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BLESS­ING­TON

Lotto: No win­ner of Bless­ing­ton GAA Lotto on June 18. Num­bers drawn: 12, 18, 22. Marie Tiv­nan c/o D. Richard­son matched three num­bers and wins €300. Next draw in Mur­phy’s on Tues­day, July 2. Jack­pot: €4600. Thank for con­tin­ued sup­port.

Bingo: Next bingo on Wed­nes­day, June 26, at 8.15pm sharp in The Avon. Cost €10 in­cludes jack­pot and flyer sheets. Spe­cial June of­fer: dou­ble book €18.

Date for your diaries: Bless­ing­ton GAA Club is pleased to an­nounce a Golf Clas­sic as one of the big 2019 fundrais­ers, tak­ing place on Fri­day, July 12, in Crad­dock­stown Golf Club. Cost is €300 for a team of four in­clud­ing the round of golf, din­ner and plenty of prizes! Con­tact: Arthur Hen­nessy 087 2396157, Emer McIntyre Reape 087 2262286, Lenny Gil­li­gan 085 804173, John Wil­liamson 086 8256556.

Divi­sion 3: Our Divi­sion 3 team lost away to Knock­ananna on Satur­day by 3-13 to 2-8. Well done to Sean Byrne who for the sec­ond time in as many weeks played Divi­sion 4, Divi­sion 3 and for the Se­niors. It was the fi­nal league game; next up, cham­pi­onship on July 19.

Ju­niors Divi­sion 4: Avondale 1-17, Bless­ing­ton 1-9. Next up is a home match against Kil­te­gan on Thurs­day at 7.30pm.

Se­niors women: Away against Scoil UI Chonaill on Wed­nes­day, June 26, at 7.30pm.

Un­der-16 girls: Bless­ing­ton U16 girls Blue away against AGB on Thurs­day at 7.15pm.

Un­der-14 girls Féile: Our un­der-14 girls are head­ing West for Féile Peil na nÓg from June 28 to 30.

We will be hosted by Naomh Mhuire Oran­more in Gal­way. We will be de­part­ing Bless­ing­ton at noon on Fri­day and we would love to see a huge club/com­mu­nity turnout along the street or out­side St Mary’s JNS, to cheer the girls off on their out­ward jour­ney to Oran­more in Gal­way.

Un­der-13 boys: The White squad had a tough task away to Carnew in Divi­sion 3 on Mon­day, June 24, which was al­ways dif­fi­cult against another club’s first team.

We were well beaten on the night, but lads tried their best and thank­fully the next few fix­tures are against clubs with two teams in un­der-13 like our­selves.

Spe­cial men­tion to Al­fie Callaghan and David Cald­well from the un­der-11 group who helped us ful­fil the fix­ture espe­cially when it was so far to travel. Thanks to all par­ents who took long trip and coaches.

The Blue squad were at home to An Tochar last Mon­day and with game level 2-8 each at half-time, we had an in­jured player (Jack Byrne) who was even­tu­ally taken away by am­bu­lance but af­ter two nights in hos­pi­tal is back out and gone on planned hol­i­days.

Thanks to agree­ment by An Tochar and ref­eree the game was stopped.

Thanks to any­one who helped made Jack com­fort­able on pitch un­til help ar­rived on the night.

Match was resched­uled for last Fri­day at home and with another great game of foot­ball played by both sides An Tochar went away with win of 3-15 to 3-7.

Our lads played ex­tremely well and did all we asked of them in a well con­tested game.

Best wishes and speedy re­cov­ery to Jack, who man­aged to show his face briefly at our train­ing on Wed­nes­day evening - no stop­ping him!). Train­ing Mon­day and Wed­nes­day from 6.30pm to 7.45.

Next up is Un­der-13 Wick­low league on Mon­day, July 1, with both squads out on the night.

Un­der-11s: Bless­ing­ton White home against St Pats White on Wed­nes­day at 7.15pm. On the same night at home Bless­ing­ton Blue v St Pat’s Blue also at 7.15pm. NKL U11 boys at home v Caragh on Satur­day at 4.30pm.

Un­der-9s: At home against Leixlip (x 2) on Satur­day, June 29 at 3.30pm.

Un­der-8s: We fin­ished off the spring NKL U8 last night against Al­len­wood at home on Satur­day. We played great foot­ball in both games com­ing out we a win in each.

Not for the first time this year we had the op­po­si­tion com­pli­ment how good these kids are.

We will be get­ting plenty of chal­lenge matches over the sum­mer while wait­ing for Au­tumn NKL. Thank you to the par­ents for con­tin­ued sup­port.

Un­der-7s: NKL at home against Caragh (x2) on Satur­day at 2.30pm.

Celtic Chal­lenge – Hard luck to Wick­low GAA who lost out to Lim­er­ick GAA 2-10 to 0-7 in the GAA Celtic Chal­lenge in the semi-fi­nal held in Ra­theniske on Satur­day last, Well done to our lads, Oisin Bro­gan and Jake O’Kelly.

Wick­low Un­der-14s: Win for Wick­low vs Antrim 2.9 to 2.5 in the un­der-14 hurl­ing in­ter-provin­cial blitz in Ter­mon­feckin in­volv­ing Louth, West­meath and Antrim. Antrim 3-10 Wick­low 4-2. Well done to Finn Be­han and Brian Richard­son.

Un­der-11s: Our home match on June 19 was end to end hurl­ing against Bray Em­mets.

A slow start but set­tled half-way through the first half.

Bray were fast in the tack­les but with some quick hands got the scores off them.

Con­sis­tently play­ers work­ing hard for each other led us by five at half time.

