The Minors began their season with a challenge match against A side Baltinglass and by all accounts gave a good account of themselves which bodes well for the competitive matches to come although the commitment levels from certain absentee players could improve.
The Intermediates begin their season this Saturday the 5th March with a tricky home fixture against Avondale. The game throws in at 3pm in Coolkenno. All support will be greatly appreciated. To avoid crowd congestion try and get there early! Seriously though, this has the makings of a great year for us and having that extra bit of support will make all the difference. It will be the team's first game under Karl O'Dwyer so all eyes will be on this one to see if the Kerryman can weave his magic. Tickets for the upcoming dinner dance remain on sale for €25 off any committee member. It will be held on Saturday 26th of March in the Ramada Hotel Killerig.
AGB men's senior team were in action away from home in their first senior league match of the 2011 season. Bray took a slender lead at half time 0-04 to 1-00 after taking the last score of the half. Jay Earls, in his first senior match, scored AGB's goal, after quality link up play between Mullet and Healy. The second half started with AGB leveling through a well worked move up the left side of the pitch, finished off by P Healy but again Bray replied instantly, this time with a break away goal from poor passing from Arklow. Andy Brennan for AGB then stormed into the Bray box and was unlucky to hit the post before another goal for Bray. This goal provided a cushion that AGB could not surmount, although Arklow had put the pressure on later, with some fine fielding from Ivanoff and shooting from Mullet.
Team: J Bolger, W Murray, J Tyrrell, A Minogue, P O'Donoghue, D O'Donoghue, C Earls, D O'Keeffe, M Ivanoff, J Earls, P. Gleeson, G Tyrrell, N Mullet (0-5), A Brennan, P Healy. Subs: P Egan, F Miller, I Kelleher, J Franey
Training for minor, junior and senior training continues this week on the astro turf pitch in Pearse Park at 8 pm. All new members are welcome to come along and join up!
Don't forget about the annual Fancy Dress Leprechaun Fun Run that will take place on St Patrick's Day. This is in aid of the AGB Building Fund and Arklow Springboard Support Group. This was a great event last year where we raised over €1500.
Under 9 and 10 boys training resumes this Friday at Pearse Park from 6.45-8pm, with such a big turn out at registration day we're looking forward to seeing all the boys back together again and welcoming our new recruits, should be lots of fun.
As part of the U 14 boy's preparations for the upcoming County Feile they played host to Kilmacud Crokes in a challenge game on the juvenile pitch in Pearse Park on Thursday evening last.
The boys played three 20 minute sessions with some good football on display from both sides.
With 28 players in contention for places on the Feile panel the coaches made lots of changes throughout the game with many players giving a good account of themselves. In fact it will be hard to pick a starting fifteen from the panel which is a good complaint to have.
A big thank you to our friends from Kilmacud for making the journey on Thursday to give us such a good test.
The first round of the Feile takes place on Saturday the 5th of March, with time and venue to be confirmed.
The boys have been back in training for over a month now with a high attendance rate at two training sessions per week.
The work rate has also been excellent which will ensure the boys give it their best shot at the upcoming Feile. Please check our website www.arklowgaa.ie for times and venues for upcoming games.
The club is currently running First Aid and Defibrillator courses, any coaches or administrators interested in taking either of these courses please contact either Martin or Gillian.
On a social note don't forget Club Presentations will take place at Club Dinner Dance will take place in the Arklow Bay Hotel on Friday 11th of March and of course Club Person of the Year will be named!
Mulled wine reception, three-course meal, live music all for only €30, oh and great craic. Come along, have some fun, get to meet the
new members, see you all there 7.30 till late.
There was no winner of the lotto last week the numbers were 11, 19, 27 and 30 we had 6 match 3 winner each receiving €35.00 - Noah, Millie and Donnacha Hayes, Elaine Byrne, Michael Cashen, Ciaran O'Toole, Jinnie Doyle and Denis and Lucy Hayes. Next week's jackpot stands at €9,200.
Last call for Dinner Dance tickets which takes place on this Saturday 5th March in Inisfail Baltinglass; tickets are available from any committee member at the very reasonable price of €25.00.
