Camogie- Saturday was a beautiful sunny day and it was the day of three finals for Piltown GAA teams. First up were the Under-12 Camogie team with a B Final versus St. Brigids in Piltown. This was probably the best performance of the day as they won easily by 5-7 to 1-3. However, it was not the score line that made it the performance of the day, it was the manner. This superb bunch of girls put together a master class that had people asking how do you train under-12’s. For this writer, it was the support play. It was also noticeable that every girl that got the ball into her hand was very comfortable in possession and did not panic. It was a performance that was a tribute to their mentors and the structures which exist in the progressive Camogie Club. Squad: Lisa Norris (Capt), Michelle O’Shea, Jennifer O’Dea, Danielle O’Brien, Aoife Doyle (1-1, 1-0 free), Sophie Holden (0-1 free), Alanna Gallagher, Caoimhe O’Callaghan (1-1, 0-1 ’45), Marie Beth Kirby (0-1), Laura Power (1-2), Sarah Jayne Brophy (0-1). Maria Phelan (2-0), Anna O’Brien, Laura Synnot, Megan Byrne, Isobel Quirke, Sarah Tobin, Laura Falconer, Olivia Ronan, Isobel Dineen, Aoibheann Kavanagh, Sine Kavanagh. Mentors: Michael Brophy, Teresa Kirby and Marie Flynn Next it was on to Ballyhale for the Roinn A Under-16 Camogie Final versus Dicksboro as Piltown were striving to put together back to back titles having won Roinn B in 2011. In the first half of this game it looked like Piltown would easily achieve the historic double and put the Under-14 county final defeat of the previous week behind them. An 8th minute goal by Chloe Blackmore highlighted a clinical first half performance that saw Piltown lead by 1-9 to 0-3 at the break. Piltown were on top all around. Katelynn Phelan was solid at full back. The half back line led by Debbie Phelan, Ellen Commins and Siobhan Dermody was almost unbeatable. Kelly Ann Doyle was superb at midfield while the full forward line of Chloe Blackmore, Chloe Holden and Lisa McCarthy looked dangerous every time they got the ball. In fact the score difference could have been greater but for the magnificence of the Dicksboro goalkeeper. However in essence this was a very good team performance which made the second half all the more puzzling. Dicksboro dominated the second half as Piltown played second fiddle. So much so that with a minute to go Piltown only led 1-11 to 2-7, a single point. It could have been worse, but for three players standing up to the onslaught. They were Debbie Phelan, Kelly Ann Doyle and Ellen Commins. They stymied the tide. Then in the final minute, the two Chloe’s who had an early scoring offensive combined to finish the tie off. Holden to Blackmore, a point, it was enough for Piltown to win their first Roinn A Under-16 title by 1-12 to 2-7 and the club’s fourth ever under-16 title and a first back to back pair of titles. Team: Aóife Norris, Jean Power, Katelynn Phelan, Emily McCarthy, Ellen Commins, Debbie Phelan (0-2 frees), Siobhan Dermody (Capt), Mairead Power, Kelly Ann Doyle (0-1), Sarah Murphy (0-1), Alice Talbot (0-1), Aine Power, Chloe Holden (0-3), Chloe Blackmore (1-3, 0-1 free), Lisa McCarthy (0-1). Subs: Fiona Long and Stacey O’Brien. Panellists; Ciara Phelan, Shauna Coady, Nicola Phelan, Emer Long, Aoife Culleton, Niamh Foley, Sinead Walsh, Anna Frisby, Laura O’Dwyer. Mentors: Miriam Reid, Tom Holden, Gay Doyle, Andrew McCarthy, Marie Barcoe The final venue on the itinerary was Mullinavat where Piltown Junior hurlers were contesting the South Final against Thomastown. Midway through the second half, the hat trick of wins looked likely as Piltown led 0-13 to 0-8. However, Thomastown recovered to leave it 0-19 each with Piltown left with a free in to take the title. The curse of Piltown free taking kicked in again. It was a wide and the referee blew up for extra time. In extra time, the Piltown legs wavered as Thomastown eased to a flattering 0-22 to 2-25 victory. Andrew McCarthy and his cousin Peter were the dominant backs. Daniel Norris took some very good scores, but the best Piltown player on view had to be Robbie Culleton whose work rate and application has to be applauded. Focus now turns to the championship clash with Bennetsbridge. (See sports for full match report) Team; Andrew Norris, Brendan Norris, Andrew McCarthy, Michael Burchill, Peter McCarthy, Shane Kinsella (Capt), Neil Kelly, Kieran Norris, Nollaig Brophy, Martin power, Daniel Norris, Philly Kenny, Richie McCarthy, James Norris, Robbie Culleton. Subs: Kevin Walsh and David Kinsella, panellists: Nicky Kenny, Nigel Brennan, Niall Kinsella, Brendan McCarthy, Conor Nugent, Thomas Talbot, Donal Ryan, Michael O’Dwyer, Dean Brophy, Ian Flynn, Pa Connolly, Paul Kirby, David Burchill
IVERK TRIES AGAIN - The Iverk Show takes place this Saturday 15th September at the Showgrounds having previously been cancelled due to the poor weather in August. Show Day has always been a great day and social occasion. Hopefully, the Gods will smile sunshine on Iverk this time. The show is Ireland’s oldest and was first run in 1826 and is now one of the top shows in Ireland. There is something for everyone at the Show and with free parking available adjacent to the Showgrounds and a network of roads to get to the venue. Admission is kept at a reasonable level and all children are free. There will be all the usual attractions such as the Most Appropriately Dressed. The Plaza and Family/Garden Area is well worth a visit along with the Music Centre for entertainment throughout the day. The Iverk Food Hall and Small Industries Section are a major part of the Show as are the Trade Stands of which there is expected to be about 200. There is plenty of entertainment for Children and KCLR will be broadcasting for the show. The RTE “Ear to the Ground” crew are also expected. This year’s Show will be opened by Liam Aylward MEP. All information is available on the website http://www.iverkshow.com. Any other queries to Sara Conlon at 051-644621. Show highlights include: Redmills Mini Grand Prix (Showjumping); All Ireland Broodmare and Foal Championship; Dairy Cow Senior; Junior Cow; Maid of Glanbia Dairy Heifer; Commercial Beef Heifer; Commercial Beef Bullock; Iverk Champion 2012; Charolais Classes; Pedigree Beef Champion; Arts and Crafts; Most Appropriately Dressed Lady; The Cherry Cake Competition; Poultry Classes; Dog Show; Sheep Classes; Produce Classes;Fashion Show; Bonny Baby Show
COMMUNITY GAMES - Young Piltown athletes, Eoin Diffly and Patsy Kenny recently represented Kilkenny at the Community Games finals in Athlone. Eoin took part in the Under-8 80m and just missed out on a place in the final. Patsy participated in the Under-12 ball-throw and was one of eight who qualified for the final. Well done to both athletes, could they be our future Olympians.
