Blessington club notes
11 September 2017
Seniors – Our Senior team were up against St Pat’s on Sun 10 Sep in the quarter finals of the SFC in Joule Park, Aughrim. At half time Blesso led by 0-9 to 1-1. Full time 1-10 to 1-7. Blessington are now up against Avondale in the semi-finals. Rathnew will be up against either Eire Og or Baltinglass. Semis will be held on 24 Sept.
Wicklow U21 hurlers – Hard luck to the lads who were beaten by Kerry on Sat 9 Sep.
U16 girls – The girls play in the B Championship semi-final v Eire Og at home this Thurs at 7.15pm.
U14 girls - Both Blessington's U14 girls’ teams had qualified for their Cup County Finals in Ballinakill on Sun 10 Sep. First up was our white team in the C Championship Cup Final against Kilcoole. The Blessington girls came out on top of a very tight game with Captain Hannah Byrne collecting the silverware. All the Blessington girls had super performances and special mention must go to Niamh Kinsella who was the player of the match. Next up was our Blue Team in the A Cup Final against Tinahely. Unfortunately, for the Blessington girls despite the fact they worked so hard and battled to the final whistle Tinahely came out on top to claim the cup. The management could not be prouder of all their players and the way each and every one of them have it their all in their games today. Management would also like to thank Mitchell Macadam for sponsoring both of our U14 teams the girls looked great in their gear me really appreciate the support.
U12 girls Blue Team –Semi-final v Bray at home Tue 12 Sep at 7pm.
U12 girls White Team – C Final in Ballinakill on Sun 17 Sep v Balto. Time TBC.
U11 girls - Two very competitive games on Sat 9 Sep for our U11 girls in the Kildare League away to St Laurence's. Our girls were great and came out winners again. Both teams put in exceptional second halves we and couldn't have asked for more from them all. Many players stood out on the but the two very deserved players of the match were Leila Shannon and Lauren Ricker. Well done girls. Scorers for team Jess: Aisling Brennan 1-4, Ava Jordan Dempsey 1-1, Robyn Brennan 1-0, Erin McMahon, 1-0 Leila Shannon 0-3, Aoife Cullen 0-1, Anna Carlyon 0-1. Scorers for team Kim/Sarah: Abbie O'Riordan 1-2, Holly Teague 0-4, Michaela Garvey 0-3, Aoife Kinsella 1-0, Clodagh Nugent 0-1.
U9 girls – The girls were away in the Kildare League v St Lawrences on Sat 9 Sep. A brilliant performance by all the girls with Blesso fielding two teams of 10. Both teams coming away with wins on the day. Super stuff as usual.
Physio -Physio on Wed at 7pm in the clubhouse. €5 donation. Players training will have first preference.
G4M&O - Big thank you from the Gaelic for mothers for all those that supported the cake sale on Sat morning it help raise €280 which will go some way towards getting new kit for the ladies before this years all Ireland blitz. Hopefully we have managed to get some publicity for G4M and get a few more ladies interested in playing adding to the growing numbers this year with 18 at training last Wed. G4M playing V Roundtowers Mon 11 Sep 7pm to 8pm on the Astro. G4M are holding a blitz Sat 30 Sep 10:30 to 3pm changed from the 23 Sep.
Juvenile – For upcoming fixtures, pictures and pitch rota please see our website and Facebook page.
U7’s – Blesso v Clane at home on Sat 16 Sep at 2.30pm.
U8’s – Kildare League at home v Raheens at 2.30pm on Sat 9 Sep.
U9’s – Away v Naas on Sat 16 Sep at 3.30pm.
U10’s – Our U10 NKL team played Celbridge at home on Sat 9 Sep and despite terrible weather conditions our lads put in a good performance to record a win.
U11’s – We played St Pats at home in the Wicklow league on Mon 4 Sep and came out on top over the two games. We have our league final game at home on Wed 13 Sept against Rathnew and we also have a team in a challenge match against St Kevins in Hollywood on the same night. All roads then lead to Ballinakill on Sat 16 Sep for the U11 finals.
