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The story of The Senior Hurling Championship 2014 2014-09-13 21:15:00

Garveys Supervalu Senior Hurling Championship Semi Final – Replay
Lixnaw 0-14 St Brendans 0-13

Lixnaw are through to the Garveys Supervalu senior hurling championship final against Kilmoyley on Sunday 28th September following a narrow victory over reigning champions St Brendans at sun drenched Austin Stack Park on Saturday afternoon. It was a victory they just about deserved if only for the fact that they had the greater spread of scorers from play – 6 in all, while St Brendan's were over reliant on John Egan up front and indeed they never functioned with
their usual fluency in attack. It was unfortunate for Egan that he was the one to pass up a glorious chance of the equaliser as the game ticked into additional time for no one had done more in the past twelve months or more for the Ardefrt side.
St Brendans, with wind advantage, had the brighter start and led by three points to no score after 10 minutes with Egan from two placed balls and Nicky O’Sullivan pointing. Lixnaw gradually played their way into the game with two Ricky Heffernan points from placed balls leaving the minimum between the sides but back came Ardfert with good scores from Egan and Cian Hussey from play and the champions led by 5 to 2 at the end of the first quarter.
Lixnaw then took over and had four unanswered points in a seven minute period – all of them better than the next with Paul Galvin (who started) showing the way from long range and James Flaherty contributing 2 the second being the nearest we were to see to a goal as it skimmed the crossbar. Kevin Orpen, with a fine score and Ricky Heffernan from a free swapped scores before Cian Hussey and John Egan (65) pointed St Brendans back in front but Michael Conway had the last say of the first half with the leveller for Lix
naw to leave the sides deadlocked on 8 points apiece at the break.Kevin Orpen again from distance pointed St Brendans in front but Lixnaw got a stranglehold on the game for the remainder of the third quarter with John Griffin (afterwards named the Garveys Supervalu Man of the Match) and Brendan Brosnan thundering into the game around the middle. Points from Ricky Heffernan,
Griffin and John Buckley, saw Lixnaw move 2 clear and after Egan narrowed the gap from a free, there was a turning point when, after David Griffin was fouled, St Brendans were awarded a penalty at the three quarter stage. Up stepped goalkeeper Darren Delaney only to see his shot saved by his opposite number David Silles. John Buckley put Lixnaw two clear soon after and the rest of the game was played out in a welter of excitement. John Egan from a free and Fionán Horgan levelled the game once again but John Griffin replied with a screamer from out the field for Lixnaw before John Egan made it all square with five to go. Brendan Brosnan, following a lovely ground pass from Paul Galvin, gave Lixnaw the lead but the challengers had to withstand tremendous pressure in the final minutes as first Darren Dinneen was wide from a long range free and after Paul Galvin gave away a free in the dying moments we all sat back expecting extra time. It was not to be as John Egan pulled the wall wide on the right and that signalled the end of the action and the end of St Brendans reign as county champions..
Lixnaw: Ricky Heffernan 0-4 frees, James Flaherty, John Buckley, John Griffin and Michael Conway 0-2 each, Brendan Brosnan and Paul Galvin 0-1 each.
St Brendans: John Egan 0-7, (5fr), Cian Hussey, Kevin Orpen 0-2 each, Nicky O’Sullivan, Fionán Horgan 0-1 each.
Photo Caption:
Jer McCarthy County Hurling Offcier, John Griffin The Garveys SuperValu man of match, Jim Garvey from sponsor Garveys SuperValu and Ger Galvin Vice Chairman Kerry County Committee.

Garveys Supervalu SHC Replay

The big game this weekend is the replay of the Garvey’s SuperValu Co. Senior Hurling Championship semi-final between St. Brendan’s and Lixnaw. It goes ahead on today Saturday at Austin Stack Park at 5.30p.m.
Kilmoyley await the winners in the final which is scheduled for Sunday, 28th September. It will be preceded by the final of the 2014 Co. Intermediate Hurling Championship between Kenmare and Dr. Crokes.

Man of Match for SHC Semi Finals

Mark Fitzgerald Manager of Garveys SuperValu Tralee presented Dougie Fitzel Kilmoyley & John Egan St Brendan's with man of match trophies for their performances in the The Garveys Supervalu Senior Hurling Championship Semi Finals last weekend.
Dougie Fitzel helped Kilmoyley to reach their first County Final since 2009 on Friday night when they over came Ballyduff.
John Egan scored some great points in the other semi final on Sunday when his club drew with Lixnaw and the replay is fixed for Saturday 13th September.(see below for full match reports)

SHC Semi Final Replay

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

Garveys Supervalu Senior Hurling Championship Semi Finals
St Brendans 0-9 Lixnaw 0-9

