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PRO GAA Scene July18th 2015 2015-07-18 08:44:00

Kerry and Cork renew rivalry in Fitzgerald Stadium
It’s back to Fitzgerald Stadium for the senior footballers of Kerry and Cork on Saturday evening next when the two sides replay for the right to be crowned Munster Senior Football champions for 2015 and if Saturday’s game is even half as good and exciting as the drawn game then supporters will not be disappointed. By their own admission, Kerry were fortunate to survive the Cork onslaught the first day and Cork must be kicking themselves that they did not close out the deal on a day when they certainly bossed the game for long periods. Their middle third dominance and the ease with which the Cork attackers carved open the Kerry defence will certainly have been on the minds of the Kerry management team in the intervening period.
The stakes are far higher on this occasion given the fact that the losers of Sunday’s game will now have had to play three weekends in a row should they reach the Quarter finals where they will face none other than the all-conquering Dubs having played three championship games in the previous four weekends. The losers would of course also have to account for Kildare in the final qualifying Round on July 25th.
The winners on the other hand, would face a far less daunting task with a passage straight to the Quarter finals on August 2nd after a two week rest where their potential opponents would be one or other of beaten Leinster finalists Westmeath or Fermanagh.
So realistically, Saturday’s encounter will more than likely be a season defining game for both sides. Cork certainly brought their “A” game to the drawn encounter and it will be interesting to see how much Kerry can improve in the interim. At the time of writing the Kerry lineout is not known but one would expect that the Kerry management team will certainly freshen up the team quite a bit from that which did duty on July 5th. Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice also conceded that Cork won the sideline battle in the drawn encounter so it is also likely that Kerry will introduce a surprise or two to their game-plan on Saturday evening.
Either way it promises to be another enthralling encounter between these age old rivals and the unique 7pm throw in time will probably ensure that it will be an encounter that will be talked about for many a long day to come. Referee for the big match is Maurice Deegan of Laois.
Big Match Ticket Arrangements
The ticket plans for the replay are the same as those in operation for the drawn encounter and the good news for Kerry and Cork supporters attending Saturday evening’s match is that all adult tickets for the replay have been reduced by 5 euro – provided that Terrace tickets are purchased in advance of Saturday. The ticket prices are as follows:
Stand Tickets
Stand tickets (€30) are being allocated to the two participating County Boards and Season Ticket holders. Kerry County Board will distribute Stand Tickets through the Clubs. Scheme Tickets are available for collection in Austin Stack Park.
Terrace Tickets
Adult Terrace, Blue Green or Red cost €20. Tiickets for the Red Terrace Family Area also cost €20 for adults with accompanying Juveniles costing €5.
Sideline Tickets
Sideline tickets are for the area behind the goal under the Scoreboard and are priced at €15 with Juveniles €5.
Concessions
Students and OAP’s can purchase full price Adult tickets and receive a concession refund of €10 (€5 for adult side-line) at designated turnstiles on the production of a valid ID on the day.
Terrace Tickets are on sale in the Kerry GAA Store in the Outlet Centre Killarney, via participating Centra and Supervalu stores around the county and beyond and on line from tickets.ie
Patrons should also note that no reduction will apply to Terrace Tickets purchased on Saturday as that concessionary offer in participating Centra and Supervalu stores will cease at 12 midnight on Friday. With no curtain-raiser to the big game, patrons are advised to be in the ground at least one hour before the throw-in.
Blow for Kerry Minors
The Kerry Minor footballers, currently preparing for a Quarter final tie against the losers of the Galway v Sligo Connaught final on the August weekend, were dealt a blow with the unfortunate news that Cormac Linnane’s injury received during the first half of the Munster Final, has been diagnosed as a season ending ruptured cruciate ligament. I am sure that I speak for all involved in the Kerry Minor setup and indeed Kerry supporters everywhere when I wish the Beale man a full and speedy recovery.
Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship
The Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship got under way on Wednesday evening of last week with the following results:
South Kerry 1-10 Dingle 1-15
St Brendans 0-11 Mid Kerry 2-15
Shannon Rgs 4-15 St Kierans 0-9
East Kerry 0-26 Kerins O’R 1-4
Kenmare Dist 0-10 Dr Crokes 1-14
Austin Stacks 1-14 Feale Rgs 2-7
Spa W.O West Kerry Scr
Round 2 Results – Tuesday 14th July
An Ghaeltacht 1-16 West Kerry 1-10
Kerins O’Rahillys 2-16 Feale Rangers 1-11 AET
South Kerry 3-10 Kenmare District 4-11
St Kierans 1-11 St Brendans 1-17
Revised Round 3 Draw
There are just 3 games in Round 3 with the following receiving byes:
Mid Kerry, Shannon Rangers, Dingle, St Brendans and Kenmare
3 games:
An Ghaeltacht V East Kerry
Spa V Kerins O’Rahillys
Dr Crokes V Austin Stacks
Round 3 games to be played on 8th August

Acorn Life Under 21 Championship Semi Finals

The draw for the Acorn Life Under 21 Championship semi finals was made on Tuesday evening and resulted in the following pairings:
John Mitchels/Austin Stacks V Kerins O’Rahillys
An Ghaeltacht V East Kerry
The one outstanding quarter final game to be played – the big Tralee derby between John Mitchels and Austin Stacks - goes ahead on this Wednesday evening at 7:30 in John Mitchels.
Semi Finals to be played on Wednesday 29th July
The Under 21 Final is pencilled in for Friday 7th August.

