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Weekly News Roundup - Friday 19 Jan 2001

Tinryland Tigh an Raoireann

The Leinster AAI Senior and Junior Cross Country Championships and Juvenile Relays will take place in Tinryland on Sunday next, January 21st, starting at 12.30 pm.

The senior mens 10km race should be a hotly contested affair and athletes expected to feature include Irish International Peter Matthews of Dublin who finished 10th in the European Cross Country and fellow Dublin athletes Noel Berkeley, Cormac Smith, Cian McLoughlin and Colm De Burca, all of whom placed highly in the recent National Inter Counties in Waterford. Local interest in this race will come from Carlow Cross Country Champion Pat Byrne who has a good recent record in this race and Colm Burke of St. Abban’s AC, Laois. This race will be of particular importance bearing in mind the forthcoming World Cross-Country Championships in Leopardstown on March 24th and 25th and the competition there will be for Irish singlets on the day.

The deserved and hot favourite for the ladies race is the excellent Ann Keenan Buckley from Portlaoise, who recently celebrated her 39th birthday but continues to put in impressive performances such as winning the National Inter Counties Cross Country and finishing 9th in the European Cross Country in Sweden. She will be challenged on the day by Dublin athletes Niamh Beirne, Mary Donohue and Ciara McCarthy while Carlow’s own Geraldine Hendricken could have a major impact on the race and is currently in fine form, as evidenced by her win in the Carlow CC last week.

The senior races will be preceded by the junior mens and womens races and a juvenile team relay programme with U11 boys and girls 4 x 250 metres, U13 boys and girls 4 x 500 metres and U15 boys and girls 4 x 500 metres.

Odlum Cup: Tinryland AC set a new County record on Sunday January 7th by winning their 21st Odlum Cup title. The cup was first presented in 1945 by W.P and R Odlum and competed for the first time in 1946. The roll of honour is as follows:

Tinryland AC: 21 titles, LOT: 17 titles, Carlow Town: 5 titles, Borris (Clashganny) 3, Bagenalstown: 3, Ballyconnell: 2, Ballinree: 2, Ballon: 1 and Cosets 1.

Athletics: Training has resumed in the Parochial Fields on Saturday’s at 2 o’clock for the forthcoming events: Leinster Indoors Boys and Girls U11 to U18 in Nenagh on Feb 10th and 18th both starting at 10 am.

Sports Star Awards: The annual Tinryland GFC Sports Stars dinner dance takes place in Rathcrogue House on Saturday, February 24th at 8.30 pm.

This year’s awards are sponsored by Finches and the winners will be announced on February 5th.

The presentations will be given for the following categories: Football, Young Player, Work with Juveniles, Athletics, Badminton and Handball.

Tickets for the night are available from Deane’s Shop, Tinryland or from any committee member. Music on the night will be provided by “RiverRoad”.

Juvenile AGM: Tinryland GFC Juvenile Club will hold their AGM on Thursday January 25th at 8.30 pm in Tinryland GFC Centre, Rathcrogue. Any new person willing to help out in any way in the forthcoming year are invited to attend. All are welcome.

St. Joseph’s Draw: St. Joseph’s, playing in their first game of the new year, managed to earn a 3-3 draw away to Slaney Rovers in what was their worst performance of the season. The team had not played since December 2 and the lack of match practice was visible to all. Saints began the game slowly but held their own due to the bad finishing of the Rovers team. After a very poor opening 20 minutes with neither team producing any effective flowing football, the Rathvilly team took the lead. The goal was scored as a result of Saints players overplaying the ball. From a position where there was no danger in the opponents half, Saints gave away the ball by not passing and the result was that with all the Tinryland team caught out of position, the home team were gifted a soft goal. Within a couple of minutes, the situation was twice as bad when Rovers moved 2-0 up with another gifted goal after a succession of missed tackles from the away team. St. Joseph’s got a goal back before the break when Ambrose Doran placed the ball into the Rovers net.

The second half saw the Saints improve their play with some good passing movements. After a good move up the right the ball was crossed into the centre where Ryan Curran was on hand to level the game. Despite this good period, Saints once again slumped and allowed the home team to regain the advantage, again after some really sloppy football. A ball that could have been cleared by any one of 5 Saints players was put away to leave Rovers 3-2 ahead.

At this stage Saints then started to play the way they have been trained to and when they began moving the ball around, the Rovers team were unable to contain them. Saints nearly levelled the scores when Ian Scully was put through but his shot hit the post and there was no other Saints player to pounce on the rebound. After a few more near misses, Ambrose Doran notched his second of the game with 5 minutes to go to earn St. Joseph’s a point from a game, which they should have won.

In a game where St. Joseph’s never reached their potential, Ryan Curran stood out for staying in position and doing the simple things well. Jason Curran, Colm Delaney and Michael Pender also put in a lot of effort but as a team to gain further progress all the basics must be put right. The team has 12 matches left and has done well so far but must concentrate on perfecting the basics to achieve a mid table position at the end of the season.

A meeting of the above will take place in Rathcrogue House on Tuesday January 30th at 8.30 pm. All parents and anyone interested in hearing about the activities of the club are welcome to attend.

St. Joseph’s AFC intends to have an Under 10 and Under 14 team in the league next year. If you are interested in joining either of these two teams could you please contact Jim Murphy on 46013 so arrangements can be made to have the teams affiliated to the league.

COMMUNITY GAMES: Training for Bennekerry-Tinryland Community Games Under 12 Soccer will commence on Wednesday January 24th. All players born after the 1st of August 1989 interested in attending the trials are welcome. Players are requested to attend at St. Joseph’s Soccer pitch at 3.30 pm sharp. At training players must have shin guards to participate in games. For further information contact Jim at 46013 as soon as possible.

ICA Meeting: A meeting of Tinryland ICA takes place tonight (Wednesday) at 8 pm in Rathcrogue House. All new members welcome.

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