All set for fun run

Fun Run - Berkley Basketball Club – Berkley Basketball Club are holding a Fun Run 5K run on Sunday 22nd Apriil 2012 @ 2pm starting at The Thomastown Community Hall. For your fitness programme email Look out for training Buddies Wednesday’s at 7pm in the hall. Registration €5.

Fun Run - Berkley Basketball Club – Berkley Basketball Club are holding a Fun Run 5K run on Sunday 22nd Apriil 2012 @ 2pm starting at The Thomastown Community Hall. For your fitness programme email Look out for training Buddies Wednesday’s at 7pm in the hall. Registration €5.

Paul Dempsey ran in the Barcelona Marathon last week end for the CROI (Heart and Stroke research foundation), Paul wishes to thank all those who supported his fund raising activities especially Thomastown United for the use of their facilities for the soccer tournament and to all who kindly donated sponsorship. Paul completed the marathon in 3hours and 37mins.

Soccer - The Junior A side travelled to Callan last Saturday evening in a must win game. Thomastown started the brightest and found the net through David Prendergast after 10 minutes but Callan equalised just before the half time whistle. It wasnt until the last 5 minutes when the game changed and Thomastown found the net no less than 3 times by Dessie Walsh, Derek Lanigan and Marty Lawrence. This valuable 3 points guarantees promotion for Thomastown Utd but if 3 points are taken in the last remaining League game against Freshford then United will be Promoted as Champions. See sport for full match report. Thomastown United Junior B travelled to River Rangers last Sunday afternoon. Final score was 3-1 with goals from Dan McDonald and 2 from Nathan Sherry

The Youths were at home last Saturday to Lions FC in the League and with some exceptional play found themselves 4-0 winners with goals from Brian Donnelly, Eoin Manning and Thomas O’Hanrahan (2).

Schoolboys - The u10s lost their 100% record on saturday when they went down 1-0 away to Bridge Utd.

They started badly and it never really improved on the day. Bridge scored early on and only a few half chances fell towns way in a poor 1st half. The start of the 2nd half was fairly similar and Bridge should really have doubled their lead. In fairness the away team started to improve and for the last 10 minutes piled alot of pressure on the home goal and passed up plenty of chances to equalise. Best of these from a great cross on the right and 3 town forwards some how managing to miss kinda summed up the day for the lads but no doubt they’ll be back on song soon.

Best on the day were Lee Hehir, Shane Kearney and Jack Nolan.

2 goals in the last 10 minutes gave Thomastown Utd Under 11’s a hard earned victory over Fort Rangers last Thursday evening. Jack Byrne put the home side 1 up on 11 minutes and despite plenty of possesion it was Fort who leveled just before the break. United continued to dominate in the 2nd period but with a draw looking likely up popped Jack Holden and Ciam McCormack to leave it 3-1 at the finish, Best were Peter Connellen, Patrick brennan and Jason Brennan

The u11 B team travelled to Stoneyford last thursday evening to play their latest league match and were very unlucky to lose by the odd goal of seven.

United started well and Jack Skehan set up Robbie Cody for the the opener. Stoney then hit back with two goals to take the half time lead.

Back again came United and Eddie Gittens scrambled home the equaliser and then United took the lead through Cillian Lawrence who was found by Luke Skehan. Stoney put the pressure on thereafter and equalised with 4 minutes left.

What would have been a fair result was dashed for United when Stoney stole it with virtually the last kick of the game.

