Dicksboro GAA Club

June 2014

Féile Peil na nÓg

The Féile weekend is always a special weekend in the GAA calendar and last weekend Dicksboro had the privilege of representing Kilkenny in the Féile Peil na nÓg which was held in Mayo/Sligo.  The ‘Boro boys were hosted by St. Marys GAA Sligo and more hospitable hosts they could not have been.  Each and every one of the boys and their parents enjoyed the weekend immensely.  On the field of play we had a great run, our first two games, held in Ballaghaderren ending in victories for the ‘Boro.  The first game against Swinford ended in a surprisingly comfortable win for us on a scoreline of 3-9 to 1-3 while our second game against Warwickshire was far tighter as we won by 2-5 to 2-2.  The boys then went to Sligo to meet their host families and go to their houses while the team management and travelling supporters travelled out the road to Rosses Point where they were billeted, surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery in the country.  On Saturday morning the boys played the host club and won well and so were through to the cup quarter final to be held in Ballaghaderren in the afternoon against St. Mary’s of Leitrim.  The writing was on the wall for St. Mary’s as we lead at HT by 4-1 to 0-2 and we were to advance to the semi-final which was played on Sunday in Ballyhaunis.  Before that, however, both the boys and their supporters were invited to our host club for a social night which was very enjoyable.  The semi-final against St. Dominic’s of Roscommon was a tight contest as you would expect coming into the last stages of a national competition but the ‘Boro’s goal scoring capabilities backed up by resolute defending won the day by 4-4 to 2-3.  We were now in the final against John Mitchells from Kerry.  The ‘Boro had a great start in the final with a goal in less than a minute and another shortly afterwards but Mitchells came back at us but by HT we were still in front by 2-1 to 1-2.  Unfortunately we were held scoreless in the second half while Mitchells added another three points to win by a single point to leave our valiant warriors defeated.  This group of boys have been fantastic ambassadors for their club and we should all be very proud of their achievements.  A very big well done to the players and management who organised the weekend and left nothing for the parents to do only go and enjoy the weekend.

Féile Photos

27th June 2014

Junior B League/Championship

Dicksboro 1-8 Bennettsbridge 1-16

Dicksboro and Bennettsbridge met for the second time in a number of weeks last Friday, with the ‘Bridge men running out winners once more in this opening round of the Junior B League Championship.  The ‘Boro started more brightly of the two teams opening up a two point lead in the first few minutes and having what looked like a clear goal not given, after the ball had squirmed over the line before being cleared.  The ‘Boro managed to keep the lead up to half-time, thanks in no small part to Stephen Farrell’s accuracy from the placed ball.  HT score Dicksboro 0-6 Bennettsbridge 0-5.  Bennettsbridge were quicker out of the blocks in the second half, notching up three points in the first six minutes without reply.  Dicksboro were then dealt a big blow when Diarmuid Molloy was forced off through injury.  The ‘Bridge men extended their lead even further with a goal in the ninth minute, but the ‘Boro answered in kind a minute later, when the Dunne brothers, Kieran and Philip combined to hit the back of the net.  Sadly for Dicksboro, Bennettsbridge stepped it up a gear and rattled over eight points without reply to run out winners on a scoreline of 1-16 to 1-8.

21st June 2014

National Féile

The top tier of hurling Féile counties had a new format to their National event this year, their games being played off in one day on Saturday last in Thurles. The twelve teams were divided into four groups of three, the ‘Boro been grouped with Athenry and Midleton. Our first game against Athenry was like a lot of our games, a slow burner from the ‘Boro. Drawing at HT by 0-2 each, we saved our best hurling to the second half where we took control and finished off, winners by 2-2 to 0-3. A win against Midleton would put us into the semi-final, but Midleton were a very strong team and indeed they were to eventually lose the Féile final by only one point. Midleton had the best of starts, scoring 2-1 without reply within three minutes of the start but the ‘Boro came back at them and at HT we were only trailing by 2-3 to 1-2. In the second half, the ‘Boro threw the kitchen sink at Midleton in what was one of a couple of brilliant team performances on the day. Despite some late chances we were to succumb by a single point, Dicksboro 2-5 Midleton 2-6.

