Weekly Notes 2006

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17/12: The Annual General Meeting took place last week. While the attendance was a little disappointing those present were very enthuastic. Over the two and a half hour event, the comments were very constructive. In the final analysis one could say that it was a very successful gathering.

Team performances came up for plenty of discussion. There were plaudits for the Intermediate Football team who won the South Title and narrowly failed to secure County honours. It was also noted that a number of players are doing well with the High School.

Chairman Jerry Kehoe in his comments said that greater discipline would need to be evident. He went on to say that there is potential to do better and hoped that the Club would take home a Title in what will be Centenary Year for the South Board.

Board Secretary Sean Nugent, who was in attendance, said that his Board got great support from the Club in many ways. He went on to outline the many events on the programme for next year’s celebrations and hoped that the Club would play its part. The club was now on a firm footing

Treasurer John Ryan’s balance sheet showed that the Club ended with a small deficit. He said that there were a number of items of expenditure i.e. new goalposts and sanding and spiking which will not recur next year.

The Elections then took place: Hon Presidents: James Prendergast, Tom Larkin, Billy Stokes, Rev Fr Bill Carey P.P. and Rev Fr James O’Donoghue C.C., Chairman: Jerry Kehoe, Vice Chairmen: Dan O’Connor & Tommy Lonergan, Secretary & PRO: James Holohan, Treasurer: John Ryan. Committee: Peter Moore, Jim Cahill, Jim Healy, Seamus Roche, Johnny Fitzpatrick, Liam Stokes, Peter O’Connell, Carol Gibbs, Keith O’Brien and Laura Healy.

The issue of Selectors and other matters were left to the Adjourned Convention to be held on Friday 29th December at 6.30pm.

As a token of appreciation to the over 400 members in the County Draw – the income from which is vital for the Club a Raffle for Hampers took place recently and the lucky winners were as follows: Mick Bowen, Cloughcarrigeen Kilsheelan, Edmond Cronin, Skehana Kilsheelan, Michael O’Sullivan 1 Sunnyside Ballypatrick, Seamus & Eleanor Roche Poulakerry Kilsheelan and Lanny Walsh Lisheen Clonmel. Congrats to all.

As these are our final notes for this year we say a sincere Thank You to South Tipp Today for publicising our Club affairs throughout the year and look forward to more of the same in 2007.

10/12: The Annual General Meeting was held last Tuesday (12th) – full report next week.

The Annual Bag Packing at Dunnes Stores Davis Road in aid of our Juvenile Club and Tidy Towns takes place from Mon 18th to Wed 20th inclusive. In order to make this a success volunteers are required to carry out this task efficiently. If you can make yourself available for a few hours, please contact Marion O’Neill at 087 2865599. Your co-operation would be very much appreciated.

The thrills and spills of our sport come in all shapes and sizes. Last Sunday, our neighbours the Nire, were the better side in the Munster Club Senior Football Final but unfortunately, two disastrous early goals proved to be their undoing. We were all disappointed for them but salute them for their steely determination and will to win over the last number of Sundays.

3/12: The Annual General Meeting will take place in the Clubhouse on Tuesday 12th December at 8pm. This is your once a year opportunity to have your speak on the Club’s activities over the past twelve months and add your advise to plans for 2007. Ask not what your Club can do for you – but rather what you can do for your Club.

We have a small number of people doing trojan work in order to keep the show on the road. We invite you to come along on Tuesday night and be part of a great team and do bring a friend.

The annual Mass for deceased Club members takes place at Gambonsfield on this Sunday (10th) at 11am.

We extend our sympathy to the Ryan Family Ballyglasheen on the recent death of Jimmy Comerford Crehana who is of course Mary’s father and grandfather of players Willie, Jimmy, Tommy & Eoin.

26/11: The County Board are presently visiting all the Clubs and in this regard Willie Barrett and Rory Dwan came to meet with our Committee last week. This was a very interesting exercise and many subjects were covered. The Annual General Meeting of the Senior Club will take place on Tuesday 12th December at 8pm.

19/11: The Annual General Meeting will take place early next month. The only activity on the playing fields at present is our U/14 Hurling team who are taking part in the Carrigeen Tournament. It is possible they will have a match this weekend so keep your ear to the ground.

The Annual Mass for the deceased members will take place on Sunday 10th December at 11am.

5/11: Last Sunday was a disappointing day for the Club when our Intermediate Football team lost the County Final to Mullinahone by two points. A goal for Mullinahone just before half time was the turning point. Out side put in a tremendous second half performance in their efforts to reduce the four point deficit. As the game entered the closing stages we were only one point behind but unfortunately we were unable to gain parity.

Full marks go to this panel of players. Having lost the Final two years ago they put in a great effort and we thank them for it especially over the last five matches and not forgetting the entertainment they provided for the ever growing number of supporters. A big “thank you” to all who came along on Sunday last where we outnumbered the opposition by three to one. This result brings down the curtain on the playing fields for this year.

