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PRO GAA Scene May 13th 2015 2015-05-15 10:29:00

Kerry’s Munster and All Ireland Minor Titles on the line against Cork

Kerry put their Munster and All Ireland Minor titles on the line in a winner takes all Electric Ireland Munster GAA Minor football semi final meeting with Cork on this Wednesday evening, a game that will be played in Tralee’s Austin Stack Park with a 7:30pm throw-in time.

The winners of this game advance to a Munster Final meeting with either Clare or Tipperary while the losers are out of both the Munster and All Ireland championships, their season well and truly over at the beginning of May.

This is effectively a new Kerry team – Mark O’Connor, who captains the side,  is  the only survivor from Kerry’s  first fifteen from  last year, Andrew Barry, who is still recovering from injury, is included in the panel, Stephen O’Sullivan, Jason Foley and Jack Morgan were regulars from the subs bench last season and the likes of  Gavin White, Brian Ó Seanachain and Conor Geaney were also panel members last year – but basically Kerry  have a new team on duty.

Kerry have been hit with a number of injuries in the last few weeks, most notably a broken collar bone received by Evan Cronin, a second half substitute in the Clare game, received during his club’s Intermediate Championship draw with Kenmare.

Cork, as we know, are always very strong at this level given their huge pick and they have a good sprinkling of players available from last year.

The Kerry team announced on Sunday evening shows one change from the side that defeated Clare with Jack Morgan coming in at corner back for Tom O’Sullivan while Darren Casey joins the subs in place of the unfortunate Cronin.

Game is All Ticket

A big attendance is expected at the game given the fact that the game is knock-out and the fact that there was an attendance of almost 2,000 at the Clare game – it is expected that there will be at least double that on Wednesday evening so patrons are asked to please come along early. This is a Munster Council fixture and as usual, Ticket Vans will be in operation.

Admission Prices are €10 for adults, U16's are free  while Students/OAPs can buy their ticket at the venue for €5 on the day with proper ID.

Tickets are available to purchase in advance from the Kerry County Committee office, the Kerry GAA Store in the Outlet Centre in Killarney and through the participating Supervalu and Centra stores throughout the county including all Garveys Stores.

Kerry GAA Cycle Challenge is on this Saturday

The inaugural Kerry GAA fundraising Cycle Challenge gets underway this Saturday. Don't miss out an opportunity to cycle with SAM while at the same time help raise funds for the Kerry Teams Training Fund and our charity partners, the Kerry Stars Special Olympics Club.

Online registration through the Kerry GAA website is open or alternatively cyclists can register on the morning of the cycle in Fitzgerald Stadium at 8am.

The race begins at 9am and there are two routes, one is 100km and the other is 50km. There will be plenty of food and water stops along both routes.

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

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

The challenge will serve as the perfect practise run for the Ring of Kerry cycle or as a leisurely way to spend a Saturday morning! More details are available on the Kerry GAA Website or from event organiser, Stephen O’Sullivan 087 9490883.


Credit Union Senior Football League Roundup

Austin Stacks complete a Championship and League double

Austin Stacks completed a League and Championship double at Connolly Park on Saturday evening last when defeating Dr Crokes in the 2014 Credit Union Senior Football League Division 1 final (2-9 to 0-13) in a game that went to extra time. The game was tense and close throughout before a big crowd with Stacks fighting back from three points adrift to snatch a draw in normal time before a crucial goal from Shane Guthrie settled the tie in extra time. The League trophy was presented to Stacks captain Barry Shanahan by County Committee chairman, Patrick O’Sullivan, while Jack Harrington, Chairman of Chapter 23 of the Irish League of Credit Unions, presented the man of the match trophy to Shane Carroll of Austin Stacks whose six points were instrumental in ensuring his side’s victory. The game doubled up as a 2015 Round 4 fixture with both sides sharing the points after a draw in regulation time thus ensuring that Dr Crokes remained top of the Division 1 table.  Elsewhere Dingle had a good victory on home soil against Legion while Waterville collected their first points in a bottom of the table clash with Finuge while Glenbeigh-Glencar scored a late winner at Strand Road to also get on the points table.

