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PRO GAA Scene November 25th 2015 2015-11-25 19:30:00

South Kerry are County Champions for the 10th time

South Kerry are Kerry senior football champions for the 10th time following an extra time victory over Killarney Legion in the replayed final at a sun splashed Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday last. As a game it did not reach any great heights as both sides were over cautious in their approach but there was some fine individual displays none better that the mercurial Bryan Sheehan who almost single handedly dragged South Kerry back into the contest during the final third of the game at a time when Legion looked like romping to their first title since 1946. At that stage, five minutes into the second half, the Killarney side were seven points to the good, and were full value for that lead, but they were to score only two further points in the remaining fifty minutes played and this was to be their eventual downfall. Sheehan’s goal, expertly converted in the 39th minute was the catalyst for a South Kerry comeback that ended with a spectacular equaliser from Killian Young to force the game into extra time. Legion had their chances to extend their lead midway through the half but James O’Donoghue was uncharacteristically off target from favourable positions and so, with the bright winter sun beginning to sink in the western skyline we headed into extra time.
There was drama aplenty in that extra time with both Sheehan and O’Donoghue leaving the action; Sheehan on a Black Card offence and O’Donoghue with a re-occurring shoulder injury. O’Donoghue did return Lazarus like but Declan O’Sullivan’s quick thinking put Aidan Walsh clear and his point finally settled the outcome of the 2015 senior football championship (1-13 to 1-12).
After the game, the Bishop Moynihan Cup was presented to winning captain, Bryan Sheehan by Vice Chairman of the County Committee Diarmuid Ó Sé (in the absence of the Chairman Patrick O’Sullivan who is recovering from surgery) and the Garveys SuperValu Man of the Match was also presented to Bryan Sheehan by Tomás Garvey of Garvey’s Supervalu.

St Michaels –Foilmore and Ardfert are demoted to Intermediate rank for 2016

St Michaels-Foilmore and Ardfert revert to Intermediate status for 2016 following Round 2 of the Senior Football Championship Relegation Playoffs which saw them defeated by Austin Stacks and Laune Rangers respectively.
Austin Stacks, with David Mannix in fine scoring form, were always in control against St Michaels-Foilmore at Lewis Rd where the Tralee side prevailed on a 0-15 to 1-2 scoreline thus bringing to an end the South Kerry side’s seven year term in the senior grade . It was a far closer encounter in Ballymac where a 39th minute goal by David Costello was the crucial score as Laune Rangers defeated All Ireland Intermediate Champions Ardfert on a 1-9 to 0-8 scoreline.
Stacke and Rangers will now meet in round 3 of the playoffs on December 13th with the loser becoming the third team to lose their senior status next season.
Intermediate Relegation Playoff
With Keel, Annascaul and Listowel Emmets already having lost their Intermediate status, the remaining club to be demoted will be decided this Saturday when Skellig Rangers play Finuge in Milltown at 2pm.

St Marys go in search of Munster Intermediate title

St Marys of Caherciveen play Cork champions Carrigaline in the Munster Intermediate championship Final at Killarney’s Fitzgerald Stadium on this Saturday with a 2pm throw-in. Since accounting for Spa in the Kerry Final on 18th October, St Marys have played two games in the Munster series; they struggled in the opening game against Tipp champions, Upperchurch/Drombane before coming good to record a five points victory and they then demolished Clare champions Corofin in the semi final on home soil. Their opponents on Saturday have had just one outing defeating the Limerick champions, Oola by nine points and the Cork standard bearers are never an easy touch at Intermediate level. It has been a demanding couple of months for the St Marys players many of who will be playing in their 10th championship game in as many weeks but success breeds success they say and hopefully this resolute bunch of players will be celebrating again this weekend.

