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PRO Weekly GAA Scene January 16th 2014 2014-01-16 15:14:00

Kerry Supporters Club Social

The Kerry GAA Supporters Club Annual Social takes pride of place this coming Saturday night in the Ballygarry House Hotel. 

Guest of honour will be Ambrose O’Donovan, the one and only 1984 Centenary Year Captain. A firm favourite with Kerry supporters during his playing career for his no nonsense style of play, Ambrose was catapulted into the limelight following John O’Keeffe’s retirement after the first round of the Munster championship in 1984. Sean Walsh was moved to full back in place of O’Keeffe and O’Donovan made his championship debut alongside the legendary Jack O’Shea against Cork in the subsequent Munster final. The rest as they say, is history and the Gneeveguilla man, just 22 years of age, went on to become one of the youngest captains ever to lift the Sam Maguire Cup. He played in 23 championship games between 1984 and 1992, winning 3 All Ireland titles and scoring 1-6 before retiring in early ’93. He made his Kerry senior debut in the 1981/82 League and played 58 times in that competition scoring 5-12 in the process. 

O’Donovan first came to prominence in 1978 as a 16 year old midfielder when winning a Vocational Schools All Ireland double with Rathmore and Kerry and a year later he won the first of 3 O’Donoghue Cup (East Kerry Championship) medals with Gneeveguilla. He played in 2 All Ireland Minor finals, 1979 (beaten by Dublin) and 1980 (beat Derry).

Other guests on Saturday night include eight time All-Star winner Colm Cooper and first time All-Star winner James O’Donoghue, Kerry under 21B All Ireland Hurling captain Brendan O'Leary, All Ireland Minor B Hurling captain Jason Wallace, Handball administrator Christopher Moriarty and many other guests on the night. Music is by Neily O’Connor. Tickets at €35 are still available from Club officers and committee members. 

The Supporters Club are already planning ahead for the Kerry / Dublin Allianz League game on the 1st of February in Croke Park which is an overnight trip. Enquiries to John King, Donal O'Leary and Martin Leane . The next overnight trip is to Mayo on Saturday 1st of March when Kerry take on Mayo in Castlebar.

Kerry take on Cork in McGrath Cup Final

Kerry have qualified to meet Cork in the McGrath Cup final at the Mallow GAA Complex on Sunday next (2pm) following a 2-12 to 0-13 semi-final victory over a plucky CIT side at the John Mitchels Club Grounds on Sunday last. Kerry manager, Eamonn Fitzmaurice, afterwards described Kerry’s display as a Jekyl and Hyde performance and that probably summed it up best on an afternoon when Kerry mixed some fine football and movement with some ordinary enough passages of play. Kerry certainly put in a very workmanlike performance against opposition that were also very much up for the game but they will certainly face a stiffer examination of their well-being when they face the Rebel county next weekend. Cork’s new manager Brian Cuthbert, will no doubt be anxious to get off to a winning start against the Kingdom while his Kerry counterpart, Eamonn Fitzmaurice, will hardly want to give ground in his first joust with the new Rebel boss. The fixture will be ideal preparation for the commencement of the Allianz League two weeks later when Kerry travel to Croke Park to take on Dublin and Cork have a home tie with Westmeath.

Opel Insignia goes to Gneeveguilla

Congratulations to Avril Duggan, Banard, Gneeveguilla, Rathmore who this week drove away with a 2014 Opel Insignia after winning the Kerry GAA Car Raffle at County Convention in December. 

Chairman of the Kerry County Committee, Patrick O’Sullivan, congratulated Avril on winning the car and presented her with the keys to the 2014 model at Aherns Garage, Castleisland. In his address the Chairman thanked our associate sponsors, Aherns Opel & BMW dealers of Castleisland, for all their help and support throughout the year and also thanked everyone who purchased a ticket for the draw. 

All monies raised in the draw are used to support the training and preparation of our inter-county teams, both football & hurling. We look forward to another great year on the field of play and wish all our Teams the very best of luck.

