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PRO Weekly GAA Scene June 5th 2014 2014-06-09 13:33:00

The Kerry GAA Clubs: in Final of Kerry Group Sweepstake..

We are now down to the final of the Kerry Group GAA Club Sweepstake that will take place on Friday next the 6th June at The Boyles Sports Kerry GAA Night of Champions at The Kingdom Greyhound Stadium Tralee. 

The Final Race on Friday next the 6th June is televised live on RTE 2.

The following clubs are still in with a chance to win great prizes and the winner takes home €1,000.00. 

The Prize-fund for Clubs represented in the Final will be: 1st €1000, 2nd €600, 3rd €400, 4th €300, 5th €300, 6th €300

Finuge/ Milltown/Castlemaine - Knockatoo King
Annascaul/Renard - Ranchers Bill
Knockanure-Monotore Lady
Templenoe - Sent it Lanner
South Kerry Football & Hurling - Millridge Zephy
Lixnaw - Lassa Exception

Plenty Talking points as Senior Football Championship is underway

What started out as a mundane weekend of Garveys Supervalu senior football championship action certainly threw up plenty of talking points last weekend. Unfortunately, chief among those talking points was the failure of Kenmare District Board to fulfil their first round fixture with Dingle fixed for Saturday evening last in Dingle. The county committee were informed around mid-day of Kenmare’s inability to field a team for a host of different reasons, and while one can have plenty of sympathy for the obstacles Divisional Boards have to surmount in preparing a championship team, there is really no excuse for what happened last weekend. 

First of all, the County Championship itself has taken a severe battering, and the deliberations of the County Championship Review Committee under Tony O’Keeffe cannot come a day too soon. One can only feel sympathy too for the host club Dingle who put a lot of preparation into the staging of the event, competition sponsors, The Garvey Group who are strongly associated with the Dingle area, not to mention a host of other people such as players, mentors and supporters who were inconvenienced in one way or another in what was a major Bank Holiday weekend. It was indeed a sad day for our flagship competition. 

Thankfully, by the end of the weekend, it was the exploits of the teams on the field that was taking up most of the championship discussion. Chief among those topics was the defeat of four-in-a-row champions Dr Crokes by their East Kerry neighbours Rathmore. Dr Crokes of course have had a magnificent run of twenty games without defeat in the championship and one has to go way back to the final of 2009 for their last championship defeat – at the hands of South Kerry – for the last time the black and amber side tasted defeat. Rathmore have a great tradition of bringing young players through to senior level and on Sunday evening last it was another one of those young players – Shane Ryan - who did most to turn the tide in his side’s favour. Dr Crokes have not gone away either and the wounded lion will be more dangerous than ever from now on in.

Another noteworthy performance last weekend was the return to winning ways of Shannon Rangers whose victory over Kilcummin was their first in the championship since 2011. There were some fine individual performances in Fitzgerald Stadium where East Kerry defeated Killarney Legion in a high scoring game while in Caherciveen, South Kerry turned the tables on Kerins O’Rahillys following the Tralee’s side victory over their host in round 3 of the competition at the same venue last year.

Elsewhere, Austin Stacks have to be satisfied with their performance in beating Feale Rangers in Listowel, even without the injured Kieran Donaghy, while Mid Kerry, a side that could have a good championship run this year, started their campaign with victory over St Kierans in Castleisland. St Michaels Foilmore had the better of competition debutantes, Currow .

West Kerry and Milltown-Castlemaine renew rivalry

West Kerry and Milltown-Castlemaine face off in the replay of their Garveys Supervalu first round fixture on this Wednesday evening in Austin Stack Park Tralee with a throw in time of 7:45pm. While in most circumstances, teams would have a home venue for such a fixture –Castlegregory is the named home venue for West Kerry this year – venues are at the discretion of the CCC and on this occasion the later throw in time and venue was decided on to allow ample travel time for players travelling from outside the county and also to allow for floodlighting should extra time be required.

Round 2 Fixtures go ahead this coming weekend

The draw for Round 2 of the Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship was made by the CCC on Monday evening and resulted in the following pairings:

St Kierans V Killarney Legion Saturday 7th Castleisland

Dr Crokes V Kenmare Sunday 8th 2pm Lewis Rd

Kerins O’Rahillys V Feale RangersSunday 8th 4pm Strand Rd

*West Kerry or
Milltown-Castlemaine V Kilcummin Sunday 8th 6pm Castlegregory or Milltown

Currow V St BrendansSaturday June 28th 7pm Currow

CCC Statement on Kenmare’s failure to fulfil county championship fixture

Kenmare District Board’s failure to fulfil their Round 1 fixture with Dingle on Saturday 31st May has been dealt with by the CCC at their meeting on Monday 2nd June.

