Micko con­tin­u­ing to mould Se­nior panel

Bray People - - Sport -

Micko has stepped up pres­sure big time on his panel as he pre­pares for the re­sump­tion of the foot­ball league.

Last week he trained on three nights, in Balt­in­glass on Mon­day, in New­town on Wed­nes­day and in Knockananna on Fri­day. He fol­lowed that up with a full match against the U-21 team in Aughrim on Sun­day morn­ing.

The good news was the re­turn of some of the in­jured play­ers. Damien Power got a run at full-for­ward in the match and had a good half hour; Rory Nolan was back in his old place in the half-back line but still no sign of last years cap­tain Dara O hAn­naidh.

He has started off on much the same sched­ule this week with train­ing again on three nights and a ses­sion again on the Sun­day morn­ing.

The match was quite com­pet­i­tive and was won by the Se­nior side. A late goal and point by new­comer Dar­ragh O’Sul­li­van put a some what lop­sided look on the score­board.

Dean Od­lum, John McGrath, Pat Bro­phy, Jacko Dal­ton and Leighton Glynn were oth­ers to share in the scor­ing.

The Se­nior team was Billy Nor­man; Alan Byrne, Alan Nolan, Eoin Keogh; Rory Nolan, Pa­trick McNi­cholas, Leighton Glynn; Jacko Dal­ton, Don Jack­man; Paddy Bro­phy, John McGrath, Seánie Kin­sella; Dean Od­lum, Damien Power, Dar­ragh O’Sul­li­van and Dean Siney.

Ciarán Wal­she was top scorer for the U-21s with Donie Fitzger­ald, Paddy Byrne, Dar­ren Hay­den, and Mark Caplis also get­ting on the score­sheet.

Phillip McGilly­cuddy rested quite a few of his strong play­ers, mostly be­cause of in­jury.

The start­ing team was Rory Bres­lin; Craig O’Neill, Bren­dan McGarr, Colm Coogan; Mark Kenny, Brian Os­borne, Seán Tobin; Gavin Mur­ray, Cathal McNi­cholas; Paddy Byrne, Donal Fitzger­ald, Shane Carty; Ciarán Wal­she, Tomás Kelly. Subs used - Blaine Har­mon, Dar­ren Hay­den, Ro­nan Phe­lan, Paul Cun­ning­ham, Barry Mur­phy, Seán Met­calfe, Ciarán Doyle, Niall Cur­ran and Craig Smullen.

WITH THE HURLERS

‘Titch’ Phe­lan had a prac­tice match for the Se­nior hurlers in Bray on Sun­day. They played Dublin club Cuala and by us­ing a dif­fer­ent team in both halves he man­aged to give every­one a game.

His first line out was - TJ Byrne; Billy Cud­dihy, John Con­nors, Wil­lie Collins; Tomás Doyle, Eoin O’Neill, Tom Dev­ereux; Jonathan O’Neill, Liam Kennedy; Ro­nan Keddy, Joe Mur­phy, Ea­monn Fur­long; Alan Driver, Jef­frey Ber­ming­ham, Andy O’Brien. Colm O’Neill and Christy Moore­house came on as subs.

Oth­ers to play on the team in the sec­ond-half were - Ciarán Doyle, An­thony Driver, Peter Kiely, Nick Skel­ton, Ger Whyte, De­nis Mo­ran, Gearoid O Murchu and Michael Con­nors. This team is out against Mayo in the NHL at Aughrim on Sun­day.

GET OUT THE JU­VE­NILES!

Wick­low had a big dou­ble-header planned for Aughrim on Sun­day with the hurlers tak­ing on Mayo in the Na­tional Hurl­ing League at 1.30 to be fol­lowed by the quar­ter-fi­nal of the Le­in­ster U-21 Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship at 3.15.

Now all that has changed; it ap­pears that Mayo could not agree to bring their match for­ward to 1.30 so the matches had to be split up with the hurl­ing in Ark­low at 2.30 and the foot­ball re­main­ing in Aughrim at 3.15.

How­ever, the ar­range­ments to have all ju­ve­niles in for free still stands..

County Chair­man Andy O’Brien is ap­peal­ing to ALL clubs to get out their young play­ers to see the action and sup­port their county teams. A bonus for them could be shak­ing the hand of Mick O’Dwyer and Michael ‘Titch’ Phe­lan.

To that end the County Board are mak­ing tick­ets and passes avail­able to all clubs.

All you need do is con­tact the County Board offices in Ark­low, tell them your re­quire­ments and the tick­ets will be for­warded to you, free of charge.

