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PRO GAA Scene March 11th 2015 2015-03-12 16:38:00

Kerry go down to Cork in Allianz FootbalLeague

Following their very satisfying defeat of Dublin in Round 3, Kerry were brought back down to earth in no uncertain fashion at Páirc Uí Rinn on Sunday last when going under to Cork by eleven points (3-17 to 2-9). Cork blitzed Kerry early on and had three goals inside the opening seventeen minutes. Kieran Donaghy and Tommy Walsh goaled for the visitors and the deficit was down to a manageable four points at the break (3-7 to 2-6). Cork did not take their foot off the pedal however and added a further ten points to their tally in the second half while at the same time restricting the Kingdom to just two scores. The game itself had a very uncanny resemblance to last year’s meeting of the sides in Tralee when Kerry shipped a ten points defeat.

Kerry face Donegal in Austin Stack Park

Two sides who will want to forget Round 4 of the Allianz Football League in a hurry, meet at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on Sunday when last September’s All Ireland finalists go head to head for the first time since Kerry’s 37th All Ireland victory. Kerry of course will want to bounce back from that heavy defeat to old rivals Cork and a win on Sunday would leave Kerry with a fighting chance of making the semi finals. Donegal on the other hand come off a defeat to Monaghan last time out, a game in which they scored just 1-4, while at the same time they will be trying valiantly to get some morsel of revenge for their championship defeat at the hands of their hosts last Autumn.

With players such as Marc Ó Sé, Darran O’Sullivan and Colm Cooper all working their way back from injury, and Paul Galvin re-joining the panel, it will be interesting to see will Eamonn Fitzmaurice and his Management team be tempted to test the physical wellbeing of those players.Time no doubt will tell.

This is the third of four League fixtures in March for the Kingdom; Kerry play Monaghan in Austin Stack Park (29th) before finishing their campaign with a trip to Tyrone on April 5th.

Sunday’s game has a 2pm throw in.


Sunday’s AFL Game is All Ticket

Patrons attending Sunday’s Kerry v Donegal Allianz League game in Austin Stack Park 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.

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 four times All Ireland Medal winner and three 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.

Kerry manager, Eamonn Fitzmaurice was philosophical when discussing the issue at last Friday’s media briefing; “I think regardless of how this goes, his legacy is secure, people know the service he has given to Kerry. If it works its fantastic, if it doesn’t work what’s the big deal? I feel it’s a win win situation”.

“Paul is coming into it with his eyes wide open. He knows where he is, he’s a member of a squad. He has to fight to get into the twenty six, he has to fight to get some game time, he has a fight on his back to get a starting jersey”.

I am sure I speak for all Kerry followers when I wish Paul the very best of luck in reigniting his football career.


Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football League

Round 2 of the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor football Leagues, was played last weekend and Round 3 of the leagues will go ahead on this Saturday with a throw in time of 4pm.

There were three games affected by the Colleges final, Dingle v Kerins O’Rahillys in Division 1, An Ghaeltacht v Legion in Division 2 and Annascaul/Lispole v St Marys/Renard in Division 3A and  those games have been refixed for Saturday March 21st.


Pobal Scoil Chorca Dhuibhne Abú

Comhghairdeas do Pobal Scoil Chorca Dhuibhne who completed four in a row of Corn Uí Mhuirí titles when defeating Rochestown College in the replayed final at Rathmore on Sunday evening last (1-10 to 0-10). An early goal by the champions from Conor Geaney sustained them for the remainder of a low scoring first half and they took a two point lead to the half time dressing room. The Cork College fought back well during the third quarter to draw level but Pobal Scoil finished stronger with Kerry minor Tom O’Sullivan, who with Cathal Bambury now has four Corn Uí Mhuirí medals,  proving an inspiration with two points. And so the West Kerry side have equalled the 4-in-row record of Tralee CBS (1931 -1934). The Hogan Cup semi-final against the Ulster winners is fixed for March 29th.


Credit Union Senior Football League looms on the horizon

The Credit Union Senior Football Leagues are just over a week away and clubs across the county are preparing by way of Divisional Leagues and challenge games in preparation for the start of the football season in earnest. The Leagues are also of course great preparation for the Castleisland Mart Club Championships and this year three rounds of the League will be played prior to the first round of the championships on April 19th.


