Lotto results: The numbers drawn were 8, 9, 15, and 30. There was no winner of the jackpot. Sellers prize: Poulaphouca House. €50 winners: Stephen Keane, Ann Marie Duggan, Martin Kavanagh. The next draw is in The Hollywood Inn on May 12 for a jackpot of €4,400. Thank you to everyone for your continued support.
SFL Division 3: Hollywood 0-12 to Enniskerry 1-9.
Well done to the Donard-The Glen Under14 camogie team and the Hollywood girls who play for the team who will represent Wicklow at the 2016 Féile. Comhgairdeas go léir.
County Development Draw tickets are now available from Seamus Tutty. A €50 ticket enters you into three draws for a total prize pot of €66,750. With the first prize each month being €10,000.
The next football Go Games blitz will be on Saturday, May 7 at 11am in Dunlavin.
The next hurling Go Games blitz will be on Friday, May 13 at 7pm in Aughrim.
If it’s hurling/camogie or Gaelic football you are into, why don’t you have a go at the GAA Go Games Skill Challenges. You can attempt any or all of the 15 skills on the Swipe TV app and have a chance to play in Parnell Park with GAA intercounty stars! For more details see our Facebook page or website.
Lotto - There was no winner of the Balto lotto draw held on April 25. The numbers drawn were 7, 08, 20, and 29. There were however four match three winners, each of whom win €75.
The jackpot for the draw to be held on third is €13,200 and is in The Dutchman’s Pub on Edward Street. Why not give it a go and purchase a €2 lotto ticket from any business premises, in the town, committee members or designated sellers. €13,200 is not to be sniffed at.
Club/County GAA Development Draw - For several years now, the clubs major fund raiser has been this draw and we would like to thank everyone for their support.
The tickets are €50 each which, we appreciate is not insignificant, however there are three draws which take place at the end of May, June and July, with a first prize of €10,000, second prize: €5,000, third prize: €2,500, fourth prize: €1,500, fifth prize: €1,000 and sixth to 12th prizes of €150 each.
Last year we were lucky enough to have a €10,000 winner and a €5,000 winner along with several smaller prize winners to the chances of coming out of the hat are relatively good. As we said, this is the clubs major fundraiser and we would like you to continue supporting us this year.
La Na gClub - The May 8 is GAA La na gClub day. We would like to estend an open invitations to all players, supporters and people of the locality to come up to the club and have a casual day of fun and conversation. We plan to start at 12.00 with a walk around the Green Lane, then back to the Club House for some refreshments.
Some of our young teams will play blitz matches, there will be a penalty shoot out competition and a barbeque to finish the day off. We would like to see as many people as possible come up and have a bit of fun. The club is run by people in the community for the community. Everyone is welcome.
Under-10 Girls - The Under-10 girls played Rathcoffey of Kildare away on Saturday and put in what can only be described as an excellent performance. Well done to Brian and has coaches for organizing this event
Under-12 Boys - The Under-12 boys had a busy week, first taking on Bray in Division A of the Mini Leauge, in a match which they had a very good win. Then on Saturday afternoon, they traveled to the National Development Centre to play in an inter county blitz. They were pitted against some very strong Division 1 teams from Meath and Kildare (Ratoath, Balynea and Raheens) and acquitted themselves excellently on the day. Thank you to all of the parents who traveled up to Dublin for the day, which was very enjoyable.
Under-12 Girls - The Under-12 girls had a challenge match against Edenderry GAA. This was a great attacking performance which ended in a draw. Well done and thank you to Edenderry GAA for hosting and providing much needed hot drinks for everyone on which was a bitterly cold night.
Under-13 Boys - Our Under-13 boys also traveled to the National Development Centre to play an Inter county blitz. They played Rathoath of Meath and Raheens of Kildare
Darkness into Night in aid of Pieta House - Please note that Darkeness into Light takes place on Saturday, May 7 at 4.00am in the town. We would like as many club members as possible to show their support for this great cause.
Seniors - The Seniors continued their unbeaten run in the league with a four-point win over Donard at home.
