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PRO GAA Scene June 10th 2015 2015-06-10 08:59:00

Kerry open the defence of their Munster and All Ireland crowns

Hard to believe that its nine months since Kerry defied the odds to capture their 37th All Ireland title when defeating Donegal last September to complete a memorable senior and minor double. Kerry put their Munster and All Ireland titles on the line on Sunday when they travel to Thurles to take on a Tipperary side who are brim-full of confidence following their big win over Waterford in the first round two weeks ago. The premier county have been making great strides at Minor and Under 21 level over the past five years or so and that investment in youth is beginning to pay dividends at senior level. Kerry, for their part, enjoyed their winter break but they hardly need reminding that their form in the Allianz Football League was patchy to say the least and they have also picked up a number of injuries in the past few weeks the extent of which may not become clear until much nearer to Sunday’s championship opener.  Given their ten week lay-off from competitive action and the disruption that injuries may have caused to their training regime, Kerry’s form in unknown and it is only in the white heat of battle on Sunday that we will see where Kieran Donaghy’s team are at right now.  On the plus side, the recent warm weather training spin in Portugal is sure to stand to them coming as it did so close to Sunday’s encounter. We wish Kieran and all involved with the team the very best of luck in the coming season.

The Kerry team is due to be named on Thursday evening and will be posted on the Kerry GAA Website at 9pm.

Kerry also play Tipperary in the Junior semi final

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 week last.  Kerry, have the same management team as last year (Stephen Wallace, Fergus Clifford, Timmy O’Sullivan and Denis “Shine” O’Sullivan) when they failed at the final hurdle going down to Cavan in the All Ireland final and they have been playing a number of challenge games in preparation for this year’s campaign.

Looking through the panel of players there is a mixture of players with senior experience having been part of the Kerry senior set up such as goalkeeper Shane Murphy, Jack McGuire, James Walsh, Conor Cox and Thomas Hickey, last year’s captain and then you have Under 21s such as the two Crowleys from Templenoe, Denis Daly and goalkeeper Darragh O’Shea, and there is also a number of last year’s successful Kerry minors such as Liam Kearney and Dan O’Donoghue of Spa and Liam Carey of Beaufort. The Kerry team will be announced on Thursday evening. Cork play Limnerick in the other semi final. The Munster Junior final is fixed for July 1st.

Munster SFC Kerry V Tipperary - Ticket Arrangements

Kerry play Tipperary in the Munster Senior and Junior Football semi finals in Semple Stadium Thurles on Sunday where the junior semi final throws in at 1:30pm and the senior semi final throws in at 3:30pm.

This fixture is an unreserved all ticket general admission game.

Tickets are priced at €15 for Adults while Under 16's are free. Students/OAP's who purchase tickets in advance can get a concession of €5 on entry to the Stadium or they can purchase their €10 ticket on the day at the Stadium ticket booths – ID Required.  Both stands will be open. 

Tickets are now for sale from the Kerry County Board Office, Kerry GAA Store in Killarney Outlet Centre, all Garveys Supervalu Stores and participating Supervalu and Centra Stores around the county and at tickets.ie

Kerry GAA Supporters Club Buses

The Kerry Supporters Club will also take buses to the Munster Championship Semi Finals in Thurles on Sunday next. Buses depart Farranfore at 8:30, Tralee at 9pm and Listowel at 9:30. 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.

Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship Draw

The draw for Round 3 of the Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship will take place on this Saturday.

During the past week the CCC met to consider the non playing of the Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship Round 2 games between Mid Kerry and West Kerry and Shannon Rangers and St Brendans, The CCC proposed to award the games to Mid Kerry and St Brendans respectively.

Both West Kerry and Shannon Rangers have subsequently sought a hearing from the Hearings Committee .

Both West Kerry and Shannon Rangers subsequently sought a hearing from the Hearings Committee

Following that meeting held on Tuesday evening , the Hearings Committee  decided that those two Senior Football Championship Round 2 games, games,  Mid Kerry   v   West Kerry  and Shannon Rgs v St Brendans,  should be re-fixed  and they instructed the CCC accordingly.

