U-16 HURLING - Well done to the Village U-16 B squad who scored an all important and determined win over Young Irelands (Gowran) in the first round of the hurling championship.
The Village boys shot out of the blocks with Shane Stapleton finding the net with two good goals in the opening ten minutes of the game. The Village boys continued to push on as they physically dominated this encounter from the word go. The defence back boned by Mark Doyle (3) and Adam Butler (6) were in commanding form and they were ably assisted by Jack Butler, Noah Canty, Jake McDonald and Conor Byrne who all played in defence. Mid-fielders, David Shore and Thomas Murphy provided an endless supply of ball to his inside line and worked tirelessly. William Spencer, Michael Cotter and John McEvoy set up a wave off attacks on the half forward line while the inside line of Shane Stapleton, Declan Wall and Niall Delaney all contributed handsomely to the scoreline. Well done to all the players and mentors on a fine opening championship win. Team: 1.Richie Stapleton, 2.Conor Byrne, 3.Mark Doyle, 4.Jack Butler, 5.Noah Canty, 6.Adam Butler, 7.Jake McDonald, 8.Thomas Murphy, 9.David Shore, 10.William Spencer, 11.Michael Cotter, 12.John McEvoy, 13.Shane Stapleton, 14.Declan Wall, 15.Niall Delaney. Subs used: Michael Ryan, Paddy Gallagher, Shane Donohoe, Nathan Donohoe. Best wishes to the Village U-16 Roinn A squad and management team as they prepare for their upcoming championship campaign with an opening quarter final encounter against John Lockes (Callan) this Saturday 11th August at 7.00pm in
NEW “BUBBLE” MACHINE - Well done to club “innovator” Sean Brennan, Sheestown, who unveiled his new lotto draw “bubble” machine to the club’s management committee last week. The new machine, very much on the lines of the National Lotto’s “bubble” machine as used on R.T.E.’s weekly lotto draw, is a credit to the creative skills of the club’s vice chairman. Sean was the first G.A.A.sportsman to come up with the idea of a hand protector for hurlers and his proto type is on display in the Croke Park museum.
LISDOWNEY SEVENS - Boosted by two very good wins over Rathdowney/Errill and Graigue-Ballycallan in the group stages of this tournament the Village boys travelled to Lisdowney last Saturday high in confidence as they clashed with Erin’s Own (Castlecomer) in the quarter final of the prestigious Lisdowney sevens competition. Played under slightly different playing rules these highly skillful games are a wonderful attraction as clubs from near and far travel to participate. Lining out with 1 goalkeeper, 2 backs, 2 mid-field players and 2 forwards the games prove to be very demanding on players energy levels as there tends to be a lot of running and racing around in pursuit of possession.
The quarter final against a strong and well organised Erin’s Own side proved to be a hard battle for the red & green boys for long periods however the ability to score three important goals proved to be the decisive difference for the Village as they ran out 3-7 to 1-2 winners. The Village boys fell short to a strong O’Loughlin Gaels side in the Sweeney Cup semi-final. The Village boys tried very hard through however the O’Loughlin Gaels team hit a strong of very well worked 3 pointers which put the Larchfield boys on the back foot. Try as they might the Village had to concede defeat to a stronger Gaels team. Well done to all the players and mentors on a great effort throughout.
Panel: 1.Sean Manogue, 2.Ross Whelan, 3.Sam Hickey, 4.Shane Murphy, 5.Ryan Scanlon, 6.Niall Brassil, 7.Luke Murphy, 8.Andy Whelan, 9.Robert Butler, 10.Killian Duffy.
CLUB HISTORY - Club chairman Tom Lanigan is making great progress with the “125” club history book, which he hopes will be published and “on the shelves” for the Christmas season. Tom informs this column that he is still on the look out for interesting pieces, photos, articles etc. to help make the publication as complete as possible. At this stage, Tom is anxious to receive any items associated with the St.Patrick’s Boys Boxing club, for decades interlinked with the James Stephens club. Meanwhile if any one has a suggestion/idea for a suitable title for the book, do make it be known to Tom for consideration. Tom may be contacted at 086-8192947.
SOCIAL MEDIA - The Village has fully joined and embraced the world of social media and communications. Check out the Village website (www.james-stephens.com), Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/villagegaa), Twitter page (https://twitter.com/VillageGAA) and YouTube page (http://www.youtube.com/JSGAA).
LOTTO - The numbers drawn from the new “bubble” machine at Tuesday night’s weekly lotto draw were 7 : 13 : 16 and it produced a very popular winner of the Eu 4,600 jackpot in the club’s social centre treasurer, John O’Neill. Good luck, John and enjoy the touch of good fortune. Next week’s jackpot starts again at Eu 1,000.