Last weekend saw Féile na Gael arrived, along with our visiting team Eoghan Ruadh from Dungannon, Co Tyrone. Please see full report on the Féile weekend: http://kilsheelankilcash.tipperary.gaa.ie/?p=1931
Back to the championship – things are fairly quiet at the moment as many of our players reach the home stretch in their state exams. The U12 hurling championship is in full swing however – our U12D team has had both ups and downs in the past week. Last week they had a good win over Fethard in Kilsheelan, adding to their first win over Ballingarry. This evening they travelled to Newcastle. This was a much more daunting prospect, playing Newcastle's first team. Traditionally the D grade was only for clubs' 2nd or 3rd team, and (as with Kilsheelan) was generally made up of U12s who are not so keen on hurling and U10s. For a club to have their only team in D raises questions, but that is the hand we are dealt. At this age level, one or two strong players can make a huge difference – Newcastle certainly had that in their goalkeeper, pulling off 4 outstanding saves, and their full forward, who had 4 goals before Kilsheelan could get to grips with him! Once over that initial shock, our lads rallied well and matched a strong Newcastle side for much of the contest. In the end, they were undone by their poor start and had too much ground to make up. These lads take a break next weekend, and host Clonmel Óg on the 3rd July.
Next up for our U12A hurlers is a trip to Mullinahone on Thursday, throw in at 7.45pm. Following that, a busy schedule sees them play Carrick Swan on Sunday morning in Kilsheelan and Killenaule the following Tuesday in Killenaule at 7pm.
Our U14 hurlers are 10 days away from starting their campaign, hosting Clonmel Óg/Clerihan.
Finally we have to congratulate Sliabh na mBan U12 ladies on their County Semi Final win. The Kilsheelan-Grangemockler combo played Brian Borús in Kilsheelan on Monday evening. Having lost to the Cashel outfit earlier in the season, the Sliabh girls hit the front early and never looked back. In truth they were in control all the way through the match and won by 9 points in the end. They face Mullinahone in the County Final (date and venue tbc) – a great achievement. Well done ladies!