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PRO GAA Scene November 4th 2015 2015-11-04 20:44:00


Garveys SuperValu Senior Football Championship Final

All roads lead to Killarney’s Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday next for the eagerly awaited Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship Final between South Kerry and Killarney Legion. It is a novel pairing in many ways and while South Kerry are no strangers to this stage of the competition, being particularly successful during the noughties when they annexed four titles, Sunday’s final is a whole new venture for the Killarney side. One has to go all the way back to 1946 for Legion’s last appearance in a final and that team, backboned by the famous Lyne brothers from Cleeney, captured their one and only title when defeating John Mitchels in a final played in April 1947.
Both finalists on Sunday have shown good form throughout the campaign with Legion surprising many people when defeating Mid Kerry in the opening Round. They did make hard work of their Round 3 game against Feale Rangers but made many people stand up and take notice when defeating a fancied Kerins O’Rahillys aide by three points in the Quarter finals. In the semi final they came good at the right time finding strongly against Rathmore to seal a first final place in 69 years.
South Kerry for their part have been no less impressive and having travelled to Kilcummin in the opening round, they followed that victory with a win over Dingle, also on the road, in Round 3. Similar to Legion, they did not play to their potential in the rematch with Kilcummin and in the semi final it took a marvellous score from Bryan Sheehan to gain victory when extra time beckoned.
Both sides have a very generous sprinkling of county players of all grades and GAA followers will no doubt witness some intriguing matchups between footballers of the highest calibre. It promises to be an intriguing battle and the fact that the Kerry captaincy is at stake only adds to the intrigue. The final throws in at 3pm and the referee is Seamus Mulvihill of St Senans.

Glenbeigh-Glencar and Templenoe in Junior Decider
The curtain raiser to Sunday’s big game in Fitzgerald Stadium is a game that, were it a stand-alone fixture, would garner a lot of attention in its own right. Glenbeigh-Glencar and Templenoe will meet in the Castleisland Mart Junior Final (1pm) and these are two sides who come into the final with two different backgrounds. The Mid Kerry side were pipped in the final by neighbours Keel just two years ago and last year they went down by a point to eventual champions Brosna at the semi final stage. On both occasions they were the fancied side and this year they may feel that it is their turn to lift the Con Brosnan Cup. However, they are coming up against an up and coming Templenoe side who have worked their way up through the County League Divisions to Division 1 next season. Crowned Novice Champions two years ago, they also fell to Brosna last year by a point, but at the quarter final stageand like their opponents on Sunday they will have seen how Brosna went on to cover themselves in glory by annexing the All Ireland Junior title.
Sunday’s prize is all that will be on the minds of both sets of players however, and with an array of household names on duty on both sides there is no doubt that this game will live up to its pre match billing. Referee is Denis Sayers of Austin Stacks.

Big Match Details
Sunday’s double header in Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney commences at 1pm when Glenbeigh-Glencar and Templenoe contest the County Junior Final. The Senior final between South Kerry and Killarney Legion throws in at 3pm.
Admission to the final is €15 for adults and €10 for Students and OAPs with appropriate ID. Tickets, costing €15 will be on sale in all participating Supervalu and Centra Stores around the County. Students or OAPs who purchase the €15 tickets will be entitled to a €5 refund at the designated concession gates at the Lewis Road and Dalton’s Avenue end of the ground on the production of a valid ID.
A special souvenir 68 page programme, published as usual by Coiste na nÓg, will be on sale for €3 and entertainment will be provided by the Killorglin and District Pipe Band. Patrons are requested to come early and seating in the stand will be on a first come, first served basis.
In the event of a draw in either of Sunday’s final in Fitzgerald Stadium extra time will not apply. Replay dates are as follows: Senior on Saturday 14th at 3pm and Junior on Sunday 15th at 2:30pm.

Jubilee Team

West Kerry, County Championship winners of 1990, are the Jubilee Team to be honoured during the interval of this year’s senior county final. The westerners, captained by Pat Flahive, defeated Mid Kerry in the final. The team will be honoured at a function in the Skellig Hotel Dingle on this Saturday night.

