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New Killarney Advertiser fantasy GAA game officially launched

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The coronavirus pandemic delayed the start of the Kerry Senior Club Championship but now it’s back on, and so is the Killarney Advertiser Fantasy Club game in association with Gaelic Plus.

In March we unveiled plans to set up a revolutionary new fantasy football game based on the local Club Championships and today we are delighted to announce that the project is going ahead with some fantastic prizes on offer for the top performers.

Participants will be tasked with selecting their dream line-up of players from the county’s eight senior clubs, namely Killarney Legion, Dr Crokes, Austin Stacks, Kerins O’Rahilly’s, Dingle, Kilcummin, Templenoe and Kenmare Shamrocks. Fantasy points will then be earned based on the players’ performances in real life, with the top managers earning prizes at the end of the tournament.

The entry sheet, rules, scoring system and pool of players can be found below. The closing date for entries is July 22, three days before the Club Championship kicks off on July 25.

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The format will be similar to the one used in the popular Fantasy Premier League game which is played by 7.5 million people worldwide. It is believed that Killarney Advertiser Fantasy Club will be first competition of its kind at club level in the GAA.

Killarney Advertiser Sports Editor Adam Moynihan first floated the idea back in March and it received an overwhelmingly positive response from his Instagram followers (@adammoynihan). News that the competition is back on has once again been greeted with enthusiasm.

“I’m thrilled that we’re getting the opportunity to run Fantasy Club this year,” Adam said. “It was looking unlikely there for a while but thankfully sport is back, and the return of the Club Championship means that we can finally go ahead with our plans.

“Unfortunately, as I was saying before the break, we’ll have to limit the amount of participants so it’s very much a case of first come, first serve. Many people have already booked their spots via my Instagram and by email so spaces are filling up fast.

“Send a scanned copy (or a very clear photo) of your entry sheet to sport@killarneyadvertiser.ie ASAP to avoid disappointment.”

Adam was also able to reveal the prizes that will be on offer courtesy of tournament sponsor, Gaelic Plus.

“Shane Cronin at Gaelic Plus has put up some great prizes and we’re very grateful to have him on board,” Adam said. “Third place will win a Gaelic Plus-branded hoodie, training jersey and leisure shorts, our runner-up will win 20 pairs of club-crested football gloves, and the overall winner gets the grand prize: a set of 20 jerseys for his or her GAA club.”

The first 100 names will be guaranteed entry to the competition proper and the remaining names will be added on a first come, first serve basis, depending on how may entries are eventually accepted.

Follow @adammoynihan on Instagram for all the latest updates.

 

Print this form and follow the instructions to enter. Good luck!

 

RULES

HOW TO ENTER

Please fill out form in block capitals. Send a scanned copy (or a very clear photograph) of your entry sheet to sport@killarneyadvertiser.ie by Wednesday, July 22. The subject line should read 'Fantasy Club - Your Name - Your GAA Club'.

The first 100 entries are guaranteed their place in the competition. Remaining names will be added on a first come, first serve basis depending on how many participants are accepted. Entries found to have broken selection rules will be deemed void. One entry per person.

TEAM SELECTION

Managers must select 15 players from the Pool of Players provided: one keeper, six backs, two midfielders and six forwards. Managers can select a maximum of three players from any one club and a maximum of three Star Players. Star Players have stars next to their names in the Pool of Players.

Managers cannot make changes to their teams once entry forms have been submitted. Injured or suspended players cannot be replaced.

SCORING

Your Fantasy Club players will earn points based on their performances in all matches in the 2020 Kerry Senior Club Championship (group phase, relegation playoff and final). Points will be calculated to the best of the organiser's ability based on all available evidence.

