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PRO GAA Scene June 25th 2014 2014-06-25 11:16:00

Kerry qualify for another Kerry/Cork showdown on July 6th

Kerry booked their place in the Munster Final against Cork after eventually wearing down a lively Clare outfit before an attendance of 5,938 at Cusack Park on Sunday afternoon last. It was far from a vintage display by the men in green and gold but with five starting debutantes on their side it is only natural that there would be a settling in period. A Goal by one of those newcomers, Paul Murphy, gave Kerry an early cushion but the concession of 1-3 to the Banner men in a six minute spell had the alarm bells ringing throughout the Kingdom. Some fine scores from Paul Geaney in particular and Stephen O’Brien saw Kerry retire just a point in arrears at the interval with Clare being full value for their slender lead.

Kerry upped the tempo considerably in the second half with Bryan Sheehan outstanding and Geaney again contributing to the scoreboard and were five points clear by the 62nd minute but Clare refused to lie down and gave the Kerrymen plenty anxious moments before a 14 man Kerry side – Anthony Maher was dismissed for a second yellow in the 59th minute – eventually emerged victorious by a four point margin, 1-17 to 1-13.

So it’s on to Páirc Uí Chaóimh on July 6th (2pm) for a meeting with the Rebels, a game that will be preceded by the Minor final between the same sides at 12 noon.

Kerry Juniors make it a double in Ennis

Kerry easily booked their place in the Munster Junior Final against Cork when overcoming the Clare challenge at Ennis in the curtain raiser to the senior final. Kerry got out of the blocks fast and were 5 points to no score ahead by the 15th minute and after Paul Kennelly added a point and Brian Crowley goaled, the KIngdom led by 1-6 to 0-2 at the break.

It was all one way traffic in the second half and once Gavan O’Grady goaled form the penalty spot in the 47th minute it was game over for the Clare men with the final score reading 2-12 to 0-7 in favour of Kerry. Kerry will now meet Cork in the final on Wednesday July 2nd in Austin Stack Park, Tralee (7:30).

Currow and St Brendans meet in Senior Football Championship

One of the two outstanding fixtures from Round 2 of the Garveys County Senior Football Championship will be played on this Saturday evening when Currow are on home soil against St Brendans (7pm) with extra time if required. Currow made their debut in the championship when going down by two points to St Michaels-Foilmore in Round 1 while Divisional side, St Brendans, were defeated by Laune Rangers by a six point margin. The prize for the winners is a Round 3 fixture against Dingle in either Currow or Austin Stack Park on Saturday July 12th.

Senior Football Championship Review Report is main item on Agenda for County Committee meeting

The senior football championship review sub-committee report is the main item on the agenda of the June meeting of the County Committee to be held in Austiun Stack Park at 8pm. 

The report of the review committee, under the chairmanship of Tony O’Keeffe, is eagerly awaited and it is worth reminding ourselves of the terms of reference given to that committee which also consisted of Eamonn Whelan (Coaching Officer), Mike Piggott, Mike Murphy, Brian Hickey, Dara Ó Cinneíde and Mike Sayers:

•          To examine the effectiveness and appeal of County Senior Championship in its current format.

•          To review standard, quality, timing, and entry/exit process of County Championship

•          To examine the impact of clubs and group teams participating in the championship on the overall fixture programme for Ciarraí.

•          To examine the impact of other club championships including Intermediate and Senior Club Championships. 

•          To look at any other areas that the committee deem relevant.

There will be no vote taken on the night as it is planned that the committee will also present their report to the chairmen and secretaries of the Clubs on the week after the County Committee meeting and then, final decisions and recommendations will be put to Clubs at the August County Committee meeting where they will be voted on.

Castleisland Mart Intermediate Club Championship

Ardfert booked their place in the Castleisland Mart Intermediate Championship semi finals last weekend when they defeated John Mitchels by the minimum margin in Ardfert (1-9 to 1-8).

Desmonds are already through to the semi-finals and they will be joined by either Glenflesk or Finuge who meet in another Round 2 tie in Glenflesk on this Saturday evening at 7 Pm with extra time if required.

Spa and Emmets replay their Round 2 fixture on Saturday July 19th (7pm) in Spa to complete the semi final line-up.

Credit Union Senior Football League Round 7 this weekend

With the Credit Union Senior Football League having passed the half way stage, Round 7 this weekend is the first of three vital Summer Rounds that will test the strength of many squads given the number of young players unavailable to their clubs for various reasons during the Summer months.