It took two and a half games to separate these sides in last year’s championship decider and again today in the Garveys Supervalu Senior Hurling Championship, the game ended in deadlock. It was probably a fair result as neither side could build up a match winning lead with goal chances very scarce at either end.
St Brendans had first use of the wind and led by 3 to 1 after 11 minutes with John Egan (2) and Cian Hussey scoring for the champions and James Flaherty replying for Lixnaw. Flaherty added another great score a couple of minutes later as St Brendans clocked up the wides but Egan again and Nicky O’Sullivan did put Brendans 5 – 2 ahead after twenty minutes. Ricky Heffernan pointed twice before the interval for Lixnaw but in between John Egan also had a brace to leave St Brendans 6 points to 4 ahead at the break.
Paul Galvin started the second half for the challengers and was straight into the thick of the action pointing after four minutes following on from two Ricky Heffernan pointed frees. Heffernan pointed another free but it was now Lixnaw’s turn to miss some scoreable chances and they led by 8 to 6 after eight minutes of the new half. Scores were few and far between thereafter as John Egan and Cillian Fitzmaurice swapped points but John Egan saved the day for St Brendans with two points, one from play and one from a free, to level up the game with four minutes still to go. Both sides had chances from frees to win it but John Egan was wide from a tight angle on the right and then, Ricky Heffernan drove a far easier free wide of the posts deep in injury time.

Teams and Scorers:
Ardfert: Darren Delaney, Conor Flaherty, Kevin Hannafin, Fionán Horgan, Kevin Orpen, Darren Dineen (C), Eamon Corridon, Rory Horgan, Stephen Leen, David Griffin, Cian Hussey (0-1), Owen McCarthy, Padraig Kearney, Nicky O'Sullivan (0-1), John Egan (0-7, 3 frees). Subs: Donie MacKessy, Kieran Fitzgerald, Shane Griffin and Jerry Wallace.
Lixnaw: Martin Stackpoole, Darragh Shanahan, Trevor McKenna, Gary Hogan, Jonathan Silles, Maurice Corridan (captain), Gerald Stackpoole, John Griffin, Mike Quilter, Brendan Brosnan, Ricky Heffernan (0-5, 4 Frees), Conor O’Brien, Cillian Fitzmaurice (0-1), Keefer Roche, James Flaherty (0-2).Subs: Paul Galvin 0-1, Michael Stackpoole, John Buckley.

Garveys Supervalu Senior Hurling Championship Semi Finals
Kilmoyley 0-13 Ballyduff 0-10

Kilmoyley deservedly advanced to the Garveys Supervalu Senior Hurling Championship Final – their first since 2009 – when defeating Ballyduff in blustery conditions at Austin Stack Park. This game was always going to boil down to whoever used the wind advantage to best effect and Kilmoyley most definitely ticked that box especially in the lead in to half time when they rattled off four good points from play which, when compared to Ballyduff’s paltry one point from play during the hour, tells its own story. In fact Bobby O’Sullivan was the loser’s only scorer being unerring from frees from all angles and distances over the hour.
The opening quarter was tame for a semi final with Kilmoyley opening up a 3 points to 1 lead with the wind including 2 from play by Robert Collins. Adrian Royle and Daniel Collins pointed and in between Bobby O’Sullivan had two pointed frees for Ballyduff in reply and the game finally came to life after a bit of a melee near the dugouts that was quickly calmed down. Four points in as many minutes from Daniel Collins, Tommy Maunsell, Adrian Royle and Sean Maunsell had Kilmoyley leading by 9 points to 3 but when Bobby O’Sullivan pointed Ballyduff’s only score from play on the whistle, the deficit did not look so daunting with wind advantage to come.
Bobby O’Sullivan then narrowed the gap to four points on the resumption but significantly, Daniel Collins – after a good intervention from the linesman – and Sean Maunsell pointed Kilmoyley further in front by the 38th minute to lead 11 to 5. Bobby O’Sullivan passed up a chance to go for goal from a 21 yards free in favour of a tap over and when the same player added three more frees suddenly there was just two points between the sides with eight to go. During that time Kilmoyley, were forced to soak up tremendous pressure while at the same time they were making very little headway themselves up front where Paud Costello was sweeping to very good effect for Ballyduff. The closest Ballyduff came to a goal was when a long free from O’Sullivan bounced off Mikey Boyle’s hand and flashed wide in the 48th minute. Sean Maunsell broke Kilmoyley’s scoring drought with a quick fire point in the 55th minute and though O’Sullivan again narrowed the gap, Daniel Collins had the insurance score from a free – only their 2nd such score – in the 62nd minute.
Teams and Scorers:
Kilmoyley: Aiden McCabe, Seanie Murnane (capt), Sean Dowling, John Paul O’Mahony, Vincent Savage, Dougie Fitzell, Tom Murnane, Paudie O’Connor, Flor McCarthy, Daniel Collins (0-3, 2fr), Adrian Royle (0-2), Robert Collins (0-2), Tommy Maunsell (0-1), Colman Savage, Sean Maunsell (0-4). Subs: Michael Regan, Ian Brick, Jordan Brick, Luke Fitzell.
Ballyduff: P.J. O'Gorman, Paud Costello, Liam Boyle, David O'Grady, Kevin Bowler, Padraig O'Grady, Ally O'Connor, Giles O'Grady, Jason Bowler, Pat Joe Connolly, Mikey Boyle, Barry O'Grady (Capt), Bobby O'Sullivan (0-10, 10fr), Aiden Boyle, Jack Goulding. Subs: Kevin O’Connor, Padraig Boyle, Daniel O’Carroll.