All ju­ve­niles with a ticket will be al­lowed in free while a party of ten ju­ve­niles with one Adult will be al­lowed in free.

The As­so­ci­a­tion is cel­e­brat­ing 125 years of ser­vice to the com­mu­nity and this of­fer is ex­pected to be made avail­able on many other oc­ca­sions.

DONARD/GLEN DIN­NER DANCE

The three clubs in Donard, the foot­ball club, ladies foot­ball and camogie com­bined to stage a joint din­ner dance in Ger­mains Ho­tel, Balt­in­glass on Fri­day night.

It was the camogie girls that hogged most of the lime­light. They had a great year, winning the Se­nior cham­pi­onship, the League and the Shield as well as a seven-a-side in Clane.

The foot­ballers won the Keath­ing Tro­phy for the first time. All re­ceived their medals on the night.

Guests of hon­our were the County Chair­man Andy O’Brien, Ladies Foot­ball Board Chair­per­son Mar­garet Allen, both in­ci­den­tally from the lo­cal parish, and Kath­leen McAlis­ter from the Camogie Board.

Kil­te­gan are also ex­pect­ing a sell­out for their din­ner dance which will be held in the Mount Wol­s­ley Ho­tel on Satur­day the 7th.

The Car­low bor­der club had a record year in 2008, winning the Mi­ley Cup for only the sec­ond time in their his­tory and adding two Ju­nior cham­pi­onships for good mea­sure.

The MC for the night will be well known broad­caster Clem Ryan while Arthur French and Andy O’Brien will present the medals. Dunlavin Din­ner Dance Dunlavin hold their din­ner dance in Ger­maines Ho­tel, Balt­in­glass on Fri­day night.

This was one of the events that had to be post­poned a few weeks ago be­cause of the snow.

How­ever, Sec­re­tary Jimmy Whit­tle be­lieves that this will not ef­fect the at­ten­dance and he is still ex­pect­ing a big crowd.

CAMOGIE

Two Wick­low camogie clubs, Kil­te­gan and Bal­li­na­cor, took a brave de­ci­sion to en­ter a South Le­in­ster Se­nior League re­cently. They were in with teams from strong camogie coun­ties like Wex­ford, Kilkenny, Laois and Car­low and were well aware that they would be punch­ing above their weight but in or­der to get matches they felt it was their best op­tion.

Both played their first game last week and both were beaten.

Kil­te­gan, who had a home game against Cam­ross of Laois, were un­lucky that their own pitch was un­der ren­o­va­tion and not avail­able so they had to travel to Bal­lon in Car­low to play their match on Fri­day night.

De­spite los­ing the Chair­man Si­mon Mur­phy way pleased with the per­for­mance and felt that this was the only way for­ward for his team.

Bal­li­na­cor were beaten by Mount Le­in­ster Rangers bur Sec­re­tary Mark Kin­sella told us that they were also pleased with their own dis­play.

Kil­te­gan are away to Kilkenny side Car­rick­shock this week­end but Ballinsacor have a bye.

DE­VEL­OP­MENT SQUADS

Jerome Kelly tells us that his U-15 Foot­ball De­vel­op­ment Squad are train­ing ev­ery Mon­day night. Next Mon­day the squad will be split in two - Brian Whe­lan will train the boys from West of the hills in Bless­ing­ton while the East coast sec­tion will train in Kil­macannogue.

The U-16 squad has now been fi­nalised and will be an­nounced shortly.

The U-14s have a match com­ing up this Fri­day evening, most likely away to Sars­fields of Newbridge.

MARTIN MOL­LOY RIP

The sud­den death of Martin Mol­loy last week shocked and sad­dened his na­tive Rathvilly but also much of Car­low and West Wick­low as well.

Martin was one of the finest foot­ballers of his time. He played for Rathvilly, Clon­more and Car­low for many years. He went to school in Big­stone and at that time played some un­der­age foot­ball with Balt­in­glass.

He was cap­tain of the Clon­more team that brought a first ever Se­nior foot­ball cham­pi­onship to the Hack­et­stown area in 1955 and was there again when they re­tained the ti­tle in ’56. Martin was also se­lected on a Le­in­ster Rail­way Cup team.

Mourn­ers trav­eled from many parts of Le­in­ster to be present at his fu­neral in Rathvilly. The cof­fin was draped in the colours of Car­low, Clon­more and Rathvilly and a guard of honor was pro­vided by mem­bers of Car­low County Board, and play­ers, past and present from the county team and from both clubs.

May he rest in peace.

