DUCKSIE WALSH: The sudden death of renowned handballer Michael Ducksie Walsh breaks a lifelong link with the local Handball Club. Founded in 1984 when Ducksie was than the national champion he played an exhibition game on the opening night after Fr. Garret Phelan PP and Fr. Dan Delaney opened the alley. On the court he amassed record title wins in every code and grade from Club to World Titles. As a player to the day of his final illness, Ducksie's life revolved around Handball with his weekly coaching sessions helping the local Féile team to the Clubs first ever Division 1 National title just a few weeks ago and thirty two years after his first visit to the club. His loss to his family, friends, opponents and the game will be immeasurable, whilst his name and achievements will last forever.
CROKE PARK: Lining out in Croke Park to greet the Waterford and Kilkenny senior hurling players on Sunday last as they arrived out on the field were Moya and Padraig Egan from Tullahought whose parents Mary and Tom are from Waterford and Kilkenny respectively.
WORLD GAA GAMES: Local player Shane Walsh is a member of the European Hurling panel that takes part in the World GAA games that are hosted in Dublin during the week with the finals being played in Croke Park on Friday. Representing Paris Gaels and France he joins players from Antrim, Clare, Dublin, Tipperary, Galway, Wexford and Offaly who represent clubs in Gibraltar, Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain and France on the side.
CLUB NEWS: Windgap 5th round league championship game scheduled for the weekend has being postponed owing to the All-Ireland Senior Hurling semi-final draw. Displaying great heart, determination, teamwork and no small amount of skill the county side battled to the final seconds of the fifth minute of injury time to almost snatch victory from a seemingly insurmountable position as the clock ticked agonisingly towards the seventieth minute. The not to be missed replay with Waterford takes place in Thurles on Saturday evening.
BUZZARDS ABOUT: A feature of the skies this summer has been the sight of the buzzards that arrived in the area a few years ago extending their territory. Soaring alone or in pairs they often attract attention with their unusual strong sharp calling tones. Much larger than hawks they were extinct in the country a century ago and have returned from Scotland and Wales via Antrim and Wicklow.
COUNTY NEWS: Jack Doyle and Padraig Foley are joined by Eoin O’Brien for the County under fourteen hurling teams training in MW Hire Park Dunmore on this Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
GALMOY WINDGAP: The minor side continued their good run with a win over the Fenians in Johnstown during the week. Kilmacow on Saturday. The result sees them move to second place behind St. Lachtains to qualify for a semi-final place.
CAMOGIE: On Tuesday evening last the senior team all gathered in Windgap to play the last round of the league championship match against St Martins. It was a calm evening and as the crowd gathered the referee blew the whistle and threw in the ball. Annie Phelan got the first score of the game and Windgap settled down to have a great game in front of a huge home crowd. There was great passing of the ball and the work rate has been improving with every game. Well done to mentors John Bergin and Adrian Landy. Annie Phelan went on to score 2.3 Denise Gaule scored 1.5 Lisa Phelan scored 3 points Caitlinn Moore scored 1 point and Molly Walsh and Margaret Purcell between them got the last goal. The Windgap side was Amanda Power, Phena Heffernan, Catherine Foley, Elaine Power, Eimear Moylan, Elaine O’Shea, Ciara Molloy, Deirdre Purcell, Denise Gaule, Caitlynn Moore, Niamh Bambrick, Lisa Phelan, Margaret Purcell, Ann-Marie Phelan, Aisling Cody. Subs: Molly Walsh, Jane Walker. The next game will be the first round of the Championship against Piltown on the 26th August.
MINORS; The Minors played in Windgap on Wednesday evening against St Fiachras this was a closely contested match with Windgap winning by two points going into extra time before St Fiachras got a match winning goal to win and leave the girls were very disappointed. They are playing Slieverue in Windgap on this Wednesday 10th at 7.30pm
LOTTO: Numbers 6, 7, 9, 24 and bonus number 14 were drawn this week and brought a match three cheque to Kathleen Doyle. Next week’s prize fund is €8,350
COURSES: Kcat Art & Study Centre in Callan are taking enrolments for courses commencing in September. The courses are Ceramics - Tues mornings 9.30 - 12.30. Sculpture - Mon 9.30 - 4.30. Photography - Wed mornings 9.30 - 12.30. Animation- Details on request. To ensure a place or for further information please contact Rachel or Alice on 056 7755115
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