This weekend also sees the J J Kavanagh and Sons Junior Football Final between Danesfort and Young Irelands. Danesfort had a comprehensive win over Graigue Ballycallan in their semi-final but Young Irelands were made to fight all the way before accounting for Tullogher Rosbercon by a single point(4-8 to 2-13) last weekend in Thomastown. The County Final will be played in Thomastown this Saturday January 10th with a 2pm throw in. Click on Read More below for full size photos.
Next Sunday sees the remaining 2014 County Hurling title being decided when Dicksboro and Thomastown line out in the J J Kavanagh and Sons Under 21A County Final. The game will be played in Nowlan Park with a 1.30pm throw in. Patrons are asked to note that admission will be to Ardan de Gras only via stiles on Hebron Road. Both teams are worthy finalists having come through very difficult divisional campaigns. Dicksboro had a comprehensive win over Fenians in the North quarter-final but they needed a replay before eventually seeing off Clara in the semi-final. In the final they had to pull out all the stops to see off high flying Bennettsbridge. Meanwhile in the South Thomastown had a narrow quarter-final win over Piltown before accounting for 2013 county champions Mullinavat in the semi-final. They had a fine win in the South Final over Glenmore on a 0-19 to 2-8 scoreline. Click on Read More below for team photos.
Following on the passing of Martin Treacy during 2014 Bennettsbridge has lost another stalwarth with the passing of Jim Bennett over the New Year period. Jim was a member of the highly successful Bennettsbridge team of the sixties. He played in 5 County Finals between 1965 and 1972 winning championship medals in 1966 v Mooncoin and 1967 v Thomastown. He was a sub on the Kilkenny senior team defeated by Cork in the 1966 Final but returned the following year and was picked at corner forward on the team captained by his great friend Jim Treacy. It was probably his greatest day when along with Bridge colleagues Jim Treacy, Seamus Cleere, Paddy Moran, John Kinsella and Noel Skehan Kilkenny defeated Tipperary in an unforgettable final. He also captained Kilkenny in the 67/68 National League campaign. Ar Dheis Dé Go raibh sé.
Kilkenny GAA sends its sincere sympathy to Jim's family and hurling colleagues. Click on Read More below for team photos from the 1960's.
Dicksboro 2-10 Bennettsbridge 0-14
Goals win games and this certainly proved the case in the Kells Road Venue on Saturday when Dicksboro just pipped Bennettsbridge in a thriller. Dicksboro now play Thomastown in the County Final in Nowlan Park on Sunday January 11th.
Picture shows Northern Board Secretary P J Kenny presenting the trophy to Boro captain Aaron Duggan. Also in the photo is J J Kavanagh representing sponsors J J Kavanagh and Sons.
Click HERE for images of the game from Willie Dempsey. Click on Read More for team photos.
Cloneen 4-7 St Patricks 0-1
Cloneen won the Duggan Steel Under 16 Roinn C 2014 Football title with a comprehensive win over St Patricks. Picture shows Cloneen captain Paul O Neill accepting the trophy from Bord na nOg Chairman Willie Dempsey.
Click on Read More below for Cloneen team photo.