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PRO GAA Scene February4th 2015 2015-02-05 08:20:00

Determined Mayo prove too strong for Kerry in AFL opener

A determined Mayo side proved too strong for the homeside as Kerry went down to the westerners in the opening round of the Allianz Football League in Killarney’s Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday last (2-11 to 0-10). This was always going to be a difficult opener for Kerry. It was well known that Mayo, under new management, were far further down the road in terms of preparation for this game than were their opponents  who really had only two weeks preparation under their belts following an extended, but deserved,  holiday break. Injuries picked up in training in the week prior to the game by the likes of Killian Young and Shane Enright did not help Kerry’s cause given that they were already missing so many first choice regulars for the very same reason.

Goals win matches they say and so it was again on this occasion as the Mayo men capitalised on slackness in the Kerry defensive armour at two vital stages when Kerry had fought their way back into the game. Neither were the Kingdom able to capitalise on some fine possession won in the middle third of the field by the likes of captain for the day, David Moran all through and Tommy Walsh for the opening quarter of the second half. It was pleasing however to see Walsh back in the Kerry jersey he graced so elegantly during 2008 and 2009 and how unfortunate it is that he had to leave the field through injury before the end.

And so Kerry head to Celtic Park in Derry for Round 2 on Sunday next (2pm)  with a growing injury list, against a side who also lost their opening game of the League – to Donegal (1-15 to 0-12). While Kerry and the Oak Leaf County have met regularly at the playoff stages at Dublin venues, they have only travelled North on five occasions and have never played in Celtic Park which has been revamped in recent years. It would be nice to make the long journey worthwhile by coming away with two AFL points.

There is a break in fixtures before Round 3 on March 1st when Dublin are visitors to Fitzgerald Stadium and that is the first of four fixtures in March when Kerry are also away to Cork on the 8th, and then home in Austin Stack Park on successive Sundays to Donegal and Monaghan before finishing their campaign with a trip to Tyrone on April 5th.

Brosna through to All Ireland Junior Final

Brosna are through to the All Ireland Junior Club Football Final following victory over Tyrone side Rock St Pats in the replayed semi final at Portlaoise on Sunday last (1-8 to  0-7). Brosna laid the foundation for their win in the first half when they tacked on the points to lead by three at the break, 7 points to 4, but they had to withstand a tremendous fight-back by the Tyrone side who fought back to level the game at the three quarter stage, and despite being reduced to fourteen men at that juncture, the Tyrone side continued to dominate the half until a goal from Mike Finnegan  four minutes from time finally settled the issue in favour of the Kerry side.

And so Brosna are on their way to Croke Park to join Ardfert on a Valentine’s Day double assault on the Junior and Intermediate Finals – a tremendous achievement for both Clubs. The Junior final will throw in at 3pm followed by the Intermediate Final at 4:45.

Minor Football Leagues

Fixtures for the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Leagues which will commence on February 21st have been forwarded to the clubs. There are six divisions with Austin Stacks, Spa, Dingle, An Ghaeltacht, Kerins O’Rahillys, Dr. Crokes and Ballydonoghue making up Division 1.

Hastings Cup Plate Final

The delayed Hastings Cup Final is likely to be played on Saturday 14th February against the winners of the other semi final between Tipperary and Laois which is due to be played on this Friday evening in Crettyard Co Laois.

Coaching Workshops

Kerry Coaching and Games Committee are organizing a number of practical Football Workshops for Coaching beginning in February 2015.

The workshops will concentrate on what areas are important to develop in players at specific age groups and demonstrate Games and drills to illustrate how coaches  can improve their players.  As players go through development phases there are certain stages where it is crucial that they are introduced to the correct movement and skill development techniques.  These practical workshops over the coming weeks will demonstrate at what stages to introduce players to different areas of development.

There will be three workshops in total with each session concentrating on a different age group.  It is important that at least one coach from each of the age groups in your club gets the opportunity to attend one of these workshops.  If coaches are working across a number of age groups they are welcome to attend as many of the workshops as they want.

The first session on February 10th is aimed at coaches with teams from U 14 to Minor.

Workshop 1 -       U 14 to Minor Coaches - Tuesday February 10th @ 6.45pm in John Mtchels GAA Grounds Tralee

The following are the Provisional Dates for the other two workshops and these will  be confirmed next week.

Workshop 2 -         U 6 and U 8 Coaches - February 17th or 24th  @ 6.45pm in John Mitchels GAA Grounds Tralee

Workshop 3 -        U 10 and U 12 Coaches - March 2nd @ 6.45pm in John Mitchels GAA Grounds Tralee

New Referees Course

A four-night Foundation Level Course for all new Referees will be held in Austin Stack Park  beginning on Monday evening next  February 9th for four nights as follows:

Monday 9th February, Wednesday 11th, Monday 16th and Wednesday 18th February commencing at 7:30 sharp each night.

Any queries please contact Referees Committee Chairman Joe Langan @ 087 6677146or secretary Richard Fitzgerald @ 087 6524954.

