The U-12s had a great day at the Leinster Caman to Tullamore blitz last Saturday. That was actually the last 'official' outing for the U-12s and they performed magnificently as always against teams from Kilkenny, Wexford, and Dublin.
Meanwhile, the U-16s lost out to Kilcoole in the 'B' Championship but went on to have a resounding win against Annacurra in the Shield semi-final. The U-16 Shield final will be played on September 27.
A big congratulations to Olivia Matthews who represented Carnew on the Wicklow U-14 team at the Leinster Inter-County Blitz on Saturday, August 9 in the Sportsfield in Carnew.
Over 100 girls participated, with U-14 Development Squads taking part from Wicklow, Kildare, Meath and Laois.
And the U-8s and U-10s are still playing, with blitzes to come in Knockananna on August 23, Kiltegan on September 6 and Aughrim on September 20.
Both teams were out last week in competitive action and both teams won scoring 3-11 each. On Tuesday night last our Senior team travelled to Donard to play in the league.
We started off quite well and never looked like losing. The Seniors won 3-11 to 0-9 in the end. This leaves us with four games to go and we are still top of league table.
Our next match is at home to Annacurra last night (Tuesday) in the league. Hopefully we can win this and push on for promotion.
Last Thursday evening the Junior 'B' team travelled to Baltinglass to take on Hollywood in the championship knowing a win would send us to the quarter-finals.
The match proved to be too easy for Tinahely with goals coming from Oisin Furlong, Conor Kenny and Kevin Darcy.
Tinahely cruised in to the quarter-finals on a score line of 3-11 to 0-8.
This Junior team came improve and get a lot closer to the final if they put it in now and with Sean Pollard getting a taste of championship action who knows what will happen.
Thanks to everyone who supported the jersey night in O'Connors on behalf of our three dancers, Shane, Brian, and Jamie. Plenty more events are coming up so please support this wonderful fundraiser.
Finally, our Junior team play Annacurra on Thursday evening in the Carter Cup. The game is fixed for Annacurra at 7.30pm.
Well done to the ladies team who battled hard against Carnew in the Junior B final yesterday to come away with a draw 5-5 to 4-8.
The skill and determination showed by both teams will encourage even more support for the replay (date not confirmed).
Many thanks all those in Arklow who helped make the ladies final day such a success, there were excellent facilities, stewarding, officiating but particularly the sporting nature of all the games and the wonderful support shown for all sides throughout the finals.
Congratulations to all and commiserations to the unsuccessful squads.
The Under-14 boys team were beaten by Carnew in the semi-final of the league, the lads were missing a couple of players and never really got going. They are playing Avondale in the championship this week.
Last Fridays blitz for the Under-8s and 10s was cancelled at the last minute but Newtown travelled to Rathnew with both teams and had an enjoyable evening. Many thanks to Rathnew GAA for inviting us over and for providing refreshments
The debut for our Under-12s girls team was a great success and they had a good win. This is the first time these girls have played together and although they have a lot of work to do, they gelled very well together as a team.
Every player on the pitch played their hearts out in true magpie style and ran away winners 3-11 to 3-3. Also a big thank you to Rathnew GAA for a great sporting match.
There are still outstanding annual memberships due. The annual membership is used to contribute towards services and activities on and off the field so please if your membership is outstanding please pay to any committee member. Adults €50; Students/Juveniles €20.
The lotto jackpot rolls over again this week, winning numbers were 5, 7, 17, and 26. There were seven match three numbers each taking away €30.
Shave and Wax night will be held in Byrne's, the Crablane on Saturday, August 23. Doors 8pm. 'Mighty Ghosts of Erin' will play afterwards.
Contact Colum O'Rourke, Eamon Rossiter, Amelia Hennessy, Eoin Byrne or Marese Rossiter for further details.
Mick Furlong will shave his beard after 40 years. Other willing participants include Don Jackman, Shane Healy, Kenneth Healy, David Timmins. Anyone who has sponsorship cards please make sure they are returned.
The annual golf classic will be held in Coolattin GC on Friday, August 29. Enjoy a fourball around this fine course and dinner for just €160 per team.
Contact Mick Furlong, Pat Murphy or Ned Rossiter on 087 934 7275. Tee times still available
September 26 is the qualifiers for the Coolkenno Strictly. The grand final against Tinahely will be held on October 26 in The Amber Springs hotel in Gorey. Tickets on sale soon.
