Juvenile Notes 2006

0
504

26/11: Our U/12 hurlers played the semi-final of the Carrigeen tournament on Sunday last against Piltown. This was a ding dong battle from start to finish between two very committed sides. In the end a physical stronger Piltown got the vital second half goals to come out on top. At half-time the sides were level 2-2 for Kilsheelan to Piltown's 1-5, Bill Maher and Jamie Cronin netting for Kilsheelan. In the second half Piltown got in behind our defence on four occasions for goals while their keeper pulled off some great saves to deny us at vital times. Ruairi Doyle did get a goal but the final score was Piltown 5-5 to Kilsheelan's 3-6. Our young players got some good match
practice in this tournament that will bring them on for the future.

Team (10 a side): Tadgh Lonergan, David Collumby, Eoin Kehoe, David Smyth, Bill Maher, Colin Gleeson, Kevin Kirwan, Paul Maher, Jamie Cronin and Ruairi Doyle. Subs; John Smyth, Jake Joy, Michelle Kehoe, Sean Ryan, Brendan Martin and Joe O'Neill.

19/11:  Thank you to all of the young players in the U/6 & U/8 age groups who travelled to Monroe indoor complex last Saturday to play Dicksboro in indoor hurling. Sincere thank you to Dicksboro who made the journey to play our club. All of the players benefited from the experience. Well done to Dara Boland who is the first underage player to score 2 goals in one match for Kilsheelan-Kilcash club in the indoor arena. Indoor training continues each Saturday morning from 11-12.30 in Monroe. There are many young players who are in the U/6 and U/8 group who have not benefited from the indoor experience yet. Why not come along and try it out. Hurleys are supplied, please bring runners and helmets and just €2 to cover costs. Photograph of some of the players who lined out for the club against Dicksboro.

12/11: In the Carrigeen Tournament which is being played on their all weather pitch Kilsheelan-Kilcash have reached the Semi Final stages. With teams coming from as far away as Dublin and Cork to participate this is a wonderful achievement. Having played five games, they beat Roanmore, De La Salle, Ballygunner and Mount Sion and the only loss was to Emeralds from Kilkenny. It is a great experience for the team to play sides that they may never again come up against in their lifetime.

Being led wonderfully by Bill Maher with many of the victorious U/14 players available such as Colin Gleeson, David Columby, Eoin Kehoe, Kevin Kirwan, Jamie Cronin and U/12 players life Tadgh Lonergan, David & John Smyth, Sean Ryan, Paul Maher, Brendan Martin, Michelle Kehoe, Joe O’Neill, Ruari Doyle and Jake Joy. Hopes are high that they will now go all the way. These games are mostly played on Friday nights under lights – so if you can, please try to come along and support them.

Next Saturday morning November 18th, an indoor hurling match takes place for all players who are U/8 and U/6 in Monroe Hall. It is important that all players attend as Dicksboro, Kilkenny are prepared to travel and provide the opposition. Helmets and runners are required. Hurleys will be supplied by the club. Time: 11-12.30, Saturday morning November 18th. Leave Kilsheelan 10.30 am.

22/10: As the first term of the school year comes to an end we are glad to report that a number of our players have been involved in GAA activities in Clonmel High School. Adrian McGuire, David Corcoran, Kevin Larkin, John Kehoe, Bill Maher, Colin Gleeson, Alex Harte, David Columby and William Lonergan from our successful U/14 hurling team were all part of the 1st year hurling panel
that beat Thurles CBS before losing out to Nenagh CBS and Templemore CBS.

Conor Davin-Murphy was a member of the U/15 football squad that has qualified for the Munster “B” Semi-Final after a big win over St. Colmans of Fermoy. The Senior hurling team have also qualified for the Munster “B” Semi-Final after good wins over Presentation Ballingarry and Bruff CS. Lorcan Ryan captains a team that also has Naoise O' Cuinneagáin, Padraic Hickey and Donnacha Lonergan on it. The Senior football team won their first round game against Midleton CBS and are due to play the second round this week. Lorcan Ryan, Paul Denn and Donnacha Lonergan played the first day.

8/10:  With the large numbers attending training and with many of the participants wearing the same type of jersey, it is inevitable that jerseys, jumpers etc. will be mislaid. We appeal to all parents to check have they any items of clothing that may have been brought home by mistake and to return same to any of the coaches. There must be quite a number of under age hurleys in many people’s homes which are no longer being used. As we live in the age of recycling, why not bring these hurleys down to the GAA pitch on a Saturday morning and they can be put to very good use.

Training continues on Saturday mornings commencing at 10.30a.m for the U/6-U/10 age groups.

1/10:  The recent poor weather has made it difficult to continue with training sessions for the U/6 and U/10 age groups, but hopefully the wet days will not continue. September has been the wettest month of the year so far with rain falling on 20 of the 30 days. More rain fell on the 19th than fell in the entire month of June. However training continues on Saturday mornings at 10.30 and for another week or two on Wednesday evenings at 6.30 weather permitting. It is hoped to arrange a football challenge and a hurling challenge for the U/ 8’s before they progress to the U/10 ranks.

24/9: In the Tipperary Post Primary Schools Hurling competition players from our Club played a leading part in Clonmel High School’s 2-3 to 2-2 win over Thurles CBS last week.

