KILMACOW SOCCER CLUB AWARDS-Our presentation of the Under 11 league medals and awards evening was held last Friday in the Community Centre. It was a really successful evening. A huge crowd of players and their families as well as club officials were joined by special guest Pat Kelly of the WSFL for the occasion. The Community Centre was decorated in club colours for the evening. Banners, bunting, flags, posters and photographs made it really special. The Chairman, Owen Sheehan, was MC for the evening and he welcomed everyone present and spoke about the league success and the season in general. Obviously, with a league title and two cup final appearances, it represented our most successful season for years but that doesn’t tell the whole story. It was a remarkable achievement for the Under 14s to reach the cup final considering the difficulties they faced during the season. The fact that they not only played in a cup final but actually played all the league matches is down to the dedication of most of the players and to the manager Dick Moore. The negative is this story has to be the attitude of some players as well as their families. A lot of support and commitment is needed and it this is forthcoming then there can be a squad capable of doing really well. It’s not fair on the other players and management if it’s not there. As a club we want to build on the success of this season.
Back to Friday night Pat Kelly congratulated the pllayers who did so well in winning the Under 11 league. He also congratulated them on the SFAI Cup run and reaching the Under 11 cup final. He added his congratulations to the Under 14 side stating that it was one of the best cup finals of the season. He urged parents to continue to support the club in every way possible. The 14 boys in the Under 11 panel were introduced individually and Pat Kelly presented them with their medals. It was a great occasion and one not witnessed in the club for 10 years. Hopefully it won’t be another 10 years before we get to do it again.
Then it was time for the awards. The managers announced the winners and Pat Kelly presented the awards:- Under 11B, Fergal Suffin; Under 11A, Dean Scully; Under 12, Cormac Suffin; Under 14, Dylan Corcoran. The Chairman announced the Clubman of the Year award and this went to coach, Ciarán Kennedy Walsh, a very popular winner. A special presentation was made to Ciarán by Cormac Suffin on behalf of all the Under 11A and Under 12 players.
When the formal part of the evening was finished it was party time and everyone had a great time. Loads of refreshments were available thanks to the great work by Marie and Margaret as well as fantastic support of parents. All in all it was a very fitting occasion.
Little South Run-Almost 400 people participated in the Little South Run in Kilmacow on Sunday last. It was probably the largest number to take part since the event was first organised in 2002. There were well over 150 athletes from a large number of different clubs both from within the county and from many different counties around the country. Among the county clubs there was a large contingent of members of St. Senan’s Athletic Club, St. Joseph’s and Kilkenny City Harriers. Athletic clubs from Waterford, Wexford, Laois, Carlow, Tipperary, Limerick, Clare featured prominently in the race. It was also noticeable that there was a huge contingent of juvenile runners who participated in the event. The ladies sections of the clubs also featured prominently.
As always there was a great turnout of joggers and walkers from Kilmacow and the surrounding parishes and from Waterford. Thus people of all ages were represented in the event.
It is a tremendous tribute to the regard in which St. Senan’s Athletic Club is held both locally and throughout the country that so many people made the effort to participate in the Little South Run which has become a premier event in the athletics calendar and at the same time remains a huge community event.
Tea and refreshments were served in the Community Centre afterwards and great credit is due to the volunteers who worked in the kitchen to provide for the large gathering after the run. All involved in organising the event would like to acknowledge the work of the stewards on the route and would particularly like to thank motorists in the area for their understanding, patience and cooperation during the time when the runners and walkers were out on the course.
Since 2002 the funds raised by the Little South Run have been dedicated to the Hospice Movement. To date it has raised over €40,000 and Kilmacow Hospice Support Group would again like to express its appreciation to St. Senan’s Athletic Club and to all who supported the Little South Run through participation, sponsorship and donation.
Kilmacow Cemetery Mass-The annual cemetery Mass will be held in Kilmacow on Friday, 6th July.
Summer Camp in Mooncoin-A Summer Camp for boys and girls aged between 5 and 12 years will be held in Mooncoin from 30th July to the 3rd August. See www.fitnessbydesign.ie for details.
Kilmacow Lotto-The wining numbers in last week’s lotto were 11, 18 19 and 23. There were 2 Match 3 winners. The Jackpot for next Thursday night is €12,600.