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PRO GAA Scene December 10th 2014 2014-12-10 08:37:00

Brosna are Munster Junior Champions

Brosna continued Kerry’s great record in Munster Club Championships when defeating Limerick champions Glin to lift the Munster Junior championship cup at Mallow on Sunday (0-15 to 2-6). It was a hard earned victory for the North Kerrymen who recovered from conceding goals early in each half to emerge deserving winners. As selector Jimmy Keane acknowledged afterwards, if one is to concede goals then those are the time to concede them with plenty time for recovery. Brosna, who led by a point at the break (0-7 to 1-3) kept the scoreboard ticking over all afternoon with Adam Barry, a Kerry minor two years ago, outstanding in this department. The new Munster champions will now play Rock, St Patricks from Tyrone in the All Ireland semi final on January 14th or 15th.

And so, it’s a clean sweep for Kerry clubs in the Munster Football Club Championships.

Austin Stacks will play Ulster champions Slaughtneil from Derry in the senior semi final on  February 14th or 15th and Ardfert will play the Ulster standard bearers Warrenpoint of Down in the Intermediate semi final on Sunday January 25th.

All Ireland Medals Presentation Gala Banquet is just a week away

Well after all the excitement of double All Ireland glory last September, the presentation of medals to the victorious Minor and Senior teams is just over a week away. The presentation, in the INEC on Friday 19th next is certainly going to be a gala occasion with Uáchtarán CLG Liam O’Neill the guest of honour.

Tickets for the gala banquet, costing €60,  are  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. Tickets 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. Further information can be got from the County Board office or any one of the organising Committee of Eamon O'Sullivan, Joe Crowley and Leona Twiss.

Kerry Financial Accounts in a healthy state

In a year when Kerry football teams reached three All Ireland finals, and Kerry hurling teams also contested two finals at national level, it was indeed welcome news to see that the finances of the Board have held up and indeed they show a healthy operating profit of €131k compared to a deficit of €6k last year. Gate receipts held very strong and that is good to see. Reading Treasurer, Weeshie Lynch’s report to Convention, it is clear that running the County Board is now like running a big business; “With an income of €4.3m, up from €2.68m in 2013, it’s clear to be seen that the Finance Committee of the Kerry County Board had a very busy year. During 2014, the Finance Committee closely mananged the day to day operations of the Board, at times running late into the night. Budgets are prepared and agreed, expenditure controls are put in place, revenue streams are identified and are all implemented to ensure that Kerry’s success on the field is matched with good financial management and governance off the field”.

Budgeting for the coming financial year starts this week and those budgets have to be agreed and signed off by Croke Park early in the new year.

When reading the financial report every year, I am always intrigued to see how some of the so called smaller clubs punch above their weight so to speak when it comes to the Kerry GAA Church Gate collection. This year, the likes of Beale, Churchill, Ballyduff, Duagh and Gneeveguilla stand out.

Credit Union Senior Football League

There are still a lot of issue to be decided in the Credit Union Senior Football League.

As we pointed out last week, the Division 1 final between Austin Stacks and Dr Crokes  due to be played in Connolly Park this weekend has been put back to the Spring  due to the unavailability of a number of players on both sides, and with the agreement of both clubs.

There are five games down for decision in Division 3 on Sunday (2:00). While Templenoe have already been promoted as champions, and Scartaglen have been relegated to Division 4 next year, all other promotion and relegation issues have yet to be decided in this Division. St Marys (14) and Glenflesk (13) are in pole position for the two remaining promotion places with Brosna (12) ready to pounce should there be any slip up by those two. It’s no less intriguing at the other end of the table; Dromid Pearses are in a very precarious position on 7 points and above them An Ghaeltacht, Ballymac and Lispole are all on tender hooks with 8 points.  The final round game between Dromid and Lispole will certainly have a big bearing on the relegation issue. The other games see Annascaul play Glenflesk, An Ghaeltacht play Keel, Ballymac play Brosna and St Marys play Templenoe.

In Division 4, the three way playoff for the third promotion place is now down to two following Fossa’s defeat of Castlegregory and Fossa will play Beaufort on Sunday next in Listry (2:00) for the right to play Division 3 football  next season.

The Division 5 playoff for the third promotion place saw Ballydonoghue defeat Renard  by 0-11 to 0-6 and they join champions Dr Crokes and St Senans in Division 4 next season.

New Kerry GAA Jersey Launched

The new Kerry GAA Jersey was launched on Friday last in the Tralee HQ of Kerry GAA’s major sponsor, Kerry Group and is now available in the Kerry GAA Store in the Outlet Centre Killarney and other outlets around the county.

Mr Frank Hayes, Director of Corporate Affairs, Kerry Group spoke of their involvement with Kerry GAA “This is the continuation of a great partnership between Kerry Group and Kerry GAA, for all the inter-county football and hurling teams. Our arrangement and partnership goes all the way back to 1991, when the GAA officially recognized  corporate sponsorship and partnership with inter-county GAA teams. We actually had been involved prior to that, in promoting the development of Gaelic Games in the county, but in 1991, we were the first county to bring proposals to Croke Park, and to formally engage in the sponsorship of GAA teams. Our partnership has continued and it has been a wonderful success story for everybody.

There is huge pride within the Kerry Group organisation, and indeed amongst all our stakeholders, both at home and abroad, about this partnership. It’s a partnership that I believe is made to succeed, and I think this year in particular, we have got tremendous pleasure in winning the All-Ireland and in particular, winning both minor and senior titles as well as capturing titles in senior and minor hurling. This is a tremendous testament to the resilience of Kerry GAA. It augurs well for the future because the work that has gone on at development level here over the past number of years is now coming through and we are now seeing the success of that”.