In Division 2, the top of the table clash in Kenmare saw the home-side and John Mitchels share the spoils and this allowed Rathmore join them at the top of the table on 7 points following their victory over a struggling Laune Rangers side who are at the foot of the table with just a point to their credit just ahead of Currow who have yet to register a point following their loss to Glenflesk. Spa continued their recent good form with victory over St Marys while the game between Emmets and Gneeveguilla and Tarbert and Templenoe were postponed due to bereavements.

Beaufort top Division 3 following victory over An Ghaeltacht with Keel, St Pats and Annascaul all winning in joint second place. There are seven teams on 2 points in this Division with Skellig Rangers getting their first points with victory over a depleted Ardfert side. There are two back games to be played; An Ghaeltacht v Brosna and Skellig Rangers v Listry.

In Division 4, Castlegregory (7 points) and Ballydonoghue (6 points) are first and second in the table following their draw on Sunday, and there are six teams on four points just below them.  Cromane remain struggling at the foot of the table while Lispole got their first win of the season with victory over Dr Crokes. The game between Dromid Paerses and Firies goes back to July.

Meanwhile in Division 5, Valentia go top of the table without kicking a ball following a walk over from Ballyduff and Sneem/Derrynane and Duagh also moved towards the top of the table having played out a draw in Derrynane. The games between Ballylongford and Renard and Moyvane and Tuosist were both postponed due to bereavements.

The next round of the County Leagues will not be played until the weekend of June 7th as the Senior Football Championship takes centre stage in the coming weeks.


Garveys Supervalu County Senior Football Championship Fixtures

The County Committee CCC has made the fixtures for Round 1 games of the Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship. All games will be played either on Saturday May 23rd or the following day, Sunday 24th. There are two double bills, one in Austin Stack Park on the Saturday and the other in Killorglin on Sunday. The following are the Fixtures with Extra Time applying in all games where necessary:

Saturday May 23rd - Austin Stack Park (Double Bill)

Austin Stacks                     v              St Michaels/Foilmore (5:15)      

Kerins O’Rahillys             v              Rathmore (7pm)             

Saturday  May 23rd @ 7pm

Shannon Rgs                      v              Dr Crokes                            Venue TBC

St Kierans                            v              Feale Rgs                             in Cordal

East Kerry                            v              Ardfert                                 in Fitzgerald Stadium

Kerins O’Rahillys             v              Rathmore                            in Austin Stack Park

Sunday May 24th – Killorglin (Double Bill)

Mid Kerry                            v              Killarney Legion (2pm)

Laune Rgs                            v              West Kerry (3pm)

Sunday  May 24th @ 2.30pm

Kilcummin                          v              South Kerry                        in Kilcummin

Kenmare District              v              St Brendans                        in Kenmare

Sunday  May 24th @ 5.30pm

Miltown/C’maine            v              Dingle                                   in Miltown.

Round 2 or Losers Round will be on the Weekend of June 30th.


Castleisland Mart Club Championships

Senior Club Championship Semi Finals listed for Sunday next

The semi finals of the Castleisland Mart Senior Club Championships are down for decision on Sunday next with a double bill in Austin Stack Park sure to provide some interesting fare especially given the number of Kerry senior panellists on view together with the fact that the Senior Football Championship will follow just one week later. Add in the fact that the two senior club finalists will be exempt from any potential banana skin in the relegation playoff to reduce the number of county championship sides in 2016 to eight and you certainly have sufficient reasons for all four sides to be fully committed to the cause this weekend.

First up is the meeting of Austin Stacks and Dingle at 1:45pm. These sides met in the senior football championship semi final last October when Stacks had a convincing seven points winning margin on their way to the final and no doubt, Dingle will see this as an opportunity of reversing that result. The Tralee side are fresh from their morale boosting victory over Dr Crokes in the League Final last weekend but Dingle will be happy enough with their progress this year with a young sideand they also got a boost last week with a good win in the County League over Legion.

Club champions Dr Crokes will put their title on the line when they take on old adversaries Rathmore in the second semi final at 3:30pm. Rathmore of course inflicted a first County Championship defeat in five years on their East Kerry rivals just twelve months ago and have always been able to put it up to the black and amber side - even if not always coming out on the right side of the result. Dr Crokes will be smarting from their defeat last weekend at the hands of Austin Stacks in the League Final and will be hoping that some of their injured players such as Fionn Fitzgerald, Alan O’Sullivan and Ambrose O’Donovan will be available to them for this encounter.

