Village: Best wishes TO Eoin, Matt, Jackie and Brian

U16 HURLING-The Village U-16 A squad scored hard fought and very well earned 1-19 to 2-8 victory over a young John Lockes (Callan) side in the quarter final of the Kilkenny U-16 Roinn A hurling championship. The Village were made fight tooth and nail from the first minute to the last as a very spirited and determined Callan side made life for the Village boys extremely difficult. The Village took a long time to settle in the opening period as the played with the aid of a very strong breeze in the first half. John Lockes played an extra man in mid-field and this seemed to stem the flow of ball going into our full forward line of which Matthew McWey was very threatening throughout while the high flying Jake Scanlon struck three excellent points throughout the game. The Callan boys came out in the second period with the bit between their teeth and as stung the Village rearguard for two goals. To the credit of the Village they kept cool and started to work the ball downfield quickly with Conor Browne (5), Luke Scanlon and Ben Hickey all stamping their authority on the game in defence. Ray Lahart struck two great points from the half forward line while Matthew McWey popped in with a super point of his own. The Village boys worked very hard throughout in what was a very difficult and physical battle from the off. Well done to all the players and mentors on a good win which secures their place in the championship semi-final. Team: 1 Gavin Costigan, 2.Ben Hickey, 3.Tom Cuddihy, 4.Noel Whelan, 5.Conor Browne, 6.Dylan Drennan, 7.Jamie Byrne, 8.Luke Scanlon (0-1), 9.Thomas Murphy, 10.Ray Lahart (0-11, 0-8 frees), 11.David Jordan, 12.Dean Cornally (0-1), 13.Jake Scanlon (0-3), 14.Matthew McWey (0-2), 15.Dylan O’Shea (1-1).

U16 HURLING-The Village U-16 A squad scored hard fought and very well earned 1-19 to 2-8 victory over a young John Lockes (Callan) side in the quarter final of the Kilkenny U-16 Roinn A hurling championship. The Village were made fight tooth and nail from the first minute to the last as a very spirited and determined Callan side made life for the Village boys extremely difficult. The Village took a long time to settle in the opening period as the played with the aid of a very strong breeze in the first half. John Lockes played an extra man in mid-field and this seemed to stem the flow of ball going into our full forward line of which Matthew McWey was very threatening throughout while the high flying Jake Scanlon struck three excellent points throughout the game. The Callan boys came out in the second period with the bit between their teeth and as stung the Village rearguard for two goals. To the credit of the Village they kept cool and started to work the ball downfield quickly with Conor Browne (5), Luke Scanlon and Ben Hickey all stamping their authority on the game in defence. Ray Lahart struck two great points from the half forward line while Matthew McWey popped in with a super point of his own. The Village boys worked very hard throughout in what was a very difficult and physical battle from the off. Well done to all the players and mentors on a good win which secures their place in the championship semi-final. Team: 1 Gavin Costigan, 2.Ben Hickey, 3.Tom Cuddihy, 4.Noel Whelan, 5.Conor Browne, 6.Dylan Drennan, 7.Jamie Byrne, 8.Luke Scanlon (0-1), 9.Thomas Murphy, 10.Ray Lahart (0-11, 0-8 frees), 11.David Jordan, 12.Dean Cornally (0-1), 13.Jake Scanlon (0-3), 14.Matthew McWey (0-2), 15.Dylan O’Shea (1-1).

