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PRO GAA Scene September 8th 2014 2014-09-08 21:17:00

The All Ireland Countdown is on in earnest!

With tickets about to be distributed to the Clubs, you know for definite that the countdown to the All Ireland final is on in earnest. This will be a particularly busy week in training given that no strenuous training was done last week following the bruising encounter with Mayo.

Last weekend was a very busy one for both Minor and Senior teams in the lead up to the finals. On Friday night the Minor team had a pre final Press conference and on Saturday, their Senior counterparts had a similar event in Fitzgerald Stadium though it must be said, there was very little similarity in the size of both. Gone are the days when half a dozen “hacks” were sent to the “wilds of Kerry” from the capital to gather a few articles for use in the national papers. Last Saturday began with exclusive interviews for the Sunday game, more interviews over the phone, a full Kerry training session behind closed doors and a press briefing that lasted three hours! The press corps included seven TV crews, six Radio Stations, over twenty newspaper journalists and a host of photographers.

Saturday also saw an Open Day for the Supporters and a huge crowd turned out to greet their footballing heroes who returned the compliment by signing autographs and standing for photos for over an hour and a half. Our thanks to all the players for their co-operation on the day and indeed to the supporters for the colour and atmosphere they generated. During the course of the numerous interviews performed by Eamonn Fitzmaurice, he remarked on the tremendous support received from the Kerry supporters during the championship, especially in Limerick and particularly during extra time when he said the support helped to push the team over the line.

It is now time to get the colour out and show your support for the two teams in their efforts to bring home the silverware.

Tickets, Tickets, Tickets …..

The cost of All Ireland Final tickets remain the same as last year with Covered Stand Tickets costing €80 and Terrace tickets costing €40.

Club Distribution of Tickets

Ticket distribution to the Clubs will take place on this Wednesday from 4 to 7pm in Austin Stack Park. The Club allocation is by collection only so most clubs will have their allocation on Wednesday and Clubs will be in a position to distribute them to their members thereafter.

Kerry GAA 5 Year Ticket Scheme

All members of the 2013-17 Ticket Scheme are requested to apply for scheme ticket (s) as soon as possible. All application should be received not later than this Wednesday 10th September and must include cash/cheque and SAE otherwise tickets will not be allocated. There will be no collection facility available for Scheme Tickets. One ticket per each unit. Applications should be sent to "An Runaí, Kerry Co. Board, Austin Stack Park, Box 125, Tralee, Co. Kerry" and must quote the Scheme Registration Number.

Early last year it was difficult to sell that scheme with the general opinion at the time being  Kerry  would not be back in a final for a long time. Subsequently, the Kingdom came very close last year and we are in the final this year – so those people are rewarded in the second year of the scheme.

All Ireland Final Ticket Raffle for Kerry Minor and Senior Team Training Fund.

The Kerry Supporters Club is once again fundraising for the Kerry teams training fund.  Having two teams in The All Ireland is a fantastic achievement for The Kingdom and as well as supporting both teams’  training any purchaser is in with a chance to win brilliant prizes- All of the 10 prizes include a pair of All Ireland Tickets.  The prizes for the raffle are:

1 st prize:  Two All Ireland Tickets, plus two night’s accommodation in Dublin.

2nd prize: Two All Ireland tickets and one years’ membership of the Kerry GAA’s Lotto

3rd Prize: Two All Ireland tickets and free transport for two on Kerry Supporters coach to All Ireland Final.

4th to 10th  Prizes: Two All Ireland Tickets

Entry to the raffle is €5 per line. The Raffle tickets are being distributed around the County this week.

 Further information may be got from any member of the supporters club including Martin Leane (068) 48116, Donie O'Leary (064) 7758099 or John King (066) 7124229

Draw will be held on Wednesday 17th September 2014 in Ballygarry House Hotel and the results will be on Radio Kerry after the 10 o’clock news that night.

