Blessington GAA Club Notes

June 10, 2019

Lotto – Blessington GAA Lotto results 4 Jun: Numbers drawn 3-6-23-28. No Jackpot winner. 2 people matched 3 numbers..Sarah Bealin c/o Charley and Dominic Cronin. Each receive €300 (rollover from last draw). Next draw in West Wicklow on 18 June with jackpot at €4400.Thanks for your continued support.

Bingo - Next Bingo on Wed 12 Jun at 8.15pm sharp. Cost €10 includes jackpot and flyer sheets.

Date for your diaries: Blessington GAA Club is pleased to announce a Golf Classic as one of the big 2019 fundraisers, taking place on Friday 12th July in Craddockstown Golf Club. Cost is €300 for a team of 4 including the round of golf, dinner and plenty of prizes!! The day promises lots of fun, during and after!! Book early to ensure your preferred tee time by contacting one of the following: Arthur Hennessy 0872396157, Emer McIntyre Reape 0872262286, Lenny Gilligan 085804173, John Williamson 0868256556.

Seniors – The seniors finished off the last game of the league with a hard-earned victory over Baltinglass on 9 Jun in a match that had no further advantage to either side. The match was still played with championship tempo. At half time we led 7pts to 0.3 and were well worth the advantage. But in the second half Balto came at us and got the first few scores to cause some concern.  We had a converted penalty, and this put us back in control. Temperatures rose and the game was stopped by the ref to calm down the situation in which K. J. Rogers had to go to hospital with a serious mouth injury. Balto were down to 14 men and we held out to win by 1.08 to 1.07. Scorers: P. McLoughlin 1pt, E. Boylan 4pts. D. Boothman 1pt. S. Byrne 1pt. S. Carroll 1.01.(penalty). Wishing Kevin John a speedy recovery.

Div 3 – Fri 7 Jun away v Shillelagh/Coolboy Final score 2-16 to 1-11. Team: Cian Geraghty, Bradley Foster, Eoin Howlin, Stephen Byrne, Glen Farrell (0-1), KJ Rogers, Peter O Connell, Sean Byrne (0-1), Stephen Carroll (0-2), Michael Nugent (1-0), Fionnan Leahy (0-2), Eddie Boylan (0-4), Kieran McGovern, Adam Boland (0-1), Subs: Paddy Reilly, Ruairi Finan, David Phibbs. Best wishes to Adam Boland who was injured during the match.

Juniors Div 4 – Thurs 6 June Div 4 team lost to Dunlavin away 2.15 to 4.6. Team - Barry Behan, Gareth Grogan, Martin Doyle, Paddy Reilly, Stephen Byrne, Brian Bohan, Peter O' Connell, Feargal Hennessy, David Phibbs, Ruairi Finan, Fionnan Leahy (1.2), Cormac Roe (0.1), Cormac Brogan, Sean Byrne (2.3), Kieran McGovern (1.0), Damian Breen, Eoin Kavanagh. Next up is a home game to AGB on Thurs 13 Jun at 7.30pm.

Physio - Upstairs in the clubhouse this coming week on Wed 12 Jun at 7pm. Adults needing full physio appointments MUST go through Pat Molloy and Juvenile through Barry Cotter.

Ladies

Seniors – Away v Garda/Westmanstown Gaels on Wed 12 Jun at 7.15pm.

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. All the girls profiles are on our Facebook page along with sponsors.

U14’s – Blue team at home v Baltinglass at 7.30pm on Tues 11 Jun TBC. U14 girls white away v Kilcoole on Thurs 13 Jun at 7.30pm.

U12 White – What a performance from the girls on the under 12 white team last Thursday night against AGB. A shaky start with only 12 players starting due to everyone getting lost but the girls really put on the pressure in the second half and were brilliant. The “never give up” attitude yet again comes through. From goals to full forward everyone put in a super shift. Some girls are only new to it and were super (Sarah x2, Alana). Well done girls. 21 players deserved POTM but we have to give it to Orlagh Murphy and Willow Pope. Well done kids.