The Village B squad squared up to Dunnmaggin in the quarter final of the Roinn C hurling championship. The Village team showed a fantastic level of determination and commitment as this young squad which comprises of many U-15 players scored an excellent 4-11 to 2-6 victory over Dunnamaggin. The game opened with the Village boys racing into a 1-2 to 0-0 lead in the opening ten minutes before Dunnamaggin kicked back with a score. The Village half back line showed tremendous strength and hurling skill with Jake McDonald, Adam Butler and Noah Canty in superb form. Village forward Niall Delaney made a great run from the wing to the edge of the Dunnmaggin square and batted a wonderful ball into the net to give the Village a commanding 3-4 to 0-3 half time lead. The Dunnmaggin players came out inspired in the second half and notched up two good goals to push them right back into the game however the Larchfield boys kept their composure and tacked off a number of very good points to drive on to claim a very spirited victory. Great credit is due to all the players and mentors as this Village U-16 B squad is competing tremendously and they now find themselves preparing for an all important championship semi-final. Mark Doyle (3), Adam Butler (6) led a very strong Village defence of which Conor Byrne, Jack Butler, Noah Canty and Jake McDonald all acquitted themselves very well. Brian Crowdle and William Spencer worked tirelessly for their side in mid-field. Our half-forward line of Niall Delaney, Michael Cotter, and John McEvoy all supplied great ball to the inside line while contributing handsomely to the scoreboard while Paddy Gallagher, Declan Wall and Shane Stapleton all worked very hard for the red & green side in the full forward line. Team: 1.Richie Stapleton, 2.Conor Byrne, 3.Mark Doyle, 4.Jack Butler, 5.Noah Canty, 6.Adam Butler, 7.Jake McDonald, 8.William Spencer, 9.Brian Crowdle, 10.Niall Delaney, 11.Michael Cotter, 12.John McEvoy, 13.Paddy Gallagher, 14.Declan Wall, 15.Shane Stapleton.

ALL IRELAND SEMI FINAL-The very best of good fortune to Brian Cody and his Kilkenny senior hurling team which includes team captain, Eoin Larkin, Jackie Tyrrell and Matt Ruth from the club,as they prepare to defend their All-Ireland crown against “the ould enemy”, Tipperary in Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final in Croke Park. No doubt, after Kilkenny’s “slip up” in the Leinster final against Galway, the men from the premier county will be primed for a mighty battle in the hope the “The Cats” have yet to find their true form and their renowned match winning formula. A forlorne hope, we hope !!!

U.S.A. SPORTS SCHOLARSHIP-Congratulations to young sports star, Declan McQuillan, who departed to Belmont Abbey University in the U.S., on a four year, soccer sports scholarship on Friday last. Declan, who will be studying for a sports management degree, is the first Irish student to be offered a scholarship, in the Charlotte, Carolina based university. Declan is the son of Kieran and Margaret McQuillan, Cashel Downs and brother to Niall and Conor, stalwards of the club’s senior hurling team. A multi talented young sportsman, Declan will be a loss to the club, nevertheless, we wish him every success in his studies and chosen sports career.

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CLUB HISTORY-Club chairman Tom Lanigan is making great progress with the “125” club history book, which he hopes will be published and “on the shelves” for the Christmas season. Tom informs this column that he is still on the look out for interesting pieces, photos, articles etc. to help make the publication as complete as possible. At this stage, Tom is anxious to receive any items associated with the St.Patrick’s Boys Boxing club, for decades interlinked with the James Stephens club. Meanwhile if any one has a suggestion/idea for a suitable title for the book, do make it be known to Tom for consideration. Tom may be contacted at 086-8192947.

SOCIAL MEDIA-The Village has fully joined and embraced the world of social media and communications. Check out the Village website (www.james-stephens.com), Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/villagegaa), Twitter page (https://twitter.com/VillageGAA) and YouTube page (http://www.youtube.com/JSGAA).

CAN’T BEAT THE RED & GREEN-Are you living in St.Patrick’s Parish? Do you know what club is currently Kilkenny Senior hurling champions? It’s that time of year again when the famous red & green of the Village get ready for the fantastic Kilkenny Senior hurling championship campaign. The Village under the guidance of Niall Rigney is determined to defend the Tom Walsh Cup for 2012 so we would appeal to all Village gaels around the local streets and estates to get out your Village flags and red & green colours. Lets show our support to the wonderful Village seniors as they begin the defence of the senior championship crown in the coming weeks- Nail your colours to the mast!

