The 2010 / 2011 Kerry Schoolboys/Girls League Preview:
Last season’s Trophies are put away in the cabinets, the victories have been celebrated, the defeats forgotten and the medals put away. Last season is now history.
For the record the following clubs picked up League titles – Killarney Celtic, Fenit, Mastegeeha, Listowel Celtic, Dingle Bay Rovers, Ballyhar, Park and Castleisland.
Now however the 2,500 plus young soccer players in the county are eager to get back on the fields and once again kick-off The Beautiful Game.
The Girls and Super Sevens sections will begin in the coming weeks but Saturday next – September 4th sees the Boys kick off with the even ages first up.
The following week, September 11th will see the uneven ages start their League campaigns.
These dates have been picked to coincide with the other Leagues in Munster in order to have agreed National Cup days. The final decision on how the National Cup will be structured will be decided at an SFAI Rules Committee meeting which is scheduled for Dublin on September 4th.
Back to the League and Mary Lyne has been reappointed as Fixture’s Secretary. Mary takes over from Colm Dunlea and is at present drawing up a six month fixture list.
This will be released to the clubs in due course but clubs must be aware that if they do not have their affiliation fees paid by the 11th of September then they will not receive any more fixtures and teams will be sanctioned for giving walkovers.
The Schoolboys League would also like to welcome Behy Rovers into the League with the Glenbeigh side having entered a team in the Under 11 League.
The League would also like to say a continued thank you to its sponsors – O’Neill’s, Moriarty’s Centra Farranfore, JK Sports Listowel, O’Callaghan’s Coaches, Killarney Plaza and Dante’s Tralee.
There are a number of changes to the League structure this season. All Premier Divisions will have six teams with the other divisions being made up from the rest of the teams.
With the numbers playing the game there will be Four Divisions at Under 11. Under 14 Division One will be made up of a North and South section with the top side in each playing off.
Starting with the Moriarty’s Centra Under 11’s this will be the first taste of the 11 a side game for these players. However most have come through their Academies and are well prepared. In the Premier Division all the bigger clubs are represented – Killarney Athletic and Celtic, Kingdom Boys, Listowel Celtic, Mastergeeha and Park so this will be wide open as usual.
Division One has five teams as has Div 2. Like the Premier these teams are new to eleven a side so we will have to wait and see how things plan out.
The JK Sports Under 12 League is made up of three divisions with a Premier and Divisions 1 & 2. Each section has six teams. With Fenit and Mastergeeha winning the North and South section at Under 11’s they have made the transition to the Premier. But they will need to continue their improvement if they are to compete with Killarney Celtic, Athletic, Listowel Celtic and Kingdom Boys. My tip is for Killarney Celtic to continue on from winning the Under 11’s last season.
Camp and Killorglin finished runners up last season and will be the ones to beat in Div 1 where they will be joined by Clanmaurice, Asdee, Inter A and Park.
Div 2 is made up of the B teams from Killorglin, Killarney Celtic, Kingdom Boys, Mastergeeha, Park as well as Iveragh. Kingdom Boys were very strong at Under 11’s last season and could be the team to beat here.
Under 13’s are always an important age group with the Kennedy Cup down the line. A strong Kennedy Cup performance is needed this season so a lot of eyes will be this Division.
Listowel Celtic were winners at under 12 last season and will be favourites to win here. Also in the Premier will be Dingle Bay (promoted from last season), Killarney Athletic and Celtic, Kingdom Boys and The Park.
Division One has seven teams – Mastergeeha, Castleisland, Camp, Fenit, Inter, Killorglin and Ballyhar with the first two looking like the pre-season favourites.
Again Division 2 is made up of all B teams – Athletic, Celtic, Killorglin, Kingdom Boys, Listowel and Park. Going on past form Kingdom Boys could be the team to catch.
In the O’Callaghan’s Coaches Under 14 League the Premier has newly promoted sides Dingle Bay, Fenit and Ballyhar with the latter two being promoted after winning U12 Div 1 North and South last season.
Killarney Celtic, Killarney Athletic and The Park are the other three sides and following Celtic’s run to the semi finals of the National Cup I am tipping them to win this Division.
The Under 14 League will have a North and South section and the top side from each going through to a play off it both sections should be very competitive.
The Killarney Plaza Under 15 League Premier will see Park and Castleisland opening as favourites but this age group is always hard to call as a lot depends on the turn-over of players during the season. Dingle, Kingdom Boys, Listowel Celtic and Killarney Celtic will have plenty to say on the outcome of the Division.
As always the number of teams at 15’s and 16’s are smaller than the younger Divisions so there is just the Premier and Div 1 here.
Camp, Killorglin, Killarney Athletic, Mastergeeha, Inter Kenmare, Clanmaurice and Park B make up Div 1. Camp and Killorglin struggled a little last season in the Under 14 Premier but should be well capable of competing in this Division and could lead the way.
Dante’s Tralee are the new sponsors of the Under 16 League and what a competitive Premier Division it will be. Inter Kenmare, Killarney Athletic, Killarney Celtic, Kingdom Boys, Mastergeeha and The Park will all compete strongly but last season Celtic and Kingdom Boys had to be separated by a play-off and should be the front runners again this season ,depending of course on how many players the Tralee side will have seen move up to the League of Ireland.
Girls Football: The League will be running Girls Leagues at Under 10, 12, 14 and 16 and twenty one teams have already signed up. The Girls League will kick off in a few we
The 2010 / 2011 Kerry Schoolboys/Girls League Preview: