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KIL­COOLE

Ju­ve­niles - With the clocks gone for­ward and evenings get­ting brighter, that only means the re­turn of our ju­ve­nile coach­ing ses­sions. From now on it will be great to look out upon the club grounds and it full of; up and com­ing stars, cur­rent stars and also a few that pos­si­bly had their day, still hang­ing around (you know who you are). It's the up and com­ing stars that will be back in the field from Mon­day, April 7. The fol­low­ing is our sched­ule:

Mon­day - Nurs­ery: in­tro­duc­tory pro­gram to Gaelic games in­clud­ing lots of fun and ac­tiv­i­ties. (For kids born in 2009 and 2010) - 6.15-7.15pm.

U-8 foot­ball (for kids born in 2006 and 2007) - 6.30 - 7.30pm. U-10 foot­ball (for kids born in 2004 and 2005) -7.15-8.15pm. U-10 foot­ball continues ev­ery Mon­day.

Tues­day - U-10 hurl­ing continues ev­ery Tues­day

Wed­nes­day - U-6 hurl­ing and foot­ball (for kids born in 2008 and 2009) - 6.30 - 7-15pm.

U-8 hurl­ing (for kids born in 2006 and 2007) - 7.15-8.15pm.

Thurs­day - U-12 hurl­ing continues ev­ery Thurs­day.

All are wel­come to at­tend! If you have not at­tended our open days for reg­is­tra­tion do not worry, call up and we can reg­is­ter on the day!

U-8 and U-10 go games Blitzes - Our U-8s got their sea­son un­der way on Fri­day night in a sunny Kil­coole. St Pat's of Wick­low town and Eire Og Grey­stones were the vis­it­ing teams.

Thanks to both clubs for fa­cil­i­tat­ing a late change to the orig­i­nal sched­ule of teams to play on the night!

Even for early April the qual­ity of hurl­ing was of a very high level, with crisp strik­ing both off the ground and out of the hand be­ing ev­i­dent all night! Kil­coole fielded three teams on the night, with each team per­form­ing to a very high stan­dard.

Well done also to our young whistlers on the night of Amy Byrne, James Toner, Conor O'Toole and Shane and Luke Evans.

Thank you to all the par­ents who brought up 'hang san­wiches', cakes and buns and to Ni­amh, Fiona and Siob­han who dished them out all night.

Fi­nally congress might not have re­cently passed the mo­tion on the hooter sys­tem for Croke Park, how­ever we in­tro­duced it Fri­day night to a great suc­cess.

All though for any one that thinks they might get a chance of us­ing it, try pris­ing it away from John 'Hooter' Byrne! Word has it that, that it can be found un­der his pil­low right now.

U-10 hurl­ing: Our out­door Go-Games sea­son got off to a very suc­cess­ful start on Fri­day evening last. It was a week or two sooner than usual so many thanks to our vis­it­ing teams from St Pat's Wick­low and Bray Em­mets for their punc­tual ar­rival. This meant we could get a full round of four matches played be­fore the light faded. We are pilot­ing a

new in­ter­nal scor­ing sys­tem whereby play­ers get points for per­form­ing a skill, not just rat­tling the onion sack.

This seemed to work very well and helped to fo­cus our teams on all as­pects of skill de­vel­op­ment and team play. We will be con­tin­u­ing with this ini­tia­tive over the course of our Go Games pro­gram. Thank you to all who helped on the night: the foot­ball men­tors, club mem­bers and young whistlers.

A spe­cial men­tion must go to the tea ladies for their huge con­tri­bu­tion to a very suc­cess­ful evening. We have three blitzes com­ing in quick suc­ces­sion so please stick these dates on the fridge. Fri­day 11th - Foot­ball in Round­wood; Mon­day 14th - Hurl­ing in Bal­li­nakill (near Rath­drum); Wed­nes­day 16th - Foot­ball in Bal­li­nakill. All blitzes start at 6.30pm so we need an ex­tra ef­fort to get to the venues promptly please.

As al­ways if you are strug­gling to get to our meet­ing points at the cho­sen times, please let the team men­tor know and we can ar­range trans­port for your child.

We want as many play­ers as pos­si­ble to get a chance to play as of­ten as pos­si­ble. As a re­sult of the above blitzes there will be no un­der-10 foot­ball train­ing on Mon­day 14th or hurl­ing train­ing on Tues­day 15th.

Games and train­ing would be lonely places with­out our most im­por­tant as­set- the play­ers, so many thanks to you and your par­ents for your con­tin­ued loy­alty to your club.

