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PRO Weekly GAA Scene April 2nd 2014 2014-04-02 13:45:00

Kerry confirm Division 1 status and now chase semi final place

A much improved second half display saw Kerry gather both points on offer in Mullingar on Sunday last where the home-side really took the game to the visitors in the opening half. Kerry thus secured their Division 1 status but two draws elsewhere did Kerry no favours with regard to a possible semi- final place. Despite a bright start after which they led by 4 points to 1 at the end of the first quarter, Kerry conceded the advantage to the homeside and had Kieran O’Leary’s goal to be thankful for at the break when the sides retired on level terms 1-6 to 0-9. Kerry upped the ante big-time on the resumption and Paul Geaney’s early goal was just the tonic and thereafter they dominated proceedings to finally win on a score of 2-15 to 0-13.

Kerry will now play Cork in the final Round at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on Sunday next (3pm) where only a win will suffice for the home-side to have any chance of qualifying for a semi-final place. With the points table showing Cork and Derry on 9 Points, Tyrone on 8, Dublin and Mayo on 7 points and Kerry on 6, the Kingdom will have to beat Cork and hope results elsewhere go their way on Sunday next. In particular, Kerry will be listening closely to the Tyrone/Dublin and Mayo/Derry results – but first they must beat Cork!

Allianz Football League Promotion and Relegation
 – What the Rulebook says
Both promotion and relegation to be organised on the basis of two up/two down. 
Where Counties finish with Equal Points – extract from (Riail 6.20 T.O. 2013): 
“...........the tie shall be decided by the following means and in the order specified: 
(i) Where two Teams only are involved - the outcome of the meeting of the two Teams in 
the previous game in the Competition; 
(ii) Scoring Difference (subtracting the total Scores Against from total Scores For); 
(iii) Highest Total Score For; 
(iv) A Play-Off. 
Semi Finals: April 13th – 1 V 4 and 2 V 3 Venues to be decided by CCCC
Final: April 27th

Entry to Sunday’s Allianz League Game is by Prepaid Ticket only 

Kerry supporters attending Sunday’s Allianz League game against Cork will see a continuation of the new entry procedures whereby entry will be by prepaid ticket only. Patrons should also note that there is a great incentive to purchase tickets prior to the game – tickets to all Allianz League games are just €10 if purchased at any time in advance of the three hour deadline before throw-in on Sunday, Otherwise, tickets will cost the full price of €15 so it makes sense to purchase in advance.

Tickets can be purchased in advance either from local participating Supervalu or Centra stores, on-line from Ticketmaster.ie or from the offices in Austin Stack Park or the GAA Store in the Outlet Center in Killarney.

Where tickets are not purchased in advance, they will be available from a specially adapted van or ticket booths equipped with ticketing facilities - get your ticket and that gets you entry through the stiles. Any concessions for such as OAP, Student etc will only be granted on production of a valid ID. The vans will be located in the Car Park outside the main entrance to Austin Stack Park. For Health and Safety reasons the Car Park will be closed to traffic.

Credit Union Senior Football League

Round 2 of the Credit Union Senior Football League took place last weekend when all but one game took place. The Division 2 meeting of Listry and Gneeveguilla was rescheduled to this Saturday due to Liebherr’s Inter Firm Final. 

In Division 1, Austin Stacks, Kilcummin and St Michaels-Foilmore have full points and in Division 2, Killarney Legion, Kenmare and newly promoted Glenbeigh-Glencar all have full points. Dromid Pearses, Templenoe and Keel are setting the early pace unbeaten in Division 3 and Beale, Na Gaeil and Beaufort are doing likewise in Division 4. Meanwhile, St Senans, Dr Crokes and Sneem-Derrynane are the pace setters in Division 5.

Round 3 of the Leagues will be played on the weekend of April 13th after which the Club Championships commence. 

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football League 

Following three Rounds of the Minor Leagues, a number of outstanding games took place over the last two weekends before Round 4 which is fixed for this Friday evening April 4th. The following is a brief summary of the Leagues as they stand:

Division 1: Dingle and Dr Crokes top this Division with 6 points each – Dr Crokes defeated Spa in a back game early last week. The Division 1 minor games fixed for this weekend Kerin's O Rahillys v An Ghaeltacht and Dr Crokes v Dingle have been postponed until week commencing April 21st due to the Hogan Cup final.

Division 2: Ballydonoghue, Churchill and Firies each have 4 points with Ballydonoghue meeting Firies in Round 4.

Division 3A: Kenmare/Kilgarvan have 5 points with Keel/Listry, Renard/St Marys and Rathmore all on 4 points with Rathmore defeating Kilcummin in a back game on Friday evening last. All games in Round 4 are vital.

Division 3B: Beaufort, Annascaul/Lispole, Desmonds and Emmets share top spot on 4 points each with Annascaul/Lispole playing Emmets in Round 4.

