The parish football U16 team beat Clonmore (Co Carlow) in the leinster league on Monday last in Donard. Conor Kelly, Gerry Healy, Timmy Jimmy Grace and Darren O'neill were our men on the team.
Our ladies are back in action at the moment. They lost to AGB in the first game and beat Barrindarrig in round two.
The golf society is in action on Saturday next in Mccreddin starting at 10.10. A few spaces left. Ring Gerry or Myself if you fancy a game.
The winning lotto numbers for last Monday 12th march were 4, 15, 22 and 27. There was no winner of the ?8,200 jackpot and no winner of the match three so there were four winners of the lucky dip.
Donard-glen juvenile GAA training is on Saturday 24th March at 11 am in The Jims Mills Memorial Park. All boys and girls aged 4 to 12 years of age welcome. Any queries of information contact Helen @087-6470422
The under 10 boys continue to train on Wednesday evenings from 5:45 to 7pm and our looking forward to the upcoming season of Blitzs. Full fixture list will be available this Wednesday at training. We are also open for new members, boys born in 2002, who want to come along and join in the fun.
Under 11 boys league dates will be posted on the website also this week, training continues every Monday from 6.30-7.30 at Pearses Park.
Under 14 boys travel to Kilcoole on Saturday for the next round in Feile best of luck boys.
Our U16 boys travelled to Aughrim/annacurragh on Friday last for the second game of the U16 cross border invitational tournament. The first half was a very one sided affair in Annacurragh's favour with Daire Mcbride scoring Arklow's only point to 5-5 for the home side. Arklow were second to a lot of the ball and not strong enough in the tackle but a different AGB team went back onto the pitch for the second half. The home team scored a couple of points in the opening minutes but then Arklow asserted themselves on the game with goals from Eoghan Doyle and JP Sheehan in the 3rd and 4th minute lifting the teams spirits. Arklow enjoyed a good 20 minute spell where they were rewarded with goals from Daire Mcbride and Paddy Sally and a point from Adam Forde, despite carrying a leg injury. Arklow failed to convert all their chances and as the half progressed the team tired and the home team got in for some soft scores. Man of the match for Arklow was Liam Gregory who had an excellent game and Jamie Carty put in a good shift at half back, thank you to Ross mcbride who stepped in at short notice. Their next match is in Castletown Friday 23rd at 6.30.
AGB Ladies Junior team recorded their second victory of the league this season with a late winning goal over their opponents Tinahely on St. Patrick's Day. This was a very evenly contested game with both sides scoring consistently throughout and never much more than a single score separating them Tinahely going in at half time in front on 26 to 2-5.
In the second half continued in the same fashion Annie Conroy opened the scoring with a goal for AGB in the fourth minute. Tinahely responded with two further points to level the sides for the second time in the fifth minute. Two goals from Annie Conroy and Sinead Arthur in the twentieth and twenty first minutes reversed the situation and AGB now led by 2 points. A goal for Tinahely in the twenty second minute left AGB trailing by a point with five minutes left to play. But a point and a late goal from Sinead Arthur in the twenty eighth minute secured the win for AGB final score 6-8 to 4-10.
In the County Football League Division 1 (round 3) AGB Senior men take on Kiltegan on Saturday 24th at Pearses Park KO 5pm on the back of a series of losses the team are sure to pull out all the stops and provide an entertaining game on Saturday all support welcome.
As always full reports, pictures and fixtures on Arklowgaa.ie
The lads got off to a winning start in their opening league encounter against Newcastle on Saturday winning on a score line of 02-07 to 0-08, after a slow start they soon got into their stride with Paddy Byrne and Paddy (Beefy) Keeffe finding their range over the bar, leading by five points to three Paul Lang found the net to open up a comfortable lead that they would hold on to for the remainder of the match, the back line dealt very well with what Newcastle put up to them and never really looked in trouble, all in all it was a good run out for the lads with Ronan Byrne earning himself the man of the match..
The club would like to wish John Wybrant a speedy recovery and our thoughts and prayers are with the Wybrant family at this difficult time.
Membership is due by the 31st March - Players €30, Non-players / family €20, Students €15. You can pay this to any committee member.
Juveniles- Welcome back to training and welcome on board to the new faces. Its great to see last seasons determination showing through already this season. Training is as follows for Juveniles- U6yrs restarts in mid April exact date to follow
U8yrs - U10yrs starts Wednesday the 14th of March hurling 5.15pm - 6pm, football 6pm - 7pm. U12yrs - U14yrs Hurling starts Monday the 5th of March 5pm - 6.30pm. U12yrs - U14yrs Gaelic Football is Friday evenings 6.30 - 7.45pm. Anyone interested in playing minor football please contact Sean O'
Brien or Colm Devereux. U12yrs Girls Gaelic Football training is Wednesday's at 6pm. Please note all children must be paid members before games commence. Also if anyone has any queries or questions please contact Carmel (Secretary) or Pauline (Coaching Officer) in regards to memberships thank you. Most importantly enjoy the season ahead!
