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PRO GAA Scene May 20th 2015 2015-05-20 08:14:00

Senior Football Championship gets underway

The Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship swings into action this weekend and with ten games spread across the county between Saturday and Sunday, followers have a feast of football action in store.

There are two double bills among the fixtures. The first is on Saturday evening in Austin Stack Park where champions Austin Stacks, who were well beaten by Dingle last weekend in the Club Championsip semi-final, will put their title on the line against struggling  St Michaels-Foilmore (5:15) and another Tralee side, Kerins O’Rahillys, who have Tommy Walsh back in the fold,  face Rathmore (7pm).  There should be a big crowd at Shannon Park Tarbert, on Saturday evening (7pm) where Shannon Rangers, semi-finalists last year, welcome Dr Crokes who of course were foiled in their ambitions to win 5-in-row in 2014. Also on Saturday, the meeting of St Kierans and Feale Rangers in the newly developed Cordal pitch (7pm) is a game to look forward to and no doubt all eyes will once again be on Paul Galvin in an effort to gauge his current well being ahead of the Munster Championship. Meanwhile, East Kerry, on home soil in Fitzgerald Stadium, will be favourites to dispose of last year’s Intermediate champions Ardfert (7pm).

The second double bill is on Sunday in Killorglin where the local club, Laune Rangers, play West Kerry at 1:30pm and later at 3pm, Mid Kerry take on Legion in what should be one of the ties of the round with no shortage of inter-county players on view. Kilcummin, who have a fine record in the Championship, welcome South Kerry who will be heading into action without the incomparable Declan O’Sullivan while Kenmare District have home venue against a St Brendans side who are short the services of the Ardfert players this year. Both of those games throw in at 2:30pm.

Rounding off Sunday’s action at 4:30pm, Milltown-Castlemaine will host Dingle who will be fresh from their Club semi-final victory over Austin Stacks on Sunday last.

Extra time will apply in the event of a draw in all games and the draw for Round 2 (Losers Round) of the Championship will be made on Sunday evening live on Radio Kerry. Round 2 games will be played on the Bank Holiday weekend.

Castleisland Mart Senior Club Championship finalists are known

When the draws for the Castleisland Mart Senior Club Championship semi-finals were made many followers were anticipating another all black and amber final, but while champions Dr Crokes kept up their end of the bargain, Dingle caused something of an upset when disposing of Austin Stacks in the double header played in Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on Sunday last.

A devastating opening thirteen minute spell during which they hit Rathmore for nine points without reply, was the decisive factor as Dr Crokes gained some revenge for their County Championship defeat by the same opposition last year. Johnny Buckley, until he retired injured half ways through the second half, was a colossus for the winners and though Rathmore, with Aidan O’Mahony leading the charge, fought back bravely to narrow the margin to four points at the end (1-17 to 2-10) there was never any doubt where the honours lay.

Dingle, despite playing against the wind, laid down an early marker against County Champions Austin Stacks when scoring the opening two points of the game and after hitting 1-1 in injury time at the end of the half they were in a nice position just a point in arrears at the break. With Paul Geaney  and Barry O’Sullivan in fine form Dingle added two more majors in the second half and ran out easy winners against a very out of sorts Tralee outfit (3-10 to 0-11). The final is provisionally fixed for the Bank Holiday weekend but that is dependent on both finalists winning their opening round of the Senior Championship this coming weekend.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football League Finals

There should be a big crowd in Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on this Friday evening when two of the top underage teams of recent years, Dingle and Ballydonoghue, clash in the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin County Minor League Division 1 final (7pm). Both sides are backboned by Kerry minors and no doubt football followers will be in for another treat at this age group.

Four finals were played last weekend with three titles decided. Gneeveguilla defeated An Ghaeltacht (0-13 to 1-7) in the Division 2 Final played in Blennerville, Castleisland Desmonds defeated Beaufort (0-11 to 0-7) in Farranfore in the Division 3B final and Ardfert defeated St Senans (2-8 to 0-10)in the Division 4 final. Meanwhile Skellig Rangers/Valentia and Dromid Pearses/Waterville could not be separated even after extra time in the Division 6A final in Caherciveen where it ended 3-11 to 1-17.

Kerry GAA Cycle Challenge

The inaugural Kerry GAA fundraising Cycle Challenge took place over two routes on Saturday last. This was a unique way to help raise funds for the Kerry Teams Training Fund and our charity partners, the Kerry Stars Special Olympics Club.

The organisers would like to thank all the Stewards, Gardaí, Civil Defence and the Clubs who helped out along the route especially Gneeveguilla, Scartaglen, Desmonds and Milltown-Castlemaine, and of course our thanks to all the Cyclists who took part. Incidentally there was a very nice Kerry GAA Cycling Jersey made its debut on the day and it is now on sale in the Kerry GAA Store.

Junior Football Leagues

The highly popular Junior Football Leagues commenced last weekend with fourteen games played which was an achievement given that there were a lot of clubs involved in the Minor League Finals on the same evening. The competition continues every Friday evening.

Life-sized statue of Paidí Ó Sé unveiled

As Michéal Ó Muircheartaigh put it, it was a day mixed with pride and sadness for Páidí Ó Sé's family at Árd a Bhothair on Saturday evening last. The unveiling of Paídí’s sculpture by Mick O'Dwyer was a momentous day that befitted the famous 8 times All Ireland  Footballer that Páidí was.  O'Dwyer spoke of Páidí's gift as a footballer, his achievements and his uniqueness as a person.  The big attendance that represented all facets of his life was befitting of the man himself; family, friends, neighbours, GAA stars, Kerry GAA supporters, musicians, singers, the media and politicians. Well done to the organising committee who saw the project through to fruition.

