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PRO GAA Scene July 5th 2017 2017-07-05 00:01:00

Kerry secure 5 in-a-row of Munster Titles – Quarter Finals next stop 

By John O’Leary PRO Coiste Chontae Chiarraí

Kerry secured a 5-in-a-row of Munster Senior Football titles at sun splashed Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney on Sunday last when over powering Cork to win their 79th provincial title (1-23 to 0-15).  It was a victory achieved probably a little easier than Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice would have liked but at the end of the day Kerry did exactly what they had to do.  David Moran made a huge statement of intent when driving into the heart of the Cork defence from the throw-in and laying off to Paul Geaney who pointed with ease. Kerry followed with three more points in as many minutes and straight away the good start that every underdog craves for had been denied to Cork. With Geaney and James O’Donoghue in top form, Kerry drove on to put six between the sides with twenty minutes gone but they then seemed to take their foot off the pedal and Cork accepted the invitation to join in the scoring and at the break the Rebels were in a good enough position given that they were just two scores in arrears (0-11 to 0-7).

Again Kerry restarted in a devastating mood and went one better than their opening half blitz putting over five stunning points in a five minute spell with the introduction of Stephen O’Brien being central to an upping of the tempo by the home side. Kerry had taken the wind out of the Cork sails and by the time Kieran Donaghy laid on a goal for Paul Geaney in the 28th minute of the half Kerry were well on their way to an emphatic victory.

This was a welcome step up in pace and intensity from the form Kerry displayed in the semi final against Clare and no doubt Eamonn Fitzmaurice and his management team will be very pleased with the days work. Kerry’s discipline improved as well and that was another welcome factor.

So Kerry head into the quarter finals on July 30th in a good place but from here on in you would expect that the opposition – from the “A” side of the qualifiers – will be somewhat tougher than that served up by Cork last weekend. Munster are paired with Connaught for the quarter finals. On the “A” side of the qualifiers at present, Meath will play Donegal and Clare will play Mayo. The winners of those two games will be drawn against the provincial final losers in Round 4 i.e. Cork and Galway/Roscommon. The Round 4 winners will play Kerry and the Connaught champions (Galway/Roscommon) in the quarter finals. Repeat pairings will be avoided so Kerry cannot play either Cork or indeed Clare should either advance to the quarter finals.

The game on Sunday last may not have been the wonderful contest many people had hoped it would be but Munster final day was once again a wonderful occasion and our thanks to all the voluntary people who made sure that everything ran smoothly from an organisational point of view. There was a larger than expected attendance of 31,836 at the game and of course unless we get a few drawn games between the sides it is going to be at least 2021 before Kerry and Cork meet in the Fitzgerald Stadium again given that the Kingdom owe the Rebels 3 games following the closure of Páirc Uí Chaoimh after the 2014 Championship meeting between the sides.

Kerry Minors stroll to facile victory over Clare

By John O’Leary PRO Coiste Chontae Chiarraí


Kerry Minor footballers strolled to a very facile victory over a Clare side who were out of their depth in the Munster Minor football final in Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday last (2-21 to 0-3). Indeed were it not for the fact that Kerry’s wides tally hit double figures in the first half, this would have been an even bigger rout. Young Donal O’Sullivan with 2-8 to his credit and David Clifford playing a captain’s part when chipping in with 6 points, led the scoring for the homeside who had this game in the bag when leading by 10 points to 2 at the break. Kerry will now go on to play the Leinster final runners-up on the weekend of the 5th August. There are still four counties left in the Leinster Minor football championship with Wexford playing Louth and Dublin playing Kildare in the semi finals this week.

Kerry Juniors are also Munster Champions

Kerry Junior footballers got the Munster football finals week off to a great start when defeating Cork after a tremendous exhibition of football from both sides at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Tuesday of last week. At a couple of stages during this absorbing encounter Kerry seemed to be about to surrender their Munster and All Ireland Junior titles but the Kingdom showed true resolve to fight back from 9 points down early in the second half and then two points down with just two minutes of normal time left to actually take the lead before a late Cork equaliser sent the game to extra time. Kerry did come good in the extra twenty minutes outplaying the home side, and while the margin of victory (4-24 to 3-20) may have flattered them a little there could be no denying the fact that they deserved their win. A feature of the game was the wonderful fielding, particularly from Kerry’s midfield duo of Rob Ó Sé and Brendan O’Sullivan. So Kerry now play Connaught champions Leitrim in the All Ireland semi final on July 22nd at a venue yet to be decided.

