The past week was an extremely busy one for our juvenile club.
It started early on Thursday morning when an extended u12 panel travelled to Dublin to play at GAA headquarters. Kilsheelan Kilcash were invited to play 3 football matches on the hallowed turf as part of a munster activity day. Full report to follow, but a great day was had by all 29 players and the supporting cast of parents. Well done to all involved.
On Thursday evening, our U14 footballers made their competitive debut in the Peil. They faced a difficult task hosting an always-tough Ballingarry team, but came away with a 2-point win. Next up in the Peil are commercials. Before that they play Fethard in the championship in Fethard on Thursday evening.
Fresh from their Croke Park adventure, our u12s were back to their bread and butter of the A championship. They hosted Clonmel Commercials on Friday evening in kilsheelan in a meeting of the only 2 unbeaten teams in the division. Rather than seeming tired from Thursday's trip, they seemed inspired by it, and won well against a strong Commercials outfit. With their semi-final place booked, they have one match left against Moyle Rovers to determine where they finish in the group and who they face.
The action switched to hurling on Saturday. Kilsheelan Kilcash had 5 representatives on the u15 South hurling team taking part in the Roger Ryan inter-divisional hurling tournament. The matches were played in Toomevara in awful conditions which hampered the free flow of hurling. That said, the South recorded wins over the Mid and the West either side of a draw with the North. All the matches were very close, but the South won the day. Well done to all involved.
After the disappointment of the Tipp v Clare match on Sunday, we returned to the football action on Monday. Our U16s hosted Cahir in kilsheelan in the A football championship. A very entertaining match had a bit of everything and no small amount of skill from both sides. Both sides had chances to win the tie, but neither could kill off the other and the match finished level. If a draw had been offered before the throw in, Kilsheelan would have gladly taken it. However, with our lads leading in the late stages, this match felt like one that got away. Still, on reflection, our young team did very well against an older and much bigger team. Next up are commercials in Clonmel next Monday.
At the same time, our U12 team were in action in Clonmel against Commercials in the C championship. Having suffered a couple of heavy defeats against clubs with only one team in the competition, one could forgive these youngsters for going into this one with their heads low. Not so for these warriors. Despite conceding some soft scores early on, they dug deep and fought back to within a score of their opponents. Commercials knocked over the "insurance point" and kilsheelan just ran out of time. Our team showed a huge improvement since their first outing, and while many of them are playing an age bracket above themselves they are warming to the challenge of playing competitive football for the first time.
Upcoming fixtures (subject to change):
Thursday 7th: u14B football v Fethard in Fethard 6.30pm
Saturday 9th: u12A football v Moyle Rovers 11.30am in Monroe *likely to be changed
Saturday 9th: U14 football Peil v Clonmel Commercials in Clonmel *likely to be changed
Monday 11th: U16A football v Clonmel Commercials 6.30pm in Clonmel
Thursday 14th: U14B football v Killenaule in Kilsheelan 6.30pm
Saturday 16th: u12C football v Moyle Rovers 11.30am in Monroe *likely to be changed
Monday 18th: U16A football v Carrick Swans in Kilsheelan 6.30pm
All fixtures subject to change. Please check website regularly for updates