SENIOR FOOTBAL FINAL
Sunday’s senior football final, played on Freshford’s perfectly prepared playing surface,and before a sizeable crowd proved an absorbing contest between two evenly matched sides. However, the city men playing with the benefit of a strong wind behind them in the first half, gave the initiative away to the two-in-a-row, county champions, Muckalee, conceding three points to the accurate Colin McGrath before the fourth minute of the contest. Eoin McCormack opened the Village account with a well taken point after seven minutes but despite dominating proceedings, for the rest of the half, could only add a further four points - two from Jackie Tyrrell-- before the half time whistle.Trailing by 1-5 to 0-5 at the interval and having to play against the wind, the prospects of victory looked bleak for the Village men, but drawing on reserves of pride and determination they forced the pace throughout the second period,--- bringing the game to the champions in earnest ----, and when Eoin McCormack drove the ball to the nett, after a well worked passing movement, on the 28th minute they held an unexpected one point lead, 1-9 to 1-8. Stunned by this performance, the Muckalee men responded immediately and levelled matters with a fine point of their own, from play. In the dying minutes of the game the under pressure Village defence lost control of the ball and a despairing tackle led to a penalty award, which was duly dispatched to the nett by Colin McGrarth, to earn the Muckalee side, a narrow victory. Even in the disappointment of defeat there were some sterling performances from the Village men with county stars, Eoin Larkin and Jackie Tyrrell leading the way, backed up by the rock solid, Cormac Behan at full back, Niall Tyrrell at wing back, Maurice Harkin in the centre, the McCormack brothers, Eoin and David, in attack and the lively substitute, Ben Hickey,all who caused headaches for the defending champions, through the hour’s play. It must be acknowledged, to the credit of both clubs that this was a fine game of open, attacking football with some quality scores taken by both sides, throughout the hour, in a contest worthy of the county’s 121st premier football final. Credit too to selectors, Tony Scanlon, Denis Carney, John Scott, and John McGrath for their work in bringing the club to the final and for getting the best of their panel, often in difficult circumstances.
U-14 CAMOGIE FINAL
Congratulations to the U-14 girls on their emphatic county “B” final victory over Kilmacow on Saturday in Callan. Selectors, Mary McGrath, Brian O’Dwyer and Jimmy Leahy had their young stars primed for this eagerly awaited county final appearance, as evidenced by the early pressure which yielded two goals and which marked their determination to strive for victory. The Kilmacow girls were also up for the contest and responded with a goal of their own in an evenly contested first half. From the restart the City girls upped the tempo and added a further two goals early in the half, to which the southern girls were unable to respond to any great effect. At the final whistle, the Village girls ran out comfortable winners on a 6-6 to 2-2 scoreline to justify the hard work put in, over the last few weeks weeks, in training. The Village had stars all over the field from goalkeeper Ruth Dooley, who pulled off a stunning save early in the second half to break the hearths of the Kilmacow girls, through to the inpenetrable defence led by centre back, Hannah Scott. The Deely sisters,Niamh and Ciara dominated proceedings at centrefield and distributed excellent ball to the forward line, where full forward Rachel Kelly proved a handful for the Kilmacow defence. Congratulations to all involved in a wonderful and welcome championship victory for the camogie club..The successful panel included, Ruth Dooley, Aoibheann Power, Caoimhe Moran, Anna Larkin, Holly Smith, Hannah Scott, Clara Mooney, Niamh Deely, Ciara Deely, Saoirse Comerford, Ciara Delaney, Hannah Kelly, Niamh Ward, Rachel Kelly, Clara Curtin, Molly Purcell, Ella Dalton, Alisha Shannon, Caoimhe O’Neill and Faye Scanlon.
