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PRO Weekly GAA Scene July 16th 2014 2014-07-15 13:25:00

Kerry will play Galway or Tipperary in All Ireland Quarter final

Following last weekend’s championship action in Connaught and the qualifiers the quarter final situation in the “A” side of the championship is clearer. Kerry will play the winners of the final qualifier game between beaten Connaught finalists Galway and the surprise team from the qualifiers, Tipperary, that game goes ahead on July 26th. That quarter final will take place on the August weekend in Croke Park with Sunday the 4th being the likely date. Meanwhile, beaten Munster Finalists, Cork will play Sligo with the winners playing Mayo in the quarter finals. The winners of those two quarter finals will meet in the All Ireland Semi Final.

Kerry Minors will play Kildare or Dublin in Quarter Final
Following their big victory over Offaly in the semi final, Dublin will now play Kildare in the Leinster Minor final on Sunday next. Kerry will play the losers of that game in the quarter finals and the Leinster Champions will play Cork. While the quarter final is likely to be on the August weekend, there is no guarantee that it will be played along with the senior quarter final. The winners of Kerry’s quarter final tie will play the winners of the quarter final tie between the Connaught champions and the Ulster runners-up in the semi final.

Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship Round 3

With football fever in the county on a high following Kerry’s Munster Final triumph, there was championship action a plenty last weekend to satisfy the appetite of the footballing public and after a weekend that finished with high drama in Lewis Road as 4-in-a-row champions Dr Crokes were dethroned, Austin Stacks, Dingle, Killarney Legion, Laune Rangers, South Kerry, West Kerry, Mid Kerry and Shannon Rangers are all through to the quarter finals of the Garveys Supervalu Senior Football championship

It could hardly be described as a shock given the poor form shown by Dr Crokes in the championship this year, however there is no doubt that Legion’s thrilling victory over their town rivals was the talk of the weekend’s championship action (0-17 to 0-15). The big crowd witnessed a contest that went right down to the wire after some superb scores from both sides particularly from James O’Donoghue, Conor Keane, who scored seven points from play and Johnny Buckley before late points from Tom Moriarty and Keane saw Legion advance.. 
The first game on the double bill in Ballylongford saw Shannon Rangers defeat a plucky St Michaels Foilmore side who had their noses just in front for a lot of the game. A superb goal from Mikey Boyle ten minutes from time, followed by another from Kerry Junior player Paul Kennelly, ensured Shannon Rangers would be in the quarter final draw (2-12 to 0-12).
In the second game in O’Rahilly Park, Feale Rangers, minus ten players from their 1st round victory over Kerins O’Rahillys, were no match for Mid Kerry for whom Kerry seniors Donnchadh Walsh and Darran O’Sullivan goaled in a 2-12 to 2-7 victory.

Extra time was required in Killorglin where the home side shocked a fancied East Kerry outfit (3-13 to 2-15). Laune Rangers were seven points to the good at half time thanks to goals from Daniel MacBeth and Shane McSweeney but East Kerry fought back in the second half thanks to Derry Ahern’s goal. A great goal by Peter Crowley was the decisive score in extra time.

Two goals a minute either side of half time were the decisive scores as Dingle overcame St Brendans (2-9 to 0-9) at Austin Stack Park. Matthew Flaherty was involved in both being fouled for a penalty that Paul Geaney despatched to the net just before the break and then getting on the end of a long ball immediately after the restart to finish to the net. 

The accuracy of Shane Carroll from frees – he scored eight in all – ensured that Austin Stacks stay in the championship hunt following a 0-17 to 2-5 victory over Rathmore in Austin Stack Park. The sides were level at the break 0-8 to 1-5 at the break with Eoin Lawlor getting the Rathmore goal from a penalty but with the wind to their backs Stacks had six unanswered points in the third quarter and despite a fine goal from George O’Keeffe, Stacks easily advanced to the quarter finals.

In Caherciveen, where Kerry star Declan O’Sullivan was an injury absentee, a rather fortuitous goal from Ian Galvin gave South Kerry a five points lead at the break against Milltown/Castlemaine, 1-6 to 0-4, and despite keeping in touch throughout the second half, Milltown could never overhaul the home side who eventually won on a 1-10 to 0-9 scoreline.
There was drama a plenty at Kilcummin where West Kerry needed extra time to eventually dispose of the home side in the Round 2 replay. A goal in the first minute of that additional time by Jason Hickson was to be the decisive score of a ding dong battle and so after 4 hours and 20 minutes of action West Kerry are eventually through to the quarter finals on a score of 1-16 to 2-11.

