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PRO Weekly GAA Scene July 2nd 2014 2014-07-02 13:27:00

Curtain comes down on Páirc Uí Chaoímh as Kerry and Cork vie for Munster supremacy once again

Its Munster Football final time again and on Sunday Kerry make the trip to Cork to take on the Rebels in what will be the final football final in the present Páirc Uí Chaoimh before it is demolished in favour of a new state of the art stadium. Those of us privileged to have witnessed them, will recall many epic occasions in the old stadium since it was first opened in 1976 with a drawn and a replayed encounter between Sunday’s opponents, but those memories will hardly be on the mind of the present day players as both sides battle for Munster supremacy.

Team lineouts will of course show major changes since their last meeting in Fitzgerald Stadium exactly one year ago with household names such as Tomás Ó Sé, Paul Galvin, Eoin Brosnan and Colm Cooper missing from the Kerry side and Graham Canty, Noel O’Leary, Pearse O’Neill and Paudie Kissane no longer part of the Cork set-up. With so many new faces on view it is difficult to assess form right now, but given that both of Sunday’s combatants were below par in their respective semi finals against Clare and Tipperary, one can only assume that both counties had one eye on Sunday’s encounter.

The first two meetings of these sides in Páirc Uí Chaoímh are still being talked about and it would be nice to think that their final meeting in the present venue will generate as much debate in 40 years time – with the same end result of course! We wish Kerry the very best of luck on Sunday.

Final Training Session is open to public

Kerry wind down their preparations for Sunday’s Munster Final with a training session in Fitzgerald Stadium on this Thursday evening and the session is open to the public from 6:30pm. 

Kerry Minors also face Cork on Sunday

The Kerry Minor team are also in action on Sunday against Cork in a game that has an early throw-in of 12 noon. Both sides have had two outings to date with Kerry first accounting for Clare (2-16 to 0-7 and then Tipperary (2-18 to 0-7). Cork had a big win over Limerick in their opening game (6-15 to 1-7) before defeating Waterford in the semi final (1-14 to 1-8).

With Tipperary to the fore in recent years, Kerry and Cork have not met in a final since 2010 when Cork prevailed by a single point in Killarney and it is hard to believe that we have to go all the way back to 1994 for Kerry’s last All Ireland title in this grade while Cork fare a little better having last won in 2000. Trainer, Jack O’Connor and his selectors, Michéal Ó Sé, Eamonn Whelan and John Galvin have left no stone unturned in their preparation of the team and hopefully they can retain their title again this year. The Kerry team was due to be named on Tuesday evening.

Ticket arrangements for the big games on Sunday 

The Senior final in Páirc Uí Chaóimh on Sunday next throws in at 2pm and it will be preceded by the Minor final, also between Cork and Kerry at 12 noon.

Munster Council ticket prices are as follows:
Adult - Covered Stand; €35 
Adult - Uncovered Stand; €30
Adult Terrace; €20 
Family Covered Stand; Adult €35 – Juveniles €5
Family Uncovered; Adult €30 – Juveniles €5

Students and OAPs receive €10 refund on covered and uncovered stand and €5 back in the Terrace at the designated stile with a valid ID.

Public Sale of Tickets

Tickets will be available to the public in Austin Stack Park as follows:
Wednesday 2nd July and Thursday 3rd July from 12.00 to 5.30pm. and on Friday 4th July from 12.00 to 4.00pm.

Please note that tickets are also available to purchase from the Kerry GAA Store in the Outlet Centre Killarney, participating Centra and SuperValu stores around the county and online from www.tickets.ie 

Kerry Juniors take on Cork in Munster Final

Not to be outdone by their Minor and Senior counterparts, Kerry Juniors also take on Cork in the Munster Final in Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on this Wednesday evening at 7:30 pm. Both sides have had just one game so far in the competition with Kerry defeating a disappointing Clare side by 11 points and Cork overcoming Limerick by two points.

Kerry, had a couple of injury doubts, and trainer Stephen Wallace and his management team of Fergus Clifford, Timmy and Denis O’Sullivan, were due to name their starting fifteen on Monday night. 