Donard struck early with two goals and opened up a lead which was not easy for Baltinglass to overhaul.
However, overhaul it they did, and looked to be romping home midway through the second half, when Donard mounted a strong challenge which brought the sides level.
Baltinglass managed to find another gear and finish the game victorious in a match that could have gone either way. Final score: Donard 2-10, Baltinglass 3-11.
Under-14 County - Congratulations to Katelyn Coffey Brennan and Kuburat Matomni who represented Wicklow Under-14 ladies on Saturday aw they took on Carlow in their Leinster Shield Final at Newbridge. Wicklow won the match on a score line of 1-12 to 0-05. Well done, girls.
Seniors - The Seniors had a very good game away to Rathnew last week. The game was played in windy conditions and the score was 0-5 to 0-4 at half-time with Rathnew winning the game 0-13 to 0-10.
It was a very tight contest with Blessington having a number of goods goal chances which were not taken.
This game completes half of the league program with the team lying second in the table.
The team would also like to thank Rathnew for their hospitality after the game with the tea, soup and sandwiches being very welcome and much appreciated.
Junior B - Our Junior Bs had a nice win at home v Stratford on Thursday by 1-13 to 1-10.
Minors - Our Minors are at home v Pearse Gaels (An Tochar) in Round 5 of the league on Friday, May 6.
Wicklow Minors - After the disappointing result against Kildare in the first round of the Leinster championship, our county Minors play their qualifier against Offaly in Aughrim on Wednesday, May 4.
These will be evenly matched teams so try to make it for the 6.45pm throw-in and help these lads and our own club lads Captain Jack Cotter, Aaron Curran and Adam Boland on their way to the quarter-final.
Wicklow Seniors - Blessington GAA are supporting Wicklow and club players in their Leinster Senior championship against Laois in Portlaoise on Sunday, May 14. Bus €5 return adult/child. Departing Blessington 5.30pm for match at 7pm. Terrace tickets for match €3 for juveniles (Under-16), adults €15. Tickets must be purchased prior to game. Bus available to adults with tickets travelling also. First come first served. Text Noreen to reserve seat and tickets. Juveniles offered places first.
Physio - The club physio will be in the clubhouse on Tuesday at 7pm. Players training on the night will be given priority.
Senior Ladies - Ladies were beaten in their first championship game at home by Tinahely on Saturday.
The ladies held their 2015 awards night following the game. Awards - Young Player of the Year - Jimmy Hughes Award Shona O’Connor. Senior Player of the Year - Teresa Sargent Award - Amy Ryan. Players Player of the Year - Molly Cullen. Special Club Award - Molly Cullen. Martin Fitzgerald Vice chairman of the County board presented the 2015 league winners with their medals. Molly Cullen, Kim Connors, Jess Brennan, Maura Reid, Shauna Byrne, Rachel Hanlon, Orla Doyle, Emma Reid, Cara Hennessy, Roisin Ellis, Nicole Walsh, Catherine Cleary, Niamh Ellis, Amy Ryan. Shona O’Connor, Ellen Quinn, Jade Palmer, Lauren Bird, Emma Sargent Kelly, Mallaidh Behan. Not in attendnce - Emma Lackey, Shauna Richardson, Triona Hennessy, Kate Hennessy and Katie Charles.
Junior Ladies - Juniors training with the senior ladies on Friday 7.30pm to 9pm and on Thursday train with Under-16/Minor team on 7pm to 8.30pm. Next Game: Round 5 - At home Blessington 2 against Newtown scheduled for Saturday, May 7, needs to be rescheduled. Date RBC. Newtown unable to play on Saturday and Blesso Seniors have a game Sunday, May 8. Round 6: Away to St Pat’s on Saturday, April 14.
G4M &O - Wednesday 6.45pm to 8pm. Registration fees due for everybody. Mothers v Partners match, Sunday at Lá Na gClubanna. Need to confirm numbers on Wednesday. As always new players from the age of 18 and up are welcome no previous football experience required.
If interested please contact Michelle 086 3734748, Sinead 086 2446510 or Kevin 087 6123203.
