National League: Division 2 Final
Kerry v Armagh
Sunday at 2pm (Live on TG4)
Their male counterparts got the job done last weekend, now the Kerry ladies are gunning for National League glory on the hallowed turf of Croke Park.
The Kingdom face Armagh in the Division 2 final on Sunday and victory will mean more than just a trophy. If they can find a way to defeat their Ulster counterparts, they will earn a place in Division 1 for 2023.
Returning to the big league has been a major goal of Kerry’s since they lost their D1 status in 2018. They have come mightily close, reaching the Division 2 final in 2019 and 2021 (the 2020 competition was not completed) before coming up short on both occasions.
It’s fitting that Kerry and Armagh should contest this final as both sides boasted a perfect record in their respective pools before successfully navigating the semi-final phase of the competition.
Armagh’s last four result was particularly eye-catching: they demolished Laois on a staggering scoreline of 7-18 to 1-9. Star player Aimee Mackin registered 1-7 in that senior versus intermediate clash and Kerry will need to keep a close eye on the 2020 Player of the Year if they are to prevail.
Kerry, meanwhile, saw off the challenge of Monaghan in their semi-final with three points to spare, thanks in no small part to a wonderful lobbed goal from the boot of Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh. The experienced sharpshooter kicked 1-9 in total, with eight of those points coming from frees.
Armagh and Kerry last met in the league in 2020 when The Kingdom came out the right side of a two-point game in Tralee. Joint managers Declan Quill and Darragh Long will be delighted with a repeat of that result on Sunday.
This match will form part of a double-header with the Division 1 final between Donegal and Meath. Both games will be shown live on TG4.
Lough Lein anglers enjoy annual charity day
It’s always a popular event, and Sunday was no different for the members of the Lough Lein Anglers Association. The Killarney club, one of the longest established fishing clubs in Ireland, […]
It’s always a popular event, and Sunday was no different for the members of the Lough Lein Anglers Association.
The Killarney club, one of the longest established fishing clubs in Ireland, held their 34th annual charity open fly fishing competition known simply as ‘The Charity’.
It’s part of the angling tradition in the club and is always the most popular event on the fly fishing calendar in Ireland.
Spearheaded by Timo O’Sullivan, to date the anglers have raised in excess of €229,000 for deserving charities in Kerry and Cork. The main sponsor of the event is Lee Strand Co-op, Tralee.
This year’s deserving beneficiaries are the Kerry Hospice Foundation and The Saoirse Foundation – BUMBLEance.
‘What Louise said was bang on’ – Kerry ladies back Ní Mhuircheartaigh in facilities row
by Adam Moynihan
The Kerry ladies are “100%” behind Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh following her comments about the team’s limited access to Kerry GAA’s Centre of Excellence in Currans.
Ní Mhuircheartaigh caused a stir late last week when she revealed that she and her teammates have not been allowed to train at the state-of-the-art facility, which is owned and operated by the men’s county board.
Kerry’s star forward described the lack of access as “annoying”, especially considering the fact that a large photograph of her adorns the entrance to the facility.
Speaking exclusively to this journalist on The Kerry Football Podcast, Ní Mhuircheartaigh’s teammate Kayleigh Cronin confirmed that the whole team are on the same page on this issue.
“I think what Louise said was bang on and we all 100% agree with it,” Cronin said.
“She was put in a bit of a tough position being asked about it, but what she got off her chest is 100% what the team feels. And I can say with certainty that I can speak on behalf of not only all the girls in the dressing room but the backroom team and management as well in saying that what Louise has said is all of our opinions.
“What’s said is said now. We’ll leave it out there for everyone else to be thinking about and to be talking about. Hopefully the county boards can sort it out between themselves. As far as we’re concerned, that’s us done with it.”
In the wake of Ní Mhuircheartaigh’s comments, Kerry GAA released a statement via Balls.ie:
“Kerry GAA have been in discussions with the Kerry LGFA in relation to their use of the Centre of Excellence facilities in Currans and the future development of one of the two undeveloped pitches in the complex for specific use by the Kerry LGFA and Kerry Camogie
“The Kerry LGFA have been accommodated with training facilities at the Centre of Excellence over the past number of years and this will continue to be the case.
“We look forward to working in close collaboration with Kerry LGFA to bring our collective future development plans to fruition.”
Dr Crokes star Cronin says she and her teammates are “absolutely” keen to see that happen.
“We had the pleasure of being in there prior to COVID. It’s an unbelievable facility. It’s obviously very central as well. So hopefully, fingers crossed, the county boards can work together and get the pitch in good nick, so that not only we can use it but the underage teams as well.
“It would be great to have a base to go from in the future.”
Cronin added that team are now focussing on Saturday’s Munster final against Cork, which takes place before the men’s final at 12.15pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium.
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