This week’s 4 page edition includes “Bits & Bytes” from the past week, a Quickfire question round with Kildare Senior Hurler Cian Forde and Kildare Senior Footballer Liam Power. Also within is an extract from the 1935 Kildare GAA County Convention minutes.
“Bits & Bytes”
Kildare Senior Football Manager Jack O’Connor announced the team to play Cork in tomorrow’s Allianz Football League fixture v Cork. Click on the following link for full details https://kildaregaa.ie/kildare-senior-football-team-v-cork/ The fixture will be broadcast live on Eir Sports 2.
The Senior Hurling Team was also announced ahead of tomorrow’s Allianz Hurling League fixture v Donegal in St Conleth’s Park. https://kildaregaa.ie/kildare-senior-hurling-team-v-donegal/ The match will be streamed live free of charge on YouTube https://youtu.be/MRBEKrtoG4U
The draws for the Leinster Minor & U20 Football Championships took place at lunchtime yesterday. Both Minor & U20 Hurlers were paired with Carlow in their opening round fixtures. The Minor Footballers have drawn Longford with the U20s set to play Westmeath. Full draw details to be found on https://kildaregaa.ie/leinster-minor-and-u20-championship-draws/
Kildare CCC this week issued draft plan dates for the re-commencement of our County Competitions to Club Secretaries. This draft plan is subject to Government, Croke Park and Covid guidelines.
Bord na nÓg also circulated fixture calendar plans for the outstanding 2020 Competitions along with gradings for various different 2021 competitions. Full details can obtained from your Club Secretary.
Reminder that the deadline for Club Membership subscription is 31st May 2021. All Clubs are asked to ensure all players are registered ahead of their return to play dates.
Adult and Underage Training: From Monday, May 10th, both adult and underage training are permitted on a full contact basis in pods of 15 for all Gaelic Games teams in the 26 Counties. Games (including challenge games) will not be permitted until June 7th.
This summer’s Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps are fast approaching. The camps will be held throughout the county during the months of July & August. Registration is now open via https://www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie/
To mark the return of the Allianz Leagues for 2021, Allianz is offering GAA fans access to exclusive offers on car and home insurance along with a chance to win €5,000 for your Club. Full details can be found on https://www.gaa.ie/news/allianz-expands-exclusive-gaa-offers/
Upcoming Fixtures for the diary: Sunday 23rd May:
Allianz Football League: Kildare v Clare @ 14:00 in St. Conleth’s Park Newbridge. Fixture will be broadcast live on GAA Go.
Allianz Hurling League: Kildare v Derry @ 16:00 in Manguard Plus Hawkfield. Match will be streamed live on YouTube – link will issue early next week.
Quickfire Questions with Kildare Senior Footballer Liam Power
Senior Inter County League Debut: 2020 against Clare.
Senior Inter County Championship Debut: 2020 against Meath.
Pre-Match Day Routine: Breakfast and a coffee. Bit of mobility. Relax until the game. Nothing too fancy.
Pre match rituals: None that spring to mind.
Toughest opponent: Been a lot of them. We’ve played Castledermot a lot over the last 4/5 years and always a good battle with Gavin Farrell when we play them.
Team you most like to beat: Any of the local rivals.
Proudest Day: Winning the Intermediate Championship with Raheens in 2017.
Toughest or most disappointing day: As a supporter watching Kildare Donegal in 2011 and the Kevin Cassidy point.
Biggest influence on your career: My father Patsy. Richie Connor a huge help as well for taking me out of the goals in 2013.
Joker in the panel: Mark Donnellan.
Best Dressed: Haven’t been too many reasons to dress up since I joined the panel due to Covid.
Worst Dressed: Paul Cribbin.
Player do you admire from another sport: James Milner. Epitomises hard work.
Manager from another sport do you admire: Bob Ladouceur. A high school teacher who coached De La Salle to the longest winning streak in football history.
Quickfire Questions with Kildare Senior Hurler Cian Forde