GAA - It was Katie Power versus Karen Duggan in the Ashbourne Cup Final for Camogie or if you prefer Waterford I.T. versus University Limerick with the venue also being Limerick as well. The game turned into a marathon with two lots of extra time required to separate the teams. Victory went to Katie and W.I.T. as they achieved a three in a row. WIT came back from three points down in second half of the second lot of extra time to win by a single point, 3-13 to 2-15 in what some described as the best ever Ashbourne Cup Final. It’s disappointing there had to be a loser but it was yet another proud day for Piltown Camogie players. Congratulations to both girls.
CAMOGIE DINNER DANCE - Piltown Camogie Club will hold a celebratory dinner dance/social in the Carraig Hotel, Carrick-On-Suir on Saturday 2nd March. There will be a disco to cater for all ages. It will be a great night of celebration for the huge year in 2012 which brought county championships at under-14 Féile, Under-16 Roinn A, Minor Roinn B and Under-21 Roinn B. Tickets are a very reasonable €20. There will be a raffle on the night in aid of St. Brigid’s Hospital, in memory of Tom Holden. The tickets are available from any committee member. Under-14’s must be accompanied by an adult.
TEMPLEORUM NATIONAL SCHOOL - Templeorum National School is currently taking enrolments for September 2013. Forms can be obtained from the school at 051-643602.
KATIES WISH TO WALK - Raffle tickets are now on sale to help raise funds to meet the enormous costs and your support for the raffle would be greatly appreciated. For further details, visit the website: www.katieswishtowalk.com
CONFIRMATION - Confirmation will take place in Piltown on Sunday, 24th February at 11am.
INTER COUNTY GAA - There were several young Piltown girls in inter county action at the weekend. Chloe Blackmore captained Kilkenny in the Leinster Under-16 Camogie championship clash versus Offaly in Johnstown on Sunday. Chloe led by example scoring two early goals. Aoife Norris was in goal and Chloe Holden did her bit when introduced in the second half. Kilkenny won 6-7 to 3-7 with the game taking place in Johnstown. Kilkenny face Wexford next.
In Girls Gaelic Football, Kilkenny Under-14’s played Tipperary in James Park with a squad that featured Emily McCarthy, Aoife Doyle and Lisa Norris. Tipperary, who are in the top division of Girls Gaelic Football proved too strong.
Meanwhile Jennifer Norris, Debbie Phelan, Sinead McCarthy, Lorraine Long and Alice Talbot were in action with the Kilkenny Minor Camogie team. They face Tipperary at the weekend in the first round of the All-Ireland championship.
GIRLS GAELIC FOOTBALL - The annual general meeting of Piltown Ladies Gaelic Football Club will take place in Piltown GAA Complex on Friday 1st March at 8pm. All parents and players over 14 are asked to attend. If any new players born in 2002 or before would like to register with the club for 2013, their parents are welcome to attend or give your name to 087-9230283. The club welcomes players from surrounding parishes that do not have girls Gaelic Football currently and should girls football start in you own parish there will be no obstacle to returning to your own parish team. Also welcome are any senior secondary school girls who might be pursuing their Gaisce awards and would like to be involved in club administration. It is a great opportunity to learn the ropes whilst ticking off another category on the award list.
STRETCH IN THE EVENING - There is a noticeable stretch in the evenings which means the GAA season will be back in full tilt very soon. There’s a lot to look forward to this year. All juvenile Camogie teams plus the Under-21 team will be battling for the ultimate prize as they are all graded in Roinn A. Last year was a massive year for Piltown Camogie but this year the challenge will be even greater. However, they are where every club has the ambition to be and hopefully the Intermediate team might also step up to the premier ranks of Senior in 2013, though they are still a very young squad.
There is almost a similar story for the boys in Gaelic Football, where the Minors are in Roinn A, the Under-16’s, last year’s Roinn B champions are expected to be in Roinn A also, but the Under-14’s are in Roinn B. It’s a little disappointing that the Under-14’s who were last year’s Roinn B champions did not step up also given that 7 of last year’s team that started the final are still underage as well as 5 of the subs. The result in the first game of the league would appear to confirm, Piltown should be graded higher. Again in Gaelic Football it will be hoped that the Intermediates will return to the senior ranks.
Ladies Football is grappling with structures at county level, but on current rankings, Piltown should be thereabouts with new leagues/championships at Under-14 and Under-16 being introduced and opportunities for the older players to play for clubs that have adult teams whilst still being Piltown players. Good wishes go to all teams in all codes and here’s hoping 2013 will be just as successful as 2012.