Weather the real win­ner at week­end

Bray People - - Sports -

SNOW AND frost brought ev­ery­thing to a halt on Sun­day with sport­ing fix­tures all over the coun­try badly hit by the weather.

Pitches in Wick­low, and in many other parts of Ire­land were cov­ered by sev­eral inches of snow af­ter a fresh fall on Satur­day night.

Phillip McGilly­cuddy’s un­der-21 foot­ballers were due to play Long­ford in the first round of the Le­in­ster Cham­pi­onship in Pearse Park Long­ford on Sun­day but that was one of the first causal­i­ties. It would ap­pear that mid­lands or moun­tains it was all the same.

The pitch in Ark­low, which up to this had es­caped the worst of the weather, was also cov­ered in a nice blan­ket of fresh snow on Sun­day morn­ing, re­sult­ing in the can­cel­la­tion of the Wick­low v. Ar­magh match in the first round of the Na­tional Hurl­ing League.

Amaz­ingly the Aughrim pitch was in great shape for the Na­tional Foot­ball League match on Satur­day, even though the sur­round­ing coun­try­side was cov­ered in snow. ‘The only green field in the parish’, one Aughrim man was heard to say.

The con­di­tion of the pitch was a trib­ute surely to Vic­tor O’Shaugh­nessy and his staff.

Even when the match was over the sod was show­ing lit­tle signs of wear and tear.

THE HURLERS

‘Titch’ Phe­lan and the hurl­ing men­tors would have to re­gard the post­pone­ment of Sun­day’s game as a bit of a set­back.

A home game against Ar­magh was about as good start as the new man at the helm could have hoped for. He is still in the process of team build­ing and still looking a play­ers that are new him.

How­ever, an­other week’s train­ing, should weather con­di­tions al­low, will not go amiss.

Now he must travel to a Kil­dare venue to take on a sea­soned Li­ly­whites team, back­boned by for­mer Tip­per­ary star David Kennedy, in his first game in the Hurl­ing League on Satur­day. But that’s the luck of the draw.

The good news is that the turnout at train­ing is good, and grow­ing all the time.

U-21 FOOT­BALL

Phillip McGilly­cuddy was also a bit dis­ap­pointed at hav­ing the match against Long­ford in the first round of the Le­in­ster Cham­pi­onship called off.

‘We were all geared up for this date’, he said, ‘but noone has any con­trol over the weather’.

In Phillip’s case there are pluses and mi­nuses. The ex­tra week’s train­ing, if we man­age to get in any train­ing, will help.

Our big­gest in­jury worry is Paddy Byrne. The Ballymanus lad pulled a ham­string in train­ing just as he was re­cov­er­ing from cru­ci­ate surgery which had kept him out of action for a year.

‘The ex­tra week will be a big help’, says Paddy.

‘I hope to be able to play some part in the game if it goes ahead on Satur­day’.

CAMOGIE NEWS

Wick­low camogie clubs will be break­ing new ground this month when some of their clubs will be tak­ing part in a Le­in­ster Se­nior Camogie League.

Si­mon Mur­phy, the new Chair­per­son of the Kil­te­gan club, is ex­cited about the prospects of his girls cross­ing ca­mans with top clubs from Wex­ford and Kilkenny.

He ad­mits that this is a big chal­lenge for a club in the process of re-build­ing their team but says it will also present them with a rare chal­lenge. Our play­ers are sure to ben­e­fit from the ex­pe­ri­ence of play­ing the game at a higher level.

In Kil­te­gan’s group in the league are Naomh Eanna from Wex­ford; Naomh Brid, Car­low, Car­rick­shock, Kilkenny and Cam­ross, Laois.

Their first match is at home to Cam­ross on Satur­day week, Fe­bru­ary 21.

They are away to Car­rick­shock on the 28th; at home to Naomh Eanna on March 7, and fin­ish the league sec­tion a week later with a trip to Car­low to play Naomh Brid.

Re­gional semi-fi­nals are on the 4th of April with fi­nal on the 18th of April.

Bal­li­na­cor are an equally de­mand­ing group. The Glen­malure girls are in with Duf­fry Rovers and Black­wa­ter from Wex­ford and Myshall and Mount Le­in­ster Rangers from Car­low.

Their first game is away to Mount Le­in­ster Rangers on the 21st and af­ter a bye on the 23th they get their first home game against Black­wa­ter on the 7th of March.

CHANG­ING OF THE GUARD

We noted an un­usu­ally high num­ber of clubs elect­ing new leaders for the year ahead.

This ap­pears to ap­ply in par­tic­u­lar the clubs west of the hills.

Some of the big­ger clubs are not af­fected. This ap­plies to Balt­in­glass where Con Mur­phy is start­ing on his fifth year in the hot seat; Bless­ing­ton where John Paul Mo­ran has signed on for an­other year or Bray Em­mets where Ger­ard Mur­phy was re­turned un­op­posed only last week.

County cham­pi­ons Kil­te­gan had to find them­selves a new Chair­man af­ter Noel Far­rell stepped down af­ter what was a fan­tas­tic one year in of­fice.

The new man at the helm is Dublin-born Mick Car­ney, a se­lec­tor with the Se­nior team for the last two years.

Dunlavin also had to find a re­place­ment for the long serv­ing Tony Allen who va­cated the Chair at the AGM. The new man is John Ham­mond, a ju­ve­nile men­tor with the St. Ni­cholas club in re­cent years.

