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PRO GAA Scene February 18th 2015 2015-02-18 22:00:00

Valentine’s Day Club Double for Kerry Clubs

Ardfert and Brosna added to Kerry’s collection of All Ireland Club titles following victories in the All Ireland Intermediate and Junior Club finals in Croke Park on Saturday evening last. It is the second time in the history of the competitions that Kerry Clubs did the “double” with St Michaels/Foilmore and Skellig Rangers blazing the trail in 2009.

Ardfert are History makers

Ardfert joined Cookstown of Tyrone as the only side to win two titles when defeating St Croans of Roscommon in the Intermediate final – but of course the Kerry side have one important edge on their Tyrone counterparts as they also have an All Ireland Junior title in their collection being the only football club to have won both Junior and Intermediate finals.

Ardfert would not be noted for hitting large scores but on this occasion they certainly proved that they are a potent attacking force with an eight points winning margin to their credit (1-14 to 0-9) that left no question marks about their right to the title. David Griffin was the man who sent Ardfert on their way with a 20th minute goal and they led by 1-6 to 0-3 at the interval, a lead that a determined side like Ardfert were never going to lose. They kicked on in the second half and ran out worthy winners.

And so a season that did not promise much at the start of the year has ended with the ultimate prize. They survived a torrid test in the Kerry final against Spa and then the next big hurdle was always going to be the clash with the Cork champions. Valley Rovers were just starting to shape like winners when Ardfert struck for that crucial game changing goal and then the focus switched to the Ulster champions. They survived the best that Warrenpoint could throw at them in that semi final and survived by the slenderest of margins. The final itself may have turned into a stroll in the second half, but the boys in black had all the hard work done before they hit Croke Park.

Fairytale ending for Brosna Voyage

At the start of the 2014 Junior Championship you certainly would have got very long odds on Brosna winning an All Ireland Junior title. Indeed I suspect that you would have got pretty good odd on them winning the Kerry title let alone going all the way to Croke Park. They were underdogs against Glenbeigh/Glencar in the semi final and likewise against Dromid Pearses in the final. Once they overcame those obstacles the work was their oyster and they were ready to push on for further glory. Like their Ardfert counterparts, the Cork champions were always going to be a tough nut to crack and few will forget that wonderful day on their home patch when Millstreet went away empty handed. Again, the Ulster champions, Rock,  were going to be a major hurdle to negotiate and they were only defeated at the second time of asking. The North Kerry side came into Saturday’s final battle-hardened against a side who had very little to lose. Although they led by 5 points to 1 at the break they were never in a position to relax during a tight and low scoring second half but they were full value for their three points win (0-8 to 0-5) to become the sixth Kerry side to claim the titl in its fourteen years history.

Austin Stacks bow out at semi final stage

It may have been asking a lot to see Kerry Clubs win all three All Ireland Football titles and early on in their game with Slaughtneil of Derry, Kerry champions Austin Stacks were shaping like winners. However that early five points advantage was slowly whittled away and the sides were back on level terms at the break. It was a ding dong second half but crucially the Derry side were forcing the pace and posed more of a threat up front. Still Stacks were unlucky not to get a late equaliser and force the game into extra time when Shane Carroll’s free was just the wrong side of the post and the Derry champions held on for a one point win (1-14 to 2-10). The Tralee side will be disappointed no doubt but they can still look back with pride on a season that ended with county and provincial honours.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Leagues commence

The Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Leagues will commence this coming Saturday. There are six divisions in all - the first two Divisions are 15 a side, there are three Divisions then that are 13 to 15 a-side and three more that are 11 to 13 a side. Fixtures are planned in advance to avoid clashing with other competitions such as colleges games so it is important that all fixtures are fulfilled on the appointed date. Round 2 is on March 7th with Round 3 the following week.

Dublin next on Kerry’s Allianz Football League agenda

Dublin are visitors to Fitzgerald Stadium on March 1st for Round 3 of the Allianz Football League, a game that will have a 2pm throw in. That is the first of four League fixtures in March: Kerry are away to Cork on the 8th, and then home in Austin Stack Park to Donegal (15th) and Monaghan (29th) before finishing their campaign with a trip to Tyrone on April 5th.

Corn Uí Mhuirí Final

The Munster Colleges (Corn Uí Mhuirí) final has been fixed for the Dr Cokes Pitch Killarny on Saturday February 28th.

