Juvenile Notes 2007

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30/9: The replay of the U/16 Hurling Semi Final V Fethard took place at Ned Hall Park. We had to field without our centre half back Donnchadh Corcoran. Kilsheelan started well and at one stage led by 1-3 to 1-1. The goal coming from Bill Maher and the points by Damien Mc Carthy. Fethard then took over and picked off some delightful points to lead by 1-10 to 1-3. Three points by John Kehoe left it 1-10 to 1-6 at half time. Two further points on the resumption put Fethard’s lead under threat. Fethard then shot a killer goal. Kilsheelan’s chances then received a major blow. It had been a very sorting game up to this stage but then we saw an ugly side of things. One of our best players Damien Mc Carthy went in search of a goal. Travelling at full speed he was callously taken out by a Fethard defender. In great pain he had to leave the field with a leg injury. This kind of tackle on an opponent has no place in any kind of sport.

Kilsheelan reduced the leeway to a goal but were unable to sustain the effort. Full credit to Fethard, they are a well balanced side and went on to win by 2-20 to 1-11. For our players we must say well done also. It takes a great effort to reach the Semi Final and we also had six players on board who were U/14. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Damien who will be on crutches for the next four weeks.

TEAM: Adrian Mc Guire, David Corcoran, William Mc Guire, Norman O’Shea, Shane

Columby, Luke Hogan, Martin O’Dwyer, David Ryan 0-1, Kevin Larkin, Bill Maher 1-0, Damien Mc Carthy 0-4, John Kehoe 0-5, Declan Cashman, Damien Dempsey 0-1 and Joseph Brennan.

SUBS: Alex Harte, Dean Mulcahy and Conor Murphy.

This defeat brings the curtain down on Juvenile Championship fare for this year.

23/9: The U/10 footballers competed in the South Tipperary Championship on Saturday 15th September. A bright Saturday morning drew a large turnout for the centenary parade. The first game of the tournament was against Killenaule. It started at frantic pace and Brian Guiry made some very intelligent clearances. Brendan Martin and Steven Laharte were prominent for Kilsheelan as was Darragh Kelly who was pulled down for a penalty in the early stages. Mark Kehoe stepped up to take a penalty but unfortunately hit the cross bar and the ball rebounded onto the line.  Somehow, Killenaule managed to clear the line. Kilsheelan settled much better and we were soon in the lead with Edward Carroll causing huge problems for the opposition.  With a minute to go they were trailing by two points and Martin Gibbs stood up and took a superb shot to the roof of the net to secure victory by 2-2 to 2-1.

We marched on to play Ballingarry next when Ryan Lonergan, Kevin Kehoe and Eoin Flavin came into their own. There were excellent performances from Brendan Martin and Eoghan Kelly in midfield and Brian Twohig was solid in defence. This was a game that Kilsheelan won quite easily on a scoreline of 2-3 to 0-2.

For the third game of the tournament the team was changed with Eoghan Kelly going in full forward. This proved a very effective combination with Brendan Martin who played centre forward. Their inter-passing play caused huge problems for Ballylooby.  Kyle O Connell and Jack O Donnell were also very much to the fore, and Conor Murphy in the backs did some Trojan work when the pressure came on in the second half. Some key players were rested for this game emphasizing the importance of the whole squad.  Sean Martin and John Bayliss were very much instrumental in winning this game with the score 1-6 to 0-3 which was their 3rd successive win.

Next up were St. Pats.  This was a very tightly fought game with Darragh Brennan and Martin Gibbs excelling in defence. Kilsheelan trailed for most of this game however somehow managed to scramble a ball over the line to take the lead in the dying minutes of the game to win by one point on 1-2 to 1-1. 

The semi final was against Ballylooby.  Michael Bayliss was again playing full forward  and caused immense problems for the opposition. Evan Quigley and Mark Kehoe led the attack. Kilsheelan marched on to the Final with ease by 0-5 to 0-3 and again were due to play St. Pats.

Kilsheelan had reached the Final undefeated. In the Final they played like a team on fire, this was a real team effort and in the first half they clocked up two goals and four points to no score in a ten minute period. There was some superb inter play between Darragh Kelly, Brian Twohig, and Eoghan Flavin.  Mark Kehoe was causing huge problems down the right wing and Evan Quigley was a very effective full forward. Steven Harte and Aaron Fogarty were again solid in defence. Unfortunately Kevin Kehoe was injured at this stage and couldn’t continue.

In the second half Kilsheelan tired a little however they continued to press home their advantage and kept St. Pats to a solitary point. In the end Kilsheelan ran out convincing winners with an overall superb team display. The final score was 2-8 to 0-2. No one individual could be picked out from this and their performance in the Final was a testament to the importance of playing as a team. This U/10 team, are an exceptional group of young boys and girls. They have achieved the double having previously won the U/10 hurling championship. The future looks bright for the Kilsheelan-Kilcash GAA club and we wish them well into the future. The captain Eoghan Kelly received the cup and thanked all those involved in organizing this very successful tournament and his coaches for bringing them to this level. Hopefully they will be stepping up to the next level in the not too distant future. Well done to the Kilsheelan team which lined out as follows for the Final: Brian Guiry, Aaron Fogarty, Edward Carroll, Ryan Longeran, Brian Twohig, Darragh Brennan, Stephan Laharte, Brendan Martin, Martin Gibbs, Darragh Kelly, Eoghan Kelly, Mark Kehoe, Michael Bayliss, Evan Quigley, Eoin Flavin. Kevin Kehoe, who was injured for the Final. The subs, who played an important part over the six games emphasizes the importance of the squad were: Kyle O Connell, Jack O Donnell, John Bayliss, Conor Murphy and Sean Martin. Unfortunately unable to make the tournament was Sinead Cosgrave, Kaitlin O’ Connor, Adah Larkin and Ryan Murray.

