WICKLOW ROVERS AFC - There was no Senior action last weekend, it was also the Christmas break for the girls' teams.
On Saturday the U-16s took on Coolboy Rangers in the final of the Premier Shield and after a tense battle they emerged victorious on a 3-2 score line.
After suffering three Shield final defeats in the last three years it was an overdue and well deserved victory for a lot of hard work and dedication from this group of players.
A brace from Kieran Bloomfield and a single from team captain Liam Kavanagh accounted for their goals.
The full squad is Daragh Hosey, Brendan Hawes, Rory O'Kelly, Aaron Meade, Conor Moore, Andrew O'Brien, Mark Egan, Craig Waldron, Alan Power, Lee Boylan, Liam Kavanagh, Glen McCarthy, James Nolan, Darragh O'Connor and Kieran Bloomfield. Well done once again to Jimmy, Brian and the lads.
The U-12Bs were in action in the shield and they lost 5-2 at home to Greystones United B at The Whitegates. Ryan Murphy scored his first of the season with James Bradshaw hitting his second of the campaign.
On Sunday the U-10As defeated Ashford Rovers by three goals to one with Mark O'Brien, Max Kearney and Lee Hamilton netting the goals.
The 10Cs defeated local rivals Wicklow Town in a close encounter, Finn Egan Barron hit his sixth goal of the season to give his team a narrow 1-0 victory.
Our 11As came out on top against one of their title rivals St Anthonys by a score of 6-3, Brandon O'Brien hit a splendid hat-trick, U-10 player Max Kearney and Frankie Reynolds scored one each with the other goal coming in the shape of an og.
The 12As defeated Aughrim Rangers for the second week running, Conor Byrne and Tristan O'Toole both helped themselves to a brace of goals with Shane Lincoln scoring the other in a 51 win.
The 14Bs beat Greystones United 7-2 in the Rocky Road, the highlight of this game was a couple of hat-tricks, one from Alfie Heather who scored a double hat-trick earlier in the season and the other from Ronan Murray. Ben Watson scored one to complete the seven goal haul.
The 15Bs went down 2-0 at home to Ardmore Rovers in a game if they had taken their chances the outcome could have been so different.
We had three players in the hat-trick club this week, first we had two in the one match, both Alfie Heather and Ronan Murray scored three times for the U-14Bs in their 7-2 victory over Greystones United.
Brandon O'Brien also scored an excellent hattrick for the 11As in their top of the table clash with St Anthony's which they won 6-3, well done Alfie, Ronan and Brandon.
The executive committee of Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to wish the managers, assistant managers, coaches, players, parents and supporters of the club a happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
We would also like to wish a happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year to all the clubs, WDSL committee, WDFL committee, LSL committee, MGL committee, referees, Paul Dowling, Daniel O'Gorman, Brendan Lawrence and all the staff of the Wicklow People.
A reminder to all managers and players, the Christmas raffle tickets should have been returned by now, any outstanding tickets should be returned asap to any committee member as the draw is this coming Saturday December 22 in the Grand Hotel, many thanks for your continuous support.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Elizabeth Gill, Kevin Delaney and Tim Donavon recently, they have a lot of family connections with the club, we would like to express our sincere sympathy to their families and friends at this sad time, our thoughts and prayers are with you all, may they rest in peace.
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Sunday was the Bray Wheelers Christmas fancy dress race. There was a good turnout for this event which was contested by teams of two.
First in the 'predict your time' time trial were Sam Gilmore and Edward Kearns, second were Gillian and Dave Peelo, third were Eamon and Pauline Walsh, Mark Loughran and Craig Pritchard fourth, Paul Foster and Kevin Metcalfe fifth and Beryl and Martin Gilmore in sixth.
In the fancy dress contest third place went to the very stylish little Miss Moffat (Colin Short) and his spider (Jean Bader) and joint first went to Benjiman and Mathias Clarke and Nadine and Sean Magee.
Thanks to the marshals and timekeepers who helped everything run so smoothly. And a big thanks to the ladies who organised the tea and food afterwards. We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone - our members, friends and families a very happy Christmas and prosperous New Year.
Seagulls Lotto - There was no Jackpot winner on Sunday the 16th of December for a jackpot of €3150, numbers drawn were 5, 7, 17, 23.