U14 LEAGUE-The Village U-14 Roinn A panel squared up to O’Loughlin Gaels in the hurling league semi-final last week. Fielding minus a number of strong players the Village battled and competed as best as they could however they came up against a high flying side in O’Loughlin Gaels who proved to be constant threat up front in attack. Try as they might the Village just couldn’t hold out O’Loughlin Gaels who notched up 5 goals on the night and ran out comfortable winners. The U-14 A squad will clash with near neighbours, Dicksboro in the first round of the round robin hurling championship tonight in Palmerstown at 7.00pm.

MINOR HURLING-The Village Minor A squad went head to head with a St.Lachtains side that only lost one league game out of the complete league programme of fixtures in the Kilkenny Minor Roinn A hurling league semi-final. Both teams were evenly matched right throughout the opening half as both teams traded minor scores in a tense affair. Diarmuid Cody broke the deadlocked when he won a ball and broke through the Freshford rearguard to score a very well taken goal. The Freshford men responded well with a very good goal after opening up the Village defence and this seemed to break the Village momentum in the half. The St.Lachtains boys led the first half by one point. The Village boys opened the second period determined to up the game a couple of notches and worked very hard to create some good scoring opportunities however St.Lachtains began to dominate in the mid-field area and started to pick off some good scores. It was a second goal from Freshford which sealed the victory on the night for St.Lachtains. All in all both sides looked evenly matched throughout however the Freshford men looked sharper in the forward division and seemed to create their scores more easily. Hard luck to the all the players and mentors who will now turn their attention to the upcoming championship which looks to be a super competitive competition. Team: 1.Alan O’Beirne, 2.Ben Hickey, 3.Paddy Duggan, 4.Ben Lahart, 5.James Tyrrell, 6.Jack McGrath, 7.Dylan Drennan, 8.Luke Scanlon, 9.Ricci Drennan, 10.David Jordan, 11.Jack Cotter, 12.Paul Lynch, 13.Dylan O’Shea, 14.Diarmuid Cody, 15.Cormac Connolly. Subs used: Cian Morton.

JUNIOR-Hard luck to the Village juniors who lost out to Cloneen in the first round of the Northern Junior hurling championship on a scoreline of 1-8 to 2-12. The Village gave their all throughout the hour long affair however the sharp shooting ability of the Cloneen forwards proved decisive in the end result.

ST. PATRICK’S BOYS BOXING CLUB-The timing could not be more right for the re-launch of the St.Patrick’s Boys Boxing club in the aftermath of Ireland’s outstanding boxing successes, last week, at the London 2012 Olympics. Last Saturday’s Open Day at the club’s new headquarters in The Watershed Sports Centre proved an unqualified success, boosting the confidence of the organisers that the club will receive great support from within the city when it is finally up and running. Club officer, Chris O’Shaughnessy, reports that the club has been stocking up with punch bags, angle bags, wall to wall balls etc.,in readiness for the official opening. Word is that enquiries are coming in hard and fast, with club president, Fr.Dan Carroll receiving an unprecedented number of phone calls from interested parents and youngsters from all over the city. Meanwhile, the club would like to acknowledge the support it has received from Mr.Liam Cody, Modern Printers whose team formulated the design for the club’s logo and offered advise on posters, tracksuit design etc., for the committee.

LOTTO-After last week’s jackpot win by the club’s social centre treasurer, John O’Neill, the jackot reverted to the starting figure of Eu 1,000. There was no winner when the “bubble” machine popped up the following combination 9 :19 : 26. Next week’s jackpot will be Eu 1,200. The consolation winners were: Ollie Kearney, Lisa Hennessy, Miriam Moore, Anne Tyrrell and Margo Kearney.

SATURDAY NIGHT-Popular entertainer, Pat Birmingham will return to the stage on Saturday night next.