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PRO GAA Scene April 1st 2015 2015-04-01 07:56:00

Monaghan take their Chances

Kerry could have few excuses following defeat at the hands of Monaghan in the penultimate round of the Allianz Football League at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on Sunday last. Kerry’s failure to take their chances – they shot ten wides in that opening half – not alone cost them victory but may also have deprived them of a semi final place – if not worse. Though they led by 5 points to no score after seventeen minutes, Monaghan outscored the homeside by 4 points to 2 in the remainder of the half restricting Kerry’s lead to three points at the break, 7 points to 4. Monaghan had that Kerry lead reeled in within seven minutes of the restart and 1-3 without reply in the middle third of the half secured the points for the visitors who were full value for their four points win. On a positive note it was good to see Darran O’Sullivan and late substitute, Marc Ó Sé back in action.

Kerry head for Omagh

So Kerry head to Omagh on Sunday to take on Tyrone in the final Round of games in the Allianz Football League. The Kerry selectors certainly have plenty selection headaches not alone after last Sunday’s performance but also from the fact the likes of Ó Sé, O’Sullivan, Paul Murphy and Bryan Sheehan will be back in contention for places. Kerry know what they have to do on Sunday next – defeat Tyrone – plain and simple. A win will guarantee the Kingdom their Division 1 status for a start and after that issues such as semi final places are in the laps of the Gods. Kerry share six points with Donegal and Mayo, both of whom clash in Castlebar.  Kerry have won two out of three of their last games in Omagh but there is no doubt but Tyrone will not want to endure relegation and certainly not at the hands of Kerry. Based on their League form to date, Kerry are due another good game and they will certainly need to produce the goods on a day that scoring difference will most likely be called into play to decide semi final or relegation issues.

Omagh is one of the most popular destinations for the Kerry GAA Supporters Club and this year is no different with a large number of supporters travelling.  O’Sheas of Kerry are also organising a day trip to the game by bus.

Kerry supporters overnighting in Tyrone may wish to be aware of an event by Tyrone GAA as part of the Decades of Commemorations Talks which will take place at their Centre of Excellence in Garvaghey on the eve of the game on Saturday next . The talk is on Kerry native Charlie Daly from Firies who came to Tyrone during the War of Independence and who died during the Civil War. Activities begin at 8pm and all Kerry supporters are welcome.

Launch of the 2015 Credit Senior Football and Hurling Leagues

The launch of 2015 Football and Hurling Leagues sponsored by Chapter 23 of the Irish League of Credit Unions took place on Thursday evening  last in the Manor West Hotel Tralee. Patrick O’Sullivan,  cathaoirleach Coiste Chontae Chiarrai thanked the Credit Unions for their support down through the years. Jack Harrington Chairman of Chapter 23 of the Credit  Unions also addressed the large gathering stressing the importance of the voluntary and community links supporting each other. This is the 13th year of sponsorship and Mary O’Shea, treasurer of the Credit Unions  presented the sponsor’s cheque to Patrick O’Sullivan. Cheques were also presented to 2014 League winners;

Division 2: Killarney Legion;  Division 3: Templenoe; Division 4: Na Gaeil; Division 5: Dr Crokes B.

 The Division 1 winners in both Football and Hurling have not been decided.

Presentations will also be made to the following teams: All Ireland Intermediate Football Champions, Ardfert;  All Ireland Junior Football Champions, Brosna and All Ireland Post Primary Schools, Hogan Cup winners - Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne.

Credit Union Senior Football League

Round 2 of the Credit Union SFL survived very windy but predominantly dry conditions on Saturday evening last when all scheduled games were played save the Cromane V Churchill game in Division 4  which was postponed due to a bereavement.

In Division 1, where Paul Galvin returned to action with Finuge in Dingle, Kerins O’Rahillys, Kilcummin, Dr Crokes and Legion all have full points with five teams – Austin Stacks, Waterville, Dingle, Glenbeigh-Glencar and St Michaels Foilmore - yet to register on the table in the Division. There is one back game involving Austin Stacks and Waterville.

In Division 2, Kenmare and John Mitchels are the only two teams with full points while Spa, Rathmore and Emmets are all on three points. Glenflesk, Tarbert and Currow have yet to register a point.

Beaufort and Annascaul have full points in Division 3 where Brosna defeated fellow All Ireland Club Champions Ardfert. Brosna have a game in hand away to An Ghaeltacht while Skellig Rangers entertain Listry in another back game, both listed for May 16th. Na Gaeil, Skellig Rangers, Ardfert and An Ghaeltacht have yet to register a point.

Interestingly, Ballydonoghue are the only team with full points in Division 4, followed by Dr Crokes and Castlegregory on three each. Cromane and Churchill, as already stated, is a back game in this Division where both sides are pointless after the opening round.

Moyvane top Division 5 with full points from their opening two games. Renard v Tuosist is a back game in this Division.

