The Kerry GAA Management Committee released a statement on Monday evening authorising a subcommittee comprising county chairman Tim Murphy, vice-chairman Eamonn Whelan, secretary Peter Twiss, Munster Council delegate John O’Leary and county games manager and former Kerry footballer Donal Daly to confirm who will be in charge of the Kerry senior footballers for 2022.
It is also stated that the process was now beginning and no further comment would be issued until the subcommittee return with a name.
It is believed that the subcommittee will commence the process straight away and they aim to have a manager or management team to recommend for ratification by early October. It is also understood that the subcommittee want to move quickly to get their man but it will all depend on the level and quality of candidates who express an interest as the job is never advertised.
The scene is set for the latest staging of the biggest game in Kerry hurling’s domestic calendar and for the third time in twelve years, St Brendans and Kilmoyley clash in the Kerry Senior Hurling Championship Final.
St Brendans will be very much aware that Kilmoyley have won all three previous final meetings between the two and also that Kilmoyley have won 25 titles in total compared to St Brendans’ 7 titles.
These two clubs share the same parish but Kilmoyley are very much a hurling club while St Brendans have enjoyed equal success in both hurling and football down through the years and they often have included Kilmoyley players on successful Ardfert football teams. Ardfert are still the only Kerry club to win three All-Ireland club football titles but it will no doubt hurt somewhat that they have only won one Kerry senior hurling title in 31 years.
This was the performance that Kerry FC have been threatening for many games. It was the day that the Kerry side showed their true potential with a star-studded team performance by all the squad and particularly by the starting eleven who shocked the visitors with the intensity, quality and determination they showed from the first whistle.
Cianan Cooney gave an early warning when he tested the Limerick keeper, Peader O’Keeffe, in the opening minute. O’Keeffe might have felt that he was going to have a good day after making that save but this lasted less than two minutes because Cooney put Kerry ahead in the third minute, following an attack up the left wing by Sean O’Connell, with a cracking shot from just outside the area.
O’Connell repeated this move three minutes later but on this occasion Cooney’s shot was narrowly wide of the back post. In the 10th minute, a corner by O’Connell was headed wide of the back post by Ronan Teahan. Kerry were on fire at this stage with all the players displaying a confidence that was fascinating to watch.