EIRE OG GREYSTONES
Féile - Saturday morning, though dull of aspect, failed to dampen the enthusiasm of the 23 under14 girls who were setting out for Ballinakill to test their mettle against the county's best in Féile na mBan, Cill Mhantáin 2014.
To their surprise, they were greeted on arrival by a sun-kissed venue, alive with the joyful chattering of the girls of seven or eight other clubs.
It fell to the Éire Óg cailínís lot to be grouped for competition purposes against St. Nicholas (Dunlavin), Blessington and St. Pat's. A truly intimidating line-up of opponents.
Our first game was against St. Nicholas's. This was a really exciting encounter between two evenly matched sides. Éire Óg were clinging tightly to that most dangerous of leads, two points, with the finishing post in sight and it seemed that victory would be theirs. However, when the countdown was at two, a Dunlavin goal denied us our anticipated rejoicing.
Next up were Blessington who had, to put it mildly, annihilated our u-14s in the 2013 league. But a year is a game-changer in underage sport and this time there was to be no repeat. A knifeedge contest, which to-ed and fro-ed in rapid oscillation. Unfortunately we found ourselves three points in arrears when it counted.
St. Pat's, Éire Óg's next opponents, were a team truly to be feared; the top team in the county at this level over the last few years, skilful footballers and well-trained. After a battling performance our girls found themselves a creditable seven points behind at the final whistle.
The management was buoyed by the wonderful effort put in by all 23 of the girls - it is the policy of the mentors at u-12 and u-14 that every player get significant game time - and was loathe to single out particular players. Yet they felt that since a degree of press-ganging is involved in filling the position, the girls who agreed to stand between the posts were worthy of mention, viz Katie O'Reilly, Emma Curran and the versatile Ellie O'Neill (at full-forward in her other games she was responsible for a number of scores and was also a prize winner at the recent Daffodil Show).
U-12 Girls - The u-12 girls, who participate in the B league, have put together a run of three victories on the trot.
Firstly they defeated Arklow's second team, 6-6 to 4-2, and five days later they had an exciting victory over neighbours Naomh Feargal, 5-7 to 4-3. A very satisfying feature of these games was the contribution made by newcomers Sarah Doyle, Laura Banton, Ciara O'Neill, Eimear Fawcett and Aisling Roche.
Over the two games, forwards Niamh Hanrahan (5-4) and Ella Horgan caught the eye.
Aisling Duggan and Megan Maguire were prominent amongst the backs and Eva Megannety played well at centre-field.
Wednesday night the under-12s faced off against St. Pat's second team and in the event put in a fine performance.
Twenty-one players attended and each of them got meaningful game time. Andrea Hanlon, who had a powerful game at full-back, was ably assisted in defence by sisters Alice and Maedhbh O'Neill and by Eimear Fawcett. Aisling Duggan and Megan Maguire had the upperhand in the centre and among the forwards Terri Williams (11), Eimear Ryan and young Jayne Merren (2-1) caused no end of problems for the St. Pat's backs. Jayne was described as having the energy and inexhaustibility of the Duracell bunny.
The Junior team start their campaign to win the Don O’Gorman Cup for the fifth year in a row with a home fixture against St. Pat’s in the Park on Wednesday, April 23rd (tonight) at 7.15pm.
The Intermediate team have a difficult away game in Greystones next Monday evening, April 28th against last year’s Intermediate champions Eire Og. Throw in is at 7.15pm.
There was no winner of the jackpot in last week’s club lotto. The numbers drawn were 6, 9, 13, and 15. The Jackpot this week is €3,500.
The lotto is the club’s life blood and without it we could not function,and would not have had all the success that we have enjoyed at all levels in recent times.
We are always looking for new sellers,and as an incentive we have a sellers draw every month with two €50 notes up for grabs, so if anyone would like come on board they can contact one of the lotto committee members any Monday evening in King’s Lounge around 10pm.
No winner of the lotto jackpot this week. Numbers drawn were 3, 6, 24, and 26. There were three match 3s who won €35 each. They were Kirsten Keogh, Bri-ann Mulvanny, and Lizzie Lillis. Sellers prize winner was Pat Carroll. Next weeks jackpot stands at incredible €16,000. Tickets on sale in the Wagons, Jacob’s, Byrne's shop, the Corner House Boland’s and Sean Murphy's Butchers.
