Well, believe it or not, we still have action on the playing field going on, here we are at the tail end of June and still some teams are trying to complete their season.
On Thursday night our Under-11 Green team went down 5-3 to Newtown Juniors in a Premier Shield play-off game for the right to play St Anthony’s in the final.
After the game finished in an exciting 3-3 draw it was onto extra-time where Newtown scored two without reply.
The lads put it up to league champions Newtown in a game that could have went either way. Oscar Malcomson, Louis Malcomson and Jack Noble were the Rovers marksmen on the night.
The lads gave it their all against a very good Newtown side. Hard luck to Gerry and the lads.
Sunday saw our Under-16Bs play Greystones Utd in the final of the Division 1 Shield. Our Under-16Bs are playing a year above their natural age group and have had a fantastic season. After finishing third in the Premier league they then claimed runners up in the Premier Cup against their club mates the ‘A’ team.
Sunday saw them cap off a terrific campaign when they won the shield, defeating Greystones 4-2. Top scorer Daniel Fitzsimons fired home two goals with Sean Leonard and Luke Whyte notching one a piece.
The lads were always in control of the game racing into a 2-0 with goals from Fitzsimons and Whyte, after the break they went 3-0 up when Leonard fired home.
Greystones pulled one back but Fitzsimons made sure there was no comeback on the cards when he nabbed his 35th of the season and Rovers fourth to kill off the game.
Greystones did get a second but Rovers ran out deserved winners. Congratulations to John, Matt and the lads on a very successful season.
The club are currently inviting applicants for the following managerial positions within the club for the 2016/17 season: 1. Leinster Senior First Team; 2. Leinster Senior Second Team; 3. Under 18 Team. Anyone interested in the above positions should contact club secretary Rob Free for an application form at 0858153424 or by email at robfreemax@ gmail.com Closing dates for the above applications is Friday, July 1.
The dates for our annual summer soccer camp are week 1 from Monday, July 4 to Friday, July 8, week 2 from Monday, July 11 to Friday, July 15. The camps will run from 10 am to 3 pm daily, each participant will receive a jersey, ball and a medal. The cost of the camp is €65 with discount for a family with two or more kids. There will also be a girls only section in the camp. All participants should bring a packed lunch, a drink, boots, shin guards and a rain jacket. Anyone interested in taking part should contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098 or Willie O’Brien at 086-1696911. Alternatively you can contact any committee member or message the club Facebook page. Registration forms can be downloaded from the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com There is a registration day this coming Saturday morning, June 25, in the clubhouse from 11 till 12.
The dates have been released for the club’s open training sessions and trials for all our junior teams for the 2016/17 season. All open training sessions and trials will take place in the Whitegates from 7pm till 8pm. The dates are as follows: Under-8s (Born 2009/10) are on Monday, July 11; Under-9s (Born 2008) are on Monday, July 11; Under-10s (Born 2007) are on Tuesday, July 12; Under-11s (Born 2006) are on Wednesday, July 13; Under-12s (Born 2005) are on Thursday, July 14; Under-13s (Born 2004) are on Frida, July 15; Under-14s (Born 2003) are on Friday, July 22; Under-15s (Born 2002) are on Wednesday, July 20, and Under-16s (Born 2001) are on Thursday, July 21. If any player is away on holidays while the above sessions are taking place please inform any committee member.
The club’s weekly junior soccer academy continues every Saturday morning (weather permitting) under the watchful eye of senior club coaches Johnny Dunne and Robbie Dover. The academy takes places on the all weather pitch on the club grounds at the Whitegates and is open to all kids from the age of three years to eight years.
The academy starts at 11am and finishes at 12. There is no need for registration so you can come along to any week that suits. Come along and learn the skills of football while having fun and enjoyment, it’s a great way of meeting new friends as you learn the skills as you get prepared for the introduction to participate in organised league football in the coming years.
Kildare West Wicklow Indoor Bowling Association (KWWIBA)
Ardclough Mixed Triples Tournament Finals
The recent Ardclough Mixed Triples bowling tournament finals played in the Ardclough GAA Hall drew a large attendance to the event. In the Cup final it was Kildare Town against Allen, while the Shield final was contested between two Rathmore teams. Shield Final The Shield final was the first to roll off, with Rathmore 2 against Rathmore 3. With top players in both teams there was never going to be much between either team.