Up in Kil­bride Paddy Byrne also stepped down af­ter just one year and the very pop­u­lar Fer­gal Donoghue took over.

Fer­gal had a long play­ing ca­reer with the Lif­fey­side club and was team man­ager over the last three years.

In Strat­ford/Grange­con for­mer player De­clan Han­ley has re­placed Fergus Moore in the Chair. The Grange­con man had served for 25 years in one po­si­tion or an­other on the com­mit­tee.

The new Chair­man in Knockananna is Ed­ward Car­roll who re­placed John Keogh at the top.

Pat Carthy, one of the long­est serv­ing club of­fi­cials in Wick­low is back in the Chair in Ballymanus. He re­places his brother-in-law Michael Sta­ple­ton who has held the post for many years. Pat will be hop­ing to lead the ‘ Bil­lies’ back to Se­nior ranks in the not too dis­tant fu­ture.

Jim O’Neill, the for­mer top of­fi­cial with the County Board, has ex­tended he term at the top with Donard/Glen.

Jim brings the good news that their spank­ing new pitch will be open in the com­ing months.

They are at presently in the proc­cess of com­plet­ing their trans­former pow­ered flood­light­ing and the fenc­ing. When com­pleted the new grounds will be a great boost, not alone to the club but to West Wick­low in gen­eral. Donard holds a very cen­tral po­si­tion in the district and the old ‘ Bawns’ pitch was a favoured venue with most clubs and sup­port­ers.

The bad weather has slowed down the work but the Chair­man still hopes to be ready for an of­fi­cial open­ing on or be­fore Lá na nClub on the 10th of May.

Else­where in the county we noted, with some re­gret, the de­par­ture of one of the long­est serv­ing Chair­men, Myles Man­ning in Ash­ford.

Tak­ing his place will be Ron­nie Phillips, a mem­ber of an­other great GAA fam­ily.

So the club that used to be called the ‘cra­dle of the GAA’ is still in safe hands.

A new Chair­man in Aughrim where tra­di­tion also dies hard. The new Chair­man in the Gran­ite Vil­lage is Wil­lie O’Lough­lin who re­places Michael Eves­son. Wil­lie is yet an­other man set­ting him­self the task of bring­ing the club back to Se­nior ranks.

RE­VIEW GROUP RE­PORT

Hugh O’Brien’s Re­view Group looked care­fully at Cu­mann na mBun­scoil and how it was op­er­at­ing. They con­cluded that this body were pro­vid­ing a wide range of ac­tiv­i­ties, com­pet­i­tive and non­com­pet­i­tive. Sev­eral of th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties are in­no­va­tive and creative.

Teach­ers are to be com­mended on their ef­forts in this re­gard.

Cu­mann na mBun­scoil iden­ti­fied the lack of per­son- nel in­volved as a prob­lem.

The in­tro­duc­tion of the Club/School coach­ing pro­gramme has been help­ful and, apart from the coach­ing di­men­sion, it has in some cases cre­ated a valu­able link with the club.

The Cu­mann ex­pressed two con­cerns in re­la­tion to the coach­ing pro­gramme. Firstly, there is a lack of fol­low-up by clubs on how well or oth­er­wise the Coach­ing Pro­gramme is work­ing. Se­condly, in some cases the teacher is not present when the coach­ing is tak­ing place. Rec­om­men­da­tions: (1) An Ef­fec­tive mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem of school coaches shall be ini­ti­ated in con­sul­ta­tion with the County Games De­vel­op­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tor, the rel­e­vant Club Sup­port Of­fi­cer and the club con­cerned.

(2) The class teacher shall be present at all times when coach­ing is tak­ing place.

(3) Dis­cus­sions should take place be­tween Cu­mann na mBun­scoil and the County Games De­velop Ad­min­is­tra­tor with a view to fa­cil­i­tat­ing those schools which wish to pro­vide af­ter school coach­ing.

(4) The County Games De­vel­op­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tor and Cu­mann na mBun­scoil shall, in the first in­stance, meet and iden­tify means by which clubs can play a more ac­tive role in fa­cil­i­tat­ing the de­vel­op­ment and pro­mo­tion of Gaelic Games in Pri­mary Schools.

The out­come of th­ese dis­cus­sions shall form the ba­sis for sub­se­quent action by the County Board and/or the rel­e­vant District Boards and Clubs.

COUNTY/CLUB DE­VEL­OP­MENT DRAW

Tom Gre­gan wishes to re­mind the clubs that the new County/Club De­vel­op­ment Draw will be com­ing up shortly.

The draw ap­pears to be an ex­cel­lent was for clubs to raise funds.

The prof­its from the draw, for the clubs that is, start to flow the minute you sell your first ticket. The County Board do all the pa­per­work and take all the risks. All the clubs have to do is sell the tick­ets.

The div­i­dend rises the more tick­ets you sell and it is pos­si­ble te get to the stage where the club hold on to the full price of the ticket.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion from the Chair­man Tom Gre­gan, Cool­boy (086-8102183) or the County Board offices in Ark­low (0402-32386).

Water­ford's Seán O'Hare is bot­tled up by Wick­low's John Paul Dal­ton and An­thony McLough­lin dur­ing the NFL Divi­sion 4 game in Aughrim on Satur­day.

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