Competitive adult football returned to the county for the first time in almost two years when Erin’s Own (Castlecomer) and Thomastown met in the Kilkenny junior league/championship.
The teams served up some top class football in Castlecomer. Erin’s Own set a fast pace with a first minute goal but Thomastown got into the game, picking off some neat points to leave things delicately balanced at the break (1-2 to 0-4).
The Grennan side had a huge percentage of possession in the second half, but an over-reliance on hand-passing allowed the fast ’Comer backs to close down most attacks. The hosts did well to pick off more points, then capped a fine performance with a breakaway goal that clinched a 2-6 to 0-4 win.
Erin’s Own - Megan Walsh, Katie Butler, Ailish O’Neill, Laura Walsh, Frances Farrell, Grainne Daly, Brianna Mallon, Caoilfhionn O’Hagon, Ciara Cody, Tamara Agar, Katie Nolan, Maeve Walsh, Alice Farrell, Lisa Kehoe, Mairead Daly, Nora Daly, Eimear Rice, Claire Manning, Lisa O’Rourke, Majella Finn, Brenda Downey, Georgina Smyth, Breda Daly, Sheila Kenny.
Thomastown - Niamh Sheehy, Lucy Elvidge, Claire Kelly, Linda Minogue, Eimear Fitzpatrick, Jessie Carroll, Lynn Boland, Joanne O’Hanrahan, Aine Sheehy, Shauna Carroll, Fiona Cullen, Ria Lawson, Katie Walsh, Sheila Sheehy, Caoimhe Cullen, Jennifer Norris, Zara Brennan.
The county under-14 side were in action recently in the Leinster Blitz in Carlow. Backboned by the squad who played in the Leinster Shield final they gave good displays, including a win over Carlow. They also played games against Wicklow, Kildare and Louth.
Kilkenny - Emma Fox (Barrow Gaels); Laura Mullally, Michelle Farrell, Katie Tynan, Roisin Allen, Sarah Smyth (Erin’s Own); Rebecca Roche, Claire Curtin (Kilkenny City); Alannah Keegan, Clodagh Hanlon (Muckalee); Lisa Norris, Laura Power, Jenny O’Dea, Megan Byrne (Piltown); Caoimhe Kelly, Ruth Ryan, Nicole Dwyer, Maddie Lawson, Cara Gibbons, Sarah Gittens, Eva Hynes (Thomastown); Emily Hughes, Ann Marie Darcy, Caitlin Simpson, Hazel Devitor (Clara). Mentors: Noelle Curran, Tommy Nolan, Janet Dwyer, Joe Fox.
Thomastown was the venue for an under-12 blitz at the weekend. New club Clara fielded two teams, joining Thomastown, Erin’s Own, Barrow Gaels and Piltown for a series of entertaining games. In a busy week at under-12 level, a team represented Kilkenny at the Leinster Ladies football finals in Portlaoise at the weekend.
The side featured Chloe Power (Piltown), Ella Comerford Jones (Erin’s Own), Hazel Moore (Muckalee), Kaelah Begley (Thomastown), Maria Nolan (Clara), Marlise Flynn (Piltown), Nicole Dowling (Erin’s Own), Peig Carrigan (Clara), Sarah Barcoe (Thomastown), Sinead Bass (Kilkenny City), Sophie Phelan (Barrow Gaels).
The Co Board are looking for a sponsor for their juvenile inter-county jersey for 2015. Interested parties can contact chairman Joe Fox, tel 087-9504041 or PRO Seamus Norris, tel 087-9230283.