Glorious sunshine prevailed last Saturday morning as Kilsheelan-Kilcash club hosted the U/8 Football blitz: Thank you to participating clubs, Moyle Rovers, Mullinahone, Swan, Grangemockler. A special word of thanks to Moyle Rovers for bringing three teams which compensated for non-appearance of one club. The undefeated Kilsheelan-Kilcash team won the admiration of many with their brand of attacking football.

Our U/16 hurling team met Fethard at Cloneen in the “B” Semi Final. The prize was a place in the Final against Carrick Swan. Fethard scored two early points before Kilsheelan had a goal by Joseph Brennan. For the rest of the half, it was point for point and at half time Kilsheelan led by 1-7 to 0-6 with Damien Mc Carthy the chief scorer. In the second half Fethard forged ahead and led by a point coming into the closing stages. Excitement increased on the sideline as both sides fought hard for supremacy. John Kehoe levelled for Kilsheelan In injury time Darren Mc Carthy put them ahead from a free. Just before fulltime Fethard levelled from a free to make it a draw. Two gallant sides could point to reasons why they could have won but in the end a draw was a fair result.

TEAM: Adrian Mc Guire, David Corcoran, William Mc Guire, Martin O’Dwyer, Luke Hogan, Donnchadh Corcoran, Shane Columby, David Ryan, Kevin Larkin, Bill Maher 0-2, Darren Mc Carthy 0-6, John Kehoe 0-3, Declan Cashman, Damien Dempsey 0-2 and Joseph Brennan 1-0.

SUBS: Norman O’Shea and Dean Mulcahy.

It’s a long long way from Pairc an Crocaigh to Pairc Cill Siolain: Like all Clubs our Juvenile section is no different when it comes to making ends meet. Providing hurleys, footballs, bus hire etc are just some of the many items of expenditure which are a big drain on finances. There are other ways our Club would like to improve the preparation of our teams in a broader sense but financial constraints would not allow it.

Earlier this year ways and means of fundraising were discussed. The one suggestion that would not go away was a cycle from Croke Park to Kilsheelan. A study revealed that a figure of €20,000 could be raised. Naturally, there were sceptics who felt that this was beyond our capabilities. A very dedicated committee was put in place. One of the stipulations was that those participants in the cycle would have to raise €1,000 in order to enter the cycle. About ten seasoned bikers were quickly signed up, eight more signalled their intentions to take part and over the last month or so they had clocked up many hundreds of miles to get into shape.

The Croker Cruisers were not seasoned cyclists by any stretch of the imagination but what they lacked in style they made up for in enthusiasm and determination to rise to the challenge and have some fun in the process. A decision was also taken that some worthy body should get a share of the funds and who better than South Tipperary Hospice which has touched almost all of our lives in a very personal way. Their work is a remarkable and indispensable part of our local community. Likewise supporting our children through the medium of our games instils in them, a strong sense of community, which will benefit everybody in our Parish long after their playing days are over.

16/9: Saturday 8th September was the day of reckoning for our Croker Cruisers. They made their way to Dublin on Friday evening accompanied by their two wheelers, medical personnel and general backup. Their next appointment was a photo call in the Stadium at 8am before they started their journey. In the absence of 82,000 partisan supporters the peace and tranquillity was rudely disturbed by the clicking of cameras with the resultant photographs likely collector’s items in years to come. Photographer for the occasion was John Roche as he secured the exclusive rights for this event by being the highest bidder!!

The ambitious participants were Joseph Doolan, Roger Doyle, Cal Flavin, Mairead Holohan, Kevin Kelly, J J Keyes, William Lonergan, Ollie Maher, Mike Martin, Tony McCarthy, Andrew Mc Hale, Noel Murphy, Peter O’Connell, Shane O’Dwyer, Brian O’Gorman, Seamus Roche, Liam Stokes and Frank Twohig.

At 8.45am, as they headed on their Trip to Tipp via Dorset Street, down the Quays and on to Inchicore they quickly left the big smoke behind. In the interest of road safety the Cruisers on occasion took the byways rather than the highways as they were not allowed on the dual carriageways.

Local garda Joe Horgan played a major role in this area as he liased with the many garda stations along the route. Indeed, one could say, they saw their own version of the changing of the guard many times throughout the day.

First stop was Kilcullen at 11.30. They had great back up from the ladies along the way who provided refreshments. After partaking in same and looking after “personal needs” they were soon on their way.

Next stop was at Leighlinbridge where again the required sustenance was taken on board. With the sun shining down on them and the feel good factor still to the fore the craic was mighty along the way. With Kilkenny negotiated their next port of call was Callan where the local GAA Club, set aside county rivalries, as they laid out a spread for the cyclists in the Parochial Hall which was very much appreciated by the “Cruisers”.

The climb into Ninemilehouse was the next challenge and with the Premier County air now at their backs this was quickly conquered. Having reached Grangemockler, well ahead of schedule, the feel good factor yielded a burst of enthusiasm and a decision was taken to turn right and enter the Parish via Kilcash. Having reached the gap tired limbs had a respite as they freewheeled into the village as they sang Slievenamon in unison. Word had filtered through of their arrival and they received their first enthuastic welcome  in Kilcash. Traffic lights were switched off in Ballypatrick as they headed to the Sports Centre for a hot meal provided by the ladies which went down a treat.

