The Village: The annual U-12 Andy Egan memorial tournament

CLUB A.G.M.- At Monday night’s management meeting Saturday 10th December was confirmed as the date for the club’s A.G.M.. It is expected that the Hurling Committee will have their recommendations ready, in time, for ratification with regard to their proposals for the new team of selectors for the 2012 season. COUNTY FINAL SUPPORT - Log on to the club’s web site www.news@james-stephens.com to view the excellent “special county final” poster prepared by Mark Tyrrell in the run up to Sunday’s county final. Meanwhile, the club’s management committee would like to see householders in the parish row in behind the Village senior hurlers, by displaying the club’s colours as the team prepares for the championship decider on Sunday in Nowlan Park. In the meantime, intensive training continues under the watchful eyes of selectors, Niall Rigney, Adrian Finan and Fran Whelan for Sunday’s county final showdown against Ballyhale Shamrocks. The unlucky, Diarmuid Cody, who suffered a broken thumb during the quarter-final clash with GraigueBallycallan, is the only casualty not available to the selectors for selection.

CLUB A.G.M.- At Monday night’s management meeting Saturday 10th December was confirmed as the date for the club’s A.G.M.. It is expected that the Hurling Committee will have their recommendations ready, in time, for ratification with regard to their proposals for the new team of selectors for the 2012 season. COUNTY FINAL SUPPORT - Log on to the club’s web site www.news@james-stephens.com to view the excellent “special county final” poster prepared by Mark Tyrrell in the run up to Sunday’s county final. Meanwhile, the club’s management committee would like to see householders in the parish row in behind the Village senior hurlers, by displaying the club’s colours as the team prepares for the championship decider on Sunday in Nowlan Park. In the meantime, intensive training continues under the watchful eyes of selectors, Niall Rigney, Adrian Finan and Fran Whelan for Sunday’s county final showdown against Ballyhale Shamrocks. The unlucky, Diarmuid Cody, who suffered a broken thumb during the quarter-final clash with GraigueBallycallan, is the only casualty not available to the selectors for selection.

KELLS ROAD DRAW- A reminder to promoters and supporters of the monthly draw to help fund the Kells Road development that the October draw will take place on Wednesday night next, 26th October, at 8.30p.m, in the clubrooms. Light refreshments will be served to all in attendance. The support the club is receiving for this vatal fundraiser is very much appreciated and the committee would like to be known that everyone is welcome to attend for the draw on the night.

MANAGER OF MONTH- Another well deserved accolade for Kilkenny manager, Brian Cody arrived during the week when he was awarded the Phillips Manager of the monthy for September on foot of the county’s win over Tipperary on the first Sunday of the month when they dethroned the 2010 All-Ireland champions in emphatis style. This was Brian’s eight All-Ireland victory as manager since he took over the county’s reins in 1999..

ANDY EGAN MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT- The annual U-12 Andy Egan memorial tournament went ahead in ideal weather conditions on Saturday week. After a fine day’s competitive hurling involving six clubs, Graigue-Ballycallan, Ballygunner, O’Loughlin Gaels, Dicksboro, Naas and the host club the tournament final was contested by James Stephens and Graigue-Ballycallan, with the home side coming out on top on a 3-3 to 0- 2 scoreline. The Shield final was a closer affair between Dicksboro and Naas, finishing level at full time. Extra time saw the Kilkenny city club side pick up the extra scores to claim a 1-9 to 0-7 victory. The Egan family, including the late Andy’s widow, Marian were in attendance for the presentation, which was made by grandaughter, Ruby to the winning captain.The organising committee would like to thank the parents who turned out in large numbers to support the teams, the referees,and the catering committee who ensured that the young players were kept well nourished during the day.

JUVENILE- Juvenile officer, Tadhg O’Donohoe reported that two U-10 hurling team from the club participated in the Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin) tournament at the weekend and came home with “the silver” as winners in both competitions. Well done to all who travelled and enjoyed a successful outing to the capital with the club’s next generation of young stars.

DOGGIE NITE- Club Treasurer, Tom Keane informed the meeting that tickets for the, Doggie Nite, juvenile fundraiser, which takes place on Friday, 4th November are available. Tickets cost Eu 10.00 each, and this includes entry to the track on the night, plus inclusion in the draw which has a number of attractive prizes on offer.

“SPAR” SPARTAN CHALLENGE- Social club member and Irish Defence Forces soldier, Jonny Walsh, Loughboy, who has been chosen as Kilkenny’s representitive in the Spartan challenge continues his rigorous programme of training and events leading up to the final event, the Dublin City Marathon on, 31st October. Jonny has already completed a number of 10k runs and a half marathon as part of the challenge programme, for his chosen charity, the Alzheimers Day Care Centre on the Waterford Road. To support this worthy venture, either through sponsorship or a donations contact the Walsh family for details. Meanwhile, just one week after completing the marathon, there will be no rest for Jonny as he travels with the Irish army on a six month tour of peacekeeping duties to Lebanon. Congratulations and best wishes to Jonny on both challenges.

SOCIAL CLUB DINNER- Social club members should note that the annual Christmas dinner dance will be held this year in Hotel Kilkenny on Friday, 16th December.Tickets cost Eu 38.00 p.p..Reservations for the night may be made with any of the committee members with a deposit of Eu 5.00.

FAMILY FUNCTIONS- Members, their families, supporters, and the local community should note that the clubrooms are available for private family occasions, such as birthdays, anniversary celebrations, family re-unions,and for any other reason to celebrate !!!.. Contact social club treasurer, John O’Neill ( 087-9519974) or any member of the committee for information.

SATURDAY NIGHT- Paul Pickett will entertain music fanciers on Saturday night.

LOTTO- The numbrers drawn at Tuesday night’s weekly lotto were- 6 - 8 - 22 . There was no winner. next week’s jackpot increases to Eu 1,400. The consolation winners were- Annette Frawley, Pat Roberts, Sandra McGarry, Fiona Lawlor and Tom Keane