Well done again to our county football team where they drew with Fermanagh on Sunday. Again our players had an excellent game with Seanie scoring six points, Rory played well at mid-field and JP played well until he was side lined on two bookable offences. Our senior football team had their first outing in the senior football league on Saturday at home against St Pat's. After leading at half time by 0-6 to 0-4, St Pat's up the tempo in the second half and went on to win 0-12 to 0-8. John Keogh 4pts, Jeffery Bermingham 2pts, Padraig Keogh and Anthony Furlong 1pt each. Our next match in the league is away to Tinahely on Saturday at 3pm. Our club would like to convey their sympathy to the Staunton family, Raheen, Dunlavin on the death of Noel Staunton. Noel played hurling with our club for many years at senior and intermediate level. He won an Intermediate Championship medal with us in 1981 and was always interested in the progress of hurling in the club. To his wife Anne, son Kevin and daughters Carol and Carmel, his mother, brothers, sister and extended family our sympathy.
Also the club would like to extend their sympathy to the many relatives and friends of Molly Byrne, sister of the late GAA president Hugh Byrne and to Michael Flash Byrne and to the many Byrne families in Tinahely, Bray, Greystones, Newbridge and many other places. Molly was buried in Tynaclash cemetery on Sunday morning and was the last surviving member of the Master Byrne family of Rathcoyle, Rathdangan. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam
Comiserations to the U-21's on their loss to Carlow this week. Best wishes to the county minors who play in the Leinster league against Killkenny, we are represented by Stephen Murphy. Training for all senior and junior players continues on Tuesday and Friday nights. All are welcome.
The minor football match at the weekend didn't go ahead. This week on the field will see the Intermediate footballers start there league campaign away to Coolkenno. Game on Saturday at 3;00. On Sunday then the Minors take on Kilcoole at home. This game is at 11:00 in the complex. Training for all adult members is this Thursday in the complex at 7:30. Membership is now due for the senior club. Cost this year is €80 playing members, €50 Non-playing members and €30 for Students. There will be a registartion night today Wednesday (2nd) for juvenile members of the club. This will be the final night for registering juveniles. Indoor hurling continues this Friday night for Juveniles, in the complex Lotto results for the 21st February are as follows: Numbers 5, 12, 13 and 21, bonus number was 39. There was no jackpot winner. One person matched 3 and recieved €44. That were PJ and Sandra O’Shaughnessy. Next weeks jackpot now stands at €19,700
Wicklow were beaten by Carlow 2-14 to 0-12 in the U21 Leinster Champ on Wednesday last in Carlow. Hard luck to our own lads Kevin Hanlon who didn't make it due to injury, Dean Siney who scored seven points and Paul McLoughlin who scored one poibt
Last chance to get your Dinner Dance tickets! Taking place on Saturday 5th March in Tulfarris Hotel, it will certainly be a great night. Please contact Jessica Carroll (086 860 2822), Helen Hennessy (087 225 9794) or any member of the Committee to secure your tickets.
Juvenile news: The first game of the Minor winter league which was due to take place in Arklow last Sunday, 27 February was cancelled due to AGB pulling out of the league. The next scheduled game is due to take place this Sunday, 6 March. Ciaran Murphy and his U8 hurlers will be indoors on 3 March in St Kevin's Community Centre for the month of March. Anyone interested in joining our growing number of hurlers please contact Ciaran on 085 7145288 for more information. There is a lot of action this weekend with both the Feile and U16 Leinster league commencing. Our U14 A team face Bray and Carnew in Laragh at 10.30am and our Baile Coimin team come up against Rathnew, Annacurra and Aughrim in Tinahely at the same time. Our U16s are in Division 1B of the Leinster League and they start up against Ballinacargy, Co Westmeath at home on 5th March at 4pm. Please come along and support all our players.
Our academy (age 4-8 years) and Under 10s will resume training on 5th March at 10am. Registrations forms will be issued and our registration day will be held at the pitch the following Saturday 12th March from 10am to 11am. All players in the club must be registered in Croke Park by 31 March or they will not be able to play. The registration fee for juveniles is €20 and this also includes insurance for the year. All non playing members (parents) can also become members of the club for €25. A card will be issued from Croke Park and there are a number of businesses in the town who offer discounts on production of the card. A list of retailers who offer a discount will be published next week.
