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posted 21 Oct 2010, 13:12 by Cill Daingin
Our underage season drew to a close last Saturday in Kildangan, when our Under 15 team lost to Maynooth in the Division 3 Semi final.    Despite Kildangan Nurney amassing a score of 6:08 which would be enough to win most games, Maynooth proved more adept in front goal, with a tally of 6:13.  In truth, this game looked over at half-time as Maynooth lead by 3:08 to Kildangan Nurneys 1:02. However, these girls are made of sterner stuff and we finally started to play in the second half, as some positional switches and a change to more direct football started to yield dividends, with some well taken scores.
The excitement was palpable as Kildangan Nurney drew level, and then went three points up with minutes remaining. Maynooth finally managed to string a move together, and drew a free on the edge of the Kildangan Nurney square which they slotted over to leave two between the teams and time running out. From the resultant kick out Maynooth gained possession and drilled a shot into the back of the Kildangan Nurney net to put them one ahead. The last play of the game gifted another goal to Maynooth as the Kildangan Nurney girls tired due to their Trojan efforts in the second half. This was a great team performance; however a very special mention must go to Kildangan Nurney fullback Orla Fahey who more than once saved her team. Her reading of the game, distribution and work rate was a joy to behold, a fact acknowledged at the end by the referee who sought her out to compliment her on her performance. Finally a word of thanks to Under 15 mentor John Nealon.

Our Under 13 team also made a semi-final, this time in Division 1 against Sarsfields. Sarsfields are the stand out team in this competition, however like the great Kilkenny hurling team they are there to be beaten. Unfortunately this wasn’t to be our night as a few injuries to key players left us struggling. Sarsfields ran out eventual winners on a scoreline of 3:08 to Kildangan Nurneys 1:02. Thanks to Patsy Kelly for looking after this team.
Our Under 11 GO Games team gave a great account of themselves in all their games. The fact that the games are non-competitive in nature might lead you to believe that the result didn’t matter. Nothing could be further from the truth as every girl put their heart and soul into it, playing with passion and pride for their team. Individually, and as a team the girls showed great skill all throughout the league. Well done to all and especially their mentor, Mary Jo Merrins who had them playing out of their skins.
Training continues for our minor team under John McCarthy, Tuesday evenings in Nurney at 7:00 pm. Our first outing is at home to Kill on the 7th November. Any girls interested in training with the team should contact Tracey Rowe on 086 6664558.