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PRO GAA Scene November 8th 2017 2017-11-08 00:01:00

Kerry GAA Scene 8th November 2017

By John O’Leary PRO


Closing date for Nominations and Motions to Annual Convention is Friday at 5pm

The annual convention of Kerry GAA will be held on Monday December 11th in the Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney.  Motion and nomination papers have been sent to Clubs last week as per rule.

Five officer positions will become vacant at Convention due to the “5 Year Rule” and they are; Munster Council Delegate (2), Hurling Officer, PRO and Cultural Officer while Paudie Dineen (Assistant Treasurer) and Stephen O’Sullivan (Assistant Secretary) have indicated that they are vacating those positions.

This is an ideal chance for anyone with an interest in progressing to County Board level as there is a diverse range of posts becoming vacant ranging from Cultural, to Financial to Administrative to Public Relations. All of those current officers whose 5 year term is up can of course also be nominated for other officer posts other than the one they vacated should they so wish.

Nominations and Motions for County Convention have to be returned to the county secretary no later than 5pm on Friday 10th November. All of those nominated will have until 5pm Monday 13th November to confirm if they wish to contest positions or not.

Motions re internal Competitions will be dealt with at the November Meeting of County Committee which has been put back by a week to November 27th to allow clubs additional time to formulate motions. These motions re internal fixtures and competitions for 2018 have a new deadline for their return which is now Friday 17th November at 5pm.

Club Fixtures Forum

Kerry County Committee organised a ‘Club Fixtures Forum’ last evening in the Rose Hotel in Tralee on Friday evening last.

The Forum was designed to give an opportunity to Clubs to review our own fixtures here in Kerry in light of recent changes made by Congress where the National Fixtures Calendar will for the first time feature dedicated periods of the year for Club activity only.

The Kerry Fixtures Calendar will be drafted after the next County Committee meeting which takes place on Monday 20th November and at this meeting Motions regarding competitions for 2018 will be discussed and voted on.

The Club Fixtures Forum provided a great opportunity to ensure that the views of those most affected by fixtures can be taken on board and where necessary be formulated into motions for the November meeting of the County Committee.

There was a good representation of clubs on the night with between 60% to 70% of Clubs in the county present. Some good positive discussions took place with a lot of positive ideas being bandied about. There seemed to be full agreement that the various Club Championships should be played off to a finish in the April/May window and a general discussion took place re a preference for say two groups of four teams in the Club Championships or maybe a loser’s round rather than the present straight knockout system. There was general agreement that the Minor age group should be reduced to Under 17 for competitions within the county to allow senior fixtures have a free run and it was suggested that an U19 competition be introduced to cater for the 18 to 19 age group.

There was a lot of discussion on the availability of county players - particularly in April - for both training and games.

Altogether this was a worthwhile exercise and we will have to wait and see if there are positive changes proposed for the November meeting.

Club Championship Focus switches to the Munster Championship

After a hectic few weeks of action within the county the focus on the Club scene now switches to the Munster championship an area that Kerry has ebjoyed no little success in recent years.

Dr Crokes have Kilmurray-Ibrickane of Clare as visitors

Dr Crokes put their All Ireland Club title on the line once again at Lewis Road on Sunday next when they have Kilmurray-Ibrickane of Clare as visitors in the semi final of the Munster Club championship (2pm). The Killarney side have an enviable  unbeaten record in League and Championship this season and the fact that they came perilously close to exiting the East Kerry championship last weekend when fielding a very weakened team shows very much where their priorities lie. They had a good workout in the quarter final tie against Clonmel Commercials and they are facing a side that are having their first outing in Munster since they defeated Clondegad in the Clare final on the Bank Holiday weekend. Dr Crokes are in a very good place right now and are focused on another successful assault on the Andy Merrigan Cup – It will be a major surprise should they not advance to play Nemo Rangers or Adare in the provincial decider on November 26th.

An Ghaeltacht in Munster Intermediate action

Fresh from their Kerry Intermediate championship victory over Templenoe a fortnight ago, An Ghaeltacht head for the Mallow GAA complex on Sunday next to take on the locals in the Munster semi final in a game that throws in at 1pm. The West Kerry side have the perfect break of two weeks since that exciting game in Austin Stack Park but they take on a side who already have had the benefit of an outing in Munster, that against the Waterford champions who ran them to three points despite having to play two championship games in 48 hours. There is no doubt that the Cork champions are the ones to beat for any club with aspirations of a Munster Intermediate title and on their own home patch a victory for An Ghaeltacht will be hard earned. The Intermediate semi final, which throws in at 1pm will be followed by the senior football semi final between Nemo Rangers and Adare at 2:45pm.

Dromid Pearses through to the Junior Semi finals

Dromid Pearses are through to the Munster Junior semi finals following  a hard earned 0-14 to 0-10 victory over Naomh Eoin of Clare at Cross in the Loop Head peninsula last Sunday. The South Kerry side had reason to be thankful to Niall O’Shea who picked off five points during the course of the game and they now go on to play Galtee Gaels of Limerick in the semi final on the weekend of November 19th at a Kerry venue. Knocknagree, who of course are part of the Rathmore parish, have made it through to the semi finals on the other side of the draw where they face the yet to be crowned Waterford champions.

