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PRO Weekly GAA Scene 22nd April 2014-04-22 13:41:00

Garveys Supervalu Senior County Football Championship Fixtures confirmed

Fixtures for the Garveys Supervalu Senior County Football Championship were made by the county CCC last week. With the exception of the Milltown -Castlemaine v West Kerry tie, which has been brought forward a week to facilitate Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta, all games will be played over the June Bank Holiday weekend. The full list of fixtures is as follows:

Sunday May 25th 2:30pm
Milltown/Castlemaine v West Kerry In Milltown
Friday May 30th (Date and Time TBC)
East Kerry v Killarney Legion In Fitzgerald Stadium

Saturday May 31st 6:30pm
Dingle v Kenmare District in Dingle
Laune Rangers v St.Brendans In Killorglin
Currow v St. Michael's Foilmore In Currow

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

Castleisland Mart Club Championships

The dream of a Croke Park date in the Spring of next year started for some clubs and indeed ended for others when the Castleisland Mart Club Championships got underway last weekend.

In the Senior Club Championship, Currow’s debut in the competition was unsuccessful in Kilcummin where some fine saves by Shane Murphy and six points from the boot of Jamie O’Sullivan saw the homeside through to the next round and an away meeting with Rathmore.
There was tremendous excitement in the Intermediate Club Championship where all three games went to extra time. Desmonds, who are going well this year, had the minimum to spare at home to Waterville in a high scoring game, John Mitchels eventually got the better of Skellig Rangers by four points and Glenflesk came back from the death both at the end of normal time and again at the end of extra time to force a replay with Annascaul.

In the Junior Championship, last year’s Novice winners, Templenoe caused something of a shock by defeating St Pats, while both Churchill and Scartaglen had a bit to spare against Ballymac and Ballyduff respectively.

Fixtures Continue this weekend in Club Championships

With all Kerry players back on terra-firma, the Club Championships continue this coming weekend with plenty of action in all grades.

In the Senior Club Championship, Dr Crokes put their title on the line when they travel to Killorglin to take on Laune Rangers in a Round 2 fixture, Austin Stacks, unbeaten in the League, entertain Milltown-Castlemaine for the right to meet Dingle in Round 2, while the winners of the St Michaels-Foilmore and Killarney Legion tie will have home venue against Kerins O’Rahillys in Round 2

There are five games down for decision in the Intermediate Championship with last year’s Junior champions, Keel, travelling to Listowel to take on Emmets. Two sides who have tasted All Ireland Club glory will meet in Ardfert where the locals take on St Marys, while two more sides who have All Ireland Club final experience Kenmare and Finuge, meet in Kenmare. Gneeveguilla have home venue against An Ghaeltacht and the final game, Castlegregory and Spa, was put back from last weekend due to Alan Fitzgerald’s involvement with Kerry. Looking through those pairings, seven of those Clubs have been involved in All Ireland Club Finals in Croke Park.

The Junior Club Championship is one that has ultimately been very good to Kerry on All Ireland Club Final day and no doubt Glenbeigh-Glencar, who entertain Tuosist, will start out as many peoples favourites to win the Kerry championship. Tarbert and Brosna meet in a North Kerry derby, two Division 4 sides, Firies and Beaufort clash in Farranfore, Cordal play Duagh and the visit of Dromid Pearses to Kileen to take on Na Gaeil should bring a few interested spectators to check on the current form of Kerry’s Declan O’Sullivan.

In the Novice Championship, Fossa play Renard, Asdee and Knocknagoshel meet in a North Kerry derby and Sneem/Derrynane entertain Cromane.

Castleisland Mart Club Championships – Second Round Draw

The Draws for the second Round of the Castleisland Mart Club Championships at Intermediate, Junior and Novice level were made on Radio Kerry on Sunday afternoon by Gerard Carmody, Secretary of competition sponsors, Castleisland Mart, and John O’Leary PRO Kerry County Committee.

Castleisland Mart Senior Club Championship
 (Draw already made)
Dingle V Austin Stacks or Miltown/C’maine
St Mls/F’more or Legion V Kerins O’Rahillys
Laune Rangers V Dr Crokes 
Rathmore V Kilcummin

Castleisland Mart Intermediate Club Championship
Desmonds V Gneeveguilla or An Ghaeltacht
Glenflesk or Annascaul V Kenmare or Finuge
Emmets or Keel V Castlegregory or Spa
Ardfert or St Marys V John Mitchels

Castleisland Mart Junior Championship
Firies or Beaufort V Glenbeigh/Glencar or Tuosist
Churchill V Na Gaeil or Dromid Pearses
Cordal or Duagh V Scartaglen
Tarbert or Brosna V Templenoe

Castleisland Mart Novice Championship

Asdee or Knocknagoshel V Fossa or Renard
St Senans V Ballylongford
Lispole V Beale
Sneem/Derrynane or Cromane V Listry 

