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PRO GAA Scene March 4th 2015 2015-03-04 22:01:00

Kerry down the Dubs in Fitzgerald Stadium

Kerry grafted hard to secure two valuable points at the expense of Dublin (0-15 to 1-10) in the Allianz Football League in wintery conditions at Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday last. With the elements at their back, Kerry started well enough to be on level terms with the visitors at the end of the first quarter but in another seven minutes they found themselves three in arrears as Dublin began to exert their authority. Both side passed up good chances of goals and Bryan Sheehan left the scoreboard looking better at the interval from a Kerry viewpoint when he pointed twice before the break to leave Kerry a point adrift, 7 points to 6.

Kerry upped the tempo big time on the resumption and had four points in as many minutes, the fourth of which, by David Moran, kicked against a high wind and torrential hailstones, drew a huge response from the vocal Kerry following. With captain and birthday boy, Kieran Donaghy in fine form Kerry kicked on to go six clear by the 57th minute but a Dublin goal scrambled to the net following a mix up in the Kerry defence with ten to go left just two points between the sides. We did not know it then but that was the last score of the day and Kerry held on to break the hoodoo the metropolitans had over them in recent years.

So, a very satisfying victory from the point of view that Kerry had to dig deep for victory, especially against horrendous conditions on the restart. Another satisfying aspect was the performance of the defensive newcomers such as Pa Kilkenny, Jack Sherwood and Mark Griffin. Eamonn Fitzmaurice and his backroom team know that titles are not won on the first of March but certainly their charges are showing a great appetite for the game right now.

Kerry Travel to Páirc Uí Rinn to take on Cork on Sunday next

And so Kerry head with confidence to Páirc Uí Rinn for the meeting of the old rivals on Sunday next in what will be the second of four League fixtures for the Kingdom during March. Cork had good wins in their opening games against Monaghan and Dublin but they failed to capitalise on numerical advantage against Donegal in Round 3 last weekend losing by a point. Cork are always a handful in the close confines of Pairc Uí Rinn and no doubt while Kerry will recall the trouncing dished out by Cork to the Kingdom in the League last April, Cork will have far more reason to put one over on their rivals following the last championship game played in the old Páirc Uí Chaoimh in July. All of which promises an enthralling game between age old rivals. Throw in is at 2pm.

Kerry’s injury woes are beginning to clear gradually. Brian Kelly, Peter Crowley, Shane Enright and Paul O’Donoghue are back in the match day squad, Darran O’Sullivan, Marc Ó Sé and Colm Cooper are back training, Donnchadh Walsh is recovering from a groin strain but James O’Donoghue is unlikely to see any League action as he continues his rehabbing from shoulder surgery.

Kerry finish their campaign with  two home games in Austin Stack Park against Donegal (15th) and Monaghan (29th) before finishing  with a trip to Tyrone on April 5th. The League semi finals will be played on the weekend of 11th/12th April.

Sunday’s AFL Game is All Ticket affair

Patrons attending Sunday’s Cork V Kerry 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, and from the Austin Stack Park and the Kerry GAA Store in the Killarney Outlet Centre.

On the day, tickets can be purchase at the Ticket Booths and then proceed to the turnstiles.

A large crowd is expected and admission to the stand is on a first come first served basis.

Paul Galvin returns to the Kerry Panel

The news that Paul Galvin, has returned to the Kerry senior football panel after a year in retirement is as welcome as it was unexpected. It will be recalled that the 4 times All Ireland Medal winner and 3 time All Star Award winner brought a halt to his inter-county career immediately after the Round 1  Allianz Football  League meeting of Kerry and Dublin in Croke Park on February 1st last year.

The return of the Finuge Clubman, will no doubt come as a boost to a panel that has had its fair share of injuries in the aftermath of the All Ireland defeat of Donegal last September.

Kerry Manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice confirmed Galvin’s return with a one line statement on Tuesday evening; “Paul Galvin has re-joined the Kerry Senior Football squad and resumed training this evening".

Corn Uí Mhuirí Final ends in a draw – Replay on Sunday in Rathmore

The much anticipated meeting of Pobal Scoil Chorca Dhuibhne and Rochestown College in the Corn Uí Mhuirí final did not disappoint on Saturday last when the Kerry and Cork rivals served up a great hours entertainment for the big crowd present at the Dr Crokes pitch in Killarney. Thanks to a goal by Tom O’Sullivan after fifteen minutes, the Dingle side led by 1-4 to 0-5 at the break and went five clear soon after the break. However, following a goal by Ciaran Cormac at the three quarter stage, the Cork side were back in the game and it took a last gasp free by Seamus Ó Muirceartaigh from 40 yards to set up a replay.

That replay has been fixed for Sunday next in Rathmore. Best wishes to Pobal Scoil Chorca Dhuibhne who will be defending their Munster and All Ireland titles.

 Club Officer Training continues week.

