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ÉIRE ÓG, GREY­STONES

The venue for the Éire Óg against Kil­coole 2009 In­ter­me­di­ate Foot­ball League game was in a state of flux up to well af­ter lunchtime on the day of the game. The orig­i­nal choice was Round­wood but, be­cause of the state of the pitch, this was ruled out as were sub­se­quently a num­ber of other venues. When Kil­coole sport­ingly agreed to play on our home patch we were, thank­fully, spared the to­tally un­de­sir­able op­tion of a post­pone­ment.

In other days the con­fu­sion sown by such un­cer­tainty would have greatly re­stricted the num­ber of spec­ta­tors at the game. But buíochas to the mod­ern means of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, the in­for­ma­tion texted, twit­tered and blogged its way around Grey­stones and Kil­coole and the match had by far the big­gest ever at­ten­dance at an event in the Éire Óg grounds. The late no­ti­fi­ca­tion called for an „all hands on deck‰ ap­proach to the pre­par­ing of the pitch. A call an­swered by Ray, son Johnny, Patsy, Anto (capt.), Philip, Gerry, Fergus and his brother John­nie, all of whom laboured might­ily in the spills of the cold af­ter­noon rain to have ev­ery­thing in readi­ness.

Spec­ta­tor in­ter­est clearly in­di­cated that much was ex­pected of this lo­cal derby as a con­test and the large con­tin­gent from Kil­coole was a clear in­di­ca­tion that the ‘goose­bankers’ were in Grey­stones with in­tent. Hap­pily the match lived up to ex­pec­ta­tions and we were treated to an all-action sport­ing event which ex­cited with its skills and knife-edge un­cer­tainty.

One has to con­fess that our victory was of the ‘get­ting out of jail’ va­ri­ety but that does not take from it as an achieve­ment. Those peo­ple who may have been an­tic­i­pat­ing a more con­vinc­ing win would surely have been un­der­es­ti­mat­ing Kil­coole and the mo­ti­va­tion they would be de­riv­ing from the de­sire to take the scalp of their ‘up­pity’ near neigh­bours and ageold ri­vals.

They did, af­ter all, fin­ish on equal points with Éire Óg in the league and had beaten us in the head-to-head. On the night they had shown them­selves to be no mean foot­ballers and for much of the game led Éire Óg a merry dance. Our play­ers never re­lented and, helped by some strate­gic sub­sti­tu­tions, some­how found that ex­tra en­ergy and determination to fight back from be­ing 4 points down with time run­ning out.

A vox pop af­ter the Din­ner Dance es­tab­lished that young and old had found it a very en­joy­able oc­ca­sion. That it was so is a great trib­ute to the or­gan­is­ers who were pre­sented with huge lo­gis­ti­cal prob­lems: the pre­sen­ta­tion of medals to the three county cham­pi­ons and of tro­phies to those who had made par­tic­u­lar con­tri­bu­tions on and off the field, and speech mak­ing from no­ta­bles. All to be im­ple­mented with due solem­nity and without cross­ing the bore­dom thresh­old while leav­ing ad­e­quate time for trip­ping the light fan­tas­tic. Pres­i­dent Danny Hat­ton wel­comed the guests and con­grat­u­lated the var­i­ous team man­age­ments on their achieve­ments.

The hurlers have re­turned to train­ing in an­tic­i­pa­tion of their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Le­in­ster League which will be get­ting un­der way shortly. At­ten­dances at the train­ing ses­sions un­der Ciarán Goff have been very en­cour­ag­ing. A team, shorn of its county pan­el­lists, played a ju­nior side from Bally­bo­den St. En­das on Satur­day in what turned out to be a com­pet­i­tive game and a very use­ful work-out for the two sides, both of whom showed some signs of rusti­ness af­ter their long lay-off. James Kelly, Daniel O’Con­nor and Paddy O’Sul­li­van did well for Éire Óg and young Hughie O’Neill looked sharp up front.

