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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.

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.
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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
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WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 5th JANUARY 2014
The only scheduled game for the weekend was the first team at home to Parkvilla but unfortunately that became a victim of the bad weather over the weekend with the heavy overnight rain putting paid to the fixture.
The club’s Saturday morning soccer academy resumed last week, it takes place every Saturday morning 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, no registration required, everyone welcome.
Wicklow Rovers exceutive committee would like to thank everyone who sponsored prizes for our 2013 Christmas raffle, your sponsorship is greatly appreciated by our club, many thanks. A big thanks to everyone who supported the club by buying tickets in our raffle, thank you all for your continuous support, it means a lot to us. Thanks to all the club members who helped out with the running of the raffle. Finally congratulations to all the winners in the raffle. The results of the Christmas draw were: 1st Prize €400 – Melanie Burke, 34 Saunders Lane, Rathnew; 2nd Prize €200 – Vivienne Barkley, 64 The Wavering, Blainroe; 3rd Prize €100 – Mike Gleeson, Maple Lodge, Tomirland; 4th Prize Case of Kopparberg – Kyle Corrigan, 206 Glebemount, Wicklow Town; 5th Prize Case of Miller – Willie O’Brien; 6th Prize Smart Phone – Jade Duffy; 7th Prize Large Hamper – Tom O’Shea, Barndarrig; 8th Prize €55 Paddy Power Voucher – Margaret Duffy c/o Maureen Dunne; 9th Prize €55 Paddy Power Voucher – Jack & Michael Ryan; 10th Prize €70 Chadwicks Voucher – Hannah Carton, 30A Darragh Park, Wicklow Town; 11th Prize Next Door Hamper – Ian Donoghue, 16 Avonbeg Drive, Wicklow Town; 12th Prize Framed George Best Picture – Bren Flynn; 13th Prize Jako Club Top – Brennan Family; 14th Prize Jako Club Top – Jim V; 15th Prize Small Hamper – Bernadette O’Brien.
In a recent club notes column Peter Marah was credited with scoring a goal for our under 12A’s when in fact it should have read Paul Marah, sorry about that slip Paul but really anyone that knows your dad [Peter], would know he wouldn’t be in the same class as you in front of goal. Once again Paul sorry about that but I believe your dad was made up and rumour has it he is going over to Anfield for trials, even if it was himself who started the rumour.
The club are requesting anyone with outstanding membership fees to contact any committee member regarding the payment of outstanding fees, the club will be making contact with anyone who still have an outstanding fees in the next week.
The executive committee of the Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to wish all our managers, assistant managers, coaches, players, parents, supporters and friends a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.
Everyone involved with Wicklow Rovers were saddened to hear of the sad passing recently of Nell Healy, Mrs Healy and the Healy family were big supporters of the club over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time, may she rest in peace.
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WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 12th JANUARY 2014
The first team lost 3-2 away to fourth placed Swords Celtic on Sunday, they fell behind on nineteen minutes but Luke Byrne drew them level five minutes before the break. Disaster struck on the stroke of half time as the home side retook the lead. In the eighty fifth minute Simon Alexander kept Rovers in the game when he saved a penalty but a minute later Swords sealed the points when they went 3-1 up. With a minute left Luke Byrne scored his second of the game but with little time remaining they hadn’t enough time for an equaliser.   
The second team’s game was called off. The under 17’s and our girls teams also had no games.
In the junior section on Saturday the under 8A’s lost out narrowly to St Anthonys by a 1-0 score line. The 10A’s defeated Wolfe Tone 4-2, Joseph Neilan claimed his second hat-trick of the season to bring his total for the campaign to fifteen, Glen Broughan nabbed Rovers fourth goal. This result assures them at the worst runners up spot in the league, they are two points clear of Greystones A who take on their ‘B’ team next week to decide the destiny of the league title. Our under 12A’s started their league campaign with a comfortable 7-0 home win over Wolfe Tone B, a brace each from Paul Marah and Nathan Sullivan and singles from Dylan Doyle, Frankie Reynolds and Logan O’Toole accounted for their seven goal haul. The 14A’s suffered their first defeat of the season in local competition when they went down 4-3 in a seven goal thriller away to Arklow Town, Stuart Cox helped himself to a couple of goals with Ronan Murray scoring the other. The under 10C and 14B games were called off.
