PROMISE DELIVERED - Piltown Under-14 boys delivered on their promise as they claimed a county GAA title in 2012. This column predicted so many times this year what these lads were capable of based on their success through the years at this age group and they did not let us down. They won the Roinn B Gaelic Football Championship County Final in Bennetsbridge on Sunday as the players stood up and were counted in a dour struggle against Lisdowney who had beaten them twice in hurling and once in Gaelic Football this year already. The first 16 minutes was a struggle as both teams looked nervous having played each other so often this year. Then a long ball in from Jamie Norris was eventually sniped to the back of the net by Cian Kinsella. Moments later John Burke made it 2-nil when he poached a second Piltown goal. This was a trigger for Lisdowney to respond as first Ben Tallis got a point and then Gary O’Sullivan got one from a free. Then minutes before the half time break, Lisdowney were awarded a penalty. Up stepped Tony Forristal hero Brian Kavanagh. He was no match for Piltown keeper Andrew Long who stopped superbly and cleared. A vital save indeed. Kavanagh made up for it in the first minute of the second half as he moved to full forward as he did in the recent hurling match between the two sides. He goaled brilliantly. Was it De ja Vu? Another period devoid of scores followed. Piltown were struggling but a change at midfield and in free taking saw the game turn back in their favour. Captain Ronan Ryan put Piltown ahead 2-1 to 1-2 with a free. With about seven minutes left midfielder Jamie Norris got into space and popped the ball over the bar to put Piltown ahead by a goal. A good move where the brilliant Sean Power was instrumental, setup Darragh Walsh for a lovely point. The young Cian Kinsella did what he does best in around the goal and got his second with three minutes remaining. Inexplicably, Piltown took off the superb Sean Power and their was nervous moments as the tide once again turned back in Lisdowney favour with Brian Kavanagh scoring two pointed frees. However Piltown defence stood firm as they held on by 3-3 to 1-4 to take the club’s second Under-14 Gaelic Football title in three years and third Gaelic Football title overall in that time. On the day it was a well grafted team performance overall, but two players deserve extra special mention. Andrew Long who was outstanding in goal and his penalty save was probably the key moment. The second was Sean Power who had an immense game and has matured wonderfully this year. For the second week running a cavalcade of young Piltown players with a county title noisily made there way back to Piltown GAA Complex. Despite the huge crowds, many parents and supporters felt the fanfare received was a bit on the under whelming side when reaching the complex, but hopefully there will be a great presentation night with a major GAA celebrity involved, maybe even from the world of inter county Gaelic Football for a change. The players deserve it as they are now the club’s most successful team in 2012. Team: Andrew Long, John Kenny, Oísin Brophy, James Kirby, Oran Brophy, Shane Whittle, Robert Tobin, Jamie Norris (0-1), John Burke (1-0), Ronan Ryan (0-1 free, Capt), Darragh Walsh (0-1), Cian Kinsella (2-0), Sean Power, Conor Friend, Richard Norris. Subs: Evan Murphy, Alex Byrne, Kieran Reid (used), Adam Grace, David Tobin, Kieran Flynn, Scott Bourke, Billy Morahan, Aaron Kinsella
GIRLS GAELIC FOOTBALL BLITZ - Piltown Girls Gaelic Football hold a club blitz on Sunday (14th) morning with the first game scheduled for 11am. Prizes were presented to the winners of the Summer Training Match League by club coaches Aine Knox and Seamus Norris. The league was very competitive and fostered fine on field leadership during the year. It is hoped to run another one in the near future. Overall: 1st Lisa Norris, 2nd Alanna Gallagher, 3rd Aoibheann Kavanagh. Minor: 1st Jennifer Norris, 2nd Sinead McCarthy,3rd Laura Dunne. Under-16: 1st Lisa McCarthy, 2nd Katelynn Phelan, 3rd Anna Cuddihy. Under-14: 1st Nicola Phelan, 2nd Clodagh Butler, 3rd Anna Dowley. Under-12 1st Lisa Norris, 2nd Alanna Gallagher, 3rd Aoibheann Kavanagh
