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PRO GAA Scene June 25th 2015 2015-06-25 07:46:00

Jack O’Connor is the new manager of the Kerry Under 21 team

At Monday night’s County Committee meeting in Austin Stack Park, Jack O’Connor (Piarsaigh na Dromoda) was named Manager of the Kerry Under 21 Football team for the next 2 years in succession to Darragh Ó Sé. This will be Jack’s second involvement with the Under 21s having served as a selector under the late Paidí Ó Sé during which time Kerry defeated Mayo in the 1995 final, before subsequently taking over as Manager and winning two All Irelands, in 1996 with Seamus MacGearailt as Coach when Cavan were defeated and two years later in 1998 with Johnny Culloty as Coach when the Kingdom defeated Laois.
Currently manager of the County Minor Team, Jack’s entire focus will be on that team for the duration of the Minor Championship.
His appointment as Under 21 manager at this stage is to oversee the putting in place of a programme of Strength and Conditioning for the Kerry Under 20 Development Squad in conjunction with the county’s Coaching and Games Committee.
Jack will name his Under 21 Management Team once his tenure with the Minor team comes to an end.
It is hoped to name the new Minor Manager in August in time for the start of the Colleges season.
Jack O’Connor Profile
Jack O’Connor’s managerial record has seen the Dromid Pearses man involved with 15 All Ireland winning sides. He guided the Kerry Vocational Schools side to back to back All Ireland titles in 1992 and 1993 as well as being at the helm when Scoil Uí Chonaill won an All Ireland schools title in 1997.
His proven record with schools side reached a climax in 2009 when he guided Coláiste na Sceilge to All Ireland Colleges Hogan Cup victory against St Marys of Edenderry and he had the added satisfaction of seeing his son Eanna score the winning goal on that day.
Jack of course had two stints as manager of the Kerry Senior Football team guiding them to All Ireland glory in 2004, 2006, and 2009 completing League and Championship doubles in those years.
His appointment as Kerry Minor Manager last year resulted in Kerry’s first All Ireland title in that grade since 1994 with victory over Donegal last September.

The Kerry GAA Night of Champions at Kingdom Greyhound Stadium a great success

The sixth annual “Kerry GAA Night of Champions” lived up to all its expectations at the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium on Friday night last. Kerry GAA supporters young and old 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 amid a great buzz all night long with a big attendance present.
All proceeds from The Night of Champions goes to the Kerry teams training fund and this year has been a very successful one thus far for the Kerry senior hurlers and lets hope that it will be just as successful for their footballing counterparts.
The first event on the night was the Under 11 coaching session in football coached by Kieran Donaghy and Hurling by John Griffin. Four clubs - Milltown-Castlemaine and Churchill in Football, and Kilmoyley and Tralee Parnell's in Hurling were the beneficiaries on the night.
The Racing was spectacular of course and the Kerry County Committee wishes to thank all the Race Sponsors who supported the Kerry GAA Races on the night namely: The Malton Hotel, Adidas, Kerry Group, Allman Contracts Ltd, Mike Cronin of MC Group , Sports Physio Supplies Thurles, Guinness and the Kerry GAA Supporters Club.

