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Killian Spillane Stars As Templenoe Reach Historic Kerry Senior Club Final

Killian Spillane Stars As Templenoe Reach Historic Kerry Senior Club Final
By PJ Browne Updated

Templenoe reached their first ever Kerry Senior Club Championship final after a four-point victory over Dingle in the last four on Saturday.

In the final, Templenoe will face Tralee side Kerins O'Rahillys - county finalists last year - after they defeated Spa 1-16 to 0-16 following extra-time.

The Templenoe side featured four panellists from the Kerry team which won the All-Ireland final last month. Tadhg Morley, Gavin Crowley, Adrian Spillane and Killian Spillane all started the game.

Templenoe continue incredible Kerry rise

Killian Spillane was the star for Templenoe, scoring five points, three from play, one from a free and another from a mark as his side won 0-14 to 0-10.

The game against Kerins O'Rahillys is expected to be played at some point in October. A few rounds of the Kerry Senior Football Championship - a separate competition which also features the Kingdom's divisional teams - will first be played.

6 February 2016; Templenoe players celebrate following their victory. AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Junior Club Championship Final, Ardnaree Sarsfields, Mayo, v Templenoe, Kerry. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Templenoe are the club of multi Kerry All-Ireland medallists Mick, Pat, and Tom Spillane. Along with their four current Kerry panellists, the club has also produced inter-county footballers Pat Spillane Junior and Teddy Doyle.

Saturday's victory continues a remarkable rise through the ranks for Templenoe. Nine years ago, they won the Kerry novice title and two years later the Kerry junior crown. In February 2016, they came to national attention when they defeated Mayo's Ardnaree Sarsfields to claim the All-Ireland junior crown.

In 2019, they achieved senior status in Kerry when they won the intermediate title. They reached the 2019/20 All-Ireland intermediate semi-final but were defeated by eventual champions Oughterard of Galway.

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Last year's senior club championship was won by Austin Stacks, who also went on to win the 2021 county championship. However, last weekend, Stacks - along with Kenmare - found themselves in relegation trouble. Unless they reach the county final, one of Stacks and Kenmare will be relegated to intermediate level.

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