Best shows from Tom Holden, Lee Crosbie, Fintan Brennan and Jack Kelly

Thomastown United U12’s travelled to Scanlon Park to take on Freebooters and went behind early in the first half due to a mix up at a corner. The match was very competitively fought. Ned Kirwans powerful run and pass was finished superbly by Colm Whelan on the 33rd minute who calmly headed the ball into the roof of the net. The equalizer seemed deserved and Thomastown were starting to dominate. Three bounces of the ball in next ten minutes finished the match as a competition. In the final minutes, Cian Shanahan made a great run but the ball did not fall his way, Conor Kearney did extremely well at left back and Jordan Butler made an excellent save from a booters free kick. Overall the lads stuck with it, made enough chances and gave it their all, but they could not get back into the game. Final Score 4-1 to Freebooters. Under 12’s also played a Cup Match in Larchfield last Saturday against Evergreen. Evergreen took the lead with an excellent free kick, and followed up with a well taken goal, which was created with some nice interplay down the left wing. This left us 2-0 down with about ten minutes gone. Jack Barcoe created his own goal with excellent wing play and then finished with superb skill to place the ball into the bottom right corner after 20 minutes. It remained 2-1 at half time. Thomastown came out determined to get back on terms but were caught by a quick counter attack, which was again well finished by Evergreen. Just approaching the 45 minute mark, Colm Whelan scored to bring us back to 3-2. Ned Kirwan drove the team on from the back and a period of Thomastown domination produced chances but no goals. It was only in the final kick of the game the the equaliser came from a corner, which was turned in by an Evergreen player. After 5 minutes of extra time Colm Whelan scored another of his trademark free kicks with the goal keeper doing everything right but unable to save the shot. This left Thomastown in the lead for the first time. Jack Barcoe completed a terrific hatrick with two super goals in the second half of extra time. Diarmuid Galway, Shane Maher, Jason Brennan, Conor Hill and Conor Kearney played superbly and Jack Holden and Cian McCormack did great work throughout up front. U14b’s were away to Highview Ath and Thomastown were very unlucky not to take all 3 points. An excellent team performance with several attempts on the goal in the first half and the pressure paid off 5 minutes from the half time whistle with some lovely passing of the ball coming deep from the back line from Daithí Barron to Martin Walsh with great strike to the bottom corner of the net put the Thomastown boys ahead, second half started badly for Thomastown with Highview getting an equalizer within the 1st 5 minutes and taking the lead soon after that but United kept themselves in it with a lovely cross from Stevie Wemyss to Eddie O’ Hanrahan who passed it to Shane Molloy who slipped it nicely to the corner of the net, Thomastown missed a few more chances after that, and with 5 minutes left on the clock Highview took the lead but in true Thomastown style the boys never gave up and with a fabulous pass from Jack Delahunty in the back line to David Griffin who took it on from there side stepping the goalie to equalize on the full time whistle, a great team performance, best for Thomastown Jack Delahunty, Martin Walsh Shane Molloy and Ben Challoner The Under 16’s travelled to Durrow last Saturday morning to take on Lions Fc. In this game Thomastown proved to strong and came away on the right side of a 6-0 scoreline, Goals came from Cian O’Meara (3), Tim Cummins (2) and David Miskella. There was a man of the match display from Darragh Brennan at sweeper also.

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National Spring Clean - We will be gathering in the Car Park on the Quay at 10.30 am on 31 March and again on each of the first three Saturdays in April starting on the 7th and ending on the 21st. You are very welcome to come with your own group of friends and we will allocate an appropriate task and area in which to operate for a maximum of two hours litter picking. The clean up will finish each day at 1 pm. A detailed briefing for participants will be given before each days work. Cleaning kits of bibs, gloves, bags and pickers will be available but you are advised to come in working clothes and, preferably, to bring your own gloves. Our fleet of litterbuggies (converted golf carts) will also be available to help make the task much easier. A first aid kit will be available.

We plan to finish the month’s activity with a barbecue at 1.30 pm on 21st April in the area adjacent to the children’s playground on Marsh’s Street. More details will be published on this later.

All you have to do is to pitch up on the day or days you choose. We look forward to seeing you this year and hope that we will again see some new faces.

You can phone Colin on 0872186309 at any time.

Kilkenny Musical Society - Little Shop of Horrors Kevin Reade – teacher at St Marys Primary School Thomastown – swaps the classroom for a New York Flower Shop during the coming Easter Holiday break. Kevin will play the lead role of Seymour in Kilkenny Musical Society’s 39th annual production “Little Shop of Horrors” at the Watergate Theatre. Kevin has received two Association of Irish Musical Societies (AIMS) nominations in recent years as best comedian in Oklahoma and Best Actor as Fagin in Oliver.

Another Thomastown teacher, Elaine O Hara from Jackstown, is also a cast member in Little Shop which opens at the Watergate on Easter Sunday night April 8th and runs nightly at 8pm. Tickets cost €20 with all tickets on Monday and Tuesday €16. Opening night proceeds go to the St Vincent de Paul Society. Booking is open at the Watergate on 056/7761674.

St. Mary’s National School - School Garden.The school is in the process of developing a school garden. This will be a great amenity for the children as they will learn to care for and sow crops in the garden. The school is trying to source topsoil if anyone can help please tel: 7724290.

Walk - Sunday April 15th Bennettsbridge O’Gorman Loop Walk (4km) by the river and through country side followed by buffet lunch in Bennettsbridge hall comprising of traditional stone oven roasted pig and lamb. Cost (lunch)€10.00per adult and €25.00 per family. A great fun event. 11.30am meet at school car park for walk and/or lunch from 12.30pm. the event is being organised by the Bennettsbridge Community Development Group.