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Wednesday 17 September 2014

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC

Published 12/03/2014 | 05:44

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On the senior front at the weekend both the first team and second team had excellent wins, the first team travelled to take on fourth placed Portmarnock and came home with a fantastic 2-0 victory against a side they lost 4-1 to at home earlier in the season.

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Mark O'Sullivan and Mark Delaney scored the all important goals to give them all three points to move them into mid table and with a lot of home games left let's hope they can climb further up the table.

The second team have been playing well of late and Saturday saw them record an excellent 6-2 home win over Verona at the Whitegates.

The speedy and impressive Sean Knowd helped himself to a splendid hat-trick, the highlight of his three goals was an excellent individual effort early in the second period when he picked the ball up in his own half and ran at the visitors going past several players before slotting past the advancing keeper.

Leading scorer Ciaran McGettigan, Conor Tobin and Ruairi Marron all added singles to give the lads an impressive victory.

Our under-13 girls drew 1-1 with St Joseph's, top scorer Sinead McGettigan hit her seventh of the season in a tight encounter.

On the junior front on Saturday the under-8Bs had a 2-0 win over Wicklow Town, Ben Lyons hit both goals for Rovers with Niall Connelly turning in a man of the match performance in the Rovers defence.

All three of our under-10 teams were in action on Saturday and all three lost, all by the same score line. The under-10As went down 3-1 to Greystones Utd A in the Premier Shield with Joseph Neilan notching his 16th of the season.

Our under-10Bs lost 3-1 to Arklow Utd, Sean O'Meara scored for Rovers to bring his tally to a 11 for the season. The under-10Cs lost 3-1 to Arklow Town with Zach Callery getting their goal, Conaill Barry put in a man of the match performance for the lads.

The under-12As continued their 100 per cent start to their league campaign, an excellent hat-trick from Scott Sheridan and a brace from Paul Marah set them on their way with Frankie Reynolds, Dylan Doyle, Nathan Sullivan and Jamie Noble all adding one a piece.

A special mention goes to the Rovers keeper and defence who have now gone four games without conceding a goal.

The under-12Bs went down 4-0 to a strong Enniskerry side at The Whitegates.

The under-13As made it three wins from three Premier League games when they defeated Greystones Utd A away from home. Top scorer Conor Byrne scored his 29th of the season with Jack Colaluca nabbing his ninth of the campaign to continue the team's great run.

On Sunday our under-8As lost 4-2 away to St Anthony's, Lee Brown and Jack Macklin scored their goals.

The under-9Bs won 8-1 away to Greystones Utd E, Sam Culleton and Kai Fitzpatrick both hit hat-tricks with Patrick Saville scoring two.

The under-11As long unbeaten run going back 14 months came to an end at the weekend when they narrowly lost 2-1 to Arklow Town A, in a close tussle Sam Brown scored for Rovers.

The under-11Bs lost 1-0 to Arklow Town B in what was a keenly fought game. The under-11Cs suffered their first defeat in the Division 1 Shield when they went down 3-0 at home to Arklow Utd.

The under-13Bs lost 5-2 away to Wolfe Tone, leading scorer Ryan Murphy scored one with David McNabb netting his first of the season. Our under-14As cemented their place in the Premier Shield final with a 3-0 home victory over Enniskerry. Daniel Harbourne, Stephen Finlay and Eli Graham were all on the score sheet.

Our under-15s had an excellent 6-2 win away to St Anthony's, Mitchell Kelly and Alfie Heather scored a brace a piece with JJ Power and Michael Anthony Doyle getting one each.

The under-16s got the better of local neighbours Wicklow Town winning 5-0, Andrew Earls gave Rovers a 1-0 lead at the break and the same player added two more in the second half to complete his hat-trick. Colin O'Toole and Ben Fleming scored one each to complete the scoring.

With next weekend been St Patrick's weekend the club's junior section will be marching in the parade on Monday, all managers and players are requested to meet at the club house in the Whitegates at 2.45 pm, the parade starts at 3.15 pm so we would ask all managers and players to arrive early so everyone can be togged out in their club colours.

Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 087 9108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com

For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club Facebook page.

SHILLELAGH UTD LADIES FC

The ladies faced second placed Taghmon Utd at home on Sunday and eventually came out 2-1 winners after a really great game contested by two evenly matched teams.

