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.
Barry O’Keeffe – Extra Time Sport Sports Person of the year 2017.
Former Kilcock GAA Club and Moynalvey GFC player/manager Barry O’Keeffe was not part of any local club nor was he competing in an individual competition throughout 2017, however Barry’s challenge was far greater than that……
On December 10th, Barry completed the Zurich Marathon in Malaga less than a year after been involved in a serious car accident that almost left him paralyzed.
Barry first entered the doors of CostaSpine at the beginning of June for treatmemt on the neck injury he sustained from the traumatic car accident. In the accident he sustained a cervical fracture of C6/C7.
After an intensive surgery, Barry was lucky to not be paralysed and had extensive pins and screws inplaced 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. They started treating him for this of course and after a month and were shocked with what Barry requested ‘Do you think I can do the Malaga Marathon on the 10th of December ?’
CostaSpine continued to treat him and his healing was phenomenal, he was incredibly diligent with everything their resident Chiropractor gave him to do. Before they knew it, he was on the rehabilitative side of his treatment plan and his results were remarkable.
Barry then felt comfortable enough to start running and he has been so committed ever since, resulting in today’s fantastic achievement.
CostaSpine were behind him 100% and before his run a spokesperson said; “Barry we commend you for your effort, dedication and perseverance of knowing anything is attainable with the right mind-set. Barry ran the race for a school close to his ❤, Saplings Mullingar.
On the pitch Barry was always 100% committed for both Kilcock GAA and Moynalvey and it seems that determination has only been enhanced since his accident at the start of the year.
From Robert here at Extra Time Sport, fair play to you Barry, your years in the Royal County have served you well. 🤣🤣🤣
Conor Caulfield has been confirmed as the new Captain of the Kilcock Intermediate footballers for the upcoming 2018 season.
The Monaghan native, who enjoyed a fine debut season at midfield for his new club in 2017, takes over from the recently retired goalkeeper Shane Stone.
Caulfield’s powerful displays at midfield were instrumental in Declan Gibbons’ charges reaching the Intermediate final where they lost out to favourites Raheens. He also showed his leadership qualities in the final round of the league by scoring a crucial last minute goal to help Kilcock survive in division two.
Gibbons will have taken all this into account in making his decision and has put his faith in the former Scotstown player to try and help his youthful side go one step further in 2018.
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.
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.