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PRO Weekly GAA Scene February 13th 2014 2014-02-13 14:54:00

Kerry Fail to take chances and pay the price
Well Kerry are pointless after the second round of the Allianz League and one would have to concede that Sunday’s game turned out to be a deserved victory (0-16 to 0-14) for visitors Derry at Killarney’s Fitzgerald Stadium, simply because Derry took the majority of chances that came their way.

It had all started so well for the home-side being three points up inside the opening five minutes and indeed there should have been more scores on the board for the Kingdom given the amount of possession they enjoyed. Derry were level however by the fifteenth minute and then Peter Crowley received a Black Card and from there on the Oak Leaf side seemed to be that little bit sharper especially in front of goal. Certainly being a point down at the break having had whatever wind advantage there was on offer, must not have been a great confidence booster for the Kingdom.

Fifteen minutes into the second half, Kerry had fought back to be on level terms and were playing far better but then Derry hit the home-side for three points within two minutes, all from play, and thereafter Kerry were always playing catch-up.

Kerry now have a three week break before travelling to Castlebar to take on Mayo, who are also pointless, on March 2nd. None of those on the injured list will have resumed by then so Kerry face an uphill battle indeed given that a rejuvenated Tyrone return to Fitzgerald Stadium on March 9th. 

Kerry’s remaining games in the League in March are away to Kildare on March 16th, and away to Westmeath on March 30th. Kerry finish off the League with Cork in Tralee.

Second Club Officer training night this Wednesday – Postponed Due to Weather

The second Club Officer Training session for Kerry Clubs will take place on this Wednesday 12th 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. 

The first course, held on Wednesday evening last in Killlorglin was very successful with over 60 in attendance which was very encouraging.

Among the items on the agenda are the following:
• Officer Roles, Administration and Teamwork, “Integrating our Clubs’ Senior and Coiste na nÓg sections and keeping our Club at the centre of the Community”. 
• Fixtures, Transfers, Sanctions, Insurance, Tickets, Correspondence (Email) and I.T., Club AGMs, Role of Club Delegate, Club Grants – Applications and Procedures. 
• Club Financial Matters. 
• Coaching & Games Development. Speaker: Donal Daly, Kerry Coaching and Games Development.
• Teamwork in Administration. “The Importance of working together to have a successful club”. 
County Committee Meeting
A meeting of the county committee will be held in Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on Monday evening next (17th) at 8pm. All delegates are asked to attend.

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.

Asdee’s Munster Junior Final 

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

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.

GAA Congress

This year’s annual congress, to be held in Croke Park, is just over a week away and Kerry’s Sean Walshe will be putting the finishing touches to his campaign to become only the second Kerryman to be elected to the highest post in the GAA, that of Uáchtarán. 

The past couple of months have seen a gruelling campaign being undertaken by the Moyvane man and hopefully this will bear fruit when the votes are counted on Friday week. It all comes down to a three way race between Sean, Cavan’s Aogan Farrell 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. We wish Sean the very best of luck.

Corn Uí Mhuirí Semi final is an all Kerry affair

Pobascoil Chorca Dhuibhne qualified for a winner takes all semi final meeting with St Brendans College of Killarney on Saturday 22nd of February at a venue to be decided following their 1-13 to 2-7 victory over Colaiste Críost Rí in last Saturday’s quarter final refixture. The second semi-final between DLS Macroom and St Fachtnas did not go ahead as planned last weekend.

Minor Football Leagues

The Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Leagues which were due to commence on February 22nd have had to be rescheduled somewhat following the new fixture schedule for the Munster Colleges Corn Uí Mhuirí competition. So before a ball is kicked in local competitions, the master fixture calendar has had to be altered. The first round of the Minor County League will now commence on March 1st while Round 2 will remain at March 8th with clubs affected by the Corn Uí Mhuirí final having their Round 2 games put back to Saturday March 22nd.

Coiste Scór Chiarraí

This Wednesday February 12th is the closing date for anybody who may wish to put in their order for All Ireland tickets for the upcoming All Ireland Scór Na nÓg Finals which will be held in the “Travellers Friend” Castlebar on Saturday March 1st

Admission to the Travellers Friend Hotel will be €20 each. Contact Coiste Scór Chiarraí Secretary, Maureen O’Shea at 087 9795220 or secretary.scor.kerry@gaa.ie immediately.