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PRO GAA Scene November 13th 2014 2014-11-13 19:31:00

GAA Scene 13th November

Credit Union Senior Football League Promotion/Relegation Roundup

Sunday last saw the final round of games in four of the five Divisions and as usual, the final touches have yet to be put to some of the promotion and relegation issues.

Division 1: Austin Stacks and Dr Crokes will meet in the Division 1 final and the point gained by Austin Stacks in that local derby with Kerins O’Rahillys was enough to see the Rockies top the table and secure home advantage for the final.

At the bottom, Currow were already doomed to Division 2 football next season and they are joined by Rathmore and Listowel Emmets following Milltown Castlemaine’s victory over Dingle which secured the Mid Kerry side their Division 1 status.

Division 2: The promotion places had already been filled prior to the final round with Killarney Legion being promoted as champions and they are joined by Glenbeigh-Glencar and Desmonds, both of whom are promoted for the second year in a row.

At the bottom, St Pats were already relegated and they are joined in Division 3 next year by Listry and Skellig Rangers with Kenmare’s narrow victory over Skellig Rangers in Portmagee being a crucial result in the fight to avoid the drop.

Division 3: There is a full round of fixtures yet to be played in Division 3 due to the fact that there was an outstanding back game between Keel and Ardfert that was crucial to the eventual placings. Keel, by virtue of their victory over Ardfert, have secured their Division 3 status and with Brosna, Ardfert, Lispole and Dromid still involved in various county and provincial championships, it is anybody’d guess as to when that final round of games will be played in this Division.
At present, Templenoe, with 19 points, are already promoted as champions with St Marys in second place on 14 points, Glenflesk on 13 and Brosna on 12. At the other end of the table, Scartaglen are already relegated to Division 4, Dromid Pearses are in a precarious position on 7 points and Lispole, Ballymac and An Ghaeltacht are all on 8 points. Certainly, there is still a lot to play for in this Division. Round 3 is pencilled in for November 30th or December 14th.

Division 4: Na Gaeil went into the final round as Division 4 Champions and their place in Division 3 next year secured and they are joined by Beale. There are three teams level on 14 points so Castlegregory, Fossa and Cordal will have to face a playoff to decide who gets the third spot.

At the bottom, Knocknagoshel and Ballyduff were already relegated and they are joined by Ballylongford whose win on Sunday last was not enough to secure safety.

Division 5: Dr Crokes on 18 points and St Senans a point behind are both promoted with a game in hand against Moyvane and Sneem-Derrynane respectively while Ballydonoghue and Renard, who played out a thrilling draw on Sunday last, have finished level on points for the third promotion place and will have to playoff.

The CCC are due to meet on Monday night to make fixtures for the outstanding fixtures in the League.

Castleisland Mart Junior Championship Final

Dromid Pearses will take on surprise finalists Brosna in the Castleisland Mart Junior Championship Final at Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday afternoon next with a throw in time of 2:30pm. While all and sundry were expecting Glenbeigh-Glencar to bounce back this season from their surprise defeat at the hands of Keel in last year’s decider, Brosna, who had been coming in under the radar given that their previous game in the competition was a full six months ago, had other ideas at Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday last. Entering injury time in their semi final, Glenbeigh Glencar enjoyed a three points lead, however the never say die attitude of the North Kerry men came to the surface when they hit back for late scores from their two midfielders, Dave Curtin with a fine point and then his namesake Shane rose highest in the square to flick hoe the winner two minutes into time added on. Brosna had also caused an upset back in May when they defeated a fancied Templenoe side having travelled to Tarbert and defeating the locals in Round 1 – no mean achievement either.

Dromid Pearses resumed Junior championship activity three weeks ago when they defeated Duagh by two points in the semi final having already disposed of Churchill following a replayed round 2 game. The South Kerry side opened their account with a good victory over Na Gaeil in Round 1.

And so the credentials of either side cannot be denied ahead of Saturday’s final. Brosna will certainly have their tails up following last week’s semi-final heroics and the availability or otherwise of county player Declan O’Sullivan for Dromid is sure to have a profound effect on the outcome. Either-way it promises to be an intriguing final.

The Kerry representatives are in Munster Club action on the weekend of November 23rd. against Millstreet of Cork and that game will be at a Kerry venue.

Listry and Lispole clash in Novice Championship Final

The meeting of Listry and Lispole in the Castleisland Mart Novice Championship final in Milltown on Sunday next (2:30pm) has all the makings of a very competitive affair. Listry will of course treat Sunday’s game as a chance at redemption following their narrow defeat to Templenoe in last year’s final but the Division 2 side will hardly be foolish enough to take anything for granted against their West Kerry opponents. While both have struggled somewhat in their respective Divisions of the League this year, it must be conceded that Listry, by virtue of their Division 2 status, were operating against far tougher opposition than those of their opponents on Sunday.

Lispole came back from the dead to defeat Knocknagoshel in a semi fial a few weeks back that went to extra time while they defeated Beale in Round 2 having easily brushed aside the Kilgarvan challenge in the opening round. Listry defeated St Senans in their semi final and had a point to spare over Cromane in Round 2 having routed Moyvane in their opening game of the competition. While the East Kerry standard bearers will no doubt go into the final as favourites, they will be well aware of the championship battling qualities down through the years of Lispole, a trait demonstrated as recently as the semi finals. Sunday’s final could certainly turn out to be a cracker.

