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PRO Weekly GAA Scene May 21st 2014 2014-05-22 13:35:00

Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship gets underway

To Laune Rangers and St Brendans goes the honour of kicking off this year’s Garveys Supervalu senior football championship when they clash in Killorglin on Saturday evening. Laune Rangers, who are languishing in the lower half of the Division 2 League table, are going through what is for them a lean period having lost a number of experienced players to retirement in the past couple of years while their opponents, St Brendans, will be hoping to improve on last year’s quarter final place in the championship.

On Sunday, it’s the turn of Milltown/Castlemaine and West Kerry who go head to head in Milltown at the new time of 2pm. Milltown surprised many last year by going to the quarter finals before going down to Kerins O’Rahillys but their opponents West Kerry, with An Ghaeltacht back in the fold, disappointed, being defeated by Rathmore in the first round and after overcoming Shannon Rangers in Round 2 they made their exit in Round 3 to St Kierans.
The remaining first round games, including the Shannon Rangers Vs Kilcummin which now reverts back to its original double billing on June 1st, will take place over the June Bank Holiday weekend with Round 2 (Losers round) scheduled for the weekend of June 8th.

The full list of fixtures is as follows:

Saturday May 24th @ 6.30pm
Laune Rangers v St.Brendans.Killorglin

Sunday May 25th @ 2pm (note time change)
Milltown/C’maine v West Kerry.Miltown

Saturday May 31st @ 6.30pm 
East Kerry v Killarney Legion - Fitzgerald Stadium
Dingle v Kenmare District. -Dingle
Currow v St. Mls/Foilmore - Currow

Sunday June 1st
Shannon Rgs v Kilcummin - Listowel (2:00pm)
Feale Rangers v Austin Stacks. - Listowel (3:30pm)
St.Kierans v Mid Kerry. - Castleisland (2:30pm)
South Kerry v Kerins O'Rahillys. - Caherciveen (2:30pm) 
Rathmore v Dr Crokes - Rathmore (6:30pm)

Castleisland Mart Senior Club Championship Semi Finals

The semi finals of the Castleisland Mart Senior Club Championship are down for decision on this Saturday evening. First up is the meeting of East Kerry clubs, Rathmore and Killarney Legion in Fitzgerald Stadium (5pm). Killarney Legion, undefeated in Division 2 of the Leagueand following good wins over St Michaels-Foilmore and Kerins O’Rahillys in the Club Championship, are the form team right now and Rathmore, who shaded their game with Kilcummin by the minimum margin, will do well to get a result against last year’s finalists in this competition.

The other semi final is a repeat of last year’s county final when holders, Dr Crokes, take on Dingle in Tralee’s Austin Stack Park (7pm). Under new management, and without the services of their talisman, Colm Cooper, Dr Crokes are doing fine thank you and while they did go down to Austin Stacks in the League, they have been posting their usual high scores in subsequent matches and easily disposed of the Laune Rangers challenge in the last round of the senior club. Dingle, despite losing a couple of games in the League, were impressive when hitting Austin Stacks with four goals in Round 2 of this competition.

Staurday’s semi final will tell us more about the current well being of both clubs.
The CCC has decided that the semi finals of the Intermediate, Junior and Novice Club Championships will go back to the Autumn as was the case last year. However, the outstanding Round 2 Fixtures in the Intermediate Championship will be played as soon as possible with the games involving the Hurling Clubs, Ardfert v John Mitchels and Glenflesk V Finuge, pencilled in for June 21st. The Round 2 replay between Spa v Listowel Emmets is the other outstanding fixture and that will also be played at the first opportunity.

Credit Union Senior Football League 

Round 5 of the Credit Union Senior Football League, with the usual couple of exceptions, took place last weekend. Kerins O’Rahillys, the reigning champions who got a point in Waterville, stay top of Division 1 with Dr Crokes hot on their coat tails while Austin Stacks, who have two games in hand against Milltown and Dr Crokes, are also well positioned. At the bottom Milltown are struggling with 1 point as are Currow, Emmets and Rathmore a point better off on 2 with Rathmore having a game in hand.

