EIRE OG GREYSTONES
Lotto - Winning numbers for the weekend of the 25th were 4,6, 8, and 16. ‘Chester’ was included in the match three winners. Last night’s jackpot was €7,400.
Saturday mornings are Academy mornings in Éire Óg between 11.00 a.m. and midday. On these mornings four to six-year-old boys and girls are introduced to the challenges and delights of both hurling and Gaelic football in a child friendly ambience of encouragement and understanding.
No matter what one’s judgement on Gaelic games as spectacles is one cannot deny but that as vehicles for the promotion of athleticism and game awareness they more than hold their own with other team sports. Further, the variety of the skill-sets developed in the playing of Gaelic sports is such that practitioners, e.g. Lucy Mulhall of Tinahely, captain of the Irish Ladies Rugby 7s team, in general find little difficulty adapting to the disciplines of other sports.
A propos, a little bit of history was made recently when Niall Barry joined the Academy. He represents the fourth generation of the Barry family to be involved with the G.A.A. in Greystones. Niall is the grandson of the Uachtarán incumbent, Ray, and son of Johnny who played for the club from child to man. His great-grandfather John was hugely influential in ensuring that the old pitch remained in the club’s possession when the Burnaby estate was sold off in the 70s.
Camogie - With teams now being fielded at various age levels, camogie is beginning to establish a significant presence within Éire Óg.
Under-14 - Our Under-14s had their first ever competitive game last Friday week. They played Aughrim in the league in Ballinaclash. While Aughrim deservedly emerged with the spoils the Éire Óg girls did not make it easy for their experienced opponents. The Greystones cailíní put up a stout resistance and battled hard to the final whistle.
On the same night our Under-12s travelled to Glenealy to participate in a Go Games blitz hosted by the home club. Teams from Bré Emmets and Kilcoole also travelled. A great night of camogie ensued in an upliftingly sporting atmosphere.
Angela’s (not Charlie’s!) Angels - About two years ago a group of mothers and their friends began to gather together on Thursday evenings at 8pm in Éire Óg grounds for a fun exercise session under the leadership of Angela O’Leary. Despite some of them never having had a camán in their hands the ladies decided to make camogie the focus of their training. Numbers grew and competence improved to the point where it was felt that the time had come to measure their ability against an outside opposition and last week they played a team from Kilcoole composed mainly of TY girls. The awakening was rude, the Kilcoolers led them a merry dance! Nevertheless our ladies thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Tá fáilte roimh new members.
Ladies football - Éire Óg is now fielding teams at Under-12, Under-14 and u-16 and hopefully will soon be adding a ladies team to its ranks.
At the beginning of the year there was some trepidation among the mentors about the club being able to field a team at Under-12. Such fears soon proved groundless and the numbers at this level, albeit representing a wide range of abilities, have since swelled to 40.
The Under-16s had their first outing last week when they were at home to Carnew in the league. Our girls proved to be much superior and one had to have sympathy for the Carnew squad and its mentors who had travelled from the far south of the county.
The visitors took their defeat in a good spirit and seemed not to be too downhearted. We wish them all the best in their future games.
The Under-14s played Valleymount at home in the first round of the 2016 league. Éire Óg registered a 4-7 to 3-5 win in what proved to be a very enjoyable and competitive contest.
Ascendency passed rapidly between the teams over the hour. What must surely be judged the critical moment of the match occurred on the three-quarter hour mark when the game was finely balanced. Na Clocha Liatha hearts missed a beat as a Valleymount ‘screamer’ seemed on its way to the net.
Thankfully its destination proved to be the crossbar. If it had gone in?
Under-14 hurling - Éire Óg/Kilcoole 2-08, Bré Emmets 5-05 - Spectators were treated to a great game of hurling with some excellent scores from Joe Prendergast, Thade Shanahan (two long range points from centre back), Luke Dorgan and Ben O’ Neill. Great saves from Michael Gray and great defence in particular by Ollie Newsome and Sean McCormack, ably abetted by Charlie Traynor, Eoin Byrne and Aaron Keddy. Daniel Healy, Cillian Keane and Colm Shortt showed their speed and cleverness of pass on a number of occasions, while Fionn Mansfield and Shane Collins put in a great effort against a strong Bray defence and goalkeeper. Kyle Quinn and Elliot Hatton completed the squad on the night.
A narrow defeat, but the mentors were very happy with the effort and skill put in by all the lads for the 60 minutes. Maith sibh a bhuachaillí!
Under-16 - In the first outing of the 2016 season the Éire Óg/Kilcoole combination had an exciting one-point victory over St Pats (3-10 to 4-06) in Kilcoole.
The north Wicklow lads’ play was peppered with an early-season rustiness which had them in a precarious position for much of the game. A strong finish carried them over the line. The team’s scores came from Shaun Cranley, Joe McDonald, Eoin Dorgan and Glen Dunne.
Oisin Curry was sound as always in goal. Marwan Machalaani and Brian Shortt were immense at full-back and centre-back, very well backed up by Shane Ryan, Denis Burke, Glen Ryder and Conor Odlum. Luke Thompson and Leo Hanney were up against a very strong Pats midfield, but unsurprisingly, they competed tigerishly all night and more than held their own. Thomas Moorehouse and Fionn Mansfield completed the forward line and put in a great display.
