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PRO Weekly GAA Scene May 15th 2015 2014-05-15 13:36:00

Kerry Minors through to the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Championship Final

Two early goals, the first within 30 seconds of the throw in from Tomás Ó Sé, and the other from Jordan Kiely after ten minutes, set Kerry up for a resounding victory over Tipperary in the semi final of the Munster Minor Football championship in Thurles on Wednesday evening last. With Killian Spillane in top form, Kerry led by 2-3 to 0-4 at the break having played against the strong wind, and with the elements to their back in the second period they picked off the points with Killian Spillane ending with a personal tally of 10 minors, 7 of them from play. Kerry will now play Cork in the Munster Final on July 6th.

This is a stressful time for a lot of players as they struggle with sporting and educational demands and we wish all players well who are involved in exams at this time.

Revised Fixtures for the Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship 

Following the deferral of the Christy Ring Semi Finals by one week to the June weekend, the CCC of the county committee met to discuss the issue and the following changes were made to the senior football championship fixtures where dual players are involved:

The games involving Laune Rangers V St Brendans and Shannon Rangers V Kilcummin have both been brought forward to May 24th.

The revised fixtures list for Round 1 of the Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship is as follows:

Sat May 24th @ 6.30pm
Laune Rangers v St.Brendans. Killorglin
Shannon Rangers v Kilcummin. TBC

Sun May 25th @ 2.30pm
Milltown/C’maine v West Kerry. Miltown

Sat May 31st @ 6.30pm 
East Kerry v Killarney Legion Fitzgerald Stadium
Dingle v Kenmare District. Dingle
Currow v St. Mls/F’more Currow

Sun June 1 @ 2.30pm 
Feale Rangers v Austin Stacks. Listowel
St.Kierans v Mid Kerry. Castleisland
South Kerry v Kerins O'Rahillys. Caherciveen

Sun June 1 @ 6.30pm 
Rathmore v Dr Crokes. Rathmore 

So far this year, changes to Corn Uí Mhuirí and Christy Ring fixtures have resulted in major disruption to the Kerry GAA masters fixtures plan, while the playing of the Munster Minor Football Championship semi final on May 7th, instead of what was thought to be the more likely date of May 14th, also caused a major re-arranging of fixtures.

Draws Made for Club Championship Semi Finals

The Draws for the various Club Championship Semi finals were made on Sunday evening last by Jimmy Roche representing sponsors, Castleisland Mart and County PRO, John O’Leary.
The Senior Club Championship could see a repeat of last year’s final as Killarney sides, Dr Crokes and Legion have been paired on opposite ends of the draw.

Only Desmonds are guaranteed a semi final place in the Intermediate championship. The Round 2 games featuring Glenflesk/Finuge and Ardfert/John Mitchels were already on the back burner due to Kerry Hurlers Christy Ring involvement and on Sunday last, Emmets and Spa played out a thrilling draw. It is unlikely that the game featuring the dual clubs will be played before mid June.

Brosna caused something of a surprise by defeating last year’s Novice champions Templenoe in the Junior Championship last weekend with Dromid Pearses getting the better of Churchill at the second time of asking.

Lasy year’s beaten finalists, Listry are still the favourits for the Novice title with Lispole also showing form with victory over Beale.

The Draws in full are as follows:

Senior Club Championship
Rathmore V Killarney Legion
Dingle V Dr Crokes

Intermediate Club Championship 
Listowel Emmets/Spa V Glenflesk/Finuge
Desmonds V Ardfert/John Mitchels

Junior Club Championship

Glenbeigh-Glencar V Brosna
Dromid Pearses V Duagh

Novice Club Championship
St Senans V Listry
Lispole V Knocknagoshel

Venues will be decided by CCC. 

Semi Finals of the Senior Club Championship will be played on W/E May 25th, however, the semi finals of the Intermediate, Junior and Novice Championships are likely to go back to the Autumn as was the case last year. 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.

