Camogie team qualify for National League Division 4 final
League Division 4
Kerry 0-11 Dublin 0-8
KERRY seniors travelled to The Ragg in county Tipperary on Sunday last to play Dublin in this semi final. Kerry had played Dublin earlier in the group stages and had ran out comfortable winners but this game against a much changed Dublin side was to prove much closer with Kerry winning on a score line of Kerry 0-11 Dublin 0-8.
Dublin began the first half the brighter with their wing forward Siofra Walsh getting the first point from play. Kerry responded well with a point from play by Jessica Fitzell who was excellent throughout and two frees from Sarah Murphy.
Kerry should have at this stage take control but instead of converting their dominance into scores began to commit a high number of needless fouls which allowed Dublin's excellent free taker Claire Graham to score two points and draw the teams level.
Laura Collins got Kerry's next score a point from play to lead once more but the needless fouling by Kerry continued and Graham converted another free for Dublin.
Kerry began to settle down a bit more and won two frees which were expertly dispatched by Sarah Murphy who was unerring from placed balls all day. Dublin responded with a point from play but Kerry finished stronger with two more points from placed balls by Murphy to leave the score 0-8 to 0-5 in favour of Kerry but Kerry would have to play against a strong breeze in the second half.
To Kerry's credit they rose to the challenge and came out in the second half and played much better. They cut out the silly fouling and instead forced Dublin to shoot under pressure by hooking, blocking and chasing after the Dublin players.
Kerry opened the scoring in the second half with a free by Sarah Murphy and another lovely score from play by Jessica Fitzell who at the tender age of 16 was one of star performers on the field.
Elaine Ryall at wing forward was outstanding harassing the Dublin backs at every opportunity and carrying the sliotar to set up attacks. Dublin opened their account in the second half with two consecutive points, one from a '45' and the second from a free, both scored by Graham.
Kerry replied with another free by Murphy and the days' scoring was concluded by a point from play for Dublin. This left the score 0-11 to 0-8 in Kerry's favour with Dublin needing a goal to draw level, but as hard as Dublin tried they were unable to get the goal they needed to force extra time.
Kerry's backs stood firm with the Leen sisters Niamh and Ann Marie at midfield, Patrice Diggin at centre back, and Michelle Costello and Aoife Fitzgerald in the full back line defending outstandingly throughout.
This was an outstanding team performance with everyone working tirelessly to win Kerry the game. This Kerry team have now qualified for their third all Ireland final in three years and are unbeaten in the league this year.
Kerry will now play limerick in the league final on Sunday May 4 at a Cork venue. Here's hoping this exceptional bunch of women can win the all Ireland title that there enormous efforts deserve.
Kerry: Michelle O'Carroll, Treise Moran, Aoife Fitzgerald, Michelle Costello, Saidbhe Horgan, Patrice Diggin, Orla young, Niamh Leen, Ann Marie Leen, Elaine Ryall, Sarah Murphy , Gillian McNamara, Jessica Fitzell, Laura Collins, Claire Godley, Julienne O'Keeffe , Jacinta Cronin, Ruth Wallace, Una Flynn, Michelle Enright, Aine Brassil, Triona Brassil (injured)
Kerry Camogie play-off Round 2
Played last week Causeway were at home to CillArd and the home side started off stronger and managed to outscore their opponents 2-2 to 1-0 in the first half second half started and CillÁrd came out determined worked tirelessly to get the ball into the forwards and get the well needed scores.
The last five minutes were very intense as CillÁrd tried to get that all important goal to level but Causeway who were kept scoreless in the second half ran out winners on a score line of Causeway 2-2 to CillÁrd 1-2.
This game will go to a third play-off to decide on who goes through to represent Kerry in the National Feile in June.
This game is fixed for next Sunday, time and venue to be confirmed later in week.
Limerick U16 league
Played last Friday night in Croagh Causeway continued their winning ways winning on a scoreline Causeway 5-9 Treaty Gaels 3-5. Causeway have a break this coming week.
Kerry Camogie Feile playoff Round 3 is to be played this Sunday, time and venue to be confirmed.
Church Gate Collection
We are having church gate collection this coming weekend at Lixnaw Masses April 26 and 27. Your support is appreciated.