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Ju­ve­niles - Our ju­ve­nile coach­ing ses­sions con­tinue this week 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. U-12 foot­ball - 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Thurs­day - U-12 hurl­ing 7 to 8pm. 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 - Last Fri­day, af­ter a very suc­cess­ful open­ing round of U-8 and U-10 hurl­ing blitz in Kil­coole, the at­ten­tion switched to foot­ball.

Our young stars made the trip to Round­wood where we took on teams from Avon­dale, St Pat's of Wick­low and Round­wood.

We had a fan­tas­tic turnout by kids and par­ents as we lined out three teams at un­der-8 level with a to­tal of 35 kids tak­ing part.

For the play­ers just up from U-6 level this was their first taste of a foot­ball blitz. Well done to all play­ers, ye did your­selves, your par­ents and the club very proud. The next blitz is a hurl­ing blitz on April 25 in Bray.

Un­der-12 foot­ball - Kil­coole U-12 foot­ballers had their fist match in the league on Mon­day night away to Ash­ford.

We had a good turnout of play­ers and ev­ery­one got game time and had a great chance to show what they were ca­pa­ble of.

Kil­coole started off very well and got some early scores to set­tle the nerves.

Luke O'Cal­laghan at mid­field and Jamie Mur­ray at half for­ward were com­bin­ing well and dom­i­nat­ing the play.

In de­fence Eoin Byrne, Olly New­some and Shane Collins were rock solid and had great sup­port from Char­lie Traynor, Chloe Byrne and Fionn Mans­field, and Aaron Keddy in goal.

In the for­wards Tom Fitzger­ald, El­liot Hat­ton, and Robyn Evans all worked re­ally hard and got their re­ward with some great scores for the team.

In the sec­ond half Ben O'Neill at mid­field put in a man of the match per­for­mance, and was well sup­ported by half time sub­sti­tutes Conor Daye, Tay­lor Bran­don (who got the point of the game, when she fin­ished off a flow­ing move from mid­field) and Lucy Rooney.

This was a great per­for­mance for our first game and gives all the play­ers (and men­tors) a great in­cen­tive to work hard at train­ing and en­joy a great sum­mer of Gaelic foot­ball.

Scor­ers - Jamie Mur­ray 2-1, Tom Fitzger­ald 1-2, Ben O'Neill 0-3, El­liot Hat­ton 0-2, Tay­lor Bran­don 0-2, Luke O'Cal­laghan 0-1.

Train­ing is on Wed­nes­day nights at 6.30pm in the field.

Un­der-14 hurl­ing - U-14 hurl­ing. This week on Wed­nes­day 16th our hurlers play their sec­ond game of the league away to Ti­na­hely, de­tails to be con­firmed dur­ing the week.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Leo Han­ney, Glen Dunne, Oisin Curry and Thomas Moore­house who rep­re­sented Kil­coole on the U-14 county hurl­ing team which beat Meath and lost nar­rowly to Car­low in two very good games last Satur­day morn­ing in Bal­li­nakill. Well done lads.

Un­der-16 Foot­ball - Kil­coole U-16 foot­ballers got their league cam­paign off to a win­ning start against Derry Gaels away in An­nacurra on a score line of Kil­coole 3-09, Derry Gaels 1-08.

It is al­ways nice to get off to a win­ning start in what was a good all round ream per­for­mance. We got off to the per­fect start with early goals from Brian Mur­ray and Ar­ron McKenna.

These early goals proved de­ci­sive at the end as Derry Gaels pushed us all the way and we were grate­ful to our 'keeper Eoin Vines for two great saves at a cru­cial stage of the game, one of these from a peno.

It was a game of two halves as we dom­i­nated the first half, where we played some lovely at­tack­ing foot­ball and were re­warded with some fine scores. It was pleas­ing to have to seven dif­fer­ent scor­ers- Jack Bel­lamy 0-2, Dy­lan O'Brien 0-1, Ryan Hef­fer­nan 0-2, Nathan Cork­ish 0-1, Ar­ron McKenna1-1.

