By Paul Murphy
SOUTHERN Gaels will be aiming for back-to-back titles but they will but face serious competition when the action resumes in the Kerry Ladies Senior Football Championship with one group of four teams with each side playing on a home and away basis.
Beaufort make the jump from to senior level having won last season’s intermediate crown with a comfortable win over Corca Dhuibhne. An away trip in the first round to Southern Gaels is a tough ask but a result against the defending champions would give them a great confidence.
Last year’s beaten finalists, Rathmore, will be looking to go one step further having narrowly missed out to Southern Gaels in a game in which they feel they didn’t do themselves justice. Their first opponents, Na Gaeil, lost a big battle away to Southern Gaels in Round 1 of the competition thus ending their participation.
With a guaranteed six games for each side, it will, no doubt, allow Eddie Sheehy’s charges the opportunity to mount a serious challenge over the course of the group games.
Southern Gaels will be the team everyone will be looking to beat and with a strong panel at their disposal including the likes of Megan O’Connell, Siofra O’Shea and Kerry captain Anna Galvin to name just a few.
In the Intermediate championship Corca Dhuibhne will be looking to put last season’s final disappointment behind them and go one further this season. The loss of Louise Ní Mhuireachtaigh, through injury, for last year’s final did not help their cause but with the Kerry forward back leading the attack it will be a major boost to the side.
Castleisland Desmonds will be looking to the likes of Lorraine Scanlon, Eilish Lynch, Cait Lynch, Paris McCarthy and Gemma Kearney to help recapture the crown they last won in 2014.
Finuge-St Senans will be boosted by the services of the Kerry camogie players and, along with county stars Niamh Carmody and Miriam O’Keeffe, they will further boost their chances of success.
Kilcummin make the step up from Junior A and enjoyed further success last year capturing the Division 3 county league title and Mary Jo Curran B crown giving them plenty of confidence heading into the campaign.
Inbhear Sceine Gaels and Scartaglin are also in the group and they can call on the services of Julie Sullivan, Katie Palmer and Ellen O’Sullivan. Scartaglen have a strong bond in the team something which they can rely on to help them in their campaign.
Austin Stacks are in the Intermediate this year following relegation from the senior championship Austin Stacks and they young side can call on the services of Mollie O’Carroll, Emma McCarthy, Norma O’Connor and Aoife Dillane to help kickstart their campaign.
Seven teams will make up the junior A grade and MKL will be looking to go one step further this year following defeat in last year’s final against Kilcummin. They are joined in the group by Dr Crokes who they lost to in the Division 2 final last year and they will be looking to avoid defeat against the Killarney side boosted with the return from injury of Kayleigh Cronin in a group that contains Junior B champions from 2019 Clounmaccon/Moyvane.
Killarney Legion will look to build on their Junior B success of 2018 and go one further this year. Laune Rangers and Listowel Emmets will look to cause a few surprises along the way come the business end of the competition
The Junior B comprises of five teams with last year’s beaten finalists, Fossa, will face stiff competition from 2019 Junior C champions Cromane. The group also comprises of Currow and 2019 County League Division 4 champions Dingle with Abbeydourney making up the group
Last season’s beaten finalists Ballymac will be hoping to go one better this year after last year’s defeat to Cromane. Rathmore B and Beale/Ballyduff will renew old acquaintances again with nothing to separate the sides with Rathmore B coming out on top in the preliminary round last year. Annascaul/Castlegregory will be disappointed at losing to last year’s finalists and would home to get off to be better start this time around.
Monday, August 3 (all games throw in at 7.30pm)
Southern Gaels v-Beaufort; Na Gaeil v Rathmore
Kilcummin v ISG; Finuge/St Senans v Corca Dhuibhne; Austin Stacks v Scartaglin; Castleisland Desmonds v Spa
John Mitchels v Laune Rangers; Clounmacon/Moyvane v Legion; Listowel Emmets v MKL Gaels; Dr Crokes – Bye
Currow v Dingle; Fossa v Cromane; Abbeydorney v Bye
Ballymac v Rathmore B; Beale/Ballyduff v Annascaul/Castlegregory; Kerins O’Rahillys – Bye
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