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PRO Weekly GAA Scene February 5th 2014 2014-02-05 14:56:00

Dubs Down Kerry

Kerry will certainly be disappointed with leaving at least a point behind them in Croke Park in the opening round of the Allianz League against Dublin on Saturday night last when they came out the wrong end of a 2-8 to 1-10 scoreline. Still, there were plenty positives for the Kerry Management given some fine displays by some of the newer players in particular. The final third of a game is never a good time to have a score drought and so it proved again on Saturday last but overall it was a very good occasion to blood some new faces and hopefully, these players will learn from experiencing such a high intensity game. 

Kerry take on Derry in Allianz League

Following the floodlit fanfare in Croke Park on Saturday evening last, it’s back to Austin Stack Park for the Kerry footballers on Sunday when they take on Derry in Round 2 of the Allianz League at the earlier throw in time of 1:30pm. After the disappointment of coming away from headquarters empty handed, no doubt Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice will be targeting this game to get points on the League table. Kerry fans will be eager to see some of the newer faces in the Kingdom’s squad close up especially given the fact that only three of Kerry’s League games are on home soil. Derry will travel with confidence following a tremendous fight-back against neighbours Tyrone in Celtic Park last weekend which saw them come from seven points in arrears to earn a draw. 

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

Kerry supporters attending Sunday’s Allianz League game against Derry will see a change in 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 in the Austin Stack Park Car Park from a specially adapted van equipped with ticketing facilities - get your ticket at the van and that gets you entry through the stiles. Any concessions for such as OAP, Student etc must produce a valid ID.

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 Austin Stack Park!

Paul Galvin announces his retirement from Intercounty Football

Paul Galvin, who announced his retirement from intercounty football on Saturday evening last, bows out of the limelight at the end of an honours-laden career that saw him win 4 All Ireland Senior titles, 3 All Star Awards and a Footballer of the Year award in 2009. His career in the Green and Gold jersey stretched all the way back to his minor days in 1997. The 34 years old Finuge clubman made his Championship debut against Limerick in 2003 but it was under Jack O’Connor’s managerial reign that he really blossomed winning his first All Ireland and National League double in his first full championship year in 2004 after which he received his first All Star. From there on he made the number 10 jersey his own becoming a firm favourite with the Kerry faithful and playing 55 Championship games scoring 1-51 in the process. Paul often got in hot water with referees but more often than not he was sinned against more than sinning. 

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice, was full of praise for his fellow clubman; “On behalf of the players and the management I would like to congratulate Paul Galvin on his retirement. He had a fantastic career winning everything in the game. Paul’s passion for Kerry was obvious to everyone every time he took to the field. His best trait is his honesty which meant he was a great team mate and very important in our dressing room. Paul had a massive desire to keep improving himself and because of this constant pursuit of excellence his game evolved over the course of his career as he developed into a key creative player. He worked very hard on his conditioning and on his football to be the best and is a great example to our younger players of how ambition and belief combined with hard work pays off. I wish him the best in all his future endeavours. He has the personality and the understanding of the game to be a manager and I could see him managing Kerry teams some day. His spirit, drive and most of all his winning mentality will be missed. His heroics in the Kerry jersey will never be forgotten”.

Kerry fans will have many happy memories of Paul’s time in the Kerry jersey and on behalf of Kerry supporters everywhere we wish him every good wish for the future.

Club Officer training for 2014

Club Officer Training for Kerry Clubs will take place on this Wednesday 5th February at Killorglin Community College commencing at 7.30pm sharp and at a Tralee venue (yet to be named) on Wednesday February 12th. 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. 

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”. Speaker: Eamon O’Sullivan, Chairperson Munster Club and County Support Committee and Kerry Central Council Delegate.

•Fixtures, Transfers, Sanctions, Insurance, Tickets, Correspondence (Email) and I.T., Club AGMs, Role of Club Delegate, Club Grants – Applications and Procedures. Speakers: Peter Twiss, Secretary Kerry County Committee and Tim Murphy Development Officer Kerry County Committee.

•Club Financial Matters. Speaker: Dermot Weeshie Lynch, Treasurer Kerry County Committee.

•Coaching & Games Development. Speaker: Donal Daly, Kerry Coaching and Games Development.

•Teamwork in Administration. “The Importance of working together to have successful club”. 

Speaker: Tim Murphy, Development Officer, Kerry County Committee

Keel bow out of Junior Club Championship

On a horrendous day for a game, Keel bowed out of the All Ireland Junior Club championship when going down by the minimum margin to Roscommon champions Fuerty at Rathkeale on Saturday last. This match had of course been postponed on the previous weekend due to flooding in the Gaelic Grounds, and no doubt were it not for the fact that the four finals in both football an hurling were already pencilled in for 8th/9th of February in Croke Park than I am sure that Saturday’s game would not have gone ahead. Either way, the Roscommon club is through to the final where they will play Two Mile House of Kildare.

Meanwhile, Dr Crokes continue their preparations for the All Ireland senior Club Championship semi-final against Castlebar Mitchels on Saturday February 15th in Portlaoise at 3pm. On the same day, St Vincents will play Ballinderry in Newry at 5pm.

New Rules Briefing Sessions Continue

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

Kerry GAA Fundraising Car Draw Launched

The Kerry GAA Fundraising Draw was jointly launched in Croke Park on Friday evening last by Kerry legend Jack O’Shea and current star, Donnchadh Walsh. Members of the Kerry Association Dublin were present along with officers of the Kerry County Committee led by chairman Patrick O’Sullivan. Like last year’s draw, the big prize is a new Opel Insignia sponsored by Aherns of Castleisland. The €10 ticket gives the purchaser a chance to win the car or any number of fantastic consolation prizes including a Holiday for 2 in New York for 7 days. Tickets are already on sale.

National GAA Draw

Thirty eight Kerry clubs have entered the National GAA Draw and tickets are now available from the office in Austin Stack Park. 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 refixed

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.