Under 12 Hurling South Champions
Congratulations to the team and all associated with it as they were crowned South B hurling champions in Monroe last Saturday on a scoreline of 1-08 to St. Pat’s 0-5. The game was close all through with St Pats most unlucky not to score at least 2 goals in the second half to earn a draw. St. Pat’s had some outstanding players including their goalie Danny, the excellent number 14 Cathal and half forwards but the Kilsheelan/Kilcash combo were the best team throughout the campaign winning all of their league matches . Full marks to Derek, Noel and Tom, team mentors, as they obeyed the rule that you must play all of your substitutes. Captain Emmet Butler gave an outstanding exhibition of hurling playing with an injured leg for most of the game and chipping in with 2 points- one from a long range free. Micheál Freaney once again displayed his full range of hurling skills with beautiful line cuts, top class fielding, strong running with sliothar and scored five points- four from frees. Casey J Coleman following his man of the match performance in the semi-final finished with the all important goal and a point to his credit in the final and covers the whole field during the game. But this was a team performance with different players playing leading roles on different days. Goalkeepers Alex Hanrahan and Jack Mulcahy kept clean sheets with the save of the tournament going to Jack in the semi-final win over Killenaule to keep his side in the game. The versatile Aidan Morrissey also played in goal and was a real tiger up front when asked to play in the forwards. The inspirational performance of Conor Neville at full back were a joy to view all season and undoubtedly the skills of his godfather, James Kehoe have been acquired. Conor was outstanding in both games against Killenaule. The defence of Tomas O Connor, Michael Ryan, Alex Hanrahan, Aaron Costin and Oisin Lavin were unbeatable. Different combinations had to be used by management on different days but what a defence- they never gave up and even if beaten for the ball, they hunted together and virtually at all times prevented the opposing forwards from clean shots on goal. David O Donovan scored the match winning goal in the semi-final win when the odds were totally stacked against Kilsheelan. The Kilsheelan/Kilcash team saw the speedy Senan Butler break the hearts of opposing defences with Conor Nugent putting in an outstanding first half in the semi-final win and unlucky not to score a few points. Zac O Loughlin and Jack Landy were unlucky not to score in the final, refuse to be beaten, make it so difficult for their markers to hit ball and played up front when their more natural positions are in defence. Jake French Davies has made the midfield position his own this season and always leaves his heart on the field as he covers every square of the field during the game. We congratulate the whole team and thank the parents for their most encouraging support throughout this campaign. The county semi-final will probably be played next weekend so best of luck to the team.