Dicksboro GAA Club


October 2011 



29th October 2011

Cheque Presentation following Charity Tournaments


Dicksboro GAA Club held three very successful hurling tournaments during the summer which twinned as fundraisers for people with special needs in Kilkenny. All of the entrance fees and monies raised on the day go to the charities, whilst the children taking part in the tournament have a great day of sport.

These fundraisers provide an ideal opportunity for the 'Boro club to put something back into the community and the volunteer ethos within the club to allow us host days like these is a joy to behold.

Therese Buckley, on behalf of the O'Neill Centre(Enable Ireland) , received a cheque for €1050, raised during our Under 8 blitz.

Anne Bawle, on behalf of The School of the Holy Spirit, received a cheque for €850, raised during our under 10 blitz.

Kate Walsh, on behalf of The Mother of Fair Love school, received a cheque for €750, raised during our under 12 blitz.


23rd October 2011

Leinster Intermediate Camogie Final

Hard luck to our intermediate(Senior) camogie team who lost out to a strong Harps side from Laois in the Leinster Final, held in Palmerstown today. Our camogie players now have the Under 18 County Final and Under 21 campaign to look forward to.

Panel: Sarah Bawle, Helen Byrne, Niamh Kelly, Sarah Kennedy, Emer Tynan, Sorcha Fennelly, Aine Maher, Sinead Maher, Sonia Buggy, Niamh O Donoghue, Lisa Hanrick, Ann Marie Hoyne, Aisling O Grady ,Orla Hanrick, Jenny Dillon, Rachel Lynch, Mairéad Dowling , Nicola Tynan, Claire Nolan, Alex Horan, Niamh O Connor, Niamh Browne, Geraldine Kelly.

 22nd October 2011

Michael Lyng Motors Under 21 Nth Championship

Dicksboro 0-7 Erins Own 0-5

This game was held in very poor conditions in Freshford, with heavy rain and wind the order of the day. As a result it was never going to be a classic with heavy, slippery underfoot conditions and a wet ball and hurley. Our only point from play in the entire game came on the twenty eight minute of the first half, all other points coming from frees. Two points separated the sides at HT Dicksboro 0-3 Erins Own 0-5.

Scores were just as difficult to come by in the second half with the 'Boro adding four points whilst 'Comer did not register a score in this half thanks to resolute defending. Our defence was under sustained pressure in the last ten minutes and the addition of five minutes of injury time did not help the nerves as 'Comer, two points behind were going for goal. Thankfully, they did not succeed.

Panel: Philly Byrne, Gary Gaule, Danny Kenny, Conor Maharj, Mikey Hayes, David Glynn, Enda Malone, Kevin Nolan, Ollie Walsh, Martin Gaffney, Oisin Walsh, Cillian Buckley, Darragh Buggy, Brian Dollard, Eoin Gough, Jessie Watters for Darragh Buggy, Jamie Lynch for Brian Dollard.

Match Photos by John Glynn


16th October 2011

Leinster Intermediate Camogie Championship

Just one short week after capturing the Kilkenny Intermediate camogie championship, the Dicksboro ladies travelled to Lucan on Sunday to play the home team in the Leinster semi final. We knew little about the opposition, but were aware that they had won two Feile na nGael titles in the last four years- a remarkable feat.

During the early exchanges, the home side settled quickly. They scored 1-1 without reply and seemed more comfortable with the heavy underfoot conditions. However, by half time, the visitors had found their rhythm. Our backs were now gaining the upper hand , in particular Aine Maher and Sorcha Fennelly. Sinead Maher and Sonya Buggy began to dominate the mid field battle, and with a constant supply of ball reaching our forwards, our scores started to flow. By half time, we had scored 2-5, the goals coming from Orla Hanrick and Niamh O Donoghue, the points from Jenny Dillon, Orla Hanrick and Niamh O Donoghue .HT Dicksboro 2-5 Lucan 1-4.

After the break, the expected rally from the Lucan girls was evident early on. However our full back line, Helen Byrne, Niamh Kelly and Sarah Kennedy, were all dealing comfortably with their opponents. Sarah Bawle had little to do in goal. After about 5 minutes in the new half, Lisa Hanrick scored a decisive goal when she carried the ball from a distance before finishing to the net under heavy pressure. This score widened the gap to a comfortable 7 points, and between there and the end of the game, both sides traded scores, point for point.

Full credit to the Dublin side, they battled right to the end, but finished second best to a Dicksboro side, who, on this day had the tidier hurlers and found their scores a little easier to come by.

