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PRO Weekly GAA Scene August 1st 2014 2014-08-05 13:19:00

Kerry Play Galway in Quarter Final

Kerry will play Galway in the All Ireland Quarter Final on Sunday next in Croke Park (2pm) following the Tribesmen's 4-17 to 4-12 victory over Tipperary in the final qualifier game in Tullamore on Saturday afternoon last. After 45 minutes, Galway had a commanding lead of 4-8 to 0-8 but conceded four late goals to the Tipp men. It is Galway's first appearance at the Quarter final stage in six years and the meeting of the two sides will bring back memories of their last meeting in 2008 when we basked in the warm sunshine watching Armagh and Wexford before the black clouds descended on Croke Park and we finished with the floodlights on in a deluge. The Kerry/Galway game forms part of a double header with Mayo playing Cork at 4pm - Cork had a 0-21 to 1-11 victory over Sligo in the qualifiers last weekend. The winners of those two quarter final ties will meet in the All Ireland Semi Final on August 24th.

Training Open to Public
The Kerry team for Sunday’s Quarter Final was due to be named on Tuesday evening and Kerry will wind down their preparations with a training session in Fitzgerald Stadium on Thursday evening which is open to the public from 6:30. 

Kerry Minors to play Kildare in Thurles

Kerry will play Kildare in the Electric Ireland All Ireland Minor Quarter finals in Thurles on Bank Holiday Monday with a throw in time of 3:45 in a game that is the second of a double bill that alsao features Dublin playing Munster runners-up Cork in another quarter final at 2pm. Kerry will no doubt be attempting to make up for their heart-breaking exit at this stage of the competition last year and manager Jack O’Connor and his management team have left no stone unturned in their preparations. The Kerry team for duty on Monday will be named after training on Friday evening.

The winners of Kerry’s quarter final tie will play the winners of the quarter final tie between the Connaught champions Mayo and the Ulster runners-up Armagh in the semi final. The remaining quarter final tie is between Donegal and Roscommon. All four Minor quarter final ties are down for decision on the August weekend.

Ticket Arrangements for Sunday’s Quarter Final

Ticket prices as follows:
Adult Covered Stand€30
Juvenile € 5 (Cusack & Davin Stands only)
Terrace €20

Students and OAPs receive €10 Refund on Cusack and Davin Stand tickets only – with Valid ID at designated stile.

Tickets are on sale to the general public in the Pavilion Austin Stack Park as follows:
Wednesday 30th July 2:00pm – 5:30pm
Thursday 31st July 2:00pm – 5:30pm
Friday 1st August 1 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Tickets are also available to purchase from the Kerry GAA Store in Killarney from Monday 28th July, participating Centra and SuperValu stores around the County and online from www.tickets.ie

Special Croke Park Ticket Packages

There are a number of GAA Packages available for Quarter Finals as follows:
Club Pass 
To be ordered from Croke Park by email Tickets@gaa.ie by participating Club- 
Minimum 15 and Maximum 50 people - €10 per adult 
Group Pass 
Juveniles - To be ordered from Croke Park by email - Tickets@gaa.ie
€3 per Juvenile (16 & Under) - 1 Adult free with every 10 Juveniles,
Special Quarter Finals/Semi Finals Package
There is a very attractive Quarter Final/Semi Final package available from Croke Park as follows:
2 All Ireland Qtr Final days (4 games) and 2 All Ireland Semi Final Days (2 Semi Finals + Minor Semi Finals) – All for €85! Check out GAA.ie/tickets

Kerry Supporters Bus
As usual, the Kerry Supporters Club will take coaches to Dublin on Sunday next for the All Ireland Quarter Finals. All seats must be booked no later than this Thursday evening from the usual sources: Donie O’Leary (064 7758099), John King (066 7124229), or Martin Leane (068 48116).

Buses depart Farranfore at 7:30, Tralee at 8:00 and Listowel at 8:30.

Kerry Juniors play Sligo

Kerry Juniors play Sligo in the All Ireland Junior Championship semi final at a venue to be decided on August 9th. Cavan play the UK winners in the other semi final. The final is fixed for August 23rd.

