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PRO GAA Scene November 5th 2014 2014-11-05 23:15:00

Austin Stacks are Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Champions

Austin Stacks are Kerry senior football champions for the 12th time following an easier than expected nine points victory over a disappointing Mid Kerry side in Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney on Sunday. A blistering opening six minutes during which they forged 1-3 to no score in front was a decisive factor in this Stacks triumph and effectively this game was as good as over at the break when the Tralee side extended that lead to 10 points. Mid Kerry battled away in the second half with the likes of Gavan O’Grady and Donnchadh Walsh showing the way  but they never looked like retrieving the situation and the goal they so badly needed to ignite a fight-back came too late to affect the result.

A good start they say is half the battle and so it proved for a rampant Stacks side who were six points to the good before Mid Kerry knew what hit them. Even at that early stage it was clear that we were looking at a far different Stacks side to that which was on view in their other five games in the championship. In some of those other games Stacks were slow to close out the deal, especially so in the drawn game, but on this occasion they kept the pedal to the metal for the entire game and they were able to afford the luxury of running their bench long before the final whistle. There is little doubt either, whatever the arguments for or against the venue, that the wide open spaces of Fitzgerald Stadium suited this particular team and the likes of Shane O’Callaghan, Shane Carroll and Kieran Donaghy in particular revelled in the space afforded them.

Mid Kerry will be disappointed with their performance and while many pundits were expressing the belief that the Divisional side would improve as the championship wore on, that improvement never materialised. Still, that early Rockies onslaught would have derailed most sides and there is little doubt but that the best team in the championship this year ended the season as champions. It now looks a forgone conclusion that Kieran Donaghy, afterwards named the Garveys Supervalu Man of the Match, will captain Kerry as they head out to defend their Munster and All Ireland titles in 2015 – and what a popular captain “Star” will be.

So, Austin Stacks progress to represent Kerry in the Munster Club championship where they will play Cork champions, Ballincollig in Tralee on the weekend of November 16th. Cratloe of Clare and The Nire of Waterford are in the other half of the draw.

Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship Relegation Playoff Final

Kilcummin preserved their proud senior county championship status at Lewis Rd on Saturday when defeating Currow in atrocious weather conditions (Kilcummin 0-10 Currow 0-6). From the time Shane McSweeney pointed within seconds of the throw in, Kilcummin were shaping like winners though they had to withstand a late determined effort from Currow that saw some frantic defending in the Kilcummin goalmouth in the final passages of play. So, Kilcummin remain in the top flight, a position they have maintained since 1998.

Castleisland Mart Junior Club Championship

With Dromid Pearses already  through to the Castleisland Mart Junior Club Championship final the second semi final between Glenbeigh/Glencar and Brosna will go ahead on this Saturday  in Fitzgerald Stadium at 2:30pm  with the final on Saturday November 15th.  The Kerry representatives are in Munster Club action on the weekend of November 23rd.

Castleisland Mart Novice Championship Final

Listry and Lispole will contest the Castleisland Mart Novice Championship Final on Sunday 16th November.

Credit Union Senior Football League

The final Round of games in the Credit Union Senior Football League – with the exception of Division 3 - will be played next weekend. There is an important back game in Division 3 between Keel and Ardfert that has to be played before the final round of games and that game will be played on Saturday next at 3pm. Division 3 is also affected by Ardfert in the Munster Club, Dromid and Brosna in the Junior Championship and Lispole in the Novice Championship so it’s unclear when that final round of Division 3 games will be played.

In Division 1, Austin Stacks and Dr Crokes will contest the Division 1 final and all that remains to be seen is where that final will be played. The team who top the table will have home venue and right now Stacks, being two clear, are in the driving seat in that respect.

At the bottom, Currow are already relegated with Emmets and Rathmore in a precarious position above them on 6 points each.  These two sides actually meet in Round 11 with the loser taking the drop and even the winner is not guaranteed to stay up should Milltown gain at least a point against Dingle. Dingle consolidated their status with victory over Finuge in a back game last weekend.

In Division 2, the promotion issues are already decided with Killarney Legion promoted as champions on 18 points with Desmonds and  Glenbeigh Glencar  getting the other two promotion spots.

At the bottom pointless St Pats are already relegated, and they are joined by Listry but mathematically there are a number of teams in contention for the third relegation spot with Skellig Rangers who are on 8 points, one adrift of Gneeveguilla and John Mitchels, in most danger.

Na Gaeil, with 19 points, are already promoted as champions of Division 4 with Beale also going to Division 3 next year on 15 points. The third position is still up for grabs with Beaufort, Castlegregory and Fossa fighting it out for the remaining spot. All three play opposition who are already secure with Beaufort playing already promoted Beale, Castlegregory playing Churchill who have a very slim chance of promotion themselves, while Fossa play champions Na Gaeil. A promotion playoff looks on the cards. 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. Both of these sides play the relegated duo with Ballylongford playing Ballyduff and Cromane playing Knocknagoshel.

