Annual Paddy Mullen minor tournament

SENIOR-The Village seniors squared up to last years intermediate finalists, Rower Inistioge in the 4th round of the Kilkenny senior hurling Aylward cup last week. The Village shared the spoils on the night as both sides played our a 2-10 a pice draw game. The Village stamped their authority on this encounter in the opening thirty minutes as the Village took a 1-9 to 0-3 lead into the half time break, a stunning goal from Anthony Lawlor in the first half and a string of points from David Walton and fine individual scores from Darren Leahy and Tomás O’Dowd. In the second period, a David Walton goal from a free put the Village squarely in the driving seat however the Rower Inistioge battled very hard to dig their way back into the game. The Rower hit back with two goals and a brace of points to leave the Village holding a slender 1 point lead approaching the full time whistle. Nearing full time Rower Inistioge were awarded a 21 yard free which they converted at the sound of the full time whistle. This was a very hard fought and competitive game which will stand to all the Village players as they prepare for the 4th round of the Kilkenny senior hurling league/championship crunch clash with neighbours, Dicksboro on Sunday 15th July in Nowlan Park at 7.00pm. Team: 1.Derrick Brennan, 2.Luke Hickey, 3.Donnacha Cody, 4.John Comerford, 5.Patrick Butler, 6.Ray Coady, 7.Shane Campion, 8.Richie Hayes, 9.Niall McQuillan, 10.David Walton, 11.Darren Leahy, 12.Mark Hoban, 13.Paddy Noonan, 14.Tomás O’Dowd, 15.Anthony Lawlor. Subs: Jack Cotter, Cormac Connolly.

SENIOR-The Village seniors squared up to last years intermediate finalists, Rower Inistioge in the 4th round of the Kilkenny senior hurling Aylward cup last week. The Village shared the spoils on the night as both sides played our a 2-10 a pice draw game. The Village stamped their authority on this encounter in the opening thirty minutes as the Village took a 1-9 to 0-3 lead into the half time break, a stunning goal from Anthony Lawlor in the first half and a string of points from David Walton and fine individual scores from Darren Leahy and Tomás O’Dowd. In the second period, a David Walton goal from a free put the Village squarely in the driving seat however the Rower Inistioge battled very hard to dig their way back into the game. The Rower hit back with two goals and a brace of points to leave the Village holding a slender 1 point lead approaching the full time whistle. Nearing full time Rower Inistioge were awarded a 21 yard free which they converted at the sound of the full time whistle. This was a very hard fought and competitive game which will stand to all the Village players as they prepare for the 4th round of the Kilkenny senior hurling league/championship crunch clash with neighbours, Dicksboro on Sunday 15th July in Nowlan Park at 7.00pm. Team: 1.Derrick Brennan, 2.Luke Hickey, 3.Donnacha Cody, 4.John Comerford, 5.Patrick Butler, 6.Ray Coady, 7.Shane Campion, 8.Richie Hayes, 9.Niall McQuillan, 10.David Walton, 11.Darren Leahy, 12.Mark Hoban, 13.Paddy Noonan, 14.Tomás O’Dowd, 15.Anthony Lawlor. Subs: Jack Cotter, Cormac Connolly.

SCHOOLS CHAMPIONSHIP-Hard luck to parish primary school, Gaelscoil Osraí who suffered defeat at the hands of a very strong St.Canices schools team in the Kilkenny Primary Schools Roinn A championship semi-final last week. The Gaelscoil boys battled very hard and gave their all but came up against a much physically stronger St.Canices side who stung the Gaelscoil players with a number of quick fire goals which left the St.Patrick’s parish schools reeling. To their credit the Gaelscoil boys never gave up and represented their school with great pride and determination getting to the knock out semi-final of the Roinn A which was a great achievement in itself. Juvenile Officer, Nicholas Carroll is the Gaelscoil Osraí coach and he continues to put in huge work and effort with the hurling teams from Gaelscoil Osraí.

Current Roinn A Schools champions, Patricks De La Salle bowed out at the semi-final stage as well as they lost out to a stronger Kilmanagh NS side. The Patrick’s De La Salle tried very hard to create the much needed scores to give them a fighting chance however a very well drilled Kilmanagh team manufactured two all important goals which proved the decisive scores of the game. Hard luck to both parish primary schools.

U14 HURLING-Well done to the recently crowned Féile Na nGael champions as they ran out 2-17 to 1-10 winners over a very good Conahy Shamrocks side in the U-14 Roinn A hurling league. The scoreline certainly flatters the Village boys and doesn’t give an accurate account of how much of a tough and tense affair this encounter was as the Conahy Shamrocks brough a great fighting spirit to Larchfield for this clash. The Village boys found themselves in a battle from the throw in as they found scores hard to come by over the opening 30 minutes as the Conahy team held a 1-6 to 0-6 lead at the half time break. However, the Village boys showed great composure as they thundered into the game in the closing quarter of the second half to break through the Conahy defence to score two all important green flags which gave the Village the foundation for victory. All in all this was a hard and tough encounter throughout and great credit must go to the Village for sticking to their task and digging deep to get the league spoils. The U-14 mentors will be quick to remind their charges that much improvement will be needed for the upcoming Féile Na nGael competition on July 5.

