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PRO GAA Scene September 13th 2017 2017-09-13 18:03:00

Kerry Minors face tough opposition in All Ireland Final

Kerry minors face tough opposition in Derry in the Electric Ireland Minor football championship final, the opening game in Croke Park on Sunday next.  On their way to the final, while winning all their games with something to spare, Kerry have blown a bit hot and cold. Due to the quality of the opposition provided in both games, one has to discount the games against Clare in the Munster championship but Kerry did put in a sterling display against Cork in a winner takes all Munster semi final all of four months ago. That was a real test of this team given that they were playing in Páirc Uí Rinn which has not been a good hunting ground for Kerry Minor teams over the years. As well as that, pressure was on both sides given that the loser had no second chance. In the quarter final against Louth, some chinks were seen in the Kerry armour and again in the semi final against Cavan, management would not have been happy with some aspects of their play. However they are where they set out to be at the start of the year.

Derry has had a good run of tough games on their way to Sunday’s encounter. They got the better of a very fancied Tyrone side in the opening round and had impressive victories over Antrim and Cavan on their way to an Ulster championship title. Having been run close by Sligo in the quarter final they then had a very impressive victory over a Dublin side who were many people’s favourites to advance to the final at the very least. That victory took place of course in Dublin’s own back yard of Croke Park and that makes it an even more impressive win.

Sunday’s game has all the makings of a classic. Both teams have players who have come through the tough colleges circuit and both sides have standout players who will no doubt warrant special attention. What makes Sunday’s game even more unique is the fact that it is the final Minor championship at Under 18 level with the age limit reducing  to Under 17 next season and no doubt both sides will give their all in an effort to lift the Irish Press Cup for the last time.  

Referee for Sunday’s game that throws in at 1:15 is Anthony Nolan of Wicklow.

Win or lose, the Kerry team will be welcomed back to Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney at 5:30pm om Monday evening and afterwards the team and management will be welcomed by Fossa GAA Club, home club of captain David Clifford.

Kerry GAA Fundraising Golf Classics

Two Kerry GAA Fundraising Golf Classics will be held in the lead-in to the All Ireland final weekend where of course the Kerry Minor football team will proudly carry the Kerry colours.

The classics take place on this coming Friday 15th in Killarney Golf Club, and the Kerry Association in Dublin will organise an outing in Lucan Golf Club on the same day.

Cost is €700 per team (4 Ball) and this includes 2 Tickets for the All Ireland Finals and a meal for four.  For further details on the Kerry Classic contact J.P.  Brick (087 2583143) and for information on the Dublin event contact Luke Moriarty (087 2577376).

Kerry GAA Annual Church Gate Collection

The Kerry GAA annual church gate collection was taken up at all masses  in the county last weekend and our thanks to all who contributed and special thanks to all the club volunteers who organised and took up the collections in the most trying of weather conditions.

Kerry GAA Supporters Club Bus

The Kerry GAA Supporters Club will take their usual coaches to the All Ireland Football finals on Sunday next.  All seats must be booked by Thursday 14th. Contact Donal O’Leary, John King or Martin Leane.Buses depart Farranfore at 6:30, Tralee at 7am and Listowel at 7:30am.

Castleisland Mart Senior Club Championship Final

The Castleisland Mart Senior Club Championship final between Dr Crokes and Kenmare Shamrocks played in wet and very windy conditions at Killarney’s Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday last turned out to be one of the games of the year. Both sides deserve tremendous credit for the fare they served up in the trying conditions and at the end of the day it took extra time to decide the winner.

Dr Crokes looked to be in command at the break when leading by a seven points margin but after a period of cat and mouse after the restart, Kenmare staged a tremendous comeback kicking eight points on the bounce to take the lead with two minutes remaining, Dr Crokes are not All Ireland champions for nothing of course and they recovered to regain the lead but Kenmare refused to yield and forced extra time. A goal by Ambrose O’Donovan in the first period of extra time was the decisive score and Dr Crokes went on to lift the Michael O’Connor Cup on a scoreline of 3-20 to 2-20 after a game littered with some fine individual displays the most noteworthy of which was that by last year’s minor winning captain, Sean O’Shea of Kenmare.

Castleisland Mart Intermediate Club Championship Semi Finals

A dominant display all through saw An Ghaeltacht qualify for the Castleisland Mart Intermediate championship final following a comprehensive 4-12 to 1-9 victory over St Marys at a wet and windy JP O’Sullivan Park, Killorglin on Sunday last. The West Kerry side will now play the winners of the other semi final between Templenoe and Laune Rangers which is down for decision on Saturday September 23rd in Fitzgerald Stadium at 5pm.

Castleisland Mart Junior Premier Club Championship Semi Finals

Dromid Pearses were emphatic winners of the Castleisland Mart Junior Premier Club Championship Semi Final at Con Keating Park on Saturday evening last when disposing of the Skellig Rangers challenge on a score of 1-12 to 0-5 and they will now play either Firies or Na Gaeil who meet in the other semi final on Saturday 30th September in Castleisland (5pm).

Castleisland Mart Junior Club Championship Semi Finals

Division 4 side Castlegregory were made fight all the way before eventually qualifying for the final at the expense of a brave Tuosist at Derreen on Saturday last (1-10 to 2-6). They now await the winners of the other semi final between Listry and Lispole which is down for decision on this Saturday in Strand Road at 5pm.

