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PRO GAA Scene June 18th 2014 2014-06-18 11:14:00

Kerry open their Championship campaign in Ennis

Kerry finally get to see action in the championship when they travel to Ennis  on Sunday to take on Clare in the semi final of the Munster Championship with  a 3:30pm throw in time.

After an eleven week break from intercounty action, the players are very much raring to get competitive action under their belts as a recent challenge against Meath is all they have had in preparation apart from in-house training matches.

Kerry are going through a pretty rough patch at present on the injury front with the likes of James O’Donoghue and  Kieran Donaghy (shoulders) and Johnny Buckley (ankle) having been ruled out of Sunday’s game, but other injury doubtfuls, David Moran, Marc Ó Sé, Daithí Casey and Alan Fitzgerald  should all be fit for the Munster Championship opener.

It will be strange indeed to see the Kerry team, which was due to be named on Tuesday evening, line out without stalwarts such as  Tomás Ó Sé, Eoin Brosnan and of course no Paul Galvin in the number 10 jersey, not to mention Colm Cooper, Kieran Donaghy and  James O’Donoghue who are on the injured list. Still time waits for no man, and there are chances aplenty for the up and coming younger players to stake a claim for a place on the team.

The winners of Sunday’s game will play Cork or Tipperary in the Munster Final on July 6th.

Kerry Juniors play Clare

Kerry Juniors will play Clare in the Munster Junior football semi final in Ennis on Sunday next at 1:30pm. Kerry Juniors are trained by Stephen Wallace of Ardfert and his selectors are Denis “Shine” O’Sullivan (Dromid Pearses), Fergus Clifford (Listry), and Timmy O’Sullivan (Kerins O’Rahillys). Challenge matches have been the order of the day for the Junior set up in the lead up to Sunday’s game.

Tickets Arrangements for Sunday

 There is a general admission fee of €15 for Sunday’s Munster Championship semi final with Under 16s admitted free. Students and OAPs receive concession of €5 at the stile with Valid ID.

Tickets will be available to purchase from County Board Office during normal opening hours 11.30am to 5.30pm, Kerry GAA Store in Killarney and participating Centra and SuperValu stores around the County from Tuesday 17th June.

All members of the 2013-2017 Ticket Purchase Scheme who have applied for tickets may collect same during normal opening hours 11.30am-5.30pm.

Senior Football Championship Round 3 Draw

The Draw for Round 3 of the Garveys Supervalu County Senior Football Championship was made on Radio Kerry on Sunday last in the presence of Jim Garvey representing competition sponsors Garveys Supervalu and Ger Galvin, Vice Chairman of the Kerry County Committee.

One of the main talking points following the draw was the pairing of four in-a-row county champions, Dr Crokes, against their Killarney rivals Legion who are top of the County League Division 2 table. Last year’s beaten finalists, Austin Stacks have drawn Rathmore who of course ended the fine unbeaten record of Dr Crokes in Round 1. Divisional sides, Shannon Rangers and South Kerry have drawn club sides in St Michaels-Foilmore and Milltown-Castlemaine respectively while Dingle must wait on the result of the Round 2 game between Currow and St Brendans. The meeting of Feale Rangers and Mid Kerry will attract plenty of attention while Laune Rangers have hit tough opposition in East Kerry. The winners of the West Kerry V Kilcummin Round 2 replay have a bye to Round 3.

Extra time will apply where necessary in all Round 2 and Round 3 games.

Round 2

Saturday June 28th; Currow V St Brendans, Currow, 7pm

Saturday July 12th; Kilcummin V West Kerry (Replay), Kilcummin 7pm (Provisional)

Round 3 Fixtures are as follows:

Saturday July 12th

South Kerry V  Milltown/Castlemaine, Caherciveen, 7pm

If Currow V Dingle in Currow at 7pm

If St Brendans V Dingle in Austin Stack Pk, 6pm

Austin Stacks V Rathmore, Austin Stack Pk, 7:30pm

Sunday July 13th

Shannon Rangers V St Michaels/Foilmore, Ballylongford, 2pm

Feale RangersV Mid Kerry, Ballylongford, 3:30pm

Laune Rangers            V East Kerry, Killorglin, 3pm

Dr Crokes V Killarney Legion, Lewis Rd, 6:30pm

Senior Football Championship Review Sub Committee Report

The senior football championship review sub-committee, under the chairmanship of Tony O’Keeffe, will present their report to the next meeting of the County Committee and that next meeting has been put back one week to Monday June 30th to facilitate the presentation of that eagerly awaited report.