Coolkenno Seniors played Greystones on Saturday 16th in the league. The final score was Greystones 0-14, Coolkenno 2-7.
It's now very tight at the top with three teams on equal points. The last few games will therefore be very important if the team is to be promoted up to Division 1 from Division 1A.
Next match is at home to An Tochar on Saturday next.
Attention remains focused on Coolkenno Juniors who have qualified for the quarter-finals of the championship.
The match is provisionally fixed for Sunday next.
Please check before you travel as opponents, time and venue have not been decided at time of going to press.
The ladies will play the semi-final of the championship on August 23 against Tinahely. The match is fixed for Annacurra. Time TBC.
This week's lotto numbers were 5, 12, 13, and 21. Bonus number 35. The jackpot is now €12,500. Tickets available from any club member.
Training for Seniors, Juniors, Minors and U-16s is Tuesday and Thursday.
Ladies training on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm.
Juvenile training for all boys and girls is Friday at 7pm.
Keep up to date on all club events: Like us on Facebook: Coolkenno GAA.
Our St. Patrick's GAA Summer Camp takes place this week from yesterday (Tuesday) until next Thursday, August 21 from 9.30am until 1.30pm each day for boys and girls aged 3-10 years.
We hope that all the children will enjoy themselves as well as their parents and make for a successful Summer Camp.
Well done to Gary Duffy and his team of mentors for organising the camp and we will have a full report on the camp in next week notes.
All our new club gear is arriving daily and you may purchase our club gear from our club shop in the clubhouse any Saturday or by contacting Alan O'Brien, our club treasurer, who has worked tirelessly to look after all the orders. Alan's phone no is 087-6214903 and Alan is very helpful organise any club gear for all ages.
Our All-Ireland Premium Ticket Draw for two premium football and two premium hurling tickets will be launched next week and we will include all particulars in our club notes.
Our Senior hurlers lost to Glenealy in the championship last week while our Senior footballers league game against Kiltegan in the Campus Oil Division 1 was called off.
Next week we will have a full report on our Senior hurlers.
Well done to the Under-14s boys team who won the county league final against Baltinglass after extra-time.
It was a great team performance and well done indeed to Dean Healy and Veronica Leonard, the team coaches who worked with the team all season.
Our clubhouse has now wifi and to hire our function room and bar you may contact Triona Keogh on 086 8974811.
Lotto results for Monday, August 12 - winning numbers are 1, 4, 21, and 28, no jackpot winner, three match three winners (share €250) €85 each.
Tristan Kinch, seller: Katie Bollard; B&G Golfer/Prendergast, seller: P. Moore; Audrey Dunne, seller: Burke's.
Sellers Prize: Jimmy Burke and Annette Mangan.
Next week's jackpot is €11,250.
We hosted our final football blitz of 2014 on Saturday and welcomed Kilbride/Lacken, Dunlavin and Valleymount.
It was a great success. We had a great turn out from our own club, we had 13 Under-10s and 20 Under-8s and it was brilliant to see all our players so well turned out in their club colours. Well done to parents and coaches for ensuring this.
Thanks to all parents for bringing along the players and to all our coaches and mentors for encouraging them along so well. A big thank you to each and everyone who provided all the food for such a great spread.
It was so heartening to see so many people contributing to the success of this blitz. Thanks to all who helped out in the kitchen, those who helped in marking out the pitches and those who helped in any way.
Good luck to our Under-14s, Under-16s, and Minors who are heading into championship season with Michael Dwyers.
Our Under-12s have also started their mini league and play Laragh at home on Monday 25th at 7.15pm.
Great result for our lads who had two good wins this week in the league and championship.
On Tuesday they defeated Lacken with a score of Stratford-Grangecon 2-8 to 1-8 for Lacken in the Junior C West League Round 2, and go top of the West league.
On Saturday evening in a hard fought game, our lads emerged victorious by one point on a final score of Stratford-Grangecon 2-6 to Annacurra's 1-8 and are now on to quarter-finals next weekend, with the draw being made on Monday evening.
We continue to collect Cash for Clothes so tell family and friends if they are doing a clean out before all go back to school.
Senior Footballers - The Senior footballers beat Kilmacanogue on a score line of 3-10 to 1-10 in the league on Tuesday, August 12. They next face Tinahely away on Tuesday the 19th at 7.15pm in the league.
