COUNTY CHAMPIONS - Mullinavat set the scene for last Saturday nights Kilkenny Minor B league hurling final between JohnLockes and Glenmore. After an undeserved exit from the championship after some very strange refereeing decisions the previous Tuesday to Danesfort the Lockes boys faced the challenge of Glenmore who were unbeaten this year at Minor level . The Lockes had a very impressive passage to the final also with only one defeat so the pedigree of both teams was exemplary. At the start of the year no less than 17 teams were preparing and training in the hope of reaching the league final. In what was a very entertaining full hours hurling both sides deserve credit for their approach and quality of the fare served up. The Lockes were slow to start in this game and within 10 minutes trailed on a score of 1-3 to nil until a dubious line ball went against the Callan men this seemed to spark them to life and for the next 50 minutes they gave a performances that any Callan person would be very proud to be associated with. The new half saw Glenmore regain the ascendancy with two points from corner forward Mark Aylward and a goal from full forward Gerard Kehoe answered with minor scores from the impressive Cathal McGrath and Shelly once again from a free. The Lockes mentors had by this stage moved Sean Tierney to the edge of the square and it proved to be a match winner as he constantly troubled the Glenmore full back line and Josh Haines was beginning to win ball on the 45. With the Mc Dowell brothers Bill and Jack and Keith Fitzpatrick being the proverbial rock on the half back line the Lockes began to put scores on the board. Alan Murphy and Liam Hennessy kept Glenmore within striking distance of the winners but in the last quarter goals from Josh Haines and Sean Tierney following a clever pass from Adam Phelan put the result beyond doubt. Nicholas Roche had a couple of anxious moments in goal but contributed well to the effort as did his full back line of Eoin Kennedy, Keith Roche and Matthew Bergin who had a particularly good second half. Futher afield Mark Morris gave everything he had for the cause as did his replacement James Mackin and the skilful Ryan Bergin at corner forward who finished with a two point tally. The Glenmore boys couldn’t get a hold on the game and were hassled and blocked and crowed out at every turn. The Lockes lads really set out their store and turned the game around to be one point to the good at half time. The second half will be remembered for the skill and good sportsmanship shown by both teams and both teams trading scores and with 5 minutes to go a draw looked on the cards. But the Lockes stepped up a gear again when up shot Big Sean Tierney caught the ball and rattled the Glenmore net. The South Kilkenny men were favourites for this league and may well go on to win the championship but will remember this game against the Lockes for a long time. The Lockes tagged on another three points to win on a final score of 3-16 to 2-13 to Callan. The team on the night was Nicholas Roche in goal, fullback line Matthew (Smally) Bergin, Eoin Kennedy and Keith Roche, Halfback line of Keith Fitzpatrick, Jack McDowell(Captain) and his brother Bill McDowell in midfield Ruari Kennedy and Cathal McGrath half forward line Mark Morris, Sean Tierney and Mark Shelly Full forward line of Adam Phelan, Josh Haines and Ryan Bergin. Subs on the night James Mackin, Jack Butler, Conor Quinlan, Jimmy lynch, James Power, Sean Power, Brion Kerwin, Robbie Kerwick, Tony Power, Robbie Hennessy, Dylan Roche and Billy Bergin. Mentors Joe Molloy, Michael Bryan, Paddy Phelan, Nicky Roche and Brion McGrath. The team would like to thank the Intermediate panel and the U-16 panel for all the training and support given during the year and to all parents who travelled to matches. It was 1996 when this league title was last won by a Callan team when Jacko Corcoran and John O’Neill were part of that wonderful group of players. That group of players went onto win 3 titles in a row and with this present group it is possible they could go on to win a lot more. Well done to all.
CHILDRENS HOSPITAL GAINS - Anita Duffy and Noel Power put up a big challenge to win the Beat Fm prize which would cover thecost of their wedding next year. They didn’t win the prize of €20,000 on Sunday but in their own way they won the hearts of many people in the local community for the massive effort in raising a huge amount of money for Crumlin Childrens hospital. In total they raised nearly €12,000 which is phenomenal in the space of one week. Anita openly admits she has a fear of spiders and vermin, but she overcame all the barriers by sitting in a cage at James Hennessy’s Reptile Village with spiders, vermin and other creatures and this was all done in the name of charity. On Saturday both Anita and Noel organised a special ‘Drag’ soccer game. The lads certainly made a massive effort and if their mothers and sisters were wondering where all their cloths and underwear had gone all they had to do was go to Scruffy Duffy’s on Saturday evening to see a hilarious show. There were some shapes and posing throughout the evening, but it was great fun. The whole purpose of the competition was to raise money for charity and of course hope and win the competition but as I wrote earlier the real winners were Crumlin Children’s hospital. The total amount raised in the Beta FM competition was €76,872. So well done Anita and Noel for a really massive effort.
BOXING - Callan boxing club was packed to the rafters last week for a special tournament for the younger boxers in the club. Because the boxing exhibition was cancelled during the Abhainn Ri festival Jimmy Walsh decided to bring the tournament indoors and in turn raise money for Crumlin Childrens hospital. It was a terrific success with a total of fourteen bouts throughout the night. Because of the huge interest in Boxing, the Callan club will start back to full training towards the end of August. Registrations will take place at the club house on Friday night.
TALENT CONTEST - well done to last week finalists Amy Hennessy,Orlaith Dalton,Sharon Shelly and Jorja McGurk. Next weeksline up will be Rebecca Murphy,Ann Maire Cummins ,Barbara O Meara,Mel Dohney,Densy Walsh,Claire Fisher,Jason Bradley,Ellen O Driscoll,Kathy Waters.
RELAY FOR LIFE - Relay For Life is coming to Kilkenny. What is Relay For Life? At Relay For Life hundreds of people gather to embark on a very special 24-hour journey .Relay For Life is an overnight , community celebration and a unique , empowering and fun event. At the heart of Relay is the opportunity to celebrate Cancer Survivors and to remember those who have left us. We are currently asking people who may have been touched in any way by cancer to come and join in the celebration . Our Relay For Life will be held on Saturday and Sunday the 20th and 21st of July , 2013 at Scanlon Park , Kilkenny. We are recruiting teams of volunteers who will walk around the track in relay , for 24 hours , because cancer never sleeps!!. Otherwise team members are free to socialis , have fun and enjoy the fun packed day and entertainment. If you think that you would like to be part of this event in any way, Contact the following.Relayforlifekilkenny@gmail.com or call 086 8547557.
WHAT A GAME - Large numbers of people from the Callan area travelled to Croke Park last Sunday hoping for a win or at least a credible performance. Well boy did we get a performance of the greatest kind. It was a strange atmosphere in the stadium and at times somewhat tense, this may have been down to the antics near the Kilkenny backline. The Callan connections with the team are very strong with at least four of the panel, having close connections. For the Donovan family in Callan it is going to be a very proud day on September 9th as Eoin Larkin leads the Kilkenny team around Croke Park. We will be all hoping that Eoin lifts the cup and bring it to his Granny Lucy at Collins Park some time in the future, but there is also a matter of a team called Galway who wont be easily beaten. We cant wait.
JOHN LOCKES - Well done to Jason Corcoran who played at corner back last Saturday in the All-Ireland semi final victory for the Kilkenny Intermediate team. He now faces into a final next month and Jason will be hoping to double that up by driving the Kilkenny U-21 team to victory in the Semi-final against Galway next Saturday. Also on the panel is Eoin McGrath and recently drafted in has been Jack McDowell, so we wish them the best of luck.