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CLARA JU­VE­NILES

The U-16 train­ing is still con­tin­ing ev­ery tues­day night at 7pm in Laragh. Their first match will be against An Tochar in Round­wood on April 12th at 7pm. All sup­port would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated. U12’s train­ing will com­mence on thurs­day April the 7th in Laragh at 7pm. Clara hood­ies are still on sale con­tact any com­mit­tee mem­ber. Clara ju­ve­niles will be in­volved in a fund rais­ing bag pack­ing event in Centra su­per­mar­ket - Rath­drum on the 29th and 30th of April and again all sup­port is wel­come.

NEW­CAS­TLE

Our Divi­sion 3 foot­ball cam­paign got off to a pretty shaky start with a seven points de­feat against Knock­ananna, how­ever the score­line didn't re­ally re­flect the ef­fort put in by the team or the chances cre­ated. But the lads knew that an im­prove­ment was go­ing to be needed against neigh­bours and Ju­nior B foot­ball cham­pi­ons Rath­new and an im­prove­ment was cer­tainly de­liv­ered. How­ever de­spite clock­ing up an im­pres­sive 1-10 on on the score­board, a suc­ces­sion of soft need­less frees and a penalty at the other end handed the ad­van­tage to Rath­new who win by a score­line of 1-13 to 1-10. Scor­ers for New­cas­tle were Shane Cloake (0-4), Rob­bie O Gara (0-4), Rob Daly (0-1), Johnny O Brien (0-1) and Brian Thompson (1-0). New­cas­tle Expo took place last Sun­day with the club host­ing one of the stands. There was a great turnout from all sec­tions of the com­mu­nity and there was great in­ter­est in the kids GAA camp due to start in New­cas­tle Easter week for 4-8 year olds. Any­one else who is in­ter­ested, please con­tact any mem­ber of the com­mit­tee.

CARNEW EM­METS

Well done to our se­nior hurlers who beat St. Pere­grines of Blan­chard­stown on Satur­day in the Le­in­ster League. The game was tight through­out, but Carnew were de­served win­ners on a fi­nal score of 2-9 to 0-12. Timmy Collins’s two goals were the real dif­fer­ence be­tween the sides, and Michael Collins’s three points were all well taken also. TJ Hennessy and Diar­muid “Big Lad” Do­ran were also hugely im­pres­sive; both pick­ing up two points each. Carnew’s last game in the group will be away to Mon­ageer, with the ex­act date still to be con­firmed.

The U-16 hurlers had yet an­other big win in their Le­in­ster League cam­paign, as they beat Rose­nal­lis of Laois over the week­end by 3-16 to 0-8. This is a very strong U-16 team, and they will now go on to play St. Peters of Dun­boyne in the Divi­sion 3, Le­in­ster-League fi­nal, in a cou­ple of weeks.

Our Mi­nor hurlers were also in­volved in a blitz on Sun­day. They were nar­rowly beaten by Gle­nealy in their first game, but then went on to com­fort­ably beat St. Pats in their fi­nal game. Our Mi­nors are out again this week­end, this time in foot­ball, as they take on Balt­in­glass on Sun­day morn­ing, at 11am in the Sports-field; a good crowd would be ap­pre­ci­ated.

Congratulations to our county hurl­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives, who de­spite los­ing out to Ar­magh on Sun­day se­cured their place in the Divi­sion 3A na­tional league hurl­ing fi­nal. The fi­nal will be played against Derry on the 17th of April, with pro­mo­tion to Divi­sion 2 up for grabs.

This is a busy week on the Camogie scene. Firstly our U-12 girls launch their camogie ca­reers this Fri­day evening, when they take part in a blitz in Knock­ananna. The U-8’s, 10’s, 12’s and 13’s all then have train­ing at 12pm on Sun­day, and fi­nally the Ladies team will take on Kil­coole this Sun­day af­ter­noon also.

A quick re­minder to any­one who couldn’t make the Ju­ve­nile reg­is­tra­tion day on Sun­day, that all Ju­ve­nile mem­ber­ship is now due. The rates for the com­ing year are: €20 for a child, or €30 for a fam­ily.

An­other quick re­minder that any­one who is in­ter­ested in trav­el­ling down to Kil­lar­ney on the 9th of April, to sup­port our Nov­elty Act in the All-Ire­land Scór Fi­nal, should con­tact Emma Culkin in re­la­tion to tick­ets.

