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PRO GAA Scene December 2nd 2015 2015-12-02 20:00:00


Kerry Minor and Senior Hurling Medal Presentations
The coming weekend is a big weekend when four winning All Ireland teams will be presented with their medals at functions on Friday and Saturday nights.
First up on this Friday evening is the 2015 medal presentation function for the Kerry minor and senior hurlers which will take place at the Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee, commencing at 8pm. Guest of Honour will be one the most outstanding hurlers of his generation and eight times All-Ireland senior medal winner, Eddie Brennan of Kilkenny, who, along with Robert Frost, Cathoirleach na Mumhan, will make the presentations.
It has been a tremendous year for Kerry inter county hurling. The senior team, under the captaincy of Lixnaw’s John Griffin, won the Christy Ring Cup for only the second time ever with a 1 -18 to 0 - 11 win over Derry at Croke Park in the final. This victory means that they will be competing in the Round Robin series of the McCarthy Cup. They also won the Allianz League Division 2A title for the second year in a row when, in the final at the Gaelic Grounds, five early goals set Kerry on their way to a 6 point victory over Westmeath, 5 - 17 to 3 - 17. They followed this up with a promotion play-off win over Antrim, emerging victorious on a 2 - 16 to 1 - 18 scoreline, to secure promotion to Division 1B. Well done to all the players and the management team of Eamon Kelly, Conor Gleeson, D.J. Leahy and Tom O’Connell.
The Kerry minor hurlers also had a successful year, annexing the All-Ireland Minor ‘B’ championship title for the 4th year in a row, this time under the captaincy of another Lixnaw player, John Buckley. In the final, played at the Gaelic Grounds, they had a very easy 6 - 17 to 1 - 7 win over Roscommon. This was just reward for a panel that put in a lot of work over the year under the direction, for the second year in a row, of Ian Brick (Kilmoyley) and his selectors Stephen Goggin (Causeway) and Aidan O’Mahony (St. Brendan’s).

Kerry Minor and Junior Football Teams to get their Medals
Saturday night is a big occasion for the Kerry Minor and Junior Footballers when they will be presented with their respective All Ireland medals by Kerry Senior team manager, Eamonn Fitzmaurice, at a function in the Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney.
The Kerry Minors, under Jack O’Connor, retained the Tom Markham Cup in 2015, a feat not achieved by a Kerry team since 1963. This was in essence a new team as only two or three of last year’s successful squad remained and their achievement in gaining the ultimate honour is even more noteworthy for that. The group came of age following the epic extra time, winner takes all, Munster semi final defeat of Cork in Tralee and thereafter there was no stopping them as they went on to give one of the most complete performances in a final with team captain Mark O’Connor leading by example. It certainly must have been a most satisfying success for Jack O’Connor too and he is a man who has overseen one or two glory days in Croke Park.
Kerry Juniors put last year’s final defeat to Cavan behind them this year with an emphatic final victory over Mayo to claim their 16th title and they now lie just one title behind Cork in the Roll of Honour. Similar to the Minors, Kerry’s big test arrived in Páirc Uí Rinn but Stephen Wallace had his side primed to the last to record a 12 points victory and put his side on the road to glory.

County Convention is on Monday evening
The annual convention of the Kerry County Committee will take place in the Mangerton suite of the Gleneagle Hotel Killarney on Monday evening next commencing at 7:30pm. All Officers have been returned unopposed for the coming year. There are five Motions on the Clár, three of which refer to player transfers or eligibility criteria. Another from the Beale club requests that “At the conclusion of the current T.V. broadcast rights contract, that all televised games be available on free to air TV”.

St Marys are Munster Intermediate Champions
St Marys are Munster Intermediate Champions following their 10 points victory (1-16 to 0-9) over Cork standard bearers Carrigaline at a windy, but dry, Fitzgerald Stadium this afternoon. The winners laid the foundation for victory in the first half when they played into the stiff wind but still came out 8 points to 6 ahead at the break. Carrigaline did put up a stubborn resistance during the third quarter but St Marys owned the final quarter when they outscored their opponents by 1-5 to a single point.
St Marys will be happy with this display given that five of their players were playing their 10th championship game in as many weeks. Most pleasing will be the fact that they kicked 1-13 from play and for once Bryan Sheehan was outshone by his midfield partner, Denis Daly who was undoubtedly the Man of the Match scoring 1-3 from play in the process. There was no silver lining for veteran Nicholas Murphy and his Carrigaline colleagues but they do have senior status to look forward to next season, something that is denied to the St Marys outfit due to revised SFC regulations whereby the Intermediate champions will not be promoted to senior status for 2016.
St Marys will now play the Leinster champions Ratoath from Meath on the weekend of 24th January next.

