National League

Tommy Walsh - too good, too young and too passionate about Kerry football to finish his inter county career like this

May 3rd, 2016
I suppose it would be fair to say when the news broke last week that Tommy Walsh was opting out of the Kerry panel following that latest defeat to Dublin it was not a complete shock as the big Kerins o Rahillys man had ... more»

Groundhog Day for Kerry in Croke Park

April 26th, 2016
The one and only crumb of consolation for Kerry supporters and players leaving Croke Park last Sunday was the fact that , "it was only the league", and the championship is yet to come, and as every football ... more»

Fitzmaurices men to avenge recent defeats to the Dubs in League Final

April 19th, 2016
It's amazing to realise as Kerry approach their big clash with Dublin in next Sundays National League final that in what was one of the greatest ever league finals just a few thousand Kerry fans were present to see them ... more»

Kerry reach first League Final since 2009

April 12th, 2016
Kerry turned in a powerful display to crush Roscommon and continue their excellent league form and their rewards is a much awaited final meeting with the all-conquering Dublin machine next Sunday week, Kerry's first ... more»

The Kerry Supporters Club - The Heart and Soul of Kerry Football

March 29th, 2016
The Kerry Supporters Club are an intrepid group of men and women, hail, rain or snow they are on the road following their beloved Kerry football teams. In many ways they are a breed unto themselves, a close knit group ... more»

Kerry resurgence continues with win over Mayo

March 15th, 2016
The Kerry resurgence continued apace in Castlebar last Sunday as Eamon Fitzmaurice's men edged closer to a semi-final place in the league and following the disappointing start with losses to Dublin and Roscommon things ... more»

Kerry defeat Donegal in a bruising encounter

March 8th, 2016
October 13th 1956, The Austin Stack Park Tralee, the county football final South Kerry up against Kerins o Rahillys. It was the first time I attended this historic venue and while memories are dimmed with the passing of ... more»

No place to hide as Dubs hand out a hiding

February 2nd, 2016
Croke Park can be a very cruel and unwelcoming place for footballers when things go badly wrong be it in the high summer of championship or under the bright floodlights of a cold hard January night in a league game. ... more»

Renewal of an age old rivalry in Croke Park

January 26th, 2016
And so it's a renewal of the age old rivalry in Croke Park next Saturday and while I can't talk for anyone else I certainly never get tired of a Kerry/ Dublin clash be in in league or championship and no doubt both sets ... more»

League Campaign - a mixed bag

April 7th, 2015
And so another league campaign ends for Kerry, it was a real mixed bag for Eamon Fitzmaurice's men, we saw the good, the bad and the very bad as division one status was retained, the main objective. However at the end ... more»

Monaghan Defeat Kerry In Tralee

March 31st, 2015
One thing appears to be absolutely sure in relation to Kerry's latest defeat last Sunday by Monaghan and that is Eamon Fitzmaurice's men are a long way behind some counties as regards the amount of training they have ... more»

Kerry beat Donegal in a game which surpassed our expectations

March 17th, 2015
I have often mentioned here how I believed  Kerry footballers are more skillful and so at ease when in possession of the ball than all other counties, well we have won more All Irelands than all others so there ... more»

Cork are far ahead of Kerry at this present time

March 10th, 2015
The biggest mystery for me following that rout by Cork in last Sunday's national league game was what the hell happened to the outstanding form the players had displayed both against Derry and Dublin? Two superb ... more»

Kerry and Dublin never fail to excite and thrill

March 3rd, 2015
As always a meeting between Kerry and Dublin be it in league or championship never fails to excite and thrill. And so it was last Sunday in Fitzgerald Stadium we witnessed all the passion, never-say-die spirit and sheer ... more»

No surprise with result or performance

February 3rd, 2015
It was as many expected, a defeat, Kerry had wintered well, enjoyed their sojourn to those far away places with sounding names and were always going to play second fiddle to Mayo last Sunday in Killarney as the National ... more»

