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Lakers and Kilkenny in showdown for the Shield

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Scotts Lakers v Paris Texas Kilkenny
Sunday at 3pm
(Killarney Sports & Leisure Centre)

A full house is expected at the Auracle on Sunday afternoon as the Scotts Lakers host Kilkenny with the Division 1B Shield up for grabs. It has been a rollercoaster first year back in the big time but a win in their final game would secure a precious piece of silverware for Killarney’s favourite sports team. With the teams neck and neck at the summit, it promises to be a fiercely competitive encounter.

The Lakers’ fine run of form came to an abrupt end in the capital last weekend as they lost by five to the Dublin Lions. A poor first quarter showing left them with too much to do and despite Antuan Bootle and Dailian Mason combining for 56 points, they fell to their first defeat in six games.

Luckily, their biggest title rivals also came up short on Saturday. Matt St Amour got 39 points for LIT as they triumphed over Kilkenny in Limerick, a result which means the Lakers remain three points clear in first. Kilkenny have a game in hand, however, and they’re very firm favourites to overcome bottom-of-the-table Galway on Saturday evening. The Titans have only won two games all season.

If Kilkenny slip up but then go on to beat the Lakers, the sides will be level and will have to be separated by points difference. Cormac O’Donoghue’s team are currently 32 points better off so only a right hammering on Sunday would knock them off the top.

If, as expected, Kilkenny win on Saturday, the clash in Killarney the following day will be a straight, winner-takes-all decider.

Division 1B isn’t necessarily where the Lakers want to be operating but victory in the Shield will be a nice touch and give them something to build on for next season. They gave a good account of themselves against some of the teams challenging for the 1A crown earlier on in the campaign so they’re certainly not a million miles away. It’s the club’s first time back in the National League in almost a decade so if you offered them a piece of silverware back in September, I’m sure they would have taken it.

A big home performance this weekend and, of course, a victory would be a great way to sign off for the regular season.

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Killarney competitors bring home the medals

By Michelle Crean It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich. Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the […]

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By Michelle Crean

It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich.

Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the semi-finals.Ewelina Downey received two gold medals in Gi and NOGI fights, just two months after her promotion to blue belt.The club’s coach, Wilson Da Silva, also competed for the first time as a brown belt, and won gold in the Gi category and silver in NOGI.”The results don’t lie,” he said.”The hard work, dedication, commitment and passion pays off. Impossible is nothing, and that’s what we are trying to teach our students in Movement & Fitness Club Killarney.”Martial Arts helps to fight depression, bulling, obesity, and builds up self esteem and confidence, he explained.”There is no ego, no one is better, we are all the same trying to learn from each other, helping and correcting ourselves so we become better together. Our club is filling up with amazing students from age four up who connect with us by the same passion and love for the sport. If you are looking to change your life come and join our family.”

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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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