Piltown: Piltown Roinn A class

GREAT WIN FOR FOOTBALLERS - Piltown Juvenile Gaelic Footballers contested their fourth county final of 2012, albeit a bit late with this one on Saturday.Ballyhale was the venue and this time their opponents were the mighty James Stephens at minor level.

GREAT WIN FOR FOOTBALLERS - Piltown Juvenile Gaelic Footballers contested their fourth county final of 2012, albeit a bit late with this one on Saturday.Ballyhale was the venue and this time their opponents were the mighty James Stephens at minor level.

Defeat in the under-14 Roinn B league final was followed by Roinn B championship victories at Under-14 and Under-16 preceded this Roinn A championship final, supporters hoping for a repeat of 1992 (Under-16) against the same opposition. The result this time was a defeat for the Piltown lads. After the many final victories in 2012 for camogie and Gaelic Football, 2013 hasn’t started too well for Piltown GAA fans, (two final defeats in two weeks) but at least finals are being contested. Interestingly, despite this first championship defeat of Piltown Juvenile Gaelic Footballers in “2012”, history may judge this game more significantly than the victories. For starters, there was a super turnout of Piltown GAA fans, probably the best in a long time for the boys. Secondly, Piltown were not daunted by the huge reputation of the James Stephens lads who only lost one competition in either hurling or football in 2012 and were unbeaten in football. They matched them physically and for a time they more than matched them on the scoreboard. The success at Under-14 and Under-16 plus this huge effort, proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Piltown underage teams can compete in Roinn A whether it is football or even hurling. Now is the time for the administrators to show the ambition and resolve to take on bigger challenges because the players have delivered. Match summary: A James Stephens free in the 2nd minute opened the scoring. In the 4th minute, Tadgh Whelan looped a long range shot over the keepers head to give Piltown the lead which they held for the first half. A brilliant Nollaig Brophy ’45, (Wonderful to see the placed ball being executed in Kilkenny football) followed by great points, from Whelan, David Kinsella and Donal Ryan (a Piltown wing back scoring from play – brilliant) left Piltown 1-4 to 0-5 ahead at the break. However, James Stephens again scored first in the second half, Piltown responded by a classy point from Richie Phelan (3rd Min) who overall was starved of possession in the second half and another from substitute, Shane O’Dwyer (4th min). In the 7th minute the Village pressure got a goal from which they never looked back. Dean Brophy got Piltown’s final point three minutes into injury time as they lost by 1-7 to 1-10. The effort of the players was superb. It was also fantastic to see about thirty players in the squad. Surely rumours of Piltown juvenile GAA waving a white flag cannot be true, especially when some of the star performers on the day were Under-16’s. Special mentions go to Ian Long, Michael O’Dwyer, Shane Walsh, Donal Ryan, Richie Phelan and Tadgh Whelan, but this is not to undermine the contribution of others. There was no shame in this defeat despite massive disappointment. Team: Ian Long, Tom Kenny, Michael O’Dwyer, Shane Walsh, Jamie Murphy, Thomas Talbot (Capt), Donal Ryan (0-1), Kevin Walsh, Nollaig Brophy (0-1 ’45), Aidan Ryan, David Kinsella (0-1), Francis O’Brien, Christopher Shum, Richie Phelan (0-1), Tadgh Whelan (1-1). Subs: Shane O’Dwyer (0-1), Dean Brophy (0-1). Ryan Gallagher. Not used: Michael Dunne, Martin Kirby, Thomas Murray, Alan Dowley, Jamie Norris, Conor Friend, Ronan Ryan, Craig Kennington, Ian Flynn, Aran Gallagher, Peter Tobin. Full marks to Ballyhale for the pitch.

PILTOWN GAA AGM - The Annual General Meeting of Piltown GAA club will take place in the GAA Complex on Friday 25th January at 8pm. A mixed year with huge highs and massive lows will be reviewed where juvenile football took centre stage with two juvenile championship titles claimed down to hurling where not a single knockout championship match was won at any level. For juvenile hurling this fact will be of particular concern to the membership.

MASS FOR DESCEASED MEMBERS - A Mass for deceased member of the Piltown GAA Club takes place on Sunday, 27th January at 11am in the Church of the Assumption, Piltown.

GREATEST EVER GAA ACHIEVEMEN - Deadline is getting closer. Will it be a Hurling or Camogie victory? Voting details are available on www.piltown.kilkennny.gaa.ie All voters will be entered into a draw for a Waterford Crystal Monique Huillier Bowl.

SOCIAL CLU - Piltown Social Club annual dinner dance takes place on Friday, 1st February at The Carraig Hotel, Carrick-on-Suir. Four Course Meal served at 8:30pm and music by Dave Rea with tickets costing €25 each.

THIRD TIME LUCKY? - Will it be third time lucky in a final in 2013, for the young Piltown GAA players? Thistime the focus returns to the girls and Gaelic Football. As we go to press, Scoil Mhuire face a Cork secondary School in the Munster Post Primary schools final on Thursday. Details will appear on the club website www.piltown.kilkemnny.gaa.ie. The Piltown club players involved are Jennifer Norris, Sinead McCarthy, Kelly Ann Doyle and Lorraine Long. Also involved will be Ellen Commins (Turkstown) who plays her club football with Sliabh na Mban in Tipperary as well as sisters, Mairead and Aine Power who play Camogie for Piltown but play football for Comeragh Rangers in Waterford.