Hard fought win for seniors

AYLWARD CUP - The Village seniors commenced their 2012 Aylward Cup hurling campaign with a hard fought 2-19 to 0-14 win over a battling Tullogher Rosbercon side. The scoreline doesn’t give an accurate account about this ultra competitive clash as both sides served up a very entertaining affair throughout. The Village boys held a 0-11 to 0-7 lead at half time with David McCormack scoring two great points from mid field while David Walton, Anthony Lawlor and Niall Mullins all combined well for 1 pointers during the opening half. A Tomás O’Dowd goal in the second half and another green flag from young Niall Mullins proved the decisive scores in the second period alongside a brace of points from David Walton, Ricci Drennan, and a third mid-field score from David McCormack which laid the foundation for victory. Derrick Brennan was solid throughout in goal while Shane Campion, Niall McQuillan, Pat Butler, John Comeford all lead the charge in defence. The Village will go head to head with Mooncoin on Thursday 7th June in Larchfield at 7.30pm.

AYLWARD CUP - The Village seniors commenced their 2012 Aylward Cup hurling campaign with a hard fought 2-19 to 0-14 win over a battling Tullogher Rosbercon side. The scoreline doesn’t give an accurate account about this ultra competitive clash as both sides served up a very entertaining affair throughout. The Village boys held a 0-11 to 0-7 lead at half time with David McCormack scoring two great points from mid field while David Walton, Anthony Lawlor and Niall Mullins all combined well for 1 pointers during the opening half. A Tomás O’Dowd goal in the second half and another green flag from young Niall Mullins proved the decisive scores in the second period alongside a brace of points from David Walton, Ricci Drennan, and a third mid-field score from David McCormack which laid the foundation for victory. Derrick Brennan was solid throughout in goal while Shane Campion, Niall McQuillan, Pat Butler, John Comeford all lead the charge in defence. The Village will go head to head with Mooncoin on Thursday 7th June in Larchfield at 7.30pm.

U-14 HURLING - Well done to the recently crowned Féile Na nGael hurling champions who scored a fantastic 3-10 to 2-5 victory over near neighbours Dicksboro last Friday. Both of these sides clashed in the semi-final of the Féile Na nGael which served up an entrailing affair with the Village taking victory in extra time. This clash proved to be a similar encounter to the Féile Na nGael for the first half as the Boro boys sprung out of the blocks and raced into a two point lead before the Village boys settled with a Nathan Donohoe score. A stunning goal from Naimul Hossain after he burst through the Dicksboro rear guard before half time proved the desisive score of the first half as the Village held a slender 1-3 to 0-3 lead at the half time break. The Village kicked into gear in the second half as the towering Robert Butler struck two green flags to drive the Village charges into a commanding lead, the second goal a complete team combination which started with a low fast ball from centre back finding the hands of skilful forward Andy Whelan who didn’t disappoint with a short flick to Robert Butler who dispatched a rasping shot to the back of the Dickboro net. The Village defence was rock solid throughout with full backs, Eamon Fennelly, Sam Hickey and John Connick all adding great protection to the superb goalkeeper, Patrick Kennedy. Christian McGrath played a captains role at centre back and was ably assisted by Niall Brassil and Ben Lawlor. This was another great win from the Village U14’s who are preparing for the All-Ireland Féile Na nGael competition which will commence in Dublin on Thursday 5th July. Best wishes to the players and management team of Tadhg Donohoe, Niall Tyrrell, Dan Cody, George Leahy and Tony Scanlon.

JUNIOR HURLING - The Village juniors were outclassed by a very strong Lisdowney side in the 1st round of the All County Junior hurling league last Friday night. Fielding an understrength side due to a lack of player availability, the Village found themselves outclassed for most of the encounter. To the players credit them battled very hard throughout the game.

KELLS ROAD DRAW - The May draw took place on Wednesday night last. Before the draw, club chairman, Tom Lanigan, once again, acknowledged the huge work load put in by the draw

co-ordinators, Elsie Cody and Pat Millea ensuring the continued success of the Kells Road fundraiser. Tom also expressed the club’s appreciation to the local businesses who responded in a very positive way to approaches by the committee members for support as we start into the third year of the draw. Then, much to the delight of the attendance at the draw, this month’s lucky winner of the first prize of Eu 1,000 was loyal Village lady,and draw promoter, Mrs.May Larkin, St. Patrick’s Close. The second prize of Eu 200.00 went to Pauline O’Hara (John Purcell). Prizes of Eu 100.00 each went to Ger O’Brien (S.Kennedy), Tom Keogh Snr. (Pat Millea), and Martina Cody / Ken Hennessy (Mary White). Eu 50.00 was won by each of the following Denis O’Reilly (Ml. McLoughlin), John Ryan (Ml. McLoughlin), Bord iof Management K.S.P.( Catherine Kinsella),Declan Dowling ( Brian Dowling), Michael Morrissey (Kevin Morrissey), Liam Roche (Joan Cody),Karen Treacy (Denis Treacy) and Denis Lahart (Tadhg Donohoe). The promoter’s prizes of Eu 50.00 went to John O’Neill and Bill Mernagh.. The next draw will take place on Wednesday, 27th June.

