Our only action this week was our u-12s who where out in the double with one home and one away in the championship in one week.
First up was AGB at home on Monday night this game was a very tough one for our boys as they where up against a very strong AGB team not like the the team we played back in April.
In the first half our boys where on top of everything that moved there defending was superb and attacking was sublime with some great team scores which gave us a great first half and when the whistle went for half time we were up by seven points on a scoreline of Enniskerry 2-7, AGB 0-6.
In the second half we knew AGB would come out fighting and they did with a blitzing start scoring 1-3 with no reply from ourselves which tested our boys for the first time this year. But once our boys cleared their heads and got down to there job in hand they went toe to toe all the way to the end. As the game was coming to the closing five mins AGB broke away with a goal from a mistake from our defence and a couple of points but once again our boys came fighting back we were five points down with two minutes of normal time left when we scored a point. From the kick out we got hold of the ball in midfield and drove straight at goal with a great move which got us a goal to leave only the minimum between the teams. Deep in injury time we nearly grabbed the winner but only for their keeper to save. So for the first time this season and 13 games later our boys tasted defeat for the first time but they can hold there heads up high because of a great performance they put in. It finished on a scoreline of Enniskerry 5-10, AGB 6-08.
Best on the night was Ian Kirwan for some great saves and pinpoint kickouts to his team mates, Brandon Scully and Luke Dalton for defending with all they had against two very good corner forwards. Sean Hasset for some good driving runs out of defence when needed, Aodhan Garvey for filling all the gaps at the backs when under big pressure and Ben Keely for taking some great scores. Nathan Nolan scored great goals when needed and also coverd every blade of grass from halfway line to goalline. Also we don’t talk much about the referee but a big well done goes to Mosey Gaskin who gave both teams the freedom to play open attacking football.
In the second game, this time on the Thursday night and away to the now top of the table team Kilbride. This game was played on a very windy night and also on a very wet and heavy pitch. We lost the toss and Kilbride asked us to play with the wind. Unfortunately we did not make the most of it as our scoring boots were not on but we did go in three points up on a score line of Enniskerry 1-2, Kilbride 0-2. As the second half got under way the wind increased and was blowing very strong into young Ian Kirwan’s goal and Kilbride used this to their advantage and clawed their way back into the lead. As the half went on our boys got tired from from two games but would not give up we picked up a couple of injuries and this let them pull away in the last five minutes but once again our boys done us proud. So it finished on a score line of Kilbride 1-9, Enniskerry 1-4. Shane Doyle 1-03, Dan Halligen 1-01, Ciaran Byrne 0-4, Darren Gammell 0-4 and Danny Kavanagh 0-2. We still have two hard games left away to both St. Kevin’s and Avondale, but we have an impressive record-4 played, 3 won and 1 draw, so come on lads for the last two games as the semi finals awaits us.
The U12 footballers put in a great display of football against St. Kevin’s in the field on Monday 24th. Both teams played some great football and It was close all the way. In the end we lost out to a more accurate St. Kevin’s team who took their points when we missed them.
Final Score: 2-7 to 1-13. Team and scorers on the day were: Cormac Byrne 0-4, Aaron McKenna 1-2, James Toner 1-0, Bradley Delaney Byrne 0-1, Luke Evans, Caolan Doyle, Conor Martin, Jamie Murray, Brian Short, Ryan Heffernan, Warren Merriman, Conor Rubalcava, Jack Bellamy, Conor Murphy, Stephen Taylor, Jordan Greene, Anneliese Dunne, Dylan O’Brien, Adam Cummins.
Well done to the u-10s and u-12s who represented the club at the recent skills test competitions in Aughrim.
Players were James Harte u-10 hurling, Conor Murphy u-12 hurling, Cian Davis u10 football and Conor Martin u-12 football.
Well done to our Under-16 camogie players for their marvellous performance in the County ’A’ Championship final. This was played in Newcastle on Wednesday. Despite losing out to superior firepower and experience on this occasion, we are very proud of the performance put in by our girls. Thanks to Pizzas ’n Cream for the afters! Congratulations to winners Glenealy. Thanks to the referee Helen Heffernan from Avondale and to Newcastle for the pitch.
The Kilcoole panel was Naomi Meakin, Sarah Burke, Keira Duggan, Mairead Grennan, Jordan Diskin, Aisling McCabe, Jessica Morrissey, Celina O’Toole, Erin Horan, Caressa O’Toole, Aoife Kenna, Laura Gammell, Sinead Kelly, Sinead Kinsella, Katie Horan, Karen Douglas and Sarah Gammell.
The Under-14s and Under-9s didn’t play this week as the opposition couldn’t field and the Under-12s were free.
Coming up this week, the U-14s will play Ballinacor in the Shield semi-final and the Under-10s play the Final game in their Dublin League against Naomh Olaf in Sandyford on Sunday morning - meet at the Church at 9 am.
