WICKLOW ROVERS AFC -- The first team moved into second place in the league at the weekend when they drew 1-1 with Wayside Celtic but in truth they should have claimed all three points, they led 1-0 going into the dying seconds when they conceded the equaliser.
In a game of very few clear cut chances the lads took the lead early in the second half when Dara Verney coolly slotted the ball home. Rovers were in control of the game at this stage with Greg Dunne and Paul O'neill impressive throughout but then with a couple of minutes left on the clock the lads failed to clear the ball in their own six yard box and the ball was deflected over the line for the equaliser. This result leaves them in second place three points behind leaders Bangor Celtic with two games in hand.
The seconds took on neighbours Wicklow Town in the quarter finals of the Bishop Cup and were unlucky to lose out on a dreaded penalty shootout, the game ended 1-1 after extra time with David Rowan scoring the goal.
The third team defeated Seaview Wanderers by two goals to one with Jim Foley and Niall O'rourke netting the goals while the under 18's drew 2-2 away to Ardmore Rovers with Cian Verney and James Kavanagh hitting the back of the net.
The under-11 girls went down 5-2 to Terenure, Amy Kavanagh doubled her season's tally notching a brace to take her tally to four for the season.
The under-13's had a comprehensive 12-0 win against Maynooth Town, the stand out performance in this game was an outstanding double hattrick from Rioghna Mcgettigan to take her total to nineteen for the season, Tess Haskins scored a brace while Eve Christie, Clarisse Broughan, Kate Hennessy and Eleanor Dunne all scored singles to complete the twelve goal haul.
We had two players in the hat-trick club this week and that honour fell to Niall Donnelly who netted a brilliant three goals for the under-16a team in their nine goal thriller with Wolfe Tone in the premier shield which they won on a 5-4 score line but the performance of the week came from Rioghna Mcgettigan who netted an amazing double hat-trick for the under 13 girls in their 12-0 victory over Maynooth Town, Rioghna's excellent six goal haul took her total for the season to nineteen, well done Niall and Rioghna.
The club are running an Easter Soccer Fun camp from Tuesday 10th April to Friday 13th April in the Whitegates, the cost of the camp is €40, the camp is open to both boys and girls within Wicklow Rovers and outside the club, everyone is welcome, we are going to have a girls only section in the camp, it will run from 10 am to 3 pm each day.
For further information on the camp and how to register please contact Jimmy Nolan at 0879108706 or John Frazer at 087-0564394.
Wicklow Rovers AFC promote soccer for schoolboys/girls, youths and seniors in the community, our club is growing all the time and any assistance with the help of running the club would be very much appreciated.
At present we have a very hard working committee but we are always on the lookout for people interested in helping out, the club are always on the lookout for people who are interested in getting involved in soccer, whether its coaching and managing or on the executive committee or a subcommittee, maybe you would just like to help as an assistant manager, help with fundraising or help just around the grounds or in any way at all, don't hesitate, get involved, anyone interested in helping out the club in anyway can contact any committee member or email club secretary Gerry Doyle at email@example.com
Club gear is available from our club shop, if anyone wishes to purchase club gear you can contact Franny Copeland at 0872230063 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following is a list of the gear and prices: Socks-junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crestJunior €10, Senior €12; Tracksuit-junior €45, Senior €57; Polo Shirts-junior €22, Senior €28; Rain jacket-junior €30, Senior €37; Hoodie-junior €20, Senior €26. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rain jackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players initials free of charge if requested.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at email@example.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com
BRAY WHEELERS CC
First again for Mark Murphy. Another great weekend for Bray Wheelers accross racing and leisure events.
Sunday April 1 saw a strong 15 man team head to Kentstown, Co. Meath for some very competitive racing. Represented in all IVCA races Bray Wheelers took control of racing right from the gun.
The scratch race was dominated by Bray with Rob Magee attacking in the opening kilometres to open up a substantial lead over the rest of the field.