Rumour was rife all day that Fr Neil Horan was going to lead them into Kilsheelan but this proved to be unfounded. Meanwhile a big crowd had gathered at the GAA field to welcome them home. The young children bedecked in their Kilsheelan and Tipperary colours formed a guard-of-honour and gave them a rousing reception as they arrived. Some of the cyclists said later that they found it emotional. Indeed it was a special and memorable evening for all present. Tom Larkin the only Senior All Ireland Hurling Medal winner, Meadhbh Stokes the first lady to Captain a Tipperary Camogie team to All Ireland success and the members of the 68-72 teams who brought the last Senior Football honours to the Club all received presentations from members of the Juvenile Club. Hopefully this will inspire the younger generation to follow in their footsteps. Remember, already this year our U/14 Football team had a magnificent County Final win and all the recipients would love to relinquish their record of 35 years ago to see these lads lift a County Senior Football Trophy sooner rather than later. Their message to the younger players loud and clear is keep it up and success hopefully will come.

We salute the brave cyclists for their tremendous effort, the entourage who helped them on the day, the ladies for the food en route and also in the evening at the reception, to all of you who generously sponsored them, to advertisers on commemorative booklet and indeed to everyone who helped in so many different ways to make this a wonderful community effort. The day was a wonderful example of perfect combined organisational skills by the brilliant local people in their efforts to raise funds for the Kilsheelan-Kilcash Juvenile GAA Club and the South Tipp Hospice movement. Who says FUNdraising is not a FUN activity?

9/9: If anyone wanted their fix of entertainment on Saturday evening last undoubtedly the place to be was the local sportsfield. The occasion was the Croker Cruisers arrival home after cycling from Croke Park.

A large crowd gathered, enjoying the warm sunshine with Banna Cluain Meala supplying the music, and all the young children formed in a guard of honour in full youthful voice to welcome home the cyclists. The atmosphere was electric with a very colourful scene. The 18 cyclists were given a warm welcome as they entered the grounds. Senior Club Chairman Jerry Kehoe later presented them with a memento to mark their achievement and praised them for their tremendous efforts. Proceeds from this cycle will go to the Juvenile Club and South Tipperary Hospice.  Seamus Roche as Chairman of the Juvenile Club thanked everyone for their input in so many different ways.

The organising committee also used the occasion to honour the 68-72 teams which were the last to win County Senior Football honours for the Club. Each member of these teams was made a presentation by a member of the Juvenile Club. Also honoured were Tom Larkin, the only player from the Club to win an All Ireland Senior Hurling medal and Maedhbh Stokes being the first lady to captain Tipperary to their first ever All Ireland Camogie Title. Sean Nugent replied on behalf of the past players and he stated that he hoped the current young players would aspire to emulate those honoured and hopefully bring further honours in the future.

A special word of thanks goes to the many ladies who arrived early on Saturday morning to prepare the Clubhouse, organise the food and the many other requirements to make this the successful evening that it was. It’s not often they are called upon, but when the occasion arises, they get it right – thanks again to all. We must not forget Billy Stokes who was a very capable MC and his choice of words were most appropriate.

2/9: In the U/16 “A” Hurling championship Kilsheelan needed a win over St Mary’s at Clonmel to reach the Semi Final.

In a low scoring first half the score was 0-2 each after fifteen minutes. Kilsheelan took the lead when Damien Mc Carthy worked his way through for a goal. At half time the score was 0-7 to 1-3 to favour of St Mary’s. The town side should have been further ahead as they shot a number of wides.

After the interval they had a further goal this time from Declan Cashman. The game increased in intensity as St Mary’s tried to get back into the game. Both sides exchanged points before Bill Maher had Kilsheelan’s third goal. In the last ten minutes St Mary’s laid siege on the Kilsheelan goal. The Kilsheelan defence was outstanding as they kept their lines intact. St Mary’s did get a goal with the last puck of the game but it was Kilsheelan’s night on a scoreline of 3-7 to 1-11. Well done to our side who fielded five U/14 players.

Team: Adrian Mc Guire, Norman O’Shea, William Mc Guire, Kevin Larkin, Shane Columby

26/8: On the Juvenile front the U/16 team await their next opponents in the “B” competition while at “A” level the U/14 team look forward to their postponed match against Fethard in the Semi Final. In the All Ireland U/16 Hurling Championship last weekend Tipperary ran out winners. We congratulate our Treasurer John Ryan who is a Selector with the team.

In the Tony Forristal U/14 Hurling Tournament Kevin Larkin played in all five matches but unfortunately lost to Waterford in the Final. Well done Kevin.

19/8: The U/12 “B” hurling teams run came to an end last Wednesday night against Killenaule in Monroe. Little hope was given at the start of the year as most of the players are still U/12 next year.  From the very start they got stuck in to the match and after two minutes Eoin Kehoe scored a goal.  They held this lead for about ten minutes before Killenaule had a purple patch and scored three goals and a point, before Brendan Martin replied with a point to leave the score at 3-1 to 1-1.
Whatever was said at half time Kilsheelan came out fighting against the wind and trailing by six points they soon wiped out the Killenaule lead and went ahead by a point.  With Eoin Kehoe dominating the half back line, Tadgh Lonergan solid in goal, Brendan Martin and Paul Maher causing Killenaule all sorts of problems up front we hoped that we could go on and win.
To their credit Killenaule steadied their ship and came back in the last five minutes to score some great points to run out winners on a scoreline of 3-6 to 3-2.  We would like to wish them the best of luck in the final.  The Kilsheelan-Kilcash Club would like to thank everybody, especially Ollie Maher the Manager, for the amount of time put into these players throughout the year and to all the people who helped out in every way, by putting up nets or for bringing players to matches.  We would also like to thank the Ballypatrick Sports Centre for the use of their facilities and the Ballypatrick community committee for the use of their field.
Team: Tadgh Lonergan, Eric O Shea, Kevin Guiry, Emily O Dwyer, Sean Ryan, Eoin Kehoe, Niamh Brennan, Kevin Kirwan, Martin Gibbs, Paul Maher, David Smyth, Brendan Martin, Riain Connolly, Edward Ahearne, John Smyth, Michelle Kehoe, Aoife Cosgrave, Aaron Larkin, Niall Butler, Niall Murphy and Joe O'Neill.

