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Saturday 19 April 2014

Kingdom still in the hunt

Johnny Buckley, Kerry, fields a high ball ahead of Alan O'Connor, Cork. Allianz Football League, Division 1, Kerry v Cork, Austin Stack Park, Tralee, Co. Kerry. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Johnny Buckley, Kerry, fields a high ball ahead of Alan O'Connor, Cork. Allianz Football League, Division 1, Kerry v Cork, Austin Stack Park, Tralee, Co. Kerry. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

IT was a bitterly cold day in Austin Stack Park on Sunday last, however, by the end of the game, Kerry's four points victory over Cork in the Allianz Football League left a warm glow among Kerry supporters in the large crowd of over 6,200.

It was not a game for the purist, yet that hardly mattered on this occasion as the homeside doubled their points tally in Division 1, however, results elsewhere, particularly Mayo's victory over Donegal, will see Kerry requiring at the very least two points from their visit to Omagh on April 7.

Kerry, Donegal and Mayo all have four points in the League table, while Down are rooted to the bottom on two points. In the final round of games Kerry are away to Tyrone, Mayo travel to Cork, Donegal are at home to Dublin and Down entertain Kildare. One interesting aspect of those games is that Dublin, Tyrone and Kildare have already qualified for the League semi-finals and that may colour the thoughts of those managers when selecting teams for final day action.

Players Insurance

CLUB secretaries should please note that in order for a county to qualify for a rebate next year all clubs must register their teams and forward payment to Croke Park before March 31.

There is still a large number of clubs who either have not registered or who have outstanding payments. Please register your teams immediately and forward payment - less rebate of €954 if applicable. Any queries please contact county committee office.

Sam: The Man

THERE is no doubt that the Sam Maguire Cup is the most sought after sporting trophy on this island, and no place more so than here in the Kingdom of Kerry, but who was Sam Maguire? Well, there is an upcoming event in Killarney Library which will be of interest to GAA fans. Kerry Archaeological & Historical Society (KAHS) will hold a lecture entitled "Sam Maguire - the Man" in Killarney Library on Tuesday, April 2 at 7.30pm. This lecture is being delivered by Donal O'Sullivan, who is a member of KAHS. Admission is free and all welcome. Further info on www.kerryhistory.ie or www.kerrylibrary.ie.

Kerry Lotto

THE Kerry GAA Lotto draw took place at half-time in the Kerry versus Cork game in Austin Stack Park on Sunday last. The numbers drawn by Eamon Whelan, County Coaching Officer were 3, 21, 16 and 19. There was no winner of the €20,000 Jackpot. The lucky dip winners were €100 Gerard Dineen, Tipperary; €50 Sean O'Sullivan Listry; Dr. Richard McEllestrem, Limerick; Paudie Dineen, Abbeydorney.

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!! Hard Copy tickets are available from the Kerry Supporters Club and from the County Committee Offices at Austin Stack Park, Tralee.

Next week our Lotto draw will take place on Tuesday, April 2 at The County Committee Office at 12pm. If you are around Tralee call up to Austin Stack Park and you can pick the numbers.

County Committee

Match Day Draw

THE Kerry supporters club ran a raffle in aid of the players training fund at the game on Sunday.

The tickets cost €2.00 each and there was a fantastic support from the attendance. The winning tickets were drawn by Dylan Crowley from Rathmore one of the Kerry teams greatest fans. Congratulations to the The four lucky winners:

€200 Pat Tagney, Tralee; €50 John Kelly, Spa; Tom O'Connor who hails from Brosna and traveled from his home in Athlone for the game; €50 entry for Lotto Andrew Moore, Glenbeigh.

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