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PRO Weekly GAA Scene February 20th 2014 2014-02-20 14:54:00

GAA Congress sees Kerry’s Sean Walsh bid for Uachtarán CLG.
The annual congress of the GAA will be held in Croke Park this weekend and will see Kerry’s Sean Walsh bid to become only the second Kerryman to become Uachtarán of the most powerful sporting body in this island. Congress commences on Friday evening and no doubt the Moyvane man will be busy between now and then tidying up any loose votes. 

�In a departure from normal procedure, the President elect, will be chosen on Friday evening with voting timed for 8:30pm and the result of the ballot being announced an hour later. It all comes down to a three way race between Sean, Cavan’s Aogán Ó Fearghail and Wexford’s Seamus Howlin with the winner becoming Uáchtarán Tofa for a year before taking over the Presidency following the completion of Liam O’Neill’s term of office in 2015. 

Joining the race for the Presidency of the GAA was of course seen as a natural progression for the North Kerryman. He had a distinguished playing career with his beloved Moyvane� (he played until the ripe old age of 42!) and Feale Rangers with whom he won two senior county football championship medals and held the position of Chairman of his club for a twelve year period. He was Kerry County Development Officer for ten years and emerged as county Chairman in succession to Sean Kelly in 1998 and held down that position for another ten years. Having served his time as Vice Chairman of the Munster Council he became Chairman of the Provincial body in 2010 and completed his three year term last February.

He has previous Croke Park experience at committee level, is regarded as a man with his finger on the pulse and is never slow to speak his mind. He faces a tough battle this weekend as both of his opponents in the race come with a large provincial backing. However, Walsh has survived many tight battles when it comes to the GAA ballot box� and no doubt the Kerryman is quietly confident that he can do so again.

Sean is an ESB shift operative based in Tarbert, is married to Kilmoyley woman Patricia and they have two children, Kieran and Padraig. On behalf Coiste Chontae Chiarraí and all Kerry Gaels, we wish Sean and his family the very best of luck on Friday evening.

Dr Crokes fail to recover from Cooper’s loss

Dr Crokes never fully recovered from the loss through injury of their talisman, Colm Cooper after twenty minutes of their Club semi final meeting with Castlebar Mitchels at Portlaoise on Saturday last (3-13 to 1-11). One will never know what the All Star’s loss was to the Black and Amber side but it is safe to say that his departure had a profound effect on the subsequent outcome of the game.

The Killarney side had recovered from a shaky start to be on level terms by the end of the first quarter and were beginning to force the pace with fine points from Alan O’Sullivan and Cooper but it was to be Cooper’s last involvement in the game after he fell awkwardly on his knee just after scoring and he limped out of the game in distress to be replaced by Miceál Burns. Worse was to come for Crokes as Mitchels immediately struck for a goal by Patrick Durcan after a great save by David Moloney but Crokes hit back for a goal of their own when Miceal Burns found Kieran O’Leary with a fine pass and O’Leary buried it in the net. The Mayo side finished the half stronger however with three points to lead by 1-7 to 1-6 at the break.

Points were traded freely on the resumption but then Dr Crokes were dealt a blow with Mitchels finding the net for a second time. However, when they fought back manfully to level the game with three fantastic points and thirteen minutes remaining on the clock, one sensed that the pendulum had swung back in favour of the Black and Amber side once again. It was not to be however as a physically stronger Mayo outfit imposed their will on the game thereafter with three quick points giving them the cushion to go on and win the game holding their opponents scoreless for the remaining thirteen minutes in the process.

So for the third year on the trot, Dr Crokes go out at the semi final stage of the Club championship and are left to wonder just what might have been had Colm Cooper remained on the field of play. A disappointing end once again to their club championship odyssey.

Colm Cooper

I am sure I speak for all Kerry Gaels when I wish Colm Cooper a full and speedy recovery from the ruptured cruciate ligament injury he received playing for Dr Crokes in the Club Championship semi final on Saturday last. Since making his championship debut against Limerick back in 2002 Colm has been an ever present on the Kerry championship team making 76 consecutive appearances� for his beloved green and gold and following his recuperation, I am sure that he will add many more memorable games to that tally.

