There was road racing in Balbriggan on Saturday and Sunday of this week with the Harry Reynolds memorial on Saturday.
Several of Bray's race team travelled to the event and gave a good account of themselves. Racing continued in Balbriggan on Sunday with the Ben McKenna Memorial race with several more riders attending.
The IVCA veterans racing made a welcome return on Sunday morning. There was a huge turnout of Bray riders for this first IVCA event of the season, with most of the regulars returning and some new faces to the ranks also. Paul Fahy turned out for Bray riding his first competitive race in years and rode well on the day.
Beginner spins are continuing with a good turnout for most spins, doing an average distance of 50 - 60 km.
The next youth spin is on Sunday April 6 at 2pm in Corkagh Park. New members are especially welcome and full details are on the website.
Seagulls Lotto - There was no jackpot winner on Sunday, March 30 for a jackpot of €4,900. The numbers drawn were, 1, 15, 19, and 29. The five €30 lucky winners were C Carey c/o Online, D Power c/o Shamrock Boys FC, S Wilson c/o Glenview FC, L Galley c/o Glenview FC, A Howard c/o D Crinion.
The next draw will be on Sunday, April 6 in the Hibernia Inn with a jackpot of €4,975. 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.
2014 Season Tickets - Bray Wanderers 2014 Season Tickets are now available priced at Adult €99, Child (under 16) €49, OAP €49. For details contact the club office on 01-2828214 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Travel details for Drogheda match - The next away trip is to Drogheda on Friday, April 11. The Supporters Club bus will depart at 5pm from Castle Street shopping centre. Price for travel is €15 for adults, €10 for 16 -18 year olds (id is required) and €5 for under-16s.
To book a seat please text the supporters club on 087-9968969. Please book before Wednesday, April 8, as if there is not enough numbers the bus will not run.
Non members of the Supporters club will have to pay €3 extra.
EA Cup - Wanderers have been drawn at home to Dundalk in the Second Round of the EA Sports Cup. This match will be played either on May 5 or 6.
NEWTOWN JUNIORS F.C.
Only four of our sides were in action were in action last weekend and we recorded two wins and two defeats. The Under-8s travelled to Enniskerry and in difficult conditions they came home with a 6-3 success. Mason Melia led the way with a hat-trick an there was also goals from Jack Coghlan, Padraig Gammell and Ryan McMahon.
Players who starred on the day were Aaron Hackett, Ruari O'Connor and Luca Sinnott-Elliott.
The under-9s and 10s games in Newtown fell foul of the weather but the 9s game has been refixed for midweek at home to Glencormac United. The under-12s have a good spell, followed by a bad spell and then a good spell and it's the latter they are in at the moment as they forged another three points this time at home to Greystones 'B' in a amazing game that finished 5-4 to the home side. Andrew McMahon capped a fine individual performance with four goals while Steven Coghlan scored the other goal in a good all round team display. Injuries etc have hit the 13s hard in recent weeks and despite performances been good the results are not going their way.
This trend continued as they went down 1-0 away to Ashford Rovers. After collecting silverware last week the girls' under-16s made a bid for success in another when they hosted Peamount United in the semi-final of the Leinster Cup.
The team gave it their all and left it all on the pitch but exited the competition after a 4-0 reverse. The final result was extremely harsh on our girls as they were well in the game deep into the second half and the score at 1-0 but two goals in the dying minutes gave the scoreline a rather one sided look.
Two players from the club celebrate their birthdays in the coming week and they are Lucas Pawlak from the under-8s and Alex Kelly from the under-12s.
Happy birthday lads from everyone at Newtown Juniors F.C.
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.
On a sadder note the club would like to extend their deepest condolences to the family and friends of Patricia McCann and Matt Wheatley who both sadly passed away recently. May they rest in peace.
NEWTOWN UNITED F.C.
The youth team travelled to Greystones and came back with an excellent 5-1 win to put one hand on the League Trophy. Goals from Nathan Davis (2), Luke Martin, Stuart Synnott and Evan Moran means that one point from their final game with St. Anthony's secures them the title.
The second team received another walkover this time from Fairwood Celtic, three points which pushes them into the top four of Division 2.
The first team's Wicklow Cup game with Rathnew was off due to an unplayable pitch.
There was one winner in our members draw and that was Winnie O'Toole. Winnie wins €100. Well done Winnie. Thank you to everyone for your continued support.
Well done to the under-8s this weekend. The under-10s won 4-2 great win putting them in the semi-final of the Shield. Goals from Shane, Jack M, Jack G and Mikey. The under-11 match was called off. Our under13s lost out on the win with a result of 6-3 goals from Rhyas, Brandon, and Dylan.
