Five Ladies All-Stars!

Despite their loss last July to Meath in the All-Ireland Senior Ladies Final, there was some solace for five Kerry players last Saturday night when they were announced as members of the 2022 TG4 Ladies All-Star team.

Although she missed out on the Player of the Year award, Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh picked up her third All-Star to go with her 2012 and 2013 honours. Cáit Lynch bridged a 10-year gap to her award in 2012 after a run to the All-Ireland Final that year as well as she was honoured at midfield for this year’s side in winning her second award.

Kayleigh Cronin, Aisling O’Connell and Niamh Carmody also picked up awards for the first time on account of their performances during the campaign as Kerry’s total of five was the highest for the county since 1990 when six Kerry players were named on that year’s side. All-Ireland champions Meath meanwhile picked up six awards in the 2022 side while there were two awards for Mayo and one each for Armagh and Donegal.

 

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Crotta O’Neills’ long wait ends

The last time Crotta O’Neills won the North Kerry Championship (John Joe O’Sullivan Cup) Rory Mahony wasn’t even born because it was 2001 but they made up for lost time by defeating county champions Causeway on the top pitch in Ballyduff which turned into a quagmire by the final whistle.

The game was decided by a fortuitous goal that came from a long range Shane Nolan free in the 14th minute. It went all the way to the Causeway net, probably due to the strong wind or the possiblity that John Mike Dooley heard a call from a defender. Nolan took the free from inside his own 65 which gives an indication of how strong the wind was.

Unfortunately, Crotta O’Neills’ victory was marred by a serious looking head injury sustained by their keeper Adam O’Sullivan in the 17th minute when Causeway were awarded a penalty. Keith Carmody struck it well but O’Sullivan made a brilliant stop and in the follow up he appeared to be knocked out and suffered a cut to his head in the course of saving the penalty. It delayed the game for over 10 minutes, and required an ambulance to be called. By the time his victorious teammates were making their way back to the dressing room, O’Sullivan was still being treated on-site by medical staff, before being transferred to UHK.

 

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Razor too sharp for his rivals

The three-day Ballyduff Coursing meeting concluded on Sunday and it was a weekend of mixed weather and mixed results for the bookmakers.

It was yet another weekend when the Liam Dowling bandwagon kept rolling along but in the Cup Ballymac Tudor did not make the final. The hares were top quality and that meant some top class buckles throughout.

In  the Kit Browne North Kerry Cup, it was Express Razor who took the laurels for Christina O’Connor from Saleen in Tarbert and trained by her son Patrick. This proved to be a surprise winner as he was a long as 5/ 2 in the final against the odds on favourite Carrowkeal Shane. However, Express Razor made a mockery of the odds as he was very gutsy until half way and then he got on top and took the spoils on top of the field to win by a length. It was a great win for the O’Connor family who are steeped in coursing and the Dad Tom Pa a legend of the sport was there to collect the Cup on behalf of his wife Christina.

 

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