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PRO GAA Scene October 14th 2015 2015-10-14 21:40:00

Kerry Manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice announces his Backroom Team

Kerry Senior Football team Manager, Eamonn Fitzmaurice, has named Padraig Corcoran as the new Trainer/Selector. The Dingle club man has been very active with his club training teams at all levels. He also trained the Kerry minor team in 2010 and 2011 as a member of Pat O’Driscoll's management team. Pádraig has been an important member of Éamonn Fitzmaurice's back room team since 2012 where he has worked closely with the management as an S&C coach.
Fitzmaurice has also added former Kerry All Ireland winning captain Liam Hassett as a Selector for 2016 along with the outgoing Mikey Sheehy and Diarmuid Murphy. The Laune Rangers club man holds 3 All Ireland Senior and two All Ireland Under 21 Medals, is a former All Star and the holder of 3 County Championship medals with his club. Of late he has been managing his Club, Laune Rangers.
The full management Team is:
Manager: Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Finuge)
Trainer/Selector: Padraig Corcoran (Dingle)
Selectors: Diarmuid Murphy (Dingle ), Mikey Sheehy (Austin Stacks), Liam Hassett (Laune Rangers).
Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship Review
Well the quarter finals of the Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship certainly served up some lively fare last weekend with the standard of football generally quite good and it has to be said that prior to the championship commencing, very few people would have predicted the four semi finalists. Pride of place must go to Rathmore for their performance against championship specialists Dr Crokes who seemed to be coming good at the right time following their victory over Austin Stacks the previous weekend. The movement of the Rathmore forwards was not too unlike Dr Crokes themselves in their heyday and the fact that the winners survived a shaky period at the three quarter stage to finish the stronger was testament to their meticulous preparation for the game.
Killarney Legion also upset the form book to some extent when defeating Kerins O’Rahillys in a game where spectators were treated to some fine passages of play and some great high fielding particularly from Tommy Walsh. James O’Donoghue too displayed all the skills of good forward play and some of the scores by both sides were out of the top drawer.
Kenmare District are another surprise addition to the semi final line-up following what was a comprehensive victory over a West Kerry side that seemed to run out of steam in the second half. While former Kerry panellist, Paul O’Connor, who was in tremendous form, took the scoring honours Brian Crowley was not far behind in terms of general play and trainer Mick Doyle must have been pleased with the overall display of his side who have qualified for this stage of the competition for the first time since they last won the competition way back in 1987.
South Kerry, despite the handicap of the St Marys’ players dual involvement in championships these last few weeks, edged out a dogged Kilcummin side with the arrival of Declan O’Sullivan on the field in the final quarter being significant to the final outcome of the game. O’Sullivan steadied a ship that was reeling from the loss of both Killian Young and Bryan Sheehan and we saw a number of glimpses from the old maestro that brought back memories of epic occasions in the recent past.
Note: Before the Kilcummin/South Kerry game on Saturday last, a minutes silence was observed and the tri-colour was flown at half-mast in memory of the ten people who lost their lives in the Dublin fire tragedy and also in memory of the late John O’Leary, a former Kerry minor who served as secretary and chairman of the East Kerry Board.
County Final place at stake on Sunday next
Killarney Legion and Rathmore go head to head at Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday next and with a place in the Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship for the winners, the stakes could hardly be any higher. Rathmore are of course appearing at this stage of the competition for the first time since they gained senior status in 2000 and the fact that they have retained that status since then is testament to the tremendous work being carried out by the club at Juvenile level over the years. They have always been great championship battlers down the years and their nemesis, Dr Crokes, would be first to testify to that fact. They came within seconds of exiting the competition in Round 3 against Shannon Rangers before Paul Murphy rescued them with a levelling point but on Sunday last they gave the ultimate team performance when defeating Dr Crokes.
Legion are another side who were far from impressive in Round 3 with victory over a battling Feale Rangers side, however, they really turned on the style against Kerins O’Rahillys with the likes of James O’Donoghue and Conor Keane outstanding. Still they will be concerned about conceding a score (1-15) that would normally win most championship matches though they will be secure in the knowledge that they will not be facing Tommy Walsh again on Sunday! Legion have lived in the shadow of their more illustrious Killarney neighbours, Dr Crokes, for quite some time now and no doubt, very much like their opponents, they will be hoping to make history on Sunday by reaching the County Final.
Throw-in for Sunday’s game is at 3:45 and extra time will be played in the event of a draw. The game will be preceded by the Intermediate Championship final between Spa and St Marys at 2pm.
The second semi final between South Kerry and Kenmare District will go ahead on October 25th in Fitzgerald Stadium. It was not possible to play both semi finals as a double bill due to the necessity to play the Intermediate final between Spa and St Marys in order to fulfil the Munster Intermediate Club fixture against the Tipperary Champions.
