A very busy week with all teams in action bringing some much needed good cheer and unfortunately some not so good cheer as well.
The action started last Monday with Division 4 travelling to Santry to take on Sportslink and they brought home one point courtesy of Aidan Galvin’s rink.
On the same night, Division 5 were at home to a strong Greenhills team backboned by some experienced old heads and the visitors left Bray with all the points.
Tuesday saw Division 1 travel to Crumlin a man short and they suffered a heavy defeat which has them propping up the table.
Division 2 were in Terenure the same night against CYM the league leaders.
The boys from Dublin 6W proved their worth with a comprehensive victory.
Wednesday saw some good news with the ladies getting a much needed win at home to Skerries to move off the bottom of the table.
Thursday had the 3 Vets teams in action with Vets 1 taking 3.5 points home from Clontarf, Vets 2 getting one point at home to Kenilworth where Kenilworth’s Al Connor who is all of 95 years young showed the way for his teammates.
Readers may have seen Al recently on the RTE Documentary ‘Under the Clock’.
Vets 3 had a very good win at home to Greystones to maintain second place in the league. Saturday saw Division 2 at home to Crumlin where they got a much needed six points. Alan Rath’s rink provided the inspiration.
This week has the ladies at home to Westmanstown (today).
Thursday has the Vets in action as follows: Vets 1 at home to Lerne, Vets 2 away to Blackrock, Vets 3 travelling to Trim in the Royal County to take on the league leaders Meath.
Saturday has Division at home to the league leaders CYM where they could do with getting some points.
Division 2 travel to Clontarf who are just below Bray in the league and also some points would be welcome.
Sunday has the ladies in Cup action away to a star studded Crumlin team.
Monday, July 8, sees both Division 4 and Division 5 in home action against Bank of Ireland and Crumlin respectively. Congrats to Florrie Carroll on winning the lotto this week.
Well the fun day was an absolute success on Saturday, there was a great buss around Whitegates with a large crowd present enjoying the good weather and the activities on the day.
There is a few people we need to thank for putting on a great day, they even organised the weather to be kind.
Firstly, a massive thanks to Trevor and Yvonne Conyard for putting so much time and effort in to organizing the event.
It is definitely fantastic to see our fun day resurrected and both of these people deserve great credit for it.
But every great leaders need a good team behind them and in fairness there was a massive amount of help provided.
Aishling O’Neill, Stephen Clarke and Ross Byrne carried out trojan work helping Trevor and Yvonne and played a big part in making the day a success so well done Aishling, Ross and Stephen.
A big thanks to Johnny Dunne and his grounds crew for having the pitch and grounds looking immaculate, also the country flags looked fantastic fluttering in the breeze.
Thanks to Anthony Earls for been on hand all day to help when ever required.
A huge thanks to all the managers/coaches/parents/players who helped with managing the teams and refereeing the matches, without you it wouldn’t have been possible to run the games.
Thanks to Niall Cull and Jim Barnes for their help; Jim with providing the target net and setting it up, Niall for all his help on the day and having his team on hand to help out with the teams.
A big thanks to One Stop Auto [bouncy castle and obstacle course], John Porter Construction and Stan’s and Tony’s (medals) and Stephen and Paddy at Irish Popcorn Company (slush puppy and popcorn machines) for your kind sponsorship for the event.
Yet again, thanks to Brendan Porter for the use of his PA system. Brendan helps us all year round with transportation of goals around the grounds as well, thanks Brendan.
Thanks to all the girls who helped with the shop, a special thanks to Ciara Dover for painting the soak the manager/coach board and bringing me personally a cup of coffee just when it was needed most.
Thanks to everyone who supported our raffle and all the ticket sellers.
Finally, thanks to all the kids and parents for coming out in such large numbers.
If l have forgot to mention someone I’m sorry but this just shows that so many people were willing to help it’s hard to remember who did what.
It just shows what can be achieved when people step up, here’s looking to a bright future, thank you everyone.
When it was announced that the fun day was going to take place the club had two targets.
The first was to give something back to the kids and make sure they had a fun day and the second was to have a small raffle with the aim to raise funds to purchase a defibrillator.
As it worked out both targets were achieved.
The kids played out mini world cups at under-8/9s, 10/11s, 12/13s and of course not to be outdone the academy kicked off proceedings.
In between matches, the kids had plenty to occupy themselves with, there was a bouncy castle, obstacle course, target shooting, sponge the manager/coach and free slush puppies, popcorn and candy floss.