U14 County - Well done to Under-14 girls county team who beat Carlow today in the Leinster ‘C’ Shield final in Moorefield 1-12 to 0-3. Special congrats to our own club girls Sorcha Nolan, Emma Rose Higgins, Sarah Bohan and Niamh Cullen.
Under-10 - Our Under-10 girls started off their Kildare league campaign on April 30 at home v Sarsfields, Newbridge. Well done to all with a super performance against a strong side. Outstanding performances from Roisin Doyle, Ava Dempsey, Aoife Cullen, Asia Duggan, Roby Brennan and Aisling Brennan.
Academy - Six Wicklow Senior county players will help Trevor and his coaches train the academy players and take part in the academy training on Saturday, May 8. They will also be available for photos and autographs.
Under-10s - Our Under-10s boys were at home v Sallins in the NKL on Saturday last. A great game of football was played from both teams with end to end stuff. As per the rules in the second quarter you must kick with your opposite foot and Thomas Walsh showed us how it was done with three of the best scores of the game off his left boot.
The tackles were fierce with Terence Punselie and Tony Carroll leading the way. A huge effort from all with Dylan Keogh taking joint man of the match with Thomas.
Blessington pulled away in the second quarter till the end winning by 11 scores. Huge congrats to Jack and Phillip Byrne stepping up to their first NKL with Phillip scoring also.
Under-11s - Under-11s NKL were away against Caragh on Saturday, April 23. The lads had a good start going in ahead at half time. A good game and the lads played well. Caragh had the advantage of a wind in the second half and won the game on a narrow margin. The lads played well but it just wasn’t their day.
Under-11/Under-12s - Training on Monday evening from 6.30 to 8pm, training on Wednesday from 6.30 to 8pm. Next Games: Under-11 NKL Saturday, May 7 at home against Maynooth at 4.30pm. Under-11 and Under-12 Wicklow League away against St Pat’s on Monday, May 9 at 7.30pm.
Lotto - Next draw takes place on May 3 in Miley’s. Jackpot €2,600. Thank you for your support. Log onto www.blessingtongaa.ie and purchase your lotto online and check out results.
Club Notes - Look out for details of Lá na gClubanna in Blessington GAA on Sunday, May 8 from 2pm - 5pm on our website and Facebook page.
Get well wishes to Jack Boothman from all at the club.
Best wishes to our members from BETNS and No 1 School who will celebrate their Communion on May 7. Hope you all have a great day.
There was no winner of this weeks lotto draw. Numbers drawn were 9, 18, 24, and 25. €25 winners were Eddie Reid, Connor Dalton and Eimear Neary. Jackpot will now rise to €9,100.
County Development Draw tickets are now available from all club members.
Well done to the lads Junior ‘A’ team who continued their good run of form with a victory away to Shillelagh on Sunday morning.
Hard luck to the Junior ‘C’ team who lost out to a strong Kiltegan team in Valleymount last Thursday night.
The Valleymount Weight Challenge continues with weigh in on Thursday nights at 7pm.
After two weeks off we were back playing in the league last week with an away game against Eire Og.
Firstly we’d like to thank Eire Og and the County Board for rearranging this fixture. We started the game playing with a strong breeze hoping that we could build up a good lead agsinst a strong looking Eire Og team.
After the first 10 minutes we were three points up with scores from Jack Mark and Keith. Eire Og got there first score from a free before we rallied with three more points from Damo John and Myles.
With 10 minutes left they scored two more frees before we finished the half with more three points from Keith Dan and Myles.
At half-time we went in leading 0-09 to 0-03. In the first half we played some excellent football all over the pitch.
With the wind getting stronger In the second half we were expecting Eire Og to come at us from the start but we got the first two scores with well taking points from John and Mark.
Eire Og did try to dominate around the middle but out half-back line and half-forward line were helping our midfield so this wouldn’t happen and it worked well throughout the game.
They did manage to get another point but straight from the kick out we went up and Myles scored a point to keep us with a nice lead heading into the last 10 minutes.
After some great play from our backs we worked the ball all the way up the field the ball eventually got to Mark where he turned his man and as he was shooting for goal he was fouled and they conceded a penalty which Mark took himself and finished it to the bottom corner of the net.
