Windgap/Tullahought - A weekend of sporting comebacks as Clare retains title

Boxing-On Saturday at the National Stadium on the south Circular road in Drimnagh and in Kilmanagh locals representing the newest and oldest sports in the area, all stared looking down into an unknown abyss. Four points to one down after the opening round of the National Senior Ladies Welterweight final Clare Grace and her coach Jimmy Walsh faced a daunting uphill battle in her bid to retain her National title. So too, did the clubs footballers earlier in the day as they struggled to field a side just to remain in this year’s competition after almost one hundred and twenty years participation in the big ball code. At the ringside the Callan partnership faced the title holder of two years ago Ban Garda Laoise Traynor from the Bray renowned Katie Taylor club who had the renowned Olympic Gold medal winning coach Pete Taylor in her corner. However somehow the wily octogenarian corner man and his prodigy amalgamated their blend of experience and youth as Clare battled back to lead six five at the end of the second round. In the crucial third round a scintillating performance saw Clare stamp her authority on the tie and extend her lead to11-6 lead. In the final fourth two minute round Clare went on to retain her title with a 15-8 victory. Boxing out of the Callan club Clare was also supported at the finals by club trainer John Hickey, family members and friends. On Friday evening Clare who trains in St. Saviours in Dublin during the week defeated Holy family boxer from Belfast in the semi Finals. In Kilmanagh the battle was now on for the pride of the club jersey rather than victory, as a clarion call was made to increase the starting line up of thirteen to enable the game to continue in the second half. With intercounty player Aidan Mackey at the helm and resources scarce and scattered, they were joined by club stalwart and former senior club and intercounty playing star Pat Walsh and Shamie Hennessey a member of the 2007 Féile team. Just two points down at half time the side that saw Johnny Fleming, Edward Cunningham and Tom Egan also making a return to the playing fields found the home side too strong in the second half. Having lined out with his son Paraic on a field of play for the first time, it was recalled elsewhere that his last football game was in similar circumstances when the side eventually went on to win the Junior A county title in 2004. On the occasion he rallied to the club cause along with Aidan Phelan to make up a side to play Slieverue in the first round and then stood back to see the little acorn go on to grow into a county title win in Nowlan Park. The side on Saturday was Tom Egan, Paraic Walsh, Shane Walsh, Edward Cunningham, Michael Power, PJ O’Keeffe, Peter Landy, Aidan Mackey, Cian Ryan, Gary Lyons, James Murray, Johnny Fleming, Philly Lonergan, Pat Walsh, Seamie Hennessy. The next game will be against Railyard in the semi final in two weeks time.

Boxing-On Saturday at the National Stadium on the south Circular road in Drimnagh and in Kilmanagh locals representing the newest and oldest sports in the area, all stared looking down into an unknown abyss. Four points to one down after the opening round of the National Senior Ladies Welterweight final Clare Grace and her coach Jimmy Walsh faced a daunting uphill battle in her bid to retain her National title. So too, did the clubs footballers earlier in the day as they struggled to field a side just to remain in this year’s competition after almost one hundred and twenty years participation in the big ball code. At the ringside the Callan partnership faced the title holder of two years ago Ban Garda Laoise Traynor from the Bray renowned Katie Taylor club who had the renowned Olympic Gold medal winning coach Pete Taylor in her corner. However somehow the wily octogenarian corner man and his prodigy amalgamated their blend of experience and youth as Clare battled back to lead six five at the end of the second round. In the crucial third round a scintillating performance saw Clare stamp her authority on the tie and extend her lead to11-6 lead. In the final fourth two minute round Clare went on to retain her title with a 15-8 victory. Boxing out of the Callan club Clare was also supported at the finals by club trainer John Hickey, family members and friends. On Friday evening Clare who trains in St. Saviours in Dublin during the week defeated Holy family boxer from Belfast in the semi Finals. In Kilmanagh the battle was now on for the pride of the club jersey rather than victory, as a clarion call was made to increase the starting line up of thirteen to enable the game to continue in the second half. With intercounty player Aidan Mackey at the helm and resources scarce and scattered, they were joined by club stalwart and former senior club and intercounty playing star Pat Walsh and Shamie Hennessey a member of the 2007 Féile team. Just two points down at half time the side that saw Johnny Fleming, Edward Cunningham and Tom Egan also making a return to the playing fields found the home side too strong in the second half. Having lined out with his son Paraic on a field of play for the first time, it was recalled elsewhere that his last football game was in similar circumstances when the side eventually went on to win the Junior A county title in 2004. On the occasion he rallied to the club cause along with Aidan Phelan to make up a side to play Slieverue in the first round and then stood back to see the little acorn go on to grow into a county title win in Nowlan Park. The side on Saturday was Tom Egan, Paraic Walsh, Shane Walsh, Edward Cunningham, Michael Power, PJ O’Keeffe, Peter Landy, Aidan Mackey, Cian Ryan, Gary Lyons, James Murray, Johnny Fleming, Philly Lonergan, Pat Walsh, Seamie Hennessy. The next game will be against Railyard in the semi final in two weeks time.

