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PRO Weekly GAA Scene March 27th 2014 2014-03-27 14:47:00

Kerry need the two AFL points in Mullingar

Coming off a two week break, Kerry travel to Mullingar to play Westmeath in Round 6 of the Allianz League on Sunday next (3pm) knowing that nothing less than a victory is needed to keep on course for a possible semi final place while at the same time ensuring that they steer further clear of relegation trouble. Realistically, Kerry need to keep winning and hope the teams above them do them some favours over the remaining two rounds. Westmeath of course have yet to register a point in the table but their performances of late, while not earning any rewards, have been improving. Above them, Kildare are on two points following their victory over Mayo and they travel to Derry on Sunday. Should they win, Kerry will join either Dublin or Mayo on six points as the Dubs take on the Connaught champions on Saturday night. Kerry certainly approached the Kildare game in Round 5 with confidence following their big victory over Tyrone in the previous round, and it is hoped that they will carry on in the same vein in Mullingar on Sunday.

Kerry finish off their League campaign with a home tie against Cork in Tralee on April 6th . 

Credit Union Senior Football League is Underway

Another season of Credit Union Senior Football League action got underway last weekend. In Division 1 the game between Currow and Kerins O’Rahillys was postponed due to the untimely death of Brendan O’Shea of Renard and Currow and one result of note was the 3-12 to 1-12 victory by Kilcummin away to Rathmore.

In Division 2, Kenmare had a big win over John Mitchels as had promoted Castleisland Desmonds over St Pats while Listrys first return to Division 2 football since 1975 ended in defeat to Killarney Legion.

In Division 3, two West Kerry sides, An Ghaeltacht and Annascaul got opening round victories but Ardfert, relegated from Division 2 last season, went down to Templenoe. The Ballymacelligott V St Marys game was postponed as a mark of respect to the late Jerry Savage.
Fossa marked their return to Division 4 with victory over fellow promoted side Knocknagosheland Firies had a good win over Castlegregory.

In Division 5, St Senans edged Duagh in the North Kerry derby and Sneem-Derrynane got their season off to a good start with victory over Moyvane in Derrynane. Good to see Kilgarvan fulfilling their football fixtures again with a victory over Laune Rangers. The Tuosist v Renard game was postponed as a mark of respect to the late Brendan O’Shea.

Round 2 of the League goes ahead on Sunday next (2pm) and Round 3 will follow on April 13th. Travelling teams in the Tralee area should note that there is a Car Rally in Tralee and North Kerry this weekend.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football League

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

Division 1: Dingle top this Division with 6 points from 3 games following victory over A Ghaeltacht in a back game. Dr Crokes have 4 points from two games and they were due to play Spa in a back game on Monday evening.

Division 2: Ballydonoghue, Churchill and Firies each have 4 points from 3 games.
Division 3A: Kenmare/Kilgarvan have 5 points from three games with Keel/Listry and Renard/St Marys on 4 points each from three games.

Division 3B: Beaufort, Annascaul/Lispole, Desmonds and Emmets share top spot on 4 points each with three rounds played..

Division 4: Fossa are tops with 6 points from three games, Ballymacelligott and Moyvane/Tarbert have 4 points each with a back game between Ballymacelligott and Na Gaeil to be played.

Division 5: There are a number of outstanding games; Glenflesk have full points from 2 games with St Pats on 2 points. There is a back game this Saturday between St Pats and Knock/Brosna.

Division 6A: Skellig Rangers/Valentia lead the way on 6 points in a Division where Cromane have withdrawn and Glenbeigh/Glencar’s continued participation is in doubt; a classic scenario where two teams should have amalgamated for this competition. There is a back game on this Saturday between Waterville/Dromid and St Michaels Foilmore. 

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

Team Registrations – Player Injury Scheme

It is important that all clubs, District teams and group teams complete their teams’ registration online and forward payment for same to Croke Park by March 31st. Over the last two years Kerry clubs/group teams who registered before this deadline received a rebate of €1704 between them - (€954 in 2013 & €750 in 2014). To ensure our clubs can again avail of any rebate in 2015, please register on time. Any queries re above please contact Kerry Co. Board Office.

Membership Registration – Full (Adult) Members

The following motion was passed at this year’s GAA Congress –
‘Only a Full Member who has paid his annual Club subscription by the due date set by the Executive Committee of the Club, (which shall be prior to March 31st each year) shall be eligible to vote at, nominate for, or seek election to the Executive Committee at a following General Meeting of the Club’.

