victory-Recently at Kilkenny Greyhound Track, the Gibbons family celebrated a memorable victory at Fenians Johnstown Club benefit night.
Involved as part of the Bam Gang Syndicate, the dog named Big Bam struck victory when landing the Barrys Bar, Johnstown A1 525 in a cracking race.
The Bam Gang syndicate consists of Larry Gibbons, his brother Shem, and Shem’s sons Aidan and Tadhg along with Catriona Donnelly.
Larry is well known as a long serving enthusiastic member of Gowran Pitch and Putt Club, while Shem has been a well-respected Hurling and football referee for several years and decades.
Aidan takes principal responsibility for training the dog who has been a good servant for the Gibbons family to date.
Earlier in the year, Big Bam had returned from an injury lay-off and is thankfully now back to full health.
He has now won three races since returning to the racetrack, and his latest victory came in a very competitive field.
Starting off as joint outside at odds of 5/1, Big Bam overcame a strong field in a close exciting finish to defeat well known local dogs Sawdust Terry, and Ballygur Ted with She’s Only Saying and Mickys Trickster trailing behind.
This 3-year-old did ran in the Derby last year reaching the quarter-final, before running in the consolation Derby.
The Bam Gang Syndicate were thrilled with Big Bam’s success recently, and they will be hoping he will stay injury free and achieve further success throughout the remainder of the year.
PARKINSON LANDS SILVER-Sophie Parkinson of Gowran Athletic Club landed silver at the National Senior Athletics Championships in Santry last Saturday afternoon as she threw 44.35 metres in the Discus final, while on Sunday she finished 5th in the Shot Putt final. A talented young athlete, Parkinson has been enjoying a whirlwind spell lately as she struck double gold to win at the Leinster Juvenile Track and Field Championships in Tullamore.
GOWRAN GARDENING GROUP-“Gowran Gardening Group are having a meeting tonight Wednesday 11th July, Gowran House at 7pm. Free Veg and flower seedlings, etc to give away. If you have any shrubs, flowers or even veg seedling left over, don’t throw them on the compost hear, bring them along, you don’t have to have anything to give away, you could pick up something for your garden or just come along for a tea and a chat.
This weeks we have some Blackcurrant bushes, Lettuce, Wallflowers and cotoneaster bushes to give away. For further information please ring Clare on 085 7732079.”
LOCAL LADY WINS BIG ON THE MONEY GAME-Kath Fawcett originally from Gowran but living in Bagenalstown was a big winner on RTE TV programme, the Big Money Game recently.
Kath who is a sister of well known local native Pat Walsh, won €55,000 overall which included spinning the wheel at the end of the show in which she won €30,000. Her family were in attendance on the night and no doubt there were major celebrations which lasted well into the night and beyond.
WINNING TRAIL-Following their one point defeat to Graigue-Ballycallan in the Northern Junior A Championship the previous weekend, the Young Irelands Junior hurlers got back on the winning trail as they defeated Conahy Shamrocks 1-16 to 1-8 in Jenkinstown last Saturday evening. Jody Foley was Young Ireland’s goalscorer in the 37th minute, as there were some prominent performances on view.
Charlie Carter scored 0-4 from play, Thomas Carroll at centre-forward performed very well with 0-3 from play, while Danny Glendon who was introduced as an early substitute for Paul Delahunty was magnificent scoring 0-3 from play.
Attention switches to the fortunes of the Intermediate hurlers on Saturday. Unbeaten following three consecutive victories, Young Irelands play Tullogher-Rosbercon in the penultimate round of the Michael Lyng Motors Intermediate league.Throw-in in Inistioge is at 7.30pm.
FATHER AND SON -It’s all systems go for the Galway Festival for Clarach following victory in Limerick last Sunday. Clarach has been in a rich vein of form lately for the Tony Mullins stable with Tony’s son Danny on board. Last Sunday in Limerick, the duo made it a hat-trick of victories following success in Sligo and on the flat in Tramore.
Starting off 9/4 favourite on very heavy ground following the preceding persistent rain, Clarach came home a two length winner ahead of Pires with the Eoin Doyle trained Satu back in third place. Clarach was a winner at the Galway festival last year, and Tony intends running the mare in the Galway hurdle at the major festival.