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Kerry v Dublin: Team news, talking points and predictions

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by Adam Moynihan

National League: Division 1

Kerry v Dublin

Austin Stack Park

Saturday at 7pm

They say it’s Newbridge or nowhere. One or the other. Funnily enough, in that second half last Sunday, it felt like Kerry were occupying both places at once.

Barring three individual moments of attacking flair by Paul Geaney, Paudie Clifford and Tony Brosnan, it was an uncomfortably impotent attacking display down the stretch by the men in green and gold.

Yes, Kildare showed great heart and no little skill to clinch a point, but from Kerry’s perspective the performance was well below their usual standards. Runs that should have been made were not made. Passes that should have been completed were not completed. Balls that should have stuck didn’t stick (in fact, “unstuck” just about sums it up).

Although his team had led by as many as five points, Jack O’Connor was probably happy out with the draw when all was said and done. That will tell you how severely the walls crumbled.

On an individual level, several Kerry players had days to forget and they will be keen to get back into their groove under the bright lights of Stack Park. However, Dublin’s players also have a point to prove after their surprise defeat to Armagh at HQ. Losing their first two matches would keep them rooted to the bottom of the table. Not a good look for a team that has won six of the last seven All-Irelands.

The bad news for Kerry is that influential wing back Gavin White is out of contention after he sustained a hamstring injury in Kildare. The same man who replaced him that day, Brian Ó Beaglaoich, starts in his stead tomorrow night, with the other five backs plus goalkeeper Shane Murphy all retaining their places in the starting 15.

Na Gaeil colleagues Diarmuid O’Connor and Jack Barry come straight back into midfield, a double switch which releases Adrian Spillane and Seán O'Shea to the half forward line. Micheál Burns drops to the bench, as does inside forward Killian Spillane. Paudie Clifford will wear No. 13.

Stephen O'Brien has recovered from his hamstring injury - at least well enough to take his place on the bench.

Dublin are expected to name their lineup at around midday tomorrow. Against Armagh, Dessie Farrell started with nine of the team who were defeated by Mayo in last year’s All-Ireland semi-final. They looked rather off the pace, though, and perhaps they’re not quite operating at 100% at this early stage of the season.

The sight of the Kerry jersey could well jolt them into life, however, and this fixture has all the makings of a typically tense and exciting Kerry-Dublin showdown.

VERDICT: Kerry by one.

KERRY TEAM TO PLAY DUBLIN

  1. Shane Murphy (Dr Crokes)
  2. Dan O'Donoghue (Spa)
  3. Jason Foley (Ballydonoghue)
  4. Tom O'Sullivan (Dingle)
  5. Paul Murphy (Rathmore)
  6. Tadhg Morley (Templenoe)
  7. Brian Ó Beaglaoich (An Ghaeltacht)
  8. Diarmuid O'Connor (Na Gaeil)
  9. Jack Barry (Na Gaeil)
  10. Adrian Spillane (Templenoe)
  11. Seán O'Shea (Kenmare Shamrocks)
  12. Dara Moynihan (Spa)
  13. Paudie Clifford (Fossa)
  14. David Clifford (Fossa)
  15. Paul Geaney (Dingle)

SUBS: Shane Ryan (Rathmore), Killian Spillane (Templenoe), Micheál Burns (Dr Crokes), Gavin Crowley (Templenoe), Tony Brosnan (Dr Crokes), Graham O'Sullivan (Dromid Pearses), Jack Savage (Kerins O'Rahillys), Dylan Casey (Austin Stacks), Stephen O'Brien (Kenmare Shamrocks), Greg Horan (Austin Stacks), Darragh Roche (Glenflesk).

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Glorious weather for Kerry County Coastal Rowing championships

It was a day of glorious sunshine yesterday (Sunday) as Flesk Valley Rowing Club hosted the 2022 Kerry County Coastal Rowing championships for the very first time in beautiful Castlelough […]

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It was a day of glorious sunshine yesterday (Sunday) as Flesk Valley Rowing Club hosted the 2022 Kerry County Coastal Rowing championships for the very first time in beautiful Castlelough Bay on Lough Lein.

