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Kerry Ladies Name Their Team For All Ireland Qtr Final v Dublin

Kerry and dublin jerseysKerry make one change on their team for their crunch All Ireland quarter final clash with reigning champions Dublin which throws in at 5oc in Dr Hyde Park Roscommon on Sunday.

They welcome back Sarah Murphy to the side at full back with Kate O’Sullivan switching from corner back to the corner forward position at the expense of Andrea Murphy.
The team is as follows;
Player s Name    , Club
1 Laura Fitzgerald, Na Gaeil
2 Laoise Coughlan, Rathmore
3 Aislinn Desmond, Rathmore
4 Eilis Lynch, Castleisland Desmonds
5 Deirdre Kearney, Na Gaeil
6 Sarah Murphy, Rathmore
7 Aisling O Connell,  Eire Og
8 Lorraine Scanlon ,  Castleisland Desmonds
9 Amanda Brosnan ,  Dr Crokes
10 Emma Dineen, Glenflesk
11 Louise Ni Mhuircheartaigh, Corca Dhuibhne
12 Amy Foley, Beaufort
13 Kate O Sullivan, Dingle
14 Eilish O Leary, Kilcummin
15 Sarah Houlihan, Beaufort
16 Sinead Warren, Rathmore
17 Andrea Murphy ,  Castleisland Desmonds
18 Siobhan Burns , Dr Crokes
19 Sophie Lynch ,  Listowel Emmets
20 Meabh Barry ,  Na Gaeil
21 Caoimhe O Sullivan, St Sylvesters
22 Clodagh O Connor, Na Fianna
23 Siobhan Goodwin , Castlegregory
24 Denise Dunlea, Scartaglen
25 Deirdre Geaney, Dingle
26 Brid Ryan ,  Rathmore
27 Aoife O Callaghan ,  Rathmore
28 Jadyn Lucey ,  Na Gaeil
29 Kate Maher , Kilcummin
30 Ayesha Roche, Na Gaeil
31 Erica McGlynn,  Fossa

Lorraine Hopes For A Kerry Victory.

The long journey to Dr Hyde Park in Roscommon won’t phase the Kerry ladies joint captain Lorraine Scanlon – after all she has been travelling the highways and byways of Ireland as an intercounty player since 2009. 

Scanlon was a mere 16 years of age back then when she made her debut in an away National League tie against Armagh, and she has been an ever present in the Kerry side since. She was not alone in gaining her first start that day and she was joined by her Castleisland Desmonds teammates Aisling Leonard and Aoife Lyons as Kerry embarked on a youth policy to try and wrestle back past glories. Kerry can still call upon 5 players that lined out that day with Scanlon, Sarah Houlihan, Amy Foley, and Louise Ni Mhuircheartaigh all likely to feature against Donegal next Saturday. 

Scanlon’s debut against Armagh capped the end a hugely significant 12 months for the Knocknagoshel starlet. In 2008 she had been picked on the Irish U/16 basketball squad, and after months of travelling to Dublin for training, she was rewarded with a seat on the plane for an international tournament in Bulgaria. Superleague basketball beckoned afterwards, and a phone call from head coach James Weldon saw Scanlon line out with UL for the 2009 season. It is a year that she has very fond memories of.  

”I was just in 5th year at the time. It was all very new and exciting and I really enjoyed the experience of playing at that level. I didn’t play the year after though as I was in the middle of the Leaving Cert and with the football as well there just wasn’t the time. UL trained 2 nights a week and had a game at the weekends as well so I ended up having to make a choice so I chose the football”.  

Ironically Scanlon ended up in UL again after her Leaving Cert when she embarked on a PE degree there. Her love of basketball saw her tog out for the college’s inter varsity team and at weekends she played on the St Mary’s Castleisland Division 1 National League side. Once again she had to choose however, and in her 3rd and 4th years in the college it was the football that won out. 