Elaine Murphy opened the scoring early on but both defences held firm for the rest of the half despite chances at both ends.

Taghmon fought back after the break and grabbed the equaliser. The girls stepped up the tempo for the last half hour and began to take a hold of the game.

With five minutes left, player of the match Niamh Dillon broke away and whipped over a great cross for Anna Nolan who arrived to blast the winner to the back of the net with a brilliant volley.

This was a terrific performance by all the players and moves us to within a point of second place with two games in hand, so let's keep this effort up girls for the rest of the season.

This Sunday 16th we travel to play Bunclody at11am.

NEWTOWN JUNIORS F.C.

Both our under-13s and 16s (girls) had no game last weekend. Other teams with a lack of activity were the under-18s (girls) who received the points for their away game to HHFC and the under-15s who unfortunately couldn't field a team for their away fixture with Greystones 'B'.

This team has found the going tough this year and with a couple of players out for the season and another three to four players not putting in the required commitment playing numbers are low and a decision may have to be made in the coming week on whether the team continues for the rest of the season.

However, some games did go ahead and they turned into goal-filled crackers.

Brilliant game between the under-8s at home to Carnew as both teams served up a six-goal thriller in a 3-all draw.

Mason Melia with two and Hannah Martin scored the Newtown goals. On the day Jack Coghlan and Leon Moran starred on the day. The team wore their new jerseys kindly sponsored by Wheelie Wash. Everyone in the club thank Audrey Magee of Wheelie Wash for her kind sponsorship.

Likewise the under-9s looked splendid in their new jerseys kindly sponsored by Tesco Greystones.

Many thanks to George and Negar Eager for organising this sponsorship. Anyway back to the game and the new tops certainly inspired the under-9s as they romped home to a 5-1 victory away to Arklow United.

Ryan Clarke scored twice while Martin Kelly, Mason Melia and Nathan Murray also found the net.

Starring on the day were birthday boy Shane Synnott and Devin Okundia.

Plenty of goals in the under-10s game as they lost by the odd goal in nine to Greystones 'C'.

Bobby Dowling scored a hat-trick while Darragh Heffernan completed the Newtown scoring.

Bad day at the office from the under-12s as they went down to a heavy defeat away to Wicklow Rovers 'A'. This match only highlighted the problems with regrading in the WDSL and needs to be addressed promptly.

Next weekend at all matches the WDSL have asked all clubs to implement the Silent Sideline Weekend. All details on ''Silent Weekend'' are on our Facebook page.

Also details of times for meeting for St. Patrick's Day parade will be posted on our Facebook page.

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.

First and second teams were in action last weekend. The first team qualified for the semi-finals of the Charlie Bishop Cup and a meeting with Glencormac United. They did so courtesy of a 2-0 away win over Ashford Rovers with Martin Melia and Martin Williams scoring the goals.

The second team played in the league away to table topping St. Patrick's and though they lost 1-0 with more composure in front of goal and a bit of luck they may have got a result.

In fact, a neutral observer would have been forgiven in thinking who was top of the table. It was lack of concentration in the closing stages which cost the lads the game but the team can take heart from their performance in their first game in some time.

In our members draw there was one winner and that was Jo O'Toole and Jo wins €100. Well done Jo. Thank you everyone for your continued support

RATHDRUM GYMNASTICS CLUB

Rathdrum Gymnastics Club were on the competition circuit over the past two weekends.

At the start of the month over 30 girls competed in the Women's Artistic 4 piece Levels regional in Arklow. Super performances for all and five girls, Alexander Spencer, Liadan Wallace, Aoife Hopkins, Emma Sheeran Purcell and Ciara O'Leary are now through to the Gymnastics Ireland National Finals in Limerick in April.

Over 30 trampolinists competed in the South east region trampoline qualifier in Rathdrum last Sunday with superb results winning six gold, six silver and four bronze medals.

Twelve girls had already qualified for the National finals and five more, Alexandra Purtell Jordan, Susie Sutton, Megan Yoder, Fiona Hick and Izzi Kelly qualified yesterday. Excellent performances from all.

Ellen Patterson beat her personal best ever with an outstanding routine. The club will be competing again in Newry at the end of the month in the next trampoline qualifier.

