Lo­cal cham­pi­onships pro­gresss­ing well

Bray People - - Sport -

THE HAP­PI­EST man around this week is fix­tures boss Mick Ha­gan. Most, if not all of his plans for the con­clud­ing stages the cham­pi­onships fell nicely into place and he is now at the knock­out stages in all, or al­most all com­pe­ti­tions.

Apart from an­other dose of bad weather the semi-fi­nals of the Se­nior foot­ball cham­pi­onship ran off smoothly on Sun­day. The St. Pa­trick’s win over Bray Em­mets was about what was ex­pected.

Liam McGraynor’s men started poorly, as they did against Balt­in­glass but this time there was no way back. The nifty St. Pat’s for­wards had chalked up a winning score by half­time and on this oc­ca­sion the Bray side just did not have the fire­power to over­turn that lead

Bray did stage a great rally and had Thomas Walsh’s shot gone in it could have made all the dif­fer­ence. Long serv­ing goalie Robert Hollingsworth got a touch on that ball be­fore it struck the cross­bar and that is what saved the day.

This Wick­low town team will be con­test­ing their third fi­nal in five years, and that is not a bad record.

The sec­ond re­sult could not be called a ma­jor sur­prise ei­ther. This was the third year in a row that Kil­te­gan and Rath­new have met in a semi­fi­nal with the sides winning one each.

Kil­te­gan were the team with the greater hunger, and the younger legs and they won strictly on merit.

We have the mak­ings of a great fi­nal be­tween two teams that play foot­ball all the way.

JU­NIOR A FOOT­BALL

The Ju­nior A re­sults also went Ha­gan’s way. Rath­new beat St. Pat’s in the last match in their group to set up a meet­ing with neigh­bours New­cas­tle in one semi-fi­nal.

What adds spice to this match is the fact that New­cas­tle are trained by the for­mer Rath­new star – Trevor Doyle, so that is one to watch out for.

In the other key game Bal­li­na­cor had a clear-cut win over Bless­ing­ton and now go for­ward to take on Kil­te­gan in the other semi-fi­nal. So no need for any cal­cu­la­tors to sort out score dif­fer­ences there.

IN­TER­ME­DI­ATE FOOT­BALL

A mixed bag in In­ter­me­di­ate foot­ball. In one group the matches just went ahead with An­nacurra beat­ing Bray Em­mets to hold on to the top spot and go straight into the fi­nal. Ballymanus beat Avon­dale to clinch sec­ond place and a meet­ing with Carnew in a semi-fi­nal.

How­ever, two clubs, Aughrim and Eire Og re­belled, claim­ing that be­cause of the del­i­cate na­ture of the points po­si­tion in their sec­tion and the like­li­hood that it would go down to score dif­fer­ence all matches should be played at the same time. The point was taken and all three matches were re-fixed for Fri­day night un­der lights at three dif­fer­ent venues with the same start­ing time.

How­ever, it is not a big set­back and Mick Ha­gan should still be ready for his semi-fi­nals by the pro­posed date which is the 27/28th of the month.

Else­where Carnew qual­i­fied for the fi­nal of the Se­nior hurl­ing cham­pi­onship and in the process took the Ka­vanagh Cup – a tro­phy named af­ter a great An­nacurra gael and for many years Sec­re­tary of the South Board. Keat­ing Tro­phy The Keat­ing Tro­phy semi-fi­nals were also sorted. Shil­le­lagh will take on Donard/Glen in one semi-fi­nal while Hol­ly­wood will play sur­prise pack­ets An Tochar in the other. So in­ter­est­ing days ahead

KICK FADA

And talk­ing of big days, they don’t come much big­ger than the one was had in the Bray on Satur­day when the one and only na­tional com­pe­ti­tion to be staged in Wick­low was held in bril­liant sun­shine.

The big kick­ers from all cor­ners of the land as­sem­bled in the new Bray Em­mets grounds in Old Conna on Satur­day for the An­nual Kick Fada, spon­sored as al­ways by MBNA.

This has be­come known as the P.J. Cun­ning­ham Show and while this was, and still is the brain-child of the fa­mous jour­nal­ist and writer it is the strength of the com­mit­tee that he has pulled to­gether and the peo­ple that he gets in­volved that sees this event go from strength to strength.

His com­pere for the day was the leg­endary Micheal O Muirc­heartaigh , a man who, like Micheal O’He­hir be­fore him can trans­form any­thing he touches into a great event.

Most of the big kick­ers from around the coun­try sup­ported the event – but no-one of course from Ty­rone or Kerry who have big­ger fish to fry at the mo­ment. Last years win­ner John Bren­nan from Car­low was de­fend­ing his ti­tle. The colour­ful Mark Vaughan from Dublin was mak­ing his fourth bid to get into the money while other pre­vi­ous win­ners like Padraic Kelly and Fin­tan Ruddy were also in a field of 17. One big dis­ap­point­ment was the late with­drawal of four times win­ner Mark Her­bert of Kil­dare, through in­jury.