In Division 2, Killarney Legion continue to set the pace unbeaten on 10 points followed by Glenbeigh/Glencar and Castleisland Desmonds 2 points behind. At the bottom, St Pats are pointless and Laune Rangers continue to struggle.

St Marys, with a game in hand, stay top of Division 3 on 8 points following their victory over An Ghaeltacht in a ding-dong affair in Caherciveen, while Templenoe are close behind on 7. Ballymacelligott and Sartaglen prop up the table on 2 points.

In Division 3, Na Gaeil got the better of their top of the table opponents, Beale to stay unbeaten on 10 points with Beale suffering their first defeat staying on 8. Ballyduff and Ballylongford stay pointless at the bottom.

In Division 5, Dr Crokes top the table on 9 points, with Renard and Sneem Derrynane well placed in the promotion places on 7 points each.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor League Finals
The curtain has come down on the Keanes Supervalu Minor Leagues for another year with four finals decided over the past week or so.

The Division 1 final saw Dingle defeat Dr Crokes in a fine game where very little separated the sides throughout. Four points by Man of Match Cathal Geaney and a powerful display by one of the many Kerry Minor players on view, Tom O’Sullivan, were the main difference between two evenly matched sides.

The Division 3A final between Rathmore and St Marys/Renard was a thriller with the performance Kerry Minor goalkeeper, Shane Ryan from Rathmore, being the main talking point afterwards. Lining out in the full forward line, in a Man of the Match performance, Ryan kicked 1-10 of his side’s total with 1-5 of that total coming from play, two points from “45s” and three points from long distance frees. Rathmore prevailed by a point but not before a tremendous fightback from the southerners who were inspired by midfielder Jack Daly – another man to keep an eye on for the future.

Division 5 final saw Knocknagoshel/Brosna defeat Glenflesk and again there were some fine individual displays in this game with Timmy Finnegan, who scored 1-7 for the winners, chief among them. Finnegan was afterwards named Man of the Match but Daniel O’Brien and Lee O’Donoghue of Glenflesk also stood out.

The Division 6A final saw four South Kerry clubs involved in Caherciveen. Waterville/Dromid Pearses prevailed over their neighbouring combination of Skellig Rangers/Valentia in a game that produced seven goals. Graham O’Sullivan, who notched 1-4 for the winners, was named Man of the Match
Organising the Minor Leagues is a huge undertaking and requires the co-operation of Clubs, County Minor Management, CCC, Schools, Colleges and many more stakeholders – credit to Coaching Officer Eamonn Whelan for ensuring all finals were played within the agreed dates. Our thanks also to Peter Keane of Keanes Supervalu Killorglin, who continues to sponsor the competitions, and to all who helped to promote the competitions in any way.

Credit Union Junior Football Leagues have Commenced

The Junior Football Leagues began on Friday last with thirteen games played and it was good to see that only one game fell by the wayside due to inability to field. There are 45 teams in all entered spread over 8 Divisions/Groups one of which caters for 13-a-side competition. Clubs should note however that where a team has only 13 or 14 players available (i.e. max 1 Sub) 13-a-side will be allowed to ensure the game is played. Please note where both teams have 15 or more players available 15 a-side must be played.

Kerry County Committee embark on Major Fundraising campaign in New York 

The Kerry Committee will ravel to New York at the end of May as part of their fundraising programme for the development of a Centre of Excellence at the Institute of Technology Tralee and at the Kerry GAA Grounds Development in Currans.

Three major events are included on the itinerary of which two are designed to raise substantial funds for the development projects, namely; a Golf Classic on Tuesday 27th at Rockland Country Club which will see teams of four at $2,000 per team enjoy a round of golf in the company of some former Kerry greats such as Eoin Liston, Ogie Moran, Mikey Sheehy, Pat Spillane, Colm Cooper, Paul Galvin, Darragh Ó Sé, Sean Walsh and Mick O’Dwyer, and a Gala Dinner on Thursday 29th that will be held in the Metropolitan Club, New York with a table of 10 costing $10,000. The master of ceremonies for this prestigious function will be the genial Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh.