Brian Mur­ray chased and har­ried ev­ery ball in around the square and was duly re­warded with a per­sonal score of 2-1.

Our for­wards were ably as­sisted by Patrick Byrne, Conor Ruble­clava and Kil­lian Han­non. How­ever we were more on the de­fen­sive in the sec­ond half. and we had to de­pend on Conor Mur­phy Toole who played a cap­tain's part.

Luke Evans dom­i­nated the half back line and also scored two points. Ea­monn Cooke and Jordan Mur­ray de­fended bravely as it was all hands to the deck in the last quar­ter.

There are a lot of pos­i­tives to take from this per­for­mance and the lads should be proud of their per­for­mance away from home and build on this vic­tory. Well done lads

Our U-16s capped a very busy week with a hurl­ing vic­tory aswell with a 3-14 to 1-07 win over Avon­dale.

Ju­nior Hurl­ing - Our Ju­nior hurlers trav­elled to Mount­mel­lick on Satur­day last to take on the lo­cal team in the semi fi­nal of the Le­in­ster league.

You would think the name of the com­pe­ti­tion would give the lo­ca­tion of our match away, how­ever our man­age­ment team and two of our more ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers got a lit­tle con­fused and ended up in Thurles try­ing to get into Sem­ple Sta­dium.

As a re­sult the match was de­layed for a while but even­tu­ally the ref got im­pa­tient and called for the game to com­mence with­out Gerry Mur­ray and Ciaran Doyle, who at this stage were mak­ing their way to McDon­agh Park in Ne­nagh.

This game was unique in a way that Kil­coole used three3 goalies through­out the day!

Gleaso started in goals but had to leave af­ter 10 min­utes to train for three rounds of box­ing in the dress­ing room af­ter the game.

This chal­lenge came from an un­usual and un­ex­pected source that will re­main name­less.

So off trot­ted Gleaso and in came Doyler, who, af­ter his trip to Tipp, was quiet fa­tigued and re­quested to play the re­main­der of the first half in goals.

With all this in­ter­rup­tion it was a mir­a­cle that we man­aged to keep a clean sheet of goals in the first half.

How­ever, at half time nor­mal ser­vice re­sumed and we placed our reg­u­lar goalie, Jay, in goals and con­ceded three goals in the sec­ond half.

Kil­coole, al­though not con­ced­ing a goal in the first, were 10 points down at half time.

We bat­tled well in the sec­ond half to score seven sec­ond half points. We even­tu­ally ran out on the wrong side of a 3-14 to 10 point de­feat.

Spe­cial men­tion must go to Vinny Quigley who left a wed­ding in Naas (at least he was in the same prov­ince) to line out at cen­tre back and give his usual all ac­tion dis­play.

The team in full was: Gleaso, JP, Chris Phar­rell, Mikey O Brien, Hugh­e­sie (0.01), Vinny, Eggy, Eoiny (0.02) and Dar­ragh Keddy, John O Brien, Paddy O Brien (0.01) Jay Walsh, Rambo, Ro­nan Keddy (0.06), Rosco. Doyler for Gleaso, Mur­ray for John O Brien, John O Brien for Rosco.

Our first league game takes place on Wed­nes­day April 23 at home to Western Gaels at 7.15pm.

Our weekly lotto was fi­nally won on Mon­day, April 7. A syn­di­cate from New­town, ably as­sisted by a few Kil­cool­ers took the top prize of €13,200.

I would like to re­mind this syn­di­cate that the lotto continues ev­ery week and this week it will recom­mence at the tidy sum of €2,000.


Lotto - Win­ning num­bers were 6, 13, 20, and 25. Bonus 39. No jack­pot win­ner, match three num­bers re­ceive €63 each. Jack­pot April 14 will be €10,700. Thanks to all buy­ers and sell­ers of lotto tick­ets for con­tin­ued sup­port.

Adult hurl­ing - Train­ing continues on Wed­nes­day on the pitch start­ing at 7.30pm.

