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WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 8th JANUARY 2012
The first team returned to league action at the weekend when they entertained Glebe North at The Whitegates, their last league fixture was way back on the 19th of November which resulted in their first defeat of the season but they have been unbeaten in cup competition since then. On Saturday they claimed a valuable three points with an impressive 3-0 win to move into third place in the league and to close within five points of leaders Bangor Celtic with five games in hand. Shane Cassidy who has five cup goals to his credit this season notched his first league goals of the season when he netted a brace, Ian Brannigan scored from the penalty spot for his second of the season. This was a good all round team performance and a very important victory which  keeps them in touch with the leaders.
Our second team returned to action and recorded a 1-1 draw with BBK Utd, Aidan Small scored from the penalty spot to earn them a share of the spoils which keeps them in the chase for a top four finish in their first season back in the premier division.
Both the third and youths teams had no games at the weekend.
In the coming weeks the first team have two big cup games, they travel to Tipperary to take on one of the pre tournament favourites St Michaels [last seasons beaten finalists] in  the last 32 of the FAI Junior Cup and then they entertain Dundrum Celtic at home in the last 32 of the Leinster Junior Cup, the club would like to wish the team the best of luck in both games.
The junior sides within the club should be back in full swing in the next week or two, hopefully the good weather over the last couple of weeks will hold up and we all get a good run of games.
Club gear is available from our club shop, if anyone wishes to purchase club gear you can contact Franny Copeland at 0872230063 or email him at fcopeland8@gmail.com . The following is a list of the gear and prices: Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Senior €12; Tracksuit-Junior €45, Senior €57; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Senior €28; Rain jacket-Junior €30, Senior €37; Hoodie-Junior €20, Senior €26. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rain jackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players initials free of charge if requested.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Gordon Fletcher who sadly passed away recently, Gordon managed Wicklow United before he moved to Canada, our thoughts are with the Fletcher and Murphy families at this sad time, May He Rest In Peace.
The club would also like to extend their sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Jordan Glannikis who sadly passed away over the Christmas, our thoughts are with you all at this sad time, May He Rest In Peace.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 15th JANUARY 2012
The first team made the long journey to Tipperary to take on last years beaten finalists St Michaels in the last 32 of the FAI Junior Cup, last year the lads played the same opposition in the last 16 and didn’t do themselves justice when they were defeated comprehensively. This time it was completely different and even though the lads lost narrowly by a score line of 2-1 they were more than a match for their opponents. Even when they fell behind and also lost influential midfielder Greg Dunne through injury, the spirit of this team saw them claw themselves back into the game and draw level when Shane Cassidy scored for the third successive game. From this point the game could have went either way with both sides having chances, with ten minutes to go St Michaels scored what proved to be the decisive goal. The lads can be proud of their performance against one of the country’s top junior sides and hopefully it will give them the confidence to push on in the league and the Leinster Junior Cup, well done lads. Everyone in the club would like to wish Greg Dunne a speedy recovery from a bad injury he picked up in the match, get well soon Greg.
The lads are back in National Cup  action next week when they entertain fellow Leinster Senior League side Dundrum Athletic next Saturday afternoon in the last 32 of the Leinster Junior Cup, kick off is 2 pm and all support would be welcome. If you have time next Saturday please come along to the Whitegates to cheer on this very young side and hopefully see them progress into the last 16.
Both the second and third teams were involved in second round Wicklow Cup action at the weekend and they had mixed fortunes. The second team had an excellent win away to Glenview FC in an all premier clash, goals from Kevin Coady, Mark O’Sullivan, Aidan O’Neill and Neil Doyle gave Tom Doyle’s charges a fantastic 4-0 victory and safe passage to the last 16.
The thirds travelled to Shillelagh to take on high flying Celtic Stars and went down on a 4-2 score line, Jay Waters and Andy Jameson hit the goals in a close encounter. The thirds are due to play the same opposition again next week in their divisional cup.
Our youths were away to Terenure FC in their first game back after the Christmas break and they defeated their hosts by three goals to two to claim all three points, leading scorer Cian Verney notched his eighth of the season, James Kavanagh is hot on his heels when he scored his seventh for the season while Dylan Corry scored his first goal of the season to complete their tally.
The junior sides within the club will be back in full swing next week, hopefully the good weather over the last couple of weeks will hold up and we all get a good run of games. The executive committee would like to wish all our junior players, managers and coaches the best of luck for the remainder of the season, enjoy your football.
Our soccer academy has resumed after the Christmas break, it is on every Saturday morning [weather permitting] in the Whitegates all weather pitch at 11 o’clock, so for fun and games while learning the skills of the game come to the Whitegates from 11 till 12 under the guidance of experienced coach Johnny Dunne. The academy is open to boys and girls from the age of three upwards.
Club gear is available from our club shop, if anyone wishes to purchase club gear you can contact Franny Copeland at 0872230063 or email him at fcopeland8@gmail.com . The following is a list of the gear and prices: Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Senior €12; Tracksuit-Junior €45, Senior €57; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Senior €28; Rain jacket-Junior €30, Senior €37; Hoodie-Junior €20, Senior €26. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rain jackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players initials free of charge if requested.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Paddy Orr who sadly passed away recently, our thoughts are with you at this sad time, May He Rest In Peace.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 22nd JANUARY 2012
The first team were in Leister Junior Cup action on Saturday afternoon, they took on Dundrum FC in the last 16 but unfortunately they didn’t perform to the high standard they have set themselves. They lost out on a 2-0 score line and now its back to the league action were they are in the running for the title. They currently are eight points behind league leaders Bangor Celtic with six games in hand so they will be hoping to get back to winning ways in the league.
The second team took on local rivals Wicklow Town at the weekend, it was a tough but fair encounter with both teams giving a hundred percent, the Town took the lead just before the break. The lads levelled the match ten minutes into the second period when Aidan Small slotted home from the penalty spot. At this point the lads had a period of pressure but failed to take two excellent chances that came their way and they were made to pay. With fourteen minutes left on the clock a defensive error gifted last years champions the lead, the Town added a third with five minutes remaining. Both teams were fully committed in a highly entertaining match.
The thirds took on Celtic Stars in the quarter final of the Thomas Scott Cup, the same opponents knocked them out of the Wicklow Cup last week. After a tight game with both defences on top through out neither side managed to breach their opponents defences with the game finishing 0-0 after extra time. On to the dreaded penalties and the lads were unlucky to lose out 4 penalties to 3.
Our youths continued their good form when they defeated Shankill FC away in a seven goal thriller winning 4-3. Ryan Bloomfield hit the back of the net three times and James Kavanagh added a single. This result keeps them in the mix at the top end of the league.
The under 11 girls team continued their good run when they were victorious for the fourth successive game, this time they comprehensively defeated St Josephs 10-2. Niamh Caffrey hit an excellent hat-trick to take her tally to thirteen for the season, the astonishing thing is all her goals have come in the last three matches, Emer McNulty and Lucy Dunne both helped themselves to a brace a piece while Michaela Dickenson and Sarah Evans added singles to complete the ten goal haul.
The under 13 girls made it eight wins from eight games when they defeated Park Celtic 2-0, Eve Christie and Aine Cahill scored the all important goals to preserve the team’s hundred percent record and for the seventh time this season the team recorded a clean sheet.
Our under 15 girls team won 4-2 away to Leixlip Utd, leading scorer Ami Collier hit a brace to take her total to nine for the season while Kayleigh Sullivan and Clodagh Fox both scored one a piece to claim an excellent three points away from home.
Two players made the hat-trick club this week, Ryan Bloomfield hit the back of the net three times for the youths in their thrilling 4-3 away win to Shankill FC while Niamh Caffrey scored her hat-trick for the under 11 girls in their 10-2 victory over St Josephs, well done Niamh and Ryan.
Our junior soccer academy is on every Saturday morning [weather permitting] in the Whitegates all weather pitch at 11 o’clock, so for fun and games while learning the skills of the game come to the Whitegates from 11 till 12 under the guidance of experienced coach Johnny Dunne. The academy is open to boys and girls from the age of three upwards.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Mary Turner who sadly passed away recently, our thoughts are with you all at this sad time, may she rest in peace.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 29th JANUARY 2012
The first team got back to winning ways when they resumed league action at the weekend, they entertained Belgrove last Saturday afternoon in the Whitegates and claimed all three points in a 2-1 victory. Darragh O’Donnell and Paul O’Neill scored the all important goals in a victory which moves the lads into fourth spot in the league and well in contention for the title. They now sit eight points behind leaders Bangor Celtic with five games in hand. They also have games in hand on second and third placed teams Tolka Rovers and Dublin Bus.
The second and youths teams saw their games become victims of the bad weather while the thirds were not down for a fixture.
There was only action for one of our girls teams at the weekend and that was the under 11’s, unfortunately they were comprehensively beaten by a very strong Enniskerry side in the second round of the cup, Jessica Lyons scored their lone goal.
The under 13’s girls game fell foul of the weather while the under 15’s received a walkover from Maynooth Town to progress to the third round of the cup.
On the schoolboys/girls section there was also limited action due to no allocated fixtures and other games falling to the bad weather. Our under 12A’s recorded a 6-1 away win against Enniskerry A, Eli Graham netted a splendid hat-trick while Luca Rampersaud, Patrick O’Keane and Ronan Murray all added singles. The 12B’s took all three points in an excellent away victory over Arklow Town B, Stuart Morgan and James Dean both scored two a piece in a 4-2 win. Our under 13B’s lost 8-2 at home to Wolfe Tone, they put up a great show in the first half when the trailed 3-2 at the break only for the away side to prove stronger in the second half. The highlight for the team was a brace of goals from Harrison Okungowhe.  The under 14A’s went down 3-2 away to Arklow Town A with Adam Copeland scoring a brace to bring his tally to seven for the season.
Wicklow Rovers AFC promote soccer for schoolboys/girls, youths and seniors in the community, our club is growing all the time and any assistance with the help of running the club would be very much appreciated. At present we have a very hard working committee but we are always on the look out for people interested in helping out, the club are always on the look out for people who are interested in getting involved in soccer, whether its coaching and managing or on the executive committee or a sub committee, maybe you would just like to help as an assistant manager, help with fundraising or help just around the grounds or in anyway at all, don’t hesitate, get involved, anyone interested in helping out the club in anyway can contact any committee member or email club secretary Gerry Doyle at wicklow.rovers5@gmail.com
With the limited amount of games at the weekend we only had the one player in the hat-trick club this week and that honour fell to under 12A player Eli Graham who hit an excellent three goals away to Enniskerry A in his side’s 6-1 victory, well done Eli.
Our junior soccer academy is on every Saturday morning [weather permitting] in the Whitegates all weather pitch at 11 o’clock, so for fun and games while learning the skills of the game come to the Whitegates from 11 till 12 under the guidance of experienced coach Johnny Dunne. The academy is open to boys and girls from the age of three upwards.
Club gear is available from our club shop, if anyone wishes to purchase club gear you can contact Franny Copeland at 0872230063 or email him at fcopeland8@gmail.com . The following is a list of the gear and prices: Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Senior €12; Tracksuit-Junior €45, Senior €57; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Senior €28; Rain jacket-Junior €30, Senior €37; Hoodie-Junior €20, Senior €26. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rain jackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players initials free of charge if requested.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 5th FEBRUARY 2012
The first team took on Cherry Orchard at the Whitegates on Saturday afternoon, their opponents are the only team to defeat the lads in league action this season so far. On a day when conditions were not ideal for football it was the visitors who were first to threaten, in a first half of limited chances it was the Orchard who went in front when they converted one of the very few clear cut chances to go in at the break one nil up. The second half saw the lads get forward more without testing the away keeper but all the time the away side looked dangerous on the break. With thirteen minutes remaining on the clock second half substitute Ken Doyle swung in an excellent cross from the right wing which Paul O’Neill squared to Darragh O’Donnell who slotted home the equaliser. In a tight game the lads had two excellent chances in the dying minutes but both Luke Byrne and Jim Foley were denied. This was a good point from a game which at one stage looked like drifting away from them.
The premier team had no game while the third team suffered a disappointing 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Roundwood with Jonathan Dunne scoring the goal. Our youths went down 3-1 to Rathnew, Ryan Bloomfield scoring the goal.
The under 11 girls received a walkover from Cloghertown Utd. The 13’s made it nine wins from nine games when they defeated Balrath 4-0, Rioghna McGettigan brought her tally for the season to seven when she netted a brace while Kate Hennessy and Eve Christie added singles to retain their one hundred percent record. The under 15 girls match was cancelled.
Everyone at the club would like to congratulate former player Davy O’Sullivan on being short listed for the honour of Ireland’s junior player of the year, Davy has been nominated in the final three and has being invited to attend the FAI International Awards on Sunday the 26 th February, the awards banquet will be televised live from RTE Studios in Donnybrook that evening starting at 6pm. His performances with the club in last season’s FAI and Leinster Junior cups saw him gain an international call up to the Republic of Ireland junior side where he went on to be one of the key figures in the Irish team’s magnificent journey in the European Regions Championship in Portugal. He played a major part in helping the team reach the final, scoring a couple of goals on the way. On route to the final they drew with Turkey while defeating both Serbia and Russia, incidentally it was Davy’s winning goal against Russia which saw them progress to the final where they were unlucky to lose out to hosts Portugal. This is a great achievement and recognition of a lot of hard work from Davy. Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to wish you the best of luck on the night while also congratulating you on your nomination, this is a truly well deserved honour for a player who turned in excellent performances week in week out for club and country, well done Davy from everyone at Wicklow Rovers.
We had one player in the hat-trick club this week and what a performance it was, Eoin McAulay hit an excellent double hat-trick for the under 14A’s in their 9-0 win at home to St Anthonys, six goals in one game was a great achievement, well done Eoin.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Frank Marron who sadly passed away recently, our thoughts are with you all at this sad time, may he rest in peace.
Club gear is available from our club shop, if anyone wishes to purchase club gear you can contact Franny Copeland at 0872230063 or email him at fcopeland8@gmail.com . The following is a list of the gear and prices: Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Senior €12; Tracksuit-Junior €45, Senior €57; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Senior €28; Rain jacket-Junior €30, Senior €37; Hoodie-Junior €20, Senior €26. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rain jackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players initials free of charge if requested.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 12th FEBRUARY ‘12
Well it wasn’t a good weekend for action on the playing front with the weather proving to be the winner, the first team’s match away to Phoenix FC on Friday night did manage to get played and the lads secured all three points with a valuable 2-1 victory. In a good solid team performance Paul O’Neill bagged a brace to bring his tally to eight for the season and ensured they keep the pressure on Tolka Rovers and Bangor Celtic who are above them in the league. This result means they are now four points behind league leaders Bangor Celtic with four games in hand and three points behind second placed Tolka Rovers with three games in hand.
The only other game to escape the weather in the club was the under 9C’s match away to Arklow United and what a game it was, the lads came out the right side in a nine goal thriller winning 5-4. Christopher Bouchier hit a magnificent hat-trick [his third hat-trick of the season] to bring his tally to nineteen for the season and Sam Brown added a brace in a splendid game of football.
As you can see from above we had one player in the hat-trick club this week and that honour fell to Christopher Bouchier who notched his third hat-trick of the season for the under 9C’s in their 5-4 away win against Arklow United, this brings his total to nineteen for the season, well done Christopher.
The club recently won a new set of jerseys in a draw sponsored by The Star newspaper, anyone who was collecting master heads from the paper for the club can hand them in to any committee member, alternatively you can give them to any team manager in the club, the master heads have to be returned by Wednesday [today] the 15th February as there is a deadline to claim the jerseys, a big thanks to everyone for your help.
Wicklow Rovers AFC promote soccer for schoolboys/girls, youths and seniors in the community, our club is growing all the time and any assistance with the help of running the club would be very much appreciated. At present we have a very hard working committee but we are always on the look out for people interested in helping out, the club are always on the look out for people who are interested in getting involved in soccer, whether its coaching and managing or on the executive committee or a sub committee, maybe you would just like to help as an assistant manager, help with fundraising or help just around the grounds or in anyway at all, don’t hesitate, get involved, anyone interested in helping out the club in anyway can contact any committee member or email club secretary Gerry Doyle at wicklow.rovers5@gmail.com
Our junior soccer academy is on every Saturday morning [weather permitting] in the Whitegates all weather pitch at 11 o’clock, so for fun and games while learning the skills of the game come to the Whitegates from 11 till 12 under the guidance of experienced coach Johnny Dunne. The academy is open to boys and girls from the age of three upwards.
Club gear is available from our club shop, if anyone wishes to purchase club gear you can contact Franny Copeland at 0872230063 or email him at fcopeland8@gmail.com . The following is a list of the gear and prices: Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Senior €12; Tracksuit-Junior €45, Senior €57; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Senior €28; Rain jacket-Junior €30, Senior €37; Hoodie-Junior €20, Senior €26. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rain jackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players initials free of charge if requested.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 19th FEBRUARY ‘12
The first team took on Crumlin United at the Whitegates on Saturday afternoon in what was a crucial clash between two inform sides with both sides having their sights set firmly on the title. Even though the away side had the better clear cut chances in the first period it was Rovers who went in at the break leading by a goal to nil. The all important goal was a cracker from Luke Byrne after only four minutes. Things got even better two minutes after the break when Luke Byrne hit a screamer from the edge of the area to make it 2-0. In the fifty third minute Rovers conceded a sloppy goal to let the visitors back in the game and thing got worse two minutes later when the ref awarded what looked a soft penalty which Crumlin converted despite the initial kick been saved by Arthur Delahunt. Crumlin were on top at this point but the introduction of Ken Doyle and Greg Dunne seem to give Rovers a new lease of life. Rovers added two goals in the final ten minutes, Shane Cassidy got his ninth goal of the season when he headed home from a corner while Luke Byrne completed his hat-trick when he got on the end of a long throw from Ken Doyle to lob the advancing keeper to seal the three points. Arthur Delahunt, Paul Alexander, Shane Cassidy and Luke Byrne were all impressive in a game which Rovers never reached the high standard they have set for themselves. Taking everything into account and the strong visitors side this hopefully will prove to be a valuable three points come the end of the season, the lads leapfrogged Crumlin in the table to go into second place a point behind leaders Bangor Celtic with three games in hand, [see club website for full match report].
The second team were convincingly defeated by our neighbours Wicklow Town in the quarter final of the Premier Shield losing out on a 3-0 score line, good luck to the Town in the semi final.
Our third team hit six past Ballywaltrim FC in a 6-2 home win, Paddy Clarke hit his second hat-trick of the season to bring his total to fourteen for the season while Liam Theobald, Jay Waters and John Flood all added singles.
Our youths side took on league and cup favourites Arklow Town away in the first round of the cup, they put in a great performance and can count themselves unlucky to lose out by the odd goal in a five goal thriller. James Kavanagh notched his ninth of the season and Simon Bouchier hit his first goal since returning to the club to account for Rovers goals.
Our three girls teams were in action over the weekend, the under 11’s defeated Enniskerry by a score of 4-1 with Jessica Lyons hitting a hat-trick and Sarah Evans scoring the other. The under 13’s lost 5-1 to Shelbourne with Eleanor Dunne scoring their lone goal. The under 15’s had a great win against Properous FC winning 6-0, Chloe Brennan notched a superb hat-trick, Alicia O’Rourke scored a brace while Jade Manley netted a single.
There was five players in the hat-trick club this week, first up was Luke Byrne who hit three wonderful strikes for the first team in their 4-2 win against Crumlin Utd in a top of the table clash, next up was Conor Hunter who netted three against Greystones Utd B for the under 9B’s, Paddy Clarke fired his hat-trick for the third team in their 6-2 victory over Ballywaltrim. Two girls hit hat-tricks at the weekend, Jessica Lyons scored three for the  under 11’s in their 4-1 win away to Enniskerry and Chloe Brennan  hit the back of the net three times for the under 15’s in their 6-0 win over Properous FC, well done Luke, Conor, Paddy, Jessica and Chloe.   
A small minority of players within the club have still to pay their club membership, as the membership is long overdue and all players concerned have been approached on several occasions as well as ten registration nights been held prior to Christmas we think as a club we have been more than fair and understanding. As you can appreciate we have a small committee and our resources could be of more benefit to the club than constantly pursuing unpaid membership, if you are one of those players who haven’t paid their membership the club would be grateful if you would contact any committee member regarding this issue as soon as possible. The committee will hold a meeting at the end of the month to discuss the next course of action.
The club would like to thank all the people who recently collected tokens from the Daily Star for the club to receive a new set of jerseys which we won as the result of a nation wide competion, we should receive the jerseys in the next few weeks, many thanks again.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 26th FEBRUARY ‘12
The first team took on Belgrove in the first round of the Lanigan Cup on Saturday at the Whitegates, this was always going to be a tough tie as the visitors have won this trophy for the last two years. It was Belgrove who got off to a flyer when they took the lead in the ninth minute, Rovers replied immediately when Paul O’Neill equalised four minutes later for his ninth goal of the season. The remainder of the half was tight with very few clear cut chances. The lads stepped up the pace in the second period and created chance after chance. In the fifty ninth minute Luke Byrne fired home a spectacular effort from the edge of the area to put Rovers 2-1 up and what in the end proved to be the winner. With the amount of chances they created in the second half the lads should have made this a lot easier for themselves but the main thing is they have progressed to round two. Full match report on club website.
Our second team were away to Newtown Utd B in the first round of the Bishop Cup, the lads put in a solid team performance to record a 3-1 win in what was a potential banana skin, goals from Darren Kane, Kevin Coady and David Condron ensured a safe passage to the second round for Tom Doyle’s charges.
The third team were unlucky to bow out of the Bishop Cup when the lost out to Conary Utd, nothing could separate the two teams after ninety minutes and after extra time both sides remained deadlocked, the game ended 2-2 with Jason Waters scoring both Rovers goals. The lads eventually lost out by a score of 4-2 in the dreaded penalty shootout.
All three girls teams were in action over the weekend, firstly the under 11’s went down 6-2 to a strong Terenure team, Amy Kavanagh notched a brace for her first goals of the season. The under 13’s lost 2-0 at home to Ratoath which is only their second defeat in the league from eleven games, winning the other nine. The under 15’s travelled to Maynooth and came home with a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw to extend their unbeaten run to five games, Jade Manley hit the back of the net for the second successive game for her third goal of the season while Amy Healy scored her first of the season to earn them a point.
Congratulations to our under 12A’s, 12B’s,14A’s and 16A’s on winning in their respective cup semi finals over the weekend, the 12A’s had an excellent 4-0 away win over Greystones Utd A, the 12B’s defeated Arklow Town B 4-2 in the Whitegates, our 14A’s recorded a comfortable 7-0 victory away to Greystones Utd A while the 16A’s beat the 16B’s 3-1 at the Whitegates, good luck to you all in the finals. Hard luck to our 16B’s who lost out to the 16A’s.
The club are running an Easter Soccer Fun camp from Tuesday 10 th April to Friday 13 th April in the Whitegates, the cost of the camp is €40, the camp is open to both boys and girls, it will run from 10 am to 3 pm each day. For further information on the camp and how to register please contact Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706 or John Frazer at 087-0564394.  
Wicklow Rovers AFC promote soccer for schoolboys/girls, youths and seniors in the community, our club is growing all the time and any assistance with the help of running the club would be very much appreciated. At present we have a very hard working committee but we are always on the look out for people interested in helping out, the club are always on the look out for people who are interested in getting involved in soccer, whether its coaching and managing or on the executive committee or a sub committee, maybe you would just like to help as an assistant manager, help with fundraising or help just around the grounds or in anyway at all, don’t hesitate, get involved, anyone interested in helping out the club in anyway can contact any committee member or email club secretary Gerry Doyle at wicklow.rovers5@gmail.com  
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to express their deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Henry Purdy who sadly passed away recently, Henry’s son Luke plays with our under 14B team, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time, may he rest in peace.
Also everyone at the club would like to pass on their sincere sympathies to St Anthonys under 10 manager Fergal O’Neill on the sad passing of his brother Padraig, our thoughts and prayers are with Fergal and his family at this sad time, may he rest in peace.  
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 4th MARCH 2012
The first team had a set back in their quest for the title when they crashed to a heavy defeat away to one of their title rivals Tolka Rovers. They lost out on a 4-0 score line and it was a game they never got going in, they are still well in the hunt for the league lying in fourth place three points behind new leaders Tolka with four games in hand. Crumlin are two points ahead playing three games more while Bangor are third a point ahead but having played two games more so it is still in the lads own hands but the margin for error is getting slimmer.
Our premier team took on Fassaroe YC away in the second round of the Bishop Cup and came away with a solid 2-0 win, leading scorer Aidan Small set them on their way with his eighth of the season and Sean Tobin notched the second to safely see them through to round three.
The third team went down 3-2 away to Charlesland AFC, first team coach James Macklin scored the first with Craig Jameson getting the second. The youths game was off.
The hat-trick club was over flowing with contributors this week with no fewer than six players in the club hitting the back of the net three times. First up was Leo DeCourcy who netted three excellent goals for the under 8B’s in their 3-2 home win over Ardmore Rovers E. Next we had Shane Devlin and Rian Dwyer who both play for the 13A’s hitting three a piece in their sides comprehensive 12-0 win away to Avonmore as they chase the division one title. Colin O’Toole scored three for the 14A’s as they battle for the premier title in their 8-0 home victory over Greystones United A. In the same league Rian Sweetman Burke hit his hat-trick against Arklow United but his side were unlucky to lose 4-3. Finally Kieran Bloomfield notched his third hat-trick of the season for the 15A’s as they won 6-0 in their final league game away to Arklow Town A and finish as runners up in the premier for the second successive season, well done to Leo, Shane, Rian, Colin, Rian and Kieran.
The club are running an Easter Soccer Fun camp from Tuesday 10 th April to Friday 13 th April in the Whitegates, the cost of the camp is €40, the camp is open to both boys and girls, we are going to have a girls only section in the camp, it will run from 10 am to 3 pm each day. For further information on the camp and how to register please contact Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706 or John Frazer at 087-0564394.
Wicklow Rovers AFC promote soccer for schoolboys/girls, youths and seniors in the community, our club is growing all the time and any assistance with the help of running the club would be very much appreciated. At present we have a very hard working committee but we are always on the look out for people interested in helping out, the club are always on the look out for people who are interested in getting involved in soccer, whether its coaching and managing or on the executive committee or a sub committee, maybe you would just like to help as an assistant manager, help with fundraising or help just around the grounds or in anyway at all, don’t hesitate, get involved, anyone interested in helping out the club in anyway can contact any committee member or email club secretary Gerry Doyle at wicklow.rovers5@gmail.com
Club gear is available from our club shop, if anyone wishes to purchase club gear you can contact Franny Copeland at 0872230063 or email him at fcopeland8@gmail.com . The following is a list of the gear and prices: Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Senior €12; Tracksuit-Junior €45, Senior €57; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Senior €28; Rain jacket-Junior €30, Senior €37; Hoodie-Junior €20, Senior €26. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rain jackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players initials free of charge if requested.
Our junior soccer academy is on every Saturday morning [weather permitting] in the Whitegates all weather pitch at 11 o’clock, so for fun and games while learning the skills of the game come to the Whitegates from 11 till 12 under the guidance of experienced coach Johnny Dunne. The academy is open to boys and girls from the age of three upwards.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 11th MARCH 2012
After last weeks disappointing result the first team got their assault on the title back on track, they entertained Bluebell Utd at the Whitegates on Saturday afternoon and recorded a 2-1 victory. Gareth Murphy set them on their way with an early goal and then Luke Byrne hit a cracker from the edge of the area to make it 2-0 which they held to the break, the visitors were reduced to ten men just before the interval. Twenty minutes into the second period Bluebell had another player dismissed but this only seem to spur them on and they pulled a goal back to make the closing stages uneasy for the home side but in truth the lads had a couple of chances to put the game totally beyond the visitors. After this result they move up to third in the league ahead of long time leaders Bangor Celtic. Tolka Rovers lead the way on 33 points from 18 games, Crumlin Utd are second on 32 points from 17 games and then the lads on 30 points from 14 games.
The second team had no game at the weekend. The third team travelled to take on Aughrim Rangers who were a point behind them in the table, a goal a piece from Jay Waters and Sean Tobin gave them a 2-0 win but it was the outstanding performance by second team manager Tom Doyle as a stand in keeper which was the talking point of this game, he pulled off some excellent saves to earn the man of the match and his display went a big way to securing all three points.
Our under 15 girls team were not involved in action at the weekend but the under 11’s and 13’s both played with both matches ending in draws, first the 11’s earned a share of the spoils with Shankill FC in a 1-1 draw with Niamh Caffrey notching her fourteenth goal of the season. The under 13’s took on Shelbourne who they lost out to on a score line of 5-1 a couple of weeks ago but this time it was totally different. As scoreless draws go this was one of the most entertaining you would see, it was end to end with both teams giving a hundred percent, a cracking game by all accounts and a well deserved result for the girls.
Congratulations to our under 13A team who won the division one title at the weekend, they defeated Wolfe Tone B 5-0 away on Saturday, Shane Devlin hit a splendid hat-trick and Matthew Traynor added a brace to claim all three points to secure the title. Their record read played 12, won 10 [including 2 walkovers against Roundwood], drew 1 and lost 1, they scored 50 goals and conceded 11, once again congratulations and well done to Rene, Mark and the lads.
Only one player in the hat-trick club this week and what an important one it was, Shane Devlin netted three times away to Wolfe Tone B for the under 13A’s in a 5-0 win which secured them the division one title, congratulations Shane.
The club are running an Easter Soccer Fun camp from Tuesday 10th April to Friday 13th April in the Whitegates, the cost of the camp is €40, the camp is open to both boys and girls within Wicklow Rovers and outside the club, everyone is welcome, we are going to have a girls only section in the camp, it will run from 10 am to 3 pm each day. For further information on the camp and how to register please contact Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706 or John Frazer at 087-0564394.
As a lot of you have probably noticed work has begun on the perimeter fence around the Whitegates and we hope to have it completed over the next couple of weeks. The club are sorry for any inconvience it may cause to club members but when the job is complete it will give us more security for our club grounds and give us the potential to further improve our grounds.
Club gear is available from our club shop, if anyone wishes to purchase club gear you can contact Franny Copeland at 0872230063 or email him at fcopeland8@gmail.com . The following is a list of the gear and prices: Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Senior €12; Tracksuit-Junior €45, Senior €57; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Senior €28; Rain jacket-Junior €30, Senior €37; Hoodie-Junior €20, Senior €26. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rain jackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players initials free of charge if requested.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 18th MARCH 2012
All football was off at the weekend due to St Patrick’s Day but one game that did take place last week was played on Thursday night, the first team travelled to Balbriggan  to take on Glebe North as they continued their pursuit of the league title. The lads showed great spirit to come back after going a goal down to win the game 2-1 in a tight encounter. Shane Cassidy and Ken Doyle scored the all important goals which earned them three valuable points. Its getting very tight at the top now with two points separating the top four teams. The lads have now moved joint top with Tolka Rovers, the table reads Wicklow Rovers 33 points from 15 games, Tolka Rovers 33 points from 18 games, Crumlin United 32 points from 17 games and Bangor Celtic 31 points from 17 games. With seven games remaining the lads have it in their own hands, every game will be like a cup tie. Everyone at the club would like to wish them the best of luck in their remaining games.
The club are running an Easter Soccer Fun camp from Tuesday 10 th April to Friday 13 th April in the Whitegates, the cost of the camp is €40, the camp is open to both boys and girls within Wicklow Rovers and outside the club, everyone is welcome, we are going to have a girls only section in the camp, it will run from 10 am to 3 pm each day. For further information on the camp and how to register please contact Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706 or John Frazer at 087-0564394.
The club are running their annual sponsored walk on Sunday the 25 th of March, it will start at the club grounds in the Whitegates at 3.30 pm. So to all club members get those walking shoes on and lets get walking. Everyone is welcome on the walk and if anyone would like to help out on the day it would be very much appreciated.
As a lot of you have probably noticed work has begun on the perimeter fence around the Whitegates and we hope to have it completed over the next couple of weeks. The club are sorry for any inconvience it may cause to club members but when the job is complete it will give us more security for our club grounds and give us the potential to further improve our grounds.
Club gear is available from our club shop, if anyone wishes to purchase club gear you can contact Franny Copeland at 0872230063 or email him at fcopeland8@gmail.com . The following is a list of the gear and prices: Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Senior €12; Tracksuit-Junior €45, Senior €57; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Senior €28; Rain jacket-Junior €30, Senior €37; Hoodie-Junior €20, Senior €26. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rain jackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players initials free of charge if requested.
Our junior soccer academy is on every Saturday morning [weather permitting] in the Whitegates all weather pitch at 11 o’clock, so for fun and games while learning the skills of the game come to the Whitegates from 11 till 12 under the guidance of experienced coach Johnny Dunne. The academy is open to boys and girls from the age of three upwards.
Wicklow Rovers AFC promote soccer for schoolboys/girls, youths and seniors in the community, our club is growing all the time and any assistance with the help of running the club would be very much appreciated. At present we have a very hard working committee but we are always on the look out for people interested in helping out, the club are always on the look out for people who are interested in getting involved in soccer, whether its coaching and managing or on the executive committee or a sub committee, maybe you would just like to help as an assistant manager, help with fundraising or help just around the grounds or in anyway at all, don’t hesitate, get involved, anyone interested in helping out the club in anyway can contact any committee member or email club secretary Gerry Doyle at wicklow.rovers5@gmail.com  
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 25th MARCH 2012
The first team suffered a narrow defeat away to one of their title rivals Bangor Celtic at the weekend, in a close encounter it was the Dublin side that came out on top by one goal to nil. It shows how close this league is when Bangor who were in fourth place prior to the game jumped to the top of the table as a result of this win. One of our other rivals Tolka Rovers also lost at the weekend The last few weeks of the season are going to be exciting and every game will be very important with any of the top four capable of winning the league. The table now reads Bangor Celtic 34 points from 18 games; Tolka Rovers 33 points from 19 games; Wicklow Rovers 33 points from 16 games and Crumlin United 32 points from 17 games.
The second team made a disappointing exit from the Wicklow Cup when they went down 1-0 at home to Arklow Town B.
The youths lost 3-1 away to Blessington with Evan O’Meara getting the lone goal.
In girls soccer, the under 11’s had no game while the under 13’s earned a very good point away to Ratoath in a 1-1 draw. They lost 2-0 at home to the same opposition a couple of weeks ago so this would have been a good result with Kate Hennessy getting the all important goal. An under strength under 15 team went down 4-1 in the second round of the Irish Rail Cup to Templeogue, Kayleigh Sullivan scored the Rovers goal.
As everyone knows one of the most prestige competitions in schoolboy soccer is the Kennedy Cup, early on in the season trials for the under 14 county team got underway and have been ongoing ever since all the way through the winter months. In the last week the squad of twenty was finalised to represent the county and its great news for the club that we had four players selected. Adam Copeland, Eoin McAulay, Oisin Daunt Smyth and Hugh Humby have to be congratulated on their selection, its an honour for them, their parents and the club. The club would like to take this chance to wish all four players the best of luck when the competition comes round and congratulations once again. To all the other players who just missed out keep the head up, train hard and keep performing week in, week out as you never know when an opportunity might a rise to gain another chance.
The club are running an Easter Soccer Fun camp from Tuesday 10 th April to Friday 13 th April in the Whitegates, the cost of the camp is €40, the camp is open to both boys and girls within Wicklow Rovers and outside the club, everyone is welcome, we are going to have a girls only section in the camp, it will run from 10 am to 3 pm each day. For further information on the camp and how to register please contact Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706 or John Frazer at 087-0564394.
Wicklow Rovers AFC promote soccer for schoolboys/girls, youths and seniors in the community, our club is growing all the time and any assistance with the help of running the club would be very much appreciated. At present we have a very hard working committee but we are always on the look out for people interested in helping out, the club are always on the look out for people who are interested in getting involved in soccer, whether its coaching and managing or on the executive committee or a sub committee, maybe you would just like to help as an assistant manager, help with fundraising or help just around the grounds or in anyway at all, don’t hesitate, get involved, anyone interested in helping out the club in anyway can contact any committee member or email club secretary Gerry Doyle at wicklow.rovers5@gmail.com  
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to express their sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Ger Ronan who sadly passed away recently, Ger had a lot of friends within the club, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time, may he rest in peace.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 1st APRIL 2012
The first team moved into second place in the league at the weekend when they drew 1-1 with Wayside Celtic but in truth they should have claimed all three points, they led 1-0 going into the dying seconds when they conceded the equaliser. In a game of very few clear cut chances the lads took the lead early in the second half when Dara Verney coolly slotted the ball home. Rovers were in control of the game at this stage with Greg Dunne and Paul O’Neill impressive through out but then with a couple of minutes left on the clock the lads failed to clear the ball in their own six yard box and the ball was deflected over the line for the equaliser. This result leaves them in second place three points behind leaders Bangor Celtic with two games in hand.
The seconds took on neighbours Wicklow Town in the quarter finals of the Bishop Cup and were unlucky to lose out on a dreaded penalty shootout, the game ended 1-1 after extra time with David Rowan scoring the goal.
The third team defeated Seaview Wanderers by two goals to one with Jim Foley and Niall O’Rourke netting the goals while the under 18’s drew 2-2 away to Ardmore Rovers with Cian Verney and James Kavanagh hitting the back of the net.
The under 11 girls went down 5-2 to Terenure, Amy Kavanagh doubled her season’s tally notching a brace to take her tally to four for the season. The under 13’s had a comprehensive 12-0 win against Maynooth Town, the stand out performance in this game was an outstanding double hat-trick from Rioghna McGettigan to take her total to nineteen for the season, Tess Haskins scored a brace while Eve Christie, Clarisse Broughan, Kate Hennessy and Eleanor Dunne all scored singles to complete the twelve goal haul.
We had two players in the hat-trick club this week and that honour fell to Niall Donnelly who netted a brilliant three goals for the under 16A team in their nine goal thriller with Wolfe Tone in the premier shield which they won on a 5-4 score line but the performance of the week came from Rioghna McGettigan who netted an amazing double hat-trick for the under 13 girls in their 12-0 victory over Maynooth Town, Rioghna’s excellent six goal haul took her total for the season to nineteen, well done Niall and Rioghna.
The club are running an Easter Soccer Fun camp from Tuesday 10 th April to Friday 13 th April in the Whitegates, the cost of the camp is €40, the camp is open to both boys and girls within Wicklow Rovers and outside the club, everyone is welcome, we are going to have a girls only section in the camp, it will run from 10 am to 3 pm each day. For further information on the camp and how to register please contact Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706 or John Frazer at 087-0564394.
Wicklow Rovers AFC promote soccer for schoolboys/girls, youths and seniors in the community, our club is growing all the time and any assistance with the help of running the club would be very much appreciated. At present we have a very hard working committee but we are always on the look out for people interested in helping out, the club are always on the look out for people who are interested in getting involved in soccer, whether its coaching and managing or on the executive committee or a sub committee, maybe you would just like to help as an assistant manager, help with fundraising or help just around the grounds or in anyway at all, don’t hesitate, get involved, anyone interested in helping out the club in anyway can contact any committee member or email club secretary Gerry Doyle at wicklow.rovers5@gmail.com
Club gear is available from our club shop, if anyone wishes to purchase club gear you can contact Franny Copeland at 0872230063 or email him at fcopeland8@gmail.com . The following is a list of the gear and prices: Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Senior €12; Tracksuit-Junior €45, Senior €57; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Senior €28; Rain jacket-Junior €30, Senior €37; Hoodie-Junior €20, Senior €26. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rain jackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players initials free of charge if requested.  
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 8th APRIL 2012
It was very quiet on the playing field over the weekend with the complete WDSL closed for the Easter weekend, on the senior end of things the second team played away to Richmond Rovers on Friday night and ended up with a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Mark O’Sullivan notched his fourth goal of the season to earn them a point.
The third team had a fantastic win against league leaders Ashford Rovers at the Whitegates on Sunday, they claimed all three points with a very good 3-1 victory. Sean Tobin set them on their way before Paddy Clarke fired home his fifteenth of the season, Jonathan Dunne netted the third in a good all round team performance. The youths and first team had no games at the weekend.
Wicklow Rovers AFC promote soccer for schoolboys/girls, youths and seniors in the community, our club is growing all the time and any assistance with the help of running the club would be very much appreciated. At present we have a very hard working committee but we are always on the look out for people interested in helping out, the club are always on the look out for people who are interested in getting involved in soccer, whether its coaching and managing or on the executive committee or a sub committee, maybe you would just like to help as an assistant manager, help with fundraising or help just around the grounds or in anyway at all, don’t hesitate, get involved, anyone interested in helping out the club in anyway can contact any committee member or email club secretary Gerry Doyle at wicklow.rovers5@gmail.com
Club gear is available from our club shop, if anyone wishes to purchase club gear you can contact Franny Copeland at 0872230063 or email him at fcopeland8@gmail.com . The following is a list of the gear and prices: Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Senior €12; Tracksuit-Junior €45, Senior €57; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Senior €28; Rain jacket-Junior €30, Senior €37; Hoodie-Junior €20, Senior €26. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rain jackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players initials free of charge if requested.
Our junior soccer academy is on every Saturday morning [weather permitting] in the Whitegates all weather pitch at 11 o’clock, so for fun and games while learning the skills of the game come to the Whitegates from 11 till 12 under the guidance of experienced coach Johnny Dunne. The academy is open to boys and girls from the age of three upwards.  
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers would like to congratulate Marc and Paula Gill on the birth of baby Charlie, congratulations to you both.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 15th APRIL 2012
The first team travelled to take on Mount Merrion last Saturday and were unlucky not to claim all three points, leading 2-1 going into the dying minutes they conceded a late equaliser. Ian Brannigan scored Rovers first goal with leading scorer Shane Cassidy firing home the second for his eleventh of the season. It is as you were at the top with leaders Bangor Celtic also been held to a draw, Crumlin dropped points when they lost at home to bottom of the table Belgrove. With four games remaining the lads are in second place three points behind with two games in hand.
The second team lost out to title chasing Arklow Town last week on a 3-2 score line, on the night luck didn’t go their way. Darren Pierce and Ken Doyle scored the goals.
The under 18’s lost to Arklow Town on a 1-0 score line.
The under 13 girls drew 2-2 with Balbriggan FC, leading scorer Rioghna McGettigan hit her fourteenth goal of the season and Eleanor Dunne notched her third to earn them a share of the spoils. The under 15 girls narrowly lost at home to Broadford by one goal to nil.
In the hat-trick club this week we had Glen Broughan who scored his second hat-trick of the season for the under 8A’s against Enniskerry in a 10-3 win, in the same game Conor Luddy also hit three goals while Keith Carty nabbed three for the under 11A’s in their 6-3 cup defeat to Ardmore Rovers A. Well done Glen, Conor and Keith.  
As we all know it is easy to turn out week in week out when your winning but cast a thought to the teams who turn out week after week and are soundly defeated, well I think this week in our club notes a special mention has to go to our under 13B team, week after week this team have been well beaten suffering some heavy defeats on the way. Their enthusiasm and spirit for the game has never faltered, in their previous fifteen games they never registered a victory or even a draw but they still turn out for training and matches and all their hard work was rewarded last Tuesday night when they recorded their first victory of the season, they defeated Ashford Rovers 5-0 with a brace of goals from James Lewins and singles from Tiernan O’Neill, Harry Curley and Ben Griffin. A lot of credit has to be given to this group of players for their commitment in turning out every week, also with the constant encouragement from manager Rob O’Neill and his assistants Gordon Bradshaw and Gerry Lewins this team well deserved a change of fortune. The work Rob, Gordon and Gerry are doing with the team has been excellent. Well done Rob, Gordon, Gerry and the lads.
Our two U14 Teams went on a 3-day trip to Manchester over the Easter period and enjoyed the experience immensely. On day one they competed in the Liverpool Easter Tournament against sides from Cork and Dublin, both sides topped their respective groups with the ‘A’ team  defeating the B’s in the final,day two saw both teams take part in a training session at the Manchester City Youth Academy and then go to Goodison Park to attend the Premier League match between Everton and Sunderland and day three saw both teams attend a Tour of the famous Old Trafford stadium which they all loved. A great time was had by all and all the lads did their Club proud.
All last week saw the club run their first ever Easter Soccer Camp and what a success it was with over 90 kids from the age of five upwards attending the camp, also there was a separate girls section for the first time and this was very well attended with 32 girls taking part. Everyone had an enjoyable time and the weather was kind to us with the sun shinning on us all week with just the odd shower. From a personnel point I would like to thank the following people for making the week such a success, a massive thanks to Catriona Nolan, John Frazer, Paul Delaney, Johnny Dunne, Brendan Porter, John Gerard McGettigan, Dave Fitzgerald, Josephine Delahoyde, Ruth Algera, Willie O’Brien, Ciaran McGettigan, James Nolan junior, Jack Frazer, Chris Delaney, John Porter and Joe Neilan.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 22nd APRIL 2012
The first team took on Wayside Celtic in the second round of the Lanigan Cup at the weekend. After a scoreless ninety minutes the game went to extra time, in a game which saw both defences on top through out and clear cut chances at a premium, it always seemed to be destined for penalties. They had Arthur Delahunt to thank for sending the game to penalties, in the dying minutes he tipped the ball onto the post and just when it seemed the Wayside player was going to score he took the ball off his foot. Arthur again proved to be the hero in the shootout, he stepped up to slot the first penalty home and then save Wayside’s first two spot kicks. Successful spot kicks from Jim Foley, BA Franey and Luke Byrne saw them win 4-2 on penalties.
The second team recorded two wins in the last week, goals from Aidan O’Neill, Paddy Clarke and Neil Doyle saw them defeat Enniskerry 3-2 last Tuesday and on Sunday they beat Arklow Celtic 4-1 with a brace from Ian Brannigan and singles from Paddy Clarke and Darren Pierce.
The thirds put themselves back in contention for a top four spot with a 1-0 win over Enniskerry, Liam Theobald scored the all important goal.
We had three players who hit hat-tricks this week, first Glen McCarthy topped an impressive display with a splendid three goals for the 15A’s in their 4-0 win over Arklow Town B, then it was Fergus Ward who notched three for the 16B’s in their 5-5 draw against Wolfe Tone, finally Eoin McAulay fired in his hat-trick in the 14A’s 7-2 win over Arklow Utd, well done Glen, Fergus and Eoin.
As we all know it is easy to turn out week in week out when your winning but cast a thought to the teams who turn out week after week and are soundly defeated, well I think this week in our club notes a special mention has to go to our under 13B team, week after week this team have been well beaten suffering some heavy defeats on the way. Their enthusiasm and spirit for the game has never faltered, in their previous fifteen games they never registered a victory or even a draw but they still turn out for training and matches and all their hard work was rewarded last Tuesday night when they recorded their first victory of the season, they defeated Ashford Rovers 5-0 with a brace of goals from James Lewins and singles from Tiernan O’Neill, Harry Curley and Ben Griffin. A lot of credit has to be given to this group of players for their commitment in turning out every week, also with the constant encouragement from manager Rob O’Neill and his assistants Gordon Bradshaw and Gerry Lewins this team well deserved a change of fortune. The work Rob, Gordon and Gerry are doing with the team has been excellent. Well done Rob, Gordon, Gerry and the lads.
We had three players hitting hat-tricks at the weekend, first it was Glen McCarthy who topped an impressive display with three well struck goals for the under 15A’s in their 4-0 win over Arklow Town B, next was Fergus Ward who scored three for the 16B’s in their 5-5 thriller with Wolfe Tone and finally Eoin McAulay notched his three for the 14A’s in a 7-2 win over Arklow Utd, well done Glen, Fergus and Eoin.
Our two U14 Teams went on a 3-day trip to Manchester over the Easter period and enjoyed the experience immensely. On day one they competed in the Liverpool Easter Tournament against sides from Cork and Dublin, both sides topped their respective groups with the ‘A’ team  defeating the B’s in the final, day two saw both teams take part in a training session at the Manchester City Youth Academy and then go to Goodison Park to attend the Premier League match between Everton and Sunderland and day three saw both teams attend a Tour of the famous Old Trafford stadium which they all loved. A great time was had by all and all the lads did their Club proud.
Recently the club ran their first ever Easter Soccer Camp and what a success it was with over 90 kids from the age of five upwards attending the camp, also there was a separate girls section for the first time and this was very well attended with 32 girls taking part. Everyone had an enjoyable time and the weather was kind to us with the sun shinning on us all week with just the odd shower. From a personnel point I would like to thank the following people for making the week such a success, a massive thanks to Catriona Nolan, John Frazer, Paul Delaney, Johnny Dunne, Brendan Porter, John Gerard McGettigan, Dave Fitzgerald, Josephine Delahoyde, Ruth Algera, Willie O’Brien, Ciaran McGettigan, James Nolan junior, Jack Frazer, Chris Delaney, John Porter and Joe Neilan.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 29th APRIL 2012
The first team gained a share of the spoils away to Bluebell last week, Luke Byrne scored the all important goal in a 1-1 draw. What it means now is that the lads still have it in their own hands but there’s very little room for error at this stage. The situation now is with three games left, [two at home and one away] if they claim maximum points from the three games they will win the league no matter what happens elsewhere. It’s a tough assignment but not an impossible one. They are also still in the Lanigan Cup where they have been drawing away to Malahide United in the quarter final. Everyone at the club would like to wish the lads the best of luck in both competitions.
Due to the bad weather last week the second team’s game was cancelled while the thirds and youths had no games.
Congratulations to our under 14A team who added the cup to the league title they already won, a brace of goals from top scorer Eoin McAulay and one from Adam Copeland saw them defeat Arklow United 3-1 in Rathnew on Sunday morning, once again congratulations Stephen, Willie, Franny and the lads.
Also congratulations to Neill, Roger and the under 16A team on their cup success against Arklow Town A in Rathnew on Sunday afternoon, with the game scoreless Sean Vickers was sprung from the bench and with his first touch he scored the all important goal to lift the trophy to make it a league and cup double with the shield to play for.
Only recently we were congratulating Rob, Gordon and the 13B’s on gaining their first victory of the season, well they done it again at the weekend, they defeated Arklow United on Sunday by a score of 3-2, two goals from Leigh Cleere and a single from Harry Curley saw this ever improving team get their just rewards, well done lads.
We had two players in the hat-trick club this week, first up was Rob Mitchell who fired home three goals for the 11C’s in his sides 3-2 away win in the shield against Shamrock Bhoys. Next was Aaron Murphy who netted three time for the 8A’s in their 3-1 win in their local derby against Rathnew, well done Rob and Aaron.
Our club website is going through a period of transition at the moment so we hope everyone will keep logging on during this period. Rene Algera who has been maintaining our website over the last few years has stepped down, everyone at Wicklow Rovers would like to thank Rene for all his hard work in updating our website over this period, it was down to him that the club has made progress in this area and it is hoped to carry on his good work. Once again many thanks Rene.
Our soccer academy is on every Saturday morning [weather permitting] in the Whitegates all weather pitch at 11 o’clock, so for fun and games while learning the skills of the game come to the Whitegates from 11 till 12 under the guidance of experienced coach Johnny Dunne. The academy is open to boys and girls from the age of three upwards.
Club gear is available from our club shop, if anyone wishes to purchase club gear you can contact Franny Copeland at 0872230063 or email him at lt fcopeland8@gmail.com . The following is a list of the gear and prices:Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Senior €12; Tracksuit-Junior €45, Senior €57; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Senior €28; Rainjacket-Junior €30, Senior €37; Hoodie-Junior €20, Senior €26. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rainjackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players initials free of charge if requested.  
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathy to the families and friends of Margaret Doherty and Eddie Hanlon who sadly passed away recently, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time, may they rest in peace.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 6th MAY 2012
The first team had two games in the last week, first up was Malahide United away in the quarter final of the Lanigan Cup and the lads were disappointed to lose out on a 2-0 score line after controlling the game for long periods. This was a game of missed opportunities, a game the lads should have won but at the end of the day you have to take your chances when they come along. The team suffered a couple of  bad injuries in this game, everyone at the club would like to wish Arthur Delahunt and Luke Byrne a speedy recovery. Next up was Mount Merrion at the Whitegates on Saturday in a must win game with things so tight at the top of the league. The lads were well up for the game on they put their opponents under pressure from the start, Paul O’Neill put them on their way with a well taken goal and shortly after Ken Doyle made it 2-0 when he finished off a fine move involving Stephen Earls, Paul O’Neill and Gareth Murphy. They had several chances to get a third but it didn’t come till late on when Paul O’Neill nabbed his second of the match to make it 3-0. This win puts them into second place two points behind leaders Bangor Celtic and one point ahead of third placed Crumlin Utd. Bangor have one game left which is against third placed Crumlin while the lads have two games left, at home to Tolka Rovers and away to Dublin Bus. Any one of the three teams can still win the league but if the lads can claim six points from their two games the title will be there’s. The best of luck lads.
Our under 11 girls were at home to Shankill at the weekend and goals from Sinead McGettigan, Emer McNulty, Jessica Lyons and Sarah Evans saw them win 4-0. The under 15 girls were involved in a seven goal thriller at the Whitegates on Sunday and they were unlucky to come out the wrong side of a 4-3 score line against St John Bosco. Ami Collier bagged her tenth and eleventh goals of the season with a brace with Chloe Brennan scoring the third.
Our soccer academy is on every Saturday morning [weather permitting] in the Whitegates all weather pitch at 11 o’clock, so for fun and games while learning the skills of the game come to the Whitegates from 11 till 12 under the guidance of experienced coach Johnny Dunne. The academy is open to boys and girls from the age of three upwards. The academy is not held on Bank Holiday weekends.
Club gear is available from our club shop, if anyone wishes to purchase club gear you can contact Franny Copeland at 0872230063 or email him at lt fcopeland8@gmail.com . The following is a list of the gear and prices:Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Senior €12; Tracksuit-Junior €45, Senior €57; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Senior €28; Rainjacket-Junior €30, Senior €37; Hoodie-Junior €20, Senior €26. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rainjackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players initials free of charge if requested.
Wicklow Rovers AFC promote soccer for schoolboys/girls, youths and seniors in the community, our club is growing all the time and any assistance with the help of running the club would be very much appreciated. At present we have a very hard working committee but we are always on the look out for people interested in helping out, the club are always on the look out for people who are interested in getting involved in soccer, whether its coaching and managing or on the executive committee or a sub committee, maybe you would just like to help as an assistant manager, help with fundraising or help just around the grounds or in anyway at all, don’t hesitate, get involved, anyone interested in helping out the club in anyway can contact any committee member or email club secretary Gerry Doyle at wicklow.rovers5@gmail.com
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 13th MAY 2012
The first team went into their match at the weekend knowing that three points were a must if they wanted to keep their title hopes alive, six points from their last two games was the requirement to win the league. The first game was at home to Tolka Rovers in the Whitegates on Saturday and they got off to a dream start when after a fine move on the right Ian Brannigan provided a neat finish to put the lads one up on twenty minutes. The first half saw the lads well in control, they went into the break at 1-0 but disaster struck early in the second half when the visitors equalised. This only seemed to spur the lads on and they got their rewards when Ken Doyle coolly slotted the ball into the bottom right hand corner to restore their lead. A few minutes later Rovers were reduced to ten men and this gave Tolka some encouragement, even though they were down to ten men it was Rovers who went closest to scoring, Paul O’Neill, Andy Broe and Gareth Murphy all had chances. The impressive Shane Cassidy thundered a shot against the underside of the crossbar. The ten men were excellent as they gave every ounce of energy and sweat to gain the three points. Stephen Earls, Paul Alexander, Shane Cassidy, Greg Dunne and Paul O’Neill led by example in a good all round team performance. The situation now is its all down to the last game next Saturday away to Dublin Bus, a win and three points and the title is on its way to the Whitegates, on behalf of everyone in the club I’d like to take this chance to wish James, Dixie, Martin and the lads the best of luck next week, lets hope all your hard work gets its rewards. To all our supporters out there, come along and give your vocal support to this team, it’s a young team with a sprinkle of experienced players and to see a good crowd would give them such a boost, thanks.
The second team took on Glenview in Bray on Sunday with both defences coming out on top in a scoreless draw. The thirds and youths had didn’t play.
The under 11 girls lost out 4-0 to a very strong Cabinteely team while the under 13’s received a walkover from Balrath. The 15 girls had a good home win over Ratoath Harps, a brace of goals from Ami Collier and a single from Chloe Brennan saw them win 3-0.
The trial dates for under 8’s, 9’s,10’s and 11’s have been fixed for July, the following are the dates, under 8’s, born in 2005/2006 are fixed for Monday 9 th July and Monday 16 th July. Under 9 [2004] trials are fixed for Tuesday 10 th July and Tuesday 17 th July. The under 10 [2003] trials are on Wednesday 11 th July and Wednesday 18 th July while the under 11 [2002] trials are on Thursday 12 th July and Thursday 19 th July. All the above trials will take place in the Whitegates and will run from 7 pm till 8 pm each night.
Our soccer academy is on every Saturday morning [weather permitting] in the Whitegates all weather pitch at 11 o’clock, so for fun and games while learning the skills of the game come to the Whitegates from 11 till 12 under the guidance of experienced coach Johnny Dunne. The academy is open to boys and girls from the age of three upwards. The academy is not held on Bank Holiday weekends.
Wicklow Rovers AFC promote soccer for schoolboys/girls, youths and seniors in the community, our club is growing all the time and any assistance with the help of running the club would be very much appreciated. At present we have a very hard working committee but we are always on the look out for people interested in helping out, the club are always on the look out for people who are interested in getting involved in soccer, whether its coaching and managing or on the executive committee or a sub committee, maybe you would just like to help as an assistant manager, help with fundraising or help just around the grounds or in anyway at all, don’t hesitate, get involved, anyone interested in helping out the club in anyway can contact any committee member or email club secretary Gerry Doyle at wicklow.rovers5@gmail.com
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 20th MAY 2012
Well the first teams season came to a disappointing end on Saturday afternoon when they travelled to take on Dublin Bus knowing that three points would see them lift the title, anything less and they would have to settle for the runners up position. They fell behind midway through the first half but their never say die spirit saw them claw their way back into the game when Paul O’Neill equalised on sixty five minutes. With the home team creating very little in the way of clear cut chances it was Rovers who were on top in the second period, they had a couple of good chances but failed to take them. In the dying seconds the lads were awarded a penalty but were denied by the keeper. It was hard luck on the lads, in football you need a certain amount of luck, on the day they should have won this game but at crucial times they didn’t get that little bit of luck that’s needed.
We had two of our junior sides in shield finals last week, the 11A’s went down to a strong Arklow Town side on a 5-0 score line but in truth the score flattered the winners as it should have been a lot closer. The 11B’s were involved in a six goal thriller with Shamrock Bhoys in their final, after extra time the sides were locked at 3-3 on it was on to the dreaded penalty shootout which Shamrock Bhoys won by three goals to two. Goalscorers for the lads in the match were Rob Mitchell, Fionn Matthews and an own goal.
In the girls section the under 11’s went down by two goals to one with Niamh McSorley scoring her sixth of the season. The 13’s had a convincing 7-0 win over Peamount Utd, goal machine Rioghna McGettigan  hit a hat-trick to take her total for the season to seventeen, Clarisse Broughan notched a brace and there were singles from Eleanor Dunne and Sadbh Ni Dhubhsline in an excellent team performance.
The under 15 girls received a walkover from Terenure FC.
With a limited amount games last week we had only the one player in the hat-trick club and that honour fell to Rioghna McGettigan for the girls under 13’s, her three goals came in her side 7-0 victory over Peamount Utd, well done Rioghna.
The trial dates for under 8’s, 9’s,10’s and 11’s have been fixed for July, the following are the dates, under 8’s, born in 2005/2006 are fixed for Monday 9 th July and Monday 16 th July. Under 9 [2004] trials are fixed for Tuesday 10 th July and Tuesday 17 th July. The under 10 [2003] trials are on Wednesday 11 th July and Wednesday 18 th July while the under 11 [2002] trials are on Thursday 12 th July and Thursday 19 th July. All the above trials will take place in the Whitegates and will run from 7 pm till 8 pm each night.
Our soccer academy is on every Saturday morning [weather permitting] in the Whitegates all weather pitch at 11 o’clock, so for fun and games while learning the skills of the game come to the Whitegates from 11 till 12 under the guidance of experienced coach Johnny Dunne. The academy is open to boys and girls from the age of three upwards. The academy is not held on Bank Holiday weekends.
Club gear is available from our club shop, if anyone wishes to purchase club gear you can contact Franny Copeland at 0872230063 or email him at lt fcopeland8@gmail.com . The following is a list of the gear and prices:Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Senior €12; Tracksuit-Junior €45, Senior €57; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Senior €28; Rainjacket-Junior €30, Senior €37; Hoodie-Junior €20, Senior €26. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rainjackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players initials free of charge if requested.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 27th MAY 2012
With the season now in its final couple of weeks activity on the playing field is winding down. On the senior end of things the third team played their final game of the season at home to Celtic Stars last Thursday night and finished out the season with a disappointing 4-0 defeat.
In the schoolboys/girls section our under 16A’s and 10A’s were involved in Premier shield finals. The 16’s took on Arklow Town A in their shield final looking to complete a league, cup and shield treble and they duly obliged defeating Arklow 4-0 to complete the shield with a one hundred percent record while also maintaining their unbeaten record in all competitions on the domestic front. Goals from Sean Vickers, Kieran Bloomfield, Aaron O’Sullivan and Niall Donnelly laid the foundations for this victory in a good all round team performance. Congratulations to Neill, Roger and the lads on this great achievement. The 10A’s lost out to Arklow Town A on a 2-0 scoreline in the premier shield final, they battled hard on the day and with this been their second runners up of the season maybe they will be able to go one better next season, well done to Willie, Peter and the lads on a very good season.
The trial dates for under 8’s, 9’s,10’s and 11’s have been fixed for July, the following are the dates, under 8’s, born in 2005/2006 are fixed for Monday 9 th July and Monday 16 th July. Under 9 [2004] trials are fixed for Tuesday 10 th July and Tuesday 17 th July. The under 10 [2003] trials are on Wednesday 11 th July and Wednesday 18 th July while the under 11 [2002] trials are on Thursday 12 th July and Thursday 19 th July. All the above trials will take place in the Whitegates and will run from 7 pm till 8 pm each night.
The clubs soccer summer camp dates have been finalised, week 1 runs from Monday 2 nd of July to Friday 6 th of July and week 2 runs from Monday 9 th of July to Friday 13 th July. The cost of the camp is €65 for one child, €110 for family of 2 and €150 for family of 3 kids. If kids do the first week of the camp they can participate in the second week for a reduced fee of €40. The venue is the Whitegates and the camp will run from 10 am to 3 pm daily. A ball and jersey are included in the price, all participants should bring football boots, shin guards, wet gear, drink and lunch. The camp is open to all girls and boys within the club and from outside the club from the age of 5 years to 16. For further information and application forms please contact Johnny Dunne @ 087-7802098, Franny Copeland @ 087-2230063 or Willie O’Brien @ 086-1696911. Forms can also be downloaded from the club website or picked up at the Saturday morning academy between 11 and 12 at the Whitegates.
This weeks Saturday morning academy will not take place due to the Bank Holiday weekend, the academy will resume on Saturday the 9 th of June from 11 am till 12 pm.
Finally we would like to congratulate our neighbours Wicklow Town on their success in winning the Wicklow Cup at the weekend, well done lads.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 2ND JUNE 2012
Our under 12A’s, 15A’s and 16B’s were all playing in finals last week, the 12A’s lost 4-0 to Arklow Town A last Thursday night in the premier shield. In the under 15 premier shield the 15A’s lost out to Newtown Juniors on a 3-0 score line while the 16B’s defeated Wolfe Tone A in the premier plate final, the sides were all square after extra time with Jack Frazer netting the Rovers goal in a 1-1 draw. Rovers went on to claim victory 5-4 on penalties.
The club are currently looking for someone to volunteer to take up the position of club registrar, the person will be responsible for the collection and recording of incoming membership fees across the whole club, it can be a non executive committee role if the interested person wishes to solely carry out this job within the club. Any interested person can contact any committee member.
Also the club are currently looking for managers at all levels within the club, if you are a person who thinks they have something to offer in the role of coaching and managing a soccer team, whether at schoolboys/girls or senior levels please don’t hesitate to get involved. The club are always willing to take in new people to give a fresh outlook to the club, if you are a person who finds you are worried about taking full responsibility of a team why not volunteer as an assistant and learn the ropes and make that gradual progression. It is a very important part of a football club as without these volunteers the club would be unable to run teams so don’t leave it to someone else, come along, get involved and join in the enjoyment of the game of soccer. Anyone interested can contact Johnny Dunne @ 087-7802098, John Frazer @ 087-0564394 or Franny Copeland @ 087-7589332.
The trial dates for under 8’s, 9’s,10’s and 11’s have been fixed for July, the following are the dates, under 8’s, born in 2005/2006 are fixed for Monday 9 th July and Monday 16 th July. Under 9 [2004] trials are fixed for Tuesday 10 th July and Tuesday 17 th July. The under 10 [2003] trials are on Wednesday 11 th July and Wednesday 18 th July while the under 11 [2002] trials are on Thursday 12 th July and Thursday 19 th July. All the above trials will take place in the Whitegates and will run from 7 pm till 8 pm each night.
Dates for trials for the 11 a side teams in the club are as follows: Under 12’s [2001] are on Friday 6 th of July and Friday 27 th of July. Under 14’s [Born 1999] are on Thursday 5 th of July and Thursday 2 nd of August. Under 15’s [Born 1998] Tuesday 3 rd of July and Tuesday 10 th of July. Under 17’s [Born 1996] take place on Wednesday 4 th of July. All the above trials will take place in the Rocky Road from 6.30 pm till 8.00 pm on the stated nights. The under 13 [Born 2000] age group will be holding a registration night in the clubhouse at the Whitegates on Monday the 2 nd of July from 7 pm till 8 pm.
The clubs soccer summer camp dates have been finalised, week 1 runs from Monday 2 nd of July to Friday 6 th of July and week 2 runs from Monday 9 th of July to Friday 13 th July. The cost of the camp is €65 for one child, €110 for family of 2 and €150 for family of 3 kids. If kids do the first week of the camp they can participate in the second week for a reduced fee of €40. The venue is the Whitegates and the camp will run from 10 am to 3 pm daily. A ball and jersey are included in the price, all participants should bring football boots, shin guards, wet gear, drink and lunch. The camp is open to all girls and boys within the club and from outside the club from the age of 5 years to 16. For further information and application forms please contact Johnny Dunne @ 087-7802098, Franny Copeland @ 087-2230063 or Willie O’Brien @ 086-1696911. Forms can also be downloaded from the club website or picked up at the Saturday morning academy between 11 and 12 at the Whitegates.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 10TH JUNE 2012
Just a note for all senior players within the club and players interested in signing for the coming season, training will resume on Tuesday the 10 th of July in the Rocky Road, all players will meet at 7.15 with training starting at 7.30. All new players are welcome.
The clubs annual senior awards night will be held in the Grand Hotel on Saturday the 7 th of July, the night will start at 8.30 pm and the cost is €10. Anyway interested in attending the night should contact any committee member.
The clubs soccer summer camp dates have been finalised, week 1 runs from Monday 2 nd of July to Friday 6 th of July and week 2 runs from Monday 9 th of July to Friday 13 th July. The cost of the camp is €65 for one child, €110 for family of 2 and €150 for family of 3 kids. If kids do the first week of the camp they can participate in the second week for a reduced fee of €40. The venue is the Whitegates and the camp will run from 10 am to 3 pm daily. A ball and jersey are included in the price, all participants should bring football boots, shin guards, wet gear, drink and lunch. The camp is open to all girls and boys within the club and from outside the club from the age of 5 years to 16. For further information and application forms please contact Johnny Dunne @ 087-7802098, Franny Copeland @ 087-2230063 or Willie O’Brien @ 086-1696911. Forms can also be downloaded from the club website or picked up at the Saturday morning academy between 11 and 12 at the Whitegates.
The club are currently looking for someone to volunteer to take up the position of club registrar, the person will be responsible for the collection and recording of incoming membership fees across the whole club, it can be a non executive committee role if the interested person wishes to solely carry out this job within the club. Any interested person can contact any committee member.
Also the club are currently looking for managers at all levels within the club, if you are a person who thinks they have something to offer in the role of coaching and managing a soccer team, whether at schoolboys/girls or senior levels please don’t hesitate to get involved. The club are always willing to take in new people to give a fresh outlook to the club, if you are a person who finds you are worried about taking full responsibility of a team why not volunteer as an assistant and learn the ropes and make that gradual progression. It is a very important part of a football club as without these volunteers the club would be unable to run teams so don’t leave it to someone else, come along, get involved and join in the enjoyment of the game of soccer. Anyone interested can contact Johnny Dunne @ 087-7802098, John Frazer @ 087-0564394 or Franny Copeland @ 087-7589332.
The trial dates for under 8’s, 9’s,10’s and 11’s have been fixed for July, the following are the dates, under 8’s, born in 2005/2006 are fixed for Monday 9 th July and Monday 16 th July. Under 9 [2004] trials are fixed for Tuesday 10 th July and Tuesday 17 th July. The under 10 [2003] trials are on Wednesday 11 th July and Wednesday 18 th July while the under 11 [2002] trials are on Thursday 12 th July and Thursday 19 th July. All the above trials will take place in the Whitegates and will run from 7 pm till 8 pm each night.
Dates for trials for the 11 a side teams in the club are as follows: Under 12’s [2001] are on Friday 6 th of July and Friday 27 th of July. Under 14’s [Born 1999] are on Thursday 5 th of July and Thursday 2 nd of August. Under 15’s [Born 1998] Tuesday 3 rd of July and Tuesday 10 th of July. Under 16’s [Born 1997] are on Monday 9 th July. Under 17’s [Born 1996] take place on Wednesday 4 th of July. All the above trials will take place in the Rocky Road from 6.30 pm till 8.00 pm on the stated nights with the exception of the under 16 trials which will run from 7 pm to 8 pm on the stated night. The under 13 [Born 2000] age group will be holding a registration night in the clubhouse at the Whitegates on Monday the 2 nd of July from 7 pm till 8 pm.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathy to the families and friends of Margaret [Peggy] Finnegan and John Connolly who sadly past away recently, our thoughts are with you all at this sad time, may they rest in peace.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 17TH JUNE 2012
Just a note for all senior players within the club and players interested in signing for the coming season, training will resume on Tuesday the 10 th of July in the Rocky Road, all players will meet at 7.15 with training starting at 7.30. All new players are welcome.
The clubs annual senior awards night will be held in the Grand Hotel on Saturday the 7 th of July, the night will start at 8.30 pm and the cost is €10. Anyway interested in attending the night should contact any committee member.
The clubs soccer summer camp dates have been finalised, week 1 runs from Monday 2 nd of July to Friday 6 th of July and week 2 runs from Monday 9 th of July to Friday 13 th July. The cost of the camp is €65 for one child, €110 for family of 2 and €150 for family of 3 kids. If kids do the first week of the camp they can participate in the second week for a reduced fee of €40. The venue is the Whitegates and the camp will run from 10 am to 3 pm daily. A ball and jersey are included in the price, all participants should bring football boots, shin guards, wet gear, drink and lunch. The camp is open to all girls and boys within the club and from outside the club from the age of 5 years to 16. For further information and application forms please contact Johnny Dunne @ 087-7802098, Franny Copeland @ 087-2230063 or Willie O’Brien @ 086-1696911. Forms can also be downloaded from the club website or picked up at the Saturday morning academy between 11 and 12 at the Whitegates.
The club are currently looking for someone to volunteer to take up the position of club registrar, the person will be responsible for the collection and recording of incoming membership fees across the whole club, it can be a non executive committee role if the interested person wishes to solely carry out this job within the club. Any interested person can contact Paul Delaney @ 087-0566848 or Gerry Doyle @ 086-1692163.
Also the club are currently looking for managers at all levels within the club, if you are a person who thinks they have something to offer in the role of coaching and managing a soccer team, whether at schoolboys/girls or senior levels please don’t hesitate to get involved. The club are always willing to take in new people to give a fresh outlook to the club, if you are a person who finds you are worried about taking full responsibility of a team why not volunteer as an assistant and learn the ropes and make that gradual progression. It is a very important part of a football club as without these volunteers the club would be unable to run teams so don’t leave it to someone else, come along, get involved and join in the enjoyment of the game of soccer. Anyone interested can contact Johnny Dunne @ 087-7802098, John Frazer @ 087-0564394 or Franny Copeland @ 087-7589332.
The trial dates for under 8’s, 9’s,10’s and 11’s have been fixed for July, the following are the dates, under 8’s, born in 2005/2006 are fixed for Monday 9 th July and Monday 16 th July. Under 9 [2004] trials are fixed for Tuesday 10 th July and Tuesday 17 th July. The under 10 [2003] trials are on Wednesday 11 th July and Wednesday 18 th July while the under 11 [2002] trials are on Thursday 12 th July and Thursday 19 th July. All the above trials will take place in the Whitegates and will run from 7 pm till 8 pm each night.
Dates for trials for the 11 a side teams in the club are as follows: Under 12’s [2001] are on Friday 6 th of July and Friday 27 th of July. Under 14’s [Born 1999] are on Thursday 5 th of July and Thursday 2 nd of August. Under 15’s [Born 1998] Tuesday 3 rd of July and Tuesday 10 th of July. Under 16’s [Born 1997] are on Monday 9 th July. Under 17’s [Born 1996] take place on Wednesday 4 th of July. All the above trials will take place in the Rocky Road from 6.30 pm till 8.00 pm on the stated nights with the exception of the under 16 trials which will run from 7 pm to 8 pm on the stated night. The under 13 [Born 2000] age group will be holding a registration night in the clubhouse at the Whitegates on Monday the 2 nd of July from 7 pm till 8 pm.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 1ST JULY 2012
Last Saturday saw both our under 14 teams play their delayed finals, first up was the 14A’s who took on Arklow Town A in Newtown in the premier shield final, in a ten goal thriller both teams were still locked together after extra time. The game ended 5-5 with Eoin McAulay and Colin O’Toole helping themselves to a brace a piece and Rian Daunt Smyth adding a single. Then came the dreaded penalty shootout but thankfully the lads came out on top on a score of 3-1, the successful penalty takers were Eoin McAulay, Rian Daunt Smyth and Adam Copeland.
In the next game at the same venue our ‘B’ side were rewarded for their tough season when they defeated Arklow United A in the premier plate final, this was also a very exciting game which provided the spectators with six goals with the lads coming out on top on a 4-2 score line. Two goals from Rian Sweetman Burke and singles from Oisin Breen and Dale Browne secured the trophy for them. The club would like to congratulate both teams and their coaching staff on their success.
Just a note for all senior players within the club and players interested in signing for the coming season, training will resume on Tuesday the 10 th of July in the Rocky Road, all players will meet at 7.15 with training starting at 7.30. All new players are welcome.
The clubs annual senior awards night will be held in the Grand Hotel on Saturday the 7 th of July, the night will start at 8.30 pm and the cost is €10. Anyway interested in attending the night should contact any committee member.
The clubs soccer summer camp dates have been finalised, week 1 runs from Monday 2 nd of July to Friday 6 th of July and week 2 runs from Monday 9 th of July to Friday 13 th July. The cost of the camp is €65 for one child, €110 for family of 2 and €150 for family of 3 kids. If kids do the first week of the camp they can participate in the second week for a reduced fee of €40. The venue is the Whitegates and the camp will run from 10 am to 3 pm daily. A ball and jersey are included in the price, all participants should bring football boots, shin guards, wet gear, drink and lunch. The camp is open to all girls and boys within the club and from outside the club from the age of 5 years to 16. For further information and application forms please contact Johnny Dunne @ 087-7802098, Franny Copeland @ 087-2230063 or Willie O’Brien @ 086-1696911. Forms can also be downloaded from the club website or picked up at the Saturday morning academy between 11 and 12 at the Whitegates.
The club are currently looking for someone to volunteer to take up the position of club registrar, the person will be responsible for the collection and recording of incoming membership fees across the whole club, it can be a non executive committee role if the interested person wishes to solely carry out this job within the club. Any interested person can contact Paul Delaney @ 087-0566848 or Gerry Doyle @ 086-1692163.
Also the club are currently looking for managers at all levels within the club, if you are a person who thinks they have something to offer in the role of coaching and managing a soccer team, whether at schoolboys/girls or senior levels please don’t hesitate to get involved. The club are always willing to take in new people to give a fresh outlook to the club, if you are a person who finds you are worried about taking full responsibility of a team why not volunteer as an assistant and learn the ropes and make that gradual progression. It is a very important part of a football club as without these volunteers the club would be unable to run teams so don’t leave it to someone else, come along, get involved and join in the enjoyment of the game of soccer. Anyone interested can contact Johnny Dunne @ 087-7802098, John Frazer @ 087-0564394 or Franny Copeland @ 087-7589332.
The trial dates for under 8’s, 9’s,10’s and 11’s have been fixed for July, the following are the dates, under 8’s, born in 2005/2006 are fixed for Monday 9 th July and Monday 16 th July. Under 9 [2004] trials are fixed for Tuesday 10 th July and Tuesday 17 th July. The under 10 [2003] trials are on Wednesday 11 th July and Wednesday 18 th July while the under 11 [2002] trials are on Thursday 12 th July and Thursday 19 th July. All the above trials will take place in the Whitegates and will run from 7 pm till 8 pm each night.
Dates for trials for the 11 a side teams in the club are as follows: Under 12’s [2001] are on Friday 6 th of July and Friday 27 th of July. Under 14’s [Born 1999] are on Thursday 5 th of July and Thursday 2 nd of August. Under 15’s [Born 1998] Tuesday 3 rd of July and Tuesday 10 th of July. Under 16’s [Born 1997] are on Monday 9 th July. Under 17’s [Born 1996] take place on Wednesday 4 th of July. All the above trials will take place in the Rocky Road from 6.30 pm till 8.00 pm on the stated nights with the exception of the under 16 trials which will run from 7 pm to 8 pm on the stated night. The under 13 [Born 2000] age group will be holding a registration night in the clubhouse at the Whitegates on Monday the 2 nd of July from 7 pm till 8 pm.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 8TH JULY 2012
Just a note for all senior players within the club and players interested in signing for the coming season, training resumed last night Tuesday the 10 th of July in the Rocky Road, training starts at 7.30 every Tuesday and Thursday from now on so any new players looking to join can come along to the Rocky Road at these times, all new players are welcome.
The club are currently looking for someone to volunteer to take up the position of club registrar, the person will be responsible for the collection and recording of incoming membership fees across the whole club, it can be a non executive committee role if the interested person wishes to solely carry out this job within the club. Any interested person can contact Paul Delaney @ 087-0566848 or Gerry Doyle @ 086-1692163.
Also the club are currently looking for managers at all levels within the club, if you are a person who thinks they have something to offer in the role of coaching and managing a soccer team, whether at schoolboys/girls or senior levels please don’t hesitate to get involved. The club are always willing to take in new people to give a fresh outlook to the club, if you are a person who finds you are worried about taking full responsibility of a team why not volunteer as an assistant and learn the ropes and make that gradual progression. It is a very important part of a football club as without these volunteers the club would be unable to run teams so don’t leave it to someone else, come along, get involved and join in the enjoyment of the game of soccer. Anyone interested can contact Johnny Dunne @ 087-7802098, John Frazer @ 087-0564394 or Franny Copeland @ 087-7589332.
The club held their annual awards night last Saturday in The Grand Hotel, our Hall of Fame recipients were Jimmy Culbert, Jimmy Crofton, Noel McVeigh and Billy Dunne. These four men played a major part in the formation of the club way back in 1975. The club merit award was presented to Rene Algera for all his hard work with the club website over the last three years. The player of the year awards went to the following players, Paul O’Neill [1 st team], Sean Tobin [2 nd team], Jay Waters [3 rd team]. The first team managers player of the year award went to Luke Byrne while the third team managers player of the year was Paddy Clarke. The youths player of the year was James Kavanagh who received the Rory Attley Perpetual Trophy. A special award was presented by the first team management and players to Pat Cassidy for all his support during the season. The club would like to thank everyone who attended the event, also we would like to thank the staff of The Grand Hotel for all their help.
Everyone at the club would like to congratulate second team manager Tom Doyle and his wife Aishling on the birth of baby Dylan, we would like to wish you all the best for the future.     
The trial dates for under 8’s, 9’s,10’s and 11’s have been fixed for July, the following are the dates, under 8’s, born in 2005/2006 are fixed for Monday 9 th July and Monday 16 th July. Under 9 [2004] trials are fixed for Tuesday 10 th July and Tuesday 17 th July. The under 10 [2003] trials are on Wednesday 11 th July and Wednesday 18 th July while the under 11 [2002] trials are on Thursday 12 th July and Thursday 19 th July. All the above trials will take place in the Whitegates and will run from 7 pm till 8 pm each night.
Dates for trials for the 11 a side teams in the club are as follows: Under 12’s [2001] are on Friday 6 th of July and Friday 27 th of July. Under 14’s [Born 1999] are on Thursday 5 th of July and Thursday 2 nd of August. The above trials will take place in the Rocky Road from 6.30 pm till 8.00 pm on the stated nights.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathy to the families and friends of Annie Nolan [Newtown] and Michael Geraghty who sadly passed away recently, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time, may they rest in peace.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 15th JULY 2012
Just a note for all senior players within the club and players interested in signing for the coming season, training has resumed for the new season , training starts at 7.30 every Tuesday and Thursday from now on so any new players looking to join can come along to the Rocky Road at these times, all new players are welcome.
Our summer soccer camp finished up last week, despite the awful weather conditions over the two weeks a large number of boys and girls attended. All the kids had a great time and credit to them they didn’t let the rain spoil it. The club would like to thank the parents and kids for supporting and participating in the camps over the two weeks. The camp proved to be a big hit and due to demand the club have decided to run another week long camp in August, the camp will run from Monday the 20 th of August to Friday the 24 th of August. For more information regarding the camp please contact Johnny Dunne @ 087-7802098, Willie O’Brien @ 086-1696911 or Franny Copeland @ 087-7589332.
The club are currently looking for managers at all levels within the club, if you are a person who thinks they have something to offer in the role of coaching and managing a soccer team, whether at schoolboys/girls or senior levels please don’t hesitate to get involved. The club are always willing to take in new people to give a fresh outlook to the club, if you are a person who finds you are worried about taking full responsibility of a team why not volunteer as an assistant and learn the ropes and make that gradual progression. It is a very important part of a football club as without these volunteers the club would be unable to run teams so don’t leave it to someone else, come along, get involved and join in the enjoyment of the game of soccer. Anyone interested can contact Johnny Dunne @ 087-7802098, John Frazer @ 087-0564394 or Franny Copeland @ 087-7589332.
Remaining dates for trials for the junior sides are as follows: under 10’s [born 2003] trials are on tonight Wednesday 18 th July while the under 11 [2002] trials are on Thursday 19 th July. The above trials will take place in the Whitegates and will run from 7 pm till 8 pm each night.
Remaining dates for trials for the 11 a side teams in the club are as follows: Under 12’s [2001] are on Friday 27 th of July. Under 14’s [Born 1999] are on Thursday 2 nd of August. The above trials will take place in the Rocky Road from 6.30 pm till 8.00 pm on the stated nights.
