Lotto - Winning numbers were 01, 04, 06, and 32. Bonus: 38. No jackpot winner. Match three winners receive €250 each. Jackpot on May 23 stands at €5,300. Thanks to all buyers and sellers of club lotto tickets for continued support.
Junior Hurling League - Glenealy 2-14, Enniskerry/ Kilmac 1-4. Hurlers put in a battling performance last Wednesday night in Glenealy but had to give way to a strong local outfit.
The locals had the perfect start with a goal after two minutes but Enniskerry/Kilmac settled and dominated the last 15 minutes of the half with Jason Doyle finding the Glenealy net and Geoff Cahill (0-2) and Christy Fox firing over a 65 to leave us 2-6 to 1-3 down at the break and still well in the game.
Unfortunately our current malaise of not turning possession into scores came back to haunt us in the 2nd period with only a Doyle point all we had to show for our territory. Glenealy picked off some fine points of there own to run out deserving winners.
Best for Enniskerry/Kilmac on the night were Mick Byrne who made some fine saves in the net, youngsters Mark Mullen, Luke Dillon and Nathan Cronin who continue to impress, Johnny and Ger Driver worked hard in midfield while Jason Doyle was always a threat upfront.
This Wednesday (May 25) we play Arklow Rock Parnells in Enniskerry.
Adult football - This Friday (May 27), we continue our Division 3 league campaign when we travel to Newcastle to play the locals. Newcastle are always a tough nut to crack so we’ll need a big performance from the squad. Throw in is 7.30pm. Best of luck to Alan and the lads and again all support is welcome.
Ladies football - Ladies have a bit of a lull in the next few weeks games wise due to exams and county commitments. However Aoife and the squad are training away and hoping to arrange a few challenge games to prepare the side for resumption of season. In the Intermediate championship we drew Carnew, Tinahely and Coolkenno in our group section.
County development draw - The first draw takes place this Friday (May 27). Many thanks to all who helped us sell our quota of tickets by buying and selling tickets and the best of luck in the draw.
Juvenile - Unfortunately due to bad weather the Under-8 and Under-10 blitz had to be cancelled until a later date last Friday night. Training continues this Friday for nursery, Under-8s and Under-10s at 7pm in the field.
Condolences to the Boothman family and all in Blessington GAA Club on the recent passing of former Uachtarain CLG Jackie Boothman RIP. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam
Club website - Visit Enniskerrygaa club.ie for all up to date club information.
The Seniors took on Baltinglass last Friday in the league and unfortunately lost the game.
However, the team was weakened due to injuries and availability of players due to a local wedding hopefully the team will be back to full strength for the next game in two weeks time.
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 below, as it is a TG4 series, participants would need to have an adequate level of Irish. email@example.com 01 8894977.
After a break due to the weather our junior Magpie’s nursery resumed last Saturday and will continue every Saturday at 10am in the pitch and new faces are always welcome to join us. 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 22. The website is now open for registration http:// www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie.
The Under-8-Under-10s played two blitzes last week, on Monday they went to Kilcoole and on Friday they travelled over to Kilmac to take part in a Go Games blitz under the new format. Well done to both clubs for going ahead with the games despite the inclement weather, their next outing is an all county blitz and it’s on in Ballinakill on Saturday, June 11. Training for these two teams is on every Tuesday at 6.30pm and every Friday at 6.30pm. Coaching for the hurling takes place every Saturday at 11.15am and we are getting quite a good turnout however new faces are welcome to join us at any stage.
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 6.30pm or on Saturdays at 11.15am and let the lads know.
The Under-12s have only been beaten once and they played Barndarrig on Monday in a top of the table clash.
The Under-8-Under-10 girls are training tonight Wednesday and every Wednesday at 6.30pm on the pitch. Please note change of time from 6 to 6.30pm, they are now also training on Saturdays at 12 in the pitch. Their next blitz is on June 4.
The Under-12 girls who are going well and have only been beaten once are playing Valleymount away in the league next Tuesday; they are training in the pitch on Wednesdays at 7pm and on Saturdays at 12pm.well done to Laragh Davis, Rebecca Gillan, Doireann Smyth, Cody Hempenstall, Alyssia Larkin. Aleesha McMahon and Una Power who all took part and acquainted themselves very well at county Under-12 trials last Saturday.
The Under-14 girls were beaten by Eire Og in the league and their next match is at home to St Nicholas on June 9.
The Under-16 girls are taking a break due to the exams and have no match for a few weeks.
Congrats to the lotto winner who scooped the jackpot of €6,800 last week on numbers 7, 13, 16, and 26. There were also five match three winners who received €40 each. Please buy a ticket to help support the club it could be you!
We have a good stock of juvenile 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 on 087 7472682 or call up to the clubhouse any Saturday morning between 10-11am to view or order your club gear. You can keep up to date with us on Facebook and twitter for all the latest fixtures and news.
