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Kilcock Ladies Gaelic Football Club Annual Report 2010

                                    
 
2010 was a year of mixed emotions for the Kilcock Senior Ladies team and their manager John Mulligan and a year in which they experienced many highs and lows throughout! The Pre-season training was its usual tough self with the Ladies showing up in high numbers to put in the required effort for the year ahead. However when the first round of league games got underway, the girls lined out in their new jersey’s thanks to the generous sponsorship from Macari’s Café and Restaurant, Results did not go their way with defeats to Kilcullen, Carbury and Ballykelly, before they finally broke their duck with an away win at Athgarvan and a home one to Suncroft. So at they half way stage of the league campaign Mulligan and his two selectors Garvan Cagney and Seamus Kane were left with a lot to ponder and much work to do. They did duly and this paid off with second round wins over Athgarvan, Suncroft and eventually a fourteen point defeat over Carbury. Gaining them a top four place finish needed to reach the semi-finals. Where eventually the girls lost out to a strong Ballykelly side.



Kilcock Ladies V. Kilcullen, championship semi-final 2010



If the league seemed exciting it only served as an appetite for what would be a rollercoaster ride through the Junior B championship. The work was done the girls ran the canal banks, ran up and down the hills of Newtown and did 10K runs around Donadea Forrest in between many challenge games which included battles against Enfield’s Na Fianna, Moynalvey and Walterstown of Meath. In this time they also hosted, took part in and won the ladies section of the “Michael Byrne Memorial Tournament.” In the seven a side style competition they defeated Robert Emmett’s and Walterstown, and lost to Moynalvey in the group stages but got their revenge on the latter when beating them in an exciting penalty shootout due to a level scoreboard after the extra time whistle, with Grace White the hero by slotting home the winning kick. The ladies would like to thank all in the organisation and helping of this event and all the proceeds went to a great cause, suicide awareness.
County final here we come!



