Wednesday 26 October 2016

Club Call

Published 10/10/2012 | 12:33

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC - The first team didn't have a fixture at the weekend. The second team took on Earl Celtic at the Whitegates on Saturday and recorded a disappointing 0-0 draw.

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Our thirds went down 2-0 to our neighbours Wicklow Town A, the Town were well deserving winners on the day but the lads are a young team and the more they stick together and the more games they get under their belts they can only improve.

The girls U-12 team had a comprehensive win in the first round of the MGL Cup, they defeated Stamullen by a score of 9-0, four players notched a brace a piece, Emer McNulty, Jessica Lyons, Lucy McGettigan and Niamh Caffrey all hit two goals each while Holly McSorley added a single to comfortably progress to round two.

In the hat-trick club this week we had two players, first up was Kieran Bloomfield who hit his second hat-trick of the season with three goals for the U-16As in their 5-2 away win against Greystones Utd in the premier shield.

Performance of the weekend has to go to Alfie Heather of the U-14Bs who hit a stunning six goals for his team in their exciting 7-3 victory at home to Arklow United B in the Division 3 shield.

In other matches at the weekend the U-8As beat Ardmore Rovers A 3-1 with Charlie Phelan, Rory Hennessy and Aaron Murray scoring the goals.

The U-8Bs were defeated by Ardmore Rovers B 6-0, the 9A's lost out 2-1 away to Rathnew with Glen Broughan getting the goal.

Our U-10Bs drew 2-2 with Roundwood with Adam O'Reilly nabbing both goals.

The U-11Bs went down 3-2 at home to Fassaroe YC, Daniel Murphy and Charlie Christie getting the goals.

The U-12Bs were beaten by a strong St Anthony's team. In the U-13 section the A's defeated Greystones Utd A 3-2 with two goals from Luca Rampersaud and one from Adam Cullen while the B team lost 6-1 away to Ashford Rovers with Stuart Cox getting their goal.

The U-14As beat Wolfe Tone B 4-1 at the Whitegates with JJ Power scoring two and Shane Devlin and Michael Anthony Doyle scoring one each.

The U-14Bs were involved in a ten-goal thriller coming out on top by seven goals to three, in this game Alfie Heather helped himself to an incredible double hat-trick with Jack Doran scoring the other.

The U-15As maintained their one hundred percent start to the season with a 6-3 win over Arklow United with two goals from Ross Quinn and singles from Andrew Earls, Adam Copeland, Eoin McAulay and Colin O'Toole. Finally the U-16As continued their good start with a 5-2 away win against Greystones United, Kieran Bloomfield nabbed his second hat-trick of the season while Liam Kavanagh, and Darragh O'Connor scored one a piece.

The club are seeking players for U-9s (born 2004), U-10s (born 2003) and U-11s (born 2002), if you have a child at any of these age groups and are interested in playing please contact John Frazer at 087-0564394.

Our soccer academy is on every Saturday morning (weather permitting) in the Whitegates all-weather pitch at 11am, so for fun and games while learning the skills of the game come to the Whitegates from 11 till 12 under the guidance of experienced coach Johnny Dunne.

Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to congratulate St Patrick's GAA club on winning the county Senior club championship at the weekend, well done lads.

Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at

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Well done to our U-9 team who took part in the charity walk on Sunday in aid of action breast cancer this walk was sponsored by Centra Rathnew and the Power family who are also the proud sponsors of our U-9s.

A big thanks to all the kids and their parents who took part in the walk for this worthwhile charity also a big thanks to the Power family for their continued support of our club.

The ever popular Junior academy continues every Saturday at 11am for children aged 4 to 7 and is proving to be a great success well done to all involved.

The U-8' drew 3-3 with Wolfe Tone in a very good game with Cole Byrne getting all three goals and becoming the latest member of the hat-trick club.

The U-9s won 2-1 against local rivals Wicklow Rovers. This was a great result for the team after being well beaten at the begin of the season by Rovers the lads have put in a lot of hard work in the last few weeks on the training pitch and this result shows that all the hard work is paying off. The whole team played well and the scorers on the day were Ethan Power and Josh O'Toole.

The U-10s drew 2-2 away to a very good Greystones side with Eoin Doyle and Owen McGuinness hitting the net for the villagers.