Sean Gael Award: On next Sunday evening at Bru Bru in Cashel our own Billy Stokes will receive a Sean Gael Award. Each of the four divisions will have ten recipients. Billy gets this reward for a lifetime of service to our Club and the County at large. As a player he was an outstanding goalkeeper in hurling, later did tremendous work with the juveniles and also served as Chairman of the Senior Club. He was involved in all the day to day activities of the Club and still plays an active part. Congrats Billy.

South Bord Na nOg recently made awards to honour those who gave outstanding service to the Board. Our own Patsy Halloran was one of those and as Secretary of the Board he gave over twenty year’s service.

In the November County Draw we again had a winner in Robert Hunt, Ballypatrick who won €200.

30/10: Last weekend was a very successful one for our Intermediate Football team. On Saturday at Fethard they got off to a poor start against Rockwell Rovers in the County Quarter Final. They showed great character in fighting their way back to run out winners by three points.

On Monday they returned to Fethard where Thurles Sarsfields were waiting for them in the Semi Final. It was feared that playing two matches in 48 hours was asking a lot of them and in the end they won by twelve points.

Next Sunday it is a case of turn off the lights and lock the door as all roads lead to Fethard – the occasion being the Final against Mullinahone. In the league stages we lost to them by ten points. In the South Final we turned the tables on them winning by four points. Now that they will have their hurleys put away and will be much better prepared for the task Mullinahone will go into this game as favourites. We say “Best of Luck” to the team and mentors and hope they will bring the Intermediate Football Title to the Club for the first time.

For recent games there was an ever increasing number of supporters coming to see our lads in action. Next Sunday is the day we need you most and we encourage everyone to come along to cheer them on and get into your Blue and Gold colours for this special occasion for the Club. .

Last week we did a Golden Goal competition on the Co Senior Football Final. The first goal was scored in the 9th minute – If you have the winning ticket contact Johnny Fitzpatrick. This week we are repeating this for our County Final. Tickets will be on sale from committee members. Proceeds from both go to Self Aid.

The Club has also been requested to have a used clothes collection for Self Aid.

Please leave secured bags of clean clothing, bed linen etc at the entrance to the GAA field or Kilcash church gate not later than noon on Thursday 9th November.

22/10: Our Intermediate Football team enter new territory next Saturday when they will be opposed by Rockwell Rovers in the County Quarter Final in Fethard at 3pm. Again we encourage supporters to come out in large numbers and hopefully cheer them on to victory. If we are victorious we will be out again on Monday (Bank Holiday)

15/10: After a three year lapse our Intermediate Football team regained the Johnny Kehoe Cup. Having lost to Mullinahone in the league stages the incentive was to turn the tables. Our best period was between the tenth and twenty first minute when we scored 1-4 without reply. A further goal after half time put us into what seemed an unassailable position. Mullinahone had different ideas and we had to defend for long periods and in the end we held out for a three point win. Well done to all but remember we will need to improve quite a bit if we are to make further progress.

Sincere thanks to Jim Kehoe who sponsored a set of shorts and also Anne Robinson for her set of socks. It is great to have people like Jim and Anne who are never found wanting when the occasion arises.

Our next game will be against the runners up of the West Division. At the time of writing it is unknown whether we are playing this weekend – Check Fixtures.

On Sunday our Junior Hurlers had St Mary’s as their Semi Final opponents in the “B” competition. The task was made more difficult as six of the players had played in the football final just twenty four hours earlier a scenario that was not satisfactory.  In the circumstances we did well and only lost by a five point margin.

Over the two weekend matches it was wonderful to see our team supporters out in large numbers. Keep up the vocal support in the remaining match(s). See www.kilsheelankilcash.tipperary.gaa.ie.

8/10: Following a number of indifferent displays our Intermediate footballers are through to the Final next weekend when they meet Mullinahone. See fixtures for details. Its not very often we reach a Final and this should be a big occasion for the Club so we ask all our supporters to come out in large numbers and lend their vocal support.

The news came through on Friday that John Moloney had passed away creating a sense of shock all over the county and beyond. I am sure that this will be well documented in this week’s Nationalist.

John was a real gentleman in every sense and our Club had a close affinity with him.

In 1964 he refereed the replayed County Junior Football Final when we lost to Moneygal. When we defeated Ardfinnan in 1968 and 1972 in the County Senior Football Finals John was the man in the middle on each occasion. Since then many of our players enjoyed nostalgic moments with him when they met. He was always held in high esteem. In 1993 when our Club had a reunion to celebrate these victories we was an honoured guest. We extend our sincere sympathy to his wife and family.

1/10: Our Intermediate Football team will play Ballyporeen in the South Semi Final on Sunday next (See GAA fixtures for details). This is a very important game for us and we would appeal to you all to come out and lend your vocal support to the team.

