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Corn De Bhaldraithe Final 2011

Ballyhale 2-9 Kilmanagh 0-3

Ballyhale retained the Corn De Bhaldraithe trophy with a convincing win over Kilmanagh in a match played in atrocious weather conditions in Nowlan Park on Friday. Ballyhale were in control throughout the game and never looked like losing from the opening minutes. Kilmanagh were playing their fourth game in a week and the busy schedule clearly took its toll on these boys as they appeared tired from the outset. Kilmanagh had to go to a replay before clinching the Roinn B title earlier in the week and then had to play a semi final in this competition. By contrast their fresher opponents had an easier preparation and made light of the difficult conditions with an excellent display of hurling. One had to admire the first touch of the Ballyhale outfit and their fantastic hooking and blocking which made it extremely difficult for their opponents to mount any sort of challenge. .
Ballyhale were quick out of the traps and Martin Davis volleyed the ball to the net in the second minute. Eoin Cody then pointed after he had blocked down a clearance.Adrian Mullen added a point following a good pas from Dylan Aylward. It was all Ballyhale at this stage and Kilmanagh were finding it difficult to gain any sort of foothold in the game. Evan Shefflin, Martin Davis and Adrian Mullen (2) added points as the Ballyhale half back line totally snuffed out the Kilmanagh challenge. The Kilmanagh defence was under siege and were it not for Colum Prendiville and Aaron Brennan performing heroics the game would have been over at this stage.

Half time score: Ballyhale 1-6 Kilmanagh 0-0

Kilmanagh needed a good start to the second half but it was Ballyhale who were first to score and what a delightful score it was. Eoin Cody showed great skill to expertly pick the ball on the run, solo through and finish to the corner of the net.Adam Brenner added a point for Ballyhale in the fifth minute. Kilmanagh had shown their battling qualities earlier in the week in the Roinn B final and they were not going to go down without a fight. Jesse Roberts who was battling for all his worth landed a point from a '65 and Sean Ryan added another shortly afterwards. Ballyhale responded well with points from Eoin Cody, Adrian Mullen and Darragh Corcoran to put them firmly in command. Colum Prendiville added a third point for Kilmanagh from a '65 in the dying minutes but there was no denying the winners. Kilmanagh can be proud of their achievements too with their excellent victory in the Roinn B final on Monday. This was a superb double for the Ballyhale boys who also won the Corn na Tuaithe Football earlier in the year.

Scorers: Ballyhale: Eoin Cody (1-2),Martin Davis (1-1), Adrian Mullen (0-4), Evan Shefflin (0-1), Darragh Corcoran (0-1)
Kilmanagh : Jesse Roberts (0-1), Sean Ryan (0-1), Colum Prendiville (0-1)

Ballyhale: Dean Mason, Enda Kenneally, Patrick Hearne, Keelan O'Donoghue, Eoin Walsh, Dylan Aylward, Adam Brenner, Evan Shefflin, Eoin Kenneally, Martin Davis, Adrian Mullen, Darragh Corcoran, Eoin Cody, Andrew Moran (Capt.), Kevin Fennelly.
Subs :Ronan Hayes, Jason Devereux, Conor Doyle, John Shortall, James Reid, Christopher Coady, Tom O'Dwyer, Cian Cullen, Stephen Barron, Edmond Fitzpatrick, Reece Anderson, Casey Corcoran.

Kilmanagh: Aaron Brennan, Luke O' Brien, Tom Dunphy, George Murphy, Ciarán Hogan, Colum Prendiville (Capt.), Ger Doheny, Jesse Roberts, Tommy Ronan, Sean Ryan, Evan Walsh, James Everard, Jamie Lawlor, Killian Egan, Daniel Young.
Subs: David Maher, Peter Murphy, Billy Brennan, Simon O'Dwyer, Adam O'Brien, Finn Lanigan, Lee Ronan, Alex McCluskey, Daniel Lawlor, Alan Wall.

Referee: Podge Butler

Corn na Tuaithe Champions 2010/2011

Hurling and Football Panel 2009/2010. Roinn B and Country Cup Hurling winners.

