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PRO GAA Scene March 25th 2015 2015-03-25 08:12:00

Kerry go in search of Semi Final Place against Monaghan

Following their fine performance last time out when disposing of the Donegal challenge, there should be an equally good attendance at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on Sunday next when the All Ireland champions welcome Monaghan to the Kingdom’s capital. The League history between Kerry and Monaghan only stretches back twenty years or so – their first meeting was not until 1985 – and this had a lot to do with the structure of the League when divided into North and South sections as well as the fact that some of the northern teams did not always take part in the League until the latter stages when qualifying for the knock out stages through the old Lagan Cup competition.

Like many teams in Division 1 this year, Monaghan have had a mixed League campaign to date defeating Tyrone, Donegal and Derry , going down by a point to Cork in a high scoring game and being well beaten by Mayo. Kerry’s record is not too dissimilar and both sides are on six points in the table with Mayo, two behind leaders Cork, and crucially, just ahead of the chasing pack of Dublin, Tyrone and Donegal. Kerry’s scoring average is not good following the defeats by Mayo and Cork especially so points on the board is the only way of ensuring a semi final place.

Eamonn Fitzmaurice and his management team will be happy to see the injury list getting shorter  and that no doubt will increase the competition for places on the team – never a bad situation to be in. Management will also want to ensure that Kerry remain in competitive action for as long as possible to avoid an eleven week break to the start of the championship and two points against Monaghan on Sunday would go a long way towards avoiding that pitfall.

Throw in for Sunday’s game is 3pm with Marty Duffy (Sligo) in charge. A souvenir programme will be on sale inside the grounds.

Sunday’s AFL Game is All Ticket

Patrons attending Sunday’s Kerry v Monaghan 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. Two ticket vans will be in operation outside the ground. Admission to the stand is on a first come first served basis.

Credit Union Senior Football League Commences

The Credit Union Senior Football Leagues swung back into action in Summer like conditions on Sunday last with twenty five games played in all.

Desmonds and Legion made a winning return to Division 1 football but in their first game in the premier Division since 1984, Glenbeigh Glencar were outclassed by Kilcummin. Meanwhile Tommy Walsh was in fine form scoring 1-5 from play  as Kerins O’Rahillys defeated Finuge while Dr Crokes, with Colm Cooper togged out as an unused sub,  also opened with a win against Milltown Castlemaine.

In Division 2, the two demoted sides from last year, Rathmore and Listowel Emmets played out a low scoring draw in Rathbeg while St Marys won the battle of the sides promoted from Division 3 by defeating Glenflesk in Caherciveen. John Mitchels defeated promoted Templenoe and Gneeveguilla had a point to spare against Tarbert. Laune Rangers and Spa played out an 11 points all draw in Killorglin and Kenmare inflicted a heavy defeat on one of last year’s relegated sides, Currow.

There were just four games played in Division 3 where an understrength Ardfert side were well beaten by a James Crean inspired Annascaul  side in Ardfert and St Pats had the better of Na Gaeil in the Tralee derby.  Keel defeated Ballymac by six points and Beaufort had a good away victory in Beale.

In Division 4, two sides who came to the Division from opposite ends of the County League met in Fossa where the home side, promoted last year, defeated Dromid Pearses who were relegated from Division 3 last season. Ballydonoghue had a good win in Lispole and Castlegregory posted a big score when defeating Cromane. Cordal had two points to spare against Churchill and St Senans had a point victory over Scartaglen. Meanwhile Dr Croke B held Firies to a draw.

In Division 5, Valentia made the long journey to Asdee pay rich dividends getting the two points on offer while Moyvane scored four goals when defeating Knocknagoshel  and Sneem-Derrynane scored three majors in the defeat of Austin Stacks. In the North Kerry Derby, Ballyduff defeated Ballylongford.

Credit Union Senior Football League Round 2 this Saturday

Round 2 of the Credit Union Senior Football League will be played on this Saturday with all games at 5pm on Saturday. The Sunday “default” date does not apply this weekend due to the Kerry/Monaghan Allianz Football League game.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football League

There were two back games played in the Minor Leagues last weekend; In Division 3A, Annascaul/Lispole got their first points of the league with victory over Renard/St Marys while St Pats’ victory over Ballymac sees them go three points clear of Asdee/Ballylongford in Division 5. Colleges games involving Pobal Scoil Chorca Dhuibhne and St Brendans mean that there are two back games in the top two divisions with the Dingle and Kerins O’Rahillys game in Division1 going ahead on the 30th of march and there is no refixture yet for the Division 2 game between An Ghaeltacht and Legion. Round 4 of the League will be played on April 3rd.