At the Din­ner Dance Bren­dan Cud­dihy was called upon to make the pre­sen­ta­tion to those hurlers deemed to have made a con­tri­bu­tion above the or­di­nary in 2009. As we watched a crutch-as­sisted Bren­dan make his way to the podium, the clichéd ‘physi­cian heal thy­self’ came to mind. Paulie Sut­ton whose goal get­ting ex­ploits, in­clud­ing the winning goal in the cham­pi­onship, were a con­stant fea­ture through­out the year was awarded the tro­phy for Player of the Year and Peter Keane whose brav­ery in the tackle and en­er­getic run­ning were an in­spi­ra­tion to his team mates re­ceived the ac­co­lade of Hurler of the Year. Michael Walsh and Mark Do­ran were re­cip­i­ents of the mi­nor hurl­ing awards. They both also played on the Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship team, Michael in the half-for­wards and Mark in goals. Their awards were well earned.

KIL­COOLE CAMOGIE

Our Un­der 11s got com­pet­i­tive action un­der­way on Sun­day with a trip to Clon­shaugh to play Craobh Chiarain. A top class team per­for­mance and great ef­fort put in by all meant we re­turned with the two open­ing points in this League. Well done to Ava Con­don, Lorna Bates, Emma Davis, Grace Bru­ton, Sara Davis, Lau­ryn Cough­lan, Caitlin O’Toole, Jade Byrne, Kaitlin Daly, Roisin Kee­gan and Me­gan Byrne. Next match v. St Mark’s in Tal­laght next Sun­day - meet at the Church at 10.45am.

Well done also to the County U14 team who recorded an­other victory in the Le­in­ster League with an im­pres­sive victory v Car­low. Aoife Keddy and Katie Ho­nan got the call up to play with Rachel Fin­negan, Alana Dole and Al­lanah Bel­lamy on the panel. Next week-end they play Louth Away.

All Wick­low un­der­age games were ex­pected to start at the end of March but as the Fix­ture Pro­gramme was not rat­i­fied at the last Co Board meet­ing the start date is a lit­tle un­clear but all age groups should be in op­er­a­tion by the sec­ond week of April at the lat­est.

Train­ing con­tin­ues in Co­laiste Chraobh Ab­hann on Tues­days at 5pm and 5.30pm for Nurs­ery and U10. On Tues­day March, 16, we will start an In­door League for all U11, U12, U13 and U14 play­ers. This league will run for three weeks as fol­lows: March 16, March 23 and March 30. All play­ers are wel­come to join this League. For play­ers who have not been fol­low­ing the In­door Win­ter pro­gramme: the fee is €10.

Our 6 week ’ Camog Aer­o­bics’ Pro­gramme starts on Tues­day, March 16 in Co­laiste Chraobh Ab­hann at 8.15pm - aimed at fe­male adults who would like to get in­volved in Ex­er­cise/Ac­tiv­ity at their own pace and learn the ba­sics of play­ing Camogie at the same time! Why not come along, bring your friends and give it a try? A re­ces­sion friendly fee of €30 for the 6 weeks will also in­clude a so­cia­ble cup of tea af­ter the work!

Reg­is­ter and get In­for­ma­tion from sec­re­tary@kil­coole­camo­gie.com/ Tracy 0877518680/ Breda 0876998536

The camogie cel­e­bra­tion night takes place next Satur­day, March 13 in Kil­coole Golf Club - Buf­fet Din­ner and Mu­sic with DJ Dar­ren. Tick­ets are €15 from Billy, Tracy and Breda.

KIL­COOLE

Adult hurl­ing train­ing takes place on Tues­days at 6.45pm sharp at the GAA pitch and also on Satur­days at 2pm. All wel­come. Con­tact Ea­monn Hughes for fur­ther deails on 087-2565571.

Train­ing for all foot­ballers con­tin­ues at the GAA pitch on Tues­days and Thurs­days at half seven un­der the new lights. Also foot­ball train­ing at the pitch on Satur­day af­ter­noons, all wel­come. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Shane Ryan on 087 8595442.