GLE­NEALY JU­VE­NILES

On Fri­day night our U-8’s trav­elled to Aughrim for the Cup, Shield and Plate Fi­nals. Michael An­thony’s Gle­nealy team had a great win over the even­tual cup win­ners. This helped them to jump out of the Plate Fi­nal and into the Shield Fi­nal. They lost to a stronger team, but at the end of the day, the fu­ture of hurl­ing in Gle­nealy looks good. Cian Doyle, Mikey Mer­ri­gan, PJ Jame­son and Evan Mitchell played re­ally well.

Colm and Donal’s Gleann Fhaídhle team had a very ex­cit­ing first match and drew with Ark­low Rocks. This left them in third place over­all and earned them a place in the Shield Fi­nal. The lads played their hearts out and were de­lighted to se­cure a win – even though it was at the ex­pense of their club mates Gle­nealy. Well done to Spenser who only took up hurl­ing three weeks ago and scored a goal!

Colm, Dónal and Michael An­thony, would like to thank all the lads for their ded­i­ca­tion, the par­ents for trav­el­ling and to Aughrim GAA for a well or­gan­ised competition.

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.

It’s great to see the clocks go­ing for­ward and very soon. The Park will ring with the sweet sound of the clash of the ash from ev­ery age group. Re­mem­ber lads – hurl­ing is all about luck – the more you prac­tice the luck­ier you get.

AUGHRIM JU­VE­NILE

The cur­tain came down on the U-8 In­door Hurl­ing Fi­nals last Fri­day night in the sports com­plex in Aughrim. Aughrim Whites over­came a very good Michael Dwyers team to re­tain the cup they won last year. Dy­lan Byrne scored the odd goal in the fi­nal to sep­a­rate the two teams but Aughrim have Sean Camp­bell who had a storm­ing game in goals and Shane Arthur who was equally im­pres­sive in de­fence to thank for the win. The fi­nal was played with grit and de­ter­mi­na­tion with Michael Dwyers hav­ing most of the pos­ses­sion, but were un­able to find the back of the net. Aughrim de­fended bril­liantly and when their chance came they found the back of the net with a great strike from Dy­lan Byrne. The Aughrim Blues played a great game against the Ark­low Rocks in the Plate Fi­nal and even­tu­ally went down 3-0, while Gleann Fhai­dle over­came their team­mates Gle­nealy in the Shield Fi­nal. Keith Ros­siter, the full back on the Wex­ford Hurl­ing Team was on hand to present the medals, while Gerry Holt and John Byrne pre­sented the cup, shield and plate that they spon­sored.

Alan Dil­lon thanked all the teams for tak­ing part and the Coaches and Par­ents for mak­ing the ef­fort over the past num­ber of weeks while Des Bur­ton com­mended the young play­ers for their ef­forts in play­ing the best game in the world. Aughrim Ju­ve­nile GAA club would also like to thank our own coaches, John, Ray and Pete for their ef­forts and Mairead for look­ing af­ter the teas. The Aughrim Play­ers who played their hearts out over the past few weeks were: S Camp­bell, S Arthur, M Dodd, P Toomey, D Byrne, S O' Shea, D O' Shea, F Moules, C Ed­wards, H McCann, B McCann, K Tal­lon, E Dodd, J Dunne, C McKenna, S Car­roll, J Ka­vanagh, P Lec­ca­rdi, K Fer­rari Ed­wards, K Doyle, C Gorm­ley, H Gun­ning.

Reg­is­tra­tion took place on Satur­day morn­ing in the field with over 80 kids turn­ing up. Colm Gaskin, Kathy Forde, Pat Bracken and Keith Barnes were on hand to do some coach­ing with the kids and with the sun­shine the kids had a great morn­ing dust­ing off the win­ter comwebs. Train­ing will start in earnest for all ages groups - U6, U-8,U-10 and U-12's on Tues­day 5th April at 6.30pm.

ASH­FORD

No win­ner of last week’s jack­pot in the Ash­ford and Gle­nealy GAA club’s lotto. Num­bers drawn were 4, 19, 22, 27. How­ever two peo­ple matched 3 num­bers and won €150 each. Win­ners were David Doyle and Liz Jame­son, tick­ets were sold by T. Doyle and Rocky’s. This week’s Jack­pot is €10,400.

Foot­ball Fix­tures: U-16 Foot­ball League, Mon­day 4th April, Kil­coole V Ash­ford, Kil­coole 6:30pm. Wed­nes­day 6th April, Ash­ford V Laragh, Ash­ford.

The County Cham­pi­onship Foot­ball draws were made in Aughrim last week and Ash­ford have a tough first round draw in the In­ter­me­di­ate Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship when they will play Coolkenno. While the Ju­nior Team will play Knock­ananna.