Kerry Senior Football Team Open Evening

To mark the launch of this year’s All Ireland Championships, a Kerry Senior Football team “Open Evening” was held in the Fitzgerald Stadium on Thursday evening last. Special thanks to Kieran Donaghy and Colm Cooper who took patrons on a guided tour of the Dressing Rooms, Warm up, Gym, Control Room and the Broadcasting area and who gave an intriguing insight into what it is like to be a Kerry Player these days. There is a U Tube video of the event on the Kerry GAA Website.

Social Media Training Evening

The PR & Marketing Committee of Kerry County Committee have organised a Social Media Presentation on Wednesday evening next (21st) in the Pavilion of Austin Stack Park, Tralee commencing at 7:30pm.

The presentation will be given by Ed Donnelly, the recently appointed Social Media Officer of the Munster Council of the GAA. Ed has vast experience in the PR area having served as PRO in his native Tipperary, followed by three years as PRO of the Munster Council.

His brief is to advance the use of Social Media in Clubs and Counties throughout Munster. Ed will cover all aspects of GAA Websites, Facebook and Twitter. All Club Offcers (including Bórd na nÓg), with an interest in promoting their Club through Social Media are invited to attend.
Gneeveguilla open Juvenile field

The Gneeveguilla GAA club will open their Juvenile field on Sunday next May 25th commencing with mass in the hall at 12:30pm and thereafter the official opening of the new field. Afterwards the club are having Lá na gClub to mark the occasion and all welcome.

It will be 37 years almost to the day since the club opened their current facilities in May of 1977.

Kerry Group Kerry GAA Club Sweepstake Qualifers for Quarter Finals

On Friday night last the following qualified for the Quarter Finals of the Kerry Group GAA Club Sweepstake which will take place on Friday next the 23rd May at The Kingdom Greyhound Stadium Tralee.

John Mitchels - Marconi Adam
Beale - Malls Pet
Brosna / Glenbeigh/Glencar - Hello the House
Moyvane/Firies - Moyvane Gene
Finuge/ Milltown/Castlemaine - Knock
Ballymacelligott - Baltovin Gary
Ardfert - Pennylane Lodge
West Kerry & Mid Kerry - Indalo Flame
Annascaul/Renard - Ranchers Bill
South Kerry Football & Hurling - Millridge Zephyr
Knockanure-Monotore Lady
Cordal/Crotta O Neills - Bowline Bullet
Dr Crokes - Malls Pride
Rathmore-Helenas Gold
Scartaglen - Coolemore Joe
Spa - Irremore Nitro
Kenmare - Lassinagh Crest
Templenoe - Sent it Lanner
Tuosist/Ladys Walk - Bayside Sparky
Piarsaigh na Dromada
Ballyduff - Black Maria
Kilmoyley-Lone Fred
Lixnaw - Lassa Exception
St Brendan's - Adamswood Flair

The final of The Kerry Group Sweepstake will take place on Friday 6th June and 6 dogs will take part on the final night with prizes for the dogs and the 6 clubs! All Kerry GAA Clubs now have tickets for the Night of Champions that takes place on 6th June. Support your club and County Teams by purchasing your ticket for the night from your local GAA Club for €10.00. This ticket also gives each purchaser a free entry to a special raffle on the night with some great prizes. Tickets are also available from the Kerry GAA Store in Killarney and The Kerry County Board office in Austin Stack Park, Tralee. 

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

Kerry Hurlers in Christy Ring Semi Finals

The Kerry senior hurlers have qualified for the semi-final of the their Christy Ring Cup competition after a hard earned 3 – 18 to 1 – 16 win over Kildare in round 2 on Saturday last at Newbridge. Their next outing will be on Saturday, 24th May. Well done to all involved and thanks to the loyal supporters who travelled to the game. Meath are in the other semi-final. On this Saturday, Derry play Kildare and Mayo meet Kildare in quarter final ties. The Final of the competition will be on Saturday, 7th June. 

