CUMANN NA MARA
The minor team started their league campaign with a good victory over Bray in Avoca on Sunday last. There were very good performances from Lauren Traynor, Megan Swart, Sarah Armstrong and Joy O'Brien.
Preparation is under way to take part in this years St. Patricks Day Parade in Arklow. We will meet at Pettits, time to be confirmed at training.
Training continues indoors at Avoca Manor on Tuesdays from 5.30 to 6.30 for under 12's and 6.30 to 7.30 for U18, U16 and U16 and in the CBS field on Thursdays for all players from 5.30 to 6.30, weather permitting. All new players welcome!
A great start to the Senior League on Friday night in Donard. When old rivals Carnew come to town you expect a championship like encounter and that is what we got.
From start to finish it was tough stuff and our very young team gave as good as they got.
Team was Dan Mann, Stephen Pierce, Brendan Daly, Colm Osbourne, Dermot Daly, Niall Curran, Turkey Daly, Subs; Shane Fisher and Alan Daly. We would like to wish Baltinglass and county player John McGrath a speedy recovery. John is a nephew of our handball star Gerry McGrath. Our ladies start their cup campaign on Friday night in Donard when we entertain Enniskerry. Lotto results for Monday last 28th February. There was no winner of the €3,000 and seven match threes. The winning numbers were 5, 13, 19 and 20
We are holding our Registration Day on Saturday, March 12, at 11 o'clock in the pitch. Also, training resumes the same morning for all ages - U12, U10, U8 and U6. All boys and girls aged four years and upwards are welcome. For further information contact Helen 087-6470422.
Our Under 8’s were in action on Friday night in Aughrim. Michael Anthony’s Glenealy team played three matches – they were unlucky to be beaten by Aughrim and also by our clubmates Gleann Fhaidhle. Michael Óg scored one goal in each of these matches. Our most exciting match was when we staged an amazing comeback against Arklow Rocks. We were 3 nil down, but thanks to 2 fantastic goals by Cole Byrne and another one by Michael Óg we snatched a draw. Well done to all the players.
Colm and Donal’s ‘Glenann Fhaidhle’ team had an enjoyable outing to Aughrim and over their three matches we ended up winning one, losing one and drawing one. Our win was over Michael Anthony’s ‘Glenealy’ team, with the small advantage of age showing here. We drew 1-1 with Arklow Rocks and were unlucky to lose to Michael Dwyers. Well done to Taylor Cahill who scored 2 of our 4 goals for the night and to all the lads who played their hearts out. Our Under 8s are really enjoying putting their skills to the test in actual match situations and are looking forward to the next two weeks in Aughrim. Keep up the good work lads. Our Under 10’s travelled to Arklow on Saturday for the Tom Ryan Indoor Tournament and while they didn’t have any success on the ‘pitch’ Ciarán is very proud of the lads for the effort they all put in – they never, ever, stopped trying. Tristan O’Toole and Oisín O ‘Neill showed great example in their hurling skills.
Our Under 16’s have recommenced training in the Indoor facilities at Rathnew. We are playing Ratoath on Saturday in a Leinster League Match.
Glenealy supplied an amazing 13 players to the county minor team on Saturday, 5th March, where the county team played in a minor county tournament in Ardee. The team manager is our own M A O’Neill. They played Co Down and Co Louth in the two matches
The following players took part: Warren Kavanagh, Cian Kelly, Aaran Nugent, John Manley, Ross O'Brien, Robin Farrelly, Steven Cody, Gavin Weir, Danny Staunton, Jamie Byrne, James Manley, Conor Linnane, Emmett Byrne.
TRAINING: U-6 Monday night 6-7pm. U-8 Tuesday night 5-6pm. In Glenealy Community Hall. New members are always welcome. Further details contact Sheila Driver 086 8683395.
Don’t forget lads, Hurling is all about luck – the more you practice the luckier you get!!