So with a trophy in the bag it was back down to the serious business of the championship, which again, like the league, didn’t start to brightly with a loss in Allenwood to Na Fianna but as per usual they bounced back with wins over Kilcullen, Suncroft and Athgarvan, before another setback defeat verses Carbury. But with a third place finish secured the semi-finals once again beckoned and this time they weren’t going to miss out on a final, with a superb team effort in the second half to beat Kilcullen on their home patch, with goalie Eimer Kelly, Grace White and Emma Rochford to the fore………. So it was to Sallins the final leg of their journey would take this team and their many supporters on the 10th of October where local rivals Carbury awaited them. Reaching this final had not only been through the hard endeavour of 2010 infact this journey started way back in 2004 when the underage section of the Kilcock Ladies was started up by members of the senior panel and it is clear to see that the fruits of their labour had richly paid off with no less than seven minors on their senior panel.
Team talk before championship final
A slow starting first half was to be the ladies downfall on the day, with nerves getting the better of the Kilcock side, Carbury on the other hand showed none, they had already won the league title in 2010 and won the 2009 Junior C Championship. Allowing Carbury a 10 point to 3 point half-time advantage. But when they returned out after the break Kilcock were a completely different team and with Orla Cagney and Sheena Byrne doing all the hard work around the middle, and White, Rochford and Katie Devine pointing over from all angles they slowly crept back into contention. The Kilcock defence, being led by team Captain Shona Cagney, kept their team in the game, Carbury only scoring two points in the second half and were rendered scoreless for the last twenty minutes. But it wasn’t to be and with a bit of luck and had some refereeing decisions gone their way they could have completed the perfect comeback, instead a 11pt – 10pt loss was the outcome. The girls may regret this loss but they can hold their head high and look to the future and with such a young team the future can only be bright. 2011 is a whole new year………….
Kilcock senior ladies would like to take this opportunity to thank manager Johnny Mulligan for the dedication he has shown them over the past two years. Also thank you to selector’s Seamus Kane and Garvan Cagney. There work and sacrifices didn’t go un-noticed and there time was greatly appreciated by all. The ladies would also like to thank the many people who help out behind the scenes and their many dedicated supporters.
Underage
The spring championship campaign for the underage girls in Kilcock proved to be just as exciting as the senior’s championship efforts. The U16 ladies kicked off in March and this division two side got off the a flying start in their championship campaign with easy wins over Ellistown, who had previously beaten them in the 2009 championship final, and Maynooth. Their next draw was away to Clane, who proved to be a thorn in the Kilcock side but a last minute goal from Aisling O’ Connor, saw her side victorious. The ladies then went on to defeat Ballykelly and Suncroft thanks to the scoring mid-field combo of Caoimhe Fagan Hynes and Grace White who seem to be unstoppable for any defence. Kilcock topped the table, were unbeaten in the group stages and they were drawn against Maynooth in the semi-final. Things looked good but Maynooth turned up to Kilcock in May a different side than previously remembered. The girls dug deep with inspirational performances in defence from Emma Maguire, Yvonne Leonard and Emily Milner, but Kilcock were rattled and try as they may they couldn’t notch up the much needed points on the scoreboard.
Maynooth went on to win the U16 championship, unfortunate for Kilcock who peaked to early in the campaign.
            As the U16 championship continued, the U14 girls kicked off their championship journey with defeat’s to Robert Emmett’s and Rathcoffey. Future talent was on show for this team with Andrea MaGrath, Lorna Murray and Shannon Farrell, inspiring their younger team mates with their talent and passion. As the championship progressed so did the girls, with wins over Monasterevin and Milltown, but it proved too little to late and the semi-finals held no place for Kilcock.
            After a long football break over the summer the Autumn league’s kicked off in September for the U15 and U13 teams. Once again the U15 team came tearing out of the traps for the group stages of their Kildare North league. They narrowly defeated Milltown in their first match, and displayed their true talent and ability with further defeats over Two Mile House and Robert Emmett’s. By the fourth round of the league they had already qualified for the Kildare Semi-finals (Kildare North V. Kildare South), but they still went out and preformed as if their position was at stake, defeating Rathcoffey in a true battle, with the controversial referee from the ladies championship final, performing his old tricks yet again! Kilcock won the Kildare North league, being the only side undefeated from north or south , but all this changed in the semi-finals when they met a tough Moorefield side, who had only one intention in mind. It was disappointed yet again for Kilcock but future brings hope with rising talents like Hayley White, Laura Ward and Holly Burke, who will still be eligible for U15’s for a future two years.
            It was in the U13 league that the true ability of these young girls could be displayed, yet being ranked in a top division did them no favours and they suffered defeats by Robert Emmett’s, St Laurence’s and Balyna. They put in true effort over Confey, experienced showed, with Emma Maguire and Aisling O’ Connor dominating mid-field and Eve Powderly and Saoirse Shannon sweeping balls out of defence. Yet their efforts were in vain when a last minute goal saw Confey 2pt victors.
The minor championship hasn’t yet begun, with Kilcock’s first match to Carbury on the 7th November. Manager Shane Stone and selector Niall Mulvihill, have the girls prepared for battle and experience will stand to them with many minor girls starting on the senior panel. Overall the girls display of commitment and dedication to football over the past year has showed on the field and with the up and coming girls playing U12 , U10’s and nursery, we certainly will have no shortage of talent for 2011.
            Other:
            * Well done to the Kilcock players who played in various schools and college finals. Ciara Leonard, Deirbhle Mulvihill and Grace White played for Scoil Dara in the School’s Leinster Final. While Bernie Durkan played in the British University Championship Final.
            * Were delighted to announce that ladies football training began in Scoil Choca Naofa in April, with teacher and player Sheena Byrne kick starting it off! Unfortunately there has been temporary training set backs with the construction of the school extension. 
             * Congratulations to our former senior players Grainne Kinnane and Laura Flood on the birth of their daughters, Alanna and Caoimhe………………………………… Possible future players!?
             * Thank you to the various businesses who have sponsored us gear and / or  prizes for our awards night, over the past year. A special thank you to Macari’s who sponsored the senior ladies team’s new jersey’s and hoodies.
              * A special thank you to all the player’s and parents who help train and manage the underage section of the ladies. Also to the many parents who help out with lines-men and umpires during matches.

Robert Cox

BALLYBOYS ENJOY PIMMS AT THE YORK RACES!

BALLYBOYS ENJOY PIMMS AT THE YORK RACES!