Hard luck to the ladies team on Saturday against Donard. The 11 aside match was played with more conviction, tact and was close in score throughout up until the final whistle. The word filtering through "the Gap" was there was good teamwork displayed and good scoring by Katie Bouchier. The team would like to wish Dee a speedy recovery from her injury and hope to see you back soon for more trojan efforts on the pitch. Also thank you to the Donard physio on the day for checking out our young defender, it was much appreciated.
The County Board are holding the annual draw. Tickets are €50 and are available from the committee members or Brian. The cost covers 3 draws and has some great prizes. Please support your club and county board. Thank you in advance.
The Club would like to extended its deepest sympathies to the following families on the passing of their loved ones, to the Whelan family of Ballytunney, may Joey rest in peace. The Fagan family of Kilpatrick may Agnes rest in peace and to the Lott family of Redcross may Betty rest in peace.
Well done to all the young boys and girls who took part in the Community Games finals in Blessington recently, and congratulations to Tara Doyle who won the gold medal in under 8 Art and Courtny Manning who claimed a bronze medal in under 14 Model Making.
Congratulations to former Club and County hurler Gerry Kinsella who celebrated his 50th birthday with a big party in Glenealy Hall with family and friends last Sunday night. Music was by local band XLR8, and a great time was had by all who rocked the night away until the early hours. Gerry is looking forward to his 100th already when he says he is going to have a repeat performance.
ST. PATRICK'S (WICKLOW)
Pride of place this week goes to Brian Finnegan who was honoured with a GAA Presidents Award at a function in the Croke Park Hotel on Friday last. The awards ceremony was broadcast live on TG4. Brian played in goals for Wicklow for 8 years in the 70's and 80's and played Senior football for the club from 17-37! He served as Club Secretary for many years and continues to work tirelessly for St. Patricks in coaching underage teams, running the club lotto and looking after the pitch! Brian tells a story that the best goal scored against him was in Aughrim one day in a league match where the great Babs Keating of Tipperary found the top corner from about 25 yards out, we didn't ask him the year! The award is richly deserved and it is fantastic that he has been recognised in this way. Well done to all who helped out with the float for St. Patricks Day, where we were in the prizes once again in winning the best Float for a sports club. The Intermediate footballers were beaten in their league game at home to a strong Shillelagh team on Saturday last
The Un.16 Footballers are taking part in a tournament at present involving Killanerin, AGB , Castletown & Aughrim/annacurra. Results to date : Rd.1 St. Pats 2.09 - A/annacurra 1.09; Rd.2 St. Pats 3.04 - Killanerin 2.07; Rd.3 Castletown 0.2 - St. Pats 1.10; Rd.4 St. Patricks v A.G.B. (date to be confirmed)
Last Friday evening we played Castletown in Round 3 in Castletown and as stated above came way with our second win in the Tournament. The lads are enjoying playing in this competition which is giving the team regular weekly games prior to the commencement of the All County League in early April.
Our next game will be week beginning 26th. March v AGB and at least a draw here would put us into the final of the Tournament.
Training continues every Tuesday at present at 6.15pm Sharp - at Dunbur Road.
County Development Draw tickets are available from any committee member, and are €50 each which enters you in 3 draws. Remember that if you are asked to buy a ticket to make sure that the St. Patricks crest is on it as a portion of each ticket goes back to the host club. Congratulations to former club player Padraig Connolly on the birth of a baby girl Holly Marie in Waterford, and also to former St Pats and Wicklow Full back Pat "Rasher" Roche who celebrated his 80th birthday recently. Remember that memberships must be in by the end of March for all players if they are to be registered for the coming season. Membership forms can be downloaded off the club website www.stpatrickswicklow.ie. Many thanks to Ernies bar for hosting the Club lotto on Sunday night and to Brian O' Connor and John Gill who flew the flag on the night.
Hollywood GAA Notes The Seniors are away to Tinahely on Saturday 24th in the 3rd round of the league. Congratulations to our own Lesley Tutty who was recently chosen as Ballymore Ladies Club person of the year. Well done to St. Kevins minors who picked up another win during the week with a strong performance against Barndarrig.
A quiet week last week for Blessington GAA but it will be made up for next week. Our U16s played Edenderry in the Leinster League last Saturday at home but despite a draw (4-10 each) Blesso needed the win to stay in the league. A fantastic second half by Blesso but with a last second penalty resulting in a goal for Edenderry it was to be the end of the road for Blesso who were last years champions. Well done lads.
