The Seniors face Tinahely at home next Saturday at 3pm, all support is welcome. Membership is now due, all players ,juvenile and adult,must be registered to play with the Club prior to training or playing matches. People can register online via our website through Paypal at www.hollywoodgaa.com. Deadline for all memberships is March 26th.
There will be an important Club Meeting on Wednesday 23rd March at 8pm in The Clubhouse. Membership will be accepted on the night.
Well done to the Wicklow Ladies on their victory over Limerick in Hollywood on Sunday and also to the County Football and Hurling sides as they maintained their unbeaten runs in the push for promotion.
We are collecting photos and paper clippings and suchlike from any era to be displayed in our Clubhouse. All are welcome to submit whatever they can in an attempt to show Hollywood and St.Kevins through the ages. Matches/Social Events/Work days/Match reports are all very much welcome.
Please drop anything you have for consideration to Ian Burke, they will be returned to you once copied.
Best wishes to Darragh Burke and Stephen Burke following recent surgery. Hard luck to the U14s beaten by Michael Dwyers in the Feile quarter final.
The Minors play St.Pats next weekend while the U16s play St.Pats at home on the 21st. Don't forget the St.Kevins Cake and Book Sale which takes place on 16th and 17th March in Hollywood Centre following masses,all bakers and buyers and readers are welcome.
Well done to Séan Phelan, Jason Bowes, Patrick Deering and David Hanlon who made their senior football debut against Blessington on Sunday last.The Dunlavin GAA committee would like to sincerely thank everyone who supported their recent Auction Night, by donating an item or buying on the night. It was a great success due to everyone's kindness.
Dunlavin GAA Lotto results for Monday 07th March were as follows. There were two match three winners, Paul Walsh and Padraig Hennigan who each received €125. Promoter's prize winner was Martin Caplis. Numbers were 01,04,23,30. Thanks to all for supporting this weekly lotto.
CUMANN NA MARA
Cumann na Mara plays its first under 14 league match next Sunday 20th March against Carnew at 3.00pm in Rooster Park, Avoca. This is a great day for the club as it is our first time to field an under 14 team. All suport welcome. The minor girls played their second league match last Sunday against Tinahely. The team played some very good open football in the first half and deservedly led by eight points at half time. In the second half a number of unforced defensive errors allowed a very strong Tinahely team back into the game and they ran out eventually very comfortable winners. The management are very pleased with the team's progress with visible improvement from game to game. Playing well were Emma Marshall, Elsabe Sharpe, Emma Harper, Sarah Armstrong, Aife Kavanagh and Shauna Fleming. The next minor match is fixed for Sunday 27th March.
The club is hoping to participate in the St Patrick's Day Parade in Arklow and full details will be given at training in Avoca Manor on Tuesday evening from 5.30pm to 7.30pm as usual. All new players welcome. Finally congratulations to Emma Marshall who has been selected as captain of the Wicklow Ladies County Under 16 team. We wish her every success in this role.
The clubs Lotto Draw will be held this Saturday 19th March in Leos. Jackpot is worth €2650 and is well worth winning with Easter just around the corner. Tickets are €2 and are available from players and members. Please have your tickets back by 9pm on Saturday, sold or unsold. Thanks to Davy and Mick who were up and at it early on Saturday morning marking the field for our first game of the league against Ashford. Well done to the lads who beat the visiting team, it was great to see some old and new faces playing. The team on the day was Paul Miley, Davy Fitz, Derek Reid, Johnny Cahill, Ben Cullen, Daragh Browne, Lar O'Brien, Steven Cahill, Steven Byrne (0-5), Jack Slattery (0-3), Declan Cahill (1-0), Mick Rick, Glen Cullen (1-0), Davy Miley (0-1) and Shay Geoghegan. The subs used were Andy Farrington and Mick Miley. Our annual Tea Party will be held in Donnie's Blessington Lakes Golf Club in April. More details to follow in the coming weeks. Training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8pm for both Intermediate and Jun C teams. Membership is due by 17th March for both the Ladies and Lads teams. Please pay this as soon as you can to be eligible to play for your respective teams. The Club extends it sympathies to the bereaved family and friends of Mark Doyle.
