Support your future stars! Next weekend sees the start of one of the highlights of the Bord na nOg calendar with games starting off in the Paddy Grace Feile across 10 venues. These games do mean so much to the many players including involved as it can lead to a once in a lifetime opportunity to represent your club nationally at the Feile which this year is being held in Cork. All of us over the years have our favourite Feile moments from the grainy videos of Tullaroan landing that fabled Feile tournament, to the stunning rise of Ballyhale Shamrocks, to Dicksboro's utter domination in 2017 or O'Loughlin Gaels breakthrough win in 2011. Head on the roll of honours locally is the red and green of James Stephens who've being multiple winners. Dunnamaggin & Mooncoin jointly hold the honour of the breakthrough for the county's first successes back in 1978 at division 4 & 2 respectively whilst Bennetsbridge, Fenians, Windgap & Conahy Shamrocks all have had magical moments in the sun. The trophy is of course named after legendary Kilkenny GAA figure Paddy Grace who served the county so well on the field as a player and then as county secretary from 1947 to 1984. During his playing career he picked up 6 leinster titles & 2 All Irelands and also won numerous honours st club level.
Saturday afternoon will see the B&C competitions kick into place. In Roinn Clara will be looking to put back to back titles together as they'll look to add the B Feile title to the U-13 B hurling title they won last year. The maroon clad outfit will be strong favourites to do so. In Roinn C again many will fancy St Patricks & Graignamangh to make it the finals again in a repeat of last years U-13 C decider where the southerners won out in an absolute epic. Roinn A will see Feile specialists James Stephen go in search of revenge against Graigue Ballycallan but the fly in the ointment could be an ever improving Young Ireland who have physically developed in the last couple of weeks. Football The Duggan Steel U-13 Football is now down to the final rounds of the league campaign with a number of games being in the last few days. In Roinn B Erins Own had a victory over Bennetsbridge which put pressure on St Martins to do the same on St Patricks Day to keep a pace with the ballcomey men. Early goals from Michael Keane who ultimately landed up with a hat trick got the men from the hills off to a flyer. A Charlie Fitzgerald goal before half time gave the bridge men hope but ultimately they couldn't make use of the elements in the second period and a second half goal from Jake Dowling put the gloss on the result. Graignamangh & Tullogher Rosbercon had a right tussle in the other group with Graig finishing strongest to gain a 2-4 to 2-3 win. In Roinn C Mullinavat held on for a three point victory over Piltown 0-5 to 0-2 in tough conditions.