Record num­ber of teams take to the field for an­nual soc­cer blitz

Wicklow People - - NEWS -

THE An­nual Easter soc­cer blitz held in Wick­low town was a huge suc­cess, with over 50 teams help­ing to raise funds for Wick­low Can­cer Sup­port.

Fifty-three teams, rang­ing from un­der-8s to un­der-14s, brought their skills to the play­ing fields to whip up some top class soc­cer en­ter­tain­ment for their sup­port­ers on the side­lines.

The blitz was the brainchild of Adele and Tony ‘Butch’ Doran, who, hav­ing ex­pe­ri­enced can­cer in their own fam­ily, wanted to do some­thing to give a boost to Wick­low Can­cer Sup­port. Sadly, Adele passed away three years ago but Butch and his team of helpers have kept the event run­ning as a trib­ute to Adele.

Good Fri­day saw the largest blitz yet take place at the White­gates pitches in Wick­low town, with over 500 kids in­volved. There were teams from Wick­low town, Avoca, Ark­low, Rath­drum, Shil­le­lagh, Coolboy, New­town­moun­tkennedy, Ashford, Enniskerry, Round­wood, Grey­stones and Rath­new. In fact, such was the long list of peo­ple wanted to take part that se­nior teams togged out for their own tour­na­ment on Satur­day.

‘A great day was had by all,’ said Eileen Earls, Chair­per­son of Wick­low Can­cer Sup­port.

‘We had teams tak­ing part who were never in­volved be­fore. It was the first time tak­ing part for one team from Grey­stones and at the end of the blitz they went up to ‘Butch’ to say they couldn’t wait for next year’s event. Two shops op­er­ated on the day and ev­ery player re­ceived a medal at the end of the tour­na­ment spon­sored by Cen­tra in Ashford.

‘We at Wick­low Can­cer Sup­port would like to ac­knowl­edge the tro­jan work put into or­gan­is­ing this by ‘Butch’ Doran and his amaz­ing team of sup­port­ers. There were so many peo­ple do­ing their bit to make the event so suc­cess­ful. They are too nu­mer­ous to name but they know who they are,’ Eileen said.

Its not yet clear how much was raised at this year’s event but, since the first blitz in 2013, some €31,500 has been raised for this very wor­thy cause. Thanks have been ex­tended to Wick­low Town AFC and Wick­low Rovers AFC for lend­ing as­sis­tance in or­gan­is­ing the event and en­sur­ing the pitches were ready.

Evan Kee­gan from Cool­boy Rangers hang­ing out in goal at the soc­cer blitz.

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