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PRO GAA Scene July 26th 2017 2017-07-26 22:38:00

Kerry GAA Scene 26th July 2017

Kerry and Galway renew an age old rivalry

Kerry and Galway footballers renew an age old rivalry when the sides meet in the quarter final of the All Ireland championship at Croke Park on Sunday next, a game that has a 2pm throw-in. These two GAA strongholds meet all too infrequently in championship and the healthy rivalry that exists between the counties goes back to the late thirties and early forties when the sides met four times in All Ireland finals with Galway getting the better of the Kingdom after a replayed ’38 final and Kerry recording victories over the Tribesmen in ’40 and ’41.  However the late ‘50s and mid ’60s will be fondly remembered by the older followers of the maroon side especially. It will be recalled that while Kerry were victorious in the 1959 final and the semi final of the following year, Galway reigned supreme in the mid ‘60s inflicting three championship defeats on the Kingdom in the ’63 semi final and in the finals of ’64 and ’65 as the Tribesmen went on to complete a 3-in-a-row of titles. There was also a “Home” League final between the sides in ’65 which Galway also won. That era saw such household names such as the “terrible twins” Stockwell and Purcell”, Mick O’Dwyer and Mick O’Connell immortalised in the broadcasts of that genial commentator Micheál O’Hehir.

In more modern times, with the exception of the classic draw and replay between the sides in 2000 when the likes of Seamus Moynihan and Padraig Joyce enthralled the GAA world, the sides have not met that often despite the advent of the qualifiers. There was of course the amazing quarter final of 2008 played in a second half deluge and just three years Galway gave Kerry enough of it for a long time before the Kingdom eased their way to a seven points victory.

All of that brings us to the modern day standard bearers of the famous green and gold and maroon jersies. Kerry emerged from what was a moderate League campaign to down the Dubs but we all know that League and Championship are worlds apart as Kerry’s form when defeating Clare after a struggle in the first round at the start of June is testimony to. On the other hand, Kerry’s form in the Munster final when easily taking care of the Cork challenge may have to be looked at even more favourably when the Rebel’s display against Mayo last weekend is taken into account.  With the exception of Bryan Sheehan, who suffered a re-occurrence of a hamstring injury picked up in training, Kerry are reporting a clean bill of health with goalkeepers Shane Ryan (Rathmore)  and Shane Murphy (Dr Crokes) coming into the panel in place of Brendan Kealy who has opted out of the panel for the time being at least.

Galway, as they had done last season, got the better of Connaught rivals Mayo but then went down badly to Roscommon on home soil in the provincial final, a game the Rossies bossed from start to finish. The Tribesmen regrouped however after that display to rout a very disorganised Donegal side last weekend, scoring four goals in the process and that victory is sure to be a major confidence booster to Kevin Walsh’s charges.

Galway have always been known as a “footballing” side and no doubt that should both suit Kerry and make for a good encounter. The experienced Meath official David Coldrick will be the man in charge. Patrons will also be able to see the current well being of both Roscommon and Meath who meet in the second quarter final at 4pm. The two winners on Sunday will meet in the first All Ireland semi final on August 20th.

The Kerry team will be named on Friday evening at 8pm and will be posted on the Kerry GAA Website.

Ticket Arrangements for Kerry V Galway

Tickets are already on sale for the All Ireland Quarter Final double bill in Croke Park on Sunday when Kerry play Galway at 2pm and Roscommon play neighbours Mayo at 4pm. The following are the Ticket prices:

Stand Tickets

Hogan Stand (No Concession) - €35

Cusack Stand - €35

Terrace - €25

Family Tickets 

Family Tickets- Cusack and Davin Stands

Adults - €35 Juveniles - €5

Students and Senior Citizens (Cusack & Davin Stand Only)

Purchase full price tickets and get rebate of €10 with valid I.D. at Block D, Stiles 1 to 5 in the Cusack Stand (Rebate can only be claimed on entry into the stadium via Block  D)

Tickets are now available to purchase from the Kerry GAA Store in Killarney, and participating Centra and Super Valu stores around the County including all Garveys Supervalu Stores and via tickets.ie Tickets will be available for sale from the County Board Office, Austin Stack Park on Thursday (2pm to 5:30pm) and Friday (12 noon to 4pm).

Kerry GAA Supporters Club Bus

The Kerry GAA Supporters Club will take coaches to Croke Park for the All-Ireland quarter finals on Sunday next. All seats must be booked by Thursday night 27th. July.  For bookings, contact Donal O’Leary, John King or Martin Leane. Departure times: Farranfore 6:30, Tralee 7:00, Listowel 7:30am.