Darragh Ó Sé reappointed as Under 21 Football Trainer

Darragh Ó Sé, whose two year term expired with the defeat to Cork in the Munster Championship, was given a one year extension to his term as Trainer of the Kerry Under 21 Football Team. His Management team will be announced at the August meeting of County Committee.

St Brendans through to Round 3 of Senior Football Championship

St Brendans needed extra time to dispose of a gritty Currow side in the Garveys Senior Football Championship Round 2 game at Currow on Saturday evening (3-13 to 0-13). Indeed with five minutes left in normal time Currow looked like they would cause an upset as they led by two points but late points by David Griffin and Andy Byrne saw the game go to extra time. With a stronger squad St Brendans prevailed in extra time and now go on to meet Dingle as part of a double header in Austin Stack Park on July 12th (6pm). The second game sees Austin Stacks take on Rathmore at 7:30pm. The remaining Round 3 games will be played over the weekend of 12th/13th July.

Glenflesk in Intermediate Championship Semi Final

Glenflesk advanced to the semi finals of the Castleisland Mart Intermediate Championship with a 2-6 to 0-8 victory over Finuge in Glenflesk last weekend where first half goals from Jeff O’Donoghue and Dara Roche were the decisive scores that set up a semi final meeting with either Spa or Emmets who reply their Round 2 tie in Spa on July 19th (7pm).

Acorn Life Under 21 Championship Round 1 Roundup

Round 1 of the Acorn Life County Under21 Football Championship was played on Wednesday evening of last week and resulted in wins for South Kerry, Austin Stacks, Kilcummin/Rathmore, Shannon Rangers, St Kierans, Kenmare District and Feale Rangers. The St Brendans V Kerins O’Rahillys 1st Round game will be played on this Wednesday July 2nd in Ardfert due to St Brendans involvement in the Senior Championship last weekend.

South Kerry 3-15 East Kerry 3-14

Pick of the first round ties had to be in Caherciveen where a late late goal saw the home side snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. A goal by Robert Wharton saw South Kerry lead by 1-9 to 0-7 at the break and on the resumption, David O’Donoghue for the visitors and Conor O’Shea swapped goals and South Kerry led by 2-15 to 1-11 after 50 minutes. Two goals from Dara Roche had East Kerry level and when Paudie Clifford added two points it looked as if the visitors would go away with the spoils until Denis Daly pounced on a defensive mistake to snatch victory for the homeside in the dying seconds.

Austin Stacks 3-15 Dingle 1-5

Dingle had the better of the opening half at Connolly Park where a Diarmuid McCarthy goal saw them take a slender 1-4 to 0-7 lead to the interval break, however, in a complete reversal of fortunes, they were outscored in the second half by 3-11 to 0-1 with the homeside’s goals coming from Greg Horan, Eamonn McAllen and Calvin Foley.

Kilcummin Rathmore 3-13 An Ghaeltacht 1-11

Kilcummin/Rathmore had it all their own way in the first half in Kilcummin where Kevin McCarthy with 2-2 and John O’Keeffe with 1-1 helped the homeside to a 3-5 to 0-3 interval lead. An Ghaeltacht, with Eánna Ó Conchúir and Pól Breathnach prominent, did recover in the second half to outscore their rivals by 1-8 to 0-8 but the damage had already been inflicted in that opening half scoring burst from Kilcummin.

Shannon Rangers 4-8 Laune Rangers 2-9

Shannon Rangers got off to a great start in Killorglin where goals from Padraig Boyle (2) and Ger O’Sullivan saw the visitors lead by 3-2 to 0-1 after 10 minutes. A goal from David Costello saw Laune Rangers fight back to be just 4 points in arrears at the break; 3-4 to 1-6.

Padraig Boyle completed his hat-trick on the resumption and despite a John Tyther goal for the homside Shannon Rangers booke their passage to Round 2.

In the two remaining games played, Kenmare District had a 1-10 to 0-12 victory over West Kerry in Kenmare while Feale Rangers defeated Mid Kerry by 2-7 to 0-9 in Mountcoal.