Some great free tak­ing by Cal­lum, Cor­mac and Conor but POTM goes to James for his cool head and quick hands re­liev­ing the pres­sure at the back. We won by 0-21 to 0-4 in the end.

Con­grat­u­la­tions – Con­grats to K.J. Rogers and Tracey on the safe ar­rival of baby daugh­ter Leah on Tues­day.

AGB

Con­grat­u­la­tions to this week’s win­ner of AGB’s 50/50 Draw: Week 27, Mon­aghan team (Ticket C027) - Win­ner: Har­mony Tim­ber So­lu­tions Ltd c/o Gar­rett Dempsey

AGB’s an­nual Sum­mer Camp spon­sored by the Ark­low Bay Ho­tel is now open for book­ings.

The camp will run from Mon­day to Fri­day, Au­gust 12 to 16, from 10am to 2pm.

Al­ways an ex­cel­lent camp and one the chil­dren al­ways love. Open to club mem­bers and non-mem­bers. Sign up now for a great week of fun and games. Con­tact Sinead on 087 1374812 to book your place.

Hard luck to AGB’s Ju­nior Bs last Thurs­day evening. The lads were at home to Carnew in Pearse’s Park and the score fin­ished 0-6 to 0-5.

AGB un­der-14 girls played a chal­lenge match away to An Tochar last Thurs­day evening and what a game they played.

From throw in to the fi­nal whis­tle each and ev­ery girl brought an in­ten­sity to their play that we are very proud of.

Some fan­tas­tic team work and a great dis­play in pass­ing and work­ing through a rigid de­fence brought about some ex­cel­lent scores.

At times we lapsed in con­sen­tra­tion in de­fence as legs grew tired but we had some mo­ments of bril­liance in turn­ing over the ball.

Ev­ery girl gave their all, from some ex­cel­lent saves by our goal­keeper to some en­er­getic run­ning from the out­field play­ers and fine fin­ish­ing by the for­wards made for a fast paced ex­cit­ing game to watch.

This match was for all in­tense and pur­poses a re­play of our re­cent league match with the same op­po­si­tion were we were beaten on a score­line of 8-16 to 7-12.

Not to be de­nied a sec­ond time the girls left ev­ery­thing on the pitch tonight and fin­ished the game of another high scor­ing match, as com­fort­able win­ners with a score of 7-12 to 2-14.

We must com­mend some some the un­der-13 girls, Aoise, Doire­ann and Faye for play­ing with us tonight and they were more than equal to the chal­lenge.

They were a delight to watch, blended with the older girls seam­lessly and even man­aged some fine scores of their own. Thank you girls for trav­el­ling with us tonight and we look for­ward to hav­ing you play with us again in the near fu­ture.

We are ex­tremely proud of all the girls tonight and very ap­pre­cia­tive of the sup­port of all the par­ents who trav­elled also. Well done to all.

AGB’s un­der-12 girls took on St. Ni­cholas in Divi­sion 2 League on Thurs­day evening. Great ef­fort from the girls that trav­elled but with­out subs to call on, tired legs couldn’t hold off St. Nick’s in the end. Well done to AGB un­der-12 Blue team.

Mon­day evening saw a great night of ac­tion for the ju­ve­nile boys, with strong wins all around.

AGB’s Mi­nor team were away to Clara Gaels and fin­ished 4-14 to 2-17.

AGB’s un­der-13s Divi­sion 2 were away to Rath­new and fin­ished 5-14 to 4-2.

AGB’s un­der-13s Divi­sion 3 were at home in Bal­ly­money against Éire Óg and fin­ished 4-6 to 3-4.

AGB’s un­der-10 boys were away to Éire Óg and they fin­ished 1-14 to 1-9.

AGB were get­ting Féile ready last week­end in prepa­ra­tion for next week­end when the boys travel to Roscom­mon to rep­re­sent Wick­low and AGB at Féile 2019.

The boys were pre­sented with their club track­suit yesterday evening at a very spe­cial night for the team in Bal­ly­money.

Huge well done to the par­ents and Féile com­mit­tee who have worked tire­lessly in the back­ground to en­sure that the boys have ev­ery­thing they need for their trip.

The team were very gen­er­ously sup­ported by many lo­cal busi­nesses and this has en­sured that ev­ery child trav­el­ing will have a mem­o­rable trip.

A spe­cial thank you to our spon­sors who joined us on the evening, Ark­low Credit Union. Thanks to all our other spon­sors if the Féile team too, your sup­port and en­cour­age­ment for the boys has been very much ap­pre­ci­ated.

Thanks to all the Mam­mies who kept the night run­ning smoothly, to Le Chef for the fab­u­lous food and to Kerry and Joanne for their hard work be­hind the bar.

Thanks to Alv­ina, their team man­age­ment and the many Féile com­mit­tee mem­bers who have worked so hard to get the boys ready.

Best of luck to the man­age­ment and the boys for the com­ing week

in prepa­ra­tion for their week­end ahead. We wish the Féile team and their man­age­ment and fam­i­lies the very best of luck next week­end. En­joy the games.

AGB would like to thank Ark­low Credit Union for their con­tin­ued sup­port of the club and in par­tic­u­lar this year’s Féile team.

We look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to work with you in our fu­ture en­deav­ors.

AGB would like to thank the Ark­low Bay Ho­tel for their con­tin­ued sup­port of the club and in par­tic­u­lar their sup­port of the An­nual AGB Sum­mer Camp.

We look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to work with the Ark­low Bay Ho­tel.

Photo: Joe Byrne

Barn­dar­rig’s Andrew Ka­vanagh comes un­der pres­sure from Gle­nealy’s Aaron Meade, Gavin Byrne and Declan Con­yard dur­ing the IHC meet­ing be­tween the two sides in Aughrim last week­end.

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