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PRO GAA Scene December 16th 2015 2015-12-16 08:27:00

Laune Rangers lose their Senior Status

The process for realigning both the Senior and Intermediate football championships based on the recommendations of the Senior Football Championship Review Committee is now complete following Round 3 of the SFC Relegation Playoffs last weekend which saw Austin Stacks defeat Laune Rangers (2-10 to 1-6) at Lewis Rd. It was nip and tuck during the first half after which the Tralee outfit enjoyed a slender one point lead, but last year’s champions tacked on the points in the second half to secure their status in the senior grads and by the same token condemn Laune Rangers to Intermediate status for 2016. For the Killorglin side it brings to an end a long and sometime glorious association with the premier competition in the county that dates all the way back to 1970.
So, Laune Rangers, St Michaels-Foilmore and Ardfert drop to Intermediate grade next year and they will be joined by Templenoe who are promoted from the Junior ranks as county Junior champions.
Making way for those four teams will be Finuge, Keel, Annascaul and Listowel Emmets who have already lost their Intermediate status and will play Junior championship next season.
So the eight club sides who will take part in the Senior Football Championship in 2016 will be the following: Austin Stacks, Dingle, Dr Crokes, Kerins O’Rahillys, Kilcummin, Legion, Milltown-Castlemaine and Rathmore.

Munster Council GAA Awards 2015
No less then seven Kerry sporting personalities were honoured at the annual Munster GAA Awards night in the wonderful surroundings of the Dromoland Castle Hotel in Co. Clare on Saturday evening last. Master of ceremonies was local hero Marty Morrissey and, in all, nineteen awards were presented on the night. Another local legend, Ger Loughnane was presented with the Hurling Hall of Fame Award and during an intriguing speech, we certainly got an insight into what makes the great man tick. Ray Cummins of Cork received the Football Hall of Fame Award. Other recipients included former Waterford Hurling Manager, Michael Ryan (Special Merit Award), John Kiely of Limerick (Manager of the Year), Clonmel Commercials (Club of the Year) and Michael Wadding (Services to Refeering).
All Referees who officiated at Munster Finals in any grade were presented with mementos of the occasion.
Kerry Recipients of Awards were as follows:
David Moran (Senior Footballer of the Year)
Conor Cox (Junior Footballer of the Year)
Mark O'Connor (Minor Footballer of the Year)
Bernie Breen (Ladies Footballer of the Year)
Dominick Lynch (Handballer of the Year)
Sean Joy (Referee Under 21 Football Final)
Seamus Mulvihill (Referee McGrath Cup Final).

No stopping Templenoe

Templenoe completed a meteoric rise from Division 5 football as recently as 2011, to Division 1 among the elite clubs in the county next season following an emphatic victory over Gneeveguilla in their final Division 2 league game on Saturday last. With promotion to the premier Division in the league for the very first time in their history already guaranteed, the Kenmare District side’s victory ensured that they were promoted to Division 1 as champions pipping their near neighbours Kenmare in the process. What a few weeks it has been for them winning county and provincial honours at Junior grade and the next big date on their calendar will be January 10th when they travel to Liverpool to take on John Mitchels with the winners of that game playing Meath champions Curraha on January 24th, The All Ireland Junior Final is fixed for February 6th in Croke Park.
Rathmore, John Mitchels, Spa and St Marys have all finished on 15 points so there will be a four way playoff to decide who the third side to go up is. The draw sees John Mitchels play Rathmore and Spa play St Marys but finding dates for those games is going to be a big issue given the fact that both St Marys and Rathmore are still involved at Divisional level.
Defeat for Gneeveguilla means that the East Kerry side drop to Division 3 football next season along with Tarbert and Currow. It is Gneeveguilla’s first time in Division 3 since 2002 and indeed since than they enjoyed an unbroken stint in Division 1 between 2006 and 2012.
The final of Division 1 of the League will go ahead in the new year when it will double up with the 2016 fixture between Dr Crokes and Austin Stacks.

Convention Sub-Committee Reports - Parish Rule & Player Registration Committee

The Parish Rule and Player Registration Committee under the chairmanship of Joe Crowley was one of the more active sub committees during the past year and with a number of motions on the Cobvention Clár re playing eligibility and transfer criteria, their report came in =for some scrutiny. The following is the report of the sub committee secretary, Willie O’Connor, to Convention:
Terms of Reference:
• Parish Rule and its application
• Examine and formalise existing agreements in relation to boundaries and open areas
• Examine the Registration of Players and give clear guidelines on eligibility of club membership

The committee met 18 times during 2015 and was very fortunate that the members are very committed to this task and each of them brings valuable expertise and experience. This commitment is central to meeting the obligations of the Terms of Reference which are very challenging and detailed.

