Dicksboro GAA Club


August 2011



31st August 2011

Marvellous Camogie Minors Make Final

Our minor camogie team qualified for the county minor Roinn A final when they defeated Lisdowney in a pulsating semi final in Clara last Wednesday 31st August. When Lisdowney comprehensively defeated us in the league a few weeks back, few would have believed this victory a possibility, but our girls must have bad memories! From the start the crowd, including a large contingent of Dicksboro supporters, were fully engrossed in the action. Both teams contested every ball with gusto as the play swung from goal to goal. The Boro opened the score with a free from Orla Hanrick, followed shortly afterwards with a goal from Lucy Sherwin. Lisdowney put constant pressure on our backs, but we were giving little away. Our back four, Rachel Bawle in goal, Rachel Knox, Niamh O Connor and Claire Nolan all had outstanding games. By half time we led 1-6 to 0-4 thanks to points from Aoife Prendergast, Ciara Tyrrell, Lucy Sherwin and Orla Hanrick.

After the break, the favourites, now playing with a good breeze, began to pile on the pressure. Their star players, especially Claire Phelan and Kate Holland were winning lots of possession, and Aoife Murphy up front was beginning to threaten. But our defenders were brilliant, with Rachel Lynch, Alex Horan and Louise Kenny in the half back line repeatedly repelling opponent's attacks. However, when Lisdowney goaled to take the lead with about 10 minutes left, it seemed a victory might be beyond us. But incredibly, we fought our way back. Sonia Buggy was now bossing the midfield area. The tireless Lucy Sherwin won numerous possessions and Eva Maher, who had the game of her life, scored to narrow the gap. With only seconds left, a good move saw the ball end up with Orla Hanrick who just managed to squeeze the ball inside the right hand post from about 35 yards! Game tied 1-9 each, and then the final whistle. After some deliberation, the referee decided there was enough light to play two 10mins of extra time.

Two minutes into extra time came the decisive score. Danielle Kenny, now moved from midfield to full forward won a high ball over the head of impressive Tracey Brennan. Her first and second attempt were brilliantly saved by Lisdowney's excellent goalkeeper Noelle Murphy, but Danielle's persistance saw her convert on the third effort. The game was a frenzy for the next 15 minutes, with fortunes swaying one way and then the next. Another star, not mentioned till now, was Nicola Tynan, who was moved back to wing back at this stage. She was brilliant in this new position and cleared vital balls to help us to victory. Also Niamh Browne, who came on during the second half, won precious possession and played her part. Lisdowney kept in the game as the game entered the last period of extra time with 3 frees, converted by Clare Phelan and Kate Holland, while Orla Hanrick pointed two placed balls, helping us to a final total vivtory of 2-11 to 1-12. Final mention goes to our sub Rachel Doyle, who was not used on this occasion. Congratulations to all the girls involved. Next up is Windgap in the final, date to be arranged.

Article by Martin Hanrick


All Ireland Ticket Draw

Dicksboro GAA Club's All Ireland ticket draw for Club Members took place on Sunday 28th August 2011. To view the list of lucky members and details of how to claim your ticket click HERE. File may take a few moments to open. Please be patient.


28th August 2011

JJ Kavanagh & Sons Junior Hurling

Dunnamaggan had three points on the board courtesy of placed balls before Kevin Nolan stole the ball in the midfield area and the resultant breaking ball fell for James Maher who obliged. A goal, two minutes later from Dunnamaggan put us on the back foot as we trailed 0-1 to 1-3. We responded well by scoring four points without reply, the first two coming from Eamonn Campion, followed by a very good cross field pass from Davy Ryan to Eoin Gough who made no mistake, and finally a Davy Ryan free. Unfortunately, after this good period from the 'Boro, Dunnamagan went on a little point blitz of their own by racking up a further four points. We finished the half with two Davy Ryan frees and an excellent point from Eoin Gough who fielded a high ball from a puck out before finishing, putting it over from forty yards.

HT Dicksboro 0-8 Dunnamaggan 1-8

The start of the second half saw a few points exchanged between both teams until the 'Boro were awarded a twenty metre free which Davy Ryan drove to the net, leaving us just one point behind. Only a point or two separated the teams for most of this half but we were always behind until the twenty fourth minute when James Maher capitalised on Davy's work to score a goal to put us ahead for the first time by 2-12 to 1-14. Our lead lasted for about thirty seconds as Dunnamaggan immediately scored a goal of their own. They did not relinquish their lead and finished winners.