Tedcastle Oils’ Roinn B Final 2010

Ballyhale 5-13 Thomastown 4-9

Ballyhale and Thomastown served up an absoloute thriller of a game in the last final of the current school year. This was one of the best finals seen in Kilkenny in recent years and both sides are to be commended for providing a wonderful game. 31 scores in 50 minutes tells you something about the exciting spectacle but there were more than scores to keep the crowd entertained. There were spectacular saves, goal line clearances, hooking and blocking of a very high standard. This game had everything you would want to see in hurling. Both goalkeepers, Conor Reid from Ballyhale and especially Adam Power from Thomastown were absolutely brilliant and deserve the highest praise for their performances. Although the final margin of seven points would suggest a comfortable victory for Ballyhale, this was not the case and the issue was in doubt right up to the final minutes.

Both sides went about their business right from the start and by the seventh minute they were level. Ballyhale’s four points coming from Joseph Cuddihy (3) and Darren Mullen (1), while Thomastown’s scores came from Dylan Caulfield’s goal and a point from John Donnelly.  While Thomastown were doing most of the attacking at this stage, the Ballyhale boys were making better use of their possession and by the end of the first half they led by 3-6 to Thomastown’s 1-6.  Two goals just before the break from Joseph Cuddihy and Andrew Moran gave them a six point lead which was to prove crucial.

The second half was barely a minute old when Rory Monks goaled for Thomastown after Conor Reid had saved a shot from Dylan Caulfield. Ballyhale responded with a point from Adrian Mullen. Within a few minutes Thomastown scored a great goal when Dylan Caulfield grabbed a high delivery from Paul Burke Kelly and buried the sliotar in the net. There was now just a point separating the sides and the excitement in the stands was at fever pitch. Adrian Mullen then struck a lovely point for Ballyhale and Thomastown replied with an excellent point from Rory Monks. A minute later Adam Power made a brilliant save from a shot from Joseph Cuddihy at the expense of a ’65 which was pointed by Adrian Mullen. John Donnelly pointed from a free to leave just a point separating the sides. The scores were coming fast and furious now and two excellent points from the Mullen brothers, Adrian and Darren edged Ballyhale three points ahead. Thomastown were not giving in and Rory Monks gathered the sliotar and headed for the Ballyhale goal. He found Dylan Caulfield and the full forward buried the sliotar to level the game  4-8 to 3-11. It was wonderful stuff and the crowd erupted. Ballyhale again went on the attack and Thomastown goalie Adam Power brought off a spectacular double save to deny them. However five minutes from the end Joseph Cuddilhy unleashed an unstoppable shot to the net to put Ballyhale ahead again. Kevin Fennelly shot another point for Ballyhale but back came Thomastown again and a piledriver from Dylan Caulfield went barely over the crossbar.  Thomastown had fought a brave fight and never threw in the towel but Ballyhale had the final say with a goal from Joseph Cuddihy and a point from Evan Shefflin finally putting the title beyond doubt. What a game we had witnessed, tremendous displays from both sides, with every player giving his all for the cause. For Ballyhale it represented a notable double having won the Corn de Bhaldraithe title the previous week. Thomastown can take a lot of pride from their performance and they contributed handsomely to a wonderful game of hurling.

Ballyhale:  Conor Reid (C.), Enda Kenneally, Patrick Doyle, John Hession, Eoin Walsh, Darren Mullen, Paul Holden, Adrian Mullen, Dylan Aylward, Evan Shefflin, Joseph Cuddihy, Eoin Kenneally, Eoin Cody, Andrew Moran, Kevin Fennelly, Adam Brenner, Patrick Hearne, Darragh Corcoran, Keelan O’Donoghue, Ronan Hayes, Billy Moran, Jason Devereux, Christopher Coady, Conor Doyle, John Shortall, Dean Mason, James Reid.,

Thomastown: Adam Power, Edward O’Keefe, Brian Hanrahan, Cathal O’Neill, Jack Delahunty, Paul Burke Kelly (C.), Ned Kirwan, Brian Staunton, Sean Roche, Eamon Forristal, John Donnelly, Rory Monks, Frank Carroll, Dylan Caulfield, David Barron, Shane Butler, Kevin Kanopka, Callum Taylor, Ivan Waugh, Tom Lawlor, Cian Kelly, Edward O’Hanrahan, Luke Gibbons, Brendan Fitzpatrick, Conor McDermott, David Griffin, Michael Murphy, David Walsh, Philip Somers.

