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PRO GAA Scene November 11th 2015 2015-11-11 23:12:00

Senior Football Championship Final ends in a draw

Killarney Legion and South Kerry will have to do it all again following last Sunday’s draw (0-9 each) between the sides in the Garvey’s SuperValu senior football championship final at Fitzgerald Stadium. Legion came out of the blocks first and looked to be the better side in the opening half picking off some fine scores from out the field through the likes of Jamie O’Sullivan in particular. For all their possession however, just three points separated the sides at the interval and it was clear that the game was still there to be won despite South Kerry’s lack of penetration up front.
South Kerry, with wind advantage, were a different side on the turnover and now it was their turn to treat the attendance of 6,357 to some delightful long range scores with Bryan Sheehan showing all his skills. Legion hung in there however and after Greg Gibson’s 61st minute effort seemed to have given the Southerners the title there was still time for the Killarney side to get a late, late, equaliser and send the game to a replay. The premier event on the Kerry GAA calendar was then marred by some ugly scenes that dragged on after the final whistle that reflected poorly on both sides after what was up to then a very sporting contest.

Replay Date
The drawn final certainly resulted in some headaches for the CCC given that St Marys have a Munster Intermediate Club Championship fixture on this coming Saturday. Following discussions between officials of the Munster Council and Kerry GAA it was decided that the replay would go back a week to Sunday November 22nd in Fitzgerald Stadium with a 2:30 pm throw-in time. Extra time will apply and there will be no curtain raiser.

Templenoe are Junior Champions
Novice Champions just two years ago, Templenoe were crowned Kerry Junior Champions on Sunday last following victory over Glenbeigh-Glencar in a disappointingly one sided final in the curtain raiser at Fitzgerald Stadium. Once the winners took advantage of the wind in the first half to open up an 8 points interval lead, the writing was always on the wall for the Mid Kerry men and Templenoe were quite content to soak up the pressure in the second half eventually running out 1-14 to 1-6 winners. While Gavin Crowley was afterwards the recipient of the Castleisland Mart sponsored Man of the Match award, in truth, any one of four or five Templenoe’s players could have just as easily got the nod such was their overall superiority on the day. For Glenbeigh-Glencar, also beaten finalists two years ago, it was another disappointing day that they will certainly want to forget in a hurry.
So Templenoe’s graph continues to rise and they will now play Bandon in the Munster Club Championship at a Cork venue on the weekend of November 22nd.

St Senans are County Novice Champions
St Senans are Castleisland Mart county Novice champions following victory by the narrowest margin against a gallant Lispole side at Strand Road on Saturday last (1-10 to 1-9). Just a point separated the sides at the interval but Paudie Quille’s goal soon after the resumption put Senans in control and they went six clear with ten to go. Cathal O’Sulllivan’s goal revitalised Lispole but they had too much ground to make up in the final minutes and the North Kerry side held on for what was a deserved victory. After the game, the Hickey/Quirke Cup was presented to winning captain Sean Weir by vice chairman of the county committee Diarmuid Ó Sé and the Castleisland Mart Man of the Match trophy was presented to Paudie Quille of St Senans.

Senior Football Championship Relegation Playoffs
Last year’s champions Austin Stacks are tethering on the brink of relegation to Intermediate status following the first round of Relegation Playoff games played on Saturday last. In the first of a double bill atCastleisland, the Rockies were defeated by a fired up Milltown Castlemaine side who took full advantage of the wind in the first half to lead by two at the break and they then got the boost of an early second half goal from Jack McCarthy which gave them a cushion for the remainder of the game and they ran out deserving 2-9 to 2-6 winners.
In the second game, Kerins O’Rahillys, with Tommy Walsh and Barry John Keane in fine form, were always shaping like winners against Laune Rangers. The winners led by 7 points to 4 at the break and an early second half goal by Jack Savage saw them go on to prevail by 1-12 to 0-9. Well doen to the Castleisland Desmonds Club for their exemplary hosting of these two games.
In Ballymacelligott, Rathmore had little difficulty in disposing of the challenge of an understrength Ardfert side. The winners led 1-10 to 0-3 at the break and were never threatened during a lack lustre second half running out 1-13 to 0-5 winners.
St Michaels Foilmore gave favourites Kilcummin a rare fright at Killorglin before the East Kerry side came good in the final quarter to preserve their senior status that stretches back to 1998. The South Kerry side struck three goals during the first 24 minutes and led by 3-2 to 1-7 at the break. They still led by two at the three quarter stage but a goal from Kelvin Teahan swung the game in Kilcummin’s favour and they went on to win by five points, 3-12 to 3-7.
The Draw for Round 2 took place at the CCC meeting on Monday night and will see St Michaels Foilmore play Austin Stacks in Killorglin and Laune Rangers play Ardfert in Ballymac with both games going ahead on the eve of the county final on Saturday November 21st at 2pm with Extra Time.