The U-12s were unlucky to lose 3-2 away to Wolfe Tone with Owen Gregory and Nicky Kearney on target. The premier team got back to winning ways on Friday night with a comfortable 9-0 win over Arklow Celtic and remain unbeaten this season the scorers on the night were Jay Taylor with 3, Ken Doyle and Tommie Smyth with 2 apiece and Philip Murphy and Chris Gregory with singles.


It was hills, hills, hills this weekend! The National Hill Climb Time Trial Championships took place on Saturday with a strong turnout of Bray riders.

The 10 kilometre time trial started from Glendalough and headed straight up the Wicklow Gap, turning off for the extra sting up to Turlough Hill Resevoir.

Over 100 riders participated, 70 in the time trial and the rest in a mass start challenge. Best of Bray was Geoff Robinson who came twelfth over all. Well done to all the Bray mountain goats!

The rest of us had our hills in the form of a cycle treasure hunt on Sunday! Mark Murphy, chairperson, designed a hilly, but scenic route around Wicklow, sending teams of four riders off with their route directions and a list of 10 cryptic clues to be found along the route and photographed as evidence.

The good weather, beautiful scenery and cheerful company made it a fun and challenging morning. Prize giving and post mortems on the event were held back at the club house where, as always, refreshments and the welcome cup of tea awaited the finishers. A prize was also awarded for the most creative photograph.

On a flatter note, we return to the track. Anthony Clarke played a major role in securing victory for Leinster in the Inter Provincial track championships last weekend, prising the win from the normally dominant Ulster. Well done to Anthony and the rest of the Leinster squad.

For further details on all Bray Wheelers events go to


The ladies were at home last Sunday against North End United. It was a thrilling encounter with chances being created at both ends of the pitch.

Both keepers produced a number of great saves and it wasn't until midway through the second half when North End broke the deadlock. Shillelagh were in no mood to lie down and with every player giving their all they were rewarded with an equaliser when Fiona Byrne blasted a rocket of a shot to the North End net.

However it wasn't to be and with only two minutes remaining on the clock North End grabbed the winner when a draw would have been a fairer result. Best for Shillelagh in an outstanding team display were Susie Simpson, Celine Jordan, Elaine Murphy and Rachael Hickey.

This weekend we travel to Curracloe Utd, kick off at 11am. Training continues every Tuesday and Friday at 7pm.

Congratulations to Mary Byrne, Shillelagh, this week's €100 winner in our 210 club draw; winning numbers 26 and 34.


Rathdrum Gymnastics club were back on the competition circuit last weekend with an impressive display in Newry at the first Gymnastics Ireland qualifier for the Trampoline national finals.

Fifteen of the 20 exceeded the qualifying scores and have won a place in the national finals; the other five missed by extremely small margins and will compete again in Athy in November. Jessica Traynor, Alicia Purtell Jordan, Lauren O'Reilly and Caitlin Caw all qualified in the 9-10 Novice section, Hannah Caw (Silver) and Fiona Hick qualified in the 11-12 Novice and Jessica Savill qualified at intermediate 11-12 level. Charlotte Savill missed by half a point in Novice, Alexandra Purtell Jordan and Ali Patterson missed by similar margins at Intermediate level.

Ciara Flood (Gold) qualified in the Senior Intermediate level with Siobhan Geoghegan (Silver) only missing by 0.2 of a point despite a whole one point penalty in her first routine.

Andrew Traynor (Gold) qualified with his highest score yet at Intermediate level with scores of up to 7.7. Clarissa Duggan (Gold) Izzi Kelly (Silver) and Molly Hick all qualified at Intermediate 13-14 level and Lauren Kelly (Gold) and Emma Byrne (Silver) at Intermediate 15-16 level.

Ellen Patterson made her coach proud with an impressive set and voluntary routine and qualified at advanced winning a gold medal along with Rebecca Connor who won silver. Rebecca had a penalty in the first routine which despite a super second prevented her qualifying.

The club has grown dramatically this year with the numbers now approaching 200. The new trampoline only classes on Wednesday's from 56 and 6-7 in Wicklow Town are starting off well and great fun and we hope to expand these in the future.