As his lead grew the main field decided that he was too strong a rider to risk letting go so attacks came hard and fast from the main field. Soon Rob was joined by a strong seven man break including team mate Mark Murphy.
All riders worked hard together to cushion their lead to three and a half minutes over the main field which by now was being controlled by the rest of the Bray team, ensuring that no further breaks got away. Approaching the final few kilometres the leading break started to fragment and with a few savage attacks Mark again found himself riding for the win.
In the final 500m the sprint between Mark and his competitor Paul Dolan (Usher IRC) was still looking like either could take the win and with the remainder of the break including Rob Magee rapidly closing the gap a final savage effort by our Bray rider left his opponent with no answer to his speed.
Mark took the victory in style giving him two in a row. In another all out sprint just seconds behind the leaders Rob Magee took a well deserved 4th place. Well done to everyone who raced in Kentstown and we look forward to more great racing next week.
Balbriggan set the scene for our A3 and A4 riders, also on Sunday April 1. Again the club was represented in both races with the majority riding the A3 race.
Here the field comprised of some 95 riders and on a very undulating circuit attacks proved difficult to stay away. In the latter stages of the race Scott and Stuart Hannon along with Odhran O'caóilte got a gap on the main field with ten other riders but were reeled in on the final climb. Also riding well were Seán Ó'tuathail, Ben O'higgins and Brian Harris. With the race looking set for a bunch sprint to decide the win all Bray members positioned themselves near the front of the group and by the narrowest of margins Scott just missed out on a top placing.
In the A4 race Ian Murphy rode a very strong race and also finished in the top 20. Well done everyone.
On the leisure side of things last weekend proved very busy. Saturday the club held their first improvers spin which will bring our newest members up to a great level for riding some of the many Sportives on the calendar throughout the year. The group led by Colin Short covered a 70km route and included lots of climbing and descending skills and plenty of general good group riding skills too. A great day was had by all.
The regular 10am spin also sported a large number on Saturday and they covered 100km.
With the Sportive season well under way we had members riding in the 3 Peaks in Arklow and others were opting to go further a field to test their ability.
The weather proved great for all of the above events and we are happy to report ranging from underage to senior levels members are enjoying the wide range of disciplines offered throughout club and open events and are always welcoming to any new members interested in becoming involved.
Finally next weekend is one of the busiest racing weekends in the calendar and after a great winters training and early season racing some thirteen riders will take part in the Gorey Three Day. Good luck to all competing and supporting backup.
Happy Easter from The Bray Wheelers CC.
ARKLOW RACQUETBALL CLUB
With seven club championships played over the last two weeks the competitions have been very keen and the players who have come through have certainly earned their titles.
In the men's A Joe Farrell had a clear cut win over Jimmy Gannon to retain his title for the fourth successive year winning by two games to nil.
The men's B saw young Paddy Dodd crowned champion he was in the runner up spot last year but made no mistakes this year when he defeated a very gallant Jim Doyle by two games to nil.
The Men's D was won by Johnny Murray he had a great tussle with Chris Corrigan and ran out a clear winner but not after the match gone to a tie breaker two games to one.
The Women's A was won by Susan Farrell she retained her title when she defeated Geraldine Byrne to take the title for the third year by two game to nil.
The Women's B Josie Bolger had a hard fought match when she defeated Laura Gannon two nil to win her title.
The Junior boys A title went to Leon Kenny Barnes he had a good win over Ross Breen and came away with his first A title.
It should be noted that Ross Breen has now left Ireland with his parents John and Samantha brother Cody for Australia and as all are past members of the club we would like to wish them every success and happiness in their new life.
Junior Girls A was won by Bronte Molloy she had a close call in her match against Saffron Burke at the end the score was 30 to 27 points.
Club members should note a change of venue and date for the national C/ships will now be held in the Wexford sports centre on the 21st and 22nd of April.
Entries should be in on or before the 14th April.
ARKLOW LAWN TENNIS CLUB
The annual Daffodil Day Tournament took place in the club on Friday 23rd March, kindly sponsored by Mary and Donal Byrne. The winners on the night were our club President Stephanie O'toole and Irene Ryder, well done ladies!
