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PRO GAA Scene September 30th 2015 2015-09-30 17:38:00

Focus switches to the County Championship
With the intercounty scene completed for another year the focus of attention switches firmly to the the Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship and GAA followers in the county are spoilt for choice this weekend with eight games, (one Round 2 and seven Round 3) down for decision. The fact that all of these games are knockout, with extra time if necessary, only serves to increase the anticipation and October is certainly going to be a busy month with three rounds of the competition having to be decided.
There is no doubt what the standout fixture is this weekend as all eyes will be on Fitzgerald Stadium where the champions of the past five years, Dr Crokes and Austin Stacks will do battle in a very interesting double header that also features the meeting of Legion and Feale Rangers.
It is difficult to gauge the current well-being of both of these sides given that both have been very much understrength all Summer due to the Summer student exodus and the absence of County players. Dr Crokes will be disappointed with their performance against Dingle in the Club Final on Sunday last while Austin Stacks were denied a warm up game when their County League game with Finuge was postponed due to a bereavement. Crokes had little difficulty in accounting for Shannon Rangers in Round 1 while Stacks struggled at times before getting the better of St Michaels Foilmore. There is no doubt that we are in for a gripping contest on Sunday (throw-in 3:30) and there will probably be plenty of talking points as these two deadly rivals go head to head.
The curtain raiser at 2pm sees the other Killarney side Legion, take on Feale Rangers. Legion, backboned by their Kerry contingent, did well to defeat Mid Kerry in Round 1 while their opponents were defeated by St Kierans in Round 1 before regrouping to defeat Ardfert in Round 2.
There are four games down for decision on Saturday all with a 5pm throw-in time. One of those is the Round 2 meeting of Mid Kerry and West Kerry in Beaufort. Mid Kerry were surprisingly defeated by Legion in Killorglin in Round 1 on a day when their intercounty players seemed to be less that fit while West Kerry were also shocked on the same day and at the same venue by Laune Rangers. The winners of this game received a bye to the quarter finals.
Kilcummin, who were defeated by South Kerry in Round 1 before getting the better of St Michaels-Foilmore in Round 2 face tough opposition on their home patch when they entertain a St Kierans side who defeated Feale Rangers in their opening game.
Shannon Rangers, defeated by Dr Crokes in their opening game went on to defeat St Brendans in Round 2 but they face tough opposition in Tarbert against a Rathmore side who ended Dr Crokes winning streak in the county championship last year.
Kerins O’Rahillys victory over East Kerry last weekend will have done them a power of good in preparation for their meeting with East Kerry in Strand Road. Rahillys went down to Rathmore in their opening game while their opponents easily accounted for Ardfert.
On Sunday, the meeting of the newly crowned Club Champions, Dingle, and South Kerry should draw a big crowd to Páirc an Ághasaigh (2:30pm). Dingle had a replay victory over Milltown-Castlemaine in Round 1 while their opponents defeated Kilcummin.
Also on Sunday, Kenmare District have home venue against Laune Rangers. The home side easily accounted for St Brendans in Round 1 while Rangers, who have struggled in Division 2 all year, caused a major upset when defeating West Kerry in their opening game.
The full list of Fixtures is as follows:
Saturday 3rd at 5pm
Mid Kerry V West Kerry in Beaufort
Kilcummin V St Kierans in Kilcummin
Shannon Rangers V Rathmore in Tarbert
Kerins O’Rahillys V Rathmore in Strand Road
Sunday 4th
Legion V Feale Rangers (2Pm) and Dr Crokes V Austin Stacks (3:30) both in Fitzgerald Stadium.
Dingle V South Kerry in Dingle (2:30)
Kenmare District V Laune Rangers in Kenmare (2:30)