Allianz Football Leagues Fixtures 2018

Dates and venues for the 2018 Allianz Football League have been confirmed with Round 1 going ahead a week earlier on January 28th and the final Round also finishing a week earlier on 25th March. The following are the fixtures:

Round 1 - Sunday 28th January, Kerry V Donegal – Fitzgerald Stadium @ 2pm

Round 2 - Saturday 3rd February, Mayo V Kerry – Castlebar @ 7pm

Round 3 - Sunday 11th February, Monaghan V Kerry – Inniskean @2pm

Round 4 – Sunday 25th February, Kerry V Galway – Austin Stack Park @ 2:30pm (DB with Kerry Hurlers V Meath)

Round 5 – Saturday 3rd March, Dublin V Kerry – Croke Park @ 7pm

Round 6 – Saturday 17th March, Kerry V Kildare – Austin Stack Park @ 7pm

Round 7 – Sunday 25th March, Tyrone V Kerry – Omagh @ 3pm

Sunday 1st April – Allianz Football League Finals

Kerry GAA 5 Year Ticket Scheme

The Kerry GAA 5 Year Ticket Scheme 2018 to 2022 will be up and running in time for the Christmas market. Tickets will go on sale on November 20th. Further details next week.

Junior League Final

The final Junior fixture of the year was played on Saturday last when Glenbeigh-Glencar had a 0-13 to 0-8 victory over Beaufort in the Junior Football League Group 4 final in Killorglin.


The A G M of Coiste Scór Chiarraí took place at the Austin Stack Park Pavilion on Wednesday evening. There is just one change from last year with P J Mulvihill of Moyvane coming in as Chief Steward. All remaining Officers were returned unopposed.

Chairperson Leona Twiss Milltown/Castlemaine

Vice Chairman Jackie Walsh St. Senans

Secretary Suzanne Ni Laoighre Dromid Pearses

Assistant Secretaries Mary Philpott, Currow

Siobhain Casey Renard

Treasurers Anita English, St. Marys, Cahersiveen

Therese Keating Na Gaeil

P R O Jack Hennessy St. Marys, Asdee

Chief Steward P J Mulvihill, Moyvane

Munster Council Delegates

   Jackie Walsh St. Senans

   Tom Herlihy Ballymacelligott

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

Acorn Life Under 21 Hurling Championship

Causeway and Crotta O’Neill’s will contest this weekend’s 2017 Acorn Life Co. Under 21 Hurling Final. In the semi-finals, Causeway had a 3 - 13 to 2 - 5 win over St. Brendan’s while Crotta defeated Abbeydorney/Ballyheigue by 1 - 15 to 0 - 14 after extra time.

The final between Causeway and Crotta O’Neills will be played this Saturday in Austin Stack Park at 2pm.

Munster Intermediate Club

Ballyduff went down by 1 - 20 to 2 - 12 to Kanturk (Cork) in the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship semi-final at Austin Stack Park last Sunday. However, Ballyduff played superbly and did Kerry hurling proud on the day. Their next outing will be the North Kerry Senior Championship Final against St. Brendan’s on Saturday, 18 November.

Minor Hurling League

Well done to Abbeydorney/Tralee Parnell’s on winning the Co. Minor hurling league, Division 1B title. In the final last Sunday they had a 7 - 18 to 2 - 8 win over Kilmoyley.


The Tralee Parnell’s 5 week winter hurling sessions for boys and girls continue on Tuesday next, 14 November at Tralee Sports Complex. Equipment is available to borrow and all boys and girls are welcome. Full details on the club Facebook site. The Parnell’s annual Awards night will go ahead on Friday, 17 Nov. at the Rose Hotel.

Crotta O’Neill’s Hurling Club will host a 5 week come-and-try hurling sessions for boys and girls of Dromclough National School in St. Senan's Sports Hall, Mountcoal on Saturday evenings from 5.30p.m to 6.30p.m. The sessions are for children from 3rd and 4th class, no charge. Hurleys and helmets will be provided.

The Tom Healy under 15 hurling tournament (under lights) will conclude at Abbeydorney on this Friday, 10 Nov. The semi-finals, Ballyheigue v Ballyduff and Abbeydorney v Kilmoyley get underway at 7.00p.m. The Shield Final for the losing semi-finalists will be played at 7.30p.m. with the Tom Healy Cup Final at 8.00p.m.

Best of luck to the Clanmaurice Camogie Club in the All-Ireland Junior Club Championship semi-final against Athleague (Roscommon) at Newmarket on Fergus, 2.00p.m. on this Sunday.

Co. Hurling Officer

The closing date for Nominations for the Co. Hurling Officer position is 5.00p.m. on this Friday, 10 Nov. The term of Gerard McCarthy  will end under the 5 year rule at the forthcoming Co. Convention.

Allianz Hurling Leagues Fixtures 2018

Dates and venues for the 2018 Allianz Hurling League have been confirmed with Round 1 going ahead two weeks earlier than last year on January 28th. The following are the fixtures:

Allianz Hurling League Division 2 B Fixtures 2018

Round 1 - Sunday January 28th, London V Kerry in Ruislip @ 1pm

Round 2 – Sunday February 4th, Kerry V Carlow in Austin Stack Park @ 2pm

Round 3 – Sunday February 18th, Kildare V Kerry in Newbridge @ 2pm

Round 4 – Sunday February 25th, Kerry V Meath in Austin Stack Park at 12:30pm (DB with Kerry Footballers V Galway)

Round 5 – Sunday 4th March, Westmeath V Kerry in Cusack Park @ 1pm

Sunday 11th March - Division 2B Final