Cumann na mBunscol
St. Joseph’s N.S. camogie team attended the Cumann na mBunscol indoor camogie blitz on Tuesday 28th November in Ballon.
The girls played outstandingly on the day. We won two matches against Clonegal and Kildavin but were unsuccessful against Ballon. Ballon proceeded to the Division 1 final and St. Jospeh’s N.S. to the Division 2 Final, which was a fantastic result.
We attended the Division 2 final in Old Leighlin on Tuesday 5th of December. Old Leighlin, Glynn & Ballinabranna were in the finals too.
The matches were fast paced and intense. St. Joseph’s N.S. came in 3rd place. Well done girls for putting in all the hard work. The team consisted of Leah Furlong, Emma Whelan, Abaigh Doyle, Tara Lyons, Pia Kavanagh, Emily Kelly, Lucy Myers and Lillian Keating.
The Hacketstown Greens
The Hacketstown Blues
Ms. Doyle’s Hurling/Camogie group got a chance to show the skills they have been learning from their teacher in a blitz at Kiltegan GAA today.
First of all the Hacketstown Greens and Blues played each other in a very tightly contested match.After this,both teams played sides from Baltinglass NS.
Even though this was the first time for most of the children to play a proper hurling match they impressed all the onlookers with their skills.
Not alone were all the children proficient at striking the sliotar on the ground but many of them were also able to lift and strike from the hand. Also notable were the many occasions when the Hacketstown players got their hurleys in to block their opponents.
Cumann na mBunscol Hurling
The school hurling team took to the Fighting Cocks pitch today to play Rathoe.Even though we were missing star midfielder Rosemary Keating the other eleven players tried hard and gave a determined performance against an older Rathoe team.
Due to the small number of interested boys this year a combined boys/girls team entered the boys competition.The first match was at home against Ballinabrannagh today.Aaron Davis struck a few long range frees to put Hacketstown ahead but every time we went in front Ballinabrannagh seemed to score a goal to regain the initiative.
Cian Weekes played well in goal and in front of him the Doyle siblings Courtney and Lee defended heroically.Lee in particular made a dramatic appearance from his sick bed to win every ball that was put his way.Leah Furlong and Jack Weekes never gave the boys from south Carlow an opportunity with their tackles and clearances.
In midfield Aaron Davis and the hard hitting Rosemary Keating were on top for most of the game with Aaron contributing all the Hacketstown scores from frees and open play.
In the forwards Ailbhe Maguire chased and harried and won plenty of ball while after a slow start Kyle Davis played a storming second half.
Aaron Davis won his contest with the full back on the Ballinabrannagh team and would have bagged several goals if it hadn’t been for the outstanding opposing goalkeeper.Luke Kelly gave him plenty of help also in front of goal.
Special mention to only substitute,third class pupil Emily Kelly who came on in the second half to give a tremendous fearless display in the full back line.
Final score Ballinabrannagh 4-2 Hacketstown 2-4