My better Third is from Annacurra. So when I’m up that way, conversation invariably turns to things football.
I remember a recent exchange when my brother–in-law asked me were there any farmers on our team. “God be with the days”, I said, “but they’re long gone”. And never to return you might add. Not if you go and watch the under-12 footballers! I cast a watchful eye on their most recent performance against Newcastle, and it was like watching a protest heading to Leinster House to whinge about REPS! Eoin O’ Brien (Rowdy Nolan) passes to James Toner, who flicks it on to Shane Evans! Meanwhile, Barry Smith’s combined harvesters along with Lee Dutton (whose father fancies himself as the local agricultural consultant) can chew barley with the best of them. Last but by no means least, there’s Luke Evans and Cormac Byrne (whose grandfather tried to convince me once that we were being watched by satellites while picking spuds on the Mass path). All this is not to say that the good decent taxpayers in the village aren’t contributing to this team. Young Gareth McDonagh has the makings of a fine footballer, while CJ Corcoran is a very big lad with good hands and an eye for goal. Newcastle it has to be said, were a younger smaller team and their day will come, but that can’t take away from the genuine skill levels that this under-12 team are showing. Pick-ups, solo’s, point-taking and the even the odd block are all facets that sometimes are lost on Kilcoole juvenile teams who have loads of ability, but very little coaching. That is certainly one thing that can’t be said about this team, and I hope management and squad continue together next year.
The Intermediate footballers consigned themselves to a championship relegation play-off last Saturday when they lost by 1-11 to 0-11 to a Kilbride team who just wanted it more. It is sad to have to say that, but unfortunately that’s the way it seemed. We would like to extend our thanks to Brian Talty who came out during the week and gave us a good session. While I genuinely wish to thank Brian, it would be remiss of me not to men-
In camogie news, Our U-16s got a walk-over from Kiltegan in the Shield and will now play Glenealy in the semi-final. The U-14s also got a walkover from Annacurra in the League.
Our U-12s lost out to Glenealy in the semi-final of the U-12B Championship. We wish Glenealy the best in the final. Our Intermediate Shield Final did not materialise either on Saturday because of a water-logged pitch.
Our U-14s and U-12s have returned from a memorable weekend in Monaghan as guests of the County Board there. It was a packed few days which saw us on the pitches of Monaghan GAA’s Centre of Excellence from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday for intensive coaching sessions and blitz games with the Monaghan and Cavan County U-14 squads. We spent the evening in the Leisure Centre in Castleblaney. It was back to the pitch on Sunday morning for a Match v. Monaghan where our players acquitted themselves more than adequately in the Mediterranean sunshine! Hospitality was provided by the Monaghan parents who left nothing undone to ensure that we all had a most enjoyable and educational experience. No words could express our appreciation to everybody in Monaghan who played a part in organising this trip. Thanks also to the people who worked so hard to put this together at short notice at our end. Well done to all the players who travelled. They represented us very well and had a great time! We now look forward to hosting the return visit from our Monaghan colleagues in a few weeks.
This week our U-14s are due to play Knockananna in the League, the U-16s play Glenealy in the Shield and the U12s may have a back match on Friday. We await news of the re-fixed Intermediate Shield Final.
On Sunday next, September 14th, we are off to Croke Park for our Annual trip to the All-Ireland Camogie Final. This year sees Galway take on Cork for the O’Duffy Cup and it will be preceded by the All-Ireland U-21 Hurling Final when Kilkenny will aim for a clean sweep of four All-Ireland Hurling titles and Tipperary will try to stop them! Our bus leaves from the church at noon. Prices are Juveniles: members ¤20, non-members ¤25, Adults: members ¤40 and non-members ¤45, which includes bus fare and admission to the games.
Contact Tracy 087-7518680 or Breda 087-6998536 - FAST- with your money to reserve a place and remember to wear your colours, whatever they may be!! News of the Indoor Winter season will soon be on the way. If anybody is interested in helping and/or doing a Coaching or Child Protection Course during the Winter months, please make contact.