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PRO GAA Scene October 11th 2017 2017-10-11 19:58:00

Kerry GAA Scene 11th October 2017

By Kerry PRO John O’Leary

South Kerry and Dr Crokes qualify for the Garvey's SuperValu Senior Football Championship Final

Following last weekend’s Garvey's SuperValu Senior Football Championship semi finals in Fitzgerald Stadium, South Kerry and Dr Crokes have qualified for the senior football championship final on October 22nd. South Kerry were put to the pin of their collar before putting an end to Kerins O’Rahillys’ aspirations of reaching a county final but in the second semi final, Dr Crokes had little difficulty in disposing of 14 man West Kerry.

South Kerry back in a County Final

South Kerry left it late before clinching their final spot against a Rahillys side that was severely hampered by injuries and sickness to key players. An early goal from a penalty from county player Jack Savage sustained the Tralee side’s challenge for the remainder of the first half, however if Bryan Sheehan’s finishing was on a par with his excellent general play then the Divisional side would have been well on their way to victory at the break at which stage they actually trailed by a point, 1-3 to 0-5.

The scoring rate improved in the second half but Sheehan continued to be uncharacteristically off target from play and frees despite being the most influential player on the field. Rahillys clung to the South Kerry coal tails and after Daniel Daly and Mark Griffin finally put a bit of daylight between the sides in the 59th minute, Barry John Keane had the chance to force a replay , albeit from a long distance. Keane had just pointed a free off the hands from just outside the “45” and was handed a similar opportunity from the kick-out but his shot dropped short this time round and with it went any hope the Tralee side of salvaging anything from the game. So South Kerry advance to another final after a one year absence, on a 0-12 to 1-8 scoreline.

Champions Dr Crokes advance to another Final

Dr Crokes made no mistake in the second semi final with an emphatic 5-13 to 0-14 victory over 14 man West Kerry.  It must have been demoralising for the West Kerry side to be reduced to 14 men on the stroke of half time given that they had performed reasonably well to that point being just a goal adrift at the end of the first quarter. But then Dr Crokes kicked on with five points from play and were well within themselves leading by 1-9 to 0-5 at the break.

The second half started with that audacious goal from Colm but West Kerry strove manfully with Eanna Ó Conchúir and Sean Mhicil Ó Conchúir outstanding and they outscored the champions by 6 points to 3 during the next 20 minutes. However, the impetus from fresh blood off the bench from Dr Crokes and the defending while a man down combined to see the flood gates open and Dr Crokes finished with a flourish with their subs contributing 3 goals in the final five minutes or so.

They now go on to meet their old rivals South Kerry in the final with their place in the Munster Club Championship already guaranteed regardless of the result on October 22nd.

Garvey's SuperValu Senior Football Championship Final

The Garvey's SuperValu Senior Football Championship Final will be played in Austin Stack Park Tralee on Sunday October 22, a game that has a 3pm throw-in time. The final will be preceded by the senior football championship relegation playoff between Kerins O’Rahillys and Kilcummin at 1pm. The losers of this game will be demoted to Intermediate status in 2018.

Keane's SuperValu Killorglin Minor Football Championship Final

The Keane's SuperValu Killorglin Minor Football Championship Final brings the curtain down on what has been a very successful year at intercounty level both in the Minor and Under 17 grade. East Kerry and St Brendans have proved themselves to be the two best teams in the competition and there is a liberal sprinkling of All Ireland medal holders on both sides.

East Kerry actually went down to St Kierans in their opening game and by four points at that but since then they chalked up some very impressive victories when accounting for Austin Stacks, Mid Kerry and St Kierans in the semi final. They are backboned by the likes of Sean O’Leary, Chris O’Donoghue, Cian Gammell , Brian Friel and of course David Clifford from the successful Kerry minor team and they also have a few players from the Kerry Under 17 team to call on such as Barry Keane, Michael Devlin and Sean Doherty.

St Brendans are unbeaten in the competition and had impressive victories over West Kerry, Firies, Dingle and St Kierans in the semi final. They too have their share of Kerry players such as Diarmuid O’Connor, Ryan O’Neill, Fergal Barry and Michael Kelliher  while their captain Niall O’Mahony has already played in the Minor Hurling final as has Michael Slattery.

This game promises to showcase all that is good in relation to Minor and Under 17 football in the county and it is a game many people are eagerly looking forward to. Throw-in at Austin Stack Park on Saturday is at 4pm and Sean Joy (Laune Rangers) is the referee. In the event of a draw, a replay will take place.

Castleisland Mart Club Championships Roundup

Intermediate Championship Final

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 Final

Firies and Dromid Pearses will meet in the Castleisland Mart Junior Premier Championship Final on Saturday October 28th in Killorglin at 4pm. The winners will represent Kerry in the Munster Junior Club Championship.

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.