Templenoe in Munster Junior Club Final

Templenoe advanced to the Munster Junior Club Final following a 0-16 to 1-10 victory over Cork champions Bandon at Clonakilty on Saturday last. The Kenmare District side opened up a 0-7 to 0-1 lead by the end of the first quarter but at the break it was a 0-9 to 1-4 game. Again Templenoe surged into a six points lead by the three quarter stage but a determined Cork side made them fight all the way before securing their passage to the final where they will play Clare champions Coolmeen on December 6th in the Mallow GAA Complex at 3:15pm.

Credit Union Senior Football League
The final pieces of the Credit Union senior football league jigsaw are falling into place now that the senior championship has been completed.
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. That playoff game is fixed for December 6th.
In Division 2, the back game between Gneeveguilla and St Marys will go ahead under lights on Wednesday next December 2nd. The final Round of games in Division 2 will then 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 next November 29th as a stand alone fixture. Templenoe top the table on 16 points followed by Rathmore and John Mitchels on 15 with Kenmare on 14. In the final round of games Templenoe will play Gneeveguilla and John Mitchels will play St Marys. Tarbert are already relegated with Laune Rangers also in danger along with the losers of the Listowel Emmets V Glenflesk tie. A playoff to decide the third team to be relegated is very likely.
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.
In Division 4, Cordal and Cromane are 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 next in Strand Rd at 2pm.
In Division 5, Renard and Moyvane, both of whom ended on 18 points, will have to play off on this Saturday in John Mitchels at 2pm to decide who goes up as champions.

Novice Shield Semi Final
Beale play Sneem/Derrynane in the Novice Shield semi final on Sunday next with the final against Moyvane fixed for Sunday December 6th.

County Convention

The Annual Convention of the Count y Committee will be held in the Gleneagle Hotel Killarney on Monday December 7th. All Officers have been returned unopposed.

Motions to County Convention

Eleven motions for County Convention were dealt with at Monday night’s County Committee meeting. Five of those motions were withdrawn; two were not moved due to the absence of a proposer, two were lost after a vote and in the case of two others, the “principle” of the motion was accepted.
The motion that generated most interest was one by the Rathmore Club which stated “That no rounds of the County Senior Football Championship be played between the Munster Final and Kerry’s exit from the All Ireland Championship”. The motion was heavily defeated.
A motion from Castlegregory “That any player who has played Senior County Championship should not be allowed play again with the B team in that year; also any player who has made more than 5 appearances for the A team in the County League should not be allowed play again with the B team” was also defeated as it was pointed out that these situations were already being policed.
Two similar motions from Castlegregory “That County Leagues start in March and be finished by end of September” and Ballymac “That the final round of The County Senior Football League be played on the first weekend after the All Ireland Football Final” generated some discussion but it was felt that fixing an exact date for the completion of the Leagues would not be manageable and that there would also be an issue with the availability of county players to their clubs for the final two rounds. It was agreed in principle to accept the “spirit” of the motions and that “where possible” the CCC should endeavour to complete the Leagues by the end of September.

GAA Season Ticket
With the Allianz League schedules having been announced and Christmas closing in, this provides a great opportunity to purchase the GAA Season Ticket. To ensure Pre-Christmas Delivery customers should purchase before Friday December 4th.

Disability Inclusion Training Course

Disability Inclusion Training specifically for GAA coaches will take place in Milltown Community Hall on Saturday 12th December from 10am to 4pm. This is an introduction level course designed to give participants ideas and inspiration to adapt their Sport training sessions to make them more accessible and inclusive for children and adults with special/additional needs.
The cost of the course is €45. On completion of this course all participants will receive:
- A Disability Inclusion Training Certificate of Completion endorsed by Coaching Ireland and the CARA National Adapted Physical Activity Centre.
- A Resource Pack including an informative support manual along with a 17 piece pack of resource cards
There are only 16 places on the course so early booking is advised. To book your place, please complete the attached form and return to gerdaly.cara@ittralee.ie or by post to Gerard Daly, Cara APA Centre, South Campus, I.T. Tralee, Tralee, Co. Kerry. If you require further information please contact Gerard at 066-7145647.

