Best wishes this week go to our representatives on the minor and U21 Kilkenny teams

MULLINAVAT GAA-Best wishes this week go to our representatives on the minor and u-21 Kilkenny teams that do battle this week in their respective championships. In the under 21 Leinster semi final this Wednesday night in Nowlan Park the Mullinavat club will be represented by Ian Duggan. At the time of going to press the team had not been announced but if recovered from an injury sustained in the Clara league match Ian would be in contention for possibly one of the corner back positions. This team were beaten All Ireland finalists some 3 years ago and after the dismal showings of the teams at this grade over the last number of years a lot is expected of this group of players.

MULLINAVAT GAA-Best wishes this week go to our representatives on the minor and u-21 Kilkenny teams that do battle this week in their respective championships. In the under 21 Leinster semi final this Wednesday night in Nowlan Park the Mullinavat club will be represented by Ian Duggan. At the time of going to press the team had not been announced but if recovered from an injury sustained in the Clara league match Ian would be in contention for possibly one of the corner back positions. This team were beaten All Ireland finalists some 3 years ago and after the dismal showings of the teams at this grade over the last number of years a lot is expected of this group of players.

In the minor grade next Saturday Kilkenny face Dublin and the two players from the club in contention for this panel are John Walsh Mill Road first cousin of Ian Duggan and Mark Mansfield from Ballyogreek. Mark who is in his last year in the minor grade is in the process of finishing off his leaving cert exams this week so it would be a lovely way to finish the week with inclusion in the first fifteen. In the last couple of intermediate games he has come on and done very well and hopefully the Kilkenny selectors will take this into consideration when picking their team to face Dublin in Portlaoise next Saturday. This game is the curtain raiser to the senior game against the same opposition and everyone thinking of travelling next Saturday is urged to get along early and give the minor team your support. The throw in for the minor match is 3.15pm.

We also on behalf of the club wish Walter Burke and Catherine Freyne the very best in their upcoming nuptials. Both have been outstanding players for the Hurling, Football and camogie teams in the parish down through the years and we wish them the best on their big day. Below is a report on the Special Junior league final recently contested by Mullinavat and Ballinkillen of Carlow. Unfortunatly we were unable to secure silverware on this occasion but well done to all concerned to reach the final. The focus now returns to the Championship in the coming weeks.

South Junior A Iverk Produce League- Ballinkillen, powered by 10 U-21 players, prevailed against a strong second-half comeback by Mullinavat to win this South A Hurling League title 1-18 to 1-13. After a very tentative opening 10 minutes, in which saw the Carlow men failing to convert easy point scoring opportunities as well as clear goal chances, it was Paddy Raftice who pointed Mullinavat into the lead from a free. Once Ballinkillen levelled with a Michael Murphy point they never looked back and were well worth their half-time lead 1-12 to 0-2. Their half-backs dominated during this period, ably led by David English, grandson of the great Jim English(Wexford) at centre-back, with James Kinsella commanding at full-back. Craig Wall & Darren Dalton impressed at midfield and Daryl Roberts led a lively forward unit up front. Tommy Holden had a great goal chance for Mullinavat towards the end of the half but their only other score came from a pointed Paddy Raftice free.In the second half Mullinavat fought hard to get back into the game and a Ger Malone goal gave them hope. Led by Paddy Raftice, Nicky Anthony, mid-field, and with Andy McGovern and Ger Malone gaining a foothold up front they tacked on the points. Ballinkillen’s response was good as they managed to keep the scoreboard ticking over as Mullinavat, despite having a couple of more goal opportunities, just couldn’t get close enough to give them a chance of making it a very exciting finish. Ballinkillen key men. apart from full-back James Kinsella, are in the U-21 age bracket and the future of this team looks very promising especially as their very high standard of  hurling and commitment would indicate they may have many good days ahead. Both teams were missing regulars but Mullinavat clearly struggled due to the absence of Thomas Aylward(centre-back) and Maurice Murphy(full-forward) and will be very disappointed with their below par performance in the opening half. Their undoubted ability, as evidenced in the semi-final and the second half of this encounter, should see them bounce back in the forthcoming championship.Ballinkillen:Martin Minchin;John Ryan(Capt.);James Kinsella;Lauren Kinsella;Dermot Foley;David English(o-3f);Sean Murphy(0-1);Craig Wall(0-4);Darren Dalton;Michael Murphy(0-2);Vincent Meaney;Peter Minchin(0-2);Dion Wall(0-2f);Derek Murphy(1-1);Daryl Roberts(0-2). Subs:Marty Dalton(0-1);Sean Minchin;Andrew Gaule;Joe Roberts;Tommy Cummins;Keith Lennon;Shane Farrell;Thomas Kinsella;Ciaran Canavan;John Hughes.Mullinavat:Paddy Jones;Michael Jones;Derek Aylward;Darren Kenneally;Simon Aylward(0-2f);Ger Anthony;Liam Murphy;Nicky Anthony(0-5-2f);Paddy Raftice(0-4f);Joe Gahan;Ger Malone(1-0);Tommy Holden(0-1);Eoin Maher;Andy McGovern(0-1);Brian Kenneally. Subs. Joe Wall;Conor Frisby;Damien Aylward;Mossy Jones;Micky Jones;Shane Frisby;Richie Cunningham; Jim McDonald;Brian Phelan;Stephen Ryan.Referee: Eoin Hayes (Thomastown)Linesmen: John Kennedy(Ballyhale Shamrocks); Richard Dowling (Kilmacow) Paul Brophy (Managing Director,Iverk Produce) presented the Iverk Produce South Junior A Hurling Shield to John Ryan,Captain of the Ballinkillen team. Great credit to Ballyhale Shamrocks who hosted this final in splendid fashion and their clubman, Dave Gallagher, for producing a fine programme for the occasion. (Report courtesy of Kilkenny G.A.A. website)

SOUTH OSSoRY PTAA-I have been informed that there are still a couple of places available on the South Ossory PTAA bus which is going to Knock on the weekend of Saturday 14th and Sunday15th of July for Pioneer Sunday. This weekend includes an overnight stay and costs €80. Anyone wishing to travel to this event should contact Dan Fitzpatrick without delay on (051) 898286

MULLINAVAT VINTAGE DAY-Now a firm fixture on the Vintage Show calendar Mullinavat Classic and Vintage Club will hold their Vintage Show on the 1st July at 1pm in Killandrew. The show was due to take place on the 17th of June but has been cancelled and will now take place on the new date. Like other years this is a show which has something for everybody there will be a monster raffle, Children’s Fancy dress, Face painting, Bouncy Castle and Slides, Trade Stalls, Sheaf Throwing and lots more to see and do. Also on the day there will be a dog show with over 14 classes so get your pride and joy groomed for the day. For the mechanical enthusiasts there will be engines of all sorts Cars, Tractors, Motorcycles and Stationary Engines. On top of all this music on the day will be by Pat Hayes. If you feel like carrying the day on a little bit longer then a dance is organised for the Rising Sun on that Sunday night at 8.30pm with music by Pat Hayes &Band.

NATIONAL MUSIC DAY-Thursday 21st June is a day with a difference it is National music day. In honour of the day a special event will be held by members of Mullinavat branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann where they will perform at the Rising Sun Mullinavat from 2pm .Come and join us to celebrate National music day this Thursday from 2pm. All are welcome