Lotto – No winner of the Blessington GAA lotto of €5,600 held on September 10.
Numbers drawn were 2, 3, 10 and 7. Congrats to Mary Finnegan who matched three numbers and wins €300. Next draw on September 24. Jackpot €5,800. Thanks for continued support.
Bingo – The nights are closing in and time to pencil in your local bingo every Wednesday evening. Next Bingo on Wednesday, September 18, at 8.15pm sharp in The Avon. Cost €10 includes jackpot and flyer sheets. Jackpot now €3,300! Please spread the word and support.
Seniors – The lads met Tinahely on Sunday in the quarter-finals in Aughrim. Half-time score was 1-7 to 1-3 but the lads did what they had to do, and they now march on to the semi-final on a convincing final scoreline of 1-19 to 1-8.
Well done to the team and management. Scorers: C. Geraghty 1-3, P. O’Connor 0-6, A. McLoughlin 0-3, S. Carroll 0-2, M. O’Connor 0-2, D. Boothman, E. Keogh and W. Callaghan 0-1 each. The lads face AGB in the semi-finals of the SFC and Avondale will meet St Pats. Date TBC.
NEW BLESSINGTON STRIP O’Neills Online shop – New Blessington GAA jerseys for sale in O’Neills online. Adult €55.
Juniors – Our Junior A team were up against Shillelagh/Coolboy in Ballinakill on Friday evening last in Round 5 and they had a great win on a scoreline of 0-14 to 1-3.
Scorers: K. Quinn 0-7, S. Mescall 0-3, E. Higgins 0-2, E. Devlin 0-1, M. Nugent 0-1.
Thanks to Barry Cotter and Martin Doyle for doing umpire. Next up is a quarter-final v Baltinglass. Date TBC.
Under-14 Girls Championship - Our under014 White team defeated Kilbride/Lacken on Thursday, September 12, to secure their place in the Shield final of the C Championship. (POTM) Roisin, Aoife K and Clodagh.
Both under-14 teams (blue and white) will now contest their respective county finals next Saturday, September 21. Details to follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Well done all.
Under-12s - Well done to the under-12 girls on a great walk on Tuesday, September 10.
Thanks a mill to Lisa Jackson (our club health and well-being officer) for supplying the fruit for afterwards.
Under-8s/10s – Blitz at home on Saturday, September 21, at 10.30am.
Under-8s – The older of our under-8 girls joined the under-10s training session on Tues 10 Sept.
Great to see how well prepared they are for moving up next season. Well done girls. 40 children at the session. Thanks to the under-10 coaches and team for welcoming us.
Under-7s - Our under-7 girls were out on their own on Tuesday, September 10, without the back up of our older under-8 girls who they normally play with.
They played Kilcullen GAA at home. These matches were a big challenge for our younger players, and we are so proud of them. They were fantastic. So good for their confidence. A first match for a few of our players.
Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others – G4M team is looking for new members. If you fancy trying something new and meeting some new people, please come along and try it out on Tuesday evenings at 7pm. Juveniles
Leinster Blitz – On Sunday, Setpember 8, Blessington GAA held our fourth annual juvenile blitz where we welcomed under-8/9/10/11 teams from all over Leinster.
In total 32 teams were involved from four counties.
The blitz format is based on eight teams at each age level with the teams split into two groups of four.
Each team played three group games and depending on results ended up in the Leinster, Connacht, Munster or Ulster final against a similar placed team in the other group.
At any one time 8 matches were in progress. The 400+ kids who attended played very entertaining football throughout and most importantly enjoyed themselves and luckily all games were played in brilliant sunshine.
A day such as this brings out the best in the GAA and we had so many volunteers involved right from the executive down to older kids not playing in the blitz.
It is impossible to name them individually so, thanks everyone – you know who you are.
Thanks to the parents of each Blessington team who provided food and drinks for the visiting teams, club members and parents who helped with car-parking, as pitch coordinators, selling raffle tickets and various other jobs.
A big thank also to everyone in the shop for keeping everyone in tea/coffee and food and Conor Wilson for hot food.
Thanks to all the referees who had a busy morning including Liam Cullen, our club coaches/ adult players and young whistlers who gave up their Sunday morning to ref all the matches.
Also, thanks to Ivan Smyth who provided the sound system and David Boothman for photography and drone.
Thanks to our senior players who presented medals and helped all day at the blitz alongside our junior players.
