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PRO GAA Scene October 21st 2015 2015-10-21 22:09:00

Legion Qualify for County SFC Final
Killarney Legion have qualified for their first County Senior Final since 1946 thanks to a 1-12 to 1-9 victory over a gallant Rathmore fifteen at Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday last. Rathmore had got off to the better start but their six point lead was whittled down to two at the break and a goal at the three quarter stage by Conor Keane, following good work by James O’Donoghue, brought Legion back into a game that seemed to be slipping away from them. The Killarney side finished the stronger (1-12 to 1-9) and will now meet the winners of the second semi-final between Kenmare District and South Kerry. By virtue of their win, Legion are also exempt from the Senior Football Championship Relegation playoff.
South Kerry and Kenmare District clash in second semi final of SFC
Football followers in the Kingdom should be in for another treat on Sunday next when two Divisional sides, Kenmare District and South Kerry, clash in the second semi final of the Garveys Supervalu senior football Championship at Fitzgerald Stadium (throw-in 2:30pm). I think that it is fair to say that over the past few weeks we have seen some fine games in the championship with all teams adopting a very positive approach in the way they played the game. Sunday’s encounter should be no different.
Kenmare District have qualified for this stage of the championship for the first time since they last won the competition way back in 1987 and they have done so with free scoring victories over St Brendans, Laune Rangers and West Kerry. They are a relatively young side with e refreshing style of play and it will be interesting to see how they fare against an experienced South Kerry side.
South Kerry for their part, are backboned by newly crowned county Intermediate champions St Marys but of course they have had to endure the disruption to their preparations due to the Intermediate Championship final and the pending Munster Intermediate Club Championship which is pencilled in for the weekend of November 1st. The divisional side will be longing for a return to the glory days of the noughties when they captured four titles, the last of which they won in 2009.
This unique semi final pairing should bring another big crowd to Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday. This is a stand-alone fixture and patrons are asked to come in good time to avoid congestion at the turnstiles. Extra time will be played in the event of a draw.
Garveys Supervalu Senior County Football Championship Final
At it's meeting on Monday evening last the CCC of Kerry County Committee made the following decisions with regard to the Garveys Supervalu Senior County Football Championship final;
The winners of Sunday's second semi final will play Killarney Legion in the Final as follows: If Kenmare District on November 1st, If South Kerry* on November 8th.
*St Marys, who are part of the South Kerry Divisional team, are due to play the Tipperary champions in the Munster Intermediate Club Championship Round 1 on the weekend of November 1st.
Senior Football Championship Relegation Playoff
The draw for the senior football championship relegation playoff will take place at the County Committee Meeting on Monday November 2nd. Games will be played on the weekend of November 7th/8th.
If the senior football championship final is fixed for Sunday November 8th these games will be fixed for Saturday November 7th but if the final is not going ahead on that date the games will be fixed for Sunday 8th of November. Clubs will be notified of the exact time and venue of their games immediately after the draw. All games to be played at neutral venues.
Possible exception is the game involving Ardfert which may be played at a later date - to be confirmed at next CCC meeting which will take place on Sunday evening next October 25th.
St Marys are Castleisland Mart Intermediate Football Champions
St Marys were crowned Castleisland Mart Intermediate Football Champions at Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday last when they were deserving winners over Spa (1-13 to 0-13). The South Kerry side got the better start and led by 5 points to 1 at the end of the first quarter but Spa had the margin down to two points at the break, 8 to 6. Again St Marys made all the running at the change of ends but Spa fought back well to level the game at the three quarter stage. A goal by team captain Sean Cournane six minutes from time was the decisive score of the game however and thereafter, South Kerry withstood the best that a gallant Spa side could throw at them.
After the game, county committee chairman Patrick O’Sullivan presented the Fenian Cup to winning captain Sean Cournane and Jimmy Roche of sponsors Castleisland Mart presented the Man of the Match trophy to veteran St Marys goalkeeper Austin Constable who defied the Spa attack on many occasions during the second half in particular.
Due to the restructuring of the County Senior Championship, the Intermediate champions do not have the option of playing senior football championship in 2016.
St Marys will now play the Tipperary champions, Upperchurch-Drombane or Clonmel Óg in the Munster Club Championship on the weekend of November 1st at a Tipperary venue.
Intermediate Championship Relegation Playoffs
The Intermediate Championship relegation playoffs commence on Sunday next when Glenflesk play Emmets in Strand Road (2pm) and continue on October 31st when Brosna play Keel (3pm) and November 8th when Annascaul play Gneeveguilla (3pm) in Listry. In each case the loser reverts to Junior championship status nest season. No date has been fixed for the Skellig Rangers V Finuge game.
Junior Football Championship Final
Glenbeigh-Glencar will play Templenoe in the final of the Junior Football Championship following semi final victories over Beaufort and Firies respectively on Sunday last.
In Killorglin, Glenbeigh-Glencar, with Gavin O’Grady, who kicked 8 points, in devastating form, had a 0-18 to 0-11 victory over their Mid Kerry neighbours while in Beaufort, Killian Spillane’s six points return helped Templenoe to a 2-14 to 0-14 victory over Firies.
There is no definite date for the final due to Kenmare District’s involvement in the County Championship, however, if Kenmare are not in the final, then the likely date is November 8th while if Kenmare District are in the county final then the Junior final will be on November 15th. The Kerry winners will play the winners of Tipperary or Cork on November 22nd.
Novice Football Championship
The Novice Football Championship final will see Lispole take on St Senans following last weekend’s semi finals. Lispole got the better of a fancied Ballydonoghue side after extra time at Strand Road on a score of 2-11 to 0-16 while in Finuge, the North Kerry derby ended in victory for St Senans over Asdee on a score of 1-10 to 1-7. The final will be played on the weekend of November 8th.
Meanwhile in the Novice Shield semi final played on Saturday last, Moyvane had a 1-13 to 0-15 victory over Fossa in Ballyseedy in a game that also went to extra time. Moyvane will play the winners of the other semi-final between Sneem-Derrynane and Beale, a game that is delayed due to South Kerry’s involvement in the senior championship.
Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship Semi Finals
The semi finals of the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship will be played at different venues in Tralee on Saturday next. In John Mitchels grounds at 2pm Mid Kerry will play Dr Crokes and at Strand Road at 4pm, Shannon Rangers will play Dingle. It was not possible to have a double bill. The final will be played on the weekend of November 1st.
Scór AGM
The AGM of Coiste Cultuir Chiarrai will take place in Austin Stacks Park Tralee on Thursday October 22nd @ 8.30pm.
North Kerry – A Hurling History is launched
Last Sunday evening was a momentous day in the 90 year history of the North Kerry Hurling Board when Uáchtarán CLG, Aogán Ó Fearghaill launched the recently published history of the North Kerry Hurling Board from 1925 to 2015 “North Kerry – A Hurling History”.
This is a splendid publication beautifully presented and bound and is a credit to its author, St Brendan’s clubman, Tommy O’Connor. The quality of the layout, printing and photographs is excellent and I am sure that once the reader gets stuck into its twelve chapters he or she will find that the printed content is just as good.
The launch itself was a credit to the North Kerry Hurling Board with the All Ireland Scór Champions Lixnaw entertaining the large crowd. Speakers included the Chairman of the Munster Council, Robert Frost; Vice Chairman of the County Committee, Diarmuid Ó Se, Iár Uachtarán CLG, Seán Ó Ceallaigh, Minister of State for the Diaspora, Mr Jimmy Deenihan TD, Joe Walsh, Chairman of the NKHB and of course Uáchtarán Ó Feraghail who marvelled at how the game of hurling had survived in such a football orientated county.
The book runs to 256 pages and includes over 150 photographs, sells at €20 and is on sale 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.

