Dicksboro GAA Club

June 2012



Under 12 Camogie

The Dicksboro U12 panel had their first outing in the Camogie Summer Mini League last week. The panel is divided into two teams, Dicksboro 12s and Dicksboro 11s. Dicksboro 11s played at home against Paulstown Camogie Club, and after a close and entertaining game, finished eventual winners, 3-1 to 0-0. Panel: Moli Byrne, Eimear O’Reilly, Aideen Ryan, Christine Doheny, Lucy Keane, Issey Shine, Niamh Walsh, Jane Cass, Kate Dempsey, Amy McCarthy, Anna O’Shea, Dara Scobie, Aoibheann Smyth, Lucy Rochford, Rea Maher, Laura Walsh. Missing from photo, Ciara Davis, Emer Phelan, Ellie Kane, Annie McEvoy, Orla Morrissey.
The Dicksboro 12s travelled to Conahy. Both teams worked hard, with the lead changing hands a number of times during the match, Conahy finishing up the eventual winners. Panel: Amy Lennon, Ella Brennan, Aine Trait, Caoimhe Dunne-Dowling, Caitriona Gough, Alannah Clarke, Leah Raggett, Orlaith Moore, Bronagh Doheny, Hannah Kane, Kate Ryan, Leah Dunne, Ella Dowling, Ruth Delahunty, Grace O’Neill, Chloe Murphy, Lauren Walsh, Leah Treacy, Tara Brett.
The Summer League will continue over the next few weeks, with the finals scheduled for 25 August.

Article/Photo by Andy Ryan


30th June 2012

Aylward Cup

Dicksboro 2-11 Fenians 2-9

It was nice to finish our run in the Aylward Cup with a win over Fenians(Johnstown) last Saturday in Freshford. Playing with a wind in the first half, we would have liked to have put up more scores but as it turned out we only lead by a single point at halftime, Dicksboro 0-8 Fenians 1-4. Leading by five points to no score within six minutes of the start of the game, we were in control until Fenians scored a goal. We replied very soon after with a pointed sixty five from Shane Maher and another point from Stephen Farrell but the last twelve minutes was all Fenians. The second half was a better display for both teams, Fenians starting strongest with a goal within a minute. Both teams were level three times during this half with Fenians nudging in front by a point (1-11, 2-9) with five minutes remaining. The defining moment came with one minute of normal time left on the clock when Kevin Nolan broke down a Fenians attack, the sliothar going to Eoin Fennelly who took on the opposition half back line before providing Mason Clifford with the score winning pass as he slipped it into the net. Dicksboro 2-11 Fenians 2-9. Panel: Aaron Duggan, DD Molloy, Ciaran Cuddihy, Michael Rafter, John Fagan, Kevin Nolan, Rory Glynn, Michael Fagan (0-1), Eoin Fennelly, Stephen Farrell (0-2), Tom Manning, Paul O’Flynn (0-2), Mason Clifford (1-0), Shane Maher (1-5, 0-4 frees), Robbie Fitzpatrick (0-1), Cillian Breathnach, Jamie Lynch, Evan Cody, Shane O’Brien, Darragh Holohan, Enda O’Donoghue.


22nd June 2012

Féile Peil na nÓg

Day 1: Our Féile panel arrived in Moate today, 22nd June, to a warm reception from our hosts. We quickly had to settle down to the business at hand and started our first game against a diagonal wind which would have favoured our hosts more than us. Direct running football, gave us the edge and we were in front at the end of the first fifteen minute half by 2-3 to 0-1. The second half was not as fluid as we emptied the bench and the game finished Dicksboro 2-4 Moate 0-2. Moate GAA Club then provided us with a meal of curry and chips before we set off to the Féile Parade in Portlaoise. Arriving in O'Moore Park at 6pm, we eventually finished the parade at 8.45pm before returning to Moate and linking up with the host families. Hopefully the boys will have a good nights sleep as they will have an early start tomorrow(Saturday) as they travel to Cloghan to play St. Rynaghs at 10am and then Lancashire at 12.30pm.

Day One Photos

Day 2: It was an early start today, Saturday, to make the sixteen mile journey to Cloghan, home of St. Rynagh's for our last two group matches, the first of which started at 10am against St. Rynagh's. This turned out to be the most competitive that we had to play. Rynagh's were quickest off the mark with three points on the scoreboard within six minutes before the 'Boro got a lucky break when a sideline kick went straight to the net.. On twelve minutes, St. Rynagh's were awarded a free which was well struck and dipped just below the crossbar for a goal. Just at halftime, on the fifteenth minute, the 'Boro again brought the game back to parity with an excellent goal. HT Dicksboro 2-0 St. Rynagh's 1-3.