Our junior soccer academy is on every Saturday morning [weather permitting] in the Whitegates all weather pitch at 11 o’clock, so for fun and games while learning the skills of the game come to the Whitegates from 11 till 12 under the guidance of experienced coach Johnny Dunne. The academy is open to boys and girls from the age of three upwards. The academy doesn’t take place on Bank Holiday weekends.
Club gear is available from our club shop, if anyone wishes to purchase club gear you can contact Franny Copeland at 0872230063 or email him at fcopeland8@gmail.com . The following is a list of the gear and prices:Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Senior €12; Tracksuit-Junior €45, Senior €57; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Senior €28; Rainjacket-Junior €30, Senior €37; Hoodie-Junior €20, Senior €26. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rainjackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players initials free of charge if requested.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to wish Miley Doran a speedy recovery after a recent accident, we all hope to see you out and about soon, get well soon Miley.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to express their sincere sympathy to the families and friends of Ann Earls and Jim Doyle who sadly passed away recently, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time, may they rest in peace.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 22ND JULY 2012
The first team had a friendly at the weekend, they travelled away to take on Wexford Youths and after a very good work out they shared six goals in a 3-3 draw. Joe Quinn, Jim Foley and Luke Byrne were the goalscorers on the day.
The recent summer camp proved to be a big hit and due to demand the club have decided to run another week long camp in August, the camp will run from Monday the 20 th of August to Friday the 24 th of August. For more information regarding the camp please contact Johnny Dunne @ 087-7802098, Willie O’Brien @ 086-1696911 or Franny Copeland @ 087-7589332.
The club are currently looking for managers at all levels within the club, if you are a person who thinks they have something to offer in the role of coaching and managing a soccer team, whether at schoolboys/girls or senior levels please don’t hesitate to get involved. The club are always willing to take in new people to give a fresh outlook to the club, if you are a person who finds you are worried about taking full responsibility of a team why not volunteer as an assistant and learn the ropes and make that gradual progression. It is a very important part of a football club as without these volunteers the club would be unable to run teams so don’t leave it to someone else, come along, get involved and join in the enjoyment of the game of soccer. Anyone interested can contact Johnny Dunne @ 087-7802098, John Frazer @ 087-0564394 or Franny Copeland @ 087-7589332.
Remaining dates for trials for the 11 a side teams in the club are as follows: Under 12’s [2001] are on Friday 27 th of July. Under 14’s [Born 1999] are on Thursday 2 nd of August. The above trials will take place in the Rocky Road from 6.30 pm till 8.00 pm for the under 12’s and from 6.30 to 7.30  for the under 14’s on the stated nights.
Our junior soccer academy is on every Saturday morning [weather permitting] in the Whitegates all weather pitch at 11 o’clock, so for fun and games while learning the skills of the game come to the Whitegates from 11 till 12 under the guidance of experienced coach Johnny Dunne. The academy is open to boys and girls from the age of three upwards. The academy doesn’t take place on Bank Holiday weekends.
Club gear is available from our club shop, if anyone wishes to purchase club gear you can contact Franny Copeland at 0872230063 or email him at fcopeland8@gmail.com . The following is a list of the gear and prices:Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Senior €12; Tracksuit-Junior €45, Senior €57; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Senior €28; Rainjacket-Junior €30, Senior €37; Hoodie-Junior €20, Senior €26. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rainjackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players initials free of charge if requested.
Every one at the club would like to congratulate Paul O’Neill and Ciara Phelan on the arrival of baby Meelah Ruby, we would like to wish you all the best of luck for the future.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 29TH JULY 2012
With the new season fast approaching club membership will be due very soon, the club have organised the following registration nights: Wednesday 29 th August, Friday 31 st August, Monday 10 th September and Wednesday 12 th September, all registration nights will take place in the clubhouse at the Whitegates from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm. As the committee find themselves snowed under with other aspects of running the club people can appreciate that these people volunteer most of their free time to the running of the club and with this in mind if people can try to make one of the above registration nights it would be most appreciated by the club, at the present time the club don’t envisage holding extra registration nights.
The club our currently looking for managers for our under 19 team and our third team, anyone interested in either positions can contact Johnny Dunne @ 087-7802098.
Also the club are looking for someone to fill the club secretary role within the club, anyone who would be interested in this position can contact club chairman Paul Delaney @ 086-3700320 or alternatively contact any committee member. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Gerry Doyle for all his hard work in this role over the years, Gerry put in a lot of hard work and time on the committee over the years and has decided to take a well earned break. We all wish him the very best for the future and hope to see him back on the committee at some stage, once again Gerry thanks for your service as a player and committee member, you will be sorely missed.
The club will hold their AGM on Monday the 27 th of August in the clubhouse at the Whitegates starting at 8 pm sharp.
Wicklow Rovers AFC and St Pats GAA are running a boot bank through out the month of August, it will take place in the Whitegates every Saturday morning from 10 am to 12 pm. So if you have old boots that are in good condition lying around and wont be used again why not bring them down, we’ll buy them for €5 and sell them for €10. For further information please contact Stuart @ 086-2510281.
The recent summer camp proved to be a big hit and due to demand the club have decided to run another week long camp in August, the camp will run from Monday the 20 th of August to Friday the 24 th of August. For more information regarding the camp please contact Johnny Dunne @ 087-7802098, Willie O’Brien @ 086-1696911 or Franny Copeland @ 087-7589332.
This weeks Saturday morning soccer academy will not be on due to the Bank Holiday weekend but it will resume as normal the following Saturday the 11 th of August as normal from 11 am to 12 pm.
The last of the trials for the 11 a side teams in the club are for the under 14’s [Born 1999] which will take place tomorrow night Thursday 2 nd of August. The above trial will take place in the Rocky Road from 6.30 pm till 8.00 pm.
The last trial in the small sided section is for the under 9’s [Born 2004], that will also take place tomorrow night Thursday the 2 nd of August from 7 pm to 8 pm.
Club gear is available from our club shop, if anyone wishes to purchase club gear you can contact Franny Copeland at 0872230063 or email him at fcopeland8@gmail.com . The following is a list of the gear and prices:Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Senior €12; Tracksuit-Junior €45, Senior €57; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Senior €28; Rainjacket-Junior €30, Senior €37; Hoodie-Junior €20, Senior €26. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rainjackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players initials free of charge if requested.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 5th AUGUST 2012
The first team entertained Wexford League champions North End United in the Whitegates on Saturday afternoon in a pre season friendly. The visitors were very impressive and the lads were giving a serious work out. Even though the lads lost out on a 3-0 score line its hoped they learnt something from this game. This is a very young side with a sprinkle of experienced players so games like this can only benefit them for the season ahead.
With the new season fast approaching club membership will be due very soon, the club have organised the following registration nights: Wednesday 29 th August, Friday 31 st August, Monday 10 th September and Wednesday 12 th September, all registration nights will take place in the clubhouse at the Whitegates from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm. As the committee find themselves snowed under with other aspects of running the club people can appreciate that these people volunteer most of their free time to the running of the club and with this in mind if people can try to make one of the above registration nights it would be most appreciated by the club, at the present time the club don’t envisage holding extra registration nights.
The club our currently looking for managers for our under 19 team and our third team, anyone interested in either positions can contact Johnny Dunne @ 087-7802098.
Also the club are looking for someone to fill the club secretary role within the club, anyone who would be interested in this position can contact club chairman Paul Delaney @ 086-3700320 or alternatively contact any committee member. Also the club are actively looking for new recruits for the executive committee so if your interested in helping out with the running of the club please contact any committee member as all help would be very much appreciated.
The club will hold their AGM on Monday the 27 th of August in the clubhouse at the Whitegates starting at 8 pm sharp.
Wicklow Rovers AFC and St Pats GAA are running a boot bank through out the month of August, it will take place in the Whitegates every Saturday morning from 10 am to 12 pm. So if you have old boots that are in good condition lying around and wont be used again why not bring them down, we’ll buy them for €5 and sell them for €10. For further information please contact Stuart @ 086-2510281.
The recent summer camp proved to be a big hit and due to demand the club have decided to run another week long camp in August, the camp will run from Monday the 20 th of August to Friday the 24 th of August. For more information regarding the camp please contact Johnny Dunne @ 087-7802098, Willie O’Brien @ 086-1696911 or Franny Copeland @ 087-7589332.
The Saturday morning soccer academy will resume as normal this Saturday the 11 th of August from 11 am to 12 pm, so for fun and games while learning the skills of the game come to the Whitegates under the guidance of experienced coach Johnny Dunne. The academy is open to boys and girls from the age of three upwards. All are welcome.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 12th AUGUST 2012
Both the first and second teams will participate in the Leinster Senior League in the coming season, the firsts have moved up to the intermediate grade on a Sunday while the seconds will play on Saturdays. Both sides continued their build up to the new season with friendly matches at the weekend. The first team travelled to Kilkenny to take on a very strong Evergreen side, after a very good workout the match ended all square on a 1-1 scoreline, Garreth Murphy hit the back of the net for Rovers, this proved to be another good run out for the lads in preparation for their first competitive game next week. Their opening game for the new season is at home against Skerries Town in the Whitegates next Sunday the 19 th of August with a 2.30 pm kick off, on Wednesday the 22 nd of August their second game is a local derby away to Greystones United.
The second team entertained Ashford Rovers on Saturday in the Whitegates and they recorded a comprehensive 7-2 victory, Paddy Clarke continued on from where he left off last season when he bagged a hat-trick, Darren Pierce, Anto Doran, Jack Nother and Ciaran McGettigan all added singles. This was an excellent performance with a lot of young players on display, they start their season next Saturday and at the time of writing the fixtures hadn’t been released. The club would like to take this opportunity to wish all our senior sides and their management teams the best of luck for the new season.    
With the new season fast approaching club membership will be due very soon, the club have organised the following registration nights: Wednesday 29 th August, Friday 31 st August, Monday 10 th September and Wednesday 12 th September, all registration nights will take place in the clubhouse at the Whitegates from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm. As the committee find themselves snowed under with other aspects of running the club people can appreciate that these people volunteer most of their free time to the running of the club and with this in mind if people can try to make one of the above registration nights it would be most appreciated by the club, at the present time the club don’t envisage holding extra registration nights.
The club our currently looking for managers for our under 19 team and our third team, anyone interested in either positions can contact Johnny Dunne @ 087-7802098.
Also the club are looking for someone to fill the club secretary role within the club, anyone who would be interested in this position can contact club chairman Paul Delaney @ 086-3700320 or alternatively contact any committee member. Also the club are actively looking for new recruits for the executive committee so if your interested in helping out with the running of the club please contact any committee member as all help would be very much appreciated.
The club will hold their AGM on Monday the 27 th of August in the clubhouse at the Whitegates starting at 8 pm sharp.
Wicklow Rovers AFC and St Pats GAA are running a boot bank through out the month of August, it will take place in the Whitegates every Saturday morning from 10 am to 12 pm. So if you have old boots that are in good condition lying around and wont be used again why not bring them down, we’ll buy them for €5 and sell them for €10. For further information please contact Stuart @ 086-2510281.
The recent summer camp proved to be a big hit and due to demand the club have decided to run another week long camp in August, the camp will run from Monday the 20 th of August to Friday the 24 th of August. For more information regarding the camp please contact Johnny Dunne @ 087-7802098, Willie O’Brien @ 086-1696911 or Franny Copeland @ 087-7589332.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 19th AUGUST 2012
The first team kicked off the new season with a home game against Skerries Town on Sunday afternoon, this was their first match in the intermediate grade so they were looking for a good start. They got the good start they were looking for but in truth they will need to step up on this very patchy performance. They got off to a great start when Luke Byrne fired home a free kick after five minutes and they doubled this in the sixty seventh minute when sub Paul O’Neill finished off a good move involving Luke Byrne, Gareth Murphy and Mark O’Sullivan. Four minutes later Rovers conceded a soft goal to let the visitors back into the game and they made life even harder for themselves when they had two players red carded in the dying minutes of the game. They play Greystones Utd in The Woodlands on Wednesday 22 nd August [tonight] in their second game.
The second team had no game at the weekend, at the time of writing they were due to take on Greystones Utd away in their first game on Monday night the 20 th of August.
With the new season fast approaching club membership will be due very soon, the club have organised the following registration nights: Wednesday 29 th August, Friday 31 st August, Monday 10 th September and Wednesday 12 th September, all registration nights will take place in the clubhouse at the Whitegates from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm. As the committee find themselves snowed under with other aspects of running the club people can appreciate that these people volunteer most of their free time to the running of the club and with this in mind if people can try to make one of the above registration nights it would be most appreciated by the club, at the present time the club don’t envisage holding extra registration nights.
Also the club are looking for someone to fill the club secretary role within the club, anyone who would be interested in this position can contact club chairman Paul Delaney @ 086-3700320 or alternatively contact any committee member. Also the club are actively looking for new recruits for the executive committee so if your interested in helping out with the running of the club please contact any committee member as all help would be very much appreciated.
The club will hold their AGM on Monday the 27 th of August in the clubhouse at the Whitegates starting at 8 pm sharp.
Our soccer academy is on every Saturday morning [weather permitting] in the Whitegates all weather pitch at 11 o’clock, so for fun and games while learning the skills of the game come to the Whitegates from 11 till 12 under the guidance of experienced coach Johnny Dunne. The academy is open to boys and girls from the age of three upwards. The academy is not held on Bank Holiday weekends.
Club gear is available from our club shop, if anyone wishes to purchase club gear you can contact Franny Copeland at 0872230063 or email him at lt fcopeland8@gmail.com . The following is a list of the gear and prices:Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Senior €12; Tracksuit-Junior €45, Senior €57; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Senior €28; Rainjacket-Junior €30, Senior €37; Hoodie-Junior €20, Senior €26. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rainjackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players initials free of charge if requested.
Wicklow Rovers AFC and St Pats GAA are running a boot bank through out the month of August, it will take place in the Whitegates every Saturday morning from 10 am to 12 pm. So if you have old boots that are in good condition lying around and wont be used again why not bring them down, we’ll buy them for €5 and sell them for €10. For further information please contact Stuart @ 086-2510281.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 26th AUGUST 2012
The first team played two games last week, on Wednesday night they lost out to Greystones Utd away in a five goal thriller, they lost out on a 3-2 scoreline with Ricky Quinn and Stephen Moran scoring the goals. On Sunday afternoon they were back in the Whitegates where they recorded a fantastic 3-0 win over Parkvilla, Shane Cassidy set them on the way in the twenty eighth when he thundered home a header from a corner. In a fairly even game the insurance goal came with fifteen minutes remaining, Paul O’Neill made a nuisance of himself and never let the keeper relax on a back pass, he took the ball from the keeper and went around him only to be pulled down. The away keeper was fortunate to remain on the pitch but the lads got their reward when Ian Brannigan smashed home the resulting spot kick. With five minutes left on the clock the best move of the game saw the lads score the third goal. Stephen Earls, Gareth Murphy, Greg Dunne, Darren Nolan and Paul O’Neill were all involved in the move that set Luke Byrne away on the right, Luke went around the advancing keeper to slot home number three.    
The second team started their first season in the Leinster Senior League with an excellent point away to one of the title favourites Greystones Utd, Sean Tobin notched the goal in a 1-1 draw in what was an excellent team performance. On Saturday they entertained Rush Athletic in the Whitegates and recorded all three points in a 3-0 victory, Darren Pierce, Ciaran McGettigan and David Rowan were all on the score sheet in a solid team performance. A highlight of this game was the impressive performances from some of the young players, both Karl Earls and Aaron O’Sullivan were excellent in the full back positions and Ciaran McGettigan came off the bench to score Rovers second goal to give them breathing space at a crucial stage of the game. This result means they set the early pace as joint leaders on four points from two games with Greystones Utd.
With the new season fast approaching club membership will be due very soon, the club have organised the following registration nights: Wednesday 29 th August, Friday 31 st August, Monday 10 th September and Wednesday 12 th September, all registration nights will take place in the clubhouse at the Whitegates from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm. As the committee find themselves snowed under with other aspects of running the club people can appreciate that these people volunteer most of their free time to the running of the club and with this in mind if people can try to make one of the above registration nights it would be most appreciated by the club, at the present time the club don’t envisage holding extra registration nights.
Our soccer academy is on every Saturday morning [weather permitting] in the Whitegates all weather pitch at 11 o’clock, so for fun and games while learning the skills of the game come to the Whitegates from 11 till 12 under the guidance of experienced coach Johnny Dunne. The academy is open to boys and girls from the age of three upwards.
Club gear is available from our club shop, if anyone wishes to purchase club gear you can contact Franny Copeland at 0872230063 or email him at lt fcopeland8@gmail.com . The following is a list of the gear and prices:Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Senior €12; Tracksuit-Junior €45, Senior €57; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Senior €28; Rainjacket-Junior €30, Senior €37; Hoodie-Junior €20, Senior €26. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rainjackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players initials free of charge if requested.
Wicklow Rovers AFC and St Pats GAA are running a boot bank through out the month of August, it will take place in the Whitegates every Saturday morning from 10 am to 12 pm. So if you have old boots that are in good condition lying around and wont be used again why not bring them down, we’ll buy them for €5 and sell them for €10. For further information please contact Stuart @ 086-2510281.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 2nd SEPTEMBER 2012
It was a quiet weekend on the playing field last week with none of our senior teams in action. Both the first and second teams have got off to good starts with the first team winning two and losing one from their first three games. The seconds have won one and drawn one from their first two games. Why not come along to The Whitegates and cheer on these two young sides through out the season. Keep an eye out on the club website and facebook page for their fixtures.
The schoolboys/girls season kicks off this coming weekend the 8 th/9 th of September, the executive committee would like to wish all players, coaches and parents a successful and enjoyable season. Good luck to everyone.
The all weather pitch at The Whitegates has currently got two available slots for rental, the two slots are Monday and Wednesday nights from 9 pm to 10 pm, anyone interested in renting out these slots can contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098.
The clubs new website was launched during the week, it contains all club information, club policy, code of ethics, team photos, action photos, event photos and more, so log onto www.wicklowrovers.com and check it out.
The various National Cup draws were made during the week, they are as follows: Under 12 - 1 st Round – Wicklow Rovs. A v Wicklow Rovs. B. Under 13 – 1 st Round – Wicklow Rovs. B v Greenhills Boys. Under 13 – 2 nd Round – Wicklow Rovs. A v Bush Celtic. Under 14 – 1 st Round – Wicklow Rovs. A v Beechwood, Prosperous Utd v Wicklow Rovs. B. Under 15 – 1 st Round – Wicklow Rovs. B v Ardmore Rovs. [SD]. Under 15 – 2 nd Round – Naas Utd v Wicklow Rovs. A. Under 16 – 2 nd Round – Wicklow Rovs. A v Castle Villa.
With the new season up and running, club membership is now due, the club have already had two registration nights last week, two further registration nights are pencilled in for Monday 10 th September and Wednesday 12 th September, all registration nights will take place in the clubhouse at the Whitegates from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm. As the committee find themselves snowed under with other aspects of running the club people can appreciate that these people volunteer most of their free time to the running of the club and with this in mind if people can try to make one of the above registration nights it would be most appreciated by the club, at the present time the club don’t envisage holding extra registration nights.
Also the club are trying to set up a sub committee to look after sponsorship/fund raising, at present we have a couple of parents interested in getting this committee up and running but they are going to need help with it, so if you are parent with a child playing in the club and want to help the club further improve the clubs facilities and the club as a whole why not come forward and help. Any interested people can contact any committee member.
Our soccer academy is on every Saturday morning [weather permitting] in the Whitegates all weather pitch at 11 o’clock, so for fun and games while learning the skills of the game come to the Whitegates from 11 till 12 under the guidance of experienced coach Johnny Dunne. The academy is open to boys and girls from the age of three upwards.
Club gear is available from our club shop, if anyone wishes to purchase club gear you can contact Franny Copeland at 0872230063 or email him at lt fcopeland8@gmail.com . The following is a list of the gear and prices:Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Senior €12; Tracksuit-Junior €45, Senior €57; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Senior €28; Rainjacket-Junior €30, Senior €37; Hoodie-Junior €20, Senior €26. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rainjackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players initials free of charge if requested.
Wicklow Rovers AFC and St Pats GAA are running a boot bank through out the month of August, it will take place in the Whitegates every Saturday morning from 10 am to 12 pm. So if you have old boots that are in good condition lying around and wont be used again why not bring them down, we’ll buy them for €5 and sell them for €10. For further information please contact Stuart @ 086-2510281.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 9th SEPTEMBER 2012
The first team were held to a disappointing draw at home to St Mochtas, after playing against ten men for over fifty minutes this will be counted as two points dropped. Luke Byrne gave them the ideal start after two minutes, the away side drew level with a wicked deflection on the half hour. From this point chances were at a premium with neither team coming close to breaking the deadlock. The lads have been drawn away to Pegasus St James Athletic FC in the first round of the FAI Intermediate Cup, no date fixed yet.
The second team went down to their first defeat of the season, with fifteen minutes remaining on the clock they were 2-1 up and looked in total control of the game. They were creating plenty of chances to seal a victory but then in a mad last fifteen they conceded three goals to lose 4-2, after falling behind in the first half they battled back to take a 2-1 lead before conceding those three goals, two of which were very soft. Goalscorers on the day were Neil Doyle and Ciaran McGettigan.
A very young third team went down 2-1 away to Rathnew, Mikey Delaney gave Rovers the lead but Rathnew hit two goals in the last ten minutes one of which was hotly disputed to take all three points.
Jamis Noble of the under 11B’s became the first player to enter this season’s hat-trick club when he hit the back of the net three times in his teams 7-1 away victory over Wolfe Tone B, well done Jamie.  
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to wish former committee member Ray Clancy a speedy recovery from illness, we all hope your up and about very soon, get well soon Ray.
The all weather pitch at The Whitegates has currently got two available slots for rental, the two slots are Monday and Wednesday nights from 9 pm to 10 pm, anyone interested in renting out these slots can contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098.
The clubs new website was launched during the week, it contains all club information, club policy, code of ethics, team photos, action photos, event photos and more, so log onto www.wicklowrovers.com and check it out.
With the new season up and running, club membership is now due, the club have already had two registration nights last week and another on Monday night, another registration night is pencilled in for tonight Wednesday the 12 th of September, all registration nights take place in the clubhouse at the Whitegates from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm. As the committee find themselves snowed under with other aspects of running the club people can appreciate that these people volunteer most of their free time to the running of the club and with this in mind if people can try to make one of the above registration nights it would be most appreciated by the club, at the present time the club don’t envisage holding extra registration nights.
Also the club are trying to set up a sub committee to look after sponsorship/fund raising, at present we have a couple of parents interested in getting this committee up and running but they are going to need help with it, so if you are parent with a child playing in the club and want to help the club further improve the clubs facilities and the club as a whole why not come forward and help. Any interested people can contact any committee member.
The club are currently seeking players for under 9’s [Born 2004], 10’s [Born 2003] and 11’s [Born 2002], if you have a child at any of these age groups and are interested in playing please contact John Frazer at 087-0564394.
Everyone at the club would like to extend their sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Tommy Cahill, Tommy managed the first team to a Wicklow Cup and Premier League double back in the 1987/88 season. In the same season he also won the Wicklow area of the FAI Junior Cup. He trained all his teams hard and treated every player exactly the same, he will be sadly missed by everyone, may he rest in peace.
Wicklow Rovers AFC and St Pats GAA are running a boot bank through out the month of August, it will take place in the Whitegates every Saturday morning from 10 am to 12 pm. So if you have old boots that are in good condition lying around and wont be used again why not bring them down, we’ll buy them for €5 and sell them for €10. For further information please contact Stuart @ 086-2510281.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 16th SEPT 2012
Our first team took on Garda FC away last Friday night, they came home with a share of the spoils after a 1-1 draw. By all accounts this is a game they should have won after turning in an excellent all round team performance. Ricki Quinn continued his impressive start to the season with his second goal of the season to keep the lads in fourth place in the league.
The second team inflicted the first defeat of the season on Dunboyne FC in their own backyard, they travelled to Dunboyne and collected all three points courtesy of a Jim Foley penalty. It was a tough battle and an excellent three points which draws them level with their opponents in joint second place and keeps them nicely tucked in behind Greystones United.
The third team were at home to Avonmore A, they went down by a score of 2-1 with Paddy Clarke getting the Rovers goal. This was a team that was put together at the last minute and with a few games under their belts they have the potential to improve. They have good sprinkle of young players so the more games they get, can only help them.
The under 12 girls had an excellent 4-0 home win over Shankill FC, Niamh McSorley hit a splendid hat-trick with Niamh Caffrey scoring the other. The under 14 girls were involved in a six goal thriller away to Lucan Utd, the match ended 3-3 with Rioghna McGettigan scoring a brace and Eve Christie hitting a single.
We had five players in the hat-trick club this week,  four of the five players hit four goals or more, first up was Eoin McAulay who hit four goals for the 15A’s in their 8-1 win at home to Arklow Town A on Saturday, on the same day Kieran Bloomfield went one better when he netted an incredible five times for the 16A’s in their 12-1 home victory over Greystones Utd A, next was Charlie Christie who scored all four goals for the 11B’s in their 4-2 win away to Greystones Utd C. Keith Carty netted four times for the 12A’s in their 5-3 win against local neighbours Wicklow Town A, last but not least was Niamh McSorley who scored three goals for the under 12 girls in their 4-0 victory over Shankill FC, well done Niamh, Charlie, Keith, Eoin and Kieran.
The club have set two further club membership registration nights, they will be held in the clubhouse in The Whitegates on Thursday the 20 th of September and Thursday the 27 th of September from 7.30 pm to 9 pm. These will definitely be the last two nights for registering with the club. Due to insurance stipulations, if a player is not registered with the club they could be prevented from playing. The closing date for club membership registration is the 30 th of September, if this is a problem please contact any committee member. Membership registration nights are for all intended members of the club.
The club are currently trying to set up a sub committee to look after sponsorship/fund raising, at present we have a couple of parents interested in getting this committee up and running but they are going to need help with it, so if you are parent with a child playing in the club and want to help the club further improve the clubs facilities and the club as a whole why not come forward and help. Any interested people can contact any committee member.
The club are seeking players for under 9’s [Born 2004], 10’s [Born 2003] and 11’s [Born 2002], if you have a child at any of these age groups and are interested in playing please contact John Frazer at 087-0564394.
Wicklow Rovers AFC and St Pats GAA are running a boot bank through out the month of August and September, it will take place in the Whitegates every Saturday morning from 10 am to 12 pm. So if you have old boots that are in good condition lying around and wont be used again why not bring them down, we’ll buy them for €5 and sell them for €10. For further information please contact Stuart @ 086-2510281.
Our soccer academy is on every Saturday morning [weather permitting] in the Whitegates all weather pitch at 11 o’clock, so for fun and games while learning the skills of the game come to the Whitegates from 11 till 12 under the guidance of experienced coach Johnny Dunne. The academy is open to boys and girls from the age of three upwards.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 23rd SEPTEMBER 2012
Our first team went down to a disappointing 2-0 defeat at home to Lucan United on Sunday afternoon in the Whitegates, this result drops them down to mid table and at this early stage they need to string a bit of a run together to get themselves back in contention. The good thing about this league is everyone is capable of taking points off each other so there’s bound to be lots of twists in the title race.
The second team took on unbeaten Drumcondra last Saturday in the Whitegates, both teams were locked together in joint second place in the league with three other sides. Rovers totally controlled this game from start to finish and probably should have won by a bigger margin, they rattled the woodwork on several occasions. In the end they ran out easy winners by 3 goals to nil. Sean Tobin set them on their way heading home Jim Foley’s corner after eighteen minutes. Karl Earls and Jay Waters both hit the woodwork before the break. The second half was more pressure from Rovers and it was no surprise when substitute Paddy Clarke put them further in front on sixty one minutes. Ciaran McGettigan worked hard all afternoon and just when we thought he got his reward his well taken goal was harshly ruled out for offside in the seventy fifth minute but he did finally hit the back of the net when he got on the end of a Sean Tobin cross in the last minute to complete the scoring and given Rovers a comfortable three points. [Full match report on club website].
The third team had no game at the weekend.
Two out of the three girls teams were in action over the weekend, the under 12’s had no game, the under 14’s went down narrowly by one goal to nil against  Maynooth Town while the under 16’s lost out 3-0 to a strong Lucan Utd side.
We had one player in the hat-trick club this week, Eoin McAulay hit the back of the net four times last week and followed that with three goals this week for the under 15A’s in their 6-1 away victory over Ardmore Rovers A, seven goals in two games is a great return by all accounts, well done Eoin.
The club have one further club membership registration nights, it will be held in the clubhouse in The Whitegates on Thursday [tomorrow] the 27 th of September from 7.30 pm to 9 pm. This will definitely be the last night for registering with the club. The club have had several registration nights and all the committee have been at these nights so it is totally unfair for people to expect these volunteers to keep adding extra nights for registration and spending their free time doing this work when they could be carrying out other duties within the club. Due to insurance stipulations, if a player is not registered with the club they could be prevented from playing. The closing date for club membership registration is the 30 th of September, if this is a problem please contact any committee member. Membership registration nights are for all intended members of the club.
The club are currently trying to set up a sub committee to look after sponsorship/fund raising, at present we have a couple of parents interested in getting this committee up and running but they are going to need help with it, so if you are parent with a child playing in the club and want to help the club further improve the clubs facilities and the club as a whole why not come forward and help. Any interested people can contact any committee member.
The club are seeking players for under 9’s [Born 2004], 10’s [Born 2003] and 11’s [Born 2002], if you have a child at any of these age groups and are interested in playing please contact John Frazer at 087-0564394.
Wicklow Rovers AFC and St Pats GAA are running a boot bank through out the month of August and September, it will take place in the Whitegates every Saturday morning from 10 am to 12 pm. So if you have old boots that are in good condition lying around and wont be used again why not bring them down, we’ll buy them for €5 and sell them for €10. For further information please contact Stuart @ 086-2510281.
Our soccer academy is on every Saturday morning [weather permitting] in the Whitegates all weather pitch at 11 o’clock, so for fun and games while learning the skills of the game come to the Whitegates from 11 till 12 under the guidance of experienced coach Johnny Dunne. The academy is open to boys and girls from the age of three upwards.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 30th SEPTEMBER 2012
The first team were in action in the first round of the FAI Intermediate cup at the weekend when they played Pegasus/St James Athletic away, they lost out by two goals to one but turned in a good performance. Their opponents play in the division above them and are unbeaten so this was always going to be a tough game. Rovers scored when a Maurice Dunne corner was met by Joe Quinn, the breaking ball fell to Darren Nolan who showed great composure to round the defender and powerfully finish past the keeper. Rovers conceded two soft goals and if they had finished off their own chances they could easily have won this game. Jamie Snell was man of the match on his debut, Joe Quinn, Luke Byrne, Maurice Dunne and Mark O’Sullivan played well in a good team performance.
The second team went down 1-0 away to Killester United, it was a close game that could have went either way and the lads were unlucky not to get at least a point out of this game, the result means they fall three points behind league leaders Greystones United. The club would like to wish second team player Karl Earls a speedy recovery from injury, we hope to see you back on the playing fields very soon.
The third team were away to St Patricks in Avoca at the weekend and they gained their first point of the season in a thrilling 3-3 draw, they went 1-0 up but the home team pegged them back, they then nabbed two more goals to go 3-1 up but St Patricks hit back with two goals, the equaliser coming from the penalty spot with a minute left on the clock. This young team gave a good account of themselves against a tough St Patricks side and were unlucky not to take all three points. Darren Kane scored a brace and Niall O’Rourke scored the other and hopefully they will kick on from this result.
We had six of our junior sides in National Cup action over the weekend, first up on Saturday was the 13B’s who came up against a strong Greenhills Boys team and were beaten comprehensively, in fairness to the lads they battled to the end. The under 14B’s travelled to Kildare to take on Prosperous United and lost out 6-0. On Sunday the 12A’s took on their club mates the B team and ran out convincing winners to progress to the second round, the 14A’s lost out 2-0 to Beechwood FC in a close game between two even teams. Our under 15B’s were unlucky to lose out to Ardmore Rovers from the South Dublin League in a six goal thriller losing 4-2 after extra time. The 13A’s, 15A’s and 16A’s all received byes to the second round of their cups.
In the girls section, the under 16 girls had a convincing 7-2 home victory over HHFC, a brace from Ally Webb and singles from Alicia O’Rourke, Clodagh Fox, Jade Manley, Chloe Brennan and Kayleigh Sullivan accounted for their goals.
We had two players in the hat-trick club this week, goal scoring machine Charlie Christie hit his second hat-trick of the season for the 11B’s in his teams 5-2 away win against Ashford Rovs. B to take his tally to eleven goals in three games, also in the hat-trick club was Shane Cullinan who hit three for the under 12A’s in their National cup win over their club mates from the B team, well done Charlie and Shane.  
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to congratulate first team player Greg Dunne and Sasha Hegarthy on the arrival of baby Abbie, we all wish you the best of luck, health and happiness for the future.
Registration nights for club membership finished during the week, we have now held six nights for people to register, the executive committee will now meet to decide if there will be anymore registration nights. To all players and parents, if you have not registered please contact any committee member or your manager regarding payment or your preferred payment plan.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to express their sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Bernadette Neilan, Bernadette’s grandson Joseph plays for our under 9A’s and her son Joe is on our executive committee, our deepest condolences go out to Joe, Joseph, the Neilan family and friends, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time, may she rest in peace.
The club are seeking players for under 9’s [Born 2004], 10’s [Born 2003] and 11’s [Born 2002], if you have a child at any of these age groups and are interested in playing please contact John Frazer at 087-0564394.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 7th OCTOBER 2012
The first team didn’t have a fixture at the weekend, the second team took on Earl Celtic at the Whitegates on Saturday and recorded a disappointing 0-0 draw. Our thirds went down 2-0 to our neighbours Wicklow Town A, the Town were well deserving winners on the day but the lads are a young team and the more they stick together and the more games they get under their belts they can only improve.
The girls under 12 team had a comprehensive win in the first round of the MGL cup, they defeated Stamullen by a score of 9-0, four players notched a brace a piece, Emer McNulty, Jessica Lyons, Lucy McGettigan and Niamh Caffrey all hit two goals each while Holly McSorley added a single to comfortably progress to round two.
In the hat-trick club this week we had two players, first up was Kieran Bloomfield who hit his second hat-trick of the season with three goals for the under 16A’s in their 5-2 away win against Greystones Utd in the premier shield. Performance of the weekend has to go to Alfie Heather of the under 14B’s who hit a stunning six goals for his team in their exciting 7-3 victory at home to Arklow United B in the division 3 shield. Alfie’s double hat-trick were from the top drawer, finishing at its best and it has to be said everyone of his six goals had to be worked for and were all top quality finishes. [Match report on club website].
In other matches at the weekend the 8A’s beat Ardmore Rovers A 3-1 with Charlie Phelan, Rory Hennessy and Aaron Murray scoring the goals. The 8B’s were defeated by Ardmore Rovers B 6-0, the 9A’s lost out 2-1 away to Rathnew with Glen Broughan getting the goal. Our 10B’s drew 2-2 with Roundwood with Adam O’Reilly nabbing both goals. The 11B’s went down 3-2 at home to Fassaroe YC, Daniel Murphy and Charlie Christie getting the goals. The 12B’s were beaten by a strong St Anthonys team. In the under 13 section the A’s defeated Greystones Utd A 3-2 with two goals from Luca Rampersaud and one from Adam Cullen while the B team lost 6-1 away to Ashford Rovers with Stuart Cox getting their goal. The 14A’s beat Wolfe Tone B 4-1 at the Whitegates with JJ Power scoring two and Shane Devlin and Michael Anthony Doyle scoring one each. The 14B’s were involved in a ten goal thriller coming out on top by seven goals to three, in this game Alfie Heather helped himself to an incredible double hat-trick with Jack Doran scoring the other. The 15A’s maintained their one hundred percent start to the season with a 6-3 win over Arklow United with two goals from Ross Quinn and singles from Andrew Earls, Adam Copeland, Eoin McAulay and Colin O’Toole. Finally the under 16A’s continued their good start with a 5-2 away win against Greystones United, Kieran Bloomfield nabbed his second hat-trick of the season while Liam Kavanagh, and Darragh O’Connor scored one a piece.  
Club gear is available from our club shop, if anyone wishes to purchase club gear you can contact Franny Copeland at 0872230063 or email him at fcopeland8@gmail.com . The following is a list of the gear and prices:Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Senior €12; Tracksuit-Junior €45, Senior €57; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Senior €28; Rainjacket-Junior €30, Senior €37; Hoodie-Junior €20, Senior €26. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rainjackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players initials free of charge if requested.
The club are seeking players for under 9’s [Born 2004], 10’s [Born 2003] and 11’s [Born 2002], if you have a child at any of these age groups and are interested in playing please contact John Frazer at 087-0564394.
Our soccer academy is on every Saturday morning [weather permitting] in the Whitegates all weather pitch at 11 o’clock, so for fun and games while learning the skills of the game come to the Whitegates from 11 till 12 under the guidance of experienced coach Johnny Dunne. The academy is open to boys and girls from the age of three upwards.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to congratulate St Patricks GAA club on winning the county senior club championship at the weekend, well done lads.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 14th OCTOBER 2012
The second team got back to winning ways with a tough 2-1 away victory over Swords Celtic. Aidan O’Neill and Warren Gormley notched the goals in a win that helps them jump into second place in the league.
At the time of going to print there was no information from either the first or third teams.
In the girls section the under 12’s won 8-0 away to Cabinteely, two goals each for Sinead McGettigan and Niamh Caffrey and singles for Emer McNulty, Lucy Dunne, Niamh McSorley and Amy Kavanagh accounted for their goals. The under 14 girls game was off at the weekend.  Our under 16 girls won 6-0 at home to Maynooth Town, the highlight of the game was a splendid hat-trick from Clodagh Fox, Kayleigh Sullivan, Ally Webb and Sadie Mold hit a goal a piece.
In the junior section the under 8A’s drew 1-1 away to St Anthonys with Steven Gormley scoring the goal, the 8B’s drew 2-2 with Ashford Rovers B with Daniel Kavanagh and Brian McCaul hitting the back of the net. The 9A’s had an excellent win over St Anthonys by a score of 5-1 with Mark Hodgkinson, Matthew Harbourne, Conor Hunter, Chris Bouchier and Glen Broughan nabbing the goals. The 9B’s lost 6-0 away to Wolfe Tone A while the 9C’s lost 5-0 to Greystones United D in their first game of the season. The 10A’s lost 5-1 to St Anthonys with Max Kearney hitting the back of the net while the B’s went down narrowly 1-0 to Greystones B. The under 11A’s defeated Newtown 8-0 with two goals a piece from Paul Marah and Robbie Hoffman with Brandon O’Brien, Ben Hudson, Max Kearney and Nathan Sullivan adding one each. The 11B’s continued their good form with a 3-0 home win against Wolfe Tone with goals from Charlie Christie, Joe O’Shea and Jamie Noble. The 12A’s came out on top in the local derby winning 5-1 against Wicklow Town with Keith Carty and Eoin Scrennan notching a brace each with Cillian Kelly getting the other. Our 13A’s maintained their hundred percent start to the season with a 5-0 win over Avonmore, Luca Rampersaud helped himself to a hat-trick with Jack Dunne and Adam Byrne adding singles. The 13B’s lost 6-1 to Ashford Rovers with Stuart Cox scoring the goal. The 14A’s won 5-2 away to St Anthonys with two goals from Shane Devlin and one each From Jack Geraghty, Matthew Traynor and Rory Dowling. The 15A’s defeated our 15B’s 4-1 with a brace from Colin O’Toole and one a piece from Adam Copeland and Ross Quinn, Alljandro Barbieria scored for the B’s. Finally the under 16A’s continued their good start to the season defeating Coolboy Rangers 1-0 away to make it four wins from four with Rory O’Kelly heading home the only goal of the game.
We had two players in the hat-trick club this week, first up was Clodagh Fox who hit three for the under 16 girls in their 6-0 home win over Maynooth Town, then it was Luca Rampersaud who banged home his three to bring his total for the season to seven for the under 13A’s in their 5-0 shield victory over Avonmore, well done Clodagh and Luca.
It has been noted that some managers are not texting full information to club secretaries, the text should contain both team names, whether A, B or C, age group, competition and goalscorers. Also text should be sent asap after the end of the match and should be sent whether you win or lose. Please think of the people who are giving up their time to send results and goalscorers to the league and newspaper, everything has a knock on effect by the delay to send in your result in. This applies to the senior teams as well as the junior sides.
The club are seeking players for under 9’s [Born 2004] and 11’s [Born 2002], if you have a child at any of these age groups and are interested in playing please contact John Frazer at 087-0564394.
The Neilan family would like to extend their sincere thanks to everyone who sympathised with them on the recent sad loss of their mother Bernadette. Thanks to all who visited us at home, thanks to those who attended the funeral mass and burial, to those who sent mass cards and a big thanks to all who offered kind words of sympathy. Many thanks from the Neilan Family.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 21st OCTOBER 2012
Both the first and second teams had no games at the weekend. The third team entertained league leaders St Fergals at the Whitegates and yet again lady luck deserted them, they matched their more experienced opponents and went in front with an early goal from Mikey Delaney, they eventually lost out 3-2 with Paddy Clarke scoring the other goal but they should have taken something from the game, they also failed to convert a penalty as they yet again lose by the minimum of margins.
In the girls section the under 12’s went down 3-1 away to Greystones, leading scorer Niamh Caffrey scored the Rovers goal to keep her record of scoring in every game since the start of the season and  brings her tally to six goals in four games. The under 16 girls won 9-0 away to Liffey Valley FC, the highlight of the game was two hat-tricks, one from Amie Collier and the other from Kayleigh Sullivan. Ally Webb, Chloe Brennan and Alicia O’Rourke all weighed in with singles. The under 14 game was off.
On the junior front we were suppose to have four teams in National Cup action, three teams received walkovers while the other fell victim to the weather, the 12A’s were awarded a walkover from Lakelands B, the 13A’s got a walkover from Bush Celtic while the 16A’s received a walkover from Castle Villa. The 15A’s game away to Naas United fell foul of the weather. Elsewhere in the schoolboy/girls section the under 8A’s drew 2-2 with Rathnew with the deadly duo of Aaron Murray and Charlie Phelan notching a goal a piece, our 9A’s defeated Greystones 2-0 with Glen Broughan and Mark Hodgkinson hitting the back of the net, the 9C’s played their second match of the season and recorded their first win defeating Enniskerry B by two goals to one with David Butler and Kai Fitzsimmons netting the goals. Our 10A’s lost 3-0 away to Ardmore Rovers A, the 10B’s lost out to Rathnew 3-2 in a thriller, Adam O’Reilly and an og accounted for Rovers goals, the 10C’s won 2-0 away to local rivals Wicklow Town, Finn Egan Barron and Aaron Lynch supplying the goals. The 11B’s kept themselves well in the title hunt with a narrow 1-0 away win over Greystones with Joe O’Shea getting the all important goal. The 12B’s lost 4-1 away to Greystones with Fionn Matthews scoring his second goal of the season. Our 14A’s maintained their one hundred percent record in the division 1 shield with a 4-0 home win over Coolboy Rangers, Sean Algera, Rory Dowling, JJ Power and Shane Devlin were all on the scoreboard. The rest of our junior teams had no games.
The hat-trick club this week saw two ladies add their names to the list, both girls registered their hat-tricks for the under 16 girls in their 9-0 away win over Liffey Valley FC, Amie Collier and Kayleigh Sullivan both hit the back of the net three times, well done Amie and Kayleigh.
All managers, coaches, players and parents are asked to note that there will be no games this weekend the 27 th/28 th of  October in the Wicklow District Schoolboys/Girls League.
Also our Saturday morning soccer academy will not take place this weekend due to the Bank Holiday, the academy will resume the following Saturday the 3 rd of November on the all weather pitch at 11 am, so all you kids from 3 years of age up to 8 years come along and enjoy the game of soccer under the guidance of Johnny Dunne.
The club are seeking players for under 8’s [Born 2005/2006], under 9’s [Born 2004] and under 11’s [Born 2002], if you have a child at any of these age groups and are interested in playing please contact John Frazer at 087-0564394.
It has been noted that some managers are not texting full information to club secretaries, the text should contain both team names, whether A, B or C, age group, competition and goalscorers. Also text should be sent asap after the end of the match and should be sent whether you win or lose. Please think of the people who are giving up their time to send results and goalscorers to the league and newspaper, everything has a knock on effect by the delay to send in your result in. This applies to the senior teams as well as the junior sides.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 28th OCTOBER 2012
There was very little action on the playing field this week due to the Bank Holiday weekend, it was left to the first and second teams to provide us with football. Our first team suffered their fourth successive defeat when they lost at home to Templeogue United by two goals to one. The first half saw them control the game for long periods and go in at the break with a deserved 1-0 lead. The second period was totally different with the only chance of note to the lads coming in the last minute with the away keeper saving well from Paul O’Neill but by this stage the lads had shot themselves in the foot. At 1-0 up midway through the half, the lack of discipline reared its head again with Rovers having a player dismissed for something that was said to the referee, the away side responded by scoring two goals in the space of a couple of minutes with fifteen minutes remaining. Paul Alexander and Ricki Quinn were Rovers best players on the day in an over worked defence especially in the second half when Rovers surrendered control in the middle of the park. This result sees them drop to fourth from the bottom of the league but with very little separating all the teams in this league a couple of wins could propel them up the table.
The seconds were away on Saturday, they took on Rathcoole Boys who were two places and two points behind Rovers in the league, so to come away with a share of the spoils was an excellent result, Mark Delaney scored the all important goal to gain a valuable point to keep them in touch with the leaders. This result leaves them in third place two points behind joint leaders Greystones Utd and Killester Utd.
Congratulations to our under 13A and 16A teams on qualifying for their premier shield finals, well done lads.
Jimmy, Brian and the under 16A team would like to thank Jason and St Anthonys for coming down to Wicklow to play a friendly last Saturday morning, it was much appreciated, thanks again.
Our Saturday morning soccer academy will resume this Saturday the 3 rd of November on the all weather pitch at 11 am, so all you kids from 3 years of age up to 8 years come along and enjoy the game of soccer under the guidance of Johnny Dunne.
The club are seeking players for under 8’s [Born 2005/2006], under 9’s [Born 2004] and under 11’s [Born 2002], if you have a child at any of these age groups and are interested in playing please contact John Frazer at 087-0564394.
Also our under 14B team are currently seeking a couple of players, if you were born in 1999 and are interested in playing soccer please contact Rob O’Neill at 085-2402796.
It has been noted that some managers are not texting full information to our club secretaries, the text should contain both team names, whether A, B or C, age group, competition and goalscorers. Also text should be sent asap after the end of the match and should be sent whether you win or lose. Please think of the people who are giving up their time to send results and goalscorers to the league and newspaper, everything has a knock on effect by the delay to send your result in. This applies to the senior teams as well as the junior sides.
Club gear is available from our club shop, if anyone wishes to purchase club gear you can contact Franny Copeland at 0872230063 or email him at fcopeland8@gmail.com . The following is a list of the gear and prices:Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Senior €12; Tracksuit-Junior €45, Senior €57; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Senior €28; Rainjacket-Junior €30, Senior €37; Hoodie-Junior €20, Senior €26. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rainjackets and hoodies can be personalized with the player’s initials free of charge if requested. Club gear would be an ideal stocking filler for Christmas so get your order in early.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 4th NOVEMBER 2012
Action for the senior teams was provided by the firsts and seconds with the third team having no game. On Friday night the first team travelled to take on Parkvilla FC in the first round of the Gilligan Cup and were disappointed to fall at the first hurdle. In truth they should take a good look at their disciplinary record of late as there is a pattern developing as the red mist descended on them again on Friday night. This time the red card came early in play and left the team with an uphill task. Eventually they lost out by two goals to one with Ricki Quinn scoring their goal. At the moment the team is in a bit of a slump but they are only losing games by the odd goal, at this level its hard enough to win games with eleven players on the field never mind playing with ten.
The second team however had a more positive result, they took on joint league leaders Killester Utd and defeated them on a 2-1 score line, this was a tight game between two committed teams, Rovers took the lead courtesy of an Aidan O’Neill penalty but a very good Killester side drew level to make it 1-1 at the break. The crucial goal came with seven minutes left when Warren Gormley powerfully headed home a Rovers corner to give them all three points and in turn leap frog the visitors and Greystones Utd to the top of the league.
In the girls section the under 12’s had a great 6-0 win away to Peamount Utd B in the second round of the MGL cup, leading scorer Niamh Caffrey helped herself to a hat-trick with singles from Amy Kavanagh, Clodagh Irwin and Emer McNulty completing the tally. The under 14’s lost 4-3 away to Lucan Utd in the second round of their cup, Jade Duffy must have felt a little unlucky as she netted a fantastic hat-trick and still ended up on the losing side. The under 16’s lost 3-1 away to Broadford Rovers in the league with Kayleigh Sullivan getting the goal.
In the WDSL section there was a lot of cancellations, of the games that were played our under 8B’s recorded an excellent 6-2 home win over St Patricks A with the highlight a splendid four goals from Liam Burke, Tom Donoghue and Brian McCaul hit the other goals. The 9A’s had a narrow 2-1 away win over Arklow Utd with Conor Hunter and Calum Gibney hitting the back of the net. The 9B’s lost 6-0 to a very strong St Patricks team. Our 11A’s continued their quest for division one honours with a 4-2 home victory over Wolfe Tone A, two under 10 players were on the score sheet here with Max Kearney getting a brace and Troy Sutton also scoring, Craig Anderson scored the fourth goal. The 11B’s title hopes suffered a set back when they lost out in a seven goal thriller in the Hockey Pitch losing 4-3 to St Patricks, Charlie Christie, Brian Hopkins and Jamie Noble all found the back of the net. The 13B’s recorded their first win of the season when they beat Arklow Utd 7-1, Stuart Cox hit a hat-trick with Stephen Finlay notching two and Dean Noble and Cormac Murray scoring one a piece. The under 14A’s maintained their one hundred percent record in the division one shield when they defeated Wolfe Tone B 8-2 to qualify for the final, Rory Dowling hit the back of the net four times followed closely by Shane Devlin who scored three, JJ Power scored the other.The only other game played was the under 15A’s refixed National Cup game against Naas Utd, this game was originally due to be played in the Kildare teams ground but it was cancelled so it reverted to the Whitegates, it was a closely fought game which the Kildare side won by two goals to nil. Rovers will feel they left this game behind them because they had the chances to win the game but failed to take them.
Even though a lot of games fell foul of the weather we still managed to have six players in the hat-trick club, Niamh Caffrey [Under 12 Girls], Jade Duffy [Under 14 Girls], Liam Burke [Under 8B’s], Stuart Cox [Under 13B’s], Rory Dowling [Under 14A’s] and Shane Devlin [Under 14A’s] all hit hat-tricks with Liam and Rory scoring four goals. Well done Niamh, Jade, Liam, Stuart, Rory and Shane.
Congratulations to our under 14A’s who qualified for the division one shield final after their 8-2 victory over Wolfe Tone B at the weekend.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.
    
WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 11th NOVEMBER 2012
On the senior front this week it was a bad weekend all round, the firsts recent slump continued when they went down 2-1 away to Portmarnock FC. The seconds lost out to Drumcondra on a 2-0 score line while the thirds were comprehensively defeated by Rathnew by six goals to nil.
We had three teams in action in the third round of the National Cup at the weekend, first up was the under 16’s who recorded a comprehensive 10-0 win over Dublin side Granada FC, Liam Kavanagh, Glen McCarthy and James Nolan all helped themselves to a brace a piece, Lee Boylan, Kieran Bloomfield, Andrew O’Brien and Alan Power weighed in with singles. The 12A’s followed that with a victory over Knocklyon B by four goals to two, Keith Carty notched two with Dylan Frazer and Shane Cullinan scoring one each. The under 13A’s travelled to Newbridge with an under strength team and were unlucky to lose out to their hosts by a goal to nil.
On the local front last weekend, the under 8A’s lost 5-0 away to a very strong St Anthonys side, the 9A’s defeated Rathnew in a local derby by three goals to two, leading scorer Conor Hunter claimed his eighth and ninth of the season with a brace with Conor Luddy hitting the other goal, the 9C’s had a very good win away to Arklow United B, Ross McCrea, Alex Brown and Kai Fitzsimmons all hit the back of the net in a 3-2 win. The 10A’s recorded a 2-1 home win against St Anthonys with Fionn Luddy and Harry Hodgkinson scoring the all important goals, the 10B’s won 2-1 away to Arklow United with Kieran Fitzpatrick getting his first of the season while Adam O’Reilly notched his fourth, our under 10C team lost 3-2 away to Greystones Utd C in a five goal thriller with Conor Leonard nabbing both goals. The 12B’s lost out narrowly to Glencormac Utd by a score of 3-2, Fionn Matthews third of the season and Alex Porter’s first accounted for the goals. In the under 15 Premier cup quarter final the A’s defeated their club counterparts the B’s by four goals to one, Ross Quinn scored two and Hugh Humby and Rian Daunt Smyth scored one each.
Josh Browne hit the B team goal.
In the girls section the, under 12 girls lost 1-0 at home to Cabinteely, they bombarded the Cabinteely goal in this game but couldn’t find away past the inspired away keeper, a mixture of good goalkeeping and bad luck saw Rovers draw a blank in a game on another day they would have won comfortably, see match report and photos on club website. The under 14 girls drew 1-1 away to Enniskerry with Emily Carey scoring her first of the season. The under 16 girls game was off.
Also our under 14B team are currently seeking a couple of players, if you were born in 1999 and are interested in playing soccer please contact any committee member.
Our soccer academy is on every Saturday morning [weather permitting] in the Whitegates all weather pitch at 11 o’clock, so for fun and games while learning the skills of the game come to the Whitegates from 11 till 12 under the guidance of experienced coach Johnny Dunne. The academy is open to boys and girls from the age of three upwards.
Club gear is available from our club shop, if anyone wishes to purchase club gear you can contact Franny Copeland at 0872230063 or email him at lt fcopeland8@gmail.com . The following is a list of the gear and prices:Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Senior €12; Tracksuit-Junior €45, Senior €57; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Senior €28; Rainjacket-Junior €30, Senior €37; Hoodie-Junior €20, Senior €26. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rainjackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players initials free of charge if requested.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to wish Wally Manley a speedy recovery from his recent illness, we all hope to see you out and about soon.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 18th NOVEMBER 2012
The first team ended their bad recent run with a fantastic win over Lucan Utd in the first round of the Moore Cup at the Whitegates on Sunday afternoon, Mark O’Sullivan scored the all important goal in a 1-0 win in what was a good all round team performance.
The second team took on Farm Utd at the Whitegates on Saturday and collected all three points with a 2-1 victory. The visitors could have leapfrogged Rovers with a win so this proves how important it is to beat your rivals on your home turf, this result puts the lads in second place two points behind leaders Killester Utd. Goalscorers on the day were Jay Waters and Conor Tobin both with their first goals of the season.
Our third team lost 4-1 away to Avonmore FC, Robbie Gill got the lone Rovers goal.
On the schoolboy front on Saturday the 11B’s had a great 5-0 away win over Fassaroe YC to put themselves three points clear of the same opponents at the top of the league, a brace a piece from leading scorer Charlie Christie and Jamie Noble  assisted by a single from Ruadhan Doyle accounted for their goals. Both under 12 teams lost at the weekend, Ryan Corrigan scored his first of the season for the A’s in their 4-1 premier cup defeat to Arklow Town A while the B’s lost 6-1 to Arklow Town B with James Bradshaw notching the goal. The 15A’s took on the 15B’s in the premier shield, after a tight first half when the teams were tied at one a piece the A’s ran out comfortable winners in the end. Ross Quinn hit a hat-trick to bring his tally to ten for the season, Adam Copeland also hit the back of the net three times to double his total to six for the season while Eoin McAulay scored his ninth of the campaign. Alljandro Barbieria netted the goal for the B team to take his total to three for the season.
Sunday’s games in the junior section saw the 8A’s lose 4-2 to Rathnew with Aaron Murray and Peter Dunne scoring the goals, the 9A’s won 2-0 away to Greystones Utd A with Mark Hodgkinson scoring  his fifth of the season and Tiernan O’Brien netting his first of the season. The 9C’s drew 2-2 with Fassaroe YC in the Hockey Pitch, Jack Noble and Kai Fitzsimmons were on the score sheet, our 10A’s lost out to Arklow Town A 5-1 with Lee Hamilton scoring for them, the 10B’s had a good 3-1 win over Roundwood, Charlie Leonard, Evan Dwyer and Daniel Dunne all scored one a piece. The 10C’s won 3-1 at home to Ardmore Rovs. B in a highly entertaining game [match report on club website], a brace from the impressive Conor Leonard and a single from Finn Egan Barron accounted for their goals. The 11A’s good run was halted by Ardmore Rovs. A when they lost a seven goal thriller 4-3, scorers on the day were Craig Anderson, Robbie Hoffman and Nathan Sullivan. The 13A’s maintained their hundred percent record in domestic competition with a comprehensive 7-1 win over Wolfe Tone A, Adam Byrne hit the back of the net an amazing five times with Luca Rampersaud and Ben Watson scoring one each. Our 13B’s lost 6-1 away to Enniskerry with Dean Noble hitting the goal. The 14B’s lost 8-1 away to a strong Newtown Juniors side with Evan Doyle scoring the lone Rovers goal. The 8B’s, 9B’s and 14A’s games were called off while the 16A’s had no game.
In the girls section the under 12’s lost out to a strong Shelbourne team in the quarter final of the MGL Cup, the 14’s won 6-0 at home to Leicester Celtic with Rioghna McGettigan netting a hat-trick, a brace from Jade Duffy and one from Orla Hayes made up the total. The 16’s had a comfortable 10-0 win over Maynooth Town in the second round of the Irish Rail Cup, Kayleigh Sullivan, Abby Webb, Amie Collier and Clodagh Fox all hit the back of the net twice while Saoirse O’Reilly and Hannah Rose Buckley got one each.
We had four players who hit hat-tricks this week, on Saturday Ross Quinn and Adam Copeland scored three each for the 15A’s in their win over the 15B’s, on Sunday Rioghna McGettigan notched three for the under 14 girls in their win over Leicester Celtic, last but not least is Adam Byrne, he plundered an excellent five goals for the under 13A team in their victory over Wolfe Tone A, well done Adam, Rioghna, Adam and Ross.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 25th NOVEMBER 2012
Well the bad weather struck with a vengeance at the weekend, the only game to beat the weather was the first team’s game away to St James Gate on Friday night and we didn’t get anything from this game with the lads losing out 3-1 in what was a very disappointing performance by all accounts, Darren Nolan hit his second goal of the season for the lads.
The Hockey pitch was left in a terrible state at the weekend, someone let horses and ponies in on the pitch with the result that parts of the pitch were tore up resulting with the club having no choice but to cancel all super 7’s and 9’s games at the weekend, a lot of work will be required to get the pitch back in a playable condition, the only people to suffer in all this is the kids, they were left without football so we would ask the people responsible for letting the horses in on the pitch could they please refrain from doing so in the future.
The club are holding a managers meeting on Tuesday the 4 th of December in the clubhouse at The Whitegates at 8 pm, all managers are requested to attend this meeting, if you cannot attend the meeting please send your assistant in your place, both manager and assistant are welcome to attend if they both wish to do so.
Everyone connected with Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to congratulate Jade Duffy and Megan Dunne on their selection for the under 13 Metropolitan Girls League development squad, this is a magnificent achievement for the two girls and their families. The squad consists of only nineteen players and when you take into account that the squad is selected from an area covering Wicklow, Carlow, Kildare, Meath, Dublin and Louth it just shows how much of an honour their selection is. Both players are part of the club’s under 14 team, Megan has been turning in some impressive displays between the posts while Jade has been equally impressive at the other end of the pitch scoring five goals in five games to be joint leading goalscorer for the team.  Everyone at the club is proud of their achievement and we would like to wish them both further success in the future, once again well done Megan and Jade.
The clubs annual Christmas raffle will be held in The Grand Hotel on Saturday the 22 nd of December at 8 pm, all managers should have their raffle tickets for their players by now, if you have not received your tickets please contact any committee member, the Christmas raffle is one of the main club fundraisers so we would like and appreciate if all members could do their best to sell their allocated tickets, many thanks.
The club are holding a clothing recycling drive on Saturday the 1 st of December at the clubhouse in the Whitegates from 12 noon to 2 pm so if you have clean unwanted clothes you would like to donate please drop them in at the above location between the stated time, thank you
Our soccer academy is on every Saturday morning [weather permitting] in the Whitegates all weather pitch at 11 o’clock, so for fun and games while learning the skills of the game come to the Whitegates from 11 till 12 under the guidance of experienced coach Johnny Dunne. The academy is open to boys and girls from the age of three upwards.
Club gear is available from our club shop, if anyone wishes to purchase club gear you can contact Franny Copeland at 0872230063 or email him at lt fcopeland8@gmail.com . The following is a list of the gear and prices:Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Senior €12; Tracksuit-Junior €45, Senior €57; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Senior €28; Rainjacket-Junior €30, Senior €37; Hoodie-Junior €20, Senior €26. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rainjackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players initials free of charge if requested.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 2nd DECEMBER 2012
The first team took on league leaders Ballyfermot United and put in an excellent performance before unluckily losing out by one goal to nil, if lady luck was on their side the result could have been very different but with a bit more luck it shouldn’t be long before they start climbing the league
The second teams title hope received a set back when they suffered a disappointing 2-0 home defeat to Cabinteely FC at The Whitegates on Saturday afternoon, that’s the story in this league, as results have proved that teams near the bottom are well capable of beating teams at the top and that’s  exactly what happened at the weekend.
The third team entertained division one league leaders St Patricks at The Whitegates and they were also unlucky to lose as they matched their opponents through out the game and eventually lost 2-0, this side is very young and still finding their feet and with a little bit more experience results could start going their way.
On the junior front last Saturday the under 12A’s run in the National Cup came to an end when they were defeated by a very strong Tullamore Town side in the fourth round by a score of 4-0. The under 8A’s went down 5-1 away to St Anthonys with Aaron Murray hitting his fifth goal of the season while the 8B’s lost narrowly away to Carnew by two goals to one with Charlie Doherty scoring the Rovers goal. The under 9A’s fared better when they came out on top in their local derby away to Rathnew, Glen Broughan, Mark Hodgkinson, Chris Bouchier and Joseph Neilan all scored a goal a piece in a good 4-1 victory. Our 15A’s game with Ardmore Rovers was off but the 15B’s were involved in a seven goal thriller away to Arklow United before unluckily losing out 4-3, James Hayes Kavanagh notched a brace with Rian Sweetman Burke scoring the other in a very entertaining game.
On Sunday the stand out result of the day was an excellent win for the under 16’s in the fourth round of the National Cup away to Ardmore Rovers of the South Dublin League, this victory means they progress to the open draw and the last 32 of the competition, two goals from Kieran Bloomfield and one from Glen McCarthy saw them run out 3-1 winners in a tough encounter. Elsewhere the 10A’s were involved in a seven goal thriller away to Enniskerry, a brace from Mark O’Brien plus singles from Conor Lewins and Max Kearney earned them a tense 4-3 win. The 10C’s went down 3-0 at home to a good Coolboy Rangers team. Our 13A’s defeated Greystones United at the Woodlands in their first league game by two goals to one, Adam Byrne claimed his eighth and ninth goals of the season scoring both goals for Rovers. The 13B’s recorded a good 4-2 away win against Roundwood, Harry Byrne, Jack Gibney, Jack Evans and Cormac Murray all scored a goal a piece. The 14A’s had a home win over Aughrim Rangers on a 6-2 score line, JJ Power hit a brace with singles from Adam Melia, Shane Devlin, Jack Geraghty and Eddy Geraghty accounting for the total. The 9C and 11A games were called off due to frozen pitches. In the girls section the under 16 team were the only team in action and they went down 4-0 away to a very strong Templeogue United side in the quarter final of the Irish Rail Cup.
The clubs annual Christmas raffle will be held in The Grand Hotel on Saturday the 22 nd of December at 8 pm, all managers should have their raffle tickets for their players by now, the Christmas raffle is one of the main club fundraisers so we would like and appreciate if all members could do their best to sell their allocated tickets, many thanks.
Club gear is available from our club shop, if anyone wishes to purchase club gear you can contact Franny Copeland at 0872230063 or email him at fcopeland8@gmail.com . The following is a list of the gear and prices:Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Senior €12; Tracksuit-Junior €45, Senior €57; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Senior €28; Rainjacket-Junior €30, Senior €37; Hoodie-Junior €20, Senior €26. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rainjackets and hoodies can be personalized with the player’s initials free of charge if requested. Club gear would be an ideal stocking filler for Christmas so get your order in early.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 9th DECEMBER 2012
The first team ended their recent bad run in the league on Sunday when they defeated one of the pre-season favourites Kilnamanagh FC by two goals to one, Kilnamanagh were in second place in the table prior to the game so for the lads to travel and beat them on their own patch shows just how tough a league this is, on the day Luke Byrne and a first goal of the season for Sean Duffy scored the all important goals to claim all three points.
The second team took on Dunboyne FC in what was second versus third and at the end of ninety minutes there was nothing separating the two teams as the spoils were shared after a 2-2 draw, Mark Delaney and Warren Gormley scored the goals that kept the lads a point clear of their opponents.
On the junior front on Saturday the 9B’s had a great 3-2 away win over St Patricks, they lost heavily to the same opponents a few weeks back, so this win is a sign of the improvement in the team. Sean O’Meara notched a brace and Tom Wilkinson nabbed one as both players scored their first goals of the season. The 13A’s completed their shield fixtures and maintained their hundred percent record with a hard earned 2-1 home victory over Avonmore, Adam Byrne hit his tenth goal of the season while Ronan Murray scored his first to give them all three points and the final to look forward to. The 14A’s had a good 3-1 away win against Coolboy Rangers, this win means they top their shield table with a hundred percent record and a place in the final, a double from Matthew Traynor and a first of the season from Daniel O’Boyle accounted for their goals. The 15A’s edged closer to the final of the premier shield with a point at home to their closest rivals Arklow Utd, Oisin Daunt Smyth scored his first of the season and the other goal came in the shape of an og. Our 16A’s suffered a hangover from last weeks great National cup win when they were defeated by Arklow Town A by a score of 4-1, the good news is even before this game they had already assured themselves of a place in the premier shield final,  Alan Power scored the lone goal as they were well beaten by a hungrier Arklow team. The 16’s face a long journey in the last 32 of the National cup when they were drawn away to the winners of Ballisadare Utd [Sligo] or Tuam Celtic [Galway] when the draw was made on Saturday evening. On Sunday the 8A’s went down 3-2 away to Arklow Town, Aaron Murray scored for the third successive game to take his total to six for the season with Peter Dunne scoring the second. The 8B’s lost 3-1 away to St Patricks with Tom Donoghue scoring their goal. The 9A’s made it seven wins on the bounce with a 3-2 home success over Arklow United, a brace from Conor Hunter and a single from Tiernan O’Brien accounted for their goals. The 10C’s went down 3-0 away to a strong Enniskerry team but with a bit of luck they might have got something from this game. Our 12A’s moved a step closer to the premier shield final with a comprehensive 5-1 away win over Aughrim Rangers, Keith Carty scored a double to bring his total to twelve for the season while Conor Byrne, Ryan Corrigan and Cillian Kelly all recorded singles. The 14B’s lost out by the odd goal in seven away to Arklow United, Alfie Heather hit two and Shaun Paul Dunne nabbed the other. The 15B’s recorded their first win of the season when they had an excellent 4-1 home win over Arklow Town A, Mark Darragh scored two goals, James Hayes Kavanagh made it three goals in two games when he scored one and Josh Browne added the fourth for an impressive victory. The under 9C, 12B and 13B games were called off.
In the girls section the under 12 game away to Shankill was called off, the under 14’s recorded an impressive 3-1 home win over Peamount United, MGL academy player Jade Duffy scored one of the goals with Rioghna McGettigan and Tess Haskins also hitting the back of the net. The 16’s also had a good win, they defeated Broadford Rovers 2-0 at the Whitegates with goals from Ami Collier and a thirty five yard screamer from Jade Manley.
All managers are requested to make sure all Christmas raffle tickets are returned to any committee member this week, if you ring any committee member we can arrange to meet to pick up the tickets, thank you.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 16th DECEMBER 2012
There was no senior action last weekend, it was also the Christmas break for the girls teams.
On Saturday the under 16’s took on Coolboy Rangers in the final of the Premier Shield, after a tense battle they emerged victorious on a 3-2 score line, after suffering three shield final defeats in the last three years it was an overdue and well deserved victory for a lot of hard work and dedication from this group of players, a brace from Kieran Bloomfield and a single from team captain Liam Kavanagh accounted for their goals. The full squad is Daragh Hosey, Brendan Hawes, Rory O’Kelly, Aaron Meade, Conor Moore, Andrew O’Brien, Mark Egan, Craig Waldron, Alan Power, Lee Boylan, Liam Kavanagh, Glen McCarthy, James Nolan, Darragh O’Connor and Kieran Bloomfield. Well done once again to Jimmy, Brian and the lads. The under 12B’s were in action in the shield and they lost 5-2 at home to Greystones United B at The Whitegates, Ryan Murphy scored his first of the season with James Bradshaw hitting his second of the campaign. On Sunday the under 10A’s defeated Ashford Rovers by three goals to one with Mark O’Brien, Max Kearney and Lee Hamilton netting the goals. The 10C’s defeated local rivals Wicklow Town in a close encounter, Finn Egan Barron hit his sixth goal of the season to give his team a narrow 1-0 victory. Our 11A’s came out on top against one of their title rivals St Anthonys by a score of 6-3, Brandon O’Brien hit a splendid hat-trick, under 10 player Max Kearney and Frankie Reynolds scored one each with the other goal coming in the shape of an og. The 12A’s defeated Aughrim Rangers for the second week running, Conor Byrne and Tristan O’Toole both helped themselves to a brace of goals with Shane Lincoln scoring the other in a 5-1 win. The 14B’s beat Greystones United 7-2 in the Rocky Road, the highlight of this game was a couple of hat-tricks, one from Alfie Heather who scored a double hat-trick earlier in the season and the other from Ronan Murray. Ben Watson scored one to complete the seven goal haul. The 15B’s went down 2-0 at home to Ardmore Rovers in a game if they had taken their chances the outcome could have been so different.
We had three players in the hat-trick club this week, first we had two in the one match, both Alfie Heather and Ronan Murray scored three times for the under 14B’s in their 7-2 victory over Greystones United. Brandon O’Brien also scored an excellent hat-trick for the 11A’s in their top of the table clash with St Anthonys which they won 6-3, well done Alfie, Ronan and Brandon.
The executive committee of Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to wish the managers, assistant managers, coaches, players, parents and supporters of the club a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. We would also like to wish a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year to all the clubs, WDSL committee, WDFL committee, LSL committee, MGL committee, referees, Paul Dowling, Daniel O’Gorman, Brendan Lawrence and all the staff of the Wicklow People.
A reminder to all managers and players, the Christmas raffle tickets should have been returned by now, any outstanding tickets should be returned asap to any committee member as the draw is this coming Saturday the 22 nd of December in the Grand Hotel, many thanks for your continuous support.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Elizabeth Gill, Kevin Delaney and Tim Donavon recently, they have a lot of family connections with the club, we would like to express our sincere sympathy to their families and friends at this sad time, our thoughts and prayers are with you all, may they rest in peace.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

CLUB NOTES 2013

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 6th JANUARY 2013
The executive committee of the club would like to wish all our managers, assistant managers, coaches, players, parents, supporters and friends a happy and prosperous new year.
There was a limited amount of action on the playing field at the weekend, on Saturday the second team were the only ones in the senior side of the club in action and they got the new year off to a good start with an excellent three points when they defeated Cabinteely FC away by four goals to three in a seven goal thriller. Sean Tobin, Darren Pierce, Warren Gormley and Jim Foley were all on the mark in a victory that consolidates second place in the league table.
Three games took place on Saturday in the junior section, the 11A’s moved a step closer to the division one title when they recorded an impressive 5-2 win over Avonmore in the Hockey Pitch, a brace from Frankie Reynolds and one a piece from Craig Anderson, Robbie Hoffman and Brandon O’Brien  means they only require one point from their remaining two games to capture the title. Our 13B’s made it three wins from three games in the league when they comprehensively beat Ardmore Rovers on a score of 10-4, James Lang and Stuart Cox both hit the back of the net four times each while Dean Noble and Stephen Finlay adding singles. The 15 A’s lost out to Arklow Town in Lamberton by two goals to one, Rian Daunt Smyth scored the lone goal. The under 13A’s game away to Ashford Rovers was called off. On Sunday the under 10A’s lost narrowly 1-0 to Ardmore Rovers in a tight game while the 10C’s recorded a good 3-2 away win over Greystones Utd, Conor Leonard helped himself to a brace to make it eight for the season with Finn Egan Barron scoring his seventh of the campaign. Well done to the 12B’s who gained their first point of the season in a thrilling 4-4 draw with St Fergals, two from Ryan Murphy and one each from James Bradshaw and Fionn Matthews accounted for the goals. Its great to see this team get their rewards for all their hard work through out the season, its easy to turn out every week when things are going your way but this team turn up every week suffering defeat after defeat but never let it knock their enthusiasm for the game, a lot of credit for this goes to the hard work of manager Brendan Porter and his assistant Michael Galligan, well done lads. The 14B’s kept their chance of a place in their shield final alive when they defeated second placed Ashford Rovers 6-1 in The Whitegates, Alfie Heather hit his third hat-trick of the season to bring his total to seventeen in ten shield games, Evan Doyle scored his second of the season with two under 13 players Jack Dunne and Eli Graham completing the scoring.
In the hat-trick corner this week we had three players, two players plundered four goals a piece, both in the same game, James Lang and Stuart Cox were the two players who went goal crazy at the weekend helping the under 13B’s maintain their one hundred percent start to the league in a 10-4 victory over Ardmore Rovers, Alfie Heather smashed his third hat-trick of the season [which also includes a double hat-trick] against Ashford Rovers, Alfie notched his three goals for the 14B’s in their 6-1 win which keeps them in with a chance of making the shield final  well done Alfie, James and Stuart.
The club’s Saturday morning academy resumes this week from 11 till 12 on the all weather pitch at The Whitegates, the academy is under the guidance of experienced coach Johnny Dunne and is for kids from the age of 3 years to 8 years so if your child is interested why not bring them along, everyone welcome.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Mary Crofton, Nuala Furlong and Aoife Daly [Piercestown, Wexford] recently, we would like to express our sincere sympathy to their families and friends at this sad time, our thoughts and prayers are with you all, may they rest in peace.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 13th JANUARY 2013
The first team made it two wins on the bounce with three valuable points earned in a 2-1 home win over St James Gate, in a game they controlled for large parts Tommy Kelly was the hero with a brace of goals and the defence held firm in a nervous last few minutes to gain all three points to ease them away from the bottom end of the table.
The second team were away to Farm Utd in the Joe Tynan Cup and after a close encounter they lost by a score of 2-1 after extra time with Sean Tobin scoring the Rovers goal for his fourth of the season. The third team lost 3-0 at home to Wolfe Tone Celtic.
In the junior section on Saturday the 12A’s lost 4-1 away to Arklow Town with Keith Carty hitting his thirteenth goal of the season. The 13B’s continued their great start to their league campaign, they defeated Greystones Utd in the Woodlands in a game that was packed with goals, the lads ran out 7-4 winners with Stuart Cox and James Lang both notching a brace a piece with Dean Noble, Stephen Finlay and Jack Evans adding singles to make it three wins from three games. Games for the 8B’s, 9B’s, 13A’s, 15B’s and 16A’s all fell foul of the weather.
On Sunday the under 12 girls defeated Enniskerry 5-0, Niamh Caffrey helped herself to her second hat-trick of the season when she scored four goals, Sinead McGettigan scored the other goal. The under 14 girls had a comfortable 10-0 win away to Leicester Celtic, Jade Duffy netted her second hat-trick of the season with three goals, braces from Rioghna McGettigan, Orla Hayes and Aine Cahill and a single from Clarrise Broughan accounted for their ten goal haul. The 8A’s lost out to Arklow Town 3-1 with Aaron Murray getting his seventh goal of the season. Our 9A’s made it eight wins in a row when they won 4-2 away to Greystones Utd, Joseph Neilan just returning from injury hit a splendid hat-trick with leading scorer Conor Hunter notching the other goal. The 10A’s lost out by the odd goal in a seven goal thriller away to Greystones Utd, Lee Hamilton, Max Kearney and Mark O’Brien were all on the scoreboard. The 10B’s started their shield campaign with a good 1-0 away win over Roundwood with Kieran Fitzpatrick hitting the only goal of the game. The 10C’s didn’t fare as well losing out to Arklow Town B by five goals to one with Finn Egan Barron scoring the Rovers goal. The games involving our under 9C’s, 14B’s and under 16 girls were all cancelled.
Three players made the hat-trick club this week, first was Niamh Caffrey who smashed in four goals for the under 12 girls in their 5-0 home win over Enniskerry, then it was Jade Duffy who hit the net three times for the under 14 girls in their comprehensive 10-0 away victory over Leicester Celtic, the third player was Joseph Neilan who was returning to the under 9A team after injury and returned in style when he hit the rigging three times, well done Niamh, Jade and Joseph.
The club are holding a table quiz as a fundraiser for the under 14’s trip away at Easter, the quiz takes place in Wicklow Golf Club this Saturday the 19 th January, the cost is €20 for a team of four people and starts at 8.30 pm, there will be a raffle and spot prizes on the night, all support would be greatly appreciated.
Club gear is available from our club shop, if anyone wishes to purchase club gear you can contact Franny Copeland at 0872230063 or email him at fcopeland8@gmail.com . The following is a list of the gear and prices: Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Senior €12; Tracksuit-Junior €45, Senior €57; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Senior €28; Rain jacket-Junior €30, Senior €37; Hoodie-Junior €20, Senior €26. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rain jackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players initials free of charge if requested.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Rita Vickers and Ann Morton [Yorkshire, England] recently, we would like to express our sincere sympathy to their families and friends at this sad time, our thoughts and prayers are with you all, may they rest in peace.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 20th JANUARY 2013
Well there was only one winner at the weekend and that was the weather, the adverse conditions wiped out the complete programme of WDSL fixtures. The MGL fixtures also fell foul of the weather. On the senior front all three senior teams saw their games cancelled due to waterlogged pitches.
We are now entering into the business end of the season for all our teams within the club. The committee would like to take this opportunity to wish all our senior, girls and schoolboys/girls teams the best of luck for the remainder of the season, good luck to you all. We would also like to wish our under 16A team the best of luck in the fifth round [last 32] of the National cup on Sunday the 3 rd of February when they travel to Sligo Town to take on Ballisodare United, good luck lads.
It has been noted that some managers are still not texting full information to our club secretaries. The text should contain both team names, whether A, B or C, age group, competition and goalscorers. Also text should be sent as soon as possible after the end of the match and should be sent whether you win or lose. Please think of the people who are giving up their time to send results and goalscorers to the league and newspaper, everything has a knock on effect by the delay to send your result in. This applies to the senior teams as well as the junior sides.
Also could all club members please use the bins provided in The Whitegates, recently its been noticed that rubbish has been left on the touchlines after games and its been left to committee members to go around after games to clear up plastic bottles and paper wrappings, please use the bins provided and keep our grounds tidy.
Our soccer academy is on every Saturday morning [weather permitting] in the Whitegates all weather pitch at 11 o’clock, so for fun and games while learning the skills of the game come to the Whitegates from 11 till 12 under the guidance of experienced coach Johnny Dunne. The academy is open to boys and girls from the age of three upwards.
The following is a list of the gear and prices: Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Senior €12; Tracksuit-Junior €45, Senior €57; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Senior €28; Rain jacket-Junior €30, Senior €37; Hoodie-Junior €20, Senior €26. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rain jackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players initials free of charge if requested.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.  

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 27th JANUARY 2013
Well another weekend of twiddling the thumbs regards playing football, with the weather more suited to water polo we yet again saw cancellations been the order of the day with all our WDSL fixtures falling foul of the weather for the second week running.
The only teams to beat the weather were the first team and the under 16 girls. The first team travelled to Skerries to take on the local team in the first round of the Noel Ryan Cup, they were disappointed to lose out on a 2-1 score line especially after controlling the game for long periods. With the sides locked at 1-1 going into the final minute, the home side struck the decisive goal which sent them into round two against the run of play. Ian Brannigan hit his second goal of the season when he converted from the penalty spot for Rovers.
The under 16 girls travelled to Oriel Park to take on Dundalk and after putting in a good shift they were unlucky to lose out 3-1. They led 1-0 at the break through a Chloe Brennan goal but the home team came storming back in the second period with the help of a strong wind to score three unanswered goals.
Everyone at the club would like to wish our under 16A team the best of luck in their last 32 game in the National Cup this Sunday, they make the long journey to Sligo Town to take on Ballisodare United and we would like to wish them well.
It has been noted that some managers are still not texting full information to our club secretaries. The text should contain both team names, whether A, B or C, age group, competition and goalscorers. Also text should be sent as soon as possible after the end of the match and should be sent whether you win or lose. Please think of the people who are giving up their time to send results and goalscorers to the league and newspaper, everything has a knock on effect by the delay to send your result in. This applies to the senior teams as well as the junior sides.
Also could all club members please use the bins provided in The Whitegates, recently its been noticed that rubbish has been left on the touchlines after games and its been left to committee members to go around after games to clear up plastic bottles and paper wrappings, please use the bins provided and keep our grounds tidy.
Our soccer academy is on every Saturday morning [weather permitting] in the Whitegates all weather pitch at 11 o’clock, so for fun and games while learning the skills of the game come to the Whitegates from 11 till 12 under the guidance of experienced coach Johnny Dunne. The academy is open to boys and girls from the age of three upwards.
The following is a list of the gear and prices: Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Senior €12; Tracksuit-Junior €45, Senior €57; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Senior €28; Rain jacket-Junior €30, Senior €37; Hoodie-Junior €20, Senior €26. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rain jackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players initials free of charge if requested.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Ena Doyle recently, we would like to express our sincere sympathy to her family and friends at this sad time, our thoughts and prayers are with you all, may she rest in peace.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 3rd FEBRUARY 2013
Yet again the senior teams were curtailed from action at the weekend with both the first and second team matches fallen victims of the recent bad weather with their games away to Templeogue United and Rush Athletic respectively been called off due to waterlogged pitches. At this stage of the season the first team who had started the season well and then went into a slump have recently hit a bit of good form in the league with back to back wins away to Kilnamanagh FC and at home to St James Gate which has saw them pull away from the bottom end of the table. The second team are in second position in the league thirteen points behind runaway leaders Killester United but if they can win their two games in hand it might just apply a little pressure on the leaders. To be in with a chance of promotion in their first season in the Leinster Senior League and taking into account a fair sprinkle of young players in the squad it has been a good season so far.
Everyone at club would like to say well done to Jimmy, Brian and the under 16 team on progressing to the last 16 of the National Cup. They made the long journey to Sligo Town to take on local side Ballisodare United and secured an excellent 3-2 win. They will now take on Dublin side Mount Merrion FC in the last 16.
