Forwards ruled the roost in Round 1 but the adverse weather conditions meant that backs and midfielders were the big points-getters in the second round of the Killarney Advertiser Fantasy Club game in association with Gaelic Plus.
The wet ball tends to lead to better defence than offence and that was very much the case in the Kerry Senior Club Championship last weekend. In fact, seven of the eight sets of backs earned bonus points for holding the opposition to fewer than 15 points. The eighth team, Templenoe, were denied this bonus (and their victory) due to a last-gasp goal against Kenmare. This is in stark contrast to Round 1 when only three teams held their opponents to 15 points or fewer.
So it was the backs and, to a lesser extent, goalkeepers and midfielders who did the bulk of the damage for this week’s top managers and we have some new names at the top of the leaderboard after an exciting round of action.
LEADING THE WAY
The forwards may not have been firing on all cylinders but that didn’t stop five managers from breaking the 200-point barrier (two reached this milestone in Round 1). Unsurprisingly, all five find themselves towards the very top of the updated table.
A tally of 200 by John Crowley from Kenmare Shamrocks has shot him up the leaderboard from fifth to joint top where he is joined by Rathmore stalwart Conor Healy, who scored 202. Graham O’Connor from Castleisland is just one point back in third with Cian Foley (Kilcummin) and Alan Kelly (Dr Crokes) in fourth and fifth.
There is an air of controversy surrounding the manager currently occupying sixth spot. Killarney Legion and Kerry star James O’Donoghue was granted late entry to the competition when it was discovered that he had forwarded his team to the wrong email address. Satisfied that his case was genuine and after consulting with fellow participants on Instagram, his entry was accepted ahead of Round 2.
Competitors were left questioning their act of kindness, however, when it emerged that O’Donoghue had scored 216 points in Round 1, a score which put him in first place on the leaderboard. He subsequently posted a less imposing score of 159 in the second round but he is still in sixth place and well in contention.
DJ Murphy, who led the competition after the first week, has slipped to seventh, just ahead of myself in eighth. Philip O’Connor of Dr Crokes and Gavin Moriarty of the Legion round off the top 10.
After an impressive performance in Dingle’s victory over Legion, All-Star defender Tom O’Sullivan was the highest scoring player of the week. In addition to the points he earned for starting (1) and winning (3), Sullivan scored two points from play (18) and he also got a bonus as Dingle conceded under 15 points (8). His overall total of 30 is the second-highest score posted in the competition to date.
His teammate Matthew Flaherty also scored big with 21; four of the top five managers in the league have both of the Dingle men in their team.
Karl Mullins of Kerins O’Rahilly’s (27) was just behind Sullivan in the Round 2 scoring charts. He also notched two points from play and his side conceded under 15 but, as Rahilly’s lost, he didn’t pick up the three-point win bonus.
Legion No. 1 Brian Kelly was by far and away the top keeper of the weekend as he scored three points from placed balls and kept a clean sheet to register an impressive tally of 21.
At midfield, Kevin O’Sullivan of Kenmare Shamrocks scored 1-1 to earn a whopping total of 27 points and David Moran (17) also made the Team of the Week by scoring two points from play against Crokes.
Dingle’s Conor Geaney (21) was the top-scoring forward of Round 1 with Tony Brosnan and Killian Spillane (20 each) also doing well.
The chasing pack will be hoping to make up some ground on the leaders heading into the the break for the Kerry SFC. Only four of the eight teams will still be involved thereafter: two in the relegation playoff and two in the final.
The number of players each manager has at his disposal will be key, so the contenders will be keeping a very close eye on this weekend’s results.
Local soprano releases new single
Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single. Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday. ‘Before […]
Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single.
Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday.
‘Before You Leave Me’ has a Jazz influence. Mary has been writing her own songs since March this year covering several different genres.
“Tony O’Flaherty of Sonas Studios has brought my songs to life and I am delighted with the production on the songs,” Mary told the Killarney Advertiser.
Fun Urban Orienteering event coming to Killarney town
The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30. Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in […]
The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.
Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30.
Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in Ireland hope that this year’s event will inspire even more people than previous years and has funded multiple flagship as well as local events run by the Network of Local Sports Partnerships, including this ‘Family Street Orienteering Kerry’ event.
“This free event looks to offer everyone an opportunity the get out and be active and maybe try something new,” Gearóid O Doherty, the Coordinator of Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership said.
“Urban Orienteering is an activity that you can do on your own or with your family and friends. You get to challenge yourself a little and still go at a pace that suits you – and what a beautiful location to do it all in, Killarney town!
“With many people possibly new to the Kerry region, be that through work, college or otherwise, this is an ideal way to get involved in the community and explore the streets and lanes of Killarney in a fun and active way.”
The Kerry Orienteers Club have designed the courses for this event and are looking forward to the excitement of it all and helping those new to the sport to continue taking part in the months and years that follow.
“We know that, for a lot of people, this will be their first time trying orienteering, but they can rest assured, as we will be there to talk them through it and help them out if needed,” Brendan O’Brien from Kerry Orienteers said.
“If it is something they want to try again, we can signpost them to other events, both locally here in Kerry and indeed nationally. Orienteering is a fantastic sport that allows you to build your skills and confidence, with all events having a variety of routes to cater for all levels.”
To cater for physical distancing and government guidelines, there are several staggered start times for participants to choose from, beginning at 6pm and the last group heading off at 7.30pm. With free t-shirts for all who sign up and additional workshops onsite, from the likes of Leave No Trace Ireland, it is sure to be a fun and vibrant evening, all stemming from the start point at ANAM – Killarney’s Arts and Culture Centre.
Places are limited for this event. Free online registration is available and those looking to attend are encouraged to book their place early to avoid disappointment.
For more information, you can visit any of the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership social media accounts or go to www.sportireland.ie.
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