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Ardfert have seen it all before! 2015-02-10 08:08:00

Ardfert  & Brosna go in search of All Ireland Club glory

All roads lead to Croke Park on Saturday next as Ardfert and Brosna make a double St Valentine’s day assault on the All Ireland Club Championships. Both clubs will no doubt have tasted the fruits of victory along the route and money cannot buy the wonderful uplift such success brings to the local community.

AIB GAA Football Intermediate Club Championship Final

Ardfert bid for a third All Ireland Club title

As Ardfert head for Croke Park this weekend in search of All Ireland Intermediate Club glory, they will know that they have  “been there and done that” not once, but twice before and in successive years to boot! Those experiences are sure to stand to them on this occasion when they face up to St Croans of Roscommon in a final that throws in at 4:45pm on Saturday next.

Ardfert continue to defy the odds in reaching this stage of the competition.  In Kerry they took care of St Marys and John Mitchels before taking the scalp of a Desmonds outfit who were being touted as favourites for at least a final place. In the final itself, they survived a torrid opening half against a wasteful Spa side to emerge deserving winners. They duly took care of Clare and Waterford opposition to reach the Munster final but had to call on all their experience to account for a useful Valley Rovers outfit in the final. Warrenpoint of Down were the opposition in the semi final and again Ardfert were underdogs, a tag that they are pretty accustomed to by now one would assume. That game was to be a stern test of their credentials but then again, what game has not been on their journey to Croke Park?

Their opponents on Saturday, St Croans, have also come through a tough campaign defeating Mayo and Galway opposition In Connaught before advancing to the final with a point to spare over Sean O’Mahonys of Louth. In Stephen Wallace and Pat O’Driscoll, Ardfert have an astute management team on the line, while on the field the work-rate and team ethic, combined with no little skill it must be said, make Ardfert a formidable side and one that is well capable of adding to Kerry clubs’ three titles in this grade.

Player Profile – Jerry Wallace - Ardfert

Height 6ft 2in                    Weight: 14.5 stone

Occupation: Sales Rep

When and where did you first play Football? Ardfert National School

Childhood Heroes: Darragh Ó Sé

Inter County Experience: Minor Hurling

Sporting Achievements to date: County Junior and Intermediate (2) Football Medals, Munster Junior and Intermediate (2) Football medals, All Ireland Junior and Intermediate Football Medals. Senior Hurling Champ medal, 2 Minor Co. Hurling Champ  medals, 3 U21 Champ  medals.

Any Superstitions before a match? Wear same socks under club socks

Favourite Venue: Ardfert

Biggest influence on your sporting career to date: Gerard Pierce

Most memorable sporting moment as a player? Winning Junior All Ireland Football Final

Biggest Sporting Disappointment: Losing the semi final of this year’s Co. Senior Hurling championship

In ten years’ time I hope to be... retired from playing GAA !!

If there was a ‘transfer market’ in GAA who would you buy? Michael Murphy

The best invention ever: Mobile phone

What skill do you think is the most important in Football? Kick pass

Favourite sport other than Football? Hurling

What do you like most about the GAA? Family vibe

How would you improve the GAA? Clubs should be given more support GAA Headquarters

Hobbies: Golf

Favourite Food? Steak Drink? Lucozade Sport

Favourite Music: R&B    Favourite Film: Any Given Sunday

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2004       Ilen Rovers (Cork)                            0-11       St Michael’s (Donegal)                   1-4

2005       Carbery Rangers (Cork)                                 1-14       Pomeroy Plunketts (Tyrone)      1-8

2006       Inniskeen Grattans (Monaghan) 2-10     Caherlistrane (Galway)                  1-11

2007       Ardfert (Kerry)                                  1-4          Eoghan Rua (Derry)                         0-5

2008       Moycullen (Galway)                       2-9          Fingal Ravens (Dublin)                   1-6

2009       St Michael’s Foilmore (Kerry)     1-13       St Michael’s (Galway)                    1-9

2010       Cookstown Fr Rocks (Tyrone)     1-7          Spa (Kerry)                                         0-6

2011       Lisnaskea Emmetts (Ferman)     1-16      t James’ (Galway)                            0-15      

2012       Milltown-Castlemaine (Kerry)    1-13       Davitts (Mayo)                                  1-6

2013       Cookstown Fr Rocks (Tyrone)     1-9          Finuge (Kerry)                                   0-6

2014       Truagh (Monaghan)                        2-21       Kiltane (Mayo)