Time to get up and support our boys

Last Saturday evening I decided to head along to the LIT Gaelic Grounds in Limerick to see what a battle of the neighbours looks like as an “outsider” so to speak.

Arriving early, there was already that usual feel of a GAA occasion as Mayo and Galway fans streamed into the Mackey Stand with those late ushered towards the open stand which didn’t look as inviting with the grey skies but as it turned out, no one was drowned as the rain never went past mist level.

The first game up was a very entertaining Connacht Senior Ladies Final Replay in which Galway took the honours before the hour and a half delay took place ahead of the 7pm throw in with late comers all looking for the elusive seat.

Soon it was time for the action as both sets of fans welcomed their teams into the arena. Galway received a generous applause from their fans before the roof was almost taken off the stand upon Mayo’s arrival.

And it stayed that way for most of the 70 minutes to follow only to be raising a little higher upon the arrival of Lee Keegan to the pitch and upon the final whistle.

It was both amazing and frightening in equal measure as their passion completely drowned out the considerable Galway support. In the end when the final whistle went James Horan ensured that his players returned to the dressing rooms without any celebration. Their focus was now on Kerry in Killarney.

Mayo supporters will no doubt travel in big numbers to Killarney on Sunday and it will take some effort from the home support to match what will arrive. Having seen how fanatical they are at first hand, they will roar on their team from the first whistle to the last.

So Kerry fans, no excuses, no sitting at home watching it on telly, no “the day is wet”, or “Parking will be hard to get” just pack up, colour up and head to Killarney early and get behind this largely young Kerry team who will need to hear you on Sunday.

Scartaglin far too good for Na Gaeil as they are crowned champions

The Division 2 U16 County League Final took place in Currans Kerry Centre of Excellence, a very sporting game played in front of a large Scartaglin following.  

Scartaglin have remained unbeaten in the Division so far and got off to a great start scoring 1 – 5 in the opening 11 mins without reply. Scartaglin had a very strong midfield unit with Jane Lawlor and Shauna Tangney showing their dominance throughout the game, with excellent score coming from Emma Kerins and Leah Boyle in the first half to mention a few.  We led at the half time whistle 3-10 to 5 points kicking into the breeze.  The second half started off at a blistering pace with star forwards Leah Boyle and Tara Kerins showing their skills with two further goals and 3 points with no response.  Although Na Gaeil were quiet a young team they hit a purple patch and tested our backs and keeper Bernadette O Mahony but she kept her composure with some fantastic kick outs to get Scartaglin back on track. It must be said a fantastic, solid, stoic performance from Rachel O Sullivan joint captain sealed Scartaglin’s faith on the night. With some exceptional young talent coming from Scartaglin Ladies such as Katie Kerins, Mikaela Buckley and Ellie Mai Walsh its exciting times ahead for the rural club. Scartaglin remain unbeaten with the final score line speaking for itself 7-18 to 2-6.  A special mention of thanks and congratulations to their coaches Pat O Connor, Tom Boyle, Anna Kerins  and Mary Collins.

Team lineout: 1. Berndatte O Mahony, 2. Aoife Walsh, 3. Grainne Walsh, 4.Katie Kerins, 5. Muireann Walsh, 6. Rachel O Sullivan(c), 7. Abbie Mahony, 8. Jane Lawlor, 9. Shauna Tangney, 10. Tara Kerins, 11. Emma Kerins, 12. Caz Summers, 13. Abbie Kelliher, 14. Leah Boyle, 15. Muireann Rahilly, 16. Ellie Mai Walsh, 17. Maire Collins, 18. Mikaela Buckley, 19. Jessica Riordan, 20. Ciara Casey, 21. Mollie Mahony – Joint Captains Rachel O Sullivan, Jane Lawlor

30 years of pride in the Jersey

On Sunday 12th May last Scartaglen Senior Ladies football team were presented with a set of newly designed jerseys celebrating 30 years of ladies football in Scartaglen. The jerseys are sponsored by Tim & Mary Collins, whose three daughters Siobháin, Ellen & Máire play football with Scartaglen.

