Andy Walsh Hurling – Ballyvary Club/School Link Day
The Ballyvary Community Pitch was the venue for the third annual Andy Walsh Memorial Day as six schools comprising of eight teams came together to play out competitive games as part of the Ballyvary club/school blitz day.
Andy Walsh RIP was the first chairman of the Ballyvary Hurling Club in 2005 and was a driving force behind the development of the Ballyvary Community Pitch, which is now the home of the Ballyvary Hurling Club.
Present at the event was Martin Fogarty (National Hurling Coaching Manager) who spoke in admiration of the facilities which Andy Walsh had helped to establish in Ballyvary before his untimely death in 2011. He also praised the teams who were taking part, before sharing a short anecdote about his time as a teacher in Kilkenny – and the acquiring of a pitch at the rear of his school which was later to be known as ‘Alice’s Field’.
Also present to help with the presentations of the Cup, Shield, Plate and Trophy for the four winners were Andy’s immediate family Margaret (wife), Padraig (brother), Majella (daughter), Andy (son) and Ray (son). Referees on the day were Michael McHale, Kevin Nolan, Paddy Carney, Johnny Burke & Declan Kelly. With over 100 children involved, the blitz was the largest club/school blitz day hosted by the club, showing the continued growth of hurling in the area.
Cup: Behy NS beat Ballyvary NS
Shield: Balla NS beat Culleens NS
Plate: Straide NS beat BehyB
Trophy: CulleensB beat Parke NS