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PRO Weekly GAA Scene May 7th 2014 2014-05-12 13:37:00

Kerry Face Tipperary in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Championship: 

The Kerry Minor Team will put their Munster title on the line when they play Tipperary in the Electric Ireland Munster Football Championship semi final in Thurles on this Wednesday evening at 7pm. Kerry had a good 2-16 to 0-7 victory over Clare in Ennis in the opening Round while Tipperary had a four points winning margin over Waterford on the same evening. Waterford subsequently defeated Clare by three points to set up a semi final meeting with Cork.

Kerry are of course backboned by the successful Pobal scoil Chorca Dhuibhne contingent and they will have had some time to recover from their hectic colleges, club and county activity during the months of March and April. Tipperary, who have reached the last three Munster finals, winning two and were of course All Ireland champions in 2011, have been making great strides at this level over the last few years and Kerry will need no reminding that a fancied Kingdom outfit were unceremoniously dumped out of the Munster and All Ireland series at this same venue three years ago. Jack O’Connor and his backroom team will, no doubt, have taken heed of this and will be hoping for a Munster Final place on July 6th. Incidentally, the losers of this game make their exit from the competition.

Castleisland Mart Club Championships taking shape

Fixtures in the various Castleisland Mart Club Championships are beginning to take shape with the semi finalists known in most cases.

Senior Club: Rathmore, Dr Crokes and Killarney Legion are already through to the semi finals and they will be joined by the winners of the remaining quarter final between Dingle and Austin Stacks which takes place this Sunday. The Tralee side defeated Milltown-Castlemaine in a Round 1 replay last weekend.

Intermediate Club: Desmonds, who are showing good form in both League and Championship this season, are through to the semi finals following their victory over Gneeveguilla in a low scoring game last weekend. The other quarter final pairings are; Emmets V Spa which is down for decision this Sunday, Glenflesk v Finuge and Ardfert v John Mitchels. Kerry’s continued progress in the Christy Ring Cup will influence the games involving Finuge and Ardfert due to dual player involvement and June 21st is a provisional date for these two fixtures.

Junior Club: Glenbeigh-Glencar and Duagh are through to the semi finals while Dromid Pearses and Churchill must replay their Round 2 tie and Brosna have a home tie with Temlenoe for the remaing semi final place. Both games will be played on Sunday.
Novice Club: Last year’s beaten finalists, Listry are through to the semi finals following their victory over Cromane last weekend and they are joined by St Senans who defeated Ballylongford also last weekend. Lispole play Beale and Knocknagoshel play Renard this coming Sunday for the remaining semi final places.

Credit Union Senior Football League

The majority of games in Round 4 of the Credit Union Senior Football League will take place this coming weekend. Some games were brought forward to last weekend to facilitate the playing of Club Championship fixtures where Kerry Minor players were involved.
To facilitate the playing of the Round 2 Senior Club Championship Fixture between Dingle and Austin Stacks, the Division 1 game between Austin Stacks and Rathmore has been postponed.

Likewise due to the Junior Championship Replay involving Dromid and Churchill the Division 3 game between Dromid and St Marys and the Division 4 game between Ballylongford and Churchill have been postponed.

The Division 3 Round 1 backgame between Ballymac and St Marys will now be played this weekend.

Junior Football Leagues

Due to Club Championship games and Minor League Finals taking place next weekend, the Junior Football League Round 1 will not go ahead on this Friday (May 9) but will commence with Round 2 on Friday May 16th. Groupings and Fixtures were due to be sent out to clubs this week.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Leagues

With the exception of Division 6A which is at the semi final stage, its finals all the way in the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Leagues. 

Two finals were decided last weekend. Fossa are the Division 4 champions thanks to a 3-9 to 2-7 victory over Tarbert/Moyvane at Strand Road. Two first half goals from David Clifford, both set up by his brother and Man of the Match Paudie, helped Fossa to a 2-7 to 0-5 half time lead and a further goal from Cillian Bellew early in the second half saw the winners go thirteen points clear at the three quarter stage. Goals by Andrew Doherty and Brian Heaphy were not enough for Tarbert/Moyvane.

Castlegregory are the Division 6B champions following their high scoring 6-6 to 2-8 victory over Asdee/Ballylongford at Killeen. Brandon Hoare, scorer of four goals, was the chief marksman for the winners who led by 3-3 to 1-5 at the break. Darren Murphy did pull a goal back for the losers but with Hoare getting a hat-trick of second half goals there was only going to be one winner. John Joe Hussey of Castlegregory was named as Man of the Match.

