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PRO GAA Scene February 24th th 2016 2016-02-24 22:44:00

Vital points at stake as Kerry footballers travel to Newry

With two pointless games behind them, Kerry’s trip north to take on Down in the Allianz Football League Round 3 on Sunday next is certainly one that they will have to bring away something from. Before the League commenced, given the fact that so many of the panel were absent due to injury or other commitments, along with the fact that Kerry were going into the All Ireland title holder’s back yard in Round 1, very few would have put Kerry down for four points at this stage of the competition in the first place, but they certainly would have said that Kerry would have two points in the bag from the Round 2 encounter with Roscommon. We all know what happened on that occasion, and Kerry are now in a situation where they have to win on Sunday to keep their hopes of a semi final place alive not to mention the very important issue of avoiding relegation from the premier division. Their opponents Down, are in exactly the same position having shipped a 17 points defeat at the hands of Donegal on home soil while also losing out to Monaghan albeit after a much improved performance in Round 2.

Kerry’s Under 21 players, Brian Ó Beaglaoich, Tom O’Sullivan and Barry O’Sullivan, having helped the seniors out in a time of need, return to training with Jack O’Connor’s crew for the remainder of Kerry’s involvement in that championship but on the flip side of that coin some well know faces are back in the reckoning for a starting place on Sunday. Eamonn Fitzmaurice has confirmed that the likes of Marc Ó Sé, Kieran Donaghy, Colm Cooper, Bryan Sheehan, Peter Crowley and Kieran O’Leary will all be vying for a place on Sunday. He also confirmed that Aidan Walsh and Denis Daly (St Marys) and Tadhg Morley and Gavin Crowley (Templenoe) are in training with the Kerry squad right now following their exertions with their respective clubs in the All Ireland Club Championship campaign. Meanwhile the Geaneys, Paul and Mikey, Anthony Maher and James O’Donoghue are all still recovering from Autumn surgery.

Right now, as we witnessed when they went 29 scoreless second half minutes against Roscommon, Kerry are badly in need of a creative player such as Colm Cooper up front and with a cock a hoop Donegal just around the corner Kerry need to get back on track on Sunday next in Páirc Esler. The game has a 2pm throw-in time with Martin Duffy in charge of the whistle.

Kerry’s remaining games in the League are at home to Donegal in Austin Stack Park on March 6th (Double bill with the Kerry V Wexford Hurling game), away to Mayo on March 13th and after a two week break, away to Monaghan on March 27th and finishing with a home game against Cork in Austin Stack Park on April 3rd.

Derrynane in Munster Junior “B” Final

County Novice Shield champions Sneem/Derrynane, who represent Kerry in the Munster Junior B Club championship, have qualified for the final of that competition following a comprehensive victory over Waterford’s Ballinacourty in last Sunday’s semi final. They now play Kilmeen of Cork in the final.

Servasport Management course

Kerry GAA IT committee are holding an information night in Austin Stack Park Pavilion on this Thursday 25th February at 7.30pm.

This will cover the Servasport Management system with the following topics covered on the night:

• Registration of members

• New members

• Team Sheets

• Setting up Committees

• Reports

• Registering a player injuries on line

• Passwords

• Data protection

As there is a wide range of items to be covered this is an ideal opportunity for people to get familiar with the management system and it is hoped that club secretaries, club registrars and insurance officers, both from senior and juvenile clubs, will attend this important information night. Further information is available from Assistant Secretary Stephen O’Sullivan.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football League gets underway

The Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Leagues got underway on Saturday last with eight games played while Listowel Emmets gave a walk over to Dr Crokes. A number of game were postponed to this coming weekend for various reasons and seven of those games go ahead this Saturday at 4pm with another, Desmonds V Churchill, down for decision on Sunday.

Kerry Under 21s continue their preparations

The Kerry Under 21 squad continue their preparations for the first round Munster championship game with Tipperary a game that is now a mere two weeks away on Wednesday March 9th in Tralee’s Austin Stack Park under the new floodlights. Following a couple of challenge matches, the panel has now been cut to 30 approx.

Club Officer Development and Training Programme continues

The club officer training and development programme continues this week with the second of the planned two presentation nights taking place on this Wednesday evening at 7pm in the IT Tralee (North Campus. While there will be four modules involved in delivering this programme to principal officers in each club only the induction and Module 1 will take place in the first half of the year. The induction module involves all of the principal officers of the club who are deemed to be the Chairperson, Secretary, PRO and Treasurer and following that, on the same evening, each of those officers are divided into the four officer categories in Module 2.

These courses are conducted in a very interactive way and cover a wide range of topics including the Role of the Officer, Leadership, Communication, Club Administration, Financial Management and Promotion of the Club. Officers from all clubs who did not attend the first course last week are asked to attend. Coiste na nÓg officers are also invited to be present.