Adrian Mc Guire was outstanding in goal and could not be faulted. Kevin Larkin excelled in his role as centre half back. Both our midfielders were on the mark. Bill Maher scored 1-1 while John Kehoe had a point. Colin Gleeson played in the half forward line while upfront Alex Harte contributed a point.

17/9: Following their victory over Carrick Swan in the U/14 “B” Hurling Semi Final it was back to Cloneen for the Final against Moyle Rovers. As an exciting game drew to a close it was Kilsheelan who emerged one point winners.

This was our first juvenile title for a number of years and this made victory all the sweeter. Adrian Mc Guire was outstanding in goal especially when under pressure in the closing stages. In front of him David Corcoran made many effective clearances while in the corners Brian Grant and Luke Hogan also played their part. At centre half back Kevin Larkin’s excellent fielding and striking often turned defence into attack. On the wings Norman O’Shea and Martin O’Dwyer kept their opponents scoreless. At midfield Bill Maher and John Kehoe were dominant especially in the first half and they ensured that the attack saw plenty of the ball. Upfront we found it difficult to get scores but there was no lack of endeavour. Colin Gleeson’s hard work was rewarded with a goal that brought us back into the game. Conor Davin-Murphy had the task of marking Moyle Rovers best player and he grew in stature as the game went on. Stephen Ahearne’s solo runs were always a threat and his winning point was something for him to remember. Alex Harte tried hard all through. Full forward Dean Mulcahy had a number of goal bound shots saved. For once Jamie Cronin was held scoreless but not from the lack of effort while substitute David Columby made a good contribution when he came on.

In the County Semi Final at Drombane, Borrisokane came out on top by 4-8 to 1-3. This scoreline did not do justice to Kilsheelan’s efforts. They received a pre match blow when full back David Corcoran was unable to play due to injury. The winners also had a distinct height advantage which is a major asset at underage level.

They had a nightmare start when Borrisokane had two goals in the opening minutes and this had an unsettling effect on the team. Full credit to them as they accepted the challenge and were not found wanting and at half time they deserved better that the 3-5 to 0-1 scoreline suggests.

In the second half they gave as good as they got for long periods but never looked like making up the leeway. One of the highlights was a goal out of the top drawer by Dean Mulcahy. He hit a powerful ground shot from twenty five metres out near the sideline. The ball went to the net off the far upright.

Another player who deserves special mention is goalkeeper Adrian Mc Guire who made a number of outstanding saves. Well done to the full panel of players for the entertainment they gave since the beginning of the championship. We can not let the occasion go without thanking the large number of supporters who went to both Cloneen and Drombane to cheer them on.

The U/16 Hurling team played Carrick Davins in their final match in the “B” competition. Shortage of numbers continued to be a drawback on this occasion. We started with seven of the U/14 team while four others came on during the game. Although beaten by 4-11 to 4-2 the team performed well.

TEAM: Adrian Mc Guire, Luke Hogan, Donnachadh Corcoran, Miceal Corcoran, David Guiry, Michael Geraghty, Kevin Larkin, Donnacha Lonergan 3-2, William Mc Guire, Conor Murphy, Riain O Cuinneagain, Martin O’Dwyer, John Kehoe, Damien Mc Carthy and Stephen Ahearne.

SUBS: Norman O’Shea, Damien Mc Carthy, Alex Harte 1-0, Shane Columby and Dean Mulcahy.

10/9: Following their victory over Carrick Swan in the U/14 “B” Hurling Semi Final it was back to Cloneen for the Final against Moyle Rovers. The weather was perfect and with the big crowd present it created a kind of carnival atmosphere. As an exciting game drew to a close it was Kilsheelan who emerged one point winners – See Report.

This was our first juvenile title for a number of years and this made victory al the sweeter.

Adrian Mc Guire was outstanding in goal especially when under pressure in the closing stages. In front of him David Corcoran made many effective clearances while in the corners Brian Grant and Luke Hogan also played their part. At centre half back Kevin Larkin’s excellent fielding and striking often turned defence into attack. On the wings Norman O’Shea and Martin O’Dwyer kept their opponents scoreless. At midfield Bill Maher and John Kehoe were dominant especially in the first half and they ensured that the attack saw plenty of the ball. Upfront we found it difficult to get scores but there was no lack of endeavour. Colin Gleeson’s hard work was rewarded with a goal that brought us back into the game. Conor Davin-Murphy had the task of marking Moyle Rovers best player and he grew in stature as the game went on. Stephen Ahearne’s solo runs were always a threat and his winning point was something for him to remember. Alex Harte tried hard all through. Full forward Dean Mulcahy had a number of goal bound shots saved. For once Jamie Cronin was held scoreless but not from the lack of effort while substitute David Columby made a good contribution when he came on.

In the County Semi Final at Drombane, Borrisokane came out on top by 4-8 to 1-3. This scoreline did not do justice to Kilsheelan’s efforts. They received a pre match blow when full back David Corcoran was unable to play due to injury. The winners also had a distinct height advantage which is a major asset at underage level.

They had a nightmare start when Borrisokane had two goals in the opening minutes and this had an unsettling effect on the team. Full credit to them as they accepted the challenge and were not found wanting and at half time they deserved better that the 3-5 to 0-1 scoreline suggests.