Kerry Juniors Qualify for All Ireland Junior Final

Kerry Junior footballers qualified for the All Ireland Junior final with a less than convincing victory over a determined Leitrim side at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick on Saturday evening last. Kerry led by seven points at the break, 1-8 to 1-1, after what was a good first half display and hit four good scores in a row during the third quarter but they then sat back and allowed Leitrim come at them with the result that the sides shared the scoring during that second halef before Kerry ran out winners on a 1-16 to 1-9 scoreline. While Kerry never looked like they were going to lose the game, manager Jimmy Keane will no doubt demand more urgency from his charges when they play Meath in the final on Saturday week, August 5th in Portlaoise, a game that has a 3pm throw-in time. That game will be preceded by the Minor Championship Quarter final between Kerry and Louth.

Kerry Minors in action on the August weekend

Kerry Minor footballers will play Louth in the Electric Ireland Minor Football Championship quarter final in Portlaoise on Saturday August 5th as part of a double header with the All Ireland Junior football final between Kerry and Meath. The game has a 1:15 throw-in time.

Meanwhile confirmation of the time and venue for the All Ireland Under 17 semi final between Kerry and Roscommon is still awaited from Croke Park. It is thought likely that the game will be played midweek after the Bank Holiday weekend at a neutral venue central to both counties.

Jack O’Connor in line to be re-appointed manager of Kerry Under 20 team

The Chairman of Coiste Chontae Chiarraí, Tim Murphy, is to recommend to the next meeting of the County Committee on September 4th, that Jack O’Connor be reappointed as manager of the Kerry Under 20 Football team for a two year term.

O’Connor took over as manager of the Under 21s from Dara Ó Sé in 2015 for an initial two year period and earlier this year he led Kerry to their first Munster title in the grade since 2008, before going down to Galway at the All Ireland semi final stage. From 2018 onwards, the age limit for the Under 21 grade will be reduced by a year to an Under 20 competition.

Mid Kerry and Kenmare District to battle it out for the Under 21 Title – and a new trophy

Mid Kerry and Kenmare District contest the Acorn Life Under 21 Football Final on this Wednesday evening at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park, a game that will throw in at 7:30pm.Both of these sides have tasted victory in this grade in the past few years; In 2013 Mid Kerry defeated St Kierans and the following year it was Kenmare District’s turn when they also defeated St Kierans in a game that will be remembered for a last minute winning penalty by Brian Crowley.

 Mid Kerry have been the more impressive side over the last few weeks simply because they played a game more than their rivals defeating An Ghaeltacht  and scoring six goals in the process before accounting for Dingle by six points in the quarter final and then having a very impressive victory over East Kerry in the semis with eleven points to spare. Former Kerry Minors Mike Breen and Liam Carey, along with David Costello are players to watch out for.

The fact that a divisional side such as Kenmare District got a walk over in the opening round did not help their cause and they were fortunate to get the better of a plucky Spa side in the Quarter finals by the minimum margin. They did improve to defeat Dr Crokes in Kenmare in the semi final where their big players such as John Mark Foley, Sean O’Shea and Killian Spillane were very much to the fore.

This is a game that has all the ingredients of being a thriller and no doubt both sides will want to become the first winners of the James Coffey Perpetual Cup, a trophy presented to the County Board aby the Coffey family in conjunction with the Laune Rangers club at a function on Friday evening last. James, or Jimmy Coffey as he was probably better known, served in many capacities for his beloved Laune Rangers over many years and was also secretary of the Mid Kerry Board for all of seventeen years before becoming chairman for another seven year period. Jimmy served as joint treasurer of the Kerry County Board from 1973 to 2003 and it is indeed very fitting that the new cup should perpetuate his memory.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship is down to the semi  final stage

The Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship is down to the semi final stage following the playing of the Quarter final games last weekend which resulted in the following results:

St Brendans 0-23              Dingle 0-11

St Kierans 5-11                  Feale Rangers 4-5

East Kerry 5-17                  Mid Kerry 0-4

Kenmare Dist 2-13           Dr Crokes 2-10

So St Brendans, St Kierans, East Kerry and Kenmare District are through to the semi finals which will be played on August 23rd. The semi final draw will take place later this week.

Credit Union Senior Football League

Apart from a number of back games throughout the Divisions, just two round of the Credit Union senior football league remain to be played following last weekend’s Round 9 fixtures.

