KERRY bowed out of this year's GAA football championship to Dublin before a packed attendance at Croke Park on Sunday last.
This was a terrific game of football played in the usual sporting spirit between the sides and while defeat was Kerry's lot, at the end of the day, the huge Kerry support can justifiably feel very proud of the performance served up by the men from the Kingdom.
Obviously, Kerry are at a stage where they are trying to blend in young players with the more experienced veterans and this process will take time – a fact readily acknowledged by Eamonn Fitzmaurice when he took on the onerous task of team manager. The experience gained in the white heat of battle last Sunday will certainly stand to the newcomers.
The support given to the team all year, and especially on Sunday last was tremendous. The fact that 16,000 tickets were sold in Kerry for the semi-final was testament to the huge interest in the fortunes of the team within the county and I feel that the players certainly did not leave them down giving every last ounce of energy in the pursuit of Sam Maguire.
We all left Croke Park bitterly disappointed on Sunday evening, but proud Kerry men and women with heads held high. On behalf of all Kerry supporters, I extend our thanks to the players and management for the huge effort they put in over the last 10 months.
This time last year, all and sundry were bemoaning the demise of gaelic football as we knew it. Just a year later it's good to report that gaelic football has survived thanks in no small way to the likes of the epic served up by Kerry and Dublin and the positive attitude over the last few years shown by the likes of Mayo, Cork and Galway to name but a few. Long may it continue.
DR Crokes will play East Kerry in the second semi final of the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship on Monday evening, next September 9.
The delay in that semi final is due to the fact that Dr Crokes have two players involved with Kerry Minor Hurlers. An Ghaeltacht are already through to the final for which no date has been decided.
THE long awaited Group 2 Credit Union Junior League Final between Legion and An Ghaeltacht was played on Friday evening in Keel with the Killarney side edging out the Westerners by 1-8 to 0-10.
County Junior Football
THE semi-final pairings with first named teams having home venue are as follows:
Dr Crokes v Rathmore
Austin Stacks v Kilcummin
No dates have been fixed for these games.
LISTRY and St Michaels Foilmore are through to the semi-finals. The other quarter finalists are Ardfert and Gneeveguilla who meet on this Friday and Kenmare and St Marys whose game has yet to be fixed.
NA Gaeil and Beale have qualified for the semi finals as have Kerins O'Rahillys who defeated Tarbert on Wednesday evening last and Moyvane who defeated Waterville in Glenbeigh on Friday evening last by 2-11 to 1-12.
SCARTAGLIN and Beaufort have secured semi-final spots as have Ballyheigue who defeated Cromane on Friday evening last by 2-8 to 2-7, while Churchill v Dromid Pearses has yet to be fixed.