Pobal Scoil Chorca Dhuibhne in Hogan Cup semi final action

Fresh from their historic 4-in-a-row of Corn Uí Mhuirí titles, Pobal Scoil Chorca Dhuibhne defend their Hogan Cup title when they take on Ulster standard bearers St Pats of Cavan on this Saturday in Nenagh at 2pm. The Cavan side tore the MacRory Cup form book to shreds when defeating hot favourites St Pats of Dungannon by ten points in the St Patrick’s day final – their first title since 1972 – and no doubt Pobal Scoil Chorca Dhuibhne have been forewarned of their capabilities. Cavan people are passionate about their football and St Pats will bring a big support with them to the Tipperary venue, however, the two games with Rochestown are sure to stand to the Dingle outfit and with big players in key positions they will be expected to advance to the final. We wish them well.

County Committee to decide on method for reducing the number of Club teams in SFC

The March meeting of the County Committee will take place in Austin Stack Park on Monday evening next when the method by which the number of Club teams in the Senior County Championship are to be reduced from 11 to 8 will be the big item on the Agenda.

It will be recalled that the decision to reduce the number of Senior Clubs from 11 to 8 has already been taken by the county committee and that aspect is not up for discussion.  The Senior Football Championship Review Committee, under the chairmanship of Tony O’Keeffe have now put forward a recommendation on the methodology to be used to achieve that aim.

The following is the proposal of the SFC Review Committee:

Relegation in 2015 will be based solely on the Senior Club Championship and not the Senior Football Championship. In the event of club teams that are in relegation playoffs reaching the County Final the proposal may have to be revisited. The two teams from this year’s senior club final gain exemption. The remaining nine teams are drawn into 3 groups of 3. They play off on a league basis with the lowest team from each group being relegated. If two or more teams finish level on points in a group rule 6.20(T.O.) covers the criteria used to decide which team is relegated (i.e. the outcome of game between both sides, scoring difference, play off etc).

Clubs should also note the following;

•             The winners of the 2015 Intermediate Championship will not be promoted to senior status.  From 2016 onwards that situation will revert to the Intermediate winners replacing the relegated Senior team.

•             With three teams being relegated from the Senior Championship, and the Junior champions of 2015 being promoted to Intermediate status, four teams are to be relegated from this year’s Intermediate Championship. The first round losers of this year’s Intermediate championship will play each other to achieve this.

•             The top 32 teams from Junior and Novice will compete for the 2016 Premier Junior Championship. The first round losers enter the 2016 Junior Championship (currently Novice Championship

John Mitchels Proposal

Clubs were asked to submit other proposals and just one proposal was received – from the John Mitchels Club – and the main difference between the John Mitchel’s proposal and that of the Review Committee is the time span in achieving the reduction of Clubs as follows:

“The adjustment would take place over 3 years (2015-2017) whereby 2  teams would drop from Senior to Intermediate, 2 from Intermediate to Premier Junior and 2  from Premier Junior to Junior over the 3 years thereby allowing the champions at each grade each year promotion to the next level.

As there are 16 teams at Intermediate and Junior (Premier Junior) level, the 8 losers from the 1st Round would play-off with the 4 losers to play off to decide the 2 teams to be relegated.

At Senior Level, the 3 losers from the 6 teams involved in the preliminary round of the Senior Club Championship would be drawn into a group of 3 whereby 2 teams would be relegated as per the County Championship Review Committee’s proposal”.

New Under 21 Management Team to be appointed

Kerry’s disappointing three points loss to Cork in the semi final of the Munster Under 21 Championship on Wednesday of last week has brought an end the present management’s involvement with the team. While his one year extension ot the initial two year term term expired following the conclusion of Kerry’s involvement in the championship, team manager Darragh Ó Sé has informed the Chairman of the County Committee, Patrick O’Sullivan that he does not wish to be considered for another term. A sub committee will now be appointed to propose a successor to the Gaeltacht man and that nominee will be put to the County Committee for ratification.

Kerry Supporters Club

It’s that time of year where membership is now due for the Kerry GAA Supporters Club at a cost of just €10.  Cards can be obtained from all club officers and committee members.  Your support would be greatly appreciated for Kerry GAA.

Munster Scór Sinsear Finals this weekend

The Munster finals of Scór Sinsear will take place on this Saturday evening in the Éire Óg club in Ovens (6:30pm) where Kerry will be represented in five of the seven activities.

At the semi finals in Cappamore last weekend the following qualified for the finals: Figure Dancing        - Glenflesk;  Recitation - Spa (Ray O'Sullivan); Instrumental Music - Crotta O'Neills; Leiriú (Sketch)-      Fossa; and Set Dancing – ​Ballymacelligott.