Club Officer training sessions organised by Kerry GAA commenced last week and this year, in an effort to maximise participation, it was decided that the training will be delivered in four locations around the county, namely; Caherciveen and Fossa, where the first sessions were held on Wednesday and Thursday evenings last  and this week it’s the turn of Austin Stack Park ,Tralee and then on to Listowel on Thursday evening. 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.

There has been a very good turnout to the first two sessions and hopefully there will be an equally good turnout this week. . There are a lot of new officers in Clubs this year and there is no better way of learning the trade than attending these training nights.

Venues and Dates:

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:

·         Officer Roles and Teamwork in Administration; Speaker: Tim Murphy – Development Officer Kerry County Committee.

·         Fixtures, Transfer Sanctions, Insurance, Role of Club Delegate, Club Grants – Applications and Procedures. Speaker:  Peter Twiss – Secretary Kerry County Committee.

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

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

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

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

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football League

Round 2 of the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor football Leagues, with the exception of clubs who have players involved with Pobal Scoil Chorca Dhuibhne, will go ahead on this Saturday with a throw in time of 4pm. The games affected by the Colleges game are Dingle v Kerins O’Rahillys in Division 1 and An Ghaeltacht v Legion in Division 2.

There was one Round 1 back game played last weekend; In Division 5 St Pats defeated Beale by 3-16 to 4-8. There were also two Round 2 games played last weekend with Ardfert drawing with Currow (0-4 to 1-1) and St Senans defeating Finuge (1-8 to 1-5). Round 3 of the League goes ahead on Saturday 14th.

Credit Union Senior Football League

The Credit Union Senior Football League is fast approaching and is now only 3 weeks away; Round 1 will be played on the weekend of March 22nd.

Player Injury Fund Registration and Payment of Subscriptions

Clubs are reminded that cover under the Player Injury Fund runs from January  1st to December  31st.  All teams should be registered now.  Registration is completed via the GAA management System, Servasport.  If you cannot access this system please contact the county board office.

Payment is due to reach Croke Park at the latest on or before March 31st.  If registration is complete and payment submitted on or before March 31st teams will be covered from January 1st.  Please note that no claim will be processed by Willis Insurance until your teams are registered and payment has been received and marked off.  This may result in delays to the reimbursement of costs incurred by members.

If clubs have a query on cover under Property or Liability Insurance or in respect of a proposed fundraising activity please submit full details of the event to sinead.leavy@gaa.ie or gaageneral@willis.ie for review.

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.

Kerry GAA Supporters Club AGM

The Kerry GAA Supporter’s Club AGM was held in the  Ballygarry House Hotel on Monday last and all outgoing officers were returned.

Kerry's next away game in the Allianz Football League will be against Cork on Sunday next. 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.

Hurling News With Tommy O’Connor

Kerry Hurlers take on Westmeath

The Kerry senior hurlers will be at home to Westmeath in Division 2A of the Allianz Hurling League on this Sunday, 8th March at Austin Stack Park where there will be a 1.00p.m. throw in. Hurling supporters from all clubs are encouraged to come out and support the team. Admission is €10 with all under 16’s free.

Forthcoming games in the Division will be against Carlow on 15th March (away) and London on 22nd March (home).

Minor Hurlers in action against Wicklow

The Kerry minor hurlers will open their competitive year on this Saturday, 7th March when they play Wicklow away in Round 1 of the Leinster minor hurling league. The management team for the Kerry minor hurlers remains as it was last year with Ian Brick (Kilmoyley) as manager, Stephen Goggin (Causeway) and Aidan Mahony (St. Brendan’s) as selectors while Ger McCarthy will be the Co. Committee liaison officer for the team.

Hurling Forum

On Friday last Tralee Parnell’s held a very significant Open Forum on the way forward for juvenile hurling and camogie in Kerry. A range of speakers gave 10 minute presentations over 2 sessions, including Kerry hurling captain John Griffin, Maurice Leahy, David Doyle (on camogie), Mikey Leahy (on fixtures), Ger McCarthy (Co. Hurling officer) and Denis Reen (Chairman Parnell’s on expanding the game).  At the end of each session contributions from attendees were excellently co-ordinated by Agnes Sheehy (Parnell’s). The keynote speech was given by Tom Lanigan, Chairman of the James Stephen’s Club in Kilkenny, who is also the Chairman of the National Hurling Development Committee. He announced that it is planned that the National Féile na nGael under 14 hurling festival in 2019 will be jointly hosted by Kerry, West Limerick and North Cork.


Tralee Parnell’s underage hurling sessions for all the younger age groups restarts at the John Mitchel’s G.A.A. Complex on this Friday, 6th March at 7.00pm. Abbeydorney Hurling Club will hold an Open Day on this Sunday, 8th Match between 2.00p.m. and 4.00p.m. New members and volunteers always welcome by both clubs.

Congratulations to the Crotta O’Neill’s instrumental music group who won the Co. Scór Sinsir competition held in Brosna last weekend. Members are Sean Abeyta, Mike Rice, Sinead O'Sullivan Niamh Abeyta and Mairéad Curran. They now go forward to the Munster semi -finals which are scheduled for Cappamore, Co. Limerick on Saturday, 21st March.