Referee: Sean Cleere (O Loughlin Gaels)

Team for the Double for Roinn B and Corn de Bhaldraithe -  Scoil Phádraig -
Conor Reid(capt Roinn B), Enda Kenneally, Patrick Doyle, John Hession, Eoin Walsh, Darren Mullen (capt for Corn de Bhaldraithe) , Paul Holden, Adrian Mullen, Dylan Aylward, Evan Shefflin, Joseph Cuddihy, Eoin Kenneally, Eoin Cody, Andrew Moran and Kevin Fennelly. Subs - Adam Brenner, Patrick Hearne, Darragh Corcoran, Keelan O Donoghue, Ronan Hayes, Billy Moran, Jason Devereux, Christopher Coady, Conor Doyle, Dean Mason, James Reid and John Shortall.
Hurling and Football Panel 2008/2009. Roinn B Football Winners

Hurling and Football panel 2007/2008

U7 Tournament 2006


Tedcastle Oils Corn de Bháldraithe 2002.

Country Cup Final


Ballyhale 4-6

Kilmanagh 3-4


When referee Podge Butler threw in the sliotar who could have known that this was the beginning of 100 minutes of schools hurling at its very best between old rivals Ballyhale and Kilmanagh. These two teams have had some ding dong battles over the years and the final of the Tedcastle Oils Corn de Bháldraithe 2002 was to be no exception.It has often been remarked that while two teams may draw the replay can be a one-sided affair with one of the teams losing self belief and caving in. This was in no way the case here and the replay was almost as exciting and every bit as hard-fought as the drawn game.

In the first game Kilmanagh opened the scoring with a pointed free from  centre back Eoghan Doheny, but in less than a minute the sides were level again following a nicely taken point from play by Colin Fennelly. The Kilmanagh combination at centre field of Philip Heafey and P.J. Delaney proved very effective at keeping up a steady pressure on the Ballyhale defence. Seven minutes into the first half a long-range point from Ger Hall and an answering point from Colin Fennelly left the teams level on two points each. The puck out from Ballyhale full back Eoin Knox was knocked down by Justin Dermody to his captain Ciarán Neary. Ciarán rounded three Ballyhale players and scored a fine goal in the tenth minute. Three minutes later a further point from Ciarán kept the pressure on the Shamrocks but the Ballyhale boys came back in force with a comeback led by Colin Fennelly, Enda Fitzpatrick and Captain, Brendan Muldoon, resulting eventually in a point from Brendan Muldoon. The constant pressure from the Graigue/Ballycallan men was resisted bravely by the Ballyhale defence, with fine leadership by James Walsh and solid performances from Helen Dermody, Eoin Knox and Gary Fitzpatrick. In spite of the solid defending Kilmanagh registered another point before the half time whistle and leaving the scoreline at half time Kilmanagh 1-4 Ballyhale 0-3.

The strong breeze from the town end favoured Ballyhale in the second half. The battle continued up and down the field at full pelt for the first ten minutes which remained scoreless despite several near misses by both sides. Excellent performances were put in by Ballyhale's Margaret Mary Fennelly, no. 12 Eoin Long and mid-fielder Chris Murphy, while Kilmanagh's centre-field combination of Philip Heafey and P.J. Delaney and centre forwards Stephen Kenna, Justin Dermody and Ger Hall did great work.