Congratulations to Pat Hallinan Russelstown on winning €4,000 in the GAA Lotto draw and also to Pat Larkin as promoter.

24/9: The Intermediate Football team lost out to Clonmel Og by two points in a match in which they never struck form. This resulted in a three way tie for a Semi Final spot. This will be resolved when Ballyporeen play Clonmel Og this weekend and the luck of the draw ensures that we play the winners for a place in the Final against Mullinahone.

The South Senior Football Final took place in Kilsheelan on Sunday last. There was concern about the weather in the days preceding it. However, the sun shone on the day and we thank everyone who helped out in many different ways thus ensuring that it was a logistical success.

Thanks to the large number of people who supported our very successful Table Quiz on Friday night last. In the end it took a tie breaker to separate first and second. Congratulations to the eventual winners who were Kieran & Una Cosgrave and Noel and Ruth Murphy. Runners up were John Roche, Eilenn Mc Grath and Jim & Ann Murphy.

We extend sympathy to the family of Mary O’Shea who died recently. Her grandchildren are young players with the Juvenile Club.

10/9: In the Intermediate Football championship Kilsheelan left their form of the previous week behind them as they were well beaten by Mullinahone. In their remaining match they need to defeat Clonmel Og to be sure of a Semi Final place.

On Sunday last a coach load of juveniles went to Croke Park to the All Ireland U/21 Hurling and Camogie deciders. A great day was had by all.

With the advent of the darker evenings winter beckons. The Club will hold a Table Quiz

in Sullivans on Friday 22nd September at 9.15pm. We appeal to players, members supporters etc to come along where a good night’s entertainment is assured.

End of an Era: No longer will we see the ball strike the woodwork, no longer will we hear the thud as the ball comes back into play off the crossbar. No need to panic we have not gone away you know.

The goalposts in our pitch were deteriorating rapidly and needed to be taken down. For Health and Safety reasons we replaced them with aluminium posts which is now the road to go.

3/9: Our involvement in the Intermediate Hurling championship came to a disappointing end following defeat by Fr Sheehys. Having defeated the same opponents in an earlier round we were confident of a repeat result.

Our defence did well. Ian Coughlan never put a foot wrong in goal. Jimmy Ryan was outstanding at fullback while outside him his brother Eoin had a great second half with best support coming from Lorcan Ryan. William Larkin was an inspirational figure at midfield. An early injury to Pakie Larkin was a blow. Upfront was where most of our problems lay and Martin Larkin was the most effective.

In the Junior “B” Football championship our interest was ended following defeat by Killenaule. On paper we had a team well capable of winning this competition but for a variety of reasons it was not to be.

Following the weekend results it is time to review what is left in store for the Club. The Intermediate Football team are on full points with two further matches to play. A place in the knockout stages looks almost certain.

The Junior Hurling team are through to the “B” Semi Final and they should see action in the coming weeks.

21/8: The Junior Football team lost to Carrick Swan by four points. They enjoyed some good passages of play and despite being on top in closing minutes they could not get sufficient scores.

The Intermediate Hurling team were opposed by Ballybacon-Grange and put in a good second half performance and lost by four points. This puts them into a playoff situation with Davins and Fr Sheehy’s.

The Intermediate Football team will have a game this weekend and Ballyporeen – See Fixtures.

Juvenile Hurling Fixtures are also in the pipeline. For up to date on same refer to http.kilsheelan-kilcash@tipperary.gaa.ie.

Congratulations to all our players on their recent exam results and we wish you every success in your chosen careers.

13/8: The Junior hurling team continued their winning ways when they easily defeated Marlfield in the “B” championship and they are now through to the Semi Final.

In the Minor hurling championship the team had a good first half and led by six points at the interval. In the second half Ballybacon took over and they went in to a six point lead. Kilsheelan fought hard in the last six minutes and their only reward was a goal. (See Match Reports)

Fixtures: The Intermediate Hurling team will play Ballybacon-Grange in Monroe on Friday evening (18th) at 7pm. The Minor Hurling team will play Fethard on Wednesday 16th August – venue to be confirmed.

In the County Draw our Club again hit the right note. Congratulations to E Mc Grath and A Dempsey on sharing €800.

6/8: Having won their two opening two matches the Junior Football team came up against the favourites Grangemockler last week. Kilsheelan led for most of the way but the superior physique and fitness of Grangemockler helped to pull them through with a three point margin. The Minor Hurling team were opposed by Cahir-Ballylooby. Kilsheelan led from the start and had a narrow lead at half time. They dominated the second half and won easily enough in the end.

Fixtures: The Junior Hurling team will have Marlfield as their opponents in the “B” championship on Wednesday 9th at Ned Hall Park at 7.15pm. The Minor Hurlers will play Ballybacon-Grange on this Friday 11th at 7.15pm – venue to be confirmed. It is likely that there will be further fixtures at the weekend – check Fixtures

At the time of writing no fixtures are available for our U/12, U/14 and U/16 hurling teams – Full details of all fixtures will be posted on the website as they become available. kilsheelankilcash.tippperary.gaa.ie

The Club extends its sympathy to Marion O’Neill (Juvenile Club Secretary) and family on the recent death of her father. Go ndeana Dia Trocaire air.

