Blessington club notes
09 October 2017
Seniors – The wait is over..we now know who is our opposition for the Renault SFC on Sunday 15 Oct in Joule Park, Aughrim at 3pm. Blessington v Rathnew. Please support your club by being the 16th man. We have waited a long time for this…..#believe #blessoformiley2017 #blesso2017. Get your BlessoforMiley2017 photos to Noreen on Whats App 0872858375. Niamh Ellis will sing the national anthem before throw in. A great honour for Blessington and Niamh. Tickets for Renault SFC will be sold on Fri night 7.30pm to 9pm in the clubhouse Adults €15, OAPs and Students with ID €5 Children, U16 free. Thanks to Will Doyle, Annmarie Nolan, Des Nolan, Kevin Hamilton and Myles Burke for putting up the bunting on Sun morning. More flags will be erected around the town early in the week. It would be greatly appreciated if the businesses could put up some flags and bunting also.
Jun B Div 4 football league – The Jun B team won the West League final which was held in Donard v Kiltegan on Fri 6 Oct. This is the first time since 1994 that Blesso have won the West League. Final score 4-10 to 0-06. They now play AGB in the county Div 4 league final. Date and time will be posted on our facebook page and website. Well done lads. Captain James Kearns accepted the cup on behalf of the team from Martin Fitzgerald from Wicklow County Board and thanked the lads and the management of Peter Behan and Steven Doyle for all the hard work they have put into the team.
U11 girls - Two tough games for our U11 Girls in Sarsfields this afternoon but both teams fought back til the end with excellent character shown in the second half especially! Well done girls keep up the hard work. Some lovely performances and players of the match went to Erin McMahon Michaela Garvey and Abbie O'Riordan
U9 girls – Under 9 girls played Sarsfields in the NKL on Sat 7 Oct. A tough battle on the day with the girls coming out on top. Well done to all super stuff.
Physio -Physio on Wed at 7pm in the clubhouse. €5 donation. Players training will have first preference.
G4M&O – Training every Wed 7pm to 8pm. For more information on G4M contact Michelle 0863734748, Sinead 0862446510 or Lorcan on 087 6647625.
Juvenile – For upcoming fixtures, pictures and pitch rota please see our website and Facebook page.
Academy - Blessington GAA Academy runs every Saturday morning from 10am to 11.15am and is open to all boys and girls aged 4 years onwards. New children are always welcome.
U7’s - U7 boys travelled with 2 teams to St Edwards on Sat 7 Oct in the NKL. Both teams played excellent football showing the high quality of skills, defending and hard work that they have been busy practising. Well done lads. Only one game remaining with an away fixture v Carbury on Sat. Time TBC.
U8’s/U9’s – Both the 8's and 9's were in action today in the NKL. The 8's faced Balyna in the first game and battled their hearts out to a 13-7 victory with some fine scores taken and equally good defending... stand out performers were Cormac Smith and Dylan Callaghan. The 9's delivered a top performance against a good Leixlip team coming away with a 7-4 victory. The team were very good all over but special mention for David Caldwell and Daniel smith for their top performances. Next up for the U9’s is an away game v Kilcock (TBC).
U10’s - Our U10's played Naas on Sat 7 Oct and despite their best efforts the lads couldn't manage to get enough scores against a strong Naas team.
U11’s – On Sat 7 Oct the U11’s played Kilcock at home. Despite missing a lot of the regular squad, the lads played out a competitive game against a physical Kilcock team. Behind at half time the second half saw a much-improved performance and Blesso created a lot more good chances. Some wayward finishing and 5 minutes scoring blitz from Kilcock saw them run out winners at the end. Thanks to James Phibbs for helping out playing and to Jimmy Mulhall for reffing. The lads are up against St Kevin’s at home on Sat 14 Oct (TBC).
U12/U13’s – Training Wed 6:30 to 7:30. The lads face Eire Og away in Ballinakill on Mon 9 Oct at 7.15pm. Please support.
U15’s – The lads are in the Semi-final v Rathnew on Tues 10 Oct at 7.15pm. Best of luck to the players and management. Please support.
U17’s – The lads had a great game v Luke O’Tooles in Ballinakill on Sat 7 Oct. Blessington were 2 pts down with 2 minutes of normal time to go but unfortunately time ran out for them and the final score was in favour of Luke O’Tooles. 3-05 to 1-14. That was the final game under the juvenile umbrella for 10 of our lads who will hopefully stay playing football for the club for many years to come. Team: Cian Geraghty, Cormac Roe, Craig Magure, Fionn Walsh, Ruairi Finan, Brian Bohan, David Williamson, Eoin Higgins, Conall O’Gallchobhair, Jake O’Kelly, Ciaran Paton, James Mulligan, Kevin Quinn, Jordan McGarr, Ethan Cotter. Subs – Eoin Kavanagh, David Phibbs, Michael McMahon, Lee Dowling-Horan and Oisin Brogan. James Jackson (inj). On Wed 4 Oct the lads were presented with their new training tops from Kirstie Geraghty on behalf of Berghoff Ireland. Thanks very much to Phillip Geraghty for sponsoring the tops for the lads and management.
Hurl repairs - Hurley repairs - €5 a fix, €2/hoop. Contact Ciarán 085 7145288.
Lotto - No winner of €3600 jackpot on 3 Oct. Numbers drawn 10, 13, 18, 28. 4 people matched 3 numbers and won €75 each. Maura /Breda Reid. Cillian/Damhan Began c/o Jonathan. Sinead Johnston. Olivia Kinsella, Blessington Manor. Next draw 17 Oct in the West Wicklow. Jackpot €3800. 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 0877460327 or Arthur Hennessy for details 087 2396157. Remember you can also play online at www.blessingtongaa.ie.
Scor na nOg – 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. Scor is open to anyone who is U17 years of age. Please contact Wicklow - Katryn [email protected] 0860563956, Blessington - Catherine Behan 0871224019 or Noreen Keegan Kavanagh 0872858375. 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 (held on a separate night in a different venue).
GAA Youth Forum - This is a FREE event for players aged 12 - 21 and we are currently accepting applications for 600 places. Croke Park on Saturday 28th October - see www.gaa.ie/gaayouth for info and online applications. 'There is a stellar line-up of speakers including Gizzy Lyng, Rory's Stories, Juliet Murphy, Ciarán Kilkenny and Cathal Cregg. They will address a variety of topics in a range of interactive sessions e.g. Fuelling Performance, Injury Prevention & Recovery, Juggling Demands - overall it promises to be a great day! Registration 9.30am to 4pm. All for FREE!!!!
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.
Condolences – To the Byrne family and especially Julieann Williamson and her family on the sad passing of their Dad Michael Byrne (Ballymore). Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.
Car parking – For those who use Blessington GAA Grounds the club has a REVERSE IN, DRIVE OUT policy.
Online shop – https://www.oneills.com/shop-by-team/gaa/ireland/blessington-gaa.html. Blessington GAA jackets with fleece lining available for €40. Contact Noreen 0872858375.
Remember to keep updated on what is happening in the Club log on www.blessingtongaa.ie and Blessington GAA on Facebook and on Twitter @blessingtongaa. If you wish to be on the Blessington GAA Supporters text list, please text your name to 085 1607808.