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PRO GAA Scene July 29th 2015 2015-07-29 14:06:00

Kerry face Kildare in All Ireland Quarter Final

Fore warned is fore armed they say and so it is with Kerry as they head to Croke Park on Sunday to take on Kildare in the All Ireland Quarter final (throw-in 2pm). Prior to the final game of the Group 4 Qualifiers, all the talk was of a Cork victory over the Lilywhites that would set up a mouth-watering quarter final tie between Dublin and Cork. Kildare had not read the script however and produced a power-packed performance to stun the Rebels with an 8 points victory that did not all-together reflect their superiority all over the pitch. And so, as Dublin had already met Kildare in the Leinster Championship, it is Kerry and Kildare who have the top billing in Croke Park with Dublin taking on Fermanagh in the other quarter final.
Kerry are on a hiding to nothing on Sunday against a side with nothing to lose. The Leinster side, having disposed of Laois after a replay, shipped a nineteen points defeat at the hands of Dublin in the Leinster championship before rehabilitating themselves with Qualifier victories over Offaly, Longford and Cork. They kicked some big scores in the process and that in itself is unusual for Kildare teams. No doubt, that victory last weekend will have brought them on in leaps and bounds and their confidence will be sky high.
Kerry have yet to fire on all cylinders in the championship this year and they will certainly look back with mixed feelings on their two performances against Cork. Fortunate the first day to earn a reprieve, Kerry struggled in the second half of the replay to put the Cork challenge away given that the Rebels posed little or no threat up front for the final third of the game. Still, Kerry’s graph is going in the right direction but they would be foolhardy to underestimate the threat posed by the resurgent Lilywhites on Sunday.
The fierce competition for places on the team is certainly something that will please Eamonn Fitzmaurice and at this point in time it remains to be seen if some players have played themselves back on the team when the Finuge man releases his starting fifteen on Thursday evening. This could be one of the games of the Championship and Kerry will certainly have to bring their “A” game to the table on Sunday to set up a semi final meeting with one from the Monaghan/Tyrone/Sligo Quarter Final on August 23rd.
The Kerry team will be announced on Thursday night and will be posted on the Kerry GAA Website at 9pm.

Ticket Arrangements for Sunday’s Quarter Final
Tickets for the Hogan, Cusack and Davin Stands cost €30 with Terrace Tickets costing €20.
Students and Senior Citizens who purchase full price tickets for the Cusack and Davin Stands can get a rebate of €10 with valid I.D. at Block D, Stiles 1 to 5 in the Cusack Stand. There is no concession for Hogan Stand tickets.
Family Tickets apply to the Cusack and Davin Stands only with Adult tickets costing €30 and Juvenile €5.
Austin Stack Park Office opening hours for public sale or collection of tickets are as follows:
Wednesday; 2 to 6.30pm, Thursday; 2 to 5.30pm, and Friday 12 to 4pm.
Tickets are also available to purchase from the Kerry GAA Store in The Outlet Centre in Killarney, and from participating Centra and Supervalu Stores around the County and online at tickets.ie

Kerry GAA Supporters Bus
Kerry GAA Supporters Club will take buses to Dublin on Sunday next for the All Ireland Quarter Final meeting with Kildare. Buses depart Farranfore at 6:30, Tralee at 7:00 and Listowel at 7:20. Please contact Donal O'Leary 064 7758099, John King 066 7124229 or Martin Leane 087 2452901. All seats must be booked not later than Thursday 30th July.

Kerry Minors play Sligo in the All Ireland Quarter Final
Kerry Minors will play Sligo in the All Ireland Quarter final at O’Connor Park in Tullamore on Bank Holiday Monday next following the Yeat’s County defeat to Galway in the replay of the Connaught final on Friday evening last. Galway, decidedly lucky to get a second chance following a low scoring drawn encounter, made no mistake at the second time of asking when winning by 4-12 to 1-8. Kerry have done everything that has been asked of them so far this year and followed up their opening 0-14 to 0-3 victory over Clare in Tralee with a narrow one point victory over Cork (0-16 to 1-12) after extra time in Tralee. They then went on to claim their third Munster Minor title on the trot when defeating Tipperary by 2-14 to 1-11. Opponents Sligo, for their part, had two fine opening victories in the Connaught championship when defeating Leitrim by 4-9 to 0-12 and followed that up with a 1-14 to 3-5 victory over a fancied Roscommon side. A last minute equaliser by Galway deprived them of an elusive Connaught title (1-4 to Galway’s 0-7) in the drawn game.
Kerry will be without their captain, Mark O’Connor through injury and of course will also be missing long term injury absentee Cormac Linnane both of whom played in the Munster final defeat of Tipperary. The game in O’Connor Park is the first of a double header that also features the quarter final tie between Tipperary and Galway. The semi final pairing on August 23rd will see Kerry or Sligo play Derry or Longford.