29/7: It was a busy week on the playing fields. In Junior “B” Football it took a last minute goal by Sean Nugent to achieve a 1-8 to 1-7 victory over Commercials.

In the Minor “B” Hurling championship we were short a number of players and lost to St Mary’s by 1-15 to 1-7. In the Junior Hurling “B” championship the team maintained their unbeaten record with an easy win over Clerihan. The remaining match in the league stages will be against Marlfield on Wednesday 9th August in Ned Hall Park at 7.15pm.

23/7: In this age of communications our Club has taken a major leap forward as we now have our own Website which is www.kilsheelankilcash.tipperary.gaa.ie. This will be a great benefit to players, members and supporters alike. We also have many interested parties overseas and they can keep abreast with activities at home. As the site is only in its infancy – bear with us while we broaden its content in the coming weeks.

The Intermediate Hurling team had Fr Sheehy’s as their opponents in the second round. The Clogheen side dominated the first ten minutes to lead by three points to one. Kilsheelan gradually got on top. A goal by Martin Larkin late in the half gave us a five point lead at the interval. On the turnover Martin Larkin again used his attacking instincts to force his way through for another goal. Further goals by Pádraic Hickey and Tommy Ryan, from a last minute penalty, gave us a 4-7 to 0-6 victory.

Despite the winning margin Ian Coughlan got plenty to do in goal and never put a foot wrong. He got good cover from his defence that grew in confidence as the game wore on. The attack got going after a slow start but would need a greater points return for the amount of play they got. The remaining match in this section will be against Ballybacon-Grange at a later date.

On Thursday evening we travel to Marlfield to take on Clerihan in the Junior “B” Hurling. On Wednesday (2nd August) it is back to Carrick when we take on Grangemockler in the Junior “B” Football championship at 7.30.

A further reminder to members who require tickets for the remainder of the All Ireland Hurling and Football championships – Names must be given to the Secretary at 33270 at least 10 days before the relevant match as only a limited number of tickets will come to the County.

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.

16/7:  In the Junior “B” hurling championship we made the best possible start with a 4-12 to 2-6 win over Fethard .Sean Nugent led the way in the scoring stakes with a personal tally of 2-9 and we never looked in danger of defeat. John Nolan, who had been away for a number of years made a welcome return to the Club and played his part in this win. This team’s next outing will be against Clerihan at Marlfield – See Fixtures for confirmation.

For our minor hurling team it was a disappointing week following defeats to Clonmel Og and Newcastle (See Reports).

The Intermediate Hurling team’s next fixture will be against Fr Sheehy’s in Clonmel on this Friday evening at 7.30pm.

Congratulations to Michelle Ryan who looks after GAA affairs in Kilsheelan School on her marriage to Ivor on Saturday last. We wish them both every happiness in the future.

9/7: Our Junior Footballers played their opening match against Cloneen last week. They started off poorly but a goal by Sean Nugent was a major boost. At half time they led by 1-6 to 0-6 with all the points coming from Ross Larkin who could do nothing wrong in that half. On the turnover Kilsheelan continued to dominate and ran out winners by 1-13 to 0-6.

Very little preparation was made for this championship and one would be happy with the performance of the team. This is a championship that could easily be won. For many clubs this competition is the poor relation. If our players respond to their Selectors wishes and put in the necessary training success could be achieved.

Members who require tickets for the All Ireland Quarter Final between Tipperary and Waterford        should give their names to the Secretary at 33270 not later than Sunday 16th July. Tickets will be distributed at the Clubhouse on Wednesday 19th from 9.30 – 10pm. All uncollected tickets will be returned to the Board on Thursday morning if a prior arrangement has not been made,

The death took place last week of Stephen Prendergast in his 94th year. In his youth he played football for the Club and in 1942 was elected Club Secretary. He is uncle of Jonathon Moriarty who was a prominent member of the Club in the 60’s and 70’s. We extend our sympathy to his family.

Fixtures: M.H.C – We play Newcastle in Monroe on Sun 16th July at 7pm, On Wed 18th July the J.F. team will play Commercials in Carrick at 8pm. On Fri 21st July the I.H. team take on Fr Sheehy’s in Clonmel at 7.30pm. and on 23rd July the J.H. team will take on Clerihan in Marlfield at 7.30pm.

2/7: Our Minor hurling team made the best possible start to the “B” championship when they had an easy win over Skeheenarinky. This weekend we will face a much tougher task when we take on Clonmel Og – See Fixtures for details. Once again, we remind members that those looking for tickets for games in which Tipperary are not competing should have their names with the Secretary at least ten days before the relevant game.

