Windgap-Tullahought: D-Day approaches

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP - D day for the clubs junior hurler’s championship run occurs in Dunnamaggin on Sunday when they lineout against the overwhelming favorites and Southern Junior champions Thomastown at midday. On the day the Noresiders will be backboned by members of the county minor finalists who brought Bennettsbridge to a replay last year and also County Intermediate star John Joe Farrell and under twenty one goalkeeper Stuart Waugh. On the home front the Kieran McGuire trained side under team captain Thomas Lonergan has worked diligently despite the loss of key players through emigration and injury. In a show of strength and loyalty a number of players will fly home for the clash from London and Wales to enhance the local cause. In other times the clash of Windgap and the now amalgamated Noreside clubs of Thomastown and the blue and gold hooped Thomastown Rangers from the rural hinterland were greatly awaited. Often played at fete tournaments in Dunnamaggins former playing field Hayden Park in Baurscoob the Thomastown sides had both the county goalkeeper Ollie Walsh and the County’s sub goalkeeper Ray McEntee protecting their respective nets on teams that were liberally sprinkled with senior intercounty stars in. Home for the game on Sunday is former player and club secretary of a year ago Sean Power who is now based in Dubai and was replaced as secretary by his brother and team fullback Noel. A programme covering all of the weekends’ junior ties will be available and the game will be refereed by Pat Dunphy.

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP - D day for the clubs junior hurler’s championship run occurs in Dunnamaggin on Sunday when they lineout against the overwhelming favorites and Southern Junior champions Thomastown at midday. On the day the Noresiders will be backboned by members of the county minor finalists who brought Bennettsbridge to a replay last year and also County Intermediate star John Joe Farrell and under twenty one goalkeeper Stuart Waugh. On the home front the Kieran McGuire trained side under team captain Thomas Lonergan has worked diligently despite the loss of key players through emigration and injury. In a show of strength and loyalty a number of players will fly home for the clash from London and Wales to enhance the local cause. In other times the clash of Windgap and the now amalgamated Noreside clubs of Thomastown and the blue and gold hooped Thomastown Rangers from the rural hinterland were greatly awaited. Often played at fete tournaments in Dunnamaggins former playing field Hayden Park in Baurscoob the Thomastown sides had both the county goalkeeper Ollie Walsh and the County’s sub goalkeeper Ray McEntee protecting their respective nets on teams that were liberally sprinkled with senior intercounty stars in. Home for the game on Sunday is former player and club secretary of a year ago Sean Power who is now based in Dubai and was replaced as secretary by his brother and team fullback Noel. A programme covering all of the weekends’ junior ties will be available and the game will be refereed by Pat Dunphy.

COUNTY ONE WALL HANDBALL - Windgap played host to Kilkenny’s fourth successive One Wall Handball County championships onSunday. Commencing at ten thirty three competitions were run in Open, Masters and in the juvenile grade under fourteen to seventeen level for the first time. The day of cloudy conditions and occasional showers added another aspect to the games as it contrasted with the searing heat and sunshine of other years on the outdoor courts. In the Open final Dan Breen of Kells took his first title when he defeated John Fitzgerald also of Kells in the final. In the Masters Final a repeat of last years between Windgaps Purcell Brothers saw Eamon capture his third title in the grade when he dethroned the holder and his brother Jimmy in the final. In the juvenile event Windgaps Emmett Landy took the inaugural title when he overcame JJ English of Goresbridge in the final. On the day refreshments were provided by the clubs ladies. Also present on the day when the forthcoming world championships in Dublin were discussed were the county board officials chairman Seamus Reade, Secretary Billy Love, Leinster secretary Liam Mahon, Michael O’Shea and Eddie English. Also participating on the day were Dick Dalton Sean Foley, Michael O’Shea Eddie English, Jimmy Shanahan, David Doyle Darragh O’Shea Brian Mahon Roy Cullen.

FUTURE PLANNING - A public meeting hosted by Fr. Nicholas Flavin PP will take place in Windgap Hall on Tuesday, September 25 at 8pm. The purpose of the meeting is to begin the planning process of how best to utilize develop and integrate the facilities within the parish and plan future development. Your views are very important. All are welcome to attend.
CAMOGIE: On Saturday afternoon Windgap traveled to Mullinavat to play Danesfort in the Minor “A” semi-final. In the game they went down by three points as Danesfort qualified for the final. On Sunday afternoon the seniors played Intermediate finalists Tullaroan in a challenge in Windgap in preparation for their forthcoming relegation final with St. Brighids that will be played at five o’clock on Saturday 29th at a venue to be decided.
CLUB NEWS: The tickets ordered through Club secretary Noel Power will be distributed amongst Club members on the Thursday 20th (time and date to be confirmed if the tickets are available). This Weeks Winning Numbers are 1, 4, 9, 19 and Bonus number 26. The winning numbers brought match three cheques to PJ Egan and Jim Purcell. 
HOLIDAY AND TRAINING FUND: Tickets are available through committee members for the Kilkenny Senior hurlers training and holiday fund. Costing €10 the first prize is €5000.

HANDBALL LEAGUE - In the 40x20 County League Sean Foley, Julie Walsh, Darragh ‘O’Shea, Eamon Purcell and Jimmy Purcell all have second round games this week. In the tournament no postponements are allowed. All Games consist of 2 x 21 and a tie break to 11 if needed. Players are asked to text Results on the night of the game to 087 2286565
AUTUMNAL SCENES - Crystal clear night skies bedecked by stars, an increasing urgency in the feeding of the last brood of house martins to prepare them for their migration flights, blackberries being collected for homemade jams, the sight of a young family of pheasants moving about and a slight pinch in the evening air marks the ongoing march of the seasons. 

TIDY TOWNS - The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 2nd October in Tullahought Community Centre at 8.30pm. The Agenda will include the commencement of a plan of action for 2013. All new ideas and members are welcome.

ARE YOU A PARENT OF A DISABLED CHILD - Would you like to meet with a group in a similar situation and learn to be a moreeffective voice for your child? Droichead Family Resource Centre will host an Empowering Parents training course in partnership with DESSA. The Empowering Parents Programme seeks to support parents to acquire the knowledge and skills to effectively advocate on behalf of their child and will run over a 6 week period commencing Wednesday 19th September. For further information or to book your place please contact: - Kay Teahan, DESSA, c/o Droichead FRC, Callan, Co. Kilkenny tel: 087 3534432, email advocacy@dessa.ie