Round 3 of the League is on the weekend of April 12th and that leads into the start of the Castleisland Mart Club Championships which start on April 19th.

Pobal Scoil Chorca Dhuibhne in Hogan Cup Final

Nenagh was the venue for a unique Hogan Cup All Ireland Colleges semi final as reigning champions Pobal Scoil Chorca Dhuibhne, put their title on the line against St Pats of Cavan -the Mac Rory Cup winners for the first time in 43 years. And the Chorca Dhuibhne boys are still on course for  back to back All Ireland titles – but only just! After a game in which the strong wind played havoc with scoring opportunities, the Hogan Cup title seemed to be slipping from their grasp as they trailed by a point well into injury time. After great work by Kerry Minor and Under 21 player Brian Ó Beaglaíoch, theKerry boys got the chance they needed and after Seamus Ó Muirceartaigh who had earlier been substituted, was summoned from the bench, he coolly slotted the ball between the posts to force extra time and break the Breffini boys’ hearts. There was no need to look the gift horse in the mouth a second time as Pobal Scoil quickly fashioned a three point lead in extra time and duly qualified for the April 12th final against CBS Roscommon on a 1-14 to 1-11 scoreline.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football League

Round 4 of the Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin Minor football Leagues will be played on this Friday evening with all games throwing in at 6:30.

In Division 1, Dingle, Ballydonoghue and Spa share top spot with the Dingle v Kerins O’Rahillys backgame postponed due to Colleges commitments due to have been played on Monday evening.

In Division 2, An Ghaeltacht, Milltown and Legion are all on four points with An Ghaeltacht yet to play Legion in a back game.

In Division 3A, Firies and Emmets top the table on 6 points apiece, and in Division 3B, Glenflesk are on 6 points, 2 ahead of Beaufort and Keel/Listry.

In Division 4, St Senans and Finuge are on 4 points with St Senans yet to play a back game with Ardfert and in Division 5, St Pats top the table on 6 points with Asdee/Ballylongford on 3 having played a game less..

In Division 6A, Skellig/Valentia and Templenoe/Tuosist are on 4 points each while in Division 6B, Fossa are out on their own on 4 points with a game more played.

Round 5 of the League will be played on April 17th.

The Kerry GAA Cycle challenge

Kerry GAA are delighted to announce the inaugural Kerry GAA Cycle Challenge which was launched before the Kerry/Monaghan Allianz Football League game on Sunday last. Kerry GAA has appointed Kerry Legend Séamus Moynihan as 'Race Ambassador' and we are delighted to have the 'Kerry Stars Special Olympics Club' as our partner charity. Other dignitaries to lend their support at the launch were veteran commentator Micheal Ó Muirceartaigh and Iár Uachtarán CLG, Sean Kelly.

The race itself will take place on Saturday, May 16th beginning and finishing at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney. There are two proposed routes of differing lengths as follows:

Route 1 - Killarney, Rathmore, Gneeveguilla, Scartaglin, Tralee, Milltown and back to Killarney

Route 2 - Killarney, Farranfore, Milltown and back to Killarney.

Monster GAA Quiz

Gneeveguilla,  Rathmore and Cullen GAA clubs have come together with the Friends of Jamie Wall Committee to organise a Monster GAA Club Charity Quiz on Easter Monday, 6th April at 4:00pm in Cullen Parish Hall. Jamie Wall is a former Cork Minor and U21 dual player from Kilbrittain who suffered an infection in his spinal column and is now confined to wheelchair for the foreseeable future. Jamie and his family are faced with the task and cost of adapting their home to accommodate his new wheelchair needs.  Jamie’s mother is a native of Cullen and his grandparents are originally from Rathmore and Gneeveguilla. Hopefully this fundraising drive will offset some of the costs that they will incur in adapting their home. It is hoped  to attract over 100 clubs and each club can enter a table of 4 for €100. There will be a very special quiz master and there is a fantastic line up of prizes which include 4 All‐Ireland Hurling and 4 All‐Ireland Football Final tickets and lots more. For further information please contact Roger Casey 087‐6202882, Brendan Cremin 087‐8135690 or Eoin Casey 087‐6865042.

Skills Demonstration – Inclusion & Integration Initiative

Last Sunday, at half time in the NFL game (Kerry V Monaghan) children of all abilities from throughout the county were brought together to demonstrate the skills they have developed, in programmes under the County Boards inclusion and integration initiative in Kerry, over the last number of years. Some of the participants were players with their local clubs while some were participants in the ‘Gaelic for All’ programme which has been run for the last 6 years by students from the Sporting Chance programme at National Learning Network Tralee. This is an inclusive Gaelic Football coaching programme open to all children aged 7 to 14 years who wish to gain additional coaching. In particular, the programme aims to provide Gaelic football skills training specifically to children with additional needs such as developmental coordination disorder, dyspraxia, autism and downs syndrome. These sessions run for a 6 week period each Wednesday from 4-5pm in Austin Stacks GAA club, Connolly Park. The session focuses on developing basic football skills as well as agility and coordination, all in a fun environment. Parents have especially welcomed these sessions as they feel the extra coaching helps their children to fit in more with their peers at school and for those who are members of a club. We hope to run another 6 week programme in Tralee later in the year, a similar programme in Killarney after Easter and a second Rounders Blitz (provisionally on 9th May). We also hope to run a Cúl Camp in association with the Tralee International Resource centre. All will be welcome to these events. For further information please contact Kevin Smith at 066 7122533 or 086 0404270.

