Chairmans News & Views Oct 10th
Monday, 10 October 2011 15:09
News & views for this week on Sliabh Luchra & Laune Rangers in MLGF action, The Parish Rule, 2011 Awards Night, U16 Co League, U12 & 13 Development News, County Minor Final, Marina Barry of Austin Stacks, Post Primary Schools update and upcoming October County Board Meeting
Munster Club Football
What a great weekend in Munster Club football for Kerry clubs as both Laune Rangers and Sliabh Luchra enjoyed impressive victories in their respective competitions. Sliabh Luchra captured the Senior B club for their first time and Kerry’s first time since Southern Gaels in 2010. The girls can be really proud of their achievement as they beat BallyMaccarbery in the semi-final and the Banner of Clare in the final. They now go on to face Cork Champions Donoaghmore of Cork next weekend (Time and Venue to be confirmed) and we wish them the best of luck with that assignment. Donaghmore will also have a Kerry Player as former Southern Gaels players Ann Marie O’Shea plays at Corner back on the Cork team. The last time Donoghmore met Kerry opposition was 2 years ago when they defeated Southern Gaels in the Final. I would hope that people get out in big numbers and support the girls.
Laune Rangers too have reached the Senior Plate final where the play Cork champions St. Vals on Sunday October 16 2011 and Replay if required Saturday October 22. The Rangers had a comfortable win over Waterford side Abbeyside on a 2-15 to 2-5 score line but will need to put in a good hour to match St. Vals but have plenty to worry the Cork side and are well capable of winning this final.
At a special Congress on the 9th and 10th December which Kerry will attend. LGFA are proposing many changes to the 525 Current rules that we have in our rule book. One of the more interesting ones is a proposed change to the Parish Rule in favour of a new Club Catchment Area or CCA as they are to be known as. The idea behind this is for a club to name the town lands in their Parish area and this then will be used as the clubs catchment area. This was introduced at a Central Council meeting on last Wednesday at Tullamore and will be further discussed at our next County Board meeting as I would be anxious to explain to clubs the changes and look for guidance as how to vote on the matter in December.
2011 AWARDS Night
The Kerry Ladies AWARDS night will be held on the 19th November at the Ballyroe Heights and the Nominees will be announced next week and all will be profiled in the local Media in the build up to the night. This year all Tickets will be €30.00 with a €10.00 concession to all players. The Awards will be Club of the Year, Senior Player of the Year, Minor Player of the Year, Junior Player of the Year, U/16 player of the year, O/25 Player of the Year, Player of the Game from the Senior County Finals. It will also be the night when we can unveil all 3 All Ireland Final Cup’s as well as present Medals to all Clubs that won this year. A night not to be missed and I hope you book time off, book babysitters, empty the piggy bank and head to the Ballyroe Heights Hotel for a fantastic finish to a very successful year for Kerry Ladies football.
Kellihers Toyota Tralee U16 Div 3 league Final Replay.
Having witnessed 140 minutes of exhibition football, Kenmare were crowned the Div 3 winners for 2011 as they overcame Scartaglin 2-8 to 0-09 in Spa Killarney last Monday evening. We would to thank Tim Kelliher of Kellihers Toyota Tralee for their sponsoring of the U16 co leagues this year.
The U13 Development Squad
Continues in Tralee & Killarney. All sessions will take place on Saturday mornings at 10:30am and will finish at 12noon, the sessions will be taken by County Board Coaches and the Development Squad sessions will run for the next 6 weeks and the U12 squad were also in training today as they are playing in Clare in 2 weeks time.
County Minor Final
The Finnegan’s Minor County Championship comes to its conclusion next week, with North Kerry and Tralee coming head to head in what promises to be an exciting encounter. North Kerry of whom Listowel, St.Senans/Finuge, Beale, Ballyduff and Clonmacon are joined play Tralee of which Na Gaeil, Austin Stacks, John Mitchels, Churchill, Abbeydorney and Kerins O’Rahillys are joined. It is extremely encouraging to see all these clubs coming together for the sake of the players involved and to give them a chance to win a county title. Also I want to thank Both Mid Kerry and South Kerry too for embracing the competition and hope that in 2012 the other combinations can come on board as well. The County Board will now meet the clubs demand by having a Minor club day which will be held in Tralee at the end of the month. Contact Fixtures for more information on this.
It’s not often that Kerry ladies football makes it into the Sunday Independent but Marina Barry featured on “Where are they now” but there she was. Kerry’s 10 All Ireland Medal holder outlining her Career and detailing her exploits with Austin Stacks and Abbey/Stacks this year. We wish Marina all the best and while she might be a “forgotten Player” at National level all those that have played against the Stacks lately have not forgot her 2011 performance and will wait for more in 2012
Post Primary Schools
All the County Post Primary Fixtures are now up on the Fixtures listing and we look forward to a real good campaign that will end with all County Finals taking place in Feb on the one day at the one venue. Also this week we will see William O'Sullivan heading into the Schools to give some valuable advice. First up will be Causeway Comp and Gaelcolaiste Trali. Next week Rathmore and Kenmare will be on the Agenda with Trips to Mid Kerry and West Kerry also planned.
October County Board Meeting
The Next board meeting will be the last Thursday of the Month and a venue will be e-mailed to clubs and put on the website closer to the dates. The Meeting will discuss the next 2 parts of the development plan and end of year business in preparation for the AGM