Dicksboro GAA Club



Boro are Northern Junior champions

Dicksboro ended the weekend on a high after the juniors beat James Stephens in the northern junior final replay under lights in Ballyragget. The final score 1-20 to 0-14.
This was a wonderful game of hurling played at a very fast tempo with each team contributing to a great spectacle.
At half time the Boro were just three points ahead having had the majority of possession.
However, the Plamerstown Pumas started the second half really well and were five points up within five minutes, before man of the match, Bill Sheehan struck for the only goal of the game to stretch the Boro's lead and put the game out of reach from a very good and skillful James Stephens team who were unable to match the Boro for pace and determination.
The village started the better and were 0-2 to no score ahead after just four minutes and seemed intent on starting off as they had finished the drawn match - going forward. But that was as good as it got for the Village men with the Boro gaining parity after six minutes to leave it 0-4 apiece.
As the half wore on the Boro maintained a two point cushion and went in at the break three points ahead.
This was above all, a team performance and the Boro were, after the first few minutes, on top in every position with the forwards receiving a great supply of chest high ball or ball played to their feet.
Their first touch was good and this was the difference between the two sides.
Everyone of the six forwards that started scored from play and there was no weak link.
The midfield played as link men and the backs were Tigerish without being overly zealus.
After the match, team captain, Jesse Watters was presented with the Jim Rice memorial cup by Conor Dennieffe of the Kilkenny County Board
The draw for the county semi-final will be made tomorrow night in Nowlan park.
Referee Pat Dunphy had a very good game and let the play flow while the pitch was in excellent condition.
Dicksboro: Killian Breathnach, Alan Phelan, Danny Kenny, Mikey Hayes, Michael Rafter, Philly Hogan, Jesse Waters (captain), Kevin Nolan, John Fagan, Oisin Gough, Tom Manning, Aidan Nolan, Bill Sheehan, Davy Ryan, Edward Moylan. Subs; Tom Kenny for T Manning, Conor Fitzpatrick for D Ryan and Cillian Starr for J Fagan.
Scorers: B Sheehan (1-6), D Ryan 0-4, T Manning 0-2, A Nolan 0-2, E Moylan 0-2, O Gough 0-1, T Kenny 0-1.J Fagan 0-1, P Hogan 0-1.



The death of Andy Phelan overshadowed the narrow defeat of the junior team in the county semi-final in Nowlan Park this afternoon.
The lads were 1-8 to 0-2 up with only a few minutes left in the first half. A lucky goal before the break kept Kilmacow in it and a mixture of tricky refereeing decisions and the second half performance of Kilmacow centre back, Luke Harney made the difference and in the end we lost 1-12 to 1-10.
The very least we deserved was a draw and the only consolation is that the future looks bright and it is hoped this management team stay in place and bring the lads forward.

Team; C Breathnach, R Glynn, K Cuddihy,J Gittens, M Rafter, K Nolan, J Watters, E Fennelly, C Starr, D O'Gorman, T Manning, S O'Brien, A Stapleton (1-3), D Ryan (0-5), E O'Donoghue (0-2). Marco Reussman for Starr and Jamie Lynch for Stapleton (both injured) .


The Dicksboro  junior team had a great win over city rivals James Stephens on Sunday morning in the championship semi-final section B in Palmerstown.
The final score was 1-19 to 0-12 and the ’Boro lads were always on top and let at half time 1-8 to 0-8.
In the second half they powered on and Davy Ryan at full forward finished up with 1-5.
Good to see minors playing and two who are underage again next year, Chris Kavanagh and Jim Dollard, two excellent prospects played really well. The club's future is in good hands.
Team: Cillian Breathnach, James Gittens Jim Dollard, Ruairi Glynn, Jessie Waters, Kevin Nolan, Michael Rafter, Chris Kavanagh, Eoin Fennelly, Derek O'Gorman, Tom Manning, Shane O'Brien, Enda O'Donoghue, Davy Ryan, Cillian Starr.
Scorers: Davy Ryan (1-5), Enda O'Donoghue (0-6 frees), Tom Manning 0-2, Derek O'Gorman 0-2, Eoin Fennelly 0-1, Michael Rafter 0-1 free, Chris Kavanagh 0-1, Shane O'Brien 0-1.



Mount Leinster Rangers 1-12, Dicksboro 0-12

The junior team suffered defeat at the hands of Mount Leinster Rangers, Carlow on Saturday night at a windy and chilly Palmerstown. The deficit was three points but might have been worse but for good defending and goalie, Cillian Breathnach.
Mount Leinster Rangers were that bit sharper, having playeda number of games in recent weeks, and most of the team are dual players who play football every week as well.
The Boro didn't want for heart but were always chasing the game and... were always a few points behind.

Worryingly, Davy Ryan who was having a good game seemed to pick up a serious leg injury.
With 14 minutes remaining, Shane O'Brien, who had a great match, put over a free to leave just a point between the teams. However, that was as good as it got for the Boro men. The Rangers came back strongly with two unanswered points and it finished 1-12 to 0-12.
Marco Russo went off near the end after scoring two great points.
Another Boro star, Michael Rafter got the opening point but then disaster struck with Rangers getting a goal followed by three unanswered points. Boro fought back well and were 1-4 to 0-4 behind after 22 minutes. Half time score; 1-6 to 0-6.
Team: C Breathnach, P Dunne, P Hogan, J Gittens, J Waters, M Hayes, R Glynn, K Nolan, M Rafter (0-2), D Ryan (0-1), M Russo (0-2), D O'Gorman, D Holohan, A Stapleton (0-1), S O'Brien (0-6).
. Subs: T Manning for Ryan; Enda O'Donoghue.