It has been noted that some managers are still not texting full information to our club secretaries. The text should contain both team names, whether A, B or C, age group, competition and goalscorers. Also text should be sent as soon as possible after the end of the match and should be sent whether you win or lose. Please think of the people who are giving up their time to send results and goalscorers to the league and newspaper, everything has a knock on effect by the delay to send your result in. This applies to the senior teams as well as the junior sides.
Also could all club members please use the bins provided in The Whitegates, recently its been noticed that rubbish has been left on the touchlines after games and its been left to committee members to go around after games to clear up plastic bottles and paper wrappings, please use the bins provided and keep our grounds tidy.
Our soccer academy is on every Saturday morning [weather permitting] in the Whitegates all weather pitch at 11 o’clock, so for fun and games while learning the skills of the game come to the Whitegates from 11 till 12 under the guidance of experienced coach Johnny Dunne. The academy is open to boys and girls from the age of three upwards.
The following is a list of the gear and prices: Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Senior €12; Tracksuit-Junior €45, Senior €57; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Senior €28; Rain jacket-Junior €30, Senior €37; Hoodie-Junior €20, Senior €26. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rain jackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players initials free of charge if requested.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Norman Mason who sadly passed away recently, his son in law Billy was a stalwart with the club for years and his grandsons Simon and Paul are long serving members of the club, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. May he rest in peace.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the Wicklow Rovers facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 10th FEBRUARY 2013
In the junior section last Saturday the under 8A’s had a good 3-0 home win over Ashford Rovers, leading scorer Aaron Murray hit his eighth goal of the season with Charlie Phelan and Steven Gormley notching the other goals. The 9B’s were involved in a six goal thriller with Coolboy Rangers sharing the spoils in a 3-3 draw, a brace from Oran Dempsey and a single from Sean O’Meara accounted for their goals. Our 11A’s recorded an excellent result when they defeated premier league champions Roundwood in the shield by one goal to nil with Paul Marah scoring the all important goal to bring his tally to five for the season. The 11B’s defeated Ashford Rovers 5-3 away from home, Nedis Valindis helped himself to a brace with Tom O’Shea, Charlie Christie and Jamis Noble adding singles. The 13B’s lost out in the semi final of the division one cup on a 3-2 score line, Stuart Cox and Dean Noble hit the back of the net in a close encounter. In the semi final of the under 15 premier cup our 15A’s defeated Arklow Town A 4-1 with the teams top two scorers Ross Quinn and Eoin McAulay helping themselves to two a piece to bring their totals to 12 and 11 respectively for the season. The 16A’s made their exit from the premier cup in the semi final losing in a dreaded penalty shoot out by four penalties to two, the game ended scoreless after extra time with the Rovers defence and Liam Kavanagh and Glen McCarthy in the centre of the park outstanding.
The weather was the winner on Sunday with the heavy over night rain putting paid to a lot of games, the first teams scheduled away fixture against Skerries Town and the third teams game against Celtic Stars were cancelled in the senior end of things. In the junior section the under 8B’s, 9A’s, 10B’s, 10C’s, 13A’s, 14A’s and 14B’s were all victims of the bad weather. Two games did beat the weather though, the under 10A’s switched their game to the all weather pitch in Ferndale Park where they took on Arklow United, they made it two wins from two in the shield with a good 4-2 win with Mark O’Brien, Sam Brown, Harry Hodgkinson and Troy Sutton all registering a goal a piece to claim all three points. The 12B’s made their exit at the quarter final stage of the division three cup losing 3-0 away to Greystones United.  In the girls section the 14’s and 16’s games were both cancelled but the under 12 girls managed to get a game in when they travelled to take on Enniskerry and returned with a comfortable 12-1 win, the highlight of this game was an amazing five goal haul for Sinead McGettigan to bring her total to nine for the season. Niamh Caffrey hit her fourth hat-trick of the season to make it twenty goals for her this campaign and both Clodagh Irwin and Emer McNulty helped themselves to a brace each to complete the twelve goal haul.
In the hat-trick corner this week we had two players and both from the same team, Sinead McGettigan hit an amazing five goals for the under 12 girls in their 12-1 victory over Enniskerry while Niamh Caffrey notched three goals to make it her fourth hat-trick of the season, well done Sinead and Niamh.
Last week saw two entries in the hat-trick corner, both players are prolific goal poachers for the club, Niamh Caffrey hit four goals for the under 12 girls in their 5-1 win over Mount Merrion while Kieran Bloomfield smashed three for the under 16’s in their 3-2 National Cup victory away to Ballisodare United in Sligo, well done Niamh and Kieran.  
Jimmy, Brian and the under 16 team would like to thank all the people who travelled to Sligo Town last week to support their team in the last 32 of the National Cup against Ballisodare United. Also many thanks to all the people who sent good luck wishes and messages of congratulations to the team on their fantastic victory.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Norman Mason who sadly passed away recently, his son in law Billy was a stalwart with the club for years and his grandsons Simon and Paul are long serving members of the club, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. May he rest in peace.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the Wicklow Rovers facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 17th FEBRUARY 2013
Friday night saw the return to action for the first team but unfortunately they went down to a disappointing 2-0 defeat away to Lucan United and by all accounts they didn’t perform on the night. The second team entertained Newbridge Town in the Whitegates on Saturday, the away side ran out 4-3 winners in a seven goal thriller. This result puts a major dent in the second team’s title hopes. A brace from Warren Gormley and a single from Sean Tobin were the team’s goalscorers. The thirds team’s game away to St Fergals was cancelled.
In the junior section Saturday the under 10A’s made it three wins from three in the shield when they defeated Greystones Utd 4-0 away, two goals from Fionn Luddy and one a piece from Max Kearney and Conor Lewins has giving them the perfect start in the shield. The 11A’s narrowly lost out by two goals to one in the Hockey pitch to Ardmore Rovers in a tight game with Craig Anderson hitting their goal. The under 12B’s travelled to Enniskerry and were beaten by the home side 6-1, David McNabb scored the Rovers goal. The under 16’s narrowly defeated a very impressive Coolboy Rgrs team, Liam Kavanagh scored the all important goal in this their first league game but the away side will wonder how this one got away. Daragh Hosey was in excellent form between the posts for Rovers. On Sunday the under 8A’s lost 4-2 away to St Anthonys with Charlie Phelan scoring both goals to bring his tally to seven for the season. Our 8B’s went down 4-2 away to Ardmore Rovers, leading scorer Liam Burke hit one with Brian McCaul netting the second. The 10B’s made the short journey to Ashford and lost out 3-0. The 11B’s travelled to Aughrim only to lose on a scoreline of 2-0. The 12A’s secured the point they required to make the shield final in a 2-2 draw with Greystones Utd at the Whitegates, Keith Carty scored from the penalty spot and Conor Byrne notched the all important second goal to guarantee their final spot against Arklow Town. The 13B’s made it five wins from five in the league when they had a comfortable 11-2 away victory over Enniskerry, Conor Hawes and Stephen Finlay both smashed home hat-tricks for their team, Stuart Cox helped himself to two while James Lang, Jack Evans and Cormac Murray all added singles. The 14A’s had a good 2-0 home win over Coolboy Rangers with leading scorer Shane Devlin scoring both goals to make it twelve for the season. Our under 15A’s took on Arklow Town in Lamberton and came home with a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw with Eoin McAulay nabbing the goal to bring his tally to twelve for the campaign.
In the girls section the under 12’s game was called off but the 14’s had an excellent 5-1 away win over Shankill, Rioghna McGettigan brought her total to ten for the season with a brace, Clarrise Broughan also netted twice with Eve Christie scoring a single in a good all round team performance. The under 16 girls entertained Quay Celtic in the Whitegates on Sunday afternoon and after racing into a three goal lead they had to withstand a fight back from the away side to eventually run out 3-2 winners. Alicia O’Rourke, Ally Webb and a cracking finish from Chloe Brennan ensured Rovers took all three points.
Two players made the hat-trick club this week and both were in the same game, Stephen Finlay and Conor Hawes both hit the back of the net three times for the under 13B’s in their 11-2 away win over Enniskerry, well done Stephen and Conor.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their congratulations to former player David O’Sullivan who was honoured at the recent FAI Awards when he was awarded the FAI Intermediate Player of the Year. This was a well deserved award for all his hard work and dedication to his sport. This season David will ply his trade for Longford Town in the first division of the League of Ireland. We all would like to wish him the best of luck for the coming season and further success in future career.
Our soccer academy is on every Saturday morning [weather permitting] in the Whitegates all weather pitch at 11 o’clock, so for fun and games while learning the skills of the game come to the Whitegates from 11 till 12 under the guidance of experienced coach Johnny Dunne. The academy is open to boys and girls from the age of three upwards.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the Wicklow Rovers facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 24th FEBRUARY 2013
Our first team made the long journey to Navan on Friday night to take on local side Parkvilla in what was a very important game for the lads, Parkvilla were one place and one point ahead of the lads in the table. After a titanic tussle Rovers put in a very workman like performance to edge out the home team by one goal to nil to claim all three points and leapfrog them in the table. Ian Brannigan provided the match winner on the night firing home a thirty five yard free kick which eases them further away from the bottom end of the table.
The second team earned a share of the spoils when they travelled to North Dublin to take on Rush Athletic and after a tight game Ciaran McGettigan scored the Rovers goal which earned them a point.
The thirds lost narrowly to local rivals Wicklow Town on a 2-1 score line with Michael O’Connor bagging the goal for Rovers.
Our under 16’s exciting journey in the SFAI National Cup came to an end last Saturday afternoon when Mount Merrion of the DDSL defeated them 4-0 in the last 16 at the Whitegates, it has to be said on the day the lads acquitted themselves well and it was just the little things that didn’t go their way been the difference in the game. In a first half which saw them a more than a match for their opponents they somehow found themselves 2-0 down at the break when they deserved more from the half. The second half saw them push forward only for the away side to clinically punish them when they broke. Jimmy, Brian and the lads would like to thank the large support from within the club present and past, it was nice to see so many of our senior, junior and girls section cheering the lads on. Also many thanks to all the people from other clubs in the surrounding areas who came along to support the team.
A big thanks to all the people who supplied sandwiches, crisps, cakes, biscuits, minerals, tea, coffee, etc on the day. Finally we would like to wish Mount Merrion FC the best of luck in the remainder of the competition.
The rest of the junior action in the club was confined to Sunday, our 8B’s lost 7-2 away to Carnew with Brian McCaul and Charlie Doherty getting their names on the score sheet, the 9A’s lost by the minimum margin when they went down 1-0 at home to Ardmore Rovers, the lads were a little rusty in this game and that is probably due to the fact its nearly two months since they last played. Our 10A’s took on their club counterparts the 10B’s, the A’s came out on top in a very sporting game by three goals to nil to maintain their one hundred percent record in the shield, Troy Sutton, Fionn Luddy and Max Kearney netted for the A’s. The 10C’s lost out by the odd goal in five to Greystones Utd with Scott Bushe and Donal O’Donoghue finding the back of the net. The 11A’s made the short journey to Finlay Park to take on local neighbours Wicklow Town and after a close tussle it was the Town who came out on top by two goals to nil. The 11B’s recorded an impressive 4-1 victory over Avonmore with Jamie Noble hitting a brace and both Charlie Christie and Joris Bearda scoring one a piece. Our 12B’s lost 8-3 to a very strong St Fergals side, two goals from Darragh Gibney and one from James Bradshaw accounted for their goals. The 13A’s drew 1-1 with Enniskerry at the Whitegates to make it back to back draws with the same opposition, Ronan Murray scored the goal which assured them a share of the spoils. Our under 13B team maintained their impressive run in the league when they defeated Ardmore Rovers 9-3 at home to keep their one hundred percent record intact. Stephen Finlay hit another hat-trick for the second game running when he notched four goals, Stuart Cox bagged two with James Lang and Jack Gibney getting one each, the ninth goal came from a deflection. The 14A’s were involved in a ten goal thriller with Wolfe Tone with both teams earning a share of the spoils in a 5-5 draw. Two goals from Adam Melia and singles from Shane Devlin, JJ Power and Rory Dowling completed the five goal haul for Rovers. The 15A’s recorded a good away victory over St Anthonys, Adam Copeland, Colin O’Toole and Eoin McAulay all hit the back of the net in a 3-1 win. The 8A’s, 9B’s, 14B’s and 15B’s games were called off.
The under 16 girls defeated St John Bosco in the Rocky Road by two goals to one with Hannah Rose Buckley netting twice for Rovers to double her tally for the season. Both the under 12 and under 14 girls games were called off.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Joe Furlong and Jim McGovern who sadly passed away recently, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time, may they rest in peace.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the Wicklow Rovers facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 3rd MARCH 2013
On senior front this week it was the second and third teams that were in action with the first team not having a game. The seconds were involved in a tight local derby in the Whitegates on Saturday afternoon against Greystones United and with both teams locked together on the same amount of points in the league it was no surprise that the spoils were shared in a 1-1 draw. Sean Tobin hit his sixth goal of the season for Rovers. The third team were unlucky to lose 4-3 in extra time in the quarter final of the division 1 cup away to Wolfe Tone Celtic, coming from 2-0 down to send it to extra time and then they were on the receiving end of some strange decisions which cost them a place in the semi final. Robbie Gill, Darren Kane and John Connors scored their goals.
In the junior section on Saturday we only had the one game, the under 12A’s got their league campaign off to a winning start with a good 2-1 away win over Greystones United. Conor Byrne and Tristan O’Toole were on the score sheet to give them the perfect start. On Sunday the under 8A’s were involved in a seven goal thriller away to Arklow Town, a brace from Aaron Murray and one from Steven Gormley were the Rovers scorers in an unlucky 4-3 defeat. The 8B’s lost 4-0 away to a very strong Coolboy Rangers side. Our 9A’s narrowly defeated Greystones United at home by two goals to one, Mark Hodgkinson and Glen Broughan found the back of the net for Rovers. The 9B’s lost 2-0 away to Ardmore Rovers. The 9C’s played out a 2-2 draw away to Fassaroe YC with Willoughby Woods notching both goals. Our 10A’s made it five wins from five games in the shield when they defeated second placed Roundwood 2-1 in the Hockey Pitch, Troy Sutton nabbed his fifth goal of the season and the other came in the form of an og. The 10C’s had a good win away to local neighbours Wicklow Town, in a close game Rovers edged it by two goals to one with Conor Leonard scoring both. Our 11A’s took on St Anthonys away knowing that a point was the least they required to capture the division 1 title, unfortunately things didn’t go their way on the day losing out 2-1 with Ben Hudson hitting their goal. On the positive side they have another chance to claim the title when they take on Avonmore in their last league game. Congratulations to our under 11B team who claimed the division three title at the weekend and what an exciting game it was, they took on Fassaroe YC in Finn Park, Kilcoole and emerged 4-3 victors in a seven goal thriller, Tom O’Shea found the back of the net twice and his twin brother Joe weighed in with a goal of his own, Daniel Murphy completed the four goal haul which secured them the title. Once again congratulations lads. What a difference a week makes in football, last week our 12B’s were hit for eight by St Fergals in the Whitegates but this week they travelled to Bray to take on the same opposition and earned a share of the points in a 1-1 draw. Ciaran Byrne scored their goal, under 11A goalkeeper Liam Connolly was outstanding in a good all round team performance. The 14B’s lost 6-3 at home to Avonmore, goal scoring machine Alfie Heather hit all three goals for Rovers. Our 15A’s made it two wins from two when they defeated league leaders Arklow United 3-1 at the Whitegates, goals from Adam Copeland, Eoin McAulay and Kevin O’Halloran helped them close the gap on the leaders to three points with a couple of games in hand. The 15B’s earned a good point away to Ardmore Rovers to consolidate their position at the top of the table, Luke Purdy and James Hayes Kavanagh hit the goals in a 2-2 draw.
In the girls section the under 12’s made it four wins on the bounce with a narrow 1-0 away win over Shankill, Sarah Evans scored her first of the season to gain all three points for her team. The 14’s good cup run came to an end at the hands of Shelbourne at the semi final stage when they were defeated 3-1, Clarisse Broughan scored the Rovers goal in what was a good cup run. The 16’s lost 2-1 away to Quay Celtic with Clodagh Fox notching the goal.
In the hat-trick club this week is goal scoring machine Alfie Heather who hit his fourth hat-trick of the season [which also includes a double hat-trick] for the 14B’s in their 6-3 defeat to Avonmore to bring his tally for the season to twenty.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to wish referee Noel Stafford a speedy recovery from illness, get well soon Noel, hope to see you up and about soon.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC were deeply saddened to hear of the sad passing of George Duffy recently, we would like to express our sincere sympathy to his family and friends at this sad time, our thoughts and prayers are with you all, may he rest in peace.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 10th MARCH 2013
The second team were the only senior team in action at the weekend, they took on Rathcoole Boys at the Whitegates on Saturday afternoon and a goal from leading scorer Warren Gormley ensured a share of the points in a 1-1 draw and a repeat of the same score line when the sides met earlier in the season.
The weather took its toll on Saturday in the junior section with the under 9B’s, 10A’s, 11B’s, 12A’s, 14B’s and 15A’s games all been cancelled. The only junior game to take place Saturday was the under 13A’s, they entertained Ashford Rovers in the Whitegates and recorded a 4-2 win to make it two wins and two draws from four league games. Leading scorer Adam Byrne scored one to take his tally to eleven for the season while Jack Dunne and Eli Graham both have four for the season after scoring one a piece. Patrick O’Keane notched his first of the campaign to complete the scoring. Sunday saw another day of cancellations with the majority of games falling victims to the weather. The under 12 and under 14 girls had their games cancelled, the under 9A’s, 9C’s, 10C’s, 11A’s, 12B’s and 14A’s all saw their matches lose out to mother nature. On the playing front the under 8A’s secured a narrow 1-0 win over Wolfe Tone with leading scorer Aaron Murray bagging his eleventh goal of the campaign. Our 11B’s were knocked out at the quarter final stage of the division one cup losing 5-1 to a very strong Arklow United side, Rovers consolation in this game was the first goal of the season for Sean Murphy. The under 16’s lost 2-0 away to Arklow Town, the lads turned in a very rusty performance and part of the problem here seems to be the stop/start nature of their season regarding games played.
The club are running an Easter soccer/fun camp, it will run from Tuesday the 2 nd of April 2013 to Friday the 5 th of April 2013, it will take place in the Whitegates and run from 10 am to 2 pm daily. The camp is open to children aged from 5 years to 13 years old. The club will run a ‘Girls Section’ at the camp. The cost of the camp is €40 per child, €70 for family of 2 children, €90 for family of 3 children, all participants should bring a packed lunch, drink, rain jacket, football boots and shin guards. For registration forms and further information please contact Johnny Dunne 087-7802098, Jimmy Nolan 087-9108706 or John Frazer 087-0564394.
Due to the bank holiday weekend there will be no Saturday morning academy this coming Saturday the 16 th of March, the academy will resume the following Saturday the 23 rd of March.
Club gear is available from our club shop, if anyone wishes to purchase club gear you can contact Franny Copeland at 0872230063 or email him at fcopeland8@gmail.com . The following is a list of the gear and prices: Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Senior €12; Tracksuit-Junior €45, Senior €57; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Senior €28; Rain jacket-Junior €30, Senior €37; Hoodie-Junior €20, Senior €26. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rain jackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players initials free of charge if requested.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 17th MARCH 2013
Both the first and second teams were in action at the weekend, the seconds travelled to Newbridge on Saturday to take on Newbridge Town, after a close match they lost out narrowly by one goal to nil. The first team got the Paddy’s Day celebrations off to an early start when they defeated Greystones United in the second round of the Moore Cup at the Whitegates on Sunday morning. The away side came to Wicklow full of confidence for this game after going to the top of the league last week but Rovers had other ideas. In a tough battle with no quarter given by either side this was a game where every player gave his all. It was a game which always looked like one goal was going to win it and thankfully it was the lads who scored it. In what was probably the move of the match Rovers attacked up the right wing with Stephen Earls, Greg Dunne, Mark O’Sullivan and Paul O’Neill all involved, Rovers rattled the crossbar but Mark O’Sullivan was on hand to sweep the ball home for the decisive goal and a safe passage to the next round. The Rovers defence of Stephen Earls, Ricki Quinn, Jamie Snell, Ian Brannigan and in the second half Steven Moran were solid through out while the ever green Greg Dunne and his partner Anthony Doran put in a good shift in the middle of the park. This victory against the league leaders should be a great confidence booster for the lads for the remainder of the season in their quest to climb up the league and also hopefully progress further in the cup.
The club are running an Easter soccer/fun camp, it will run from Tuesday the 2 nd of April 2013 to Friday the 5 th of April 2013, it will take place in the Whitegates and run from 10 am to 2 pm daily. The camp is open to children aged from 5 years to 13 years old. The club will run a ‘Girls Section’ at the camp. The cost of the camp is €40 per child, €70 for family of 2 children, €90 for family of 3 children, all participants should bring a packed lunch, drink, rain jacket, football boots and shin guards. For registration forms and further information please contact Johnny Dunne 087-7802098, Jimmy Nolan 087-9108706 or John Frazer 087-0564394.
The club would like to thank all the kids and parents who participated and represented the club in the St Patricks Day Parade last Sunday, all the help was very much appreciated.
The clubs Saturday morning academy resumes this coming Saturday the 24 th of March, the academy is open for boys and girls from the age of three years upwards and runs from 11 to 12. The academy is under the guidance of experienced coach Johnny Dunne so for fun and games while enjoying learning the skills of soccer come along to the all weather pitch in the Whitegates for 11 o’clock and join in the fun.
Club gear is available from our club shop, if anyone wishes to purchase club gear you can contact Franny Copeland at 0872230063 or email him at fcopeland8@gmail.com . The following is a list of the gear and prices: Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Senior €12; Tracksuit-Junior €45, Senior €57; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Senior €28; Rain jacket-Junior €30, Senior €37; Hoodie-Junior €20, Senior €26. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rain jackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players initials free of charge if requested.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 24th MARCH 2013
Well it was the weather that won out again, just when we thought we were going to get a run of games mother nature reared its head again. The heavy rain on Friday was the reason for a lot of cancellations. A couple of games that did beat the weather involved the 8A’s and 10C’s. The 8A’s made the short journey to Ashford to take on Ashford Rovers A, they returned home with a good 3-0 victory, Aaron Murray scored one to take his total to twelve for the season, Sam Christie and Rory Hennessy both netted one a piece to make it three for the season for both players. The 10C’s lost out 5-3 away to Arklow Town B in what was a thriller of a game, Finn Egan Barron notched his ninth goal of the season, Scott Bushe found the back of the net for his third of the campaign while Aaron Lynch’s second goal of the season completed the total.
The weather wiped out all three girls matches and the one scheduled senior match.
The club are running an Easter soccer/fun camp, it will run from Tuesday the 2 nd of April 2013 to Friday the 5 th of April 2013, it will take place in the Whitegates and run from 10 am to 2 pm daily. The camp is open to children aged from 5 years to 13 years old. The club will run a ‘Girls Section’ at the camp. The cost of the camp is €40 per child, €70 for family of 2 children, €90 for family of 3 children, all participants should bring a packed lunch, drink, rain jacket, football boots and shin guards. There will be a registration night for the camp on Wednesday [tonight] 27 th March in the clubhouse in the Whitegates from 7 pm till 8.30 pm. For registration forms and further information please contact Johnny Dunne 087-7802098, Jimmy Nolan 087-9108706 or John Frazer 087-0564394. Registration forms can also be downloaded from the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com
Due to the bank holiday weekend there will be no Saturday morning academy this coming Saturday the 30th of March.
Club gear is available from our club shop, if anyone wishes to purchase club gear you can contact Franny Copeland at 0872230063 or email him at fcopeland8@gmail.com . The following is a list of the gear and prices: Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Senior €12; Tracksuit-Junior €45, Senior €57; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Senior €28; Rain jacket-Junior €30, Senior €37; Hoodie-Junior €20, Senior €26. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rain jackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players initials free of charge if requested.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Kevin Kearns who sadly passed away recently, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time, may he rest in peace.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 31st MARCH 2013
This week saw very little football been played due to the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, all juniors, both boys and girls were free from games at the weekend. On the senior front the second and third teams had no games, that left the first team been the only team in the club to play. They entertained Kilnamanagh FC in the Whitegates on Sunday morning in what was an important match in their battle to pull away from the bottom end of the table. They went into this game against fourth placed Kilnamanagh full of confidence on the back of their cup success against league leaders Greystones United in their last game. Rovers short of some regulars started on the front foot and went in front on ten minutes when Jamie Snell headed home a Mark O’Sullivan cross from a free kick. In a fairly even first half both sides had half chances to add further goals but the game remained one nil to Rovers at the break. The second period saw the away side have a lot of the ball in the first twenty minutes of the half, Paul Alexander marshalled his well disciplined defence superbly and Robert Hollingsworth in the Rovers goal was excellent to prevent Kilnamanagh getting back on level terms. Rovers had chances of their own in the second period, Sean Tobin twice, Ricki Quinn and Steven Moran all went close to extending the Rovers lead. With five minutes left on the clock Rovers did nab the insurance goal when substitute Joe Quinn fired home from just inside the area to make it 2-0 and earn Rovers three valuable points in their quest to climb the table. This win now makes it three wins on the bounce for the lads. On the day Robert Hollingsworth, Paul Alexander, Jamie Snell, Ricki Quinn, Mark Johnson and Mark O’Sullivan were all in excellent form for Rovers. Full match report on club website.
Wicklow Rovers AFC promote soccer for schoolboys/girls, youths and seniors in the community, our club is growing all the time and any assistance with the help of running the club would be very much appreciated. At present we have a very hard working committee but we are always on the look out for people interested in helping out, the club are always on the look out for people who are interested in getting involved in soccer, whether its coaching and managing or on the executive committee or a sub committee, maybe you would just like to help as an assistant manager, help with fundraising or help just around the grounds or in anyway at all, don’t hesitate, get involved, anyone interested in helping out the club in anyway can contact any committee member.
Club gear is available from our club shop, if anyone wishes to purchase club gear you can contact Franny Copeland at 0872230063 or email him at fcopeland8@gmail.com . The following is a list of the gear and prices: Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Senior €12; Tracksuit-Junior €45, Senior €57; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Senior €28; Rain jacket-Junior €30, Senior €37; Hoodie-Junior €20, Senior €26. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rain jackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players initials free of charge if requested.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 7th APRIL 2013
On the senior front the first and third teams had no action at the weekend, our second team were away to second placed Farm United and after a tight affair they lost out by one goal to nil. This was the third time these two sides met this season, twice in the league and once in the cup and in all three games there was only a goal between them with Rovers winning one and Farm United victors in the other two.
In the junior section on Saturday the under 9C’s had a very good 4-1 win away to Ardmore Rovs B, Zach Callary, Willoughby Woods, Jack Noble and Kai Fitzsimmons were all on the score sheet. Our under 10C’s also had a good win when they defeated Ardmore Rovs. B away by a score of 5-2, leading scorer Conor Leonard scored a brace, Aaron Lynch also helped himself to a couple with Finn Egan Barron completing the tally. The under 13A’s were involved in a rescheduled under 13 Premier cup semi final against Avonmore, in a closely fought game our lads ran out 2-1 winners to progress to the final. Liam Ronan and Adam Cullen both scored their second goals of the season to send their team into the final. On a busy Sunday the under 8A’s shared a 1-1 draw away to Wolfe Tone with leading scorer Aaron Murray nabbing his thirteenth goal of the season. The 9A’s recorded an excellent 7-1 away win over Arklow Town A, the highlight of this game was two splendid hat-tricks, both Joseph Neilan and Conor Hunter hit three a piece with Matthew Harbourne completing the scoring. Our 9B’s lost 4-2 away to a very strong Coolboy Rangers side with Sean O’Meara notching his fifth for the campaign and Tom Wilkinson scoring his fourth of the season. The 10B’s lost 3-2 at home to Enniskerry B, Charlie Leonard and Adam O’Reilly hitting the Rovers goals. The 11A’s ground out a 0-0 draw away to Premier league champions Roundwood to earn an excellent point. Our 12B’s lost 6-1 at home to a very good Arklow Town B team with James Bradshaw scoring their goal. Both our under 14 teams were involved in cup semi final action and unfortunately both lost out in five goal thrillers, the ‘A’ team lost 3-2 away to St Anthonys with top scorer Shane Devlin and Sean Algera getting their goals. The ‘B’ team lost out by the same score line in their semi final at home to Greystones Utd B with Stephen McGuinness and Jack Dunne from the penalty spot hitting the back of the net. Our under 15B’s continued their unbeaten start in the league when they defeated Arklow Utd B away on a 6-3 score line, Rian Sweetman Burke doubled his tally for the season with a splendid hat-trick, leading scorer James Hayes Kavanagh added a brace with Robbie Dunne netting a single foe three important points. In the girls section the under 12’s kept themselves in the title shake up with a comprehensive 9-0 victory at home to Peamount Utd, scoring machine Niamh Caffrey hit a hat-trick, both Emer McNulty and Sarah Evans hit braces with Jessica Lyons and Holly McSorley netting singles to complete the nine goal haul. It was forth versus fifth when the under 16’s took on Peamount Utd at the Whitegates and at the end there was nothing to separate the two teams as they played out a 2-2 draw. Clodagh Fox and Alicia O’Rourke scored the Rovers goals.
Well done to Adam Copeland, Eoin McAulay, Ross Quinn, Rian Daunt Smyth, Oisin Daunt Smyth, Colin Sinnott, Adam Browne who all represented the club on the county under 15 squad who lost out narrowly in the under 15 Inter League at the weekend. On Saturday they defeated Carlow 1-0 with Eoin McAulay scoring the goal, in the second game on Saturday they defeated the Midlands League 2-1 with Eoin McAulay getting on the score sheet again. On Sunday they lost out narrowly to favourites NDSL by two goals to one with Eoin McAulay continuing his impressive weekend by adding another goal to score in all three games. The club would like to say well done to Jim Barnes and his management team, to the squad and to our club players on their performances over the weekend, well done lads.
We had four players who hit hat-tricks at the weekend, Joseph Neilan [U9A], Conor Hunter [U9A], Rian Sweetman Burke [U15B] and Niamh Caffrey [U12 Girls] all hit the back of the net three times, well done Joseph, Conor, Rian and Niamh.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
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WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 14th APRIL 2013
The first team were involved in midweek action when they travelled to take on Ratoath Harps, unfortunately they came home empty handed as they suffered a 4-2 defeat. Gareth Murphy’s first of the season and Luke Byrne’s fifth were Rovers goalscorers. There was no senior action at the weekend.
Other midweek action was confined to the junior section, the girls under 12 team suffered a 4-2 home defeat to Greystones Utd with Sinead McGettigan scoring both goals to take her total for the season to eleven. The under 10B’s drew 2-2 with Arklow Utd with Ryan Kavanagh and Adam O’Reilly scoring the goals. Our 11B’s defeated Ashford Rovers A by one goal to nil with Joris Bearda hitting the decisive goal. The 14B’s suffered heartbreak when they narrowly lost to Ashford Rovers in the shield play-off on a 2-1 scoreline, scoring sensation Alfie Heather scored his twenty first of the campaign. The 15A’s continued their good run when they beat Aughrim Rangers 6-0, Andrew Earls smashed home a superb hat-trick, Brian O’Sullivan, Colin O’Toole and Eoin McAulay all added singles.
On Saturday the 15A’s hit the back of the net eleven times in an 11-1 win over Wolfe Tone, five goals from the prolific Eoin McAulay, a superb hat-trick from Ross Quinn and singles from Adam Copeland, Andrew Earls and Hugh Humby accounted for their total. The under 16’s defeated St Anthonys 5-3 in Finn Park, Kieran Bloomfield scored his fourth hat-trick of the season, Lee Boylan and Liam Kavanagh weighed in with a goal a piece for an important three points.
On Sunday the under 9A’s won 3-1 in a local derby against Rathnew, Matthew Harbourne, Joseph Neilan and Conor Hunter were all on the score sheet. The 10B’s lost 4-0 to a good Ashford Rovers side while the 10C’s suffered heart break in the quarter final of the cup, after playing out a thrilling 2-2 draw after extra time they lost out 3-2 in a dreaded penalty shootout, Conor Leonard was their marksman on the day scoring both goals in the game. The 12A’s secured three league points in a 3-2 home win over Newtown Juniors courtesy of an excellent hat-trick from Conor Byrne. The 14B’s lost to Arklow Utd on a 3-1 scoreline with Alejandro Garcia nabbing their goal. Our 15B’s continued their good run in the league with a 4-2 home win over Greystones Utd, James Hayes Kavanagh smashed home a hat-trick to set his team on the way to three crucial points, Riain Sweetman Burke completed the scoring. All other games were victims of the heavy over night rain.
Last week saw six entrants into the hat-trick club, three players from the 15A’s went goal crazy, Eoin McAulay led the way with five goals on Saturday in a 11-1 win over Wolfe Tone, in the same game Ross Quinn slotted home three goals. Andrew Earls hit a hat-trick midweek for the 15A’s in a 6-0 win over Aughrim. Kieran Bloomfield slammed home three crackers for his fourth hat-trick of the season for the under 16’s in their 5-3 away victory over St Anthonys. James Hayes Kavanagh was on fire for the 15B’s as he hit the back of the net three times for his team in their 4-2 home win over Greystones Utd. Finally Conor Byrne secured all three points for the 12A’s in their thrilling 3-2 victory over Newtown Juniors. Well done Eoin, Ross, Andrew, Kieran, James and Conor.
Everyone at the club would like to congratulate first team player Ricki Quinn and his bride Stacey Healy on their marriage last Saturday, we wish you both all the happiness, good fortune and health in the future.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their deepest sympathies to the family and friends of George Porter, everyone was deeply saddened to hear of George’s sad passing. George was a founder member of our club and was instrumental in establishing Wicklow Rovers, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time, may he rest in peace.
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WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 21st APRIL 2013
The first team gained three valuable points when they defeated Skerries Town away from home by a score of 2-0, Gareth Murphy and Jamie Snell both got their second goals of the season in a good solid all round team performance.The second team recorded a good solid 2-0 away win over Earl Celtic on Saturday with David Rowan and Aidan O’Neill getting on the mark for Rovers. The third team went down 2-0 away to St Fergals on Friday night.
Midweek action on the playing field was confined to the junior section after the first teams game on Wednesday night was cancelled. The under 10A team defeated the 10B’s 4-0 with Max Kearney scoring two and singles from Fionn Luddy and Sam Brown. The 10C’s went down narrowly to local rivals Wicklow Town on 2-1 scoreline in an exciting local derby with Conor Leonard getting their goal.  Our 11A’s at long last got to play their all important league match requiring a point to claim the title and they did it in style when they had an excellent 6-2 away victory over Avonmore. Ben Hudson and Nathan Sullivan led the way with a brace a piece with Frankie Reynolds and Robbie Hoffman adding one each. Congratulations to Wille, Peter and the lads on becoming league champions, well done lads. The 12A’s recorded a comprehensive 5-1 home win over Ardmore Rovers, two from Conor Byrne and Keith Carty and a single from Nathan Wynne accounted for their five goal haul and another good win. The 12B’s went down 7-2 away to a very strong Arklow Town side, Wayne Costello hit his first goal of the season with Ciaran Byrne nabbing the second goal. All other midweek games fell foul of the weather.
At the weekend our under 16’s were the only team in action on Saturday in the junior section and they had an excellent 7-0 victory over Arklow Town B, Kieran Bloomfield hit a magnificent four goals with Glen McCarthy scoring two. Rory O’Kelly completed the seven goal haul in a good all round squad performance. On Sunday the 9B’s had a good 2-0 away win over Greystones Utd with Sean O’Meara notching his sixth goal of the season and Oran Dempsey hitting the second goal. The 10A’s played out a 2-2 draw with Arklow Utd with leading scorer Max Kearney scoring both goals. The 11A’s gained a very good point away to Ardmore Rovs in a 1-1 draw but were unlucky not to claim all three points as they had three goals disallowed, Craig Anderson scored their goal. Daniel Murphy scored a brace for the 11B’s in their  exciting 2-2 draw with Aughrim Rangers. Our 12A’s made it four wins from four in the league with a narrow 1-0 win over Greystones Utd, Conor Byrne who is in a rich vein of form hit the back of the net again. The 13A’s who have yet to taste defeat in domestic action won again, this time they beat Greystones Utd 5-1 with Ben Watson hitting two and singles from Jack Dunne, Luca Rampersaud and Ciaran Coffey completing the scoring. The 14B’s went down 7-1 to Arklow Town with Tiernan O’Neill scoring his first of the season.
In the girls section the under 12’s recorded a comprehensive 8-0 win over Peamount Utd, Niamh Caffrey hit another hat-trick with Lucy Dunne, Niamh McSorley, Ellen Griffin, Amy Kavanagh and Clodagh Irwin all adding singles. The 14’s went down 3-2 to Shelbourne FC with Kate Hennessy and Jade Duffy hitting the rigging. Our under 16 girls put in a spirited effort before going down 3-1 to league leaders Dundalk with Ally Webb scoring their goal.  
Wicklow Rovers AFC, schoolboy and schoolgirl sections are currently looking for managers for the 2013/14 season. If you would like to apply or be involved with a team next season please email  lt wrdev.com@gmail.com for an application form.
We had two entries into the hat-trick club this week and they are no strangers to the hat-trick club, Niamh Caffrey hit her sixth hat-trick of the season for the under 12 girls in their 8-0 win over Peamount Utd while Kieran Bloomfield smashed home four goals for the under 16’s for his fifth hat-trick of the campaign in his sides excellent 7-0 victory over Arklow Town. Well done Niamh and Kieran.
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WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 28th APRIL 2013
The first team were involved in midweek action when they took on local rivals Greystones Utd on Wednesday in the Whitegates, after a tough encounter the spoils were shared in what probably was a fair outcome to the game. Greystones went in front with fifteen minutes left but Rovers battled back and Tommy Kelly equalised with five minutes remaining to earn the lads a valuable point. Things didn’t go well for the first team in their cup quarter final against Templeogue Utd on Sunday, in what was a bad day at the office, they were comprehensively beaten 5-0 with the team falling way below the standard we all know there capable of. The third team went down 4-1 to title chasing Celtic Stars with Ciaran McGettigan scoring their goal.
On the junior front, midweek action saw the under 9A’s record a narrow 1-0 away victory courtesy of a Joseph Neilan goal. Our 9B’s lost 5-2 away to a strong St Patricks A team with leading scorer Sean O’Meara scoring a brace. The 10C’s shared the points in a 2-2 draw with Greystones Utd, Patrick Owens nabbed his first of the campaign with Finn Egan Barron scoring the second. The 11B’s kept their good run in the shield going when they defeated Fassaroe YC 2-1 away with a goal from Nedis Valindis and the second coming by the way of an og. Our 12A’s were involved in a highly exciting and entertaining match with Arklow Town A which ended in a scoreless draw despite plenty of goalmouth action from both sides. The 14B’s had a great win away to Coolboy Rgrs by five goals to nil. Luca Rampersaud, Sean Algera, Jack Dunne, Shane Devlin and Adam Melia were all on the score sheet. Our under 15A’s won a hard earned three points at home to St Anthonys on a 4-2 scoreline, Ross Quinn helped himself to a hat-trick with Eoin McAulay getting one. The under 15B’s went goal crazy knocking in an amazing seventeen goals in a 17-1 victory at home to Avonmore, Riain Sweetman Burke and James Hayes Kavanagh amazingly hit double hat-tricks scoring six each, Ethan Sillery, Niall Dowd, Dale Browne, Luke Purdy and Oisin Breen all hit singles.
On Saturday our under 13A’s defeated Greystones Utd A 2-1 to claim the Premier shield, a goal from leading scorer Adam Byrne and one from Jack Dunne laid the foundations for this victory, congratulations to Boodhan and his squad. Our 8B’s lost 4-2 away to a strong St Patricks A side with Liam Burke notching a brace. The under 15B’s went goal crazy for the second game running, this time they hit seven winning 7-0 away to Greystones Utd A, Riain Sweetman Burke and Josh Browne hit two a piece with Mark Darragh, Ethan Sillery and Dale Browne all adding singles. Our under 16’s had a good win at home to Arklow Town A, in what was a tough match with no quarter given by both sides, Rovers narrowly won out 1-0 courtesy of a Kieran Bloomfield goal. On Sunday our 8A’s defeated Rathnew 6-2, Aaron Murray and Peter Dunne scored two each with singles from Aran Cavanagh and Steven Gormley completing the scoring. The 10A’s won 5-2 against Greystones Utd, the highlight of this game was a fantastic hat-trick from Conor Lewins, Mark O’Brien and Max Kearney nabbed one each. The 11A’s earned a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw away to Coolboy Rgrs with Joseph Neilan and Nathan Sullivan scoring their goals. The 11B’s went down 4-0 to a strong Wolfe Tone team in the quarter final of the cup. Congratulations to our under 14A’s who won the division 1 shield beating Coolboy Rgrs 3-0, goals from Matthew Traynor, JJ Power and Rory Dowling gave them a well deserved win, well done to Rene, Mark and the team. Also congratulations to our under 15A team who captured the under 15 Premier shield when they defeated Arklow Utd in Aughrim on a 3-0 scoreline, Ross Quinn set them on their way with Eoin McAulay scoring the second, the third goal came from a wicked deflection off an Arklow player. Well done to Stephen, Mick and the squad. Once again well done to all involved with the under 13A’s, 14A’s and 15A’s, three wins from three shield finals at the weekend is as good as it gets.
In girls action at the weekend the under 12’s won 3-2 at home to Balbriggan, leading scorer Niamh Caffrey scored two and Sinead McGettigan added a single in an exciting game. The under 16’s travelled away to Ratoath Harps and came home with all three points after a 6-1 win, Hannah Rose Buckley hit the back of the net three time for a fantastic hat-trick, Ally Webb notched two and Chloe Brennan completed the scoring.
Wicklow Rovers AFC, schoolboy and schoolgirl sections are currently looking for managers for the 2013/14 season. If you would like to apply or be involved with a team next season please email  lt wrdev.com@gmail.com for an application form.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 5th MAY 2013
The first team were involved in midweek action when they travelled to take on Templeogue Utd in the league, after suffering a heavy defeat in the cup to the same opponents last week, the lads gained a certain amount of revenge when they defeated Templeogue 1-0 in a very tight game to gain all three points to move them up to mid table in the league. Luke Byrne scored the only goal of the game. They completed a good week when they picked up a good point in 0-0 away draw with title chasing Ballyfermot Utd on Sunday in a good all round team performance.
The second team received a walkover when Swords Celtic failed to turn up for their fixture on Saturday afternoon.
In the junior section during the week, the 10A’s defeated Roundwood 3-1 with a brace from Max Kearney and one from Fionn Luddy. Our 10B’s won a five goal thriller against Greystones Utd C by a score of 3-2, Evan Dwyer, Ryan Kavanagh and Sean Murphy all hit the back of the net. The 10C’s recorded an excellent 5-0 win over Greystones Utd E, a brace a piece from Finn Egan Barron and Conor Leonard with Luke Long adding the fifth accounted for their total. The 12A’s gained an excellent point away to Arklow Town A in a 1-1 draw, Keith Carty gave them the lead before Arklow drew level with fifteen minutes remaining. Our 12B’s had two games during the week narrowly losing both by the minimum margin, first they lost 3-2 to Little Bray Utd with Fionn Matthews and Ryan Murphy nabbing their goals. On Wednesday they lost to Glencormac Utd by one goal to nil. The under 14A’s lost 4-1 to Arklow Utd A with Eddy Geraghty getting their goal. The 14B’s went down 4-1 to Arklow Utd B, Evan Doyle scoring for the B’s. The 16’s beat St Anthonys 6-0 with Darragh O’Connor plundering a hat-trick, Liam Kavanagh, Andrew O’Brien and Alan Power all hit singles. Our under 13A’s game with Ashford Rovs came to a premature end on Thursday when Wicklow player Ben Watson received a serious injury in an accidental clash, everyone at the club would like to wish Ben a speedy recovery from his injury and we look forward to seeing him back on the playing pitch very soon. The club would like to thank the parents from both teams who helped look after Ben while waiting for an ambulance, many thanks to Ashford Rovers, the referee and the parents for their help in this unfortunate accident.
On Saturday the under 8B’s were well beaten, losing 5-0 to a very strong Carnew side. Our under 9B’s won 3-0 away to Ardmore Rovs. B, two goals from leading scorer Sean O’Meara and one from Leo De Courcy laid the foundations for an excellent win, Kyle Corrigan had an excellent game in the Rovers goal with Zach Harris, Oran Dempsey and Tom Wilkinson all playing well.
On Sunday our 9A’s won 5-3 away to Ardmore Rovs, a hat-trick from Joseph Neilan and one a piece from Chris Bouchier and Mark Hodgkinson were the scorers on the day. The under 10A’s won 3-0 against Greystones Utd C, Fionn Luddy hit a brace and Try Sutton got the other. The 11A’s beat Roundwood on penalties in the semi final of the Premier cup, the match ended 1-1 with Robbie Hoffman scoring, Nathan Sullivan scored the decisive penalty. Our under 12A’s kept up their challenge for the title with a hard earned three points away to Newtown Juniors, after a close encounter a goal from Conor Byrne gave them a 1-0 win. Performance of the weekend must go to our under 12B’s, week after week this group of players turn up hail, rain or snow, for training and matches. During the course of the season they had failed to win a game even though they came close a couple of times drawing on both occasions when they probably should have won. Well they had their day last Sunday morning, at half time it looked the same old story, 1-0 down but had the chances to be in front but what a second half they put in, two smashing goals from Ryan Murphy and a cracker from Fionn Matthews saw them deservedly turn the game around to win 3-1 in a good all round team performance. A lot of credit must be given to Brendan Porter and Michael Galligan for all their hard work with this team. Well done lads. Our 14B’s went down 6-0 to a good Arklow Town side. The 15B’s kept their good run going with a 6-3 win away to Enniskerry, two from Josh Browne and one each from Riain Sweetman Burke, Robbie Dunne, Ethan Sillery and James Hayes Kavanagh scored their goals.
Only two entrants in the hat-trick club this week, Darragh O’Connor hit three goals for the under 16’s in their 6-0 home win over St Anthonys on Thursday night and Joseph Neilan hit three for the 9A’s in their 5-3 win over Ardmore Rovs., well done Darragh and Joseph.
Congratulations to Colin and Vicky O’Brien on the arrival of baby Fiadh during the week, everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous future.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their deepest sympathy to club chairman Paul Delaney and his brothers Tommy, Billy, Joe, Eamon and Brian on the sad passing of their father William [Bill], we would also like to express our deepest sympathy to the extended Delaney family on their sad loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time, may he rest in peace.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at lt jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
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WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 12th MAY 2013
The first team continued their good league form of late with a narrow 1-0 home win over Garda FC at the Whitegates on Wednesday night, Mark O’Sullivan’s fourth goal of the season was enough to secure all three points. The second team went down 4-1 away to St John Bosco with Sean Tobin netting their goal.
In the junior section’s midweek action, the under 9C’s defeated Greystones Utd E 6-2, Willoughby Woods hit a hat-trick, Ross McCrea two and a single from Kai Fitzsimmons. The 10A’s had a fantastic cup semi final victory winning 6-2 against Arklow Utd, Max Kearney and Troy Sutton both scored two a piece with Fionn Luddy and Lee Hamilton adding the others to book their place in the final. Our 11A’s were soundly beaten 5-0 by a very strong Wicklow Town side. The 14A’s lost a close encounter away to Arklow Town A by a score of 2-1 with JJ Power getting on the score sheet. Our 14B’s recorded a very good win away to Greystones Utd B winning 7-3, Evan Doyle plundered an excellent hat-trick, Eli Graham netted twice and Jack Dunne and Alfie Heather scored one each. The 15B’s good run of late came to an end when Enniskerry defeated them 3-1, Riain Sweetman Burke scored his seventeenth goal of the season. Congratulations to our under 16’s who added the league title to the shield they won before Christmas to complete the double, they travelled to Lamberton on Friday night to take on one of their main rivals Arklow Town A knowing three points would land them the title, a brace from top scorer and one each from team captain Liam Kavanagh and Glen McCarthy gave them a 4-0 win in a excellent all round team performance. Congratulations once again to the lads and their managers Jimmy Nolan and Brian O’Connor.
On Saturday the under 9A’s beat Rathnew 5-1 with Joseph Neilan and Conor Hunter nabbing two goals each with Mark Hodgkinson scoring one.
Sunday saw the club involved in four finals, the under 10A’s were first up when they emerged victorious in the division one cup final winning 2-1 against Ashford Rovers, Mark O’Brien and Fionn Luddy scored the all important goals in a good all round team performance. Well done to Mick Kearney, Gerry Lewins and the lads. The under 13A’s lost out 4-2 to Greystones Utd in the premier cup final, Patrick O’Keane and Luca Rampersaud were on the score sheet in a game they were always chasing. Hard luck to Boodhan and the lads but the league is still up for grabs with the shield already in the bag. Up next was the under 11A’s as they took on Arklow Town A in the premier cup final, after an exciting game the lads lost out 4-2, Frankie Reynolds and Scott Sheridan notched the goals for Rovers. Hard luck to Willie, Peter and the lads who have had a great season having already won the league. The last final saw the under 12A’s take on Arklow Town A for the premier shield, after an exciting close battle recent form between these two sides continued, the game was close through out with both sides having their chances to win, the match ended 1-1 after extra time meaning this was the third game in succession these teams have ended all square. Ryan Corrigan scored a screamer from a twenty five yard free kick to level the game after Arklow led. The game was decided by a dreaded penalty shoot out with Rovers winning 4-1. Fiachra O’Briain, Ryan Corrigan, Dylan Frazer and Sean Leonard all scored from the spot with Sean Coffey making two excellent saves from well struck Arklow penalties. Well done John, Matt and the lads. Once again well done to our 10A’s, 11A’s, 12A’s, 13A’s and 16A’s on your achievements at the weekend.
We had three players in the hat-trick club this week, two were under 9C players, Willoughby Woods hit three for the 9C’s in their 6-2 win over Greystones Utd and at the weekend Kai Fitzsimmons scored four when they beat Arklow Utd. Evan Doyle struck three for the under 14B’s against Greystones Utd B in a 7-3 win, well done Willoughby, Kai and Evan.
Currently the club are advertising for managers for our three senior teams which compete in the Leinster Senior League [Senior 1B] and [Saturday Major 1C] and the Wicklow League [Div 2], anyone interested in applying to manage one of these teams should contact club secretary Franny Copeland at 087-7589322 or by email at fcopeland8@gmail.com Closing date for the above posts is the 31 st of May 2013.
Everyone at the club would like to congratulate senior player Stephen Earls and his partner Sue on the arrival of their baby daughter Katie Mai, we would like to wish you the best of health, happiness and lots of luck for the future.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 19th MAY 2013
The first team were in midweek action away to St Mochtas FC, after a close encounter they lost out narrowly by a goal to nil. They also played on Sunday and recorded a good win defeating CYM Terenure by two goals to one with Luke Byrne scoring both.
There was plenty of action during the week in our junior section, on Tuesday the under 10A’s completed a good week when they qualified for the final of the shield after they defeated Ashford Rovers 2-1 for the second time in the space of three days having defeated the same opponents in the cup final on Sunday, this time it was goals from Troy Sutton and Conor Lewins who set them on their way. Five games took place on Wednesday night, the under 9A’s continued their good run with a 3-2 success over Greystones Utd to make it seven wins on the bounce, Joseph Neilan, Conor Hunter and Glen Broughan scored their goals. Our 9C’s were involved in a ten goal thriller with Enniskerry B with the spoils been shared in an exciting 5-5 draw. Willoughby Woods nabbed a brace with Ross McCrea, Jack Noble and Zach Callary all adding singles. The 10B’s recorded a good 5-1 away win over Enniskerry B, Charlie Leonard hit the back of the net twice, Adam O’Reilly, Sean Murphy and Ryan Kavanagh all weighed in with a goal each. The under 12A’s assured themselves of at the worst a playoff for the league title after they won 3-2 away to Ardmore Rovers. Keith Carty plundered two goals and Cian O’Brien notched the other leaving Arklow Town requiring maximum points from their last three games to force a playoff. The under 16’s who won the premier league and shield completed their fixture schedule with a tough 2-1 away victory against Coolboy Rangers, a goal a piece from captain Liam Kavanagh and top scorer Kieran Bloomfield ensured they finished their campaign with a good win over a very strong Coolboy side. On Thursday night our 11A’s went down 2-0 to a physically bigger Arklow Town team, this was a cracking game of football with the Wicklow team more than a match for their opponents. The lads deserved to take something from the game with the away team keeper pulling off some fantastic saves to deny Rovers. The under 14A’s went down 3-1 away to Wolfe Tone, Sean Algera scored the Rovers goal for his fifth of the season. Friday night saw the under 15A’s add the premier cup to their already shield win, they defeated Arklow United again this time on a score of 4-1, highlight of the game was an excellent hat-trick from Ross Quinn to bring his total for the season to twenty two. Colin O’Toole completed the scoring as the lads go in search of the treble when they resume league action in the coming week. Congratulations to Stephen, Mick and the lads.
On Saturday our under 10B’s had a narrow 1-0 win over Roundwood with Ryan Kavanagh scoring the all important goal from the penalty spot. The 11B’s were involved in a seven goal thriller winning 4-3 against Wolfe Tone, Daniel Murphy scored a fantastic hat-trick with Tom O’Shea nabbing the other. On Sunday our 9B’s drew 2-2 with St Patricks with Sean O’Meara scoring both goals, the 9C’s won 4-1 at home to Greystones Utd D with Zach Callary and Willoughby Woods notching a brace each. Our under 14A’s lost out 4-1 to Arklow Town A with Rory Dowling getting their goal.
Currently the club are advertising for managers for our three senior teams which compete in the Leinster Senior League [Senior 1B] and [Saturday Major 1C] and the Wicklow League [Div 2], anyone interested in applying to manage one of these teams should contact club secretary Franny Copeland at 087-7589322 or by email at fcopeland8@gmail.com Closing date for the above posts is the 31 st of May 2013.
Wicklow Rovers would like to thank all members of Aughrim Rangers, Arklow Town, Wolfe Tone, Newtown Juniors, Greystones United and Ardmore Rovers for co-operating with our club officials to ensure the smooth running of the WDSL cup finals last Saturday on our club grounds in the Whitegates. Thanks to Johnny Dunne and Michael Doyle for having our club grounds in splendid conditions for the finals. The pitch and grounds were in excellent condition. Also we would like to thank Paul Delaney and Franny Copeland for been on hand all day long to ensure the smooth running of events. Thanks also to Anthony Earls and junior member James Nolan  who were on hand through out the day when required. A big thanks to Willie O’Brien who assisted with first aid when Greystones player Sean Maguire received a serious injury.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers would like to wish Greystones Utd under 14B player Sean Maguire a speedy recovery from an injury he sustained in his sides cup final with Newtown Juniors which resulted in the game been abandoned, get well soon Sean and we all hope your back on the playing field very soon.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their deepest sympathy to Jim Barnes and his family on sad passing of his father Brendan, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time, may he rest in peace.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 26th MAY 2013
The first team are coming to the end of their campaign, last Wednesday they suffered a disappointing 3-0 defeat away to CYM Terenure, with one game to go they sit safely in mid table in their first season in intermediate football so hopefully next season they can push on and be in a challenging position for promotion.
Midweek action in our junior section saw the under 8A's record a very good 4-1 away win over Wolfe Tone, highlight of this game was an excellent hat-trick from Charlie Phelan with Peter Dunne scoring the fourth. The 9C's were involved in an eight goal thriller with Greystones Utd, with the game eventually ending level at 4-4. Willoughby Woods hit the net twice with David Butler and Kai Fitzsimmons getting one each. Our under 11B's required a point to reach the division 2 shield final but it wasn't to be, losing 3-0 to Wolfe Tone, this result means they must take on Avonmore in a play off to see who will provide the opposition for Wolfe Tone in the final. The 12B's played their last game losing 6-1 to high flying Little Bray Utd, Ryan Murphy scored the Rovers goal. Another team to suffer disappointment during the week was our 13B's, they took on nearest challengers Wolfe Tone in Bray with the knowledge that a point would land them the title but the lost narrowly 2-1 with Stuart Cox nabbing their goal. Their consolation is they know at the worst they are guaranteed a playoff for the title if Wolfe Tone win their last game. Anything less than three points for Wolfe Tone and Rovers will be crowned champions. Better news for our two under 15 teams, the A's started the week requiring six points from four games to win the league and complete the treble, they started with a comprehensive 9-2 win at home to Arklow Town on Wednesday, Eoin McAulay smashed home an incredible four goals, hot on his heels was Adam Copeland who fired home an excellent hat-trick, Brian O'Sullivan and Rian Daunt Smyth weighed in with singles. They captured the league title on Saturday when they beat Aughrim Rgrs 5-1 with a brace from Colin O’Toole and singles from Eoin McAulay, Andrew Earls and Rian Daunt Smyth, this win saw them win the treble of league, cup and shield, congratulations to Stephen, Mick and the lads. The under 15B's earned promotion back to the premier division when they lifted the division one title when they defeated Avonmore 6-1 on Thursday night, quick silver striker James Hayes Kavanagh hit a brace, Robbie Dunne, Ethan Sillery, Josh Browne and Riain Sweetman Burke all hit one a piece in a well deserved success. Congratulations to Peter, Marc, Phil, Alan and the squad on their success. On Saturday morning our under 11A’s defeated Coolboy Rgrs 6-1, Paul Marah scored a splendid hat-trick, Josh Watson and Brandon O’Brien scored one each with the other goal coming in the shape of an own goal. On Sunday there was disappointment for our under 11B’s and 13A’s, the 11B’s lost 6-1 to Avonmore in the division 2 shield playoff in a bid to reach the final, Tom O’Shea got their lone goal, the under 13A’s were soundly beaten 5-0 by Avonmore which saw the Rathdrum outfit lift the premier league title. Our 9A’s had an excellent 5-0 win over Arklow Town A, two goals from Chris Bouchier and one each from Glen Broughan, Aaron Murphy and Matthew Harbourne accounted for their goals. The 9C’s lost 3-2 to FassaroeYC with Kai Fitzsimmons and Willoughby Woods netting their goals. Our 10A’s warmed up for their shield final with a 5-0 victory over Enniskerry, a brace from Conor Lewins and a goal each from Fionn Luddy, Lee Hamilton and Max Kearney were their scorers on the day. The 10C’s shared six goals with Greystones Utd in a 3-3 draw with Conor Leonard scoring two and Finn Egan Barron nabbing the other.
Currently the club are advertising for managers for our three senior teams which compete in the Leinster Senior League [Senior 1B] and [Saturday Major 1C] and the Wicklow League [Div 2], anyone interested in applying to manage one of these teams should contact club secretary Franny Copeland at 087-7589322 or by email at fcopeland8@gmail.com Closing date for the above posts is this Friday the 31 st of May 2013.
The clubs summer soccer camp takes place from Monday 1 st July to Friday 5 th July and the second week is from Monday 8 th July to Friday 12 th July, the venue is the Whitegates and the camp will run from 10 am to 3 pm daily. Early booking price for the camp is €65 for one child, family of two is €110, family of three is €150. It is €70 per child if paid on first day of camp. Special price of €40 for second week of camp if a child participates in both weeks of the camp. Free ball and jersey to each participant. To book please contact Johnny Dunne @ 087-7802098 or John Frazer @ 087-0564394. Further information can be got on the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com. Registration forms can also be downloaded from the club website.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 2nd JUNE 2013
With the season drawing to a close and a lot of teams now finished up we had a limited amount of games last week. All the junior action took place midweek and I suppose the highlight was our 10A's completing the double last Tuesday night adding the division 1 shield to their already success in the cup. In a highly entertaining and exciting game played in a good spirit the lads ran out 3-2 winners in a five goal thriller against Ashford Rovers. Goals from Max Kearney, Fionn Luddy and Conor Lewins ensured the shield was on its way to the Whitegates. Both teams deserve a lot credit for putting on an excellent end to end game of football. Elsewhere our 8B's lost out 3- 2 to Coolboy Rangers, Tom Phelan scored one of the goals with the other goal coming in the form of an own goal. The 9B's went down 2-0 away to Greystones United. Our 15A's finished off their season in style knocking in fourteen goals against Wolfe Tone. Rain Daunt Smyth led the way hitting the back if the net four times followed closely by Andrew Earls who netted a hat-trick. Ross Quinn helped himself to a brace with Eoin McAulay, Colin O'Toole, Brian O'Sullivan, Oisin Daunt Smyth and an own goal accounting for the other scores.
The clubs summer soccer camp takes place from Monday 1 st July to Friday 5 th July and the second week is from Monday 8 th July to Friday 12 th July, the venue is the Whitegates and the camp will run from 10 am to 3 pm daily. Early booking price for the camp is €65 for one child, family of two is €110, family of three is €150. It is €70 per child if paid on first day of camp. Special price of €40 for second week of camp if a child participates in both weeks of the camp. Free ball and jersey to each participant. To book please contact Johnny Dunne @ 087-7802098 or John Frazer @ 087-0564394. Further information can be got on the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com. Registration forms can also be downloaded from the club website.
Our Saturday morning soccer academy took a break last weekend due to the bank holiday weekend so this Saturday its back to normal. The academy starts at 11 o’clock and finishes at 12. Its for boys and girls from the age of 3 years upwards who are interested in learning the sport of soccer while also having fun. So for anyone that’s interested come along to the Whitegates on Saturday morning, there is no registration and you come along to whatever Saturdays you can make.
Wicklow Rovers AFC promote soccer for schoolboys/girls, youths and seniors in the community, our club is growing all the time and any assistance with the help of running the club would be very much appreciated. At present we have a very hard working committee but we are always on the look out for people interested in helping out, the club are always on the look out for people who are interested in getting involved in soccer, whether its coaching and managing or on the executive committee or a sub committee, maybe you would just like to help as an assistant manager, help with fundraising or help just around the grounds or in anyway at all, don’t hesitate, get involved, anyone interested in helping out the club in anyway can contact any committee member or email club secretary Franny Copeland at fcopeland8@gmail.com
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 9th JUNE 2013
Well the curtain finally came down on the playing end of business within the club during the week, on Tuesday night the under 13B's went down 4-2 after extra time against Wolfe Tone A in a play off for the division two league title. The lads raced into a 2-0 lead early on thanks to well taken strikes from Cormac Murray and Dean Noble and then had a couple of good chances to extend their lead but unfortunately they didn't take them and it came back to haunt them. Wolfe Tone came roaring back with a goal just before the break and an equaliser after a couple of minutes of the second period. Both teams had chances in the second half but failed to take them and it was on to extra time where the Bray team proved the stronger adding two goals to claim the title. Congratulations to David Cox, John Rice and the team on a good season that went down to the last game. The under 12A's suffered heartbreak on Thursday night when they failed in their quest to add the premier league title to their success in the premier shield. They took on Arklow Town A in a play off for the title in Shamrock Park in Rathnew, they didn't get off to a great start conceding two quick goals midway through the first half but to their credit they battled on and didn't drop their heads. Arklow ran out 2-0 winners in the end but the lads showed great character when things weren't going their way, they knuckled down and hung in there when a couple of seasons back their heads would have dropped. It has been a great season for this team winning the premier shield and coming runners up in the premier league after a play off, they have been involved in some titanic games with Arklow Town this season with very little between them. Prior to this game the sides had drawn in their last three meetings with Rovers winning the shield on a penalty shootout. Congratulations to John Frazer, Matt Lincoln and their team on a great season. Our 13A’s season petered out to a disappointing end, they took on Enniskerry in a play off for runners up position in the premier league and even though they were short of five regulars they kept the game competitive during the first period. At the break they found themselves 2-1 down but the more experienced Enniskerry outfit pulled away in the second period finally winning 7-2. Rovers goalscorers on the day were Eli Graham and Ciaran Coffey. Well done to Boodhan and his squad on winning the premier shield and getting runners up in the cup.
The executive committee would like to wish all our club members, managers, coaches, parents and supporters a very enjoyable summer and we look forward to seeing you in season 2013/14.
The clubs summer soccer camp takes place from Monday 1 st July to Friday 5 th July and the second week is from Monday 8 th July to Friday 12 th July, the venue is the Whitegates and the camp will run from 10 am to 3 pm daily. Early booking price for the camp is €65 for one child, family of two is €110, family of three is €150. It is €70 per child if paid on first day of camp. Special price of €40 for second week of camp if a child participates in both weeks of the camp. Free ball and jersey to each participant. To book please contact Johnny Dunne @ 087-7802098 or John Frazer @ 087-0564394. Further information can be got on the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com. Registration forms can also be downloaded from the club website.
The club have released the trial dates for our junior section for season 2013/14, they are as follows: Under 8's (Born 2006) Monday July 1st, Under 9's (Born 2005) Tuesday July 2nd, Under 10's (Born 2004) Wednesday July 3rd, Under 11's (Born 2003) Thursday 4th July. All the above trials for 8's, 9's, 10's and 11's will take place in the Whitegates on the stated dates from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm. The 11 a side trial dates are as follows: Under 12's (Born 2002) Monday July 1st, Under 13's (Born 2001) Tuesday July 2nd, Under 14's (Born 2000) Wednesday July 3rd, Under 15's (Born 1999) Thursday July 4th and Under 16's (Born 1998) Monday July 8th. All 11 a side trials will take place in the Rocky Road on the stated nights from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm. Please arrive early to allow for registration and all player must wear football boots and shinguards.
Congratulations to club secretary Franny Copeland who received the WDSL club  person of the year award at the WDSL awards on Sunday in the Grand Hotel. This award is well deserved to a man who has put a lot of work into the club in recent times, no matter when his called, he always makes himself available to help out in anyway. He carries out his own duties as club secretary, fixtures secretary for 11 a side in the WDSL and runs the club shop and then is always on hand to help out in other ways. This recognition for Franny is well deserved and everyone at Wicklow Rovers would like to say well done, congratulations and thanks for all your hard work Franny.   
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 16th JUNE 2013
The clubs summer soccer camp takes place from Monday 1 st July to Friday 5 th July and the second week is from Monday 8 th July to Friday 12 th July, the venue is the Whitegates and the camp will run from 10 am to 3 pm daily. Early booking price for the camp is €65 for one child, family of two is €110, family of three is €150. It is €70 per child if paid on first day of camp. Special price of €40 for second week of camp if a child participates in both weeks of the camp. Free ball and jersey to each participant. To book please contact Johnny Dunne @ 087-7802098 or John Frazer @ 087-0564394. Further information can be got on the club website at lt www.wicklowrovers.com. Registration forms can also be downloaded from the club website.
The club have released the trial dates for our junior section for season 2013/14, they are as follows: Under 8's (Born 2006) Monday July 1st, Under 9's (Born 2005) Tuesday July 2nd, Under 10's (Born 2004) Wednesday July 3rd, Under 11's (Born 2003) Thursday 4th July. All the above trials for 8's, 9's, 10's and 11's will take place in the Whitegates on the stated dates from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm. The 11 a side trial dates are as follows: Under 12's (Born 2002) Monday July 1st, Under 13's (Born 2001) Tuesday July 2nd, Under 14's (Born 2000) Wednesday July 3rd, Under 15's (Born 1999) Thursday July 4th and Under 16's (Born 1998) Monday July 8th. All 11 a side trials will take place in the Rocky Road on the stated nights from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm. Please arrive early to allow for registration and all player must wear football boots and shinguards.
Wicklow Rovers AFC promote soccer for schoolboys/girls, youths and seniors in the community, our club is growing all the time and any assistance with the help of running the club would be very much appreciated. At present we have a very hard working committee but we are always on the look out for people interested in helping out, the club are always on the look out for people who are interested in getting involved in soccer, whether its coaching and managing or on the executive committee or a sub committee, maybe you would just like to help as an assistant manager, help with fundraising or help just around the grounds or in anyway at all, don’t hesitate, get involved, anyone interested in helping out the club in anyway can contact any committee member or email club secretary Franny Copeland at fcopeland8@gmail.com
Our junior soccer academy is on every Saturday morning [weather permitting] in the Whitegates all weather pitch at 11 o’clock and will continue straight through the summer months, so for fun and games while learning the skills of the game come to the Whitegates from 11 till 12 under the guidance of experienced coach Johnny Dunne. The academy is open to boys and girls from the age of three upwards. The academy doesn’t take place on Bank Holiday weekends.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers would like to congratulate Margaret and Peter Browne on the arrival of baby Ryan recently, we would like to wish you the best of health, happiness and luck in the future.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 23rd JUNE 2013
The clubs summer soccer camp takes place from Monday 1 st July to Friday 5 th July and the second week is from Monday 8 th July to Friday 12 th July, the venue is the Whitegates and the camp will run from 10 am to 3 pm daily. Early booking price for the camp is €65 for one child, family of two is €110, family of three is €150. It is €70 per child if paid on first day of camp. Special price of €40 for second week of camp if a child participates in both weeks of the camp. Free ball and jersey to each participant. To book please contact Johnny Dunne @ 087-7802098 or John Frazer @ 087-0564394. Further information can be got from any committee member or on the club website at lt www.wicklowrovers.com. Registration forms can also be downloaded from the club website.
The club have released the trial dates for our junior section for season 2013/14, they are as follows: Under 8's (Born 2006) Monday July 1st, Under 9's (Born 2005) Tuesday July 2nd, Under 10's (Born 2004) Wednesday July 3rd, Under 11's (Born 2003) Thursday 4th July. All the above trials for 8's, 9's, 10's and 11's will take place in the Whitegates on the stated dates from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm. The 11 a side trial dates are as follows: Under 12's (Born 2002) Monday July 1st, Under 13's (Born 2001) Tuesday July 2nd, Under 14's (Born 2000) Wednesday July 3rd, Under 15's (Born 1999) Thursday July 4th and Under 16's (Born 1998) Monday July 8th. All 11 a side trials will take place in the Rocky Road on the stated nights from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm. Please arrive early to allow for registration and all players must wear football boots and shinguards.
Wicklow Rovers are currently seeking volunteers to help with the running of the club. A lot of work is required with running a club of our size, at present we have a very small committee of six people who are snowed under with a heavy work load which is causing a slow momentum in the progression of our club. We do have a number of people who help around the grounds and on our sub committees, we have a new child liaison officer and health & safety officer coming on board. As you can see we are always trying to improve our facilities, in recent times some of the projects carried out were as follows: 1. Extension and marking of car park; 2. Completion of perimeter fence/Internal gates; 3. Refurbishing of club meeting room; 4. Refurbishing of dressing rooms; 5. Painting of clubhouse; 6. Presently installing dugouts. The growth and further improvements within the club are been held back and not progressing at the pace we would like due to the lack of manpower, we could really do with people coming on board to help the club forward. People shouldn’t be afraid to put themselves forward to help out as you wont be loaded down with work, we would be grateful for any help what so ever, even if its something small that you can help out with, every little bit helps. There is a lot involved in the running a club our size,  especially one with approximately 26 teams. Please think of the future, think of the kids who love the sport of soccer, think of what we could all achieve with more help. With a bigger executive committee, more sub committees and more people helping out, all working together we could protect our club while growing and improving all the time. Please don’t assume someone else will do the work, step forward, volunteer and help us out in whatever capacity you can. If you feel you have something to offer don’t hesitate to contact any of the following people, Paul Delaney @ 0863700320, Jimmy Nolan @ 0879108706 or Franny Copeland @ 0877589332.
Our Saturday morning soccer academy continues every Saturday. The academy starts at 11 o’clock and finishes at 12. Its for boys and girls from the age of 3 years upwards who are interested in learning the sport of soccer while also having fun. So for anyone that’s interested come along to the Whitegates on Saturday morning, there is no registration and you come along to whatever Saturdays you can make.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 30th JUNE 2013
The club held its annual awards night last Saturday in The Grand Hotel, we would like to thank everyone who attended. The award recipients on the night were as follows: Leinster Senior Saturday Major 1C player of the year went to Mark Delaney while the Wicklow League Division 1 player of the year was Tommy Sullivan. This years Hall of Fame awards went to two men who were instrumental in the formation of the club 38 years ago. Michael Loughlin and John Doyle were very popular recipients of this years Hall of Fame award. Both men put a lot of work into the club over the years to set the club on its way and for this the club would like to thank you both very much. Many thanks Michael and John. Our club merit award went to Gerry Doyle this year, Gerry gave over 16 years of service on the committee holding down positions such as treasurer and club secretary just to mention a couple, Gerry also played for numerous years in the green and white jersey. he gave a lot of his spare time to the club over the years and played a major part in the erection of our security fence around our main pitch at The Whitegates, for all your hard work we thank you Gerry. A presentation was made to Anthony Earls as a mark of the clubs appreciation for all the work he does around the club, Anthony steps forward to help out in numerous ways, for example he is now over seeing the installation of our new dugouts in The Whitegates, Anthony always makes himself available to help in anyway and he is held in high regard within the club, many thanks Anthony. A new award was added to the list of honours this year, the new award was titled young person of the year, this award was brought in to honour any young person who shows a willing to help out within the club. The first recipient of this award was James Nolan who put a lot of work in this year, apart from turning out for the under 16’s he set up the clubs facebook page updating it on a daily basis, James also created a club twitter account. As well as this he helps out every Saturday morning with the clubs junior academy and can be seen at matches of all age groups supporting the club. Well done James. Photos of the event are on the club website and facebook page.
The first week of the clubs summer soccer camp is at the midway point but its not too late to enrol for our second week of the camp, the second week is from Monday 8 th July to Friday 12 th July, the venue is the Whitegates and the camp will run from 10 am to 3 pm daily. The price for the camp is €65 for one child, family of two is €110, family of three is €150. Payment can be made prior to camp or on the first morning. Special price of €40 for second week of camp if a child participates in both weeks of the camp. Free ball and jersey to each participant. To book please contact Johnny Dunne @ 087-7802098 or John Frazer @ 087-0564394. Further information can be got from any committee member or on the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com. Registration forms can also be downloaded from the club website.
The club have released the trial dates for our junior section for season 2013/14, they are as follows: Under 10's (Born 2004) Wednesday July 3rd, Under 11's (Born 2003) Thursday 4th July. All the above trials for 8's, 9's, 10's and 11's will take place in the Whitegates on the stated dates from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm. The 11 a side trial dates are as follows: Under 14's (Born 2000) Wednesday July 3rd, Under 15's (Born 1999) Thursday July 4th and Under 16's (Born 1998) Monday July 8th. All 11 a side trials will take place in the Rocky Road on the stated nights from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm. Please arrive early to allow for registration and all players must wear football boots and shinguards.
Our Saturday morning soccer academy continues every Saturday. The academy starts at 11 o’clock and finishes at 12. Its for boys and girls from the age of 3 years upwards who are interested in learning the sport of soccer while also having fun. So for anyone that’s interested come along to the Whitegates on Saturday morning, there is no registration and you come along to whatever Saturdays you can make.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 7th JULY 2013
The weather was kind to the club last week for the first week of the annual summer soccer camp with four glorious days out of five, the sun shone down and everyone had a great time. The kids really enjoyed themselves and they were joined by a group of Spanish students who also had a good time. On Friday all the individual finals took place with some exciting games played and some potential Messi’s, Ronaldo’s, Van Persie’s and Vidic’s on show. All the kids were presented with their medals on Friday. Photos from the first week of the camp are posted on the club website and the club facebook page. The club would like to thank Johnny for over seeing the camp, many thanks to Josephine, Willie, James, Ciaran and Luke for all their coaching during the week. A big thanks to Debbie Bouchier for her help with the registration and other bits and pieces during the week. At the time of going to print we should be midway through our second week of the camp and with the weather forecast predicting tropical weather we are hoping everyone is enjoying the second week.
Due to demand the club have decided to run another camp before the kids head back to school, the camp will run from Monday the 19 th of August to Friday the 23 rd of August and will run from 10 am to 2 pm daily. The cost of the camp will be €40, there will be a discount for families of two kids or more. Each participant will receive a medal. For further information and registration forms please contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098 or alternatively contact any committee member. Registration forms will also be available to download from the club website [www.wicklowrovers.com] from the 1 st of August.   
The FAI are visiting the club on Tuesday the 16 th of July as part of the Festival of Football in the county, John Delaney the FAI CEO will head the visit and presently we have been informed that Irish soccer legends Ray Houghton and John Aldridge will be in attendance. Their arrival time is approximately timed for around 3 pm. The club are inviting all club members, juniors, seniors, girls, summer camp participants and former members of the club to come along to meet our guests. On the day we are going to run matches for the junior members of the club so we would like all the kids to arrive for 1.30 pm. We would like to see as many members of the club at the Whitegates on the day. Anyone willing to help set up for the event can come along at 9.00 am on the morning, all help would be very much appreciated.
Our Saturday morning soccer academy continues every Saturday. The academy starts at 11 o’clock and finishes at 12. Its for boys and girls from the age of 3 years upwards who are interested in learning the sport of soccer while also having fun. So for anyone that’s interested come along to the Whitegates on Saturday morning, there is no registration and you come along to whatever Saturdays you can make.
Pre season training for the seniors has started, they train every Tuesday and Thursday nights in The Rocky Road at 7.15 pm, all new players are welcome. There will also be training every second Saturday morning [football only] and every second Wednesday night in the Coral Leisure Centre pool doing aqua-arobic training.
Wicklow Rovers AFC promote soccer for schoolboys/girls, youths and seniors in the community, our club is growing all the time and any assistance with the help of running the club would be very much appreciated. At present we have a very hard working committee but we are always on the look out for people interested in helping out, the club are always on the look out for people who are interested in getting involved in soccer, whether its coaching and managing or on the executive committee or a sub committee, maybe you would just like to help as an assistant manager, help with fundraising or help just around the grounds or in anyway at all, don’t hesitate, get involved, anyone interested in helping out the club in anyway can contact any committee member.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 14th JULY 2013
The clubs annual summer soccer camp was a huge success, the first week saw 64 kids take part while week two saw 92 kids enjoy a week of fun and games. In tropical weather conditions over the two weeks it was a great turn out of kids and everyone seem to have a great time. The club would like to thank Johnny and his coaches for all their work over the two weeks. A big thanks to Debbie Bouchier who helped out with the registration over the two weeks as well as doing other bits and pieces during the camp. We would also like to thank the parents of the kids for their continuous support every year to make the camp such a success. Last but not least a big thanks to all the young footballers who make it worth while, they were a pleasure to coach and everyone mixed in well to have an enjoyable time. Photos from the camp have been posted on the club facebook page and on the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com    Once again thanks to everyone for your continuous support.
Due to demand the club have decided to run another camp before the kids head back to school, the camp will run from Monday the 19 th of August to Friday the 23 rd of August and will run from 10 am to 2 pm daily. The cost of the camp will be €40, there will be a discount for families of two kids or more. Each participant will receive a medal. For further information and registration forms please contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098 or alternatively contact any committee member. Registration forms will also be available to download from the club website [www.wicklowrovers.com] from the 1 st of August.   
Pre season training for the seniors has started, they train every Tuesday and Thursday nights in The Rocky Road at 7.15 pm, all new players are welcome. There will also be training every second Saturday morning [football only] and every second Wednesday night in the Coral Leisure Centre pool doing aqua-arobic training.
As you can see the dugouts are coming on well, they are at the roofing stage now and then they’ll be plastered and painted. They were built big enough so people could stand up without hitting their heads of the ceiling and can easily accommodate 8 to 10 people. When the dugouts are finished we would ask all club members and visiting players to take their rubbish with them and dispose of it in the bins provided in the grounds and not to leave it in the dugouts or around the club grounds. Also with the clubhouse just been painted we would please ask all members not to be kicking footballs against the clubhouse, by doing this all your doing is ruining the walls of the clubhouse which in turn makes it look shabby and dirty. We would ask all managers and parents to please make sure your kids don’t use the walls for kicking football against, this would be much appreciated, thanks.
Our Saturday morning soccer academy continues every Saturday. The academy starts at 11 o’clock and finishes at 12. Its for boys and girls from the age of 3 years upwards who are interested in learning the sport of soccer while also having fun. So for anyone that’s interested come along to the Whitegates on Saturday morning, there is no registration and you come along to whatever Saturdays you can make.
Wicklow Rovers AFC promote soccer for schoolboys/girls, youths and seniors in the community, our club is growing all the time and any assistance with the help of running the club would be very much appreciated. At present we have a very hard working committee but we are always on the look out for people interested in helping out, the club are always on the look out for people who are interested in getting involved in soccer, whether its coaching and managing or on the executive committee or a sub committee, maybe you would just like to help as an assistant manager, help with fundraising or help just around the grounds or in anyway at all, don’t hesitate, get involved, anyone interested in helping out the club in anyway can contact any committee member.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 21st JULY 2013
The club were paid a visit from the FAI last week as part of the festival of football in the county over the last week which finished off with the FAI AGM been held in the Arklow Bay Hotel on Saturday. Their visit was led by FAI CEO John Delaney who in his speech was very complimentary to the progress of our club. Former Republic of Ireland and Liverpool legend Ray Houghton was in attendance and he was a true gentleman posing for photos and signing autographs for everyone in the large crowd. Over 120 children turned up to take part in an afternoon of football, with all the teams togged out in the colours of Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Portugal, Holland, England, Italy, etc, it gave the occasion a World Cup theme. The flags of all the countries were fluttering in the gentle breeze and with lots of bunting around the grounds it was a colourful spectacle on a glorious sunny day. The club would like to thank all the kids who turned up on the day to participate in this memorable occasion. A big thanks to all the parents who brought the kids along and many thanks to the parents who helped out on the day. Thanks to all who helped out with getting the grounds ready for the day, to the people who distributed the drinks and crisps to the kids, to the people that refereed and managed the teams. In general we would like to thank anyone who helped in anyway to make the occasion special. Also thanks to former club member and Wicklow Town Lord Mayor Malcolm Earls for his attendance on the day. Lastly the club would to thank FAI CEO John Delaney, Ray Houghton, Jim McLaughlin [WDFL], Jimmy Hackett [WDSL] and the FAI who made the day so special for all involved. Photos of the day can be viewed on the club website [www.wicklowrovers.com] or on the club facebook page.
Due to demand the club have decided to run another soccer camp before the kids head back to school, the camp will run from Monday the 19 th of August to Friday the 23 rd of August and will run from 10 am to 2 pm daily. The cost of the camp will be €40, there will be a discount for families of two kids or more. Each participant will receive a medal. For further information and registration forms please contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098 or alternatively contact any committee member. Registration forms will also be available to download from the club website [www.wicklowrovers.com] from the 1 st of August.   
Our Saturday morning soccer academy continues every Saturday. The academy starts at 11 o’clock and finishes at 12. Its for boys and girls from the age of 3 years upwards who are interested in learning the sport of soccer while also having fun. So for anyone that’s interested come along to the Whitegates on Saturday morning, there is no registration and you come along to whatever Saturdays you can make.
The seniors are back in training a couple of weeks now, anyone interested in joining our senior teams should come along to the Rocky Road pitch on Tuesdays and Thursdays where training starts at 7.15 pm.
