Mullinavat: Good start but a bad finish

GAA - The curtain came down on the senior hurling activities for 2012 when Mullinavat were defeated by Young Irelands of Gowran in Ballyhale last Saturday. In a game that started so well for the Vat men they somewhat lost their way, and with a couple of refeeeeing decisions not going their way it was the same old” if only” story.

GAA - The curtain came down on the senior hurling activities for 2012 when Mullinavat were defeated by Young Irelands of Gowran in Ballyhale last Saturday. In a game that started so well for the Vat men they somewhat lost their way, and with a couple of refeeeeing decisions not going their way it was the same old” if only” story.

In fairness to the referee his standerds were much better that what the club were subjected to the week before against the Rower. With a place in the last eight of the Intermediate championship at stake this promised to be a cracker. Mullinavat had an indefferient league campaign having won only two of their league games. While Gowran were top of their group after 3 games with 3 victories in the bag. They lost their way in the last 2 games and ended up third in their group.As mentioned above the Mullinavat team got a dream start and came out of the blocks flying. Dominating in most areas of the field they found themselves 1-5 to 0-1 up after 15 minutes. Points from Thomas Aylward, Mick Malone, Mark Mansfield, Ian Duggan & Willie O Dwyer added to a goal by full forward Mossy Murphy it looked as if the demons of the loss to the Rower Inistioge were well and truly forgotten. However someone pressed the stop button and Gowran thundered into the game. They scored the next 4 points before Michael Malone steadied the Mullinavat ship. With only minutes remaining in the first half and Mullinavat looking that they were taking a four point lead into half time Gowran had other ideas. A point from a free left just a single score between the teams and then Gowran struck for a goal with time almost up and from a good position early in the half Mullinavat found themselves going in at half time on a scoreline of 1-6 to 1-6. The second half started well for Mullinavat and county minor panellist Mark Mansfield tossed over the first score. Again the stop button was hit and Gowran hit a purple patch and hit over 5 unanswered points from play. Mullinavat made a couple of changes in personnel with Dinny Butler and Darren Kenneally coming on for Mossy and Liam Murphy. The changes had the desired effect with Mullinavat coming back into the game and points from Paudie Gahan, Mick Malone and a brace from Willie O Dwyer put the teams on level terms midway through the second half on a score line of 1-11 to 1-11 and all to play for. Gowran regained the lead with a point from a free and then they produced a goal from a controversial piece of referring. In a passage of play Ian Duggan was fouled followed by a foul on Mick Malone in the one passage of play the ball broke and ended up in the Mullinavat net. Two more points from Gowran and it looked as if the game was over. But Mullinavat hauled themselves back into the game with a cracking goal from a 21 yard free by Willie O Dwyer. Another controversial piece of referring saw Michael Malone fouled inside the 14. Sean Cleere blew the whistle and everyone thought a penalty for Mullinavat. Not to be, on consultation with his umpires his decision’s was a free out to Gowran. I suppose the only thing could be said about the decision was that the referee and his team of officials is that “They should have went to spec savers”. Another point for Willie O Dwyer from a free and this completed the scoring the final whistle blew and training had finished for 2012. I suppose the last couple of games took the gloss off the year but this is taking away from the terrific performance by the Special Jnr A team who won the right to play junior hurling next year. This is the first time I can remember that the Mullinavat club had Junior and Intermediate teams in the championships. The next problem for the incoming management teams will be the regarding issues before the 2013 season gets under way. Pat Butler stepped down as manager of the Intermediate team after 3 years. Having reached the county final in his first year he can be very proud of his term. His efforts did not get the rewards he deserved and in the last year had to commute to and from Dublin each day never missing a training session or match. The year is not over quiet yet and with the Under 21 championship to be started Mullinavat will have a strong hand to pick from for this competition.

HOSPICE THANK YOU - A big thank you to all who supported the Hospice coffee morning in the Rising Sun recently. This raised much needed funds for the local Waterford/South Kilkenny branch and all monies raised in the area stay in the area.

PIONEERS - SOUTH OSSARY P.T.A.A.Would all Pioneers who are eligible to receive Silver or Gold pins please contact Richard Grant P.C. (051) 898179 or Dan Fitzpatrick (051) 898286 as soon as possible. The pins will be presented at the Annual Dinner Dance on the 23rd of November. The costs of the pins are €37 each or if you wish to purchase a 16ct Gold pin it will cost €165.

ACTION BREAST CANCER - A cabaret will be held in the Rising Sun in Aid of Action Breast Cancer on the 28th October. There will be music fun and Games and you will even get fed. Admission is €5 so help us raise money for this very deserving cause.

MULLINAVAT CAMOGIE CLUB - the club would like to thank all those who supported them throughout the year.They would especially like to thank Stevie Foskin of Vale Oil, Sean and Eily Kelly of the Rod Iron Bar and Niall and Josie Mulhern of Centra for their generous sponsorship.They will be holding a celebration night for the victorious u12 and u14 teams on Thursday November 1st in the Rising Sun at 7.30pm.and all are welcome to attend.The Senior Team will play Leinester camogie kingpins Oulart the Ballagh of Wexford on Sunday the 21st of October at 2pm in Oulart the Leinster Semi Final. Having won the Kilkenny senior league and championship double the girls will be hoping to push the Wexford girls to the pin of their collar. We wish them every success.

BADMINTON - Mullinavat Badminton Club are hosting a Table Quiz in Mooneys Bar on Friday 9th November at 9pm.. This venture is to raise much needed funds for the club. This season the club has affiliated to the Waterford Badminton Association and we have entered three teams in the ladies and men’s 4 person leagues. We welcome back some past juvenile players as well as some newcomers and it is good to see such large numbers in the hall on Mondays and Thursdays.