All sys­tems go for fur­ther fi­nals

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THE HAP­PI­EST man around this week­end was Mick Ha­gan who got clear re­sults in all but one of the matches played and is now ready for the re­main­ing fi­nals.

The ex­cep­tion was the semi-fi­nal of the Ju­nior A hurl­ing cham­pi­onship where Eire Og and New­cas­tle fin­ished level and now must meet again to de­cide who will take on Fer­gal Og in the fi­nal.

The other re­sult which could have ef­fected Ha­gan’s plans was that draw in the Car­low foot­ball fi­nal. The Wick­low cham­pi­ons play the Car­low cham­pi­ons in the Club Cham­pi­onship but with Kil­te­gan now out of the hurl­ing cham­pi­onship that prob­lem does not arise. That club cham­pi­onship match is on Sun­day, Novem­ber 2.

Glenealy of course are less than happy at hav­ing to play the county fi­nal on Sun­day without Leighton Glynn, and who could blame them. How­ever, teams are short of key play­ers all the time for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons and life must go on.

Every­one will sym­pa­thise with Leighton on miss­ing the fi­nal but by now he is in such de­mand by so many teams at so many lev­els that he sim­ply has to miss some­thing.

Con­grat­u­la­tions again to Leighton on get­ting the trip to Aus­tralia. Be­ing se­lected to play for ones coun­try is the great­est hon­our any sportsper­son can get and noth­ing can equal the ex­pe­ri­ence of pulling on the green jer­sey for Ire­land.

It should also give Glenealy that added in­cen­tive to win this one for Leighton and at times some­thing like that can turn a very tight match, which this one is likely to be.

THE HURL­ING FI­NAL

For the fifth time in this decade Carnew and Glenealy will clash in the fi­nal of the Se­nior hurl­ing cham­pi­onship on Sun­day. Be­tween them the two teams have di­vided the last six cham­pi­onships and a great ri­valry has built up be­tween them.

It should be an­other great match on Sun­day and one not to be missed.

The cur­tain-raiser will be the Billy Byrne Cup fi­nal be­tween Bray Em­mets and Ark­low Rock Parnells.

Ciarán Gask­ins will be or­gan­is­ing the now very pop­u­lar mini-matches dur­ing the in­ter­val while the team to be hon­oured with the Ju­bilee Pre­sen­ta­tions will be Avon­dale. Club Cham­pi­onship The first of the Le­in­ster Club Cham­pi­onship matches in­volv­ing Wick­low kicks off on Sun­day. New­cas­tle go in at the deep end when they take on Laois cham­pi­ons Killeshin in the Ju­nior foot­ball cham­pi­onship.

The Wick­low Ju­nior cham­pi­ons Kil­te­gan were not el­i­gi­ble to take part be­cause they are part of a Se­nior club.

Jerome Kelly is al­most ready to launch his de­vel­op­ment squads for the com­ing year.

This year the un­der-12 grade will be in­cluded for the first time but whether go­ing down to this age group is a good thing is a mat­ter for de­bate. How, for in­stance do you square this with the switch over to the Go Games, non-com­pet­i­tive idea?

The first of the tri­als for the U-14 District squads will be tak­ing place at the start of Novem­ber and Jerome has sent us the sched­ule for the tri­als – North District - Novem­ber 1st at Kil­macanogue at 2 p.m.; East District - Novem­ber 1st at Dun­bur Park at 11 a.m.; South District - Novem­ber 1st at An­nacurra at 11 a.m.; West District - Novem­ber 2nd at Strat­ford at 11 a.m.

All play­ers un­der the age of 14 and over the age of 13 on Jan­uary 1st 2009 are el­i­gi­ble.

Tri­als for De­vel­op­ment Squads in the U-15 age group will be­gin the fol­low­ing week – Novem­ber 8/9. We will have more de­tails next week.

YEAR BOOK

A re­quest this week from Jackie Napier to any­one who has not got their ma­te­rial in for the Year Book. Re­mem­ber this is one place where if you are not in you can’t win and ac­cord­ing to Jackie a lot of the clubs are al­ready in.

For any­one still not in, the cut off date in Oc­to­ber 24th - that is THIS Fri­day and Jackie is ad­vis­ing any­one with out­stand­ing ma­te­ri­als - be it text or pic­tures to e-mail it di­rect to the print­ers.

Just in case you still need ad­vice the num­ber to ring is Jackie Napier - 086 3393692.

QUES­TION TIME

Two ques­tions for our read­ers to solve this week – both in­volv­ing Kil­te­gan.

In the next few weeks Kil­te­gan will be play­ing New­town for the Swan Cup and the ques­tion is can Blaine Har­mon play in this match?

