Green ma­chine are on road to Cro­ker

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By STEPHEN FERNANE

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.

Ref­er­ees’ Com­mit­tee

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.

Sup­port­ers’ Club

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.

Coach­ing Course

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 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.

Photo by Seb Daly / Sports­file

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

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