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PRO GAA Scene October 18th 2017 2017-10-18 20:01:00

Kerry GAA Scene Wednesday 18th October 2017

By John O’Leary PRO

Dr Crokes and South Kerry renew rivalry in Garvey's SuperValu Senior Football Championship Final

Dr Crokes and South Kerry, two teams who built up a fierce rivalry in the noughties, bring the curtain down on another senior football championship season when the meet in the Garvey's SuperValu senior football championship final at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on Sunday next. For very different reasons, neither side will need any reminding of those epic encounters when the Divisional side broke Dr Crokes hearts with three victories. In 2005, South Kerry won by 0-12 to 1-6 following a man of the match performance from Maurice Fitzgerald and in  2006 they completed a three-in-a-row of titles with a booming winner from Bryan Sheehan at the death and again in 2009 the Southerners prevailed once again by a point scored by Declan O’Sullivan.

Both sides have undergone some major changes since those halcyon days for the South Kerry side and of course, following the last of those galling defeats the Killarney side went on to claim four titles on the trot. Two years ago South Kerry claimed their 11th title following victory over another Killarney side, Legion, while last year of course Dr Crokes moved into third place on the Roll of Honour when defeating Kenmare District in the final.

That recent history between the sides will hardly count for much on Sunday next but Dr Crokes will know that South Kerry are the one side in the county who seem to have the Indian sign over them. Dr Crokes have not broken stride since being crowned All Ireland champions in March and their panel is the envy of every other club team in the country. They have the one commodity most other teams lack – scoring forwards  - and in recent time the likes of Micheál Burns for example has stepped up to the plate in the scoring department. The availability or otherwise of Kieran O’Leary will have a big bearing on the outcome but Dr Crokes have the knack (and the backup) to overcome such losses that would spell disaster for any other team.

Staying with injury concerns, the loss of Killian Young to South Kerry with a pelvic injury will be a massive loss to the Divisional outfit. They do have some good young replacements in the defence such as the likes of Brian Sugrue and Robert Wharton but up front they will be concerned about the availability of team captain Denis Daly who of course has played League football for the county. South Kerry were put to the pin of their collar by Kerins O’Rahillys in the semi final in a game where they should really have been out of sight at half time and any such squandermania against the All Ireland champions will of course prove fatal.

There will be a contrast in styles in Sunday’s encounter and  South Kerry are the one Divisional side who have proved over the years that the further they progress in the championship the better they get. Whether they are at a stage where they can go stride for stride with the country’s best club side is one of the intriguing questions that will only be answered on Sunday next.

The final will be refereed by Brendan Griffin of Clounmacon.

Senior Football Championship Relegation Play-off

The curtain raiser to Sunday’s game is the Senior Football Championship Relegation playoff between Kerins O’Rahillys and Kilcummin. The senior football championship regulations passed in 2015 deemed that relegation from the championship would be based on a club’s performance in the Club Championship. In that competition, Kenmare Shamrocks surprised O’Rahillys in Strand Road while Ratmore defeated Kilcummin by a point. Both then progressed to the Round 1 of the Relegation playoff where O’Rahillys were well beaten by Austin Stacks and Kilcummin went down to a heavy defeat at the hands of Dingle.

The losers of Sunday’s game which throws in at 1pm, will play Intermediate football next season. Referee is Jonathan Griffin of Glenbeigh-Glencar.

Co. Final Match Day Arrangements 

The Garvey's SuperValu senior football championship final between Dr Crokes and South Kerry will take place in Austin Stack Park on Sunday next at 3pm. It will be preceded by the senior football championship relegation play-off between Kerins O’Rahillys and Kilcummin at 1pm.

Gates will open at 12 noon and Tickets will be available from the ticket vans adjacent to the ground. Tickets may also be purchased in advance from SuperValu and Centra stores around the county including all Garvey's SuperValu stores, from the Pavilion in Austin Stack Park and from the Kerry GAA Store in the Outlet Centre in Killarney.

Admission is €15 for adults and there is a €5 concession for OAPs and Students on the production of a valid ID. Under 16s are free.

The Jubilee team to be introduced to the crowd at half time is Mid Kerry, senior football champions in 1992.

East Kerry are Keane's SuperValu Killorglin County Minor Football Champions

East Kerry are Keane's SuperValu Killorglin County Minor Football Champions for the third time in 5 years following a narrow two point victory over a gallant St Brendans side at Austin Stack on Saturday last (2-14 to 1-15). The winners, who had a commanding 7 points lead at the break thanks to a dominant second quarter, had to withstand tremendous pressure from the underdogs in the second half and St Brendans were decidedly unlucky not to have at least earned a draw – they passed up two glorious chances to level the game in the final minutes - following a tremendous fightback.