Garveys Supervalu Senior Championship semi finals

The eagerly awaited semi-finals of the Garvey’s SuperValu Senior Hurling Championship go ahead on this weekend.
First up is the meeting of Kilmoyley and Ballyduff on Friday evening at 6.45p.m. and on Sunday afternoon at 1:30pm, holders St. Brendan’s take on Lixnaw in a repeat of the 2014 final.
The date for the second semi final has been rescheduled due to the All-Ireland football semi-final.

The Senior County Hurling Championship Semi Final Pairings 2014

The Draw for the Garveys Supervalu Senior Hurling Championship was made by Jim Garvey of Garveys Supervalu and Christy Killeen, Secretary of the CCC live on Radio Kerry today and resulted in the following pairings:

  • Kilmoyley V Ballyduff
  • St Brendans V Lixnaw

Last weekend in August is the likely date for the semi final and dates and venues will be decided by CCC later this week.
Garveys Super Valu Senior Hurling Championship Semi Final Draw

Draw will take place on Saturday next at 4.30pm live on Kerry Radio

The Draw for the semi final is seeded in that the winners of the “Winners Group” – St Brendans and Kilmoyley - are on one side of the draw while the winners of the “Losers Group”- Ballyduff and Lixnaw - are on the other side of the open draw.

Garveys Supervalu Senior Hurling Championship Quarter Finals

Ballyduff and Lixnaw have qualified for the Garveys Supervalu SHC Semi finals following victories over Crotta O’Neills and Abbeydorney respectively at Austin Stack Park on Saturday evening.
The Draw for the semi final is seeded in that the winners of the “Winners Group” – St Brendans and Kilmoyley - are on one side of the draw while the winners of the “Losers Group”- Ballyduff and Lixnaw - are on the other side of the open draw.
A date for the draw will be decided early next week.

Ballyduff 1-22 Crotta O’Neills 0-13

The writing was on the wall at half time for Crotta, who despite having played with the strong wind, were a point in arrears at the break, and though they put in a very gutsy third quarter performance, they were never going to outscore the Ballyduff men.
The sides traded points from frees right through the 1st quarter with Bobby O’Sullivan and Shane Nolan having their own private battle from placed balls and the sides were level – 3 points each – after fifteen minutes of play. Aidan Boyle had the first point from play soon after, the second of 6 points on the trot for Ballyduff, who led by 9 points to 3 after 21 minutes with O’Sullivan accounting for four of those. Crotta did work hard to reduce the score in the remaining time in the half and responded with five points of their own, all from Shane Nolan (3fr) and the deficit was down to a point at the break, 9 points to 8.
Crotta upped their performance on the resumption and after Ballyduff hit a number of wides, points from Shane Nolan and Jordan Conway actually saw Crotta take the lead and though Bobby O’Sullivan equalised soon after Richard Nolan restored Crotta’s lead – 10 points to 9 in the 39th minute. Crotta were then afforded a great chance of a goal but Matt Lynch’s ground shot was well saved by the advancing P.J. O’Gorman and recovering from that let-off, Ballyduff hit over 5 points in as many minutes including three from Aidan Boyle who had moved out the field, to lead by 15 points to 11 by the 49th minute. Shane Nolan did stop the rot with a good pointed free for Crotta but Ballyduff were now on song and hit 1-6 in the remaining time, Jack Goulding getting the goal in the 58th minute, to secure their semi final place against either St Brendans or Kilmoyley.
Ballyduff: Bobby O’Sullivan 0-11 (9 fr), Jack Goulding 1-1, Aidan Boyle 0-4, Barry O’Grady 0-3, John Paul Leahy, Giles O’Grady and Kevin O’Connor 0-1 each.
Crotta: Shane Nolan 0-11 (9 Fr,), Richard Nolan and Jordan Conway 0-1 each.
Referee: Diarmuid Kirwan (Cork).