JUNIOR B - Hard luck to the Junior B squad who narrowly lost out to Danesfort in the quarter finals of the Kilkenny Junior B hurling league on a scoreline of 1-6 to 1-10. A constant struggle for scores from play proved the defining factor in the Village losing this encounter as the Village trailed this low scoring affair 0-4 to 0-6 at the half time mark. The Village boys to there credit showed tremendous heart and character as they scored a goal in the closing 5 minutes of the game to cut the deficit back to 3 points and the Village players piled on the pressure sending waves of long ball into the Village attack in search for the vital winner however Danesfort tacked on the ensure score late in injury time to take victory on a night where underfoot conditions were awful and scores were a premium. Well done to the Village player on a great battling performance, especially in the second half. Team: 1.Joe Murphy, 2.Conor Doyle, 3.Brian Dooley, 4.Patrick Noonan, 5.Paddy O’Brien, 6.Darren Leahy, 7.Eoin Holohan, 8.Maurice Harkin, 9.Bill Keogh, 10.Jack Cotter, 11.Alan Tyrrell, 12.Anthony Lawlor, 13.Colm Dowling, 14.Joe Murray, 15.Conor O’Grady. Subs: Ross Hennessy, James Tyrrell, James Whelan, Martin Grace, Darren Evans.

CLUB NEWSLETTER - The June issue of the club newsletter can now be downloaded by logging on to www.facebook.com/villagegaa

This month’s, twenty four page publication, provides an incredible amount of information on all aspects of club activities. Among the numerous articles and photos is a profile of Eoin Larkin’s captaincy of Kilkenny’s national league final win over Cork, the senior team’s victory over Graigue-Ballycallan, the U-14 county Feile victory, the U-12 camogie squad’s visit to Croke Park, a question & answer profile of former Feile star and rising Aston Villa F.C., player Mikey Drennan, a health section on cardiac screening and many more snippets of interest in relation to club personalities and club affairs. Well worth read for fans and supporters of the club!!!

GOLF CLASSIC - Preparations are in “full swing” for the much anticipated annual club golf classic which takes place on Thursday 28th & Friday 29th June in Kilkenny Golf Club. The time sheet for the event is filling up well, with many teams confirming their commitment to the club by booking their times from year to year. Entry fee is Eu 200.00 for a team of four, and includes a “snack” break at the 10th hole and a four course meal at the end of the round. SOCIAL CLUB CABARET - On Saturday week last, The Rockies were at their musical best, for the large appreciative audience, present, in the clubrooms for the social club fundraiser, a forerunner to the club’s annual summer holiday weekend trip. This year’s “sold-out” summer outing, which departs the clubroooms on Friday, 29th June,is to the sunny south east coast of Wexford, where trippers will be based in the Ferrycarrig Hotel, for the two night stay. At the cabaret, the door prize of a dinner for two as won by Mrs. Ann Cullen, Walkin Street. The “tour” committee would like to acknowledge the generosity of the many local businesses who contributed to the event..

LOTTO - This week’s draw produced the following combination of numbers 2 :10 :32. there was no winning ticket. Next week’s draw will be for a jackpot of Eu 3,000. The consolation winners were: Wayne Kelly, Aisling Power, Dolly Walsh, Mary Murphy and Kathleen Millea.

SATURDAY NITE AT THE VILLAGE - Saturday night’s entertainment will be provided by loyal club supporters, -- the very popular duo, Dermot & Sony Cullen

BEST WISHES - The very best of luck to all Village under age players who will be sitting Leaving and Junior certificate examination this week. Hopefully all who sit their exams over the coming weeks get on well and reach their goals.

ROVING REPORTERS - In September 2010, the club set up a monthly club e-newsletter which is circulated to a large mailing list each month to keep players, members, parents of under-age players and club fans from far and wide up to date on all the latest fixtures, results, match reports, ladies football, camogie, club development, social events and lots more besides. The newsletter each month jumps into the inbox of many supporters and former players who are living all over the world, especially in Australia, Boston, New York, France, England just to name a few countries.

As part of our expansion of communications and PR we would appeal to all parents at juvenile and youth level to contribute to our monthly newsletter production by becoming a ‘roving reporter’ at some of the juvenile and youth games. Due to the huge volume of games played in James Stephens, it proves far too difficult for one or two editors to cover all games so we would like to a number of parents to start covering reports from some juvenile and youth games/finals to give a greater profile to our youth/juvenile sections. It would prove to be a big help to the further development of our newsletter and to the overall development of our expanding communications and public relations department in the club. To submit an article or some images, please send it to news@james-stephens.com and it will be guaranteed to be published.