Arklow Racquetball Club
The Arklow Racquetball Club championships continued over the last two weeks.
First on the agenda was the men’s B singles. This title was won by Michael Barnes (jnr) after a great contest with young Paddy Dodd. Barnes was just that bit too strong for Dodd and after some top class racquetball ran out a clear winner .
The C championship was also played and this was between Jim Doyle and Pat Doyle. Jim Doyle last won this title in 1996 and was determined to take it for a second time.
This was a hard-fought match and it turned out in favour of Jim Doyle and after a lapse of 15 years he went on to take the title.
The men’s D was the last to be played for and this was between Billy O’Keeffe and Niall Barnes. It turned out to be a real thriller with a game each the stage was all set for a tie-breaker.
The score still remained close at nine all it was O Keeffe who made the rush for the finish line and took the title by a 11-9.
The club are now hoping to organise the women’s championships and also the Junior in the near future.
Arklow have entered two teams in the national team championships. Men’s open are Adam Neary and Joe Farrell and women’s Susan Farrell and Toni Neary .
Castlebar is the venue and the club wish them every success in their quest for honours.
Arklow are now making arrangements for the staging of the 27th Arklow Irish Open this will be held on the May Bank holiday weekend, and it looks like we will have some competitors from the United States as some of our old friends are thinking of travelling over.
The club would like to announce that Junior coaching continues every Thursday Night from 7 to 9. Any juniors who would like to play racquetball are welcome. There are almost twenty juniors playing every Thursday night.
We would like to thank all who supported our bag packing last weekend in Dunne’s Stores Bridgewater especially our Juniors who turned up to do the packing.
Wicklow Rovers AFC
The first team played two games this week, first up was Tolka Rovers away on Tuesday night, the lads travelled knowing that they required three points to keep their title hopes alive and they duly obliged winning by four goals to one. Andrew Broe scored his first goals since rejoining the club when he hit a double, Peter Finnegan scored his fourteenth of the season and Ian Brannigan completed the tally in a very impressive win. On Sunday they made the long journey to Tipperary to take on last years beaten finalists St Michaels FC in the last 16 of the FAI Junior Cup and were disappointed to lose out on a 4-0 scoreline. St Michael’s would be one of the strong favourites for the competition and it will take a good side to beat them. A date for your diary is Saturday the 19th of March, this is the day the first team take on Sandyhill Celtic from Ballymun in the quarter-finals of the Leinster Junior Cup, the match takes place in the Whitegates with a 2 o’clock kick-off so come on out and cheer the lads on. It would be nice to see a large crowd in the Whitegates to support the lads so please come down and cheer the team, all support would be very much appreciated especially at thie vital stage of the competition. It’s a big achievement to reach this stage of the competition and the extra support can only spur them on.
The second team travelled to Bray to take on fourth placed St Fergal’s and came away with all three points in a great 4-1 win to keep them in the title shake up, the reverse fixture at the Whitegates back in October ended all square but the lads made no mistake this time round. Goals from Cathal Moody, Conor Tobin, Seán Tobin and Ken Doyle earned them the three points to keep their title hopes alive.
The third team recorded a comfortable 6-0 win at home to Aughrim Rangers in their pursuit of a top four place, Jonathan O’Connor hit a splendid hat-trick while Edward Dunne, Timmy Kelly and John Paul Dunne scored singles.
The youths played Glencormac for the second week running, after a 3-2 defeat last week they fared better this week playing out a scoreless draw with their visitors, their improvement in form is down to a lot of hard work from manager Donal Marron.
The under 13 girls team went down 6-0 to a very strong Peamount side.
In the hat-trick corner this week we have under 8E player Rob Hoffman who hit his second hat-trick of the season in his teams 4-2 away success over Carnew and Jonathan O’ Connor who hit a splendid hat-trick for our Division 3 senior team in their comfortable 6-0 home victory over Aughrim Rangers on Sunday morning, well done Rob and Jonathan.
Our soccer academy is on every Saturday morning (weather permitting) in the Whitegates all weather pitch at 11 o’clock, so for fun and games while learning the skills of the game come to the Whitegates from 11 until 12 under the guidance of experienced coach Johnny Dunne. The academy is open to boys and girls from the age of three upwards.
Club gear is available from our club shop, if anyone wishes to purchase club gear you can contact Franny Copeland at 0872230063 or email him at email@example.com. The following is a list of the gear and prices:Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Senior €12; Tracksuit-Junior €45, Senior €57; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Senior €28; Rainjacket-Junior €30, Senior €37; Hoodie-Junior €20, Senior €26. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rainjackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players initials free of charge if requested.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
For all news regarding the club check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com.