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

Three Hurling Championship Finals Decided last weekend
After last weekend’s hurling action, county champions were won at various levels by Lixnaw, Kilmoyley and Austin Stacks.
Lixnaw, captained by John Buckley, are the Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin County Minor Hurling Champions for the second year in a row following a comprehensive 3-19 to 1-10 victory over St. Brendan’s in Kilmoyley on Saturday. Jeremy McKenna won the Man of the Match award.
On Sunday at Abbeydorney, Kilmoyley, captained by Richard Gentleman, won the County Intermediate championship with a 2 – 14 to 1 – 13 win over Dr. Crokes while at Lixnaw, Austin Stack’s won the Junior championship title with a comprehensive 4 – 12 to 0 – 11 win over Duagh with Danny Maguire as captain.
Acorn Life Under 21 Semi Finals
The semi-finals of the Acorn Life County Under 21 hurling championship are fixed for this Saturday, 24th October at 3.00p.m. with venues to be confirmed. The draw has resulted in the following pairings: St. Brendan’s v Abbeydorney/Ballyheigue and Causeway v South Kerry.
Hurling history
‘North Kerry – a hurling history’ - a book on the 90 year history of the North Kerry Hurling Board - was launched last Sunday by the Uachtarán of Cumann Luthchleas Gael, Aogán Ó Fearghaíl. It runs to 256 pages and includes over 150 photographs and sells at €20. The book is on sale 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. Any other enquiries from 087-9706162
Credit Union Senior Hurling League
This year the top 4 teams in Division 1 of the county senior hurling league will play semi-finals as follows: Kilmoyley v St. Brendan’s and Causeway versus Abbeydorney. They have been fixed for Saturday week, 31st October at 3.00p.m., venues to be confirmed.
Munster Club Championship
Kilmoyley will player Clare champions, Wolfe Tones, Shannon at Sixmilebridge on this Saturday, 24th October at 4.00p.m. in the first round of the Munster intermediate club championship.
In the Munster junior championship, the winners of the South Kerry senior championship will be away to the Limerick champions on Sunday, 1st November. The Tralee Parnell’s annual awards night for players from under 10 upwards will take place at the Kerins-O’Rahilly’s clubhouse on this Friday, 23rd October.