Well done to our u-16 hurlers who had a huge win over Kilmeshin of Meath, in the Leinster league early last week. It was a great display by all and the final score was 4-16 to 2-5. The lads will now take on Brownstown of Westmeath this weekend.
Hard luck to our senior footballers who had a narrow, disappointing defeat away to Donard last Friday evening. After a tough and physical first half, Carnew trailed by 0-5 to 0-3 at the break. However, Carnew started the second half the much stronger team and levelled the game up at 0-7 to 0-7 mid way through the second half. At this point it looked for all the world as if Carnew were going to push on for the win, however a combination of missed chances from Carnew, and good counter attacking by Donard, left the final score at 0-11 to 0-8. In fairness to Carnew, they fielded a weakened team, as they rested their county hurling players ahead of their crunch game with London. Scorers on the day were Brian Osborne and John Kavanagh with a point each from play, and Joe Murphy with six pointed frees.
Big congratulations to our county hurling representatives on their crucial win away to London on Sunday. Wicklow had it all to do at half time when they trailed by eight points. However, Wicklow fought back to win by the narrowest of margins of 1-15 to 1-14. Willie Collins, Graham Keogh, Liam Kennedy and Don Hyland all started the game, while Joe Murphy made a big impact off the bench and Ted Kennedy was also in the subs. There will be no let up for this Wicklow side as they take on Derry this Sunday in a double header with the footballers in Aughrim.
A reminder to all the girls in the town that u-13 and u-15 camogie training begins this Sunday, March 13th, at 12pm in the sports-field. All new members are welcome and encouraged to come.
Garden County Grand Development draw tickets are now available.This year, there is a €72, 000 prize fund that is spread over three draws, with some of the prizes including €15,000 and €10,000 cash. Get your tickets now from any committee member, at the cost of €60.
Anyone who is interested in helping out with our GAA float, for the Carnew St. Patrick’s Day parade, should contact Brian Doran or John O’ Hara. All help is appreciated.
Last week’s winning lotto numbers were: 5, 9, 10 and 13. There was no Jackpot winner, which has now risen to €5,400. The four lucky dip €50 winners were: Paul Whelan (C/O Willie Collins), Jack Kilbride (School Height), Kathleen Molloy (Tomacork) and Michael Kinsella Jnr (Umrigar).
No winner of this week’s Jackpot in the Ashford and Glenealy GAA Clubs Lotto. Numbers drawn were 3,7,8,21. However 13 people matched 3 numbers and won €30.00 each. Winners were Kitty Coady, Sheena Phelan, Henry Browne, Thomas Doyle Jnr., Pat O’Connor, Michelle Judge, Pat McDermott, Tommy Glynn, Daire and Jean, Catriona Hatton, Eamonn Delaney, Philip Dunne, Paul O’Brien. Winning tickets were sold by Centra 3, J. Coady, M. Phelan, T. Doyle, P. O’Connor, M. Purcell, T. Glynn, J. O’Shea, S. McDermott, P. Dunne and M. O’Brien. This week’s Jackpot €9,500.00.
The first match for Ashford in Division 2 of the County Football League will take place on Saturday next 12th March against Valleymount in Valleymount at 3pm. The next Committee Meeting will take place in the Yew Tree at 8.30 on Thursday 10th March at 8.30pm.
Tickets will be available next week for the Wicklow County Board Development Draw, this is an ideal opportunity to support Ashford GAA Club, remember the more tickets we can sell the bigger benefit to Ashford GAA Club. First Prize will be a car valued at €12,000, Second Prize a holiday valued at €5,000, Third Prize cash value €3,000, Fourth Prize cash value €2,000, Fifth Prize cash value €1,000, Sixth to Twenty Fifth Prize cash value €150. There will be three monthly draws at €20 per draw or €60 for all three draws. Please support your Club. To all our supporters who have taken advertising space in our ground we would like to say thank you and mention that for 2011 Electronic Scoreboard Advertising will cost €150.00 for the year and they will be issued with a €60.00 ticket for the three County Board Development Draws.
