It is not often that it falls to ones lot to record victories by three of our adult teams in the same instalment of the Notes.First there was the lads win over Enniskerry in the Wicklow Hire Div.3 League 2-11 to 2-08.A very welcome bit of news as there appeared to have been a degree of precariousness in relation to the teams future.The existence of a solid competitive junior squad is a huge bonus to a club which fields a team at senior level.For, not only does it act as a feeder to that team but it also provides its peripheral members the chance of playing meaningful football (or hurling) and further it allows younger players with potential to gain the experience which they require in their progression to senior level.
One of the great footballing rivalries in the N.E. in the late 70s and early 80s and again in the noughties was that between Kilmac and Greystones (who can forget the shock our newly crowned intermediates got when they played Kilmac, for a NE trophy, shortly after the county final) was that between Kilmac and Greystones.Their encounters generated great excitement and, as another code would euphemistically have it, their fair share of handbags.Any of the on-field animosity was thankfully short lived.
Unfortunately if last Fridays game is anything to go by a gulf seems to have developed between the standards of the top teams in the clubs.Older Greystones supporters, while regretting the absence of the fire and brimstone of the games of yore, were on this occasion very pleased with what was a relatively facile win.It halted what threatened to be a freefall to the lower regions of the table.As it happens this win secures the teams Div.1A status for next season.
Our ladies continued on their winning ways in the league with their defeat last week of An Tochar in Roundwood.A tightly contested 1sthalf saw Eire Og enjoy a 4 point lead going into the break; it could have been a good deal greater but for the excellent goalkeeping of the local custodian who included among her many exploits the saving of 2 penalties.The 2ndperiod was an altogether different affair with Eire Og exercising such a degree of dominance that they were 14 points (6-12 to 3-7) ahead at the final whistle.
Katie Lawless was a live wire in the attack and contributed 2-2 to the scoreboard while Ciara Patrick in her forays from the half-back line scored 1-3.Shauna Dillane was most prominent among the defenders and Erin Wylie played a very effective nomadic role.Kerry Hamilton scored 2 well-taken goals and Megan Healy, who besides scoring 1-3, was hugely effective as a link between the defence and attack and was awarded the accolade of Player of the Match.
For team manager Ray McTague the highlight of the game was Wendela Zegersspectacular gymnastic roll out from a tackle.
The u-14 girls have been doing very well in their league and scored their 3rdwin on the trot (4-10 to 5-1) against the locals in Rathnew on Tuesday.
Our u-12 girls were not so lucky and lost their home game to Baltinglass Bs on Saturday afternoon 7-9 to 6-7. Eire Og were actually 4 points ahead at the break.This has to be rated as a very good performance from what is an inexperienced and physically light squad.The team is hugely dependent on 3 of its members viz. Sophia King, Camille Madden and Sophie Keddy who are the only girls with real experience having played on last years team.
COUNTY AFFAIRSIar-scolairi of Eire Ogs ladies football school are part of the county squad which contests the final of Div.4 of the All-Ireland League on Bank Holiday Monday at 2p.m. in Birr.
The opening rounds of the All-Ireland Championships are nearly upon us and Cill Mhantain teams will be in action the week-end after next; the hurlers in the Christy Ring Cup on Sat. 13thand the footballers in the Leinster Championship on Sun. 14th.As a build-up to these games the Coiste Chondae is having a Meet and Greet Your County Players evening in Ballinakill on Friday 4th6.30 to 8-00p.m. Your attendance would be a great and deserving boost to these dedicated lads.