Congratulations once again to Newtown Seniors who beat Bray last week, final score line 2-11 to 1-8. The final of the West Wicklow Cup was scheduled for Monday last in Aughrim against Dunlavin, please check fixtures for results.
There has been some great support at recent games so please keep it up in the countdown to championship!
Don’t forget to register online to secure your child’s spot at this year’s Cúl Camp from July 22-26. gaa.ie/kelloggsculcamps.
The season is in full flow. Can all parents/players make sure membership is paid up over the coming weeks. Nursery and Go Games 7s 9s €20; Juvenile u11u17’s €40; Adult non-working €50; Adult working €75; Non playing membership €50
As you can see these are very moderate fees for a full year. You can pay these in the Post Office.
Three matched three numbers in last week’s lotto but no one took home the jackpot, this week’s jackpot is €2,800. Numbers drawn were: 2, 6, 22, 27.
‘Rathnew Gaa 1885’ is the club’s one and only official Facebook page. Any other page with our name has nothing to do with our club is not run by anyone in our club.
Jerseys and any club gear are now on sale on the Rathnew shop on the O’Neill’s website or just follow the link on our Facebook page.
We had no winner of the lotto jackpot on June 17. Numbers: 5, 7, 11, and 18. We had eight match threes: Clara Franey, Aine Fogarty, Pat Dunne, Jan Kearney, John Doyle, Catherine and Willie Clark, Sheila Douglas, and Micheal Vickers.
At the time of writing the jackpot stands at €11,300. Get your tickets from Doyle’s, The Arches, The Village Inn, Rockies, Healy’s Mini Market, View hair and beauty, Malone’s, Dowling’s Butchers and Centra every Friday and Saturday evening from 5.30pm. Thanks to everyone who supports our lotto.
Membership is now well over due. It is vital that all adult and juveniles pay their membership, or they are not covered if injured. If no effort is made to pay, then they will be unable to train or play. Contact the team coaches for membership details.
The 2019 Kellogg’s Cúl Camp dates have been released. Rathnew will be hosting it the week starting August 12. It’s always a brilliant week for the kids so book early on kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie or follow the link on our Facebook page.
A massive thanks to Gaelic Plant Hire for once again coming on board as the main sponsor of the juvenile section of the club. Thanks to Keith, Noel and team for their continued support.
We have got our new fence finished on the clubhouse side of the pitch. We’d like to thank every member, supporter, lotto ticket sellers, lotto ticket buyer and anyone who has supported the club in anyway because without your help none of this would be possible.
Thanks to everyone who attended and supported the fun day on Saturday. It was a great day in glorious sunshine. Thanks to Tom Clancy of ‘Apex spray foam insulation’ for sponsoring the day it was a massive help for the club.
Thanks to St. Pats and Avondale under-7s, Neddy Duffy, Colin Hindle, Dainty Bakery, SuperValu Wicklow for the buns and rolls. Apex, Burke’s hardware, The Woodpecker, Colm and Amy Tierney who sponsored prizes.
We also did our annual kick fada competition with Dale Franey taking the men’s and Millie Tierney taking the ladies. Under-7s: Luk O’Neill, under-9s: Alex Mernagh, under-11/under-13: Max Free, under-12 girls: Catelyn Power, under-16 girls joint winners: Sarah Haughton, Kara Doyle, Clodagh Irwin.
The under-9s had another monster blitz in Ballinakill on Saturday which was a great success.
The under-10 boys had a great victory away to Tinahely while the Junior ‘B’ team kept up their 100 per cent record in the league, beating Newcastle 2-12 to 0-9.
Hard luck to the Seniors who lost the league semi-final, 0-9 to 0-8 against St. Pats.
Hard luck to JT, Sam, Ciaran and the county under-20s who lost to Wexford in the Leinster championship on Saturday.
The under-16 girls had a great win at home to Newtown, 8-7 to 2-12, while the under-12s had their first match in Division 1, unfortunately losing out Tinahely, but a fantastic effort from the girls to be playing in Division 1.
Fixtures this week are under-11 red away to An Tochar and green home to Bray both on Wednesday at 7pm while the under-15s play Éire Óg in Ballinakill, also on Wednesday at 7.15pm. The Junior ‘B’ team are away to Kilcoole on Friday at 8pm. The Minors are away to Baltinglass on Monday at 7.30pm.
The club send its condolences to the family and friends of a great supporter and neighbour of the club, Mr. Peter Kennedy.
