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PRO GAA Scene September 3rd 2014 2014-09-03 21:20:00

It’s a Kerry – Donegal All Ireland – on the double

After a dramatic weekend of semi final championship action, it’s going to be Kerry and Donegal in the All Ireland football finals on September 21st.

Following the excitement of the drawn encounter between the sides on the previous week, Kerry and Mayo played out another heart stopping encounter in the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday last before the Kingdom emerged victorious by a three points margin after extra time (3-16 to 3-13). This game had just about everything as Kerry pegged back a seven point Mayo lead  to be two ahead approaching the end of normal time. Mayo forced extra time but the reprieve was short lived as Kerry showed their physical and mental well being to outscore their opponents by 5 points to 2 in extra time. We have often listened in the past to managers wax lyrical about football being a 21 man game even if some of those managers will only empty the bench when the game is well and truly decided. Rarely however, do we see such an input from a panel as on this occasion. Kerry used twenty three players on the day and in addition, one of those was reintroduced after being substituted.

It was one of those occasions that will live long in the memory of the large and enthusiastic Kerry support that travelled to the treaty city. In the other semi final, Donegal defied all the odds when dethroning Dublin and certainly sent out a marker that they are back as major title contenders.

And so the scramble for All Ireland Tickets has commenced in earnest as Kerry march on to Croke Park on All Ireland final day for the first time since 2011.

Kerry and Donegal also clash in the Minor Final

Donegal’s one point victory over a fancied Dublin side in the All Ireland Minor semi final in Croke Park on Sunday last, sets up a Kerry V Donegal showdown on All Ireland Final day. It will be the Ulster side’s first appearance in a Minor final. Kerry have the advantage of an additional week to prepare for the game and no doubt Jack O’Connor and his management team will have put that to good affect. The minor game will throw in at 1:15.

Dr Crokes and Dingle to contest the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship Final

Last week I mentioned that the draw for the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor football Championship semi finals resulted in identical pairings to last year and I also said there  were no guarantees that there would  be repeat results this time around – and so it proved.

Dr Crokes dethroned champions East Kerry in Spa – a fortuitious goal near the start and another near the end were the decisive scores for Crokes who were the better side for a lot of the game.  A feature of that game was the fact that Kerry Minor Keeper, Shane Ryan, who played at full forward for East Kerry, went into goal when Dr Crokes were awarded a penalty in the second half and he made a great save from a fine shot by his Kerry colleague Michéal Burns of Dr Crokes. 2-10 to 1-8 it finished and it’s the black and amber side’s first final appearance since 2007 – they actually lost three finals on the trot between 2005 and 2007 to three different teams.

The second semi final in Lispole was another local derby and Dingle got the better of An Ghaeltacht on a 1-11 to 1-8 scoreline. For long periods of this game An Ghaeltacht looked like they would prevail and they led by 1-6 to 0-4 at the three quarter stage. Dingle kicked five points on the trot to level and in an exciting finish, a goal by Dingle’s Tomás Sheehy was the decisive score.

Credit Union Senior Football League backgames

With the penultimate round in the Credit Union Senior Football League looming, last weekend saw some very important back games.

In Division 1, leaders Austin Stacks have gone three points clear at the top following victory over St Michaels-Foilmore.  Second placed Dr crokes, with a game in hand visit Rathmore this weekend.

In Division 2, Skellig Rangers defeated  Gneeveguilla and are one of five teams on 8 points, two points above the relegation  zone. Tarbert and Kenmare play on this Saturday. 

In Division 3, Brosna defeated Scartaglen and move up to joint second place in the table along with Glenflesk and St Marys. That result means that Scartaglen are relegated to Division 4.

There was one important game at the top of Division 4 last weekend - the unbeaten leaders Na Gaeil were held to a draw by Firies, but that point is enough to guarantee the Tralee side promotion to Division 3 next season. Ballylongford and Beale meet this weekend.

In Division 5, Valentia play Moyvane this weekend.

Round 10 of the Credit Union Senior Football League will be played on the weekend of September 28th.

Work in Centre of Excellence in Currans commences

At the August meeting of the County Committee on Tuesday of last week, the Chairman Patrick O’Sullivan, informed the meeting that following the awarding of the contract, work had commenced on Phase 1 of the development of a centre of excellence in Currans. Phase 1 will consist of the development of 2 sand based pitches, enabling works, entrance roads and ducting. It is hoped to have this work completed by mid October – weather permitting.

Seamus Moynihan appointed Under 21 Selector

Former Kerry senior footballer, Seamus Moynihan, was appointed to the Under 21 Football Management team at the August meeting of the County Committee on Tuesday of last week.. He joins Darragh Ó Sé who had already been re-appointed as manager. Two more names will be added to the set up at the next meeting.

Juvenile Registration

The importance of proper registration at Juvenile level by Clubs was stressed at the recent County Committee meeting. This is to allow for accurate forward planning at county level. It was stated that unregistered players run the risk of no insurance cover should they receive serious injury.

Increase in the use of Supplements a worry to Croke Park

The recent county committee meeting was informed by Central Council Delegate Eamonn O’Sullivan of the huge concern by Croke Park at the increase in supplements being used by Clubs, at all ages, without proper supervision or regulation. Supplements, delegates were told, should only be taken on medical advice.

National Club Draw

The National Club Draw organised by Croke Park, which raised €87,000 for 42 Kerry Clubs last year, is being run again this year and tickets will be available this month.