Lixnaw 1-14 Abbeydorney 2-8
Lixnaw made hard work of disposing of a stubborn Abbeydorney challenge in the second of Saturday evening’s SHC Quarter final ties at Austin Stack Park. Having had advantage of the strong wind in the opening half the winners were just three points to the good at the break having hit six wides but having survived the best O’Dorney could throw at them in the third quarter, when the need was greatest they picked off the match winning scores in the final quarter. Lixnaw went into an early three point lead but they were pegged back when first Stevie O’Sullivan goaled and then Paul McElligott added another to put O’Dorney into a surprise lead against the wind. John Buckley pulled a point back before Ray Galvin and Cillian Fitzmaurice combined to put Ricky Heffernan through for a goal in the 21st minute. Heffernan, James Flaherty and Cillian Fitzmaurice all pointed and O’Dorney’s only response was a fine point by the excellent Darragh O’Connell to leave the winners 1-7 to 2-1 ahead at the break.
The sides were very evenly matched throughout the third quarter with Darragh O’Connell and Ricky Heffernan to the fore for their respective sides from frees and Lixnaw enjoyed a three points lead after 48 minutes, 1-11 to 2-5. This was O’Dorney’s best spell however and points from Brendan O’Leary and Darragh O’Connell reduced the deficit to the minimum as excitement grew, however, Lixnaw weathered the storm helped by the introduction of Paul Galvin and two points from Ricky Heffernan and another from James Flaherty saw them safely through to a semi final meeting with either St Brendans or Kilmoyley.
Lixnaw: Ricky Heffernan 1- 6 (5fr), James Flaherty 0-4, John Buckley 0-2, Cillian Fitzmaurice and John Griffin 0-1 each.
Abbeydorney: Darragh O’Connell 0-6 (3fr), Stevie O’Sullivan and Paul McElligott 1-0 each, Brendan O’Leary and James O’Connor 0-1 each.
Referee: Cathal McAllister (Cork).

Garveys Supervalu Senior Hurling Championship – Round 3 Draw

The Draw for the Garveys Senior Hurling Championship Round 3 is as follows:

  • Crotta O'Neills Vs Ballyduff @ 5:15pm
  • Lixnaw Vs Abbeydorney @ 7:00pm

Both Games in Austin Stack Park on Saturday next August 2nd with extra time if necessary.

Garveys Supervalu Senior Hurling Championship – Round 2 Losers Group

Abbeydorney 0-14 Ballyheigue 0-11

The first game in the losers round of the Championship in Austin Stack Park was not a game for the purist for the simple fact that the shooting by both sides was very poor and in the end one team would have to suffer and exit the championship. That team was Ballyheigue simply because they shot 10 wides when wind assisted in the first half and had they converted even a handful of those chances then they would certainly have been in with a shout at the final whistle.

Scores were few and far between in the first half and with 20 minutes played the score stood at 2 points apiece with two of those coming from frees. Shane Dunne (2) and Diarmuid Walsh did score 3 points in a two minute spell approaching the break bu crucially Darragh O’Connell replied with a couple of points to leave Ballyheigue a point to the good at the break, 5 points to 4.
Kieran Dineen levelled matters on the resumption but two points from Shane Dunne from placed balls had Ballyheigue two ahed before Darragh O’Connell hit 3 on the trot, 2 from play, to put Abbeydorney 8 points to 7 ahead at the 42nd minute. The game was developing into a shoot-out between O’Connell and Dunne and after the scoring rate improved, Michael Leane’s point for Abbeydorney had the sides still on level terms at 11 point each entering the final five minutes of normal time.
Kevin O’Mahony in the Ballyheigue goal was then adjudged to have picked the ball off the ground and O’Connell made no mistake from the resultant free and Daniel O’Mahony and O’Connell again added to the winner’s tally in the 11 minutes of added time to give Abbeydorney their passage to a quarter final meeting with Lixnaw.

Darragh O’Connell 0-12 (0-9 fr), Daniel O’Mahony and Kieran Dineen 0-1 each. Ballyheigue: Shane Dunne 0-7 (0-6 fr), Diarmuid Walsh 0-2, Adrian Flahive and Michael Leane 0-1 each.

