Kilmanagh-

Mary Dargan

Reporter:

Mary Dargan

VOLUNTEERS

VOLUNTEERS

Kilkenny Alzheimer Society are having a bucket collection/ flag day on Thursday, October and need volunteers to collect for them in Kilkenny town.

An hour or two of your time would be a great help. Call 0567771230 if you wish to volunteer.

WHIST

St. Brigid’s Camogie Club whist drives will resume on Friday night, commencing at 8:30pm on 11 October at Palmerstown Venue.

All are welcome

RECYCLING DRIVE

There will be a clothing recycling drive in aid of St. Brigid’s Camogie club on Saturday, 12 October so get all your unwanted clothes, bed linen, towels, curtains, shoes, belts and soft toys all bagged up and ready to go.

Books are accepted but not school books.

Details of the drop off point and times will be given later.

IRISH CLASSES

Beginners & advanced Irish classes for Adults will take place in Droicheád FRC in Callan. Classes will be tailored to areas of interest of the group. Each class will be €2 per person. If interested Contact 056 - 7755660.

Soccer

Rangers made the trip up to Freshford on Sunday morning last, 29 September looking to continue their good league form to date.

Freshford settled better into the game and controlled the ball for long periods. The pressure finally told when a free kick from left was headed home. After this Rangers seemed to settle and had the better for the next 15 minutes but could not find the goal they needed.

Freshford hit Rangers on the double just before the break, J.J. Corrigan made a fine save only for a Freshford attacker to be quickest to rebound and on the stroke of half time they added a third goal.

Unfortunately things did not get better for Rangers in the second half and leaked a further 4 goals. This was not Rangers best day but they have made a good start to league and this was only a slight blip.

Team: J.J. Corrigan, Cathal Darmody, Conor O’Grady, Willie Brennan, Paddy Dalton, James Gleeson, Tommy Manogue, Paddy Kennedy, Gearoíd Murphy, Ben Hayes and Darragh Murphy. Subs: Mark Cody and Shem Corrigan.

GOOD LUCK

River Rangers would like to wish Graigue-Ballycallan all the best in the play off this weekend.

SKY BLUES

Friday evening, 20 September last saw the conclusion of St. Brigid’s U8s season where they lined up against a very talented and determined Gowran side. An unusually large crowd which included the great DJ Carey happened to be in attendance as the senior Gowran hurling and Camogie teams were waiting on the use of the pitch.

Gowran started the game brightly and were a goal up after ten minutes. This seemed to kick the St. Brigid’s girls into life and they started to produce the type of form that saw them win the majority of their games all season.

Lauren Ronan, their most consistent player all season, started to purr in to action and scored St. Brigid’s equaliser just before half time to leave the sides level at the break. The halftime break where the girls are always encouraged to speak their mind saw their teak tough defender, Katie Maher, produce a memorable rally cry, ”They are a good team but we are REALLY GOOD” and she demanded her team mates go out and give it their all for their last 20 minutes of hurling for the season.

St. Brigid’s started the second period positively and really kicked into their stride. They were soon a goal ahead as their goal machine. Robin Delaney found some space and buried the ball into the back of the goal adding to Robin’s huge tally of goals for the season. This girl just love to score goals.

St. Brigid’s were on top now in every department and the ever improving Ella Delahunty, who put in a tremendous display in middle of the field of blocking and tackling was starting to influence events. The whole team were now starting to hurl well. New recruits to Camogie this year, Amy Walton & Katie Marnell, both swapped positions between forwards and midfield in the second half and played like veterans .

The whole team were really fired up now and all of them were tackling blocking and striking the sliotar like girls well beyond their young age.

The tiger-like Sarah Butler put in a fine display and was capably assisted by Sarah Dowling, who is improving with every match. Hannah Hayes in her first full season and who happens comes from a strong traditional hurling family showed some lovely touches and again will no doubt come on leaps and bounds for the season.

Kirsten Cody who volunteered to go in between the sticks made a few fantastic saves in the goal and looks a real natural. The match entered into the latter stages and Robin Delaney who seemed to be involved in all the forward play for St. Brigid’s popped up into the right position and put her team even further ahead, to make the score 3-1. The match came to an end with St. Brigid’s in the ascendency and sporting as always as the girls shook hands with their opponents as they exited the field.