With the new season fast approaching the club are looking for someone to volunteer to take up the position of club registrar, the person will be responsible for the collection and recording of incoming membership fees across the whole club, it can be a non executive committee role if the interested person wishes to solely carry out this job within the club. Any interested person can contact Paul Delaney @ 087-0566848 or Franny Copeland @ 087-7589332.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 28th JULY 2013
The club were recently paid a visit from the FAI as part of the festival of football in the county over the last week which finished off with the FAI AGM been held in the Arklow Bay Hotel. Their visit was led by FAI CEO John Delaney who in his speech was very complimentary to the progress of our club. Former Republic of Ireland and Liverpool legend Ray Houghton was in attendance and he was a true gentleman posing for photos and signing autographs for everyone in the large crowd. Over 120 children turned up to take part in an afternoon of football, with all the teams togged out in the colours of Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Portugal, Holland, England, Italy, etc, it gave the occasion a World Cup theme. The flags of all the countries were fluttering in the gentle breeze and with lots of bunting around the grounds it was a colourful spectacle on a glorious sunny day. The club would like to thank all the kids who turned up on the day to participate in this memorable occasion. A big thanks to all the parents who brought the kids along and many thanks to the parents who helped out on the day. Thanks to all who helped out with getting the grounds ready for the day, to the people who distributed the drinks and crisps to the kids, to the people that refereed and managed the teams. In general we would like to thank anyone who helped in anyway to make the occasion special. Also thanks to former club member and Wicklow Town Lord Mayor Malcolm Earls for his attendance on the day. Lastly the club would to thank FAI CEO John Delaney, Ray Houghton, Jim McLaughlin [WDFL], Jimmy Hackett [WDSL] and the FAI who made the day so special for all involved. Photos of the day can be viewed on the club website [www.wicklowrovers.com] or on the club facebook page.
Due to demand the club have decided to run another soccer camp before the kids head back to school, the camp will run from Monday the 19 th of August to Friday the 23 rd of August and will run from 10 am to 2 pm daily. The cost of the camp will be €40, there will be a discount for families of two kids or more. Each participant will receive a medal. For further information and registration forms please contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098 or alternatively contact any committee member. Registration forms will also be available to download from the club website [www.wicklowrovers.com] from the 1 st of August.
The clubs Saturday morning academy will not take place this coming weekend as it’s a bank holiday weekend. The academy will resume on Saturday the 10 th of August as usual in The Whitegates from 11 to 12 so if you want your child to learn the skills of soccer while having fun come along on Saturday mornings. No long term registration required, kids can just come along any Saturday they choose and join in the fun under the guidance of coach Johnny Dunne.
The seniors are back in training a couple of weeks now, anyone interested in joining our senior teams should come along to the Rocky Road pitch on Tuesdays and Thursdays where training starts at 7.15 pm.
With the new season fast approaching the club are looking for someone to volunteer to take up the position of club registrar, the person will be responsible for the collection and recording of incoming membership fees across the whole club, it can be a non executive committee role if the interested person wishes to solely carry out this job within the club. Any interested person can contact Paul Delaney @ 087-0566848 or Franny Copeland @ 087-7589332.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 4th AUGUST 2013
Last week saw Bray Wanderers come to town to take on our senior team in a friendly in aid of the Robbie Robinson fund. The lads took the game to a young Bray outfit and some good saves from the Bray netminder kept the match scoreless at the break. Shortly into the second period Bray were awarded a penalty, former Wicklow Rovers schoolboy Adam Cox stepped up and coolly slotted past Tommy Dunne in the Rovers goal to give Bray the lead. Rovers responded well and ten minutes later they were on level terms when Jim Foley forced the ball home to tie the game at 1-1 which proved to be the final result. Both teams have to be commended in giving their all in a highly entertaining game played in front of a large crowd. On the night a draw was probably a fair outcome of the game. The club would like to thank Pat Devlin, Jack O'Neill and the Bray Wanderers team for providing us with the opposition for the occasion. Thanks to the match officials David Jameson, Mick Quinn and Michael Kennedy who done an excellent job. Also on the night we had the 1967 European Cup trophy on display, the trophy won by Celtic when they defeated Inter Milan 2-1 in Lisbon to become the first British club to win the trophy was brought along on the night courtesy of Chris Hanney. People had their photos taken with the cup. The club would like to thank Chris for this fantastic gesture, it was much appreciated. Also a big thanks to all the adults and kids who supported this charity event, finally thanks to all the club officials and members who helped out on the night. Midweek an under strength first team lost 4-1 away to Arklow Town while on Saturday they went down 2-0 to a very good North End United from Wexford. The second team also played North End United and they lost out by four goals to one. Thanks to both clubs for providing the opposition in these pre-season friendlies.
The under 8 [Born 2006] and under 10 [Born 2004] trials will be held on Wednesday [tonight] the 7th of August from 7pm to 8 pm. Both the above trials will be held in The Whitegates.
Due to demand the club have decided to run another soccer camp before the kids head back to school, the camp will run from Monday the 19th of August to Friday the 23rd of August and will run from 10 am to 2 pm daily. The cost of the camp will be €40, there will be a discount for families of two kids or more. Each participant will receive a medal. For further information and registration forms please contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098 or alternatively contact any committee member. Registration forms are also available to download from the club website [www.wicklowrovers.com]
Our Saturday morning soccer academy took a break last weekend due to the bank holiday weekend so this Saturday its back to normal. The academy starts at 11 o’clock and finishes at 12. Its for boys and girls from the age of 3 years upwards who are interested in learning the sport of soccer while also having fun. So for anyone that’s interested come along to the Whitegates on Saturday morning, there is no registration and you come along to whatever Saturdays you can make.
With the new season fast approaching the club are looking for someone to volunteer to take up the position of club registrar, the person will be responsible for the collection and recording of incoming membership fees across the whole club, it can be a non executive committee role if the interested person wishes to solely carry out this job within the club. Any interested person can contact Paul Delaney @ 087-0566848 or Franny Copeland @ 087-7589332.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 11th AUGUST 2013
The club are holding four registration nights for the collection of club membership, the following are the selected nights for registration: Friday 30th August, Friday 6th September, Friday 13th September and Friday 20th September. All registration nights will take place in the clubhouse at The Whitegates from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm. Club membership fees remain the same as season 2012/13. As you can appreciate the club have a very small committee of six people who are presently overloaded with work in trying to run our club. It would be very much appreciated if parents can help us out by attending one of the stated nights for registration, if you can't attend any of the above nights alternative arrangements can be made by contacting any committee member [Contact numbers on club website at www.wicklowrovers.com]. Please don't just leave this as club membership will have to be paid, an easy pay plan can also be put in place for anyone in consultation with the club in the strictest of confidence. The club do not foresee any extra nights been held for registration so your co-operation in this process would help us distribute our times to other duties within the club. Many thanks to everyone for your help in this process.
Due to demand the club have decided to run another soccer camp before the kids head back to school, the camp will run from next Monday the 19 th of August to Friday the 23 rd of August and will run from 10 am to 2 pm daily. The cost of the camp will be €40, there will be a discount for families of two kids or more. Each participant will receive a medal. For further information and registration forms please contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098 or alternatively contact any committee member. Registration forms are also available to download from the club website [www.wicklowrovers.com].
Congratulations to former club player Danny Earls who was honoured by his club Rochester Rhinos in the USL Pro league in America, Danny was nominated as their player of the year which is a great achievement for him. Danny made 22 appearances from 25 games scoring two goals and turning in consistently good displays week in week out, once again everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend a massive congratulations to Danny, well done.
Congratulations to our under 13 girls team who were victorious when they won the Crinkan Cup in Shankill last Saturday. Lauren and Ellen were solid both in goal and outfield. Amy and Sarah curtailed nearly every attack with skill and composure. Sinead, Jessica and Emer controlled midfield exchanges with Emer notching the goal of the tournament. Niamh, Aoife and Grainne were a constant threat in attack with their dribbling ability and eye for goal. Well done to all the girls but a special well done to Aoife, Grainne and Lauren who were all making their debuts for the team. A big thank you to Shankill FC for organising and hosting the tournament.
Our Saturday morning soccer academy runs every Saturday except on Bank Holiday weekends. The academy starts at 11 o’clock and finishes at 12. Its for boys and girls from the age of 3 years upwards who are interested in learning the sport of soccer while also having fun. So for anyone that’s interested come along to the Whitegates on Saturday morning, there is no registration and you come along to whatever Saturdays you can make.
With the new season fast approaching the club are looking for someone to volunteer to take up the position of club registrar, the person will be responsible for the collection and recording of incoming membership fees across the whole club, it can be a non executive committee role if the interested person wishes to solely carry out this job within the club. Any interested person can contact Paul Delaney @ 087-0566848 or Franny Copeland @ 087-7589332.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 18th AUGUST 2013
The club are holding four registration nights for the collection of club membership, the following are the selected nights for registration: Friday 30th August, Friday 6th September, Friday 13th September and Friday 20th September. All registration nights will take place in the clubhouse at The Whitegates from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm. Club membership fees remain the same as season 2012/13. As you can appreciate the club have a very small committee of six people who are presently overloaded with work in trying to run our club. It would be very much appreciated if parents can help us out by attending one of the stated nights for registration, if you can't attend any of the above nights alternative arrangements can be made by contacting any committee member [Contact numbers on club website at www.wicklowrovers.com]. Please don't just leave this as club membership will have to be paid, an easy pay plan can also be put in place for anyone in consultation with the club in the strictest of confidence. The club do not foresee any extra nights been held for registration so your co-operation in this process would help us distribute our times to other duties within the club. Many thanks to everyone for your help in this process.
Our Saturday morning soccer academy runs every Saturday except on Bank Holiday weekends. The academy starts at 11 o’clock and finishes at 12. Its for boys and girls from the age of 3 years upwards who are interested in learning the sport of soccer while also having fun. So for anyone that’s interested come along to the Whitegates on Saturday morning, there is no registration and you come along to whatever Saturdays you can make.
With the new season fast approaching the club are looking for someone to volunteer to take up the position of club registrar, the person will be responsible for the collection and recording of incoming membership fees across the whole club, it can be a non executive committee role if the interested person wishes to solely carry out this job within the club. Any interested person can contact Paul Delaney @ 087-0566848 or Franny Copeland @ 087-7589332.
Club gear is available from our club shop, if anyone wishes to purchase club gear you can contact Franny Copeland at 0872230063 or email him at lt fcopeland8@gmail.com . The following is a list of the gear and prices:Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Senior €12; Tracksuit-Junior €45, Senior €57; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Senior €28; Rainjacket-Junior €30, Senior €37; Hoodie-Junior €20, Senior €26. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rainjackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players initials free of charge if requested.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 25th AUGUST 2013
Our first team got off the mark winning a hard earned point away to Skerries Town on Sunday, Darren Kavanagh put them in front but the home team hit back with two goals to take the lead. The lads showed great character to battle back with Maurice Dunne notching his second goal of the campaign to earn the team a share of the spoils.
The second team were unlucky not to get something out of their home match against Newbridge Town last Saturday, after an even start to the game Newbridge went ahead just before the half hour mark, the away side doubled their lead on sixty six minutes some what against the run of play in the second half. The lads pulled one back a minute later when Conor Tobin made a good run down the right firing a low hard cross into the area for Ciaran McGettigan to slam home his second goal in as many matches to make it 2-1. Rovers controlled the last twenty minutes piling forward in search of an equaliser and in the last minute they thought they had scored what they thought was the leveller only for the referee to rule it out for offside. In fairness the lads deserved a draw at the very least from this game.
The club’s AGM will be held in the clubhouse in The Whitegates on Wednesday the 25th September at 7.30 pm, everyone is welcome to attend.
The club are holding four registration nights for the collection of club membership, the following are the selected nights for registration: Friday 30th August, Friday 6th September, Friday 13th September and Friday 20th September. All registration nights will take place in the clubhouse at The Whitegates from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm. Club membership fees remain the same as season 2012/13. As you can appreciate the club have a very small committee of six people who are presently overloaded with work in trying to run our club. It would be very much appreciated if parents can help us out by attending one of the stated nights for registration, if you can't attend any of the above nights alternative arrangements can be made by contacting any committee member [Contact numbers on club website at www.wicklowrovers.com]. Please don't just leave this as club membership will have to be paid, an easy pay plan can also be put in place for anyone in consultation with the club in the strictest of confidence. The club do not foresee any extra nights been held for registration so your co-operation in this process would help us distribute our times to other duties within the club. Many thanks to everyone for your help in this process.
Wicklow Rovers AFC promote soccer for schoolboys/girls, youths and seniors in the community, our club is growing all the time and any assistance with the help of running the club would be very much appreciated. At present we have a very small hard working committee but a lot of work is been placed on the shoulders of six people who are carrying out several duties within the club, we could do with other people stepping up to help out. We are always on the look out for people interested in helping out, the club are always on the look out for people who are interested in getting involved in soccer, whether on the executive committee or a sub committee,  help with fundraising or help just around the grounds or in anyway at all, don’t hesitate, get involved. If the club were to get one volunteer from each team within the club do help out for one season and then someone else represents that team the following season, the club would be in a much stronger position, anyone interested in helping out the club in anyway can contact any committee member or email club secretary Franny Copeland at fcopeland8@gmail.com
Our Saturday morning soccer academy runs every Saturday except on Bank Holiday weekends. The academy starts at 11 o’clock and finishes at 12. Its for boys and girls from the age of 3 years upwards who are interested in learning the sport of soccer while also having fun. So for anyone that’s interested come along to the Whitegates on Saturday morning, there is no registration and you come along to whatever Saturdays you can make.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 1st SEPTEMBER 2013
The first team gained three valuable points last Wednesday night at the Whitegates when they defeated Glenmore/Dundrum in a highly entertaining seven goal thriller. Rovers went in front through Mark O'Sullivan only then to concede a soft equaliser. Rovers pushed forward through out the game and their attacking play was rewarded, Maurice Dunne stepped into the spotlight claiming an excellent hat-trick. All three goals were clinically dispatched to give the lads a 4-1 lead. The referee somehow found an additional eight minutes which saw a fight back from the away side scoring two goals in added time but the lads held on to gain all three points. Full match report on club website.
Our second team were in action in a local derby away to Greystones Utd on Saturday, with the team still getting to know each other they unfortunately went down 2-0. They gave it their all but on the day it wasn't enough. Ciaran McGettigan and Shane Morley were the best players for on the day.
Last Sunday week the 25th of August saw our 11A's travel across to the other side of the Wicklow mountains to take part in the Kildare Summer Cup Competition with 15 other teams from around the country. An action packed day with plenty of quality football and good sportsmanship was enjoyed by all. The competition provided some excellent and exciting football to entertain the supporters. Against strong opposition our under 11A team advanced from their group to progress to the semi final where they took on a very strong Portlaoise side. After an exciting game, it was defences that came out on top as the match ended scoreless but as 0-0 matches go this game provided excitement to keep both sets of supporters on the edge of their seats. Now it was on to the dreaded penalty shootout, the shootout proved to be a nail biting affair with Rovers progressing to the final winning 4-3 from the spot kicks. Successful from the penalty spot for Rovers were Harry Hodgkinson, Fionn Luddy, Sam Bishop and Max Kearney. Andrew Nolan in the Rovers goal saved the last spot kick to book his sides place in the final. Their opposition in the final came in the shape Fettercairn of Tallaght and in a hard fought match Rovers emerged victorious over their Dublin opponents coming out on top by a 3-1 score line. A lot of good football was on show from both teams in what proved to be a highly entertaining final. Max Kearney bagged himself two goals with Sam Bishop slotting home the other goal to spark off wild celebrations for the boys in green. Through out the tournament the whole squad turned in consistent displays and were worthy winners. Congratulations to Mick, Gerry and the lads on a fantastic victory. Many thanks to Kildare FC for the invite and congratulations to them on a well organised event.
Currently the club are seeking players for our under 9 [Born 2005], 10 [Born 2004], 11 [Born 2003] and 12 [Born 2002] age groups, anyone interested in playing can contact John Frazer at 0870564394 or Johnny Dunne at 0877802098. Alternatively you can contact any committee member.
We would like to let everyone know that our club registration night this coming Friday the 6th of September has been cancelled due to the World Cup qualifier between the Republic of Ireland and Sweden. All other registration nights will be held as advertised, a new date will be scheduled to replace the cancelled night.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their deepest sympathies to founder member Billy Dunne and his family on the sad passing of Eileen. Eileen was an active member of the club's women's committee in the early days when the club was formed, she was always on hand to help out in anyway, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time, may she rest in peace.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 8th SEPTEMBER 2013
The first team continued their recent good run of late when they claimed all three points in a very good away win to Ratoath Harps on Thursday night. The man with the golden touch in front of goal at the moment is Maurice Dunne, he nabbed a brace to make it seven in four games to set his team on their way. Luke Byrne added a single to give them a 3-1 victory.
The seconds were involved in a high scoring game more suited to rugby, they came out the wrong side of a 9-5 score line. Jim Foley scored two with Ciaran McGettigan, Conor Tobin and Simon Bouchier adding one a piece in what was an exciting affair.
The girls returned to action at the weekend, the under 13’s lost narrowly 3-2 in a five goal thriller, Sinead McGettigan and Emer McNulty scored the Rovers goals in a good all round team performance. The under 18 girls won 8-0 at home to HHFC, no goalscorers in at time going to print.  
Saturday saw the return to action of the junior teams, the 9A’s lost 2-0 away to St Anthonys in a closely fought encounter. The 11A’s started off the season with a bang winning 7-2 away to Greystones Utd A, Conor Lewins stole the show smashing home four of his sides goals. Fionn Luddy, Sam Brown and Sam Bishop all scored one each. Our 12A’s entertained a strong Arklow Town A team at The Whitegates going down 4-1 with Scott Sheridan netting their goal. The 14B’s went goal crazy away to Greystones Utd B winning 12-1. Top of the scoring charts for them was Evan Doyle who hit an incredible five goals followed closely by Conor Hawes who hit the back of the net four times. Jack Evans, James Lang and Chris Hudson all weighed in with singles. On Sunday the 9B’s lost 11-2 to a very strong Rathnew side, Harry Tobin Kelly and Sam Culleton hit the goals for Rovers. The 10A’s recorded a good 6-1 win over Arklow Utd with Joseph Neilan notching an excellent hat-trick, Matthew Harbourne scored two with Conor Hunter nabbing the other. Our 10B’s took all three points with a 5-2 victory over St Patricks, Sean O’Meara smashed home three goals with Willoughby Woods getting a brace. The 13B’s lost 6-0 away to a good Wolfe Tone A team. Our under 14A’s got off to a flyer winning 7-0 at home to Greystones Utd A, three goals from Ronan Murray, two from Luca Rampersaud and one a piece from Jack Dunne and Eli Graham accounted for their goals. [Match report on club website]. The under 15’s defeated Wolfe Tone B 5-3 with Alfie Heather plundering three and Mitchell Kelly scoring two.  
The club’s AGM will be held in the clubhouse in The Whitegates on Wednesday the 25th September at 7.30 pm, everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.
The draw for the various National Cup competitions were made recently. In the under 12 SFAI Danone cup first round our 12A's will entertain Dublin side Rathcoole Boys A in the Whitegates. The under 13A's received a bye in round one of the SFAI cup, in the second round they will be involved in an all Wicklow clash against Wolfe Tone. The 14A's also received a bye to the second round of their SFAI cup with a tough trip away to Kildare Town waiting for them. In the under 15 SFAI cup our lads were drawn away to Dublin team Knockmitten Utd in the first round. In the first round of the under 16 National cup our lads were handed a home tie with Kildare side Naas Utd, first round games will be played on the weekend of 28th/29th of September with the second round matches taking place the weekend of the 19th/20th of October. We would like to wish all our teams the best of luck in their National cups.
The draw for the FAI Intermediate Cup was made with the first team landing a home tie against St Francis FC, the game will take place the week ending
22nd September.
Our under 17’s were drawn away to Kilkenny side Callan United in the first round of the FAI Umbro Cup, the tie will be played week ending 6th of October.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathy to the family and friends of William Mooney [Dun Laoghaire] who sadly passed away recently, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time, may he rest in peace.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com of visit us on our club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 15th SEPTEMBER 2013
The first teams good run of late came to an end when they went down 4-1 at home to Portmarnock FC, in truth on the day the best team won as nothing seem to go right for the lads on the day. Ricki Quinn scored the Rovers goal and it was Ricki, David Rowan and substitute Mark Delaney who were Rovers best players.
The second team’s game on Saturday didn’t go ahead as Skerries Town couldn’t field a team.
Our under 18 girls lost 11-1 to Templeogue, the team was short of a few regulars on the day but they battled under difficult circumstances and never gave up. Ally Webb was their scorer.
The junior section saw a game on Thursday night, the under 16's defeated Arklow Utd 6-2 in Ferndale Park, Andrew Earls got his team's season off to a flyer hitting the back of the net four times, Mark Darragh and Oisin Breen scored one each. On Saturday the under 8A’s recorded a great 11-1 win away to Rathnew, Liam Phelan led the way with five goals followed closely by Brian McCaul who hit the net three times. Lee Brown scored a brace with Daniel Kavanagh adding a single. The 9B’s lost 10-1 to a very strong Avonmore side with Dylan Vickers scoring their goal. Our 10A’s made it two wins from two with a narrow 2-1 win over Arklow Town A, Matthew Harbourne scored to make it three goals in two games with Conor Luddy adding the second. The 12B’s lost 4-2 to St Anthonys with Thomas O’Neill and Jack Meaney hitting the back of the net. The 13A’s got their season off to a winning start when they won 3-2 away to Greystones Utd, Conor Byrne nabbed a brace with Tristan O’Toole scoring the other. The 14B’s are another team who made it two wins from two when they defeated Arklow Town B 2-0 in Lamberton, Conor Hawes and Harry Byrne were the goalscorers in a very good performance. The 16’s also made it two from two when they comprehensively beat Greystones Utd 11-0, Colin O’Toole hit an excellent five goals with Andrew Earls and Mark Darragh scoring two a piece. Hugh Humby and Colin Sinnott nabbed one each to complete the total.
On Sunday the 9A’s won 4-1 at home to Greystones Utd A, Aaron Murray, Cole Byrne, Charlie Phelan and Steven Gormley all netted one each. The 10B’s went down 3-2 away to Aughrim in a five goal thriller with Willoughby Woods scoring a brace for the second week running. Our 10C’s went down 5-1 to a very strong St Fergals team with Jack Ryan scoring the Rovers goal. The 11A’s continued their good start to the season with another three points on the road, this time they defeated Enniskerry 5-3, Mark O’Brien led the way with two goals, Sam Bishop, Harry Hodgkinson and Max Kearney all added singles. The 11B’s lost 5-2 away to Coolboy Rangers with Adam O’Reilly and Charlie Leonard hitting the net. The 12A’s lost narrowly by a score of 2-1 away to Coolboy Rangers, Paul Marah scoring their goal. Our 13B’s lost 4-1 to Rathnew at the Whitegates with Darragh Gibney notching their only goal. The 14A’s made it two wins from two with a comfortable 6-2 win over Arklow Town A, Ronan Murray and Luca Rampersaud hit two a piece with Stephen Finlay and Stuart Cox scoring one each. The 15’s were another team to make it two wins from two when they won 3-2 away to Arklow Town B, Mitchell Kelly scored two for the second game running with JJ Power nabbing the other.
The club’s AGM will be held in the clubhouse in The Whitegates on Wednesday the 25th September at 7.30 pm, everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.
Congratulations to former schoolboy player Adam Copeland who was selected to be part of the FAI emerging talent program for 2013/14, all at the club would like to wish Adam every success in the program.
The club would request all managers and parents to please request the kids to stop using the clubhouse for kicking football against, as it has recently been painted and nothing looks as bad than marks left from people playing football against it. We would please request people to stop carrying out this practise, thank you.  
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Eileen Donnelly who sadly passed away recently, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time, may she rest in peace.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com of visit us on our club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 22nd SEPT 2013
The first team put in a good performance despite losing 4-2 to higher raked opponents St Francis, with fifteen minutes left they were actually in front by two goals to one when the visitors were awarded a penalty to level the game. Three minutes after the equaliser Rovers were reduced to ten men for dissent and this proved to be a turning point as the away side added two goals against the ten men to break the lads hearts. Davy Rowan and Mark Delaney were excellent in a good team performance.
The under 17’s got their season off to a winning start on Saturday when they earned all three points in a tough encounter away to Coolboy Rangers. A cracker from Sean Dease and one from Glen McCarthy gave the lads a 2-0 half time lead with Coolboy pulling one back with six minutes left. Rovers held firm in the dying minutes to claim the win.
The under 13 girls continued their good form with a 3-1 home win over Cabinteely, a brace from Niamh Caffrey and one from Sinead McGettigan earned them the three points to make it two wins from three games in the top division.
On Saturday in the junior section the under 10C’s lost 7-0 away to Greystones Utd but the lads battled to the end. The under 11A’s maintained their one hundred percent start making it three wins from three with an excellent 3-2 away win over Arklow Town A, Max Kearney, Sam Brown and an own goal accounted for their tally. The 11C’s recorded a 5-3 win away to Wicklow Town, Noah Sheridan plundered four goals for the second week running to make it eight in two games with Conor Leonard adding the other in an exciting local derby. Our 14B’s also boast a one hundred percent start to the season when they made it three wins from three games when they narrowly defeated Roundwood by a score of 2-1 at The Whitegates. Joint top goalscorers Evan Doyle and Conor Hawes scored one a piece to bring their totals to six in three games to give their team all three points.
On Sunday the under 9A’s drew 3-3 with Arklow Town A, Aaron Murray, Peter Dunne and an own goal accounted for their goals in a thrilling game. The 9B’s lost out to a very strong Glencormac side but with a bit more coaching the little team will improve. Our 10A’s kept their one hundred percent record intact in a thrilling thirteen goal encounter winning 8-5, two each from Matthew Harbourne and Conor Hunter and one a piece from Tiernan O’Brien, Glen Broughan, Joseph Neilan and Mark Hodgkinson ensured victory. Willoughby Woods doubled his tally for the season when he hit the net four times for the 10B’s in their 5-3 win over Ashford Rovers with Oran Dempsey scoring the other goal. The 11B’s drew 2-2 with Arklow Utd to gain their first point of the season, Adam O’Reilly and Kieran Fitzpatrick scored their goals. Our under 12A lost 8-0 away to Greystones Utd on a day when they just didn’t get going and nothing went right. The 13A’s made it two from two with a 7-1 win over Newtown Juniors, Daniel Fitzsimons notched an excellent hat-trick, Sean Leonard netted two with Conor Byrne and Cian O’Brien adding singles. The 13 B’s recorded a fantastic 4-2 win over St Fergals, two goals from Ryan Murphy and one each from James Bradshaw and Jack O’Gorman earned them all three points. The 14A’s are another side in the club with a one hundred percent record, two goals from Adam Byrne and singles from Luca Rampersaud, Eli Graham, Stuart Cox and Ronan Murray gave them a 6-2 away win over Enniskerry to make it three wins from three.
The club are holding another registration night for club membership this coming Friday the 27th of September in the clubhouse at the Whitegates from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm. All members are requested to attend and if you can’t please make contact with a committee member.
The clubs AGM will be held in the clubhouse in the Whitegates tonight Wednesday the 25th of September at 7.30 pm, everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Carmel Bolger who sadly passed away recently, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time, may she rest in peace.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
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WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 29th SEPTEMBER’13
The first team travelled to the Iveagh Grounds to take on St James Gate on Friday night, the Gate had won their four games to date without conceding a goal. The lads lost narrowly by a goal to nil and with a bit of luck they could have got something from the game. They rattled the woodwork, had a goal disallowed and controlled the game for large periods. Our second team took on third placed Lucan United in their own back yard and came away with an excellent 2-1 win. Young Ciaran McGettigan continued his good form in front of goal scoring his fourth of the season with Aidan O’Neill nabbing his first to give the lads three valuable three points. The under 17’s went down 2-1 at home to St Anthonys, the away side were quick out of the blocks with two early goals. The lads to their credit battled away but nothing seem to go right for them. Glen McCarthy pulled one back for them and with a bit of luck they could have had another couple with the chances they created but it wasn’t to be.
The under 13 girls lost 5-1 to a very strong Shamrock Rovers side with Sinead McGettigan scoring the goal while the under 18 girls had a brilliant 3-0 away win over Donnycarney with goals from Rioghna McGettigan, Amie Collier and Hannah Rose Buckley. Lily Johnson was excellent in goals for Rovers on her debut.
In the junior section on Friday night our under 10A’s made it four wins on the bounce, two goals from Joseph Neilan and one each from Conor Hunter, Glen Broughan, Mark Hodgkinson and Matthew Harbourne gave them a 6-1 victory away to Wolfe Tone. On Saturday the 11A’s also made it four wins from four when they defeated Greystones Utd B 6-1, a brace from Max Kearney and singles from Sam Brown, Sam Bishop, Fionn Luddy and Harry Hodgkinson accounted for their goals. Our 11C’s are still unbeaten winning 8-2 away to Greystones Utd D, Conor Leonard brought his total for the season to ten with an amazing five goals, Noah Sheridan kept his goal streak going with another two with David Lally completing the scoring, Jack Dempsey and Donal Donoghue were excellent in the Rovers defence. The 12A’s recorded a magnificent win in the SFAI cup, trailing 2-0 in the second period an amazing comeback from the lads saw Craig Anderson hit the back of the net three times to give the team a fantastic 3-2 win with exciting celebrations at the final whistle. They now have a home tie against Naas in the second round. The 12B’s suffered a heavy 9-1 defeat to St Anthonys with Daniel Murphy scoring their consolation goal. The 14A’s are another team boasting a one hundred percent record winning their fourth in a row, they had a comfortable 10-1 win against Aughrim Rgrs, Luca Rampersaud doubled his total for the season to ten scoring an incredible five goals, Stephen Finlay notched a brace and Adam Byrne, Patrick O’Keane and Eli Graham netted one each. Our 14B’s not to be out done recorded their fourth win in succession, two goals from leading scorer Conor Hawes and one a piece from Geoff Butler and Kristian Kearney secured them all three points. The under 16’s were unlucky in the SFAI cup, they entertained Naas Utd and lost out 4-2 on penalties. At full time it was scoreless in what was a very exciting game for a game without goals, Colin O’Toole gave Rovers the lead in the first period of extra time and it looked if that was going to be enough but the lads were cruelly denied when the visitors drew level in the final minute and then go on to win the dreaded penalty shootout. On Sunday the under 8A’s defeated Ashford Rovers 8-0, two goals a piece from Brian McCaul, Liam Bourke, Joshua Butler and one each Jack Macklin and Samara Dempsey accounted for their total. Our 8B’s lost 4-0 to a very strong Glencormac  side but to their credit they never gave up. Our 9B ‘s had a fantastic 1-1 draw with Greystones Utd C, Harry Tobin Kelly scored the all important goal. The 10B’s were involved in a twelve goal thriller finally winning 7-5 against Greystones Utd C, a hat-trick each from Oran Dempsey and Willoughby Woods and a single from Luke Dunne saw them edge this game. The 10C’s lost narrowly to league leader Fassaroe YC on a score of 2-1 with Liam Nicholson getting their goal. The 11B’s recorded a good 4-2 win over Arklow Town B with the highlight been a hat-trick from Scott Bushe, James Hamilton added a single to give them victory. The 13A’s continued their unbeaten run with an easy 13-0 win over Aughrim Rangers. Tristan O’Toole 3, Daniel Fitzsimons 2, Conor Byrne 2, Cian O’Brien 2 and one each from Dylan Frazer, Eoin Screenan, Shane Cullinan and Jack Culaluca were their marksmen on the day. Finally our under 15’s had an excellent 3-2 away win in the SFAI cup away to Knockmitten Utd, Mitchell Kelly, Matthew Traynor and Michael Anthony Doyle secured them a second round tie away to Athy Town or Willow Park.  
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
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WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 6th OCTOBER 2013
The first team had no game at the weekend. The second team suffered a disappointing 3-0 defeat away to Celbridge Town on Saturday, it was a bad day at the office by all accounts. Our under 17’s travelled to Callan in Kilkenny at the weekend to take on local side Callan Utd and what a brave show the lads put on. The squad was under strength but they battled away and if they had the break of the ball on a couple of occasions they could have snatched victory. They fell behind after twenty two minutes but showed great spirit to draw level on the half hour mark with a well taken goal from Alan Power. The rest of the game was end to end with both sides having chances but it was the home side who got the win with a goal ten minutes from time. This was a good all round team performance from the lads.
In the junior section on Saturday the under 10C’s lost 4-0 to Greystones Utd, this team was only recently put together and with games under their belt they will only get better. The 12A’s went down 3-2 in a very exciting local derby with local rivals Wicklow Town, Robbie Hoffman and Paul Marah hit the back of the net for Rovers. Our 12B’s suffered a heavy defeat to Newtown Juniors losing 9-1 with Thomas O’Neill scoring his second goal of the season. The 15A’s were involved in a seven goal thriller away to Wolfe Tone coming out the wrong side of a 4-3 result. Rory Dowling netted a brace for his first goals of the campaign with Michael Anthony Doyle scoring a single for the second game running to complete their tally.
On Sunday the under 18 girls enjoyed an 8-1 home win over Liffey Valley, Ally Webb bagged herself a splendid hat-trick, Amie Collier scored two and Hannah Rose Buckley, Amy Irwin and Alicia O’Rourke all added singles to give the girls a very impressive win. Our under 8A’s won 5-3 away to Arklow Town A, a brace a piece from Josh Butler and Liam Phelan and one from Dan Cullinan accounted for their goals. The 8B’s went down 4-1 to Roundwood FC but considering these youngsters are playing against players older, they are playing very well. The 10B’s were involved in a ten goal thriller away to Coolboy eventually sharing the spoils in a 5-5 draw, Sean O’Meara netted an excellent hat-trick with scoring machine Willoughby Woods scoring two to bring his tally to thirteen for the season. The 11A’s continued their impressive start to the season, retaining their one hundred percent start to the season with a 2-0 victory over St Anthonys with Conor Lewins and Harry Hodgkinson hitting the back of the net. Our 11B’s went down 7-2 to a very strong Roundwood side, Finn Egan Barron and Charlie Leonard were on the score sheet for Rovers. The 11C’s lost 3-2 to Enniskerry with Noah Sheridan and Conor Leonard hitting the back of the net. The 14A’s made it five wins from five games with a 5-2 away victory over Ashford Rovers, Eli Graham scored twice with Jack Dunne, Stuart Cox and Stephen Finlay nabbing one each. Our under 16’s have made it three wins from three in the league winning 7-1 at home to Aughrim Rangers, Andrew Earls led the way with a hat-trick to bring his tally to nine for the season, Colin O’Toole continued his good form in front of goal with one, Hugh Humby, Ben Fleming and Josh Browne also scored one each.  
The club are holding two more registration nights, the first is this Friday the 11th of October and the second is the following Friday the 18 th of October, they will take place in the clubhouse at the Whitegates from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm. These are extra nights that have being scheduled as we have already held four registration nights previous to this. The registration process is for both junior and senior and its encouraged that any member with outstanding membership fees, both junior and senior should attend the registration nights.
We would like to congratulate John Frazer on his appointment as chairman of the club and we wish him every success in his term as chairman. A big thanks to outgoing chairman Paul Delaney who did an excellent job over the last four years, we would like to thank Paul for all his hard work over the years and are glad that Paul is remaining on the executive committee.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 13th OCTOBER 2013
The first team earned a point away to Dublin University in a 1-1 draw, they fell behind in the fifty eight minute but with twelve minutes left on the clock Peter Finnegan levelled matters and it was well deserved. The second team game was cancelled.
In the girls section the under 13’s bowed out of the MGL cup when they lost out 3-0 to a very strong Peamount Utd side. The under 18 girls cup game was called off.
On Saturday in the junior section our under 10A's retained their one hundred percent start to the season with a good 3-1 away win over Rathnew, Mark Hodgkinson, Matthew Harbourne and Joseph Neilan were all on the score sheet. The 10B's were involved in a seven goal thriller with St Patricks, unfortunately they came out the wrong end of the score line losing out 4-3. Sean O'Meara, Cillian McAllister and Oran Dempsey hit the back of the net in a very entertaining match. Our 12A's lost 4-0 away to Arklow Town, this team take on Naas Utd next Saturday in the National cup and let's hope they recapture the form they produced in the first round. The 14B's lost their one hundred percent winning start to the season when they played out a 1-1 draw with Wolfe Tone, in a tight encounter Chris Hudson netted the all important goal which earned them a point.
On Sunday the 8A’s won 9-1 against Rathnew, Liam Bourke hit four goals, Brian McCaul scored three and both Jack Macklin and Joshua Butler scored one a piece. Our 9A’s were involved in a ten goal thriller winning 6-4 against Greystones Utd. The games featured six different goalscorers for Rovers, Aran Cavanagh, Charlie Phelan, Cole Byrne, Sam Christie, Peter Dunne and Aaron Murray all hit the back of the net. The 9B’s lost 5-1 away to Newtown Juniors with Sam Culleton scoring their goal. The 10C’s were beaten 8-1 by a very strong Newtown Juniors team with Zach Callery notching their goal. Our 11A’s kept their winning running going with a 6-3 home win over Greystones Utd to retain their one hundred percent record, a fantastic hat-trick from Max Kearney and singles from Fionn Luddy, Harry Hodgkinson and Mark O’Brien accounted for their total. Our 11B’s were away to Rathnew and with Rovers leading 3-1 after twenty minutes the game was abandoned. The 11C’s took on Enniskerry who are the only team to defeat the lads in the league this season but this week the result went in Rovers favour when Conor Leonard scored twice to give his team a narrow 2-1 victory in what was a good all round team performance. Our 12B’s lost 4-1 away to Aughrim Rgrs with Daniel Murphy netting for Rovers. The 13B’s were unlucky to lose away to St Fergals, after an entertaining game the lads lost out 3-2, Ryan Murphy and Fionn O’Reilly scored their goals. The 14A’s continued their one hundred percent winning start to the season when they recorded an excellent 2-1 win over their nearest challengers Avonmore, a sixth of the season for Eli Graham and Stuart Cox’s fourth of the campaign laid the foundations for this win. Another team with a one hundred percent winning start to the season is our under 16’s and they continued their winning start when they defeated Wolfe Tone 2-0 in the Rocky Road, leading scorer Andrew Earls notched his tenth goal of the season with Mark Darragh adding the second for his fourth for the season and capture another three valuable points.
The club are holding another registration night this Friday the 18th of October, it will take place in the clubhouse at the Whitegates from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm. This is an extra night being scheduled as we have already held five other nights. We are requesting people who are overdue their membership to please attend this night. Alternatively you can contact any committee member in the strictest confidence to arrange an alternative method of payment. Please just don't ignore this, come and talk to us.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 20th OCTOBER 2013
The first team travelled to take on CYM Terenure and they earned a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw, Ian Brannigan scored his first of the season in a game by all accounts the lads should have won, they created several chances and also hit the woodwork.
The second team secured a safe passage to the second round of the Leinster Junior cup when they recorded a 3-2 home win over Beggsboro. Two goals from new player Christian Querta [the second a cracker] and one from leading scorer Ciaran McGettigan, his fifth of the season laid the foundations for the victory.
Our under 17’s had an excellent 4-0 away win over Enniskerry YC, Glen McCarthy set them on their way with the first, midway through the half they doubled their lead with a goal from Conor O’Brien. Two smashing headers, one each from Liam Kavanagh and Brian O’Sullivan added the third and fourth goals in what was a good all round team performance.
Our under 13 girls had an excellent win over Greystones, two goals each from Emer McNulty and Grainne Phelan and one from leading scorer Sinead McGettigan earned them all three points in a 5-3 victory.
In the junior section on Saturday we had no luck in the National cup, our under 12A’s found themselves one behind at the break to Naas but in their attempt to get on level terms their were picked off and Naas added four more goals to win 5-0. The under 15’s travelled to the midlands to take on Willow Park with the midlands side running out 8-3 winners. The highlight of this game for Rovers was a fantastic hat-trick from Michael Anthony Doyle. Our under 14A’s National cup game away to Kildare Town was a very late victim of the weather. In domestic action our under 12B’s lost out 3-1 to Newtown Juniors, Charlie Christie scored his first of the season and with a bit of luck the lads could have got something from the game. Our 10A’s, 11C’s and 13B’s games scheduled for Saturday were all cancelled due to the bad weather.
On Sunday our under 13A’s secured a comprehensive 12-0 away win over Wolfe Tone in the National cup, Conor Byrne and Dylan Frazer both hit hat-tricks, a brace a piece from Daniel Fitzsimons and Jack Colaluca with singles from Sean Leonard and Cillian Kelly accounted for their twelve goal haul which earns them a home tie in the third round with Abbeyleix. In local action the 9A’s were involved in a ten goal thriller away to Arklow Town losing out on a 6-4 score line, leading scorer Aaron Murray netted two with Cole Byrne and Peter Dunne scoring one each. The 9B’s entertained Rathnew and were unlucky to lose 2-1, Tom Phelan scored the Rovers goal in what is a fast improving team. This was a good indication on how much the team has improved as they lost 11-2 to the same opponents in the first game of the season, keep up the good work lads. The 10B’s were involved in a top of the table clash with Aughrim Rangers, unfortunately the lads lost out 3-1, Oran Dempsey hit his sixth goal of the campaign. Another team making great improvements is the 10C’s, they took on league leaders St Fergals in their own backyard and were very unlucky to lose out 1-0 to a very late goal. The 11A’s maintained their one hundred percent winning start to the season making it seven wins from seven games when they defeated Enniskerry 1-0 in what was a cracking game of football between two good sides, Mark O’Brien got the all important goal in a game that had numerous chances but both goalkeepers were on top of their game. This result keeps them nine points clear at the top of the premier division, [match report on club website]. The 11B’s made the short journey to take on Ashford Rovers, Adam O’Reilly notched his third goal of the season in a 4-1 defeat.
Anyone with outstanding membership fees should make contact with a club committee member regarding payment of membership fees. If you have already made contact with an agreement method of payment there is no need to make contact again.
Everyone at the club would like to wish first team player Jay Waters a speedy recovery from a serious knee injury he picked up in the 1-1 draw with CYM Terenure at the weekend, we look forward to seen you back on the playing field very soon, get well soon Jay. Also everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to wish former player Ben Algera a speedy recovery from recent surgery, we all hope your feeling better soon Ben.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 27th OCTOBER 2013
With the junior section having a blanket closure for the bank holiday weekend, action on the playing field was limited to the seniors. The first team were due to play at home this week but it was reversed to the away teams ground on their request. The lads travelled to take on Kilnamanagh FC and returned home with a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw. This is the lads third consecutive 1-1 draw and they all have been on the road. After a tough physical battle Craig Jameson scored the all important goal to earn them a valuable point. Kilnamanagh went in front after eight minutes and then the lads had several chances to level the game. Super sub Craig Jameson was then sprung from the bench to come to his teams rescue notching the all important equaliser.
An under strength second team travelled to take on Skerries Town and were disappointed to lose out on a 2-0 score line.
Anyone with outstanding membership fees should make contact with a club committee member regarding payment of membership fees. If you have already made contact with an agreement method of payment there is no need to make contact again.
Our Saturday morning soccer academy returns this Saturday morning after its break for the bank holiday weekend. The academy starts at 11 o’clock and finishes at 12. Its for boys and girls from the age of 3 years upwards who are interested in learning the sport of soccer while also having fun. So for anyone that’s interested come along to the Whitegates on Saturday morning, there is no registration and you come along to whatever Saturdays you can make.
Wicklow Rovers AFC promote soccer for schoolboys/girls, youths and seniors in the community, our club is growing all the time and any assistance with the help of running the club would be very much appreciated. At present we have a very hard working committee but we are always on the look out for people interested in helping out, the club are always on the look out for people who are interested in getting involved in soccer, whether its coaching and managing or on the executive committee or a sub committee, maybe you would just like to help as an assistant manager, help with fundraising or help just around the grounds or in anyway at all, don’t hesitate, get involved, anyone interested in helping out the club in anyway can contact any committee member or email club secretary Franny Copeland at fcopeland8@gmail.com
Club gear is available from our club shop, if anyone wishes to purchase club gear you can contact Franny Copeland at 0872230063 or email him at fcopeland8@gmail.com . The following is a list of the gear and prices:Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Senior €12; Tracksuit-Junior €45, Senior €57; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Senior €28; Rainjacket-Junior €30, Senior €37; Hoodie-Junior €20, Senior €26. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rainjackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players initials free of charge if requested.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 3rd NOVEMBER 2013
The first team were involved in the first round of the Metropolitan cup at the weekend, they recorded a very impressive 4-1 win over Beggsboro FC who are a league above the lads which makes it all the more impressive. They fell behind just after the half hour mark but Ian Brannigan drew them level direct from a corner on the stroke of half time. Tommy Smullen capped off a man of the match performance with a well taken goal in the second period with Ricki Quinn and Sean Tobin scoring the others in what was a good all round team performance.
The under 17 team took on league leaders Greystones Utd on Sunday and they turned in what was their best performance of the season recording an 8-1 win over their previously unbeaten opponents. Colin O’Toole led the way with a clinical hat-trick, Glen McCarthy nabbed a good brace with Sean Dease, Ross Quinn and Ben Fleming adding singles.
In the girls section the under 13’s put in a good performance away to St Josephs before losing out 4-2, Grainne Phelan doubled her tally for the season to four with a brace. The under 18 girls lost 7-1 with Jade Duffy scoring their goal.
The bad weather played havoc with the fixtures in the junior section on Saturday with the under 11A’s,12A’s, 12B’s and 16’s fixtures all victims of the wet conditions. A couple of matches that did beat the inclement weather were both played in Ferndale Park, home of Arklow United. Our under 8A’s made it five wins from five games when they defeated the home side 3-1, leading scorer Brian McCaul notched his ninth of the season, Liam Bourke scored his seventh of the campaign with Joshua Butler nabbing his sixth for the season to keep their good run going. The 10A’s also came away from Arklow with a victory, they maintained their one hundred percent start to the season making it six wins from six with an impressive 5-1 win. A brace a piece from Matthew Harbourne and Tiernan O’Brien and a single from Conor Luddy ensures they keep the pressure on fellow title contenders Greystones Utd.
The Saturday morning junior academy also fell foul of the weather, hopefully mother nature will be kinder to us next week.
Sunday was a better day weather wise, our under 8B’s got their first win with a fantastic 3-1 win away to Arklow Utd, two goals from Mel Earley and one from Eoin Kennedy ensured them their first win. The 10B’s won 7-1 against Ashford Rovs, leading scorer Willoughby Woods plundered his third hat-trick of the campaign, Sean O’Meara scored two to make it nine for the season with David Butler and Kyle Corrigan notching one each. The 10C’s lost 5-0 to Greystones Utd but with a bit of luck for this improving team better results are just around the corner. Our 11C’s drew 2-2 with local neighbours Wicklow Town in what was an exciting derby match, leading scorer Conor Leonard hit both Rovers goals. Our under 13’s maintained their one hundred percent start in the premier shield with a good 4-0 away win over Newtown Juniors, two from Daniel Fitzsimons and one each from Tristan O’Toole and Cian O’Brien accounted for their tally. The 13B’s are fast improving and they were unlucky not to win against Wolfe Tone A, leading 4-3 with a minute left on the clock they were cruelly denied by an equaliser in the dying seconds to a team that beat them 6-0 earlier in the season. Two from Ryan Murphy and singles from Daragh Gibney and Ciaran Byrne got their goals. Our 14A’s exited the National cup losing 3-1 to a good Kildare Town team with Jack Dunne scoring their goal. The 14B’s were involved in a nine goal thriller winning 5-4 against St Patricks, two goals each from Evan Doyle and Jack Gibney and one from Conor Hawes gained them three valuable points. The under 15’s won 5-3 away to Greystones Utd, Jack Geraghty hit a splendid hat-trick, Rory Dowling notched one with the other coming in the form of an own goal.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to wish our under 16 player Jamie Power a speedy recovery from an injury he received at the recent under 16 county trials, we look forward to seeing you back on the playing field very soon, get well soon Jamie.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 10th NOVEMBER 2013
The first team were unlucky to exit the Gilligan cup losing 4-2 after extra time away to Ballyfermot Utd, Ricki Quinn and Thomas Smullen hit their goals. The lads went were one up at half time but then fell 2-1 behind. Thomas Smullen equalised with five minutes remaining. They had their chances in extra time but didn’t take them, finally losing out 4-2.
The second team had a good win in the second round of the Leinster Junior cup away to Greenfield Park Boys, after battling out a 2-2 draw with goals from Conor Tobin and leading scorer Ciaran McGettigan they eventually won out 4-2 on penalties. They will now entertain Wayside Celtic in the third round.
The under 17’s recorded a good win away to St Anthonys, a brace a piece from Lee Boylan and Glen McCarthy and singles from Sean Dease and Darragh O’Connor earned them all three points in a 6-0 win.
In the junior section on Saturday the under 8B’s continued their recent good progress with a 1-1 draw with Aughrim Rangers only been denied victory by a last minute equaliser, Sonny McHale hit their goal. The 9A’s were involved in a six goal thriller with St Anthonys, at the end it ended 3-3 in a highly exciting game, Rory Hennessey, Oliver Lawless and Jack Noble all hit the back of the net. The 10A’s maintained their one hundred percent start to the season with an excellent 6-1 away win over Arklow Town, two goals from Joseph Neilan and one each from Glen Broughan, Matthew Harbourne, Conor Hunter and Mark Hodgkinson kept them on top of the pile. Our 10C’s lost out narrowly to Fassaroe YC on a 2-1 score line with Liam Nicholson nabbing his second of the season. Congratulations to our under 11A’s who won the premier league on Saturday, they made it eight wins from eight games to claim the title, this time they defeated Greystones Utd 3-0 with Conor Lewins bringing his total for the season to seven after hitting the net twice, Harry Hodgkinson notched the other goal to give him five for the campaign. Everyone at the club would like to congratulate Mick Kearney, Gerry Lewins and the 11A squad on their success, well done lads. Our 12A’s lost out to Arklow Town in a thriller in the premier cup, they lost out 5-4 and considering they were under strength they gave a good account of themselves. On the day Paul Marah, Dylan Doyle, Scott Sheridan and Joseph Neilan scored their goals. The under 16’s were involved in a tight local derby with local neighbours Wicklow Town, after a close match the lads won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Josh Browne to earn them a semi final spot.
On Sunday the girls under 13 team had an excellent result when they defeated St Josephs in their own back yard in the quarter final of the Subsidiary cup, an incredible four goals from Holly Hamilton and one a piece from Niamh Caffrey, Emer McNulty and Grainne Phelan helped them to a fantastic 7-1 victory and a safe passage into the semi final. The under 8A’s went down narrowly to St Anthonys by three goals to two, Jack Macklin and Brian McCaul hitting the back of the net. The 10B’s won 5-1 away to Greystones Utd, scoring sensation Willoughby Woods brought his total for the season to twenty with four goals with Luke Dunne scoring the other. Our under 11B’s were beaten 6-2 by a strong Coolboy Rgrs side on a score of 6-2, Adam O’Reilly and Finn Egan Barron were on the score sheet. The under 11C’s lost out 1-0 to Greystones Utd D in what was a very tight affair. Our under 13A’s recorded a very good win in the third round of the National cup when they defeated Abbeyleix 4-0 at The Whitegates, Conor Byrne, Jack Colaluca, Owen Sreenan and Tristan O’Toole hit the goals which earns the lads a fourth round home tie with the winners of Tullamore Town and Mullingar Ath.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to wish under 12A player Ben Hudson a speedy recovery from a recent illness, we all hope to see you back on the playing field very soon, get well soon Ben.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
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WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 17th NOVEMBER’13
The first team defeated Beggsboro who are top of the league above the lads, this is the second cup win over this opposition in the space of three weeks and by the same score line of 4-1. A brace from Patrick Woods and one each from Sean Duffy and Mark O’Sullivan earned them a safe passage to round two of the Moore Cup.
The seconds were well beaten by higher ranked opponents Tolka Rovers in the Noel Ryan cup, the highlight of the game from a Rovers point view was the senior debuts for under 17 players Glen McCarthy and Liam Kavanagh in the second half.
Our under 17’s drew 2-2 with Avonmore, the lads were slow out of the traps in this game and come half time they found themselves 2-0 down. They stepped up the pace in the second period and pushed Avonmore back, substitute James Nolan scored his first of the season to reduce the lead with leading scorer Glen McCarthy adding the second to earn them a share of the spoils.
In girls football the under 13’s had a very good 2-1 win away to Cabinteely, Niamh Caffrey notched her fourth of the season with Clodagh Irwin scoring her first of the campaign. The under 18 girls won 3-2 at home to Dundrum, Ally Webb, Clodagh Fox and Hannah Rose Buckley were all on the score sheet.
In the junior section action on Saturday, our under 8A’s drew 1-1 with Arklow Town with leading scorer Brian McCaul finding the net. The under 9A’s lost 7-0 to Arklow Town. Our under 9B’s hadn’t won a game since the start of the season but that all changed this week, on Thursday night they won 4-3 against Ashford Rovers with Ross McCrea hitting two goals and Sam Culleton and Charlie Doherty nabbing one a piece. On Saturday they made it two wins in three days when they defeated Wolfe Tone 3-0, Paddy Saville, Matthew Porter and Ross McCrea all hit the back of the net for this fast improving team. The 10A’s lost their one hundred percent start to the season when they drew 2-2 with Greystones Utd, Calum Gibney got his first goals of the campaign scoring both goals for the lads. The 10C’s went down 7-2 away to Greystones Utd, Joe Davis and Tom Farrelly both scored their first goals of the season in this game. The 12A’s recorded a good 4-2 win over Coolboy Rgrs, Nathan Sullivan bagged two with Scott Sheridan and Dylan Doyle hitting singles. Our 12B’s were involved in an eight goal thriller with Aughrim Rgrs, Jack Meaney was the hero in this game smashing home an incredible four goals, Charlie Christie hit the other goal to give the lads a 5-3 win.
On Sunday the under 8B’s continued their recent good form with a 1-1 draw away to Ashford Rovs, Steven Kavanagh returning from injury scored their goal. The 10B’s won 4-0 against Coolboy Rgrs, Willoughby Woods brought his tally for the season to twenty two with a brace, Luke Dunne and Oran Dempsey scored one a piece. The 11A’s who have already captured the title made it nine wins from nine games when they beat St Anthonys 4-1, Sam Bishop plundered a hat-trick with Max Kearney nabbing the other. Our 11B’s were involved in a six goal thriller with Arklow Utd, the game ended all square at 3-3 with Scott Bushe, Charlie Leonard and Adam O’Reilly netting the goals, [full match report will be posted on club website]. The 13A’s came from 3-0 down to win 4-3, Conor Byrne, Cian O’Brien, Ryan Corrigan and Jack Colaluca scored their goals. The 13B’s went down 4-2 away to Roundwood, Ryan Murphy and Fionn O’Reilly got their goals. The 14A’s earning an excellent point away to their nearest challengers Avonmore in a 2-2 draw, Luca Rampersaud and Stephen Finlay scored the all important goals. Our under 15’s closed the gap on the leaders St Anthonys winning 4-2, goals from Michael Anthony Doyle, Rory Dowling, Matthew Traynor and Mitchell Kelly secured them an excellent win. The under 16’s kept their good run going with a 7-1 win away to Wolfe Tone, Colin O’Toole hit the back of the net three times, Andrew Earls hit two with Josh Browne nabbing the other.
The executive committee of Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to wish club president Anthony Earls a speedy recovery from a recent illness, Anthony has been feeling a bit under the weather recently, we all hope your feeling better soon.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
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WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 24th NOVEMBER’13
The first team continued their recent good form with an excellent 1-1 draw away to third placed Templeogue Utd, Sean Duffy scored for the second week running to earn the lads a share of the spoils which also sees them with only one defeat in their last seven games.
The second team entertained Lucan Utd at The Whitegates on Saturday afternoon and after taking the lead through a Craig Jameson goal they conceded a couple of soft goals to lose out 2-1.
In the girls section the under 13 game was called off while the under 18’s suffered a 5-1 defeat to a very strong Ratoath Harps side, Alicia O’Rourke nabbed her second goal of the season.
On Saturday in the junior section the under 8B’s lost out 1-0 to Arklow Utd in a very tight game, the lads had chances and probably deserved a draw from the game. Our 9A’s won narrowly 2-1 at home to Aughrim Rgrs with Charlie Phelan and Aran Cavanagh scoring their goals. The under 9B’s good form of late continued when they drew 1-1 with Greystones Utd with Harry Tobin Kelly notching his third of the season. The 10C’s lost 5-1 to a strong Newtown Juniors team, Zach Callery scored his second of the season. Our 11C’s claimed the division 2 league title when they recorded an excellent 6-2 away win over Greystones Utd C with Noah Sheridan hitting the back of the net an incredible four times, Conor Lenoard and David Lally notched one a piece to complete the tally. Everyone at the club would like to congratulate Rob Free, Stephen Dempsey and the under 11C players on winning the league. The 12A’s had an excellent 3-0 victory over joint shield leaders and previously unbeaten Wicklow Town by a score of 3-0, a brace from Paul Marah and a single from Dylan Doyle accounted for their goals. Our 12B’s went down 3-1 away to Ashford Rovs with Jack Meaney netting their goal. The 13A’s made it 8 wins from 8 games in all competitions with a comfortable 8-1 win over Avonmore, a hat-trick from Daniel Fitzsimons, a brace from Conor Byrne and one a piece from Sean Leonard, Cian O’Brien and Jack Colaluca keeps them on track for a place in the premier shield final. The 13B’s were involved in a seven goal thriller with Rathnew losing by the odd goal, highlight of the game for Rovers was a splendid hat-trick from Fionn O’Reilly. The 14B’s lost 3-0 to Arklow Town B in the Rocky Road. Our 16’s went down 5-2 to a very good Coolboy Rgrs side by a score of 5-2, Kevin O’Halloran hit both Rovers goals in game where the lads never reached recent standards they have set.
On Sunday the under 8A’s won 5-0 against Arklow Utd, a hat-trick from Josh Butler and two goals from Liam Bourke accounted for their goals. The 14A’s remain unbeaten after winning 4-1 against Ashford Rovs, Patrick O’Keane, Eli Graham, Ronan Murray and first of the season for Ben Watson secured them all three points. Our under 15’s won 5-2 at home to Arklow Town, leading scorer Mitchell Kelly hit an incredible four goals with Michael Anthony Doyle adding the other.
Everyone at the club would like to wish our under 13A team the best of luck in their National cup game at home to Tullamore Town next Saturday, if they win this game they will then progress to the last 32 and the open draw of the National cup. The match kicks off at 12 o’clock, all support would be welcome, come along and cheer these young lads on.
The clubs Christmas raffle tickets are now on sale, it is one of the few fundraisers that the club run through out the season so we would please ask all club members to make an effort when it comes to selling the tickets. Tickets are two euro each or three tickets for five euro, please support your club.
Wicklow Way Christmas trees will be on sale on the club grounds at The Whitegates from Sunday the 1st of December, part of the proceeds from the sale of the Christmas trees will go to supporting Wicklow Hospice and Wicklow Rovers AFC, all support would be very much appreciated.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 1st DECEMBER 2013
The first team drew 1-1 at home to CYM Terenure, this result means they have lost only once in their last eight games. The negative side of the run is that five games ended in draws, all by the same score line of 1-1. Sean Duffy scored for the second game running to put them in front only to concede an equaliser with fifteen minutes remaining. If they have visions of making the top three they will have to start turning draws into wins in order to make ground in the promotion chase.
The second team took on Wayside Celtic who ply their trade two leagues higher than the lads in the third round of the Leinster Junior Cup. The higher ranked side ran out convincing winners by a score of 5-1. Rovers went in front through Ian Brannigan but when the away side drew level their experience of higher football stood them well as they added four more goals without reply.
Our under 17’s travelled to take on Avonmore on Saturday and to the disappointment of both sets of coaches, players and supporters no referee turned up.
Saturdays action in the junior section saw the under 8A’s continue their good form with an exciting 3-2 win over St Anthonys, Liam Bourke scored an excellent hat-trick in this game. Our fast improving 9B’s have now made it three wins and a draw from their last four games when they defeated Greystones Utd 2-1, a goal a piece from Sam Culleton and Charlie Doherty paved the way for this victory. The 12A’s played out a tight 0-0 draw with Roundwood, even though the game ended scoreless there was a lot of exciting football on show. The 12B’s lost 4-1 away to Arklow Town, Charlie Christie hit his third goal of the campaign in this game. Our under 13A’s made their exit from the SFAI Cup at the hands of Tullamore Town in the Whitegates, after a first half which saw the lads have the away side on the rack at times it was Tullamore who finished the game the stronger scoring three second half goals to win 3-0. In fairness the final result wasn’t a true reflection on the game, as for a long time the match could have went either way. The 14B’s were involved in a scoreless draw with Wolfe Tone, like the 12A game there was a lot of exciting goalmouth action in this game and how it finished scoreless is a mystery.
On Sunday the under 8B’s lost 3-1 away to Aughrim Rgrs, Steven Kavanagh hit the Rovers goal. The 9A’s lost 4-2 to Greystones Utd, Cole Byrne nabbed both the Wicklow goals. The 10A’s defeated league leaders Greystones Utd A in a five goal thriller, a brace from Joseph Neilan and one from Conor Hunter earned them all three points in a 3-2 win which see’s them leap frog Greystones to go top, [Full match report will be posted on club website]. Our 11A’s completed their league schedule and maintained their one hundred percent record when they comprehensively defeated Arklow Town A 9-2. A hat-trick from Fionn Luddy, two each from Max Kearney and Harry Hodgkinson and singles from Conor Lewins and Ryan Kavanagh ensures they remain unbeaten in 2013. The 11B’s lost an exciting game 3-2 against Ashford Rovs, Evan Dwyer and Finn Egan Barron hit the back of the net for Rovers. Our 14A’s remain unbeaten after they won 8-0 away to St Anthonys, a splendid hat-trick from Stuart Cox, a brace from Luca Rampersaud and one each from Stephen Finlay, Jack Dunne and Ben Watson accounted for their goals. Two goals each from Rory Dowling and Mitchell Kelly kept the under 15’s good run going as they claimed all three points in a 4-1 victory over Coolboy Rgrs. The under 16’s got back to winning ways with a good 6-0 home win over Arklow Utd, Andrew Earls hit an excellent four goals with Josh Browne and Hugh Humby scoring one a piece.
The clubs Christmas raffle tickets are now on sale, it is one of the few fundraisers that the club run through out the season so we would please ask all club members to make an effort when it comes to selling the tickets. Tickets are two euro each or three tickets for five euro, please support your club.
Wicklow Way Christmas trees will be on sale on the club grounds at The Whitegates from Sunday the 1st of December, part of the proceeds from the sale of the Christmas trees will go to supporting Wicklow Hospice and Wicklow Rovers AFC, all support would be very much appreciated.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 8th DECEMBER 2013
The first team continued their unbeaten run but they are fast becoming the draw specialists in the league. They have now drawn their last six league matches, with a prolific goalscorer in their ranks a lot of those drawn games could have been turned into wins. It was the same old story against Lucan Utd at the weekend, lots of chances but failing to take them is costing them dearly. The game ended 0-0 and the talk is what could have been, hopefully our luck in front of goal will change soon.
The second teams poor form continued at the weekend when they went down 3-1 away to Farm Utd, leading scorer Ciaran McGettigan kept up his good form in front of goal with his seventh of the season. The under 17’s lost 2-0 to Rathnew at the Whitegates on Saturday in a game were the lads never really got going. Rathnew went into an early lead in the first minute and added a second on the stroke of half time, the lads had a lot of possession without creating any clear cut chances.
The under 13 girls turned in a great performance away to Shamrock Rovers going down by the odd goal in five in a 3-2 defeat, Grainne Phelan scored one and the other came in the form of an own goal. With a bit of luck the girls could have got a draw from this game. The under 18 girls showed a big improvement in their performance away to Ratoath Harps, a couple of weeks back they lost 8-0 to the same opposition but this time Ratoath were made to work very hard for their 2-0 win, keep up the good work girls.
In the junior section on Saturday the under 8B’s played out an entertaining 0-0 draw at home to Ashford Rovs B. The 9A’s lost 3-1 away to Ashford Rovs with Jack Noble scoring their goal. The under 14B’s recorded a 6-2 home win over Greystones Utd, Jack Gibney hit the back of the net four times with Chris Hudson weighing in with a brace.
On Sunday the 8A’s played a highly entertaining 4-4 draw with Arklow Town, Brian McCaul helped himself to two with Liam Bourke and Joshua Butler scoring the others. The 9B’s excellent run continues, this time they won 7-0 away to Aughrim Rgrs, a hat-trick from Sam Culleton and a brace a piece from Paddy Saville and Matthew Porter accounted for their goals. Our 10A’s played out an exciting local derby with Rathnew drawing 2-2, Mark Hodgkinson and Conor Hunter were on the score sheet. The 11B’s went down 2-0 in another local derby with neighbours Rathnew. The 12A’s lost 4-2 away to Roundwood, Peter Marah scored his sixth of the season with Dylan Doyle claiming his fourth of the campaign. Our 13A’s maintained their one hundred percent record in the premier shield with a 4-0 win over Ashford Rovs, Conor Byrne hit a magnificent hat-trick with the other been an og. The 14A’s drew 0-0 away to Greystones Utd, a result that keeps them in the mix for a place in the final. The 15’s drew 3-3 with Greystones Utd, Mitchell Kelly, JJ Power and an own goal accounted for their total. The under 16’s kept on the shirt tails of league leaders Coolboy with a 4-3 win away to Aughrim Rgrs, a brace from leading scorer Andrew Earls and one each from Josh Browne and Ben Fleming earned them three valuable points.
The clubs Christmas raffle tickets are now on sale, it is one of the few fundraisers that the club run through out the season so we would please ask all club members to make an effort when it comes to selling the tickets. Tickets are two euro each or three tickets for five euro, also tickets should be returned to your team manager or any committee member, please support your club.
Wicklow Way Christmas trees will be on sale on the club grounds at The Whitegates from Sunday the 1st of December, part of the proceeds from the sale of the Christmas trees will go to supporting Wicklow Hospice and Wicklow Rovers AFC, all support would be very much appreciated.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 15th DECEMBER 2013
The first team suffered their first defeat in seven league games on Friday night, they travelled to take on league leaders Garda FC and after a titantic battle they lost out 2-0. In what was a close encounter the lads rued several missed opportunities in front of goal as they more than matched their opponents throughout the game. If the lads can become more clinical in front of goal it shouldn’t be long before they climb the table.
The second team game against Postal United was a victim of the bad weather.
In junior action on Saturday the under 10A’s title hopes suffered a setback when they lost 2-1 away to their closest rivals Greystones Utd. This defeat means Greystones leapfrog the lads to go a point clear with three games to go, Joseph Neilan nabbed the goal for Rovers to bring his total to twelve for the season. Our 12A’s entertained Greystones Utd and both teams provided some highly entertaining football in a game that produced twelve goals, Greystones ran out 8-4 winners in a goal fest of a game. A brace from Nathan Sullivan and one each from Craig Anderson and Ben Hudson accounted for the Rovers goals. The 12B’s exited the cup at the hands of Arklow Town losing 5-1 at The Whitegates, the lads never gave up and kept going to the final whistle, Thomas O’Neill scored their goal. The under 13A’s suffered their first defeat of the season in local action when they were knocked out of the cup by a good Newtown Juniors side by a score of 2-0. The 9B’s, 11B’s and 14B’s saw their games fall foul of the bad weather on Saturday.
On Sunday the 9A’s won 3-1 at home to St Anthonys, Charlie Phelan hit the back of the net twice with Aran Cavanagh scoring the other. The 14A’s remain unbeaten in all local competitions when they progressed to the semi final of the premier cup with a comfortable 11-1 victory at home to Ashford Rovers. Both Jack Dunne and Eli Graham plundered an incredible four goals each, Stuart Cox helped himself to a brace with Ronan Murray adding a single.
The executive committee of Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to wish the managers, assistant managers, coaches, players, parents and supporters of the club a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. We would also like to wish a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year to all the clubs, WDSL committee, WDFL committee, LSL committee, MGL committee, referees, Paul Dowling, Daniel O’Gorman, Brendan Lawrence and all the staff of the Wicklow People.
The clubs Christmas raffle tickets are on sale at the moment, it is one of the few fundraisers that the club run through out the season so we would please ask all club members to make an effort when it comes to selling the tickets. Tickets are two euro each or three tickets for five euro, also tickets should be returned to your team manager or any committee member, please support your club. As the draw is taking place this coming Saturday night we would ask anyone with outstanding tickets to please return your tickets asap, many thanks for your continuous support.
Wicklow Way Christmas trees will be on sale on the club grounds at The Whitegates from Sunday the 1st of December, part of the proceeds from the sale of the Christmas trees will go to supporting Wicklow Hospice and Wicklow Rovers AFC, all support would be very much appreciated.
The clubs Saturday morning soccer academy will be taking a break for the Christmas, we will resume in the new year, keep an eye on our club notes for the restart date. We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our academy players and parents a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

CLUB NOTES 2015

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING  4th JANUARY 2015
The first team were the only senior team in action at the weekend when they entertained Shamrock Bhoys in an all Wicklow clash in the Leinster Senior League. It was the Bray visitors who won out in a physical encounter, the Bhoys went one up early in play in a first half that saw no chances of note. The second half was no different as the game turned into a midfield battle with neither keeper having any work to do. As Rovers pushed forward in search of an equaliser they were punished at the other end when the visitors doubled their lead with ten minutes left. On the day Mark O’Sullivan and Sean Knowd were Rovers best players in a disappointing performance.
In junior action the 10B’s lost 3-1 to a very strong Wicklow Town team, Dylan Sinnott slotted home his first of the season in a good all round team display. The 11A’s recorded a solid 2-0 home win over St Anthonys, Tiernan O’Brien and Callum Gibney nabbed their goals. Our 12B’s kept their good run going with a fantastic 4-0 victory over Enniskerry, a brace from Noah Sheridan and one each from Ben Free and Finn Egan Barron ensures they stay in the title mix. The under 15’s suffered a 4-1 defeat at home to Arklow Town with Luca Rampersaud notching their goal.
Everyone at the club would like to congratulate our Last Man Standing champion Jim Foley who successfully guided his way through eight weeks of selections before Christmas. In week 1 Jim selected Southampton who beat Stoke to see Jim onto week 2, where he went with Arsenal who turned over Burnley 3-0. On to week 3 and Jim’s choice there was the red devils of Man Utd who overcame Crystal Palace 1-0, week 4 and he went with title favourites Chelsea who saw off West Brom 2-0. In week 5 Jim put his hopes on QPR and they obliged beating Leicester 3-2 in a five goal thriller. We were getting down to the business end of things in week 6 with only 27 participants left to battle it out for the €500 prize, Jim’s selection in week 6 was Swansea who defeated QPR 2-0 to safely make it through to week 7 with another 12 people. Week 7 saw him go with Man City who narrowly got past Everton on a 1-0 score line. We were now down to 5 people and with four of those been eliminated on the Saturday of week 8 it was left to Everton on the Monday night to win the prize fund for Jim and that’s exactly what they did powering their way past QPR 3-1. Once again congratulations Jim and well done on becoming Wicklow Rovers first Last Man Standing champion. Also a big thanks to all the people who supported our Last Man Standing competition, your continuous support is very much appreciated by everyone involved with Wicklow Rovers AFC.
The club will be running our second Last Man Standing competition starting on the 17th of January 2015, our first competition was very successful with great feed back. Anyone interested in taking part in our second competition should text their name and contact details to Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706, anyone in the first competition that wants to take part in the second competition should text ‘yes’ to the above number if you haven’t already done so, if you took part in our first competition and don’t want to be in our second Last Man Standing competition please text ‘no’ to the above number so you can be removed from the group text and then you wont receive any unwanted texts. The prize fund will be €500 with the same rules applying. Alternatively if anyone wants to register they can contact any committee member with their details. The registration fee for the competition is €10 and must be paid prior to the start of the competition.
The club would like to thank everyone who supported our annual Christmas raffle, also we would like to thank all our sellers who put in a great effort. A big thanks to Brian O’Connor, Paul Sinnott of Sinnott Autos and Chadwicks for their sponsorship of prizes. We appreciate everyone’s effort in striving to make our club bigger and better, thank you all for your continuous support. The following are the results of the Christmas raffle: 1st Prize - €300 Miriam McGrath; 2nd Prize - €200 Suzanna O’Neill; 3rd Prize - €100 Alex Porter c/o Brendan; 4th Prize - €50 Chadwicks Voucher Conn Connolly; 5th Prize – Mini Car Valet Claire Johnston; 6th Prize – Club Membership For One Willie O’Brien; 7th Prize – 5 a side pitch rental Carmel Kelly; 8th Prize – Summer Camp for One Mike Gleeson; 9th Prize – Craft Beer Hamper Martin O’Gorman.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 11th JANUARY 2015
The only senior game this week was the second team's game at home to CYM Terenure as the first team game away to Parkvilla on Friday fell foul of the bad weather. The seconds recorded a comprehensive 5-0 win over CYM  with leading scorer Maurice Dunne bagging a brace, singles from Mark Delaney, Brian Harrington and Ciaran McGettigan accounted for the remainder of their five goal haul. Liam Kavanagh, Brian Harrington and Ciaran McGettigan played well in a good all round team performance.
In junior action on Saturday the under 9 white team played away to St Anthonys and after a tough game they failed to register a score but they did put in a battling performance. The 12A’s kept their title challenge on track when they defeated Arklow Town B 3-0, a goal a piece from leading scorer Fionn Luddy, Max Kearney and Samuel Bishop keeps the lads on the tails of the Towns ‘A’ team at the top of the table. Game of the day took place in the Woodlands when the 13B’s travelled to take on Greystones Utd B, unfortunately the lads lost but what a game it was. Both teams served up some excellent exciting football in a nine goal thriller in which the home team won 5-4. Tom O’Shea fired home a magnificent hat-trick with Ewain Dwyer slotting in the fourth in what was an excellent team performance in a game that displayed everything good in football.
On Sunday the under 8 white team came up against a very strong Enniskerry team but credit has to be given to the lads as they put in a battling performance. Our 9 green side put in a fantastic all round team display in their game away to Enniskerry scoring four well taken goals on the day. Jack Macklin, Josh Butler, Liam Burke and Dan Kavanagh all hit the back of the net for their team. The 12C’s which are made up of under 11 and under 12 players put in a sterling display before losing out 6-0 to Roundwood, the away sides physicality told in the latter stages of the game. The 14B’s lost 5-2 away to Aughrim Rgrs, the highlight of this game for Rovers was a brace of goals from the prolific Ryan Murphy who is going through a golden patch in front of goal at the moment. This brace means Ryan has now scored in each of the last four games to bring his total to six for the season.
Any club members wishing to purchase club gear should contact Willie O’Brien who has recently took on the role of head of our club shop. So if you need any socks, shorts, tracksuits, training tops, rain jackets, etc the man to contact is Willie. No other committee member should be contacted regarding the purchase of gear, all gear related queries should go through Willie and he can be contacted at 086-1696911.
The club will be running our second Last Man Standing competition starting this Saturday the 17th of January 2015, our first competition was very successful with great feed back. Anyone interested in taking part in our second competition should text their name and contact details to Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706, anyone in the first competition that wants to take part in the second competition should text ‘yes’ to the above number if you haven’t already done so, if you took part in our first competition and don’t want to be in our second Last Man Standing competition please text ‘no’ to the above number so you can be removed from the group text and then you wont receive any unwanted texts. The prize fund will be €500 with the same rules applying. Alternatively if anyone wants to register they can contact any committee member with their details. The registration fee for the competition is €10 and must be paid prior to the start of the competition.
As a result of an idea raised at our recent AGM the club are currently looking to obtain a defibrillator, with the help of a club member we have availed of a great opportunity to obtain a defibrillator from a first aid provider. If the club can collect 300 old mobile phones we will be given a defibrillator in exchange for the old phones. The club would be grateful if people would donate their old unwanted phones to this worthy cause. We are halfway to our target so we would be grateful for anyone’s assistance in helping us reach our target for this cause. Anyone interested in donating any old phones can contact any of the following by texting or ringing to organise collection or drop off. John Frazer 087-0564394; Jimmy Nolan 087-9108706; Paul Delaney 086-3700320; Franny Copeland 087-7589332; Johnny Dunne 087-7802098; Jason Harris 086-2516731;Willie O'Brien 086-1696911.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
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WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 18th JANUARY 2015
The first team lost 2-1 at home to Templeogue Utd, in what was a tough battle in atrocious conditions not fit for football, the lads gave it their all and definitely didn’t deserve to lose this game. After falling behind they showed great character to fight back and level things before the break. A great run down the left flank by Luke Byrne saw him get past the full back, his low hard cross was guided into the bottom right corner of the net by Gareth Murphy to make it 1-1. The second half saw both sides cancel each other out with only half chances been created by both teams with a lot of play been centred around the middle third of the pitch. Just when the game looked to be heading for a share of the spoils the visitors snatched a winner in the dying minutes when a Templeogue player stole in unmarked to bundle the ball home from a corner to take an undeserved three points.
Our under 14 girls came up against a strong St Catherines side, they gave it their all in freezing conditions but in the end St Catherines ran out 3-0 winners.   
On the junior front on Saturday the under 9A’s put in a good solid performance at home to Greystones Utd, an own goal and a Josh Butler effort supplied the goals in a good all round team performance. The 10A’s went goal crazy defeating Ashford Rovs. 8-0, leading the way was Jack Noble who delivered an excellent individual scoring performance smashing home five goals, Sam Christie weighed in with a brace and Sam Culleton rounded off the scoring with a single. The newly formed SDFL/WDSL combined Champions League Cup started in the under 12 section at the weekend, our 12A’s started with a win defeating Collingstown FC 3-1. Harry Hodgkinson notched two goals and top scorer Fionn Luddy hit his eighteenth of the season to give the lads a winning start to this new competition. The 12C’s came up against a very strong outfit in the shape of Beechwood losing 7-0 but as in other weeks this mixture of under 11’s and 12’s battled right up to the final whistle. The 13B’s were involved in a seven goal thriller with Wolf Tone A, unfortunately they lost out 4-3. Two goals from Charlie Christie and one from Daniel Murphy accounted for their goals in a good performance.
On Sunday the under 8 green team turned in an excellent display away to St Anthonys putting on a display of attacking football for their supporters. Steven Kavanagh nabbed his tenth of the season, Sonny McHale added his sixth of the campaign and Joe Costello fired home his first of the season in a good all round performance. The 12B’s lost out 3-1 to Park Celtic in the SDFL/WDSL Championship Cup, in what was a tight tussle Noah Sheridan popped up with the Rovers goal. Our 14B’s lost 6-2 away to Wolfe Tone A, the prolific Ryan Murphy continued his hot streak in front of goal. Ryan hit a brace for the third game running to make it eight goals in his last five matches. The under 15’s got their title challenge back on track with a solid 4-2 away win over Wolfe Tone, Stephen Finlay helped himself to a couple with James Lang and Stuart Cox adding one each.
The senior second team, the under 8 white’s, 9 white’s, 10B’s, 13A’s and 14A’s games all fell foul of the weather.
In our last man standing competition a lot of our players showed their expert knowledge of the form in the premiership. At the time of going to print we still had 8 people waiting on Everton on Monday night but over the weekend we saw 141 people from 145 make it through to week 2. Yes, only 4 players made their exit, 2 went with Leicester while 1 each went out on Aston Villa and Burnley. Of the players that went through 41 went with Spurs, 41 had West Ham, 25 selected Man Utd, 18 choose league leaders Chelsea, 7 put their hopes on Southampton, 6 brave souls went with Liverpool and 3 players pulled off a masterstroke going with Stoke City. Next week our competition takes a break due to FA Cup action. Fixtures for week 2 will be sent out to all remaining players on Monday/Tuesday the 26th/27th of January for games that will be held on the weekend of 31st January/1st February. Once again the club would like to thank everyone who has supported our last man standing competition and we would to wish all our remaining participants the very best of luck in the remainder of the competition. Last Man Standing selection table can be viewed on our club website at www.wicklowrovers.com
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
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WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 25th JANUARY 2015
The first team were away to Maynooth Town University on Friday night and they wont be happy with the end result. After going 3-0 up they would have expected to see the game out but unfortunately they didn’t as the hosts scored five to win out 5-3. Gareth Murphy hit a brace to go top of his team’s scoring charts with thirteen, Luke Byrne notched the other.
Our second team were in action in the Tom Carroll Cup, they entertained Lucan Utd in the second round of the competition on Saturday afternoon. The visitors drew first blood when they went in front midway through the half. Rovers drew level shortly afterwards and it was no more than they deserved. Things got better before the break when leading scorer Maurice Dunne gave Rovers the lead, which they maintained till the break. The second half saw Rovers create the majority of the chances rattling the woodwork three times but they still relied on Tommy Sullivan to keep them in front when he raced off his line to block a Lucan attempt. The lads saw out the final minutes of the game and ran out deserving winners to progress to round three. Mark Delaney, Liam Kavanagh, Greg Dunne and for that important save Tommy Sullivan were Rovers star players on the day.
The under 17’s had an excellent 2-1 away win over Aughrim Rgrs in the youths league, in a stop start season this win was vital as the reverse fixture ended 2-2 in the Whitegates before Christmas. Hugh Humby’s fifth of the season and Shane Devlin’s first of the campaign was enough for them to capture all three points.
In junior action on Saturday the under 8 green team took on Ashford Rovers, the highlight of this game for Rovers was Steven Kavanagh’s eleventh goal of the season. The under 9 green’s were involved in a tight tussle with St Anthonys, on the day they played well but just couldn’t find the back of the net. Our 9 white team played out a close game with Avonmore, in a good all round team performance Peter Quinn nabbed his first of the season with leading scorer Ben Lyons scoring the second.  The 11A’s defeated Arklow Utd 5-0 in the shield, the last time these two met in the league Rovers won out 7-6 in a thirteen goal thriller but this time they made no mistake. Two goals from Jack Ryan and one each from Mark Hodgkinson and Willoughby Woods with the fifth coming in the shape of an own goal saw the lads collect the three points. Our 12A’s drew 1-1 in a local derby with Rathnew, in what was a typical derby match Max Kearney notched his eleventh of the season to ensure a share of the spoils. The under 14A’s preserved their one hundred percent record in local action this season when they defeated Ashford Rovers 6-2, Sean Leonard helped himself to a couple with Jack Colaluca, Tristan O’Toole, Conor Byrne and Sean Farrell all adding singles to keep them on track for the title.
On Sunday our 10A’s played out a 1-1 draw away to Aughrim Rgrs, Paddy Saville scored his second of the season to claim a point for his team. The 12B’s took on their club mates the 12C’s, the B’s ran out winners on the day. Luke Horan helped himself to a hat-trick, Kieran Fitzpatrick notched a brace with Scott Bushe, Conor Leonard, Lee Hamilton and Noah Sheridan all adding singles. The 13A’s lost out to local neighbours Wicklow Town, after an exciting encounter played in a good spirit the Town ran out 3-1 winners. Paul Marah claimed the Rovers goal to make it twelve for the season. An under strength under 14B’s lost 4-0 to Arklow Town despite a battling display. Our under 15’s recorded a comfortable 6-0 home win over Arklow Town B, James Lang and Stuart Cox both hit two each with Luca Rampersaud and Eli Graham scoring one a piece.
