CLUB CALL

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WICKLOW ROVERS AFC

The first team made it two wins on the bounce with three valu­able points earned in a 2-1 home win over St James Gate, in a game they con­trolled for large parts.

Tommy Kelly was the hero with a brace of goals and the de­fence held firm in a ner­vous last few min­utes to gain all three points to ease them away from the bot­tom end of the ta­ble.

The sec­ond team were away to Farm Utd in the Joe Ty­nan Cup and af­ter a close en­counter they lost by a score of 2-1 af­ter ex­tra time with Sean Tobin scor­ing the Rovers goal for his fourth of the sea­son. The third team lost 3-0 at home to Wolfe Tone Celtic.

In the Ju­nior sec­tion on Satur­day the 12A's lost 4-1 away to Ark­low Town with Keith Carty hit­ting his 13th goal of the sea­son.

The 13B's con­tin­ued their great start to their league cam­paign, they de­feated Greystones Utd in the Wood­lands in a game that was packed with goals, the lads ran out 7-4 win­ners with Stu­art Cox and James Lang both notch­ing a brace a piece with Dean No­ble, Stephen Fin­lay and Jack Evans adding sin­gles to make it three wins from three games.

Games for the U-8B's, 9B's, 13A's, 15B's and 16A's all fell foul of the weather.

On Sun­day the U-12 girls de­feated En­niskerry 5-0, Ni­amh Caf­frey helped her­self to her sec­ond hat-trick of the sea­son when she scored four goals, Sinead McGet­ti­gan scored the other goal.

The U-14 girls had a com­fort­able 10-0 win away to Leicester Celtic, Jade Duffy net­ted her sec­ond hat-trick of the sea­son with three goals, braces from Rioghna McGet­ti­gan, Orla Hayes and Aine Cahill and a sin­gle from Clar­rise Broughan ac­counted for their 10 goal haul.

The 8A's lost out to Ark­low Town 3-1 with Aaron Mur­ray get­ting his sev­enth goal of the sea­son.

Our U-9A's made it eight wins in a row when they won 4-2 away to Greystones Utd, Joseph Neilan just re­turn­ing from in­jury hit a splen­did hat­trick with lead­ing scorer Conor Hunter notch­ing the other goal.

The U-10A's lost out by the odd goal in a se­v­en­goal thriller away to Greystones Utd, Lee Hamil­ton, Max Kear­ney and Mark O'Brien were all on the score­board.

The U-10B's started their shield cam­paign with a good 1-0 away win over Round­wood with Kieran Fitz­patrick hit­ting the only goal of the game.

The U-10C's didn't fare as well los­ing out to Ark­low Town B by five goals to one with Finn Egan Bar­ron scor­ing the Rovers goal.

The games in­volv­ing our U-9C's, 14B's and un­der 16 girls were all can­celled.

Three play­ers made the hat-trick club this week, first was Ni­amh Caf­frey who smashed in four goals for the U-12 girls in their 5-0 home win over En­niskerry, then it was Jade Duffy who hit the net three times for the U-14 girls in their com­pre­hen­sive 10-0 away vic­tory over Leicester Celtic. The third player was Joseph Neilan who was re­turn­ing to the U-9A team af­ter in­jury and re­turned in style when he hit the rig­ging three times, well done Ni­amh, Jade and Joseph.

The club are hold­ing a ta­ble quiz as a fundraiser for the U-14's trip away at Easter, the quiz takes place in Wicklow Golf Club this Satur­day Jan­uary 19, the cost is €20 for a team of four peo­ple and starts at 8.30pm, there will be a raf­fle and spot prizes on the night, all sup­port would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.

Ev­ery­one at Wicklow Rovers AFC were deeply sad­dened to hear of the pass­ing of Rita Vick­ers and Ann Mor­ton (York­shire, Eng­land) re­cently, we would like to ex­press our sin­cere sym­pa­thy to their fam­i­lies and friends at this sad time, our thoughts and prayers are with you all, may they rest in peace.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion for the club notes or the club web­site can con­tact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hot­mail.com

For all news re­gard­ing the club, check out the club web­site at www.wick­lowrovers.com

BRAY WHEEL­ERS

Last week the coun­try's elite cy­clocross rac­ers headed north to Dun­gan­non where Bray's cy­clocross ex­pert Sean O'Tuathaill rode a great race to fin­ish third over­all.

