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PRO GAA Scene September 9th 2015 2015-09-09 23:09:00

It's a Kerry V Dublin All Ireland Final
Old rivals Kerry and Dublin will meet in the All Ireland Football Final on September 20th following the Dublin side's emphatic 3-15 to 1-14 victory over luckless Mayo at Croke Park on Saturday last. It will be the first meeting between the sides in a final since 2011 when Dublin triumphed on a 1-12 to 1-11 scoreline. Their last Championship meeting was in the 2013 semi final when Dublin also won, 3-18 to 3-11.
Championship meetings between these two sides rarely fail to ignite and no doubt Sunday week’s clash will be no different. It’s 60 years of course since the most famous of all Kerry victories over the Metropolitans when John Dowling’s men caused a sensation by defeating the Dublin “machine” in 1955 and what better way to celebrate that achievement than by lowering the sky blue colours. It promises to be an electric occasion and no doubt, there will be many twists and turns before the final whistle sounds on the 20th of September.
The game will throw in at 3:30 and will be preceded by the all Munster meeting of Kerry and Tipperary in the Minor Final at 1:30pm, a game that will be unique in that it will be the first meeting in a final between two sides from the province.

Kerry Team Open Day
The Kerry Senior Football Team Open Day in Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday last was, despite a number of teething problems, an outstanding success. Hard to believe that this was the ninth such event since the first in 2004 and the huge crowd that turned up – in excess of 3,000 – and probably the second biggest - was testament to the esteem in which this group of players are held by Kerry GAA followers in the county. The players spent over an hour and a half in the hot sun signing autographs and taking photos and selfies while the crowd, to their credit, were very patient and co-operative throughout. My thanks to The Kerryman and Kerry’s Eye newspapers for providing posters and also to Croke Park who provided free handouts.
It is a matter of regret that, following a change in the time for team training, a timing error on my part when publicising the event, led to delays gaining entrance to the grounds while the team finished what was a very important session. Sincere apologies to those inconvenienced.

All Ireland Fundraisers
It hardly requires mentioning that participating in two All Ireland finals, despite being very welcome, causes a huge strain in the County Board’s coffers. However, the corporate sector, supporters and indeed the general public, have never been slow to put their shoulder to the wheel when it comes to fundraising for the big day. Among the fundraising activities planned for the coming week or so are the following:

Church Gate Collection

The Annual Church Gate Training Fund collection will be taken up this weekend, September 12th/13th, at all masses throughout the county.
Golf Classics
Two major Golf Classics are planned for Killarney, O’Mahony’s Point, and Dublin in Lucan Golf Club on Friday September 18th next. Teams of 4 cost €1,000 and that entitles the team to 2 All Ireland Stand Tickets with an option to buy 2 more stand tickets.
Kerry GAA Supporters Club Draw
The Kerry GAA Supporters Club are running a fundraising draw with 20 ALL Ireland Stand Tickets up for grabs.
Fundraiser: The Kerry Supporters Club have organised a fundraiser for the Kerry teams training fund. The following are the prizes
1st Prize: Two All Ireland tickets, two nights hotel accommodation and two return rail vouchers
2nd Prize: Two All Ireland tickets and one year membership of Kerry GAA Lotto
3rd Prize: Two All Ireland tickets and free transport for two on Kerry Supporters coach to All Ireland final
4th-10th Prize: Two All Ireland Tickets
The draw will be held on Wednesday 16th September and the results will be live on Radio Kerry after the 10 o’clock news on that night. Entry is €5 per line and lines are available throughout the county or from members of the Kerry Supporters Club.
Cáirde Chiarraí
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.

Tickets available to Clubs on Thursday
No doubt the scramble for tickets for the finals has begun in earnest and the fact that Dublin are the opposition will only serve to increase the scarcity. The Ticket allocation will be the same as last year, approximately 14,000, and are available through the clubs only. Ticket distribution to the clubs starts on this Thursday.

Austin Stack Park Office Opening Hours
The Office at Austin Stack Park is closed until Thursday of this week when it will open from 4 to 7pm for the collection of tickets by the clubs throughout the county. The office is open from 3 to 5 on Friday for club collection.
The office is closed on Monday next 14th, will reopen on Tuesday from 4 to 7 pm, on Wednesday and Thursday from 3 to 5pm and will be closed on Friday 18th.

Kerry GAA Store
Dublin’s victory in the semi final ensures that Kerry will wear their traditional Green and Gold jersies in the final. The official Kerry team wear will feature 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 Match Function in Dublin
The venue for the post match function in Dublin is same as last year – the Ballsbridge Hotel better known as the old Jurys Hotel, a venue well known to visiting Kerry supporters. Tickets for the function are available from the Kerry GAA Store in The Outlet Centre Killarney and from Austin Stack Park only.

Back games continue in Credit Union Senior Football League
The clearance of back games in the Credit Union Senior Football League has continued apace since the August weekend and the League tables have a much more meaningful look about them at this stage as we face into the penultimate Round 10 on the weekend of September 27th.
In Division 1, Waterville got two valuable points in their fight for survival when edging past Dingle, 3-9 to 1-13 last weekend moving them onto 7 points, one point adrift of Dingle.
Waterville are also in action this coming weekend when they travel to Strand Road to take on Kerins O’Rahillys on Saturday evening in a game that will clear all back games.
All fixtures are up to date in Division 2 and in Division 3, Ardfert had a big win over St Pats who endured their second defeat in a week, 2-15 to 0-12 being the final score in that one. This weekend, Ardfert, who are on 8 points, travel to Beale who are in dire need of points at the bottom on 4 points.
All games are up to date in Division 4 and in Division 5 it was disappointing to see two walkovers given last weekend with Duagh conceding to Asdee and Tuosist getting a walk over from Ballyduff. In a big game for both sides Moyvane defeated Sneem-Derrynane (2-17 to 2-9) to move a step nearer promotion. Valentia are promoted on 15 points, while Moyvane and Renard are on 14 points each and these three seem to be in pole position with Sneem-Derrynane and Asdee are left waiting for slip ups by the top three on 10 points each.