U-2 Hurl­ing - Te U-12 hrlers had their first train­ing ses­sion last Thurs­day from 7pm to 8pm.

With the in­door games com­ing to an end and the clocks go­ing for­ward it was time to hit the field. And they hit it run­ning!

As al­ways, the start of the year is when it sinks in that some of the play­ers have moved on up to the next age group. And while they will be missed and we wish them well, we also look for­ward to wel­com­ing the new play­ers com­ing in.

This usu­ally leads to two ques­tions. How many play­ers will there be and what will the stan­dard be like?

Well the 17 play­ers all ea­ger to get stuck in was a great an­swer to the first and some lovely hurl­ing and the skill lev­els dis­played left no doubt about the sec­ond.

Well done to all the play­ers. Look­ing for­ward to a great year of hurl­ing. Gra­ham and Michael look af­ter this ex­cit­ing team.

The Go Games at­ten­tion switches to foot­ball this Fri­day night as both our U-8 and U-10 foot­ballers travel to the An Tochar club in Round­wood. Throw in is at 7.15pm, be in Round­wood for 7pm.

Our un­der-16 foot­ballers play Aughrim in Aughrim on Mon­day 7th. At time if writ­ing we do not have a re­sult, but best if luck to the team.

Our Ju­nior Hurlers played Bray Em­mets in Bray on Wed­nes­day night in Bray in a chal­lenge game. Bray won a right bat­tle by 1-10 to 12 points. This was a very good run out for our guys as we have very lit­tle hurl­ing done.

Kil­coole got off to an early start and went into a four points to one lead. Bray came back with a goal and a few points and led by two points at half time.

The sec­ond half was a tight af­fair with both teams swap­ping points.

Kil­coole were well served by Doyler on the nights with points from play and from placed balls.

Train­ing continues ev­ery Mon­day night at 7.30pm. We have a semi-fi­nal due on Satur­day, April 12 in the Le­in­ster League.

Our Ju­nior foot­ballers had a bad day at the of­fice last Sun­day in Hol­ly­wood against Hol­ly­wood with a 2-06 to 0-08 loss.

Con­grats to Ro­nan and the rest of the Wick­low hurlers who won pro­mo­tion to Di­vi­sion 2A of the hurl­ing league. Great re­sult and mag­nif­i­cent to get their hands on a bit of sil­ver­ware!

The lotto jack­pot is now at a gi­gan­tic €13,200 this week. There was no win­ner on Mon­day, March 31.

Num­bers were 10, 18, 21, and 22 there were three match threes re­ceiv­ing €70 each; the lucky play­ers were: JJ Quinn, J Fraw­ley, G. O'Chor­raig.

We are also look­ing for vol­un­teers to help sell the lotto tick­ets on a Satur­day morn­ing! Any­one in­ter­ested in help­ing out can con­tact Pappy Fraw­ley on 086 8402773.

Our an­nual Ta­ble Quiz will take place in Lee's on Fri­day night, April 11. Throw in is at 8.30pm.

EN­NISKERRY

Lotto - Win­ning num­bers were 4, 11, 24, and 26. Bonus num­ber was 37. No jack­pot win­ner, match three num­bers re­ceived €91. Jack­pot on April

7 will be €10,600. Thanks to all buy­ers and sell­ers of club lotto tick­ets for con­tin­ued sup­port.

De­vel­op­ment Draw - There is a to­tal prize fund of €66,750 this year for the three draws which take place on Fri­day, April 11, Fri­day, May 16, and Fri­day, June 20.

Tick­ets cost €50 for all three draws. Tick­ets are avail­able from Gary Ka­vanagh at 086-8567262 or Dara Con­nolly on 086-1741050.

Job-bridge in­tern­ship - There is one of these avail­able in En­niskerry GAA Club for the po­si­tion of Games Pro­mo­tion and Blitz Co­or­di­na­tor. Any­one in­ter­ested in ap­ply­ing should con­tact Gary Ka­vanagh (086-8567262). Po­si­tion is open to per­sons cur­rently in re­ceipt of Job­seek­ers Al­lowance/Ben­e­fit. Ap­pli­ca­tions close on April 5.

Adult foot­ball men - Kil­coole 2-13, En­niskerry 27. Af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing open­ing day de­feat at home to Hol­ly­wood, the foot­ballers trav­elled to nearby Kil­coole to take on the lo­cals in Round 2 of the league.

With the home side play­ing in the Intermediate cham­pi­onship, this was al­ways go­ing to be a tough en­counter.