We still have a few spaces in our Saturday 5-6 classes in Rathdrum and will be starting Sunday classes very soon. We will also run Wednesday 45pm, 5-6pm and 6-7pm classes covering floor, vault, bars and beam (no trampoline) starting soon for 6+ year old girls and boys with a maximum of 12 per class. Anyone interested in these please contact us on 086 3212213 or email to

Our Monday 7-8pm adult gymnastics and adult trampoline classes are still running and very popular, they are geared at absolute beginners and cater to the ability of each individual and are super fun.


Our U-8s hosted Wicklow Town on Saturday morning and what an entertaining game it was.

It was an exciting game from start to finish with both teams having chances to score and take the lead. Carnew defended very well and came away on top with a 1-0 win.

Evan Kavanagh scored the only goal of the game early in the first half and Kenneth Cullen received player of the week for his outstanding contribution to the game both in the goal and then in defense in the second half.

This is the first season for a lot of these players and their manager John Kavanagh, along with assistants Ray Wallace, Keith Byrne and Steven Jordan, have already got them demonstrating some really good football on the pitch.

Our under strength U-11s travelled to league leaders Arklow Town Saturday morning and it was not to be their day.

The team played well but just weren't in form and they came away with a score line of 6-2. Owen Young and Tom Tucker Kinsella scored Carnew's goals. Player of the week went to stand in goalie for the day Rebecca Connaughtan.

The U-9s travelled to Aughrim this morning; it was a tough game with a scoreless first half. Carnew played some great football demonstrating the passing that they have been learning in training. The boys went out in the second half with a win on their minds and it took a brilliant free kick from player of the week Josh Whyte to put them in front.

Dan Redmond wrapped up the scoring with a well taken goal. The whole team defended very well to keep another clean sheet. The game finished up 2-0 but could have been more only for the Aughrim keeper denied Carnew time after time. Player of the week went to Josh Whyte for his brilliant free kick and his leadership in driving the team forward.

To keep up to date with match fixtures, times, reports and photos please add Carnew AFC on Facebook. All trainings this week are moving to the Astro turf. Times are as follows U-8 Wednesday 6pm-7pm, U-9 Wednesday 6pm-7pm and U11 Thursday 6pm-7pm.

In the interest of safety only the managers of each team can be inside on the astro turf with the players so please don't take offence when asked to leave. You are of course welcome to stand outside to observe. Also there is gear now in stock in all sizes so please contact the club to arrange to purchase as the teams look so much better when they are all kitted out the same.

South East tickets are now also on sale from the club, Please support as this is a great fundraiser annually.


Seagulls Lotto - There was no Jackpot winner on Sunday the 7th of October for a jackpot of €2400 numbers drawn were 13, 14, 18, 28. The five lucky pick winners for €30 were, K McCormack c/o V Walsh, V Fitzpatrick c/o V Fitzpatrick, N Keogh c/o Glenview fc, M Anderson c/o D Crinion, D Egan c/o Glenview FC. The next draw will be on Sunday the 14th of October in the Hibernia Inn with a jackpot of €2475.

Online Shop - Bray Wanderers merchandise is now available to purchase on line. The on line souvenir shop can be accessed from the Supporters club web site home page

Race night - Bray Wanderers will be running a race night on Saturday the 20th of October in the Hibernia Inn on Bray Seafront. The first race is at 8pm sharp.

Player of the year - Bray Wanderers will be hosting the annual player of the year awards night in the Royal Hotel on Friday November 2. More details to follow.

Bus to Dundalk - Bray Wanderers supporters club will be running a bus to our final game of the season away to Dundalk. Prices are Adults €15, Schoolchild €10, U-16s €8. Anybody interested in travelling or looking for more details please contact the supporters club at 087 9968969, or book with Mick Duffy or Simon O'Neill at our last home match of the season against Bohemians on Friday October 19.


The club would like to congratulate St Patrick's Senior team on their win last Sunday.

The weekend's proceedings began with the U12s at home again to Arklow Town. The visitors put their mark on the game quite quickly and took the three points. Town's Jack Calaluca and Brandon Aranou scored two cracking goals.

The U-10s travelled to Enniskerry despite a very close game they lost 1-0. Greystones was the venue for the U-14s, but unfortunately they just couldn't convert their chances and lost 2-0.