25/6: The minor hurling team will start their championship with a match against Skeheenarinky on this Saturday evening in Ned Hall Park at 8pm. It is important that we get off to a winning start here and we would like to see plenty of vocal support on the sideline.

Congrats to Bill Maher who performed before 53,000 spectators in the Primary Game at Semple Stadium on Sunday last.

As a reward for winning their Cumann na Bunscoil Championship a party of twenty children from Kilsheelan N.S. were accommodated for the Munster Final and they all enjoyed the day despite Tipperary’s defeat.

The Summer Camp will take place on the last week in July – A number of well known celebrities are lined up for the week – more details anon

18/6: Our Intermediate Hurling team, with many relative newcomers on board, lost out to Carrick Davins in the opening round of the championship. However, all is not lost as there are still plenty chances to reach the knockout stages.

In the opening round of the U/12 hurling championship Kilsheelan travelled to Mullinahone to take on the home side. An early goal by Jamie Cronin sent them on their way. A further goal by the same player after the interval and points by Bill Maher helped them to victory by 2-4 to 1-2. TEAM: Tadgh Lonergan, James Murphy, Colin Gleeson, Sean Ryan, Michelle Kehoe, Bill Maher 0-4, David Smith, David Columby, Eoin Kehoe, Kevin Kirwan, Jamie Cronin 2-0, Emily O’Dwyer, Paul Maher, Joel O’Dwyer and Brendan Martin.

Subs: Kevin Guiry, John Smith, Aoife Cosgrave and Joe O’Neill.

All tickets for the Munster Hurling Final must be collected at the clubhouse from 7.30 – 8pm on this Thursday night. Uncollected tickets, without a prior arrangement, will be returned to the Board on Friday morning.

Despite Tipperary’s defeat in both Junior and Senior Football on Sunday week last in Killarney the Club was involved in the only victory of the day. In the Mini Sevens game Lydia Ahearne scored the winning goal in that game. Well done Lydia. Next Sunday for the Munster Hurling Final the Club will be represented by Bill Maher in the Mini Sevens game. This follows his performances in the Cumann na Bunscoil success recently.

11/6: On this Saturday our Intermediate Hurling team open their championship with a match against Carrick Davins in Monroe at 8pm. We would encourage our supporters to come out in large numbers to cheer them on.

Our Club are well represented in the Tipperary Masters Football team by Roger Doyle, Martin Ormonde and John Larkin. We wish them well when they don the County jersey in the coming weeks.

We also congratulate Adrian Walsh who played his part for Tipperary in last Sunday’s Junior Football championship match against Kerry. Unfortunately they were beaten by one point.

Next Sunday our pitch will host two South Senior Football championship matches. Stewards will be required so we would ask all committee members to come along and help out.

No prizes for guessing what photograph will appear on the cover of this week’s edition of the Kilsheelan News – Yes of course Colin and his team mates from the local National School.

The Senior Club send their congratulations to them on their County Title success in Semple Stadium last week.

Members who require tickets for the Tipp V Cork Munster Final should give their names to the Secretary at 33270 not later than Sunday 18th June. Tickets should be collected at the Clubhouse on Thursday 22nd June from 7.30 – 8.30pm. Uncollected tickets at that time (unless an alternative arrangement has been made) will be returned to the Board on Friday morning.

4/6: The Intermediate Football team opened their programme with a match against Fr Sheehy’s. The team had prepared reasonably well and a winning start was essential. Despite the best laid plans they were down a point a man after twenty minutes. Defensive switches were made and things changed for the better. The second half was a complete turn around and we went on to win by five points – See report elsewhere. It was disappointing to see so few coming out to watch the team and they deserve greater vocal support.

Our next assignment is an Intermediate Hurling game against Carrick Davins at Monroe on Saturday 17th June at 7.30.

28/5: Our Intermediate Football team begin their quest for honours in this years championship with a game against Fr Sheehy’s in Clonmel on this Saturday evening at 7.30pm.

Any members who require tickets for championship games which do not involve Tipperary should have their names with the Secretary 10 days in advance of game.

The Annual Summer Camp will take place in the last week in July. Parents please take note – further details later.

21/5: Members who require tickets for the Munster Hurling Semi-Final Tipperary V Waterford should give their names to the Secretary at 33270 not later than Sunday 28th May. This must be adhered to as tickets will only be taken to order. A limited number of Family Tickets will also be available. They will be based on 1+1 and 2+2 only and immediate booking is essential. It should also be noted that members who require tickets for matches not involving Tipperary should apply at least 7 days before the match.

14/5: Following their loss to Fethard our Minor Football team are eliminated from the championship. With Pádraic Hickey leading the way our forwards got lots of possession in the first half but they showed little return for it. Problems in defence led us to concede six goals over the hour. The hurling championship will commence following the exams and it is hoped that players will have more
time to concentrate and get the desired results.