Acorn Life Under 21 Championship Quarter Final Fixtures
The Draw for the Quarter finals of the Acorn Life Under 21 Football Championship was made last week by Pius Horgan of Acorn Life and Peter Twiss, County Committee Secretary and resulted in the following pairings and fixtures:

Feale Rangers V St Kierans in Mountcoal on Friday 4th July 
Kenmare District V Kilcummin/Rathmore in Kenmare on Friday 4th July 
South Kerry V Austin Stacks in Caherciveen on Wednesday 16th July 
St Brendans or Kerins O’Rahillys V Shannon Rangers; If St Brendans V Shannon Rangers in Ardfert on Monday July 21st; If Kerins O’Rahillys V Shannon Rangers in Strand Rd on Wednesday July 16th. 
All Games at 7:30 pm with extra time if required. Semi finals on July 30th and the final is fixed for August 8th.
The St Brendans V Kerins O’Rahillys 1st Round game will be played on July 2nd in Ardfert. This was to facilitate St Brendans involvement in the Senior Championship this coming weekend.

Credit Union Senior Football League

With Senior and Intermediate championship games down for decision Round 7 of the Credit Union senior football league was curtailed somewhat last weekend. The outstanding games have already been fixed by the CCC for dates in July and August. Round 8 of the league will be played on the weekend of July 27th.

Credit Union Senior Football League
In Division 1, Kilcummin, following victory over Milltown Castlemaine, join Dr Crokes at the top of the table on 10 points, Dr Crokes have a game in hand. Austin Stacks and Kerins O’Rahillys are on 9 points each with Stacks having two games in hand and Rahillys having one game in hand. St Michaels Foilmore and Waterville are on 8 points each. At the bottom, Currow and Emmets are on 2 points each, both having a game in hand, Milltown/Castlemaine, Finuge and Rathmore are on 4 points, Rathmore and Finuge with games in hand. Dingle are on 6 points.
Two games have been re-scheduled due to Senior and Intermediate Football Championship games the past weekend. Dr Crokes v Currow will be played on Saturday July 19th and Finuge will play Kerins O’Rahillys on Saturday August 9th. The Emmets V Austin Stacks Round 7 game has been deferred by mutual agreement to 9th/10th August.
In Division 2, Killarney Legion stay top on 14 points followed by Desmonds on 12, Glenbeigh/Glencar are on 10 points with a game in hand, and Kenmare are on 8 points, Spa stay on 7 points. At the bottom, St Pats have yet to register a point, there are two teams on 4 points, Laune Rangers and John Mitchels with the Tralee side having a game in hand, and Gneeveguilla, following victory over Tarbert, join Skellig Rangers on 6 points.
Glenbeigh-Glencar’s game with John Mitchels is put back to July 19th.
In Division 3, Templenoe, stay top on 11 points followed by St Marys who had a high scoring victory over Keel on 10 points with a game in hand. Glenflesk, with a game in hand, and Annascaul are on 8 points. At the bottom, Scartaglen, who have two games in hand, are on 2 points while Ballymacelligott, following a good win in Dromid, move up to 4 points with Lispole, An Ghaeltacht and Brosna a point better off on 5 points, the north Kerry side having two games in hand.
In Division 3, two more games are re-scheduled due to Championship games this past weekend, Scartaglen v Glenflesk goes back to Saturday July 19th and Ardfert v Brosna goes back to Saturday August 9th.
In Division 4, leaders Na Gaeil, who have a game in hand, have been joined on 12 points by Beale, Castlegregory and Beaufort are on 8 points with the Mid Kerry Side having a game in hand. Firies are on 7 points with Churchill but Churchill have two games in hand. At the other end of the table, Ballyduff and Knocknagoshel are on 2 points each, while Ballylongford and Fossa are on 4 points with a game in hand by both teams. Cordal and Cromane are on 6 points.

