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PRO GAA Scene June 17th 2015 2015-06-17 08:31:00

The Kerry GAA Night of Champions is Next Friday night.

The eagerly anticipated Kerry GAA Annual Night of Champions will take place at The Kingdom Greyhound Stadium Tralee on this Friday night 19th June.  All the support and fundraising for this event is to ensure Kerry Teams are equipped to face any challenge in the year ahead. Last year with this support Kerry enjoyed great success on the playing fields including that  great victory by our Senior Hurlers last week when they brought home the Christy Ring Cup. 

The Kerry GAA Clubs and supporters have in the past contributed hugely to the Kerry Teams Training Fund providing funds, support and hands-on fundraising and the Kerry GAA Night of Champions is a great example of everyone coming together for the good of Kerry GAA. The live screening of the event has provided a great boost to Greyhound Racing, Tourism and to the profile of Kerry GAA. Live coverage will again be available this year on RTE and one of the live races will be the Kerry GAA Club Sweepstake Final which initially involved 72 dogs. The value of this sweepstake will be in excess of €5,000.

The Highlights on Friday night are as follows:

The Malton Hotel Kerry GAA Club Sweepstake Final

The Prize-fund for Clubs represented in the Final will be: 1st €1000, 2nd €600, 3rd €400, 4th €300, 5th €300, 6th €300.

There are ten clubs paired with six dogs involved in the Final and all will be in to win a prize. The draw is as follows:

•              Trap 1: Unique Wishes, St Pat's Blennerville

•              Trap 2: Ramona Rumble,  Kilgarvan and Killarney Legion

•              Trap 3: Secreto,  Ballydonoghue and Dingle

•              Trap 4: The Other Benson, Austin Stacks and Keel

•              Trap 5: Senan's Forever,  Ballyheigue

•              Trap 6: Kerry Legend, Castlegregory and Rathmore.

We thank every one of our clubs and GAA units for their great support in this race each year.


We wish to thank all the Race Sponsors who supported the Kerry GAA Club Sweepstake. Including the following: The Malton Hotel, Adidas, Kerry Group, Allman Contracts Ltd, Mike Cronin of MC Group , Sports Physio Supplies Thurles, Guinness and our own Kerry GAA Supporters Club. Indeed we wish to say a special thank you to the Kerry GAA Supporters Club who have been stalwarts  for the past 25 years in supporting Kerry teams on and off the field.

The Boyles Sport Race of Champions

The Boyles Sports Race of Champions is one of the Premier Dog races in Ireland and attracts all the top dog trainers. It is a superb race to have on the card on the night and with the Buster ticket draw based on the correct sequence a Kerry GAA supporter will go home €1,000 richer. The Kerry GAA Committee organising the event report that there has been great support for the Buster Tickets this year and sincerely thank everyone who has supported   by purchasing a Buster ticket.  

Best Dressed Lady

This year Debenhams are sponsoring a best dressed lady competition on Friday night. The first prize is a €300 voucher from Debenhams and the second prize is an over-night stay in the luxurious Malton Hotel in Killarney. This is open to all ladies on the night so we hope to see plenty of style!

Kingdom Greyhound Stadium Offers Free Fundraising Night at Dogs

The Kingdom Greyhound Stadium has  very generously offered an additional prize of a free fundraising Night at Dogs to the club that brings the most people to the event.  All you have to do is to put your club name on the back of their admission ticket. 

Coaching Session with Kieran Donaghy and John Griffin.

Churchill and Milltown/Castlemaine in Football and Tralee Parnells and Kilmoyley in hurling are the lucky clubs to receive the prize of a coaching session from Kieran Donaghy(Football) and John Griffin(Hurling)on Friday night as part of the Kerry GAA Night of Champions. ). The session will take place at 6pm approx at the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium and RTE will be showing some of the session as part of the live show.


Finally we thank everyone for all of your support for the Kerry GAA Teams. We all appreciate the commitment all of our inter-county players give to the Green and Gold and they appreciate the support shown to them on The Kerry GAA Night of Champions each year. We look forward to seeing everyone dressed in their club colours at The Kingdom Greyhound Stadium on Friday night. Tickets for the night are available from your Club.