NEW MAN­AGERS

In days of yore it was the un­suc­cess­ful team man­agers that moved on or were re­placed at the start of the next sea­son.

In Wick­low we ap­pear to be set­ting a new trend this year. Last week we told you that Gavin Wynne had de­parted the scene in Kil­te­gan af­ter a dream year, surely the best ever for a new man­ager.

Now we hear that the same had hap­pened in Carnew where Robert Doyle has stood down.

Robert steered the Wex­ford bor­der club to victory in the In­ter­me­di­ate foot­ball cham­pi­onship, a win that puts them back in Se­nior foot­ball once again.

More than that he caused a re­ally big sur­prise by fin­ish­ing on top of Divi­sion 1 of the SFL to lift the Hill/Opel Cup. He may yet cap it all if his side can beat New­town in the long de­layed fi­nal of the Dunne Cup.

How­ever, he has stepped down and will be re­placed by prom­i­nent Wex­ford dual player Fran Fitzhenry.

The Duf­fry Rovers club­man was also ap­pointed as man­ager at the start of 2008 but had to step aside be­cause of work com­mit­ments and mak­ing way for Robert.

Fitzhenry will find it dif­fi­cult to match the fan­tas­tic achieve­ments of last year.

Aughrim elected a new chair­man in Wil­lie O’Lough­lin and now we hear that they have also got a new team man­ager. Michael (Flash) Byrne makes a re­turn to a club that he man­aged to win an In­ter­me­di­ate foot­ball cham­pi­onship some years ago.

The Kil­te­gan club­man has plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence and could be just the man to bring Aughrim back to Se­nior ranks again. Last year’s man­ager Eu­gene O’Brien is still in­volved as a se­lec­tor.

Down Strat­ford way Frank O’Niell has taken over from Pat Cronin as man­ager/trainer.

Pat had com­pleted two of the best years in the his­tory of the Slaneyside club. Un­der his guid­ance they won the In­ter­me­di­ate foot­ball cham­pi­onship in 2007 and then made a very im­pres­sive start in Se­nior ranks in ’08. The new­com­ers qual­i­fied from their group in the league stages of the cham­pi­onship and were only nar­rowly beaten be even­tual cham­pi­ons Kil­te­gan in the quar­ter-fi­nal.

Else­where Ark­low Geraldines/Bal­ly­money are stick­ing with the tried and trusted Peter O’Neill for an­other year. Martin McAn­drew is stay­ing on as Chair­man and be­tween them they hope to get the seasiders mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion in 2009.

St. Pa­trick’s are not for chang­ing ei­ther. Casey O’Brien, who failed so nar­rowly in the big one in ’08, will be lead­ing to way in an­other bid for glory. The dual county and club star cer­tainly has the cre­den­tials to do the job. He has trained teams from his own club be­fore and had a good year with Donard/Glen in ’08.

When it comes to high-pro­file train­ers Eire Og from Grey­stones have cer­tainly hit the jack­pot. Last year they listed the help of Seán Do­herty, the Wick­low man who cap­tained Dublin to All-Ire­land glory in 1974.

Do­herty did not strike gold straight away but the good news is that he will be giv­ing it an­other try in 2009.

In New­town things are also looking good. Wick­low town man Gail Dunne was at the helm last year and brought the ‘Mag­pies’ half way there. He will be giv­ing it an­other try in the year ahead. They are in the Dunne Cup fi­nal and it should not go un-no­ticed that this was the very com­pe­ti­tion that Kil­te­gan used as the launch­ing pad for their suc­cess­ful bid to win the Mi­ley Cup.

Keith Byrne is back train­ing Cool­boy af­ter spending last year in charge of his own club Shil­le­lagh. The big­gest prob­lem he will find is lack of num­bers. More next week

SCÓR

A note from John Tim­mins to re­mind every­one that the County Fi­nals of Scór take place in Newtownmountkennedy this week­end.

The date is Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 28 and John wants every­one to know that be­cause of the na­tion­wide cel­e­bra­tions this year every­one that takes part - win­ners and losers, will re­ceive spe­cial cer­tifi­cates

ST. NI­CHOLAS CEL­E­BRATE

A mighty evening in the Com­mu­nity Hall in Donard on Sun­day as the St. Ni­cholas Club cel­e­brated a great year in foot­ball, hurl­ing and girls foot­ball. The hall was packed to ca­pac­ity with late com­ers get­ting no fur­ther that the car park.

Leighton Glynn pre­sent­ing the Divi­sion 2 run­ners-up tro­phy to Dean Barnes at the An­nacurra G.A.A. ju­ve­nile pre­sen­ta­tion.

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