Castleisland Mart Novice Club Championship 

The meeting of Moyvane and Beale in Round 1 of the Castleisland Mart Novice Championship was a close encounter at Bob Stack Park in Beale on Sunday last with the visitors grabbing a semi final place by the minimum margin on a 2-5 to 0-10 scoreline. They now play Sneem-Derrynane in the semi final on this Saturday at a venue to be decided.

In the other side of the draw, Kilgarvan play Cromane in Round 1 on Sunday 24th at 2:30 and the winners there will play Scartaglen in the semi final on September 30th.

Junior Football Cups Update

The Junior Cups - Molyneaux, McElligott , Barrett and Cahill – are progressing slowly due to the recent final round of the County League along with the various Club Championships last weekend. The following is the fixtures situation;

Molyneaux Cup  

Dr Crokes and Rathmore will meet in the final on this coming Saturday  in Rathbeg at 5pm.

McElligott Cup

Spa play John Mitchels in Spa on this Friday evening (6:15pm)  in the first semi final with Beaufort playing  Ballydonoghue on the 23rd in Beaufort.

Barrett Cup

Clounmacon  are through to the semi finals of the Barrett Cup following a 1-11 to 0-13 victory over St Pats last weekend and dates have been assigned to the remaining three quarter final ties as follows:

Desmonds V Kenmare on this Saturday at 5pm in Castleisland.

St Michaels-Foilmore V Castlegregory on Saturday 23rd 5pm

Ardfert V Listry on Saturday 30th at 5pm.

Cahill Cup

Currow are through to the semi finals following a 1-20 to 0-7 victory over Tarbert last weekend and dates for the remaining quarter final ties are as follows:

Charlie Kerins V Skellig Rangers on this Friday at 6pm in Strand Rd.

Renard V Churchill on this Saturday in Renard at 3:30

Ballymacelligott V  Beale on Saturday 30th in Ballymac.

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

Pride of place this week goes to the Kerry Under 21 hurlers and the St. Brendan’s and Lady’s Walk club sides who won their respective championship competitions last weekend.

Kerry Under 21s win Ritchie McElligott Cup

The Kerry Under 21 hurlers defeated Wicklow by 2 - 12 to 2 - 8 in the final of the All-Ireland ‘B’ championship at Semple Stadium, Thurles to win their 8th title at this grade. In doing so, Kerry won the Ritchie McElligott Cup (presented in 2015) for the first time and it was fitting that it was a Lixnaw captain, Darragh Shanahan, who received the trophy (and gave an excellent speech as Gaeilge). Well done to all involved, including the team manager, Ian Brick (Kilmoyley), coach Fintan O’Connor and selectors D.J. Leahy (Causeway), John Lucid (Ballyheigue), Aidan O’Mahony (St. Brendan’s) and Brendan Cummins. The team panel was: Stephen Murphy (Causeway), Stevie O’Sullivan (Abbeydorney), John Buckley (Lixnaw), Billy Lyons (Causeway), Eoin Ross (Ballyduff), Jason Diggins (Causeway), Jordan Brick (Kilmoyley), Barry O’Sullivan (An Daingean), Tomás O’Connor (Crotta O’Neill’s), Ronan Donovan (Abbeydorney), Michael O’Leary (Abbeydorney), Shane Conway (Lixnaw), Maurice O’Connor (Kilmoyley), Brandon Barrett (Causeway), Jack Goulding (Ballyduff), Daniel O’Carroll (Ballyduff), Robert Collins (Kilmoyley), Darragh Shanahan (Lixnaw), Robert Silles (Lixnaw), Adrian O’Mahony (Crotta O’Neill’s), Liam Mullins (Lixnaw), Jack Lenihan (Dr. Crokes), Darragh Ryan (Crotta O’Neill’s), Joe Diggins (Causeway).

St Brendans are Co. Intermediate Champions

St. Brendan’s defeated Kilgarvan by 5 - 17 to 2 - 15 at Lewis Road, Killarney on Saturday last to win the Co. Intermediate Hurling Championship title for the first time since 1998. After the game, Coiste Contae Chiarraí PRO, John O’Leary, presented Corn Antóin Ó Murchú to the winning captain Denis Moriarty. St. Brendan’s corner forward, Breandán O’Connor was named The Rose Hotel Man of the Match and he will be presented with his award by manager Mark O’Sullivan in the Rose Hotel at a future date.

Co. Junior Championship Final

Lady’s Walk had a rather easy 3 - 17 to 0 - 4 over Duagh in the Co. Junior Hurling Championship final played at Abbeydorney on Friday last. After the game, Oifigeach Iomána, Coiste Contae Chiarraí, Gerard McCarthy, presented the trophy to the winning captain Eddie Joy. The Walker’s midfielder, Chris White, was presented with the Bill Maunsell, Abbeydorney Sports Complex Man of the Match award.

Co. Minor Championship

The quarter finals of the Co. Minor hurling championship go ahead over the coming week.  Ballyheigue are at home to St. Brendan’s on Saturday, 16 September, 4.00p.m. South Kerry v Causeway goes ahead at Kilgarvan on Tuesday, 19 September at 6.00p.m. Then on Wednesday, 20 September at 6.00p.m. Kilmoyley are at home to Abbeydorney/ Tralee Parnell’s while holders Crotta play Lixnaw.

Garvey's SuperValu Senior Hurling Championship

The 2017 Garvey’s SuperValu Kerry senior hurling championship semi-finals will go ahead on Sunday week, 24 September at Austin Stack Park. St. Brendan’s will play Lixnaw at 2.00p.m. followed by Kilmoyley versus Ballyduff at 3.45p.m. The final is scheduled for Sunday, 8 October.