Intermediate Championship Relegation Playoffs
Both Gneeveguilla and Brosna preserved their Intermediate status following playoff matches on Saturday last. Gneeveguilla defeated Annascaul by 11 points to 9 in Milltown and Brosna defeated Keel by 9 points to 8 in Farranfore. The remaining playoff game is between Beale and Skellig Rangers and that game will go ahead on November 28th at 2pm at a Mid Kerry venue. Listowel Emmets have already been demoted to Junior rank next year.

Credit Union Senior Football League

The completion process of the Credit Union Senior Football Leagues continues this weekend and over the next few weeks. The CCC has being doing its utmost to accommodate championship fixtures at county, provincial and divisional level and of course, where relegation and promotion issues are at stake then all those games in each division have to be played at the same time.
There are three games in Division 1 on Sunday at 2pm and these games should decide who goes down to Division 2 with St Michaels Foilmore and Finuge. Waterville are in most danger being on 7 points with Kilcummin and Dingle a point better off. All three are on the road with Waterville travel Ballinskelligs to take on St Michaels Foilmore with Kilcummin travelling to Finuge and Dingle travelling to Strand Rd.
Division 2 is at a standstill until the Round 10 backgame between Gneeveguilla and St Marys is played and there is no date in the horizon for that.
Division 3 has four games left all of which have a direct say in who goes down to Division 4 next season. The 6th December is the provisional date for those games.
There is a full round of games in Division 4 this Sunday at 2pm. Ballydonoghue and St Senans have already been promoted and the game between Dromid Pearses and Scartaglen could decide who goes up with them. Dromid are on 12 points with Scart a point behind in the company of Fossa who have Lispole as visitors and Dr Crokes who entertain St Senans. At the bottom, Cordal and Cromane are relegated and the third relegation position is between Castlegregory (10 points) who have Cordal as visitors, Lispole (9 points) who travel to Fossa and Churchill (also 9 points) who are at home to Firies.
The three promoted teams in Division 5 are known and all that is to be decided is who goes up to Division 4 as champions. Moyvane and Renard share top spot on 16 points with Valentia a point behind. Games involving those clubs will go ahead on Saturday at 2:30 with Renard making the long trip to Asdee, , Valentia travelling to Austin Stacks and Moyvane at home to Duagh. The issue of champions of the Division may very well have to be decided on a playoff.

4 Football All Stars for Kerry
Four Kerry Footballers have been honoured with All Stars at the GAA/GPA All Stars banquet in Dublin on Friday night last. Brendan Kealy, Shane Enright, Anthony Maher and Donnchadh Walsh have all been named on the team and it is a first such award for all four. Certainly all four were certainties beforehand and at long last Donnchadh Walsh has got his much coveted award.
Congratulations to all four.

Health and Wellbeing Youth Forum

The Kerry County Board Health and Wellbeing Committee’s first Youth Forum will take place in The Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee on Saturday the 21st November 2015, from 10am until 2pm. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided.
Forum Title: GAA – The Inner Journey and The Outer Journey of Those Involved
Guest speakers: Éamonn Fitzmaurice, (Kerry Senior Team Manager), Aodhán Mac Gearailt (Former Kerry Senior Player), Eileen Buckley, (Relationship Mentor), Alan O’Donoghue (Captain Kerry Junior Team). MC for the Forum: Sean O’Sullivan (Former Kerry Senior Player). In addition to the speakers there will be workshops, questions and answers session with the topics for discussion including:
• The Importance of Relationship,
• Communication – The life blood of Relationships.
• Emotions – The most important barometer of our well-being.
• Addictions – understanding why we create them.
• Understanding success and failure and much more.
All GAA clubs in the county are invited to choose 3 youth members (aged between 18 and 23, male or female) to attend along with the Chairperson or Senior Team Manager. Please provide the names of these attendees to Peter Twiss, County Board Secretary as soon as possible.

Scór na nÓg
The date for the county final quiz has changed to Saturday November 28th @ 7pm. Venue to be confirmed. Please submit names and GAA membership numbers to secretary.scor.kerry@gaa.ie no later than Monday November 16th.
The date for the Scór na nÓg County Final has changed to Friday November 20th @ 6.30pm in The Racecourse Killarney. Passes for competitors will be forwarded to district committees in the next 2 weeks.

