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PRO GAA Scene 7th June 2017 2017-06-07 18:42:00

Kerry open their Munster Championship Campaign against Clare

Kerry senior footballers open their Munster Championship campaign on Sunday evening next when they travel to Cusack Park in Ennis for the semi final against Clare, a match that has a 3:30pm throw-in time. These two sides became very familiar with each other in 2016 when they met in both the Munster semi final and in the All Ireland quarter final and on both occasions the Kingdom came out on top, however, Kerry players and management will no doubt reflect back to 2014 when the sides last met in Cusack Park. On that occasion, a Kerry side with five players making their championship debuts, got out of the Ennis venue with a slender four points victory having trailed by a point to the Bannermen at the break. Some outstanding scores from Paul Geaney were a feature of that game.

As everyone knows, Kerry go into this year’s campaign as League champions having defeated everyone’s favourites for this year’s All Ireland in the final and apart from Killian Young, who has still a bit to go in rehabbing an injury picked up against Dublin in Tralee back in the St Patrick’s weekend, all of the rest of the panel are showing a clean bill of health. Among those is team captain Johnny Buckley who took full part in all activities at a recent training camp in Meath and included in the training panel at present are members of the Under 21 team such as Brian Ó Beaglaoich, Jason Foley, Tom O’Sullivan, Gavin White and Kenmare’s Sean O’Shea. A concern for Kerry is that they have not seen action for nine weeks whereas Clare have the benefit of that first round victory over Limerick.

The winners of Sunday’s game, which will be refereed by Padraig Hughes of Armagh, will play the winners of the other semi final between Cork and Tipperary which goes ahead on Saturday evening in Páirc Uí Rinn, in the Munster final which is scheduled for July 2nd.

The Kerry team will be named on Friday evening at 8pm.

Ticket Arrangements Munster Senior and Junior Semi Finals


Munster Junior Football Semi-Final – Kerry v Limerick (1:30 pm)

Munster Senior Football Semi-Final - Kerry v Clare (3:30 pm)

Patrons who purchase tickets in advance at Centra or Supervalu Stores (Including all Garveys Supervalu Stores) at the Kerry GAA Store, Austin Stack Park Tralee or on Tickets.ie will get a €5 discount if purchased before Saturday midnight. Under 16s will be admitted free.

Price details are as follows:

Unreserved seating

Adult Pre Purchase: €15

Price increases to €20 at midnight on the 10th June

U-16's free

Student/OAP's receive a €5 concession on full price adult tickets with valid id prior to entry.

Kerry Juniors in action against Limerick

The curtain raiser to Sunday’s senior football championship semi final is the Junior semi final against Limerick which throws in at 1:30. Everyone will remember Kerry’s smash and grab against the same opposition in Fitzgerald Stadium last year when Adrian Spillane’s late goal deprived Limerick at the death and enable Kerry to go on and put back to back All Ireland titles together. None of that side are eligible of course this year and it has been a difficult time for new manager Jimmy Keane of Brosna who of course was a selector last year. In the last few years the Junior side has been made up by in large of Under 23 players but this year due to injuries, exams and players going abroad for the Summer, the new management team of Keane,  Pól Ó Cuinn (An Ghaeltacht), Niall O’Mahony (Spa) and John O’Connell (Tarbert) have had to call in some of the 2015 winning side to the panel the likes of James Walsh, Conor Cox, Philip O’Connor and Jeff O’Donoghue.  Some of the Under 21 panel such as Killian Spillane and Brandon Barrett will also be in the mix and the management will be anxiously awaiting injury updates when they meet up on Tuesday evening following the weekend’s senior football league games in addition to a number of Gaeltacht players being involved in Comórtas Peile over the Bank Holiday period.

Limerick will have more or less their second string of players to pick from i.e. anyone who did not play against Clare in the senior quarter final.

The Kerry Team, (which will be captained by Kieran Fitzgibbon of Kenmare with Killian Spillane of Templenoe the vice captain) will be announced on Friday evening at 8pm.

Kerry GAA Supporters Club Bus 

The Kerry GAA supporters club will take coaches to Ennis for the Munster Semi finals on Sunday and all seats must be booked by Thursday June 8th through John King, Donal O’Leary or Martin Leane. Bus times are as follows: Farranfore 9.30;  Tralee 10 o’clock and Listowel 10.30am.

Credit Union Senior Football League

Round 4 of the Credit Union Senior Football League was played last weekend with all scheduled games taking place except in Division 4 where Duagh gave a walk over to Skellig Rangers and Division 5 where the Cordal v Cromane game was postponed due to the death of Cordal stalwart Jimmy Roche.

