Comhgairdeachas to Joe Prendergast (Templecarrig school), son of u-15 football mentor Maurice on winning a silver medal in the All-Ireland Schools Sports in Tullamore on Saturday last. Joe was showing another side of his sporting talent on the previous Friday evening when he was knocking in goals for Eire Og against An Tochar in an u-15 football match.
Congratulations are also due to three of our u-17 (minor) footballers, Daire Devine, Shaun Cranley and Fionn Caroll who all played their part in the countys recent comprehensive victory over Westmeath.
Plaudits also go to the Northern Gaels (Kilcoole/Eire Og) hurling Feile team who reached the final of their division in the Feile at the week-end.They were beaten by the Longford Slashers.
The Junior A footballers registered their 3rdvictory on the trot in Div.4 of the league.They defeated Hollywood 1-14 to 1-12.The progress of the team after what was an inauspicious start logistical factors forced it to give 2 walk-overs is very satisfying.
PEILNAMBANThe Eire Og adult ladies last and victorious outing in the league took them up to Newtown to play the locals.With their 3 wins and 2 losses the teams campaign has been reasonably successful.
Mna na Clocha Liatha made quite a fashion statement as they took to the field in their Cairn emblazoned pristine jerseys.As if inspired by same they were straight into action and before long the products of their efforts were being registered on the scoreboard.The 1stdigit appeared when Kelly Ann Hamilton found the net at the end of a well-executed movement involving Elaina Fusciardi and Katie Lawless.This was followed immediately by a point from Rachel Purcell.Lisa Murphys spectacular shot to the upper left hand corner from what might be judged an impossible angle was another highlight of the 1sthalf.
Thereafter for the remainder of the game Ellie ONeill, Katie Lawless and defender Sinad Kelly played a major part in keeping the scoreboard ticking over.
It was not as if Newtown was not making life difficult for their visitors but their tally was being kept to a minimum by the resolute defending of Wendela Zeigers, Shauna Dillane, Frances Dalligan, Shauna Allen, Andrea Hamilton (guesting from u-16s) and Claudia Randells.This win owed much to the mid-field dominance of Rachel Purcell and Kerry Ann Hamilton.The team does not have a dedicated net minder and the management was grateful to Ciara Patrick, who is a very effective outfield player, for having taken on the task.
Recently our u-14s played host to Baltinglass in the league.Going into the game they were fully aware of the difficult assignment they were facing.At that juncture not only were the visitors comfortable table-toppers but they were the winners of the B division of the County File.However r gcailn were not at all intimidated by Baltos reputation and in fact were relishing the challenge presenting itself.
That the Greystones girls had grounds for their positive attitude was apparent in the manner in which they took the game to the opposition from the throw-in and it would be fair to say that they were a little unfortunate to be 1-2 to 2-5 behind at the short whistle.In the 2ndperiod the Eire Og caiii really showed their mettle. From the off they had the westerners under severe pressure and outscored them 4-2 to 2-5 in the half.Indeed it could be said without bias that the hosts had their hot favourite visitors on the ropes when the referee blew his whistle to call an end to proceedings.
Scorers for Eire Og: Addie Smullen (2-1), Aisling Roche (2-0), Jayne Merren (1-2),Eva Skerritt (0-1).
They had another outing last Tues when they played An Tchar on their home patch.They led all the way in the game and were 6-7 to 2-3 at the final whistle.The 1sthalf was closely contested with the score at the break being 4-0 to 2-1.On Tuesday the teamplays its final game in the league against St Pats.
Team:Ella OReilly,Sophie Dallaghan, Eimear Ryan, Diana Clarke, Alisha Campbell, Ciara ONeill, Kim Gallagher, Aoife Skerritt, Maebh ONeill, Alannah Monaghan, Jayne Merren (2-1), Aisling Roche (3-2), Julia Rose OBrien, Ellen Phelan (1-0), Alex OBrien (0-3), Ellen Treacey (0-1), Sarah Doyle, Jasmine Reilly, Ella Byrne, Sophie Keddy.
Well done to the county girls, Div.4 league winners, who defeated Meath, Div.3 League finalists, in the 1stround of the Leinster Intermediate Championship before a large crowd in Roundwood.The team included 4 ex-Greystones players, Maedhbh Deeney, Lorna Fusciardi, Laurie Ahern and Aoife Gillen.
Camogaiocht is alive and active within the club at the moment and if the hugely impressive attendance at last Sats underage training session is anything to go by a very solid foundation is being laid for the sport in Eire Og.
The adult team participates in both the Dublin and Wicklow leagues. Recently it put up highly creditable performances against Kilcoole and Na Gaeil ga (played in the Phoenix Park). In these games our players showed themselves to be anything but shrinking violets.
U-16. our camgs at this level combine with Kilcoole.. Eire Ogs Jessica Mai Maxwell contributed 2-3 to the Cill Mhantain score in the countys recent victory overLouthin the final of the Leinster U-16C championship final.
U-14. 4 of our u-14s Emily, Bryana, Aisling, and Grace were on the Wicklow u-14 team which played in the recent Leinster blitz in Portlaois. Carlow beat Wicklow in the final.The u-14 team had a commendable win 5-0 to 2-2 over Arklow Rocks in Arklow with Sarah scoring 3goals and Aisling and Siobhan one each.
The u-12s had their 1stouting in the league against that nursery of the camn, Glenealy and showed themselves well capable of holding their own at this level.
U-8and U-10s have given a good account of themselves in blitzes in Kilcoole, Ballinacor and Ballinakill.