Then in the twelfth minute James Walsh sent a scorching penalty to the back of the goal and five minutes later he sent another free in to rattle the Kilmanagh net. This was followed by a penalty to Kilmanagh in the 30th minute which resulted in a goal by Ciarán Neary putting his team back into the lead by the narrowest of margins. But their lead was short lived when James Walsh's free from the centre of the field was snapped up by Colin Fennelly and popped over the bar with deadly accuracy. This brought the sides level at 2-4 each and with the remaining three minutes scoreless that is how the match ended.


The replay took place in Nowlan Park on a sunny 26th of June with Ballyhale defending the country goal. James Walsh, Ballyhale's mid-fielder and free taker opened the scoring with a pointed free from the 21. A goal from Captain Brendan Muldoon gave Ballyhale a 1-1 lead after four minutes. Kilmanagh goalie James Power blocked a low shot from a James Walsh free deflecting the shot over the bar and increasing the Ballyhale lead to 1-2 with eight minutes gone in the first half. The Graigue men fought back hqard at this point but the Ballyhale defenders held the line, with solid performances from Helen Dermody, Gary Ftizpatrick and Eoin Knox in the full back line and half backs Alan Cuddihy, Brendan Muldoon and Aiden Frisby. The Kilmanagh drive resulted in several near misses but the scoreline remained unchanged until Ciarán Neary scored a point from a free from 20 yards out. A further point from Justin Dermody from play rewarded Kilmanagh's sustained assault on the Ballyhale goal. Colin Fennelly added to the Ballyhale lead with a lovely run and a perfect finish in the back of the net. The score now Ballyhale 2-2 and pointed free by Ciarán Neary brought Kilmanagh's tally to 0-3.

A blistering shot from Dermot Heafey almost brought Kilmanagh a much needed first goal but Ballyhale goalie Conor Walsh intercepted and cleared. A fine point from the centre of the field by P.J. Delaney was followed by that long awaited first goal for Kilmanagh scored by Captain Ciarán Neary. The score at half time was Ballyhale 2-2 to Kilmanagh's 1-4.

Kilmanagh had a big boost to their spirits after two minutes of play in the second half with a goal. A quick response from Colin Fennelly, Ballyhale's untiring centre forward brought Kilmanagh's newfound lead back to one point. A point from Brendan Muldoon brought the sides level again with eight minutes played in the second half. A pointed free from James Walsh brought Ballyahle into the lead again. There followed a period of play mainly in the vicinity of the Kilmanagh goal, all of this attack paid off in the form of a point scored by Enda Fitzpatrick from a pass by Colin Fennelly.

Twenty minutes into the second half a pass from Justin Dermody was sent to the back of the Ballyhale net by Ciarán Neary and Graigue/Ballycallan were back in the driving seat with a scoreline of Kilmanagh 3-4 to Ballyhale's 2-6.

But high drama indeed in the final minutes of the match. Following a tackle on Ballyhale's corner forward, Richard Reid, a penalty was awarded to Ballyhale. With four minutes left in the match, James Walsh sent the sliotar to the back of the net once again. Kilmanagh's fate was sealed by the same Richard Reid when he scored a brilliant goal from a Colin Fennelly pass in the final minute of normal time.




Conor Walsh, Gary Fitzpatrick, Eoin Knox, Helen Dermody, Alan Cuddihy, Brendan Muldoon, Aiden Frisby, James Walsh, Chris Murphy, Thomas Hession, Colin Fennelly, Eoin Long, Richard Reid, Enda Fitzpatrick, Margaret Mary Fennelly, John Connolly, Clodagh Doyle, Richard Deasy, Gavin Butler, Eoghan Grace, Eoin Doyle, Micheál Kelly, Patrick O'Neill, Martin Duggan, Darren Mason.



James Power, Thomas Purcell, Paul Harrisson, David Kennedy, Niall Cleere, Eoghan Doheny, David O'Dea, Philip Heafey, P.J. Delaney, Stephen Kenna, Justin Dermody, Gerard Hall, Conor Hogan, Ciarán Neary, Dermot Heafey, Joseph Johnston, Stephen Butler, Jamie Hillman, Martin Doheny, John Robinson, Damien Maher, Darren Cleere, Damien Carroll, Daragh Twomey, Daragh Marnell, Liam Doyle.