Everyone at the club would like to wish Gail Dunne a speedy recovery from a recent illness, we all hope to see you up and about very soon, get well soon Gail.
Our Last Man Standing competition resumes this weekend, there is 141 players left standing going into round 2. All players should have received the fixtures for this week. Any players who make it to round 4 should be aware they will be required to select from a full set of midweek fixtures on Tuesday/Wednesday the 10th/11th of February. Selections should be sent in by 7 pm Thursday night, remember you can’t select a team you have previously picked, good luck to all players.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
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WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 1st FEBRUARY 2015
The only senior game at the weekend was the first team’s game at home to high flying Kilnamanagh. The lads recorded a very good win taking all three points in a 3-2 victory. Things didn’t go their way early on in play as the visitors took a some what fortunate lead, a cross come shot drifted over Gary Browne in the Rovers goal, hit the crossbar and deflected unluckily off the back of the keeper and over the line. Rovers introduced Sean Knowd at the break and this seemed to spur the team on, Knowd was causing the Dublin sides defence all sorts of problems in the early stages of the second period and it was fitting that he should draw his team level with a neat finish. Rovers were on the front foot but with twenty minutes left the away side went in front. Rovers piled forward creating chance after chance but it looked like it was going to be one of those days when nothing was going right in front of goal. With six minutes left Rikki Quinn showed his class cutting in from the right and unleashing a screamer from twenty five yards into the far corner of the net. In the dying seconds Rovers claimed the winner when a Wicklow free was deflected into the roof of the net, the referee some how found an extra nine minutes of added time but the lads saw the game out to gain an important three points.
In junior action on Saturday the under 9 green team had a good win at home to Greystones Utd, Liam Burke made it nine goals for the season with a brace, Adam Doyle, Lee Brown and Tom Donoghue scored one a piece which proved to be each of those players second goals of the campaign. In the under 12 combined cup quarter final it was the clash of the big guns in Lamberton where our 12A’s took on Arklow Town A for a place in the semi final. In what proved to be a tight game with the match ending level at one a piece after extra time Rovers turned in an all round excellent team performance. Sam Brown scored the crucial goal in normal playing time to send the match to a dreaded penalty shootout in which the lads won 4-2. Rovers penalty scorers on the day were Samuel Bishop, Fionn Luddy, Max Kearney and Harry Hodgkinson. The 14B’s gave premier side Ashford Rovs a battle in their combined cup quarter final, sadly in the end the lads went down 4-0 but to their credit they gave the hosts a tough game and with a bit of luck it could have been a different result.
Sunday’s action saw the under 9 white team enjoy a narrow win over Ashford Rovs, in a very entertaining game the lads put in a good all round team performance. Brendan Porter nabbed his first of the season with Eoin Kennedy scoring Rovers second. The 11B’s got their shield campaign of to a good start with a 4-1 win over Fassaroe, Zach Callery, Oran Dempsey, Steven Gormley and Fionn O’Higgins netted their goals. The 13A’s went down 5-1 to Greystones Utd in the combined cup, the final result flattered Greystones as Rovers gave a sterling display, Dylan Doyle scored the Wicklow goal. Our under 14 girls came up against a very strong Home Farm team losing 6-0, the girls gave a spirited performance and with a bit of luck they could have snatched a couple of goals of their own. The 14A’s kept their one hundred percent record in local competition going when they defeated Roundwood 6-0 in the combined cup. A hat-trick from leading scorer Conor Byrne and one each from Shane Cullinan, Daniel Fitzsimons and Sean Leonard accounted for their tally.
We had 141 people going into round 2 of our Last Man Standing competition at the weekend and once again a good percent of the remaining players showed their expert knowledge of the premiership with 115 players making it through to round 3. Of the 115 people that made it through 59 went with bankers Arsenal, 33 went with the red devils of Man Utd, 12 shrewd players picked Stoke, 5 selected Spurs, 3 had Sunderland, 2 choose Liverpool with 1 brave soul putting his hopes on Everton. The biggest casualties were the 23 people who went with Southampton who lost 1-0 to Swansea, 3 other players were eliminated when they selected Hull City, Aston Villa and Man City. For up to date details and selections table visit the club website at lt www.wicklowrovers.com
Our Saturday morning academy continues every Saturday morning from 11 o’clock to 12 in the Whitegates under the guidance of experienced club coach Johnny Dunne. The academy is for both boys and girls from the age of 3 up to 8 years of age. No registration required, just come along and join in and have fun while learning the skills of football.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
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WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 8th FEBRUARY 2015
The first team travelled to take on Celbridge Town in the second round of the Gilligan Cup and after controlling the game for long periods and a couple of strange decisions from the man in the middle they lost out narrowly by two goals to one. Second team leading scorer Maurice Dunne was on target from the penalty spot for Rovers.
The second team went down 3-1 at home to league leaders Clondalkin Celtic, they got off to a poor start falling two goals behind in the early stages of the game. The away side increased their lead to 3-0 before Rovers got their act together but by this stage the game was out of reach. Rovers reduced the deficit when Mark Delaney scored for the fourth successive game. The lads had chances to reduce the deficit even more but none of them were taken leading to Clondalkin winning out 3-1. Shane Morley suffered a serious ankle injury and had to be taken to hospital for an x-ray. Everyone at the club would like to wish Shane a speedy recovery from his injury, we all hope to see you up and about and back on the playing pitch very soon.
Our under 17 side lost 4-2 to Ashford Rovers in the youths league, Alan Power gave them the lead and at this stage they were on top and should have added to their tally. Ashford were reduced to ten men and this only seem to spur them on as they hit four goals as the lads went totally out of the game. Angel Gomez hit a late consolation in a disappointing performance.
Saturday’s junior action saw the under 8 whites play out an exciting draw away to Glencormac, Sean Patrick Guerin helped himself to two goals in a good all round team display. Our 10A’s recorded a good win away to Glencormac Utd, Sam Culleton notched his sixth of the season with Sam Christie hitting his third of the campaign, the third goal came in the shape of an own goal. Rory Hennessey was impressive in the Rovers goal, Ross McCrea put in some vital challenges around the pitch in a good team performance. The under 10B’s lost out to Greystones Utd on a 2-0 scoreline. The 12A’s had a resounding 9-1 win over Enniskerry in the Rocky Road, a fantastic hat-trick from Sam Brown, a brace a piece from Adam O’Reilly and Fionn Luddy and singles from Connor Lewins and Max Kearney accounted for their total. Our under 12B’s maintained their unbeaten run in the league when they defeated Greystones Utd 8-2, Noah Sheridan led the way with a four goal haul, two goals from Scott Bushe and one each from Conor Leonard and Finn Egan Barron earned them all three points in their pursuit of the title. The 12C’s battled to the end in their away game with Roundwood but unfortunately the home team proved too strong as they ran out easy winners.
Sunday’s action saw the under 14 girls team take pride of place as they progressed to the semi final of the Carlton Hotel cup when they edged out St Catherines on a 2-1 scoreline. Leading scorer Niamh Caffrey set them on their way with the first goal and then Clodagh Irwin popped up to give them a 2-0 lead. The visitors pulled one back to make it a nervy final few minutes but credit to the girls they held on to book their place in the semi final. Player of the match was new addition Grace Hurley who was outstanding in an excellent team performance. Elsewhere on Sunday the 11B’s had an excellent 2-1 away victory over Arklow Town, Oran Dempsey and Zach Callery bagged the all important goals to earn them all three points. The 14A’s won at a canter against Little Bray United winning 16-0, Daniel Fitzsimons smashed home a double hat-trick while Sean Leonard netted three himself. Dylan Frazer and Shane Lincoln added a brace a piece with Conor Byrne, Jack Colaluca and Owen Sreenan all registering singles in a game which really doesn’t benefit either team such was the one sided nature of the match. The 14B’s were unlucky to lose to St Anthonys by two goals to one, once again it was sharp shooter Ryan Murphy who hit their goal.  
Well our last man standing competition witnessed a cull of people when Man City were surprisingly held to a 1-1 draw by Hull City, a total of 79 people made their exit with City in what was suppose to be the banker bet of the weekend. This result completely gutted the 115 people that were left standing going into the weekend. They were also joined by 4 players who choose Newcastle, 2 players who went with Swansea, 1 with Liverpool and 1 with Man Utd. Of the 28 people that made it through to the fourth round 14 people went with Chelsea, 11 went with Southampton, 3 shrewd players put their hopes on Crystal Palace so for those 28 people its all to play for with the €500 prize fund firmly in their sights.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
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WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 15th FEBRUARY 2015
The first team took on Lucan Utd on Sunday, after losing heavily when they played away to Lucan the lads were looking to gain revenge but it wasn’t to be. Even though the lads had the best of the chances they failed to take them ending up losing 3-1 in the end. They fell behind midway through the first half but hit back straight away to level matters when Chris Burgess fired home. The lads had more chances to go ahead but failed to take them and ended up getting caught out on the counter attack when the away side went in at the break 2-1 up with their only other chance of note. The second half was more of the same with Rovers creating the better chances but Lucan went 3-1 up with a soft goal from a corner. Definitely the lads let this one slip, on the balance of play they deserved something from the game but you must take those chances when they come along.
The under 17’s were involved in an eight thriller with Aughrim Rangers, when these two teams last met in the Whitegates they shared six goals, this time they shared eight goals in a 4-4 draw. Hugh Humby, Brian O’Sullivan, Kevin O’Halloran and Josh Browne hit the goals in a game that kept the spectators on the edge of their seats right up to the final whistle with Rovers getting their leveller in the last minute.
Our under 14 girls entertained Greystones United in the Whitegates on Sunday morning with a place in the final of the Carlton Hotel cup up for grabs. The girls came flying out of the traps and made all the early running going close on a couple of occasions. On twenty one minutes Grace Hurley fired Rovers into a deserved lead. Things got even better two minutes later when Grace Hurley nabbed her second of the game to make it 2-0 which they managed to keep intact till the interval. The girls had to weather some early pressure in the second half but then on fifty seven minutes Rovers killed the game off with a third, a Naoise O'Reilly through ball found Niamh Caffrey who slotted past the advancing keeper to put the game out of the visitors reach. With six minutes remaining Sinead McGettigan put the gloss on a great display when she beat two defenders and fired a thunderous effort into the bottom right hand corner of the net. Rovers dictated for long periods in the game and fully deserved their victory to book their place in the final. On the day Grace Hurley's pace up front tormented the away team's defence, Niamh Caffrey's intelligent runs into space also caused Greystones problems. A solid midfield partnership of Sinead McGettigan and Clodagh Irwin controlled the centre of the park while Amy Kavanagh who was redundant for most of the game but when called on pulled off a magnificent save at a crucial time. Well done girls.   
Saturday’s junior action saw our under 9 white team record a good win away to Ashford Rovers black team, goals on the day came from Evan Conyard, Eoin Kennedy and Peter Quinn. The 10A’s lost narrowly on a 3-2 scoreline away to Wolfe Tone, leading scorer Jack Noble notched one and Steven Gormley hit his second of the season. Our 12A’s consolidated their second placed position in the league when they defeated their nearest rivals Greystones Utd 2-1, Max Kearney nabbed the first and leading scorer Fionn Luddy bagged his twenty first in all competitions to give the lads three valuable points. The 12B’s kept up their pursuit of league leaders Enniskerry when they beat Coolboy Rgrs, Scott Bushe led the way when he fired home a magnificent hat-trick to bring his tally for the season to twelve, Noah Sheridan made it thirteen for the campaign when he hit a brace, Conor Leonard and Lee Hamilton both scored one a piece to complete the tally as they made it seven wins from seven games to put the leaders under pressure.
On Sunday the under 9 green team had a good win away to Arklow Town, Josh Butler smashed in a hat-trick, Brian McCaul scored two with Georgie O’Neill and Liam Burke netting one each. The 12C’s lost away to Greystones Utd but to their credit they battled right up to the end. The 13A’s came out the wrong side of a nine goal fest away to Coolboy Rgrs losing 5-4, Paul Marah notched a brace with Frankie Reynolds and Jamie Noble adding singles in a highly entertaining game. The 14B’s lost heavily to Roundwood in what was a bad day at the office. Our under 15’s played out a tough 0-0 draw away to Arklow Town A in a very tight affair.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
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WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 22nd FEB 2015
Neither senior team had a game at the weekend so it was down to our under 17 team in the youths league when they made the short trip to Finlay Park to take on local neighbours Wicklow Town. In a typical local derby the lads won narrowly by a score of 2-1, the Town were a little unlucky not to get something from this game as Rovers under performed and the Town had the chances to draw level but failed to take them. Alan Power and Kevin O’Halloran netted for Rovers to gain all three points in what looks like a battle for runners up position behind runaway leaders Arklow Utd.
In junior football on Saturday the under 8 green’s lost away to Arklow Utd with Finn Dunne scoring their goal for his seventh of the season. The under 9 green team played out a draw against Enniskerry, Jack Macklin notched his fourth of the campaign. For excitement and goals both our under 11A’s and 13A’s gave value for money in their games. Both were away and both were involved in ten goal thrillers, to complete a third similarity between the games they both won their games by the same score winning 6-4. The 11A’s victory came against Wolfe Tone, the highlight of the game was an excellent solo scoring performance from Mark Hodgkinson who netted an unbelievable five times to double his tally for the season to ten, Callum Gibney nabbed one to complete the scoring. The 13A’s also won 6-4 beating Roundwood in Vartry Park, another individual scoring feat was a feature of this game with top scorer Paul Marah firing home four goals to take his season’s total to eighteen. Nathan Sullivan completed the scoring when he bagged a brace. The 13B’s lost narrowly away to Wolfe Tone losing 3-2, Tom O’Shea and a first of the season from Jacob Byrne scored the Rovers goals.
Sunday’s action was curtailed due to the heavy rain, the games involving our under 8 white team, 10A’s, 10B’s, 12B’s, 12C’s, 14A’s and 15’s all fell foul to the weather. On the field the under 9 white team earned a good victory over St Anthonys, a well taken hat-trick from leading scorer Ben Lyons set his team on their way, Eoin Kennedy added a single in a good all round team performance in bad condititions. The only other game to escape the bad weather was the 12A’s who lost out 3-1 to a very good Arklow Town side, Samuel Bishop hit his seventh of the season in a game where the lads never really got going.
Well its getting down to the business end of things in our Last Man Standing competition, we went into the weekend with 25 players having their sights on the €500 prize. The dream remains intact for 9 of those 25 players as 16 players made their exit from the competition. The biggest casualty at the weekend were the 10 people who went with Everton who could only manage a 2-2 draw with bottom of the league Leicester City. Probably the biggest surprise was Chelsea's 1-1 home draw with Burnley meaning 4 players exited the competition. The last 2 players to go out both pinned their hopes on Spurs who gained a late draw at home to London neighbours West Ham. There is no Last Man Standing competition next weekend due to the Capital One Cup Final meaning there's not a full set of fixtures. The next set of fixtures in the competition are fixed for Tuesday 3rd of March and Wednesday 4th of March, fixtures for these games can been viewed on the club website and will also be texted out to the remainig 9 players next weekend.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to wish Teddy Dunne a speedy recovery from a broken collar bone he received recently, we all hope your on the mend and back to full fitness very soon.
Everyone at the club would like to congratulate Newtown Utd on their great achievement on knocking out Dublin giants Shelbourne in the Leinster Senior Cup at the weekend, a narrow 1-0 win means they now progress to the quarter final where they will take on another giant of League of Ireland football Bohemians. This is the first time a team from Wicklow has progressed this far in the competition and we would all like to wish them the best of luck against Bohemians and hopefully they will go even further. Once again well done to everyone connected with Newtown Utd.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
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WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 1st MARCH 2015
Well we had a complete blank regards senior fixtures this week, with the youths having no game, both the first team and second team games were called off.
In the junior section of the club pride of place goes to our under 14A side who claimed the under 14 premier league on Saturday. Their 4-0 away win over Little Bray Utd saw them romp to the title. Two goals from top scorer Daniel Fitzsimons and one a piece from Cillian Kelly and Jack Colaluca made sure the lads were not going to slip up in their pursuit of the title. With two games remaining in the league the lads can’t be caught, they recorded a one hundred percent record winning all ten games. In those ten games they scored 67 goals while conceding 9. The team is managed and coached by John Frazer, Matt Lincoln and Jamie Power. Congratulations once again to all the players and the coaching staff. Other games on Saturday saw the under 8 green team have a good win over St Anthonys, after a tight tussle between two evenly matched teams Steven Kavanagh and Finn Dunne goals earned the lads a narrow win. The under 8 white team lost away to St Fergals, on the day the lads scored two well taken goal from Sean Patrick Guerin and Shane Byrne.  Our 11A’s lost out by the odd goal in five losing 3-2 away to Ashford Rovs. A goal a piece from Conor Hunter and Tom Hodgkinson accounted for their two goals. The under 12B’s edged a step closer to the division one title when they earned a 1-1 draw away to their nearest challenger Enniskerry. A goal from James Hamilton means they remain joint top with their opponents. Enniskerry have now completed their fixtures while the lads have games remaining but Roundwood are also in with a shout but the lads have it in their own hands.
On Sunday the under 14 girls went goal crazy knocking eight past Enniskerry winning 8-1, leading scorer Niamh Caffrey fired home an unbelievable five goals to take her tally for the season to fourteen. Goal of the game went to Kellie Phelan on her debut, who powered an unstoppable shot from thirty five yards out, Lauren Gregory nabbed her first of the campaign with Sinead McGettigan completing the eight goal haul. Both our under 9 teams were away in Greystones, the green team lost narrowly to Greystones whites with the goals coming in the shape of an own goal and a first of the season from Oisin Denver. Our under 9 white team recorded a comfortable victory over Greystones when Evan Conyard and Ben Lyons both hit two each with Peter Quinn adding a single. Our 11B’s made it three wins from three in the shield when they ran out 7-1 winners away to Greystones Utd, a second hat-trick of the season from Jordan Younger led the way, Jack Noble was hot on Jordan’s heels when he nabbed two goals while Oran Dempsey and Zach Callery both scored one each to maintain their one hundred percent start to the shield.  The 13B’s got their shield campaign off to the perfect start when they defeated Greystones Utd 5-0 away from home, a brace from top scorer Tom O’Shea to bring his tally for the season to ten, Daniel Murphy and Jacob Byrne both notched their second goals of the campaign with Gary Dowling hitting his first of the season to give the lads the ideal start to the shield. The 14B’s were yet again unlucky in defeat, they lost out in a seven goal thriller away to St Anthonys losing 4-3, Luke Whyte helped himself to two goals with under 13 player Nathan Sullivan scoring the other in a good all round team performance. The under 15’s lost their first game in the shield going down 2-1 away to Avonmore, in a tight encounter leading scorer Luca Rampersaud hit his fourteenth goal of the season.
At the time of going to print we had 9 players left in our Last Man Standing competition, with a full set of premiership fixtures in midweek it remains to be seen if the remaining players can continue their good knowledge of the form in the premiership and progress to round 7. Good luck to all our remaining players in the competition.
Our Saturday morning academy continues every Saturday on the all weather pitch in the Whitegates from 11 am till 12, come along and enjoy learning the skills of football while having fun under the guidance of experienced coach Johnny Dunne. The academy is for kids from the age of 3 to 7 and prepares them for the jump to organised football. Everybody is welcomed to attend.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 8th MARCH 2015
The first team travelled to North Dublin to take on Skerries Town and returned with all three points after an excellent 2-0 victory, goals from top scorer Chris Burgess and a sixth of the season from Luke Byrne secured them all three points. Arthur Delahunt played a big part in this win with a superb penalty save at a crucial stage of the game. This win moves them into a mid table position in the league standings.
The second team went down 3-2 to the highest ranked Saturday side Bluebell Utd in the second round of the Noel Ryan cup, they fell behind after just two minutes but were quick to level matters when Mark Delaney scored a cracker from the edge of the area which means he now has hit the net in each of the last five games. Bluebell went in front just after the half hour mark but Rovers drew level again a minute later when Maurice Dunne lobbed the keeper from 25 yards out and it was fully deserved in a ding dong battle. The away side went in front for a third time with thirty minutes left but this time the visitors never relinquished the lead as they snuffed out the Rovers attack to see out the game. On the day Mark Delaney and Liam Kavanagh put in some sterling work for their team.
Our under 17 team had an excellent win away to Aughrim Rgrs winning 4-2, Shane Devlin helped himself to a brace with Alan Power and Kevin O’Halloran nabbing one a piece to cement their second place position in the league.
On Saturday the under 8 green team played out an entertaining draw with Ashford Rovers, Steven Kavanagh hit his thirteenth goal of the season. The 10A’s lost 2-1 to Aughrim Rgrs with Sam Culleton notching his seventh of the campaign. Our 10B’s played out a thrilling six goal thriller away to Aughrim drawing 3-3, in what was an excellent all round team performance the highlight of the game was a fantastic hat-trick from Matthew Porter. The 11A’s had a bad day at the office losing 5-0 to ArklowTown. After winning their first three games in the shield the 11B’s suffered defeat for the first time losing 2-1 to Greystones Utd, Zach Callery bagged their only goal. The 12A’s shared the spoils drawing 1-1 with Greystones Utd in The Woodlands, Samuel Bishop hit the rigging for Rovers. The 12B’s are fast closing in on the division one title as they beat Greystones Utd 4-2, Noah Sheridan banged in his second hat-trick of the season while Scott Bushe claimed his thirteenth of the season to claim three valuable points. The 13A’s suffered a disappointing 4-0 home defeat to Arklow Town at The Whitegates. Our under 15’s drew 1-1 with Wolfe Tone in a tight affair, Stuart Cox scored the Rovers goal to bring his tally to nine for the campaign.
On Sunday the under 9 white team had a good win against Greystones with their goals coming from Ben Lyons and Evan Conyard. Our under 14A’s defeated Avonmore 8-2, Ryan Corrigan, Daniel Fitzsimons and Conor Byrne all hit two goals each with Owen Sreenan and Tristan O’Toole registering singles to complete the scoring
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Adele Doran who sadly passed away recently. Adele was a very popular figure around the football circles of Wicklow Town, Adele along with her family played a major role in shaping soccer in Wicklow Town, whether it be on the committee of neighbours Wicklow Town AFC or the foundation of the Wicklow Cancer Support Easter Soccer Blitz. Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband Tony [Butch], her children Anto and Lorraine and her extended family and friends, may she rest in peace.
The club are running an Easter Camp during the school’s Easter break. The camp kicks off on Tuesday April 7th and will run till Friday April 10th, 10am to 2pm daily. The cost of the camp is 40 euro per child, with discounts available for families of 2 or more kids. Each participant will receive a football on the first day and a medal on the final day of the camp. The camp is open for kids ages 4-13 and the club hopes to run a girls only section at the camp. To register you can contact; Johnny Dunne @ 0877802098, Willie O’Brien @ 0861696911, the club Facebook page or alternatively any committee member. Registration forms can also be downloaded from the homepage of our club website, www.wicklowrovers.com
We have registered for cash for clubs with Topaz petrol company. If members spend over €40 euro on fuel at one visit they get a stamp & 5 stamps make full card. They must use our club code for stamps, our club code 10983. They must get petrol in Topaz Wicklow Synnotts Garage. One full card is entry to prize draw for club to win cash donation from Topaz.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 15th MARCH 2015
The first team suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat at home to Parkvilla, on a day when nothing went for them they lost by a single goal to the Meath side which came from the penalty spot.
The second team made the trip to north Dublin to take on Swords Celtic, after losing 4-0 at home the lads were out to gain their revenge but they were cruelly denied a share of the spoils when with the game tied at 0-0 the home side were awarded a hotly disputed penalty. They duly dispatched the spot kick which they scarcely deserved and the lads returned unluckily empty handed. If the lads can reproduce their recent displays when it comes to the Tom Carroll Cup they could progress a long way in it.
Our under 17’s produced the result of the weekend when they over turned league leaders Arklow United at the Whitegates. The lads recorded an incredible 7-2 victory and this was after falling 1-0 behind early on. Alan Power led the way with a clinically taken hat-trick, Mark Darragh weighed in with a brace and Shane Devlin and Kevin O’Hallaran both scored one each. In truth the lads were excellent and could have reached double figures as it was only the Arklow keeper who prevented the lads adding to their tally. On the day Alan Power, Hugh Humby and Brian O’Sullivan were outstanding in what was an all round excellent team performance.
In junior action on Saturday the under 8 greens had a good win over Rathnew with Finn Dunne and Sonny McHale hitting the net. The under 12B team lost out narrowly to Enniskerry by two goals to one. After a tough encounter the lads just couldn’t find an equaliser. Scott Bushe netted for Rovers. The under 13A’s were involved in a seven goal thriller with Arklow Town. After coming from one down to lead 3-1 the lads will be a little disappointed they didn’t see the game out conceding three goals to lose out 4-3. A brace from Cian Ward and one from Jamie Noble accounted for their goals. The 14A’s made the step up to the under 15 division one cup where they took on Arklow Town, they led 1-0 with ten minutes to go and were well holding their own only to concede three late goals. Daniel Fitzsimons hit their goal.
On Sunday the under 9 white team lost to Enniskerry with leading scorer Ben Lyons scoring their goal. Our 10A’s lost narrowly to Ashford A losing 3-2, Conor Hunter and Steven Gormley were their marksmen on the day. The 10B’s lost 2-0 to Greystones B. The 11A’s played out an entertaining 2-2 draw away to St Anthonys with Conor Hunter and Jack Ryan hitting the goals. Our 11B’s had a good 5-2 away win over Fassaroe YC, Jordan Younger and Fionn O’Higgins both hit braces with Oran Dempsey scoring the other. The 12B’s lost heavily to Roundwood. The 13B’s had a 4-2 away win over Enniskerry, the highlight of this game was a second hat-trick of the season for Tom O’Shea, the other goal came from Nedis Velindis. The under 15’s went out of the premier cup losing 4-2 to Arklow Town, Stuart Cox and Stephen Finlay found the net for them on the day.
The club are running an Easter Camp during the school’s Easter break. The camp kicks off on Tuesday April 7th and will run till Friday April 10th, 10am to 2pm daily. The cost of the camp is 40 euro per child, with discounts available for families of 2 or more kids. Each participant will receive a football on the first day and a medal on the final day of the camp. The camp is open for kids ages 4-13 and the club hopes to run a girls only section at the camp. To register you can contact; Johnny Dunne @ 0877802098, Willie O’Brien @ 0861696911, the club Facebook page or alternatively any committee member. Registration forms can also be downloaded from the homepage of our club website, www.wicklowrovers.com
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their deepest sympathy to the Humby family on the sad passing of Mona, our thoughts and prayers are with her husband Mick, daughter Karen, sons Padraig and Mick and her extended family and friends. The Humby family have long been associated with the club with Mick junior playing most of his football career with the club and is now currently managing our youths team, Mona’s grandchildren Hugh [Youths] and Alfie [Under 8’s] play for the club while Shaun previously played for the club. Our thoughts are with you all at this sad time, may she rest in peace.  
Also the club would like to extend their deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Nora Lynch who sadly passed away recently, Nora’s son in law Mark Kennedy manages our under 9 white team, her grandson Eoin plays on the team, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time, may she rest in peace.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 22nd MARCH 2015
The first team had an excellent 3-1 home win over promotion chasing St John Bosco, the lads suffered an early set back when they fell one behind and then were reduced to ten men. They showed great character to battle back to level matters through top scorer Chris Burgess. Early in the second period Burgess scored his and Rovers second before Bryan Doyle put the icing on the cake with his first goal of the season. It would be hard to pick a man of the match as every player gave it their all and take into account they played eighty minutes with ten players it shows the tremendous effort that was put in.
The second team made it a great weekend for the seniors when they had a fantastic win in the third round of the Carroll Cup on Saturday, they beat St John Bosco 1-0 in what was a tough physical encounter. In truth Rovers deserved their win as they created far more clear cut chances than their opponents. The winning goal was worthy of winning a cup tie when Mark Delaney coolly rounded the keeper and then slam his effort to the net to finish off a good move from the home team. Delaney brings his tally to nine with this goal and eight of those have come in the last ten games. This good all round team performance booked them a quarter final spot.
Our junior action started on Thursday night when our 12A’s took on Rathnew in the quarter final of the premier cup under lights in Shamrock Park. The lads recorded an excellent 4-0 win to progress to the semi final, a brace from Adam O’Reilly helped them on their way. Connor Lewins and Samuel Bishop both notched their ninth goals of the season to give the lads an impressive win. On Saturday Brian McCaul and Charlie Czwalina hit the net for the under 9 green team in an exciting draw with Arklow Town, the 11B’s had a comfortable 9-0 win over St Anthonys, Oran Dempsey banged in a fantastic four goals and was closely followed by Jordan Younger who fired home three goals. Fionn O’Higgins and Zach Harris added singles to complete the total. The 12B’s made their debut in the premier shield, unfortunately they lost 5-1 to a very strong Arklow Town A side, Ben Free scored their first goal in premier competition. The 13A’s raced in to a two goal lead against Greystones Utd but then took their foot off the pedal as the away side came storming back to win 3-2. Cian Ward and leading scorer Paul Marah were the Rovers marksmen on the day. The 13B’s went goal crazy firing eleven past St Patricks winning 11-1, Tom O’Shea slammed in his third hat-trick of the season with an incredible four goal haul, Daniel Murphy also scored a hat-trick with singles coming from Nedis Velindis, Joris Bearda, Jacob Byrne and Charlie Christie.
On Sunday the under 9 white gave it their all away to Avonmore, Eoin Kennedy nabbed their only goal of the game. The 10A’s lost a thrilling 4-3 cup game away to Wolfe Tone, Paddy Saville scored two with Steven Gormley notching one. Our 10B’s unluckily lost out narrowly on a 1-0 scoreline to Greystones in the quarter final of the cup. The 11A’s are through to the semi final of the cup after they won 2-1 away to Aughrim, Tiernan O’Brien and Sean O’Meara scored the all important goals. Our 12C’s lost 6-0 to a very strong Coolboy side. The under 15’s had a good 5-3 win over Arklow Town C, Stephen Finlay became the third man to hit the net four times over the weekend with Stuart Cox scoring the fifth to claim three good points.    
The club are running an Easter Camp during the school’s Easter break. The camp kicks off on Tuesday April 7th and will run till Friday April 10th, 10am to 2pm daily. The cost of the camp is 40 euro per child, with discounts available for families of 2 or more kids. Each participant will receive a football on the first day and a medal on the final day of the camp. The camp is open for kids ages 4-13 and the club hopes to run a girls only section at the camp. To register you can contact; Johnny Dunne @ 0877802098, Willie O’Brien @ 0861696911, the club Facebook page or alternatively any committee member. Registration forms can also be downloaded from the homepage of our club website, www.wicklowrovers.com
The club would like to thank all the kids who took part in the St Patricks Day parade, well done on representing your club, also thank you to all the managers and parents who helped out on the day.
There are four players left in our Last Man Standing competition, we lost one player on Stoke City, of the four players left, Catriona Nolan [only female left standing] and Boodhan Rampersaud went with West Ham while Anthony Earls and James Kelly went through with Southampton. No Last Man Standing this week due to international matches. Competition will continue on the weekend of the 4th of April.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 29th MARCH 2015
The second team couldn’t reproduce their cup form when they travelled away to take on St John Bosco who they defeated in the cup last week. This time they lost out narrowly 2-1 in the league. After a tight tussle the lads came back pointless but here’s hoping their cup form continues when they take on Valeview of Shankill in the quarter final of the Carroll cup in the coming weeks, on the day Jim Foley scored their goal.
Saturday’s junior action saw the under 8 green team play out an exciting game away to Ashford in what was a very even contest between two evenly matched sides. The 11A’s played out a thrilling 3-3 draw away to Arklow Utd, it was a family affair regards their goalscorers on the day, Mark Hodgkinson hit two goals and Tom Hodgkinson scored the other one. The 11B’s kept their good run going in the shield when they defeated one of their nearest rivals Arklow Town 3-0, Oran Dempsey scored a brace with Jordan Younger nabbing the third to keep them top of the pile. Our 12A’s had a 4-1 away win over Rathnew, Max Kearney scored his first shield goals when he hit the net twice, Adam O’Reilly and Sam Brown completed the scoring. The 12B’s went down 3-0 to Roundwood in the premier shield, this is their second game in premier competition so they are still finding their feet. The under 15A team drew 3-3 away to Ashford Rovs, Stephen Finlay brought his total to 12 for the season when he netted one, Eli Graham and Ciaran Coffey also scored one a piece.
Sunday’s action was curtailed on the playing field due to the heavy rain that fell on Saturday night, the first teams game away to Templeogue Utd was a victim of the weather. Other games affected were the under 8 white team, the under 9 whites, the 10A’s, 10B’s and 12C’s all falling foul of the bad weather. The only game to beat the weather on Sunday was the under 14A’s game away to St Patricks in the under 15 division one shield, this team has moved up an age group to compete in the shield and they got off to the perfect start claiming all three points in a 3-2 win. Leading scorer Daniel Fitzsimons smashed home his thirty second goal of the season to set the lads on their way, Cillian Kelly nabbed the second and under 13 player Nathan Sullivan hit the third to give them the ideal start to their shield campaign.  
The club are running an Easter Camp during the school’s Easter break. The camp kicks off on Tuesday April 7th and will run till Friday April 10th, 10am to 2pm daily. The cost of the camp is 40 euro per child, with discounts available for families of 2 or more kids. Each participant will receive a football on the first day and a medal on the final day of the camp. The camp is open for kids ages 4-13 and the club hopes to run a girls only section at the camp. To register you can contact; Johnny Dunne @ 0877802098, Willie O’Brien @ 0861696911, the club Facebook page or alternatively any committee member. Registration forms can also be downloaded from the homepage of our club website, www.wicklowrovers.com
Our Last Man Standing competition resumes this coming weekend, we are now down to the business end of things with only four players left remaining to battle it out for the €500 prize. The club would like to take this opportunity to wish all four remaining players the very best of luck for the remainder of the competition, we would also like to thank everyone who participated in our fundraiser, your continuous support is very much appreciated by everyone at the club.
With the clock going forward at the weekend, it means that midweek games are on the horizon, we ask all managers to ensure that their results from their games are sent to the relevant club secretary as soon as possible on completion of your match, thank you.
Our Saturday morning academy continues every Saturday morning from 11 o’clock to 12 in the Whitegates under the guidance of experienced club coach Johnny Dunne. The academy is for both boys and girls from the age of 3 up to 8 years of age. No registration required, just come along and join in and have fun while learning the skills of football.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 5th APRIL 2015
Well the weekend saw limited football on the playing front and for a change it wasn’t the weather. The junior end of the club saw no fixtures due to the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. In the senior end the first team entertained Garda FC at the Whitegates, after falling behind the lads battled back to gain three precious points in a 3-2 victory. Leading scorer Chris Burgess scored a brace to bring his total to seventeen for the season while Gareth Murphy hit his fourteenth of the campaign when he registered a single. Rovers could also afford the disappointment of missing from the penalty spot.
The under 17’s took on neighbours Wicklow Town in a local derby, after a tight encounter the spoils were shared in a 1-1 draw. The Town went in front with Rovers equalising with fifteen minutes remaining, Shane Devlin scored his fifth of the season to earn the lads a point, which in the end was probably a fair outcome on the balance of play.
Our Last Man Standing competition is still running, going into round 9 at the weekend we had 4 players remaining in contention for the €500 prize. After the weekend results we are now down to 3 players. At the weekend Catriona Nolan and Anthony Earls made it to round 10 when their selection Swansea defeated Hull City 3-1, James Kelly progressed when he picked Manchester United who saw off Aston Villa 3-1. Boodhan Rampersaud unfortunately saw his selection West Brom lose at home to QPR on a 4-1 scoreline therefore meaning elimination from the competition. We would like to wish our 3 remaining players the best of luck in the remainder of the competition and also would like to thank everyone who has supported our Last Man Standing competitions. We will be having a new Last Man Standing competition at the start of the new premiership season as there wont be enough time to start another for this campaign.
The club participated in a bag pack to raise money for Habitat Ireland on Easter Saturday, the bag pack took place in Tesco and was well attended by our junior members of the club. Habitat Ireland is a Dublin based charity, which transforms lives by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. The charity offers a ‘hand up’ to families to pull themselves out of poverty through access to simple decent housing. President Higgins is a patron of Habitat Ireland. We would like to thank all our junior members and their managers and coaches for helping raise money for this worthy cause.
Our Saturday morning soccer academy continues every Saturday morning [weather permitting]. The academy starts at 11 o’clock and finishes at 12. Its for boys and girls from the age of 3 years upwards who are interested in learning the sport of soccer while also having fun. So for anyone that’s interested come along to the Whitegates on Saturday morning, there is no long term registration, you come along to whatever Saturdays you can make.  
Wicklow Rovers AFC promote soccer for schoolboys/girls, youths and seniors in the community, our club is growing all the time and any assistance with the help of running the club would be very much appreciated. At present we have a very hard working committee but we are always on the look out for people interested in helping out, the club are always on the look out for people who are interested in getting involved in soccer, whether its coaching and managing or on the executive committee or a sub committee, maybe you would just like to help as an assistant manager, help with fundraising or help just around the grounds or in anyway at all, don’t hesitate, get involved, anyone interested in helping out the club in anyway can contact any committee member. So if your interested in doing some work around the club please contact any of the following committee members, John Frazer, Paul Delaney, Johnny Dunne, Franny Copeland, Jimmy Nolan, Rob Free, Willie O’Brien and Jason Harris, contact numbers can be found on the club website or alternatively you can private message our club facebook page.
For all news regarding the club, visit the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or visit the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 12th APRIL 2015
The first team unluckily lost on a dreaded penalty shootout in the Moore Cup away to Maynooth Town University on Friday night, after falling 1-0 behind Peter Finnegan scored to draw them level. They fell behind for a second time but yet again they battled back to level with two minutes remaining, this time it was Gareth Murphy who hit a deserved equaliser, extra time failed to separate the sides with the home side going on to win the penalty shootout 5-4.
The under 17’s recorded a comfortable 7-0 win over Ashford Rovers B, Alan Power and Fionn Nother both netted twice, Josh Browne, Hugh Humby and Mark Darragh all got one each to complete the seven goal haul.
The junior action started with three midweek games, the 10A’s recorded an exciting 5-3 local derby win over neighbours Wicklow Town, the scorers on the night saw Sam Culleton hit two with Steven Gormley and Ross McCrea nabbing one each with the last one coming in the shape of an own goal. The 11A’s lost narrowly 1-0 to Wolfe Tone in a tight encounter. Our 11B’s lost out 8-0 to a very strong Ashford Rovers side.
On Saturday the under 8 white team were involved in a thrilling draw with Ashford, Shane Byrne scored their goal in a good all round team performance. The 10B’s went down 5-3 to Greystones Utd, after a titanic battle the lads could have easily got something from this game, Harry Tobin scored a brace with Tom Phelan nabbing one. Our 11A’s drew 2-2 in a tight encounter with St Anthonys, Conor Hunter and Willoughby Woods hit the Rovers goals. The 11B’s kept their great run going in the shield making it seven wins from eight games when they beat Avonmore 9-0, Jordan Younger led the way with an excellent hat-trick, Oran Dempsey and Alex Byrne both hit doubles with Zach Harris and Ruaidhri Kelly adding singles. The 12A’s recorded an excellent premier cup semi final win over Arklow Town when they won 2-1. Sam Brown was the hero of the hour when he plundered two goals to set his team up for a final appearance, well done to the whole squad and management team. Our 13A’s defeated St Anthonys 7-2, Scott Sheridan and Cian Ward scored two a piece while Paul Marah, Dylan Doyle and Craig Anderson all registered a goal each. One side not getting much luck lately is our under 14B team, this week they exited from the cup when they lost 3-2 after extra time to Aughrim Rangers, after giving it a hundred percent any bit of luck you would need in a cup game definitely didn’t come the lads way. Ryan Murphy was their scorer on the day hitting both goals.
On Sunday the under 9 green team turned in a good performance against Greystones Utd, Josh Butler, Oisin Denver, Brian McCaul, Adam Doyle and Charlie Czwalina were all on the score sheet for them. The under 9 white team played out a draw with Greystones Utd with Evan Conyard finding the net. The 12B’s are finding life in the premier grade tough at the moment, at the weekend they lost 7-0 to a very good Greystones outfit. Our 12C’s ran local neighbours Wicklow Town close before losing out 3-1 in a good team performance, Liam Hughes hit their goal. The 13B’s had an excellent win away to Greystones Utd in the semi final of the division 2 cup, two goals a piece from Tom O’Shea and Nedis Velindis guided them through to the final in a 4-2 victory. Well done to Stephen and his squad on making the final. Our under 15A’s had a fantastic victory away to Wolfe Tone winning 4-0, Eli Graham helped himself to a brace with Ciaran Coffey and Ronan Murray adding a goal each to gain them three welcomed points in the shield.
Congratulations to Anthony Earls who became our second Last Man Standing champion when he successfully predicted his way through ten rounds of our competition to claim the €500 prize fund. Going into the weekend we had three players remaining, Anthony selected Crystal Palace who defeated Sunderland 4-1. Unfortunately our two other players selected Spurs and West Brom and with both losing it meant Anthony was left as last man standing, once again well done Anthony. Once again the club would like to thank everyone who supported our competition and hopefully you join in our next competition which will start at the beginning of the new premiership season, once again thank you all for your continuous support.  
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Ellen Whelan who sadly passed away recently, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time, may she rest in peace.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 19th APRIL 2015
On the senior front the first team made the long journey to Navan and came home with a share of the spoils when they played out a 1-1 draw with Parkvilla, Ian Brannigan hit his first goal of the season to earn them a point.
The seconds recorded a great win away to Valeview Shankill in the quarter final of the Tom Carroll cup, Rovers had the better of the first period and had many chances to put this game to bed early in play but didn’t avail of them with only Ciaran McGettigan’s strike been the difference between the sides at the break. The hosts came more into the game in the second half and put Rovers under a bit of pressure but the lads stood firm and then broke upfield with leading scorer Maurice Dunne scoring the all important second goal to see them progress to the semi final.
The under 17’s lost in the semi final of the cup at the hands of Arklow Utd, after ninety minutes of play the teams were all square and with extra time failing to separate the teams it all came down to the dreaded penalty shootout which the lads unluckily came out on the wrong side or a 7-6 score. In normal play Josh Browne and Hugh Humby were the scorers for Rovers.   
Midweek junior action saw the under 10B’s claim their second win of the season when they defeated Wolfe Tone 3-1, goals from Tom Quinn, Tom Phelan and Harry Tobin earned the lads a welcomed victory. The 11A’s are fast becoming the draw specialists as yet again they earned a share of the spoils when they drew 2-2 with Aughrim, Mark Hodgkinson and Jack Ryan scored their goals on the night.
At the weekend the under 8 green’s played some great football against St Anthonys, Steven Kavanagh and Finn Dunne hit the net for Rovers. The under 9 green team were among the goals on Sunday when they scored four away to Arklow Town, Charlie Czwalin hit a brace and Oisin Denver and Tom Donoghue notching one each.
Our 9 whites played out a tight game with St Anthonys with Eoin Kennedy nabbing their goal. The 10A’s went down to a disappointing 3-0 defeat to Arklow Town. Our 11A’s had a fantastic cup semi final win away to Arklow Town, finding themselves 2-0 down at the break they came roaring back in the second half slamming in three goals without reply to go on and book their spot in the final, Willoughby Woods, Conor Hunter and Mark Hodgkinson all nabbed one a piece in what was probably their best performance of the season, well done to all involved. Hard luck to our under 11B’s who narrowly lost in their semi final of the cup to Arklow Town, in what was a tight affair the game was decided by a solitary goal with the Town coming out on top. In shield action the under 12A’s had a close 2-1 win away to Roundwood, Daniel Dunne and Max Kearney scored their goals. The B’s were well beaten by Arklow Town A as they continue to struggle to come to terms in the higher grade. The 12C’s lost 8-1 to Enniskerry, Kyle Capilitan got the Rovers consolation goal and by all accounts it was a cracker. The 13B’s earned all three points in a 5-1 win over Greystones, two goals each from Tom O’Shea and Nedis Velindis and a single from Ewain Dwyer earned them all three points. The 14B’s were involved in a six goal thriller with Rathnew with the game ending up 3-3, Luke Whyte, Ryan Murphy and Luke Mooney fired home their goals in a good all round team performance. The 15A’s had a bad day at the office losing 3-0 at home to Avonmore. The 15B’s who are playing a year above their age group earned a good point in their shield drawing 2-2 with Arklow Town, Daniel Fitzsimons and Jack Colaluca hit their goals as they quickly adjust to life in the older age group.
The clubs soccer academy continues every Saturday morning from 11 till 12 on the all weather pitch in the Whitegates, the academy is open to kids from the age of three upwards who want to enjoy fun and games while learning the skills of football. All are welcome to attend and no registration is required as you can attend whatever weekends you can.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Sarah [Sanie] Roche who sadly passed away recently, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time, may she rest in peace.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 26th APRIL 2015
The first team travelled to take on title chasing Ballymun Utd, they lost out 3-1 with Chris Burgess scoring his seventeenth league goal of the season to make it eighteen in all competitions. With the season closing in the lads are perched in the safety region of mid table in the league.  
The second teams cup form has certainly deserted them in the league, on Monday night they lost 3-0 away to title favourites Clondalkin Celtic but with a bit of luck and better finishing on the night they could have snatched a point and on Saturday they travelled to take on another promotion contender in the shape of Drumcondra and came home empty handed when they lost out narrowly on a 1-0 score line. Lets hope they can recapture their cup form when they take on Pegasus/St James Athletic in the semi final of the Tom Carroll Cup this coming Saturday in the Whitegates. All support welcomed.
Hard luck to our under 14 girls who lost out narrowly to Mount Merrion in the final of the Carlton Hotel Cup, they gave it their all in a tight tussle and in cup finals every team needs that bit of luck which didn’t come their way, the Dublin outfit went on to win by the narrowest of margins winning the game 1-0. Sinead McGettigan and Amy Kavanagh starred in what was an excellent all round team performance. Rovers did have the consolation to see Sinead McGettigan pick up the player of the match award, well done Sinead and once again well done and hard luck girls.
In midweek action on the junior front the 10A’s went down 3-1 against Aughrim with Steven Gormley scoring their goal. The 12C lost heavily to St Anthonys with Kyle Capilitan notching their consolation goal. Team of the week must go to our under 14B team, they defeated Aughrim Rgrs 2-1 on Thursday night, incredibly they hadn’t won a game since September 2013 when they defeated St Fergals in a seven goal thriller, after a lot of near misses they finally got that well deserved elusive victory. A lot of credit has to go to the management team of Brendan Porter and Michael Galligan and their team who despite many bad days they turned out week after week for training and matches. This is what sport is all about, participation and enjoyment, this team and their coaches never gave up hail, rain or snow. On the day when the whole team gave it their all to gain an excellent win it was goal machine Ryan Murphy who nabbed both their goals. Once again well done to Brendan, Michael and the 14B’s. On Friday the 12B’s got their first point in the premier grade when they held Greystones Utd A to a 1-1 draw with Noah Sheridan getting their goal. The 12C’s lost out to Greystones Utd B.
On Saturday the under 8 green team lost out to Ashford Rovers, our 10A’s were involved in a high scoring thriller away to St Anthonys eventually winning out 6-4, Jack Noble hit his second hat-trick of the season to lead the way, Sam Culleton added two with Steven Gormley nabbing the other. The 12A’s kept up their pursuit of a place in the shield final with a 4-0 win over Rathnew, a brace a piece from Sam Brown and Fionn Luddy paved the way for three valuable points. The 13B’s are also in the hunt for a shield final spot and they recorded a good 3-1 home win over Enniskerry, Ewain Dwyer notched two goals with top scorer Tom O’Shea netting the other.
On Sunday the under 8 white team had a good win away to Arklow Utd, Sean Patrick Guerin hit the only goal of the game. The 10B’s made it back to back wins when they beat Aughrim Rgrs 3-1, Matthew Porter, Cormac Waldron and Tom Phelan all registered singles to give them an excellent win. The 13A’s lost out narrowly to neighbours Wicklow Town, Nathan Sullivan scored for Rovers but it was the Town who took the points in a 2-1 win. Our 14A team who are playing in the under 15 division 1 shield played out a high scoring draw with St Anthonys, Conor Byrne netted twice, Daniel Fitzsimons hit one to bring his seasons tally to thirty four with defender Ryan Corrigan adding the other. The 14B’s couldn’t make it two wins from two as they went down 4-0 to Wolfe Tone A.
The clubs soccer academy continues every Saturday morning from 11 till 12 on the all weather pitch in the Whitegates, the academy is open to kids from the age of three upwards who want to enjoy fun and games while learning the skills of football. All are welcome to attend and no registration is required as you can attend whatever weekends you can.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 3rd MAY 2015
Well done to Anto, Jack and the second team on their success in the semi final of the Tom Carroll cup defeating Pegasus/St James Athletic four goals to two, in a tight first half the teams went in a the break all square at 1-1 with nothing separating the sides, the away side came out and dominated the early exchanges in the second period and were rewarded with an excellent strike to go 2-1 up. Rovers huffed and puffed and didn’t look like breaking down a resolute away defence, but just when things didn’t look like they were going to go the lads way they hit a purple patch with three in the last sixteen minutes to claim their spot in the final. Thanks to all who came out to support the lads despite the atrocious conditions, your support was very appreciated by the team and the club, we hope to see you all again for the final and maybe even a few more within the club might come out to support the lads. Keep an eye on the club notes in the local press and on the club facebook page for details regarding the cup final as soon as it’s confirmed. Once again well done to all involved in this success and the best of luck in the final.  
On a week when the junior end of things on the playing field was curtailed somewhat due to the bank holiday weekend, we did see a limited number of games been played. In midweek action our under 10B's who have been making great progress in recent weeks lost narrowly 1-0 to St Patricks, this little side were losing heavily in games in the first half of the season but they have shown great improvement in recent weeks,
winning back to back games before this narrow defeat to a good St Patricks side. Well done lads, keep up the good work. The 11A's defeated Aughrim Rangers 7-0, Tom Hodgkinson and Willoughby Woods led the scoring charts with two a piece, Mark Hodgkinson, Conor Hunter and Luke Dunne all registered singles to complete the scoring. The 12A's and 12B's were involved in an inter club derby on Monday with the A's coming out on top 10-2. Connor Lewins led the way with a hat-trick, Max Kearney, Sam Brown and Samuel Bishop all helped themselves to a brace each with Mark O'Brien notching one. Conor Leonard scored for the B's with the second coming in the form of an own goal. The 12A's were in action again on Wednesday night, this time they came out the wrong side of a 2-1 scoreline away to old foes Arklow Town. In a tight game that could have went either way Max Kearney got their only goal. The 12C's lost 5-1 to Coolboy Rangers, the Rovers consolation goal came from Kyle Capilitan to make it three goals in four games for Kyle. The 12B’s bounced back from their defeat against their club counterparts to defeat their nearest challengers Roundwood to claim the division one league title on Friday night, they defeated Roundwood 6-2 to ensure the trophy was winging its way to the Whitegates. Two goals from top scorer Noah Sheridan and singles from James Hamilton, Scott Bushe, Connor Leonard and Luke Horan gained them an excellent win to claim the silverware. They claimed the title with two games to spare, their record read played 10; won 9; drew 1 and lost none. They scored 55 goals and conceded 15 and their points totalled 28. Congratulations to Rob, Colm and the under 12B team on their success.
On Sunday the under 14A’s playing in the under 15 division 1 shield defeated Arklow Town B 5-1, Kennedy cup squad player Daniel Fitzsimons hit his fourth hat-trick of the season to lay the foundations for this win, incredibly Daniel’s hat-tricks were 6 goals against Little Bray Utd, 5 goals against Arklow Town B, 4 strikes against Avonmore and now this 3 goals against Arklow Town to contribute to his season’s tally of 37 to date. Hot on Daniel’s heels in this game was Sean Leonard who fired home two goals to give the lads a well deserved win in a good all round team performance. The 14B’s lost 3-2 away to Aughrim, Luke Whyte hit his fifth of the season with Ciaran Byrne nabbing his second of the campaign in this narrow defeat.
The clubs soccer academy continues every Saturday morning from 11 till 12 on the all weather pitch in the Whitegates, the academy is open to kids from the age of three upwards who want to enjoy fun and games while learning the skills of football. All are welcome to attend and no registration is required as you can attend whatever weekends you can.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 10th MAY 2015
The first teams season is now petering out, they suffered a disappointing 2-1 defeat away to Templeogue United, after falling behind the lads equalised with a superb Greg Dunne overhead kick. The lads controlled the game for long periods but couldn’t turn their possession into goals and then they leaked a soft goal to go down to a disappointing defeat.
The under 17’s took on local rivals in the shape of Rathnew’s under 19’s, the lads lost out 4-2 to a physically bigger Rathnew team, even though there was a year or two in age difference the lads gave a good account of themselves twice coming from behind to draw level before eventually losing out, Angel Gomez and Hugh Humby hit the Rovers goals.
The junior action kicked off last week on Monday with the under 14 girls having a resounding 9-1 victory away to Enniskerry, the prolific Niamh Caffrey fired home a stunning five goals with Sinead McGettigan hot on her heels with a hat-trick, Holly McSorley completed the scoring with a single. On Tuesday the under 15B team recorded a fine 5-2 victory over Greystones Utd, the highlight of this game was an excellent four goal haul from Daniel Fitzsimons who now has hit the back of the net in ten successive games to continue his hot streak in front of goal. Conor Byrne scored the other goal to keep the lads in the hunt for a top two spot in the shied. On Thursday both under 10 teams were in action, the A's defeated local neighbors Wicklow Town 3-0, Charlie Phelan scored two and Peter Dunne notched a single in a good all round team performance. A special mention goes to Jack Noble who provided two assists and Steven Gormley who assisted with the third goal. The B's went down 6-1 to a strong Ashford side, they gave it their all with Kacper Lepek scoring their consolation goal.
On Saturday the under 12A’s and B’s came together for an inter club derby with the A’s winning out 5-0, Max Kearney hit two with Fionn Luddy, Samuel Bishop and Adam O’Reilly scoring one each in what was a good sporting game between the club mates.
Sunday’s action saw the under 8 green team go down to Arklow United greens, Deon Fielding and Johnny Byrne both scored their first goals of the season. The under 8 whites had a good win over Ashford Rovers blue team, Shane O’Neill, Cillian Czwalina and Sean Patrick Guerin nabbed the goals for the whites. The under 9 green team lost narrowly in a five goal thriller to Greystones Utd, Liam Burke and Georgie O’Neill hit the Rovers goals in an exciting encounter. Our 10A’s had a good 5-3 win over Wolfe Tone A, Charlie Phelan scored a brace for the second game running, Steven Gormley, Jack Noble and Sam Culleton all added singles. The 14B’s lost 4-0 away to a good Wolfe Tone A side, with a bit of luck on their side this game could have been a lot closer. The under 15B’s [really our 14A’s] kept their good run going with a 7-2 win over St Anthonys, the goal machine that is Daniel Fitzsimons just can’t do anything wrong in front of goal, his seventh hat-trick of the season means he now has scored in eleven successive games to bring his total for the season to 44 goals, Sean Farrell hit two with Conor Byrne and Tristan O’Toole both scoring one each.
The club are constantly on the look out for new blood on the committee, rather than criticize and knock everything that's done why not come along and join the committee and help out with the running of your club. It's all too easy to sit back and knock people who volunteer to give up their time to provide the facilities and help with the running of your club. The opportunity is there at all times for people to step forward to help out with the running of the club so before you knock the people that are running your club think of the amount of time these people are giving to help run it as best possible and who knows maybe someone out there who comes forward and volunteers their services could have ideas that would bring the club forward to the next level. Look forward to hearing from anyone interested in helping out the club, all committee details can be viewed on the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com
Congratulations and hard luck to Newtown United who lost out to Bohemians in the Carlisle Grounds on Sunday. For a long time they matched their higher ranked opponents and they can be so proud of their achievements in this seasons Leinster Senior cup. You done your club and county proud, once again well done to everyone involved.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 17th MAY 2015
The second team had a good 3-2 away win over Tymon Celtic, Ciaran McGettigan netted twice with leading scorer Maurice Dunne hitting the third. Everyone at the club would like to wish our second team the best of luck in the Tom Carroll cup final this coming Friday night, the match take place in Stradbrook home of TEK Utd with a 7 pm kick off. All support for the lads would be welcomed.
The youths had a great win over league champions Arklow Utd defeating them 4-0, Alan Power fired home two goals with his brother Jamie notching his first of the season, Hugh Humby completed the scoring to give them an excellent win.
In midweek action last week the under 10A's suffered a 3-0 away defeat to a very good Arklow Town side, the only difference between the sides was that Arklow were more clinical in front of goal. The 10B's continued their recent good form of late with a 2-0 win over St Patricks, Kacper Lepek scored both goals to make it three in two games for him in what was a good all round team performance. Our 11A's warmed up for their premier cup final with a narrow 2-1 defeat against Arklow Town, Mark Hodgkinson notched his fifteenth goal of the season. The 11B's stormed into the shield final when they beat Greystones Utd 6-1, a fifth hat-trick of the campaign from Jordan Younger as he netted four goals and a brace from Oran Dempsey secured their spot in the final, well done to Jason, Tommy and the lads. Team of the week goes to the under 12C's, all season they have been looking for that elusive first win and it came during the week, this young team made up of under 11's and 12's showed their commitment by turning out week in, week out despite some bad defeats. On Wednesday they got that win against local neighbours Wicklow Town winning a very sporting game 2-1. On a night full of little stars it was top scorer Kyle Capilitan who provided both goals for this very good win, well done to David and the whole squad. The 13B's lost narrowly to Arklow Town by a score of 2-1, Nedis Velindis scored the goal but despite this defeat the lads destiny regarding a place in the shield final is still very much in their own hands. Our 14A's secured their place in the final of the combined cup with a comfortable 5-1 win over Avonmore, two from Sean Leonard and singles from Daniel Fitzsimons, Shane Lincoln and Sean Farrell ensures they remain on course for a treble with the league title already in the bag.
Saturdays action saw the under 8 greens involved in a tight tussle with St Anthonys greens, unfortunately we had no goalscorers on the day, the under 12A’s guaranteed their place in the shield final with a 4-2 win over their nearest rivals Greystones Utd for the second spot, goals from Sam Brown, Max Kearney, Fionn Luddy and Samuel Bishop saw them safely into the final. The 12B’s drew 2-2 away to Roundwood, Noah Sheridan made it twenty for the season with Luke Horan scoring the other.
On Sunday the under 8 white team played out exciting draw with Arklow Town whites, Sean Patrick Guerin scored both goals. The 9 greens put in an excellent display against Arklow Town black team, Liam Burke, Brian McCaul and Josh Butler all scored a goal a piece. The 10A’s went down to a disappointing 5-0 defeat to St Anthonys, a bad day at the office for the lads. The 10B’s gave a spirited display in defeat losing 5-2 to Wolfe Tone, Tom Quinn and Aaron Kavanagh were on the score sheet. Our 11B’s who have already secured their final spot drew 1-1 with St Anthonys, Fionn O’Higgins notched their goal. The 14B’s lost 4-2 to Roundwood in a game where the lads could have got something from with a bit of luck. Goal machine Ryan Murphy scored both goals. The 15A’s kept their hopes of a final place alive when they defeated Ashford Rovs 3-1, Luca Rampersaud, Stuart Cox and Ronan Murray all hit the net in a very important win. The 15B’s secured their place in the division 1 final when they gained the point they required in a 2-2 draw with Greystones Utd, Daniel Fitzsimons and Jack Colaluca scored the crucial goals to book their place in the final, well done John, Matt, Jamie and the lads. Finally we would like to wish our 11A’s the best of luck in their premier cup final against St Anthonys next weekend, keep an eye on the club website and facebook page for more details, good luck Colin, Jenny and the lads.
The dates for our annual summer soccer camp are week 1 from Monday 6th July to Friday 10th July, week 2 from Monday 13th July to Friday 17th July. The camps will run from 10 am to 3 pm daily, each  participant will receive a jersey, ball and a medal. The cost of the camp is €65 with discount for a family with two or more kids. There will also be a girls only section in the camp. All participants should bring a packed lunch, a drink, boots, shin guards and a rain jacket. Anyone interested in taking part should contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098 or Willie O'Brien at 086-1696911. Alternatively you can contact any committee member or message the club Facebook page. Registration forms can be downloaded from the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 24th MAY 2015
The first team lost 4-2 to league champions Portmarnock, they more than matched their opponents and really should have got something from the game, some of the referee’s decisions were a little baffling. Chris Burgess topped off a fine display with two goals, Karl O’Rourke and Byran Doyle also stood out in a good team performance.
The second team defeated promoted Drumcondra on Monday night, goals from Ciaran McGettigan, Maurice Dunne and Kevin Coady saw them get the ideal warm up to their Tom Carroll cup final. In that Carroll cup final lady luck was no where to be seen on the Rovers side, during normal play Rovers were far the superior team and if they had a small slice of luck they would have brought the cup home. Liam Kavanagh struck a thunderbolt of a shot from twenty five yards that rattled the upright when it seemed the ball was destined for the top right hand corner. Mark Delaney saw his effort well saved while Ciaran McGettigan and Maurice Dunne both went close. With a minute left on the clock in extra time we were awarded a penalty, which we failed to convert and it was on to the dreaded penalty shootout which unfortunately we lost 6-5, we led 2-1 and 3-2 before our deciding spot kick came thundering back off the bar, on to sudden death and luck evaded us again here. After a couple of successful penalties each the deciding moment came when one of Leicester’s spot kick hit the post and rebounded off the back of the unlucky Gary Browne and back over the line. The best team definitely didn’t win on this occasion, you done your club proud, well done Anto, Jack and the lads. Also well done to Mark Delaney who picked up the man of the match award.
The newly formed ladies team got their DWSL season off to a flyer with an excellent 4-2 away victory over Greenhills FC, Rachel Bolger was the heroine of the hour with a clinical hat-trick, Elaine Whelan fired home the fourth goal in a good all round team performance, good luck for the season girls.
The under 17's defeated Aughrim Rgrs 3-1 as their season nears an end, Josh Browne, Kevin O'Halloran and Alan Power scored the goals in this midweek win. On Saturday the lads had a comfortable win over local neighbours Wicklow Town winning 8-3, Hugh Humby smashed home an excellent hat-trick, Alan Power scored two with Josh Browne and Kevin O’Halloran scoring one a piece, the eighth came in the shape of an own goal.
In midweek action on the junior front the under 8 green team played out an exciting match with Arklow Utd greens, Rovers turned in an impressive performance, Finn Dunne and Sonny McHale scored their goals with Alfie Doyle and Joe Culleton standing out in a good team performance. Our 10A's completed their season with a fine 3-0 win over Ashford Rovs, Charlie Phelan scored two with Jack Noble notching the third. Sam Culleton provided two assists with one assist coming from Sam Christie, another highlight was a superb penalty save from Rory Hennessey. The under 12B's had a bad day at the office losing 8-0 to a strong Greystones Utd team. Our 13B's lost narrowly to Shamrock Bhoys on a score of 2-1 with Nathan Sullivan getting their goal. The 13B's were involved in a six goal thriller with Avonmore drawing 3-3, Jacob Byrne, Max Kearney and Charlie Christie hit the back of the net. Our 14B's lost 5-3 to Arklow Town, after six doubles in games this season Ryan Murphy finally got that hat-trick to take his season total to nineteen. The under 15B's drew 1-1 with St Patricks, Kennedy cup player Jack Colaluca nabbed the goal.
Weekend action saw the under 8 whites put in a good performance away to Greystones Utd, Evan Conyard scored their goal. The under 13B’s lost 2-1 to Enniskerry in the final of the under 13 division 2 cup, Tom O’Shea scored their goal. Well done to Stephen, David and the lads for reaching the final and unlucky on the day.
On Sunday the under 11A’s were unlucky in their cup final losing 2-1 on penalties, they were leading 2-1 in normal time when St Anthonys levelled deep into injury time to send the game to extra time and then onto the dreaded penalty shootout. The Rovers goals came from Mark Hodgkinson and Conor Hunter. Hard luck lads, well done Colin, Jenny and the team on getting to the final and coming so close to winning the cup. The 12A’s claimed the premier cup when they defeated Greystones Utd in their own backyard winning 5-0, a brace a piece from David Lally and Adam O’Reilly and one from Sam Brown accounted for their goals. Congratulations to Mick, Jerry and the team on their success. The 12C’s gave a spirited display in defeat when they lost 5-0 to Enniskerry. The 14B’s lost 5-2 away to Roundwood with Ryan Murphy and Luke Whyte nabbing their goals.
For information on the open training sessions for small sided teams and for trials for the 11 a side teams for the 2015/16 season please check the club website. Also the summer camp details can be got on the club website. For all details check our website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 31st MAY 2015
Well the season is nearing an end now regards the playing end of things for the seniors and the schoolboys/girls. The first team ended their season with an excellent 6-1 away win over Confey FC, Chris Burgess made it 23 for the season with a fantastic hat-trick, Cian O’Hainaigh scored his first goals of the campaign with a brace with goalkeeper Arthur Delahunt who played outfield completing the scoring. The midfield five for Rovers saw no less than three very young men in the middle, Liam Kavanagh. Bryan Doyle and Alan Power who on his debut earned the man of the match accolade were all outstanding. The whole team put in a great shift and their commitment to the game was excellent. The second team took on Celbridge Town at the Whitegates and it was a typical end of season game with them losing out narrowly on a 1-0 scoreline, there was very little between the sides with the away side earning the win that keeps them up.
Midweek saw the under 11A team sign of their campaign with an excellent 7-3 win over Ashford Rovers A in the Hockey Pitch, this young team showed great character to bounce back from their penalty shootout defeat in the cup final to finish with an impressive win. Tom Hodgkinson claimed a hat-trick with Tiernan O'Brien, Jack Ryan, Conor Hunter and Callum Gibney all netting one each in what was a very impressive display. The 12C's suffered an 8-0 defeat to Arklow Town, a lot of this team are playing a year above themselves and even though they gave it their all they couldn't match the physically bigger Arklow team. Our 13A's were involved in a high scoring match with Greystones Utd, Paul Marah, Nathan Sullivan and Jamie Noble were on the score sheet for Rovers in a 7-3 defeat. Another high scoring game during the week saw our under 15A team lose 6-4 to Arklow Town in a thriller. Ronan Murray, Stuart Cox, Stephen Finlay and Patrick O'Keane all hit the back of the net in what was a fantastic advert for football.
We had three shield finals on Sunday, the under 11B’s won the division 3 shield when they defeated Arklow Town 4-0, Oran Dempsey nabbed a brace, Jordan Younger and Zach Harris scored one each. Well done to Jason Harris, Tom Dempsey, Matt Byrne and the team on their success. The under 13B’s won the division 2 shield when they defeated Enniskerry 6-1, Charlie Christie scored two, Tom O’Shea, Connor Lewins, Max Kearney and Jacob Byrne all notched one each, well done to Stephen, David and the lads on bouncing back from last weeks disappointment to win the shield. The under 14A’s were unlucky to lose 3-1 to St Patricks in the under 15 division 1 shield final, Conor Byrne gave them the lead but St Patricks hit back with three goals to run out winners, well done to John, Matt, Jamie and the lads on reaching the final playing a year above themselves.  
One team that's not nearing an end to their season is the senior ladies who have just started their season, in their first game they won away to Greenhills, they followed that up with a 1-1 home draw with a very good Booth Road Celtic team, in fairness the girls were more than a match for their opponents. After falling 1-0 behind they battled back to earn a share of the spoils when Louise Johnson scored a deserved equaliser. So after two games they have four points and are showing they have the potential to do very well.
The dates for our annual summer soccer camp are week 1 from Monday 6th July to Friday 10 th July, week 2 from Monday 13th July to Friday 17th July. The camps will run from 10 am to 3 pm daily, each  participant will receive a jersey, ball and a medal. The cost of the camp is €65 with discount for a family with two or more kids. There will also be a girls only section in the camp. All participants should bring a packed lunch, a drink, boots, shin guards and a rain jacket. Anyone interested in taking part should contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098 or Willie O'Brien at 086-1696911. Alternatively you can contact any committee member or message the club Facebook page. Registration forms can be downloaded from the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com
For information on the open training sessions for small sided teams and for trials for the 11 a side teams for the 2015/16 season please check the club website. For all details check our website at www.wicklowrovers.com
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Andrew Graham who sadly passed away recently, Andrew's son Eli is a member of our under 15A team, our thoughts and prayers are with Andrew's wife Christine and his children Eli and Ruben and all his family and friends at this sad time, may he rest in peace.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 7th JUNE 2015
Last week we saw just the three games down for decision, first up was the under 14A’s who were looking to add the combined cup to their league title, they didn’t get off to a good start against Ashford Rovers falling one behind early on as Ashford made the early running and were good value for their 1-0 lead at the break. The second half was a different story as the Rovers of Wicklow came out all guns blazing. Sean Leonard drew them level when he fired a free kick into the roof of the net. One man you can’t keep out of the goals and that’s Daniel Fitzsimons, he helped himself to a brace to bring his total to 48 for the season and to secure victory for the lads. Congratulations to John, Matt, Jamie and the lads on your success. The under 12A’s took on arch rivals Arklow Town A in the final of the Premier shield on Wednesday night and as in most previous tussles this proved to be a closely fought encounter. Unfortunately for the lads they came out the wrong end of a 1-0 score line. It proved to be a cagey tight encounter with defences generally on top through out the game. Arklow nabbed their winner early in the second period and try that they did Rovers couldn’t break down a resolute Arklow rearguard. On the night Ryan Delamere was excellent in the Rovers defence, the lads have had a great season winning the Premier cup and getting runners up in the league and shield with the combined cup still to play for at the time of writing. On Friday the under 13A’s exited the combined cup at the quarter final stage when they lost 2-1 away to Greystones Utd, the lads turned in a great performance in defeat and were unlucky not to get through, Scott Sheridan notched the Rovers goal.
The dates for our annual summer soccer camp are week 1 from Monday 6th July to Friday 10th July, week 2 from Monday 13th July to Friday 17th July. The camps will run from 10 am to 3 pm daily, each  participant will receive a jersey, ball and a medal. The cost of the camp is €65 with discount for a family with two or more kids. There will also be a girls only section in the camp. All participants should bring a packed lunch, a drink, boots, shin guards and a rain jacket. Anyone interested in taking part should contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098 or Willie O'Brien at 086-1696911. Alternatively you can contact any committee member or message the club Facebook page. Registration forms can be downloaded from the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com
For information on the open training sessions for small sided teams and for trials for the 11 a side teams for the 2015/16 season please check the club website or the club facebook page. For all details check our website at www.wicklowrovers.com
The club are currently seeking a manager for our under 15 girls team for the 2015/16 season. They play in the Metropolitan Girls League and this season they made it to the Metro cup final losing 1-0 to a very strong Mount Merrion side. Currently the squad of 16 to 18 girls have a strong backroom staff to help out with the running of the team. They have two experienced coaches on board to help with training, also a team sponsor is on board helping with the supply of gear for the team. There is also a strong parent support to help out with lifts to matches, collection of fees such as membership and referee fees and the general running of the side. The manager will solely be responsible for looking after team selection and the running of the team. There is a commitment from the girls and the parents to support the manager with help in anyway he/she requires. Anyone interested in taking over the under 15 girls team should contact John Frazer at 087-0564394, Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706, Paul Delaney at 086-3700320 ot privately message the club facebook page.
The following is a list of club gear and prices: Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Adult €12; Tracksuit-Junior €50, Adult €60; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Adult €28; Tshirt-Junior €20, Adult €26; Rain jacket-Junior €34, Adult €42; Hoodie-Junior €24, Adult €30; Sweat Top-Junior €29, Adult €35; ¼ Zip Training Top-Junior €35, Adult €45; Zipped Training Top-Junior €35, Adult €40; Zipped Training Top with Hood-Junior €37, Adult €40; Performance Pants-Junior €25, Adult €30; ¾ Shorts-Junior €23, Adult €29; Rain Pants-Junior €20, Adult €27; Coaches Jackets-Adult €70. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rain jackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players initials free of charge if requested. All enquires for club gear should be made to Willie O’Brien at 086-1696911.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 14th JUNE 2015
Our senior ladies team continued their good start to the season, last week they drew 2-2 with Ballyfermot United at the Whitegates but it could have been a lot better. The girls raced into a two goal lead with leading scorer Rachel Bolger hitting the net to put them in front, Charmaine Higgins added the second to stretch their lead and at this stage of the game it was all Rovers. Credit to the away side they gradually gained a foothold in the game and clawed their way back to square the match at 2-2. Rovers had a great chance three minutes from time to claim all three points when they were awarded a penalty, unfortunately for the girls the Ballyfermot net minder pulled off a great save from the spot kick. On the night Saoirse O’Reilly, Hannah Cox and Alicia O’Rourke stood out in a good all round team performance. This result means the girls remain unbeaten with one win and two draws from their first three games.
The last junior game of the season was played last Tuesday night when the under 12A’s captured the under 12 Combined cup defeating Greystones United 3-1 in the Woodlands. The lads fell one behind early on in play but this didn’t deter them from playing their normal passing game, they drew level when Fionn Luddy finished off a good six man move. The second period saw Max Kearney moved up into a more forward role and this proved to be a masterstroke as four minutes into the second half he put Rovers in front. It got even better five minutes later when Max Kearney got his second and Rovers third when he slotted home a Samuel Bishop cross after good work from Adam O’Reilly and Ryan Kavanagh on the left wing. On the night Paul Haskins and Ryan Delamere were excellent in the Rovers defence. Rovers saw out the rest of the game to add the Combined cup to the Premier cup they won a couple of weeks a go. They also finished runners up in the Premier league and shield, congratulations to Mick, Jerry and the lads on a fantastic season.
The dates for our annual summer soccer camp are week 1 from Monday 6th July to Friday 10th July, week 2 from Monday 13th July to Friday 17th July. The camps will run from 10 am to 3 pm daily, each  participant will receive a jersey, ball and a medal. The cost of the camp is €65 with discount for a family with two or more kids. There will also be a girls only section in the camp. All participants should bring a packed lunch, a drink, boots, shin guards and a rain jacket. Anyone interested in taking part should contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098 or Willie O'Brien at 086-1696911. Alternatively you can contact any committee member or message the club Facebook page. Registration forms can be downloaded from the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com
For information on the open training sessions for small sided teams and for trials for the 11 a side teams for the 2015/16 season please check the club website or the club facebook page. For all details check our website at lt www.wicklowrovers.com
The club are currently seeking a manager for our under 15 girls team for the 2015/16 season. They play in the Metropolitan Girls League and this season they made it to the Metro cup final losing 1-0 to a very strong Mount Merrion side. Currently the squad of 16 to 18 girls have a strong backroom staff to help out with the running of the team. They have two experienced coaches on board to help with training, also a team sponsor is on board helping with the supply of gear for the team. There is also a strong parent support to help out with lifts to matches, collection of fees such as membership and referee fees and the general running of the side. The manager will solely be responsible for looking after team selection and the running of the team. There is a commitment from the girls and the parents to support the manager with help in anyway he/she requires. Anyone interested in taking over the under 15 girls team should contact John Frazer at 087-0564394, Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706, Paul Delaney at 086-3700320 ot privately message the club facebook page.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 21st JUNE 2015
Our senior ladies team lost their unbeaten record last week when they went down 4-1 to a very good Brookfield team, Charmaine Higgins scored her second goal of the season to net for Rovers. The girls battled right to the end against a very tough side.
The dates for our annual summer soccer camp are week 1 from Monday 6th July to Friday 10th July, week 2 from Monday 13th July to Friday 17th July. The camps will run from 10 am to 3 pm daily, each  participant will receive a jersey, ball and a medal. The cost of the camp is €65 with discount for a family with two or more kids. There will also be a girls only section in the camp. All participants should bring a packed lunch, a drink, boots, shin guards and a rain jacket. Anyone interested in taking part should contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098 or Willie O'Brien at 086-1696911. Alternatively you can contact any committee member or message the club Facebook page. Registration forms can be downloaded from the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com
The club’s annual senior awards takes place upstairs in Ernies on Saturday the 11th of July, there is no cover charge and all senior members of the club are welcomed to attend. The hall of fame, club merit and young person of the year awards will be presented on the night as well as the senior player of the year awards.
For information on the open training sessions for small sided teams and for trials for the 11 a side teams for the 2015/16 season please check the club website or the club facebook page. For all details check our website at lt www.wicklowrovers.com
The club are currently seeking a manager for our under 15 girls team for the 2015/16 season. They play in the Metropolitan Girls League and this season they made it to the Metro cup final losing 1-0 to a very strong Mount Merrion side. Currently the squad of 16 to 18 girls have a strong backroom staff to help out with the running of the team. They have two experienced coaches on board to help with training, also a team sponsor is on board helping with the supply of gear for the team. There is also a strong parent support to help out with lifts to matches, collection of fees such as membership and referee fees and the general running of the side. The manager will solely be responsible for looking after team selection and the running of the team. There is a commitment from the girls and the parents to support the manager with help in anyway he/she requires. Anyone interested in taking over the under 15 girls team should contact John Frazer at 087-0564394, Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706, Paul Delaney at 086-3700320 or privately message the club facebook page.
It has been noticed recently that people are messing on club grounds, interfering with club property and taking equipment from our pitches. Any equipment on our grounds at the Hockey pitch, the Whitegates and the Rocky Road has not to be removed unless permission has been granted by the club. Please do not remove goalposts or any equipment.
The following is a list of club gear and prices: Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Adult €12; Tracksuit-Junior €50, Adult €60; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Adult €28; Tshirt-Junior €20, Adult €26; Rain jacket-Junior €34, Adult €42; Hoodie-Junior €24, Adult €30; Sweat Top-Junior €29, Adult €35; ¼ Zip Training Top-Junior €35, Adult €45; Zipped Training Top-Junior €35, Adult €40; Zipped Training Top with Hood-Junior €37, Adult €40; Performance Pants-Junior €25, Adult €30; ¾ Shorts-Junior €23, Adult €29; Rain Pants-Junior €20, Adult €27; Coaches Jackets-Adult €70. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rain jackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players initials free of charge if requested. All enquires for club gear should be made to Willie O’Brien at 086-1696911.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 29th JUNE 2015
Last Monday the ladies senior team lost 11-3 away to a strong Leixlip team in the league. The goal scorers on the night were Louise Healy, Rachel Bolger and Nicole Hubbard. They were in action again on Thursday in the cup at home to St Mary's in a tight encounter the match finished 3-3 and rovers winning on penalties, goal scorers Rachel Bolger 2, Alicia O'Rourke.The dates for our annual summer soccer camp are week 1 from Monday 6th July to Friday 10 th July, week 2 from Monday 13th July to Friday 17th July. The camps will run from 10 am to 3 pm daily, each  participant will receive a jersey, ball and a medal. The cost of the camp is €65 with discount for a family with two or more kids. There will also be a girls only section in the camp. All participants should bring a packed lunch, a drink, boots, shin guards and a rain jacket. Anyone interested in taking part should contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098 or Willie O'Brien at 086-1696911. Alternatively you can contact any committee member or message the club Facebook page. Registration forms can be downloaded from the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com
The club’s annual senior awards takes place upstairs in Ernies on Saturday the 11th of July, there is no cover charge and all senior members of the club are welcomed to attend. The hall of fame, club merit and young person of the year awards will be presented on the night as well as the senior player of the year awards.
For information on the open training sessions for small sided teams and for trials for the 11 a side teams for the 2015/16 season please check the club website or the club facebook page. For all details check our website at lt www.wicklowrovers.com
The club are currently seeking a manager for our under 15 girls team for the 2015/16 season. They play in the Metropolitan Girls League and this season they made it to the Metro cup final losing 1-0 to a very strong Mount Merrion side. Currently the squad of 16 to 18 girls have a strong backroom staff to help out with the running of the team. They have two experienced coaches on board to help with training, also a team sponsor is on board helping with the supply of gear for the team. There is also a strong parent support to help out with lifts to matches, collection of fees such as membership and referee fees and the general running of the side. The manager will solely be responsible for looking after team selection and the running of the team. There is a commitment from the girls and the parents to support the manager with help in anyway he/she requires. Anyone interested in taking over the under 15 girls team should contact John Frazer at 087-0564394, Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706, Paul Delaney at 086-3700320 or privately message the club facebook page.
It has been noticed recently that people are messing on club grounds, interfering with club property and taking equipment from our pitches. Any equipment on our grounds at the Hockey pitch, the Whitegates and the Rocky Road has not to be removed unless permission has been granted by the club. Please do not remove goalposts or any equipment.
The following is a list of club gear and prices: Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Adult €12; Tracksuit-Junior €50, Adult €60; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Adult €28; Tshirt-Junior €20, Adult €26; Rain jacket-Junior €34, Adult €42; Hoodie-Junior €24, Adult €30; Sweat Top-Junior €29, Adult €35; ¼ Zip Training Top-Junior €35, Adult €45; Zipped Training Top-Junior €35, Adult €40; Zipped Training Top with Hood-Junior €37, Adult €40; Performance Pants-Junior €25, Adult €30; ¾ Shorts-Junior €23, Adult €29; Rain Pants-Junior €20, Adult €27; Coaches Jackets-Adult €70. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rain jackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players initials free of charge if requested. All enquires for club gear should be made to Willie O’Brien at 086-1696911.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 5th JULY 2015
Our senior ladies team recorded an excellent win over St Marys in the Rocky Road last week winning 6-3 in a nine goal thriller. The prolific Rachel Bolger led the way with a fantastic four goal haul to bring her total to eleven for the campaign so far. Charmaine Higgins scored her third of the season while Hannah Cox fired home her first of the season to help them to an excellent victory. On the night Rachel Bolger, Hannah Cox and Anne O’Neill stood out for Rovers.
The dates for our annual summer soccer camp are week 1 from Monday 6th July to Friday 10 th July [This week is at the midway point at the time of writing], week 2 from Monday 13th July to Friday 17th July. The camps will run from 10 am to 3 pm daily, each  participant will receive a jersey, ball and a medal. The cost of the camp is €65 with discount for a family with two or more kids. There will also be a girls only section in the camp. All participants should bring a packed lunch, a drink, boots, shin guards and a rain jacket. Anyone interested in taking part should contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098 or Willie O'Brien at 086-1696911. Alternatively you can contact any committee member or message the club Facebook page. Registration forms can be downloaded from the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com
The club’s annual senior awards night takes place upstairs in Ernies on Saturday the 11th of July, there is no cover charge and all senior members of the club are welcomed to attend. The hall of fame, club merit and young person of the year awards will be presented on the night as well as the senior player of the year awards.