And what a weekend for our third team. This time last year they were not even together and now here they are in the semi-final of the Wicklow Cup. Yesterday in Wicklow Town against their Premier team we saw a final result of 1-1 after extra time which led to penos and what nail biting penalties they were.
The only goal of the match was scored by John Sayer and what a fantastic one it was from 35 yards out in the top right corner.
Well done to the whole team. The Premier team's match was cancelled as was the second team's.
WICKLOW ROVERS AFC
The first team were at home to Ratoath Harps and come the final whistle nothing separated the two teams as they played out a scoreless draw. This result ensures the lads keep a four point gap between them and their opponents as they edge closer to safety.
The under-17s final league match scheduled for the Whitegates against Enniskerry YC failed to take place as the away side couldn't field a team.
This seems to be an ongoing problem with sides when they drop out of contention for honours they just decide they won't finish out their games. Credit to our under-16s who stepped into the breach and played a short training game with the lads to mark the presentation of the under-17 WDFL Development League trophy.
Once again thanks to Mick, Philip, Dermot and the under-16s. Many thanks to Michael Kenna from the WDFL who came down to present the trophy to the lads.
The full under-17 squad is Kyle Flynn, Shane Carty, Mikey Treanor, Aaron Meade, Sean Dease, Alan Power, Liam Kavanagh (capt), Glen McCarthy, Lee Boylan, James Nolan, Ross Quinn, Darragh O'Connor, Conor O'Brien, Daniel Geoghegan, Colin O'Toole, Jamie Power, Brian O'Sullivan, Hugh Humby, Oisin Breen and Ben Fleming. The team was managed and coached by Jimmy Nolan and Brian O'Connor.
Saturday's junior action saw the under-9Bs keep their recent good progress going winning 40 away to Coolboy Rangers, two goals from Paddy Saville and one each from Sam Culleton and Matthew Porter accounted for their goals. The under-10As continue their good form this season with a 3-1 away Shield victory against Arklow Town A, goals from Matthew Harbourne, Conor Hunter and Mark Hodgkinson ensured the lads keep on course for a place in the Shield final.
The under-11As are another team going well, they defeated St Anthony's 2-0 in Finn Park in the quarter-final of the Premier Cup, Harry Hodgkinson made it a good weekend for the Hodgkinson family matching his younger brother by scoring one of the goals. Top scorer Max Kearney scored the second to book their place in the semi final.
Sunday's action saw the under-8As beat Arklow Town 2-1 in a tight game, Lee Brown nabbed the first with Liam Burke getting the second to bring his total to twenty for the season.
The under-9As lost 3-0 at home to Ashford Rovers. Our 10Bs lost 3-1 to Aughrim, Leo De Courcey scored for the second week running to claim their goal.
The under-11Bs went goal crazy defeating Greystones Utd D 11-2, Charlie Leonard led the way with an excellent four goal haul, there were two goals a piece from Scott Bushe and Adam O'Reilly with Sean Murphy, Kieran Fitzpatrick and Finn Egan Barron getting one each.
The under-14As recorded a good 3-1 home win over Arklow Town in the league, a brace from Stuart Cox and one from Paul King earned them all three points.
The under-15s progressed to the semi-final of the premier cup with a fantastic 4-0 away success over Greystones Utd A, a brilliant hat-trick from Mitchell Kelly set them on their way with Michael Anthony Doyle adding a single.
The club are running an Easter camp from Tuesday, April 22 to Friday, April 25. It will run from 10am to 2pm daily in our club grounds at the Whitegates.
The camp is for girls and boys from the age of four years to 13 years. The cost of the camp is €45 per child, family of two children is €80. Every participant will receive a ball and a medal. For further information please contact Johnny Dunne 0877802098, Willie O'Brien 086-1696911 or any committee member. More information can be got from our club website where you can download a camp registration form.
Our Saturday morning soccer academy continues every Saturday morning (weather permitting). The academy starts at 11am and finishes at 12. It's for boys and girls from the age of three years upwards who are interested in learning the sport of soccer while also having fun.
So for anyone that's interested come along to the Whitegates on Saturday morning, there is no registration and you come along to whatever Saturdays you can make.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 087 9108706 or e-mail me at email@example.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club Facebook page.
SOUTH EAST ROAD CLUB
On Sunday next the South East Road Club stages its annual Three Peaks challenge.
This is regarded as one of the toughest events in the Sportive calendar as the route contains some of the most-renowned and difficult climbs in County Wicklow including Slieve Maan and the equally tough 'Shay Elliot'.
Even to get to these climbs participants must cover about 25 miles of undulating and uncompromising territory.
