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.
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.
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.
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