It was upon arrival at the York racecourse last Friday the 8th of October that yours truly befriended a group of racing enthusiasts, the Ballyboys from Kilcock and ended up enjoying some pimms with them on the lawn and some craic over the two days racing.I was lucky in a way to meet up with these fine gentlemen as it was my first time racing in England and since I was there to do a review on the famous track, what better way to start than by obtaining some information and stories from five men who had seemingly done it all before.First things first,what is pimms i hear you ask?Well it’s a cool refreshing alcoholic beverage consisting of gin,lemonade and pimms itself and throw in some ice and sliced fruit such as apple and orange and you have the perefect drink to enjoy on a nice,hot day such as the one we had on friday.The British beverage is almost as much a tradition as the cup of the tea and the British down the gin-based drink by the gallon on hot summer months.So I knew it was going to be special kind of weekend when it started by me sharing a pimms with five Irish men calling themselves the Ballyboys and not a Guinness!! But that is the glory of the york races as I found out, whether you want to dress up in your finest collar and tie and enter the county stand or go casual and mingle with the rest it’s a great day out regardless which you choose. I went for the former and paid the £24 entrance fee which also got me the day’s race card and the badge for the county stand and other restricted areas. It turned out to be the right choice and i would recceomend it to anyone wishing to travel there next year(I say next year because as it turned out this was the last meeting of the year at York,which only added to the carnival athmosphere).With the large crowd there the county stand gives you the opportunity to take a seat every now and then and watch the races unfold in comfort.So with my pimms drank,my race card studied and my tips from the Ballyboys stowed away, I set off to explore the place, find my feet so to say which I found rather easy as though York holds a large crowd, it is small and compact to get around, the longest walk been from the parade ring to the betting ring. The most impressive thing I found was the view you have of the horses coming down the home straight as i was looking at them head on, something i’ve never experienced here in Ireland. And it was there cheered home my two winners Rude Girl @ 4-1 in the 3:55 and Veiled Applause @7-2 in the 5:00.But it was also there I was a shoulder to cry on for one of my new friends as he failed to back a horse he had been on about all day..Justonefortheroad, a 25-1 winner who romped home in the 3:20.But in all it was a most enjoyable first days racing in England for me and I had the added bonus of getting to meet ex soccer star Alan Shearer after his horse Justonefortheroad was victorious. So in all I was 100% sure of a return the following day and would highly recommend a day at the York races, the people are friendly, the food is second to none, you can do a day in the champagne bar or eat hot dogs outside of the county stand but if it’s fish your into as I was my money is on the little cold fish bar just behind the parade ring, it’s where I bid farewell to The Ballyboys…until saturday.

WARD OPENS OVERSEAS ACCOUNT!!

Local horse trainer Vincent Ward got his maiden victory on English soil on sunday the 26th september last as his filly Fictional Account romped to victory in the SIS Live Fenwolf Stakes.Ward who trains seven horses at his stables in Piercetown,Kilcock,had always dreamed of saddling a winner at Ascot and that dream became a reality when jockey William Buick pushed out Fictional Account to score by a length and a half from Free Agent to cause a 16/1 upset.A jubilant Ward said after the race:”I”ve spent 25 years dreaming about this day.We were going for the Irish Cesarewitch but changed our minds because the ground was too soft and she’d have had top weight”.Fictional Account is owned by the Cill Choca syndicate in Kilcock and members of the syndicate along with family and friends found that the long journey was a joyous and fruitful one.Talking to one of the members after the race,they said”We really can’t believe it,we had two wins with her already this year,in Dundalk And Downroyal but this is the icing on the cake,we are over the moon”.Ward’s other horse in Ascot at the weekend Striking Force couldn’t make it a dream double but ran well in finishing 5th on Friday evening in the Bollinger Champagne Challenge Series Final H’Cap Stakes on the un-suited soft ground. 

Soccer: Boring or not?

