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Kerry County League 2020: Your predictions

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Last season was unusually barren for the Dr Crokes senior football team but they could be set for a return to winning ways in this year’s County League, according to a new poll carried out by the Killarney Advertiser.

The survey, which was conducted online and drew interest from readers all over the county, tasked participants with predicting who would win and get relegated from Division 1 of the Kerry Senior Football League, as well as the three teams who would get promoted from Divisions 2 to 6.

37% of respondents tipped the Crokes to regain the Division 1 title they last won in 2018, with 17% predicting that current champions Austin Stacks will retain their crown.

The Killarney Legion were the third-highest vote-getters on 13% while Kerins O’Rahilly’s and Dingle received around 10% each.

In a departure from recent years, the first placed team at the end of the season will win the competition outright as the league final has been scrapped for 2020.

Looking at the other end of the table, around three-quarters of those polled believe that newly-promoted sides Beaufort and John Mitchels will struggle to stay in the top flight of Kerry football. Kilcummin (40%) may also be in trouble according to those surveyed with Spa and Kenmare Shamrocks (29% each) apparently next in line.

As always, three teams will be relegated from Division 1 at the end of the year.

DIVISION 2

Despite enduring a difficult league campaign in 2019, which culminated in the forfeit of two fixtures due to a lack of numbers, Intermediate champions Templenoe are fancied by 60% of our readers to return to Division 1 at the first time of asking.

The small South Kerry club were left shorthanded last time out due to the unavailability of a number of Kerry stars at various grades but they have been tipped to fare better this year, with Glenbeigh/Glencar (53%) and All-Ireland Junior champions Na Gaeil (51%) also expected to contend for a top three finish.

Over a third of those polled think that East Kerry club Gneeveguilla will earn a second consecutive promotion and join the big boys in Division 1 for the first time since 2013.

GLENFLESK

In Division 3, Glenflesk are seemingly huge favourites to go straight back up with almost three out of four of respondents singling them out as promotion candidates. The East Kerry side were backed by a whopping 73% of voters, more than any team in any division in the competition.

A resurgent Laune Rangers (59%) could also be in line for a return to Division 2 along with Mid Kerry rivals Milltown/Castlemaine (37%). St Senan’s and Ardfert were both selected by 26% of those polled.

DIVISIONS 4-6

East Kerry neighbours Firies (68%) and Fossa (48%) were the most popular selections in Division 4 with Waterville (35%) and Castlegregory (34%) also expected to be there or thereabouts.

St Michael’s-Foilmore (59%) and Cordal (54%) are the most fancied teams in Division 5 with four clubs – Ballyduff, Kilgarvan, Cromane and Austin Stacks B – tipped for promotion by roughly a third of those polled.

Division 6 could be extremely tight according to our readers as Killarney Legion B (46%), Dr Crokes C (46%), Dingle B (45%) and Rathmore B (44%) all received a similar number of votes.

Gneeveguilla B defeated Milltown/Castlemaine B in the only Kerry SFL match played last weekend. The league kicks off proper this Sunday with a full round of fixtures in each division.

Follow @AdamMoynihan on Twitter for all the latest updates.

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Ian makes his debut as a radio presenter

By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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Sinead is queen of the court

By Con Dennehy With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport. Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater […]

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By Con Dennehy

With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport.

Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater Killarney region.

One of the most impressive performances on the night was in the Beginners Category where local star Sinead Moriarty secured a number of electrifying victories to win the overall title.

“This was a very competitive competition. In the opening games Neill Horgan was defeated by Rosin King from Glenbeigh 13-15 with Sinead Moriarty getting the better of exchanges with Bríd Horgan (Spa) 15-8. In the other game Niamh Faulds from Glenflesk lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-10 despite a very brave effort from Niamh,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of Spa Killarney Handball Club.

In the semi-finals Sheila Kelliher lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-11 with Sinead Moriarty defeating Rosin King 15-12.

“In a pulsating final Sinead saw off the dogged challenge of Elena O’Donoghue 15-11. While Sinead dominated this game, she looked in control and played a brilliant tournament throughout and was a deserving overall winner.”

In the Advanced category there were wins for Evan Enright and Eoin O’Donoghue in the opening games.

In the quarter finals Even Enright saw off the challenge of Brendan O’Donoghue 15-8 while Eoghan Daly defeated Eoin O’Donoghue 15-11, Aoife Walsh (Currow) defeated Maggie Quirke (Glenbeigh) 15-7 and Brian McEvoy beat Michael Clifford 15-6.

Semi-final success for Evan Enright and Eoghan Daly saw them battle it out in a pulsating final with Daly taking the title on a 15-12 scoreline.

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