We extend the sympathy of the East Kerry Board and all in East Kerry on the passing away of Seamus Falvey, to his wife, Maria and to his family, relatives and friends. Seamus was always part and parcel of the GAA at both club and District Board, particularly the Coiste na nÓg side. Seamus served as Chairman of East Kerry Coiste na nÓg in the 1980’s. He managed the Under 14 and Under 16 East Kerry GAA District championship teams and was also a referee. Seamus was a trustee Firies CLG, his native club. He will be greatly missed. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
East Region Minor League
The East Region Minor league, sponsored by The Tatler Jack, continued with five round 2 games last Thursday evening. In Division 1, Spa retained their winning ways, with victory over Legion and Dr Crokes won their game against Firies, by the minimum. In division 2 Glenflesk continued their success with a win at home against Rathmore and Beaufort had a one point winning margin against visitors Kilcummin. Hosts Currow, had a convincing win over Fossa. Round 3 will be fixed during the coming week.
EAST REGION MINOR LEAGUE
Dr Crokes 1-12 Firies 1-11
Dr Crokes were at home to Firies on Thursday last in round 2 of the East Region League, division 1, sponsored by The Tatler Jack, and had to pull out all stops for a one point win. The teams exchanged points on three occasions in the first twenty minutes. Firies got on top in the last ten minutes of the half, scoring four points to one for Dr Crokes, but a great goal by Mike Casey just before the break had the sides on level terms at half time Dr Crokes 1-04, Firies 0-07.
The teams exchanged points on two occasions in the first ten minutes of the second half. Dr Crokes got on top at this stage and three points without reply gave the home side the biggest lead by either team, going into the last quarter. Dr Crokes held onto this three point lead going into the last five minutes. However, Firies struck for a very good goal with four minutes to go to leave the teams level once again. A draw looked likely as the final whistle approached but Brendan Coppinger gave victory to the home side with a good point.
Glenflesk 3-13 Rathmore 1-11
Played in blustery conditions, both sides served up an entertaining game in Glenflesk last Thursday, in this East Region Minor League Division 2 game. Rathmore, playing with the benefit of a strong breeze, had the upper hand in the early stages of the first-half and they led by 0-9 to 0-2 after 20 minutes, with the lively Dean Fitzgerald (0-5, 0-3f) and Tadhg O’Mahony (0-2) to the fore. However the critical period of the game came in the final 10 minutes of the half when a goal by Glenflesk’s Lee O’Donoghue in the 20th minute halted Rathmore’s dominance and this was quickly followed by points from Finian Wall (0-2) and Lee O’Donoghue (0-1f), following some good work from Ian Roche. The home side were thankful to goalkeeper Felim Jacob for a superb save on 26 minutes, though Rathmore’s Donal Moynihan kicked the resulting 45. Glenflesk took the lead for the first time in the game on the stroke of half-time, when a strong Chris O’Donoghue run led to a well taken goal, finished to the net by Lee O’Donoghue. Half-time score: Glenflesk 2-5 Rathmore 0-10
Despite the closeness of the half-time score the second half was dominated by Glenflesk, who scored 1-8 to Rathmore’s 1-1, with a great overall team performance. Rathmore briefly retook the lead in the fourth minute of the half when a high ball into the Glenflesk square was fisted to the net. However, from then on Glenflesk controlled the game with points from Chris O’Donoghue (0-2), Lee O’Donoghue (0-3, 0-1 45), Conor O’Donoghue (0-1), Finian Wall (0-1), Ryan Casey (0-1) and a goal from Ian Roche. Rathmore had a point from Dean Fitzgerald in the twenty first minute but were left to rue the goals conceded in the first half which derailed their promising opening. Final score: Glenflesk 3-13 Rathmore 1-11.