Kerry Under21s win Hastings Plate

Kerry defeated Tipperary by 3-11 to 0-8 to win the Hastings Plate Under 21 final at the St Pats grounds in Limerick on Saturday. A goal from Dara Roche saw Kerry enjoy a 1-4 to 0-5 interval lead and further goals in the second half from Conor Keane and Roche again saw Kerry kick on for victory. The focus now switches to the Munster Championship where Kerry will meet the winners of the quarter final tie between Limerick and Cork who meet on March 11th with the semi final one week later on March 18th. A Kerry/Limerick tie would be played in Austin Stack Park while a Kerry/Cork showdown would be played in Páirc Uí Rinn. Kerry will welcome back the Austin Stacks pair of Greg Horan and Conor Jordan to the panel following their All Ireland Club exertions, while Gavin Crowley is the Kenmare Board’s nomination to captain the side.

New Referees Foundation Course

The four night Foundation Level Course for new Referees will come to an end in Austin Stack Park on this Wednesday evening (7:30pm). Sixteen new referees attended the course and a further course is planned for South Kerry in the coming weeks.

Kerry clubs bring home four All Ireland Scór Titles!

Valentine's Day, 2015 may well be remembered as the day that several clubs brought All Ireland titles back to Kerry. Ardfert and Brosna did the business in football and Spa, Lios Póil and Lixnaw didn't disappoint in Scór.

So heartiest congratulations to the Kerry Scór na nÓg performers who won All-Irelands on Saturday in Dublin. We were successful in Rince Foirne, Amhránaíocht Aonair, Ceol Uirlise and Quiz .'Well done' to all performers, coaches, mentors, parents and supporters. Our sympathies to the unlucky lads and lassies who represented Raonaithe na Sceilge in the Léiriú and who were unsuccessful in their endeavours at the final hurdle – Olibhia Ní Shé, Stiofán Céitinn, Aodhán Ó Conchúir, Ríona Ní Mhóráin, Keith Ó Braonáin, Séarlait Hume, Fionán Ó hEosa, Gavin Ó Ríordáin.

Our victors:

Rince Foirne: An Spá (Cill Airne) - Áine Ní Bhrosnacháin, Cáitín Ní Chróinín, Lamia Switzer, Éabha Ní Shúilleabháin, Sorcha Randal, Leah Ní Muimhneacháin, Réitseal Ní Muimhneacháin, Megan Ni Chróinín;

Amhránaíocht Aonair: Lios Póil - Proinnsias Ó Cathasaigh ("The Hills Around Listowel");

Ceol Uirlise: Leic Snámha - Clara Ní Sheanáin, Dara Ó Macasa, Conchúr Ó Macasa, Elena Nic Eileagóid, Donncha Mac Eileagóid;

Quiz: An Spá (Cill Airne) - Niamh Ní Chlúmháin, Mícheál Ó hEathírn, Tomás Pléimeann, Séamus Ó Loinsigh. It was a nail biting encounter but Spa took the spoils with a magnificent score of 68 points.

The other winners were JK Brackens (Bailead), Aghamore (Rince Seit) and Moate (Aithriseoireacht). It was wonderful to hear the Kerry clubs cheer each other on. The particiapnts and their followers were extraordinary ambassadors for our county. Lá iontach do Scór Chiarraí!.

TRALEE AREA SCÓR NA SINSEAR RESULTS: Senior Scór took place on Wednesday 11th in Kielduff. Results/Torthaí: Amhránaíocht Aonair: Cumann Aibhistín de Staic - Aoife Uí Dhonnchú; Aithriseoireacht/Scéalaíocht: Na Gaeil - Helen Uí Shiochrú; Ceol Uirlise: Cumann Naomh Pádraig - Séamus Allman, Milo Ó Briain, Tomás Ó Conchúir; Léiriú: Na Gaeil - Colm Ó Súilleabháin, Mairéad Uí Dhúda, Sinéad Mhic an tSíthigh, Gearóid Mac Adaim, Mícheál Ó Loingsigh, Helen Uí Shiochrú; An Seit: Baile Mhic Eileagóid - Máire Ní Sheoighe-Uí Laighin, Dáithí Ó Lúing, Fiontán Ó Ceallaigh, Colette Ní Chomáin-Uí Choileáin, Tomás Ó Dálaigh, Carmel Uí Mhaolomhnaigh, Criostóir Ó Maolomhnaigh.

TORTHAÍ SCÓR CHIARRAÍ THUAIDH: The following North Kerry items qualified for the county finals of Senior Scór which will take place in Brosna on Saturday February 21st: Solo Singing: Naomh Seanán - Éadaoin Ní Chonaill; Recitation/Aithriseoireacht; Asdee - Dónal Daltún; Instrumental Music: Béal - Eilís Ní Sheoighe, Tomás Ó hAillín, Orla Ní Chuilinn, Norma Masún; Léiriú: Béal - Mairéad Ní Néill, Siobhán Máire Ní hAonasa, Antóin Ó Mórdha, Éamonn Ó hAonasa, Roibeard de Staic; Bailéadghrúpa: Norma Masún, Tomas Ó hAilín, Siobhán Máire Ní hAonasa, Sinéad Masún.

