ON Thursday last in Mastergeeha soccer club, Killarney the replay of the Under 12 Boys soccer final was held between Spa Muckross and Kenmare. Weather conditions on this occasion were more favourable and as expected a terrific game was witnessed by all.
Kenmare, the pre-tournament favourites having won events in Community Games for the previous two years (the Under 10 Gaelic Football and the Under 11 mini rugby), set about their business in dominant style and had Spa Muckross on the back foot.
Spa Muckross, however, defended tenaciously taking a leaf from Chelsea's book in their champions League game versus Barcelona and against the run of play went 1-0 up from a corner kick. Kenmare being the more stronger continued to press and on the stroke of half time secured a corner kick that was dispatched clinically by their centre half.
At the start of the second half Spa Muckross started with more purpose and scored their second goal when a long ball decieved the Kenmare defence for the Spa Muckross forward to run onto and slide into the Kenmare net.
Kenmare then went on an all out attack and after several chances finally broke down the Spa Muckross defence and scored the equaliser.
Play was from end to end for a long period and until eight minutes from time Kenmare scored to go 3-2 up and break the hearts of the Spa Muckross team. The momentum was then with Kenmare and they played some fantastic soccer and went on to score a few more goals to win the gold medals and now go forward to represent Kerry at Munster level in July. Spa Muckross can be proud of their performance however, although defeated they displayed huge passion, determination and heart.
Special mention must go the parents, supporters and Mastergeeha officials who created a great atmosphere in which the children revelled.
On Saturday last in Abbeydorney the Under 11 Hurling competition was held where we had five teams take part in a round robin format. Teams were Rathmore / Gneevguilla, Lixnaw, Ballyheigue, Abbeydorney and Ballyduff.
Ballyheigue and Abbeydorney won all their group games and whilst the game between each other finished in a draw, so in order to determine the winner the team who had scored the most was deemed the winner.
Ballyheigue went on to win the gold medals, Abbeydorney were second, Lixnaw third and Ballyduff fourth.
In Tralee Rugby club on Sunday last the Under 11 Mini Rugby competition was held where six teams competed in two groups of three. In group 1 Kenmare were the group winners with Spa / Fenit / Barrow in second with Duagh / Lyre losing out although they did have a young team and most certainly will feature next year.
In group 2 Lixnaw were the group winners with Killorglin in second with St Brendan's / Oakpark losing out although they played terrific rugby. In the third / fourth play-off Spa / Fenit / Barrow defeated Killorglin 4-1 to secure the bronze medals. In the final Lixnaw defeated Kenmare 2-0.
Results: 1st Lixnaw 2nd Kenmare 3rd Spa / Fenit / Barrow 4th Killorglin.
Closing dates for the Camogie and Olympic Handball is this Thursday, May 3.
On Saturday next in the Tralee Pitch and putt club the Under 16 pitch and putt takes place with a 10.30am sign-in.
On Sunday next in Tralee Rugby Club the Under 11 and Under 14 tag rugby events take place with a 9.30am sign in.
On Bank Holiday Monday next in Rathmore the Unde r12 Girls Gaelic Football competition takes place with a 10.30am sign in.
Areas are reminded to hold their local athletics competitions and the closing date of May 24 must be observed.
Fixture changes to note are that of the Judo competition which will be held in Firies on Monday, May 21 and the Hardcourt tennis which will be held on June 10.
The Olympic Handball Competition will be held on Tuesday, May 15 of Tuesday, May 22. To be conirmed next week.
Meanwhile, the HSE Community Games media awards were held in Athlone last weekend where regional and national papers along with radio and television stations, which also receive awards for their coverage of Community Games events.
Radio Kerry were the big winners when they were the overall best radio station for their outstanding coverage of the fantastic exploits of the children in Kerry at local, Munster and National level in Community Games. John Treacy of the Irish Sports Council presented the award along with Dr Ailish Brosnan of the HSE, a native of Castleisland.
Nelius Collins, Kerry Community Games Radio PRO accepted the award on behalf of Radio Kerry where he afforded special mention towards Gary O'sullivan and Joe O'mahony of the Radio Kerry sports department and thanked them sincerely for their help and support for the past few years. Nelius also received an award for his outstanding work in his weekly and detailed radio reports.
The Kerryman newspaper along with the Kerry Outlook Publications were also in the running for awards, but on this occasion did not feature amongst the award winners. This, however, does not understate the tremendous work they do for Community Games in Kerry.