St. Rynagh's started the second half even better than the first, raising the white flag three times in two minutes and they looked to be well on top. But 'Boro boys are not that easily beaten and the comeback started on the seventh minute with a point. We held St. Rynagh's scoreless for the remainder of the half, while at the same time adding two more points to draw the game, Dicksboro 2-3 St. Rynagh's 1-6.

We were now level with St. Rynagh's on points in the group but we also needed to put up a very big score against Lancashire in our last game to make up score difference. When this did not seem likely, the management emptied the bench, giving every panel member a run and we still managed to win. Dicksboro 2-6 Lancashire 2-1.

We can justifiably feel unfortunate to go out of this Féile after winning two and drawing one of our three group games but sport can be cruel. The boys can now relax and they travelled to O'Moore Pk to watch the Kilkenny/Dublin Championship game, following which they will return to Moate before travelling the short distance to Rosemount GAA Club to dance the night away at a disco


17th June 2012

Joe Walsh Cup

Dicksboro 1-11 Barrow Rangers 1-18

Dicksboro let this Joe Walsh Cup Final slip from their grasp after going in at halftime leading by 1-6 to 0-6. Level three times in the first twenty two minutes, we then got our chance to take charge of the game when Ruairi Morrissey sent in a long high ball which JJ Staunton on the Rangers goal batted down and Craig Cahill was waiting to score the first goal of the game. Within a minute, this was followed by a Ger O'Donoghue point to give us a four point lead. Ger was to add another point before the end of the half, following an excellent handpass from Collins.

With all to play for in the second half, we simply could not get ourselves going and a pointed free after three minutes was our only return until Drew Phelan's point on fourteen minutes and this proved to be our only score from play in the second half in what was a disappointing half from the 'Boro. Having said that, we were still only four points adrift with two minutes of normal time left in the game and anything could have happened. Unfortunately it happened for Rangers, who's goal on thirty minutes, left us with too big a mountain to climb.

Panel: Sammy Morrissey, Eoin McCormack, John Kelly, Steve Dawson, Enda O'Donoghue, JJ Hickey, Eoin Burke, Ruairi Morrissey, Willie Cuddihy, Ger O'Donoghue (Capt), Peter Turley, Peter Fitzpatrick, Collins Connolly, Drew Phelan, Craig Cahill, James Gittens, David Carroll, James Murphy, Michael Kealy, Alex Quinlan, Stephen Rochford, Matthew Nolan, Padraig White.

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16th June 2012

Dicksboro Under 8 Hurling Blitz

Juvenile hurling and the O`Neill Centre, (Enable Ireland) Kilkenny were the big winners at the weekend at the fifth annual under 8 Charity Hurling tournament hosted by the Dicksboro club at Palmerstown last Saturday afternoon.

Fourteen clubs comprising sixteen teams and over 250 boys & girls under the age of eight years provided unbridled joy as they showed their talents under the warm Saturday sun. The sheer spectacle of the mass of juveniles in their respective club jerseys strewn across the Palmerstown venue during an afternoon in June was a sight to behold. Mentors, parents, siblings and others watched in delight & awe as their young stars hurled their hearts out for their parishes. Thirty two games in total were played in the Palmerstown venue in just three hours.

The action in two blitzes running simultaneously, consisting of eight teams each, got underway at 2.00pm with all teams initially playing three group games of twenty minutes duration. All games were played in the spirit of GO-GAMES with ten a side teams with minimal subs, both blitzes had no knock- out stages with all teams playing four matches in total, ensuring plenty of action for all concerned. After three matches, everybody adjourned for fabulous food served up by the Dicksboro ladies & parents. A bit like the laves & the fishes all were fed. One further game per team after the break brought the day to a close with all players receiving a commemorative medal. As the sun began to set, all trooped home, tired but happy, following a great day’s excitement for a worthy cause.

