The Kerry senior footballers and hurlers, senior ladies footballers and senior Camogie team will all be involved in crucial inter county action on Saturday next.
The Kerry senior hurlers get the ball rolling in Austin Stack Park with a 12.30 throw in for their Joe McDonagh Cup opener against Down. The news from the Kerry camp is that Captain Daniel Collins is one of several absentees for the injury hit side.
The Kerry senior ladies footballers are next up when they take on Meath in Croke Park in the final of Division 2 of the LIDL Ladies National League. Kerry will be hoping to return to top flight football in 2022 and the game will be broadcast live on TG4 with a throw in time of 5pm.
Kerry begin their Joe McDonagh Cup campaign knowing that their fate is very much in their own hands. A win against Down at home on Sunday would mean that Fintan O’Connor’s side would then hope to travel to Meath for their round 2 game and win the game to set up a return to the Joe McDonagh Cup final which this year will be played on the same day as the Leinster Senior Hurling final in Croke Park.
A spate of injuries and a lackluster league campaign where Kerry suffered heavy defeats to both Offaly and Carlow does nothing to fill us with any great confidence ahead of the start of the championship but there is also a feeling that if Kerry can get as many of their star players onto the field as possible then they can be a match for anyone in this competition.
Momentum is a great thing in sport, especially in Kerry hurling, where the player and management have to deal with the naysayers that are ready and waiting on the ditches to criticise and denigrate the good work that continues to be done by Fintan O’Connor and his backroom team.
Ballyduff withstood a late St Michaels/Foilmore rally to gain a vital win over fellow promotion rivals in a well contested and entertaining Division 5A game played at Ballyduff on Sunday.
The game was decided in a five minute crazy spell just after the first half water break when St Michaels/Foilmore coughed up possession twice and Ballyduff struck for two goals with man of the match Kevin Goulding being involved in both.
Ballyduff, who were without their hurlers, really played well. John Paul Leahy is doing a good job with them because St Michaels/Foilmore are a side on the up under DJ Moran. Eanna O’Connor is back this year and along with Padraig King returning after a cruciate and Matthew O’Sullivan coming on and making a big impact, these could well be the teams going up. However Austin Stacks B will have something to say on that!