Templenoe go in search of Munster Junior Title
Kerry standard bearers Templenoe go in search of a Munster Junior Championship title when they take on Clare champions Coolmeen at the Mallow GAA Grounds on Sunday next, throw-in at 3:15pm. The Kenmare District side have been very impressive so far this season, especially when accounting for a fancied Glenbeigh-Glencar side in the county final a few weeks back having already disposed of the challenges of St Pats, Na Gaeil and Firies in earlier rounds. Subsequently, in the Munster semi final, they had three points to spare against Cork champions Bandon in Clonakilty and that tough encounter just a couple of weeks ago is sure to stand to them. Templenoe have a strong spine to their team with the likes of Tadhg Morley, the Spillanes, John and Adrian, the Crowleys, Gavin and Brian (though Brian remains an injury concern), Teddy Doyle and of course Killian Spillane showing leadership throughout the field. However, championships are not won very easily at this time of year and their opponents Coolmeen, have two Munster outings under their belt already this year having accounted for the Limerick and Waterford champions. The Clare side, who hail from an area about ten miles west of Ennis, were crowned county champions this year having lost the 2014 final and are powered by Clare senior midfielder Cathal O’Connor and trained by former Clare great, Martin Daly. Best wishes to all in Templenoe on what will be a milestone in the club’s history.
Intermediate Relegation Playoff
With Keel, Annascaul and Listowel Emmets already having lost their Intermediate status, the remaining club to be demoted was to be decided on Saturday last but the Skellig Rangers vs Finuge game fell foul of the weather and had to be postponed. Both sides have agreed to go ahead with this game under lights on this Wednesday evening (Dec. 2nd) in John Mitchels grounds at 7:30 pm. Both sides have also agreed to play extra time if required.

Credit Union Senior Football League Roundup
The final pieces of the Credit Union senior football league jigsaw are falling into place slowly but surely and next weekend will see further light shone on the promotion and relegation issues.
In Division 1, Austin Stacks and Legion meet in a second place playoff for the right to play Dr Crokes in the Division 1 final which will take place in the new year. That playoff game is fixed for Sunday next December 6th at 2pm in Milltown.
In Division 2
, Kenmare are back in Division 1 for the first time since 1989 following a one point defeat of Rathmore in their final League game on Sunday last. Kenmare, despite playing without the suspended Paul O’Connor, just edged the East Kerry side on a score of 2-10 to 0-15 in a winner takes all game.
The back game between Gneeveguilla and St Marys went ahead under lights on Wednesday evening in Lewis Rd with St Marys edging out their rivals by 1-14 to 1-7. A feature of that game was the appearance of 46 year old Maurice Fitzgerald on the ST Marys team.
The remaining games in Division 2, with one exception, will then go ahead on Sunday next at 2pm. The Templenoe vs Gneeveguilla game goes ahead on Saturday 12th (2pm) due to Templenoe’s Munster Club duty next weekend. Templenoe and Kenmare top the table on 16 points followed by Rathmore and John Mitchels on 15 with Templenoe and Mitchels having games in hand.
In the final round of games, as stated, Templenoe will play Gneeveguilla and John Mitchels will play St Marys. John Mitchels will now be favourites for promotion along with Templenoe and Kenmare.
Tarbert, who are already relegated, play Laune Rangers who are also in danger of relegation as are the losers of the Listowel Emmets V Glenflesk tie while Currow travel to Spa in their final game. A playoff between at least two teams to decide the third team to be relegated is very likely. As it stands, Tarbert are on 2 points, Laune Rangers are on 5, Gneeveguilla and Currow are on 6 points each, Glenflesk are on 7 and Emmets are on 8 points.
In Division 3, there are four remaining fixtures, all of which have a direct bearing on the relegation issue. Those games go ahead on Sunday next, December 6th at 2pm. Na Gaeil prop up the points table on 6 points, Beale and Ballymac have 7 points each, Ardfert and Skellig Rangers are on 8 points with Brosna on 9. The final round of games sees Brosna play Skellig Rangers, Ballymac play Ardfert, Na Gaeil play Keel and Beale play St Pats. All those teams will be playing for Division 3 survival this weekend and we could very well require a playoff, or two, to decide final placings. Beaufort, Listry and An Ghaeltacht have already been promoted to Division 2 next season..
In Division 4, Cordal and Cromane are already relegated to Division 5 next season and they will be joined by Castlegregory who were defeated by Churchill in a relegation playoff last weekend on a score of 1-12 to 1-6. Ballydonoghue, Dromid Pearses and St Senans will play Division 3 football next season.
In Division 5, Renard defeated Moyvane in a playoff last weekend (0-14 to 0-6) for the right to be promoted as champions of Division 5 both sides having ended the season on 18 points at the top of the table. They will be joined in Division 4 next year by Valentia.
The Credit Union Shields, Division 2 to 5, are presented at a function hosted by the sponsors early in the new year - that has been the preferred option of the sponsors for a few years now. The Division 1 Shield is presented following the Division 1 final.