The Village U14 -B panel showed tremendous team spirit and determination to collect the league spoils in their 4th round clash with John Lockes (Callan) to run out comprehensive winners. The Village boys worked extremely hard right throughout the pitch and combined for well from defence to attack for some excellent team scores. Well done to the players and U-14 mentors on a very good win. This squad are showing very promising signs as they competing exceptionally well in Roinn B which is a step up from recent years.BEST WISHES-Best wishes from all in James Stephens CLG go to young Village stars, Jack McGrath and Diarmuid Cody who will line out with the Kilkenny minor squad this Saturday as they go head to head with Dublin minors in the Leinster minor hurling championship semi-final at 3.15pm in O’Moore Park. It is great to see the famous red & green strongly represented once again with the Kilkenny minors. Later the same day the Brian Cody managed and inspired Kilkenny seniors will put their Leinster crown on the line as the clash with Anthony Daly’s Metropolitans in the Leinster Senior hurling championship semi-final at 5.00pm in O’Moore Park (Portlaoise). The very best of luck to Brian and Village stars, Eoin Larkin, Matthew Ruth and Jackie Tyrrell as they bid to bring the Bob O’Keefe cup back to the marble city for the amazing 12th year in a row.

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field day- Bennettsbridge’s annual field day is to have a unique first as its main attraction – a hurling simulator. The event takes place on Sunday June 24th at the local GAA field and is sponsored by the local Centra supermarket. The day will also include hurling, camogie, basketball, athletics, golf, tug of war, wheel of fortune, soak the Senator, dog show and much more. There will be competitions in hurling from U-8s right up to the legends of the game – the over 40’s section.

NATIONAL FÉILE NA NGAEL-The national Féile Na nGael finals will be held in Dublin on the weekend of 5th July 2012. James Stephens will be hosted by Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin). The Féile group is as follows:- James Stephens (Kilkenny) / Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin) / St.Vincents (Dublin) / Na Piarsaigh (Limerick). The Village boys are in group D and face a tough opening encounter when they will clash with host club Kilmacud Crokes in Glenalbyn (Kilmacud Crokes GAA grounds) at 2.00pm on Thursday 5th July. On Friday 6th July the Village will play St.Vincent’s at 10.00am in Pairc Naomh Uinsionn (St.Vincents GAA grounds) followed by the final group game at 1.30pm against Na Piarsaigh (Limerick) in Pairc Naomh Uinsionn (St.Vincents GAA grounds). In the event of James Stephens qualifying from group D, they will play the winners of group A in the All-Ireland semi-final on Friday 6th July at 7.00pm in Pairc Naomh Uinsionn (St.Vincents GAA grounds). The Division 1 Féile Na nGael All-Ireland final will be played in Croke Park on Saturday 7th July 2012. The hard work now begins in earnest for Tadhg Donohoe and his squad of players as the bid for glory at the Féile Na nGael. The Village has a rich history in the National Féile Na nGael competition as we currently sit as the top club in Ireland having won 7 All-Ireland Division 1 titles.

FÉILE NA NGAEL FUNDRAISING-On Saturday evening, 30th June the “feile committee” has organised a fundraising barbeque in Larchfield following the annual Mullen tournament which is scheduled to conclude at 5p.m., that evening. Weather permitting, it is hoped that the “Ireland’s got talent” finalists, the popular folk group, Na Fianna”, which includes former under-age club player, Ross Hennessy, will attend to enrich the occasion with their lively brand of traditional folk music. All funds raised will go towards the cost of financing the U-14 squad for their bid to bring an eight All -Ireland Feile title to the club in Dublin on the weekend, starting on Thursday, 5th July.

GRASS ROOTS-The future stars of tomorrow are in full swing as the Village U-6 stars have played their first matches as Village hurlers recently. Over the last few weeks they have played Dicksboro, Thomastown and Bennettsbridge. All great matches and all the players were superb on the day with some great skills and commitment shown by all. The enthusiastic U-7 group are up and running with plenty of coaching sessions and matches. They recently played against Clara and Graigue Ballycallan with some great performances, enjoyed by all. The older U-8’s face a very busy year with lots of matches and blitz’s. They got off to a great start in recent weeks with games v O’Loughlins and Dicksboro, and are training hard every Wednesday evening in Cootes Lane. Training for U-6, U-7 and U-8’s takes place every Wednesday in Cootes Lane from 6.30 - 7.30pm, with over 80 kids and 15 coaches currently involved. Co-ordinator, Damien Casey would like to encourage new players welcome to come along and join up at any stage for what is sure to be lots of fun and games during the long season of wonderful hurling. An Village Abu!