In the second half they gave as good as they got for long periods but never looked like making up the leeway. One of the highlights was a goal out of the top drawer by Dean Mulcahy. He hit a powerful ground shot from twenty five metres out near the sideline. The ball went to the net off the far upright.

Another player who deserves special mention is goalkeeper Adrian Mc Guire who made a number of outstanding saves. Well done to the full panel of players for the entertainment they gave since the beginning of the championship. We can not let the occasion go without thanking the large number of supporters who went to both Cloneen and Drombane to cheer them on.

3/9: The U/14 hurling team contested the “B” Final on Tuesday night last – full report next week.

In the Masters Football we say well done to Roger Doyle, Martin Ormonde and John Larkin who lined a number of times with Tipperary.

U/8: On this Saturday September 9th  an U/ 8 hurling blitz will take place at 11am and we are appealing to all U/8 players to make sure they are present. It is unclear as to the location of these games so we would request all U/8 players to be at Kilsheelan sportsfield at 10.15 am on this Saturday morning.

28/8: Our U/14 Hurling team made the journey to Cloneen where they were paired with Carrick Swan in the “B” Semi Final.

The Carrick side looked the more competent in the early stages and were rewarded with a goal. Kilsheelan hit back to draw level with points from John Kehoe, one from a free and one from play, and another from Jamie Cronin. Swan went on to add a further goal and a point. Kilsheelan drove forward and Stephen Ahearne had only one thing on his mind as he soloed through the Swan defence and he gave the goalkeeper no chance. But it was Swan who led by 2-1 to 1-3 at half time.

When play resumed Stephen Ahearne shot the equaliser. Swan had their only score of the second half when they had a point from a free. John Kehoe again put the sides level. Kilsheelan suffered a setback when the same player was injured. Our worst fears were allayed when he resumed his place. Kilsheelan grew stronger as the half wore on and john Kehoe put them ahead for the first time. In a further attack Dean Mulcahy got possession and drove to the net. In the closing stages Kilsheelan had a lot of defending to do put came through in flying colours as they went on to win by 2-6 to 2-2.

TEAM: Adrian Mc Guire, Brian Grant, David Corcoran, Luke Hogan, Martin O’Dwyer, Kevin Larkin, Norman O’Shea, Bill Maher, John Kehoe 0-4, Colin Gleeson, Conor Murphy, Jamie Cronin 0-1, Alex Harte, Dean Mulcahy 1-0 and Stephen Ahearne 1-1.

SUB: David Columby

There was a good local following in attendance and we hope to see even greater numbers at the Final against Moyle Rovers to give these young players every encouragement.  It is expected to take place at the weekend. Check http.kilsheelankilcash@tipperary.gaa.ie

13/8: Following this match at Monroe Kilsheelan and Cahir took the field for the U/12 “B” hurling Semi Final.

Kilsheelan started well with a point from a free by Colin Gleeson. Cahir got a grip on the match and they scored 1-1, Jamie Cronin showing great determination soloed through the Cahir rearguard for the equalising goal. This left the scores level at half time.

On the turnover Cahir with wind advantage got on top and raced into a 3-2 to 1-1 lead. For Kilsheelan the end looked in sight.  True to form Kilsheelan did not put their heads down and accepted the challenge. With Bill Maher giving a Man-on-the-Match performance they went in search of scores. Points by Bill Maher, Colin Gleeson and Jamie Cronin gave them hope. They drew level when Ruari Doyle shot to the net. Tension was mounting on the sideline as both sets of supporters urged their young players on. Cahir broke away and went ahead with a point. Fittingly Bill Maher again pointed for Kilsheelan and the game ended on level terms at 3-3 to 2-6. Full credit to two teams who gave their all and everyone would agree that a draw was the fair result.

TEAM: Tadgh Lonergan, James Murphy, David Columby, Sean Ryan, Michael Connolly, Bill Maher 0-3, David Smyth, Jamie Cronin 1-1, Kevin Kirwan, Paul Maher, Colin Gleeson 0-2, Brendan Martin, Ruari Doyle 1-0, Joe O’Neill and Kevin Guiry.

SUB: John Smyth

It was back to Monroe for the replay on Monday night and again it was a ding dong struggle and for the most part defences were on top with every score hard earned. Additions to the Kilsheelan team on this occasion were Emily O’Dwyer and Eoin Kehoe. Kilsheelan were first to score when Bill Maher pointed a free. Cahir equalised only for Bill Maher to again put his side ahead to give Kilsheelan a half time lead of one point. After the interval neither side could gain an advantage. The turning point came when Cahir had the only goal of the game. They went on to add a further point. Kilsheelan’s Bill Maher reduced the leeway to two points but try as they might they could not get the all important score in the closing stages. While the players will be disappointed full marks to all of them for the wonderful enjoyment they gave to their followers.

