MULLINAVAT GAA-The special jnr A team keep the bandwagon rolling on in the parish at the moment. After a good win in the first round of the championship against Thomastown last week they faced old rivals Carrickshock in the Southern Semi Final in Piltown last Saturday evening. After a very entertaining first half there was little or nothing between the teams and with the Vat men aided by a strong breeze were 5 points to the good. The general consensus around the ground was that it might not have been enough in the conditions. Mullinavat had missed a number of chances including a penalty and indeed had a Mossy Murphy goal disallowed for a square infringement which was dubious to say the least.
Whatever was served in the dressing room at half time liquid or verbal seemed to do the trick and Mullinavat got into a rhythm which they held to the end of the contest. In the second period they outscored their rivals by 1-11 to 0-4. Midway through the second half Carrickshock had a player sent off when he seemed to lose the run of himself and left Jimmy Fitzgearld of Piltown with little or no choice. This ended the game as a contest and Mullinavat scored at will for the remainder of the game. They now face the Rower Inistioge in the southern final which is provisionally booked for the 26th of August.
Unfortunately the game had a cost to Mullinavat with very promising young wing back Robbie Malone being helped off the field with what looked like a serious knee injury. We wish Robbie a speedy recovery and hope the injury is not as bad as it seemed on the night. This was a great team performance from 1 to 15 with everybody pulling their weight. Paddy Jones dealt with everything that came his way and had hawk eye been in use might have conceded a goal late on in the game.. The backs were rock solid with Liam Murphy giving another great display. Liam is like a good wine getting better with age. Midfielders Nickey Anthony and Simon Aylward both had good games and both contributed to Mullinavats scoring tally of 1-23. Up front the forwards had great movement and pace and punished the shock backline at every opportunity. Paddy Raftice was unerring on frees. So another good result for this group of players and a mouth watering clash with the Rower in two weeks time.
Im afraid no good news to report after the fourth result of the Piltown Draw with the club not getting on the winners list. However all is not lost with one draw remaining and again many thanks to all the parishioners who supported the club in this fundraiser. By the time you will be reading this Mullinavat minor hurlers will know their fate in the Roinn B championship as they play Clara on Tuesday night in Inistioge. This is the only fixture for the coming week.
MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS HARVEST DANCE-Yes it’s that time of year again with the Waterford/South Kilkenny branch of the Multiple Sclerosis holding their Harvest Dance in the Rising Sun. Now firmly fixed on the social calendar this night out raises much needed funds for the local branch in the area. The date, venue and time for the night is as always The Rising Sun in Mullinavat on Friday the 31st of August. The entertainment will be provided by Checkers and there will be valuable door prizes on the night. Tickets are available from the usual sources at a cost of €5 and a good night will be guaranteed. For those who don’t know where to get a ticket well local man Neddy Aldridge will be on the corner of the Mill Road for the next couple of weeks and has plenty of tickets for sale. Neddy has over the years been a great promoter of the Harvest Dance and has raised lots of money for this worthy cause. So don’t be afraid to dip into the pocket for a fiver or two to give the coffers of the Waterford /South Kilkenny branch a helping hand.