Kerry dominate Meath and the conditions to secure final spot

Donal Barry watched Kerry secure a place in the Division 2A final with a comprehensive second half display at Fitzgerald Stadium in which a little bit of history was made with the introduction on Tralee Parnell’s Tadgh Brick for his senior inter county debut

 

Kerry 3-15                           Meath    0-8

 

A devastating second half display by Fintan O’Connor’s men ensured a 16 point win over a Meath team who failed to score in the second half.

In a game, which was played with snowfall throughout, Kerry managed the conditions much to the better in the second period as both sides struggled to come to terms with them in the opening half.

Indeed it was Meath that finished that period much the better with late points from James Toher and a pointed free from Padraig O’Hanrahan giving the visitors a half point  0-8 to 0-7 lead.

Kerry controlled the opening exchanges and led 0-5 to 0-2 after 18 minutes with Fitzgibbon hero Shane Conway showing great assuredness from placed balls as he hit four with Mikey Boyle chipping in the extra point.

Meath however pulled themselves back into the contest with Jack Regan in particular proving a handful with a brace of points from play.

The second half saw a number of officials on the pitch inspecting the blanket of snow, which was now beginning to settle but the game carried on regardless and it seemed to affect Meath more as Kerry through Shane Conway pushed ahead by the 50th minute (0-10 to 0-8) with a Shane Conway brace and a point from Jordan Conway.

Maybe it was the weather conditions or simply the fact that the Kerry defence had stand out performers in James O’Connor, Paud Costello and Tomas O’Connor but Meath forward force who were sprightly in the open half just simply never showed in the second.

Kerry were 0-13 to 0-8 clear by the time replacement Jordan Brick found the net in 53rd minute and moment later, it was another replacement in Padraig Boyle that added another goal. Kerry were now 2-14 to 0-8 clear and with players playing for place in the upcoming league final anxious to shine it was yet another replacement in Jordan Brick that raised the last green flag.

 

Scorers for Kerry: S Conway 0-8 (6 frees), J Conway 1-3; P Boyle 1-1 (1-0 free); J Brick (1-0), M Boyle (0-2); P Costello (0-1).

Scorers for Meath: P O’Hanrahan (0-5, frees); J Regan (0-2); J Toher (0-1).

KERRY: M Stackpoole; E Leen , J O’Connor, J Buckley; P Costello, J Diggins, T O’Connor; D Collins, M Boyle ; M O’Leary, D Griffin, S Conway; C Harty, F MacKessy, D Goggin.

Subs: P Boyle for D Griffin (44), J Conway for E Leen (48), E Murphy for C Harty (55), J Brick for D Goggin (61), T Brick for S Conway (63).

 

MEATH: C O’Riordan; G Murphy, D Kelly, S Whitty; K Keoghan, J Toher, J Kelly; J McGowan, S Morris; D Healy C McCabe, J Regan ; P O’Hanrahan, C Ó Méalóid, E Ó Donnchadha.

Subs: K Keena for C Ó Méalóid (47), A Douglas for P O Hanrahan (52), M O’Grady for D Regan (60), J O’Sullivan for J McGowan (69).

Referee: C McAllister (Cork)

Late goals scupper hurlers

Kerry 2-17 Westmeath 4-13.

 

By Mike O’Halloran at Austin Stack Park

 

 

