Although the matter appears set for debate again at the next County Committee meeting, newly-crowned County champions East Kerry will retain the right to nominate the Kerry senior football captain for 2020.
County Chairman Tim Murphy confirmed to Kerry’s Eye Sport that the Kerry captain selection process will not change for next year. However, he declined to comment on speculation about a potential change from 2021 onwards. Although there was no appetite for change at a discussion on the matter at last year’s County Convention, it appears that views expressed at a Club Forum between the executive and clubs back in October have led to a desire for change amongst some clubs.
Kerry’s Eye Sport understands that the matter could be discussed at the next County Committee meeting on Monday November 25th. The decision could lead to a decision being made as to whether or not to form a proposal that clubs would vote on at a meeting of the County Committee in the New Year. Any agreement on a change would only apply from 2021 onwards as teams taking part in next year’s County Championship have to be aware of the conditions they are playing under in advance.
What a year 2019 has been for the supporters of East Kerry football. The district have celebrated County Final wins at Minor, U21 and now senior grades.
The clean sweep suggests that more success will follow but it will be hard to match the feeling of this epic County Final win over four-in-a-row seeking Dr Crokes.
This was a day when the young men in red brushed aside the challenge of the champions. By the end of the game, the 13 men of Dr Crokes were just chasing shadows under the glare of the Austin Stack Park lights.
2019 Kerry senior club champions Austin Stacks face a tough trip south to Cork city to face Cork champions Nemo Rangers. The Tralee outfit have been on standby waiting to see whether Dr Crokes would claim the Kerry Senior County title. The fact that Crokes lost to East Kerry means that the club champions now go forward to compete in the Munster semi-final in what should be a very difficult assignment.
Austin Stacks manager Wayne Quillinan said that Austin Stacks have been in the mindset for some time now that they would probably be competing in Munster.
“We had to approach this situation like it was going to happen that we would be going into Munster. After the semi-final draw, we felt there was a strong chance of it because as highly enough as I want to speak about Dr Crokes. After all they have won, to beat two strong divisional sides like South Kerry and East Kerry is very hard to do.”