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Intermediates lose to Emeralds

posted 14 Jul 2011, 15:17 by Tom Duggan
At 7.30pm last Friday night Mullinavat had a 100% record in the Kilkenny Intermediate championship.  3 games played and 3 victories everything in the garden was rosy.  Last Friday they faced The Emeralds of Urlingford who had 1 victory and 2 defeats in their 3 games.  The form book suggested a Mullinavat victory however by 9pm last Friday the form book was torn to shreds.  What happened in that hour and a half will in time be forgotten but for that hour and a half we saw one of the poorest Mullinavat performances in a long time.
The Rod Iron men were giving a number of the younger players a chance to show what they could do.  This was due to the unavailability of a number of regulars due to Injuries, holidays and personnel gone to the states for the summer to work and play hurling.  The game was played in well appointed Callan and with condition’s more akin to winter than summer with heavy rain making underfoot conditions difficult mistakes could decide this result.  Mullinavat missed a few chances from placed balls and Emeralds were guilty of some misses of their own.  With 23 minutes of the first half gone the score line read Emeralds 0-3 Mullinavat 0-0 with neither side stamping their authority on the game.  However between then and half time the Emeralds scored another 1-3 with Mullinavat’s single score of the first half coming from the hurley of Willie O Dwyer.  The half time score read Emeralds 1-6 Mullinavat 0-1 and ended what can only be described as the worst half an hour in the clubs history.
What would the second half bring?   Would Emeralds come out and blow Mullinavat away? Could Mullinavat get a foothold in the game?  Well the Rod Iron men won the second half if that’s any consolation to them and indeed could have won the game overall if a couple of breaks had come their way.  There were a lot of deficiencies shown in the game and I suppose free taking will be uppermost on people’s lips.  For the record 4 different players had a go at the free taking and all had a miss against their names.  Did we close down, chase and hassle our opponents enough? Or we could lay the blame on what we were missing personnel wise.  For the record 8 players that were on the team that played in last year’s county final were unavailable and I suppose that in a small parish club is very hard to absorb.  However the positives that can be taken from the game is that it has introduced the younger players to what is expected of them at this level of hurling in the future and secondly this has happened during the league part of the championship and the management and players have an opportunity to address it before the next game.
The group will now take a well deserved break and come back and prepare for their next assignment which is Mooncoin in Piltown on August 8th.  The good news is that Mullinavat remain on top of their group level on points with Danesfort.  The bad news is that their next opponents Mooncoin put up a very impressive display in Mullinavat on Sunday evening beating Tullogher and raking up 30 points in the process.
Other results during the week saw the Special Junior B team lose to Dicksboro and Carrigeen so a bad week for the club overall.  The senior football team will play Muckalee in a prelim round of the football championship on tonight Wednesday night in Palmerstown at 7.30pm

PILTOWN DRAW WINNERS:
The second and third draws of the Piltown Draw took place over the last couple of weeks and again the club visited the winner’s enclosure.  The club itself won a cash prize of €150 in the second draw while in the third draw Esther Foley of Currabehy and Damien Madigan of Listrolin both won a small cash prize.  Congratulations to all the winners and a big thank you to all the club members and supporters in the parish who supported the draw.  This is one of the clubs biggest fundraising ventures and its success depends on your generosity.  The fourth draw will take place on Tuesday the 12th of July and we hope we can have some more good news to report next week
LEINESTER MEDAL WINNERS:
Congratulations to Pat Hoban and his county Intermediate team on their great victory over Wexford in Nowlan Park last Wednesday night.  Pat who is a son of Peggy and the late Tommy Hoban of Main Street has been in charge of this team for the last number of years and has guided them to All Ireland success on two occasions.  Having won last year’s All Ireland Pat had to put together a completely new outfit and just to show the talent available in the county they easily accounted for Wexford last Wednesday night.  From a Mullinavat point of view it was a bitter sweet occasion with three players from the club on the team winning Leinester medals Ian Duggan corner back,Conor Conway Midfield and Willie O Dwyer centre forward.  Unfortunately during the course of the game Conor Conway received a serious hand injury and now awaits a specialists opinion to see if his hurling for the 2011 season is finished or not.  All at the club wish him well and hope it is not as serious as it looks.
Reports by Michael Duggan P.R.O.
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