We were blessed with the weather as it was pleasant and warm all day.
The mini world cup provided the watching supporters with some great entertainment.
In the under-8/9s competition Brazil topped the group with Spain a close second with both teams progressing to the final.
Spain turned the tables on Brazil winning the final 4-0.
A contender for match of the day had to be the third/fourthplace playoff between England and Portugal.
When they met in the group stages they provided a ten-goal thriller with England winning 6-4 and the playoff was no different but this time it was Portugal who came out on top in a nine goal fest with Portugal winning 5-4 in a thrilling encounter.
In this group, Republic of Ireland finished fifth and Italy were sixth.
In the 10/11s competition, Brazil topped the group with Italy finishing second.
In the final, the boys from Brazil came out on top 5-0, the third/ fourth-place play-off was contested by Portugal and the Rep of Ireland with Portugal defeating the Irish 3-0.
Spain finished fifth and England were sixth in this competition.
Finally, it was the turn of the under 12/13s and this turned out to be an evenly contested group with all places still up for grabs going into the last series of group games.
As it turned out it was Portugal who topped the group with Spain coming second.
They squared off in the final with Spain narrowly winning 2-1 in an exciting encounter.
Brazil and Italy finished third and fourth respectively in the group to qualify for the third/fourth place playoff which Brazil won 2-0.
Republic of Ireland finished fifth and England finished sixth in a very competitive group. Well done and thank you to all the kids who participated in our mini world cup, it was great to see such a large turn out.
The dates for our annual Summer Camps have been released, week one will run from Monday 15th of July to the 19th of July and week two will run from Monday 22nd of July to Friday 26th of July.
The camp will take place in the Whitegates and will run daily from 10am to 3pm.
For registration forms or further information please contact Johnny Dunne 087-7802098, Robbie Dover 087-3621049 or any committee member.
Registration forms can also be downloaded from club website at www.wicklowrovers.com
Every participant will receive a ball, jersey and medal.
All participants should bring a packed lunch, drink, rain jacket, football boots and shin guards.
Our 2018 Presentation Day took place last Saturday.
Our Development Squad who have been on the go since last September had their last training session until September 2019.
As usual, all the kids were put through their paces by Lauren, Geraldine, Grace, Dean, Nathan and Sean and we thank them all for all their time and commitment to the squad throughout the year.
Dave Moran from Newtown United came along and presented all the kids with their medals and certs along with some goodies which went down a treat.
From there it was onto the Community Centre where the presentation for all the teams for Academy through to under-14s received their awards for the season.
Kenneth Turner and current Wicklow Player of the Year PJ Dowling from Newtown United came along to present all the awards and they brought along the three trophies United won this season i.e. Tommy Heffernan Shield, Charlie Bishop Cup and the Andy McEvoy Premier League cup.
The following were awards that were presented:
Medals were presented to our Academy, under-8 and under-9 squads.
Super Savers Certs were presented to Nichita Neaga (10s), PJ Duffy (11s) and Aaron Hackett (12s).
Hat-trick certs were presented to under-10 players Aidan Heffernan and Ryan Collins (4 HT), William Valentine and Max Roche (2) and Pat Carey and Sebastian Anton (1).
Hat-trick certs were presented to under-11 players, Jake Robertson (5), Brooklyn Doyle (3), Cathal O’Toole and Cormac Chance (2) and Matthew Doyle and Naoise Lowe (1).
Hat-trick certs were presented to under-12 players Padraig Gammell and Aaron Cawley (1).
Hat-trick certs were presented to under-14 players Jason Carthy (3), Bobby Dowling and Martin Kelly (2) and Charlie Sullivan and Shane Dunleavy (1).
Medals were presented to the following players who represented the club at county level, and they were as follows: Under-11 Girls - Kacey Kelly Under-11 Boys - Patrick Martin and Brooklyn Doyle
Under-12 Girls - Keira Farrelly, Rose Kelly-Tynan and Hannah Martin
Under-12 Boys - Aaron Hackett, Aaron Cawley and Jack Coughlan
Under-13 Boys - Martin Kelly and Shane Synnott
The main team awards were presented as follows:
Player of the Year - Aaron Roy (under-10), Jake Robertson (under-11), Hannah Martin (under-12) and Laragh Davis (under-14).
Most Improved Player - William Valentine (under-10), Cillian Coffey (under-11), Ignacy Szpilka (under-12) and Marcel Kocajda (under-14).