Membership Fees are now due and can be paid directly to Conor Behan 087 2376355 or Philip Doyle 087 2670661. We hope to have the Club Membership Application Forms available on line within the next two weeks.
Bray Emmet's Academy: Our Academy numbers continues to grow every Saturday morning. The Academy caters for boys and girls between the ages of 4 to 8 years on our 3G Pitch between 10am to 12 noon. We are still inviting boys and girls to join our academy. Just come along to Emmet Park, on Old Connaught Avenue and our Academy Co-coordinator, Anne Healy will provide you with all the information that you require. We provide coaching for the children in an enclosed, safe and friendly environment.
Under-9 and 10 year boys: Coaching also takes place on Saturday morning between 10am and 12 and on Tuesday from 6 to 7pm. Tom Kearney and Brian Lamb are the contact persons for those groups.
Football and Camogie Coaching: Coaching for girl's football for the age group 9 years to 14 years is on Monday from 6.15pm to 7.30pm and for Camogie from 7.30 to 8.30pm.
Boy's Minor and U-16 Football/ Hurling Players Meeting: There will be a meeting of our boy's minor and under 16 players on Friday next 11th March at 7.30pm sharp in Old Connaught. All players that have previously played have been notified and should attend before the 7.30 start time. Any other players who are interested in playing minor or under 16 football and hurling in 2011 are also welcome to attend.
St. Patrick's Day Parade: We will be taking part in our towns excellently run St. Patrick's Day Parade again this year. All our Juvenile players, boys/girls, are invited to represent the club in the Parade and we are asking parents and adult players to become involved also.
LADIES MINOR WICKLOW LEAGUE - BRAY EMMETS V CUMANN NA MARA: Our Girls played their first match of the League against Cumann na Mara in Avoca last Sunday afternoon. Our girls started very weak and we were twenty minutes into the game before we got our first score. They only put another point on the board before half time, and C Na Mara went in 2-4 up at the break. We came out a much stronger team in the second half, and soon had a goal and two points notched up from Alisha Doyle. The Girls started to play together as a team, and looked for every ball. Rachel Cunningham our captain caught every ball that came to her and with Jenny Ryan in the middle lead to Ashling Driver scoring her first goal and point. Lauren Rowe and Siofra Heffernan added the final goal and two points, leaving the score at C Na Mara 4-9 to Bray 3-4. All our girls put in a great team effort, and the score does not reflect the effort the girls put in. Well Done to C Na Mara
Team: Jenny Ryan, Avril Byrne, Sorcha Crimmins, Rachel Cunningham (Capt), Siofra Heffernan, Laura Mccarthy, Alisha Doyle, Emily Stephenson, Ashling Driver, Sinead Kelly, Cathy Waters, Cathy Goulding, Orlaithe Whelan, Lauren Rowe, Cliona Horgan and Lauren Barry.
GIRLS UNDER 12: Bray Emmets Girls U12 battled bravely in a very tough opening match in the Dublin league away to Na Dubhgall in Baldoyle. The opposition were much bigger and stronger but that didn't stop the Bray girls getting stuck in and there were some great performances. Eimear Martin was Brays best player on the day and scored a goal to cap a fine performance. Eve Cunnane was a great target for the midfielders and scored 1-1 and Allanah Douglas scored 2 points. Other strong performances from Allie Byrne, Katie Bagulay, Niamh McCormack, Nicole Ryan and Alison Carroll but the opposition were just too strong on the day.
UNDER 10 HURLING: The Under 10 hurlers were playing in the final round of the Tom Ryan Indoor tournament. The morning began against a sprightly Glenealy team. Both teams hurled with passion, but Bray benefitted from the fire-power of David Nesbitt (4-0) and the industry of Jamie Baguley (1-0). The second game saw us pitched against Arklow Whites, their A squad. Having lost to them last month Bray won this encounter 5-2. Opportunist strikes came from Conor Hardiman (2-0), Brian Nesbitt (1-0) and Rory Lambe (2-0).