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 September 13th in Derreen.

Group 3: An Ghaeltacht will play Na Gaeil in the final.

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  

The way is clear for the semi finals with Austin Stacks at home in Connolly Park to Dr Crokes on Monday evening next at 7pm, and Kilcummin will play Dingle in Kilcummin on September 12th.

McElligott Cup

In one semi final Clounmacon will play Na Gaeil and Gneeveguilla await the winners of the Round 2 game between Kenmare and Waterville in the other semi final.

Barrett Cup 

Ballyheigue play St Pats in one semi final in Ballyheigue and Beaufort who had a 2-12 to 0-5 victory over Dromid Pearses mid week, will play St Marys in the other semi final – both games on this Friday evening.

 Cahill Cup

In the semi finals, Castlegregory defeated Moyvane by 2-18 to 1-12 on Friday evening and Beale will play Renard in the other semi final.

Under 21 Club Championship

The Under 21 Club Championship and Club Shiels are progressing slowly with Clubs playing when available.

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 will also be organising a Golf Classic on that day.

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 the weekend of 13th/14th September. Funds wil go towards the training of the Kerry Senior and Minor Football teams for the All Ireland finals.

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.

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Minor Hurlers in All Ireland Final

Best of luck to the Kerry Minor hurlers will play Meath in the All-Ireland Minor ‘B’ Final on this Saturday, 6th September. Venue is Nenagh where there will be a 1.00p.m. throw in. The panel has put in a lot of work over the last few months under the direction of coach, Ian Brick (Kilmoyley) and his selectors Stephen Goggin (Causeway) and Aidan Mahony (St. Brendan’s). They qualified for the final with wins over Wicklow and Roscommon. Fionán Mackessy (St. Brendan’s) will captain the side.

 

Garveys Supervalu Senior Hurling Championship

Both semi-finals of the Garvey’s SuperValu Co. Senior Hurling Championship went ahead last weekend. On Friday evening Kilmoyley created somewhat of a surprise when they had a well merited 0 - 13 to 0 - 10 win over Ballyduff. However they will have to wait a little longer to discover their opponents in the final as on Sunday St. Brendan’s and Lixnaw played a thrilling draw, ending at 0 - 9 apiece.

The replay is fixed for Saturday 13th September in Austin Stack Park at 5:30pm.

 

 Intermediate Hurling Championship

Following last Sunday’s semi-finals, Kenmare and Dr. Crokes will contest the decider for the 2014 Co. Intermediate Hurling Championship title. Kenmare had a narrow 1 point win over the holders, Causeway at Fitzgerald Stadium, winning by 1 - 9 to 1 - 8.

Meanwhile at Austin Stack Park, Dr Crokes had a 0 - 20 to 1 - 11 win over Lixnaw after extra time. The game had ended 0 – 13 to 1 – 10 at the end of normal time.

In Fitzgerald Stadium, a goal by Dean Cassidy saw Kenmare lead 1-5 to Causeways 0-4 at half time. However midway through the second half Causeways Stephen Murphy found the net reducing the Kenmare lead to a point – 1-8 to 1-7. Causeway wasted a number of game winning chances but drew level with five minutes remaining when Mark Murphy pointed. Kenmares James Duncan saw his side over the line with a pointed free to seal victory late in the game. Kenmare 1-9 Causeway 1-8

In the other semi final in Austin Stack Park, extra time was required to separate Dr Crokes and Lixnaw. Lixnaw had the better start going 0-5 to 0-2 ahead after twenty minutes. Lixnaws Tadgh Brosnan raised a green flag  as Dr Crokes continued to pick off points to leave the half time score 1-6 to 0-8 in Lixnaws favour.

The sides swapped scores throughout the second half. The game was level on five occasions. Lixnaws Jason Wallace struck over a 30m free to level the game at full time. Lixnaw 1-10 Dr Crokes 0-13

In Extra time the fitter Dr Crokes squad  held sway. The youthful Jack Lenihan dominated at midfield and Dr Crokes used the talents of Kerry minor Aaron Murphy as they struck 0-8 to Lixnaws 0-1 in extra time.  Final score was;  Dr Crokes 0-21, Lixnaw 1-11.

The Intermediate Hurling Final will form the curtain raiser to the Senior Hurling final on September 28th.

Co. Minor & Under 21 Championships

The draws have been made for the semi-finals of the Co. Minor Hurling Championship. Ballyduff will meet Lixnaw while the winners of the South Kerry versus St. Brendan’s replay will meet the Abbeydorney /Crotta combination. South Kerry and St Brendans will replay their quarter final tie on Sunday 14th September in Kilgarvan .

At Under 21 level, the following quarter final pairings resulted: Lixnaw v Ballyheigue; Abbeydorney/Crotta v St. Brendan’s; Causeway V Kilmoyley and South Kerry V Ballyduff.

Clubs

As a hurling promotion on the All-Ireland Hurling Final weekend, Tralee Parnell’s will host a hurling and camogie exhibition on this Friday, 5th September 5th, at 7:00p.m. at Caherslee G.A.A. Grounds. Families with an interest in hurling are invited to come along to watch the young Parnell’s players showcasing their skills. Further details from 087-0956743, Facebook or Twitter: @TParnells or by e-mail from pro.traleeparnells.kerry@gaa.ie .

Parnell’s will also host an under 10 hurling blitz in Austin Stack Park on Saturday week, 13 September, further details to follow.