29/7: Our U/14 team lined out against Cahir in a re-fixture of the hurling championship. This was a crucial match for both teams as the winner would claim top spot in the group and a place in the Semi-Final while the loser would go to a quarter final.
Cahir started the stronger and within 10 minutes were leading by 1-2 to 0-1, but Kilsheelan settled and with some positional switches began to come into the game. Three excellently taken frees from John Kehoe brought them back into contention, and by half time they were leading by a goal with the help of some great scores from Alex Harte 1-1 and Stephen Ahearne 1-0.
With the score standing at 2-4 to 1-4 in Kilsheelan's favour the second half was always going to be a tight contest. Scores were very hard to come by, and again Kilsheelan were forced to make some positional changes due to an injury to John Kehoe but this seemed to spur this young team on. With some fine displays of hurling skills from Conor Davin-Murphy and Bill Maher in mid-field, and trojan defensive work from the six backs  Kevin Larkin, Martin O' Dwyer, Norman O' Shea, Brian Grant, David Corcoran and Luke Hogan and a couple of fine saves from the steady Adrian Maguire in goal. The forwards began to create chances and the full forward line of Alex Harte, Jamie Cronin and David Columby were outstanding in their efforts to create scoring chances but also to stop Cahir from clearing the ball down the field. Our half forward line of Stephen Ahearne, Dean Mulcahy and Colin Gleeson were also tenacious and harassed the Cahir half back line for every ball and a fine score from a free from Colin Gleeson was our only score in the second half.  The game ended with Kilsheelan the eventual winners by a two point margin on a score line of 2-5 to 1-6. Much credit has to be given to this young team who have only three players who are overage next year and four players who are still U/12. They now await the outcome of the quarter finals to see who their next opponents will be.
The full squad is as follows: Adrian Mc Guire, Brian Grant, David Corcoran, Luke Hogan, Martin O' Dwyer, Kevin Larkin, Norman O'Shea, Bill Maher, John Kehoe, Stephen Ahearne, Conor Davin-Murphy, Colin Gleeson, Alex Harte, Jamie Cronin, David Smyth, David Columby, Conor Tobin, William Lonergan, Tadgh Lonergan and Eoin Kehoe       
Fixtures: The Junior Football team will take on Grangemockler in Carrick on this Wednesday (2nd) at 7.30pm. The Minor Hurling team will take on Cahir-Ballylooby on this Thursday (3rd Aug) at Marlfield at 7.15pm while on Fri (11th Aug) their opponents will be Ballybacon-Grange.

Summer Camp: Anyone looking for the most colourful sight in the parish last week need have looked no further than the local sportsfield. From Monday through to Friday upwards of 100 boys and girls attended the Summer Camp. It was a delightful scene to watch such a hive of activity taking place in the glorious sunshine. Under the watchful eyes of the coaches those aged from 6 to 12 years were put through the many skills of hurling and football. The programne for each day was carefully planned to ensure that something new was always taking place.

The sportsfield also proved to be an autograph hunters playground as well known players such as Declan Browne, Brendan Cummins, Paul Flynn, Eoin Kelly, David Fitzgerald and John Leahy were in attendance giving much encouragement and advice to the young hopefuls. The legendary Davy Fitzgerald who travelled all the way from Clare and put on a fabulous training session for the U/12 age group. Davy then stood in goal and lined up the remaining sixty or so young players to see could they beat the famous man from close range. A very proud six young players from this parish can now sing the line “I did” when the chant goes up “Who put the ball in Davy’s net”. Is Conor Murphy the youngest player ever to score on Davy?

When it concluded all the participants were given gear appropriate to the occasion. The kit supplied has received much favourable comment and it is lovely to see it being sported around the parish.

This annual gathering is a well worthwhile event. Let’s hope that the skills learned will be of benefit to our teams in the years ahead.  A special thank you to the following helpers and coaches over the week: Seamus Roche, Noel Murphy, David Power, Keith Robinson, Laura Healy, Donnacha & Noelle Lonergan, Donnacha Corcoran, Danny Harte, Nicky Coughlan, Yvonne & Ciara Maher, Michael Ryan, John Roche, Brian Connolly, Thomas & Carol Ryan. Thanks also to the many sponsors without whom this event would not be such a success and to you the parents who brought your children along each morning.

John Burns: On Thursday evening last a presentation was made to John Burns for his work as coach. In relation to the above it was John who started the Summer Camp when they were in their infancy and from this the idea quickly spread around the county. Now all progressive clubs engage with the process. John took coaching to a new professional level within our club, and is recognised all over the county for his contribution to lifting the standards regarding coaching. To mark the occasion the Kilsheelan-Kilcash Club held an evening of tribute Many tributes were paid to him for his tremendous work since his arrival in Kilsheelan in 1993. John was responsible for coaching the first underage team to win a county title in our club, but as Jim Healy stated in his tribute- he never saw John refer to any manual. He was the most natural coach he ever encountered and above all, John’s motto was to treat all players on an equal footing. In a time when getting volunteers with the necessary qualifications was not easy John’s arrival to Kilsheelan was welcome with open arms and our Club sincerely thank him for putting his coaching skills to good effect. Life stands still for no man and he is now returning to his native Waterford. We wish John, Angela and family all the best as he returns to his roots. Kilsheelan’s loss will be Ferrybank’s gain. Thanks again John. Thanks to Carol Gibbs and those who organised this special event.

23/7: The U/16 hurling team were at home to Carrick Swan in their first match. For a variety of reasons together with having a small panel of players, we were forced to field a very youthful side. In the circumstances they did very well before going down by 5-11 to 2-7.

