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PRO GAA Scene July 22nd 2015 2015-07-22 18:43:00

Kerry advance to Quarter Finals after Munster Final victory over Cork.

Kerry booked their place in the All Ireland senior football championship quarter finals with a four points victory over Cork in the replayed Munster Final before 32,233 rain drenched spectators at Killarney’s Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday evening last. It was a game that certainly lived up to its pre match billing and while the atrocious weather conditions did dampen the post-match celebrations, there was a general air of satisfaction at a job well done.
The Kerry management, not for the first time, got the match ups spot on and while the Kingdom were fortunate enough to secure a draw in the original fixture, there could be little doubt as to where the laurels should rest on this occasion. The big plus for Kerry this time round was their dominance of the middle third of the field, an area where Cork had thrived in the drawn encounter and when you have at least a half a dozen players vying for the man of the match award you know you are on a winner.
Kerry bossed the game for long periods but Cork always posed a threat going forward, especially in the opening half, and their goal a few minutes before the break certainly took the wind out of the Kerry sails for a while. For the first fifteen minutes of the second half it was score for score but then Colm Cooper weaved a bit of magic and Paul Geaney finished to the net from close range. Thereafter there was only going to be one winner although the faint hearted among us might have wished for a few more points to make victory secure.
The stakes had risen considerably since the drawn match given the path the losers would have to go down compared to the victors, but once again Eamonn Fitzmaurice and his backroom team had their side primed for the challenge and Kerry can now look forward to a Quarter Final meeting with one of the Group 4A Qualifiers. The permutations there will probably see Kerry playing the winners of the Westmeath v Fermanagh qualifier but a Kildare victory over Cork will upset that apple cart. The Quarter final draw is subject to provincial final winners avoiding defeated finalists from their own province in the first instance and to the avoidance of repeat pairings where possible. Both quarter finals featuring Kerry and Dublin will be played in Croke Park on Sunday August 2nd with the Kerry game likely to be the opening fixture on the double bill.
The winners of Kerry’s quarter final tie will play the winners of the Monaghan /Tyrone/Sligo tie in the semi finals on Sunday August 23rd.

Kerry’s Minor Football Championship opponents still unknown.
Kerry still do not know who they will play in the Quarter Finals of the Electric Ireland Minor Football Championship following the drawn Connaught final last Sunday. Galway, who had a staggering seventeen points to spare in the semi final against a fancied Mayo side, got a late reprieve against Sligo in a low scoring final and that replay goes ahead on Sunday next in Tuam Stadium. Kerry will play the losers of that encounter on a date to be decided. Kerry have requested that this game be played on Sunday August 2nd as a curtain raiser to their senior game but as Croke Park have pointed out, Kildare could be in exactly the same position on that day so we await developments on that front.

Kerry Juniors in All Ireland semi Final
Following their fine victory over Cork in the Munster Final, the Kerry Junior team will travel with a degree of confidence when taking on Wexford in Dungarvan in the All Ireland semi final on this Saturday at 2pm. Kerry have scored a total of 3-33 in their two victories over Tipperary and Cork while conceding 1-19 in those games and their opponents, Wexford, have been even more prolific when scoring a total of 7-39 and conceding 0-29 in their three victories over Wicklow, Longford and Meath. Based on those stats, it promises to be a lively encounter in Fraher field and no doubt it will form a stiff test foe Stephen Wallace’s side who report a clean bill of health with Liam Kearney returning from injury and another of last year’s minors, Killian Spillane joining the squad. The team is due to be named on this Thursday night.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship
The Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship continued on Tuesday evening of last week with the playing of four Round 2 (Losers Round) games. An Ghaeltacht got the better of their West Kerry neighbours by five points, Kerins O’Rahillys accounted for Feale rangers by eight points after extra time, Kenmare District had a good four points victory away to South Kerry and St Brendans had a good victory over St Kierans in Castleisland.

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 three games in Round 3 with the following teams receiving byes:
Mid Kerry, Shannon Rangers, Dingle, St Brendans and Kenmare
The three games are as follows:
An Ghaeltacht V East Kerry
Spa V Kerins O’Rahillys
Dr Crokes V Austin Stacks
Round 3 games will be played on 8th August with first named teams having home venue.

Acorn Life Under 21 Championship Semi Finals
The one outstanding quarter final game in the Acorn Life Under 21 Football Championship played last week was the big Tralee derby between John Mitchels and Austin Stacks and after a close encounter all through Mitchels finished stronger to record a three points victory on a 16 points to 13 scoreline. This win for Mitchels means they now face another Tralee side, Kerins O’Rahillys, in the semi final. An Ghaeltacht will play East Kerry in the other semi final. Semi Finals to be played on Wednesday 29th July and the Under 21 Final is pencilled in for Friday 7th August.

