Lotto –Next Lotto 21 May. Jackpot now €4000.
Bingo - Our next Bingo will be on Wed 22 May and will commence at 8.15pm in The Avon. Shuttle bus available from various locations in Blessington €2.00. Books and flyer sheets €10. Bingo will now be held weekly. Thanks for the huge support so far.
Seniors –Good win away to Kiltegan on Tues 14 May. 2-08 to 1-14. Our seniors played at home on Sun 19 May in the league against Hollywood. A game we were expecting to be a tough battle ended up being more of a stroll in the park for us. But saying that, Hollywood were in it as such for the 1st quarter of hour but we settled in found our scoring boots and went in at half-time leading by 1.11 to 0.04. This week we had the privilege of 6 subs to run in and they all got game time in the 2nd half. We didn't ease up with these guys either and scored another 2.15. Credit to all the squad for great work for the full hour. Nice to win the local derby. Next up is St. Pats away next weekend. Team - P Manning. B. Murphy. S. Bohan. B. Finan. 5 A. Boland (1-00). J. Gilligan. J. Cotter. B. Boothman (0-1). G. Murray. S. Carroll. A. McLoughlin (0-7). E. Keogh (0-1). M O'Connor (1-04). C. Geraghty (0-3). P. O’Connor (0-6). Subs – J. Nolan for S. Carroll, J. McGarr for C. Geraghty. S. Byrne (1-0) for G. Murray, P. McLoughlin for J. Gilligan, A. Curran for B. Finan. S. Kitt for P. Manning.
Div 3 – Away v Aughrim on Sat 25 at 6pm.
Juniors Div 4 –Another good win for Div 4 team at home to Baltinglass winning 4.16 to 2.5 on Thursday night and thanks to Pat Molloy and Brendan McGarr for umpiring. Best of luck in the leaving cert exams now to Kian Geraghty, Fionn Walsh, Eoin Higgins, David Williamson, Michael Mc Mahon and James Mulligan who take a break. Team - Kian Geraghty, Stephen Byrne, Martin Doyle, Christy Walsh, Fionn Walsh, Brian Bohan (0.1), Peter O Connell, David Phibbs, Sean Byrne (1.1), Eoin Higgins (0.5), Fionan Leahy (1.1), Kevin Quinn (1.6), David Williamson (1.0), Kieran Mc Govern (0.1), Ruairi Finan (0.1), Michael McMahon, Damian Breen, Geoffrey Elliott.
Physio - Upstairs in the clubhouse this coming week on Tues 21 May at 7pm. Adults needing full physio appointments MUST go through Pat Molloy and Juvenile through Barry Cotter.
Senior Ladies – Ladies Division 1 away on Fri 17 May v St Pats 3-10 Blessington 3-10. Team & scorers - Kim Connors, Sarah Peppard, Cara Hennessy, Kayleigh McGuire, Emma Reid, Anna Vas, Erin King, Amy Ryan, Niamh Cullen 0-1, Jess Brennan 0-3, Molly Cullen 1-1, Sara Bohan, Ellie McKeever, Roisin Ellis 1-2, Síne O’Neill 1-3, Niamh Ellis, Alana McMahon, Izzy Halligan.
Junior ladies –
U16 girls – U16 girls white at home v Carnew on Tues 21 May at 7.30pm. U16 girls Blue at home v Carnew on Thurs 23 May at 7.30pm.
U14 girls Feile –Our U14 Girls are heading West for Feile Peil na nOg from 28-30 Jun. One of three clubs representing Wicklow our girls are very excited. We will be hosted by Naomh Mhuire Oranmore in Galway. Anyone that knows about Feile will be aware there’s a huge cost involved in sending teams and our girls have done up (with a little help!) a wonderful letter seeking the support and sponsorship of local or any businesses willing to contribute. Instead of targeting one business for a big amount we appeal for just €100 per business to sponsor one of our players. Being affordable, in supporting our young girls you will get full recognition for the sponsorship with our player profiles including your business name/logo and acknowledgement on all our networks (social media etc). We are extremely grateful for all sponsorship received so far. If any other businesses are in a position to contribute, please contact any of the management. Jess 0868602022 and Kim 0852079643. We are very much looking forward to the build up to one of the most memorable weekends in the Gaelic football calendar.
U14 girls – U14 Girls White Team Tues 8 May home v Ashford: A strong win 6-10 to 2-1. Great performances all over the pitch with our defence having a quiet game but when they were needed, they stopped any danger. Some excellent link up play from the middle and forwards running through with joint players of the match Asia and Roisin M each playing a blinder well done girls. Brilliant to see Emily O’R returning to match action and the injured Holly T coming up to support. Best wishes with recovery after knee surgery.
Blue Team Tues 15 May away v Tinahely: A shaky performance almost cost us a first league defeat. BUT where necessary we dug deep and without the driving forces up front of Sadhbh, Aisling and Aibhe we wouldn’t have gotten over the line! Some unbelievable blocking in defence with POTM Orlaith Ní Gallchobhair preventing many of their opportunities. While we have plenty to work on with passing etc it was great to have such a competitive game. Score finished 8-7 to 4-13. Well done to Sadhbh Fisher who represented Blessington GAA in the Wicklow LGFA Feile Skills test in Ashford.
U12 girls – U12 girls white away v Kilcoole on Mon 20 May at 7pm. U12 Girls Blue at home v Baltinglass on Tues 21 May at 7pm.