The All-Ireland finals of Scór na Sinsear will take place on 25th April in Citywest Hotel, Baile Átha Cliath (N7).

PRO/Social Media Training Night

On this Thursday evening  in Austin Stack Park at 7:30pm all PROs are invited to a training session where the emphasis will be on Social Media. Ed Donnelly, Munster Council’s Social Media co-ordinator, will give the presentation which is aimed at clubs who wish to advance their Social Media Profile through a Club Website, Facebook or Twitter. The presentation will be ideal for clubs

, whether Senior Club or Coiste na nÓg – concentration will be on Social Media – anyone wishing to - this is the place to be – Ed Donnelly Munster Council Social Media Co ordinator will give a presentation – starting up or wishing to advance their Social Media profile – free course

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

Kerry Hurlers qualify for the AHL Division 2A Final

Results in the final round last Sunday paved the way for the  Kerry senior hurlers to qualify for the Final of Division 2A of the 2015 Allianz Hurling League and remain on course to retain their title. With Kerry doing their part in a 3 - 17 to 2 - 10 win over London at Tralee, the defeat of both Carlow and Derry by Westmeath and Wicklow respectively saw them progress. This left Kerry and Westmeath at the top of the table and a place in the Final which is scheduled for Saturday week, 4th April with time and venue to be confirmed.

Minor Hurlers go down to Offaly

The Kerry minor hurlers found things a bit more difficult against Offaly last Saturday in Round 3 of the Leinster minor hurling league. Played at St. Brendan’s Park in Birr, Kerry went down by 2 - 18 to 0 - 10. However it was not until well into the second half that Offaly pulled away and the home side were just 2 points ahead at half time, 0 - 9 to 0 - 7. This ends Kerry’s interest in the competition. The Kerry minor hurling squad is: David Silles (captain, Lixnaw), Dylan Burke (Causeway), Michael Leane (Ballyheigue), Tom Quinlan (Crotta), Billy Lyons (Causeway), Jason Diggins (Causeway), Jamie McGrath (Causeway), Jeremy McKenna (Lixnaw), Tomás O'Connor (Crotta), Eoin Ross (Ballyduff), Ger Stackpoole (Lixnaw), John Buckley (Lixnaw),  Colin Browne (Crotta), Shane Conway Fionán Mackessy (St. Brendan’s), (Lixnaw),Robert Silles (Lixnaw), Darragh Ryan (Crotta), Tommy O'Connor (Ballyduff),Adrian O'Mahony (Crotta), Robert Collins (Kilmoyley), Brandon Conway (Crotta), Ronan O'Donovan (Abbeydorney), Liam Mullins (Lixnaw), Sean Hartnett (Tralee Parnell’s), Ciarán Breen (Tralee Parnell’s), Adam Guerin (Causeway), Conor Galwey (Ballyheigue), Sean O'Donoghue (Crotta), Jack Lenihan (Dr. Crokes), Colin Sheehy (Lixnaw), Cian McCarthy (Abbeydorney), Tommy Molyneaux (Lixnaw), Mark Mulvihill (Ballyheigue), Jason Keane (Lixnaw), Jordan Walsh (Abbeydorney), Aaron Thompson (St. Brendan’s), Mark Lynch (Kilmoyley).

Gary Scollard and Todd Nolan Tournaments Launched

The 2015 Gary Scollard (under 16) and Todd Nolan tournaments were launched last Friday by Robert Frost, Cathaoirleach, Comhairle na Mumhan. They go ahead on this Saturday, 28th March, each commencing at 12,15p.m.

The Gary Scollard tournament is a straight final between Kerry and Limerick and it goes ahead at Connolly Park, Tralee. It commemorates the former Kerry and Austin Stack’s dual player, Gary Scollard who won an All-Ireland Senior ‘B’ hurling medal in 1976 with Kerry, an All-Ireland Senior Club football medal (1977) and 3 Co. senior football championship medals (1973, 1975, 1976) with Austin Stacks. He also played in 3 losing Co. Senior hurling finals (1968, 1969, 1974).

The Todd Nolan tournament involves the Kerry minors and Under 17 Development squads from Cork, Limerick and Clare and will be played at the John Mitchel’s Complex. The semi-final pairings are Kerry v Limerick and Cork v Clare. This tournament, which commenced in 2008, commemorates the former Kerry and Crotta O’Neill’s hurler, Todd Nolan – he also played Railway Cup hurling with Munster in 1969 and won a Co. Senior Championship medal in 1968.