Our new Friday gymnastics classes in the club are so popular we have to bring in extra coaches to cover the numbers. The classes run from 5-6 pm and 6-7 pm. There are also a few spaces in the Saturday 12-1 and 1-2 pm classes. Anyone interested in these can book online at www.rathdrumgymclub.ie , the forms and details are in the enrolment/waiting list section of the Website, or by email toinfo@rathdrumgymclub.ie or text or call 086 3212213.

BRAY WANDERERS

Seagulls Lotto - There was no jackpot winner on Sunday, March 7 for a jackpot of €4,675. The numbers drawn were, 4, 7, 25, and 29. The five €30 lucky winners were D and J O Reilly c/o V Walsh, D Carey c/o Online, C O Reilly c/o Glenview fc, Alison and Theresa c/o D Crinion, R Slevin Jnr c/o F Slevin.

The next draw will be on Sunday, March 14 in the Hibernia Inn with a jackpot of €4,750. 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

2014 Season Tickets - Bray Wanderers 2014 Season Tickets are now available priced at Adult €99, Child (under 16) €49, OAP €49. For details contact the club office on 01-2828214 or email carlislegrounds@eircom.net.

Travel details for Cork City match - The next away trip is to Cork on Friday, March 21.

The Supporters club bus will depart at 2.30pm from Castle Street shopping centre. Price for travel is €20 for adults, €10 for 16 -18 year olds (id is required) and €7 for under-16s. To book a seat please text the supporters club on 087-9968969.

Non members €5 extra which will include membership for season.

RATHNEW AFC

The countdown is on to our draw which takes place this Sunday night in the Rathnew House. Prize includes package for two people to Lisbon with flights, transfers, Champions League final tickets and accommodation. Tickets only €20. Contact any committee members or our Facebook page.

Hard luck to the under-10s this weekend. You fought hard. The under-11s won 2-0 with the goals from Dylan and Killian. Well done.

The Premier team were on target again this week winning 5-2 in Arklow. Two goals from Jay Taylor and a fantastic hat-trick from Nicky Mernagh.

Our third team won their Wicklow Cup match on penalties. This is a fantastic achievement for this new team.

The academy is on as usual on Saturday from 11.30am to 12.30pm with great fun had by all kids.

This weekend will see the silent sideline rule take place at all school boys/girls matches we would like all parents to take part in this. Full details on our Facebook page.

BRAY WHEELERS

The new race season continued this week with the Ras Naomh Finian in Clonard on Saturday. Ed O'Brien took part in the A1/A2 race after his late season upgrade to A2 last year. Others took part in the A3 race.

Also at the weekend Sunday's race was in Newbridge where a large contingent of Bray riders took part. Harry Brooks who is fist year junior took part in his first A3 race.

The beginners spins ably led by Eamonn Kearns continued on Saturday from the townhall in Bray with a large turnout. Several of the beginners are in training for the Skoda Cycle series - in aid of Bray Cancer Support, which takes place in County Wicklow on Saturday April 12.

Ger Ivory led the track training at Sundrive on Saturday where several Bray riders took part in a tough training session in preparation for the season.

The youth spin on Sunday was at Ballinastoe in Roundwood with some riders doing an off-road spin and others doing a road spin in the area. There was a good turnout for this event in the improving weather. The next youth spin will be on the track in Sundrive on Sunday the 23rd, and the big cycling news of the weekend was that the government has approved Cycling Irelands proposal for an indoor velodrome at Abbotstown in County Dublin and this will now go the planning stages.

Tuesday night training continues this Tuesday night at 7.30pm from Kilmac.

We wish to remind everyone that there are now weekend spins for all levels from absolute beginners up to racing level. On Saturdays we have the beginners spins, which cover 50km at an easy pace.

Also on Saturdays the leisure group leave Kilmac at 9.45 for an easy 22-25kph spin, and the 10 am 26-28kph long spin will both leave as always from Kilmac.

There is no problem with riders joining these groups where they wish along the route. Also on Saturdays there are two race training groups which leave at 9am and at 9.30pm and everyone is asked to start these spins from Kilmac and not to join in along the route.

On Sundays there are just the race training spins at 9.30am and the leisure spins at 10am. New members are always welcome.

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