NIGHT WITH THE STARS - The Village are pulling out all the stops as we have just announced what is guaranteed to be one of the hottest sporting/entertainment events in town this year as the club will host A Night With the Stars in The Hub, Cillin Hill, Kilkenny on Friday 16th November 2012 at 8.00pm sharp. Some of the most prominent and famous sports stars will be attending this event as Master of Ceremonies, Des Cahill from RTE Sport will grill the sporting celebrities on the depth of their sporting career. Tickets are priced at a fantastic €25 euro so get in quick as tickets will be snapped up fast! This event is being hosted with the support of ConnectIreland.com
SENIOR - After a lethargic first half display, which caused much concern amongst the large Village support in well prepared, St. Lactain’s Park, Freshford on Sunday afternoon, The Village men finally sprung to life in the second period of the game to run out easy winners on a 4-12 to 0-15 scoreline in what proved to be a physically demanding championship quarter-final fixture. It has to be admitted that from the way the early exchanges went, that the emphatic end result would have been hard to predict. From the throw-in the Graigue-Ballycallan men came out with all guns blazing and knocked over five long range points, within ten minutes, from all angles, with former star county star, Eddie Brennan taking a leading roll with three of those scores. The city men were kept very much “on the back foot” by a forcefull ‘Graig performance until corner forward Niall Mullins shot to the net, against the run of play after fifteen minutes. However, refusing to wilt the Ballycallan men responded immediately, adding a further four points before the lively, Niall Mullins “doubled” on a delivery from Matt Ruth to register a spectacular flick goal three minutes into added time to give the Village men an unexpected one point lead, at 2-5 to 0-10 going into the break. The Village men were now back in the game. In total contrast, the second half, rather surprisingly, was all one way traffic with the James Stephens men showing some of their true form, led by the outstanding Eoin Larkin (1-8), backed by a watertight defence, that only conceded a further five points to their opponents in the rest of the game. On foot of this victory, team manager, Niall Rigney and selectors, Fran Whelan and Adrian Finan will be only too aware that the performance bar will have to be raised a number of notches if their determination to match the double championship winning sides of 1975 / ‘’76 and 2004 / ‘05 is to be realised. Congratulations to Niall Mullins who togged out and made his senior championship debut in the red & green jersey. Niall Made a great contribution in the game scoring two excellent goals and worked very hard throughout. The Village will play the Kilkenny Senior hurling championship semi-final on Sunday 28th October 2012 (check Kilkenny People Sport for fixture details). Team: 1.Derrick Brennan, 2.Niall McQuillan, 3.Tomás Keogh, 4.John Comerford, 5.Donnacha Cody (Captain), 6.Jackie Tyrrell, 7.Eamon Sheehy, 8.Niall Tyrrell, 9.Ray Coady, 10.Richie Hayes (0-1), 11.Eoin Larkin (1-8), 12.David McCormack (0-1), 13.Niall Mullins (2-0), 14.Matthew Ruth (0-1), 15.Ger Flood (1-0). Subs Used: Jack McGrath (0-1), Diarmuid Cody.
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).
SPEEDY RECOVERY - All in James Stephens C.L.G. send our best wishes and a hopeful speedy recovery to senior sharp shooter, David Walton who picked up a nasty facial injury in the Kilkenny senior hurling league/championship 5th round victory over Erin’s Own. David suffered a fractured jaw which will see him sidelined for a number of weeks. Hopefully we will see him back on the pitch in double quick time.
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WORLD HANDBALL - Congrats to Villageman, Joe Hennessy and Johnny Brennan who performed brilliantly at the World Handball Championships in Citywest, Dublin. Joe and Johnny performed in the Emerald Masters Doubles where they won three knock out rounds eventually losing our to 2 American players in the Quarter finals (12 - 21 / 16 - 21).
From the exceptionally high standard of players in this world championship Joe and Johnny can be very proud of their display’s as they left Citywest reaching the top 3 in the World Handball Championships. Joe’s son, James also participated in the Championships winning 2 knock out rounds bowing our at the quarter final stages. Well done to Joe and James who represented the club with great pride and honour.
