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WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 5th JULY 2020
 
First thing first, we hope all our members and their families and friends are plotting a safe passage through these extreme times. We hope all our friends in sport are keeping well and healthy. To everyone out there please stay safe and to everyone who are recovering from the coronavirus we wish you a speedy recovery back to full health.

 
Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to thank all those working on the frontline for their dedication in the fight against COVID-19 and for their contribution in getting us to a point where we can plan for live sport again.

 
The club have appointed Boodhan Rampersaud as the club’s Covid-19 Compliance Officer, this appointment is in line with Government and FAI recommendations. The club have also carried out and completed the requested risk assessment on all our grounds and facilities which gives the club the go ahead to slowly resume training for teams. This will be the process and teams must be reminded that all training protocols must be adhered to for the safe continuation of training. The club have recently met with all managers/coaches to go through the protocols to make sure everyone knows what is expected. The aim of the club is to ensure the safety of all our members and their families while enjoying their return to football so please appreciate the extra effort our committee members and managers/coaches are going to so as everyone can get back to some sort of normality. As it stands we are guided by the Government and the FAI and if there’s any changes going forward you will be notified as it happens. The Leinster Senior League and the Wicklow District Football League are due to start in the next couple of weeks with Wicklow District Schoolboys/girls League due to commence in late August, early September.

 
The club have decided due to the extreme times we find ourselves in and in the interest of the health and safety of our members and the wider community, we regretfully have to cancel this year’s Summer Camps. The health and safety of the coaches who run our camps and all the kids who take part is paramount to our club. We wish all our members, their families and our friends in the wider community a safe and happy passage in the remainder of 2020 and hopefully we’ll see you all back next year.

 
At the time of going to print we were nearing completion of the sixth round of our Last Man Standing competition. Eighteen players were definitely through to round 7 with another player hoping to join them if Manchester City could get the better of Southampton in the late Sunday night kick off. As it stands a sole player exited the competition when Sheffield United could only manage a 1-1 draw with Burnley. Of the players that progressed 8 players eased through when their selection Manchester United brushed Bournemouth aside, winning 5-2. Chelsea also ensured the 6 players who selected them a comfortable passage with a 3-0 home win over Watford. Champions Liverpool helped a couple of players into round 7 when they defeated Aston Villa, winning 2-0. A single player each progressed after their selections Brighton and Leicester beat Norwich and Crystal Palace respectively. Round 7 takes place on Tuesday 7th July, Wednesday 8th July and Thursday 9th July, we would like to wish all remaining players the very best of luck in the remainder of the competition and once again a massive thanks to everyone who participated. Your continuous support is very much appreciated by everyone at the club. Up to date progress of the competition can be viewed on our club facebook page and the club website.

 
The club are always on the look out for new members on our executive committee. We are always in need of people to help out, you can never have enough volunteers. Just don’t assume someone else is going to step forward, the club always needs fresh blood in order to help the club progress and prosper. Any little bit of assistance would be a big help. With twenty four teams in the club if we got one representative from each team to help out for one year we would then have a very healthy committee to help the club prosper. The club promote soccer for schoolboys/girls, youths and senior men and ladies in the community, our club is growing all the time and the committee could do with any help that people are willing to offer, any assistance with the help of running the club would be very much appreciated.

 
Anyone with anything for our club notes, Facebook page or our club website can contact me by email at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com or by text to 087-9108706. For all news regarding the club, check out our club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 12th JULY 2020
 
The club have appointed Boodhan Rampersaud as the club’s Covid-19 Compliance Officer, this appointment is in line with Government and FAI recommendations. The club have also carried out and completed the requested risk assessment on all our grounds and facilities which gives the club the go ahead to slowly resume training for teams. This will be the process and teams must be reminded that all training protocols must be adhered to for the safe continuation of training. The club have recently met with all managers/coaches to go through the protocols to make sure everyone knows what is expected. The aim of the club is to ensure the safety of all our members and their families while enjoying their return to football so please appreciate the extra effort our committee members and managers/coaches are going to so as everyone can get back to some sort of normality. As it stands we are guided by the Government and the FAI and if there’s any changes going forward you will be notified as it happens. The Leinster Senior League and the Wicklow District Football League are due to start this week with Wicklow District Schoolboys/girls League due to commence in late August, early September.

 
The club have decided due to the extreme times we find ourselves in and in the interest of the health and safety of our members and the wider community, we regretfully have to cancel this year’s Summer Camps. The health and safety of the coaches who run our camps and all the kids who take part is paramount to our club. We wish all our members, their families and our friends in the wider community a safe and happy passage in the remainder of 2020 and hopefully we’ll see you all back next year.