Credit Union Senior Football League 

The Credit Union Senior Football League is just over four weeks away and fixtures in all five Divisions are already with the clubs following completion of the make-up of Division 5. Kerins O’Rahillys B� have opted out of the senior league but Kilgarvan struggling for some time with numbers, have now re-entered the League. Dr Crokes “B” will take part in the league this year.

Second Club Officer training night this Wednesday 

The second Club Officer Training session for Kerry Clubs, postponed last week due to weather conditions, has been re-arranged for this Wednesday 19th February in the John Mitchels complex in Tralee commencing at 7.30pm.� The course, organised by county Development Officer Tim Murphy, is aimed at up-skilling club officers at both senior and Bórd na nÓg levels, especially newer chairpersons, secretaries and treasurers. A separate course for PROs will be delivered in early March. Any club officer who was unable to attend the first meeting may attend Wednesday night’s event.

New Rules Briefing Session for South Kerry

The South Kerry Board in conjunction with the Referees Committee will hold the rescheduled briefing session on the new so called Black Card Rules in Caherciveen on this Wednesday evening commencing at 8pm. The information evening is open to all, including Club Officers, Coaches, Players, Referees and Press.

Coaching Officers Meet

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

Scór Sinsir

The best of music, song, dance and act will be very much to the fore at two different venues� on this Saturday evening February 22nd with two Divisional finals of Scór Sinsir down for decision. The Community Centre Asdee will host the North Kerry Finals sponsored by Tom O’Sullivan Agri, which will be getting underway at 7pm while on the same night, the� Fossa Community Centre will stage the East Kerry Finals of Senior Scór� which will have a starting time of 6pm sharp. The county finals of Scór Sinsir will be held on Saturday 15th March in Fossa Community Centre. Kerry have a bye to the Munster which will be held in Limerick on April 5th.

Minor County Leagues

The 1st round of the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor County Football League has been put back by one week from February 22nd to Saturday March 1st. This is due to the Corn Uí Mhuirí semi final being re-fixed for February 22nd and up to 10 Kerry Clubs being involved in same. In the event of 2 teams who are not involved in the colleges fixture and wanting to retain the original date, this can be arranged by contacting Coaching Officer Eamonn Whelan.

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 this.

Corn Uí Mhuirí Semi final is an all Kerry affair

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhneand St Brendans College of Killarney clash in a winners take all Corn Uí Mhuirí (Munster Colleges Senior Football) semi final on this Saturday in the Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney at 1:30pm the venue being agreed on by both sides.
The second semi-final between DLS Macroom and St Fachtnas will also go ahead on Saturday.

National GAA Draw

Thirty eight Kerry clubs have entered the National GAA Draw and tickets are now available from the participating clubs. All income from the ticket sales can be retained by the Clubs while some fantastic prizes will be provided by Croke Park chief among them a trip for 2 people to the International Rules Series in Australia later this year including flights, accommodation and match tickets. Tickets are just €10 each and all stubs must be returned by March 2nd.

Gaeltacht Grants

Clubs are reminded the Gaeltacht grant application forms for the coming year are now available from District Board Secretaries. Grants are limited to one or two per club, depending on take-up, and completed forms should be returned to Cultural Officer Leona Twiss in Austin Stack Park. Grants are awarded on a 'first come, first served' basis and the scheme only applies to Coláistí Chorca Dhuibhne.

Asdee’s Munster Junior Final 

Asdee’s Munster Junior “B” championship final against Charleville, postponed prior to Christmas, has been refixed for Sunday next February 23rd at the same venue, Knockaderry in South Limerick.

Kerry GAA Supporters Club

The Kerry GAA Supporters Club will hold their Annual General Meeting in The Ballygarry House Hotel on Monday 17th February commencing at 8pm.