Kenmare District Board have the option to accept the proposed penalty or to appeal the decision to the County Hearings Committee.

Credit Union Junior Football Leagues

The Junior Football Leagues continue every Friday evening and it is good to report the playing of so many games in the competition last weekend including a number of back games which were played on Bank Holiday Monday. While there is still some way to go before all back games, including the full programme of Round 1 games, are picked up, the playoff arrangements are as follows: The top team qualifies for the final while teams that finish 2nd and 3rd play in a semi final with the 2nd placed team having home venue, however, in exceptional circumstances, i.e. where a very long journey is involved, the CCC may decide on a neutral venue for semi finals.

Where teams finish level on points the following will apply to decide placing:
(a) Number of games played (team with most games played receive higher placing).
(b) Where two teams have the same number of points the result of the game between both will decide
(c) Scoring difference
(d) Play-off
Games not played and not rescheduled in recent rounds should be re-arranged as soon as possible through agreement of the two clubs and notified to Christy Killeen of the County Committee.

Major Fundraising campaign in New York comes to successful end

The Kerry Committee’s fundraising programme for the development of a Centre of Excellence at the Institute of Technology Tralee and at the Kerry GAA Grounds Development in Currans got a major boost last week following a very successful major fundraising campaign in New York.
Three major events were included on the itinerary two of which were designed to raise substantial funds for the development projects. Over thirty teams took part in a Golf Classic on Tuesday at the Rockland Country Club, on Wednesday all the former great Kerry players who were part of the fundraising tour, participated in a coaching session for 250 young players in Gaelic Park for the New York County Board and a Gala Dinner was held in the Metropolitan Club, New York on Thursday where all thirty tables were presold. Kerry County Committee chairman, Patrick O’Sullivan, who led the fundraising tour, expressed his satisfaction at the outcome of the fundraising tour saying that all three events were “a major success”.

There was one sad note however - The passing of John Halpin, President of the Kerry Association in New York passed away after attending the fundraising dance in the Metropolitan Club where he had earlier presented a major contribution for the development projects to county board chairman Patrick O’Sullivan on behalf of the Association. Kerry GAA extends it’s sympathies, and those of all Kerry Gaels, to the Halpin family on the death of John.

Keanes Supervalu Minor Football Championship

The first Round of the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor County Championship will be played on July 9th with Round 2 (Losers Round) fixed for July 15th and Round 3 July 18th. 

There are fifteen teams entered in the competition as follows: West Kerry, East Kerry, South Kerry, Mid Kerry, Feale Rangers, Shannon Rangers, Kenmare District, St Brendans, St Kierans, Dingle, An Ghaeltacht, Dr Crokes, Austin Stacks, Kerins O’Rahillys, and Spa.
The draw for the championship will take place later in the week.

Launch of Kerry Kellogg’s G.A.A. Cúl Camps 2014 

The Kerry Kelloggs GAA Cúl Camps were launched in Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney on Tueday evening last. This year Kerry G.A.A. will organise 68 Cúl Camps for seven weeks during July and August at venues throughout the county commencing on June 30th. The camps will include a wide range of football, hurling and camogie activities, providing children with learning experiences in an environment of fun and enjoyment. A full range of football and hurling/camogie skills will be taught. Children will take part in mini leagues, fun games and a variety of skill-based activities. 

All participants will receive a specially designed Jersey, Socks and shorts along with a Cúl Camp kit bag. Participants will receive an excellent weeks coaching where they will be encouraged to develop and improve on all the skills of the game and this along with the gear the players receive adds up to tremendous value for players and parents.

Coaching Course for Primary Teachers

The Camogie Association and the Ladies Football Association, in conjunction with the GAA and the Education Centre Tralee are holding a primary teacher blended in-service course from Tuesday 1st July to Thursday 3rd July in Colaiste Ghobnatan, Baile Mhic Ire from 9.30am to 2.00pm

The course will focus on aiding teachers in coaching the fundamental skills of Gaelic Games in primary schools to mixed ability class groups. A background in Gaelic Games coaching is not necessary – interest and enthusiasm are the only requirements! 

Sympathy – Tommy Brosnan RIP

It was with deep regret and sadness that the Churchill Club learned of the death of their very popular Scór officer Tommy Brosnan. Tommy was a former player with the club and the St. Brendans District teams. He also served as Secretary, PRO and County Board Delegate for the Churchill club.