Please make sure that you have your ticket for the Wick­low GAA 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 €10,000, sec­ond prize €5,000, third prize cash value €2,500, fourth prize cash value €1,500, fifth prize cash value €1,000, sixth to 25th prize cash value €150. There will be three monthly draws at €20 per draw or €60 for all three draws.

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 for the year and they will be is­sued with a €60 ticket for the three County Board De­vel­op­ment Draws. Re­mem­ber the first draw will take place on Fri­day 6th May.

Tick­ets can be pur­chased di­rect from Ron­nie Phillips or any Com­mit­tee mem­ber.

Ash­ford were de­feated by An­nacurra 1-10 to 17 in the County Foot­ball League Divi­sion 2. Ash­ford were un­lucky not to take at least one point from the game, re­mem­ber­ing that An­nacurra are cur­rent In­ter­me­di­ate Foot­ball Cham­pios and will play in Group 1 of the Se­nior Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship.

Ash­ford GAA Club are pro­vid­ing a Fun Camp for chil­dren aged from six to 10 in the GAA Grounds next Satur­day at 2pm, all chil­dren are wel­come to at­tend. The Club are of­fer­ing Shorts and Socks at a spe­cial price of €15.

The Club were rep­re­sented in Aughrim on Sun­day at half time of the Na­tional Foot­ball League match be­tween Wick­low and Roscommon. Part of the U-12 team played a match against Coolkenno and were rep­re­sented by the fol­low­ing play­ers: Evan But­ler, Jack Glee­son, Dil­lon Porter, Ross Hamil­ton, Adam Whe­lan, Kian Staunton, Cal Con­nolly, Cor­mac Doyle, Ellen Doyle, Sean Gar­land and Gary McCann.

KIL­COOLE

The U-11s played their first game in the Dublin mini-League on Sun­day and had a suc­cess­ful out­ing against re­cently launched Com­mer­cials Camogie Club in Rath­coole. Ev­ery­body played very well and had a great day out so well done to all the play­ers and par­ents who trav­elled. Thanks to Com­mer­cials for their hos­pi­tal­ity and best wishes to your new Club!

Well Done also to the Kil­coole play­ers in­volved with the County U-16 and Ju­nior teams - al­though un­suc­cess­ful on the score­sheet, both gained valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence from their matches on Sun­day - U-16s in the All Ire­land 'C' Cham­pi­onship v West­meath and Ju­niors in the Le­in­ster Cham­pi­onship v Meath.

This is the fi­nal week of the Spring In­door Train­ing Pro­gramme - as the longer evenings en­tice us all out­doors we say thanks to Cather­ine, Tracy, Rachel, An­nmarie, Niall, Naomi, Breda, Anne, Lau­ren, As­sumpta, Joyce and Maria who en­abled us run the ses­sions as well as ev­ery­body who helped us in any way - in Co­laiste Chraobh Ab­hann and in Shore­line, Grey­stones. We are tak­ing a well earned rest next week and out­door train­ing will get un­der­way on Tues­day April 12th. De­tails will be avail­able shortly.

Next Sun­day April 3rd prom­ises to be a busy day with 3 groups in ac­tion.

The In­ter­me­di­ates make their first trip to play new Club Carnew early on Sun­day morn­ing while the U-11s take on Bray Em­metts at home at noon and the U8s take part in a Go Games Blitz in Lu­can.

The Camogie As­so­ci­a­tion has a new Pres­i­den­t­Elect who will take over from Pres­i­dent Joan O Flynn in March 2012. Aileen Lawlor from Co West­meath was elected at the week­end An­nual Camogie Congress in Belfast - Congratulations and Best Wishes Aileen!

BRAY EM­METS

At last year's AGM Brian Lambe was elected to the new po­si­tion of Ir­ish Of­fi­cer on our Club Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee. Brian is very kindly giv­ing an Oral Ir­ish class in the club­house on Thurs­day 31st March at 7pm. This class is for any mem­bers of Bray Em­mets who are sitting their Leav­ing Cert Oral Ir­ish exam in the com­ing weeks.

If you are in­ter­ested, please text your name to 087 6970589, so pho­to­copies can be ready for you, or in the event that the class time has to be changed for any rea­son. On be­half of the Club, I would like to wish all our mem­bers un­der­tak­ing ex­ams the very best of luck and to thank Brian for giv­ing his time to our stu­dents.