It is hoped that the U/14 hurling team will be out against Fethard in the “A” Semi Final on this Thursday night – venue to be confirmed. Please come out and support these young players who have been very impressive to date.

29/7: The U/16 team were at home to Mullinahone in the “B” Hurling championship. Mullinahone looked were strong early on and quickly had 1-3 on the scoreboard. Kilsheelan recovered well but Mullinahone had a commanding lead midway through the second half. Kilsheelan put in a storming finish before going down by 2-10 to 1-7. Due to holidays the team were short a number of regulars.

TEAM: Adrian Mc Guire, Alex Harte, William Mc Guire, Norman O’Shea, Kevin Larkin, David Corcoran 0-1, Luke Hogan, Shane Columby, Martin O’Dwyer 0-1, Dean Mulcahy, Damien Mc Carthy 0-4, Bill Maher, Declan Cashman 1-0, Damien Dempsey 0-1 and Jamie Cronin.

SUBS: David Columby, Colin Gleeson and Brian Grant.

The normally quite environs of the GAA field received a rude awakening on Monday morning last when upwards of 70 young boys and girls began the Annual Summer Camp.

As the day approached there was concern as to what the weather would h

15/7: Pride of place this week goes to our U/14 Football team as we congratulate them on winning the County “B” Title. From the start of the championship this team had the potential to go a long way. They improved with each outing and having taken the South honours hopes were high that the Title would be the property of Kilsheelan-Kilcash on Final night.

From a very early stage they were the better side. Their teamwork was top class and their quick fire passes were a joy to watch and the manner in which they took their scores  showed great maturity

Colin Gleeson kept a clean sheet in goal – whenever he was called upon he never put a foot wrong. The full back line got very little to do. Still playing U/12 Eoin Kehoe had the beating of his opponent. David Corcoran was rock solid in front of goal. Brian Grant was going well until he received a facial injury and had to leave the field.

David Columby gave away height to his opponent but his fierce determination more than made up for it. Kevin Larkin’s all round play and positional sense had to be admired and he was the instigator of many attacks. Adrian Mc Guire is growing in confidence all the time and had his best game to date.

At centre field Bill Maher and Conor Murphy were outstanding. Their high fielding and general play was a feature while their solo runs opened up many gaps in the Golden defence.

Right half forward Jamie Cronin, while small in stature and big in heart, was an excellent distributor of the ball. Dean Mulcahy’s diagonal runs often caused havoc. His trademark goals from the edge of the square were a feature in all the games. Lydia Ahearne’s speed off the mark often helped her get the better of bigger opponents.

Big and strong Alex Harte had the upper hand of his marker and played no small part. In front of goal John Kehoe was a dominant figure and took his scores well. Last but by no means least was Adam Hantz who was instrumental in the opening goal.

Having the match sewn up at an early stage it was great to see our five subs come on and give them plenty of time to express themselves namely Kevin Kirwan, James Murphy, Conor Tobin, Finbar Horgan and Tadgh Lonergan. Other panel members were Ruairi Doyle, William Lonergan, Sean Ryan, David Smyth and Joel O’Dwyer.

Full marks to their mentors Liam Corcoran and Jim Murphy in the preparation of this team since early in the year. The fruits of their labours were there for all to see on Final night. These young players are full of enthusiasm and love to be recognised by their elders. It was very satisfying to see such a large gathering from the parish in attendance to cheer them on. We sincerely thank you all. On their return to the Clubhouse the young players and their parents were treated to refreshments which were very much appreciated. Again a special thanks to those who made this happen.

When our Club was formed in 1924 it quickly established itself as a football stronghold County Titles were achieved at Junior and Senior level. The last Senior Football Title came our way in 1972. In 2006 we reached the County Intermediate Football Final. This year we would love to go one better and get back to Senior ranks. Given time let’s hope this panel of players will form the nucleus of a Senior team that will once again bring back Senior honours to the Club. When one looks to the future we hope they will continue to play our games and it is up to us to encourage them and see the Club’s dream realised.

8/7: For the first time ever the U/14 Hurling team fielded in the “A” grade. Having won their opening match they looked forward with confidence to their home game with St Mary’s.

Playing against a strong wind proved difficult as St Mary’s built up a half time lead of 1-8 to 0-4. Kilsheelan turned on the style in the second half as they quickly wiped out the arrears. A scoring spree by Bill Maher, Dean Mulcahy, Conor Murphy and John Kehoe helped them to a 5-11 to 1-9 win. Well done to all the players and not forgetting the subs on this victory.

TEAM: Adrian Mc Guire, Brian Grant, David Corcoran, Conor Tobin, Eoin Kehoe, Kevin Larkin, David Columby, Dean Mulcahy, Bill Maher, Colin Gleeson, John Kehoe, Jamie Cronin, Alex Harte, Conor Murphy and William Lonergan.

SUBS: Adam Hantz, Kevin Kirwan and Tadgh Lonergan.

24/6: It was a great week for our U/14 footballers as they became South “B” champions. In the Final they defeated Ballyporeen by 3-8 to 1-6. This was followed by victory in the County Semi Final over Moyne-Templetuohy by 7-13 to 3-6. The Final against Golden-Kilfeacle is scheduled for 9th July. Put this in your diary as these young players deserve the support of all in the Parish.

