SENIOR FOOTBALL-Heartiest congratulations to the Village senior football squad who scored a hard earned 2-13 to 0-11 win over Erin’s Own in the Kilkenny Senior football championship 1st round last week. The Village came into this clash knowing that a loss would result in the squad fighting the dreaded relegation and this fear seemed to bring a fighting spirit out of the red & green men as they got off to a flyer inside the opening quarter as they struck two very well worked goals from Eoghan Connolly and Eoin McCormack which essentially proved to be the decisive scores of the game to give the Village this much needed victory. The Village were presented with two further goal opportunities in the first half but were denied the scores which allowed the Erin’s Own men back into the game. The Village held a 2-6 to 0-6 lead at the half time mark. In the second half the Village kicked on with some great team combination scores coming from a host of Village players. The Comer men tried with great effort to break down the Village defence which was back boned by Niall McQuillan at centre back and Cormac Behan at full back but they failed to get the crucial goals needed. Up front Eoin Larkin, Eoin and David McCormack, Ray O’Keefe and Niall Tyrrell all handsomely contributed to the scoreline. All in all this was an excellent win for the Diarmuid Berry managed senior footballers and they now march on to the next round of the championship. Well done to all the players and management team of Pat Neary, John Scott and Diarmuid Berry. Squad: 1.Derrick Brennan, 2.Benny O’Brien, 3.Cormac Behan, 4,Martin Grace, 5.David Harkin, 6.Niall McQuillan, 7.Bill Keogh, 8.Richie Hayes, 9.Maurice Harkin (0-1), 10.Niall Tyrrell (0-2), 11.David McCormack (0-2), 12.Ray O’Keefe (0-3), 13.Eoin Larkin (0-4), 14.Eoin McCormack (1-1), 15.Eoghan Connolly (1-0). Subs: Ray Coady for Bill Keogh, Darren Leahy for Ray O’Keefe, Peter McBride for Niall Tyrrell (Inj), Ross Hennessy for Eoghan Connolly.
U14 HURLING-Hard luck to the promising U-14 B squad who were very unlucky to suffer a narrow 3-7 to 1-16 defeat to a physically strong Slieverue side in the hurling league. The Village showed heart, determination and a never say die attitude way beyond their years as they clawed their way back in the second half of this game to almost take the league spoils as the Village saw two late balls flash across the goal and go wide. Each Village player gave their all for the win however they were unlucky on the night not to take the spoils and eventually time ran out. Well done to all the players and management team of John Byrne, Fergal Walsh, Barry Donohoe, Declan Murphy and John Scott on a spirited performance.
KELLS ROAD INTRODUCTION-A little piece of history was made last week when the players from the under-age section of the James Stephens GAA club were introduced to the club’s new playing facility on the Kells Road. More than 300 children, and their parents made their way to the new facility in glorious sunshine, which was excellently managed by the team officials and club officers. The youngsters enjoyed their brief runabout on the newly laid out playing surfaces, after which club secretary, Aodan O’Ruairc assured them that they were history makers in their own right, getting use of the new grounds before some of their more illustrious clubmates like Jackie Tyrrell or Eoin Larkin set foot on the surfaces. While the grass roots are bedding down well, the grounds will not be opened for regular use until next season, nevertheless, the club’s, budding young stars enjoyed a short puck-about on the new playing surfaces to get “a feel “ for their new “home” base. While the young players were exercising, the parents were given a briefing by club officers on the facts and figures behind the new development. At the end of their short stay, it is fair to state that the visitors were highly impressed with the new facility which will serve the club and generations of young James Stephens hopefuls, male and female, for the next 125 years, -- at least
WEDDED BLISS-Congratulations to Mark Hennessy and his bride, Callan native, Mary T. O’Sullivan who were married in her parish church, The Church of the Assumption, Callan on Saturday afternoon last. Mark is the son of multiple All-Ireland medal winner and All-Star, Joe Hennessy and his wife Breda, Waterford Road, Kilkenny. Afterwards, the happy couple celebrated, in great style, in the company their extended families and many friends in the luxurious surrounds of Lyrath House Hotel on the outskirts of the city. We wish them a long and happy life together.
BIRTHDAY” BOY”-Congratulations to long serving social club member, Christy Kerwick, Sycamore Drive,.who reached the “three score + ten” landmark birthday,-- in rude health, as they say -- last weekend. Christy celebrated the special occasion at home in the company of his family and a host of friends. May you have many more, Christy.
LOTTO-The numbers drawn on tuesday night were: 4 :13 : 26 . there was no winning ticket. next week’s jackpot increases to Eu 2,800. The consolation winners were: Elsie Cody, Fiona Lawlor, Paul Murphy, Breda O’Grady and Denis Lawlor.