A strong cross wind made it un­likely that Her­bert’s record of 72 me­tres would be bro­ken on the day.

How­ever, the ul­ti­mate win­ner, Ar­magh Goalie Paul Hearty came very close with a kick of 70 me­tres.

All three kick­ers who fin­ished in the money had one thing in com­mon – all were county goal­keep­ers.

Com­ing in sec­ond be­hind Hearty was Of­faly goal­keeper Pádraig Kenny who won the ti­tle on two oc­ca­sion; Mark Vaughan was just pipped for third place by for­mer Mayo ‘keeper Fin­tan Ruddy, also a for­mer win­ner.

The win­ner in the ladies sec­tion, now get­ting very pop­u­lar was Mary Sheri­dan of Meath, a sis­ter of reg­u­lar con­tes­tant Joe Sheri­dan.

The Hall of Fame win­ner was Down all time great Paddy Do­herty. He now joins the five pre­vi­ous win­ners – Peter Nolan of Of­faly in ‘03; Donie O’Sul­li­van of Kerry in ‘ 04; Der­mot Early of Roscom­mon in ‘05; Jimmy Keav­eney Dublin in ‘06 and Mick O’Dwyer last year.

The Ju­velile Hurl­ing on the day was also top class and added to the gen­eral en­joy­ment. One very pop­u­lar win­ner was O’Dono­van Rossa who trav­elled all the way from Belfast to com­pete.

Com­ment­ing on the event the or­gan­iser PJ Cun­ning­han said that he be­lieved it was the best ever. The weather was, as al­ways great; the crowds are con­tin­u­ing to grow and this one was the big­gest yet.

To round off a great oc­ca­sion the Bray Em­mets Club made Micheal O Muirc­heartaigh a life mem­ber of the Club. The pre­sen­ta­tion was made by Ger­ard Mur­phy, Chair­man of the Club in recog­ni­tion of the ser­vices he has given to the Kick Fada event.

U-13 FEILE

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Michael Neary and all in­volved in the run­ning of the Le­in­ster U-13 Hurl­ing Feile in Wick­low on Satur­day. It again shows that when we get the chance we have the fa­cil­i­ties and the man­power to stage events like this. It was gen­er­ally agreed that the event was an out­stand­ing suc­cess. For starters it was a full day of bril­liant sun­shine and where we got it from in this dis­as­trous year God only knows.

The action took place at seven cen­tres – Ark­low; Carnew, Bray, Dunlavin, Glenealy, Grey­stones and Kil­coole the or­gan­i­sa­tion at all venues was top class.

There was eight teams at each venue, a to­tal of 56 in all. They come from all coun­ties in Le­in­ster as well as Water­ford and Antrim and it ap­peared that every­one were en­joy­ing them­selves

In some of the action that I got to see Wick­low teams were do­ing very well.

In Bray the home side beat teams like Mount Sion of Water­ford, O’Dovo­nan Rossa from Belfast and Drum­cullen from Of­faly be­fore los­ing to a big and very pow­er­ful Port­laoise team in the A fi­nal.

In Ark­low Michael Dwyers beat ARP, Kil­rush from Wex­ford and St. Mullins from Car­low be­fore los­ing the A fi­nal to St. Martin’s from Meath.

The Bray team was – Ed O’Brien; Ro­nan Hen­der­son, Matt Thomp­son, Paul Mo­ran; Ben McCormack; Muiris Lloinn, Tryan Ty­nan; An­drew Bar­ley, Diar­muid Master­son; Luke Maloney, Craig Dowl­ing, Da­nial O’Toole;David Gal­lagher, Josh Con­nolly, Cian O’Byrne. Ja­son Cur­ran, Stephen Ker­wan and Mark Len­non.

The Michael Dwyers team – Enda O’Ke­effe; Luke Byrne, Phillip Coogan; Dar­rragh Byrne; Tier­nan Lam­bert, James Byrne, Rachel Byrne; Eoin Coogan, Conor Doyle; Ciara Byrne, Seán Prkes, Pádraig Byrne; Wil­lie Har­mon, Cian Jack­man, Ross Fenton; Stephen Coogan, Dan O’Hara, Shane O’Toole, Pádraig O’Toole.

ALL-IRE­LAND ‘SEV­ENS’

For many years the All-Ire­land Club ‘Sev­ens’ has been part and par­cel of All-Ire­land Week­end – be it Hurl­ing or Foot­ball.