There will be no vote taken on the night as it is planned that the committee will also present their report to the chairmen and secretaries of the Clubs on the week after the County Committee meeting and then, final decisions and recommendations will be put to Clubs at the August County Committee meeting where they will be voted on.

The review committee’s brief was as follows:

•          To examine the effectiveness and appeal of County Senior Championship in its current format.

•          To review standard, quality, timing, and entry/exit process of County Championship

•          To examine the impact of clubs and group teams participating in the championship on the overall fixture programme for Ciarraí.

•          To examine the impact of other club championships including Intermediate and Senior Club Championships. 

•          To look at any other areas that the committee deem relevant.

The other members of the committee are as follows; Mike Murphy, Eamonn Whelan, Mike Piggott, Brian Hickey, Dara Ó Cinneíde and Mike Sayers.

Castleisland Mart Intermediate Club Championship

The two outstanding quarter final ties, and the quarter final replay  in the Castleisland Mart  Intermediate championship have been fixed as follows:

Ardfert                                    v          John Mitchels              Sat June 21 @ 7pm

Glenflesk                     v          Finuge                         Sat June 28 @ 7pm

Spa                              v          Emmets                       Sat July 19 @ 7pm

Desmonds are already through to the semi-finals.

Credit Union Senior Football League

The Credit Union Senior Football League reached the halfway stage last weekend with the playing of Round 6.

The top of the table Division 1 clash in Strand Rd turned into a rout as a very depleted Kerins O’Rahillys side were put to the sword by Dr Crokes who now go top on their own on 10 points followed by O’Rahillys and Austin Stacks, who had a good win in Dingle, on 8 points. Austin Stacks also have a game in hand against Rathmore. At the bottom, Currow, Emmets and Rathmore are on 2 points.

Killarney Legion continue their unbeaten run in Division 2 following victory over Tarbert while two sides who were promoted last year, Desmonds and Glenbeigh-Glencar share second place on 10 points. At the bottom, St Pats are pointless while Laune Rangers are on 2 points with Skellig Rangers, John Mitchels and Gneeveguilla on 4 points.

In Division 3, Templenoe, with 9 points, leapfrog St Marys following their victory over Keel coupled with the Caherciveen side’s defeat in Brosna, St Marys are joined by Glenflesk and and Annascaul on 8 points. At the bottom, Ballymacelligott and Scartaglen (with a game in hand) are on 2 points, An Ghaeltacht are on 3 points and Lispole and Brosna (with a game in hand) are on 5 points.

In Division 4, Na Gaeil,  leaders on 12 points, received a walk over from Ballyduff while Beale on 10 points, Castlegregory and Beaufort on 8 points, all recorded big victories. At the other end of the table, Ballyduff are pointless, while Ballylongford and Knocknagoshel are on 2 points each.

Dr Crokes stay top of Division 5 on 10 points following a high scoring draw with Ballydonoghue who are joined in second place on 9 points by Renard and Sneem/Derrynane.

Round 7 of the Credit Union Senior Football League will be played on the weekend of June 29th.

A number of back games, and Round 7 games affected by Senior and Intermediate football fixtures, were refixed by the CCC at their meeting on Monday night.

Credit Union Junior Football Leagues

The Junior Football Leagues continue every Friday evening. Not many games were played last week due mainly to the fact that some clubs have a number of outstanding back games.

Secretaries can view the league tables under the Results in the Kerry GAA Website and  should contact Christy Kileen if they have any queries on the tables or outstanding fixtures.

The playoff arrangements are as follows: The top team qualifies for the final while teams that finish 2nd and 3rd play in a semi-final, with the 2nd placed team having home venue, however, in exceptional circumstances, i.e. where a very long journey is involved, the CCC may decide on a neutral venue for semi final.

Where teams finish level on points the following will apply to decide play-off placing:

(a)        Number of games played (team with most games played receive higher placing.

(b)        Where two teams have the same number of points the result of the game will decide

(c)        Scoring difference and (d)      Play-off

 Extra-Time will apply in all semi-finals and finals.