17/6: The U/14 football team had Mullinahone as opponents in the “B” Semi Final in Cloneen. Having beaten this opposition in the League stages there was high hopes of clinching a Final spot. Our side dominated the opening stages but wasted many chances and their only reward was a point by Alex Harte. Against the run of play Mullinahone shot a goal. Kilsheelan’s reply was devastating. Two goals by Dean Mulcahy and one each from Alex Harte and John Kehoe put them well ahead. Dean Mulcahy had the best score of the match when he pointed after a fifty metre solo run and at half time Kilsheelan led by 4-2 to 1-2.

Further points by John Kehoe and Colin Murphy and a goal by the former left them leading by 5-4 to 1-2. Mullinahone struck for two goals. They were unable to sustain the comeback as Kilsheelan had further points from Conor Murphy (2), Dan Mulcahy, Alex Harte and Tadgh Lonergan to run out clear winners by 5-9 to 3-2.

Team: Colin Gleeson, Eoin Kehoe, David Corcoran, Brian Grant, Adam Hantz, Kevin Larkin, Adrian Mc Guire, Conor Murphy, Bill Maher, Jamie Cronin, Dean Mulcahy, David Columby, Alex Harte, John Kehoe and Ruari Doyle.

SUBS: Tadgh Lonergan, Kevin Kirwan, Sean Ryan and Conor Tobin.

The Final took place on Tuesday evening last.

The very popular annual Summer Camp will take place from 23rd to 27th July from 10am to1pm daily. Details will be forwarded to the schools shortly and we will keep you informed over the coming weeks.

3/6: Our U/11 hurlers battled it out with Powerstown Lisronagh on Wednesday last. The game started at a frantic pace and Powerstown piled on the pressure. Some superb defensive play by Stephen Laharte and Ryan Lonergan stemmed the tide. Aaron Larkin made some fine saves in goal. The pressure began to tell as the opposition stretched into a 2-2 lead. A switch to centre back saw captain Martin Gibbs exert his authority. An injured Paul Maher was unlucky not to open Kilsheelan's account. A superb Darragh Kelly ground stroke was saved on the line. Jack O' Donnell was also unlucky not to score. Powerstown lead by 2-2 to 0-0 at half time.

With Brendan Martin and Eoghan Flavin now controlling matters in the middle of the field and Kevin Kehoe, Brian Twohig and Edward Carroll playing some fine hurling in the backs Powerstown were pinned back in their own half. Eoghan Kelly was fouled as he raced towards goal and Martin Gibbs subsequently opened Kilsheelan’s account with a pointed free. With Evan Quigley, Michael Bayliss, and Kyle O' Connell getting better ball supply Powerstown were forced to foul under pressure. Martin Gibbs scored a great goal and then added a further pointed free. Trailing by one score with five minutes remaining Kilsheelan were growing in self belief. A cruel bounce from a long range puck deceived Aaron Larkin and try as they did Kilsheelan could not close the gap any further. Well done to a courageous and determined team who will have better days in the future.

Last Saturday our players figured prominently in the Peadar Cummins U/14 Hurling tournament at Borrisoleigh. Playing for the South Division were Adrian Mc Guire who did very well in goal. In attack Kevin Larkin, John Kehoe and Conor Murphy all figured in the scoring.

Any juveniles who have not yet paid up their membership might please do so as soon as possible.

Following the Solo Run held recently, there are some outstanding Sponsorship Cards which have not been returned – we would ask that you please return them to any Club Officer.

27/5: Our U/12 footballers reached the “B” Final where they met Ardfinnan. After two hard games they had to give way to stronger opponents. Well done to these young boys and girls who showed great commitment and gave wonderful entertainment to their large number of supporters.

Yes it’s that time of year again when the Championship beckons and match tickets becomes an issue. Members who require them please give their names to the Secretary (33270) by Monday 4th June at the latest.

20/5: The U/16 football team drew with Ballingarry in a play off last week. On Saturday night last the replay took place in Fethard. On this occasion Ballingarry were much the better side and led at half time by 2-5 to 0-2. In the second half they continued to dominate and at one stage led by 4-8 to 0-5. In the last quarter Kilsheelan-Kilcash put in a spirited effort. A hat trick of goals by Damien Mc Carthy put a more respectable look on the scoreboard but in the end Ballingarry went on to win by 4-9 to 3-6.

TEAM: Joseph Brennan, Luke Hogan, William Mc Guire, Martin O’Dwyer, Kevin Larkin, David Ryan 0-2, John Ormonde, Damien Mc Carthy 3-1, Shane Columby, John Kehoe, Donnchadh Corcoran 0-1, Dean Mulcahy 0-1, Alex Harte, Damien Dempsey and Stephen Ahearne 0-1.

SUBS: David Columby and Brian Grant.

The U12 football team were opposed by Ballingarry in the “B” Semi Final at Monroe. Kilsheelan-Kilcash got off to the ideal start when Niamh Brennan got possession and shot to the corner of the net. They had further points from Brendan Martin, Martin Gibbs, Tadgh Lonergan and Niamh Brennan. At half time Kilsheelan led by 1-5 to 0-2. The second half was much more competitive. Ballingarry had two quick points but they never really threatened. Kilsheelan had further points by Tadgh Lonegan, Paul Maher, Brendan Martin and Niamh Brennan. During this half the Ballingarry attack saw plenty of the ball but the Kilsheelan defence held firm. At the final whistle Kilsheelan were winners by 1-11 to 0-7.