On Sunday our very young under 8B side lost 6-0 to a strong Coolboy Rgrs side, this little team having been doing well of late and the majority of this team will be under 8 for another two years. After going through the calender year of 2013 without defeat the 11A’s started 2014 in the same vein, they recorded a comprehensive 10-0 win over Enniskerry A. Sam Bishop led the way with a fantastic four goals, Max Kearney and Fionn Luddy both hit the net twice with singles from Conor Lewins and Harry Hodgkinson completing the scoring. Our 11B’s earned a tough three points in a narrow 1-0 win over Enniskerry B, under 10A player Joseph Neilan poached their all important goal. The 11C’s got their shield campaign off to a flyer with an 8-0 win away to Greystones Utd D,  the prolific twin strike force of Conor Leonard and Noah Sheridan both bagged hat-tricks with Ben Free and Luke Long registering singles. The 12B’s earned a good point away to Aughrim Rgrs in a 1-1 draw, leading scorer Jack Meaney hit their goal to earn them a share of the spoils. Our 13A’s had a comfortable 10-0 victory over Arklow Utd at the Whitegates, Conor Byrne scored an incredible five goals to take his total for the season to twenty, Sean Leonard followed closely nabbing a hat-trick while Tristan O’Toole and Cillian Kelly scored one a piece. The 13B’s  were very unlucky against St Anthonys, having previously lost heavily to the same opposition they found themselves 2-0 down early on but then battled back with Ryan Murphy scoring twice to level the game. Fatigue seem to affect them as they conceded three goals in the last five minutes to lose out 5-2 but they have to be given credit as they never gave up against a much physically bigger side. The under 15’s lost out 5-3 to St Anthonys in an eight goal thriller, a brace from Mitchell Kelly and one from Michael Anthony Doyle were their goalscorers on the day. The under 16’s suffered a disappointing 4-0 defeat away to St Anthonys.  
Everyone at the club would like to wish Ciaran Coffey of the under 14A team a speedy recovery from a broken wrist he suffered recently, we hope to see you back on the playing field very soon, get well soon Ciaran.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to express their sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Ann Vickers and John Byrne who sadly passed away recently, our thoughts and prayers 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
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WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 19th JANUARY 2014
The first team ended their recent barren spell without a league win on Sunday and there was no better way to do it than defeat the league leaders. Garda FC who are top of the pile came to town but it was Rovers who came out on top. After falling a goal behind they showed great character and team spirit to fight back. First Luke Byrne levelled things up with a well taken goal and then with timing running out and a certain draw looking on the cards, Maurice Dunne popped up with an injury time winner to give the lads three valuable points.
The under 17’s recorded an excellent 4-2 away win over Greystones Utd, after controlling the majority of the first half and creating lots of chances they somehow found themselves one down at the break. The lads came out in the second period and pressed their hosts back, they got their rewards with two quick fire goals, one from Liam Kavanagh and the other from Ross Quinn. Greystones equalised but Rovers weren’t to be denied as further goals from Ross Quinn and Alan Power earned them a well deserved win in what was an excellent all round team performance.
In junior action the 9A’s defeated Arklow Town 5-1 away, Cole Byrne netted twice with Charlie Phelan, Jack Noble and an own goal accounting for the others. The 10B’s recorded a 3-2 home win over Glencormac Utd with scoring sensation Willoughby Woods hitting a fantastic hat-trick. Our 10C’s battled hard in their game with Greystones Utd but the away side were far too strong winning out 6-0. The 11A’s continued their good unbeaten run with a narrow 1-0 victory over St Anthonys, Sam Brown scored the all important goal. The 11B’s played an exciting 1-1 draw with Greystones Utd with Adam O’Reilly hitting the back of the net. Our 11C’s won 5-1 against Wicklow Town, a brace each from Ben Free and Conor Leonard and one from Noah Sheridan earned them the victory. The 13B’s lost 6-0 away to a very strong Little Bray Utd side while the under 15’s shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw away to Coolboy Rgrs. Michael Anthony Doyle and Matthew Traynor scored their goals for a hard earned point. The under 16’s defeated local neighbours Wicklow Town at the Whitegates by a score of 5-1 with Andrew Earls amazingly plundering all five goals.
The executive committee would like to thank and congratulate all the coaches who participated in the first aid course which took place all day last Saturday. The following coaches who successfully completed the first aid course were Brendan Porter, John Frazer, James Nolan, Jack Frazer, Mick Kearney, Jerry Lewins, Maria Lewins, John Gerard McGettigan, John Rice, Matt Byrne, Mark Lincoln, Ian Donoghue, Peter Marah, Declan Earls, Joe Neilan, Colin O’Brien, Peter Dunne, Ger Gibney and Stephen Meaney, once again well done to all. A big thanks to Willie O’Brien who set up the first aid course.
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 saddened to hear of the sad passing of Kathleen Dunne at the weekend. The Dunne family have been associated with the club since it was formed and they form a major part of the club’s history. Kathleen’s son Johnny is a major figure head within the club and her daughter Maureen was always on hand to help the club with selling tickets while her grandchildren play on various teams. Her son Gail played all his soccer with the club. Everyone at the club would like to extend their sincere sympathy to the Dunne family, 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 26th JANUARY 2014
The weather was the big winner at the weekend with mother nature putting paid to a lot of games, some teams were lucky or unlucky to get football depending on what way you viewed it. Standing out in the bad weather on Saturday/Sunday as a manager or coach can’t be the most attractive way to spend an afternoon but in fairness to all our managers, coaches, players and supporters they turn out hail, rain or snow.
