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PRO GAA Scene October 4th 2017 2017-10-04 00:01:00

Kerry GAA Scene 4th October 2017

BY John O’Leary PRO

Garvey's SuperValu Senior Football Championship Semi Finals

The Garvey's SuperValu Senior Football Championship Semi Finals take centre stage this weekend with four teams fighting it out for places in the county final on the 22nd of October. Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney is the venue on Saturday evening for the two Club Vs Division encounters with Kerins O’Rahillys and South Kerry getting proceedings underway at 3pm and holders Dr Crokes putting their title on the line when they take on West Kerry in the second game at 4:45pm.

South Kerry V Kerins O’Rahillys 3pm

South Kerry and Kerins O’Rahillys renew acquaintances having already met in the opening round in Strand Road when the visitors surrendered a four points lead having suffered injuries to some key players. Since then the Divisional side have regrouped and had victories over Kilcummin and Dingle before getting the better of Rathmore in the semi final by a three points margin. They come into Saturday’s game under a cloud however with doubts about the fitness of their two most prominent players, Killian Young and Bryan Sheehan. Those players apart, they do have a nice mix of experienced players such as Mark Griffin, Brendan O’Sullivan and Paul O’Donoghue through the middle together with up and coming players such as Brian Sugrue, Robert Wharton, Graham O’Sullivan and Matthew O’Sullivan who really caught the eye against Rathmore.

Kerins O’Rahillys followed up that initial win with a fine victory over a fancied Dingle side and in the latter’s own Páirc an Ághasaigh at that having lost Tommy Walsh very early in proceedings. Since that evening in Dingle the Tralee side did not exactly set the place on fire in the League and indeed it was only in the latter stages as championship approached that they got their act together. There was no denying the fact that they were impressive in the Quarter final victory over East Kerry a fortnight ago a night on which their big men stood up and were counted. Tommy Walsh was one of those and it bodes well for the Blues that the former county player showed some of the touches that endeared him to Kerry supporters in the late noughties.

This has all the makings of a fine game of football between two sides who have a reputation for attacking football, Both sides have a liberal sprinkling of current and former county players along with some up and coming talent from the successful county minor sides of recent years. The hgame will be refereed by Eddie Walsh of Rathmore.

Dr Crokes V West Kerry 4:45 pm

The second game of the double bill is no less interesting than the first and indeed we are in for another treat in this one when the experienced title holders go head to head against the young pretenders from the West. Dr Crokes showed no let up in the momentum they built up en route to All Ireland Club Championship glory when ruthlessly securing a quarter final place when brushing aside the challenge of Mid Kerry and St Brendans amassing a scoring total of 9-31 in the process. They do have the strongest panel in the county of course and furthermore they know how to use those vast reserves of talent when the need arises. They had two good workouts in recent weks when defeating Kenmare District on the double in both the Club Championship final and the quarter final a fortnight ago. They will be concerned about the fitness of Kieran O’Leary who limped out of that five points victory over Kenmare.

West Kerry are somewhat unique for a Divisional side in that they are backboned almost entirely by players from the one club. An Ghaeltacht provided twelve of the starting fifteen against Austin Stacks in the quarter final and just for the record, their trainer, Paul Quinn is also a Gaeltacht clubman. They are certainly a very youthful side with many of their players such as Cathal Ó Lúing Brian Ó Beaglaoich, Rob Ó Sé, Tomás Ó Sé and Eánna Ó Conchúir in or around the 21 mark. However, they did open their campaign with a loss to Feale rangers and in Gallarus at that but they recovered to see off St Kierans in Round 2, also on home soil,before getting the better of Legion by three points after extra time. They were always shaping like winners against Austin Stacks in the Quarter final however.

This will be a game that will not lack a bit of bite to it; All Ireland champions do not lie down too easily and certainly not in their own back yard but with nothing to lose, the youthful challengers are sure to make a right good game of it. Referee is Brendan Griffin of Clounmacon.

Should either semi final end in a draw, there will be a replay. The games are being televised live by Eir Sport.