County Finals of Scór na nÓg

The County Finals of of Scór na nÓg were held in Killarney Racecourse on Friday last when over three hours of wonderful entertainment was offered to a large appreciative audience. The results were as follows:
Rince Foirne [Figure Dance]: 1st - An Spá (Cill Airne), 2nd – Piarsaigh na Dromada.
Amhránaíocht Aonair [Solo Singing]: 1st - Lios Póil (Máirtín Ó Cathasaigh); 2nd – Corra (Currow) (Réitseal Ní Chonchúir)
Aithriseoireacht [Recitation/Storytelling]: 1st – Fiodh Ros (Firies) (Cian Ó Síocháin); 2nd – Na Gaeil (Trá Lí) (Jimí Ó Súilleabháin).
Ceol Uirlise [Musical Group]: 1st – Crotta O’Neills, 2nd - Baile Uí Dhonnchú.
Léiriú Stairiúil [Sketch]: 1st – Na Gaeil (Trá Lí), 2nd – Fánaithe na Sceilge.
Ballad Group: 1st - Gleann Fleisce, 2nd – Na Gaeil (Trá Lí).
Rince Seit [Set]: 1st – An Spá (Cill Airne), 2nd - Currow.
The winning competitors will go forward to the Munster Finals which will be held in Cappoquin Co. Waterford on the 3rd January.
Tráth na gCeisteanna: All clubs are invited to partcipate in the Kerry Final of the 4-person Table Quiz in the Carnegie Hall Killorglin on this Saturday 28th November at 7pm.

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

Allianz Hurling League Fixtures 2016
The fixtures have been announced by the G.A.A. for the 2016 Allianz hurling league. Kerry will have just 2 home games out of 5. The campaign commences on Sunday, 14th February against Laois at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise with the remaining fixtures as follows: Sunday, 21st February versus Limerick (home); Sunday, 6th March versus Wexford (home); Sunday, 14th March versus Clare (away) and Sunday, 20th March versus Offaly (away).
Credit Union Senior Hurling Leagues
In the minor leagues last weekend, Crotta had a 4 – 8 to 2 – 11 win over causeway in Division 1A. This now leaves the league table as follows: Lixnaw on top with 4 points from 2 games and Crotta second with 3 points from 3 games; Causeway third with 2 points from 2 games and St. Brendan’s have completed their 3 games and have 1 point.
In Division 1B, Ballyheigue play Kilmoyley in the final on this Saturday, 28th November at 2.00p.m., venue to be confirmed.

Hurling history

Over half the print run of the book ‘North Kerry – a hurling history’ has now been sold so anyone wishing to purchase copies is advised to do so as soon as possible. There have been several enquiries from overseas so please note that the last standard parcel post date to the U.S.A. is 7 Dec. and the UK is 18th Dec. The book continues to be on sale locally at the following shops: O’Mahony’s Bookshop, Castle Street, Tralee; Foley’s Gala Express, Lixnaw; Woulfe’s Bookshop, Listowel; Moriarty’s Post Office, Ballyheigue; Lerrig Stores, Kilmoyley; Horgan’s Centra, Ardfert; Powers, Dillane’s and the Post Office, Abbeydorney; Ross’s Centra and Sheehy’s, Ballyduff; Flynn’s, Leahy’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.
The Ballyduff G.A.A. Club convention date has been changed to 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. Congratulations to Lixnaw’s Willie O’Connell on being presented with a much deserved North Kerry Hurling Board 2016 Hall of Fame award last weekend.

The South Kerry Hurling Board annual Juvenile Awards night will take place at the Killarney Plaza Hotel on this Friday, 28th November, commencing at 7.30p.m. Guest of honour will be the new Kerry senior hurling manager, Ciarán Carey. Medals will be presented to the South Kerry Under 16 hurling team that won the 2016 Co. Championship while the South Kerry members of the Kerry panel that won the All-Ireland Minor ‘B’ Championship will also be honoured.