29 July 2015
KILKENNY: Bainisteoir, Brian Cody's Kilkenny team must line out for Sunday's All-Ireland semi-final against Waterford without seven times, All-Ireland medal winner, Jackie Tyrrell. Having just returned from a bout of illness which affected his game against Galway, Jackie unfortunately received an ankle injury in training last weekend, which necessitated an operation on Wednesday last. We wish him a speedy recovery while hoping that his county colleagues, which include, club mates, Eoin Larkin and Matt Ruth the best of luck in what will be a severe test for the injury hit "Cats" against the rejuvenated "Decies" .
KILKENNY MINORS: We also send best wishes to the club's only minor representitive, Tadhg O'Dwyer on the Kilkenny minor team as they prepare to take on Galway in Sunday's minor semi-final. Tadhg has been the team's most influential forward, notching up some vital scores on their championship run to date.
JUNIOR "B" CHAMPIONSHIP: Having put in some quality displays in their league programme to date, the club's Junior "B" team chose the wrong time to give a below par performance on Saturday evening last resulting in an unexpected first round championship defeat, 2-15 to 0-13 to St. Lachtain's on home ground in Larchfield. The defining score came on the 12th minute when the Freshford forwards latched on to a long bouncing delivery and finished to the net opening a four point lead which the James Stephens players, try as they might could not haul back for the remainder of the game. The first half ended 1-8 to 0-8 in favour of St. Lachtains. The Freshford men kept up the pressure throughout the second half, cancelling out each point scored by the Village men with points of their own and secured the victory with another goal, 13 minutes into the half, which widened the gap to seven points. Matthew McWey, with two points, injected some hope when introduced mid way through the second half. The under pressure Village defence was held together by resiliant displays from Shane O'Neill and James Meehan, helped by Jack Butler at centre field and "battling" performances from Ian Hayes, Ray O'Keeffe and Tomas Murphy in attack. With their hopes of championship success eclipsed they must now pin their year's work on a committed effort to claim the league title when they take on neighbours, Danesfort in the delayed final.
CAMOGIE: The camogie club would like to thank all those who supported the camogie club's successful bag packing fundraiser, last weekend. Club secretary, Rita Neary also acknowledges the help given by Juvenile club officers, Bob Cody and Tony Scanlon in preparing for the event.
CAUSE TO CELEBRATE: Should you have a cause to celebrate such as a family birthday, anniversary, reunion, or, indeed a group meeting, etc.,why not consider the pleasant surroundings of the James Stephens clubrooms in the centre of the parish. For further information, contact the club secretary, Seamus Daly at 086-8384782 or any member of the committee.
MUSIC: The musical duo of Sean & Pascal will be providing the weekend's entertainment on Saturday night.
LOTTO: Congratualtions to Sean Ronan who won the jackpot of Eu1,200 when his numbers 4 : 8 : 18 were drawn from the drum on Tuesday night. Next wek's jackpot reverts to the starting point of Eu1,000.