Under-12 Division 2 Shield - Wicklow Rovers C 0, Enniskerry A 9: The home team started this game very well by putting their visitors under pressure in the first ten minutes. In the fifth minute Scott Griffin was put through only to be denied by a last ditch block from an Enniskerry defender. Dillon Cahill went close three minutes later when he fired over. The away side were gradually finding their way into the game and went ahead on thirteen minutes, Lee Cleere pulled off a great save but had no chance with the follow up. Lee Cleere made another good save down low at the near post a couple of minutes later. Rovers broke up field and Scott Griffin was unlucky to see his shot go narrowly wide. Lee Cleere was in inspired form in the goal with another three top class saves to keep the score at 1-0. In the space of five minutes before the break Enniskerry added three goals to go in at the break four up. The second half saw the away side totally dominate, Grainne McGuinness and Conor Clack made timely interventions to deny the away side but the pressure finally told with three goals in the space of eight minutes, with ten minutes remaining man of the match Lee Cleere pulled off another marvellous save and Conor Clack was on hand to head the follow up off the line. Enniskerry added two more goals before the final whistle. Lee Cleere was fantastic in the goal and was ably assisted by Grainne McGuinness, Conor Clack, Dillon Cahill and Scott Griffin.
Squad: Lee Cleere, Grainne McGuinness, Calum Rae, Conor Clack, James Lewins,Dillon Cahill, Scott Griffin, Jack Doran, Jack Brohan, Corey O’Neill, Harry Curley, Sean Whelan.
Presentation night: 25th March in The Pint Depot, Carnew at 9 p.m. Everyone is welcome and we would love everyone who helped and participated on the day to come along on the night. There will also be the presentation of the best dressed shop.
Facebook page: Carnew AFC has set up a facebook page so why not join us, to keep track of any upcoming events, game fixtures results etc. It was a busy weekend for the club, with all teams playing with a mix of results.
Senior men: Enniskerry 4, Carnew 1: A good performance was put in by all, Eugene Jordan scored on the day.
Under-15: Arklow Celtic 0, Carnew 14: The boys travelled to Arklow on Saturday and won their league in style with 14 goals. A great performance was put in by all. Well done to Pat and Mick, on your win. Scorers on the day were Paul Murphy, Conal McCrea, John Fleming, Wayne Kinsella, Keith Farrell all scoring two each. Luke Brennan scored one and Ger Lyons scored a hat-trick.
Under-12 Shield: Aughrim 2, Carnew 7: A great team performance was put in on the day, with Cathal Doyle scoring a hattrick, Lorcan Rossitter, Adam Doyle, Rhys Gaynor and Conor Mulholland each scoring one.
Under-10 Cup first round: Carnew 1, Roundwood 1, full time (Penalties Carnew 3, Roundwood 2): A great team performance was put in by all, with the team getting its first win of the season, and going through to the next round of the cup. At full-time both teams were tied, with Ollie Mcellen scoring in the match. Pressure was on then with penalties to be taken. Aoibhinn Myres, Adam Hughes and Jack Nolan scoring theirs leaving the opponents with one left to take, which could have brought them to sudden death, but John Holmes saved the day, giving Carnew their first win in style. A special thanks goes to James McGing, who stepped in at the last minute, when the team was a man down. Well done to all.
Under 9: Arklow town B 2, Carnew 2: The under 9s started their Shield round on Saturday, with what was a very good game. It took the guys a while to get going but in the second half Carnew came out fighting, and Adam Quinn scored two great goals. Tom Kinsella came off injured and unfortunately could not go back on to play. Cormac Redmond played a great game, along with Owen young, overall there was a great team performance put in by all on the day.
Under-8: Carnew 2, Wicklow Rovers 4: The boys played a great game, with Ben Gilligan scoring two goals on the day.
Wicklow Town AFC
Wicklow Town’s Premier team took on Richmond Rovers in a top of the table clash at Finlay Park on Sunday. Both teams played great football and Wicklow won 1-0 thanks to Mark Delaney strike five minutes from time. The lads played great all over and deserved the win to keep them top of table. Well done Eamon and Dido.
The Division 3 team were away to Fairwood who are the league leaders. Thomas Duffy put Town ahead through a peno, Fairwood drew level, 1-1 at the break. Town went back in front with a screamer from Brendan Cox, Bobby Quinn added two more for a massive 4-1 win to the Town, this was yet another great team performance, well done lads.
Our over-35's bowed out of the cup to Griffith Rovers losing 6-2. Unlucky lads, still the league there for us to win this season.
U-8As wre away to Rathnew and claimed all three points with a 5-2 win, Jack Fox with a hat-trick, Dylan Doyle and Matthew Ryan with the other important goals, this was a great team performance, well done all, good football played by both teams.
There will be a clothing recycling drive in aid of the club on the week of April 3rd. You can drop off your bags at the club for collection on the 9th, the items below can be used and those that can’t, if you require any further info contact me MARY on 086 8737664.
Items you can donate are all clean clothes, bed linen, towels,curtains, shoes, bags, belts, soft toys etc. Please do not bring duvets or pillows, you can donate mobile phones but these must be kept separate. No household or bric-abrac items please.