O'Tuathaill has been go­ing well all sea­son fin­ish­ing sec­ond over­all in the Fixx Cy­clocross se­ries and he was us­ing the Dun­gan­non race as prepa­ra­tion for this week's na­tional cham­pi­onships.

This week's Na­tional Cy­clocross Cham­pi­onships took place just out­side Dun­dalk on Sun­day and Bray Wheel­ers were ably rep­re­sented by O'Tuathaill who was hop­ing for a strong fin­ish go­ing on his re­cent form.

A huge field signed on for the race in Dun­dalk in­clud­ing sev­eral pro­fes­sional rid­ers. O'Tuathaill did ex­tremely well through­out the race just nar­rowly missed out on the medal po­si­tions fin­ish­ing in fourth place.

Tues­day night race train­ing started this week with a really big turnout. This is rec­om­mended for any­one in­tent on rac­ing club or open races this year. Tues­day night train­ing starts at 7.30pm from the Kil­macanogue fly­over and all rid­ers must have front and rear lights and hi vis cloth­ing.

Mean­while the youth rid­ers met last Sun­day for a spin at Shanganagh Park. De­spite the cold day there was a good turnout. The next youth spin will be from Greystones on Jan­uary 27 at 2pm.

Beginner spins will be re­sum­ing shortly and a full ros­ter of spins will be posted on the web­site shortly.

A se­ries of coach­ing talks in the club­house on Thurs­day nights is on­go­ing. This week's talk is on nutri­tion and will be pre­sented by Adam Kelly of Pu­ravida Greystones start­ing at 8pm.

BRAY RUN­NER'S

Wicklow Master's Cross Coun­try: The Wicklow Masters Cross Coun­try was held in Shanganagh on Sun­day, Jan­uary 6.

Un­der­foot con­di­tions were rea­son­able, con­sid­er­ing our re­cent weather. In the ladies race, Suzanne Foot, Noelle Thorpe and Denise O'Leary were the first three ath­letes over the line, each win­ning their re­spec­tive age cat­e­gories.

Siobhan But­ler took sil­ver, Grainne Cun­ning­ham, bronze and Mary Houra­han put in an ex­cel­lent per­for­mance to take the sil­ver medal in her age cat­e­gory.

The ladies team of Suzanne, Noelle, Denise, Siobhan, Grainne, An­drea Murphy, Carmel Murphy and Mary Houra­han took team gold.

In the men's race the very im­pres­sive Fin­bar Kir­wan was a clear win­ner, Joe Caw­ley was sec­ond and Do­minic Ho­ran was fifth.

Fin­bar was first O/40, Joe was sec­ond O/40. Do­minic, sec­ond O/45. Martin Frances, first O/50. Richard Ka­vanagh, first, O/55, Bernard Quinn sec­ond O/55. Sean Clif­ford, first, O/65.

Fin­bar, Joe, Do­minic, Martin and Ja­son O'Connor took gold in the 35 to 49 team event and Richard Ka­vanagh, Sean Clif­ford and Bernard Quinn took gold in the 50 plus team race.

Wicklow All Star Awards - The Ath­let­ics Wicklow Star Awards for 2012 were held last night, Fri­day Jan­uary 11 in Greystones Ten­nis Club.

We re­ceived a num­ber of awards in both in­di­vid­ual and team cat­e­gories.

The Ju­nior men award went to Lor­can Murphy, Master men went to Martin Fran­cis and the Masters women award went to Noelle Thorpe. On the team front, our cross coun­try teams won the fol­low­ing, Se­nior men, Joe Ja­cob tro­phy, Masters men, Sean Clif­ford Cup and the Sean Byrne Me­mo­rial cup was won by our Masters women.

In the Fit4life league 2012, Char­lotte Stevens (sec­ond 0/50), Dolores Gilliland (third 0/50) and Carmel Murphy all re­ceived awards. The event was ex­cel­lently hosted by Kil­coole A.C.

An­nual AGM - Please be re­minded that the club AGM will take place on Thurs­day Jan­uary 17 at 8.30pm in the club house.

