CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Crokes on winning Munster Senior Club back to back titles and on winning The Munster Club of The year award for 2012. Dr. Crokes have led the way on and off the field in 2012 and are great ambassadors for Kerry.
On Sunday they secured the Munster Club title 2012 with a 0-19 to 0-12 win over Castlehaven from Cork. Sean Walsh The Chairman of Munster GAA presented the Munster trophy to the Dr. Crokes Captain Kieran O'Leary.
Dr. Crokes GAA club are also deserving winners of the Munster Club of the Year.
The Killarney club was founded in 1886 and today have teams in every age group from under-6 to Senior. The club has an illustrious history which has included nine Kerry Senior Football titles, five Munster Club titles and an All-Ireland Club title in 1992.
After winning the County Final in 2000, the club suffered some agonising defeats, losing the Kerry County Finals of 2005, 2006 and 2009. The club did win the Munster Club title of 2006 before losing out after a replay in the All-Ireland Club final in the spring of 2007.
Not deterred by these setbacks, the good work at underage level continued and the Kerry Senior Football title returned after a ten year gap in 2010, a title they have retained over the last couple of years en route to a memorable three in a row. Dr. Crokes won the Munster Club title in 2011 and retained it on Sunday last. Aside from their Senior success, in 2012 to date the club have won the County Under 14 Football title, East Kerry Minor League & Championship titles, the County Under-21 Club Plate Final and the Kerry Junior Football Division 1 League title. Dr. Crokes are deserving winners of the 2012 Club of the Year award.
Munster Junior Club
Congratulations to Kenmare who have qualified for The Munster Junior Club Final following their win on Sunday last in Fitzgerald stadium when they defeated Rockchapel on a scoreline of 1-15 to 1-8. We wish them every success as they play Cappamore from Limerick in The Munster Junior Final on the 9th December in Mallow at 2.00pm.
Munster Novice Final
Congratulations to Scartaglin on defeating Diarmaid Ó Mathunas (Cork) in The Munster Novice Final in Knockaderry on Sunday last on a score of 2-8 to 0-7. This was a great win for the County Novice Champions and a great end to their year.
The Games Development Conference will take place on Saturday January 12, 2013 in Croke Park. This year's conference is entitled 'Coaching Adults - More than the Sum of Our Parts'.
Our games development structures are aligned to provide opportunities for players as child, youth or adult participants. So for the first time our annual Games Development Conference will focus on areas related specifically to the participation in our games by the adult player.
Ensuring that our adult players are provided with a balanced series of meaningful games within Gaelic games is central to maintaining a lifelong relationship with the Association. In this context, the range of presentations will take place that will stimulate coaches and provide an example of how to plan appropriately for the needs of our players.
A wide range of speakers will present on the day, including former Dublin Senior Football manager Pat Gilroy, current Cork Senior Hurling manager Jimmy Barry Murphy, coach to the Irish Olympic boxing squad Billy Walsh and horse trainers and breeder, Jim Bolger.
The Conference is held in conjunction with our sister Associations, Cumann Peile Gael na mBan, An Cumann Camógaíochta, Cumann Liathróid Láimhe na hÉireann and Comhairle Cluichí Corr. Last year over 700 delegates made the journey to the Conference and it is anticipated that uptake will be high again this year.
For more information on the Games Development Conference, visit the Games Development section of www.gaa.ie or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Following the GAA's Annual Congress in April 2012 a new rule was enacted that made it mandatory to use a mouthguard in all Gaelic football matches and training sessions from January 1, 2013 (for all age grades up to and including minor) and adult level from January 1, 2014.
An agreement has been reached to distribute GAA/GPA mouth guards. The product range will include both boil and bite mouth guards and custom fitted mouth guards. The boil and bite mouth guards will be available to purchase from mid-December onwards. They will come in four categories of protection: bronze, silver, gold and platinum.
They will be available for purchasing through your local retailers: Supervalu, Centra, Lifestyle and Elverys. Following on from extensive research of the market, these mouth guards supplied by OPRO are the best product available in terms of quality, certification and value for money.
COUNTY Convention takes place on Monday, December 10 in The Ballyroe Heights hotel, Tralee.
THE GAA Museum is hosting a series of family-friendly Christmas Treasure Hunts at Croke Park Stadium this festive season.
Families can take part in special guided tours of Croke Park where younger visitors must follow the Christmas stars through the stadium to collect their Christmas treat.
Treasure hunters can also enjoy some Christmas time storytelling in the museum's specially decorated Christmas Den following their tour.
Festive Family Fun is suitable for children of five and over; 25% discount on the family ticket for online bookings only; book at www. crokepark. ie/ gaamuseum
These tours operate on a first come, first served basis. Advance online booking is advised.