Congratulations to the County Camogie team which did so well in the All Ireland Junior Blitz in Monaghan on Saturday. Kilcoole was represented by Roisin Mulford, Nicky Keddy, Frances Kearns, Niamh Donnelly and Jessica Morrissey. Don’t forget the All Ireland Camogie final and All-Ireland U21 Hurling final in Croke Park on Sunday, September 13.
The heavy shower which accompanied the Éire Óg supporters returning from Ashford on Sunday complemented the ‘raining’ in their hearts. They had just witnessed the defeat of their Intermediates in what was essentially the make or break game in their championship odyssey. That the margin was but a single point is, however, of no consequence when the reckoning is done. One has to acknowledge that, on the day, Éire Óg did not perform to their potential and that it could even be said that they contributed to their own downfall by over-elaboration and by the eschewing, on many occasions, the quick delivery to the forwards. Yet one must reluctantly add that the refereeing was anything but a help to their cause. This is the second game in succession against Aughrim in which an Éire Óg player has been forced to retire in circumstances in which one would have anticipated the severest of action by the referee.
And now for the good news. The minors defeated Baltinglass on Wednesday night at home. Coming into the game, Baltinglass, who had been undefeated to date, were strong favourites to carry the day against an Éire Óg team which had only managed three draws in its three outings. However, Baltinglass were taken by surprise by a fine all-round home-team performance in which the backs excelled, particularly in the 1st half when the foundations of victory were laid.
The U-12 hurling team travelled on a recent Tuesday to play Kiltegan in Kiltegan. For some of the uninitiated parents it seemed to be a journey without end and they wondered about the appropriateness of the match’s mid-week timing for players so young. A combination of circumstances contributed to Éire Óg having to field quite a number of U-10s. So mentors had no illusions of victory. However nothing deterred - after all ‘the game is the thing’ and they set off for Kiltegan. While it soon became apparent that the Éire Óg cause was hopeless one took great heart from our young players’ battling qualities. Man of the Match was 9 year old Colm Dorgan whose play attracted plaudits even from opposition mentors. Seán Lubby, Conal Deeney, Darragh Shiels (captain) and Ben Nolan, the older members of the squad, led by example and never slackened in their endeavours.
On Saturday the team participated in a mini-Féile run by the Wild Geese club in Oldtown in north Dublin. Éire Óg finished convincing winners of the tournament.
Our first opponents were the host club. After a low key start by both teams Éire Óg, mainly through the efforts of Mikie Ryan at centre-back and Ben Nolan at centre-field, got the upper hand approaching half-time and never relinquished it thereafter. A very short respite and Éire Óg are facing St. Monica’s (Kilbarrack). A few minutes from the break and we are 1-3 to 0-1 behind. Mentors becoming agitated. Then some excellent combination play between Harry Happonen and Jordan O’Riordan and suddenly we are only a point down. A 2nd half of Éire Óg dominance faithfully reflected on the scoreboard. A most enjoyable afternoon’s hurling. Míle buíochas to the Wild Geese club for their hospitality.
Comhgáirdeachas to Brian Gubbins, a longtime reliable servant of Éire Óg both at juvenile and adult level, who was married in Keady, Co. Armagh on Friday. The club was well represented at the event. John Wynne was a groomsman and former cathaoirleach Oliver Leonard and his wife Jo travelled over from Enniscrone. Team-mates Johnny and Simon Barry, Conor Monaghan, Anto Byrne, Paul Doherty, Russell Lincoln and Cormac Ó Súilleabháin also made the border crossing. We all wish Brian and his bride Colette a long and happy life together. Beannacht Dé orthu agus go mba fada buan iad beirt.
Tréaslaímid freisin le Caoimhe and Míde Ní Shúilleabháin who are members of the Brussels ladies’ Gaelic team which won the European championship in Copenhagen on Saturday. This is the second year in succession that the team has achieved this honour. The side which is captained by Míde has quite an international flavour with players from China, Britain, Spain, Austria and Italy. There is talk of their taking on the locals on the week-end of the Ladies’ All Ireland.
The under 12 footballers had a good win at home against Bray Emmets on Monday night. They played a good attacking game with scores coming from everywhere. Score of the night came from Luke O’Sullivan who scored a 45 from the ground.It was a great perfomance
all around and shows the talent that is on this side of the bridge.final score was Fergal Ogs 6-16, Bray Emmets 1-3. Best on the night were Jordan Maher, Bill Moore- house, Alex Byrne and Gerard Curran.
The hurlers play the final of the Junior A championship on Saturday against Eire Og in Aughrim. This is the second year we have qualified for the final and we don’t want a repeat of last years heartache. We hope we can bring home the silverware this year but we wont be taking anything for granted as Eire Og are a good team.We wish all the lads the best and thank them for the effort they have put in up till now. We ask anyone who can make it to come and support the lads on Saturday.
We wish Paddy O’Brien a speedy recovery from a nasty injury he recieved recently. Paddy has been a rock in defence for the hurlers all year and will be missed in the final so go out and win it for Paddy lads, we are sure he will be given you loads from the line anyway.
