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PRO GAA Scene August 9th 2017 2017-08-09 00:01:00

Kerry GAA Scene 9th August 2017

Kerry Seniors to play Mayo

Mayo made no mistake at the second time of asking when routing Roscommon in the All Ireland Quarter final Replay at Croke Park on Bank Holiday Monday last. It was a big statement by last year’s All Ireland finalists and all their big names were back on song with Aidan O’Shea leading by example. They also did the business without Lee Keegan who sat out the game due to an injury but rest assured the Westport man will be back for the showdown with Kerry on Sunday week. Stand tickets for that game which has a 3:30 throw-in, are going to be in heavy demand and of course the Kerry V Cavan minor semi final will be the curtain raiser (1:30) and with Cavan in close proximity to Croke Park that game could add a sizeable contingent to the attendance.

While it is unlikely that the game will be a sell out it is very likely that the attendance will exceed the 52,500 that attended the drawn semi final between the sides at the same venue in 2014 (Replay 36,256 in the Gaelic Grounds).

Kerry GAA Supporters Club

The Kerry GAA Supporters Club will take buses to the All-Ireland Semi-Finals on August 20th. All seats must be booked by Thursday the 17th of August. For bookings please contact; Martin Leane, John King or Donie O’Leary. All persons travelling must have a valid membership card.


Ticket Arrangements for All Ireland Semi Finals

A semi final Double Bill has been confirmed for Sunday August 20th in Croke Park

Kerry v Mayo 3.30pm

Kerry v Cavan 1.30pm


Ticket Prices as follows:

Hogan Stand (No Concession) - €45

Cusack Stand - €45

Terrace - €30



Family Tickets- Cusack and Davin Stands

Adults - €45 Juveniles - €5

Students & 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 on Sale

Tickets are now available to purchase from participating Centra and SuperValu stores, including all Garveys Supervalu Stores around the County and online at tickets.ie

Tickets are also available from the Kerry GAA Store in the Killarney Outlet Centre.

Ticket Sales in County Board Office Tralee

Tickets will go on general sale in the County Board Offices in Austin Stack Park Tralee on Tuesday 15th, Wednesday 16th, Thursday 17th August from 2.00pm - 5.30pm

Friday 18th August 2.00 – 4.00pm


3 In-A-Row for Kerry Juniors

Kerry Junior footballers completed a 3-in-a-row of All Ireland titles for the county when defeating Meath in the All Ireland final in Portlaoise on Saturday last. It is a unique achievement being the first time that the 3-in-a-row has been completed and even more unique given that the present rules of the competition mean that players who play in a victorious team are ineligible for the competition the following year.

Tosach maith leath na h-oibre they say and Kerry certainly got that when racing into a 5 points to 1 lead inside the opening seven minutes of play. When Conor Cox cheekily robbed a Meath defender in his own square just before the end of the first quarter and easily finished to the net that was just the score the Kingdom needed to cap a fine 15 minute display. Kerry did leave Meath back into the game for a period afterwards and Tomás Mac an tSaoir proved his worth a couple of times in the Kerry goal but Conor Cox and Philip O’Connor added two points in the final minutes and the scoreboard, reading 1-8 to 0-7, certainly reflected the balance of play a little better at the break.

It is likely that Jimmy Keane had a few harsh words for his charges during the half time break and they certainly resumed with a far more direct game plan. The Kerry defenders attacked the ball more with Jack McGuire and Brian Sugrue prominent; Brendan O’Sullivan and the high fielding Rob Ó Sé supplied their forward line with an abundance of possession and with the magnificent Cox leading the way with six points and Tomás Ó Sé finishing a Philip O’Connor delivery to the net, Kerry blitzed their opponents in the first 18 minutes of the half to move 2-15 to 0-10 clear. This period of play was in direct contrast to a lot of their ponderous play in the second quarter in particular as the moved the ball swiftly to their full forward trio who in all scored 1-13 between them. Effectively the game was over then but to their credit Meath battled to the end as they are wont to do with the final score reading 2-19 to 1-14 in Kerry’s favour.