Credit Union Senior Football League

With the exception of the Valentia/Asdee game in Division 5 which was postponed due to a bereavement, the remaining scheduled games in Round 4 were played last weekend.
In Division 1, champions Kerins O’Rahillys stay top thanks to their victory over St Michaels Foilmore but Austin Stacks, in the company of Dr Crokes and Kilcummin, are just behind them on 6 points with a game in hand against Rathmore. Kilcummin lost their 100% record in Waterville.

Killarney Legion are gone top of Division 2 on their own following victory over struggling Laune Rangers who are near the foot of the table. St Marys and Dromid Pearses, despite both having a game in hand at this early stage, top the table in Division 3 while Beale and Na Gaeil are the table toppers in Division 4 with four straight wins. Meanwhile, in Division 5 Dr Crokes top the table followed by Ballydonoghue and Duagh on six points each.

Round 5 of the Credit Union Senior Football League takes place this coming weekend with the majority of games pencilled in for Saturday evening.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Leagues

Two more finals were decided last weekend in the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Leagues. 

In Division 2, Ballydonoghue had ten points to spare over Milltown/Castlemaine (2-15 to 3-2) at Strand Road where Michael Foley of Ballydonoghue gave a Man of the Match performance from centre back. The Division 2 Shield was presented to the winning captain by Christy Killeen of the County Committee.

In Division 3B meanwhile, Laune Rangers, captained by David Costello, defeated Annascaul/Lispole on a score of 3-10 to 0-10 at Milltown where the constant downpour did not prevent some fine score taking by both sides. John Tyther was the inspirational Man of the Match for Laune Rangers and he received his award from competition sponsor, Peter Keane. 
There are two finals scheduled for this Wednesday May 14th; The Division 1 final between Dr Crokes and Dingle will be played in Austin Stack Park and the Division 5 final between Glenflesk and Knock/Brosna will be played in Castleisland.. 

In Division 6A Skellig Rangers/Valentia will play Waterville/Dromid, who defeated St Michaels/Foilemore in the semi final on Thursday evening last. That final will be played in Caherciveen on this Thursday evening.

The Division 3A final between Renard/St Mary's and Rathmore did not go ahead on Friday last as scheduled due to a player with exams late on Friday. That final will now go ahead on this Friday evening in Killorglin.
All games throw in at 7pm.

Credit Union Junior Football Leagues Commence

The very successful Junior Football Leagues begin on this Friday – a week later than scheduled due to a number of Minor League Finals that were scheduled for last weekend. The Leagues will commence therefore with Round 2 Fixtures and continue on each Friday evening. Teams will be guaranteed five or six games at least depending on the size of the Group. 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.

Club Officers and Team Trainers are reminded of their responsibility to ensure the Junior League is played in the proper spirit. The Competition is for ‘B’ and in some cases ‘C’ players only and failure of clubs to adhere to this principle could mean being removed from the Competition and not being allowed compete in next year’s Junior League. Any team found to have played a 1st 15 player will be removed from the competition. A Club wishing to check 1st 15 of any team in its group should contact Co Board and a list will be forwarded.

Friday is County Colours Day

This Friday is County Colours Day whereby primary school children throughout the county are being asked to wear their county or club jersies to school to mark the launching of the Munster Hurling and Football Championships. Any photos of the Colours Day in your school may be sent to pro.munster@gaa.ie for use on Munster GAA website and to administrator1.kerry@gaa.ie for the Kerry GAA Website.

Let the championships begin.....................
Kerry Senior Football Team Open Evening
To mark the launch of this year’s All Ireland Championships, a Kerry Senior Football team “Open Evening” will be held in the Fitzgerald Stadium on this Thursday evening with gates opening at 6:30. This is a chance to see the Kerry team training and we are inviting all Juveniles in particular to come along, wear their county or club colours and see and meet their heroes in action. We will have wrist bands, posters, Stadium tours, autograph and photo opportunities and much more.