Under-8s/Under-10s - Our week got off to a flying start on Monday when our Under-8s and Under-10s football teams travelled to Kilcoole for a rearranged Go Games fixture.
Our Under-8s faced off against Newtown, while our Under-10s played the host club. Both teams partook in competitive matches with the three clubs involved being very evenly matched with very little separating the sides.
From our Under-8s, Joshua Temple was one of the stand out performers, scoring a couple of cracking goals. Also in fine form was Evan O’Neill, while the rest of the team of Brandon Mitchell, Natalie Cymerkiewicz, Theo McKenna, Szymon Siwczok and Michael Martin all contributed to an impressive Fergal Ógs performance on the night.
Our Under-10s had a panel of 14 players on the night with numbers at that age group continuing to rise. They played two matches against two Kilcoole teams and gave a very good account of themselves against both sides, with the host club being stronger on the night. Worthy of a special mention are Cian Egan and Laura Higgins who worked tirelessly at the back to stop Kilcoole attacks and win ball. The Berkley brothers, Daniel and Robert made their return and were relentless, covering every blade of grass on the pitch, while Megan Keogh created scoring chances with some fantastic passes.
Both teams will be travelling to Kilcoole again next week, when they’ll take on the host club in a hurling contest.
Men’s Hurling - Our men’s hurling team were due to play St. Patrick’s on Wednesday in the junior league but the match was rearranged to be played on Monday 23rd in Wicklow town.
Men’s Football - Our men’s football team played host to Avondale on Thursday in Ballywaltrim Park. Coming off the back of their win against Kilcoole in the week prior, the team were brimming with confidence heading into the tie and this was evident when they came flying out of the traps in the opening minutes, not waiting long before finding their first scores, courtesy of a brace of points by Gavin Harris, the first from play and the second from a close range free.
The bright start seemed to catch Avondale off guard and they responded hastily, not letting themselves drift any further behind, gaining possession of the ball and working the ball down the wings to score their first points, levelling the tie at two points a piece.
Avondale pressed on ahead with the game starting to be played in the Fergal Ógs half and were clinical in taking their points when given the time and space. 15 minutes into the tie, they found themselves three points ahead, and with their domination of the high ball contests, they won their fair share of Fergal Ógs goal kicks, and 20 minutes in, found the back of the home sides net for their first goal.
Fergal Ógs fought back with Gavin Harris sending another free over the Avondale bar, while an impressive run from Cormac Kelly ended with his first point and Fergal Ógs fourth.
Avondale secured four more points before the half-time break, with a half-time score of 1-9 to 0-4.
Avondale furthered their lead in the early stages of the 2nd half scoring another goal. 11 points behind, Fergal Ógs found it difficult to get near the Avondale goal with the visitors forcing them to shoot from distance. Aaron Kane made some brilliant runs down the wing, while there was also some good give and go football being played in the opponents half, but unfortunately the team weren’t clinical enough in taking their scoring chances with a few wides letting Avondale off the hook on occasions.
When Fergal Ógs received a free just outside the box, the attempt on goal sailed just over the cross bar for Gavin Harris fourth point.
The point was followed by two more, with Ronan Twohig and Mark Doyle getting their names on the score sheet, both of them scoring from tight angles. Down the opposite end of the field, Avondale responded to Fergal Ógs spell of dominance with another goal which killed the game off as a contest and added a flurry of points to their tally before full-time, for a final score line of Fergal Ógs 0-7, Avondale 3-17.
The teams next match will be an away trip to Newtown next Thursday.
Under-12s - Our Under-12s hurling team played Eire Óg Greystones on Saturday. A cracking game of hurling was had. Fergal Ógs made the better start, with Lance Wilde and Oisin Allen winning the midfield battle and driving the ball forward to Cian Byrne at half-forward who cut inside his marker, and drove the ball over the bar from distance for his sides opening score.
Eire Óg launched the ball into their full forwards but Rhys Wilde and Jack Allen were first to many of the balls and sent them back up the field.
Fergal Ógs scored their second point when Lance Wilde found his range after a couple of earlier wides, and blasted the ball over to put the Bray side up by two points. Much credit must be given to Ryan Fegan and Pearse O’Keeffe at half back, who broke down many attacks and eased the pressure on the full backs.
They turned defence into attack, moving the ball out to the wings for the oncoming Fergal Ógs runners. Eire Óg scored their first point courtesy of a free and followed it up with another point from a 65 to level the tie.
Ross McAteer made some impressive puck outs between the posts, while Jake Peare was in the thick of the action alongside Byrne, at half-forward and was unlucky not to bag a goal for himself, being denied by an impressive save by the Eire Óg goalkeeper.
Fergal Ógs scored their third point when Lance Wilde batted a high ball down to Oisin Allen, who shifted the ball out wide into the hands of Cian Byrne, who drove down the wing and scored from a tight angle. There were some impressive play from Shane Buta in the full forward line who battled for every ball and kept the full back under pressure while Saoirse O’Hanlon and Eleanor Gilmore pulled on any ball that came near them with their eyes fixed on the Eire Óg goal.
