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PRO Weekly GAA Scene May 28th 2014 2014-05-28 13:34:00

Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship Continues with 
8 More Round 1 Games

Following the two games last weekend, the Garveys Supervalu senior football championship really swings into action this weekend with eight games down for decision, three on Saturday evening and five on Sunday.

There is a big local derby in Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday evening when East Kerry take on their town rivals Killarney Legion. Last year East Kerry blew hot and cold being well beaten by South Kerry before subsequently doing very well against Dr Crokes. The majority of clubs that make up the divisional side are going relatively well recently but Legion are one of the form teams in the county right now and Peter Keane’s side will fancy their chances in the wide open spaces of Fitzgerald Stadium.

Finalists in 2012, Dingle, have home advantage against the Kenmare District, a side they defeated convincingly in the opening round last season. The Divisional side will be backboned by Kenmare and Templenoe but will find Dingle a tough nut to crack in Páirc an Aghásaigh.
Meanwhile, it is a big occasion for Currow on Saturday evening when they make their debut in the Championship on home soil against St Michaels/Foilmore. Both sides have struggled in League and Club Championship so far this season and Currow could certainly do with their unfortunate talisman, John Buckley, who is once again sidelined with injury.

On Sunday there is a double header in Listowel where Shannon Rangers entertain Kilcummin (2pm) and Feale Rangers take on last year’s beaten finalists, Austin Stacks (3:30). Rangers will certainly have to improve on last year’s displays in the competition if they are to entertain any hopes of defeating a Kilcummin side who will be happy enough with their form so far this year. Meanwhile, the meeting of Feale Rangers and Austin Stacks could be one of the games of the round. Throughout the seventies in particular, these sides built up a great rivalry and spectators could do with witnessing some of that spirit being rekindled on Sunday. It will be recalled that the Tralee side confined their opponents on Sunday to just three points, all from frees, when the sides met at the semi final stage last year, and no doubt the divisional side will be out to revenge that hiding.

St Kierans, who promised so much last year, have brought in Denny Long as manager this year and their tussle with Mid Kerry in Castleisland is bound to be a lively affair with a nice sprinkling of Kerry players on view.

South Kerry and Kerins O’Rahillys meet in Caherciveen in a repeat of their Round 3 clash last year which Rahillys won by a couple of points. The Tralee side are missing the ball winning skills of Michéal Quirke this year and will be under pressure to repeat last year’s performance.
Meanwhile, champions Dr Crokes travel to Rathmore for the final game of the weekend that has an evening throw in of 6:30pm. So far the Killarney side have made light of the absence of their playmaker Colm Cooper and had the ideal build up with victory over Dingle in the Club Championship last weekend. By the same token, Rathmore will be disappointed to lose their Club Championship semi final to Legion but the black and amber usually brings out the best in them and this is likely to be a closely contested affair.

The full list of fixtures for the weekend is as follows:

Saturday May 31st @ 6.30pm 
East Kerry v Killarney Legion Fitzgerald Stadium
Dingle v Kenmare District. Dingle
Currow v St. Mls/Foilmore Currow

Sunday June 1st
Shannon Rgs v Kilcummin Listowel (2:00pm)
Feale Rangers v Austin Stacks. Listowel (3:30pm)
St.Kierans v Mid Kerry. Castleisland (2:30pm)
South Kerry v Kerins O'Rahillys. Caherciveen (2:30pm) 
Rathmore v Dr Crokes. Rathmore (6:30pm)

Laune Rangers advace to Round 3 of the County Championship but West Kerry and Milltown have to meet again

Mike Frank Russell rolled back the years in Killorglin where the local side came good in the second half for a deserving victory over St Brendans (1-15 to 0-12) as the Garveys Supervalu senior football championship got underway. However, Milltown/Castlemaine and West Kerry will have to do it all again following a late fightback by the Mid Kerry side that saw them retrieve a six points deficit (0-18 to 2-12).


Dr Crokes and Killarney Legion qualify for Senior Club Championship Final.