New play­ers wel­come, the Ju­nior Hurl­ing League com­mences on Wed­nes­day April 23 with a home fix­ture v Kil­te­gan.

For more info con­tact Jim D'Arcy at 0872021485.

De­vel­op­ment Draw - The first draw this year has been de­ferred to April 25. There is a to­tal prize fund of €66,750 this year for the three draws which take place on Fri­day, April 25, Fri­day, May 16, Fri­day, June 20. Tick­ets cost €50 for all three draws. Tick­ets are avail­able from Gary Ka­vanagh 0868567262, Dara Con­nolly 086-1741050.

Adult foot­ball: Men - The men's team played Barn­dar­rig in St. Mary's Park on Satur­day, win­ning an in­tensely fought game by one point on a score line of 2-8 to 1-10.

The game started at a blis­ter­ing pace as the vis­i­tors at­tacked rest­lessly but com­ing away with no scores. The home team started to in­flu­ence the game more as the ever­green vet­eran Gary Ka­vanagh got the mid­field mov­ing pro­vid­ing the plat­form for the for­wards to do their work.

Craig Wil­liams at wing for­ward started to cut the vis­i­tors open with his de­ci­sive runs and flat pass­ing yield goals for Alan King and Anto O'Neil. Brendan Bar­ton was mov­ing well and keep­ing the vis­i­tors de­fence busy while the raid­ing wing backs pro­vided the over­laps out­side the wing for­wards. But the vis­i­tors ral­lied and points from num­ber 9 Michael Mur­phy had the score line tied at 2-3 to 9 points.

The sec­ond half again started at a blis­ter­ing pace and the home team picked off four vi­tal points early in the half but the vis­i­tors would not be de­nied.

A for­ma­tion change and sud­denly they went on an all out at­tacked bring­ing a goal which left them one be­hind and a fisted chance that rat­tled the cross­bar from the big num­ber 8.

En­niskerry now changed for­ma­tion and went look­ing for the score that would se­cure the game but both teams were guilty of misses and the game was poised to swing ei­ther way.

Then from kick out Barn­dar­rig came on a promis­ing look­ing counter at­tack down the right wing which was bro­ken up and the ball was shipped to Stephen King now roam­ing mid­field, right man in the right place and the ball screamed over the bar.

Again, from the kick out the vis­i­tors game and had their at­tack bro­ken up only for the ball to be given back to them in a dan­ger­ous po­si­tion which gained them a kick­able free on the 21.

With so many play­ers in way the ball was tapped over for a point and the fi­nal whis­tle was sounded on the kick out. Stephen King, Alan King, Gary Ka­vangh and Craig Wil­liams shone for the home team. En­niskerry would like to wish Nicky Sin­nott of Barn­dar­rig the best as he suf­fered an in­jury near the end of the game.

Ladies Foot­ball - The women made the long early trip to Ti­na­hely on Sun­day morn­ing but came way with a win on a score line of 3-8 to 1-2 lead by Jenny Va­hey.

Scores came from all over the team. Im­pres­sive dis­plays came from Heather Black­burn, Tara Mullin, Ash­ling Driver, Oral Kearns, Shauna Kearns, the full back line and Ail­ish Kelly. The en­tire team played ex­tremely well with the subs also mak­ing a big im­pact.

The win gave En­niskerry their first points in the league putting them back in the race for the ti­tle.

Un­der 16 - An ex­cel­lent dis­play by the un­der-16 Kil­mananogue En­niskerry team saw them run out win­ners by 4-12 to 0-09 against Ash­ford in the first league game of the new sea­son on Mon­day night. The first half was quite close with only three points be­tween the teams at the break.

Rhys Cope, Wil­liam Coogan , Sam OCal­laghan and Noel Nolan lead the scor­ing on the night with 19 points be­tween them.

James Cahill, Alan Acres, AJ Porter and Jack Con­roy also con­trib­uted to the score­board. Conor Mans­field was ex­cel­lent at the back and was very well sup­ported by Paul McGlone, Bran­don Scully, Owen Cor­ri­gan, Max Traem and Jamie Dempsey.

