U16 HURLING-The U-16 Roinn A panel scored a comprehensive victory over John Lockes (Callan) in the opening hurling league fixture for the Village U-16 squad.
The Village totally dominated this clash from the throw in as the red & green boys raced into a 0-6 to 0-1 lead after 10 minutes Village corner forward Jake Scanlon netted a goal soon after to put the Village boys in the driving seat. The Village continued to push on in the second period as two 3 pointers came from Dylan O’Shea which ensured the league spoils went to the Village players on the night. Team: 1.Gavin Costigan, 2.Noel Whelan, 3.Ben Hickey, 4.Conor Browne, 5.Jamie Byrne, 6.Dylan Drennan, 7.Naimul Hossain. 8.Matthew McWey, 9.Luke Scanlon, 10.Ray Lahart, 11.David Jordan, 12.Dean Cornally, 13.Tadhg O’Dwyer, 14.Dylan O’Shea, 15. Jake Scanlon. Subs: Brian Crowdle, William Spencer, Mark Doyle, Conor Byrne, Thomas Murphy. The A squad will go head to head with Rower Inistioge in the next round of the hurling league which will be played (tomorrow) Thursday 19th in Inistioge at 7.00pm.
The high flying Village U16 B squad got their league campaign off to winning ways recently with a comprehensive win over Fenians (Johnstown) a few weeks ago and followed this up with a super 2nd round win last weekend over near neighbours, Dicksboro. The Village boys played some fantastic hurling over the hour to prevail winners to take the league spoils. The Village boys played into a strong breeze in the first half and they took all of 17 minutes to register their first score of the game with a well taken goal from centre forward, Michael Cotter. The Boro boys responded well with a point from play but from this point on the Village boys kicked into gear as Village win forward William Spencer rifled a shot to the Boro net which was quickly followed up with a Shane Stapleton point from play. The Village notched up their second point from play through full forward after good defensive work from Brian Crowdle and Noah Canty. Approaching the half time mark the Village hit a purple patch and went on a scoring spree with Michael Cotter notching up his second goal after driving through the Dicksboro defence.
Another green flag 3 pointer came soon after in a total team combination score which started with Village half back Jake McDonald cutting out a Boro attack to clear the ball downfield to Shane Stapleton who passed the ball off to half forward Brian Crowdle who moved on to flick the ball to Declan Wall and he found Stephen Bateman who made no mistake with the finish to score a goal. The Village boys took a 4-4 to 0-4 lead to the half time break after playing against the breeze. On the resumption the Village were on the scoreboard inside ten seconds of the throw in with a quick fire point from play from John McEvoy. The Village playing with the aid of that strong wind continued to push on and dominate this fixture with three more goals coming from the towering Village full forward, Declan Wall.
The Village proved physically too strong for Dicksboro who hurled and competed right to the final whistle. Well done to the Village B squad who are showing very promising signs with two very strong league victories to date. The Village B squad will square up to O’Loughlin Gaels in the next league fixture.
Team: 1.Richie Stapleton, 2.Conor Byrne, 3.Mark Doyle, 4.Jack Butler, 5.Noah Canty, 6.Adam Butler (Captain), Jake McDonald, 8.Thomas Murphy, 9.Niall Delaney, 10.William Spencer, 11.Michael Cotter, 12.Brian Crowdle, 13.Shane Stapleton, 14.Declan Wall, 15.Stephen Bateman. Subs: John McEvoy, James Lahart, Paddy Gallagher, Michael Ryan and David Shore.
SOCIAL MEDIA-The club has made huge strides to communicate with all members, supporters, players and fans living all over the world who support the club by setting up a monthly newsletter which is e-mailed to a mailing list. You can subscribe to the monthly issue by sending your e-mail address to firstname.lastname@example.org. We also have a James Stephens Facebook page (www.facebook.com/villagegaa) which has over 3500 supporters connected to the site in addition to a Twitter site (www.twitter.com/VillageGAA) and Youtube site (www.youtube.com/JSGAA) which all serves to keep you up to date on all the latest news, games, results, club development and social events. If you are not ready to leap into the world of social media you can always log onto the club’s website at www.james-stephens.com
JAMES STEPHENS GOLF SOCIETY-The club’s golf society has announced their list of dates and venues for the 2012 season. The May outing is scheduled for Callan on 26th May. After the summer break, the August outing is booked for Kilkenny on 25th August and the last outing of the year is scheduled for Gowran on 15th September. The golf society committee would welcome new members at any time during the season. for further information contact Seamus McGuire 087-7687651, Gaby Maher 087 9605248 or Richie Manogue 087-2573697
ALLIANZ LEAGUE-Best wishes to the Kilkenny Cats as they go head to head against the high flying Clare senior hurlers who maintained a 100% winning record in division 1B beating Limerick in the final by two points. Kilkenny will clash with Clare in the Allianz national hurling league semi-final on Sunday 22nd April in Semple Stadium, Thurles at 2.00pm. Of course we must extend best wishes to Village stars Eoin Larkin, Matthew Ruth Jackie Tyrrell and manager Brian Cody as Kilkenny bid to book their place in the Allianz hurling league final.