The five lucky pick winners for €30 were, J Keating c/o J Keating, M Sutton c/o bwsc, R Blake c/o C Kavanagh, M McAteer c/o V Wallsh, D Murphy c/o P Murphy.
The next draw will be on Sunday December 16 in the Hibernia Inn with a jackpot of €3225. If anyone wishes to sell lotto tickets, please contact the club at 2828214.
Online Shop - Bray Wanderers merchandise is now available to purchase on line. The online souvenir shop can be accessed from the Supporters club web site home page www.braywanderers.com
2013 Season tickets - Bray Wanderers 2013 Season Tickets are now on sale!
The perfect Christmas gift that lasts all year long! Bray Wanderers season ticket prices are the best value in the Airtricity League: Adult: €99; child(U-16): €49; OAP: €49. Special Pre-Christmas Family Ticket Offer: two adults and two children for €249. Contact the club at 2828214.
Bray Wanderers christmas raffle results - First, J Moy c/o F Slevin; Second, D Murray c/o T Butler; Third, H Metal c/o P Hannigan; Fourth, C Lawless c/o R McGovernl; Fifth, Duggan c/o P McLoughlin; Sixth, M Tierney c/o M Tierney; Seventh, Chris Murray; Eight, Louise c/o G Mahony; Ninth, L Leahy c/o F Slevin; Tenth, E Mooney c/o L Lennox.
Many thanks to all for selling and buying tickets.
Saturday was the last day of the academy for this year and the children had a surprise visitor when Santa called to the clubhouse to see all the boys and girls.
The children were delighted to see the great man and really enjoyed his visit a great way to end the year.
Thanks to all the children who attended our academy in 2012 and the parents for bring them we look forward to seeing you all early in the new year and to all the coaches and helpers who give up their time every week a big thank you.
All games are finished for the Christmas break so to all the players and parents enjoy the holidays and we will see you all in the New Year.
To all our sponsors thanks for all your support throughout the year without you we would be unable to keep going in these hard times so from everyone at the club a big thank you.
Our Christmas raffle will take place this Friday in Fitzpatrick's first prize €500. This is one of our main fundraisers so please support.
WICKLOW TOWN AFC
The club would let to pass on its deepest condolences to Kevin Delaney and his extended family on the recent passing of his father Kevin (Josh) Delaney may he rest in peace.
It was a quiet weekend for the club as the pitches were closed on Saturday afternoon and Sunday resulting in the cancellation of the U-17 and first team games. The U-14s however did get to play their Cup match against Wolfe Tone at on Saturday morning and after a 13-goal thriller they were unlucky not to go on to the next round as the game finished Town 6-7 to Wolfe Tone. Goal scorers were John Moorehouse 4, Ryan Boyce and Harrison Okungbowa. Well done Ian, James and the lads. The last game of the year for the club was a local derby for the U-10s against Rovers and after a very close game and a few missed chances they were unlucky to lose 1-0.
On January 1 the club is holding a Football Fundraiser on the all-weather pitch in East Glendalough School for all teams from U-8s through to the first team, kick off at 2pm.
After the games are finished food and refreshments will be provided to all players and their families.
All managers will be in touch with their individual teams.
On a final note the committee of Wicklow Town AFC would like to thank all managers, players, parents and all involved with the club for all their continued support throughout the year.
Also we would like to thank all the businesses who have sponsored and supported the club.
May ye all have a safe and happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
NEWTOWN JUNIORS F.C.
With the U-14s game away to Ashford Rovers been a victim of the weather none of our teams saw any action last weekend.
All leagues will now have their Christmas break and no doubt our managers and coaches will be organising friendlies after Christmas to get their teams back in the groove for the challenges of 2013.
The Wicklow League and MGL League seasons will recommence for most teams on the week-ending of Saturday 5/Sunday 6 January 2013.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our players, coaches, parents, opponents and referee's a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Likewise we wish the executive committees of both the Wicklow and MGL Leagues the very best for the festive period.
Special mention to four players from the U-12s, namely Ciara Dease, Alannah Melia, Ciaran Keogh and James Crean who are all part of the U12s County Development squad. Ciara was part of the county squad last weekend as the team lost 2-1 to North Dublin in the first game of the InterLeague series.
