Piltown: You can’t camouflage brilliance

CAMOGIE DOUBLEDOUBLE – Palmerstown was the venue as Piltown Minor Camogie tem faced St. Martin’s in the Roinn B County Final on the eve of the All-Ireland hurling Final replay. Piltown had won Minor Roinn C in 2011 along with Roinn B in Under-16. This year it was an unprecedented third county final for the club with a defeat in Under-14 Roinn B and a victory in Under-16 Roinn A in the last few weeks. Could they make it an under-16 Minor double for the second consecutive year? Debbie Phelan put Piltown ahead with a free in the second minute. St. Martin’s responded with a similar score from their centre back, Katie Nolan. However, Piltown looked a little bit lack lustre in the early stages and the defence was opened up for a goal in the 10th minute by Rebecca Comerford. Kelly Ann Doyle pulled a point back in the 12th minute. Then Debbie Phelan scored another superb point from a free in the 16th minute. Siobhan Dermody fielded a high ball and found Lorraine Long who levelled proceedings as Piltown began to crank up and settle down at the same time. In the 27th minute, Debbie Phelan scored her third free. In the 29th minute Edel Long who was now dominating her position sent the ball to the back of the net to leave Piltown 1-5 to 1-1 ahead at the break. St. Martin’s Edel Coonan got the first point of the second period in the first minute. Lorraine Long responded with a point a minute later for Piltown. The accurate Debbie Phelan got her 4th pointed free in the 7th minute. In the 12th minute the St. Martin’s goalkeeper made a great save from Aisling McGowan, but substitute Sarah Murphy finished it to the net. The next twenty minutes was a battle of epic proportions with the Piltown defence defending stoutly. It was two minutes into injury time when Katie Nolan pulled one more point back for St. Martins from a free but it was not enough as Piltown won the title and a remarkable double-double by 2-7 to 1-3. Joint captains Leanne Dunne and Aisling McGowan the only two players who will be overage for next year accepted the cup on behalf of the team before the long night of noisy celebrations back at the Complex and the surrounding village. This was a super team performance. Chloe Blackmore was outstanding in goal and who will forget her “Ollie Walsh” style solo in the dying minutes which was a great lift to the team. After a shaky start the defence stood firm and solid and even unbreakable. This defence does not get pushed over. Debbie Phelan was outstanding and did not miss a single free. It’s something to be called outstanding in a defence like Piltown’s. At midfield, Alice Talbot was the one player who hit the ground running at the start and when Kelly Ann Doyle joined in she didn’t stop. The forwards battled for everything against an uncompromising defence and Edel Long was brilliant once she got into her stride. The subs when called upon all contributed to a famous victory in a wonderful tough final that had two teams that deserved the status of finalists. Well done to the Piltown mentors on yet another historic county championship. Team: Chloe Blackmore, Katelynn Phelan, Jennifer Norris, Ellen Commins, Siobhan Dermody, Debbie Phelan (0-4 frees), Leanne Dunne (joint captain), Kelly Ann Doyle (0-1), Lorraine Long (0-2), Edel Long (1-0), Sinead McCarthy, Aisling McGowan (joint captain), Soracha Phelan, Lisa McCarthy. Subs: Sarah Murphy (1-0), Niamh Dermody, Jean Power, Mairead Power, Laura Foley. Mentors: Seamus Dunne, Eamonn McGowan, Michael Long

