NEXT weekend it's the turn of the Even ages to kick off their new campaigns. The JK Sports Under 12 is the biggest division in the league with 17 teams divided into the Premier, Division 1 and Division 2.
The Premier Division is made up of the A teams of Kingdom Boys, Listowel Celtic, Park, Killarney Athletic, Killarney Celtic and Killorglin. This will be a very tight Division with all these teams having gotten great experience at Under 11 last season.
Division 1 has B teams from four of the above â?“ Killarney Celtic, Kingdom Boys, Listowel Celtic and Park B. Added to these are Ballyhar and Mastergeeha. It is a sign of the strength of numbers that these four B teams will be very strong. But if Ballyhar and Mastergeeha can get things in order they could be the two to watch.
Division 2 takes in teams from a wide geography. From Behy Rovers in Glenbeigh to Asdee this will be a very tight battle with the other sides involved being Killorglin B, Fenit, Camp, and St Bernards.
The O'Callaghan Coaches Under 14 Premier has the top four teams from last year's Under 13 Premier. Kingdom Boys, Killarney Celtic, Listowel Celtic and Ballyhar finished in that order last season so it will be interesting to see how this year pans out. The new side in the division are Killorglin who were unbeaten in winning the Division 1 title last year and will have no problem getting in amongst the other sides.
In Division 1 The Park A, Killarney Athletic A and Fenit drop down from last year's Under 13 Premier division so should be tough to beat here. Camp and Castlemaine had decent campaigns in Under 13 Division 1 and will need only a little improvement to get into the top spots. Killarney Celtic B won their Division 2 last season and so deserve to step up.
Division 2 is made up of B teams from Athletic, Killorglin and Listowel Celtic plus Castleisland and Asdee with the latter two probably the favourites, but the three B teams come for club with depth in talent so a lot will happen before any silver wear is won.
There is a new format to the Tralee Trophy World Under 16, which is in the process of being finalised. Subject to agreement by the clubs the division will be made up of North and South sections with one series of games. After this the top three teams from both sides will go into a Premier section with the other clubs competing for Division 1 honours.
The proposed line-up of the Southern section is Killarney Athletic and Celtic, Mastergeeha, Killorglin, Ballyhar and Park B while in the North its Listowel Celtic, Kingdom Boys, Park A, Fenit, Castleisland, Camp and Killarney Celtic B.