Kerry Under 21s in Munster Championship action

The Kerry Under 21 management are putting the finishing touches to preparations for a Munster Under 21 Championship semi final on Wednesday 18th March. The opposition will be provided by either Cork or Limerick who meet in a quarter final tie in the Gaelic Grounds on this Wednesday evening. A Cork victory will see the semi final played in Páirc Uí Rinn, while Kerry will have home advantage in the event of a Limerick win. The Kerry team will for the semi final will be named on Sunday evening. Kerry have not won a Munster Under 21 title since 2010 and the management team of Darragh Ó Sé, Ciarán McCabe, Seamus Moynihan and John Shanahan have left no stone unturned in their efforts to return Kerry to the top of the Munster Under 21 pile.


Inclusion and Integration Initiatives


Kerry GAA are holding a Rounders blitz for children with special needs on Saturday the 14th March in John Mitchel’s GAA Club Tralee, from 10.30am to 1.30pm. The blitz is open to children with disabilities from throughout Kerry and will be mainly games based, with a little bit of coaching. Participants are welcome to come as part of a group or as individuals. Rounders is an easy game to play and all abilities will be catered for. The main aim of the day will be to promote participation in a fun and enjoyable environment.

In a separate initiative, 6 weeks of Gaelic Football skills sessions, is being run on Wednesday evenings, by The Sporting Chance programme at NLN Tralee. This got under way on Wednesday 18th February and will be completed on Wednesday the 25th March 2015. The sessions take place in Austin Stacks GAA club Tralee from 4pm to 5pm. All coaches are Garda vetted. The sessions are aimed towards providing additional skills to children with dyspraxia and other disabilities/impairments and will work on agility, balance, coordination, and movement skills in a fun and enjoyable environment. All are welcome. There is no cost for either activity.

To book a place(s) on either of these activities please contact Kevin Smith on 086-0404270

Ardfert Victory Social

Ardfert will celebrate their All Ireland Intermediate Football title with a victory social in the Ballyroe Heights Hotel on this Friday evening 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.

Servasport Training

Servasport Training will take place in Austin Stack Park on this Thursday 12th March at 7.30pm. This training will cover player and member registration, team registration, how to develop team sheets, sub sheets and on-line player injury notification (new to clubs this year). It is recommended that each club registrar, club secretary and insurance officer attend.


Scór Sinsear

The Munster senior Scór semi-finals will be held on Saturday 21st March (6.30pm) in Cappamore, Co. Limerick, where the Kerry, Limerick and Clare champions will be seeking places in the Munster finals. Gach dea-ghuí ar iomaitheoirí na Ríochta. The Munster finals will take place in Ovens, Co. Cork, on 28th March (6.30pm) and the All-Ireland finals of Scór na Sinsear will take place in Citywest Hotel (N7) on 25th April. Ciarraí go deo! Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig ar gach éinne. Go mairimid beo ar an am seo arís.

Torthaí Scór na bPáistí– Ciarraí Theas: Two qualifiers in each discipline from the Faill Mhór semi-final, on Saturday last, will perform in the county finals at The Gleneagle Hotel at 3.30pm on Sunday 22ú Márta. The following are the successful items/clubs: Rince Foirne: An Spá & Piarsaigh na Dromada; Amhránaíocht Aonair: Na Foidhrí (Seán de Paor) & An Chill (Cormac Mac Cathail Riabhaigh); Aithriseoireacht: Oileán Dairbhre (Emmet Ó Dálaigh) & Na Foidhrí (Cian Ó Síocháin); Ceol Uirlise: An Fhaill Mhór & Raonaithe na Leamhna; Bailéadghrúpa: Gleann Fleisce & Oileán Dairbhre; Léiriú: Gleann Fleisce & Oileán Dairbhre; Rince Sean-nóis: An Spá & Oileán Dairbhre; Seit: Na Crócaigh & An Fhaill Mhór.

