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PRO GAA Scene June 3rd 2015 2015-06-03 23:29:00

Kerry Face Tipperary in the Munster Championship semi final

The opponents and venue for Kerry’s opening game in this year’s senior football championship are now known. Tipperary were the comprehensive victors over Waterford in the Round 1 game on Sunday last and they now face the All Ireland champions in Thurles on Sunday week June 14th with a 3:30pm throw-in. Right now the Kerry panel is in warm weather training in Portugal and will return on this Saturday morning. The winners of the Kerry/Tipperary game will play Cor or Clare in the Munster Final on July 5th.

The senior game will be preceded by the Munster Junior football semi final at 1:30pm and again Kerry and Tipperary will be in action following Tipp’s victory over Waterford in Round 1 on Sunday last. Kerry , with the same management team as last year (Stephen Wallace, Fergus Clifford, Timmy O’Sullivan and Denis “Shine” O’Sullivan)have been playing a number of challenge games in preparation for the Junior Championship. The Munster Junior final is fixed for July 1st.

Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship

Activity in the Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship was less than anticipated last weekend as only two of the original five planned fixtures went ahead.  In a low scoring first round replay played in trying conditions in Dingle, the local side qualified for Round 3 with a three points victory over Milltown-Castlemaine who now travel to Kerins O’Rahillys in Round 2. Meanwhile, Kilcummin left it late before disposing of a gallant St Michaels Foilmore side to claim their place in Round 3.

The Feale Rangers V Ardfert game was postponed by the CCC due to the dual involvement of four Ardfert players with club and county – all four are part of Kerry’s Christy Ring Cup team. West Kerry, who were due to play Mid Kerry on Friday evening, informed the CCC that they would not be fulfilling the fixture citing the involvement of An Ghaeltacht players in the Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta tournament in Donegal last weekend. Likewise, Shannon Rangers, who were due to play St Brendans on Sunday evening, informed the CCC that they would not be fulfilling that fixture due to the involvement of Mikey Boyle and Paud Costello with the Kerry Christy Ring Cup team as well as the possible unavailability of six minors due to the Leaving Certificate.

The CCC will now meet to deliberate on the non playing of those two games and will also have to find dates for the Kerins O’Rahillys/Milltown-Castlemanie and Feale Rangers/Ardfert games Round 2 games. Round 3 of the senior football championship is scheduled for the weekend of July 12th.

Round 5 of the Credit Union Senior Football League

There is another hectic weekend of activity in store as the Credit Union Senior Football League approaches the half way mark with the playing of Round 5 this weekend.

Dr Crokes remain top of the Division 1 table on 7 points, one ahead of Milltown Castlemaine with four teams on 5 points, Kerins O’Rahillys, Desmonds, Austin Stacks and Kilcummin. The big game this weekend is the meeting of Kerins O’Rahillys and Desmonds and the Tralee side can go top of the table with a win as the Dr Crokes V Dingle game, as well as the Waterville V Kilcummin encounter are put back to the weekend of June 21st.  There is also a vital game at the other end of the table where Glenbeigh-Glencar play hosts to fellow strugglers, St Michaels-Foilmore.

In Division 2 Kenmare, Rathmore and John Mitchels are joint top on 7 points but  the local derby meeting of Gneeveguilla and Rathmore will not go ahead until July 3rd.  At the other end of the table, the meeting of Laune Rangers,who have 1 point, and Currow who have yet to register a point, has the distinct look of a relegation match about it even at this early stage.

Beaufort top Division 3 on 7 points with Keel, St Pats and Annascaul all in joint second place a point behind. With 6 clubs on two points at the lower half of the table there is sure to be some intense activity in this division over the weekend. An Ghaeltacht v Brosna is a back game that will be played on the weekend of June 21st.

In Division 4, Castlegregory (7 points) and Ballydonoghue (6 points) are first and second in the table following their draw in the previous round and there are six teams on four points just below them.  Cromane remain struggling at the foot of the table on 2 points with Firies, Dr Crokes and Lispole a point better off just above them. The meeting of Cordal and Firies will see the opening of the newly developed Cordal pitch on Sunday at 3pm.The game between Dromid Pearses and Firies goes back to July.

Meanwhile in Division 5 Valentia top the table on 7 points with Moyvane and  Sneem-Derrynane just a point behind and the big game in this Division this weekend is the meeting of Valentaiaand Moyvane in Chapeltown.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Leagues drawing to a close

The Division 6A Final replay between Skellig Rangers/Valentia and Waterville/Dromid Pearses took place on Wednesday evening last with the agreement of both sides and after another thriller that went to extra time again, Dromid Pearses/Waterville came out on top on a scorline of 1-21 to 4-8. The one remaining final to be decided is the replay of the Division 5 final between St Pats and Beale which is unlikely to go ahead until later in the year.

Junior Football Leagues

The highly popular Junior Football Leagues continued last weekend with the playing of a remarkable eighteen games in Round 3. The League continues on this Friday evening.

Successful Fundraising venture for the Kerry GAA Centre of Excellence

The American fundraising venture to raise funds for the Kerry GAA Centre of Excellence has been a very successful one with events held in Boston, New York and Chicago over the past ten days or so. The gross figure raised amounted to €1.15m but of course there are substantial costs associated with the large events such as the Gala Evening in the Plaza Hotel in New York where 400 guests were in attendance. It will be interesting to see what the nett figure will be. We will have more on this story next week.

Cordal Opening newly redeveloped Pitch

Sunday next is a big day in the history of Cordal GAA Club when they open their newly redeveloped pitch on the occasion of the county league meeting between Cordal and Firies which throws in at 3pm. The Club, which was founded in 1957 and purchased their current field in 1986,  has spent over €200 in development work in the past two years. The pitch, which had deteriorated in recent years, has been fully redeveloped with a new sand based pitch laid and a new perimeter fence has been erected outside of which there is a walkway around the ground. New dugouts and a scoreboard have been added and other planned development will see the erection of a stand and the redevelopment of the juvenile pitch and training area.

