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PRO GAA Scene October 7th 2015 2015-10-07 21:36:00


Action aplenty in the Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship last weekend.

Last weekend was certainly one filled with plenty action as far as the Garveys Supervalu senior football championship was concerned with eight games decided across the county. With the fixtures schedule so tight following the long intercounty campaign, the CCC certainly breathed a sigh of relief on Sunday evening when not faced with a replay or two. A feature of last weekend’s games was the high scoring in a lot of the games and of course there was an upset or two along the way as well.
Most of the attention was focused on the meeting of the big two - Austin Stacks and Dr Crokes – in Fitzgerald Stadium and that game certainly came to life in the second half with Dr Crokes just edging out the champions in the end courtesy of a fine score from their captain, Eoin Brosnan. The other Killarney side, Legion, struggled for long periods against Feale Rangers but deserved their passage to the quarter finals thanks to a two points victory. In Strand Road, Rahillys victory over East Kerry was not entirely unexpected but their margin of victory certainly was and it remains to be seen if the Tralee side are major title contenders. Rathmore are renowned championship battlers in any grade and this was borne out once more in Tarbert on Saturday evening when Paul Murphy’s late injury time point earned them a reprieve against a luckless Shannon Rangers side who were outscored in extra time.
Kenmare District are a side who have been posting large scores in this championship and again on Sunday last they had sixteen points to spare against Laune Rangers but again, we will have to wait for the quarter finals to gauge their true title aspirations. In Beaufort, West Kerry got the better of an injury hit Mid Kerry side and they could be the surprise packet of this year’s championship. The absence of the two Geaneys, Paul and Mikey, both of whom miss the rest of the season through injury, was a loss that Dingle could not overcome in Páirc an Ághasaigh where Aidan Walsh’s late goal sent South Kerry into the quarter finals. And what of Kilcummin? St Kierans were everybody’s favourites in this encounter but a blistering second half performance from the home side sent Kilcummin through to a meeting with South Kerry.
Quarter Final Double headers in Fitzgerald Stadium this weekend
Football followers in the Kingdom will be spoilt for choice once again this weekend with the Quarter finals of the Garveys SuperValu Senior Football Championship down for decision in Fitzgerald Stadium.
On Saturday, Kilcummin and South Kerry get the weekend’s entertainment underway at 3pm to be followed at 4:30 by the meeting of Killarney Legion and Kerins O’Rahillys while on Sunday, West Kerry take on Kenmare at 1:30 and Rathmore face Dr Crokes at 3pm.
The meeting of Kilcummin and South Kerry is a repeat of their meeting in Round 1 in Kilcummin where the visitors came out on top by 0-16 to 1-8. South Kerry were not that overly impressive against Dingle on Sunday last but remember that Dingle had defeated Dr Crokes in the Club Final the previous week so maybe that was a good result away from home for the South Kerrymen. Kilcummin, who got back into the competition by narrowly defeating St Michaels/Foilmore spoilt their fine win over St Kierans by losing goal scorer Shane McSweeney to a red card late on and he will be a huge loss to the East Kerry side.
The meeting of Legion and Kerins O’Rahillys should be a lively affair on Saturday afternoon. Legion surprised many by defeating Mid Kerry in their opening game but last weekend they struggled for momentum for long periods against a tough Feale Rangers side. O’Rahillys completely outclassed East Kerry a week ago but that fine win must be tempered by the fact that they went under to Rathmore in their opening game before outpointing Milltown-Castlemaine a fortnight ago in the delayed Round 2 game. That “extra” game may very well be the decisive factor this weekend in a game that will feature seven Kerry panellists.
The opening game on Sunday will see a rejuvenated West Kerry side take on high scoring Kenmare District. This is a game that may well provide some thrills and spills before a winner is decided. West Kerry were surprised by Laune Rangers after extra time in their opening game but last weekend they caused a major surprise by dumping Mid Kerry out of the competition. True, Mid Kerry had a lot of injuries but there was a lot to like about the way the West Kerrymen went about their business. Kenmare have done all that has been asked of them thus far with big wins over St Brendans and Laune Rangers but the quality of the opposition in both instances must be take into account when assessing their chances to advance to the semi finals.
Rathmore and Dr Crokes are two sides who invariably bring the best out of each other in the championship whether at Divisional or County level and no doubt Sunday’s encounter will have many talking points. Dr Crokes certainly did well to end Austin Stacks’ reign last weekend but they have plenty to work on in the interim while the same could be said of Rathmore who were lucky to make it to extra time against Shannon Rangers. Still Rathmore had a good win over Kerins O’Rahillys in Tralee in their opening game and it will be recalled that they were the side who brought Dr Crokes brilliant four year winning run in the county championship to a halt last year. Dr Crokes will be the popular favourites following their win over Stacks but that is a situation that will suit Rathmore down to the ground!