 
In the last week we have completed two rounds of our Last Man Standing competition, after round 7 we were now down to 9 players left to battle it out for the title and the €500 prize. Of the 18 players that were in round 7 five players went out when their selection Tottenham could only manage a scoreless draw with Bournemouth. Another three players exited the competition when Everton were held to a 1-1 draw by Southampton at Goodison Park. Finally, one more player fell when their choice West Ham lost 1-0 at home to Burnley. Watford provided six players with a safe passage to round 8 when they beat doomed Norwich 2-1 at Vicarage Road. Two players joined them in the next round when Chelsea defeated Crystal Palace 3-2 and a single player made it through on the strength of Manchester City's 5-0 hammering of Newcastle. Now it was on to round 8 and with only nine players left it was all to play for. At the time of going to print 3 players were already into round 9 and they were waiting to see if the 6 players who selected Leicester to beat Bournemouth in the late kick off on Sunday night would join them. West Ham’s easy 4-0 victory away to relegated Norwich saw 2 players move on to round 9 with another single player joining them after Aston Villa kept their survival hopes alive with a 2-0 home win over Crystal Palace. We wish all remaining nine players the very best of luck in the remainder of the competition and once again a big thanks to everyone who participated in our competition.

 
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathies to the Doran and Murphy families on the sad passing of Nancy Doran [nee Murphy] formerly of Urban Villas, The Murrough and Castle Street. Nancy’s husband Myles is a long standing force behind our neighbours Wicklow Town while her brother John [Spud] Murphy was a founder member of our club and has been long associated with our club. Both families have a long history with both clubs working tirelessly down through the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with Myles, her son William, daughter Bridget, daughter-in-law Orla, brothers, sisters, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, her beloved grandchildren, nieces, nephews, best friend Pixie and her extended family and friends. May she rest in peace.

 
Anyone with anything for our club notes, Facebook page or our club website can contact me by email at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com or by text to 087-9108706. For all news regarding the club, check out our club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.


 WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 19th JULY 2020
The club returned to competitive action on the field over the weekend. Our Leinster Senior side took on Ratoath Harps at Whitegates on Saturday afternoon. Their opponents sat one place above them in the table so it was going to be a close tussle. Rovers drew first blood when Adam Cox got on the end of an Aidan Small cross on twenty one minutes to give the home side the lead. Rovers had Rossa Marron and Paul Newsome to thank for sending them in at the break one up, first Rossa pulled off an excellent save and shortly after Paul put in a timely challenge when a certain goal looked on the cards. Both teams created half chances but there were no further goals before the break. Rovers came out in the second half on the front foot and created some good chances. Aidan Small, Ciaran McGettigan and David Rowan all had chances to increase their lead but they had to wait till ten minutes from time to put the game to bed. Dylan Orr surged down the right, his cross was met sweetly by Aidan Small to fire home to ensure Rovers claimed all three points in a 2-0 victory to keep their title and promotion hopes alive.

 
Our Wicklow League side entertained Glencormac in what proved to be an exciting tussle. Rovers controlled the first half and went in at half time 1-0 up with a beautiful strike from Jenson O’Connor-Cox. The lads completely dominated the first period and probably should have added to their tally. The second half started in the same vein with Rovers pushing for a second and it eventually came when Matthew Traynor volleyed home to go two up. The away side hit back shortly after to halve the deficit. Jamie Power, James Lang and Alan Power all went close to restoring Rovers two goal cushion but it wasn’t to be and they got hit with a sucker punch when Glencormac levelled from a free kick on the edge of the area to share the points. Jack Crowley, Alan Power and Dean Noble were outstanding through out in the engine room for Rovers.

 
The under 18’s recorded a good 4-2 away win over Arklow United, they showed great character especially after falling behind after two minutes. Keane Furlong drew them level before Dylan Moriarty put them in front. Arklow battled back to equalise but then Rovers killed the game off with both Keane Furlong and Dylan Moriarty nabbing their second goals of the game to put Rovers 4-2 in front which was the final result. The under 17 game was called off as Aughrim couldn’t field a team.

 
The club have appointed Boodhan Rampersaud as the club’s Covid-19 Compliance Officer, this appointment is in line with Government and FAI recommendations. The club have also carried out and completed the requested risk assessment on all our grounds and facilities which gives the club the go ahead to slowly resume training for teams. This will be the process and teams must be reminded that all training protocols must be adhered to for the safe continuation of training. The club have recently met with all managers/coaches to go through the protocols to make sure everyone knows what is expected. The aim of the club is to ensure the safety of all our members and their families while enjoying their return to football so please appreciate the extra effort our committee members and managers/coaches are going to so as everyone can get back to some sort of normality. As it stands we are guided by the Government and the FAI and if there’s any changes going forward you will be notified as it happens.
 
