Sunday 17 February 2019

Club may have to move from pitch

Two goalposts are stolen from Wicklow Rovers AFC grounds

Johnny Dunne of Wicklow Rovers AFC
Johnny Dunne of Wicklow Rovers AFC

Myles Buchanan

Wicklow Rovers AFC may have to abandon playing matches on the hockey pitch after a set of expensive goalposts were stolen over the weekend.

Each goalpost costs in the region of €500 to €800 and the club simply can't afford another theft from the 7- and 9-a-side-pitch, located near to Dunbur Park in Wicklow town.

'This is extremely annoying,' said Vice-Chairman Johnny Dunne. 'It's particularly disheartening for the kids as they are the ones who suffer. We will be having a club meeting during the week but I don't think we will be putting other goalposts up at the hockey pitch. They are too expensive and we couldn't afford to lose another set.

'It's a terrible pity because it is such a great area and the kids love it. We have been using the facility for over ten years and this is the first time anything like this has ever happened. It would be too awkward to have to put up the goalposts every Saturday or Sunday so that just isn't an option,' Mr Dunne said.

It is believed the set of small-sided goalposts were stolen sometime between Friday and early Saturday morning. The theft has been reported to the gardaí and the Wicklow Schoolboys/Girls Soccer League.

Mr Dunne, Brendan Porter and Franny Copeland had to transport goalposts from Whitegates to the Rocky Road to ensure that Sunday's fixtures could go ahead.

Mr Dunne maintains that the goalposts have no use other than sporting.

'They are no good being sold on as weight because they are aluminium. We went around a few different locations to see if we could find them but came across nothing. They will be sold on as goalposts because they have no other function.'

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