Fixtures Schedule
The remaining Round 1 Games will be played next weekend 26th/27th April
Round 2 games will be played on the weekend of 3rd/4th May (Exception - Note if Kerry Minor Football game v Tipperary is confirmed for May 7 – some club games involving Kerry Minors may be switched to Weekend May 10th / 11th with corresponding SFL Rd 4 games being brought forward to May 3rd/4th)

Extra Time if necessary and 1st named teams have home venue
Kerry Minor Footballers over the first hurdle of Championship Campaign
Jack O’Connor’s Kerry Minor squad began their Munster championship campaign on Wednesday evening of last week when they had a comprehensive victory over Clare in Ennis (2-16 to 0-7). The Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne contingent showed no ill effects from their Hogan Cup exertions and knitted in well to the team despite their absence from a lot of the squad preparations. Kerry will now play Tipperary in Thurles with May 7th looking the likely date at this point in time. This game is of course a semi final with the losers going out of the competition. On the other side of the draw, Cork await the winners of the round robin games.
Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Leagues at Semi-final stage
Following the final round of games on Friday evening last, the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football League semi finalists are now known. The Division 5 finalists are already known. In some cases, where teams finished level on points, the head to head result and scoring difference came into play.

Divisions with 6 teams will have semi- finals with 1 v 4 and 2 v 3, first and second teams having home venue, and in Divisions with 5 or less the top team goes straight to the final while 2nd and 3rd teams play in a semi final. All semi finals and one final will be played on this coming Friday evening at 6:30pm.

The following is the up to date situation across the Divisions:

Division 1: Dingle and Dr Crokes are through to the semi finals, Kerins O’Rahillys and Spa are on 4 points and An Ghaeltacht are on 3 points. There was an important back game due to be played on Tuesday evening between Kerin's O’Rahillys and An Ghaeltacht to decide who goes through to the semi –finals with Dingle and Dr Crokes.

Division 2: Firies play Milltown-Castlemaine in Farranfore and Churchill play Ballydonoghue in Churchill in the semi finals.

Division 3A: There were three teams on 6 points and two on 5 points in this Division and scoring difference had to come into play to decide the final placings. Renard/St Marys will play Gneeveguilla in Caherciveen and Keel/Listry will play Rathmore in Listry

Division 3B: Beaufort will play Annascaul/Lispole in Beaufort and Laune Rangers play Desmonds in Killorglin in the semi finals

Division 4: Fossa play Na Gaeil in Fossa and Ballymacelligott are at home to Moyvane/Tarbert in the semi-finals.

Division 5: Glenflesk will play Knock/Brosna in the final on this coming Friday evening after St Pats conceded their semi -final to Knock/Brosna last weekend.

Division 6A: Skellig Rangers/Valentia are in the final with Waterville/Dromid playing St Michaels/Foilemore in the semi final in Waterville. Some teams found it difficult to field in this Division and there was a nice gesture by Waterville/Dromid who conceded home venue in one of their games to give their opponents a better chance of fielding.

Division 6B: Castlegregory are in the final and Asdee/Ballylongford will play Beale in the semi final in Ballylongford.

All Ireland Scór Finals

Four Kerry Clubs will be bidding for All Ireland Scór titles when the finals get underway in The Travellers Friend Hotel in Castlebar on Saturday evening next.

First up at 12 noon will be the Churchill Question Time team of Mike Gaynor, Paul Culloty, Alex O’Donnell and John Flaherty who will pit their skills against representatives from the other thirty one counties under the new revised format of 100 questions on various topics ranging from GAA to History to General Knowledge etc. Having previously been unsuccessful in this category back in 1970 Churchill will be striving to turn the tables this time around.

Glenflesk Figure Dancers are no strangers to All Ireland Scór finals having danced in a number of All Ireland Senior Figure Dancing discplines down through the years without success; so hopefully this can be the year that will change all that and land that elusive National Title. They will be represented by sisters Joanne, Máiread and Norita Cashman, sisters Lisa and Marie Cronin, Clíona Creedon, Roisín Kelliher and Áine O’Sullivan.

Spa’s Ray O’Sullivan is attempting to become the first Kerry winner of the Recitation event. Spa of course have a long history in Scór competition at this level having been previously successful in Solo Singing, Figure and Set Dancing. Ray was pipped at the post in 2010 for All Ireland honours and has left no stone unturned on this occasion to land the top prize.
Meanwhile, Kilcummin Set Dancers of David O’Riordan, Timmy Leane, Colin O’Riordan, Niall Crowley, Marguerite O’Connor, Marie Sheehan and sisters Margaret and Noreen O’Sullivan will be trying to emulate previous Kerry winners Glenflesk and Spa by winning the Set Dancing event. An interesting aside to the set dancing is that Kilcummin’s Marguerite O’Connor will be competing against her sister Tara who dances with Leinster champions, The Downs of Westmeath where she resides. 
We wish all contestants the best of luck in Castlebar.