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PRO GAA Scene February 17th 2016 2016-02-17 22:56:00

Club Officer Development and Training Programme commences

Recent years have seen a high level of change at officer level in clubs throughout the county. Time was when a change of officer, especially that of chairman or secretary, was the exception rather than the rule in most clubs but all that has changed. Officers now tend to commit to the club for two or three years and hand over the reins to someone else. Another major change in recent times is the huge increase in female participation at executive level in clubs, particularly at secretary level and even last year there were two females elected chairpersons of their clubs.

Of course change is a good thing and brings a new vibrancy and fresh ideas with it, however, too much change at the one time can see an erosion of experience that can be very difficult to rectify. Running most clubs now is akin to running a small business and indeed the financial balance sheet of many clubs would be the envy of many medium businesses. Many new officers are thrown in at the deep end despite numerous offers and promises of support given at the AGM and have to learn to sink or swim in a very short time. There is help at hand of course and each year, training is provided by the County Board for all officers, but particularly new officers. The Games Development Administrators are now also trained to identify such requirements within clubs while the County Development Officer, Tim Murphy, also has a key role to play. Indeed, Árd Stiúrthoir CLG, Padraig Duffy, has highlighted that a key challenge facing the Association is the recruitment and training of officers at club level.

This year, as part of a new national initiative, the format of delivery of the club officer training will be slightly different. Essentially there will be four modules involved in delivering this programme to principal officers in each club as follows;

• Induction Module - All Officers Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and PRO will attend this

• Module 1 - Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and PRO will attend this

Training in respect of these two modules will commence on this coming Wednesday evening (17th) in the Gleneagle Hotel (Innisfallen Suite) from 7 to 10 pm for football and hurling clubs in the southern half of the county and will continue on Wednesday 24th at a Tralee venue for football and hurling Clubs in the northern half of the county.

Specific training will be provided for each of the four principal officers, and will cover a wide range of topics including the Role of the Officer, Leadership, Communication, Club Administration, Financial Management and Promotion of the Club.

• Module 2 - Chairperson and Secretary only will attend this

• Module 3 - Chairperson and Secretary only will attend this

It is envisaged that training in respect of these two modules will be provided in the Autumn. As in previous years, Coiste na nÓg Officers are also encouraged to attend.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Leagues start next weekend

The very popular Keanes Supervalu Minor Football Leagues commence this coming weekend with all games fixed for Saturday. There are five rounds in all and while there is a break after Round 1 for Colleges, there are four rounds on successive weekends between March 5th and April 1st.

Some important issues to note are as follows:

• Divisions 1 and 2 are 15 a-side

• The following Divisions, 3(A), 3(B), 4(A) and 4(B), 13 a-side is the minimum requirement. However, where both teams have at least 15 players available on match day then a 15 a-side game must be played. Where one team have only 13 or 14 players the opposition must play 13 a-side.

• Division 6 only, 11 a-side is the minimum requirement. Where both teams have at least 13 players on match day then 13 a-side is to be played. Where one team have only 11 or 12 players the opposition must play 11 a-side.

Credit Union Senior Football League

The launch of the Credit Union Senior Football League will take place Monday March 7th when the various winners will be presented with their trophies and cheques. The Division 1 final from last season is still to be played and that will take place in Lewis Road on the opening day of the new League, March 20th, when Dr Crokes take on Austin Stacks, a repeat of the 2014 final when Stacks defeated the Killarney side after extra time last May. The following are the other Divisional winners; Division2: Templenoe; Division 3: Beaufort; Division 4: Ballydonoghue and Division 5: Renard.

Kerry Under 21s continue preparation for Munster Championship campaign

The Kerry Under 21 footballers, under manager Jack O’Connor, continue their preparation for their opening game in the Munster Championship against Tipperary which is just three weeks away on March 9th. The game will mark for the first fixture under the new floodlighting system in Austin Stack Park. Kerry have gone seven campaigns without adding to their haul of 25 titles, their last title at Under 21 level in the province coming in 2008 when they went on to All Ireland glory under the captaincy of Killian Young. While Kerry have been quite successful at minor level over the past three years, their opponents, Tipperary, have also had a most successful innings at underage level reaching both Minor and Under 21 All Ireland finals. The winner of the Kerry V Tipperary game will play Limerick in the semi final a week later and the final is fixed for April 6th.

