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PRO Weekly GAA Scene July 9th 2014 2014-07-09 13:26:00

Kerry Reign Supreme

Kerry made it two titles on the trot when overwhelming Cork in Páirc Uí Chaoímh (0-24 to 0-12) in front of an attendance of 21,028 that scarcely could believe what they were seeing - in fact you have to go all the way back to 1977 to see a bigger Kerry victory over their biggest rivals at provincial level. This display was as near perfect as makes no difference and great credit is due to the backroom team and the players for the way the game plan was implemented. Some great traditional fielding and kicking by the wearers of the green and gold only served to put the icing on the cake as far as the hardy band of die-hard Kingdom supporters who travelled were concerned. So it’s on to the Quarter finals in August once again following a victory that was as welcome as it was unexpected.

Kerry’s opponents are not known at this stage of course but along with the Connaught champions they are on the “A” side of the Championship draw meaning they can only meet the following teams - depending of course on who comes through the qualifiers; 
Laois/Tipperary, Sligo/Limerick, Mayo or Galway (Losers) and Cork (who they cannot meet at the quarter-final stage because it would be a repeat fixture). The Munster and Connaught champions, are destined to meet in the All Ireland semi final should they win their quarter final ties.

Kerry Minors make it a double

After an entertaining hour’s football in Páirc Uí Chaoímh, Kerry retained their Munster crown with a deserved victory over Cork and claiming their 43rd title in the process, (2-17 to 2-13). Kerry got the boost of an early goal from Tomás Ó Sé and led by 3 points at the break, 1-9 to 1-6. A Jordan Kiely goal had Kerry leading by 2-13 to 1-9 at one stage in the second half, but a Cork goal by Gary Murphy after Shane Ryan had save his 3rd Championship penalty within a year, had Cork back in the hunt but Kerry finished the stronger to close out the game and were well worth their four points winning margin. Kerry now await the losers of the Leinster football final on the August weekend. Kildare play the winners of the Dublin/Offaly semi final in the Leinster final.

Kerry Juniors are Munster Champions

Following a fine attacking display the Kerry Junior team were crowned Munster champions at Austin Stack Park on Wednesday evening of last week. First half goals from Brian Crowley and Thomas Hickey saw Kerry lead by 2-8 to 0-5 at the break and a further goal in the second half from Gavan O’Grady copper-fastened Kerry’s 41st Munster title.

Well done to Stephen Wallace and his management team of Fergus Clifford, Timmy and Denis O’Sullivan who had very little time to work with what in effect was a new Kerry side given that only four of the team featured in last year’s championship.

The semi final will be on Saturday August 9th against Sligo who are the Connacht champions. Cavan are Leinster Champions – there is no competition in Ulster – and they will play the UK winners in the other semi final.

Senior Football Championship takes centre stage this weekend

Following all the excitement last weekend with a provincial football treble, the Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship takes centre stage this weekend with a Round 2 replay and seven Round 3 games down for decision.

Following their exciting draw in Castlegregory, Kilcummin and West Kerry renew rivalry in Kilcummin in their Round 2 Replay on Saturday evening and on the same evening there is a double bill in Austin Stack Park where St Brendans take on Dingle and Austin Stacks face Rathmore who already have disposed of one black and amber side en route to Round 3. Meanwhile, Milltown Castlemaine will be up against it when they travel to Caherciveen to take on South Kerry also on Saturday evening.

On Sunday afternoon, there is a double header in Ballylongford where Shannon Rangers and St Michaels/Foilmore get proceedings underway at 2pm followed by the meeting of Feale rangers and Mid Kerry at 3:30. Laune Rangers, who shocked St Brendans in the last round, have a home tie against East Kerry, while in the final game on Sunday evening, there is a local derby in Killarney where county champions Dr Crokes put their county title on the line against Killarney Legion.

The Full list of fixtures is as follows:

Saturday July 12th Round 2 - Replay
Kilcummin v West Kerry (Kilcummin @7pm)

Round 3
South Kerry v Milltown/Castlemaine (Caherciveen @ 7pm)
St Brendans v Dinge (Austin Stack Park @ 6pm)
Austin Stacks v Rathmore (Austin Stack Park @ 7:30pm)

Sunday July 13th Round 3
Shannon Rangers v St Michaels/Foilmore (Ballylongford @ 2pm)
Feale Rangers v Mid Kerry (Ballylongford @3:30pm)
Laune Rangers v East Kerry (Killorglin @3pm)
Dr Crokes v Killarney Legion (Lewis Rd @ 6:30pm)

St Kierans and Kenmare are through to the Acorn Life Under 21 Championship Semi Finals

St Kierans and Kenmare District are through to the semi finals of the Acorn Life Under 21 football championship following victories over Feale Rangers and Kilcummin/Rathmore respectively on Wednesday evening of last week.