Lispole and St Senans meet in Novice Final
There is a novel pairing in the Castleisland Mart Novice Final when Lispole and St Senans meet in Strand Road on Saturday in a game that has a 3pm throw-in time. This is a big occasion for these two clubs who have seen better times and no doubt both will be hell bent on lifting the Hickey/Quirke Cup and returning to the Junior Championship next season. Lispole will be hoping to end a losing streak that has seen them lose two of the last three Novice finals played; to Scartaglen in 2012 and Listry last year. It's a long time since St Senans have appeared in a county final, their last was the Junior final of 1994 when they lost out to St Pats after a replay.
St Senans overcame Cromane, Renard (by a point) and then neighbours Asdee in the semi-final while Lispole accounted for Moyvane and Kilgarvan before springing a surprise when defeating a fancied Ballydonoghue side in the semi final after an extra time thriller in Strand Road.
Paul Hayes is the man in the middle.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship Final

Dingle retained the Keanes Supervalu Kerry Minor Championship title at Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday afternoon (0-10 to 1-4) coming good in the second half to overcome a disappointing Mid Kerry side none of whose forwards scored from play. In contrast, Dingle had Man of the Match, Conor Geaney in fine shooting form and his five points, all from play, were the main difference between the sides.

Senior Football Championship Relegation Playoff
The Draw for the Senior Football Championship Relegation Playoff was made at Monday evening’s County Committee Meeting and first round games take place on this Saturday. There is an attractive double-bill in Castleisland where last year’s champions, Austin Stacks, meet Milltown-Castlemaine at 1pm. The second game sees another Tralee side, Kerins O’Rahillys and Laune Rangers go head to head at 2:30. In Killorglin, St Michaels-Foilmore take on Kilcummin for the second time in the competition and in Ballymacelligott, All Ireland Intermediate Champions, Ardfert take on county semi finalists, Rathmore, both games at 2:30.
These are major games for all of these clubs whose championship status is at stake over thenext few weeks. Extra time will be played in the event of a draw.
The four winners of this weekend’s Round 1 games will be exempt from relegation to Intermediate status. The four losers will go into an open draw in Round 2 with the losers of those two games losing their senior status. The two winners of the Round 2 games will play in Round 3 with the loser of that Round 3 game being the third team to lose their senior status.

Intermediate Relegation Playoff
Two more playoff games will be take place in the Intermediate Relegation playoff this Saturday. Annascaul play Gneeveguilla in Milltown and Keel play Brosna in Farranfore, both games at 3pm. There is no date fixed for the Skellig Rangers V Finuge game. Listowel Emmets, following defeat to Glenflesk, became the first team to lose their Intermediate status.

Credit Union Senior Football League Roundup
There were some important games played in the Credit Union Senior Football League last weekend with some important promotion issues decided.
In Division 1 there will have to be a playoff to decide who will play Dr Crokes in the Division 1 final following Killarney Legion’s 3-10 to 1-7 victory over Milltown-Castlemaine and Austin Stacks 0-21 to 2-8 victory over Desmonds in the final Round games played on Sunday last. So Legion and Stacks will have to face off to see who takes on Dr Crokes for the League decider. Meanwhile Dr Crokes completed their last fixture with a 2-21 to 0-9 victory over Glenbeigh-Glencar.
In Division 2, Rathmore have jumped into joint second place following a 2-14 to 0-12 victory over Spa in a back game in Rathbeg on Saturday. Rathmore are away to Kenmare, a point behind them in the table, in the final round. Templenoe play Gneeveguilla and John Mitchels are away to St Marys. There is one back game left in this Division, that between Gneeveguilla and St Marys and Round 11 cannot proceed until that game is played.
In Division 3 it was a case of who would go up along with champions Beaufort as the four top teams in the Division were in action against each other. Listry and An Ghaeltacht made the final two promotion places theirs with victories over Beaufort and Annascaul respectively. Listry returned to Division 2 after being relegated last year with a 2-9 to 1-9 victory over champions Beaufort in Listry while An Ghaeltacht had it all their own way against their West Kerry neighbours in Annascaul winning by 15 points to 3 and returning to Division 2 after two years in the lower Division.
In Divisions 4 and 5, all Round 11 games will be played on November 15th.

