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>
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
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.