Action-packed week­end

PREVIEW PETER KEOGH LOOKS FOR­WARD TO THIS WEEK’S GAMES

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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.

KEAT­ING TRO­PHY

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

NDI JCFC

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.

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