CHAMPIONSHIP D DAY'S: Saturday is championship D Day for both the Hurling and Camogie Clubs adult sides when the Senior Camogie side play host to the Rower Inistioge at midday in Windgap and the Junior Hurlers play championship favourites Lisdowney in Palmerstown at 4.30pm. A win for both sides would see them qualify for their respective semi finals with a County semi-final appearance in Nowlan Park for the Hurlers and a clash with Thomastown for the ladies. At underage level the refixed Galmoy Windgap minor hurling tie with Graigueballycallan takes place on the weekend of 28th of September.
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: On Wednesday evening the Minor "B" Hurling league Final played in Clara marked the official closing of the grounds whilst development work begins. In the game where Tullougher Robercon opened the scoring with a point, the amalgamated side was 2-0 to 0-1 ahead at the start of the second quarter after Peter Hennessey and William Phelan goals. After striking four wides in that period the pendulum swung Tulloughers way and within five minutes the side were 1-4 to 2-0 ahead. After a string of three wides the pendulum swung Galmoy Windgap's way again and two Peter Hennessey points saw the side back ahead by 2-4 to 1-4 five minutes before the break. From there to the half time whistle the sides had three alternative scoring chances each, with both sides showing a sixty six percent strike rate to leave a goal between the sides at 2-6 to 1-6 in favour of Windgap. In an even and well contested third quarter the sides were tied at 2-7 and 2-8 apiece after Tullougher had briefly hit the front only to be pulled back. With just eight minutes to go the Southerners made a big break for victory when they goaled through to lead 3-8 to 2-8. In an instant reply Niall Walsh, Peter Hennessey and William Phelan had the sides tied 2-11 to 3-8 before substitute David Doyle defied his normal corner and fullback position he goaled to set his side 3-11 to 3-8 in front. In the remaining minutes the Tullougher side attacking in waves searched to no avail for an equaliser. On the night when the senior players from both sides were well held it was the younger members who showed the versatility and hunger to record the sides win. After the game the joint captains Daniel Cashin and Jason Stanley were presented with the competition shield by Bord na nÓg representative Joe Pyke. The side was managed by Simon Brophy, Gerry Drennan, Jimmy Duggan and Michael O'Shea. For all the match details see Gerry Drennans report in the Sports pages.
BRONZE MEDAL RETAINED: With three additional points Tullahought with a adjudicators marking of 301 broke the 300 points barrier for the first when the 2013 results were announced at the National Super Value Tidy Towns Awards cermony in the Helix on Monday last. In addition to the national Award the community secured the award for Kilkenny's tidiest village and was in third place in the county behind Kilkenny City and just a point behind Inistioge. Representing the community at the event were Richard Walsh, Eamon Doyle and Mary Egan. A meeting of the group to review the results will take place in Tullahought Community Centre at 8pm and all are welcome. CAMOGIE ALL IRELAND: The local club ran a full size bus to Croke Park on Sunday to support the Kilkenny Senior Camogie side that played Galway in the All Ireland Final. They were joined by a large number of locals who travelled up on the Saturday evening and Sunday to support local players Denise Gaule who lined out at full forward and panel member Niamh Bambrick.
BRIDGE: RESULTS: Outstanding results from the Killamery Bridge club game in the Aulde House in Killamery were, 1st. Kitty Meagher and Rita Houlihan. Best Gross; Catherine Burke and Helen Lanigan. 2nd. Moira Hickey and Rita Phelan, 3rd. Mary Joy and Mary Walsh
HURLING IN WICKLOW: Former Club player Thomas Enright lined out at corner back for Greystones when they regained the county Junior title they last held in 2010. In the game they defeated Avondale in the county Grounds in Aughrim. Thomas is of a number of club players that are keeping the red and white flag flying in Australia, the Middle East, England and Dublin.
CAMOGIE: There was a hugely disappointing turnout by the Windgap Senior panel for the final challenge game in the build up for Saturdays championship tie when they played St. Anne's of Waterford under lights in the St. Mollerans pitch in Carrickbeg on Friday evening. Saving the clubs blushes were an amalgamation of retired players, the old reliables and some young aspiring players, hoping to get a chance to make their Senior championship debut. On the evening the side was Kathleen Purcell, Julie Walsh, Clare Grace, Aisling Foley, Jane Walker Aisling Cody, Joanne Cody, Catherine Foley, Sarah Grace and Annie Phelan.
HANDBALL FINALISTS: In the boys U17 Doubles Windgap's Darragh O'Shea & Mark Dowling (Mothel) defeated Stanley Harte and Patrick Fox from Sligo 21-8, 21-12 in their All Ireland semi Final. They now face Shane Murphy & Ben Walsh from Limerick. GU15D: Caoimhe O'Shea and Aoife Walsh (Kells) got a walkover from Shannon Cummins & Emily Sweeney (Mayo) in the All Ireland Semi Final. They now face Cathy Foley and Clodagh Neville from Limerick in the All Ireland Final. Both finals will be held on week ending 28-29 September.
WALK TALL: The walking group continues each Saturday morning where they meet at the lake in Windgap at 9.30am. The plan for the next three weeks is Saturday 21st September Newtown Wood, Saturday 28th September Carraigmoclear, Saturday 5th October Bearna Breac and all are welcome.
CLUB NEWS: Windgap under eight's played St Patrick's, Camolin, St. Martins, Wexford Town and the Rower Inistioge in the Roanmore blitz on Saturday. On the day the medals were presented by former GAA president Sean Kelly. POTTERY CLASSES: Adult Pottery classes commence in Camphill Kyle, on Tuesday 24th and run for eight weeks from 7:30-9:30pm. The courses cost € 100 (all materials included). In addition Children's Classes (age 6-12), start on Wednesday 25th of September and run for 5 weeks from 6pm-7pm, costing € 40 (all materials included). For more information or to book, contact Sonja on 086-3050428.
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