The Village: Youngsters gave a good account of themselves

SENIOR HURLERS - After scraping through to the championship quarter finals, on points, the club’s senior hurlers faced a shield final engagement against St. Martin’s on Sunday in Nowlan Park. Lining out without Kilkenny captain, Eoin Larkin, the injured David Walton, Eamon Sheehy and minor players due to contest the county final against Dicksboro on Saturday, the scoring power of the side was somewhat diminished. Nevertheless, the young James Stephens side gave a good account of themselves going down, to a strong St.Martin’s outfit on a 0-16 to 1-11 scoreline. While disappointed to lose out in the dying minutes of the fixture, Niall Rigney and his selectors will be pleased with another competitive outing before Sunday’s, all important, championship quarter final fixture in defence of our hard won 2011 county title. Best wishes to the Village senior in the Kilkenny Senior hurling championship quarter final this week-end. Team: 1.Derrick Brennan, 2.Niall McQuillan, 3.Tomás Keogh, 4.Luke Hickey, 5.Patrick Butler, 6.Jack Tyrrell, 7.Donnacha Cody (0-3), 8.David Hennessy (0-1), 9.Ray Coady, 10.Niall Tyrrell, 11.David McCormack (0-3), 12.Ger Flood (0-2), 13.John Comerford (1-0), 14.Matthew Ruth (0-2), 15.Richie Hayes. Subs Used: Conor McQuillan, Shane Campion, Darren Leahy.

SENIOR HURLERS - After scraping through to the championship quarter finals, on points, the club’s senior hurlers faced a shield final engagement against St. Martin’s on Sunday in Nowlan Park. Lining out without Kilkenny captain, Eoin Larkin, the injured David Walton, Eamon Sheehy and minor players due to contest the county final against Dicksboro on Saturday, the scoring power of the side was somewhat diminished. Nevertheless, the young James Stephens side gave a good account of themselves going down, to a strong St.Martin’s outfit on a 0-16 to 1-11 scoreline. While disappointed to lose out in the dying minutes of the fixture, Niall Rigney and his selectors will be pleased with another competitive outing before Sunday’s, all important, championship quarter final fixture in defence of our hard won 2011 county title. Best wishes to the Village senior in the Kilkenny Senior hurling championship quarter final this week-end. Team: 1.Derrick Brennan, 2.Niall McQuillan, 3.Tomás Keogh, 4.Luke Hickey, 5.Patrick Butler, 6.Jack Tyrrell, 7.Donnacha Cody (0-3), 8.David Hennessy (0-1), 9.Ray Coady, 10.Niall Tyrrell, 11.David McCormack (0-3), 12.Ger Flood (0-2), 13.John Comerford (1-0), 14.Matthew Ruth (0-2), 15.Richie Hayes. Subs Used: Conor McQuillan, Shane Campion, Darren Leahy.

MINOR - Best wishes to the Village Minor A squad who will clash with Dicksboro in the Kilkenny Roinn A hurling championship final this Saturday in Nowlan Park at 1.30pm. Best wishes to the players and management team.

CLOTHES- The Club is appealing to all players, officers, members and supporters of the Village from near and far to provide old clothing, old toys, bedding wear, books, old mobile phones and novels that you may have stored away at home. We are looking for the materials to be bagged up and dropped into the clubrooms any evening and the club will stand to benefit financially from the clothing collection. Every small bit helps the club in a significant way! Contact any committee member for further details.

WEEKLY LOTTO - The jackpot of Eu 2,200 was won on Tuesday night when the numbers 1 : 9 :16 were drawn from the drum. The winners were Ryan & Albie Lee, grandchildren of the club’s loyal lotto supporter, Andy Murray, of Little Andy’s, Ormonde Road. The ticket was sold by Phil “Fan” Larkin. Next week’s draw reverts to the starting point of Eu 1,000.

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).

RED & GREEN STORE - With the club championship season ready to swing into action after the county’as memorable All-Ireland victory, the time is right to avail of the wonderful value in club sports gear on offer in the Red & Green Store in the club’s Larchfield headquarters. Recession proof discounts of between 25 % and 50% can be availed of, for the wide range of club gear, including tracksuits, jerseys, leisure tops, togs socks, hoodies,caps etc,in store, at present. The shop will be open on Friday nights from 8 to 9p.m.. For further information contact Niamh (086-1285855).

KELLS ROAD DRAW - Just an early reminder to promoters and supporters, the October draw will take place on Wednesday night, 31st October in the clubrooms. Meanwhile, work continues on preparing the playing surfaces for the opening of the grounds to the juvenile section of the club for the beginning of the new season.

IRELAND UNDER 19S - Great to note the progress of the club’s former under-age star performer, Micky Drennan, in his soccer career for both Aston Villa F.C.,and the Ireland U-19 side. Captaining the national team’s U-19 side on Friday night in a vital qualifying group match in Luxembourg against Macedonia, Micky scored the only goal from the penalty spot, late in the game to send the team through to the next round of the European championships. Before opting for a football career with the Birmingham based Aston Villa, Micky played a leading roll in the club’s last U-14 national Feile victory, scoring a goal with last minute penalty strike in a memorable final against Na Piarsaigh (Cork) in O’Moore Park, Portlaoise, back in 2008. Well done, Micky and continued success in your career --- the late strike specialist .

ST. PATRICK’S BOYS BOXING CLUB - Chris O’Shaughnessy reports that progress is continuing at a considerable pase since the re- launch of the club during the summer. In fact, the club is growing in numbers and the coaches have been impressed with the attitude and dedication shown by the young boxers. On Wednesday of last week some twenty young hopefully travelled with their coaches to Paulstown B.C., home of Olympic boxer, Darren O’Neill, for their first inter club sparring session, which went well by all accounts. Meanwhile, the club has ordered a boxing ring and it is hoped this will be in place in a matter of weeks . Towards the end of the month, the club will enter competitors in the Laois/Kilkenny/Carlow boxing league where boxers will be matched with opponents of the same age, size and weight. In preparation, training times for U-16’s will be on Monday and Thursday evenings from 7-8p.m, and from 8-9p.m, for over 16’s. These sessions continue on Saturday mornings from 11-12 for U-16’s and from 12 to 1p.m, for the older ages. Club P.R.O., Conor Phelan also acknowledges the support they have received from Mario’s Takeaway who sponsored the club’s new jersies and shorts.

KIDS HALLOWEN CAMP - Majella O’Brien advises that a “fun active milti sport camp” will be be opened in St. Canice’s Community Hall from Tuesday, 30th October to Friday, 2nd November from 10.a.m, to 2.30p.m. each day. Programmes are age appropriate and are a great foundation for all sports, teaching children the fundamentals of exercise - strength, flexibility, balance, endurance, agility and co-ordination in a safe and fun environment . the camp will be broken into three age categories, 3-4years, 5-8 years and 9-12 year olds. There is a wide range of sport and activities involved and, of course, halloween games, arts and crafts for the season that’s in it. Majella states that it would be advisable to book early as places are limited. The camp costs Eu 55 per child, sibling rate Eu 45.00. Book on lone at www.fitkids.ie or phone Majella at 087-6893663.