Summer is in full swing and has brought its usual share of ups and downs – our senior team finding it tough going in the top division with six rounds played – the effort and the will is there, the results are hard come by. Such is football. Shamrocks players have been wearing the Kerry jersey at different levels also which is great. Sean O’Shea is in his second year with the Kerry minors and is flying, he hit some great scores against Clare in the opening game.
Dara O’Shea, Kieran Fitzgibbon and Kevin O’Sullivan were the Kerry Junior team as they played their semi final against Limerick. A great game of football in Fitzgerald in which Templenoe men, Adrian Spillane and Patrick Clifford both had excellent games – Adrian ghosting in for a goal at the end that nicked the game from Limerick. In the senior game that day Templenoe had Tadgh Morley at wing-back in his first game for Kerry seniors and a solid display from him will do his quest for a berth no harm. Stephen O’Brien up in the corner made wreck in the first half and the Munster final is now looming for both Junior and Senior teams – Cork await the Juniors and Tipperary the seniors.
Congratulations to Kenmare Shamrocks GAA U15 team who did their club proud by winning the Munster U15 Super 10 Touch Competition. This is the first time the Club was represented in this competition and winning it out was an amazing achievement for this group of players and their mentors.
Kenmare qualified from their group in Kerry earlier in the month with wins over Dr. Crokes, Glenbeigh/Glencar/Cromane and Na Gael. In the Munster final grouping there were four groups of three teams, it was a knock out as such as only winning secured a place in the semi-final. Kenmare played Eire Og from Cork, and last years title holders Carragaline and won both games. In the semi -final Kenmare faced Miltown/Castlemaine It was a battle with both teams level at half time. Kenmare played against the wind in the second half and produced great football to win by five points. Buttevant were the other semi-finalists and had beaten a much fancied Carbery Rangers in their group to get there. The final had everything, both sides level at half time and yet again Kenmare played against the wind and went on to win with a margin of five points. The panel were Tommy Cronin, James Mc Carthy, Evan O’Callaghan, Reiner Offerins, Kane Reidy (Captain),Dan Mc Carthy, David Ciu Ciu, Boki Nikic,Cian O’Connor ,Padraig Cronin, Iarlath Brehany Hayes and Seán Lucey. Congratulations to their mentors Donal Mc Carthy and Kieran Moriarity who believed in these players and did a wonderful job in winning this Munster Title