Credit Union Senior Football League
Round 8 of the Credit Union Senior Football League is down for decision this weekend and with just three rounds remaining thereafter the jockeying for positions at both ends of the various divisions is bound to intensify. Some games are postponed due to the senior hurling championship fixtures.
In Division 1, Dr Crokes top the table on 11 points followed closely by Desmonds and Legion on 10 each. While Desmonds do not play, Dr Crokes face one of the bottom two teams in the League in St Michaels-Foilmore and Legion travel to Austin Stacks.
The top two teams in Division 2, Rathmore and Kenmare, both on 11 points, face tough opposition with Rathmore taking on fourth placed Templenoe and Kenmare entertaining Spa who are also in the top half of the table. Third placed John Mitchels travel to Laune Rangers while at the bottom, there are vital points at stake in Gneeveguilla where Glenflesk are the visitors.
The big game in Division 3 is the meeting of Brosna and Annascaul both of whom are on 9 points, two behind leaders Beaufort who travel to Keel who are in joint fourth place. At the bottom there is a four pointer between Skellig Rangers and Na Gaeli both of whom are struggling on 4 points in the relegation zone.
In Division 4, Leaders Ballydonoghue, who are on 9 points, do not play so the big game is between Scartaglen and Castlegregory both of whom share second place with Firies and Dromid. At the other end of the table, bottom club Cordal, who are on 4 points, take on Lispole who are a point better off.
Valentia lead Division 5 on 9 points followed by Renard, Moyvane, Knocknagoshel and Sneem-Derrynane all on 8 points with Duagh on 7. There are just three games down for decision this weekend with Duagh at home to Renard being the big game.
Round 9 of the League is pencilled in for the weekend of 16th August.
Junior Leagues
Spa were crowned Group 2 champions at Keel last weekend when defeating An Ghaeltacht by 2-11 to 2-6 but the other final, the Group 4 decider between Moyvane and Ballydonoghue ended in a draw, 1-12 each in Ballylongford. In the Group 1 semi final, Kerins O’Rahillys defeated Legion by 2-17 to 2-10 but the Group 5 semi final between Dr Crokes and Kenmare was postponed due to a bereavement. The Group 3 semi final between Clounmacon and Ballymac is down for decision this Friday evening in Clounmacon with Gneeveguilla awaiting the winners in the final.

Hurling News with Tommy O’Connor of the PR & Marketing Committee
Senior Hurling Championship Underway
The 2015 Garvey’s Supervalu Kerry senior hurling championship [Corn Neilus Ó Floinn] got underway last weekend, with all games played in North Kerry. First round results saw Lixnaw have a 0 - 17 to 0 - 15 win over Ballyheigue on Friday evening. Then 3 games went ahead on Sunday. At Causeway, Kilmoyley and Crotta ended level, 1 – 17 each after extra time while Abbeydorney had a 1 – 17 to 2 – 11 win over St. Brendan’s. Finally on Sunday evening at Kilmoyley, Causeway had a 2 – 11 to 0 – 10 win over Ballyduff. Well done to the officials, stewards and field committees of the Causeway, Abbeydorney and Kilmoyley clubs who worked so hard to ensure the success of the games programme last weekend.
The replay of the Crotta versus Kilmoyley game has thrown this coming weekend’s scheduled fixtures off track but this replay and two of the round 2 fixtures go ahead with a double bill in Causeway on Sunday a feature of the weekend’s activity. The draw was made after the game in Kilmoyley on Sunday evening by Tim Moynihan, representing the competition sponsors Garvey’s SuperValu, while also present were Ger McCarthy, Kerry Hurling Officer and Christy Killeen, CCC Secretary. In the winners section, Lixnaw meet Causeway while Abbeydorney meet the winners of the Crotta/Kilmoyley replay, both for a place in the championship semi-finals.
The losers round will see Ballyheigue play St. Brendan’s and Ballyduff take on the losers of the Crotta/Kilmoyley tie. Teams defeated in this round exit the competition.
Fixtures also had to take into account players involved with the Kerry Minor and Under 21 Hurlers as well as the Kerry Minor footballers.
Round 2 Fixtures:
Saturday July 25th
Round 2A
Lixnaw v Causeway in Abbeydorney at 7pm.
Sunday July 26th
Round 1 – Replay
Kilmoyley v Crotta in Causeway at 1:30pm
Round 2B
Ballyheigue v St Brendans in Causeway at 3:15pm
Monday August 3rd
Round 2A
Crotta or Kilmoyley (winners) v Abbeydorney in Ballyduff @ 6:30pm
Tuesday August 4th
Round 2B
Crotta or Kilmoyley (losers) v Ballyduff in Lixnaw at 6:30pm

Intercounty Hurling Fixtures.
Both Kerry Minor and Under 21 Hurlers have away fixtures in the opening Round of the All Ireland Championships. The Minor Hurlers are in action against Kildare in Newbridge on Saturday August 1st while the Under 21 Hurlers travel to Trim to take on Meath on the following Saturday.
Hurling Cúl Camps
The Kerry Kellogg’s GAA Hurling & Camogie Cúl Camps continue this week until Friday at Ardfert & Kenmare. Next week, from 27th – 31st July, camps take place at both. Abbeydorney & Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney. Forthcoming camps will be at 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.