Reminder to all in Blessington that the Paddy Magee Memorial Match between Blessington and Ballymore takes place on St Patrick's Day at 11.30am in the Blessington Pitches. Please come along to show your support. It will be a great start to the day.
On Saturday the 12th March the U14 Feile A team played Tinahely in Kiltegan in the quarterfinal. After a heavy downpour the game started a little late. In the first half, Blessington went ahead 29 to 0-0 but credit to Tinahely they managed to make a come back but a little too late as the final score was 2-13 to 1-1. Blessington now face Michael Dwyers on Saturday 19th March in the semi final. The final of the feile is due to be held on Saturday 24th March. Fingers crossed that Blesso can make it a double. Unfortunately, our second team cannot continue their journey as all the other teams have pulled out of the competition. Our under 16s kept up their winning ways on 12th March in the Leinster League with a great away win over a very good Dunshaughlin team. The lads played with great heart and spirit. It was real championship pace all the way. We got some great scores at crucial times. Full-time score Blessington 2-9, Dunshaughlin 2-8. Next game is the Leinster league semi finals at home at 4 pm against Killeshin from Laois. The U-16 team start the league on Monday 14th March with an away game in Baltinglass at 7.30pm and round 2 another away game versus Newtown on Monday 21st March. Our minor winter league game versus Tinahely in Carnew was cancelled on Sunday 13th March as we could only field 11 players. We now play round 3 of the winter league on Sunday 29th March versus Kilcoole. Hurling for U11s continue in the astro every Monday for the month of March 7pm-8pm.
EIRE OG GREYSTONES
Football: Tosach maith leath na h-oibre were words that used to appear on the packaging of some paint products in that dim and distant past when pigs drank wine and turkeys smoked tobacco. With their use the manufacturer was implying that in choosing his superior material you were gaining such an advantage that you were already half-way to the desired end. In our case we are optimistically applying it to our Junior As victory over Coolkenno in the opening round of Division 3 of the county league and hoping that this victory is a portent to a good run in the competition. The manner of the victory, even if we include the reservation that the Éire Óg's preparation was further advanced than that of the opposition and that they lasted the pace better, would indicate that this expectation might not be altogether vain. The consensus was that we had witnessed a good game of football which delighted in its skills, its sportsmanship and its contesting. The Éire Óg team is a young team with many of the players having graduated in the last few years from minor ranks and their youthful energy was yeast to a game which effervesced with youthful exuberance. There were many positives in the Éire Óg play - well-taken points, many at the end of pitch-length movements executed at speed, four well-taken goals, a high kick to hand-pass ratio, very little cross-field movement and, considering the pace of the game, relatively few passes were misdirected. In general, also, players dispatched the ball with alacrity and avoided “taking it into contact” which is the author of much that can spoil a game of Gaelic football.
At corner back Brian Gubbins was the epitomé of reliability while outside him in the half-back line Luke “Chopper” Bradley caught some great ball and curbed many a threat. Emmet Bollard shaped well at full-forward and Johnny “the Bullet” Groome was involved in much of the forward play and was a constant menace to the Coolkenno goal. James Kelly was prominent at centre-field and was equally effective when moved to fullback. Gino Fusciardi was tireless in his efforts and dazzled with his speed. He bagged himself a goal and some fine points.
The Intermediates had a very useful workout against Killeniska of Laois on Monday night in a game played at pace and replete with the skills of high fielding and long accurate kicking which made for a very enjoyable spectacle.
Juveniles: Our u-10 hurlers had their 1st outing for 2011 when they played against Carnew at the interval of the Division 3 National Hurling League game v Derry in Aughrim. The game ended in a draw. The children took great joy from playing on the big pitch before the large crowd and they extend a sincere go raibh maith agat to Colm Gaskin for making the arrangements.
U-16 is a very important age-level in juvenile football. It is the age at which many young lads develop other interests and their appetite for the game is blunted. It is vital, however, for continuity in any club that this appetite not be lost so one was delighted to see 20 of our u-16s in action against Kilcoole on Wednesday night. There were some very nice young footballers on view. The team is scheduled to play a series of pre-season friendlies over the next few Monday nights and would be pleased to welcome new players on board.
