Tralee hosts Community Games finals

Andrew Moynihan, representing Castleisland, pictured with his medal from the Kerry Community Games Model Making Competition in Castleisland on Sunday. Andrew is pictured with Kerry Community Games administrators, Patsi O'Connell (left) and Margaret Culloty. Photo by John Reidy
Andrew Moynihan, representing Castleisland, pictured with his medal from the Kerry Community Games Model Making Competition in Castleisland on Sunday. Andrew is pictured with Kerry Community Games administrators, Patsi O'Connell (left) and Margaret Culloty. Photo by John Reidy

Donal O'Doherty

THE Munster Finals of the Community Games was held in Tralee last weekend with over 1,000 children competing in several events in different venues throughout the town.

In the Boys Indoor Soccer at Under 13 level, Dingle represented Kerry and won both their quarter final and semi final easily with victories over Dungarvan, Waterford 9-4 and Newport Tipperary 7-1, but in a cracking final with end to end action, Dingle could not break down a talented team from Regional, Limerick who went on to win the Munster Final 1-0.

In the U-10 Boys Indoor soccer, Ballyduff got a tough draw in the semi final when they played Ahane / Castleconnell of Limerick who went on to win the Munster Final, indeed it was Ballyduff who were to be there toughest oppenents losing narrowly on a scoreline of 5-3.

In the Girls indoor soccer at U-13 level, Beaufort represented Kerry when playing Croagh / Kilfinny, Limerick and with Hanna O'Donoghue in great form raced into a 3-0 lead, but the Limerick girls fought back and won 4-3 and went on to claim the Munster crown. In the U-10 girls indoor soccer, Moyvane / Knockanure played stiff opposition from Newport, Tipperary and narrowly lost out 2-1 in the semi-final.

In the Badminton competition, the U-15 boys from Annascaul / Camp / Inch secured the Munster Final with victory over Lismore, Waterford 2-1 and An Droichead Beag, Clare 2-1. In the girls U-15 event, Moyvane / Knockanure defeated Fermoy, Cork in the semi-final, but were narrowly defeated in the final 2-1 by An Droichead Beag, Clare.

In Chess at U-12 level Glenflesk were defeated by Shannon who went on to claim the Munster title. In the U-16 category Lixnaw were defeated by Kilfinnane, Limerick also in the semi-final.

In Draughts at U-10, Ballyheigue secured the gold medal position defeating Tulla, Clare 7-3 and Ballingarry / Granagh, Limerick 7-3. Ballyheigue now go forward to represent Kerry in the National Finals. At U-12 Firies had success over Ballybrown, Limerick 6-4 in the semi final, but alas, lost out to Ennis / St. Johns, Clare 5. 5-4. 5. At U-14 Firies were defeated by Kildimo / Pallaskenry 6-4 and the Limerick team went on to win the Munster title.

In U-11 Mini Rugby Kenmare were defeated by Doora / Barefield, Clare 9-4 in the semi-final.

In U-11 Tag Rugby event, Ballyduff won over Quin / Clooney, Clare 16-13, but lost out in the final 18-16 to Crecora / Patrickswell. In U-14 competition, St Brendans / Oakpark were defeated in the quarter-final 14-9 by Rathkeale whom went on to win the Munster title.

In U-13 Table Tennis Rock St / Caherslee had mixed fortunes when their girls team lost out 5-1 to Ennis / St. Johns, Clare whilst there boys team had victory 5-1 over Adare, Limerick.

In Judo there was victories for Aaron O'Brien, Keel / Killtallagh, Jack O'Donoghue and Conor Lucey, Spa Muckross, Brid Flynn, Firies, Cora Joy, Killorglin, Ciara Murphy, Firies, Luke Costelloe and Christopher Palmer, Firies.

All participants that participated in the Munster Finals were presented with certificates.

Local Action

IN the Irish Contemporary dancing and set dancing events, the dancing powerhouse of Spa Muckross claimed gold medals in both, with Currow second, Rathmore / Gneevguilla third and Firies fourth in the set dancing and Listowel and Rock St / Caherslee attaining the medal places in the Irish Contemporary.

In the Boys U-16 Pitch and Putt competition which w as held in Tralee, three teams go forward to the National Finals in May to mark the centenary year of Longford pitch and putt where the competition will be held. Spa Muckross claimed the gold medal place here with Dingle in second and in third.