Cromane are Castleisland Mart Novice Champions

Congratulations to Cromane who were crowned Castleisland Mart Novice Champions at Strand Road on Sunday last following their defeat of Moyvane on a 1-12 to 0-12 scoreline. An early goal from Emmet Casey sustained Cromane for the rest of the game and having led by 1-5 to 0-6 at the break they survived a late fightback from the North Kerry side.


Credit Union Senior Football League Playoff

On Sunday next in Listry at 2 pm county Novice champions Cromane will play Rathmore in the Division 5 promotion playoff  for a place in Division 4 next season along with Cordal and Ballylongford who have already been promoted. The Division 3 relegation playoff between Gneeveguilla and St Senans will be played on October 21st.

Junior Football 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 on Sunday next at 12 noon in Cromane.

Cahill Cup

Renard and Ballymacelligott could not be separated in their Cahill Cup semi final in Fossa on Saturday last with the score reading 2-14 for the South Kerry side and 1-17 for Ballymac. The replay takes place on Sunday next in Foilmore at 1pm.  In the other semi final Currow defeated Skellig Rangers by 5-12 to 4-11.

Junior Football League – Group 8 Final

Ardfert defeated Tarbert by 2-14 to 2-6 in Finuge on Saturday last to win the Junior Football League Group 8 Final

County Committee Meeting

The October meeting of the County Committee will take place in Austin Stack Park on Monday evening next (8pm). One of the main items on the agenda will be the proposal from county chairman Tim Murphy that Éamonn Fitzmaurice be ratified as Kerry senior football  manager for a further two year term when his current term ends at the end of 2018. This proposal has already been unanimously supported by the Executive Committee but it is the county committee made up of the club delegates together with the Executive committee members who will decide.

Also at Monday night’s meeting, delegates are asked by the Sub-Committee examining District Board Structures to report back the views of their respective Club on this matter.

Details of County Convention which takes place on Monday December 11th will also be announced. Five officer positions will become vacant at Convention due to the “5 Year Rule” – Munster Council Delegate (2), Hurling Officer, PRO and Cultural Officer.

Electric Ireland GAA Minor Stars honoured 

The Electric Ireland GAA Minor Stars Football and Hurling teams were honoured in Croke Park on Saturday last and among them were the eight Kerry players who were named on the football team.

David Clifford, was also named as Electric Ireland Minor Star Footballer of the Year the Fossa player being a key figure as Kerry secured their fourth Minor All-Ireland title in four years scoring 1-10 in the semi-final win over Cavan and 4-4 as Kerry defeated Derry in the Electric Ireland GAA Minor Football Final.

The eight Kerry players honoured were: 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),

Kerry legend Jack O’Connor was also honoured with the Minor Star Special Merit Award, presented to him by Mícheál Ó’Muircheartaigh, for his significant contribution to Minor football in Kerry.

Coiste Scór Chiarrai

The Annual General Meeting of Coiste Scór Chiarraí will take place at the Austin Stack Park Pavilion on Wednesday October 18th with a starting time of 8pm sharp. It is very important to have all District Board Cultural Officers in attendance.

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

Dramatic late point sends Hurling Championship Final to a Replay.

All roads lead to Austin Stack Park again on this Sunday, 15th October for the replay of the Garvey’s SuperValu Co. senior hurling championship final between Ballyduff and Lixnaw. Throw in time is again 3p.m.

In the drawn game last Sunday, a late point from a side-line cut by Shane Conway  brought the sides level; Lixnaw 1 - 18 Ballyduff 2 - 15. The winners go on to compete in the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship on the weekend of 5th November against either Kanturk (Cork) or St. Mary’s, Clonmel (Tipperary).

Crotta O’Neills are Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Hurling Champions

Well done to the minor hurlers of Crotta O’Neill’s on winning the Keane’s SuperValu Co. Minor hurling championship title with a 1 – 14 to 1 – 13 win over Abbeydorney/Tralee Parnell’s in a tremendous final on Sunday last.  This is their second title in a row. Captain, Darragh Behan, received Corn Seán Loibhéad from Gerard McCarthy, Oifigeach Iomána Coiste Contae Chiarraí, while full forward Barry Mahony won the Keanes Supervalu Man of the Match Award.

In the Co. minor hurling league Division 1B, Kilmoyley had a 1 - 16 to 2 - 12 win over Ballyheigue on Saturday.

Under 21 Hurling

Congratulations to Shane Conway (Lixnaw) on being selected the Bord Gáis Under 21 ‘B’ Player of the Year for his performances during the Kerry Under 21 All-Ireland ‘B’ Championship campaign.

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); and Abbeydorney/Ballyheigue v Kilmoyley (both Saturday, 21st October at 4.00p.m.) and Lixnaw v Causeway and Crotta v Ballyduff both on Monday 30th October.  Extra time to be played if necessary.