Credit Union Senior Hurling Leagues

Causeway continue to head the Credit Union Co. Senior Hurling league Division 2 with full points from 4 games. Round 5 is scheduled for this Wednesday, 21st May with the following fixtures (first named at home): Causeway v St. Brendan’s; Lady’s Walk v Kenmare; Lixnaw v Dr. Crokes; Kilgarvan v Ballyheigue; Kilmoyley v Abbeydorney. All games have a 7.30p.m. starting time.

Round 6 fixtures for Wednesday, 28th May are: Kenmare v Causeway; Ballyheigue v Dr. Crokes; Kilgarvan v Lady’s Walk; Abbeydorney v Lixnaw; St. Brendan’s v Kilmoyley. 
The Co. Senior Hurling league Division 3 competition begins on Wednesday, 11 June.

Poc Fada 

Comórtas Poc Fada Chiarraí, the county long puck hurling competition will be launched at a function in the KL Lounge, Ballyheigue on Friday, 24th May at 9.00p.m. Representatives from all clubs welcome. 

The competition will take place over a course on Kerryhead Mountain on Monday, 2nd June. Club representatives, 1 from each club to be notified to the Co. Hurling Officer, Gerard McCarthy, hurlingofficer.kerry@gaa.ie. Competitions at senior, under 16 and camogie. The Kerry winners will represent the county in the Munster finals to be held in the Galtee mountains in July. 

Lixnaw Hurling Club and Finuge Football Club will hold a Night at the Dogs fundraising night at the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium on this Saturday, 24th May. 

Tralee Parnell’s remind all interested that under age coaching from under 6 to 16 continues weekly at the Caherslee G.A.A. grounds from 7.00p.m. – 8.00p.m. In a first, the club last week participated at under 12 level in the Co. camogie league. Players involved were: Aoife O'Sullivan, Clodagh Begley, Clodagh O'Sullivan, Eimer O'Sullivan, Hannah Sharkey, Jasmin, Katie Dwyer, Leah O'Connell, Ruth O'Connell and Saoirse Maloney. Congrats to under 16 player Ciaran O' Reilly who won the Mercy Mounthawk School under 15 Hurler of the Year award. Teams were also fielded at under 11 (lost to St. Brendan’s) and under 14 (lost 3 – 11 to 1 – 7 against Co. Féile winners Abbeydorney) and players are gaining experience as well as enjoying every outing. Further details on club activities at http://traleeparnellshurling.blogspot.ie
Kilmoyley Hurling Club are holding a Poc Fada competition on Sunday, 1st June, with the winners receiving the Patie O’Hara Memorial trophy. Consisting of teams of 3, each must include a current player, a past player and a juvenile player (from15 upwards). Play commences at 1.30pm from Flaherty’s Hardware back to the Sportsfield, down to Kilmoyley Church and finishing at the Community Centre. There will be a juvenile competition (from 14 tears down) and the club is also inviting camogie players and hurlers from other clubs to take part. Further details from Club Secretary, John Nolan (087-9812676).

Hurling Cúl Camps 
Children interested in the 2014 Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps for hurling, camogie and football coaching should register as soon as possible at the Cúl Camp Office, Austin Stack Park, Tralee, Tel.: 087 2260621. Hurling/Camogie camps in Kerry are [Monday’s to Friday’s]: Causeway & Lixnaw (30 June – 4 July), Ballyheigue (7 – 11 July), Ardfert & Kenmare (14 -18 July), Abbeydorney (21 - 25 July), Crotta & Fitzgerald Stadium (28 July – 1 August), Kilmoyley (4 – 8 August) and Ballyduff & Tralee Parnell’s (11 – 15 August). Open to primary school children between 6 and 13 years of age. Times:10.00a.m. – 2.30p.m. each day. Cost is €55 per child with reductions for additional members of families.