Piltown: Pick your brains for our hurlers

DRIVE FOR LIAM QUIZ - Piltown GAA Complex will be a venue for the Kilkenny GAA and Supporters Club “Drive for Liam” Radio Quiz on Thursday 30th August at 9pm. A Team of 4 costs €20 or €5 per person. It is the opportunity for every Kilkenny hurling fan to support this superb bunch of players in the build-up to the All–Ireland Final on 9th September. The Quiz will be broadcast live on Radio from 9pm sharp. The Prize for the winning Team is 8 All Ireland Stand Tickets plus 8 Tickets to Post Match Banquet at City West plus 4 Rooms on the Sunday night at City West. The 2nd Prize will consist of 4 All Ireland Stand Tickets + 4 Banquet Tickets whilst 3rd Prize will consist of 4 Banquet Tickets. Further details are available from www.kilkennygaa.ie or from any Piltown GAA Committee member. Supporting is important to help the winning.

DRIVE FOR LIAM QUIZ - Piltown GAA Complex will be a venue for the Kilkenny GAA and Supporters Club “Drive for Liam” Radio Quiz on Thursday 30th August at 9pm. A Team of 4 costs €20 or €5 per person. It is the opportunity for every Kilkenny hurling fan to support this superb bunch of players in the build-up to the All–Ireland Final on 9th September. The Quiz will be broadcast live on Radio from 9pm sharp. The Prize for the winning Team is 8 All Ireland Stand Tickets plus 8 Tickets to Post Match Banquet at City West plus 4 Rooms on the Sunday night at City West. The 2nd Prize will consist of 4 All Ireland Stand Tickets + 4 Banquet Tickets whilst 3rd Prize will consist of 4 Banquet Tickets. Further details are available from www.kilkennygaa.ie or from any Piltown GAA Committee member. Supporting is important to help the winning.

BACK TO BACK COUNTY FINALS - Yet another Piltown Camogie team has reached a county final. This time it is the Under-16 team who qualified for the Roinn A final with a 5-6 to 2-8 win over Thomastown in Piltown. It was hard fought physical encounter that kept the huge crowd enthralled until the dying moments. They will now face Dicksboro in the County Final as they aim to put back to back county championships together having beaten Danesfort in the Roinn B county Final in 2011.

IVERK SHOW - Reminder that the new date for the Iverk Show subject to the weather is Saturday 15th September.

BACK TO SCHOOL - It’s back to school time in the local schools this week. Could this mean a change in fortunes with the weather?

IT WAS THE CLIMATE - It must be the weather! Piltown Under-14 hurlers played against a stiff breeze, gale even, in the first half of their Roinn B championship game against Barrow Rangers in Thomastown. At least it was nice and sunny too with no rain. They led early on thanks to some fine point taking and only trailed by a goal at half time 1-7 to 3-4 in what was a very creditable workmanlike performance. Cian Kinsella was the scorer of a lovely goal and a point while Conor Friend was the most dangerous forward and got some great scores. The defence was doing reasonably well against a talented Barrow Rangers forward division and plenty ball was being fed into the forwards despite the wind disadvantage. At midfield, Darragh Walsh was working hard. At half time wholesale changes were made to the half back line including switching centre back, a move, which had previously not worked against the Emeralds in the League. The wind was now in Piltown’s favour. Hopes were high. Unfortunately the wind did not help, nor did the six weeks without a match. It was Barrow Rangers who opened up the Piltown defence to lead by 14 points at one stage in the second half as they carved open the Piltown defence with some slick hurling. To the credit of this great bunch of young Piltown players they fought to the very end with Jamie Norris pulling a nice goal back late on as Piltown went down by 2-12 to 5-14. These lads have done so well all the way up over the years and given everyone so much fun over the years from magnificent victories in Mullinahone to Roanmore to Gorey. There is no doubt they will be back even better next year and lets not forget they still have a football county final to look forward to. Well done to players and mentors on a fine job.Team: Adam Grace, John Kenny, Oísin Brophy (Capt), Kieran Reid, John Bourke, Jamie Norris (1-0), Andrew Long, Darragh Walsh, Robert Tobin, Shane Whittle (0-1), James Kirby, Ronan Ryan (0-3, 1 free), Cian Kinsella (1-1), Conor Friend (0-7, 3 frees), Alex Byrne. Subs: Oran Brophy, Richard Norris, Sean Power,Kieran Flynn, Billy Morahan, David Tobin. Mentors: David Kirby (Manager), Tom Whelan, Eoin Walsh, Philly Kenny. Piltown will play Lisdowney in the Shield on Wednesday 5th September. This is the same team they will play in the football championship final at the end of September.

HEARTBREAK - It was heartbreak for Piltown Under-12 Camogie team in their recent semi final away to Glenmore. Piltown went in as huge underdogs having been well beaten in an earlier round by the hugely talented Glenmore side. However, Piltown were not overawed and put in some tremendous work all over the field. Their workrate was second to none. Goals from Sarah Jayne Brophy (2) and Laura Power helped Piltown lead by 3-2 to 2-3 at half time. Lisa Norris made some good saves in the goal while the defence and midfield was outstanding with exceptional performances from Jenny O’Dea, Caoimhe O’Callaghan, Alanna Gallagher, Aoife Doyle and Sophie Holden. It was more of a cat and mouse affair in the second half with scores hard to come by. Another Laura Power goal gave Piltown a great advantage. Glenmore continued to battle. An injury to Maire Beth Kirby seem to upset the dynamic as Piltown led by five points. Glenmore pulled back a goal with five minutes to go. Then with two left they grabbed another all important goal to win by 4-2 to 4-3, a single heartbreaking point. Nevertheless the girls can be proud of their performance and on how much they have come on in the past few weeks. Team: Lisa Norris, Sarah Tobin, Jenny O’Dea, Olivia Ronan, Caoimhe O’Callaghan (0-1), Aoife Doyle, Alanna Gallagher, Sophie Holden, Máire Beth Kirby, Laura Power (2-1), Sarah Jayne Brophy (2-0), Marlise Flynn. Subs: Laura Falconer, Maria Phelan, Sine Kavanagh, Aoibheann Kavanagh, Laura Synnott, Anna O’Brien, Chloe Power, Danielle O’Brien, Michelle O’Shea

NATIONAL TOURNAMENT WEEKEND - This is the weekend for the national underage inter-county hurling tournaments. Things get under way on Saturday with the major ones being the Tony Forristal and the Sonny Walsh in Waterford for Under-14’s and Under-16’s Arrabawn tournament in Tipperary. There are also Under-15 and Under-17 tournaments. There will be a number of Piltown players and mentors involved and we’ll have news next week on how they got on.

KILKENNY COLOURS - Get those Black and Amber colours up around the Parish, We’re in an All-Ireland Final for the seventh consecutive year. Show your support and appreciate for a wonderful team who have given us so much pleasure. Remember too that they are also your local club colours!