The Dicksboro Juvenile GAA Club organisers would like to thank all those who helped, in any and everyway, to make it such an enjoyable day for our young up and coming hurlers and for their support in raising much needed funds (€1200) for the O’Neill Centre (Enable Ireland) in Kilkenny. Therese Buckley & Therese Healy, representing the O `Neill Centre praised the host club for the great days entertainment & the clubs ongoing support of the centre. Special thanks to our four pitch co-ordinators & the U14 & U16s who refereed throughout the blitz.
Special congratulations to all the `young hurlers` who made the day memorable. ` Here`s to 2013 !

Clubs who took part : Dicksboro, James Stephens, O Loughlin Gaels, Thomastown, Danesfort, Bennettsbridge, Castlecomer, Kilmacow, John Lockes, Glenmore, Ballyhale Shamrocks, Graigballycallan, Clara & Freshford.


9th June 2012

Double Delight in Naas

Dicksboro U10 hurlers enjoyed double delight in the prestigious annual Naas Juvenile Tournament, in winning both the Cup & Shield competitions last Saturday in glorious sunshine. Following an early 7.30am departure from Palmerstown the Boro lads arrived in Naas hoping for a victory in the annual Naas blitz last won by the Boro in 2007. First up were the `older` U10s who opened their account in the Cup with a good win against Galway side, Athenry coached by former county hurler Eugene Clooney. From this they enjoyed wins over hosts Naas & Limerick club Ahane. By nature of topping their group the Boro faced 2011 winner James Stephens in a tense semi-final before pulling through with seven points to spare. Following a well deserved food break the Boro faced Naomh Eanna (Gorey) in the final and after a hard 30 mins hurling emerged as Cup champions 2012 with a delighted Aaron Tracey Murphy accepting the Cup on his team`s behalf.

Meanwhile the Boro U10 `Óg` panel enjoyed wins over Athenry, hosts Naas & city rivals James Stephens to face hosts Naas again in the final . After a very close 1st half the Boro youngsters cut loose in the second half & danced their way to victory with Timmy Clifford accepting the Shield for Dicksboro U10 Óg. Indeed the Boro made history in winning both the Cup & Shield competitions in the same year in this highly organised & prestigious Naas Annual hurling tournament. Well done to all & mentors, Des Walsh, Pat Carroll, Jim O Neill, Martin Rowe, Eoin Maher, Sean Kennedy, Seamus Rowe & Aidan Brennan. Next Saturday the Boro U13s travel to Naas for a blitz & it was great to meet Boro exiles, Paula Tynan (daughter of Shem) & Aidan Begley (son of Eugene) on the day. Thanks to Naas for an excellent tournament run with great professionalism & brilliant hospitality.

Article/Photos by Pat Moylan


7th June 2012

Aylward Cup

Heavy rain meant that the venue for our second game in the Aylward Cup against St. Patricks, Ballyragget had to be moved from Palmerstown to St. James Pk. Losing by 1-5 to 0-4 at halftime, a lacklustre performance in the second half sealed our faith as we went down heavily on a final score of St. Patricks 3-13 to Dicksboro 0-9.

Panel: Cillian Breathnach, Mikey Hayes, Ciaran Cuddihy, David Carroll, Philly Hogan, Michael Fagan, Enda Malone, Kevin Nolan, Michael Rafter, Rory Glynn, Oisin Walsh, Tom Manning, Willie Cuddihy, Shane Maher, Brian Dollard, Aaron Duggan, Stephen Farrell, Enda O’Donoghue, Paddy Cahill.


3rd June 2012

Ballyboden/ St. Enda's Under 12 Blitz

Dicksboro under 12's had their first major outing of the year today when they travelled to Dublin to play in the Ballyboden/St. Enda's blitz. First up was Naas who gave us a very tough match that finished with a victory for the 'Boro at 0-4 to 0-2. After a ten minute break we had to face our hosts in what turned out to be another keenly fought game which we won by 2-1 to 1-1. Brosna Gaels from Offaly were our last game in the group stage and a victory here would put us in the final against the second place team. As it turned out we won this game well.

As Naas beat Ballyboden in their game we now had to play Naas again in the final. Knowing how close our first game was against Naas it was important to start well. Each player put his heart and soul into the game, and with all the team putting in such a work rate, there was only going to be one result and that was a win for the 'Boro. FT Dicksboro 4-4 Naas 0-2.

Our hosts then provided chips, sandwiches, tea and coffee to all and we extend our thanks to them for their hospitality and the way they ran the tournament. Each player was presented with a hurley grip and the team was also presented with a trophy.