With a host of All Ireland Minor and Colleges medal holders on board, East Kerry were odds on to win this final and with something to spare, and win it they did but they got the fright of their lives from a St Brendans side that refused to throw in the towel.

After the game, County committee Chairman Tim Murphy presented the Frank King Cup in the presence of his daughter Breda King, to winning East Kerry captain Ian Roche while sponsor Peter Keane presented East Kerry’s David Clifford with the Man of the Match trophy.

County Committee Meeting 

The October meeting of the County Committee, due to take place on Monday night last but postponed due to the inclement weather, will now take place in Austin Stack Park on this Wednesday evening (8pm).

Credit Union Senior Football League

Cromane are Promoted to Division 4

Cromane are promoted to Division 4 of the County League next season following a 1-15 to 1-10 playoff victory over Rathmore “B” at Listry on Sunday last. Michael A. Kelliher for Rathmore and Mikey Houlihan for Cromane exchanged first half goals and the winners led by1-9 to 1-6 at the break. There were just two points between the sides at the three quarter stage but Cromane kicked on with four points in the remaining time to clinch promotion in the company of Cordal and Ballylongford.

Division 3 Relegation Play-off

There is an important Division 3 Relegation playoff on this Saturday when Gneeveguilla and St Senans clash in Castleisland on Saturday at 4pm.

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.

Junior Cups Roundup

McElligott Cup Final

The McElligott Cup final between John Mitchels and Beaufort will be played on theis Saturday at 4:30 at a venue to be decided.

Cahill Cup Final

The Cahill Cup Final between Currow and Renard will be played on this Saturday at 4pm at a venue to be decided.

Ardfert are Barrett Cup Champions

Ardfert are the Barret Cup champions following a 2-11 to 1-12 victory over St Michaels-Foilmore at Cromane on Sunday last. Two goals from Bobby O’Regan saw the winners lead by 2-5 to 0-8 at the break and a goal from St Michael-Foilmore came too late to affect the result. Christy Killeen of the County Committee presented the cup to winning captain Niall Clifford.

Scór AGM

The AGM of Coiste Scór has to be rescheduled to Wednesday November 1st at 8pm in Austin Stack Pavilion Tralee.

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

Ballyduff are Co. Hurling Champions for the 25th time

Congratulations to Ballyduff on winning the 2017 Garvey’s SuperValu Kerry Co. Senior Hurling Championship title. In last Sunday’s replayed final, played at Austin Stack Park, they defeated Lixnaw by 4 - 13 to 1 - 19. This was Ballyduff’s 25th title and puts them top of the Kerry senior hurling Roll of Honour.

Team captain, Mikey Boyle received Corn Neilus Ó Floinn from Tim Murphy, Cathaoirleach Choiste Contae Chiarrai, C.L.G. while the Man of the Match Award together wiwith a Skelligs Hotel voucher went to the Ballyduff centre forward Aidan Boyle.

Ballyduff now go on to compete in the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship semi-final on the weekend of 5th November against either Kanturk (Cork) or St. Mary’s, Clonmel (Tipperary).

Credit Union Senior Hurling League Final

The Credit Union Senior Hurling League Final between the county champions of the last two years, Ballyduff and Kilmoyley will be played on Saturday October 28th in Abbeydorney at 4pm,

Acorn Life Under 21 Championship

The first two quarter finals of the Co. Under 21 hurling championship go ahead on this Saturday, 21 October.  South Kerry play St. Brendan’s at Kilgarvan at 2.00p.m. and Abbeydorney / Ballyheigue meet Kilmoyley at Abbeydorney at 4.00p.m. The Lixnaw v Causeway and Crotta v Ballyduff games are scheduled for the weekend of 28/30 October. Extra time to be played in all matches if necessary.


Tralee Parnell’s will hold their annual awards night at the Rose Hotel, Tralee on Friday, 17 November. The North Kerry Hurling Board annual awards function will take place at Ballyroe Heights Hotel on Friday, 24 November.

The final of the Co. Minor hurling league, Division 18, between Abbeydorney/Tralee Parnell’s and Kilmoyley is fixed for Monday, 30 October (Bank Holiday) at 2p.m.

The Tom Healy under 15 ground hurling tournament (under lights) continues at Abbeydorney on this Friday, 20 October. Games start at 7.00p.m. and the following teams will be participating: St. Brendan’s, Ballyheigue, Kenmare/Kilgarvan, Abbeydorney & Tralee Parnell’s.