Mi­nors fac­ing a ma­jor test

County Board PRO John O’Leary with all the GAA news

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - SPORT -

THE Kerry mi­nors face tough op­po­si­tion in Derry in the Elec­tric Ire­land Mi­nor foot­ball cham­pi­onship fi­nal, the open­ing game in Croke Park on Sun­day next.

On their way to the fi­nal, while win­ning all their games with some­thing to spare, Kerry have blown a bit hot and cold.

Due to the qual­ity of the op­po­si­tion pro­vided in both games, one has to dis­count the games against Clare in the Mun­ster cham­pi­onship, but Kerry did put in a ster­ling dis­play against Cork in a win­ner takes all Mun­ster semi fi­nal all of four months ago.

That was a real test of this team given that they were play­ing in Páirc Uí Rinn which has not been a good hunt­ing ground for Kerry Mi­nor teams over the years. As well as that, pres­sure was on both sides given that the loser had no sec­ond chance.

In the quar­ter fi­nal against Louth, some chinks were seen in the Kerry ar­mour and again in the semi-fi­nal against Cavan, man­age­ment would not have been happy with some as­pects of their play.

How­ever, they are where they set out to be at the start of the year.

Derry has had a good run of tough games on their way to Sun­day’s en­counter. They got the bet­ter of a very fan­cied Tyrone side in the open­ing round and had im­pres­sive vic­to­ries over Antrim and Cavan on their way to an Ul­ster cham­pi­onship ti­tle.

Hav­ing been run close by Sligo in the quar­ter-fi­nal they then had a very im­pres­sive vic­tory over a Dublin side who were many peo­ple’s favourites to ad­vance to the fi­nal at the very least. That vic­tory took place of course in Dublin’s own back yard of Croke Park and that makes it an even more im­pres­sive win.

Sun­day’s game has all the mak­ings of a clas­sic. Both teams have play­ers who have come through the tough col­leges cir­cuit and both sides have stand-out play­ers who will no doubt war­rant spe­cial at­ten­tion.

What makes Sun­day’s game unique is the fact that it is the fi­nal Mi­nor cham­pi­onship at Un­der 18 level with the age limit re­duc­ing to Un­der 17 next sea­son and no doubt both sides will give their all in an ef­fort to lift the Ir­ish Press Cup for the last time.

Ref­eree for Sun­day’s game that throws in at 1:15 is An­thony Nolan of Wick­low.

Win or lose, the Kerry team will be wel­comed back to Fitzger­ald Sta­dium in Kil­lar­ney at 5:30pm on Mon­day and af­ter­wards the team and man­age­ment will be wel­comed by Fossa GAA Club, club of cap­tain David Clif­ford.

The Kerry GAA Sup­port­ers Club will take their usual coaches to the All Ire­land Foot­ball fi­nals on Sun­day next.

All seats must be booked by Thurs­day 14. Con­tact Donal O’Leary, John King or Martin Leane. Buses depart Far­ran­fore at 6:30, Tralee at 7am and Lis­towel at 7:30am.

Golf Clas­sics

TWO Kerry GAA Fundrais­ing Golf Clas­sics will be held in the leadin to the All Ire­land fi­nal week­end where of course the Kerry Mi­nor foot­ball team will proudly carry the Kerry colours.

The clas­sics take place on this Fri­day, Septem­ber 15 in Kil­lar­ney Golf Club, and the Kerry As­so­ci­a­tion in Dublin will or­gan­ise an out­ing in Lu­can Golf Club on the same day.

Cost is €700 per team (4 Ball) and this in­cludes two tick­ets for the All Ire­land Fi­nals and a meal for four. For fur­ther de­tails on the Kerry Clas­sic con­tact JP Brick (087 2583143) and for in­for­ma­tion on the Dublin event con­tact Luke Mo­ri­arty (087 2577376).

An­nual Col­lec­tion

THE Kerry GAA an­nual church gate col­lec­tion was taken up at all masses in the county last week­end and our thanks to all who con­trib­uted and spe­cial thanks to all the club vol­un­teers who or­gan­ised and took up the col­lec­tions in the most try­ing of weather con­di­tions.

Se­nior Club Fi­nal

THE Castleis­land Mart Se­nior Club Cham­pi­onship fi­nal be­tween Dr Crokes and Ken­mare Sham­rocks played in wet and very windy con­di­tions at Kil­lar­ney’s Fitzger­ald Sta­dium on Sun­day last turned out to be one of the games of the year. Both sides de­serve tremen­dous credit for the fare they served up in the try­ing con­di­tions and at the end of the day it took ex­tra time to de­cide the win­ner.

A goal by Am­brose O’Donovan in the first pe­riod of ex­tra time was the de­ci­sive score and Dr Crokes went on to lift the Michael O’Con­nor Cup on a score­line of 3-20 to 2-20 af­ter a game lit­tered with some fine in­di­vid­ual dis­plays the most note­wor­thy of which was that by last year’s mi­nor win­ning cap­tain, Sean O’Shea of Ken­mare.

Tomás O’Con­nor of Kerry cel­e­brates af­ter the Bord Gáis En­ergy GAA Hurl­ing All-Ire­land U-21 ‘B’ Cham­pi­onship Fi­nal match be­tween Kerry and Wick­low at Sem­ple Sta­dium in Thurles, Co Tip­per­ary Photo by Piaras Ó Míd­heach / Sports­file

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