Senior Football Championship Review

The senior football championship review committee, under the chairmanship of Tony O’Keeffe, presented their report to the chairmen, secretaries and county committee delegates in the IT Tralee on Wednesday evening last. The meeting was poorly attended and one can only hope that the apathy shown to this important meeting by some units of the GAA in the county is not a reflection on the interest at large in our major championship.

It will be recalled that the reduction of the number of teams taking part to sixteen - eight clubs and eight divisional sides - was one of the main recommendations of the committee’s findings and also that relegation from the county championship would be based on performances in the senior club championship i.e. no Divisional side would play a part in relegating a club side. 
A lot of discussion on Wednesday night revolved around the method of reducing the number of Club teams from the current 11 to 8 with various different views being put forward by a number of clubs such as having three clubs playing in a preliminary round but the committee’s recommendation is that the reduction take place in one year, a move that would have to be ratified by the Munster Council.

One of the ideas put forward that was gaining a bit of momentum on the night was a suggestion that there should be a Senior Club Championship for club teams with the winners representing Kerry in the Munster Club Championship and then a separate Divisional County Championship where all players would be involved with a divisional side and the winners of that competition would provide the Captain of the Kerry senior team. It was however felt that there would need to be a realigning of the Divisional Boards for that to happen. The committee will now go back and deliberate on all the suggestions made and will present their final report to the County Committee at the August meeting to be voted on.

Intermediate Championship Quarter Final

Spa and Listowel Emmets will renew rivalry in the Castleisland Mart Intermediate Championship when they replay their quarter final tie in Spa on Saturday evening next at 7pm. The winners play Glenflesk in the semi final with Ardfert and Desmonds clashing in the other semi final.

Remaining Quarter Finals in the Under 21 Championship down for decision

With St Kierans and Kenmare already through to the Acorn Life Under 21 Championship Semi Finals the two remaining Quarter final ties will be decided in the next week as follows: South Kerry play Austin Stacks in Caherciveen on this Wednesday evening and St Brendans will take on Shannon Rangers in Ardfert on Monday evening next at 7pm. 

The semi-finals are pencilled in for July 30th and the final is fixed for August 8th.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship

With one Preliminary Round game resulting in a big win for St Kierans over Feale Rangers played earlier, the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship got into full swing last week. Dingle had a big win over West Kerry (0-20 to 0-2), Kerins O’Rahillys defeated Austin Stacks in the Tralee derby (2-14 to 1-6), Spa defeated Kenmare District in a thriller in Spa “-13 to 2-12), Shannon Rangers had a good win over last year’s winners East Kerry in Ballylongford (2-12 to 2-8), St Brendans went down to South Kerry in Ardfert (2-12 to 1-7) and Dr Crokes were defeated by Mid Kerry (1-12 to 0-9). 

Round 2 (losers Round) was due to go ahead on Tuesday of this week (July 15th) where the following fixtures were due to be played: West Kerry v St Brendans; St Kierans v Austin Stacks;Kenmare v East Kerry; Dr Crokes v Feale Rangers.
The winners of those games were due to join St Kierans, Dingle, Kerins O’Rahillys, An Ghaeltacht, Spa, Shannon Rangers, South Kerry and Mid Kerry in the Round 3 draw with Round 3 games being played on this coming Friday evening, four games, four byes. Throw in 7 pm and extra time applies in all games where required.

Senior Football League Backgames

There are a number of important back games in the Credit Union senior football league down for decision this coming weekend. In Division 1, Dr Crokes can regain top spot with victory over bottom club Currow. Austin Stacks, thanks to their victory over Rathmore in the County Championship last weekend, a game that doubled up as a League fixture, leap frogged the Killarney side to take over at the top.

In Division 2, Glenbeigh/Glencar visit John Mitchels knowing that victory there would see them join Desmonds in second place. There are two games in Division 3 and St Marys can take over from Templenoe at the top should they defeat Dromid Pearses in Dromid, while Glenflesk can go third in the table on their own with victory over bottom club Scartaglen.
Churchill can move into a promotion spot by defeating Fossa in Division 4. 

Junior Football Leagues reach Final Stages

The Junior Football Leagues have now reached the final stages in most of the Groups with one final having been played last weekend. The following is an update of the position in all Groups:

Group 1: Killarney Legion are in the final and the semi final is between Rathmore and Austin Stacks who meet on this Friday evening July 18th.

Group 2: Clounmacon will meet Emmets in the final following the Listowel side’s 2-6 to 1-7 semi final victory over Gneeveguilla on Friday evening last.

