Kilcock duo named on Kildare Minor panel for 2020

Kilcock Gaa will have two representatives on the 2020 Kildare Minor Football panel after Sean O’Sullivan and Shane Farrell were both named on the panel in the last week.

Both players were part of this years u16 panel, with Scoil Dara student Farrell captaining the side in the Gerry Reilly Cup. The highly rated midfielder, who can also play in the forwards, is sure to be an important cog in the wheel as the Lilywhites look to retain their Leinster Minor Championship title.

O’Sullivan, who attends Maynooth Post Primary School/ Community College and impressed from centre forward as the school beat St Benildus over the mid term, will also be looking to make a big impact in the white jersey over the next twelve months.

Both players are currently involved with the Kilcock u17s and were prominent as the boys in green and gold beat Sallins in the first round.

Joe Breen honoured at Meath LGFA awards night

The late Joe Breen from Blackhall Gaels Gaa club was posthumously inducted into the Meath LGFA Hall of Fame at the county’s annual awards night at Newgrange Hotel on Saturday night, November 2nd.

Joe was instrumental in helping set up Ladies Football in Blackhall Gaels, going on to manage them for a number of years, during a successful period for the club, including reaching a Meath SFC Final.

Sadly Joe passed away earlier this year and though he is a massive loss to his family, friends and everyone at the club, they will take solace from this lovely gesture from the County Board that will make sure Joe’s legacy lives on.

As well as been awarded the Hall of Fame, which his wife Theresa and her family collected on the night, Meath LGFA announced that as of from 2020 Senior clubs in the county will now compete for The Joe Breen Cup when they take part in the Meath Senior Football Championship.

A lovely gesture and fair play to Meath LGFA, I know the family will cherish this greatly.

KILCOCK SEAL LEINSTER FINAL SPOT WITH TREMENDOUS SECOND-HALF DISPLAY

October 26th 2019

Kilcock 3-11 Grattans (Longford) 2-11

Report by Mark Durkan and Robert Cox

A tremendous second-half performance sealed Kilcock’s place in the Leinster Junior Final next week as the eventual winners came from five points down, twice, to seal a win in Kilcock Gaa last Saturday, October 26th.

Full forward Grace White put in a spectacular performance scoring 2-06, but it was Kilcock’s sheer determination and spirit to keep fighting that was most impressive in this excellent win.

A couple of the girls had to rearrange their holidays last minute to play the game and even this level of commitment alone showed that there is something special about this Kilcock team.

Grattans started the strongest of the two sides and were unlucky not to have had a goal inside the opening five minutes, with Kilcock goalie Eimear Kelly pulling off two top class saves.

The Longford Intermediate Champions did manage to get the first score of the game when their midfielder Caoimhe Lohan kicked a point. The continued to show some great movement in the first half and this was evident by their wing-back Sophie Hogan who burst up the pitch for a goal.

Midfielder and Grattans free-taker Úna Clarke put five points between the sides with only 10 mins gone before Grace White got Kilcock’s first score after 14 minutes from a free.

Grattans went straight up the pitch and chipped in with their third point of the game. Kilcock captain Caoimhe Fagan showed some of her leadership qualities when she kicked a point from thirty meters and Grace White added a second free to bring a goal between the teams.

Grattans added a further two points with frees from Úna Clarke before a super Caoimhe Fagan point had the sides going in at the break on a scoreline of Grattans 1-5 Kilcock 0-4.

Grattans were the deserved leaders at half-time and Kilcock were not performing up to their usual standards. It was going to have to take a massive performance in the second half against the breeze to overcome the Longford side.

It was Kilcock’s full-forward Grace White who got Kilcock’s first score of the second half when she pointed from play and soon after birthday girl Sarah Lavin gave herself the perfect birthday present when she goaled for Kilcock and the sides were level once more.

The goal gave great hope to the Kilcock supporters but this was short-lived when Grattans replied with a goal of their own right away. An Úna Clarke free and Laura Valentine point put five between the sides once again.