Coaching Workshops

Remember the  Dates for Coaching Workshops for Club Coaches:

Workshop for U 6- U 8 Coaches

Tuesday 17th February at 6.45pm in John Mitchels G.A.A Grounds

Workshop for U 10 - U 12 Coaches

Tuesday 3rd March @ 6.45pm in John Mitchels G.A.A Grounds.

Cumann na mBunscol AGM

The well attended AGM of Cumann na mBunscol, Ciarraí was held in The Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee on Thursday evening last. Runaí Geraldine Behan reported on another successful year of Gaelic Games promotion in the primary schools of Kerry. She complemented all those who participated in the various competitions and congratulated the winners of the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol competitions. She thanked all the teachers and principals who continue to give freely of their times in organising games. Cathaoirleach Tomás ó hAiniféin thanked all his fellow officers for their dedication and he noted and praised all for the high standard of sportsmanship in the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol competitions.  He also thanked the print media in the county for promoting the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol competitions. Geraldine congratulated Glenbeigh and  Ardfert on winning prizes in the  Corn Market sponsored School of the Year Awards. Glenbeigh won first prize for schools with less than 150 pupils while Ardfert finished third in the larger school category in these National Awards. Schools present were presented with their Cornmarket Award 1 Certs. The fixtures for the remainder of the year were agreed. County boy’s and girl’s mini sevens to be completed before Easter. Camogie and hurling mini sevens to be completed immediately after Easter and the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Hurling and girls football to be played during last term. The following officers were elected.

Uachtarán -Seán Mac an tSíthigh ( Formally of Fybough N.S)

Cathaoireach -Tomás Ó hAiniféin ( Ardfert N.S.)

Leas Chathaoirleach -Tomás Ó Murchú (Gaelscoil Faithleann)

Rúnaí -Geraldine Behan (Spa N.S.)

LeasRúnaí -Joanne Brosnan (Kilmurry N.S.)

Cisteoir - Mícheál Herlihy (Loughbhfuadair N.S.) Cathaoirleach and runaí

PRO -  Máire Uí Shuilleabháin  agus Treasa Uí Scannláin (Gaelscoil Faithleann)

Hurling Officer - Conor Kearney (Abbeydorney N.S.)

Oifigeach Liathróid Láimhe -Seán Ó Domhnaill (Formally of Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn)

County Board Officer - Mary Jo Coffey (Glenbeigh N.S.)

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

Kerry Hurlers play Wicklow in Round 2 of the AHL

The Kerry senior hurlers were lucky to salvage a last minute draw with Derry last Sunday in their opening game of the Allianz Hurling League Division 2A campaign. They are out in Round 2 on this Sunday, 22nd February with an away game against Wicklow. This game goes head at Aughrim where there will be a 1.00p.m. throw-in time.

Forthcoming games include Westmeath on 8th March (home); Carlow on 15th March (away) and London on 22nd March (home).

Under 21

Kerry have been drawn away to Meath in the quarter final of the 2015 All-Ireland Under 21 ‘B’ Championship (Ritchie McElligott Trophy). This game will be played on Saturday, 8th August.  The semi-final is scheduled for Saturday, 22nd August with the Final on Saturday, 12th September.

Clubs

Tralee Parnell’s underage hurling sessions for under 6 and under 8 players continue at Tralee Sports Complex each Tuesday between 6.00p.m. and 7.00p.m. All new players are welcome to come along. Equipment will be provided to those that need it. On Friday week, 27th February, at the Kerins-O’Rahilly’s Clubhouse, Parnell’s will hold a Forum on the way forward for juvenile hurling and camogie in Kerry, commencing at 8.00p.m. All interested persons welcome.

It is intended to publish a book on the history of the North Kerry Hurling Board later this year. In connection with this I am requesting help from anyone who may have some information that may be of assistance.  Photographs, memorabilia, old administration records or medals are the main areas of interest at present, in particular photographs from the 1990’s and pre 1965. Please contact 087-9706162, e-mail tocatp1@gmail.com or mail to Tommy O’Connor, Ardfert Village.  Thanks.

Congratulation on behalf of all hurling supporters to both Ardfert and Brosna football teams on winning the All-Ireland intermediate and junior club titles last weekend and to the Lixnaw Hurling Club Scór na nÓg Instrumental Music group who won an All-Ireland Scór final title on Saturday. Group members in this were Neilus Mackessy, Donagh McElligott, Darragh Mackessy, Elena McElligott and Ciara Shannon. Well done to all.