MINOR FINAL - The much anticipated Kilkenny Minor Roinn A hurling County final which was all set to go ahead on Saturday 20th October was surprisingly called off early last week. The final against Dicksboro is re-fixed for Sunday 4th October in Nowlan Park at 1.30pm. Best wishes to the squad and management team.
U-16 LEAGUE - Fresh from having recently claimed the U-16 Roinn C hurling championship after victory over neighbours, O’Loughlin Gaels in the championship final, the Village U-16 B squad booked their place in the Kilkenny U-16 Roinn C hurling league final defeating Dunnamaggin in the semi-final last Sunday. Both sides opened the game in stalemate as scores were hard to come by over the opening quarter of an hour. The Dunnamaggin boys played the brighter at they led the game 1-1 to 0-2 at the break. The Village kicked into gear in the second period as Shane Stapleton knocked over some fine scores while Declan Wall flicked a great three pointer for the red and green after some fine hurling from David Shore at mid-field who was the stand out player. John McEvoy drove forward to strike a great point from play while wing back Noah Canty followed suit with a fine score from play to seal a 1-7 to 1-3 victory for the Village. Best wishes to the Village players and mentors as they prepare for the league final against the winners of Young Irelands/O’Loughlin Gaels.
Team: 1.Richie Stapleton, 2.Conor Byrne, 3.Mark Doyle, 4.Jack Butler, 5.Noah Canty, 6.Adam Butler, 7.Jake McDonald, 8.David Shore, 9.John McEvoy, 10.Niall Delaney, 11.Declan Wall, 12.William Spencer, 13.Stephen Bateman, 14.Michael Ryan, 15.Shane Stapleton. Sub Used: Andy Parsons.
KELLS ROAD DRAW - The October draw will take place on Wednesday night next, 31st October, with the usual arrangements put in place to facilitate promoters and subscribers prior to the draw, itself, by the organising committee. It goes without saying at this stage that without this invaluable fundraiser, the work to continue preparing for the opening of the facility on the Kells Road, in March could not be contemplated, let alone, be planned, as costs keep soaring while the committee strives to complete phase 1 of the development.
KELLS ROAD DEVELOPMENT - Planning is continuing for the opening of the club’s new playing facilities on the Kells Road in March. The committee has ordered goal posts and nets and will be marking out the playing surfaces in the near future. The development committee are presently planning with the E.S.B. for the instalation of an electricity supply, with a pump system for water supply to follow, shortly. Plans are also in hand for the second phase of tree and shrub planting in compliance with the Bord Pleanala planning permission. In the meantime, Mr.Donal Sinnott our agricultural advisor and field drainage expert has recommended that a further coating of fertiliser be spread across all five playing surfaces to enrich the soil over the winter months to ensure quality playing surfaces in March.
CAMOGIE - Much to the disappointment of the camogie club’s committee and the players themselves, after the junior team’s hard won, extra time victory over Young Ireland’s in the county semi-final the opposition has now lodged an objection. By all accounts, the objection is based on a technicality and not against the James Stephens club and will be heard on Thursday (tomorrow) night. As a result, the final against Glenmore which was to have been played last weekend, is now “on hold” pending the outcome of the meeting.
SOCIAL CLUB PARTY NIGHT - The social committee has booked their annual Christmas Party Night with the club’s Juvenile sponsors, Hotel Kilkenny for Friday night, 14th December.The assembled guests will be welcomed to the hotel, with glass of punch before sitting for dinner. Afterwards they will be entertained by IQ, a five piece band who cater for all musical tastes. Tickets for the annual swaree cost Eu 38.00 p.p. and may be booked through mrs. Phyllis O’Rourke or with any member of the social committee.
BEST WISHES - Best wishes to former senior star forward from the club’s championship winning sides of 1975 &’ ‘76 , Ger Tyrrell, Tennypark, who is recovering, at home, having undergone surgery for a longstanding painful back problem. We send him best wishes for a speedy recovery to full health.
MUSIC - Saturday night will see the return of Paul Pigott to the stage to entertain weekend music fans.
LOTTO - The numbers drawn at Tuesday night’s weekly draw were 7 : 13 : 25. There was no winner. Next week’s jackpot increases to Eu 1,200. The consolation winners were:Ml. Walsh, Luke Malone, Miriam Moore, eoghan Murphy and Tom Keane.