By Denis J. Croke
THE breaking news this week was that further discussions had taken place at specially arranged meetings of Kilcotton and Borris-in-Ossory GAA clubs. Up for discussion was the proposed amalgamation of the two clubs who had enjoyed so much success at juvenile level.
Word from the meetings was that steady progress was being made but stumbling blocks still existed. However, both sides are confident they could be overcome.
As we know now, those stumbling blocks were overcome and led to unprecedented good times for the clubs (or club) involved.
On the playing fields St Conleth’s booked themselves a spot in the Tesco Intermediate All-Ireland Club Football Final when they overcame St Gall’s from Antrim in Casement Park.
In an exciting game the large St Conleth’s attendance saw their team, level scores, then go behind by four points, take a three point lead and eventually win by a single point. It had a recipe for a brilliant All-Ireland semi-final and the result was in doubt right until the final whistle.
Timahoe ladies were not as lucky when they missed out on an All-Ireland final spot. The Timahoe ladies were trailing from the off as they took on Carnacon of Mayo, who sent over point after point in the first half. It was “The Cora Show” in O’Moore Park as Cora Staunton kicked from every angle of the field, scoring 1-14 in total.
Also in O’Moore Park, Dublin champions Kilmacud Crokes came from behind to snatch a late winner in the Leinster club football championship quarter-final. Portlaoise seldom lose at O’Moore Park, regardless of the opposition, and when they do the inquests go on for a long time and this latest set back was no different.
Padraig Clancy came up with three second half points at a crucial stage of this game, along with producing a tremendous display of midfield play, to guide Timahoe into the semi-final of the Leinster Club Intermediate Championship at the expense of Annacurra (Wicklow).
On the colleges’ front Ardscoil na Trionode, Athy got the better of Knockbeg Colege in the Leinster Colleges Senior ‘A’ League semi-final.
Surprisingly, the atrocious weather conditions didn’t dominate the headlines when these two sides met in Athy. Instead it was the fact that both teams arrived at the Athy GAA grounds but were ushered onto a back pitch with grass above the players ankles and a chunk of cement on the 14 metre line.
From the Leinster Schools’ junior hurling ‘B’ semi-final throw-in Heywood’s Mark Cahill won possession and delivered a perfect ball which full forward David Kelly got to and buried the sliotar and the game was not even 30 seconds old. That goal set the trend as the Ballinakill college comprehensively saw off the Coláiste Ard Scoil Ris challenge winning 5-13 to 1-9.
The St Leo’s bandwagon continued to trundle on. The 8-12 to 2-3 defeat of St Mary’s Edenderry gave them two wins out of two assuring them of a place in the Leinster semi-final.
While All-Ireland champions Wexford dominated the 2010 Camogie All Star team, there was still cause for Laois camogie to celebrate. Sarah Anne Fitzgerald deservedly picked up a Soaring Stars Award for her exploits over the past 12 months on the camogie pitches of Laois and beyond.
In rugby Portlaoise RFC firsts got back to winning ways in Division 1B of the Leinster League when they beat Tullow 17-5 in Togher. In the same division Portarlington RFC let victory slip from their grasp in a high tempo encounter with Monkstown.
Portlaoise seconds overran Tullow 25-0 in the Leinster J2 league. The win propelled Portlaoise into second place three points behind Monkstown with a game in hand.
Portlaoise hockey team took on Enniscorthy and came away with a 2-0 win.