Lá Fhéile Pádraig faoi shéan is faoi mhaise dhíbh go léir amárach (Happy St. Patrick's Day to you all) even though one wonders what we modern Irish are celebrating on St. Patrick's Day. It is certainly not the man himself or what he stood for or the culture in which his heritage bloomed. Is not our 21st century liberated and globalised society actively trying to divest itself of these inherited trappings with spurn and with mockery? A friend of mine inquired of his secondary school students what they knew of St. Patrick and his legends and discovered that their knowledge of the saint and his doings hovered at or near zero. Should not then the transparency and the honesty which we have been promised in the country's new dawning demand that another name more appropriate to the newly-found maturity of our multi-cultural nation be found for the 17th March? Is there not also the danger that the shamrock with its Christian connotations carries the potential to offend against political correctness?
Comhbhrón: We buried Tom Loftus on Wednesday. Tom, a Roscommon man, at one time contested for the position of Uachtarán of the GAA. Seeking only to serve and searching no recompense save that of seeing our games live on he epitomised what is best in the ethos of our organisation. He acted as Rúnaí to 3 different Cathaoirligh of the now defunct (a most retrograde step) North-East Juvenile Board - the late Ned Coughlan, the late Matt Kelly and our own Patsy Vickers (20 years). Guímid leaba dó i measc na naomh agus ar dheis dé go raibh a anam uasal.
A massively under strength senior team put up a heroic performance before going under to a last minute goal by St Pat's in Wicklow town on Sunday morning.
Bray travelled with only 16 players in their squad as a rash of injuries and illness to a number of regulars allied to county duty and unavailability due to work and study commitments meant the team were down to the bare bones.
But credit to the players on duty in the performance they delivered. They showed a great energy and willingness to work which was refreshing with the like of Mo Doyle (two points from the corner back), Rory Breslin, Eoghan Wogan and John Henderson playing out of their skins in unfamiliar roles. The return from long term injury of Ronan Cunningham had a massive bearing on the early proceedings as his aerial power gave Bray a decided advantage in the midfield area where both Brian O'Keeffe and Dave Farrell were in superb form. Cunningham got injured shortly before half time and that curtailed the team's dominance thereafter.
With a stiff breeze aiding them, Bray led by 1-6 to 0-2 at half-time. Conor Power, who also got injured in the first half, got the first score after a run reminiscent of his minor glory days and another underage star Eoghan Wogan was a revelation in attack and scored a goal to prove his worth away from his normal corner-back position.
Farrell scored two great points and Rob Ryan and Cunningham also raised white flags to give Bray a fighting chance on the resumption.
Pats as expected came on strong with the wind at their back and two great points from Bray suggested they might hold out. Pats, minus their county stars, used their bench wisely and kept the points ticking over, a goal at the death separated the teams in the end.
On a day when the clubs involved would have preferred to have put the match postponed, one can only salute both sets of players for making it a gripping game. The two teams showed great pride in their respective jerseys with a commitment which was laudable and exemplary for younger members watching.
The team would liked to have marked Paddy Moynihan's 30th birthday on Saturday night with a win and wish him well in his enforced retirement through injury. We hope Paddy continues to be part of us as the season unfolds.
Bray Emmets: P O'Keeffe; R Breslin, P Barry, M Doyle (0-2); C Power (0-1), M Browne, A Murphy (0-1); B O'Keeffe, D Farrell (0-2); T Denver, J Henderson, R Cunningham (0-1); R McAnespie, R Ryan (0-1f), E Wogan (1-0). Sub D O'Sullivan for R Cunningham (inj).
