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GAA Scene July 1st 2015 2015-07-01 08:56:00

Kerry and Cork in Munster Final showdown
Kerry put their Munster senior football title on the line when they take on Cork in an eagerly awaited Munster Final in Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday (2pm). The fact that Kerry are the reigning All Ireland champions will no doubt add spice to the occasion and while Kerry have an outstanding record against Cork in Killarney that statistic will hardly count for anything in the white heat of a Munster Final .
Kerry have had a number of injury problems in the lead up to the start of the Championship with the likes of All Stars Paul Murphy and David Moran shipping shoulder injuries, Paul Galvin’s efforts to regain full fitness have been curtailed by injuries and of course the likes of James O’Donoghue and Colm Cooper are only working their way back to full fitness after long injury layoffs.
Kerry’s form in the League was mixed to say the least and while they were in control of their semi final against Tipperary during the second half, there were times in that game when the long period without competitive action told. Cork, on their day, are a match for the best around and their much maligned squad, with Alan O’Connor back in midfield action, will certainly come out with all guns blazing on Sunday.
This promises to be another intriguing battle between these age old rivals and no doubt there will be no shortage of talking points afterwards. Padraig Huges of Armagh is the referee for Sunday's game. Kerry are due to name their team on Thursday evening at 9pm.

Kerry Play Tipperary in Minor Final
Kerry play Tipperary in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Final - a curtain raiser to the Senior Final - on Sunday next in Fitzgerald Stadium, a game that has a 12 noon throw-in time. These two sides met in the final two years ago at the same venue when Kerry prevented the Premier County from achieving a 3-in-a-row of titles for the first time and last year, Kerry had a big 2-18 to 0-7 victory over a young Tipp side at Semple Stadium on their way to defeating Cork in the Final.
Kerry opened their campaign this year with victory over Clare by 0-14 to 0-3 at home in Austin Stack Park and followed that with a heart-stopping 0-16 to 1-12 victory over Cork in a winner takes all semi final after extra time.
Tipp had an emphatic 2-16 to 1-7 victory over Waterford in the opening round and followed that with a 0-16 to 2-9 victory over Clare in Semple Stadium in the semi final a game where Tipp had to come from behind to win with a dramatic point in injury time.
Kerry’s injury woes have eased with the return to training of Bryan Sweeney who was injured in the opening sequence of play against Cork. Kevin Murphy of Cork is the man in the middle. Kerry will name their team on Friday night.
Regardless of the result on Sunday, both sides will be in action on the August weekend when the Munster champions will play the Connaught Runners-up and vice-versa.

Kerry and Cork in Munster Junior Final action on this Wednesday
The Junior footballers of Kerry and Cork get a hectic week of Munster inter-county action underway on this Wednesday evening when they clash in the Munster Junior final in Páirc Uí Rinn (7:30pm). Kerry, the reigning Munster Champions and subsequently defeated by Cavan in All Ireland Final, did what they had to do against Tipperary in the semi final without ever reaching any great height of consistency. Cork did not have it all their own way against Limerick in their semi final and had three points to spare at the final whistle.
Kerry
Ref is Alan Kissane of Waterford.

Munster Final Ticket Information

Tickets have to be purchased in advance for Sunday’s Munster football finals in Fitzgerald Stadium.
Stand Tickets
Stand Tickets, costing €35, have been distributed through the Clubs and to GAA Season Ticket holders. Access via Daltons Avenue only. Reserved seating plan applies.
Sideline Tickets
Sideline Family Tickets are for entry to the seating area behind the goal at the scoreboard end. Adult €20 and Child €5. Access via Daltons Avenue.
Terrace Tickets
Terrace Tickets are Colour Coded and patrons should follow the Colour Signage for entry.
The Blue and Green Terrace tickets, costing €25, are for Adults Only. Access with a Green ticket is via Daltons Avenue and access with a Blue Ticket is via Lewis Road.
The Red Terrace Family tickets, costing €25 for an Adult and €5 for Juveniles, allow access via Lewis Road, to the Red Ticket Family area on the Terrace.
Terrace Tickets can be purchased through the Clubs and are available to purchase from the Kerry GAA Store in Killarney, Austin Stack Park, the Garveys Supervalu Stores and participating Centra and Supervalu Stores around the county (until 12 midnight on Saturday), and online at tickets.ie
Terrace tickets, if not pre-sold, will be available to purchase on Sunday morning from Munster Council Ticket vans located in the vicinity of the Stadium.
Concessions
Students and OAP's can purchase full price adult tickets, both stand and terrace, and receive a concession of €10 at the designated turnstiles on the day with valid ID.
Participating Centra and Supervalu Stores
Centra Rathmore Hickeys
Centra Ballyheigue Moriarty’s
Centra Faranfore Moriarty’s
Centra Glenbeigh Sheahans
Supervalu Cahersiveen Walshe’s
Supervalu Castleisland Garvey’s
Supervalu Kenmare Murphy’s
Supervalu Killarney Daly’s
Supervalu Killorglin Keane’s
Supervalu Listowel Garvey’s
Supervalu Tralee Garvey’s
Supervalu Dingle Garvey’

Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship Round 3 Fixtures
The following fixtures for the Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship, made by the CCC, feature a double bill at Killarney’s Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday July 12th when reigning champions Austin Stacks put their title on the line against Dr Crokes.

