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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!

DONARD-GLEN

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

DONARD-GLEN JU­VE­NILES

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.

GLE­NEALY JU­VE­NILES

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!!

CARNEW

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).

ASH­FORD

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 EM­METS

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.

KIL­COOLE CAMOGIE

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.

KIL­COOLE

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.

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