Kilcock duo Daniel Courtney and Eoin Powderly both lined out for the Kildare senior footballers today in a 1-19 to 1-11 victory over Westmeath in Kilcullen.
After being called up to the panel in October, the pair got their first few minutes of action in the Kildare jersey this year, ahead of the 2018 season.
The Lilywhites were playing the Midlanders to mark the turning on of Kilcullen’s new floodlights. Courtney started at wing-back and put in a fine display, bombing forward at every available opportunity, chipping in with a point from play in the process. Manager Cian O’Neill will be looking to unearth a few new faces over the coming months and Courtney could well be the answer to his call.
Powderly, who was part of Cian O’Neill’s plans in 2016 before he suffered a cruciate injury, was brought on at half-time at corner back and also put in a impressive performance.
Kildare start their O’Byrne Cup campaign in three weeks and we wish the lads all the best. We will have updates on the lads throughout the 2018 season.
Former Kilcock Gaa player Barry O’Keeffe is to this weekend run a marathon less than a year after been involved in a car accident in Spain that almost left him paralysed.
O’Keeffe who soldiered with Kilcock for nearly all of his Gaa career before moving to County Meath and Moynalvey where he both played and managed through a period of exciting times for the club, attended CostaSpine in his adopted country of Spain during his road to recovery.
A spokesperson for CostaSpine today posted on their Facebook page a brief description of Barry’s miraculous recovery from the time he first walked through their doors with a cervical fracture of C6/C7 to the day asked would he be OK to run a marathon on December 10th.
“Here is one of our patients his name is Barry O’Keeffe. Our resident D.C started seeing him as a patient in the beginning of June. I saw him for a neck injury, which he sustained from a traumatic car accident. In this accident and he sustained a cervical fracture of C6/C7.
After an intensive surgery, Barry was lucky to not be paralysed. He has extensive pins and screws to ensure his neck would heal correctly. He presented to CostaSpine 3 months post-op with almost zero range of motion and slight cervical radiculopathy down his left arm. We started treating him for this of course and after a month, we were shocked with what he requested ‘Do you think I can do the Malaga Marathon on the 10th of December ?’
We continued to treat him and his healing was phenomenal, he was incredibly diligent with everything our resident Chiropractor gave him to do. Before we knew it, he was on the rehabilitative side of his treatment plan and his results were remarkable. He then felt comfortable enough to start running and he has been so committed ever since and I am happy to say he will be there on the 10th of December competing for his medal at the Malaga marathon.
Barry, we at CostaSpine commend you for your effort, dedication and perseverance of knowing anything is attainable with the right mind-set. He is doing this race for a school back in Ireland called Saplings Mullingar, I have attached the link so if you want to support Barry and his charity of choice please feel free to donate and get behind him.”
Kilcock Intermediate footballer David Duke was awarded player of the year at the the club’s annual Christmas party and awards night at Kilcock Gaa on Saturday night.
Duke had an impressive year at wing-forward where he chipped in with some really important scores and put in a serious amount of work every game as his side reached the championship final before losing out to Raheens.
Tom Geraghty was crowned hurler of the year by his teammates after an impressive year with the junior side.
Lorna Murray was awarded Camogie player of the year after captaining Ciaran Heneghan’s team to Kildare Junior Camogie Championship glory with a victory over Clane.
Sheena Byrne was awarded Ladies Player of the year after a super year with the women’s team. She drove her team on and they were unlucky to be beaten in the county Semi-Final against Carbury, where 2 late goals from Byrne weren’t enough to poach victory from their old foes.
Kilcock man Aaron Brilly continued his fine start to the season with his new club Home Farm FC by netting the 3rd goal in their excellent 4- 1 vicotry away to Drumcondra/Stella Maris in the 1st round of the Charlie Cahill Cup in the LSL on Friday night.
Brilly’s goal was a cracker and capped a fantastic individual and team performance against one of the Leinster Senior Leagues top teams.
Home Farm have enjoyed a fine start to the season and only a few weeks ago they caused something of a shock by knocking the LSL champions St Mochtas out of the FAI intermediate All Ireland cup, also on a 4-1 scoreline.
Brilly was a nominee for Extra Time Sport sports person of the year in 2016.
The inaugural Antarctic Mile was completed today where Kilcock man Paul Robinson ran an astounding 4:17.9 mins on the snow and in temperatures of -20 C (-4 F).
This is definitely the fastest mile ever run in the Antarctic and is incredible considering the underfoot conditions and temperatures. paul is a 3.54.77 min miler and finished in 4th place in the 2014 European Championships.
He’s returning to form now after a couple of injury-ridden seasons and this run indicates that the forthcoming season could see him return to his best.
Well done Paul!