NORTHERN JUNIOR “B” FINAL
A goal in the fourth minute of added time at the end of the first half proved to be the deciding factor in the northern Junior “B” final in Jenkinstown on Saturday afternoon. Trailing the Ballyraggett men by four points at the end of normal time the James Stephens side looked to be in a strong position until the Ballyraggett corner forward rounded the defence to drive the sliothar past a helpless Francis Cantwell in the Village goal and open up a seven point lead at the break. Having played with considerable grit and determination throughout the first half, it was hoped, despite the late concession that the game could be turned around, in the second half, with the aid of a strong breeze. However, from the restart Ballyraggett stiffened up their defence and coupled with a number of wides from play and placed balls the James Stephens men failed to make the necessary breakthrough to close the gap. With no rally coming from the city men, Ballyraggett increased their lead to nine points, until a late goalmouth tussle resulted in a Village goal to reduce the arrears to six points and close out the game at 2-16 to 2-10 in favour of the north Kilkenny club side..
Following the defaet by St. Martin’s in the fifth round of the league the club’s senior hurlers have been preparing for the last round of this year’s league/championship campaign against Graigue Ballycallan on Saturday evening, in Palmerstown with renewed drive and determination. With the final league placings and a potential championship quarter final place at stake for the James Stephens men, the team management and players will be determined to “give it all” in a drive for victory over a ‘Ballycallan side threatened with a relegation battle if they fail to secure the two points. For both sides it is a crutial weekend, with victory the only acceptable outcome for further progress.
KELLS ROAD DRAW
The winner of the Eu 1,000, first prize, in the August monthly draw was Michael Pattison (L.Tyrrell). The second prize of Eu 200 was won by Marie Walsh (Catherine Kinsella). The prizes of Eu 100 each went to Killian McGlynn (M.Ruth), Michael Eardly(Nuala Walton), and David Walton (Nuala Walton). Eu 50.00 was won by Marie O’Leary(Ml.McLoughlin), Oisin&Conor Marry(Ml.McLoughlin), Billy Mernagh(B.Mernagh), John Fleming( Ml.McLoughlin), Paul Hausser
(Cath.Kinsella),Marie Coyne (Cath Kinsella),An Gael Scoil(Cath. Kinsella), and Anthony Kavanagh (John O’Neill).. The promoter’s prizes of Eu 50.00 went to Aodhan O’Ruairc and Catherine Kinsella. The September draw will take place on Wednesday night, 25th September in the clubrooms
U-16 INTER-COUNTY TOURNAMENT
Congratulations to U-16 player, Tadhg O’Dwyer who captained the Kilkenny U-16 development squad to victory in the final of the Tipperary Supporters Tournament held in Clonmel over the weekend. Tadhg continues the rich O’Dwyer family heritage, going back three generations, of wearing the county’s black and amber colours in inter county competition. Hopefully, it is only the beginning for Tadhg !!!
The golf society’s captain’s prize outing will take place on Saturday,14th September in Callan G.C.. The society’s captain, Cyril Lawlor would like to see as many members as possible “line out” for the competition at the popular golf venue. As always new members are welcome to come along and join in for the day. To book our place on the time sheet contact Seamus Maguire at 087 7687651..
CALOR COMMUNITY CHAMPION 2013
. Calor Gas have launched a search for the “Calor Community Champion, 2013”. The company understands the work carried out each and every day by volunterers in every parish across the Diocese of Ossary. The company is “ calling out to communities to make their voices heard and support the search for local champions who go above and beyond the call of duty in our parrishes to get things done and work tirelessly to improve the lives of people around them “. Nominations will close at the end of September. For further information or to nominate your local champion contact 1850 812 450 or log on to www.facebook.com/calorireland
THE YOUNG AT HEART
The Young at Heart club reopens at the parish centre on Wednesday 4th September from 2.30p.m to 4.30p.m.. All are welcome
Fergus Horgan connects up to advise that morning art classes will recommence on Friday 13th September in the Bishop Birch Institute building on the Waterford Road.The classes will run from 10.30 to 12.30p.m.. Fergal further advises that the classes will be small, friendly and all materials will be provided free for the first class. For further information contact Sonja at 083-3941220.The classes
Seamus Nugent will grace the stage for saturday night’s weekend musical entertainment
THis week’s draw produced the following combination 3, 4, 26. There was no winning ticket. Next week’s jackpot increases to Eu 3,400. The consolation winners were Luke Malone, Philip Lynch, Campion, Anna Delaney and Jim O’Brien.