Registering Juvenile players

Please note that there is an onus on Club Registrars and on the Club Executive to ensure only players who are eligible to play for the club, are registered as members of that club regardless of what age they are. The relevant rule that governs this matter, reads as follows;

Rule 6.2 (a) O.G. 2013: ‘A player must be a registered Full Member or Youth Member of a Club and the Association’

Rule 6.2 (b) O.G. 2013: ‘A player may not be a member of a Club for which he is ineligible to play’

It would be important that the Club Executive is satisfied that players (in particular young children) attending training and/or taking part in games and/or blitzes are in fact entitled under Kerry Co Committee Bye-laws to play for the Club. In order to ensure clubs are compliant with this, the Parish Rule and Player Registration Sub-Committee intend to carry out an audit on a number of clubs over the next couple of months.

Two GAA Stalwarts go to their eternal rewards

The past week has seen the passing of a number of GAA stalwarts; Jerry Savage of Ballymacelligott was well known as one of Kerry’s greatest supporters, while Brendan Walsh was a very well respected administrator with his club Glenflesk and the East Kerry Board. The untimely passing of Brendan O’Shea, originally from Renard and later years living in Currow, came as a great shock to the GAA fraternity in South and East Kerry. 

Jerry Savage RIP

The news of the death of Jerry Savage of Ballymacelligott has come as a shock to Kerry Gaels everywhere.

Jerry played for Ballymac, served as Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer of his club and at a young age, as Secretary, was the driving force behind the reforming of the Club in the mid 40s. He loved Scór and the cultural side of the club and took part in Scór as well as serving as a referee.

He loved his own Parish and Community and his expression of this was in all he did for the parish and no more so for his beloved Ballymac GAA Club and Ballymac Handball Club.
Jerry of course was an avid Kerry supporter all his life and travelled far and wide following his beloved Green and Gold. He was a Vice President of the Kerry GAA Supporters Club at the time of his death.

Jerry’s presence will be missed at venues such as Austin Stack Park in Tralee and Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney as will his pleasant personality and commentary on GAA affairs in the county.

Brendan Walsh RIP

The late Brendan Walsh of Glenflesk served as Chairman of the East Kerry Board from 1965 to 1978. It is a measure of the respect and admiration he commanded while in the chair that the advances he made with this innovative and un-blinkered thinking, are still spoken of. He viewed the expansion of club facilities during the late sixties and early seventies with particular pleasure given that the Fitzgerald Stadium was the only regulation venue in the District when he took office. The hugely successful Scór competition stands as a monument to the very popular fundraising “Tops of the Towns” competitions he pioneered in the sixties. Brendan, who also served as Chairman of the Glenflesk club, made unsuccessful bids for Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary of the County Board during his chairmanship of the East Kerry Board of whom he was President at the time of his death.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anamacha dílis.

PRO Training Evening

The PR & Marketing Committee of the Kerry County Committee have organised a training evening for District and Club PROs in the Austin Stack Park on this Wedneday evening starting at 7:45pm.

Hogan Cup Semi Final

Best wishes to Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne who meet St Geralds of Castlebar in the All Ireland Colleges semi final on this Saturday in Nenagh at 3:15pm.

Munster Senior Scór Finals

Kerry will be represented in all seven categories at this year’s Munster Finals of Senior Scór on Sunday next March 30th commencing at 2:30pm in U. L. Limerick. The East Kerry Board will have Kilcummin in both Set Dancing and Ballad Group, Spa, (Ray O’Sullivan) in the Recitation and Glenflesk in the Figure Dancing. Na Gaeil from Tralee/St Brendans Board will be involved in Solo Singing, (Aóife Ni Choileán) and Leiriú; (Austin Stacks and Na Gaeil respectively) and Ballydonoghue will represent North Kerry Football in the Instrumental Music.

Scór na bPaistí County Semi Finals 

The county semi finals of Scór na bPaistí go ahead this weekend with North of the County on Friday at 7pm. in Scoil Muire Gan Smal, Presentation Primary Castleisland which will take in North Kerry Football, North Kerry Hurling, West Kerry, Castleisland District and Tralee/St. Brendans. Meanwhile, South of the County will go ahead on Saturday at 4pm in Foilmore and here, East Kerry, Mid Kerry, Kenmare District and South Kerry will compete.

The Lee Strand Sponsored County Finals of Scór Na bPaistí will be held in the Tinteán Theatre, Ballybunion on Sunday April 13th. The Table Quiz will have a starting time of 1pm sharp. All District Board winners are requested to be present well in advance of the 1pm starting time. Doors close at 12:30pm for the Quiz. All other disciplines will be getting underway at 2 30pm.