Finally, a special mention to our sponsors Panda Group and to everyone who helped or contributed to our recent bag pack in Dunnes Stores. All going well we hope to do it again next year.
Under-17s – Monday, September 23,Minor Football League Division 1 A Championship Round 3 at 7.00pm Group 2: Bray Emmets V Blessington in An Tochar.
Under-15s – Blessington played St Pats away on Wednesday, September 4, and came away with a win on a score of 2-9 to 1-7.
On Wednesday, September 11, the lads secured a fourth win on the trot against St Kevins in what was a tight game and came a way with a two-point advantage on 2-12 to 3-9.
Next up is Aughrim on Wednesday (today) and a win will see lads through to championship final on October 4. Training Friday 7 to 8pm.
Under-13s – Under-13 blue squad played St Pat’s at home in Round 2 of Division 1 championship on Monday, September 9.
Lads started game with intensity which we needed to do against League champions, and we kept it up right to final whistle.
What a fantastic match and we ran out winners on a scoreline of 1-11 to 2-5.
Huge congrats to all the panel tonight and it’s no more than what they deserve.
Thanks to St Pat’s for a great sporting game of football as usual.
Under-13 Division 3 White team were away to Éire Óg in Laragh on Monday, September 9, in Round 3 of championship and battled hard but couldn’t get the win. We lost 7-7 to 4-7.
Thanks to the 2008 lads travelling with squad - Daniel Smith, Ciaran Butler and Patrick Murray. Well done to Ben and team.
Monday, September 23, the under-13 Football Division 1A Championship Round 3 Group 1 Blessington V Bye.
Under-12 NKL - On Saturday last our lads played their last game in NKL away to Maynooth.
11 2007 lads travelled and four from 2008 (Ciaran/Alfie/Ethan and Jamie).
Lads started really well and our finishing was exceptional. Maynooth fought hard early in second half, but Blessington lads battled to the end to finish year on a great win and looking forward to Final. Thanks to parents for travelling on a busy sporting day.
Under-11s – Wednesday, September 18, under-11 Football Group 1 Round 13 at 6.30pm St Patricks Blue v Blessington Blue.
Under-11 Football Group 3 Round 13 at 6.30pm Blessington White v Éire Óg Greystones White.
Under-10s – Away v Clane on Saturday, September 21, at 3.30pm.
Under-9s – Friday, September 20, under-9s at home v Naas x 2 at 7pm. Saturday, September 21, under-9 Go Games Football Monster Blitz in Ballinakill at 10.00am.
Under-8s – Away v Naas x 2 on Saturday, September 21, at 2.30pm.
Academy – Only a couple of weeks left of our academy. Depending on weather it will wind up around Halloween. If your child is four or over, please send them down to the astro at 10am on Sat to try out for free.
Rounders - Blessington GAA are looking at the possibility of starting Rounders teams for juvenile ages (boys and girls). It’s an official GAA sport and even has own Féile.
If any parent is interested in training and attending coaching, please contact Kevin Gilmore on 0872324197.
Minor Hurling – Saturday, September 21, Minor Hurling Championship semi-finals at 11.00am. Michael Dwyers v Avondale/Parnells at Pearse’s Park. The club lads on the team are Jake O’Kelly, Oisin Brogan and Conor Gilligan.
Under-11s - Our under-11s Western Gaels played Éire Óg’s first team on Wednesday, September 11, at home.
Éire Óg came out strong in the first half and it took the whole half for us to settle.
Some fine blocks and tackles kept us working hard. In the 2nd half our players upped the work rate and some great scores followed.
For his work rate alone POTM goes to Paddy Balfe closely followed by Alex Toolis playing in goal and midfield.
Mentors are delighted to see everyones higher workrate and efforts improving. Home v Edenderry on Sunday, September 22, at 11am. Away v Maynooth on Sunday, September 22, at 12 noon.
Condolences - Sincere sympathies to Annmarie Nolan and family on the tragic passing of her first cousin Gerard O’Dwyer (Dunlavin). Details on RIP.ie. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.
Sincere sympathies to Maura Reid and family on the sad passing of her Aunt Rita Reid. Details on RIP.ie. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h’anam.
All Ireland Tickets - Winners of the Blessington GAA All Ireland tickets is John Magee Snr and Eamon Elliott.
Our latest club Lotto draw took place in the Cartoon Inn on Tuesday, September 10.
There was no jackpot winner. Numbers drawn were: 13, 20, 22, and 24.