Panel: Jack Tynan, Eoghan Moylan, Tommy Farrell, Eoin de Buitlear, Daire Maher, Evan Clarke, Padraic Moylan, Nicky Burke, Mark Nolan, Tadhg Butler, Darren Mullan, Bobby O'Mahony, Joseph Lacey, Liam Stynes, William O'Sullivan, Mark Kenny.


2nd June 2012

Joe Walsh Cup

Dicksboro 3-13 Graigue/Ballycallan 3-10

Our Junior B's earned a well deserved place in the semi final of the Joe Walsh Cup following our win tonight in a wet Kilmanagh. A point from Eddie Clifford in less than twenty seconds sent us on our way in what was a tight contest throughout. Fifteen minutes in, we were leading by 0-4 to 0-2 when a Graigue forward got the ball right in front of goal and struck for what was sure to be a goal but for Willie Cuddihy throwing himself bravely in front of him and blocking down the shot. This turned out to be a vital interception as the ball was cleared up the field only for Craig Cahill to score a goal for the 'Boro. The teams were level on three different occasions in this half but Graigue got their noses in front when on twenty five minutes the ball seemed to go wide but the game continued as there was no umpire to signal and our opponents capitalised by scoring a goal. The 'Boro finished the half well with three points, the last one coming from a very good passage of play when Enda O'Donoghue delivered the sliothar to Collins who picked out Ger O'Donoghue who obliged. HT Dicksboro 1-8 Graigue/Ballycallan 2-4.

Graigue scored three unanswered points at the start of the second half before Ruairi Morrissey got us off the mark which he followed moments later with a pointed free. Ruairi was joined in midfield by Jamie Lynch who put in a very solid performance as did JJ Hickey at centre back. A Collins Connolly goal on eighteen minutes gave us a two point advantage which was followed by a Ger O'Donoghue point to make it three. With twenty one minutes gone, Graigue were awarded a penalty which they took full advantage of to bring the game back to level. Not to be outdone, within a minute, Podge Lacey started the movement that lead to our next goal which went through Michael Falvey before arriving to Eddie Clifford who made no mistake. The 'Boro held on to this lead until the end despite Graigue getting another goal chance with only seconds to play but the ball was again blocked down by Willie Cuddihy.

Panel: DD Molloy, Eoin McCormack, Willie Cuddihy, Graham Egan, Podge Lacey, JJ Hickey, Enda O'Donoghue(0-1, F), Jamie Lynch, Ruairi Morrissey(0-2, 1F), Ger O'Donoghue(0-5, 3F), Peter Turley(0-1), Peter Fitzpatrick, Craig Cahill(1-0), Eddie Clifford(1-1), Collins Connolly(1-2),Michael Falvey for Peter Fitzpatrick, Drew Phelan for Graham Egan, Mike Kealy, Stephen Dawson.


1st June 2012

Under 14 Roinn 'A' Hurling League

Dicksboro 2-5 James Stephens 3-10

Dicksboro's under 14's played James Stephens today in Palmerstown in what was a good game of hurling. We got off the mark first, scoring from a free and we scored another before the Village registered their first point. The teams were level shortly after that but our opponents were to get a goal and went in at HT leading 1-3 to 0-3.

The 'Boro came out of the traps quicker in the second half scoring 1-1 to James Stephen's 0-1 in the first ten minutes. Then the Village seemed to get theupper hand scoring 2-7 to the 'Boro's 1-1 in the remaining twenty minutes of the match.

Panel: Colin Dempsey, David Ryan, Evan Carroll, David Campion, Eoghan Moylan, Cian Butler, Johnny Minogue, Liam Kennedy, Chris Kavanagh(Capt), Conor O'Mahony, Alan Corcoran, Joe Sheehan, Mark Nolan, Oisin Gough, Sean Boyd, Kieran Galvin, Tadhg Butler.


1st June 2012

All County Junior Hurling League

Dicksboro 0-12 St. Martin's 0-8

Played in Muckalee, this was our last game in the All County League Group stage and it was good to finish with a win. Mount Leinster Rangers have topped our group and we finished second, having won two and drawing one out our four games. We will now progress to the knockout stage of the tournament with our next game on next Saturday. The first half of our game against St. Martin's was particularly low scoring, finishing at HT Dicksboro 0-6 St. Martin's 0-4. The second half, strangly saw both teams score the same as the first half, 0-6 and 0-4 and five of the 'Boro's six scores of the second half came in a five minute period between the twenty first and twenty sixth minute.