In Division 1, two games have been re-scheduled due to Senior and Intermediate Football Championship games this coming weekend.  Dr Crokes v Currow will be played on Saturday July 19th and Finuge will play Kerins O’Rahillys on Saturday August 9th. So Austin Stacks travel to Listowel to take on Emmets in the knowledge that a win would see them go clear at the top.

Killarney Legion are gone four points clear in Division 2 following their defeat of bottom club St Pats in a Round 7 fixture that was played last weekend, while Desmonds, joint second with  Glenbeigh Glencar,  can claim second spot on their own when they visit Spa as Glenbeigh-Glencar’s  game with John Mitchels is put back to July 19th. Kenmare moved into fourth place on 8 points in the table following a Round 6 victory over Gneeveguilla last weekend with Gneeveguilla remaining in the danger zone on 4 points.

In Division 3, two more games are re-scheduled due to Championship games this weekend, Scartaglen v Glenflesk            goes back to Saturday July 19th and Ardfert v Brosna goes back to Saturday August 9th. Leaders Templenoe are home to Lispole while St Marys, one of three teams in second place on 8 points are home to Keel. Another team in second place, Annascaul, have a local derby with An Ghaeltacht. Glenflesk, who do not play, are the third team in second place.

There are also games rescheduled in Division 4 where table toppers, Na Gaeil will play Beaufort on August 9th and Fossa v Churchill goes back to July 19th. Beale, two points behind the leaders along with Castlegregory, can go joint top with victory away to Cordal as can Castlegregory with victory over Ballylongford.

All games go ahead as scheduled in Division 5. St Senans have leapfrogged Dr Crokes at the top of this Division following victory over Moyvane in a Round 6 back game last weekend while Duagh move up to 8 points following victory over Tuosist in another back game. St Senans are home to Renard this weekend while Dr Crokes travel to play Sneem/Derrynane.

Round 8 of the League is scheduled for July 27th.

Acorn Life County Under 21 Football Championship gets underway this Wednesday evening

The Acorn Life sponsored County Under 21 Football Championship gets underway on this Wednesday evening with the following games all at 7:30pm, with extra time where necessary:

St Kierans                    V          Dr Crokes                    (Knocknagoshel)

Austin Stacks               V          Dingle                          (Connolly Pk)

South Kerry                 V          East Kerry                    (Caherciveen)

Feale Rangers             V          Mid Kerry                    (Mountcoal)

Kenmare District         V          West Kerry                  (Kenmare)

Laune Rangers                        V          Shannon Rangers        (Killorglin)

Kilcummin/RathmoreV          An Ghaeltacht             (Kilcummin)

The St Brendans V Kerins O’Rahillys game will be played on July 2nd in Ardfert due to St Brendans involvement in the Senior Championship this coming weekend. Round 2 or losers round will also be played on July 2nd.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship

The Preliminary Round game in the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship featuring St Kierans and Feale Rangers will be played on Tuesday evening next July 1st at 7 pm in Castleisland. The winners are away to An Ghaeltacht on Wednesday 9th when all Round 1 games will be played. Extra time applies.

Credit Union Junior Football Leagues

The Junior Football Leagues have now reached the playoff stages in most of the Groups but there are still a few exceptions here and there where the result of back games will decide the final playoff places.

The following is a brief summary of the League Tables in each of the Divisions but the CCC have the final say in all situations:

 Group 1: Legion, Austin Stacks and Rathmore are in the playoff positions with Rathmore and Austin Stacks having games in hand against John Mitchels to decide final placings.

Group 2: Clounmacon are top with 10 points, while the semi-final places between Emmets, Gneeveguilla and Listry, all on 6 points.

Group 3: An Ghaeltacht are top with Na Gaeil, Ardfert and Milltown in the running for the semi final places. The back game between Milltown and Ardfert should decide those playoff places.

Group 4: Waterville are top,  Templenoe are in the semi final and looks like they will be joined by St Michaels Foilmore.

Group 5: St Pats are in the final and Duagh are in the semi final. The back game between St Senans and Churchill should decide the other semi-finalist.

Group 6: Skellig Rangers and Glenflesk are on 6 points, Beaufort and Dromid are on 5 each. The back game between Skellig Rangers and Dromid should decide the final placings.

Group 7: Moyvane are in the final and Tarbert and Ballydonoghue will contest the semi final.

Group 8: Annascaul are top on 6 points, Currow are on 4 with Lispole, Keel and Castlegregory on 2 points. Back game there between Lispole and Currow may decide final three placings.

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Garveys Supervalu County Senior Hurling Championship

The Draw for Round 1 of the Garveys Supervalu County Senior Hurling Championship was made in Garveys Supervalu 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 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.