In Division 5, there is an important back game between Dr Crokes and Asdee to be played before the final round of games involving the leaders can take place. St Senans are top of the table on 17 points with Dr Crokes just a point behind with that game in hand this weekend, Both Ballydonoghue and Renard are on 15 points. In the final Round of games, St Senans play Sneem/Derrynane, Dr Crokes travel to Moyvane and Renard travel to Ballydonoghue in a game that will likely see the winners promoted.

An Ghaeltacht are Acorn Life U21 Club Champions

An Ghaeltacht were deservedly crowned Under 21 Club champions in the curtain raiser at Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday.  Wind assisted, the West Kerry side dominated the opening period and getting the boost of an early goal, they went on to lead by 7 points at the break. However, Dr Crokes grew in confidence as the second half progressed and came very close to pulling the game out of the fire in the final passages of play before a late late penalty copper-fastened victory for An Ghaeltacht on a score of 2-10 to 0-11..

Wednesday 5th the deadline for Annual Convention Nominations and Motions

The Annual Convention of Kerry GAA will be held in the Ballyroe Heights Hotel Tralee on Monday December 8th. Papers for nominations and motions have already been sent to the clubs and the deadline for any nominations and motions is this Wednesday 5th November at  5.00pm. All those nominated will have until 5pm on Friday 7th November to confirm if they wish to contest positions.

Motions re Competitions (which will be dealt with at the November 24th meeting of the county committee should also be returned no later than 5.00pm on Wednesday 5th November 2014.

There are now three officer vacancies to be filled at Convention, and of course nominations can also be made for any of the other Officer posts with the exception of the Secretary, which is a full time position, and Childrens Officer who is nominee of the Executive by rule.

Eamonn O’Sullivan has completed his five year term as Central Council Delegate so he has to step down and Maureen O’Shea is also stepping down as Assistant Secretary after one year in the post. Ger Galvin, who was Vice Chairman for the past three years is also stepping down from that position, so there are at least three positions up for grabs. The job specification for the Assistant Secretary position has been redefined by  the Management Committee of the Kerry County Committee as is their right; it has been decided that this role in future will include the following responsibilities: I.T. Social Media, Kerry GAA Website, and other PR  related activities.

Scór AGM

The AGM of Coiste Cultúir Chiarraí took  place on Wednesday last; Chairperson is Leona Twiss, Jackie Walsh is Vice Chairman,  Suzanne Uí Laoire  is the incoming secretary, Mary Philpott is  Assistant Secretary and Brian Caball has replaced the hard working Jack Hemnnessy as PRO. Sheila McCarthy continues as the Chief Steward.

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

 Lixnaw in Munster Club action

Hurling action on this Sunday, 9th November will focus on Lixnaw, who meet the Limerick intermediate champions, Bruff, in the semi-final of the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship. The game goes ahead at Lixnaw where there will be a 2.00p.m. throw in.

Although defeated, Kenmare Shamrocks put up a very creditable performance last Sunday in the Munster Junior Hurling Championship game played at Austin Stack Park. They lost to Castlemartyr (Cork) by 1 – 16 to 0 – 10.

Co. Under 21 championship

Only 2 of the quarter-finals of the Acorn Life 2014 Co. Under 21 Hurling Championship went ahead as scheduled last Saturday. The South Kerry v Ballyduff was postponed due to the involvement of some South Kerry players with Kenmare while Ballyheigue notified Lixnaw in advance that they would be conceding a walkover.

In the games that were played, St. Brendan’s had a hard earned 0 – 16 to 2 – 8 win over Abbeydorney/Crotta. Scores were level at half time, Abbeydorney/Crotta 1-5 St. Brendan's 0-8, in a game played in terrible conditions and in a torrential downpour.  Senior players, Cian Hussey, with 10 points, and David Griffin with 3 points, got 13 of the Ardfert total.

Causeway had a 1 – 13 to 1 – 4 home win over a young Kilmoyley side.

Co. League

Both semi-finals of the Credit Union Co. Hurling League, Division 3, are fixed for this Saturday, 8th November. Crotta O’Neill’s are at home to St Patrick's (East Kerry) while Austin Stack’s play Kenmare Shamrock’s at Connolly Park. Both games are scheduled for 3.00p.m.

Clubs

The schools coaching initiative in 6 Tralee primary schools continues under the direction of David O’Dea and the 3 coaches Joe Brennan, Giles O’Grady and Colum Harty. The club will hold a fund raising Mark Doe Cookery night on Thursday, 6 November. Further details at http://traleeparnellshurling.blogspot.ie

Best of luck to the Clanmaurice camogie team who play Four Roads (Roscommon) in the All-Ireland Junior Club championship semi-final on this Sunday in Nenagh at 2.00p.m.