ALZHEIMERS TEA DAY
Thank you to everyone who supported our recent tea day. In excess of €650 wss raised. Thank you again.
GAA CLUB NEWS
Following on from an unfortunate loss away to Hollywood last Friday the seniors take on Rathnew at home tomorrow night in the league. Please come along and support the lads
Calling all the Irish speaking women in the community: a series is being produced for TG4 which will feature the women of the GAA – from the mothers who drive miles to matches around the country to the background teams of female physios and doctors, from the loyal supporters to the board members who help to run the clubs.
If anyone who is interested in taking part please contact 01 8894977 or email rkearney@ tyrone-productions.ie. As it is a TG4 series, participants would need to have an adequate level of Irish.
The junior magpie’s nursery continues next Saturday and every Saturday at 10 a.m. in the pitch and new faces are always welcome to join us. This is our first term of the New Year and it only costs the bargain price of €20 for the entire season and an hour’s fun and excitement are guaranteed every week.
Following on from a very successful program last year the Kellogg’s Cúl Camps are returning to Newtown once again this year on July 18 to July 22. The website is now open for registration kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie/
The under-8 to under-10s had a blitz last Friday at home to Enniskerry, well done to the players who turned out in large numbers and produced some fantastic football.
Thanks to all the mentors for their hard work so far with these teams, the improvement is there for all to see. Thanks also to Amy and Bernie for doing the tea duties and Luke, Conor and the glamorous Leanne for refereeing on the night; their next blitz is on Friday, May 20, away to Kilmac.
Training for these two teams is on every Tuesday at 6.30 p.m. and also from this week on they are training every Friday at 6.30. Coaching for the hurling takes place every Saturday at 11.15 a.m. and we are getting quite a good turnout however new faces are welcome to join us at any stage.
Due to communion next week we will not be having any hurling this Saturday. if you have a child who wants to play either hurling or football this year please come up to the pitch any Tuesday or Friday at 6.30 or on Saturdays at 11.15 and let the lads know.
The under-12s played their first match in a while last Monday away to Kilcoole, while the under-14s are playing next Wednesday please check fixtures for confirmation of opposition and venue the under-16 lads who are going well are at home to St Pat’s in the div 1 league this Friday at 7.30
The under-8 to under-10 girls are training tonight Wednesday and every Wednesday at 6.30 on the pitch. Please note change of time from 6 to 6.30, they are now also training on Saturdays at 12 in the pitch.
The under-12 girls lost to a strong Blessington side in the league last week but are improving with every game they are training in the pitch on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and on Saturdays at midday
The under-16 girls played St Nicholas last Tuesday in what was a good game of football and the girls were beaten yet again by the smallest of margins after a gigantic battle between two evenly matched teams. Training for all girls is on Saturdays at midday Well done to Gemma, Kerryann and Kaitlyn who picked up a Leinster shield medal with the county under-14s last weekend. Hard luck to Paul, Ciaran, Sean and the Wicklow minors who got no reward for all their hard work over the past year and it just shows how cruel sport can be, none the less the club are proud of your valiant efforts.
All of our teams are always looking for helpers and especially players of all ages so if would like to help out in any way with any of our juvenile teams or just need more info then contact the juvenile chairman Shay at 087 2699620.
Best of luck to all the boys and girls making their communion on Saturday we hope you have a great day.
Thanks to all who walked in the commemoration parade recently with us and well done to the tidy town’s community who organised a fantastic event. Congratulations and best wishes to Tom and Nicole on their recent marriage and who are now known as Mr and Mrs Nolan.
Tickets are now on sale for the county development draw and are available from any committee member.
The deadline for membership has passed and we are now operating a strictly no pay no play policy with no exceptions.
We have a good stock of ju- venile jerseys and with the season just started now is the time to order your club gear, for all queries regarding any club merchandise please give Ruth a ring at 087 7472682 or call up to the clubhouse any Saturday morning between 10-11 to view or order your club gear. You can keep up to date with us on Facebook and twitter for all the latest fixtures news etc.
Lotto numbers 3, 12, 17 and 18 were drawn last week resulted in no jackpot winner but 8 matchthree winners. This week’s jackpot is €6,600.
NEWTOWN JUNIORS FC
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 scoreline. The goalscorers 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 scoreline. 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 Sinéad 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 the welcomed champions St Patrick’s 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 Sinéad 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.
The fixtures are as follows for the period Wednesday, May 11, – Sunday, May 15: under-11s away to Wicklow Town ko Wednesday 11th at 7 p.m.; under-12s at home to Aughrim Rangers ko Thursday 12th at 7 p.m.; under-14s at home to Enniskerry ko Thursday 12th at 6.45 p.m.; under-15 Girls at home to St Joseph’s ko Friday 13th at 7 p.m.; under-10s – weekend fix- ture to be confirmed; under-11s – weekend fixture to be confirmed; under-12s away to Aughrim Rangers ko to be confirmed; under-14s – weekend fixture to be confirmed; under-15 Girls – Weekend fixture to be confirmed; Ladies’ team vs Eureka Kells ko Sunday at 2.45 p.m., DWSL Shield Final – Venue: Greenouge Park Peamount (KO times and dates are subject to change)
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 (6 p.m. to 7 p.m.) 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 at 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 FC
On a sadder note everyone at Newtown Juniors FC 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.
Colin Younger, Ronan Griffey, Ciara McConnell and Graham Burley celebrating Wicklow Rugby Club’s win against Enniscorthy RFC in the Provincial Towns Cup
Leo Wallace who took part in ‘Rathnew’s Got Talent’ at St Bridget’s Hall, performing ‘Riptide’ in English and as Gaeilge.