Club news 19 March 2018

DINNER DANCE Haven’t got your ticket yet for one of the social events of the year?By leaving it so late you are taking the risk of being disappointed.Indeed you may be, even at this stage, dependent on returns to get a ticket to Eire Ogs Dinner and Presentation Dance in Greystones Golf Club on Saturday night the 24th.

Comhgirdeachas and a big go raibh maith agaibh to the group of children and minders who turned out in such a great number to represent the club in all its diversity football, male and female, camgaocht and iomint in the St Patricks Day Parade.They certainly ensured, despite having to wear unseasonal hibernal clothes, that the clubs blue and white was given an eye-catching place in the parade.They deserve a medal for their hardiness in braving Saturdays most inclement weather.

One can but say Buochas le Dia for the Bray People as it was only through its good offices that one learned of our senior hurlers victory at home over Ardcloch from Cill Dara in their 2ndgame in the Leinster League.In a chance meeting with two of the teams mentors on Friday one felt obliged to question them on the omertine secrecy which seemed to have prevailed in relation to the fixture a criticism which unfortunately pertains to many of the activities within the club.In the event these mentors claimed to have done potential supporters a favour in having spared them the agony of spectating in the atrocious conditions under which the game was played.The match was not without its bizarre moment, a moment which in the light of the outcome could be looked on with some levity but had the result been otherwise might have given rise to quite a degree of controversy.

Eire Og had a half-time lead of 4 points and the signs were that a win was well within its grasp.Whistle blown for the resumption.Neither the ref nor the Eire Og players have noted the absence of the Eire Og goalie, Ger Whyte.The sliothar is won from the throw-in by the visitors.After a few rapid exchanges it finds its way into the hands of an unmarked forward in front of the unattended Greystones goals.Do thapaidh s an deis (he didnt look the gift horse in the mouth).Goal!!Entered in his notebook by the ref.Our lads objected on the grounds of fairness but it is highly questionable as to whether the rules were on their side.In any case the squabbling threw the Eire Og team into disarray and gave rise to a period of dominance by the Kildare men and they were soon on level terms.10 minutes into the half an inspirational save by Ger Whyte served to shake the Clocha Liatha lads out of their umbrage-induced lack of concentration and they regained the upper-hand which they held onto til the final whistle.

The Eire Og victory was ring-fenced when Ardcloch, ignoring the dictum play the whistle with respect to a borderline 65, took their eyes off the proverbial ball and allowed MOTM James Pooch Cranley in for an opportunistic goal.

The teams next game in this league is at home to fellow county men from Carnew on this Tuesday 20th at 8.30p.m.Carnew will present a formidable challenge as they have already accounted for Ballygarrett of Wexford (1-13 to 1-8) who beat ire g in the previous round.

FIXTURES At home: Minor v Arklow GB Wed. 21st7.30p.m.,Div.1A v Coolkenno Sun. 25th11a.m.Away: Div.3 v Lacken/Kilbride Sat. 31st5.00p.m.,Div.1A v AGB Sun. 1stApril 11a.m.

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