TWENTY FIVE CARD DRIVE- The monthly Progressive Twenty Five Card Drive in aid of Windgap Hurling Club will take place in Guinans in Windgap on Friday next 22nd of February at 8.45pm. All are welcome.

CAMOGIE AGM- Under pressure from emigration and having survived the senior relegation final last year, every parent, interested team coaches and mentors at all levels and players are invited to attend the AGM in the Clubrooms on Friday evening next. A text message will follow with additional details to further remind members the importance of getting involved in planning for a serious shot for the clubs first senior county title.

ASHBOURNE CUP- After a titanic struggle in the final in Limerick on Sunday Denise Gaule captured her fourth Ashbourne Cup medal with Waterford Institute of Technology when they defeated Limerick by a single point after a second session of extra time took place.

DID YOU SEE DA- All roads lead to St. Eoghan’s Hall Kilmoganny this week for the Shrughawadda players staging of Hugh Leonard’s DA. Tickets available in Moran’s, Dunphy’s and the Post Office

POTTERY CLASSES- Children’s pottery classes for children ages 6-12 are taking place on Wednesdays in Camphill Kyle, from 6-7pm. Running for five weeks they cost €40, all materials included. For more information or to book contact Sonja on 086-3050428

WILDLIFE MYSTERY- In the early days of spring an apparent migration of adult frogs saw heavy casualties on the local roads with others to be seen dead for some unknown reason in local fields.

FLORA WOMENS MINI MARATHON- If you Need motivation for getting fit? Why not run, jog or walk the 10-km Flora Women’s Mini Marathon for Our Lady’s Children Hospital & Medical Research Centre Crumlin in Dublin on the Bank holiday Monday, June 3rd 2013. For the occasion a bus will run from the Piltown, Carrick-on-Suir area, T– Shirts supplied & goodie bags will be collected and issued to you. If interested please contact Brenda Farrell (086) 3199051 (after 5 pm)

PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE- The next meeting of the Planning for the future committee takes place on Tuesday next the 26th in the GAA Club rooms at 8pm.

BRIDGE RESULTS- Winners of the Bridge Club game in the Olde House in Killamery were 1st. Pat Arrigan, Margaret Comerford. Best Gross Kitty Meagher, Rita Houlihan. 2nd. Rita Houlihan, Moira Hickey. 3rd. Alice Power, Mary Walsh. 4th. Sarah Crowley, Elizabeth Lanigan.

CLUB NEWS- On Monday evening in the Springhill Hotel guest speaker Paudie Butler gave a presentation to almost one hundred and fifty coaches looking after the under six to twelve’s around the County. Following the new children’s laws passed in the referendum in October he covered all aspects of good coaching and mentoring of the future stars of the game. Recent Winning Lotto Numbers were 2, 9, 15, 21 and Bonus 13. Next weeks Prize fund is €6,700.

DROICHEAD RESOURCE CENTRE- An open music, song & dance session will take place in Droichead Family Resource Centre (The Friary) every Friday afternoon for the older folk in Callan and surrounding area. This session takes place from 2pm – 4pm. All are welcome to join in on the session and have a bit of craic. Admission will be €2 per person. Tea and Coffee will be available. Volunteer musicians wanted to give a helping hand.

A D.I.Y Course will begin on Thursday evening, February 21st from 6pm – 8pm. It will take place over 6 Thursday evenings and the topics covered include- woodwork, plumbing, decorating, picture hanging and room measuring. This course will cost €30 per person.