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KERRY'S EYE THIS WEEK - Published Thursday 4th February 2016

 

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Kerry score hat-trick in Clonmel

In a memorable weekend for the Kingdom at Clonmel, Kerry owners and trainers scooped a fantastic treble with pride of place going to Noel Browne from Castleisland winning the 2016 Derby with Coolavanny Bingo.

This was a second BoyleSports Coursing Derby in a row for The Kingdom. The winner is owned jointly by Noel Browne, Castleisland and Mark Lowther, Herts UK. Bingo was a brilliant winner and added to connections success at Clonmel track on Saturday night when Coolavanny Wendy won the big unraced final.

Then Tarbert's John Flynn won the Oaks with GraceandGlamour. This was a second Oaks success in three seasons for the Flynn's and not forgetting they won the Champion Stakes the year before that.

GraceandGlamour started as Horse & Jockey Hotel Oaks favourite and supporters hardly had a moments worry. She is being spoken of already as one of the great Oaks winners.

Last but by no means least Tobar Na Molt, owned jointly in Ardfert by Jonathon Best and Michael Collins, won the Grace Bruton Champion Stakes.

What a difference twelve months makes. Tobar Na Molt was second favourite for the 2015 Oaks but made a first round exit. However she made no such mistake in the Grace Bruton Champion Stakes this year. Having been unbeaten this season she proved a worthy winner. Considering Jonathon won Tobar Na Molt in a Listowel Coursing Club raffle for €50, it must be one of the great fairy-tale endings of any raffle prize winner ever.

 

Buck Up!

Kerry senior football manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice is looking for a much improved performance ahead of their Allianz League clash with Roscommon in Killarney on Sunday.

Speaking after their opening round League defeat to Dublin, Fitzmaurice made it clear that he was not happy with the attitude of his players.

"That was a disappointing performance. I just felt that if you hadn't seen last year's All-Ireland Final and you came in and looked at it, you would have maybe said that we had beaten Dublin and that they were the team that looked hungrier and looked more anxious to prove a point.

"I felt that our attitude should have been better, our work rate wasn't near good enough. Even in possession our accuracy was well off it tonight."

Kerry have only three home League games this season and with home matches against Donegal and Cork to come, the Kerry management will be looking for a win against Roscommon to kick start their League campaign.

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Brendan's voyage ends in victory

St Brendan's Tralee proved that basketball in Kerry is as strong as ever after securing a national cup final win last Saturday over Leixlip Nemunas in the Men's Intermediate Club Championship final.

After a slow start, the Tralee side turned the game around before the end of the first quarter and gave an outstanding team performance throughout the remainder of the clash.

Donaghy showed his sheer talent and showcased he hadn't lost his Superleague ability after giving his all on the court and finishing the game with an impressive 26 rebounds - 19 defensive and 7 offensive - 12 assists and 18 points.

'Star' led the Tralee side from the very beginning setting up numerous scoring chances for his teammates during the 40-minute battle and believes the win is a huge boost for Kerry basketball.

"It is an unbelievable feeling and the support we had was fantastic. This is massive for us and for basketball in Kerry. There is such goodwill in Tralee and the support we have gotten was massive," he said.

Team captain Darren O'Sullivan also gave a fantastic performance - scoring 21 points overall including four three-pointers in the final quarter alone.

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