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Weekly News Roundup - Friday 16 Feb 2001

Tinryland Tigh an Raoireann

This years Tinryland GFC Sports Star Awards will take place in Rathcrogue House on Saturday, February 24 and are sponsored by Finches. Tickets are still available for the night and can be obtained from any committee member. Music will be by River Road.

The following are this years sports stars:

Young Player: Paul Doyle. Paul has been outstanding at minor level for the past two years and represented Carlow in last year’s Leinster MFC. He came up through the various ranks starting at U10 level. Having started his career in defence, he has since moved to the forward line in the last 3 years and has turned into a competent score getter with a great eye for scoring vital goals.

As a former athlete, he possesses loads of speed and is certainly a player for the future.

Senior Player: Bernard Mullan: Bernard is a worthy recipient of this year’s award and has given outstanding service to the club since he joined in 1995. A native of Westmeath, Bernard has played inter county senior football with his home county and has also starred for former club Castledaly. Currently the club captain, his commitment for the club and attitude have marked him out as a central figure on the playing field. He gave outstanding displays in last years Div. 2 campaign that resulted in Tinryland regaining their Div. 1 status. He is active in all areas of the club and has recently put in trojan work coaching juveniles.

Work with Juveniles: Paddy Townsend. Paddy wins this award for the first time, which is testament to the excellent work he is putting in towards developing talent in the club. Paddy, who has been involved in coaching for the last 7 years, started off coaching at Under 8 and 10 level before moving up to Under 14 level which is currently involved in. Last year, he coached the Under 14 side which reached the County final, narrowly losing to Eire Og after a magnificent season’s campaign. His commitment is such that he even records matches to enable young players to improve their skills. Paddy, who incidentally never played football, only prior involvement in sport was a small time playing hurling with Palatine St Joseph’s in the 1970s.

He takes great pride in the achievements of all his teams to date.

Badminton: Eilish Costello. Eilish wins this award for the first time on the basis of outstanding service to this club since joining in 1984. As a teenager she was an all round sportsperson in England. Having started at Grade 6, she moved up to Grade 2 in the Carlow and South West Leinster Leagues and in doing so was on the team that won the double in both of these leagues at Grade 5 and the Carlow league, SW Leinster League and Knock Out Cup at Grade 3. She was also part of the Badminton team that won the first Leinster trophy for the club in the 1980s. She has had great success at Veterans level and is on the County team, which won the Leinster titles in 1998 and 1999. Her many successes over the years have included trophies for ladies and mixed doubles in the County championships and also many participations at Leinster finals. A charismatic figure, she is bound to add spice to the occasion.

Athletics: Sean Doyle. Sean is a most deserving winner of this award given the enormous contribution to athletics in the locality for the best part of two decades. Sean, who came to the sport as a teenager in the early 1980’s running in the Autumn League has gone on to have many successes at club level and in coaching. He possesses six Carlow cross country team medals, has won county track and field titles in Steeplechase as well as winning a Bronze medal as part of a Carlow team in the National Inter Counties CC.

Sean has enjoyed fine victories in local races, is an integral part of scoring teams at County and 4 County League level and has competed at hill running at National level. He is presently regarded as the “King of Knockananna” given the success he has achieved in the 10km race in the rural Wicklow village.

He has coached Tinryland teams at Leinster Novice, Intermediate and Senior level and led women’s teams to medal wins at National Junior and Novice level. A hugely popular motivating force within the club, he is also the Current County Treasurer and Club Secretary.

Handball: Mark Doran. 15 year old Mark Doran began his handball career at school in Gaelscoil Ceatharlach where he was coached as a 12 year old by former teacher Sean O Loinsigh. His first achievement was when he won the Cumann na mBunscol Under 12 individual title. As part of the Tinryland club, he has achieved great success under coach Martin Clancy in the last few years. Last year with his partner Pat Mullins of Garryhill, he won the Leinster Under 15 Doubles Title, bringing the first Leinster juvenile title to Tinryland. Now playing novice with Paddy Foley, they have reached the county semi-final. Mark, a keen sportsman, won a Carlow under-16 medal last year with Carlow town and also won an Under 14 Carlow Championship with Tinryland.

BRONZE FOR TOMMY: Tinryland’s Tommy Payne lived up to his pre-race billing as one of Ireland’s finest and most consistent Cross-Country Athletes when taking the bronze medal in the National Veterans CC in Tymon Park, Tallaght on Sunday last.

Payne was always to the fore in the 7000m event leading a group which consisted of 2 time winner Michael Hassett of Tipperary, Veteran International Tom O’Connor of Dublin and newcomer Tony O’Halloran also representing Dublin. With 600m to go, National Indoor Champion O’Connor made a decisive break to lead the field of 200 athletes home. In the sprint for the finish, Hassett outsprinted the gallant Payne who had given his supporters much to enthuse about during the race. Since entering the Veteran Class in 1998, Tommy has acquired 2 Silver and 2 Bronze Medals at National level.

John Joe Murphy finished in 42nd to take bronze in the over 50 section. New Tinryland athlete Eddie Walsh put in a great performance on his debut to finish 136th while team mates John Stephens 145th and Kevin Cuddy 153rd completed the team which placed 14th overall from 25 teams.