Ballyduff 3-12 Causeway 1-10

The ability to get crucial goals at vital stages saw Ballyduff defeat Causeway in a game that lived up to its billing in patches in Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on Sunday afternoon. Causeway will bemoan the fact that they squandered many good scoring chances when wind assisted in the opening half – they had 7 wides in that period, but in the end it was the goals that were their downfall.
Causeway got the start they wanted with 3 points inside the opening 7 minutes and PJ O’Gorman also saved well from Brandon Barrett when one on one in the 10th minute. Padraig Boyle then struck for a good goal for Ballyduff but John Mike Dooley had an equally good goal at the other end for Causeway a minute later. Two good points by Paul McGrath and another from Muiris Delaney had Causeway 1-6 to 1-0 ahead at the end of the first quarter but gradually Ballyduff began to make inroads as Causway hit some poor wides. Bobby O’Connell and Paul McGrath swapped points and after Barry O’Grady had a good score from the wing Jack Goulding struck for the second Ballyduff goal when set up by Aidan Boyle in the 28th minute. Bobby O’Connell’s pointed free left just the minimum between the sides at the break, 1-7 to 2-3.
Ballyduff took control on the resumption with Padraig Boyle and Kevin O’Connor having some good scores to lead by 2-8 to 1-8 by the 40th minute before Mikey Boyle struck for their third goal in the in the 42nd minute. From there to the end Ballyduff had that cushion and Causeway never looked like turning over the lead as Kevin O’Connor and Padraig Boyle kept the scoreboard ticking over any time Paul McGrath threatened to cut the lead from placed balls. Ballyduff will now meet Crotta in the quarter finals on Saturday next.
Ballyduff: Padraig Boyle 1-6 (0-3fr), Jack Goulding and Mikey Boyle 1-0 each, Kevin O’Connor 0-3, Barry O’Grady, Pat Joe Connolly and Bobby O’Sullivan (fr) 0-1 each.
Causeway: Paul McGrath 0-7, (0-6Fr), John Mike Dooley 1-0, Jason Leahy 0-2, Muiris Delaney 0-1.
Spectators enjoying the hurling & sunshine in Austin Stack Park on Sunday
Kilmoyley and St Brendans through to SHC Semi Finals

Kilmoyley and St Brendans qualified for the Senior Hurling Championship Semi finals in contrasting fashion at sun soaked Austin Stack Park on Saturday. Kilmoyley had a rather comfortable four points victory over a wasteful Crotta side while St Brendans needed extra time before prevailing over a gallant Lixnaw side after a thriller.

Kilmoyley 1-16 Crotta O’Neills 1-12

Kilmoyley, though forced to play the final quarter with 12 players, advanced to the semi finals of the senior championship following a deserved victory over a Crotta side who wasted many scoring opportunities when wind assisted in the second half.
Wind assisted, the winners got the perfect start when Adrian Royle set up Flor McCarthy for a goal after a mere 30 seconds and with Daniel Collins unerring from frees, Kilmoyley raced into a 1-4 to 0-2 lead by the 18th minute. Shane Nolan and Tommy Maunsell exchanged points and with Jordan Conway was troubling the Kilmoyley defence, Crotta were much more involved and Shane Nolan goaled in the 22 minute to leave just two points between the sides. Kilmoyley were nearly in for a goal themselves and they finished the half with two points from Daniel Collins to one in reply from Nolan to leave the half time score 1-7 to 1-4 in favour of Kilmoyley.
Tom McElligott and Paudie Quille reduced the deficit on the resumption and two Shane Nolan points had the sides level with six minutes gone in the half. Kilmoyley responded with three good points from a Daniel Collins free and one each from Adrian Royle and Ian Brick to push three ahead and led by 1-13 to 1-9 at the three quarter stage after further points from Collins and Brick. The winners were dealt a blow in the 46th minute when Sean Dowling collected a second yellow and two points from Shane Nolan had the margin down to two. Tom Murnane and Nolan swapped points as Crotta wasted some guilt edged chances for points and Tom Murnane and Collins again closed the scoring to give Joe Walsh’s side a deserved victory and a place in the semi finals on August 29th.
Kilmoyley; Daniel Collins 0-8 (4fr), Flor McCarthy 1-0, Adrian Royle 0-3, Ian Brick and Tom Murnane 0-2, Tommy Maunsell 0-1.
Crotta: Shane Nolan 1-9 (8 fr), Tom McElligott, Paudie Quill and Mike Lynch 0-1 each.