The opening round of the championship takes place this weekend - Saturday evening in Baltinglass at 6pm. All support appreciated. There was no lotto jackpot winner last weekend from 4, 11, 12, and 13. Match three winners were Eamon Barton, Mary and Jamie, Larry Byrne, Ger O’Brien and Mary Byrne Tinahely.
Lotto results from numbers 8, 14, 17, and 27. No winner. Match three winners €45 each - John O’Toole, Chloe Donegan, Anne Timmins, Paula Doyle, Bridget Foley, Jack Hanlon, Clara Timmins. Jackpot now is €15,300 and the next draw is Monday, June 24, in Horan’s Pub. Thanks for supporting the club lotto. Play online www.locallotto.ie.
The Minors beat Tinahely in the Division 1 league, 1-13 to 0-12.
The Junior ‘B’ men had a win over Kiltegan in the Division 4 league by 2-13 to 0-8.
The Senior men beat Tinahely 0-16 to 0-9 in the Dunne Cup semi-final, they now face St. Pats in the final on Tuesday evening in Aughrim.
The Cúl Camp takes place in Baltinglass on Monday July 1 at 10am. The closing date for booking a place on the camp is midday on Friday, June 28. No bookings will be accepted after this date. The camp coordinator Paul Garrigan will not be able to process any bookings over the weekend or on the Monday morning of the camp.
The under-14 boys are off to Féile Peil na nÓg next weekend where they will be hosted by the Eire- Og/Michael Glaveys club in Roscommon. Their first match on Friday is against Eastern Gaels from Mayo they will then play Laragh Utd from Cavan and on Saturday they will play Eire Og/ Michael Glaveys of Roscommon.
We wish the very best of luck to the under-14 team and their management team of Hugh Kenny, Billy Kenny, Neil Fleming, Barry Doyle, John Nolan and Stephen Fagan. We wish everyone involved a successful and enjoyable weekend.
A sincere thanks to The People’s shop in Baltinglass who made a very generous donation of €300 towards funding the trip to Féile. Thanks also to all in the community who gave to the fundraising efforts in recent weeks at gate collections, quiz etc.
Well done to James Fleming who represented Baltinglass and Wicklow at the under-14 Féile Peile na nÓg Skill challenge in Abbotstown at the weekend.
Our lotto draw was held at the weekend with a jackpot of €7,900. The numbers were: 4, 12, 26, and 28. The three €25 winners Myles Fitz, Pat Traynor and Kacie Daniels. Our next lotto draw will be on Saturday, July 6, with a jackpot of €8,000. Tickets are €2 and available from all members. If anyone would like to buy a yearly lotto ticket, please contact Michael Nolan on 087 2964476.
Go Games takes place every Thursday evening from 6.30 to 7.30pm. It’s not too late to join in if you haven’t been before, all new faces welcome.
All roads led to Blessington on Thursday, June 20, for the Valleymount Ladies League Final against Clara at 7.45pm. With a superb effort the ladies gave it their all but were narrowly pipped at the post, losing by one point. They have had to put the loss behind them as they prepare for their first Championship game at home on Thursday, July 4, at 7.45pm. All support greatly appreciated.
Hard luck to the Wicklow under-20s who were beaten in the Leinster U20 Football Championship by Wexford, at the weekend.
Our Race Nite will be held on Saturday, July 6, in Cullen’s Lakeview Lounge, under starter’s orders at 7.30pm. Race cards are due back asap and everyone is to have their quota of horses sold, as this is our main fundraiser this year.
The 2019 Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps are taking place in Valleymount on July 1 to 5. You can now book your place on the Kellogg’s Cul Camps website, but ALL bookings must be made by noon on Friday, June 28, for our camp. No bookings will be taken after this time or on the first morning of camp.
The next Hollywood GAA Club Draw will be held this coming Wednesday, June 26, in The Hollywood Inn for €10,400.
Tickets are available at hollywoodgaa.com and from local businesses.
Thanks for your continued support and good luck.
Our Senior team play their first championship match on Friday, July 5, against Tinahely at 7.30pm. The venue has yet to be announced.
The Junior ‘A’ team will play their first championship match on Friday, July 19, at 7.30pm against Blessington.
The annual Hollywood Field Day will be held at Hollywood GAA pitch on July 14 at 1pm. All the usual attractions and more.
