Lisdowney: Lisdowney are champions

Hurling - Well done to the Lisdowney Junior Hurling Team on beating Bennettsbridge in the JJ Kavanagh and Sons North Junior Hurling Final at St.John’s Park on Sunday afternoon.

Hurling - Well done to the Lisdowney Junior Hurling Team on beating Bennettsbridge in the JJ Kavanagh and Sons North Junior Hurling Final at St.John’s Park on Sunday afternoon.

Bennettsbridge seemed the stronger team in the opening minutes scoring four points before Lisdowney’s Rory Hickey got a point from play. Lisdowney had two wides and another near-point when the ball hit the post before they made it onto the scoreboard. Rory Hickey then crossed the ball to Laurence O’Carroll who pointed an impressive score making it 0-4 to 0-2 to Bennettsbridge. Both sides had a wide each before Sean Phelan, who had an excellent game, scored his first point. Bennettsbridge answered with two more points before Lisdowney’s wide was followed by a resounding goal by Paddy Bowden, levelling the game for the first time. Bennettsbridge upped their game again scoring a point, followed by a point from Paddy Bowden and another from Bennettsbridge. When Kevin Sweeney was fouled in front of the Bennettsbridge goal, the referee blew his whistle for a penalty. Rory Hickey blasted the sliotar towards the net but it was saved. Bennettsbridge hit another wide before scoring a long-range point - making the score 0-9 to 1-4 - and followed up with another wide. With Lisdowney trailing by two points, the turning point in the game came when Paddy Bowden crossed the ball to Sean Phelan who found the back of the net. Lisdowney took control of the game from here. Bennettsbridge then got a point from a free, followed by yet another wide, before Rory Hickey scored a point, Bennettsbridge got another wide, and Rory Hickey and Paddy Bowden scored a point each. Just before half time, Bennettsbridge were awarded a free and scored a point, leaving the half-time score: Lisdowney: 2-7; Bennettsbridge: 0-11.

Bennettsbridge had a goal chance in the opening minutes of the second half but were denied it by the solid Lisdowney defence and goal keeping. Both sides clocked up several wides again in the second half. Rory Hickey’s cross to Laurence O’Carroll in the right corner resulted in Laurence’s accurate point, giving Lisdowney a three-point advantage. Kevin Sweeney then scored two great points before Bennettsbridge scored for the first time in the second half. Lisdowney then made two changes - Niall Mackey and Michael Kenny were replaced by Ciaran Mackey and Niall O’Hara. Bennettsbridge’s point from a free was swiftly followed by a point from Paddy Bowden, and a point from Rory Hickey after Paddy Bowden’s shot at goal was blocked - the score was now 2-12 to 0-13. Eddie Hickey then scored a brilliant point from play. When Paddy Bowden was fouled, Rory Hickey stepped up again to take a well-pointed free. Kevin Sweeney and Rory Hickey then added two more points to the scoreboard before Ciaran Mackey was replaced by Aaron Fogarty. Kevin Sweeney then crossed the ball to Sean Phelan who scored a great point. Ray Fitzpatrick was then replaced by Niall Kenny and Padraig Kenny was replaced by Shane Clyne. Bennettsbridge then had a chance to score a goal but it was decisively saved on the line by Martin Phelan. Bennettsbridge were then awarded a free - they went for the goal but it was saved and went out for a 65, resulting in a point. Sean Phelan added two more points before the whistle was blown and Lisdowney were declared champions. Final score: Lisdowney: 2-19; Bennettsbridge: 0-14.

Niall, Michael and PJ Kenny accepted the cup on behalf of Lisdowney. Captain Rory Hickey then congratulated Bennettsbridge on the game and said they all looked forward to the forthcoming championship. He thanked the management team of Charlie Carter, Martin Power and Richie McEvoy and all the players for their hard work and commitment.

Team: Niall Grogan (goal), Niall Mackey, Martin Phelan, Padraig Kenny, Ray Fitzpatrick, Pat Carroll, Peter Bergin, Vinny Fitzpatrick, Laurence O’Carroll, Michael Kenny, Rory Hickey (Captain), Sean Phelan, Eddie Hickey, Paddy Bowden and Kevin Sweeney. Subs played: Ciaran Mackey, Niall O’Hara, Niall Kenny, Shane Clyne and Aaron Fogarty.

DEVELOPMENT SQUADS - Lisdowney was represented at under 14, under 15 and under 17 at the weekend. Michael Kenny played with the Under 17 squad in the Eugene Carey Memorial Tournament in Cork. They were very unlucky to be beaten by Cork in the final. Dylan Jordan played with the Under 15 North Squad in the Michael Foley Tournament in Wexford. Brian Kavanagh, Liam Dunphy and Stephen Delaney played with the Under 14 teams in the Tony Forristal and Sony Walsh cups in Waterford. The Tony Forristal has been a hard trophy to claim for Kilkenny - their track record is only three wins in 30 years, 1982, 2003 and 2005, so it was a big achievement for Kilkenny to win this coveted prize, and it was great to have players from Lisdowney on the squad. Brian Kavanagh scored a goal in the last minutes of the final with Liam Dunphy helping set it up. Well done to all.

