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PRO GAA Scene 29th October 2014 2014-10-29 23:20:00

Austin Stacks and Mid Kerry will have to do it all again

A draw was certainly a fair result of this thrilling Kerry senior football final played at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on Sunday last. Austin Stacks were shaping like winners for much of the game but a determined fight-back by Mid Kerry following a rather fortuitous goal from Donnchadh Walsh in the 41st minute set the game up for a tremendous finish and both sides will feel they had the chances to win the game in the epic final five minutes or so.

While Mid Kerry got the better start culminating in a fine goal from Gavan O’Grady, Stacks fought back well and dominated much of the remainder of the half and when Kieran Donaghy’s trademark goal put the Tralee side five clear in the 21st minute the black and amber side were in control and the colourful Rock supporters were in full voice. Crucially, Mid Kerry had the final two scores of the half from Darran O’Sullivan and Gavan O’Grady to leave just three between the sides at the break, 1-8 to 1-5.

The sides swapped scores throughout the third quarter, but then Donnchadh Walsh found the net to level up the scores at the three quarter stage. When Shane O’Callaghan and Kieran Donaghy put Stacks two clear with impressive scores and just nine minutes on the clock, the Bishop Moynihan Cup seemed destined for the Rock but some fine play from Darran O’Sullivan, and Kerry minor, Liam Carey saw Gavan O’Grady equalise from frees.  Inexplicably, O’Grady missed a simple tap over in the 57th minute to give his side the lead and possibly victory and thereafter, Stacks were off target with a number of chances from distance including a last minute free from 50 yards by Shane Carroll.

Overall this was a fine game of football that kept the big crowd enthralled for its duration and no doubt a fitting end to a great year for Kerry football. The colour and atmosphere of the occasion made it a day to remember all round and spectators are certainly in bonus territory with a replay on Sunday next in Fitzgerald Stadium and if the fare is even half as good then most neutrals, in particular, will be happy.

Big Match Arrangements

Throw in for the big match in Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday is at 2:45pm and it will be preceded by the Acorn Life Under 21 Club  final between An Ghaeltacht and Dr Crokes  at 1pm. Entrance arrangements will be in line with last Sunday’s game.

There will be Ticket Vans in operation outside the ground, at both the Lewis Rd and Daltons Avenue end opening at 11:30am for ticket purchase. Admission is €15 and €10 for Students and OAPs with valid ID. Juveniles (Under 16) will not need a ticket and will be admitted free of charge through the designated Family turnstiles. There will be a special Pass Gate at each end for Pass Holders such as Cairde Chiarrai, County Board Pass, Press Pass, Season Ticket Holders etc - they will not need to queue at Ticket Van.

Wheelchair entry is by way of the usual entry point in Daltons Avenue.

Patrons are asked to purchase tickets in advance where at all possible through the various ticket outlets at Garveys Supervalu stores in Dingle, Tralee and Castleisland, Peter Keanes in Killorglin, participating Supervalu and Centra Stores around the County, Austin Stack Park and the Kerry GAA Store in Killarney.

Students and OAPs who purchase Adult tickets at these outlets in advance will get €5 refunded at the special concession gate that will be in operation on the production of a valid ID. A souvenir programme for the final costing just €2 will be on sale.

Dingle are Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Champions

Dingle were crowned Kerry Minor Football champions in the curtain raiser at Austin Stack Park when a late surge got them past the determined challenge of Dr Crokes in the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship final. Both sides struggled to come to terms with the blustery conditions and scores were few and far between until Dingle finally made the ball do the work in the final quarter kicking 5 points without reply to emerge deserving winners on the day.

Dr Crokes had first use of the wind but all the action of the first half was crammed into the final three minutes of play. Liam Brosnan finished to the net in the 29th minute after Conor Geaney’s shot was well saved by Johnny O’Leary in the Croke’s goal and after Geaney was almost in on goal again from the kickout, play switched to the other end where Micheál Burns converted a penalty after a foul on Paul Clarke. At the break it was 1-2 apiece.

Scores were still at a premium during the third quarter and when Micheál Burns struck the post with a penalty at the three quarter stage  Jordan Kiely was first to react booting the rebound to the net to put the Killarney side ahead 2-3 to 1-4 ahead and looking good at that stage.That was to prove the Killarney side’s last score however as Dingle finished with five unanswered points, the final two from Man of the Match Tom O’Sullivan, to run out deserving winners on a 1-9 to 2-3 scoreline. What a year it has been for many of these young Dingle players having been involved in the Hogan Cup final and also well represented on the victorious Kerry minor side. Many of the side are also eligible again next year. The future is bright back West!

Garveys Supervalu Senior County Championship Relegation Playoff

Kilcummin will  play Currow in the relegation decider on this Saturday in Lewis Road at 2:30 with the losers destined to drop down to Intermediate status next year. Currow, following their Intermediate victory last year have spent just one year in Division 1 where they have struggled due to injuries to key players while Kilcummin have a proud record of holding their senior status since 1998.

Castleisland Mart Junior Club Championship

Dromid Pearses are through to the Castleisland Mart Junior Club Championship final. They will play the winners of the second semi final between Glenbeigh/Glencar and Brosna and that game will go ahead on November 8th in Fitzgerald Stadium 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.

Castleisland Mart Novice Shield Final

Ballydonoghue and Valentia have qualified for the final of the Novice Shield. In the semi finals on Saturday last, Ballydonoghue defeated Moyvane by 1-10 to 0-11 and Valentia had a 1-16 to 1-11 victory over Fossa.