Garvey's SuperValu Senior Football Championship resumes this weekend

Following an exciting weekend of Munster final action it’s back to the bread and butter of the Garvey's SuperValu Senior football championship this coming weekend with four Round 3 games down for decision with the winners qualifying for a quarter final place.

First up on Saturday is the meeting of two divisional sides St Brendans and East Kerry on Saturday evening in Austin Stack Park (7:15) where early comers will be able to take in the Abbeydorney vs Ballyduff senior hurling championship game at 5:30. This is St Brendans’ fourth game in the competition. They opened with a big 6-24 to 1-8 victory over Shannon Rangers in the Preliminary Round and followed that with a 2-17 to 2-14 victory over Kilcummin in Blennerville. They then met All Ireland champions Dr Crokes who were in no mood to let their hold on the county championship title slip and the champions recorded a big 7-17 to 0-16 victory though the big score by St Brendans in defeat was noteworthy. Opponents East Kerry went down to Rathmor by two points, 1-12 to 1-10 in Fitzgerald Stadium but recovered to hand Mid Kerry a heavy defeat on a 4-15 to 1-11 scoreline in Lewis Rd.

There is a double bill in Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on Sunday where Killarney Legion and West Kerry get proceedings underway at 2pm.  Legion are facing their fourth game in the competition having drawn with Kenmare Shamrocks (0-15 to 1-12) in the opening round in Derreen before having a one point victory in the replay (2-13 to 1-15) in the replay in Kenmare.  They then went down to a hevy defeat to Austin Stacks in Connolly Park (4-13 to 3-6).  West Kerry for their part played both of their games in Gallarus where they were defeated by Feale Rangers (1-13 to 0-12) in the opening game but then defeated St Kierans by a point, 0-14 to 0-13.

The second game of the double bill, between Dingle and South Kerry, could be the game of the weekend. Dingle opened with a facile 3-16 to 2-4 victory over Kenmare District in Templenoe before being surprised by Kerins O’Rahillys on home soil by a single point, 2-13to 3-9. South Kerry also tasted defeat at the hands of Kerins O’Rahillys when they were defeated by 4 points in Strand Rd (2-16 to 2-12) before recovering to defeat Kilcummin by 2-17 to 1-5 in Lewis Rd.

The fourth game of the weekend sees Feale Rangers play Kenmare in Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday afternoon (2pm). Feale rangers, as we saw already, had a good win over West Kerry in Gallarus but were then defeated by Rathmore in Round 2 in Rathbeg (2-16 to 2-17).Kenmare are playing their fourth game in the competition following a drawn game with Legion in Derren (1-12 to 0-15) and then slipping to a one point defeat on home soil in the replay (2-13 to 1-15). They recovered to defeat local rivals Kenmare District by 3-13 to 3-8 in Templenoe.

Round 3 winners will qualify for the quarter finals where they will be drawn against Round 2A winners Dr Crokes, Kerins O’Rahillys. Austin Stacks or Rathmore.

Credit Union Senior Football League 

Round 7 of the he Credit Union Senior Football League went ahead last weekend with all scheduled games played. Some games in Round 7 were refixed for various reasons. The Division 1 game between Rathmore and Templenoe goes back to July 28th by agreement and the Rathmore v Milltown-Castlemaine’s Round 9 game has been brought forward to this Wednesday evening at 7:30 in Rathmore.

The Division 2 game between Emmets and Listry goes back to July 20th by agreement and the games between Ardfert and Kenmare in Division 2 and that between St Senans and Annascaul in Division 3 have to be refixed due to the County Hurling Championship games last weekend.

There are two back games in Division 5 down for decision this weekend with Cordal playing Cromane and Asdee playing Kilgarvan both at 7:30.

Acorn Life Under 21 Championship

The four semi finalists in the Acorn Life Under 21 Championship are now known following the quarter finals last week the results of which were as follows:

Kenmare District 1-11     Spa 2-7

Mid Kerry 3-13                   Dingle 0-16

East Kerry 2-10                  South Kerry 2-4

Dr Crokes 2-15                   Kerins O’Rahillys 1-15

The semi final draw on Tuesday resulted in the following pairings:

Dr. Crokes vs Kenmare District
East Kerry vs Mid Kerry

The semi finals will be played on Thursday 13th with the final on July 26th.

