CLUB CALL

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IN­DOOR BOWL­ING

Kil­dare West Wick­low In­door Bowl­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (KWWIBA)

Clane/Sta­plestown and Kil­dare in the re­cent Divi­sion 3 league match that took place in the St. Kevin’s (Sta­plestown) GAA Hall was of the ut­most im­por­tance to both sides.

As each team were ly­ing at the bot­tom of the ta­ble it was nec­es­sary for all five points to be won by one side, to give them­selves a slim chance of avoid­ing the drop.

One-Sided - Mat 1: Sadly this game never got off the ground at all as the Kil­dare side never showed any kind of form, and were com­pletely out­classed from start to fin­ish. At no time dur­ing the game did Kil­dare present any kind of challenge and left their op­po­nents with the eas­i­est of tasks to just can­ter through the game and run out easy win­ners in a very one-sided con­test.

Clane/Sta­plestown: Myr­tle Ste­wart, Harry Hask­ins, Gay Blake and Dud­ley Foster.

Kil­dare: Billy Grath, Tommy Martin, Mick Kearins, Al­bert Carter and sub Billy Ka­vanagh.

Tit for Tat - Mat 2: This match was a much more ex­cit­ing game as both teams strived for supremacy so as to grind out a much needed re­sult. The hosts in the early stages looked the more as­sured side, but it wasn’t long be­fore the vis­i­tors fought their way back to level mat­ters.

Again the Clane/Sta­plestown side forged ahead and seemed to be play­ing with a lit­tle bit more author­ity than their op­po­nents.

Kil­dare re­fused to al­low them to open up any mean­ing­ful gap and con­tin­ued to keep the pres­sure on, and once more came thun­der­ing back to bring the sides level for the sec­ond time, and on the next end took the lead for the first time. We were now at the half way stage of the game and it was a real tit for tat bat­tle.

It was now the home side’s turn to chase the game and they duly obliged by over­tak­ing their op­po­nents and edged their way into the lead again. We now had two thirds of the game gone and it looked like it would con­tinue in this trend to the fin­ish.

It was at this point that Kil­dare took more con­trol of the game and pushed them­selves ahead by three. Even though their op­po­nents kept clos­ing the gap the vis­i­tors kept the score­board tick­ing over, and try as they might the hosts just could not over­haul them.

With Clane/Sta­plestown get­ting three points and Kil­dare gain­ing two points it is highly un­likely that ei­ther side will avoid rel­e­ga­tion.

Kil­dare: Pat Baker, John Lough­lin, Ea­monn Hen­nessy, Tony Har­ring­ton and sub Mick Man­gan.

Clane/Sta­plestown: Peter Sch­melter, John Kear­ney, Frank Burke and Cait Cosgrove.

Re­cent league re­sults (home team first)

Div. 1: Kill CBC 2, Kil­dare 3; Balt­in­glass 4, Ard­clough 1; Coill Dubh 2, Ard­clough 3.

Div. 2: St. Lau­rences 4, Castlemitchell 1; Pros­per­ous 5, Naas 0; Rys­ton 2.5, St. Lau­rences 2.5.

Div. 3: Clane/Sta­plestown 0, Bal­ly­more 5; Rath­cof­fey 3, Straf­fan 2;, Rath­more 3 Ba­lyna 2

Ned Byrne Shield: Clane/Sta­plestown 2, Bal­ly­more 3; Ba­lyna 5, Kill CBC 0; Al­len­wood 5, Rys­ton 0.

AGM - The As­so­ci­a­tion’s AGM took place in the Ard­clough GAA Hall on Wed­nes­day, April 20 on the kind invitation of the Ard­clough bowl­ing club. The fol­low­ing of­fi­cers were elected: Chair­per­son: Donal Burke (Kill CBC), Gen­eral Sec­re­tary: Myra Gavin (Rath­cof­fey),

Gen­eral As­sis­tance Sec­re­tary: Eileen Smullen (Al­len­wood), Trea­surer: Mi- chael Hayes (Naas), League Sec­re­tary: Tony Smullen (Al­len­wood), Com­pe­ti­tion Sec­re­tary: Michael Beck­ett (Kil­dan­gan), Regis­trar: Eileen Smullen (Al­len­wood), P.R.O: Tomás Richard­son (Hol­ly­wood),

De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer: Phyl­lis Burke (Kill CBC).

