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PRO GAA Scene July 19th 2017 2017-07-19 18:00:00

Kerry Senior Footballers should know their Quarter Final opponents this weekend

Kerry Senior footballers should know their opponents in the All Ireland Senior Football quarter finals this weekend following the two round 4 qualifiers featuring Munster final runners-up Cork and Mayo in the Gaelic Grounds and Connaught final runners-up Galway and Donegal in Markievicz Park, Sligo on Saturday. Provincial winners, Kerry and Roscommon will then be drawn against the Round 4 winners with repeat pairings such as Kerry/Cork or Roscommon/Galway not allowed so effectively Kerry will be meeting one of Mayo, Donegal or Galway. The Quarter finals will be played in Croke Park on Sunday July 30th.

Kerry Minors to meet Louth in All Ireland Quarter Final

The Kerry Minor footballers will meet the Leinster runners-up Louth who lost out to Dublin in the final on Sunday last. That quarter final meeting will be played on the Bank Holiday weekend August 6th. That weekend is also pencilled in for the Under 17 Semi final involving Kerry and Roscommon and Kerry GAA are still awaiting word from Croke Park re the double involvement of Kerry Minors and Under 17s on the one weekend.

Kerry Juniors face Leitrim in the All Ireland Semi final

In what will be a very rare meeting between the counties in any grade, Kerry will take on Connaught champions Leitrim in the All Ireland Junior football semi final at Limerick’s Gaelic Grounds on Saturday in a game that is a curtain raiser to the Round 4 Qualifier game between Mayo and Cork.

Kerry are of course the reigning All Ireland champions in this grade and are attempting to win 3 All Irelands on the trot but that will matter little on Saturday as the Kingdom, under the rules of the competition, have a whole new team on duty from the one that joined Cork at the top of the Roll of Honour with seventeen titles last year.

The Kerry team that defeated Cork after a thrilling extra time encounter in Páirc Uí Chaoimh at the end of June, contained seven players who have previously won Junior All Ireland medals; James Walsh and Conor Cox won All Irelands in 2012 and 2015 while Jack McGuire, Brendan O’Sullivan, Philip O’Connor, Jeff O’Donoghue and Killian Spillane were also on the 2015 winning side. In addition, five players from the starting fifteen, Michael Foley, Daniel O’Brien, Roibeard Ó Sé, Killian Spillane and Tomás Ó Sé have won All Ireland Minor medals during the last three years. The subs bench on that evening was also strong with the likes of Thomas Hickey, Liam Carey, Evan Cronin, Ivan Parker and Stephen O’Sullivan all anxious to claim a place.

Kerry opened their campaign with a big win over Limerick in a game that was of little or no use to them but they had to call on all of their experience when fighting back from nine points down early in the second half in the final against Cork before eventually winning by seven points after taking complete control in extra time. It will certainly help their cause that nearly all of the side have played together either at Junior or Minor level over the last few years and the experience of the big day before a large crowd should also stand to them.

Leitrim, for their part,  have got to the semi final the hard way defeating Galway in the semi final and then Mayo  in the Connaught final scoring 3-16 and 1-16 respectively in the process. Days like this do not come around too often for Leitrim and no doubt they will be trying tooth and nail to down the Kingdom’s colours.

The Kerry management team of trainer Jimmy Keane (Brosna) and selectors Pól Ó Cúinn (An Ghaeltacht), John O’Connell (Tarbert) and Niall O’Mahony (Spa) will no doubt have warned their team against complacency and they know that only a repeat of their second half display against Cork will suffice. Saturday’s game throws in at 3pm with Barry Tiernan from Dublin the man in the middle. Saturday’s winners will play the winners of the other semi final between Meath and Kilkenny on Saturday August 5th.

Kerry GAA Supporters Club Bus

The Kerry GAA Supporters Club will take a bus to Limerick on Saturday next for the All Ireland Junior football semi final between Kerry and Leitrim which has a 3pm throw-in and is of course a very attractive curtain raiser to the Mayo and Cork Round 4 Qualifier.  All seats must be booked by this Thursday.  For bookings contact; Donal O’Leary or Martin Leane.

The Kerry GAA Supporters Club will also take coaches to Croke Park for the All-Ireland quarter finals on 30th of July. All seats must be booked by Thursday night 27th. July.  Again, for bookings, contact Donal O’Leary, John King or Martin Leane.

Credit Union Senior Football League

With the exception of one game in Division 5, all scheduled games in Round 8 of the Credit Union Senior football league were played last weekend and this weekend will see another hectic weekend of activity as Round 9 takes centre stage on the club front. With the exception of the Rathmore v Milltown-Castlemaine game in Division 2 which has already been played, there is a full round of games in all Divisions.

The vast majority of games will be played on Sunday due to Kerry’s involvement in the All Ireland Junior semi final on Saturday but there are a number of exceptions and the Scartaglen V Keel game in Division 4 is fixed for Friday evening.

Kilcummin and Ardfert meet in a Division 2 Round 8 backgame on this Wednesday evening.

With just three rounds remaining, the competition is beginning to take shape but there is a lot of football yet to be played before the promotion and relegation issues are sorted.

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

New Trophy for Acorn Life Under 21 Football Championship

A new trophy is to be presented to the winners of the County Under 21 Football Championship in 2017. Laune Rangers, in conjunction with the Kerry County Board and the Coffey family will present the James Coffey Perpetual Cup in honour of the late James Coffey who of course was a legendary administrator with both club and county being a joint Treasurer of the County Board for many years.  The official launch will take place in the J.P. O'Sullivan Park in Killorglin at 8.30pm on this Friday 21st of July.

