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SOUTH EAST ROAD CLUB

South East Road club cy­clist, John Maguire is hav­ing a great run of form at present. Last week he took a great sec­ond place in the Cy­cle­ways Cup in Na­van but last week­end, in horse racing terms, he en­tered the “win­ner’s en­clo­sure” ap­pro­pri­ately in Newbridge, County Kil­dare. John’s victory was all the more spec­tac­u­lar in that he had to con­tend with a field of over eighty top class cy­clists to win by half a wheel in a strongly con­tested bunch sprint in the A3 race. John is a very tac­ti­cally aware and as­tute cy­clist who won nu­mer­ous races as an un­der-age cy­clist and was one of the top

un­der-age cy­clists in the coun­try as a mem­ber of the old Avon­dale Bark Cycling club. In the same race, An­thony Mills, who is a rel­a­tive new­comer hav­ing only taken up the sport last year, was in tenth place. An­thony was part of nu­mer­ous break­away at­tempts and is close to bring­ing off a spec­tac­u­lar win with his ag­gres­sive racing style.

He is also a mem­ber of the Wex­ford Ras team squad. Very promis­ing young cy­clist, Tony Breen who was com­pet­ing in his first race as a ju­nior and has moved up the ranks with rel­a­tive ease fin­ished com­fort­ably in the bunch, as did the ev­er­con­sis­tent Matt Heaney. Der­rick Evans, who is also a mem­ber of the Wex­ford Ras squad, was go­ing very well un­til ruled out of con­tention by a me­chan­i­cal mishap.

Scott Tay­lor re­turned to open racing af­ter an ab­sence of some years and put in a solid per­for­mance in a dif­fi­cult race and will be ex­pected to fea­ture in fu­ture races. The SERC se­nior squad will be in com­pet­ing in the Gorey Three Day race over the Easter week­end with very hopes based on cur­rent form of ex­ceed­ing last year’s high plac­ings.

Mem­bers of the club also took part and helped with or­gan­i­sa­tion of the fund rais­ing cy­cle for the Wex­ford Ras team On Satur­day last. Great credit is due to Tony Breen and Matt Heaney m both of whom did the full dis­tance and then raced the fol­low­ing day.

This well-run event was jointly or­gan­ised by Pat Whit­ney from Slaney CC and by SERC mem­ber Derek Webb who is re­spon­si­ble for bring­ing a stage end and start of the Milk Ras to Gorey.

The large group of cy­clists un­der­took a jour­ney from Gorey to En­nis­cor­thy and then onto Wex­ford, re­turn­ing via Castle­bridge to En­nis­cor­thy and then back to Gorey mak­ing a dis­tance of 110 kilo­me­tres. Spe­cial thanks to Cullen’s Fruit Sup­pli­ers, Aske, Gorey and to Naomh Eanna GAA club for the use of their premises.

NEW­TOWN JU­NIORS FC

Four of our teams were in action last week­end and from th­ese games we recorded 1 win, a draw and 2 de­feats. The un­der 9’s have hit a lean patch in re­cent times and af­ter last week’s cup de­feat it was the same story in the Shield away to Ark­low Town as they lost out on a 5-2 score­line.

Mi­nus a cou­ple of late with­drawls due to ill­ness the re­main­ing play­ers kept bat­tling right to the end. Adam Hef­fer­nan scored both New­town goals. Some peo­ple say foot­ball is like buses, you wait ages for one and then two come along to­gether.

This say­ing would ap­ply to the un­der 10’s who af­ter last week’s cup win they trav­elled to Auigrim and came away with all three points in a 1-nil victory. With only a cou­ple of min­utes left Ryan Wa­ters scored the all im­por­tant goal in an ex­cel­lent team dis­play. It was stale­mate for the un­der 12’s at home to arch ri­vals Ark­low Town as both team’s had to set­tle for a share of the points in a 1-all draw. Ryan Tay­lor scored the New­town goal and along with Evan Mo­ran, Dar­ren Walsh and Sean Carthy they were the best play­ers on the day.

A win was what was re­quired for the 13’s away to Ard­more Rovers in or­der to qual­ify for the Shield semi fi­nals, but un­for­tu­nately it wasn’t to be as the 13’s suf­fered a 2-1 de­feat. Mark O’Brien had equi­lised in the sec­ond half and de­spite cre­at­ing loads of chances the ham­mer blow came in the dy­ing mo­ments of the game when Ard­more scored what proved to be the win­ner. De­spite miss­ing out on the Shield the 13’s can con­sole them­selves with a place in the Plate com­pe­ti­tion.

Fix­tures for the week­end of Satur­day and Sun­day, March 20-21: un­der 8’s at home to Ard­more Rovers ko Satur­day at 11am; un­der 9’s away to Grey­stones ’A’ ko Satur­day at 10am; un­der 10’s at home to Wick­low Town ko Sun­day at 11am; un­der 12’s at home to Wick­low Rovers ’A’ ko Sun­day at 10am; un­der 13’s away to Ard­more Rovers ko Satur­day at 10am; Girl’s un­der 12’s away to En­niskerry ko Sun­day t.b.c.; Girl’s un­der 10’s at home to Vale­view F.C. ko Satur­day at 12pm; Devel­ope­ment squad at home to Rath­new ko Sun­day at 12pm; (fix­tures and ko times are sub­ject to change)

The F.A.I. Aviva Girl’s Soc­cer camp for girls aged 7-12 years will take place in the Com­mu­nity Cen­tre from Mon­day March 29th - Thurs­day 1st April 2010. The cost is €60 and fur­ther de­tails can be had from Hughie at 087-6987653. All mem­bers in­tend­ing to march in the St. Pa­trick’s Day pa­rade need to meet at Gre­gory’s Garage at around 11.15am.