Senior Ladies Cup 2011: Bray Emmet's v Blessington - Our Senior Ladies played their first match of the Senior Cup against Blessington in Old Connaught last Friday Evening. Our girls started very strong and it was not long before Alisha Doyle found the back of the net. She was to add another goal and two point to her tally. Avril Bryne, Aoife O'Donovan, and Sorcha Crimmins had a stormer of a game. Cathy Goulding played in goal for the first half and made some excellent saves. Five of the Senior Ladies team Caroline Bolger, Siobhan Egan, Eileen Henley, Sinead Boland and Karen O'Reilly had brilliant games. But on the night the Lady of the match has to go to Ashling Driver, who put away three goals and it only her second time playing Gaelic. All our girls put in a great team effort, due mainly to the time they have put into their training. Well Done. Final score Bray 6 - 4pts Blessington 4pts
Caroline Bolger, Siobhan Egan ,Eileen Henley, Karen O'Reilly, Sinead Boland (3pts), Cathy Goulding (1gl), Avril Byrne, Sorcha Crimmins, Aoife O'Donovan, Alisha Doyle (2gl 2pts), Ashling Driver (3gls)
Junior Hurlers: A Junior hurling selection played Ballyboden Sunday morning. Weather conditions were excellent for a sporting and competitive fixture against the aristocratic Firhouse Hurling club. Cillian Ó Maolmhuaidh defended laudably while Eoin Mason got some top-drawer scores. In the second half, Dara Maloney's strength and Paddy O'Toole's tenacity made the difference. Sweet scores came from Enda (0-1) and Cillian (1-0) Ó Maolmhuaidh, while John Ward distributed cleverly.
Cé go raibh an bua ag Baile Buadáin, bhaineamar go léir taitneamh is tairbhe as.
We always welcome new players and the team details are available on the club website www.brayemmets.com
Emmet Bhré - Dara Maloney (1st half), John Ward, Cillian Ó Maolmhuaidh (1-0), Billy Brazil, Eoin Mason (0-3), Owen Brazil, Willy Nolan, Killian Foley (Cúl báire sa dara leath), Enda Ó Maolmhuaidh (0-1), Paddy O'Toole, Brian Lambe. Bainisteoir : Kieran Delaney.
Under-10 Hurling: The Under 10 hurlers played in the finals of the Tom Ryan Indoor tournament on Saturday last. This was an exciting climax to weeks of enjoyable intense hurling. We began the morning against Michael Dwyers - a very tall and powerful side. They defeated us heavily and it took time to pick the team back up. However, in the second match, we fought a very evenly contested game against Arklow Whites - the eventual winners. We had more shots on goal but couldn't rattle the back of their net unfortunately. Final score 2-0.
Special thanks to Brenda Maloney for the very generous goodie bags and to Paul Baguley for being the team photographer.
Táimid ag traenáil arís ar an Satharn i bPáirc Emmet Bhré ag 10am. A reminder that Club membership for 2011 is currently due.
We always welcome new players and the team details are available on the club website www.brayemmets.com
Emmet Bhré - Under 10. Aaron Graham, Brian Nesbitt, Conor Hardiman, Darragh McCormack, David Maloney, David Nesbitt, Jamie Baguley, Michael Timmons, Rory Lambe, Seán McDonagh.
Tom Ryan Indoor tournament: Last Saturday, our u10 and u12 hurling teams travelled to Arklow for the finals of the Tom Ryan tournament. Both teams contested the shield finals, with the u10's very unlucky not to win. However the u12s were rewarded by a great display, taking home the shield. It's great to be taking home silverware, and we should be proud of both teams. The club will organise a special event for the players, details to be confirmed shortly. We'd like to thank all the players and supporters for your commitment since November in taking part in this tournament. We can look forward now to the upcoming season.
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!
Membership: Time is running out to register to play for the club. If you are a member, but have not paid registration for this year, contact a committee member right away.
St Patrick's Day Parade: We will take part in the St. Patrick's Day parade in Greystones. Anyone interested in taking part please contact Colm at 0879473164 or Gerry at 0868854198.
The Camogie playing season is getting underway slowly but surely with our 3rd team taking to the fields next week-end. On Suday morning the Under 11s travel to Naomh Olaf in Sandyford for their last Blitz before their mini league starts on March 27. Meet in Naomh Olaf at 11.30. The Intermediates play Avondale at home in the League at12 noon. The Under 8s have their first outing of the year when they take part in a Blitz in Lucan at 10 am. Meet at Kilcoole Church at 9 am - parents to provide transport.
The Big Event this week is of course St Patricks Day and the Greystones Parade!! Players of all ages as well as parents and friends are invited to walk with us - please meet in the Greystones Park and Ride at11.20 - Wear your Green and Gold - lots of it!! The Parade moves off at midday.
Indoor Training returns to Colaiste Chraobh Abhann on Tuesday. Thanks to Shoreline and their very helpful staff for their hospitality during our time there. Membership fees for 2011 are now due - please submit at Training asap so that all players can be registered and insured.