Round 5 of the League goes ahead on this coming weekend with a full schedule of games scheduled for Saturday evening due to Kerry playing Clare in the Munster Championship on Sunday. The usual Sunday “default” date does not apply and games are generally fixed for 7:30 pm unless otherwise agreed.

A number of back games have been pencilled in for the weekend of June 25th.as follows:

 In Division 1, the Gaeltacht v Dingle and Desmonds v Rathmore Round 4 games along with the Round 1 game between Austin Stacks and Dr Crokes; In Division 2, Legion’s Round 4 game with St Pats Blennerville; In Division 4, Lispole v Keel  and in Division 5 Cordal v Cromane.

Round 6 of the League will be played on the weekend of June 18th.

Acorn Life U21Football Championship Draw

The Draw for the Acorn Life Under 21 Football Championship was made live on Radio Kerry on Bank Holiday Monday by Pius Horgan representing sponsors, Acorn Life and Peter Twiss Chairman of the CCC.

All games to be played on Wednesday June 21st @ 7.30pm with Extra Time applying if required. First named have home venue.

 The following are the pairings:

Dr Crokes                    v                      Bye

Austin Stacks               v                       South Kerry                            Connolly Park

St Brendans                  v                     Dingle                                     TBC

West Kerry                  v                      Kerins O’Rahillys                   Castlegregory

An Ghaeltacht               v                      Mid Kerry                               Gallarus

East Kerry                    v                     Feale Rangers                         TBC   

Shannon Rgs                v                     Kenmare District                    Coolard

St Kierans                    v                     Spa                                           TBC            


Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship Round 3 Draw

The draw for Round 3 of the Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship will be made at the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium on Friday June 16th the occasion of the Kerry GAA Night of Champions.

All Ireland Club Champions Dr Crokes, Austin Stacks Kerins O’Rahillys and Rathmore are already through to the quarter finals from Round 2A. The losers from Round 2A i.e. Dingle, Feale Rangers, Killarney Legion and St Brendans will be drawn against the winners from Round 2B i.e. Kenmare Shamrocks, West Kerry, South Kerry and East Kerry in Round 3 with four quarter final places at stake on the weekend of July 9th.

The Quarter Final draw will see the Round 2A winners in one bowl and the Round 3 winners in another bowl with repeat fixtures to be avoided if possible.

Under 17 9-a-side Competition 

Churchill have won the inaugural Under 17 9-a-side competition organised by the Coaching and Games Committee. There were also wins for Laune Rangers and Gneeveguilla in their respective divisions. The following are the results:

Division 1: Final; Churchill 4-8 Firies 2-33rd/4th place playoff: Glenflesk 3-7 Castlegregory 1-4.

Division 2:  Laune Rangers claimed the title after cracking final with Fossa; Laune Rangers 5-3 Fossa 3-6; 3rd/4th place playoff; Kerins O’Rahillys 1-8 John Mitchels 2-5.

Division 3: Gneeveguilla overcame St Michaels-Foilmore in a competitive final; Gneeveguilla 2-5 St Michaels Foilmore 0-4; 3rd/4th place playoff: Knock/Brosna 6-9 Austin Stacks 2-4

Kerry GAA “Night of Champions” at the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium is just a week away

The annual “Night of Champions” fundraising event for Kerry GAA teams at the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium on Friday June 16th is just a week away and this Friday night will see the semi finals of the Club Sweeps which started out with every club and District board being ‘twinned’ with a dog.

The Kerry GAA Supporters Club is the new sponsor of the feature race on finals night; the “Kerry GAA Supporters Club Race of Champions”. The Race of Champions will be just one of eleven quality races on the card which will be broadcast live on Radio Kerry.

The event will also feature a Best Dressed Lady competition kindly sponsored by Jasmine Boutique. Kerry county footballers and hurlers will be in attendance and available for photographs and autographs.

Jimmy Roche RIP

The GAA community in Kerry was shocked and saddened at the weekend with the news of the sudden passing of Cordal County Board Delegate Jimmy Roche.  Jimmy, who was also well known to the farming community having been chairman of Castleisland Mart for a number of years, served in all positions for his beloved Cordal from chairman down – he was secretary of the club at the tender age of 16 years - and of course was involved as a trainer and selector with both the club and the St Kieran’s county championship sides. In fact he was a selector with St Kierans when they won the County Championship in their inaugural year of 1988. The Roche family are synonymous with Cordal and indeed the field is called after Jimmy’s father John Roche. The large turnout at his removal and funeral was testament to the esteem in which Jimmy was held by both the GAA and farming communities. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Kerry Mountain Rescue Walk

Former Spa player James Cahill, who represented Kerry in all grades of football from minor through to senior, is organising a 7K walk around Muckross in aid of Kerry Mountain Rescue on Saturday next. James owes his life to the Mountain Rescue Team who brought him to safety following a climbing accident. Registration is between 10 and 11am at the Retaurant in Muckross House and all donations will go to the Rescue Team.