Rachel Bawle, Helen Byrne, Niamh Kelly, Sarah Kennedy, Emer Tynan, Sorcha Fennelly, Aine Maher, Sinead Maher, Sonia Buggy, Niamh O Donoghue(1-7,0-4f), Lisa Hanrick(1-1), Ann Marie Hoyne, Aisling O Grady ,Orla Hanrick(1-1), Jenny Dillon.(0-1) ,Rachel Lynch, Mairéad Dowling , Nicola Tynan, Claire Nolan, Alex Horan, Niamh O Connor, Niamh Browne, Geraldine Kelly.

Article by Martin Hanrick


15th October 2011

Under 12's End of Year Trip

The Dicksboro U11 & U12s had a very enjoyable end of season trip last Saturday to Dublin. Leaving Palmerstown at 10.30am the Boro boys rolled on for Blanchardstown Shopping Centre in Dublin entertained on board by a few comical Killinascully DVDS. The first agenda was food as they munched their way through a McDonalds before a couple of hours entertainment in the Leisure Plex complex nearby. After a team building games of quasar the Boro bus rolled onto Lucan Sarsfields GAA club for two games of hurling with some gaelic football against the respective U11 & U12 hosts. Finishing just before the rain, the Boro contingent were afforded great hospitality by the host club before setting home for Palmerstown after a great day. Indeed it proved to be a good weekend for Dicksboro in Lucan Sarsfields as 24 hours later the Dicksboro ladies enjoyed a good win at the same venue to qualify for the Leinster Intermediate Camogie final. The Dicksboro U11 & U12 mentors would like to thank the players and their parents for their committment, help & support during a busy 2011 year -here`s to 2012 !

Photo by Mike Hennessy. Article by Pat Moylan


9th October 2011

St. Canices Credit Union Intermediate Camogie Final

Dicksboro 3-7 Tullaroan 2-8

Those that attended at Kilmanagh for our Intermediate Camogie County Final against neighbours Tullaroan could never have predicted the heart stopping, pulsating finish that we were to experience. It was certainly a day to have a defibrillator on standby.

We got off to the best possible start when a Niamh O'Donoghue free, after only forty seconds, landed in the opposition box and was pounced on by Orla Hanrick who converted it to maximun points. With only four minutes gone we had added two points to our tally before Tulloaroan got off the mark with a point on nine minutes. Midway through the half an Ann-Marie Hoyne goal put us in a commanding position, leading by 2-2 to 0-2. We were to score only one further point in the remainder of the half whilst Tullaroan scored 1-1 up to injury time. A further goal deep in injury time(the last puck of the half) meant that Tullaroan had brought the game back to level at HT Dicksboro 2-3 Tullaroan 2-3.

Seven minutes of the second half had elapsed before either team scored and thankfully it was the 'Boro ladies who again had the better of the starts, pulling three points ahead after fifteen minutes. Tullaroan had to wait twenty minutes to register their first score of the half, but they did not stop at that as they tacked on three more in normal time and were finishing strongly, just as they did in the first half. Twenty nine minutes in and the sides were level at 2-7 each. Time to get the defibrillator ready as both teams fought frantically for every ball, knowing the next score could be crucial. Two minutes of injury time had been played when Tullaroan were granted a 21 yard free straight in front of goal and hopes of a 'Boro win faded as we watched the sliothar sail over the bar.

The excitement was now at fever pitch as Sarah Bawle pucked out the ball for what everyone knew would be the last passage of play as we scrambled to get possession of the sliothar to a least salvage a draw. A long ball delivered into the Tullaroan square seemed to be comfortably controlled by the Tullaroan keeper who was about to clear her lines when a charging Lisa Hanrick somehow made up a lot of ground and blocked the clearance. The sliothar fell dead in the clay, three feet from the line and Lisa swung and kicked and the ball travelled over that few short precious feet into the net. With three and a half minutes of injury time played the ball was pucked out only for the full time whistle to blow. Delirium for the 'Boro. Heartbreak for Tullaroan.

Panel: Sarah Bawle, Helen Byrne, Niamh Kelly, Sarah Kennedy, Emer Tynan(Capt), Sorcha Fennelly, Aine Maher, Sonya Buggy, Niamh O'Donoghue, Sinead Maher, Lisa Hanrick, Ann-Marie Hoyne, Jenny Dillon, Orla Hanrick, Aisling O'Grady, Mairead Dowling, Niamh O'Connor, Claire Nolan, Rachel Lynch, Niamh Browne, Nicola Tynan, Brena Hamilton, Geraldine Kelly, Rebecca Knox, Alex Horan.

Video Clips Match Photos


8th October 2011

Andy Egan Tournament

The U12s completed their competitive hurling season at the weekend in winning the Shield at the Andy Egan memorial tournament hosted by the James Stephens GAA club. In the first game after a slow start (World cup rugby blues) the Boro lads enjoyed a good win over Ballygunner (Co. Waterford) in pleasant sunshine. The next game against the host was a close affair with the Village boys edging home on a 1.05 to 1.03 scoreline. By virtue of their group placing the Boro boys faced up to Naas (Co. Kildare) in the Shield final. An epic game ensued with the Boro racing into an early second half lead but a gallant Naas side fought back to level matters at full time. In extra time (5 mins per half) the Boro boys dug deep and held out for a two point Shield win to end their busy competitive hurling season smiling - well done to all.

