This week saw the last round of games before a break for the August Bank Holiday weekend.
On Monday last, our Division 4 team made the trip to Terenure to face the league leaders CYM.
The lads took home one point to maintain a top three place.
On Wednesday, our Division 6 team were at home to CYM and got one point. They remain in second place.
Also on Wednesday, our ladies team made the long journey by mini bus to play Skerries.
In spite of being a player short they gave a magnificent display and took home 5.5 points.
The journey home was a lot shorter after that win. Thursday saw Vets 1 make a raid on Westmanstown the league leaders and return home with three points.
On Saturday, our Division 1 team were at home to the champions elect St. James Gate and Bray got two points.
The Gate will have to wait another week before popping the champagne.
Noel O’Brien took to his role of skipper like a duck to water and he was ably assisted by Tommy Murphy.
In Crumlin, our Division 2 team got one point to help in their fight against the dreaded drop.
Our Saturday ladies team traveled to Westmanstown and brought home the two points on offer. A very good week for the ladies on the road. Fixtures resume on Tuesday, August 8.
In the meantime our internal club championships are moving along nicely with all competitions now at the semi final stage. Well done to the organisers for keeping everything moving along with their coaxing and cajoling!
Our senior ladies recorded a good 4-0 away win over Mourne Celtic to keep themselves in the title hunt.
Mourne have always been a tough side for the girls but everything clicked for them on the night as they ran out easy winners.
Rachel Bolger, Saoirse O’Reilly’s first of the season, Natasha Fitzgerald and top scorer Niamh O’Brien all registered a goal a piece in what was a good all round team performance.
The girls made their exit from the DWSL Junior cup when they went down 3-0 away to Balbriggan, the girls never really got going in this game but they had the chances in the second half to make it a much closer affair.
Due to popular demand and on request from parents the club have decided to run another camp from Monday, August 21, to Friday, August 25, it will take place at Whitegates and will run from 10am to 2pm daily.
A ball and medal will be presented to each participant and the cost of the camp is €50. For registration forms or further information please contact Johnny Dunne 087-7802098, Robbie Dover 087-1768264 or any committee member.
Registration forms can also be downloaded from club website at www.wicklowrovers.com.
Our senior men’s section have resumed training, the seniors will train every Monday and Wednes- day nights in the Rocky Road, all players are requested to be there at 7.20pm with training starting at 7.30pm.
During pre-season there will be training on a few Sunday mornings. Friendly matches against Gorey Rangers, Cabinteely and Shamrock Rovers (Wexford) have been arranged over the next few weeks. All present, past and new players welcomed to attend.
An extra open training session for under-10s (Born 2008) has been scheduled for Thursday, August 3, at Whitegates, registration will take place from 6.30pm to 7pm with the session taking place from 7pm to 8pm. Any player away on holidays should inform the managers or any committee member if they are not available to attend.
The club’s weekly junior soccer academy continues every Saturday morning (weather permitting) under the watchful eye of senior club coach Johnny Dunne.
The academy takes places on the all weather pitch on the club grounds at 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.
Wicklow Rovers AFC promote soccer for schoolboys/girls, youths and seniors men and ladies in the community, our club is growing all the time and any assistance with the help of running the club would be very much appreciated.
At present we have a very hard working committee but we are always on the look out for people interested in helping out.
The club are always on the look out for people who are interested in getting involved in soccer, whether its coaching and managing or on the executive committee or a sub committee, maybe you would just like to help as an assistant manager, help with fundraising or help just around the grounds or in anyway at all, don’t hesitate, get involved, anyone interested in helping out the club in anyway can contact any committee member.
So if your interested in doing some work around the club please contact any of the following committee members: John Frazer, Paul Delaney, Johnny Dunne, Franny Copeland, Jimmy Nolan, Jason Harris, Mandy O’Neill, contact numbers can be found on the club website or alternatively you can private message our club Facebook page.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 087 9108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@ hotmail.com.
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www. wicklowrovers.com or the club Facebook page.
At the recent AGM of the WDSL it was decided courtesy of a vote to move the WDSL season to a calendar season. This means a year ahead of a directive from the FAI that the WDSL will have a ‘short season’ followed by a ‘long season’.
The ‘short season’ will start beginning of September 2017 and finish at the end of November 2017.
The new season, or long season, will commence end of February/beginning of March 2018 and will finish in November 2018.
There will be breaks during the course of the season to facilitate state exams etc. We will post further details as we get them.