SUNNY CLIMAX FOR JUVENILE CAMOGIE - The climax of the juvenile Camogie year took place in weather conditions more suited to the middle of the summer as everyone basked in sunshine at the end of year Under-12 Camogie Blitz in Piltown on Saturday. Sixty Under-12 to Under-8 girls took part. The highly competitive blitz was won narrowly but deservedly by the Green team who beat the Orange team in the final by a single score. Secretary, Sheila Norris presented the Ann Dwan Cup to the winning captain, Máire Beth Kirby. The medals were presented to the players by three of the club’s county juvenile stars, Jennifer Norris (Minor), Debbie Phelan and Alice Talbot (Under-16). The games were well refereed by club Féile stars, Shauna Coady, Stacey O’Brien and Laura O’Dwyer. Once again the refreshments, not to mention the goody bags for the players, were top class in yet another fine presentation by the Camogie Club. Green Team: Máire Beth Kirby (Capt), Michelle O’Shea, Megan Byrne, Laura Sinnott, Melissa Byrne, Rachel O’Shea, Patsy Kenny, Kate Allen, Jodie Keever, Gráinne Coffey, Lorna O’Shea, Roisín Kenny, Aoife O’Shea, Sarah Conway. Orange Team: Aoife Doyle (Capt), Lisa Norris, Sarah Jayne Brophy, Ava Lynch, Fiona Downey, Aine Doyle, Niamh Whelan, Aisling Brophy, Leah Cooney, Rachel Flynn, Keelin Lynch, Jessica Kelly, Ellen O’Keeffe, Tia Littlewood, Roisin McEnery. Pink Team Caoimhe O’Callaghan (Capt), Maria Phelan, Sarah Tobin, Marlise Flynn, Danielle Frisby, Chloe Walsh, Maria Bovenizer, Emma Culleton, Emma Phelan, Abby Nolan, Caoimhe McEvoy, Jenny Morahan, Sarah Norris, Aoibhe Shankey, Laura Whelan, Alanna Twohig. Blue Team: Alanna Gallagher (Capt), Laura Power, Danielle O’Brien, Anna O’Brien, Chloe Power, Isobel Quirke, Mia Norris, Molly O’Dwyer, Siobhan Fitzgerald, Anna Bovenizer, Taylor O’Brien, Niamh Gallagher, Tara Bourke, Ciara Dunne, Rachel O’Keeffe
CAMOGIE FACTS - The recent Minior/Under-16 Camogie double-double championship titles record by Piltown saw a number of Camogie players collect their fourth championship medal in two years. They were Debbie Phelan, Katelynn Phelan, Siobhan Dermody, Alice Talbot, Ellen Commins, Jean Power and Sarah Murphy. In 2012, from Under-14 to Minor, the club played 29 competitive games winning 23 of them and claiming the Under-14 Féile County title as well as Roinn A Under-16 and Roinn B Minor county titles. They scored 91 goals in those 29 games, an average of 3.13 goals per game. Four girls will receive Leinster Championship medals with Kilkenny; Jennifer Norris and Lorraine Long at Minor, Alice Talbot and Debbie Phelan at Under-16. At these three juvenile grades Piltown have now taken six county titles in the last four years out of a possible twelve. A 50% success rate is very impressive. Even Kilkenny county hurling at Minor, under-21 and Senior does not have as good a hit rate as that. Next week, we hope to review the equivalent review the boy’s statistics.
ALL-STAR NOMINATION - There was more good news for Piltown Camogie with the announcement of the All-Star nominations. Katie Power has been nominated for the Half Forward line. She is one of only two Kilkenny players to be nominated, the other being Catherine Doherty. Katie has already received an Ashbourne Cup All-Star this year when she was a key player as Waterford I.T. won the Ashbourne Cup at the Waterford Campus earlier this year. The winners will be announced at a black-tie event on Saturday 3rd November at the City West Hotel, Saggart.
HENRY DRAWS THE CROWDS - There was a huge crowd in Piltown last week when Ballyhale Shamrocks were training. Most were there to see probably the greatest hurler of all time and nine time All-Ireland medal winner, Henry Shefflin. Henry got a guard of honour from young Piltown players and a well deserved ovation and Henry did not disappoint the fans afterwards as he signed autographs and posed for photographs for both the young and the old. A super gentleman and a brilliant role model. He was not the only recent All-Ireland winner to train in Piltown last week as Piltown also hosted Dunnamaggin and Carrickshock for training sessions. What a list of greats that trained in Piltown last week, Michael Fennelly, Richie Power, John Tennyson, David Herity, the injured duo of Michael Rice and TJ Reid not to mention another great and also a nine time All-Ireland medallist, Noel Hickey. We even had John Mullane and Kevin Moran of De La Salle and Waterford fame. Piltown is so lucky to have so many super sportsmen visit the parish and using the superb facilities. Hopefully they will continue to inspire our young players on the commitment that is required for success. Who knows who will turn up in the coming weeks.
WELCOME FATHER RICHIE - The parish of Templeorum are delighted to welcome Father Richie Brennan, a Gowran native, to help out in the parish. Father Richie who has spent most of his vocational life in Kenya and more recently in England, will be based in Owning, The parish also owes a great debt of gratitude to Father John Condon who is overcoming his health issues and has recently retired. However, it is hoped that Father John will contribute in a major way to the parish. Best wishes go to both Priests.