Dou­ble cel­e­bra­tion in Kil­te­gan

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KIL­TE­GAN was the place to be on Sun­day night as Stephen Cor­ri­gan and John O’Toole ar­rived home with the Mi­ley Cup af­ter an ab­sence of 22 years. And of course the lo­cal hero De­nis Hayes was there with the Ju­nior ‘A’ Cup as well

It was a his­tory mak­ing week­end for the club who had brought off an un­usual dou­ble, never achieved be­fore.

While Kil­te­gan had won the Se­nior and In­ter­me­di­ate hurl­ing on the one day in 1995 noth­ing like that has ever been achieved in Foot­ball.

The cel­e­bra­tions, al­ways started in the in Rath­dan­gan ,the lit­tle vil­lage at the gate­way to the West. Last year they were cel­e­brat­ing when one of their favourite sons Brian Whe­lan helped Balt­in­glass to bring home the cup. This year they were cel­e­brat­ing on the dou­ble with the cap­tain Stephen Cor­ri­gan and the vice- cap­tain John O’Toole com­ing from the vil­lage.

The Cup was filled for the first time in ‘Ju­niors’ now the only Pub in the Vil­lage and any sup­porter who could gain en­trance, by fair means or foul man­age to get their first drink.

The party then moved to Kil­te­gan and took over the Vil­lage for the night. The road through the vil­lage was a no-go area as sup­port­ers and well wish­ers poured in from all the sur­round­ing ar­eas and from many neigh­bour­ing clubs. The once pop­u­lar Bon-fire has long since been dis­pensed with and was re­placed by Fire­works

On the plat­form the chair­man of the club Noel Far­rell and sec­re­tary Col­lie Doyle led the wel­com­ing party. The two winning man­agers Gavin Wynne and Ciaran O’Toole led the speak­ers; Men­tors Michael Fo­ley, Joe O’Brien and Mick Kear­ney also spoke.

The speeches over every­one ad­journed to the Talk of the Town or Katie Lowe’s for a night of hec­tic cel­e­bra­tions.

There was a spe­cial wel­come for Blaine Har­mon who played in both fi­nals.

On Satur­day he gave a great dis­play of high field­ing to break the hearts of New­cas­tle.

On Sun­day when the chips were down in the clos­ing stages Gavin Wynne played his trump card when he sprung the teenager from the bench and re­leased Jacko Dal­ton to go for­ward and give Kil­te­gan an ex­tra diminu­tion in at­tack. It was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

In­ci­den­tally Blaine is a son of Richard Har­mon who played at mid­field when Kil­te­gan beat St. Pat’s in the fi­nal of ’86. THE COUNTY FI­NAL

An­other great day in Aughrim for the re­play of the Se­nior Foot­ball fi­nal. The crowd looked as big, if not big­ger than the first day, the weather again be­haved and the now usual side shows – the pre­sen­ta­tions to the Ju­bilee team, this time the In­ter­me­di­ate Cham­pi­ons of 1983 Strat­ford – and the mini matches all went off smoothly; the cur­tain-raiser be­tween Hol­ly­wood and An Tochar in the semi-fi­nal of the Keat­ing tro­phy was a close and en­ter­tain­ing match and get the big crowd into the right mood The bid match did not quite live up to the stan­dard of the drawn game – re­plays sel­dom do, but it was none the less a great bat­tle that went right down to the wire. In the end Kil­te­gan won in the way the know best – com­ing from be­hind. They have not yet de­vel­oped the ‘killer’ in­stinct of the Balt­in­glass’s or the Rath­new’s and are al­ways vul­ner­a­ble when de­fend­ing a lead.

In the end there had to be a loser and af­ter such a sport­ing match it was hard luck on St Pa­trick’s to be back in the role of Brides­maid.

MAN OF THE MATCH

While Kil­te­gan sup­port­ers were dis­ap­pointed that their two match hero Jacko Dal­ton did not get the nod but no one could have any com­plaints with the de­ci­sion of Mick O’Dwyer and his man­age­ment team to award it to Paudge McWal­ter. The St Pats mid­fielder gave an­other great dis­play and on that form he can ex­pect a call from Micko in the near fu­ture.

MINI MATCHES

The in­tro­duc­tion of the Mini Matches for the un­der tens dur­ing the in­ter­val at our Co Fi­nals has to be an­other of the suc­cess sto­ries of the year. For one thing it goes along way to ful­fill­ing the dream of Andy O’Brien to see ev­ery young player wear the jer­sey of his own club be­fore he joins any group team

It is also a great oc­ca­sion for the young play­ers them­selves and for their fam­i­lies has them talk­ing about it for a long time be­fore and af­ter.