With fifty-two minutes on the clock Kerry were six points ahead and looking like they would gather another two points from the lakesiders, they led on a scoreline of Kerry 1-14 to 1-08, three goals scuppered that result.
Kerry had opened brightly with David Griffin pointing within two minutes, Darragh Clinton replied for Westmeath.
Five minutes later Michael Boyle who was operating at full forward pulled a ball from the sky, he was fouled the resultant penalty was struck off the post by his brother Padraig.
Padraig was on target with a shot for a point, Robbie Greville was also on target for Westmeath, Alan Devine put Westmeath ahead by one but then Jordan Conway won a free for Shane Conway to convert.
Padraig Boyle and Shane Conway added one each before Niall Mitchell reduced the margin to one point.
One of the points of the game came from Jack Goulding on twenty six minutes when he ran onto a ball he lifted it in a flash and drove it over on the turn.
Jack had another beauty four minutes earlier followed one from Shane Conway, Alan Devine and Niall Mitchell had a point each for Westmeath.
On twenty seven minutes Michael Boyle had a kicked effort saved but an advantage from the play allowed Shane Conway to point a free.
Kerry added two more points before halftime one from a free and one from Michael O’Leary.
At the end of the half Westmeath managed to manufacture a goal which gave them hope for the second half, halftime score Kerry 0-11 Westmeath 1-06.
At the start of the second half Shane Conway and Killian Doyle swapped points.
Brandon Barrett replaced David Griffin before Niall Mitchell pointed for Westmeath, two minutes later Padraig Boyle slapped the ball in towards Michael he duly grabbed it and smashed it low to the net, 1-12 to 0-08 at this stage.
An injury to Brandon Barrett saw Michael Leane replace him, two more points were added to the Kerry total by Padraig Boyle and Shane Conway putting Kerry six points up.
On fifty six minutes Martin Stackpoole got his hurley to Shane McGovern’s shot but it ended up in the net and so began the Westmeath comeback.
Niall Mitchell and Shane Conway exchanged points before Cormac Boyle batted the ball to the net to level matters.
Shane Conway and Paul Greville kept the scoreboard at stalemate on 1-16 to 3-10, Paul’s brother Robbie put Westmeath ahead when he lobbed Martin Stackpoole who was off his line, Niall Mitchell added another point to leave the score at sixty five minutes Kerry 1-16 Westmeath 4-11.
Michael O’Leary who worked his socks off all day won a free for Shane Conway to drive over another point.
Michael Boyle almost found the net with a low drive from distance, Padraig followed up the shot and put pressure on Paddy Carroll in the Westmeath goal but Paddy got his clearance away.
Kerry did manage a goal on seventy four minutes when Michael Slattery shot was parried Shane Conway got yo the end of it and forced it over the line.
Shane was injured in the process but played on.
Westmeath added two more points one each from Killian Doyle and Cormac Boyle.
I would like to wish Brandon Barrett and Shane Conway on their recovery from injury.
Kerry;
Martin Stackpoole, John Buckley, Bryan Murphy, Eric Leen, Jason Digging, Michael Boyle (1-0), Fionan MacKessey, Tomas O’Connor (Sean Weir) Paud Costello, Michael O’Leary (0-1), David Griffin (0-1)( Brandon Barrett) ( Michael Leane), Padraig Boyle (0-3), Jordan Conway(Michael Slattery) Shane Conway (1-10)Jack Goulding (0-2)

O’Connor only taking one game at a time for the League

 

Kerry hurling manager Fintan O’Connor has dampened down expectations of his Kerry side ahead of their Division 2A league opener away to Antrim next weekend by admitting that the changes in his panel, with a heavy dependency on a lot of “younger fellows” will see them “try and get as many good results as possible and see where it takes us”. He told the Tralee Outlook this week.

Kerry who failed to escape a competitive 2A last season will face home ties with Mayo, Westmeath and Meath along with two away fixtures to Antrim and London must deal with the retirement of veteran Pa Kelly and the absence of Barry O ‘Mahony who has opted to commit to the Kerry Under 20 footballers for the immediate future. Two losses that O’Connor feels will be massive.

“We are 100% broken-hearted to have lost him but that is the nature of it. It was be very unfair to have him coming and going, mixing and matching. It would put him in an impossible position in both” speaking to the loss of O’Mahony while it is Kelly’s leadership that Kerry will miss according to O’Connor “Pa is a massive loss for us, he is a leader. He is good with the younger fellows, he brings them along. We are sad to see him go.”

O’Connor has warned Kerry fans that there is no guarantee of a league final. “We are delighted to have younger fellows coming through, putting their hand up. It still is very much a work in progress. We will get better if the progress continues.

O’Connor feels that it will be the summer before Kerry will have their full team together with “up to 11 players involved at colleges at this time of year. It makes it difficult to get everyone together”.