It’s another Kerry V Cork Showdown in Killarney on July 5th

Kerry survived an anxious opening ten minutes to see off the challenge of Tipperary in the Munster Football Championship semi final in Thurles on Sunday last. The Kerry defence was under extreme pressure from the start and could very well have conceded more than the early goal scored by Michael Quinlivan. However, once the Kerry midfield pairing of Anthony Maher, and in particular Bryan Sheehan, got to grips with their opponents, Kerry settled down and Barry John Keane’s goal was just the tonic needed. Disappointingly, Paul Geaney’s goal was soon cancelled out by Quinlivan’s second major for Tipp but Kerry retired at the break two points to the good (2-6 to 2-4).

Any hopes Tipperary had of causing an upset were quickly vanished on the resumption when Kerry reeled off five points without reply and thereafter Kerry contained the challenge of the home-side to once again run out comfortable, though not overly impressive, winners on a 2-14 to 2-8 scoreline. It was encouraging to see the huge Kerry support at the home of hurling on Sunday last where the attendance of 11,248 must be a record for a meeting between these sides outside of a final.

Kerry will now play the ould enemy Cork in a Fitzgerald Stadium showdown on July 5th, a game that once again in Killarney has a 2pm throw-in. It will be preceded by the Minor Final between Kerry and Tipperary at 12 noon. As is the case with all League and Championship games, this game will be an all-ticket affair.

Kerry Juniors also qualify for Munster Final

The Kerry Junior team recovered from a rather lethargic opening half performance to record a solid eight points victory (2-13 to 1-8)over Tipperary in the Junior semi final curtain raiser at Semple Stadium on Sunday. Thomas Hickey’s first half goal saw Kerry lead by 1-4 to 0-5 at the break and a second major by last year’s Kerry minor, Dan O’Donoghue, helped seal victory after a much improved second half performance from Stephen Wallace’s charges. Kerry will now play Cork in the Munster Final on Wednesday July 1st in Pairc Uí Rinn (TBC).

Double Bill in Listowel for Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship this weekend

There is a double bill of Games on Saturday next 20th of June in Listowel in Round 2 of the Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship with Feale Rangers playing Ardfert at 5:30pm followed by Shannon Rangers against St Brendans at 7pm. All of these sides are in the last chance saloon having tasted defeat in their Round 1 games. Feale Rangers fell to St Kierans by three goals while opponents, Ardfert, were well beaten by East Kerry. Shannon Rangers finally succumbed to the Dr Crokes challenge by four goals and St Brendans went down to a heavy defeat at the hands of Kenmare District. All four teams will be looking to get back to winning ways this weekend.

The remaining Round 2 games involving Mid Kerry Vs West Kerry and Kerins O'Rahillys and Milltown-Castlemaine go back to the weekend of July 12th and that means that Round 3 is disrupted with the CCC anxiously awaiting the identity of the winners of Round 2 games.

The draw for Round 3 of the Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship will be made live on Radio Kerry at 4:05pm on Sunday next. Dingle, Laune Rangers, Kenmare, South Kerry, Legion, Rathmore, East Kerry, Dr Crokes, Austin Stacks and St Kierans are all through having won their Round 1 games and they are joined by Kilcummin from Round 2. Round 3 of the championship is pencilled in for the weekend of July 12th.

Credit Union Senior Football League has passed the half way stage

All but four scheduled games took place in Round 6 of the Credit Union Senior Football League last Saturday as the League passed the half way stage. As usual, the leagues are proving to be very competitive again this year and no doubt the “three up, three down” promotion/relegation structure has a lot to do with that.

There are quite a number of back games to be played commencing this weekend with Dingle V Dr Crokes in Division 1 and An Ghaeltacht V Brosna in Gallarus in Division 3 both on Saturday (7pm) and Waterville V Kilcummin on Sunday (2pm). The vast majority of back games are postponed with the agreement of both clubs provided there is an agreed date for the re-fixture.

Round 7 of the League will be played on the weekend of July 28th.

Junior Leagues

The Junior Leagues continue on Friday evenings. There are quite a number of back games in all divisions and Clubs are asked to make arrangements where possible to re-fix these games. Christy Killeen is the officer with the onerous task of clearing the backlog of games.