Beaufort 4-10 Kilcummin 5-06
Beaufort Minors won on a single point margin, when they hosted Kilcummin in the East Region League Division 2 on Thursday evening. Both teams had their share of possession in the first few minutes and it was Beaufort’s Cian O’Sullivan who open the scoring with a goal after he reacted to a breaking ball and finished well. Kilcummin’s responded with a goal when Oscar O’Connor latched onto a clearance and found the net. Two minutes later Oscar was awarded a penalty which he duly scored, followed by a pointed free by Dean Cronin. The teams exchanged frees and Kilcummin added four points (Sean O’Leary, Dean Cronin, Eoghan Kennedy, Thomas O’Connor). The visitors were going well and a quickly taken free was finished to the net by Eoghan Kennedy, leaving the score with 20 minutes gone Beaufort 1-01 Kilcummin 3-05. Beaufort’s Ciaran Kennedy again pointed 2 frees, awarded to Keith Moloney. Mid-fielder Jonathan Kissane scored a good goal to leave the half-time score Beaufort 2-03 Kilcummin 3-05.
Beaufort began the second half with intent, scoring 2 goals (Ryan Sweeney, Ciaran Kennedy) and 7 points, Cian O’Sullivan, Sean Kelliher, Declan Floyd,(2), Ciaran Kennedy (free), on target, while Keith Moloney punished a poor kickout with a point and Joe Glinwood was first to react to a short 45, to score a point. Kilcummin had their first score of the half with a free from Dean Cronin on the twenty second minute and a goal when Oscar O’Connor was at the end of a quick free. With seven points between the sides, Kilcummin pushed on from mid-field and had another goal to cut the lead to four points. Darragh Curran made a great save in the Beaufort goal but corner-back Fionn O’Brien finished to the net, reducing the margin to the minimum. The final two minutes were anxious for the home side who won on a final score Beaufort 4-10 Kilcummin 5-6.
O Sullivan Cup – East Kerry Junior Championship
The O Sullivan Cup, East Kerry Junior Championship, sponsored by O’Sullivan Cycles, Killarney, gets under way on Tuesday evening the 30th June, with two games, Scartaglen V Kilcummin and Listry V Currow. The remaining round 1 games, Glenflesk V Spa, Gneeveguilla V Dr Crokes and Legion V Firies, will be fixed by the CCC, as soon as possible.
East Region Under 14 League
All games in the East Region Under 14 League, sponsored by MD O’Shea, fixed for Monday the 29th June, were postponed as a mark of respect. The league continues on Monday the 6th July with division 5 round 5: Kilgarvan/Tousist V Dr Crokes B, Firies B v Cordal/Scartaglin, Currow Bye. All games at 7.30pm.
Launch and Draws Dylan Crowley Invitational Tournament
The launch and draw of the 2015 Dylan Crowley Invitational Tournament took place on Tuesday evening, the 30th June 2015 in Gneeveguilla GAA clubhouse. The tournament will take place on the 11th July, throw in at approximately 10am. Further information in next weeks notes.
2015 Cluster Blitzes
East Kerry/ Kenmare Primary Schools mixed cluster blitzes were completed this week. The aim of the blitzes was to promote non-competitive games, to all primary school children, using local club grounds. Over 700 boys and girls took part in the blitzes with great support provided by local teachers at the venues. St. Brendan’s College students supported local clubs during the blitzes, working closely with Vince Cooper East Kerry/ Kenmare GDA.
East Kerry U15 Super Touch competition will take place on Friday 10th July
Clubs that wish to play in the competition should contact East Kerry Coiste na nÓg Rúnaí, Taghie Fleming as soon as possible. Teams must be entered by Friday 3rd July. This competition is being run on the same weekend as the John Egan tournament, so clubs should only participate if they have players at the age of 15. The format of the competition is that there will be 2 groups with the top team to qualify for the final, which is fixed for Sunday 12th July. The winning East Kerry Team will progress to the County Quarter Final of the competition.
Best of luck
Best of luck to all the Kerry teams and management in their Munster Finals during the week/weekend on Wednesday and especially to the players