Juniors Qualify for All Ireland Final
An excellent final quarter during which they outscored their dogged rivals by 3-4 to 0-1, earned Kerry Juniors an All Ireland final place following a keenly contested semi final tie at Fraher Field, Dungarvan on Saturday afternoon last (3-13 to 2-9). Kerry will now meet Mayo in the final on Saturday week. The westerners defeated Kilkenny by 1-12 to 0-8 in the other semi final and this final will be a repeat of the 2012 final between the sides played in Ennis which Kerry won on a score of 0-19 to 1-7 to record their 15th title.
When Wexford scored their second goal of the afternoon in the 45th minute, the outlook certainly looked gloomy for the Kingdom given that they had fallen five points in arrears. However, some shrewd substitutions by the Kerry management, that saw the introduction of Killian Spillane, Brendan O’Sullivan and Thomas Hickey (who did not start due to illness), worked the oracle for the the Kingdom with all substitutes contributing superbly to what turned out to be a facile victory in the end.
Despite ample possession, Kerry managed to turn over a point in arrears at the break (1-6 to 0-7) but despite the concession of that second goal, they showed good character and resolve to carve out a victory. However, Manager Stephen Wallace has plenty to work on ahead of the final on August 8th a venue for which has yet to be decided.

Acorn Life Under 21 Football Championship Semi Finals
The Acorn Life Under 21 Football Championship semi finals are scheduled for this Wednesday evening July 29th (7pm) when An Ghaeltacht take on East Kerry in Killorglin and Kerins O’Rahillys take on Tralee rivals John Mitchels in Connolly Park.
An Ghaeltacht defeated Mid Kerry and neighbours Dingle on their way to the semi final while their opponents East Kerry, defeated South Kerry and Kenmare District.
John Mitchels have played three games en route with a Preliminary Round win over Laune Rangers and then victories over West Kerry and Austin Stacks to set up a Tralee derby against a Kerins O’Rahillys aide who have defeated Dr Crokes and Kilcummin/Rathmore.
The Under 21 final is fixed for Tuesday August 11th. Extra time applies in the semi finals if required.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship
Fixtures have been made for Round 3 of the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship. There are just three games in Round 3; Mid Kerry, Shannon Rangers, Dingle, St Brendans and Kenmare received byes.
The three games – An Ghaeltacht V East Kerry, Spa V Kerins O’Rahillys and Dr Crokes V Austin Stacks will be played on Thursday August 6th at 6:30 with Extra Time where necessary. The quarter finals will be played on Wednesday August 26th.
Credit Union Senior Football Leagues
Round 8 of the Credit Union Senior Football League was played last weekend but a number of games were postponed due to the Hurling Championship.
Dr Crokes remain on top of Division 1 on 13 points after a narrow victory over St Michaels-Foilmore. Milltown-Castlemaine remain two points adrift of the leaders following a big win over Glenbeigh-Glencar but Legion faltered as they went down to Austin Stacks and remain on 10 points with Desmonds and Austin Stacks. At the bottom, Finuge and St Micheals-Foilmore look doomed on two points and Waterville on five points, will be hoping to take advantage of a back game with Dingle.
In Division 2, joint leaders Rathmore and Kenmare were bot beaten by Templenoe and Spa respectively and are now joined on 11 points by John Mitchels who defeated Laune Rangers. At the bottom, Tarbert are in trouble on 2 points and above them both Currow and Gneeveguilla will be hoping to add to their 4 points haul.
In Division 3, Leaders Beaufort were held to a draw by Keel and move to 12 points whileAnnascaul are in second place on 11 points following their defeat of Brosna who are joint third on 9 points with Keel. At the bottom, Beale, Ardfert and Na Gaeil are all on 4 points but Ardfert have three games in hand.
Scartaglen top Division 4 on 10 points following their defeat of Castlegregory while Ballydonoghue, who did not play, remain on 9 points with two games in hand. There are four teams on 8 points; Churchill, Firies, Castlegregory and Dromid Pearses whose game with Cromane was postponed due to a bereavement. At the other end of the table, Cordal are on 4 points with Dr Crokes and Cromane a point better off.
There is a three way tie at the top of Division 5 where Moyvane, Renard and Sneem-Derrynane are on 10 points following respective victories over Austin Stacks, Duagh and Tuosist. However, both Moyvane and Renard have two games in hand on their promotion rivals.
It is hoped to play as many back games as possible during the month of August. Round 9 of the League will be played on the weekend of August 16th.

