EUGENE O'Brien held a very well attended players meeting recently.
The meeting was to announce the management structures that have been put in place for both the Intermediate and Junior teams for the coming year.
Much discussion took place about the new card system but all queries were ably dealt with by intercounty referee, J Keenan. Players fees are now due with Billy Byrne collecting for the Intermediate panel and Alan Kinsella collecting for the Junior panel.
By starting to pay now all would be cleared by competition time in early March.
The clubs rule of no pay no play still exists. Best wishes were extended to Brian Canavan who is travelling abroad on work related matters.
The club are hoping to organise a basic first aid course for players, mangers, coaches or any other club member interested at a small fee.
It will take place for one day. Certificates will be issued. It would be of great help in the sport field and also with your family at home.
If interested please contact club chairman, Liam Keenan, on 086 2368702 on or before Monday, February 3.
Derry Gaels had their AGM recently. Sean O'Shea was elected treasure and Michael Owens took over as secretary. If you are interested in helping with an under-14, under-16, or under-18 football team please contact either Michael or Sean. Derry Gaels are teams made up of Aughrim and Annacurra players.
February 9 is now set for joint registrations for ladies and men, girls and boys.
It will take place in the Arklow Bay Hotel from 2pm to 5pm with a Grand prize draw featuring 'One Direction' tickets, among others, at 5.30pm.
This is going to be a fantastic family day with face-painting, balloon modelling and East Coast FM on location to entertain! Further details on www.arklowgaa.com.
The Juvenile boy's presentation will take place on registration day, Sunday, February 9 in the Arklow Bay Hotel. The academy boys presentation will take place at 2.30pm, the under-10s at 3.15pm and the under-16s at 4pm. Please arrive 15 minutes early for your time.
The AGB under-16 boys beat St Jude's 4-4 to 4-3 in a tough physical game in Bray on Saturday last.
This was the boy's first game of the season. They were joined by the under-15 boys this year, who were not out of place in the game.
Their first competitive game will be in the Leinster under-16 club league on February 8. Best of luck to all. Training for the under-16 boys continues Monday and Friday from 5.45pm - 7pm.
Congratulations to Chloe O'Reilly, Annie Conroy and Ciara Forde on making the county under-16 panel. Training commenced on Saturday in Roundwood for the county under-16 ladies.
Commiserations to Orla Hayes and Emma Furlong who were unsuccessful this time around. It indicates the strength of the panel that these strong players did not make it.
No doubt they will feature in the under-15 development squad later on in the season and hopefully represent Wicklow at under-16 next year.
Well done to the large and enthusiastic group of ladies who attended the circuit training last week. All are looking forward to the next session. Details to follow on Facebook.
Anyone wishing to order club gear, the club shop will be open at the blue container, from March 24. There will be a stand at registration day or you can contact Kerry on 085-2479795 or email@example.com.
The O'Neill's Leinster GAA Coaching Conference 2014, Prepare to Succeed - Conditioning the Mind and Body for the Season Ahead, will take place on Saturday, February 1 at IT Carlow. Registration is €30 and this includes a delegate pack supplied by O'Neill's. For more details please see AGB's websitewww.arklowgaa.com under 'Home' or 'Events'.
National Draw tickets are now available. The club will retain 100% of proceeds from these tickets sales as long as all stubs, sold and unsold are returned.
Prizes include the following - 1: Trip for two including match tickets, airline tickets, accommodation to 2014 International Rules Series. 2: All-Ireland final tickets with two All Star banquet tickets, two airline tickets to Boston for 2014 All Stars with accommodation. 3: Travel Voucher worth €1500! For tickets please contact any committee member.
Following this week's committee meeting the elected committee for 2014 are - Chairman: Ally Taylor; Vice-chairman: Jim O'Riordan; Secretary: Dominic Leech/Tom Doyle; Treasurer: James Kelly; PRO: Lisa Fahey; Children Officer: Paul O'Riordan.