Senior Football Championship Quarter Final Draw

The Draw for the Quarter Finals of The Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship was made on Radio Kerry on Saturday last by Patrick O’Sullivan, Chairman of the County Committee and Kevin McCarthy of Garveys Supervalu, sponsors of the competition.
The Draw resulted in the following pairings.
Killarney Legion Vs Dingle
Shannon Rangers Vs South Kerry
West Kerry Vs Austin Stacks 
Mid Kerry VsLaune Rangers

Interestingly, only one of the quarterfinalists from 2013 remains in the competition – beaten finalists Austin Stacks – and the competition certainly has a fresh look about it at this stage. No doubt, with the demise of 4-in-a- row champions Dr Crokes, many teams will be looking at their chances in the championship with renewed vigour. The four quarter finalists in 2013 were as follows: Kerins O’Rahillys/Milltown-Castlemaine; Rathmore/Dr Crokes; Feale rangers/St Brendans and Austin Stacks/St Kierans.

Fixtures will be made by the CCC, all games are at neutral venues. Fixture dates will depend on Kerry’s progress in the All Ireland series but no later that October 5th.

Senior Football League Roundup
Round 8 pf the Credit Union Senior Football League, with a number of exceptions due to the hurling championship and other issues, took place last weekend and in Division 1, Dr Crokes who did not play, have been joined at the top by Kilcummin but Austin Stacks, with two games in hand, are well placed in third place.

In Division 2, Killarney Legion return to the top Division with three games to spare and its odds on that they will be joined by Desmonds and Glenbeigh Glencar who look like earning promotion for the second year in a row.

Templenoe, St Marys and Glenflesk occupy the promotion places in Division 3 with Annascaul well placed also, while in Division 4, Na Gaeil and Beale share top spot with the Tralee side having a game in hand on their rivals. Beaufort are also well placed in third.

Dr Crokes have leapfrogged St Senans at the top of Division 5 but the north Kerry side have a game in hand, while Ballydonoghue, Renard and Duagh are also in the promotion mix. 
Round 9 of the League will take place on August 17th.

Club Championships

Killarney Legion and Dr Crokes have qualified for the Club Championship final and no doubt this final may have added significance should a Divisional side or sides advance to the County Championship final.
In the Intermediate Championship, the semi finalists are Spa v Glenflesk and Ardfert v Desmonds. Those semi finals are not likely to be played until the end of September or early October – the Kerry representatives are not out in Munster until October 26th.
In the Junior Championship, Glenbeigh/Glencar play Brosna and Dromid play Duagh in the semi finals and again those games are unlikely to be played until October at the earlies given that some of these teams will be involve with Divisional teams in the senior championship. The Kerry representatives are not out in Munster until November 23rd.
The Novice Championship does not affect the Senior Championship that much so September 6th is a likely date for those semi finals involving St Senans and Listry and Lispole and Knocknagoshel.
Acorn Life Under 21 Championship Semi Finals
The Acorn Life Under 21 Championship Semi Finals were down for decision on Wednesday evening last and its Kenmare District and St Kierans who will contest this year’s final.
Kenmare Dis. Defeated South Kerry in Fitzgerald Stadium 2-11 to 1-11 in a very entertaining game. Pat Spillane is involved with Kenmare and they played very well with a very small panel of 18 or 19 – they had not even a full complement of subs
St Kierans had a big win over Shannon Rangers in Austin Stack Park 5 -17 to 3-5 it finished – disappointing from a Shannon Rangers viewpoint.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship Quarter Final Draw
The draw for the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship Quarter Finals was made on Radio Kerry on Monday and resulted in the following pairings:
South Kerry V Dr Crokes
Mid Kerry V East Kerry
Spa V An Ghaeltacht
Shannon Rangers V Dingle
Games to be played on Thursday August 7th with first named having home venue, Extra Time applies where necessary.

Junior Football Leagues

The following is the up to date position with the Junior Football Leagues:
Group 1: Killarney Legion are in the final and the semi final, between Rathmore and Austin Stacks, is on Wednesday evening next, August 6th.
Group 2: Listowel Emmets defeated Clounmacon in the big North Kerry derby on Friday evening last, 1-11 to 1-7 it finished in Ballylongford.
Group 3: An Ghaeltacht are in the final, Milltown play Na Gaeil in the semi final on August 8th. 
Group 4: Waterville are in the final, with Templenoe playing Kenmare in the semi final on this Friday evening. 
Group 6: Skellig Rangers will play Dromid Pearses in the final on this Friday evening in Caherciveen at 7:30.
Group 8: Annascaul were due to play Currow in the final on Tuesday of this week.
Munster Council Grants Deadline is August 29th 
Application forms for Munster Council grants 2014 can now be completed and forwarded to County Development Officer Tim Murphy by the closing date of August 29th Application forms for all categories of grants can be downloaded from the Munster Council website www. munster.gaa.ie
Any club making an application for a grant will be required to first send an email to the developmentofficer.kerry@gaa.ie confirming that the club will be applying for a grant and under what category on or before Thursday 31st July 2014. Full details re grant requirements have been sent to all club secretaries.
Following receipt of completed applications the Development Officer will visit each Club to inspect completed work carried out this year. If you have any further queries please contact Tim Murphy on 087-2077131.