Junior Cups Competitions are at the Semi Final stage

The Junior Cups, which have been ongoing over the last few weeks, are down to the semi final stages in most of the competitions. Extra Time applies to all fixtures.
Molyneaux Cup
Laune Rgs. v Dr. Crokes
Rathmore v Legion
Both on Friday 11th September @ 6.45pm
McElligott Cup
Semi final; Gneeveguila v St. Pats Blennerville
Friday 11th Sept. @ 6.45 pm with the winners playing Na Gael in the final on Friday 18th September.
Barrett Cup
Semi Final; St. Mary’s v Beaufort on Friday 11th Sept. @ 6.45 pm
Quarter Finals;
Ballydonoghue v Tarbert
Desmonds v Fossa
Both games on Friday 11th Sept. @ 6.45 pm
The Final is fixed for Friday 18th September.
Cahill Cup
The Semi Finals were down for decision on this Friday evening with the final fixed for Friday 18th September but the quarter final draw, after extra time, between Waterville and St Michaels/Foilmore means that only one semi final and the quarter final replay will go ahead this coming weekend.
Annascaul v Lispole
Glenbeigh/G’car V Waterville / St. Mls Foilmore

Under 21 Club Football Championship
The Under 21 Club Championship is down to the Quarter Final stage and these games will be played on this Wednesday at 6:15pm with extra time where necessary as follows:
Legion v John Mitchels
Dr Crokes v Dingle
Spa v An Ghaeltacht
Lispole/Castle/Annascaul v Kerins O’Rahillys (n Annascaul)

The Under 21 Club Shield
has reached the semi final stage which will also be played on this Wednesday evening as follows:
Austin Stacks v Ballydonoghue
Glenflesk v Templenoe

Novice Football Shield Quarter Finals

The two remaining quarter finals of the Novice Shield are down for decision this weekend. On Saturday Fossa play Valentia and on Sunday Sneem/Derrynane play Cromane. First named teams have home venue. Moyvane and Beale are already through to the semi finals.
Child Welfare Officer Meeting
The final meeting for club Child Welfare officers and Juvenile secretaries who have not attended any of the previous meetings will be held on this Thursday 10th September at 8pm in the Kerins O'Rahillys Clubhouse, Tralee commencing at 8pm..

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

Kerry Minor B Hurlers are All Ireland Champions

Congratulations to the Kerry minor hurlers on their very easy 6 – 17 to 1 – 7 win over Roscommon in the All-Ireland Minor ‘B’ Final on Saturday last at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick. This was just reward for a panel that put in a lot of work over the last few months under the direction, for the second year in a row, of Ian Brick (Kilmoyley) and his selectors Stephen Goggin (Causeway) and Aidan Mahony (St. Brendan’s). On Saturday they played with great determination and discipline to overcome Roscommon and thus win Kerry’s fourth title in a row at this level. After the game the Corn Pheadar Ó Liatháin was presented to winning captain John Buckley by Jerry O’Sullivan (Vice Chairman, Munster Council). The victorious Kerry team and subs were: David Silles (Lixnaw), Billy Lyons (Causeway), Michael Leane (Ballyheigue), Ger Stackpoole (Lixnaw), Eoin Ross (Ballyduff), Jason Diggins (Causeway), Robert Collins (Kilmoyley), John Buckley (Lixnaw), Tomás O’Connor (Crotta O'Neill’s), Shane Conway (Lixnaw), Jeremy McKenna(Lixnaw), David Egan (Abbeydorney), Eric Leen (St. Brendan’s), Fionán Mackessy (St. Brendan’s), Colin Sheehy (Lixnaw). Subs.: Robert Silles (Lixnaw), Colin Browne (Crotta O'Neill’s), Liam Mullins (Lixnaw), Ronan Donovan (Abbeydorney), Aaron Thompson (St. Brendan’s), Brian O'Riordan (Ballyheigue), Jack Lenihan (Dr. Crokes), Ciarán Breen (Tralee Parnell’s), Tom Foley (Lixnaw), Kieran Regan (Kilmoyley) and Jason Keane (Lixnaw).
For the record, the Kerry captains in the previous 3 victories were: 2012 - Kevin Hannafin (St. Brendan’s); 2013 – Jason Wallace (Lixnaw); 2014 - Fionán Mackessy (St. Brendan’s).

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Hurling Championship
The draw for the semi-finals of the county minor championship 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.

Intermediate Championship

Kilmoyley and Dr. Crokes have qualified for the final of the Co. Intermediate Championship. In the semi-finals last weekend, Dr. Crokes had a 2 – 16 to 2 – 8 win over Lixnaw while Kilmoyley defeated Causeway by 1 – 13 to 0 – 11. The final for the Tony Murphy Cup is scheduled for Sunday, 27th September.

Tralee Parnell’s hurling club will hold a club open day on this 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 12 noon; Under 10 & 12 Camogie Blitz 12 noon to 2pm and an Under 16 eleven a side Invitational blitz, 11.30 to 2pm.

Abbeydorney is the venue for the County Senior Hurling Championship Final

The county CCC has decided that Abbeydorney is the venue for the Garveys Supervalu County Senior Hurling Championship final between neighbours St Brendans and Kilmoyley to be played on September 27th. It will be recalled that a small committee set up to report back to the CCC and recommend a venue for the final with the health and safety of players and patrons being their overriding concern.