Torthaí Scór na  bPáistí– Ciarraí Thuaidh: Two qualifiers in each discipline from the Mountcashel semi-final, on Sunday laast, will perform in the county finals at The Gleneagle Hotel at 3.30pm on Sunday 22ú Márta. Is iad seo a leanas na míreanna/clubanna ar éirigh leo i gCnoc na gCaiseal: Rince Foirne: Baile Mhic Eileagóid & An Tóchar; Amhránaíocht Aonair: Antóin Ó hArgáin & Áine Ní Shíthigh; Aithriseoireacht: Na Gaeil (Jimí Ó Súilleabháin) & Aodhán Ó hÍr (An Baile Dubh); Ceol Uirlise: Naomh Seanán & Crota; Bailéadghrúpa: Maigh Mheáin & An Baile Dubh; Léiriú: Na Gaeil & Béal Átha Longfoirt; Rince ar an Sean-nós: Brosnach (Mollaí Ní Shúilleabháin) & Baile Uí Dhonnchú (Tadhg de Barra); Seit: Corra & Maigh Mheáin.

Hurling News with Tommy O’Connor

Kerry Hurlers go down to Westmeath

Kerry suffered a disappointing 3 – 18 to 0 – 12 defeat to Westmeath at Austin Stack Park last Sunday in Round 3 of the Allianz Hurling League game.  Indeed Westmeath looked the hungrier and most skilful team all through and were well worth their 15 point winning margin.

Kerry will be out again on this Sunday, 15th March when they meet Carlow. The game goes ahead at Netwatch Cullen Park in Carlow Town where there will be a 12 noon throw in. The last game in the competition takes place at home to London on 22 March.

Kerry Minor Hurlers make winning start to Leinster MHL

Kerry 4-18 Wicklow 0-7

Kerry began their Leinster Minor League campaign with a comprehensive  win over Wicklow  at a very warm and sunny Bray Emmets GAA grounds on Saturday evening.  Kerry went into an early lead with points from young Shane Conway, making his first debut at minor level, and the young Lixnaw man was a real thorn in the Wicklow back-line scoring 4 points in the first qtr along with some great work when setting up last year’s captain Fionán MacKessy for the first of his three goals of the half in the 9th minute. Kerry really took over with points from Johnny Buckley (2)  and then  MacKessy adding two more goals on the 12th and 18th minutes along with two points.

Kerry’s defence was very solid with great performances by captain David Silles in goals along with some great defending by Dylan Bourke, Mike Leen, Billy Lyons, Jason Diggins and newcomers Tommy O’Connor (Ballyduff),  Thomas Quinlan (Crotta), Tomas O’Connor (Crotta),  Colin Browne  (Crotta) and  Ger Stackpoole (Lixnaw). Kerry finished the half very strong and at half time the score stood at:  Kerry 3-8 Wicklow 2pts.

The second half saw Kerry playing into a very strong wind but this did not stop this young squad from the Kingdom pushing forward with Crotta O’ Neills man Colin Browne firing over a point on the 3rd minute and in the 7th minute the big six ft four Crotta man again struck for goal number four followed by points from Buckley (4, 2 frees) and MacKessy (3). At this stage the management emptied the bench and more points followed from subs Adam Guerin (Causeway) and Jordan Conway (Crotta).   Fifteen subs finished the second half in style. (In this competition teams can use unlimited substitutions). 

Next game is on March 14th against Meath;  venue T.B.C

Credit Union Senior Hurling Leagues

The 2015 Co. Senior Hurling league Division 1 will begin on the weekend of 12th April. The Division 2 competition gets underway on Wednesday, 15th April and continues each successive Wednesday night.


The launch of the 2015 inter county tournaments - Gary Scollard (under 16) and Todd Nolan (minor) will take place on Friday week, 20th March at the John Mitchel’s G.A.A. Complex. The tournaments will both take place on the same day, on Saturday, 28th March.


Following their very successful registration evening last Friday, Tralee Parnell’s underage hurling sessions for all the younger age groups continue at the John Mitchel’s G.A.A. Complex each Friday, at 7.00pm. New members and volunteers always welcome. A club shop selling hurleys, helmets and sliothars is also available there.