MINOR HURLING-Well done to the Village minor B squad who scored a comprehensive win over Cloneen/Railyard. The Village boys played some wonderful hurling in this fixture and notched up five excellent goals also. This squad were very unlucky not to pick up league points over the past two league games so the Village boys will be delighted to pick up the spoils in this clash. The Minor A squad are due to clash with Rower Inistioge on Sunday 22nd April in Larchfield. Check Kilkenny people sport for fixture details.
HURLER’S COOP DRAW-Club Treasurer, Tom Keane advises that the annual county board/ club fundraiser was launched at a meeting of club officers in the Springhill Hotel on Thursday night last. This is the 30th year of the draw, managed by the Piltown club. The ticket price remains at Eu 50.00, but to celebrated the 30th year of the fundraiser the organisers intend adding further prizes to each of the already inviting, five draws, which has a top prize of a car, each month. For further information contact Tom Keane (086-3481882) or any club officer.
SOCIAL CLUB OUTING-Social club outing organiser, Mrs.Phyllis O’Rourke advises that the annual social club summer weekend break to Wexford has been booked out. The travelling party will leave the club on Friday, 29th June for the two night stay in the Ferrycarrig Hotel, where a weekend of merriment is virtually guaranteed. Well done to the committee.
JUNIOR-Our Junior hurlers got off to a disappointing start to the season as they lost to a stronger Slieverue side in the first round of the All County Junior hurling league. The Slieverue men found the scoring target much easier over the 60 minute period, however the Village men battled and competed right to the last stroke of the game. The Village were looking to bounce back over last weekend as they played Erin’s Own in the 2nd round of this competition however it proved all too easy for the Comer men as they ran out easy winners on the night. Conor McQuillan stood out as the strong and leading player in mid field scoring four excellent points from play while Darren Leahy, worked extremely hard at full back. The Village battled and competed as strong as they could over the hour but came up against a strong Erin’s Own side.
SENIOR-Niall Rigney’s senior charges continued with preparations for the Kilkenny senior hurling league/championship with a ‘run out’ game against Laois U21 squad recently. The Village have a tough opening encounter when they will square up to Carrickshock in the first round on Saturday 28th April in Thomastown at 7.00pm. We need a big support at this game so get along to shout on the red & green boys as they big to defend their crown for the 2012 season. Best of luck to the players and management team of Niall Rigney, Fran Whelan and Adrian Finan.
KELLS ROAD DRAW-The April draw will take place next Wednesday night, 25th April, at 8.30p.m.,in the clubrooms. The ongoing support from the local St. Patrick’s parish community and businesses is very much appreciated by the club’s management committee, who are very much aware that the development on the Kells Road would not be so far advanced without this vital financial support.
Meanwhile, the development committee continues to meet, on a weekly basis, to plan ahead for the construction of dressingrooms on the complex.
CAMOGIE- A reminder to camogie club members that the coaching sessions for the U-8 / 9 &10’s will will be held on Nuncio Road, on Monday evenings. The sessions for the U- 8./ 9 & 10’ age groups will be take place from 6 to 7 p.m, with the U-12’s taking over from 7 to 8p.m.. Training for the U-14 / 16’s continues on Saturday mornings at 11.15a.m, while the U-18 and Junior panels train at the earlier time of 10.30.a.m.. Rita would like it to be known that new members are welcome, without obligation to join, at any time to come along to test whether they might develop an interest in the game.
LIBRARY NEWS- Caitriona Kenneally, of Loughboy Library advises this column that the next meeting of the monthly book club will take place on Thursday, 3rd may at 10.30a.m.. Members have chosen BOG CHILD by Siobhan Dowd as the book of the month to discuss. Set in Ireland of the 1980’s,Fergus and his uncle find the body of a child whilst digging for peat in the bog, and it looks like she has been murdered. Mysterious or what !!!!. Caitriona suggests that if you would like to read the book or indeed reserve a copy, come along to the next meeting.
We are also informed by Caiitriona that “as part of the Bealtaine Festival celebrations Loughboy Library will present their first ever theatre performance. Carnation Theatre will host “Circus” in the library on Wednesday, 2nd May at 11.a.m.,. This show has toured around Ireland and is described as being incredible, indelible and inedible ---- mysteries to be solved include, has the trapeze artist fallen out with her strong man, has the clown lost his shoes or has the bearded lady got alopecia !!. Caitriona suggests that you hold on to your horses and all will be revealed at Loughboy library, with great laughs and plenty of audience participation. This unique event is open to all, including older persons. There is no cover charge,so, to be sure of your ring-side seat phone the library at 056-7794176, immediately”.
BEST WISHES- We hear that long serving club member and former secretary, Christy Leahy, Fr.Hayden’s Road, is in hospital, at present, recovering from a fall, at home over the weekend. We send our best wishes to Christy for a speedy recovery and return to his home.
VILLAGE SHOP- Members, supporters and players should note that the “Village Shop” will be open on Tuesday and Friday nights from 8 to 9p.m., during the summer months. To be ready for the upcoming championship campaign a pre-season offer of club gear including tracksuits, tops , togs , jerseys, socks, etc., may be purchased at discount prices until stocks run out.
MUSIC-Saturday night’s musical treat will be provided by Seamus Nugent
LOTTO-The numbers drawn at Tuesday night’s weekly lotto draw were 5 : 14 ; 30. There was no winning ticket. next week’s jackpot will be Eu 1,600. The consolation winners were: The Brennan family, Michelle O’Brien, The Brennan family, Triona Cullen and Aisling Power.