Dé Sathairn seo chugainn, beidh muid san Inbhear Mór arís don Chraobh.
Emmet Bhré - Under 10. Brian Nesbitt (1-0), Conor Hardiman (2-0), Darragh McCormack, David Maloney, David Nesbitt (4-0), Jamie Baguley (1-0), Michael Timmons, Rory Lambe (6-0), Seán McDonagh.
Our Under 11s were busy as they played matches against Cuala, Naomh Olaf and Bray Emmets in a Go Games Blitz in Kilcoole. Well done to everybody who played: Caitlin O’Toole, Grace Bruton, Amy Byrne, Erika Bellamy, Ciara Treacy Keating, Chloe Longmore, Holly Bates, Megan Longmore, Sara Davis, Lauryn Coughlan and Aine Molloy as well as Kathleen Bevan, Ruth Kennedy and Niamh Dillon who got their first experience of playing in a match and did very well!
This is our last week in Shoreline, Greystones for Tuesday's Indoor sessions and then its back to Colaiste Chraobh Abhann on Tuesday, March 15th.
Don't forget that St Patrick's Day is coming up next week - get your flags and hats ready for the Greystones Parade! More details next week. Both Wicklow Under 16 and Junior teams were in action at the week-end, the U16s losing to Kildare in Championship and Juniors winning their challenge match v Clara from Co Kilkenny. Best wishes to Kilcoole players on both panels. Well done.
The Camogie Association's National Media Awards for 2010 were presented at a function in Croke Park on Saturday night. Wicklow received a Commendation for the County Final Programme - Congratulations to all involved. Well done to all winners from around the country - full details are available on www.camogie.ie.
U13 County Development Squad: We would like to congratulate all our players currently taking part in the u13 county development squad. This is a big challenge for these young players, but its one that they are well able for. Kilcoole is proud to have the following players represent the club, Jordan Murray, Conor Toole, Dylan O'Brien, Luke Evans, Ryan Heffernan, Conor Martin and Aaron McKenna. Keep up the good work!
Tom Ryan Indoor tournament: This Saturday 12th March, marks the finals day for our u10 and u12 hurlers in Arklow. The u12s will take part in the cup final and the u10s will take part in the shield final. Details will be confirmed by text, but your help will be counted on to bring players to Arklow. This is a big occasion for the young hurlers of Kilcoole, and we need to get down there and support them.
Membership: We are holding a 2nd membership registration day on Saturday 12th March from 2 to 4 pm in the Mill Room. Adults must attend with under 18's and students must show ID. Players cannot take to the field for Kilcoole GAA club unless they have registered by the end of this month.
Website: All club notes will be posted on our website, http://www.kilcoolegaa.ie/ and you will also find there a link to our facebook page.
EIRE OG GREYSTONES
JUVENILE TRAINING has resumed and the schedule is as follows: Mondays u-8 hurling 6.15pm, and u-8 football at 7.00pm. Indoor hurling at 6.30pm. Tuesdays: u-10 football 6.30pm. Wednesdays u-10 hurling and u-12 hurling, both at 6.30pm.
Girls u-12 training at 6.30pm Thursdays - the club has entered a team in county competitions.
Registration Parents are reminded that registrations take place on Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th between 6.00 and 8.00pm in the clubrooms.