TEAM: Bill Maher, Adrian Mc Guire, Miceal Corcoran, David Corcoran, David Ryan (K), David Guiry, Martin O’Dwyer, Donnacha Lonergan 1-3, William Mc Guire, John Kehoe, Damien Mc Carthy 1-0, Stephen Ahearne 0-1, Alex Harte 0-1, Donnacha Corcoran and Conor Murphy 0-2.

Having won their first two matches the U/14 hurling team travelled to Cahir to take on the home side. A win would have put them direct to the Semi-Finals. Unfortunately no referee turned up and it is back to the same venue on this Thursday evening.. Some travelling support would be appreciated.

The highlight of this week will be the Annual Summer Camp – Full Report next week.

Fixtures: On this Wednesday evening in Carrick to take on St Mary’s in the Minor Hurling championship at 7.30.

16/7: Having won their opening match the U/14 hurling team were at home to Ballylooby last week. The early exchanges were close but it was Kilsheelan who had the first three points on the board. Goals by Stephen Ahearne and Dean Mulcahy set them on their way and at half time they led by 2-5 to 0-3. After the interval they grew in strength. The “diamond” of Kevin Larkin, John Kehoe, Bill Maher and Martin O’Dwyer ensured that the attack saw plenty of the ball. Further goals by Dean Mulcahy, Martin O’Dwyer and Alex Harte and long range points by John Kehoe ensured a victory by 5-13 to 1-4.

TEAM: Adrian Mc Guire, Brian Grant, David Corcoran, Luke Hogan, David Smyth, Kevin Larkin, Norman O’Shea, John Kehoe 0-7, Bill Maher 0-2, Stephen Ahearne 1-1, Martin O’Dwyer 1-1, Colin Gleeson, Alex Harte 1-2, Dean Mulcahy 2-0 and Jamie Cronin.

SUBS: William Lonergan, David Columby, Conor Tobin and Tadgh Lonergan.

It has been a very busy few weeks for the under age players from U/6-U/10 years of age. On Sunday 2nd July we travelled to Cahir who kindly invited the club for a challenge match. In glorious sunshine Kilsheelan greatly appreciated the new facilities. The U/6 age group provided endless entertainment for the parents, the under ten group were narrowly beaten but all Kilsheelan/Kilcash players played in two different positions throughout this game- first, players lined out in their favourite position and then in their least favoured position. The U/8 group played a 7-a-side with their opponents and gave a great display in defeating the Cahir team. A feature of this game was if the Kilsheelan/Kilcash player scored he or she was replaced!

The U/8 panel was Aaron Fogarty, Ryan Murray, John O’ Dwyer, Séan Martin, Darragh Kelly, Conor Murphy, Dara Boland, Mark Kehoe, Cora Maher, Daire Brennan and John Bayliss.

After the match, all players thoroughly enjoyed the new playground while many of the visiting adults enjoyed refreshments sitting down watching the children enjoy themselves. Great credit to the people of Cahir for their innovative vision and hard work to date.

On Friday 7th July all three groups travelled to Carrick Swan facilities and like Cahir, the new hall, car park, playground were greatly admired and facilities enjoyed by the travelling group. Well done to all concerned with the Swan club.

The U/6 and U/10 age groups held their own with the Swan which was a great achievement. The U/8 game was like a Munster final with both sides playing non-stop thrilling hurling. Keeping with the world cup theme, the match started with a 4-3-4 combination, changed and full credit to the sporting Swan mentors, the game ended with a 17-15 combination in favour of Kilsheelan/Kilcash. Swan opened the scoring with a hotly disputed goal that never actually crossed the line, and went two up but back came Kilsheelan with a terrific ground strike from Mark Kehoe. Conor Murphy in typical fashion poached a goal and every one of the Kilsheelan/Kilcash players gave everything. The parents who accompanied the team were lost in admiration at the effort and skills of the teams. The U/8 team was Darragh Kelly, Conor Murphy, Daire Brennan, Chelsea Holden, Ann Marie Power, Adah Larkin, Séan Martin, Aaron Fogarty, Corey Hanrahan, Mark Kehoe, John Bayliss, John O’ Dwyer, Dara Boland, Eoghan Flavin, Dylan Hourigan, Cora Maher and on holidays from Limerick the delightful Pádraig who is already looking forward to his next holiday in Kilsheelan. Young Séan Martin drew instantaneous applause from the crowd when he had to come off injured but was rarin’ to go before the finish. This was the team’s first hurling game and what a performance all players put in. Keep it up. The game ended in a draw.

Summer Camp: The annual Summer Camp will take place from Monday 24th to Friday 28th July inclusive from 10am to 1pm. It is open to all boys and girls from the local primary schools.

There will be a variety of activities over the four days – something to suit everyone while learning the skills of our games in a fun way among their friends. These young people will all receive appropriate gear for the event. During the course of the week a number of leading GAA personalities will be in attendance which is always a highlight for the children. A final thought – if any of our adult players are available at any stage we would invite them to come along and lend their support.

9/7: The U/14 hurling team opened their championship at home to Skeheenarinky last week.