BRAY WAN­DER­ERS

Seagulls Lotto - There was one Jack­pot win­ner on Sun­day Jan­uary 13 for a jack­pot of €600, num­bers drawn were 5, 11, 17, 24. The five €30 lucky win­ners were R Price c/o bwsc, P Fitzger­ald c/o Glen­view FC, D Dunne c/o J Keat­ing, S O'Sul­li­van c/o Glen­view FC, P Doyle c/o Sham­rock Bhoys. The next draw will be on Sun­day the 20th of Jan­uary in the Hiber­nia Inn with a jack­pot of €675. If any­one wishes to sell lotto tick­ets, please con­tact the club at 2828214.

On­line Shop - Bray Wan­der­ers mer­chan­dise is now avail­able to pur­chase on line. The on line sou­venir shop can be ac­cessed from the Sup­port­ers club web site home page www.bray­wan­der­ers.com

2013 Sea­son tick­ets - Bray Wan­der­ers 2013 Sea­son Tick­ets are now on sale. Adult: €99; Child (U-16): €49; OAP: €49. Spe­cial pre-Christ­mas fam­ily ticket of­fer: two adults and two chil­dren for €249. Con­tact the club at 2828214.

Bray Wan­der­ers AGM - The An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing of the Sup­port­ers Club will take place on Mon­day Jan­uary 28 at 8pm in the Strand Ho­tel, Bray Seafront.

All mem­bers are asked to at­tend.

RATH­NEW FC

All our school­boys/girls teams have been back in ac­tion since the new year our U-12 team were back on the 6th away to Ark­low United and were un­lucky to lose 4-2 to a very good United side.

Owen (Messi) Gre­gory was again on the score sheet for Rath­new.

The U-8's were the next team in ac­tion on Jan­uary 12 away to Wolfe Tone and this young side showed they had worked hard over the hol­i­days when they hit Tone for seven. The scor­ers on the day were C Clarke 2, C Byrne 2, J Moore­house, J Mr­ri­gan and S Healy - a good start to the New Year for the lit­tle vil­lagers.

The U-9's were away to Greystones on Sun­day and were un­lucky to lose 3-2 to a strong Greystones side but this was a game they will feel with a lit­tle bit of luck they could have won.

The goal scor­ers on the day were Ethan Power who even at this young age is shown a keen eye for goal and the prolific Toby Cur­ran, Toby has car­ried on from where he left off last year and at this rate will have Van Per­sie look­ing over his shoul­der.

The U-10's also played on Sun­day away to Greystones and came away with a 1-0 win over the league cham­pi­ons this was a great re­sult for the vil­lagers who put in a great team per­for­mance the scorer on the day was Eoin Doyle.

Eoin is part of the Mick Nolan's county squad and ev­ery­one at the club would like to wish Eoin all the best and hopefully he can make the fi­nal squad.

The Academy is back on ev­ery Satur­day at 11am on our in­door pitch so if you have a child boy or girl be­tween the ages of 4 and 7 bring them along ev­ery­one wel­come.

Our lotto is on ev­ery Mon­day night so please sup­port tick­ets are €2 each this is our main source of in­come and helps to keep the club go­ing.

NEW­TOWN JU­NIORS F.C.

Only the U-9's saw ac­tion last week­end as the cold snap cur­tailed the fix­tures for all our other teams.

The U-9's hosted Round­wood and de­spite tak­ing an early lead through Ja­son Carthy-O'Reilly they were sadly sec­ond best for the rest of the game as Round­wood ran out com­fort­able win­ners.

Star per­form­ers for the home side on the day were Re­becca Gil­lan, Laragh Davis and Fionn O'Reilly. Well done to U-14's duo Sean Gre­gory and Aaron Toner who have been se­lected for this year's Wicklow Kennedy cup squad.

They fol­low in a long list of play­ers to from the club who have rep­re­sented their county at this pres­ti­gious com­pe­ti­tion. Well done lads and now the hard work be­gins.

The fol­low­ing play­ers cel­e­brate their birthdays in the coming week and they are Devin Okun­dia and Nathan Mur­ray from the U-8's, Kelsea Par­sons from the girl's U-16's and last but not least Or­laith Whe­lan from the girl's U-18's. Happy birth­day lads and lassies from ev­ery­body at New­town Ju­niors F.C.