Ladies Foot­ball train­ing con­tin­ues on Mon­days and Wed­nes­days at 7pm on the pitch, all wel­come. Thanks to De­clan Greene who ref­er­eed the train­ing match last Sun­day, the team is re­ally start­ing to take shape and it prom­ises to be an ex­cit­ing year for the lady foot­ballers.

Club gear, jack­ets, hood­ies, shorts, socks, t-shirts, gear bags etc, are all avail­able from Noeleen Evans. The next or­der will be placed in the next cou­ple of weeks, for in­for­ma­tion on prices and to or­der gear con­tact Noeleen on 086-8111843.

The dead­line for pay­ing your club mem­ber­ship for the year is fast ap­proach­ing, any­one who wants to play this year must have their mem­ber­ship paid by the end of this month. Fees are as fol­lows: €25 for ju­ve­nile play­ers, €70 for adult play­ers, €20 for non-play­ing mem­bers and €75 for fam­ily mem­ber­ship (must in­clude at least one ju­ve­nile mem­ber). Tommy Nolan or any com­mit­tee mem­ber will be happy to ac­cept your mem­ber­ship.

The new club web­site, www.kil­coole­gaa.ie <http://www.kil­coole­gaa.ie/> , is be­ing up­dated on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, be sure to check it out!

If you are a Voda­fone cus­tomer you can help sup­port the club for free, just log onto voda­fone.ie <http://voda­fone.ie/> , se­lect sup­port your GAA club, se­lect St. Pa­trick’s Kil­coole and add your de­tails. Voda­fone will then give our club 5% of your monthly bill, whether you’re bill pay or pre­paid, at no ex­tra cost to you.

BRAY EM­METS

Our sec­ond game in the Spring Mi­nor League saw us play our neigh­bours Kil­mac away on Fri­day. The first half was a close af­fair with Bray scor­ing goals from Adam Con­way and Nicky Sweeney. Kil­mac scored a fine goal and some nice points to leave the half time score, 2-3 to 1-3 in Bray’s favour. In the sec­ond half, Bray upped their game, scored some good points and two goals from Chris Lyons and Mikey Lee, which gave them a good win.

The next game is away to Avon­dale next Sun­day, March 14.

Fix­tures: 2009 Wick­low Boys Un­der 16 A Foot­ball Fi­nal - Fri­day, March 12.

The long awaited fi­nal of the County Wick­low Un­der-16 ‘A’ boy’s foot­ball cham­pi­onship takes place in New­town on Fri­day, March 12 at 7.30pm. We will play Rath­new in the fi­nal. The Em­mets are hold­ers of the cham­pi­onship, hav­ing won the un­der 16 foot­ball and hurl­ing in 2008. They have re­tained the hurl­ing in 2009 and are hope­ful of com­plet­ing the dou­ble. The teams have met twice this year with a win each. Rath­new will start favourites af­ter most of their team was in­volved in their nar­row loss to Eire Og, Grey­stones in the County Mi­nor Fi­nal. Please sup­port our boys in New­town next Fri­day.

Our men’s se­nior foot­ballers play their sec­ond game in the 2010 Se­nior Foot­ball League away to New­town on Sun­day next at 11am.

This sea­son’s un­der-14 hurl­ing cam­paign started on Satur­day with the first game against Bally­bo­den in the Dublin Hurl­ing League. It was a beau­ti­ful af­ter­noon and con­di­tions were per­fect. Bray got off to a good start and had some fine scores from Michael Boland, Cathal McAodha, Eoin McCormick and Shane Lo­han. There was good de­fen­sive play by all play­ers and Bally­bo­den for­wards only had two scores at half time with Bray lead­ing 4-6 to 2-0.