St Brendans 1-18 Lixnaw 0-20

After a game that had many talking points, St Brendans squeezed a victory against the odds to qualify for the semi finals against a Lixnaw side who were at least unlucky not to earn another day out. Lixnaw had first use of the fresh wind and wasted little time in getting the scoreboard ticking and with scores from four different players they led by 5 points to 2 after 15 minutes of play with a rather subdued John Egan pointing the two frees for the reigning champions. Further points from Ricky Heffernan and Pat Corridan had Lixnaw five clear and James Flaherty had a good goal chance in the 24th minute but failed to connect fully and Darren Delaney saved the day for St Brendans. John Egan from a free and Michael Stackpoole from a lovely sideline cut exchanged points but St Brendans finished strong with two points from John Egan and David Griffin to be just 3 in arrears at the break, 8 points to 5.
If the first half was pedestrian enough, the second half certainly saw an improvement and with Lixnaw increasing their lead following two pointed frees from the ever accurate Ricky Heffernan to lead by double scores, 0-10 to 0-5, the gauntlet had been defiantly thrown down to the defending champions. Stephen Leen and Gerald Stackpoole exchanged points but then within 7 minutes the sides were level after points from David Griffin and John Egan were followed by a goal from St Brendans sub Kieran Fitzgerald who batted to the net after Martin Stackpoole had saved brilliantly from Tim Hannafin. Ricky Heffernan and Rory Horgan exchanged points as St Brendans missed some fine scoring chances due to poor shooting and then in a welter of excitement, James Flaherty for Lixnaw and John Egan with a tremendous effort, swapped scores as the game ebbed and flowed. Egan seemed to have given his side victory in the 61st minute with a pointed free but just on the whistle, Ricky Heffernan forced extra time when he pointed a 60 yds free to leave the score 1-11 to 0-14 at the end of normal time.
Lixnaw had wind advantage for the first period of the obligatory extra time and they used it to good effect with points from Ricky Heffernan (2) Ray Galvin and Gary Kelliher to one in reply from Kieran Fitzgerald to leave the half time score 0-18 to 1-12 in favour of Lixnaw. St Brendans were also reduced to 14 men half way through this period when their captain Darren Dineen, was shown red by Referee Ciarán O’Regan.
John Egan, who had upped his performance considerably as the game wore on, and Cillian Fitzmaurice exchanged points but despite their numerical deficiency, St Brendans were now in control and in a storming there minute spell they had 3 great scores from their talisman John Egan, the second after a tremendous catch and the third from a 75 yards free to level the game 1-16 to 0-19 with 5 minutes still to go. James Flaherty pointed Lixnaw ahead once again in a show of defiance but Rory Horgan pointed from distance to level once more from the puck out. Just when we were anticipating a replay up stepped Cian Hussey with the winner to send the St Brendans supporters wild with delight
St Brendans: John Egan 0-11 (0-9 Fr), Kieran Fitzgerald 1-1, Rory Horgan and David Griffin 0-2, Cian Hussey and Stephen Leen 0-1.
Lixnaw: Ricky Heffernan 0-10 (9Fr), James Flaherty 0-3, Ray Galvin 0-2, Gary Kelliher, Cillian Fitzmaurice, Michael Stackpoole (Fr), Gerald Stackpoole and Pat Corridan 0-1 each.

The Draw for Round 2 of the Garveys SHC resulted in the following Pairings:

Winners Group:

  • Crotta O'Neills Vs Kilmoyley Saturday 26th July at 5.15pm
  • Lixnaw Vs St Brendans Saturday 26th July at 7pm

Losers Group:

  • Abbeydorney Vs Ballyheigue on Sunday 27th July at 2pm
  • Causeway Vs Ballyduff on Sunday 27th July at 3.30pm

1st Round Results

  • Lixnaw 0-15 Ballyheigue 0-8
  • Kilmoyley 1-11 Causeway 0-11
  • Crotta 1-12 O'Dorney 0-9
  • St Brendans 2-10 Ballyduff 0-10

Garveys Supervalu Senior Hurling Championship Round 1.

Crotta O’Neills 1-12 Abbeydorney 0-9

Crotta advanced to the next round of the senior hurling championship with a rather facile victory over Abbeydorney in the opening game at Austin Stack Park on Sunday afternoon.
The sides were evenly matched in the opening quarter but gradually Crotta took over to build up an 8 points half time lead and thereafter there was never any doubt as to who the winners would be .
The sides traded points early on and the game turned into something of a shoot-out between free takers, Shane Nolan for Crotta and Darragh O’Connell for Abbeydorney. Crotta did have good points from play from Noaln (2) and Francis Keane and Darragh O’Connell had a fine effort from long range for O’Dorney to leave the sides deadlocked on 5 points each with 20 minutes gone. Paudie Quille pointed Crotta in front, a lead they did not surrender and when Shane Nolan goaled in the 24th minute after a defensive mix up in the O’Dorney defence, it was all one way traffic. At the break it was 1-10 to 0-5 for the winners.
O’Dorney, with the aid of the wind, upped the tempo on the resumption, but poor shooting – they shot 7 wides in this half – was to thwart their recovery and though Darragh O’Connell added 3 points from frees in the first 12 minutes of the half, their inability to convert possession into scores was to cost them dearly. Indeed Crotta had just one pont from play in the hour as Francis Keane pointed from play for Crotta in the 49th minute and thereafter there were only two more scores, another O’Connell free for Abbeydorney and a point from play by Crotta’s top marks man Shane Nolan to leave Crotta comfortable winners.
Crotta O’Neills: Shane Nolan 1-8 (0-5 frees), Francis Keane and Paudie Quille 0-2 each. Abbeydorney: Darragh O’Connell 0-9, (8fr.