Acorn Life County Under 21 Championship 

The Draw for the Acorn Life sponsored County Under 21 Football Championship was made at Monday night’s CCC meeting and resulted in the following pairings:

St Kierans                    V          Dr Crokes                    (Knocknagoshel)

Austin Stacks               V          Dingle                          (Connolly Pk)

St Brendans                 V          Kerins O’Rahillys         (Ardfert)

South Kerry                 V          East Kerry                    (Caherciveen)

Feale Rangers             V          Mid Kerry                    (Mountcoal)

Kenmare District         V          West Kerry                  (Kenmare)

Laune Rangers                        V          Shannon Rangers        (Killorglin)

Kilcummin/RathmoreV          An Ghaeltacht             (Kilcummin)

Round 1 games, with one exception, will be played on Wednesday June 25th at 7:30pm. The St Brendans V Kerins O’Rahillys game will be played on July 2nd as will the losers Round from the other 1st Round games. Extra Time applies in all games where necessary.

Kerry GAA Supporters Club

The Kerry Supporters Club will take a bus to Ennis on next Sunday for the Kerry/Clare Championship match. The bus times are as follows: Farranfore 9.30; Tralee 10 o’clock; Listowel 10.30. Booking from the usual sources and all seats must be booked no later than Thursday.

The following are the winners of the monthly Kerry Supporters Club members draw: April winner was P.J. Shanahan, Ardfert, €50; May winner was Martha Brosnan, Bunagarha, Listowel, €50. Join the Kerry Supporters club and be in with the chance to win every month. Membership costs €10.


Our sympathy to former Kerry footballer Paudie O’Mahony and family on the sudden death of his sister Noreen during the week – ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam.

Hurling News with Tommy O’Connor of the P.R. & Marketing Committee

Credit Union Senior Hurling Leagues

Division 1 of the Credit Union County Senior Hurling League resumed last week with 3 games played. St. Brendan’s lead the table with 5 points from 3 games followed by Causeway and Ballyduff in joint second place with 4 points. Results were:  Lixnaw 2-14 St Brendan's 2-14; Abbeydorney 0-10 Ballyduff 0-18; Kilmoyley 3 - 11 Causeway 1 - 14;

Fixtures for this Saturday (7:30) are:  Kilmoyley  v Abbeydorney; Ballyduff  v  Ballyheigue; Crotta O`Neill's  v  Lixnaw; St Brendan's v  Causeway (Sunday at 5:30).

 Division 3 got underway last week with Austin Stacks and Kenmare playing a draw, 2-9 each and  Crotta O`Neill's had a 6-13 to 0-4 win over Duagh.  On this Wednesday, 18th June at 7.30p.m. Kenmare are at home to Duagh and St. Patrick's (East Kerry) entertain Austin Stacks. Crotta have a bye.

West Munster League gets underway

The West Munster senior hurling also gets underway this Wednesday.  7 Kerry teams are taking part.  Abbeydorney have opted out and are replaced by Ballybrown [Limerick]. Fixtures are available through the clubs. The Ballyheigue versus Crotta O’Neill’s game will double up as a West Munster League and County hurling league fixture.

Garveys Supervalu  Senior Hurling  Championship

The draw for the Garvey’s Supervalu 2014 Kerry County Senior Hurling Championship will be made at Garvey’s Supervalu, Rock Street, Tralee on this Monday, 23rd June at 6.00p.m. Round 1 of the senior championship will go ahead on the weekend of July 19/20.


Féile na nGael

Best of luck to the Kerry teams competing in the Bus Éireann National Under 14 Féíle na nGael competitions this weekend.  Abbeydorney will compete in Division 2 and will be hosted by the St. John’s Club in Belfast. Crotta O’Neill’s will play in Division 5 and will be hosted by the St. Fechin’s Club in Termonfeckin, Co.  Louth.  Brian Lonergan from Tralee Parnell’s will compete in the Under 14 Féile Skills competition.


Tralee Parnell’s coaching programme for under 6 to 16 continues at the Caherslee G.A.A. grounds every Friday from 7.00p.m. – 8.00p.m.

Ardfert National School will link up with St, Brendan’s Hurling Club and Ardfert Football Club for a Night at the Dogs in the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium on this Saturday, 21st June.

Hurling Cúl Camps

The 2014 Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps for Hurling & Camogie in Kerry get underway on Monday week, 30th June at Causeway & Lixnaw (30 June – 4 July); Other camps will take place at 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.