Piltown: The complex rocked for Wally

THE COMPLEX ROCKED-Twelve months ago he was almost unknown training with his club Tullogher Rosbercon under lights in Piltown. A senior hurling championship debut in an All-Ireland Final replay, a tally of 1-3 and a “Man Of The Match” award and people of Kilkenny and in Piltown were asking “Where’s Wally”? However, little did the Camogie Girls of Piltown expect that Kilkenny’s latest hurling hero Walter Walsh, would appear to present the girls with medals at their presentation night in Piltown GAA Complex and little did he expect that he would have got such a warm rapturous, genuine and noisy welcome that rocked the Complex to the core. The moment he walked through the door, you could tell his popularity and the moment he spoke you could tell this was a sincere and humble young man. Piltown Camogie Club sincerely appreciate his time and also thank his club Tullogher Rosbercon for giving him a few minutes extra away from training.

THE COMPLEX ROCKED-Twelve months ago he was almost unknown training with his club Tullogher Rosbercon under lights in Piltown. A senior hurling championship debut in an All-Ireland Final replay, a tally of 1-3 and a “Man Of The Match” award and people of Kilkenny and in Piltown were asking “Where’s Wally”? However, little did the Camogie Girls of Piltown expect that Kilkenny’s latest hurling hero Walter Walsh, would appear to present the girls with medals at their presentation night in Piltown GAA Complex and little did he expect that he would have got such a warm rapturous, genuine and noisy welcome that rocked the Complex to the core. The moment he walked through the door, you could tell his popularity and the moment he spoke you could tell this was a sincere and humble young man. Piltown Camogie Club sincerely appreciate his time and also thank his club Tullogher Rosbercon for giving him a few minutes extra away from training.

Walter was there to present medals to the victorious Minor Roinn B Champions and Under-16 Roinn A Champions. Also feted were the Under-14 Féile champions. Following the presentation and the tons of photos taken by the local paparazzi, the long night turned in a huge celebration of what is a golden period of Piltown Camogie. The camaraderie amongst the girls was wonderful to watch as they sang the night away. Some of the girls would not be out of place on X-Factor. In the background was a superb slideshow put together by Robbie Blackmore of Camogie down through the years culminating in the present days glories. There was a large crowd of proud parents and loyal supporters in attendance all wanting to get pictures with the cups and Walter Walsh. It was also good to see some of the victorious boys Under-14 Gaelic Football team with their cup being part of the celebrations and they too were warmly greeted by Walter Walsh. Well done to all the committee of Piltown’s most successful club at the present time. Their hard work, commitment and structures are paying dividends for the players and the community.

Under-14 Squad: Nicola Phelan (Capt), Chloe Holden, Aoife Norris, Fiona Long, Niamh Foley, Emily

McCarthy, Shauna Coady, Aoife Culleton, Emer Long, Stacey O’Brien, Sinead Walsh, Anna Frisby, Aoife Doyle, Caoimhe O’Callaghan, Sarah Jayne Brophy, Sophie Holden, Anna Dowley, Alanna Gallagher, Máire Beth Kirby, Lisa Norris, Avril Hogan, Laura O’Dwyer. Mentors: Gay Doyle, Miriam Reid, Tom Holden, Andrew McCarthy, Marie Barcoe

Under-16 Squad: Siobhan Dermody (Capt), Aóife Norris, Jean Power, Katelynn Phelan, Emily

McCarthy, Ellen Commins, Debbie Phelan, Mairead Power, Kelly Ann Doyle, Sarah Murphy, Alice Talbot, Aine Power, Chloe Holden, Chloe Blackmore, Lisa McCarthy, Fiona Long, Stacey O’Brien, Ciara Phelan, Shauna Coady, Nicola Phelan, Emer Long, Aoife Culleton, Niamh Foley, Sinead Walsh, Anna Frisby, Laura O’Dwyer, Mentors: Gay Doyle, Miriam Reid, Tom Holden, Andrew McCarthy, Marie Barcoe

Minor Squad: Leanne Dunne (joint captain), Aisling McGowan (joint captain), Chloe Blackmore,

Katelynn Phelan, Jennifer Norris, Ellen Commins, Siobhan Dermody, Debbie Phelan Leanne Dunne, Kelly Ann Doyle, Lorraine Long, Edel Long, Sinead McCarthy, Soracha Phelan, Lisa McCarthy, Sarah Murphy, Niamh Dermody, Jean Power, Mairead Power, Laura Foley. Mentors: Seamus Dunne, Eamonn McGowan, Michael Long

ALMOST THREE DECADES-Walter Walsh has picked up a senior All-Ireland in quick time, but one last task he had to do was present an Under-14 Leinster medal to a man who waited 29 years for it. Robbie Blackmore was a member of the Kilkenny Under-14 team that beat Dublin in Birr in 1983, but he never received his medal until last Friday night when it was presented to him by Walter Walsh. It was believed to be the last under-14 Leinster Final. Robbie was also on the Kilkenny team that lost the Tony Forristal final to Tipperary that year as he became Piltown’s first Tony Forristal player. The medal recently re-emerged and family in conjunction with Piltown Camogie Club organised the surprise presentation. What was a long time waiting for was well worth the wait.

