Thomastown: Athletics club put in fine performances

LEINSTER CHAMPIONS-GAA - On Sunday the Thomastown Junior Hurlers took the Leinster Junior Hurling Championship title for the first time in the Clubs History beating Rathmolyon by 2-13 to 1-7 in Páirc Tailteann Navan. In the cold and incessant rain these teams provided some very skilful and exciting hurling in a wholehearted display worthy of any final. Thomastown held the lead at half time by 8 points to 4. Playing into the breeze in the second half they held on to deservedly take thetitle on a 2.13 to 1-7 score line. Well done to all involved with the panel, the back room team and a massive thanks in particular to the supporters who again travelled in large numbers.

LEINSTER CHAMPIONS-GAA - On Sunday the Thomastown Junior Hurlers took the Leinster Junior Hurling Championship title for the first time in the Clubs History beating Rathmolyon by 2-13 to 1-7 in Páirc Tailteann Navan. In the cold and incessant rain these teams provided some very skilful and exciting hurling in a wholehearted display worthy of any final. Thomastown held the lead at half time by 8 points to 4. Playing into the breeze in the second half they held on to deservedly take thetitle on a 2.13 to 1-7 score line. Well done to all involved with the panel, the back room team and a massive thanks in particular to the supporters who again travelled in large numbers.

Scores: Michael Donnelly .06 (5 Frees 1 ‘65) John Joe Farrell .04 Thomas O’ Hanrahan 1.02 Adrian Burke 1.00 Dessie Walsh .01 Team: Dylan Walsh, Sean Mahony, Shane Lanigan, Brian Murphy, Barry Whelan, Peter O’ Hanrahan, Richard O’ Hara, Dessie Walsh, Derek

Lanigan, Dylan Waugh,Michael Donnelly, Darren Burke, Thomas O’ Hanrahan, John Joe Farrell and David Prendergast. Substitute: Stuart Waugh, Ned Tennyson, Michael Mahony and Adrian Burke.

Thomastown Scout Group - Thomastown Scouts will be Carol singing from 4.30 pm at the gates of St Mary’s church on Sun 9th Dec to coincide with the annual lighting of the tree which will be erected with the kind help of our firefighters & with the kind permission of Rev. Hilliard. We will be having a Kiddie disco following in the Concert Hall. All are welcome.

Kilkenny Cross-Country B Championships - Thomastown Athletic Club athletes put in some fine performances at the county B cross country championships held at Grennan at the weekend. Thomastown placings were as follows In the U7 girls’ race Orla Kirwan finished in 2nd place followed closely by Caoimhe Power in 5th. In the U7 boys’ Conor Kelly secured Thomastowns’s first win of the day, he was followed by the fast finishing Billy O’Keeffe in 5th. In the U9 girls Katie Taylor having led for most of the race was just pipped at the end and finished in 3rd spot, followed home by Maria O’Keeffe in 5th with Tara Fenlon in 9th. In the boys’ U9 Thomastown had another win with the fast finishing Billy Power. He was followed home by Thomas Comerford in 4th. David Holden 6th, Padraig Kirwan 12th, Jimmy Maher 13th and Oisin O Reilly 14th and Cormac Moore.

In the first team event of the day, girls’ U11, Thomastown had two team competing and put in the performance of the day having 6 athletes finishing in the top 10 with the teams coming in 1st and 2nd position. Thomastown had the winner in Aine Kirwan, with Orla O’Keeffe in 2nd, Ellen Ryan 4th, Dearbhla O Reilly 5th, Anna Cass 9th and Edie Maher 10th,

Not to be out done the boys’ U11 rose to the challenge with Tom Holden leading from start to finish to take gold. He was followed in 2nd by Peter McDonald with Jordan Knight 6th and Cian Moore 12th. Again Thomastown were the team winners. In the girls’ U13 Caoimhe Kelly and Sinead O’Keeffe made the early pace but had to give way to Castlecomer’s Hannah Murphy who finished in 1st position. Caoimhe dug deep to finish a fine 2nd with Sinead in 4th with Kerry Whelan in 10th position helping Thomastown to 2nd team position.In the last race of the day, the men’s Novice over 6km Thomastown newest recruit Anthony Forristal put in a great performance setting the pace from the start with Kilmacow’s Luke Morgan, Anthony pulled away in the last mile to come home the winner in his first race, He was followed by Bill Carroll in 3rd, with Terry Brophy displaying all the experience of a seasoned runner to pip club mate Jim Power finishing in 5th and 6th positions. Thomastown were the team winners. Special thanks to all who helped mark out the course an Sat and officiate and tidy up on Sunday without whose help the event could not take place thanks to Thomastown GAA club and Walsh family for use of land over which the event was run. More reports and pictures can be seen on Kilkenny Athletics website www.kilkennyathletics.net.

Soccer - Thomastown United Junior A side travelled to Danesfort to take on Fort Rangers last Sunday. Game remained even for the first half with both sides getting chances but none were finished. It was the second half when United really came to life and the half was just 2 minutes old when prolific goal scorer Nathan Sherry got himself on the score sheet and United off the mark from a corner. Not long after this it was Sherry who turned the provider and crossed a sweet ball straight onto Steven Connolly’s head for United’s 2nd. Final score 2-0 and as this early stage in the season Thomastown United find themselves top of the Premier League.

The Junior B side welcomed St Johns to United Park last Sunday afternoon. 10 minutes into the 2nd half and United were 2-1 up with both United’s goals coming from newly returned player Marty Lawrence. St Johns pulled it back to 2 all but Lawrence made it a day to remember by grabbing his hat-trick. With just minutes left on the clock it was young Danny Monks who made his Junior debut and grabbed United’s 4th goal of the day. Final score 4-2

Managers, players are reminded that Xmas Draw tickets must be returned by Sunday 9th December sold or unsold. As this is vital fund raising for the club please do your best to sell the tickets you have received. For all results and fixtures and other club news please check out www.thomastownunited.com