Absent on the night was the talented Grace Delaney, who surely will influence proceedings next season with a full complement of training under her belt and Nada Power, who on her day, can match the best of opponents.

A special mention goes to U6 star, Joanne Brennan , who always shines when she regularly lines up for this U8 team and will do so for the next two years.

Finally the jubilant Bainnestoirs, Mary Ronan, who’s constant presence and experience derived from an illustrious camogie career, has got this team rapidly improving their hurling technique and has been an ever present figure of positivity for the girls all season.

She has been ably assisted by the enthusiastic Stephen Delaney whose background in martial arts has insured varied training methods, which have gone down very well with the team. As the majority of these girls are under- age again next season, this augers well for the future of St. Brigid’s camogie club.

You could say that the future is bright and may even have a hint of sky blue about it.

BRIGHT FUTURE

Saturday, 21 September 2013 saw the conclusion of the Camogie season for the St. Brigid’s U-10 team. The beautiful summer like day was a fitting backdrop for the team that produced some sparkling hurling throughout the year. The girls remained unbeaten throughout the whole year and their special achievement was marked by a medal giving ceremony at the end of their two game mini blitz against O’Loughlin Gaels at St, John’s Park in the city

The fact that both teams had the numbers to field two teams added to the occasion as it meant that all the girls were given the opportunity to play a full game, possibly for the first time this season. This proved a welcome relief for the coaches Mary East and Mary McCluskey, who had a real juggling act of a job on their hands all season due to the impressive size of their squad. The two teams both won their respective matches in what transpired to be two tough hard fought encounters.

Twelve of the girls from the squad of twenty three will be moving on up to the U-12 set up next year. The improvement shown by these girls augers well for a promising season at the U12 grade next season. The three amigos, Abby O Keefe, Roisín Casey and Margaret Maher will lead the way with a Zen like understanding in their play (most probably forged by their close friendship away from the field of play).

The first-rate stick work and sheer passion on display from the excellent Reece Delaney, Kate McCluskey and Ellie O Neill will surely strengthen the U-12’s next season.

The 3 Caoimhe’s (Miss Butler, Miss Cahill and Miss Young) have gained a confidence and assurance that has seen them steadily improve throughout the season as has Caroline Brennan who gets better with each game.

The powerful hitting Dearbhla Cullen who has a tremendous strike on the ball will also be an asset next year. Although she does like the odd foray up the field, few would argue about the goal keeping credentials of Carragh Keating. Surely the U-12 set up will benefit from this talented bunch of new recruits.

Moreover, the girls that remain for the U10 set up next year are also not short of talent and will have come on for the experience of this year. These include the tenacious Molly Dunne who makes the squad albeit by a few hours due to her new year day birthday as are Orla Flynn and Ellie Lanigan who would no doubt do a job at both U-12,s and U-10,s such is their skill level.

Prolific goal getters Moya O’Brien and Lauren East, who have been finding the net regularly all season, will surely be big game players again next season. The ever improving Stephanie Brennan and Louise Ronan will have come on from the experience they have gained this year.

The skill level that the talented Claire Doheny brings to the U-10’s will again galvanise the team as will Aoife Power, whose sheer will to win will rub off on all who line up beside her. For sheer passion on and off the field you would have to go far to find someone to match Molly Lawlor who by the way led the sing song that was enjoyed by the girls as they celebrated their season ending match in St, John Park on Saturday morning.

Not forgetting Adriana who has enjoyed her first ever season of camogie and is rapidly learning this skilful sport that has no equal with any other field sport in the world.

The coaches Mary McCluskey and Mary East have been helped out regularly by Stephen Delaney who has brought fitness techniques from other sports disciplines to the training sessions and the girls have eagerly bought in to them. The coaches have put a tremendous amount of time and energy into the girls and trust that that the camaraderie that has developed amongst the girls over the course of the season will in no doubt stand them in good stead as they take their first steps on their journey toward adolescence. They firmly believe in the importance of looking after these girls as they are the future of the club and who knows with a little nurturing and support could well be the future Aisling Dunphys of this world.