Hundreds flocked to the Valley shore to see the coastal clubs of Kerry race in crews from Under 12 to Masters. As well as clubs from around the Ring of Kerry, there was a strong representation from the Killarney clubs with the Workmen, Commercials and Fossa wearing their colours with pride. The atmosphere, colour, fun and fierce competition produced a spectacular day that will live long in the memory.

The event was opened by the Councillor John O’Donoghue, vice chair of the Killarney Municipal District who congratulated Flesk Valley on their centenary, which occurred during 1920, and wished all of the clubs a successful day’s racing.

The first race was preceded by a special blessing of the boats by Fr Eugene McGillycuddy, who also remembered Brendan Teahan of Cromane Rowing Club in his prayers.

Afterwards John Fleming, chair of Flesk Valley, expressed his immense pride and satisfaction with the success of the regatta.

“It’s our first time ever hosting a regatta, but we wanted to do something special to mark our 102 years in existence,” he said.

“It was a lot of work, but we have a fantastic hard-working committee in Flesk Valley who really pulled out all the stops to make it happen, and we received fantastic support from our members, parents, other clubs and local businesses.”

John also thanked the Kerry Coastal Rowing Association, in particular Mary B Teahan and Andrew Wharton, and the staff of the Killarney National Park for all their support and encouragement in hosting this event.

This was a qualifying event and the Kerry clubs will be heading to Wexford next weekend to complete for honours at the All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships.

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Live referee mics should be the norm – swearing concerns be damned

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by Adam Moynihan

I was disappointed to learn that the GAA are preventing TG4 from using their live referee mic in this Sunday’s Wexford hurling final.

(And not just because I had already written an article saying how great live referee mics are and how they are sure to be implemented across the board. Ctrl + A. Delete.)

TG4’s GAA coverage is superb and they raised the bar once again when they mic’d up referee John O’Halloran for the Kerry hurling final between Causeway and Ballyduff.

Pinning a microphone on the referee is standard practice in televised rugby and judging by the positive response to Gaelic games’ first foray into this territory, I was expecting it to become the norm.

It still might but, explaining their decision to The 42, the GAA said that they were not aware beforehand of the ref mic being trialled in Stack Park on Sunday.

“They believe such a development will require more discussion and education if it is to be implemented on a more regular basis in live TV coverage and could possibly need a policy change,” Fintan O’Toole reported.

The image of the Association is surely the primary concern here.

Players and managers – usually the worst behaved participants when it comes to things like swearing – will be among those who get “educated” on the subject. Some verbal abuse that might otherwise be muted for television viewers will, in all likelihood, be picked up by the referee’s microphone. You would imagine that the teams involved will be reminded of this the week of a televised game.

It also makes sense from Croke Park’s point of view to speak to referees and give them guidance on how to conduct themselves when the mic is on.

In fact, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if senior GAA figures are currently fretting over the possibility of an agitated ref making headlines for something they say in the heat of the moment. And make no mistake about it, some match officials can eff and jeff with the best of them.

A friend of mine (a Wexford man, funnily enough) recalls an incident when a teammate was unceremoniously taken out of it by an opponent.

“Ah ref, for f***’s sake!” the victim complained.

“I gave you the f***ing free,” the referee replied. “What do you want me to do, slap him in the face with a wet fish?!”

The GAA might think that a referee swearing like that would leave all of us red-faced. In reality the clip would be a viral sensation and the general public would probably call for the official in question to run for Áras an Uachtárain. (He’d get my ****ing vote.)

The odd swear word from someone involved is bound to sneak through every now and then but you’d hear the same – and plenty more – at any match you attend from Cahersiveen to County Antrim.

Implementing the referee mic on a wider scale is a no-brainer as far as I’m concerned. It doesn’t appear to take a huge amount of effort or expense for the broadcaster to set it up and, more importantly, it offers a wonderful insight into the unknown.

Listening to referees explain their decisions in real time will clear a lot of things up for commentators, analysts and the media. We will no longer have to speculate about what they did or did not see, or what specific rule is being cited, or why.

Viewers, especially those who might be casual followers of the sport, will appreciate it too and become more educated; I know that’s how I feel when I watch rugby, for example.

It just leads to greater transparency and understanding.

Well done to TG4 and the Kerry County Board for being the pioneers. I’m sure others will follow their lead – as soon as the GAA allow them to do so.

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