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PRO Weekly GAA Scene February 27th 2014 2014-02-27 14:53:00

Sean Walsh fails in his bid to become Uáchtarán Tofa CLG

There was a buzz in the air at the Croke Park Convention Centre on Friday evening last as delegates gathered from all parts of the globe to choose a new President elect of the GAA. There was only one topic doing the rounds as the voting strengths of each of the candidates were dissected over and over again. Aogán Ó Fearghaíl was the popular choice as favourite and when the votes were cast later in the evening that favouritism was justified as the Cavanman had a comprehensive victory amassing a huge total of 170 votes, 14 votes over the quota. Seamus Howlin of Wexford was in second place on 83 votes and Kerry’s Sean Walsh came in third with 57 votes. 

It was a disappointing performance by the Moyvane man who was quietly confident of an upset beforehand. However, votes that had been promised began to evaporate as counties clearly wanted to be on the winning horse. He now has one or two years to reassess the situation before deciding on whether or not to give it another go in three years time. Walsh was gracious in defeat saying that the Association usually chooses the right person and he wished Ó Fearghaíl the very best of luck.

Otherwise, Congress was a pretty low key affair with the majority of the 64 motions on the clár “enabling motions” clearing up rules and byelaws. The motion on having a time clock in place for all Senior Intercounty Football and Hurling Championship matches was passed but the motion proposing to substitute letters for numbers where a player has to replace his jersey having come off with a blood injury was defeated. All future elections at county convention will be by the PR voting system, and the rule forbidding an officer who has served in a position for five years serving in that position for a further five years now also applies for District Board officers. An important change for many clubs is the rule prohibiting advertising material relating to alcohol companies or public houses from appearing on playing gear in all grades up to and including minor level. Hotel names may be used.


Kerry face another stern test in Castlebar

Kerry senior footballers face another stern test when they travel to Castlebar on Sunday next to take on All Ireland runners-up, Mayo in round 3 of the Allianz Football league. Neither side have any points in the bag with Kerry going down to Dublin and Derry and Mayo going under to Kildare and Tyrone. Kerry will be hoping to improve on their disappointing showing against Derry last time out and no doubt manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice will be hoping to start the three match March programme with a victory. 

Kerry play Tyrone in Killarney on March 9th and Kildare in Newbridge the following week before finishing up with games against Westmeath in Mullingar on March 30th and Cork in Tralee on April 6th.


Colm Cooper on the mend

Colm Cooper has started the long road to recovery following surgery on both his knee fracture and ruptured cruciate ligament in Santry Sports Clinic on Friday last. We wish Colm the very best of luck in his efforts to regain fitness and hopefully it will not be long until we see the Dr Crokes man back in the green and gold.


Club Forum Forms

A questionnaire, based on the deliberations from the recent club Forum has been sent to all Clubs and District Board Committees as well as to Bórd na nÓg. All units are requested to return those questionaires by this weekend.


County Minor League Commences

The Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football League commences on this Saturday getting the new season underway for county competitions. There are eight divisions in all. Round 2 will still go ahead on Saturday March 8th. The exception to this being the Clubs involved in the Corn Uí Mhuirí final on that weekend. These games will be re-fixed for Saturday March 22nd unless both Clubs have an agreed date prior to that date.


Credit Union Senior Football League 

The Credit Union Senior Football League is just over three weeks away with Round 1 commencing on March 23rdand fixtures in all five Divisions are already with the clubs. The make-up of Division 5 has been completed with Kerins O’Rahillys B opting out of the senior league but Kilgarvan have now re-entered and Dr Crokes “B” will also take part in the league this year.


Coaching Officers Meet

A meeting for Club Coaching Officers will take place in Austin Stack Park Tralee on this Wednesday 26th February at 7.30pm. All coaches are asked to attend.


Corn Uí Mhuirí Final

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne have qualified for the Corn Uí Mhuirí final following their semi final victory over St Brendans College Killarney on Saturday last, The final, against DLS Macroom will be played on Saturday March 8th.


Munster Junior B Final

Due to the difficult weather conditions the Munster Junior “B” Final featuring Asdee v Charleville due to take place on Sunday last was postponed for a second time to a later date. St. Patricks weekend has now been mentioned as a possible date for the fixture to go ahead. 


Scór Sinsir

Despite a rather disappointing attendance there was plenty talent on view at the Community Centre Asdee on Saturday night last where the North Kerry Finals of Senior Scór took place. Six Clubs took part, Asdee, Moyvane, Ballydonoghue, Beale, Duagh and St. Senans. Fear A Tí for the occasion was North Kerry Board Secretary Mick Flavin who did a fine job keeping everything running smoothly on the night. It proved to be an historic night for the Moyvane Club when they got through in both Solo Singing and Recitation and to cap a wonderful evening they were awarded the Best Overall Club County Finals will be staged in the Fossa Community Centre Fossa on Saturday March 15th commencing at 6pm.

The following were the winners on the night: 
Figure Dancing: Duagh
Solo Singing: Moyvane, Liam Corridan
Instrumental Music:
 Ballydonoghue
Recitation: Moyvane, James Fogarty
Set Dancing: Beale

The East Kerry Board also held their District Finals at the Fossa Community Centre on Saturday evening last where four clubs took part. Spa, Glenflesk, Kilcummin and Fossa The victors were as follows;
Figure Dancing: Glenflesk
Solo Singing: Spa, Aiden Moynihan
Recitation: Spa Ray O’Sullivan
Instrumental Music: Fossa
Ballad Group: Kilcummin
Leiriu: Spa
Set Dancing: Kilcummin

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


Scór Quiz

It is very important to note that the format for the Scór Sinsir Quiz has changed. It now consists of a one night County Table Quiz. All clubs will come together on the evening of the County Senior Finals to be held in Fossa Saturday March 15th with the outright winner going through to represent the County at the All Ireland Finals in Castlebar. Clubs interested in taking part should contact their District Board Scór officer as soon as possible.

All Ireland Scór na nÓg finals

Pride of place this week must go the Spa Club, Killarney who will be representing both their Club and County in three out of the eight disciplines at the All Ireland Finals of Scór Na nÓg which will take place at the Travellers Friend, Castlebar on this Saturday March 1st commencing at 3pm. Prior to that however, the All Ireland Finals of Tráth Na gCeisteanna will have a starting time of 1pm in G.M.I.T with Spa also involved. So on behalf of everybody involved in Scór in the County we would like to wish the following competitors, tutors and the Spa Club the very best in their quest for All Ireland glory.

Recitation: Allison Fitzmartin
Set Dancing: Aíne Brosnan, Anna O’Connor, Rachel Moynihan, Erin Holland,
Eoin O’Donoghue, Kianan O’Doherty, Liam Spillane, Gary O’Sullivan
Quiz: Thomas Fleming, Michael Aherne, James Lynch, Níamh Clifford.