Well done to all the lads and to St Pats for a sporting game and to referee Ian Culbert.
Hollywood 0-12, Enniskerry 1-9. Two late points salvaged a draw for Hollywood on Saturday evening in Hollywood. Enniskerry led by 0-6 to 0-5 at the break with both sides guilty of missing some good scoring chances. A well worked Gavin Barton goal near the end seemed to be enough to get Enniskerry over the line until the locals responded to share the points which overall was probably the fair outcome.
All in Enniskerry GAA Club would like to wish Donal Finch the best of luck as he moves to England this week to pursue his studies. Finchy has been a great servant to the club and hopefully we’ll see him back to visit before the season is over.
Lotto - Winning numbers on April 25 were 14, 24, 30, and 32. Bonus: 35. No jackpot winner, match three numbers receive €125 each. Jackpot on May 2 stands at €5,000. Thanks to all buyers and sellers of club lotto tickets for continued support.
Hurling - Best of luck to the hurlers as they begin their league campaign tonight (Wednesday, May 4) with a home game against Carnew. Throw-in is 7.15pm in Enniskerry and all support is welcome.
Wicklow v Laois - Anyone interested in tickets for the Leinster Championship double header in Portlaoise on Saturday, May 14, contact Gary on 086 8567262 before the weekend to order your tickets. Stand is €25, terrace is €15, juvenile terrace is €5.
Juvenile – The Under-8s and Under-10s had two challenge games with Fergal Ogs last Friday night. Some great football played on both sides, many thanks to Fergals for travelling up. A juvenile registration night will take place on Friday, May 13, in the clubhouse. More information next week.
County Development Draw - With the first draw taking place on May 27, time is running out if you wish to purchase a ticket for the 2016 draw. Tickets cost €50.
For more info contact Gary Kavanagh on 086 8567262.
Sponsored cycle – The club are holding a ‘Tour of Leinster’ sponsored cycle starting Friday, July 8, and ending Sunday, July 10.
If your interested in taking part or sponsoring a cyclist please contact Ultan at 086 3727665.
Under-12s - Our Under-12s footballers kicked off the week with a home tie against Barndarrig in Ballywaltrim Park on Monday.
Barndarrig made the stronger start, taking the game to Fergal Ógs in the early stages, not giving the Bray team a chance to get a footing in the game.
Barndarrig’s early dominance led to their first scores with the visiting side finding the back of the net while also taking their points with ease.
There were two great performances from Oisin Allen and Jack Allen at the back, who worked tirelessly to prevent further scores, while Cian Byrne and Caithlin Doyle started to win ball in midfield, and drove through the opponents half, taking scoring duties on themselves. Both sides went in at halftime, knowing that there was still plenty of football left to be played.
The second half saw a much improved performance from the home side with a well worked Cian Byrne goal being followed by two points, while Michael Doran created problems for Barndarrig at half-forward. Also playing a significant role in the side’s resurgence was Kara Molloy at full-forward, who constantly ran into space, giving options to the ball carriers.
Eleanor Ripley took on the same role when she came on for Kara, while Ryan Fegan and Ross McAteer also battled up front, not giving an inch.
When Barndarrig regained control of the match, Caithlin Doyle was put in goal to help strengthen the side at the back, and she pulled off an abundance of quality saves, keeping her side in the game.
The two sides traded scores for the remainder of the game with Barndarrig’s extra size and strength being an important factor in Fergal Ógs being unable to close the gap.
The tie ended with a well deserved win for Barndarrig. Many thanks to them for travelling up to us.
The Fergal Ógs team was: Pearse O’Keeffe, Oisin Allen, Jack Allen, Ryan Fegan, Kara Molloy, Saoirse O’Hanlon, Ross McAteer, Caithlin Doyle, Luca Ciobanu, Eleanor Ripley, Michael Doran, Cian Byrne and Shane Buta.
Men’s Hurling - Our men’s hurlers played their opening fixture of the Junior hurling league, when they hosted Arklow Rocks Parnell on Wednesday in Ballywaltrim Park.
Arklow Rocks made an impressive start to the game, registering their first point right from the throw in. Their pace and the speed of their ball movement caught the Schools Road men off guard from early on and they struggled to make any in roads against a fitter, stronger Arklow side.
Two Arklow goals were met with two points from play by David Dixon at full-forward to open the Bray sides scoring account.
Fergal Ógs then scored their first goal courtesy of a Gary O’Neill pass that found Paddy O’Brien on the wing, who in turn launched the ball behind the 20m line to the forwards.
Alan Hughes battled for it and in the ensuing ruck, the ball dropped to John O’Toole who found the back of the net.
Fergal Ógs scored again when Stephen Moorehouse bet his man to the ball and found O’Toole again for another point from play. Arklow responded, firing missiles from midfield, many of which sailed over the bar, while the ones that dropped short created problems for the backs. Arklow used their superior range to keep the backs under pressure, while at the opposite end Dan Kennedy got on the end of a breaking ball and blasted it past the white line for Fergal Ógs second goal.