FT Dicksboro 2-13 Dunnamaggan 2-16.

Panel: Aaron Duggan, Michael Rafter, Michael Hayes, John Kelly, Jessie Waters, Paddy Henderson, Mason Clifford, Kevin Nolan(Capt), Marco Ruessman, Oisin Walsh, James Maher(1-1), Darragh Buggy(0-2), Eamonn Campion(0-2 frees), Eoin Gough(0-2), Davy Ryan(1-6,1-5 from frees) Conor Maharaj, Mark Nolan, David Carroll, Oisin Breathnach, Ger O'Donoghue, Willie Cuddihy, Collins Connolly, Evan Guilfoyle, Jamie Lynch, Brian Dollard, Rory Glynn, Philly Byrne, Graham Egan.

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 27th August 2011

Sam Collins Under 13 Tournament

A Dicksboro U13 panel travelled to Douglas, Cork and won the Annual Sam Collins U13 Hurling Tournament on Saturday 27th August 2011. The Kilkenny representatives dominated the preliminary rounds with wins over Blackrock, St. Finbarrs and Charleville. The semi final against Middleton was a closer affair and then the stage was set for the final against the host club. At half time in the final Dicksboro lead by just a single point 1 - 4 to 2 - 0 but with the wind in the second half scored seven points without reply to win out on the day.
The panel was Gavin Byrne, Sean Boyd, Cian Butler, David Ryan, Liam Kennedy, Evan Carroll, Alan Corcoran, Chris Kavanagh, Johnny Minogue, Colin Dempsey, Edward Moylan, Joe Sheehan, Niall Brennan, Oisin Gough, Brian Cleere, Cillian Timmons, Oisin Long and Charlie Buckley.
Thank you to the Douglas Club for the invitation and hospitality received.
Article and photo by Patsy Dempsey


26th August 2011

Minor Camogie Quarter Final

Our minor camogie team travelled to Thomastown last Friday to play the local girls in the fourth and fifth place playoff, the winners going on to meet Lisdowney in the semi final. We had finished fifth in the league, having recently lost to Thomastown in the last match. When captain Alex Horan won the toss, she opted to play with the help of the strong wind in the hope of gaining the early advantage. However, when Thomastown goaled in their first attack in the first minute, we looked to be in serious trouble. But our girls didn’t panic and hurled their way back into the game to level the match at half time.

HT Dicksboro 0-7 Thomastown 1-4.

Facing into the stiff wind for the second half, we knew that only our best would be good enough. In an incredible second half performance we held the Thomastown girls to a mere two points, while we added four to our half time total. To single out any player for special mention would be silly as each team member put in a superb effort after the break. A similar performance against fancied Lisdowney side in the semi-final might see us cause an upset.

Dicksboro 0-11 Thomastown 1-6

Panel: Rachel Bawle, Rebecca Knox, Niamh O Connor, Claire Nolan, Rachel Lynch, Alex Horan, Louise Kenny, Sonia Buggy (0-1), Danielle Kenny, Nicola Tynan, Orla Hanrick(0-9, 0-7f), Lucy Sherwin, Aoife Prendergast, Eva Maher(0-1), Ciara Tyrrell, Niamh Browne, Laura Lacy, Rachel Doyle, Ciara Connefery.

Article by Martin Hanrick


 Camogie Under 10's

The Dicksboro U10 camogie teams played their final summer blitz games at the weekend.The Boro Tigers travelled to Freshford, where they played matches against Freshford, Claraand Lisdowney, had refreshments and received medals, all in the lovely sunshine.
The players, who put in a great effort in every game were:
Eimear O'Reilly, Aideen Ryan, Annie McEvoy, Sophie Slattery, Robyn Comerford, Niamh Walshand Niamh Moore.

The Boro Sharks hosted their tournament in Palmerstown and played matches against Conahy, Ballyragget and St Martins. The weather stayed fine apart from a light shower towards the end, everybody showed great skill and effort, and received refreshments and medals at the end.