People that don’t like football have been saying to me for years that they would rather watch paint dry than watch a soccer game on tv..but i have always disagreed with them and defended the so called ”beautiful” game! But not anymore,either i am getting older and my interests’ are changing or soccer really has become(or always has been) just plain boring but i find myself agreeing with these aforementioned people.Last night was the final nail in the coffin,my playstation broke so i couldn’t play soccer on it,which is not boring i may add so i found myself twiddling my thumbs wondering what to do.A few years ago I wouldn’t of had this problem as i would have spent all day preparing and talking about the night’s games and then all night watching it.So last night with nothing else to do I sat down to watch the man united v rangers game,well spare me such tripe,united were usless and couldn’t break rangers down who in turn never got out of their on half more than five times as they decieded to play a 9-1 formation….great for the beautiful game that was.Anyway they went away happy with their 0-0 draw but it left me and i’m sure many more flailing soccer fans with the question whether or not to waste a night by watching that muck!! The most interesting thing about it,and it seems to be the norm lately,was the talk of wayne rooney’s goings on with with a lady other than his wife…would you blame him when he has to play in games like that every week..he needs something to get some excitemnent going.Peter crouch is the same,Ashley cole etc etc.It must have been the boring soccer they played in south africa that did it for these lads as they all play for england…so why don’t the irish lads stray from their wives and girlfriends??They must have great will power because they play the most boring soccer in the world.I’ve never seen them perform in the flesh but the tv is enough.They get the ball,hoof it up to the strikers and hope for the best from there.That was grand when we had niall quinn and tony cascarino and a small sriker off them but now we have two small strikers!!Anyway it must ”work”,we beat the mighty andorra last week 3-1 and even the higlights programme of that was boring.God help the people that paid upto 70euro into the new (half-empty,half-full) aviva stadium.But Ireland have always been boring so ill forgive them.Ok i don’t want to harp on too long and have you all think i’m  some aul lad with a chip on his shoulder about soccer cos i come from a staunch gaa family or something but my last example is the world cup…I couldn’t wait for it,i had teams drawn out for people, a wall chart up, i was excited at seeing messi,kaka,rooney and so on…i wasn’t let down, i seen messy alright,messy game after messy game.Everyone was talking about how bad it was and then after a month of it they topped it all off with the worst ever world cup final between spain and holland.yes spain and holland,you would expect a bit of flair,great passing,goals.we got one goal and about 100fouls from holland to ruin the game.Good thing about the world cup,it’s not on for another four years.Anyway lets hope i get the playstation fixed soon.oh i forgot to say after like fifteen years of having sky sports i got rid of it this year.WHY? because soccer is boring now and thats all i had it for.But i will miss the cricket!!!!

COXER GOES TO DOWNROYAL

TO THE TUNE OF JOXER GOES TO STUTTGART

It was in the year of 08 in the lovely month of may when the gatflys were swarming and the red was baling the hay, oh with sterling and sandwiches for Downroyal we began, Coxer packed his northy phrasebook and dvd money for ann! Some of the syndicate had never been over the border before twas the first time Lar put his foot outside of his back door but before we left for Ulster we knew we’d need a plan so we all agree that Coxer was the man to drive the van

In Antrim the m1 twas like the castle road there was every make of car and bus all carrying the full load, from ford transits and hi-aces and an old Bedford from mulhussey , with the engine overheating from long hauling the bag of money.

There were fans from newtownmoyaghey,calgath,mulhussey and kilcock all looked after by scobby like a shepherd tends his flock, coxer met a trainers daughter on the banks of the river bann and told her she’d be welcome in longtown while his wife’s off getting a tan! As soon as we found downroyal we got the horse box in a ring, eric walked striker and Bernard began to sing. The syndicate gathered from everywhere, attracted by the sound, the first rendition of carrickfergus in Ulster and coxer passed the flagon round.

But the session it ended when we’d emptied the flagon and stout and some dozed off just as the first race broke out…one by one we fell asleep, coxer had a dream, he dreamt himself, Vincent and scobby would once again be a winning team, coxer dreamt that they all agreed on eric to lead straight away and that striker was to only eat half of red’s bale of hay, but tempers they began to rise, patience thinning to a man, Vincent wanted berry but coxer wanted kinane!! The dream turned into a nightmare, coxer hit scobby an almighty whack who wanted to bring Charlie swan and lester Piggott back.The cock crew as if morning, it crew both loud and shrill and coxer woke up in the vip bar, many miles from harris’ hill.

Just before the race none of the experts gave us the slightest chance, they said that ‘romeos on fire’ would lead striker on a merry dance.Romeo and funatfuntasia for victory they were set until fran got striker out and gave him a gentle pet! What happened next is history, brought tears to tesses’ eyes, oh that day will be the highlight of many of our lives. Coxer climbed right over the top and the last time he was seen was arm in arm with frank reilly singing revenge for bohermeen.

