Club Championship Updates
St Marys are Castleisland Mart Intermediate Football Champions
St Marys were crowned Castleisland Mart Intermediate Football Champions at Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday last when they were deserving winners over Spa (1-13 to 0-13). The South Kerry side got the better start and led by 5 points to 1 at the end of the first quarter but Spa had the margin down to two points at the break, 8 to 6. Again St Marys made all the running at the change of ends but Spa fought back well to level the game at the three quarter stage. A goal by team captain Sean Cournane six minutes from time was the decisive score of the game however and thereafter, South Kerry withstood the best that a gallant Spa side could throw at them.
After the game, county committee chairman Patrick O’Sullivan presented the Fenian Cup to winning captain Sean Cournane and Jimmy Roche of sponsors Castleisland Mart presented the Man of the Match trophy to veteran St Marys goalkeeper Austin Constable who defied the Spa attack on many occasions during the second half in particular.
Due to the restructuring of the County Senior Championship, the Intermediate champions do not have the option of playing senior football championship in 2016.
St Marys will now play the Tipperary champions, Upperchurch-Drombane or Clonmel Óg in the Munster Club Championship on the weekend of November 1st at a Tipperary venue.
Intermediate Championship Relegation Playoffs
The Intermediate Championship relegation playoffs commence on Sunday next when Glenflesk play Emmets in Strand Road (2pm) and continue on October 31st when Brosna play Keel (3pm) and November 8th when Annascaul play Gneeveguilla (3pm) in Listry. In each case the loser reverts to Junior championship status nest season. No date has been fixed for the Skellig Rangers V Finuge game.
Junior Football Championship Final
Glenbeigh-Glencar will play Templenoe in the final of the Junior Football Championship following semi final victories over Beaufort and Firies respectively on Sunday last.
In Killorglin, Glenbeigh-Glencar, with Gavin O’Grady, who kicked 8 points, in devastating form, had a 0-18 to 0-11 victory over their Mid Kerry neighbours while in Beaufort, Killian Spillane’s six points return helped Templenoe to a 2-14 to 0-14 victory over Firies.
There is no definite date for the final due to Kenmare District’s involvement in the County Championship, however, if Kenmare are not in the final, then the likely date is November 8th while if Kenmare District are in the county final then the Junior final will be on November 15th. The Kerry winners will play the winners of Tipperary or Cork on November 22nd.
Novice Football Championship
The Novice Football Championship final will see Lispole take on St Senans following last weekend’s semi finals. Lispole got the better of a fancied Ballydonoghue side after extra time at Strand Road on a score of 2-11 to 0-16 while in Finuge, the North Kerry derby ended in victory for St Senans over Asdee on a score of 1-10 to 1-7. The final will be played on the weekend of November 8th.
Meanwhile in the Novice Shield semi final played on Saturday last, Moyvane had a 1-13 to 0-15 victory over Fossa in Ballyseedy in a game that also went to extra time. Moyvane will play the winners of the other semi-final between Sneem-Derrynane and Beale, a game that is delayed due to South Kerry’s involvement in the senior championship.