Second chance returns

As clubs return to pre-season training, the good news for all teams competing in the 2022 Kerry Senior Football Championship is that while the format is still to be decided, what is guaranteed is that every team will have at least two games in Kerry’s premier domestic football competition.

County GAA Secretary Peter Twiss confirmed to Kerry’s Eye Sport this week that the format and starting date for SFC is not yet finalised. “We are going back nearly three years to pre-Covid times and we are assuming we will have a normal run of games. However what has changed is the split-season and we had a kind of a trial run of that last year. For the past two years, the Senior County Championship was pretty much a knockout format due to Covid and we certainly don’t want that to continue. We will return to some other format where there will be a minimum of a second chance for every team. There is a report on the Review of the SFC due and I think they will present that at the County Board meeting on February 1st. But no matter what format is ratified, what is certain is that everybody will be getting more than one game.”

Hennessy to be appointed Kerry U20 hurling manager

Former Ballyduff and Kerry great John Hennessy is expected to be ratified at the next Kerry County Board meeting as the new Kerry U20 hurling manager. The Kerry U20s will once again take part in the Munster A competition in 2022.

Over the past number of years, the Kerry hurling U20 side was looked after by the senior management team but Stephen Molumphy made it clear in the first media briefing after his appointment as Kerry senior boss that he was not taking charge of the U20 side, so a separate management team would have to be appointed.

Few could quibble with the proposed appointment of John Hennessy who has managed the Kerry minor hurling side in the past and he also managed the Ballyduff minor side to back-to-back county minor titles in 2021.

Murphy set for Munster  GAA vice-chairman position

This weekend will see former Kerry GAA chairman Tim Murphy ratified as Munster Council vice-chairman at their annual convention in Thurles on Saturday evening. While it has emerged over the Christmas period that Cork’s Bob Ryan would be contesting the position alongside Murphy, Ryan formally pulled out this week meaning Murphy will be elected unopposed this Saturday.

The Brosna clubman is the first Kerry man to hold the position since 2007-2010 when Sean Walsh held the role and he will automatically become chairman in three years’ time when incoming chairman Ger Ryan’s term ends. Also at Munster level, while dates have been provisionally fixed for the U20 and Minor Championships no draws for the competitions have been done yet.