Juvenile training continues every Wednesday and Friday night at 6.30pm. Our under-10s played in Balinakill on Good Friday. It was very enjoyable for the most part. We had three matches of 10 minutes aside all in quick succession.
Luckily we had 14 kids but its hard work on the sideline trying to give all the kids a game. Balinakill is a fantastic complex and it was nice to get an invite but a bag of tayto and a drink would have been nice for the kids or a cup of tea for the adults.
Knockananna play the Billies in the league on Saturday evening at 6.30pm in Knockananna.
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.
Under-8 football (for kids born in 2006 and 2007) - 6.30 - 7.30pm.
Under-10 football (for kids born in 2004 and 2005) -7.15-8.15pm. Under-10 football continues every Monday. Tuesday - Under-10 hurling continues every Tuesday from 6pm.
Wednesday - Under-6 hurling and football (for kids born in 2008 and 2009) - 6.30 - 7-15pm.
Under-8 hurling (for kids born in 2006 and 2007) -7.15-8.15pm. Under-12 football; 6.30 to 7.30pm. Thursday - Under-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.
Under-8 and under-10 Go Games blitzes - For our up and coming stars at under-8 and under-10 level, the next trip takes us to Bray on Friday 25th April.
We take on Bray Emmets, Fergal Og, Kilmac, Enniskerry and St. Pat’s in hurling. Be in Bray Emmets grounds for 6.20pm. Looking forward to a feast of hurling.
Our under-10s had a very busy week just gone with a monster hurling and football blitz in Ballinakill on Monday 14th and Wednesday 16th respectively.
I am delighted to report that our under-10s participated fully in the Wicklow section of the National Go Games week initiative.
We were represented by two teams on Monday 14th in the Centre of Excellence at Ballinakill.
It was our first time playing there and it truly is an impressive facility.
Our opposition on the night came from Bray Emmets, Carnew, Glenealy, St. Pat’s Wicklow.
The games were very skillful, competitive affairs and played to a very high standard. As always we gave a great account of ourselves and our skill, commitment and effort matches that of any team in the county.
At the risk of repeating ourselves, Pappy and I would like to sincerely thank all the players and parents for your continued loyalty to your club.
It is fantastic proof of your support that we had two under-10 teams at both football and hurling traveling to Ballinakill during the Easter holidays.
Training as always is on Tuesdays at 6pm , with our next blitz on Friday 25th in Bray Emmets. New players welcome, please call Karl on 087 2488922.
Our footballers represented the club with two teams for the monster football blitz. They performed markedly well on a breezy pitch.
While our game between our two teams was very exciting, we also played Ashford, Annacurragh, Avondale and Newtown to a very high skill level. Thanks for all the participation and support from the parents and players.
Under-12 football - Kilcoole under-12 footballers made it two wins from two with a hard fought victory over Bray Emmets in Kilcoole.
Tom Fitzgerald was the main man on the night scoring 2-2, but only after he had hit the crossbar three times in the first half.
He was well supported by Fionn Mansfield who scored two points for the second game in a row, Luke O'Callaghan scored 1-3 from midfield, Ben O'Neill 0-1 and Elliot Hatton with 0-1
Other forwards who showed really well were Taylor Brandon, Jordan Greene, Keeley Devlin Merriman and Chloe Byrne.
In defence Eoin Byrne and Conor Daye were rock solid and had great backup from Cian Hunt, Shane Collins, Ollie Newsome and Robyn Evans, while Aaron Keddy was always in command when in goal and in the half back line in the second half.
The final score was Kilcoole 3-7, Bray Emmets 2-6.
Our next match is away to Kilmacanogue next Tuesday and we will be aiming to make it three out of three. Training is Wednesday evening at 6.30 pm. Under-16 Football - Kilcoole under-16 footballers took on St. Patrick’s in the league last week at home.
We knew it would be a tough contest and this is exactly how it worked out in this evenly matched game.
We took a lead but Pat’s always kept the scores close and we never managed to pull away.
When the game was nearing the end, we were leading by two points and it looked like we were going to be victorious despite a lot of Pat’s pressure.
