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Bryan Sheehan set to take over Kerry captaincy after St Mary's reign supreme

The Cahersiveen club retained their South Kerry crown on St Stephen’s Day.

Sheehan capped a memorable year with victory on St Stephen's Day.
Sheehan capped a memorable year with victory on St Stephen's Day.
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BRYAN SHEEHAN IS set to succeed Kieran Donaghy as Kerry captain for 2016 after St Mary’s defeated Waterville in this afternoon’s South Kerry Championship decider.

St Mary’s justified their favourites tag as they edged a tight game played in horrendous conditions to record a 0-9 to 0-6 victory at Portmagee.

Sheehan helped his side make it back-to-back crowns and is now in line to captain the Kingdom next season after South Kerry won the provincial crown in November.

The Kerry captaincy is usually determined by the winner of the previous year’s senior championship.

But seeing as South Kerry were the 2015 winners, after beating Legion in an epic final replay, it is the divisional champions (St Mary’s) who are given the honour of nominating a candidate.

Sheehan, who won his seventh South Kerry Championship, will be nominated for the role after he starred in today’s clash at Páirc Chill Imeallach as his club lifted the Jack Murphy Cup once again.

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It means the 30-year-old’s remarkable winter continued as he finished a stellar year with another piece of silverware.

Since losing the All-Ireland final to Dublin in September, the Allstar has won a Kerry senior title, an intermediate crown with St Mary’s, a Munster club medal and now the South Kerry title.

All in all, a pretty good year – but 2016 now promises to be even better.

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