Monday, July 18, 2005

Another Win for Laune Rangers

went to the first round/ last 16 of the Kerry County Championship on Saturday evening at JP O'Sullivan park (no relation) or 'the track' as we commonly refer to it. There was a double bill with South Kerry the reigning champions playing Mid-Kerry in the first match 1-17 to 3-06 was the result of that game with victory to the champs. didn't see it as I was having dinner. Appare

Ok, the win wasn't especially emphatic, 0-9 to 1-5 against Kenmare. Kenmare are regarded as something of a coming or at least improving team. Well, coming enough to move into the middle rankings in Kerry.

It was a strange game with Kenmare leading at half-time 1-4 to 0-3 for Laune Rangers. from a point in that half where Killorglin had lead 0-3 to 0-2. There was almost no wind to talk of, there was an ungodly amount of bunching in midfield during the first half, and too many kicks that landed into the chest of someone in thicket of players. Killorglin kicked quite a few wides to boot.

In the second half, Kenmare hit a few wides. Laune Rangers started to hit more balls into space and let their speed tell. Kenmare had a few chances to level it at the end. One thing that occurred to me is the wide gap in ages between the players. In a way it is good to see lads still playing and enjoying it well into their 40s (if I'm not completely off), there again God help anyone in the last 20 years who wanted to be goalkeeper for Killorglin.

Apparently, the consensus was that none of the four teams would be troubling too many people if they continue to offer up the same quality fare. However, it is hard to tell at this point how teams will make out especially those who have players with one eye on the All-Ireland championship games.

Before the game, we took a trip up to Sunhill to look at the view from a spot that we have. This is the view from the western side of the site, looking north to the Dingle side of Dingle bay, those are the Tralee mountains, and this is the view a bit further down and to the town side of the field. On the latter one, you can see from the Tralee mountains, out Dingle Bay and round to the McGillycuddy Reeks. The pictures were taken with my camera phone and the focus and resolution weren't great. However, you can get some idea of what the view is like. The place is somewhat elevated compared to the surrounding area. My personal opinion is the view is effing stupendous, however, I just can't see me living there. We need to get the field cleared to make it look nicer.

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