CLUB CALL

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BRAY BOWLS

A very good week all round for the club as on Tues­day night last our Divi­sion 1 team had a great vic­tory away to Black­rock where they came home with 5.5 points.

On Wed­nes­day the ladies had a com­pre­hen­sive 7-0 vic­tory at home to Her­bert Park. On Wed­nes­day evening our Divi­sion 6 team made their com­pet­i­tive de­but at home to Shankill. Whilst the re­sult did not go their way there was ex­cel­lent per­for­mances from Bobby Doyle and Liam Quinn.

Both vets teams were in home ac­tion on Thurs­day against Clon­tarf and Crum­lin and both achieved the max­i­mum four points.

The Divi­sion 2 team rounded off an ex­cel­lent week with a seven-point haul at home to West­manstown last Satur­day where the rink of John Reynolds, Brian Dodd, Pat Cronin and Michael O’Brien led the way with a scin­til­lat­ing dis­play of bowls.

This week sees both Divi­sion 1 and 2 teams in ac­tion in the IBA Cup with Divi­sion 1 at home to Dun­bar­ton from North­ern Ire­land and Divi­sion 2 fac­ing the long trip to Col­eraine in Derry.

WICK­LOW ROVERS

The in­ter­me­di­ate team went down 5-3 to Bal­lyfer­mot Utd, in truth this game was so open it could have ended 7-7 or 8-8.

The game was very open, the lads went in front when Brian Har­ring­ton coolly rounded the keeper to slot home.

Bal­lyfer­mot lev­elled but shortly af­ter the im­pres­sive Ciaran McGet­ti­gan pow­ered Rovers in front. Just be­fore the break the Dublin side lev­elled again.

The sec­ond pe­riod was as open as the first and it was Rovers who edged in front again when Ciaran McGet­tian fired home his sec­ond of the game.

The lads were un­done by two quick fire goals from Bal­lyfer­mot and then a cruel de­flec­tion gave Gary Browne in the Rovers goal no chance as Bal­lyfer­mot killed off the game with their fifth.

It was as good a per­for­mance as any dur­ing the sea­son on Sun­day, a mix­ture of bad luck and prob­a­bly run­ning out of steam in the fi­nal quar­ter told on the lads. Brian Byrne, Jim Fo­ley and Ciaran McGet­ti­gan stood out in a good team per­for­mance.

Ac­tion in the ju­nior sec­tion dur­ing the week saw the Un­der-11 White team go down 3-1 to Glen­cor­mac United, Mikey Nolan con­tin­ued his hot streak in front of goal when he fired home the Rovers goal.

The Un­der-12As lost 2-0 to league champions Ark­low Town in a game that could have went ei­ther way with the lads hav­ing the chances to get some­thing from the game. Zach Callery hit the Rovers goal in the Un­der-12Bs 2-1 de­feat at home to Glen­cor­mac in an evenly con­tested en­counter.

The Un­der-13Cs lost 4-0 to ta­ble top­pers Ark­low Town at the White­gates, the lads bat­tled through out the game against a strong Ark­low out­fit.

Our Un­der-13As de­feated New­town Ju­niors 10-4 in the Un­der-14 Divi­sion 1 Shield, Adam O’Reilly hit an ex­cel­lent hat-trick, Max Kear­ney helped him­self to a brace with Harry Hodgkin­son, Con­nor Lewins, Mark O’Brien, Sa­muel Bishop and Ryan De­lamere all adding sin­gles to keep them in pole po­si­tion to make the fi­nal. An­other team in a good po­si­tion is our Un­der-14Bs who head the ta­ble in the Divi­sion 2 Shield, they beat Aughrim 3-1 on Thurs­day.

One goal a piece from Thomas O’Neill, Tom O’Shea and Daniel Mur­phy puts them in a strong po­si­tion to make the fi­nal.

Sun­day’s ac­tion saw the Un­der-11 White team go down 3-1 away to Grey­stones Utd, lead­ing 1-0 at the break through Ryan McCon­nell’s 29th goal of the sea­son and con­trol­ling the whole first half the lads didn’t reach the same level in the sec­ond pe­riod as the home side fired in three unan­swered goals.

The Un­der-12Bs got them­selves back in con­tention for a place in their shield fi­nal with a nar­row 1-0 away win over St An­tho­nys, a first of the sea­son for Michael O’Neill earned the lads all three points.

Our Un­der-14Bs main­tained their push for a place in the shield fi­nal when they beat Avon­more 6-2, a brace a piece for Michael Ryan and Daniel Mur­phy and one each from Thomas O’Neill and Tom O’Shea keeps the lads des­tiny very much in their own hands.

The Un­der-15s recorded a good 5-2 win over St An­tho­nys, two goals from Luke Du­rac McGowan and sin­gles from Nathan Wynne, Ryan Mur­phy and Luke Kelly en­sured the lads claimed all three points.

The Un­der-16Bs drew 0-0 against St Pa­tricks, this now means it’s a straight head to head bat­tle be­tween the lads and St Pa­trick’s for the fi­nal place in the Shield fi­nal.

Af­ter this re­sult it means the lads are a point clear of their op­po­nents but St Pa­trick’s have a game in hand so it looks like their fi­nal game against St Pat­ick’s will de­cide who will progress.

Ev­ery­one at Wick­low Rovers AFC would like to con­grat­u­late Wick­low rugby club on their great suc­cess in the Towns cup at the week­end. It was a great day for ev­ery­one as­so­ci­ated with Wick­low rugby club and a great day for sport in Wick­low. Once again con­grat­u­la­tions and well done to ev­ery­one in­volved.

Ev­ery­one at Wick­low Rovers AFC would like to ex­tend their sin­cere sym­pa­thy to the fam­ily and friends of Ellen Dunne who sadly passed away re­cently, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time, may she rest in peace.

The se­nior ladies team and ev­ery­one at Wick­low Rovers AFC would like to ex­tend their sin­cere sym­pa­thy to the fam­ily and friends of Mer­ryn Lacy who at a very young age has sadly passed away.

Our Se­nior ladies team formed a spe­cial re­la­tion­ship re­cently dur­ing her ill­ness. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. May she rest in peace.

AVON­MORE FC

Rath­new Un­der-15s v Avon­more Un­der-15s - A bat­tle is the only way to de­scribe this match for Avon­more Un­der-15s against a strong phys­i­cal Rath­new team.

Our lads started off slow and lethar­gic, our touches were poor and pass­ing not up to scratch. We soon found our­selves 1-0 down with Rath­new press­ing for more goals, which they soon got af­ter a good pas­sage of play. but de­spite our poor start, we ral­lied and soon Ayyub found his shot hit­ting the back of the net.

No-one knows what the man­ager said at half-time, but it was a dif­fer­ent team for the sec­ond half. The lads started to pass the ball around more ef­fi­ciently, and with ev­ery shot we took our con­fi­dence grew. With a great run from the back line, beat­ing three or four play­ers, Ayyub scored what had to be the goal of the match. Af­ter that we to­tally dom­i­nated play with goals from Dan Ha­gan, Mark Cullen and An­drew Bran­cato, who is quickly be­com­ing an ex­cel­lent free kick taker.

Our back­line came un­der pres­sure for the last 10 min­utes of this match as Avon­more con­ceded some need­less free kicks, but Craig, Aidan, Wayne, Luke and Daniel Duffy held firm and cleared their lines.

Conor Nolan in goal also played his part to­day with some fine fin­ger­tip saves. A great game to win, well done to the lads and Jor­dan the man­ager.

It was great to see a young rath­new player, num­ber seven, who had to go off in­jured, walk across to our lads and shake each of their hands; a great show of true sports­man­ship. Well done to you.

Wick­low Rovers Un­der-14s v Avon­more Un­der-14s - Wick­low Rover’s 6, Avon­more 2 - Although our lads con­ceded, this was a lot closer than score sug­gests.

It was 2-1 at half-time. The lads played very well and had many chances which we didn’t con­vert and un­for­tu­nately paid the price. Good ef­fort, lads. Goalscor­ers were John Porter and Al­varo Gar­cia Gomez. Train­ing at 6pm on Tues­day evening. Match de­tails to fol­low.

Best of luck to our Youths team who are in a fi­nal against Ark­low United this Satur­day at 2.00 p.m. in Kil­cashel. Bring home the cup lads!