Annual Kerry GAA Churchgate Collection

The Annual Kerry GAA Churchgate collection will be taken up at all masses throughout the county (with the exception of Gneeveguilla and Rathmore) on this coming weekend 13th/14th September. All funds will go towards the training of the Kerry Senior and Minor Football teams for the forth-coming 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 - your generosity will help achieve that aim

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 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 cost per team is €1,000.

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.

Credit Union Senior Football League

With the penultimate round of the Credit Union Senior Football League just three weeks away, there were some crucial back games played last weekend.

In Division 1, Dr Crokes kept up their challenge for a final place with victory over Rathmore in Rathbeg, a win that sees them move to a point within leaders Austin Stacks. These two sides look odds on to contest the final given that third placed Kilcummin are four points adrift of Dr Crokes in third place. That victory for Dr Crokes leaves Rathmore in a very precarious position in the relegation zone on four points with Emmets, both three adrift of Dingle on seven points. Currow, who have a game in hand at home to Finuge, are on two points at the foot of the table.

In Division 2 Tarbert defeated Kenmare by a point, a result that sees the North Kerry club join Kenmare, Skellig Rangers, Gneeveguilla, John Mitchels and Laune Rangers on 8 points with all six sharing the third relegation spot in Diviaion 2. What makes this situation extra intriguing is that there are four head to heads within this group of six in the final two rounds. Below them Listry are on five points and St Pats are already relegated to Division 3.

In Division 4, high flying Beale were held to a draw by neighbours Ballylongford, a result that leaves Beale still favourites for promotion with top of the table Na Gaeil. Ballylongford meanwhile, who have a game in hand, could have done with both points as they are still in the third from bottom relegation spot, three points adrift of Firies. Cordal’s victory over Ballyduff sees them move into the third promotion spot along with Castlegregory, who have a game in hand, Beaufort and Fossa.  That result also means that Ballyduff are relegated to Division 5 next year along with Knocknagoshel.

In Division 5, Moyvane made the long trip to Valentia fruitful one by coming away with the points. Round 10 of the League will be played on September 28th.

Kerry GAA Supporters Club – All Ireland Buses

Kerry GAA Supporters Club, are, as usual, taking buses to Croke Park for the All Ireland finals on September 21st. All seats must be booked and fully paid on Monday night the 15th September at The Listowel Arms Hotel or Ballygarry House Hotel, Tralee, both at 8.30 pm.

Seats must be booked with full payment on that night only. The cost is €30. The following are the bus times:  Depart Farranfore 6am; Tralee 6.30am and Listowel 7am.


Junior Football

There is still plenty of action on the Junior football front with competitions reaching the final stages.

Junior Football Leagues

The following is the up to date position with the Junior Football Leagues with three groups yet to be completed;

Group 1: Killarney Legion will play Austin Stacks in the final on Saturday in Derreen at 6:30pm.

Group 3: An Ghaeltacht will play Na Gaeil in the final on Saturday at 5:30 in Annascaul.

Group 4: Waterville and Templenoe are in the final.

Junior Cup Competitions

The Junior Cup competitions are down to the semi finals in most cases and it is hoped to complete these competitions in the coming weeks.

Molyneaux Cup  

Dr Crokes defeated Austin Stacks by 2-12 to 2-7 in the  semi final replay on Monday at Lewis Rd and Kilcummin will play Dingle in Kilcummin in the other semi final on Friday evening.

McElligott Cup

Clounmacon defeated Na Gaeil by 3-11 to 1-12 in the first semi final on Sunday last and in the other semi final, Gneeveguilla await the winners of the Round 2 game between Kenmare and Waterville which is down for decision on  Friday evening at 6:45 in Kenmare.

Barrett Cup 

St Pats defeated Ballyheigue by 3-7 to 1-5 in one semi final on Friday last and Beaufort were due to play St Marys in the other semi final on Tuesday evening of this week.

Cahill Cup

Castlegregory will play Renard in the final following Renard’s 3-18 to 1-12 victory over Beale  in the second semi final on Sunday last.