CAMOGIE DOUBLEDOUBLE – Palmerstown was the venue as Piltown Minor Camogie tem faced St. Martin’s in the Roinn B County Final on the eve of the All-Ireland hurling Final replay. Piltown had won Minor Roinn C in 2011 along with Roinn B in Under-16. This year it was an unprecedented third county final for the club with a defeat in Under-14 Roinn B and a victory in Under-16 Roinn A in the last few weeks. Could they make it an under-16 Minor double for the second consecutive year? Debbie Phelan put Piltown ahead with a free in the second minute. St. Martin’s responded with a similar score from their centre back, Katie Nolan. However, Piltown looked a little bit lack lustre in the early stages and the defence was opened up for a goal in the 10th minute by Rebecca Comerford. Kelly Ann Doyle pulled a point back in the 12th minute. Then Debbie Phelan scored another superb point from a free in the 16th minute. Siobhan Dermody fielded a high ball and found Lorraine Long who levelled proceedings as Piltown began to crank up and settle down at the same time. In the 27th minute, Debbie Phelan scored her third free. In the 29th minute Edel Long who was now dominating her position sent the ball to the back of the net to leave Piltown 1-5 to 1-1 ahead at the break. St. Martin’s Edel Coonan got the first point of the second period in the first minute. Lorraine Long responded with a point a minute later for Piltown. The accurate Debbie Phelan got her 4th pointed free in the 7th minute. In the 12th minute the St. Martin’s goalkeeper made a great save from Aisling McGowan, but substitute Sarah Murphy finished it to the net. The next twenty minutes was a battle of epic proportions with the Piltown defence defending stoutly. It was two minutes into injury time when Katie Nolan pulled one more point back for St. Martins from a free but it was not enough as Piltown won the title and a remarkable double-double by 2-7 to 1-3. Joint captains Leanne Dunne and Aisling McGowan the only two players who will be overage for next year accepted the cup on behalf of the team before the long night of noisy celebrations back at the Complex and the surrounding village. This was a super team performance. Chloe Blackmore was outstanding in goal and who will forget her “Ollie Walsh” style solo in the dying minutes which was a great lift to the team. After a shaky start the defence stood firm and solid and even unbreakable. This defence does not get pushed over. Debbie Phelan was outstanding and did not miss a single free. It’s something to be called outstanding in a defence like Piltown’s. At midfield, Alice Talbot was the one player who hit the ground running at the start and when Kelly Ann Doyle joined in she didn’t stop. The forwards battled for everything against an uncompromising defence and Edel Long was brilliant once she got into her stride. The subs when called upon all contributed to a famous victory in a wonderful tough final that had two teams that deserved the status of finalists. Well done to the Piltown mentors on yet another historic county championship. Team: Chloe Blackmore, Katelynn Phelan, Jennifer Norris, Ellen Commins, Siobhan Dermody, Debbie Phelan (0-4 frees), Leanne Dunne (joint captain), Kelly Ann Doyle (0-1), Lorraine Long (0-2), Edel Long (1-0), Sinead McCarthy, Aisling McGowan (joint captain), Soracha Phelan, Lisa McCarthy. Subs: Sarah Murphy (1-0), Niamh Dermody, Jean Power, Mairead Power, Laura Foley. Mentors: Seamus Dunne, Eamonn McGowan, Michael Long

TIDY TOWNS - Only Fiddown and Owning from the area were in this years Tidy Towns competition. Templeorum again was notamong the entered but it was also disappointing not the see Piltown, the main population area, not involved. Recently, Piltown’s reputation has been put in the spotlight through social media websites. Possibly a more positive approach would be for the people of Piltown to get the young people involved in community activities that would give them pride in their community. One creditable way to start would be to put Piltown back on the Tidy Towns Map. There is no doubt that many are working individually to make Piltown a wonderful place but to harness the power of team work, the sky’s the limit as regards what could be achieved. As the 2011 results showed there is a huge amount of groundwork done already and they now have a large population to draw voluntary assistance from. Owning scored 241 points in Category A while Fiddown scored 247 points in Category B. This was a three-point increase for Fiddown on 2011 when Fiddown returned to the competition after a number of years. There is no doubt that the evidence is clearly there of the work being put in by the Fiddown Committee where there is a growing sense of community. Owning was not entered in 2011, but the score of 241 is the same as 2010 and twelve points more than they scored in 2009. It’s good that there was no deterioration despite a year’s absence from the competition. Hopefully, it will be the same for Piltown in 2013.

COMMUNITY ENTERPRISE - Piltown Community Enterprise had a successful day at the Iverk Show. They had plans on display for renovation of the old Creamery Building in the centre of the village. Members of thes voluntary group’s Business Support Committee announced details of an upcoming “Start Your own Business” competition to be launched in October. Plans are also currently underway for the establishment of a local Directory of Businesses and Services in the area. If you have a business in the area or are from the area and have a business elsewhere you can advertise in the directory by signing up online at www.piltowndirectory.ie or by collecting an application form from Piltown Credit Union, Piltown Post Office or Piltown GAA Complex. All clubs and voluntary associations in the area will also be included free.

PILTOWN ALLOTMENTS - A prestigious award was presented by the Royal Dublin Show for the All-Ireland Allotment Best Novice Gardener 2012 to Angela O’Callaghan. Angela and Paul Blackmore work their plot together and their efforts are a reflection of the extremely high standard of the Piltown Allotments in general. At an awards ceremony in the Theatre Royal Waterford recently, Angela accepted her Silver medal. Last year the allotments also received a certificate of excellence from the RDS.