Rathmore 2 started off in fine fashion and pulled off five scores in the first two ends. On the third end Rathmore 3 got themselves on the scoreboard to reduce the margin to four. But again their opponents increased the lead to five. On the next end it was back to four again and we were left wondering if the good start was going to be the deciding factor at the finish, even though we were only at the sixth end.
On the next end when Rathmore 2 moved ahead by seven it looked liked too big a climb for Rathmore 3 at this point, especially as they were getting it very difficult to come to term with the mat, and the tight match we were expecting just didn’t seem to be materializing.
On the next three ends Rathmore 3 hit a purple patch and narrowed the gap to three. But as before Rathmore 2 again stretched their lead out to five. Rathmore 3 were now playing with the type of form that was expected and within the next three ends were on level terms.
On the second last end Rathmore 3 had incredibly taken the lead for the first time in the match albeit only by a score of one. So it was really down to a shoot out in the last end.
Could Rathmore 3 pull off a Houdini act or could their counterparts once more get the necessary scores when they were most needed? Well! After a hectic 15th and final end Rathmore 2 just scraped over the line on a winning margin of 13 against 12.
Although Rathmore 2 were the better side throughout and thoroughly deserved their victory they can count themselves lucky to edge it at the finish.
Rathmore 2: Joe Watters, Mary Brady and Bernie McIntyre.
Rathmore 3: Dave Pitt, Ann Shaw and Frank Feane. Cup Final Kildare 2 v Allen 2: This Kildare team were the firm favourites to win this match although they were coming up against a very good Allen team.
Allen had a great and confident start scoring three on the first end, which helped them to settle into the game quickly. But it didn’t take long for Kildare to be back in contention and by the third end they had drawn level.
On the fourth end Kildare took the lead and from thereon set the pace of the game. On the tenth end they had increased the gap to six, but Allen fought back on the next couple of ends to leave only three between them.
But it was from here that the game started to slip away from the Allen side, as Kildare continued to score and increase their advantage. In fairness to Allen they were only conceding low scores to Kildare, but not being able to register any scores the margin naturally began to widen, and thus left it beyond any chance of a comeback.
The scoreboard at the finish certainly didn’t do justice, to what was a good game of bowls. The fact that Kildare were only getting a score of one or two on each occasion was always going to be enough to win the game, especially when their opponents only managed to score on four occasions in the match. Kildare the winners on a 19/8 score line.
Kildare: Anne Gleeson, John Gleeson and Mark Caldwell.
Allen: Kevin McCormack, Denis Lyons and Ann McCormack.
Well done to Ardclough Bowling Club for a well run and organised tournament, and thanks to all the volunteers for their hard work before and during the event.
And of course a special thanks to the caterers with the most difficult task of all, in providing the refreshments to such large crowds throughout the tournament.
Avonmore Under-15s v Dublin Oaks (Shield final) - Right from the tip off this game had a battle written all over it. These two teams had met in previous matches and knew exactly what to expect from each other.
Dublin oaks hadn’t been beaten in this competition at all and Avonmore had to come through two must win games to reach the final.
Both teams started with huge determination, but it was Avonmore who scored first with an excellent chip over the goal keeper from our forward, Dean Carter.
Dublin Oaks upped the pressure and Avonmore found themselves defending, and defending well, with great play from Luke Kearney, Ryan Kenny and Kevin Kinsella, for the last 15 minutes of the match.
They were then awarded a penalty which they quickly took and scored. Game on. Mark Cullen was then taken down in the box in the dying minutes of the game.
Unfortunately for us the Dublin Oaks goalkeeper saved it. This game was going to extra time.
With the team spirit a bit low after the penalty miss, the managers rallied their team and, within minutes of extra time starting, Avonmore scored their second goal through a beautiful passage of play between Mark Cullen, Dean Carter, and Dale Fluskey who tucked the ball sweetly in the back of the Dublin Oaks net.
The Avonmore supporters went wild, but there was still another 10 minutes to play.
Liam Dickenson, Ayyub Azmat and Cody Reid who came on for Ayuub worked like Trojans for their team and Dublin Oaks were finding it increasingly frustrating to get passed our players. With seconds to go the referee awarded Dublin Oaks another penalty much to the agony of our supporters. Everyone on the Avonmore sideline were crossing fingers and saying prayers that Aidan Murray in goal would continue his great game and save it, to ensure a win for Avonmore, and that’s exactly what he did. What a save! Avonmore FC are Shield champions.