Good Luck to Brian McGuire

The Kerry Senior Football Management and Players would like to wish Brian McGuire the very best of luck as he departs for Kentucky in USA to take up an employment offer in the equine industry.

Kerry Junior Manager

Stephen Wallace (Ardfert) was appointed Manager of the Kerry Junior Football Team at Monday night’s County Committee meeting. Kerry are away to the winners of the Clare/Waterford tie on June 21st/22nd.

Kerry Group Sweepstake down to 48 Dogs/Clubs 

On Satuday night last at The Kingdom Greyhound Stadium Tralee the first heats of The Kerry Group Sweepstake took place. Following the first round heats 48 dogs qualified for the next heats that will take place on Friday next the 16th May. All dogs are paired with Clubs. The final of The Kerry Group Sweepstake will take place at The Boyles Sports Kerry GAA Night of Champions on Friday 6th June when the Annual Kerry GAA Gathering takes place at The Kingdom Greyhound Stadium Tralee. Six dogs will take part on the final with prizes for the dogs and the 6 clubs! Clubs/Dogs can be viewed on the Kerry GAA Website.

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

Kerry Hurlers Face Kildare in Christy Ring

Kerry senior hurlers face Kildare this Saturday, 17th May at Newbridge in the second round of the Christy Ring Cup (2:30pm). The Kerry squad has been working very hard over the past fortnight under the management team of Eamon Kelly, D.J. Leahy, Brian Horgan and Tom O’Connell and are well prepared for the challenge. If Kerry win this game they will be in the semi-final on the 31st May, if they lose it will be a quarter final on the 24thth May. 
Semi Final venues will be decided by a toss or draw; “Subject to the avoidance of Repeat Pairings, where feasible, a Draw shall be made to determine the Semi Final Pairings. A further draw shall be made to determine Home and Away venue”.

The Final will be on Saturday, 7th June in Croke Park. 

Credit Union Hurling Leagues

Causeway continue to lead Credit Union Co. Senior Hurling league Division 2 with full points from 4 games. Division 2 round 4 results from last week are as follows: Kilmoyley 3 -16 Dr. Crokes 2 – 10; St Brendan's 4 – 12 Lady’s Walk 0 – 14; Lixnaw 3 – 16 Ballyheigue 0 – 3, Causeway got a walkover from Abbeydorney. In a back game Kilmoyley defeated Abbeydorney by 5 – 8 to 0 – 2.

Division 2 continues on Wednesday, 21st May with the following round 5 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 [All intermediate teams are involved on this Friday evening in the first round of the North Kerry Championship]. 

Poc Fada

The 2014 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. The competition will take place over a course on Kerryhead Mountain on the re-scheduled date of Monday, 2nd June. Club representatives, 1 from each club to be notified to the Co. Hurling Officer, Gerard McCarthy, hurlingofficer.kerry@gaa.ie before 16th May. 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. 

Congratulations to Brian Lonergan from Tralee Parnell’s on winning the County Under 14 Féile Skills competition. This is a tremendous achievement for a member of this young club and he will now go on to represent Kerry in the national finals in June. Tralee Parnell’s under age coaching from under 6 to 16 continues weekly at the Caherslee G.A.A. grounds at 7.00p.m. New players always welcome.

Well done also to Abbeydorney on winning the county Féile na nGael title. This was their first win in the competition since 1971. They will now travel to Armagh for the national Féile on the weekend of 20th June. 

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

Hurling Cúl Camps 
The 2014 Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps for Hurling & Camogie in Kerry are: 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). Cost is €55 per child with reductions for additional members of families. Open to primary school children between 6 and 13 years of age. Monday’s to Friday’s, 10.00a.m. – 2.30p.m. daily. Register at the Cúl Camp Office, Austin Stack Park, Tralee, Tel.: 087 2260621.