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PRO GAA Scene February 26th 2015 2015-02-26 18:39:00

Dublin next on Kerry’s Allianz Football League agenda

Dublin are visitors to Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday next for Round 3 of the Allianz Football League, a game that will have a 2pm throw in. Cork apart, there is no greater rivalry these days for the wearers of the green and gold than the Dubs. We need little reminding in these parts that the pendulum has swung towards the Metropolitans in recent meetings between the sides and we have to go back to the League meeting of 2012 for Kerry’s last victory.

2015 is of course a very significant year in the history of meetings between the sides being the 60th anniversary of Kerry’s famous victory in the 1955 All Ireland final a game that the then captain, Kerins O’Rahillys John Dowling described as “No ordinary All Ireland Final”.

No doubt, the late John Dowling’s grandson, Barry John Keane, and his comrades will be all out to reverse the recent trend of victories for the Dubs and after a somewhat deflating opening performance against Mayo in Fitzgerald Stadium, their first competitive game since the All Ireland Final, Kerry redeemed themselves with a fine victory over Derry in Celtic Park. Dublin did much the same in theier Round 2 game with a fine victory over Donegal in Croke Park having gone under to a late Cork rally in Round 1 in Páirc Uí Rinn.

The points at stake today are vital to both sides. There are no soft touches in Division 1 this year; every point is vital and the fact that Kerry still has a long list of players rehabbing from injury means that players on the fringe of the first fifteen get valuable playing time and experience against the best teams around. It would be great to see the likes of Colm Cooper, Marc Ó Sé, James O’Donoghue and Aidan O’Mahony have to fight their way back onto the team come Championship time!

That of course is the first of four League fixtures in March for the Kingdom: 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.

Among the articles in the souvenir Programme for Sunday’s game is a look back at the 1955 epic encounter between Kerry and Dublin by Eugene McGee.

Sunday’s AFL Game is All Ticket

Patrons attending Sunday’s Kerry V Dublin Allianz League game are reminded that the fixture is an all ticket affair.  There is a €5 pre-purchase discount (€10 pre-purchase and €15 on match day) for all Division 1 Allianz Football League fixtures. One key point to note is that this discount is only valid until midnight on the day before each fixture. Tickets will be available at all the usual outlets such as participating Centra and Supervalu stores nationwide, at tickets.ie, Austin Stack Park and the Kerry GAA Store in the Killarney Outlet Centre.

A large crowd is expected and admission to the stand is on a first come first served basis. Ticket vans will be located in Lewis Road and the Daltons Avenue entrances. Special stiles for Season Ticket holders will be in operation at both the Daltons Avenue end and the Lewis Road end of the ground.

Please be advised of parking restrictions around the venue on the day of the match with limited and controlled parking in Daltons Avenue.

Corn Uí Mhuirí Final

The Munster Colleges (Corn Uí Mhuirí) final has been fixed for the Dr Cokes Pitch Killarney on this coming Saturday at 3pm. Best wishes to Pobal Scoil Chorca Dhuibhne who will be defending their Munster and All Ireland titles against Rochestown College, Cork.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Leagues are underway

Round 1 of the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor football Leagues got underway last weekend when eighteen games were played between all the Divisions. In Division 1, Kerins O’Rahillys, Dingle and Ballydonoghue had good wins while in Division 2, Legion, Milltown/Castlemaine and An Ghaeltacht got full points. There are two Round 1 back games this weekend; In Division 5 Beale play St Pats and in Division 6B Moyvane /Tarbert play Kerins O’Rahillys.

Fixtures are planned in advance to avoid clashing with other competitions such as colleges final this weekend so it is important that all fixtures are fulfilled on the appointed date. Round 2 is on March 7th with Round 3 the following weekend.

Club Officer Training begins this week.

Club Officer training sessions organised by Kerry GAA will commence this week and this year, in an effort to maximise participation, the Club Officer training will be delivered in four locations around the county, namely; Caherciveen, Fossa, Austin Stack Park ,Tralee and Listowel. As in previous years,  Chairpersons, Secretaries, Treasurers and PRO's of both the Senior and Coiste na nÓg sections of Clubs are encouraged to come along and participate.

Venues and Dates:

Wednesday 25th. February 2015 - Ring of Kerry Hotel, Caherciveen.

Thursday 26th.  February 2015 – Fossa GAA Clubhouse.

Wednesday 4th.  March 2015 – Austin Stack Park, Tralee.

Thursday 5th.  March 2015 – Listowel Emmet’s GAA Clubhouse.

Training will commence @ 7.30pm sharp on each evening.

Among the items on the Agenda will be the following:

Ø      Officer Roles and Teamwork in Administration; “Integrating our Clubs Senior and Coiste na nÓg sections and keeping our Club at the centre of the community” Speaker: Tim Murphy – Development Officer Kerry County Committee.

Ø      Fixtures, Transfer Sanctions, Insurance, Tickets, Correspondence (Email) & I.T., Club AGM’s, Role of Club Delegate, Club Grants – Applications and Procedures. Speakers: Peter Twiss – Secretary Kerry County Committee; Tim Murphy.