Club Forum Just over a week away

The Club Forum, which will deal with issues that are of major concern to clubs throughout the county right now is just over a week away and will be held in the Manor West Hotel in Tralee on Saturday week, January 25th.
Attendees will be divided into ten tables and the following topics will be covered in the forum, each being discussed individually in a workshop system for 30 minutes. A summary of the main suggestions on each topic will be delivered on the day with a more comprehensive report to follow by the end of February.

•Club sustainability 

(a) When should clubs be mandated to amalgamate?
(b) Should clubs be able to exist without underage teams?
(c) How can we attract enthusiastic & committed volunteers, including former players into our Club Coaching and administration? 

•Coiste na nÓg 

(a) How would you describe the relationship between your Coiste na nÓg and Senior Club?
(b) Should the chairman of Coiste na nÓg be a vice chairman of the club?
(c) Are the present range of competitions and games enhancing our underage development & game?

•Club Administration & Communication

(a) How would you describe the communication within your club? Where can it be strengthened?
(b) What areas of communication within the County, Divisional and Club can be improved? How can we do this? Give examples?
(c) Do 2 or 3 people do everything in your club? If not, how does your club operate? Is there a good system of delegation?
(d) Does your club delegate have a forum at your executive meeting to report back from County Committee meeting. 

•Championship Structures

(a) Is there a need to change the County Championship?
(b) Why? Describe your vision of a successful County Championship 
(c) What clubs/teams are eligible to play in Senior Football Championship?

•County Committee & District Board Administration

(a) Do we have too many District Boards?
(b) Do you see your County Committee Delegate as a member of the County Committee or as your club representative at County Committee?

•Coaching & Games Development

(a) Is there too much emphasis by GDA on schools and not enough in clubs?
(b) Do you think the GDA should coach Hurling & Football?
(c) Are we getting value for money from the current coaching structure?
(d) What is your vision of a successful coaching structure in a club? 

As can be seen, there is quite a broad range of topics many of which are the focus of debate at the moment. All Chairpersons, Secretaries, and Coiste na nÓg representatives from each club are asked to attend. The Forum will commence at 10.15am and all attendees to be at the venue for 9.30am for tea/coffee and registration.

Lunch will be served and clubs are asked to notify the county secretary of their intention to attend.

New Rules Briefing Sessions

The Tralee and St Brendans District Boards, in conjunction with the Referees Committee, will hold a briefing session on the new so called Black Card Rules in the Kerins O’Rahilly’s clubhouse on this Wednesday evening commencing at 8pm. The information evening is open to all, including Club Officers, Coaches, Players, Referees and Press. Briefing sessions for North Kerry, Mid Kerry, West Kerry and South Kerry will take place at a later date. East Kerry have already held a briefing session.

Referees In-Service Meetings

The Kerry GAA Referees Committee have organised a number of in-service training sessions for existing referees starting with the East and Kenmare Divisional Boards on Monday 20th January @7:30 pm and continuing with the South/Mid/West Boards on Wednesday 22nd January in the Killorglin Day Care Centre also at 7:30. Finally, the Tralee/St Brendans/North District Boards will meet in Kerins O’Rahillys Clubhouse on Monday January 27th.

Kerry Association London AGM

The Kerry Association London will hold its annual general meeting at The Kingdom Bar on the Kilburn High Road on Wednesday January 22 at 730pm sharp and Kerry folk from across the capital are invited to attend and have say on how the association should be run in 2014.

Munster Scór na nÓg Semi Finals

Kerry clubs had a very successful evening at the Munster Semi finals of Scór na nÓg in Millstreet on Sunday last when all bar one of their representatives qualified for the Munster finals to be staged in staged in the Youth Centre, Mallow on Sunday January 26th. The All Ireland Finals will take place at the Royal Theatre, Castlebar, County Mayo on Saturday March 1st.

So congratulations to Spa in the Figure Dancing, Set Dancing and Recitation, Fossa in the Instrumental Music, Keel in the Ballad Group, and Na Gaeil in the Leiriú. Commiserations to Orla Keane of Ballymacelligott in the Solo Singing 

Scór Meeting

A meeting of Coiste Scór Chiarraí will take place on Thursday next the 16th January at 8pm in The Pavilion Austin Stack Park. All Club and District Scór Officers are invited.