JU­BILEE TEAM

The vet­er­ans of many bat­tles march­ing proudly be­hind the band be­tween matches at Aughrim on Sun­day were the Strat­ford In­ter­me­di­ate team of ’83. In that year, while the rest of us were pre­par­ing for Cen­te­nary year Noel Staunton was whip­ping the Slaneysiders in to shape to make a mighty bid to be back in Se­nior ranks in time to cel­e­brate the birth of the As­so­ci­a­tion. When Bless­ing­ton, who were hav­ing the great­est year in their his­tory, winning their first SFC for the first time since 1915 also reached the In­ter­me­di­ate fi­nal the venue sim­ply had to be Balt­in­glass.

Just as they did when they made their cham­pi­onship break- through in Ju­nior ranks in 1971 the Slaneysiders proved too strong for all op­po­si­tion and pow­ered their way to a 2-6 to 1-2 victory. It was the 25th an­niver­sary of that win that Strat­ford were cel­e­brat­ing

The club laid on a re­cep­tion and a meal for the team and men­tors in the club­house on Satur­day night. It was a most en­joy­able oc­ca­sion.

The whole team was back un­der the one roof for the first time in years; sto­ries of great bat­tles were ex­changed; the re­ports and pic­tures of the fi­nal from the ’Wick­low Peo­ple’ of the day were read and re-read. County Chair­man Andy O’Brien ad­dressed the gath­er­ing and pre­sented the play­ers and the team man­age­ment with Pho­tos of the winning team.

The Ladies Com­mit­tee did a great job in ca­ter­ing for a large crowd of club mem­bers and sup­port­ers.

Andy Moore was the cap­tain and led the team again in the pa­rade at Aughrim on Sun­day. Pat Cronin, the goalie has a most re­mark­able record.

He played in goal for Wick­low in Mi­nor, U21, Ju­nior and Se­nior Foot­ball and in mi­nor, U-21 and Se­nior Hurl­ing. He won Ju­nior and In­ter­me­di­ate Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship medals with Strat­ford; a Ju­nior Hurl­ing Cham­pi­onship with Balt­in­glass and In­ter­me­di­ate and Se­nior Cham­pi­onships with Kil­te­gan.

An­other player who gave re­mark­able ser­vice to club and county in a long ca­reer was Nick O’Neill. Frank O’Neill was an­other who played for Wick­low as well as serv­ing the Club as player and men­tor. The long­est serv­ing of­fi­cer of them all Jim Bol­lard and Joe Cullen were two more of the four Strat­ford play­ers on Pat Mur­phy’s team that won the Ju­nior All Ire­land in 1969.

The rest of the panel was Vin­cent Cronin, Liam Humphries, Lar O’Toole (RIP), Paddy Nolan; Fer­gal Moore, Gerry Keane, Joe Moore, Ea­mon Kealy, An­thony Kealy, Jimmy Bar­rett, Andy Whe­lan who was also team Man­ager, John Ross, Seamie Byrne, Johnny Bar­rett; Harry Mangan, Fran­cis Keane, Malachy Phe­lan, John Keogh and Jim Bar­rett. The full-back on that team Lar O’Toole has passed to his eter­nal re­ward but his plaque was ac­cepted by his wife Noleen and his five year old Daugh­ter Gil­lien.

Andy Whe­lan who was a player and man­ager of the team was on a for­eign Holly with his wife Pa­tri­cia but his plaque was col­lected by his daugh­ter, Marie.

Ref­eree for that fi­nal was Jack Mur­ray of St. Pa­trick’s and he was not for­got­ten on the day and also re­ceived a pre­sen­ta­tion from Andy O’Brien. MISS­ING NAMES

It has been brought to our no­tice that in our re­port on the Ju­bilee pre­sen­ta­tion to the Bless­ing­ton team car­ried in last week’s pa­per we left out two of the main or­gan­is­ers of the func­tion in the Ardnode Ho­tel – Re­nie O’Neill and her brother Ro­nan Hen­nessy – sorry about that.

We also for­got to men­tion the Ref­eree Jim Cronin of Strat­ford who was also in the pa­rade and pre­sented with a plaque by Andy O’Brien.

COACH­ING AND GAMES

The Coach­ing and Games De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee were very pleased with the suc­cess of their open night, held in the Co Build­ings in Aughrim on Thurs­day.

The Sec­re­tary Martin Cole­man had sent out an in­vi­ta­tion to for­mer county play­ers, hurlers and foot­ballers, to a meet­ing in the hope of pulling to­gether a coach­ing team to as­sist with the de­vel­op­ment squads.

