The Village: Fry tourney gets the cream

SEAMUS FRY-The Juvenile bandwagon rolled into Village headquarters last Saturday as the Club staged the prestigious Seamus Fry U-10 hurling tournament. Over young hurling enthusiasts took part in the 2012 Seamus Fry as each of the 8 participating clubs (James Stephens, Naomh Eanna (Gorey), Faythe Harriers (Wexford), Nass (Kildare), Dicksboro, O’Loughlin Gaels, Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin), Erin’s Own (Castlecomer) battled it out for the honour of lifting the Seamus Fry perpetual cup for 2012. It must be said this year’s tournament showed one of the highest standard of skill coupled with bounds of movement, support play, determination and team spirit which thrilled the crowds of parents and club coaches attending. After a hectic morning of top drawer hurling action the Village boys booked their spot in the cup tournament final, they faced stiff opposition against a very classy Naomh Eanna outfit. This game was an outstanding battle from the off as both sets of U-10 starlets served up as entertaining affair as any game that has been played on the hallowed turf of Larchfield. In the end the honours sided with the Village as their ability to hit a number of key three pointers throughout proved decisive. Well done to the Village players who were crowned Seamus Fry U-10 tournament winners for 2012. In the shield final, Kilmacud Crokes went head to head with Dicksboro in a lively encounter. Both sides battled for vital possession in a game that had plenty of thrills and spills. However it was Kilmacud Crokes in the end who pushed over the line to victory. Many thanks to Paddy Fry and his family for their outstanding continued support to the hosting of this wonderful under-age blitz. It was great to see Paddy and many of his family attending the games over the course of the day and no doubt Paddy was keeping a watchful eye of some of the up and coming talent in Kilkenny under-age hurling.

SEAMUS FRY-The Juvenile bandwagon rolled into Village headquarters last Saturday as the Club staged the prestigious Seamus Fry U-10 hurling tournament. Over young hurling enthusiasts took part in the 2012 Seamus Fry as each of the 8 participating clubs (James Stephens, Naomh Eanna (Gorey), Faythe Harriers (Wexford), Nass (Kildare), Dicksboro, O’Loughlin Gaels, Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin), Erin’s Own (Castlecomer) battled it out for the honour of lifting the Seamus Fry perpetual cup for 2012. It must be said this year’s tournament showed one of the highest standard of skill coupled with bounds of movement, support play, determination and team spirit which thrilled the crowds of parents and club coaches attending. After a hectic morning of top drawer hurling action the Village boys booked their spot in the cup tournament final, they faced stiff opposition against a very classy Naomh Eanna outfit. This game was an outstanding battle from the off as both sets of U-10 starlets served up as entertaining affair as any game that has been played on the hallowed turf of Larchfield. In the end the honours sided with the Village as their ability to hit a number of key three pointers throughout proved decisive. Well done to the Village players who were crowned Seamus Fry U-10 tournament winners for 2012. In the shield final, Kilmacud Crokes went head to head with Dicksboro in a lively encounter. Both sides battled for vital possession in a game that had plenty of thrills and spills. However it was Kilmacud Crokes in the end who pushed over the line to victory. Many thanks to Paddy Fry and his family for their outstanding continued support to the hosting of this wonderful under-age blitz. It was great to see Paddy and many of his family attending the games over the course of the day and no doubt Paddy was keeping a watchful eye of some of the up and coming talent in Kilkenny under-age hurling.

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MINOR HURLING-Well done to the Village Minor A squad who scored a hard fought and spirited 2-10 to 2-3 victory over a very strong Rower Inistioge side. In a very tough and tense affair the Rower struck a good goal early in the first half, before the Village worked tremendously hard to work the ball down field and when Cormac Connolly broke through the Rower rearguard to hit a three pointer right on the half time mark, this score it was to prove decisive as the Village held a 1-8 to 1-2 half-time lead. In the second half both sides held periods of dominance but the Village boys found scores easier to come by as they drove on to claim a hard earned victory. The Village half back line of Ben Lahart, Jack McGrath and Harry Wallace stood firm throughout and played a fantastic game as a unit. Luke Scanlon and Niall Mullins were in commanding form in mid-field and provided endless cover and support to their backs. In attack Jack Cotter, Matt McWey and Ricci Drennan all worked tirelessly on the half forward line while the Village full forward line of Tadhg O’Dwyer, Diarmuid Cody and Cormac Connolly all brought a high work rate and attack to the team. Well done to the players and mentors who will now sharply turn their attention to an upcoming Minor Roinn A championship semi-final against Emeralds (Urlingford) on Saturday 29th September. Team: 1.Alan O’Beirne, 2.James Tyrrell, 3.Paddy Duggan, 4.Ben Hickey, 5.Ben Lahart, 6.Jack McGrath, 7.Harry Wallace (Captain), 8.Luke Scanlon, 9.Niall Mullins, 10.Matthew McWey, 11.Jack Cotter, 12.Ricci Drennan, 13.Tadhg O’Dwyer, 14.Diarmuid Cody, 15.Cormac Connolly. Subs Used: Dylan O’Shea.