Of the games that did get the go ahead, the second team were involved in a local derby on Saturday afternoon, they entertained Greystones Utd and after a five goal thriller the lads were on the wrong end of a 3-2 score line. The Rovers goals were a blast from the past with Mark Boyce hitting the back of the net twice. It is nice to see one of our stars from the past making a return to the playing field and what an impressive return, keep up the good work Boycey.
The under 17’s were away to Enniskerry YC in the quarter final of the cup, after having a poor first period the lads found themselves 2-0 down at the break but what a turn around in the second half. The lads came out all guns blazing and a minute into the second period they cut the deficit in half with a well taken goal from Glen McCarthy. The home team had a couple of chances to increase their lead but Rovers held out and drew level with a excellent finish from Ross Quinn. Liam Kavanagh completed the turn around when he bundled the ball home from six yards. Ross Quinn put the icing on the cake when he rifled a free kick to the roof of the net to give the lads their 4-2 win and a place in the semi final away to Greystones Utd.
On Saturday in the junior section the 8A’s lost 3-1 away to Arklow Town with Liam Bourke nabbing their goal, the 10B’s lost 5-1 away to a very strong Carnew side, Sean O’Meara scored his first shield goal to make it ten in all competitions for the season. Our under 15’s won 2-1 away to Arklow Town in their first outing in the premier league, leading scorer Mitchell Kelly hit a brace to bring his total to seventeen for the campaign and keep his impressive form in front of goal going. Considering the lads played part of the game with ten men as they had made all their substitutions when JJ Power received a head injury, the result was all the more impressive. Everyone at the club would like to wish JJ a speedy recovery from his injury and we all look forward to seeing him back on the playing field very soon.
The only game to get the green light on Sunday was the under 8B’s game away to Arklow Utd, after a close first period the home side with the aid of a strong wind ran out 4-1 winners in the end with Ben Lyons netting the goal for Rovers. All other games featuring our teams were cancelled due to the inclement weather conditions.
Our Saturday morning soccer academy continues every Saturday morning. 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 or the club facebook page.  

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 2nd FEBRUARY 2014
Well for the second successive week the weather caused chaos for the fixtures with waterlogged pitches the story of the day. The only game to get the go ahead on Saturday was the second team’s game away to promotion chasing Newbridge Town in the Major division 1B. When the teams last met way back in August the Kildare side emerged victorious with a 2-1 victory in the Whitegates. Before Saturday, four defeats in a row had saw the lads drop to the bottom of the league so a tough encounter was on the cards. The lads carved out an excellent 2-0 win, with a few new faces on board its hoped the team can now start to climb the table. Two goals from top scorer Ciaran McGettigan earned them all three points and hopefully this will see the lads kick on from here.
The first team were in cup action on Sunday when they entertained Rathcoole Boys in the second round of the Metropolitan cup at the Whitegates. They got off to the perfect start when some what against the run of play Jim Foley was quickest to the breaking ball after twelve minutes to float the ball over the stranded keeper from thirty yards out to put them one up. Three minutes later the referee awarded a penalty to the away side to the dismay of most people in the ground, they tucked the resulting spot kick away to level matters. Rovers had Simon Alexander to thank for keeping them in touch with three fantastic saves. Just after the half hour mark the lads went back in front when Mark O’Sullivan slotted past the advancing keeper. A minute after the break Rovers were caught napping as the away side drew level. The second half was a scrappy affair and just when we looked like we were heading for extra time loose marking in the home penalty area allowed Rathcoole to nip in and score what proved to be the decisive goal with three minutes left on the clock. In truth Rovers didn’t test the away keeper enough through out the game while our own keeper Simon Alexander was Rovers man of the match pulling off three superb saves during the game.
Elsewhere on Sunday the under 8A’s had an excellent 7-2 win away to Arklow Town, two goals each from Josh Butler and Tom Donoghue and singles from Jack Macklin, Brian McCaul and Daniel Kavanagh accounted for their total. The 10C’s lost 5-1 away to a strong Arklow Town side, Liam Nicholson scored his third goal of the season.
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 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.
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 9th FEBRUARY 2014
Well its becoming common place now to start our club notes with the same news, yes the dreaded bad weather struck again for the third week running. All games involving our teams due to be played on Saturday were completely wiped out and that included the second team’s cup game at home to Beggsboro AFC. The first team’s game away to Portmarnock FC set for Sunday was also a victim of the weather with this game been cancelled on Saturday.