However, this year, participants are offered the options of two routes.
The longer route includes the climbs of Slieve Maan and the 'Shay Elliott', while the shorter route feature the Slieve Maan climb only.
These are regarded as being among the toughest climbs in Wicklow. Completion of the Three Peaks Challenge gives the participants a great degree of satisfaction as it is a great indicator of fitness for forthcoming events.
The challenge will using the Arklow Rocks premises as headquarters and will be departing from there at 9.30 am, entry on the day is possible with a very nominal entry fee of €10 to include refreshments en route and at the finish.
The club has entered a very strong team for the Gorey Three Day race which is one of the most popular races in the Cycling Calendar.
A preliminary team meeting was set between the cyclists and the team manager, Jay Callaly, who has a wealth of experience in cycling.
The team liaison is Gerry Hanratty who has put a lot of time into organising facilities for South East Road club cyclists to the highest possible standard. The club would like to thank the following sponsors: P & H Doyle, Renault Dealer, Gorey, Derek Webb of Sprintdesign Inc. for the use of van and for provision of clothing, Hickeys Pharmacy, club member, Garret McCabe of Health Matters, Peter Sinnott of Revolve Bike Shop, Gorey and Oakfield Nursing Home.
The club jersey order has been received as the club has experienced a huge increase in membership in the past year and as a result has had to put in an exceptionally large order for clothing to cope with demand.
The club runs two simultaneous Sunday morning spins both leaving their assembly points at 9.30am. The assembly point in Arklow is on the Wexford Road and in Gorey it is at Revolve Bike Shop, The Avenue. New members are more than welcome.
WICKLOW TOWN AFC
Saturday began with the under-15s at home against Arklow Town C which was a 4-2 win for them it was a great match in awful conditions. Sunday was a day of mixed fortunes for both Senior and schoolboy sections.
The under-9s were unlucky to loose 2-1 to Greystones. the under-12s also took on Greystones which finished 5-5.
The first team had home advantage in the quarter-final of the Wicklow Cup against Rathnew C.
After finishing 1-1 after extra time which ended in a victory for the visitors, well done to Rathnew and we wish them all the best in the semi-final.
The Division 3 team travelled to Carnew to play in the Division 3 Shield , which also went to penalties after ending 1-1with extra time played, and the lads won 4-3, well done Chip and the lads.
This Easter we are running an Easter Camp from Monday 14th to Wednesday 17th for kids aged 5-7 years at a cost of €10 per child.
The camp will run from 10am to 1pm each day and will include crossbar challenge, penalty shoot-out and five-a-side matches an plenty more.
Each child will receive a certificate of achievement and a medal. Each child will need to bring their own size 3 football, to register please contact Robert on 086 3629795.
The club are delighted to once again be part of the Wicklow Cancer Support and Doran family Soccer Blitz fundraiser this Easter weekend, the schoolboy/girl games will be Good Friday and the under-15/16, Seniors will play on the Saturday.
The Seniors will play in a four-way robin for the Bimbo Kelly and PJ O' Brien Cups.
To register a team or get a sponsor card please contact Tony Butch Doran on 087 3637797, cards are also available at the Wicklow Cancer Support Office.
For more news and updates please log onto our Wicklow Town AFC Facebook page.
WICKLOW TENNIS CLUB
The Conway Media Handicap Championships are now underway so there will be plenty of action on the courts over the next three weeks, hopefully the weather will be kind enough not to interrupt too much with the scheduling of matches.
Members not participating are reminded to keep an eye on the court availability page on the website so as to avoid disappointment.
Wicklow Tennis Club is welcoming new members for 2014 with a special offer of four free coaching sessions for children and one free session for adults.
Coach John Brady’s coaching session are on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons/early evenings and any new junior members are entitled to four free lessons with their membership, children can join in at any stage, John can be contacted on 086 2596965.
Peter Farrell, director of coaching at the club looks after the new member free adult sessions and can be contacted on 086 8228235. Coach Ashley Wynne takes the adult group sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday nights and again members can join in at any stage during the programmes, Ashley can be contacted on 087 9730926.
Social Tennis continues each Monday evening at 7.30pm (€4) and Wednesday morning at 9.30am (€2) this is a great opportunity for new members to come along and meet other members or for those members who may be returning to tennis after a break.
No need to register beforehand just arrive down to the club at the above times. Fun tennis with coach Peter Finnegan will resume this Saturday 5th April at 2.00pm (4 & 5 year olds) and 2.45pm (6, 7 & 8 year olds), entry is €2.
For any information on membership or any tennis queries please contact Sinéad Nolan, club administrator on 085 1156051.