The Garvey's SuperValu senior football championship final will be played on Sunday October 22nd in Austin Stack Park Tralee at 3pm.

Match Day Arrangements for Fitzgerald Stadium

Gates at the Fitzgerald Stadium will open at 1:30pm on Saturday.  Entrance to both Stand and Terrace will be by Lewis Road and Daltons Avenue. Ticket Vans will be in place at both locations. Admission to the double bill is €13 with €5 concession for students and OAPS on production of a valid ID. Under 16s are free.

Eamonn Fitzmaurice is to continue as Kerry Manager

Eamonn Fitzmaurice, has confirmed that he will continue in his role as Kerry Manager  for the 2018 season . His current management team will remain in place and additions to the backroom team will be announced in due course.

The County Board and the Senior Team management have agreed to develop in the coming months, a 3 year programme of supports for the senior panel, with particular emphasis on player development and progression together with strength and conditioning.

In order to provide stability and underpin this programme the Chairman of the County Committee, Tim Murphy, will be proposing at the next Co. Committee Meeting on 16th October, that Éamonn Fitzmaurice be ratified as senior manager for a further two year term when his current term ends at the end of 2018. This proposal was unanimously supported by the Executive of the Kerry County Committee at a meeting on Thursday evening last.


Castleisland Mart Club Championships Roundup

Intermediate Championship

The final of the Castleisland Mart Intermediate Championship between  An Ghaeltacht and Templenoe has been fixed for Austin Stack Park on Sunday 29th October at 3pm where it will form a double bill with the Junior championship final between Castlegregory and Listry.

Junior Premier Championship

Firies caused more than a little surprise when defeating most people’s favourites for the championship, Na Gaeil, in the Castleisland Mart Junior Premier Club Championship semi final in Castleisland on Saturday last. The winners, playing some exciting open football, overcame early setbacks when two of their players were black carded to lead by four points at the interval. Na Gaeil fought back to level the game but two fine goals at the three quarter stage propelled Firies to a final meeting against Dromid Pearses on a 3-12 to 0-18 scoreline. The date and venue for that game will depend on the progress of South Kerry in the senior championship:

  • If South Kerry are defeated in the Senior Semi Final - Then this game will form the curtain-raiser to the Senior County championship final in Austin Stack Park on Sunday 22nd of October @ 1pm
  • If South Kerry qualify for the Senior County championship final then the Junior Premier Championship final will be played in Killorglin on Saturday 28th October @ 4pm

Castleisland Mart Junior Championship Final

The Junior Championship final between Castlegregory and Listry has been fixed for Austin Stack Park on Sunday 29th October at 1pm where it will form a double bill with the Intermediate championship final between An Ghaeltacht and Templenoe.

Castleisland Mart Novice Championship

Cromane have qualified for a final meeting with Moyvane having received a walkover from Scartaglen last weekend and that final will go ahead in Strand Road on Sunday next at 2:30pm.


Electric Ireland GAA Minor Stars Football Team of the Year

Best wishes to the following eight Kerry Minor players who will be honoured as part of the Electric Ireland GAA Minor Stars Football Team of the Year at a function in Croke Park on Saturday:

Deividas Uosis (Dingle), Cian Gammell (Killarney Legion), Michael Potts (Dr Crokes), Niall Donohue (Firies), Barry Mahony  (St Senans), David Clifford (Fossa), Donal O’Sullivan (Kilgarvan) and Fiáchra Clifford (Laune Rangers), An Electric Ireland Minor Football Player of the Year will also be named.

Congratulations also to Kerry’s Jack O’Connor who will be the first recipient of the Special Merit Award as part of the inaugural Electric Ireland GAA Minor Star Awards also on Saturday.


Junior Cups Roundup

McElligott Cup

John Mitchels play Beaufort in the final on Saturday 21st October .

Barrett Cup

St Michaels-Foilmore will play Ardfert in the final of the Barrett Cup. St Michaels-Foilmore had a 5-11 to 2-10 victory over Clounmacon and Ardfert had a 0-10 to 0-6 victory over Kenmare in the semi finals last weekend.