Saturday July 11th
Round 2

Kerins O’Rahillys V Milltown-Castlemaine Strand Road 7pm
Round 3
Dingle V South Kerry Dingle 7pm
Kilcummin V St Kierans Kilcummin 7pm
Kenmare Dist V Laune Rangers Kenmare 7pm
Shannon Rangers V Rathmore Ballylongford 7pm
Sunday July 12th
Round 2

Mid Kerry V West Kerry Beaufort 6pm
Round 3
Killarney Legion V Feale Rangers Fitz. Stadium 2pm
Dr Crokes V Austin Stacks Fitz. Stadium 3:30pm

Note:
The Winners of the Mid Kerry V West Kerry Round 2 game have a bye to the Quarter Finals.
The winners of Kerins/O’Rahillys V MilltownC/Maine Round 2 game will play East Kerry in Round 3 on a date to be fixed. In the event of a draw in the Munster senior football final, these fixtures will not go ahead. Extra Time applies in al Round 2 and Round 3 games.

Credit Union Senior Football League
Round 7 of the Credit Union Senior Football League was played last weekend with the exception of three games that were postponed due to bereavements. In all, there are about twenty games not played at this stage and all back games in the League have to be played before the end of August. Quite a number of those games are scheduled for August but the clearing process starts this weekend with a number of back games down for decision. In Division 1, Milltown-Castlemaine play Waterville on Saturday evening;
In Division 2, Gneeveguilla play Rathmore in a local derby on Friday evening and on Saturday Tarbert and Templenoe meet at a neutral venue yet to be fixed;
There are four outstanding games in Division 3 all of which are fixed for August;
In Division 4, Dromid Pearses play Firies on July 18th
and in Division 5, Asdee play Ballylongford in a local derby on this Saturday evening.
Round 8 of the League will be played on the weekend of July 26th.

Acorn Life Under 21 Championship
The Acorn Life Under 21 Championship got underway on Wednesday of last week with eigh games played to a conclusion.
In a Preliminary Round, John Mitchels got the better of a young Laune Rangers in Killorglin where the winners led by the minimum at the break, 6 points to 5. However Mitchels kicked for home during the third quarter kicking 1-5, the goa coming from Akeem Molloy, to eventually win by 1-13 to 0-11.
East Kerry had the better of the battle of the Divisional sides in Derreen where they had six points to spare over South Kerry. Two goals from Spa’s Craig Hickey had the winners 2-9 to 0-5 ahead at the break and though South Kerry outscored their opponents by 1-4 to 0-3 in the second period, the goal coming from a Darragh O’Sullivan penalty, East Kerry it was who prevailed by 2-12 to 1-9.
Dingle had a big win on home soil against Shannon Rangers where first half goals from Cathal Bambury and Tomás Sheehy gave Dingle a 2-11 to 0-3 lead at the break. A third home goal from Gareth Hickey-Brosnan during the third quarter sealed the issue for Dingle despite goals from the visitors by Philip Blake and Brian Heaphy that left the final score 3-17 to 2-5 in their favour.
Austin Stacks were rocked by two first half goals by St Brendans at Blennerville courtesy of Bobby O’Regan and Cillian Fitzgerald. Brendans led by 2-2 to 0-6 at the break but Stacks fought back well in the second half and finished well with a goal from Alan Duggan being the decisive score.
Elsewhere, Kenmare travelled to Brosna and in a repeat of last year’s final, the visitors won on a 2-16 to 1-11 score. Kilcummin/Rathmore earned a visit to Strand Rd with a 3-13 to 1-9 victory over Feale Rangers in Rathmore and their opponents in Round 2, Kerins O’Rahillys, travelled to Lewis Road and came away with a fine 2-12 to 1-8 victory.
Results:
Preliminary Round: John Mitchels 1-13, Laune Rangers 0-11;
Round 1: Kenmare2-16 St Kierans 1-11; Kilcummin/Rathmore3-13 Feale Rangers1-9;
Dingle 3-17 Shannon Rangers 2-5; Kerins O’Rahillys 2-12 Dr Crokes 1-8;
An Ghaeltacht2-16 Mid Kerry 1-10; Austin Stacks 1-9 St Brendans2-5;
East Kerry2-12 South Kerry 1-9.
Acorn Life Under 21 Championship Round 2 Fixtures
The Acorn Life Under 21 Championship continues on Wednesday and Thursday evenings July 1st and 2nd at 7pm with Round 1 and Round 2 fixtures down for decision as follows:
Round 1: West Kerry V John Mitchels (Wednesday July 1st)
Round 2: Kenmare District V East Kerry; An Ghaeltacht V Dingle;
Kerins O’Rahillys V Kilcummin/Rathmore (Saturday July 4th 7:45)
The winners of the West Kerry/John Mitchels Round 1 game will play Austin Stacks on a date to be confirmed. The quarter finals are scheduled for July 16th.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship

The Minor Football Championship gets underway on this Friday evening July 3rd with a Preliminary Round game featuring Kerins O’Rahillys and An Ghaeltacht in Strand Road at 7pm. The winners of that game play East Kerry in one of the seven Round 1 games to be played on Wednesday July 8th. Round 2 (Losers Round), will be played on Tuesday 14th July after which the Draw for Round 3 will be made.

