Weekly News Roundup - Wednesday 15 Jan 2003
Leinster Cross Country
Over 1,000 athletes, supporters and officials are expected in Tinryland when the Leinster Cross Country Championship and Juvenile Relays take place on Sunday next, commencing at 12 am. This is the 3rd time this prestigious event has been held in the area and many top athletes should be competing for individual honours on the day. The day's programme begins with the juvenile relays for boys and girls between Under 11, Under 13 and Under 15. This will be followed immediately afterwards by the Junior Ladies and Mens events. The Senior Womens event should be a highly competitive and exciting event with international athletes such as local favourite Geraldine Hendricken, the ever consistent Ann Keenan Buckley of North Laois, Pauline Curley of Tullamore and Maria McCambridge of Dundrum South Dublin in contention for the title. In the final race, the Senior Mens 10 km race, favourites should be Irish Internationals Robert Connolly of Dundrum, Mark Kenneally of Raheny, Gary Hynes of Civil Service and Carlow Cross Country Champion Pat Byrne of the host club, Tinryland. With a testing course in good condition, all is set for a fine day of athletics.
Ted's New Venture
Best wishes are extended to local businessman Ted Egan who will begin a new venture in the coming months when he opens Ballykealy Manor Hotel in Ballon, which he purchased in mid November. The former seat of the Lecky family, which dates back to the 1820's, is currently undergoing extensive refurbishment, and should prove to be a very popular hotel, which will cater for wedding receptions, conferences and functions when it opens in March .
There will be a meeting of Tinryland AC in the GAA Centre, Rathcrogue tonight (Wednesday) at 8.30 pm.
Athletes are reminded that registrations for the 2003 season are now due. The cost of registration and insurance for juvenile athletes will be 5 Euro with Seniors paying 20 Euro.
Congratulations are extended to County Cross Country Champion Pat Byrne who was presented with a Leinster Sports Star Award for Carlow in recognition of his achievements over the past year at a function in the Seven Oaks Hotel on Saturday last.
Swimming for Tinryland NS Schoolchildren resumes on Friday next at 11 am when classes for Junior and Senior Infants, First and Sixth Class take place in Graiguecullen Pool. Sessions for Second to Fifth Classes commence on Wednesday January 22nd between 1-2 pm.
The classes will be held over 10 weeks.
Anyone wishing to volunteer to help the Junior Classes should inform the School Secretary as soon as possible.
The Carlow Community Games Boys and Girls Basketball competitions are being held shortly. Anyone interested in competing in either the Under 13 or 16 age groups should contact Tommy Lyons at 40810.
The AGM of Tinryland Juvenile GFC takes place in the GAA Centre, Rathcrogue on Thursday January 16th at 8.30 pm. All parents of juvenile players and intending members are invited to attend.
Under 12 League
Nurney Villa 4- St Joseph's 2
The first league match of the New Year saw Joey's throw away all the good work of the first half of the season. Having gone 5 games without conceding a goal Joey's composure was found wanting on a number of occasions. Villa are an improving side with a couple of good young strikers who when the opportunity came took their chances. The first half saw Joey's take the game to Villa but the current lack of striking threat saw a lot of possession but with no shots on goal. Villa had one chance, which they took to lead 1-0 at half time.
The second half continued with Joey's pressing for the equaliser and when Matthew O Toole scored five minutes into the second half everyone thought normal service had resumed, but how wrong we were. Straight from the kick off Villa were awarded a free kick some 25 yards from goal which hit the post and went in off the back of the keeper. 3 minutes later Villa went 2 up when they were awarded a penalty when one of their players was brought down in the box. 4 minutes later the game seemed to be settled when from a corner kick poor marking left the Villa attacker with an easy tap in to make it 4-1. From here to the end Joey's were camped in the Villa half and when Geoff Sutton scored it gave new hope. 4 minutes later Joey's were awarded a penalty when David O Shea was brought down. Joey's penalty was straight at the goalkeeper who made an easy save. Conor Byrne and Geoff Sutton were the only players to play to their ability and for a team that has kept its position well in previous games they will all have to work harder in their own position to achieve the potential that they have.
Under 9 League
St Pats Reds 5- St Joseph's Reds 0
Joey's under 9s must have had a very good Christmas because for the first 15 minutes they played well but tired quickly and let a good Pat's team have an easy second half. Half time saw the Pats lads leading 1-0. Pats went further ahead shortly into the second half and then when Joey's failed to convert a penalty kick Pats cruised to the end. Best for St Joseph's were Shane Kelly, Shane Callinan and Jack Gilman
St Pats Blues 5- St Josephs Blues 0
Same pitch, same clubs, same league the Blue teams managed to produce the same result as the previous game. This was an exciting game with the Joeys lads fighting for every ball against a good St Pats team. Joeys need to get back training out doors as soon as possible as the players need to start to play as hard as they did earlier in the season. Best for St Josephs were Neil Byrne, Mark Deane and Niall Fitzpatrick
Fixtures for Saturday 18th
11:00am Under 10 League St Josephs Reds V Killeshin Reds
11:45am St Josephs Blues V Killeshin Blues
12:30pm Under 13 League Hanover Harps V St Josephs
The club would like to thank everybody who made the Christmas Soccer Event such a huge success. The weather was great, the kids were great and the parents were not too bad. Over 100 kids took part in football matches starting at 10:00 am and finishing at 4:00pm. Everyone had a great day out and despite the competitiveness of the football in all age groups there was only one injury and that was to one of the managers. It was great to see as well everybody comply with the clubs alcohol and Drugs policy and no one smoked in the field between 10 and 4. Hope everybody has a great New Year and look forward to next year's events.