Top Goalscorers - Ryan Collins (under-10), Jake Robertson (under-11), Patrick Martin (under-12) and Charlie Sullivan (under-14).
The Clubperson of the Year award went to Vicki O’Toole for all her hard work since getting involved in the club starting with the Development Squad to currently working with our under-8s team.
Our prestigious Darren Magee Perpetual Cup award went to a very deserving winner in Lauren Nolan.
Lauren currently coaches our under-11s team and does trojan work with the Development Squad.
Lauren has played with the club since six years of age and is giving back to the youngsters in the area a lot of what she received when she was a kid.
Congratulations Vicki and Lauren, very worthy recipients of these awards.
Many thanks to Newtown United for organising Dave, Kenneth and PJ in presenting all the awards.
Many thanks to Willie Gregory for the use of the Community Centre to host the awards.
All our teams will now take a short break.
All SSG, from under-8 through to under-11s will return with fixtures on the weekend of August 10/11.
These age groups will all be regraded for when we return. The league will also look at running a cup competition for under-11s and maybe something similar for the under-10s.
Under-12s are provisionally back on the weekend of July 20/21 while the under-13s will be back on the weekend of July 27/28 (further details as we get them).
The club are hosting an FAI Summer Soccer Camp this summer.
The dates for the camp are Monday, July 15 to Friday, July 19.
The cost for the camp for the week is €70. There are reductions for more than one child from the same family.
The camp is open to boys and girls aged 6 to 14 years old. All participants will receive a full playing kit, football and gear bag.
Book online to get 20 per cent discount at Sports Direct.com stores.
All bookings can be made by logging onto www.summersoccerschools.ie or by phone to 1890 653 653.
At the time of going to press it’s looking like this camp will be full to capacity. If so, no walk-ons will be allowed on the camp. For further details ring Vicki at 087 9972234 or by email to [email protected] after 6pm.
The Newtownmountkennedy Area are hosting a Community Fun Day for Sunday, August 18, where all clubs and organisations in the area are invited to take part with some form of activity or event.
We as a club will be organising something that will involve all the kids of the area and we will have further details in next week’s notes.
We only have one player from the club celebrating her birthday in the coming week and she is Keira Farrelly who plays on both our Under 12 and 13 teams. Happy birthday, Keira, from everyone at Newtown Juniors F.C.
There was no winner of the lotto jackpot on Sunday, June 16. Numbers drawn were 15, 19, 20 and 30. €30 lucky dip winners were Eric and Charles c/o Declan Crinion, Marie, Daisy & Jake c/o V. Walsh, J. Loughrey c/o John Keating.
Next jackpot is €8,075. You can play the Bray Wanderers lotto online through our website. Any club or individual interested in selling Bray Wanderers Lotto tickets on a commission basis please email ad[email protected]wanderersfc.ie for further information.
Bray Wanderers are away to Cabinteely FC in the First division on Friday, July 5. Kick off at Stradbrook is 7.45pm.
The Academy teams returned to league action last week-end after the summer break.
The under-19s drew 1-1 with Cork City last Sunday at the Carlisle grounds. Goalscorer was Byron O’Gorman.
The under-17s defeated Cork City 3-2 away last Saturday in Bishopstown. Goal scorers were Billy Vance (2) and Alex Rafferty.
The under-15s and under- 13s both made the long journey to play Derry City away in Aileach on Saturday.
The under-15s won 3-1 with goals from Cian Doyle, Ruben Maher and Toby Curran.
The under-13s drew 1-1 with Daniel Isichei scoring the goal.
The under-15s are at home to Dundalk on Saturday, July 6. Kick off is 2pm in Pearse Park.
The under-13s are away to Mayo on Saturday, July 6. Kick off is 2pm in Milebush park.
Summer Soccer camps: The Bray Wanderers summer soccer camps will take place in July and August in association with CNS Coaching on the following venues/dates: Arklow United (July 8th - 11th), Bray Wanderers (July 15th – 18th), Sallynoggin (July 22nd – 25th) 9August 12th to 15th) and Bray Wanderers (July 29 - Aug 1st) (August 19th -22nd). Register on line at www.braywanderersfc.ie/ tickets-info/. Places limited to the first 50 children per camp. Ages 5 – 12. €40 per child.
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The Ivory Coast team who took part in the Ardmore Rovers Mini World Cup last weekend.