Amy Dunlea Captain of the Senior Ladies team accepted the jerseys on behalf of the team. The jerseys were deisgned by Gerard Murphy of Murphy’s Sports Castleisland with input from Pat O’Connor, Club Chairperson & the senior team players. Many thanks to Tim & Mary Collins for the sponsorship & wish the senior ladies many successful games wearing these jerseys.

Pulling Power: Kerry fans flock to GAA Store

There was a huge buzz of excitement last Monday when the stars of Kerry GAA were on hand to launch the 2019 range of Kerry GAA Championship attire at their GAA Store in the Outlook Centre in Killarney.

Kerry Stars such as David Clifford, Paul Murphy, James O’Donoghue, Dara Moynihan and Brian Kelly joined their manager Peter Keane for over two hours taking time to sign autograpghs and take pictures.

With the championship opener only around the corner, many fans both young and old were using the occasion to get up close and personal with their favourite players.

The Kerry GAA store is owned by the Kerry County Board and all funds from this store go to the training and facilities for the training of Kerry teams.

Allianz Cumann na mBunscol: Two in a Row for Scartaglin Girls

Scartaglin National School were crowned the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol GAA INTO Mini Sevens Ladies Football County Champions defeating neighbours Kilmurry National School.

These two teams actually met in the Castleisland District Mini Sevens Finals two weeks previously from which Scartaglin emerged victorious and so booked their place in the County finals. Kilmurry as runners up went through a preliminary round of three further games and came out on top, thus ensuring them a place in the finals also. Ten girls’ teams from around the county competed on that final day with some epic encounters taking place over a five hour period.

Kilmurry defeated St Brigid’s Duagh, Baile an Fheirtearaigh/Ceann Trá, Kilgarvan , Faha NS and Gleann na gCoileach othier way to the final.

While Scartaglin dismissed Scoil Eoin, Baloonagh, St. Teresa’s Kilflynn, Gleann na gCoileach Waterville and Faha to meet their fellow district school in the final.

And what a final it was, a repeat of the Castleisland District final between these two neighbouring sides: Kilmurry and Scartaglin. The first half was very evenly contested with only a point separating the sides at the break. Scartaglin: 0-02; Kilmurry: 0-01. Scartaglin tacked on two further points in the second half through their scorer in chief Maggie Riordan and had victoryalmost in their sights.  But Kilmurry were not finished yet. The girls put a great move together which was finished to the net by the impressive Caitlín Griffin to level the game. Kilmurry were awarded a 20 metre in the final seconds of normal time and could have snatched victory but it went agonisingly wide and so the game went to extra time. This would be an up-hill battle for Kilmurry as they unfortunately they lost Amelia Kerin and Áine Walsh to hand injuries and this was a huge blow. On the other hand would Scartaglin tire having already played injury time in the previous game. But Ruby Horgan scored an early goal for them followed by points from Maggie Riordan and the very impressive and tenacious defender Katie Kerins to seal a second Allianz Cumann na mBunscol GAA INTO Mini Sevens title in a row for these hard working Scartaglin girls.

Chairperson of Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Chiarraí Tomás O hAiniféin presented the plaque to Scartaglin joint captains Katie Kerins and Shauna McCarthy. Great credit is due to these two teams from the Castleisland District for serving up such an epic and entertaining final and to their respective managers Joanne Brosnan of Kilmurry and Eileen Fitzpatrick of Scartaglin for the work they do in their schools to promote gaelic football. 

Scartaglin: Charlie O’Keeffe, Tara Kerin, Ruby Horgan, Mollie Mahony, Kate Kerins, Shauna McCarthy, Niamh O’Donnell, Sophie Horgan, Maggie Riordan, Laura McShane. 

Kilmurry: Grace O’Callaghan, Laura O’Donoghue, Caitlín Griffin, Ellie Mai Walsh, Rebecca Murphy, Amelia Kerin, Áine Walsh, Isabelle Brosnan, Derarca O’Connor, Sharon Fitzmaurice.

