A bit of light reading – Minor A Preview 2021

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Minor A Preview 2021
Over the next couple of week’s we are going to preview the Kilkenny Honda Centre Minor A, Minor B & Minor C Hurling Championships. This is to highlight all the wonderful work which is taking place in every square inch of this county. The work at underage level is hugely important and is often taking place away from the limelight where the real heroes of Kilkenny GAA work away each evening or morning to generate their future club heroes. Over 800 players will take part in the Kilkenny Minor Hurling & football championships. The draws for the league and the championships will soon be made to the clubs. Each week we will look back at the resulting championship two years ago at U-15 level and go through each panel whilst highlighting some unusual did you know facts about the clubs.

Minor A
The cream of the crop in the whole country usually square up in this famous of underage championships. This will be epic. All six sides will truly fancy their chances. The “Dream Team” from Palmerstown in the guise of Dicksboro will be putting their unbeaten championship record on the line. Harry Shine, Mikey Raggett & Sean Keenan will be looking to lead the charge to add to their substantial haul but standing in their way will be old nemsis Young Irelands led by Charlie Carter. Tullogher Rosbercon who have being a force at underage level for the last few years getting to a number of underage finals will have huge fire power in the guise of Danny Glennon whilst James Stephens, O’Loughlin Gaels and Roinn B winners Bennetsbridge will all fancy their hopes. Coming into the league stages of the competition will be Naas from Kildare.

U-15 Roinn A 2019
Many were hoping for a high class affair in the Duggan Steel U-15 Hurling championships as the leagues had thrown up some entertaining encounters which bodes well for the future talents of the county. It ended with Young Ireland’s lofting the league trophy for the two in a row. In the first round James Stephens gained revenge over Graigue-Ballycallan where a flurry of goals from the 9illage men was enough. Dicksboro had too much for O’Loughlin Gaels where Harry Shine Co ran riot in the first half whilst they also beat a young Clara side in the county semi-final. The other semi-final between Young Ireland’s and James Stephens was a much tighter affair and on the night Killian Carey proved to be the difference between the sides. All eyes turned towards a repeat of the league final. Dicksboro 5-13 Young Ireland’s 3-10

Dicksboro Young Ireland’s clashed in this Duggan Steel 8-15 Roinn A Championship final in Clara with many hoping that would follow the classic nature of the close fought league final played during the Summer. The first half was a slow burner with Harry Shine and Killian Carey exchanging points but it exploded into life in the 15th minute when Shine and Johnny Keane exchanged passes which ended with Mikey Raggett sending the green fl ag waving. Young Ireland’s instantly responded with Ben Phelan flicking the sliothar to the roof of the net after Daniel Manning had squared the ball to him. Killian Carey followed this up with a goal of his own after the sliothar had ping ponged around the square. The mercurial centre forward followed this up with a pointed long range free. Declan Farrell had a big day in Shines goal which brought the Palmerstown outfi t back into contention. Manning and Shine swapped points before Farrell put his side back in front with a fi ne goal but Padraig Naddy had the final day of the half with a long range point from out on the wing which cut Dicksboro’s short whistle lead to 3-2 to 2-. Ragget Kyle Maher got the first two points of the new half which saw a tremendous and courageous fight back launched by Young Ireland’s led largely by Carey who rattled off five points in a row including four from play which put them back in front and they could have being further in front only for some unlucky wides. Raggett and Keane landed points before Sean Keenan made a surge for goal and he blasted the ball to the roof of the net. Carey briefly lifted the siege with a converted free but Ragget () Keenan kept the pressure on with fi ve points. Carey then blasted a 21 metre free to the bottom right hand corner which put the game back into the melting pot but points from Keenan Shine cane after Carey was somewhat unlucky not to goal. A goal from Maher in injury time sealed the result where the Palmerstown men’s accuracy in front of goal proved to be the difference between the side