Easter Coach­ing Ses­sions: There will be coach­ing ses­sions for boys and girls in Foot­ball, Hurl­ing and Camogie, for the age groups nine years up to 18 years dur­ing the Easter Hol­i­days. The coach­ing ses­sions will be on the 19th, 20th, 21st, 26th, 27th and 28th April.

All man­agers will have de­tails of the coach­ing session times and they are on our web site www.brayem­mets.com.

Coach­ing Session for all Coaches of Camogie/Hurl­ing in our club: A coach­ing session for all camogie/hurl­ing coaches in the club is be­ing held on Wed­nes­day 6th April in Old Con­naught from 7pm to 8.30pm.

The course is for coaches of the age groups 12yrs to 18 yrs but all coaches can at­tend. The coaches will be Paudi But­ler and Ge­orge O’Con­nor from the Le­in­ster Coach­ing Sec­tion. All coaches should at­tend.

Bray Em­mets 3-12 Lacken 3-03: Our sec­ond game in the Divi­sion 3 league was played against Lacken in Em­met Park, Old Con­naught Av­enue on Sun­day last 27th March. The Em­met's had a great start to the game scor­ing a goal and four points with­out re­ply, the goal came af­ter three min­utes from Niall McCague. Lacken then scored a goal to open their ac­count and came more into the game.

Bray scored two more goals through Liam McGraynor and Gar­ret Crowley. We had a lead of 3-06 to 2-01 at half time.

In the sec­ond half Lacken upped their game and cre­ated some chances but the Bray back­line made some good clear­ances. Two points each from from Daire Lo­han and Adam Conway closed the scor­ing for Bray.

Best for Bray, Ed Keat­ing, Cil­lian Mol­loy, Alan Corr, Stephen Fox, Liam Mc Graynor, Niall Mc Cague, Daire Lo­han and Gareth Crowley. Team: Stephen Car­ton, Eoin O Dea, Ed. Keat­ing, Cil­lian Mol­loy, Alan Corr (1pt), Cor­mac Martin, Rob Con­naughton, Ray Lamb, Stephen Fox, Niall Mc Cague, (1.01), Liam Mc Graynor (1.02), John Walsh, (1pt), Geroid O Murchu (1pt), Gareth Crowley 1.01) Daire Lo­han (3pts),Bren­dan Snow, Enda Mol­loy, Adam Conway (2pts), Conor Spil­lane, Mark Mul­van­ney, Tadgh Dor­nan, Ross Mur­phy .

U-10 GIRLS: The U-10 girl's team played their 3rd Dublin League fix­ture on Satur­day af­ter­noon against Thomas Davis. This was an ex­tremely com­pet­i­tive game with two very well matched teams. The Thomas Davis girls came out on top at the fin­ish by a sin­gle point but it could have gone ei­ther way.

The Bray girls played with great heart and spirit and were a credit to their club and to them­selves. It was great to see rel­a­tive new­com­ers like Cara Meaney, Me­gan Tuohy and Roisin Mur­phy tak­ing part with such en­thu­si­asm. Like­wise, the progress made by the more long­stand­ing team mem­bers is ex­cel­lent. Well done to all the girls for a spir­ited and com­mit­ted per­for­mance. On Satur­day the play­ers were Laura But­ler, Eleanor Car­roll Hayes, Eva Cullen, Emily Deveney, Sad­hbh Ka­vanagh, Carla Len­non, Cara Meaney, Eve Mur­phy, Roisin Mur­phy, Siofra Ni Mhidigh,Shauna Ryan and Me­gan Tuohy.

EIRE OG GREY­STONES

Mon­day and Tues­day last, the 29th and 30th, were set aside for the reg­is­tra­tion of ju­ve­niles and, hope­fully, most of these play­ers have done so If by chance, you are a par­ent who was un­able to at­tend at the des­ig­nated time, Felic­ity Keane, the ju­ve­nile cláraitheoir (reg­is­trar) is most anx­ious that you reg­is­ter your child/chil­dren as soon as pos­si­ble.

Éire Óg has been a par­tic­i­pant in the St. Pa­trick's Day Pa­rade in Grey­stones with­out a break since its in­cep­tion.

