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PRO GAA Scene August 5th 2015 2015-08-05 18:41:00

Kerry Footballers qualify for All Ireland Semi Final
Kerry senior footballers cruised into the semi final of the All Ireland senior football championship with an emphatic 7-16 to 10 points victory over a hapless Kildare outfit at Croke Park on Sunday last. From the moment captain for the day, David Moran, grabbed the throw- in Kerry were in complete control and the gulf in standards between the top half dozen or so teams in the country and the rest was very evident for all to see. Whether a facile victory such as this one is of any benefit to Kerry in the long run is debateable but certainly it will have done a lot for their confidence along with the fact that the competition for starting places will no doubt intensify even further given the outstanding contribution made by the substitutes introduced on the day. One downside from the game was the injury sustained by James O’Donoghue though initial examinations revealed that it may not be as severe as first thought and hopefully the Legion man will be back to full fitness for the semi final against the winners of the Monaghan/Tyrone Quarter Final tie on August 23rd (3:30) in Croke Park.

Kerry Minors see off Sligo to set up a Semi Final with Derry
Kerry Minor footballers qualified for the semi final of the Electric Ireland Minor Football Championship following a nine points victory over a defensively minded Sligo outfit at O’Connor Park Tullamore on Bank Holiday Monday last. An early goal from Brian Ó Seanachain settled the Kerry boys against a Sligo team that very often had up to a dozen players behind the ball. Kerry led by 1-6 to 0-3 at the break and another goal by Conor Geaney at the three quarter stage ensured that Kerry were in the semi final on August 23rd where they will play Derry in a game that will be the curtain raiser to the senior semi final involving Kerry and the winners of the Tyrone/Monaghan quarter final tie.

Kerry Take on Mayo in All Ireland Junior Final
Kerry Juniors take on Mayo in the All Ireland Junior Final in Croke Park on Saturday evening next (2pm) a game that is a curtain raiser to the two senior Quarter Final ties involving Monaghan/Tyrone (4pm) and Mayo/Donegal (6pm)K
Kerry, under the guidance of Ardfert’s Stephen Wallace, have had an impressive championship to date, defeating Tipperary in their opening game (2-13 to 1-8) and Cork in the provincial decider by a twelve points margin (1-20 to 0-11) after looking in trouble at the break. They then accounted for Wexford with a devastating final quarter that yielded 3-4 to run out comfortable winners of a game they struggled to take control of for a long time (3-13 to 2-9). All of which adds up to a scoring return of 6-46 to 3-28 against. Mayo, who like Kerry, are restricted to players who have not played in the county championship in 2014, have not been overly impressive in their three games to date, accounting for Sligo(2-10 to 1-10), Galway in the provincial decider (1-12 to 0-13) and British champions Kilkenny in the semi final ( 1-12 to 0-8) for a scoring return of 4-34 for, to 1-31 against.
The final is of course 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. With eight of last year’s panel still involved, Kerry and manager Stephen Wallace, will be keen to make up for the defeat at the hands of Cavan in last year’s final and despite the fact that full back, Jack Maguire is rated very doubtful due a an ankle injury that kept him out of the semi final, Kerry are quite capable of being crowned Junior champions for the 16th time.
Acorn Life Under 21 Championship
East Kerry and Kerins O’Rahillys have qualified for the Acorn Life Under 21 Championship Final following rather one sided victories over An Ghaeltacht and John Mitchels respectively. An Ghaeltacht came up against the might of divisional side East Kerry at Killorglin and despite giving it their best shot they still went down to a 2-17 to 0-12 defeat. Goals by Conor Keane and Shane Cronin saw East Kerry lead by 2-9 to 0-5 at the break and despite a much improved third quarter showing by the men from the West led by the likes of Tomás and Dara Ó Sé, East Kerry tacked on the points in the final quarter to ensure victory.
The much anticipated meeting of Kerins O’Rahillys and John Mitchels at Connolly Park meanwhile, turned into a very one sided affair . Wind assisted, Rahillys were quickly into their stride but Mitchels were still in a good place at half time when they trailed by just four points 8 to 4 and wind advantage to come. However, Rahillys, with Jack Savage, who scored eight points, four from play and four from frees, outstanding, controlled the second half and a well worked goal from last year’s Kerry Minor, Cormac Coffey sealed a 1-16 to 0-6 victory for the blues.
The final will be played on Tuesday evening next August 11th and while East Kerry will enter the fray as favourites, they would do well not to underestimate the Strand Road team who are very strong in the middle third of the field with captain, Martin Tierney, Cormac Coffey, Diarmuid O’Sullivan, Cian Sayers and Jack Savage while inside, Gearoid Savage is a very effective linkman.
East Kerry can of course call on the likes of Kerry Juniors Dan O’Donoghue, Liam Kearney and Gary O’Sullivan and Paudie Clifford and Kerry Under 21 player Conor Keane, but they will not have it all their own way against this Rahillys side. It promises to be a game well worth seeing.
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 have received byes.
Two of the three games – An Ghaeltacht V East Kerry and Spa V Kerins O’Rahillys will be played on Thursday next August 6th at 6:30 with first named teams having home venue. The third game, between Dr Crokes and Austin Stacks will be played on Friday night with the same throw-in time. Extra Time will apply where necessary. The draw for the quarter finals will be made in the coming week and the quarter finals will be played on Wednesday August 26th.
Credit Union Senior Football League
August has been deemed the month to catch up on the 21 back games in the Credit Union Senior Football League and that clear down began last weekend. In Division 1, Desmonds had a 2-11 to 0-9 victory over lowly Finuge a result that sees the Castleisland side climb to within one point of leaders Dr Crokes. In Division 3, Ardfert played the first of three back games and defeated leaders Beaufort in the process to move on to 6 points with a 16 points to 15 victory. This coming Saturday, Finuge play Glenbeigh-Glencar in Division 1; Ardfert play An Ghaeltacht in Division 3; Ballydonoghue play Churchill in Division 4 and on Sunday there are three games in Division 5; Ballylongford V Renard, Valentai V Duagh and Ballyduff V Asdee.
Munster GAA Grants
Application forms for Munster GAA grants can now be completed and forwarded to the County Development Officer Tim Murphy. The 2015 Application forms for all categories of grants can be downloaded from the Munster GAA website using the following link; http://munster.gaa.ie/clubs/munstergaa-development-grants/
For any club making a Grant application the following will be required;
1. If you have not already done so by the closing date of July 31st inform the County Development Officer of your intention to seek a grant drawdown.
2. Completed paper application to the County Board office for the attention of the Development Officer on or before Friday 28th August 2015 at latest.
3. Application form to be accompanied by the following;
(A) Invoice / Invoices for Works Completed and
(B) Corresponding copy of Bank Statement / Statements clearly highlighting the
Payment/s leaving your Club Account.
These need to be in a folder and neatly presented.
4. Invoices need to be marked “Paid” for any work completed.
5. Property has to be vested in the association.
6. Current copy of your clubs Deed of Trust (Signed by all Trustees) confirming that the property is vested in the Association. This will be strictly adhered to by Munster GAA.
7. Completed Safety Statement for your club property.
Following receipt of completed applications each club will be visited by the Development Officer to inspect completed work carried out this year.
If you have any further queries please contact the Development Officer Tim Murphy on 087-2077131.