Spa and St Marys clash in the Castleisland Mart Intermediate Final
Sunday is a big day for Spa and St Marys when they go head to head in the Castleisland Mart Intermediate final in Fitzgerald Stadium (throw in 2pm). Spa are of course appearing in their second final in a row having been beaten by Ardfert in last year’s decider. They last won the title in 2009 when they went all the way to the All Ireland final only to lose to Cookstown of Tyrone and in 2012 they were defeated in the county final after a replay by Finuge. On their way to the decider they accounted for Annascaul in Round 1 by two points and then they played out a high scoring quarter final draw with Kenmare at the end of April before doing well to win the replay by three points in Kenmare. Both of those games could have easily gone the other way but five months later they had six points to spare over John Mitchels when the sides met in the semi final in Killorglin.
St Marys had a very successful run in the Junior Championship of 2010 which resulted in County, Munster and All Ireland titles coming to Caherciveen and since then they appeared in the Intermediate final two years ago where they had to give second best to Currow. They opened this year’s campaign with a good seven points victory over Emmetts in Listowel and then also had seven points to spare in their local derby win over Waterville. Desmonds were many people’s favourites to lift the Fenian Cup this year but after a terrific high scoring contest, St Marys it was who had that two point advantage at the end.
So it’s all to play for this weekend and the stakes could not be any higher for two sides who between them have had to taste the bitter pill of defeat in the finals of the last two years. Extra time will be played in the event of a draw.
Castleisland Mart Junior Football Championship Semi Finals
The Junior Football Championship swings back into action this coming weekend with the two semi finals down for decision. Glenbeigh-Glencar will play fellow Mid Kerry side Beaufort on Saturday in Killorglin at 4pm and on Sunday in Beaufort, Templenoe will play Firies at 1pm with extra time in both games if necessary.
Castleisland Mart Novice Championship Semi Finals
There is also semi final action in the Novice Championship this weekend with both semi finals to be decided. In Finuge, here is an all-north Kerry clash where Asdee take on St Senans and in Strand Road, Lispole play Ballydonoghue. Both games on Sunday at 2pm.
Novice Shield Semi Final
Moyvane play Fossa on Saturday next in the John Mitchels grounds at 4:30 but there is no date confirmed for the other semi final between Sneem/Derrynane and Beale.
Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship Semi Finals
The semi finals of the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship will be played on October 24th with Mid Kerry playing Dr Crokes and Shannon Rangers playing Dingle. Both games are in the John Mitchels complex at 2pm and 3:30 respectively.
Intermediate Championship Relegation Playoffs
The Intermediate Championship relegation playoffs commence on October 25th when Glenflesk play Emmets in Strand Road (2pm) and continue on October 31st when Brosna play Keel and Annascaul play Gneeveguilla (both at 3pm) at venues to be decided. No date has been fixed for the Skellig Rangers V Finuge game.
Credit Union Senior Football League
There were three games played in the Credit Union Senior Football League last weekend. In Division 1, Austin Stacks moved into joint second place in the table together with Legion following their 1-12 to 0-4 victory over Finuge while Glenbeigh-Glencar guaranteed their Division 1 status for next season with a 0-15 to 1-10 victory over Dingle who are not out of the woods in the relegation zone yet.
In Division 2, John Mitchels moved into second place in the table a point behind leaders Templenoe on 15 points following victory over Glenflesk by 0-15 to 3-5. The Tralee side are one point ahead of Kenmare who are on 14 points. Rathmore and Spa, who meet in a back game are on 13 points.
Sunday 15th November has been set aside for as many County League fixtures as possible but some vital games in some Divisions, such as Division 1, will go ahead at the earliest opportunity as fixtures allow.
Gaelic for All Sessions in Tralee
The students from the Sporting Chance course at National Learning Network Tralee, in conjunction with Kerry County Board’s Inclusion and Integration Committee, will be running Inclusive Gaelic sessions, starting next Wednesday, October 14th from 4-5pm in Tralee Sports Complex. The sessions will be outdoors and will focus on the basic skills of the game as well as fundamental movement skills such as agility, balance and co-ordination. The sessions will run each Wednesday for 6 weeks. Children with additional/special needs and those not involved with a club are especially welcome. For further information please contact Kevin Smith at 086 0404270 or 066 7122533
John O’Leary RIP
The late John O’Leary who passed away lastweek was instrumental in re-uniting the two parish teams – Deenagh Rangers and Wolfe Tones – to play as the Kilcummin Club in 1951 and he went on to be Secretary of the new club from 1952 to 1957.
He played Senior Football with the club in the 1950s and early 60s and he won a Kerry Minor Championship with Dick Fitzgeralds in 1951, and won Munster Minor Championship medals with Kerry in 1949, and 1951, missing out on the All Ireland triumph in 1950 due to illness. He went on to be Secretary, Chairman and a Vice President of the East Kerry Board and of course represented the South Kerry constituency as a TD for over 30 years. Ar dheis de go Raibh a Anam Dilis.