Next the famous declaration by John Lydon: "Ever get the feeling, you've being cheated", spring to time as Pat’s hit us with a sucker goal and insurance point to secure victory with a scoreline of Pat’s 1-6, Kilcoole 0-07.
It is never a nice feeling losing a game so late. However there are a lot of positives to take from this game.
At times we played nice possession football and had seven different scorers: Ryan Heffernan, Jack Bellamy, Dylan O Brien, Cian Condren, Jordan Murray, Luke Evans and Arron McKenna with a point a piece. Eamonn Cooke, Conor Murphy Toole (captain), Killian Hannon, Brian Short, Christy O Brien defended well and were unfourtunate to concede a goal so late on.
Nathan Corkish, Leo Hanney, Patrick Byrne, Brian Murray all contributed well to our forward play while Eoin Vines had another good game in goals. There is now a break with matches but training continues.
Junior Hurling and Football - Both our hurlers and footballers had a well earned break from matches last week.
It gave us a great chance to catch up on ordering our new football kit and jerseys that are being kindly sponsored by Ian in the Molly's!
The kit was due this week however a last minute request for change in the shorts brand by our inter county star Ronan Keddy has caused delivery to be postponed by three weeks! Ro, I hope the change in design is worth the wait.
While we were distracted this week by clothing matters, next week will see normal service resumed.
We play our first hurling league championship match in Kilcoole against the mighty men from the west, Western Gaels. Throw in is at 7.15pm.
This is normally a busy night in the field with all our juveniles training. Hopefully we will be able to serve up some fine skillful hurling for our future stars.
Our footballers travel to Larragh on Sunday 27th of April in search of two valuable points. After our recent indiscipline we will be missing a few players but it should give others players the chance to step up.
It was a case of starting all over again with our lotto last week. There was no winners of the €2k, next weeks lotto will hit the amazing heights of €2,200. The numbers were 1,2,5, 17. Six participants shared the tidy sum of €200 big ones between them.
Thanks to all who helped out with dismantling the portacabin on Saturday morning.
This nearly didn't go ahead as an objection was put through to our chairman from Rasher Ryan.
He was feeling very nostalgic about removing this incredible piece of art that he so kindly brought into the club all those years ago.
In order to facilitate his objection we had to fast track photographs to Chicago in order that he could have some memories of his beloved structure.
Thank you to all who helped out, I'm probably going to leave a few out but sher email me if your not happy, I will take it very serious.
The line out on the day was Rosco and Ronan Keddy, Gint, Karl Cooke, Bernard Collier, Tom Quigley, Shay Finn, Ciaran Dutton, Coco and Ciaran Mitchel.
Special mention must go to Shay Finn who showed remarkable composure to order 10 breakfast rolls and 10 coffees in Centra for his troops. A superb performance under pressure Shay. However it was not good enough to earn hime the Clubperson of the Week award. This inaugural award must go to Vinny Quigley for his threeminute cameo at dismantling the portacabin and his 22 minute stint at selling lotto tickets in Topaz. He was able to fit all this into Saturday - outstanding Vin, keep it up.
Finally the club is running a scrap metal fundraising drive from May 5 to 11. All metal big or small will be gratefully accepted.
Domestic appliances can be dropped to the club grounds between the above dates. Bigger items can be collected from your homes. To avail of this facility please contact Owen O’Mahony on 0866181926.
Lotto - There was no Match 4 winner of the Club Lotto on Friday, 18th April when the numbers drawn were 8, 12, 14 and 23 so next week, the jackpot goes up to €7,500.
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. Niall Mullen wins the Lucky Dip and will receive €25. Further details are available at www.brayemmets.com.
BeFit - Be Fit registration next Saturday 26th April in the club between 11am and 12pm for an 8 week programme.
Are you looking to get that Summer Holiday Body or maybe a little bit of toning up or just lose a few pounds and get some fitness, then this is the place for you.
The organisers will accommodate new members of all levels of fitness as well as those who have been training with Be Fit for the past year.
If you're unsure or would like some more information then drop up to the club and have a chat with us. As always everybody is welcome
Under-14 Hurling - The under-14 hurling team take part in the Wicklow Feile competition on Saturday in Ballinakill. Matches commence at 2pm and all support for the lads would be most wel- come.
