Kilcock Ladies have appointed Carlow man Stephen Hunter as their new senior football manager for the 2019 season.
Hunter, who was a member of the men’s senior football panel in the club from the start of the century until a couple of years ago, takes over from the outgoing Shane Smullen and will be joined on the sideline by Val herbert, Pat O’Connor and Louise Keane.
The former Carlow panelist, also spent a number of the last few years training an underage team in Kilcock, one that his son was and continues to be a prominent part of. In addition to that Hunter has previous coaching experience in the LGFA from his time involved with Leixlip. Kilcock LGFA are thought to be delighted to get their man but are also sad that Shane Smullen had to step down due to work committments. A spokesperson for the club thanked Shane for his time, effort and dedication during his year in charge.
According to sources, Hunter has already met with the players along with his management team and plans are afoot to tackle the 2019 season head on. One thing is for sure if he puts half as much effort into his managerial career as he did on the pitch, then Kilcock LGFA will have no room for excuses come the years end.
Kilcock Gaa Club players Jason Gibbons and Daniel Courntey have been named on a 31 man panel for Maynooth University’s upcoming Sigerson Cup campaign.
Gibbons comes into the panel on the back of three substitute appearances for the Kildare senior footballers in the O’Byrne Cup, not to mention helping the Kildare u20s to All-Ireland glory last year with victory over Mayo in the final.
Courtney on the other hand has had the winter free from any inter county action and will no doubt be itching to see action in what is one of the highest levels of Gaa around.
Both men are sure to feature prominitely for the North Kildare college, who start with a very tricky tie away to Queens University college this coming Sunday, January 20th. They are joined on the panel by a whole host of fellow Kildare players including Jimmy Hyland, Mark Hyland, Niall O’Sullivan, Kevin O’Callaghan, Podge Fogarty, Paddy Brophy, Jack Cully, Robbie Hyland, David Malone, Joey Higgins, Stephen Comerford and Ruadhan O’Giollain.
Meath’s sole representative is the talented Ethan Devine from Na Fianna.
Despite been named on the panel, Johnstownbridge man Daniel Flynn is unlikely to feature at any stage as he is currently in America.
Former Kilcock GAA Club goalie Shane Stone has put pen to paper on a deal that will see him play for fellow Kilcock and Newtown Parish side Cappagh GAA in 2019.
Stone, who captained Kilcock in 2017 as they reached the Kildare GAA IFC final before losing to Raheens, will hope to help his new club to Junior Championship glory in the year ahead.
The experienced netminder made his adult debut for Kilcock back in 1996 and has been one of the most iconic players in the club up to his retirement at the end of 2017.
Speaking to Extra Time Sport earlier today, Stone explained how he is excited with the new challenge, while at the same time he said it will be strange not pulling on the green and gold jersey before a game; “I am looking forward to getting into it with my new team mates. It wasn’t an easy decision after all my years with Kilcock. Kilcock are my hometown club and they will always have a place in my heart. But the chance to play some first team football was too hard to turn down. I retired at the end of 2017 and I thought that was my lot in terms of my Gaa career but when Cappagh came calling I couldn’t refuse. I would like to thank Kilcock for all they have done for me since I was a young lad but for now my focus is help Cappagh win some silverware in 2019. They have some great young lads up there and I am mad to get going”
Stone will bring a wealth of experience to Newtown having played in Senior Championship and league finals as well as managing numerous teams in his time at Kilcock. One thing is for sure thet Cappagh defenders will know he has arrived!
A goal from Kilcock man Larry McCormack helped Kildare to a 1-7 to 0-7 win over Kerry on the one and only ocassion they defeated the men from the Kingdom in their own backyard back in 1954.
Cian O’Neill and his current crop of Lilys head South to face Kerry today knowing anything less than a victory would send them straight back down to Division 2 and as you can see history is not really on their side!
Despite Kildare beating today’s opponents more recently in St.Conleth’s Park and famously beating them in the 1998 All-Ireland semi final, 1954 still remains the one and only time they left The Kingdom with victory. Maybe St.Patrick’s Day can stir up something special. It will have to if Kildare are to have any chance of avoiding relegation. Ohh to have Larry McCormack back in the ranks!!
Blackhall Gaels suffered another home defeat in Division 2 of the Meath SFL when they lost out to Rathkenny on a full time score of 1-18 to 2-10 in Kilcloon. Two second half goals from Alan Nestor helped the hosts come from nine points down at half time to level proceedings going into the final five minutes but Rathkenny kicked on again to win by five. Nestor top scored for Blackhall with 2-5. The loss leaves Liam Keane’s men with only two points from a possible ten and they will need to start picking up some wins soon to avoid dropping down to Division 3.
This morning it’s the turn of the second team as they welcome Navan O’Mahoneys to Kilcloon in Division 2 of the B League.
Blackhall Gaels senior ladies game against neighbours Moynalvey, scheduled for Saturday evening, was postponed due to an unplayable pitch.
In Kildare, Kilcock travelled to Athy for round 2 of the Aldridge Cup on Saturday evening. Kilcock put in another decent performance against senior championship opposition (they lost to Naas in round 1) but still came up short on a scoreline of 1-15 to 1-10.
Congratulations to StCocas Ac athlete Orla Reidy, representing Maynooth Post Primary School, who finished 5th in the schools All Ireland in Waterford today. Orla will now go on and represent Ireland in Nottingham in 2 weeks time.
Well done to her coaches Larry Kelly & Michael Reidy in getting her there.
This morning StCocas will be well represented at the annual Bohermeen half marathon in County Meath.
North Kildare senior mens first team are on the road for their penultimate league game with a trip to near neighbours Coolmine. They need a win to secure their status in 1B. Kick off today is at 3pm.
Kilcock’s Aaron Brilly makes the trip to Drogheda United today with his Athlone Town team mates for their second game in the First Division of the SSE Airtricity League. Athlone suffered a heavy 4-1 loss at home to Galway United in their first game. Kick off today is at 3pm.
Finally I would like to wish all you fantastic mothers out there a very Happy Mother’s Day. Especiall my own mother Sarah. ❤
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