The Killarney Advertiser Fantasy Club game in association with Gaelic Plus got underway last weekend and the unique new competition has captured the imagination of players and supporters right across the county.
Entrants scrambled to submit their perfect teams ahead the deadline last Wednesday night and then waited with bated breath to see how their players would fare in the Kerry Senior Club Championship Round 1 matches on Friday and Saturday.
When the games began, some popular players like Tadhg Morley of Templenoe and Daithí Casey of Dr Crokes were sadly notable by their absence while others, like Seán O’Shea of Kenmare and Dingle’s Paul Geaney, did exactly what their managers were hoping for.
It’s tight at the top after the first round of fixtures with joint leaders DJ Murphy of Gneeveguilla and Mick O’Connell of Fossa just six points clear of Gavin Moriarty in third.
DJ, who plays full back for his club and was in action himself over the weekend in the Junior Premier Championship, had free-scoring forwards Tony Brosnan (33), Seán O’Shea (25), Jack Savage (23) and James O’Donoghue (20) to thank for the bulk of his tally with backs Cian Gammell and Dan McCarthy also chipping in with 21 points apiece.
Micko also had Gammell and McCarthy with Paul Geaney (25) and Kenmare goalscorer Paul O’Connor (12) also helping to propel him up the leaderboard.
Kenmare youngster Dan McCarthy could be a game-changer for anyone who has selected him; the Kerry U20 is listed as a defender but he was named at midfield for Kenmare’s victory over Kerins O’Rahilly’s, and he actually did most of his work in the forwards. This is significant because backs earn more points than forwards for scoring from play (9 versus 3) and they also get a bonus if their team concedes under 15 points.
McCarthy, Gammell and attacking Dr Crokes half back Michael Potts each earned 21 points, more than any other back, by virtue of starting (1), winning (3), conceding under 15 (8) and scoring a point (9) in their respective games.
Tony Brosnan of Dr Crokes was the most commonly picked player amongst Fantasy Club managers and his impressive scoring exploits on Friday night saw him clean up with 33 points in total (start=1, win=3, goal=8, five points from play=15, three points from frees=6). Seán O’Shea, Paul Geaney and James O’Donoghue have also been selected by a large number of participants, although the rules in relation to Star Players prevented anyone from selecting all four of these players.
Gavin Moriarty from the Killarney Legion is third in the table and family loyalty played a big part in getting him there. He selected his brother, Thomas, in his team and the pacey corner forward came off the bench to kick two points from play against Kilcummin. That bagged him six points and Thomas also picked up three bonus points for helping his side to victory.
Thomas’ teammate Brian Kelly was unfortunately unable to keep a clean sheet (which would have been worth eight points) but he still managed to score four, which was good news for… Brian Kelly. The Legion goalkeeper is taking part in Fantasy Club and he naturally selected himself. His four points elevated him to 18th place on the overall leaderboard, just ahead of his friend and clubmate Derek Twomey (who incidentally went with Shane Murphy in goal).
The majority of managers in the league are, as one might expect, from the Killarney and East Kerry area but “foreign” clubs like John Mitchels, Sneem, Cromane, Beaufort, Annascaul, Castleisland, Dingle and Kenmare are all represented. There is also one entry from the Pádraig Pearse’s club in County Roscommon.
The competition was initially capped at 100 entries but a handful of would-be managers missed the deadline, so the final number of participants is 92.
It’s all to play for heading into Round 2 and with a brand-new set of Gaelic Plus jerseys and some fantastic consolation prizes on the line, managers will be praying for some big performances from their chosen players.
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Katie celebrates 20 years in business
If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades. For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane). She […]
If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades.
For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane).
She said that it was a milestone she felt she may not reach on more than one occasion after coming through a pandemic, a recession, a re-location, and three maternity leaves.
However, she said that the loyalty of her clients over the years have given her great encouragement.
“Sincere thanks to my clients past and present who, without doubt, have been the reason I kept going,” Katie said.
Originally located in Fleming’s Lane for 19 years, Katie then re-located her business to Hogan’s Lane in Norma’s Flair for Hair.
“The beauty industry has evolved so drastically over the past 20 years. For me it is keeping things simple and enjoyable. Realising a client’s needs may not be the treatment itself but the time you give to them. Through the years you get to know your clients so well and some beautiful friendships have developed. I hope my clients have gained from me what I have from them. I have so many people I would like to thank and I will personally, but without doubt my husband Andrew and my family, 20 years in business would not have been achieved.
“ She has remained loyal to the brands she has carried over the years including Lycon Waxing, Aviva Tanning, Shellac and Jessica Manicure and Pedicure.
“I was also delighted to bring on board the fabulous facial range that is Killarney Organic. Killarney has been incredibly kind to me. I’m so proud to be part of such a wonderful community. If the past 19 months have proved anything for business it is together we are stronger.”
County Board open to GAA museum proposals
By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]
By Sean Moriarty
The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.
There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.
Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.
His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.
Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.
However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.
“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”
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