Kilcock were not going to give up however and they kept battling and were rewarded when midfielder Megan O’Connor made a great run up the pitch and passed the ball to Grace White who rifled the ball into the top corner of the net. White added another free immediately after to leave a point between the sides.

Grattans put the foot on the pedal once more and added three points without reply and it looked like Kilcock’s excellent year was coming to an end. Two Úna Clarke frees and a Clodagh Lohan point put four points between the sides.

It was hard to see Kilcock coming back from this deficit, but you can never say never with this Kilcock team as they have shown us on many occasions throughout the year.

The game was swinging into the final quarter when corner-forward Emma Robinson kicked her first score of the day with a well taken point, before Grace White added two frees to bring a point between the sides once again.

Kilcock took the lead for the first time in the game just inside the last 10 minutes, when, a great solo effort from Grace White meant that she found space for herself and her shot bounced across the goal-line, bringing the large home support into raptures.

Úna Clarke kicked over another free for Grattans to bring it back to the minimum once more and though the visitors had a couple of scoring chances towards the end, they were unable to take them.

It was Megan O’Connor and Emma Robinson who finished off the scoring for Kilcock, with both of them kicking over points just before the ref blew his fill time whistle.

It was an unbelievable win for this Kilcock side who showed tremendous fighting spirit and a never say die attitude. They have now sealed their place in Sunday’s Leinster Junior Championship Final where they will play Navan O’Mahony’s of Meath.

Kilcock Scorers: Grace White 2-06 (5f), Sarah Lavin 1-0, Caoimhe Fagan 0-02, Aisling O’Connor 0-02, Megan O’Connor 0-01

Grattans Scorers:

Kilcock Team: Eimear Kelly, Mary Tighe, Andrea McGrath, Therese Macken, Paige Byrne, Emma Maguire, Laura Gibbons, Megan O’Connor, Caoimhe Fagan, Sarah Lavin, Ashling O’Connor, Sheena Byrne, Emma Robinson, Grace White, Lorna Murray.

Subs: Sadbh Mullarkey for Paige Byrne, Sarah Gill for Sheena Byrne, Caytie McLysaght for Sarah Lavin & Bernie Durkan for Therese Macken.

Grattans Team: Clare McCarrick, Emma McCord, Claire Shaw, Katie Devlin, Sophie Hogan, Róisín Leen, Rebecca O’Kane, Caoimhe Lohan, Una Clarke, Melissa O’Kane, Eve Nerney, Molly Mulvihill, Petrina Carrigy, Laura Valentine, Clodagh Lohan

Geological continues to put Maye on the map

Geological recorded his twelfth career success as he kept on best to land the Dundalk Stadium – Light Up Your Night Handicap, giving Kildare jockey Vanessa Maye her second career win in the process.

The Damian English trained seven-year-old also provided the young apprentice Maye with her first career win here a fortnight ago.

The son of Rock Gibraltar raced prominently alongside top-weight Gordon Lord Byron before been pushed along into a narrow lead from early in the straight, going on to maintain that advantage all the way to the line, going on to prevail by three parts of a length.

Veteran Gordon Lord Byron was second under Colin Keane while Urban Beat was a further half a length back in third, with Shane Kelly onboard this one.

Winning trainer English was full of praise for both Geological and Maye after the race; “What a horse.

“When he’s rated below 80 he’s lethal and with Vanessa’s 10lb claim that brought him below 80 again.

“What a servant, that’s his 12th win. What more can I say and he’s going to keep going here all winter.

“Vanessa said he absolutely tanked to the start and in better form than he was the last night.

“We’ve always tried to qualify him for Lingfield but it’s just never happened. Maybe this year we’ll have a go at it again and we’ll see what happens.

“The horse is in great form and we’ll keep tipping away.

