O'Grady can fire Mid Kerry to victory over Feale
Feale Rangers vs. Mid Kerry
BAR Dr Crokes and South Kerry these are the only other two sides to have won the County Championship in the last decade.
Still you can't help but feel they are not what they once were were.
The home side have lost the Finuge contingent, while Milltown / Castlemaine have departed from Mid Kerry. The end of Sean O'Sullivan's self-imposed exile will bring stability to Mid Kerry's ranks once more. Nevertheless the loss of the MIlltown / Castlemaine is a lot to try and overcome. Donnachadh Walsh is free of injury this year, while Darran O'Sullivan will want to try and make a claim for a starting place on the Kerry team so there is a lot in the plus column for the visitors in advance of the game in Ballylongford.
For Feale Rangers Anthony Maher and Paddy Curtin will have to pick up a lot of the vacuum left by the departure of Finuge and, while Kieran Quirke, Damien Somers, Conor Cox and Cormac Mulvihill are all competent players, the championship winning stock of the district side is badly affected by the absence of a Paul Galvin or a Pat Corridan in a tight game.
Ballylongford can't be classed as a home venue for Feale Rangers, but really, it's as good as with the players' knowledge of the venue from North Kerry championship and league matches. That would make you lean towards the home side, but with Mid Kerry able to call on Gavan O'Grady, Pa Kilkenny and James Coffey this year they might just do a bit better than last year.
Verdict: Mid Kerry