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PRO GAA Scene September 17th 2014 2014-09-17 21:14:00

Kerry go in search of All Ireland glory – on the double!

With Sunday’s All Ireland Finals in Croke Park fast approaching, excitement is reaching fever pitch in the Kingdom as Kerry prepares to go head to head with Donegal for the most coveted prize in Irish sport. The fact that the Minors have also qualified for the final adds even more spice to the occasion and no doubt upwards of 15,000 will make the exodus to Croke Park – the county’s first final since 2011 and the first “double up” since 2006 when the Minors were most unlucky not to add the minor crown to the senior victory.

From Clare to Here!

Following a far from convincing AFL campaign, Kerry got their championship season up and running with a routine victory over Clare in Ennis and they then went on to surprise everyone – bar themselves – when overwhelming Cork in Páirc Uí Chaóimh. That victory over the Rebels soon endeared this Kerry team to the Kerry public and it is fair to say that that the good will kept growing apace until it grew to overwhelming proportions following the replayed semi final victory over Mayo.

What of the Tír Chonaill men?

When the All Ireland series began in earnest in Croke Park in August, Kerry and Mayo were being spoken of in equal proportions as probable All Ireland finalists. However, on the other side of the draw Dublin dominated every discussion and Donegal were thought of as mere fodder for the marauding Dubs machine. We all know what happened in the semi final, and given  the way Dublin fell apart when Donegal put on the pressure, we may not even know Donegal’s true worth. Suffice to say that they remain serious title contenders.

Classic Showdown?

There is no doubt that whatever the result, Sunday’s meeting of Kerry and Donegal is sure to be spoken of for many a day. It will hardly be a classic in the mould of the recent Hurling counterpart, but it will be a surprise if the game is decided before the final few minutes.

Kerry seem to have go that rub of the green this year and there is no doubt that you need that little bit of luck along the championship route to glory. Kerry manager, Eamonn Fitzmaurice was quick to exclaim that “we are where we want to be” following that epic semi final win over Mayo. Let’s hope that Kerry go on and close the deal and I am sure I speak for every Kerry supporter all over the world when I wish the team and management the very best of luck on Sunday.

The senior final throws in at 3:30pm and will be refereed by Eddie Kinsella (Laois).

Kerry Chasing first Minor title since 1994

It’s hard to believe that Kerry will be chasing their first Minor title since 1994 when they take on Donegal in Sunday’s curtain raiser in Croke Park. Kerry have played five games en route to the decider, have been comfortable in all five victories but will know that Sunday’s encounter will be a season defining challenge. The backroom team headed up by manager Jack O’Connor, have worked extremely hard to get to this stage of the competition and no doubt they have left no stone unturned in an effort to bring back the Tom Markham Cup to the Kingdom. We wish them the very best of luck in their efforts to do so. The Minor Final throws in at 1:15 and it will be refereed by Fergal Kelly (Longford).

Tickets

There was good news for Kerry Supporters on Monday when a substantial second allocation of Tickets made its way to the Kingdom. All available tickets should be allocated by now and  Kerry County Committee  are confident that the Ticket supply will  meet the demand – the 2014 allocation is in excess of the 2011 number.

All 21 Post Primary Schools in Kerry have received All-Ireland Football Finals ticket allocations from Munster and  Kerry GAA. In addition Kerry GAA allocated 150 Terrace Tickets to be divided between each of the schools to hold a draw among the schools’ senior team players.

Kerry County Committee Office Opening Times

The Kerry County Committee Office opening Hours on Wednesday and Thursday of theis week are from 3pm to 5:30pm. The office is closed on Friday. Our thanks to office staff, Aileen, Breda and Kate for their excellent work over the last few weeks.

Kerry GAA Annual Golf Clasic

The annual Kerry GAA Golf Classic will be held in O’Mahony’s Point in the Killarney Golf Club on this coming Friday 19th September and no doubt, Tickets for the All Ireland finals will be just some of the fantastic prizes on offer on the day.

The Kerry Supporters Club in Dublin, under Luke Moriarty, will also be organising a Golf Classic on that day in Lucan Golf Club with same package as above.

All funds raised will go towards the training of the Kerry Minor and Senior football teams.

Kerry GAA Supporters Club – All Ireland Buses and Raffle

Kerry GAA Supporters Club, are, as usual, taking buses to Croke Park for the All Ireland finals on Sunday. Buses depart as follows:  Farranfore 6am; Tralee 6.30am and Listowel 7am.

The Kerry GAA Supporters Club Raffle Draw will be held on this Wednesday 17th September in the Ballygarry House Hotel and the results will be available on Radio Kerry after the 10 o’clock news that night.

