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About Robert Cox

I'm a sports journalist based in county Meath, Ireland. I have a passion for all sport, the people behind it and the stories they have to tell. You can find me on the sidelines, end terraces or a parade ring near you!

Scoil Dara Student Wins Bocce Gold Medal

Scoil Dara student Kerri Dowling from Kilcock claimed a gold medal for Bocce in her division at the area games in the Special Olympics this evening.

Kerri is said to be absolutely thrilled with her victory according to mam Carmel.

Maynooth u14s produce Lazarus type comeback to qualify for Dublin Final

Well done to the Maynooth Post Primary/Community College u14 boys footballers who beat Coláiste Eoin in UCD today to reach the Dublin A Final.

The lads trailed by nine points at one stage in the second half but turned the game on its head to win by three on a full time score of 4-11 to 4-08.

It turned out to be a mixed day for the school’s footballers as their senior boys team suffered heartbreak when conceding a late goal at home to St Aidan’s Whitehall in the Leinster Senior A Championship, ending their campaign for this year.

Leinster Senior A football Championship ‘Br Bosco Cup’ FT: Maynooth 1-15 St. Aidan’s Whitehall 2-13

Maynooth trailed by 1-07 to 0-06 at the break and after fighting back to eventually take the lead, they conceded the late goal to lose by a point.

Geological may well be the perfect match for Vanessa

Well done to local Jockey Vanessa Maye who partnered ‘Geological’ to victory at Dundalk Stadium tonight for trainer Damian English.

The combination were victorious for the third-successive time and the 800-guineas purchase has now won eleven races for trainer English and around €200,000 in prize-money.

It was Geological’s 102nd career start.

Well done to all involved. Maye is now up to three career wins, remarkably all on Geological. A match made in heaven. 🐎

Maye is a former Scoil Chóca Naofa and Scoil Dara student, who is riding on the crest of a wave 🌊

Some people took to Twitter to show their support after the race; “Geological, 3 in a row. What is going on, Vanessa Maye has unlocked the Frankel within”

“Vanessa Maye’s 10lb claim is golden”

“Vanessa Maye is getting some tune out of Geological lately”

The winning jockey said after the race; I’m so lucky to get to ride this horse and it’s great to get the hat trick on him”

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.”