The open training sessions for under 8 teams [players born in 2008/2009] for the 2015/16 season will take place in the Whitegates on Tuesday the 14th of July, the session will run from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm. All players are welcomed
The club are currently seeking a manager for our under 15 girls team for the 2015/16 season. They play in the Metropolitan Girls League and this season they made it to the Metro cup final losing 1-0 to a very strong Mount Merrion side. Currently the squad of 16 to 18 girls have a strong backroom staff to help out with the running of the team. They have two experienced coaches on board to help with training, also a team sponsor is on board helping with the supply of gear for the team. There is also a strong parent support to help out with lifts to matches, collection of fees such as membership and referee fees and the general running of the side. The manager will solely be responsible for looking after team selection and the running of the team. There is a commitment from the girls and the parents to support the manager with help in anyway he/she requires. Anyone interested in taking over the under 15 girls team should contact John Frazer at 087-0564394, Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706, Paul Delaney at 086-3700320 or privately message the club facebook page.
The following is a list of club gear and prices: Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Adult €12; Tracksuit-Junior €50, Adult €60; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Adult €28; Tshirt-Junior €20, Adult €26; Rain jacket-Junior €34, Adult €42; Hoodie-Junior €24, Adult €30; Sweat Top-Junior €29, Adult €35; ¼ Zip Training Top-Junior €35, Adult €45; Zipped Training Top-Junior €35, Adult €40; Zipped Training Top with Hood-Junior €37, Adult €40; Performance Pants-Junior €25, Adult €30; ¾ Shorts-Junior €23, Adult €29; Rain Pants-Junior €20, Adult €27; Coaches Jackets-Adult €70. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rain jackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players initials free of charge if requested. All enquires for club gear should be made to Willie O’Brien at 086-1696911.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Una Townsend nee Doyle [Kildavin, County Carlow] who sadly passed away recently, Una’s sister Trish and brother in law Brian O’Connor have been involved with our club for years, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time, may she rest in peace.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 12th JULY 2015
The clubs annual awards night took place in Ernies last Saturday, first award up was the ‘club young person of the year’. This year’s recipient was Alan Power who earned his award for his coaching with the young kids within the club, Alan was a very popular recipient of the award and received a rousing round of applause when presented with his award from Willie O’Brien. Colin O’Brien received the ‘club merit award’ from club chairman John Frazer, Colin did a lot of work with the Sports and Development committee over the last few years, he has also helped to organise the open training sessions and the eleven a side trials over the years. On top of all his Sports and Development work he takes time to manage and coach his own team and help out in many other ways. Congratulations to both Alan and Colin. Up next was our ‘Hall of Fame Awards’, over recent years all our founder members were inducted into the clubs Hall of Fame, but as the saying goes behind every good man there’s a good woman and it was no different way back in the days when the club was founded. Back then the club had a seven strong ladies committee who looked after all the fundraising for the club, they also looked after the club gear, a presentation of flowers was made to three ladies who were present on the night, Collette Murphy, Sheila Loughlin and Maeve McVeigh were all inducted into the clubs Hall of Fame with Jason Harris, Johnny Dunne and Paul Delaney making the presentation. Sadly the remaining four ladies of the committee are not with us today, Roseleen Earls, Serena Dunne, Eileen Dunne and Aileen Doyle sadly passed away over the years, the club honoured their memories by inducting them into our Hall of Fame with club committee members joining family and friends on Sunday to place flowers on their graves in Rathnew and Barndarrig cemeteries. To Collette, Sheila, Maeve, Roseleen, Serena, Eileen and Aileen we thank you very much for the part you all played in the formation of our club. The youths were then presented with their WDFL youth league and WH Scott runners up medals. Next up was the individual player of the year awards, Jamie Power made it a good night for the Power family when he picked up the youths award, Jamie was consistent through out the season, his commitment was second to none and led by example on and off the pitch. The Saturday senior team award went to Mark Delaney, Mark was a tower of strength for the team playing in defence, midfield and attack and always performing well no matter what position he played in. His performance in the Carroll cup final was a ten out of ten performance, which earned him the man of the match award, Mark would be a great example for the younger players in the club. Then it was the Intermediate managers player of the year and this year it was Ian Brannigan who received the award, Ian played at left full or on the left wing. He never let his team down turning out every week and consistently turning in good performances, his commitment to training was excellent and was further proof of his dedication to his sport and his team. Chris Burgess picked up the players ‘player of the year’ award, Chris ended the season as top goalscorer with 23 goals and seemed to get stronger as the season went on. The last presentation was made by Rob Free when he presented the Rory Attley Trophy to youths player of the year Jamie Power, this trophy was donated by the Attley family in memory of Rory who played all his schoolboy football for our club and Jamie was a well deserved recipient. A big thank you to Paul Delaney, John Frazer and Johnny Dunne who helped to organise the night. Thanks to Willie, Rob, Paul, John, Johnny and Jason who made the presentations. Also thanks to Franny Copeland who has worked tirelessly through out the season but couldn’t make it on the night. Thanks to all who attended on the night, it was great to see so many people there, it was great to see the senior ladies team represented, thanks girls. Once again congratulations to all our award recipients and thanks to everyone who attended.     
The club are currently seeking players for our under 11 age group, if you have a child born in 2005 and they are interested in playing football for Wicklow Rovers please contact Gerry Gibney at 085-1210268 or by emailing lt ggibney@gmail.com Alternatively you can contact any committee member.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 19th JULY 2015
Our annual summer camps came to an end last week, both weeks of the camp got off to a bad start with Monday of both weeks been very wet but this didn’t deter the youngsters coming out to take part. In truth the weather didn’t dampen the enthusiasm and participation of the kids with in excess of 180 kids taking part over the two weeks. Everyone had a great time even the bigger children [the coaches], in general apart from the first day of each week the weather was good and this allowed the kids to display their skills, there were quite a few potential Messi’s, Ronaldo’s, Costa’s and even one or two future Shay Given’s displaying their talents. All in all everyone had a great time. The club would like to thank all the kids and their parents for their continuous support and a big thanks to all our coaches for all their help.
The club have decided to run another Soccer/Fun Camp due to demand. The camp will take place from Monday 17th August to Friday 21st August running from 10 am to 2 pm daily. Every participant will receive a ball and a medal. The camp is open to boys and girls aged from 4 years to 13 years. The cost of the camp is €45, to register please contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098 or Willie O'Brien at 086-1696911. Alternatively you can contact any committee member to book your place or you can message us on the club Facebook page.
The senior ladies team were disappointed last week when their opponents Greenhills FC failed to turn up, the most disappointing thing about all this is when teams don’t give you enough notice that their not travelling, a lot of organising goes into preparing your team on match day, getting gear ready, making sure you have a full squad which sometimes means at times players have to get time off work or change their shifts around and having your team at the pitch togged out and ready to go on time and then the dreaded call to say your opponents are not travelling comes along. This is very disappointing because when players prepare for games they like to play them, not receive walkovers.
The club are currently seeking a manager for our under 15 girls team for the 2015/16 season. They play in the Metropolitan Girls League and this season they made it to the Metro cup final losing 1-0 to a very strong Mount Merrion side. Currently the squad of 16 to 18 girls have a strong backroom staff to help out with the running of the team. They have two experienced coaches on board to help with training, also a team sponsor is on board helping with the supply of gear for the team. There is also a strong parent support to help out with lifts to matches, collection of fees such as membership and referee fees and the general running of the side. The manager will solely be responsible for looking after team selection and the running of the team. There is a commitment from the girls and the parents to support the manager with help in anyway he/she requires. Anyone interested in taking over the under 15 girls team should contact John Frazer at 087-0564394, Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706, Paul Delaney at 086-3700320 or privately message the club facebook page.
The club are currently seeking players for our under 11 age group [Born 2005] and our under 13C team [Born 2003], if you have a child born in 2005 and they are interested in playing football for Wicklow Rovers at the under 11 age group please contact Gerry Gibney at 085-1210268 or by emailing ggibney@gmail.com
If you are born in 2003 and want to play on our under 13C team please contact Rob Free at 085-8153424.  Alternatively you can contact any committee member or message the club on our Facebook page.
The following is a list of club gear and prices: Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Adult €12; Tracksuit-Junior €50, Adult €60; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Adult €28; Tshirt-Junior €20, Adult €26; Rain jacket-Junior €34, Adult €42; Hoodie-Junior €24, Adult €30; Sweat Top-Junior €29, Adult €35; ¼ Zip Training Top-Junior €35, Adult €45; Zipped Training Top-Junior €35, Adult €40; Zipped Training Top with Hood-Junior €37, Adult €40; Performance Pants-Junior €25, Adult €30; ¾ Shorts-Junior €23, Adult €29; Rain Pants-Junior €20, Adult €27; Coaches Jackets-Adult €70. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rain jackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players initials free of charge if requested. All enquires for club gear should be made to Willie O’Brien at 086-1696911.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 26th JULY 2015  
Our senior ladies team played two matches during the week and unfortunately the girls lost two high scoring entertaining games. Firstly on Monday night they lost 6-3 away to Booth Road Celtic, Hannah Cox notched two goals and Rachel Bolger scored the other. On Wednesday night they lost by the same score line away to Terenure, on this occasion top scorer Rachel Bolger hit a brace to make it fourteen for the season with Louise Healy nabbing a single for her second of the campaign.
The senior end of the club have resumed training. The club are currently seeking players interested in playing intermediate football or Saturday football, both senior teams ply their trade in the Leinster Senior League. Any players interested in playing on either of our senior sides should contact Pat Ffrench at 086-6005547 (Intermediate) or Anto Doran at 086-0309576 (LSL Saturday).
The club have decided to run another Soccer/Fun Camp due to demand. The camp will take place from Monday 17th August to Friday 21st August running from 10 am to 2 pm daily. Every participant will receive a ball and a medal. The camp is open to boys and girls aged from 4 years to 13 years. The cost of the camp is €45, to register please contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098 or Willie O'Brien at 086-1696911. Alternatively you can contact any committee member to book your place or you can message us on the club Facebook page.
Our Last Man Standing competition will resume soon, with the competition been a huge success last season the club have decided to run the competition again. More details will appear here and on our club website and Facebook page soon.
The club are looking to set up a fundraising sub-committee, as we have a small executive committee it is not possible for this small group of people to carry out everything regards the running of the club. These people are at their maximum capacity regards work they are doing for the club. We would ask new people to put themselves forward and come onto this very important sub-committee to help our club make the progress we all would like to see. If you are interested in helping your club out please contact any committee member so we can put your name forward. Remember just don’t assume someone else is going to do it, come along and help your club.  
The club are currently seeking a manager for our under 15 girls team for the 2015/16 season. They play in the Metropolitan Girls League and this season they made it to the Metro cup final losing 1-0 to a very strong Mount Merrion side. Currently the squad of 16 to 18 girls have a strong backroom staff to help out with the running of the team. They have two experienced coaches on board to help with training, also a team sponsor is on board helping with the supply of gear for the team. There is also a strong parent support to help out with lifts to matches, collection of fees such as membership and referee fees and the general running of the side. The manager will solely be responsible for looking after team selection and the running of the team. There is a commitment from the girls and the parents to support the manager with help in anyway he/she requires. Anyone interested in taking over the under 15 girls team should contact John Frazer at 087-0564394, Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706, Paul Delaney at 086-3700320 or privately message the club facebook page.
The club are currently seeking players for our under 13C team [Born 2003], if you are born in 2003 and want to play on our under 13C team please contact Rob Free at 085-8153424.  Alternatively you can contact any committee member or message the club on our Facebook page.
The following is a list of club gear and prices: Socks-Junior €5, Senior €8; Shorts with crest-Junior €10, Adult €12; Tracksuit-Junior €50, Adult €60; Polo Shirts-Junior €22, Adult €28; Tshirt-Junior €20, Adult €26; Rain jacket-Junior €34, Adult €42; Hoodie-Junior €24, Adult €30; Sweat Top-Junior €29, Adult €35; ¼ Zip Training Top-Junior €35, Adult €45; Zipped Training Top-Junior €35, Adult €40; Zipped Training Top with Hood-Junior €37, Adult €40; Performance Pants-Junior €25, Adult €30; ¾ Shorts-Junior €23, Adult €29; Rain Pants-Junior €20, Adult €27; Coaches Jackets-Adult €70. All tracksuits, polo shirts, rain jackets and hoodies can be personalized with the players initials free of charge if requested. All enquires for club gear should be made to Willie O’Brien at 086-1696911.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 2nd AUGUST 2015
Our senior ladies team recorded an impressive win away to Ballyfermot United last week, the girls returned to Wicklow with an excellent 5-1 win. What made this victory even more impressive was the fact that these two sides battled out a 2-2 draw at the Whitegates earlier in the campaign. Goal machine Rachel Bolger smashed home an incredible four goals to take her season’s tally to eighteen. Saoirse O’Reilly junior fired in a single to complete the scoring. On the night the lethal Rachel Bolger along with Saoirse O’Reilly senior and Alicia O’Rourke stood out for Rovers. Well done girls.
The senior teams in the club have resumed training. The club are currently seeking players interested in playing intermediate football or Saturday football, both senior teams ply their trade in the Leinster Senior League. Any players interested in playing on either of our senior sides should contact Pat Ffrench at 086-6005547 (Intermediate) or Anto Doran at 086-0309576 (LSL Saturday).
The clubs under 13C team and under 15 team are currently seeking a couple of players, if you were born in 2003 and are interested in playing with our under 13C team please contact Rob Free at 085-8153424.  Alternatively you can contact any committee member or message the club on our Facebook page. The under 15 team [Born 2001] are also on the look out for a couple of players, they are also looking for a goalkeeper or anyone interested in playing in goal. Anyone interested in playing in the under 15 age group should contact Brendan Porter at 086-2173174.
The club have decided to run another Soccer/Fun Camp due to demand. The camp will take place from Monday 17th August to Friday 21st August running from 10 am to 2 pm daily. Every participant will receive a ball and a medal. The camp is open to boys and girls aged from 4 years to 13 years. The cost of the camp is €45, to register please contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098 or Willie O'Brien at 086-1696911. Alternatively you can contact any committee member to book your place or you can message us on the club Facebook page.
Our Last Man Standing competition will resume soon, with the competition been a huge success last season the club have decided to run the competition again. More details will appear here and on our club website and Facebook page soon.
The club are in the process of setting up a fundraising sub-committee, as we have a small executive committee it is not possible for this small group of people to carry out everything regards the running of the club. These people are at their maximum capacity regards work they are doing for the club. We would ask new people to put themselves forward and come onto this very important sub-committee to help our club make the progress we all would like to see. If you are interested in helping your club out please contact any committee member so we can put your name forward. Remember just don’t assume someone else is going to do it, come along and help your club.  
The club are currently seeking a manager for our under 15 girls team for the 2015/16 season. They play in the Metropolitan Girls League and this season they made it to the Metro cup final losing 1-0 to a very strong Mount Merrion side. Currently the squad of 16 to 18 girls have a strong backroom staff to help out with the running of the team. They have two experienced coaches on board to help with training, also a team sponsor is on board helping with the supply of gear for the team. There is also a strong parent support to help out with lifts to matches, collection of fees such as membership and referee fees and the general running of the side. The manager will solely be responsible for looking after team selection and the running of the team. There is a commitment from the girls and the parents to support the manager with help in anyway he/she requires. Anyone interested in taking over the under 15 girls team should contact John Frazer at 087-0564394, Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706, Paul Delaney at 086-3700320 or privately message the club facebook page.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 9th AUGUST 2015
The senior teams in the club have resumed training. The club are currently seeking players interested in playing intermediate football or Saturday football, both senior teams ply their trade in the Leinster Senior League. Any players interested in playing on either of our senior sides should contact Pat Ffrench at 086-6005547 (Intermediate) or Anto Doran at 086-0309576 (LSL Saturday).
The clubs under 13C team  are currently seeking a couple of players, if you were born in 2003 and are interested in playing with our under 13C team please contact Rob Free at 085-8153424.  Alternatively you can contact any committee member or message the club on our Facebook page.
The club have decided to run another Soccer/Fun Camp due to demand. The camp will take place from Monday 17th August to Friday 21st August running from 10 am to 2 pm daily. Every participant will receive a ball and a medal. The camp is open to boys and girls aged from 4 years to 13 years. The cost of the camp is €45, to register please contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098 or Willie O'Brien at 086-1696911. Alternatively you can contact any committee member to book your place or you can message us on the club Facebook page.
Our Last Man Standing competition will resume soon, with the competition been a huge success last season the club have decided to run the competition again. The kick off date for our Last Man Standing competition is the 19th of September, registration forms will be handed to all club members this week and we would ask all club members to make a big effort to try to get people to enter. Can reigning champion Anthony Earls retain his title as the expert pundit or will he be toppled off his perch, time will tell. Why not take part and test your knowledge of the premiership while into the bargain attempt to claim the €500 prize. Anyone interested in taking part in our Last Man Standing competition can contact Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706, privately message the clubs facebook page or contact any committee member.  
The club are in the process of setting up a fundraising sub-committee, as we have a small executive committee it is not possible for this small group of people to carry out everything regards the running of the club. These people are at their maximum capacity regards work they are doing for the club. We would ask new people to put themselves forward and come onto this very important sub-committee to help our club make the progress we all would like to see. If you are interested in helping your club out please contact any committee member so we can put your name forward. Remember just don’t assume someone else is going to do it, come along and help your club.  
The club are currently seeking a manager for our under 15 girls team for the 2015/16 season. They play in the Metropolitan Girls League and this season they made it to the Metro cup final losing 1-0 to a very strong Mount Merrion side. Currently the squad of 16 to 18 girls have a strong backroom staff to help out with the running of the team. They have two experienced coaches on board to help with training, also a team sponsor is on board helping with the supply of gear for the team. There is also a strong parent support to help out with lifts to matches, collection of fees such as membership and referee fees and the general running of the side. The manager will solely be responsible for looking after team selection and the running of the team. There is a commitment from the girls and the parents to support the manager with help in anyway he/she requires. Anyone interested in taking over the under 15 girls team should contact John Frazer at 087-0564394, Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706, Paul Delaney at 086-3700320 or privately message the club facebook page.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their congratulations to Jack and Ciara Fitzpatrick on the arrival of baby Zac, we all wish you a happy and healthy future, once again congratulations Jack and Ciara.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Christy Fennelly who sadly passed away at the weekend. Christy’s son in law John Frazer holds the position of chairman within the club while his grandsons Jack and Dylan have been active members on the schoolboy front. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jane, John, their family and friends at this sad time, may he rest in peace.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 15th AUGUST 2015
Our senior ladies team recorded a very impressive win over Brookfield last week, what made this victory all the more impressive was the margin of victory and also take into account Brookfield were the team who inflicted the girls with their first defeat of the season when they defeated the girls 4-1 in their fourth match of the campaign. This time it was a totally different affair and definitely a different outcome. The girls went goal crazy smashing nine past their Dublin visitors in a 9-3 win. Once again the goal machine Rachel Bolger was at it, this time she netted an unbelievable five times to bring her total for the campaign to twenty three. This five goal haul from Rachel means she now has hit the net twelve times in the last four games. Young Saoirse O’Reilly junior is also fast making a name for herself when she made it four goals in two games when she hit an excellent hat-trick. Alicia O’Rourke completed the scoring when she nabbed her second of the season. On the night Chloe Brennan, Jade Manley, Rachel [the goal machine] Bolger and Saoirse O’Reilly junior all stood out in a very impressive team display.
The clubs under 13C team are currently seeking a couple of players, if you were born in 2003 and are interested in playing with our under 13C team please contact Rob Free at 085-8153424.  Alternatively you can contact any committee member or message the club on our Facebook page.
Also our under 15 team are looking for a goalkeeper, anyone born in 2001 and are interested in playing in goals for our under 15 team should contact Brendan Porter at 086-2173174.
Our Last Man Standing competition will resume soon, with the competition been a huge success last season the club have decided to run the competition again. The kick off date for our Last Man Standing competition is the 19th of September, registration forms will be handed to all club members this week and we would ask all club members to make a big effort to try to get people to enter. Can reigning champion Anthony Earls retain his title as the expert pundit or will he be toppled off his perch, time will tell. Why not take part and test your knowledge of the premiership while into the bargain attempt to claim the €500 prize. Anyone interested in taking part in our Last Man Standing competition can contact Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706, privately message the clubs facebook page or contact any committee member.  
The club are in the process of setting up a fundraising sub-committee, as we have a small executive committee it is not possible for this small group of people to carry out everything regards the running of the club. These people are at their maximum capacity regards work they are doing for the club. We would ask new people to put themselves forward and come onto this very important sub-committee to help our club make the progress we all would like to see. If you are interested in helping your club out please contact any committee member so we can put your name forward. Remember just don’t assume someone else is going to do it, come along and help your club.  
With the new season fast approaching all managers are requested to contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098 regards availability of our home pitches at the Whitegates, Rocky Road and the Hockey pitch for any matches or training, managers should not just assume the pitch is available. Also all managers should summit their preferred training time slots to the Sports and Development committee as soon as possible. Its requested that each manager gives two time slots [a first preference and second preference slots] and the club will do their best to try to fit everyone in. No slot is guaranteed.
The club’s weekly junior soccer academy continues every Saturday morning under the watchful eye of senior club coach Johnny Dunne. The academy takes places on the all weather pitch on the club grounds at the Whitegates and is open to all kids from the age of 3 years to 8 years. The academy starts at 11 o’clock and finishes at 12. There is no need for registration so you can come along to any week that suits. Come along and learn the skills of football while having fun and enjoyment, it’s a great way of meeting new friends as you learn the skills as you get prepared for the introduction to participate in organised league football in the coming years.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 23rd AUGUST 2015
With the new season fast approaching the club are now currently seeking applications for the position of manager for our Leinster Senior Saturday Major 1A team, anyone interested in applying for the above position should contact club secretary Rob Free at 085-8153424 or Leinster Senior secretary Paul Delaney at 086-3700320. An application form can be downloaded from the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com, closing date for applications is Friday the 4 th of September.
Our Leinster Senior Saturday Major 1A team are also currently looking for a goalkeeper, anyone interested in playing for our Saturday team in the above position should contact any committee member or alternatively drop up to the Rocky Road for training on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.30 pm.
There is still a couple of places available on our clubs under 13C team, if you were born in 2003 and are interested in playing with our under 13C team please contact Rob Free at 085-8153424.  Alternatively you can contact any committee member or message the club on our Facebook page.
Also our under 15 team are looking for a goalkeeper, anyone born in 2001 and are interested in playing in goals for our under 15 team should contact Brendan Porter at 086-2173174.
Our Last Man Standing competition will be starting soon, with the competition been a huge success last season the club have decided to run the competition again. The kick off date for our Last Man Standing competition is the 19th of September, registration forms should have been handed out to all teams by this stage and we would ask all club members to make a big effort to try to get people to enter. Can reigning champion Anthony Earls retain his title as the expert pundit or will he be toppled off his perch, time will tell. Why not take part and test your knowledge of the premiership while into the bargain attempt to claim the €500 prize. Anyone interested in taking part in our Last Man Standing competition can contact Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706, privately message the clubs facebook page or contact any committee member.  
The club are in the process of setting up a fundraising sub-committee, as we have a small executive committee it is not possible for this small group of people to carry out everything regards the running of the club. These people are at their maximum capacity regards work they are doing for the club. We would ask new people to put themselves forward and come onto this very important sub-committee to help our club make the progress we all would like to see. If you are interested in helping your club out please contact any committee member so we can put your name forward. Remember just don’t assume someone else is going to do it, come along and help your club.  
With the new season fast approaching all managers are requested to contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098 regards availability of our home pitches at the Whitegates, Rocky Road and the Hockey pitch for any matches or training, managers should not just assume the pitch is available. Also all managers should summit their preferred training time slots to the Sports and Development committee as soon as possible. Its requested that each manager gives two time slots [a first preference and second preference slots] and the club will do their best to try to fit everyone in. No slot is guaranteed.
The club’s weekly junior soccer academy continues every Saturday morning under the watchful eye of senior club coach Johnny Dunne. The academy takes places on the all weather pitch on the club grounds at the Whitegates and is open to all kids from the age of 3 years to 8 years. The academy starts at 11 o’clock and finishes at 12. There is no need for registration so you can come along to any week that suits. Come along and learn the skills of football while having fun and enjoyment, it’s a great way of meeting new friends as you learn the skills as you get prepared for the introduction to participate in organised league football in the coming years.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 30th AUGUST 2015
Our intermediate team took on Drogheda Town at the Whitegates on Sunday afternoon, this was going to be a stiff test for our very young team as Drogheda came down from the league above. Despite the lads having most of the play through out the game the visitors won 2-0. The away side had two chances in the game and they took both. Rovers dominated for large periods with both goals coming against the run of play. Drogheda's keeper pulled off two magnificent saves while Alan Power struck the bar. Daryl Sullivan, Alan Power, Mark O'Sullivan and Karl O'Rourke all were unlucky with chances. In fairness to the whole team they showed great character as they tried to get back into the game and on another day with luck on their side they would have got something from the match.
The second team got their season off to the perfect start when they picked up all three points in a 3-2 away win over Verona, goals from Greg Dunne, Ciaran McGettigan and Jonathan Dunne paved the way for this excellent victory in what was a good all round team performance. This was a good win as Verona did the double over the lads in the last campaign.
Our senior ladies team recorded an excellent 4-2 away win against St Marys to make it three wins on the trot, Rachel Bolger hit her twenty fourth of the season to set them on their way. Saoirse O’Reilly junior nabbed one to make it five goals in her last three games with Alicia O’Rourke and Deirbhle Geraghty completing the scoring to ensure the girls kept their good run going. On the night Anne O’Neill, Jade Manley and Louise Johnson stood out for Rovers. At the time of writing the girls are due to play their last two games of the season this week, on Monday the 31st of August they entertain Terenure at the Whitegates and on Wednesday the 2nd of September they take on Leixlip also at the Whitegates, both games kick off at 7 o’clock. Come along and cheer the girls on.
Our Last Man Standing competition will be starting soon, with the competition been a huge success last season the club have decided to run the competition again. The kick off date for our Last Man Standing competition is the 19th of September, registration forms should have been handed out to all teams by this stage and we would ask all club members to make a big effort to try to get people to enter. Can reigning champion Anthony Earls retain his title as the expert pundit or will he be toppled off his perch, time will tell. Why not take part and test your knowledge of the premiership while into the bargain attempt to claim the €500 prize. Anyone interested in taking part in our Last Man Standing competition can contact Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706, privately message the clubs facebook page or contact any committee member. If you are interested in taking part you should have your name in the week prior to the start of the competition.
With the new season fast approaching all managers are requested to contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098 regards availability of our home pitches at the Whitegates, Rocky Road and the Hockey pitch for any matches or training, managers should not just assume the pitch is available. Also all managers should summit their preferred training time slots to the Sports and Development committee as soon as possible. Its requested that each manager gives two time slots [a first preference and second preference slots] and the club will do their best to try to fit everyone in. No slot is guaranteed.
The club’s weekly junior soccer academy continues every Saturday morning under the watchful eye of senior club coach Johnny Dunne. The academy takes places on the all weather pitch on the club grounds at the Whitegates and is open to all kids from the age of 3 years to 8 years. The academy starts at 11 o’clock and finishes at 12. There is no need for registration so you can come along to any week that suits. Come along and learn the skills of football while having fun and enjoyment, it’s a great way of meeting new friends as you learn the skills as you get prepared for the introduction to participate in organised league football in the coming years.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 6th SEPTEMBER 2015
On the senior front the first team came up against a very strong St Josephs Boys team last Wednesday night, St Josephs came down from the league above and have started the season strongly winning two and drawing one in their first three games so it was also going to be tough. The lads lost out 4-1 with Ryan Murray scoring their goal.
Their game at home to Parkvilla was called off on Sunday on request of the visitors.
The Saturday team travelled to take on Celbridge Town at the weekend and they came down to earth with a bang after their good start last week. They lost 4-2 with last season’s top scorer Maurice Dunne hitting one and Mark Delaney notching the other.
The youths lost their first match in the Leinster Senior under 19 league, they went down 2-0 away to Corduff, the lads gave a good account of themselves and if they had converted a penalty midway through the second period we could have had a different outcome but none the less the lads played well against a team a year older.
Our senior ladies team go from strength to strength, during the week they finished off their season in style with two victories in the space of three days to make it five wins on the spin. On Monday night they entertained Terenure and they turned in a clinical display winning 5-2, the goal machine was at it again. Rachel (the goal machine) Bolger netted an excellent hat-trick and Rachel along with her strike partner Saoirse O'Reilly junior were a constant torment to the Terenure defence all night. Alicia O'Rourke set the ball rolling with the all important first goal. Chloe Brennan also got her name on the score sheet as th e girls kept their hopes of a top three spot alive in their first season together. On the night Saoirse O'Reilly senior was excellent in the heart of the Rovers back line, leading by example Saoirse made some timely interceptions and strong tackles to keep the visitors at bay. In the middle of the part Alicia O'Rourke dictated the play going forward while also on hand to help out her defence, to top off her fantastic performance she added a goal. Finally the goal machine comes in for a mention, playing through the pain barrier with a broken finger Rachel Bolger hit three fantastic goals that even Lionel Messi would be proud of, her pace and determination up front troubled Terenure all night long, anytime she was on the ball the Dublin side just couldn't cope with her pace. On Wednesday night the girls welcomed league champions Leixlip to the Whitegates and it’s a measure of the girls improvement when they recorded a fully deserved 4-2 victory.  They don't come any bigger than the league champions, and what a display the girls put on. The girls showed great character and spirit to come back from an early set back as they fell behind early on. The worst was feared as the girls lost heavily away earlier in the season to the same opposition but not this t ime as the girls totally out played the visitors for long spells. It was no surprise when Rovers levelled through Rachel (The Machine) Bolger, Rovers were creating chance after chance and it was Rachel who fired the girls into a 2-1 lead which they held onto till half time. In truth if you walked in off the road to watch the match and knew nothing about either team and someone said the league champions were playing you would have thought it was the green and whites. Both teams played some good football in the second half, the champions scored a second but Rovers added two more, Saoirse O'Reilly junior nabbed one and the machine completed her sixth hat-trick of the season to hit the magical 30 mark for the campaign. On the night you couldn't pick out a top player, every girl through out the team were outstanding and if this team can be kept together they have the potential to go on to better things. They remained unbeaten at the Whitegates all season and finished in third spot in the league and all this in their first season together. Some of the girls hadn't even played soccer before. So girls well done and here's to some silverware coming your way next season. Finally well done to gaffer Mandy O'Neill and her back room staff, they showed great determination to get this team together and when they did they showed great commitment to get them to the level they showed tonight, five wins from your last five games, great stuff girls, well done to all involved and here's to next season.
The clubs Last Man Standing competition starts on Saturday 19th of September, all entries should be submitted by Sunday 13th of September as fixtures will need to be sent out to everyone on Tuesday 15th September. All entries can be given to any committee member or any of the club team managers.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 13th SEPTEMBER 2015
The first team had a bad day at the office at the weekend, they travelled to Templeogue to take on the home team and they didn’t have a good day at all going down 5-0 to the hosts. The only thing the lads can do after this is get some hard work done on the training ground and then hopefully bounce back.
The second team recorded their second win of the season when they defeated Pegasus/St James Athletic at the Whitegates on Saturday afternoon. After falling a goal behind they hit back with three well taken goals. Mark Delaney levelled matters before the break and then the same player put Rovers in front when he went around the keeper and slotted home from a narrow angle. Last season’s top scorer Maurice Dunne put the game beyond doubt when he lobbed the keeper from wide out on the right to make the final score 3-1.
Our Leinster Senior under 19 team lost 3-1 to Ratoath Harps in the Whitegates on Sunday afternoon. After a fairly uneventful first half with neither side looking like they would break the deadlock which resulted in a scoreless first period. The second half saw a completely different trend with plenty of attacking football and four goals as well, unfortuately for the lads three went to the visitors. The lads cause was made tougher when they were reduced to ten men but credit must go to the team as they played some good football with the reduced numbers, Riain Sweetman Burke hit the Rovers goal.
The final two nights for senior club registration will take place the next two Monday nights the 14 th and 21 st of September in the clubhouse, it will take place from 9 pm to 10 pm. As all senior members are aware of, any senior member who hasn’t paid their full membership by Wednesday the 30 th of September could be refrained from taking part in all club activities as per club policy.
Well the junior action in the club didn’t get off the mark last weekend with the WDSL putting the start of the league back a week so here’s to the weekend and the start of the schoolboys/girls season, good luck to everyone involved, we hope you all enjoy and have a good season.
Our Last Man Standing competition will be starting this Saturday the 19th of September, with the competition been a huge success last season the club have decided to run the competition again. Registration forms should have been handed back in by all teams at this stage. Anyone with outstanding forms should return them as a matter of urgency. If you have registered and you haven’t received a text with the fixtures by 8 pm on Tuesday the 15th of September you should let Jimmy Nolan know at 087-9108706. No late entries will be accepted. Can reigning champion Anthony Earls retain his title as the expert pundit or will he be toppled off his perch, time will tell. Why not take part and test your knowledge of the premiership while into the bargain attempt to claim the €500 prize.  
The club’s weekly junior soccer academy continues every Saturday morning under the watchful eye of senior club coach Johnny Dunne. The academy takes places on the all weather pitch on the club grounds at the Whitegates and is open to all kids from the age of 3 years to 8 years. The academy starts at 11 o’clock and finishes at 12. There is no need for registration so you can come along to any week that suits. Come along and learn the skills of football while having fun and enjoyment, it’s a great way of meeting new friends as you learn the skills as you get prepared for the introduction to participate in organised league football in the coming years.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Martin Doyle (Ashford) who sadly passed away recently. Martin's son Tom played and managed in the senior end of the club over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tom, his family and friends at this sad time, may he rest in peace.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.  

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 20th SEPT 2015
The first team travelled to take on Maynooth University Town in the first round of the FAI Intermediate cup on Friday night, the lads are definitely not getting the rub of the green lately. They lost 1-0 to their higher ranked opponents when the hosts nabbed the winner five minutes from time from a wicked deflection. The lads played very well through out and were unlucky not to go in front when they rattled the woodwork early on in the game. In truth this is a game they could have won with lady luck on their side. Lets hope their luck changes soon.
The Saturday team played away to Arthur Griffith Park FC in the first round of the Leinster Junior cup, two goals each from Ciaran McGettigan and Mark Delaney paved the way for this success. The lads produced an excellent comeback after been 2-0 down at the break. With a minute left on the clock and the lads winning 3-2 a fantastic save from the penalty spot from Colin Smullen ended up been a match winning save as the lads broke upfield to put the game beyond the hosts with their fourth goal to progress to round two.
The under 19’s were given an insight into the standard they are going to come up against on a weekly basis when they went down 6-0 to a very good Crumlin Utd side.
The WDSL league kicked off at the weekend, on Saturday the under 11A’s drew 2-2 away to Greystones Utd A, Sam Culleton and Charlie Phelan fired home their goals. Our under 12C team which is an all girls team came up against a strong Ashford side but even though the girls suffered a heavy defeat they never gave up and should great spirit. The under 13A’s got their season off to the perfect start with a comprehensive 7-0 away win over Greystones Utd A, Max Kearney led the way with an excellent hat-trick, Fionn Luddy, Sam Brown, Adam O’Reilly and Luke Dease all added singles to complete their tally. The 14A’s played out a 1-1 draw at home to Coolboy, in what was a tight encounter Craig Anderson nabbed the Rovers goal to ensure they got a share of the spoils.
On Sunday the under 11B’s recorded a thrilling 3-2 home win over Greystones Utd B, birthday boy Ben Bowen nabbed the first with Ryan McConnell and Matthew Porter hitting the others to get their season off to a winning start. The 12B’s lost out narrowly to Glencormac, in what was a tight encounter with very little to separate the two teams it was Glencormac who claimed all three points winning 1-0. Game of the weekend has to go to our under 13C team’s tussle with local neighbours Wicklow Town, in an eight goal thriller the teams finished all square at 4-4, a lot of exciting football was an view for both sets of supporters to enjoy. Kyle Capilitan-Joyce fired home a magnificent hat-trick with Ethan Allan adding the fourth for Rovers. Both teams have to be congratulated for an excellent exciting game of football. The under 15’s in their first season in the premier grade went down 4-0 to Wolfe Tone, at 1-0 down they did have a couple of good chances which might have changed the course of the game but they weren’t taken when they came along. Our under 16A team started their season with a 6-0 win over Avonmore, Stuart Cox scored a brace with Luca Rampersaud, Ronan Murray, Stephen Finlay and Paul King all adding singles in an excellent start to the campaign. The 16B’s got their premier league campaign off to the best start possible with a great 4-0 away win over St Patricks. Daniel Fitzsimons carried on from where he left off last season when he smashed home two, Conor Byrne and Sean Leonard notched one a piece.
Our Last Man Standing competition started at the weekend and what a shocking weekend it was for most of the participants. First shock was the dead cert choice of Man City which 63 people were sure this was the choice to ease them into round 2 but they didn’t count on the happy hammers ruining their passage through. Shock number 2 came on Sunday when Liverpool could only manage a 1-1 draw at home to Norwich resulting in 57 people going out, really this result shouldn’t be that much of a shock considering its Liverpool we’re talking about. Another 17 people fell when their choice Newcastle blew up at home to Watford. Other teams who cost their followers a place in round two were Leicester [11], Aston Villa [9], Everton [6], Stoke [5], Swansea [4], Arsenal [1], Crystal Palace [1]. The teams that ensured a safe passage for participants to round 2 were as follows: Bournemouth [19], Man Utd [9], Tottenham [7], Chelsea [1] and West Brom [1]. The net result of all this is that we now have only 37 people left standing in the competition after week 1, an unbelievable 174 people made their exit.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 27th SEPT 2015
The first team suffered a 6-3 defeat away to Greenhills/Greenpark FC at the weekend, after falling 2-0 behind in the first ten minutes they battled back to go into a 3-2 lead but disaster struck when the home team rattled in four unanswered goals to run out 6-3 winners. Brian Harrington hit a brace and Ciaran Byrne nabbed a single, the positive sign for the lads was they scored three goals away from home so if they can start to shore things up at the other end we should see an improvement in results.
The second team entertained Postal United at the Whitegates on Saturday and they had to battle back from a 2-0 deficit to gain a hard earned point in a 2-2 draw. The twin strike force of Mark Delaney and Ciaran McGettigan were on fire again in front of goal, Mark scored for the fourth successive game to take his total to six in five games while Ciaran notched his fourth in five games to end Postal’s one hundred percent start to the season. This result leaves both sides locked together on seven points leaving them three points behind league leaders Drumcondra.
The under 19’s took on Drumcondra/Stella Maris on Sunday, at the break they found themselves 2-0 down but they showed great spirit to fight back to level the game at two a piece with goals from Shane Carty and Riain Sweetman Burke but unfortunately they conceded two late goals to lose out 4-2, indeed at 2-2 Rovers had a couple of good chances to go in front which could have changed the outcome of the match.
In junior action over the weekend our under 11A’s went down 5-1 to a very strong Rathnew side, Tom Phelan hit the Rovers goal. The under 16A’s fell at the first hurdle of the National cup when they lost a tight game 2-1 at home to Laois side Emo Celtic. In what was an evenly contested game Stuart Cox notched the Rovers goal to make it three goals in two games for him. Our under 14A team received a walkover from Birr Town to progress to round two of the National cup. All games from under 8 to under 10 are all now non competitive football and under new FAI guidelines we are not able to publish results and goalscorers involving these teams.
Well our Last Man Standing competition participants have been getting a right battering over the first couple of rounds. After a ruthless cull of players in round one the second round saw 11 of the remaining 37 players exit the competition. Last week the Happy Hammers of West Ham had 63 players in despair when they defeated the most popular selection Man City, this week 6 people selected West Ham and with them only managing a 2-2 home draw with Norwich it meant the end of the road for those 6 players. The blues of Chelsea could only manage a 2-2 draw with Newcastle therefore letting 5 players down, anyone who studies the form would know that Jose Mourinho has never won a premier league game at St James Park and after Saturday’s game his record reads three draws and three defeats. On the positive front for participants the Red Devils of Manchester easily defeated a hapless Sunderland side which saw 18 players progress to round 3, Southampton won 3-1 against Swansea to see 4 players make it through. Two brave players went with the Gunners [Arsenal] away to inform Leicester but it proved to be a wise choice with the Gunners winning 5-2. Now speaking of brave choices, we had one person who pinned their hopes on Liverpool and with the start they have had to the season this was a gamble, a gamble that paid off with the ‘Pool’ winning 3-2. Crystal Palace’s 1-0 win over Watford on Sunday provided a safe passage through for one player. After the weekend we now have 26 players through to round 3 after 11 players made their exit from the competition.
The clubs soccer academy continues every Saturday morning from 11 till 12 on the all weather pitch in the Whitegates, the academy is open to kids from the age of three upwards who want to enjoy fun and games while learning the skills of football. All are welcome to attend and no registration is required as you can attend whatever weekends you can.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, visit the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or visit the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 4th OCTOBER 2015
The first team went out of the Moore cup on Sunday losing 4-1 to Newbridge Town, the away side went in front after five minutes but credit to this very young Rovers side they dug in and battled through out to leave them one behind at the break. They did have one excellent chance to draw level but the keeper saved well. The second half was an even affair but Newbridge’s greater experience told against the young inexperienced Rovers side in the end. Newbridge increased their lead midway through the half and then they went three up with a screamer. Alan Power reduced the deficit but the Kildare side killed the game off when they converted a hotly disputed penalty which was a little harsh on the lads. In truth this is a very young Rovers side who are crying out for a couple of experienced players to help them along, there is no doubt if they could get in those experienced players you would see the results improve.
The second team made their exit from the Leinster Junior when they went down 4-2 away to Sheriff YC. The lads were more than a match for their hosts and after 60 minutes the lads were 2-0 up with a brace of goals from Maurice Dunne but then disaster struck when they were reduced to ten men. The h ome team piled on the pressure and eventually it told when they hit four goals past the lads. The home team were a strong side but the lads deserved more from this game as they put in a great shift. The game saw 4 youth players make the squad with High Humby and Jamie Power starting the match and putting in impressive displays. Mark Darragh and Shane Devlin made their senior debuts from the bench.
On the junior scene Saturday saw goals galore, the under 13B’s recorded three sets of hat-tricks in their victory over Wicklow Town, Scott Bushe and Noah Sheridan both fired home four goals a piece with Ben Free hitting three as well. Ryan Kavanagh, David Lally, Lee Hamilton and Connor Leonard all hit singles in a one sided affair. Another hat-trick came in the under 13C team’s 5-3 defeat to Enniskerry, Ethan Allen netted three times to bring his tally to four in two games. Our under 14A’s had a bad day at the office when they lost heavily away to Coolboy Rangers, Dylan Kavanagh scored the Rovers goal in an 8-1 defeat. The 14B’s were involved in a nine goal thriller but unfortunately they came out the wrong side of a 5-4 defeat. Thomas O’Neill nabbed a brace with Daniel Murphy scoring once and the fourth coming in the form of an own goal. Team of the week goes to our under 13A’s who travelled to Newbridge and defeated the home side 4-1 in the first round of the National cup, a brace of goals from Samuel Bishop and one each from Max Kearney and Sam Brown laid the foundations for this excellent win, well done lads.
Sunday saw the 11A’s go down 3-0 to Arklow Town A, the 11B’s had a good 3-0 win over Arklow Utd, Ryan McConnell fired home a fantastic hat-trick in a good all round team performance. The 12B’s drew 2-2 with Arklow Town B, Zach Callery and Oran Dempsey scored the Rovers goals. Our under 15’s lost 5-2 to Ashford Rovs with Luke Kelly and Daniel Fitzsimons hitting the back of the net. The under 16B’s played out a thrilling 4-4 draw with St Anthonys, Jack Colaluca nabbed two with Daniel Fitzsimons and Dylan Frazer notching one each.
In our Last Man Standing competition at the weekend we saw 10 players make their exit from the competition, the Happy Hammers of West Ham didn’t leave their followers in a joyous mood after they could only manage a 2-2 draw with Sunderland therefore resulting in 6 players going out. Champions Chelsea who are showing anything but champions form let down 2 players, after taking the lead at home to Southampton they then pressed the self destruct button to eventually lose 3-1. The final 2 participants made their exit after selecting Aston Villa who cant buy a victory at present, they were narrowly beaten 1-0 at home by Stoke City. We now have 16 players safely through to round 4, Man City gave 12 of those a fright in the first half after going 1-0 down to Newcastle with City been totally outplayed in the first period. City came back in the second half all guns blazing or should we say Sergio Aguero did as he fired 5 goals past Newcastle as they ran out 6-1 winners. In form Crystal Palace saw 3 players make it to round 4 in the early kick off on Saturday as they eased past West Brom on a 2-0 scoreline. The last person to progress was the 1 player who went with Leicester who defeated Norwich 2-1 at Carrow Road. This leaves 16 players remaining in the competition, there is no fixtures this week due to the international break. Fixtures for round 4 will be sent out on Monday 12th of October for fixtures on the weekend of the 17th of October.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 11th OCTOBER 2015
The first team lost 2-0 away to Portlaoise AFC last Friday night, a very much under strength Rovers team gave a good account of themselves. Very little is going their way at the moment, a few strange decisions went against them on the night least of all a harsh sending off for two yellow cards for one of our players. A lot of credit goes to the youth of the club who are performing bravely for our first team in a difficult situation at present. They are turning out week after week even though they are not getting any breaks at the moment.
The second team recorded an easy 6-1 home win over Swords Celtic, feature of the game was two hat-tricks from the twin strike force of Ciaran McGettigan and Maurice Dunne in what proved to be a one sided affair. This was a good result for the lads after losing twice to the same opponents last season.
The under 19’s lost 5-1 to a very strong Home Farm side but like in previous games it’s the inexperience at this level that is catching the lads out, at 1-0 down they had two great chances to level and they spurned both which you can’t afford to do at this level of football. To the lads credit they kept going and had other chances, Conor Lincoln was Rovers outstanding player on the day pulling off a series of excellent saves. If this team can remain together and get a season’s experience behind them in the Leinster Senior League it should stand them in good stead as most of the players can play under 19 again next season.
In junior action on Saturday our under 11B's tasted defeat for the first time this season when they lost 3-1 to Greystones, leading 1-0 at the break through an Ian Kavanagh goal the lads conceded three goals in the last five minutes to lose their unbeaten tag. Our 12A's played their first game of the season but unfortunately they lost 2-1 to Wolfe Tone, with a few games behind them they will improve. In a closely fought encounter Jordan Younger hit the Rovers goal. The 12B's lost 6-3 to Greystones United B at the Woodlands, in an exciting game with goals a plenty it was Oran Dempsey with two and Rory Hanlon with one who hit the net for Rovers. Our 13B's defeated their club counterparts the 'C' team with the B team running out winners with two goals a piece from Scott Bushe, Noah Sheridan and Mathew Leonard with Lee Hamilton, Ben Free, Jamie Kelly, Connor Leonard and Ryan Kavanagh all adding singles. Our under 15 team recorded an excellent 2-1 away win over Wolfe Tone today, Daragh Gibney and Chris Mabuza scored the Rovers goals in an excellent all round team performance. This was a great result for the lads as it gives them their first win in their first ever season in the premier grade, well done to Brendan, Michael and the team.
On Sunday the under 13A’s suffered a disappointing 3-0 home defeat at the hands of Arklow Town, after last week’s excellent performance away to Newbridge Town the lads never reached the heights they have set for themselves. Arklow were deserving winners on the day. The 14A’s earned a well deserved point in a tough battle away to Greystones United, Dylan Kavanagh scored for the second successive game with Dylan Doyle nabbing the other in a good all round team performance. Our 14B’s were involved in an eight goal thriller in the Rocky Road when they defeated Enniskerry 5-3, Thomas O’Neill capped off a great individual performance when he plundered an amazing four goal haul to bring his total for the season to six, Daniel Murphy added a single to ensure all three points for the lads. The under 16A’s and B’s came up against each other at the weekend, the B’s who are playing a year above themselves gave the A’s a good game and were more than a match for their physically bigger club mates. The A’s were 2-0 up at break, but the B’s never dropped their heads only losing out 3-1 at the final whistle. Stephen Finlay with a brace and Luca Rampersaud found the net for the A team with last season’s top scorer Daniel Fitzsimons firing home the B’s goal.
Our Last Man Standing competition resumes this week, at the present going into this weekend’s series of games we have 16 players left in the competition, please remember your selection should be in by 7 pm on Thursday night and also you can’t select a team you have already picked. Good luck to all remaining participants.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, visit the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or visit the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 18th OCTOBER 2015
Well they do say football is a funny old game and Sunday proved just how true that is, our intermediate team were taking on league leaders Shamrock Bhoys in the Whitegates and with the lads rooted at the bottom of the table the high flying Bhoys came to town fully confident of gaining another three points. But lets be honest this very young Rovers side having not been getting the rub of the green lately but after this victory the confidence will be sky high and could be a turning point in the lads season. After the start they’ve had, with players leaving for one reason or another this was a fully deserved win for the players, manager and the backroom staff after a complete rebuilding of the squad from last season. At 1-1 the lads fell behind just before the break but they showed great character in the second period to fight back with Alan Power and Mark O’Sullivan tormenting the leaders down the right hand side. Cian O’Hainaigh netted twice with Ryan Murray adding a single. Gary Browne pulled off an excellent penalty save when the lads were 3-2 up. This was an excellent all round team performance and a fully deserved win.  
Our Saturday team recorded their best result of the season so far when they defeated Ballymun United 3-1 in their own backyard, the Dublin side came into the game boasting a one hundred percent record but that was blown away by a good all round team performance by the Rovers lads. First goals of the season for both Conor Tobin and Jim Foley and an eighth of the campaign for Ciaran McGettigan laid the foundations for this impressive victory.
The under 19’s lost 7-2 away to Arklow Town on Sunday, an under strength side performed bravely but couldn’t hold off a strong Arklow Town team, Adrian Gurak scored his second of the season with Shane Devlin scoring his first of the campaign.
On Saturday our under 12A's travelled to take on Abbeyleix Athletic in the second round of the National cup, unfortunately they lost 5-2 in a very entertaining game. Mark Hodgkinson and Conor Hunter scored their goals in a battling display from the lads.
On Sunday the under 11A’s lost 3-1 away to Aughrim Rgrs, Steven Gormley hit the Rovers goal, our under 13A's had a comfortable 11-0 win over BBC United from Kildare in the second round of the National cup. Sam Brown fired home an excellent four goals and was followed closely by Samuel Bishop who scored a well taken hat-trick. Max Kearney nabbed a brace with Fionn Luddy and Mark O'Brien adding singles to complete their tally. This win now means they will travel to take on the winners of Clane United or Kildare Town in round three. The under 14A’s went to Coolboy in an all Wicklow clash in the National cup and came away with an impressive 3-1 win against a team that beat them well recently in the league. Matt Ryan, Paul Marah and Robbie Hoffman scored the all important goals that set up a third round clash away to the winners of Arklow Town and Edenderry Town. The under 15’s defeated Moone Celtic 6-0 in the National cup to progress to round three, an impressive four goal haul from last season’s leading marksman Daniel Fitzsimons laid the foundations for this fantastic win. Conor Byrne and Sean Farrell added one a piece to safely see them progress to set up a third round home tie with the winners of Kingston Rovers or Carriglea, well done to all are teams involved in National cup action at the weekend.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Andrew (Andy) Phillips who sadly passed away recently, he's family have been associated with our club over the years, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time, may he rest in peace.
At the time of going to print we definitely had 13 players through to round 5 of our Last Man Standing competition, Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Aston Villa saw 5 players progress, 4 people went through when Arsenal beat Watford 3-0 while Man City’s easy 5-1 win over Bournemouth saw 2 make round 5. One player each went into the next round when Man Utd defeated Everton 3-0 and West Brom beat the hapless Sunderland 1-0, two more players will hope to progress on Monday night when they pin their hopes on Swansea who entertain Stoke, once again a big thanks to everyone who has supported our LMS competition, thank you all for your continuous support.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 25th OCTOBER 2015
With the first team not in action at the weekend it was left to the Saturday team for action on the playing field. They entertained St James Gate and ground out three points in a 3-2 victory. Ciaran McGettigan made it into double figures when he notched a brace to make it ten goals for the season, Maurice Dunne scored Rovers other goal to give them a place at the top of the league and now sees them unbeaten in their last five league games.
Junior action on Saturday saw the under 12B’s earn an excellent three points in a 4-0 away win over St Anthonys, Jack Noble bagged a fantastic hat-trick and Oran Dempsey hit the other goal. The 14A’s lost out narrowly to Arklow Town in what was a very tight encounter, the lads were unlucky as they went in search of their first league win after their fine National cup win last week, Jamie Noble scored his first goal of the season but Arklow claimed all three points. Our 14B’s lost 7-1 to a very strong Arklow Town team in a game which the lads never really got going in, Tom O’Shea nabbed the Rovers consolation goal. The under 15’s who have been forced to play in the premier division for the first season ever due to no other division at this grade came up against a tough Arklow Town side and even though the lads gave it their all and never gave up Arklow ran out easy winners. Our under 16B’s recorded an excellent 5-1 home win over Arklow United and are showing signs that they are well able for the transition to the premier grade at a higher age level, Daniel Fitzsimons and Sean Leonard both nabbed two a piece with Dylan Frazer adding the other. The lads have now recorded two wins, one draw and one defeat from their first four games in the premier grade.
On Sunday our under 12A’s secured all three points with a good 4-1 away win over St Anthonys, the highlight of this game was a fine individual scoring display from Conor Hunter who scored all four of Rovers goals in a good all round team performance, many thanks goes to St Anthonys who supplied a referee when the official referee cried off sick. The under 13A’s were involved in a six goal thriller with Ashford Rovers with the spoils been shared in a 3-3 draw, Sam Brown fired home his seventh of the season with Fionn Luddy and Luke Dease nabbing their third and second goals of the campaign to earn the lads a point but they will feel they should have claimed all three. Our under 16A team recorded an excellent 7-0 win over St Patricks at the weekend to make it three wins from three in the league. Liam Ronan hit his first goals of the season when he fired home three goals, Stuart Cox notched a brace to bring his tally for the campaign to five. Stephen Finlay and Luca Rampersaud completed the seven goal haul with one a piece to preserve the lads one hundred percent start to the league campaign.
The Last Man Standing competition is now down to single figures regarding the amount of players left to battle it out for the €500 prize, after the weekend we are now down to 9 players left in contention. Watford’s surprise 2-0 win away to Stoke meant we had four casualties in round 5, players that made it through were the 6 players who went with Arsenal and they duly obliged by beating Everton 2-1, two players pinned their hopes on Tottenham and they disposed of Bornemouth on a scoreline of 5-1, finally the selection of the weekend was the one brave soul or clever soul who went with Swansea away to Aston Villa with the Swans coming from behind to win 2-1 which leaves us now with 9 players left standing. The club would like to thank everyone for their continuous support of our Last Man Standing competition.
The clubs soccer academy continues every Saturday morning from 11 till 12 on the all weather pitch in the Whitegates, the academy is open to kids from the age of three upwards who want to enjoy fun and games while learning the skills of football. All are welcome to attend and no registration is required as you can attend whatever weekends you can. The academy takes place on Bank Holiday weekends as well.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, visit the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or visit the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 1st NOVEMBER 2015
The first team went down 2-0 last Friday night to Beggsboro AFC in the first round of the Metropolitan cup. In what was an evenly contested tie two mistakes resulted in the lads conceding the two goals. The lads had a great chance to register a goal with a penalty in the 65th minute but unfortunately they spurned the chance. Higher ranked Beggsboro ran out 2-0 winners but there was very little between the teams.
Our Saturday team took on Colepark United on Saturday afternoon at the Whitegates, the away side came to Wicklow boasting a one hundred percent record in the league but it was left in tatters as the lads recorded an excellent 3-0 win. Ciaran McGettigan definitely has the golden touch in front of goal at the moment as he notched a brace to make it twelve for the campaign but it's not just he's goals that has been impressive, as his overall work ethic for his team is second to none, Conor Tobin added the other goal in a good solid team performance which keeps them top of the league.
Our youths were involved in an eleven goal thriller away to Ratoath Harps, unfortunately the lads lost out 6-5. Riain Sweetman Burke doubled his tally for the season to four when he hit a brace, brothers Jamie and Alan Power were both on the scoresheet with Jamie firing home two and Alan scoring one. A lot of credit has to be given to the lads on this team who are turning out week after week in what has been a tough period of transition to Leinster Senior football. Keep things going lads, your luck will change.
The weekend’s junior action saw the under 11 green’s record a good 3-1 win over Greystones Utd A, Jack Noble scored his first goals of the season and he did it in style firing home an excellent hat-trick to ensure his team took all three points. The under  11 white came away from Aughrim with a fantastic 5-3 victory, Ryan McConnell brought his total for the season to six when he nabbed two goals, Matthew Porter and Ben Bowen both scored one each to double their totals to two for the campaign. Jamie Duffy fired home a twenty yard screamer for his first goal of the season. Our 12A’s lost 2-1 away to Wolfe Tone, in what was a tight encounter Conor Hunter scored his sixth goal of the campaign but they just couldn’t find an equaliser on the day. The 12B’s came up against a very good Newtown Juniors team and on the day they lost out 7-1, Ben Patterson scored the Rovers consolation goal. An under strength under 13B’s lost 4-1 at home to Coolboy Rangers, Scott Bushe nabbed his seventh of the season. The 13C’s  lost 8-0 to a very strong Roundwood team but to their credit they battled to the very end. The 14A’s are still searching for their first league win, they lost 4-1 to Shamrock Bhoys on Saturday with Dylan Kavanagh registering their goal. The 14B’s played out a thrilling 4-4 draw away to Enniskerry, when these two sides met a couple of weeks ago Rovers ran out 5-3 winners in another eight goal thriller, this time round they shared the goals to earn a point each. Tom O’Shea notched two goals with Michael Ryan and Nedis Velindis scoring one a piece. Ryan Murphy fired home an excellent hat-trick for the under 15’s in their excellent 3-1 away win over Aughrim Rangers in a good all round team performance. The 16A’s went goal crazy at home to St Anthonys winning 11-1, Stuart Cox hit three, Luca Rampersaud, Ronan Murray and Ciaran Coffey all scored two each with Stephen Finlay and Patrick O’Keane getting one each. The 16B’s went down 4-3 to Avonmore, after battling back from 2-0 and 3-2 down to level they were cruelly denied a share of the points when Avonmore got a last minute winner. Conor Byrne, Sean Farrell and Sean Leonard scored the Rovers goals.
At the time of going to print we had 6 players safely through to round 7 of our Last Man Standing competition, 3 players went through with Everton who hammered Sunderland 6-2, Southampton saw 2 players through when they beat Bournemouth 2-0. One player scraped into round 7 on Man City when they were a little lucky when defeating Norwich 2-1. On Monday night 3 players were hoping to join the 6 players in round 7, their hopes rested on Tottenham who were entertaining Aston Villa. Once again a big thanks to everyone who supported our LMS competition. All details regarding our Last Man Standing competition can be found on the club website.  
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, visit the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or visit the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 8th NOVEMBER 2015
With the intermediate and under 19 teams having no games at the weekend due to the FAI cup final it was left to the Saturday team for action in the senior grade. They travelled to take on Postal United and didn’t get off to the best start finding themselves 2-0 down after ten minutes, to their credit they dug in and battled back to claim all three points in a fine 4-2 win. Conor Tobin’s third of the season, Jim Foley’s second of the campaign and first goals of the season for Paul Alexander and Nino Hughes secured them all three points to maintain their position on top of the table and ahead of the chasing pack.
Saturday’s action in the junior section was limited to two games due to the heavy over night rain, the under 13A’s travelled to take on Clane United in the National cup and what a result they had. They recorded an excellent 6-1 win with Max Kearney and Samuel Bishop both helping themselves to two goals each to make it eight and seven respectively for the season, incidentally all Samuel’s seven goals have come in cup matches. Sam Brown [8 for the season] and Connor Lewins [first of the campaign] added singles in what was an excellent all round team performance. This victory now sets them up for an away tussle with Tullamore Town for a place in the open draw. The under 14A’s were unfortunately beaten by Edenderry Town in the National cup, the lads made the long journey to Edenderry but on the day didn’t have the luck, going down 2-0 in a close encounter. The games fixed for our under 10 Blue’s, 11 Green’s, 12B’s, 12C’s, 13B’s and 13C’s all fell foul of the over night heavy rain. Sunday saw a total wipe out of our fixtures as the weather worsened over the weekend.
Our Last Man Standing competition takes a break next week due to the international matches, after the weekend’s matches we are now left with five players left in the competition battling it out for the €500 prize fund. On Saturday one player exited the competition when the Happy Hammers of West Ham didn’t leave him happy as they could only manage a 1-1 draw with Everton therefore meaning elimination. On Sunday the unpredictable reds of Merseyside Liverpool let three people down when they struggled at home to Crystal Palace going down 2-1 meaning we were left with five players left in the competition. Leicester’s recent good form continues and their 2-1 home victory over the Hornets of Watford means three players went safely through to round eight. Joining them was the two players who went with the Red Devils of Manchester United and they duly obliged by beating West Brom 2-0 at Old Trafford. The competition will resume on the weekend of the 21st of November, the fixtures will be sent out to all remaining players on Monday 16th of November. Good luck to all our remaining players and once again a big thanks to all players for their continuous support of our competition.
Our under 19 team are currently looking to recruit a few players, the lads are playing in a very competitive league, they are currently playing in the Leinster Senior under 19 league which consists of 15 teams therefore giving them plenty of regular football with 28 league games not to mention cup games as well. If you are interested in playing football on a regular basis get it contact with team manager Philip O'Sullivan at 087-6390214, alternatively you can contact any committee member or privately message us on our club facebook page.
The club’s weekly junior soccer academy continues every Saturday morning [weather permitting] under the watchful eye of senior club coach Johnny Dunne. The academy takes places on the all weather pitch on the club grounds at the Whitegates and is open to all kids from the age of 3 years to 8 years. The academy starts at 11 o’clock and finishes at 12. There is no need for registration so you can come along to any week that suits. Come along and learn the skills of football while having fun and enjoyment, it’s a great way of meeting new friends as you learn the skills as you get prepared for the introduction to participate in organised league football in the coming years.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS  CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 15th NOVEMBER 2015
Well the bad weather reared its head again at the weekend, all Saturday’s games bar the under 16A’s match away to Greystones United fell foul of the heavy rain with waterlogged pitches the order of the day. Games involving our under 8 white’s, 9 green’s, 10 blue’s, 12B’s, 13A’s, 14A’s, 14B’s and 15’s were all hit by the bad conditions. The senior Saturday team’s game away to Lucan United also went by the wayside. In the only game that beat the weather on Saturday our under 16A team made it five wins from five when they defeated Greystones United 7-0, top scorer Stuart Cox made it ten for the season when he notched two. Stephen Finlay and Ronan Murray also hit a brace a piece to make it seven and five respectively for the campaign, Jack Dunne’s first of the season completed the scoring to maintain their one hundred percent record in the league.
Sunday fared a little better with three games been played, our intermediate team took on league leaders Tullamore Town who are unbeaten and they remained so after defeating the lads 2-1. The lads definitely should have got something from the game, they fell two behind when they conceded two soft goals in the first ten minutes and then it was always the case of chasing the game. There was nothing between the teams and sometimes it was only a case of decision making going forward which prevented the lads from carving out more chances. They reduced the deficit when Conor Ffrench coolly finished off an excellent Cian O’Hainaigh cross. With fifteen minutes left Rovers were awarded a penalty but the keeper pulled off a good save to prevent the lads getting a share of the spoils. On the few occasions when the lads got the ball out to the flanks and attacked at pace they did cause the visitors problems. In the second period Rovers keeper Gary Browne didn’t have a save of note to make. On the day Stephen Earls was solid in the Rovers defence, Sean Duffy put in a good shift in the centre of the park while Cian O’Hainaigh worked his socks off for the team. The youths lost narrowly away to Drumcondra/Stella Maris in the first round of the LFA cup, the lads were missing a couple of key players but to their credit they battled hard losing out 1-0 in the end in what was a good all round team performance. The under 11A’s were the only other team to beat the weather and they went down to a disappointing 7-1 defeat to Arklow Town A, Jack Noble nabbed the Rovers goal to bring his total to four for the season. All other games were called off.
Our Last Man Standing competition took a break at the weekend due to the international matches. Next weekend we move into round eight and down to the business end of things. We are now left with five players remaining to battle it out for the €500 prize as it becomes a very nervy time for those players hoping to capture the prize fund. The club would like to take this oppurtuitity to wish all remaining players the very best of luck in the remainder of the competition. We would also like to thank everyone who participated in our Last Man Standing competition, we thank you for your continuous support.
Wicklow Rovers AFC promote soccer for schoolboys/girls, youths and seniors in the community, our club is growing all the time and any assistance with the help of running the club would be very much appreciated. At present we have a very hard working committee but we are always on the look out for people interested in helping out, the club are always on the look out for people who are interested in getting involved in soccer, whether its coaching and managing or on the executive committee or a sub committee, maybe you would just like to help as an assistant manager, help with fundraising or help just around the grounds or in anyway at all, don’t hesitate, get involved, anyone interested in helping out the club in anyway can contact any committee member. So if your interested in doing some work around the club please contact any of the following committee members, John Frazer, Paul Delaney, Johnny Dunne, Franny Copeland, Jimmy Nolan, Rob Free, Willie O’Brien and Jason Harris, contact numbers can be found on the club website or alternatively you can private message our club facebook page.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Jock Healy [Newtown] who sadly passed away recently, Jock would be well known in the football circles, our thoughts and prayers go out to all his family and friends at this sad time, may he rest in peace.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com

WICKLOW ROVERS  CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 22nd NOVEMBER 2015
It was a bad day at the office in the senior section of the club this week, firstly the intermediate team went down 2-0 at home to Parkvilla. Confidence was high going into this game after impressive performances against Tullamore Town and Shamrock Bhoys but the lads didn’t reach anywhere near the standard of those games. In truth it wasn’t that the opposition was any better on the day it was just the lads had no cutting edge in the final third of the pitch. Parkvilla scored from the penalty spot with thirty minutes left and then added a second ten minutes later, these proved to be the only chances of note in a disappointing game. The Saturday team were idle at the weekend due to teams in their league been involved in Leinster Junior cup action. The youths lost 8-0 away to Larkview Boys and they would have been hoping to get something from the game after their impressive run out last week against Drumcondra/Stella Maris but by all accounts the lads didn’t get going at all.
On Saturday in the junior action the under 12A’s turned in an impressive performance when defeating Greystones Utd A 7-1 at the Whitegates on Saturday morning. Two goals from Mark Hodgkinson and singles from Conor Luddy, Conor Hunter, Tom Hodgkinson, Willoughby Woods and Jordan Younger accounted for their seven goal haul in what was an excellent all round team performance. Our 12B’s raced into a two goal lead against Aughrim with goals from Tom Farrelly and Zachary Callery but unfortunately for the lads Aughrim roared back with three goals to run out 3-2 winners in an evenly contested affair. The 13B’s played out a tight 1-1 draw away to Roundwood, leading scorer Scott Bushe fired home his eighth goal of the campaign to keep the lads in the title hunt.
Sunday’s action saw the under 11 white team continue their good form when they defeated Rathnew 6-3 to make it four wins from five games, Ryan McConnell turned in an impressive individual performance when he fired home four goals to make it ten for the season, Jamie Duffy and Matthew Porter scored one a piece in another fine team performance. Our under 13A’s are now competing a year above themselves in the under 14 premier division and they got off to a flyer when they beat Arklow Town under 13A’s 4-2, Samuel Bishop scored his first league goals when he notched a brace to bring his total to nine in all competitions for the season. Joining Samuel on nine for the campaign is both Max Kearney and Sam Brown who added singles to get their under 14 campaign off to a winning start. The 14A’s notched their first league win of the season when they travelled to Lamberton to take on Arklow Town A and a 1-0 win saw them come home with all three points. Cian Ward hit his first goal of the season in what was a good all round impressive display from the lads and a well deserved win. Our under 16B team who are playing in the under 15 National cup recorded an excellent 7-0 victory away to Kingston Rovers in the third round. Two goals each from Jack Colauca and Conor Byrne paved the way for this good win, a first goal of the season for Tristan O’Toole and one each from Daniel Fitzsimons and Sean Farrell means they now travel to take on Naas A for a place in the open draw. The under 15’s recorded a good win away to St Anthonys winning 4-2 to make it three wins from four away games, now all they need to do is bring the same form to the Whitegates. Luke Kelly hit the back of the net twice with Ryan Murphy and Jack Meaney adding one each to give the lads an excellent three points. The under 16A team maintained their one hundred percent record in the league when they accounted for Arklow Utd by a scoreline of 7-2, Stephen Finlay was the second player in the club over the weekend to fire home an incredible four goals which gives him eleven for the season, joining him on eleven goals is Stuart Cox who scored one with James Lang and Liam Ronan also nabbing one each to make it six wins from as many games.
At the time of going to print we have three players safely through to round 9 of our Last Man Standing competition, with one player’s hopes resting on Crystal Palace against Sunderland on Monday night its nervous times over the next week or so for our remaining players as they battle it out for the title of Last Man Standing champion and the €500 prize. Two players went through with Chelsea, one had Everton while one exited the competition on Swansea. Once again good luck to all the remaining players and a big thanks to everyone who supported our competition.

WICKLOW ROVERS  CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 29th NOVEMBER 2015
Well its true what they say when it starts to rain it doesn’t know when to stop, yet again the bad weather reared its head and left us with very little action on the playing field. However the intermediate team did see some action when they went down 4-1 away to Leicester Celtic, a result that leaves them rooted to the bottom of the league. On what was not a day for the football purist the lads struggled to get going in this game, a first goal of the season from Rovers evergreen Stephen Earls provided the lads with a consolation goal. The Saturday team made the away journey to take on Tymon Celtic in the first round of the Noel Ryan cup and after the game passed a morning pitch inspection the referee made the disappointing decision to call the game off due to the pitch been unplayable. The under 19 game against Dunboyne AFC also fell foul of the bad weather.
On Saturday in the junior section we had a double disappointment in the National cup, both our under 13A’s and under 15’s exited the competition at the fourth round stage. The 13A’s made the journey to the Midlands to take on Tullamore Town but unfortunately they lost out 6-2. The lads battled right up to the final whistle and with a bit of luck the result could have been a little closer, Samuel Bishop brought his tally for the season to ten with a single, eight of them coming in cup competitions. Fionn Luddy notched one to make it four for the season. An under strength under 15 team had a shorter journey when they made the trip to Kildare side Naas, the lads didn’t get off to a good start when they fell two behind early on, after this they were chasing the game and ended up getting picked off clinically by a powerful Naas side who ran out 7-0 winners. The lads gave it their all but on the day they came up against an excellent Naas team. Well done to both the under 13A’s and 15’s on their good cup runs. The only other games to beat the weather on Saturday was the under 11 green teams match against Rathnew, the lads recorded an excellent 3-1 win and what makes the win more impressive is the fact they lost 5-1 at home to the same opposition earlier in the campaign. First goals of the season for both Louis Malcomson [2 goals] and Sam Greene [1 goal] laid the foundations for this victory in what was a good all round team performance. The 12C’s are showing signs of improvement even though they lost 5-0 away to Greystones United, this all girls team battled right to the end of this game and gave a good account of themselves. They are showing great determination and commitment as they come up against some physically bigger teams. Our 14B’s went down 2-0 away to Arklow Town, this was a marked improvement from the lads from earlier in the season when they lost 7-1 to the same opposition at the Whitegates. They had their chances in this game and a little more clinical in front of goal and the lads could have taken something from the game. The only game to beat the weather on Sunday was the under 13C’s away game against title contenders Coolboy Rangers, unfortunately for the lads they suffered a heavy defeat, in what was an awful day for football the lads did get a consolation in the shape of a goal from Ben Lawless.
Our Last Man Standing competition will go into week 10 and that’s because two players were successful with their selections at the weekend, on Saturday Eoin Christiansen eased his way into round 10 when his selection Crystal Palace easily swept past Newcastle winning 5-1, the eagles could even afford to go behind before ruthlessly taking Newcastle apart. Early Sunday afternoon unfortunately saw the elimination of Harrison Boxall who put his faith in West Ham, the Hammers went in front but the Baggies pegged them back to share the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Harrison has been the most consistent player in our competitions to date, in three competitions he has reached round 8 in our first one, in the second he made it to round 7 and this one saw him get as far as round 9 before he exited, hard luck Harrison, your day will come. Sunday evening saw the reds of Merseyside Liverpool help Paul Marah make it into round 10 to set up a tense head to head battle with Eoin. Liverpool overcame Swansea 1-0 at Anfield to set up what should be a fascinating head to head tussle next week. Good luck to both remaining players and once again a big thanks to everyone who supported our competition.  
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 6th DECEMBER 2015
Well we have very little action on the football field to report on this week, hurricane Desmond reared his head and put paid to all junior fixtures last weekend. Every junior game in the club was a victim of Dessie to everyone’s disappointment but here’s hoping the weather starts to pick up and the kids can get back to what they enjoy doing and that’s playing football. The only game in the club that beat the weather was the intermediate team’s game away to Confey and the lads earned a share of the spoils in an entertaining 3-3 draw. In truth the lads will feel they let this game slip from their grasp as they were leading 2-0 at the interval after a brace from Cian O’Hainaigh put them in a strong position. The home side halved the deficit early in the second period and then squared things up midway through the half. The lads went in front again when Jonathon Delahunt finished from a corner for his first of the season but they couldn’t hold out as Confey levelled again. In the end it was a good point for the lads but it could have been a very good three points after been in a commanding position.
Congratulations to Paul Marah and Eoin Christiansen who at the weekend shared the €500 prize fund in our Last Man Standing competition, as both players selected Southampton in round 10 of the competition and Southampton failed to beat Aston Villa drawing 1-1 at St Marys, it means they share the prize fund as per competition rules giving them €250 each. What an intense battle it was to the very end in our longest running competition yet. In round one Paul and Eoin both went with Bournemouth who beat Sunderland 2-0. In round two Paul went with Man Utd and Eoin went with Liverpool, United defeating Sunderland 3-0 and the 'Pool beating Aston Villa 3-2. Round three saw Crystal Palace best West Brom 2-0 to put Paul through to round four while Man City's easy 6-1 win over Newcastle saw Eoin join him in round four. Round four saw Paul progress when Arsenal won away to Watford 3-0 with Eoin going through with Chelsea's 2-0 win over Aston Villa. Wins for Swansea [Rd 5], Everton [Rd 6], Leicester [Rd 7], Chelsea [Rd 8] and Liverpool [Rd 9] saw Paul get to the tenth round stage. Arsenal [Rd 5], Tottenham [Rd 6], Man Utd [Rd 7], Everton [Rd 8] and Crystal Palace [Rd 9] made sure Eoin kept pace with Paul. Well done to both players and after their long running battle its probably fitting that they shared the prize. The club would like to thank everyone who supported our Last Man Standing competition, your continuous support is very much appreciated and once again we would like to congratulate Paul and Eoin on sharing the prize. Our next LMS competition will be starting in January, anyone interested in taking part should contact any committee member, manager or club member. Alternatively you can register through whoever took your registration for this competition.
Our Saturday morning soccer academy fell foul of the bad weather last Saturday but hopefully the weather will be kinder to us this week and we can resume our academy. The club’s weekly junior soccer academy continues every Saturday morning [weather permitting] under the watchful eye of senior club coach Johnny Dunne. The academy takes places on the all weather pitch on the club grounds at the Whitegates and is open to all kids from the age of 3 years to 8 years. The academy starts at 11 o’clock and finishes at 12. There is no need for registration so you can come along to any week that suits. Come along and learn the skills of football while having fun and enjoyment, it’s a great way of meeting new friends as you learn the skills as you get prepared for the introduction to participate in organised league football in the coming years.
Wicklow Rovers AFC promote soccer for schoolboys/girls, youths and seniors in the community, our club is growing all the time and any assistance with the help of running the club would be very much appreciated. At present we have a very hard working committee but we are always on the look out for people interested in helping out, the club are always on the look out for people who are interested in getting involved in soccer, whether its coaching and managing or on the executive committee or a sub committee, maybe you would just like to help as an assistant manager, help with fundraising or help just around the grounds or in anyway at all, don’t hesitate, get involved, anyone interested in helping out the club in anyway can contact any committee member. So if your interested in doing some work around the club please contact any of the following committee members, John Frazer, Paul Delaney, Johnny Dunne, Franny Copeland, Jimmy Nolan, Rob Free, Mandy O’Neill, Willie O’Brien and Jason Harris, contact numbers can be found on the club website or alternatively you can private message our club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS  CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 13th DECEMBER 2015
Its true what they say, ‘’when it starts to rain it doesn’t know when to stop’’. Yet again the rain played havoc with our club fixtures, this time none of our teams saw any action with all senior and junior games falling foul of the inclement weather. Waterlogged pitches were the order of the day, it looks like we may have to start a new club within our club, something like water polo with the way things are going. Even though we are all frustrated with waterlogged pitches spare a thought for the people all over the country who have had their homes and shops flooded out, a waterlogged pitch is a minor frustration compared to what these poor people have had to put up with in recent weeks.
Even though the weather has given parents an extra week or two to carry out their Christmas shopping they can now relax knowing weather or not the next few weeks will be free with the WDSL now closed until January 9th.
The club will be running our second Last Man Standing competition of the season starting on the 23rd of January 2016, our first competition was very successful with great feed back and as you all know by now we had joint winners in Paul Marah and Eoin Christiansen. Anyone interested in taking part in our second competition should text their name and contact details to Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706, also you can register through the same channels as you did in any of our previous Last Man Standing competitions.  The prize fund will be €500 with the same rules applying. Alternatively if anyone wants to register you can contact any committee member with all your details. The registration fee for the competition is €10 and must be paid prior to the start of the competition. Also it’s advised to have your registration in on or before Wednesday the 20 th of January.
The club are currently still looking to obtain a defibrillator, with the help of a club member we have availed of a great opportunity to obtain a defibrillator from a first aid provider. If the club can collect 300 old mobile phones we will be given a defibrillator in exchange for the old phones. We are now not too far away from reaching the total required so the club would be grateful if people would donate their old unwanted phones to this worthy cause. Anyone interested in donating any old phones can contact any of the following by texting or ringing to organise collection or drop off. John Frazer 087-0564394; Jimmy Nolan 087-9108706; Rob Free 085-8153424; Paul Delaney 086-3700320; Franny Copeland 087-7589332; Johnny Dunne 087-7802098; Jason Harris 086-2516731;Willie O'Brien 086-1696911 and Mandy O’Neill 087-7924649.
A reminder to all managers and players, the Christmas raffle tickets should have been returned by now, any outstanding tickets should be returned asap to any committee member as the draw is this coming Saturday the 19th of December in Ernies, many thanks for your continuous support and the best of luck in the draw.
The executive committee of Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to wish the managers, assistant managers, coaches, players, parents and supporters of the club a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. We would also like to wish a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year to all the clubs, WDSL committee, WDFL committee, LSL committee, referees, Paul Dowling, Dave Devereux, Brendan Lawrence and all the staff of the Wicklow People.
Everyone at the club would like to wish club president Anthony Earls a very happy birthday, this was a big milestone birthday and a surprise party was held by his family last Friday night in the Leitrim Lounge, a large attendance turned out to help Anthony celebrate this special birthday. Past and present committee members turned out in force to honour a man who lives, sleeps and eats Wicklow Rovers. Keep an eye on the club facebook page and the club website in the coming days for photos of the event. Once again Anthony, happy birthday.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS  CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 20th DECEMBER 2015
Our annual Christmas raffle was held over the weekend and the following is the results. 1st prize €300 – Eamon Byrne 2819328; 2nd prize €200 – Brian Healy; 3rd prize €100 – Christine Ryan; 4th prize Food Hamper – Jenny Hubbard; 5th prize Craft Beer Hamper – Pat Dunne; 6th prize Annual Club Membership for 2016/17 – Dover Grandchildren c/o Robbie Dover; 7th prize 4 Bottles of Wine – Maya Herren; 8th prize Bottle of Gin – Ann Mernagh; 9th prize Bottle of Vodka – Grainne Macklin; 10th prize One Hour All Weather Pitch Slot – Pat Dunne. The club would like to thank everyone who supported our Christmas raffle, your continuous support is very much appreciated, a big thanks goes to Johnny Dunne who sold a large amount of tickets and also on the night carried out the draw. A big thanks to Brian O’Connor, Ernies and Paul Delaney for sponsoring prizes in the draw.
The club will be running our second Last Man Standing competition of the season starting on the 23rd of January 2016, our first competition was very successful with great feed back and as you all know by now we had joint winners in Paul Marah and Eoin Christiansen. Anyone interested in taking part in our second competition should text their name and contact details to Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706, also you can register through the same channels as you did in any of our previous Last Man Standing competitions. The prize fund will be €500 with the same rules applying. Alternatively if anyone wants to register you can contact any committee member with all your details. The registration fee for the competition is €10 and must be paid prior to the start of the competition. Also it’s advised to have your registration in on or before Wednesday the 20th of January.
The club are currently still looking to obtain a defibrillator, with the help of a club member we have availed of a great opportunity to obtain a defibrillator from a first aid provider. If the club can collect 300 old mobile phones we will be given a defibrillator in exchange for the old phones. We are now not too far away from reaching the total required so the club would be grateful if people would donate their old unwanted phones to this worthy cause. Anyone interested in donating any old phones can contact any of the following by texting or ringing to organise collection or drop off. John Frazer 087-0564394; Jimmy Nolan 087-9108706; Rob Free 085-8153424; Paul Delaney 086-3700320; Franny Copeland 087-7589332; Johnny Dunne 087-7802098; Jason Harris 086-2516731;Willie O'Brien 086-1696911 and Mandy O’Neill 087-7924649.
Wicklow Rovers AFC promote soccer for schoolboys/girls, youths and seniors in the community, our club is growing all the time and any assistance with the help of running the club would be very much appreciated. At present we have a very hard working committee but we are always on the look out for people interested in helping out, the club are always on the look out for people who are interested in getting involved in soccer, whether its coaching and managing or on the executive committee or a sub committee, maybe you would just like to help as an assistant manager, help with fundraising or help just around the grounds or in anyway at all, don’t hesitate, get involved, anyone interested in helping out the club in anyway can contact any committee member. As stated above we always need people to help out especially at committee level, ideally we would like to increase the size of our committee as the more people on board the more successful we can become. We are open to new blood coming on the committee with fresh ideas on how to progress our club further. If there’s anyone out there who has thought at some stage they would like to get involved with helping with the running of the club please come forward and join us, your club needs more people to help out.
The executive committee of Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to wish the managers, assistant managers, coaches, players, parents and supporters of the club a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. We would also like to wish a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year to all the clubs, WDSL committee, WDFL committee, LSL committee, referees, Paul Dowling, Dave Devereux, Brendan Lawrence and all the staff of the Wicklow People.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.


CLUB NOTES 2016

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 3rd JANUARY 2016
Well we moved into 2016 and weather wise it looks like more of the same, wind and rain seems to be very much part of our daily life over the last couple of months but in fairness we have got off lightly compared to other parts of the country. Well let's hope the weather picks up for next weekend as all our teams look to get a stop/start season back up and running. The executive committee would like to take this opportunity to wish all our teams the very best of luck in the remainder of the season.