Kerry Hurler name strong team for Munster opener

Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League (Kerry V Limerick )

The Kerry Hurling Team to play Limerick Austin Stack Park Tralee tonight at 7.30pm is as follows –

1 Martin Stackpoole  Lixnaw  Captain

2 Sean Weir  Crotta O Neills

3 Bryan Murphy  Causeway

4 Eric Leen St Brendans Ardfert

5 Jason Diggins Causeway

6 Mickey Boyle Ballyduff

7 Fionan MacKessy  St Brendans Ardfert

8 Dathi Griffin St Brendans Ardfert

9 Brandon Barrett Causeway

10 Jordan Conway  Crotta O Neills

11 Micheal O Leary Abbeydorney

12 Micheal Leane Ballyheigue

13 Jack Goulding Ballyduff

14 Shane Conway Lixnaw

15 Dan Goggin Causeway

16 John B O Halloran   Kilmoyley

17 Niall  O Mahony Abbeydorney

18 Evan Murphy Causeway

19 Fionan Horgan St Brendans Ardfert

20 Gavin Dooley  Causeway

21 Pa Kelly Clarecastle

22 Micheal Slattery Abbeydorney

23 Daniel O Carroll  Ballyduff

24 Joe McElligott  Kilmoyley

25 Padraig Boyle  Ballyduff

26 Colm Harty  Causeway

Castleisland Native Co-Writes Book on Limerick’s Hurling Year 

Castleisland native Joe Lyons now domiciled in Patrickswell, Co. Limerick has co-written a book on Limerick’s hurling year culminating in their famous All Ireland victory over Galway on August 19th. The title of the book is “At Last” and the genesis of this publication lay in a desire by Joe and his co-author Ciaran Crowe to tell a unique story so that all who contributed to Limerick’s hurling success would receive due recognition. Secondly the authors aim was to trace a myriad of factors that combined to enable Limerick reach its Holy Grail. This is the story of a vision communicated by John Kiely to 36 young men so that team ethic became paramount and enabled them bridge a 45 year gap. It is beautifully written and contains many amazing action photographs of the players on their journey to All Ireland success. Joe who is Principal of Ballybrown National School in Clarina Co. Limerick is a stalwart of Allianz Cumann na mBunscol  activities in his adopted county. He is well known for his publication of “The Green and White” periodical Limerick GAA Youth Magazine which has won Publication of the Year on many occasions at the Annual Cornmarket Allianz Cumann na mBunscol National Awards. He has served as Chairperson of Allianz Cumann na mBunscol in Munster and is currently the PRO of Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Coiste Náisiúnta. This book is a must read not only for hurling fans but all GAA enthusiasts. We congratulate Joe and Ciaran on this wonderful publication.

Lixnaw GAA

Club Lotto: Draw took place at McCarthy’s Bar, Finuge on Monday evening October 22nd.

Numbers Drawn  4,15, 29, 30. Jackpot was €2900  and there was no  winner. €20 winners were as follows:

Jason Keane, Dysert

Eileen Somers, Knockreagh

John Lyons, Finuge

Linda Edwards, Ballyhorgan

J.P. O’Connell, Gortadrislig

Next  draw takes place at Quilter’s West End, Lixnaw on Monday October 29th.

Jackpot €3000

Munster Intermediate Club Championship

History was made at Hermitage Park,  Lixnaw on Sunday last when Lixnaw overcame visitors Cashel King Cormacs in the Munster Club Intermediate Championship quarter final.

In a game played in ideal conditions in the newly refurbished grounds, it was obvious from the beginning that Lixnaw were well up to the the task of matching the Tipperary side.

A Colin Sheehy goal after ten minutes gave Lixnaw a one point lead, which they never relinquished and they finished the first half strongly to finish with  an advantage of five points at the break.

As expected Cashel raised the tempo on the resumption and when they goaled, the deficit was cut to the minimum. But the home side steadied the ship, and with some fine defending and an another star performance from Shane Conway, held out for a famous win, final score 1-16 to 1-13.

Congratulations to team management and all the panel on a magnificent performance. A minutes applause in honour of the late, great Paul Wallace took place before the game.

A presentation was made to the Irish Kidney association in accordance with the wishes of the McElligott family, The Bridge who donated land for the pitch widening, and Tom Bowler was also honoured for his unstinting work and committment to the ground maintenance over many years.