St Kierans won on a score of 15 points to 8 in Mountcoal and in the other quarter final tie, Kenmare District had a point to spare over Kilcummin/Rathmore in Kenmare in a high scoring encounter that finished 3-12 to 2-14.

The two remaining Quarter final ties are fixed as follows: South Kerry V Austin Stacks in Caherciveen on Wednesday 16th July and St Brendans V Shannon Rangers in Ardfert on Monday July 21st; 

St Brendans qualified for the Quarter finals thanks to a one point victory over Kerins O’Rahillys 
in Ardfert on Wednesday evening of last week. After a very low scoring tie it finished 1-6 to 1-5 in favour of the homeside. The winners led by 4 points to 2 at the break thanks to a brace of points from Andy Byrne but Cian Sayers goaled for Rahillys soon after the restart to put the blues ahead. Kevin Shanahan replied with a goal for Brendans soon after but two Ryan Carroll points had the sides on level terms with four minutes to go before Paudie Carroll popped over the winner for St Brendans
The semi-finals are pencilled in for July 30th and the final is fixed for August 8th.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship 
There was one Preliminary Round game in the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship last week and it resulted in a big win for St Kierans over Feale Rangers on Tuesday evening in Castleisland finishing 3-16 to 4 points in favour of the home side. Two Cian O’Connor goals saw St Kierans lead by 2-10 to 0-1 at the break. O’Connor, who scored 3-5 in total, completed his hat-trick soon after the resumption as the winners strolled to a very comfortable victory

Round 1 games will be played on this coming Wednesday evening with first named having home venue as follows: Kerins O’Rahillys V Austin Stacks, Spa V Kenmare District, Shannon Rangers V East Kerry in Ballylongford, St Brendans V South Kerry in Ardfert and Dr Crokes V Mid Kerry. Round 2 (losers Round) is fixed for Wednesday July 15th and Round 3 will take place three days later on July 18th. Throw in 7 pm and extra time applies in all games where required. The remaining first round tie between Dingle and West Kerry was brought forward to Tuesday. 

Junior Football Leagues
The Junior Football Leagues have now reached the semi final stages in most of the Groups but there are still a few exceptions here and there – a number of back games played during the last week have decided most of the playoff places. 

The following are the provisional placings in the groups and clubs should contact Christy Killeen should they have any queries

Group 1: Killarney Legion are in the final and the semi final is between Rathmore and Austin Stacks on July 18th.
Group 2: Clounmacon are in the final, Gneeveguilla and Emmets are in the semi final .
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 in the semi final.
Group 5: St Pats are in the final and they will meet the winners of the Duagh v Churchill semi final.
Group 6: Skellig Rangers are in the final and Dromid Pearses play Glenflesk in the semi final this Friday evening in Dromid.
Group 7: Moyvane play Tarbert in the final.
Group 8: Annascaul are in the final and Currow play Castlegregory in the semi final.
It is planned to play the playoffs and semi finals where possible on this coming Friday evening. The second placed team in the division will have home venue except in cases of long distance where neutral venue will apply.

Football Cúl Camps

Next is week 3 of the annual Cúl Camps in the following venues: Ballybunion, Caherciveen, Annascaul, Castleisland, Kilcummin, Killorglin, Ballylongford, Keel, Fossa, Ardfert and Kenmare.
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.
Comórtas Peile John Egan
Comórtas Peile John Egan in memory of the great late Kerry player will be held at four venues in the county - John Mitchels, Fossa, Desmonds and Caherslee - on this Friday and Saturday with clubs from Kerry, Cork, Sligo, London, Louth, Galway, Wexford and Westmeath taking part. Division 1 and 2 Finals are on Saturday in Fitzgerald Stadium.

Mixed Luck for Development Squads
The three Kerry Development squads from Kerry North and Kerry South had mixed luck in their provincial competitions last weekend. Kerry South won the Under 15s tournament in Millstreet defeating Cork West, Kerry North meanwhile were defeated by Cork East in the Under 14 final in Dungarvan with Kerry South defeating Limerick in the Plate Final. Tipperary were the winners of the Under 16 tournament in Limerick defeating the home side.

