UNDER 6 HURLERS - There is no doubt about it.....The future of the Village is shining brightly as two of our youngest under-age teams from the Village travelled to sunny Durrow last Saturday to play in a fun hurling blitz. The Village U-16 starlets kicked off the wonderful day by playing four fun exhibition games against various team selections from Durrow and Clough/Ballacolla. In these games the Village boys demonstrated some wonderful traditional Village skills coupled with no shortage of heart and determination to the delight of the hard working coaches and very supportive parents who attended in support. Under the beaming sunshine, the red & green boys worked the ball from end to the other in search of the all important scores to secure victory in these fun games where all kids take full participation. At the end of the games all kids were brought together and presented with a medal and goodie bag in recognition of their wonderful efforts throughout the day. Each Village player accepted the medal and goodie bag to a rapturous applause from the parents and coaches. Well done to all involved on a great days hurling. An Village Abú!
SENIORS - James Stephens interest in the Kilkenny Aylward Cup hurling competition came to an abrupt end last Friday evening as the high flying St.Patricks (Ballyragget) romped home to victory over the Village boys. The Ballyragget men struck the net in the opening five minutes of the game and by the half time mark the Village boys trailed by 0-4 to 3-3, St.Pat’s combining to hit three green flags in the first half. Some reshuffling from the Village management at half time saw the Village compete much greater in the second 30 minute period as they closed Ballyragget down from scoring any more goals in the second half. Try as they might, the Village left too much of a mountain to climb as Ballyragget deservingly drove onto claim a comprehensive 3-14 to 2-7 victory on the night. The Village fielded a youthful side which was missing a host of regular senior starters in addition to our three senior Kilkenny players, Eoin Larkin, Matthew Ruth and Jackie Tyrrell. The Village will now have a long break from competitive action as there next encounter will see them clash with Erin’s Own in the last Kilkenny senior hurling league/championship group game which will be played after Kilkenny Seniors finish hurling in the All-Ireland championship campaign. The Village will be determined to seek a win over Erin’s Own as the Comer men beat James Stephens last year in the group stages of the club league/championship. Congratulations to young Village guns Luke Hickey and Niall Mullins who both sprung from the red & green bench to make their senior hurling debuts against Dicksboro in the recent Kilkenny Senior hurling league/championship fourth round encounter. No doubt both players will have long and successful years in the Village jersey.
JUNIOR - Well done to the hard working Village junior squad who scored an excellent 2-13 to 0-12 win over St.Martins (Muckalee) in the Kilkenny Junior hurling league/championship round 5 last Sunday in Village head quarters. This clash saw both sides deadlocked after the opening 15 minutes of the first half at 0-2 a piece however a well taken goal from Village corner forward, Conor O’Grady proved to be a decisive score in the opening half. Some very dominant play from Luke Hickey and Darren Leahy in the full back line alongside half backs, Shane Campion and David Hennessy while Conor McQuillan enjoyed supremacy in mid-field. In the second half the Village kicked on as full forward Pat Butler scored a much needed 3 pointer. Anthony Lawlor was immense in his work rate and attacking runs at centre forward which caused the Muckalee men trouble throughout. To the credit of St.Martins they kept battling very hard and his a small purple patch in the cling 10 minutes notching up some good scores from play. This was a very good win for the Village boys so well done to all the players and management team of Brendan Lee, Diarmuid Berry, Dermot Grogan, Eamon Larkin and Sean Doyle.
U-16 - Best wishes to the Village U-16 Roinn A panel of players and mentors as they bid to win the Kilkenny U-16 Roinn A hurling league title. The Village boys will clash with O’Loughlin Gaels/Dicksboro in the final on Monday 30th July 2012 in Larchfield at 7.30pm.
U-14 HURLING - Hard luck to the Village B squad who suffered defeat to Blacks & Whites in the U-14 Roinn B hurling league last Sunday. The Village boys have moved into the Roinn B group for the league and are punching above there weight. The Village youngsters are competing and giving there every effort in each league encounter.
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KILKENNY “ON TOUR” - As Kilkenny manager, Brian Cody and club mates, Jackie Tyrrell, Eoin Larkin and Matt Ruth prepare in earnest in Nowlan Park for the unusual experience, for them, of taking the “tourist” route, via Thurles, in defence of their All-Ireland crown the scramble for tickets for the very attractive double fixture on Sunday has begun in earnest. With the shock effect of the heavy defeat by the Tribesmen in the Leinster final, well and truelly behind them, no doubt, we can expect a rejuvenated Kilkenny to take the field against Limerick in Sunday’s eagerly awaited All-Ireland quarter final. Limerick, themselves, under successful former Cork manager, John Allen are something of a surprise package, having overturned neighbours, Clare, in the last round, and with a healthy mixture of experienced and youthful tallent in their squad, will, no doubt, pose a difficult challenge for Kilkenny to overcome.
KELLS ROAD DRAW - The July draw takes place, tonight, Wednesday, 25th July in the clubrooms. As per usual, committee members will be in the club to accept entries on the night from 7.30p.m.. For those attending the draw refreshments and plenty of delicious home baking will be served before and after the draw. All are welcome.
KELLS ROAD DEVELOPMENTS - On the Kells Road, itself, the contract for the verti-draining has been awarded but due to the ongoing spell of bad weather work has not commenced, just yet. This job of work must be done to ensure that the root system is imbedded to safeguard against the heavy usage the ground will endure when the development is open for full use by the club’s juvenile structures from next March. Meanwhile. a hardy buch of twelve, young and not so young volunteers were out on the site, on Saturday morning, picking stones at the entrance area and weeding the berms to ensure that the newly planted trees and shrubbery get a chance to root and thrive. However, as the political slogan stated “ a lot done, (a lot) more to do” and a lot more help will be required to complete the job..
SYMPATHIES - The condolences of the club’s membership were extended to Club president, Sean Tyrrell, 15, O’Loughlin Road, and his family on the death, last week, of his wife, Mrs.May Tyrrell (nee Kavanagh). Mrs.Tyrrell, who was in her eighty first year, passed away, peacefully, at her home, after a period of ill health. Her soulmate, Sean, for over fifty years has been a mainstay of the James Stephens club, current president and former long serving club delegate to the Kilkenny Co. Board, ever since being a member of the club’s Kilkenny junior championship winning side of 1955, and captaining Kilkenny to an All-Ireland Junior title in 1956. Through their parents, Sean and the late May, the Tyrrell family hold a unique place in Kilkenny G.A.A.circles, as their sons, have served all three city clubs with distinction down through the years. Quite appropriately, all three clubs provided their U-14 squads to form a guard of honour for the arrival of the funeral procession to St.John’s church on Thursday morning..On Monday night the weekly meeting of the club’s management committee was adjourned as a mark of respect to both the Tyrrell and Neary families on their bereavements.. The sympathies of the James Stephnes GAA. club membership are extended to Brian Kelly ,Dukesmeadows Ave. daughter Aisling, son Brian and extended family on the sad loss of Brian’s wife Aileen .Air dheis Dei go raibh a anam dilis.
U.N. SERVICE - We send best wishes to Captain Robert (Bob) Kearney, Weirview, Kilkenny a member of the club’s management committee and Junior selector who departed the country, in the last fortnight, to one of the world’s most dangerous hotspots, Syria and Israel, to serve a two year tour of duty with the U.N monitoring force in the region. .
LOTTO - This week’s numbers were: 13 :15 :19. Once again, there was no winning ticket. For next Tuesday night’s draw the jackpot increases to Eu 4,400. The consolation winners were: Mary Blanch, Eoghan Murphy, The Cow Boy, Mags McClean and Libby Lynch.