Spa and St Marys qualify for the Intermediate Championship Final

Spa and St Marys have qualified for the final of the Castleisland Mart Intermediate Championship following contrasting semi final wins over the weekend.
On Saturday in Killorglin, Spa were the dominant side for vast periods of their game with an out of sorts John Mitchels fifteen. Two goals by wing back Shane Cronin saw Spa lead by 2-7 to 0-6 at the break and despite a Mitchels fightback during the third quarter after Ciaran Deane goaled, the winners regained their composure to run out deserving winners on a 2-16 to 1-10 scoreline to reach their second final in a row.
In Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday, patrons were treated to an exciting score feast as St Marys upset the form book by getting the better of a fancied Castleisland Desmonds side. Despite an early goal from Thomas Hickey for Desmonds, St Marys recovered to lead by four at the break, 2-8 to 1-7.The sides swapped goals during the third quarter but with seven minutes to go the sides were deadlocked, however points from Dan O’Sullivan and Niall O’Driscoll settled the issue in favour of St Marys who were the defeated finalists in 2013.
No date has been fixed for the final as both clubs are involved with divisional sides in the county championship and there must be concern about the completion of this competition by October 25th on which date the Kerry representatives are due to play the Tipperary champions in the Munster Championship.
Dingle are Senior Club Champions
Dingle upset the odds at Milltown on Sunday last when defeating Dr Crokes to record their first Castleisland Mart Senior Club title with a deserved 2-12 to 0-14 victory thus in the process denying the Killarney side a 4-in-a-row of titles in the competition. After a low scoring first half the game opened up in the second period and the sides were deadlocked with ten minutes to go when Dingle’s Cathal Bambury got the all-important second goal. After the game, County Committee Vice Chairman Diarmuid Ó Sé presented the Michael O’Connor Cup to winning captain Matthew Flaherty while the Man of the Match trophy was presented to Dingle’s Paul Devane by Jimmy Roche of Castleisland Mart.
Senior Football League Roundup
With the exception of a number of games where teams were involved in the County and Club Championship games, Round 10, the penultimate round of the Credit Union Senior Football League, took place last weekend.
There were just two games in Division 1 where Legion move onto 14 points with victory over Waterville and they are in second place, one ahead of Desmonds who did not play. Both Finuge and St Michaels-Foilmore are relegated while Waterville are on 7 points with Kilcummin on 8.
In Division 2, Templenoe defeated Laune Rangers to go two clear at the top ahead of Kenmare who defeated Emmets. Rathmore, John Mitchels and Spa are on 13 points each with a game in hand. At the bottom, Tarbert are relegated following their loss to Currow, Laune Rangers are tethering on the brink on 5 points from 10 games, Gneeveguilla are on 6 points from 9 games and Currow’s win gives them hope on 6 points from 10 games.
In Division 3, Beaufort are promoted as champions following victory over St pats and there are three teams going for the other two promotion places all of whom are on 13 points namely An Ghaeltacht, Listry and Annascaul. As luck would have it, Listry play Beaufort and Annascaul play An Ghaeltacht in the final round. At the bottom Na Gael are relegated on 4 points, Beale and Ballymac are on 7 points while Ardfert with a game in hand and Skellig Rangers are on 8 points.
In Division 4, Ballydonoghue, on 16 points, are promoted following victory over Cordal St Senans are on 14 points and Dromid have moved into third place on 12 points following victory over Lispole. Scartaglen are still in with a good chance on 11 points with a game in hand against Dr Crokes. At the bottom, Cordal and Cromane are relegated, Castlegregory are on 8 points with Churchill, Lispole and Dr Crokes, who have that game in hand, on 9 points.
In Division 5, Moyvane and Renard top the table on 16 points with Renard pipping Valentia by a point in the local derby, Valentia are third but all three are promoted to Division 4 next season.
Kerry Management Teams Update
At Monday night’s Kerry County Committee meeting, decisions on various Team Managements were made as follows:
Senior Football
Eamonn Fitzmaurice, whose three year term as Manager of the Kerry Senior football team came to an end after the All Ireland final, was reappointed as manager for a further year.
Under 21 Football
Jack O'Connor's backroom team were ratified as follows:
Selectors: Eamonn Whelan (St Senans), Michéal O'Shea (Castlegregory), Declan O'Sullivan (Dromid Pearses). Strength & Conditioning: Alan O'Sullivan and Arthur Fitzgerald. All will serve for a two year period.
Minor Football
Peter Keane was appointed Kerry Minor Team manager in succession to Jack O'Connor for a 2 year term.
The St Marys man has vast experience at Underage level from his involvement with various Kerry Development Squads and was a Kerry Minor Selector in 2012 and 2013 with Mickey Ned O'Sullivan. Currently trainer of Killarney Legion, he managed his native club to an All Ireland Junior Club title in 2010/11 and was also previously involved with Beaufort whom he guided to a Junior county Final.
As a player, he won an All Ireland Vocational Schools medal with Coláiste Iosagáin, won 4 County Under 21 Championship medals with South Kerry and at inter-county level, played Minor, Under 21 and Junior with Kerry. He will announce his backroom team in due course.