Munster Intermediate Club Championship

Ardfert advanced to the semi finals of Munster Intermediate Club Championship with a 1-8 to 1-6 victory over Wolfe Tones of Clare in Kilmoyley on Sunday last and they now travel to take on Brickey Rangers of Waterford in the semi final on November 16th.

Molyneaux Cup

Dr Crokes retained the Molyneaux Cup for the third year in a row when defeating Kilcummin at Fitzgerald Stadium on Bank Holiday Monday last on a score of 3-9 to 0-7. Bryan O’Shea was the star of the show for the black and amber outfit scoring 1-5.

Cahill Cup

Castlegregory are the Cahill Cup champions following victory over a gallant Renard side at Cromane on Saturday last where they had a three points victory, 2-9 to 0-12. Goals by Alan McNamara and Jack Nix were crucial to Castle’s victory.

James O’Donoghue is 2014 Footballer of the Year

It hardly came as a surprise to see Kerry’s James O’Donoghue named as the GAA/GPA Opel Footballer of the year at the All Stars banquet on Friday evening last. O’Donoghue took over the mantle of chief score getter from the injured Colm Cooper - and what a successful year the Killarney Legion man had as he mesmerised defences throughout the course of the championship. O’Donoghue, needless to say, picked up his second All Star in the process while alongside him, Kieran Donaghy, who transformed Kerry’s season following his introduction in the drawn game with Mayo, received his third All Star having got his first in 2006. Paul Murphy at corner back, in his debut year in the Kerry senior jersey, Peter Crowley at centre back and David Moran at centre field, all received their first award, however, as usual, it was those who were omitted that generated most debate. Both Aidan O’Mahony and Donnchadh Walsh can count themselves extremely unlucky not to have got the nod. Still, these are nice debates to be having at the end of a year when you are crowned All Ireland champions – all other issues are a bonus!

Annual Convention of Kerry County Committee

The Annual Convention of Kerry GAA will be held in the Ballyroe Heights Hotel Tralee on Monday December 8th. Papers for nominations and motions were sent to the Clubs on Thursday last.

There are two 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 nominated by the Executive.

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..

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.

Nominations and Motions should be returned no later than 5.00pm on Wednesday 5th November. 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 2013.

Scór AGM

The AGM of Coiste Cultúir Chiarraí will take place on this Wednesday 29th October at 7.30pm in Austin Stack Park Tralee.

Best Wishes to Paul Galvin

Best wishes to Paul Galvin who launches his new book on this Thursday. Written by himself, In my own Words, should prove an interesting read.

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

Munster Club Glory for Lixnaw

Well done to Lixnaw on their superb victory last Sunday at Mallow in the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship. They defeated Cork intermediate champions, Ballyhea by 3 – 11 to 1 – 14 in what was a tremendous boost to hurling in the county.

Lixnaw now go on to play Bruff (Limerick) in the semi-final at a Kerry venue on Sunday week, 9th November.

Kenmare Shamrocks go into action on this Sunday, 2nd November in the quarter-final of the Munster Junior Hurling Championship. They meet Castlemartyr (Cork) at 2.00p.m. at a venue to be decided. Munster council insist on covered accommodation (i.e. stand) being available for these fixtures.

Co. Under 21 championship

The 4 quarter-finals of the Acorn Life 2014 Co. Under 21 Hurling Championship are fixed for this Saturday, 1 November at 3.00p.m.: Causeway v Kilmoyley; Lixnaw v Ballyheigue and Abbeydorney/Crotta v St. Brendan’s, The South Kerry v Ballyduff game is off due to Kenmare’s Munster Junior Club action.  First named teams have home venue.

Shinty

4 Kerry hurlers were honoured with selection on the Ireland senior team that played Scotland in the annual shinty international series played in Pairc Esler in Newry last Saturday – Darragh O’Connell (Abbeydorney),  John Egan (St. Brendan’s), Shane Nolan (Crotta), and Brian Murphy (Causeway). Ireland won this return game by 2-18 to 0-8 to retain the series.

Brendan O’Leary (Abbeydorney) and Tommy Casey (Causeway) were selected for the under 21 international which Ireland won by 4-9 to 0-7.

Tralee Parnell’s

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. Last week the club hosted a very successful Blitz in the I.T. Tralee where 240 boys and girls took part. There seems to be a great enthusiasm among children in the area to play hurling and Parnell’s play a very important role in facilitating all. The club will hold a fund raising Mark Doe Cookery night on Thursday, 6 November. Further details at http://traleeparnellshurling.blogspot.ie

Under 15 Tournament Finals

The finals of the Tom Healy Memorial Under 15 Tournament [9 a side, under lights] were played last Friday evening at Abbeydorney. In the Tournament final Causeway had a 3 – 9 to 2 – 8 win over Crotta. Captain Gavin Carey was presented with the trophy by Brendan Healy. In the Shield final Tralee Parnell’s defeated Abbeydorney by 6 – 11 to 4 – 8 and Aidan Healy presented the trophy to the winning captain Ciaran O’Reilly. Well done to the Abbeydorney club for their excellent organisation of the event.

Clanmaurice march on

Congratulations  to the Clanmaurice camogie team who defeated Tara (London) in Ruislip last Saturday Tara in the All-Ireland Junior Club championship quarter-final and to the 3 Kerry hurlers who received Christy Ring All Star Awards – Padraig Boyle (Ballyduff), Daniel Collins (Kilmoyley) and Brian Murphy (Causeway).