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PRO GAA Scene April 22nd 2015 2015-04-22 23:21:00


Another exciting weekend of Club Championship fare in prospect this weekend

The various Castleisland Mart Club Championships swung into action last weekend across the county in Mediterranean like weather conditions. There were thrills and spills and the usual quota of matches that required extra time and when the dust settled on Sunday evening there were some noteworthy results but no great surprises as County League form more or less dictated where the spoils went. It was good to see county players like Aidan O’Mahony and James O’Donoghue make returns with their respective clubs, Rathmore and Legion, and another man who played a part was last year’s minor centre back(and also a member of this year’s minor pane)  Andrew Barry of Na Gaeil who is also getting back to full fitness after injury. Round 2 draws were made on Sunday afternoon and the coming weekend should see the semi finalists known in most cases. The draw for the Intermediate Championship relegation playoffs will be made at the next meeting of the County Committee.

In the Senior Club Championship, Killarney Legion got a late winner at Strand Road to set up a quarter final tie with local rivals, Dr Crokes who had a big win over St Michaels-Foilmore and Ardfert needed extra time to defeat Laune Rangers and qualify for a quarter final meeting with County Champions, Austin Stacks. There was a thriller in Rathbeg where Rathmore fought back with fourteen men to force extra time against Milltown-Castlemaine before going on to win by a six point margin and qualify for a semi final place against the winners of the Dr Crokes and Legion tie. Dingle’s victory over Kilcummin earns them a crack against the winners of the Austin Stacks v Ardfert tie.

In the Intermediate Championship, John Mitchels, who have made the perfect start in Division 2, defeated Division 1 side Finuge and their reward is a home tie against An Ghaeltacht who brought Brosna’s championship fairy-tale to an end. Skellig Rangers and Currow, both battling for survival in their respective Divisions of the County League, could not be separated after extra time in Portmagee and they will meet one of many people’s favourites for the title, Desmonds, who defeated Glenflesk.  St Marys had a good victory in Listowel against the home side to set up a local quarter final derby against neighbours Waterville who defeated Gneeveguilla by seven points and Spa made home advantage count against Annascaul to earn another home tie in the quarter final against Kenmare who defeated Keel from Division 3.

Glenbeigh-Glencar justified their favouritism for the Junior Championship title with a good away win in Tarbert and they meet Ballymac, who kicked 19 points in their defeat of Ballyduff, in the quarter finals. Templenoe are another side to watch out for following their defeat of St Pats and they now meet Na Gaeil who won the first Championship match in Churchill’s splendid new pitch. Beaufort kicked 17 points in the defeat of Castlegregory and their reward is a home tie against Duagh who prevailed in a very low scoring game against Scartaglen. Meanwhile Listry’s narrow victory over Cordal and Firies’ victory over last year’s runners-up Dromid Pearses, sets up a local quarter final derby.

In the Novice Championship, Asdee from Division 5 caused a major shock when accounting for neighbours Beale who are two Divisions above them in the County League but their reward is a long journey to Tuosist who received a bye to the quarter finals. Kilgarvan, a club struggling to field in the League, are in the quarter finals following the defeat of Ballylongford and they meet Lispole, who, despite conceding four goals to Moyvane, still prevailed. St Senans had a good win against fellow Division 4 side Cromane and they meet Renard who secured local bragging rights with victory over Valentia.  Ballydonoghue will have a big say in the destination of the Novice title following a good away win in Fossa to earn a home tie against fellow North Kerry outfit Knocknagoshel who defeated Sneem/Derrynane.

All Round 2 games, with the exception of the Beaufor V Duagh game which is on May 2nd, will be played this weekend.

 The Garveys  Senior Football Championship Draw is on this Saturday

The draw for the first Round of The Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship, which gets underway on the weekend of May24th, will be made live on Radio Kerry on this Saturday afternoon around 3:05pm. The changes as a result of the County Championship Review Committee do not of course come into effect until 2016 so there will be twenty teams – 11 Club and 9 Divisional – in the hat for the first round draw. County and Munster champions Austin Stacks will be looking to defend their title and no doubt, 4-in-a-row Dr Crokes will also have a major say in the destination of the Bishop Moynihan trophy. Last year’s quarter finalists, Killarney Legion and last year’s semi-finalists, Dingle are two other club sides to watch out for. Meanwhile, All Ireland Intermediate champions Ardfert will be hoping for a home draw on their return to senior status. Of the divisional sides, Shannon Rangers surprised many people last year by getting to the semi finals and they will be hoping to at least emulate that feat this year and last year’s beaten finalists, Mid Kerry will again be a major threat. Prior to the emergence of Dr Crokes in 2010, the Divisional sides dominated the County Championship but their influence has waned somewhat with the greater influence of the various club championship competitions.

