Senior Football League gets underway
Following the playing of the additional Round 13 games in Division 5 last weekend, the very popular Credit Union Senior football Leagues get underway in earnest this coming weekend with an almost full round of games in all Divisions. Obvious exceptions are Austin Stacks vs Dr Crokes in Division 1 and the meeting of Dr Crokes and Scartaglen in Division 4 both of which will go back to June 25th due to the Killarney side’s All Ireland involvement.
The vast majority of games are scheduled for Sunday at 2pm but by agreement the Division 4 games between Duagh and Sneem-Derrynane (1:30) and Keel and Beale (2pm) and the Division 5 game between Austin Stacks and Moyvane (2pm) are all brought forward to St Patricks day, while the Division 1 game featuring Dingle Vs Kerins O’Rahillys is on Saturday at 2pm.
The county Leagues have stood the test of time down through the years and are a firm favourite with players and supporters alike. The Leagues commenced way back in 1971 when Austin Stacks, John Mitchels, Kerins O’Rahilys, Waterville, Kenmare, Desmonds, Laune Rangers and Keel played in the inaugural League with Waterville defeating Laune Rangers in the final.
The following year, it was decided to form three leagues, Senior, Towns Cup and Junior and in 1973, the Leagues really took shape in the format we now know them with three divisions. Promotion and relegation methods have changed over the years, but, as was the case last year, a three up and three down policy applies again this year. For the fifteenth year in a row they will be sponsored by Chapter 23 of the Irish League of Credit Unions.
Newcomers: Rathmore, An Ghaeltacht and St Marys – All promoted from Division 2
As already stated the big game in Division 1 between Austin Stacks and Dr Crokes has been postponed but there are plenty glamorous games with the meeting of Dingle and Kerins O’Rahillys on Saturday, the clash of All Ireland Junior Champions Glenbeigh-Glencar with John Mitchels in Glenbeigh and the meeting of two of the promoted sides Rathmore and An Ghaeltacht catching the eye.
Newcomers: Legion, Kenmare and Kilcummin from Division 1 and Ardfert, Currow and St Pats from Division 3
There is a big local derby in Derreen where Legion take on Spa, while Kilcummin entertain Kenmare in Kilcummin. Newly promoted Listry have home venue against Glenflesk while Waterville face the long trip to Listowel to take on Emmets.
Newcomers: Finuge, Laune Rangers and At Michaels-Foilmore from Division 2 and Fossa, Na Gaeil and Ballymac from Division 4
In Division 3, all eyes will be on Laune Rangers who are certainly in unfamiliar territory in this Division – they face fellow relegated side Finuge, while Na Gaeil and Fossa, who got to know each other pretty well last season, meet in Tralee while Gneeveguilla have Ballydonoghue as visitors.
Newcomers: Tarbert, Beale and Keel from Division 3 and Castlegregory, Duagh and Sneem-Derrynane from Division 5.
Two promoted sides meet in Duagh where Sneem-Derrynane are the visitors while two sides who were relegated from Division 3 last season, Keel and Beale meet in Keel. Newly promoted Castlegregory travel to Renard.
Newcomers: Moyvane, Valentia and Churchill from Division 4 and Kilgarvan who did not take part last year.
Division 5 is already underway with six games in Round 13 decided last weekend which saw wins for Kilgarvan, Knocknagoshel, Rathmore, Ballylongford, Cromane and Cordal. There are two additional rounds in this division due to the addition of Kilgarvan who have re-joined the league.
For logistical reasons, it was decided to play Round 13 last weekend and Round 12 on the weekend of June 25th with all the other rounds coinciding with fixtures in the other divisions of the league.
Two sides who have been going through tough time lately meet in Ballylongford where Kilgarvan are the visitors while Cordal, who had a big win last weekend entertain Tuosist. Churchill face the long trip to Valentia and Ballyduff host a local derby with Asdee as visitors.