After Match Function in Dublin

The after match function for Kerry GAA supporters will be held in the old Jurys Hotel, formerly the D4, now known as the Ballsbridge Hotel.  Entry to this very popular event is strictly by ticket only; tickets cost €20 and are available from the Austin Stack Park (Wednesday and Thursday only, 3pm to 5:30pm)and the Kerry GAA Store in Killarney. Any unsold tickets will then be brought to Dublin and will be for sale at the venue on the night while stocks last. All proceeds from this function will go towards the Kerry team training fund. Why not come along and support both teams on the night.

Welcome Home

As usual, the Kerry Senior and Minor footballers will be welcomed back to the Kingdom on Monday evening. The teams are expected in Tralee shortly after 6pm and will be paraded to Denny St while subsequently the teams will travel to Killarney where they will make their way to the Glebe Car Park between 9 and 9:30pm. Our thanks to the organising committees in both towns, including the Municipal Councils, Kerry County Council, the Gardaí,  the East Kerry Board and Austin Stack Park Committee and many more who help out.

Hopefully we will have a double celebration to look forward to in both locations.

Annual Kerry GAA Churchgate Collection

Our thanks to everyone who supported the Annual Kerry GAA Church gate collection last weekend. All funds will go towards the training of the Kerry Senior and Minor Football teams for Sunday’s All Ireland finals. Reaching All Ireland finals at any level is a very costly exercise and even more so when there is a weekend double engagement in Croke Park. However, with the commitment that these two teams and management have given this year I am sure that every Kerry supporter will agree that they deserve the very best of treatment in their efforts to put Kerry on top of the football tree once again the generosity of the Kerry public will help to achieve that aim

Garveys Supervalu SFC Quarter Finals Fixed

The CCC has fixed dates and venues for the Garveys Supervalu SFC Quarter Finals; there will be double headers at Austin Stack Park and Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th October as the local championships swing back into action at the beginning of October. Fixtures are as follows:

Saturday  4th October - Austin Stack Pk

Shannon Rgs V South Kerry (4pm) and Dingle V Killarney Legion (5:30pm)

Sun 5th October - Fitzgerald Stadium

Mid Kerry V Laune Rangers (2pm) and Austin Stacks V West Kerry (4pm).

The semi finbals are fixed for October 12th and the County final is fixed for October 26th. The Kerry champions are away to the Tipperary champions on November 2nd in the Munster Club Championship.

Castleisland Mart Club Championships

The Castleisland Mart Intermediate Championsip semi finals will be played on the weekend of October 4th and 5th.  Spa play Glenflesk and Desmonds play Ardfert and as none of these teams are involved in senior championship this competition will progress to a conclusion in early October given the the Kerry winners will be out in the Munster Club Championship on October 26th with a home venue against the Clare representatives.

The Junior semi finals with Glenbeigh/Glencar playing  Brosna and Dromid Pearses playing  Duagh  will be played at the end of October/start of November given that players from some of these teams are involved in the senior county championship. The Kerry representatives are not in Munster Club action until November 23rd when they will play either the Clare or Cork representatives.

The Novice semi finals involving St Senans V Listry and Lispole  V Knocknagoshel are pencilled in for Oct 12th.

Credit Union Senior Football League

Last weekend’s action was confined to Divisions 4 and 5. In Division 4, Ballylongford and Churchill  drew  (0-15 to 3-6) a result that sees Churchill move into joint 3rd position on 10 points along with Beaufort, Castlegregory, Cordal and Fossa behind leaders Na Gaeil on 17 points and second placed Beale on 13 points. The other game in this Division, a top of the table clash of  Beale and Castlegregory in Ballybunion did not take place due to a mix up over a referee who eventually did turn up to find that Castlegregory had already left for home.

In Division 5, leaders St Senans mor or less guaranteed themselves promotion to Division 4 next season with a 3-14 to 0-6 win in Tuosist and Valentia had a big win over Clounmacon, 2-16 to 1-6.

Junior Football Roundup

Junior Football Leagues

There were two Junior Football League finals played last weekend

Group 1: Killarney Legion 2-10 Austin Stacks 1-13

Played in Derreen last Saturday evening,with weather conditions perfect Legion and Austin Stacks battled it out in the Junior County  League Group 1 final.  The first half lacked any real excitement, with the Tralee side enjoying more possession going in at the short whistle leading by 1-7 to 1-1 with both goals coming from the penalty spot. The second half really sprung to life as a contest with Legion enjoying a  good ten minute spell midway through the half when they scored 1-4 without reply to ensure this contest went down to the wire . Both teams shared the lead in the final minutes of an absorbing second half with the referee bringing proceedings to a close with the sides level on a 2-10 v 1-13 scoreline.

