Sun­shine and su­perb skills

Foot­ball Par­tic­i­pa­tion Day

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT -

LAST week was the turn of the fifth and sixth class girls to take part in their own Foot­ball Par­tic­i­pa­tion Day. There was an in­cred­i­ble turnout in Bray Em­mets GAA Club and a fan­tas­tic at­mos­phere all around. In all no fewer than 20 teams took part on the day when the sun shone down on the won­der­ful skills on show.

Huge thanks were of­fered to Bray Em­mets for host­ing the event and in par­tic­u­lar Dave Barry and Micheál Ó Murchú for set­ting up the pitches. Thanks were also of­fered to all those who ref­er­eed games.

The schools that took part on the day were: Ash­ford NS, St Pa­trick’s NS Curtlestown, St Fer­gal’s NS Bray, St Peter’s NS Bray, Grey­stones Ed­u­cate To­gether NS, Wick­low Ed­u­cate To­gether NS, Scoil Chualann, Gaelscoil Chill Mhan­táin, Gaelscoil Uí Chéadaigh, Gaelscoil na gCloch Liath, St Lau­rence’s NS, Moneystown NS and New­town­moun­tkennedy NS.

Su­per Turnout at the Al­lianz fifth and sixth class boys foot­ball par­tic­i­pa­tion day - The last out­door out­ing in Term 1 of the Al­lianz Cu­mann na mBun­scol in North/East Wick­low con­cluded on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 24, with the fifth and sixth class boys’ par­tic­i­pa­tion blitz which was again held in Bray Em­mets GAA Grounds with over 320 boys/32 teams en­joy­ing Gaelic foot­ball.

A lovely au­tum­nal morn­ing brought to­gether 32 en­thu­si­as­tic teams to par­tic­i­pate in the last of our ‘par­tic­i­pa­tion’ blitzes. A mix­ture of novice and ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers made for good foot­ball cul­mi­nat­ing in some well-worked team scores.

This ‘points only’ tour­na­ment en­cour­aged the chil­dren to im­prove on their point scor­ing via the foot or fist.

A spe­cial word of ‘thanks’ goes to Dave Barry and Liam McGraynor (Bray Em­mets) and Michael Ó Murchú (Kil­coole) who have con­sis­tently al­lowed us ac­cess to their fa­cil­i­ties and who have or­gan­ised the grounds to have the ap­pro­pri­ate num­ber of pitches ready for use. With­out their help, or­gan­i­sa­tion and co-or­di­na­tion the chil­dren would lose out on valu­able play­ing time.

Fi­nally, to the teach­ers/coaches, par­ents, but es­pe­cially the chil­dren, who at­tended Wed­nes­day’s blitz, a very hearty ‘Maith Sibh’, for an ex­cel­lent dis­play of sports­man­ship and skill.

The 32 par­tic­i­pat­ing teams were from the fol­low­ing schools: St. Lau­rence’s Grey­stones (3 teams), Kil­macanogue (2), St. Pa­trick’s Wick­low Town (2), St.Peter’s Bray (1), Ash­ford (3), Gaelscoil Uí Cheadaigh Brí Chu­lann (1), Moneystown (1), New­town (1), St. Brigid’s Grey­stones(1), Kil­coole

(1), Scoil Chu­lann Brí Chu­lann (1), Gaelscoil Chill Mhan­táin (2), Gaelscoil na gClocha LIath (3), St. Fer­gal’s Bray (2), Grey­stones Ed­u­cate To­gether (3), Wick­low Ed­u­cate To­gether (1), St. Pa­trick’s Curtlestown (1), Ravenswell NS Bray (1), St. Cronan’s (2). Novem­ber Fixtures In­door Hurl­ing/Camo­gie third and fourth class - Week of Novem­ber 12 in re­gional cen­tres. Your school will be con­tacted re­gard­ing which day you will be at­tend­ing.

Al­lianz Tráth na gCeist – Thurs­day, Novem­ber 15, at 7.30 p.m. in Lyn­ham’s, Laragh. In­door Hurl­ing/Camo­gie third

and fourth class - Week of Novem­ber 19 in re­gional cen­tres. Your school will be con­tacted re­gard­ing which day you will be at­tend­ing.

Please send re­sults, re­ports or photos to pro.cnmb.wick­low@ gaa.ie, fol­low us on twit­ter @cn­mb­wick­low. Keep up-to-date with all Al­lianz Cu­mann na mBun­scol news in Wick­low on our web­site www.cn­mb­wick­low.ie.

The Grey­stones Ed­u­cate To­gether foot­ball team.

The New­town foot­ballers.

Kil­coole, who com­peted in the fifth and sixth class boys par­tic­i­pa­tion day.

The St Pat’s team.

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