Austin Stacks in Munster Club action

Newly crowned Kerry senior football champions face a tough test when they take on Cork champions Ballincollig in the semi final of the Munster senior club championship in Austin Stack Park on Sunday next at 2pm. Nemo Rangers were among the scalps as Ballincollig swept all before them to win the Cork title back on October 19th and they will be the fresher side coming into Sunday’s game, yet Stacks have the momentum that should see them through to a final meeting with either Cratloe or The Nire on November 30th.

Ardfert in Munster Intermediate Semi Final

Kerry Intermedaite champions Ardfert travel to Dungarvan on Sunday next to take on Waterford representatives Brickey Rangers in the semi final of the Munster Intermediate club championship with a 1pm throw-in. The winners play Valley Rovers (Cork) or Na Piarsaigh (Limerick) who meet in the other semi final, The final is fixed for November 30th.

Two Officer Posts to be contested at County Convention

There will be contests for two officer positions when the Annual Convention of Kerry GAA takes place in the Ballyroe Heights Hotel Tralee on Monday December 8th.

Wednesday was the deadline for the receipt of nominations and motions and when the names of those nominated for officer posts were revealed on Friday evening it became clear, as anticipated, that there will be contests for two vacant officer posts, those of Vice Chairman and Central Council delegate.

The following have been nominated:

Vice Chairman: 2 Nominations to replace Ger Galvin
Diarmuid Ó Sé (Piarsaigh na Dromoda)
and Stephen Wallace (Ardfert)

Diarmuid Ó Sé is of course a former officer of the Board while Stephen Wallace is better known for his role as current trainer of Ardfert and the Kerry Junior football teams. Derry Murphy (Daingean Uí Chúis) has withdrawn his name from the contest.

Central Council Delegate: 2 Nominations to replace Eamonn O’Sullivan whose 5 year term is up.
Ger Galvin (Spa) – outgoing Vice Chair
and John Joe Carroll (Asdee) – stepped down as Treasurer last year

Ger Galvin is the outgoing Vice Chairman and John Joe Carroll was Treasurer of the Board until 2013.

There was just one nomination for the Assistant Secretary position to be vacated by Maureen O’Shea at Convention – Stephen O’Sullivan, current chairman of the Gneeveguilla Club, will become the first man from that club to hold a county officer post.

All other Officers have been returned unopposed. Motions received re competitions will be dealt with at the November 24th meeting of the county committee.

McElligott Cup Final

It’s not often we get to see Clounmacon contest a county final but on Saturday next the North Kerry club, who do not take part in the County League, will contest the McElligott Cup Final when they take on Junior Final specialists Gneeveguilla in Strand Road at 2:30pm.

Kerry GAA Supporters Club – Date for the Diary

The Kerry GAA Supporters Club annual social will take place in the Ballygarry House Hotel on January 24th where the Sam Maguire, Tom Markham and Minor B Hurling Trophies will adorn the top table. The Annual Mass for deceased members took place on Monday last.

Best Wishes

Best wishes to Footballer of the Year and All Star James O’Donoghue who underwent routine surgery to his shoulder on Friday last. He will now enter a rehabilitation program which may take up to 6 months.

GAA Season Tickets on sale now

A reminder that the GAA Season Tickets are now on sale from Croke Park while stocks last. Check out gaa.ie/seasonticket for the ideal Christmas gift.

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

Lixnaw did Kerry Hurling Proud

Although defeated, Lixnaw put up a tremendous performance last Sunday in the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship semi-final, played at Austin Stack Park. They lost to the Limerick intermediate champions, Bruff, by 2 – 13 to 2 – 10 after a first class game of hurling. There was a great atmosphere there with a large crowd of supporters from both sides. Lixnaw represented Kerry well as county champions and were most unlucky not to have made it to the final.

They will now revert to local action, seeking a county and North Kerry double, as they are still in the semi-final of the North Kerry Senior Hurling Championship against Ballyduff.

Co. Under 21 championship

The fourth quarter-final of the Acorn Life 2014 Co. Under 21 Hurling Championship did not go ahead as scheduled last Saturday as Ballyduff notified in advance that they would be conceding the fixture to South Kerry. The draw for the semi finals sees Lixnaw play St Brendans and South Kerry play Causeway. No dates at present.

Co. League Division 2 Final

The Credit Union SHL Division 2 Final is down for decision on Sunday next in Abbeydorney where Ladys Walk take on Causeway at 2pm.

Co. League Division 3
The semi final on Sunday last did not go ahead. Crotta O’Neill’s received a walkover from St Patrick's (East Kerry) while the Austin Stack’s versus Kenmare game was postponed and will now go ahead on November 23rd in Connolly Pk..


Tralee Parnell’s are organising a get together for parents, mentors and coaches on Friday week, 21st November. A bus has been organised to bring all to a ‘mystery location’, leaving the Na Gaeil clubhouse at 9.00p.m. Cost is €10 per head, further details from Dermot Reen at (086) 1266510.

Parnell’s will hold their A.G.M. on Friday, 26th November. Nominations for officer positions to secretary.traleeparnells.kerry@gaa.ie or contact David on (085) 1355566.
Abbeydorney Hurling Club will hold its A.G.M. on this Sunday, 16th November at the Sports Complex, commencing at 2.0pp.m. Further details from secretary.abbeydorney.kerry@gaa.ie