Three del­e­gates nom­i­nated from the floor to add to the Com­pe­ti­tion Com­mit­tee were as fol­lows:

John Ke­hoe (Balt­in­glass), John O’Donoghue (Pros­per­ous) and Rita O’Rourke (Rys­ton).

The As­so­ci­a­tion would like to ex­press a deep ap­pre­ci­a­tion to Olivia Maguire and Ger­ar­dine Malone (didn’t seek re-elec­tion) for their ded­i­ca­tion and tremen­dous hard work for the passed num­ber of years in their po­si­tions of Gen­eral Sec­re­tary and League Sec­re­tary re­spec­tively. And we wish them well in the fu­ture, and thank them for the outstanding and high stan­dards they set for the good of the As­so­ci­a­tion.

Also thanks to the Ard­clough Bowl­ing Club for host­ing the meet­ing and for their won­der­ful work and ef­fi­ciency in set­ting up the hall for the event and looking af­ter the re­fresh­ments. Well done to all.

BRAY BOWLS

The Divi­sion 4 team had a tough away game last week against Sport­slink in Santry and came home with 1 point. Both Vets teams were in ac­tion away from home last week and both came home with vic­to­ries. Vets 1 de­feated Le­in­ster by 3 points to 1 and Vets 2 de­feated West­manstown by a sim­i­lar score.

The con­di­tions in West­manstown were more suited to a win­ters day. Steve Mor­ris was in fine form for Bray on the day get­ting his bowl through the eye of a nee­dle on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions. The Ladies played against near neigh­bors Shankill and came away with 0.5 point. This Wed­nes­day is a big day for the club with our Divi­sion 6 team mak­ing their de­but. This team con­sists of play­ers who have only joined the club in the last year so come on down and cheer them on and give them lots of en­cour­age­ment.

WICK­LOW ROVERS

The in­ter­me­di­ate team went down 3-0 to fel­low strug­glers Con­fey FC, the lads never re­ally got go­ing in this game and caused very few prob­lems to the Con­fey de­fence.

On the day Paul Alexan­der and Stephen Earls led by ex­am­ple with Alan Power cov­er­ing every blade of grass and giv­ing his all for the cause.

The Satur­day team came out on top in a re­peat of last year’s cup fi­nal when they de­feated Le­ices­ter Celtic 1-0 in the sec­ond round of the Tom Car­roll Cup.

In a tight cup tie it was top scorer Ciaran McGet­ti­gan’s goal that sep­a­rated the sides and earn the lads a third round tie away to Lif­fey Wan­der­ers.

Mid­week ac­tion in our ju­nior sec­tion started on Tues­day night, the Un­der-12As were in­volved in a crack­ing game with Ark­low Town A, the lads lost 5-4 in a nine-goal thriller but in truth there was no losers in this game.

Both Rovers and Ark­low served up an ex­cel­lent feast of foot­ball for the watch­ing pub­lic with the real win­ners been foot­ball. Conor Hunter and Jor­dan Younger both bagged two goals a piece in what was a great ad­vert for the game, well done to both teams and their coach­ing staff.

Our Un­der-14As suf­fered a dis­ap­point­ing 6-2 defeat at home to Grey­stones Utd. This re­sult all but kills off their hopes of mak­ing the Shield fi­nal. Jack Fox and Jamie No­ble reg­is­tered a goal each.

The Un­der-15s recorded a hard earned 2-1 vic­tory away to neigh­bours Rath­new, Jack Meaney and Chris Mabuza fired in their goals which means the lads have now only been de­feated once in their last six games.