Junior Football - The Juniors narrowly lost out Stratford on Saturday the 16th in Baltinglass in the Junior C Championship on a scoreline of 2-6 to 1-8. They next play Tinahely in the Carter Cup on Thursday the 21st at home at 7.15pm.
Running group - The running group continues to meet every Thursday at 8pm at the pitch. All are welcome regardless of fitness levels.
GAA Lotto - Results for Monday, August 11 - numbers: 5, 10, 14, and 24, no jackpot winner, one match three winner, Sharon Keogh, Rednagh.
Jackpot stands at €6,400, draw as usual Monday evenings in the Saltee.
Senior - Our Junior As played Aughrim on Saturday evening and were beaten 5-08 to 1-14. Best wishes to Jack Gilligan who was injured during the game.
Our Seniors had a busy week playing two league games. The first game was on Tuesday night against Bray and Blessington won by a score of 0-17 to 1 -06.
The other game was on Friday night at home to Carnew which Blessington won easily 7-14 to 1-07. The Seniors will play Hollywood on Tuesday night in the league in Hollywood.
There are just two games remaining in the league after this so a win is important. Throw in at 7.15pm. Please support.
Our Junior C team played Dunlavin on Monday and lost. We are waiting on the draw tomorrow night to see who we will play next weekend in the quarter-final.
Ladies - Hard luck to the ladies beaten well by Baltinglass in the Championship semi-final at home on Friday, August 15. We wish Baltinglass the very best in the final.
Under-8 football - We had two teams at the Go Games in Baltinglass on Saturday. We played Baltiinglass, Kiltegan and Hollywood. Both teams played very well. Next Go Games are in Valleymount on Saturday, August 30.
Under-14 and Under-16 football/hurling championship.
The draw for the Under-14 and Under-16 Hurling and Football Championship fixtures took place at the Coiste na nOg meeting in Aughrim on Tuesday, August 12.
The Under-14 football had eight teams so there were two groups. Group 1 - St Nicks, Bray Emmets, Avondale and Newtown. Group 2 - St Pat's, Baltinglass. Blessington and Tinahely. (3 rounds). Round 1 - Blessington play at home to Tinahely. Round 2 - Blessington play away to Baltinglass. Round 3 - Blessington play away to St Pat's. Top two teams in each group in semis. Bottom four for Shield.
Under-16 football had eight teams also and were split into two groups also. Group 1 - Michael Dwyers, Eire Og Greystones, Carnew Emmets and St Pat's. Group 2 - AGB, St Nick's, Baltinglass and Blessington. (3 rounds). Round 1 - Blessington away to Baltinglass. Round 2 - Blesssington at home to AGB. Round 3 - Blessington away to St Nicks. Top two teams in each group in semis. Bottom four for Shield. If there are a clash of colours the home team must change.
Under-14 hurling B Championship - This was undecided during the meeting. Fixture received after the meeting - Michael Dwyers away Tinahely.
Under-16s - The team finished their championship preparation with an excellent win against Naas on Fri evening.
All focus is now on the first championship game against St Nicholas's on Monday night. In what is a very competitive group the team will be looking forward to a good start. We would ask club members to come out and support the Under-16s in Dunlavin at 7.15pm.
Under-16 County Development Squad - It's been a busy couple of weekends for the Under-16 County Football Development squad.
They had an easy enough win on Saturday, August 9 against Kilmacud Crokes.
Next up was the blitz last Saturday in which they had a one point loss to Kilkenny followed by a sizeable win against Wexford. Well done to Daniel Sarkauskas, Aaron Curran, Adam Boland and Jack Cotter who represent Blessington GAA on this squad.
Lotto - Club lotto draw took place on Tuesday, August 12. The numbers drawn were 4, 7, 12, and 22. There was no winner. Four lucky people matched three numbers and received €75 each. Next draw is on Tuesday, August 26 and the jackpot will be €7,400.
All tickets must be returned by 10.30pm for draw at 11pm. Michael will be in the pitch at 7pm Tuesday if you wish to return to him. We thank you for your continued support returning your tickets and don't forget you can also buy tickets online at www.blessingtongaa.ie. All memberships are overdue but if you have any to hand in please give to Michael Sargent or John Magee Snr.
General club notes - Well done to all our young members who received their Leaving Cert results last Wednesday. Everyone did very well. Good luck to you all whatever you choose to do in the future.
