Hurling & Football News to Nov 1st
Sunday, 01 November 2009 15:50

Match Reports on:

The Michaél Ready Memorial U12 County Championship Final.
Lixnaw 5-4 Kenmare/Kilgarvan 0-6

The Con Courtney Memorial U16 District Championship Final
East Kerry 1-11 Eoghan Ruadh 0-11.

Hurling Roll of Honour for 2009.

Limerick V South Kerry U14 Hurling invitational game at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick.

Tralee Hurling Initiative.


The Con Courtney Memorial U16 District Championship Final
East Kerry 1-11 Eoghan Ruadh 0-11.

East Kerry are the under 16 county champions for 2009 after winning a thrilling and competitive game of football defeating Eoghan Ruadh played in an tremendous spirit at Fitzgerald Stadium.

East Kerry were deserving winners having taken vital scores in the first half against a strong wind, adding a number of quick points in the early part of the second half to gain parity and then scored a vital goal from Jason Ahern to take the lead, which Eoghan Ruadh despite battling gamely throughout could not pull back.

Eoghan Ruadh playing with the benefit of a strong wind started the game strongly opening up a two point lead by the fifth minute with points from play by Gary O'Leary and Jeff O'Donoghue before Jason Ahern responded for East Kerry with a pointed free from an acute angle. A Jeff O'Donoghue 45 and Gary O'Leary free extended the lead to three points but another fine point from Jason Ahern and a free from Bryan O'Shea reduced the lead to a minimum in the eleventh minute.

Three further points from Jeff O'Donoghue and two frees from Gary O'Leary put Eoghan Ruadh who at this stage were dominating the middle area of the field ahead by four points in the twentieth minute of the half. East Kerry responded with a fine point from corner back Mark Egan before Gary O'Leary and Chris Lawlor traded points to leave Eoghan Ruadh ahead at half time on a score line of eight points to five points for East Kerry.

In the first half despite Eoghan Ruadh dominating possession for long periods East Kerry restricted Eoghan Ruadh's ability to create any clear goal scoring chances but in their limited attacks were very productive managing to score five points.

East Kerry playing with the wind in the second half struck three early points with a brace from Bryan O'Shea and a Pádraig Courtney point. Eoghan Ruadh restored their lead with a point from their corner back James Devane. The vital score of the game came in the ninth minute of the half when a free from Jason Ahern found its way through a crowded goal area past the defensive cover into the net to give his side a lead they never relinquished. Further points were then added from a Bryan O'Shea free and Gavin Nolan.

Eoghan Ruadh kept pressing and had two chances of goals including a great save by East Kerry's keeper Daniel Cronin from Tadgh Moore goal bound strike before Jamie Spillane added a further point to give East Kerry a five point lead in the twentieth minute of the half.

Eoghan Ruadh kept battling away responding with two further points from Gary O'Leary but despite throwing everything into attack to save the game the East Kerry defence stood firm and kept their composure to win on a score line of 1-11 to 0-11.

Eddie Barrett officiated the game letting the game flow and was assisted by two teams intent of playing the game and credit is due to mentors involved for the preparation of the teams. Coiste na nOg Cathaoirleach Johnny Brosnan presented the trophy to winning captain Shaun Keane after the game.

East Kerry. Daniel Cronin (Fossa), Mark Egan (Dr. Crokes) (0-1), Matthew Moynihan (Spa), Michael Beckett (Dr. Crokes), Anthony Kennedy (Listry), Cillian Fitzgerald (Dr. Crokes), Anthony Keogh (Dr. Crokes), Shaun Keane Capt. (Legion), Colm Tobin (Spa), Bryan O'Shea (Dr. Crokes) (0-4, 2 frees), Chris Lawlor (Dr. Crokes) (0-1 free), Jason Ahern (Spa) (1-2 , 1-1 frees), Gavin Nolan (Listry) (0-1), Pádraig Courtney (Spa) (0-1), Jamie Spillane (Spa) (0-1).
Subs: Brian Griffin (Legion) for Gavin Nolan.

Eoghan Ruadh. Shane Murphy (Kilcummin), Enda O'Sullivan (Kilcummin), Damien O'Leary (Kilcummin), James Devane (Kilcummin) (0-1), Kieran Fitzgerald (Kilcummin), Gavin O'Connor (Kilcummin), Pádraig Nagle (Kilcummin), Tadgh Moore (Rathmore), Gary O'Leary (Kilcummin) (0-7 4 frees), David O'Donoghue (Glenflesk), Jeff O'Donoghue (Capt.) (Glenflesk) (0-3 1 "45"), Noel Duggan (Kilcummin), Pádraig Doyle (Gneeveguilla), Kevin Mc Carthy (Kilcummin), John Friel (Rathmore).
Subs: Brian O'Donoghue (Glenflesk) for Pádraig Doyle, Pat Cremin (Rathmore) for Kieran Fitzgerald, Mark Reen (Rathmore) for David O'Donoghue.

Referee: Eddie Barrett (Knocknagoshel)

The Michaél Ready Memorial U12 County Championship Final.
Lixnaw 5-4 Kenmare/Kilgarvan 0-6

This final was to go ahead last Saturday afternoon, but the weather played havoc with the fixture and it was refixed for Bank Holiday Monday and the venue was Dr Crokes, Killarney.

