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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.