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PRO Weekly GAA Scene March 13th 2014 2014-03-13 14:49:00

Pep back in Kerry Step following victory over Tyrone

On a day when the pep came back into the Kerry step, the 15 point Allianz Football League victory over Tyrone at Fitzgerald Stadium was as welcome as it was unexpected (3-15 to 0-9). The sides were very evenly matched throughout the first half but on the turnover, Kerry turned on the power and with James O’Donoghue in devastating goal scoring form, Kerry ran out comfortable victors.

Kerry started the game brightly and were forcing the pace for the opening fifteen minutes after which they led by three points and Niall Morgan had to make two fine saves from Peter Crowley and James O’Donoghue when Kerry looked like scoring goals. As the half wore on, Tyrone came more into the game and had four points without reply to put them one clear but the sides were level at the break 0-8 each. Kerry did threaten to get goals in the first half and they were to succeed in that department in the second period as Ciaran McGinley’s point inside the opening minute of the new half proved to be Tyrone’s final score. Kerry played with style and no little heart thereafter with O’Donoghue’s first goal in the 47th minute proving crucial. Kerry added on four points within the next ten minutes to build up an eight points lead and two late goals by O’Donoghue served merely to put the icing on the cake. 

So a much improved performance from the Kingdom who delighted their supporters with some powerful tackling, some excellent score taking and an overall gutsy performance that certainly brought a smile to manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s face. It was great to see David Moran back to his best (he received the TG4 Man of the Match award) after his long recovery from injury, while the displays of some of the younger players like Paul Murphy was most encouraging to see. Another aspect that must have pleased management no end was the fact that no player had discipline issues on the day.

Next up Kildare

Having got their first points of the League on the board on Sunday last, Kerry will travel to Newbridge on Sunday next buoyed from their victory over their northern opponents. This is another vital game for Kerry who now need to keep the momentum going during March. While it may be overstating it a bit to call it a relegation match, there is no doubt that the result will have significant ramifications for both sides. Kildare travel to Derry in Round 6 and finish at home to Westmeath while Kerry are away to Westmeath in Round 6 and home to Cork in Tralee in the final Round.

Kildare, very similar to Tyrone, have been posting large scoring tallies but significantly, they also have been conceding big scores against. Their two points so far have been gained at the expense of Mayo but rather like their opponents on Sunday, with a little luck, they could be in a far happier position in the League. 

The return of Bryan Sheehan has been a huge boost to Kerry particularly as he punishes almost every opposition indiscretion and the fact that Darren O’Sullivan has game time under his belt should also benefit the Kerry set up. Following last Sunday’s heart-warming display, the order for Sunday next is “More of the same”!

Kerry GAA Supporters Club are travelling to Newbridge

As usual, the Kerry GAA Supporters Club will travel to cheer on the Kingdom in Newbridge on Sunday next. Bus departing Farranfore at 8:30am, Tralee at 9:00am and Listowel at 9:30am and returning immediately after the game. Booking deadline with any of the usual officers is this Thursday March 13th.

Kerry and Cork face off in the Under 21 Championship

Kerry and Cork go head to head in the Cadburys Munster Under 21 Football Championship quarter final on this Wednesday evening in Austin Stack Park Tralee (throw-in 7:30) and the Kerry Management team under Darragh Ó Sé, Harry O’Neill, Noel Kennelly and John Shanahan will no doubt be hoping for a change in fortunes for Kerry in this grade in what is almost an annual meeting between the sides. 

Only a point has separated these two sides in both of their meetings in the last two years and the margin of victory for either side this year will probably be just as close. The winners have the added incentive of a home tie against Limerick on Wednesday of next week. 2010 was the last time Kerry have beaten Cork at Under 21 level and alot of preparation has been put into this side again this year with a host of challenge games being played at weekends with physical work confined to mid week.

The panel of 30 players in training includes nine of last year’s panel while six of last year’s Minor panel have made it through to the next grade. There are three sets of brothers involved– the Keanes from Killarney Legion, the Crowleys from Templenoe and the Murphys from Kilcummin.

Entry to Austin Stack Park is by Prepaid Ticket only

Patrons attending Wednesday’s Under 21 championship game should note that, as per new GAA policy, entry will be by prepaid ticket only. Tickets may be purchased from the Munster Council Ticket Van which will be parked in the Car Park in front of Pavilion. For Health and Safety reasons the car park will be closed to parking from 5.00pm on Wednesday to facilitate the ticket van ticket sales. Patrons are asked to come in good time to avoid delays in purchasing tickets. Admission is €10 for adult and OAPs are €5 while Under 16s are free. Tickets will not be available to purchase in advance.

Asdee’s Munster Junior Final 

Asdee’s Munster Junior “B” championship final against Charleville, postponed prior to Christmas, and a couple of time since then, has finally been refixed for Sunday next March 23rd at the same venue, Knockaderry in South Limerick at 2pm.

Credit Union Senior Football League

The Credit Union Senior Football League is fast approaching and is now just over a week away with Round 1 commencing on March 23rd. The majority of clubs are already involved in the Divisional Leagues in preparation for the commencement of the County Leagues and no doubt the condition of pitches following what has been a constant three months of extreme weather conditions must be a matter of grave concern for all clubs. 

Referees Foundation Course

A foundation course for new referees will be held over four nights in Austin Stack Park commencing on Tuesday 18th and Thursday 20th and continuing on Tuesday 25th and Thursday 27th march all at 7:30.

Corn Uí Mhuirí

Congratulations to Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne who completed a three in a row of Munster Championship Corn Uí Mhuirí victories with victory over DLS Macroom in Lewis Rd on Saturday last. The West Kerry boys now face the winners of the Connaught final which features St Gerards of Castlebar against St Attracta’s C.S. in Ballina this coming weekend. The semi final is pencilled in for March 29th.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor County Leagues

Round 2 of the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor County League took place last weekend despite a number of postponements for one reason or another. Round 3 is on this coming weekend and then there is a break until April 4th for Round 4, however there are a number of back games listed for the weekend of March 22nd and it is vital that these games are played to avoid delays in completing the competition before the cut-off date for examinations. Ballyduff have informed the County Committee that they are unable to fulfil their fixtures in Division 6B of the league 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.

Terms of reference;
• to examine the effectiveness and appeal of County Senior Championship in its current format
• to review standard, quality, timing and entry/exit process of county championship
• to examine the impact of clubs and group teams participating in the championship on the overall fixture programme for Ciarrai
• to examine the impact of other club championships including intermediate and senior club championships
• to look at any other areas that the committee deem relevant
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 24th March 2014. 


We express our sympathy to the relatives of the late Christina Geaney, mother of Kerry player Paul Geaney, of Dingle and Mick “Sonny” Galwey of Currow who died in the past week.
Mick Galwey won an All Ireland Minor medal with Kerry in 1950 in the company of the likes of Sean Murphy and Paudie Sheehy and later served as a Minor selector with Kerry most notably in 1975 when they won the All Ireland and 1984. Mick also served as a referee for many years.

Scór Sinsir Finals

The County Finals of Scór Sinsear will take place on this Saturday March 15th in Fossa Community Centre with a starting time of 6pm. and will be preceded by the Question Time with a starting time of 4pm sharp. The Question Time winners, under the new format, will go forward to represent the County at the All Ireland Finals to be held in the Travellers Friend Castlebar next month while all the remaining winners on the evening will qualify for the Munster Finals which will take place in University of Limerick on Sunday March 30th.commencing at 2 30pm.

All Club Scor Officers are reminded to bring along your Perpetual winning trophies from 2013 to the Scór Sinsir Finals in Fossa on Saturday.