PREVIEW PETER KEOGH LOOKS FORWARD TO THIS WEEK’S GAMES
AUGHRIM is the place to head for again this week for another day of action and celebrations.
The big one is the replay of the Senior Football Championship final between St. Patrick’s and Kiltegan but you can read about that elsewhere.
The curtain raiser is the semi-final of the Keating Trophy between An Tochar and Hollywood.
After a poor championship both clubs have lifted themselves for this competition and both would love to bring home this trophy for the first time.
A good win over the holders Tinahely suggests that An Tochar will be no pushover and with players like Donal McGillycuddy, Mike Hassett, Shay Nolan and Goalie Liam Cullen back playing better that ever they will be no push over.
Hollywood had a moral boosting win over Baltinglass in their last match and they must get the vote to make the final.
THE JUBILEE TEAM
Stratford have been chosen as the team to receive the Jubilee Awards at Aughrim on Sunday.
The team won the Intermediate Football Championship in 1983, beating Blessington in the final, played at Baltinglass. That team had some great players such as Pat Cronin who played Senior Football and Senior Hurling for Wicklow and was on the Wicklow JF team that won the home All Ireland final in 1969
There was Nick O’Neill at Midfield who played all grades of football for Wicklow and another county player Frank O’Neill. Noel Staunton was the trainer of the team
The Stratford Club host a celebrations for the team and mentors in the Club house on Saturday night.
JUNIOR ‘A’ FC FINAL
Kiltegan face into another busy weekend. They play Newcastle in the Junior A Football Championship final in Arklow on Saturday
Both teams travelled a hard road to the final through a tough League section and then two hard semi-finals.
It took Kiltegan two matches to dispose of the Ballinacor challenge but they got there at the second attempt. They have strong players in John Byrne, Jim Dalton, Blaine Harnon, Dan Kearney and Keith Furlong and will certainly be giving this one a lash.
Newcastle had a narrow enough win over Rathnew in the other semi-final.
In all meetings between the sides in recent years Newcastle have come out on top but a final is a final and this match could go either way.
PHILLIP DOYLE JBFC
An Tochar and Tinahely meet in a replay of the Junior B FC semi-final under lights at Annacurra on Friday night.
An Tochar is the team on the role at the moment and they could just scrape through to the final. The second semifinal – also a replay – between St. Patrick’s and Newtown takes place at Roundwood on Saturday.
As in all replays the result of this one is hard to predict
The curtain raiser at Arklow on Saturday is the clash of Rathnew and Avoca in the Junior C Championship.
Avoca are the only first team in this grade and as such must be fancied, not just to win this one but to go all the way. Another reason why the men from the ‘Meetings’ must be fancied is that hey are not trained by Eddie Leonard and are in good shape.
This is Rathnew’s third team but no Rathnew team is easy to beat so we expect this one to be close enough..
Avondale and Bray Emmets meet in the Billy Byrne Cup on Saturday.
Aughrim and Barndarrig play in the knock out stages of the Junior B HC at Ashford.
One match in the Carter Cup between Coolboy and Carnew at Coolboy ..
Up In Lacken Gerry O’Neill hopes to start the local Tournament for the Tom Tipper Cup – All on Saturday.
ARP take on Dunlavin in the Junior B HC on Sunday.
Carnew’s Don Hyland is stopped in his tracks by Liam Moules of Annacurra during the IFC final in Arklow.