In Division 1, Dr Crokes who play their Round 9 game against Dingle in Lewis Road on this Thursday evening  look like they have at least one foot in the Division 1 final being two points ahead of the pack led by An Ghaeltacht. On Friday next there is an important back game in Rathmore where Rathmore, also challenging for a final place, play Templenoe in Round 7.  At the other end of the table, Desmonds are relegated to Division 2 for next season.

In Division 2, Legion are in a good position to make a quick return to Division 1 while Listry are in danger of slipping to Division 3 but they do have two back games to play the first of which is in Listowel on Saturday next against Emmets.

In Division 3, Dromid Pearses, Na Gaeil and Ballymacelligott are in pole position for the three promotion places but at the other end of the table St Michaels-Foilmore continue their slide down the League tables with relegation to Division 4 next season.

In Division 4, Skellig Rangers and Lispole lead the chasing group at the top of the table and there are a couple of back games this weekend which will have a big say on both promotion and relegation issues. Third and fourth placed,  Keel play Castlegregory meet on Friday evening and fifth placed Dr Crokes play  Sneem/Derrynane on Saturday.  At the bottom of the table Scartaglen look doomed to Division 5 football next season.

In Division 5 Ballylongford and Cordal lead the charge for promotion with Moyvane, Churchill, Cromane and Rathmore all fighting it out for a place in Division 4.

Round 10 is down for decision on the weekend of August 13th.

Junior Leagues

The way is clear for the semi finals in all eight groups. The majority of semi finals are down for decision this weekend with the Finals listed for the following Friday August 4th.

Kerry GAA Lotto

The weekly Jackpot of €20,000 continues to be an elusive target for Kerry GAA Lotto members. James O’Sullivan (USA) and the Telecommers (C/O Mike Carroll) won pair of tickets each to see Kerry play Galway. Next week's lucky dip prize is a kit bag and Kerry a GAA tracksuit. You can buy your yearly ticket for €100 or three lines for Monday night's draw for €5. Buy online or in the Kerry GAA Store, Killarney

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

Two games in the Garveys Supervalu Senior Hurling Championship this weekend

The 2017 Garvey’s Supervalu Kerry senior hurling championship continues this weekend with Round 2 fixtures at Austin Stack Park. First up is the Round 2B clash of Crotta and Causeway on Friday evening, 28th July, with the losers exiting the championship.

Then on Saturday evening in Round 2A, St. Brendan’s play Kilmoyley. Both games have 7.00p.m. throw in times, with extra time if necessary.

So Lixnaw and the winners of the Kilmoyley v St Brendans Round 2A game will be through to semi finals.

Meanwhile, Ballyduff and losers of Kilmoyley v St Brendans will be drawn against Abbeydorney and the winners from the Crotta O’Neills and Causeway game in Round 3. Round 3 will be played on Sunday August 6th.

Co. Intermediate Championship


In the preliminary round of the Co. Intermediate hurling championship, St. Brendan’s had a 6 - 21 to 1 - 7 win over Abbeydorney and Kenmare defeated Crotta by 2 - 13 to 0 - 12. The quarter final pairings Kilmoyley v Austin Stack’s; St. Brendan’s v Causeway and Dr. Crokes v Lixnaw were due to be played on Tuesday, 25th July with Kenmare v Kilgarvan going back to Tuesday August 1st.

Junior Hurling Championship 

The Junior Hurling Championship commences on Wednesday August 2nd and continues each Wednesday thereafter.

Fixtures are as follows:

Wednesday August 2nd, St Pats v Duagh; August 9th, Ladys Walk v St Pats; August 15th, Duagh v Ladys Walk. All games at 7pm.

Credit Union Senior Hurling Leagues

In the semi-final of the Credit Union Senior hurling league Division 1 on Sunday last, Kilmoyley had a 2 - 14 to 1 - 13 win over Causeway. The second semi-final goes ahead on this Friday evening when Lixnaw are at home to Ballyduff at 7.00p.m. (extra time if necessary). This game will also double up as a North Kerry Senior Championship semi-final.

Hurling Cúl Camps 2017

The 2017 Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps continue on Monday next, 31st July at both Ardfert and Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney. 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. Online registration at www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie  Children may also register on the first morning of each Camp.

The remaining Kerry hurling camps will be at Crotta O’Neill’s - Dromakee (7 - 11 August) and Kilmoyley & Tralee Parnell’s - Caherslee (14 - 18 August).