PLAYERS “MEET AND GREET
On a Thursday evening, in glorious summer sunshine, the senior team selectors arranged a “meet and greet” session for a enthralled gathering of
under-age players from U-6 to minor, at the new club grounds on the Kells Road. Over 200 enthusiastic young James Stephens players of the future mingled with their senior counterparts, picking up valuable tips and skills of the game, through their interaction with their heroes, who themselves,remain undefeated after three rounds of the 2013 senior hurling league/championship campaign. To consolidate a strong club and community bond, parents too, were urged to “get behind” the senior team as they battle for championship honours, in the weeks and months ahead. After a few encouraging words from the senior players, the young hopefulls were each treated to a “goodie” bag to cap a wonderful P.R.exercise between the senior and under-age structures in the club, which, no doubt, will prove beneficial in the years to come.
KELLS ROAD DEVELOPMENT
On Wednesday morning, the first steps in the construction of the dressingroom complex, on the Kells Road, were taken when the sod was broken by Michael Costello’s digger at the chosen site. Fortunately, the work coincided with the fine spell of weather, thus enabling the concrete to be poured for the foundations on the following morning. However, ironically, because of the heat,due to the prolonged dry spell we are experiencing, at present, an emergency call,-- which was responded to immediately,-- had to be put out to the Fogarty brothers, Tommy and Michael to pump water onto the concrete to prevent cracking -- “it never rains but it pours”, so to speak !!!. Nevertheless, the long awaited first step in the construction of the drssingroom complex, was greeted with much relief by the club’s Development Committee who, after almost six years of trawling through the planning process, promoting and encouraging fundraising schemes mainly through the, Elsie Cody and Pat Millea driven, Kells Road draw, and working to secure funds from the G.A.A. authorities and the Dept.of Arts, Sport,and Tourism can now, finally, dare to believe that the project will be completed by the end of the year.
KELLS ROAD “FIRST”
The first official hurling match to be played on the club’s new grounds took place on Saturday evening last when a James Stephens fifteen took on Thurles Sarsfields and fought out a competitive and in the end a fitting draw. The Village men notched up 1-22 on the perfectly manicured surface, to the 2-19 registered by the Tipperary club team. For the record, Michael Gleeson, a nephew of former Kilkenny star midfielder, Derek Lyng scored the first point on the new grounds while, David Walton, son of the late club stalward, Billy Walton scored a total of 1-13, for the Village men,and, quite apporpriately, became the first club man to register a point on the new facility.
Kilkenny got their Leinster championship campaign off to a stuttering start, against a highly motivated Faithful county side in on their home patch, in Tullamore on Sunday, winning on a 0-25 to 4-9 scoreline. Clubman, Eoin Larkin made a telling contribution keeping the Kilkenny men in touch, particularly, throughout the first half, when the wind assisted Offaly men piled severe pressure on the All-Ireland champions defence. Overall thanks to his un-erring accuracy, Eoin, put over a total of 0-11 points,-- ten from placed balls,-- over the seventy five minutes duration of the game. Shortly after his late introduction, Matt Ruth aquitted himself well with a long range point from play. On a worrying note, for both club and county, corner back,Jackie Tyrrell was forced to leave the field after just five minutes with a leg strain injury. Kilkenny now await the result of the Dublin / Wexford replay, which takes place on Saturday evening in Parnell Park.
On Friday night, chairman, Tom Lanigan welcomed members of the all conquering senior, U-21, Minor and U-14 football teams that “swepped the championship boards” in 1988 for their 25th anniversary celebration night in the clubrooms. Chairman in 1988, Liam Tyrrell pointed out that the football championship victories in that year, gave a boost to the club as we were going through a “lean” period on the hurling front, ever since the memorable 1981 and ‘’82 seasons when the club last captured the Kilkenny and All-Ireland club titles. Both club officers gave due recognition to the contributions of the Ladies Committee of that time who “sustained” the teams on their journeys through their respective championship campaigns. During the evening, many of the guests were drawn to the extensive “scrap journal” compiled by P.R.O., Val Malone which included match reports and photographs from the Kilkenny People going back over 40 years.. Seamus Maguire on behalf of the guests thanked the club, acknowledging that it is nice to be recognised for their achievements and to have the opportunity to reminise, with former team mates on their past glorious feats and wished the club continued success in the years to come.
Congratulations to the club’s only representitive on the Kilkenny senior camogie team, Aoife Neary who gave a “ man of the match” performance against Wexford in the county’s recent, and somewhat unexpected, Leinster championship victory over the champions. On the day, Aoife proved an inspirational leader, scoring 2-1 against the three in-a-row, All-Ireland kingpins to help record the county’s only victory against the Slaneysiders since 2009. Let’s hope that this a positive sign for Kilkenny camogie after many years of playing second fiddle to our neighbours.
CYCLE FOR FUN
This is your last chance to sign up for Saturday’s “Cycle For Fun” fundraiser, which “launches” from the club’s Larchfield headquarters at 11.a.m.. Entries will be taken on the morning from 9.30a.m.. With the weather expected to hold up this is a great opportunity for the family to enjoy a pedal around the lush Kilkenny countryside, taking in Paulstown, Gowran, Thomastown, Bennettsbridge before returning to base for refreshments. The entry fee is 20.00 for adults, 10.00 for U-16 or a family fee of 30.00 (2) or 40.00 (3).
LEINSTER BOXING SUCCESSES
Congratulations to Robert Butler, Shellumsrath, who was crowned Leinster champion in the Boys 80 KGS class, with a stoppage win over his Celbridge Boxing Club opponent at the weekend in Kildare. An all round sports enthusiast, young Robert plays at full forward on the club’s U-14 side, hoping to make a strong bid for championship honours over the next few months. Congratulations, too, to Jenny Blanchfield, Kells Road who won the GIRLS 3 title at the same tournament. As Club officer, Christy O’Shaughnessy quite rightly and proudly points out, “this is a remarkable achievement for St.Patrick’s Boxing Club, after only re-opening it’s doors just 10 months ago”. Chris also reminds members that training continues in the Watershed on Monday and Thursday evenings from 7 to 9p.m and on Saturdays from 11.a.m. to 1p.m.. Keep up the good work and more honours will follow !!!
EUROPEAN ARCHERY TOURNAMENT
We send best wishes to U -14 hurler, Gavin Blanchfield who has been selected to represent Ireland at the European Archery championships in Hungary on Sunday, 7th July. To hep fund the cost of Gavin’s trip a cabaret will be held in The Village Inn on Saturday night next, 15th June, starting at 9.30p.m. Tickets cost Eu 5.00 and musical entertainment on the night will be provided by The Uptown Band. This is a great honour for young, Gavin, and we hope he hits the “bull’s eye” and brings home a European medal. For further information contact Gavin at 087-2040634
For the second week in a row the jackpot was won, when the numbers 6 11 27 were drawn