Bray kept the pres­sure up in the sec­ond half with some fine ground hurl­ing and good hand pass­ing move­ments. Out­stand­ing per­for­mances by Eoin McCormick and Cathal McAodha at cen­ter­field and Shane Lo­han at cen­tre for­ward kept us well in the game right through­out. Fur­ther scores by Michael Boland (3-3), Cathal McAodha (2-1), goals from Pa­trick Cun­ning­ham and Liam Benville and points from Shane Lo­han, Eoin McCormick, Dy­lan Terry and Padraig Doyle left the full time score of 7-10 to 30. Well done to all for a great per­for­mance. Our next hurl­ing game is a friendly against Craanford, Wex­ford this Wed­nes­day, March 10, and meet­ing Wood­ies car park at 6pm.

The U13 and U14 Wick­low hurl­ing de­vel­op­ment squads start this com­ing week­end, de­tails to par­ents this week. An im­por­tant date for your di­aries is April 10 for the hurl­ing feile qual­i­fiers which will be held in Clare in mid June. Any de­tails on the above can be got from Dan Boland at 087-2555974.

KIL­COOLE JU­VE­NILE

The Mi­nor foot­ballers had a very im­pres­sive win over A.G.B. last Satur­day. It was a good all round team per­for­mance. Our scor­ers were Kurt Stark (3-03), Shane Doyle (2-02), Dar­ren Gam­mell (202), Ciaran Byrne (0-2), Dan Han­ni­gen Rooney (0-1), Eoin Keddy (0-1) and Si­mon Cos­grave (0-1).

Next week we face a stern chal­lenge from St. Kevin’s over in the field (day and time to be con­firmed). It is there­fore very im­por­tant to have a big turn out at train­ing on Wed­nes­day at 7.30 pm.

Play­ers are re­minded that any out­stand­ing mem­ber­ship forms and money must be re­turned as quickly as pos­si­ble - the dead­line March 20 is ap­proach­ing fast.

Thanks to Ro­nan Keddy for tak­ing time out to train the panel and thanks to Bernard Col­lier for his help. Con­grat­u­la­tions to our Mi­nor play­ers, Shane Doyle, goalscorer Dar­ren Gam­mell and cap­tain and goalscorer Danny Ka­vanagh on their mag­nif­i­cent fi­nal suc­cess with the school, well done lads. Best of luck to Philip O’Con­nor with the county mi­nor panel. Come over to the field next week and roar on the lads.

U10/U12 hurl­ing: No train­ing this week. How­ever, the fi­nals of the Tom Ryan in­door tour­na­ment in Ark­low will be held this Satur­day, March 13. Our u12’s will be up first in their shield com­pe­ti­tion against Avon­dale at 9.30am and again at 10-10am against Kil­te­gan. Next up our u10’s will play Glenealy in the Shield com­pe­ti­tion. This will prove to be a very ex­cit­ing fi­nals day for both teams and we would like to en­cour­age all to come down and sup­port our skil­ful young hurlers. There will be a re­cep­tion af­ter the event at Ark­low Rocks club­house for the pre­sen­ta­tion. Meet at the church on Satur­day, March 13 at 8.30am sharp. U8/U6 hurl­ing: No train­ing this week. As you may know our u12 and u10 hurlers have been play­ing in the in­au­gu­ral Pat Fraw­ley in­door tour­na­ment in Coláiste Chraobh Ab­hann on Thurs­day nights. With three weeks to go, all three teams in­volved are still chal­leng­ing for the com­pe­ti­tion. Af­ter last week’s games we have Kilkenny on 20 points, Lim­er­ick on 19 points and Water­ford on 15 points. There are six games left to play.

All ju­ve­nile regis­tra­tion must be paid by March 20. If you have not paid yet, please con­tact a com­mit­tee membe

NEW­TOWN

New­town GAA’s new sea­son got un­der­way last Satur­day with our open­ing league clash in Ti­na­hely. In a hotly con­tested and gritty game, the lead changed hands sev­eral times. Ti­na­hely took the lead in the open­ing min­utes with a well placed point, but New­town re­sponded bril­liantly through Padraig Doyle who scored a sub­lime goal and two points by Brian Doyle saw New­town storm into a 12 to 0-1 lead early on. Ti­na­hely ral­lied and bat­tled back, shock­ing New­town by scor­ing 7 unan­swered points and tak­ing a lead of 0-8 to 1-2 into half time. New­town opened the sec­ond half with a point from Terry Mur­phy, and Phillip Martin but Ti­na­hely scored twice in re­sponse.