The Se­nior Sev­ens have been run by the Kil­macud Crokes Club at a num­ber of venues around their head­quar­ters in Stil­lor­gan and are al­ways very suc­cess­ful and most en­joy­able.

For any­one that can make the time it is a great way to start off the week­end. You meet peo­ple from all parts of Ire­land, and now even from over­seas. You get a chance to see some of the best play­ers in the coun­try in action and get a chance to run the ruler on the progress of a lot of the top clubs. All-Ire­land tick­ets are even known to changes hands on the day.

In more re­cent years the St. Jude’s Club in Tem­pleogue run a Ju­nior ‘Sev­ens’ which has also proved suc­cess­ful, and just as en­joy­able.

For clubs, get­ting an in­vi­ta­tion to take part is the prob­lem but ev­ery year some Wick­low clubs man­age to make it.

One such club this year is Kil­bride and they will be tak­ing part in the Ju­nior sec­tion at St. Jude’s.

For the Haugh­ian fam­ily of Old­court this will be a very spe­cial day. Club Sec­re­tary Diar­muid and his brother Cor­mac will be on the Kil­bride team but play­ing in the same sec­tion will be the Robert Em­mets Club from Lon­don. Sec­re­tary of the Em­mets Club and their team cap­tain will be an­other of the Haugh­ian broth­ers Hugh. So when they meet on the play­ing field we won­der will they be leav­ing ‘broth­erly love’ be­hind in the dress­ing room?

WEST JU­VE­NILES

The South/West Bord na nOg have started the Allen Cup com­pe­ti­tion for U-11 foot­ball. This year there are two new ad­di­tions to the pro­gramme. Since the West has now merged with part of the South teams like Carnew, Coolkenno, Shil­le­lagh, Aughrim/An­nacurra and Ti­na­hely will be tak­ing part in this long run­ning com­pe­ti­tion for the first time.

And now the Chair­man Jimmy Bir­chall has came up with the idea of pre­sent­ing the win­ners of the B sec­tion with a new cup to hon­our the mem­ory of great Bless­ing­ton, Dunlavin and Wick­low goal­keeper Ray Daniels.

There will be five teams in each group and it will be run on a league ba­sis up to the fi­nal.

Some matches were played over the week­end but oth­ers had to be put back un­til later in the week as they clashed with U-12 FC matches.

Bless­ing­ton beat St. Kevin’s in the A sec­tion – 2-7 to 2-3 in a close game at Bless­ing­ton.

In the B sec­tion Shil­le­lagh beat Coolkenno – 7-9 to 4-5 while Michael Dwyers got a walkover from Aughrim/An­nacurra.

The draw for the semi-fi­nals of the South/West U-12 FL were made at the week­end; St. Ni­cholas play Balt­in­glass and Bless­ing­ton take on St. Kevin’s – both games will be played on Satur­day the 27th.

JU­VE­NILE RE­SULTS

A mild shock in the U-16 FC when Balt­in­glass beat a fan­cied Rath­new team – 2-7 to 0-11. Tony Kealy was top scorer with 1-4; Tom Ka­vanagh got 1-1 and Conor Keogh 0-2. Rath­new - Theo Smith 0-4; Erek Con­lon, Si­mon Dunne and Der­mot Ka­vanagh 0-2; John Man­ley 0-1.

In an­other quar­ter-fi­nal Eire Og beat Luke O’Tooles – 4-8 to 0-9.

Scor­ers – Eire Og - Gar Dunne 2-0; Adam Man­ning and Sam Tomp­son 10 each; Si­mon Sweeney 0-3; Gary El­liott and Niall Crosby 0-2; Seán Ry­der 0-1.

Luke O’Tooles – Martin O’Brien and Ja­son Cush 0-3; Stephen Mur­phy, An­drew Holt and Niall Dempsey 0-1.

In U-14 B foot­ball Naomh Padraig beat Eire og 4-7 to 2-9 af­ter lead­ing by 2-3 to 1-7 at half-time. The win­ners play St Ni­cholas or New­town in the fi­nal.

Re­sults in the U-12 Shield – Michael Dwyers 6-14; Strat­ford 2-2; Naomh Padraig 5-10; En­niskerry 6-2; Aughrim/An­nacurra W.O. Shil­le­lagh Scr.

SYM­PA­THY

Our sym­pa­thy this week to well known Donard/Glen club men Peter and David Case and fam­ily on the death of their sis­ter Agnes at the week­end.

It is a sec­ond be­reave­ment for the fam­ily in a mat­ter of weeks.

Agnes was a very pop­u­lar lady and her sud­den death at a young age shocked and sad­dened all who knew her. May she rest in peace.

Brian Cornyn of St. Pat’s is chal­lenged by Bray's Alan Carr dur­ing the Se­nior foot­ball cham­pi­onship semi-fi­nal.

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