The grounds on the day were in splendid condition, a testament to the work of the development committee. The club wishes to thank all involved with making the occasion an outstanding success, stewards, catering group, programme organisers and land owners who provided parking facilities and ,of course, our brilliant supporters.

Munster Semi Final: The semi final of the Munster Intermediate Club Championship takes place on this Saturday, November 3rd. when Lixnaw play Cork champions, Charleville @ 1.30 pm at Hermitage Park

Kerry All-stars: Congratulations to the five Lixnaw players selected on the Kerry Hurling all-stars for 2018: Martin Stackpoole, Mike Quilter, Darragh Shanahan, Shane McElligott, Shane Conway, who was also named player of the championship.

Annual General Meeting: The club Annaul General Meeting is pencilled in for Friday 30th November at 8.30pm.

Hurling

Pride of place this week goes to the Kerry senior hurling champions, Lixnaw, following their fantastic 1 – 16 to 1 – 13 win over Cashel King Cormac’s (Tipperary) last Sunday, in Round 1 of the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship.

This has earned them a semi-final place in the competition and this game will again be at home in Hermitage Park, Lixnaw where they take on the Cork premier intermediate champions Charleville. The game goes ahead this Saturday, 3 November, when there will be a 1.30p.m. throw in.

In the Munster Junior Hurling Championship quarter-final, Kilgarvan will have an away fixture against the Limerick champions, Tournafulla on Saturday week, 10 November.

Full fixture details at www.munstergaa.ie

County Competitions

The Co. Senior Hurling League, Division 1 Final between Causeway and Ballyduff is scheduled for Causeway on Saturday, 10 November, 4.00p.m. Ballyheigue won the inaugural Co. Intermediate Hurling Plate title last Friday when they had a 4 – 16 to 0 – 9 win over Austin Stacks.

North Kerry update

St. Brendan’s won the Tom Healy Under 15 Hurling Tournament on Friday evening last at Healy Park, Abbeydorney.

On the night, in the semi-finals St. Brendan’s had a 2 – 8 to 2 – 3 win over Crotta while Abbeydorney defeated Ballyheigue by 2 – 1 to 0 – 4. This left the way clear for the 2 finals – in the Shield decider Ballyheigue had a 2 – 8 to 1 – 3 win over Crotta. Their captain was Daniel O’Loughlin while the Player of the Match was Ballyheigue’s Tomás Gaynor.

In the Cup Final, St. Brendan’s had a 3 – 6 to 2 – 4 win over Abbeydorney. Their captain was Christopher Lawlor with Seán Brosnan from St. Brendan’s winning the Player of the Match award.

The overall Player of the Tournament was awarded to Oisín Maunsell (Abbeydorney). The Tournament series was excellently co-ordinated by Mike Leahy and his team at Abbeydorney G.A.A. Club and it was sponsored by the North Kerry Hurling Board.

The North Kerry Intermediate League Final did not go ahead as scheduled on Monday as Ballyheigue conceded the game to Kilmoyley early that morning.The North Kerry Hurling Board Annual Awards function will take place at Ballyroe Heights Hotel on this Friday, 30 Nov.

Coaching

The Tralee Parnell’s Autumn Hurling Academy Week 3 takes place on this Friday, 2 November at the Tralee Sports Complex. It is open to new and current players and a hurley and helmet will be available for new players.

For Under 6 (2012/2013/2014) – indoor training for boys and girls from 6.00 to 6.45pm.; Under 8 (2010/2011) – indoor training for boys 6.45 to 7.30pm.; Under 10 (2008/2009) – Astro pitch training for boys 6.00 to 7.00pm. Cost is €15 €3 per session.

Details on the Tralee Parnell’s Facebook page.

The club annual awards night will take place on Friday week, 9 November at the Rose Hotel, Tralee.

Congratulations to the Clanmaurice Camogie Club who defeated Crecora (Limerick) by 1 – 11 to 1 – 8 in the Munster Junior Club Championship final at Newcastlewest last Sunday.