“You could see there tonight with Colin (on Gordon Lord Byron) taking him on and Vanessa using her head. She’s a very very good rider and she’s one of the best apprentices I’ve seen.

“She keeps horses balanced, she doesn’t complicate it and she has a good head on her shoulders.”

Kilcock bid for Leinster glory

Story by Robert Cox

Friday 1st of November

Kilcock will bid for Leinster Ladies JFC honours on Sunday when they take on Meath champions Navan O’Mahonys in the Provincial final at 2pm in Kinnegad.

Having knocked on the door of the Kildare JFC for the last few years, Kilcock finally made the breakthrough this year when they overcame Rathangan to take the county title.

That set up the North Kildare side with a tilt at the Leinster title and though they have showed flashes of brilliance at times, they have also struggled to get going at times, particularly early on in games. In the main though they have impressed in the campaign so far.

A three point win over Moate of Westmeath in the Quarter-Final was followed up with another three point win in the semi final at home to a very impressive Grattans side from Longford. Second half goals from Grace White and Sarah Lavin eventually put paid to Grattans’ challenge.

The ladies in green and gold will be under no illusion of the task that faces them when they take to the field against Navan O’Mahonys and while the talk of the town is that they are in bonus territory, the determination and will to win instilled into this team by their management team will have them wanting nothing else other than a win come Sunday evening.

Kilcock, along with Moate and Grattans, were given a second chance when all three were reinstated to the Leinster Championship following the dismissal of last year’s champions Old Leighlin from Carlow.

The Kildare side had originally played and lost agonisingly by a point after extra time to Old Leighlin, only for the 2018 winners to be later removed from the competition. When the Carlow team won the JFC last year they should have been moved up to Intermediate, an oversight spotted by Grattans after their original semi final loss at the hands of Old Leighlin.

Kilcock will know that all of that is history now and having been given a second chance they will be keen to grab it with both hands as they did in the previous two rounds.

All support will be greatly appreciated from the ladies on Sunday.

Summerhill & Moynalvey pair among player of the year nominees

Sophia Payne from Summerhill and Aideen Smith from Moynalvey have both been nominated for Meath LGFA player of the year in their respective championship.

Payne, who Summerhill Ladies described on their Facebook page as a hardworking, determined and fast paced individual, with a high level of skill to booth, has been nominated for player of the year in the Intermediate championship. She is joined by Aoibhean Cleary of champions Donaghmore-Ashbourne and Meadhbh Byrne of beaten finalists Royal Gaels.

Moynalvey dual star Smith has been nominated for her exploits in this years Junior A Championship, where she drove on her side with some fine performances throughout the campaign. She is joined by Ailbhe Leahy from eventual winners Navan O’Mahonys and by Amy O’Dowd from Skryne.

The Meath LGFA presentation night takes place this coming Saturday, November 2nd in the Newgrange Hotel Navan.

Player Profie: Tom Parsons

Club/County: Charlestown/Mayo.

Current position: Midfield X 💯

Any superstitions before a game?
Stretch my toes.

What is your greatest sports achievement? 2019 and returning to play for club & county.

Favourite Position (on the pitch)?Midfield

Favourite player/s growing up:
The legend McD and Liam McHale.

What or who made you want to play football: My Dad

Other sports you play or would love to play: Basketball & Handball

Best piece of advice received: Keep it simple.

Best peice of advice for up coming player: Surround yourself with good people, and use set-backs as a springboard.

What was the best sporting event you ever witnessed? Man United European Cup champs 1999, 2 late goals in stoppage time to end 31 year wait. Bring back the United of old

Where would you love to go on holiday?
Maldives when I win the lotto

Favourite month of the year and why?
December and the lead up to xmas

**** Teammates ****

Funniest teammate:
Rob Hennelly

Most skillful teammate:
Cillian O Connor

Fittest teammate:
Paddy Durcan

Player who spends most time in front of mirror: Evan Regan

Best Dresser: Tom Parsons

Worst Dresser: Donal Vaughan