The senior club final has been provisionally fixed for Saturday May 30th but that fixture is dependent on both finalists winning their opening round of the Senior football championship on the previous week.

Intermediate and Junior Club Semi Finals

Following requests from teams involved in the semi-finals - (John Mitchels/Spa and St Marys/Desmonds in the Intermediate and Firies/Templenoe and Beaufort/Glenbeigh-Glencar in the Junior) – the CCC decided to defer the semi -finals of these two championships, which were due to be played on the weekend of June 21st ,  to later in the year. Clubs were anxious to have full panels available to them for the semi -finals and were mindful of the J1 student exodus to the USA as well as second and third level exams.

Intermediate Championship Relegation Draw

At Monday night’s County Committee meeting, the following Draw was made for Teams who lost their Round 1 Intermediate Championship games with the losers in each case being demoted to Junior Championship grade in 2016;

Skellig Rangers                 V Finuge

Brosna                  V Keel

Annascaul           V Gneeveguilla

Glenflesk            V Emmets

These games will be played in the Autumn at neutral venues.

Novice Club Semi Finals

The Novice Championship semi -finals will go ahead as planned with no requests for deferments having been received from the Clubs involved. Lispole play Ballydonoghue in Strand Road on June 20th (7pm) and the following day, Asdee play St Senans in Listowel (2:30).


Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football League Finals are well underway

The way is now clear for the finals in all Divisions of the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football League and three finals have already taken place, one ending in a draw. The remaining finals will go ahead where possible over the next week or so. 

Division 1: Ballydonoghue play Dingle in the final.

Division 2: Gneeveguilla will play An Ghaeltacht in the final on Sunday next May 17th.

Division 3A: Firies defeated Annascaul/Lispole in the Final that was played on Friday evening last. After a high scoring game it finished 1-17 to 2-12 in favour of Firies after extra time. William Courtney was Firies chief marksman and he was named the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Man of the Match and as captain he also received the Division 3A trophy from Diarmuid Lynch, Treasurer  of the County  Committee.

Division 3B: Desmonds play Beaufort in the final on this Friday evening at 6:30pm.

Division 4: St Senans play Ardfert in the final on Friday next at 6:30 in Ballyduff with ET if necessary

Division 5 Final: Beale and St Pats Blennerville will have to replay following their drawn encounter two weeks ago.

Division 6A: Skellig Rangers/Valentia play Waterville/Dromid in the final on this Friday evening in Caherciveen at 6pm.

Junior Football Leagues

The highly popular Junior Football Leagues commence on this Friday evening with 24 games down for decision across eight Divisions all with a 7:30 throw-in. Some Divisions cater for 13-a-side.

Kerry GAA Cúl Camps

The 2015 Kerry G.A.A Cul Camps are fast approaching and the Kerry Coaching and Games Development Committee would like to thank all clubs for their support to date.   Application forms will be delivered to all primary schools over the coming weeks and parents can register either online at http://www.gaa.ie/kelloggsculcamps  or by posting the application forms to Austin Stack Park.


Sympathy to former County Committee chairman Sean Walsh and the Walsh family from Moyvane on the death of their mother Nora. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam.

Nótaí Scór Chiarraí……

GAELTACHT: Good wishes to all the young club players who’ve been offered GAA Gaeltacht scholarships for a 2/3 week stay in Irish-speaking  Corca Dhuibhne, The finance for these grants/scholarships comes from District Board, County Board and Munster Council….Bord an Cheantair, Bord an Chontae agus Comhairle na Mumhan….each coiste giving it’s share.

Ní nach ionadh, gabhann tuismitheoirí na bpáistí a mórbhuíochas le CLG. Credit to GAA authorities for this continuous sponsorship. It undoubtedly helps some of our youngsters to the wonderful experience of spending a few weeks listening to and speaking our ‘first language’ in a Gaeltacht.

It’s to be noted that the clubs’ participation in Scór….daoine fásta, déagóirí agus páistí….was necessary for the gaining of these scoláireachtaí agus, mar sin, gabhaimid buíochas le lucht Scór 2015.

