A mixed week on the rink with Division 4 playing away to Aer Lingus with the notoriously difficult rink proving too difficult for the lads where they went down 6 points to nil.
Both vets teams were in action on Thursday and had contrasting results .Vets 1 were away to Dun Laoghaire and came home with 1 point. Vets 2 were away to Shankill and came away with all 4 points on offer to maintain their grip on second spot in a very competitive division.
On Saturday our Division 1 team produced an outstanding display at home to Meath taking all 7 points on offer.
Our Division 2 team were away to Shankill and got 3 points. The rink of Michael O’Brien, Brian Dodd , Pat Cronin and John Reynolds deserve credit for clawing back a 13 shot deficit to win their rink by 2.
The carpet is being stretched this week so all members are asked to come down on Wednesday/Thursday to lend assistance.
Well finally we have came to a conclusion on the playing field in the junior section of the club and what a thrilling conclusion it was.
Our Under-13Bs were taking on Coolboy Rangers in the final of the Division 1 Shield in Vartry Park, home of Roundwood AFC, in midweek action to bring the curtain down on our junior section.
Normal time failed to separate the two teams with the final score at the end of ordinary time tied at 2-2.
This was an excellent game of football with both sides playing their part, two Luke Horan goals ensured Rovers would keep their shield hopes alive and send the game to extra time.
In extra time both sides had their chances but it wasn’t until the dying seconds that one of those chances were taken, thankfully for the lads it was Ben Free who popped up with the decisive goal in the last minute giving their opponents little time to reply.
The lads ran out 3-2 winners in a thrilling encounter in what was a great advert for football, an excellent sporting occasion.
Congratulations to Rob, Colm and the team on their successful season capturing a fantastic double winning both the Division 1 Cup and Shield. Well done, lads.
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 po- sitions should contact club secretary Rob Free for an application form at 0858153424 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org Closing dates for the above applications is this Friday, July 1.
The dates for our annual summer soccer camp are week 1 from Monday, July 4, to Friday, July 8; week two from Monday, July 11, to Friday, July 15.
The camps will run from 10am to 3pm 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.
The dates have been released for the clubs 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 Friday, 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 are currently selling FAI National draw tickets, we would ask all club members to make an effort to try and sell some tickets.
This could be a great fundraiser for the club if the members get behind it. Anyone interested in purchasing a ticket can contact any committee member or any club member. Full list of the prizes can be viewed on the club Facebook page. Also anyone interested in selling some tickets for the club please contact 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 reg- istration 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.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 087 9108706 or e-mail me at jimmy. email@example.com.
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club Facebook page.
After what was a very satisfactory end to the season where we won some and lost some the various players and teams now get ready to receive their rewards.
Well done to our Under-10s team who received their award from the WDSL on Sunday in the Grand Hotel. Well done to all the players and especially their coach Rory Hackett for all his hard work.
The Under-11s and 12s were meant to receive their medals etc. on Sunday as well but owing to the fantastic exploits from the Boys in Green in France this event has been deferred until Tuesday, June 28, with the following slots for both teams: Under-11s at 6.50pm (Shield) and 7.05pm (League); Under-12s at 6.30pm (Shield) at 7.05pm (League).
Both teams and coaches must be at the Grand Hotel a minimum of 10 minutes before their slot. Well done everyone.
While the schoolboy/girls teams may be finished for a while the Senior ladies are back in training after the exam period and ready for a crack at the Premier Division where the competition will be fierce.
It is a tough task ahead of us but the minimum we would hope for is to consolidate our position in the league and to be as competitive as possible.
Opening Ladies fixture is as follows: Newtown Ladies at home to Shelbourne ‘A’ ko Monday, July 4 at 7.15pm.
In our Last Man Standing competition for the EURO2016, as the selections of all five players still standing in Round 6 all failed to win those five players are deemed to be the last Players left standing and therefore share the Prize Money. All five will receive €107 each: Ally and Ryan Taylor, Damian Hanlon, Lisa Coughlan, Marcus O’Toole, Saundra Martin.
Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who took part, your support is as always greatly appreciated.
This coming Saturday (July 2) we will hold our Presentation Day out on the Community pitch. Times will be finalised shortly and everyone will be notified in due course. We plan to have loads of football related activities for all ages including in conjunction with our sponsored card event a couple of football related inflatables. Added to that we will also have the annual awards made to all teams.