Scoring was very even in the first half. Two goals by Alex Harte and another by Dean Mulcahy kept Kilsheelan in touch. At half time it was level pegging at Kilsheelan-Kilcash 3-1 Skeheenarinky 2-4. After the break Colin Gleeson put Kilsheelan ahead with a goal. They held this lead until midway through the half. Skeheen, who had an advantage in physique down the middle, began to put it to us and they went into a four point lead. Kilsheelan looked to be struggling but the players thought different. Good outfield work resulted in a hat-trick of goals by Dean Mulcahy to put Kilsheelan ahead. In the closing stages the Kilsheelan defence had to defend stoutly and they held on for a 7-4 to 4-8 victory.

TEAM: Adrian Mc Guire, Brian Grant, David Corcoran, Luke Hogan, Martin O’Dwyer, Kevin Larkin, David Smyth, John Kehoe 0-2, Bill Maher, Stephen Ahearne, Conor Murphy 0-1, Dean Mulcahy 4-0, Alex Harte 2-0, Colin Gleeson 1-0 and Jamie Cronin 0-1.

Their next match is at home to Ballylooby on Thursday 13th.

2/7: On Thursday last our U/12 hurlers had a good win over a Killenaule side weakened by several absentees. On Saturday last they had a good win away to St. Patricks. It was a ding dong battle from start to finish and we just held on for a 2-2 to 0-6. The panel for the two games was: Tadgh Lonergan, Emily O'Dwyer, Colin Gleeson, James Murphy, Sean Ryan, David Collumby, Bill Maher, Michelle Kehoe, Eoin Kehoe, Kevin Kirwan, Paul Maher, Jamie Cronin, Brendan Martin, Kevin Guiry, Ruairi Doyle, Joel O'Dwyer, Joe O'Neill. We are now through to the semi-final.

11/6: A very busy week for the U/6, U/8 and U/10 age group. A very sincere thank-you to neighbouring club Commercials who travelled in large numbers to a sun soaked Kilsheelan field last Wednesday evening for challenge games. The spectators along with parents thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment the young players delivered on the evening. A special thank you to all who helped out on the night with four different games taking place simultaneously.

It was the first outing for the U/8 team this year with Chelsea Holden starring in goal, the backs, Brian Guiry, Aaron Gogarty, Eoghan Flavin, and Brian Twohig were outstanding throughout the game while the Kilsheelan forwards Ryan Murray, Darragh Kelly, John O’ Dwyer, Conor Murphy, Dara Boland, Finlay Hooper kept the Commercials on their toes. The midfield combination varied between Daire Brennan, Sean Martin and Mark Kehoe were simply superb and notched some lovely scores. Our second U/8 team fielded for the first time Sally Walsh, Cora Maher, Idah Larkin, Killian McHale, Dylan Hourigan and showed great commitment in competing against stronger opponents. 

Training on Friday evening was quite special as the newly crowned County Champions.

On a beautiful summers day Kilsheelan N.S. travelled to the GAA ground of New Inn. The skilful Scoil Mhuire team took on Ayle from near Cappawhite. After a tight first half, Kilsheelan lead by 6 points to 2. However in the second half John Kehoe had a man of the match performance with an excellent Eoin Kelly style display insuring that Kilsheelan would book their place in the final scoring 1 -7 in total. Bill Maher put in another fine display of hurling. Tadgh Lonergan saved a few goal chances. The final score was 1:15 to 0:5. We now look forward to meeting Kilkeary in the final.

Team: Tadgh Lonergan, Colin Gleeson(0-2), David Corcoran(0-1), William Lonergan, Bill Maher(0-3), John Kehoe(1-7), Lydia Ahearne, Eoin Kehoe(0-1), Finbar Horgan and Adam Hantz.

Cian Flavin, Andrew Smyth, Sean Ryan, Riain Connolly, Jamie Cronin(0-1), Kevin Kirwan, Paul Maher and James Davin Murphy.

They arrived back from Semple Stadium with a beaming captain Colin Gleeson holding aloft the Cumman na mBunscoil B final.trophy. The team did a lap (several) of honour around the field to the applause of very proud parents, mentors and were joined on their lap by all of the U/6 and U/8 players. They played against a strong wind in the first half but made light of the conditions to score 1-5, the goal coming from Bill Maher. Kilsheelan lead by 1-5 to 0-3 at the break. In the second half Kilsheelan laid siege to the Kilkeary goal yielding 2 – 5, goals coming from John Kehoe and Jamie Cronin. Tadgh Lonergan was dependable as ever in goal but he was well protected by a back line lead by Colin Gleeson. The final score was 3-10 to 1-3. Great celebrations greeted the team on their return to Kilsheelan.

Team: Tadgh Lonergan, Colin Gleeson, David Corcoran, William Lonergan, Bill Maher(1-3), John Kehoe(1-7), Lydia Ahearne, Eoin Kehoe, Finbar Horgan and Adam Hants.

Subs: Cian Flavin, Sean Ryan, Riain Connolly, Jamie Cronin(1-0), Kevin Kirwan, Paul Maher and James Davin Murphy.

On behalf on the Kilsheelan Kilcash Juvenile club, we congratulate everyone in the school who put in the hard work over the past few months and indeed over the past few years to bring back a hurling county title for the first time. No chance of a rest as it was off to Moyle Park on Sunday morning for games against Moyle Rovers and J.K Brackens. Needless to say the Kilsheelan teams again won all of their matches. A special thank you to all the parents who came along and those who brought players. This rounded off a great week for the Juvenile Club.