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Garveys Supervalu County Senior Hurling Championship

The Garveys Supervalu Senior Hurling Championship is fast approaching and fixtures have been made for the opening four games taking into account the various requests made by the clubs involved. All games are in Austin Stack Park and extra time will apply where necessary.Fixtures are as follows:

Friday July 18th @ 7pm
Ballyheigue V Lixnaw

Saturday July 19th @ 7pm
Causeway V Kilmoyley

Sunday July 20th 
Abbeydorney v Crotta(1:00pm)
Ballyduff v St Brendans (2:30pm)

There is no doubt but the meeting of current champions St Brendans and championship specialists Ballyduff, who have 24 titles to their credit, is the standout fixture from the first round draw but there is tremendous rivalry between all teams in the championship and no quarter will be asked or given in any of the games.

The remainder of the competition will be played out in the “Christy Ring” format with First Round winners playing each other and First Round Losers playing each other on the weekend of July 27th.

Credit Union Senior Hurling Leagues

Last week, St Brendans defeated Abbeydorney 2-19 to 2-12 and Ballyduff defeated Crotta 3-18 to 0-14 while Causeway defeated Lixnaw 2-22 to 0-7 in a game that doubled up as a West Munster League game and in another game that doubled up, Ballyheigue defeated Crotta by 2-12 to 0-14. This game developed into a shoot out between county colleagues Shane Nolan for Crotta who hit 10 points and Philip Lucid of ballyheigue who scored 9 points for the home side.

Ballyduff and Causeway top of the table on 8 points, followed by St Brendans and Kilmoyley on 7 points.

Round 7 of the League is pencilled infor this week as follows: Kilmoyley v Crotta O’Neills (Friday at 7:45pm); St Brendans v Ballyheigue (Sunday @ 1pm). Causeway v Abbeydorney was due to be played on Tuesday evening, and Ballyduff v Lixnaw is postponed to a later date.
Division 3 of the Hurling League continues on Wednesday evenings and last week, St Pats defeated Kenmare by 1-9 to 1-5 while the two top teams, Crotta and Austin Stacks drew, 2-13 to 1-16. Duagh had a bye last week.
Crotta and Stacks top the table on 5 points but Crotta have a game in hand; St Pats are on 3 points also with a game in hand. Fixtures for the coming week see Kenmare play Crotta and Duagh play St Pats with Austin Stacks having a bye.

West Munster League

Due to the withdrawal of two teams there are now ten teams in the league; one group of four teams and two groups of three teams. The top two teams in the group of four will qualify for the semi finals along with the winners of the other two groups. It is vital that all Round 2 games are played on schedule this week in order to ensure completion of the league stages.

Fixtures for Round 2 on Wednesday 9th of July are as follows.

Group 1: Broadford v Kilmoyley; Ballybrown v Ballyduff.
Group 2: Causeway v Bruff; Lixnaw a bye
Group 4: O'Callaghans Mills v Crotta O'Neills; Ballyheigue a bye.

Minor Hurling League

Round 3 of the Minor Hurling League on Monday last saw the following results:
Division 1A; Abbeydorney 4-10 Ballyheigue 0-5; Abbeydorney go top on 6 points but there are a couple of back games with the South Kerry v Ballyduff probably deciding 2nd place.
Division 1B; Causeway 5-15; Lixnaw 2-12; Kilmoyley 4-9 St Brendans 0-9. Causeway on 6 points and Kilmoyley on 4 points top the table in this division.

Hurling Cúl Camps 

The 2014 Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps for Hurling and Camogie in Kerry are well underway and this week camps will take place at Ballyheigue from Monday to Friday. The remaining Camps take place as follows: Ardfert and Kenmare (14 -18 July), Abbeydorney (21 - 25 July), Crotta and Fitzgerald Stadium (28 July – 1 August), Kilmoyley (4 – 8 August) and Ballyduff and Tralee Parnell’s (11 – 15 August). 
Cost is €55 per child with reductions for additional members of families. Open to primary school children between 6 and 13 years of age. Monday’s to Friday’s, 10.00 to 2.30p.m. daily. Children can register at each venue on the first day of a camp.

Poc Fada Munster Final

The Munster Poc Fada Finals will take place in the Galtee mountains in Tipperary on Saturday next and Kerry will have three representatives as follows: Senior Hurling: Adrian McCabe (Kilmoyley); Under 16: Fionán MacKessy (Ardfert); Senior Camogie: Patrice Diggins (Causeway)