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.
Kilcock’s Eoin Powderly and Daniel Courtney have been named in the Kildare starting fifteen for tomorrow nights O’Byrne Cup 2nd round tie with Louth, which takes place in Hawkfield, with a throw in time of 8pm.
Manager Cian O’Neill has handed Courtney his senior inter-county debut at wing back after impressing there in some recent challenge games, while in Powderly’s case, the pacey defender has been recalled to the panel after missing 2017 with a cruciate ligament injury and will start at corner back for the meeting of the men from the Wee County.
Elsewhere, promising Carbury teenager Aaron O’Neill will also make his competitive debut in goal, as will Celbridge defender Kevin Flynn at wing back.
O’Neill has named a relatively strong looking team, with plenty of scoring threat upfront in the shape of Clane’s Brian McLaughlin and Two Mile House sharpshooter Chris Healy.
Kildare should get their 2018 season off to a winning start at the expense of Pete McGrath’s Louth, especially if 2017 player of the year Kevin Feely carries that form into the new season.
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.
Kildare Intermediate football finalists Kilcock have had four players named on the ‘Kildare Nationalist Intermediate team of the year 2017′.
Declan Gibbons’ team are represented by defender Jason Gibbons at wing back, Daniel Courtney at midfield, David Duke at wing forward and Ciaran Murray at full forward.
The team was compiled by the Sport’s Editor of The Kildare Nationalist Ger McNally and also includes eight players from champions Raheens, two from Clogherinkoe and one from Monasterevan.
Gibbons enjoyed a fine full first season at adult level, having gained some experience in 2016 after helping the Kildare minors to Leinster championship glory in the summer. Courtney was pivotal in Kilcock’s run to the final from both half back and midfield, with his powerful runs through the middle a regular sight in every round. He has since been called up to train with Cian O’Neill’s Kildare.
David Duke had an excellent season after converting to wing forward and chipped in with some fine points, especially against Raheens in round 2. Murray really came to prominence when the competition reached the knock out stages and was the vocal point for every Kilcock attack, netting his 4th goal of the championship in the final. Had the referee rewarded his hard work with some frees in the showpiece, Kilcock may well have taken the cup home!!
McNally’s side is a fair reflection on what was another very enjoyable Kildare IFC and if I was to make any additions from the men in green and gold I would have to go for Fearghal O’Brien and Conor Caulfield.
Kilcock duo Daniel Courtney and Eoin Powderly have been invited to train with an extended Kildare Senior Football panel over the coming months in preperation for the 2018 season.
Both men played a vital part in Kilcock reaching the Intermediate final, where they eventually fell to an impressive Raheens side.
The pair have previous inter county experience with Courtney a member of the 2015 Leinster minor winning side, where he lined out in midfield. Corner back Powderly was part of O’Neill’s senior panel in 2015 before suffering a cruciate ligament injury but to his credit he made a remarkable recovery in returning to full fitness to aid Kilcock’s run to the recent county final.
Only this week Emmet Bolton retired from inter-county action and O’Neill will be looking replace him and any future losses by blooding some more youth as his side look to close the gap on Dublin in the coming years.
The Intermediate footballers of Kilcock get their championship campaign up and running tomorrow against 2016 Junior A champions Kilcullen at 2pm in Hawkfield.
It is expected that manager Declan Gibbons will field a youthful looking side as the club continues to go through something of a transitional period. Many of these lads were part of the 2016 minor league winning team so are no strangers to success but it is all about been able to make that step up to the adult ranks.
Fearghal O’Brien and Shane O’Rourke are definitely on the absentees list as they spend the summer Stateside but Daniel Courtney is expected to feature.
Kilcock should have too much for the team known as ‘The Rags’ but they cannot take anything for granted as the men in black and white look to write another chapter in their rags to riches story!!
Kilcock were last night drawn to face Kilcullen in round one of the 2017 Kildare Intermediate Football Championship.
Declan Gibbons’ men will face off against last years Junior A champions on the weekend of May 5th-7th.
Kilcock will once again be amongst the 3 or 4 teams that will be fancied to go all the way but they know all too well how difficult this rank can be, having failed to make it to the quarter finals in 2016 under the guidance of Willie Hughes.
Since the arrival of Gibbons, the landscape of the team has changed somewhat, with many of last years minors been given an opportunity to cement their place in the starting fifteen, while former county player Ciaran Fitzpatrick has moved onto pastures new with St. Judes in Dublin.
Gibbons and his management team will be looking for the likes of his son Jason, Daniel Courtney, Shane O’Rourke, David Duke and recent addition Conor Caufield from Cavan to help his side progress to the business end of the competition later in the year.
Check out the full 1st round draw below:
Cappagh: Elsewhere neighbours Cappagh have been drawn in Group A of the Tom Cross Junior A Football Championship alongside Rathcoffey, Caragh, Ballykelly and Rheban.
The men in red and white will strongly fancy their chances of progressing from this group and begin their quest to do so against Caragh.