TIDY TOWNS - Congratulations to Sean Leahy, Ashley Court,College Road, who was honoured with a special presentation in recogniition of his dedication to the Kilkenny Tidy Towns Committee over many years, by the national Tidy Towns Committee at last week’s national awards ceremony in Dublin..

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS - Birthday greetings to two social club stalwards, Joan Kerwick, Sycamore Drive and Dolly Walsh, Hazel Grove who celebrated “another year” on the clock during the week. May you both enjoy many more in the years to come.

KELLS ROAD DRAW-The September draw will take place on Wednesday next, 26th September in the clubrooms. The usual arrangements are in place for the “early birds” on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings to register names etc.,before the draw. Also, promoters and subscribers should note that all are welcome to attend for the draw and that catherine’s home baking and refreshments will be served on the night. The continuing support from within the St. Patrick’s parish community for this much needed facility on the Kells Road, is very much appreciated by the club’s management and development committees.

CAMOGIE SUCCESS-Congratulations to the Village U-16 camogie team who defeated a combined St.Lachtains/ Conahy side in the Kilkenny U-16 B county final on a 4-6 to 2-4 scoreline on Saturday week.The James Stephens girls rose to the challenge from the first whistle and led their opponents by 1-5 to 0-2 at halftime. As expected the St.Lachtains /Conahy girls started the second period in determined mode and cut the Village girls lead to three points with an early goal. The Village girls responded positively to this set back by adding a further three goals to seal a convincing and deserved victory in some style. This victory was a just reward for the hard work put in by both the playing panel and their committed team mentors,

Mary McGrath, Orla Neary, Jimmy Leahy and Brian O’Dwyer over a long season. The panel was Sophie Molloy, Becky Leahy, Aoife Brassil, Rachel Tyrrell, Jackie Rainey, Michelle Teehan, Orla Conlan, Niamh Deely, Niamh Ayres, Lucy Teehan, Sophie O’Dwyer, Aoife Cantwell, Chloe Hughes, Mehan Hughes, Shannon Holohan, Sarah McGrath, Caitlin Martin, Emer McCormack. Congratulations to one and all on a great day for camogie in the Village club.

FIT KIDS FUN CLASSES-Majella O’Brien reminds this column that the FIT KIDS ACTIVE FUN CLASSES commenced on Monday last in St. Patrick’s Parish Hall. The classes are suitable for kids between the ages of 3 to 6.and are a great foundation for all sports, teaching the children the fundamentals of exercise, flexibility, endurance and co-ordination. The classes run from 4.30 to 5.30p.m, on Monday evenings and cost Eu 6.00 per class. For further information contact Majella at 087 6893663

MONTHLY NEWSLETTER-To ensure that you receive a copy of the very worthwhile monthly newsletter, post your e-mail address to news@james-stephens.com The outstanding September edition, with profiles of the club’s Kilkenny stars has already been “posted” to all on the list. The newsletter is a guaranteed good read and well worth downloading to keep you informed about all the various activities, match reports, individual profiles and trips down “memory lane” to enjoy.

NEIL MELLON TOWNSHIP TRUST-Clubman, Liam Mullen, the local co-ordinator of the Neil Mellon fund is appealing for support for a table quiz night on September 19th in Springhill Court Hotel. The general knowledge quiz will take the usual format of a table x 4, costing Eu 20.00. Your support for this worthy house building project in the South Africa township of Swueto would be much appreciated by the Neil Mellon Fund committee. Liam may be contacted at 086-2587973.

IRISH HEART FOUNDATION-The Irish Heart Foundation will be giving a free talk, titled “Keeping your heart healthy” on Wednesday 19th September at 7p.m., in Langton’s Hotel. Presenters will provide practical information, advise and tips on heart health and measure to be taken to maintain a healthy heart, healthy cholesterol.and blood pressure levels to help prevent heart disease. All are welcome.

LOTTO-Tuesday night’s draw produced the following combination: 5 :23 : 26. There was no winning ticket. Next week’s draw will be for a jackpot of Eu 1,600.. The consolation winners were: John Leahy, Francis Malone, Paul Drennan, Philly McKane and Sarah Cahill.

SATURDAY AT THE VILLAGE-The weekend’s music treat will be provided by local favourites, Noel & Eugene U-21 ALL-IRELAND-Hard luck to the Kilkenny U-21 panel who lost out to a very strong Clare side in the U-21 All-Ireland hurling final last Saturday in Thurles. The Kilkenny boys gave their all to the cause however an impressive Clare side looked to have the edge for most of the game. Clubman, Adrian Finan was involved as a selector on the Kilkenny management team.