The peo­ple of New­town and sur­round­ing ar­eas greeted with shock on Tues­day the sad news of the pass­ing of Noel Gre­gory.

Noel of Gre­gory's Garage in Kil­ladreenan was chair­man and a founder mem­ber of the New­town Com­mu­nity Cen­tre a build­ing that was a sym­bol of Noel's tremen­dous ded­i­ca­tion and hard work in the Com­mu­nity for many years.

The es­teem in which Noel was held in the com­mu­nity was ev­i­dent by the large num­ber of peo­ple who at­tended his funeral on Fri­day and the at­ten­dance in the Com­mu­nity Cen­tre af­ter the funeral was a trib­ute to a man who gave his heart and soul to the vil­lage of New­town.

He will be sadly missed and we ex­tend our deep­est con­do­lences to his wife Betty, his sons, daugh­ter, brothers and sis­ter and ex­tended fam­ily and friends. May he rest in peace.

Also we ex­tend our con­do­lences to the fam­ily and friends of Elsie Maniglia of Sy­camore Drive who sadly passed away last week. May she rest in peace.

For all other queries/mat­ters re­lat­ing to the club con­tact Hughie at 087-6987653 or visit our web­site www.new­town­ju­niors.com and you can also find us on Face­book.

NEW­TOWN UNITED F.C.

No games for our teams last week­end as the weather was the only win­ner last week­end. Here's hop­ing for bet­ter luck for the coming week­end.

There was no win­ner in our mem­bers draw this week so it's a rollover of €200 next week. Thank you for your con­tin­ued sup­port.

WICKLOW TOWN AFC

Wel­come back to ev­ery­one to the club af­ter the Christ­mas and New Year break. On New Year's Day many of the club mem­bers from the U-8's right through to the first team played a num­ber games against each other, the U-8's v U-10's, U11's v U-12's and the day ended with the U-17's tak­ing on the first team.

It was great see­ing ev­ery­one out and en­joy­ing them­selves, there was a good show of foot­ball skills and even a cou­ple of dodgy peno's but that just added to the day.

Thank you to all the sup­port­ers who braved the cold to watch the games. Af­ter the match we fin­ished the day off with a so­cial gath­er­ing in the up­stairs lounge of Whistler's Bar for all play­ers and their fam­i­lies.

A huge thank you to Whistler's Bar for their kind hos­pi­tal­ity, Su­pervalu Wicklow for the half­time re­fresh­ments and snacks and to Will and Kath­leen Clarke for the lovely food it was very much ap­pre­ci­ated.

The first team kicked off their year on Sun­day Jan­uary 6 with a 2-1 win against Wolfe Tone, the goal scor­ers were Ed­die Kelly and Eric Dunne.

Satur­day the 11th there was two home games first up were the U-11's in a friendly against our neigh­bours Rovers de­spite the vis­i­tors tak­ing a very quick lead the lads came back and won with an im­pres­sive 6-1 score with goals from Dy­lan Ka­vanagh 3, Dy­lan Doyle, Jack Fox and Matthew Ryan.

The U-10's were next up but de­spite there be­ing a 0-0 score at half­time they let their guard down and lost 5-0.

Sun­day was a big day for the club as the first team were at home to Ark­low Utd Pre­mier team in the quar­ter-fi­nal of the Char­lie Bishop Cup which we are cur­rent hold­ers off.

Town were the stronger team on the pitch over­all but coming up to the fi­nal whis­tle they were 21 down with Shane Dunne hav­ing scored for Town but in the last minute of in­jury time Cathal Doyle scored a cracker of a goal bring­ing the game into ex­tra time.

Both teams fought hard to get the win­ning goal but af­ter many saves, wides and the goal­post get­ting a rat­tling it didn't hap­pen so it went to penal­ties, which Town won 3-2 from penal­ties which were taken by Ed­die Kelly, Mickey Dunne and Conor Dick­en­son with the win­ner.

Well done to Ian Cork­ish who made two great saves dur­ing the shootout.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Finn, Spud and the lads roll on the semi-fi­nal. The week­end's fix­tures fin­ished with the U-17's away to Cabin­teely Boys which they won 3-2 with their goals coming from Jor­dan Pet­ti­grew 2 and Anto Hill.