Next Saturday the U11 & U12 panels will enjoy a well deserved end of year trip to Dublin-taking in leisurely pursuits in the Leisure Plex in Blanchardstown followed by games against Lucan Sarsfields in the afternoon to bring hurling season 2011 to an end.

Article by Pat Moylan


2nd October 2011

Kilkenny Citroen Centre Roinn C Minor Championship

Roinn C Minor Championship Semi Final.

This semi final , a repeat of the abandoned League Final, was played in a drizzly Bennettsbridge. The Boro lads somewhat depleted from their League team due to defections to the Rionn A team and an injury or two, put in a tremendous performance. They quickly went into a two point lead with excellent points from play. Danesfort brought them back to evens by the fourth minute, their second a free. Indeed scores from frees were to be a strong feature of the eventual result. While both teams were evenly matched for the remainder of the first half Danesfort did dominate the score sheet with a goal and three points (all frees) to the Boro’s single score leaving the half time score 1.05 to .0.03.

The start of the second period saw the Boro get off to a lightening start with a point in the first minute quickly followed by 2 further scores before an excellent goal in the tenth minute leaving only a point between the teams. Danesfort quickly increased their advantage to three points with a free and a 65. With only five minutes remaining Danesfort were leading 1.11 to 1.07, so the scene was set for an exciting finish, Danesfort took two points to the Boro’s one before the Boro got through for a goal with a minute on the clock. This was to be the final score leaving Danesfort winners by two points (1.13 to 2.08). They play Cloneen in the final. The final fixture for this team is the rearranged League Final, versus Danesfort ,which could be as soon as next week end.

Article by Eddie Holohan


1st October 2011

St. Canice's Senior Hurling Championship

Dicksboro 1-10 O'Loughlin Gaels 2-11

If it was needed, todays game against O'Loughlin Gaels in Nowlan Pk in drizzly conditions, was testament that the 'Boro seniors are able to play at the highest level in Kilkenny and are no whipping boys as may have been perceived following our league campaign. The first half was low scoring from both sides and we had to wait until a Cillian Breathnach puckout in the ninth minute was fielded by Oisin Walsh who in turn hand passed to Derek O'Gorman to score our first point. There was to be no other score for six minutes when Eddie pointed his first free of the day to make the game level at 0-2 each. This was the first of five occasions that the sides were to be level over the course of the game. Martin Gaffney now scored the first of his two points in this half to give us the lead for the first time on seventeen minutes. Martin's second came from a quickly taken sideline that was sent across the field to an unmarked Gaffney. When the half time whistle blew, O'Loughlins were probably ruing their eight wides in the half as they trailed by a point. HT Dicksboro 0-5 O'Loughlin Gaels 0-4.

The second half was on eight minutes before Eddie pointed another free, followed four minutes later by an Ollie Walsh point to put us three points in front. Our full and half back lines were performing very well, closing out our antagonists at every opportunity. O'Loughlins were not to score until the fourteenth minute when a high ball delivered into our box was deflected to the net. We immediately regained the lead with an Adrian Stapleton point and with only nine minutes left in the game we were still in front by 0-9 to 1-5. Another goal from O'Loughlins at this stage was the start of a strong finish as they scored 1-6 in the last ten minutes of the game as our challenge abated. A late goal from Eddie from a 21 yard free meant O'Loughlins had a winning margin of four points. Final score: Dicksboro 1-10 O'Loughlin Gaels 2-11. This was a very good overall team performance from the 'Boro and on another day the result could have been different.

Panel: Cillian Breathnach, Danny Kenny, Kieran Cuddihy, Michael Fagan, Kevin Nolan, David Glynn, Enda Malone, Eddie O'Donoghue(1-4, 1-3 from frees(Capt), Martin Gaffney(0-2), Derek O'Gorman(0-1), Oisin Walsh, Ollie Walsh(0-1), Paul O'Flynn, Adrian Stapleton(0-1), David Ryan, Sam Morrissey, Philly Hogan for Danny Kenny (inj), Eoin Gough for Davy Ryan(inj), Shane Maher(0-1) for Eoin Gough, Conor O'Loughlin for Oisin Walsh, Cillian Starr, Paddy Henderson, Michael Rafter, Tom Manning, Mick Hayes, Conor Maharaj, David Carroll, Rory Glynn, James Maher, Darragh Buggy, Jamie Lynch, Gary Gaule, Eoin Fennelly, Evan Guilfoyle, Brian Dollard, Jessie Waters, Aaron Duggan.