That put us 10 points up and looking good for the win. We keep attacking at speed and they couldn’t handle this at all we finished the game with two more points from John and Steve. Final score: 1-14 to 0-06.
This was an all round team performance and one of the best from this team so far this season so hopefully we can carry this forward for the remainder of the year. There’s not many teams will travel to Eire Og and come away with a comfortable win like tonight.
Team on the night: Peter Merrigan, Ross Doonan, Alan Smyth, Stephen Curley, Craig McCoy, Ciaran Byrne, Jamie Cullen, Davie McDonald, Damien Hanlon, Dan Power, Mark Miley, Myles Conway, John Nolan, Keith Lawlor, and Jack Dunne. Subs used: Eamonn Kennedy for Damien Hanlon, Steve Olohan for Dan Power. Unused subs: Aran Lynham, Kyle Merrigan, Conor Windsor, and John Hayes.
There will be plenty more games for all subs to get game time so thanks to all for togging out. Again it was great to see the support there on a lovely but freezing night. Training continues Tuesday and Friday at 7.30pm big numbers expected.
Our juvenile training is going well it’s on every Wednesday from 6-7pm in the field. It’s great to see all the kids out playing ball so anyone that hasn’t turned up yet just come down any Wednesday and join in.
All membership must be paid up ASAP. Adult membership will be collected by Alan Smyth at training any night. And you can give your juvenile membership to Marie Cranley or Fergal Olohan.
The County Development Draw tickets are now on sale they are €50 per ticket for all three draws with excellent prizes in all draws. Contact any committee member for a ticket.
The club would like to congratulate Ciaran Nolan and Avril Harrington who were recently married in Tipperary we wish them all the best for the future.
It was a great week for the club in regard to matches with all of our Adult teams picking up great wins.
The Senior Men had a home game in Dunbur against Éire Óg on Sunday. They were ahead by a single point at the half, 1-4 to 6 points, but managed a 4 point win at full time, 1-10 to 0-09.
Our Senior Ladies travelled to Bray Emmets on Sunday Morning. Our Ladies were on top form lining out with a strong team and went in 1-09 to 0-01 at half time. Another strong half allowed the girls to remain on top winning 4-12 to 0-04. Well done Ladies.
We welcomed Carnew to Dunbur in Group 1 of the Senior Hurling League on Saturday evening. This was an intriguing contest with our own Casey O’Brien now managing Carnew. With great support in Dunbur the game finished 1-11 to 0-09 in favour of the Pat’s Lads.
The Junior hurlers had a massive win on Wednesday night when they faced Éire Óg in Dunbur, another home game for the club. They came out worthy winners; 5-20 to 0-04.
Our Junior Ladies were out on Monday evening in Newtown in freezing conditions. Regardless of the cold, the girls put in a brilliant performance and came out winners scoring 3-16 to Newtown’s 1-03.
On Monday evening, the U12’s boys made the journey West in the U12 Football Group 1 Mini League: Round 3 and recorded a good win over Donard/Glen.
Our U16 Hurlers also had a big win over Luke O’Tooles in Dunbur on a score line of 5-16 to 1-6.
Well done to the Wicklow U14 girls who won the Leinster Shield on Sunday after overcoming Carlow by 1-12 to 0-05. Four of our own U14s are part of the panel; Jess Lyons, Niamh Caffrey, Zoe Armstrong and Naoise O’Reilly.
Our U14 Féile Ladies team will be hosted by Nemo Rangers of Cork in Group A of the Division 1 Féile. They’re looking strong after a fine win against Bray on Tuesday night; 4-18 to 1-01.
Our U14 boys are being hosted by Reenard GAA Club, Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry. The fun now begins in preparation for the organising and funding of our trips and any help with fundraising and sponsorship would be greatly appreciated.
The U8 Hurlers had a great evening for training on Tuesday in St. Pats NS. The well deserved Players of the Week went to U8 Morgan Durston and U7 Tommy Morrissey. Well done boys and keep up the hard work!