So a third All Ireland on the trot with three different teams for the Kingdom and they left no doubt in anybody’s mind as to who the best team was in a competition that seems to have an uncertain future. It is very likely though that when players and management reflect back on a satisfying campaign they will remember that evening in Pairc Uí Rinn when they fought their way back from an 11 points deficit early in the second half to record a fine Munster final victory over Cork after extra time. Well done to all concerned and especially to Conor Cax and James Walsh who were both collecting their third medal while

The team contains nine players who have previously won Junior All Ireland medals; James Walsh and Conor Cox won All Irelands in 2012 and 2015 while Jack McGuire, Eamonn Kiely, Brian Sugrue, Brendan O’Sullivan, Philip O’Connor, Jeff O’Donoghue and Killian Spillane were collecting their second medals while eleven players on the panel have added a Junior All Ireland to a Minor All Ireland.

Kerry Minors qualify for the All Ireland Semi Final

Kerry are through to another Minor Semi Final following this ten points victory over a spirited  Louth side in the opening game in O’Moore Park Portlaoise on Saturday last. From the word go it must be said this was a game that Kerry never looked like losing.

They were 1-8 to 0-1 clear inside the opening 15 minutes with Donnchadh O’Sullivan’s goal, laid on by the outstanding Brian Friel, and an absolute peach of a point from David Clifford, being the standout scores. Kerry were well on top throughout the half but in fairness to Louth they did enjoy plenty of possession but putting it to good use was their problem. Kerry put in another scoring burst before the break but Louth snatched a goal out of nowhere just before that short whistle to leave the half time score reading 1-11 to 1-5 for Kerry.

Kerry restarted in no mood to let Louth reduce the deficit and despite an early second half goal from the Wee county Kerry’s response was swift and five points without reply had the winners back in the driving seat and allowed them empty their bench before running out easy 1-22 to 2-9 winners.

Still, I would imagine that Manager Peter Keane has this talented group of players exactly where he wants them going into a semi final. While they clocked up a good score they did not shoot the lights out by any means and Louth certainly exposed a few defensive frailties.From a positive point of view, a number of other forwards stepped up to the plate to give David Clifford a hand with the scoring, particularly Brian Friel who helped himself to four points from play.

Kerry now play Cavan in the semi final and the Breffni boys certainly surprised many with their 1-11 to 0-11 victory over last year’s beaten finalists Galway. Cavan defeated Monaghan and Down on their way to the Ulster final where they were beaten by Derry by 1-22 to 1-12. Derry incidentally, defeated Sligo in the another quarter final 1-13 to 0-15 and they will now meet Dublin who defeated Clare by 2-11 to 0-10 in the remaining quarter final..

The Kerry V Cavan semi final will be played on  August 20th (1:30) along with the Kerry V Mayo Senior semi final with the Dublin v Derry Minor semi final the curtain raiser to the Dublin V Tyrone senior encounter a week later.

Kerry Under 17s in All Ireland Semi Final action this weekend

Cusack Park in Ennis is the venue on Saturday for the Under 17 All Ireland semi final between Kerry and Roscommon, a game that has a 2pm throw-in time. With an overlap of three or four players between both the Kerry Minor and Under 17 teams, and the Kerry Minors in action seven days later in the All Ireland championship semi final, there will have to be a delicate balancing act performed by manager Peter Keane and his management team of Tommy Griffin, James Foley, John Dillon and Colm Whelan.  The likes of goalkeeper Deividas Uosis, centre back Eddie Horan and half forward Donal O’Sullivan, are all featuring with the Minors as well as the Under 17s.

The Under 17 competition is not a championship of course rather it is a competition to cater for the fact that this year’s Under 17 players would miss out at intercounty level given that the Minor age limit will be reduced to 17 next season. Kerry opened their campaign with a 3-11 to 1-6 victory over Tipperary in Austin Stack Park and then went on to defeat Cork in the provincial final by five points on a 15 points to 10 score-line. On that occasion they had to do without the injured Donal O’Sullivan and on Saturday they will have to get on without the suspended Michael Slattery who is also on the Minor panel.

