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Boyles Sports Night of Champions exceeds all expectations 2015-06-20 14:24:00

Night at the Dogs exceeds all expectations

Last Friday night at The Kingdom Greyhound Stadium Tralee was the sixth  annual “Night of Champions” and it lived up to all  its expectation. Young and old Kerry GAA supporters mingled with the Kerry GAA Football and Hurling Stars led by Captains Kieran Donaghy and John Griffin . They also met The Rose Of Tralee, The Sam Maguire and Christy Ring Cups and  all their friends and rivals normally met at GAA pitches!The Buzz was electric all night long with a big attendance .

The staging of this event would not have been possible without the support of Sponsors, Clubs, Members,  the GAA public and Declan Dowling and The Kingdom Greyhound Stadium who host  this very important fundraiser each year for the Kerry GAA Teams.

All monies from the proceeds from The Night of Champions goes to the Kerry teams training fund and the past year has been a very successful one winning the All Ireland Senior and Minor Football Finals and two Senior Hurling  Titles the most recent being the Christy Ring Cup. All the cup from 2014 and 2015 were on display at the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium and the supporters were taking photos with the cups and players till dusk and after.

U11 Coaching Session with Kerry Captains

The first event up was the U11 coaching session in Football being coached by Kieran Donaghy and Hurling by John Griffin. Four clubs had won the right to represent the Kingdom on the night : Milltown-Castlemaine & Churchill in Football, Kilmoyley and Tralee Parnell's in Hurling. The children and adults enjoyed the coaching session under the supervision of Eamon Whelan County Coaching Officer and Donal Daly Coach & Games Manager for the County.

The Races!

The next event was the racing itself and Kerry County Committee wishes to thank all the Race Sponsors who supported the Kerry GAA Races on the night:  The Malton Hotel, Adidas, Kerry Group, Allman Contracts Ltd, Mike Cronin of MC Group , Sports Physio Supplies Thurles Co Tipperary, Guinness and the  Kerry GAA Supporters Club.

Winners at the Kerry GAA Night of Champions:

Race 1:  Allmans Contractors 500- Knocktoo Garry:  27.45

Race 2: KGS Supporters Club Unraced Final:  Ascot Harry 29.19

Race 3: Malton Hotel GAA Club Championship Final: Secreto 28.03

Race 4:  Kerry GAA Supporters Club 570: Baile Mhic 30.89

Race 5: Kerry Group 750: Fire Height Amy 41.62

Race 6: Gain Feeds Sweep Final Sign on Tiger -28.46

Race 7: 2015 Boylesports Race of Champions; Rural Hawaii 29.52: who won  €15,000  in prizemoney.

Race 8: Guinness 325:  Baltovin Leo 17.32

Race 9:  Adidas 750: Ballymac Jarlath 42.47

Race 10: MC Group 525: Pale Moon 28.52

Race 11: Sports Physio Supplies Thurles 570: Parish Hero 31.20 (part owned by Shane Enright)

 The Boyles Sports Race of Champions 

The winning Buster Prizes  Sequence Number was 5364 and the full winners from the Buster Draw are as follows:

1st Prize :   €1,000      sequence 5364            went to Kerry Coiste na nÓg.

2nd Prize : €500                                             Donal Marcus O Neill, Caherciveen

3rd Prize : All Ireland Final weekend in a Dublin Hotel & 2 All Ireland Tickets                                                        went to Dan Tim O Sullivan.

4th Prize : of 2 All Ireland Tickets went to     Eamon Whelan

5th Prize: of 2 Munster Final Tickets went to Hugh O Flaherty, Dublin

6th Prize: of Membership Kerry GAA 3 Year Scheme - 1 Unit went to         Sports Physio Supplies

The Special Prize of  Family tickets (4) :  to County Football or Hurling Final 2015 went to Ger Keane, Castleisland.

The Malton Hotel Club Sweepstake

The Malton Hotel Kerry GAA Club Sweep was once again supported so well by our Clubs and Units. It was a great few weeks leading up to the race and exciting to see who the ultimate winner was to be. It was the recent Minor League Division 1 Finalists Dingle and Ballydonoghue who won the Race and scooping €1,000.00 for their clubs.

The Malton Hotel Club Sweepstake winners and runners up Prizes:

1st       €1,000 Ballydonoghue & Dingle: 

2nd      €600    Ballyheigue

3rd       €400    Kilgarvan & Killarney Legion

4th       €300    St Pats Blennerville

5th       €300    Austin Stacks

6th       €300    Castlegregory & Rathmore

 The Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh

Maria Walsh the current Rose of Tralee attended the night and as usual the very popular Maria mingled with the gathering, took photos with fans, presented prizes and presented the Best Dressed Lady Prize.

The Debenhams Best Dressed Lady went to Limerick

The  Debenhams sponsored   best dressed lady competition was won by  Mary Woulfe from Athea County Limerick and she was delighted with her win. She bought her dress on line and Maria Stack from Listowel made her fabulous hat. Maria Walsh The Rose of Tralee presented Mary with her prize of a  €300.00 voucher from Debenhams

The Kerry GAA Football & Hurling Players

A big Thank you to all our senior players and Managements who turned up in strength last night to give of their time to this event. It was a glorious year for Kerry GAA with the Sam Maguire, Christy Ring and  Tom Markham Cup coming to the Kingdom since our last night of Champions. Our players make the ultimate sacrifice all year when training for Kerry teams. It is hard work and great commitment and we all appreciate the efforts they make. We also very grateful that they gave their time to The Kerry GAA  Night of Champions. It is the highlight of the night to mingle and meet Kerry GAA stars who are so willing to give of their time especially in photos for fans. Go raibh míle maith agaibh.

RTE & Live Races from The Kingdom Greyhound Stadium

This joint venture with the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium has proved beneficial to both organisations over the years. Last nights event was  no exception and surpassed all expectation.  A sincere Thank You to Declan Dowling, Stadium Manager, for his advice, guidance and courtesy at all times.

Click here for last night's TV programme on the R.T.E Player from last night's Boylesports Race of Champions and the Kerry GAA night at the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium.

The Live broadcast on RTE last night provided another significant attraction. It was a great show and it is great to have The Kingdom Greyhound Stadium feature in such a prestigious sporting  programme on RTE

Click here for Photo Galleries from The Night of Champions 2015

Finally  a word of thanks  to the  hard working organising Committee- chaired by Christy O'Connell  (Caherciveen) who worked tirelessly over the last number of weeks:

Organising Committee: Christy O'Connell (Chairman) Dermot Weeshie Lynch, Aileen Foley,  Maureen O’Shea, , Pat McAuliffe, Joe Wallace, Donal O’Leary, Con Griffin, JP Hussey, Tom O’Connell, Patsy O'Connor,  JD Foley, Paudie Commane, Brendan O’Connor, Brendan Falvey, Brendan O’Brien, Brendan McCarthy, Breandán Fitzgerald, Tommy Dowling and Tony Donnelly