Allianz Cumann na mBunscol: Scartaglin Girls and Currow Boys victorious in Castleisland District Mini Sevens Finals

The Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Castleisland District Mini Sevens Finals were played in Castleisland Desmonds pitch in glorious sunshine on Thursday March 28th.Ten boys’ teams and eleven girls’ teams participated in this competition with the prize being a place in the county finals for the winners. The games were played in a very sporting manner with high levels of skill on display. The competition was keen throughout the day with all teams doing their utmost to get to the final in the afternoon. 

In the boys’ competition Gaeilscoil Aogáin defeated Kilmurry in the first semi final with Currow faring best against O’Brennan in the other one. The final was a cracking game of football with Currow powering into an early lead scoring three first half goals and a point. Gaelscoil cut the deficit before the interval with a goal from Isac Brosnan. In the 2nd half Gaelscoil Aogáin really got to grips with the game and bravely fought back scoring two goals through Cillian Dennehy and Pat Brosnan. But Currow with great displays from Owen O’Connor, David Healy and Ruairí Brosnan kept their composure and tacked on two points to win by three in the end. Final Score: Currow: 3-03; Gaelscoil Aogáin: 3-00. Allianz Cumann na mBunscol mini sevens co-ordinator Joanne Brosnan presented the plaque to the Currow captain Owen O’Connor.

In the girls’ competition Scartaglin defeated Nohoval in the semi final and Kilmurry were too strong for O’Brennan. Last year’s winners Scartaglin made the better start against Kilmurry in the final scoring 1-02 in the first half with Kilmurry scoring a point. In the 2nd half Kilmurry had most of the play but found it very difficult to penetrate the Scartaglin defence where Tara Keirn and Laura McShane were excellent as was Mollie O’Mahony at midfield. Ellie Mai Walsh and Amelie Kerin played their hearts out for Kilmurry but the stronger Scartaglin side won out in the end. Final score: Scartaglin: 2-03; Kilmurry: 0-03. Mini sevens co-ordinator for Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Joanne Brosnan presented the shield to Scartagiln’s captain Mollie O’Mahony . Both Scartaglin Girls and Currow Boys will now go forward to the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol County Mini Sevens Finals in Austin Stack Park next week.

We extend a big thank you to Joanne Brosnan who co-ordinated the whole competition, to the referees who officiated on the day and to Castleisland Desmonds for the use of their wonderful facilities.

Dermot in search of Hogan Cup medal: Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree for young Dermot Hanifin

There was more than the usual interest from locals at  last weekend’s Hogan Cup All Ireland semi-final. 

In the end Naas CBS proved six-point over Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne and qualified for their first Masita All Ireland Hogan Cup. However don’t all football stories have a Kerry Twist?

Well for eagle-eyed supporters the name Dermot Hanifin certainly had some talking. The towering full forward on the Naas team who chipped in with two points is none other that the son of Castleislands Dermot Hanifin who played for Kerry from 1985-1993 and the grandson of Dermot Hanifin (Senior) who played for Kerry from 1950-1953 winning an All Ireland in 1953 with a win over Armagh in front of a massive crowd of 86,155 fans.

Well we are sure there was no where near that many fans at Mallow last Saturday but one great fan of Dermot’s was – his grandmother Bridget Foley.

Bridget goes to all the games and is no stranger to the GAA with her son Derry Foley regarded as one of the best footballers ever to come out of Tipperary

 No doubt locals will be tuning in this weekend as Dermot and his teammates take on St Michael’s College Enniskillen. 

We wish Dermot the best of luck.

 

Credit Union SFL: Keel and St Pats share the Spoils

Credit Union SFL Division 3 Round 1

 

 

Keel 0-07 St Pats 0-07

 

St Pats kicked off their County League campaign last Sunday afternoon with a draw away to Keel in a match played under windy and torrential shower conditions.

 

Despite the low scores and inclement weather, this game was open, fast and produced some great scores from both sides even when the football wasn’t free-flowing and there were lots of turnovers on both sides.