OVER THE FIRST HURDLE- Piltown Under-21 Camogie team easily got over the first round of their Roinn B Under-21 championship clash with great rivals St. Anne’s in Johnstown the morning after the celebrations. Despite only having three players who were not on the minor team Piltown were always in control and despite a late night the night before, Piltown did look the fitter team as they won by 4-14 to 1-4

Squad: Siobhan Dermody, Hilary Power, Jennifer Norris, Debbie Phelan (0-1 free), Karen Duggan, Alice Talbot, Leanne Dunne, Sinead McCarthy (2-1), Lorraine Long (0-4), Laura Norris (1-3) Soracha Phelan (0-1), Edel Long (1-4), Mairead Power, Aisling McGowan.

KARATE KIDS-Conor O’Shea (Belline Close) and Carrie Littlewood (Kildalton) achieved their 1st Dan Black Belts in Cork recently with Japanese Instructor Nobuaki Kanazawa. They are both training with the Piltown Karate club for the last six years. Monica Griffin, Christopher Griffin, Daniel Smith and Scott Steward also graded successfully for coloured belts. In the Cork Kempo Championships, Conor O’Shea won a Silver Medal for Kata and Gold for Team Kumite (Sparring). Daniel Smith and Tia Littlewood both won Bronze for Kumite. At the JKA National Championships held in Santry, Nathan Cooper won Gold for Kumite. Nathan Cooper, Jordan Cooper, Carrie Littlewood and Conor O’Shea all travelled to Glasgow recently with club Instructor Kathleen Byrne, and their parents to compete in the WKF British open championships. Twenty-one countries took part. Nathan won Bronze for the boys 70kg plus sparring category and Conor a bronze for the Irish Team sparring. Nathan and Conor competed as part of the Irish Squad while Carrie and Jordan competed for Piltown. The young athletes from Piltown Karate Club continue to achieve both at home and abroad.

NO JOY FOR PEAMOUNT-There was no joy for Karen Duggan’s Peamount United who lost 2-1 to Raheny United in the FAI Women’s Senior Cup Final recently as the Piltown native continues to attain the sporting heights.

CBS TO THE FORE-Clubs down around the south of the county are often forgotten when it comes to post primary schools hurling because most of the players line out with secondary schools in Tipperary or Waterford. Recently, Carrick-On-Suir CBS has been re-emerging as a hurling school backboned by Piltown players. For the first time in 11 years, the school recently won the Munster Blitz for first years with six Piltown players involved; John Kenny, Cian Kinsella, Alex Byrne, Billy Morahan, Adam Grace and Declan Duggan. That follows on from a tremendous victory over Mount Sion by 7-17 to 1-11 in the Under-16½ (Munster) Corn Iognáid Rís C Hurling Championship. This team was backboned by Piltown players with Conor Friend (Goalkeeper), Jamie Norris (Full Back), Tom Kenny (Centre Back), Shane O’Dwyer (Midfield), Oísin Brophy (Centre Forward), Michaél Dunne and Michael O’Dwyer. It is great to see Piltown lads central to success in a school that has players from great clubs such as Carrick Davins, Carrick Swan, St. Mollerans, Clonea, Ballyneale and Windgap.

SCHOOL EXTENSION OPENS-The official opening of the new extension to the St. John of God National School in Owning takes place on Friday, 26th October at 11am. All are welcome to join the school on the special occasion. The Sisters of St. John of God have kindly agreed to perform the opening ceremony.

FUNDRAISER-A fund raising night is being held on Bank Holiday Sunday 28th October in Piltown GAA Complex, commencing at 9.30p.m. Music on the night is by the Gerry Walsh Band. Tickets are €5. All proceeds are in Aid of “The Friends of St. Luke’s Cancer Care Team”. Your support would be very much appreciated.

CONFIRMATION 2013-Confirmation in the Parish is scheduled for Sunday 24th February.