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PRO GAA Scene April 8th 2015 2015-04-08 22:57:00

Kerry Retain their Division 1 status

Kerry retained their Division 1 status in the Allianz Football League following a pulsating draw with Tyrone in Omagh on Sunday last (1-14 to 0-17). While the point gained was more than enough to stay up, on the other hand, the point lost saw them pipped for a semi final place on scoring difference by Donegal after Kerry, Donegal and Mayo all finished on 7 points. Still Kerry I am sure will feel happy enough with the point gained in Omagh as quite literally, this game could have gone either way in those final hectic minutes. Kerry looked set for victory when Paull Geaney goaled in the third quarter but Tyrone fought  back to level with ten to go and it was a ding dong battle from there on in. 

One very satisfying aspect of the game from a Kerry point of view was the return to action of Colm Cooper after a fourteen month lay off through injury and the Dr Crokes man was on long enough to show us exactly what we have been missing during his absence. Certainly his return has given the panel a major boost as they head into the Championship. There is a ten week gap to that opening game away to the winners of the Waterford/Tipperary quarter final on June 14th.

Austin Stack Park to undergo major re-development

The news that Austin Stack Park is to undergo major re-development,  will be welcomed by all GAA people throughout the county not least the people of Tralee and its hinterland.

Chairman Mr Patrick O’Sullivan informed the recent county committee meeting that the Austin Stack Park would be closing in the end of May until March/April 2016 to allow for redevelopment work that will include:

Ø      C onstruction of a Full Sand Carpet Pitch – To commence May/June 2015

Ø      Upgrade of pitch floodlighting system to ensure night games can be played – To commence and complete in January/ February  2016

Ø      Address outstanding items on the Slattery Health and Safety Report to ensure capacity of the ground is not reduced further – To commence June 2015 and complete March 2016

Ø      Upgrade of Pavillion and  Office accommodation together with eternal facelift, painting,        signage etc. –  Commencement date to be confirmed

The extent of the proposed works will be dependent on reciprocal finance being raised by the Tralee Business Sector and in this regard, initial meetings have taken place and all parties are very positive and confident in progressing matters to achieve this.

Kerry GAA is fully committed to completing the works as quickly as possible and look forward to working closely with all stakeholders to the project including local residents, business owners, public representatives and the Local Authority to ensure the best possible end result is achieved for all concerned.

Lease of lands from Kerry Education & Training Board (Kerry ETB).

Kerry GAA has signed a 21 year licence agreement for lands with Kerry ETB and Kerry Co. Council for the development of a GAA pitch at Tralee Sports Complex.

This is a very important initiative and Kerry GAA would like to thank Kerry ETB and in particular their CEO Mr. Colm McEvoy for his help and assistance in securing this licence agreement.

This strategic alliance between Kerry GAA and Kerry ETB /Tralee Sports Complex will further enhance and underpin the promotion and development of Gaelic games in Tralee and further demonstrates Kerry GAA's commitment to Tralee and it's status as the largest urban centre in Co. Kerry.

It is expected that works will commence on these lands in late Summer 2015 and the pitch will be available for use in Summer 2016.

Round 3 of the Credit Union Senior Football League

Round 3 of the Credit Union Senior Football League is down for decision this weekend and given that county players are available and that it is the final round of games before the Club Championships begin, there is bound to be an extra bite to proceedings.

In Division 1, something has to give at the top where the four joint leaders on full points face each other with Dr Crokes taking on Kilcummin and Legion playing Kerins O’Rahillys in a dress rehearsal for their Club Championship meeting later in the month..

In Division 2, joint leaders Kenmare travel to Gneeveguilla while John Mitchels have Spa as visitors with the Killarney side just a point adrift of their Tralee hosts. Laune Rangers, who have made a poor start entertain Listowel Emmets while two promoted teams, Templenoe and Glenflesk meet in Templenoe.

Joint leaders in Division 3, Beaufort and Annascaul are on the road this weekend with Beaufort travelling to Killeen to take on pointless Na Gaeil and Annascaul playing St Pats. Meanwhile, the Junior Champions of the past two years meet in Keel where the homeside welcome All Ireland champions Brosna.

In Division 4, leaders on their own, Ballydonoghue welcome Dromid Pearses while the two teams in joint second place, Dr Crokes and Castlegregory travel to Cromane and Fossa respectively.

In Division 5, leaders Moyvane make the short trip to Asdee, while Sneem/Derrynane and Valentia, who are in joint second place travel to Ballyduff and Tuosist respectively.

Following the weekend games, the County Leagues take a back seat until Round 4 May 10th as the Castleisland Mart Club Championships swing into action.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football League

Round 4 of the Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin Minor football Leagues was played on Friday evening of last week.

In Division 1, Dingle and Ballydonoghue share top spot on 6 points with Spa on 4 and Dr Crokes who have a back game against Dingle to play on 2 points.

In Division 2, there are five teams on 4 points; An Ghaeltacht, Milltown, Legion Kenmare/Kilgarvan and Gneeveguilla. There are two back games in this Division however;  An Ghaeltacht have yet to play Legion and Rathmore.

