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PRO Weekly GAA Scene August 6th 2014 2014-08-07 13:18:00

Kerry overcome Galway to set up a semi final showdown with Mayo

Kerry maintained their excellent record at the quarter final stage of the All Ireland championship with a fully merited 1-20 to 2-10 victory over a gallant, but wasteful Galway side at Croke Park on Sunday last. James O’Donoghue’s first half goal set Kerry up nicely for the second half and though Galway tested Kerry’s mettle fully during the third quarter, the Kingdom finished strongly to set up a winner takes all semi final with Mayo on Sunday 24th August. The Connaught side got a good test of their credentials from a resurgent Cork outfit in the quarter final on Sunday and Kerry have their work cut out for them against a side who have been maturing steadily under James Horan. An early injury sustained by Bryan Sheehan means the St Marys man will be in a race against time to be fit for the semi final.

Kerry Minors also qualify for semi final meeting with Mayo

After a game that will hardly live long in the memory, Kerry qualified for the All Ireland Minor Football Championship semi final and a meeting with Mayo (presumably on August 24th) when disposing of an outclassed Kildare side before an attendance of 2,527 at Semple Stadium on Bank Holiday Monday. Kerry held all the aces in this contest with the likes of Briain Ó Beaglaóich, Barry O’Sullivan, Michéal Burns (until dismissed on a Black Card in the 37th minute), and Tomás Ó Sé in fine form and indeed the elusive Ó Sé was easily the most accomplished player on view. Jordan Kiely’s goal helped Kerry to a 1-7 to 0-4 interval lead and though Kildare did reduce the deficit to four points with a goal at the three quarter stage, Kerry, and Ó Sé in particular finished strongly with Ó Sé’s goal the highlight of the match.

Kerry Juniors in action in Ennis

Kerry Juniors play Sligo in the All Ireland Junior Championship semi final in Ennis on this coming Saturday at 3pm. Cusack Park will be familiar territory to Kerry as they defeated Clare there in the Munster semi final (2-12 to 0-7) before disposing of the Cork challenge in the Munster Final in Tralee on a score of 3-14 to 0-13. A number of players are carrying injuries and manager Stephen Wallace will be hoping that these will have cleared up in time for Saturday’s game. Cavan play the UK winners in the other semi final. The final is fixed for August 23rd.

Acorn Life Under 21 Championship Finalists are known

The Acorn Life Under 21 Championship Semi Finals played on Wednesday evening of last week saw contrasting victories for Kenmare District over a fancied South Kerry side and last year’s beaten finalists St Kierans who easily disposed of the Shannon Rangers challenge in Austin Stack Park.

Kenmare defeated South Kerry in Fitzgerald Stadium, 2-11 to 1-11, in a very entertaining game. Kenmare, who have the likes of Pat Spillane and former Kerry selector Tom O’Connot on the sideline, played very well with a very small panel of 18 or 19 players and got the most out of the players at their disposal with the likes of Brian Crowley, Cian Hallissey, who bagged two important goals, Gavin Crowley and Denis O’Neill all to the fore. It was a ding dong battle throughout but Hallissey’s second goal at the three quarter stage was the difference between the sides. South Kerry had hard luck losing the likes of Ronan O’Shea and Dara Scanlon with serious injuries and we wish them well in their recoveries.

St Kierans had a big win over Shannon Rangers in Austin Stack Park with the final score of 5-17 to 3-5 reflecting the gulf in standards at the finish. However, it was only in the final twenty minutes that St Kierans pulled away with a flurry of scores from the likes of Kerry Junior Thomas Hickey, Gearoid McCarthy and Mike Flynn against a very disappointing Shannon Rangers outfit.

The final was due to be played on this Friday evening, however, with St Kieran’s corner forward Thomas Hickey involved with the Kerry Junior team, the date for the final is now gone back to Wednesday next (13th) in Fitzgerald Stadium (7pm).

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship Quarter Finals

The Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship Quarter finals should throw up some interesting fare on this coming Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Dr Crokes face a tough task when they travel to Caherciveen to take on South Kerry in a game that has been brought forward to this Wednesday evening, while on Thursday evening, last year’s winners, East Kerry, who have added the services of players from Rathmore, Kilcummin and Legion to their Divisional side this season, but crucially have lost Spa, put their title on the line when they travel to Glenbeigh to take on Mid Kerry. Spa made a late decision to go it alone in the championship, as was their right, and they have home advantage against An Ghaeltacht in what should be an intriguing clash. Meanwhile Dingle, make the long journey to Ballylongford to take on Shannon Rangers who surprised East Kerry in the opening round.

South Kerry V Dr Crokes
Mid Kerry V East Kerry
Spa V An Ghaeltacht
Shannon Rangers V Dingle

All Games have a 7pm throw-in and extra time applies where necessary.

Credit Union Senior Football League Backgames

There are a number of important back games in the Credit Union Senior Football League this coming weekend with action in three Divisions.

In Division 1 on Friday evening Dr Crokes will be looking to go top of the Division on their own with a victory over Rathmore who are struggling for points at the other end of the table. Finuge and Kerins O’Rahillys meet on Saturday evening and Austin Stacks will be hoping to keep their challenge for the League Final places on track when they visit Listowel Emmets on Sunday. In Division 3, Ardfert meet Brosna and both of these sides are on six points along with four other clubs at the wrong end of the table while in Division 4, Ballylongfor will play Churchill.
Round 9 of the League will be played on the weekend of August 17th. 