“The football sessions in the college were from 9 to 11 and then I’d have to run across campus to try and make the basketball. It was too much in the finish so really football was number one in the college so I had to make a decision in third year. I continued to play with St Mary’s though, and we played National League up to the 2016/17 season. We took a year out last year but are back again in National League for the coming season so I’m really looking forward to that”. 

For now Lorraine’s attention turns to next Saturday’s mouth watering clash with Donegal, and she is under no illusions on the enormity of the task that awaits her Kerry side. Kerry shipped a 6-11 to 0-9 defeat to the Ulster kingpins in the National Football league last March and she is well aware of the threat that they possess. 

“That was a bad day. Everything that could go wrong did and we got a fair auld hiding. I think that we are in a better place now however. There is a great buzz in the camp, especially after our win over Tipperary 2 weeks ago. Although he is only here for a short while, Eddie (Sheehy) has brought his own style and vision to our play and I think that we are very much on an upward curve”. 

Donegal defeated Tipperary by 3 points in Round 2 of the qualifiers last Saturday, and it is a result that leaves Kerry automatically into the quarter final no matter what happens this Saturday. A win for either side will see them top the group, and it is very much the carrot that Scanlon feels Kerry needs. 

“If we beat Donegal we will more than likely be playing either Monaghan or Armagh in the quarter final. It all depends on how Cork get on against Armagh and will come down to scoring difference afterwards. If we lose to Donegal then we could end up playing the winners of Group 4 which are likely to be either Dublin or Mayo. Obviously we want to avoid either of those teams so a win is hugely important against Donegal. Having said that, we fear nobody so we will prepare for whatever cards we are dealt with”. 

First of all there’s the big tie against Donegal next Saturday though. The Ulster champions defeated Tipperary on a 0-17 to 0-14 scoreline in Round 2, with corner forward Geraldine McLaughlin chipping in with an impressive 12 points. Scanlon is fully aware of the threat that the Donegal forward will bring, but says that there is serious quality throughout their side. 

“McLaughlin is lethal of course. If given space she will make us pay so we will have a massive job on our hands against her. They also have the likes of Karen Guthrie and Niamh Hegarty as well and they are super players. We really will have to be on top of our game if we are to get a result. There is competition for places on our team now though, and that is a very positive thing. We will give it everything and hopefully come out with the right result on Saturday”. 

Kerry can report a clean bill of health coming into the game and thankfully the dead leg that Scanlon picked up against Tipperary in Round 2 is now fully healed. Kerry enjoyed a 3-13 to 2-10 win that day. Donegal are a step above Tipperary however, and they will have to call on all of their resources to defeat the Ulster champions. With a more attractive quarter final place on offer, the Kingdom girls could just about shade it. 

Kerry Ladies Team To Take On Tipperary In TG4 All Ireland Qualifier.

The Kerry ladies team to take on Tipperary in the TG4 All Ireland qualifier in McDonagh Park Nenagh on Saturday 14th July at 1pm is as follows;

1              Laura Fitzgerald Na Gaeil

2              Laoise Coughlan               Rathmore

3              Sarah Murphy   Rathmore

4              Eilis Lynch            Castleisland Desmonds

5              Deirdre Kearney               Na Gaeil

6              Aislinn Desmond              Rathmore

7              Aisling O Connell              Scartaglen

8              Lorraine Scanlon               Castleisland Desmonds

9              Amanda Brosnan              Dr Crokes

10           Sophie Lynch      Listowel Emmets

11           Louise Ni Mhuircheartaigh           Corca Dhuibhne

12           Amy Foley           Beaufort

13           Andrea Murphy Castleisland Desmonds

14           Eilish O Leary     Kilcummin

15           Sarah Houlihan  Beaufort

16           Sinead Warren  Rathmore

17           Emma Dineen    Glenflesk

18           Kate O Sullivan  Dingle

19           Siobhan Burns   Dr Crokes

20           Meabh Barry      Na Gaeil

21           Caoimhe O Sullivan          St Sylvesters

22           Clodagh O Connor           Na Fianna

23           Siobhan Goodwin            Castlegregory

24           Denise Dunlea   Scartaglen

25           Deirdre Geaney Dingle

26           Brid Ryan             Rathmore

27           Aoife O Callaghan             Rathmore

28           Erica McGlynn   Fossa

29           Jadyn Lucey        Na Gaeil

30           Ayesha Roche    Na Gae

Seamus Mulvihill To Be Honoured For His Amazing Year.

