Handball - Kilfane Handball Club would like to congratulate Thomastown GAA Club on their recent All Ireland success. On the handball front, Kilfane have continued their good run in the 40x20 juvenile county championships in recent weeks. Conor Holden and Peter McDonald won the U10 and U11 boys singles titles respectively in Kells, while in Windgap, Roisin O’Keeffe won the U11 girls singles title. Kyle Jordan and Cillian Kelly won the U10 doubles 40x20 County title last week in Kells. With the impressive display of handball they played it could be the first of many titles for the two boys.
On 14th Feb, Rachel Hogan became Ladies Junior A Leinster Champion by winning the final 2-0 in Croke Park.
In the Leinster championships last weekend, four Kilfane players were in action for Kilkenny against Kildare. Dearbhail O’Keeffe, Jack Holden and Aoife Holden all progressed to the next round with good wins in their singles competitions. Caoimhe Kelly was paired with Margaret Foley from Windgap in the U13 doubles but lost out in their match.
Tom O’Keeffe and Tom Dooley are through to the final of the Leinster Silver Masters B doubles after defeating Kildare opposition in Monevea on Sat night.
GAA NEWS-The Club would like to thank all the sponsors who, once again, dug deep for the Club in recent weeks for our trip to Croke Park, also thanks to all the supporters who turned out in droves to give such wonderful support to
the team, all of which contributed in no small way to winning the All Ireland Junior Title. We would also like to thank all those who donated scrap metal to our recent Scrap Saturday event which was a huge success. Registration for 2013 takes place this Sunday 24th February at the Clubhouse in Grennan from 12pm to 2pm. Adult players €80, Adult non-player and Juvenile €40, Family (parents + juveniles) €120, OAP €10. New Croke Park Directive - non insured players are not permitted to train or play from March 2013.
Athletics - Local athletes enjoyed a successful day at the County relays in a windy Bramblestown on Sunday. In the U8 race Caoimhe Power took bronze in 3rd place. In the boys’ race Cian Farrell had a fine race to take gold with Mathew Cullen and Billy O’Keeffe also getting among the medals. In the U10 relay Marie O’keeffe, Tara Fenlon and Katie Taylor got silver medals. In the boys’ race Billy Power, Jimmy Maher and Oisin O Reilly took bronze medals with Cormac Moore and Thomas Comerford also taking part. Ciara O’Keeffe, Orla O’Keeffe and Ellen Ryan won the girls’ U12 relay with Dearbhla O’Reilly, Edie Maher and Katie Taylor putting in a great effort to finish 4th of the 10 teams. The boys’ U12 also took gold with Jordan Knight, Tom Holden and Gerard Prentice. The U14 girls got silver medals with Emily Taylor, Sinead O’Keeffe fand Caoimhe Kelly. Alison Barry combined with Castlecomer finishing 4th. Ailís O’Shea and Sean Power were winners of the U17 races. In the Intermediate Women’s race race Megan Morrissey had a fine run to take silver and lead the club team to victory retaining the shield they won last year. She was ably assisted over the tough course by Maeve O’Connor 3rd, Sinead Whelan 4th and Niamh O’ Shea 6th. The ladies also took bronze medals with Margaret Power, Laura Walpole, Irma Moore, Marie Maher and Mary Barry. Anthony Forristal had an impressive run to finish 2nd in the Mens’ race. The club team won silver medals with Anthony, Pat O’Reilly, Liam McCabe, Bill Carroll and Liam O’Shea. The uneven relays will take place in Freshford on March 3rd. Training continues on Tuedays and Thurdays at 7.30
Soccer - Thomastown United Junior A side were back to winning ways at the weekend but only just !, Thomastown welcomed Fort Rangers to United Park and unfortunately due to a defensive error found themselves 1 down at half time. To add insult to injury they went down to 10 men just after the break. Now with the wind against them and a man and goal down there knew they had the biggest of uphill battles to win. The beginning of the comeback came from a Willam Flood corner that found Robert Skehan on the back post and Skehan side footed into the net. Time was creaping by and with just 10 minutes to go United won a corner and Aaron Broaders left the cross a little short but luckly the ball made its way back to him and he side stepped one defender and unleashed a strike which bet the Rangers keeper but found the upright and goal mouth scramble ensued and it was Eamon Lyster that got his toe on the ball and the ball found its way to the bottom right hand corner of the goal. Final Score 2-1. Next up for Thomastown is Evergreen B at home in the Pat Maher Shield Semi-Final on Sunday 24th February, Kick off at 11am. All support welcome
The Junior B side were at home to St Johns in the League last Sunday. A first half long distance strike by Mark Delahunty found its way passed the St Johns defenders and keeper to give United the lead. Second half and St Johns grabbed the equaliser from the penality spot and it looked like the game was going to finish honours even until Danny McDonald was taken down in the box in the last 6 minutes to earn United another chance to grab the winner. Up stepped Mark Delahunty and grabbed his second goal of the game after his struck his shot to the keepers left and the keeper was unlucky to not keep the ball out after getting his fingers to it. Thomastown held on and grabbed all 3 points. Final score 2-1.
Thomastown United Under 14’s travel to Ballyhar in Kerry next Saturday in the last 16 round of the SFAI National Cup when they take on Ballyhar Dynamos. Thomastown United are running a bus to this game and anyone interested is to contact Eoin Hayes on 086 8698982 asap as only a few seats remain. For more up to date fixtures, results and news check out our website www.thomastownunited.com or you can also find us on Facebook.
Grennan College - Grennan College Athletes competed in the Leinster Schools Cross Country Athletics at Santry Demense last week. The Senior team was lead by Sinead Whelan who finished 13th, in a quality field, and qualified for the All Ireland Cross Country Schools Finals at Jordanstown University on 9th March. Niamh O Shea had a fine run in 39th, and our Austrian exchange student Kathrin Urban put in an excellent run until hampered by injury. This team finished 3rd in South Leinster in January. Ailis O Shea competed in the Junior race and finished 24th in a fast race. Other Thomastown Athletic Club members to qualify for the All Irelands are Maeve O Conner and Megan Morrissey running in the colours of Presentation Kilkenny, along with Sean Power running for Callan CBS.