T Shirts and Hoodies complete with Club Crest are very popular and look very well but stocks are fast running out  Anyone interested should contact Keith O’Brien at 086- 1551463 immediately.

Our minor football team travelled to Cloneen to take on Ballingarry. They started off in great style and had four points on the board after five minutes. Things went wrong after that as our opponents got on top and our defence came under lots of pressure. Just before half time goals by Damien Mc Carthy and Donnacha Lonergan brought us level at 2-4 to 0-10. In the second half we had plenty chances early on but they were not availed of. In the last quarter Ballingarry were well on top and ran out winners by 0-14 to 2-7.

7/5: The next Club Meeting will take place on this Thursday (11th May) at 9pm and a full attendance would be appreciated. The first County Draw in the new series took place last Friday night. Unfortunately the luck of the draw did not favour us but its early days yet. We sincerely thank all who joined up again and also welcome new subscribers on board. The revenue from this Draw is vital for the day to day running of the Club. A sincere “thank you” to all who supported our recent Table Quiz which was a great success.

23/4: The Minor football team made a winning start to the “B” championship when they defeated St Patrick’s by 2-5 to 0-5.It took the team some time to settle down. They were the better side for the remainder of the game but faulty shooting made it a struggle to the end.

The following minor fixtures will take place before the exams – Fri 28th Apr we play Mullinahone in Grangemockler at 7p.m, Fri 5th May we play Ballingarry in Mullinahone at 7.30 and on Fri 12th May we play Fethard in Ned Hall Park at 7.30.

In the first round of the U/21 “B” hurling championship Moyle Rovers beat us by a seven point margin. In the opening half Moyle Rovers were the better side. In the second half Kilsheelan showed a big improvement. Their approach was excellent but a combination of poor marksmanship and a lack of ideas upfront proved their undoing. Both sides served up a good game of hurling which was difficult on a pitch where the grass was much too long.

There was also an opportunity for teams beaten in the first round to get another chance. This came when they took on Mullinahone at Cloneen. However, things did not go our way when we conceded 2-3 in the first ten minutes and it was an uphill battle after that and in the end we lost 3-13 to 0-8.~

16/4: Congrats to Pat Derivan who won €3,000 in the final draw of last years County Draw. The new draw will commence on the 5th May with many valuable prizes. Our promoters will be calling on you shortly. Half the income from this draw is retained by the Club and this finance is vital for the day to day running of the Club.

Due to unforeseen circumstances our Table Quiz will now take place of Friday 28th April at 9pm at Robinsons. Quiz nights are meant to be fun and this will be no exception with a nice variety of questions to suit all ages. Light refreshments will be served.

It is sad to record the death of Kay Mc Hugh, mother of our U/21 player Michael. We wish sincere sympathy to the Mc Hugh and Cronin families on their sad loss. 

 

9/4: In the opening round of the U21 Hurling Championship we will take on Moyle Rovers in Ned Hall Park on Easter Monday.

Last Sunday’s there was a novelty factor when All Ireland Senior Hurling finalist Galway came to Kilsheelan to play Tipperary in a Senior Hurling challenge match in aid of the local National School. This time Tipperary turned the tables on their opponents in what was a very entertaining match. All the arrangements for the game went off like clockwork and indeed it could be termed a logistic success. Thanks to everyone who gave a helping hand.

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.

We extend sympathy to the Henebry Family on the death of Kathy, mother of Gerry and grandmother of Robert.

 

26/3: Your membership fees are now due as follows: Adults – €30 – is full membership which must include all players. Social membership – €15 – If interested in this category you should be aware that it does not entitle you to tickets for all ticket matches, voting rights or rights to sit on committees. Minor/Student – €15. Payment by cheque or cash to the following: Keith O’Brien, Liam Stokes, Dan O’Connor, John Ryan, Tommy Lonergan and James Holohan.  A membership card will be provided to each paid up member.                                        

Congrats to John Ryan, Niall Murphy and Joe Doolan who each won prizes in the April County Draw. It’s always nice to see some of our supporters collecting some prizes. This is the final draw in the current series and we sincerely thank the many subscribers for their continued support. This is our main fundraiser and is vital for the day to day running of the Club. A new draw will be commencing in May and it would be very much appreciated if you could continue to participate.

Over the last few years Club merchandise has proven very popular with our members etc. T Shirts and Hoodies complete with Club Crest are now on sale. Those interested should contact Keith O’Brien at 086- 1551463. Due to bereavement our U/21 Football Semi Final against Clonmel Og had to be postponed and is rescheduled for Wed (29th) in Monroe at 6p.m.

The death took place recently of Fr Jim Purcell. In his youth he was involved with our Club and had the unique distinction of winning an All Ireland Minor Football medal with Tipperary. We extend sympathy to his family

12/3: Our Intermediate Football team lined out at home to Boherlahan in the County League.

A very understrength side went down by 1-7 to 0-9.

Following the draw for the U/21”B” Football championship we received a bye into the Semi-Final. This will take place on Friday 24th March at 5p.m.

