CBS Kilkenny and St. Kieran's College continue to dominate the Leinster Colleges Competition and will compete in the Leinster Colleges Hurling Final in Nowlan Park this Sunday afternoon. With 15 O'Loughlin Gaels lads involved there will be plenty of interest from our club and it's members. Therefore the Carpark and Bar will be Open All Day for members and friends to use around match time. We wish all out lads the very best on the day and congratulate both schools for their continued success at the highest level.
The Juvenile Championship Draws for u14, u16 and Minor Championships were all made last night in front of Bord na nOg delegates from around the County. The teams were drawn as follows ..all fixtures and venues will be scheduled at a later date. The hard work has already begun.
U14 Roinn A
1/4 FINAL A James Stephens v O Loughlins
1/4 FINAL B Young Irelands v Dicksboro
SEMI FINAL C Thomastown v Mooncoin
SEMI FINAL D A V B
U16 Roinn A
prelim A Dicksboro A v Bennetsbridge
prelim B Erins Own v Mooncoin
prelim C Piltown v St Martins
1/4 final D Dunamaggin v Oloughlin Gaels
1/4 final E Kilmacow v Thomastown
1/4 final F C V B
1/4 final G James Stephens v A
Semi final H G V F
Semi final I E V D
u16 Roinn C
prelim A John Lockes v James Stephens B
prelim B St Paricks v Oloughlin Gaels B
prelim C Carrickshock v Dicksboro B
1/4 final D Conahy v Slieverue
1/4 final E Young Irelands v Blacks / Whites
1/4 final F Fenians v A
1/4 final G C v B
semi final H D v G
semi final I E v F
U18 Roinn A
PRELIM A Erins Own v OLoughlin Gaels
1/4 FINAL B Dicksboro v A
1/4 FINAL C Ballyhale v Lisdowney
1/4 FINAL D Thomastown v James Stephens
1/4 FNAL E Bennetsbridge v Graigue Ballycallan
SEMI FINAL F B v E
SEMI FINAL G D v C
U18 Roinn C
PRELIM A Blacks & Whites v Slieverue
PRELIM B Dicksboro B v James Stephens B
PRELIM C Carrickshock v Tullogher Rosbercon
1/4 final D B v St Patricks
1/4 final E Conahy v OLoughlin Gaels B
1/4 final F A v Tullaroan
1/4 final G C v Cloneen / Railyard
Semi final H E v F
Semi final I D v G
By all accounts yesterdays afternoon's maiden encounter between these two sides was nothing short of entertaining. The Model School took to the field at St. John's Park for the very first time under the stewardship of Mr. Kearns (Andy) and Ms. McLoughney (Tipp Camogie) and Mr. Norris. The St. John's Snr side prepared by the other Mr. Kearns (Eddie), Mr. Cooney and Principal , Mr. Brian Roche.
Two matches were played out over the afternoon and with no reporter present we have to rely on the accounts of Messrs. Kearns, Andy & Eddie. According to the Model School Bainisteóir both games were very competitive with the 3rd/4th class teams resulting in a draw. Some top class hurling and skillful action on show to the sizeable support present. He conceded that St. Johns Snr got the better of his charges in the 5th/6th class match and was very proud of the way all the Model School players performed on their first day out. However, according to the Chef d'Equip at St. John's Senior the 5th/6th game was a 'rout' and his lads won 'very easily'. The first 3rd/4th game was a draw alright but you get 'days like that'. (looks like one brother might look to review his 'Managers' speak' for the press!!)
Of course we're only joking. It was a great afternoon and the results were one draw and a win for the combined forces of St. John's Snr School & Johnswell N.S. New faces were introduced to the game of hurling and credit to all involved as they have vowed to have rematches in a couple of weeks time.
The Two Mr. Kearns' Get Ready for Rd. 2.....
HISTORY IN THE MAKING....
It will be an Historic Day Wednesday Feb 15 for GAA in St. John's Parish as The Model School will take to the field in hurling action for the very first time. At 3.30pm tomorrow the newly formed Model School Hurling team will take on St. John's Senior in the Battle of St. John's Parish. And to add to the intrigue the respective teams are coached by the two Mr. Kearns - Senior full backs and brothers Andy & Eddie Kearns. With these two up against each other it promises to be an engaging encounter. There's was a huge contingent from both schools at Juvenile Registration last week demonstrating that the appetite for hurling is stronger than ever in the parish. If you've nothing to do please drop in to St. Johns Park and support these teams. We hope to see lots of parents . Maith sibh go léir. ..lovely Hurling.