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

Kerry Hurlers in Christ Ring Final

All roads lead to Croke Park this weekend for all Kerry hurling followers. The Kerry senior hurlers will play the final of the 2014 Christy Ring Cup against Kildare on this Saturday at 4.00p.m. Best of luck to captain, John Egan, and his team. 

Credit Union Senior Hurling Leagues

Causeway continue to lead Division 2 of the Credit Union County Senior Hurling League with full points. Round 6 results from last week: Causeway 8 - 19 Kenmare 3 – 12; Kilgarvan 2 - 12 Lady’s Walk 1 – 15 [draw]: Lixnaw 3 - 16 Abbeydorney 0 - 16; Kilmoyley 0 - 16 St. Brendan’s 0 - 8. 

Round 7 fixtures for this Wednesday, 4th June are: Lady’s Walk v Ballyheigue; Kilmoyley v Kenmare; Lixnaw v St. Brendan’s; Causeway v Kilgarvan; Dr. Crokes v Abbeydorney. All games have a 7.30p.m. starting time.

Division 3 commences on Wednesday week, 1th June. Fixtures will be sent out to Club Secretaries this week. 

Tralee Parnell’s remind all interested that under age coaching from under 6 to 16 continues at the Caherslee G.A.A. grounds every Friday from 7.00p.m. – 8.00p.m. In an initiative to promote hurling in the Tralee Primary Schools, Tralee Parnell’s coach Joe Brennan will commence coaching sessions each Friday during June at Caherleaheen N.S. and Scoil Mhic Easmainn for 5th and 6th class children. 

Kilmoyley Hurling Club held a very successful Poc Fada competition on Sunday last with 14 teams taking part. The first winners of the Patie O’Hara Memorial trophy are (teams of 3) - Nicky Cooke, Paudie O’Connor and Sean Curran. Runners up were Maurice Murnane, Joe Murnane and Darren Godley. In the Under 14 section, the winners were David Godley, Conor Corrigan and Liam Flaherty. The Boys Under 10 winning team comprised of Tomás Godley, Conor Nolan and Robert Monahan while the Girls completion was won by Amy Corridon, Maeve Godley and Kellie Meehan. In the camogie competition Jessica Fitzell, Kristen Curran, Sarah Walsh and Sarah McCarthy took the honours. Kilmoyley Hurling Club wishes to thank everyone who took part in the competition. 

Hurling Cúl Camps 

Please register as soon as possible for the 2014 Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps at Austin Stack Park, Tralee, Tel.: 087 2260621 or online at www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie . Kerry Hurling and Camogie camps are [Monday’s to Friday’s]: Causeway and Lixnaw (30 June – 4 July), Ballyheigue (7 – 11 July), Ardfert and Kenmare (14 -18 July), Abbeydorney (21 - 25 July), Crotta & Fitzgerald Stadium (28 July – 1 August), Kilmoyley (4 – 8 August) and Ballyduff and Tralee Parnell’s (11 – 15 August). Open to primary school children between 6 and 13 years of age, 10.00a.m. – 2.30p.m. each day. Cost is €55 per child with reductions for additional members of families. All participants will receive a specially designed Jersey, Socks and shorts along with a Cúl Camp kit bag.

Poc Fada
The Poc Fada that was held on Monday 2nd June on Kerryhead mountain and with the weather very favourable there was a large turn out with all clubs were represented. The standard was very high with four players going to a play off for 2nd place in the senior category and two players in the U16 play off to declare a winner. The senior winners in both the Hurling and Camogie will go on to represent the county in the Munster final to be held on the Galtee Mountains in July. Hurling Officer Ger McCarthy thanked everybody who helped out on the day especially all the card markers and Mike Leen of the K L Lounge Ballyheigue for his hospitality during the presentations that followed.

The following are the results in the various categories:

Senior Hurling
1st Aidan McCabe, Kilmoyley
2nd Nickey Leen, Ballyduff
3rd Tadhg Flynn, Causeway

Under 16

1st� Fionán Mackessy, St Brendans
2nd John Quinlan, Crotta O’Neills
3rd Thomas Molyneaux, Lixnaw

Senior Camogie
1st Patrice Diggins, Causeway
2nd Sarah Murphy, Causeway
3rd Aoife Fitzgearld, Ardfert

Under 16
1st Neasa McGarty, Ardfert
2nd Aoife O’Connor, Causeway