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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.

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