The club would like to wish Mau­rice Dunne and Lar Newsome all the best as they travel Down Un­der, they were mem­bers of our pre­vi­ous Se­nior Pre­mier team that done the club proud win­ning the Cup dou­ble last year, may you have a safe and happy jour­ney.

Also a big congrats to Robert Keogh and Robert Taliga on their se­lec­tion for the Kennedy Cup Squad both lads played for us for a num­ber of years and we wish them all the best on this great achieve­ment.

There will be a com­mit­tee meet­ing up­stairs in Whistler's Bar on Wed­ne­sa­day Jan­uary 23, if any­one would like to join the com­mit­tee please come along at 8pm.

ARK­LOW TOWN FC

A busy week­end of ac­tion at Ark­low Town FC kicked-off on Fri­day night as the LSL team wel­comed league lead­ers, Crum­lin United, to Lam­ber­ton.

A fan­tas­tic dis­play from the home team, who looked more likely to score, was damp­ened when Ciaran Byrne sus­tained a bro­ken wrist and had to be re­placed and de­spite a mag­nan­i­mous per­for­mance for the re­main­der of the game it was the vis­i­tors who ran out as vic­tors.

The first game on Satur­day morn­ing saw a very strong Ard­more Rovers team use home ad­van­tage to out­wit the U-9A boys who lost to a 2-0 score line.

Bet­ter luck at Lam­ber­ton how­ever for the U-12A team who de­feated Wicklow Rovers 4-1 through goals from Eoin Hayes, Daniel Testa, Daniel Bruce and Sean Crow­ley to se­cure their place in the Shield Fi­nal.

The U-12B team were also in ac­tion on Satur­day and were un­lucky to lose out to St An­thony's FC in the Di­vi­sion 3 Shield.

Sun­day was a cold day but the foot­ball from our U-8 team was smok­ing hot when they pro­duced a 3-1 away vic­tory over Wicklow Rovers with goals from Conn Keaney, Aaron O'Brien and Paidi Ka­vanagh.

Closer to home the U-9B boys played out a very tight con­test against En­niskerry FC and de­spite two great goals from Ben Somers and Adam Van­der­hei­j­den they were un­lucky to lose by a nar­row mar­gin of 3-2.

The U-10B boys kicked off their Shield cam­paign with an im­pres­sive 5-1 vic­tory over Wicklow Rovers. Mar­cel Kasperek bagged a hat-trick while Mikey Mur­ray and Cal­lum Smith also found the back of the net.

The U-13B team put on a fab­u­lous per­for­mance in Bray and were un­lucky to lose by a sin­gle goal to Ard­more Rovers. A par­tic­u­larly good dis­play in the first half saw goals from Oran Jame­son and Conor Roche.

The U-15 boys had a day to for­get when they were well beaten by lo­cal ri­vals Ark­low United how­ever the U-14B team re­turned the favour with a great win over the Fern­dale Park crew - Sean Dodd, Ryan Mc­Gowan, Rokas Kniezys, Eoghan Kenny and Derek Cram­mond all find­ing the back of the net.

The U-18 team had a bril­liant 1-0 vic­tory over DDSL U-18 Su­per League lead­ers, Castle­knock Celtic FC, in the Le­in­ster Youths Cup. Ryan Mur­ray se­cured the all-im­por­tant goal which saw the boys through to the fi­nal eight of the com­pe­ti­tion for the fourth year in a row.

And also in cup ac­tion was the Pre­mier team who pro­duced a tremen­dous per­for­mance to se­cure a 3-2 vic­tory over St An­thony's FC in the Char­lie Bishop Cup with goals from Dar­ren Doyle and Anto Kenny.

The U-11 teams were all in­volved in the WDSL Fut­sal Com­pe­ti­tion at Ark­low Leisure Cen­tre on Sun­day and had a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence. Well done to Chris McGeary who or­gan­ised the event on be­half of the WDSL.

And fi­nally, a spe­cial men­tion to Jonathan Kelty, who has made the move to Athlone Town FC fol­low­ing spells at Bray Wan­der­ers and more re­cently the Ark­low Town FC Le­in­ster Se­nior League team. Best wishes to Jonathan from all at Ark­low Town Foot­ball Club.

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