After Saturday’s mixed fortunes, matters did not improve on Sunday for the large Village support,in Freshford, when for the first time in almost 10 years our senior hurlers exited the championship at the quarter-final stage following a 2-14 to 1-16 defeat by St. Martins. From the start St. Martin’s were more determined in their approach and held the upper hand forcing James Stephens into “catch up” mode as the play developed. Thanks to the defiant resiliance of a pressured James Stephens defence led by Jackie Tyrrell, Tomas Keogh, Niall McQuillan and Donnacha Cody, and, the accuracy of star forward, Eoin Larkin throughout the first half, it was level pegging until the twenty ninth minute when a penalty was conceded. In what has now become the normal practice, in both hurling and football St. Martin’s goalkeeper, Colm McGrath, ran the lenght of the field to plant the sliothar in the back of the Village net and with a further point on the stroke of time they opened up a 1-7 to 0-9 lead at half time.Throughout the second period points continued to be exchanged, again, thanks to the singular efforts of Eoin Larkin who finished with a total of 0-14, until mid way through the half, a St. Martin’s defender was red carded, giving James Stephens forwards a greater freedom of movement which they took advantage of over the next ten minutes opening a three point lead with only two minutes of normal time left to play. At this point James Stephens corner back, Niall McQuillan appeared to be fouled while clearing from a ruck on the edge of the “square” but referee Dowling awarded a controversial 20 meter free for over carrying and once again, the St. Martin’s netminder, stepped up to send the sliothar to the net, and, as in the first half they finished with a late point to claim victory on a 2-14 to 1-16 scoreline. It was a disappointing end to the 2013 championship campaign for the players and the hard working and committed selection team led by Mark Tyrrell, but, on the positive side with a group of talented young players waiting in the wings there is considerable hope for a revival of fortunes over the next few seasons.
A busy weekend of championship hurling got off on a positve note for James Stephens,on Saturday morning, in ideal weather conditions in Jenkinstown when the minor hurlers recorded a 3-18 to 3-11 victory over a gallant St. Lactain’s side.
See full match report on pahge 89.
All associated with the club’s gallant U-14 hurlers knew that it was going to take a huge effort to overcome a stronger, more balanced O’Loughlin Gaels side in Saturday afternoon’s U-14”A” county final in Nowlan Park. Nevertheless the club’s young hopefulls gave their best and wore the jersey with pride before going down on a final scoreline of 1-17 to 1-7. For fifteen minutes they resisted the O’Loughlin’s forward line holding them to 0-5 to 0-3 before the St.John’s parish side went on a scoring spree to end the first half leading by 0-9 to 0-3. Within three minutes of the re-start O’Loughlin’s goaled leaving a proverbial mountain to cull match report limb for the fighting Village players. Stout resistance, under persistant pressure, throughout the hour was provided by full back, Luke Murphy, the impressive Niall Brasill at centre back, and his half-back partner, Fergus Byrne while Ryan Scanlon in the centre and forwards, Jason O’Keeffe and Sam Hickey did their best to stem the tide. Goalkeeper,Sean Manogue and Niall Doheny also made desparing interventions on two occasions during the hour to prevent certain scores. In truth, O’Loughlin Gaels were a better balance side and deserved their victory but, if medals were handed out for honesty and bravery, against the odds, the James Stephens U-14 players would be first in line. Despite the end of season disappointment, well done to all involved.
Now that the work associated with the base and floor area has been completed by Michael Costello together with the necessary underground pipe work courtesy of Shane Egan the construction of the dressingroom complex, itself, commenced on Thursday last when blocklayer, Kevin Grogan moved in on the site..Depending on weather conditions the shape of the new development will become apparent over the coming weeks. Meanwhile, the development committee is planning for the installation of the roofing system in approx., six/eight weeks time. Watch this space for further progress reports !!!
KELLS ROAD DRAW
The September draw took place on Wednesday night last in the clubrooms, with the Joseph Mernagh, Waterford Road being pulled from the drum,as the lucky winner of the Eu 1,000 top prize. The second pruize of Eu 200.00 went to Ella Gleeson (Denis Treacy). prizes of Eu 100 each went to noel Ronan(Ml.McLoughlib), John Campion (Jim Delahunty), and Conor O’Carroll (Nioclas O’Carroll). The Eu 50.00 prizes were won by Paul O’Sullivan( Tom Keane), Michael Byrrne (Ml. McLoughlin), Des Goss(Ml.McLoughlin), John Coonan (Ml. McLoughlin),Gerry Dillon(Niall Cody), Mary Mc Guire( Seamus McGuire),Dinny Mc Cormack(Jim O’Brien) and Sonja Moran (Kevin McCormack). The special promoter’s prizes of a two night B & B in the Mespil Hotel (Dublin) were won by David Tyrrell and Joe O’Dwyer. The Eu 50.00 prizes were cwon Tim Butler and Catherine Kinsella. The next draw will take place on Wednesday 30th October.
Golf society members should note that the final outing of the season will take place on Saturday,5th October on the testing Waterford Golf Club’s course. The tee is deserved from 10.30a.m, and names and starting times should be submitted to Seamus Maguire 087-7687651 in advance to facilitate the smooth running of the event. Seamus advises that non members are welcome to participate. Meanwhile, Richie Manogue would like to remind golf enthusiasts that names are being taken for a proposed Spanish golfing holiday scheduled for October 2014. Contact Richie at
087 2573697 for further details.
The recent A.G.M., of the St. Patrick’s, Lourdes Invalid Fund reported on a successful year. The coomiitee started sending parishoners to Lourdes in 1991, and has helped send 127 people from the parish area to the pilgrimage site in France since then.The committee members are taking names earlier than usual for next year’s pilgrimage and are requesting “names of people who are ill, recovering from illnesses or just going through a difficult time” to be submitted to any committee member or advised to the St. Patrick’s parish office. Meanwhile a fundraising cabaret will be held in James Stephens clubrooms on 29th November to help with finances.
Good to see over the weekend, the club’s much valued “backroom” mentor, Dermot Tyrrell back supporting club teams, even if, on crutches, following his recent hip operation. They say that “It’s hard to keep a good man down”, so continued success with your recovery, Dermot.
The sympathies of the club’s membership were extended to the McPhillips family, Kilcreene, at last Monday’s management meeting, on the sudden death of Eddie McPhillips, last week. Eddie was a valued and popular member of the 1974 U-16 double championship winning club team, under the stweardship of former club president, Fr.Liam Barron. Air dheis Dei go raibh a anam dilis.
Today, Wednesday 2nd October, the Alzheimers Association will be holding a meeting, in Langton’s hotel from 11a.m to 1p.m., for people afflicted with Alzheimers and /or their familiy carers to meet, chat and exchange information. Also there will be a talk by a sloicitor about “making a will” and “enduring power of attorney” at 12.30 p.m..To follow up on the meeting there will be a bucket collection/ flag day on Thursday 3rd October in the city, for which volunteers will be needed. If you or your friends have a spare hour your help and support would be appreciated for this worthy cause.
Saturday night’s entertainment will be provided by Paddy Blanch.
The numbers draw on tuesday night were 10, 24, 31. There was no winning ticket. Next week’s jackpot will be Eu 1,600. The consolation winners wrere Conor Tyrrell, Billy Kelly, Mock Lawlor, Liam Tyrrell and Martha Leahy.