AT the fifth time of asking, Kerry finally collected their first brace of points in the league with a three points victory over Down.
Kerry were well in control in the opening half, moving the ball swiftly and taking their scores against a Down side who missed a number of scoring opportunities, especially from frees. At the break it was eight points to 1, a score-line that did not flatter the home-side. The concession of an early goal on the restart, following a mix-up in their own square, had the pressure back on Kerry and the missing of a penalty in the 22nd minute of the half when Darran O'Sullivan drove the spot kick wide of the post, only added to the anxiety of the Kerry followers.
Still Kerry held their composure even if the new management team watching from the sideline would have preferred if they had tacked on a few additional scores to copperfasten victory a little earlier. While a foot injury sustained during the game by Aidan O'Mahony was a cause of concern to the faithful followers as they streamed out of the grounds afterwards, the return to action of Declan O'Sullivan, Paul Galvin and Anthony Maher was welcome news as was the fact that results elsewhere on the night sees three teams on two points and another remain on four.
Half time entertainment, as part of Seachtain na Gaeilge, was provided by the Spa Scór na nÓg Set Dancers, Kerry and Munster champions and recent All Ireland runners-up while our national anthem was sung by Heather Gray from the Keel club.
It's back to Austin Stack Park on Sunday next when Kerry entertain local rivals Cork in Round 6, and penultimate round, of the Allianz Football League. It is, of course, a game that Kerry need to win given their precarious position locked on two points at the bottom of the League with both Down and Mayo. Cork come to Tralee buoyed by a string of three impressive victories over Down, Tyrone and All Ireland Champions Donegal and are certainly one of the form teams in the four semi final positions at the present time.
All games with Cork are keenly contested, and no doubt, Sunday's encounter will be no different. Throw in is at 2 pm with Cormac Reilly of Meath in charge. Admission is €13 with all Under 16s admitted free.
THERE is no doubt but the Credit Union Senior Football Leagues have stood the test of time.
Now in their 42nd year, the leagues seem to be going from strength to strength and are usually regarded as a very good barometer of a club's standing at any particular time. True, a club may slip down a division every now and then due to a possible combination of reasons such as retirements, immigration or unavailability of county players, but more likely than not, they will be seen to reclaim their "rightful" position in the league sooner rather than later.
Equally true however is the fact that right now every club in the country is facing up to the harsh realities of the economic times we are currently enduring and many rural clubs in Kerry in particular are facing challenges that many of them have not seen since similar economic woes in the fifties and sixties decimated rural Ireland and the local GAA clubs in the process.
Still, Kerry clubs are a resourceful bunch and no doubt County League points will be fought for with the usual intensity especially now that the promotion and relegation issues will revert to the previously tried "three up, three down" format.
All games in Round 1 are fixed for Saturday at 4pm due to the Allinaz Football League game on Sunday.
Kerry GAA Lotto News
DONIE O'Leary, Brendan McCarthy and Martin Leane of the Kerry Supporters Club drew the winning numbers in the Kerry GAA Lotto that took place last Saturday night in Austin Stack Park. The numbers drawn were 5.13.28 and 11. There was no winner of the €20,000 Jackpot.
The St Patrick's Eve Lucky dip winners were: €100 - Jacinta Joy, Watford, England; €50 -Teresa O'Leary, Killarney; €50 - John O'Sullivan Tralee; €50 - John Jack Bailey, Birmingham.
Next week's Kerry GAA Lotto will take place at half time in the Allianz Football League game Kerry V Cork on Sunday next in Austin Stack Park Tralee.
Play our Lotto for as little as €2 per week if you want to support the development of Kerry GAA teams into the future and also be in with a chance of winning the €20,000 Jackpot. You can play on line at www.kerrygaa.ie or by contacting any of the following: Donie O'Leary and Brendan McCarthy from the Kerry Supporters Club or Aileen at the County Committee office.
THE 2013 County Senior Scór Finals were held in the Fossa Community Centre on Friday evening last where there was another wonderful evening of music, song, dance and act with seven Districts Boards involved. Bean a Tí for the occasion was Leona Twiss, Cultural Officer of County. It was a wonderful night for the East Kerry Board who won six out of the eight categories. All winners will now go forward to the Munster Semi Finals which will be staged in the Mallow Youth Centre on this coming Saturday, March 23rd commencing at 6pm. The following were the winners;
Figure Dancing: Glenflesk; Solo Singing: Austin Stacks (Aoife Ni Choileán); Instrumental Music: Fossa; Recitation: Spa, Ray O'Sullivan; Ballad Group: Kilcummin; Question Time: Fossa; Novelty Act: Churchill; Set Dancing: Spa.
Fossa and Spa shared the overall Club prize which was presented to their Club Scór Officers; Theresa Kissane and Sheila McCarthy respectively.