Kingdom lead the way
KERRY lead the way on the Tesco HomeGrown Division 2 Team of the League receiving five awards.
Aislinn Desmond was rewarded for her efforts in full-back, where she had a sterling season. Bernie Breen selected in midfield where she played a captain's role, driving the team forward. In the forward division Sarah Houlihan (below) was selected in left half-forward, following on from her Player of the Match Award in the final. Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh was selected in corner-forward along side Louise Galvin in full-forward. Other nominees were Galway with four, Westmeath with two and Clare, Fermanagh, Cavan, Kildare with one each. This bodes well for Kerry, as this is the precursor for the All Stars handed out later in the season.
In addition the Kerry ladies received seven nominations for the Munster Ladies team for the upcoming Inter Provincial Series, which takes place this weekend in Westmeath with five players on standby. Selected were Edel Murphy, Aislinn Desmond, Caroline Kelly, Aoife Lyons, Bernie Breen, Sarah Houlihan, Louise Ni Mhuirteartaigh. The following are on stand by: Louise Galvin, Emma Sherwood, Cait Lynch and Deirdre Corridan.
THE Kerry Under 21 ladies commence their campaign with an away fixture to Waterford, scheduled for Sunday. This is a new competition introduced by the Ladies Gaelic Football Association and Kerry are very excited to be taking part in it.
Kerry Manager Connie O'Connor says: "It is a new campaign for all teams involved, so all teams will be going into to the unknown. The team has trained very hard since the start of the season and we are happy with our preparations."
Kerry will be backboned by senior team members Rosie Young, Cait Lynch, Lorraine Scanlon, Marie Quirke, Megan O'Connell and Claire O'Sullivan. Kerry's second game in the campaign will be at home to Cork in Beaufort on the June weekend. We are asking all Kerry football fans to come and support the team.
THE Kerry Under 14 team, after the drama in Bishopstown a week earlier, travelled to Mullingar to partake in the National Under 14 Blitz.
Kerry won all their group games defeating Cork A, Kildare, Galway and Monaghan – a very tough competitive group, which included Connacht Champions and Leinster and Ulster Finalists. In the final they meet the old enemy Cork B where we came unstuck as the exertions of the tough group finally caught up with the team. Cork ran out eventual winners by two points, in a thrilling game.
The Under 14 Munster Final replay will take place May 25/26 in Tom Healy Park, Abbeydorney.
U-12 Development Blitz
KERRY head to Waterford on Saturday, May 25 to partake in a developmental blitz organised by Waterford Ladies.
Kerry will be carrying two teams of approx 55 girls to the event to be held in Mount Sion GAA. The focus of the blitz is on development – at this stage skill development is crucial for the players. Kerry ladies have been carrying out development squad training for Under 12 every weekend since March in both North and South Kerry. Best of luck to all players and especially the coaches who have given their time freely.
THIS weekend saw some of the final stages of the Rhyno Quality Feeds County League. In the first action of the weekend saw East Kerry Derby Semi-finals in the Division 3B.
First off was Dr Crokes v Miltown / Listry in Lewis Road, where the home side ran out comprehensive winners 5-15 to 1-14. In the other semi-final Spa travelled to Rathmore and made the journey worthwhile coming out winners in a very nip and tuck game. Final score Rathmore 3-8 Spa 5-5.
In the Division 1B semi-finals Castleisland Desmonds travelled to Caherciveen to take on local side Southern Gaels with a depleted squad. However, they battled hard but were up against a strong local side. Final score Southern Gaels 3-16 Castleisland Desmonds 1-14. Austin Stacks travelled to other black and amber side Listowel Emmets in the other Division 1B semi-final. The home side came out on top scoring 4-8 to Austin Stacks 2-4.
On Sunday the first action was in Firies in the Division 2B Final between the home side and Na Gaeil. Na Gaeil were unlucky not to make the A Final and were keen to make up for that. In the end Na Gaeil ran out comfortable winners. Firies 1-4 Na Gaeil 4-21.
Next up was the Division 2 A Final between favorites Scartaglin and Abbeydorney in Milltown. Final Score Scartaglin 2-11 Abbeydorney 1-5. Paudie O'Connor MD of sponsor Rhyno Quality Feeds presented the cup to Scartaglin captain Helen O'Connor.
Final action of the day saw the hotly anticipated Division 1 Final between Inbhear Sceine Gaels and Laune Rangers. Game took place in JP O'Sullivan Park Killorglin and the home side was chasing a fourth league title in a row. Which they duly obliged. In a high scoring game, the power of the Laune Rangers attack was too much for the Inbhear Sceine side. The home side hitting a dizzy 3-22 to Inbhear Sceine Gaels 2-5. Paudie O'Connor MD of Rhyno Quality Feeds presented the cup to a very happy Laune Rangers Captain Sarah Jane Joy.
Further action remains in Division 4 with Round games continuing until end of July before final and semi-final spots are confirmed. In addition the Division 1B Final between Listowel Emmets and Southern Gaels is to be fixed. But with exams and the U21 team out in action that will be delayed. Please keep checking the website and social media for further details.
The Glebe U-12 County League commenced the weekend with games across the county in all four divisions taking place. The U-12 league is jam packed with fixtures until July; so please check out the website for fixtures and results.
In addition a round of the Educate.ie U-14 county league took place over the weekend, all results on the website.
The final round of action in the Kelliher U-16 County League takes place this week, before we take a break for Leaving and Junior Cert exams.