DINNER DANCE PRESENTATIONS: Minor Football - Karl Manahan was chosen Player of the Year. Karl is a great reader of the game and his footballing skills are from the top drawer. His reactions in tight situations, at times bordered on the uncanny. He played a huge part in the team's championship victory. Thomas Gberbervie, a late comer to the game, received the award of Players' Player of the Year. His immaculate, gravity defying, fielding of the ball and his all-round athleticism delighted - “poetry in motion”. His intelligent play at centre-field ensured an effective passage of ball from backs to forwards. Minor Hurling - Gino Fusciardi was a deserving recipient of the accolade of Player of the Year. Gino took to the game of hurling from an early age and we can see why. There is a resonance between his physical and mental qualities and the demands of the game - bravery, athleticism and determination. The award of Club Player of the Year went to Hughie O'Neill. This award besides taking cognisance of Hughie's skills and his contribution on the field of play also carries with it a recognition of the leadership and sportsmanship he showed during the year. Junior Player of the Year - Martin Joyce was presented with this award. Martin, who comes of black and amber stock (not Enniskerry or Crossmaglen!), has been with the club since the beginning of the hurling revival. He joined at u-10 and has matured into a very effective player with a beautiful strike of the ball. The Club Person at this level was Brendan O'Donoghue, a very reliable player who showed excellent commitment and loyalty during the year.
Intermediate Hurler of the Year was James Kelly. Is there no end to the number of strings on this man's bow? He also featured in the Junior A football Roll of Honour for 2010. Simmering sibling envy in the Kelly household?! Club Player in this grade was Daniel “Doc” O'Connor. An award he truly earned. A man of calm temperament who goes about his defensive tasks with quiet efficiency and a solid reliability.
Peter Keane, slight of build but steely of soul, was honoured with a special award in recognition of his having been selected on the International u21 shinty/hurling team.
Cathaoirleach Fergus O'Brien presented Brendan Cuddihy with the award of Club Person of the Year. In his citation, Fergus referred to Brendan's contribution at all levels of hurling within the club and to his work as medical officer to the county's senior hurling and football teams. He also alluded to his role as the county's Officer for Children and to his commitment to the club's schools liaison programme. Finally in the process of thanking Brendan for his work as juvenile chairman in 2010 Fergus marvelled at his ability to effectively implement all these functions while carrying out his duties as President of the Wicklow Hospice fundraising committee.
LADIES' FOOTBALL: Aoife Gillen was chosen by her peers as their Player of the Year. They were impressed by her never faltering positivity and by her dedication both to the team and to training. Someone remarked “I have never seen her play a bad game”.
The mentors chose Lesley-Ann Long as their Player of the Year.
Lesley-Ann has been with the team since its formation and has been a dedicated and popular member through its many ups and downs. She is departing shortly for a year's sojourn in China where her brother, Karl, is a well-established businessman. Bon voyage to Lesley-Ann agus go neirí an t-ádh leí ann. She will be missed on the playing fields of Co. Wicklow.
What is a Club Dinner Dance without the cúpla focal? Indeed the Éire Óg Dinner Dance did have its speeches but mercifully they were of the donkey's gallop variety.
Ray Barry, Uachtarán-in-residence set the tone in his welcoming address which was unscripted, short and light hearted. The Coiste Chondae was represented at the dinner by Jackie Napier, and Coiste na n-Óg by Cathaoirleach, Damian Byrne. Jackie presented their Division 4 medals to the Junior As and Damian presented their A-championship medals to the minors. Jackie, a Bray Emmets man, spoke of the healthy rivalry between the clubs which was of the “no love lost” variety on the field but one of close co-operation off it. Damian complimented the minors on what he described as their exceptional feat in winning two consecutive A championships. Kevin Keyes senior, standing in for his son Alan who is President of the Rugby club, spoke of the connections his family had with Éire Óg. Alan in his time fielded for the club while son Kevin played at minor and intermediate level. Kevin junior in fact was a mentor with both the minor and Junior A teams of 2010.
Ciarán Hayden, Mayor of Greystones, was also a guest at the dinner. In his presentation Ciarán complimented Éire Óg on the role it was playing in the sporting and social life of Greystones. He assured the club that it was held in high regard in the community.