Also, in another initiative and also due to the amount of girls playing throughout the WDSL, the league are looking at setting up a girl’s league at under-12 and under-14 and if this venture proves successful the league will look to extend it to all age groups.
The proposal is to run the girls’ football every two weeks and all players can double up on their mixed team within their club. Again as we get more information we will post it here.
The WDSL in conjunction with all the clubs in the league are running a fundraiser, The Kube, on Saturday, November 18, in the Parkview Hotel in Newtown.
It is hoped every club will enter at least one participant to take on the Kube.
The entry fee is €300 per participant which each club must pay themselves or get sponsored.
Sponsored cards are available at present through any committee member.
As yet the club haven’t decided who will take on The Kube on behalf of the club but we have a couple of interested parties.
Anything over €300 raised on the sponsor cards goes to the club and our participant stands to win up to €1,500 for the club depending on how she or he does. Further information in the coming weeks.
As mentioned in the past couple of weeks some of our teams will be starting back pre-season training in the weeks ahead. The following are the teams who have confirmed dates as we go forward.
Development Squad (players born in 2011-2013) to be confirmed.
Under-8s (players born in 2010) to be confirmed; Under-9s (players born in 2009) to be confirmed; Under-10s (players born in 2008) to be confirmed; Under-11s (players born in 2007) to be confirmed; Under-12s (players born in 2006) training Saturday, August 5 at 11am; Under-14s (players born in 2004/2005) training Saturday, August 5 at 11.30am; Under-16s (players born in 2002/2003) training Saturday, August 12 at 10.30am.
Regards training for all teams please make sure to communicate with your child’s respective coach/s as to availability/unavailability of your child for training (it does help a lot).
We are looking for new players for all age groups so if you have a girl or boy interested in playing please contact Hughie at 087 6987653 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and he will put you in touch with the respective coaches of the teams. Some teams may have midweek training over the course of the coming months but as yet dates have to be confirmed.
As usual every year we are looking for individuals to come forward to take up positions in the club and this coming year will be no different.
We will be looking for people to take up roles on the committee or to coach or assist with teams.
It involves one or two hours per week at the maximum and would be greatly appreciated and would certainly ease the workload on those that are currently involved.
If you would be available for a role in the club or can help us in the running of the club please contact any of our committee members or coaches.
For further information on all matters Newtown Juniors F.C. please contact the Secretary at 087 6987653 or by email to email@example.com and you can also follow the club on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Lotto draw - There was no jackpot winner on July 30. Numbers drawn were 6, 13, 23, and 25. €30 lucky dip winners were Joe Morris c/o D. Crinion, Joe Keating c/o J. Keating, John Kavanagh c/o C. Kavanagh, Rose Redmond c/o D.Crinion, Marian Caulfield c/o M. Caulfield.
Next week’s jackpot is €10,400. Lotto tickets can be purchased in the club shop at home games or you can play the Bray Wanderers Lotto on line at our website www. braywanderersfc.ie. Lotto tickets are just €2.00 each.
Fixtures - Bray Wanderers are away to Behemians on Friday, August 4, in the Premier division. Kick off at Dalymount Park is 7.45pm. Bray Wanderers FAI Cup first round game against Cork City will take place on Saturday, August 12, at the Carlisle Grounds. Kick off is at 7.00pm. Extra time and penalties will decide the tie if drawn.
Match Tickets - Supporters can now purchase Bray Wanderers match tickets in advance online at http://braywanderersfc.ie/tickets-info/.
Simply print off your match ticket at home and avoid queues on match night. Tickets can also be purchased online by using any mobile/tablet devices and can be presented directly at the turnstiles on your mobile/tablet device with no printing of tickets required.
Ticket prices for the 2017 season are Adults €15, Students / OAPS €10, Children u12 €5. Students should note that proof of student ID will be requested upon entry at the stiles.
Underage teams - Bray Wanderers under-19s were defeated 2-0 away to Limerick FC last Saturday at UL Limierick.
The Bray Wanderers/St. Joseph’s Boys under 17 Academy team defeated Cobh Ramblers 4-0 last Sunday at the Academy Grounds in Carrickmines. Goals scorers were Cian Maher, Damiel Madaghjian, Jake Ellis and Darragh Kelly.
The under-17s and under-19s have no games next week-end.
Player of the Year - Brandon Feely accepts Player of the Year award from manager Laurence Mahony at the Enniskerry Youth Club awards at the Powerscourt Arms. Photo: Barbara Flynn