Kennedy’s goal was the last ray of light in what soon became a one sided affair, with Arklow Rocks taking control of the game.
In the second half, Alan Hughes found a point from play, with Arklow Rocks responding with an array of scores that went both under and over the Fergal Ógs crossbar.
The game was over as a contest halfway through the second half, and the sounding of the final whistle saw a final score of Fergal Ógs 2-4 Arklow Rocks Parnell 6-18.
The team was Des Whelan, Gary Fitzpatrick, Éamonn McKenna, Jamie McDonagh, Gary O’Neill, Mark Dempsey, Martin Hill, Stephen Moorehouse, Jason Sommers, Paddy O’Brien, Alan Hughes, Dan Kennedy, John O’Toole and David Dixon. Manager: Gary Murphy.
The team’s next fixture will be an away tie against Avondale.
Men’s Football - Our men’s footballers were due to play Rathnew on Thursday but the match was postponed. Date TBC.
Nursery - Our clubs nursery was indoors on Thursday due to the weather. It takes place every Thursday 5-6pm on the clubs main pitch or indoors in St. Fergals school hall if the weather is bad.
Under-8s and Under-10s - Our Under-8s and Under-10s footballers used the free week in the Go Games fixtures to take on Enniskerry on Friday. A great evening of football was had.
From the Under-8s, there were great performances from newcomers Theo McKenna and Evan Wakefield, while the rest of the team also performed very well on the evening. Well done to all the team of Cameron Mahon, Joshua Temple, Michael Martin, Brandon Mitchell, Szymon Siwczok, Arianna Mahon, Evan Wakefield, Theo McKenna and Natalie Cymerkiewicz.
The Under-10s had a weakened team due to confirmations and the bank holiday etc, but still gave a good account of themselves.
Megan Keogh made her debut and was one of the standout performers, stopping many Enniskerry attacks at the back, while Jake Peare was impressive in midfield.
The Under-8s and Under-10s next match will be a hurling trip to Arklow Rocks next Friday.
Girls Section - We will be hosting a Peil Abu evening on Wednesday, May 11, from 6.30 - 8.00pm on the clubs main pitch. There will be small sided games taking place with all mothers invited to partake alongside their daughters, in what will be a fun evening of football.
If you are interested in participating, contact Connor Britton @ 0860416432.
Fundraising - Our Golf Classic will be taking place on Saturday, May 14, in Glen Mill Golf Club. Cost: €90 per team of three. The price includes your food and refreshments in the club house afterwards. The golf classic will be a vital fundraiser and all support would be welcomed. Contact Ger Flanagan at 089 2268952 if you wish to enter a team.
Beidh a bheith BIOS no nuacht an tseachtain seo chugainn.
Our Seniors had a good win against Blessington last week, which was their third game and win in a week. Some very tired legs took to the field and although you could see both teams had plenty of endeavour, the game itself was a fairly tame affair and a typical midweek game with lots of mistakes from both teams.
We looked to be able to always just do enough to keep our noses in front which was helped by some poor wides by Blessington in the first half, when they had the wind at their backs. We started the second half the better and soon overturned the one-point deficit from the first half to go on and win 13 points to 10.
This victory completes the first round of fixtures in the league and we remain unbeaten. Get a bit of rest and get stuck back in again and keep up the hard work lads, it’s paying off. Nothing won yet though!
Our Intermediates and Junior Bs both received walk-overs during the week.
It was a busy week for our Under-12 boys, who firstly faced Eire Og at home last Monday. The lads had a great win, winning both their games. Both matches were very close with the lads digging deep at the end to pull through. They have a bye this week and then another big game away to Baltinglass on 23rd.
Then the lads had the pleasure of playing in an inter county blitz in the new Sports Council facility in Abbotstown. They won their three games, beating Ballivor and Dunderry of Meath and Balyna of Kildare. Their manager Stephen reports that it was a great performance from all the lads and a great experience for them. Well done all.
Club membership is now due and can be paid in instalments.
Our fourth annual Kevin Gill Memorial Golf Classic will be held on May 28 in Arklow Golf Club. We have chosen to run this as a joint fundraiser with Irish Cancer Society, such a worthy cause. So we would really appreciate any volunteers on the day, donations, sponsorship and of course as many teams as possible. Please contact Peter Dignam 087-9882640 with any queries.
No winner of last week’s lotto. Winning numbers: 3, 9, 20, and 21. There were six match three winners. Don’t forget you can play our lotto online now, details can be found on our Facebook page.
We want to wish our senior selector Alvin “Alfie” Mitchell big birthday wishes as he turned 40 last week. We hear that the party went on for the whole weekend.
The lads are down to play Aughrim on Saturday, May 7, at 6.30pm at home. All support appreciated as they look to build on a steady start to the season.
Juvenile training continues every Monday at 6.30pm. All new players welcome and huge thanks to all the volunteers and coaches for their time and effort.
Hard luck to the camogie team on losing their Leinster final on Saturday. They put in a huge effort but just came up short by two points and on another day they might have won.