Senior Scór - Crème de la crème na Ríochta:

Best wishes to the Kerry Senior Scór competitors in the Munster semi-final on Saturday next February 20th in Kanturk: Rince Foirne: An Spá; Amhránaíocht [Solo Singing]:Gleann Fleisce – Eibhlín Ní Chróinín; Aithriseoireacht [Recitation/Storytelling]: An Spá – Ray Ó Súilleabháin; Bailéadghrúpa [Ballad Group]: Na Gaeil; Léiriú Stáitse [Stage Presentation]: Fosadh ; An Seit [Set Dance]: An Spá - An Quiz: The Brothers Pearse Club (Cnoc na hEaglaise) They go directly to the All-Ireland which will be held in the INEC (Cill Airne) on 2nd April. Gach rath ar mhuintir Chiarraí.

Scór na bPáistí District Finals:

North Kerry Football Area, Sunday 20th March 2016, 2pm sharp, Marian Hall, Moyvane.

South Kerry, East Kerry and Mid-Kerry are all on 11th March as is the greater Tralee Area (Trá Lí & Naomh Breandán), Friday 11th March 2016 7pm, ITT (Tralee IT), North Campus.

Scór na bPáistí info:

(i) After each district final, the qualifiers’ names and registration numbers should be forwarded, le bhur dtoil, to secretary.scor.kerry@gaa.ie before 31st March.

(ii) N.B. No DISTRICT ROUND Quiz will be held this year; all quiz teams may go straight to the county final on 17th April. All quiz entries (names and GAA registration numbers) should be forwarded to secretary.scor.kerry@gaa.ie by Saturday April 2nd.

(iii) The County Semi-finals will be held at 4pm on 9th April in Foilmore (for South Kerry) and at 2pm on 10th April (for North Kerry - venue to be decided).

(iv) The County Final will take place on 17th April.

Quiz: No Quiz in District Areas; County Quiz for all Kerry Clubs on 17th April.

Hurling News with Tommy O’Connor

Kerry get Hurling League campaign off to a flier

Well done to all involved with the Kerry senior hurlers on their superb 1 – 24 to 2 – 14 away win over Laois in round 1 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B last Sunday. Thanks also to the large number of travelling supporters who were very much in evidence at the venue.

Kerry take on Limerick in Fitzgerald Stadium

Next up is Kerry’s first home game in the competition, round 2 v Limerick on this Sunday, 21st February at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney, 2.00p.m. Admission on the day costs €15 but it is available at a reduced price of €10 if purchased online on www.gaa.ie , from the Kerry GAA offices in Austin Stack Park, from the Kerry GAA Store in the Outlook Centre in Killarney or at participating Centra or Supervalu stores around the county up to midnight on Saturday. Students and OAP admission is €10 on production of valid ID and Under 16s are free.

Admission for Sunday's game will be via the Lewis Road entrance where ticket vans will be in operation with the usual wheelchair access on Dalton's Avenue.

Upcoming league fixtures are: Sunday, 6th March v Wexford (at Austin Stack Park, 12.45p.m. – a double bill with the Kerry v Donegal football league game); 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.)


Abbeydorney Hurling Club have a fundraising venture on this Saturday, 20th February when in association with the Spike Players, Knocknagoshel, they present a play ‘The Mountainy Puck’ at Abbeydorney Community Centre, 8.00p.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 Saturday, 27th February, at the White Sands Hotel.

Congratulations to Kerry senior camogie players, Patrice Diggin and Sara Murphy, on winning Ashbourne Cup medals last weekend with the University of Limerick. They defeated U.C.C. in the final by 3 – 12 to 4 – 7 with Patrice also winning the Player of the Match award.


Two hurling coaching Workshops for club coaches will be held at Causeway Comprehensive School over the coming weeks. The first one, ‘Build the skills’, on Saturday week, 27th February, 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.

Workshop 2, ‘Need for speed’, for Under 16 to Minor club coaches, will take place at the same venue on Saturday, 5th March, 11.00a.m. – 1.00p.m. and will be conducted by Peter Casey, Clare Games Development Officer.