Paidí Ó Sé Concert

There was a big night of ceól, amránaíocht, caint and even a bit of sean nós dancing in the INEC  in Killarney on Friday night last le muintir Chorca Dhuibhne in particular, but on the night there were people from all parts of Kerry and beyond in the big attendance.

The concert, featuring Muintir Bheaglaioch  - the extended Begley family - and many friends such as Sean Potts from Dublin, was in support of a fundraising drive to erect a statue in omós do Phaidí Ó Sé that great son of Árd a Bhóthair and Chorca Dhuibhne.

There is a date already in place for the unveiling and that is May 16th next in Árd a Bhóthair – that date is significant in that it would have been Paidí’s 60th birthday – so a joyous and poignant event all in the one.

The fundraising is almost complete but needs one final push – any one who wishes to donate to this very worthy cause should contact Derry Murphy in Dingle or any organising member.

Nótaí Scór Chiarraí

Scór na Sinsear '15: (i) The county finals of Scór na Sinsear will take place at 4pm (table quiz team of 4) and at 6pm (comórtais 1-7) i mBrosnach on 21ú Feabhra. (ii) The Munster semi-finals of Senior Scór for the Kerry, Limerick and Clare champions will be on Saturday 21st March in Cappamore, Co. Limerick. (iii) The All-Ireland finals of Scór na Sinsear will take place on 25th April in CityWest, Dublin. Scríobh sa dialann!!

Scó na bPaistí '15: (i) The Scór na bPáistí (primary school Scór) South Kerry semi-finals will be at 4pm on Saturday 7th March ar an bhFaill Mhór. (ii) The North Kerry semi-finals will take place at 2pm on Sunday 8th March i gCnoc na gCaiseal. (iii) The KERRY Scór na bPáistí finals will ‘throw in’ at 2pm on Sunday 22nd March in Óstán Ghleann an Iolair (Gleneagle) i gCill Airne. (iv) Interest and participation in Scór na bPáistí is growing. Great credit is due to our very active club members and to many bunmhúinteoirí díograiseacha....those who work in the developement, training and inspiring of the younger members of the GAA family....iad siúd a mhúnlaíonn, a mheallanna agus a spreagann óige an chontae chun barr feabhais a sroichint i ngach gné dá saoil.

Scoláireachtaí Gaeltachta: Gaeltacht scholarships are funded by GAA Coistí (Munster, Kerry and District Boards) to give some financial help to young students who wish to spend a three week holiday in Corca Dhuibhne, West Kerry.  If you wish your child to avail of the scoláireacht, and to avoid disappointment, apply immediately through your club; preference will be given to clubs that participate in Scór. All clubs are encouraged to give their young members the opportunity of performing in Scór and of attending a Gaeltacht course. Gach eolas: www.kerrygaa (Cultúr) nó culturalofficer.kerry@gaa.ie. For information on the West Kerry Gaeltacht, try 066-9156100 or cfcd@cfcd.ie or www.cfcd.ie. B'fhiú do scoláire óg tréimhse a chaitheamh sa Ghaeltacht....filleann sé/sí abhaile go sona sásta suairc....with new friends, improved Irish and nice memories!

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

Allianz Hurling League on the horizon

Kerry’s first game in the Allianz Hurling League Division 2A on Sunday, 15th February has been confirmed for Austin Stack Park where there will be an earlier than usual throw in time of 12.30p.m. This is to facilitate the travel arrangements of the Derry team. Kerry played Sixmilebridge in a challenge last weekend as part of their preparation for the league. The County Committee liaison officers for the Kerry senior hurling team in 2015 will be Diarmuid Ó Sé (Piarsaigh na Dromoda) and John Joe O’Carroll (Asdee).

Minor Hurling Management Team

The management team for the Kerry minor hurlers remains as it was last year with Ian Brick (Kilmoyley) as manager and Stephen Goggin (Causeway) and Aidan Mahony (St. Brendan’s) as selectors. The panel had a planning meeting and challenge game last weekend and will play a number of other challenges before they commence their Leinster League campaign away to Wicklow on Saturday, 7th March.  The County Committee liaison officer for the Kerry Minor and Under 21 hurling teams will be Ger McCarthy (Causeway).


The Credit Union  senior hurling league Division 1 will commence on Sunday, 12th April with Division 2, round 1 scheduled for Wednesday, 15th April. In 2015, semi-finals will be played in both Divisions 1 and 2 of the senior hurling leagues


St. Brendan’s Hurling Club will hold their annual juvenile awards presentations on this Saturday at Ardfert Community Centre from 7.30p.m. – 9.00p.m. It will be preceded by club registration from 6.30p.m.

Tralee Parnell’s have commenced underage hurling sessions at Tralee Sports Complex – Under 8 and 10 on Tuesdays between 6.00p.m. and 7.00p.m. and Under 16 & minors on Fridays.  All new players are welcome to come along and give it try. Equipment will be provided to those that need it. On Friday, 27th February, Parnell’s will hold a Forum on the way forward for juvenile hurling and camogie in Kerry.

The Lady’s Walk Hurling Club A.G.M. will take place on this Friday, 6th February at Browne’s commencing at 8.00p.m. The club will celebrate its golden jubilee during 2015, having been re-organised in 1965.