Cahill Cup

Ballymac had a 1-18 to 4-8 victory over Beale in the Quarter Final of the Cahill Cup on Saturday last and they now play Renard in the semi final in Renard on Sunday next at 2:30 and on the same day and time , Currow play Skellig Rangers in Currow in the other semi final.


Junior Football League Group 5 Final

Skellig Rangers defeated Waterville by 2-12 to 1-12 in the Junior Football League Group 5 Final in Valentia on Sunday last


The sympathy of all Kerry GAA followers  is extended to the Horan family of Scartaglen  on the death of John Horan, father of Kerry Minors Eddie and Sean . Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Colm Cooper Autobiography Launch

Colm Cooper will launch his Autobiography “Gooch” in the Gleneagle Hotel on Thursday evening at 6:30pm, compere is Michael Lyster and Colm extends an open welcome to all Kerry GAA supporters to attend.

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

Garvey's SuperValu Senior Hurling Championship Final

The highlight of the Kerry hurling year goes ahead this weekend with the Final of the 2017 Garvey’s SuperValu Co. Senior Hurling Championship (Corn Neilus Ó Floinn) between Ballyduff and Lixnaw. It goes ahead at Austin Stack Park where there will be a 3.00p.m. throw-in time.

Ballyduff will be aiming to go ahead in the Kerry hurling championship roll of honour – they currently share that honour with Kilmoyley on 24 titles each. Lixnaw will be going for their 9th title.

The jubilee team being honoured at this year’s county hurling final is the Ballyheigue team that 25 years ago won the 1992 senior championship title and they will be presented to the crowd at half time

The match programme will be produced by the North Kerry Hurling Board and the 64 page publication will be on sale inside the ground for just €3.

Match Day Arrangements for Austin Stack Park.

Gates will open at 12 noon and general admission is €15 with a €5 concession for students and OAP’s. All under 16’s are admitted free of charge. The usual Ticket Vans will be in operation but patrons are reminded that tickets are available to purchase in advance from SuperValu and Centra Stores around the county (including Ross's Centra in Ballyduff), the County Board Office and the Kerry G.A.A. Store in Killarney and online at tickets.ie

Keane's SuperValu Killorglin Minor Final

The curtain raiser on Sunday will be the Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin Co. Minor hurling championship final (Corn Seán Loibhéad) between Abbeydorney/Tralee Parnell’s and Crotta O’Neill’s at 1.00p.m.

In last Saturday’s semi-finals, played at Austin Stack Park, Crotta had a 4 - 15 to 3 - 9 win over St. Brendan’s while the Abbeydorney/Tralee Parnell’s combination side defeated Causeway by 2 - 12 to 1 - 12. Crotta will be aiming for their second title in a row.

Kilmoyley will play Ballyheigue on this Saturday, 7 October at 5.00p.m. in a back game in Division 1B of the Co. minor hurling league.

Credit Union Senior Hurling League League Division 2

In the semi-final of the Credit Union Co. Senior Hurling League, Division 2, played on Sunday, Causeway had a 3 - 20 to 4 - 6 win over Dr. Crokes. Causeway will now meet St. Brendan’s in the Final on October 28th in Kilmoyley at 2pm.

On the same day, Ballyduff will play Kilmoyley in the final of the Credit Union Co. Senior Hurling League, Division 1in Abbeydorney at 4pm.

Acorn Life Under 21 Hurling Championship

The following draws have been made for the quarter finals of the Co. Under 21 hurling championship: South Kerry v St. Brendan’s (at Kilgarvan); Lixnaw v Causeway; Crotta v Ballyduff and Abbeydorney/Ballyheigue v Kilmoyley. Matches to be played on Saturday, 21 October at 4.00p.m. Extra time to be played if necessary.

Shane Conway is Under 21 Player of the Year

Congratulations to Shane Conway of Lixnaw who was named Bórd Gais Eireann Under 21 “B” Player of the Year following some stellar displays for Kerry Under 21's who claimed the All Ireland title with victory over Wicklow last month.