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PRO Weekly GAA Scene April 11th 2014 2014-04-11 13:44:00

Kerry end Allianz Football League on a low

Kerry went into this final round of the Allianz Football League holding onto slim hopes of a semi- final place if events elsewhere went their way – and of course they first had to beat Cork in Austin Stack Park. As events transpired, Kerry were left soundly beaten on a day when one of the biggest attendances seen at the venue for some time turned up. Even with the aid of the strong wind in the first half, Kerry were taking on water and with Brian Hurley in inspired form for Cork, the second half was all one way traffic. To make matters worse, Darran O’Sullivan picked up an injury just after working his way back onto the team. So, Kerry’s League campaign ends with three defeats and four losses – similar to 2013 – and there is now an eleven week break to the Championship opener on Saturday June 21st when they play either Clare or Waterford in Ennis or Dungarvan.

Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship Draw

The draw for The Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship will be made live on Radio Kerry on Sunday next at 5 pm. 
This year will see Dr Crokes bid to emulate the feat of the mighty John Mitchels team of 1959 to 1963 in winning five championships in a row. That difficult task of course was made even harder for the Killarney side by the injury to their talisman, Kerry captain Colm Cooper, and maybe other clubs will see this unfortunate circumstance as a chance to step up to the plate and make a bold attempt to win back the Bishop Moynihan Cup. 

Round 1 of the Championship is down for decision on the June weekend.

Credit Union Senior Football League

Round 3 of the Credit Union Senior Football Leagues will take place this coming weekend. There was one back game last weekend when Gneeveguilla defeated Listry in a Division 2 back game in Listry in a low scoring encounter (1-5 to 0-6). As usual, there are some intriguing games this weekend in all Divisions especially given that county players will be available to their clubs.

In Division 1, Austin Stacks, Kilcummin and St Michaels-Foilmore have full points; Stacks travel to newly promoted Finuge who are pointless after two games, and the other two sides with full points St Michaels-Foilmore and Kilcumminn will face off in Foilmore. Dingle at home to Kerins O’Rahillys is another game to look forward to in Division 1.

In Division 2, Killarney Legion, Kenmare and newly promoted Glenbeigh-Glencar all have full points. Legion make the short journey to Gneeveguilla who picked up their first points last weekend, while unbeaten Kenmare and Glenbeigh-Glencar will meet in Kenmare in the big game of the day. There is a local derby in Blennerville where At Pats entertain John Mitchels.
Dromid Pearses and Templenoe are setting the early pace being unbeaten in Division 3 and these two sides meet in Templenoe where no doubt the presence of Declan O’Sullivan should add to the attendance. There are a number of back games in this Division where a host of Clubs have two points. Two of the promoted sides, Lispole and Keel meet in Lispole while two Clubs who have seen action in far higher Divisions, St Marys and Annascaul will meet in Caherciveen.

Beale, Na Gaeil and Beaufort are the early pace-setters in Division 4. Beale travel to Cromane who will be boosted by the presence of Donnchadh Walsh, Na Gaeil are at home to Cordal while Beaufort travel to Churchill. Pointless Knocknagoshel and Ballylongford will meet in a North Kerry derby.

Meanwhile, St Senans, Dr Crokes and Sneem-Derrynane are all unbeaten in Division 5.St Senans meet Ballydonoghue in a local derby, Dr Crokes entertain Renard in Lewis Rd where Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice will be keeping a close eye on rehabbing Killian Young, and Sneem-Derrynane are at home to Kilgarvan.

Round 4 of the Leagues will not be played until the weekend of May 11th as the Club Championships take centre stage in the meantime.

Castleisland Mart Club Championships

Fixtures for the Castleisland Mart Club Championships were made at last week’s CCC meeting with fixtures spread out over two weekends. Where possible, games were fixed for Easter Saturday (April 19th) with Easter Sunday, a traditional family day, being kept free of fixtures. The remaining games are fixed for the following weekend. The Club Championships continue on May 4th and May 25th.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Leagues beginning to take shape

Round 4 of the League, with a couple of exceptions, took place last weekend and the main divisions are pretty much up to date even allowing for all the colleges activity of late. Divisions with 6 teams will have semi- finals and in Divisions with 5 or less the top team goes straight to the final while 2nd and 3rd play in a semi final. The next full round of the league is on Good Friday evening. The following is the up to date situation across the Divisions:

Division 1: Dingle and Dr Crokes top this Division with 6 points each, with Spa on 4 points and Kerins O’Rahillys and An Gaeltacht on 2 each. The Division 1 minor games fixed for last weekend involving Kerin's O Rahillys v An Ghaeltacht and Dr Crokes v Dingle were postponed until week commencing April 21st due to the Hogan Cup final.
Division 2: All teams have four games played; Firies are on 6 points, Milltown-Castlemaine are on 5 with Ballydonoghue and Churchill on 4 points each. 
Division 3A: All have 4 played; Renard/St Marys and Rathmore are both on 6 points, Kenmare/Kilgarvan have 5 points with Keel/Listry on 4 points. 
Division 3B: Beaufort and Annascaul/Lispole are on 6 points, with Desmonds, Laune Rangers and Emmets on 4 points each. All have four games played.
Division 4: Fossa have gone top on their own on 8 points, Moyvane/Tarbert and Ballymac are on 6 points with Na Gaeil and Ardfert on 2 points each. All teams have played four games.
Division 5: Glenflesk and Knock/Brosna are on 4 points each, St Pats are on 2 points with a back game to come against Glenflesk this Friday evening.
Division 6A: Skellig Rangers/Valentia lead the way on 6 points and look to be heading for the final, Waterville/Dromid and St Michaels Foilmore look like the semi- final contenders. St Michaels Foilmore play Skellig/Valentia and Waterville/Dromid play Glenbeigh-Glencar on this Wednesday evening.
Division 6B: Asdee/Ballylongford are on 5 points with Castlegregory on 3.Beale play Cordal/Scart on this Friday evening.

Munster Minor Football Championship

Jack O’Connor’s Kerry Minor squad begin their championship campaign on Wednesday evening next when they play Clare in the Electric Ireland Munster GAA Minor Football Championship first round in Ennis at 6:30pm. Kerry’s preparation has undoubtedly been hampered by Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne’s participation in the latter stages of the All Ireland Colleges championship but that was certainly good preparation for the campaign ahead. The winners of Wednesday’s game play Waterford or Tipperary in Round 2.

Best Wishes to Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne in Hogan Cup Final
Saturday next is a big day in the short history of Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne when the West Kerry side travel to Croke Park to take on St Pats of Maghera in the Hogan Cup final (3:15pm). Coláiste na Sceilge in 2009 was the last Kerry College to bring the coveted cup to the Kingdom so best wishes to players and mentors in their quest for All Ireland glory. Guímid gach ráth orthu.

Social Media Training

The PR & Marketing Committee of the Kerry County Committee are presently organising a social media training evening for District and Club PROs. The Munster Council have recently appointed former Munster PRO Ed Donnelly to oversee Social Media Development in the Clubs and Counties of Munster and he will be giving the presentation. Anyone involved in Social Media activity in their clubs, along with the Club PROs will be invited to attend. No date has been fixed at this point in time.

Austin Stack Park Committee

The Austin Stack Park Committee wishes to thank all our patrons who tuned out in great numbers last Sunday for the Kerry V Cork AFL game. It was particularly heartening to see so many of our U14s to U16s turning up in great numbers to support Kerry.

We wish to thank everyone who helped and supported us on the day and a special thanks to all our Stewards and Gardaí who ensured the day was a safe one for all our Patrons.

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.

It would be a great help to the promotion of the camps if clubs, where possible, were able to assist in the following areas:

- Display posters and application forms in local businesses and in your G.A.A Clubhouse and dressing rooms. These will be sent to clubs over the coming weeks. 
- If you have a website or facebook account we would ask you to upload the application form and include on those pages information on the dates for your club Cúl Camp.
- If you could share any links that appear on the Kerry G.A.A Facebook account about the Cúl Camps on your Club Facebook account. 
- As the camps approach it would be great if you include information on the Cúl camps when sending text messages to your club members. 
Your support of the Cul Camps is much appreciated. 

Scór na bPaistí County Finals 

The county Scór na bPaistí finals will be held in the Tinteán Theatre in Ballybunion on Sunday next April 13th. The following have qualified for the finals:

Figure Dancing: Ballymacelligott, Causeway, Glenflesk and Renard

Solo Singing: Grainne Raghat, Ardfert; Laura Daly, Ballymacelligott; Cormac Gra, Keel; and Shauna O’Leary, Kilcummin.

 Níamh Rahilly, Ballymacelligott; Jack O’Sullivan, Ballydonoghue; Niall McDaid, Renard; and Cian Sheehan, Firies.

Instrumental Music: Currow, Ballydonoghue, Spa and Valentia

Leiriú: Na Gaeil, Knocknagoshel, Fossa and Derrynane.

Ballad Group: Ballyduff, St. Senans, Glenflesk and Valentia. 

Set Dancing: Causeway, Currow, Kilcummin and Foilmore.