Photos Article & photos by Andy Ryan


19th August 2011

Tom Hogan Cup Final

It took Davy Ryan all of about ten seconds of the throw in to register the 'Boro's first point and put us on the road to victory over Graigue Ballycallan in the Tom Hogan Cup Final, a tournament run by the Tullaroan club. Points from Eddie O'Donoghue and Cillian Starr soon followed and with nine minutes gone we were 0-5 to 0-1 ahead and defending well. The Kilmanagh outfit did bring the game back to level at six points after nineteen minutes but this was as close as they got as we started to pull away again. A goal from Eddie shortly before the half time break, followed by a pointed free meant the score at HT was Dicksboro 1-9 Graigue Ballycallan 0-6.

Three unanswered points at the start of the second half from Cillian, Davy and Eoin Gough put us into an even more commanding position and when Michael Rafter saved a Graigue Ballycallan penalty after nine minutes the omens were looking good. The numerous 'Boro substitutions made during this half performed very well. Captain on the day, Philly Hogan accepted the cup and very nice trophies were presented to the players.

FT Dicksboro 1-17 Graigue Ballycallan 0-15

Panel: Cillian Breathnach, Michael Rafter, Kieran Cuddihy, Enda Malone, Philip Hogan, Danny Kenny, Kevin Nolan, Conor O'Loughlin, Ollie Walsh, Derek O'Gorman, Oisin Walsh, Davy Ryan, Cillian Starr, Eddie O'Donoghue, Eoin Gough, Sammy Morrissey, James Maher, Paddy Henderson, David Carroll, Darragh Buggy, Michael Hayes, Aaron Duggan, Conor Maharaj, Eoin Fennelly, Mason Clifford, Marco Ruessman.


19th August 2011

Duggan Steel Under 14 Roinn 'C' Championship

Dicksboro advanced to the 1st round proper of the Roinn C Championship 2011 with a win over a brave St. Fiacres side this evening at a well presented Palmerstown. While the Dicksboro boys were winning their game Gowran were advancing over Johnstown on the adjoining pitch.Certainly a good standard of hurling from all teams in the Roinn C Championship was displayed this evening. The Dicksboro boys lead by 2goals and five points to 1goal and 1 point at half time but really the boys from Graiguenamanagh and Skeagh were unlucky to be so far behind. In the second half the stronger Boro boys pulled away and ran out winners on a score line of 3 - 17 to 1-3.
The Dicksboro panel was Gavin Byrne, Liam Kennedy, Cormac Buggy, Kieran Dunne, Cian Butler, Evin Carroll, Peter Lynch, Kieran Ryan, Robert Crotty, Colin Dempsey, Osion Gough, David Delahunty, Jack Woods, Alan Corcoran, Dara Lynch, Cahal Gannon and Osion Long.
Article by Patsy Dempsey


16th August 2011

Duggan Steel Under 16 Roinn A Championship

Our comprehensive win over St. Lachtains in the Roinn A championship semi final has set up a must see final against James Stephens on 3rd Sept. The Village boys had the upper hand when we met in the league final on 31st July but championship is championship and no doubt but our boys will be eager to take revenge. Hopefully a great game awaits us.....

Dicksboro 4-11 St. Lachtains 0-7


13th August 2011

St Canice's Credit Union Senior Hurling League

'Boro supporters came to Nowlan Pk this evening in the hope that a win over O'Loughlin Gaels would see us out of the relegation semi finals. Early optimism when we went into a two point lead within six minutes soon faded as O'Loughlins asserted their authority on the game to lead at half time by Dicksboro 0-7 O'Loughlin Gaels 2-11.

A number of positional and personnel changes by the 'Boro management team in the second half failed to stem the O'Loughlin flow, who pressed home their advantage to cruise to a 0-10 to 3-16 victory. We will now have to play Clara in a relegation semi final.

Panel: Cillian Beathnach, Michael Rafter, Kieran Cuddihy, Philip Hogan, Kevin Nolan, Michael Fagan, Enda Malone, Derek O'Gorman, Ollie Walsh, Paul O'Flynn, Tom Manning, Eddie O'Donoghue, Cillian Starr, Adrian Stapleton, Davy Ryan, Sam Morrissey, Danny Kenny(for Enda Malone,inj), Paddy Henderson, Conor Maharaj(for Paul O'Flynn), Michael Hayes(for Philly Hogan), Martin Gaffney(inj), Evan Guilfoyle(for Cillian Starr), David Carroll, Mason Clifford, Darragh Buggy, James Maher, Aaron Duggan, Conor O'Loughlin( for Adrian Stapleton).

