GAA ALL THE WAY-It is GAA all the way at the moment with the All-Ireland Final on Sunday and last weekend saw the annual national underage inter-county hurling tournaments. There was glory for one Piltown man as the Kilkenny Under-14 A team beat Waterford 1-12 to 1-5 at Walsh Park in the Tony Forristal final. Jim Norris (Rathmore Road) was a coach for that team who highlighted a wonderful year for Kilkenny Under-14 hurling with the first Forristal win since 2005 and only the fourth in the 31 year history. Another Piltown connection with the victory was panel member Cian Butler who is a nephew of Sean Norris (Turkstown). In the Sonny Walsh tournament, Jamie Norris was a member of the Kilkenny Under-14B team who had victories over Waterford and Galway before going down to the eventual champions Cork in the semi final. Jamie played a significant role when coming on in the victory over Galway. A member of the management team on this squad was Seamus Norris. This tournament took place in Waterford also. At under-15 in Ferns, Wexford, Shane Walsh and Ian Long were members of the South Kilkenny team who went out in the semi final to North Kilkenny. Martin Gordon was a coach with this squad. In Toomevara, Tipperary, Tom Kenny was prominent at corner back for the Under-16B team who were eventually knocked out by Cork. It is a massive honour for all and erspecially the players proudly represented their families, club and county.
FIRST COUNTY FINAL DEFEAT-It is unusual for a Piltown Camogie team to lose a county final. However, the unthinkable happened in St. John’s Park at the weekend, when the Under-14 team lost the Roinn B County Final to Conahy Shamrocks by 0-3 to 1-4. Fortunately this time in a Piltown v Conahy clash their were no wrong score lines or no jersey colour issues. The club was playing its fifth county final in four years and this was their first defeat in one. However they have an Under-16 Roinn A County Final this Saturday versus Dicksboro as they go to put together back to back titles at that grade.
Team: Aóife Norris, Sinead Walsh, Emily McCarthy, Shauna Coady, Alanna Gallagher, Emer Long,
Fiona Long, Stacey O’Brien, Aoife Doyle, Sophie Holden, Chloe Holden (Capt), Caoimhe O’Callaghan, Laura O’Dwyer, Nicola Phelan, Maire Beth Kirby. Subs: Niamh Foley, Anna Frisby, Aoife Culleton, Anna Dowley, Sarah Jayne Brophy, Lisa Norris Management Team: Miriam Reid, Gay Doyle, Tom Holden, Andrew McCarthy, Marie Barcoe
UNDER-12 IN NOWLAN PARK-Piltown Under-12 hurlers put in a blistering performance in Nowlan Park on Saturday in the final of the match of the Go Games series by defeating Slieverue on a score line of 8-3 to 3-3. The commitment, spirit, teamwork and most of all skill level shown by the talented Piltown boys was a joy to watch. The next engagement for this team is to defend the John Phelan Memorial Cup in Mooncoin and it will certainly take a good team to stop Piltown making it a two in a row.
Team Aaron Kinsella, Billy Morahan, Conor Whittle, Robert Briscoe, Robert Tobin, James Phelan, Tommy O’Driscoll, Oran Brophy, Cian Kinsella, Oísin Coffey, Declan Duggan, Eoin Fitzgerald, Evan O’Hara, Ciaran McDonald, Diarmuid O’Dwyer, Shane Cleary, Niall Gannon, Daniel O’Keeffe, Conor Kinsella, Caomhin Kavanagh
UNIQUE THREE COUNTY ACHIEVEMENT-In what was probably an unprecedented achievement, three players from the one Carrick-On-Suir CBS 3rd year class represented three different counties at the Under-14 hurling Sonny Walsh tournament in Waterford. Jamie Norris who plays club hurling for Piltown was on the Kilkenny panel. Michael Whelan who plays his club hurling with Carrick Davins was on the Tipperary panel while Jack Reade who plays his hurling with St. Mollerans was on the Waterford panel. Carrick CBS is once again a growing school with a huge interest in hurling.
GOOD LUCK KILKENNY:-Good luck to the Kilkenny Senior Hurling Team from all in Piltown. Safe journey to all who are travelling to Croke Park.
LEINSTER MEDALS-Alice Talbot and Debbie Phelan picked up Under-16 Leinster Camogie medals as Kilkenny gained some compensation with a Leinster Final victory over Offaly in Birr on Sunday.
INTERMDIEATE CHAMPIONSHIP-St. Annes of Johnstown/Galmoy must really be tired of Piltown Intermediate team as they were knocked out of the Championship by Piltown for the second consecutive year. Piltown gave a master class as they won by 2-14 to 0-9 making up for a league defeat a few weeks ago,