Uachtarán CLG, Aogán Ó Fearghail will perform the official opening and other invited dignatories include Iár Uachtarán CLG, Sean Kelly and Minister Jimmy Deenihan as well as current members of the County and East Kerry Committees.

39 Clubs still in The Malton Hotel Kerry Club Sweepstake

We sincerely thank all our clubs and units for supporting the Kerry GAA Night of Champions 2015 and especially for supporting The Malton Hotel Club Sweepstake which has become a very popular race at the Kerry GAA Night of Champions each year.

Last Friday night saw the first Round of The Malton Hotel Kerry GAA Club Sweepstake.  The opening 8 heats produced some lively racing and all the spectators had a great night at The Kingdom Greyhound Stadium. Congratulations to the 39 who are still in with a chance of winning the overall prize of €1,000. This will also be one of the featured live races on RTE on Friday 19th June. The runners in the Final will also be given prize money: 2nd €600, 3rd €400, 4th €300, 5th €300 and 6th €300

The 39 Clubs remaining in the Sweepstake have been twinned with a dog that will be  running in the 4 heats on next  Friday June 5th In The Kingdom Greyhound Stadium.

Passes and Programs for Friday nights Club Sweepstakes will be handed out at the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium on the night. Members of the Night of Champions Committee will be in the Car Park directly in front of the gate with programs and passes from 7pm until 8pm. All Club represented will be issued with a number of passes and a program.

 Any queries in relation to same please ring Maureen O'Shea at 087-9795220.

Kerry GAA Supporters Club Buses

The Kerry GAA Supporters club will take a bus to the Christy Ring Cup Hurling Final on this Saturday. All seats must be booked by Thursday night 4th of June. Bus times are as follows: Farranfore 9:30pm, Tralee 10:00pm and Listowel 10:30pm.

The Kerry Supporters Club will also take buses to the Munster Championship Semi Final in Thurles on Sunday 14th June. All seats must be booked by Thursday 11th June. Bookings for these trips can be made through Donie O’Leary 064-7758099, John King 066-7124229 and Martin Leane 087-2452901.

Friday is County Colours Day    

This Friday June 5th is the Designated County Colours day in the county when Primary School students are asked to show their support for the Kerry Hurling and Football teams by wearing their Kerry colours. The event, organised by Cumann na mBunscoil and the Munster Council,  comes at an opportune time given Kerry Hurlers’  participation in the Christy Ring Cup final on Sunday while the Kerry footballers of course begin the defence of their All Ireland Football title on Sunday week. Schools can post photos to ed.donnelly@gaa.ie



Kerry GAA Cúl Camps

The Kerry GAA Cúl Camps launched recently, 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.   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. 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

Hurling News with Tommy O’Connor of the PR and Marketing Comittee

Kerry Hurlers in Christy Ring Cup Final

All roads lead to Croke Park this weekend for Kerry hurling followers. The Kerry senior hurlers will play the Final of the 2015 Christy Ring Cup against Derry on this Saturday at 5.30p.m. Best of luck to captain, John Griffin, and his team. For those unable to attend, the final will be broadcast live on Radio Kerry and on TG4.

The Kerry GAA Supporters club will take a bus to the Final on this Saturday. All seats must be booked by Thursday night 4th of June. Bus times are as follows: Farranfore 9:30pm, Tralee 10:00pm and Listowel 10:30pm. Bookings  can be made through Donie O’Leary 064-7758099, John King 066-7124229 and Martin Leane 087-2452901.

Credit Union Senior Hurling League

Only 3 of the 5 scheduled games were played in Round 4 of the Credit Union Senior Hurling League Division 2 last Wednesday. Kenmare conceded a walkover to Lady’s Walk and Kilgarvan did likewise to Causeway. Lixnaw had a 1 – 21 to 2 – 9 win over Abbeydorney;  Dr. Crokes defeated Crotta O’Neill’s by 1 point, 2 – 9 to 1 – 11 and Kilmoyley had a 1 – 18 to 8 points win over St. Brendan’s.

Round 5 fixtures for this Wednesday, 3rd June, 7.30p.m. are: St. Brendan’s v Causeway; Kenmare v Lady’s Walk; Dr. Crokes v Lixnaw; Crotta O’Neill’s v Kilgarvan; Abbeydorney v Kilmoyley.

There is a break of 1 week before Round 6 which takes place on Wednesday, 17th June.

Division 3 is to commence on Wednesday next, 10th June. 5 teams are scheduled to take part with Round 1 fixtures as follows: Duagh v Causeway C; Austin Stack’s v Kenmare B; St. Pat’s East Kerry a bye.

Shane Nolan is Poc Fada Champion

Comórtas Poc Fada Chiarraí went ahead very successfully on Kerryhead Mountain on Sunday last. The senior winner was Kerry hurler Shane Nolan while Martin Stackpoole (Lixnaw) was runner up. The Under 16 winner was Barry O’Mahony (Crotta) with Evan Murphy (Causeway) the runner up. In the senior camogie competition Patrice Diggin (Causeway) came first with Sarah Murphy (Causeway) in second place. The under 16 camogie title was won by Emma Lawlor (Causeway) with Nessa McGarty (Cillard) runner up. The competition was sponsored by the North Kerry Hurling Board and co-ordinated by the Co. Hurling Officer, Gerard McCarthy and John Lucid, Ballyheigue.

Hurling Cúl Camps

This year’s Kerry Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps for Hurling & Camogie 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).

All interested in taking part are encouraged to register 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.