Collection of data on Townlands
Much valuable data and material has been collected and examined. Compiling the townlands within every parish in the county is the most significant data that is now available to the County Committee and to club registrars as well as the Registrars of the County Committee and Coiste Na nÓg. We have issued all clubs in the county with the townlands in their respective parishes.
The clubs were asked to respond to the committee on any issues they had with the list of townlands issued. Many of these issues have been resolved to the satisfaction of the clubs concerned. A small number remain unresolved.
Townlands & Player Registration
Townland boundaries are more definitive than a postal address. Postal addresses can at times be misleading when it comes to the house being a particular parish or not.
All clubs have been advised that they can only register players that are eligible in accordance with Treoraí Oifigiúil and County Bye Laws.
The committee has concluded from the information it has received that some clubs are registering players that are ineligible and this is inevitably leading to serious disputes.
Open Area Agreements
The committee held meetings with a number of clubs regarding townlands on their boundaries.
Five new agreements were put in place and have been ratified by the County Committee at the September meeting.
The five agreements are
1. Laune Rangers, Cromane and Beaufort
2. Laune Rangers, Cromane and Glenbeigh/Glencar
3. Listowel Emmets and FInuge
4. Listowel Emmets and St. Senan’s
5. Lixnaw and Crotta O’Neills
The committee is in negotiation with Ballymacelligott and the Clubs in the Tralee Parishes to finalise an agreement.
The committee held meetings with the clubs in Killarney Parish, Fossa and Kilcummin and with Firies and Listry with regard to disputed boundary issues.
The committee would like to thank the clubs for their co-operation and interaction and in particular we thank Fossa, Finuge, Ballyduff, Fitzgerald Stadium and Fires who hosted meetings.
Chairman: Joe Crowley, Secretary: Willie O’Connor
Members: Tadhg Fleming, Brendan Reidy, Ger Carmody, Eoin Brosnan, Fionán Fitzgerald
Novice Shield Semi Final
The Novice Shield Semi Final between Beale and Sneem/Derrynane will be played in Beaufort on this Saturday at 2pm. Moyvane await the winners.

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Kerry Senior Hurlers to compete in Munster Senior League
The Kerry senior hurlers will get back into action on Sunday, 3rd January with an away game against Limerick in the new Munster senior league (formerly the Waterford Crystal Cup). Each of the Munster counties, excepting Tipperary, will play in this pre-season competition. Kerry’s first home game will be against Cork on Sunday, 10th January. They will play Clare away on Wednesday, 13th and the last game in the league will be at home to Waterford on Sunday, 24th (times and venues to be confirmed).
Kerry will subsequently compete in Division 1B of the Allianz league and then in May play in the Leinster championship round robin series. The full programme of those games is as follows:
Fixtures: Allianz League: Sunday, 14th February v Laois (at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise, 2.00p.m.); Sunday, 21st February v Limerick (at Austin Stack Park, 2.00p.m.); Sunday, 6th March v Wexford (at Austin Stack Park, 12.45p.m.); Sunday, 13th March v Clare (at Cusack Park, Ennis, 2.00p.m.) and Sunday, 20th March v Offaly (at St. Brendan’s Park, Birr, 2.00p.m.)
Leinster championship: 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.
Minor Hurling League Final
The Minor Hurling League Division 1B Final between Ballyheigue and Kilmoyley is due to be played on this Saturday at 12 noon at a venue to be decided.
Hurling book
Looking for a Christmas present? For anyone with an interest in hurling, consider the book ‘North Kerry – a hurling history’. With 248 pages and loads of photographs, this hardback book is on sale locally for just €20 at the following shops: Foley’s Gala Express, Lixnaw; Flynn’s, Leahy’s and the Post Office in Causeway; Moriarty’s Post Office, Ballyheigue; O’Mahony’s Bookshop, Castle Street, Tralee; 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 and Polymath Bookshop, Courthouse Lane, Tralee. Overseas enquiries contact tocatp1@gmail.com or 087-9706162.
Club news
The Ballyheigue G.A.A. Club convention will take place on this Sunday, 20th December in their Clubrooms at 4.00p.m. Congratulations to Gerard McCarthy (Causeway) on being re-elected to the post of Co. Hurling Officer at the recent county G.A.A. convention. The annual convention of the North Kerry Hurling Board will take place on Thursday, 14th January at Ballyduff.