The Malton Hotel Kerry GAA Club Sweepstake winners and runners up Prizes were as follows:
1st €1,000 Ballydonoghue and Dingle
2nd €600 Ballyheigue
3rd €400 Kilgarvan and Killarney Legion
4th €300 St Pats Blennerville
5th €300 Austin Stacks
6th €300 Castlegregory and Rathmore
The winning Buster Prizes Sequence Number was 5364 and the full list of winners in the Buster Draw were as follows:
1st Prize : €1,000, Kerry Coiste na nÓg.
2nd Prize : €500 , Donal Marcus O’Neill, Caherciveen
3rd Prize : All Ireland Final weekend in a Dublin Hotel and 2 All Ireland Tickets went to Dan Tim O’Sullivan.
4th Prize : 2 All Ireland Tickets went to Eamon Whelan of St Senans
5th Prize: 2 Munster Final Tickets went to Hugh O’Flaherty, Dublin
6th Prize: Membership of Kerry GAA 3 Year Scheme - 1 Unit went to Sports Physio Supplies, Thurles.
The Special Prize of Family tickets (4) to County Football or Hurling Final 2015 went to Ger Keane, Castleisland.
TheDebenhams sponsored best dressed lady competition was won by Mary Woulfe from Athea.. Maria Walsh, the current Rose of Tralee, presented Mary with her prize of a €300 voucher from Debenhams
A big Thank you to all our senior players and management teams – especially Eamonn Kelly , Conor Gleeson, Pa Kelly and Davy Butler who came down from Tipperary for the night – and all others who turned up in strength to give of their time to this event.
The Live broadcast on RTE provided another significant attraction. It is great to have The Kingdom Greyhound Stadium and Kerry GAA share the limelight in such a prestigious sporting programme on RTE 2 at prime time viewing time.
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 and to Declan Dowling and the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium and his staff for their professional approach and assistance.
Dr Crokes and Austin Stacks drawn together in Round 3 of the Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship
The Draw for Round 3 of the Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship has paired Dr Crokes against Austin Stacks in what is undoubtedly the tie of the Round. Between them, these sides have dominated the championship for the past five or six years with Austin Stacks being the reigning champions and Dr Crokes completing a four in a row of titles between 2010 and 2013 during which time they twice defeated the Rockies in finals.
Elsewhere, senior club finalists, Dingle have South Kerry as visitors while Shannon Rangers’ reward for accounting for St Brendans in Round 2 last weekend is a home tie against Rathmore. Laune Rangers face a tough assignment having to visit Kenmare while Feale Rangers, following their Round 2 victory over Ardfert last weekend, face a trip to Killarney to take on Killarney Legion. St Kierans have to travel to take on Kilcummin while the winners of the Kerins O’Rahillys Vs Milltown-Castlemaine Round 2 game have a home venue against East Kerry.
The full draw is:
Bye: Winners of Mid Kerry V West Kerry
Dingle V South Kerry
Kilcummin V St Kierans
Dr Crokes V Austin Stacks
Killarney Legion V Feale Rangers
Kenmare Dist V Laune Rangers
Shannon Rangers V Rathmore
Kerins/O’Rahillys Or Milltown-C/Maine V East Kerry
The winners of the Round 2 games between Mid Kerry and West Kerry received a bye to the quarter finals. The two outstanding Round 2 games, as well as 6 of the seven Round 3 games will be played on the weekend of July 12th. Games were to be fixed by the CCC on Tuesday night with cognisance being taken of first out of the hat.
Kerry V Cork Showdown is an all ticket affair
Well the Kerry /Cork showdown in the Munster senior football final is just over a week away and already you can feel the excitement and anticipation building for what is surely going to be another sell out attendance at Killarney’s Fitzgerald Stadium. One has only got to look at the huge Kerry support that travelled to Thurles last week for the semi-final to know that the demand for stand tickets in particular is going to be huge and as usual for Killarney, the demand is going to far outstrip the supply given that there are three counties involved with Tipperary of course taking on Kerry in the Minor final. The stand capacity in Killarney is 8,500 approx and all stand tickets will be distributed through the clubs in the county and to the large number of Kerry season ticket holders (approx. 2,000).
As is the case with all League and Championship games, this game will be an all-ticket affair. Stand Tickets are €35 and Terrace Tickets are €25, Juvenile Terrace tickets are €5. Terrace tickets are colour coded as follows:
Blue and Green Terrace Tickets for adults and Red Terrace Tickets for Family Area.
Terrace Concession: Students and OAP’s can buy full price Adult terrace tickets and receive concession of €10 at designated turnstiles on the day on production of proper ID.
The senior game has a 2pm throw-in and it will be preceded by the Minor football final between Kerry and Tipperary at 12 noon.

Munster Junior Final confirmed for Páirc Uí Rinn
The Munster Junior Football final between Kerry and Cork has been confirmed for Páirc Uí Rinn on Wednesday July 1st at 7:30pm.

