GRASS­ROOTS

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COOLKENNO

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

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.

AGB JU­VE­NILES

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.

KIL­TE­GAN

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

AN­NACURRA

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.

AVON­DALE

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

BLESS­ING­TON

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 hugh.kenny.games­man­ager.wick­low@gaa.ie 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.

BALT­IN­GLASS

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.

DONARD-GLEN

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.

ST. PA­TRICK’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.

KIL­COOLE CAMOGIE

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.

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