Committee: Daire Nolan, Jim Sullivan, Kirsty Mooney, Nicola Fitzsimons, Shay Power, Rory Fenelon, Robert Nolan, Danny Brady, Johnny Hamilton, Pat Doyle (Season Park), Ciaran McGuirl, Ger Burke, Noel Doyle, Eamon Doyle, Marty Heffernan,Sean Tiernan, Micheal Shelly.
We wish Sean Tiernan the very best in his new role as grounds and clubhouse manager and thank him for his many dedicated and committed years as Chairman.
Best wishes to our incoming Chairman, Ally Taylor and vice Chairman, Jim O'Riordan, we're sure they will do the club and all members proud.
Senior panel training for the new season starts Tuesday and Thursday under the new management of John Lynch, Mark Doyle and Papa Davis. We wish them well.
Newtown juvenile presentation and 2014 registration takes place on Saturday, February 8 at 5pm in the community centre. All welcome.
There was no winner of last week's lotto jackpot, next week's jackpot is €4400.
Indoor coaching program - Our indoor coaching for all ages up to under-12 in Colaiste Chroabh Abhann continues again this week.
We will then take a break for two weeks and be back week commencing February 17. We are always looking to welcome new kids of all ages to try out hurling or football or both. So don't be afraid to call up to the school when the coaching is on. There is no experience with hurling or football required.
Our coaching focuses in on entry level skills such as hand eye coordination, progressing upwards over time. All our coaching centers around having fun. Schedule for the indoor program is below.
Monday - Under-6 football (for kids born in 2008 and 2009) - 6.15 to 7.15pm; Under-10 football (for kids born in 2004 and 2005) - 7.15 to 8.15pm.
Wednesday - Nursery: introductory program to Gaelic games including lots of fun and activities. (For kids born in 2009 and 2010) - 6.15 to 7.15pm.
Under-6 hurling (for kids born in 2008 and 2009) - 6.15 to 7.15pm; Under-8 hurling (for kids born in 2006 and 2007) - 7.15 to 8.15pm.
Thursday - Under-8 football (for kids born in 2006 and 2007) - 6.30 to 7.30pm; Under-12 football (for kids born in 2002 and 2003 - 7.30 to 8.30pm.
Adults - On Monday night we received the uplifting news from the committee that Dave Keddy and Ciaran Dutton were ratified as our adult hurling and adult football managers respectively. I would like to offer our congratulations to Dave and Ciaran and wish them all the best for the coming season. Training for both codes commences on Thursday, January 30 in the field from 7.15pm.
Fundraising - The club lotto currently stands at the very appealing amount of €11,200. Lotto tickets can be purchased from any club member. They are also on sale in various shops in the village on Saturday mornings.
DONARD-THE GLEN CAMOGIE
The club's registration day will take place on Saturday, February 8 from 10am to 1pm. All senior and juvenile players are asked to come along and register for the year ahead.
There will also be a supplier of skorts present on the morning so players can purchase a new skort if they need to. Please visit our website www.donardglencamogie.com for full details of registration and skort prices.
Lotto numbers drawn were 8, 9, 11, and 17.
there were six match three winners who shared €200; Sean Ryan c/o Laura Kavanagh, Evelyn and Laura c/o Laura Kavanagh, A and J Connolly c/o Deckie Byrne, Catherine Clarke c/o Larry Ellis, Mogie c/o Harry Murphy and Margie c/o Eamonn Franey. Jackpot now €4,300
The first Committee meeting of 2014 was held last Monday.
Rathnew Dinner Dance takes place on February 14 in the Grand Hotel Wicklow at 8pm. Price per ticket is €25. The club wishes to invite all players, patrons and supporters to celebrate with them on the night. Tickets now available from any committee member.
Gym membership available now, contact Anto Doyle on 085 7252430.
Club 2014 calendars now available at €5 from usual outlets.
To get in contact Vincent on 086 8430446 and Facebook at Rathnew GAA Club.
GAA Lotto - Results for January 13 - Numbers were 3, 9, 14, and 26. There were no match three winners.
Results for January 20 - Numbers were 1, 4, 9, and 23.
Match three winners: Willie Shannon, The Hollow and Clive Horan, Kilpipe.
Jackpot stands at €2350.