4/6: It should be noted that quite a few people have not paid their membership for this year and this will become very relevant when Munster Final Tickets are being allocated.

After a layoff of three weeks we finally got to play U14 football again. We travelled to Mullinahone on Thursday evening knowing that a win would secure a semi final place. We got off to a shaky start and our backs were under pressure playing against a slight breeze and the hill, the long layoff didn't help and some of the players were a bit rusty. However they began to settle down to the their task when the forwards got going and  our keeper Luke Hogan made a couple of excellent saves and in particular one from  penalty. We went in at the break ahead by 11 points on a scoreline of 5-07 to 2-05.
The second half started as we finished the first with early goals from Stephen Ahearne who finished the game with a personal total of 5-04 and Alex Harte. Mullinahone tried hard to pull us back with 3 goals in the second half put our forwards again out scored them with 5-03 in the second half. The game ended with double scores the final outcome 10-10 to 5-05 and a place in the south semi-final.
Scorers for Kilsheelan:  S Ahearne 5-4, M.O'Dwyer 2-01, A.Harte 2-0, Conor Davin-Murphy 1-0, D.Mulcahy 0-2 and  J.Kehoe, J.Brennan, K.Larkin 0-1 each.
The full squad was L.Hogan, J.Ormonde, N.O'Shea, C.Tobin, A.Maguire, D.Corcoran, K.Larkin, J.Kehoe, J. Brennan (capt) D.Mulcahy, B.Maher, C.Davin-Murphy, A.Harte, M.O'Dwyer, S.Ahearne. Subs D.Dempsey for J.Ormonde, F.Horgan for C.Tobin, E.Kehoe for A.Harte, T.Lonergan for C.Davin-Murphy, W.Lonergan for S.Ahearne.

In that Semi Final we took on Carrick Swan at Monroe. The Carrick side had the better of the first half and led by 2-7 to 2-1. Kilsheelan put in a great effort after the interval and reduced the leeway to two points. Swan replied in the closing stages and ran out winners by 3-9 to 4-1.

TEAM: Luke Hogan, Adrian Mc Guire, Norman O’Shea, Brian Grant, John Ormonde, David Corcoran, Kevin Larkin, Joseph Brennan 1-0, John Kehoe, Dean Mulcahy, Bill Maher, Conor Murphy 1-1, Alex Harte, Martin O’Dwyer and Stephen Ahearne 2-0.

In glorious sunshine on Friday last Kilsheelan N.S. qualified for the Semi-Final against Ayle N.S.of Cappawhite with a great win over Ballyporeen N.S on a scoreline of  0-13 to 1-8.

From the very start this team got down to business in reversing their only defeat early on in the league against this opposition. Tadgh Lonergan was very sound in goal and got great protection from the backline of Colin Gleeson, William Lonergan and David Corcoran.

The midfield had a great battle with Lydia Ahearne, Bill Maher and John Kehoe winning this one. Upfront Eoin Kehoe, Finbar Horgan, Adam Hantz and subs Kevin Kirwan and especially Paul Maher who really gave their defence a lot to think about.

However, the display of John Kehoe at midfield, who was being watched by his uncle Jim home from America, was the difference between the two teams. Their next match will have been played by now so hopefully we will have more good news to report next week.

28/5: In a Schools Competition on Wednesday last Kilsheelan travelled to Fethard to play Gortnahoe. The team had a handy victory. They got off to a great start with two goals from Eoin Kehoe in the opening minutes followed by a goal, from the 45 metre line by Bill Maher. They had some early points also but the opposition scored 1-2 before the end of the first half  leaving the interval score at 3-6 to 1-2. Kilsheelan got some fine scores from John Kehoe. Colin Gleeson soloed up the field to score a fantastic goal. Eoin Kehoe registered his third goal and though Gortnahoe put a further 1-4 on the board late in the game it was Kilsheelan who won easily on the scoreline 5.13 to 2-6. Four subs were introduced in the last ten minutes. Everybody played well on the day. They will play Ballyporeen in the quarter final this week. We wish them every success.

TEAM: Tadgh Lonergan, Colin Gleeson 1-1, David Corcoran, William Lonergan, Bill Maher 1-2, John Kehoe 0-8, Lydia Ahearne, Kevin Kirwan 0-1, Eoin Kehoe 3-1 and Finbar Horgan.

Subs: James Davin-Murphy, Adam Hantz, Sean Ryan, Andrew Smyth, Riain Connolly, Cian Flavin and Paul Maher.

Congratulations to Lydia Ahearne who will represent her Club and County in the Mini Sevens game at the interval in the Tipperary V Kerry Senior Football Championship.

U/8, U/6, U/10 training for all boys and girls in hurling and football continues each Saturday morning in Kilsheelan sportsfield commencing at 10 am. A number of regular faces from last year are missing and we would love to see all of you back again. Any new children in the area are very welcome to come along and participate, especially if you are going to school in another area. It is a great way to make some new friends.

It’s that anxious time of year again for our younger members and we wish them all the best of luck with their exams over the coming weeks.

