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Keane hoping old faces can help lead new charge

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National League Div 1
Kerry v Tyrone
Today at 2pm
Fitzgerald Stadium

Recalled East Kerry trio Shane Ryan, Jack Sherwood and Jonathan Lyne all start for Kerry today as Peter Keane takes charge of the county’s senior football team for the very first time in a competitive game.

Ryan, who operates at full-forward at club level for Rathmore, will line out between the sticks as experienced Killarney Legion keeper Brian Kelly must make do with a place on the bench. The burly target man is known for his accurate point-kicking out the field but in recent years he has also lined out in goal for the Kerry minors and U21s to great effect.

According to reports, Ryan had expressed a desire to play outfield when previously called in by former manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice but evidently Keane sees him as a viable candidate for the number 1 jersey going forward.

Firies native Jack Sherwood is a familiar face to Kerry supporters having featured in both league and championship for The Kingdom between 2013 and 2015. The versatile all-rounder, who also can play at half back, midfield or half forward, will anchor Keane’s defence from the full back position. Sherwood caught the eye with a string of impressive performances in the 2018 Kerry SFC as he helped East Kerry to reach the semi-final stage.

Full back is not his natural position but with Mark Griffin and Jason Foley out injured, Keane’s options at number 3 are limited.

In the forward division, Legion man Jonathan Lyne makes his return to the fold after falling out of favour with Eamonn Fitzmaurice in 2018. Lyne featured regularly under Fitzmaurice  up to that point and memorably kicked two crucial extra-time scores when Kerry beat Mayo in the 2014 All-Ireland semi-final replay. He is a player the current bainisteoir knows well; Lyne was a key member of the Legion team that reached the 2015 Kerry SFC final with Keane at the helm.

Templenoe midfielder Adrian Spillane will line out at midfield alongside Jack Barry and there is also a place in the starting line-up for hard-working forward Michael Geaney. The Dingle native has been named at 13 alongside his cousin, though he is likely to drift out the field and leave Paul and James O’Donoghue inside as a two-man full forward line.

Meanwhile, Tyrone manager Mickey Harte has brought a strong-looking squad to Killarney. Nine of the team who started the 2018 All-Ireland final will line-out in the Fitzgerald Stadium today, while Galbally’s Liam Rafferty and Brian Kennedy of Derrylaugha will make their senior intercounty debuts.

Kerry team

1. Shane Ryan

2. Peter Crowley

3. Jack Sherwood

4. Brian Ó Beaglaioch

5. Tadhg Morley

6. Paul Murphy (C)

7. Tom O'Sullivan

8. Jack Barry

9. Adrian Spillane

10. Jonathan Lyne

11. Seán O'Shea

12. Stephen O'Brien

13. Michael Geaney

14. Paul Geaney

15. James O'Donoghue

Subs

16. Brian Kelly

17. Diarmuid O'Connor

18. Gavin Crowley

19. Dara Moynihan

20. Graham O'Sullivan

21. Tommy Walsh

22. Gavin O'Brien

23. Killian Spillane

24. Tom Leo O'Sullivan

25. Tomas O Se

26. Robert Wharton

Pic: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile.

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Are you getting enough sleep?

By Angela Kerrisk from Activate Fitness We have all heard the phrase “routine is the killer” however for many of us who, on a daily basis, stretch ourselves thin wearing a variety of different hats, simply creating a specific and sustainable routine will separate the successful and organised from the stressed and overwhelmed. Incorporating a […]

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By Angela Kerrisk from Activate Fitness

We have all heard the phrase “routine is the killer” however for many of us who, on a daily basis, stretch ourselves thin wearing a variety of different hats, simply creating a specific and sustainable routine will separate the successful and organised from the stressed and overwhelmed.

Incorporating a routine helps to bring direction and structure, and as Craig Ballantyne so wonderfully put it in his book ‘The Perfect Day’; “Structure = Freedom”.