U12/U13’s – Training on Wednesdays are off due to match training on Sundays 6 to 7pm on the Astro for the next few weeks. U12’s played Ardclough on Wed 6 Sep and won on a scoreline of 9-10 to 4-9 and Raheens on Sat 9 Sep coming away with a win 2-14 to 1-6. We led from the start in both games. The lads have one more game V Maynooth and should qualify for the Shield final. Next Games - U12’s play Maynooth possibly 16 Sep at home 4:30pm TBC. U13 at Home V Rathnew Mon 11 Sep. U12 & 13 V St Anne’s Wed 13 away 7pm.
U15 – Lads are up against Tomacork at home in the Championship on Thurs 14 Sep at 7.15pm.
U17’s – The lads had a brilliant win in their 2nd game in the Minor Championship at home v St Nicks on Fri 8 Sep. Final score 3-09 to 0-11. Next up is Bray Emmets. Date TBC.
Hurl repairs - Hurley repairs - €5 a fix, €2/hoop. Contact Ciarán 085 7145288
Hurling Away v Celbridge on Tues 12 Sep at 6.45pm.
U8 – Our young hurlers were in Ballinakill on Fri 8 Sep and had wins against St Pat’s and Avondale. Lads away v Clane on Sun 17 Sep at 10am.
U10 – Kildare League away v Ardclough at 11am.
Western Gaels – U11 Hurling - Wed 6 Sep saw the visit of Kilmacanogue. Due to the relative positions in the league a mixed team game was played with all players on both sides getting a good run. Some noted performances from the Blessington U10’s on the squad.
Western Gaels U11 NKL Hurling – First of 5 games in the NKL saw us make the long journey on Sun 10 Sep to play Broadford in Clogherinkoe. In blustery and wet conditions play was difficult. Final score WG 1-1 Broadford 0-2.
U17 Michael Dwyer – The lads are now in the semi-final after beating North Wicklow Gaels on Sun 10 Sep 3-15 to 0-7. Well done to players and management and especially our Blesso lads – David Williamson, Kevin Quinn and Eoin Higgins.
Lotto –No winner of the Blessington GAA lotto on 5 Sep. Next draw 19th Sept in Mick Reids. Jackpot €3400. Numbers drawn were 5, 15, 20, 27. Winners of Match 3 were – Steve McManus, Terry Clancy c/o Mick Mills, DACJAFA c/o Nora Nolan, Martina Gilmore c/o Kevin Gilmore, The Geraghty Family c/o Curtis and Kyle x 2 and Michael/Patrick O’Connor. Each win €45.Tickets are available from players, committee members and in shops and pubs around the town. Don't miss a draw again and sign up for Direct Debit. Contact Noelle McGarr 087 7460327 or Arthur Hennessy for details 087 2396157. Remember you can also play online by logging onto www.blessingtongaa.ie.
Scor na nOg – Blessington GAA will proudly host the Scor na nOg on Fri 20 Oct. Scór is a GAA competition that combines all the colour and rivalry of Gaelic Games with the social/fun element of Ireland's traditional past-times. The competition was established by the GAA in 1969 with the aim of promoting Ireland's traditional pastimes and culture while offering club members the chance to meet up, have fun and represent their club during the winter months while Football and Hurling had ceased. There are eight events/disciplines in Scór that cover all aspects of Irish culture: Figure/Céilí Dancing, Solo Singing, Ballad Group, Recitation/Scéalaíocht, Léiriú Stáitse/Stage Presentation, Instrumental Music, Set Dancing and Table Quiz. The competition is divided into two age levels, Scór na nÓg, for young people under 17 and Scór Sinsir, for those over 17. Anyone interested in finding out more information can contact Catherine Behan on 087 1224019.
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.
Car parking – For those who use Blessington GAA Grounds the club has a REVERSE IN, DRIVE OUT policy.
Shop at the pitch – Shop will be open for some home games. Boots for sale sizes 28 to 33 (age 4 to 8) €10. Tea, coffee and goodies. Gum shields also for sale.
Online shop – https://www.oneills.com/shop-by-team/gaa/ireland/blessington-gaa.html
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