Keane's SuperValu Killorglin Minor Football Championship gets underway this week

The Keane's SuperValu Killorglin Minor Football Championship got underway this week with five games pencilled in for Tuesday evening ( Dr Crokes V Feale Rangers, South Kerry V Firies, West Kerry V St Brendans, East Kerry V St Kierans and Mid Kerry v Dingle).

There are two further games going ahead on this Wednesday evening ; Kenmare District play Austin Stacks in Kenmare and Kerins O’Rahillys play Laune Rangers in Strand Rd (7:30). Extra time applies in all games.

The 7 winners progress to Round 3 while the 7 losers, together with the Preliminary Round loser, Shannon Rangers who were defeated by Kerins O’Rahillys by 1-15 to 2-8, progress to Round 2 or losers Round.

Round  2 games will be played on Tuesday 11th.

Junior Football League

Round 5 of the Junior Football League is down for decision this coming Friday which is also the date for clubs to agree the refixing of outstanding back games. The semi finals are fixed for July 21st with the finals a week later on July 28th.

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

Garveys Supervalu Senior Hurling Championship is underway

The Garveys Supervalu Senior Hurling Championship [Corn Neilus Ó Floinn] got underway on Saturday evening last with two first round games in Tralee’s Austin Stack Park, the second of which between St Brendans and Causeway turned out to be a fascinating game where extra time could not separate the two sides with the scoreboard reading 2-18 to St Brendans and 3-15 to Causeway when Referee Joe Larkin blew the final whistle. The opening game, between reigning champions Kilmoyley and Crotta O’Neills was dominated by the respective free takers with Shane Nolan for Crotta and Daniel Collins for Kilmoyley getting the bulk of the scores in a game the champions won on a score of 3-16 to 0-14.

The remaining games in Round 1 will be played this coming weekend. On Friday, 7th July Ballyheigue play Lixnaw at 7.30p.m. and on Saturday, 8th July, Abbeydorney play Ballyduff at 5.30p.m. Both games will be played at Austin Stack Park, Tralee, with extra time if necessary. Round 2 will be played on 16th July, Round 3 on 6th August, the semi-finals on w/e 26th August and the final is scheduled for Sunday, 10 Sept.

Minor Hurling League

Minor league Round 1 results: Crotta 2 - 10 Causeway 0 - 13; South Kerry 2 - 11 St. Brendan’s 1 - 4; Abbeydorney/Tralee Parnell’s 4 - 16 Ballyduff  0 - 14.

Round 3 will be played on Monday next, 10 July, 7.30p.m. as follows:  Div. 1A – Crotta      v Lixnaw; Causeway v St. Brendan’s; South Kerry bye. Div. 1B – Abbeydorney v Ballyheigue; Kilmoyley v Ballyduff. Full fixture details at www.kerrygaa.ie

Credit Union Co. Hurling  Leagues

Division 2, back fixtures for this Wednesday, 5 July, 8.00p.m.: Div. 2A - Austin Stacks v Dr. Crokes; Kilgarvan v Kenmare. Div. 2B – St. Brendan’s v Crotta. Lady’s Walk v Crotta deferred until 19 July.

Hurling Cúl Camps 2017

The 2017 Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps continue on Monday next, 10th July at both Lixnaw & Ballyduff. The Lixnaw camp will be held at Finuge G.A.A. grounds as their own field is undergoing a major development. Cost is €60 per child with reductions for additional members of families. Open to primary school children, boys and girls between 6 and 13 years of age. Monday’s to Friday’s, 10.00a.m. – 2.30p.m. daily. Further details & online registration at www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie

Further Kerry camps are at: Ballyheigue & Kenmare (17 - 21 July), Abbeydorney, Ardfert & Fitzgerald Stadium (31 July - 4 Aug.), Crotta O’Neill’s - Dromakee (7 - 11 August) and Kilmoyley & Tralee Parnell’s - Caherslee (14 - 18 August).

Tralee Parnell’s will be running a club summer hurling and camogie camp from Tuesday, 11 to Thursday, 13 July at Caherslee.  It is aimed at children from 7 to 13 years of age. Details from club officers.