INTERMEDIATE ALL IRELAND FINAL - Rory Hickey, Captain of the Lisdowney Junior Team, scored an impressive eight points for Kilkenny in the All Ireland Intermediate Hurling Final against Tipperary on Saturday evening in Semple Stadium. Despite a second-half come-back by Kilkenny, Tipperary held out to win the match by just two points. PJ Kenny, Secretary of Lisdowney Hurling Club, was one of the team selectors for Kilkenny.

UNDER 14 CAMOGIE - The Under 14 Camogie Semi-Final between Lisdowney and Tullaroan took place last Friday, 31st August 2012. Tullaroan took an early lead going ahead by 1:2 in the first 20 minutes. Lisdowney had a lot of the play but the very strong Tullaroan Keeper was letting nothing through. Eventually Aoife O’Carroll scored a free and a point. Lisdowney then settled. Tullaroan went in 1:2 to 0:2 at half time but, when both teams returned to the pitch, it was Lisdowney who were the dominant force. Tullaroan started with a shot on goal which Emma McEvoy safely cleared, but Lisdowney retaliated with two goals.

Tullaroan went for a goal when they got a free 20 yards out but Chloe Mullins was ready with the block and the ball eventually came back in and over the bar.

Rosemary Brennan then scored Lisdowney’s third goal of the day and luck was also on Lisdowney’s side when Eimear Walsh’s 65 bounced on the crossbar and found the goal. Claire O’Carroll scored a point then and Aoife O’Carroll finished the game with another goal. Emma McEvoy staved off two goal attempts before Tullaroan claimed a consolatory goal. Final score 5:3 to 2:3 to Lisdowney. For full match report visit www.lisdowney.kilkenny.gaa.ie

Team: Emma McEvoy, Rhea Grace Cashin, Ashling Phelan, Ellen O’Carroll, Aoibheann Murphy, Eimear Walsh, Chloe Mullins, Claire O’Carroll, Holly Moore, Laura O’Sullivan, Aoife O’Carroll, Eimear Kenny, Mairead Kennedy, Rosemary Brennan, Amy Dunphy. Bench Sarah Phelan, Ruth Campion, Ciara Doyle, Tessa Doyle

SYMPATHIES - Sympathies are expressed to Jim Dunne, Ballyphilip, Lisdowney, and family on the recent death of his mother, Mrs Nan Dunne (nee McCraith). Mrs Dunne was buried on Saturday afternoon in Clontubrid Cemetery after Requiem Mass in Lisdowney Church. She is survived by her son Jim, brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

LISDOWNEY GAA MEMBERS TEXT SERVICE -If you are a member of Lisdowney GAA Club you can avail of the text service whereby you will be texted in advance of upcoming matches, meetings and events. Please text your name with the message, ‘please add to group text list’ to 086 8231284 if you are not currently receiving texts from the club.

WEBSITE - The Lisdowney Section of the GAA Museum in Croke Park has been updated. Next time you are up, log in and check it out. If you have any information, history or old photographs that you could scan into the computer, it would be appreciated it if you could send them on to pro.lisdowney.kilkenny@gaa.ie . for inclusion on websites.

TABLE QUIZ - Well done to all of the teams who took part in the Kilkenny Hurlers Training and Holiday Fund Drive for Liam Table Quiz in Mackeys’ Bar, Gathabawn, last Thursday night.

LISDOWNEY LOTTO - The winning numbers in the Lisdowney GAA and Camogie Club Lotto draw held on Monday, 27th August 2012, were 1, 10, 11 and 15. There were no winners. Match three winner was Clifford Roe. Next week’s jackpot is €4,800. The draw will be held on Monday, 10th September 2012, in Mackey’s Bar, Gathabawn.

UNDERAGE TRAINING - Underage hurling training continues each Saturday morning at 10 am for Under 12s, Under 10s, Under 8s and Under 6s at Lisdowney Hurling Field.

PILATES - Pilates for Autumn term starts in Clontubrid in September. Classes for ladies, gents, teenagers, elderly, pre and post natal. Please phone 086 6611163 to book.

FIT BACK AND BUMP COURSE - An education course for pregnant mum-to-be and new mothers starts soon in Clontubrid, Freshford. Please Phone Joanne on 087 9537808 to book a place. Numbers are limited.

SPEECH AND DRAMA - Speech and Drama classes for 6-12 year olds will be held on Friday evenings at 6 pm and 6.45 pm at Oasis Childcare Centre, Freshford, Co. Kilkenny. Registration is at 6 pm on Friday, 14th September 2012, with classes starting on Friday, 21st September 2012. There will be two terms - September to Christmas and January to Easter at €75 per term. To secure a place or for more information, please contact Mary Purcell on 087-2213274.

SOCCER - Soccer training for Under 11s and Under 12s has resumed and will be held at 6 pm every Thursday evening at Freshford Town Soccer Club at Woodview, Freshford. Registration is €20 per child. New players are very welcome.