In a repeat of last year’s pairing, Dr Crokes and Killarney Legion qualified for the final of the Castleisland Mart Senior Club Championship with victories over Dingle and Rathmore respectively last weekend. Holders Dr Crokes took the game to their opponents from the throw in and had a match winning lead built up by the end of the first quarter. Killarney Legion on the other hand, had to withstand a late fight-back by Rathmore before getting in for 1-1 in added time to clinch victory. No date has been fixed for the final.


Credit Union Junior Football Leagues

The Junior Football Leagues continue every Friday evening and it is good to report the playing of seventeen games in the competition last weekend. There are 45 teams in all entered spread over 8 Divisions/Groups one of which caters for 13-a-side competition. Clubs should note however that where a team has only 13 or 14 players available (i.e. max 1 Sub) 13-a-side will be allowed to ensure the game is played. Please note where both teams have 15 or more players available 15 a-side must be played.


Kerry County Committee embark on Major Fundraising campaign in New York 

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 is well under way right now with a major fundraising drive in New York this week.

Three major events are included on the itinerary of which two are 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 are part of the fundraising project, will participate in a coaching session in Gaelic Park for the New York County Board and a Gala Dinner will be held in the Metropolitan Club, New York on this Thursday where all thirty tables have been presold. The master of ceremonies for this prestigious function will be the genial Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh.



It’s down to the semi finals in the Kerry Group Club Sweepstake

On Friday night last the Quarter Finals of The Kerry Group Club Sweepstake took place at The Kingdom Greyhound Stadium Tralee. The Semi Finals will take place on this coming Saturday 31st May at the same venue.

The final of The Kerry Group Sweepstake will take place on Friday 6th June at the Boyles Sports Kerry GAA night of Champions at the Kingdom Greyhound stadium. Six dogs will take part on the final night with prizes for the dogs and the 6 clubs! The Final Race on the 6th June is televised live on RTE 2. So Come to the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium on Saturday next and watch your nominated dog run for your Club!

The following clubs are still in with a chance to win these great prizes: 
Kilmoyley-Lone Fred
Finuge/ Milltown/Castlemaine - Knockatoo King
Annascaul/Renard - Ranchers Bill
Knockanure-Monotore Lady
West Kerry & Mid Kerry - Indalo Flame
Templenoe - Sent it Lanner
South Kerry Football & Hurling - Millridge Zephy
Spa - Irremore Nitro
Lixnaw - Lassa Exception
Scartaglen - Coolemore Joe
Brosna / Glenbeigh/Glencar - Hello the House
Piarsaigh na Dromada-Gortkelly Turbo

All Kerry GAA Clubs now have tickets for the Night of Champions that takes place on 6th June. Support your club and County Teams by purchasing your ticket for the night from your local GAA Club for €10. This ticket also gives each purchaser a free entry to a special raffle on the night with some great prizes. Tickets are also available from the Kerry GAA Store in Killarney and The Kerry County Board office in Austin Stack Park, Tralee. 

The Kerry GAA Night of Champions received a boost last week when the Kerry GAA Supporters Club presented Eamon O'Sullivan from Kerry County Committee with a cheque for €3,500 .The Cheque was presented at The Kerry GAA Supporters Club meeting in Ballygarry House Hotel by Treasures Martin Leane and Lee Ann Ryan. 

Passionate, loyal and very supportive of Kerry teams, the Supporters Club have supported this Kerry teams training fundraiser since its inception five years. The Kerry GAA night at the dogs is the annual big off field event for Kerry GAA and allows all Kerry supporters to mingle with the senior Kerry hurling and football players, and also enjoy a great nights entertainment. Kerry County Committee and The Kerry Teams and Management greatly appreciate the support given down through the years by the Supporters Club and the recent donation to the Kerry GAA Night of Champions.


Kerry GAA Lotto

The Kerry GAA Lotto draw took place at the Senior Club Championship Semi Final between Dingle and Dr Crokes on Saturday night last. The numbers were drawn by Noel Brosnan from Dingle and Mossie Spillane Tralee. The numbers drawn were : 2, 8, 24 & 25 .
There was no winner of the €20,000 Jackpot. Congratulations to the following 
lucky dip winners:
• €100 Jackie Treanor, Tralee
• €50 M Kelliher & Sons Ltd, Tralee
• €50 Keelin Kissane, Dublin
• €50 Marie Carroll, Dublin 
Next week’s Lotto draw will take place at half time in the Garveys SuperValu County Championship game between Dingle and Kenmare District in Dingle on Saturday next at 6.30pm when the Jackpot is €20,000.