So the CCC met and refixed the games and there is a Double Bill of Games on Saturday next 20th of June in Listowel:

Feale Rangers play Ardfert at 5:30

Shannon Rangers play St Brendans at 7pm.

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. All that means that Round 3 is disrupted but that’s the way it is.

So the draw for Round 3 of the Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship has been put back to Sunday next when we will have a clearer picture of who’s involved.

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. They are joined by Kilcummin who defeated St Michaels Foilmore in Round 2. Round 3 of the championship is pencilled in for the weekend of July 12th.

Credit Union Senior football League reaches the half way stage

Following the playing of Round 5 last weekend the Credit Union senior football league has reached the critical half way stage with Round 6 down for decision this coming weekend. Because of the Kerry v Tipperary Munster football championship match on Sunday, all games have been fixed for Saturday as the usual Sunday default date does not apply on this occasion.

The Acorn Life Under 21 County Football Championship Draw

Seventeen teams went into the hat for the Acorn Life Under 21 Championship Draw on Monday last and the draw, which paired last year’s finalists Kenmare and St Kierans together, is as follows:

Preliminary Round: “A” Laune Rangers V John Mitchels

Round 1: St Kierans V Kenmare, St Brendans V Austin Stacks, Dingle V Shannon Rangers, West Kerry V Winners  “A”, Dr Crokes V Kerins O’Rahillys, Kilcummin/Rathmore V Feale Rangers, East Kerry V South Kerry and Mid Kerry V An Ghaeltacht.

Round 1 ties to be played on Wednesday June 24th, 1st named teams have home venue and Extra Time applies in all games.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship Draw

The Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship draw was due to take place on Wednesday.  There are fifteen teams entered for this year’s championship;  the nine divisional sides, plus Dr Crokes, Spa, Dingle, Kerins O’Rahillys, Austin Stacks and An Ghaeltacht.  There will be one preliminary round which will be played before the Munster Minor final.

Uachtarán CLG opens Cordal’s newly redeveloped Pitch

Today was certainly a day to remember for Cordal GAA Club when Uachtarán CLG Aogán Ó Fearghail performed the opening ceremony on the occasion of the unveiling of their newly redeveloped pitch.

The club has spent over €200,000 in development work in the past two years. The pitch 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 as well as a stand and other planned development will see the development of the juvenile pitch and training area.

There were many other dignatories present, both political and sporting including iár Uachtarán CLG, Sean Kelly and vice chairman of the County Committee Diarmuid  Sé  who was deputising for the unavailable Chairman  Patrick O’Sullivan,  as well as former officers of the County and East Kerry Committees and Minister Jimmy Deenihan. The pitch was blessed by the local clergy but that blessing did not extend to the Cordal team who went down to Firies by 2-12 to 1-6 in the Credit Union County League match played to mark the occasion!

Otherwise it was an historic day for the club whose presentation and organisation on the day was top class.

Kerry GAA Night of Champions just two weeks away

There are 20 Kerry Clubs and Units vying for a final spot in The Kerry GAA Club Sweepstake next Friday night. On Friday night last at the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium there was some great racing and excitement for the Club Supporters who qualified for the semi finals.

The semi finals will take place on this Friday at The Kingdom Greyhound Stadium Tralee. A big thank you to 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.

Congratulations to the 20 clubs and units who are still in with a chance of winning the overall prize of €1,000. This will also be one of the four live featured live races on RTE on Friday 19th June. The other runners in the Final will also be given prize money:, 2nd €600, 3rd €400, 4th €300, 5th €300, 6th €300.

Kingdom Greyhound Stadium Offers Free Fundraising Night at Dogs

The Kingdom Greyhound Stadium have very generously offered an additional a prize of a Free Fundraising Night at Dogs to the club that brings the most people to  the event  by putting their club name on the back of their admission ticket.  So muster the troops from your club and you could win a free fundraising Night at the Dogs as well as having a great night at the ultimate Kerry GAA Teams Fundraiser -The Annual Kerry GAA Night of Champions on the 19th June at The Kingdom Greyhound Stadium, Tralee.