TEAM: John Smith, Joe O’Neil, Cormac Fahey, Eric O’Shea, Michelle Kehoe, David Smith, Sean Ryan, Eoin Kehoe, Kevin Kirwan, Niamh Brennan, Paul Maher, Brendan Martin, Martin Gibbs, Tadgh Lonergan and Niall Murphy.

SUBS: Aaron Larkin, Andrew Smyth, Edmond Ahearne and Niall Butler.

13/5: Our U/12 footballers had mixed fortunes during the week. In their first game they defeated Fethard by seven points after playing great football. In their second game they lost to Ballingarry by two points. The League section is now over and they have qualified for the Semi Final stage which will be played this week.

The U/14 Football team are due to play Cahir away this Thursday night.

The U/16 team played Ballingarry last Sunday evening in a play off for the last Semi Final spot. However, the game ended in a draw and a replay is now required which may be played sometime during the week.

6/5: U-14 Peil: Kilsheelan-Kilcash lost in the semi-final stage to Fethard by seven points

Championship: Kilsheelan had a very good win over Ardfinnan to guarantee themselves a semi-final spot.  They have three games still left, with Moyle Rovers (B) their next opponents on Thursday next (10th). Everyone would also like to see a speedy recovery to David Corcoran who got a nasty hand injury in the match.

U-12: The U12 footballers had a great win by 3-7 to 1-7 over Ballyporeen. It is a very hard place to go and win, but these boys and girls gave their best performance to date and have now reached the semi-final stage. They still have two games to play against Ballingarry and Fethard who we will have played on Tuesday night.

Panel: David & John Smyth, Joe O'Neill, Cormac Fahey, Eric O'Shea, Andrew Smyth, Sean Ryan, Eoin Kehoe, Kevin Kirwan, Niamh Brennan, Paul Maher, Brendan Martin, Niall Butler, Martin Gibbs, Niall Murphy, Aoife Cosgrove, Tadgh Lonergan and Aaron Larkin.

29/4: Kilsheelan-Kilcash had a great run in the U/14 Hurling Feile last week. After good wins over Cahir and Clonmel Og they reached the Final. They played extremely well to defeat Mullinahone by 2-10 to 1-4. Mullinahone got off to a great start and were putting it up to our side early on but gradually Kilsheelan started to get on top. Alex Harte was the dominant figure at fullback and provided great cover for Adrian Mc Guire in the goal. At half time Kilsheelan led by three points. They really took over in the second half and try as they might Mullinahone could not get back on terms.

This is the first time that Kilsheelan have won the Feile competition so it was great to see John Kehoe lift the Cup which was the second this year as this side already won the Carrigeen Tournament. The team went on to play Loughmore in the Final in Thurles last Saturday. They got off to a great start with a goal from Tadgh Lonergan but gradually Loughmore came more into the game and by half time they led by five points. Kilsheelan narrowed the gap to three points with twelve minutes remaining but as they began to tire they conceded a couple of late goals.

Although disappointed to have lost great credit must be given to Loughmore who hurled very intelligently. Kilsheelan can be proud of their display and hopefully this will not be their last venture up the County to play other teams this year.

Kilsheelan had a good win over Ballingarry in U/16 Football but in their next game they lost to Ballylooby by five points. Great credit is due to them as they put it up to a very good Ballylooby side but in the end the strength of the opposition wore them down. The team is still fighting for the last Semi Final place and their next match is on this Thursday night.

Scor: Recently eight children representing the Club participated in the South Final of Scor Na Paisti in Solo Singing, Instrumental Music, Recitation and Ballad Group. Being Centenary Year special certificates were presented to all those who took part. Elizabeth, Becky, Eimear, Kelly, Naomi, Katy, Brendan and Martin did the Club proud with their performances on stage and came away with a 1st in Ballad Group and two 2nd’s and one 3rd in the other categories. This year, those placed, also received medals. The Ballad Group represented the South in the County Final in Halla Na Feile in Cashel where they came 2nd. Well done to Elizabeth, Becky, Eimear, Kelly and Naomi.

15/4: Our U/14 “B” footballers continued on their winning ways with a  very good win over Clonmel Commercials last Thursday night in Clonmel. Kilsheelan took command early on and with goals from Finbar Horgan, John Kehoe and Conor Murphy they had a commanding lead at half time. Commercials came on alot more into the game in the second half but were well beaten in the end.

TEAM: Colin Gleeson, Eoin Kehoe, David Corcoran, Adam Hantz, Adrian Mc Guire Kevin Larkin, David Columby, Bill Maher, Conor Murphy, Jamie Cronin, Dean Mulcahy, Lydia Ahearne, Finbar Horgan, John Kehoe and Alex Harte.

SUBS: Brian Grant, Conor Tobin, Ruairi Doyle, Kevin Kirwan and Joel O’Dwyer.

8/4: It was another good week on the Juvenile front. The U/14 football team travelled to Clogheen to take on the home side. They led all through and won easily.

The U/12 footballers had a home game in Ballypatrick against Mullinahone. They started in fine style and looked like winners at an early stage. In the second half they were on top and were worthy winners in the end. This was a well prepared team. Their fine passing movements and general teamwork was a delight to watch. Well done lads and lassies and not forgetting their mentors. If the work is done it will always pay off.

PANEL: John Smyth, Joe O’Neill, Cormac Fahey, Sean Ryan, Andrew Smyth, David Smyth, Michelle Kehoe, Eoin Kehoe, Paul Maher, Martin Gibbs, Niamh Brennan, Niall Butler, Niall Murphy, Tadgh Lonergan, Kevin Kirwan, Aoife Cosgrave and Elaine Kehoe.

