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PRO Weekly GAA Scene March 21st 2014 2014-03-21 14:47:00

Victory in Newbridge eases the pressure on Kerry

Kerry secured valuable Allianz Football League points at St Conleth’s Park in Newbridge on Sunday last when getting the better of Kildare (2-15 to 0-15). After a slow start, Kerry got into their stride midway through the first half and a goal by Paul Geaney, after excellent work by James O’Donoghue, set them up for a 1-10 to 0-9 half time lead. Kerry kicked on during the third quarter and when James O’Donoghue struck for their second goal, to bring his personal scoring tally to 1-5, Kerry were well on their way to collecting both points on offer.
Kerry havea break for two weeks before they play Westmeath on March 30th and finish with Cork in Tralee on April 6th and at the very least, they will have to secure two points from those fixtures to secure their Division 1 status. Four points, and a semi final place, is of course still a very achievable target.

Credit Union Senior Football League Commences

Following victory by Austin Stacks over Dr Crokes in a re-arranged Division 1 tie last weekend, the Credit Union Senior Football Leagues swing into action in earnest this coming weekend with a full fixture list in all five Divisions. The Leagues commenced way back in 1971 when Austin Stacks, John Mitchels, Kerins O’Rahilys, Waterville, Kenmare, Desmonds, Laune Rangers and Keel played in the inaugural League with Waterville defeating Laune Rangers in the final. 

The following year, it was decided to form three leagues, Senior, Towns Cup and Junior and in 1973, the Leagues really took shape in the format we now know them with three divisions. The leagues have stood the test of time since and are the envy of most counties. Promotion and relegation methods have changed over the years, and as was the case last year, a three up and three down policy applies again this year.

Division 1
Last year’s Division 1 champions, Kerins O’Rahillys, open their campaign away to newly promoted Currow as another season of Credit Union senior football league games gets underway. Finuge, last year’s Division 2 champions travel to Waterville while the other promoted side, Listowel Emmets are also on the road as they travel to Dingle. There is an all East Kerry derby in Rathmore where the locals take on Kilcummin and in the remaining game, St Michaels Foilmore are at home to Milltown Castlemaine.

Division 2

Spa, Laune Rangers and Killarney Legion return to Division 2 this year. Rangers, who last operated out of Division 2 in 2002, are actually home to Spa who spent two years in Division 1. Meanwhile Killarney Legion will host newly promoted Listry who last played in this Division way back in 1975, a period when they had a very formidable team winning the East Kerry Championship in 1970. Glenbeigh-Glencar were promoted as Division 3 champions last year and they mark their return to Division 2 for the first time since 1984 with a visit to Gneeveguilla. Castleisland Desmonds are the other promoted side and they travel to Blennerville to play St Pats. Meanwhile, Skellig Rangers make the long trip to Tarbert and Kenmare are at home to John Mitchels.

Division 3

Well the make up of teams in this Division has certainly changed dramatically this year. An Ghaeltacht return to Division 3 football for the first time since 1992 and have a local West Kerry derby away to Lispole to look forward to. Lispole were of course promoted as champions from Division 4 last year after an absence of five years from the higher Division. Another West Kerry side, Annascaul, will also play out of Division 3 this year and face a tough opener away to Scartaglen while the third team to come from Division 2, Ardfert, face the long trip to Templenoe for their first game in this Division since 2005. It will be recalled that Ardfert had a meteoric rise through the Divisions from Division 5 in 2003 all the way to Division 1 in successive years, but have now suffered relegation in their last two seasons. County Junior champions, Keel return to Division 3 after one year in the lower Division and have a home tie against Brosna who were promoted along with the Mid Kerry side last season.

Division 4

Firies, Beaufort and Cordal made the trip down to Division 4 last season; Firies have a home tie with Castlegregory, Beaufort are at home to Ballyduff and Cordal travel to Cromane who were promoted last season after five years in Division 5. Fossa, Division 5 champions last season, were promoted after two years in the lower Division and have a home tie with fellow promoted side, Knocknagoshel. Meanwhile Ballylongford play Na Gaeil and Churchill are at home to Beale.