Senior Football League Backgames
There are a few Credit Union Senior Football League back games going ahead this coming weekend as follows:
On Friday evening Dromid Pearses play Firies in Division 4; on Sunday in Division 2, Listowel Emmets play St Marys; and also on Sunday in Division 5 Asdee play Ballylongford in a big Division 5 derby game.
Renard defeated Austin Stacks in a Division 5 backgame last weekend, 1-16 to 0-13.

Junior League Roundups
The first of the Junior League Finals was played last weekend when St Pats defeated Castlegregory by 3-13 to 1-6 in the Group 6 final in Lispole on Friday evening. Liam Maunsell had an early goal for Castle but goals by Breandán Savage and Brandon Boyle put the winners into the driving seat at the break when leading by 2-9 to 1-3. Savage, who finished the game with 2-4, all from play, added a third St Pats goal midway through the second period to guarantee victory for his side. County Committee Treasurer Dermot Lynch presented the winner’s shield to St Pats captain Sean Hayes after the game. Full credit to referee Billy O'Shea, who did an excellent job and brought a full team of umpires to the game.
There are two finals scheduled for the coming weekend when An Ghaeltacht and Spa contest the Group 2 final at a venue to be decided and Moyvane and Ballydonoghue contest the Group 4 final in Ballylongford. The Group 8 Final between Fossa and Lispole is down for decision on Friday 31st July.
There are also two semi finals down for decision on this Friday evening: In Clounmacon, the locals play Ballymacelligott for the right to play Gneeveguilla in the Group 3 final and Kenmare are home to Dr Crokes “C” for the right to meet Glenflesk in the final of Group 5.
Finuge GAA are going to the Dogs!
Finuge GAA Night at the Dogs is now going ahead on this Friday evening at the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium to avoid a clash with the Munster Final Replay on the original date of Saturday.
Hurling News with Tommy O’Connor of the PR & Marketing Committee
Round 1 of the 2015 Garvey’s Supervalu Kerry senior hurling championship [Corn Neilus Ó Floinn] will take place over the coming weekend. The competition commences on Friday, 17th at 7.00p.m. when reigning champions, Lixnaw meet Ballyheigue at Abbeydorney.
There will be a double bill on Sunday, 19th at Causeway, when Crotta play Kilmoyley at 1.30p.m. and Abbeydorney meet St. Brendan’s at 3.00p.m. Finally, on Sunday evening at 6.00p.m., Causeway play Ballyduff at Abbeydorney.
The Draw for Round 2 will be made in Kilmoyley immediately after the Causeway V Ballyduff game.
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. As the games will be played on North Kerry clubs pitches, supporters are requested to come to the venues in plenty of time to facilitate easy access and parking.

Credit Union Senior Hurling Leagues
In Division 1 of the 2015 Credit Union Senior Hurling League last week, St. Brendan’s had a 3 – 13 to 0 – 13 win over Crotta while Ballyduff conceded a walkover to Kilmoyley. This leaves Kilmoyley top of the league table with 10 points followed by Causeway on 8 points and St. Brendan’s and Ballyduff on 6 each. A. number of back games need to be played before the finalists are known.
In Division 2, Dr. Crokes had a 2 - 9 to 0 – 6 win over Kilgarvan. Causeway continues to set the pace with 14 points from 7 games, followed by Kilmoyley on 13 points and Lady’s Walk and Kenmare on 10.

Minor Hurling Leagues
Round 2 results from the Co. minor league last week: Division 1A – Lixnaw 1 – 14 St Brendan's 1 – 11; Crotta v Ballyduff/Causeway was not played. Division 1B – Abbeydorney/Kilmoyley 5 – 19 Ballyheigue 0 – 13; South Kerry 4 – 20 Tralee Parnell’s 1 – 4.

Intercounty “B” Championships
Preparations are underway by the Kerry Minor and Under 21 hurlers for their forthcoming All-Ireland ‘B’ championship quarter final fixtures. The minors will be away to Kildare on the weekend of 1st August while the under 21’s travel to play Meath on Saturday, 8th August.

Hurling Cúl Camps
The Kerry Kellogg’s GAA Hurling & Camogie Cúl Camps continue this week until Friday at Ballyheigue and Ballyduff. Next week, from 20th – 24th July, camps take place at both Ardfert and Kenmare. Forthcoming camps will be at 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. If not done in advance, parents can register children on the first morning of each camp.