Basketball Win: Area 11 Girls Under 13 Basketball Team won the first of the 2001 Community Games Titles when they defeated Burrin on a score of 27 pts to 12. The game was exciting throughout with Bennekerry/Tinryland leading at the break by 15 pts to 8. The girls contributed a further 12 pts in the 2nd period to emerge convincing winners over a brave and determined Burrin outfit. Outstanding for Area 11 were Amanda Doyle in defence who came forward to score 4 pts and Carrie Lawlor who was the teams top scorer with an excellent personal tally of 14 pts. Sinead Lyons, Christine Scully, Deirdre and Tanya Doyle all contributed to a great win. Great credit is due to Coach Eddie Corcoran who has put much time and effort into their preparation. Scorers for Bennekerry/Tinryland were Carrie Lawlor 14, Sinead Lyons 6, Amanda Doyle 4 and Christine Scully 3.

The Under 16 Girls Team advanced to a County Final date with Askea on February 24 following two good wins last weekend.

In their first game, they came out fine winners over Bagenalstown in a hard fought match by 26 pts to 17. Scorers were Michelle Rooney 10, Karen McGrath 6, Orla Connolly 6, Karen Doyle 2 and Rachel Condron 2.

The local girls were much more convincing in the semi-final, easily accounting for Ballon/Rathoe by 33 pts to 6.

Scorers for Area 11 in this game were Karen Doyle and Michelle Rooney who both scored 13 pts, Karen McGrath 4pts, Orla Connolly 2 and Ella Brennan 1. The other members in the panel who made contributions to the teams success were Lydia Canning, Eilish Murphy, Teresa Murphy and Laura Kennedy.

Coach Tour: There will be a bus tour to Dublin on Feb 18th to visit the shrine of Ven. Matt Talbot in Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Mass for the group takes place at 3 pm while there will also be a visit to the Sunday market before lunch. For more details contact Eithne Ryan at 22004 or Edward Dawson 59109

PTAA Quiz: There will be a Pioneer Diocesan Table Quiz in Ballylinan Parish Hall on Saturday March 3rd at 3 pm. This is open to all teams in the diocese, pioneers and non-pioneers, age groups U13 and U16 with a cost of £6 per table. Contact Mary Meaney, Leighlinbridge at 0503-21593 or 086-6027751.

Names of people who are aged 16 or upwards are required to update the register. Please contact Josie Kelly at 46286 or 087-8324656.

St Joseph’s Young Priests Society: Each 1st Friday of the month, starting from March, there will be an exposition of the blessed sacraments in the Church after Mass until 10 pm. This is for the intercession of priests.

Soccer: Tullow A 5 - St. Joseph’s 4. What a game was all everyone could say after a brilliant match in Tullow. At the final whistle both sets of supporters and the referee heaped praise on both teams for producing such great entertainment for everyone. After three mediocre games recently Saints went into this game with low morale and little expectation. Within 20 seconds of the kick off it looked even bleaker as Tullow took the lead when a long-range shot looped over Ian Scully the new Saints keeper. Saints started to work hard but were caught out after 15 minutes when the Tullow winger beat 3 players to slot home and leave the Tullow A team looking comfortable. Saints though had different ideas and started to play the football that they have not shown for some time. After some nice inter passing the ball fell to Ryan Curran who stroked the ball home to give the Saints some hope. Just before half time Tullow managed to score a third but this was against the run of play and also against a team who were really working hard and producing some lovely football. Ambrose Doran scored a fine goal just before half time to show that he is back on song. Half time Tullow A 3 Sts 2.

The second half saw Saints go at Tullow and some brilliant individual play by Brian Farrell, making his debut on the right wing resulted in him finishing an overhead kick into the Tullow net. Five minutes later the impossible looked on when again after some lovely passing, Mikey Murphy took the opportunity to curl the ball past the Tullow keeper to put Saints ahead. However the effort that the Saints had put in was taking its toll on a very heavy pitch and substitutions had to be made. This gave the home team their chance and they equalised five minutes from time. Just before the end Tullow scored when the referee thought he was playing advantage to Saints allowed the game to continue when a Tullow player was clearly in an offside position. The ball stuck in the heavy ground allowing a Tullow player to score giving the Saints no reward at all for a brilliant performance. Every Saints player was outstanding this week but Ian Scully, Captain for the day, kept the team going with some excellent saves and his kicking put the opposition under intense pressure. Colm Nolan and Brian Farrell both playing out field for the first time were exceptionally good. Saints have won games before but they have never performed as well as this even though they did not get a point for the table.
Scorers: Ryan Curran, Ambrose Doran, Brian Farrell and Mikey Murphy.
Training continues on the soccer field every Tuesday at 3.30 pm. Interested in joining the club please contact the secretary on 46013.

Next Game: Home to St.Pats B. Sat 17th Feb Kick off 1.00PM

Tickets are currently on sale for the club annual draw and your support would be very much appreciated.

Community Games: Training for community games under 12 soccer takes place every Wednesday at 3.30PM. This is the last opportunity to join the squad, as the panel will be named on Thursday, February 22.

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