 
The club have decided due to the extreme times we find ourselves in and in the interest of the health and safety of our members and the wider community, we regretfully have to cancel this year’s Summer Camps. The health and safety of the coaches who run our camps and all the kids who take part is paramount to our club. We wish all our members, their families and our friends in the wider community a safe and happy passage in the remainder of 2020 and hopefully we’ll see you all back next year.

 
Midweek saw us complete round 9 of our Last Man Standing competition, it was all to play for with only 3 players left standing. Brian Connolly was the first player to progress to round 10 when his selection Chelsea narrowly saw off relegated Norwich winning 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night. On Wednesday John Gerard McGettigan joined him when his choice Tottenham recorded a good 3-1 away win over Newcastle. Unfortunately for the duo of Jerry and Connor Lewins made their exit from the competition when their selection Southampton were held to a 1-1 draw by Brighton on Thursday night. Round 10 saw both John and Brian go with Burnley and they duly obliged to beat Norwich 2-0 which sees us move on to the final round of fixtures. Once again a massive thanks to everyone who participated in the competition.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 26th JULY 2020
Our Leinster Senior side kept their excellent great run going with two wins in the last week which now sees them with a recent record of eight wins on the bounce. On Monday night it was an all County Wicklow clash when they travelled to take on Ardmore Rovers. Having lost 4-1 at home to the same opposition early in the season the lads were more than delighted to return to Whitegates with all three points in a 2-0 victory. Both defences were on top in the first period with Aidan Small going the closest when he forced the Ardmore keeper into a good save. The lads went in front early in the second half when Peter Finnegan fired home a thirty five yard free kick. The Wicklow defence were solid when the home side had a purple patch and when they were breached Rossa Marron was on hand with two excellent saves. The lads weathered the storm and finished the stronger with Aidan Small nabbing the second in the dying seconds to ensure all three points in what was a good all round team performance. On Saturday they recorded another fine win with a 4-0 victory over Hartstown/Huntstown. The lads got off to a flyer when Aidan Small blasted to the net after six minutes to give them the perfect start. Rovers created several chances after that but found the away keeper in great form. Ten minutes before the break the away side struck the woodwork. On the stroke of half-time the lads doubled their lead when Adam Cox made no mistake to give Rovers a 2-0 half-time lead. Six minutes after the restart it was 3-0, David O’Connor surged into the area and just when everyone expected him to shoot he intelligently squared to Adam Cox and he dinked the ball over the diving keeper to kill off the Dublin side. On the hour mark Tommy Smullen produced some neat footwork to leave two players in his wake before setting up Peter Finnegan who was denied by a good save from the keeper. With twenty minutes remaining the lads got their fourth and it was that man Cox again when he beautifully lobbed the keeper from all of thirty five yards to complete his hat-trick. Rovers had further chances with Mick Delaney and Tommy Smullen going close. Rossa Marron in the Rovers goal had a relatively quiet afternoon but in the last minute he had to be on his toes when he was called into action to save well. Rovers dictated the game for large periods with David Rowan rock solid at the centre of the Rovers defence. David O’Connor worked tirelessly with Tommy Smullen impressive in the engine room. It was an excellent all round team performance from the lads but when picking a man of the match you can look no further than hat-trick hero Adam Cox for his three clinically taken goals and his overall link up play. These two wins move the lads up to fifth and with games in hand on all the teams above them the lads will be hoping to make further inroads at the top end of the table.

Our Last Man Standing competition came to a conclusion at the weekend when the eleventh and final round was completed. John Gerard McGettigan and Brian Connolly were the only ones left standing in the honour of becoming our latest tipster champion. John went with Everton and Brian selected Tottenham and after ten perfect rounds of predictions from both players it was on the final round that both players were foiled. John’s selection Everton lost 3-1 at home to Bournemouth while Brian’s choice Tottenham drew 1-1 away to Crystal Palace. What it means is both players become joint Last Man Standing champion and split the prize earning €250 each, congratulations to both players from everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC. Once again, a massive thanks to everyone who participated in our competition and hopefully you will take part in future competitions.

The club have appointed Boodhan Rampersaud as the club’s Covid-19 Compliance Officer, this appointment is in line with Government and FAI recommendations. The club have also carried out and completed the requested risk assessment on all our grounds and facilities which gives the club the go ahead to slowly resume training for teams. This will be the process and teams must be reminded that all training protocols must be adhered to for the safe continuation of training. The club have recently met with all managers/coaches to go through the protocols to make sure everyone knows what is expected. The aim of the club is to ensure the safety of all our members and their families while enjoying their return to football so please appreciate the extra effort our committee members and managers/coaches are going to so as everyone can get back to some sort of normality. As it stands we are guided by the Government and the FAI and if there’s any changes going forward you will be notified as it happens.
 
Anyone with anything for our club notes, Facebook page or our club website can contact me by email at jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com or by text to 087-9108706. For all news regarding the club, check out our club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or the club facebook page.
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