There are three finals down for decision on this coming Friday evening as follows:
Division 2 - Milltown/Castlemaine play Ballydonoghue
Division 3A - Renard/St Mary's play Rathmore. 
Division 3 B - Annascaul/Lispole play Laune Rangers 
Venues were not available at the time of going to print. 
In Division 6A Skellig Rangers/Valentia are already in the final with Waterville/Dromid playing St Michaels/Foilemore in the semi final in Waterville on this Thursday May 8th.

There are two finals scheduled for Wednesday May 14th:
The Division 1 final between Dr Crokes and Dingle and the Division 5 final between Glenflesk and Knock/Brosna with venues yet to be decided in both cases.

Minor Player Burnout

The issue of Minor Player burnout is being debated at the moment. Any changes or decisions at national level can only be made based on facts that affect both club/school and county. In relation to this all clubs have been asked to complete a short survey based on their club's participation in the various club championships over the past three weekends. If Clubs have not replied - please do so immediately to eostullig@eircom.net

County Committee Meeting
The May meeting of the County Committee will be held in Fitzgerald Stadium,Killarney on Monday evening next, May 12th. One of the items on the agenda is the appointment of a Junior Football Manager. Kerry are away to the winners of the Clare/Waterford tie on June 21st/22nd. 

Kerry GAA Cúl Camps 2014

The 2014 Kerry G.A.A Cúl Camps are fast approaching and the Kerry Coaching and Games Development Committee would like to thank all clubs for their support to date. Application forms have been delivered to all primary schools and parents can register either online at www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie or by posting the application forms to Austin Stack Park. Application forms are available from your club.

Strict guidelines have been issued by Croke Park in respect of Summer Camps organised by individual clubs and clubs should familiarise themselves with these guidelines in particular the condition that such activity is not covered under the GAA Public Insurance Liability or the GAA Player Injury Scheme, unless the Summer Camp has the approval of the Kerry County Committee.

All Ireland Senior Football Championship Launch

Plans are being put together to mark the launch of the All Ireland Senior Football Championship consisting of an Open Evening with the Kerry Senior Football Team in Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney on a date next week yet to be decided.

Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship Launch

The Garveys Supervalu County Senior Football Championship launch will take place on Monday 19th May at 3.30pm in The Skellig Hotel, Dingle. Further details later.

Dates for the Diary – May
May 10th/11th – Christy Ring Cup Round 2, Senior Football League Round 4, Club Championship Quarter finals, Minor League Finals.

May 17th/18th – Christy Ring Quarter Finals, Senior Football League Round 4, 

May 24th/25th – Christy Ring Semi finals, Club Championship semi finals

June 1st – Senior Football Championship Round 1.

Launch of Kerry Group Sweepstake 

On Friday 6th June the Kerry GAA "Night of Champions" will take place at the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium, Tralee. One of the main fundraising events of Kerry County Committee, this event has been an outstanding success in the past.

One of the Live Races featured on RTE TV during The Boyle Sports Kerry Night of Champions will be the Kerry GAA Club Sweepstake Final sponsored by Kerry Group. 

The Launch for this Sweep Stake took place during half time in Kerry’s Christy Ring Cup game with Derry on Saturday last. 

The Chairman of The County Committee Patrick O'Sullivan launched the sweep. Also in attendance were Ger Galvin Vice Chairman of Kerry County Committee, Declan Dowling from the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium, JP Hussey Chairman of The organising committee, Eamon Fitzmaurice Manager of The Kerry Senior Team, Aidan O'Mahony and James Walsh from Kerry Senior Football Squad, John Lucid, Liam Boyle & Paul McGrath from The Kerry Senior Hurling Squad and other members of the hard working organising committee. James Walsh also represented his Club Knocknagoshel who won the Inaugural Club Sweep last year. 

The Kerry Group Sweep Stake will have a prize in excess of €5,000 with the heats being held over the previous 3 Saturday nights. All Kerry GAA Clubs are involved and each will be teamed with a dog.

The first heats will take place on the 10th May and the draw pairing clubs and dogs will take place on Wednesday 7th May. The final will take place on 6th June at The Kerry Night of Champions.

Glenflesk GAA Club attempt World Record

On Sunday next, Glenflesk GAA Club will attempt to enter the Guinness Book of Records by having more than 2,000 people walking 1km in a pair of wellington boots. The walk, led out by country star Nathan Carter, will commence at the INEC at 12 noon.