Kerry GAA Cúl Camps

The Kerry GAA Cúl Camps will this year see Kerry G.A.A. organise 68 Cúl Camps for a seven week period starting June 29th and continuing through July and August at venues throughout the county.   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

Teacher Summer Courses

The GAA is to hold 22 summer courses nationwide aimed at primary school teachers with a view to almost 600 primary school teachers participating during the months of July and August.

The face-to-face element runs over three days, with eight hours completed on online modules and completed through the Association’s Learning and Development Community Portal.

Being largely practical-based, the course aims to introduce teachers to Gaelic games, namely hurling, Gaelic football, camogie, ladies Gaelic football, handball and rounders, with the main objective of the courses being the advancement of teachers’ learning and management skills in the context of the primary school PE curriculum.

Courses are organised in conjunction with the Local Education Centre’s under the remit of the Department of Education and Skills, and are delivered by GAA Games Development staff, tutors and primary school teachers. For more information see learning.gaa.ie/TeacherSummerCourses

The courses in Kerry will be held in Clounalour B.N.S Tralee from July 1st to 3rd.

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

Kerry win second Christy Ring Cup title

Congratulations to the Kerry senior hurling team on winning the Christy Ring Cup last Saturday at Croke Park with a 1 – 20 to 0 – 12 win over Derry. This was Kerry’s second win in the competition having previously won it in 2011. This win is a major boost for hurling in the county as the team prepares to step up to Division 1B of the Allianz Hurling League in 2016. It also completes a very successful year for the team, winning the League Division 2A title earlier in the season for the second year in a row. Well done to all the players under the captaincy of John Griffin (Lixnaw) and the management team of Eamon Kelly, Tom O’Connell, D.J. Leahy and Conor Gleeson.

Garveys Supervalu Senior Hurling Championship Draw

The draw for the Garveys Supervalu Senior Hurling Championship takes place on this Saturday. With hurling in the county on a high following the exploits of the Kerry Hurling team, and the unique situation where all games will be played outside of Austin Stack Park due to redevelopment work, interest in the club championship will be greater than ever.

Credit Union Senior Hurling Leagues

Senior club activity resumes in the county on this week with three deferred Round 3 games down for decision in the Credit Union Senior Hurling League Division 1. Lixnaw were due to play Crotta on Tuesday evening, Causeway and St Brendans is down for decision on Wednesday and Ballyheigue v Ballyduff on Thursday evening with all games having a 7:30 throw-in.

Round 4 is down for decision on this coming weekend, check locally for exact details. Pairings are: Ballyduff v Abbeydorney; Crotta O’Neill’s v Ballyheigue; Kilmoyley v Causeway and St. Brendan’s v Lixnaw (Friday at 7:30).

Again, only 3 of the 5 scheduled games were played in Round 5 of the Credit Union Senior Hurling League Division 2 last Wednesday. Lixnaw had a 2 – 15 to 2 – 9 win over Dr. Crokes; Abbeydorney defeated Kilmoyley by 3 – 14 to 1 - 14 and Causeway had 5 points to spare over St. Brendan’s, 2 – 19 to 3 – 11. Causeway lead the table with 10 points from 5 games with Kilmoyley in second place with 7 points.

Round 6 fixtures for Wednesday, 17th June at 7.30p.m. are as follows: Causeway v Abbeydorney;  Lady’s Walk v St. Brendan’s, Lixnaw v Crotta O’Neill’s;  Kilmoyley v Dr. Crokes and Kilgarvan v Kenmare.

Division 3 is to commence on this Wednesday, 10th June at 7:30. Five teams are scheduled to take part with Ballyheigue B replacing Kenmare B.  Round 1 fixtures as follows: Duagh v Causeway C; Austin Stack’s v Ballyheigue B; St. Pat’s East Kerry a bye.

Hurling Cúl Camps

A reminder about the upcoming Kerry Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps for Hurling & Camogie which commence at Lixnaw 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