Division 5

Tuosist, Moyvane and Castlegregory were relegated to Division 5 last year, Kerins O’Rahillys B will not be playing in Division 5 of the League this season and they are replaced by Dr Crokes B. Six of the Clubs in this Division, namely, Dr Crokes, Tuosist, Kilgarvan, Valentia, Renard and Duagh are agreeable to play 13-a-side where required.

Cork put an end to Kerry’s interest in the Under 21 Championship

“Disappointing” probably best sums up Kerry’s performance against Cork in the Cadbury Under 21 Championship on Wednesday of last week. 

Kerry were three ahead at half time, thanks to a well taken penalty from James Crean and were probably a little fortunate to have their noses in front, and in fairness to them they were on level terms with eight minutes to go thanks to an excellent score from one of their best players on the night, Thomas Hickey. However, in those final eight or nine minutes Cork proved beyond doubt that they were the better side.

This was a fourth defeat on the trot to Cork in this competition, and while there was just a point between the sides in the last two years, both of which went to extra time, I think that it is fair to say that the four point margin this year could have been far bigger.

Disappointing too for the Kerry Management team of Darragh Ó Sé, Harry O’Neill, Noel Kennelly and John Shanahan who put a huge amount of work into the preparation of the team for the last four or five months. 

Asdee’s Munster Junior Final

Congratulations to Asdee who claimed the Munster Junior “B” football championship title at Knockaderry on Sunday last where they prevailed by the narrowest of margins, 0-9 to 1-5.

Referees Foundation Course under way

A foundation course for new referees to be held over four nights in Austin Stack Park commenced on Tuesday of this week and continues this Thursday and on Tuesday 25th and Thursday 27th March next all at 7:30pm.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football League

Following three Rounds of the Minor Leagues, there are a number of outstanding games due to take place this coming 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 and Dr Crokes both have full points from two games and there is a big back game on this Wednesday evening (4:45) when Dingle host An Ghaeltacht.
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 on 4 points from three games.
Division 3B: Beaufort (2 games) and Desmonds (3 games) share top spot on 4 points each.
Division 4: Ballymacelligott and Fossa have full points from two games.
Division 5: There are a number of outstanding games; Glenflesk have full points from 2 games.
Division 6A: Skellig Rangers/Valentia have full points from two games.
Division 6B: Asdee/Bally have full points from two games. Ballyduff have have withdrawn from Division 6B and points will be awarded to their opponents in each case.

Review of County Senior Football Championship

A review of the Kerry County Senior Football Championship is currently being undertaken by a committee chaired by Tony O’Keeffe.

The committee is seeking to consult broadly and are inviting submissions from all interested parties. Submissions can be sent by email to cochamp.kerry@gaa.ie or in writing to County Championship Review Committee, Austin Stack Park,Tralee.

Closing date for receipt of submissions is Monday next 24th March 2014. 

Corn Uí Mhuirí 

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne will meet St Geralds of Castlebar in the All Ireland Colleges final on March 29th following the Mayo’s side victory over St Attractas C.S. in the Connaught final last weekend.

Scór Sinsear County Final 

Another great night of entertainment was enjoyed by a large attendance at the Fossa Community Centre on Saturday evening last March 15th where the Estuary Print and Trophies, Ballylongford sponsored County Finals of Senior Scór took place. 

Suzanne Ní Laoire excelling in her role of Bean an Tí ensured the evening went off to perfection. The afternoon got off to an early start with the Question Time getting the days proceedings off the ground. When final round of questions were completed and total marks totted up it was Churchill with 91 marks out of 100 from the Tralee/St. Brendans/Castleisland Board that will represent the County at the All Ireland Finals to be held in the Travellers Friend, Castlebar on Saturday April 26th. 

