With Jimmy Wlash.
BEING THERE: Four games at different levels at three different venues enthralled local hurling supporters over the weekend. They included an amazing All Ireland Senior Hurling semi-final performance by two teams in a biblical style deluge and an extra time minor win in Croke park on Sunday. At local level it was an under fourteen lague final win in Ballyhale on Monday evening and a high scoring junior derby tie in Hugginstown on Saturday evening. At each commitment and skill was in abundance as the county senior and minor players dug deep to qualify for an All Ireland Final appearances, the club juveniles took a county crown and the juniors never say die attitude promised well for the forthcoming championship ties.
COUNTY CHAMPIONS: A large crowd traveled to the Roinn "C" League Final that saw Slieverue and Windgap do battle at thirteen a side level in Ballyhale on Monday evening. Tied 1-4 apiece at the break after a good start, the local side took the game by the scruff of the neck to run out 5-8 to 1-9 winners. In a brrillant team effort the side was Robert Culleton, Niall O,Brien, Luke Ward, Jack Hayes, Aiden Culleton, Patrick Callaghan, Shane Cullen, Dylan Thomas, Jack Doyle, Darragh Byrne, Paraic Foley, Conor Foley, Christopher McDonald, Sean Purcell and Sean Dunne. Unavailble for the game was Oscar Yong. The scorers were Christopher McDonald 2-0, Conor Foley (1-2), Paraic Foley, Patrick Callaghan 1-0 each, Shane Cullen (0-5), Aidan Culleton (0-1). The team mentors were Denis Foley and Shane Doyle,
GOD'S OWN PLACE: Overlooking the crystal clear, bright and breezy rural landscape of South Kilkenny and Tipperary on Sunday morning week, one was struck by a statement on the national wireless during the week, that Gaza, so much in the news, and so far away, "could fit in one twelfth of the area of County Tipperary". A quick glance at the records shows that the Premier county across the valley of the Lingaun River contains 882,398 acres. Bringing it closer to home, it was hard to imagine that 1.5 million people could very, very easily fit into any small corner of Kilkenny, that would include the area of the neighbouring parishes such as Callan, Dunnamaggin, Hugginstown and Piltown. Overlooking the mid summer multi-coloured patch work field, scene one could not even try to grasp how the entire population, young, old, male and female of the parish of Dunamaggin and half of Windgap parish or the town of Callan and its environs could be obliterated forever in a few short weeks. As the clock moved towards midday and a simple agenda of Sunday dinner, matches on TV, a glance at the paper, a trip to the beach or some other social attraction awaited, it was hard to believe that the future and lifestyle of the population of two small areas could be so many Worlds apart. In one strolling across the hills with skylarks singing high above, viewing luscious sparsely populated countryside that stretched away to the Comeraghs, The Devils Bit, The Comer Plateau and Mount Leinster. In the other where no semblance of normality remained as death and destruction rained on the densely populated parched landscape from the same crystal clear sunny sky.
TITLE DEFENCE: The Junior Hurlers put their Iverk Produce Southern Junior Hurling Title on the line when they played Piltown in the first round in Hugginstown on Saturday evening. Having opened the scoring through a Matthew Enright point Windgap were quickly four points behind before their next score arrived. After going five behind, a brief rally saw the score at 0-8 to 0-6 before the Iverk men went on to lead 0-14 to 0-5 at the break. A feature of the first half play was well over half the scores coming from frees in a far from tough encounter played in fine conditions where a recent shower made fast turns perilous. On the restart a Piltown goal put them twelve points and over triple scores ahead and saw supporters looking at their watches and wondering would they get 8.30 Mass across the road to get a headstart for the trip to Dublin the following day. As conversations turned to both sides championship fortunes, it was all too clear that Piltown short five players to Windgaps one that the writing was on the wall for the local side. However the players and management on the field were not overawed by the challenge and a steady determined comeback saw Windgap outscore Piltown by 0-4 to 0-1 before the big push came. With his first touch substitute David Doyle goaled and with Tommy Lonergan netting a twenty one yard free, a flow of points saw the lead down to three. A surging run that took Phillip Lonergan into the large square at the Doyle Concrete end of the ground looked like a game changer before he was grounded. Whilst all awaited, a scrum developed and a free out was awarded. Moved quickly downfield a point resulted to stem the Windgap tide. Not to be outdone the side rallied again and were still going forward when just a single score remained between the sides when referee Tommy Duggan called time on a 1-22 to 2-16 scoreline. The side now plays Kilmacow in the fifth and final round of the League in Kilmacow on Saturday evening. For all the match details see Dan Kennys match report in the Sports Pages..
GUIDE DOGS BENEFIT: A benefit night for the Irish Guide Dogs will take place in Guinans Pub in Windgap on this Saturday 16th of August. It will be an evening with a variety of musical entertainment and a draw for a hamper and other prises. The charity assists with providing Guide Dogs for persons who are blind or visually impaired to help to improve their mobility and independence. Currently 85% of the charity's income for the service is got from generous donations from the public. All are welcome to attend to enjoy and support the event
CAMOGIE: The under twelve girls played O’ Loughlin Gaels in the league in Windgap on Friday last. This game was a very close encounter and after a heartstopping last quarter Windgap were very lucky to hold on and come out on top. The final score was Windgap 1-2 to O’ Loughlin Gaels 1-1 – ‘well done to both sides’. Widgap Team: Cliodhna O’ Shea, Rachel Doherty, Jessica Enright, Ella Dunne, Roisín Foley, Tara Hayes, Emer Dunphy, Niamh Walsh, Nathania Jackson, Heather O’ Brien Aoibheann Holden, Emily Culleon, Maya Buijs, Sontae Jackson and Orlaith O, Shea. Windgap play their next match at home to St, Fiachre’s on a date to be arranged. The under 14's play in a semi final against Kilmacow in Kilmacow on Tuesday at 7pm.
BAG PACKING: Thanks are extended to Dunnes Stores Kieran St, for letting the Camogie Club bag pack at the weekend, also to the club personel and parents who helped out and to the customers who supported it.
COUNTY PANELISTS: Congratulations are extended to club player Niall Walsh who was a member of the extended Kilkenny minor panel who defeated Waterford in the All Ireland Minor Hurling semi-final. Best of Luck to Catherine Foley and Laura Walker in the up coming All Ireland Intermediate Semi Final. On Saturday in Dr Cullen Park.
MATCH TICKETS: Thanks to the efforts of Simon Brophy and Eamon Doyle Club members had their intercounty championship game tickets collected and delivered for the various games. For the All Ireland Final the scarcity of tickets and the expected demand will be see the benefits of Club Membership come into play with only the club workers and Season Ticket Holders gauranteed a seat on the big day.
DEFIBRILATORS: Defibrillator Cake Sale & Raffle: The Committee would like to thank most sincerely those who provided all the lovely home produce, those who donated prizes for the raffles, everyone who supported us on both evenings at the Graveyard Masses and all the people who helped in any way to make our annual cake sale and raffles so successful. The total raised was €1,249.31 which will be used for training courses and maintenance of the defibrillators. Winners of the Hampers were – Eleanor Phelan and Seamus Murphy. Among the prize winners were Eamonn Doyle, Kathleen McCoy, Wazzie Kenneally, Sinéad Phelan, Bridget Morrissey, Evan Commins, Ger Doyle, Molly Walsh, Catherine Barron, John Foley, Chrissy Cantwell, Clare Doran, Nicky Hawe.
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