This com­mit­ment which is re­flec­tive of the club's com­mu­nity ethos has, over the years, been quite de­mand­ing on com­mit­tee mem­bers al­ready heav­ily bur­dened with team man­age­ment and ad­min­is­tra­tive du­ties. So each year that one sees the Éire Óg banner borne aloft in the pa­rade, one mar­vels at the en­ergy and en­thu­si­asm of the mul­ti­task­ing vol­un­teers re­spon­si­ble for its pres­ence. This year there was a deg)ree of vacillation about tak­ing part and this re­sulted in a Key­stone Cop­s­like drama - the cop is en­tirely ap­pro­pri­ate! -as the cathaoir­leach and as­so­ciates rushed about Grey­stones on the day en­sur­ing that ev­ery­thing was in or­der. All the pre-pa­rade tra­vails were quickly for­got­ten in the plea­sure of see­ing the large group of en­thu­si­as­tic young hurlers and foot­ballers re­s­plen­dent in the gorm and bán of Éire Óg do­ing the club proud as they en­tered with joy­ful aban­don into the spirit of the oc­ca­sion. B'ion­tach an lion mór buachaillí agus cailíní a gh­lac páirt. They pre­sented a de­light­ful sight as they held aloft our 2010 tro­phy haul - Mi­nor Cham­pi­onship, County Ju­nior B League, Divi­sion 4 NE League. The banner which was car­ried by Mike My­ers and John Keane was fol­lowed by Uachtarán-in-res­i­dence, Ray Barry. The chil­dren were mar­shalled by se­nior and ju­ve­nile cathaoirligh Fer­gus O'Brien and Colm Dor­gan ably as­sisted by Fion­nu­ala Nolan, Sharon Hughes, Kerri Ní Mhurchú, Fer­gus O'Car­roll and Kevin Healy. Táimid fíor-bhuíoch díobh uilig.

Far from Erin's shores, 3 club mem­bers were part of the con­tin­gent rep­re­sent­ing the Gar­daí in the 250th an­niver­sary St Pa­trick's Pa­rade in New York - Sgt. Gerry Walsh and hurlers Barry Car­roll and De­clan Byrne.

They re­ported that this year's pa­rade was blessed by the weather and took place in glo­ri­ous sun­shine (over 20 de­grees) and drew in the re­gion of 2 mil­lion spec­ta­tors. They tell me that in the post-meal con­vivi­al­ity, which ended only with the ap­pear­ance of dawn's pale light, sto­ries were ex­changed and songs were sung in an at­mos­phere of lu­bri­cated so­cia­bil­ity. Al­to­gether a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence.

IOMÁINT The Le­in­ster league game against Na Fianna of Meath in Meath on Satur­day was post­poned at their re­quest and is resched­uled for Grey­stones to-night Wed­nes­day at 8.00pm.

A pro­pos the said league it is only right that we give some recog­ni­tion to the heroes of our 1st round win (2-11 to 3-6) over Turin of West­meath. Kristin Flynn gave a very com­mit­ted dis­play at no. 4, Ger Whyte was solid at full-back and Mark Do­ran played well in goals. Billy Cud­dihy em­bel­lished a solid cen­tre-back per­for­mance with 2 long range points from frees and Gino Fus­cia­rdi set pulses rac­ing with his for­ays into en­emy ter­ri­tory.

Phe­lim Byrne (1-1) showed a wel­come re­turn to form while Peter Keane once again de­lighted with some won­der­ful catches and silky hurl­ing skills. Young Shane Nolan, in his first out­ing at this level, showed a ma­tu­rity be­yond his years and notched 1-2 into the bar­gain.

Martin Joyce scored a point in the 1st half from an an­gle so acute that it bor­dered on the mirac­u­lous.

PEIL Our U-16’s have had 2 out­ings in the league and they were suc­cess­ful in both. In the first they beat AGB 2-08 to 2-03, and in the sec­ond they were win­ners over Rath­new 0-17 to 2-05. They are very pos­i­tive in their attitude and they play an at­trac­tive brand of foot­ball.

In the game against Rath­new there were big per­for­mances from goalie Jack Darcy (saved a penalty), Anto Byrne, Niall Deeney (1-1), Seán Law­less (0-1) and James Cran­ley (0-4). Keith Mc­Don­nell con­trib­uted 1-2. Man of the Match was Kevin Mur­phy.

In the game against Rath­new Daniel Agriui, Danny Nolan (0-1), Evan Thompson (0-1), Keith Mc­Don­nell (0-3) and Padraig Len­non were par­tic­u­larly prom­i­nent and Anto Byrne gave a Man of the Match dis­play. The other scor­ers were Glenn Reilly (0-2), James Cran­ley (0-6, 2 frees) and Shaun Hughes (0-2, 1 from 45).

FIX­TURES Foot­ball League Divi­sion 2, this Satur­day April 2nd, Éire Óg v Val­ley­mount at 3 pm in Grey­stones.

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