To be honest I am not sure what to do with this opportunity that I have been given, i was going to use this as a soapbox in order to give out but I am not that sort of person so I have decided to go bring stuff I have noticed over the last while to everyones attention.
It would be remiss of me not to issue a huge congratulations to the North Kerry members of the County Under 14 management team and of course the North Kerry girls involved on their qualification for the All Ireland final versus Mayo in a couple of weeks, I have seen the panel and many of the girls we took to an Under 11 tournament back in the day are starring for this team. You have to say that development does work.
Attended the Stacks/Causeway game on Sunday evening and to my great delight Laura Rogers came on in the second half after a horrendous time with injury, we should not forget how good this girl is at our game and all in North Kerry I am sure wish her the best as it can only be for the good of ladies football to lhave her back in the green and gold. I noticed Maeve Barry on the sidelines of the Na Gaeil/Corca Duibhne game also on Sunday and it was great to see her hale and hearty, surely it will not be long before she gets back on the field of play.
You must give it to Gearldine O’Shea and her girls from West Kerry, the North Kerry Board had to almost twist lher arm to get them to come up to Senior and there they were against All Ireland champions Na Gaeil giving as good as they got and only lost the game in the last ten minutes. I did notice that she is eating for two once more and we wish her the best with all that.
I have attended a lot of games over the last while but I took great joy in seeing Dan Kearney back on the sideline for the Desmonds Under 12s, and what a difference a new voice has made to his charges, after a terrible start they scored 2-12 to hold division one champions Corca Duibhne to a draw on a beautiful evening last week. We can only get stronger as a district with clubs like the Desmonds coming back to the strength of old.
It was only a couple of weeks ago that Imelda Roche of Abbeydorney commented to me that she wished some other club would take up the baton their club has been carrying for the last three years with the U8 and U10 brigade and lo and behold Mary Bedes from Emmets has come up with an inter club Under 8 blitz on July 17th. All Mary has ever done has been done in the most professional manner and I would urge all clubs to make sure to get the future of their club to Listowel on the day, it should be a great sight.
On a final note I want to wish Kerry Seniors the best of luck in the Munster campaign, they played below themselves last Saturday and still pushed Cork all the way so with an outing against Clare this week and hopefully a final against the Rebelettes the season could be an extraordinary one for them.