Junior Leagues
The semi final stage has been reached in three groups of the Junior Football Leagues and these will be played on this coming Friday evening. In Group 4, Ballydonoghue play Beale with the winners playing Moyvane in the final. In Division 6, Churchill play Castlegregory with the winners playing St Pats and in Division 8, Lispole play neighbours Annascaul for the right to play Fossa in the final.
In the remaining Divisions, there are still a number of back games to be played particularly in Groups 5 and 7.

Kerry GAA Cúl Camps
The Kerry GAA Cúl Camps, that start this week, will see Kerry G.A.A. organise 68 Cúl Camps for a seven week period 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

Child Welfare Meetings
The County Childrens Officer, Bernie Reen, has organised a series of meetings over the coming weeks to get the opportunity to meet with all the Child Welfare Officers in the county. The Juvenile Secretaries from each club are also invited to those meetings – club secretaries have been notified of dates and venues.

Eircode Outreach Programme
Eircode is the new postcode system for Ireland. The Eircode Outreach Programme is run by The Wheel (Support and representative network for the community and voluntary sector in Ireland) and Irish Rural Link. All Households and businesses will receive a letter by Post before the End of July. Every household and Business will receive a unique code or identifier.
All GAA Club and units are asked to promote the importance of this at local level . Householders are asked to keep the code in a prominent place as this will assist emergency services etc. in locating households and businesses quickly in the event of an emergency.
Outreach Champions for Kerry as follows; North Kerry - Garrett Lawless, (066 7163170), South Kerry, Paul O’ Raw, (087 2317204).

Hurling News with Tommy O’Connor of the PR & Marketing Committee
St Brendans capture Senior Hurling League Title

St. Brendan’s senior hurlers are the 2014 Credit Union Kerry Senior Hurling League Division 1 champions after a thrilling 1 – 24 to 1 – 16 win over Ballyduff at Ballyduff on Friday evening last. This was easily the best game of club hurling played in the county this season, with full commitment from both sides, excellent conditions and it was well handled by referee, Tom Godley (Kilmoyley). Tar éis an cluiche, bhronn Gerard McCarthy, Oifigeach Iomána Chiarraí, Corn Nicholas Scollard ar chaptaen Na Breandánaigh, Denis Moriarty. Jack Harrington, on behalf of the Credit Union, presented the Man of the Match trophy to the most worthy recipient, John Egan. This was St. Brendan’s first County League title since 1991.

Credit Union Senior Hurling Leagues

In Division 1 of the 2015 Credit Union Senior Hurling League last week, Lixnaw defeated Abbeydorney by 2-16 to 1-10, Causeway defeated Crotta by 2-12 to 2-9, while the St. Brendan’s v Ballyduff game above also counted for 2015 League points. [this game also doubled up as a North Kerry senior championship semi final]. Causeway still lead the table with 8 points from 5 games with Kilmoyley, St Brendans, Abbeydorney and Crotta all on 4 points.
In Division 2, only 2 of the 5 scheduled games were played in Round 7, Lady’s Walk had a 2 – 15 to 1 – 5 win over Abbeydorney and Kilmoyley defeated Lixnaw by 4 – 13 to 1 – 9.
Round 8 fixtures for this Wednesday, 1st July, 7.30p.m. are: Causeway v Lixnaw; Kenmare v St. Brendan's; Kilgarvan v Abbeydorney; Kilmoyley v Crotta O'Neill's and Lady’s Walk v Dr. Crokes.
In Division 3 last Wednesday, St. Patrick’s (East Kerry) had a 3 – 13 to 3 – 9 win over Duagh.
Fixtures for this Wednesday, 1st July, 7.30p.m. are: Austin Stacks v Duagh and St Patrick's (East Kerry) v Causeway C.
Munster Poc Fada
Best of luck to Shane Nolan (Senior) and Barry O’Mahony (Under 16) both from Crotta O’Neills who represent Kerry in the Munster Poc Fada finals in the Galtee Mountains in Tipperary on Saturday next.

Lady’s Walk celebrate Silver Jubilee
Lady’s Walk Hurling Club are this year celebrating their silver jubilee as the club was re-formed 50 years ago in 1965. They plan a number of commemorative events including the publication of a DVD detailing the history of the club. They will hold a fundraising Golf Classic on this Saturday, 4th July at Ballyheigue Golf Club.

Hurling Cúl Camps
The Kerry Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps programme for Hurling & Camogie got underway this week at Lixnaw and continues until Friday. Next week it is the turn of Causeway where things get underway on Monday next, 6th July at 10.00a.m.
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 Parents can also register children on the first morning of each camp.