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PRO GAA Scene December 3rd 2014 2014-12-06 10:41:00

County Convention

The filling of two officer positions on the executive is bound to be the main item of interest at the annual convention of the Kerry county committee at the Ballyroe Heights Hotel Tralee on Monday evening next (7:30pm). Usually it is said that when Kerry footballers win the All Ireland the football  final Clubs are happy and a quiet convention follows. Given that the hurlers also did their bit by winning the Allianz Hurling League Division 2A and the Minor B Championship finals, then one would think that everyone will be happy. However, there is nothing like an election or two to liven up a Convention, even though, given that both elections are straight forward head to head contests between two candidates, then even that may not be enough to raise the excitement to any great heights.

Having said all that, everything in the Kerry GAA garden may not be as rosy as it seems! These are trying times for many clubs throughout the county, particularly the smaller rural clubs who are struggling for player and administrative numbers due to ongoing immigration and indeed migration to the larger urban areas. There is bigger competition now more than ever from other sports while the cost of running even an average size club is growing year on year. Player burnout is another big issue that should be high up on any agenda when GAA clubs convene. Very recently I have heard of  two cases involving players who were part of Kerry’s All Ireland minor football winning team;  the number of games and training sessions they have taken part in at a time when they should be resting after a strenuous campaign is worrying to say the least.

The forum for all these issues to be discussed of course is our county convention. There are plenty more issues out there,  affecting every club in the county and it is up to the three club representatives present on the night to bring any issues affecting clubs to the forefront.

Vice Chairperson and Central Council Delegate to be elected at County Convention

There will be contests for two officer positions at annual convention: 

Vice Chairman: There are two nominations to replace outgoing Ger Galvin who spent three years in the position, namely, Diarmuid Ó Sé (Piarsaigh na Dromoda) and Stephen Wallace (Ardfert)

Diarmuid Ó Sé is of course a former officer of the Board and a former chairman of the South Kerry Board while Stephen Wallace is better known on the playing side for his role as current trainer of Ardfert and the Kerry Junior football teams.

Central Council Delegate: There are also two nominations for the  plum position of Central Council Delegate to replace Eamonn O’Sullivan whose five year term is up, namely Ger Galvin (Spa) who is the outgoing Vice Chairman and John Joe Carroll (Asdee) who stepped down as Treasurer of the board  last year.

Should there be a tie when all votes are counted, under the new GAA rules, the winner will be decided on the toss of a coin.

The deadline for receipt of ballot papers in the county board office is 4pm on Monday next and ballot papers may also be handed in before Convention on the Monday night.

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.

Convention Motions

With all the competition and related motions having been already dealt with at the November County Committee meeting, there are just two motions on the clár for convention on Monday night. One of those, in relation to bye-laws comes from executive committee while the other is the old chestnut of county football championship club teams having a representative on the CCC.

Motion 1 - County Committee

That year numbers and rule numbers of County Bye-laws be updated to comply with official guide.

Motion 2 - Fanaithe na Leamhna

That the Competitions Control Committee be extended by one to include a representative from the clubs that participate in the senior football championship.

 

McGrath Cup

The draw for the 2015 McGrath Cup sees Kerry play Tralee IT for the third year in a row in the opening round on January 11th with the winners playing either Limerick or UCC a week later.

Austin Stacks are Munster Champions

Austin Stacks rode out the strong challenge of The Nire from Waterford to be crowned Munster Champions for the first time since their inaugural victory in 1976 in what is likely to be the last Munster Final to be played at the soon to be demolished Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday last. They did so the hard way having been reduced to 14 men at the end of the first quarter, but thereafter, they took their scores and whatever slice of luck that came their way to run out deserving winners (3-5 to 2-4).  They will now face Ulster champions Slaughtneil from Derry in the February 14th semi final but in the meantime they will take a well earned rest.

Ardfert are Munster Intermediate Champions again

A goal at the three quarter mark at a stage, when it looked like the game was slipping away from them, was the decisive score as Ardfert claimed the Munster Intermediate title for the second time at Killarney’s Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday afternoon last. Thereafter Ardfert, who are improving as the year goes on, applied the finishing touches to a most satisfying victory (1-12 to 1-10) and they now go on to play Ulster standard bearers Warrenpoint of Down on Sunday January 25th.

Brosna in search of three in a row for Kerry

Brosna will travel to Mallow on Sunday next in search of the Munster Junior title and a three in a row for Kerry in the provincial club championships. So far, Brosna have defied all the odds to first capture the Kerry title and then defeat Cork champions Millstreet in the semi final two weeks ago. Their opponents, Limerick champions Glin, have already defeated Tipperary and Waterford opposition on their way to the final and Brosna, despite their impressive displays so far this season, are unlikely to take anything for granted, Throw in is at 3:15 and they take the best wishes of all Kerry Gaels.

Valentia are Novice Shield Champions

A goal before the break was the decisive score as Valentia captured the Castleisland Mart Novice Shield at J.P.O’Sullivan Park Killorglin on Sunday last by defeating Ballydonoghue on a score of 1-0 to 0-9. It was a fairy tale ending to the season for Valentia who struggled to even field a team at the start of the year. The South Kerry side now go on to represent Kerry in the Munster B Club Championship run by the Knockaderry club in South Limerick on Sunday next.

All Ireland Presentation Gala Banquet

Tickets for the All Ireland Medal Presentation Gala Banquet have gone on sale and are available from the office at Austin Stack Park, the Kerry GAA Store in the Killarney Outlet Centre and Mulvihills Pharmacy in Killorglin.

The banquet is on in the INEC, Killarney on Friday December 19th commencing at 7pm. Both the Minor and Senior All Ireland Football medals will be presented on the night. 

Tickets, costing €60, are limited and are on a first come first served basis and people who wish to attend are encouraged to purchase early. Clubs intending to reserve a table should contact the County Board office without delay.

Special Room Rates have been arranged for the night in both The Brehon and The Gleneagle Hotels

And further information can be got from the County Board office or any one of the organising Commitee of Eamon O'Sullivan, Joe Crowley and Leona Twiss.

Credit Union Senior Football League

With Austin Stacks in Munster Club action for the past few weeks, the Division 1 final between the men from the Rock and Dr Crokes was due to be played in Connolly Park on December 14th, however, due to unavailability of a number of players on both sides, and with the agreement of both clubs, this final will now go back to the new year and that will certainly be a good way to get the new League up and running.

The remaining five games in Division 3, that will determine outstanding  promotion and relegation issues, will be played on December 14th at 2pm.

In Division 4, the three way playoff for the third promotion place saw Fossa and Castlegregory play out another exciting encounter with extra time needed for the second week in a row. Fossa overturned a five points deficit at the start of the final period of extra time to finally qualify to play Beaufort on December 14th for the right to play in Division 3 football  next season.

In Division 5 Ballydonoghue and Renard, who finished level on points for the third promotion place, will playoff for promotion on Sunday next in Keel at 2pm.

New Jersey for Kerry

Kerry GAA and team sponsors, Kerry Group will unveil the new Kerry Jersey for the 2015 season on this Friday and it will be available in the Kerry GAA Store and other outlets this weekend.

Kerry GAA Website

A major revamp of the official Kerry GAA Website is nearing completion right now. Over the past eight months or so a committee has been working towards the building of a site that will reflects the county’s high profile within the Association. While this is still very much a work in progress, we would welcome any constructive comments or ideas to administrator1.kerry@gaa.ie

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

Kerry Senior and Minor Medals Presentation Night

The Kerry Senior and Minor Hurlers – winners of the 2014 Allianz Hurling League Division 2A and the All-Ireland Minor ‘B’ Championship titles – received their medals at a function hosted by the Kerry County Board, G.A.A. in Tralee on Saturday last. Guest of honour, Robert Frost, Cathaoirleach, Comhairle na Mumhan made the presentations.

Chairman of the Kerry Co. Committee, Patrick O’Sullivan, in welcoming everyone present, congratulated both teams and their management on their successes and promised the full backing of the county committee to ensure that further success followed in the coming year. He congratulated Kerry’s 3 Christy Ring All-Stars, Padraig Boyle, Daniel Collins and Bryan Murphy and also those who represented Ireland in the Shinty internationals with Scotland.

Kerry senior team manager, Eamonn Kelly, said that his challenge for the coming season was twofold; to transfer the passion and pride, so much in evidence in the recent county championship, over to the county team set up and secondly, to bring the Christy Ring Cup back to Kerry in 2015. He thanked his fellow selectors, D.J. Leahy and Tom O’Connell, and he also informed those present that coach, Brian Horgan, would not be available in the coming year due to family commitments and he would be replaced by 2001 Tipperary All-Ireland medallist,  Conor Gleeson of the Boherlahan-Dualla Club.