Leo Griffin RIP
It was with deep regret that Kerry GAA learned of the death on Friday last of Leo Griffin from Tralee.
A former kit-man with the county team, Leo will forever be remembered, and associated with, an amazing successful period in Kerry Football – the Mick O’Dwyer era. Photographs from that era would indicate that he was, in essence, a lucky mascot for those teams
Leo was a lifelong member of the John Mitchels GAA Club and a member of the Kerry GAA Supporters Club from the outset.
Leo got a great send off in his native Tralee on Saturday afternoon. Members of the Kerry GAA Supporters Club were there in force to lend a hand. At his requiem mass in St Johns, Mick O'Dwyer brought the Kerry Jersey, Paudie Dineen, current Ass Treasurer of Kerry Co Board, brought a football and John King from Kerry Supporters Club brought an All Ireland Match day program, 8 time All Ireland winner and former Kerry Captain Ger Power did a reading, Brian Caball and Cheoltas performed the Music and read Irish readings and members of the Supporters Club helped shoulder the coffin. Brian Caball read Gary McMahon's poem “Dúchas” as the end of mass. It was a fitting tribute and he got a resounding applause when finished.
Outside, the guard of honour was led by the likes of Mick O'Dwyer and former Kerry Captain Jimmy Deenihan now Minister for the Disapora, former Kerry players, Kerry County Board Officers past and present , Mayor Of Kerry Pat McCarthy and the people of Tralee too came out in support as the cortege made its way to Leo's final resting place in Kilflynn Cemetery.
We extend our sympathies to his sister Cora, his Club John Mitchels and his many friends.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

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

Causeway are Under 21 Hurling Champions

Congratulations to Causeway on winning the 2015 Acorn Life Co. Under 21 hurling championship following their 2 - 17 to 3 - 8 win over Abbeydorney/Ballyheigue in the final, played at Kilmoyley on Saturday last. Although Abbeydorney/Ballyheigue got 2 goals in the first five minutes, Causeway took the lead by the 12th minute, were ahead by 2 - 11 to 2 - 3 at half time and when referee Ian Liston blew the full time whistle they were 6 points to the good. After the game the cup was presented to the winning captain, Tommy Casey, by Gerard McCarthy, Kerry Hurling Officer while the Acorn Life Man of the Match award was presented to the Causeway corner forward, Paul McGrath by Pius Horgan of Acorn Life. This was only their third ever Co. Under 21 title having previously won it in 1979 and 2014.
The Causeway team was: Stephen Murphy, Billy Lyons, Cathal Kearney, David Goulding, Jack Goulding, Jason Diggins, Eoin Ross, Tommy Casey (capt.), Darren Leahy, Daniel Carroll, Jamie McGrath, Brandon Barrett, Paul McGrath, Sean Leahy, Joe Diggins.

Kerry All-Stars

Congratulations to the 4 Kerry senior hurlers who were presented with national Christy Ring Champions 15 All-Star awards last Friday – Shane Nolan (Crotta), Keith Carmody (Causeway), John Egan (St. Brendan’s) and Patrick Kelly (Clarecastle). In addition, Keith Carmody won the overall Christy Ring Hurler of the Year award to crown a wonderful year for Kerry hurling.
Recently, former Limerick hurler, Ciaran Carey (Patrickswell) was appointed Kerry hurling manager for 2016 while his selectors will be two former Kerry players, Michael Conway (Lixnaw) and James McCarthy (Kilmoyley). Damien Ryall will be the physical trainer and a hurling coach will be announced at the next county committee meeting.

Credit Union Senior Hurling Leagues

There are still a number of back games to be played in the co. hurling leagues. In the senior Division 2, Lixnaw are fixed to play Kenmare on this Saturday, 14th Nov.
In the minor leagues, there are 2 back games down for decision on this Sunday, 15th Nov. at 2.00p.m. In Division 1B, Causeway are at home to Crotta while in Division 1B Ballyheigue are at home to South Kerry.

Hurling History
‘North Kerry – a hurling history’ – is on sale at the following shops: Moriarty’s Post Office, Ballyheigue; Foley’s Gala Express, Lixnaw; Horgan’s Centra, Ardfert; Woulfe’s Bookshop, Listowel; Lerrig Stores, Kilmoyley; Powers, Dillane’s and the Post Office, Abbeydorney; Ross’s Centra and Sheehy’s, Ballyduff; Leahy’s, Flynn’s and the Post Office in Causeway and Polymath Bookshop, Courthouse Lane, Tralee. The 256 page hardback book sells at €20. Any enquiries from 087-9706162 or tocatp1@gmail.com