James Stephens, Mullinavat and John Lockes claim U13 League Titles
DUGGAN STEEL U13 ROINN A HURLING LEAGUE FINAL
VENUE: MW Hire Dunmore
REF: Sean Mcmahon
James Stephens 2:13 v 2:09 Dicksboro
What was a cracking encounter started at blistering pace with both teams getting a goal in the first min. First up were the ‘Boro’ who goaled within 10 seconds of the start when Joe Dowling finished from just in front of a goal when the ‘Village’ boys failed to clear. From the puckout , James Stephens played a ball into their full forward line which Ruairi Power collected and buried past Rhys Duggan Kerwick in the Dicksboro goal, great start and both sidelines cheering on.
The Boro boys added two more points, a free from Joe Dowling and a top quality score from centre forward Jack Delaney. Jame Stephens responed well with three points in a row, Jack Mulcahy pointing from near the sideline, a free from Ruairi Power and a point from the energetic Liam O Brien who found himself at the end of a massive puckout and the corner forward did the rest. Dicksboro added another point through Jack Delaney, this time off his right side and found another goal when Joe Dowling netted from a tight angle. Again James Stephens responded well with a well taken goal by Liam O Brien, the James Stephens full forward line were looking very dangerous now. Two more points from Dicksboro and a point from James Stephens brought the half time score to 2:05 v 2:04 in favour of Dicksboro.
The match wasn’t as even in the second half, James Stephens adding nine point including 3 in a row from Ruairi Power who was now at centre forward. James Stephens didn’t have it all their own way but just seemed to get their scores a lot easier and were driven by the exceptional Oliver Phelan who was at centre back and had a magnificent second half. In the end it was a four point victory for James Stephens in this encounter and all who were at the game must be relishing the chance that these might meet in championship later in the year.
DUGGAN STEEL UNDER 13 ROINN B HURLING LEAGUE FINAL
VENUE: Pairc na Seamrog
REF: John Kennedy
Carrickshock 3:09 v 5:10 Mullinavat
Saturday morning saw a big crowd turn up in Balyhale for this League Final. Early signs were that the weather was going to be favourable but as soon as ref John Kennedy blew the whistle to start the game the heavens opened and the first 15 mins of the game were played in horrendous conditions.
Carrickshock got off the mark first with point from Liam O Grady and gave his side a brilliant start in the game. The winners replied quicky when the very capable Cian Kelly carried the ball straight through the Carrickshock defence and buried the ball in the back of the net. Game on now and the exciting start set us up for a cracker of a game. Both teams exchanged points to keep the scoreboard ticking over but Muliinavat had the cushion of the goal for breathing space until a long ball hit in developed into a scramble in front of goal and it was goaled by a very determined full forward line in Carrickshock, hard to tell who got the final touch but Sam Mansfield was very busy in the tussle. Adam Fitzpatrick added a second for goal for Mullinavat but again Carrickshock replied with a goal of their own from in around the ‘’square’’. Mullinavat hurling well at this stage but Carrickshock looking very dangerous every time the ball was in their full forward line. At half time it was all square at 2:04 each.
Mullinavat were quicker out of the blocks after the restart with a point from Cian Kelly and a goal from Adam Fitzpatrick. Carrickshock to their credit stayed battling and worked their way back into the game with some well taken scores, the free taking by Cian Franks being a highlight of the day. The teams continued to battle all day and continued to trade scores until the last 10 mins when Mullinavat got the crucial scores to run out eventual winners.
Some top class performances on both sides contributed to a very enjoyable final in very tough conditions. For Carrickshock, young Donie Cahill did all he could to keep Mulliavat at bay. Eoin O Gorman, Jack Donnelly, Liam O Grady, Cian Franks and Sam Mansfield were all among some of the top performers. For Mullinavat Olly Madigan, Cathal Aylward, Patrick Aylward, Seamus Rohan, Cian Kelly, Edward Bolger all performed well but it has to be said the performance of Adam Fitzpatrick at full forward, scoring 3:05, was the difference.
Carrickshock: Donie Cahill, Danny Somers, Seamus Murphy, Rory Parley, Aden Farrell, Eoin O Gorman, Ben Raggett, Jack Donnelly, Liam O Grady, Tom Duggan, Cian Franks, David Blanchfield, Darragh Kavanagh, Sam Mansfield, Dylan Askins, Dessie O Connor, Johnny Dalton, Adam Power, Rhys Power, Darragh O Dwyer, Eoin O Connell, Harry o Brien.
