Division 1: Rathmore not safe yet
Reigning O’Donoghue Cup champions Rathmore have a nervy trip west on Sunday in the final round of the 2018 County League. The East Kerry club currently find themselves hovering two points above the drop zone and if results don’t go their way, they could find themselves in a relegation playoff with third-from-bottom Beaufort. Glenbeigh-Glencar and John Mitchels have already been relegated.
A draw against An Ghaeltacht in Gallarus would suffice for Rathmore as they look to secure their top-flight status for another year. It’s a must-win situation for Beaufort as they face the Killarney Legion in Derreen.
At the top of the table, Dr Crokes have long since confirmed their spot in the final and it looks like Kerins O’Rahilly’s will be joining them, although An Ghaeltacht are in position to pounce should the Tralee side fall at the final hurdle.
Rahilly’s host Dingle at Strand Road and a single point would be enough to confirm second place. Should they lose, however, An Ghaeltacht can catch them with victory over Rathmore. If both teams finish on 13 points, a playoff would be required.
Division 2: Kilcummin on brink of promotion
Second place Kilcummin are in a strong position to return to the top table of Kerry football as they prepare for their final league game of the season. The Intermediate champions, who have racked up 15 points to date, can guarantee promotion to Division 1 by defeating Kenmare at home.
Castleisland Desmonds and Na Gaeil are both a point back on 14 and they need wins against Austin Stacks and Glenflesk respectively to stay in contention. Stacks will finish first regardless of what happens on Sunday.
Division 3: Are Crokes’ second team set for second tier?
Dr Crokes’ second string could make history this weekend by gaining promotion to Division 2 of the County League. The B team are just outside the promotion places but with second place Brosna and third place St Senan’s facing each other in their final fixture, Crokes will be promoted if they beat Ballydonoghue in Ballydonoghue. A draw would guarantee at least a playoff.
It would be a remarkable achievement for the Crokes, especially when you consider the calibre of clubs currently in Division 2. Win on Sunday and the Crokes juniors could be competing in the same league as Glenflesk, John Mitchels and Milltown/Castlemaine in 2019.
Division 4: Firies could make it an East Kerry 1, 2 & 3
Gneeveguilla and Fossa have already confirmed their promotion to Division 3 and Firies will make it an impressive 1, 2 and 3 for East Kerry if they can get over the line by beating fourth place Tarbert at home. At the other end of the table, Beale and St Michael’s-Foilmore meet in a key relegation clash. Ballylongford and Cromane are down.
All matches are scheduled for 1pm on Sunday.
Pic: Eamonn Keogh.
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Chance to win a house in Killarney and support Kerry GAA
The Kerry GAA County Board has launched a ‘Win A House draw’ for a new house in Killarney . Funds raised by the draw will go towards the running expenses of the various Kerry football and hurling teams. The three-bed house is located in the Ceide Spris development just off the Park Road is built […]
The Kerry GAA County Board has launched a ‘Win A House draw’ for a new house in Killarney
Funds raised by the draw will go towards the running expenses of the various Kerry football and hurling teams.
The three-bed house is located in the Ceide Spris development just off the Park Road is built to modern energy standards, it represents a fantastic opportunity for people to get involved at a cost of €100 which will go a long way to supporting Kerry GAA.
“As a volunteer-based organisation, we have always had to fundraise to support our teams and clubs. We are delighted to be in a position to have a dream house available for a lucky winner,” Kerry GAA PRO Leona Twiss.
“While only one person can win the house, there will be plenty of cash prizes and match tickets to be won along the way. The sooner you purchase your ticket, the better chance you will have at winning those additional prizes.”
To enter the draw visit: https://www.kerrygaa.ie/winahouseinkerry/
More great choices for large shrubbery
Following last week’s article on large shrubs, I received many comments, suggestions and questions, leading me to believe that there were quite a few people unsure of what to plant in a large space. I felt at the end of the article there were definitely more plants for that list so here are some […]
Following last week’s article on large shrubs, I received many comments, suggestions and questions, leading me to believe that there were quite a few people unsure of what to plant in a large space.
I felt at the end of the article there were definitely more plants for that list so here are some more great choices for the large shrubbery.
The bottlebrush, or Callistemon, is named appropriately for the shape of its flowers which are bottle-brush like spikes of many small flowers with long stamens, giving it that brush like appearance. Usually red, they are also available in yellow and pink. They flower in summer and into autumn adding a lovely splash of colour. Their leaves are hard and spiky with arching branches. Cut them back immediately after flowering or they will not flower the following year. If they do grow out of hand, they will tolerate a hard cut back.
Ceanothus, or the Californian lilac, is an often evergreen shrub bearing dark blue flowers. There are several sizes from the low creeping C. repens, to the tree like proportions of C. thyrsiflorus. An ideal candidate for the large border is C. ‘Gloire de Versailles’, which has large blue flowers from July to the end of autumn, (deciduous), or C. ‘Southmead’ which has dark blue flowers in early spring (semi-evergreen), or C. ‘Blue Mound’ which has deep blue flowers (evergreen). I find with all ceanothus that their flowering times seem to be very weather dependant!
Forsythia is a large common shrub which flowers early in spring before the leaves appear. I mention it as it seems to have gone out of fashion completely, though it adds such a fantastic yellow brightness in those dark February days.People often complain that it either grows out of all proportions or that it does not flower. If pruning, do so immediately after flowering. ‘Golden Nugget’ is possibly one of the smaller varieties at a natural five foot.
An unusual, but well worth finding plant is the Sorbus reducta. It is a low 1-1.5m type of mountain ash, with all the great features of its larger tree relatives! It forms a thicket – yes, it does sucker, but does not take over, has white flowers followed by dark red berries which fade to a creamy colour. Like most mountain ashes, its autumn colour is blazing!
Butterfly bushes, buddleja, are a much maligned plant as it can self seed and become a bit of a nuisance. However, it does not really self seed much in gardens where the conditions are not ideal, (ideal conditions – derelict, dry, stony waste land). Most cultivated varieties are sterile, so there is no reason to avoid them! B. colvilei is a very unusual variety, being semi-evergreen with large panicles of tubular dark pink flowers – these clusters can reach up to 20cm. B. davidii is the common butterfly bush and is available in a range of colours such as ‘Black Knight’, deep, deep purple, ‘Empire Blue’, blue flowers with orange centre, ‘Royal Red’, deep pink/maroon. One of my favourites is ‘Harlequin’ which has variegated leaves. There is a range of smaller butterfly bush available too; the ‘buzz’ series.
These remain compact, up to 1m, however their flowers are not quite as impressive! To remedy that, plant breeders have come up with a new variety – the ‘Rocketstar’ series. I have only just planted one, but it promises a diminutive 80cm with the same large flowers as large varieties have. If this plant does what its creators claim, it will certainly be a hit in my garden!
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