Kilcock Canoe Polo Club last night picked up two awards at the Canoe Ireland 2018 awards, a first ever awards night for the association according to their Facebook page.
The successful Division One team from Kilcock, Kilcock Demons was awarded Canoe Polo Team of the year 2018, while the club’s long serving player and currentDemon team member Mark McCormack was awarded Canoe Polo player of the year 2018.
The Demons won the Irish Open hosted by Kilcock Canoe Polo Club in September of last year, with McCormack a pivotal part of the team.
The club continue to go from strength, with a large number of youngsters joining up. They were represented with enthusiasm and pride on their home patch during the Irish Open, where they had seven teams participating. To show the strength of underage players coming through, the club’s very young u14 team (with players as young as nine) were narrowly beaten in the final.
The Demons were sponsored by Kilcloon Credit Union for the season.
Jackie O’Rourke, originally from Kilcock and currently living in England, tonight collected her ‘2018 Camogie Association Volunteer of the Year Award for Britain’ at a function in Croke Park.
The Camogie Association presented the award to one winner from every county, with Jackie claiming her prize for the whole of Britain in respect of the trojan amount of work she gets through on and more importantly off the field for her club Fullen Gaels.
According to her club’s Facebook page Jackie has played Camogie with Fullen Gaels for five seasons now and a spokesperson said; “She is an influencial and hard working player both on and off the pitch, and a worthy winner. Well done Jackie, enjoy the celebrations”
Jackie, who played underage and adult Camogie for Cappagh Gaa as well as enjoying a short stint on the football field with Kilcock, moved to Manchester in 2010 to attend college, where she studied Sports Rehabilitation. Away from the stress of college life it didn’t take her long to find her first love. Camogie, when she joined the local side Fullen Gaels.
Not one to rest on her laurels, Jackie is currently back in college again, where she is in 2nd year studying Occupational Therapy and has recently just moved to Liverpool after eight years living in Manchester. Jackie doesn’t intend on letting her team mates and club down though, as she plans to travel along with a friend to Manchester to turn out for Fullen Gaels. After all that’s what true volunteers do. No surprise so that the former Courtown Road resident was up in HQ tonight collecting a very prestigous award on behalf of the whole of Britain.
*Jackie comes from a Gaa mad family that goes back a long way in Kilcock Gaa and her brother Shane is a current top forward with the mens Intermediate team. She is the daughter of Annette and Liam O’Rourke some might best remember her for her days working in the Black Forest Cafe, where her infectious smile lit up the customer’s day!
**I myself trained Jackie during that aforementioned stint on the football field and a nicer girl you would have had to go a long way to meet. Congratulations Jackie.
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.
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 hat-trick of goals from Caroline Griffin helped her side Blackhall Gaels capture some end of season consolation silverware as they defeated neighbours Kiltale 4-10 to 3-10 in the Meath Camogie Division 1 Shield Final today.
Despite trailing by 2-8 to 4 points at the break, the girls found their form in the second half to turn a ten point defecit into a three point win, with county star Kristina Troy hitting an injury time winner, to finally overcome a very good Kiltale team.
Captain Siobhán Whitty collected the Shield on behalf of her teammates.
In the world of Harry Potter, Gryffindoris one of the four Houses of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, founded by GodricGryffindor. Godric instructed the sorting hat to choose a few particular characteristics he most values. Such character traits of students sorted intoGryffindorare courage, chivalry, and determination and there is no doubting that Caroline and her team mates had bucket loads of this today.
A fantastic run by St Cocas’ Orla Reidy saw the Maynooth Post Primary student finish the 2nd Irish girl home and in doing so, she helped Team Ireland claim the bronze medal in the Home Nations International in Nottingham earlier today.
Orla’s improved her position by three places amongst her Irish team mates as she had previously finished 5th in the All-Irelands in Waterford a few weeks ago.