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PRO Weekly GAA Scene April 29th 2014 2014-04-29 13:39:00

Electric Ireland Munster Minor Championship: 

The Kerry Minor Team will play Tipperary in the Electric Ireland Munster Championship semi final in Thurles on Wednesday May 7th at 7.30pm.

Garvey's Supervalu Senior County Football Championship Launch 

The launch of The Garvey's SuperValu Senior Football Championship 2014 will take place on Monday 19th May in The Skellig Hotel, Dingle. Representatives from all participating teams are welcome. The time will be confirmed later. 

The Castleisland Mart Club Championship 

The Castleisland Mart Club Championship continued this weekend with some surprise results. As the Munster Minor Football Semi Final between Tipperary & Kerry is now going ahead on Wednesday May 7 – some Round 2 club championship games where Kerry minors are involved are put back from May 3/4 to Sat May 10. Where this is necessary the respective SFL Rd 4 games involving these teams, due to be played on Weekend May 10 will be brought forward by a week to ensure no disruption to overall games programme. 

Club Championship Gate:

For Round 1 & Round 2 Club Championship matches the 1st drawn team have home venue. With regard to the ‘Gate’ the home team is responsible for taking the gate and reimbursing County Committee with the amount shown below. Any excess money taken at the gate may be kept by the Club. Clubs are asked to return gate money by the Friday after the Match. The entry fee for above games is €5 for adults with Juveniles free. Club Runaí & Co Board Delegates are asked to ensure that any Gate money due is returned without delay. This will ensure accounts can be kept up to date for both Co Committee and respective Club. 

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Leagues at County Final stage

All semi finals in the Keanes SuperValu Minor leagues were played last weekend except for Division 6A with the last s/f going ahead on Thursday May 1st. The weather conditions turned atrocious last Friday night during the games and conditions proved difficult for all teams. The results and League Final pairings are as follows

MFL Div 1 - Dr Crokes 3-11 Kerins O'Rahilly's 0-4; Dingle 2-4 An Ghaeltacht 1-5; The final between Dr Crokes and Danigean Uí Chúis TBC

MFL Div 2 - Firies 1-2 Milltown/Castlemaine 4-4; Churchill 1-7 Ballydonoghue 1-10; The Division 2 final between Milltown/Castlemaine V Ballydonoghue will take place on the 9th May at 7pm VTBC

MFL Div 3A - Renard - St. Mary's 1-7 Gneeveguilla 1-4; Keel/Listry 0-11will play Rathmore 1-13 The Division 3A final will take place on the 9th May when Renard/St Mary's V Rathmore at 7pm VTBC

MFL Div 3B - Beaufort 1-8 Annascaul/Lispole 1-10; Laune Rangers 1-9 Castleisland Desmonds 0-11; Div 3 B final Annascaul Lispole V Laune Rangers will take place on the 9th May at 7pm VTBC

MFL Div 4 - Fossa 2-8 Na Gaeil 1-3; Ballymacelligott 1-7 Moyvane/Tarbert 0-12; The Division 4 Final: Moyvane/Tarbert V Asdee/Ballylongford will take place on 2nd May at 7pm VTBC

Division 5: Glenflesk will play Knock/Brosna in the final on Wednesday May 7th at 7pm VTBC. 

Division 6A: The draw for the semi final of Div 6A is: Waterville/Dromid v St Michaels/Foilmore .This game is now fixed for Thursday May 8th at 6.30pm in Waterville, extra time if required. The winner will play Scellig Rangers/Valentia in the final on Thursday May 15th. Time and Venue TBC. 

Division 6B: MFL Div 6B - Asdee/Ballylongford 4-7 Beale 2-7; Castlegregory are in the final V Asdee/Ballylongford on 2nd May at 7pm VTBC.