Junior Leagues
There is one Final and one semi final of the Junior Leagues down for decision on this Friday evening. The Group 8 final between Fossa and Lispole will be played in Blennerville and the Group 5 semi final between Kenmare and Dr Crokes will be played in Kenmare. Both games are at 7:15.

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Garvey’s SuperValu Senior Hurling Championship
The 2015 Garvey’s SuperValu Kerry senior hurling championship continued last weekend with 3 games played. Reigning champions Lixnaw qualified for the semi-finals with a 2 – 17 to 0 – 16 win over Causeway. Ballyheigue were the first side to exit the competition when they went down narrowly to St. Brendan’s, 0 – 10 to 0 -9. The replayed first round game between Kilmoyley and Crotta went to extra time for the second week in a row before Kilmoyley edged through to round 2 with a 1 – 12 to 0 – 9 victory. Again,well done to the officials, stewards and field committees of the Causeway and Abbbeydorney clubs who had all the arrangements excellently in place to facilitate these games.
The competition continues on Monday next (Bank Holiday), 3rd August when Abbeydorney meet Kilmoyley at Ballyduff, 6.30p.m., with a place in the semi-finals at stake.
On Tuesday evening, 4th August, Crotta take on Ballyduff in the losers round. Venue is Lixnaw, 6.30p.m. The losing team in this game will be out of the championship.
Round 3 games are scheduled for August 16th, semi-finals of the championship are scheduled for the weekend of 29th August with the county final on Sunday, 27th September.

All Ireland Minor B Hurling Championship
The Kerry minor hurlers will commence their All-Ireland ‘B’ championship campaign on this Saturday when they travel to Newbridge to play Kildare in a quarter final tie. The panel is as follows: David Egan (Abbeydorney), Eoin Ross, Jack Goulding (Ballyduff), Michael Leane, Brian O'Riordan (Ballyheigue), Billy Lyons, Jason Diggins, Jamie McGrath, Brandon Barrett (Causeway), Tomás O’Connor, Colin Browne (Crotta O'Neill’s), Jack Lenihan (Dr. Crokes), John Mark Foley (Kilgarvan), Robert Collins, Kieran Regan, Kieran McCarthy (Kilmoyley), Robert Silles, Liam Mullins, David Silles, Shane Conway, John Buckley, Jeremy McKenna, Colin Sheehy, Gerard Stackpoole, Jason Keane, Tom Foley (Lixnaw), Aaron Thompson, Fionán Mackessy, Eric Leen(St. Brendan’s), Ciarán Breen (Tralee Parnell’s). Team manager is Ian Brick (Kilmoyley). If Kerry progress, the semi-final will be on the following Saturday, 15th August (against Down or Donegal) with the final on Saturday, 5th September.

All Ireland Under 21 B

The Kerry Under 21 hurlers travel to play Meath on Saturday, 8th August in an All-Ireland ‘B’ quarter final. If Kerry are involved, the semi-final will be on Saturday, 22nd August and the final on Saturday, 12th September.

Intermediate Hurling Championship
The draw for the Intermediate Hurling Championship quarter finals made by the CCC on Monday evening resulted in the following pairings with first named having home venue: Kilgarvan V Dr Crokes; Causeway V Kenmare; Lixnaw V Austin Stacks and Abbeydorney V Kilmoyley.
The quarter finals are due to be played on Friday, 7th August.

Round 1 of the County Minor championship will be on Saturday, 22nd August.

Hurling Cúl Camps

The Kerry Kellogg’s GAA Hurling & Camogie Cúl Camps continue this week until Friday at Abbeydorney & Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney. Next week, from 3rd – 7th August, Dromakee (Crotta O’Neill’s club) is the venue. The final week of camps will be at Kilmoyley & Tralee Parnell’s (Caherslee) from 10th – 14th 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.