It was a very successful evening for the East Kerry Board who scooped four titles; Kilcummin in both Set Dancing and Ballad Group, Spa in the Recitation while Glenflesk made it a very successful evening for the Board taking the honours in the Figure Dancing. Spa were the overall winners of the Best Overall Club and Club Scór Officer Shelia McCarthy accepted the Shield on their behalf. 

Other winners on the night were; Ballydonoghue in Instrumental Music, Austin Stacks in Solo Singing and Na Gaeil in Leiriú. There was an added bonus for the audience as the recently crowned All Ireland Scór Na nÓg champions Allison Fitzmaurice (Recitation) and the Set Dancers from Spa showcased their winning talent. 

All the winners on the night will now go forward to the Munster Finals which will take place this year in the University of Limerick on Sunday March 30th at 2:30pm.
The following will be representing the Kingdom in U. L;

FIGURE DANCING: Glenflesk (East Kerry Board)
Joanne, Máiread and Norita Cashman, Lisa and Marie Cronin, Clíona Creedon, Roisín Kelliher and Áine O'Sullivan.
SOLO SINGING: Austin Stacks (Tralee/St. Brendans/ Castleisland District)
Aoife Ní Choileáin 
INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC: Ballydonoghue (North Kerry Football)
Kevin O'Neill, Moira O'Connell, Clíona Doyle, Cillian O'Carroll
RECITATION: Spa (East Kerry Board) Ray O'Sullivan
BALLAD GROUP: Kilcummin (East Kerry Board)
Nadine Hutchman, Ruth McSweeney, Gillian Fitzgerald, Aoife O' Leary and Siobhan Moynihan
LEIRIÚ: Na Gaeil (Tralee/St.Brendans/Castleisland District)
Sean Mac Adaim. Sean O'Connor, Colm O'Sullivan, Michael Lynch, Mairéad Uí Dhuda, Sinead Sheehy, Michael Moynihan 
SET DANCING: Kilcummin (East Kerry Board ) David O’Riordan, Timmy Leane, Colin O'Riordan, Niall Crowley, Marguerite O'Connor, Margaret and Noreen O'Sullivan, Marie Sheehan.
QUIZ: Churchill (Tralee/St. Brendans/Castleisland)
Mike Gaynor, Paul Culloty, Alex O' Donnell, John Flaherty

Scór Na bPáistí 

District Finals: East Kerry Scór Na bPáistí Finals are down for decision for Saturday March 22nd at the Fossa Community Centre with a starting time of 12 noon.

The Tinteán Theatre Ballybunion will host the North Kerry Finals of Scór Na bPáistí on Sunday March 23rd commencing at 1:30pm. Quiz starts at 12 noon sharp.

Wednesday March 19th, 7pm Tralee/St. Brendan's will be the date for their Scór Na bPáistí Finals in Fenit. 

All Districts and clubs are asked to send their County Semi Final entries by email to secretaryscor.kerry@gaa.ie by Friday 21st March.

County Semi Finals:
 North of the County on Friday March 28th at 7pm. Venue, Scoil Muire Gan Smal, Presentation Primary Castleisland. South of the County on Saturday March 29th, 4pm in Foilmore.
County Finals:
 The Lee Strand Sponsored County Finals of Scór Na bPáistí will be held in the Tintéan Theatre, Ballybunion on Sunday April 13th. 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.

Scór na bPáistí Quiz

This a table quiz with 10 rounds of 5 questions. The categories for the 10 rounds are
1) Gaelic and Ladies Football; 2) Hurling and Camogie; 3) Babhta amháin as Gaeilge ar imeachtaí Chumann Lúthchleas Gael. Freagraí as Gaeilge amháin; 4) Irish History; 5) World History; 6) Irish Geography; 7) Irish Current Affairs; 8) World Current Affairs; 9) Irish Culture; 10) General Knowledge.