekend saw Waterville and Clounmacon advance at the expense of St Michaels Foilmore and John Mitchels respectively. That leaves all four Round 1 games to be played with the following pairings; Kenmare v Waterville , Clounmacon v Templenoe, Gneeveguilla v Ardfert and Na Gaeil v Desmonds. 

Barrett Cup 

In the Barrett Cup, Ballyheigue defeated Annascaul while Ballymacelligott and Ballydonoghue ended all square in the two Preliminary rounds played last weekend. St Pats defeated Carlie Kerins in a Round 1 game so advance to the semi finals.

So Ballydonoghue play Ballymacelligott (B) in the Preliminary Round replay with the winners having a home fixture with Ballyheigue in Round 1. The other Round 1 games are Beaufort v Dromid and St Marys v Skellig Rgs.

Cahill Cup 

In the Preliminary Round game, Renard got a walk-over from Sneem/Derrynane while Moyvane defeated St Senans, Lispole drew with Castlegregory and Beale got a walkover from Ballylongford in the Round 1 games played. So the remaining games in Round 1 sees Castlegregory play Lispole in a replay while Renard play Cromane .

Under 21 Club Championship

The Under 21 Club championships get underway with six games down for decision on this Wednesday evening at 7pm. This is a competition designed to provide games for this age group during the Summer months with neighbouring clubs joining up in many cases. Extra time will apply in all cases where necessary.

Sympathy is extended to the Cooper family of Killarney on the death of Maureen, mother of Kerry player Colm. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam.

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

Senior Hurling Championship Draw

The draw for the semi-finals of the 2014 Garvey’s Supervalu County Senior Hurling Championship has pitted reigning champions, St. Brendan’s, against Lixnaw and Kilmoyley against Ballyduff. 

The draw was made by Jim Garvey of Garvey’s Supervalu and Christy Killeen, Secretary of the CCC live on Radio Kerry on Saturday last. These games will be played on the weekend of 31st August. The Co. Hurling Final is down for decision on Sunday, 28th September.

Co. Intermediate Championship

The two remaining quarter finals of the 2014 Co. Intermediate Hurling Championship go ahead on Monday, 18th August when Kilmoyley are at home to Kenmare and Dr. Crokes meet Kilgarvan at Lewis Road. Both games throw in at 7.00p.m. and extra time will be played if necessary.

Credit Union Senior Hurling Leagues 

There will be a number of back games in the Credit Union Co. senior hurling league Division 1 over the next week. St. Brendan’s are due to play Ballyheigue in Ardfert on Monday next at 7.30p.m. while Ballyduff are scheduled to play Causeway [check with clubs for exact details]. 
In Division 2 there were two significant results last week. Causeway went down to their first defeat in 8 rounds when losing to Lady’s Walk by 2 – 11 to 1 – 10 while Kilmoyley beat Kilgarvan by 2 - 19 to 2 - 7. Causeway have still qualified for the final and will be joined by either Kilmoyley or Lady’s Walk, each having two games to play and they meet each other this Wednesday, 13th August in Round 9 at Ballyduff, 7.00p.m.

Hurling Cúl Camps 

This is the last week of the 2014 Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps for Hurling and Camogie and they continue at both Ballyduff and Tralee Parnell’s (at Caherslee) until this Friday, 15th August. 
Last week at Kilmoyley, 40 boys and 22 girls took part and Darragh Corridon was Player of the Week, Liam Flaherty won the boys skills competition and Aoife Godley won the girls skills award. 

Kerry Minors in All Ireland Semi Final

Well done to the Kerry minor hurling team on their 3 – 7 to 0 – 10 away win over Wicklow on Saturday last in Round 1 of the All-Ireland Minor ‘B’ Championship. Although played in torrential rain, Kerry adapted well to the conditions and led from start to finish, were ahead by 1 – 7 to 0 – 4 at half time and won at the end by 6 points. Kerry’s goal scorers were Fionán O'Sullivan, Aaron Murphy and Jordan Brick.

The Kerry teams was: Stephen Murphy [Causeway], Adrian O'Mahony [Crotta O'Neill’s], Stevie O'Sullivan [Abbeydorney], Jack Goulding [Ballyduff], Billy Lyons [Causeway], Michael Leane [Ballyheigue], Mike Lynch [Causeway], Daniel O'Carroll [Ballyduff], Robert Collins [Kilmoyley], Aaron Murphy [Dr. Crokes], Darragh Shanahan [Lixnaw], John Buckley [Lixnaw], Tom McElligott [Crotta O'Neill’s], Fionán O'Sullivan [Kenmare], Fionán Mackessy [St. Brendan’s] captain. Subs: Jordan Brick [Kilmoyley], David Silles [Lixnaw], Jordan Conway [Crotta O'Neill’s], Chris Doncel [Dr. Crokes], Shane Lyne [Dr. Crokes], Darragh Ryan [Crotta O’Neill’s], Jack Lenihan [Dr. Crokes], Brian O'Riordan [Ballyheigue], Jamie Barrett [Causeway].

Kerry will play Roscommon in the All Ireland Minor "B" Championship semi final on this Saturday in Nenagh at 2pm. Meath play Westmeath in the other Semi Final.

Under 21 Hurlers in All Ireland Semi Final

Kerry will play either Mayo or Roscommon in the semi final of the All Ireland Under 21 “B” championship on Saturday August 23rd in Cusack Park in Ennis (2:00pm). Kildare play Tyrone in the other semi final.


Kilmoyley G.A.A. Club will hold a fund raising Golf Classic at Ballyheigue Golf Club on this Saturday, 16th August.

Tralee Parnell’s coaching programme for under 6 to 16 continues at the Caherslee G.A.A. grounds every Tuesday and Friday from 7.00p.m. – 8.00p.m. The club also now has a camogie section and new players are welcome. 

St Pats East Kerry - Golf Classic 2014 
Present and former hurlers featured prominently at the prize-giving awards at the annual St Pats East Kerry golf classic, sponsored by Killarney Credit Union, held at the Ross Golf course Killarney on Saturday last. St Pats Chairman Pat O’Brien thanked the many players that participated. He paid tribute to Killarney Credit Union who along with Aghadoe Heights Hotel, ENVA Ltd, Killarney Race Company, Laurels Bar and Macs Restaurant were the principal sponsors of the event.