Ø      Club Financial Matters. Speaker: Dermot Weeshie Lynch – Treasurer Kerry County Committee

Ø      Communications. Speaker: John O’Leary – PRO Kerry County Committee

Ø      Parish Rule, Player Registration and Team Sheets. Speakers: Joe Crowley - Munster GAA Delegate Kerry Co. Committee; Stephen O’ Sullivan – Assistant Secretary Kerry Co. Committee.

Ø      Coaching and Games Development. Speaker: Donal Daly - Kerry Coaching and Games Development.

Kerry GAA Store

New and exclusive Allianz League 2015 team wear is now available in the Kerry GAA Store  as are the new home and away jerseys. The official Kerry GAA 2015 Calendar is also on sale.

Kerry GAA Supporters Club AGM

The Kerry GAA Supporters Club AGM will be held in Ballygarry House Hotel on Monday March 2nd next at 8pm sharp. All welcome.

Kerry's next away game in the Allianz Football League will be against Cork on Sunday the 8th of March. This is a day trip for the Kerry Supporters Club who are organising buses to the game. All seats must be booked by Thursday the 5th of March. Bus times are as follows: Listowel 9am,  Tralee 9:30 and Killarney 10 o’clock.

There is an overnight trip to the Kerry v Tyrone game on Sunday the 5th April. Bookings must be made with full payment on Monday night the 23rd April in The Listowel Arms Hotel and Ballygarry House Hotel.  This is the only night for bookings for this game. For further details contact Martin Leane 068-48116, Donie O’Leary 064-7758099 or John King 066-7124229.

Ardfert Victory Social

Ardfert will celebrate their All Ireland Intermediate Football title with a victory social in the Ballyroe Heights Hotel on Friday 13th March with an 8pm throw in time. Tickets for a night that is sure to be every bit as memorable as the victory itself cost €30.

Scór Finals

The county finals of Scór Sinsear were held in the happy village of Brosna on Saturday evening last and a wonderful night of song, dance, music and fun was enjoyed by a fine gathering of the GAA family.

The outstanding quiz team from Cnoc na hEaglaise (Brothers Pearse Club), having correctly answered 75 out of 80 questions, will proceed to the All-Ireland finals with high hopes of winning a ‘double’! In a close encounter, they pipped former All-Ireland winners, An Ráth Mhór, by 2 points. Fosadh scored 70 and Spá Chill Airne earned 68!

Aoife (Ní Choileáin) Uí Dhonnchú, representing Club Aibhistín de Staic, won her 4th county title in Solo Singing while the new music ‘kids on the block’ are Ceoltóirí Chrota who won the Instrumental music category.

Gleann Fleisce emerged as Ballad Group  and Figure Dance champions. Ballymacelligott  will represent Kerry in the Rinnce Set and Spá’s Ray Ó Súilleabháin gave a wonderful performance in the storytelling (aithriseoireacht) competition.

The Munster semi-finals will be held on Saturday 21st March in Cappamore, Co. Limerick, where the Kerry, Limerick and Clare champions will join in cultural warefare!!

The All-Ireland finals of Scór na Sinsear will take place on 25th April in CityWest.

Hurling News with Tommy O’Connor

Kerry Hurlers get both AHL points in Arklow

The Kerry senior hurlers picked up their first Allianz Hurling League Division 2A points last Sunday with a rather easy 2 – 20 to 1 – 6 away win over Wicklow at Arklow. Wind assisted, Kerry made most of the first half running and a goal from Sean Weir and points from Shane Nolan (5), Mikey Boyle (2) and Keith Carmody (1) left them ahead by 1 – 8 to 0 – 2 at half time. Wicklow got an early second half goal but this was as close as they got. Kerry pulled away convincingly with another Weir goal followed by a succession of points from Nolan (2), Michael O’Leary (2), substitute Padraig Boyle (3) and 1 each from James Flaherty, Sean Weir, Colm Harty, Philip Lucid and John Griffin.

Their next game will be at home to Westmeath on Sunday, 8th March at Austin Stack Park, 1.00p.m. Other games in the Division will be against Carlow on 15 March (away) and London on 22 March (home).

Hurling Forum

On this Friday, 27th February, at the Kerins-O’Rahilly’s Clubhouse, Tralee Parnell’s will hold an innovative Open Forum on the way forward for juvenile hurling and camogie in Kerry, commencing at 8.00p.m. There will be a range of speakers, including some people who are very much involved at various levels county wide and time will also be allocated for discussion from the floor. All interested persons welcome.

Minor

The Kerry minor hurlers will open their competitive year on Saturday week, 7th March when they play Wicklow away in Round 1 of the Leinster minor hurling league. Both the Kerry under 16 and minor hurlers have been accepted into the Cork Rebel Óg leagues for 2015 and a full fixture list will shortly be available on the Cork Coiste na nÓg website www.rebelog.ie

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. 2015 training for all the younger age groups restarts at the new Mitchel’s Complex on Friday, 6th March at 7pm.

Ballyheigue G.A.A. Club will hold their annual social on this Saturday, 28th February at the local White Sands Hotel. Abbeydorney Hurling Club will hold an Open Day on Sunday, 8th Match between 2.00p.m. and 4.00p.m. All welcome.