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PRO GAA Scene September 2nd 2015 2015-09-03 20:44:00

Kerry’s opponents still unknown
A game that was largely forgettable up to then sprung to life in the final ten minutes or so as Mayo staged a remarkable comeback to deny Dublin a passage to the All Ireland final against Kerry in the second semi final at Croke Park on Sunday last. Indeed Dublin were fortunate enough not to lose the game as Mayo, who had all the momentum in those hectic final minutes, failed to close out the deal. They both return to headquarters on Saturday next (5pm).

Kerry and Tipperary renew rivalry in the Minor Final
Tipperary booked their place in the All Ireland Minor Final with a well deserved victory over Kildare at Croke Park on Sunday next and so Kerry and Tipp will meet in the final for the first time in what will be a repeat of the Munster Final meeting between the sides. In that game, two first half goals gave Kerry a cushion that stood to them for the remainder of the game, but the goals apart, there was very little to separate the sides in Fitzgerald Stadium.

Kerry Team Open Day
The very popular Kerry Team Open Day will take place on this coming Sunday (Note change of day) in Fitzgerald Stadium. This is a chance for Kerry supporters to see their heroes up close and personal! There will be some opportunities for autographs and photos but obviously, with an expected large crowd present it will be impossible to satisfy everyone’s demands. A specially commissioned team poster with player autographs will be available.
Gates will open at 12.45pm for a 1.15pm start and entrance for all is strictly by way of Dalton’s Avenue only.

All Ireland Finals Countdown
With the Kerry Minor and Senior teams safely through to their respective All Ireland finals work is well underway organising the logisticsof such a huge undertaking. Obviously, participation in two All Ireland Finals at this time of the year comes at a huge cost to the county committee coffers and some major fund raising is necessary to cover such eventualities.
The following are some of the upcoming fundraising events presently being organised:
• Two major Golf Classics are planned for Killarney and Dublin on Friday September 18th .
• The Annual Church Gate Training Fund collection will be taken up on the weekend of September 12th/13th at all masses throughout the county.,
• The Kerry GAA Supporters Club are running a fundraising draw with 20 ALL Ireland Stand Tickets up for grabs. First prize is 2 Stand Tickets and overnight accommodation in Dublin.
Lines cost €5 each and can be purchased from the usual sources.
• Cáirde Chiarrai, a group who contribute handsomely to the financial well-being of Kerry GAA have a number of membership places still to fill for 2015. The big incentive is that membership entitles the member to two All Ireland Stand Tickets every year.
• The venue for the post match function in Dublin will be known later in the week
Ticket allocation for the big games will be the same as last year – approx. 14,000 and are available through the clubs only.

Kerry GAA Store
While Eamonn Fitzmaurice and Jack O’Connor are busy preparing their teams for the All Ireland finals showdown it is also a busy time for supporters as they stock up with team wear, casual and leisure wear for the big day.
Both Kerry panels will wear the official Kerry green polo shirts and tops with grey trimmings. A ladies line will also be available. All official Kerry team wear and leisure wear is available from the GAA Store in the Outlet Centre in Killarney and can also be purchased on line from the store.

Post All Ireland Fixtures Schedule
With both Kerry Minor and Senior football teams involved in the All Ireland final, allied to the fact that a round of the senior football championship was lost due to the replay of the Munster football final, not to mention dual players involved in the county hurling final, the county CCC has now put a revised schedule of fixtures in place for the period following the All Ireland finals. With all the major championships still to be completed, the overlap between Clubs and Divisional teams and the fact that Munster Club Championship dates have to be met, the final three months of the year are certainly going to be a fixtures nightmare.
The provisional fixtures are as follows:
September 26th/27th
• SHC Final (St Brendans v Kilmoyley)
• SFC Round 2 ( Kerins O’Rahillys V Milltown)
• Senior Club Football Final (Dr Crokes V Dingle)
• Intermediate Championship Semi Finals (Spa V John Mitchels and St Marys V Desmonds)
• Credit Union SFL Round 10 for Clubs not involved in above Championship games
October 3rd/4th
• SFC Round 2 game (Mid Kerry V West Kerry, winner has bye to Quarter Finals)
• SFC Round 3 games
October 10th/11th
• SFC Quarter Finals
October 17th/18th
• SFC Semi Finals
October 24th/25th
• Junior Championship Semi Finals (Templenoe V Firies and Glenbeigh/Glencar V Beaufort)
• Novice Championship Semi Finals (Asdee V St Senans and Lispole V Ballydonoghue)
• Intermediate Relegation Playoff (Skellig Rgs V Finuge, Brosna V Keel, Annascaul V Gneeveguilla and Glenflesk v Emmetts – loser of each game is demoted to Junior status for 2016).
November 1st
• SFC Final
• Round 1 of senior championship relegation playoffs

New Hurling and Minor Football Managers to be named
Chairman Patrick O’Sullivan informed Monday night’s county committee meeting that the names of the new Senior Hurling Manager and Minor Football Manager would be announced at the next meeting of the Board in September.