Novice Shield Semi Final
The Beale vs Sneem/Derrynane Novice Shield semi final was another game that fell foul of the weather last weekend. Moyvane await the winners in the final and the winners go on to represent Kerry in the Munster Junior “B” competition hosted by the Knockaderry Club in South Limerick where they will play the Waterford representatives Ballinacourty.
Cahill Cup Final
Glenbeigh-Glencar are Cahill Cup Junior Football champions following a 2-5 to 0-8 victory over Lispole at Caherslee on Sunday last.

Car Draw

The Kerry GAA Car Draw will take place at the County Convention on Monday evening next at the Gleneagle Hotel Killarney where the winner of the Opel Insignia sponsored by Aherns of Castleisland will be made known. Results will be posted on the Kerry GAA Website.

Coiste na nÓg
The Annual General Meeting of Coiste na nÓg Chiarrai will be held in the Kerins O’Rahillys Clubhouse, Tralee on this Thursday, 3rd December, at 7.30 PM.

Scór
Congratulations to the Spa (Cill Airne) Scór na nÓg quiz team that has won the county final for the 2nd year in-a-row at the Scoil Idirmheánach (Carnegie), Cill Orglan, last Saturday night.
With a good score of over 60 correct answers they have gained a place in the All-Ireland final which will be held in the INEC (Cill Airne) in January. In 2nd place came the Tuosist club who were only three marks behind and Kenmare was in a creditable 3rd place.
Good luck to the Spá boys in their quest for another All-Ireland 'Keltic Cross'!
Scór na Sinsear: Next on the Scór agenda is Senior Scór and clubs are planning for the District Rounds which will be held in January. Chun oibre linn mar sin!

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

Medal Presentations for Senior and Minor Hurlers
The 2015 medal presentation function for the Kerry minor and senior hurlers will take place on this Friday, 4th December at the Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee, commencing at 8pm where the Guest of Honour will be one the most outstanding hurlers of his generation and 8 times All-Ireland senior medal winner, Eddie Brennan of Kilkenny, who will make the presentations.

South Kerry Hurling Board Awards

The South Kerry Hurling Board Annual Juvenile Awards night took place in Killarney on Friday last, where the guest of honour was the new Kerry senior hurling manager, Ciarán Carey. The highlight of the night was the presentation of medals to the South Kerry team that won the 2015 Co. Under 16 hurling championship.
Medals were also presented to the South Kerry Under 14 championship winners, Rathmore. and the South Kerry Under 12 championship winners, Kilgarvan. In addition, kit bags were presented as an acknowledgement to the 15 players from the District who were selected on Kerry underage hurling Development Squads at Under 14, 15, 16 and minor levels during the year. One player, Jack Lenihan, won his second All-Ireland Minor ‘B’ medal in a row with Kerry during 2015. Well done to the South Kerry Juvenile Board and in particular to Chairman, Eoin Casey (Rathmore) and P.R.O., Mike O’Keeffe (Dr. Crokes).

Credit Union Senior Hurling Leagues
Neither of the county senior league Division 2 semi final fixtures went ahead as planned last weekend due to the adverse weather and these games have been refixed for Sunday next, 6th at 2pm, first named having home venue as follows:
Causeway v Kenmare and Kilmoyley v Lixnaw. Extra time applies.

Minor Hurling League Finals
The Minor Hurling League finals fixed for last weekend also fell foul of the weather and these will now go ahead on this Saturday at 2pm with extra time if required as follows:
Division 1A Final - Crotta O’Neills v Lixnaw (Venue TBC)
Division 1B Final - Kilmoyley v Ballyheigue in Ballyheigue

Hurling history
The book ‘North Kerry – a hurling history’ is on sale locally for €20 at the following shops: Moriarty’s Post Office, Ballyheigue; O’Mahony’s Bookshop, Castle Street, Tralee; Foley’s Gala Express, Lixnaw; Lerrig Stores, Kilmoyley; Horgan’s Centra, Ardfert; Powers, Dillane’s and the Post Office, Abbeydorney; Woulfe’s Bookshop, Listowel; Ross’s Centra and Sheehy’s, Ballyduff; Flynn’s, Leahy’s and the Post Office in Causeway and Polymath Bookshop, Courthouse Lane, Tralee. Any enquiries from tocatp1@gmail.com or 087-9706162. This is the perfect Christmas present for all Hurling followers. Thanks to all who have supported the book to date.

AGM time for Clubs
The Ballyduff G.A.A. Club convention date has been changed to this Saturday, 5th December in their Clubrooms at 7.30p.m. while the Lixnaw A.G.M. will take place on Sunday, 6th December at 2.00p.m. Ladies Walk Hurling Club has scheduled their annual meeting for Friday, 11 December, 8.00p.m.at Buds Resource Centre, Ballyduff.

Div 2 SHL – S/Finals
Sat Dec 5 @ 2pm – Extra Time

Minor Hurling Div 1B - Final
Sat Dec 5 @ 2pm – Extra Time