Kilcock return to the Aldridge Cup after long absence

The footballers of Kilcock Gaa make a return to the Aldridge Cup this weekend for the first time since 2011.

The pre season tournent which is for senior championship teams in Kildare, will this year make a little bit of history by including a team from the Intermediate ranks, Kilcock.

Declan Gibbons’ men will take the place of Moorefield, who only last weekend lost out in the All-Ireland semi final to Corofin and who will feel they deserve a well earned rest.

Kilcock take their place on account of finishing 2017 as beaten Intermediate finalists to Raheens. Gibbons and his young side will see it as ideal preperation for the year ahead, with the quality of opposition sure to be a lot higher than they faced in recent years, starting with Naas on Saturday.

With the main pitch closed in Kilcock Gaa for the next few weeks, the game is likely to take place in the local secondary school, Scoil Dara.

Kilcock haven’t competed at the top table since they were relegated in 2011.

Aside from the men’s return to competitive action, the u17s also begin their season, while the ladies footballer’s take part in Na Fianna’s Winifred Dunne Memorial Tournament.

Shane Smullen’s Ladies start at 10am on Saturday with a game vs Na Fianna and they take on Carbury in their second game.

The aforementioned u17s get their league campaign underway against Athy down in Athy on Sunday.

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Kilcock’s Sheena Bynre is named LGFA overall volunteer of the year.

Kilcock’ Sheena Byrne, right of picture before a league game with Maynooth in 2017.

Kilcock LGFA secretary and senior footballer Sheena Byrne has been named the LGFA Overall Volunteer of the year for 2017.

Sheena Byrne – Kilcock, Kildare

The Overall Volunteer of the Year, Sheena will receive the Lulu Carroll award, named after the late Lulu Carroll, who was a 2001 All-Ireland senior medallist with Laois.

Lulu, who passed away in 2007, was a committed servant to Ladies Football at club and county levels, and one of the game’s most popular and well-known figures.

Lulu, a former All-Star recipient, also won eight Leinster titles with Laois, along with six county senior titles and a provincial crown at club level with Timahoe.

Sheena, from the Kilcock Ladies Football club in county Kildare, has been volunteering for 14 years and fulfils a number of role

Sheena is club secretar, coordinating and fundraising activities for Kilcock’s adult and juvenile sections, and remains an active playing member.

In 2004, Sheena, who is a local school teacher in Scoil Choca Naofa, was responsible for setting up the club’s juvenile section along with her sister Linda and she is renowned for her outstanding communication and organisational skills throughout the club and the county of Kildare.

LGFA President Marie Hickey commented: “We are really excited by the establishment of the new LGFA Volunteer awards and delighted to honour our very first winners.

“It is important to recognise our volunteers, who undertake sterling work in their local communities on behalf of our Association.

“We received a large volume of nominations and whittling them down to settle on winners was an onerous task.

“I would like to thank everybody who submitted nominations and we congratulate the winners.

“The awards event on Saturday, February 17, should be something to really savour and it will serve as a fitting tribute to the work carried out by our volunteers at home and abroad.”

Lip Sync Ireland set for one Of Kildare’s oldest clubs

Preperations are being fine-tuned for Kilcock Gaa Clubs’ biggest night of the year.

It’s the Lip Sync Battles Ireland Kilcock style. It takes place in the club on Saturday, September 30th. 

It’s a huge fund-raising event. The launch took place in the club house the same night Rory’s Stories put on a magnificent show.

Kilcock Gaa have been at the heart of the community since as far back as 1887. They were one of the first clubs to affiliate under Gaa rules in Kildare along with Clane, Carbury and Monasterevan, just two and a half years after the association was founded in Thurles.

They have top class facilities at their Branganstown home, including their splendid clubhouse with its fabulous sports hall. The pitches at their HQ are rarely silent. 

The club are putting in the work in football, hurling and camogie and are marching towards the future with confidence. The Lip Sync spectacular will help to keep the home fires burning.

Make sure to get your tickets soon before the ‘Sold Out’ signs are put up!!! 

Kilcock Ladies defeated in Moorefield

Aisling O’Connor who scored Kilcock’s two goals.

Moorefield 2-12 Kilcock 2-6

Kildare Ladies SFL Div2 in Moorefield

Despite a brace of Aisling O’Connor goals and an overall spirited team performance, a youthful Kilcock side finally succumbed to their more experienced hosts in Moorefield on Tuesday night? April 4th.
Missing a few first team regulars, Kilcock took a while to settle and were 1-1 in arrears within the first few minutes before O’Connor settled nerves with her first goal of the night.

