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PRO GAA Scene November 17th 2015 2015-11-18 21:47:00

Killarney Legion and South Kerry renew County Final rivalry

After the Titanic battle between the sides in the drawn game, Killarney Legion and South Kerry renew rivalry in the Garvey’s SuperValu senior football championship final at Killarney’s Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday next. Few present in the 6,357 attendance a fortnight ago will want to miss this second instalment between the sides and while we often hear that replays fail to live up to the drawn game, I have a suspicion that this game will be an exception to that theory.
It will be interesting to see who will stand up and be counted on Sunday. James O’Sullivan (Legion) and Bryan Sheehan (South Kerry) carried the bulk of the scoring threat on behalf of their respective sides in the drawn game, and no doubt, managers John Sugrue and Pater Keane will be aiming to get the remainder of their offensive players contributing to the scoreboard on a more regular basis in the rematch. Very often in games such as this an unheralded player sticks their head above the parapet to give a man of the match display or indeed contribute heroically to the scoreboard a la Greg Gibson in the drawn game and Sunday is the stage for such deeds.
Many observers were of the belief before the drawn game that the Killarney side would have all the obvious benefits that go with being a club side such as teamwork, cohesion and understanding of one another’s play but South Kerry have shown before that they are a resolute bunch and of all the Divisional sides, they seem to be the one outfit that can defy the odds on the big day. Of course both teams had distractions over the last week with Legion giving second best to Cork side Nemo Rangers in the Munster Senior Club Championship and St Marys inflicting a heavy defeat on Corofin of Clare in the Intermediate grade.
It promises to be another intriguing battle between two fine sides and do not be surprised if it takes extra time to separate them! Paul Hayes of Kerins O’Rahillys is the Referee and the game throws in at 2:30pm.

Big Match Arrangements
Sunday’s game is a stand-alone all-ticket fixture so patrons are advised to come early to avoid delays at the entry points. Ticket vans will be in place and gates will open at 1:15pm. Admission is at the reduced rate of €13 for Adults and €8 for OAPs and Students on production of current ID at the concession gates.
Tickets may be pre-bought at any of the Garveys Supervalu Stores or at participating Supervalu and Centra Stores around the county. Only adult tickets may be pre-purchased at these stores but OAPs and Students who purchase tickets in advance will get a refund at the concession gates.
Under 16s are free.
Programmes for Sunday’s game have also been reduced to €2.

Legion go down to Nemo Rangers

With one eye on the County Final replay on Sunday next, it was understandable that Legion failed to play to their true potential against Cork champions Nemo Rangers at Pairc Uí Rinn on Sunday last coming out on the wrong side of a 0-14 to 0-8 scoreline.
St Marys in Munster Intermediate Final
St Marys are in the Munster Intermediate Club final following a facile victory over Clare representatives Corofin at a windswept Cahirciveen on Saturday last. Taking full advantage of the wind the home team had this game in the bag at half time when they led by 2-13 to no score. An early Conor O’Shea goal on the turnover secured the South Kerry side their passage to a Munster Final meeting with Cork Champions Carrigaline on the weekend of November 29th on a 4-21 to 0-1 scoreline.

Templenoe are in Munster Club Action
County Junior champions, Templenoe are in Munster Junior Club action this coming weekend when they travel to take on Cork standard bearers Bandon on Sunday next in Clonakilty at 2pm.
Templenoe were certainly very impressive when accounting for many people’s favourites, Glenbeigh-Glencar in the Kerry decider two weeks ago and this will be the Kenmare District club’s maiden voyage in Munster Club action. Of course once you have navigated the murky waters of the Kerry Club Championship, statistics show that the trick for the Kerry standard bearers is usually to get over the Cork champions and after that, success at national level is in sight. Bandon may be better known as a hurling club but Templenoe would do well not to underestimate the Cork side’s credentials given that the Premier Intermediate championship is a pretty competitive one in the neighbouring county, however a repeat of the County Final should give Templenoe their passage to the final.

Two Senior Clubs will be relegated to Intermediate status this weekend

Barring a draw, two senior football championship clubs will lose their senior status this weekend when Round 2 of the relegation playoffs take place. The losers of this weekend’s games will get demoted while both winners will playoff in Round 3 with the losers of that final game also being demoted.
It is hard to believe that last year’s champions, Austin Stacks, have been dragged into a dogfight such as this but their inept display against Milltown-Castlemaine in Round 1 has landed them in a situation whereby their status is on the line and no doubt, their opponents in Killorglin on Saturday, St Michaels-Foilmore, will not be doing them any favours. The other game sees another long standing senior side, Laune Rangers, put their senior status on the line in Ballymacelligott where they take on last year’s Intermediate champions Ardfert. Both games throw in at 2pm and extra time applies where necessary..

Intermediate Relegation Playoff
With Keel, Annascaul and Listowel Emmets already having lost their Intermediate status, the remaining club to be demoted will be decided on November 28th when Skellig Rangers play Finuge in Milltown.