Mullinavat: Eoin Aylward, Donacha Corcoran, Leo Ayleard, Olly Madigan, Odhran Woods, Patrick Aylward, Cathal Aylward, Seamus Rohan, Cian Kelly, Conor Conway, Conor Kinsella, Edward Bolger, Jim Cantwell, Adam Fitzpatrick, Rory Delahunty, David Walsh, Jamie Fitzpatrick, Scott Delahunty, Conor Dunphy, Robert Frisby.
DUGGAN STEEL UNDER 13 ROINN C (13 a side) HURLING LEAGUE FINAL
VENUE: Tom Ryall Park
REF: Stephen Delaney
Danesfort 1:04 v 5:05 John Lockes
Summer is here and ‘’final season’’ is on for underage league hurling.
Tom Ryall Park was the venue as Danesfort took on John Lockes in this decider on a beautiful evening in Ballycallan in ideal conditions.
Danesfort started with the wind in their favour but it wasthe boys from Callan who raced out of the blocks quicker. After 9 mins of play John Lockes had 1:01 scored and were looking very strong. Another goal was scored in the game and again it was John Lockes who got it, coming from the industrious Killian Croke. Danesfort didn’t drop the heads, instead they put the shoulder to the wheel but unfortunately couldn’t get on the scoreboard until Darragh McCormack put over a cracking free from the sideline to give his side a lift. The second goal from John Lockes seemed to wake up the Danesfort boys and they were on top of the play now. The bit of luck they needed to get had now come when a long range free from centreback Eoin Philpott dropped short right in front of goal to give them that chance to get back in the game. The scramble in front of goal resulted in a bullet of a shot but it was saved by Conor Morrissey and put out for a ’65. All was not lost as Eoin Philpott put the ’65 over the bar leaving the score 2:01 v 0:02. John Lockes now began to get on top again and finished the half very strong. Killian Croke added a fine point on his left side while Michael Jackman added another after some great work by Hamish Carey to win the ball and set him up. Again Danesfort responded well when some great battling out around midfield won a free and Darragh McCormack pointed it from distance. We had one more score in the first half and the goal that Danesfort wanted and needed so badly unfortunately, for them, was got by John Lockes when a long shot from Michael Jackman found its way to the back of the Danesfort net. Half time now and the Callan boys leading 3:03 v 0:03 and playing the better.
Danesfort got a great opportunity at the start of the second half when Darragh McCormack collected a great fast ball in front of goal from John Bradley but his effort was stopped brilliantly by Conor Morrissey in the John Lockes goal and cleared out of danger. John Lockes carried the ball up the field immediately , put Danesfort under pressure which resulted in a pointed free from Jack Dermody. The next 10 mins John Lockes put this game to bed with the help of some great play from a very skillfull Killian Croke. He seemed to be covering every blade of grass , was well involved and caused problems every time he touched the ball. Danesfort did add on another pointed free from Darragh McCormack and a late goal from sub Alan Ireland but Jogn Lockes raced to victory with two more goals from Michael Jackman and were deserving winners on the night.
Kilkenny Honda Centre Roinn A Hurling League
REF: Eoin Hayes
Young Irelands 2-17 v Naas 1-13
This proved to be a very tough battle from the getgo.
Michael Keating scored a goal in the opening 5 minutes to give a cushion lead. However Naas, once they settled were thwarted with wides; ten in the first half. At half time a goal separated the sides,
Young Irelands 1-5
The second half saw Naas get an early goal to draw level with the home side.
Mikey Keating pointed a free before the Langton brothers; Diarmuid and Thomas combined to score Gowran’s 2nd goal.
Naas midfielders Evan O’Brien and Paul Lestrange worked hard, adding three extra points, but Young Irelands backs, most notably David Langton, Richard Nolan, Andrew Corbett and Bobby Brennan were stalwart.
Two further points from Jake Byrne and a point each from Diarmuid Langton, Kieran Timmins and Sam Brennan gave a 7 point advantage to Gowran at full time.
The Naas defenders in Riain Redfern, Theo Frisby and Matthew Kelly were impressive for the Kildare side.