CEILIÚRADH: The successful Scór-winning clubs, Gleann Fleisce agus Cnoc na hEaglaise, are still basking in the sunshine of their fine All-Ireland achievements. Many clubs are thinking ahead to the coming Scór season and hatching their long term plans! Who knows? What club will emerge from the East Kerry cauldron of high quality light-footed graceful step-dancers? Will the genii from the northern shore of Tralee’s broad bay pull off a quiz 3-in-a-row in Kerry? (Tá An Ráth Mhór beo beathaitheach i gcónaí!) How will Ray fare? Agus Aoife an bhéil bhinn? Cad faoin léiriú, faoin gceol is faoin amhránaíocht? Cá bhfios? Meanwhile, idir an dá linn, games of football and hurling and handball have to be won and lost! ‘The Bishop’, ‘The Neilus Flynn’, ‘The Christy Ring’ and ‘Ol’ Sam Himself’ have to be bedded down somewhere for the winter!!!

SCÓR MEMORIES 2015: The quiz men from the Hill of the Church: Seán Ó Flaithearta’, Mícheál Mag Fhionnbhair, Pól Ó Cullota, Alex Ó Dónaill. Cailíní triopallacha Bhruacha na Fleisce: Caitlín Ní Chaoimh, Orla Ní Chéilleachair, Áine Ní Shúilleabháin, Norita Ní Chíosáin, Máire Ní Chróinín, Rós Ní Chéilleachair, Juliette Ní Shé, Cliona Ní Chríodáin. Thanks to all Scór workers in the engine room of LÉ 'Cultúr CLG - Kerry Branch'!

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

Kerry Hurlers qualify for Christy Ring semi finals

The Kerry senior have qualified for the semi-final of the 2015 Christy Ring Cup following their hard earned 1 - 23 to 2 - 18 win over Meath at Austin Stack Park last Saturday.

The semi-final will go ahead on Saturday, 30th May with the final scheduled for Saturday, 6th June in Croke Park [with live TV coverage].

Kerry Under 16 Hurlers are Munster Inter Divisional “B” Champions

Well done to the Kerry under16 hurling team on winning the Munster Under 16 Inter-Divisional ‘B’ competition. Having drawn with Cork East ‘B’ 0 – 8 apiece and defeated Mid Clare ‘B’ by 4 - 11 to 0 - 4 in the earlier rounds, they qualified to meet South Tipperary in the final. This was played at the Mallow G.A.A. Complex. Kerry started strongly and were up 4 points to nil after15 minutes. However the Tipperary side came back strongly and were ahead by 1 – 5 to 0 – 7 at half time. However Kerry came back into the game and wind assisted gradually gained the upper hand with a range of points, in particular from play and frees from Barry O’Mahony and a goal 10 minutes from time by Padraig O’Mahony. In the end Kerry ended up 7 points to the good, 1 – 14 to 1 – 7.

The team in the final was: Adam O’Sullivan (Crotta O’Neill’s), Evan Murphy (Causeway), Gearoid O’Mahony (Causeway), Diarmuid O’Connor (St. Brendan’s), Chris Creedon (Kilgarvan), Gary Carey (Causeway), Shane O’Mahony (St. Brendan’s), Brian McAuliffe (Lixnaw), Jeaic McKenna (Crotta O’Neill’s), James Lawlor (St. Brendan’s), Barry O’Mahony (Crotta O’Neill’s), Jack O’Sullivan (Ballyduff), Padraig O’Mahony (St. Brendan’s), Dylan Dermody (Dr. Croke’s), Cormac Slattery (Ballyheigue). Subs: Gerard Leen (Causeway), Adrian Nolan (St. Brendan’s), Gearoid Fennessy (Kilgarvan), John Quilter (Crotta O’Neill’s), Darragh Behan (Crotta O’Neill’s), Brian O’Connell (Crotta O’Neill’s), Chris Whyte (Ballyduff), Richard Flaherty (Kilmoyley), Eamon Shanahan (Crotta O’Neill’s), Lee Browne (Tralee Parnell’s), Johnny Downey (Tralee Parnell’s), Tim Kelliher (Tralee Parnell’s). Other panel members were: Conor O’ Keeffe (Lixnaw) injured and Philip Maunsell (Kilmoyley) injured. Management: John Hennessy (Ballyduff), John Healy (Ballyheigue), Jerome O’Sullivan (Crotta O’Neill’s) and Eamon Fitzgerald (Causeway).