KEOGH’S COR­NER

Bray People - - SPORT -

Con­grat­u­la­tions to well known vet­eran Ath­lete Tony Gart­land of Bally­brack on an­other suc­cess­ful trip to the17th World Trans­plant Games held this year in Bris­ban, Aus­tralia.

Tony was part of a 19 strong Ire­land team to com­pete in the event and as al­ways was among the Medal win­ners

He started off by col­lec­tion the Sil­ver medal in the 5k Road race and af­ter run­ning in the 1500m and the800m on the track was back on the road again at the end of a hec­tic week to com­pete in the 5k Walk.

He was back on the win­ners podium again but this time in poll po­si­tion af­ter tak­ing the Gold medal. So Gold and Sil­ver in one week in World class com­pany is not bad go­ing.

Forty-four-year-old Tony was play­ing Foot­ball for Kil­te­gan up to last year and is a brother of for­mer Wick­low goalie Matt Gart­land.

Con­grat­u­la­tions Tony from your col­leagues in the West Wick­low Ath­letic Club and the Kil­te­gan GAA Club.

U-16 hurlers

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Michael Owens and the Wick­low U-16 Hurlers who won out their Divi­sion in the All Ire­land Blitz in West­meath on Satur­day. They were based in Kin­na­gad with a group which in­cluded Wex­ford, Meath, and Derry.They did poorly in the group but when they later got through to their own fi­nal they piped Derry to take that ti­tle.

At least one lift for Hurl­ing in the County.

Mary says thanks

While Mary Mills is still strug­gling to come to terms with the sud­den death of her hus­band Jim she took time out this week to con­tact the ‘Wick­low Peo­ple’ to ex­press her thanks to all the peo­ple who ral­lied round to of­fer sym­pa­thy and help to her­self and her fam­ily in their time of great­est need.

In par­tic­u­lar she would like to thank the Peo­ple who came to Jim’s as­sis­tance when he be­came ill in Balt­in­glass GAA grounds, the Nurses and Am­bu­lance crew and all who ral­lied round.

The good neigh­bours who of­fered sym­pa­thy and help; The GAA club and the Camogie Club who pro­vided the re­fresh­ments for the huge crowd who turned up for the re­moval on the Tues­day evening. Her Brother Ed­die who pro­vided the hot meal af­ter the fu­neral on Wed­nes­day and ev­ery one from the Army Camp.To the Coolkenno GAA Club and all the other Clubs from West Wick­low who joined in the Guard of Hon­our, in par­tic­u­lar the Bless­ing­ton Ju­ve­nile Club where Jim’s grand­son, Jack plays his foot­ball.

To Fr McCarthy and to Jim O’Neill who spoke so kindly of Jim from the Al­ter.

To all Mary says a sin­cere “thank you” and asks that you con­tinue to re­mem­ber Jim in your pray­ers.

One man con­spic­u­ous by his ab­sence at GAA matches through out the county at the Week­end was Joe McEl­heron. Joe was a well known Ref­eree for many years and even still is a reg­u­lar Um­pire or of­fi­cial at matches at Aughrim or Ark­low.

Joe be­came Ill dur­ing the week and on be­half of his many GAA friends we wish him a speedy re­cov­ery.

Sym­pa­thy

The death of Lu Red­mond of Ark­low re­moved an­other great GAA per­son­al­ity from out midst. She was Sec­re­tary of the old Bal­ly­money Club for years and the Balt­in­glass v Ark­low Geraldines/Bal­ly­money, fixed for Sun­day was called off as a mark of re­spect while a min­utes si­lence was ob­served at Pierse Park and other venues on Satur­day and Sun­day.

The her Hus­band Jim and be­reaved fam­ily we ex­tend our sym­pa­thy.

With one or two no­table ex­cep­tions the MFC has run smoothly and is close to the knock­out stages.

The Eight big guns are shoot­ing it out in Div.one and at this stage the bat­tle for the top four qual­i­fy­ing po­si­tions is still wide open

At this stage St Pats are un­beaten, top­ping the ta­ble and have a very healthy score dif­fer­ence and bar they do a ‘Fionevan’ they look to be­ing the shake up.

The only other un­beaten team id Eire Og but they drew their first three matches and only got their first win last week when they stopped un­beaten Balt­in­glass

They are on 5 points with a good score dif­fer­ence but still have some work to do

Bless­ing­ton are in sec­ond place on 6 points but are on the mi­nus side of the Score dif­fer­ence.

Balt­in­glass are on 4 points with a good score dif­fer­ence while Rath­new are on the 5 point mark and also in credit on the scor­ing side. That leaves five go­ing well for four places so the mu­si­cal chairs starts now. Divi­sion A ta­ble St Pa­trick’s – 4310 7 24 Bless­ing­ton 530 2 6 -10 Balt­in­glass 32 01 4 10 Eire Og 41 30 5 7 Rath­new 42 11 5 4 St Kevin’s 21 01 2 0 Bray Em­mets 40 13 1 -7 L O’Toole’s 40 0 4 28 0

Group B is a lit­tle un­bal­anced with Avon­dale and Kil­coole lag­ging be­hind .

Ml Dwyers have fin­ished their five matches and are top­ping the ta­ble.

St Ni­cholas look best placed to get the sec­ond qual­i­fy­ing place

AGB are also in with a fight­ing chance. In fact that out­stand­ing match be­tween The Ark­low boys and St Nicks could de­cide who gets the sec­ond qual­i­fy­ing place Group C Carnew have topped this group with full points and all matched played and are through to the semi-fi­nals.

The only out­stand­ing match is be­tween Kil­mac on 5 points and Ash­ford on 4. That match will de­cide who gets the sec­ond qual­i­fy­ing place

Foot­note In group A the top four qual­ify for the semi-fi­nals with 1play­ing 4 and 2 v 3

The top team in Group B meets the sec­ond team in Group C and visa/versa.

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