Mr Patrick O’Sullivan Chairman of Kerry GAA, expressed his delight at the launch of the new Kerry Jersey; “Though we had success with the last jersey in Croke Park, we had a lot of heartache as well in 2011 and in last year’s semi final,and indeed in this year’s Christy Ring Final but we are delighted to be involved with Kerry Group, Stan McCarthy and  Frank Hayes, and you could not find better sponsors.  They do not just hand over a cheque, they take a personal interest in all the games and teams and that means so much. I am sure it will be a big seller for Christmas. We are very grateful to Kerry Group and Frank Hayes, because without their support, we could not achieve the success that we have achieved over the past twenty odd years and we hope that we will enjoy further success over the next three years”.

A blue alternative strip will be available for the first home League game with Mayo in February.

Kerry GAA Store for your Christmas Shopping

The full range of the new Kerry jersey, including a ladies cut, is now on sale in The Kerry GAA Store in the Outlet Centre.

Among other items available is a Kerry GAA Calendar, Sam 2014,  the very popular RTE DVD which shows both the Kerry/Mayo replayed semi final and the All Ireland final between Kerry and Donegal in full.

The Store is open till 7pm daily – except Sundays (6pm) – during the run in to Christmas.

Munster Council Grants

The Munster GAA Council has announced details of the 2014 Development Grant Scheme and the good news is that Kerry Clubs will benefit to the tune of €154,500.  In all there are 15 Kerry Clubs and 1 School receiving a Grant. Kerry Clubs spent over €1m in the purchase, development and upgrading of their facilities in 2013 and based on the number of Clubs within the County, Kerry is again to the forefront within the province of Munster in the development of Club facilities.

Presentation of the Munster GAA Club Grants will take place on Tuesday night, 16th December at  7.30pm in  Cordal GAA Club and the grant recipients will be announced on the night.

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John Griffin is the new Kerry Hurling Captain

John Griffin of Lixnaw has been selected as the Kerry senior hurling captain for 2014. He has been nominated by his club, Lixnaw, the current co. senior hurling champions. John has given over ten years of service to the Kerry senior team and previously served as captain in the 2008 season.

John has won 3 county senior championship medals with Lixnaw (2005, 2007 and 2014). At inter county level he has won a Christy Ring Cup medal in 2011 as well as a number of league honours.  John played on Irish Hurling/Shinty Compromise International Rules team in 2006 and 2009 and won a Christy Ring Cup All Star award in 2008. He succeeds John Egan (St. Brendan’s) as captain. John was an excellent captain all through 2014 and he was always more than willing to facilitate the various club and media demands that were requested of him

 Best of luck to John Griffin and the Kerry hurling squad in the year ahead and hopefully he will have the honour of bringing home the Christy Ring Cup next June. Kerry open their 2015 season on 18 January in the Waterford Crystal Cup competition with a home game against U.C.C.

New Coach for Kerry Senior Hurlers

Senior team manager, Eamonn Kelly, has announced that Brian Horgan, would not be available to continue in his position of coach to the Kerry senior hurling team in the coming year due to family commitments and he would be replaced by Conor Gleeson of the Boherlahan-Dualla Club in Tipperary.  Conor, who played most of his hurling as a centre back or midfielder,  captained Tipperary to Munster and All Ireland finals in 1997 (lost both to Clare) and won Munster and All Ireland senior medals in 2001 as well as winning a county senior hurling title with his club. He is a former manager of the Tipperary  intermediate team and has coached a number of Tipperary clubs.

Causeway are Minor Hurling League Winners

In the final of the2014 Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Co. Minor hurling league, played at Causeway on Saturday last, Causeway had a 2 - 9 to 3 - 5 win over Abbeydorney/Crotta.  Causeway were down by 1 – 5 to 0 – 1 at half time but they scored 2 – 8 in a much more focused second half performance. Yet it took a goal in the last minute of play, finished by Jamie Barrett, that gave the home side a dramatic victory. Captain, Stephen Murphy, received the trophy afterwards from Gerard McCarthy, County Hurling officer.

Kenmare won the Co. Hurling League Division 3 title on Sunday at the John Mitchel’s grounds when they had a 2 - 9 to 2 - 7 win over Crotta O’Neill’s.

St Brendans and Causeway in Under 21Final

St. Brendan’s have qualified for the final of the Acorn Life Co. Under 21 hurling final by virtue of a 1 – 12 to 0 – 6 win over Lixnaw on Sunday last.

They will now play Causeway in the Final on this Sunday, 14th December at Austin Stack Park where there will be a 2.00p.m. throw in time.

Clubs

Tralee Parnell’s have announced that the Guest of Honour at their Annual Awards night on 12th December will be the Kilkenny manager, Brian Cody. This will take place at the Fels Point Hotel, Tralee commencing at 8.00p.

Well done to the St. Anne’s camogie team that won the Limerick Minor ‘B’ Championship on Saturday. Played at Newcastlewest, St. Anne’s had a 4 - 19 to 1 - 4 win over Patrickswell/Monaleen.

A.G.M.’s

Two further annual general meetings will take place on this Friday, 12th December at 8.00p.m. - St. Brendan’s Hurling Club at Ardfert National School and Kilmoyley Hurling Club in their Clubrooms.

At the St. Pats East Kerry AGM was held in Killarney on Friday night last, officers elected were: Chairman - Pat O’Brien; Vice Chairman - Tom Coleman;  Secretary - Pat Clifford; Treasurer - Mike Gleeson; South Kerry  Board delegate - Daniel O’Loughlin and Player representative - Wayne Doyle. The Clubman of the Year award went to player Andrew Field and Senior Player of the Year was awarded to Mike McCarthy.