On Monday last in Beaufort, the cross country and mixed distance races were held and winners were:

U-12 Girls 400m

Ciara Kennelly, Fossa. Katie Palmer, Kenmare. Aoife Kerins, Castleisland

U-12 Boys 400m

Jack Falvey, Spa / Fenit / Barrow. Thomas Clifford, Firies. Niall Carey, Beaufort

U-12 Girls 600m

Meadbh McElligot, Rock St / Caherslee. Natasha Myers, Keel / Kiltallagh. Abigail Lynch, Ballydonoghue / Lisselton

U-12 Boys 600m

Cian Donellan, Spa / Fenit / Barrow. Conor O'Brien, Sneem. Patrick Galvin, Beaufort

U-14 Girls 700m

Shona O'Brien, Killarney North. Fiona Doyle, Beaufort. Sophie Lynch, Ballydonoghue / Lisselton. Helena O'Sullivan, Kenmare. Niamh Stack, Ballybunion. Meadbh O'Sullivan, Killorglin

U-14 Boys 700m

1st. Michael Devlin, Spa Muckross. Sean Galivan, Lixnaw. Cormac O'Sullivan, Kenmare. Liam O'Donnell, Spa / Fenit / Barrow. Cathal Collins, Rathmore / Gneevguilla. Cathal Whelton, Kenmare

U-13 Girls 1200m

Diana Nagle, Spa / Fenit / Barrow. Elaine O'Donoghue, Firies. Katlin Moriarty, Kenmare. Caoimhe Barry, Ballydonoghue / Lisselton

U-13 Boys 1200m

Sean Horan, Castleisland. Darragh Keane, Listowel. Gearoid Hasset, Killorglin. Mark Cooper, Killarney South. Dean Ladden, Keel / Kiltallagh.

All the above mentioned will now undertake comprehensive county training to represent Kerry at the National Finals in May.

The Inaugural duathlon event was also held in Beaufort, which included a 1500m run, a 8k cycle and a 1500m run.

1st was Jeaic McKenna, Abbeydorney / Killlflynn. 2nd, Gary Cronin, Fossa. 3rd, Tristan O'Donoghue, Spa Muckross. In the girls event, Michaela Mulcahy, Sneem triumphed in the girls race.

Cycling on grass results are:

U-12 Girls

Cathy Johnson, Duagh / Lyre

U-12 Boys

Eoin Moloney, Duagh / Lyre. Oisin O'Connor, Beaufort. Tom Moriarty, Castlegregory. Tadgh McKenna, Abbeydorney / Kilflynn and Donal Daly, Rathmore / Gneevguilla

U-14 Girls

Emir Dineen, Castlegregory. Karen Moloney, Duagh / Lyre

U-14 Boys

Thomas Dore, Duagh / Lyre. Ferghal Murphy, Spa Muckross. Charlie Johnson, Duagh / Lyre. John Daly, Rathmore / Gneevguilla and Darragh Keane, Listowel.

In the Hurling Under 11 held in Ballyduff, there were six teams divided into two groups of three. Adfert / Kilmoyley and Ballyduff both defeated Ballyheigue. Ardfert / Kilmoyley defeated Ballyduff 2-2 to 1-2 to reach the final. Kenmare and Lixnaw both defeated Abbeydorney / Kilflynn. The game between Kenmare and Lixnaw was a thriller with the scores tied at the end of extra time. Both teams had five 15 metre frees to decide the outcome with Lixnaw winning 4-3.

Ballyduff defeated Kenmare in the 3 / 4th play off and Adfert / Kilmoyley won the county title with victory over Lixnaw 3-5 to 1-3.

In the Boys U-13 Basketball, Castleisland defeated Fossa 20-4, Killorglin 27-6 and Kenmare 23-5 to reach the semi, both Kenmare and Killorglin defeated Fossa whilst Kenmare defeated Killorglin 13-11 to claim the semi spot in group 1.

In group 2, Currow / Currans defeated Rock St / Caherslee and Rathmore / Gneevguilla to reach semi whilst Rathmore / Gneevguilla defeated Rock St / Caherslee to claim the final semi place.

Castleisland had victory over Currow / Currans and Rathmore / Gneevguilla defeated Kenmare in the semi finals. Castleisland once again solidated there dominance in Kerry basketball when claiming the gold medals with victory over Rathmore / Gneevguilla.

The draw for the U-12 boys soccer to be held in Mastergeeha soccer pitch this Sunday is:

Morning:Blenerville / Ballyard, Beaufort, Kenmare, Duagh / Lyre, Annascaul / Camp / Inch, Castlegregory and Killcummin. Sign in at 9. 30a. m. Afternoon:Firies, Rathmore / Gneevguilla, Listowel, Ballyheigue, Ballybunion, St Brendans / Oakpark and Killorglin. Sign in at 1p. m

The Closing date for the U11 Mixed Basketball is this Thursday, April 11 with the closing date for the girls outdoor soccer on April 18.


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