Castleisland Mart Club Championships
The Intermediate championship finalists are known while the Junior and Novice Championships are down to the semi final stages and with some Divisional sides making their exit from the County Championship, the CCC have provisionally fixed some of these games as follows
Intermediate Final
This game has taken on an urgency given that the Kerry representatives are due to play their Tipperary counterparts on October 25th in the Munster Club championship. The final between Spa and St Marys is fixed for Sunday 18th at a venue to be decided.
The Intermediate Relegation playoff between Glenflesk and Emmets is fixed for Sunday October 25th.
Junior Championship Semi Finals
Glenbeigh/Glencar play Beaufort on the weekend of October 17th/18th at a venue to be decided. Templenoe meet Firies in the other semi final on a date to be decided. The Kerry representatives are in Munster Club action against Cork/Tipperary on November 22nd.
Novice Championship Semi Finals
Asdee play St Senans in Listowel on Sunday 18th October at 2pm. Lispole and Ballydonoghue contest the other semi final on a date to be decided.
Novice Shield Semi Finals
Moyvane play Fossa on Sunday October 18th in John Mitchels at 2pm. Beale and Sneem/Derrynane meet in the other semi final on a date to be decided.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship Semi Finals
The semi finals of the Minor football Championship are down for decision on the weekend of the October Bank Holiday with Shannon Rangers playing Dingle on the Saturday while the Dr Crokes/Mid Kerry game is also provisionally fixed for that weekend.

Credit Union Senior Football League
There are three back games in the Credit Union senior football league this weekend; In Division 1, Dingle play Glenbeigh-Glencar on Saturday at 5pm and on Sunday, Austin Stacks play Finugeat 2pm. In Division 2, John Mitchels are at home to Glenflesk on Saturday at 5pm.
Junior Cup Competitions
The finalists in the four Junior Cups competitions are now known following the playing of the two remaining semi finals in the Barrett and Cahill Cups last weekend.
Molyneaux Cup
Dr Crokes play Rathmore in the final on a date to be decided.
McElligott Cup
Gneeveguilla play Na Gael in the final in Castleisland on Sunday next at 1:30pm
Barrett Cup
St Marys play Ballydonoghue in the final on Saturday at a venue to be decided. Ballydonoghue defeated Desmonds in the semi final last weekend on a score of 1-12 to 2-7.
Cahill Cup
Lispole will play Glenbeigh/Glencar in the final after Glenbeigh/Glencar defeated St Michaels/Foilmore by 1-13 to 1-8 in the replayed semi final last weekend.
Minor Football League Division 5 Final Replay
St Pats defeated Belae in the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Leage Division 5 Final replay at Ballyduff on Saturday last.

Hurling News with Tommy O’Connor of the PR & Marketing Committee
Acorn Life Under 21 Championship
Three of the semi-finalists in the Acorn Life Under 21 hurling championship are known after last weekend’s action. On Friday evening at Kilmoyley, Causeway had a 0 – 17 to 1 – 12 win over the home side. On Sunday at Lixnaw, in a very competitive encounter, St. Brendan’s held out for a one point win over the Lixnaw, 2 – 11 to 1 – 13. South Kerry had already received a bye to the semi-final. The remaining quarter final was deferred until this Sunday when Abbeydorney/Ballyheigue take on Crotta O’Neill’s at Abbeydorney at 12 noon.
The semi-final draw has resulted in the following pairings: St. Brendan’s v winners of Abbeydorney/Ballyheigue v Crotta O’Neill’s; Causeway v South Kerry (dates and venues to be confirmed).
Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Hurling Championship
The semi-finals of the county minor hurling championship are fixed for this Saturday, 10th October at 1.00p.m. St. Brendan’s play South Kerry at Lewis Road, Killarney while Ballyduff/Causeway take on the holders Lixnaw at Abbeydorney.

Intermediate Championship Final
Dr. Crokes play Kilmoyley in the county intermediate championship final on Sunday October 18th at Abbeydorney. If Dr Crokes win they will represent Kerry in the Munster Junior Club Championship. Should Kilmoyley win, then the winners of the South Kerry Hurling championship will represent Kerry. The Kerry representatives will play the Limerick champions on November 1st.
Junior Hurling Championship Final
Sunday, 18th October has been confirmed as the date for the Austin Stacks versus Duagh Jjunior championship final (venue to be confirmed).
North Kerry Hurling history
‘North Kerry – a hurling history’ – a book on the 90 year history of the North Kerry Hurling Board will be launched on Sunday week, 18th October by Aogán Ó Fearghaíl, Uachtarán, Cumann Luthchleas Gael. Venue is Ballyroe Heights Hotel where proceedings get underway at 8.00p.m. The hardback, A4 sized book, runs to 256 pages and with over 150 photographs, will go on sale at the launch at a cost of €20. 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, including former officers and delegates and past and current players.
Ballyheigue win Division 3 League
Ballyheigue won Division 3 of the Co. hurling league when they had a rather easy 4 – 23 to 0 - 5 win over Austin Stacks in the final. Their captain was former Kerry senior goalkeeper, John Healy, who was presented with the trophy by Gerard McCarthy, Co. Hurling Officer. The winning Ballyheigue team was: John Healy, Owen Lucid, Mike Lucid, Ed Flahive, Joe O’Halloran, Tomás Casey, Colm Griffin, Mark O’Regan (0-6), Tommy O’Connor (0-2), Paudie O’Carroll (1-3), Garry Galway (1-3), Adrian Flahive, Aaron Casey, Richard O’Mahony (2-3), Mike Slattery (0-5). Subs: Conor Galway, Declan Quill (0-1), Mark Mulvihil, Chris O’Mahony, Mark Byrne. Match referee was Tom Godley (Kilmoyley).
Tralee Parnell’s
On this Friday, 9th October in the Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee Parnell’s will host a cookery demonstration from Mark Doe. Doors open at 7.00pm. The evening will feature a guest speaker on preventative strategies regarding sports injuries in the young hurler. Excellent spot prizes during the evening. Tickets are now available to buy online via Parnell’s blog, and can also be purchased from mentors, or bought on the night at the door.