U-21 CHAMPIONSHIP: The club's last hope of championship success for 2014, rests on the shoulders of the club's U-21 hurlers and they responded with a surprisingly easy, 4-13 to 0-8, first round victory over St. Patrick's, Ballyraggett,on Saturday afternoon in Castlecomer. After a slow start which saw St. Patrick's slip into a 3 point lead after just four minutes of play, the Village lads took control of the game, completely, and goals by Ben Lahart (11mins), Niall Mullen (20mins) and Jake Scanlon on the stroke of half time sealed the fate of the Ballyraggett side. Despite a determined effort throughout the second period, there was no way back for St. Patrick's and the game was well and truelly over as a contest before Jake Scanlon added a late goal just before the final whistle. This was a fine all-round team performance by the James Stephens men but manager, Michael Tyrrell and his backroom team will be only too aware that more testing challenges lie ahead if this promising Village line up is to progress in a championship full of quality teams.
KELLS ROAD DRAW: The November draw takes place tonight, Wednesday 26th November in the clubrooms. The usual arrangements will be in place, for early registration, prior to the draw on Wednesday evening. Catherine Kinsella will be on hand to serve a "cuppa" together with her tasty treats to regular draw attendees, but supporters should remember that all are welcome. Because of the onset of the festive season, the Christmas draw will take place on Wednesday, 10th December. On that night, as well as extra prizes in the draw, the draw committee will be distributing gifts to promoters in appreciation for their continuing support for the draw. Again, it would be great to see as many promoters as is possible at the draw on the night.
PRESIDENTS AWARD: The honours just keep rolling in for Kilkenny supremo, Brian Cody. At the recent Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce Awards night, Brian was presented with the Presidents Award in recognition of his exceptional achievement in managing Kilkenny hurlers to 10 All-Ireland titles in his sixreen year reign at the helm. In presenting the award, Chamber president, John Hurley honoured Brian for bringing a greater awareness of Kilkenny and it's business and commercial interests through his exceptional sporting achievements over the years. Well deserved.
A.G.M. NOTICE: Members are remionded that the club's A.G.M. will take place at the club's headquarters in Larchfield on Friday night, 12th December, starting at 7.p.m. sharp. Nomination papers should have been returned to runai, Seamus Daly by now.
RED & GREEN SHOP: The Club "shop" will be open for business each Friday night from 8 to 9p.m., up to Christmas. Everything from tracksuits, hoodies, togs, socks in the club colours, for all ages, is available, or may be ordered in time for placing under the Christmas tree on 24th December. Come early and be sure !!!
ALZHEIMERS SOCIETY: The Kilkenny branch of the Alzheimers Society will be holding a table quiz in the James Stephens Clubrooms on Friday night next, 28th November starting at 8.30p.m..The entry fee is Eu 20.00 per table x 4. Contact Breda Manogue for further information at 087-9648756.
MUSIC: Paddy Blanche will be on stage for saturday night's musical entertainment.
KNOW YOUR SPORT FINALE: Competition co-ordinator, John Byrne's latest update on the year long sporting competition indicated a "nail biting" finish, with the result of Sunday's, Kilkenny senior hurling championship final, between champions, Clara and Ballyhale Shamrocks also doubling as the ultimate decider of this year's competition. In a preverbial photo finish, with newly crowned 2014 champions Ballyhale Shamrock's the choice of Paddy Whitty and Brendan Burke they finish with a total of on 66 points "leap froging" over pre-match leader, Jim Dollard on 65, to claim the first prize in this year's competition with Pat Drennan also coming from behind to claim third prize with 63 points. Well done to John Byrne on a job well done updating the league table -- a time consuming exercise - as the various championship / tournaments winners are declared throughout the year.
LOTTO: Tuesday night's numbers were 29 :19 : 30. No Winner. Consolation prizes of €40 go to Harry Lawlor, PJ McGrath, Joe Phelan, Nicky Walsh and Jack White.