Credit Union Co League Div 1 & 3 - Preview

Matters to become clear cut this weekend or are they 
By Murt Murphy for
It's a big weekend for a number of clubs in the County League Division 1 action, because by Sunday evening, they will either be preparing for one more game at least or they may well be rueing earlier losses as they contemplate life in Division 2. This final round of games should have four competitive and one dead rubber. Let's take a look at the games which will affect both top and bottom of the table.

Saturday November 12th at Killorglin with a 2-30pm throw-in

Laune Rangers v Rathmore
This is probably the game of the weekend because both sides need the win for different reasons of course. It is also a repeat of the County Senior Club Final, which Rathmore just managed to win, due in the main to the heroics of Aidan O'Mahony, who now is absent due to a broken bone in his shin, that he picked up in that final.
Rathmore are just a point behind Stacks, who play on Sunday, and if they were to win, they would leapfrog them, and put the Rockies under pressure back in Dingle. If Rathmore win and Stacks lose then it's a Dingle/Rathmore county final, but of Stacks draw and Rathmore win, then it's a playoff for the second League Final spot.
Confused - let's add another scenario - what happens if Rathmore lose to Laune Rangers - well from a Rathmore perceptive, its third place and what happens in Dingle wont matter.
Looking at the game from a Laune Rangers viewpoint, this is probably their most important game of the year because they get something from it, they are doomed. Rangers do not want to drop in the shark's tank that is Division2, because it's pretty hard to get back out of it.
So it is all about the desire and the hunger and Rangers have a greater cause here - Rathmore may well take the view that Austin Stacks will win anyway and why expend unnecessary energy with their O'Donoghue derby clash with Gneeveguilla, just days away.
I think Peter Crowley, Johnny Sheehan, Mike Frank Russell, Shane McSweeney and Seamie Foley will want Rangers too remain in the top flight so they are likely to get at least a point. However it all depends on how Rathmore approach this contest - it could be a classic or it could be a one sided affair

Verdict: Laune Rangers:

Sunday November 13th

Dingle v Austin Stacks at 2-30pm

Depending on the result of the Laune Rangers/Rathmore game the previous day, these two sides could well be just doing a pre run of the Credit Union County League Final so neither will want to show their hands.
Dingle are in the final so other than pride and the need to keep the eye in, they have very little to play for. However if Rathmore win, then it changes the complexion of this game completely , with Stacks needing the win to reach the final or a draw to force a playoff.
Then one could put forward the theory that Dingle can choose their final opponents in that scenario, so basically, if they fancy Stacks they can have Stacks in a couple of way, s but if Rathmore lose on Saturday if will not matter.
So doing a preview of this game is equally difficult, but with Dingle already in the Final they are hardly going to go all out at this of the year with the Final and the West Kerry Championship to worry about.
Stacks look to have the greater need to win and so probably will, but if they don't have to get something from this game - all bets are off.

Verdict; Austin Stacks:

Dr Crokes v Gneeveguilla at 2-30pm

In normal circumstances or in the O'Donoghue Cup, the meeting of Crokes and Gneeveguilla would have fellows licking their lips in anticipation for weeks in advance.
But Dr Crokes are safe and they have a huge fish to fry in the Munster Club and are unlikely to risk any of their high profile players.
Gneeveguilla know if they win they will be safe and know that if they manage not to make this Crokes side angry, then their need is the greater and I can only foresee one result

Verdict: Gneeveguilla

Annascaul v St Michaels/Foilmore at 2-30

Probably the most difficult game of the day and the most poignant as Annascaul return to the pitch where their star player and loyal team-mate Brendan O'Driscoll lost his life. It will be mighty tough on a personal level for the lads to get back and be competitive with the enormity of the tragedy still sinking in to confused minds and broken hearts.

But Bawnie would have wanted the lads to continue on and fight as he did so many times to keep Annascaul in the top flight so nothing short of a win will do and even that might not be enough.
St Michaels/Foilmore season is over with their Co Championship status secured but a sickening loss to St Marys in the South Kerry Championship still probably hurting.
However the South Kerry side are safe, they will have less appetite than Annascaul for the fray and if they home side can get their minds back to playing matters, then they should win. If they can't, then who would blame them because losing their Div 1 status pales into insignificance when one considers what they have been through of late - all in sport will wish Annascaul well tomorrow and that's not a slight on St Michaels/Foilmore.

Verdict: Annascaul

Kerins O'Rahillys v Legion @ 2-30pm

Both O'Rahillys and Legion are both on nine points and safe so this is a dead rubber - Could not possibly hazard a guess as to who might win here

Verdict; Draw
Credit Union Co League Division 3 –Preview

Tarbert and Waterville looking good in Division 3

Despite the fact that this division was competitive throughout, it appears that most things have been decided and with Tousist and Sneem/Derrynane relegated so who will be promoted.

Tarbert look to be in pole position as they face relegated Tousist at home who have only won one league all season so it is difficult to see how Tarbert can lose this one.

They know victory will guarantee promotion so they will be well up for this game while its difficult to see what Tousist have to gain unless they would like to finish the season on a high.

If Tarbert win as expected that will put the pressure on Waterville who take on Glenbeigh/Glencar and with Currow also in the mix, Waterville need at least a point to guarantee promotion.

Glenbeigh/Glencar are a talented side with a fair number of players who played with Mid Kerry in the County Final but they very little to play for.

Waterville despite losing the County Intermediate Final, are still in the South Kerry Championship so they have been playing a lot of big games recently and with the O’Dwyer’s in form, it is hard to get away from Waterville.

The only other game of any importance is the Currow v Dromid Pearses game but since the South Kerry side are on Munster Club duty this weekend, that game cannot take place. If both Tarbert and Waterville win, then this game will have little relevance but it is important for all teams to complete their programs.

If the results go completely awry then Firies have an outside chance so they should be able to beat John Mitchels who have precious little to play for.

The Keel/Cordal game and the Sneem/Derrynane /Beaufort game have no relevance to the promotion or relegation, whenever they are played.