Credit Union Senior Hurling Leagues

Division 1 of the Credit Union County Senior Hurling League continued last week with 3 games played. As of Sunday evening, Causeway, as a result of their win over St. Brendan’s, now take over at the top of the table with 6 points from 4 games. Results were:  Lixnaw 2-14 Crotta O`Neill's 3-8; Causeway 1-14 St. Brendan’s 0-16; Kilmoyley 2-5 Abbeydorney 0-10; Ballyduff 5-20 Ballyheigue 0-15.

Match of the week was the clash of Kilmoyley and Abbeydorney at Lerrig.  Kilmoyley were lucky to come away with a win and Abbeydorney will be wondering how they lost.  Played in sweltering heat,  Abbeydorney had four points on the board, courtesy of  Damien Ryall (2) and the O’Leary brothers, Michael and Daniel, before Kilmoyley got their first score, a 14th minute goal from Tommy Maunsell. At half time the visitors were still ahead, 0 -7 to 1-2.

Kilmoyley got points from Tom Murnane in the 40th and 44th minutes to level matters. In a close, low scoring half, Abbeydorney added 3 further points and were still ahead by 2 as the game came to a close. However up stepped county star, Daniel Collins, to snatch a late goal and a 1 point win and valuable league points for Kilmoyley.  Final score Kilmoyley 2-5 Abbeydorney 0 -10. The lineouts were:

Abbeydorney:  Jason Fealy, Der Lawlor, Kieran Dineen (capt), Mike Hanafin, Padraig Dineen, Aidan Healy, Eoin Egan, Damian Ryall, Stevie O’Sullivan, James O’Connor, Paul McElligott, Daniel O’Mahony, Michael O’Leary, Sean O’Mahony, Daniel O’ Leary.

Kilmoyley:  Aidan McCabe, Sean Murnane, Sean Dowling, John Paul O’Mahony, Dougie Fitzell, Conor Fitzell, Daniel Collins, Tom Murnane, Sean Godley, Ian Brick, Colman Savage, Tommy Maunsell, Paudie O’Connor, Brendan Harris, Joe McElligott. Subs.: Robert Collins, Edmund Griffin, Florence McCarthy.

Referee:  Diarmuid O’Carroll (Ballyduff).

Fixtures for this Friday, 27th June, 7.30p.m. are: Abbeydorney  v  St. Brendan's and Ballyheigue  v  Kilmoyley. On Sunday at 2.00p.m, Crotta play Ballyduff at Dromakee and Lixnaw are at home to Causeway.

Division 3 result: St Patrick's (East Kerry) 3 - 7 Austin Stacks 1 - 13 [draw]. On this Wednesday, 25th June Austin Stacks play Duagh at Connolly Park and  Crotta O`Neill's meet St Patrick's (East Kerry) at Dromakee, games at 7.30p.m.

West Munster League

Ballybrown of Limerick defeated Kilmoyley on a score of 2-11 to 0-14.

Minor Hurling League

Minor Hurling League Results

The Minor Hurling League got underway on Monday evening with the following results: Abbeydorney 8-11 Ballyduff 5-10; Causeway 7-11 Kilmoyley 1-8; Lixnaw got a W.O. from St Brendans who were unable to field.

The County Minor hurling leagues continue on Monday next, 30th June, 7.30p.m.  with games in Divisions 1A and 1B. Fixtures are: Causeway v St. Brendan’s; Ballyduff v Ballyheigue; South Kerry V Abbeydorney; Lixnaw v Kilmoyley.

Clubs

Congratulations to Brian Lonergan from Tralee Parnell’s who won the Christy Ring section of the National Féíle na nGael under 14 skills title in Belfast last weekend. He also came 4th in the overall competition. This was a tremendous achievement both for Brian and for his club.

Tralee Parnell’s coaching programme for under 6 to 16 continues at the Caherslee G.A.A. grounds every Friday from 7.00p.m. – 8.00p.m. Their under 14 team had a 2 – 6 to 1 – 6 win over St. Brendan’s last week.

Hurling Cúl Camps

The 2014 Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps for Hurling and Camogie in Kerry get underway on this Monday, 30th June at Causeway and Lixnaw (30 June – 4 July); Other camps will take place at Ballyheigue (7 – 11 July), Ardfert and Kenmare (14 -18 July), Abbeydorney (21 - 25 July), Crotta and Fitzgerald Stadium (28 July – 1 August), Kilmoyley (4 – 8 August) and Ballyduff and Tralee Parnell’s (11 – 15 August). Cost is €55 per child with reductions for additional members of families. Open to primary school children between 6 and 13 years of age. Monday’s to Friday’s, 10.00a.m. – 2.30p.m. daily. Children can register at each venue on the first day of a camp.