Hard luck to the Village junior panel

JUNIOR-Hard luck to the Village junior panel who suffered a narrow 0-16 to 2-14 defeat at the hands of Bennettsbridge in the All county junior hurling league last week. The Village boys dominated this fixture on a scoreboard for long periods, however the 14 men ’Bridge side battled extremely hard in the second half and edged their way back into the game. The Village were awarded a penalty mid way through the second half which was very well saved and this momentum drove the Bridge boys onto victory as they scored two goals in the closing five minutes of the second half to claim victory. All in all the Village boys will be very disappointed not to take something from this encounter as they held a commanding lead for much of the game, however many players tired in the closing quarter of the game. The Village can take huge positives from the effort and battling qualities shown right throughout the pitch. Team: 1.Niall Lanigan, 2.Luke Hickey, 3.Darren Leahy, 4.Paddy Noonan, 5.Martin Grace, 6.Shane Campion, 7.Bill Keogh, 8.Anthony Lawlor, 9.Jack Cotter, 10.James Tyrrell, 11.Mark Hoban, 12.Alan Tyrrell, 13.Cormac Connolly, 14.Tomás O’Dowd, 15.Conor O’Grady.

JUNIOR-Hard luck to the Village junior panel who suffered a narrow 0-16 to 2-14 defeat at the hands of Bennettsbridge in the All county junior hurling league last week. The Village boys dominated this fixture on a scoreboard for long periods, however the 14 men ’Bridge side battled extremely hard in the second half and edged their way back into the game. The Village were awarded a penalty mid way through the second half which was very well saved and this momentum drove the Bridge boys onto victory as they scored two goals in the closing five minutes of the second half to claim victory. All in all the Village boys will be very disappointed not to take something from this encounter as they held a commanding lead for much of the game, however many players tired in the closing quarter of the game. The Village can take huge positives from the effort and battling qualities shown right throughout the pitch. Team: 1.Niall Lanigan, 2.Luke Hickey, 3.Darren Leahy, 4.Paddy Noonan, 5.Martin Grace, 6.Shane Campion, 7.Bill Keogh, 8.Anthony Lawlor, 9.Jack Cotter, 10.James Tyrrell, 11.Mark Hoban, 12.Alan Tyrrell, 13.Cormac Connolly, 14.Tomás O’Dowd, 15.Conor O’Grady.

SENIOR-The Village seniors minus a raft of first choice players narrowly lost outo to Mooncoin in the second round of the Kilkenny senior hurling Aylward cup last Sunday in Village headquarters on a scoreline of 0-15 to 1-16. The Village held a slender 0-10 to 0-8 lead at the half time break thanks mainly to some sharp shooting from David Walton at centre forward and two excellent scores from young minor player, Niall Mullins. Mooncoin broke through the Village reargaurd early in the second half and struck and excellent 3 pointer which proved the all important decisive score of the game. The Village battled very hard with Donnacha Cody at centre back and Niall McQuillan at mid-field driving the Village forward in search of a goal, however the important goal that was needed just didn’t come and the Village lost out to a very good Mooncoin side. Team: 1.Derrick Brennan, 2.Niall McQuillan, 3.Paddy Butler, 4.John Comerford, 5.Darren Leahy, 6.Donnacha Cody, 7.Shane Campion, 8.Ray Coady, 9.Luke Hickey, 10.Jack Cotter, 11.David Walton, 12.Anthony Lawlor, 13.Ricci Drennan, 14.Mark Hoban, 15.Niall Mullins. Subs: James Tyrrell, Hugh Lane, Cormac Connolly.

NATIONAL FEILE FINALS-Having captured the Paddy Grace Shield in recent weeks, the club’s U-14 team travel to Dublin on the Thursday, 5th July for the weekend in a bid to bring an eight All-Ireland U-14 Feile title to the club. The club will be hosted by the famous Kilmacud Crokes club, based in Stillorgan. To help finance the trip and kit out the panel of players for the prestigous national event a number of fundraisers have been put in place by the organising committee comprised of team mentors and parents. Among the events planned, over the next few weeks are a cabaret, a clothes collection, and bag packing weekend -- further details to follow.