Four players from the club celebrate their birthdays in the coming week and they are Pat Carey from the academy squad, Keira Farrelly from the Under-10s, Shona Erasmus, goalkeeper with the girls Under-15s and Melanie Clarke from the ladies team.
Happy birthday to all from everyone at Newtown Juniors F.C.
On a sadder note we extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Kathleen Keeley who sadly passed away last week and to the Noble family on their recent bereavement. May they rest in peace.
For all matters regards the club you can contact the secretary, Hughie, at 087 6987653 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lotto - There was no winner of Bray Wanderers lotto on Sunday, June 26. The numbers drawn were 2, 16, 29, and 30. The five €30 lucky pick winners were, F Slevin c/o F Slevin, C Kavanagh c/o C Kavanagh, Marie c/o V Walsh, D Brennan c/o Online, E Crinion c/o D Crinion. The next lotto draw is on Sunday, July 3, for a jackpot of €10,200.
Fixture news - Bray Wanderers will host Scottish Championship side Falkirk at the Carlisle Grounds on Wednesday, June 29, kick off is at 7.45pm.
Kildare West Wicklow Indoor Bowling Association (KWWIBA)
Kildare Town Bowling Tournament - This year’s Kildare Town bowling tournament has attracted a very large entry of teams.
This tournament is one of the most successful events in the bowling tournament calendar. This year there has been an increase in entries of about 25 per cent or thereabouts, with an entry of 44 teams.
Not alone has there been an increase of team entries but also a huge increase in spectator numbers.
This probably is due to the move by the Kildare Town bowling club from the old CMWA Hall a few months ago to the more spacious and more comfortable setting in the Educate Together School, Melitta Road, Kildare Town.
While conversing with people it is found that due to the spacious grounds surrounding the school that parking being no longer a problem it is much more attractive for people to come and watch the games.
Tiebreaker Won By Millimetres - This match certainly had the pulses racing from the beginning, as Kill CBC and Brownstown provided the entertainment on what turned out to be a real thriller.
With both teams in superb form throughout the tournament up to now it was expected to be a hard fought, close and competitive game. We certainly weren’t disappointed on that front.
With only 11 ends to play in these rounds there would be no scope for any major errors in the contest.
Brownstown were the first to settle into the game and after two ends had accrued three scores on the board, but on the third end their opponents had reduced that lead down to one. But again the advantage lay with Brownstown as they opened up a gap of five.
But on the next couple of ends the Kill CBC side had closed the gap to two. Once more Brownstown with a score of one pushed ahead by three.
With only three ends left to play it looked like it would be enough to see Brownstown through, especially when every time their opponents threatened they were able to respond. But the Kill CBC side were far from finished as they scored one on each of those last ends to force the match into a tiebreaker.
Even the tiebreaker was a tit for tat, and shot for shot affair. This game hinged on the last bowl of both skips to decide the winner.
A brilliant last bowl by the Kill CBC skip Johnny Flynn rolled in to give his team a holding score of one, but the Brownstown skip Mick McMahon still had his last bowl to throw.
The tension mounting, breaths being held and the silence descending as Mick sent his last bowl on its way, but it agonizingly fell short just by millimetres.
So Kill CBC march on while Brownstown bow out. This was a great, great game and fantastic bowling by both sides.
Final score: Kill CBC 9, Brownstown 8.
Kill CBC: Phyllis Burke, Peggy Hayes, Josie Garvey and Johnny Flynn.
Brownstown: Frank Breen, Cathal Malone, Mary Stynes, Mick McMahon.
Kildare and Caragh provided another good game of bowling.
Except for a brief period in the early stages of the match the Kildare side were always in control, although they were never any more than a few scores ahead for most of the game it meant there was never any room for complacency. Caragh, no matter how hard they tried, never looked like they would overtake their opponents.
It was in the last quarter of the game that Kildare really shut out any chance of a comeback by Caragh, and went on to win on a score of 14/8.
Kildare: David O’Connell, Mick Mangan, Tommy Martin and Richie Baker.
Caragh: Sadie Kavanagh, Phil Ryan, Pat O’Driscoll and John Murphy.
The Aughrim Rangers team who lost out to St Anthony’s in the U-12 Group 2 Shield recently.