Small ball's big day awaits this weekend

Tommy O'Connor - Hurling news

The highlight of the Kerry hurling year goes ahead this weekend with the Final of the 2017 Garvey's Supervalu Co. Senior Hurling Championship (Corn Neilus Ó Floinn) between Ballyduff and Lixnaw. It goes ahead at Austin Stack Park where there will be a 3pm throw-in time.

Ballyduff will be aiming to go ahead in the Kerry hurling championship roll of honour - they currently share that honour with Kilmoyley on 24 titles each. Lixnaw will be going for their ninth title.

The jubilee team being honoured at this year's county hurling final is the Ballyheigue team that 25 years ago won the 1992 senior championship title and they will be presented to the crowd at half time

The match programme will be produced by the North Kerry Hurling Board and the 64 page publication will be on sale inside the ground for just €3.

Match Day arrangements.

Gates will open at 12 noon and general admission is €15 with a €5 concession for students and OAP's. All under 16s are admitted free of charge. The usual ticket vans will be in operation but patrons are reminded that tickets are available to purchase in advance from Supervalu and Centra Stores around the county (including Ross's Centra in Ballyduff), the County Board Office and the Kerry GAA Store in Killarney and online at tickets.ie.

County MHC Final

The curtain raiser on Sunday will be the Keane's SuperValu Killorglin County Minor hurling championship final (Corn Seán Loibhéad) between Abbeydorney/Tralee Parnells and Crotta O'Neill's at 1pm.

In last Saturday's semi-finals, played at Austin Stack Park, Crotta had a 4-15 to 3-9 win over St. Brendan's while the Abbeydorney/Tralee Parnells combination side defeated Causeway by 2-12 to 1-12. Crotta will be aiming for their second title in a row.

Kilmoyley will play Ballyheigue on this Saturday, 7 October at 5pm in a back game in Division 1B of the County minor hurling league.

County SHL Division 2

In the semi-final of the Credit Union County Senior Hurling League, Division 2, played on Sunday, Causeway had a 3-20 to 4-6 win over Dr. Crokes. Causeway will now meet St. Brendan's in the Final on October 28 in Kilmoyley at 2pm.

On the same day, Ballyduff will play Kilmoyley in the final of the SHL Division 1 in Abbeydorney at 4pm.

County U-21 Hurling Championship

The following draws have been made for the quarter finals of the County U-21 hurling championship: South Kerry v St. Brendan's (at Kilgarvan); Lixnaw v Causeway; Crotta v Ballyduff and Abbeydorney/Ballyheigue v Kilmoyley. Matches to be played on Saturday, 21 October at 4pm. Extra-time to be played if necessary.

Shane Conway is Under-21 Player of the Year

Congratulations to Shane Conway of Lixnaw who was named Bórd Gais Eireann Under 21 'B' Player of the Year following some stellar displays for Kerry Under 21s who claimed the All Ireland titlw with victory over Wicklow last month.

Kerryman

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