Ian Kir­win made some ex­cel­lence saves and kept a clean sheet be­tween the sticks on the night. The team look for­ward to the next league game against New­town on Mon­day 14th at 7pm at En­niskerry. This hope­fully will see the re­turn from in­jury of Michael Holly, Mark Mullen and Stephen Mullery and this should strengthen the team even fur­ther.

The club cake sale will take place on the Sun­day the 20th from 9 till 1. Please con­tact Gary Ka­vanagh on 086-8567262 for more de­tails.


Wick­low's NFL de­feat of Tip­per­ary, who have been show­ing some form on the Gaelic foot­ball field over the last few years, has come as a wel­come morale boost for the team go­ing into the cham­pi­onship.

Be­fore the game the cognoscenti would have seen it as some­what of a David (Wick­low) ver­sus Go­liath con­test so Cill Man­táin's vic­tory came as a huge sur­prise to many.

The man­ner of its ac­com­plish­ment had the sub­stance of a fairy­tale and for us in Éire Óg it was par­tic­u­larly grat­i­fy­ing in that our own Dar­ren Hay­den played an im­por­tant part in its achieve­ment.

Two min­utes 48 sec­onds re­main­ing, Wick­low seven points down and the ac­tion deep in its ter­ri­tory. Dar­ren col­lects the ball in­side the 45 and bursts out of de­fence in grace­ful ath­letic flight and holds pos­ses­sion un­til he is 10m in­side the 45 on the other side.

He off­loads to Rory Finn who clev­erly lobs the keeper.

Two min­utes 20 sec­onds left, the kick-out, the Tipp ef­fort over­cooked. Wick­low keeper col­lects, passes to cor­ner back who finds Dar­ren in a tight sit­u­a­tion al­most on the side­line.

Dar­ren dodges and weaves into the mid­dle and passes to Niall Gaffney charg­ing for­ward. The ball, af­ter pass­ing through a few other Gar­den County hands finds its way to the net. Just sec­onds left and the seem­ingly im­pos­si­ble hap­pens.

The Clare foot­ball man­ager on hear­ing an ac­count of the match ut­tered in as­ton­ish­ment “if it had hap­pened in NY it would have been at­trib­uted to the mafia” im­ply­ing of course that Wick­low's tri­umph amounted to a grand lar­ceny.

One would con­sider this a slightly un­fair as­sess­ment and feels it should be seen more in the light of the ef­forts of the ram in Frank Si­na­tra's hit “High Hopes”, a just re­ward for per­sis­tence.

Ju­nior A - Dur­ing the week the Ju­nior A foot­ballers recorded a heart­en­ing vic­tory, 0-16 to 1-09, over a good and com­pet­i­tive Ash­ford side in the sec­ond round of the league.

The team's per­for­mance was a balm to the man­age­ment's frus­tra­tion at its sur­ren­der of a big lead in the dy­ing min­utes of the first round game against Em­mets. Éíre Óg re­ally played well in the first half and had built up a four point lead at the break.

How­ever, they set their sup­port­ers hearts aflut­ter with the con­ces­sion of 1-02 in the third quar­ter. Thank­fully the loss in the team's shape in this pe­riod was only tem­po­rary and the lads re­gained the up­per hand in the lat­ter stages and sent over five ex­cel­lently ex­e­cuted and unan­swered points.

Wil­lie O'Ha­gan (0-7, 5 frees), Ro­nan Han­away, James Cran­ley (0-2), Daniel Webb (0-3) and Andrew Walsh showed to ad­van­tage. Other scor­ers were Seán Ry­der (0-1), Ed­die Davis (0-2) and Dar­ren Quigley (0-1).

U-12 foot­ball - The lifeblood of a club lies in its ju­ve­nile sec­tion and while play­ers are a sine qua non of its ex­is­tence, these, with­out en­thu­si­as­tic and suit­able men­tors, would not serve much of a pur­pose.

Thank­fully at the mo­ment we have both at u-12 in girls' and boys' foot­ball and each group has had a busy few days.

