CLUB CALL

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WICK­LOW ROVERS

The first team were the only se­nior team in the club in ac­tion at the week­end and they were in­volved in a six-goal thriller away to St. John Bosco on Satur­day night.

A brace from Peter Fin­negan and a sin­gle from Luke Byrne earned a share of the spoils be­tween two teams that are on the fringe of the pro­mo­tion spots.

Rovers have now drawn four of their last five league games and re­ally need to start pick­ing up wins to force their way into pro­mo­tion con­tention.

Satur­day’s ju­nior ac­tion saw our Un­der-8 green team play Rath­new greens in a very even tussle. Both teams pro­duced some ex­cel­lent foot­ball.

The Un­der-9 green team took on Ark­low Town black team in what was a very closely fought game with very lit­tle be­tween the two teams. George O’Neill was on the score sheet for Rovers.

The Un­der-10As got back to win­ning ways with goals from Evan Burke and an own goal to se­cure all three points in a 2-0 win over St. An­thony’s.

A spe­cial men­tion has to be given to Rory Hen­nessey who pulled off an ex­cel­lent save which changed the course of the game in his team’s favour in what was a good all round team per­for­mance.

Our Un­der-10Bs went down 4-1 to Cool­boy Rangers with Aaron Ca­vanagh scor­ing his third of the cam­paign.

The Un­der-11As recorded a good 5-2 win over neigh­bours Rath­new, both Callum Gib­ney and Conor Hunter hit two each with Mark Hodgkin­son net­ting one.

The Un­der-12As kept their ex­cel­lent win­ning run go­ing when they hit St. An­thony’s for eight, a splen­did hat-trick from Max Kear­ney, a brace a piece from Fionn Luddy and Con­nor Lewins and a sin­gle from Adam O’Reilly helped them to an 8-0 vic­tory and keeps them well in the mix for the ti­tle.

The Un­der-13Bs came up against a very strong New­town Ju­niors side los­ing 8-0 but to their credit they bat­tled to the end.

The Un­der-14As are another team who are in the hunt for a premier ti­tle and they ce­mented their place at the top of the pile when they com­pre­hen­sively de­feated Avon­more 11-2. The high­light of the game was to see Rovers two lead­ing goalscor­ers Daniel Fitzsimons and Conor Byrne smash home four goals each to make it 19 and 18 re­spec­tively for the sea­son.

Tris­tan O’Toole helped him­self to a brace with Jack Co­laluca nab­bing one goal.

Sun­day saw the un­der-8 white team play away to Ark­low Town, after an ex­cel­lent per­for­mance by both sides Rovers were re­warded with goals from Sean Pa­trick Guerin, Cil­lian Czwalina and Colin Le­z­ley.

The Un­der-9 white team put in a fine dis­play away to Grey­stones Utd, Ben Lyons scored two goals.

The Un­der-11Bs lost 4-2 to Cool­boy with Charlie Phe­lan and Liam Nicholson scor­ing the goals.

Our Un­der-12Bs had a good 7-0 win in a lo­cal derby against Wick­low Town, Noah Sheri­dan and Luke Long hit two each, Ben Free, Conor Leonard and Kieran Fitzpatrick nabbed one each.

Our Un­der-13As went down 3-1 away to Ark­low Town, Nathan Sul­li­van scor­ing their goal. Ryan Murphy hit the goal for the Un­der-14Bs in their 3-1 de­feat to Wolfe Tone.

The Un­der-15As kept their ti­tle chal­lenge on track with a fine 6-1 win over St. An­thony’s. Luca Ram­per­saud plun­dered an ex­cel­lent hat-trick, two from Paul King and one from Stephen Fin­lay made up the to­tal.

The club would like to thank ev­ery­one who at­tended our AGM re­cently, it was nice to see the peo­ple turn out show­ing an in­ter­est in their club.

There were some very pos­i­tive sug­ges­tions from the peo­ple in attendance on how to progress our club for­ward go­ing into the fu­ture.

It has to be said that the com­mit­tee thought it was one of our more pro­duc­tive AGMs for many a year with peo­ple sug­gest­ing ideas for fundrais­ing, spon­sor­ship and a plan to ob­tain a de­fib­ril­la­tor.