INTERMEDIATE
CAMOGIE - Piltown Intermediate Camogie team went out of the championship at the semi final stage after a 1-8 to 3-5 defeat against Tullaroan. It is the second year in a row, Tullaroan have taken the Piltown scalp at the semi stage, but you can be sure Tullaroan will be hoping to get out of Intermediate before Piltown get another crack at them given the improvement by the young Piltown team which featured five minors in the starting line up plus another eight on the bench. Piltown started well and Georgina Culleton pounced on indecision in the Tullaroan goal to give Piltown the edge with a flicked goal. Tullaroan grabbed two close in goals to lead by 1-3 to 2-2 at half time. A third goal in the second half gave them a five point lead, but Katie Power kept a dogged Piltown in touch on the scoreboard as Tullaroan went defensive. Piltown could not peg them back and went down by three points. Clearly, the difference between the two teams was the physicality which was much stronger in the more mature Tullaroan team. The superb Karen Duggan and Leanne Long were the two Piltown players who really stood up to the physical challenge but there is no doubt that these girls will get physically stronger and will be back challenging again next year. Team: Anita Duggan, Hilary Power, Jennifer Norris, Fiona Malone, Debbie Phelan (0-1 free), Karen Duggan, Leanne Long, Laura Norris, Sinead Long, Lorraine Long, Elaine Kenny, Katie Power (0-7, 4 frees, 1 ’45), Sinead McCarthy, Georgina Culleton (1-0), Leanne Dunne. Subs: Nicola Foley. Not Used; Maria Foley, Aisling McGowan, Soracha Phelan, Siobhan Dermody, Alice Talbot, Niamh Dermody, Ellen Commins, Mairead Power, Edel Long

INTER COUNTY FOOTBAL - Piltown Girls Gaelic Football had two representatives on the Kilkenny A squad in the Leinster Under-12 Blitz at O’Hanrahan’s GAA Grounds in Carlow Town. They were Lisa Norris and Hilary Balding. Kilkenny did well with wins over Kildare and Westmeath and defeats to the eventual winners Louth and a one point defeat to Meath which cost Kilkenny a place in the final. Both girls contributed well to the Kilkenny cause. Training and Prize giving for the training match league takes place on Thursday at 6:30pm.

KARATE CLUB - Piltown Karate Club has resumed training for the Autumn Season. Beginners welcome on Mondays in Piltown Community Centre from 7 to 8pm.

SQUASH CLUB - The Squash season has recommenced Piltown GAA Complex and Leagues will be up and running shortly. The Club has three fully heated courts and full changing facilities. Squash is suitable for all age groups and standards. The World Health Organisation has designated Squash as the No. 1 Sport for overall health & fitness. Anyone wishing to try out the game can avail of free equipment and introductory Squash lessons by contacting 087-2768986, or call to the Complex any
evening Monday to Friday for details.

SEPTEMBER PAIN - Piltown Junior hurlers bowed out of the championship at the first knockout stage when they were beaten by Bennetsbridge in Ballyhale by 1-15 to 1-16. Again it has been another year where Piltown have dominated the grade from April until September. All eyes now turn towards the Under-21’s who won the championship last year. They will be hoping to save Piltown hurling teams from a total whitewash in knockout championship matches in all grades for 2012 and supporters will be hoping that the investment in top class facilities will pay dividends sooner rather than later.

THE GATHERING - We’re hearing a lot lately about “The Gathering”. What is it? Throughout 2013, Ireland will open its arms tohundreds of thousands of friends and family from all over the world, calling them home to gatherings in villages, towns and cities. Communities throughout Ireland will showcase and share the very best of Irish culture, tradition, business, sport, fighting spirit and the uniquely Irish sense of fun. Over 70 million people worldwide claim Irish ancestry. The Gathering Ireland 2013 provides the perfect excuse to reach out to those who have moved away, their relatives, friends and descendants, and invite them home. The Gathering is the people’s party. It will kick off in spectacular style at the New Year’s Eve Festival in Dublin and will be celebrated through gatherings of the people and Ireland’s major festivals during 2013. Wouldn’t it be nice for the Parish of Piltown to have a week set aside for “The Gathering” in 2013 possibly culminating in a major function in the Community Centre? There would be a lot of organising but the workload could be easily shared if all the organisations of the parish from sports, to cultural to the Iverk Show, to parish all came together and worked together. We’ll watch this space in the coming months to see will a gathering come to pass in Piltown.