SENIOR FOOTBALL- The senior footballers continued their county senior football championship campaign with a well deserved semi-final victory over Kilmogany in Thomastown on Sunday morning. Playing with the benefit of a gale in the first period they naturally dominated proceedings but found it difficult to turn the advantage into scores. They did, however, return to the dressingrooms,at half time with a five point lead, 0-7 to 0-2, which did not seem sufficient to see out a positive result. However, with county players Jackie Tyrrell and Eoin Larkin providing strenght and determination, backed up by outstanding defensive work by Cormac Behan, David Hennessy, Ray Cody and Luke Hickey they withstood a constant barrage of attacks from the Kilmogany men. In the forward division, niall Tyrrell, Eoin and David McCormack made telling contributions, during the hour to keep the southern side out at bay. With their back to the wall, the turning point came late in the half when, centre fielder, Anthony Lawlor put over a long range free against the wind to give the besieged Village men renewed hope to withstand the constant pressure. In the end they held out for a deserved 0-9 to 0-5 victory and a chance to claim a first senior football title since 2008. Congratulations to hard working selectors, Tony Scanlon, Denis Carney, John Scott, John McGrath and Tadhg Donohoe who put in untold amounts of work with this group of players to get them through to the final..
KELLS ROAD DRAW- The April draw will take place, next Wednesday, 24th April in he clubrooms at 8.30p.m..The draw committee will have the usual arrangements in place, on the Tuesday and Wednesday evenings,for promoters wishing to get their entries in early. The ongoing support for the draw is hugely appreciated by all involved with the Kells Road project, which is now entering a critical stage as plans to build are progressing from drawings on paper to actual planning for the construction phase.
KELLS ROAD DEVELOPMENTS To outline the plans, costs and time frame for construction of the four dressingrooms complex, including, shower rooms, toilets, a boiler room, a disabled access and toilet, development committee member, Kieran McQuillan gave a 3D presentation, followed by a short questions and answers session, to the club’s management committee at Monday night’s meeting.
NATIONAL LEAGUE SEMI-FINAL On Sunday next, Kilkenny supporters will have an new experience for the National League semi-final against Galway, when for the first time since 1999, the sideline will be manned by a new “bainisteoir”, due to the enforced absence of Brian Cody through illness. No doubt, the experienced duo of Martin Fogarty and Michael Dempsey will be well capable of “holding the fort” for this much looked forward to, All-Ireland final renewal against Galway, in Thurles, on Sunday afternoon. Also, in the absence of their longstanding mentor, Brian, it can be taken, as certain, that the players themselves will be equally determined to retain their national league crown to confirm their dominance over the Westerners, just weeks before the commencement of the Leinster championship title race.
CAMOGIE - Camogie Promoted to the “A” grade, having won the “B” championship in 2012, the club’s U-16 girls had their first outing of the year, at the higher grade, against, neighbours Dicksboro at the weekend. The encouraging news is that after a closely fought hours camogie the James Stephens side claimed victory, by the narrowest of margins, 1-6 to 1-5. The exchanges were close throughout, with the sides level at the half-time break, James Stephens, 1-0 to 0-3 for the ‘Dicksboro girls. The second period continued in the same vein, but the Village girls just edged the decision scoring 0-6 to the ‘Boro girls 1-2 in the final thirty minutes. They say that a good start is half the battle, so this result must give encouragement and hope of better things to come, during the season.
UNDER AGE LEAGUES -The U-16”A” team got their season off to a positive start with a convincing 3-16 to 1-10 win over Slieverue, in the league programme,having conceded home advantage to the southern club.
BIRTHDAY LANDMARK -Congratulations to former club chairman and captain of the 1982 All-Ireland club championship winning team, Jimmy O’Brien, Dukesmeadows, who celebrated the “BIG 60” at headquarters,on Friday night. Planned by his wife, Eileen and his devoted family, the clubrooms were “a buzz” for the celebrations with a host of extended family members, friends, neighbours, club members and players from his glory days as a dominant half-back for the club in the ‘70’s and 80’s. .
KNOW YOUR SPORT - John Byrne, co-ordinator and promoter of the “Know Your Sport” competition would like to thank the 325 entrants in the sports knowledge competition. With Australian, Adam Scott’s somewhat surprise win in the U.S. Masters at the weekend, entrants will know how they faired in the first of the 22 tests, across a multiplicity of sports spread over the year, and which concludes with the F1 constructors championship winner in December. To keep entrant’s interest live in the competition, and to observe the swaying fortunes of the leaders, John will be publishing a leader board at the conclusion of each competition as the year progresses. Next up are the National hurling and football leagues, which will be decided early in May.
JAMES STEPHENS GOLF SOCIETY - Golf society members should note that the next outing takes place next Saturday, 20th April, in Castlecomer Golf Club. New members welcome to join up at any stage during the season. Contact Seamus Maguire 087-7687651The
SOCIAL CLUB OUTING - Michael Brennan, chairman of the social committee advises that the committee has finalised their plans for the annual weekend,summer outing. This year the outing will be to the midlands, based in Mullingar’s, four star rated, Annebrook House Hotel from Friday 28th June. The annual break will be for two nights B & B plus one evening meal at a cost of Eu 115.00p.p..Bookings at Eu 15.00 p.p, may be made through secretary, Emmett Cooney and committee members, Ann Owens, Des McGrath and John O’Neill. As always, judging by previous reports, a most enjoyable weekend may be expected by all who travel.
IRISH HEART FOUNDATION-Ms.Tracy Power, of the Irish Heart Foundation will announce, at the launch,of the 2013 Irish Heart Foundations fundraising campaign in the club’s headquarters at 2.30p.m., on Wednesday next, 24th April. All are welcome to attend when light refreshments will be served. .
SUBSTANCE MISUSE FORUM -The South east Regional Drugs task Forum (SERDTF) in conjunction with kilkenny Community Voluntary Forum and Kilkenny leader Partnership are hosting a seminar on substance misuse in the community in the Pembroke hotel Patrick street on Friday next, 19th April to run from 9.30.a.m, to 1.30p.m.. all voluntary community groups, and sports club officials are invited to attend. Contact Ger Ferris for details at 051-841144.
SATURDAY NIGHT-Saturday night in thre clubrooms will see Paddy Blanche on stage to provide the weekend’s musical entertainment
LOTTO-Tuesday night’s lotto draw produced the following combination 8 11 19. Once again there was no winning ticket. Next week’s jackpot will now be increased to an eyecathching Eu 5,000. The consolation winners were P.J. mcGrath, Peter Murphy, Mick Hoban, Robbie Culleton and Valerie Lawlor.