The now annual Golf Classic was held in Bray Golf Club on Friday 28th August 2009. There were 25 teams playing who enjoyed a very pleasant game on an excellent golf course in quite good weather conditions (apart from the high winds which made the golf challenging). The youthful winning team comprised of Paul Ryan, Joseph Tynan and their cousin Mike Lee obviously stars in golf as well as hurling and football.
The first seven teams, the longest drive and nearest the pin received their prizes from TJ Foley of Portella Developments, who sponsored the main prizes
We sincerely thank all our sponsors, of which there were some thirty, for their generosity and support and all those who entered teams or played on the day.
We also thank all who helped make this a success, especially our BBQ specialists Anne and Gerard Longmore, Frances Stephenson and Mary O’Brien who welcomed the golfers, our starter Terry Mangan, our helpers on the day, Harry Stephenson, Mikey Lee and Ryan Tynan, and all our marketing specialists who sought out sponsors and golfers with such enthusiasm.
Anybody who missed out this year, there is always next year!
All Club members please note that we are again hosting the MBNA All Ireland Kick Fada competition at our grounds at Old Connaught in Bray on Saturday 12th September. This is the 10th year of the competition and Bray Emmet’s are indebted to MBNA for their sponsorship of the competition over those ten years. The support of all club members, by assisting with the preparation of the event-site and particularly with your attendance at the Final on the 12th September, is essential to make the day a success. There is free admission to the Kick Fada and we would ask clubs around Wicklow to encourage their juveniles to come along and see some of the top free takers in Ireland compete against each other. Further details of those taking part will be announced in the coming weeks.
All the previous winners will be present to take part as well as last year’s winner Paul Herathy of Armagh. Other well known kickers are Ross Munnelly of Laois and John Doyle of Kildare. The full list of kickers will be announced next week. The Lady’s competition will commence at 1pm and will be followed by the men’s at 2pm. There is free admission to the Kick Fada so come along and see Ireland’s best free tak- ers compete for the All Ireland title
On Saturday 5th September our senior hurlers play Kiltegan in their last and most important game in the senior hurling championship group section in Aughrim at 5.30pm. A win in this game could see the team advance to a semi-final place. Kiltegan will be favourites but if Pat Lee has his entire panel available, the Emmet’s can cause a surprise. Please make the effort to support the team and its mentors.
Our under 16 footballers needed to beat Eire Og in their fifth game in the U-16 A Championship, played in Old Conna on Thursday, 27th August to stay in contention for a semi-final place. Eire Og had three wins and Bray had two going into the game. The win brings Bray level on points with Eire Og with two games remaining. There was a strong wind blowing towards the town goal which Bray had the advantage of in the first half but struggled to take advantage of. Eire Og played well against the wind but a goal by Hugh Douglas and three points from Pierce Sweeney, helped Bray to a half time lead of 1-6 to 0-3. Goals from Daire Lohan, Nicky Sweeney and a second from man of the match Hugh Douglas gave Bray a deserved win, even if the score line was a bit flattering to Bray. It was great to have Adam Conway back after his long absence through injury.Final score was Bray Emmets 4-11, Eire Og 0-9. There are two games left in the group, at home to Luke O’Toole’s next Monday 7th Sept In Old Conna at 7pm and away to Carnew.
On Tuesday 25th August Bray Played a very young Blessington side in the U-14 league. The difference between them and their more experienced opponents showed as the Bray defence managed to keep a clean sheet for the first time. Most of the action was at the other end, with scores from Tara Brady (3-1), Orlaith Whelan (2-3), Siofra Heffernan (1-2), Erin Horan (1-0) and Aoife Keady (0-3), aided by single points from Danika Goulding and Kathy Waters. All credit to the Blessington girls though, who kept fighting to the end and came close a couple of times but weren’t able to convert their attacks into scores; some of their young players showed great promise, and in a year or two should begin to make their mark. Final score was Blessington 0-0, Bray Emmets 7-11.
Emmets Team: 1 Cliona Horgan, 2 Kate O’Connor, 3 Tara Brady, 4 Laura McCarthy, 5 Aoife Sherlock, 6 Danika Goulding, 7 Erin Horan, 8 Zoe Mulvaney, 9 Aoife O’Donovan, 10 Sinead Kelly, 11 Aoife Keady, 12 Siofra Heffernan, 13 Jennifer Byrne, 14 Orlaith Whelan, 15 Kathy Waters Managers: Austin Heffernan and Gay Heffernan
The Senior team qualified for the quarter final stage of the county championship with a good win over Stratford last Saturday evening in Aughrim. The final score was Newtown 3-8 to Stratford’s 0-9. Newtown scores came from Garrett Doyle 2-1, Ross Odlum 1-1, Dean Odlum 0-3, John Halpin, John Heffernan and Paudie Doyle a point each. Well done lads. Keep an eye on the fixtures column for details of the quarter final date, venue and opponents.
The monthly committee meeting will take place on Tuesday 8th September in the clubhouse at 8pm.Lotto jackpot is now at €10,600.