 

GENERAL

Starting a game 1pt

Winning a game 3pts

Drawing a game 1pt

Red card -5pts

 

KEEPER

Clean sheet 8pts

Point from play 20pts

Point from placed ball 4pts

Goal 30pts

 

BACK

Concede under 15 points total (goals plus points) 8pts

Point from play 9pts

Point from placed ball 2pts

Goal 16pts

 

MIDFIELDER

Concede under 15 points total (goals plus points) 4pts

Point from play 6pts

Point from placed ball 2pts

Goal 12pts

 

FORWARD

Point from play 3pts

Point from placed ball 2pts

Goal 8pts

 

POSITIONS

Outfield players will earn points based on their positions as outlined in the Pool of Players, regardless of where they actually line out for their clubs in a given match. For example, if a player is named as a back in the Pool of Players but is selected in the forwards by his club, he will earn the same points as he would if he was named in the backs.

If a keeper lines out outfield, he will earn points based on the position he plays for the majority of the match.

If an outfield player starts in goal, he will earn the points of a keeper for that game.

GENERAL SCORING

All players who start in a given match earn 1pt. All starters and used substitutes can earn points for winning a match (3pts) or drawing a match (1pt).

CLEAN SHEETS

Keepers will be awarded a clean sheet if they play for more than one half of the game and their club does not concede a goal for the entire game (excluding extra time and penalties).

UNDER 15 POINTS

This total refers to goals and points combined (e.g. 2 goals and 10 points = 16 points = over 15 points). Players can only earn points in this category if they start. Subs cannot earn points in this category, regardless of when they are brought on. Goals or points scored in extra time and penalties will not count when calculating this total.

POINTS FROM PLAY/PLACED BALLS AND GOALS

Any player can earn points in this category, regardless of whether or not they start. Goals and points scored in extra time also count.

Placed balls include frees, penalties, marks, 45s and sideline kicks.

Goals are worth the same amount from play and from placed balls.

RED CARDS

Players will be deducted five points for receiving a red card. This includes straight red cards or any combination of cards which results in a red card. Red cards received by players who are not on the field of play will also lead to a points deduction.

TIE BREAKER

If two managers are tied at the end of a round or the end of the competition, the manager who has players from more clubs will be declared the winner. (e.g. If 'Manager A' has three players each from Austin Stacks, Dr Crokes, Killarney Legion, Kilcummin and Dingle (five clubs), and 'Manager B' has three players each from Austin Stacks, Dr Crokes, Killarney Legion and Kilcummin, two players from Dingle and one player from Templenoe (six clubs), 'Manager B' will be declared the winner.)

If there is still a tie, the manager whose Star Players have scored the most points over the course of the tournament will be declared the winner.

If there is still a tie, the manager who led going into the last match of the tournament will be declared the winner.

 

If you have any feedback or suggestions, email sport@killarneyadvertiser.ie or follow @AdamMoynihan on Instagram and Twitter.

 

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The Irish Community Air Ambulance has yet to receive any sort of government funding despite being called out on 512 missions in 14 counties during 2021. Last year was the ICAA busiest year since the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) Air Ambulance launched in July 2019. There were 490 taskings in 2020. The organisation is […]

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The Irish Community Air Ambulance has yet to receive any sort of government funding despite being called out on 512 missions in 14 counties during 2021.

Last year was the ICAA busiest year since the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) Air Ambulance launched in July 2019. There were 490 taskings in 2020.

The organisation is Ireland’s only charity-funded HEMS Air Ambulance. It works in partnership with the National Ambulance Service and responds to serious incidents and medical emergencies from its base in Rathcool, near Millstreet, in Co. Cork. Each helicopter mission costs an average of €3,500, all of which has to be raised or donated.

The CEO of the Irish Community Air Ambulance, Micheál Sheridan said that they engaged with the Government and regional political leaders throughout 2021 to secure some State support for the vital service.

FUNDING

Micheál Sheridan said, “The HSE is releasing funding to private Ambulance firms to provide support during the continuing crisis yet the Irish Community Air Ambulance is still entirely funded by public donations. The increased number of taskings during 2021 show that we provide a vital service,” said Mr Sheridan.

“The cost to run the charity during 2022 is expected to be €2.1 million which is a significant amount of money to raise. We are so grateful to all our supporters who help us to bring hope to those in emergency situations but we will continue to engage with the Government to provide funding during these uncertain times.”

There were more calls to cardiac arrests, farming-related incidents and falls from heights during 2021. Cardiac arrests accounted for one in five calls with 103 taskings last year, that’s up from 81 during 2020.