Cian Byrne secured another point before half-time courtesy of some brilliant link up play between himself and Oisin Allen, with the halftime score reading; Eire Óg 0-2, Fergal Ógs 0-4.
In the second half Eire Óg started to win more ball, and scored their first goal from a fantastic close range strike to put themselves ahead.
They quickly followed it with another goal from a tight angle, giving themselves a four-point lead. Fergal Ógs fought back with Lance Wilde launching a couple of impressive pucks into the Eire Óg goal mouth, only to find the opposing teams full backs.
Eire Óg looked to further their lead but were stopped in their tracks by some superb hooking and blocking by Ryan Fegan and the Allen brothers. A Fergal Ógs goal opportunity presented itself when Oisin Allen found Shane Buta out wide, who caught the ball in hand, and laid it off for an oncoming Jake Peare, whose strike was saved again by the Greystones keeper.
A frustrating second half from a Fergal Ógs point of view saw Eire Óg claim the victory by full-time. Much credit must be given to the Fergal Ógs team for a terrific performance.
The team’s next match will be a football tie, at home against Kilcoole on Monday 23rd.
Other news - Members of our club executive met with Wicklow GAA Operations Manager Dave Tutty on Tuesday to discuss club development and county structures etc. Many thanks to Dave for visiting us.
Our Cúl Camp will run from August 15-19. Book now, so that your child doesn’t miss out on what is always a great week on the club calendar.
Beidh a bheith nios mo nuacht an tseachtain seo chugainn.
EIRE OG GREYSTONES
COMHBHRÓN It came as a shock to all in Éire Óg to hear that club stalwart and former Cathaoirleach, John Glynn, had died. John had been very ill since October and died in the Sligo Hospice at the end of last week. The club extends its sincerest sympathies to his family and to his friends of whom he had very many. Go raibh leaba ag a anam geanúil, meidhreach i measc na naomh.
FUNDRAISING The Lotto numbers drawn on Monday 16th were 4, 8, 15, 22 and the jackpot for Monday 23rd is 8000euro.
Becky Loftus Dore, a participant in the Éire Óg Strictly which is less than a month away is holding a JUNIOR DISCO in the clubhouse on Saturday 29th 3-5 p.m. Entrance 3 euro. There will be face painting and a sweet shop.
PEIL The Greystones representatives on the Cill Mantain team which played Laois in the 1st round of the Leinster Championship in Portlaoise on Saturday week did Éire Óg proud. Darren Hayden, vice-captain, seemed to be in perpetual motion with his No.10 appearing now in the backs, now in the forwards throughout the game. The extent to which his ball carrying skills were seen as a threat by the opposition was attested to in the number of times he was fouled in possession. His colleague Chester Kelly was as cool and unhurried as is his wont to be in club matches but his agility in thought and deed was such that he was as equally effective in the higher inter-county game. One never worried that he would not be able to handle any tricky situation which might come his way. His performance was rewarded by his having been chosen as corner back on the G.A.A.ie championship team of the week. Daniel Woods and Sam Thompson came on in the 2nd half and more than held their own.
The Kilbride juniors made the journey across the Sally Gap on Friday night to play Éire Óg in Division 3 of the league. The match ended in a draw. Spectators at the game would have deemed the visitors’ journey worthwhile for the entertainment which came of it while the visitors might be somewhat disappointed at not having taken both league points. That they didn’t, was largely due to the excellent goalkeeping of Billy Norman and some heroic defending by the fullback line. Billy made some spectacular saves but one in particular drew all-round admiration. The Kilbride full-forward, from 8 metres out, sent a viciously-struck ball to the right of an advancing Billy who to everyone’s surprise managed to interrupt it passage to the net. Credit is due to both sides for having served up a closely fought and enjoyable contest with many goalmouth incidents and some brilliant passages of combined end-to-end play.
CAILÍNÍ U-16 The contrast between the u-16 cailíní’s game in Greystones against St Pats B and the climatic conditions in which it was played could not have been more stark. The heavy rain which arrived just before the girls took to the field relented not one iota over the match’s duration and this together with the heavily laden sky which was its source contrived to depress but their intent was offset by the lively and brightly exciting game served up by the girls.
The Éire Óg cailíní were very much on the backfoot in the 1st half and could be counted as somewhat fortunate to be only 4 points, 2-3 to 4-1, behind at the break. However the girls upped their performance in the 2nd half and roles were very much reversed. Yet the result remained in doubt right to the last few minutes. This 5-7 to 4-4 victory over a quality B side is a testament to the growing maturity of the squad. Scorers: Katie Lawless (3-4), Eva Moore (1-1), Eva McTague, Ashling Lawrence and Andrea Hanlon (0-1 each).
The back division which was especially solid after the interval was particularly well served by Katie O’Reilly, Eva Roche and Claudia Randles.
The u-14 girls play a home league game this Thursday at 7.30 p.m.