Events for the week: Coiste na nOg meeting in Aughrim on Thursday 3 March at 8pm where the fixtures planner for the year ahead will be launched. A hurling meeting for West Wicklow will be held in Hollywood at 7.30pm on 7 March. Twelve participants will take part in a Foundation football course which will be held in Kilbride NS on the 9 and 10 March 7pm - 9.30pm on both nights.
The VHI GAA Cúl Camp Football dates have been set, so be sure to include them as part of your summer holiday plans. Blessington GAA Camps run from July 11th to July 15th from 10am to 2.30pm daily. The cost is only €55 per child and they receive a new Cúl Kit & Bag. Application forms will be available soon, but in the meantime, please contact Chris Magee O’Connor on 086-2239403.
In addition, Wicklow GAA County Board is looking for Coaches and Assistant Coaches for these Cúl Camps which will be taking place at various venues throughout the county this summer. In total there will be 30 Camps in Wicklow this year and the Camps commence on Monday 4th July and finish on Friday 19th August. This year there are two categories of employment, Coach and Assistant Coach. People interested in becoming Coaches on the VHI GAA Cúl Camps should have at least completed a GAA Foundation Award and be willing to undergo all Child Protection Courses and Garda Vetting and Cúl Camp coaches training as part of this programme. Assistant Coaches must be over the age of 18 and have an expressed interest in Coaching Gaelic Games. People interested in coaching Gaelic Games and who want to be part of the Wicklow Vhi GAA Cúl Camps 2011 can download an application form on the Wicklow GAA Website - www.wicklowgaaonline.com. Application forms should be returned by email to email@example.com or posted to Hugh Kenny, Vhi Cúl Camp Coaches, Aras Chill Mhantáin, Pearse's Park, Vale Road, Arklow, Co Wicklow by Monday 27th March 2011.
Lotto Jackpot stands at €7,850.No winnerlast weeks numbers were 1-4-17-23. Two people matched 3 numbers, William Hackett, Hacketstown, and A. Kavanagh, Hughestown. All League football began last weekend.T he Seniors were out to Hollywood on a sunny but cold Sunday morning. The team played well despite hearing the news about their team mate John McGrath. We send John our best wishes and our prayers are with him and his family. Baltinglass 0-11 to Hollywood 0-6. The Minor match was off due to St. Pats not fielding. U6s are back training next Friday night in the Badminton hall at 6-7pm. Under the guidances of Mary Hanlon. U8s and U10s are back training in the pitch next Saturday morning March 5th from 10am to 11am with Hugh Kenny and Paudge Doody. Girls training is on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6.45pm to 8pm. All are welcome.
We lost another old gael last week when Noel Staunton passed away. Noel originally from Glenealy came to out neck of the woods in the 1970's. He trained our Camogie girls to win an U16 and Junior championship. He also trained Donard football team in the early 1980's unfortunately our girls were more focused than our lads. All the clubs would like to sympathize with Ann and her family on Noels sad loss.
Our lotto stands at €2,750 and last weeks winning numbers were 1, 5, 11 and 20. There were 8 match three's.
A good start to the year for the Senior footballers with a 0-12 to 0-8 win away to Kiltegan in the first round of the Senior football league. It was good to see young players like Wayne Doyle, Sean Duffy and Lorcan Smullen doing well, which can only add to the competition for places this year. The club is celebrating its 125th birthday in 2011 and the celebrations kick off with our float in the St. Patricks Day parade. A meeting will take place in the clubhouse tomorrow Thursday at 9pm, if you are able to help out in any way please contact Alan Smullen on 087-6619656.