Group 3: An Ghaeltacht are in the final, Milltown are in the semi final where they will play Na Gaeil or Ardfert.

Group 4: Waterville are in the final, with Templenoe playing St Michaels/Foilmore or Kenmare, who playoff, in the semi final.

Group 5: St Pats are in the final and they will meet Duagh who defeated Churchill in the semi final by 2-10 to 0-5.

Group 6: Skellig Rangers are in the final where they will play Dromid Pearses who defeated Glenflesk in the semi final by 10 points to 7.

Group 7: Tarbert defeated neighbours Moyvane in the final on Friday evening on a score of 2-9 to 1-10.

Group 8: Annascaul play Currow in the final after Currow’s 3-12 to 1-12 semi final victory over Castlegregory.

Kerry GAA Store Launching Kerry All Ireland Championship Leisure Wear

The Kerry senior players will launch the new Kerry GAA Championship leisure wear line in the Kerry GAA Store in the Outlet Centre Killarney on this Saturday July 19th between 1 and 2pm where the players will be available for autographs, photo opportunities etc.

Cúl Camps

Next week is Week 4 of the annual Kellogs GAA Cúl Camps at the following venues: Dingle, Farranfore, Rathmore, Beaufort, Valentia, Causeway, Glencar, Moyvane and Abbeydorney.
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.

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

Garveys Supervalu Senior Hurling Championship gets underway this weekend

All roads lead to Austin Stack Park this weekend for Kerry hurling followers with the opening round of the 2014 Garvey’s Supervalu County Senior Hurling Championship. First up on Friday evening is the meeting of Ballyheigue and Lixnaw at 7.00p.m. On Saturday evening Causeway take on Kilmoyley, also at 7.00p.m.

There will be a double bill on Sunday with Abbeydorney versus Crotta O’Neill’s at 1.00p.m. and the reigning champions, St. Brendan’s play Ballyduff at 2.30p.m. Extra time will be played in all games if necessary.

The championship will be played in the ‘Christy Ring’ format so all teams will again be out on the following weekend when the winners play winners and losers play losers. Round 2 is on the weekend of July 26th with Round 3 on the August weekend.

Senior Hurling League

There were two significant results this week in Division 1 of the Credit Union Co. Senior Hurling League. Abbeydorney had a surprise 1 – 14 to 1 – 12 win over Causeway while Kilmoyley went to the top of the table following a 2 – 21 to 1 – 11 win over Crotta. Kilmoyley have 9 points with 1 round remaining. Ballyduff and Causeway are on 8 points each but Ballyduff have a game in hand. St. Brendan’s have 7 points and also have a game in hand. The remainder has Abbeydorney with 5 points, Lixnaw and Ballyheigue with 3 each and Crotta are pointless after 6 games. 

In the Co. Minor hurling league, Abbeydorney and Causeway lead their respective Divisions and are set to clash in the Division 1 Final.

Poc Fada

Well done to Fionán Mackessy (St. Brendan’s) and Patrice Diggins (Causeway) on their successes in the Munster Hurling Poc Fada competition held over the Galtee Mountains last weekend. Fionán came second in the Under 16 competition while Patrice came joint second in the senior camogie competition. This was a tremendous achievement for Kerry competitors at this level.

Hurling 2020 survey

G.A.A. President, Liam O’Neill recently established the Hurling 2020 Committee, under the Chairmanship of former All-Ireland Senior Hurling winning manager Liam Sheedy, to look at the game of hurling and to submit proposals for change as appropriate to ensure the improvement of the game over the next 20 years. The committee has begun the process of consulting widely within the Association at all levels and with GAA supporters in general and have launched a survey which will allow all participants to be entered in to a draw for 2 tickets to the 2014 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final. The survey is on the home page of www.gaa.ie In addition anyone interested may make submissions by e-mail to hurling@gaa.ie or by post to ‘Hurling 2020 Committee’, GAA, Páirc an Chrócaigh,
Baile Átha Cliath 3.

Hurling Cúl Camps 

The 2014 Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps for Hurling & Camogie in Kerry continue this week at both Ardfert and Kenmare. 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 Abbeydorney (21 - 25 July), Crotta & Fitzgerald Stadium (28 July – 1 August), 
Tralee Parnell’s coaching programme for under 6 to 16 continues at the Caherslee G.A.A. grounds every Friday from 6.30p.m. – 7.30p.m. The club also now has a camogie section and new players would be very welcome. 

Well done to the Abbeydorney Under 15 team on winning the Edmund Flahive Memorial trophy last week with a win over Kilmoyley.