THIRD IN IRELAND-Piltown National School Girls 5-A-Side Soccer team are the third best team in Ireland and that is no meagre achievement. Tallaght Stadium, the home of the famous Shamrock Rovers FC was the venue as Piltown represented Waterford and Munster in the FAI An Post sponsored All-Ireland Finals. In the first game Piltown drew with 2-2 with Scoil Mhuire from Glenties in Donegal who were representing Ulster. The goalscorers were Bethany Carroll and Sine Kavanagh. The Donegal team were the eventual winners and All-Ireland champions in what was a very tight group which ended up with 4 draws in the six matches. In the next game Piltown went down 1-2 to Holy Family NS from Newport in Mayo representing Connacht. The goalscorer was Alanna Gallagher. In the final game Piltown secured a 1-1 draw with St. Ibar’s Castlebridge from Wexford representing Leinster. The goalscorer here was Bethany Carroll. All eight girls put in huge performances in what was a superb experience for them all. It was a dream for them to have played in such a fine stadium as Tallaght. Plaudits go to teacher John Lonergan, who has done a magnificent job with these girls who played 15 games in a tough campaign.
Squad: 1. Anna Dowley, 2. Alanna Gallagher, 3. Bethany Carroll, 4. Victoria Moliejute 5. Hilary Balding, 6. Lisa Norris, 7. Sine Kavanagh, 8. Aoibheann Kavanagh . This is the sixth time Piltown girls have reached the All-Ireland finals with just one overall win which came in 1997. Local International soccer player Karen Duggan played in the finals twice without gaining the elusive title which highlights how difficult it is to win the overall title. The 1997 team featured Jennifer Kelly, Sarah Grace, Olga Blackmore, Lisa Cooney, Catherine Byrne, Paula McSweeney and Avril Hickey.
FIVE STAR FRIEND-Conor Friend scored 5-1 from play as Piltown beat Emeralds 7-8 to 0-4 in the Roinn B Gaelic Football Championship Semi Final in Piltown. It was a remarkable scoring achievement believed to be a record for a Piltown juvenile player in a championship match over the last two decades. Conor has been in immense form this season and is not involved in any Development Squads. We understand participation was vetoed by the juvenile executive for presumably good reason. Reason that this column is not aware of. Thankfully it is not deterring his development and Conor is doing his talking on the pitch and pounced on every opportunity to help Piltown into the final with an immense individual scoring performance. However, his team mates worked hard all over to ensure he received the proper supply. Piltown led 3-4 to 0-4 at the break. Three of the Emeralds four points were frees. They held Emeralds scoreless in the second half with the half back line of Jamie Norris, Andrew Long and Oran Brophy starving the Urlingford inside line of possession. Sean Power was tremendous in the forwards. To put the win in perspective, the Emeralds beat Mooncoin by five points in the league. Mooncoin were subsequently the team that won the Shield Final against Piltown recently. So as we have been saying there is tremendous character in these young lads despite some disappointing results. They now face the league champions Lisdowney in the county final. It will take a mighty effort but if they are allowed to play attacking football with flair, they must be fancied to do well.
Team: Adam Grace, Kieran Reid, James Kirby, John Kenny, Oran Brophy, Jamie Norris, Andrew Long, John Bourke (0-2, 1 free), Oísin Brophy, Ronan Ryan (1-2, 0-1 free), Darragh Walsh (1-0), Cian Kinsella, (0-1), Sean Power (0-2), Conor Friend (5-1), Richard Norris
Subs: Alex Byrne, Robert Tobin, Kieran Flynn, Billy Morahan.
UNDER 12 BLITZ-Piltown hosted an Under-12 Camogie blitz in wonderful sunshine on Saturday. The locals recorded three fine wins against Slieverue, Carrickshock and Kilmacow. However, the winning was not the main thing. It was great to see so many young girls out enjoying the national sports in glorious sunshine watched by many enthusiastic parents. Add in no shortage of skill, determination and battling qualities from players on all teams, it was a fantastic morning. For dessert, there was even refreshments. Well done to the two excellent young referees, Chloe Holden and Jean Power.
Squad: Megan Byrne, Lisa Norris, Danielle O’Brien, Catherine Dineen, Michelle O’Shea, Jenny O’Dea, Máire Beth Kirby, Alanna Gallagher, Sophie Holden, Sarah Jayne Brophy, Sarah Tobin, Laura Power, Olivia Ronan, Maria Phelan, Sine Kavanagh, Isobel Dineen, Aoibheann Kavanagh, Laura Falconer, Laura Sinnott, Anna O’Brien.
FEILE NEWS-Keep up to date with Féile on the Piltown GAA website www.piltown.kilkenny.gaa.ie/camogie/feile-2012
GIRLS MINOR GAELIC FOOTBALL-Girl’s Gaelic Football coaching continues on Thursday’s at 7pm. The club would welcome new minors and Under-16’s. Players from neighbouring parishes where there is no juvenile club football are more than welcome. Registration which includes payment to an injury fund is a mere €35 and will cover you until 31st May 2013. Unfortunately, this is a cost that cannot be avoided in these economic times. However, training sessions are absolutely free and in general there is no subscription for matches. It is probably one of the cheapest sports to be involved in at the moment and an easy sport to take up. Of course any adult that can bring Gaelic Football knowledge to the table is of interest also.
NEW MASS TIMES-New Midweek Mass times in the parish are as follows;
Templeorum: Tuesday and Thursday 9am
Owning: Tuesday 10.30am and Friday 7.30pm
Owning House: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 10.30am
Piltown: Wednesday 10am
PILTOWN NS SILVER CIRCLE RESULTS-WEEK 7: €150 Michael Power (The Meadows); €100 Mary Treacy, c/o Anne & John Murray; €50 Jane Foley (Stoneybridge) ; €25 Emma Phelan (The Avenue).
WEEK 8: €150 Kim Fitzpatrick (Seskin, Carrick-on-Suir); €100 Billy Morahan (Mountain Grove); €50 Luke Falconer (Piltown) ; €25 David Power (Belline).