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PRO GAA Scene 1st October 2014 2014-10-01 23:13:00

Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship Quarter finals

Well after all the excitement of two All Ireland wins, its back to the local championships this coming weekend and no doubt there will be huge interest in the quarter finals of the Garveys Supervalu senior football championship that take place this coming weekend. Double bills in Austin Stack Park on Saturday and Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday should satisfy the football appetite as the championship gets back into full swing.

First up on Saturday in Austin Stack Park is the meeting of South Kerry and Shannon Rangers (3:15pm).  South Kerry have defeated Kerins O’Rahillys and Milltown/Castlemaine on their way to this stage of the competition while their opponents defeated Kilcummin and St Michaels Foilmore. South Kerry, backboned by some seasoned Kerry senior players will probably start as favourites in this one.

The second game on the bill is the meeting of Dingle and Killarney Legion at 5pm. Dingle, of course, received a walk over from Kenmare District in the opening round and have only one game under their belts – a six points defeat of St Brendans. The Killarney side on the other hand have had three tough games on route to this stage with defeat in their opening game to East Kerry before recovering to defeat St Kierans and then cause something of a sensation by defeating 5-in-a-row chasing Dr Crokes.  That defeat of the reigning champions is enough to install Legion as favourites for this encounter.

On Sunday, Fitzgerald Stadium is the place to be with the big local derby meeting of Laune Rangers and Mid Kerry getting proceedings underway at 2pm. Mid Kerry defeated St Kierans and Feale Rangers while Laune Rangers defeated St Brendans and then caused a major upset when accounting for East Kerry.  The Killorglin side had a big win in Division 2 last weekend but Mid Kerry’s impressive form in the championship will probably see the Divisional side enter the game as favourites.

At 3:30pm, last year’s defeated finalists, Austin Stacks, will take on West Kerry. Stacks had comfortable wins over Feale Rangers and Rathmore but their opponents lost their opening game to Milltown after a replay and were also taken to a replay in Round 3 by Kilcummin before emerging by a two point margin. Stacks, who are top of Division 1 of the Credit Union League are entitled to start as favourites in this one.

So plenty to whet the appetite of football followers this weekend and patrons should note that extra time applies in the event of a draw.

Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship Relegation Playoff

The draw for the Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship Relegation Playoff sees Kilcummin play Kerins O'Rahillys on Sunday 19th October in Castleisland (2pm) with the losers playing Currow in the relegation decider.

Castleisland Mart Intermediate Championship Semi Finals

The semi finals of the Castleisland Mart Intermediate Championship  will be played this coming weekend.

First up on Saturday evening in the Fitzgerals Stadium (5pm)is the local derby meeting of Spa and Glenflesk. Spa earned their semi final place following victory over Castlegregory in Round 1 and then disposed of Listowel Emmets after a replay in the quarter final while Glenflesk also had a replay win on the way to the semi final, that over Annascaul in Round 1 and followed that up with a good victory over Finuge in the quarter finals. Both of these teams are on a rebuilding curve with a lot of young up and coming players on both sides and while their Division 2 status may earn Spa the favourites tag, local derbies can very often go either way.

The meeting of Ardfert and Desmonds on Sunday in the Austin Stack Park (2:30pm) is another game that will be hard to call. Ardfert defeated St Marys and John MItchels on route to the final while their opponents on Sunday had narrow wins over both Waterville and Gneeveguilla. The Castleisland side will start as favourites in this one thanks to their good form in Division 2 of the League but Ardfert have proved they are a good championship side in the past and no doubt will not go down without a fight.

The winners of the Intermediate championship will be in Munster Club action on October 26th at home to the Clare winners.

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 and the Novice semi final pairings, St Senans V Listry and Lispole  V Knocknagoshel are pencilled in for Oct 19th.

Credit Union Senior Football League

The penultimate round of the Credit Union senior football league saw many promotion and relegation issues confirmed before the playing of Round 11 but with some back games still to be played, the fate of many more clubs is as yet undecided as we head into the final round.

Austin Stacks and Dr Crokes to contest Division 1 Final

Austin Stacks and Dr Crokes will contest the Division 1 final with the Killarney side getting the point they needed against St Michaels/Foilmore to clinch the second final spot.

At the bottom, Currow are already relegated with Emmets and Rathmore in a precarious position above them on 6 points. These two sides actually meet in Round 11 with the loser taking the drop. Dingle, who have a game in hand against Finuge, are on 7 points with Milltown and Finuge sharing 8 points above them - Finuge also having a second game in hand against Currow.

In Division 2, Killarney Legion are promoted as champions on 18 points despite their loss to local rivals Spa, second placed Desmonds also slipped up in against Tarbert but are promoted on 15 points while the point earned by Glenbeigh Glencar in Listry was enough to see them get the third promotion spot.

At the bottom pointless St Pats were already doomed, Listry are on 6 points and there are two teams on 8 points, Skellig Rangers, and Kenmare who have a game in hand against St Pats. Both Gneeveguilla and John Mitchels are a point better off on 9.

In Division 3, longtime leaders Templenoe go up as champions on 17 points with a number of teams still in contention for the remaining two places. St Marys who are on 14 points, have Templenoe as visitors in the final round, Glenflesk are on 13 points and Brosna are on 12 points. Annascaul, who entertain Glenflesk in the final round, also have a mathematical chance on 11 points as have the winners of the back game between Keel and Ardfert both of whom are on 9 points.

At the bottom, Scartaglen are already relegated, above them Dromid Pearses are on 7 points with three teams on 8 points, An Ghaeltacht, Ballymac and Lispole with the final round game between Dromid and Lispole being crucial.