U8’s/U10’s – Blessington LGFA U10's hosted teams from West Wicklow and 3 St Vincents teams on Sat 18 May. The girls demonstrated great team and individual performances and came away with one draw and 3 wins. The future of ladies football in Blessington is bright.
County Minor - A big win for the Minors v Louth in Aughrim on Wed 15 May. Wicklow has secured a place in the Leinster Quarter Final. Well done to our lads on the team – Daniel Cooney, Jack Sargent and Luke O’Brien. Final Score 5-18 to 0-12.
U15’s – A busy and eventful week for the U15's. 21 U15's along with coaches and parents travelled up to Carlingford on Sat 11 May for an excellent weekend away in the adventure centre with indoor and outdoor challenges along with an 8am pier dive on Sunday morning in Carlingford Lough. All the lads had a good weekend and were a real credit to Blessington GAA on the trip. On Tue 14 May Blessington played Ballinglen in U15 League at home. After a very poor performance against Bray this was a chance to get things back on track and the lads didn’t disappoint even with a number of players not available due to injury, travel and sickness Blessington went in at half time ahead on a score of 3-03 to 0-06 with a final score of 4-10 to 1-10. A really good performance of support play, defence and keeping smart possession. Training Sunday 6:45 friendly game V St Kevins at home Wed 22 May.
Wicklow U15's - Well done to Sam Gough, Conor Richardson, James Dooley and Austin Brennan on the Wicklow squads V Offaly on Sat 18 May. Wicklow came away with a draw and a 3-point win.
Well done to Adam Smith, Oscar Higgins, Evan Boland and James Dooley from Gael-Choláiste Cill Dara who won a blitz final against Gael-Choláiste teams from around the country winning all games against Gael-Choláiste, Tipperary, Carlow, Portlaoise and Kerry.
U13’s – Blessington Blue v St Pats Blue in Ballinakill on Mon 20 May at 7.15pm. Blessington White away v An Tochar White on Mon 20 May at 7.15pm.
U12’s – U12 boys at home v Sarsfields on Sat 25 May at 4.30pm.
U11’s – U 11 white squad travelled to Roundwood on Tues 14 May to play An Tochar in the Wicklow league. The lads settled in early and played some brilliant football coming away with a big win 2-19 (59) to 1-5 (16). Two players to get special mention are Harry Lyons and Brandon Ryan who were both excellent throughout. U11 boys are at home on Fri 24 May v St Kevins at 7pm. (TBC).
U10’s – U10 boys away v Edenderry at home on Sat 25 May 3.30pm
U8’s – U8 boys away v Balyna on Sat 25 May at 2.30pm.
Academy – Academy for boys and girls aged 4 to 6 is held every Sat at 10am. Further info from Graham 0876393125. The boys and girls are enjoying the fresh fruit provided by the club to the academy. This is an initiative of our new Health and Well Being Officer Lisa Jackson. Thanks to the Senior men and ladies who help every week.
Hurling – Girls and boys of all abilities aged 6 and upwards are invited to join the Blessington GAA Hurling Club where you will learn to play an exciting sport in a fun and relaxed environment. All ages train regularly. If any child is interested please join our WhatsApp group b sending your name and phone number and email to Jack Whelan @0876678936 and we will keep you up to date with everything that is happening with hurling in Blessington, Valleymount, Kilbride and Lacken. Volunteers are always needed, so if any Mums or Dads wishing to relive their glory days on the pitch are welcome to help. Send your details to Jack and register your interest. All welcome. We look forward to meeting all our new players.
County Minor – The GAA Celtic Challenge Blue team were at home in Bray Emmets v Meath on Wed 15 May. Final score 2-16 to 1-13. Well done to our Blessington GAA players Oisin Brogan and Jake O'Kelly who were in Wicklow Blue team.
County U17 - Celtic Challenge U17 Wicklow v Kildare in Blessington on Wed 22 May at 7.30pm.
Michael Dwyers U14 Feile Team Fundraiser – Thanks to everyone who supported the fun quiz which was held in Hennessys on Fri May 17. The fundraiser was for the 3 lads from Blessington GAA on this team - Finn Behan, Brian Richardson and Thomas Walsh. It was a great evening.
U11’s – U11’s away v Barndarrig on Tues 21 TBC.
U7’s/U9’s – Go Games on Fri 24 May in Blessington at 6.45pm.
U9’s - U9’s v Edenderry on Sun 26 May at 11am.
Wicklow Cul Camps 2018 – www.wicklowculcamps.gaa.ie. Only 200 places for football camp (8 July) and 150 for the hurling camp (22 July).
Congratulations – Congrats to all the boys and girls who have or will make their Holy Communion in May.
Date for your diaries: Blessington GAA will be holding a Golf Classic at Craddockstown Golf Club on 12 July. Inquiries to John Magee 0868717483 or Arthur Hennessy 0872396157.
Car parking at the pitch – Can all who use the Blessington GAA Astro and Pitches please Reverse In, Drive Out please? There are a lot of children who use the grounds and they have a habit of just running out. Please respect the job that our Health and Safety Officer Annmarie (or anyone else assigned to assist with parking) must do and if you are asked to move your vehicle and park correctly please do so without a fuss.
New website – Log onto our new website Blessington GAA. (https://sites.google.com/view/blessingtongaaclub/home?authuser=0)
Clothing Collection ongoing - collecting good quality second hand clothing suitable for re-use. Please fill as many black bin bags as you can – the more we collect, the more our club receives. If you are unable to bring them to the GAA grounds, we can arrange collection. Please contact: John Magee Snr 086 871 7483 or Breda Brophy 087 225 3892. Thank you for your support.
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