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PRO Weekly GAA Scene March 5th 2014 2014-03-05 14:51:00

Kerry Still Pointless in Allianz League

Kerry are still pointless in Division 1 of the Allianz Football League following defeat at the hands of Mayo in the Round 3 game in Castlebar on Sunday last (2-15 to 1-13). Mayo, despite playing against a strong wind, were the ones to force the issue from the start and an early goal gave then a cushion for the remainder of the half. Kerry, on top at midfield, did fight back well but were dealt a sucker punch on the stroke of half time when Mayo goaled. A fine Stephen O’Brien goal early in the second half was just reward for an improved performance during the third quarter but a point by the same player in 55th minute was to be Kerry’s last score as the direct running of the home side stretched the visiting defence and Mayo chalked up the last six scores to run out deserving winners.

Former Galway inter-county referee Mick Curley, came to the assistance of the Kerry footballers when they were looking for a pitch for a workout in south Galway en route to Mayo on Saturday last. The man who often took charge of the whistle on big match day when Kerry were involved is now Public Relations Officer with the Galway county committee and offered the use of his own club’s pitch when no other was available.

Tyrone are visitors to Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday

Tyrone come to Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday next for Round 4 of the Allianz League with some impressive displays under their belt having drawn with Derry in the opening round and then accounting for both Mayo and Kildare in successive rounds. No doubt they will feel they have a point to prove following their last visit to the Killarney venue that resulted in a big victory for Kerry in the Round 3 Qualifier game two years ago. This is a big game for the home-side who will not want to repeat the feat of going four League games without a win last year. There were a lot of positives to be taken from their performance in Castlebar and with the Dr Crokes contingent having re-joined the panel and some other players, most notably Darran O’Sullivan, Bryan Sheehan and Kieran O’Leary, well on the way to recovering full fitness, Eamonn Fitzmaurice and his selectors will have a stronger panel to choose from. No doubt the Kerry faithful will be out in strength to cheer on the home-side and they certainly need our support at this point in time given that the following two rounds are both away games.

The Mayo game on Sunday last, and Sunday’s upcoming game with Tyrone, form part of a heavy schedule of Allianz League games for Kerry for the month of March in particular. Kerry travel to Newbridge to take on Kildare in Round 5 on March 16th before finishing up with games against Westmeath in Mullingar on March 30th and Cork in Tralee on April 6th. The semi finals of the League are scheduled for 13th April with the final two weeks later.

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

Kerry supporters attending Sunday’s Allianz League game against Tyrone 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 day of the game – tickets to all Allianz League games are just €10 if purchased before Sunday, however, on the day of the game 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 must produce a valid ID. The van will be located outside the main entrance in Lewis Rd. while Ticket booths will be in operation at the rear of the main stand in Daltons Avenue.

Prepaid tickets are to be the norm for all Inter County fixtures at all GAA venues around the country, and are also to be phased in for major county competitions such as County championship. So, be prepared for Sunday in Fitzgerald Stadium!

Munster Under 21 Championship just a week away

The Munster Under 21 Football Championship quarter final meeting with Cork is now just a week away – Wednesday 12th in Austin Stack Park – and the Kerry Management team under Darragh Ó Sé, Harry O’Neill, Noel Kennelly and John Shanahan are busy preparing their squad for what is almost an annual meeting between the sides in this grade. The winners have the added incentive of a home tie against Limerick on the following week. Only a point has separated these two sides in both of their meetings in the last two years and no doubt, the margin of victory for either side this year will probably be just as close. 

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.

The full Kerry panel in alphabetical order is as follows: Adrian Spillane (Templenoe), Brian Crowley (Templenoe), Cathal Ó Lúing (An Ghaeltacht), Ciarán Keating (Skellig Rangers), Cillian Fitzgerald (Churchill), Conor Jordan (Austin Stacks), Conor Keane (Killarney Legion), David Foran (St Senans), Denis Daly (St Marys), Eanna Ó Conchúir (An Ghaeltacht), Gary O’Leary (Kilcummin), Gavin Crowley (Templenoe), Gavin Curran (Dingle), Gavin O’Shea (Dr Crokes), Greg Horan (Austin Stacks), Jack Barry (Na Gaeil), Jack McGuire (Listowel Emmets), Jack Savage (Kerins O’Rahillys), James Crean (Annascaul), Jeff O’Donoghue (Glenflesk), Kieran Murphy (Kilcummin), Michael O’Connor (Derrynane), Nathan Breen (Beaufort), Niall Sheehy (John Mitchels), Padraigh Ó Conchúir (Dingle), Padraigh Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht), Shane Murphy (Kilcummin), Shaun Keane (Killarney Legion), Tadhg Morley (Templenoe), Thomas Hickey (Desmonds).

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin County Minor League 

The Keanes Supervalu Killorglin County Minor Football League got the new season underway for county competitions on Saturday last. Six games did fall foul of the atrocious weather conditions and these will be rescheduled for March 22nd where possible. Round 2 will still go ahead on this Saturday. At a CCC meeting on Tuesday of last week a decision was taken to reverse Round 2 and Round 3 for Division 1 fixtures only. This decision was taken in an effort to reduce the disruption to fixtures for Clubs not involved in the Corn Uí Mhuirí final this weekend. The game between Dingle and An Ghaeltacht is fixed for Saturday March 22nd unless both Clubs agree on an earlier date.