In our childhood, we became accustomed to a bedtime routine. In fact, those of us who are parents go to great lengths to create this routine for our own children, knowing the benefits it brings. However, as we moved into adulthood, that same routine was thrown out the window by the demanding world of school and full-time work.

Sleep and health are locked together. When we improve our sleep, we have better energy, mood, and recover easier from exercise. When we sleep better it helps us to make better nutrition choices because sleep regulates our hormones. Yet it’s one of the first things we sacrifice in order to get through our full to-do list. Whatever these or our end goal is, jeopardising our health seems to be counterproductive and also just a little crazy! Why is it that as adults we stray so far away from one of the very foundational rituals that can keep us feeling grounded?

So how much sleep do you need? About six to eight hours is good but the exact number depends on the person. No matter who you are, you’ll feel worn out if you don’t get enough.

Here are some suggestions to help you achieve greater balance and a sound night’s sleep:

Limit caffeine:

It takes a long time for caffeine to get out of your system, so avoid it late in the day. Typically, have your last caffeinated drink 10 hours before your bedtime.

Be active:

Physical activity reduces stress and improves sleep. One exception is not to do a hard workout right before bed as it might be tough to wind down for a while afterwards.

Unwind early:

Turn off screens well before bedtime. Bright screens can mess with your body’s sleep mechanisms, so turn off TV’s, tablets and smartphones earlier in the evening. Take the dog out, brush your teeth, get into your pyjamas, and get into bed before the time you want to be asleep.

Brain dump for the next day:

Spend 5-10 minutes each night writing a list of to-do items to ensure you hit the pillow feeling organised and in control.

Set out your clothes the evening before:

This small task can save you a lot of last-minute rushing. Take the extra five minutes now when you have it.

Cool, dark and quiet:

When it comes to sleep, you want it cool, dark and quiet. Adjust the temperature or get a fan going, hang some blackout curtains and try to reduce any noise near your bedroom.

Buy an alarm clock:

This will help you to avoid being distracted by notifications should you wake and check the time in the middle of the night. Set an alarm right now for tonight. When it goes off, start your evening routine so you get into bed on time for a good night’s sleep!

Here at Activate, we promote and encourage balance to ensure we are living a happy and healthy life. Sleep is one very essential and key component of this. We hope these tips help you get some much-needed rest! When you combine great sleep with sound nutrition and solid training, you’ll feel amazing and make more progress toward your goals.

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Kerry Stars “pursuing dream to build own sports centre”

By Sean Moriarty Kerry Special Olympics Club is still pursuing its dream to build a sports centre in Derreen, a senior club official has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser. The club has identified a site, with support from Kerry County Council, between the existing Killarney Legion and Killarney Celtic sports grounds. However, the project remains […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Kerry Special Olympics Club is still pursuing its dream to build a sports centre in Derreen, a senior club official has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser.

The club has identified a site, with support from Kerry County Council, between the existing Killarney Legion and Killarney Celtic sports grounds.

However, the project remains on the long finger as the club has been concentrating on the safety of its members throughout the pandemic.

The delay prompted Cllr Donal Grady to ask Kerry County Council if it had any plans to build houses on the site.

Mr Grady asked the question in the context of making sure the land did not go to waste and not in opposition to any plans by Kerry Stars.

“The site referred to was originally identified as a potential site for development as a specific sports facility. That project has not materialised,” a Council official said.

“Kerry Stars had been in contact with Kerry County Council regarding use of the site, and it was expected that further communication would be received from them in the very short-term. As yet, Kerry County Council is awaiting further communication and will liaise directly with the Kerry Stars group before we can give consideration to use of the lands under the ‘Housing for All’ housing plan.”

However, Kerry Stars chairman John Spillane said they still “have every intention of pursuing our dream of have our own sports centre”.

“The location makes perfect sense, it is the sports hub of Killarney and all the clubs there could help and learn from each other.”

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