On Wed­nes­day the Un­der-13Cs bat­tled right up to the fi­nal whis­tle but couldn’t stop a strong Ark­low Town side win­ning 4-0.

The Un­der-11 White team got their shield cam­paign off to a win­ning start when they earned all three points in a tough 3-2 away win over Ark­low Utd, top scorer Ryan McCon­nell hit num­ber 27 for the sea­son, Ben Bowen scored his eighth of the sea­son with the de­ci­sive goal com­ing from Mikey Nolan.

On Thurs­day night the Un­der-12Bs suf­fered a hang­over from their re­cent Cup semi-fi­nal suc­cess when they lost 3-0 away to Round­wood.

The Un­der-14Bs went goal crazy hit­ting 12 past Ark­low Celtic, win­ning 12-0. Thomas O’Neill scored an as­ton­ish­ing six goals, goal­keeper Joe O’Shea came out­field in the sec­ond pe­riod and fired in an ex­cel­lent hat-trick.

Tom O’Shea, Ram­sey Pinsker and Ai­dan Kelly com­pleted the scor­ing with one each.

On Satur­day the Un­der-11 Green team went down 5-4 to New­town Ju­niors in a nine-goal thriller, Jack No­ble fired home a brace with Sam Cul­leton and Sam Greene nab­bing one a piece.

The Un­der-13As went down 3-1 in a top of the ta­ble clash in the Un­der-14 Divi­sion 1 Shield. Max Kear­ney scored the Rovers goal to bring his tally to 14.

Our Un­der-13Bs got their shield cam­paign off to a flyer with an im­pres­sive 6-1 away win over Grey­stones Utd, David Lally and Un­der-12A player Conor Hunter both hit two goals each with Noah Sheri­dan and Luke Ho­ran notch­ing sin­gles.

The Un­der-14As de­feated Ark­low Town 3-1 in Lam­ber­ton, Dy­lan Ka­vanagh fired home his 11th goal of the sea­son with Cian Ward and Rob­bie Hoff­man also get­ting on the score sheet.

The Un­der-14Bs drew 1-1 away to Aughrim, top scorer Thomas O’Neill claimed the Rovers goal to make it an in­cred­i­ble 35 for the sea­son.

The Un­der-16Bs drew 1-1 away to Ark­low Utd which keeps them well in the mix for a top two spot and a place in the Divi­sion 1 Shield fi­nal. A first goal of the sea­son for Pablo Godino Ser­rano se­cured a share of the spoils for the lads and earned them what could prove to be a very im­por­tant point.

Sun­day’s ac­tion was lim­ited to two games, the Un­der-11 White team were in­volved in a very en­ter­tain­ing game against St Pa­tricks of Avoca. Af­ter rac­ing into a 2-0 lead with goals from Jamie Duffy and Ryan McCon­nell they were pegged back by the Avoca side with the game end­ing up at 2-2, def­i­nitely the lads will be thinking they left this one be­hind. The Un­der-13Cs lost 6-0 to league cham­pi­ons Round­wood but the score line flat­tered the cham­pi­ons a lit­tle bit.

Rovers were the bet­ter team in the first pe­riod con­trol­ling the game for large spells and not hav­ing much luck in front of goal.

The lads ran out of steam in the sec­ond pe­riod which is when Round­wood pun­ished the lads.

On be­half of the club’s ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee I would like to thank every­one who at­tended our AGM on Mon­day night, it was great to see some new faces in at­ten­dance. Thanks to the few man­agers, coaches and par­ents that at­tended.

A big thanks to the se­nior ladies team who turned out in large num­bers and fi­nally thanks to every­one for their in­put at the meet­ing, your in­ter­est and sup­port for the club is very much ap­pre­ci­ated. Wick­low Rovers AFC ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee.

NEW­TOWN JU­NIORS

Plenty of ex­cit­ing foot­ball, loads of goals scored and a set of re­sults that go your way makes for a lot of happy faces in the club.