Castleisland Mart Novice Football Shield

There is one preliminary round of the Castleisland Mart Novice Football Shield this weekend when Tuosist host Sneem/Derrynane on Sunday ar 2:30. All Round 1 fixtures have been put back to later in the year.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin County Minor Football Championship Draw

The Draw for the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin County Minor Football Championship was made on Wednesday last and resulted in the following pairings:

Preliminary Round

“A” = Kerins O’Rahillys V An Ghaeltacht (Tuesday June 30th).

Round 1

Shannon Rangers V St Kierans(In Ballylongford); Spa V West Kerry; East Kerry V Winners  “A” (In Fossa); South Kerry V Dingle (In Caherciveen); Kenmare District V Dr Crokes (In Kenmare); St Brendans V Mid Kerry (In Blennerville); Austin Stacks V Feale Rangers.

Round 1 will be played on Wednesday 8th July at 7pm with extra time where necessary. 

The Acorn Life Under 21 County Football Championship

Dates and venues have been announced for the Acorn Life Under 21 Championship games as follows with first named having home venue:

Preliminary Round: “A” Laune Rangers V John Mitchels (Wednesday June 24th, 7pm)

Round 1: St Kierans V Kenmare (In Brosna), St Brendans V Austin Stacks (In Blennerville) , Dingle V Shannon Rangers, West Kerry V Winners  “A” (In Annascaul on Thursday July 2nd, 7pm), Dr Crokes V Kerins O’Rahillys, Kilcummin/Rathmore V Feale Rangers (In Rathmore), East Kerry V South Kerry (In Spa) and Mid Kerry V An Ghaeltacht (In Milltown).

Round 1 ties will be played on Wednesday June 24th at7pm except where otherwise stated above. Extra Time applies in all games.

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

Credit Union Senior Hurling Leagues Roundup

Causeway top the tables in both Divisions 1 and 2 of the Credit Union Senior Hurling League with full points in both competitions. In round 3 they had a 2 – 16 to 1 – 13 win over St. Brendan’s at Ardfert. Other results of games played during the week are: Crotta 2 – 12 Lixnaw 0 – 17; Ballyduff 3 – 13 Ballyheigue 1 – 13; St. Brendan’s 2 – 15 Lixnaw 1 – 15; Crotta 2 – 14 Ballyheigue 1 – 12.

Round 5 is down for this coming weekend, check locally for exact details. Pairings are: Causeway v Ballyduff ; Abbeydorney v Crotta O’Neill’s; Lixnaw v Ballyheigue and St. Brendan’s v Kilmoyley.

In Division 2 Causeway lead the table with 10 points from 5 games with Kilmoyley in second place with 7 points. Round 6 fixtures for this Wednesday, 17th June, 7.30p.m. are: Causeway v Abbeydorney; Lady’s Walk v St. Brendan’s, Lixnaw v Crotta O’Neill’s; Kilmoyley v Dr. Crokes and Kilgarvan v Kenmare.

Round 7 fixtures for Wednesday, 24th June are: Abbeydorney v Lady’s Walk; Crotta O’Neill’s v Kenmare; Dr. Crokes v Causeway; Lixnaw v Kilmoyley and St. Brendan’s v Kilgarvan.

In Division 3 last week, Ballyheigue B had a 2 – 13 to 0 – 8 win over Austin Stacks. Round 2 fixtures for this Wednesday, 17th June, 7.30p.m. are: St. Pat’s East Kerry v Austin Stacks and Ballyheigue B v Duagh. Causeway C have a bye.


Garveys Supervalu Senior Hurling Championship Draw

The draw for Round 1 of the Garvey’s Super Valu county senior hurling championship has resulted in the following pairings: Ballyheigue v Lixnaw; Causeway v Ballyduff; Crotta O’Neill’s v Kilmoyley and Abbeydorney v St. Brendan’s.

Games will go ahead on the weekend of July 17/18. The championship will be played in the ‘Christy Ring’ format so all teams will again be out on the following weekend when the winners play winners and losers play losers. Round 3 is scheduled for the weekend of 1 / 2 August and the semi-finals will be played on Sunday, 30th August. The county final is fixed for Sunday, 27th September.


Hurling Cúl Camps

A reminder about the upcoming Kerry Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps for Hurling & Camogie. First venue will be Lixnaw which gets underway on Monday, 29th June until Friday, 3rd July. Other camps are as follows: 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).

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. 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