Roscommon defeated Leitrim by 1-14 to 0-11 in their opening game and then defeated Galway by 2-8 to 1-8 in the provincial final a game Galway had to play without their minor players who were involved in the Connaught final that same weekend.

The other semi final between Meath and Tyrone will take place in Breffini Park on this Wednesday. Extra time will apply in the event of a draw and if the teams are still level then a free taking competition will decide the outcome on the day. The final of the competition is scheduled for August 27th as a curtain raiser to the Minor and Senior semi finals in Croke Park.

The Kerry Under 17 team will be announced on Thursday evening at 9pm.

Garvey's SuperValu Senior Football Championship Draw

The draw for the Garvey's SuperValu Senior Football Championship was made on Radio Kerry last Saturday in the presence of Kevin McCarthy representing Garvey's SuperValu and Peter Twiss Runaí of the Kerry County Committee. The draw resulted in the following pairings:

Dr. Crokes vs Kenmare Shamrocks

Kerins O'Rahillys vs East Kerry

Austin Stacks vs West Kerry

Rathmore vs South Kerry

Obviously, fixtures for these games will depend on Kerry’s progress in the All Ireland Championship.

Round 10 of the Credit Union Senior Football League this weekend

It’s Round 10, the penultimate round of the Credit Union Senior Football League this weekend and there are a number of important games affecting the race for promotion and relegation in all divisions.

In Division 1, there is a full fixture list this weekend. Dr Crokes are in the final being four points ahead of the pack on 18 points followed by An Ghaeltacht on 14 and Rathmore and Glenbeigh-Glencar who are both on 12 points.

 At the other end of the table, Desmonds are relegated to Division 2 for next season. Austin Stacks are in big danger of relegation on 4 points as they have to play An Ghaeltacht this Sunday and then Rathmore in their final game, and Milltown-Castlemaine are on 6 points above them. There are no back games in Division 1.

In Division 2, Legion are in a good position to make a quick return to Division 1 on 15 points, Spa are on 13 with Beaufort Beaufort, Kenmare who play Spa this weekend,  are on 12 following their win over Listry in a back game and  with a game in hand. At the bottom Listry are in danger of slipping to Division 3 having lost a back game to Beaufort last week by 3-10 to 0-7. St Pats and Kilcummin are on 5 with Waterville on 6. Ardfert vs Kenmare is a back game to be played. The Baufort V St Pats and Kilcummin V Glenflesk games go back to August 18th.

In Division 3, Dromid Pearses are on 16 points, Na Gaeil and Ballymacelligott both on 15 are in pole position for the three promotion places but at the other end of the table St Michaels-Foilmore, while still not relegated officially will need a miracle to avoid the drop with just 1 point on the table. Fossa are on 4 points and Gneeveguilla are on 5. St Senans also move on to 5 points following a 4-11 to 0-10 victory over Annascaul last weekend. The Laune Rangers Vs Ballydonoghue game goes back to August 23rd and Laune Rangers Vs St Senans  on August 19th is an important back game.

In Division 4, Skellig Rangers on 16 points are followed by Keel and Lispole who lead the chasing group on 15 points. Dr Crokes are on 14 points and the promotion places are between these four with the big game of the weekend being the clash of Keel and Skellig Rangers on Sunday.

At the bottom of the table Scartaglen look doomed to Division 5 football next season on just 1 point, Sneem-Derrynane are on 3 points, Beale are on 4 and Duagh on 5. There are no outstanding games.

In Division 5 Ballylongford are on 20 points, Cordal are on 18 and then you have Moyvane, Cromane and Churchill all still in the mix fighting it out for a place in Division 4.

Junior Football Leagues - Fixtures & Results                                                                                                                                

The county Junior Football Leagues are nearing a conclusion with three of the finals played last weekend. The following is a resume of fixtures and results.

Group 1 - Strand Road defeated Spa in the final in Castleisland on Friday last by 2-15 to 1-14     

Group 2 - John Mitchels play Moyvane  in the final on Friday 18th August.