Lixnaw captured the inaugural Michael Reidy Memorial u12 County championship trophy following their impressive 5-4 to 0-6 point win over a very determined and spirited Kenmare/Kilgarvan team. Played in Lewis Road Killarney, conditions were ideal for hurling and full credit to both teams who served up quiet an entertaining afternoon. A main factor in this game was the performances of Lixnaw's wing forward Davin Quilter who accounted for 3-2 of Lixnaw's total and Jeremy McKenna who registered 2-2 to guide their team to this title.
Lixnaw got a better start and they were 1-1 to the good courtesy of Davin Quilter and a well taken Jeremy McKenna goal after five minutes. The remainder of the half was all Kenmare though, four unanswered points, 2 from John Mark Foley and 1 a piece from Mike Joe McCarthy and Seanie O'Shea which leveled the match after twenty minutes. Jeremy McKenna restored Lixnaw's lead with a point before half time to give Lixnaw the minimum half time lead, 1-2 to 0-4. In fairness it could have been much different were it not for some outstanding defending from Liam Mullins, Gerard Stackpoole and Conor O'Keeffe in the full back line and Robert Silles, Tommy Foley and William Costello in the half back line. With the wind at their backs for the second half, Lixnaw again got the perfect start with a brace of Davin Quilter goals. From here on it was one way traffic as John Buckley and Shane Conway led the charge and drove Lixnaw forward. Kenmare/Kilgarvan for their part fought gallantly right to the end but the goals killed them. The Kenmare Kilgarvan effort was rewarded with 2 late points from Eric Burns and Dylan Spillane. But 2 further goals from Davin Quilter and Jeremy McKenna had Lixnaw well over the winning line before it was all over. Despite the result the performance from both teams were a credit to their mentors and this was widely applauded by all supporters during this game, Well done to Plunkett McEllton of Crotta O'Neill's who did an excellent job in refereeing the game.

After the match Naoimi Reidy, with her father Bernard, presented Lixnaw captain John Buckley with the Michael Reidy Memorial Cup.

Lixnaw: Colin Sheehy, Liam Mullins, Gerard Stackpoole, Conor O'Keeffe, Robert Silles, Tommy Foley, William Costello, Julianne O'Keeffe, John Buckley, Davin Quilter (3-02), David Silles, Shane Conway, Jason Keane, Jeremy McKenna (2-02), Padraig Shanahan.
Subs: Jack Allen, Tommy Molyneaux, Jamie Galvin, Orann O'Connell, Brendan Angland, Brian McAuliffe.

Kenmare/Kilgarvan: Flor O'Sullivan, Gearóid Fennessey, Patrick McCarthy, Aodhán Coakley, Séan Casey, John Mark Foley (0-02), Daragh O' Shea, Christopher Creedon, Seanie O' Shea (0-01), Eric Burns (0-01), Dylan Spillane (0-01) Brian O' Sullivan, Tadhg O' Siochrú, Darragh O'Siochrú Mike Joe Mc Carthy (0-01).

Referee: Plunkett McEllton (Crotta O'Neill's)

Limerick V South Kerry U14 Hurling invitational game at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick.
The U14 hurlers of South Kerry were invited to play in the above game as a curtain raiser to the Munster V Connacht interpro football game and also as part of the official "Switching - on " of the recently installed floodlights at the Limerick city venue. This was a great experience for our young hurlers, despite the bad weather. The day started with a series of joint training sessions with both Kerry and Limerick players being mixed. The benefit to our lads of experiencing new coaching techniques and the exchange of ideas and friendships is a good thing. Some interesting drills and skills were exchanged and learned. After these sessions, we enjoyed the Limerick hospitality and the weather improved greatly. It was then onto the Gaelic Grounds for the game and we had a good and sporting game in dry but windy conditions. All players on our panel got to play and we eventually ran out winners on a score line of South Kerry 3-05 Limerick 1-03. Thanks to John Griffin and his Limerick counterparts for organising this game, it was very enjoyable and a great experience.

South Kerry
: John Billot, Micheal Burns, Michael Casey, Chris Doncel, Timmy Foley, Shane Hannifin, Lorcan Howe, Ivan Hurley, John Ivory (Capt),Conor McSharry, Aaron Murphy, Mark O'Shea ---Dr Crokes. Patrick Devane, Matthew Flaherty---- Dingle. Dean Cassidy, Pat O'Shea, Ronan Lucey, Aidan Quinlan, John Breen, Gerard Donovan, Fionnan O'Sullivan, Sean Godfrey, Kieran O'Donoghue ----Kenmare/Kilgarvan.

Tralee Hurling Initiative:
The Tralee hurling initiative continued last Friday night with a blitz taking place at 7pm in the Tralee IT GAA grounds on the North Campus. With 3 teams attending the venue and 65 boys and girls enjoyed the blitz as each team has 4 games.

Hurling Competition Winners for 2009.
As we complete our 2009 Games Calendar, we acknowledge the hard work of all mentors in every club who strive to develop hurling. A Special Thank you to each of you and your club for the work well done during the year and special mention to Pat Mc Donnell Paints Tralee for sponsoring the website and to all the media spoken and print.

Hurling Roll of Honour for 2009

U12 Michael Reidy Memorial Hurling Championship: Lixnaw.
U12 Lee Strand County League Division 1: Lixnaw
U12 Lee Strand County League Division 2: St Brendan's
U12 Lee Strand County League Division 3: Ballyduff
U12 Lee Strand County League NK section Division 1: Causeway
U12 Lee Strand County League NK section Division 2: Crotta
U12 Lee Strand County League SK section Division 1: Kenmare

U14 Lee Strand County League Division 1: St Brendan's
U14 Lee Strand County League Division 2: Dingle

Feile Na Gaeil: St Brendan's
Feile na Gaeil Runner Up: Lixnaw

U15 William Sweeney Memorial Hurling C/ship: Lixnaw

U16 Lee Strand County League Division 1: Ballyheigue
U16 Lee Strand County League Division 2: Lixnaw