Na Gaeil with 19 points atop Division 4 are already promoted with Beale in a good position on 15 points in second place. The Beale/Castlegregory Round 8 game, which was not played, will be investigated by the CCC. Beaufort and Fossa are both on 12 points in joint third while Churchill and Cordal are both on 11 points.

At the bottom of the table, Knocknagoshel and Ballyduff are already relegated and above them Ballylongford are in a precarious position on 6 points while Cromane are on 8.

In Division 5, Dr Crokes won the battle of the top two when defeating St Senans but the North Kerry side remain top of the table on 17 points with the black and amber side on 16 with a game in hand against Asdee to come. Ballydonoghue and Renard, both of whom have back games against Kilgarvan, are on 13 points and as these two sides meet in Round 11 the winners are likely to be promoted.

No date has been fixed for Round 11.

Junior Cup Competitions

The Junior Cup competitions, which are now confined to week end fixtures,  are down to the finals in three of the four competitions as follows:

Molyneaux Cup  

It’s a Dr Crokes v Kilcummin Final in the Molyneaux Cup

McElligott Cup

Clounmacon are already in the final and in the other semi final, Gneeveguilla will play Kenmare.

Barrett Cup 

St Pats will play Beaufort in the final.

Cahill Cup

Castlegregory will play Renard in the final.

Under 21 Club Football Semi Finals

The Draw for the Acorn Life Under 21 Club Football Championship Semi Finals  sees Dr Crokes play Rathmore and An Ghaeltacht play Templenoe.

Novice Football Shield Semi Finals

The Draw for the Novice Shield Semi finals pairs Fossa against Valentia and Moyvane against Ballydonoghue

Sam Maguire on Tour

As the dust settles on Kerry’s 37th All Ireland title, the Sam Maguire, with the Tom Markham minor trophy in tow, makes its way around the county, initially to the home towns, clubs and villages of players and team management. The schools in the larger urban areas are also getting a close up of the trophies and players. As time goes on, every school in the county will get its turn to fete Sam Maguire the Tom Markham.

 There is tremendous good will towards this team and what it has achieved and all the more so given that they had to absorb a few hard knocks on the way -  none greater than losing their talisman Colm Cooper a couple of weeks into the Allianz League campaign.  It is still hard to believe that eleven of the side that saw duty on Sunday week last were winning their first All Ireland title. It helped of course that Kerry had a very experienced backroom team who had been through the rigours of All Ireland Final day many times over – indeed trainer/selector Cian O’Neill was on the sideline on All Ireland Final day for the fifth time in the last six years having been involved with Tipperary hurlers (2009 – 2010) and Mayo in 2012.

Clubs may book the Cups for functions etc by contacting the county committee office; secretary.kerry@gaa.ie

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

Lixnaw and Kilmoyley must meet again!

Lixnaw and Kilmoyley will have to meet again in the Garvey’s SuperValu Co. Senior Hurling Championship Final following their drawn game Sunday last, which ended 0 – 11 each. Lixnaw looked like they were heading for their first title since 2007 when they went into an 11 points to 8 lead with just 4 minutes of normal time left. However Kilmoyley staged a dramatic fight back in the remaining 6 minutes played by referee John Sexton and 2 points from Daniel Collins and the equaliser from Tom Murnane ensured another day out.  The Garvey’s Supervalu Man of the Match went to Ricky Heffernan [Lixnaw], who scored 7 points and it was presented afterwards by Jim Garvey on behalf of the sponsors.

Garveys Supervalu Senior Hurling Championship Replay

The Replay of the Garveys Supervalu Senior Hurling Championship Final between Kilmoyley and Lixnaw has been fixed for Saturday October 11th in Austin Stack Park Tralee at 4pm.The game will be preceded by the Credit Union Senior Hurling League Division 1 Final between St Brendans and Ballyduff at 2pm.

Kenmare are Intermediate Hurling Champions

Congratulations to Kenmare on winning the 2014 Co. Intermediate Hurling Championship on Sunday last when they had a decisive 0 – 25 to 1 – 5 win over Dr. Crokes. This was their 6th win in the competition. Their captain, James Duncan, was presented with Corn Antóin Ó Murchú, which commemorates former Kenmare and Kerry hurler Tony Murphy.  After the game the Man of the Match trophy, sponsored by Adams Car Sales, Tralee, was presented to Alan O’Leary [Kenmare].

Victorious Minor “B” Hurlers and Camogie Players feted

At half time in the senior final, the victorious Kerry team that won the 2014 All-Ireland Minor ‘B’ hurling time was presented to the crowd as were 2 camogie players, Patrice Diggin and Sarah Murphy who won Ashbourne Cup camogie medals with U.L. earlier this year. In the Under 14 long puck competition, run in conjunction with senior championship games, Gavin Dooley [Causeway] was the overall winner with Sean Holden [Abbeydorney] runner up. Well done to all who competed.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Hurling Championship Final

The Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Hurling Championship Final between Lixnaw and South Kerry has been fixed for Saturday next in Abbeydorney at 2pm.

Junior Hurling Championship  Final

St Pats v Kenmare "B" on Sunday October 12th in Kilgarvan at 2pm

Co. Hurling League

In the Credit Union Co. Senior Hurling League Division 1, St. Brendan’s and Ballyduff have qualified for the final which will be played as a curtain raiser to the senior hurling final repaly on October 11th. The final league table saw the Ardfert side lead the table with 11, points, Ballyduff as runners up with 10 points. Kilmoyley had 9 and Causeway had 8, with all teams having played 7 games.

 Camogie

Congratulations to the Clanmaurice camogie team on winning the Limerick Intermediate Championship last Sunday. They defeated Murroe-Boher in the Final by 2 – 7 to 2 – 4 to record a historic first for a Kerry club.