Scores were hard to come by for the remainder of the half and it was Moorefield who found the majority of the ones that did come about to lead 1-5 to 1-1 at the break.

The powerful strong running O’Connor struck for her and Kilcock’s second goal after the break to leave only two points between the teams.

But despite points from Laura Ward, Lorna Murray, Eve Powderly (2) and O’Connor herself, the Martin Maguire/Martin Kiely trained side never got close enough as Moorefield ran out 2-12 to 2-6 winners. 

Best for Kilcock were Emma Maguire, Hayley White and Aisling O’Connor

Kilcock face Naas next week in Kilcock as they look to get their league campaign back on track.

Powderly Hits Treble In Kilcock Draw

Kilcock 4-7 Carbury 2-13

A second half Eve Powderly hat-trick helped Kilcock Senior Ladies secure a draw against old foes Carbury in their re-arranged SFL division 2 tie in Kilcock today, Sunday March 26th.

Trailing by eight points heading into the final ten minutes of the game Powderly and her team mates showed a great fighting spirit to battle back and were duly rewarded when the impressive Aisling O’Connor found the net with the final piece of action of a pulsating game, curling her effort in off the post after forging her way through a whole host of blue and yellow jerseys. 

Kilcock were playing their first game of 2017 due to adverse weather conditions leading to unplayable pitches while the visitors were competing in their third match of the campaign and this showed in the first half as Carbury settled the quicker and went on to lead at half time by 6 points, 1-6 to 0-3. All this and having had the disadvantage of playing into a strong wind. Eve Powderly, Emma Robinson and Grace White raised the white flag for Kilcock, with Robinson having a goal disallowed for fisting the ball straight into the net.

Kilcock came flying out of the blocks in the 2nd period with Powderly firing a left footed shot to the back of the net straight from the throw in.

The two sides traded scores in a tense battle with Lorna Murray, Sheena Byrne, Aisling O’Connor and Caoimhe Fagan pointing into the wind. 

At the other end Catherine O’Malley and Wiggy kept Carbury’s noses just infront and the duo looked to have put the game beyond doubt when they combined for O’Malley to blast the ball to the back of Eimear Kelly’s net, despite the latters best efforts to keep it out. At this stage there were eight points in it and Carbury looked to have secured the points but rule out this Kilcock side at your peril!!

Pushed on from the back by player of the game Emma Maguire, Kilcock rallied and late goals from Powderly (2) along with O’Connor’s winner helped them snatch a draw from the jaws of defeat. 

Eimear Kelly was solid in goals, pulling off some crucial saves and finding her team mates with a high percentage of her kickouts. Emma Maguire lead by example at centre back while Caoimhe Fagan used her engine to cover serious ground throughout in midfield. Upfront Aisling O’Connor and the hat-trick hero Powderly got the required scores needed to salvage an important draw. A special mention to debutants Brianne Traynor, (who started wing back and put in a fine display) Charley Burke, (who also started) Aoife McArdle and Sarah Lavin from the bench. 

Final score Kilcock 4-7 Carbury 2-13

Kilcock play Clane on Tuesday next in Kilcock.

History Made As Kilcock Gaa Becomes One Club

Kilcock Gaa club historically became ‘one club’ when members voted unanimously for the proposal at an EGM on Friday night, March 10th 2017.

The one club brings together Kilcock Gaa Club, Kilcock LGFA and Kilcock Camogie Club to replace what was previously three seperate organisations.

A spokesperson for the club spoke positively regarding the decision; “This is huge progress in the development of Kilcock Gaa and we are delighted to have the Ladies Football and Camogie clubs onboard as we progress together.”

Kilcock Ladies In Action Down-Under

Kilcock Ladies Gaa trio Shannon Byrne, Shona Cagney and Orla Cagney were in action this weekend for Clan Na Gael Bondi in Melbourne at the Pearses 7s.

Orla Cagney, Shanon Byrne and Shona Cagney modelling the new Clan Na Gael jersey sponsored by Supermacs.

The twins Shona and Orla set off on their travels down under along with a group of their friends including Shanon Byrne in 2016 and have been working and enjoying life in Sydney since. Their love of Gaa meant they weren’t long getting involved with Clan Na Gael where they get to keep fit and meet new friends from around the world.

The Ladies are seen above modelling the clubs’ latest jerseys, sponsored by Supermacs. Coincidentally enough this is Supermac’s first Gaa Sponsorship in Australia and abroad. Best of luck to all.

Could all those night’s spent in Supermacs Maynooth by the Ladies had some kind of influence!!! 

Reults and more news to follow.