Also we had peo­ple ex­press­ing an in­ter­est in help­ing the club out in some ca­pac­ity. Over the com­ing weeks we hope to put some of the ideas into op­er­a­tion in or­der to help our club pros­per go­ing for­ward. Once again thanks to all who at­tended our AGM.

As a re­sult of an idea raised at our re­cent AGM the club are cur­rently look­ing to ob­tain a de­fib­ril­la­tor, with the help of a club mem­ber we have availed of a great op­por­tu­nity to ob­tain a de­fib­ril­la­tor from a first aid provider.

If the club can col­lect 300 old mo­bile phones we will be given a de­fib­ril­la­tor in ex­change for the old phones. The club would be grate­ful if peo­ple would do­nate their old un­wanted phones to this wor­thy cause.

Any­one in­ter­ested in donat­ing any old phones can con­tact any of the fol­low­ing by tex­ting or ring­ing to or­gan­ise col­lec­tion or drop off. John Frazer 087-0564394; Jimmy Nolan 0879108706; Paul Delaney 086-3700320; Franny Copeland 087-7589332; Johnny Dunne 087-7802098; Ja­son Har­ris 086-2516731;Wil­lie O’Brien 0861696911.

Ev­ery­one at Wick­low Rovers AFC would like to ex­tend their deep­est sym­pa­thies to the fam­ily and friends of Tommy Keogh who sadly passed away re­cently, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time, may he rest in peace.

AVON­MORE FC

Aughrim Rovers -v- Avon­more Un­der-9s yel­low

With a strong start­ing team, and with a few po­si­tional changes, Avon­more started this game in fight­ing form.

Gavin Cullen in the goals had a busy 20 min­utes as Aughrim pep­pered our goal line with shot after shot.

Our back line in Rhys, Lewis and Tay­lor De­lamere Han­lon (who kindly helped us out on the day) were also kept busy and had to hold their con­cen­tra­tion in or­der to keep a very de­ter­mined Aughrim Rovers at bay.

Then after some very du­bi­ous ref­er­ee­ing, Aughrim were awarded a penalty which our goalie was very un­lucky not to save.

This spurred Aughrim on and even the most de­ter­mined of tack­ling by Mark O’Reilly and Calam Nan­gle couldn’t pre­vent Aughrim from scor­ing again.

Half time score Aughrim 3 - Avon­more 0. With our reg­u­lar goalie Os­car Dowling back be­tween the posts in the sec­ond half Avon­more started to pres­surise Aughrim with fierce de­ter­mi­na­tion.

Aughrim didn’t know what hit them as at­tack after at­tack came their way. Kyle Kenny who had re­placed Rhys in the backs, went on a run and took a fine shot just past half way line, which the Aughrim goalie saved in the nick of time. Keelin Han­lon Fitzger­ald also got into the ac­tion and had some fine shots also saved.

The ball stayed in the Aughrim half for most of the sec­ond half and with a piece of luck Mark O’Reilly took a shot and hit the back of the net.

With our spir­its up and be­liev­ing we could get more goals on the score sheet, it was with dis­be­lief that Aughrim went on once again to score, much to the dis­may of the Avon­more team. A spir­ited per­for­mance by the Avon­more team who are find­ing it tough in their new di­vi­sion. Heads up lads, a win will come soon.

Round­wood F.C v Avon­more Un- der-11s

With a record squad of 18 play­ers, the man­agers of Avon­more Un­der-11s had a dif­fi­cult task of pick­ing their start­ing team as they took on Round­wood FC on a bright Sun­day morn­ing.

The start­ing back line in Cameron, Kyle and Robert kept the early Round­wood at­tack at bay, while our mid field­ers in Cathal, Caleb and Lee put huge pres­sure on Round­wood’s goalie, as they put to­gether some great passes, link­ing up with the start­ing for­wards which were Zephen and Thomas.

Avon­more were ex­tremely well or­gan­ised across the field, with some great dis­play of foot­ball.

Round­wood’s goalie was def­i­nitely keep­ing them in the game as shot after shot from Avon­more was saved.

How­ever, with a great pass from the side line to Thomas who slipped a pass to Caleb the goal even­tu­ally came mak­ing the score one all at half time.