Credit Union Senior Football League Roundup
Despite defeating neighbours St Michaels-Foilmore in their final game of the season, Waterville were relegated to Division 2 football next season as a result of victories by both Kilcummin and Dingle over Finuge and Kerins O’Rahillys respectively. Those victories moved the winners onto the ten points safety mark leaving Waterville on 9.
At the other end of the table, Dr Crokes’ opponents in the Division 1 League decider are still unknown; Legion and Austin Stacks are locked together and will playoff on December 6th.
Division 2
The situation in Division 2 remains unchanged; the back game between Gneeveguilla and St Marys must be played ahead of the final round of games and that game will go ahead under lights on Wednesday December 2nd. The final Round of games in Division 2 will go ahead on December 6th with the exception of Kenmare V Rathmore which is a winner takes all
promotion game that will go ahead on Sunday November 29th as a stand alone fixture.
Division 3
In Division 3, there are four remaining fixtures, all of which have a direct bearing on the relegation issue. Those games are pencilled in for December 6th. Beaufort, Listry and An Ghaeltacht have already been promoted.
Division 4
There was a full round of fixtures in Division 4 last weekend with Dromid Pearses, thanks to their victory over Scartaglen, claiming promotion on the last day. By the same token, Scart’s promotion hopes were ended as were Fossa’s following their loss to Lispole. So Ballydonoghue go up to Division 3 as champions together with St Senans and Dromid Pearses. Cordal and Cromane were already relegated to Division 5 next season and they will be joined by either Churchill or Castlegregory both of whom ended their season with 10 points and they play off on Saturday November 28th in Strand Rd. Incidentally, four teams, Fossa, Firies, Lispole and Scartaglen were just a point above the relegation line in this Division with the likes of Fossa and Scartaglen having an outside chance of promotion before the final round began.
Division 5
In Division 5, all three promoted teams, Moyvane, Renard and Valentia, got maximum points last weekend but the issue of which one of them goes up as champions remains undecided as Renard and Moyvane, both of whom ended on 18 points, will have to play off on November 28th in John Mitchels to decide that honour.
Novice Shield
Beale play Sneem/Derrynane in the Novice Shield semi final on Sunday December 29th with the final against Moyvane fixed for Sunday December 6th.
County Committee Meeting
A meeting of the County Committee will be held in the Austin Stack Park on Monday evening next commencing at 8pm. Among the items on the agenda are motions that will be dealt with at County committee level. Of those ten motions, surprisingly, in light of the post All Ireland Final fixtures backlog of recent weeks, only three of those motions relate specifically to Fixtures as follows:
Motion 1: That County Leagues start in March and be finished by end of September (Castlegregory).
Motion 2: That the final round of the County Senior Football League be played on the first weekend after the All Ireland Football Final (Ballymac).
Motion 7: That no rounds of the County Senior Football Championship be played between the Munster Final and Kerry's exit from the All-Ireland Championship (Rathmore).
The Annual Convention will take place in Killarney on December 7th. All Officers of the County Executive have been returned unopposed.

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 this Saturday the 21st November 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 and a questions and answers session.

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

Kerry Senior Hurlers 2016
Kerry Senior Hurlers have two home Draws in Leinster SHC round robin series
The fixtures have been announced by the Leinster Council G.A.A. for the round robin series of their 2016 senior hurling championship which involves Kerry, Offaly, Westmeath and Carlow. Kerry has been fortunate to receive 2 home draws, to be played at Austin Stack Park.
Details are as follows: Sunday, 1st May at home to Carlow; Saturday, 7th May at home to Westmeath; Sunday, 22nd May away to Offaly at O’Connor Park, Tullamore.

Credit Union Senior Hurling Leagues
Neither of the 2 matches fixed in Division 2 of the senior co. league were played last weekend. The Lixnaw versus Kenmare game was postponed due to pitch unavailability while Causeway got a walkover from Dr. Crokes. Following a decision of the hurling clubs earlier this year, there will be semi-finals in Division 2 and at present the top 4 teams are as follows: Causeway 18 points from 9 matches; Kilmoyley 13 points from 8 games; Kenmare 12 points from 8 games and St. Brendan’s 11 points from 8 games. A feature of this league is the number of games that have not been played, with 16 games conceded to date while a number of back games still remain to be played.
On this Saturday, Lixnaw play Kenmare at 2:30 and on Sunday Kilmoyley play Causeway at 2pm.
Minor Hurling Leagues
In the minor leagues last weekend, the Causeway versus Crotta game did not go ahead, also due to pitch unavailability. At present the Division 1A league table has Lixnaw on top with 4 points from 2 games and Causeway second with 2 points from just 1 game played. St. Brendan’s have completed their 3 games and have 1 point while Crotta have 1 point from 2 games.

In Division 1B, Ballyheigue got a walkover from South Kerry. This leaves Kilmoyley (on 6 points from 3 games) and Ballyheigue (on 4 points from 3 games) to contest the final.

The following motion to Convention will be debated at the County Committee meeting on Monday evening next:
Motion 5 - That County Division two Hurling League be structured into 2 sections. First and Second places in each section go forward to semi-finals (Kilgarvan).

Hurling History
‘North Kerry – a hurling history’ – is on sale at the following shops: O’Mahony’s Bookshop, Castle Street, Tralee; Woulfe’s Bookshop, Listowel; Moriarty’s Post Office, Ballyheigue; Foley’s Gala Express, Lerrig Stores, Kilmoyley; Lixnaw; Horgan’s Centra, Ardfert; 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 Thanks to all who have supported the book to date.

North Kerry Hurling Board annual Awards night

The North Kerry Hurling Board annual Awards night will take place at Ballyroe Hotel on this Friday, 21st November, commencing at 8.00p.m. while Abbeydorney Hurling Club will hold their annual general meeting on this Sunday, 22nd November in their Clubrooms, commencing at 2.00p.m.