Piltown: Primary school girls aim for top of class

Primary School - Piltown parish primary schools continue to reach the top of class as regards Girls Gaelic Football.

Primary School - Piltown parish primary schools continue to reach the top of class as regards Girls Gaelic Football.

The combination of Owning and Templeorum have qualified for the Roinn B county final for the second year running and it is the fourth year in a row that they have qualified for a primary schools county final having previously won Roinn C and D.

This followed a Piltown NS three in a row from 2008 to 2010. Their semi-final win of 3-7 to 0-1 over Ballyhale took place in Clara, and they now play Kilmanagh in the County Final. The final is scheduled for Nowlan Park On Wednesday 21st November at 1:30pm (Stay tuned to Piltown GAA website www.piltown.kilkenny.gaa.ie for any changes).

It is testament to the great work being put in by a small number of people and teachers in the area.

Owning/Templeorum Panel: Patsy Kenny, Jenny O’Dea, Laura Falconer, Máire Beth Kirby, Sophie Holden, Laura Power, Olivia Ronan, Sarah Jayne Brophy, Melissa Byrne, Marlise Flynn, Aíne Doyle, Chloe Walsh, Ciara Dunne, Brianna Doody, Molly O’Dwyer, Niamh Whelan

The records of local schools in the Girls Gaelic Football primary schools finals are as follows;

2008 – Piltown beat Gowran in Roinn B

2009 – Piltown beat Thomastown in Roinn A

2010 – Piltown beat St. John’s in Roinn A

2010 – Owning/Templeorum beat Galmoy in Roinn D2011 – Owning/Templeorum beat Carrickshock in Roinn

2011 – Owning /Templeorum lost the Gael Scoil in Roinn B

UNDERDOGS - Piltown Camogie Club face into yet another county final this year, the fifth in 2012 with a record ofthree wins and one defeat so far.

This time, it is the turn of the Under-21’s who will face Rower Inistioge in the Roinn B county final, the club’s first ever Under-21 final.

The Rower will be considerable contenders, having recently become historic winners of the Leinster Intermediate Championship. They also had a comprehensive win over Paulstown in the semi final.

With only three players aged over the minor bracket and the team limited by Camogie rules on the other end of the age spectrum, Piltown will face this final with a difference, that of underdogs and with a small panel.

However, where Piltown Camogie teams are concerned at the moment, the term underdog is a useful cliché for columnists to throw out knowing, that these girls will take great pleasure in attempting to disprove the cliché.

In this current golden age of Piltown Camogie and indeed Piltown Girls sports, anything is possible and the current run of success gives a great sense of enjoyment and satisfaction to local GAA fans who are understandably despondent with the local hurling teams who with the recent defeat of the Under-21’s to neighbours Mooncoin suffered a whitewash in all knockout championships matches from Under-14 upwards this year.

There is an air of confidence about the girls, and if the girls can upset the form books, then it will be a mighty time for Piltown GAA, and if not these girls owe their supporters nothing and knowing them, they will want to do this for themselves and their dedicated mentors, Eamonn Kenny, Tony Foley and Jim Malone.

The game is scheduled for Saturday. (Stay tuned to Piltown GAA website www.piltown.kilkenny.gaa.ie for venue and times).

DEVELOPMENT SQUADS – Nicola Phelan, Emily McCarthy, Aoife Norris, Lisa Norris and Fiona Long are currently involved with the Kilkenny Girls Gaelic Football Development Squads. It is always a tremendous honour for young Piltown players to be involved with the own county teams. Some would say there is no greater honour for a Kilkenny sportsperson to wear the black and amber. Long may young people from the area be involved.

The weekend also saw the end of boys 2012 Gaelic Football development squads for Under-14 and Under-16 also at James Park, Kilkenny.

The Piltown boys who were involved were Jamie Norris, Tom Kenny, Shane Walsh and Ian Long.

START YOUR OWN BUSINESS COMPETITION - The Piltown Community Enterprise “Start Your Own Business” Competition Timetable is as follows;Workshop 1 – 28th November 2012 Workshop 2 - January 2013 Closing Date – 31st January 2013 Grand Final – 11th April 2013.

If you wish to have a competition pack posted to you, phone 051-643152 or Email piltown@eircom.net Application packs will also be available at the workshops in November.

Return completed application forms to, Start Your Own Business Competition, Piltown Community Enterprise, Ardclone, Piltown, Co. Kilkenny, The main sponsors are Piltown GAA Club and Iverk Produce.

BAZAAR - The Church of Ireland Parishes of Fiddown Union will be holding a Christmas bazaar in the Parish Hall, Piltown (opposite Anthony’s car park) on Saturday 24th November from 10am to 12.30pm.

Cakes, books, plants and bric-a-brac stalls along with a raffle for a home made Christmas cake will be on offer. Come and browse the stalls, meet your friends and have a cup of tea or coffee. Entry is free

CARLOW/KILKENNY HOME CARE TEAM - A fundraising night for the Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team will be held in the GAA Complex on Friday, 16th November. Music on the night will be provided by the very popular “Cois Suire” and tickets are €5.