Minor team manager, Ian Brick, thanked his fellow selectors, Aidan O’Mahony and Stephen Goggin and while congratulating all of the players, he singled out Daniel O’Carroll who was winning his 3rd Minor “B” All Ireland medal and Fionán Mackessy, who as a 16 year old, had the honour of captaining the minor team.

Presentations were made to both the senior and minor management teams in recognition of their achievements while Robert Frost remarked that he hoped that he would be back in Kerry again next year presenting Christy Ring medals.

Under 21 Semi Final

St. Brendan’s and Lixnaw will play the second semi-final of the Acorn Life Co. Under 21 hurling on this Sunday, in Causeway at 2pm. The winners will play Causeway in the final on Saturday, 20th December.

Senior Hurling League Division 3 Final

Crotta O’Neills play Kenmare in the SHL Division 3 final in Lewis Rd on Sunday next at 2pm.

Minor Hurling League Final

Causeway have home venue for the MHL Final against Abbeydorney on this Saturday at 2pm.

Results

In the semi-final of the Co. Minor hurling league on Saturday last, Abbeydorney/Crotta had a 3 - 15 to 2 - 16 win over Lixnaw.  Causeway received a walkover from South Kerry in the second semi-final.

In the semi-final of the Co. Hurling League Division 3, Kenmare had a 1 - 11 to 0 - 11 win over Austin Stacks. Kenmare will now meet Crotta O’Neill’s in the final on this Saturday, 6th December. Time & venue to be confirmed.

Waterford Crystal Cup

Kerry open their Waterford Crystal campaign with a home game against UCC on January 18th with the winners playing Limerick, Waterford or LIT in the semi finals on January 25th.

A.G.M.’s

The following annual general meetings have been notified: Wednesday, 3rd December - South Kerry Hurling Board at the Killarney Plaza Hotel at 8.00p.m. / Kilmoyley Juvenile Hurling Club in their Clubrooms at 7.00p.m. Friday, 12thDecember - St. Brendan’s and Kilmoyley Hurling Clubs.

The following officers were elected at the recent Tralee Parnell’s A.G.M. - President - Eileen Cotter; Chairman - Dermot Reen;  Vice Chairman - Ger O’Brien;  Camogie Chairperson - Carmel Maloney; Secretary - David Brick; Asst. Secretary - John Palmer; Joint Treasurers - Stephen Buttimer & Chris Maloney;  P.R.O. - Mike Roger O’Sullivan;  Registrar - Amy Brick;  Asst. Registrar - William Brick; Coaching and Games Officer -  David O’Dea;  ASAP Officer - Ger Reidy; Children’s Officer - Agnes Sheehy;  Club/Schools co-ordinators - David O’Dea / Joe Brennan; Executive Committee: Cathal Foley, Brian Shanahan, John Breen, Ger Donnellan, Rory Kerins, Mark Ryall, Gerry Devine, Gerry Creechan.

Parnell’s have announced that the Guest of Honour at their Annual Awards night on 12th December will be the Kilkenny manager, Brian Cody.

Awards

At the South Kerry Hurling Bord na nÓg 4th annual hurling awards night held in Killarney on Friday last, the guest speaker was Cork goalkeeper, Anthony Nash. Presentations were made to the South Kerry members of the victorious Kerry minor hurling team as well as to members of the various Hurling Development squads who represented their South Kerry clubs during the year. Also present was the Kerry minor hurling captain, Fionán Mackessy. 

On the same evening the North Kerry Hurling Board held their annual awards presentations. Kerry senior hurling captain, John Egan, received a Special Merit award. The 2015 North Kerry Hall of Fame award went to former outstanding administrator and referee, James Broderick (Causeway). Kerry’s outgoing Central Council delegate, Eamon O Sullivan and Jerry O’ Dwyer of Lee Strand also received presentations. Underage Player of the Match awards for their displays in finals went to: Eric Daly [Ballyduff], Conor Corrigan [Kilmoyley], Cillian Spillane [Abbeydorney] - represented by his sister Caoimhe, Brendan Walsh [Ballyheigue], John Quilter [Crotta], Niall O’Mahony [Abbeydorney], Eric Leen [St. Brendan’s] and Gearoid O’Mahony [Causeway].