SYMPATHIES-The sympathies of the membership were extended to Mrs.Gretta Kelly, Hawthorn Ave., and her family on the death, last week, of her mother, Mrs.Sarah Dowling, Johnstown, Waterford. Mrs Dowling was in her 96th year and despite her advanced years, enjoyed good health until recently. Her daughter, Gretta has, for many years been a mainstay of the club’s weekly lotto.. Air dheis Dei go raibh a anam dilis.

SATURDAY NIGHT-Johnny Carroll returns to the stage for the weekend’s entertainment.

WEEKLY LOTTO-The numbers drawn at Tuesday night’s draw were: 24 :25 : 27. There was no winning ticket. Next week’s jackpot increases to Eu 3,200. The consolation winners were: May Larkin, Teresa Nolan, Gretta Kelly, Michael O’Donovan and Tommy Owens.

DOUBLE HEADER-It’s going to be a double header of entertainment for all Village and Kilkenny followers as Leinster GAA has announced the Leinster Minor hurling championship semi-final (Kilkenny v Dublin) will be played in O’Moore Park on Saturday 23rd June at 3.15pm while the Kilkenny seniors will clash with the Dublin seniors at 5.00pm. We need a big following for both games as Dublin draw a huge support to all games. The Village have a strong interest in both games as Jack McGrath and Diarmuid Cody play a strong role with the Kilkenny minors while the Brian Cody managed Kilkenny seniors involves skipper, Eoin Larkin, Matthew Ruth and Jackie Tyrrell. Hopefully we will see both teams in Leinster hurling finals.

GOLF CLASSIC-A number of tee times available in Club Golf Classic on Friday June 29th. Team of 4 €200. Barbecue with meal afterwards. Contact Dan Cody on 086 8559469.

SOCIAL CENTRE-The Club bar/lounge will open for Irelands UEFA Championship matches and for all major hurling championship matches. Special promotions during these matches including a large mineral + crisps €2.50. Get along to the Village club to shout Ireland and Kilkenny onto victory!

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JUVENILE BANDWAGON-The highly successful James Stephens GAA juvenile bandwagon rolled into a sun splashed Larchfield last Sunday morning for the hosting of the James Stephens GAA U-11 hurling blitz. 6 different teams came to Village headquarters to participate in a very well organised blitz with St.Martins, Glenmore, Graigue-Ballcallan, St.Finbarrs, James Stephens (Red), James Stephens (Green) all taking part in the blitz. All teams played off in a number of very skillful and competitive games and all participating teams played a final game. Each young hurling enthusiasts left for home after a fun filled day with a medal and the joy and participating in a top class hurling tournament. Well done to the Village U-11 coaches, Liam Trant, Michael Slattery, Brian McKee, Marc Campion and Brian Phelan who organised the blitz. Well done to all the wonderful Village U-11 starlets who demonstrated great hurling skills and determination during the tournament games.

VILLAGE STARLETS-U6 – the new U6 stars have played their first matches as Village hurlers recently. Over the last few weeks we have played Dicksboro, Thomastown and Bennetsbridge. All great matches and all the players were superb on the day with some great skills and commitment shown by all.

U7 - the U7 group are off and running with matches. Recently played against Clara and Graigue Ballycallan with some great performances, enjoyed by all.

U8 - the U8’s face a very busy year with lots of matches and blitz. They got off to a great start in recent weeks with games v O’Loughlins and Dicksboro, and are training hard every Wednesday evening in Cootes Lane. Training for U6 – 8 takes place every Wednesday in Cootes Lane from 6.30 - 7.30pm, with over 80 kids and 15 coaches currently involved. And all new players welcome.