An over all at­ten­dance of over ninety was way in ex­cess of his wildest dreams.

The fact that Mick O’Dwyer and DJ Carey were to ad­dress the meet­ing may have been a fac­tor in mak­ing it such a suc­cess.

Games De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer Hugh Kenny, Hurl­ing de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Michael Neary, Colm Gask­ins, Jerome Kelly, Michael O’Sul­li­van, and County Chair­man Andy O’Brien ad­dressed the meet­ing while Leighton Glynn and Gar­rett Doyle took the notes.

Mick O’Toole, Chair­man of Bord na nÓg and Ed­die Leonard along with the full Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee were also present.

The man­ager of the Foot­ball De­vel­op­ment Squads, Jerome Kelly, was pleased with the num­ber of new peo­ple that signed up to help out with his three squads in ei­ther U-14, U-15 of U-16 level.

Martin Cole­man also re­ceived a num­ber of apolo­gies from for­mer, or present county play­ers who were un­able to at­tend on the night but would be in­ter­ested in help­ing out with the Ju­ve­niles.

The Com­mit­tee will be meet­ing to move the pro­cesses for­ward to the next stage which will be de­ploy­ing the new coaches amongst the dif­fer­ent De­vel­op­ment squads. SYM­PA­THY

The Val­ley­mount Club lost one of its most ded­i­cated play­ers and sup­port­ers with the sud­den death of Mick Fitz­patrick at the week­end. Big Mick ruled edge of the square for the Lakesiders in some of their best years. He won a Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship medal in 1963 and an In­ter­me­di­ate medal a year later. That 1964 fi­nal against Carnew in Balt­in­glass was one of the great­est dis­plays given be a Val­ley­mount team in years.

He won a num­ber of Mur­phy Cup and Cor­co­ran Cup medals in the sev­en­ties but had re­tired be­fore the Club won their next IFC in 1978.

Our sym­pa­thy to his be­reaved fam­ily. BILL STAUNTON RIP

An­other great Hurl­ing man to pass to his eter­nal re­ward re­cently was Bill Staunton of Glenealy

Bill played in all grades of Hurl­ing for the Club and had two great days in his ca­reer. The Reds won the Se­nior Hurl­ing Cham­pi­onship in 1971 and again in 1975, and Bill was play­ing along­side great hurlers of the day like Micky O’Neill, Paddy Berk­ery, Mick Doyle, Tommy and John Glynn and Don O’Gor­man.

Our sym­pa­thy to the Glynn fam­ily.

HURL­ING/SHINTY

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Jef­frey Ber­ming­ham who is back on the Ire­land team for the Hurl­ing/Shinty in­ter­na­tional.

Ire­land play Scot­land in the an­nual matches – Se­nior and U-21 – in Nowlan Park, Kilkenny on Satur­day.

Eire Óg’s ris­ing star Stephen (Ch­ester) Kelly has also got a first call up and should win his first ‘cap’ on Satur­day. How­ever the com­pe­ti­tion for places this year will be stiff. In re­cent years the panel has been se­lected mainly from the sec­ond level teams but this year they have play­ers like Seán Óg 0 Halpien, Tommy Walsh, Ed­die Bren­nan and Derek Lyng on the panel so mak­ing the start­ing team will not be easy.

At least two of the young Wick­low hurlers, Eoin Ma­son from Bray Em­mets and Ro­nan Keddy of Kil­coole have been train­ing with the U-21 squad and both have made the panel so it is good news all round for Wick­low hurl­ing. LE­IN­STER CHAM­PI­ONSHIP DRAW

Wick­low got a rea­son­able draw in the Le­in­ster Se­nior Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship on Wed­nes­day night. They play Long­ford in the first round with the win­ners tak­ing on West­meath.

How­ever the other teams in that side of the draw are Dublin and Meath.

Long­ford will be no easy touch – they never are - but they are a team that Wick­low have beaten in the past.

How­ever, they have been op­er­at­ing in a higher divi­sion of the League for a num­ber of years which would give them an ad­van­tage.

Kil­dare all star Glen Ryan is their new man­ager and that could also give the team a boost. Per­haps we should not worry too much about that fac­tor. We still have Micko so it will be a case of the Pupil tak­ing on the Mas­ter.

One club that will not be too happy how­ever in Kil­te­gan. Ru­mour has it that the man who trained the new County Cham­pi­ons, Jim McGuire, will be go­ing with Glen Ryan to do the train­ing in Long­ford.

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