With just 3 more sleeps to the big Awards Night in the Rose hotel on Saturday night ,it is time to announce another winner of a very special award. When you ask anyone who is the top referee in ladies football in Ireland only one name springs to mind – Seamus Mulvihill. And after this year Seamus has the stats to back up this claim.

Kerry LGFA is honouring Seamus for what has been a fantastic year with the whistle for the Finuge/St Senans man. After being assigned to referee the National Football League final back in May, the Ladies Football association then called upon Seamus to referee the All Ireland minor final last August. After reffing both games with the understated commonsense that has become his trademark, they called upon him once more with the highest accolade available in Ladies football – to referee the All Ireland senior final. Dublin finally claimed the crown that day when they disposed of Mayo in front of a record attendance of 46,286 at Croke Park – and the greatest compliment that could be paid to Seamus is that nobody even noticed that he was there, in a game that was a great advertisment for ladies football. Well done Seamus Mulvihill – Kerry LGFA are honoured to have you as one of our own !

Kerry Name Their Team For All Ireland Semi Final

Kerry have named their team for the TG4 All Ireland semi final against Dublin which will take place in Thurles next Saturday with a 6.30 throw in.
There is one change in the side from Kerry’s victory over Armagh in the quarter final with Amanda Brosnan of Dr Crokes replacing Laura Rogers in the half forward line.
The team will once again be captained by Caroline Kelly of Southern Gaels. C37pkjBXUAYNfyr
The team in full is:

1 Laura Fitzgerald Na Gaeil
2 Elish Lynch Castleisland Desmonds
3 Aislinn Desmond Rathmore
4 Aisling Leonard Castleisland Desmonds
5 Caaroline Kelly Southern Gaels
6 Ciara Murphy Foxrock Cabinteely
7 Sarah Murphy Rathmore
8 Lorraine Scanlon Castleisland Desmonds
9 Emma Sherwood St Bridgets Castleknock
10 Amanda Brosnan Dr. Crokes
11 Anna Galvin Southern Gaels
12 Denise Halissey Inhear Sceine Gaels
13 Sarah Houlihan Beaufort
14 Louise Ni Mhuircheartaigh Corca Dhuibhne
15 Hannah O’Donoghue Beaufort
16 Linda Bruggener Spa
17 Aisling O Connell Scartaglen
18 Elish O Leary Killcummin
19 Sara Leahy Killarney Legion
20 Miriam O Keefe Finuge/St Senans
21 Emma Dineen Glenflesk
22 Katie O Mahoney Rathmore
23 Norma O Mahoney Rathmore
24 Fiadhna Tangney Beaufort
25 Laura Rogers Austin Stacks
26 Jadyn Lucey Na Gaeil
27 Sophie Lynch Listowel Emmets
28 Niamh Carmody Finuge/St. Senans
29 Andrea Murphy Castleisland Desmonds
30 Tara Breen Beaufort

Kerry Name Their Team For Monaghan Challenge.

Kerry senior ladies manager Graham Shine has made two changes to the line up for the visit of Monaghan to Listowel for Round 4 of the Lidl National football league Division 1 which takes place on Sunday at 12 noon.

Elaine O’Sullivan of Southern Gaels returns to goals at the expense of Erris O’Carroll whle Emma Sherwood of Firies comes back into the team at full forward, with Megan O’Connell dropping to the bench.