On a sad­der note it was with great dis­be­lief and a sense of shock that we all learned of the pass­ing of Sean McShane on Fri­day morn­ing. Sean’s two sons John and Paul were for­mer play­ers for New­town Ju­niors and dur­ing their time with the club Sean was al­ways on the side­line sup­port­ing the lads, telling a funny story or shar­ing his flask of hot tea or soup and the odd packet of bis­cuits with many other par­ents and coaches.

Sean will be sadly missed in the area and every­one in our club ex­tend their deep­est con­do­lences to his wife Ann, daugh­ter Fiona, sons John and Paul, his brother and sis­ter, ex­tended fam­ily and his large cir­cle of friends. For all mat­ters re­lat­ing to the club visit our web­site www.new­town­ju­niors.com <http://www.new­town­ju­niors.com>

BRAY WHEEL­ERS

Moth­ers were aban­doned in favour of the bike this week­end as Bray Wheel­ers turned out in force for an­other fine week­end of racing. Best of the Wheel­ers was a third place win for Caoimhe Ivory in the un­der­age races in the Phoenix Park, and a 9th place fin­ish for Ed O’Brien in his cat­e­gory in Clonard on Satur­day.

Alex Boland, Will Mc Cabe and Der­mot Hickey com­peted in Clonard on Satur­day while Pat Fitz­patrick, Ro­nan Kear­ney, Der­mot Hickey and Padraid Mc Carthy turned out for the tough, hilly course in Newbridge. All had good races, fin­ish­ing in the bunch, ex­cept for Ro­nan Kear­ney who was in fly­ing form in the A1/A2 race un­til the sec­ond last lap when an­other cy­clist swerved dan­ger­ously across the bunch, his pedal catch­ing Ro­nan’s wheel and break­ing a spoke. He skill­fully kept con­trol, avoid­ing go­ing over the han­dle bars and an in­evitable crash, but his race was over as he couldn’t get a re­place­ment wheel and had to nurse the bro­ken bike back to the fin­ish, bit­terly dis­ap­pointed with the turn of events and the en­forced aban­don­ment but he says that that’s all part of the racing ex­pe­ri­ence and the luck and mis­for­tune that can go with it. He will live to fight an­other day in the St. Pa­trick’s Day race in Bo­her­meen. No rest for the wicked when it comes to cy­cle racing!

Mean­while in Dublin, Ger Ivory or­gan­ised a very suc­cess­ful un­der­age track meet­ing on Sun­day in Sun­drive Road, while the 9.30am and 10 o’clock week­end spins were well at­tended.

Well done to all com­peti­tors and cy­clists, par­tic­u­larly the strong con­tin­gency of un­der­age cy­clists the club is nur­tur­ing. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on all Bray Wheel­ers ac­tiv­i­ties go to www.bray­wheel­ers.com

CARNEW FC

The Se­nior men were due to be at home to Clash but got a walkover from the vis­it­ing team.

The ladies were at home to Cloughbawn in the quar­ter fi­nal of the Etch­ing­ham cup and won 6-0. It was an out­stand­ing team per­for­mance on the day, scor­ers on the day were Nicole Ka­vanagh 2, Fiona Byrne 2, Noreen Lam­bert 1 and Fiona Dagge 1.

The un­der 12’s were at home to Ark­low Town B in the U12 Divi­sion 1 Shield and won 3-2. Scor­ers on the day were Enda Dono­hue with 2 and Luke Bren­nan.

The un­der 10’s were away to Ark­low United in the Shield and lost 41, Cil­lian Gil­li­gan was Carnew’s scorer on the day

Carnew FC are hold­ing a Texas Hold’em Poker clas­sic in McCrea’s on Fri­day 23rd April to raise much needed funds and we would ap­pre­ci­ate all sup­port on the night. Prize money is €1000 and tick­ets are €20 each and can be bought off all se­nior play­ers and ju­ve­nile man­agers or by con­tact­ing David 0863873122, Lor­raine 0870576660 or Trevor 0874121782

ARK­LOW TEN­NIS CLUB

The Ark­low Ladies Team have reached the fi­nal of the Dublin Win­ter League Divi­sion 7 af­ter an­other fine win over Malahide 7 in Sun­day’s semi-fi­nal at Charles­land Sports and Recre­ation Cen­tre, Grey­stones.

Jac­inha Kinch and He­len Fox were first off court with a com­pre­hen­sive 6-1, 6-1 win over Mary Anglim and Mary Ryan. Victory was sealed when un­beaten No. 1 pair­ing, Kay Hickey and Irene Ry­der fin­ished their match with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Claire Whyns and Sue Shal­loe. The fi­nal match be­tween Martina Be­han and Caro­line Ka­vanagh and Leonie Lynch and Hi­lary McGee was nicely poised at one set all (4-6, 6-1) when the Match was de­clared.

In Ark­low, new Di­rec­tor of Ju­nior Ten­nis , Mr. David Shee­han, is host­ing coach­ing lessons for chil­dren of all ages on Satur­day morn­ings. De­tails of this and other news on http://www.altc.ie

Wick­low’s Caitri­ona McK­eon in pos­ses­sion dur­ing the Ladies’ Se­nior foot­ball game against Wex­ford on Satur­day.

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