The committee would like to wish all our club members, managers, assistant managers, coaches, parents and supporters a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year, we hope 2016 is good to you all. Also everyone at the club would like to wish all our friends in sport a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2016.
Our next Last Man Standing competition will commence on the weekend of the 23rd of January. Anyone interested in taking part should contact any committee member, you can also enter through the same channel as you did for previous LMS competitions, alternatively you can contact Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706. It is advisable to get your name registered asap as fixtures for the first week of the competition will be texted out on Monday the 18th of January, same rules apply in the competition. The prize fund will be €500, the registration fee for the competition is €10 and must be paid prior to the start of the competition. Also it’s advised to have your registration in on or before Wednesday the 20th of January. See club website at lt www.wicklowrovers.com for a full list of the rules.
The club are currently still looking to obtain a defibrillator, with the help of a club member we have availed of a great opportunity to obtain a defibrillator from a first aid provider. If the club can collect 300 old mobile phones we will be given a defibrillator in exchange for the old phones. We are now not too far away from reaching the total required so the club would be grateful if people would donate their old unwanted phones to this worthy cause. So if Santa brought you a new phone and your looking to recycle your old phone why not donate it to the club for this worthy cause so we can avail of this offer for an important piece of equipment. Anyone interested in donating any old phones can contact any of the following by texting or ringing to organise collection or drop off, ohn Frazer 087-0564394; Jimmy Nolan 087-9108706; Rob Free 085-8153424; Paul Delaney 086-3700320; Franny Copeland 087-7589332; Johnny Dunne 087-7802098; Jason Harris 086-2516731;Willie O'Brien 086-1696911 and Mandy O’Neill 087-7924649.
The club’s weekly junior soccer academy resumes this Saturday morning the 9th of January [weather permitting] under the watchful eye of senior club coach Johnny Dunne. The academy takes places on the all weather pitch on the club grounds at the Whitegates and is open to all kids from the age of 3 years to 8 years. The academy starts at 11 o’clock and finishes at 12. There is no need for registration so you can come along to any week that suits. Come along and learn the skills of football while having fun and enjoyment, it’s a great way of meeting new friends as you learn the skills as you get prepared for the introduction to participate in organised league football in the coming years.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 10th JANUARY 2016
Well at long last we are starting to see a bit of action on the playing field in our junior section, Saturday morning saw our under 12A's record an excellent 4-0 home win over Ashford Rovers A. We had four different goalscorers on the day, Conor Hunter slammed home his eighth goal of the season, Mark Hodgkinson nabbed one to make it four for the campaign while his cousin Tom Hodgkinson fired in his second of the season. Calum Gibney notched his first goal of the season to complete a very good day at the office to get their 2016 off to the perfect start. The action continued when our under 13A's entertained Ashford Rovers under 13's, both these teams have been moved up to the under 14 premier league due to lack of teams at their own age group. The lads have now made it two wins from two in the higher age group when they recorded an 8-2 victory. A well taken hat-trick from the now leading goalscorer Sam Brown to make it 13 for the season paved the way for this win, Connor Lewins added a brace to give him 3 for the campaign with Max Kearney nabbing his tenth of the season with a single. Mark O'Brien scored his second of the season with Harry Hodgkinson completing the eight goal haul with his first of the season in a good all round team performance. The 13B's continued the winning streak on Saturday for our junior sides when they travelled to Arklow and came back with all three points in a 4-2 win over Arklow Town B, the lads found themselves behind at the break but showed great character to battle back in the second period. Ben Free won his side a penalty which was duly dispatched to the net by Conor Leonard. Ben Free then turned goalscorer when he fired home to level the game. Rovers then sprung under 12 player Conor Hunter off the bench and he proved to be the hero of the hour when he hit the back of the net twice to claim all three points for the lads. The 16A's finished off what was a good day for our junior sides winning 10-1 at home to Arklow United to make it 4 wins from 4 games today. The highlight of this game was two well taken hat-tricks, leading scorer Stephen Finlay took his tally for the campaign to 14 with one of the hat-tricks and Luca Rampersaud hit the other hat-trick to make it 8 for him this season. Stuart Cox hit a brace [13], with Ronan Murray notching a single for his sixth of the season. Dean Noble completed the ten goal haul when he fired home his first goal of the season. The lads have now won all seven league games to date.
Sunday saw very little action within the club with the only game beating the weather been the under 11 white teams match away to Arklow Utd, this game ended up 2-2 in what was a very exciting affair. A first goal of the season for Oliver Lawless and the second of the campaign for Ian Kavanagh proved to be crucial for the lads in gaining a well deserved point. This result keeps the lads level in the table with their opponents but crucially they have games in hand on all the teams above them which could hopefully see them have a major say in the destination of the title. All other games for the weekend including our three senior games were all called off due to the bad weather.
Our next Last Man Standing competition will commence on the weekend of the 23rd of January. Anyone interested in taking part should contact any committee member, you can also enter through the same channel as you did for previous LMS competitions, alternatively you can contact Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706. It is advisable to get your name registered asap as fixtures for the first week of the competition will be texted out on Monday the 18th of January, same rules apply in the competition. The prize fund will be €500, the registration fee for the competition is €10 and must be paid prior to the start of the competition. Also it’s advised to have your registration in on or before Wednesday the 20th of January. See club website at www.wicklowrovers.com for a full list of the rules.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to express their sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Jim Attley who sadly passed away recently, the Attley family have been big supporters of the club over the years, our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Anne, his family and his friends at this sad time, may he rest in peace.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 17th JANUARY 2016
The intermediate team played out a 1-1 draw at home to Templeogue Utd, the lads went one up just before the break when Mark O’Sullivan fired home his first of the campaign. Rovers had the chances in the second period to put the game to bed but a mixture of poor finishing and a couple of excellent saves from the away keeper prevented Rovers increasing their lead. The away side levelled with twenty minutes remaining when they were awarded a soft penalty. After this either team could have won it but both keepers were on top of their game pulling off good saves.
Saturday’s junior action was confined to cup action and we didn’t have much luck at all on Saturday, our under 11 Green team were involved in a very tight premier cup quarter final match  when they entertained Aughrim Rangers Blue team in the Hockey Pitch. In a game dominated by defences it was the visitors who claimed a semi final spot with a hard earned 1-0 victory. The lads gave it their all and with a bit of luck the game could have went in their favour. Next up was our under 14A's and they were involved in an eight goal thriller at the Whitegates when they drew 4-4 with Greystones United in the quarter final of their premier cup, unluckily for the lads they made their exit from the competition losing 6-5 on penalties. On the day Matthew Ryan hit a brace to bring his tally for the season to three, all in cup action. Craig Anderson and Dylan Doyle notched their second goals of the campaign when they netted one a piece. Then it was the turn of our under 15’s who were unlucky going down narrowly to Greystones United on a 3-2 scoreline. The lads battled well in this game and it was a match that could have went either way, top scorer Ryan Murphy nabbed his fifth goal of the season with Joe Geraghty firing home his first of the campaign.
On Sunday the under 11 white team went down 5-1 to league leaders Glencormac in the cup, Ben Bowen scored the Rovers goal for his third of the season, in truth the result flattered the winners a little bit as the lads had several good chances but found the keeper in inspired form. The 13B’s recorded an excellent 4-2 cup win away to Coolboy Rgrs. What made this win even better was the lads had lost 4-1 to the same opposition in the Whitegates in the league prior to Christmas. Scott Bushe nabbed a brace to make it ten for the season, Noah Sheridan fired in his seventh of the campaign with Ben Free scoring his sixth of the season to complete the scoring. Finally we had another good cup win when our 16B’s beat Avonmore 4-3 on penalties after the match ended tied at 1-1 after extra time. Top scorer Daniel Fitzsimons fired home to bring his tally to twelve for the season [6 in the league and 6 in cup action] to send this game to the dreaded shoot out. Shane Lincoln, Luke Whyte, Sean Leonard and Jack Colaluca were all successful with their spot kicks to send the lads through to the semi final.  
The club’s AGM will take place on Monday 22nd of February in the clubhouse meeting room at the Whitegates. The meeting will start at 7.30 pm sharp, all members are encouraged to attend the meeting. Please arrive early as the meeting will start at 7.30 sharp.
The club would like to welcome Mandy O’Neill onto the executive committee, Mandy will now be in charge of the club shop, anyone seeking club gear must contact Mandy and no one else. This includes all club gear, jerseys, training tops, hoodies, shorts, socks, etc. Mandy can be contacted at 087-7924649 or by email at murphyanne5@hotmail.com
Our Last Man Standing competition starts this coming Saturday the 23rd of January, if you have not registered and you are interested in taking part you should contact Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706 asap, at this stage anyone who has registered should now have received the fixtures for week 1, if you haven’t received the fixtures for any reason you should also contact Jimmy. Full list of competition rules can be viewed on home page of club website at www.wicklowrovers.com
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Jean Brown who sadly passed away recently. Her grandsons Gary (Intermediate Team) and Adam ( Under 19 Team) both play for the club, also her daughter Michelle is a big supporter of the club helping out with teas and coffees on match days over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family at this sad time, may she rest in peace.
WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDIING 24th JANUARY 2016
The intermediate team lost 2-1 away to Ballyfermot Utd on Sunday, Mark O’Sullivan scored for the second game running in what was a tight affair. Rovers were very much under strength with several players out for one reason or another. The under 19’s claimed their first points of the season with an excellent 3-0 win over Portmarnock, Adrian Gurak, Kevin O’Halloran and Mark Darragh all hit the back of the net in a good all round team performance.  
On Saturday in the junior section our under 11 whites raced into a two goal lead away to Rathnew yellows, a first of the season from Kacper Lepek and Ryan McConnell's eleventh of the campaign put them 2-0 up, Rathnew battled back to score three times to win the game on a 3-2 scoreline. The under 12C's lost 4-2 at home to Greystones United, this young team are coming along nicely. Aoife Caffrey and Sam Greene hit their first goals of the season in what was a good all round team performance. The 13B's were involved in a nine goal thriller with Greystones United A in the Woodlands, unluckily for the lads they lost out 5-4. Noah Sheridan brought his total for the season to nine with a brace, Ben Free has eight for the season when he fired home a brace as well. This was an entertaining game with both sides serving up some exciting football. The 13C's went down heavily to St Anthonys, the lads gave it their all but they found the opposition who recently dropped down from the premier division very tough. Our 13A's who are playing a year above themselves suffered their first defeat in the under 14 premier division when they lost 5-0 away to last years champions Shamrock Bhoys. The lads now have won two and lost one in the higher grade. Our under 14B team recorded an excellent 5-3 win over Wolfe Tone in the Whitegates, in the reverse fixture earlier in the campaign these two teams gave their supporters a thriller when Wolfe Tone ran out 5-4 winners. It was more of the same Saturday but this time it was Rovers who ran out winners. Thomas O'Neill produced an excellent individual scoring feat scoring four goals in a game for the second time this season to bring his total to ten for the season. Daniel Murphy fired home the other goal for his third of the campaign. This was another exciting game and a great advert for entertaining football.
On Sunday the under 11 green team recorded an excellent 5-1 win over local neighbours Wicklow Town, Louis Malcomson hit one to bring his total to three for the season, Steven Gormley also hit one to make it two for the campaign. There was also first goals of the season for three other players, Oscar Malcomson, Sam Christie and Evan Burke all hit the back of the net for the first time this season in what was a good all round team perforrmance. Our under 15's went down 6-2 at home to Greystones United, Ryan Murphy fired home two goals to bring his tally to seven in all competitions. On the day the score could have been a lot closer if the lads had taken their chances. The under 16A's dropped their first points of the season when they suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Avonmore, in what was a closely fought game Rovers were reduced to ten men on 45 minutes but they battled away in search of an equaliser but to no avail. Daniel Harbourne nabbed the Rovers goal for his first of the season. The 16B's drew 1-1 at home to Greystones United in a game they should have won on the balance of play. Rovers led 1-0 through Jack Colaluca's fifth goal of the season. In truth if the Rovers players had turned their chances into goals they would have won this game with a bit to spare. Several times the wrong option was taken when other players were in better positions but this is all part of the learning curve, they also rattled the post from twenty yards. They got cold with a counter attack from the away side with ten minutes remaining which left Rovers counting the cost of wasted chances.
In the clubs Last Man Standing competition a massive 116 players made their exit, Everton [65], Man Utd [22],West Brom [11], Man City [7], Newcastle [4], Arsenal [4], Sunderland [2] and Bournemouth [1] all failed to win therefore causing elimination to all the players who selected them. This now leaves 46 players battling it out for the €500 prize and the title of Last Man Standing. View the selections table on the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com
The club’s AGM will take place on Monday 22nd of February in the clubhouse meeting room at the Whitegates. The meeting will start at 7.30 pm sharp, all members are encouraged to attend the meeting. Please arrive early as the meeting will start at 7.30 sharp.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 31st JANUARY 2016
Our intermediate team went down 2-0 at home to Greenhills/Greenpark FC on Sunday, in a game between two evenly matched teams it was a case of finishing your chances when they came your way. The away side had a couple of chances and they converted them while when the chances fell to Rovers we failed to tuck them away, that is the cruel reality at this level. The lads are definitely not getting the breaks in recent games, on the day Paul Alexander was outstanding at the heart of the Rovers defence.
Our Saturday side entertained Tymon Celtic in the first round of the Noel Ryan cup at the Whitegates, the lads went into the game as favourites and duly obliged with a 2-0 win. Maurice Dunne put Rovers one up at the break when he fired home from the penalty spot. The away keeper pulled off a couple of excellent saves to make sure Rovers didn't extend their advantage before the break. The second half saw Rovers create the better chances and they increased their lead again from the penalty spot, this time it was Jim Foley who coolly slotted home. The lads comfortably saw out the rest of the game to book their place in round two.
The under 19’s lost 4-1 away to Dunboyne FC with Riain Sweetman Burke scoring his fifth of the season.
In junior action on Saturday our under 12B's suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Roundwood losing 8-1, Oran Dempsey made it five for the season with the Rovers consolation goal. The under 15's lost 6-1 to Rathnew, the lads battled through out. Ryan Murphy continued his hot streak in front of goal when he fired home his eighth goal of the season, all eight goals have been scored in the last five consecutive games. Our under 16B's produced an excellent come back as they were 3-1 down at the break away to Arklow United but a fantastic fight back saw them win 8-4, Daniel Fitzsimons plundered an excellent haul of five goals to bring his season tally to seventeen, Conor Byrne added a brace to make it seven for the campaign with Sean Coffey scoring his first of the season in what was an excellent all round team performance. Team of the weekend must go to our under 12C team, they travelled to take on Arklow Town B in the league, as we all know Arklow is always a tough place to go at the best of times, they are always hard to beat in their own backyard. It becomes even tougher when you are seeking your first points of the season. This little team started off the season made up of all girls but in recent times they have called upon one or two boys from the under 11's. They were still looking for  their first draw or win up to the weekend, in their last game against Greystones United they scored their first goals of the season but Saturday it got even better. They claimed their first points of the season when they came home with all three points in a fantastic 4-2 win. Aoife Caffrey nabbed her second goal in two games, Molly Sweeney scored her first of the season with under 11 players Oscar and Louis Malcomson netting one each to record a massive win. Well done to everyone involved.
Sunday’s junior action was at a minimum with the weather yet again playing havoc with the fixtures.  The under 11 White team were involved in a seven goal thriller away to Enniskerry, the lads came out the right side of the thriller winning 4-3. The prolific Ryan McConnell fired home his third hat-trick of the season to bring his tally for the campaign to fourteen, a first of the season for Cormac Waldron completed the scoring and ensured Rovers took all three points back to Wicklow. This result keeps the lads in contention for the title. The under 13A's who are now competing in the under 14 Premier league are finding the going tough, they lost 6-1 away to Greystones United A and in truth at this age there is a physical difference between many of the players and that's whats the telling difference. Rovers consolation goal saw Sam Brown score his thirteenth of the season.  The under 14A’s went down to a disappointing 4-0 defeat at home to Shamrock Bhoys, the difference between the two sides proved to be the Bray outfit were more clinical in front of goal and when their chances came along they made no mistakes in finishing.
The club’s AGM will take place on Monday 22nd of February in the clubhouse meeting room at the Whitegates. The meeting will start at 7.30 pm sharp, all members are encouraged to attend the meeting. Please arrive early as the meeting will start at 7.30 sharp.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 7th FEBRUARY 2016
The weather was the winner again at the weekend, the only senior fixture to beat the inclement conditions was the Saturday teams game at home to Ballymun Utd. Rovers took on one of their nearest title rivals in the shape of Ballymun and recorded an excellent 3-0 win. Leading scorer Ciaran McGettigan set them on their way with the first of the game and his thirteenth of the campaign. Rikki Quinn nabbed his first of the season for Rovers second, another first of the season came from Shaun Vickers to ensure the lads claimed a very important three points and make it seven wins on the bounce in all competitions. The lads put in a good shift in an all round good team performance. The intermediate and under 19 teams games were victims of the bad weather.
The only competitive game in the junior section to beat the weather was the under 13C team who lost out 4-1 away to Enniskerry, in blustery conditions the lads put in a good performance but luck didn’t go their way. Ethan Allen scored his fifth goal of the season when he fired home from the penalty spot.
Our Last Man Standing competition is getting down to the business end of things, the weekend saw another 8 players exit the competition. Firstly it was the 7 poor hopefuls who were on Liverpool and thought they were in round 4 when the ‘Pool’ were 2-0 up going into the dying minutes but Sunderland had other ideas scoring twice in the last fifteen minutes to earn a 2-2 draw. One player went out when his selection Norwich went down 2-0 to bottom of the table Aston Villa. Teams that proved to be successful for their supporters were inform Tottenham whose narrow 1-0 win over Watford saw 7 players make it into round 4, a single player put their faith in the blue side of the Mersey and were rewarded when Everton continued their good run when defeating Stoke 3-0 in an impressive display. Another single player selected Southampton and he was rewarded with a place in round 4 when his selection held out with ten men after having a player sent off to beat West Ham 1-0 in Saturday’s evening game. Sunday’s lunchtime match saw the most popular choice of the weekend Arsenal defeat Bournemouth 2-0 to ensure the safe passage for 14 players which now means we are left with 23 players left to battle it out for the €500 prize. Round 4 takes place this weekend, we wish all remaining players the very best of luck in round 4 and we would like to thank everyone who participated in our Last Man Standing competition, your continuous support is very much appreciated.
Our club shop was open from 11 till 1 last Saturday and we got a good response to the first day. The shop will be open on the first Saturday of every month from 11 to 1 in the clubhouse at the Whitegates. All the credit for this goes to Mandy O’Neill who has taken over the managing of the shop and on the first day was helped by Anne O’Neill and Brigid O’Reilly. All three girls did a lot of work and have to be complimented for their effort to improve all aspects of the club shop which includes the introduction of gift vouchers which will make an ideal gift for any club member, well done girls.
The club’s weekly junior soccer academy continues every Saturday morning [weather permitting] under the watchful eye of senior club coach Johnny Dunne. The academy takes places on the all weather pitch on the club grounds at the Whitegates and is open to all kids from the age of 3 years to 8 years. The academy starts at 11 o’clock and finishes at 12. There is no need for registration so you can come along to any week that suits. Come along and learn the skills of football while having fun and enjoyment, it’s a great way of meeting new friends as you learn the skills as you get prepared for the introduction to participate in organised league football in the coming years.    
The club’s AGM will take place on Monday 22nd of February in the clubhouse meeting room at the Whitegates. The meeting will start at 7.30 pm sharp, all members are encouraged to attend the meeting. Please arrive early as the meeting will start at 7.30 sharp.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 14th FEBRUARY 2016
On the senior front the intermediate team recorded an excellent 3-2 win over Leicester Celtic, finding themselves undeservingly 2-0 down midway through the second period they produced an excellent comeback to win the game. With twenty two minutes left Alan Power was brave to get an the end of a cross to steer the ball home with the keeper bearing down on him. Shortly after this we had what was probably the turning point of the game, the introduction of Ciaran McGettigan. Ciaran held the ball up well in the final third and was handful to mark. He was what the team was crying out for and with fifteen minutes left he got on the end of a great move to clinically finish to the bottom right hand corner from just inside the area to level matters. Alan Power nabbed his second when he fired home from ten yards to give the lads three valuable points and a deserving win. Our Saturday Leinster Senior team went down 2-1 away to one of their title rivals Drumcondra, this defeat brought the lads unbeaten run of seven games to an end, the good news is they still remain top of the league with the destiny of the title still in their own hands. On the night the lads battled hard, Ciaran McGettigan scored their goal and they will feel a little aggrieved that they weren't awarded at least one penalty when scorer Ciaran McGettian was fouled in the area on two occasions. The youths lost 6-2 away to St James Gate in what was their first game in what seems to be forever, Hugh Humby scored his first of the season with a goal direct from a corner with Jamie Power notching his third of the campaign from the penalty spot.
Junior action on Saturday saw the under 11 white team travel to the Woodlands to take on Greystones in a top of the table clash and what a thriller they provided. In a game that saw great attacking end to end football this match had everything. Both teams struck the woodwork, both had near misses and plenty of goalmouth scrambles. Both defences and keepers displayed the excellent art of defending. In the end it was Greystones who won 2-1 with the winner coming from a cruel deflection. Both teams were a credit to their clubs and coaches, well done to everyone involved. The 12B's suffered a 2-0 defeat at home to Greystones United B, in a tight encounter which Rovers could easily have got something from it just wasn't to be on the day. Our 13B's made the very short journey to Finlay Park to take on local neighbours Wicklow Town, the lads ran out comfortable 6-0 winners. Ben Free hit two goals to bring his tally to ten for the season. Under 12 player Conor Hunter turned out for the lads and he claimed a brace as well, his second brace of the season for the 13's to make it four times his hit the net for them now. Scott Bushe fired home a single to put him top of the scoring charts with eleven to his name for the season. Finally Luke Horan completed the six goal tally with his first of the campaign to give the lads three valuable points to keep them in the mix at the top of the table. The under 15’s game away to Ashford Rovs was reversed to the Whitegates due to the Ashford pitch been unplayable. In what was a close game Ashford ran out 2-1 winners with Luke Kelly getting the Wicklow goal to make it four for the season for him. Sunday’s action saw the 11A’s go down 5-2 to Newtown Juniors, Sam Greene scored both Rovers goals. The 14A’s went down to a disappointing 3-1 shield defeat to Greystones, Jack Fox claimed his first of the season in this game. The 16A’s received a walkover from Arklow Town while the 16B’s had a good 3-2 win over St Patricks with goals from Daniel Fitzsimons, Conor Byrne and Jack Colaluca.
Everyone at the club would like to wish club chairman John Frazer a speedy recovery from his recent illness, we all hope to see you up and about very soon, get well soon John.
With 23 players going into the weekend left in our Last Man Standing competition it was all to play for, Man Utd’s defeat to Sunderland saw 9 players go out, Everton lost at home to West Brom resulting with 4 players exiting and the same number went out when West Ham could only manage a 2-2 draw with Norwich. Six players remain left standing after Chelsea and Liverpool wins saw them through.
The club’s AGM will take place on Monday 22nd of February in the clubhouse meeting room at the Whitegates. The meeting will start at 7.30 pm sharp, all members are encouraged to attend the meeting. Please arrive early as the meeting will start at 7.30 sharp.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 21st FEBRUARY 2016
Our Leinster Senior Saturday side defeated Celbridge Town in the league last Saturday. In a first half which saw very few clear cut chances the teams went in level at the break, Rovers went in front on twenty minutes when good work from Jim Foley and Ciaran McGettigan on the right set up Maurice Dunne for a simple tap in. Celbridge levelled shortly before the break. Rovers pulled away in the second period when Maurice Dunne stroked home his second of the match from the penalty spot to bring his tally for the season to eleven. Mark Johnson sealed the points for Rovers when he nabbed his first goal of the campaign. The under 19’s are finding the going tough, last week they went down 8-2 to Woodlawn/Sportslink, the Power brothers Alan and Jamie were both on the score sheet.
Junior action last Saturday saw our 12B's go down narrowly 2-1 away to Arklow Town B, in a titanic tussle with nothing between the two sides it was the Town who just edged it. Zach Callery scored his third of the season when netting the Rovers goal. Our under 13A's recorded an excellent 4-0 premier cup quarter final win over Ashford Rovers, Sam Brown, Luke Dease, Harry Hodgkinson and Samuel Bishop all scored one a piece to ensure the lads a comfortable passage to the semi final. The under 13C's came up against a very strong Roundwood team in the division 1 cup quarter final. The team gave it their all and never stopped trying but Roundwood were physically too strong for the lads winning 9-0. The 14A team recorded what was probably their best win of the season when they defeated last seasons league champions Shamrock Bhoys 3-0 in the premier shield. Dylan Kavanagh hit two to bring his tally for the season to five with Craig Anderson scoring his third of the campaign. This was an excellent all round team performance and it shows the lads are more than a match for any team in their age group. The 14B's recorded an excellent 2-0 away win over Wolfe Tone in their first shield match. A brace of goals from Tom O'Shea [his fourth and fifth goals of the season] got the lads shield campaign off to the perfect start in what was a good all round team performance.
On Sunday The under 11 Green team went to the Woodlands and came back with all three points when they defeated Greystones United A 1-0 in the Premier shield. Oscar Malcomson fired in the all important goal after some good work from Harry Tobin Kelly in the build up to now give the lads 6 points from 3 games in this competition. Our under 11 White team went down 4-2 to Glencormac United in what was an exciting tussle that could really have gone either way. The lads gave a good account of themselves in this game and in truth with a bit of luck they could easily have got something from the game. Ben Bowen fired home his fourth of the season with Aran Cavanagh notching his first of the campaign. The under 12A’s had an excellent 3-0 win over Wolfe Tone in the quarter final of the premier cup, Jordan Younger, Conor Hunter and Tom Hodgkinson hit the all important goals to see the lads progress to the semi final, Conor Luddy in the Rovers goal pulled off two incredible saves at important stages of the game. For team photo and action shots check out the club facebook page and the club website. Our 13B's went down 3-2 to St Anthonys, Ben Free scored his eleventh of the season with David Lally getting his second of the campaign. The under 15’s lost 6-0 away to St Anthonys in a game which the lads never got going in. The 16B’s had an excellent 7-0 win over Arklow Utd, Daniel Fitzsimons scored four, Jack Colaluca nabbed a brace and Shane Lincoln scored his first of the season to complete the scoring.
The club are running an Easter Camp, it runs from Tuesday 29 th March to Friday 1 st April. It runs from 10 am to 2 pm daily in the Whitegates. The cost of the camp is €40, a ball will be given to all participants at the start and a medal will be presented on the final day. Check out club facebook page and club website for more details.
The club’s AGM will take place on Monday 7th March in the clubhouse meeting room at the Whitegates. The meeting will start at 7.30 pm sharp, all members are encouraged to attend the meeting. Please arrive early as the meeting will start at 7.30 sharp.  
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Greta McDonnell who sadly passed away recently. Greta's grand daughter Lucy, grandson Luca and grand nephew Mark all play for the club while her son in law Boodhan manages our under 16A team . Our thoughts and prayers are with her daughter Sandra, Boodhan, Luca, Lucy, Mark and the McDonnell family at this sad time, may she rest in peace.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 28th FEBRUARY 2016
The intermediate team lost 3-1 at home to Kilnamanagh, the lads were leading 1-0 through a Brian Harrington goal when disaster struck just before the break when the away side levelled from the penalty spot. In truth at 1-0 the lads had two great chances to put this game to bed but they didn’t avail of them. The visitors second goal was hotly disputed, it wasn’t the awarding of a second penalty that was the problem, it was when the penalty taker scored from a rebound off the woodwork when the rules state the ball should touch another player before the taker can touch the ball again. Anyway the lads shipped another goal shortly after that to put the game out of their reach. It was a game of two halves for Rovers, first period saw them play very well while in the second they never got going.
The second team continued their assault on the league title when they travelled away from home to take on Leicester Celtic and came home with all three points thanks to a 3-0 win. The lads turned in a total professional perfomance to keep their place at the top of the league. Maurice Dunne made it twelve for the season from the penalty spot, Mark Delaney nabbed his seventh of the campaign with Conor Tobin firing home his fourth of the season. Maurice Dunne earned the match of the match accolade in a good team performance.
Saturday’s junior section action saw the under 11 green team recorded an excellent 4-2 away win over Rathnew, Oscar Malcomson, Evan Burke, Steven Gormley and an own goal accounted for the Rovers tally. Harry Tobin Kelly, Jack Noble and Sam Culleton all provided assists on the day. The 11 white team lost narrowly away to St Patricks, leading scorer Ryan McConnell hit his sixteenth goal of the season. The 12B’s went down 3-0 to league leaders Newtown Juniors, Rovers gave a good account of themselves and gave the visitors a good game. Our 12C’s suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of a very strong St Patricks team while the 13C’s lost 7-0 to Greystones Utd. The 14A’s lost 3-1 at home to Greystones Utd, in a close encounter the lads could have got something from the game, Nathan Sullivan notched his first of the campaign for the lads. Our 14B’s were involved in an exciting nine goal thriller with Roundwood in the Rocky Road, the visitors ran out 6-3 winners. Rovers keeper Joe O’Shea scored his first goal of the season from the penalty spot, his brother Tom nabbed his sixth of the campaign with Thomas O’Neill firing home his eleventh for the season. Our under 15’s went down 5-1 away to Avonmore, the lads battled through out with their only reward coming from a first goal of the season from Nathan Wynne.
Sunday’s junior action saw the under 13A’s defeat Arklow Town B 3-1 in the under 14 division one shield, Samuel Bishop, Connor Lewins and Harry Hodgkinson scored their goals to get their shield campaign off to a winning start. The 13B’s had an exciting 3-2 win over Roundwood, Ben Free, Scott Bushe and Lee Hamilton netted for them. Our under 16A’s kept up their assault for the under 16 premier title with a narrow 2-1 win over St Anthonys, top scorer Stephen Finlay hit both goals to bring his tally for the season to sixteen. The 16B’s lost narrowly away to Avonmore going down 2-1, Jack Colaluca scored for the third game in a row to make it now nine for the season.
The club are running an Easter Camp, it runs from Tuesday 29 th March to Friday 1 st April. It runs from 10 am to 2 pm daily in the Whitegates. The cost of the camp is €40, a ball will be given to all participants at the start and a medal will be presented on the final day. Check out club facebook page and club website for more details.
The club’s AGM will take place on Monday 7th March in the clubhouse meeting room at the Whitegates. The meeting will start at 7.30 pm sharp, all members are encouraged to attend the meeting. Please arrive early as the meeting will start at 7.30 sharp.  
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Helen O'Reilly who sadly passed away recently, Helen's grand daughter Bridget plays for our senior ladies team, our prayers and thoughts go out to Bridget, the O'Reilly family and their friends at this sad time. May she rest in peace.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 13th MARCH 2016
The intermediate team played two games during the week, firstly they travelled to take on Liffey Wanderers last Wednesday which they narrowly lost 1-0 in a good team performance. This was game in which they had the chances to get something from but unfortunately it didn’t go their way on the night. On Sunday they went down 2-1 at home to St Josephs Boys, in a game of very little in the way of clear cut chances the Rovers goal came from Mark Delaney when he powerfully fired home a free kick from the edge of the area with three minutes remaining. They even had a half chance in injury time to draw level but the breaking ball just didn’t go their way.
Our Saturday team recorded a good win away to Glebe North in the second round of the Noel Ryan cup winning 2-1, their opponents ply their trade in the top Saturday division so this proved to be a notable scalp. Mark Delaney nabbed one to make it eight for the season with Jim Foley scoring his fourth of the campaign to see them safely through to round three.
Saturday’s junior action saw the under 12A’s defeat Aughrim Rgrs 7-0, the highlight of this game was two well taken hat-tricks from Conor Hunter, his second hat-trick of the season to bring his tally to twelve for the campaign. Jordan Younger hit his first hat-trick of the season to bring his haul to eight for the season. Tiernan O’Brien completed the scoring with his first goal of the season in what was a good all round team performance. Our 13A’s took on Arklow Town A but unfortunately they went down 3-1, this result means it’s a straight one off game between the lads and Ashford for runners up spot with the winner taking that spot. Samuel Bishop scored the Rovers goal, his thirteenth of the season. The under 16A’s moved a step closer to claiming the premier league title with a comprehensive 7-1 win away to Arklow Town. Stephen Finlay made it a hat-trick of hat-tricks this season when he fired home four goals to bring his total for the season to an incredible twenty goals, Luca Rampersaud, Stuart Cox and Paul King all added singles to leave the lads six points clear with three games to go.
On Sunday the 12B’s defeated St Anthonys B 2-1 at the Whitegates, under 11 player Oscar Malcomson set them on their way and Rory Hannon’s second goal of the season ensured all three points. Our under 13B’s had an excellent 4-2 win over second in the table Greystones Utd, a fantastic individual scoring feat from Ben Free paved the way for this success, Ben fired home all four goals to bring his tally for the season to sixteen. On the day Rovers were in excellent form and fully deserved their win in what was an excellent all round team performance. If its goals you were looking for the Vartry Grounds in Roundwood was the place to be. Our under 14B’s took on the home team and when these two teams met a couple of weeks a go they served up a nine goal thriller, this time they went two goals better in an eleven goal thriller. League leaders Roundwood ran out 7-4 winners but in truth the real winner in this was football, an excellent advert for football. Thomas O’Neill fired home three, two coming from the spot with Tom O’Shea scoring the fourth in a game that had everything. The under 15’s were also in the Vartry Grounds but unfortunately for them they went down 7-1 to Roundwood, they gave a hundred percent in their effort and with a bit of luck they could have added a couple of more goals, Nathan Wynne hit his second goal of the campaign.
The club are running an Easter Camp, it runs from Tuesday 29th March to Friday 1st April. It runs from 10 am to 2 pm daily in the Whitegates. The cost of the camp is €40, a ball will be given to all participants at the start and a medal will be presented on the final day. Check out club facebook page and club website for more details.
Our Last Man Standing competition is now down to 2 players, Zach Harris and Jonathan Lewins will go head to head in round 7 this weekend, both players would have received their fixtures by now. Selections will be posted on the club website and facebook pages as soon as both players have submitted their selections in what should prove to be an exciting head to head battle, good luck to both players, check home page of the club website for more information regarding our LMS competition.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 20th MARCH 2016
The intermediate team were a touch unlucky to go down to a narrow 1-0 away defeat to promotion chasing Shamrock Bhoys, against their more experienced opponents the young Rovers team worked their socks off. Gary Browne pulled off three world class saves but it wasn’t all one way traffic as the Bhoys keeper was called into action on a number of occasions. Cian O’Hainaigh had two efforts, Mark O’Sullivan and Alan Power had one each but they were all denied by the keeper. On the day every player was excellent in the green jersey, a special mention goes to our young players, Brian O’Sullivan, Jamie Power, Alan Power and Gary Browne were excellent with Adam Browne doing his bit when introduced from the bench.
The Saturday team kept their title hopes on track when they recorded a comfortable 3-1 win at home to one of their main rivals Drumcondra. This was a game the lads were always in control of and in truth they never looked in danger. Ciaran McGettigan set them on their way with a delicate chip from an acute angle over the advancing keeper. Maurice Dunne went close to making it 2-0 when his thunderous effort from the edge of the area smashed away off the underside of the bar. Hugh Humby coolly slotted home to make it 2-0 after sixty minutes and then Ciaran McGettigan sealed the points when he fired home his second of the game and his sixteenth of the season. Drumcondra netted a consolation from the penalty spot in the dying seconds.
Saturday’s junior action saw the under 12A’s defeat second in the table Arklow Utd 5-1, the prolific Conor Hunter hit a brace to make it fourteen for the season, Sean O’Meara and Mark Hodgkinson added singles with the fifth coming in the form of an own goal. The 12B’s lost 3-2 to Ashford, Zach Harris scored his first of the season with the second going in by a deflection. Our 12C’s which is an all girls team were very unlucky not to get something from their game with Greystones, they lost heavily to the same opponents earlier in the season and a sign of their improvement was even though they lost 2-0 they definitely deserved to get something out of the game. See club facebook and website pages for photos. Congratulations to our under 13A’s who claimed runners up spot in the premier league when they defeated Ashford in a winner takes all game. An excellent hat-trick from Sam Brown [his third hat-trick of the season] set the lads on their way, Samuel Bishop and Max Kearney hit a single each to give the lads a 5-3 win, well done to the lads and their coaches Jerry Lewins and Mick Kearney. The 13C’s recorded a fantastic 2-1 win over local neighbours Wicklow Town to gain their first win of the season which is well deserved for the hundred percent effort they have been given all season, Ethan Allen’s sixth goal of the season and a first for Cass Kelleher gave the lads a well deserved win. The 14B’s claimed an excellent 5-3 win away to Newtown Juniors, the prolific Thomas O’Neill fired home four goals to make it the fourth time he has hit more than three goals in a game, the other part of the 14B’s scoring machine Tom O’Shea hit a single his fifth goal in five games to give the lads all three points in what was a thrilling encounter with some good football on display from both teams.
Sunday’s junior action saw the under 11 white’s play out another thriller when losing 5-3 to Avonmore, Ben Bowen scored two with Ryan McConnell getting one. Our 13B’s defeated Arklow Town 7-1, Lee Hamilton nabbed a hat-trick, Noah Sheridan fired home two with Ben Free and David Lally notching one each. The 14A’s recorded an excellent 3-0 away win over Coolboy, Paul Marah, Nathan Sullivan and Callum Kelly all scored one a piece. The 15’s lost 5-1 to Greystones with Ryan Murphy firing home his tenth goal of the season.
The club are running an Easter Camp, it runs from Tuesday 29th March to Friday 1st April. It runs from 10 am to 2 pm daily in the Whitegates. The cost of the camp is €40, a ball will be given to all participants at the start and a medal will be presented on the final day. Check out club facebook page and club website for more details.
Well after seven rounds in our Last Man Standing competition we finally have a winner, Jonathan Lewins claimed the title of Last Man Standing champion in the process capturing the €500 prize, Jonathan’s selection Swansea defeated bottom of the table Aston Villa 1-0 to see Jonathan over the line. Hard luck to 12 year old Zach Harris who fell at the final hurdle when his selection West Brom went down 1-0 to Norwich. Congratulations to Jonathan and hard luck to Zach. Once again a big thanks to everyone who supported our Last Man Standing competition, your continuous support is very much appreciated.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 27th MARCH 2016
With no junior games because of the bank holiday Easter weekend and the Saturday teams game away to Lucan United falling foul of the bad weather it was left to the intermediate team to provide the action on the playing field. They entertained Portlaoise AFC in the Whitegates, the lads gave themselves a mountain to climb by conceding some soft goals. They fell behind after ten minutes when the away side scored from the penalty spot. The lads did create a couple of chances but they went in at the break 2-0 down when a mix up in defence allowed Portlaoise in on the stroke of half time to double their lead. Disaster struck early in the second period when Rovers gave the ball away cheaply and ended up getting punished when Portlaoise fired home number three. On the hour mark the lads pulled one back when Cian O’Hainaigh slotted home from the spot, with fifteen minutes left Cian O’Hainagh fired home his and Rovers second to set up a grandstand finish. The lads did have the ball in the net in the closing minutes but it was ruled out for an infringement. The lads were always chasing the game after giving away soft goals but to their credit they never gave up and probably should have snatched something from the game. Alan Power turned in a man of the match display with his tireless running from box to box, he was always a threat when running at the Portlaoise defence while always willing to help out his own defenders. Maurice Dunne also impressed with some accurate lay offs and his defence splitting passes which always found a man in the green shirt. The team hard that they tried, just could not get that all important third goal.
Last week the installation of our new floodlights were completed, a test run was carried out during the week and now its only a matter of getting permission from the relevant league and approval to start playing matches under lights. It was a long drawn out process to get to this stage with a lot of hard work carried out behind the scenes. The club would like to thank everyone involved in the process in getting to this stage, all your hard work is very much appreciated.
Our Saturday morning soccer academy continues every Saturday morning [weather permitting]. The academy starts at 11 o’clock and finishes at 12. Its for boys and girls from the age of 3 years upwards who are interested in learning the sport of soccer while also having fun. So for anyone that’s interested come along to the Whitegates on Saturday morning, there is no long term registration, you come along to whatever Saturdays you can make.  
Wicklow Rovers AFC promote soccer for schoolboys/girls, youths and seniors in the community, our club is growing all the time and any assistance with the help of running the club would be very much appreciated. At present we have a very hard working committee but we are always on the look out for people interested in helping out, the club are always on the look out for people who are interested in getting involved in soccer, whether its coaching and managing or on the executive committee or a sub committee, maybe you would just like to help as an assistant manager, help with fundraising or help just around the grounds or in anyway at all, don’t hesitate, get involved, anyone interested in helping out the club in anyway can contact any committee member. So if your interested in doing some work around the club please contact any of the following committee members, John Frazer, Paul Delaney, Johnny Dunne, Franny Copeland, Jimmy Nolan, Rob Free, Mandy O’Neill, Willie O’Brien and Jason Harris, contact numbers can be found on the club website or alternatively you can private message our club facebook page.
The club are currently still looking to obtain a defibrillator, with the help of a club member we have availed of a great opportunity to obtain a defibrillator from a first aid provider. If the club can collect 300 old mobile phones we will be given a defibrillator in exchange for the old phones. We are now not too far away from reaching the total required so the club would be grateful if people would donate their old unwanted phones to this worthy cause. So if you have purchased a new phone and your looking to recycle your old phone why not donate it to the club for this worthy cause so we can avail of this offer for an important piece of equipment. Anyone interested in donating any old phones can contact any of the following by texting or ringing to organise collection or drop off, J Frazer 087-0564394; Jimmy Nolan 087-9108706; Rob Free 085-8153424; Paul Delaney 086-3700320; Franny Copeland 087-7589332; Johnny Dunne 087-7802098; Jason Harris 086-2516731;Willie O'Brien 086-1696911 and Mandy O’Neill 087-7924649.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 3rd APRIL 2016
Our Saturday team maintained their pursuit of the Leinster Senior Saturday Major 1A title when they claimed all three points in a fine 3-0 away win last Saturday night against St James Gate. Maurice Dunne notched a brace, one coming from the penalty spot to bring his tally for the season to fourteen. Conor Tobin scored his fifth of the season heading home from a corner to cap off a very professional performance. This win keeps the lads on top of the pile with Swords Celtic and Ballymun United their main challengers. Swords are eleven points behind the lads with four games in hand while Ballymun are thirteen points behind with five games in hand. Both these teams have to play each other while the lads have finished with both.
The weekend’s junior action was some what curtailed due to inclement weather that came in on Friday and lasted for the weekend. Some games did get the go ahead on Saturday though. The under 11 whites recorded a fantastic 5-3 away win over Avonmore, finding themselves 3-1 down at half time the lads produced a stirring come back to win. Ryan McConnell hit two to bring his tally for the season to twenty one, Ben Bowen and Matthew Porter scored one a piece to make it seven each for the campaign with Ian Kavanagh scoring his third of the season to complete the scoring. They also had a midweek game which they lost 3-2 to champions elect Glencormac Utd. The lads produced some excellent football on the night and their efforts deserved something from the game, on the night we had a first ever goal from young Mikey Nolan and what a way to get off the mark curling a free kick into the top hand corner. Kacper Lepek scored the second with a lovely chipped effort. The under 12A’s produced some stunning football in their 6-2 premier cup semi final victory over Aughrim Rangers, finding themselves 1-0 down after two minutes the lads dominated for large periods producing some excellent football On the day we had six different scorers, Jordan Younger drew them level, a goal either side of the break from Callum Gibney and Willoughby Woods put them 3-1 up. Leading scorer Conor Hunter nabbed his fifteenth of the season to make it 4-1 and then Mark Hodgkinson made it five. Aughrim pulled one back before Luke Dunne put the icing on the cake with his first goal of the season. Well done Colin, Jenny and the lads. The 12C’s went down to a heavy defeat to a physically bigger Carnew side, in terrible conditions which were more suited to the stronger Carnew side the girls gave it a hundred percent as usual. The 13C’s lost 7-0 to Arklow Town B, they battled through out and with a bit of luck in front of goal they might have nicked a couple of scores. Our under 16B’s set up a possible all Rovers final when they defeated St Patricks 3-2 in the semi final of the premier cup in Kilcashel. The lads were 2-1 down at the break in a fairly even first half, the second half saw Rovers dictate most of the play which saw them come back to win. Leading scorer Daniel Fitzsimons now has twenty four for the season when he notched a brace, Conor Byrne made it nine for the season when he added a single to book their place in the final. The lads must wait to see if they will play the ‘A’ team in the final as they will take on Arklow Utd in the other semi final.
The clubs AGM has been rearranged for Monday the 25th of April, it will take place in the clubhouse in the Whitegates and will start at 7.30 pm. Please arrive early as the meeting will start at 7.30 pm sharp.
Our Easter Soccer camp was a huge success with over 90 kids taking part in the camp. The weather was kind to us for most of the week with Friday been the only bad day weather wise. All the kids had a great time while the bigger kids [coaches] also seemed to enjoy themselves. The club would like to thank the kids and their parents for supporting our Easter camp, we thank you all for your continuous support.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Jackie McCloskey who sadly passed away recently, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time, may he rest in peace.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 10th APRIL 2016
The intermediate team were involved in two games last week, in midweek action they took on Liffey Wanderers in the Gilligan cup. They made all the early running and had the chances to go in front but it was Liffey who drew first blood to take the lead. Shortly after they were two up, Rovers hit back with goals from Cian O'Hainaigh and Stephen Earls but Liffey took the honours with a winning goal in the dying minutes. The lads performed superbly well here and deserved something from the game. On Sunday they were at home to the same opponents and were on the wrong side of a 2-1 scoreline. Brian Byrne drew them level after they fell behind early on but the Dublin side fired home the winner from the penalty spot midway through the second period.
The Saturday team took on Swords Celtic in the third round of the Noel Ryan cup and came home with a disappointing 4-1 defeat. In truth the lads probably have one eye on their challenge for the title which as they say is your bread and butter. Maurice Dunne fired in his fourth cup goal to bring his tally to fifteen in all competitions for the season.
In midweek junior action the under 11 greens defeated local neighbours Wicklow Town  6-3, Sam Culleton and Louis Malcomson both scored two goals a piece, Sam Greene and Jack Noble hit one each. The 12C's gave it their all in a 5-0 defeat to Ashford Rovs and the girls were a little unlucky not to register a couple of scores. A superb hat-trick from Ben Free and singles from Scott Bushe, Luke Horan,  Noah Sheridan and Mark Evans helped the 13Bs secure a win over their clubmates the 'C' team. The 14A's drew 2-2 with Arklow Town with goals from Cian Ward and Callum Kelly. Thomas O'Neill hit his fifth hat-trick of the season in their 5-4 defeat to Newtown Juniors in the cup, Tom O'Shea nabbed the fourth goal in a thriller. Ryan Murphy and Luke Kelly hit the goals for the under 15's in their 5-2 defeat to Roundwood. The 16B's beat Greystones Utd 8-3, Daniel Fitzsimons blasted home an excellent five goals, Sean Leonard, Conor Byrne and Eoin Sreenan scored one each.
The weekend’s junior action saw the 12A's away to second placed Arklow United on Friday and they shared the spoils in an exciting 3-3 draw. Tom Hodgkinson blasted in a brace to make it five for the season with top scorer Conor Hunter adding one to bring his tally to sixteen for the campaign. On Saturday our all girls team [12C's] put in a great performance in defeat when they went down 3-1 to St Patricks. Only recently they lost 10-0 to the same opposition so it just shows how much improvement this little team are making. They put in a great shift giving a hundred percent and were a little unlucky. Molly Sweeney was on the score sheet for her second of the season in what was a great all round team performance. A lot of credit must go to coach Niall Cull for all his hard work with the team. Well done Niall and the team. The 13B's took on St Anthonys in their own backyard, Anthonys went into this game boasting a one hundred percent record since they dropped down from the premier division but the lads put it up to them in a thrilling 3-3 draw. Noah Sheridan made it fourteen for the season when he scored twice with David Lally firing home his fourth of the campaign. The 14A's dropped their first points in the premier shield when they lost 3-2 away to Arklow Town in a closely fought game. Cian Ward scored his second goal of the week to make it three for the season with Robbie Hoffman nabbing his second this season. The 16B's completed the double over Greystones United this week, after defeating them in the league during the week they beat the same opposition on Saturday winning 4-2 in the shield. Leading scorer Daniel Fitzsimons broke the 30 goal mark for the season when he scored two goals to bring his tally to 31, Conor Byrne poached a single to make it 11 for the campaign with Dylan Frazer popping up for his third of the season.
On Sunday the 11 whites beat Enniskerry 8-2, Ryan McConnell his an amazing five goals, Matthew Porter, Jamie Duffy and Mikey Nolan scored their other goals. The 13A’s defeated Enniskerry 5-2, Connor Lewins hit a brace with singles coming from Sam Brown, Max Kearney and Adam O’Reilly. Our 14B’s beat Greystones Utd 4-3 with two goals from Daniel Murphy and one each from Tom O’Shea and Nedas Velindas. The under 15’s won 2-0 against Little Bray Utd with Ryan Murphy and Nathan Wynne getting their names on the score sheet.
The clubs AGM has been rearranged for Monday the 25th of April, it will take place in the clubhouse in the Whitegates and will start at 7.30 pm. Please arrive early as the meeting will start at 7.30 pm sharp.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 17th APRIL 2016
The Saturday team had a very important win at the weekend, they beat Colepark Utd 3-2 and what an important three points this could be, with the game tied at 2-2 and deep into injury time it looked like the lads would have to settle for a point but to their credit they kept going forward in search of a winner which would earn them all three points. Ciaran McGettigan popped up with his second goal of the game to give the lads a valuable win. Conor Tobin added a single to Ciaran's brace which now means the lads are ten points clear of Ballymun Utd who have four games in hand.
Midweek action was confined to the junior section of the club. On Tuesday the under 13C's lost 6-0 to a very strong Arklow Town side. Wednesday saw the 11 green team lose 6-3 away to St Anthonys, Oscar Malcomson and Louis Malcomson scored one each with the other coming in the shape of an own goal. On Thursday the 12B's lost out by the odd goal in five losing 3-2 away to Aughrim, Zach Callery and Kyle Corrigan fired home the goals in a game they should have got something from. The same night the under 15's played out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Arklow Town, Nathan Wynne, Ryan Murphy and Luke Durac McGowan all scored one a piece.
The junior action for the weekend started on Friday night with the under 14A's battling out a tough 1-1 draw with Arklow Town at the Whitegates. Dylan Kavanagh scored the all important goal which keeps them in the running for a place in the shield final. On Saturday the all girls team (12C's) had a great 2-0 away win over Greystones Utd, first goals of the season for Lucy Rampersaud and Katie Marah paved the way for this victory. Every girl in the squad played their part in an excellent performance. On the down side to the game Eve Kelly broke her collar bone in her sides win, her manager, team mates and everyone at the club would like to wish Eve a speedy recovery from her injury, we all hope to see you back on the playing field very soon, get well soon Eve. The 11A green team had a good 3-1 win over Rathnew in a local derby in the Hockey pitch, two goals from Louis Malcomson and a single from Sam Culleton keeps the lads on track for a place in the shield final. The under 13A's comprehensively defeated Ashford Rovs winning 11-0, Sam Brown hit his third hat-trick of the season, Connor Lewins also fired in a hat-trick. Luke Dease nabbed a brace with Max Kearney, Samuel Bishop and Adam O'Reilly scoring one a piece. Our 13C's recorded an excellent 3-1 win over local rivals Wicklow Town at Finlay Park to get their shield campaign off to a winning start. Cass Kelleher, Roy Browne and Ethan Allen from the penalty spot accounted for their goals. The 14B's played out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Arklow Town, two goals from Tom O'Shea and one from top scorer Thomas O'Neill earned them a point in this thrilling encounter.
On Sunday the under 12A’s made it two wins from two in the premier shield with a 2-1 win over Arklow Town, Willoughby Woods doubled his tally for the season when he scored both Rovers goals to maintain their winning start in the shield. Our 12B’s played out a 1-1 draw away to Glencormac, in a tight encounter with very little between the teams it was under 11A player Sam Christie who popped up to score the Rovers goal that earned them a well deserved point. The under 15’s lost narrowly at home to Avonmore at the Whitegates, in a game that could have went either way it was the away team who came out on top winning 2-1, Ryan Murphy scored the Rovers goal to make it fourteen for the season. The 16B’s lost 3-1 away to Greystones Utd, their first defeat in the division one shield, Luke Whyte scored their goal.
The clubs AGM has been rearranged for Monday the 25th of April, it will take place in the clubhouse in the Whitegates and will start at 7.30 pm. Please arrive early as the meeting will start at 7.30 pm sharp.
Our Saturday morning academy continues every Saturday morning from 11 o’clock to 12 in the Whitegates under the guidance of experienced club coach Johnny Dunne. The academy is for both boys and girls from the age of 3 up to 8 years of age. No registration required, just come along and join in and have fun while learning the skills of football.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 24th APRIL 2016
The intermediate team made the long journey to Drogheda Town last Friday night and came home empty handed losing 5-1, the lads were very much understrength. On the night Gavin McDevitt scored the goal for Rovers.
Midweek junior action saw the under 14A's go down 3-2 away to last season's league champions Shamrock Boys in a thrilling encounter. Dylan Kavanagh scored both the Rovers goals to make it eight for the season. The 14B's beat table toppers Wolfe Tone in the division 2 shield to go joint top of the table with their opponents, two goals from Thomas O'Neill and one from Daniel Murphy gained them all three points in a 3-0 victory. The under 15's played out a battling 2-2 draw away to Arklow Town B, top scorer Ryan Murphy and David McNabb notched their goals. The 16A's started off their shield campaign with a tough 3-2 home win over St Anthonys, Stuart Cox nabbed a brace with Stephen Finlay scoring one.
On Saturday the 11A’s kept their destiny in the premier shield in their own hands with a valuable away point in a 3-3 draw with Aughrim, Jack Noble, Sam Culleton and Steven Gormley fired home the all important goals which keeps the lads on top of the pile. Our 12C’s suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of a much physically stronger Coolboy side, to the girl’s credit they battled all the way to the final whistle. The 14A's had a good 4-1 win over Arklow Town, Dylan Kavanagh continued his golden streak of late in front of goal when he fired home an excellent hat-trick to make it six goals in his last three games, Jack Fox completed the scoring with a single. In the under 13 division 1 cup semi final the under 13B's beat local neighbours Wicklow Town 6-0 to book their place in the final. The highlight of the game was a five goal salvo from Ben Free to bring his tally for the season to twenty five, Connor Leonard hit the sixth goal in a good all round team performance. The 16A’s booked their place in the premier cup final with a 6-2 win over Arklow Utd, Luca Rampersaud led the way with a fantastic hat-trick, Stuart Cox fired in two with Patrick O’Keane completing the scoring, this result now means it will be an all Rovers final with the ‘B’ team having previously booked their spot in the final.
Sunday’s action saw the under 12B team progress to the final of the division 1 cup when they beat Glencormac Utd 1-0 in a very tight game that could have went either way. The lads went in front when Sam Christie coolly dispatched the ball past the keeper after fifteen minutes. This proved to be the decisive goal as through out the game both defences were very much on top. Both sides did create a couple of half chances but neither side could pierce the rock solid rearguards of both teams. Well done to Jason and the lads on making the final. The 13A’s also progressed to their premier cup final when they defeated St Anthonys 5-2 in Finn Park, two goals from Connor Lewins and one each from Sam Brown, Adam O’Reilly and Luke Dease gives the lads a chance to go one better in the cup after picking up runners up spot in the premier league. The 14B’s put themselves in the driving seat in the division 2 shield when they beat Avonmore 8-1, four goals from top scorer Thomas O’Neill [sixth hat-trick of the season] and three from Tom O’Shea laid the foundations for this win, Daniel Murphy added a single to complete the eight goal haul and maintain their unbeaten run in the shield. Our under 15’s secured all three points with a 6-3 win away to Aughrim Rgrs, Ryan Murphy hit a superb hat-trick, Jack Meaney nabbed two with Nathan Wynne adding one in a good all round team performance.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Patrick (Champ) O'Neill, late of Pearse House, Dublin who sadly passed away recently. Patrick 's son Robert was involved with our club as a manager and on the committee over the years. His grandson Corey also played with the club. Our thoughts and prayers are with Rob and his family and friends at this sad time, may he rest in peace.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
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WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 1st MAY 2016
The intermediate team went down 3-0 to fellow strugglers Confey FC, the lads never really got going in this game and caused very few problems to the Confey defence. On the day Paul Alexander and Stephen Earls led by example with Alan Power covering every blade of grass and giving his all for the cause.
The Saturday team came out on top in a repeat of last year’s cup final when they defeated Leicester Celtic 1-0 in the second round of the Tom Carroll cup. In a tight cup tie it was top scorer Ciaran McGettigan’s goal that separated the sides and earn the lads a third round tie away to Liffey Wanderers.
Midweek action in our junior section started on Tuesday night, the under 12A's were involved in a cracking game with Arklow Town A, the lads lost 5-4 in a nine goal thriller but in truth there was no losers in this game. Both Rovers and Arklow served up an excellent feast of football for the watching public with the real winners been football. Conor Hunter and Jordan Younger both bagged two goals a piece in what was a great advert for the game, well done to both teams and their coaching staff. Our under 14A's suffered a disappointing 6-2 defeat at home to Greystones Utd, this result all but kills off their hopes of making the shield final. Jack Fox and Jamie Noble registered a goal each. The under 15's recorded a hard earned 2-1 victory away to neighbours Rathnew, Jack Meaney and Chris Mabuza fired in their goals which means the lads have now only been defeated once in their last six games. On Wednesday the under 13C's battled right up to the final whistle but couldn't stop a strong Arklow Town side winning 4-0. The under 11 white team got their shield campaign off to a winning start when they earned all three points in a tough 3-2 away win over Arklow Utd, top scorer Ryan McConnell hit number 27 for the season, Ben Bowen scored his eighth of the season with the decisive goal coming from Mikey Nolan. On Thursday night the 12B's suffered a hangover from their recent cup semi final success when they lost 3-0 away to Roundwood. The under 14B’s went goal crazy hitting twelve past Arklow Celtic winning 12-0, Thomas O’Neill scored an astonishing six goals, goalkeeper Joe O’Shea came outfield in the second period and fired in an excellent hat-trick. Tom O’Shea, Ramsey Pinsker and Aidan Kelly completed the scoring with one each.
On Saturday the under 11 green team went down 5-4 to Newtown Juniors in a nine goal thriller, Jack Noble fired home a brace with Sam Culleton and Sam Greene nabbing one a piece. The 13A’s went down 3-1 in a top of the table clash in the under 14 division 1 shield, Max Kearney scored the Rovers goal to bring his tally to fourteen. Our 13B’s got their shield campaign off to a flyer with an impressive 6-1 away win over Greystones Utd, David Lally and under 12A player Conor Hunter both hit two goals each with Noah Sheridan and Luke Horan notching singles. The 14A’s defeated Arklow Town 3-1 in Lamberton, Dylan Kavanagh fired home his eleventh goal of the season with Cian Ward and Robbie Hoffman also getting on the score sheet. The 14B’s drew 1-1 away to Aughrim, top scorer Thomas O’Neill claimed the Rovers goal to make it an incredible thirty five for the season. The under 16B’s drew 1-1 away to Arklow Utd which keeps them well in the mix for a top two spot and a place in the division one shield final, a first goal of the season for Pablo Godino Serrano secured a share of the spoils for the lads and earned them what could prove to be a very important point.
Sunday’s action was limited to two games, the under 11 white team were involved in a very entertaining game against St Patricks of Avoca, after racing into a 2-0 lead with goals from Jamie Duffy and Ryan McConnell they were pegged back by the Avoca side with the game ending up at 2-2, definitely the lads will be thinking they left this one behind. The under 13C’s lost 6-0 to league champions Roundwood but the scoreline flattered the champions a little bit. Rovers were the better team in the first period controlling the game for large spells and not having much luck in front of goal. The lads ran out of steam in the second period which is when Roundwood punished the lads.
On behalf of the club's executive committee I would like to thank everyone who attended our AGM on Monday night, it was great to see some new faces in attendance. Thanks to the few managers, coaches and parents that attended. A big thanks to the senior ladies team who turned out in large numbers and finally thanks to everyone for their input at the meeting, your interest and support for the club is very much appreciated, Wicklow Rovers AFC executive committee.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 8th MAY 2016
The intermediate team went down 5-3 to Ballyfermot Utd, in truth this game was so open it could have ended 7-7 or 8-8. The game was very open, the lads went in front when Brian Harrington coolly rounded the keeper to slot home. Ballyfermot levelled but shortly after the impressive Ciaran McGettigan powered Rovers in front. Just before the break the Dublin side levelled again. The second period was as open as the first and it was Rovers who edged in front again when Ciaran McGettian fired home his second of the game. The lads were undone by two quick fire goals from Ballyfermot and then a cruel deflection gave Gary Browne in the Rovers goal no chance as Ballyfermot killed off the game with their fifth. It was as good a performance as any during the season on Sunday, a mixture of bad luck and probably running out of steam in the final quarter told on the lads. Brian Byrne, Jim Foley and Ciaran McGettigan stood out in a good team performance.
Action in the junior section during the week saw the under 11 white team go down 3-1 to Glencormac United, Mikey Nolan continued his hot streak in front of goal when he fired home the Rovers goal. The 12A's lost 2-0 to league champions Arklow Town in a game that could have went either way with the lads having the chances to get something from the game. Zach Callery hit the Rovers goal in the under 12B's 2-1 defeat at home to Glencormac in an evenly contested encounter. The under 13C's lost 4-0 to table toppers Arklow Town at the Whitegates, the lads battled through out the game against a strong Arklow outfit. Our under 13A's defeated Newtown Juniors 10-4 in the under 14 division 1 shield, Adam O'Reilly hit an excellent hat-trick, Max Kearney helped himself to a brace with Harry Hodgkinson, Connor Lewins, Mark O'Brien, Samuel Bishop and Ryan Delamere all adding singles to keep them in pole position to make the final. Another team in a good position is our 14B's who head the table in the division 2 shield, they beat Aughrim 3-1 on Thursday. One goal a piece from Thomas O'Neill, Tom O'Shea and Daniel Murphy puts them in a strong position to make the final.
Sunday’s action saw the under 11 white team go down 3-1 away to Greystones Utd, leading 1-0 at the break through Ryan McConnell’s twenty ninth goal of the season and controlling the whole first half the lads didn’t reach the same level in the second period as the home side fired in three unanswered goals. The 12B’s got themselves back in contention for a place in their shield final with a narrow 1-0 away win over St Anthonys, a first of the season for Michael O’Neill earned the lads all three points. Our 14B’s maintained their push for a place in the shield final when they beat Avonmore 6-2, a brace a piece for Michael Ryan and Daniel Murphy and one each from Thomas O’Neill and Tom O’Shea keeps the lads destiny very much in their own hands. The under 15’s recorded a good 5-2 win over St Anthonys, two goals from Luke Durac McGowan and singles from Nathan Wynne, Ryan Murphy and Luke Kelly ensured the lads claimed all three points. The 16B’s drew 0-0 against St Patricks, this now means it’s a straight head to head battle between the lads and St Patricks for the final place in the shield final. After this result it means the lads are a point clear of their opponents but St Patricks have a game in hand so it looks like their final game against St Paticks will decide who will progress.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to congratulate Wicklow rugby club on their great success in the Towns cup at the weekend. It was a great day for everyone associated with Wicklow rugby club and a great day for sport in Wicklow. Once again congratulations and well done to everyone involved.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Ellen Dunne who sadly passed away recently, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time, may she rest in peace.
The senior ladies team and everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Merryn Lacy who at a very young age has sadly passed away. Our senior ladies team formed a special relationship recently during her illness. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. May she rest in peace.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 15th MAY 2016
The Saturday team suffered a setback in the title race on Monday when they lost 5-3 away to Pegasus/St James Athletic. Rovers led 1-0 but then fell 3-1 behind. They battled back to draw level at 3-3 but were then hit with two counter attacks when they piled forward in search of a winner to lose out on a 5-3 scoreline. Greg Dunne, Ciaran McGettigan and Conor Tobin scored their goals on the night. On Thursday night the lads exited from the Tom Carroll cup when they lost out in extra time to Liffey Wanderers, with the game tied at 1-1 after ninety minutes it was on to extra time. In a tight tense affair it looked like we were heading for a penalty shootout. Cruelly the Dublin side scored what proved to be the winner in the dying seconds, on the night Dave Rowan netted for Rovers. Saturday saw the lads gain three points without kicking a ball due to their opponents Verona  been unable to field a team.
Junior midweek action started on Tuesday night with the under 13B’s losing a seven goal thriller away to Coolboy, Noah Sheridan, David Lally and Scott Bushe all scored one a piece in a 4-3 defeat. The 14A’s defeated Coolboy Rgrs 3-1 at the Whitegates, Dylan Kavanagh hit his thirteenth of the season, Cian Ward and Paul Marah were the other scorers on the night. Our under 15’s recorded a good 5-1 win over Aughrim, Nathan Wynne and Chris Mabuza fired in a brace each with David McNabb getting one. Wednesday night saw the 12A's go down 3-2 away to Wolfe Tone in a game they  should have got something from. Cousins Tom and Mark Hodgkinson scored the goals to give them eight and six respectively for the season. Our all girls team the 12C's earned an excellent point against Arklow Town, after falling a goal behind the girls showed their battling qualities to fight back with an equaliser from the impressive Molly Sweeney, her third of the season. The girls put in a great shift with all fifteen players playing their part. The 16A's kept their dream of a treble alive when they comprehensively defeated St Anthonys  7-1 to book their place in the shield final. On the night there was a brace a piece for Luca Rampersaud, Stuart Cox and James Lang, the game also saw a first of the season for Adam Cuddihy. Thursday’s action saw the under 12B's suffer a setback in the shield when they lost 2-1 away to Ashford Rovs, Alex Byrne scored his first goal of the season for the 12B's. The 14B's have one foot in their shield final after a 5-0 victory over Ashford Rovs, Thomas O'Neill smashed home four goals to bring his tally to an incredible 41 for the season. Tom O'Shea now has nineteen after he scored a single in what was a good team performance.
Junior action on Saturday saw the under 11 greens lose 5-2 at home to St Anthonys in their last group shield Match, this result means the lads must now sit back and wait to see if results go their way to help them make the final. Louis Malcomson and Sam Christie scored their goals. The 12A's went down 6-2 to a very good Arklow Town side, the lads came up against a team very much in form, on the day Conor Hunter scored his first shield goal to bring his tally to 19 for the season while Tiernan O'Brien also nabbed his first shield goal for his second of the season.
The 13C's lost 7-0 to shield favourites Roundwood, the lads battled through out but nothing went for them on the day. They gave it their all but found the physically bigger Roundwood team too strong on the day. Our under 14B's defeated Greystones United 4-1 in the Whitegates, what this result means is they now require one point from three games to book their spot in the division 2 shield final. They are now unbeaten in 11 shield games and look very much on course for a place in the final. Daniel Murphy hit a brace to make it 12 for the season, Thomas O'Neill and Tom O'Shea scored one a piece in another good all round team performance. Goalkeeper Joe O'Shea and his defensive four must take a lot of credit for their recent great run.
On Sunday our under 11 white team went down 4-3 to Wolfe Tone, Ben Bowen, Aran Cavanagh and Mikey Nolan scored their goals in a great all round team performance. The under 13A’s lost 3-1 away to Roundwood, Sam Brown nabbed his twenty third of the season. This result means the lads now require one win from their last three games to make the final. The under 15’s lost narrowly to table toppers Ashford Rovs by two goals to one. Nathan Wynne put the Rovers of Wicklow in front but Ashford fought back to run out 2-1 winners.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
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WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 22nd MAY 2016
Senior action saw our Saturday team lose 5-3 away to Swords Celtic, this result means the North Dublin side have now opened up a four point gap in second place in the league table. Joe Quinn nabbed his first of the campaign, Maurice Dunne scored his sixteenth of the season from the penalty spot with top scorer Ciaran McGettigan firing home his twenty first of the campaign.
Midweek action for the Juniors started on Tuesday night with the under 12A's recording an excellent 4-0 away win over Arklow Utd, Mark Hodgkinson scored twice with Tom Hodgkinson and Jordan Younger firing home one each to keep them very much in the hunt for a place in the premier shield final. The 12C's went down to a very strong St Patricks side, in truth the girls gave a hundred percent but the physically bigger Avoca side were just too strong. Our 13B's put themselves in pole position to make it to their shield final when they made it five wins from five when they defeated league champions elect St Anthonys in their own backyard. Ben Free and Noah Sheridan both nabbed a brace each with Scott Bushe and Luke Horan scoring one a piece in a fantastic 6-2 win, this was an excellent all round team performance from the lads. Our 13A's sealed their place in the under 14 division 1 shield final when they narrowly defeated Newtown Juniors 2-1 in the Whitegates, this was a close game which could have went either way. After falling one behind Rovers came out in the second half to score twice through Adam O'Reilly and Harry Hodgkinson to claim all three points and a place in the final against Roundwood. The under 15's good form of late came to an end on Tuesday when they lost 5-0 away to Wolfe Tone, the lads never really reached the high standards they have set themselves of late as the Bray side ran out deserved winners. On Wednesday the under 13C's lost 3-1 to local neighbours Wicklow Town, in an exciting tussle the Town came out on top with both sides having plenty of chances, Ethan Allen scored the Rovers goal on the night. Thursday saw our under 12A's secure three very important points in the premier shield when they defeated Wolfe Tone 4-1, Tom Hodgkinson hit a brace, Conor Hunter hit a single with Sean O'Meara firing home from the penalty spot to complete the scoring. This result means the lads leapfrog their opponents in the group. If it was goals you were looking for Thursday night in the Whitegates was the place to be, our under 15's were involved in an eleven goal thriller with Wolfe Tone. Unfortunately for the lads they unluckily lost out 6-5 in a highly entertaining game to the same opponents that beat them 5-0 on Tuesday. Jack Colaluca smashed in a well taken hat-trick, Luke Kelly and Philip Power scored one a piece in a game that kept the watching public on the edge of their seats right till the very end.
Weekend action on the junior front was at a minimum, the 12B’s lost 3-1 to table toppers Carnew in a game that didn’t affect the lads standing in the group but was a good work out for their up coming cup final, Rory Hannon scored his third of the season for Rovers in this game. Congratulations to our under 14B’s who powered their way to the division two shield final when they defeated second placed Arklow Town C 4-3 in Lamberton. They have now won eleven and drawn two of their thirteen games with one game remaining. This game saw top scorer Thomas O’Neill bring his tally for the season to an incredible 46 goals after scoring all four Rovers goals. This was a great team display and a well deserved final to look forward to, well done to the team, their manager Paul O’Brien and trainer Robbie Dover.
At the time of going to print our senior ladies team will have kicked off their season, everyone at Wicklow Rovers would like to wish Mandy and her girls the first best of luck for the new season. The girls will play most of their games on Monday nights so if your looking for something to do why not come along and give the girls who are giving so much to the club a bit of support, they would be delighted to see you there to cheer them on. Good luck girls.
Also we would like to wish our under 12B’s, 13A’s, 13B’s, 16A’s and 16B’s the very best of luck in their cup finals this coming weekend, good luck to everyone and enjoy the occasion.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
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WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 29th MAY 2016
On the senior front it was left to our senior ladies to provide the action as they kicked off their season in the Dublin Women’s Football League. Unfortunately for the girls they got off to a losing start away to Brookfield losing 4-0. The girls performance didn’t warrant a four goal deficit as they put in a good shift and probably should have been a lot closer on the scoreboard. As this was their first game of the season and there’s plenty of football to go I’m sure there will be better days ahead.
On the junior front Tuesday’s action saw the under 13A’s defeat Arklow Town 6-3 in Lamberton in the under 14 division 1 shield, with their place in the final already assured this was a good workout for the lads prior to their cup and shield finals. Connor Lewins hit an excellent hat-trick, Max Kearney fired home a brace with Luke Dease completing the scoring with a single. The under 15’s played a thrilling local derby with neighbours Rathnew with the spoils been shared in a 2-2 draw, in a game that swung from end to end a draw was probably a fair result in the end. Jack O’Gorman scored his first of the season with Nathan Wynne nabbing his tenth. Also on Tuesday the under 16B’s made it to the final of the division 1 shield final when they got the required result in defeating their closest challengers St Patricks in their own backyard. Daniel Fitzsimons notched two while Conor Byrne and Sean Leonard scored one each in a 4-2 victory which earns the lads a place in the final against Greystones Utd, well done to John, Matt and the lads. Thursday nights action saw our under 15’s have a repeat of Tuesday’s game when they took on Rathnew for the second time in two days. This time Rathnew ran our 5-3 winners in another thriller, after scoring his first of the season on Tuesday Jack O’Gorman popped up for his second of the season, Philip Power also nabbed his second of the campaign with top scorer Ryan Murphy completing the scoring.
On Saturday our under 12B’s went down 3-0 to Newtown Juniors in the division 1 cup final, in a fairly even first half there was nothing separating the sides at the interval. Newtown fired two quick fire goals in the early stages of the second half to go two up and added a third in the dying minutes to seal their victory. The lads gave it their all on the day but a special mention goes to Rory Hennessey who pulled off three top class saves in the game, well done to everyone involved on reaching the final.
On Sunday our under 13B’s stormed to the division 1 cup when they defeated Roundwood 6-0 in the final. The lads controlled this game for large periods, after a slow start the lads got on top and fired home three goals in a ten minute spell. The lads were clinical in front of goal with goal of the game coming from left back Mark Evans who lobbed the keeper from just inside his opponents half to make it 2-0, Ben Free fired home a double with David Lally, Lee Hamilton and Noah Sheridan registering singles. This was an excellent all round team performance with every player in the squad playing his part. Congratulations to Rob, Colm and the lads on a well deserved success and good luck in your up coming shield final. In the under 16 premier cup final it was an all Rovers final with the A’s playing the B’s [our under 15A’s]. The B’s definitely put it up to their older club mates and even had the cheek to take the lead through an excellently dispatched free from Sean Leonard. The A’s levelled through Luca Rampersaud with seven minutes remaining to send it to extra time. The game eventually went to the dreaded penalty shootout which the A’s came out on top by a score of 7-6. Well done to the A’s on their win, also well done to the B’s who put in a tremendous effort.
Congratulations to our under 10 green team who were runners up in the Friendship cup in Belfast where they lost to Swansea City in the final. On the way to the final the lads defeated Aquinas FC, Ballymena Utd, East Coast Strikers, St Marys, Phoenix Dublin and Roe Valley FC with their only defeat coming at the hands of Oxford Utd. Well done to Ian, Dixie and the lads on a great achievement.
The dates for our annual summer soccer camp are week 1 from Monday 4th July to Friday 8th July, week 2 from Monday 11th July to Friday 15th July. The camps will run from 10 am to 3 pm daily, each  participant will receive a jersey, ball and a medal. The cost of the camp is €65 with discount for a family with two or more kids. There will also be a girls only section in the camp. All participants should bring a packed lunch, a drink, boots, shin guards and a rain jacket. Anyone interested in taking part should contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098 or Willie O'Brien at 086-1696911. Alternatively you can contact any committee member or message the club Facebook page. Registration forms can be downloaded from the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 5th JUNE 2016
On the senior front our senior ladies team were involved in a very exciting tussle with Dundrum FC in the Whitegates last week. Dundrum have dropped down a couple of leagues so this was always going to be a tough assignment for the girls. Rovers were the quickest out of the traps and were rewarded with the opening goal when Niamh O'Brien was quick to react with a neat finish to put the girls one up. The Dublin side were back on level terms soon after but the girls didn't let this get them down, they took the game to their opponents forcing their keeper into a couple of good saves. Rovers keeper Tara Quinn came to her sides rescue on a couple of occasions when she produced two excellent saves. The girls went in front for the second time when Rachel ''The goal machine'' Bolger opened her account for the season when she cut in from the right leaving the defenders in her wake before powerfully blasting past the advancing keeper. Rovers went in at the break 2-1 up, a lead that was fully deserved on their first half performance. The Dublin side came out in the second half fully intent on pushing Rovers back and that's exactly what they did. They camped in Rovers half and it was Saoirse O'Reilly at the heart of the Rovers defence that intervened with some strong and well timed challenges to keep them at bay, when they did find a way past Tara Quinn was inspired pulling off two good saves. Eventually the pressure did tell and Dundrum levelled the game with a header from a corner. Dundrum added another couple of goals to race into a 4-2 lead. To the girls credit they never dropped their heads and they battled their way back into the game when the goal machine Rachel Bolger scored her second and Rovers third to make the last few minutes tense. Try that the girls did they couldn't breach the Dundrum defence again but on this performance there is definitely better days ahead for the team. On the night everyone gave it their all but a special mention goes to Tara Quinn who pulled off four excellent saves and Saoirse O'Reilly who was tower of strength at the heart of the Rovers defence.
Midweek junior action saw our under 15's lose 4-1 away to Ashford Rovers, in a typical end of season clash the lads never really got going in this game, under 14 player Jack Fox scored their goal. Hard luck to our under 13A's who lost 2-0 in the under 14 division 1 shield final. The lads playing a year above their natural age group gave it everything against their older opponents but at no stage did they get the rub of the green. They have also captured runners up in their own league as well as this competition with the final of the premier cup to come (fixed for last night) we wish the lads the best of luck in the final.
The weekend saw mixed fortunes for our sides in finals, the under 14B’s were 4-0 winners in the final of the division 2 shield, the lads were very impressive in their victory over Aughrim, a well taken hat-trick from Thomas O’Neill and a single from Tom O’Shea were their goalscorers on the day in what was a very impressive squad performance, congratulations tp Paul O’Brien, Robbie Dover and the team on a great season. The under 16A’s missed out on the treble when they went down 3-0 to Arklow Town, the lads never reached the high standards they have set themselves over the course of the season but they have had an excellent season capturing the premier league and cup double, well done to everyone involved. Our under 15’s finished off their season in style when they defeated St Anthonys 5-2 in the Rocky Road, fresh from his victory with the 14B’s yesterday Tom O’Shea hit a brace, Luke Kelly, Luke Durac McGowan and Ryan Murphy all hit one each.
The dates for our annual summer soccer camp are week 1 from Monday 4th July to Friday 8th July, week 2 from Monday 11th July to Friday 15th July. The camps will run from 10 am to 3 pm daily, each  participant will receive a jersey, ball and a medal. The cost of the camp is €65 with discount for a family with two or more kids. There will also be a girls only section in the camp. All participants should bring a packed lunch, a drink, boots, shin guards and a rain jacket. Anyone interested in taking part should contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098 or Willie O'Brien at 086-1696911. Alternatively you can contact any committee member or message the club Facebook page. Registration forms can be downloaded from the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com There will be a registration day taking place in the clubhouse at the Whitegates on Saturday the 10th of June from 11 till 12 for anyone who is interested in taking part in the club's annual soccer/fun camp.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 12th JUNE 2016
Shamrock Park in Rathnew was the place to be on Tuesday night as both our under 12A's and 13A's were in Premier Cup Final action. First up was the 12A's and what a performance they gave. They gave every ounce of energy to the cause playing some great football against an excellent Arklow Town A side. It was Rovers who took the game to league champions Arklow and were probably a little unlucky not to go in at the break at least a goal up. Sean O'Meara and Tom Hodgkinson both went close with efforts with Hodgkinson a persistent torment to the Arklow rearguard. There was very little between these two teams. It was going to take something special to win this game and that's what happened when Arklow scored a wonder goal with just a few minutes left on the clock. Credit to Rovers they never gave up but luck wasn't with them on the night. Congratulations to Arklow Town on their cup success. Hard luck to Colin, Jenny and the lads, you done yourselves proud with an excellent performance, everyone gave two hundred percent and with a little luck it might have swung our way. Wicklow Rovers under 12A's and everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to wish Arklow Town player Adam Lacey a speedy recovery from an injury he sustained in Tuesday's final, get well soon Adam. The under 13A's also took on Arklow Town A in their Premier Cup Final and these two sides know each other inside out. Over the years it is either one or the other that takes the honours and with Arklow already claiming the league title the lads went out determined to grab the cup. In a highly competitive game with no quarter given it was Rovers who drew first blood when Sam Brown fired them ahead, a lead they maintained till the interval. The second period saw the early stages of the half very even with action going from end to end. The lads increased their lead after forty minutes when Sam Brown's cross found Mark O'Brien on the edge of the eighteen yard box who fired an unstoppable thunderbolt to the top right hand corner of the net, a goal worthy of winning any cup final. Arklow gave themselves hope when they pulled one back with a quarter of an hour to go. Arklow piled the pressure on the Rovers back line with Rovers looking dangerous on the break. The Rovers rearguard held firm with Andrew Nolan also making a couple of good saves as the lads saw out the remaining minutes to claim a well deserved victory. It was hard to pick a man of the match as every player was excellent on the night, they battled for every ball and when they lost it they made sure they battled back to win it for their team, a big cheer echoed around Shamrock Park when team captain Luke Dease received the trophy. Congratulations to Jerry, Mick and the lads on a great season. On Friday the under 12A’s played their second final of the week and were very unlucky to lose out 2-1 after extra time to Arklow Town A, Tom Hodgkinson scored their goal with every player giving a hundred percent on the night, congratulations to Colin, Jenny and the lads on a great season. Our under 13B's who are already assured of their place in the division 1 shield final defeated Greystones United 2-1 in the Rocky Road on Wednesday night, Ben Free and David Lally hit their goals. On Sunday they played their last group game away to Coolboy Rgrs losing 3-1 with David Lally scoring their goal, what this result means the lads must wait till Greystones and Coolboy play-off to see who they will meet in the final.
The club are currently inviting applicants for the following managerial positions within the club for the 2016/17 season: 1. Leinster Senior First Team; 2. Leinster Senior Second Team; 3. Under 18 Team. Anyone interested in the above positions should contact club secretary Rob Free for an application form at 085-8153424 or by email at robfreemax@gmail.com Closing dates for the above applications is Friday the 1st of July.
The dates for our annual summer soccer camp are week 1 from Monday 4th July to Friday 8th July, week 2 from Monday 11th July to Friday 15th July. The camps will run from 10 am to 3 pm daily, each  participant will receive a jersey, ball and a medal. The cost of the camp is €65 with discount for a family with two or more kids. There will also be a girls only section in the camp. All participants should bring a packed lunch, a drink, boots, shin guards and a rain jacket. Anyone interested in taking part should contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098 or Willie O'Brien at 086-1696911. Alternatively you can contact any committee member or message the club Facebook page. Registration forms can be downloaded from the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com Keep an eye on our club facebook page for dates on registration days.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 19th JUNE 2016
Well believe it or not we still have action on the playing field going on, here we are at the tail end of June and still some teams are trying to complete their season. On Thursday night our under 11 green team went down 5-3 to Newtown Juniors in a premier shield play-off game for the right to play St Anthonys in the final. After the game finished in an exciting 3-3 draw it was onto extra time where Newtown scored two without reply. The lads put it up to league champions Newtown in a game that could have went either way. Oscar Malcomson, Louis Malcomson and Jack Noble were the Rovers marksmen on the night, the lads gave it their all against a very good Newtown side, hard luck to Gerry and the lads. Sunday saw our under 16B’s play Greystones Utd in the final of the division 1 shield, our 16B’s are playing a year above their natural age group and have had a fantastic season. After finishing third in the premier league they then claimed runners up in the premier cup against their club mates the ‘A’ team. Sunday saw them cap off a terrific campaign when they won the shield defeating Greystones 4-2, top scorer Daniel Fitzsimons fired home two goals with Sean Leonard and Luke Whyte notching one a piece. The lads were always in control of the game racing into a 2-0 with goals from Fitzsimons and Whyte, after the break they went 3-0 up when Leonard fired home. Greystones pulled one back but Fitzsimons made sure there was no comeback on the cards when he nabbed his thirty fifth of the season and Rovers fourth to kill off the game. Greystones did get a second but Rovers ran out deserved winners. Congratulations to John, Matt and the lads on a very successful season.
