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Weekly News Roundup - Wednesday 22 Jan 2003


Byrne Stars in Leinster Championship

Tinryland AC Athlete Pat Byrne had an outstanding performance when finishing 3rd in the Leinster Cross Country Championships in front of a large crowd in Tinryland on Sunday last. The 4 time Carlow Cross Country Champion was part of a group of 8 athletes who broke away from the 100 strong field after the first lap. The leading bunch which was stay together for the rest of the 10km event included athletes such as former National CC winner David Burke of Mullingar, Irish International and former UCD Scholarship Student Gareth Coughlan of Meath and top Dublin athlete Gary Hynes of Civil Service. After a long battle Hynes and Coughlan broke away in the final lap with the Dublin athlete holding on to win his first title. Byrne went on to run his best race in some time after holding off the challenges of Burke and Nigel Brunton of Clonliffe to win his first medal in this event, running a time of 29 mins 55, which was some 10 seconds behind the winner.
On the back of this run, Byrne will surely be a leading candidate to make the Irish Short Cross Country team for the World CC Championships which will be held in Switzerland in March.
Tinryland finished 6th in the team event with Tommy Payne staying up with the best athletes on the Veteran scene to finish 14th with Dwayne Farrell 56th and Jim Morgan 90th.
Earlier in the day, local athlete Geraldine Hendricken of LOT showed that she will be a force to be reckoned with on the international and domestic stage this year by winning the Womens 6km event in fine style after a long battle with Tullamore athletes Ann Marie Larkin and Ann Carroll, who are also Irish Internationals.
The next major event to be held in Tinryland will be the Leinster Schools Cross Country which takes place on Wednesday February 5th.

Townsend Retains Chair

Paddy Townsend, Linkardstown was re-elected Chairman at the AGM of Tinryland Juvenile GFC which was held on Thursday last in Rathcrogue. The following officers were elected for 2003: Paddy Townsend (Chairman), Sean Barrett (Vice-Chairman), Cormac O'Toole (Secretary), Cora Townsend (Treasurer), Eamonn Byrne (PRO). The team mentors are Under 16: S Barrett, P Townsend, J Broderick, Under 14: C O'Toole, P Whelan, J Walshe, M Nolan, Under 12: M Murphy, J Lawlor, E Deane, P Finnerty, B Mullan, Under 10: J Maddock, E Townsend, G Deane, Under 8: M Kirwan.
Mr. Eddie Byrne

Sympathy is extended to Joe Byrne (Castletown) and Mrs. Mary Hayden (Kilmeaney) on the death of their brother Eddie Byrne who was interred in Carlow last week.

Community Games

There will be a meeting of Tinryland/Bennekerry Community Games tomorrow (Thursday) night in Tinryland GAA Clubhouse, Rathcrogue at 9 pm. All committee members are asked to attend.

Community Alert

There will be a meeting of Tinryland Community Alert on Tuesday next, January 28th in Tinryland GAA Clubhouse, Rathcrogue at 8.30 pm.
Any new members are welcome to attend.

Irish Blood Transfusion Service

The IBTS are currently experiencing difficulty in collecting enough voluntary blood donations in order to meet hospital requirements of 3,000 units of blood per week. The mobile blood collection team is in Carlow this week and anyone wishing to give donations can do so at the Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow today (Wednesday) between 4.30 pm and 8.30 pm.

Under 10s League
St Joseph's Reds 3- Killeshin Reds 2

This was one of the most entertaining games of the season so far at McArdles Cross. Both teams are very talented and contested this game from start to finish. Both teams played some lovely football and at half time it was 1-1 with Paul Costello scoring from a free kick for the home side. The second half was equally tight with all players on the pitch performing to a very high standard. David Townsend and Rory Keenan scored the goals to give Joey's this very good win. Best for Joey's in a good all round team performance were David Townsend, Eoin Maddock and Eric Bates.

St Joseph's Blues 1- Killeshin 2
This game was on a par with the first but with the odd goal of the game going in favour of the away team. Joey's played really well in the first half and took a well-earned lead when Martin Deane broke down the left and following a very good run fired a great goal to the Killeshin net. Again this game could have gone either way but in the end the away side took the points. Best for Joey's in another good all round team performance were Martin Deane, Colm Curran and Seamus Hurley.

Under 13 League
Hanover Harps 4- St Joseph's 0

Despite the score line this game was not as one side as the final score. With very blustery conditions this was a tough game for all players and it was the home side who adapted best. From the start they attacked with speed but the Joey's back four were coping ok until a hopeful cross from the left was helped by the wind over Shane Redmond into the net. A few minutes later Joey's gave away a very soft second when the middle of the back four failed to head the ball clear and allowed the home side an easy finish. Half time 2-0 to Harps. The second half saw Joey's pose more of a threat. Playing with the wind they camped in the Harps half but other than for one good shot on target from Conor Byrne the forwards never hit the target. Harps scored twice on the break one from a penalty. Joey's are showing the signs of a team softened by indoor training with many of their passes and shots being too soft to trouble any one other than themselves. Best for Joey's in a poor team display were Ronan Lawlor, James Thomson and Darren Costello.

Under 14 County Team. Congratulations to Ambrose Doran on becoming the first ever St Joseph's player to be selected for the Carlow League under 14 team. Best wishes to him in the coming games against other county teams. Well done to Ciaran Farrel, Colm Delaney and Ross Coyle for getting on the short-list.

Fixtures for Saturday 25th January
Under 14 League Killoughternane V St Joseph's 11:00am
Under 12 League Killoughternane V St Joseph's 2 12:15 PM
Under 12 League Killeshin V St Joseph's 1 11:00
Under 10 League Parkville V St Joseph's 12:00
Under 10 League Parkville V St Joseph's 12:45

Thursday 23rd January

This sees the launch of the Carlow Soccer Academy in the Regional college at 7:00pm. Congratulations to all players selected and all parents and players are asked to attend this very prestigious evening with representatives of the FAI in attendance to help these young people on their way.
The club also wishes Lee Buggle, Laurence O Neill and Sinead Lyons speedy recoveries from their current illnesses/ injuries.

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