Everyone in the club sends their best wishes to Alannah who is currently sidelined with a foot injury which will keep her out of action until January and we all hope she will be back in action very soon. On the birthday front a couple of our players celebrate a birthday in the coming weeks and they are Ryan Clarke from the U-8s and Jordan Simwawa from the U-14s. Happy birthday guys from everyone at Newtown Juniors F.C.
We will be holding our Christmas Draw on December 22 in the Mountkennedy Inn.
Tickets are currently in circulation and are €5 euro for a book of three, so please support. All tickets sold must be back with the respective teams coaches or any committee member by Friday December 21. Reminder to all parents/guardians that the remainder of all membership fees were due to be paid on or before December 1st 2012.
If you have not fully paid by this date you may not be able to play matches. Everyone in the club extend their deepest condolences to the family and friends of Bridget Donohoe from O'Neill Park who sadly passed away last week. May she rest in peace.
For all other queries/matters relating to the club contact Hughie at 087-6987653 or visit our website www.newtownjuniors.com and you can also find us on Facebook.
NEWTOWN UNITED F.C.
Both our teams games last weekend fell victim of the weather and with the break now for the festive period upon us the league closes down and recommences on Sunday 6th January 2013.
Happy to say both our teams are well in contention for honours this season and 2013 promises to be an exciting year on the playing front.
Newtown United F.C. wishes to extend their deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Briget Donohoe from O'Neill Park who sadly passed away last week. May she rest in peace.
ARKLOW TOWN FC
As the countdown to Christmas began it was a very quiet weekend on the football front for Arklow Town FC.
Saturday morning saw our U-10A team travel to take on Greystones Utd FC and after a hard fought battle it was the home side that narrowly edged a 2-1 victory despite a superb goal from Owen Moore.
Back at Lamberton the U-15 National Cup squad had a tremendous victory over the Kill Celtic FC. The visitors struggled to come to grips with The Town's pace and skill and goals from Liam Scales, Calem Devereux, Jake Byrne, Stewart Mills and Cal Kelly saw the U-15s become the third team this year to make it through to the last 32 of this great competition - a fantastic accomplishment.
A host of Arklow Town FC players were also involved in Wicklow County duty last weekend as the SFAI Inter-League Competitions kicked off in Greystones. The U-12 team suffered a 2-1 defeat to the NDSL with the U-13 squad earning a deserved 1-1 draw.
Congratulations to Sean Crowley, Joshua Mills, Eoin O'Neill, Thomas Lynch, Daniel Bruce, Jack O'Reilly, Callum Randall, Liam Moore and Ben Fennell who participated on the U-12 panel and to Tom Murphy, Richard O'Toole, David Kealy, Darragh Walker, Liam Coleman, Matthew Dempsey, Conor Breslin, Kian Bolger, Andrew Maher, Nathan Cullen, Shane Keenan, Jack Healy, Tom Somers and Finn Fortune who have been selected for the U-13 squad.
A tremendous achievement for the players and for The Town.
There were still plenty of things happening in our busy club with the draw for the annual Christmas Raffle taking place on Friday night. A huge success this year, thanks to the hard work of our fundraising committee and "Kenny's of the Harbour" who not only supplied us with a great venue but surprised us by donating an additional ten spot prizes on the night to ensure there were plenty to go around.
Congratulations to all the prize-winners and a special thank you to everyone who supported the Christmas Raffle.
If the mammies need a little break before Christmas, don't forget the Club Junior Christmas Disco which takes place next Sunday (23rd December) in the Clubhouse at Lamberton.
It is for boys and girls between 8 and 12 years of age and you do not have to be a member of the club to attend. All are welcome. The event is fully supervised and has a free mineral bar – all from just €2.00. You can drop your child up at 6.00pm and collect them at 8.00pm sharp.
And finally this week - watch out for the brand new Arklow Town FC Website which is due to launch any day now. The Club has got together with Eamon O'Connor of Rolling Toad Design who has tailored a fantastic new site specifically for the club with news, fixtures, results, match reports and lots more.
The site will also be linked to the club's Facebook and Twitter accounts to make logging on to our social sites much easier. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for updates.