Bray People - - SPORT -

Lotto - The tick­et­less lotto has been in op­er­a­tion for a few weeks now and seems to be func­tion­ing well. How­ever it needs many more sellers of on­line en­tries to en­sure its long term vi­a­bil­ity. Last week’s win­ning num­bers were 16, 22, 27, 30. Doc, our new Rú­naí, and Cil­lian Blake were the win­ners of the weekly prizes. The pota óir this week is €3,600.

The clos­ing date for re­turn of Na­tional Club Draw is rapidly ap­proach­ing so it is im­por­tant that you get rid of those tick­ets (€10) as soon as pos­si­ble

The Phoenix is aris­ing from the ashes of an all too un­timely and much lamented in­cin­er­a­tion. Af­ter a hia­tus of a num­ber of years – off­hand one does not re­mem­ber how many but how­ever long it has been, it has to be judged too long – adult ladies foot­ball is re­turn­ing to Éire Óg Grey­stones. Great work has been done over a num­ber of years by Séa­mus Ah­ern and his fel­low men­tors in bring­ing play­ers up through the ju­ve­nile ranks to the stage that in 2016 their u-16 charges won the County B Cham­pi­onship.

A num­ber of the squad grad­u­ated from this level last year and play­ers were left in a limbo with re­spect to the game within the club.

The spec­tre of their be­ing lost to the game, and more im­por­tantly to the club, loomed. In these cir­cum­stances ní raibh aon dul as but to try and put an adult team to­gether.

Since early last year Oliver Leonard has been or­gan­is­ing train­ing ses­sions for neo­phytes to the sport; it is in­tended that a team be formed from a com­bi­na­tion of play­ers from these sources. The Coiste Chon­dae has agreed to al­low a team from the club to play in its ju­nior com­pe­ti­tions for 2017. Go n-eirí go geal leo.

Train­ing will be on Tues­days and Thurs­days. In­ter­ested? Beidh fáilte romhat.

On Face­book two former mem­bers of the pre­vi­ous team, Caoil­fhionn Deeney (Ed­in­burgh) and Laura Mitchell Ger­aghty (Chicago) ex­pressed their de­light at hear­ing the news.

Re an­other former mem­ber: comhgáird­eachas (or should it be comhbhrón?!) to Caoimhe Ní Shúil­leab­háin who has been elected cathaoir­leach of Bel­gian G.A.A. for 2017.

CÚL CAMPS - Would you like to coach Gaelic games dur­ing the sum­mer in the Cúl Camps and earn your­self a few bob? Po­si­tions are open to both males and fe­males. Ap­pli­ca­tion forms can be down­loaded from the club’s web­site www. eire­og­grey­stones­gaa.com

GO GYM - Our club spon­sors Go Gym are of­fer­ing dis­counted rates to Éire Óg mem­bers. See web­site for de­tails.

The Ball Wall has been com­pleted but it will have to be given some time to bed-in. Be­cause of this it will be a few weeks be­fore it will be avail­able for use.

When the in­stal­la­tion is com­plete the wall will be sur­rounded by rail­ings which are to be erected later in the year.

It is hoped that when it is op­er­a­tional those play­ers who in­sist in try­ing to knock the ren­der­ing off the club­house walls will trans­fer their ac­tiv­i­ties to its con­fines.

BOX­ING NIGHT - The White Col­lar Box­ing Night has been fixed for March 18 so don’t overdo St Patrick’s Day fes­tiv­i­ties.

Train­ing has al­ready be­gun and there will be 6 ses­sions in Tay­lors gym. A cou­ple of va­can­cies re­main. Young and Healthy? Why not give it a go and do your bit ar son na cúise. Con­tact de­tails on web­site.

A pho­to­graph on the Bray Peo­ple and on the club’s Face­book pages shows three mem­bers of the Wicklow se­nior foot­ball team viz. cap­tain, our own Stephen ‘Ch­ester’ Kelly, Ross O’Brien and John McGrath with the Big Su­gar­loaf - known as Cíoch (pap) Chualainn – Cuala was the god­dess of this area - and also known as Gilt­spur) in the back­ground.

It was taken on the oc­ca­sion of the launch of the team’s new spon­sor­ship deal with Joule.

Un­for­tu­nately the team got off to a bad start with a de­feat by Leitrim in Aughrim on Sun­day. Hope­fully there are bet­ter days ahead.

In a post­match in­ter­view on RTE Ra­dio1 Stephen spoke of their hopes and he thanked Joule for their very gen­er­ous spon­sor­ship.

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