U12 Blue - Miserable evening for the match on 4 June but our girls made it worthwhile with a 3-5 to 3-2 win away vs Tinahely. Conditions were tough and both teams fought hard, but our girls really battled in the 2nd half to get back in front and clinch the win!!! The whole team were superb and once again the never give up attitude shone through. Hard to pick POTM as always but Eilish and Niamh get it. Big shout also to Susie who stepped in as goalie and was super. Thanks to all the parents who travelled. We had super support from the stands.

U10’s – U10 girls took part in a charity blitz in Naas in aid of Barretstown on 2 June along with 32 other teams from around Leinster. Apart from their efforts on the pitch the girls put in a huge effort raising money with €1,023 raised by the Blesso girls.

U8’s- Another successful blitz for our U8 girls who played 3 brilliant matches in Laragh on Sat 8 Jun. Well done. Their confidence is growing with every game. Teamwork at its best. Proud coaches!! Go Blesso! 

Juveniles

U17’s – Away v Tinahely on Mon 10 Jun at 7.15pm.

U15's – At home v Aughrim on Wed 12 Jun at 7.15pm.

U13’s – On Tues 4 Jun we had our Div 3 game v Michael Dwyers called off due to pitches been closed at home and no away venue available either to play. Div 1 game was also to be at home but we played away in Donard due to home pitches closed. 15 players travelled and worked hard throughout game particularly tackling when not in possession. We missed a few great scoring opportunities in first half and in fairness St Nick's converted theirs. Second half we played much better and put away some great scores. We came up short losing 3.07 to 2.05 but valiant effort by all players on a bad weather night on a wet pitch. Well done lads.

U11’s – U11 boys Blue at home v Eire Og on Wed 12 Jun at 7.15pm. U11 White vs Eire Og away on Wed 12 Jun at 7.15pm.  NKL U11’s at home v Ardclough on Sat 15 Jun at 4.30pm.

U10’s – U10’s continued their great form with a big win away to Eadestown on Sat 8 Jun. The lads played very well throughout with a special mention for their passing and decision making and the usual high work rate and tackling they produced again. Each player was excellent on the day but 2 who really stood out were James Mc Carney and Oisin Kelly. The lads look forward to Wed nights U11 game away to Eire Og.

U9’s –Next up is away v Naas pm Sat 15 Jun at 3.30pm.

U7’s - We played Caragh at home on Sat 7 Jun in NKL and had a comfortable win. A great team performance by the lads. Thanks to all the parents for their support and to Alan Ellis for doing ref. U7’s away v Carbury on Sat 15 Jun 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

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.

Feile na Gael - Thanks to Centra Blessington for the packed lunches. Thanks to McGreals Pharmacy for the First Aid Kits. Thanks to Ross O’Duffy for the bottled water. Thanks to Darren Hynes for the Mooju Milk drinks. The lads set off on the long trip to Kinsale on Fri. They played a total of 5 matches to reach the semi-final. They beat Courcey Rovers 2-6 to 0-4, then Aodh Rua 6-11 to 1-1. Next was Sliabh Rua 2-7 to 0-7. Quarter Final was v Ballinhassig. This was a very tight match where Michael Dwyers won by the bare minimum 2-5 to 2-4. The semi final was against 4 Roads and the lads lost the match by 3 pts. Well done to the players, coaches, parents and supporters who travelled. What great memories for our 3 lads – Finn Behan, Brian Richardson and Thomas Walsh.

Celtic Challenge - On June 5 Wicklow Blue ran out convincing . Wicklow Blue 4-20 Kildare 0-04. In Abbotstown Wicklow Gold made it a big double. Wicklow Gold 2-07 Cavan 0-08. Jake O’Kelly and Oisin Brogan are on the Wicklow Blue team. Well done lads.

U7’s/U9’s – Go Games on Fri 14 Jun at 6.45pm in Bray Emmets.  

U8’s – Home v Sarsfields on Sun 16 Jun at 10am.

Wicklow Cul Camps 2018 – www.wicklowculcamps.gaa.ie. Only 200 places for football camp (8 July) and 150 for the hurling camp (22 July).

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.

Online shop – https://www.oneills.com/shop-by-team/gaa/ireland/blessington-gaa.html


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