 

St Pats started the match well and were 2 points up after 3 minutes. It took Keel 2 more minutes before they got on the score sheet through a converted free. There were great defending by our backs often causing the ball to be turned over but in momemts, we gave Keel too much space which was them come into the half as the scores were 4 apiece at the end of the first half.

 

Keel nudged ahead a minute into the second half and we drew level 4 minutes later and then went a point ahead mid-way into the half. The home team replied with 2 straight points of their own as we battled hard and were rewarded with a free which was converted a minute to the end of the match as both sides finished with 7 points.

Galway are next up for Kerry

 

 

Next Sunday 24th an exciting prospect awaits when second and third placed teams in the Division 1 table will face each other in Tuam.

 

A difficult challenge lies ahead as Kerry travel to Galway and face a team that ground out a great win in Iniskeen against Monaghan in the last round. Kerry so far have three wins from three and have had the opportunity to give game time to several debutants and seasoned players.

Kerry are second on the table behind Mayo on scoring difference and ahead of Galway who are on 4 points. The game on Sunday throws in at 2pm and the referee is Joe McQuillan. The game is live on TG4 and on Radio Kerry. Peter Keane will name his team on Friday at 8pm on the Kerry GAA website.

The Kerry GAA Supporters Club are taking a coach to Tuam and thefollowing are the times Farranfore 8am, Tralee 8.30am and Listowel 9am. Remember to buy your tickets early to avail of the €5 discount.

Fionn Fitzgerald admits that Mullinalaghta’s story has really captured the public’s imagination

BY SHANE STAPLETON

The Longford champions had won a hat-trick of county titles but only truly announced themselves to the nation by winning the 2018 AIB Leinster SFC title.
Their provincial final win over Dublin super-club, Kilmacud Crokes, was in some ways seen as a victory for small parishes across the country — showing what can be done in an area of just 450 people.

A look at some winners of recent AIB All-Ireland titles shows an abundance of sides from more heavily-populated areas: Corofin, Ballyboden St Enda’s and St Vincent’s — highlighting the size of their next task.

Dr Croke’s come from another big town, Killarney, and their star-studded side won the AIB All-Ireland title in 2017 with victory over Slaughtneil.
The Kerry men are hoping to be party-poopers at Semple Stadium in this club semi-final, but are certainly not underestimating the underdogs.
County stars James McGivney, Patrick Fox, John Keegan and Donal McElliggott ensure that the Longford men have quality across the field, not to mention new Cavan boss Mickey Graham patrolling the sidelines.

“They have really captured the imagination,” Fitzgerald says at the AIB All-Ireland semi-final media day.
“Their run has taken on a life of its own. They’re a bit like the Slaughtneil story, but they’ve also been knocking on the door for a while.
“They’ve won Longford three times and been in Leinster where they gave St Vincent’s a rattle, but beating a Dublin team was the thing because Dublin have been so successful. They also beat Rhode and Eire Og so they have form.

“They’re from a small area but they have been genuine kingpins in their county, and I was always tracking them..”
Fitzgerald has an exceptional medal haul with both club and county — he lifted the Sam Maguire Cup as co-captain of Kerry in 2014, and was a key man on the Croke’s team that hoisted the Andy Merrigan Cup in 2017.

“It’s been incredible,” says Fitzgerald. “It was a lifetime goal to win an All-Ireland with Kerry and, being honest, you grow up thinking you’ve more of a higher chance of doing it with the county than the club.

“It’s been a dream to do it with Croke’s. We lost to Nemo (in the Munster final) last season and it whetted our appetite to get back and win the county title, and maybe think of an All-Ireland run then in the distance. There’s great excitement about it back home.

“It’s unique too because you win your province and then there’s a very long break either side of Christmas, and you don’t know where you’re at. All-Ireland semi-finals are always very close and we lost three of them before we finally won one. We didn’t perform and the opposition did, and they were the better teams on the day.

“There are no favourites in this one, I don’t buy that tag. You trust the work you have done and hope it’s good enough on the day.”
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