The Un­der-10s had a splen­did win away to Grey­stones on a 7-3 score­line. In an ex­cel­lent team dis­play the goals came from Ma­son Melia (5), Jack Cough­lan and Leon Mo­ran.

The Un­der-11s won two big games at home dur­ing the past week. On Tues­day evening they wee on fire in se­cur­ing an 8-3 win over Aughrim Rangers.

Dar­ragh Hef­fer­nan and Ma­son Melia both helped them­selves to hat tricks, Mar­cel Ko­ca­jda scored a crack­ing free kick and the to­tal was com­pleted by an own goal.

They fol­lowed that up on Satur­day with a nar­row home win over Wick­low Rovers in a nine-goal thriller.

The New­town goals were scored by Dar­ragh Hef­fer­nan, Martin Kelly, Ryan Clarke, Ma­son Melia and Mar­cel Ko­ca­jda.

The Un­der-12s won a tight Shield game at home to Ark­low Town ‘B’ by 2-1. Char­lie Sul­li­van and Fionn O’Reilly scored the all-im­por­tant goals.

The Un­der-14s trav­elled to Ark­low to take on Town’s B team and they came home with all three points af­ter a 4-3 win.

Ryan Smil­lie scored twice and there were sin­gles for Ross Quinn and An­drew McMa­hon (pen). They were also meant to play Ash­ford Rovers on Tues­day evening but un­for­tu­nately Ash­ford couldn’t field.

Our Un­der-15 girls won 3-1 at home to Sa­cred Heart thanks to a first half Aoife Murtagh tre­ble. On the night Kait­lyn But­ler, Ava McG­lynn and goalscorer Murtagh were among the play­ers who starred.

We then trav­elled to Clonee to take on the lo­cal side on Sun­day and af­ter a su­per team per­for­mance from all the play­ers we came home with a share of the spoils in a 3-all draw thanks to a su­perb hat-trick from Sinead McGet­ti­gan.

What made the re­sult all the more re­mark­able was the fact that due to a num­ber of rea­sons we only had nine play­ers avail­able to us and the home side played their full 11 which they are en­ti­tled to do. Well done ev­ery­body.

The ladies team are count­ing down the days to their fi­nal but get­ting game time is a prob­lem as in the past week we have been awarded two walkovers from games home and away to Dun­drum F.C. Any­way we live in hope!

Our re­cent ‘Golden Goal’ com­pe­ti­tion re­cently for the FA Cup semi-fi­nal be­tween Ever­ton and Manch­ester United pro­duced the fol­low­ing re­sults: €60 - 34th minute: Jamie Snell; €20 - 33rd minute - Gil­lian Browne; €20 - 35th minute - Liam McCann.

Thank you every­one for your sup­port. We have com­pe­ti­tions com­ing up for both the FA Cup fi­nal and the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal and tick­ets can be pur­chased from any com­mit­tee mem­ber. Please sup­port. We will also be run­ning a Last Man Stand­ing com­pe­ti­tion for the Eu­ros and we will have fur­ther de­tails in the com­ing weeks.

Train­ing for the De­vel­op­ment Squad con­tin­u­ous every Satur­day from 11am un­til 12pm and we are out­doors. All ses­sions are €2 per head. New play­ers (boys and girls) are al­ways wel­come and you can con­tact the sec­re­tary for fur­ther de­tails at 087 6987653.

We have five play­ers from the club cel­e­brat­ing birthdays in the com­ing week and they are Ryan McDon­ald (De­vel­op­ment Squad), Pa­trick Martin (Un­der-10s), Sean Dou­glas (Un­der-14s) and the ladies team duo of Katie Mul­lally and Emily Jen­nings.

Happy birth­day to all from every­one at New­town Ju­niors F.C.

For all mat­ters re­gards the club you can con­tact the sec­re­tary, Hughie, at 087 6987653 or by email at hughienolan@ gmail.com.

Ark­low’s Wil­lie Dil­lon dodges this Eden­derry tack­ler dur­ing the Provin­cial Sec­onds Plate fi­nal in Naas. Photo: Yvette O Beirne

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