An­nual Dr Croke’s tour­na­ment in hon­our of Cooper will give youth a chance to shine

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - By STEPHEN FERNANE

ASK any GAA star in Ire­land and they’ll in­stantly tell you the best place to be hon­oured is where it all started: the club. With this in mind, ev­ery­thing is now in place for the Dr Crokes’ U13 In­vi­ta­tional Tour­na­ment on Satur­day, Septem­ber 23 - a tour­na­ment named in hon­our of club and county star, Colm Cooper.

“I re­ally en­joy th­ese games as the play­ers are very hon­est and the skill lev­els seem to im­prove ev­ery year,” said Colm Cooper.

This will be the sixth stag­ing of the ‘Colm Cooper In­vi­ta­tional Tour­na­ment’ and it takes place at club grounds in Lewis Road. It also gives the club an op­por­tu­nity to hon­our Colm – one of Kerry’s great­est ever foot­ballers – and also an op­por­tu­nity for U13 play­ers to come from Galway, Cork, Dublin, Meath, Down, and Scot­land to com­pete in a top class tour­na­ment.

Teams are di­vided into groups from which qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the cup and plate fi­nals will be de­ter­mined. “Apart from be­ing a mem­o­rable oc­ca­sion for the young play­ers, it is also a won­der­ful day for the club to hon­our Colm and his fam­ily,” said Chair­man of the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, John O’ Shea.

Teams com­pet­ing this year will come from places like Sk­er­ries Harps, Dublin (hold­ers); Wolfe Tones, Clare; Bantry Blues, Cork; St Colm­cilles, Meath; St. James, Galway; Kil­murry/Ibrick­ane, Clare, and St Fin­barr’s from Cork.

Games will com­mence at 11:40am and the tour­na­ment is sched­uled to be com­pleted by 6:30pm. The or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee are look­ing for­ward to an­other suc­cess­ful tour­na­ment and is­sue an open in­vi­ta­tion to the pub­lic to come see the play­ers of the fu­ture.

The tour­na­ment tro­phies and medals have been kindly spon­sored by the Cof­fey fam­ily in mem­ory of the late De­nis Cof­fey a for­mer player and of­fi­cer with the Dr Crokes Club.

Colm Cooper launch­ing the Colm Cooper In­vi­ta­tional with fam­ily mem­bers at Dr Crokes GAA Grounds Kil­lar­ney.

Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin.

Launch­ing the 2nd An­nual Colm Cooper In­vi­ta­tional Blitz were David O’Ma­hony, John Cof­fey, Colm Cooper, Sean O’Neill (back from left) Fionnbharr Hickey, John O’Shea or­gainser, Da­rina, Cather­ine and Noreen Cof­fey and Lee Down­ing at Dr Crokes GAA Club­house, Lewis Road, Kil­lar­ney

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