We now went into the shield section of the competition, Garryspillane, the Limerick champions being our next opponents in the semi-final. The first half was tight, the ‘Boro leading by 0-5 to 1-1 but the second half was all so different with a dominant Dicksboro team winning by 4-9 to 1-1, our opponents held scoreless in the half.

Moycarkey-Borris, a local team, were next up in the shield final. Moycarkey had an exceptional start, just like Midleton did with us and were up by 2-2 before we registered our first score. But this Dicksboro team simply do not give up and pressed on but still losing at HT by 1-1 to 2-3. When Moycarkey started the second half with another goal, stretching their lead to eight points, it looked like we had given ourselves too big a hill to climb in this fifteen minute Féile halves.  Courage, steel and determination gripped the ‘Boro boys and back they came, snatching a draw in the dying minute of the half. Two five minute periods of extra time would be required to determine a winner and the ‘Boro, now on a roll lead at HT by 0-2 to 0-1. When even the spectators were  tired after a long day in the sun, our boys summoned the energy to press home their advantage and win by 0-6 to 0-2 and be crowned the Féile Shield Champions. This was a day that will live in the memory for a long time and everyone involved should be very proud of themselves.

Panel: William O’Sullivan, Patrick O’Shea, Eoghan Moylan, Mark Nolan, Tadhg Butler, Liam Brennan Smith, Shay McEvoy, Nicky Burke, Liam Stynes, Justin Cahill, Bobby O’Mahony, Padraic Moylan, David Conway, David Delahunty, Liam Hennessy, Luke Morrissey, Oisin Tynan, Mark Kenny, Tommy Farrell, Kevin Fitzpatrick, David Kelleher, Jack Tynan, Darren Mullan, Evan Clarke, Joseph Lacey, Conor Egan, Daire Maher, Cian Rowe, Keith O’Connor, Colm O’Grady.

Match Photos

14th June 2014

Joe Walsh Cup

Dicksboro 0-14 Bennetsbridge 2-16

After a bright opening few minutes in which Dicksboro tapped over two nice points, things qickly began to come undone for the 'Boro men, as opponents Bennetsbridge scored a lightning 1-3 in three minutes to give themselves a lead, a lead they would not give up in this Joe Walsh quarter final.  Dicksboro battled hard to make inroads into the deficit but with little luck and come nineteen minutes were hit with the sucker punch of another preventable goal that put Bennetsbridge seven points up.  Two frees fro Darragh Buggy and a nice point from Conor Maharaj kept the 'Boro in touching distance as the teams went into halftime with the score at 2-8 to 0-8.

The second half started with Bennetsbridge on top as they extended their lead to eight points.  The 'Boro, though, kept going and scored two excellent points of their own, the first from Enda O'Donoghue after good work by Darragh Buggy and another from sub, John Hanrick.  Sadly it proved to be notenough as Bennetsbridge kept the scoreboard ticking over and almost snatched a third goal only for a fine save from Alan Purcell.  In the end Bennetsbridge ran out the victors on a scoreline of 2-16 to 0-14.

Match report by Kevin Nolan

Panel:  Alan Purcell, Enda O'Donoghue, DD Molloy, Drew Phelan, Ciaran Gough, Eoin Fennelly (0-1), Marc Cudmore, Conor Marahaj (0-1), Jamie Lynch, Aaron Rowe, Graham Egan (0-2), Darragh Buggy (0-4, frees), James Murphy (0-1), Peter Fitzpatrick (0-3), Ger O'Donoghue (0-1), Philip Dunne, John Hanrick (0-1), Gary Lynch, Aidan Nolan.