1/4: U/16: In the first game of the U/16”B” championship Kilsheelan were defeated by three points by Carrick Davins. Fielding mostly U/14 players, they gave a great account of themselves. Trailing by six points at half time they found themselves down by nine points with sixteen minutes to go. They found their form and were level with time almost up. Unfortunately the Davin’s broke away and got the winning goal to leave the final score at 6-6 to 5-6. Their next game is against Mullinahone and will have been played by the time these notes go to press.

U/14: In their first game of the U/14”B” championship they had a good win over a very young Mullinahone team in Kilsheelan last Thursday. It was great to see a good bunch of players playing such good football. It would be nice to see, for a change, a lot more parents and supporters coming along to watch them. Their next game is on this Thursday (5th) away to Fr Sheehy’s.

U/12: In the second game in the U/12 “B” championship Kilsheelan took on St Patrick’s in Ballypatrick. While slow to settle in the first few minutes of the game Kilsheelan dominated towards the end of the first half and led by 0-5 to 0-1 at half time. After the interval they once again gave a good display of football and went on to win by 2-6 to 1-2. Their next game is at home to Mullinahone on Saturday (7th).

25/3: Our U/14 had a very good challenge match on Friday evening last against Clonmel Commercials, with Commercials equalising in the very last minute. This was a great achievement by our team as we are in the “B” Division and Commercials are in the “A” Division. Their first championship match is this Thursday (29th) in Kilsheelan against Mullinahone.

The U/12’s started their championship off in style with a two point win away to Killenaule on Saturday morning last. Losing at half time by a goal, they dug deep in the second half and a great goal from Paul Maher put them in the lead early in the second half which they held until the finish. Their next match will be next weekend in Ballypatrick, mostly likely on Saturday. Come along and give all our young players some encouragement.

19/3: In the Final of an U/12 Indoor Football Tournament at the Dr Callaghan Sports complex Kilsheelan-Kilcash took on Ardfinnan. Kilsheelan started well with an Eoin Kehoe followed by a goal from the same player. Tadgh Lonergan had a further point. Ardfinnan got on top and had four unanswered points. Eoin Kehoe had a further point from a free as Kilsheelan led at half time by 1-3 to 0-4. In the second half Ardfinnan got on top but Kilsheelan’s defence held out. Tadgh pointed a free only for Ardfinnan to add two further points. With ten minutes left disaster struck when Ardfinnan scored a goal. With time running out Kilsheelan dug deep. Paul Maher struck the posts with a great shot. From the resulting line ball the same player punched the ball to the net. Ardfinnan tried everything to get a winning score. Again the Kilsheelan defence stood firm. They finished with further points from Eoin Kehoe and Tadgh Lonergan to run out winners by 2-7 to 1-7.

PANEL: John Smyth, Cormac Fahy, David Smyth, Kevin Kirwan, Sean Ryan, Eoin Kehoe, Brendan Martin, Paul Maher, Martin Gibbs, Tadgh Lonergan, Andrew Smyth, Riain Connolly, Aaron Larkin, Niall Butler, Niall Murphy, Joe O’Neill and Eric O’Shea.

11/3: It is not yet St Patrick’s Day and the first trophy has made its way to the Club. Pride of place this week goes to our U/14 Hurling team who won the Carrigeen Tournament on Sunday evening last.

This competition was played under floodlights on an artificial surface measuring eighty metres by forty metres. The goals were also narrower and there was a further crossbar on top. Any ball that went over the top did not count as a score. Teams were ten aside and played over fifty minutes. Kilsheelan-Kilcash had victories over St Mary’s Clonmel. Erin’s Own (Waterford), Killeagh (Cork), Mullinavat and Kilmacow and their only defeat was to Emeralds from Urlingford who were again their Final opponents. Kilsheelan suffered a pre match blow when Dean Mulcahy had to cry off through illness. Midfielder John Kehoe carried an injury and was forced to line out in the full forward position.

The game opened on a lively note as Kilsheelan faced the wind. They started well but their opponents had two points on the board. Bill Maher opened Kilsheelan’s account with a point. Emeralds had a further point. John Kehoe got one back for Kilsheelan. The first goal arrived after eighteen minutes when John Kehoe received a pass from Jamie Cronin and drove to the net. They also had a number of chances that went over the top. This lead was short lived when Emeralds goaled at the other end. They had three further points while John Kehoe pointed for Kilsheelan and at half time we were in arrears by 1-5 to 1-3.

The second half opened with a Bill Maher point. Emeralds again pointed only for Alex Harte to reply for Kilsheelan. The last fifteen minutes were played at a furious pace and taking the size of the pitch into account it was quite physical. Emeralds upped the pace and went into a winning position with two goals. Only heroic defending by Kilsheelan prevented further goals. Kilsheelan hit back when Conor Murphy evaded several would be tackles to shoot a goal from an acute angle. They also recorded a number of wides. Minutes later Conor again found the net to leave Kilsheelan two points down on a score of 3-6 to 3-4. Disaster struck for Kilsheelan when one of their players was sidelined. As so happens with a man short it can be a spur on for a team. Kilsheelan threw down the gauntlet as excitement mounted on the sideline. John Kehoe pointed a free. They upped the pace further and a determined attack was repulsed. Alex Harte moved forward and returned a clearance with a ground shot to the back of the net from twenty metres and his side were ahead with four minutes left. There was no let up and John Kehoe pointed to leave the score at 4-6 to 3-6. Emeralds went in search of a goal but the Kilsheelan defence held firm for a great victory.

While there were a number of fine individual performances, one would have to say that it was a great team effort and never more so than in the last hectic five minutes.