Munster Intermediate Club Championship
Well done to St Marys who came good in the second half to defeat Tipperary champions Upperchurch-Drombane at Cashel on a score of 2-12 to 1-10 on Sunday last. They now meet Corofin of Clare at a Kerry venue on November 14th.

Kerry Management Teams Ratified

The following Team Managements were ratified at Monday evening’s meeting of the County Committee:
Senior Hurling
Ciarán Carey was ratified as the new Kerry Hurling Manager for a two year term in succession the Eamonn Kelly. His selectors are: Michael Conway (Lixnaw) and James McCarthy (Kilmoyley). Damien Ryall (Abbeydorney) will continue as the Physical Trainer. A Coach will be appointed at the next meeting.
Senior Football
Eamonn Fitzmaurice's Management team were ratified as follows: Padraig Corcoran (Dingle) Trainer/Selector and Selectors, Mikey Sheehy (Austin Stacks), Diarmuid Murphy (Dingle) and Liam Hassett (Laune Rangers).
Minor Football
Peter Keane's Management Team were ratified as follows: Selectors: Tommy Griffin (Dingle) and James Foley (Kilcummin). Chris Flannery will be the Physical Trainer.

Kerry GAA Supporters Club Annual Mass
The annual mass for the deceased members of the Kerry GAA Supporters Club will take place next Monday 9th November in Ballygarry House Hotel at 8pm. All are welcome.

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

Acorn Life Under 21 Hurling Final

The final of the 2015 Acorn Life Co. Under 21 hurling championship between Abbeydorney/Ballyheigue and Causeway will go ahead on this Saturday, 7th November. Venue is Kilmoyley where there will be a 2.30p.m. throw in.

Credit Union Senior Hurling League

St. Brendan’s and Causeway will contest the final of the Credit Union Co. senior hurling league, Division 1. In last weekend’s semi-finals, St. Brendan’s had a 1 – 14 to 1 – 12 win over Kilmoyley while Causeway defeated Abbeydorney by 0 – 14 to 0 – 5. No date has been set for this fixture.

Hurling History

‘North Kerry – a hurling history’ - a book on the 90 year history of the North Kerry Hurling Board is on sale at €20 at the following shops: Foley’s Gala Express, Lixnaw; Horgan’s Centra, Ardfert; Lerrig Stores, Kilmoyley, Powers, Dillane’s and the Post Office, Abbeydorney; Ross’s Centra and Sheehy’s, Ballyduff, Polymath Bookshop, Tralee, Leahy’s, Flynn’s and the Post Office in Causeway; Moriarty’s Post Office, Ballyheigue and Woulfe’s Bookshop, Listowel. Orders can also be made through tocatp1@gmail.com. Any enquiries from 087-9706162.

Munster Club Junior Championship

Dr. Crokes went down by 4 – 15 to 0 – 5 to Drom-Broadford in the Munster junior hurling championship played at Dromcollogher last Sunday. This ends the Kerry involvement in Munster club competitions for this year.

Dublin Championship win for Darragh O’Connell

Congratulations to former Abbeydorney and Kerry hurler and now Dublin hurler, Darragh O’Connell, on winning a Dublin co. senior hurling championship medal with Cuala on Saturday last. Cuala defeated St. Jude’s in the final by 3 - 14 to 1 - 10 to win only their 4th co. title. Interestingly, in the past, another former Kerry hurler won a co. senior medal with Cuala. He was Mike Shea of Kenmare who played at centre forward in Cuala’s 1991 final victory over St. Vincent’s.

Tralee Parnell’s
Tralee Parnell’s will be the first hurling club to hold their annual general meeting this year. It will take place on this Friday, 6th November, 8.30p.m. at the Kerins-O’Rahilly’s clubrooms. All nominations for officer positions to secretary.traleeparnells.kerry@gaa.ie Anyone interested in getting involved with the club is welcome to attend.