Kerry GAA are very appreciative of the support we get in promoting our Lotto from McCarthy Insurance Group of Tralee, Rathmore and Castlemaine. Tickets are for sale in The Kerry GAA Store in Killarney, in Austin Stack Park Tralee as well as on line at www.kerrygaa.ie

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


Kerry Hurlers take on Mayo in Christy Ring semi final

The Kerry senior hurlers meet Mayo on this Saturday in the semi-final of the Christy Ring Cup competition. Wishing the best of luck to all involved. If they win, they will play the Final on Saturday, 7th June in Croke Park against either Kildare or Meath.


Co. Hurling Leagues
Causeway continue to lead Division 2 of the Credit Union Co. Senior Hurling league with full points from 5 games. Last week they got a walkover from St. Brendan’s. Other results were: Lady’s Walk 1 - 14 Kenmare 1 - 13; Lixnaw 1 – 12 Dr. Crokes 1 - 7; Kilgarvan 0 – 13 Kenmare 0 – 10.

Round 6 fixtures for this Wednesday, 28th May are: Kenmare v Causeway; Ballyheigue v Dr. Crokes; Kilgarvan v Lady’s Walk; Abbeydorney v Lixnaw; St. Brendan’s v Kilmoyley. All games have a 7.30p.m. starting time.

Round 7 fixtures for Wednesday, 4th June are: v Lady’s Walk v Ballyheigue; Lixnaw v St. Brendan’s; Causeway v Kilgarvan; Kilmoyley v Kenmare; Dr. Crokes v Abbeydorney.
The Co. Senior Hurling league, Division 3 competition begins on Wednesday, 11 June.


Poc Fada 

Comórtas Poc Fada Chiarraí, the county long puck hurling competition was launched at a function in Ballyheigue on Friday last by the Co. Hurling Officer, Gerard McCarthy. A perpetual trophy for the competition has been sponsored by the North Kerry Hurling Board. 
The competition will take place over a course on Kerryhead Mountain on this Monday, 2nd June, commencing at 2.00p.m. 1 from each club will compete in competitions at senior, under 16 and camogie. 

Clubs

Tralee Parnell’s remind all interested that under age coaching from under 6 to 16 continues weekly at the Caherslee G.A.A. grounds every Friday from 7.00p.m. – 8.00p.m. This week their under 14’s hosted Deel Rangers (Limerick), the under 11’s travelled to Abbeydorney, the under 8’s played in the first of 2 inter club Go Games blitzes at Ballyduff (Blitz 2 takes place at the same venue this Friday) while 20 under 6’s went to Ardfert to play in a series of mini games against St. Brendan’s. Well done to all players and mentors. Further details at http://traleeparnellshurling.blogspot.ie 

Kilmoyley Hurling Club are holding a Poc Fada competition on this Sunday, 1st June, with the winners receiving the Patie O’Hara Memorial trophy. Consisting of teams of 3, each must include a current player, a past player and a juvenile player (from 15 upwards). Play commences at 1.30pm from Lerrig Cross, back to the Sportsfield, down to Kilmoyley Church and finishing at the Community Centre. There will be a juvenile competition (from 14 years down) and the club is also inviting camogie players and hurlers from other clubs to take part. Further details from Club Secretary, John Nolan (087-9812676).

Abbeydorney Hurling Club will hold a club day and barbeque at their Sportsfield on this Monday, 2nd June. Further details at www.abbeydorneygaa.ie All welcome. Abbeydorney will be hosted by the St. John’s club in Belfast at Féile na nGael 2014 from 20 – 22nd June. 


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 & Camogie camps are [Monday’s to Friday’s]: Causeway & Lixnaw (30 June – 4 July), Ballyheigue (7 – 11 July), Ardfert & Kenmare (14 -18 July), Abbeydorney (21 - 25 July), Crotta & Fitzgerald Stadium (28 July – 1 August), Kilmoyley (4 – 8 August) and Ballyduff & 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.