With some tac­ti­cal changes from both teams for the sec­ond half Round­wood had our goalie Kee­lan on his toes, and it was his turn to keep his team in the game.

Un­for­tu­nately for us shots from Caleb and Lee were saved. Rowan, Jack and Cormac tried their best to stem the flow of passes that Round­wood put to­gether, while Kyle, Lee and Joshua also tried their hard­est.

Un­for­tu­nately, it wasn’t Avon­more day with the fi­nal score be­ing 5-1 to Round­wood. Great team spirit showed by Avon­more.

Play­ers for Avon­more were: Cathal, Brook­lyn, Zephan,Cameron, Thomas, Caleb, Jack, Kyle, Lee, Robert, Rowan, Cormac, Conor, Nathan, Joe, Joshua, Ni­cholas, Rowan.

BRAY WAN­DER­ERS

Seag­ulls Lotto - There was no jack­pot win­ner on Sun­day, Novem­ber 30 for a jack­pot of €7,525. The num­bers drawn were, 1, 10, 13, and 21.

The five €30 lucky win­ners were T Allen c/o En­niskerry girls, J and C mor­ris c/o D Crin­ion, J Keat­ing c/o J Keat­ing, O Byr­ney c/o C Ka­vanagh, D Falon c/o Glen­view FC.

The next draw will be on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 7 at 10pm in the Hiber­nia Inn with a jack­pot of €7,600. 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.

NEW­TOWN JU­NIORS F.C.

We took ad­van­tage of the good weather to get some games in last week­end.

The Un­der-11s were idle while the girl’s game away to Terenure F.C. was can­celled late on Satur­day night due to ill­ness and in­juries that af­fected the home side’s team.

The Un­der-8s lost at home to St. An­thony’s but as usual they ac­quit­ted them­selves very well. Among their play­ers that starred were Naoise Lowe, Keelin Dodd and Mike Syn­nott. No joy for the Un­der-9s ei­ther as they went down to a 5-1 de­feat away to Ark­low United.

On a bad day at the of­fice their only goal was an own goal. The Un­der-10s trav­elled to take on Grey­stones ‘B’ and took the lead after four min­utes with a lovely team goal from Dar­ragh Hef­fer­nan who ap­plied an ex­cel­lent first time fin­ish to a cross from Martin Kelly.

Un­for­tu­nately for the Un­der-10s that’s as good as it got as they con­ceded some very soft goals to lose out on a 3-2 score line. Ryan Clarke scored the other goal and only Shane Syn­nott, Bog­dan Rusu and Mo­hammed Hamza starred on the day.

The Un­der-13s trav­elled to take on Wick­low Rovers ‘B’ in a re­turn to league ac­tion and they came home with all three points to re­main top of the league.

Steven Cogh­lan scored four, and there were sin­gles from An­drew McMa­hon, Ryan Smil­lie, An­drew Wa­ters and Dar­ragh Dwyer ac­counted for the New­town goals in a fine team per­for­mance.

We have three play­ers from the club cel­e­brat­ing their birthdays in the com­ing week and they are Oran Lane from the Un­der-10s and from the Un­der-18s girls Ni­amh O’Brien and Orla Devlin. Happy birth­day all from ev­ery­one at New­town Ju­niors F.C.

Week 7 of our lat­est Last Man Stand­ing com­pe­ti­tion saw two play­ers exit the com­pe­ti­tion.

Good luck to the re­main­ing seven play­ers and thank you for your con­tin­ued support.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to for­mer player Katie Tay­lor on win­ning her fifth con­sec­u­tive World Cham­pi­onship ti­tle last week and also well done to her dad Pete.

Also due to time con­straints we will not hav­ing a Christ­mas raf­fle this year but we are work­ing on a fundraiser that will take place in Jan­uary.

Fur­ther de­tails on this in the com­ing week.

We are al­ways on the look­out for coaches and com­mit­tee mem­bers to join the club es­pe­cially to help out in the area of fundrais­ing among other things.

For all other queries/mat­ters re­lat­ing to the club con­tact Hughie at 087 6987653 or visit our Face­book page.

Our Lady of Fa­tima box­ing team from Wick­low Town com­pet­ing in the Wick­low League Box­ing Tour­na­ment in Rath­new Box­ing Club. Photo: Tim Thorn­ton.

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