NEW­TOWN JU­NIORS

Some im­por­tant games played in the past week. The Un­der-10s hosted near neigh­bours St An­thony’s and af­ter a thrilling end to end game the home side won out on a nar­row 6-5 score line.

The goal scor­ers were Ma­son Melia (3), Ryan McMa­hon, Pa­trick Martin and Keira Far­relly. Best were Aaron Hack­ett, Jack Cough­lan and Paudie Gam­mell. The Un­der-11s didn’t get any games in af­ter some freak rain­fall on Satur­day put paid to their game in Rath­new. The Un­der-12s put them­selves back in con­tention for Shield hon­ours with a 3-1 away win over Ark­low Town ‘B’. An own goal, Shane Dun­leavy and Char­lie Sul­li­van scored the goals while Re­becca Gil­lan and Ja­son Carthy per­formed well.

Bad per­for­mance from the Un­der-14s as they were beaten heav­ily at home to Wick­low Rovers Un­der-13s. They did score some crack­ing goals from Ryan Smil­lie, Ben Ryan, An­drew McMa­hon and Josh Od­lum but the over­all dis­play was way be­low the re­quired stan­dard. The girls Un­der-15s won one and lost one game in the past week.

On Fri­day evening they trav­elled to Walkin­stown Park to take on St. Cather­ine’s. In a great game of foot­ball, the home side pre­vailed on a 5-3 score line. Sarah Evans, Ni­amh Caf­frey and Ker­ryann Hamil­ton scored fine goals for us but the turn­ing point may have been a head in­jury to cen­tre half Kait­lyn Dun­leavy, which meant we had to play with 10 play­ers for the whole of the sec­ond half.

This game was played for six points. We then moved onto Sun­day and a home game against Clonee United and the girls played very well to clinch all three points in an em­phatic win. Ni­amh Caf­frey (3), Aoife Murtagh (2), Ker­ryann Hamil­ton (2), Laura Mur­phy and Sinead McGet­ti­gan scored the goals. Best were Sarah Evans, Ciara Fa­gan and Ava McG­lynn. Keeper Shona Eras­mus made a bril­liant save when the score was 0-0, which was very im­por­tant.

Fi­nally the ladies team were in ac­tion when they wel­comed champions St Pa­tricks Ath­letic to New­town. We needed to win our fi­nal three games to take run­ners up and at half time things weren’t look­ing good when we found our­selves 3-0 down in a very lack­lus­tre dis­play from us.

We went three at the back and at­tempted to push them back high up the field. We got a great start when firstly Mel Clarke and the Sinead Hor­gan chased seem­ingly lost causes to get us back into the game.

We were awarded two stonewall penal­ties and Amy Guil­foyle duly dis­patched both spot kicks to the net.

In the end it was a re­mark­able come­back and fin­ished Pats un­beaten run in the league.

Among the play­ers who starred were Iran Echev­e­ria, Ail­ish Kelly and Medb O’Keane. It’s our fi­nal next Sun­day and all sup­port would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.

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 is on Thurs­day evening this week (67pm) due to Holy Com­mu­nion in New­town on Satur­day. All ses­sions are €2 per head. New play­ers (boys and girls) are al­ways wel­come and you can con­tact the sec­re­tary for fur­ther de­tails and 087 6987653.

We have five play­ers from the club cel­e­brat­ing birthdays in the com­ing week and they are Leighton Byrne (Devel­op­ment Squad), Sean Bishop (Un­der-12s), Conor Ka­vanagh (Un­der-14s), and ladies team duo Rioghna McGet­ti­gan and Paula Viga. Happy birth­day to all from ev­ery­one at New­town Ju­niors F.C.

On a sad­der note, ev­ery­one at New­town Ju­niors F.C. would like to ex­tend their sin­cere con­do­lences to the fam­ily and friends of Peter Byrne (Kil­ti­mon, New­cas­tle) who passed away last week. May he rest in peace.

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

Photo: Tim Thorn­ton

Liz, Stephen, and Brian Clarke cel­e­brat­ing Wick­low Rugby Club’s his­toric win against En­nis­cor­thy RFC in the Pro­vin­cial Towns Cup fi­nal last Sun­day evening.

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