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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.

EN­NISKERRY

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.

FER­GAL ÓG

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.

RATH­NEW

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.

BAL­LI­NA­COR

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.

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