Green machine are on road to Croker
LET’S face it, nothing beats the January blues quite like a date with destiny in Croke Park, which is precisely what Na Gaeil GAA Club can look forward to after securing a place in this year’s All-Ireland Junior final.
Nothing comes easy in this game and a resilient Kilmaine from Mayo did all in their power to spoil the Tralee party in a tension-filled Ennis on Saturday.
But the Na Gaeil faithful did their bit, too, as a wave of support from the stands helped give the players that extra ounce of tenacity, power and, most crucial of all, self-belief.
Don Goggin and Diarmuid O’Connor may have got the scores that mattered when it mattered most.
But Na Gaeil players to a man collectively stood tall throughout the day and into extra-time.
The reward? An All-Ireland final at GAA Headquarters on January 25 as a curtain-raiser to Kerry and Dublin’s highly anticipated match up in the National League.
Expect a run on all things green and white in the coming days as flags, hats and scarves are in high demand.
KERRY’S opening game in the Allianz football league is less than two weeks away when we play Dublin on Saturday, January 25 at 7.15pm in Croke Park. Peter Keane and his panel are back in training and everyone is looking forward to the League.
The Kerry versus Dublin game is the third game in a triple header as it will be preceded by the All Ireland Junior and Intermediate club finals. We are delighted that
Na Gaeil will feature in the Junior Final where they will meet Rathgarogue-Cushinstown at 3.15pm. We wish Na Gaeil the very best of luck in the final!
Unfortunately, Templenoe won’t feature in the Intermediate final following last Saturday’s defeat to Oughterard – hard luck to all associated with Templenoe, but they fought a brilliant campaign and everyone is very proud of what they have achieved in 2019.
THE first Referees In-Service Course took place last Friday night in Austin Stack Park with up to 50 referees in attendance.
There was a great debate on the new rules led by tutors Pat Sheehy, Muiris O’Sullivan and Eddie Barrett. The second In Service Course takes place this Friday in the Centre of Excellence Currans at 7pm.
The hurling In Service takes place Friday, January 24 in Abbeydorney at 7.30pm and every hurling referee in the county both senior and juvenile is invited to attend.
The second Foundation Course takes place on Friday, February 7, 14 and 21 at 7pm in Currans and this is a last chance for any club without a referee to nominate someone to undertake the course.
The Referees’ Committee wish to congratulate Brendan Griffin. Brendan refereed the McGrath Cup Final last Saturday between Cork and Limerick. It was a proud moment for Brendan’s club Clounmacon.
THE Kerry GAA Supporters Club will take coaches to Croke park for the Kerry versus Dublin National League game on January 25. All seats must be booked before Wednesday, January 22. The following are the times for travel – Farranfore 8.30am, Tralee 9am and Listowel 9.30am. For booking contact Donal O’Leary, John King or Martin Leane.
KERRY GAA are delighted to deliver a cutting-edge free performance workshop, entitled “Training the
Way We Want to Play”.
This event will take place in IT Tralee on Wednesday, January 22 from 7 - 8.30pm and it is free to attend.
This interactive workshop will focus on the monitoring of training loads for injury prevention. It is ideally suited for coaches, athletes, physiotherapists, S&C coaches and teachers.
The presenters have over 25 years’ experience working as applied strength and conditioning coaches and are currently the S&C team for the Kerry Senior football team for 2020 (Jason McGahan, Niall O’Mahony and Podge Murphy).
To register for a place please log onto https://www.eventbrite.com/ Kerry GAA Club Workshop. For further information, please email Jason.mcga[email protected] or centreofexcel[email protected]
A happy bunch: Na Gaeil fans celebrate their team’s victory in Ennis on Saturday afternoon. A trip to Croke Park for an All-Ireland final on Saturday 25 is the prize after their team saw off a stern challenge from Mayo champions, Kilmaine, after extra-time.
Eamonn Fitzmaurice, Former Kerry Senior Football manager, speaking at the GAA Games Development Conference, in partnership with Sky Sports, which took place in Croke Park on Friday and Saturday. A record attendance of over 800 delegates were present to see over 30 speakers from the world of Gaelic games, sport and education