Kerry defeated Monaghan by 11 points in the corresponding fixture last year, however Monaghan hammered Kerry by 16 points in the All Ireland quarter final last August.

Both Monaghan and Kerry have 3 points from their first 3 games so a win for either side would be a huge boost in their bid to avoid a relegation struggle .

With players of the calibre of Ciara McAnespie, Cora Courtney and Caoimhe Mohan to call upon they will be difficult to beat but Kerry can take great encouragement from their second half performance against Donegal last Sunday.

Throw in on Sunday is at 12 noon in Listowel.


The Kerry team in full is;

1 Elaine O Sullivan SOUTHERN GAELS




























28  Elish Kavanagh CORCA DHUIBHNE

It’s Kerry v Monaghan In Listowel at 12 On Sunday.

Previewing Kerry v Monaghan games come with a strict health warning. Which Monaghan team will turn up? Will it be the team that Kerry hammered by 11 points in last years league encounter or will it be the Monaghan team that humbled Kerry by 16 points in the All Ireland quarter final in August> The answer probably lies somewhere in between.

For that matter what can we expect from Kerry ? Hopefully something akin to last Sunday’s second half performance against Donegal in which Kerry took the game by the scruff of the neck and dug deep to record a deserved win. That win gained Kerry 3 valuable league points and drew them level in the league table with 4 other teams including Monaghan.

Monaghan lost to Galway by 6 points last Sunday so will be iching to get three more league points on the board when they take on the Kerry girls. With players of the calibre of Ciara McAnespie, Cora Courtney, Caoimhe Mohan and Ellen McCarron to call upon they will be difficult to beat. Kerry are improving though and will be determined to halt the Monaghan gallop.

It is probable that Emma Sherwood and Elaine O’Sullivan (goalkeeper) will be available for the Kingdom having missed the Donegal game, with Sherwood likely to go back into the centre half back position and O’Sullivan into goals.

The form of Louise Ni Mhuircheartaigh , Anna Galvin, Lorraine Scanlon and Amanda Brosnan has been excellent in the league so far and manager Graham Shine will be hoping the Caroline Kelly, Aislinn Desmond , Sarah Houlihan, Denise Hallissey, Eilis Lynch and Laura Rogers will continue to show the improvement shown in the last game.

While it is a very difficult match to call, home venue could swing it once again for Kerry in Listowel on Sunday at 12 noon.


Kerry Team v Donegal

Kerry senior ladies manager Graham Shine has made one change to the line up for the visit of Donegal to Rathmore  for Round 3 of the Lidl National football league Division 1 which takes place  on Sunday at 1pm. 

Into the side at full forward comes Megan O’Connell of Southern Gaels who missed the 3 point loss to Dublin in the last round in Castleisland.  

Emma Sherwood is unavailable for selection and her absence sees Anna Galvin move into the centre half back position. 

Amanda Brosnan and Lorraine Scanlon continue at midfield while the in form Louise Ni Mhuircheartaigh moves to the centre half forward position having played at full forward against Dublin. Caroline Kelly of Southern Gaels will once again captain the side from full back. 

Meanwhile Donegal have named an unchanged side from the team that defeated Galway by one point last weekend. 

The Kerry team in full is ; 

1 Elaine O Sullivan Southern Gaels 

2 EILIS LYNCH Castleisland Desmonds 

3 CAROLINE KELLY Southern Gaels 




7 Ciara Murphy Foxrock/Cabinteely 

8 LORRAINE SCANLON CastleislanDesmonds 

9 Amanda Brosnan Dr Crokes 






15 Miriam O Keeffe Finuge/St Senans 

16 Linda Bruggener Spa 

17 Patrice Dennehy Beaufort 


20 Erin Finnucane Clounmacon 

21 Elish O Leary Killcummin 

22 Niamh Carmod yFinuge/St Senans 

23 Cliodhna Hayes John Mitchells 

24 Erris O Carroll John Mitchells 




28 Jackie Horgan Finuge/St Senans 


Maurice McNamara is the New Kerry Ladies Chairman


The Kerry Ladies Football held their AGM at the Dromhall Hotel Killarney on Thursday night and there were changes to the executive.