Division 4: Fossa have been joined on 6 points at the top by Ballymac following the latter’s defeat of Na Gaeil last weekend and the top two meet in Fossa on Friday evening. Moyvane/Tarbert are on 4 points.

Division 5: Glenflesk have full points from 2 games with St Pats and Knock/Brosna on 2 points. St Pats play Glenflesk this weekend.

Division 6A: Skellig Rangers/Valentia lead the way on 6 points in a Division where Cromane have withdrawn. Waterville/Dromid, Glenbeigh Glencar and St Michaels Foilmore are all on 2 points.

Division 6B: Asdee/Ballylongford have full points from two games with Castlegregory on 2 points. Castle play Asdee/Bally this weekend. Ballyduff have withdrawn.

Playoff Regulations: Groups with six teams have two semi fnals while any Group with 5 teams, the top team goes into the final and there is one semi final.

Concern was raised at the recent County Committee meeting over the Minor Leagues. The meeting was told that teams had entered and then pulled out, there was a lack of advance planning whereby teams adjacent to each other could have amalgamated and one or two clubs did not seem to care that their Minor players were not getting games. The worry is that this situation would manifest itself further in the Divisional Minor Leagues later in the year and the CCC were given permission to have a look at the Divisional minor leagues.

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne in Hogan Cup Final

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne easily accounted for the challenge of St Geralds of Castlebar in the All Ireland Colleges semi final on Saturday last in Nenagh when two quickfire goals just before the break set them up for a ten points victory (2-11 to 2-2). They will now meet St Pats of Maghera in the final on April 12th.

PRO Training

The PR & Marketing Committee of the Kerry County Committee organised a training evening for District and Club PROs in the Austin Stack Park on Wednesday evening last. There was a good attendance present and it is now planned to organise a Social Media training evening – Websites, Facebook and Twitter - in the coming weeks. 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 at that training evening. 

Frank O’Keeffe RIP

The late Frank O’Keeffe, who passed away last week played in seven Championship games for Kerry between 1946 and 1951. Frank won an All-Ireland SFC medal with Kerry in 1946, lining out in the number 13 jersey when Kerry defeated Roscommon after a replay. He was a member of the Kerry team that lost to Cavan in the 1947 All-Ireland final in the Polo Grounds Final and his death now means that Mick Finucane is the last surviving member of that Kerry team. Frank, who won a County SFC medal with John Mitchels in 1947, was the father of John O’Keeffe, the Kerry star of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

“Try A Club” Initiative 

Starting on the weekend of April 5th / 6th Michéal Quirke, Games Development Administrator with the Kerry County Committee, is running an initiative to generate increased participation from the schools within the urban area of Tralee to the feeder clubs of Austin Stack, John Mitchels, Kerins O’Rahillys, Na Gaeil and St. Pats Blennerville. 

This initiative will target children within the national schools who are receiving regular GAA coaching from Michéal but are not currently attached to any club. This initiative will be run over five consecutive weekends, where interested children will be directed to attend training sessions at a specific club each weekend. At the end of the five weeks, children will be encouraged to join which ever club they enjoyed the most. 

The schedule for club weekends is as follows;
April 5th / 6th - Na Gaeil; April 12th / 13th - Kerins O’Rahillys; April 19th / 20th - Austin Stacks; April 26th / 27th - St. Pats; May 3rd / 4th - John Mitchels.

Specific training times for each age group will be announced and distributed to the schools the week prior to their designated weekend. For children who attend at least 3 out of 5 clubs and get their ‘Try a Club’ passport stamped by each of those clubs, they will be entered in a draw to win an autographed Kerry jersey. 

This initiative is only for children who are not currently attached to any club. 

Munster Senior Scór Finals

Three out of the seven Kerry representatives have qualified for the All Ireland Scór Sinsear Finals in Castlebar on April 26th. Kilcummin Set Dancers, Glenflesk Figure Dancers and Ray O’Sullivan from Spa in the Recitation were crowned Munster champions at the Munster Scór Sinsear finals at UL Limerick on Sunday evening last.

There was no luck however for Aoife Ní Choileán of Austin Stacks in the Solo Singing, Na Gaeil in the Leiriú, Kilcummin in the Ballad Group or Ballydonoghue in the Instrumental Music despite fine performances from all four Clubs. 

Churchill have of course already qualified for the Question Time final and will now be joined by the East Kerry trio of clubs in Castlebar where they will fly the Kerry flag.

Scór na bPaistí County Semi Finals 

The two semi finals of the county Scór na bPaistí took place in Castleisland and Foilmore last weekend with two qualifying at each venue for the Lee Strand sponsored county finals which will be held in the Tinteán Theatre in Ballybunion on Sunday 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 Gray (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

Na Gaeil, Knocknagoshel, Fossa and Derrynane.

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

Set Dancing
Causeway, Currow, Kilcummin and Foilmore.