How­ever, first half goals by Alan King and Anto O'Neill put us into a strong po­si­tion and with some very good link up play from the backs through mid­field and into the for­ward line we were look­ing good com­ing to the break.

Un­for­tu­nately a lapse in con­cen­tra­tion was cap­i­talised on by the home team and they worked a well taken goal to leave us 2-5 to 1-6 ahead at the break.

From the throw up to re­sume the game, our mid­fielder Sea­mus O Gor­man suf­fered an ac­ci­den­tal in­jury and had to be re­placed.

Worse was to come when we lost two play­ers to the new black card rules and Kil­coole used their nu­mer­i­cal ad­van­tage to keep the score­board tick­ing over and run out six point win­ners.

Over­all a good all round per­for­mance and hope­fully we can con­tinue in this vain this Satur­day (April 12) at home to Barn­dar­rig at 5pm in Round 3.

En­niskerry GAA Club would like to wish a speedy re­cov­ery to Sea­mus O'Gor­man af­ter his un­for­tu­nate in­jury.

Ladies foot­ball - The ladies claimed their first tro­phy in many years with a 2-14 to 3-8 win over Ranelagh Gaels in Kil­gar­ron on Thurs­day, March 27 in the Stars Of Eirn, Paddy Walsh Cup.

The game started with two fine points from the vis­i­tors but St. Mary's burst into life with fine scores from Ail­ish Kelly and He­len Kir­wan.

The home team went from strength to strength as the half went on with scores com­ing from well struc­tured at­tacks be­gin­ning in the half back lines and a dom­i­nant mid­field. At half time the score was 1 - 10 to 4 points.

The sec­ond half was a dif­fer­ent af­fair the Gaels started to blow hard hit­ting 3-1 in the first 10 min­utes of the half com­pared to two points for St. Mary's, putting them right back in the game and. The home team re­grouped and both benches were emp­tied in what be­came a score for score bat­tle. With five min­utes to go the vis­i­tors drew level with an out­stand­ing point they worked down the field, 2-11 to 3-8.

The game was in the bal­ance for both teams. From the kick out the Gaels won the ball and came storm­ing to­wards down the field look­ing for the win­ning score.

The half for­ward fired what looked an un­stop­pable shot at the goal only to be stopped by Katie Walsh. The keeper wrenched the ball from un­der­neath her­self and ham­mered the ball down the field which was taken by storm­ing half back Ash­ling Driver.

The noise from the side­lines was im­mense as Ash stormed through mid­field and straight to­wards the Gaels goal.

The St. Mary's for­wards moved to make the space and Ash­ling popped a neat right foot shot over the bar.

With the noses barely ahead and the tanks empty noth­ing was as­sured but He­len Kir­win made sure the ball stayed in the Gaels half by claimed the kick­out and smash­ing the ball over the bar.

Again, the Gaels came back and had an­other missed shot at goal that came from an­other storm­ing right wing at­tach.

Again, St. Mary's were dis­ci­plined and won the kick out and a slalom­ing run by Shauna Kearns was fin­ished with a com­posed right footed point. That was it.

Cap­tain for the night Ail­ish Kelly was pre­sented with the Paddy Walsh Tro­phy by Mrs. Walsh, Pad­dies niece in the Club hall.

The club would like to thank Star of Erin for the in­vi­ta­tion to the tour­na­ment, Stephen Davis for or­gan­is­ing the games and Ranelagh Gaels from an out­stand­ing game of foot­ball.

The club would like to ex­tend con­do­lences to the fam­ily Muriel Ann Wil­liams (née Parry) of Bally­brew, En­niskerry and late of Gower, South Wales died on April 3, peace­fully at home, sur­rounded by her lov­ing fam­ily. She will be re­mem­bered with love by all her fam­ily, nieces, neph­ews, rel­a­tives and many friends.

BRAY EM­METS

Lotto - There was no match four win­ner of the club lotto on Fri­day, April 5 when the num­bers drawn were 10, 15, 17, and 27 so next week, the jack­pot goes up to €7,300.

If you're not al­ready signed up please do so as not only are you in with a chance to win a se­ri­ous Jack­pot but you are also help­ing sup­port your lo­cal club.

It is €2 per week but goes a long way to­wards run­ning all the fa­cil­i­ties that we have. Ge­off Mor­ris­sey wins the lucky dip and will re­ceive €25. Fur­ther de­tails are avail­able at www.brayem­mets.com. Dublin Adult Hurl­ing League Div 6 Round 3 - Bray Em­mets wel­comed St. Sylver­ster's to a blus­tery Em­met Park on Sun­day morn­ing. Em­mets went into the fix­ture un­beaten in the league and ea­ger to main­tain their win­ning form.