July and April were the busiest months of the year for the service with 57 missions completed each month. Cork, Kerry and Tipperary accounted for the majority of taskings. The Irish Community Air Ambulance was also tasked to Clare, Limerick, Waterford, Wexford, Kilkenny, Mayo, Galway, Offaly, Laois, Wicklow and Kildare.

One in every three taskings required an airlift to hospital. There were 111 transfers to Cork University Hospital during 2021 which equates to 66% of all transfers. University Hospital Limerick accounts for 20%.

TRANSFERS

Micheal Sheridan added, “There were also transfers to hospitals in Kerry, Tallaght, Galway, Temple Street, Crumlin and The Mater as we saw an increase in the number of times we were required to transfer children and young people to specialist paediatric hospitals in Dublin. We cover an area of 25,000 square kilometres and treat some of the most critically ill and injured patients, bringing them to the hospital that is best suited to their life-saving needs, not just the closest hospital geographically.”

SERIOUSLY INJURED

Diarmuid O’Donovan from Cork was seriously injured when he was thrown over the handlebars of his bike while cycling around Slea Head, Co Kerry in May 2021. He said he needed to be brought to a dedicated Trauma Centre quickly.

“A moment of carelessness saw me hit the road. I was on my own but thankfully it wasn’t long before I was found. Paramedics, a local doctor, the local Fire Service and Gardai all responded,” he explained.

“I was drifting in and out of consciousness and it quickly emerged that I needed to be at Cork University Hospital as soon as possible. I wasn’t in a suitable state for a two-and-a-half-hour journey by road so the Irish Community Air Ambulance was tasked and landed in Ventry. The journey to CUH by helicopter took just 30 minutes. I had 28 different bone breaks including my spine, shoulder and ribs as well as a punctured lung. I underwent several procedures that evening and spent 12 days in hospital. I believe it could have been far worse if I had not been transported to CUH so quickly and that my recovery has been much faster as a result.”

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Now is a good time to plan features in the garden

Now is an excellent time to have a look at your garden and plan any new beds, water features or seating areas. With relatively little growth, it is easy to take measurements and mark out where your new project will take place. There are a few things to bear in mind when planning new features. […]

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Now is an excellent time to have a look at your garden and plan any new beds, water features or seating areas.

With relatively little growth, it is easy to take measurements and mark out where your new project will take place.
There are a few things to bear in mind when planning new features. First, the practical: are there water pipes, septic tanks, gas or electricity lines etc in the way?
Or, if planning a feature where construction is required, is there access to water and electricity?
Secondly, if you are planning a new bed, what is the soil like in that area, or have you better ground elsewhere which can be exploited?
I have learned over the years that the best thing to do with an area of bad soil is to cover it with paving!
On the other hand, if you are planning a patio, should you excavate the topsoil for use elsewhere? Planning a new bed or planting area is a lot of fun, and I always think it is a good idea to take the time, close your eyes and give your imagination free reign. Consult magazines, gardening websites and social media!
Have a look at a friends’ or neighbours’ gardens for ideas.
Decide how much time you have to maintain it, and keep in mind Irish weather, commitments and other hobbies.
Often we take on gardening projects which we think, at the time, we will have time for. Say you want to commit to, for example, three hours of gardening a week – Saturday morning is the one time you have free.
Guaranteed one of those Saturdays it will rain! Then there is a morning spent mowing. Weeding will take up another few hours. Time flies, no matter what you do…and with age, I am coming to realise we have to work realistically with the free time we have. Gardening should not become a job you are forced to do.
Plan what the new area will be used for, and again, keep time in mind. Maybe a mixed area is better than a single purpose one.
What I mean by this is, you may have decided this year is the year to grow vegetables. Rather than planning out half your garden as a rotating vegetable garden, it may be better to plan out two small beds and a seating area, surrounded by an area of wildflowers.
This can then easily be converted to a larger veg garden if you feel the trial run went well, or converted entirely to a patio. In my experience, it is wise not to commit to a large scale project, especially if you are new to it.

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