Heaviest defeat of Kerry by Cork in the past 25 years

April 8th, 2014
For the big crowd of Kerry supporters who made their way to Austin Stack Park last Sunday for the latest chapter in the Kerry/Cork saga the expectations of a close hard exciting game were on most minds. This of course ... more»

Only the League but a vintage Kerry display against Kildare

March 18th, 2014
You can always gauge exactly the state of Kerry football if you stop and chat to those die hard Kerry supporters following the counties games both in league and championship. They know precisely when studying the Kerry ... more»

Tyrone given a second half lesson in the skills of the game

March 11th, 2014
Speaking to the press after the game last Sunday Mickey Harte's very obvious rage and boiling anger at his side's performance when a rejuvenated Kerry literally blew them off the Fitzgerald Stadium pitch said it all for ... more»

Second straight defeat in the National League to Derry

February 11th, 2014
We were back to the swarming game in Fitzgeralds Stadium last Sunday as Derry came, saw and conquered a mainly inexperienced Kerry side and once again we witnessed a northern team frustrating Kerry as they rushed ... more»

Dublin defeat Kerry under lights in Croke Park

February 4th, 2014
Another year on the never ending GAA merry-go-round of league and championship began under the harsh glare of the Croke Park lights last Saturday. A cold, wet February night, an amber weather warning issued for the ... more»

The Kingdom hasnít gone away you know

April 9th, 2013
Eamonn Fitzmaurice and his side line general's will feel very well pleased with themselves following the long trip to Omagh last Sunday and at the end of the day it's a case of mission accomplished, league over, ... more»

Cooper and Galvin return to see off Cork in the National League

March 26th, 2013
Kerry's comprehensive win over age old rivals Cork last Sunday was all about collecting the two points so desperately needed as a trip to Tyrone approaches and you could literally sense the apprehension and urgency in ... more»

First win for Kerry in the National League against Down

March 19th, 2013
Two invaluable national league points collected last Saturday against a very disappointing Down side will set Kerry up nicely for another as always mouthwatering clash against Cork in Tralee next Sunday. And thankfully ... more»

Kerry fail to score in the second half against Mayo

February 5th, 2013
Of course it was a greatly under strength Kerry team that lined out against Mayo in Castlebar last Sunday and excuses can and will be made in relation to this. And it goes without saying that no matter how promising a ... more»

Mayo await in Castlebar for the start of the National League

January 29th, 2013
So following last Saturdays McGrath Cup success the shadow boxing is well and truly over and it's now down to the real business of the league against Mayo next Sunday. The league always excites because during this ... more»

Tough defeats for the Kerry Seniors and Kerry U21s

April 17th, 2012
It will be of very little consolation to Eamon Fitzmaurice and his young men following last Wednesdays under 21 defeat by Cork that this was a massive improvement on the very inept performance at the same stage last ... more»

More common sense required

March 27th, 2012
Last week I made reference here to the number of yellow and red cards being dished out left, right and centre by many referees at both club and inter county games since the season began. I am fully convinced that since ... more»

A lot of work to be done by the Kerry sideline men

February 14th, 2012
A week is certainly a long time in football and following Kerry's very encouraging win over Dublin in Croke Park I think it might even be an understatement to declare that a victory over Armagh last Saturday in Tralee ... more»

The variables and the unknowns are the real beauty of the League

January 31st, 2012
KERRY return to Croke Park, the scene of one of their greatest recent disappointments, next Saturday as the National League kicks off. The events of the closing minutes in last year's All Ireland final will be fresh in ... more»

Kerry beat Monaghan in Inniskeen

April 5th, 2011
It was certainly another very productive trip up North last Sunday as Kerry proved far too good for a very disappointing Monaghan side and now with Down visiting the Kingdom next Sunday it's a rare opportunity to make ... more»

Comprehensive defeat of Armagh in the League

March 22nd, 2011
Following the defeat by Dublin three weeks ago in the league I remarked  in this column that in my opinion Kerry were the classier more skilful side in relation to passing, kicking and in particular being ... more»

