Emily is sports hero

Ladies football - Emily McCarthy (Ballynacroney) was on the Kilkenny Under-14 Ladies Gaelic Football team which beat Longford in the Leinster Final on Sunday in Portarlington. It was a fabulous win for Kilkenny by 2-3 to 0-0 as Emily was corner back on the team that held Longford scoreless for the entire game. Emily was outstanding for the victorious kittens. It is another great boost for the fledgling game in the parish. The following day, five girls from the club represented their club and county in the Leinster Under-12 Blitz in Carlow. All five performed exceptionally well with Aoife Doyle, Lisa Norris and Caoimhe O’Callaghan lining out for the “A” squad that narrowly lost to Dublin, beat Laois and Kildare and a had an unfortunate defeat to Meath that cost them a place in the final against the mighty Dubs. Lisa played in the backs. Aoife had a goal to her credit playing superbly at midfield while Caoimhe scored a memorable point from her point of view in the match against Laois. Sophie Holden and Megan Byrne featured on the “B” squad and both did very well in games against Kildare, Wexford and Laois and will be pushing for “A” squad roles come September. It is wonderful for the club and their parents that so many girls are being giving the opportunity and the massive honour to play for Kilkenny at inter county level and proudly wear the famous black and amber stripes.

Ladies football - Emily McCarthy (Ballynacroney) was on the Kilkenny Under-14 Ladies Gaelic Football team which beat Longford in the Leinster Final on Sunday in Portarlington. It was a fabulous win for Kilkenny by 2-3 to 0-0 as Emily was corner back on the team that held Longford scoreless for the entire game. Emily was outstanding for the victorious kittens. It is another great boost for the fledgling game in the parish. The following day, five girls from the club represented their club and county in the Leinster Under-12 Blitz in Carlow. All five performed exceptionally well with Aoife Doyle, Lisa Norris and Caoimhe O’Callaghan lining out for the “A” squad that narrowly lost to Dublin, beat Laois and Kildare and a had an unfortunate defeat to Meath that cost them a place in the final against the mighty Dubs. Lisa played in the backs. Aoife had a goal to her credit playing superbly at midfield while Caoimhe scored a memorable point from her point of view in the match against Laois. Sophie Holden and Megan Byrne featured on the “B” squad and both did very well in games against Kildare, Wexford and Laois and will be pushing for “A” squad roles come September. It is wonderful for the club and their parents that so many girls are being giving the opportunity and the massive honour to play for Kilkenny at inter county level and proudly wear the famous black and amber stripes.

CAMOGIE COUNTY REPS - In Camogie, Chloe Holden and Aoife Norris both did very well for Kilkenny Under-14’s in the Mallow Blitz where Kilkenny were eventually beaten after a marathon final.

FEILE NEWS - Keep up to date with Féile on the Piltown GAA website www.piltown.kilkenny.gaa.ie/camogie/feile-2012

SCRAP SATURDAY - Owning National School continue their scrap metal collection this weekend. Proceeds will help defray the shortfall in funding for the new extension at School there. All items of scrap metal are required to be delivered to John Flynn’s yard which will be open from 9am to 1pm on Saturday 9th June. Items include unwanted metal, lead, batteries, etc. In addition items of Clothing and Mobile Phones may be left to the school during the coming weeks. Alternatively contact the school at 643628 and collection will be arranged. This is a good way of recycling while also helping a good cause.

FOOTBALLERS RECOVER - Up through the age groups, the current crop of Under-14’s have always shown tremendous spirit and character. That was again evident as they recovered from the recent county Gaelic Football League Shield final defeat when they beat Barrow Rangers in the Roinn B Championship quarter final in Piltown. It looked like they would do it with ease as they led 2-5 to 0-2 at the break thanks to goals from Richard Norris and Sean Power, both of whom impressed on the night. Conor Friend who missed the Shield final was also doing well at full forward.

Piltown were still happy enough midway through the second half despite the concession of a goal. However, everything looked to be going pear shaped again as the defensive mode which cost the shield final looked to be kicking in again. Two quick goals left Piltown ahead by the minimum 2-7 to 3-3 with seven minutes remaining. That well nurtured spirit was required. Oísin Brophy moved to full forward and worked hard for a hard earned point. With two minutes to go the hard working Jamie Norris at midfield scored a vital, albeit fortuitous goal. A minute later the tie was well and truly sealed when Darragh Walsh added a point as Piltown won 3-9 to 3-3. Besides those already mentioned, Kieran Reid was once again brilliant in the backs and deserves consideration for a more central role given his commitment to the club and his reliability. John Kenny, Andrew Long and Oran Brophy also acquitted themselves well.

Team: Adam Grace, Oísin Brophy (0-1), James Kirby, John Kenny, Kieran Reid, Shane Whittle, Andrew Long, Jamie Norris (1-1), Oran Brophy (0-1), Sean Power (1-1), Darragh Walsh (0-1), Ronan Ryan (0-4, 1 free), David Tobin, Conor Friend, Richard Norris (1-0) Subs: Cian Kinsella, Kieran Flynn, Billy Morahan, Scott Bourke, Aaron Kinsella.

QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION - On Tuesday 26th June at 9pm in the GAA Complex, there will be a question and answer session with former Irish International Soccer goalkeeper, Dean Kiely. It will be of interest to all coaches and will take part as Ireland compete in the Euro 2012 soccer competition.

Dean is currently goalkeeping coach at West Bromwich Albion. He won 11 caps for the Republic of Ireland, but has more often than not been on the bench as their substitute goalkeeper. He retired from international football in 2003 but returned to the Irish squad five years later in 2008 under Giovanni Trapattoni. He has a career record of 234 clean sheets in his 725 club appearances. His clubs included West Bromwich Albion, Coventry City, Ipswich Town, York City, Bury, Charlton Athletic, Portsmouth and Luton Town. His father Larry is originally from Belline and is an avid Kilkenny GAA fan making frequent trips over from England for Kilkenny games. Relations locally include the Kiely’s, Norris’s and Walsh’s.

NEIGHBOURLY DEFEAT AGAIN - Piltown Under-14 hurlers lost their Roinn B league clash to Mooncoin by 2-8 to 5-17. The concern is that this was a 31 point turn around from when these two teams met at Under-13 in August of 2011 in the South League. When these teams met at Under-12 in the Waterford league in 2010, Piltown also won that game by 6 points. These guys will have the spirit to comeback as they have often proven in the past. This result had to be an uncharacteristic blip.

Team: Adam Grace, Richard Norris, Oísin Brophy, John Kenny, Kieran Reid, Conor Friend, Andrew Long, Jamie Norris (1-4, 0-2 frees), Darragh Walsh, Alex Byrne (1-0), James Kirby (0-1), Oran Brophy, Cian Kinsella, Ronan Ryan (0-2, 1 free), Sean Power. Subs: Robert Tobin (0-1), Kieran Flynn, David Tobin, Billy Morahan, Scott Bourke.