Credit Union Senior Football League back games
Competition for the promotion and relegation places in the Credit Union Senior Football League continues to hot up as the back games being played are beginning to have a major influence on the points tables.
In Division 1 Austin Stacks defeated St Michaels Foilmore to go into joint third place in the table with Legion but just a point behind second placed Desmonds whom they meet in Round 11.
Gneeveguilla had a very important victory over Listowel Emmets in Division 2 that moves them up to 6 points, a point ahead of Laune Rangers and two ahead of Currow at the lower end of the table. With two games left, and just two points on the board, Tarbert look like favourites to drop to Division 3 next season but they do have to play the two teams in trouble just above them - Currow and Laune Rangers.
In Division 3, Listry and An Ghaeltacht have leapfrogged St Pats into joint third place following Listry’s victory over Ballymac and An Ghaeltacht’s victory over the aforementioned St Pats.
In Division 4, St Senans move into second place following their victory over Cromane while Dr Crokes’ victory over Castlegregory keeps the West Kerry side in the relegation zone.
Valentia moved to the top of Division 5 where they displaced neighbours Renard following victory over Knocknagoshel last weekend and the meeting of the top two in Round 10 may well decide the Division 5 champions.
There are a number of back games down for decision this weekend;
In Division 1, Waterville play Dinglein what is a must win game for the South Kerry side, In Division 3, Ardfert play St Pats and in Division 5 Moyvane play Sneem/Derrynane.
Round 10 of the League is fixed for the weekend of September 27th.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship Quarter Finals
The four Semi finalists of the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship are now known following the playing of the Quarter Finals on Wednesday evening of last week.
Holders, Dingle are through following a one point victory over East Kerry in Fossa, a victory that was all the more remarkable given that they had to line out without Kerry Minor Captain Mark O’Connor and lost another midfielder to a black card early in the second half. Last year’s beaten finalists Dr Crokes had a big win over Kenmare District in Lewis Road where the sides shared 8 goals between them in a game where Kenmare lined out without Kerry minors, John Mark Foley and Sean O’Shea. Shannon Rangers came good in the second half away to Spa where only a point separated the sides at the break and Mid Kerry, after a strong finish, prevailed by a point against a St Brendans side who fielded four Kerry minors in Killorglin.
Quarter Final Results
Dr Crokes 5-20 Kenmare Dist 3-2
East Kerry 2-7 Dingle 1-11
Spa 1-10 Shannon Rgs 4-13
Mid Kerry 3-9 St Brendans 0-17
No date has been confirmed for the concluding stages of the competition

Under 21 Club Football Championship
The Draw for Round 2 of the Under 21 Club Championship was made last week by the CCC and extra time will apply where necessary in all games.
All games on Wednesday September 2nd @ 6.30pm – 1st named have home venue:
Under 21 Cup – Round 2
Moyvane/Tarbert v Dr Crokes in Moyvane
Legion v Desmonds
Knock/Brosna v Lispole/Castle/Annascaul in Knocknagoshel
Spa v Laune Rgs
The four Round 2 winners qualify for the quarter finals against Group “A” opponents namely John Mitchels, Kerins O’Rahillys, An Ghaeltacht and Dingle.
Under 21 Shield Round 1
Emmets v Ballydonoghue
Templenoe v Waterville/Dromid
Glenflesk v Churchill/Ballymac
Austin Stacks v Bye

Junior Cup Competitions are in full swing

The very popular Junior Cup Competitions, Molyneaux, McElligott, Barrett and Cahill Cups, are in full swing with fixtures continuing this coming Friday evening where possible.
Molyneaux Cup
There are two Quarter final ties to be played, with the semi final draws already made
1. Laune Rangers
2. Dr. Crokes B v Milltown/Castlemaine Fri 4th Sept
3. Rathmore v Austin Stacks
4. Legion defeated Kerins O’Rahillys last weekend
Semi finals; 1 v 2 and 3 v 4.
McElligott Cup
We are down to the semi finals of the McElligott Cup.
The Semi Final Draw is as follows: Clounmacon V Na Gaeil (Fri 4th Sept) and Gneeveguilla V St Pats.
Barrett Cup
There are 3 Round 1 games still to be played;
(A) St. Mary’s
(B) Dromid defeated Skellig Rangers last weekend
(C) Beaufort
(D) Beale defeated Charlie Kerins last weekend
(E) Tarbert V Ballyduff which ended in a draw, will be replayed on Friday evening next
(F) Ballydonoghue
(G) Desmonds
(H) Fossa v Kilgarvan
Quarter finals Draw: A v B, C v D, E v F, G v H,
Semi finals Draw: AB v CD, EF v GH,
Cahill Cup
Preliminary Round
(B) Glenbeigh G’car v Cromane (Monday 31st August)
Quarter Final Draw
1. Annascaul
2. Scartaglen v Lispole (Fri Sept. 4th)
3. (B) v Castlegregory
4. Waterville v St. Mls. Foilmore (Fri Sept. 4th)
Semi finals Draw; 1 v 2 and 3 v 4
Junior Leagues
Ballydonoghue defeated Moyvane in the Group 4 final replay in Ballylongford on Friday evening last on a score of 2-10 to 2-5.