Helped by a strong wind Sylvesters were off the mark quick and were in con­trol for long pe­ri­ods of the first half with the Bray mid­filed and half back line feel­ing the pres­sure.

With 20 min­utes gone Sylvert­ers were in a strong po­si­tion with an eight point lead, how­ever, through strong work from the Doyles, Tom Cash and Cian O'Byrne, Bray be­gan to cut their lead.

Karl Lacey and Dara Hen­der­son got to grips in the half back line and af­ter a shakey first half Bray went in trail­ing by five points.

Al­most straight from the throw in Jim Doyle made a move for goal and raised the green flag and Bray be­gan to take con­trol.

The Dublin side were not fin­ished yet though and kept scores tack­ing on.

A fine goal from Gearoid O Muirchu gave Bray a cush­ion but again Sylvesters pushed on.

In the ner­vey clos­ing min­utes a siege was lain on the Bray goal how­ever the backs held strong and kept their 100% record in this com­pe­ti­tion with a two-point vic­tory, 2-11 to 15 points.

Di­vi­sion 3 Foot­ball -v- Kil­bride - Bray trav­elled to Manor Kil­bride on Sun­day morn­ing in Di­vi­sion 3 of the adult foot­ball league.

Home ad­van­tage was quickly can­celled out for Kil­bride when the pitch was deemed un­playable and both teams made the jour­ney to Lacken to play the fix­ture.

Bray adapted the quicker to the harsh con­di­tions and were re­warded by some ex­cel­lent scores. Lee Bran­don was on tar­get from both play and frees for Bray.

Cathal Magee rat­tled the net for Bray af­ter some good foot­ball and on 20 min­utes Bray found them­selves 1-4 up.

Wor­ry­ingly Bray con­ceded 1.3 to their one point in the 10 min­utes be­fore half­time.

The in-form Cathal Magee had to de­part the ac­tion just be­fore half time due to in­jury and goal­keeper Tadgh Do­ran found him­self in the fray.

Bray lead at half­time 1-5 to 1-3. Con­di­tions wors­ened in the sec­ond half and this game be­came a dog­fight with both sides not giv­ing an inch.

The turn­ing point was a Shane McNi­cholas goal, af­ter a good turnover by Shane Sul­li­van the ball was darted into Gar­reth Crow­ely who found the goal scorer thun­der­ing through with a del­i­cate pass. Kil­bride closed the gap with a late surge but Bray held their dis­ci­pline and with the sight of just Ian Smith left on the bench ev­ery­one emp­tied the tank to run out 2-8 to 1-8 win­ners.

Train­ing continues on Tues­day at 8pm. We all wish Cathal a speedy re­cov­ery.

Mi­nor Dublin Camo­gie De­vel­op­ment League - We played Cuala in our last match of the group stages on Sun­day in Shanganagh Park.Hav­ing won four of our last five matches in the league.

Cuala needed to win to fin­ish clear at the top of the League at the end of the group stages, while we needed to win to draw level at the top.

The first half was a great con­test and very tight af­fair we had a lot of chances but went in be­hind 2-04 to 2-02.

Cuala got off to a great start in the sec­ond half by scor­ing a goal and two points to leave them ahead a goal and four points.

But then we started too play and what a fin­ish. We had some great scores from Clare, Ni­amh, Kel­lie, Aoife, Anna and Coaimhe but it was the sup­ply of ball from our de­fence and mid­field who drove them on.

We scored three goals and eight points in the sec­ond half to run out win­ners on a score line of 5-10 to 3-10.

This was a great per­for­mance from all the girls. Hard luck to Cuala who con­trib­uted to a great game. We had he­roes and lead­ers all over the pitch from Sophie in goal, Caitlin and Or­laith on the full back line, Ni­cola, Lauren and Ni­amh on the half back line and Sarah and Roisin in the mid­field. County Scene Well done to all of our County Play­ers who have played im­por­tant roles over the weekend. We had our Hurlers who played against Down on Satur­day as they won the Na­tional League Di­vi­sion 2B Fi­nal. The Se­nior Foot­ballers had a good win against Tip­per­ary in Thurles on Sun­day. I am re­li­ably in­formed that Jane But­ler is im­press­ing with the County U14 squad. We also had rep­re­sen­ta­tion on the U16 Hurl­ing Team who played Kil­dare on Satur­day.