Thanks to Dublin Oaks for a great game. Well done to this great Under-15s Avonmore team and managers. A much deserved win.
Bray Wanderers Lotto - There was no winner of Bray Wanderers lotto on Sunday, June 19.
The numbers drawn were 2, 8, 22, and 23.
The five €30 lucky pick winners were, A O Sullivan c/o C Kavanagh, S McGuire c/o BWSC, J Morris c/o D Crinion, W Duffin c/o C Kavanagh, C O Neill c/o V Walsh. The next lotto draw is on Sunday, June 26, for a jackpot of €10,175.
Sligo away - Our next away trip will be on Friday, June 24, to Sligo Rovers. The supporters club will run a bus to this game. Seats can be booked by text to 087 9968969. Bus departs 2pm from the Carlisle Grounds.
Fares for Supporters Club members are: Adults €20, 16 -18 year olds €15, Schoolchild €10, Non-members €5 extra. This game has been moved from Saturday the 25th due to the European Championships.
Fixture news - Bray Wanderers will host Scottish Championship side Falkirk at the Carlisle Grounds on Wednesday, June 29, kick off 7.45pm.
It was the Under-11s who brought the curtain down on another relatively successful; season when they were in Shield action the past week.
Tuesday night’s play for a place in the final failed to take place after a mix up over arrangements at the venue in Rathnew. The game with Wicklow Rovers went ahead two days later on Thursday when the teams did duel in Kilcoole.
Rovers took an early lead but Newtown hit back and led 3-1 at half time thanks to goals from Mason Melia (2) and Ryan McMahon.
Newtown sat back somewhat in the second half and allowed Rovers a lot of the ball. Eventually the pressure told and Rovers scored twice, the equaliser with virtually the last kick of the game.
The Newtown team refocused in the second half and Melia scored a goal in each period of extra time to send Newtown the final on a 5-3 score line.
It was then onto Saturday and Roundwood where the team took on St. Anthony’s in the final.
Antos raced into an early 2-0 lead and despite creating a couple of good chances it was just before half-time when they score when Ryan McMahon set up Mason Melia to score from close range.
The one thing the Newtown team didn’t want to happen in the second half was to concede an early goal but this is what happened after too much messing about in the back line.
The game was now end to end but unfortunately for us when we attacked the ball wouldn’t go in the goal but Anto’s scored two more goals from their attacks.
We did score a late consolation when Shane Synnott scored to leave the final score at 5-2.
On the day the better team won but hard luck to our team that included Ryan Clarke, Shane Synnott, Marcel Kocajda, Martin Kelly, Darragh Heffernan, Jack Coughlan, Bogdan Rusu, Mason Melia, Ryan McMahon, Grace Murphy and Oran Lane. Also well done to the management team of Liam and Mick and many thanks to all the supporters.
The team headed off to Dublin afterwards for some Bubble Football and food etc. and all the team had a great time. Well done, everyone.
We have started our EURO 2016 Last Man Standing competition and fixtures over six rounds from June 10-22 will determine who makes it through to Round 7 (if any). 107 players started out in the competition and entering Round 4 we had 46 players still standing. You can follow the competition on our Facebook and Twitter pages and if you need any information regards this or any other matter please contact our secretary by mobile to 087 6987653 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our winner will receive the prize pot of €535. Thank you for your continued support.
We also have sponsor cards out at present for a fundraiser which will take place at our Presentation Day on Saturday, July 2, and all players in the club should have received their cards by now. If not contact any committee member and they will duly get one to you.
The sponsor card enables the holders to get various sport gear depending on how much each player accumulates. We hope to have lots of fun activities at the Presentation Day and if there is anybody who would like to volunteer their help on the day it would be very much appreciated. (More details of sponsored card event on our Facebook and Twitter pages)
Training for the Development Squad is on Saturday from 11am-12pm. 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 six players from the club celebrating their birthdays around this time and they are Ben Synnott and Lucas Dowdall from the Development Squad, Eoghan Fox (U-10), Leon Hughes (U12), Sarah Evans (U-15 girls) and Medb O’Keane (ladies).
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.
No joy for Coolboy Rangers who were defeated 3-2 by Wicklow Rovers B in the Under-13 Premier Shield final in Roundwood on Monday night. The game finnished 2-2 but a late injury-time goal from Ben Free decided the matter. Photo: Barbara Flynn