14/5: In the U/12 “B” Football Quarter Final Kilsheelan-Kilcash took on Killenaule in Fethard on a lovely sunny evening. Kilsheelan did the early pressing and were rewarded when a long delivery by Bill Maher was deflected to the net by Tadgh Lonergan. The same player followed up with a point and it was looking good for Kilsheelan. Killenaule came more into the game and had a goal. Kilsheelan had further points from Colin Gleeson, one from a free and one from play while Jamie Cronin added another. Just before half time Killenaule had a further goal to leave the score at 1-5 to 2-1.

On the resumption Ruairi Doyle had a Kilsheelan goal and Tadgh Lonergan added a point but this was as good as it got. Killenaule had another goal and went on to lead by 3-7 to 2-7. Bill Maher pointed a free for Kilsheelan. In the closing stages Kilsheelan laid siege on the Killenaule goal but never looked like getting the goal they so badly needed.

TEAM: David Smyth, Eric O’Shea, John Smyth, Sean Ryan, Colin Gleeson 0-2, Bill Maher 0-2, David Columby, Kevin Kirwan, Eoin Kehoe, Paul Maher, James Carroll, Jamie Cronin 0-1, Ruairi Doyle 1-0, Joel O’Dwyer and Tadgh Lonergan 1-2.

7/5: In the U/14 Football championship Kilsheelan were back to a full strength squad for this home match and proved to be too strong for Ballylooby from the very start. We led at the break against a strong breeze on a scoreline of 3-5 to 0-2 with Stephen Ahearne scoring 3-2 and our back line harassing and fighting for every ball. We started the second half just as strong outscoring Ballylooby 2-4 by to 0-4 with goals again coming from Stephen Ahearne and Conor Murphy.
The final score was Kilsheelan-Kilcash 5-9 to Ballylooby 0-4. Scorers for Kilsheelan were Stephen Ahearne 4-2, Conor Murphy 1-3, Martin O 'Dwyer, Bill Maher, Colin Gleeson and John Kehoe 0-1 each.
The full panel was: Luke Hogan, John Ormonde, Norman O' Shea, Brian Grant, Adrian Maguire, David Corcoran, Kevin Larkin, Joseph Brennan, John Kehoe, Dean Mulcahy, Bill Maher, Conor Murphy, Alex Harte, Martin O' Dwyer, Stephen Ahearne, Subs:  Finbar Horgan for Alex Harte, Conor Tobin for Brian Grant, Colin Gleeson for Martin O' Dwyer, David Smyth for Dean Mulcahy, William Lonergan for Bill Maher, Eoin Kehoe.  

This team’s programme will continue with an away game to Ballyporeen on this Thursday 11th May at 7pm following this they will be at home to Carrick Davins on Thursday 18th May at 7pm.

23/4: Activities for the young: Training is now in full swing for the under 6, under 8 and under 10’s from 10-11 am on Saturday mornings in Kilsheelan sportsfield. Both hurling and football is catered for. There are a few regular faces still missing and we would encourage all children, both boys and girls in the above age groups to come along, join in and enjoy themselves. All newcomers to the parish are most welcome.

16/4: The U/12 football team, having won their opening match, were fully intend on maintaining their 100% record when they travelled to Ardfinnan to take on the home side. The highlight of the first half was two goals in quick succession by Tadgh Lonergan to give them a lead they never lost. Ardfinnan fought back in determined fashion in the second half. Late in the game they were awarded a penalty but lucky for Kilsheelan it resulted in a point. In a close finish Kilsheelan came out on top in a scoreline of 2-7 to 1-8.

Panel: John Smith, Joseph O’Neill, David Smith, Andrew Coughlan, Andrew Smith, Eoin Kehoe, Kevin Guiry 0-1, Bill Maher 0-1, Kevin Kirwan, Paul Maher 0-1, Colin Gleeson 0-2, Brendan Martin 0-1, Sean Ryan, Tadgh Lonergan 2-1, Patrick Donovan, Ruairi Doyle and Niall Murphy.

A number of players were missing for this game. If we are to continue on a winning streak, training for all players is a must.

9/4: In the first round of the U12 Football championship our side travelled to Ned Hall Park to take on Clonmel Og. After a slow start they settled down and soon got on top. In the second half they continued to dominate and in the end were worthy winners on a scoreline of 1-7 to 0-1.

For those Quiz buffs who might be in the throes of having withdrawal symptoms, well we have good news for you. The GAA Club will hold a Table Quiz in Robinson’s Lounge on Friday 21st April at 9p.m. In order to encourage as many as possible to come along the Quiz master assures us that most of the questions will be relatively simple. Now is the time to get your team together and your thinking caps on.

Scor Na Paisti: Our club were well represented in the Finals of Scor na Paisti in Clonmel recently. A lot of effort went into ensuring that our entries were well prepared but unfortunately they did not receive the nod from the adjudicators. Well done to all.

Juvenile Fixtures: The U/14 football team will compete in the “B” Championship and on this Thursday (13th) they will be away to Mullinahone at 7pm. and on Thursday (20th) they will be at home to Carrick Swan.

26/3: The Annual Scor na Paisti competition was held in Kilcash Hall on Friday 24th March. Children from the three local schools took part and it was most enjoyable. Best of luck to the winners who will compete in the South Final in the G.A.A. Centre on this Friday evening. We would encourage parents etc to go along and lend them your vocal support.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here