Danesfort: Fitzpatrick hat-trick secures semi-final place

GO ON RANGERS - It was a good weekend on the playing field for Fort Rangers with 2 teams defying the horrible weather, and both emerging victorious.

GO ON RANGERS - It was a good weekend on the playing field for Fort Rangers with 2 teams defying the horrible weather, and both emerging victorious.

The brave chaps on the Under- 9 squad battled freezing wind and rain to beat near neighbours Stoneyford Utd on a 4-1 score line. The goals scorers were Charlie Moran[2], Matthew Cowley and Aaron Moore. Pride of place this week, however, goes to Fort’s Under-19’s who played in the same conditions against a very good Clover Utd. team and came out 3-2 winners after extra time to earn a place in the Youth’s shield semi final. Fort had hit a sticky patch lately after a great start to the season and this game was important to try get the season back on track. Clover are top of the league with a 100% record so managers Jack Fitzpatrick and Jim Nugent knew that a mighty effort would be required to get that badly needed win. The first half was very equal with both teams playing good football despite the weather. Goalkeeper John Rice made 2 fine saves to keep the Laoismen at bay while Emmet Nugent saw a penalty saved brilliantly by the Clover custodian. The second half burst into life after just 10 minutes when Dion Fitzpatrick calmly finished to the net from the edge of the area to give the locals a massive boost. Things got better for Fort and Dion when just 5 minutes later he ran on to a great through ball and produced a suberb finish to give Fort a 2 goal lead. However, Clover are not top of the league for nothing and stormed back into the game to score twice and force extra time. The first period was uneventful but the second period was a good battle with both sides working hard to claim a winner, and it was fitting that this fine match should be decided by a great 20 yard strike. Up step Dion Fitzpatrick to produce that strike and complete a fine hat trick to deservedly send Fort through to a first ever Shield semi final for the club. This win was even more special as it came on a day when the locals were missing 4 players for a variety of reasons, proving that the strength of the squad is of a high standard. Hopefully this win will kick start the season for the lads who to a man played out of their skin, and a trophy may well be on the horizon. Team; John Rice, James Tynan, Ger Dunne, Seamus McGrath, Paddy Tynan, Dion Fitzpatrick, James Lenihan, Darragh Hennessy, Donagh Kearney, Emmet Nugent and Peter Butler. Sub; Jason Doherty

CONCERT - Danesfort GAA Club are organising a fundraising concert for Saturday, February 23 in the Springhill Court Hotel featuring Irish folk song legends Diarmuid O’Leary and The Bard, famous for the hit singlt The Oldest Swinger in Town. This promises to be a great night out and will also feature the Danesfort people of the year awards and a talk from Kilkenny hurling manager Brian Cody, so it’s an event every Danesfort person should support if possible. Tickets for the concert are €20 each and can be obtained from Martin Tynan at 087-2610670 or Pat Murphy at 087-7772106, or alternatively contact your nearest Club Committee member or player, they should be able to provide tickets also. Please come along and support.

WALKERS - Winter Walkers get together Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7.00pm in Danesfort GAA grounds. Bring torch, suitable clothing, runners and of course a FRIEND.

   PRE SCHOOL - Church Hill Pre School in Cuffesgrange is now enrolling for September 2013. Children who are between 3 years and 3 months and 4 years and 6 months on September 1st of year of enrolment can avail of one year free Pre School. To avail of this in Church Hill please call in and collect an enrolment form or phone the office preferably in the mornings on 056 7729144. Children who do not qualify for the free year can still enroll if there are places available. Don’t delay as there are a limited number of places available.

 KARATE - Danesfort Karate Club For boys and girls, aged between 4 and 12 years old every Tuesday from 6pm - 6:45pm in Danesfort Community Centre. The club is now looking to add to its membership. Anybody interested in enrolling their children for karate contact Kevin 086 3668669.

 FASHION SHOW - Ladies a date for your diary! St.Michaels NS., Danesfort will hold a fashion show in aid of their building fund on Wednesday March 20 at Langton House Hotel.Following the success of last years show this promises to be just as enjoyable with a fantastic line up of shops and boutiques. More information will follow so watch this space!!!!

 CUBS AND BEAVERS - Cubs meet on Mondays in Danesfort Community Centre 6.45pm to 8.00pm. Contact 087 9343090.  Beavers meet on Thursdays in Community centre 6.30pm to 7.30pm.  Contact 087 8043511.

FOROIGE - Cuffesgrange FOROIGE club meet every Thursdays in Danesfort Community Centre at 8.00pm.  It is an adult volunteer-led organization for teenage boys and girls aged 13 – 18 years. Contact  087 6406408.

PARENT AND TODDLER - Danesfort Parent and Toddler Group meet on Monday morning’s from 10.30a.m - 12.15 at Danesfort Community Centre. Come along and meet new friends,toddler’s enjoy activities such as, arts and crafts, action songs and weather permitting, a refreshing toddler walk can be enjoyed at the nearby walking track, buggies and suitable clothing required. Tea, Coffee and light healthy snacks for all. For more information contact Dympna on 086/8322086 or Monica on 087/6574807.

GOING STRONG - Going Strong Club will be held on Wednesday 22 at 10.30am in Danesfort Community Centre. Our Club can never have enough members so we invite new people (men and women) to come along and keep our club Going Strong.  Each morning fresh scones, tea/coffee served. Kilkenny People is available for purchase. Admission €5 Contact: 086 1666547.

BINGO - Bingo is held on Wednesday nights in Danesfort Community Centre at 8.30pm. Jackpot is waiting to be won, don’t miss out, it could be your lucky night. For any newcomers, there is plenty of car parking available and a bus service operates each week from Kilkenny City.   Contact:  086 8825821

YOGA - Yoga classes take place Every Tuesday in Danesfort Community Centre 10.00am. Yoga is a wonderful way to increase flexibility and improve muscle tone, breathing and body posture. If you would like to try it, just drop in to our classes. Class instructor is Sadhbh O’Neill. You will need comfortable clothing, yoga mat, blanket, small pillow.  Refreshments after each class (optional).  Contact 086 1666547.

BRIDGE - Bridge classes are held every Tuesday in Danesfort Community Centre with Annette Kennedy,Member of C.B.A.I. Bridge Teachers Association. Playing regularly keeps your memory active and brain alert. Contact: 087 6601564

COMPUTERS - Computer Classes will start on Wednesday morning 6th February. If you are interested, please contact Claire 087 9781171. Booking in advance of classes is essential. It would be advisable also to have access to your own laptop or computer for practice.

MUSIC DANCE - An open music, song and 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 will begin on February 8 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.