SENIOR CAMOGIE LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Having defeated Muckalee in the All County League semi-final in Windgap on Monday evening Windgap's senior Camogie side travelled to Piltown on Wednesday evening for a final clash with old rivals Thomastown. At the venue they captured their first ever title at Senior level when they defeated Thomastown by 3-9 to 1-9. After a very slow start, the side found themselves 1-1 to 0-0 down after just four minutes following a Niamh Donnelly point and an opportune goal, after two of the local sides backs collided. Two minutes later Niamh Phelan opened the Windgap account with a point and then added a second from far out after nine minutes. Another from her sister Anne Marie's free a minute later left just a point between the sides. Almost immediately, a similar score for Thomastown stretched their lead back to two. Three successive Windgap wides bringing their total to six, were followed by another Anne Marie Phelan point to leave the minimum between the sides. Working on a minimum amount of the ball and breakaways Thomastown added another two points to go a goal ahead. Having dominated the first half the local side eventually overcome the three point deficit with points from Nicky Moore, Joanne Cody and Anne Marie Phelan to tie the game 0-7 to 1-4 at the interval
Two quick goals in three minutes after the break the first by Catherine Foley and then a kicked effort by Joanne Cody gave the side some breathing space. Ten minutes later a Thomastown goal from a twenty one yard free rocked the side before Ann Marie struck a similar effort two minutes later to restore Windgap's six point lead.
Over the final quarter four points were shared as Windgap's Catherine Foley and Anne Marie Phelan were on target before Thomastown replied with similar scores. During the final ten minutes the nerves of the fine band of local supporters were stretched, and prayers were uttered as a sustained Thomastown rallies saw the defence under extreme pressure of conceding further goals. In the growing dusk as the play ran well into injury time, the game was akin to a table tennis game played within the forty yards in front of the Windgap goal as the ball ping ponged in and out as shots were blocked retaken and parried again. At the final whistle, euphoria erupted as the clubs twenty three year crusade yielded the sides first senior award in the form of the county's second most prestigious senior competition.
The historic team was Amanda Power. Julie Walsh, Michaela Kenneally, Clare Grace, Deirdre Purcell, Elaine O'Shea, Eimear Moylan, Suzie Dunphy, Phena Heffernan, Niamh Phelan, Ann-Marie Phelan, Nicola Moore, Terri Mackey, Catherine Foley, Joanne Cody, Subs: Gemma Long, Ciara Molloy, Aisling Cody, Emily Murphy, Aisling Foley, Ali Bergin, Sarah Grace. Scorers: Ann-Marie Phelan 1-4, Nicola Moore 0-1, Catherine Foley 1-1, Joanne Cody 1-1, Niamh Phelan 0-2: Referee Ray Byrne (Glenmore). The sides mentors were Pat Walsh, Dinny Gaule and John Bergin.
DISSAPOINTING FARE: Having won the first senior title ever in Camogie, the jubilation of the team and supporters was badly dampened when no one was available to present the county trophy. Believing that someone was gone to the boot of a car to collect it, the side awaited on the field into the growing darkness for the achievement to be acknowledged. However it was a no show with no presenter and no trophy to be presented.. In the end it was left to the generous response of Thomastown centre back Anna Farrell and one of her sides mentors to extend the congratulations of the Camogie fraternity to the victorious side.
MEMORIAL WALK: A walk to the summit of Slievenamon will take place on Sunday 25th of August at 2pm to mark the memory and months mind of the late Joe Grincell and also in appreciation of the excellent work carried out by the Carrick-on-Suir River Rescue. Leaving from Kilcash at 2pm. Refreshments will be served afterwards. All donations will go directly to Carrick-on-Suir River Rescue. Sponsorship cards are available from Eddie Grincell Tel no. 087 2539382.
SEMI FINAL WIN: Windgap Senior Camogie team qualified for the All County League final when they defeated Muckalee at home on Monday evening. Following a lack lustre first half in which the scores were tied 0-4 at the break and again at 0-5 ten minutes into the second half the game eventually livened up with seven unanswered home points that saw the home side lead 0-12 to 0-5 after fifty two minutes. Following a point from Katie Nolan one of the stars and chief scorer of the Muckalee side, Windgap finished with another brace to run out 0-14 to 0-6 winners. With both sides short their intercounty stars the younger visitors displayed their skills with the local ladies making the best of their opportunities to take a place on the side for the forthcoming championship. The local side was Amanda Power, Julie Walsh, Michaela Keneally, Clare Grace, Deirdre Purcell, Elaine O'Shea, Emer Moylan, Anne Marie Phelan, Suzie Dunphy, Fiona Heffernan, Terri Mackey, Anne Marie Phelan, Niamh Phelan, Joanne Cody, Catherine Foley Scorers were Anne Marie Phelan (0-7) 0-4 frees, Niamh Phelan (0-2), Joanne Cody (0-2), Catherine Foley (0-2) Nicky Moore (0-1) The side was looked after by Denny Gaule and John Bergin with Mollie Walsh supplying refreshing drinks whilst Christy Whelan recorded the scores. Running the line for Windgap was Sarah McCarthy who was home on holidays from her teaching position in London. The former club and county Camogie and Football star now lines out with KK (Kingdom Kerry) Gaels ladies football side and was joined by another former holidaying player Gillian Moore who now plays her Camogie in Dublin.