Group 3 - Milltown-Castlemaine defeated An Ghaeltacht on a score of 2-11 to 2-08 in the final in Annascaul on Friday last.

Group 4 - Beaufort play Glenbeigh – Glencar in the final on a date to be fixed.   

Group 5 - Dr. Crokes play Skellig Rangers in the semi final on Friday 18th August with the winners playing Waterville in the final.                                                                                             

Group 6 - Castleisland Desmonds play Clounmacon in the final on Friday 18th August.

Group 7 - Fossa play Listry in the final on Thursday 17th August.

Group 8 - Tarbert play Ardfert  in the final on a date to be confirmed.

Keane's SuperValu Killorglin Minor Football Championship semi final draw

The semi final draw for the Keane's SuperValu Killorglin Minor Football Championship will see St Brendans, St Kierans, East Kerry and Kenmare District go into the hat when the draw is made on Kerry GAA TV on Thursday evening between 8:30pm and 9pm. The semi finals will be played on August 23rd.

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

St Brendans and Abbeydorney wil have to meet again as Ballyduff qualify for the Semi Finals

3 teams have now qualified for the semi-finals of the 2017 Garvey’s SuperValu Kerry senior hurling championship. In last weekend’s action, Ballyduff had a dramatic 1 – 10 to 0 – 12 win over Causeway while St. Brendan’s and Abbeydorney will have to meet again after their 1 – 12 all draw. Ballyduff join Round 2A winners Kilmoyley and Lixnaw in the last four.  Saturday 26th August has been fixed as the date for the St Brendans V Abbeydorney replay in Austin Stack Park and that game will form a double bill with the Credit Union Senior Hurling League Final between Ballyduff and Kilmoyley.

Kilmoyley and Lixnaw will be seeded in the semi final draw which is due to take place later this week but there are no other stipulations or criteria attached to the draw so, for instance, teams who met previously in the competition could end up playing each other again at the semi final stage.

The dates for the semi finals have been fixed for September 10th but that is a provisional date at the moment while Kerry’s progress in the Under 21 Hurling championship is ongoing.

Kerry Under 21 and Minor Hurlers in action in Hyde Park

In a double bill at Dr. Hyde Park, Roscommon, both the Co. minor and Under 21 teams will be in action on this Saturday, 12th August in their respective All-Ireland ‘B’ championships. The minors will play Kildare at 2.00p.m. and they will be aiming for an unprecedented 6th title in a row at this level. The Under 21 team will play Donegal (winners of the All-Ireland ‘C’ competition) at 3.45p.m.

Co. Intermediate & Junior Hurling Championships

In the fourth quarter final of the Intermediate Championship Kilgarvan had a 1 – 19 to 1 – 9 win over Kenmare. The semi-final draw resulted in Kilgarvan v Kilmoyley  (Played Tuesday night Kilgarvan  won that game on a score of 2-11 to 1-11) and St. Brendan’s v Lixnaw which goes ahead on this coming Sunday at 12 noon in Abbeydorney. Extra time applies in both games.

In round 1 of the Co. junior hurling championship Duagh had a 1 – 23 to 2 – 4 win over: St. Pat’s (East Kerry). Round 2 goes ahead at Ballyduff on this Wednesday, 9 August, 7.00p.m. when Lady’s Walk play St. Pat’s.

Hurling Cúl Camps 2017

The remaining Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Kerry hurling camps will go ahead on Monday next, 14 August at Kilmoyley & Tralee Parnell’s (Caherslee). Cost is €60 per child. 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.

Poc Fada

Congratulations to the Kerry G.A.A. Hurling Officer, Gerard McCarthy, who recently received a national G.A.A. Award in recognition of his work in promoting the Poc Fada competition over the past no. of years. Gerard has been instrumental in running and promoting the Kerry competition held annually over Kerryhead Mountain.

St Pat’s (East Kerry) Hurling Club is hosting a Poc Fada competition on Saturday, 19 August at Killarney Racecourse.  Teams of 3. Entry is €30 for a senior team and €15 for a juvenile team. All are welcome.