Membership fees are now due as follows: Adults – €30 – is full membership which must include all players. Social membership – €15 – If interested in this category you should be aware that it does not entitle you to tickets for all ticket matches, voting rights or rights to sit on committees.

Minor/Student – €15. Payment by cheque or cash to the following: Keith O’Brien, Liam Stokes, Dan O’Connor, John Ryan, Tommy Lonergan and James Holohan.                                          

Over the last few years Club merchandise has proven very popular with our members etc. T Shirts and Hoodies complete with Club Crest are now on sale. Those interested should contact Keith O’Brien at 086- 1551463

6/3: After scoring a meagre three points when losing to Clonmel Og the previous week our U/21 Football team got back to winning ways with a 1-19 to 1-14 win over Newcastle. This looks a very impressive tally on paper. However, we should not get carried away by it as our next opponents will be a much tougher test. To make further progress a full turn out in training will be needed in the meantime.

Fixtures: Intermediate Football team at home to Boherlahan on Sunday next at 12p.m. For minor football fixtures see G.A.A. pages.

A further reminder that membership fees are now due for the coming year. It has come to our attention that in order to be a fully registered member of the Club payment must be made before the 30th April. Fees are as follows:

Adults – €30 – is full membership which must include all players.

Social membership – €15 –  If interested in this category you should be aware that it does not entitle you to tickets for all ticket matches, voting rights or rights to sit on committees.

Minor/Student – €15

Payment by cheque or cash to the following: Keith O’Brien, Liam Stokes, Dan O’Connor, John Ryan, Tommy Lonergan and James Holohan.                                          

26/2: Our U/21 Football team were paired with the holders Clonmel Og in their first round match last week. The Clonmel side ran out easy winners. However, we have a second chance. Next Saturday in Marlfield at 4p.m.we play Newcastle. In the event of a draw extra time will have to be played.

Our Intermediate Football team are likely to have a game next weekend – See Fixture list on Sports Pages.

Last Friday night the Minor Football team that won last year’s County Division 2 League Title were presented with their medals at the Clubhouse by John Leahy. We thank Carol Gibbs for arranging a very pleasant evening with a hot meal provided for the team and their parents. A sincere “thank you” to John Leahy for his attendance and his inspirational words for the lads.

Club members recently took up the church gate collection in aid of the Irish Epilepsy Association and a total of €441 was raised. We thank all who helped out and indeed those who supported it.

The A.G.M. of the Juvenile Club took place recently. In Secretary Marian O’Neill’s report the highlights were reaching the U/12 “B” hurling and football Finals. After good displays they were beaten narrowly in both. Treasurer, Noel Murphy’s Balance Sheet showed that despite the high costs the Club was in a good financial position with the Bag Packing being the main fundraiser. In his address Chairman Kevin Geraghty called for less competition in the 6-12 age groups. We need to up our standards to be able to compete in “A” grades where possible. He also emphasised the importance of implementing the Go Games initiative, liason with the local schools and the promotion of the annual Summer Camp. He congratulated Colin Gleeson on winning the Long Puck competition in the Community Games at Mosney

The following elections took place: Chairman: Seamus Roche, Secretary: Marian O’Neill, Treasurer: Noel Murphy, PRO: James Holohan. Committee: Kevin Geraghty, Carol Gibbs, Tom Butler, John Ryan, Jim & Laura Healy, Teresa Walsh and Liam Corcoran.

Teams will compete in U/12, U/14 and U/16 in both codes and at “B” level.

The following Managers were elected and they will get their own Selectors: U/16: John Ryan, U/14: Liam Corcoran, U/12: Ollie Maher, U/10: Noel Murphy, Denis Mc Guire and Kevin Kelly while Edmond Prendergast and Kevin Kelly will look after the U/8’s.

: In the opening round of the Division 2 County Adult Football League we travelled to Newport to take on the home side. We were very much understrength and the team had only six players from last year’s team. Captain Adrian Walsh led by example and was responsible for all the scores. He had good support from Eoin Ryan and Paul Kennedy and at half time the score was 1-5 each. In the second half the home side got the scores that mattered and went on to win by 3-8 to 1-8.

TEAM: Roger Doyle, Paul Kennedy, John Larkin, Peter O’Connell, Graham Loughman, Jimmy Ryan, Michael Foley, Eoin Ryan, Adrian Walsh, Martin Ormonde, Eddie Sweeney, Ross Larkin, John Geraghty, David Power and Ciaran Gibbs.

On Sunday last we were at home to Rockwell Rovers in the second match. A Jim Healy goal in the early minutes gave us the perfect start. We failed to build on it and the visitors led by 0-7 to 1-3 at half time. After the interval we never looked like getting back into the back and were beaten by 0-14 to 1-3.