With the score read­ing 0-10 to 1-4 to Ti­na­hely, New­town were awarded a penalty, which Ross Od­lum coolly slot­ted home into the bot­tom right hand cor­ner to bring the game back to par­ity with only ten min­utes re­main­ing, 2-4 to 0-10. Brian Doyle sent over what was po­ten­tially the winning point in the dy­ing min­utes to give New­town a slen­der 2-5 to 0-10 lead.

But with lit­er­ally the last kick of the game, Ti­na­hely pointed from a free kick. As the kick­out was taken, the ref­eree blew the fi­nal whis­tle and the sides ended their open­ing en­counter with a draw. The New­town team was: 1. C. McGuirl, 2. Wayne Hamil­ton, 3. A. Halpin, 4. N. Martin, 5. P Martin (0-1), 6. R. Od­lum (1-0), 7. J. Owens, 8. P. O’Rior­dan, 9. J. Fitzsi­mons, 10. T. Mur­phy (0-1), 11. B. Davis, 12. P. Doyle (1-0), 13. A. Duffy, 14. B. Doyle (0-3), 15. G. Doyle. Subs: 22. C. McNi­cholas for A Duffy.

With the new sea­son now in full swing, here are the peo­ple guid­ing the for­tunes of New­town GAA Club for 2010: -Se­nior: Joe Clif­ford, Pat Carthy and Pat Kenny. Ju­nior: Jas Carthy, Marty Hef­fer­nan. Mi­nor: Shay Power, Ross Od­lum, Rory Ch­ester. U-16: Papa Davis, Brigid Davis. U-14: Trevor Doyle, Tom Cronin. U-12: Peter Turner, Tom Doyle, Sean Power. U10: Marty Hef­fer­nan. U-8 Foot­ball: Frank Mur­phy, Mark Doyle. U-10 and U-8 Hurl­ing: Shay Walsh, Andy Ka­vanagh. We sin­cerely hope that all our man­age­ment teams have a most pros­per­ous and suc­cess­ful sea­son in 2010.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to all our In­ter-County teams, our Se­nior Foot­ballers, our Ladies Team and our Hurlers, fol­low­ing their suc­cess­ful week­end.

Please note that club mem­ber­ship fees are now due and must be paid in or­der to en­sure mem­ber­ship for the com­ing year. Se­nior Mem­ber­ship is €40 and Ju­ve­nile Mem­ber­ship is €15. There will be a regis­tra­tion night in the New­town GAA Club­house on Wed­nes­day 7th April at 7pm. All those who wish to be­come mem­bers or re­new their mem­ber­ships are asked to at­tend on that night. For any­one who wishes to pay be­fore­hand, they can con­tact Brian Doyle (Se­nior Reg­is­trar) or Brigid Davis (Ju­ve­nile Reg­is­trar).

New­town GAA Lotto Jack­pot now stands at €5,600. Be sure to play!

EN­NISKERRY

Adult hurl­ing has started back on Wed­nes­day evenings in Kil­mac at 7.15

un­der the watch­ful eye of Mick Priest. Every­one wel­come, young and not so young. For info con­tact Noel Driver 0872576800 / 2862366.

Un­der 16s foot­ball start­ing in the next week or so con­tact Damien Driver on 0861663415.

A ta­ble quiz will take place in the Pow­er­scourt Coun­try House on the 28th March at 8.30pm. Ta­ble of four is €30.

All mem­ber­ship is now due, adult play­ing is €100, adult non play­ing €20, ju­ve­nile €50 which in­cludes a sports pack, fam­ily mem­ber­ship is €70.

Car­low's Johnny Ka­vanagh holds on to Wick­low's Brian McGrath dur­ing the Divi­sion 4 NFL game in Aughrim.

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