MULLINAVAT GAA NOTES-With Kilkenny senior team gunning for an eight successive Leinster title activity on the domestic scene will be light over the next couple of weeks. To the members and supporters who made the journey to Portlaoise last Saturday they were served up another awesome performance by the greatest team ever to play the game of hurling. Dublin coming to dethrone the Leinester championship holders were suffocated and strangled into submission with skill, power and a Kilkenny team that looked if their lives depended on winning this match.
On the local scene Mullinavat Intermediate are buisely preparing for the next league championship game against Callan on the second weekend in July. Some recent Aylward cup games and challenge games and hopefully they can get back to winning ways. With only one win on the board in this year’s league it is now a crucial game to both teams with a possible relegation match awaiting the losers. The Special Jnr A team recently played Shamrocks Ballyhale in Ballyhale in a round of the championship league. Both teams met in the semi final of the league a couple of weeks earlier and on the occasion the Vat men were good winners. However due to a number of injuries Mullinavat were forced to line out without a couple of players. The game opened up well for the Rod Iron and a couple of nice points from play saw Mullinavat edge into a 2 point lead. This only seemed to wake up the Shamrocks and they got two scores of their own in the shape of 2 goals. This put the Shamrocks in the lead a lead they would hold onto right throughout the game until Joe Gahan stepped up to the plate for Mullinavat with about ten minutes to go and cracked home a terrific goal and a point to put the Vat men back into the lead.
With time ticking away Ballyhale steadied the ship and got a point to level the game and a draw was probably a fair result. Also excellent for Mullinavat on the night was Paddy Raftice who kept Mullinavat in the game with some brilliant free taking. Goalkeeper Paddy Jones could not be faulted for either of the goals and indeed made one brilliant save in the first half when Ballyhale were going for the jugular. The team’s next fixture is the 6th July against Tullogher and hopefully all injured players will be fit and available for the game and the team can get back to winning ways.
The club had one winner in the first of the Piltown Draw results and the second draw takes place this Tuesday night. So good luck to everyone and a big thanks to everyone who bought a ticket for the draw. This like the Golf Classic and the Race Night at the end of the year are major fundraisers which enable the club to survive financially
SOUTH OSSARY PTAA-As mentioned last week there are some seats available on the South Ossary PTAA trip to Knock on Saturday the 14th of July and Sunday the 15th. This trip involves an overnight stay and will cost €80 per person for travel and accommodation and food. Anyone wishing to travel should contact Dan Fitzpatrick immediately on (051) 898286
MULLINAVAT COMMUNITY HALL-With planning permission now well under way for the new community hall Councillor Eamon Aylward has informed me that an allocation from Kilkenny County Council of €45,000 from the Community and Cultural Facilities Capital Grants Scheme 2012 for the proposed new Mullinavat Community Centre. This is a welcome boost in funding for this project in a time of very limited resources is one of only 5 grants given out under this scheme in Kilkenny. The new Community Centre will replace the existing semi derelict hall and will be of huge benefit to everybody in the Community.
RESCHEUDLED MULLINAVAT VINTAGE SHOW-Dont forget the rescheduled fixture of the Vintage Show in Mullinavat is now taking place this Sunday. The Mullinavat Classic and Vintage Club will hold their Vintage Show on the 1st July at 1pm in Killandrew. The show was due to take place on the 17th of June but has been cancelled due to the inclement weather will now take place on the new date. Like other years this is a show which has something for everybody there will be a monster raffle, Children’s Fancy dress, Face painting, Bouncy Castle and Slides, Trade Stalls, Sheaf Throwing and lots more to see and do. Also on the day there will be a dog show with over 14 classes so get your pride and joy groomed for the day. For the mechanical enthusiasts there will be engines of all sorts Cars, Tractors, Motorcycles and Stationary Engines. The music night that was scheduled to take place on the night of the original date was held on the 17th of June in the Rising Sun and a good night was had by all to the sound of the Pat Hayes Band . So for a good day out for all the family Killandrew 1pm the 1st of July ample parking is available on sit and hopefully the Sun will shine down for theday.