Kerry and Colm Cooper easily dispense with Galway in Killarney

March 15th, 2011
Leaving Fitzgerald's Stadium last Sunday afternoon I kept my ears peeled as I mingled with some Galway supporters fully expecting to hear a comment such as  "give us Colm Cooper and we will play ye all over ... more»

Dublin edge Kerry in Croke Park

March 1st, 2011
As this latest thrilling Kerry/Dublin affair entered stoppage time last Saturday under the glare of the Croke Park lights Dublin's Bernard Brogan one of the best forwards in the game secured possession well out on the ... more»

Kerry overcome Mayo in Castlebar

February 22nd, 2011
I was positioned high up at the very back of the superb new ten thousand seated stands at the magnificent Pairc Mhi Eile last Sunday in Castlebar as this disappointing Alliance National League tie between Mayo and Kerry ... more»

Cork's first League win in Tralee since 1982

February 8th, 2011
Last Sundays meeting of age old rivals Kerry and Cork was as good a National League fixture between the sides as I have seen for many a long year. The first half in particular was wonderful stuff as the play swung from ... more»

Kerry start the National League against Cork in Tralee

February 2nd, 2011
Next Sunday's opening round of the National League between Kerry and Cork will certainly bring the faithful from both counties flocking to the Austin Stack Park for what is a mouth watering kick off in this ... more»

Is Mickey Harte ready to bow out and Colm Cooper's eye injury

April 20th, 2010
No matter what way you look at it the recently completed National League and ensuing results whether good or bad will be stored away and forgotten about because in the over all picture the real work has only now begun, ... more»

Kerry stay in Division 1 and St. Brendan's College no match for St. Colman's of Newry

April 13th, 2010
It was a case of mission accomplished in Fitzgerald's Stadium last Sunday as in magnificent blazing sun shine Kerry retained their place in division one of the National league.  From the very first ball kicked in ... more»

Mayo prove far too good for Kerry in the League

March 23rd, 2010
A few weeks ago we mentioned here how this year would be one of the most trying years in the highly successful managerial career of Jack o Connor. When taking into consideration the fact that so many great players had ... more»

Kerry far too good for Galway

March 16th, 2010
Galway manager Joe Kernan will have had some sleepless nights following his sides very poor display at home against Kerry last Sunday. On the other hand Jack o Connor and his side line generals will have slept the sleep ... more»

Dublin's First Victory in Kerry since 1982

February 9th, 2010
The only major point of importance really regarding Kerry's loss to Dublin last Sunday was the fact that it was the visitor's first win over the Kingdom on home soil since their last league victory in 1982.  While ... more»

Let The Football Begin - Dublin visit the Kingdom

February 2nd, 2010
And so as the fellow said, "another year on the rig" as Dublin come to Killarney next Sunday to kick off the National League. One thing is certain and that is that you are guaranteed a cracking match, a great ... more»

With other sports on the march it makes no sense for the GAA not to parade the National League trophy

May 5th, 2009
The dust has well and truly settled following that National League win over Derry in Croke Park two weeks ago. Not that there was much dust flying around following the county's 19th league win. My experience of Kerry ... more»

Will we get a glimpse of Jack's first fifteen?

April 21st, 2009
That feel good factor about football in the county is very evident at the moment and why not as we can reflect on three All-Ireland titles already safely added this year to the long list of previous Kerry titles in all ... more»

2009 National Football League Begins

January 27th, 2009
Every season as the National Football league is ready to swing into action I think of the words imparted to me many years ago by one of my great footballing heroes the late John Dowling, "leagues are for playing in and ... more»

Another National League Title for Kerry

April 25th, 2006
Well done to all involved in Kerry's eighteenth National League title win over Galway last Sunday week. The panel of players, manager Jack o Connor and all his backroom team did the county proud. The ridiculous notion ... more»

Kerry set out on the long Voyage to retain the Sam Maguire

April 19th, 2005
And so Kerry have relinquished one of their national titles, the league has been lost and all eyes are now on May 29th when Kerry set out on the long voyage to retain the Sam Maguire, opinions differ greatly as to what ... more»

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