Photo from U10 Go_Games that took part at half time on Sunday Abbeydorney V Crotta

St Brendans 2-10 Ballyduff 0-10
St Brendans served notice that they are not going to surrender their Garveys Supervalu Senior Hurling Championship crown too easily when putting in a fine second half performance to defeat a fancied Ballyduff side. There was a lot of shadow boxing by both sides in the first half with neither side willing the throw players forward into attack but St Brendans upped the tempo big time in the second half which they dominated to run out deserving winners.
The scoring opened with points from the opposing number 10s, Pat Joe Connolly for Ballyduff and Cian Hussey for Brendans and young Jack Goulding and David Griffin then exchanged points. In between those scores John Egan went for goal from a 21 yds free that never troubled the backline and with defences on top and extra men falling back scores were very difficult to come by. St Brendans also had four wides in the first ten minutes that did not help their cause and after Daniel O’Carroll pointed Ballyduff in front in the 16th minute play became very scrappy. John Egan equalised six minutes later before Darren Delaney made a great save in the Brendans goal from Mikey Boyle from a one on one situation in the 24th minute. Bobby O’Sullivan then had three points from placed balls, a “65” and two from over 70 yds to give Ballyduff a three point lead entering added time but that lead was nullified a minute later when John Egan robbed a Ballyduff defender and rifled the ball past P.J. O’Gorman to leave the sides on level terms at the break 1-3 to 0-6.
It was very clear that with the wind, St Brendans committed a lot more players forward in the second half and John Egan showed the the way on the scoreboard with two fine points one a free from 70 yds to lead by two by the 41st minute. The a long ball into the Ballyduff goalmouth was misjudged by the defence and in nipped Nicky O’Sullivan to finish to the net to give his side a five points lead at the three quarter stage. During the third quarter St Brendans defence was superb, blotting out the threat posed by the three Boyles and turning defence into attack on numerous occasions. Bobby O’Sullivan and David Griffin exchanged points but then with four minutes of normal time left, Ballyduff awoke from their slumber and good scores from Mikey and Padraig Boyle and another free from Bobby O’Sullivan left just two points between the sides, however, St Brendans finished in style with three points from John Egan (the last a fantastic effort from centre of the field on the sideline), and another from Kieran Fitzgerald, to run out deserving winners.
St Brendans: John Egan 1-6 (0-2 fr), Nicky O’Sullivan 1-0. David Griffin 0-2, Cian Hussey and Kieran Fitzgerald 0-1 each.
Ballyduff: Bobby O’Sullivan 0-5 frees, Pat Joe Connolly, Mikey Boyle, Padraig Boyle, Jack Goulding and Daniel O’Carroll 0-1 each.

Kilmoyley 1-11 Causeway 0-11
Most of the excitement in this Garveys Supervalu senior hurling Championship first round game at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on Saturday evening was crammed into the final five minutes of play. Kilmoyley enjoyed what looked like a comfortable 4 points lead with normal time up but then Causeway won a 21 yards free which Tadhg Flynn blasted for goal but the Kilmoyley defence saved at the expense of a “65” which Paul McGrath pointed in the 62nd minute. A minute later, John Mike Dooley, who had earlier been introduced by Causeway, was fouled in the square and again Tadhg Flynn made the journey upfield only to see his penalty saved on the line to deny Causeway extra time.
The game itself will not live long in the memory given that 10 of the winners points came from placed balls while Causeway had 7 from the same source. The winners got the better start and dominating play they had three pointed frees from Daniel Collins on the scoreboard before Adrian Royle collected a misdirected pass near the sideline and soloed forty yards before giving Tadhg Flynn no chance from close range in the 9th minute. Causeway responded well to this setback with five unanswered points, including three from play from Darren Leahy, Paul McGrath and the lively Brandon Barrett to leave two between the sides by the 19th minute. Kilmoyley had a number of poor wides and Colman Savage was almost in for a goal but they had two more pointed frees from Daniel Collins and another from play by Adrian Royle to a fine point in reply from a Paul McGrath free from 70 yards on the sideline. At the break it was 1-6 to 0-7 for the winners.
Kilmoyley carried on where they left off with 3 more pointed frees from Collins to lead by 1-9 to 7 points at the three quarter stage. Play was broken up with a number of injury stoppages before John Mike Dooley pointed from a free for Causeway’s first score of the half in the 48th minute. Daniel Collins with two more frees and two good points from play by Brandon Barrett and Jason Leahy still left the four points between the sides as Adam While saw red for Causeway. Then came those dramatic injury time saves that saw Kilmoyley deservedly take the honours.
Kilmoyley: Daniel Collins 0-10 frees, Adrian Royle 1-1. Causeway: Paul McGrath 0-6, (5Fr), Brandon Barrett 0-2, John M. Dooley (Fr), Darren Leahy and Jason Leahy 0-1 each

Photo from U10 Go_Games that took part at half time tonight between Causeway V Kilmoyley.

