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KERRY'S EYE THIS WEEK - Published Thursday 3rd September, 2014


Jim O Gorman

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Tom rides away with the gold

The world's cycling eyes might be on the Vuelta a Espana at the moment, but at the weekend Kerry had its own cycling hero. Castlegregory's Tom Moriarty took the Irish Youth National Championships by storm winning gold in all three disciplines.

by Padraig Harnett

Tom was carrying great form into the races in Mayo and was recently crowned Community Games Champion. He started off on Saturday morning in the Time Trial where it's the rider against the clock, and here Tom was 14 seconds faster than the next best rider over the 8km.

There was no time to rest on his laurels as that afternoon it was the 30km Road Race over 3 laps of the circuit. Tom was helped out by Killarney's Eoin Pathwell and at the end of the first lap Tom broke away and by the end of lap 2 he was 3 minutes ahead of the chasing bunch.

If they thought he would come back to them they were wrong as on the final lap Tom added another minute to his advantage, taking the chequered flag with 4 minutes to spare. Credit also goes to Pathwell who held on for a well-deserved bronze in a bunch sprint.

Sunday morning was the Criterium around the streets of Westport and in a tight and tactical race Tom sprinted clear of the chasers on the final corner, 200m from the line to take his third win of the weekend. Here again Patwell was a great help and he took another third place and a second bronze.

Injuries mar semi-final

The riveting County Senior Hurling Championship semi-finals at Abbeydorney at the weekend will be remembered as much for the two serious injuries in the second match as the expansive hurling.

In the second semi-final on Sunday evening Ballyduff's David O'Grady lay motionless on the turf after an accidental collision with teammate Daniel O'Carroll in the 19th minute of the first half.

Worried players, officials and spectators could only look on as medics and team physios raced to treat O'Grady.

Ballyduff Club Chairman Nicky Leen explains what happened. "He was not talking to medics nor was he able to move, which was really worrying. But he got the best of care and he was shifted to KGH where he was detained overnight. But the news on David is good in that he regained consciousness last night and all his tests and scans have not shown any injuries. He was kept in overnight because it was concussion but he was released."

In a separate incident five minutes later, Kerry's Christy Ring Cup All Star and Irish Shinty player Tom Murnane, took the full force of a fall by Ballyduff full forward Gary O'Brien.

Murnane, who was screaming with pain, was transferred to KGH as soon as the ambulance returned.

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Kerry players called for trials with Aberdeen FC

There was more to celebrate in the local soccer scene when news filtered through that two players from St Brendan's Park FC, Michael Slattery and Sean Carmody and three from Tralee Dynamos, Dillon Robinson, Kevin Williams and Darragh Lowth had been invited to attend trials for Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen.

The players made major contributions to Kerry's success in winning the Macron Galway Cup in 2015 where Michael Slattery was named Player of the Tournament after scoring nine superb goals.

Seán Carmody scored two, whilst playing at centre back, and captained the team which only conceded two.

Both were picked for the Kerry Schoolboy's Emerging Talent Programme and represented Kerry at the Galway Cup in 2013 & 2015 while also playing on the Kennedy Cup team that won the Shield Competition in 2014.

Sean has also been a part of Darren Ahern's Regional ETP programme.

Seán Carmody's father, Pat said on Friday, "I am delighted for the opportunity given to the players and I know they have the attitude and skill required to represent their clubs in the best possible way."

Tralee Dynamos coach Ken O'Connor agreed with these sentiments.

"While Dynamos have produced more professional players than other Kerry clubs, Rian O'Sullivan (Brighton), Cian Kennedy (San Diego) and Paul White (Forest Green), we always endeavour to build on those successes. We never stand still and actively promote coach education to give all players the best opportunity to be the best they can be."

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