St Brendans in Munster Corn Uí Mhuirí Colleges Final

Best wishes to St Brendan’s College Killarney who play CBS High School Clonmel in the Munster Colleges Corn Uí Mhuirí final in Mallow on Saturday next (2pm). The “Sem” will be trying to carry on the great record of Kerry Colleges in the final since 2007 by coming of age and winning their 21st title while CBS High School will be looking for their first win in the final since the inaugural final in 1928.

Annual Congress

This weekend sees the Annual Congress of the GAA taking place in Carlow where there is the usual large number of Congress motions down for decision. Some of these proposed changes, such as the changes to the All Ireland football championship, and proposed changes to the Minor and Under 21 grades, have been debated at length for some time now while the effect of other motions will only become clear following debate on the Congress floor. The Kerry delegation have already gotten a flavour of what the feeling in the county is towards some of the proposed changes following discussion on some of the motions at the recent County Committee meeting. Some of the main motions for debate are the following:

 All Ireland SFC Proposals to exclude the 8 League Division 4 teams from the Qualifiers

 Minor Grade reduced to Under17 at County level while staying at Under 18 at Club level.

 Under 21 grade to be reduced to Under 20 at Intercounty level while staying at Under 21 at Club level. Competition to be played in June, July and August.

 All Ireland Football Final to be played on the first Sunday in Sept or second Sunday where there are five Sundays in September with the Hurling Final two weeks earlier

 No Replays in Senior Intercounty Championship games except in the All Ireland and Provincial finals

 All Ireland Junior Championship be confined to 2nd best teams of counties in Division 4 of the League

 It is proposed to have a rule to govern who can represent a county in the provincial club championships where the County Championship has not been completed

 The “Mark” to be introduced for a ball caught cleanly from a kickout that goes beyond the 45m line

Kerry GAA Supporters Club AGM

The AGM of the Kerry GAA Supporters Club will take place in the Ballygarry House Hotel on Monday March 7th at 8pm. The Supporters Club Bus to Newry for the Allianz Football League on Sunday next will leave Farranfore at 9am on Saturday morning, Tralee at 9:30 and Listowel at 10am.

Munster Senior Scór

All the Kerry Senior Scór competitors will go straight through to the Munster finals which will take place ar an Satharn 5ú Márta ag Club Éire Óg, Na hUaimheanna (Ovens), Co. Chorcaí. The Munster semi finals did not take place due to lack of competition.

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

Kerry Hurlers make Limerick fight all the way

Although defeated, the Kerry senior hurlers put up another superb performance on Sunday last against Limerick in Round 2 of the Allianz hurling league at Fitzgerald Stadium. Just 4 points separated the teams at the finish, 1 – 19 to 1 – 15 and it was the never say die attitude of the Kerry players against one of the top hurling counties that was the outstanding memory of the game.

Kerry are at home again in Round 3 when they take on Wexford on Sunday week, 6th March

at the refurbished Austin Stack Park, 12.45p.m. The Kerry v Donegal Allianz football league game will follow the hurling. Further hurling league games are on 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.).


The Abbeydorney senior club Awards night will be held on Saturday, 27th February in their Clubhouse at 8.00pm. The Ballyheigue G.A.A. Club annual social will also take place on this Saturday, venue being the White Sands Hotel.


A hurling coaching Workshops for club coaches will be held at Causeway Comprehensive School on this Saturday, 27th February from 11.00a.m. to 1.00p.m. ‘Build the skills’ is aimed at Under 12 – 14 club coaches and it will be conducted by Tipperary hurler, John O’Keeffe and Kerry Games Administrator, Maurice Leahy. The emphasis of this workshop will be on how to build the skills at this crucial age group.

A second Workshop, ‘Need for speed’, for Under 16 to Minor club coaches, will take place at the same venue on Saturday, 5th March and will be conducted by Peter Casey, Clare Games Development Officer.

Minor & Under 17

The Lixnaw club has nominated the following players to captain the Kerry minor hurlers in the various 2016 competitions: All-Ireland minor ‘B’ championship – Shane Conway; Leinster League – Colin Sheehy; Todd Nolan Tournament – Liam Mullins. There is also a change in the management team with Eamon Fitzgerald (Causeway) coming in as a selector in place of Aidan Mahony (St. Brendan’s) who is unable to commit for this year. He joins manager John Hennessy (Ballyduff), trainer John Barry (St. Senan’s) and selectors Jerome O’Sullivan (Crotta) and John Healy (Ballyheigue). Their first game is on Saturday, 12th March, away to Laois, in the Leinster League.

Trials for the Kerry under 17 team will be held on this Wednesday, 24th February at the astro turf pitch in I.T. Tralee at 6.15p.m. This team will take part in the new Celtic Challenge for non-exam players 16 & 17 years of age which commences on successive weeks from Wednesday, 4th May until 18th June.