Birthday wishes this week John Bohan (belated), Isabelle Archbold Alonso, Laura Mahon, Fay Tyler, Ella Hegarty and Caoilfionn McGinley.
If anyone has anything they would like to include in the notes please email Noreen by 8pm on a Sunday night - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wicklow VEC have launched a new Gaelic Games and Gym Instruction Course in Bray Institute of Further Education as part of Kildare/Wicklow ETB aimed at GAA oriented students looking to have a career within Gaelic Games or in the fitness industry.
Course is open to males and females of all ages. Course open to all club and county players, with leaving cert results coming out soon and mature students who are currently unemployed. The course is fulltime 9am to 4pm Mon to Fri Sep until May 2015. The course link for more info is http://www.bife.ie/p/gaelicgamesgyminstruction.
The Junior A footballers were out in the championship last Friday and they won convincingly against Kilbride.
A well taken goal by Martin Cullen kick started a spree of scoring by the Barndarrig forwards and in the end Barndarrig won out on a score of 2-13 to 1-05.
Best for Barndarrig were Jimmy Waldron and Hugh Doyle.
On Sunday the club field day took place and despite the odd small shower a great day was had by all.
The summer raffle took place in Jack White's on Sunday night and winners will be contacted by text.
The list of winners will also be published in club notes next week. Many thanks to all our ticket sellers and to all players who sold their tickets.
Thanks also to all those who helped out in the preparations for the Sports day, with a special word of thanks to George Gaffney.
The last week has shown mixed fortunes for Aughrim's Intermediate side as they won one lost one in the Division 2 league.
The loss came early in the week to AGB in Arklow where Aughrim went into the second half trailing by a single point but failed to really get going in the second half.
In the end AGB ran out easy winners. On Saturday however Aughrim played at home to Top of the table Blessington. This could not have been a more different performance than the previous as Aughrim showed plenty of heart, grit and determination to run out eventual winners on a score line of 5-08 to 1-14. This latest result means that Aughrim will bring some momentum into this Friday's championship quarter-final against Baltinglass.
Please note the change of fixture.
IFC QF - Aughrim Vs. Baltinglass will now take place this coming Friday at 7.15pm in Aughrim county grounds. Your support is needed as the lads try to push forward in seek of intermediate championship victory.
The club wishes intermediate player Sil Doyle a speedy recovery from injuries sustained off the field recently.
Lotto numbers - 3, 8, 15, and 26. there was one match three winner for €200 - Carol Kennedy c/o Saturday Coaching. Jackpot now €2,200.
Great win for Rathnew's Senior side over a poor Hollywood side.
Rathnew GAA Club's annual Golf Classic for the 'Kevin Gill' Perpetual Trophy took place at Wicklow Golf Club last Saturday, August 16. Nearly 100 golfers took to the fairways.
With good conditions it left it very tight on the leader board with three partnerships recording first place with 48pts.
But with the count back, Ian Logan and Trevor Doyle were declared winners. Second were Stevie and Rory Dowling, third were Paul Douglas and Ken Doyle all 48pts.
In fourth were Paul Collard and Aubrey Armstrong on 47pts, fifth were Ryan Dowling and John Clarke 46pts, sixth were Larry Devreaux and Pat Sheehy 45pts and seventh were Darren Ronan and Shamie O'Neill 44pts. Thanks to all our sponsors especially McCrea's Funeral Home and Harry Webster Silver Strand Caravan Pk.
Thanks to all our tee box sponsors and to Clifford Murphy for the burgers. Thanks to Eamonn Franey and Peter Dignam in organising the event.
Also thanks to Wicklow Golf Club and to everyone who participated. A great night was had later on in Doyle's for the presentation of the prizes.
Rathnew GAA Club will be hosting a Fun Day in August, this will be a fun filled day with a BBQ also. Everyone is welcome. Further details to follow.
Saturday coaching each and every Saturday please come along and check it out. New players always welcome. This is for all girls and boys!
Get well message to Liz O'Brien, Bray.
Gym membership available contact Clubhouse Manager, Anto Doyle on 085 7252430.
Congratulations to the new Mr and Mrs 'Tricky' Butler. Anthony and Julie tied the knot at a secret location recently.
Congratulations to Joe Doyle and Leona McCann who were engaged.
To get in contact: Vincent at 086 8430446 and Facebook at Rathnew GAA Club.