SENIOR-While it may not have been quite, a win at all costs game, with one league fixture to go, nevertheless, this “city derby” had serious consequences with not only bragging rights at stake for supporters, but valuable league points to be won in a very tight league/championship section. See full match report People Sport
MINOR-Well done to the Village minors who continued their 100% winning record in the 4th round of the Minor Roinn A league with a solid 2-21 to 0-11 win over Graigue-Ballycallan. The Village boys shot out of the blocks and stamped their authority on the game as they raced into a strong lead in the opening quarter of an hour. The Village defence were ourstanding throughout the game with the full back line of Ben Hickey, Paddy Duggan and James Tyrrell hurling with great determination and drive throughout. They were ably assisted by the half backs, Jack McGrath, Harry Wallace and Jamie Byrne were solid as a rock. Niall Mullins and Luke Scanlon worked tirelessly in the middle of the park supplying endless quality ball to the forwards of which Jack Cotter, Ricci Drennan, Tadhg O’Dwyer, Matthew McWey all contributed handsomely.
Team: 1.Alan O’Beirne, 2.Ben Hickey, 3.Paddy Duggan, 4.James Tyrrell. 5.Jamie Byrne, 6.Jack McGrath, 7.Harry Wallace, 8.Niall Mullins, 9.Luke Scanlon, 10.Matthew McWey, 11.Jack Cotter, 12.Ben Lahart, 13.Paul Lynch, 14.Ricci Drennan, 15.Tadhg O’Dwyer.
U16 HURLING-Hard luck to the Village U-16 B squad who narrowly lost out to O’Loughlins Gaels in the last group game of the hurling league. Leading by 0-8 to 0-4 at half time the Village looked well set up to drive on to claim victory in this evenly matched contest. Both sides traded scores throughout with some fine hurling from both sides however two lapse in concentration late in the game allowed the O’Loughlins men in for two lucky goals which put them in the driving seat leading by two points with only minutes remaining. Try as they might the Village lads couldn’t manufacture the all important goal they needed to take the league spoils as O’Loughlin Gael ran out 2-10 to 309 winners on the night. Well done to all the Village boys who put in a great effort over the hour but lacked the rub of the green. The boys have qualified for the knock out stages of the league winning all their previous games. Team: 1.Richie Stapleton, 2.Niall Delaney, 3.Mark Doyle, 4.Jack Butler, 5.Noah Canty, 6.Thomas Murphy, 7.Jake McDonald, 8.William Spencer, 9.David Shore, 10.John McEvoy, 11.Michael Cotter, 12.Michael Ryan, 13.Stephen Bateman, 14.Declan Wall, 15.Shane Stapleton. Subs used: James Lahart.
Under 16-Congratulations to the Village U16 Roinn A squad who scored a very spirited and hard fought 1-17 to 1-7 win over Thomastown in the knock out league semi-final. This game was played in awful wet and under foot conditions as the Village boys held a slender two point lead at the half time break, Thomastown scoring a fortuitous goal just before the half time whistle. The Village boys took over proceeding in the second half with the half back line of Conor Browne, Dylan Drennan and Jamie Byrne starting to dominate their positions while captain Luke Scanlon drove forward with a strong supply of ball in poor conditions. Good scores from Dylan O’Shea, Tadhg O’Dwyer, Ray Lahart and Jake Scanlon pushed the Village ahead while Thomastown found scores hard to come by in the second period. This was a very good team win from the Village boys and best wishes to the players and mentors in the league final. Team: 1.Gavin Costigan, 2.Noel Whelan, 3.Tom Cuddihy, 4.Ben Hickey, 5.Conor Browne, 6.Dylan Drennan, 7.Jamie Byrne, 8.Luke Scanlon, 9.David Jordan, 10.Matthew McWey, 11.Michael Cotter, 12.Tadhg O’Dwyer, 13.Jake Scanlon, 14.Ray Lahart, 15.Dylan O’Shea.
U14 HURLING-Hard luck to the hard working U-14 Roinn B squad who lost out to a physically stronger Kilmacow side in round 7 of the hurling league. Played in very bad conditions the Village boys put in a strong effort throughout however had to concede defeat a strong Kilmacod squad on the night.
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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 an suggestion/ideas for a suitable title for the book, do make it be known to Tom for consideration. Tom may be contacted at 086-8192947
KELLS ROAD DRAW-An early reminder to promoters and subscribers that the July draw takes place on Wednesday next, 25th July in the clubrooms. Committee members, Elsie Cody and Pat Millea,will as usual, be in the clubrooms on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 7.30p.m, to take entries. Once again, there is an open invitation to all supporters and promoters to come along on the night of the draw when refreshments and delicious home baking by leading supporter, Catherine Kinsella will be on “the menu” for all to enjoy..
SOCIAL CLUB OUTING-On Sunday week, thirty very happy social club members returned to headquarters from their annual summer break. This year the chosen tour was to the (sunless) south east, and the group was based in the Ferrycarrig Hotel in Wexford,---- a sister hotel of the club’s juvenile sponsors, the Liam Griffin owned, Hotel Kilkenny. The word is that the touring party were treated exceptionally well over the weekend, by the hotel’s management, with tour co-ordinator, Mrs.Phyllis O’Rourke singled out for special treatment when she was allocated “The O’Reilly Suite” and all the “added extras” that goes with that privilage. The scheduled trips to Hook Head and the Heritage Park had to be cancelled due to the inclement weather, nevertheless, as an alternative the party enjoyed a day’s shopping and browsing around the quaint streets of histroric, Wexford town. On Saturday night they enjoyed a excellent meal, with champagne (courtesy of the hotel),and a mighty sing, song later in the evening. On the return trip to Kilkenny the party stopped off in New Ross for a visit to the famine ship, The Dunbrody, managed by former Village under-age star, Sean Reidy.They also took in a tour of Kennedy Park, before returning, exhausted, to the marble city. Well done to Phyllis and her organising committee.
SYMPATHIES-The sympathies of the club’s membership were extended to vice-chairman, Paddy Neary and the extended Neary family, on the death of their mother, Mrs Mary Neary who passed away peacefully, in her ninety first year, at her home, in Kickham Street, on Friday morning last. From a family steeped in G.A.A. tradition, Mary’s late husband, Michael, a former club registrar, was a renowned hurley maker whose reputation for crafting the perfect caman was respected throughtout the hurling world. Our sympathies also go to sons and former club stalwards, Micheal, and Tom, daughters, Margaret, Rita and Catherine. Both Rita and Catherine continue to play a significant roll in the club, Rita being the present chairperson of the camogie club. Prior to her accession to the chair, Rita was preceeded in that roll by her sister, Catherine for a number of years. Club officers and players from both the hurling and camogie clubs provided a guard of hounour for the funeral procession to St.Mary’s Cathedral and to the family plot in St. Kieran’s cemetary. Air dheis Dei go raibh a anam dilis.
LOTTO-The numbers drawn on Tuesday night were: 1 :13 : 31. Once again, there was no winning ticket. Next week’’s jackpot is for a mouth watering Eu 4,200. But you have to be in to have a chance of winning !!!. The consolation winners were: Jack Lawlor, Fiona Lawlor, Paul Drennan, Francis Malone and Noalle Jordan.