Minor Player Burnout

The issue of Minor Player burnout is being debated at the moment. Any changes/decisions at national level can only be made based on facts that affect both club/school and county. In relation to this all clubs have been asked to complete a short survey based on their club's participation in the various club championships over the past two weekends. If Clubs have enot re[plied -please do so immediately to eostullig@eircom.net

All Ireland Scór Finals

All Ireland glory for Glenflesk : Figure Dancers, Churchill: Quiz winners and Kilcummin Set Dancers made it a fantastic day for Scór in the County on Saturday last. Saturday was the triumphant finale for the Kingdom as the curtain came down on all Scór activities that started back in November 2013. The Travellers Friend, Castlebar was the venue for the Craobh Na hEireann Scór Sinsear Finals. 

The day got off to the best possible start for Kerry with Churchill Club been crowned All Ireland 2014 Quiz Champions. The team Mike Gaynor, Paul Culloty, John Flaherty and Alex O'Donnell were presented with their All Ireland medals by Uachtarán Cumann Luath Cleas Gaeil Liam O'Neill. The Churchill team scored 86 out of a possible 100 in the new format Quiz. Cork and Offaly tied in second place on a score of 81. 

When the Adjudicators made their final deliberations on the remainder of the Scór disciplines it was left to an excellent Bean A Ti, Caitriona Uí Dhaliagh, Westmeath to announce the winners and the huge Kerry contingent went wild with delight when both Glenflesk Figure Dancers and Kilcummin Set Dancers were confirmed as All Ireland champions in their respective categories; 

Congratulations to The Glenflesk Club and their dancers Joanne, Mairéad and Norita Cashman, Lisa and Maria Cronin, Cliona Creedon, Roisín Kelliher and Áine O' Sullivan. Congratulations also goes to the Kilcummin Club and to the seit dancers: David Riordan, Timmy Leane, Colin O'Riordan, Niall Crowley, Marguerite O'Connor, Margaret and Noreen O'Sullivan and Maria Sheehan. To add to the days success all three Clubs were winning their first titles in these categories. 

However we must spare a thought for our remaining competitor, Ray O'Sullivan from Spa who took part in the Recitation and who brought down the house with his own written version of “Scór at 45” but failed on this occasion to get the Adjudicators nod and enter the winners enclosure.

Overall this has been a most successful year for Scór in the County having been involved in Quiz, Recitation and Set Dancing at All Ireland Scór Na nÓg level and claiming victory in the latter two with Allison Fitzmartin in Recitation and the Spa Set Dancers claiming All Ireland glory. Spa were also in the Quiz . What can be said about Scór Na bPaisti? this is certainly the most popular and best attended competition of all three as the National School children come out in their droves to take part. So well done to all the Club Cultural Officers and Tutors who have worked hard in the promotion of Scór in their Clubs and can take great pride in the successful year in Coiste Scór Chiarraí. Once again we are indebted to our sponsors, “Lee Strand” who kindly sponsors Scór Na bPáistí while Billy and Mary Enright of Estuary Print and Trophies, Ballylongford sponsors Scór Sinsear. 

Junior Leagues: 

In relation to this years Junior Football League - Clubs are asked to indicate by 5pm next Wed April 30 if they intend to enter a team. Please note the following Policy which was passed by Co Committee in relation to Junior Leagues & Under 21 Club Competitions and which will apply in 2014 : "Other than clubs that play in the Molyneaux Cup (i.e. the larger clubs) that all other clubs decide between playing in the Junior Cups or the U21 Club competition."

Club personnel must be aware of the consequences before entering a team in the Junior Leagues 

Kerry GAA Going to the Dogs!

On Friday 6th June the Kerry GAA “Night of Champions” will take place at Kingdom Greyhound Stadium, Tralee. One of the main fundraising events of Kerry County Board and the Annual Off filed get together for all Kerry Fans this event has been an outstanding success in the past. 
From the 11 Race Card RTE will have a 1 hour Live Broadcast from the Track featuring 4 live races and 3 deferred races. One of the Live Races will be the Kerry GAA Club Sweepstake Final which will initially involve 72 dogs. The value of this sweepstake will be in excess of €5,000 with the heats being held over the previous 3 Friday nights.