Well done to one match-three winner: Colm Morrissey, seller Jacob’s Well.
Next week’s jackpot of €6,100 in Jacob’s Well, September 17 at 9.30 pm .
Thanks all for your continued support.
The under-7s and 9s played in the Monster Hurling Go Games blitz in Ballinakill Saturday afternoon, September 7.
The under-7s played Aughrim, Arklow Rocks and Glenealy while the under-9’s played St. Pats, Bray and Carnew.
All the kids played very well and displayed all the great skills of hurling, and a never say die attitude.
Thanks to all the parents who supported the kids.
On Saturday morning, September 14, our under-7s gave a 5 Star performance in their last Football Go Games blitz in Ballinakill. They played Ashford, Baltinglass and Shillelagh/Coolboy.
The boys played very well, with some hard tackling, accurate foot passing, great handling of the football, excellent scores, and above all enjoying themselves.
This was the last game for some of the boys, as they move up to under-9s now. Best of luck lads.
A big thank you to Orlagh, Robbie and Liam, who coached the lads this year and thanks to all the parents who cheered on the boys and girls all year.
On Wednesday night, September 11, our under-11 hurlers traveled to Barndarrig to play in the second last match of our league campaign.
As the match started off we went down a few scores leaving ourselves an uphill battle to get back into the game and that we did, we got right back up with them for the reminder of game and we got little tired for last quarter and lost out by few points but overall it was a great effort and team performance.
Panel: Jake Nolan, Alex Kavanagh, Kevin Murphy, William Mullahy, Tyler Byrne, Tyler O’Neill, Alex Miley, Adam Kearns, Leighton O’Toole Byrne, Leighton Gahan, Cameron Byrne, Shane Kennedy, Bobby Dease, Tiarnan Byrne Cahill, Harry Cullen, James Turner.
Well done on good solid team performance.
On Thursday night, September 12, our Junior footballers were in action in Roundwood in the championship quarter-final against Dunlavin.
We were pipped at the post by Dunlavin in the Division 4 league and with a few lads unavailable due to injury and holidays we certainly didn’t take this game lightly.
The first 10 minutes was all Dunlavin as they raced into a fivepoint lead but we slowly but surely reeled them in.
Donal McGraynor and Paul Gahan rattled the net and a string of points from Jack Manley, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Donal McGraynor and Darren Beevor saw us lead 2-7 to 2-2 at half-time.
Avondale kept the momentum going in the second half adding 1-8 while keeping Dunlavin scoreless.
Apart from the first 10 minutes it was a very good display from us as we eagerly await the semi-final draw. Full time score was Avondale 3-15 Dunlavin 2-02.
On Sunday evening Avondale travelled to Aughrim to play Rathnew in the SFC quarter-final.
A fantastic display of football was shown on the day.
Days like today don’t come around too often but when they do you have to grab them with both hands.
Avondale arrived in Aughrim as massive underdogs to take on one of the aristocrats of Wicklow football in Rathnew.
The game started off even enough with both teams going point for point before Rathnew rattled in a goal to lead 1-4 to 0-3.
Many expected Avondale to buckle at that stage but we rallied back strong to draw level by half time.
The second half followed a similar pattern but as we entered the last two minutes Dean Gahan kicked us into the lead with a cool finish.
It was backs to the wall then with Rathnew throwing the kitchen sink, table and anything else they could get their hands on at us .... a high ball into our square was cleared for a 45 which Theo Smyth pointed to send the game into extra time.
A point apiece in the first half of ET and we were still level.
The last 10 minutes was total nerve jangling stuff, Conor Byrne got his fist to a cross the Rathnew square to punch a goal which sparked wild scenes of excitement among the huge Avondale support but back came Rathnew to kick two points to bring it back to a one-point game.
Thankfully the final whistle blew and we came out worthy winners on a scoreline of Avondale 1-15 Rathnew 1-14.
Well done lads. Avondale GAA wishes to send its sincerest condolences to the Busher family on the sad and untimely death of Tommy.
Tommy was a former hurler and footballer for the club and along with his brother Seamus was part of the panel that won the 1983 senior hurling championship.
He always kept a keen interest in the club as his son James and grandsons have kept the Busher name alive in Avondale .... may he rest in peace. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a aimn dilis.
Ronan Keddy, Stephen Kelly (manager), Ciaran Dutton and David Kelly after Kilcoole’s great win.