Now lars back inside his door,he’s living with me mam and scobby has been proclaimed an honourary calgath man. But hey da remember the trainer’s daughter on the banks of the river bann?? Well didn’t she show up in longtown last week and….

Striking force is back in his stable, happy with his three-in-a-row and the syndicate lived up to its name, last out of davey’s, where boy the drink did flow!!!

ONE WAY TRAFFIC FOR KILCOCK!

KILDARE LADIES JUNIOR B CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 2:

KILCOCK 3:14

ATHGARVAN 0:07

 
As the people of Kilcock argued and debated about the new one way traffic system for the town,their senior ladies football team were creating some one way traffic of their own without any objections as they defeated Athgarvan by sixteen points in the Junior b championship at Branganstown on Tuesday17th last. The home side needed to bounce back quickly after a disappointing loss to Na Fianna in the opening round and they did so in some style,aided by the return to action of Emma Rochford from holidays. Minor player Grace White got the ball rolling slotting over the games first two points after some great work from Shona and Orla Cagney respectively before Athgarvan responded with a well worked point of their own.Kilcock struck the first goal of the game when the aforementioned Orla Cagney hit what looked like an effort for a point but it sailed in over the keeper’s head and into the back of the net. That score seemed to give the girls in green and gold the impetus to push on as they hit over three unanswered points,two from Rochford(one a free) and one from Orla Cagney.The forwards were linking up great together and the midfield were winning their fair share of possession from the kick outs but it would be unfair not to mention goalkeeper Eimear Kelly and her six defenders infront of her as they kept any Athgarvan attack at bay especially Bernie Durkan and Shona Cagney.The travelling team who are based in the Curragh did manage to break through and pop over two more points with ten minutes to go to the interval but Kilcock pushed on again with terrific individual scores from corner forward Katie Devine and two from midfielder Caoimhe Fagan just before the whistle sounded for half time

Hlaf-time score:

Kilcock 1:08

Athgarvan 0:03

With Kilcock now playing up the steep hill in the second half it was thought that Athgarvan might play themselves back into contention and them thoughts became reality when they kicked over the halves first point but almost immediately parity was restored with two nicely taken points from half-time substitute Fiona Campion and the mercurial White. The next ten minutes were to kill the game as a contest as Kilcock netted two further goals through Devine and Orla Cagney.They did have to weather the storm a bit as Athgaravan tried to mount a comeback but the home sides defence was sweeping up everything thrown at them with Linda Byrne and Mary Tighe to the fore.Devine,Rochford and White all added further points in between three points for Athgarvan but the biggest cheer of the night went to goalie Eimear Kelly as she pulled off a superb save from the penaly spot to compound Athgarevan’s woes.When the referee brought the curtain down on an entertaing game, Kilcock were full value for their sixteen point victory and can now look forward to next week where manager John Mulligan knows stiffer tests await him and his improving side. Best for Kilcock were goalie Kelly while Bernie Durkan and Shona Cagney shored things up in defence,Sheena Byrne never stopped working in midfield supplying Devine,Rochford and White with the perfect balls that they duly dispatched over the bar but player of the game by a long shot was Orla Cagney who not only kept the score board ticking over but linked the defence and forwards with numerous hard working runs all night..After the game Mulligan said:’’I’m delighted with the girls response to last week,they all worked hard tonight and they got their rewards.myself and the selectors changed a few things from last week and asked some the girls to play in different positions and in fairness to them they did it with minimum fuss and did the job we asked of them.we know well face tougher opposition but well train again Thursday and go from there but i’m delighted with them tonight’’.

Final score:

Kilcock 3:14

Athgarvan 0:07

Kilcock team:e.kelly,k.byrne,b.durkan,c.leonard,m.tighe,s.cagney(c),l.byrne,s.byrne,c.fagan(0:02),o.cagney(2:01),e.rochford(0:03),g.white(0:04),k.devine(1:03),e.robinson,a.divilly

Subs:f.campion(0:01) for a.divilly l.keane for k.devine d.mulvihill for e.rochford k.ni’mhuiriherteagh for e.robinson

STATS:

                              KILCOCK   ATHGARVAN

WIDES:                        11                    8

YELLOW CARDS:       0                     1

RED CARDS:               0                      0

GOALS:                        3                     0

POINTS:                      14                    7

ATTENDANCE: 70

PLAYER OF GAME: O.CAGNEY