Marion Graham, Cathaoirleach, Munster Camogie Council presented the cup to captain, Orla Young and Munster P.R.O. Brid McNamara presented the Player of the Match to Laura Collins.

by Tommy O’Connor

Shane Conway selected as Senior Hurling Player of the Year


The sixth Annual Kerry County Hurling Championship All Star Awards were held in the Abbeydorney G.A.A. Complex, last Friday night and, were once again an outstanding success. The 2018 County Hurling Championship was one, which, produced many twists and turns, and a dramatic finale with Lixnaw’s goalkeeper Martin Stackpoole producing the defining moment with a match winning penalty save in added time in the final. He collected his second award last weekend having been honoured in the very first selection in 2013.

He was one of five Lixnaw players to be included in this year’s team with two of those, Michael Quilter and Shane Mc Elligott being first time recipients. Indeed nine of those included in the fifteen were receiving their first All Stars with one of those being Jordan Conway from Crotta O Neills who had captained his club to County Under 21 Championship success one week previous. Dougie Fitzell in defence and Padraig Boyle in attack received their third award, while, Jack Goulding alongside his Ballyduff colleague in the full forward line added another award to the one he won in 2016, having scored 3-13 from play in just three outings in this year’s campaign. Once again Kilmoyley with six topped the list of awards to bring the club’s total to 26 with 16 players having been honoured since 2013. Having won two Young Player of the Year awards in 2015 and 2017, Shane Conway received this year’s Senior Player of the Year having been selected as the Man of the Match in the Championship final. He was unavoidably absent due to his attendance at the Bord Gais presentations in Dublin where he was being presented with the Player of the Season award for his performances with Kerry in their All Ireland Under 21 success this season. Young Player of the Year Robert Collins is the first Kilmoyley player to receive this particular recognition, and, his selection at wing back, adds two more awards to the Collins household, with his brother Daniel having already won six, which includes the Senior Player of the Year in 2015.John Lucid, a former player with both his club Ballyheigue, and, with Kerry, and, who has continued to contribute enormously to the code in a variety of roles was, once again the special guest. Unfortunately, All Ireland winning captain Jimmy Deenihan was unable to attend, due to a change in the date and the time, having been committed to another speaking engagement in Cork.

However, his message to the event was that, “The love of hurling in Clanmaurice is as deep rooted as in any of the traditional hurling counties in Ireland. There is written evidence to show that hurling was played in North Kerry years before the G.A.A. was founded or a Gaelic football was kicked. The recipients of the awards this evening are a manifestation of a tradition which is special in Irish sport.” Once again, the generosity of the clubs and the sponsors helped to finance an event which continues to be organised and co ordinated in an extremely professional manner by the well known hurling commentator Mike O Halloran. He, along with Timmy Sheehan and Andrew Morrissey compered proceedings on an occasion which was, once again, both a special sporting and social occasion for both the players and their families.

The prize for the best dressed lady was won by Gillian Lucid, Ballyduff, while, a fundraiser for Killahan National School was generously supported. Next year Causeway will, for the first time host the event which has now become both a popular and permanent fixture on Kerry’s sporting calendar.

 


All Star Hurling Selection for 2018

 


No.1..–Martin Stackpoole (Lixnaw)
No.2..–Michael Quilter (Lixnaw)
No.3..–James Godley (Kilmoyley)
No.4.–Tommy Barrett (Causeway)
No.5..–Robert Collins (Kilmoyley)
No.6.–Darragh Shanahan (Lixnaw)
No.7..–Dougie Fitzell (Kilmoyley)
No.8..–Kieran Mc Carthy (Kilmoyley)
No.9..–Shane Mc Elligott (Lixnaw)
No.10..– Jordan Brick (Kilmoyley)
No.11..–Jordan Conway (Crotta O Neills)
No.12..–Sean Maunsell (Kilmoyley)
No.13..–Shane Conway (Lixnaw)
No.14..–Padraig Boyle (Ballyduff)
No.15.. — Jack Goulding (Ballyduff)


Senior Player of the Year Shane Conway (Lixnaw)
Young Player of the Year Robert Collins (Kilmoyley)

Conway and Stackpoole the Stars as Lixnaw crowned champions

 

What an extraordinary end to what was a very ordinary game. Lixnaw inspired by the brilliant Shane Conway who notched up 0-13 points should never have been in a position where they needed their keeper Martin Stakpoole to save them, as they were much the better team for long stages of the game.