Maurice McNamara of Austin Stacks is the new county board chairman as he replaces the outgoing chairman Paddy White who did not contest the position. Paddy spoke of how honoured he was to have represented Kerry Ladies football and that he always did his best for the improvement of the game in the county.
Incoming chairman Maurice McNamara spoke directly to the club delegates present and told them that it was up to them to create their own tradition and legacy. He said that the clubs must come together and define their destiny and that every club in the county – big and small- was of equal importance.
A new Treasurer was also elected with Jim White of Listowel Emmets replacing the outgoing Treasurer Karen McGlynn uncontested, while Donal Doherty of Spa is the new Development Officer.
The full list of officers of the Kerry Ladies County Board are ;
Chairman Maurice McNamara Austin Stacks

Vice Chairperson Christene Curtin Kerins O’Rahillys

Secretary To be appointed at the January 5th County Board meeting

Assistant Secretary Lavinia Cunningham Southern Gaels
Treasurer Jim White Listowel Emmets
Assistant Treasurer Imelda Roche Abbeydorney
Registrar Maria O’ Connor Glenflesk
Development Officer Donal Doherty Spa
Culture and Language Officer Kathleen Jordan Corca Dhuibhne
Central Council Delegates Mary Courtney Kilcummin, Rory Kilgallen John Mitchels

Munster Council Delegates Imelda Roche Abbeydorney, Mary Courtney Kilcummin, Gemma O’Connell Austin Stacks

National Football League Div 1 Fixtures 2016 .

LGFA-Logo-430x266The National Football League Division 1 fixtures for 2016 have been revealed, and they hold some interesting and tough ties for the Kerry Ladies.

First up is an away tie to All Ireland finalists Dublin on January 31st.  There are ongoing discussions that this game may be played as part of a double header with the Kerry v Dublin men in Croke Park but there will not be confirmation on this until later in the week.

Next up for the Kerry ladies will be a home tie versus Cork on Febuary 7th.  Cork will be under new management , with Eamon Ryan having left to join their male counterparts , while Kerry will be anxious to make up for their All Ireland semi final defeat to the Rebelettes.

There will be no romance in the air when Kerry face a difficult away tie to Armagh on February 14th. Armagh won the National League Div 2 title in 2015 and also reached the All Ireland senior semi final. They have a new manager in former Armagh great Ronan Clarke, and he is sure to have them in excellent shape.

A home tie versus Galway is next up on February 28th. The Tribeswomen have oodles of young talent coming through, and will be a formidable test. They defeated Kerry by 6 points in the corresponding fixture last season.

There’s another home tie for Kerry on March 6th when they will entertain Mayo. The Mayo ladies are going through a transitional period at the moment but any team with Cora Staunton on board cannot be taken lightly.

Kerry are on the road again when they will make the long journey to Monaghan on the 3rd of April.  Monaghan are a team with lots of experience in their ranks, and could be a dark horse for both league and championship in 2016.

Tyrone will make the journey south for Kerry’s final league game on 10th April.  Tyrone are another top division 1 side and will provide a stern test for the Kingdom ladies.

Kerry will be hoping to do enough to make the National football league Div 1 semi finals for the second year in a row. There are some top class game’s taking place in the Kingdom so please make sure you come along and support the Kerry girls.

We will have team news, venues,  etc, closer to the first game against Dublin.

Full Fixtures are: (first named team home venue).

31st January; Dublin v Kerry

7th February; Kerry v Cork

14th February; Armagh v Kerry

28th February ; Kerry v Galway

6th March ; Kerry v Mayo

3rd April ; Monaghan v Kerry

10th April ; Kerry v Tyrone