The draw for the Senior Hurling Championship, which does not commence until July 19th, will be made later in the year.

Kerry Minor Footballers to meet Cork in Munster semi final

 Kerry got the defence of their All Ireland minor title off to a good start at Austin Stack Park on Wednesday evening of last week when easily accounting for a disappointing Clare side in the quarter final watched by a fine crowd of 1,962 people. Kerry, who had  just one of last year’s starting fifteen,  (Mark O’Connor) on duty,  had the game sewn up by  the break when they enjoyed a nine points lead and there was never any danger they were going to be overhauled during a lacklustre second half.

Once the impressive Conor Geaney opened the scoring after six minutes it was all one way traffic for the Kingdom boys and nine points in-a-row  from play left Kerry 10 points to 1 ahead at the break, a lead that reflected their dominance of that first half.

Any hopes of a Clare revival were short lived as the Kerry defence soaked up anything Clare could throw at them but at the other end of the field a combination of poor kicking against the tricky wind meant that the home-side found it difficult to transfer ample possession into scores. The general opinion was that Kerry should have won by a far greater margin than the 14 points  to 3 final score after what was a very disappointing second half.

Kerry will now play old rivals Cork in a winner takes all semi-final where the winners will be playing until August at least but the losers exit the championship. A venue for the game has yet to be decided as the Munster Council search for evidence of agreements, if any, between the sides for games other than finals. Fixtures down through the years show that it has been a case of every second turn with home venue, regardless of the whether the meeting was first round, semi final or final.

Tipperary will play the winners of the Clare/Limerick/Waterford Round Robin in the other semi final. Both games are on May 13th.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Leagues

The final Round of games in the Minor Football League were played on Friday evening last and the way is ready for the semi-finals in all Divisions. The following  fixtures have been confirmed by the CCC with all games on Friday 24th with one exception; first named have home venue;

Division 1: Ballydonoghue V Dr Crokes; Dingle V Spa.

Division 2: An Ghaeltacht V Killarney Legion (Saturday 25th at 1pm), Gneeveguilla V  Kenmare/Kilgarvan.

Division 3A: Listowel Emmets v Annascaul/Lispole; Firies V Na Gaeil

Division 3B: Glenflesk V Beaufort, Desmonds V Keel/Listry

Division 4: St Senans in Final; Finuge V Ardfert

Division 5: St Pats in Final; Asdee/Bally V Beale in Moyvane

Division 6A: Skellig/Valentia in Final; Waterville/Dromid V Templenoe/Tuosist in Dromid

Division 6B: Moyvane/Tarbert in Final; Fossa V Knock/Brosna.

The following were the play-off Regulations;

Ø      Any Group with six teams = 2 S/Finals while any Group with 5 teams = 1 S/Final.

Ø      For Groups with 6 teams - semi-finals: 1 v 4 and 2 v 3, with 1 and 2 having home advantage.

Ø      For Groups with 5 teams - top team go straight into final and next two teams play in S/Final. 2nd place at home to 3rd place. 

Ø      If there is a tie, the result of the league game between the sides would determine placing.

Ø      Extra time will be played in semi-finals and finals.

The Kerry GAA Cycle Challenge

The inaugural Kerry GAA Cycle Challenge which will take place on Saturday, May 16th beginning and finishing at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney, is the ideal opportunity for cycling enthusiasts to test their fitness levels ahead of the Ring of Kerry Cycle later in the year. Online registration has opened on the Kerry GAA Website and the entry fee is €30. There are two routes of different lengths as follows:

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

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

 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. More details are available on the Kerry GAA Website or from event organiser, Stephen O’Sullivan 087 9490883.

B Wildered in Ballymac!