Next draw on Monday in the Saltee.
There was no lotto jackpot or match three winner for the draw held Monday, January 20. Colin Doyle and Garry Keogh were the lucky quick pick winners, each receiving €25.
The numbers drawn were 1, 2, 16, and 23. It's hard to believe but the football season is soon kicking off. Training begins Friday, February 7 at 8.15pm, in the capable hands this year of Mervin Travers.
All players are reminded that they need gumshields for the coming season. Rory is also in the process of gathering up club membership this, amounts similar to last year.
EIRE OG GREYSTONES
'Tis that time of the year again, Spring is dawning and the Éire Óg Dinner Dance is in the offing. It takes place on Friday week, February 7 in the pleasant surroundings of The Parkview Hotel in Newtown.
Tickets, which cost €35, are currently available and tables may be booked through Carmel and Sharon. Musical entertainment to be provided by Big Digger.
The programme for the night has been designed with the enjoyment of the trippers of the light fantastic very much in mind.
The evening will start with a drinks reception at 7.30pm followed by the presentations and then dinner. Formalities are being kept as brief as possible.
The number of speakers who will be called upon for 'a few words' has been greatly reduced and a time limit which will be strictly enforced by Máistreás an Tí, Madame Cathaoirleach, has been imposed on their contributions.
And within the constraint of giving due recognition to the achievements of those receiving awards, presentations will be expedited with precision.
In 2013 the club was firmly put on the county hurling map with our Intermediate, Junior and Minor hurlers winning county championships.
Hence celebrations at the dinner will be largely focused on these successes. This is not to say that the footballers will be neglected.
Despite their not having garnered silverware for their trophy cabinet in 2013 the footballers showed a loyalty and commitment which saw them fulfilling their match programmes, a fact which will be duly commended and celebrated on the night.
The players who in particular were judged to have made outstanding contributions in each of the three football teams will receive appropriate recognition.
At this point it seems apposite to begin a summary of the hurling representative, Ciarán Goff's presentation to the AGM regarding the Éire Óg hurling voyage in 2013.
From his report we learned that during the year club teams participated in a Leinster League, a Spring League, the Intermediate League and Championship, the Junior League and Championship and a Minor League and Championship.
Ciarán told the meeting that 65 players in all were involved in these competitions and that the management was pleased overall with the level of commitment they gave and the standard they achieved.
The mentors, he said, were particularly encouraged by the fact that despite being shorn of county panelists for most of the Leinster and Spring Leagues our teams remained competitive.
Éire Óg's passage through the Leinster League was relatively facile.
This did not surprise because, while we saw ourselves as Division 3 material, we were assigned to Division 4.
On the way to the final we had comprehensive wins over Broadford (Kildare), Clongush (Longford) and Cullion (Westmeath). We defeated Kilcoole in the final.
In 2012 the Intermediate League, in striking contrast to that of the Junior, had afforded very few games for the teams involved and as a solution to this problem a Spring League, which included both Senior and Intermediate teams, was set up.
Our Intermediate team had four worthwhile games in this competition before it was abandoned due to a lack of enthusiasm on the part of some of the Senior teams.
After the disappointments of the previous few years our intermediates were resolute in their intent to win the championship.
To achieve this goal they saw it as imperative that they win the league.
This they did after remaining undefeated in all their games.
The team met Carnew in the final of the championship in Aughrim.
They won but only after having their followers on a rack of mental anguish for most of the 60-odd minutes.
The day was saved on the hour by a truly wonderful minor from the camán of county Intermediate Player of the Year, James Cranley, and by brave and uncompromising defence of the resulting point lead in which Stephen Kelly was particularly prominent.
Training for our adult teams will be starting very shortly, and we hope to see everyone togged out in the next couple of weeks.
The training will start at the beginning of February with a six-week strength and conditioning course.
Keep an eye on our club facebook page, for more information on the start of training.
We are still looking for volunteers to help with some of our juvenile teams, if anyone is interested in helping out can they please contact Shane O'Reilly on 085 8495694.
The club will also be entering a float into this year's Paddy's Day parade, and are looking for some suggestions on the float.