With Jimmy Walsh
PRESENTATION: After the game the joint winning captains Conor Lonergan and James Murray received the Canon Kearns Cup and plaque for winning the clubs fourth title from Southern Board officials Pat Dunphy and Paul Long. The win follows the other titles that saw the clubs breakthrough against Mullinavat in 1970, the side overcome John Lockes in 1986 and Piltown in 2001. In his acceptance speech Conor complimented everyone one and noted the great change of form for the side where “they couldn’t buy a win in July”.
CHAMPIONSHIP TIMES: For all involved after a brief celebration, the graft resumes for the first round championship tie verses Cloneen on Saturday next in St Johns Park. In what is expected to be a major contest the northeners took the league spoils when the sides last met a year ago . In a clash of interests Phillip the headmaster in Clogh coached the school side to their first schools county title after four attempts in twenty three years in Nowlan Park recently.
WEBSITE WONDERS: Sundays final marked another first, as a video of the game that started is now available thanks to Noel Smith. Its starts with Sundays comeback run and is available with all of the other local news and photos on the local website windgap.ie
COUNTY HURLERS: Niall Walsh and Peter Hennessey both wore the county jerseys when they were part of the Development Squads Finals on Saturday. In the under sixteen tournament Kilkenny with Niall Walsh lining out in all games Kilkenny won the Tipperary Supporters Club Tournament for the first time since 2005 when they defeated Tipperary in the Final. On the way they ahead accounted for Limerick, Offaly, Wexford and then Waterford in the semi-final. Meanwhile in Mallow Peter Hennessey was a member of the Kilkenny under seventeen’s who reached the Final after defeating Cork “B” and Galway before they lost out to Cork.
POLITICAL EXILES: Tullahought Community Centre was the venue for a lecture on Political Exiles from Ireland post the 1848 Rebellion given by Dr. Willie Nolan as part of Heritage weekend on Saturday evening. The large gathering heard him outline how the Young Irelander's came to Ballingarry and found great support among the people. The subsequent failure of the rebellion saw the leaders being imprisoned or deported and those who escaped being forced to seek exile in foreign lands. Dr. Nolan spoke at length of the plight of one exile, John O'Mahony, his part in the American Civil War and the failed attempt of the Fenians to fight the British on Canadian soil. Although O'Mahony personally lost a great deal in his support of the rebellion, being exiled and suffering financially his legacy and that of his comrades was to provide a great incentive for future generations fighting for Irish Freedom. In a very interesting lecture Dr. Nolan described the actions of the rebels in the locality where the RUC barracks in the Slatequarries and Glenbower were put under siege.
STARS OF THE FUTURE: Hurling and Camogie players from three counties gathered in Tullahought Sportsfield to play in the annual heritage weekend games on a beautiful Sunday morning. They included hurler’s representing Ballyneal who are in the Tipperary County final having beaten Holycross and Fethard recently and camogie players from St. Mollerans who line out in amalgamation with Clonea in the Waterford championships. On the day the visiting sides played the locals in under twelve games. In the games the players displayed great skills and many will certainly go on to represent their clubs counties in the years ahead.
The Windgap hurling side was Paraic Foley, Laura Foley, Eoin O'Brien, Mark McCoy, Sean Purcell, Mika Bujuis, Jack Doyle, Sean Dunne , Conor Foley, Sean Barron, Roisin Foley, Robert Culleton, Mikilas Little. They were managed by their mentors Denis Foley and Dunne.
The Ballyneal side was Leon Kenneally, Conor Murphy, Luke Sheehan, Tommy Hanlon, Brendon Brannock, Michael Lyons, Tom Brett, Jason Daly, Ben Comerford, David/Jason Needham, Evan Hanson, Michael Needham, Ray Daly, and Richie Lyons.
In the camogie The Windgap side under their trainers Joan O’Gorman, Judith and Shamie Phelan were Ciara Smith, Roisin Foley, Laura Foley, Leah Murray, Jade O'Gorman, Tara Hayes, Jessica Enright, Sarah Doherty, Lucy White, Emily Culleton, Emer Dunphy, Alice Monaghan, Ella Dunne, Amy O'Shea, Cliodhna O'Shea, Sarah Davis. The Saint Mollerans camogie side under coaches Gerome O'Shea and Martin Tobin was Elaine O'Connor, Aisling Grennan, Emer Walsh, Aoife Tobin, Clodagh Reade, Aoife Fleming, Emma Davis, Abby Davis, Lorrain O'Shea, Caoimhe O'Shea, and Emma Joy. They were joined by the Waterford Boards County Development Officer and former Carrick Davins goalkeeper Séan Fleming. The occasion marked the first use of the prefab clubrooms purchased recently with plans already being made for next year with Pat Moore adding stanchions for the nets for next years games. On the day the games were refereed by Seamus Power and Pat Foley on the sloping pitch that was in excellent condition thanks to the work of Simon Brophy and Michael Micklas of the local hurling club and Richard Walsh, Michael Grace and Shem Power. On the day the medals were presented by Club President Dan Phelan and Jimmy Walsh and the refreshments for all were provided by John Delaney of the Slatequarries.
CAMOGIE COUNTY FINAL: In the under fourteen county final played in Kilmanagh on Saturday the side went down after a great game to St. Lachtains. The trainers of the side were Pat Foley, Tony Dunphy and Alison Walsh.
LOTTO: This Weeks Winning Numbers were 2, 6, 25, 26 and bonus number 22. Next weeks Prize fund is €7,750. A recent winner was Kathleen Doyle.
JUNIOR B SEMI: In a repeat of the game at Junior B level when Windgap had a win over John Lockes at Junior level the sides attracted a fine attendance when they contest the Southern semi-final in Hugginstown on Tuesday evening. After going 0-4 to 0-0 behind a rally with two points by Tommy Lonergan and William Phelan gave the side a strong position. However another period of Callan dominance saw Windgap 1-8 to 0-3 behind. AS the game progressed the side short Development Squads players goalkeeper Niall Walsh and injured half forward Peter Hennessey began to dominate play and add scores. Entering the final part of the game the scores on the scoreboard moved closer as John Lockes 2-11 to 2-4 lead was eroded point by point to 2-11 to 2-8 as Windgaps gallant comeback eventually ran out of time.