SPEEDY RECOVERY-Best wishes and a speedy recovery to Village senior captain and outstanding hurler, Donnacha Cody who suffered an unfortunate knee injury while playing full back with the Village seniors against Rower Inistioge in the Kilkenny Senior hurling Aylward cup 3rd round. Cody who is leading the Village seniors as skipper this season is showing a fantastic vain of form at full and centre back for the Village and we wish him a speedy rocovery and hope he returns back to the Village jersey in the near future.

PADDY MULLEN TOURNAMENT-The time has come around again for the 2012 running of the annual Paddy Mullen minor tournament. This is the twenty second running of this hugely popular tournament, in memory of the late Paddy Mullen, Kilfera, who dedicated many years to the under-age structures in the club, before his untimely death. The tournament takes place on Saturday, 30th June, and is one of the longest running under-age competitions of it’s kind in the country, viewed by team mentors as an ideal time as a pre-championship season preparation for their “hopefulls”. With the opening of the Kells Road complex next year, this will be the last time the club will be availing of Bennettsbridge’s well manicured playing surface, generously provided by the famed ‘Bridge club for this tournament over the last 22 years, and for which the club and the Mullen family are very grateful. Doing battle for honours this year, along with the home club, will be the minor teams from Clara, Graigue-Ballycallan, Clonoulty Rossmore (Tipp), Blackrock (Cork), Ballyboden St.Enda’s(Dublin), Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin), and the Antrim U-17squad.

KELLS ROAD DRAW-The June draw will take place on Wednesday night next, 27th June in the clubrooms. The draw committee has put the usual arrangements in place for Tuesday and Wednesday nights to enable promoters to get their names submitted in advance of the draw.

KILKENNY-On Saturday evening, Brian Cody’s Kilkenny set out in defence of their Leinster and All-Ireland crowns when they take on a highly thought of Dublin side in Portlaoise. The 2012 team will be captained by clubman Eoin Larkin and includes panelists, Jackie Tyrrell and Matt Ruth. Having already captured the 2012 National Hurling League title, we wish all concerned the best of luck as they set out, hopefully, on the long journey to Croke Park on the first Sunday in September.

GOLF CLASSIC-The club’s annual golf classic is scheduled to take place on Thursday afternoon, 21st and Friday, 22nd June in Kilkenny Golf Club..The committee advise that the time sheet has only a few vacancies left on the Thursday evening. The popular event, for an entry fee of Eu 200.00 for a team of four, includes a “half-time “ breakfast break at the 10th tee, a four course meal at the end of the round and a bag of “goodies” as you set out on the first tee. Understanding of the difficult time we are experiencing at the moment, the committee is very appreciative of the support the club has received for this most enjoyable fundraising event, so vital for the financial well being of the club. Weather permitting a most enjoyable day is guaranteed !!! For further information contact Tony Scanlon.087 2622321, Richie Manogue 087 2573697 or Dan Cody 086 8559469.

HURLER’S COOP DRAW-Club promoters had two winners in Thursday night’s first, of five draws in the annual Hurlers’s Co-op draw to help fund club’s and the Kilkenny county teams. St.Patrick’s Boys, De La Salle school won Eu 200.00 and John Murphy Mistfield, Kilkenny came “out of the hat” for Eu150.00. Club co-ordinator, Tom Keane expressed his appreciation to club promoters, acknowledging their supreme efforts in these difficult times. The next takes place in Piltown on Tuesday, 26th June.

RECOVERY-Best wishes for a speedy recovery to health to the junior hurler’s corner back, Niall Lanigan, son of club chairman, Tom Lanigan, who is convellesing in hospital following a cruciate ligament operation.. On a more positive note, Niall recently completed his four year apprentiship as an electrician. Best wishes on both counts, Niall..

KILKENNY CAMOGIE-A team quiz night in support of the Kilkenny camogie team will be held in the Springhill Hotel on Thursday night, 28th June, starting at 8p.m.. The enrty fee for teams of four is

Eu 30.00. The first prize is a very attractive voucher for O’Neill sports wear to the value of Eu 500.00. The second prize is Eu 100.00 and Eu 40.00 for the team that “achieves” last place ( in other words, the dreaded wooden spoon) in the competition. Rita Neary, on behalf of the board, extends an invitation to all sporting clubs to enter a team in support of the ladies who represent the county with such distinction.

CLUB HISTORY-Tom Lanigan is still looking for items of interest, photos, reports, medals, etc.,to do with the club, parish or persons of note from within the Village for possible inclusion in the updated club history he is compiling as part of the club’s 125 celebrations,at present. Tom may be contacted at086 8192947.

SATURDAY NIGHT-Paddy Blanche will be on stage to entertain weekend music fans.

LOTTO -The numbers drawn at Tuesday night’s draw were 10 :19 :24. There was no winning ticket. Next week’s jackpot will be, an eye watering, Eu 3,400. The consolation winners were: Richard Condron, Des Mcgrath, sean Russell, Mary Fogarty and Fergal walsh.