ARKLOW TOWN FC
Arklow Town FC held its very popular annual event, The Mini World Cup, in its facility in Bridgewater Centre Park over the course of two weekends in July - and what a couple of weekends it proved to be - sun, rain, laughs, great football spirit - and even more rain!
The highlight was the football from four years of age to 12 - a fantastic display from everyone involved - all credit to the excellent coaching they get from Little Astros all the way up at ATFC.
Congratulations to our Maradona Cup winner, Molly Garland, a very worthy recipient who got the most amount of votes from our judges.
Arklow Town FC would like to extend a word of thanks for everyone’s support over the course of the tournament, especially Mary and Eamon Burke trophies, Travers Insurance, Dermot Doyle Butchers, Dainty Bakery, Mr Price Arklow, Caroline Lynch and the Harbour Bar without their help we could not run this tournament.
A special word of thanks goes to our Chairman Joe Ledwith and his wife Fiona who go above and beyond in their organising and execution of this annual tournament.
And last but not least to the 250 plus boys and girls who took part - thanks for providing us with two great weekends of football. See you all again next year!
The senior men kicked off their pre-season with an excellent 6-0 home win over Cabinteely.
Gareth Murphy fired home a fantastic hat-trick with Shane Cassidy, Maurice Dunne and an own goal accounting for the remaining goals.
Shane Doyle in the Rovers goal made an excellent save from a penalty in what was a good all round team performance.
The senior ladies saw their title hopes disappear when they suffered two defeats last week. First they lost 8-5 at home to C.M.H. FC at Whitegates.
In a game which the girls were down five regulars, this was a game they were always chasing.
Three points were required to keep them in the title race but on the night it wasn’t to be.
Top scorer Niamh O’Brien and Rachel Bolger nabbed two a piece with Ciara Dease adding a single on her debut in what was a battling performance.
In their second game of the week the girls suffered a heavy 7-1 home defeat at the hands of Donnycarney.
This was a game where the girls never really got into it and found a well drilled Donnycarney side clinical in front of goal to record a comfortable victory.
Due to popular demand and on request from parents the club have decided to run another camp from Monday 21st August to Friday 25th August, 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 Wednesday 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. All present, past and new players welcomed to attend.
The club’s weekly junior soccer academy continues every Satur- day 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 com- mittee 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.
Lotto draw - There was no jackpot winner on August 6. Numbers drawn were 6, 9, 15, and 22 . €30 lucky dip winners were Aidan O’Toole c/o D. Crinion, Marie c/o V. Walsh, Mary Marmion c/o C. Kavanagh, Stephen McGuire c/o Bray Wanderers, Tom Treanor c/o Bray Lakers.
Next week’s jackpot is €10,475. Lotto tickets can be purchased in the club shop at home games or you can play the Bray Wanderers Lotto on line at our web site www. braywanderersfc.ie. Lotto tickets are just €2.00 each.
Fixtures - Bray Wanderers are at home to Cork City on Saturday, August 12, in the FAI Cup first round, kick off at the Carlisle Grounds is 7.00pm. Extra time and penalties will decide the tie if drawn.
Match Tickets - Please note that season tickets are not valid for cup games. 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 under 12 €5.
Students should note that proof of student ID will be requested upon entry at the stiles.
Underage teams - The under-19s and under-17s had no games last weekend.
They both return to action this weekend. The under-19s are at home to Cork City on Saturday, August 12. Kick off at the Academy Grounds in Carrickmines is 2.00pm. The under-17s are away to Limerick FC on Sunday, August 13, at University Limerick Kick off is 2.00pm.
The SSE Airtricity League have released group and fixtures for the upcoming first-ever under-15 National League which is set to kickoff on the week ending August 20.
There will be four groups with six teams competing in each group and the top two teams from each group going forward to the play offs.
Bray Wanderers/St. Joseph’s Boys are in group 2 with Athlone Town, Galway United, Shamrock Rovers, St. Kevin’s Boys and UCD.
Bray Wanderers/St Joseph’s Boys under-15s Head Coach will be Bernard Byrne.
Bernard will be joined by Alan Kelly, Keith Egan, Jay Mullally and former Bray Wanderers goalkeeper Colin “Boo” Kelly in what is a vastly experienced coaching staff.
Alan King presents the Clubman of the Year award to Mark McGrogan on behalf of his son Glen McGrogan at the Enniskerry Youth Club awards at the Powerscourt Arms recently.
Young Player of the Year award winner Karl Mulligan accepts his award from Ciaran Woodcock at the Enniskerry Youth Club awards at the Powerscourt Arms.