Another busy couple of weeks for the juvenile club has seen mixed fortunes for our various age groups.
The u8s took recently took part in a hurling blitz in Fethard – they had great numbers turn out once again, and this group are coming on in leaps and bounds.
The u10s were invited to play a challenge hurling match vs Moyle Rovers in Monroe last Wednesday. Both clubs had enough players to field 2 teams each, so each Kilsheelan-Kilcash team played both Moyle Rovers teams, and both teams won both matches. Again, huge improvements have been made with this group, and the big numbers are consistently turning up to training and matches.
The u12s stole the headlines a couple of weeks ago, winning the south hurling title. They played Borris-Ileigh in the County Semi Final, and won well on a scoreline of 1-4 to 0-2. They then faced Golden-Kilfeacle in the County final last Friday evening in New Inn. Kilsheelan lead at the break, but unfortunately couldn't hold on and lost out in a county final for the second time this season. The panel shouldn't be too down-hearted though – they did achieve the double in South football and hurling – a feat not achieved at U12 level for 21 years. It's no small thing to make 2 county finals in one season, and despite coming up just short in both, they should be proud of their achievement.
Our u14 hurlers bowed out of the U14A championship last week. After mixed results in the group stages, they found themselves in a playoff with Mullinahone to reach a south semi-final. In a hugely entertaining match, the lead changed hands several times, but a last-minute free saw Mullinahone take a dramatic win. Again, this group of players have achieved a huge amount this year – they won a County football title on a massive scoreline, which left them very little time to prepare for the hurling championship. To compound matters, they were in the A grade hurling – their first time playing at this level. They recorded wins over Clonmel Og, Cahir and Moyle Rovers, they were within 2 points of Ballingarry, Mullinahone and St Mary's in the group stages, and were a single point away from a semi final. Well done to all involved.
They now look forward to the Michael O Dwyer U14 Hurling Competition, where they will play some other "A" teams, as well as some combinations of "B" and "C" teams. Provisional fixtures are:
Thursday 17th Sept 6.30 v St Marys in Kilsheelan
Sun 27th Sept 11:00 v Ballybacon-Grange/Fr Sheehys in Goatenbridge
Sun 4th Oct 11:00 v Skeheenarinky/Newcastle in Kilsheelan
Sun 11th Oct 11:00 v Moyle Rovers in Monroe
Our u16s are still involved in the hurling championship, and are still in with a shout of making the semi finals. However, they have a must-win game against Clerihan on Tuesday at 7pm in Clerihan – both teams have had similar results to date, so this is a winner-takes-all match.
This past weekend saw a number of our club players representing their county. Top of the bill was Brendan Martin and Mark Kehoe lining out for the Tipp minor footballers in their victory over Kildare last Sunday. Brendan played despite breaking his hand recently. He scored a point early on and was a constant threat. He came off after receiving a heavy knock to the head. Hopefully he will be fully recovered for the final. Once again Mark was used as an impact sub, and was extremely unlucky not to bag a goal shortly after coming on. After a colleague was shown a red card, Mark helped to steady the ship at the back and weather the Kildare storm to come away with a win.
Mark Stokes was in action with the Tipperary U15 hurlers on Saturday morning. After losin their first match to Cork, they still managed to reach the shield final.
Jason Madigan and Jack O Gorman were also involved in inter-county action, representing Tipperary in the Tony Forristal/Sonny Walsh U14 hurling tournament in Waterford on Saturday. Unfortunately Jason broke his thumb playing for his club and was therefore unable to line out for Tipp on Saturday. Jack played well in midfield and centre forward roles as they recorded group wins over Wexford and Galway. Unfortunately they lost out in the semi final to a bigger and faster Dublin team.
Well done to all involved – the future is bright.
Finally, calling all players born in 2000, 2001 and 2002:
The South Tipp Divisional Squads are taking a different approach this year. They are having a launch evening for their U14, U15 and U16 football and hurling squads. This will take place in the GAA Centre in Clonmel (opposite hospital) on Wednesday evening at 7.45pm. This is a chance to meet the South Board, the coaches and to find out more about the squads. Anyone interested in getting involved or trying out for the Divisional Squads for 2015/2016 MUST attend and sign up. Parents must also attend. I emphasise this is open to ALL players born in 2000, 2001, 2002.