Bennettsbridge
Minor Management team for 2020 is Ben Tynan (manager) , Shane Doyle, (selector)
David Treacy (selector) & Tommie Hughes (selector)
Minor Panel for 2020 is
Sean Byrne
Diarmaid Greene
Oran Lavery
Paddy Walsh
Paul Mahon
Adam Cullen
Jack Campion
Tim Kelly
Joe Hughes
James Hughes
Eoin O Connor
Luke Mc Bride
Charlie Fitzgerald
Noah Walsh Brennan
Johnny Cash
Jack Forristal
Kyle Ryan
Bill Nolan
Conor Molloy
Stephen King Kohler
Gearoid Kent
Bill Hughes
Cillian Harding Kelly
Minor Team sponsor for 2020 is PJ Cullen, Centra Bennettsbridge

Young Irelands
Bord na nÓg:
Chairman: Stephen Drennan
Vice Chairman: Niall Byrne
Secretary: Karina Langton
Assistant Secretary: Mary Higgins
P.R.O. Loraine Carroll

Minor Management Team 2021
Trainer: Charlie Carter
Physical Trainer: Michael Maher
Selectors: Cathal Fitzgerald
Pat O’Neill
John O’Grady

Minor Panel 2021
Patrick Langton
Sean Fitzpatrick
Padraig Naddy
Michael Knox
Killian Carey
Charlie Brennan
Jamie Middleton
Ray Lawson
Rory Farrell
Charlie Fitzgerald
Daniel Manning
Barry Dunne
Aaron Hosey
Darragh Travers
Jamie Carter
Ben Phelan
Bobby Brennan
Robin Carey
Eoin O’ Neill
Diarmuid Langton
Timmy Brennan
Luke Phelan
Luke O’ Donnell
Minor Team Sponsor: Farm & Industrial Supplies

Did You Know?
In 1996, while playing Glenmore in the first round of the Senior Championship down in Ballyhale, a streaker (yes, you read this correctly!!) entered the field of play! After being escorted from the pitch– socially distanced of course – by players Pat O’Neill and Christy Heffernan, Young Irelands went on to win the game that day and continued their winning “streak” to become County Senior Champions later that year!

Tullogher Rosbercon:
Bord na nÓg:
• Chairperson: Jason Murphy
• Secretary: Carmel Morrissey
• Treasurer: Seán Kennedy
• PRO: Michael Ryan
Minor Management Team:
John Murphy
Seán Kenedy
Pat Hartley
James Mullally

Minor Panel:
Adam Arthurs
Kevin Aylward
Fionn Connolly
Padraig Dooley
Danny Glennon
Jack Handrick
Finnbar Kelly
Dan Kennedy
David Kennedy
Aidan Lawlor
Jamie Lyng
Joe Malone
Cathal Mooney
Niall Mooney
Andrew Murphy
Lar Murphy
John Murphy
Martin Murphy Ryan Murphy Jamie O’Connor
Fergal O’Shea
JJ Ryan
Sean Ryan
Minor Team Sponsor
Breen Hardware & Fleetwood Paints
How they got on at U15 level in 2019:
U15 Roinn B Champions 2019

Interesting Fact
Fourteen years before the founding of the G.A.A. in November 1884 a type of Gaelic football match took place in Shanbogh between Tullogher and Glenmore. The ditches at each end of the field served as goalposts with the object of the exercise for each team being to get the ball over the ditch as many times as possible in order to win the game.
From the very brief description of the game given in local newspapers of the time it appears that tripping, wrestling, lifting the ball off the ground and carrying it for long distances were allowed. When darkness began to fall the game was terminated and called a draw as each team were credited with four overs apiece.