TEAM: David Power, Graham Loughman, Dan O’Connor, Peter O’Connell, Michael Foley, Jimmy Ryan, Pádraic Hickey, Adrian Walsh 0-3, Keith Robinson, Martin Ormonde, Pierce Larkin, Niall Cloona, Roger Doyle, Jim Healy 1-0 and Liam Robinson.

SUBS: Keith O’Brien, Colm Sweeney, Ross Larkin and Ian Coughlan.

19/2: In the County Minor Football League we took on J K Brackens in Fethard. We had a pre match setback as a number of players were unavailable. Our lads put up a good battle for the first twenty minutes and with for good goal keeping by Colm Sweeney we were only 1-3 to 0-3 in arrears at half time. In the second half Brackens, who were much stronger physically, got well on top and in the end we were beaten by 4-7 to 0-5. Scorers were James Geraghty 0-3 and Darren Mc Carthy 0-2.

This was meant to be a home game for Templemore but for convenience it was played in Fethard and we thank the Fethard Club for their co-operation.

In the next round we played Cahir-Ballylooby in Cahir. We got the best possible start when a Ross Larkin cross was gathered by James Geraghty and he made no mistake for a goal.

Cahir were well on top in the closing stages of the half and led by 0-6 to 1-2 at the interval. In the second half they went further ahead. Kilsheelan had a second goal when Danny Harte stole in behind the home defence. With ten minutes to go Cahir led by 0-12 to 2-3. Kilsheelan finished strongly with three points from frees by Damien Mc Carthy to leave the scores level at 0-13 to 2-7. Kilsheelan had two chances just before the whistle but failed to avail of them.

TEAM: Colm Sweeney, Miceal Corcoran, Paul Kennedy, Matthew Hantz, Ken Hogan, Pádraic Hickey, Naoise O Cuineagain, Paul Denn, David Ryan (Kilcash X) 0-1, Damien Mc Carthy 0-4, Darren Mc Carthy, Riain O Cuinneagain, Ross Larkin 0-1, James Geraghty 1-1 and Danny Harte 1-0.

SUB: Donnacha Corcoran

The presentation of medals to the victorious Minor Football team that won last year’s Division 2 Title will take place at the Clubhouse on this Friday (24th) at 9p.m. The relevant players have been notified and their parents are also invited to come along.

The draws for this year’s South Championships took place this week. The following is the itinerary for our Club.

Football:

Intermediate – 5 teams in the group. We open with a match against Ballyporeen, followed by Mullinahone, Clonmel Og and Fr Sheehy’s. The top team qualifies for the Final while 2nd and 3rd play a Semi-Final match.

Junior “B”– is in 2 groups. We start with a match against Ballyporeen, followed by Grangemockler, Commercials, Killenaule and Fethard. Top 2 go through to the Semi-Finals. U/21 “B”– We play Clonmel Og in the first round. If we lose we get a 2nd chance.

Minor “B” – There are 5 teams. First we play Mullinahone and later we meet Ballingarry, Fethard and St Patrick’s.

Hurling:

Intermediate: It is divided into two groups of 4. We open with a match against last year’s champions Carrick Davins. Also on our list are Ballybacon-Grange and Fr Sheehys. This is a tough group. If we finish in 3rd place we qualify for the quarter finals.

Junior “B” – We open with a game against Fethard and we also play Marlfield and Clerihan.

There is 4 groups and we need to win this section to get to the Semi-Finals.

U/21 “B” – We are drawn against Moyle Rovers. Again if we lose we get a second chance.

Minor “B” –  There are 8 teams in the group and we play the remaining 7 namely Skeheenarinky, Ballybacon-Grange, Clonmel Og, Newcastle, Fethard, St Mary’s and Ballylooby.

Just to let you know that membership fees are now due for the coming year. It has come to our attention that in order to be a fully registered member of the Club payment must be made before the 30th April. Fees are as follows:

Adults – €30 – is full membership which must include all players.

Social membership – €15 –  If interested in this category you should be aware that it does not entitle you to tickets for all ticket matches, voting rights or rights to sit on committees.

Minor/Student – €15

Payment by cheque or cash to the following: Keith O’Brien, Liam Stokes, Dan O’Connor, John Ryan, Tomy Lonergan and James Holohan.         

29/1: Last year was a hectic one for referee Seamus Roche. He refereed many high profile matches including the Al Ireland Final. One would think that January would be an opportunity to put his feet up but this is not so. Instead, together with his wife Eleanor, they were selected to travel with the All Stars hurling team to Signapore. We heard that they all had a great time there. The party arrived back last Thursday. On Friday Seamus had to travel to Tullamore for a Leinster Council function where he received an award for refereeing the Leinster hurling Final.

On Saturday night he was honoured by the United Sports Panel where he received the Cidona Sean Lyons Sports Executive Award. It was also pleasing to see many from the Club in attendance to support him.

With the National Hurling League and subsidiary competitions together with the Club scene just around the corner Seamus and his dedicated umpires can look forward to another busy year.

 

 

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