Hurling News with Tommy O’Connor of the PR& Marketing Committee
Minor Hurlers defeat Kildare
Well done to the Kerry minor hurlers who defeated Kildare by 2 – 19 to 0 – 13 in the All-Ireland ‘B’ championship last Saturday at Newbridge. They will now meet Down (away) in the semi-final on Saturday, 15th August. Shane Conway (Lixnaw) scored 15 points of the Kerry total. The other scorers were Fionán Mackessy (St. Brendan’s) 0-3, David Egan (Abbeydorney) and Colin Sheehy (Lixnaw) scored a goal each and Eric Leen (St. Brendan’s) 0-1.
Under 21 ‘B’ Championship
The Kerry under 21 hurlers travel to play Meath on this Saturday, 8th August in the All-Ireland ‘B’ quarter final. The game goes ahead at Trim, 2.00p.m. The new perpetual trophy for the competition, the Richie McElligott Cup, commemorates the former Lixnaw and Kerry hurler who was a member of the Kerry team that won the All-Ireland junior championship in 1961 and who won a co. senior hurling medal with Lixnaw in 1954.
If Kerry are involved, the semi-final will be on Saturday, 22nd August and the final on Saturday, 12th September.
Senior Hurling Championship
Kilmoyley joined Lixnaw in the semi finals of the Garveys Supervalu Senior Hurling Championship following their 2-10 to 0-6 victory over Abbeydorney at Ballyduff on Monday night.
In the final Round 2B game played in Lixnaw on Tuesday evening, Ballyduff defeated Crotta O'Neills by 2-20 to 1-17 after extra time after the sides finished level at the end of normal time 1-15 each.
The Round 3 Draw for the Garveys Supervalu Senior Hurling Championship is as follows:
Causeway V St Brendans
Abbeydorney V Ballyduff
Lixnaw and Kilmoyley are already through to the semi finals where they will be seeded.
Round 3 is due to go ahead on the weekend of 16th August. The semi-finals are scheduled for the weekend of 29th August with the county final on Sunday, 27th September.
Intermediate Championship Fixtures
The quarter finals of the co. intermediate hurling championship will be played on this Friday, 7th August, 7.00p.m. Fixtures are as follows, first named at home:
Abbeydorney v Kilmoyley;
Causeway v Kenmare Shamrock’s;
Kilgarvan v Dr. Croke’s;
Lixnaw v Austin Stack’s.
In Division 1 of the co. senior league last weekend, Causeway received a walkover from Ballyheigue.
Hurling Cúl Camps
The final week of the 2015 Kerry Kellogg’s GAA Hurling and Camogie Cúl Camps continues this week until Friday at Kilmoyley and Tralee Parnell’s (Caherslee). Following their summer break, Parnell’s are back training for all ages as usual every Friday night in August, 7pm at Caherslee.
Poc Fada
Barry O’Mahony (Crotta) finished 4th in the Under 16 All-Ireland Poc Fada finals which were held in the Cooley Mountains, Co. Louth last Saturday.
Well done to the Kerry camogie team who qualified for the All-Ireland Junior ‘A’ final last weekend. They will meet Carlow in the final on 23rd August.