EIRE OG GREY­STONES

On Satur­day evening Éire Óg trav­elled to Donard to play the lo­cals in the third round of the Se­nior League. Teams from Grey­stones are al­ways a lit­tle wor­ried cross­ing over into the west be­cause there is a feel­ing in the ranks that, in these parts, the ar­bi­tra­tion of games in­volv­ing the club is not al­ways even­handed. Hap­pily on this oc­ca­sion the seasiders had no grounds for com­plaint.

Spoils were shared, Éire Óg 0-7, Donard 1-4; a sec­ond low scor­ing draw on the trot.

For the older gen­er­a­tion it is dif­fi­cult to get their minds around the idea of chil­dren as young as 6 years hav­ing to par­tic­i­pate in su­per­vised train­ing. In their time chil­dren played in the streets and in neigh­bour­ing fields, and the games na­tive to their ar­eas e.g hurl­ing were run by the older chil­dren with the younger ones be­ing in­ducted into them as they came of age - the learn­ing of a sport was, one might say, by os­mo­sis. Nowa­days, sadly, many chil­dren even by the age of 7 may not have han­dled a ball, never mind been in­volved in a ball game. It is in the light of this re­al­ity that train­ing ses­sions for 6 year olds are or­gan­ised by clubs. Éire Óg has got into the act and hurl­ing and foot­ball ses­sions are run in­doors on Satur­day morn­ings at 11a.m. From what one ob­serves these are well at­tended and are very much en­joyed by the par­tic­i­pants.

In an­other de­par­ture Éire Óg, in line with the aim of An Cu­mann Camó­gaíochta of hav­ing a camo­gie team in ev­ery GAA club, is in the process of pro­mot­ing ju­ve­nile camo­gie. Ciarán Goff has taken the ini­tia­tive in this mat­ter and runs train­ing ses­sions for u-10s, also on Satur­day morn­ings at 11a.m.

In Septem­ber last Galen English, brother of Éire Óg play­ers Daniel (Rú­naí) and Eoin, was in a se­ri­ous cy­cling ac­ci­dent which left him per­ma­nently paral­ysed from the chest down. Galen is mar­ried with a very young fam­ily.

De­spite his se­ri­ous in­juries Galen is in rea­son­ably good spir­its and is show­ing real de­ter­mi­na­tion in try­ing to come to terms with the tough re­al­i­ties of his new life. To raise funds to help make his house wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble, Daniel, with 9 oth­ers, is un­der­tak­ing an 800Km cy­cle from Mizen Head to Malin Head in May. Please visit www.team­galen.com and click the spon­sor but­ton to do­nate any­thing you can.

Comhbhrón: All in Éire Óg ex­tend their sin­cer­est sym­pa­thies to the Keane fam­ily on the death in Sligo of Felic­ity's mother, Ann O'Dowd. Felic­ity was an ac­tive Éire Óg com­mit­tee mem­ber for many years and her sons Daniel and Peter are key play­ers with the club. Ar dheis Dé go raibh anam Ann.

NEW­TOWN

It was won­der­ful to see the chil­dren from the U8s and 10s re­turn to train­ing this week, in par­tic­u­lar all the new grad­u­ates of the New­town nurs­ery who moved up to U-8s. Un­for­tu­nately our U-12s didn't train this week be­cause of poor weather, but they are right back into it with their first match against Kil­mac on Mon­day 7th at 7pm.

Our Se­nior team take on Naas GAA away on Tues­day evening next in a friendly fix­ture and fol­low­ing this they take on Eire Og in the league on Tues­day 15th.

Fol­low­ing on from the St Patrick's Day cel­e­bra­tions a cou­ple of weeks ago, the golden an­niver­sary of the win­ning 1964 team will be hon­oured at a din­ner dance cel­e­bra­tion tak­ing place on June 7 next, fur­ther de­tails to fol­low.

An­other save the date is the fourth an­nual Sean McShane Me­mo­rial Cup Golf Clas­sic con­firmed for Sun­day, June 1 (bank hol­i­day weekend). Fol­low­ing on from the suc­cess of the last three years this year prom­ises to be a great one. Book in early to guar­an­tee re­quested tee times (€360 team or €50 to spon­sor a tee box). Check out Face­book page 'Sean McShane Me­mo­rial Cup' for up­dates. Hope to see you in Druids Glen.

Lotto rolls over again this week to €3,600 this week, win­ning num­bers were 8,12, 17, and 21. There were five match three win­ners at €40

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