Under 21 Club Championship

Last week there were wins for Dingle, Dr Crokes, Templenoe and Glenflesk in the U21 Club Cup and Beaufort in the U21 Shield. In the Cup quarter finals due to be played this Friday (6:15), An Ghaeltacht play Austin Stacks, Glenflesk play Templenoe, Dingle play Dr Crokes and the winners of the refixture between St Pats/Na Gaeil and Rathmore also due to be played this Friday, have a bye. In the Under 21 Shield, Kerins O’Rahillys play Desmonds on this Friday evening and the winners play Beaufort in the final.

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

Minor Hurlers are All Ireland Champions

Congratulations to the Kerry Minor hurlers on their 3 – 18 to 2 – 15 win over Meath in the All-Ireland Minor ‘B’ Final on Saturday last at MacDonagh Park, Nenagh. This was just reward for a panel that put in a lot of work over the last few months under the direction of, Ian Brick (Kilmoyley) and his selectors Stephen Goggin (Causeway) and Aidan Mahony (St. Brendan’s). Having suffered 2 heavy defeats in the Munster Championship, the panel re-grouped and set their focus on this competition and had wins over Wicklow and Roscommon to reach the final. On Saturday they played with great determination and discipline to overcome Meath and thus win Kerry’s third title in a row at this level.

The victorious Kerry team and subs were: Stephen Murphy [ Causeway],  Adrian O’Mahony [Crotta O’Neills],  Michael Leane [Ballyheigue],  Stevie O’Sullivan [Abbeydorney],  Billy Lyons [ Causeway],  Darragh Shanahan [Lixnaw],  Mike Lynch [ Causeway],   Robert Collins [Kilmoyley], Jason Diggins [Causeway],  John Buckley [Lixnaw],  Brandon Barrett [Causeway],  Aaron Murphy [Dr. Crokes],  Joseph Diggins [ Causeway],  Fionan O’Sullivan [Kenmare],  Fionan Mackessey [St. Brendan’s] (capt.).

 Subs:  David Silles [Lixnaw], Jordan Brick [Kilmoyley], Jack Goulding  [Ballyduff],  Jamie Barrett [ Causeway],  Daniel O’Carroll [Ballyduff],  Jordan Conway [ Crotta O’Neills], Brian O’Riordan [Ballyheigue], Dylan Burke [Causeway],  Jack Lenihan [Dr. Crokes], Tom McElligott [Crotta O’Neills],  Chris Doncel [Dr. Crokes],  Darragh Ryan [Crotta O’Neills], Shane Lyne [Dr. Crokes]

Garveys Supervalu Senior Hurling Championship

The big game this weekend is the replay of the Garvey’s SuperValu Co. Senior Hurling Championship semi-final between St. Brendan’s and Lixnaw. It goes ahead on Saturday evening at Austin Stack Park at 5.30p.m.

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

During the week, Mark Fitzgerald, Manager of Garvey’s SuperValu Tralee, presented Dougie Fitzelle [Kilmoyley] and John Egan [St. Brendan’s] with the Man of the Match Awards for their performances in the championship semi-finals. Well done to both.


County Minor and  Junior Championships

On this Sunday at Kilgarvan, 2.30p.m., St. Brendan’s and South Kerry will replay their Co. Minor Championship first round tie (extra time if necessary). The winners will meet the Abbeydorney /Crotta combination in the semi-final at Austin Stack Park. Ballyduff will meet Lixnaw in the second semi-final at Abbeydorney. Both semi-finals will be played on Friday, 19 September at 6.00p.m.

The semi-final of the Co. Junior Hurling Championship between St. Pat’s and Duagh will take place on this Saturday, 13 September at Austin Stack Park at 3.30p.m.

Co. Hurling League

The Lady’s Walk versus Kilmoyley back game in the Credit Union Co. Senior Hurling League Division 2 has been re-scheduled for this Friday, 12 September. Venue is Abbeydorney where the throw in time is 7.00p.m. The winners will meet Causeway in the Final.


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