Last Friday night, December 28th, our victorious U13’s were presented with their medals in Ballycallan Hall. In what was a great year for this bunch of hurlers, they won the Roinn A Country Cup in both Hurling and Football and the Cumann na mBunscoil Roinn A Final with St. Aidan’s NS. These boys were also very successful in the club competitions, winning the Roinn B Football Championship and the Roinn A Hurling Championship and the Lisdowney 7’s Shield.
They are the first county club to win the Tom Ryall Cup and it was fitting that members of the Ryall family were in attendance on the night. MC for the night, Club Charimain Dave O’Neill, presented all the players and Billy Ryan and John Byrne (Bord na nÓg Chairman) were on hand to present the medals and acknowledge their achievements.
Graigue Ballycallan U17’s had a very productive year where they reached the Quarter Final of the Championship against Piltown and a League Shield Final against The Rower Inistioge. Unfortunately results didn’t go our way either day but the lads gave it 100%.
Our Under 15 hurlers battled hard and bravely throughout every game contested this year. The League saw a mixed range of results ranging from wet and miserable conditions in Glenmore and Kilmacow to a dazzling summer performance in Paulstown.
What a year for this special group of players and the club overall.
We started back in January in Ballycallan Hall with Adrian Landy putting the lads through their paces over a ten week period. We started playing football in February and won the Roinn B Football Championship beating Barrow Rangers, Glenmore and Clara in the final. Read more
On Saturday October 20th we hosted the annual Declan Bryne Under 14 Memorial Tournament with 6 teams competing. We had 2 groups of 3 with Graigue Ballycallan, Dicksboro and Kilcock in Group 1 and O’Loughlin’s, Young Ireland’s and Danesfort in Group 2.
Report by Brendan Hayes
In what was a lively affair James Stephens and Graigue Ballycallan played out a pulsating match in the inaugural Duggan Steel U-13 Roinn A County Final at Bennettsbridge which saw The Kilmanagh men gain revenge for the replayed League final defeat. Read more
On Saturday 22nd September Graigue Ballycallan Under 13’s played the Roinn A Championship Semi Final in Dunnamaggin against a physically strong Tullogher Roberson. The lads settled into the game quickly and led at half time by 11 points to 2 points. Read more
Graigue Ballycallan U10’s participated in the Ballyhale U10 Aylward Cup Tournament on Sat 1st September.
In the first match they were up against Dunnamaggin and had a great win 5-2 to 0-0. Next up was Davidstown of Wexford and the boys had another great win, 5-5 to 1-00. They were now through to the quarter final and were up against Rower Inistioge. The boys dug deep and came out worthy winners 2-6 to 2-2. In the semi final their opponents were hosts Ballyhale Shamrocks who proved too strong for our boys on a scoreline of 2-2 to 0-3. What a fantastic bunch of boys who gave it everything on the day, they should be so proud of themselves. Well done all!
Panel: Sean O’Dea, Oran Hoyne, Keelann Lynch, Reggie Carthy, Martin Brennan, Aidan Ging, Sean East, David Walton, Andrew Tector, Joshua Malone, Dara Barut, Michael Tynan, Ben McEvoy, Cormac Neary, Shane Hogan, Cian Ronan, Sean O’Halloran
The club are delighted that Molloy Sculptors, Callan have sponsored a new set of jerseys for our Minor team and we would like to thank them for their support.
The jerseys were presented by Tommy Dermody (Molloy Sculptors) to minor player Stephen Keoghan who had the honour of being involved with the Kilkenny Minor Panel this year. Also in the picture are Dave O’Neill (Club Chairman), Eddie Brennan and Adrian Ronan.
Big congrats to our U13 hurlers who won the Lisdowney 7s Kilkenny Supporters Shield Final on Saturday 4th August 2018.
Report by Niall Egan
GBC U12’s were invited to the Young Ireland’s U12 Tournament on Saturday May 19th. Our boys were drawn in a group with Clara, Piltown and Graignamanagh. On what was a glorious morning, we took on Clara in the opening fixture. This match was very well-balanced throughout. In the final 5 minutes, Clara pulled away with some well-taken points to run out winners GBC 1-2 Clara 1-6.
Match two saw us pitted against a strong Piltown side who were in control throughout. Despite this our boys never dropped their heads and kept hurling until the final whistle. Full Time Score: GBC 1-2 Piltown 4-4.
Sunday 13th May saw GBC U15’s travel to Paulstown seeking their first league win of the season.
Dry sunny weather prevailed on this occasion for a change thankfully.
Playing with the breeze, Barrow Rangers raced into a 1-1 to 0-1 lead early in the first half.
A well placed GBC penalty was dispatched to the net in the second quarter by Ryan Corcoran who ended up with an impressive tally of 1-6 on the night.
Rangers went in at the break ahead by the narrowest of margins 1-6 to 1-5. The half back line of Patrick Foley, Billy Dowling and Elliot Teehan holding firm.