KILKENNY HONDA CENTRE ROINN A HURLING LEAGUE
Ref: Willie Kearney
Piltown 3:15 v 2:11 Dicksboro
Piltown welcomed the city side to the south and the home team let them know where they were with a goal within a few seconds. The two teams applied themselves well in first half with some lovely hurling and workrate. Piltown did win the first half due to their high workrate and score taking when opportunities were there. Dicksboro got a few scores and a goal before half time to keep them in the game to their credit. The home team went in 1.11 to 1.06 to the good at half time.
Second half was always going to be a good half’s hurling and started straight away with a Dicksboro free. Piltown quickly dampened any come back with a good score from midfield and the home team never looked back. Their score taking workrate and discipline and 2 very well worked goals kept them in the driving seat. Dicksboro probably will be disappointed with some of their wides but some of that was down to the homes team pressure. To Dicksboros’ credit they kept going and got a well worked goal from midfield to keep things interesting coming into the last 10 minutes but Piltowns defence was solid snuffing out chances coming in.
Full time Piltown 3.15 to 2.11
KILKENNY HONDA CENTRE MINOR HURLING LEAGUE ROINN C
REF: Barry Hearn
Slieverue 0:20 v 2:14 Carrickshock
Our U17s lined out tonight against Carrickshock in the Minor League. The boys displayed excellent teamwork and worked extremely hard for each other in an incredibly tight match. The game finished in a draw which reflected the great battle it was.
KILKENNY HONDA CENTRE ROINN B HURLING LEAGUE
REF: Maurice Flynn
Mullinavat 2:10 v 2:17 Thomastown
Mullinavat opened the game with a point from Cormac McEvoy and CJ Fitzpatrick got a point from a 65. Thomastown’s Colm Treacy opened the scoring with a point. Conor Monks got the next point of the game for Thomastown. Conor Monks got the next 2 points of the game. CJ Fitzpatrick got a point from a free. Rory Connellan answered that by getting a point from play. Thomastown’s No. 11 Alex Cass found the back of the Mullinavat net leaving the visitors 1-5 to 0-4. Thomastown went on the run and Colm Treacy got a great goal and 1 point from play. CJ Fitzpatrick got 2 points from 2 frees. Colm Treacy got another point. Conor Power Mullinavat found the back of Thomastown net just before half-time. Leaving the sides at half-time Thomastown 2-7 to Mullinavat’s 1-5.
Mullinavat started the second half with Conor Power getting a point from play. Thomastown opened their account in the second half with a point from Alex Cass. The game started open up with some great play from both sides. Thomastown had some great points from Alex Cass, Cormac Moore, Dara Lee and Alex Begley. Mullinavat started to get back into the game with CJ Fitzpatrick getting 4 points all from frees. Cian Farrell got a great point from play. Thomastown hit a purple patch with Alex Cass, Colm Treacy and Cormac Moore all getting a point each. In the final few minutes of the game Mullinavat got a free on the 45 yard line after Conor Power was pulled down and CJ Fitzpatrick put it in the back of the net. Thomastown got the final score of the game with Cian Farrell getting a point. Thomastown were the stronger team on the night with their goalkeeper Evan Wilson making some brilliant saves in the goal. The final score of the game was Thomastown 2-17 to Mullinavat 2-10.
- Ross Conway
- Jamie Walshe
- Eoin Dempsey
- Louis Madigan
- Stephen O’Shea
- Patrick Walshe
- Michael Catt
- CJ Fitzpatrick
- Dylan Dungan
- Luke O’Donovan
- Cormac McEvoy
- Eoin Aylward
- Ciaran Holden
- Conor Power
- Jack Power
Subs:17. Jamie Dempsey
- Mickey Phelan
- Ben Cantwell
- Evan Wilson
- Matthew Cullen
- Oisín O’Reilly
- Jimmy Maher
- Alex Begley
- Tyler Nolan
- Conor Kelly
- Cian Farrell
- Rory Connellan
- Dara Lee
- Alex Cass
- Cathal O’Driscoll
- Conor Monks
- Cormac Moore
- Colm Treacy
Subs: 16.Conor Barcoe
- Ciaran Coone
- Josh O’Hara
KILKENNY HONDA CENTRE ROINN B HURLING LEAGUE
VENUE: Dr Tierney Park
REF: John Walsh
Graignamanagh 1-14 v The Rower Inistioge 0-08
The U17 league kicked back into action for both these teams on Monday evening, with both sides playing their first competitive fixture since the resumption after the break. Dr Tierney Park was sunny but breezy with a good sized crowd looking forward to seeing their teams back in action.