The runners up were Eleanor Byrne and Caroline Kavanagh. Donations can still be made to this very worthy cause directly to Mary or Donal Byrne or via any committee member who will pass on the donation.
A social evening of bowling is planned for Friday 13th April in Wicklow Bowl, a list will be put up on the club notice board to gauge interest, come along and bowl someone over!
Club maintenance day will take place on Saturday afternoon 14/4/12. Please come along and give up an hour of your time for us all to give the club a good clean up. Sweeping brushes, plastic bags and tea bags will be provided.
Next committee meeting will be held Friday 27th April at 6.30 p.m.
Wicklow 10k: Andy Lawless: 39.58 (10th); Karl O' Neill: 40.28 (13th).
Wicklow Half Marathon: Congratulations to Eoin Taffe and Hester O'connor who put in a massive dig to finish the Wicklow Half Marathon. Eoin completed the course in 2h 01mins with Hester close behind at 2h 04mins.
Gaelforce Trail Blazers 10k: Massive result from Johanna Cullen this weekend winning the women's event for Gaelforce Trail Blazers 10k race in Bray with a stunning time of 44.15mins. Lisa Hurley finished in 52.14mins.
CORNER HOUSE GOLF SOCIETY
The Corner House travelled to Blackwater on Sunday last for their second outing of this season. The winning results are the in-form Paul Riley came out on top of the pile with 33pts to record his second win a row. Well done Paul.
Class 1 went to Jack O'reilly with 30pts and Class 2 went to Jim Nolan with 30pts. Next outing
is to Park Tullow on 22nd April.
NEWTOWN JUNIORS F.C.
We had five matches played in the past week and from these games we recorded 3 wins and 2 defeats.
The under-8's won 9-1 at home to Ardmore Rovers where Bobby Dowling and Luke Breen both helped themselves to another hat-trick each. Dara Heffernan scored twice and Ryan Clarke also hit the net. Players who also shone on the day were Aidan Keogh, Brian Coleman and Dylan Cannon.
It was a mixed bag for the under-11's during the week as they won one and also lost one. Last Wednesday evening they had to come from a goal down to defeat Wolfe Tone 3-1. Excellent goals from James Crean, Bill O'brien and Jordan Butler sealed the points and players who performed very well included Alanah Melia, Colm Flynn and Ciaran Keogh.
On Sunday they were brought back down to earth and their only highlight was a Bill O'brien goal in a 5-1 away defeat to Aughrim Rangers.
The under-12's were missing a number of players through injury etc but they gave one of their best displays of the season at home to Wicklow Rovers despite losing 4-1. Adam Heffernan scored the Newtown goal and he also had a fine game along with Jordan Simwawa, Lee Turner and Mark Mchugh. Unfortunately the team lost their manager Darren Magee during the week due to personal reasons and we thank Darren for all his hard work with this team over the years and we wish his successor Peter Turner along with assistant Sean Odlum the best of luck for the rest of the season.
Last week it was the under-14 girls and this week the under-16 girls followed suit when they qualified for the Leinster Cup semi-finals with a 51 away win over Eureka Kells.
Already without the services of Captain Rose Fagan through injury and a number of players who were on school trips we still managed to put out a strong side. Amy Murphy opened the scoring on 12 minutes after good approach play from Cliona Crammond & Georgina Canavan.
The team suffered a blow on the stroke of half time when Becky Cassin suffered a recurrence of a leg injury and was forced off. After a reshuffle of the team at half time we started to create some further scoring chances. Murphy made it 2-nil on 52 minutes when she prodded home from close range after an excellent run and cross from Crammond.
Jodie Ryan made it three 5 minutes later when she finished coolly from just inside the box. Kells pulled a goal back on the hour mark after a lapse of concentration on our part but we restored our three goal cushion on 70 minutes when Canavan lobbed the keeper from 25 yards.