In Division 3A, Emmets top the table on 8 points followed by Firies on 6, Na Gaeil on 4 and Annascaul/Lispole on 2 with a game in hand against Kilcummin.

Division 3B, Glenflesk are on 8 points, two ahead of Keel/Listry with Desmonds and Beaufort on 4 points each.

In Division 4, Ardfert are on 5 points, St Senans and Finuge are on 4 and in Division 5, St Pats top the table on 6 points with Asdee/Ballylongford on 5 and Ballymac on 2 points.

In Division 6A, Waterville/Dromid,  Skellig/Valentia and Templenoe/Tuosist are on 4 points each with Skellig/Valentia playing St Michaels/Foilmore in a back game this Thursday evening.

Meanwhile, in Division 6B, Fossa and Moyvane/Tarbert are on 4 points with Knock/Brosna on 2.

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

Playoff arrangements are as follows: Divisions with 6 teams, i.e. Divisions 1, 2, 3A and 3B, have semi finals and the remaining Divisions, all of whom have five teams, have one semi-final between second and third and a final.

Pobal Scoil Chorca Dhuibhne in Hogan Cup Final

Best wishes go to Pobal Scoil Chorca Dhuibhne who play Roscommon CBS in the Hogan Cup final in Croke Park on Saturday next. The Dingle outfit are of course attempting to retain the title they won last year and that is something no other Kerry college has managed to achieve. Pobal Scoil certainly have not made life easy for themselves having been taken to a replay in the Munster final against Rochestown and then carving out extra time in the semi final when all seemed lost against St Pats of Cavan. They carry the best wishes of all GAA people in the county on Saturday.

Kerry Minor Footballers in action on April 15th

Kerry, the reigning All Ireland minor football champions, open their 2015 campaign when they welcome Clare to Austin Stack Park for the Quarter Final of the Munster Championship on Wednesday of next week (15th). On the same evening, Cork travel to the Gaelic Grounds to take on Limerick. Interestingly, the losers of those two games go into a Round Robin series but the winners of those two opening quarter final ties will meet in a winner takes all semi final a month later where the losing team  will be out of the championship!

Just two of the starting fifteen from last year’s All Ireland final are eligible again this year – midfielder Mark O’Connor who captains the side and last year’s centre back Andrew Barry. Substitutes Stephen O’Sullivan and Jack Morgan are also available.

SCÓR BUS TO CITY WEST ON 25th: Three Kerry Senior Scór groups, rinceoirí Ghleann Fleisce, aisteoirí an Fhosaidh agus quizmháistrí Chnoc na hEaglaise, are preparing diligently for the upcoming All-Irelands in their respective disciplines. We wish them well.

The Fossa GAA Club hopes (if enough people are interested) to take a supporters’ bus to the Scór All-Ireland finals in Citywest Hotel, Dublin, on Saturday 25th April. Spéis agat? If interested in travelling in the Fossa bus, déan teagmháil le Treasa at fabpallas@eircom.net.

Hurling News with Tommy O’Connor

Kerry Hurlers retain AHL Division 2A Title

Congratulations to the Kerry senior hurlers on winning Division 2A of the Allianz Hurling League for the second year in a row. Played at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick, 5 early goals set Kerry on their way to a 6 point victory, 5 – 17 to 3 – 17 over Westmeath. This was a great reward for all the effort this panel of players have put in and the management team of Eamon Kelly, Conor Gleeson, D.J. Leahy and Tom O’Connell. Kerry captain, John Griffin (Lixnaw) was presented with the Division 2 Cup by Robert Frost, Cathaoirleach, Comhairle na Mumhan on behalf of Cumann Lúthchleas Gael.

Kerry will now go on to play Antrim on this Saturday at Parnell Park, 3p.m. in a play-off promotion/relegation game to determine which of these 2 teams will play Division 1B hurling next year.

Credit Union Senior Hurling  Leagues

The 2015 Chapter 23 Credit Union Senior Hurling Leagues get underway this weekend. On Sunday, 12th April at 2.00p.m. the 4 games in Division 1 are down for decision as follows (first named at home): Abbeydorney v Causeway; Ballyheigue v St. Brendan’s; Lixnaw v Ballyduff and Crotta O’Neill’s v Kilmoyley. Round 2 will be played on the weekend on 19th April.

The Co. Hurling League, Division 2 commences on Wednesday next, April 15th with games at 7.00p.m. Round 1 matches are: Crotta O’Neill’s v Causeway; Kenmare v Dr. Crokes; Kilgarvan v Lixnaw; Lady’s Walk v Kilmoyley and St. Brendan’s v Abbeydorney. Further rounds each Wednesday evening. All forthcoming fixtures are available on www.kerrygaa.ie

The new hurling playing rules come into operation on this Sunday, including the one-on-one penalty and the 5 second advantage rule

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

Clubs

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

A hurley repair course will take place on Friday, 24th April at Causeway Comprehensive School, commencing at 7.30p.m.