Lixnaw made the better of the early running and were 0-5 to 0-1 ahead after twenty minutes. Kilmoyley were certainly a pale shade of the team who fired on all cylinders against Ballyduff but an early lifeline through a Daniel Collins goal on 21 minutes had them well in contention heading to the break.

Lixnaw thanks to a John Tweak Griffin goal put a little more daylight between the sides at the break 1-7 to 1-3 at the interval.

Lixnaw kept the pedal down for most of the third quarter and pushed six points clear by the 41st minute Mike (1) and brother Shane (3) added points to lead 1-11 to 1-5.

Not for the first time in the contest Kilmoyley would get a lifeline as Maurice O’Connor raised a green flag and it gave momentum to their cause and they had pulled themselves level by the 57 minute.

It was Conway again that was to prove the Lixnaw saviour with two late points ahead of the penalty drama that saw Stackpoole wrestle the title of saviour from his young club mate with a fine save from Collins.

Scorers – Lixnaw: S Conway 0-13 (8f), J Griffin 1-0, S McElligott, M Conway and C Sheehy 0-1 each

Kilmoyley: D Collins 1-8 (7f), M O’Connor 1-0, K Regan 0-2, J McElligott 0-1

LIXNAW – M Stackpoole; M Quilter, S Power, D McCarthy; G Stackpoole, D Shanahan, P Corridan; J Griffin, B Brosnan; S McElligott, R Heffernan, B McAuliffe; S Conway, M Conway, C Sheehy. Subs: J Buckley for C Sheehy (50), J McKenna for McElligott (55), R Galvin for Griffin (60)

KILMOYLEY – J B O’Halloran: S Murnane, J Godley, S Nolan; R Collins, T Murnane, D Fitzell; F McCarthy, K McCarthy; J Brick, D Collins (c), S Maunsell; M O’Connor, K Regan, J McElligott. Subs: E McCarthy for Maunsell (47).

Ref – F Horgan (Tipperary).

Goals crucial as Abbeydorney claim minor title

County MHC Final

Abbeydorney 3-11 Ballyheigue/Causeway 1-16

Three goals in the last quarter secured victory for Abbeydorney in what was a very entertaining County Minor Final played as the undercard to the Senior Final.

The sides were level at the break 0-8 apiece with Abbeydorney’s Michael Slattery and Ballyheigue’s Nathan Guerin proving very efficient from dead balls.

After the break, Dan Goggin pushed Ballyheigue/Causeway into a 1-8 to 0-10 lead with a goal and then they stretched that lead to three points. However, Abbeydorney struck two goals in a three minutes to reverse the lead and take control of the contest. First replacement Keith O’Connor and then Oisin Maunsell both raised green flags before Michael Slattery also registered a three pointer which put clear day light between the side.

Guerin who ended the day with 0-12 rallied but it was to be O’Dorney’s title.

Abbeydorney: Sean Holden, Shane Byrne, Shane Donovan, Owen McCarthy, Shane Conway, Jack Parker, Mikie Clifford, Adam Maunsell, Tomas O’Hainifin, Oisin Maunsell 1-2, Michael Slattery 1-6 (0-2F), Craig Teahan, Cillian Spillane 0-1, Jack Sheehan 0-1, Ruairi Donovan. Subs: Keith O’Connor 1-1 for Craig Teahan

Ballyheigue/Causeway: Jamie Lee, Seamus Leen, Darren Barrett, Daniel Goggin 1-0, Graham Slattery, Ciaran Casey, Rory Duggan, Daniel O’Mahony, Rickie Hussey, Brendan Walsh 0-1, Sean Sheehan, Nathan Guerin 0-12 (0-10F, 0-1 “65”), Killian Yallop Dooley, Gavin Dooley 0-2, Colin Walsh 0-1 ,

Subs: Brian Sheehan for Dooley, Conor O’Sullivan for B Walsh, Jack Stack for Leen,

Referee: Ian Liston (Lixnaw)