Credit Union Senior Football League

The Credit Union Senior Football League is fast approaching and is now just three weeks away with Round 1 commencing on March 23rd. The majority of clubs are already involved in the Divisional Leagues and 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. The minor county leagues have kicked off the three busiest months of the year at club level and hopefully we will see an improvement in the weather in the not too distant future. 

Corn Uí Mhuirí Final

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne and DLS Macroom clash in the Munster Colleges Corn Uí Mhuirí final on this coming Saturday in the Dr Crokes Pitch in Lewis Rd at 1:30pm.

All Ireland Scór na nÓg Titles on the Double for Spa

All Ireland glory for the Kingdom in both Recitation and Set Dancing as the curtain came down on Scór Na nÓg, the first competition of the year that started back in November 2013 at District Board level and came to a conclusion on Saturday last in “Travellers Friend”, Castlebar where the All Ireland Finals took place.

It was certainly a day to remember for the Kingdom and especially the Spa GAA Club who collected two national tiles at Under 17 level . Allison Fitzmartin in the Recitation category gave a tremendous performance with an extract from the John B Keane play “Moll” and there was never a doubt as to the end result such was her unerring performance. To cap a marvellous day the Set Dancers from Spa, after losing out in the All Ireland final last year, captured their first title in this discipline. So congratulations to Aíne Brosnan, Anna O’Connor, Rachel Moynihan, Erin Holland, Eoin O’Donoghue, Kianan O’Doherty, Liam Spillane and Gary O’Sullivan. As each of the victors came forward to be presented with their All Ireland medals by Uáchtarán Chumann Luthchleas Gael, Liam O’Neill, there were great scenes of jubilation amongst the huge Kerry contingent that travelled to the Mayo venue.

There was no luck however for Spa’s other representatives, Thomas Fleming, Michael Aherne, James Lynch and Níamh Clifford, members of the Question Time team who finished in joint 11th place out of 28 competing counties.

Without doubt this was a marvellous honour for Coiste Scór Chiarraí to have so many involved at this stage of the competition and all the participants, mentors and supporters can feel very proud having done our County proud.

Scór Sinsir

With the North Kerry and East Kerry Divisional finals having been completed, Tralee, St Brendans and Castleisland Districts will have another District final between them on this Wednesday evening. 

All Districts are asked to forward entries to Scór secretary Maureen O’Shea , secretary.scor.kerry@gaa.ie by 5th March as no late entries allowed . Clubs to have Quiz teams entered with Club Registration numbers by 6th March-no late entries allowed.

The County Finals of Scór Sinsear are pencilled in for Saturday March 15th. Fossa Community Centre will be the venue with a starting time of 6pm.

Kerry GAA Supporters Club AGM

The AGM of the Kerry GAA Supporters Club took place recently and the following officers were elected for 2014 as follows:

President: Gerry Brosnan
Vice Presidents: Gerry O'Leary, Gerry Savage, Maurice Dowling, Michael Allen, Donal Purtel, Noel Brosnan, Kevin Lynch, Jim Moriarty and Leo Griffin
Chairman: Donal O'Leary
Vice Chair: Pat King,
Secretary: John King
Treasurers: Leanne Ryan and Martin Leane
Registrar: Karen Mc Auliffe
PRO: Martin Leane
Committee: Leo Griffin, JJ Sugrue, John O'Connell, Tom Rohan, Jimmy Shanahan, Denis Reen, Gerry O'Leary, Dan Dwyer, Kit Ryan, Bridie Howard, Grainne Howard, Brendan Mc Carthy and Triona Brassil.

Keanes Supervalu Minor County League Report 
Beaufort v Desmonds

Beaufort began their County League campaign in fine style with a big win over Desmonds in Beaufort. They led at half time 3-4 to 0-2 with 2 goals from Niall O'Connor and a brilliant individual effort from the outstanding Brendan Cronin. Mike Breen had 2 fine points driving forward from centre-back. Desmonds had 2 points, one free and one from play from Colin McCarthy. The 2nd half saw Beaufort continue where they left off and any chance of Desmonds getting back into the game was quickly killed off with goals from Shane O'Sullivan who finished well from a poor kick out and Ryan Sweeney finished to the net from a breaking ball. It was not to be Desmonds day as a great run by Tomas Lynch led to a penalty but this was well saved by Cian O'Sullivan in the home goals. Desmonds best players on the day who tried hard to the end were Tomas Lynch in the 2nd half when the impressive Danny Healy was moved off him, Luke Lyons at mid-field and Cian O'Connor at centre-forward. The home side played very well as a team. Cian O'Sullivan was very sound in goals, young Ciaran Kennedy did very well at corner back, Mike Breen, Brendan Cronin, Danny Healy and Joseph Glinwood all stood out especially their pace created problems for Desmonds. Final score Beaufort 5-9 to Desmonds 0-7.