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PRO GAA Scene 4th March 2020   04/03/2020

Kerry Leave Mayo with Two Points

Last weekend, Storm Jorge played havoc with the fixture schedule. Our original fixture for Saturday was postponed until 1pm on Sunday. This was far from ideal for supporters and the team alike but it was the correct decision considering the red warnings that had been issued. On Sunday 8000 supporters gathered in McHale Park Castlebar and quite a proportion were Kerry fans. Our thanks to everyone that made the journey in rather challenging conditions. 

In the first half, Kerry played beautiful football and could have been much further ahead at half time but still looked the dominant team. The second half was a different story as Mayo played with far more intensity. Kerry held on to win by 1 point. These valuable two League points put Kerry into second place on the Division 1 table. Galway are the current table toppers. 

Our next game is away to Monaghan and in the final round we are home to Donegal. Tickets are on sale for both games. The game against Donegal is all ticket so purchase your ticket early to avoid disappointment. As it is an all ticket game, juveniles will need a ticket also, these can be purchased for 5 Euro. Adult pre purchase price is 15 Euro. Tickets can be purchased from Centra, SuperValu and the Kerry GAA Store, Killarney.


The Kerry U20s 

The Kerry U20s (under new Manager John Sugrue) began their campaign with a win over Limerick last Wednesday night in the Munster Semi Final played in a very cold Rathkeale. They are now into the Munster U20 final against Cork which is fixed for Wednesday night at 7.30pm in Austin Stack Park. The team was announced on Tuesday evening. We are hoping for a large home support to get behind John Sugrue, Kieran O’Leary, Brendan Guiney and the U20 panel on Wednesday night. Tickets are now on sale from the usual outlets.


Congratulations to Larry McCarthy

Congress concluded on Saturday after two days of action in Croke Park. The big news on Friday night was the Presidential Election which was won by New York GAA candidate Larry McCarthy. He was elected on the fourth count after a very close battle with Jarlath Burns. Larry was born in Cork, taught for a few years in Malahide Community School before going to New York. Larry now lectures in Seton Hall University near Manhattan. Larry will move back to Dublin to serve his time as President of the GAA.

Delegates also voted on 63 motions and all the results of the votes can be seen on the GAA website. President Horan announced on Saturday that the tier 2 Championship Cup has been named the Tailteann Cup.


Gaeltacht Scholarships

Applications for scholarship grants must come through the local District Boards. Applicants must be “active” club members and grants are limited to one per club.  Also, as this grant scheme is funded by the GAA, it therefore can only benefit GAA members. Further information from Christy Killeen, Cultural Officer.


Hurling

The Kerry senior hurlers remain lost their 100% record in the 2020 Allianz Hurling League, Division 2A when losing to Antrim last Sunday by 2 – 20 to 2 – 14. For Antrim, also unbeaten to date, this was their fourth win of the campaign and leaves them at the top of the Division with a game to play.

Kerry could still progress to the final, depending on the outcome of the Division’s outstanding fixture next Sunday, when Offaly have a home tie with Antrim at Tullamore.

In a rather complicated finale, a win or a draw for Antrim would see them advance to play Kerry in the decider. However, an Offaly win would see the midlanders – currently on six points – go above Kerry and into second place on scoring difference. Antrim are not yet guaranteed a place in the final but only defeat by more than 18 points can see them ousted, in which case it would be a Kerry-Offaly decider.


Co. Senior Hurling League

As the Allianz Hurling League Division 2A Final has been postponed by one week until March 14/15, the Co. Senior Hurling League Division 1 is due to commence this weekend with 4 games scheduled. 9 teams will compete with Kilgarvan back in Division 1 for the first time in many years. The competition gets underway at Abbeydorney on this Friday, 6 March when the home side play Kilgarvan at 7.00p.m. Three games are fixed for Saturday at 4.00p.m. - Ballyduff v Ballyheigue; Kilmoyley v Crotta O`Neill's; St Brendan's v Causeway. Lixnaw has a bye. As there may be changes, check with the clubs in advance.


Clubs

Week 3 of the Tralee Parnell’s Under 6 boys & girls, Under 8 and Under 10 boys Spring Hurling Academy continues at the Kerry Sports Academy (KSA) on this Friday, 28 February from 7.00 – 8.00pm. Playing equipment is available. For more information, please contact Club Secretary David Brick or check out the Tralee Parnell’s Facebook page.

Abbeydorney Club Awards next Saturday, 7 March in their Clubhouse


Hurling Cúl Camps 2020

The 2020 Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps for Hurling in Kerry will take place as follows: Ardfert & Rathmore (1 – 5 July), Lixnaw & Ballyduff (8 - 12 July); Ballyheigue & Kenmare (15 - 19 July); Causeway & Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney (22 - 26 July); Abbeydorney (29 July – 2 August); Crotta O’Neill’s – Dromakee (5 – 9 August) and Kilmoyley & Tralee Parnell’s - Caherslee (12 – 16 August). Cost remains at €60 per child with reductions for additional members of families. Kellogg's GAA Cúl Camps are open to children between the ages of 6 to 13. The hours of the camps are 10.00 am to 2.30pm. and note that from this year booking will not be accepted on the first day of any camp. Register at www.gaa.ie/kelloggsculcamps The Online Booking facility closes at noon on the Friday preceding the week of the camps. Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camp gear (including a jersey, training top and backpack are included in the cost of the camp.