What a finish we experienced in this Roinn ‘C’ championship semi-final against Galmoy/Windgap, held in Ballyraggett last Wednesday. Things were not looking too good for the ‘Boro in the first half and indeed we did not really get going until fourteen minutes into the second half. Trailing by 0-2 to 1-8 at HT, we certainly had an uphill battle ahead of us and the Galmoy/Windgap lead could not be put down to weather or any other reason than they were playing better than us. Four minutes into the second half and our opponents had added two more points to give them an eleven point lead. A pointed 65 on the sixth minute, followed two minutes later by a goal gave us a lifeline but Galmoy/Windgap replied with three more unanswered points to give them back a commanding ten point lead. A few positional and personnel changes started to play dividends when we scored a goal on the fourteenth minute which we immediately followed up with a point. Another ‘Boro point a couple of minutes later gave us the belief that we could win this game. Galmoy/Windgap were to score only one more point in this half while the ‘Boro added another 1-1 in normal time, but we were still two points behind as we headed into injury time. It has to be said that the ‘Boro were playing much better than our opponents at this stage and with great determination. Deep in injury time we were awarded a free, thirty metres out, which was driven in low but blocked. The Galmoy/Windgap defence were not able to clear the ball and as everyone struggled to get possession in the square, the ball was pulled on and ended up in the top of the net. This was the final passage of play in a very exciting and determined second half from the ‘Boro. The boys have earned their place in the championship final. Panel: Gavin Byrne, David Ryan, Kieran Galvin, Eoghan Moylan, Johnny Minogue, Shane O’Gorman, Peter Lynch, Cormac Buggy, Alan Corcoran, Adam Clifford, Kieran Ryan, Dara Lynch, Brian Cleere, Brian Power, Kieran Dunne, Panos Brennan, David Campion, Joe Sheehan, Sean Boyd, Jack Connolly, Travis Fahy.
Our run in the championship came to an end on Sunday in St. Johns Pk when we were beaten by James Stephens by 0-12 to 0-14, seven of the Village points coming from placed balls. This was a disappointing result for this ‘Boro side as there was opportunities to win this match, but we will now have to brush ourselves down and get ready for the Northern Championship game which will be held on 20th August against Lisdowney. Team: Cillian Breathnach, DD Molloy, Mikey Hayes, David Carroll, Rory Glynn, Kevin Nolan, Michael Rafter, Philly Hogan, Eoin Fennelly, Marco Ruessman, Tom Manning, Darragh Buggy, Eddie O’Donoghue, Mason Clifford.
Despite losing by 0-2 to 1-9 at HT, this ‘Boro team were actually unlucky not to win their championship game against James Stephens last Friday as we put in a very impressive second half performance, creating even more scoring opportunities than we took. FT Dicksboro 0-9 James Stephens 1-11. Panel: John Hanrick, JJ Hickey, Ruairi Morrissey, Dylan Scott, Corey Cahill, Ciaran Gough, James Gittens, Jesse Watters, Enda O’Donoghue, Stephen Tynan, Mason Clifford, Evan Guilfoyle, Niall Morrissey, Aaron Rowe, Paddy Cahill, Ger O’Donoghue, Collins Connolly, James Murphy, Graham Egan, Drew Phelan, John Kelly.
Dicksboro’s lotto jackpot of €6,650 was not won on Thursday, August 15th 2013. The numbers drawn were 5, 18, 23 and 31. Other Prizes drawn were €100 to Martin Dullard c/o Martin Morrissey, €50 to Bob’s Wife c/o Michael Gaule, €40 to Bob McMunn c/o Michael Gaule, €25 to Paula Dempsey c/o Paddy Maher, €25 to Marty Bambrick c/o Paddy Maher, €25 to Shane O’Rourke c/o Paddy Maher, €25 to Billy Quinlan c/o Paddy Maher. Promoters prize of €30 to Mick Byrne, €20 to Bridie Brennan. Our next jackpot will be for €6,800. Dicksboro Lotto can be played online at www.dicksborogaa.com and following the ‘Play Lotto’ link.
Our local athletes gave a good account of themselves at the national finals in Athlone. In the sprints Caoimhe Carroll ran well in the 200m under 10 but didn’t make it to the semifinals.
Brian Moore competing in the under 8 sprint had an excellent run in the heats on Saturday. Finishing fourth he qualified for the semi-final on Sunday. There he got a good start but finishing in fifth place just missed out on final qualification.
For Annie O’Connor the story was considerably better. Finishing second in the 800m on Saturday she challenged strongly in Sunday’s final and was rewarded with the bronze medal.
Peter Lynch contested the 7KM road marathon under 17. This event was run over a very hilly course and Peter tackled it very well. With approximately 1000m to go he was with the lead group of seven runners. Entering the arena with 300m to go he was in third place. However he was passed at the 200m mark but was delighted to receive the fourth place medal. His fine effort was further rewarded when it was announced that the county team, which he had led in, also finished in fourth place.
Saturday 24th August at 7.30pm, Liam Brady, Greenshill-Months Mind. Sunday 25th August at 9.30am, Eileen DeLoughry. Sunday 25th August at 10.30am, Brian Boyd.
Better Energy Warmer Homes (BEWH), administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland funds energy efficiency improvements in the homes of the elderly and vulnerable, making their homes more comfortable, healthier and cost efficient to run. This scheme is being delivered currently in our area by Kilkenny Leader Partnership, 8 Patrick’s Court, and Patrick’s Street Kilkenny. This scheme is available to homes that meet the following criteria: Owner occupier, Non Local Authority homes, constructed before 2002, the owner is in receipt of one of the following, Fuel Allowance as part of the National Fuel Scheme, Job Seekers Allowance for over six months and with children under 7 years of age, Family Income Support.