The winners of the new trophy are going to be either Kenmare District or Mid Kerry who qualified for the final by overcoming Dr Crokes and East Kerry respectively in the Acorn Life Under 21 semi finals on Thursday evening last.

Mid Kerry defeated East Kerry by 3-15 to 1-10 in Austin Stack Park and the winning margin was every bit as emphatic as the scoreline would suggest. Displaying by far the better team work, Mid Kerry dominated proceedings for about three quarters of the game with impressive displays from Acorn Life Man of the Match Liam Carey and David Costello up front who contributed 2-9 between them. Despite conceding an early goal to Ian Roche, Mid Kerry led by 2-8 to 1-2 at the break thanks to goals from Liam Carey and Darragh Coffey within a minute of each other just before the break. Eight minutes into the new half Mid Kerry more or less secured victory when David Costello struck for their third goal.

In the other semi final, Kenmare District had a 2-18 to 3-11victory over Dr Crokes in Kenmare. Dr Crokes were in command early on and the Killarney side led by 3-3 to 0-4 at the end of the first quarter following goals from Paul Clarke, Adam and Mark O’Shea. Sean O’Shea and Killian Spillane helped bring Kenmare back into the game and Spillane’s goal left just three points between the sides at the break, 3-7 to 1-10.

In the second half the District side really took over with Acorn Life Man of the Match John Mark Foley in fine form but the sides were still on level terms with ten minutes to go until the killer blow came when Kevin Price finished a loose ball to the Crokes net.

The under 21 Final will be played on Wednesday July 26th at a venue to be decided.

Keane's SuperValu Killorglin Minor Football Championship is at the quarter final stage

There were four Round 2 games and two Round 3 games played in the Keane's SuperValu Killorglin Minor Football Championship last week bringing the competition down to the quarter finals which were due to be played on Tuesday of this week..

Round 2 Results

East Kerry 3-14                  Austin Stacks 0-10

West Kerry 3-23                Kerins O’Rahillys 3-3

Mid Kerry 3-6                     South Kerry 0-14

Feale Rangers 3-15           Shannon Rangers 3-7

Round 3 Results

St Brendans 1-16              Firies 0-9

Dingle 1-17                          Laune Rangers 2-11

The Mid Kerry V West Kerry third round game was not played; it was down for decision on Friday evening last but West Kerry were unable to field and the game was awarded to Mid Kerry by the CCC.

Quarter Final Draw

The Quarter Final Draw resulted in the following pairings with first named having home venue:

Mid Kerry vs East Kerry - Beaufort

St. Brendan's vs Dingle – Kileen, Na Gaeil

Dr. Crokes vs Kenmare District – Lewis Rd

St. Kieran's vs Feale Rangers - Cordal

Following the quarter finals, the competition will take a break as Kerry teams prepare for the upcoming Minor and Under 17 All Ireland semi finals on the Bank Holiday weekend and the semi finals are down for decision on August 8th.

Keane's SuperValu Killorglin County MFC Qtr Final Results

The following are the results from the Keane's SuperValu Killorglin County MFC Qtr Finals played this Tuesday evening:

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

The semi finals are pencilled in for August 8th or the 23rd

Junior Football Leagues

The situation with regard to the Junior Football League is that clubs who agreed to postpone games over the last few weeks should now agree on a re-fixture date. There is an extension of one week to  allow Groups 1, 2, 4 and 5  complete their "postponed fixtures"  and semi final fixtures  will be based on the points table at 9pm on Monday 24th July. The onus is entirely on the clubs concerned to refix by agreement any postponed fixtures. 

The semi finals have been rescheduled for the weekend of July 28st

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Garvey's SuperValu Senior Hurling Championship

The 2017 Garvey’s SuperValu Kerry senior hurling championship continued last weekend with three games played. The Round 1 replay between St Brendans and Causeway on Saturday night did not live up to the excitement of the drawn encounter between the sides but still the game went right down to the wire before St Brendans prevailed against 14 man Causeway on a score of 1-13 to 2-7.  The winners go on to play Kilmoyley on Saturday July 29th in Round 2A while Causeway will play Crotta O’Neills in Round 2B on the same date.

On Sunday, Lixnaw booked their place in the semi final when defeating Ballyduff in a high scoring encounter by 3-19 to 1-16 with a feature of the game being the marksmanship of Padraig Boyle for Ballyduff who scored 1-14, including seven frees, three “65s” and 1-5 from play. Ballyduff go forward to Round 3. Meanwhile Abbeydorney also advanced to Round 3 when defeating Ballyheigue on a score of 2-13 to 0-13. Ballyheigue now exit the competition.

Round 3 will be played on Sunday August 6th.

Credit Union Senior Hurling League

Both semi-finals of the Credit Union Senior hurling league Division 1 are scheduled for this weekend. On Friday evening, Lixnaw are at home to Ballyduff at 7.30p.m. while on Sunday at 2.30p.m., Kilmoyley play Causeway at Lerrig.

Co. Intermediate Championship

Two preliminary round game take place this week - between St. Brendan’s and Abbeydorney [A] and  Crotta versus Kenmare [B]. The quarter final pairings are: Kilgarvan v winners [B]; Kilmoyley v Austin Stack’s; Winners [A] v Causeway; Dr. Crokes v Lixnaw. These games are fixed for Tuesday next, 25 July.

Hurling Cúl Camps 2017

The 2017 Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps continue on Monday next, 24th July at Abbeydorney. 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.

Forthcoming Kerry hurling camps will be at Ardfert & Fitzgerald Stadium (31 July - 4 Aug.), Crotta O’Neill’s - Dromakee (7 - 11 August) and Kilmoyley & Tralee Parnell’s - Caherslee (14 - 18 August).