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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 fcopeland8@gmail.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 jimmy.nolan09@hot­mail.com

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.

Carnew AFC

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.

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