The U-8s finished Saturday's games away to Carnew but were unable to just get the ball in the goal and lost 1-0.

Sunday began with the U-11s at home to Greystones and from the off they dominated the game which ended with a 6-2 win, goalscorers were Dylan Kavanagh 2, Dylan Doyle 2, Matthew Ryan and Jack Fox.

The Senior section began with the first team in a local derby at home to Rovers which they won from a great over the head ball from Doc O'Connor and a 30-yard screamer from Lenny Carton, 20 was the end result.

The second team had their first home match of the season against Avonmore despite playing a great match they lost 2-1 a draw would've been a fairer result. Emmet Goucher scored for Town.

This Saturday 13th the trials for the U-11 county team with Micheal Nolan will take place in Shamrock Park in Rathnew from 12-1pm and the U-12 county trials with Declan Strahan will take place at the Bridgewater Center Park Lamberton Arklow from 4-6pm, players need arrive at least 15 minutes before time. Good luck everyone taking part. Thank you to everyone who has paid the club registration and for anyone who hasn't can they please contact their individual manager regarding payment as closing date is fast approaching. For club news and updates please log on to our Facebook page Wicklow Town AFC or our website


Unfortunately for everyone in the club in the past week football must take a back seat after the tragic passing of Darren Magee from Killadreenan last weekend.

When the news of his death broke late on Friday evening it was hard to take in let alone believe that this gentleman who was so young was suddenly gone.

Darren had his health problems in the last year but he had battled his illness right to the end. Darren coached and managed in our club up till last season with the U-13s players who currently line out on our U-14s team.

He was with this team from an early age, they had their triumphs, their lows but they all above all else enjoyed their football no matter the result and this was all down to Darren's infectious personality. If they lost a game well wasn't there another one next week and we'll go at it again was the motto.

Those players off that team will all be better individuals as they grow older for having known Darren.

To our club Darren was always first in with a sponsorship be it for a new set of jerseys, the car valets for the Christmas draw etc.

Only last Saturday week Darren was on the sideline helping his brother in law Ian with the U8s, encouraging the kids from the line. Darren always when I met him was in good form, always had a smile on his face (except when the Villa lost which was nearly every week), always called up for a cup of coffee (with his own cup, no drinking out of Chelsea cups for him) to have a chat and discuss the latest idea he had thought off for the club to fundraise etc.

If I needed anything i.e. the lend of the van etc the answer was always yes. At times he would ring me and say 'alright fat boy' and I would say 'I think you've got the wrong number' and hang up, but he'd ring straight back and all you could hear was him laughing in the background.

I know I speak for everyone in the club when I say we were all the better for having known him. The esteem in which he was held in Newtown and surrounding areas was evident at his funeral on Monday morning by the large gathering present and the guards of honour that were carried out as a respect to him. We will all miss him and our thoughts and prayers and our deepest sympathies go to his wife Audrey, his children Lauren, DJ, Kellie and Sinead, brothers Thomas, John and Stephen, sisters Sharon, Ruth and Sandra, sisters-in-law Ann, Pauline, Jackie, Marion, Michelle and Ann, brothers-in-law Luke, John, Chizi, Ian and John, mother-in-law Josie, father-inlaw Joe, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. R.I.P. BUD!


The first team played in the league on Friday night away to Enniskerry and they returned home with all three points after a resounding 6-0 victory. Dean Odlum and Dessie Waters scored two goals each while goals from Mark Fitzsimons and Darren Gammell completed the rout. The second team had no game.

Pre-season training continues for all of our teams every Wednesday and Friday evenings.

The following are the fixtures for next weekend Sunday October 14; first team at home to Saints F.C. (Wicklow Cup) ko Sunday at 11am; second team - fixture to be confirmed

There was no winner in this week's Members Draw and the prize next week goes to €300. Newtown United are holding a Music Quiz Part 2 on Friday 19th October starting at 9pm in the Mountkennedy Inn. Knowledge of music from the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's and noughties will be required. To enter a team of four it costs €20 and there will be prizes on the night for first, second and third places. There will also be a raffle on the night. To enter a team contact Trevor at 085-7760729.

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