Ballymacelligott GAA Club are organising a Fun Run on Saturday 2nd May over the rugged and scenic Glanageenty course in Ballymac. Competitors can Run, Jog, Walk or Crawl the course which has been designed by the great John Lenihan and there is a special registration fee for those who register before Friday 24th April.

All Ireland Scór Finals

3 Kerry GAA clubs in All Ireland Scór finals in 'Citywest' on Saturday: Best wishes to our three Kerry Senior Scór groups, the quiz buffs of Cnoc na hEaglaise (Brothers Pearse Club), rinceoirí Ghleann Fleisce and the léiriú group from Fossa, as they head for Citywest Hotel, Dublin, on Saturday next to perform in their respective disciplines in the All-Ireland finals. We wish them well! Go raibh an svae leo!

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

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

Tráth na gCeisteanna: Cnoc na hEaglaise:- Pól Ó Cullota, Alex Ó Dónaill, Seán Ó Flaithearta’, Mícheál Mag Fhionnbhair.

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

Air of goodwill towards Kerry Hurling as preparations for the Christy Ring continue

It has been a week of great goodwill towards Kerry hurling following their Allianz Hurling League promotion win over Antrim last week. Messages of congratulations have come from many quarters, from both the strong and weak hurling counties as well as from all parts of the county itself. The team has now commenced preparation for the Christy Ring Cup campaign which commences on Saturday week, 2nd May with a home game against Down at Austin Stack Park, 1.00p.m.

Credit Union Senior Hurling Leagues

One game was played in Division 1 of the Chapter 23 Credit Union Senior Hurling League last weekend when Kilmoyley had a 0 – 17 to 0 – 15 home win over Ballyheigue. This was a close contest all through. Ballyheigue led by 11 points to 9 at half time but Kilmoyley, with Daniel Collins scoring 8 points (7 from frees) in total, got the upper hand in the second to carve out a hard earned win. Kilmoyley lined out as follows: Aidan McCabe, John Godley, Conor Fitzell, Sean Nolan, Sean Godley, James McCarthy, Tom Murnane (0-2), Dougie Fitzell, Brendan Harris, Robert Collins (0-2), Sean Maunsell (0-4), Daniel Collins (0-8,7f), Luke Fitzell, Kieran Regan, Vincent Savage (0-01). Subs.: Ian Brick, David Ryan, Mark Lynch.

Division 2 results were as follows: St. Brendan’s 0 – 15 Abbeydorney 0 – 7; Lady’s Walk 0 – 12 Kilmoyley 1 – 9 (draw); Causeway 2 – 23 Crotta 0 – 6.

The Co. Hurling League, Division 2 continues on this Wednesday, April 22nd, 7.00p.m. with the following fixtures: Abbeydorney v Crotta O’Neill’s; Causeway v Lady’s Walk; Dr. Crokes v St. Brendan’s; Kilmoyley v Kilgarvan; Lixnaw v Kenmare. Further rounds continue each Wednesday evening.  All forthcoming fixtures are available on www.kerrygaa.ie

Hurley repair

A hurley repair course will take place on this Friday, 24th April at Causeway Comprehensive School, commencing at 7.30p.m. It will be conducted by Causeway’s Tadhg Flynn and all clubs are encouraged to send representative from under 16 upwards.

Development Squads

Both the under 16 and minor squads have been competing in the Cork Rebel Óg Premier Leagues in recent weeks. The minors had a 2 – 23 to 3 – 19 win over St. Finbarr’s before losing to Blackrock by 2 – 15 to 1 – 6. They play Newtownshandrum away on this Thursday, 7.00p.m. The under team went down narrowly, 0 – 15 to 0 – 12 to Douglas last Saturday.


Tralee Parnell’s have moved back to Caherslee for their Friday evening coaching sessions. All children from under 6 – 12 plus under 14 camogie players are welcome to attend from 7.00p.m. – 8.00p.m.  Further details on the new club website http://traleeparnells.wix.com/traleeparnells

The group games in the 2015 Co. Feile na Gael competition take place on this Saturday, 25th April s in Dr. Crokes pitch in Killarney, commencing at 12 noon. Congratulations to Abbeydorney National School on winning the Co. Mini Sevens hurling title, defeating Ardfert in the Final and to Ardfert/Kilmoyley on winning the gold medals in the Co. Community Games hurling competition at Ballyduff last Saturday.