One the­ory is that the Swan Cup was put up by the Swan fam­ily in mem­ory of a great Gael the late Tom Swan. It is played for an­nu­ally by the win­ners of two cham­pi­onships but has no sta­tus of its own and does not ef­fect sta­tus in any way.

The other the­ory is that while Blaine Har­mon played in ev­ery match in the Ju­nior A cham­pi­onship he in no longer el­i­gi­ble for this com­pe­ti­tion be­cause he also played in one Se­nior match – the county fi­nal. What do you think?

The sec­ond ques­tion in about the Kil­te­gan trainer Gavin Wynne.

Gavin, who is the man­ager of both the Se­nior foot­ball and the Se­nior hurl­ing team in Kil­te­gan is just un­der 29 years of age. Is he the youngest man­ager ever to bring home the Mi­ley Cup? For my own part I sim­ply don’t know so re­ally I am ask­ing for help.

THE RAIL­WAY CUP

No up to date news on the Le­in­ster team to take part in the in­ter­provin­cial se­ries.

Three Wick­low play­ers – Ciarán Hy­land of AGB, Jacko Dal­ton from Kil­te­gan and Dara O hAn­naidh from the Bray Em­mets club were called up for tri­als last week and a far as we know all three are still in the run­ning for places.

Just one more place where Leighton Glynn loses out but he has big­ger fish to fry this week

And while we are on that sub­ject the open­ing match be­tween Ire­land and Aus­tralia will be shown live on TV on Fri­day.

Not since the days when Kevin O’Brien and ‘Red’ Pat O’Byrne were show­ing off their silken skills at the com­pro­mise game have Wick­low fans had a bet­ter rea­son to tune in.

WEST JU­VE­NILE NEWS

With the huge vol­ume of matches run by Bord na nOg this year the district com­pe­ti­tions got squeezed out. Only last week­end did Jim­mie Bir­chall and Chris McGee-O’Con­nor get to play the semi-fi­nal of the West U-12 Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship.

St Ni­cholas just edged out Balt­in­glass af­ter a great game. Two very evenly matched teams were locked to­gether all through and with min­utes to go the game was still level.

In the dy­ing sec­onds St. Ni­cholas kicked over a point to win by 1-9 to 2-5.

In the other semi-fi­nal Bless­ing­ton beat St. Kevin’s in an­other good match.

That game be­tween Balt­in­glass and St. Ni­cholas was played at Bless­ing­ton and some of the St. Ni­cholas stars were Oisin Ad­dler; Steven Cor­co­ran, Gary Allen and Conor Kelly.

Jimmy Bir­chall hopes to play the fi­nal be­tween St. Ni­cholas and Bless­ing­ton next week­end, hope­fully on Sun­day .

Mean­while the draw for the semi-fi­nals of the West U-14 Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship was made and Balt­in­glass and St. Ni­cholas must meet again in what is a re­peat of the county fi­nal. Balt­in­glasss were the win­ners of that match in the A fi­nal but to add spice to this en­counter St. Ni­cholas have since won the B Cham­pi­onship – so both teams will be go­ing for a dou­ble.

St. Kevin’s and Bless­ing­ton meet in the other semi-fi­nal.

ALLEN CUP

The Allen Cup (U-11 foot­ball) has made good progress with St. Ni­cholas get­ting through to the fi­nal. Balt­in­glass and Bless­ing­ton will play off to de­cide who the other team in the fi­nal will be. Daniels Cup Four teams are through to the knock­out stages of the cup in mem­ory of the late Ray­mond Daniels. They are Michael Dwyers; Aughrim/An­nacurra, Coolkenno and Lacken/Kil­bride. The draw for the semi-fi­nals has not yet. been made

DIN­ING WITH THE PRES­I­DENT

I had the great hon­our of been in­vited to din­ner in Aras an Uachtarain on Fri­day night. Re­ally I think it was the for­mer Balt­in­glass club sec­re­tary Martin Cole­man they wanted to see. He is now one of Micko’s most trusted lieu­tenants and I fig­ured he might in some trou­ble so I tagged along just in case he got into more mis­chief.

I need not have wor­ried; the Pres­i­dent and Martin were the most gra­cious of hosts and even though both of up looked as if we had come straight out of the bogs they made us feel at home and we had a great night..

And who do you think was be­hind the whole thing?

An­swers on a fifty euro note please – we are both low in funds af­ter hav­ing to dress up for the oc­ca­sion.

Colm Browne of Bray Em­mets is tracked by Willy Byrne of Avon­dale dur­ing their Ju­nior B hurl­ing cham­pi­onship game in Grey­stones on Satur­day.

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