After the match captain John Kehoe accepted the Cup. Conor Murphy got a plaque for Player of the Tournament. We extend our congratulations to the players and not forgetting the subs who played their part in earlier rounds. Lets hope this experience will stand to them come championship time. We must not forget to mentions Liam Corcoran and Jim Murphy who had the team well prepared for the Tournament.

TEAM: Adrian Mc Guire, Kevin Larkin, David Corcoran, David Columby, Colin Gleeson, Alex Harte 1-1, Bill Maher 0-2, Conor Murphy 2-0, John Kehoe 1-3 and Jamie Cronin.

SUBS: Brian Grant, Dean Mulcahy, David Smyth, Ruari Doyle, William Lonergan, Tadgh Lonergan and Eoin Kehoe.

The U/14 Hurling team continued their winning ways in the Carrigeen Tournament. Over the last two weekends they had wins over Mullinavat of Kilkenny and St Mary’s of Clonmel. They then had to meet Kilmacow of Kilkenny in the Semi Final. Kilmacow had to line out without a couple of their players but the Kilsheelan-Kilcash team were on fire all over the pitch and had a very good win. They are now down to meet the winners of Mullinavat or the Emeralds both from Kilkenny in the Final. Either team will be hard to beat as we have lost to the Emeralds in the earlier stages and barely beat Mullinavat.

Kilsheelan goalie and defence have started to put the shutters up and are conceding very little while the midfield trio keep running all day. Upfront the forwards are scoring very highly. Injuries to both Brian Grant and John Kehoe are the big worries for this Sunday’s Final at 5pm (to be confirmed) so please come along and give these young players your vocal support.

PANEL: Adrian Mc Guire, Brian Grant, David Corcoran, David Columby, Bill Maher, Colin Gleeson, Dean Mulcahy, Kevin Larkin, John Kehoe Capt, Conor Davin Murphy, Alex Harte, Jamie Cronin, David Smyth, Eoin Kehoe, Ruari Doyle and Tadgh Lonergan.

4/2: The Quiz in aid of the Juvenile Club proved very successful with 16 teams taking part. Many teams were in contention all the way through but in the end the foursome of Noel & Ruth Murphy and Kieran & Una Cosgrave emerged winners. Runners up were the Tobin Family Kilnoracy. Thanks to all who attended, provided raffle prizes, refreshments and the helpers on the night.

We have another Quiz coming up shortly which will be in aid of two worthy local causes – More details next week.

Membership is now due and can be paid to Keith O’Brien & Liam Stokes or indeed any committee member.

The Juvenile Club Annual General Meeting will take place on Tuesday 13th February at 8.30pm. We appeal to all those with an interest in the Club to come along to lend your support and express your opinion on activities in the Club. All parents are especially encouraged to come as there are alot of events being planned this year and the more assistance the more success we will have.

28/1: At the Clubhouse on Friday night last our victorious U/14 “B” Hurling team were presented with their medals. Guest for the occasion was Kilkenny’s Martin Comerford. He spoke at length to the players and left them in no doubt the commitment that is required to achieve success and reach the top. Well done to all who organised this most enjoyable event.

Calling all quiz enthusiasts. The Annual Table Quiz in aid of the Juvenile Club will take place at Robinson’s Lounge on this Friday at 9pm (2nd). The quiz Master promises to keep the questions easy and as usual the opening question will relate to activities in the Juvenile club in 2006. Now is the time to check the facts. Tables of four just €20. It must start at 9pm sharp as many of the participants will be going to Maura’s birthday party.

Membership is now due and should be paid as soon as possible to Keith O’Brien or Liam Stokes. Adults €30 and Students and Minors €15.

21/1: In the first game of the year in the Carrigeen Tournament the U/14 team got off to a winning start against Killeagh of Cork. On Saturday evening last under lights they had it all to do at half time as they were losing by 3-4 to 1-3. However in the second half they really got stuck in and in the end they won by the minimum on a scoreline of 5-6 to 5-5.  This weekend they are down to meet Emeralds of Kilkenny or a team from Co Antrim who are making the long journey down to play two games.

The presentation of medals to last year’s victorious U/14 “B” Hurling team will take place in the Clubhouse on this Friday night at 7pm. The Club would be delighted to see family members also in attendance on this occasion. The presentation of medals will be made by Kilkenny’s Martin Comerford.

Due to unforeseen circumstances the Table Quiz in aid of the Juvenile Club will not take place on this Friday and has been rescheduled for Friday 2nd February at 9pm. We promise the questions will be relatively easy and as always the first question will be relevant to the Juvenile events of last year. We appeal to all parents, members of the Senior Club and indeed all quiz enthusiasts to come out to support this event and ensure a good nights entertainment.

8/1: Primary School Game: On Thursday 11th of October the Kilsheelan National School football team travelled to Ardfinnan for the Roinn D match against Ardfinnan National School.  Kilsheelan got off to a great start with goals from Mark Kehoe, Paul Maher and Eoin Kehoe.  Ardfinnan were awarded a penalty which was converted.  At half-time the score was 3-10 to 2-0.   In the second half Kilsheelan were under more pressure but in the end it was a comfortable win for them on a scoreline of  3-16 to 3-2.

U-14 Jim Power Tournament: Tipperary reached the semi final stage before going out to a very strong Limerick team.  Having beaten Cork City by a point after a great comeback they got off to a terrible start against Limerick, conceding one goal and eight points in the first twenty minutes.  They finally got their act together and played as a team to bring them back to three points before the final whistle was blown.  The Tipperary team had three Kilsheelan Kilcash players playing, John Kehoe, Kevin Larkin and Conor Murphy. Well done

1/1: The annual Table Quiz in aid of the Juvenile Club will take place in Robinsons on Friday 26th January – so get your teams together – more details later.

 

 

 

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