The mood in the county is one of real hope after Kerry’s record-breaking 22-point Munster Senior Football Championship Final win over their old rivals Cork.
Peter Keane’s side recorded the highest total scored in the 133-year history of the Munster Senior Football Championship finals. Since the competition began back in 1888, no side has ever scored more than a thirty point aggregate total in a Munster Final but Kerry’s final tally of 4-22 (34 points) was five points higher than the previous highest total recorded.
In 1919, Kerry scored 6-11, and again in 1976 scored 3-20 and Cork scored 2-23 in the 1990 final. Those aggregate scores of 29 points were the highest previously recorded Munster Final scoring totals.
With the Kerry Senior Hurling Championship just around the corner, 2019 senior county title winners Causeway laid down a marker with this comprehensive County League Final win.
It turned out to be a mere stroll in the park for Causeway as they retained their Division 1 League title, which was not finished last year, with an impressive 22-point victory over a below par Abbeydorney side at Austin Stack Park on Saturday evening last.
It was as comprehensive a drubbing as the scoreline suggests and the only mitigating factor for Abbeydorney was the absence of the two O’Leary brothers Michael and Brendan but Michael is unlikely to figure in the Championship this year.
Another magnificent display by Kerry saw them get their All-Ireland Intermediate Championship campaign off to the best possible start with a hard-earned victory over Tipperary on the beautifully manicured surface at Hermitage Park, Lixnaw on Saturday evening.
This was essentially a team effort from 1 to 15 plus the three subs who were introduced but one player stood head and shoulders above everybody else and that was full back Niamh Leen who was awesome. But she wasn’t the only player to excel as Patrice Diggin did a superb marking job on Tipperary danger woman Jenny Grace and won that particular battle as Grace didn’t score from play. Rachel McCarthy slotted into corner back instead of absent Michelle Costello and had the proverbial blinder with her pace and reading of the game.
Kerry now have one of the best midfield pairings at this grade in Aoife Behan who played until she was exhausted scoring 0-2 and young Kate Lynch from Killarney runs from box to box and also added a crucial point. The Kerry attack led by Jackie Horgan is playing well as a unit so all in all Kerry camogie is in a good place.