Lixnaw 0 - 15 Ballyheigue 0 - 8

Lixnaw had a comfortable win over Ballyheigue in Round 1 of the Garvey’s Super Valu 2014 Kerry County Senior Hurling Championship tie played at Austin Stack Park, Tralee on Friday evening. Played before a good crowd, in excellent and warm conditions, Lixnaw were by far the better team and could afford the luxury of hitting 16 wides and still come out on top by 7 points.

Ballyheigue opened the scoring in the 2nd minute with a Philip Lucid point from play. Fergus Fitzmaurice equalised in the 3rd and when Brendan Brosnan pointed from play after 10 minutes to make it 0 – 2 to 0 – 1, Lixnaw took a lead they were never to lose. Lucid put over a free for Ballyheigue but by the 16th minute further points, from Ricky Heffernan (free) and Brosnan again, left Lixnaw 4 points to 2 ahead. Then an accidental collision between 2 players let a Lixnaw player injured, necessitating a long delay while medical attention was given and an ambulance was called. Thankfully the player walked into the ambulance and was transferred to hospital for further treatment. The game resumed after a delay of over 20 minutes.
Lixnaw continued to dominate however. 2 Lixnaw points from James Flaherty, from a free and from play, were punctuated by a Diarmuid Walsh point for the sea siders , leaving Lixnaw ahead at the break, 0 – 6 to 0 – 3.
On the resumption Lixnaw really took over. A purple patch between the 34th and 42nd minutes yielded 5 points from Conor O’Brien (2), Heffernan, Flaherty and the impressive John Buckley. Ballyheigue’s replies were sporadic. A free and a ’65 from Philip Lucid kept them in touch but they were behind by 11 points to 5 entering the last quarter. They made some decent attacks but a poor first touch left them down. Meanwhile Lixnaw grew in confidence and further points from Buckley (3) and Darragh Shanahan gave them a final tally of 15 while late Ballyheigue points from Sean Colgan (2) and Pa O’Rgan put a better look on the scoreboard.
Ag Deireadh bhí an bua ag Leac Sná, 0 – 15 in aghaidh 0 - 8.

Scorers: Lixnaw: John Buckley 0-4, James Flaherty 0-3, Ricky Heffernan, Brendan Brosnan, and Conor O’Brien 0-2 each, Darragh Shanahan and Fergus Fitzmaurice 0-1 each.
Ballyheigue: Philip Lucid 0-4, Seanie Colgan 0-2, Pa O’Regan and Diarnuid Walsh 0-1 each.

We send our best wishes & a speedy recovery to Brendan Brosnan from Lixnaw who was injured tonight in Austin Stack Park.

Garveys Supervalu Senior Hurling Championship gets underway this weekend

All roads lead to Austin Stack Park this weekend for Kerry hurling followers with the opening round of the 2014 Garvey's Supervalu County Senior Hurling Championship.

First up on Friday evening is the meeting of Ballyheigue and Lixnaw at 7.00p.m.
On Saturday evening Causeway take on Kilmoyley, also at 7.00p.m.
There will be a double bill on Sunday with Abbeydorney versus Crotta O'Neill's at 1.00p.m. and the reigning champions, St. Brendan's play Ballyduff at 2.30p.m.
Extra time will be played in all games if necessary.

The championship will be played in the 'Christy Ring' format so all teams will again be out on the following weekend when the winners play winners and losers play losers. Round 2 is on the weekend of July 26th with Round 3 on the August weekend.?

Garveys Supervalu County Senior Hurling Championship
The Draw for Round 1 of the Garveys Supervalu County Senior Hurling Championship was made in Garveys Supervalu, Rock Street, Tralee this evening in the presence of Jim Garvey representing the sponsors, Garveys Supervalu, and Patrick O’Sullivan, Chairman of the County Committee. The draw was relied live on Weeshie Fogartys Terrace talk on Radio Kerry.

The Draw resulted in the following Pairings:

  • Crotta O’Neills V Abbeydorney
  • St Brendans V Ballyduff
  • Ballyheigue V Lixnaw
  • Causeway V Kilmoyley
  • Round 1 games will be played on the weekend of July 20th
  • and the remainder of the competition will be played out in the “Christy Ring” format with First Round winners playing each other and First Round Losers playing each other on the weekend of July 27th.
  • Round 3 will be played on the weekend of August 2nd.

Photo: Sylvester Hennessy & Ciarán O'Regan discussing the SHC Draw live on Terrace Talk from Garveys SuperValu Rock Street Tralee :

Launch of SHC

The Launch of the Garveys Supervalu County Senior Hurling Championship will take place in Garveys Supervalu Tralee today Monday evening at 6pm.
The Draw for the First Round of this year's Garveys Supervalu Senior Hurling Championship will also take place at the launch.
Round 1 of the senior championship will go ahead on the weekend of July 19/20.