The U14 semi final will take place in Kilcoole at 2pm wiht AGB v Carnew and Blesso v Balto. The final will be played at 3pm. Fingers crossed that our boys will be representing Wicklow for an unprecedented 3 years running. The lads are playing very well as a team and it would be great for them to achieve this piece of club history.
Our minors play in the semis of the the Winter league this Sunday. Also through to the semis are Avondale and St Kevins. The last place is between St Nicks and An Tochar. The final will be held on 1 April.
David Moran Hurleymaker and Buffers Alley Hurler took Western Gaels U12 training on Astro last Tues 13th. U12 Training will continue on Astro for next week Tues 20th 6pm to 7pm with challenge match Vs Naas in Hollywood Tues 27th. U7 Hurling moves to Astro from Mon 26th March 5pm to 6 pm. U8 Hurling moves to Astro Tues 20th again 5pm to 6pm. Hopefully numbers will transfer from indoors to the Astro. In total 49 under 7's and 8's took part in indoor hurling in St. Josephs Feb/march.
Western Gaels U12's played Kilcoole at half time during Wicklow/kerry league match on Sudayn 19th. Blessington was represented by E. Kavanagh, E. Higgins, D. Phibbs, K. Quinn & D. Williamson and wore Wicklow colours for the match. C. Murphy was out through injury. Contact Ciarán on 0857145288 to get involved in hurling in the club. Our football academy which caters for boys and girls from 4-8 years of age is on every Saturday morning from 10am - 11am. More info contact Eoin Phibbs 086 8282033. U10s also train every Saturday morning at the same time. More info call Bernard on 087 8525199. U12s train on Monday and Wednesdays 7pm - 8pm. Contact Noreen on 0872858375 for more info. All players must be registered so please ensure that your fee is paid to your manager. €20 first child and €10 for every other child. Subs are capped at €50 per child for the year. If you have anything that you wish to get mentioned in the juvenile notes please e-mail Noreen before 6pm on Sundays firstname.lastname@example.org. A Football and Hurling Cul Camp will be held from 9-13 July (F) and 23-27 July (H) in Blessington GAA. Kelloggs are the new sponsors this year and there will be €5 vouchers printed on all Kelloggs pack which can be used towards the cost of the Cul Camp. More info will follow in the coming weeks.
The lotto numbers for 12th March were 2, 14, 17, 21, there was no jackpot winner. There was one match three winner, Petula Clarke c/o Laurence Ellis. The next draw took place on 19th March in Doyles lounge, results will be in next weeks notes. The jackpot is €3300.
Our Seniors take on near neighbours St. Patricks in the third round of the division 1 football league this coming Saturday, 24th March, playing away in Wicklow town ( check fixtures for times). Then on Sunday our Junior A side are at home to Laragh in the first round of the Wicklow football league division 3 (check fixtures). Junior training continues in the pitch every Tuesday and Thursday night at 7pm.
For those of you who have not got your tickets for the dinner dance this coming Friday, 23rd March in The Grand Hotel Wicklow at 8pm, there are still some available, contact any committee member, they are priced at €25. This is guaranteed to be a night of great craic and entertainment.
We still have gym membership available for anyone interested. The gym is only €60 for three month membership and €200 for annual membership. Anyone looking to enquire for membership can contact Yvonne Kelly on 086 1690628 or see www.rathnewgaa.ie for more.
The club will hold its Lotto Draw on Saturday 24th February in Leos. The jackpot is worth €1900. Tickets available at €2 from players, members, John Crimmins, Blessington and Leos, Valleymount. Well done to the Wicklow Seniors who had a great win over Limerick the weekend. Best of luck to the lads who are out in the first game of the Div 2 league at the weekend. They are away to Ashford at 4pm and all support would be greatly appreciated. Training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8pm sharp in the field for all teams. The VYC is in full swing for 5th and 6th classes from 6.30 to 8pm and from 1st Year to under 18's from 8.30 to 10pm. For news or information to be included in the club notes please contact Michael Nolan 0872964476 by 5pm on Sunday. Membership is well over-due so please submit to Philip or Brendan as soon as possible. The Hillbilly's will be holding a Golf Classic in Blessington Lakes Golf Club on the 14th April. It will be a 4-ball scramble with a team of 4 costing €120. For more information and to book your tee times please contact Ben at 0879403049. Go-games is back and training is on Thursdays at 6.30pm. The management would appreciate all help from parents and club members. We would like to congratulate Pat Reid and Ciara Feeney who were married last Friday and also Damien Farrington and Aine Power who were married on Saturday.
Girls Gaelic Football U12s training commences on Tuesday 13th March from 6.30 - 7.30 pm, and U8s & U10s training will start on March 22nd from 6 - 7 pm. Please bring boots and runners. Congratulations to Johnny Carr and Claire Sutton who got engaged at the weekend.
The club would like to extended our sympathy to the Davis family on the passing of Jim Davis last week.