O’Loughlin Gaels
Bord na nOg
Chairperson- Brian Fox
Secretary- Niamh Carroll
Treasurer- Sean Casey
PRO – Eoin Lawlor
Minor Management team: Alan O’Brien (Manager), Paul Phelan, Dinny
Tyrrell, Brian Kelly, Alan O’Meara
Minor Panel: Árón Ó Meachair, Bréannain De Bhál, Breandán Mac an Mhíle, Conchubhar Ó Dálaigh, Eoghan Ó Binéid, Dónal Briers, Caoimhín de Bhaldraithe, Éimhín Ó Néill, Darren Ó Ceallaigh, Éimhín de Búrca, Fionn Ó Leathlobhair, Anraí Ó Grádaigh, Anraí Mac Roibeaird, Anraí Ó
Meachair, Seán Aighlmear, Seán Sionóid, Josh Ó hEidhin, Ciarán Ó
Dubhshláine, Marcas Ó hUallacháin, Micheál de Buitléir, Orestas
Balsys, Finn Ó hÓgáin, Eoghan Mac Cionnaith, Ruairí Ó Flannagáin, Ruaidhrí de Gaillí, Tadhg Ó Meára, Alistair Ó Sirideán Minor Team sponsor:
How they got on at U-15 level in 2019- Lost to Dicksboro in Q-F
Did you know: (Something funny from the club’s past or unknown fact) The club crest shows a triangle of landmarks associated with the main areas of the parish- the Fort in Dunmore, The Holy Well in Johnswell and the O’Loughlin Memorial Church of St. John the Evangelist in the city, all converging on O’Loughlin Gaels Clubhouse at its centre.

Dicksboro
Minor Management 2021- Mickey Walsh (manager) Davy Ryan, Conor O’ Grady,
Podge Lacey, James Gittens, Peter Fitzpatrick, Edward Moylan
Minor Panel 2021
1.Michael Clarke
2. Conor Kavanagh
3. Mick Carroll
4. Fionn Mcgarry
5. Tom Mcphillips
6. Johnny Keane
7. Sean Keenan
8. Cillian Hackett
9. Mikey Raggett
10. Sean cullen
11.Harry Shine
12. Peter Conroy
13. Sean Knox
14. Sam Tynan
15. David Mullrooney
16. Tom O Neill
17. Denis Dalton
18. Charlie Miller
19. Luke bourke
20. luke morrissey
21. christy murphy
22. Nathan pollard
23. Billy Fitzpatrick
24. Joey dalton
25. Mark cleere
26. Mark mcphillips
27. Declan o farrell
28. Adam hayes
29. Killian dollard
30. Jamie mcgrath
31. David fitzpatrick
32. Kyro merhem
33. Thomas cassin
34. Kyle maher
Minor Team sponsor- AUT EVEN
Captain for the year- not picked yet

How they got on at U-15 level in 2019- under 15 county champions that year. We lost the league final to Young Irelands by a point. Both sides well matched. The county final was a great win over a strong Young Irelands team on the October Bank Holiday played in Clara!
Bord na nOg- Frank Morrissey
Chairperson- Eddie Holohan
Secretary- Shane Kavanagh
Treasurer- Jason Dempsey
PRO – Conor O Grady

James Stephens
Sean Adams
Oisin Bateman
Sean Casey
Aidan Cashin
Joe Cleary
Fionn Cody
Eoin Deely
Danny Delaney
Cias Dunne
Eoin Forde
James Gladney
Brian Gladney
Shane Glynn
Ronan Grace
Joe Greene
Liam Holohan Jnr
Jack Kelly
Paddy Lacey
Sam Larkin
Darragh Lawlor
Stephen Manogue
Sam McEvoy
Liam Moloney
Andy Murphy
Jack Noonan
Patrick O’Neill
James O’Shea
Jamie Peters
Daniel Power
Michael Power
Stephen Kellett
Billy Wall Young
Bill Whelan Management Team: Tom Leahy, Joe Hennessy, Brendan Long, Leo Hennessy, Noel Morrissey, John O’Donoghue, Cian Kenny & Michael Power.
Club Officers
Bord na nOg Chairman: Martin Phelan
Bord na nOg Secretary: Richie Cody
Co Bord Delegate: Val Malone
Chairman: Paddy Neary
Secretary: Niall Connolly
James Stephens lead the roll of honour in the Minor A titles with 13. They will be very determined to halt the men from Palmerstown clad in maroon & white in catching them at the top of this roll of honour.

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