CAMOGIE BOOST - For the first time ever Piltown Camogie Club will have teams in Under-14, Under-16 and Minor County finals in the same year. On Sunday in Ballyhale, the minor team followed their younger counterparts in the Roinn B County Final with a 5-10 to 1-4 victory over Mullinavat/Tullogher. This was a tremendous performance with all fifteen starters plus two substitutes, the full panel available, putting on a fine exhibition of teamwork. Foundations for victory were set in the first half. The goalkeepers magnificent save when called upon. The tremendous blocking and hooking of the tigerish defence. The massive work rate of the midfielders and best of all, the six forwards were on the scoreboard from play before half time. When was the last time that occurred for a Piltown team in any code or grade in an underage championship match? They were obviously driven by the defeat in the Under-16 County final two years ago to the same opposition, when Piltown were a point down with ten minutes to go and despite laying siege to the Mullinavat goal they could not score. Piltown led 3-7 to 0-3 at the break, only one point conceded from play by the miserly defence. The job still needed to be finished in the second half and that’s what Piltown did in a professional and work like performance. They introduced the two substitutes who both slotted in seamlessly. They can now look forward to a county final on the eve of the All-Ireland replay against Muckalee. This is a game not to be missed. Before that the majority of the girls will make up the Intermediate team who will play a fancied Tullaroan in the Intermediate county semi final on this Sunday. Team: Chloe Blackmore, Ellen Commins, Jennifer Norris, Katelynn Phelan, Siobhan Dermody, Debbie Phelan (0-3 frees), Leanne Dunne, Kelly Ann Doyle, Alice Talbot, Lorraine Long (0-2), Edel Long (0-3), Sinead McCarthy (1-1), Aisling McGowan (2-1), Soracha Phelan (1-0), Lisa McCarthy (1-0). Subs: Mairead Power and Jean Power. Mentors: Seamus Dunne, Eamonn McGowan and Michael Long
GIRLS GAELIC FOOTBALL - A number of Piltown girls will line out with the county Under-12 Girls Gaelic Football team in the inter county blitz to be held in Carlow this week. Several girls went to county under-13 squads at the weekend. The club Training League has two more rounds to go and the excitement builds with several girls in with a chance of winning at Under-12, Uunder-14, Under-16, Minor and the overall title. The unique league has made every training session match very competitive and driven by the girls themselves. It’s also good to see the minor and Under-16 girls back. Hope to see more in the coming weeks when a winter plan will be put in place. Newcomers are also welcome.
INTER COUNTY CAMOGIE - Aoife Norris was on the Kilkenny Under-14 Camogie team that was beaten by Wexford in the semi-final of the National inter-county blitz held in Dublin at the weekend.
NINETEEN - Paul Hardcastle had a 1985 hit with a song called “N-N-Nineteen”. That song must have been ringing in the ears of Piltown GAA supporters recently. The All-Ireland senior hurling final resulted in a draw on a score of Kilkenny 0-19, Galway 2-13 (19). It was preceded in another draw in the Minor final between Tipperary and Dublin where the score was 2-13 (19) to 1-16 (19). Of course the previous day, Piltown junior hurlers South Final versus Thomastown also ended in a draw 0-19 each. Unfortunately, that did not have a happy ending. Hopefully, the replayed All-Ireland final will end better for Kilkenny. Of course, maybe it is the number nine that is the key to the stalemate as Henry Shefflin and Noel Hickey, a man with Piltown connections were going for there ninth All-Ireland medal on the ninth of the ninth. At least that is out of the way now. There is much anticipation of the replay locally, the first replayed final since 1959. There’s that number nine again. There are plenty of black and amber on display, but it would be nice to see even more as it is also the Piltown colours and this weekend Piltown face Bennetsbridge in the Junior championship on Saturday at 5pm in Ballyhale. Hopefully, they will be finished playing before 9 O’Clock! with a good result.
COMMUNITY GAMES - Young Piltown athletes, Eoin Diffly and Patsy Kenny recently represented Kilkenny at the Community Games finals in Athlone. Eoin took part in the Under-8 80m and just missed out on a place in the final. Patsy participated in the Under-12 ball-throw and was one of eight who qualified for the final. Well done to both athletes. Could they be our future Olympians?
IVERK, IT’S COMMUNITY - Although initial estimates suggest the numbers at the delayed Iverk Show was slightly down on the previous year, the Show appears to have been a tremendous success once again. The weather was perfect, hot and dry but not roasting for the marathon walking and chatting. There was something for everyone. Cattle, sheep, horses, dogs and probably one of the best presented exhibits, the poultry, a recent positive addition. For the younger ones there was the ever popular Future Dance, bungees and Tutan Climb. There was fruit, vegetables, confectionary including the ever popular Great Cherry Cake Competition, and the massively popular Arts and Crafts tent. There was farm machinery and show jumping. There were hawkers selling everything from clothes to phone accessories to toys to Gina, Dale Haze and the Champions CD’s! There was music for all tastes at the pavilion and there were ice cream and chip vans. There were dignitaries and celebrities including an Olympic bronze medallist. James Dwyer of Carrigeen was seen with his wonderful medal at the show. James was successful at the recent Para Olympics in London with the Irish equestrian team. What an honour for the show. However, at the Iverk Show, everyone is a celebrity. How many who were there, heard the words “Well (name)!”. Yes, you! You are the name people know. You are the celebrity. In some cases, it was someone you met yesterday. In others it was someone you met a week ago or a month ago. For others it was the person you only ever meet at the Iverk Show every year. For a few it was a person you hadn’t seen in over twenty years and the thought crosses your mind that it was amazing you even recognised each other. An old friend, a relation, a colleague, an ex colleague, a team mate, a former team mate, even an ex-boy or girlfriend. They were all there at the Show. That’s one of the key enduring success factors of the Iverk Show. However, the show only happens thanks to the tremendous work of the volunteers. It must first be remembered, that Iverk is not just Piltown. It is also Mooncoin, Kilmacow, Mullinavat, and Windgap. People from these areas join with the Piltown volunteers in a magnificent military like performance. From before seven in the morning until everyone is gone home, they volunteer. They are wrecked by that night having put their bodies on the line to deliver a fantastic product. For weeks beforehand they volunteer. For weeks afterwards during the cleanup they volunteer. From aged 12 to their seventies, people volunteered. This is what community is all about. Friends and neighbours and volunteers working together to make something special. The Iverk Show is Community!