A glance at the teamsheets showed that both sides were missing some regular starters, allowing both to give run outs to their extended panels.
The game started brightly and after three minutes the Rower Inistioge led by two points to one, after points from Tom O Callaghan and Callum McGrath were countered by a point from Graig’s Nicky Ryan.
The game then moved into an unsettled period when a number of scoreable chances were either dropped short or wide by both teams.
This unsettled period was eventually broken by Sean Hamilton for Graig who levelled the scores at two points each after twelve minutes.
The second quarter of the game belonged to Graig who stretched ahead with points from Cian O Shea, Sean Hamilton and Sean O Grady.
With Tom O Callaghan scoring again for the Rower Inistioge just before the break, we were left with a half time scoreline of Graig 0-06 Rower Inistioge 0-03.
On the resumption Graig pushed on again and three points from Nicky Ryan along with scores from Colin Hamilton and Sean Hamilton in the first ten minutes gave Graig a sizeable lead. Once again the Rower Inistioge pulled back and points from O Callaghan and McGrath over the next ten minutes set the score at 0-14 to 0-06 with ten minutes remaining. The visitors were unable to close the gap however and in the last few minutes a goal from Sean Hamilton sealed the win for the Graig lads.
Final score at Dr Tierney Park… Graignamanagh 1-14 The Rower Inistioge 0-08
KILKENNY HONDA CENTRE ROINN A HURLING LEAGUE
REF: Julian Dwyer
Bennettsbridge 1:13 v 0:20 Tullogher Rosbercon
Bennettsbridge welcomed Tullogher Rosbercon for round 9 of the Minor A league and with the bridge looking for only their second win in the league it was a tough test against a strong tullogher side and it was the visitors that just about hung on to win on the night.
With the corner forward for Tullogher playing as an extra midfield player, Tullogher won the early midfield battle and took some great points from play to take an early lead.
The bridge responded with points from frees and James Hughes was deadly accurate from all angles the as the dynamic Timmy Kelly was dropping back into midfield and wining the frees
With 2 great saves from the Bridge keeper Alex o Farrell in the first half the visiting team were resorted to taking their points from play at long distance, the bridge hung in with most of their points from frees and only going in 0-09 to 0-07 at half time.
An evenly matched second half seen both teams trading points until a superb ball from Timmy kelly over the Tullogher defence to an on running Charlie Fitzgerald to put the ball into the net. Tullogher continued to take there long range points and with another great save from the bridge keeper with the Tullogher full forward one on one and in for a certain goal, the bridge keeper kept them in the game.
With timing running out the bridge players could not close the 4 point gap but can take heart from finishing the stronger of the two teams.
KILKENNY HONDA CENRE ROINN B HURLING LEAGUE
VENUE: John Locke Park
REF: Paschal Connolly
John lockes 3:12 v 2:12 Glenmore
John lockes and Glenmore met tonight in JLP for this important match for both sides with John lockes hoping to maintain their unbeaten league campaign
Conditions were good however a strong breeze made life difficult early on. Both teams traded points with Glenmore taking the first with a well taken free. Some good points from the John lockes men followed and goals from Kevin Lynch and Thomas Roche brought the half time score to 2:6-1:5
The second half was again strongly contested with some great passages of play again with some very accurate free taking from Glenmore narrowing the gap. The Callan lads rallied well and a great goal from Gavin Bambrick late in the half had Callan on top. Glenmore fought back with a goal on 26 minutes but John lockes held out finishing with a full time score of JL 3:12 to Glenmore 2:9
DUGGAN STEEL U15 HURLING LEAGUE
REF: John Guinan
Emeralds 5:17 v 0:03 Naomh Eoin
Emeralds led from the off as they eased to victory over Naomh Eoin in this U15 league encounter. Emeralds settled quickly with the excellent Callum Lawlor being the main scorer in chief. Oisin Quinlan and Simon Zang were others who contributed well to a good Emeralds performance who led by 2-8 to 0-1 at half. The second half continued in the same vein with the final score of 5-17 to 0-3. All credit must be given to Naomh Eoin for traveling to fulfil the fixture as they were under pressure to field a team, with both teams lining up with 14 as a result.
By Eddie Doyle Mon 25th Jul