Under-14 Camogie - The under-14 camogie team will take part in the Dublin Feile competition on Saturday in Oliver Plunketts. This is the second year that the girls have taken part in the Dublin Feile and all support would be welcome.
Under-14 Football - The under-14 footballers kicked off their league campaign with a very encouraging win over Blessington in Old Conna.
After a sluggish start they found themselves trailing by a couple of points. However a very strong finish to the half saw Bray Emmets leading at half time.
The lads came flying out of the blocks after half time and never looked back running out 8-13 to 37 winners in the end.
This was very much a team performance with all players contributing to the victory on the night.
Team: James Anders, Andrew O'Brien, Ronan McMahon, Sid Hunt, Davey Maloney, Donnchadh Griffin, Joe Phelan, Ciaran McKay, Tony Jackson, Conrad Ruddy, Andrew Conway, Ben Kearney, MacDara O Mhidheach, Mick O'Gara, Cian Lohan, Charley Delaney Byrne, Seanie McDonagh
Go Games - On a lovely Monday evening some of our under-10 hurlers travelled to the centre of excellence in Ballinakill, Rathdrum.
We brought an impressive 30 kids to take part where on the night they sure did us proud with some of the best hurling seen to date.
There were so many good players on the evening to mention but this will be a team to look out for in the years to come.
A big thank you to all parents who took the time to travel. It was definitely worth the trip.
Congratulations - Well done to Darragh Rochford, Andrew O’Brien and Joe Phelan who played with the Wicklow under-14 development football team last Saturday in Ballinakill.
The lads represented the club with great pride and each had a telling influence on the games against Wexford and Laois, respectively.
Also a mention to our former player Pierce Sweeney who captained Reading to the under-21 Premier League Cup. We look forward to seeing Pierce up at the club in the off season.
Easter Camp - The Easter camp was a great success with the beautiful fine weather we had last week. 62 happy campers enjoyed lots of fun activities from football, hurling/camogie, skill competitions, penalty shoot-out, rounder's, tag games, drawing colouring, dance, dodge ball, orienteering and Easter Egg hunt.
The boys and girls went home happy and tired and rumour has it that they all slept well every night.
A special word of thanks to our wonderful young coaches Cathy Waters, Sophie Connolly, Jessica Conway, Roisín Quigly, Caoimhe Lohan, Sophie Mooney, Sarah Hayde, Orla Griffin, Stephen Finn, Shane Lohan, Danika Goulding, Juliette Fortune who worked tirelessly to make the camp the success it was.
Well done girls and boys we in the club are very proud of you. Maith sibh.
The ladies team train every Tuesday and Thursday from 7pm to 8pm, all are welcome to join up.
The men’s Division 4 team play their second league match at home to Carnew this Thursday.
Last week they started off well, putting up a big score of 4-04 against a tough Coolkenno side.
However, in the end they were unfortunate to come out losing by a point. Willy Sinnott, Joe Toomey, Brian Walsh and Keith Stafford showed well in a good tight contest.
The men’s Division 3 team are at home to Hollywood this weekend and a big performance is expected by management, with places now up for grabs on the championship team.
The first adult hurling game takes place next Wednesday away to Carnew.
Club membership is €70 for adults and €20 for juveniles, membership for nursery juveniles is free. All memberships must now be paid in full.
Please remember that gumshields must be worn at all training sessions and matches.
ARKLOW ROCKS JUVENILES
On Monday last week our under-10 team travelled toBallinakill to play in a blitz organised by the county juvenile board.
In our first match we played St. Patrick’s of Wicklow, beating them by four goals to nil with goals from Josh Tunney (2) and the Gahan brothers, Tiernan and Conor.
In the second match we played Carnew and beat them by four goals to one, this time it was Sean McCarthy with two goals and Adam O’Leary and Kean Redmond with a goal apiece.
In our final game we played Bray Emmets and beat them six goals to nil with goals from Josh Tunney (1), Daniel Riley (2), Sean McCarthy (2) and Conor Gahan (1).
In our back line we had great performances from Casey Doyle and Oisin Woods and Evan Tunney who conceded just one goal in three matches.
On Friday next our under-8s and 10s play a blitz in Rathdrum.