Credit Union Senior Football League

Round 7 of the Credit Union Senior Football League goes ahead this coming weekend with the vast majority of games scheduled for Saturday evening at 7:30. The Leagues have already passed the half way stage but there are still a number of outstanding fixtures to be brought up to date. Last weekend saw Dr Crokes go top of Division 1 on their own following a 2-11 to 1-12 victory over Dingle in a back game while in Waterville, the hosts remain perilously close to the foot of the table on 3 points following a draw with Kilcummin on a score-line of 2-8 each.
In Division 3, Brosna travelled to Gallarus and came away with a point following a 0-8 to 1-5 draw with An Ghaeltacht a result that puts Brosna in a good position to challenge for promotion and leave the West Kerry side in mid table.
The Acorn Life Under 21 County Football Championship gets underway this Wednesday evening
The Acorn Life Under 21 football championship gets underway this Wednesday evening with one Preliminary round and seven Round 1 games down for decision. All games have a 7pm throw-in, with the exception of St Brendans V Austin Stacks and East Kerry V South Kerry both 7:30. with extra time if required. Fixtures are as follows with first named having home venue:
Preliminary Round: “A” Laune Rangers V John Mitchels.
Round 1: St Kierans V Kenmare (In Brosna), St Brendans V Austin Stacks (In Blennerville 7:30) , Dingle V Shannon Rangers, Dr Crokes V Kerins O’Rahillys, Kilcummin/Rathmore V Feale Rangers (In Rathmore), East Kerry V South Kerry (In Derreen 7:30) and Mid Kerry V An Ghaeltacht (In Milltown).
West Kerry will play the winners of the preliminary game in Round 1 in Annascaul on Thursday July 2nd, 7pm.
Castleisland Mart Novice Football Shield
Sneem/Derrynane had a narrow one point win over Tuosist in the preliminary round of the Novice Shield on a score of 2-13 to 3-9 on Sunday last to earn a home tie in the quarter finals against Cromane.
Austin Stack Park re-development commences
Work on the re-development of the famed Austin Stack Park pitch has commenced with the ploughing up of the sod and it is hoped that with weather permitting, that levelling, drainage and reseeding works will be completed over the next fortnight or so.
Other works, such as upgrading of the pavilion and works to comply with the Slattery Report on Health and Safety, are also planned but those are dependent on funding.
Planning for all of the pitches and buildings at the Centre of Excellence in Currans has been lodged and due process is awaited there.

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

Credit Union Senior Hurling League

Causeway and Kilmoyley share the top spot in Division 1 of the Credit Union Senior Hurling League Division 1. Kilmoyley moved up the table by virtue of two wins over four days last week. In a back game on Tuesday , they had a 1 – 9 to 0 – 7 win over Causeway and followed it up with a 3 – 16 to 0 – 10 win over Lixnaw on Friday evening [this game also doubled up as a North Kerry senior championship quarter final]. Causeway now have 6 points from 4 games. Kilmoyley have 6 points from 3 games and Ballyduff, Abbeydorney and Crotta follow with 4 points each.
Only 1 of the round 5 games went ahead last Sunday when Abbeydorney had a 4 – 6 to 0 – 10 win over Crotta.
There are four Round 6 games down for decision this weekend: On Sunday (2pm) Ballyheigue play Abbetdorney; Kilmoyley play Lixnaw and Crotta O’Neills play Causeway.
On Monday evening, Ballyduff will play Sy Brendans in the Credit Union Senior Hurling League Division 1 Final for 2014 for the Nicholas Scollard Cup and this game will double up as a Round 6 fixture for 2015.
In Division 2, again, only 3 of the 5 scheduled games were played in Round 6. Causeway had a 5 – 14 to 1 – 5 win over Abbeydorney and are clear leaders of the league with 12 points from 6 games. Kilmoyley defeated Dr. Crokes by 3 – 16 to 0 – 8 while Lady’s Walk, 4 – 5 and St. Brendan’s, 1 – 14 shared the points.
Round 7 fixtures for this Wednesday, 24th June, 7.30p.m. are: Dr. Crokes v Causeway; Crotta O'Neill's v Kenmare; Abbeydorney v Lady’s Walk; St Brendan's v Kilgarvan and Lixnaw v Kilmoyley
In Division 3 last Wednesday, Austin Stack’s had a 5 – 14 to 2 – 9 win over St. Patrick’s (East Kerry). Fixtures for this Wednesday, 24th June, 7.30p.m. are: Duagh V St Patrick's (East Kerry) and Causeway C v Ballyheigue B.
Hurling Cúl Camps
The Kerry Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps for Hurling & Camogie commence on Monday, 29th June at Lixnaw and continues for the week until Friday, 3rd July. Camps for the following weeks are: 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