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

Credit Union Co. Senior Hurling League


The Credit Union Co. Hurling League Division 1 results from last weekend:  Abbeydorney 1 - 20 Ballyheigue 1 - 18; Causeway 2 - 13 Lixnaw 2 – 10. The Crotta v St. Brendan’s game was abandoned after 40 minutes due to an arm injury to Crotta’s Jordan Conway and we wish him well in his recovery. Crotta were leading by 0 - 10 to 0 - 5 at the time. Fixtures for this week: Thursday – St. Brendan’s v Lixnaw, 7.30p.m.; Friday – Crotta v Ballyduff, 8.00p.m.; Saturday- Abbeydorney v Causeway and Kilmoyley v Ballyheigue, both at 7.30p.m.

Division 2, Round 1 results: 2A – Austin Stack’s w.o. from Kenmare; Kilgarvan 3 – 19 Abbeydorney 0 - 13; 2B – Lady’s Walk 2 – 15 Lixnaw 0 - 12; St. Brendan’s 1 – 12 Kilmoyley 1 - 11; Causeway 1 - 15 Crotta 0 - 11.

Fixtures for this Wednesday, 7 June: Kilgarvan v Dr Crokes; Kenmare v Abbeydorney; Austin Stacks have a bye; Crotta v Lixnaw (at Mountcoal); Kilmoyley v Causeway; Lady’s Walk v St. Brendan’s [note that Ballyheigue has withdrawn from the competition].

The Co. Minor hurling leagues commence on Monday week, 19 June with the following fixtures: Div. 1A - South Kerry v Lixnaw; Crotta v St. Brendan’s. Div. 1B - Ballyheigue v Kilmoyley; Ballyduff v Abbeydorney. Causeway bye. Further rounds on Mondays, 26 June & 3 July.

Celtic Challenge


The Kerry Under 17 hurlers lost by 4 – 22 to 1 – 11 to South & East Clare in Round 5 at Rathkeale last Wednesday. Kerry now moves to the next stage of the competition where they are graded to Division 4 and will play Limerick South/East away this Saturday, 10 June. Fixture details at www.gaa.ie/celticchallenge/fixtures

Hurling Cúl Camps 2017

With the 2017 Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps just a few weeks away, registration is now open. Hurling venues in Kerry are: Causeway & Rathmore (3 - 7 July), Lixnaw & Ballyduff (10 - 14 July), 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).

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

Poc Fada Chiarraí

The county Poc Fada finals took place on Ballyheigue mountain on Bank Holiday Monday and a good turnout of players in Senior, Under16, and Camogie took to the mountain in dry windy conditions. Former All Ireland Poc Fada winner Brendan Cummins was the Poc Fada ambassador for the day and another guest player on the day was Kerry senior hurling manager Fintan O’Connor. Joe Walsh, secretary of North Kerry Hurling Board who sponsor the event and local TD Mr John Brassil welcomed all to the scenic venue overlooking the Atlantic The following emerged winners after a tough day.

The prizes were presented by Joe Walsh, Secretary of the North Kerry Hurling Board, sponsors of the competition.

Senior Mens

1st: Martin Stackpoole (Lixnaw)

2nd: Bryan Murphy (Causeway)

Under 16 Boys

1st: Cian O’Regan (Kilmoyley)

2nd: Jack Brosnan (Lixnaw)

Veterans Class

1st: Brendan O’Mahony (Crotta O’Neills)

2nd: John Healy (Ballyheigue)

3rd: Seamus O’Regan  (Kilmoyley)

Senior Ladies 

Patrice Diggins (Causeway)

Under 16 Ladies

1st: Sarah Lawlor (Ardfert)

2nd: Lisa Kearney (Ballyheigue)

Martin Stackpoole, Cian O’Regan, Patrice Diggins and Sarah Lawlor will go forward to represent the county at the Munster finals in July which will be held in the Burren Co. Clare. The organisers  would like to thank all the people who helped out with the marking of the score cards and to Prims out catering for their beautiful hot food.