There are also games rescheduled in Division 4 where table toppers, Na Gaeil will play Beaufort on August 9th and Fossa v Churchill goes back to July 19th.
In Division 5, St Senans, with two victories in a week, stay top with 13 points, Dr Crokes, following victory over fellow challengers Sneem/Derrynane are in second place on 12, Duagh are on 10 and there are three teams on 9 points, Ballydonoghue, Renard and Sneem/Derrynane. Asdee are on 7 points while Valentia and Tuosist are on 4 points each.
Round 8 of the Credit Union Senior Football League will be played on the weekend of July 27th.
Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship 

The Preliminary Round game in the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship featuring St Kierans and Feale Rangers was due to be played on Tuesday evening in Castleisland. The winners of that game are away to An Ghaeltacht on Wednesday 9th when the remaining Round 1 games will be played as follows:

Dingle V West Kerry, Kerins O’Rahillys V Austin Stacks, Spa V Kenmare District, Shannon Rangers V East Kerry, St Brendans V South Kerry and Dr Crokes V Mid Kerry. Round 2 (losers Round) is fixed for July 15th and Round 3 July 18th. Extra time applies in all games.

Junior Football Leagues

The Junior Football Leagues have now reached the playoff stages in most of the Groups but there are still a few exceptions here and there where the result of back games will decide the final playoff places. Some back games were played earlier this week and the following games have been fixed for this Friday evening at 7:30pm;:
Group 2 playoff: Listry v Gneeveguilla , in Listry 
Group 8: Lispole v Currow in Keel 
Semi finals, where possible, will be played on Friday 4th July.

Hurling News

Garveys Supervalu County Senior Hurling Championship

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 senior hurling championship first round draw made last week and that meeting should certainly whet the appetite for the remainder of the championship.

Crotta O’Neills make a welcome return to senior action having withdrawn from last year’s competition due to lack of numbers and they have replaced Kenmare/Kilgarvan who are not taking part this year. Last year’s championship, when both semi finals and the final went to replays may be a hard act to follow but no doubt, this year’s championship will bring its own drama and excitement to play. 

Round 1 games will be played on the weekend of July 20th with two double headers in Austin Stack Park, two on Saturday evening and two on Sunday evening with the permutations yet to be decided.

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.

The Draw resulted in the following Pairings: Crotta O’Neills V Abbeydorney, St Brendans V Ballyduff, Ballyheigue V Lixnaw and Causeway V Kilmoyley.

Credit Union Senior Hurling Leagues

While teams have one eye on the Championship the Credit Union senior hurling league continues serving as valuable practice for the major competition. In Round 6 Ballyheigue and Kilmoyley drew 12 points each on Friday last while the Crotta v Ballyduff game is rescheduled for this Wednesday evening at 7:30.

On Tuesday of this week Abbeydorney were due to play St Brendans but the game between Lixnaw and Causeway due to be played on this Wednesday evening, a game that doubles up as a West Munster League game, is postponed due to a bereavement.

Round 7 of the League is pencilled in for July 12th.

Division 3 of the Hurling League continues on Wednesday evenings and last week, Austin Stacks got a W.O. from Duagh and Crotta O`Neill's defeated St Patrick's (East Kerry). Kenmare had a bye. Fixtures for the coming week sees St Pats playing Kenmare on this Wednesday evening and Crotta O’Neills play Austin Stacks on Friday, both at 7:30.

West Munster League
Due to the withdrawl 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 games are played on schedule over the next two weeks 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 2 of the Minor Hurling League on Monday last saw the following results:
Kilmoyley 4-23, Lixnaw 1-5; Abbeydorney 3-21 South Kerry 2-14; Ballyduff 3-20 Ballyheigue 1-6; Causeway 6-17 St Brendans 0-9.
The County Minor hurling leagues continue on Monday next, with Round 3 games in Divisions 1A and 1B. Fixtures are: South Kerry v Ballyduff; Abbeydorney v Ballyheigue; Lixnaw v Causeway and Kilmoyley v St Brendans.

Hurling Cúl Camps 

The 2014 Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps for Hurling and Camogie in Kerry got underway last week in Causeway and continue in Lixnaw this week; Other camps will take place at Ballyheigue (7 – 11 July), 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, 10.00a.m. – 2.30p.m. daily. Children can register at each venue on the first day of a camp.