In boys u-12 the for­mat of com­pe­ti­tion is de­signed to en­sure that side­line time for play­ers is min­i­mal; com­pe­ti­tions in­volve two 11-a-side teams from each club play­ing one an­other on a mod­i­fied pitch with pos­ses­sion limited to 2 plays of the ball (1 hop, 1 solo).

This makes for a free- flow­ing game and helps to pre­vent the games be­ing over-dom­i­nated by the stronger play­ers which can be a prob­lem at this level. The elim­i­na­tion of the one-two would also, one sug­gests, be a pos­i­tive move in this di­rec­tion.

The boys' first game was away to Bray Em­mets on Mon­day 7th. Both Éire Óg teams put in a great ef­fort and while the re­sult went Éire Óg's way the man­age­ment de­rived their great­est sat­is­fac­tion from the qual­ity of the lads' team play and the level of skill they dis­played.

On Fri­day the squad put in an­other ex­cel­lent per­for­mance at home against Donard.

Team 1: Frankie Byrne, Neil Brown, Patrick O'Con­nell, Aaron Bai­ley, Rory Barry, Eoisín and Seán O'Neill, Cyan Hynes, Ben Ho­gan, Daniel Healy, Seán McCormack, Josh Rushe, Ja­cob Browner, Oisín Shana­han.

Team2: Em­met Gul­liver, Liam and Patrick Byrne, Conor O'Dono­van, Cal­lum Shortt, Thade Shana­han, Cil­lian Keane, Joseph Prendergast, Luke Dor­gan, Neil Burke, Jack O'Sul­li­van, Frankie Ka­vanagh, Glenn Hal­li­gan, Fred­die Hap­po­nan.

The u-12s next game is away to Balt­in­glass on Tues­day 22nd at 7pm. A lo­gis­ti­cal nightmare as it was for Donard on Fri­day.

The list of par­tic­i­pants in this com­pe­ti­tion does not, one haz­ards, un­dergo huge changes from year to year and it should be pos­si­ble to draw up a ta­ble of fix­tures which would have a more log­i­cal con­struct.

One can­not see why ear­lier-sea­son games should not be be­tween near neigh­bours and that the longer dis­tanced games be re­served for the brighter evenings of high sum­mer when a later start­ing time could be ar­ranged. There is even a feel­ing in the club that these lat­ter matches should be played at an intermediate venue such as The Cen­tre Of Ex­cel­lence.


His­tory was made last week when New­town GAA en­tered an U-14s girls team in to Feile.

In the first match we could see we were rusty play­ing against a sea­soned team who went on to win the tour­na­ment but nev­er­the­less the girls bat­tled hard.

Our next two games were very close, un­for­tu­nately we didn't win ei­ther but there was never much be­tween us and the other two teams.

Jade Boyse was like a lit­tle ter­rier at half back, Ker­ryann Hamil­ton made some out­stand­ing runs from mid­field and scored some lovely points.

Ciara Dease was bury­ing goals in the back of the net, our two goal­keep­ers Kate­lyn and Alanna made some great saves, Kate­lyn Syn­nott, Cody McMa­hon and Rachel Carthy played their hearts out and never stopped bat­tling for the ball.

And hats off to our younger girls, Dan­isha, Laura, and Laragh, who have four years at this age group, these girls will be a force to be reck­oned with.

Each and ev­ery player on the team showed the New­town never say die at­ti­tude to­day, my­self and Sarah couldn't of been prouder of them. As the say­ing goes “things can only get bet­ter” and this team has a very bright fu­ture ahead of them. Up the Mag­pies.

Team: Kate­lyn Dun­leavy, Rachel Carthy, Alanna Gre­gory Power, Dan­isha Healy, Jade Boyse, Ker­ryann Hamil­ton, Ciara Dease, Kate­lynn Syn­nott Daly, Cody Mc Ma­hon, Laragh Davis, Laura Mur­phy.

There was no win­ner of last week's lotto jack­pot win­ning num­bers were 2, 3, 15, and 26, next week's jack­pot is €3,800.

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