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Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Hurling Championship Final

St. Brendan’s and Lixnaw have qualified for the final of the Keane’s Super Valu county minor hurling championship. It will go ahead on this Saturday at Kilmoyley where there will be a 2:30p.m. throw in.
In last weekend’s semi-finals, St. Brendan’s had a facile 8 – 15 to 3 – 6 win over South Kerry in a very one sided game at Lewis Road, Killarney. Meanwhile the Lixnaw versus Ballyduff/Causeway game was a thriller with just 2 points separating the sides at the finish, 0 - 21 to 1 - 15. Lixnaw’s Shane Conway scored 17 points for his side.
Acorn Life Under 21 Semi finals
In the Acorn Life county under 21 hurling championship quarter final on Sunday last, Abbeydorney/Ballyheigue had a 1 – 15 to 3 – 6 win over Crotta O’Neill’s. The semi-final draw has resulted in the following pairings: St. Brendan’s v Abbeydorney/Ballyheigue and Causeway v South Kerry. Both these games are fixed for Saturday, 24th October at 3.00p.m. with venues to be confirmed.
Hurling history
On this Sunday, 18th October at 8.00p.m., a book on the 90 year history of the North Kerry Hurling Board - ‘North Kerry – a hurling history’ - will be launched by the Uachtarán of Cumann Luthchleas Gael, Aogán Ó Fearghaíl. Venue is Ballyroe Heights Hotel. The book runs to 256 pages and includes over 150 photographs and will go on sale at the launch at a cost of €20. All with an interest in Kerry hurling are invited to attend, including former officers and delegates, past and current players and family members of anyone who had a link with the Board over the years. The book will go on sale on Monday at the following shops: Powers, Dillane’s and the Post Office, Abbeydorney; Ross’s Centra and Sheehy’s, Ballyduff, Foley’s Centra, Lixnaw; Lerrig Stores, Kilmoyley, Polymath Bookshop, Tralee, Horgan’s Centra, Ardfert; Moriarty’s, Ballyheigue and Woulfe’s Bookshop, Listowel.

Intermediate & Junior Championships Finals
On this Sunday, 18th October both the co. junior and intermediate championship finals are down for decision. Austin Stacks play Duagh in the junior final at Lixnaw, 1.30p.m.while Dr. Crokes take on Kilmoyley in the intermediate championship final at Abbeydorney at 3.00p.m.
County Senior Hurling League
This year the top 4 teams in Division 1 of the co. senior hurling league will play semi-finals as follows: Kilmoyley v St. Brendan’s and Causeway versus Abbeydorney. They have been fixed for Saturday, 31st October at 3.00p.m., venues to be confirmed.
Munster Club Hurling
Kilmoyley will player Clare champions, Wolfe Tones, Shannon at a Clare venue on the weekend of 25th October in the first round of the Munster intermediate club championship.
In the Munster junior championship, the Kerry representatives will be away to the Limerick champions on Sunday, 1st November. If Dr Crokes win Sunday’s intermediate final, they will represent Kerry but if Kilmoyley win, then the winners of the South Kerry championship will represent the county.