HERITAGE WEEK IN TULLAHOUGHT: The annual Heritage Week commences in Tullahought on Friday 23rd August at 7.30pm with Mass in Tullahought Church to celebrate the reunion of Kilmacoliver School. This will be followed by the official opening of Heritage week-end, Photographic Exhibition and unveiling of commemorative lectern at Kilmacoliver Community Centre by Ms Siobhan Talbot, Group Managing Director, (designate) Glanbia and former past pupil Kilmacoliver School. 9.30pm: Afterwards there will be a Traditional Music session, song and storytelling in Tullahought Community Centre. On Saturday 24th August a Photographic Exhibition of old photos. takes place from 2pm to 10pm. At 8pm a Lecture by Dr. Willie Nolan entitled ‘Political Exiles from Ireland post 1848 rebellion with particular reference to Tipperary and Kilkenny will take place in Tullahought Community Centre. At 10pm it will be followed by a Traditional Music session in Power’s of Tullahought. On Sunday 25th August the line starts at 11am with the U12’s Mike Williams Memorial Camogie and Hurling Blitzes in Tullahought Sports field . It is followed from 1pm – 5pm by the Photographic Exhibition continues in Tullahought Community Centre. At 2.00pm: the agenda features Traditional Craft Demonstrations – knitting and embroidery expertise, butter making all in Tullahought Community Centre. It is then followed by a Demonstration and talk on restoration of wrought iron gates in old forge, by Mr. Shem Caulfield. This event is a Heritage Council sponsored project. 3pm: It is then followed by a Guided tour of Knockroe Passage Tomb by Dr. Muiris O’Sullivan. It all concludes at 9pm with traditional music at Powers, Tullahought and Delaney’s of the Slatequarries. For all events Car parking is available and all areas are Wheelchair accessible. All events are suitable for children and everyone is welcome to attend.
CEMETERY MASSES: In the past week the final graveyard mass took place in the Slateyard in the Slatequarries where Fr. Nicholas Flavin was the celebrant.
GALMOY WINDGAP: Two wins in the championship against Cloneen and Young Irelands see the side play in the semi-final on possibly Wednesday against Dicksboro B at a venue to be decided. See sports pages for Jerry Drennans match reports.
OUT AND ABOUT: Early mornings see a family of leverets appear on a nearby slope where their first footsteps of the new New moon
PLANNING MEETING: With many plans discussed over the past year by the ever open Planning for the Future committee that was formed following the public meeting, hopes are high that firm decisions will be finally made at the next Planning for the Future meeting. To deliver them as in all projects, the exact costs, budgeting plans and agreed timelines will be required. Amongst the many suggestions received recently were the renting of the Parochial House to provide an additional family in the area. In return it could support the numbers at the local school, with the income defraying the renovation costs. In addition its regular use would negate the ongoing heating and maintenance costs for the parish. The meeting will be held in the clubrooms on Tuesday 27th August at 8.00pm and all are welcome as usual
BRIDGE RESULTS: Outstanding results from the Killamery Bridge club game in the Auld House in Killamery are 1st. Elizabeth Lanigan and Sarah Crowley. Best Gross; Catherine Burke and Helen Lanigan. 2nd. Rita Houlihan and Kitty Meagher.
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WINDGAP SENIOR CAMOGIE LEAGUE CHAMPIONS PHOTO:
Back: Phena Heffernan, Niamh Phelan, Deirdre Purcell, Elaine O'Shea, Clare Grace, Eimear Moylan, Ann-Marie Phelan, Terri Mackey, Ciara Molloy, Nicola Moore, Gemma Long, Aisling Cody, Amanda Power.
Front: Joanne Cody, Catherine Foley, Julie Walsh, Suzie Dunphy, Michaela Kenneally, Emily Murphy, Aisling Foley, Ali Bergin, Sarah Grace.