On 75 minutes the scoring was complete when Murphy completed her hat trick when she spun a defender and sent a rocket of a shot to the roof of the net from 20 yards. On the day the team improved the further the game went and along with the scorers, Chelsee Snell and Chloe O'brien were outstanding in defence, Cliona Crammond pulled the strings in midfield while subs Kelsea Parsons and Jess Scott came on and had strong games. Well done girls.
There will be no WDSL fixtures on the weekend of 7th/8th April 2012 due to the Easter holidays. Two players from the club celebrate their birthdays in the coming week and they are Andrew Waters from the under-10's and Robert Greenan from the under-15's. Happy birthday lads from everyone at Newtown Juniors F.C.
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.
Two important games played last weekend and glad to report we recorded two wins.
The Development team qualified for their League cup final after a 2-1 second leg win over Charlesland F.C.
The first game had finished 3-all and this game was expected to be keenly contested. The first half of this match was devoid of any real excitement as both teams failed to get to grips with the occasion. Whatever was said at half-time seemed to spur the Newtown lads on more and within 10 minutes of the restart they were 2-nil ahead. Darren Gammell scored the first with a fine finish from 10 yards and Sean Heffernan made it two with a lovely dink over the keeper soon after.
Both goals owed a lot to the movement of Luke Martin as he set up both goals. In between the goals Martin was denied a goal after a smart save from the visitor's keeper.
As the half wore on the away side did create a couple more chances but all in all the Newtown defence dealt comfortably with all the danger.
Charlesland did score when a corner found its way into the net directly at the near post but the final whistle went almost immediately and Newtown now progress to the decider where they will face Liffey Valley Rangers.
On the day Shane Mooney, Stuart Synnott and Luke Martin were Newtown's best players. Goals from Dessie Waters, Ross and Dean Odlum scored the goals which helped the first team defeat Enniskerry 3-1 and this win sends the team into the semi-finals of the Charlie Bishop Cup.
There was one winner in our Members draw last week and that was Mary Dunleavy. Well done Mary. Next week's draw will be for €100.Thanks to everyone for their ongoing support. Fixtures etc can be viewed on the new league website www.wdfl.ie
WICKLOW TOWN AFC
Our weekend games began with the under-13's at home against Aughrim and ended with a 4-1 win with goals from Jordan Sinnott 2, Brian Hayes-byrne and Oisin o'rielly.
Saturdays games finished with the over-35's away to Dundrum but were unfortunate to lose 31.
Sunday was a day of home games first up were the under-10's against Greystones Utd despite a great goal from Dylan Doyle they lost 4-1. Next up were the under-11's against Wolfetone this turned into a cracker of a game with them winning 11-2: goal scorers were Cian O'niell 3, Dan Fitzsimmons 3, Christy Moorehouse, Paddy Moorehouse, Jack Calaluca, Brandon Aranou and goalkeeper Fionn O'rielly netted a penalty.
The second team had another fantastic game against Avonmore which ended with a 7-0 win, goal scorers were Shane Dunne 3, Mikey Dunne, Eddie Kelly, Bobby Quinn and even goalkeeper Ian Corkish added to the score sheet.
The day's proceedings ended with the first team in a local derby against Rovers in the quarter-finals of the Charlie Bishop Cup, town were first to score and in the last five minutes Rovers got the equaliser.
Both teams fought hard for the winner during extra time but finished level yet again and went onto a penalty shootout which Town won 2-1. Well done to Dido, Eamon and the lads.
The club would like to offer its best wishes to the Town's Ricky Quinn and Rovers goalkeeper Lee Fitz who were injured during the game.
For all club news and team updates follow us on our Wicklow Town
facebook page and our website wicklowtownafc.com.
The club will hold its duathlon on Sunday May 6. There will be a 10am start for the 5km run which will be followed by the 20km cycle and the race will finish with a 3km run.
You can enter the race on www.runireland.com or look upp www.tinahelytriclub.com of din us on Facebook at Tinahelytriclub. There is also a team relay for a team of two. This is the second year of this great event and last year's turnout of 120 looks set to be bettered this time around.