The club are currently inviting applicants for the following managerial positions within the club for the 2016/17 season: 1. Leinster Senior First Team; 2. Leinster Senior Second Team; 3. Under 18 Team. Anyone interested in the above positions should contact club secretary Rob Free for an application form at 085-8153424 or by email at robfreemax@gmail.com Closing dates for the above applications is Friday the 1st of July.
The dates for our annual summer soccer camp are week 1 from Monday 4th July to Friday 8th July, week 2 from Monday 11th July to Friday 15th July. The camps will run from 10 am to 3 pm daily, each  participant will receive a jersey, ball and a medal. The cost of the camp is €65 with discount for a family with two or more kids. There will also be a girls only section in the camp. All participants should bring a packed lunch, a drink, boots, shin guards and a rain jacket. Anyone interested in taking part should contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098 or Willie O'Brien at 086-1696911. Alternatively you can contact any committee member or message the club Facebook page. Registration forms can be downloaded from the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com There is a registration day this coming Saturday morning the 25th June in the clubhouse from 11 till 12.
The dates have been released for the clubs open training sessions and trials for all our junior teams for the 2016/17 season, all open training sessions and trials will take place in the Whitegates from 7pm till 8pm. The dates are as follows: Under 8’s [Born 2009/10] are on Monday 11th July; Under 9’s [Born 2008] are on Monday 11th July; Under 10’s [Born 2007] are on Tuesday 12th July; Under 11’s [Born 2006] are on Wednesday 13th July; Under 12’s [Born 2005] are on Thursday 14th July; Under 13’s [Born 2004] are on Friday 15th July; Under 14’s [Born 2003] are on Friday 22nd July; Under 15’s [Born 2002] are on Wednesday 20th July and Under 16’s [Born 2001] are on Thursday 21st July. If any player is away on holidays while the above sessions are taking place please inform any committee member.
The club’s weekly junior soccer academy continues every Saturday morning [weather permitting] under the watchful eye of senior club coaches Johnny Dunne and Robbie Dover. The academy takes places on the all weather pitch on the club grounds at the Whitegates and is open to all kids from the age of 3 years to 8 years. The academy starts at 11 o’clock and finishes at 12. There is no need for registration so you can come along to any week that suits. Come along and learn the skills of football while having fun and enjoyment, it’s a great way of meeting new friends as you learn the skills as you get prepared for the introduction to participate in organised league football in the coming years.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 26th JUNE 2016
Well finally we have came to a conclusion on the playing field in the junior section of the club and what a thrilling conclusion it was. Our under 13B’s were taking on Coolboy Rangers in the final of the division one shield in Vartry Park, home of Roundwood AFC in midweek action to bring the curtain down on our junior section. Normal time failed to separate the two teams with the final score at the end of ordinary time tied at 2-2. This was an excellent game of football with both sides playing their part, two Luke Horan goals ensured Rovers would keep their shield hopes alive and send the game to extra time. In extra time both sides had their chances but it wasn’t until the dying seconds that one of those chances were taken, thankfully for the lads it was Ben Free who popped up with the decisive goal in the last minute giving their opponents little time to reply. The lads ran out 3-2 winners in a thrilling encounter in what was a great advert for football, an excellent sporting occasion. Congratulations to Rob, Colm and the team on their successful season capturing a fantastic double winning both the division one cup and shield, well done lads.
The club are currently inviting applicants for the following managerial positions within the club for the 2016/17 season: 1. Leinster Senior First Team; 2. Leinster Senior Second Team; 3. Under 18 Team. Anyone interested in the above positions should contact club secretary Rob Free for an application form at 085-8153424 or by email at robfreemax@gmail.com Closing dates for the above applications is this Friday the 1 st of July.
The dates for our annual summer soccer camp are week 1 from Monday 4th July to Friday 8th July, week 2 from Monday 11th July to Friday 15th July. The camps will run from 10 am to 3 pm daily, each  participant will receive a jersey, ball and a medal. The cost of the camp is €65 with discount for a family with two or more kids. There will also be a girls only section in the camp. All participants should bring a packed lunch, a drink, boots, shin guards and a rain jacket. Anyone interested in taking part should contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098 or Willie O'Brien at 086-1696911. Alternatively you can contact any committee member or message the club Facebook page. Registration forms can be downloaded from the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com
The dates have been released for the clubs open training sessions and trials for all our junior teams for the 2016/17 season, all open training sessions and trials will take place in the Whitegates from 7pm till 8pm. The dates are as follows: Under 8’s [Born 2009/10] are on Monday 11th July; Under 9’s [Born 2008] are on Monday 11th July; Under 10’s [Born 2007] are on Tuesday 12th July; Under 11’s [Born 2006] are on Wednesday 13th July; Under 12’s [Born 2005] are on Thursday 14th July; Under 13’s [Born 2004] are on Friday 15th July; Under 14’s [Born 2003] are on Friday 22nd July; Under 15’s [Born 2002] are on Wednesday 20th July and Under 16’s [Born 2001] are on Thursday 21st July. If any player is away on holidays while the above sessions are taking place please inform any committee member.
The club are currently selling FAI National draw tickets, we would ask all club members to make an effort to try and sell some tickets. This could be a great fundraiser for the club if the members get behind it. Anyone interested in purchasing a ticket can contact any committee member or any club member. Full list of the prizes can be viewed on the club facebook page. Also anyone interested in selling some tickets for the club please contact any committee member.
The club’s weekly junior soccer academy continues every Saturday morning [weather permitting] under the watchful eye of senior club coaches Johnny Dunne and Robbie Dover. The academy takes places on the all weather pitch on the club grounds at the Whitegates and is open to all kids from the age of 3 years to 8 years. The academy starts at 11 o’clock and finishes at 12. There is no need for registration so you can come along to any week that suits. Come along and learn the skills of football while having fun and enjoyment, it’s a great way of meeting new friends as you learn the skills as you get prepared for the introduction to participate in organised league football in the coming years.    
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.
  
WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 3rd JULY 2016
Our senior ladies team went down 5-2 away to Firhouse Carmel in the first round of the DWSL shield last week, the girls definitely didn't get the rub of the green in this game with nothing going their way at any stage during the match. To their credit they never dropped their heads and battled right up to the final whistle. Crucial decisions went against them at important times throughout the match. Rachel "The Goal Machine" Bolger fired home both Rovers goals. On the night Rachel, Charmaine Higgins and Bridget O'Reilly who was playing her first game between the posts were excellent for Rovers. Finally we would like to wish Rachel a speedy recovery from a knee injury she suffered in the game.
The dates for our annual summer soccer camp are week 1 from Monday 4th July to Friday 8th July, week 2 from Monday 11th July to Friday 15th July. The camps will run from 10 am to 3 pm daily, each  participant will receive a jersey, ball and a medal. The cost of the camp is €65 with discount for a family with two or more kids. There will also be a girls only section in the camp. All participants should bring a packed lunch, a drink, boots, shin guards and a rain jacket. Anyone interested in taking part should contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098 or Willie O'Brien at 086-1696911. Alternatively you can contact any committee member or message the club Facebook page. Registration forms can be downloaded from the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com
The dates have been released for the clubs open training sessions and trials for all our junior teams for the 2016/17 season, all open training sessions and trials will take place in the Whitegates from 7pm till 8pm. The dates are as follows: Under 8’s [Born 2009/10] are on Monday 11th July; Under 9’s [Born 2008] are on Monday 11th July; Under 10’s [Born 2007] are on Tuesday 12th July; Under 11’s [Born 2006] are on Wednesday 13th July; Under 12’s [Born 2005] are on Thursday 14th July; Under 13’s [Born 2004] are on Friday 15th July; Under 14’s [Born 2003] are on Friday 22nd July; Under 15’s [Born 2002] are on Wednesday 20th July and Under 16’s [Born 2001] are on Thursday 21st July. If any player is away on holidays while the above sessions are taking place please inform any committee member.
The senior men’s teams are returning to training on Tuesday 12th July and Thursday 14th July, training will take place in the Rocky Road on both nights starting at 7.15pm. Anyone interested in playing for the club in the Leinster Senior League for the 2016/17 season should come along to these training sessions. All players welcome, present, past and new players welcome. Anyone interested in playing and can’t make either training sessions due to prior commitments should contact any committee member or privately message the club on the club’s facebook page.
The club are currently selling FAI National draw tickets, we would ask all club members to make an effort to try and sell some tickets. This could be a great fundraiser for the club if the members get behind it. Anyone interested in purchasing a ticket can contact any committee member or any club member. Full list of the prizes can be viewed on the club facebook page. Also anyone interested in selling some tickets for the club please contact any committee member.
Wicklow Rovers AFC promote soccer for schoolboys/girls, youths and seniors men and ladies in the community, our club is growing all the time and any assistance with the help of running the club would be very much appreciated. At present we have a very hard working committee but we are always on the look out for people interested in helping out, the club are always on the look out for people who are interested in getting involved in soccer, whether its coaching and managing or on the executive committee or a sub committee, maybe you would just like to help as an assistant manager, help with fundraising or help just around the grounds or in anyway at all, don’t hesitate, get involved, anyone interested in helping out the club in anyway can contact any committee member. So if your interested in doing some work around the club please contact any of the following committee members, John Frazer, Paul Delaney, Johnny Dunne, Franny Copeland, Jimmy Nolan, Rob Free, Willie O’Brien. Jason Harris and Mandy O’Neill, contact numbers can be found on the club website or alternatively you can private message our club facebook page.
For all news regarding the club, visit the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or visit the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 10th JULY 2016
There were goals a plenty in the Whitegates last week when our senior ladies took on another team who have dropped down to their league in the shape of Enniskerry. The girls lost 10-5 but in truth this game could have ended up 10-10 as the girls did have other chances. Both teams looked like scoring everytime they attacked. The goal machine Rachel Bolger was at it again with a superbly taken hat-trick, the impressive Niamh O'Brien added a brace. The girls were more than a match for their opponents and never gave up, if the girls can gain that little bit more experience they will trouble most teams. On the night Niamh O'Brien, Lucy McGettigan, Saoirse O'Reilly and Hannah Cox stood out for Rovers. Heads up girls, that elusive first win is just around the corner.
Well things couldn’t have gone better for the first week of our annual summer soccer/fun camp. Last week saw 102 kids participate in our camp and they were blessed with glorious sunshine for the whole week, not a drop of rain in sight. The kids had a fantastic time enjoying themselves while also picking up some useful hints in the skills of football. There were definitely a lot of potential stars of the future on show, hopefully we might have witnessed a future Ronaldo, Messi, Pogba or even a Darren Randolph. The kids were a joy to coach all week with everyone behaving to the highest standard. The club would like to thank all the kids for making the week so special, it was lovely to see them all out in their green jerseys. A massive thanks to the kids parents for their continuous support of the club, this is very much appreciated. Finally a big thanks to all our coaches who helped out during the week.
With some of the open training sessions/trials for our junior section for the 2016/17 season now completed the following are the age groups and dates that are remaining to be staged, the dates are as follows: Under 11’s [Born 2006] are on Wednesday 13th July [tonight]; Under 12’s [Born 2005] are on Thursday 14th July; Under 13’s [Born 2004] are on Friday 15th July; Under 14’s [Born 2003] are on Friday 22nd July; Under 15’s [Born 2002] are on Wednesday 20th July and Under 16’s [Born 2001] are on Thursday 21st July. All open training sessions/trials will take place in the Whitegates from 7pm to 8pm. If any player is away on holidays while the above sessions are taking place please inform any committee member.
The senior men’s teams have returned to training this week, at the moment they train on Tuesdays and Thursdays, training will take place in the Rocky Road on both nights starting at 7.15pm. Anyone interested in playing for the club in the Leinster Senior League for the 2016/17 season should come along to these training sessions. All players welcome, present, past and new players welcome. Anyone interested in playing and can’t make the early training sessions due to prior commitments should contact any committee member or privately message the club on the club’s facebook page.
The club are currently selling FAI National draw tickets, we would ask all club members to make an effort to try and sell some tickets. This could be a great fundraiser for the club if the members get behind it. Anyone interested in purchasing a ticket can contact any committee member or any club member. Full list of the prizes can be viewed on the club facebook page. Also anyone interested in selling some tickets for the club please contact any committee member.
The club have recently set up a fundraising sub-committee, as we have a small executive committee it is not possible for this small group of people to carry out everything regards the running of the club. These people are at their maximum capacity regards work they are doing for the club. We would ask new people to put themselves forward and come onto this very important sub-committee to help our club make the progress we all would like to see. If you are interested in helping your club out please contact any committee member so we can put your name forward. Remember just don’t assume someone else is going to do it, come along and help your club.  
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Veronica McCann who sadly passed away recently. Her grandson Adam played for our under 13A team in the season just finished, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. May she rest in peace.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, visit the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or visit the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 17th JULY 2016
The senior ladies travelled to take on Mourne Celtic last week and unfortunately they lost out on a 3-1 scoreline. To say the girls were unlucky is an under statement. In a game where the girls were excellent they were undone by some strange decisions. The girls gave it everything but sometimes things outside your control go against you. Rachel " The Goal Machine " Bolger fired home the Rovers goal. Lucy McGettigan was excellent up front in the first half and continued to impress when she moved into the middle of the park. Charmine Higgins was outstanding driving her team on with Chloe Brennan impressing on her return to action in her first game of the season. Hard luck girls but by all accounts every player gave a hundred percent and soon or later you will get the rewards your efforts deserve.
Last week we had our second week of our annual soccer/fun camp, it was an amazing turn out with 140 kids taking part in week 2, everyone had a fantastic time. Again the weather was very kind to us with the sun shining down every day. We had some potential stars of the future on show with the kids displaying great skills through out the week. The club would like to thank all the kids who conducted themselves to the highest standard all week while having fun. A big thanks to the parents of the kids for your continuous support, it’s very much appreciated. The club would like to say a big thanks to club president Anthony Earls and one of our junior managers Charlie Mitchell who were on hand every day over the two weeks of our summer camp to give a hand where needed. Also a big thanks to Mandy O'Neill who looked after the ordering of gear while also helping throughout the two weeks when called on. Thanks to all our coaches for all their work over the duration of the camp. Thanks to Anne O'Neill who stepped in for the last two days at short notice. Thanks Mandy, Anne, Anthony, Charlie and all the coaches.
Due to popular demand and our highly successful summer football /fun camp the club have decided to hold an extra week before the kids head back to school. The camp will run from Monday 15th August to Friday 19th August in the Whitegates, it will run from 10am to 2pm daily. The camp is open to kids from 4 years old to 13 years old. Every participant will receive a ball and medal. The cost of the camp is €45. Each participant should bring a packed lunch, drink, rain jacket, football boots and shin guards. For registration forms or further information please contact Johnny Dunne 087-7802098, Robbie Dover 087-3621049 or any committee member.
The senior men have resumed training in the last week in preparation for the upcoming 2016/17 season, training takes place in the Rocky Road every Tuesday and Thursday nights at 7.15pm. Everyone welcome, present, past and new players welcome.
The club are currently selling FAI National draw tickets, we would ask all club members to make an effort to try and sell some tickets. This could be a great fundraiser for the club if the members get behind it. Anyone interested in purchasing a ticket can contact any committee member or any club member. Full list of the prizes can be viewed on the club facebook page. Also anyone interested in selling some tickets for the club please contact any committee member.
The club’s weekly junior soccer academy continues every Saturday morning [weather permitting] under the watchful eye of senior club coaches Johnny Dunne and Robbie Dover. The academy takes places on the all weather pitch on the club grounds at the Whitegates and is open to all kids from the age of 3 years to 8 years. The academy starts at 11 o’clock and finishes at 12. There is no need for registration so you can come along to any week that suits. Come along and learn the skills of football while having fun and enjoyment, it’s a great way of meeting new friends as you learn the skills as you get prepared for the introduction to participate in organised league football in the coming years.    
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to wish last season's under 12A top goalscorer Conor Hunter a speedy recovery from a broken collar bone injury he suffered recently, we all hope your on the mend and back to full fitness soon and ready for the start of the new season, get well soon Conor.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 24th JULY 2016
Well last week saw our senior ladies team register their first win of the season and what a way to do it. Shankill came to the Whitegates with four wins and a draw in their first five games so the girls knew they were in for a tough match. The away side started off the better putting Rovers under pressure from the off. The first twenty five minutes solely belonged to the away side with Rovers limited to the odd break away. Saoirse O'Reilly was a rock at the centre of the Rovers  defence, she came to her side's rescue on numerous occasions throwing her body on the line to block shots, her reading of the game was excellent as she intercepted most of the away team's attacking play. Rovers worked their way into the game and took the lead when the goal machine Rachel Bolger fired home. Shankill levelled soon after but the home side retook the lead when the impressive Niamh O'Brien scored. The impressive Rovers team were now showing plenty of confidence as they attacked their opponents, Saoirse O'Reilly took the ball out of defence and played a defence splitting pass to Rachel Bolger who clinically fired into the bottom left hand corner. Lucy McGettigan was outstanding in her display in the engine room in the middle of the park covering every blade of grass, with thirteen minutes left Niamh O'Brien won the ball out on the right, she cut in leaving two defenders in her wake before powerfully blasting past the advancing keeper into the roof of the net. The goal of the game came in the dying minutes when Niamh O'Brien completed her hat-trick when she showed Messi like skills as she dragged the ball past the defender and then delicately chipped the keeper. The girls ran out 5-1 winners. This was an excellent performance from the girls.  Two days later the girls went down 7-2 to an excellent Shankill side. Only 48 hours earlier the girls defeated the same opposition 5-1 in the league which just goes to show there's an element of truth in the saying "That football is a funny old game". The girls were down a couple of regulars but to be honest they never reached the heights of their previous game. Rachel "Goal Machine" Bolger gave Rovers the lead but that's as good as it got. One of the Shankill player s had to be removed to hospital after a nasty looking injury. This seemed to galvanize the away side as for the rest of the game they totally dominated proceedings hitting Rovers for seven. The girls huffed and puffed but made very little inroads on the Shankill defence. When they did break through it was yet again the prolific Rachel Bolger who found the back of the net for her second of the game. This was a disappointing result for Rovers after such an impressive display on the Monday night but a lot of credit has to be given to the Shankill girls as they came out with the determination and attitude of rectifying the result from Monday. On the night Rovers best players were two players who went into the game carrying niggling injuries, yet again Saoirse O'Reilly led by example, her determination and will to win was second to none and was definitely Rovers best player on the night while up front Rachel Bolger proves yet again how valuable she is to the team with another brace of goals to her tally. Finally everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to wish Hannah from the Shankill team a speedy recovery from the injury she picked up in the game, we all wish you well and hope your back on the playing pitch very soon.
Due to popular demand and our highly successful summer football /fun camp the club have decided to hold an extra week before the kids head back to school. The camp will run from Monday 15th August to Friday 19th August in the Whitegates, it will run from 10am to 2pm daily. The camp is open to kids from 4 years old to 13 years old. Every participant will receive a ball and medal. The cost of the camp is €45. Each participant should bring a packed lunch, drink, rain jacket, football boots and shin guards. For registration forms or further information please contact Johnny Dunne 087-7802098, Robbie Dover 087-3621049 or any committee member.
The senior men have resumed training in the last week in preparation for the upcoming 2016/17 season, training takes place in the Rocky Road every Tuesday and Thursday nights at 7.15pm. Everyone welcome, present, past and new players welcome.
The club are currently selling FAI National draw tickets, we would ask all club members to make an effort to try and sell some tickets. This could be a great fundraiser for the club if the members get behind it. Anyone interested in purchasing a ticket can contact any committee member or any club member. Full list of the prizes can be viewed on the club facebook page. Also anyone interested in selling some tickets for the club please contact any committee member.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 31st JULY 2016
Our senior ladies took on Firhouse Carmel in the Whitegates last week in what proved to be a highly entertaining game with both sides playing some attractive football. Rovers were first to threaten when Rachel Bolger fired narrowly wide after two minutes. A minute later Rovers went in front when Niamh O'Brien raced onto a through ball to coolly slot the ball into the bottom left hand corner of the net. On the quarter hour mark the away side levelled matters when they fired home  in a crowded goalmouth scramble. It was 1-1 and all to play for, both sides had half chances to go in front but neither side could capitilise. After thirty minutes Niamh O'Brien notched number two with a copy cat finish of the opening goal to make it 2-1. A minute later it could have been three when Louise Johnson put Rachel Bolger in but she was denied by the keeper. Five minutes before the break Natasha Fitzgerald put the "goal machine" Bolger in on goal who clinically finished with a neat lob over the keeper for her thirteenth goal of the season to send the girls in 3-1 up at the break. The second half saw the away side make the early running putting Rovers under severe pressure. The back four of Anne O'Neill, Saoirse O'Reilly, Louise Johnson and Nicolle Hubbard were excellent and were in no mood to be breached. When they did find away past the Rovers rearguard they found Charmaine Higgins in the Rovers goal in inspired form topped off by a top class save on fifty four minutes to push the ball away at full stretch to preserve a two goal cushion for the girls. With fifteen minutes remaining Hannah Cox out on the right sent Niamh O'Brien away on the right, O'Brien won the race with the last defender and then coolly rounded the keeper to tap home Rovers fourth and complete her hat-trick on the night to bring her tally for the season to nine. Firhouse scored their second with four minutes left with a fierce shot from the left side of the area. Rovers saw out the remainder of the game to run out 4-2 winners in what was a highly entertaining and sporting encounter. Every player played their part in a very good win, on the night Charmaine Higgins in the Rovers goal was excellent, the rearguard of Anne O'Neill, Saoirse O'Reilly, Louise Johnson and Nicolle Hubbard were rock solid with Natasha Fitzgerald on the left side of midfield been very effective when defending and attacking. A special mention goes to Anna Doyle who came on and made two very important interceptions. Overall it was a tremendous team display from the girls. Also well done to team manager Mandy O'Neill who is putting in such great work and giving a lot of time to the girl’s team.
Due to popular demand and our highly successful summer football /fun camp the club have decided to hold an extra week before the kids head back to school. The camp will run from Monday 15th August to Friday 19th August in the Whitegates, it will run from 10am to 2pm daily. The camp is open to kids from 4 years old to 13 years old. Every participant will receive a ball and medal. The cost of the camp is €45. Each participant should bring a packed lunch, drink, rain jacket, football boots and shin guards. For registration forms or further information please contact Johnny Dunne 087-7802098, Robbie Dover 087-3621049 or any committee member.
The club are currently seeking a manager for our under 15A's, anyone interested in the position should contact club secretary Rob Free at 085-8153424, alternatively anyone interested in the position can privately message the club on our club Facebook page.
Its back, the club’s Last Man Standing competition is back. With the premiership season due to kick off on Saturday 13th August the club have decided to bring back our popular Last Man Standing competition. The competition will start on the weekend of Friday the 16th of September. This will give our participants a chance to see how teams are faring in the early weeks of the season before they make their first selection. Registration forms will be sent out to all club members in the coming weeks, competition is open to everyone, members and non-members. Anyone interested in entering the competition can do so by contacting any committee member, club member or privately messaging our club facebook page. Entry fee is €10 with the winner claiming the €500 prize fund. Why not have a go, test your premiership knowledge and if things go your way you could claim the €500 prize fund. A full list of rules can be viewed on our club website at www.wicklowrovers.com
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 7th AUGUST 2016
Due to popular demand and our highly successful summer football/fun camp the club have decided to hold an extra week before the kids head back to school. The camp will run from Monday 15th August to Friday 19th August in the Whitegates, it will run from 10am to 2pm daily. The camp is open to kids from 4 years old to 13 years old. Every participant will receive a ball and medal. The cost of the camp is €45. Each participant should bring a packed lunch, drink, rain jacket, football boots and shin guards. For registration forms or further information please contact Johnny Dunne 087-7802098, Robbie Dover 087-3621049 or any committee member.
Its back, the club’s Last Man Standing competition is back. With the premiership season due to kick off on Saturday 13th August the club have decided to bring back our popular Last Man Standing competition. The competition will start on the weekend of Friday the 16th of September. This will give our participants a chance to see how teams are faring in the early weeks of the season before they make their first selection. Registration forms will be sent out to all club members in the coming weeks, competition is open to everyone, members and non-members. Anyone interested in entering the competition can do so by contacting any committee member, club member or privately messaging our club facebook page. Entry fee is €10 with the winner claiming the €500 prize fund. Why not have a go, test your premiership knowledge and if things go your way you could claim the €500 prize fund. A full list of rules can be viewed on our club website at www.wicklowrovers.com
The club are currently selling FAI National draw tickets, we would ask all club members to make an effort to try and sell some tickets. This could be a great fundraiser for the club if the members get behind it. Anyone interested in purchasing a ticket can contact any committee member or any club member. Full list of the prizes can be viewed on the club facebook page. Also anyone interested in selling some tickets for the club please contact any committee member.
The club are currently looking for a manager for our under 12C team, the team has been formed due to the large numbers at the open training sessions for this age group. Anyone interested in this position should contact club secretary Rob Free at 085-8153424 as soon as possible.
With the new season fast approaching the club would like all teams within the club to please not use the Whitegates pitch for their warm up prior to their training sessions on the all weather pitch. It has been noted that some teams are using the main pitch for warming up and training, we would please ask you not to use the main pitch for any part of your training, thank you. Also all managers should contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098 regards availability of our home pitches at the Whitegates, Rocky Road and the Hockey pitch for any matches or training, managers should not just assume the pitch is available. Also all managers should summit their preferred training time slots to the Sports and Development committee as soon as possible. It’s requested that each manager gives two time slots [a first preference and second preference slots] and the club will do their best to try to fit everyone in. No slot is guaranteed.
For all your club gear you must contact Mandy O’Neill who is running our club shop, everything regards club gear goes through Mandy and no one else. You can contact Mandy at 087-7924649 and she will only be too glad to discuss all details with you.
The club’s weekly junior soccer academy continues every Saturday morning [weather permitting] under the watchful eye of senior club coaches Johnny Dunne and Robbie Dover. The academy takes places on the all weather pitch on the club grounds at the Whitegates and is open to all kids from the age of 3 years to 8 years. The academy starts at 11 o’clock and finishes at 12. There is no need for registration so you can come along to any week that suits. Come along and learn the skills of football while having fun and enjoyment, it’s a great way of meeting new friends as you learn the skills as you get prepared for the introduction to participate in organised league football in the coming years.     
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 14th AUGUST 2016
Our senior ladies were in action away to Terenure last week, after a tremendous display from the whole team the girls were delivered a cruel blow in the 89th minute when the home side nabbed the winner to win 3-2. Rovers were slow to get into their stride and they were punished when the home side went 2-0 up in the first fifteen minutes. This seemed to be the spur the Rovers ladies needed, they went from been second to every ball to taking control of the game, on twenty eight minutes Niamh O'Brien fed the ball out to Rachel Bolger on the left, Rachel ran at the home defence drawing out two defenders before squaring the ball to Natasha Fitzgerald who slotted home. A minute later Rovers were level, a long ball from keeper Charmaine Higgins found Natasha Fitzgerald who sent Rachel Bolger through on goal and the "goal machine" was as lethal as ever coolly lobbing the advancing keeper to square up the match. Rovers were dealt a cruel blow in the first minute of the second period when they lost top scorer Rachel Bolger through a knee injury. The home side went close twice in a couple of minutes but they found Charmaine Higgins in the Rovers goal in inspired form pulling off two top class saves. The best chances in the second half actually fell to Rovers, first Hannah Cox found Niamh O'Brien who beat the offside trap, she rounded the keeper but her effort was cleared off the line by a covering defender. Nicole Hubbard also went close but her effort was blocked by the keeper. Two more cruel blows were delivered to the girls in the dying seconds, first Terenure scored a scrappy winner and then the girls lost influential centre back Saoirse O'Reilly through injury. Football can be a cruel game sometimes, this was a game which the girls deserved to get something from against a good Terenure side but were cruelly denied a share of the spoils and then picking up injuries to two players. In truth the girls were excellent all over the pitch but a few players come in for a special mention. Yet again Charmaine Higgins was excellent between the posts, Saoirse O'Reilly was a rock at the centre of defence forming a consistent partnership with Louise Johnson. In the middle of the park Lucy McGettigan would be a good advert for the the duracell bunny, she ran and ran and ran, she covered every blade of grass on the pitch. Finally two girls who were highly impressive tonight were Anna Doyle and Emily O'Dowd, both girls were introduced as subs, Anna came on at left full back and was equally impressive going forward as she was defending. Emily was excellent on the left side of midfield combining well with Anna to cancel out Terenure's dangerous right side. Finally we would like to send get well wishes to both Rachel and Saoirse, hope the injuries are not too bad and we see you both back on the playing field soon.
Its back, the club’s Last Man Standing competition is back. With the premiership season due to kick off on Saturday 13th August the club have decided to bring back our popular Last Man Standing competition. The competition will start on the weekend of Friday the 16th of September. This will give our participants a chance to see how teams are faring in the early weeks of the season before they make their first selection. Registration forms will be sent out to all club members in the coming weeks, competition is open to everyone, members and non-members. Anyone interested in entering the competition can do so by contacting any committee member, club member or privately messaging our club facebook page. Entry fee is €10 with the winner claiming the €500 prize fund. Why not have a go, test your premiership knowledge and if things go your way you could claim the €500 prize fund. A full list of rules can be viewed on our club website at www.wicklowrovers.com
The club are currently selling FAI National draw tickets, we would ask all club members to make an effort to try and sell some tickets. This could be a great fundraiser for the club if the members get behind it. Anyone interested in purchasing a ticket can contact any committee member or any club member. Full list of the prizes can be viewed on the club facebook page. Also anyone interested in selling some tickets for the club please contact any committee member.
The club are currently looking for a manager for our under 12C team, the team has been formed due to the large numbers at the open training sessions for this age group. Anyone interested in this position should contact club secretary Rob Free at 085-8153424 as soon as possible.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, visit the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or visit the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 21st AUGUST 2016
Our final soccer camp of the year came to an end last Friday, unfortunately the Friday was a washout with the torrential rain causing the last day of the camp to be cancelled. The kids had a ball all week enjoying themselves while learning the skills of football under the guidance of Robbie Dover, Johnny Dunne and their band of coaches. There was no doubt that we definitely witnessed some potential stars of the future in the Whitegates last week, maybe a future Lionel Messi was weaving his magic at the Whitegates or maybe a Ronaldo was strutting his stuff or hopefully a future Shay Given was pulling off the saves that could see them have a bright future. All in all the kids seemed to enjoy themselves throughout the camp apart from the bad weather on the last day. The kids have all been invited down to the Saturday morning academy to have a kick around with the coaches and afterwards they can collect their footballs and medals. A big thanks goes to all the kids who took part in the camp, everyone listened to their coaches and were a pleasure to coach. A big thanks to Johnny Dunne, Robbie Dover, Louise Johnson, Deirbhle Geraghty, Katie O’Connor, Dylan Frazer, Jamie Power and Luca Rampersaud who all done an excellent job coaching the kids all week. Finally but not least a massive thanks goes out to all the parents, without your continuous support our camp would not be the success it is, a big thanks to you all.
Its back, the club’s Last Man Standing competition is back. With the premiership season kicking off at the weekend the club have decided to bring back our popular Last Man Standing competition. The competition will start on the weekend of Friday the 16th of September. This will give our participants a chance to see how teams are faring in the early weeks of the season before they make their first selection. Registration forms have been sent out to all club members in the last couple of weeks so if you have not received yours just ask your manager, competition is open to everyone, members and non-members. Anyone interested in entering the competition can do so by contacting any committee member, club member or privately messaging our club facebook page. Entry fee is €10 with the winner claiming the €500 prize fund. Why not have a go, test your premiership knowledge and if things go your way you could claim the €500 prize fund. All entries must be submitted by Sunday 11th September. A full list of rules can be viewed on our club website at lt www.wicklowrovers.com
The club are currently selling FAI National draw tickets, we would ask all club members to make an effort to try and sell some tickets. This could be a great fundraiser for the club if the members get behind it. Anyone interested in purchasing a ticket can contact any committee member or any club member. Full list of the prizes can be viewed on the club facebook page. Also anyone interested in selling some tickets for the club please contact any committee member.
The club are currently seeking a small sided fixtures secretary to oversee the junior teams from under 8's to under 11's. The role involves submitting results to the league, to our club PRO and liaison with team managers regards fixtures and kick off times. The position can be an executive or non-executive role. So if you are a parent who has a child playing for the club or someone who wants to get involved with the club why not volunteer your services, for anyone that's interested in taking up this position please contact John Frazer at 087-0564394 or privately message us on the club facebook page.
The club are currently looking for a manager for our under 12C team, the team has been formed due to the large numbers at the open training sessions for this age group. Anyone interested in this position should contact club secretary Rob Free at 085-8153424 as soon as possible.
The club will be holding registration nights in the coming weeks, the dates for club registration is as follows: Monday 22nd August, Thursday 25th August, Monday 29th August and Thursday 1st September, all registration nights will take place in the clubhouse at the Whitegates from 7pm to 9pm.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, visit the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or visit the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 28th AUGUST 2016
The senior men's team got their Leinster Senior League campaign off to the perfect start when they claimed all three points in a tough 1-0 win away to Ardmore Rovers in Ballywaltrim last Friday night. This is a great start for the lads especially away from home, in what was a tough physical encounter it was Maurice Dunne who supplied the all important goal to get Greg Dunne's team off to a flyer. The whole team worked well together in what was a good all round team performance.
Its back, the club’s Last Man Standing competition is back. With the premiership season having kicked off the club have decided to bring back our popular Last Man Standing competition. The competition will start on the weekend of Friday the 16 th of September. This will give our participants a chance to see how teams are faring in the early weeks of the season before they make their first selection. Registration forms have been sent out to all club members in the last couple of weeks so if you have not received yours just ask your manager, competition is open to everyone, members and non-members. Anyone interested in entering the competition can do so by contacting any committee member, club member or privately messaging our club facebook page. Entry fee is €10 with the winner claiming the €500 prize fund. Why not have a go, test your premiership knowledge and if things go your way you could claim the €500 prize fund. All entries must be submitted by Sunday 11 th September. A full list of rules can be viewed on our club website at www.wicklowrovers.com
The club are currently selling FAI National draw tickets, we would ask all club members to make an effort to try and sell some tickets. This could be a great fundraiser for the club if the members get behind it. Anyone interested in purchasing a ticket can contact any committee member or any club member. Full list of the prizes can be viewed on the club facebook page. Also anyone interested in selling some tickets for the club please contact any committee member.
The next club registration nights will be held in the clubhouse in the Whitegates on Monday 29th August and Thursday 1st September from 7pm to 9pm, we would ask every club member to try to make one of these nights to get themselves registered. Online payment of club membership is now also available on the home page of our club website at www.wicklowrovers.com
For all your club gear you must contact Mandy O’Neill who is running our club shop, everything regards club gear goes through Mandy and no one else. You can contact Mandy at 087-7924649 and she will only be too glad to discuss all details with you.
The club’s weekly junior soccer academy continues every Saturday morning [weather permitting] under the watchful eye of senior club coaches Johnny Dunne and Robbie Dover. The academy takes places on the all weather pitch on the club grounds at the Whitegates and is open to all kids from the age of 3 years to 8 years. The academy starts at 11 o’clock and finishes at 12. There is no need for registration so you can come along to any week that suits. Come along and learn the skills of football while having fun and enjoyment, it’s a great way of meeting new friends as you learn the skills as you get prepared for the introduction to participate in organised league football in the coming years.     
Its great to see the trees on the main road side of our main pitch at the Whitegates have been trimmed back, it now looks great as it was becoming a safety hazard. Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to thank the county council who carried out the work, a massive thanks to councillor Gail Dunne who was behind getting this work carried out, it makes a big difference to the area, once again thanks to everyone involved, a special thanks to Gail for his work behind the scenes.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Margaret (Peggy) Harrington who sadly passed away recently, our thoughts and prayers are with her two sons Dave and Eamonn who have been associated with our club over the years, her grandson Brian who was part of our intermediate team last season and with her extended family and friends at this sad time, may she rest in peace.
Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com
For all news regarding the club, visit the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or visit the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 4th SEPTEMBER 2016
The senior men played the first competitive game under the new floodlights last week when they took on one of the title favourites Enniskerry. Both sides provided some excellent attacking play in the first period with both sides having penalties saved, Alan Power put Rovers in front when he powered low into the bottom left corner. Things got better when they doubled their lead when Luke Byrne was quickest to react on a defensive error to round the keeper and slot home to make it 2-0. Just before the break Lar Newsome pulled off that excellent penalty save. The second half was a much tighter affair, the Wicklow rearguard of Jim Foley, Dave Rowan, Rikki Quinn and Paul Alexander were rock solid with keeper Newsome also at the top of his game. The away side pulled one back with fifteen minutes left but the lads held on to claim three valuable points. On Friday night the lads claimed a hard earned point in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Mullingar Athletic, they went 1-0 up when Luke Byrne fired home. The away side were level within a minute which is the way it stayed till the break. Mullingar scored two quick goals in the first ten minutes of the second half to go 3-1 up. Rovers battled back and were rewarded when Hugh Humby blasted to the roof of the net and Luke Byrne nabbed his second and Rovers third to make it 3-3 to earn a share of the spoils. Considering the lads were without four regulars and were 3-1 down this has to be seen as a point gained. On the night Lar Newsome, Jim Foley and Luke Byrne stood out for Rovers.
The under 17’s went down 4-0 to Palmerstown in their first game in the DDSL, despite the lads having most of the possession through out the Dublin side were more clinical in front of goal.
The junior section kicked off on Saturday and it was no surprise to see it absolutely lash out of the heavens on the very first day of the season. Despite the heavy rain on Saturday we did have some action, the 12A's recorded an excellent 3-0 away win in the premier shield against the holders St Anthonys in their own backyard. Steven Gormley, Sam Greene and Jack Noble scored the Rovers goals in a very impressive team display. Another impressive display came from our 12B's who defeated St Patricks in Kilcashel on a 4-0 scoreline. Charlie Phelan smashed home a fantastic hat-trick with Harry Tobin Kelly adding a single to claim all three points in a very clinical performance. A special mention goes to Cormac Fitzsimons who pulled off a brilliant save from a penalty at a crucial stage of the game. The 13B's got their shield campaign off to a winning start with a thrilling 3-2 away win over St Anthonys, Zak Hastie, Zach Callery and Luke Dunne all notched one a piece in what was a highly entertaining match. Our 14C's came up against a strong Coolboy side and went down 6-1, Adam Shepherd scored the lone Rovers goal, in truth the lads gave a hundred percent and could have added one or two more goals.
On Sunday the 13A’s got off to a flyer with a 4-0 win over Wolfe Tone, Callum Gibney, Adam Kearns, Conor Hunter and Tom Hodgkinson all scored in a very impressive display. Our 14A’s and our 15B’s came up against each other in their first game of the season in the under 15 division 1 shield, the 14A’s ran out 3-0 winners but the game could have been a lot closer. Ross Quinn hit a brace with Adam O’Reilly scoring the other. This game was played out in a very sporting manner, well done to both sets of players and their management teams. Our 15A’s got off to a good start when they claimed all three points in a 2-0 away win over Roundwood, Paul Marah and Rory O’Brien hit the rigging for the lads. The 16A’s got their season off to a great start with a 3-0 away win over Roundwood, Sean Leonard fired in a brace with Conor Leonard hitting a single in a good all round team performance. The 16B’s drew 3-3 away to St Anthonys, Dylan Moorhouse scored two and Ryan Murphy got one in a six goal thriller which kept the watching public entertained through out.
The next club registration nights will be held in the clubhouse in the Whitegates on Friday 16th September and Friday 30th September from 7pm to 9pm, we would ask every club member to try to make one of these nights to get themselves registered as this will be the fifth and sixth registration nights to be held. Online payment of club membership is now also available on the home page of our club website at www.wicklowrovers.com
All entries for our Last Man Standing competition should be in at the latest by this weekend, fixtures will be sent out on Monday 12th September to anyone whose registration has been received, thank you.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 11th SEPT 2016
On the senior front, the senior men's game away to Clondalkin Celtic was called off at the weekend. The under 17’s got their first win of their debut season in the DDSL when they defeated Cabinteely 3-2, Jack Dunne, Eli Graham and Stephen Finlay all scored one a piece in a closely fought game.
In junior action during the week the 12B's traveled to Coolboy where they lost out on a narrow 1-0 scoreline. The lads controlled the game for the majority of the match but just couldn't get the all important goal. When they did eventually find the net in the dying seconds straight from a corner it was strangely ruled out for offside. The under 14B's came into direct opposition with their club mates the 'C' team. The B team ran out winners when Ethan Allen hit an excellent hat-trick, Ben Free fired in two with David Lally and Reece Doyle scoring one each. The C's battled right to the end but had no luck in front of goal.
On Saturday the under 13B’s lost out 3-2 in a five goal thriller at home to Glencormac Utd, this game was end to end throughout and could have went either way, Tim Hastie nabbed both the Rovers goals. Our 14C’s went down 7-1 to a very strong Greystones Utd side, to the lads credit they gave a hundred percent and never dropped their heads with Kevin Leonard scoring their consolation goal. The under 16A’s were involved in a tight tussle with Avonmore at the Whitegates, the match ended up in a 2-2 draw with Shane Lincoln and Nathan Sullivan scoring the Rovers goals.
Sunday’s action saw the under 12B’s play out an exciting 2-2 draw with Roundwood, after racing into an early two goal lead with goals from Ben Bowen and Harry Tobin Kelly they saw themselves pegged back with the away team fighting back to earn a share of the spoils. Our 13A’s continued their good start to the season with an excellent 2-0 away win over Aughrim Rgrs, Willoughby Woods and Mark Hodgkinson fired home their goals to make it two wins from two, six goals scored and none conceded. The 14A’s playing a year ahead of themselves registered their second win from two with an exciting 3-2 win over Newtown Juniors, with the game tied at 2-2 Rovers snatched a winner in the dying stages in a game that could have went either way with both sides having chances to add to their total. Ross Quinn made it four goals in two games with another brace with Eoin Doyle nabbing his first of the season. The 15A’s earned a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw with Coolboy Rgrs, so far the lads considering all the upheaval during the summer have got off to a decent start with a win and a draw from their first two game, Dylan Moorehouse scored their goal. The 15B’s suffered a 7-1 defeat away to Aughrim Rgrs, the home side were the more clinical in front of goal and the only answer the lads had was a Thomas O’Neill goal. Our 16B’s recorded a comfortable 9-1 victory over Aughrim Rgrs in the Rocky Road, Ryan Murphy led the way with an excellent hat-trick, Nathan Wynne, Luke Durac McGowan, Javier Rodriguez, Xavho Garcia, Brandon Aronu and Jack O’Gorman all hit single to complete the nine goal haul.
The next club registration nights will be held in the clubhouse in the Whitegates this Friday 16th September and Friday 30th September from 7pm to 9pm, we would ask every club member to try to make one of these nights to get themselves registered as this will be the fifth and sixth registration nights to be held. These registration nights are for both junior and senior members. Online payment of club membership is now also available on the home page of our club website at www.wicklowrovers.com
All entries for our Last Man Standing competition should be in by this stage, fixtures were sent out on Monday last the 12th September to anyone whose registration had been received, if you didn’t receive your fixtures by now it means your Last Man Standing registration hasn’t been received. Check the Last Man Standing table on our website at www.wicklowrovers.com for updates on competitors progress.
The club’s weekly junior soccer academy continues every Saturday morning [weather permitting] under the watchful eye of senior club coaches Johnny Dunne and Robbie Dover. The academy takes places on the all weather pitch on the club grounds at the Whitegates and is open to all kids from the age of 3 years to 8 years. The academy starts at 11 o’clock and finishes at 12. There is no need for registration so you can come along to any week that suits. Come along and learn the skills of football while having fun and enjoyment, it’s a great way of meeting new friends as you learn the skills as you get prepared for the introduction to participate in organised league football in the coming years.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 18th SEPT’ 2016
Senior action in the club this week was confined to the ladies and the under 17’s. First up were the ladies as they took on Enniskerry at Berryfield, the girls went into this game against second in the table Enniskerry as complete underdogs after conceding ten goals to their opponents when they last met at the Whitegates. Add to this the girls were without top scorer Rachel ‘The Goal Machine’ Bolger and midfielder Deirbhle Geraghty plus one or two players were carrying niggles into the game, you can see the task ahead of them. The girls started well with both Niamh O’Brien and Nicole Hubbard having chances. The home team broke the deadlock with a superb strike ten minutes before the break to go in at half time one up. The second half was a very even affair with the girls more than a match for their opponents. Unfortunately for the girls they conceded two goals in the latter stages of the match to lose out 3-0. On the night it was a toss up between Lucy McGettigan and Louise Johnson for player of the match. Also impressive on the night were Niamh O’Brien, Charmaine Higgins and Saoirse O’Reilly. The under 17’s made it two wins on the bounce when they saw off Leicester Celtic 5-0 on Sunday morning. There was no doubt the lads were the best team on the day as they controlled the game from start to finish and when the chances came their way they were clinical in front of goal. Luca Rampersaud and David Ghiurcan both fired home two each with Patrick O’Keane completing the five goal haul with a single.  
Midweek junior action saw the 14B’s play out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Greystones Utd, David Lally fired home a brace with Ethan Allen scoring one in a highly entertaining game.
Saturday’s junior action saw our under 12A’s make the long journey to Abbeyleix in Laois worth while as they made a smooth passage to round two with a comfortable 6-1 win, Kai Fitzsimons and Louis Malcomson smashed home two goals each with Oscar Malcomson and Steven Gormley adding singles in what was an excellent all round team performance. Our under 12B team came up against a very classy outfit in the shape of Kilcullen in the first round of the SFAI cup, the lads went down 9-1 but to their credit they never dropped their heads and battled right up to the final whistle. The Kildare side were very strong in every department. Rovers did however have some consolation when Ryan McConnell scored the goal of the game with a cracking effort. The under 15B's suffered a 5-2 defeat to Arklow Town A in the Rocky Road, on a pleasant day for football both teams served up some good football. Thomas O'Neill blasted home two goals to bring his tally now to three in two games.
On Sunday the under 13A’s went down 2-0 to Naas in the National cup in what a very tight affair, the first half saw Rovers have the majority of the possession but they got picked off on the counter attack on two occasions. The second period saw Rovers push forward in search of a way back and they definitely had the chances to get back into the game but on the day luck wasn’t on their side. Our under 13 girls made their debut in the Metropolitan Girls League and kicked it off with an excellent 3-0 away win over Mount Merrion, this was an excellent display from the girls with team captain Katie Marah puuting in a girl of the match display driving her team on through out. Molly Sweeney helped herself to a brace with Katie Marah adding the other. The 14A’s received a walkover from Kinnegad in their National cup fixture. Our 14B’s were involved in a ten goal thriller with Roundwood with the lads coming out on top 6-4, the triple strike threat of Ben Free, Ethan Allen and David Lally were at it again with all three players scoring two each to make it fifteen goals between them in only three games. The 15A’s continued their good start to the season with a 3-0 win over Bridge Utd in the National cup, Paul Marah, Rory O’Brien and Tom O’Shea nabbed the goals to put the lads in round two.
Our Last Man Standing competition competition saw no surprise exits at the weekend, maybe Man Utd’s defeat to Watford could be classed as a mild surprise. Anyway 12 players did make their exit from the competition, Man Utd [5], West Ham [3], Chelsea [1], Hull [1], Swansea [1] and Sunderland [1] were the selections that let them down. Selections that saw players progress to round 2 were Man City [70], Tottenham [60], Everton [38], Arsenal [14], Leicester [11], Crystal Palace [6] and Southampton [2]. This means we have 201 players in round 2, please remember when you receive the fixtures for round 2 you should submit your selection by 7pm on Thursday night.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 25th SEPTEMBER 2016
Yet again this week the senior men for the second week running found themselves without a game, this was because their opponents in the first round of the Leinster Junior cup New Ross Town were not able to field a team on Friday night. Elsewhere the senior ladies entertained Mourne Celtic at the Whitegates and they came out on top in a five goal thriller. Natasha Fitzgerald put them in front after ten minutes when she finished off the breaking ball from a Niamh O’Brien shot. On the half hour mark Rovers were two up, this time Natasha Fitzgerald turned provider when she put Niamh O’Brien in on goal and she duly finished. Six minutes later the visitors pulled one back but the girls quickly restored their two goal cushion when Natasha Fitzgerald latched onto a Shauna Dickenson through ball to fire past the keeper. The second half was a fairly even affair but the Dublin side did pull another back with eight minutes remaining. The girls saw out the remaining minutes to claim all three points in an excellent 3-2 win. On the night every girl in a green jersey played her part in what was an excellent all round team performance but when pushed for a player of the match there could be no argument with the choice of Nicole Hubbard at left full, Nicole was rock solid at the back, linked well with her team mates further up the field and her whole game was impressive through out.
Our under 17’s recorded a comfortable 7-0 win over Templeogue Utd in the Whitegates, Stuart Cox fired home two with Jack Dunne, Luca Rampersaud, Ronan Murray, Stephen Finlay and David Ghiurcan all hitting one each to now make it three wins on the spin and maintain their impressive run of late.
Junior action on Saturday saw the 12B’s play out a scoreless draw with Wolfe Tone in Bray, the lads had most of the possession in this game but just hadn’t got the luck in front of goal, combine this with an excellent performance from the Wolfe Tone keeper it shows just how much the lads were on top. The under 14A’s claimed an excellent three points when winning 2-0 away to Arklow Town, a fifth goal of the season from Ross Quinn and a second in successive games from Eoin Doyle helped the lads maintain their hundred percent start to the season. Our 14C’s suffered a heavy defeat against Arklow Town A, the lads never gave up in this game and battled right up to the final whistle. The under 15B’s lost 5-0 to a well drilled Newtown Juniors side, the lads gave it their all but just had no answer to a good Newtown team on the day.
On Sunday our under 13 girls pulled off an excellent 4-3 victory away to Peamount Utd, the girls went in front through Molly Sweeney but the home side levelled before the break. The girls fell 2-1 behind against the run of play in the second half but this little team have great character and they battled back with goals from Molly Sweeney, Aoife Caffrey and Abi Farrell with the home side nicking their third in injury time. On the day everyone played their part, coming in for a special mention were Aoife Caffrey, Abi Farrell, Molly Sweeney and Lucy Rampersaud. Player of the match went to Julie Phelan who was a rock across the back three. The 12A’s played out a tough 0-0 draw away to Aughrim, either side could have won this game but generally both defences were on top through out. Our 13A’s made it three wins from three in the premier shield when they beat Newtown Juniors 5-1, a brace a piece from Callum Gibney and Jordan Younger and a single from Adam Kearns laid the foundations for an excellent win and three valuable points. The under 14B’s continued their unbeaten start with a good 4-2 win over Arklow Celtic, goals from Ben Free, Scott Bushe, Ethan Allen and Lee Hamilton claimed them all three points. Our 15A’s went down 5-2 to local rivals Wicklow Town, Paul Marah nabbed his third of the season with Joe O’Shea scoring his first goal of the campaign. The under 16A team went goal crazy away to Arklow Town winning 7-1, seven different players ended up on the score sheet, Dylan Frazer, Conor Byrne, Sean Leonard, Cian O’Brien, Jack Colaluca, Tristan O’Toole and Nathan Sullivan all hit singles.
Our Last Man Standing competition at the time of writing saw 181 players left in the competition, 16 players went out on Everton, 3 exited on West Brom and one went out on Stoke. A massive 121 players went through to round three on Liverpool, others to go through were Man City [24],Tottenham [12], Crystal Palace [9], Man Utd [8] and Bournemouth [1]. At the time of going to print we were waiting on 3 players on Watford, 2 on West Ham and 1 on Burnley. We ask all remaining players to make sure your selection for round three is in by 7pm on Thursday.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 2nd  OCTOBER 2016
The senior men suffered their first defeat of the season at the weekend when they went down 3-0 away to CYM Beechwood, the lads were missing a couple of regulars for this game but to be honest the lads never really got going in this game. They had a lot of possession but never threatened in the final third, it was a bad day at the office and they now need to regroup and go again next week.
Our senior ladies were away to league leaders Dundrum, they got off to a flyer after five minutes when Niamh O’Brien gave them the lead but this was as good as it got with the home side firing in three unanswered goals. The girls did bring it back to 3-2 but the hosts added three more to run out 6-2 winners. It was a disappointing performance from the girls on the day, Valentine Lenoir, Chloe Brennan and Charmaine Higgins were Rovers best players on the day.
Our under 17’s took on Belvedere in the first round of the Leinster Youths cup knowing they were coming up against one of the cup favourites. The lads lost 3-0 but put in a good performance and if the chances had been converted they might just have pulled off a shock, all in all it was a decent performance against one of the more established clubs in junior football.  
Saturday’s junior action saw the under 12A’s maintain their unbeaten start to the season with a comfortable 6-0 home win over Greystones Utd A at the Whitegates. Kai Fitzsimons and Louis Malcomson both now have four for the season when they nabbed two a piece, Oscar Malcomson and Jack Noble both scored their second of the campaign to complete the six goal haul in an excellent all round team performance. The 13B’s suffered a heavy 8-1 home defeat to Coolboy Rgrs, on a bad day at the office, Tim Hastie scored his third goal of the season. Our 14B’s secured an excellent point in a 1-1 away draw with one of their main rivals Coolboy Rgrs to remain unbeaten. In what was a tough encounter the lads put in a fantastic team display, Ben Free scored his fifth of the season to claim a well earned point which could be valuable come the business end of the campaign. The 14C’s came up against a strong Roundwood side suffering an 8-2 defeat, the lads with a bit more luck in front of goal could have got a lot closer on the scoreboard. On a positive note both Ben Lawless and Harrison Boxall scored their first goals of the season.
Sundays junior action saw our under 13A’s maintain their one hundred percent start in the premier shield when they made it four wins from four with a 3-1 away victory over St Anthonys. A brace from last seasons top scorer Conor Hunter and a fourth of the season from Callum Gibney laid the foundations for this win in another impressive team display. The under 14A’s are another team who have a one hundred percent record, they also have won four out of four as they defeated Aughrim Rgrs in the under 15 division one shield at the weekend, two from Ross Quinn to make it six for the campaign and maintain his record of scoring in every game and a first of the season for Connor Lewins ensured all three points in a 3-1 win. Our 16B’s went goal crazy against Little Bray winning 8-0, Nacho Garcia, Javier Rodriguez and Armando Mourisco all nabbed two a piece with Nathan Wynne and Brandon Aronu scoring one each to seal a very impressive win.
Our Last Man Standing competition saw a major cull at the weekend, just when it seemed all the fancy teams were helping their supporters through each week up pops a major shock. Stoke who couldn’t buy a decent result of late sprung a surprise holding Man Utd to a 1-1 draw, this result meant we lost 81 players. Other teams to let players down over the weekend were Everton [14], Watford [4], West Ham [2], West Brom [2], Leicester [2], Sunderland [1] and Burnley [1]. Safe passage through to round 4 were the 32 players who went with Arsenal and how lucky they were with a winner with the last kick of the game. Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Hull saw 28 players progress with Liverpool’s early impressive form continuing when they beat Swansea 2-1 to book 9 players their place in the next round, we lost a total of 107 players at the weekend which now leaves 69 people battling it out for the €500 prize.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to wish senior ladies player Rachel ‘The Goal Machine’ Bolger a speedy recovery from a serious injury that she picked up in a recent game against Cabinteely. We all look forward to her getting herself back to full fitness and back on the playing field soon, get well soon Rachel.
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WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 9th OCTOBER 2016
Our senior men’s team earned an excellent point away to unbeaten Clondalkin Celtic last Friday night, trailing 1-0 the lads battled back to earn a share of the spoils when they levelled matters through Luke Byrne with seven minutes remaining. The lads could even have won the game when the Dublin side’s keeper pulled off a fantastic save from Sean Tobin in the dying seconds. This can be seen as a point gained as hopefully in what seems to be a very tight league this point could prove to be very valuable at the business end of the season.
Our under 17’s won 3-1 at home to fourth placed Drimnagh Celtic to earn three points which keeps them on the shirt tails of early pacesetters Castleknock Celtic and Palmerstown, no details of scorers at the time of going to print.
The ladies senior team took on Shankill last Wednesday night and after a tight encounter the girls lost out 2-1. Shankill raced into a two goal lead by the midway point of the first half but the girls showed great character by battling back and reducing the arrears before the break when fine work between Niamh O'Brien and Valentine Lenoir set up Natasha Fitzgerald who fired home. The second half was a very even affair with both sides having chances, Niamh O'Brien and Natasha Fitzgerald went close for Rovers while Charmaine Higgins in the Rovers goal produced two excellent saves. On a night when the girls played well in patches Charmaine Higgins was the outstanding Rovers player making three fantastic saves, also standing out on the night were Maggie Maloney, Saoirse O'Reilly and Louise Johnson.
On Saturday the under 12A’s produced an excellent performance in the second round of the SFAI cup when they defeated a very strong Kilcullen side 2-1 in their own backyard, Kai Fitzsimons fifth of the season set them on their way with Daniel Mabuza’s first of the season proving decisive in what was an excellent all round team performance. The 13A’s made it five wins from five in the premier shield when they defeated Arklow Town A 10-0 at the Whitegates. Callum Gibney kept his hot streak in front of goal going with a fabulous hat-trick, there was two a piece for Conor Hunter, Tiernan O’Brien and Tom Hodgkinson with Willoughby Woods adding a single. The 13B’s lost 4-2 away to Ashford Rovers, in a close encounter Rory Hannon and Oran Dempsey both hit their first goals of the season. Our 14B’s went down narrowly to Caragh Celtic on a score of 2-1 in the second round of the SFAI cup, the lads went in front but didn’t make their early dominance count as the Kildare side battled back with two unanswered goals to progress.
Sunday’s action saw the under 13 girls play out an exciting encounter with Lakelands, unfortunately for the girls they lost 2-1 which was a cruel outcome as the girls were the better team for large periods of the game, Molly Sweeney fired home her fifth goal of the season and it was only a number of stunning saves from the away keeper that prevented the Rovers girls from claiming the three points. The 14A’s went out of the SFAI cup when they lost 2-1 away to Knockmitten Utd, with a few regulars down the lads gave a good account of themselves and could easily have got something from the game, Adam O’Reilly scored their goal. The 16A’s progressed to round four of the SFAI cup with a narrow 3-2 win over Greystones Utd, two goals from Nathan Sullivan and one from Sean Leonard sets them up for a home tie with the winners of Caragh Celtic and Athy Town. Our 16B’s recorded a fine 3-2 away win over Aughrim Rgrs, Javier Rodriguez notched two with Ryan Murphy adding a single which sees both players on five for the season in an all round good team performance from the lads.
Two further membership registration nights have been scheduled for this coming Friday the 14th of October and then on Friday the 28th of October, these will be the seventh and eighth nights that have been held. They will take place in the clubhouse in the Whitegates from 7pm to 8pm, anyone with outstanding fees are encouraged to attend as there are no more registration nights planned. After these dates the club may be left with no option but to cease any member with outstanding fees from using club facilities, this applies to both junior and senior sections of the club.
Our Last Man Standing competition resumes this coming weekend, as it stands we have 69 players left to battle it out for the title and the €500 prize, we would like to thank everyone who has supported our competition and also wish all remaining players the very best of luck. Remember your selection for round 4 should be sent to Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706 before 7pm on Thursday night.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 16th OCTOBER 2016
The senior men recorded an excellent 5-2 home win over previously unbeaten Clondalkin Celtic on Friday night. In a very entertaining first half the big crowd witnessed six cracking goals and plenty of goalmouth action. The second period was as good but we were limited to just the one goal and thankfully that was for Rovers. Luke Byrne brought his tally to the season to six when he notched two goals, Maurice Dunne is now on three in the goalscoring charts after his double with Conor Tobin scoring his first of the campaign. This result sees the lads leapfrog their opponents and has them well placed on the shirt tails of early pace setters CYM Beechwood.
The senior ladies completed their league programme when they had an excellent 4-2 win over Terenure at the Whitegates, this match was a highly entertaining affair with a lot of fantastic football produced by both sides. The girls went one up when Niamh O’Brien fired powerfully to the roof of the net from an acute angle. Disaster struck for the girls when the Dublin outfit fought back to go 2-1 up. This seemed to spur the girls on as they produced some quality football to battle back to win 4-2. The impressive Niamh O’Brien turned in a fine solo scoring performance smashing home all four of Rovers goals. On this performance the girls can look forward to next season with confidence that they can compete with any of the teams in their section, this was an excellent all round team performance from every single player and its refreshing to see players enjoy their football as the girls play with a smile on their faces, win, lose or draw. Well done to manager Mandy O’Neill who has instilled this attitude into the team added by a great work ethic from everyone involved.
Our under 17’s were involved in a nine goal thriller when they played Castleknock Celtic at home, the lads fell one nil down within a minute of the start but they came racing back to go in at half time 4-1 up with a brace from Stuart Cox and one a piece from Patrick O’Keane and Stephen Finlay. Both sides were level on points in joint second place in the table going into the game and Rovers looked comfortable at the break. Celtic came racing back in the second period and fired in three unanswered goals to level matters. Just when it seemed the game was heading for a draw Rovers were awarded a penalty which Stuart Cox coolly dispatched to the net to claim three valuable points for the lads.
Saturdays junior action saw the under 11 greens play their first competitive game as they have moved up to the under 12 grade, they defeated St Patricks 8-1 in a very impressive display, Charlie Czwalina led the way with a superb hat-trick, Brian McCaul scored two with Liam Burke, Jack Macklin and an own goal accounting for the other goals in a fine all round team performance. The 13A’s maintained their hundred percent start in the premier shield when they defeated Wolfe Tone 5-1 to make it six wins from six, Adam Kearns hit a brace with Jordan Younger, Conor Hunter and Sean O’Meara all firing home one each. Our 13B’s suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of St Anthonys losing 9-3 at the Whitegates, Tim Hastie scored twice with Zach Callery registering a single. The 14C’s went down 7-0 to a physically stronger Coolboy Rgrs side, the lads found the going tough against a very good side. If its goals you want the Whitegates was the place to be on Saturday afternoon, our 14A’s took on their club team mates the 15B’s in the under 15 division 1 shield. The 14’s ran out 8-4 winners to make it five wins from five, Ross Quinn made it to double figures in the scoring charts when he scored a fantastic four goals, Connor Lewins, Samuel Bishop, Eoin Doyle and Mark O’Brien all hit one each. Michael Ryan scored a fantastic hat-trick for the 15’s with Thomas O’Neill completing their scoring.
On Sunday the 12A’s had a tight 2-1 victory over St Anthonys to keep their spot at the head of the field in the premier shield, Sam Greene scored their first with Ross McCrea blasting home the winner from the penalty spot. The 15A’s went down 6-2 away to Arklow Town under 16’s in the Challenge cup, Chris Mabuza and Eoin Doyle scored the goals. The 16A’s drew 4-4 with Roundwood, Shane Lincoln, Tristan O’Toole, Nathan Sullivan and Conor Byrne all nabbed a goal each.
Our Last Man Standing competition moves into the fifth round next weekend. We are now left with 48 players left standing in pursuit of the €500 prize. This week saw 24 players progressing on Arsenal, 13 on Southampton, 6 on Chelsea, 3 on Stoke and 2 on Bournemouth. Making their exit from the competition were the 10 players who went with Tottenham, 7 players on Man City and the 4 players who picked Crystal Palace. Good luck to all remaining players and a big thanks to all players for supporting our competition.  
The club will be holding another club registration night on Friday 28th October from 7pm to 9pm in the clubhouse in the Whitegates.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 23rd OCTOBER 2016
The senior men's team entertained New Ross Town in the first round of the Leinster Junior cup last weekend and they made their exit after a 1-0 defeat. In a forgettable first half there was little to get the big crowd excited, the only action of note came in the 44th minute when New Ross were awarded a soft penalty which they duly converted to go in 1-0 up at the break. Rovers created the first good opening in the second period when Sean Tobin thundered a header off the woodw ork in the 53rd minute. In the 67th minute Luke Byrne carved open the away defence when he worked a good one two with Maurice Dunne but could only watch in agony as his low drive went narrowly wide. Rovers best player on the night Mark Johnson went close in the 75th minute when he ghosted past a couple of defenders but his shot was turned away by the keeper. In the last ten minutes it was all Rovers, they had a great chance with six minutes left when they were awarded a spot kick, which unfortunately for the lads was saved well by the keeper. Best on the night for Rovers were Dave Rowan who was solid at the back but man of the match goes to Mark Johnson who was fully committed in the challenge and led by example when driving his team mates on and was very unlucky near the end not to level matters.
Our under 17’s lost 3-1 to league leaders Palmerstown, the lads got off to a bad start when they were caught cold after thirty seconds when the away side took the lead. Soon after the Dublin side were two up and by the twenty minute mark it was 3-0. Palmerstown were reduced to ten men when one of their players received a red card for a late challenge and then dissent. Early in the second half Rovers were reduced to ten men when they had a player dismissed for a late challenge with Palmerstown also seeing the red mist as one of their players went for an early bath for his part in the ensuing scuffle. Rovers pulled a goal back when Adam Cuddihy fired home an excellent free kick but they couldn’t breach the Palmerstown rearguard again.
In junior action on Saturday the under 11 green team have took to competitive football like a duck to water, this week they recorded their second successive 8-1 win when they defeated Avonmore. Liam Burke hit a fantastic hat-trick, Brian McCaul notched a brace for the second week running with Joshua Bishop, Josh Butler and Charlie Czwalina all hitting singles. The 15B’s had a bad day at the office when they lost 6-1 to Aughrim Rgrs, Daniel Murphy struck for Rovers for his first goal of the season.
On Sunday the under 12B’s were unlucky to lose 1-0 to Arklow Utd, the lads completely dominated the game but were hit on the break. On the day Cormac Wadron came in for a special mention as he was impressive in both attack and defence through out the game. Our under 13 girls recorded an excellent 2-1 away win over Malahide in the first round of the cup, this was a very impressive result for the girls in what was an excellent all round team display from them, Aimee Smith and Molly Sweeney hit the all important goals. The 13A’s continued their impressive run when they made it seven wins from seven when they beat Aughrim Rgrs 5-1, Tom Hodgkinson fired in two with Conor Hunter, Sean O’Meara and Brioc Doyle scoring one each. The 13B’s recorded a good 2-1 away win over Glencormac with goals from Ruadhrai Kelly and Oran Dempsey. Our 14A’s are another team with a one hundred percent record and they preserved that run with a 4-0 away win over Newtown, Connor Lewins and Ross Quinn both hit the back of the net twice to make it six wins from six. The 14B’s came into direct contact with their club mates from the ‘C’ team and they ran out easy winners, the B’s scorers on the day were Scott Bushe [4], Reece Doyle [3], Lee Hamilton [2] and Arron Lynch [1] with Donal O’Donaghue replying for the C’s.
Our Last Man Standing competition is now down to 29 players, 19 players went out at the weekend, Everton [6], Arsenal [5], Tottenham [5] and Man City [3] were the causalities with  West Ham [14], Liverpool [11], Leicester [2] and Stoke [2] providing safe passage for the 29 players that remain standing. Once again we would like to thank everyone who has supported our competition, your continuous support is very much appreciated. Good luck to all remaining players.
Our last night for registering as a club member will take place in the clubhouse in the Whitegates this coming Friday the 28th of October from 7pm to 9pm, this is the eighth and final night to register, after this the club will have to look at ceasing club activities for non members. The club will have held eight nights for people to register plus setting up an online payment method to make it easier for all members both senior and junior.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Miriam O'Brien who sadly passed away recently, the O'Brien family are big supporters of our club with Miriam's son Colin managing in our schoolboy's section over recent years, our thoughts and prayers are with Miriam's husband Hugh, daughters Derval and Grainne, sons Colin, Alan and Ian, all her grandchildren, her extended family and friends at this sad time. May she rest in peace.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 30th OCTOBER 2016
The senior men earned an excellent point away to unbeaten CIE Ranch drawing 1-1, the lads fell behind to the Ranch but battled back to earn a share of the spoils when top scorer Luke Byrne blasted home his seventh goal of the season from the penalty spot. In truth it was a well deserved point and before the lads did level matters they did have several chances, so things could have been better.
The under 17’s consolidated their second place position in the table with a good 4-2 away win over Leicester Celtic. Jack Manley hit the net twice for his first goals of the season with both Patrick O’Keane and Luca Rampersaud reaching four for the season when they both scored one a piece.
Saturday junior action saw our 12A’s record an excellent 3-1 away win over Emo Celtic in Laois in the third round of the SFAI cup, this was the lads third successive away tie in the competition and this win sets them up for yet another away tie when they will take on the winners of Naas A and Clane Utd in the fourth round. Kai Fitzsimons, Jack Noble and a first of the season from Nicholas McAllister were the lads goalscorers in what was an excellent all round team performance. The 12B’s also had a good win when they defeated Carnew away, two goals from Ryan McConnell and one each from Mikey Nolan, Matthew Porter and Charlie Phelan earned them a well deserved three points in a 5-1 win. Our 14A’s who are competing in the under 15 division 1 shield are going from strength to strength, they maintained their one hundred percent record in the shield winning seven from seven when they defeated Wolfe Tone 4-1 in Bray. Ross Quinn made it fifteen for the season when he notched a brace, Eoin Doyle fired home his fourth with Harry Hodgkinson smashing in his first of the campaign in a good solid performance from the lads. The 14C’s found the going tough when they went down 7-0 at home to Greystones Utd, in truth the lads never gave up and kept trying to play football, their efforts definitely deserved something on the scoreboard. The 15B’s lost out in an exciting 3-2 defeat to Arklow Town A, this is a game in which the lads will feel they could have got something from. Both Nathan Sullivan and Sean Leonard scored their first goals of the season for the team. Our 16A’s were disappointed to lose out 1-0 to Athy Town at the Whitegates in the third round of the SFAI cup, with the only chance of note in the first period Athy scored what proved to be the decisive goal. Rovers controlled the game for large periods but just couldn’t break down a resolute Athy defence. The 16B’s were involved in a ten goal thriller losing out 6-4 away to Little Bray, Nathan Wynne, Nacho Garcia, Ryan Murphy and Paul Marah all registered singles in a great advertisment for football, well done to both sides.
Sunday’s action saw the under 11 green’s maintain their impressive start to competitive football with a 3-0 home win over Wolfe Tone. Top scorer Charlie Czwalina hit a brace with Michael Brennan scoring his first of the season to make it three wins from three. A very much under strength 15A’s went down narrowly to Naas in the third round of the SFAI cup, the lads went down 1-0 in a game where they had their chances, it was a tight tussle that could have went either way.
Well yet again the Red Devils of Manchester let a lot of players down in our Last Man Standing competition, their 0-0 draw at home to Burnley meant 17 players exited the competition meaning that a total of 102 players have now gone out of the competition since it started by putting their faith with United. One player also went out over the weekend when Tottenham drew 1-1 with Leicester. At the time of going to print 7 players were through to round 7, Watford’s win over Hull saw 4 players through, 1 player each were on Man City, Everton and Chelsea as they saw off West Brom, West Ham and Southampton  respectively. Four more players at the time of going to print were hoping Stoke could beat Swansea in the Monday night live match on Sky to join the other 7 players in round seven.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathies to the families and friends of Emily Costello late of Fernhill, Arklow and Edward Hanlon late of Rathdrum who sadly passed away recently. Emily’s grandson Wayne Costello plays with our 16B’s while Edward’s grandson Ryan [Jerry] Delamere plays on our 14A team. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time, may they rest in peace.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 6th NOVEMBER 2016
The under 17’s were the only senior team in action over the weekend and they recorded a 4-2 win over Cabinteely, a brace a piece from Stuart Cox and Luca Rampersaud saw the lads claim three valuable points in what was a very entertaining game in tough conditions.
Saturday’s action saw the under 12A’s record a good 1-0 away win over Rathnew to maintain their unbeaten start to the season, Kai Fitzsimon’s seventh goal of the season was enough to claim all three points to put them in a strong position to make the premier shield final. The 12B’s were very unlucky to lose 1-0 to Coolboy Rgrs in the Rocky Road, the lads had several chances to get something from the game and even had a goal in injury time disallowed for offside. In a good team display Ian Kavanagh was nominated man of the match for a very impressive display. The 11A’s competing in group 4 of the premier shield made it four wins from four when they earned a tough three points away to neighbours Rathnew in a 2-1 win. The lads have adapted well to the higher age group and it was goals from Charlie Czwalina and Liam Burke that keeps their one hundred percent start to competitive football intact. The 14B’s had a good win away to Arklow Town A winning 3-2, goals from Reece Doyle, Scott Bushe and Lee Hamilton earned them all three points to keep them well in the mix for a place in the shield final with a couple of points separating the top four teams. The 16A’s are another team in a strong position to make their shield final, their 8-4 win over one of their nearest rivals puts them in pole position, both Sean Leonard and Jack Colaluca hit excellent hat-tricks with Luke Whyte and Shane Cullinan firing home one each to complete their eight goal haul.
Sunday’ action saw the under 13A’s power their way into the premier shield final when they defeated their nearest rivals St Anthonys 5-0 at the Whitegates, two goals from Jordan Younger and one a piece from Tomas Kennedy, Callum Gibney and David Butler helped the team to maintain their one hundred percent record and book their place in the final. The under 14A’s who qualified last week for their shield final preserved their one hundred percent record when they won 4-0 at home to Wolfe Tone, Eoin Doyle helped himself to two goals and Connor Lewins and Adam O’Reilly fired in one each in what was a solid professional performance from the lads. Our under 15A’s went down 5-0 to a strong Wicklow Town side, the lads never really got going in this game and much that they tried they couldn’t make any inroads on a strong Town defence. The 16B’s were another team to qualify for their respective shield final when they defeated St Anthonys 7-1 to power to the final of the division 1 shield, Nathan Wynne and Javier Rodriguez both scored a brace with Nathan Sullivan, Armando Mourisco and Nacho Garcia all registering singles.
The club’s weekly junior soccer academy takes place every Saturday [weather permitting] under the watchful eye of senior club coach Johnny Dunne. The academy takes places on the all weather pitch on the club grounds at the Whitegates and is open to all kids from the age of 3 years to 8 years. The academy starts at 11 o’clock and finishes at 12. There is no need for registration so you can come along to any week that suits. Come along and learn the skills of football while having fun and enjoyment, it’s a great way of meeting new friends as you learn the skills as you get prepared for the introduction to participate in organised league football in the coming years.
Our Last Man Standing competition recorded a few shocks over the weekend, shock number one was Man City’s 1-1 draw at home to Middlesbrough which resulted in 2 players making their exit from the competition. Shock number 2 was Sunderland’s first win of the season away to Bournemouth which saw a further 2 players go out of the competition. The next shock was inform Southampton’s 2-1 defeat away to Hull who had lost their last six games which meant 1 more player was gone. This was followed by another major shock when champions Leicester lost to West Brom which saw 4 players go out. What this means is we are now left with an intriguing head to head battle between Hughie Nolan [Man Utd beat Swansea] and James Nolan [Chelsea beat Everton], uncle versus nephew. Its amazing after 213 players and 7 rounds of selections it comes down to this face off, good luck to both players and once again a massive thanks to all players for supporting our competition.    
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Patrick [Pat] Kavanagh senior of St Laurence’s Road who sadly passed away recently, our thoughts and prayers are with Pat [Sting], Billy, James, Terry, Brendan, Nicky, Johnny and his extended family at this sad time, may he rest in peace.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 13th NOVEMBER 2016
On the senior front last week it was the under 17’s who were the only ones to taste a bit of action, they travelled to take on Templeogue Utd and came home with all three points in a fine 4-1 victory. The lads win keeps them in the mix for the runners up berth in the league in their first season in the DDSL. Stuart Cox moved to double figures when he netted a hat-trick with Luca Rampersaud claiming the fourth goal in a good all round team performance.
Saturdays junior action saw our under 11 green team go goal crazy again in the under 12 group 4 shield, this time Enniskerry were on the receiving end as the lads hit ten without reply. Charlie Czwalina led the scoring charts as he hit an excellent four goals, Liam Burke nabbed two goals with Brian McCaul, Joshua Bishop, Tom Donoghue and Oisin Denver all hitting singles as the lads made it five wins from five games. Our 12B’s got back to winning ways when they beat Carnew 4-1, Ryan McConnell fired home two goals, Cormac Waldron scored a stunner for his first of the season with Charlie Phelan completing the scoring with one goal. This was an excellent all round team performance from the lads but Kacper Lepek came in for a special mention for his flawless performance between the posts for Rovers. The under 13A’s turned in a total professional performance in their away game with Newtown Juniors winning 6-1, given that they have already booked their place in the premier shield final they might have been forgiven if they took their foot off the gas but they didn’t, Sean O’Meara, Callum Gibney and Willoughby Woods all hit the back of the net on two occasions to make it maximum points from nine games.
On Sunday our 12A’s qualified for the premier shield final when they beat closest rivals Aughrim Rgrs 1-0, Daniel Mabuza scored the all important goal to ensure their path to the final. Spare a thought for young Sam Christie who scored what would have been a contender for goal of the season when he lobbed the keeper only for the referee to wrongly and harshly rule it out as he deemed it went through the side netting.
Our under 13 girls maintained their excellent debut in the Metropolitan Girls League as they made it three wins from four in the league when they beat Peamount Utd 5-2 at the Whitegates. The girls raced into a 5-0 lead with a fantastic clinical hat-trick from top scorer Molly Sweeney, not far behind Molly was Aoife Caffrey who netted twice. Peamount did battle back to score twice in the second half but the girls saw out the game to claim all three points. In an excellent team display Rihanna O’Neill, Julie Phelan and Sorcha Cull were rock solid in the Rovers defence. The 14A’s kept their hundred percent record intact with a hard earned 1-0 win over Arklow Town, Eoin Doyle scored his seventh of the season with what proved to be the all important goal for the lads to preserve their unbeaten run in the under 15 division 1 shield. The 14B’s drew with table toppers Greystones Utd, when these two sides met earlier in the season in the Whitegates they provided us with a thrilling 3-3 draw. Sunday’s game was more of the same at the Woodlands with both sides serving up another six goal thriller in another 3-3 draw. Scott Bushe, David Lally and Ethan Allen hit the Rovers goals in what is proving to be a very tight finish at the top of the table with any two from four capable of making the shield final. The lads are two points behind leaders Greystones but have two games in hand. Our 15B’s recorded their first point of the season when they held Newtown Juniors to a 2-2 draw, the lads put in a battling performance and after losing 5-0 earlier in the season at home to the same opposition it just shows how good a result this was for the lads. Thomas O’Neill netted his fifth of the season with Logan O’Toole scoring his first of the campaign.  
Our Last Man Standing competition is into round 8 and we are left with two players left to battle it out and what an intriguing battle it should be, after 213 players and seven rounds of predictions we have been left with an uncle versus nephew head to head tussle. Hughie Nolan from Newtown takes on his nephew James Nolan from Wicklow in what will prove to be a nervous battle for the bragging rights of been the king of predictions and the honour of been the last man standing.
The clubs annual awards night will take place this coming Saturday night the 19th of November upstairs in The Forge, it is hoped to start the presentation at 9pm sharp so we would ask all members and past members to arrive early.
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WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 20th NOVEMBER 2016
The clubs annual senior awards took place upstairs in The Forge last night. We started with the ‘’Junior Person of the Year’’ which went to Dylan Frazer for all his help with the coaching at the Saturday morning academy, the under 8 green and 12B teams. Next up was the ‘’Club Merit Award’’ which went to Brendan Porter, Brendan has managed and coached his own teams as well as helping with other teams over the years. He is always on hand to help out with the unseen work in the club, the likes of transporting goalposts from around our grounds, setting up PA systems for field days, helping with the St Patrick’s Day floats over the years and much more. Our ‘’Hall of Fame’’ recipient went to the last of our founder members to be inducted into our Hall of Fame. Anthony sleeps, drinks and eats Wicklow Rovers, no matter when you pass our club grounds you’ll see him there. Whether it’s pottering around helping around the grounds, supporting our junior teams or helping out the senior men’s teams. Anthony is Mr Wicklow Rovers. Next up was our under 17 player of the year and this was presented to Luca Rampersaud by Eoghan O’Neill, Luca was very impressive through out the season and consistently hit the back of the net. Then it was the turn of the senior ladies, as their season ran past last years awards they had a double presentation, the first awards presented were the ‘’Players’’ player of the year for 2015 and 2016, Rachel ‘The Goal Machine’ Bolger picked up the 2015 award which was presented by one of our ladies sponsors Mellisa Carroll. The 2016 award went to Charmaine Higgins which was presented by Anne O’Neill. Both girls turned in some very impressive performances at opposite ends of the pitch, Rachel hit an excellent total of 30 goals in the 2015 season while Charmaine turned on some fantastic displays between the posts in 2016 which earned her praise from opponents and referees through out the season. On to the managers players of the year, the 2015 award went to Rachel to scoop her second award of the night, just goes to show what an impressive season she had. The 2016 managers player of the year went to Saoirse O’Reilly who was a rock at the centre of the defence churning out consistently brilliant displays and leading her team by example. Franny Copeland made a presentation to child liaison officer Maria Lewins for all her hard work in her non executive role over the last few years, Maria has worked tirelessly behind the scenes getting that end of the club in order. The next presentation was made by Paul Delaney when he made a presentation Mandy O’Neill to acknowledge Mandy for all the hard work she has done in the formation of our senior ladies section, there is no doubt without Mandy’s organising skills this would never have got off the ground. The last presentation of the night was made to Mandy by all the senior ladies team to show their appreciation for all the hard work she has put in to provide the girls with football. A big thanks goes to Mandy O’Neill, Rihanna O’Neill, Anne O’Neill, Charmaine Higgins, Louise Johson, Rachel Bolger and Katie O’Connor for all their hard work in decorating the room. Once again a massive thanks to club president Anthony Earls, Child liaison officer Maria Lewins and WDSL small sided fixtures secretary Robbie Dover for all your help over the year. Thanks to all our managers, coaches, players senior and junior, parents and supporters for continuous support and help through out the year. Finally a big thanks to my fellow committee members John Frazer, Paul Delaney Franny Copeland, Rob Free, Johnny Dunne, Mandy O’Neill and Jason Harris for all their hard work over the last year.
The senior team recorded a good 3-1 win over Ratoath Harps last Friday night, the lads struggle somewhat in the fi