Kerry GAA Cúl Camps Launched

The Kerry GAA Cúl Camps launched on Tuesday evening by members of Kerry’s All Ireland winning team will this year see Kerry G.A.A. organise 68 Cúl Camps for a seven week period  during July and August at venues throughout the county.   The camps will include a wide range of football, hurling and camogie activities, providing children with learning experiences in an environment of fun and enjoyment.  A full range of football and hurling/camogie skills will be taught.  Children will take part in mini leagues, fun games and a variety of skill-based activities.  Over the last number of summers the camps have proven to be extremely popular with kids and parents. 

All participants will receive a specially designed Jersey and Track Suit Top along with a Cúl Camp kit bag in the Kerry Colours.   Participants will receive an excellent weeks coaching where they will be encouraged to develop and improve at all the Skills of the Game and this along with the Gear the players receive add up to tremendous value for players and parents.    

The theme of the camps is enjoyment and skill development and players of all ability levels are encouraged to develop and improve. Kerry Footballers and Hurlers will visit the camps throughout the summer and this will give participants the opportunity to meet some of the stars of the Kerry Senior teams. The place for young players to be this summer are the Kerry G.A.A Cúl Camps where many of the future stars of Kerry Football and Hurling will develop and hone their skills.   All the details along with a full list of venues and dates can be found on the GAA website at www.gaa.ie/kelloggsculcamps  or on the Kerry GAA website at www.kerrygaa.ie.

Gaelic for All Killarney sessions

Kerry County Committee is running a series of Gaelic for All training sessions in Killarney for children with additional and special needs, on Thursday evenings from 6 to 7pm at Fossa GAA old field. The sessions are on this Thursday, 21st May and for at least another three weeks. The focus is on developing the basic skills of Gaelic football in a fun, enjoyable and non-competitive environment, as well as working on basic fundamental movements such as agility, balance and co-ordination. Each session is inclusive of every child, regardless of ability and will be adapted where necessary. The programme is being coordinated by coaches from the Kerry County Board and there will be a number of qualified coaches in attendance which will enable one to one coaching if required. The sessions are open to children aged 8 to 14 years and children who are not currently playing with a club are especially welcome. For further information, please contact Kevin at 086 0404270.

Jamie Wall Presentation

A presentation took place recently in Cullen GAA Club to the Friends of Jamie Wall Trust of the proceeds of the Monster GAA Table Quiz organised jointly by Gneeveguilla, Rathmore and Cullen GAA clubs. Over €16,000 was raised and donations are still coming in. The committee would like to thank all the Kerry GAA Clubs for their wonderful support of the event. Jamie, a dual player with Cork at Minor and Under 21 level from the Kilbrittain Club, is wheelchair bound at present following an infection to his spine and the funds raised will be used to modify his home towards his future needs.

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

Kerry Hurlers await Christy Ring semi final opponents

The Kerry senior hurlers are continuing their preparations for the forthcoming semi-final of the 2015 Christy Ring Cup. It will go ahead on Saturday, 30th May with the final scheduled for Saturday, 6th June in Croke Park [with live TV coverage]. To date the only other team that has booked a semi-final place is Derry while 2 quarter final ties go ahead this weekend, London v Down and Meath v Kildare with Kerry’s opponents coming from the winners of those games.

Credit Union Senior Hurling Leagues

Round 4 of Division 2 of the Credit Union Senior Hurling League is fixed for Wednesday next, 27th May with the following fixtures, all at 7.00p.m.: Kilmoyley v St. Brendan’s; Lixnaw v Abbeydorney; Lady’s Walk v Kilgarvan; Dr. Crokes v Crotta O’Neill’s; Causeway v Kenmare. All forthcoming fixtures are viewable on www.kerrygaa.ie

Hurling Cúl Camps

All interested in taking part in the 2015 Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps for Hurling & Camogie in Kerry are encouraged to register as soon as possible with the Cúl Camp Office, Austin Stack Park, Tralee, Tel.: 087 2260621 or online at http://www.gaa.ie/kelloggsculcamps.ie   The cost is just €55 per child with reductions for additional members of families.  They are open to primary school children between 6 and 13 years of age and take place from Monday’s to Friday’s, 10.00a.m. – 2.30p.m. daily. This year’s Kerry camps are as follows: 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).

Poc Fada

Comórtas Poc Fada Chiarraí, the county long puck hurling competition will take place over a course on Kerryhead Mountain on the June Bank Holiday weekend [exact details depend on Kerry’s Christy Ring Cup fixture being at home or away]. 1 competitor from each club is invited to participate in the senior & under 16 hurling and camogie sections. A perpetual trophy for the senior competition has been sponsored by the North Kerry Hurling Board. 

Clubs

Tralee Parnell’s continue their weekly Friday evening coaching sessions at Caherslee.  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 

3 clubs are fundraising at present for the 2015 National Under 14 Féíle na nGael competitions, namely Ballyduff and St. Brendan’s Hurling clubs and Cillard Camogie club. They will all travel to Ulster venues on the weekend of 19th – 21st June.