Junior Football Leagues nearing an end

The following is the up to date position with the Junior Football Leagues which are slowly coming to a conclusion:

Group 1: Killarney Legion are in the final and the semi final, between Rathmore and Austin Stacks, is on this Wednesday evening, August 6th in Rathmore.
Group 3: An Ghaeltacht are in the final, Milltown play Na Gaeil in the semi final on this coming Friday August 8th in Farranfore.
Group 4: Waterville and Templenoe are in the final following Templenoe’s 1-11 to 0-10 victory over Kenmare in the semi final on Friday evening last. 
Group 6: Skellig Rangers are Group 7 champions following their 2-8 to 0-7 victory over Dromid Pearses in the final on Friday evening last.
Group 8: Currow defeated Annascaul in the final on Tuesday of last week by minimum margin of 1-9 to 0-11.

Junior Cups Commence

The Junior Cup competitions begin this coming Friday with action in the Molyneaux, McElligott, Barrett and Cahill Cups. 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. Fixtures continue on Friday 15th.

Molyneaux Cup 

Friday 8th August
Kilcummin v Miltown
Dingle v Laune Rgs 

Friday 15th August
Strand Rd v Dr Crokes 
Rathmore v Austin Stacks 

McElligott Cup 

Friday August 8th

Preliminary Round 
John Mitchels v Clounmacon (A)
Waterville v St Mls/F’more (B)

Round 1

Gneeveguilla v Ardfert
Na Gaeil v Desmonds

Friday August 15th
Kenmare v (B) 
(A) V Templenoe 

Barrett Cup 

Friday August 8th

Preliminary Round
Annascaul v Ballyheigue (A)
Ballymac v Ballydonoghue (B)

Round 1 
Beaufort v Dromid 
St Marys v Skellig Rgs
St Pats v Charlie Kerins

Friday August 15th

B v A 

Cahill Cup 

Friday August 8th

Preliminary Round
Renard v Sneem/D’nane (A)

Round 1
Lispole v Castlegregory
Beale v Ballylongford 
Moyvane v St Senans

Friday August 15th
A v Cromane 

Cúl Camps

Next week is Week 7 of the annual Kellogs GAA Cúl Camps at the following venues: Fitzgerald Stadium, Castlegregory, Lispole, Gneeveguilla, Tarbert, St Senans, Foilmore, Ballyduff and Tralee Parnells in Caherslee.

Cost is €55 per child with reductions for additional members of families. Camps are open to primary school children between 6 and 13 years of age from Monday’s to Friday, 10.00 to 2.30p.m. daily. Children can register at each venue on the first day of a camp.

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Lixnaw and Ballyduff through to Semi Finals of Senior Championship

After last weekend’s games in the 2014 Garvey’s Supervalu County Senior Hurling Championship, Lixnaw and Ballyduff go forward to join St. Brendan’s and Kilmoyley in the semi-finals.

Both Crotta and Abbeydorney exited the Championship in these Round 3 ties. Crotta lost to Ballyduff by 1-22 to 0-13 and Abbeydorney went down to Lixnaw by 1-14 to 2-8.

The semi-finals will be held on the weekend of 30th August.

Co. Intermediate Championship

The following draws have been made for the 2014 Co. Intermediate Hurling Championship: Abbeydorney v Causeway; Dr. Crokes v Kilgarvan; Kilmoyley v Kenmare and Austin Stacks v Lixnaw. The first named team will play at home with extra time if necessary.

The Dr. Crokes versus Kilgarvan game goes ahead on this Friday, 8th August at Lewis Road, Killarney, 7.00p.m. 

Credit Union Senior Hurling Leagues

St. Brendan’s had a 0-16 to 1-8 win over Kilmoyley on Friday last in a back game in the Credit Union Senior Hurling League Division 1. This leaves St. Brendan’s and Kilmoyley level at the top of the league table with 9 points each. However the Ardfert side have a game in hand. Ballyduff are also in contention for a place in the final with 8 points from 5 games, followed by Causeway with 8 points from 6 games.

Division 2 resumes this Wednesday with Round 8 games. Check with clubs for exact fixture details. 

Hurling Cúl Camps 

The 2014 Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps for Hurling and Camogie in Kerry continue until Friday, 7th at Kilmoyley. Running from Monday’s to Fridays, 10.00a.m. – 2.30p.m., children can register at each venue on the first day of a camp.

Next week is the last for 2014 and they will take place at Ballyduff and Tralee Parnell’s (Caherslee G.A.A. grounds) from Monday, 11 to Friday, 15th August. 

Last week at Crotta nearly 40 children attended and Denis Nolan was awarded the Skills Player of Week while Sean McGrath was the Player of the Week.

Kerry Minor Hurlers in action this weekend

The Kerry minor hurling team will play Wicklow on this Saturday, 9th August in Round 1 of the All-Ireland Minor ‘B’ Championship. Venue is Arklow where there will be a 3.00p.m. throw in.
The Kerry Under 21 hurlers will play the Connacht representatives in the All-Ireland ‘B’ .Championship on Saturday, 23rd August.


The Abbeydorney G.A.A. Night at the Dogs takes place on this Friday, 8th August.
Tralee Parnell’s coaching programme for under 6 to 16 continues at the Caherslee G.A.A. grounds every Tuesday and Friday evenings from 7.00p.m. – 8.00p.m. The club also now has a camogie section and new players would be very welcome. The Parnell’s under 10 teams played at half time in the Abbeydorney v Lixnaw senior game last Saturday and really impressed with their high level of skill.