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GLE­NEALY

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.

KNOCK­ANANNA

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.

KIL­COOLE

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.

BRAY EM­METS

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.

BARN­DAR­RIG

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.

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