Co. Wicklow Lawn Tennis Club
Winter Dublin Leagues round-up: Men's - 27/02/11 - Class 1 v Templeogue 1 (Lost 2-1). Ro. Shanley and S. Martin lost 7/5 6/3. C. Murray and B. Sammon lost 6/1 6/4. Tadgh O'Connell and M. Nolan won 6/3 1/6 7/5.
Ladies' - 27/02/11 - Class 3 - Round of 16 play-off v Wicklow Town 1 (Won 2-1). L. Cooper and A. O'Neill lost 6/3 6/3. M. Dowling and C McAndrew won 2/6 6/4 6/2. J. Jones and D. Colleran won 7/5 6/3.
Men's - 06/03/11 - Class 1 v Carrickmines 1 (Won 3-0). C. Murray and C. Casey won 6/7 6/2 6/0. P. Vance and R. Shanley won 6/4 7/5. Ro. Shanley and S. Martin won 6/3 7/6.
06/03/11 - Class 4 Quarter-Final play-off v Clontarf 4 (Lost 3-0). G. Boyle and C. McDonnell lost 6/1 6/3. G. Healy and K. Rafferty lost 6/4 6/2. O. Murphy and M. Condren lost 6/3 7/5.
Ladies' - 06/03/11 - Class 3 Quarter Final play-off v Glenalbyn 2 (Lost 2-0). F. Walsh and A. O'Neill lost 6/3 6/2. M. Dowling and C. McAndrew lost 6/3 4/6 6/1. J. Jones and D. Colleran didn't finish winning 7/6 4/4. Class 4 Quarter Final playoff v Rathgar 3 lost (2-1). B. Flynn and B. Jones lost 6/2 5/7 6/1. R. Paul and C. Baguley won 6/3 7/5. M. Carroll and M. Cronin lost 6/0 6/3. Class 5 Quarter Final play-off v Castleknock 4 (Lost 2-1). V. Lacey and M. Butler won 6/3 6/1. K. Corrigan and S. Woods lost 6/3 6/4. H. McAndrew and C. Power lost 6/1 6/4.
Newtown Juniors FC
Goals for our teams were scarce last weekend as from six games played we recorded two wins, one draw and three defeats. Our under 8's travelled to Wicklow to take on Rovers and came away with a 2-1 victory thanks to goals from Dylan Fitzsimons and Jamie Dodd. The 9's lost 1-0 at home to St. Peters in a game were they struggled to get going. It was a home defeat for the under 10's as well losing 3-0 to Avonmore. Best for the 10's were Cian Walsh, Darren Magee and Melanie Clarke. A blank day in front of goal for the 13's as they could only manage a scoreless draw at home to Greystones in the Shield. Best were Darren Walsh and Ross Davis.
The faint title hopes for our Girl's under 13's have all but gone after a 2-0 away defeat to Templelogue United. The hosts scored inside the first minute and added their second in the last five minutes, but credit to the girl's they kept battling until the end but couldn't convert the many chances they created. Our Girl's under 15's won 2-1 away to Broadford Rovers. On a pitch clearly showing the scars of winter goals from Amy Murphy and Georgina Canavan secured all three points. Best players on the day were Jane Fagan, Laura O'Neill and Chantelle Owens.
The following are the fixtures for the week-ending Saturday 12th/Sunday 13th March: Under 8's at home to Enniskerry ko Saturday at 11am; Under 9's at home to Greystones ' C' ko Saturday at 12pm; Under 10's away to Greystones ' A' ko to be confirmed; Under 12's away to Enniskerry ko to be confirmed; Under 13's at home to St.Anthonys ko Sunday at 10am; Girl's U-13 at home to Brookfield Celtic ko Sunday t.b.c.; Girl's U-15 at home to Evergreen (Kilkenny) ko Sunday at 2pm (Leinster cup semi-final). Fixtures and kick-off times are subject to change.
In our Golden Goals the winner from the Arsenal versus Birmingham City match were as follows; €60 - 28th minute - Martin Connors c/o K. Connors; €20 - 27th minute - Hughie Nolan; €20 - 29th minute - still to be confirmed.
This week's game was the match between Liverpool and Man. United.
Players celebrating birthdays in the coming week are Chelsee Snell from our girl's under 13's and Dion Doyle from our under 12's.
Happy birthday Chelsee and Dion from all at Newtown Juniors F.C. The club would like to send its condolences to the Merriman family from Newcastle on their recent bereavement.
The club have some of our teams taking part in the John Giles Foundation 'Walk of Dreams' which takes place on Sunday 27th March at venues throughout the country. 50 per cent of all monies raised go to the club and the other 50 per cent goes to the Foundation. For more information log on to www.johngilesfoundation.com.
There will be a meeting for all committee members and managers on Wednesday, 9th March (tonight) at 7 pm in the Community Centre. All are requested to attend.
For all queries/matters relating to the club contact Hughie at 087-6987653 or visit our website www.newtownjuniors.com.