Group 3: Na Gaeil 2-10 An Ghaeltacht 1-12, In the Group 3 decider in Annascaul, Na Gaeil defeated An Ghaeltacht by the minimum margin.

Group 4: Waterville and Templenoe are in the final on a date to be fixed.

Junior Cup Competitions

The Junior Cup competitions are down to the finals in three of the four competitions.

Molyneaux Cup  

It’s a Dr Crokes v Kilcummin Final in the Molyneaux Cup - Dr Crokes defeated Austin Stacks by 2-12 to 2-7 in the semi final replay on Monday of last week and Kilcummin defeated Dingle in a high scoring encounter on Friday night last;  3-11 to 3-10.

McElligott Cup

Clounmacon are already in the final and in the other semi final, Gneeveguilla will play Kenmare who defeated Waterville by 1-10 to 0-8 on Friday evening last.

Barrett Cup  St Pats will play Beaufort in the final after Beaufort defeated St Marys last week by 3-12 to 1-15.

Cahill Cup Castlegregory will play Renard in the final.

Under 21 Club Championship

In the Under 21  Cup quarter finals played on Friday last, An Ghaeltacht defeated Austin Stacks, Templenoe defeated Glenflesk, Rathmore got a W.O. from St Pats/Na Gaeil while Dingle have yet to  play Dr Crokes in the remaining quarter final,

In the Under 21 Shield, Desmonds defeated Kerins O’Rahillys by 5-11 to 3-7  and will now play Beaufort in the final.

Hurling News with Tommy O’Connor of the PR & Marketing Committee

Lixnaw to play Kilmoyley in SHC Final

Lixnaw and Kilmoyley will contest the Final of the 2014 Garvey’s SuperValu Co. Senior Hurling Championship. Lixnaw had a 1 point win over St. Brendan’s, 0 - 14 to 0 - 13 in a thrilling semi-final on Saturday evening last.

The final is scheduled for Sunday, 28th September and It will be preceded by the final of the 2014 Co. Intermediate Hurling Championship between Kenmare and Dr. Crokes.

Co. Minor Championship

In the replay of the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Co. Minor Championship quarter final tie played at Kilgarvan last Sunday, South Kerry had a 3 - 14 to 1 - 7 win over St. Brendan’s.

Both semi-finals go ahead on this Friday evening, 19th September at 6.00p.m. Ballyduff will meet Lixnaw at Abbeydorney and the Abbeydorney/Crotta combination play South Kerry at Austin Stack Park.

Co. Junior Championships

In the curtain raiser at Austin Stack Park last Saturday, St. Pat’s (East Kerry) had a 2 – 7 to 1 – 8 win over Duagh. A dramatic last minute goal by Anthony Brohan snatched victory for St. Pat’s, who had a player sent off in the first half. Duagh played impressively and led by 1- 5 to 0 - 4 at the break. A Terry Ahern goal brought St Pat’s back into the game and kept them in touch but it took Brohan's long delivery that went all the way to the net, to separate the sides in the end. St. Pat’s will now meet Kenmare ‘B’ in the Final.

Co. Hurling League

Lady’s Walk defeated Kilmoyley by 2 - 20 to 0 - 13 in a back game in the Credit Union Co. Senior Hurling League Division 2. This leaves Causeway on top of the table with 16 points from 9 games, followed closely by Lady’s Walk on 13 points (8 games), Kilmoyley on 12 points (7 games) and Lixnaw on 7 points (6 games). A number of back games are scheduled over the next few weeks.

Clubs

Tralee Parnell’s continue their Friday evening under 6 and under 8 coaching sessions at Caherslee each Friday at 7.00p.m. during September. New children from 6 years and over welcome. Come along and give it a try.

At Abbeydorney on Thursday last, St. Brendan’s won the 2014 Co. Under 16 hurling championship with a 2 - 13 to 0 - 11 win over Lixnaw. 

Crotta O’Neill’s hosted the very successful annual Eddie Hayes Under 13 Ground Hurling Tournament at Dromakee last Saturday. 8 teams competed - Abbeydorney, Ballyduff (2 teams), Kilmoyley, Kenmare, Lixnaw and host club Crotta (2 teams). After a great day’s activity, Ballyduff won the Eddie Hayes Cup with a 5 point win over Crotta in the Final. Lixnaw defeated Kenmare in the Shield Final.