ÉIRE ÓG GREYSTONES
PEIL: There are occasions when one is ambiguous in one’s attitude to defeat and last Wednesday’s loss to neighbours Newtown in the semi-final of Div.1A football league probably falls into this category.
A win would have brought the team to the final of a worthwhile competition and would also have earned it promotion to Div.1.
The latter outcome might be somewhat of a poisoned chalice as this squad which includes many young and inexperienced players would, in the event, be forced to take on the might of Rathnew and Baltinglass.
Avondale and Newtown are promoted. The Éire Óg team’s performance in the league showed that it is very much on a par with both of these teams so how they perform in Div.1 will be a guide to Éire Óg’s suitability for the higher division.
Wednesday’s match proved to be worthy of its status as the semi-final of the second most important competition in the county’s football calendar.
It was played in a sporting spirit and was both entertaining in the quality of its football and exciting in the closeness of the scoring throughout.
For the players the game had the added incentives associated with a local derby so there was a wholehearted engagement on their part from the get go.
The result, a closely fought nip and tuck contest with a denouement which would be worthy of an Alfred Hitchcock movie.
A few minutes to go, Éire Óg a point in front, Newtown awarded two frees in succession in eminently scoreable positions.
Tension obviously getting to the free takers, two wides.
Added time virtually gone, a high speculative Newtown ball heading well to the right of the post, a back and forward near the end line eyes on the ball get entangled, they fall.
The ref in his wisdom adjudges the Éire Óg back to have fouled, a free to Newtown, a point. A draw. Penalty kicks, 3-2 to Newtown. Éire Óg wishes them the best in the final.
IOMÁINT: Victory was seen as an extremely remote possibility by the Éire Óg supporters in Aughrim on Sunday where our hurlers were taking on Carnew in the round-robin stage of the Senior Hurling championship.
There were well-founded grounds for their pessimism. At least six of the team’s first choice personnel, including county player Stephen Kelly, were absent from the team sheet.
This unfortunate circumstance, apart from weakening the side taking to the field, will have consequences for the fielding of a junior side in its championship as it required the promotion of a number of players from that team’s panel.
While the result was as expected, the runaway Carnew win which was feared never transpired thanks to a very brave and committed performance from the Clocha Liatha men.
The margin in the end was a mere two points so the after-game post mortem focussed on the might have been, if even some of the promising opportunities, including that of a penalty, had come to fruition.
The penalty was awarded to Éire Óg with 10 minutes still on the clock when they were six points down and when a goal would have improved the team’s chances from remote to threatening.
Unfortunately with the goalie well beaten the sliothar shaved the outside of the post.
Despite this setback the seasiders did not slacken in their endeavours and had reduced the deficit to five points near the end of normal time.
Éire Óg were then awarded a 13m. free in front of goal.
The duty of taking it was placed on the young shoulders of Shaun Cranley (or as Carnew supporters nearby in the stand named him “baby Pooch”). A goal was the only worthwhile option. Seven Carnew men lined the goalmouth. Blasting the ball to the net looked the best hope.
Shaun thought otherwise and cleverly stroked the sliothar to strike the ground just in front of the goal line and to bounce deceptively between the defending camáns and legs. The final whistle sounded on the puck-out.
For some time now the handpass in hurling has been a bone of contention and from observing much of what passes for same in Sunday’s match it is a problem which needs a good deal of sorting out.
Many of the hand-to-hand sliothar transfers could hardly be described other than blatant throws.
Division 5 match away to Hollywood this Saturday at 7.30pm and on Saturday Knockananna are the visitors for a 6pm throw in Division 3.
Under-11s: Well done to the under-11s who recently played Shillelagh-Coolboy, who went home with the points, final score: 2-6 to 5-11.
Very competitive match with Caoimhe Donoghue playing a stormer in goal and awarded ‘Player of the Match’.
Well Done: Well done to Shauna Harmon and Emily O’Reilly who represented the club at a Leinster bitz in Portlaoise
Recent club lotto results: Lotto results from June 16 were: 2, 12, 27, 31 – NO WINNER.
€20 winners were: Marie O’Connor, David McGarr, Betty Keogh, Bernie Kearns, Siobhan Ward.
This week’s jackpot (Monday, June 24): €11,700.
Carnew Emmets dynamic defensive duo of Graham Keogh and Joe Murphy were reunited last weekend when they took to the field for the IHC clash with Arklow Rocks. Both looked in the prime of their health!