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PRO Weekly GAA Scene October 9th 2014 2014-10-09 20:58:00

PRO Weekly GAA Scene October 9th 2014

Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship semi finalists are known

Following a hectic weekend of action in the Garveys Supervalu senior football championship Shannon Rangers, Dingle, Mid Kerry and Austin Stacks have made it through to the semi finals on Sunday next.

There is no doubt that Shannon Rangers have proved to be the surprise packet of this year’s championship. Few took any notice of their earlier victories over Kilcummin and St Michaels Foilmore as South Kerry were expected to put an end to whatever renaissance the North Kerrymen would have planned. Rangers did not read the script at Austin Stack Park however and with Paul Kennelly giving an outstanding performance of score taking from both play and frees (3-11 to 1-9), they cruised into their first semi final since 1983 a year when they were defeated by eventual winners Killarney in an eight goal thriller. Kennelly, a Kerry Junior this year, was class personified as he led the South Kerry defence a merry dance and their defence was very well marshalled by Shane Enright from his full back position. Playing a nice brand of football, there is no doubt but the North Kerrymen are back on the big stage and a very welcome return it is too. South Kerry were a disappointment on the day and no doubt, the injured Declan O’Sullivan was a loss they just could not recover from on the day.

The meeting of Dingle and Killarney Legion in the second game at Austin Stack Park was one that many observers were looking forward to. Dingle had many of the stars who shone brightly on All Ireland final day at both senior and minor level while the question on everyone’s lips was could Legion carry the good form they displayed when dethroning Dr Crokes into the remainder of the championship. It was not a great game of football – there were far too many basic mistakes for that to be – but it did keep the spectator interest right to the end, and what an end we had! The Legion camp will of course maintain that they should have held on to that infamous two point lead and of course they would be right. Dingle had run out of ideas and the Killarney side were running down the clock for the last five. Dingle, on the other hand, could point to the fact that they dominated possession for long periods of the game and were it not for some very poor shooting then they never would have found themselves in such a precarious position. Either way, Legion got turned over late in the 63rd minute and for once they were found threadbare at the back as a host of Dingle players took off in search of a goal which they got at the second attempt with at least three players almost getting in each other’s way to stab the rebound from Paul Geaney’s initial shot home. It finished in Austin Stack Park 2-9 to 2-8.

Mid Kerry, many people’s fancy to lift the Bishop Moynihan Cup this year, were very efficient as they disposed of neighbours Laune Rangers in Fitzgerald Stadium (2-14 to 1-9) on Sunday. With Peter Crowley operating in the half forward line for Rangers, the Mid Kerry forwards enjoyed the freedom of the pitch in the opening quarter kicking seven points without reply and it was only after Crowley was moved back to shore up the defence that Rangers began to penetrate themselves. Though scores were at a premium during the second half, Mid Kerry continued to force the pace with Donnchadh Walsh in particular delighting the crowd with some subline scores and there was no doubt but the winners were full value for their eight points victory.

The second game on the card at the Stadium – the meeting of Austin Stacks and West Kerry – was probably the most disappointing of the weekend. Stacks dominated from start to finish with Shane Carroll faultless from placed balls from all angles and West Kerry were certainly flattered by the final score of 0-14 to 0-7. Stacks scored seven unanswered points to go 9 points to 2 ahead at the break and in the second half they were quite content to hold that advantage no matter what against a side that never looked like closing the gap not to mind winning the game. Certainly the Tralee side will have to improve if they are to be considered as county champions and taking over the mantle of the other balck and amber side who dominated the championship for so long.

Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship semi finals take centre stage this weekend
The draw for the semi finals of the Garveys Supervalu senior football championship made on Monday last by Jim McCarthy representing sponsors Garveys, and Patrick O’Sullivan Chairman of the County Committee, resulted in the two club teams and the two Divisional teams being paired with each other.

The fixtures will see Austin Stacks take on Dingle at 2pm and Mid Kerry take on Shannon Rangers in the second game at 3:45pm. Both games are fixed for Austin Stack Park and no doubt, with football fever still high in the county following the heroics by the Minors and Seniors in Croke Park, a big crowd will be expected at the Tralee venue.

Austin Stacks are many people’s favourites to advance to the final but if Dingle get their shooting sorted by Sunday then this game has all the ingredients of one that could go right down to the wire. The second semi final is likely to be no less intriguing. It is probably fair to say that Shannon Rangers and Mid Kerry have been the two most impressive sides in the championship thus far and with a fine sprinkling of county players on view, no doubt but patrons will have a treat in store.

Garveys Supervalu Senior County Championship Relegation Playoff

The draw for the Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship Relegation Playoff sees Kilcummin play Kerins O'Rahillys on Sunday 19th October in Castleisland (2pm) with the losers playing Currow in the relegation decider.

Spa and Ardfert to meet in the Castleisland Mart Intermediate Football Championship Final.
Spa and Ardfert will meet in the final of the Castleisland Mart Intermediate Football Championship following semi final victories over Glenflesk and Castleisland Desmonds respectively last weekend.

Spa, without the injured duo of Niall O’Mahony and Michael O’Donoghue, were still too good for their neighbours Glenflesk at Fitzgerald Stadium winning by a four goal margin on a 4-13 to 0-13 scoreline. Some astute substitutions, that yielded three goals for the winners was the main talking point from a game that saw youth get its fling with a number of minor players fielding on both sides and Kerry minor captain, Liam Kearney gave a very impressive display for the winners.

In the other semi final in Austin Stack Park, Ardfert had a five points victory over Desmonds. A goal by Shane Griffin at the end of the first quarter gave the winners the impetus to go 1-7 to 0-4 ahead at the break and though Desmonds brought it back to a two point game eleven minutes into the new half, Ardfert soon put daylight between the sides to win on a score of 1-12 to 0-10.
The final will go ahead on Sunday 19th October at Fitzgerald Stadium (2pm) as part of a double header with the senior Club Championship final between Killarney Legion and Dr Crokes.

Castleisland Mart Senior Club Championship

The defeat of Legion in the senior football championship last weekend paves the way for the much anticipated rematch between themselves and Dr Crokes in the Castleisland Mart Senior Football Championship final. With the possibility of either of the two Divisional sides left in the competition winning the county championship, then the Club championship takes on an even greater significance as participation in the Munster Club championship on November 2nd could very well be at stake. The club final is fixed for November 19th in Fitzgerald Stadium (3:45) and will form part of an attractive double header with the intermediate final between Spa and Ardfert.

Castleisland Mart Novice Football Championship semi finals

The Castleisland Mart Novice Football Championship semi finals featuring St Senans V Listry (2:00) and Lispole v Knocknagoshel (3:45) will be played on Sunday October 19th as a double header in Austin Stack Park.

Acorn Life Under 21 Club Semi Final Draw

The draw for the Acorn Life Under 21 Club semi finals sees An Ghaeltacht play Templenoe in Milltown and Dr Crokes play Rathmore in Glenflesk on this Saturday with throw in for both games at 3pm.