The juvenile presentations take place this Saturday the 5th March in the clubhouse from 5pm, and we look forward to welcoming all our juvenile players and families. A reminder once again that the club are hosting Registration nights for all players in the clubhouse from Tuesday 1st to Thursday 3rd March between 8 and 9pm each night. Fees are Family membership €100, Adult €60, Juvenile/Student/Appren- tice €40, u-10's €25. Players on Social Welfare will receive a 20% discount. Anybody unregistered isn't insured for matches, training or Saturday camps. The membership forms will be available on the night but can also be downloaded from the website www.stpatrickswicklow.ie.
Our Intermediates had one point to spare over Avoca in their League fixture on Sunday. With Avoca putting over nine magnificent points we just shaded it with a late goal to leave the final score at 3-1 to 0-9. Thanks to Avoca for the game and for their sportsmanship.
Our Under 11s got their season underway as they took part in their first Cluster Blitz of the 2011 season along with Bray Emmets and Naomh Olaf. Great performances all round showed they hadn't forgotten anything during the Winter break!
Karen Douglas scored twice as she made her debut for the County Under 16 team in a challenge match v Buffers Alley in Wexford.
Caressa O’Toole and Aisling McCabe made their refereeing debut as they took charge of the Ballyboden-Kilmacud-Cuala Under 12 Cluster Blitz played in Meadow Vale while our Senior Referee Con O Ceadaigh ran the line in Croke Park for the Division 1 National League fixture between Dublin and Kilkenny. Well done all. The Intermediates have a break from action for the next few weeks but continue to train on Saturday afternoons - new players are always welcome. The Under 11s have another Blitz next Sunday. Indoor Training continues in Shoreline, Greystones on Tuesday.
Entry to our Sports Prediction League on www.sportsprophet.ie is now closed. Our thanks to everybody who is playing. It will be a very interesting League as the points pile up throughout the international sporting season. Thanks to everyone for supportting our Club through this League and we hope you enjoy playing! Good Luck to all.
EIRE OG GREYSTONES
DINNER DANCE: Saturday night at the Éire Óg Annual Dinner Dance “bright lights shone on the fair ladies and brave men” of Éire Óg for the presentation of awards to those adjudged, by their mentors and their peers, to have made inputs thar an gnáth (out of the ordinary) on the playing fields at different grades. There was also an award, promoted by the club, to the person seen by the coiste to have made the greatest contribution to the well-being of the club in 2010. Appropriately enough the recipient of this award was a man whose daily routine involves him in the well-being of the community, Brendan Cuddihy.
John Wynne made a presentation to John Keane, a Mayoman (a significant badge in this time of political change), outgoing manager of the Intermediate team, on behalf of the players as a token of their appreciation for the happy but arduous year they had spent under his tutelage.
PLAYER AWARDS: Intermediate Footballer Darren Hayden was chosen Player of the Year but unfortunately he could not be on hand to receive his award. He was away in Fermanagh on county duty. Congratulations to him and his colleagues on their victory which has them on the dizzy heights at the top of Division 4. Hopefully they won't lose their nerve in their remaining games.
Lorcan Treanor earned the award of Intermediate Clubman for his reliability as the “last man standing” and in the all-round sense of the word.
Junior As Player of the Year went to Luke “Chopper” Bradley, the most dependable of half-backs, whose input is never less than whole hearted. Junior Clubman was James Kelly who also made an important contribution during the year to haute coiffure.
Junior C Lee McDonald, following in the footsteps of his father Mickey, a well-known cornerback in his time, received the accolade of Player of the Year and Glen Hayden, for his dedication and his contribution to the spirit of the team, was rated Club Player at this level.
Hurlers, minor footballers and ladies footballers, please don't take umbrage: tá bhur lá ag teacht (next week's notes).
The 2010 formbook would have indicated that the Junior As could have been quite shortodds favourites to defeat Avoca in the final of the Junior B League. But then one never knows how the long lay-off will affect the performance of the players and, true enough, there were near-audible rasps as rusty ball scraped in rusty socket. Despite all, form prevailed and the Éire Óg team had a comprehensive victory and were presented with the Gerry Finan Trophy, named after a Garda in Aughrim who suffered an untimely death, leaving a young family.
BEST WISHES: to minor footballers Niall Crosbie, Daniel Keane and Justin O'Brien who are on the county panel which plays Kilkenny in the first round of the Minor League at the weekend.