Cúl Camps
Next week is Week 6 of the annual Kellogs GAA Cúl Camps at the following venues: Kenmare, Glenbeigh, Spa, Portmagee, Duagh, Lixnaw, Scartaglen, and Kilmoyley.
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.

Fitzgerald Stadium Golf Classic
The Fitzgerald Stadium annual Golf Classic was held in Killarney Golf and Fishing Club on Friday last. The winners were as follows: 
1st: O'Sullivan Darcy Engineering, 108 points (won on back 6)
2nd: Agrivet Ltd, 108 points
3rd: Gneeveguilla GAA, 105 points
4th Tatler Jack Bar, 103 points
Ladies Section winners: Lenihans Bar, College Street.
The Fitzgerald Stadium Committee would like to thank all the participating teams and sponsors, and the management and staff of Killarney Golf and Fishing club for making the classic an outstanding success.

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

Quarter Finals of SHC down for decision

Round 3 of the 2014 Garvey’s Supervalu Co. Senior Hurling Championship goes ahead on this weekend with 2 quarter final games down for decision. Both will be played on Saturday evening at Austin Stack Park. Crotta O’Neill’s play Ballyduff at 5.15p.m. and Abbeydorney meet Lixnaw at 7.00p.m. Extra time will be played in each if necessary.

Last weekend saw both Ballyheigue and Causeway exit the Championship. Ballyheigue lost to Abbeydorney by 0 - 14 to 0 - 11 and Causeway went down to Ballyduff by 3 - 12 to 1 - 10.
Meanwhile St. Brendan’s and Kilmoyley advanced to the semi-finals with wins over Lixnaw (1 - 18 to 0 - 20 after extra time) and Crotta (1 - 16 to 1 - 12) respectively.
Co. Intermediate Championship
The following draws were made for the 2014 Co. Intermediate Hurling Championship: Abbeydorney v Causeway; Kilmoyley v Kenmare; Austin Stacks v Lixnaw and Dr. Crokes v Kilgarvan. All games are fixed for Friday, 8th August with the first named team at home and extra time will be played if necessary.

Hurling Cúl Camps 

The 2014 Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps for Hurling & Camogie in Kerry continue this week until Friday, 1st at Crotta (at Dromakee) & Fitzgerald Stadium. Running from Monday’s to Friday’s, 10.00a.m. – 2.30p.m., camps are open to primary school children and the cost is €55 per child (with reductions for additional children of families). Children can register at each venue on the first day of a camp.
Forthcoming camps are at Kilmoyley (4 – 8 August) and Ballyduff & Tralee Parnell’s (11 – 15 August). 
Last week at Abbeydorney nearly 40 children attended and Jedd Maunsell was awarded the Skills Player of Week while Darragh O’Connell was the Player of the Week

Kerry Minors

The Kerry minor hurling team will play Wicklow on Saturday, 9th August in Round 1 of the All-Ireland Minor ‘B’ Championship. Venue is Arklow where there will be a 2.30p.m. throw in.
Tralee Parnell’s coaching programme for under 6 to 16 continues at the Caherslee G.A.A. grounds every Friday from 7.00p.m. – 8.00p.m. The club also now has a camogie section and new players would be very welcome. 

On this Saturday, 2nd August the Trevor Barrett Memorial Hurling Tournament takes place in the Connolly Park and Caherslee pitches in Tralee. The tournament features eight sides overall, five from Kerry: Austin Stacks, Causeway, Crotta O’Neills, Abbeydorney and St Patrick’s East Kerry as well as Liscarroll and Lismire from Cork and Wolfe Tones from Clare. As well as remembering Trevor, the tournament hopes to raise funds for Bru Columbanus, an independently run charity that provided accommodation for Trevor’s family while he was in intensive care in Cork. Full details of the fixtures are available on the Austin Stacks Hurling Club Facebook page. 

The Abbeydorney G.A.A. Night at the Dogs takes place on Friday week, 8th August. The Abbeydorney Hurling Club Coiste na nÓg has just received sponsorship of the club from the Abbeydorney Farmers group for a 3 year term.