Match Photos by John Glynn


11th August 2011

Kilkenny Citroen Centre Minor Hurling Championship

St. Lachtains were our opponents in this first round Roinn A championship game held in Castlecomer. When these two side met in the middle of April in the League the result was oh so different as we defeated the Freshford lads by 2-18 to 1-13. The warning signs were there at half time as we found ourselves behind by 1-5 to 2-6. Freshford kept their momentum going at the start of the second half, outscoring us by 2-1 to 1-2 in the first eleven minutes and they were to score only two more points between that time and the final whistle. The 'Boro boys did have more possession in the final quarter of the game and Freshford were put under pressure but it was not to be. FT Dicksboro 2-10 St. Lachtains 4-9.

Panel: Aaron Duggan, Ruairi Morrissey, Rory Glynn, Evan Cody, Mason Clifford, Enda O'Donoghue, Daniel Farrell, Stephen Farrell, Shane Clohessy, Eoin Fennelly, Eoin Gough, Stephen Tynan, Peter Turley, James Murphy, Kevin Kenny, Paddy Cahill, Eoin Cantwell, Shane Brennan, Alex Quinlan, James Gittens, Joe Bollard, Gerry Walsh, Shane O'Brien, Darragh Holohan, Dylan Scott.

Match Photos by John Glynn


9th August 2011

Duggan Steel Under 16 Roinn C Hurling Championship

Our under 16 Roinn C team had an early exit from the championship this evening. The match, against Dunnamaggan, was held in Palmerstown and the away team proved too strong for our team on the night. Dunnamaggan proved convincing winners and fully deserved their victory.

Dicksboro 3-4 Dunnamaggan 6-22

Panel: John Hanrick, Sean O'Neill, Aaron Malone, Billy Rowe, Brian Comerford, Aaron Purcell, Paulie Clifford, Jason Carroll, Thomas Kenny, Frank Nolan, Liam Walsh, Robbie Murphy, Andrew Gaffney, Mark McGarry, Kieran Ryan, Conor Fitzpatrick, Aidan Nolan.

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8th August 2011

Duggan Steel Under 16 Championship Roinn A

Well done to our Roinn A team who got back to winning ways in this first round championship game against city rivals, O'Loughlin Gaels following our recent league final defeat. O'Loughlin's early one point lead was soon nullified and we never looked back after that. Well worked passing, showing great team work resulted in seven goals for the 'Boro in this game. We had a convincing lead at HT Dicksboro 5-4 O'Loughlin Gaels 1-8.

The supremacy of our back lines and midfield showed even more in the second half when we held the Gaels to 0-3 in the entire half. FT Dicksboro 7-11 O'Loughlin Gaels 1-11

Panel: Darragh Holohan, John Curtin, Evan Cody, Thomas Carroll, David Kenny, Robbie Fitzpatrick, Dylan Scott, Cory Cahill, Marc Cudmore, Michael Phelan, Stephen Farrell, Shane O'Brien, Jamie Byrne, Kevin Kenny, Paddy Cahill, Jason Carroll, Brian Comerford, John Hanrick, Mark McGarry, Frank Nolan, Aaron Purcell, Aidan Walsh, Liam Walsh.

Match Photos   Video Clips   Match Photos by Kieran Carroll


5th August 2011

Kilkenny Honda Minor League Roinn C

Our Minor Roinn C team have earned the right to challenge either Danesfort or Dunnamaggan in the league final following their great win over Cloneen today. A goal after two minutes gave us the best start but when Cloneen replied with three unanswered points in the following eight minutes we knew we would have a close game on our hands. And so it proved to be. A point from the 'Boro stopped the flow but Cloneen quickly followed that up with a goal of their own to bring them back to a one point lead halfway through the half. The ebb and flow of this half continued as we then tacked on a goal and a point in quick succession but Cloneen were to answer this with four more unanswered points before the halftime whistle blew at Dicksboro 2-3 Cloneen 1-7.

Scores did not come as easily in the second half as both teams only managed to add three points each, but this of course meant that Cloneen were still leading by a single point. All this changed on the twenty seventh minute when we added a goal, a score that proved to be the last of the game and which brought us into the final. FT Dicksboro 3-6 Cloneen 1-10