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

Additionally all clubs/units will be included in a special draw for a Fundraising Night at Kingdom Greyhound Track (rent free night – does not include race sponsorship)
Unique Prize for Buster Ticket purchasers: The Buster tickets are for sale at present and the members of the Night of Champions committee are now calling to supporters selling tickets. Two buster tickets can be purchased for €100.00. There are plans for two Busters, each Buster will have individual prizes and there is one Unique Super Prize confined to all Buster ticket purchasers. The Super Prize is a family evening at training with the Kerry Team. The family night is for two adults & three children/one adult and four children.

The lucky family will attend training with the Kerry team and go with the team for a meal after training. It will give the family an insight into the training the Kerry Inter County team undergoes and it’s a unique prize!

Club participation – as announced at County Committee meeting – is €400 per Club. Each Club will receive 30 Dog night tickets and 2 Books of Car Raffle ticket.

Tickets for the event will be issued to the Clubs in due course. Clubs may request extra dog night tickets and any additional revenue can be retained by the Club.

Kerry GAA Store

The Kerry GAA Store in the Outlet Centre in Killarney currently has a clearance of Allianz League leisure wear.

Kerry GAA Cúl Camps 2014

The 2014 Kerry G.A.A Cúl Camps are fast approaching and the Kerry Coaching and Games Development Committee would like to thank all clubs for their support to date. Application forms will be delivered to all primary schools over the coming weeks and parents can register either online at www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie or by posting the application forms to Austin Stack Park- application form available from your club. 

Every year our main aims are to make sure that all children attending the camps have an enjoyable experience as well as improving at the skills of the game. To help with the success of the camps we would like to ask the help of clubs in promoting the camps locally over the coming weeks and months.

Mouth-guards; Message not Sinking in!

Mouthguards are mandatory for players in all age grades in Gaelic football, both practice sessions and games, since January 1st 2014. However, there have been many breaches of this rule since the GAA season really took off over the last few weeks. Some of these breaches have been in high profile games such as the recent Hogan Cup colleges final where players were ordered to the line late in the game to get their mouth-guard and were not allowed back on the pitch until a break in play. Locally here within the county, there have been instances where players have been sent off, either directly or indirectly, due to not wearing the mouthguard.

All players should note the following:
• Gaelic footballers in all age grades must wear a mouth-guard from January 1st 2014
• It is the responsibility of each individual player to use a mouthguard
• A properly fitted mouthguard is the best available protective device for reducing the incidence and severity of sports-related dental injuries
• Players can be sent-off in a game for not wearing a mouthguard
• Players will not be covered under the GAA player injury scheme if they don’t comply with the mouthguard rule
• No Mouthguard? No Game!

Kerry GAA Lotto Results

This weeks Kerry GAA lotto draw took place on Monday 28th April and the numbers drawn were 7,8,17 and 22. There was no winner of the €20,000 Jackpot.

Congratulations to the following lucky dip winners: 

€100.00 : Mid Kerry GAA 
€50.00 : Conor Wynne, Dublin
€50.00: Jimmy Foley Farranfore 
€50.00: Thomas Diggins Abbeydorney

Next weeks lotto draw will take place at half time in the Christy Ring Cup first round game in Austin Stack Park Tralee on Saturday 3rd May. The game is at 1pm 

Extend our sympathy to the family, friends and Austin Stack Club on the death of Trevor Barrett and Tom Naughton. Both died young and suddenly. Both families great GAA supporters Trevor Over the past five seasons (2009-2013) Trevor played a total of 84 games with The Austin Stacks S Hurlers and The U21 Club championship Cup is in memory of Tom Naughton who was Tom's father. May They RIP.