Novice Football Shield Quarter Finals
The second quarter final of the Novice Shield took place last weekend with Beale accounting for Clounmacon. On Sunday 12th Fossa play Valentia and on September 13th Sneem/Derrynane play Cromane. First named teams have home venue. Moyvane are already through to the semi finals.

Hurling News with Tommy O’Connor of the PR & Marketing Committee

Kerry Minor Hurlers in All Ireland Minor B Final
The main hurling focus this weekend will be on the final of the All-Ireland minor ‘B’ hurling championship between Kerry and Roscommon which goes ahead at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick on this Saturday, 5th September. The game will have a 2.00p.m. starting time. Kerry will be going for their 4th title in a row at this level and we wish all the best to the players, team captain John Buckley (Lixnaw) and the management team of Ian Brick (Kilmoyley), Stephen Goggin (Causeway) and Aidan Mahony (St. Brendan’s). The Kerry minor panel is: The panel is as follows: David Egan, Ronan Donovan (Abbeydorney), Aaron Thompson, Fionan Mackessy, Eric Leen (St. Brendan’s), Eoin Ross (Ballyduff), Michael Leane, Brian O'Riordan (Ballyheigue), Jason Diggins, Billy Lyons, Jamie McGrath, (Causeway), Tomás O Connor, Colin Browne (Crotta O'Neill’s), Jack Lenihan (Dr. Crokes), Robert Collins, Kieran Regan (Kilmoyley), Shane Conway, John Buckley, Robert Silles, Liam Mullins, David Silles, Jeremy McKenna, Colin Sheehy, Gerard Stackpoole, Jason Keane, Tom Foley (Lixnaw) and Ciarán Breen (Tralee Parnell’s).

St Brendans and Kilmoyley into Garveys Supervalu SHC Final
Both semi-finals of the Garvey’s SuperValu Co. Senior Hurling Championship went ahead last weekend at Abbeydorney. On Saturday evening, St. Brendan’s defeated reigning champions Lixnaw by 2 – 15 to 1 – 12 while on Sunday, Kilmoyley had a 2 – 24 to 2 – 12 win over Ballyduff. All hurling followers wish a speedy recovery to the 2 players who were injured during the latter game, Barry O’Grady (Ballyduff) and Tom Murnane (Kilmoyley). Well done to all in the Abbeydorney club for their excellent arrangements for both games. The county senior final is scheduled for Sunday, 27th September.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Hurling Championship
In the remaining quarter final of the co. minor championship played at Kilgarvan on Sunday last, South Kerry had a rather easy 3 – 20 to 2 – 5 win over Ballyheigue/Tralee Parnell’s. The draw for the semi-finals has resulted in the following pairings: St. Brendan’s v South Kerry and Ballyduff/Causeway v Lixnaw (holders). Dates, times and venues to be decided for these games by the CCC.

Intermediate Hurling Championship
In the quarter final of the Co. Intermediate Championship, Dr. Crokes had a 3 – 16 to 4 – 12 win over Kilgarvan. The semi-finals go ahead on this Saturday, 5th September at 6.00p.m. as follows: Dr. Crokes v Lixnaw and Causeway v Kilmoyley. Check www.kerrygaa.ie for fixture details.
Tralee Parnell’s coaching programme continues at the Caherslee G.A.A. grounds every Friday from 7.00p.m. – 8.00p.m. for under 6 and 8 mixed boys and girls, under 10 boys and all camogie groups. New members always welcome. The club will hold a club open day on Saturday, 12th September at the John Mitchel’s complex where they will host a number of Blitz competitions - Under 6 and 8's will host local teams from 10am to 11am; Under 10 North Kerry Blitz from 10am to 12noon; Under 10 & 12 Camogie Blitz 12noon to 2pm and an Under 16 eleven a side Invitational blitz, 11.30 to 2pm.