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS GET A FRIGHT - It was a tease, it was a fright, but Piltown Under-14 hurlers almost pulled off a great win when they travelled to Lisdowney for their Roinn B shield clash with Lisdowney, the Roinn B League Champions. The hosts boasted Brian Kavanagh, Kilkenny goalscorer in the recent Tony Forristal final, Liam Dunphy who was also on the Forristal squad and Stephen Delaney, a Sonny Walsh midfielder while Piltown had Jamie Norris, a Sonny Walsh forward who was converted to full back for the game. Despite having been well beaten earlier in the year, Piltown went in at the break level at 1-4 to 0-7. The goal was a typical “Kilkenny” type goal from Ronan Ryan who sneaked in behind the melee to finish beautifully. The second half saw Piltown dominate the early stages as they raced into a 2-7 to 0-7 lead, keeping Lisdowney scoreless for 15 minutes. Richard Norris scrambled the second goal. Lisdowney who had moved Liam Dunphy from goal came back into it and in the space of a minute Dunphy combined with Brian Kavanagh to get two goals and leave the sides level. Unfortunately, from there to the finish, Lisdowney took control to run out winners by 2-8 to 5-9 which was a flattering score line. This was a very heartening display from Piltown and who knows what they might have achieved with a few more matches under their belt. On the day the whole team worked very hard, in particular up to the age players Jamie Norris, Oísin Brophy, Ronan Ryan and Conor Friend. It was uplifting to see these marquee players perform exceptional well on the same day. Piltown now look forward to a Gaelic Football county final against the same opposition and with Lisdowney focussing on Hurling, it is a great opportunity for Piltown to get a few Football games in and up the preparation for the final. Team: Cian Kinsella, Kieran Reid, Jamie Norris, John Kenny, Shane Whittle, Oísin Brophy (0-1, ’65), Andrew Long, Darragh Walsh, Robert Tobin, Richard Norris (1-0), James Kirby, Ronan Ryan (1-2, 0-1 free), Alex Byrne, Conor Friend (0-4, 1 free), Oran Broph. Subs: Sean Power (0-1), Billy Morahan, Scott Bourke Piltown Intermediate Camogie team were beaten in the semi final of the All-County League by Ballyhale Shamrocks in Ballyhale by 1-8 to 4-9 Team: Anita Duggan, Hilary Power, Jennifer Norris, Maria Foley, Debbie Phelan, Leanne Long, Sinead Long, Laura Norris (0-1), Edel Long (0-1), Lorraine Long (0-1), Karen Duggan (0-3), Sinead McCarthy, Aisling McGowan (1-0), Georgina Culleton (0-1), Leanne Dunne (0-1). Sub: Alice Talbot. The Under-8 and Under-10’s played a challenge game against Carrick Swan on the Fair Green on Carrick-On-Suir. Over 40 young Piltown Camogie players who will be the stars of the future did exceptionally well. The Under-10’s had two wins and a draw in the Mooncoin blitz on Saturday morning.
CRIME AND THE SOCIAL MEDIA - A new social media page on petty crime in the Piltown area has attracted a lot of attention including from the national media. There is no evidence to suggest that crime is any worse in Piltown or Fiddown than anywhere else. This column has often asked people to be vigilant at all times, but there is no need at this time to believe that Piltown has a crime epidemic. It does highlight how social media can lead to misinterpretations.
SET DANCING - Set dancing classes will resume in Piltown GAA Complex every Monday night starting on Monday 17th September from 8pm to 10pm. Beginners very welcome. Contact Mary Phelan (885512).
Spanish Classes - New Spanish classes ( beginners level) will start in Piltown Community Centre on Monday the 1st of October 2012 from 730 pm to 845 pm. They will run for 6 weeks at a cost of 60 euro. Anyone interested can contact Marisa Bovenizer on (086) 8756122.