Novice Shield
The semi final draw for the Novice Shield sees Beale play Sneem/Derrynane, Moyvane play Fossa. Dates and venues to be confirmed.
Under 21 Club Football Championship
The semi final draw in the Under 21 Club Championship will see Lispole/Castle/Annascaul play Legion and Spa play Dr Crokes . Dates and venues to be confirmed.
In the Under 21 Club Shield there is one remaining semi final to be played between Austin Stacks and Ballydonoghue. Templenoe are already in the final.

Junior Cups Competitions
The Junior Cups are down to the final stages in most cases as follows:
Molyneaux Cup
Dr Crokes play Rathmore in the final.
McElligott Cup
Gneeveguilla play Na Gael in the final.
Barrett Cup
St Marys are already in the final while Ballydonoghue will play Desmonds in the other semi final on this Sunday at 2pm in Duagh.
Cahill Cup
Lispole are in the final and in the remaining semi final Glenbeigh/Glencar play St Michaels/Foilmore on this Sunday at 5:30.

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

Kilmoyley are County Champions
Congratulations to Kilmoyley on winning the 2015 Garvey’s SuperValu Kerry County Senior Hurling Championship. In last Sunday’s final, played at Abbeydorney, they defeated St. Brendan’s by 3 - 15 to 1 - 13. This was Kilmoyley’s 23rd title, their last victory being in 2009.
Team captain, Sean Maunsell, received Corn Neilus Ó Floinn from Patrick O’Sullivan, Cathaoirleach Choiste Contae Chiarrai, C.L.G. while the Garveys Supervalu Man of the Match Award went to the Kilmoyley corner forward and scorer of 2 - 10, Daniel Collins.
Kilmoyley now go on to compete in the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship on the weekend of 27th October with an away game against the Clare intermediate champions.
Well done to all in the Abbeydorney Club who ensured that everything was in place to facilitate the smooth organisation of the game and in particular to the club officers and voluntary stewards. Thanks also to the Gardaí who facilitated the traffic management plan for the occasion.
Announcement of new Kerry Senior Hurling Manager eminent
No announcement was made at the County Committee meeting on Monday night in respect of the appointment of a Senior Hurling Manager in succession to Eamonn Kelly, however, an appointment is eminent and will be made next week.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor championship
A provisional date of Saturday, 10th October at 4.00p.m. has been set for the semi-finals of the county minor hurling championship. The pairings are: St. Brendan’s v South Kerry and Ballyduff/Causeway v Lixnaw.

Acorn Life Under 21 Championship

The following draws have been made for the quarter finals of the county Under 21 hurling championship (first named at home): Abbeydorney/Ballyheigue v Crotta O’Neill’s; Kilmoyley v Causeway; Lixnaw v St. Brendan’s. South Kerry received a bye. Games go ahead on Sunday next at 1pm with extra time if required.

Intermediate Hurling Final
Dr Crokes will play Kilmoyley in the Intermediate Hurling Final. If Dr Crokes win they will represent Kerry in the Munster Junior Hurling Championship. The Kerry winners are away to the Limerick representatives on November 1st.

Junior Hurling
Austin Stacks have qualified to meet Duagh in the county junior championship final. In the final of Division 3 of the Co. hurling league played last weekend, Ballyheigue had a 4 – 23 to 0 - 5 win over Austin Stacks.

Hurling History
A history book on the 90 year history of the North Kerry Hurling Board will be launched on Sunday, 18th October by Aogán Ó Fearghaíl, Uachtarán, Cumann Luthchleas Gael. Venue is Ballyroe Heights Hotel where proceedings get underway at 8.00p.m. Anyone interested is invited to attend, with a particular welcome to anyone who had a direct link or a family link with the Board over the years. This includes former officers and delegates and past and current players. ‘North Kerry – a hurling history’ will be a hardback, A4 sized book, running to 256 pages and it will include over 150 photographs.