Scór Munster Finals

Kerry clubs performed with distinction in the Munster finals of Senior Scór at the Éire Óg Club, Ovens, Co. Cork, on Saturday last and the following will represent The Kingdom in the All-Ireland finals of Senior Scór on 25th April in Citywest Hotel (N7), Baile Átha Cliath:

 An Rince Foirne: Gleann Fleisce - Norita Ní Chíosáin, Máire Ní Chróinín, Rós Ní Chéilleachair, Orla Ní Chéilleachair, Áine Ní Shúilleabháin, Juliette Ní Shé, Cliona Ní Chríodáin, Caitlín Ní Chaoimh.

An Léiriú (Sketch): Fosadh - Eibhlín Uí Luasaigh, Proinsiasa Ní Éilí, Treasa Uí Chíosáin, Amy Ní Mhuircheartaigh; Maidhc Ó Céilleachair, Maidhc Ó Síocháin, Maidhc Ó Grífín, Eoghan Ó Muircheartaigh.

The Brothers Pearse Club, Cnoc na hEaglaise - Mícheál Mag Fhionnbhair, Seán Ó Flaitheartaigh, Pól Ó Cullota, Alex Ó Dónaill​, have already qualified for the Quiz final.

Items unlucky to be pipped 'on the line' were: Aithriseoireacht/Scéalaíocht: An Spá (Ray Ó Súilleabháin); Ceol Uirlise: Crotta O’Néills ague An Seit: Baile Mhic Eileagóid;

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Kerry Hurlers in AHL Division 2 Final

Best of luck to the Kerry senior hurlers in the Final of Division 2A of the Allianz Hurling League against Westmeath on this Saturday, 4th April at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick where there will be a 3.00p.m. throw in. Kerry will be seeking their second win in a row in this competition and John Griffin (Lixnaw) is the Kerry captain.

Kerry have played 5 games en route to Saturday’s final, including a Round 3 game where their opponents on Sunday came out on top by five goals. Kerry recovered well to defeat Carlow away and with Westmeath defeating Carlow in their final game, Kerry’s impressive victory over London earned them a final place and a chance at redemption.

Results to date:

Rd. 1 Kerry          0-14       Derry                     0-14

Rd. 2 Wicklow   1-6          Kerry                     2-20

Rd. 3 Kerry          0-12       Westmeath        3-18

Rd. 4 Carlow       3-17       Kerry                     1-24

Rd. 5 Kerry          3-17       London                 2-10


The Todd Nolan Hurling Tournament went ahead at the John Mitchel’s Complex on Saturday last involving the Kerry minor team and Under 17 Development squads from Cork, Clare and Limerick. In the semi-finals, Kerry beat Limerick by 1 – 25 to 1 – 11 and Cork defeated Clare by 2 – 20 to 0 – 8.

In the final, Cork defeated Kerry 2 – 15 to 0 – 5. In the Shield Final, Limerick defeated Clare by 3 - 15 to 0 – 8.

The Gary Scollard tournament did not go ahead as scheduled last weekend.

Hurling Cúl Camps

The 2015 Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps for Hurling & Camogie in Kerry are: Lixnaw (29 June – 3 July), Causeway (6 – 10 July), Ballyheigue & Ballyduff (13 -17 July), Ardfert & Kenmare (20 - 24 July), Abbeydorney & Fitzgerald Stadium (27 – 31 July), Crotta O’Neill’s – Dromakee (3 – 7 August)  and Kilmoyley & Tralee Parnell’s - Caherslee (10 – 14 August). Cost is €55 per child with reductions for additional members of families. Open to primary school children between 6 and 13 years of age. Monday’s to Friday’s, 10.00a.m. – 2.30p.m. daily. Register at the Cúl Camp Office, Austin Stack Park, Tralee, Tel.: 087 2260621 or online at http://www.gaa.ie/kelloggsculcamps.ie


St. Brendan’s Hurling Club will hold their annual G.A.A. Golf Classic this weekend at Ardfert Golf Course.

Tralee Parnell’s continue their underage coaching sessions on Friday evenings at the John Mitchel’s Complex, commencing at 7.00p.m. Parents who have not done so yet, can register their children, using the Parnell’s online registration form link posted on the club blog at http://traleeparnellshurling.blogspot.ie