FABULOUS FEILE FIRST-Those who were fortunate to attend the recent county under-14 Féile Na nGael Camogie Final between Piltown and Dicksboro in Windgap have all described it as a fabulous game and a fabulous occasion. The game itself was a game of two halves. Piltown did all the scoring in the first half with the help of the elements. Goals from Máire Beth Kirby and then team captain Nicola Phelan saw them lead by 2-0 to 0-0 after 10 minutes. These were to be the only scores Piltown got.
Dicksboro emerged with all guns blazing in the second half and pulled back two points. A Dicksboro goal with ten minutes left led to a tense closing quarter. The rest of the match featured a Piltown defence that battled doggedly to hold Dicksboro constant waves of attacks. Almost three minutes of added injury time added to the excitement, the tension and the drama. The final whistle blew and Piltown were county champions winning by 2-0 to 1-2 and are now Dublin bound for the national finals in June where they will be hosted by the St. Jude’s club in Templeogue.
The Ollie Walsh memorial trophy was presented by St Canice’s Kilkenny Credit Union representative Margot Moran to the heroic captain Piltown Nicola Phelan who was very gracious in her victory speech.
It will be the fourth time a Piltown Camogie team will feature at the national finals of Féile Na nGael (1978, 1979 and 2007); however it is the first time ever that a Piltown team has won the county competition to represent Kilkenny outside the county. Piltown Camogie is the success story that keeps on growing.
Team: Aoife Norris, Emily McCarthy, Shauna Coady, Niamh Foley, Anna Frisby, Emer Long, Alanna
Gallagher, Aóife Doyle, Stacey O’Brien, Sophie Holden, Chloe Holden, Laura O’Dwyer, Caoimhe O’Callaghan, Nicola Phelan (1-0, Capt), Máire Beth Kirby (1-0).
Subs: Fiona Long, Aoife Culleton, Anna Dowley, Avril Hogan, Lisa Norris, Sarah Jayne Brophy, Sinead Walsh
Mentors: Gay Doyle, Miriam Reid, Andrew McCarthy, Tom Holden, Marie Barcoe.
LEINSTER CHAMPIONS-Piltown had two girls involved in the Leinster Minor Camogie Final between Kilkenny and Dublin held at the Naomh Eanna grounds in Gorey. They were Lorraine Long (Tobernabrone) and Jennifer Norris (Jamestown). The Piltown girls were able to add to the growing number of inter county camogie medals in Piltown as Kilkenny claimed the Leinster title by beating Dublin 4-10 to 1-12 with Rachel Hogan, sister of Kilkenny senior hurlers Richie and Paddy claiming 3-1 of the tally. Once again it was another successful weekend for Piltown Camogie.
BLACK BELT-Shane Walsh (Corbally) from Piltown Karate Club recently graded successfully for his 1st Dan Black Belt with Kancho Kanazawa and Nobuaki Sensei. Shane is a member of Piltown karate club for a number of years.
DRUG BUST-In the absence of this column last week, Piltown made the national headlines with a major drug bust taking place at a warehouse close to Piltown Community Centre. Ironically, the community centre hosts one of the foremost drug awareness courses for young people in the country on an annually basis. However, the key point here is that the major drug trafficking ring was busted and Piltown is no place for such criminals. It is yet another reminder that people in the area should be always alert to anything out of the ordinary especially at these times and report anything suspicious to the local law enforcements.
EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS-Anyone wishing to travel by bus to the Eucharistic Congress on Ossory Day, Tuesday 12th June should contact Pat O’Gorman at Owning National School. (643628) or 087-9726276.
MAY ENTERTAINMENT-Entertainment in the GAA Complex coming up includes Michael Sexton (19th May) and Finbar Dennehy (26th May)
SILVER CIRCLE-Results of Piltown National School Silver Circle draw, week 4. €150-Ellen Commins (Turkstown); €100-Patricia Norris (Fiddown); €50-John Hogan (Carrick-on-Suir); €25-James Power (Turkstown).