Sunday fared out a lot better with most of our games going ahead, the under 8B’s lost 3-0 to a bigger Glencormac side but in fairness to the youngsters they were enjoying themselves and that’s what its all about. The 9A’s won 5-1 against Ashford Rovers, Peter Dunne and Steven Gormley both helped themselves to a brace a piece with Jack Noble getting the fifth. Our under 10C team went down to Fassaroe YC on a 5-1 score line, the result didn’t do justice to a team who battled well against a more physically bigger team, Jack Ryan netted their goal, for a full match report and photos check out the club website. The 11B’s lost narrowly to Arklow Utd in the division one cup, it took extra time to separate the two team with Arklow running out 2-1 winners in a close encounter, Charlie Leonard hit the Rovers goal. If it’s exciting attacking football your looking for, with plenty of goals, then it was the Coolboy Sports Field where you should have been on Sunday. Our 11C’s travelled to take on the home side and what a game it was. The lads ran out 9-6 winners, yes 9-6, a goal feast. Noah Sheridan led the way with a four goal haul, Ben Free added two and there were singles from Conor Leonard, Luke Long and first of the season for Michael Cassidy to make it three wins from three in the shield. The 12B’s recorded a good 3-1 win away to Greystones Utd, Nedis Velindis, Daniel Murphy and Thomas O’Neill all hit the back of the net. The 13A’s started their league campaign with a comfortable 7-1 win over Enniskerry, Daniel Fitzsimons was on fire in front of goal slamming home a fantastic four goals, leading scorer Conor Byrne hit two with defender Ryan Corrigan popping up with one. The under 14A’s guaranteed themselves a place in the premier shield final with an easy 12-0 win over St Anthonys, Ben Watson became the third player in the club to hit the back of the net four times on Sunday with four cracking goals, leading scorer Luca Rampersaud  brought his total for the season to fifteen with a brace, Jack Dunne now has ten for the season after he notched two. Daniel Harbourne scored twice for his first goals of the season with Dean Noble and Stuart Cox completing the scoring with one each to secure them their place in the final. Our under 16’s defeated Greystones Utd 7-1 in the Rocky Road, the fourth hat-trick of the day came from Colin O’Toole [his fourth hat-trick of the season], Oisin Breen, Andrew Earls, Mark Darragh and Kevin O’Halloran all hit singles.
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.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their deepest sympathies to the family and friends of John Haughton 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 16th FEBRUARY 2014
The first teams fixture away to Glenmore Dundrum was cancelled due to the heavy rain but the second teams game at home to Killester Utd beat the weather, as it got the go ahead on Saturday afternoon. Rovers welcomed league leaders Killester to the Whitegates and ever if there was a game were you would say ‘’if you don’t take your chances you pay the price’’. Rovers made all the early running in this game and had three or four clear cut chances but unfortunately they failed to take any of them. If you were a neutral and hadn’t seen either team before you would think it was Rovers who were league leaders as they took the game to their opponents. The second half was a more even affair but when it came to taking their chances Killester were more clinical in front of goal with two well taken goals to run out 2-0 winners. Craig Jameson and Jonathon Dunne were impressive for Rovers on the day.
In the junior section on Saturday the under 12A’s made it two wins from two in the league when they defeated Greystones Utd B 7-0, Paul Marah led the way with an excellent hat-trick to bring his tally for the season to eleven, Scott Sheridan notched a brace with Frankie Reynolds and Dylan Doyle both scoring one a piece.
Sunday action saw the under 8B team go down 4-0 to a strong Ashford Rovers team in the Hockey Pitch. At the same venue the under 10B’s lost out narrowly to Aughrim Rgrs in the quarter final of the cup in what was a very tight affair. The 11C’s were defeated 4-1 in the quarter final of the cup away to Arklow Utd, Ben Free scored his sixth of the season to nab the Rovers goal.
Pride of place within the club this week must go to the under 13 girls team, they entertained Mount Merrion in the semi final of the Metropolitan Girls Subsidiary Cup on Sunday and ran out 6-2 winners to progress to the final. Having previously lost at home to the same opposition in the league this was always going to be a tough encounter. It has to be said if it was entertainment and high quality football your looking for this was the place to be last Sunday. The away side got off to a dream start when they went one up in the first minute but Rovers hit back straight away when a brilliant individual goal from Grainne Phelan immediately from the restart drew them level. Rovers were on top for the majority of the first period and they made their dominance count. On seven minutes Clodagh Irwin put them 2-1 in front after good work from Grainne Phelan. Midway through the half Lauren Gregory made it 3-1. A minute before the break the impressive Grainne Phelan got on the end of a long ball to blast past the keeper to send the girls in at the break 4-1 up and the lead was fully deserved on their first half performance. The second half was a more even affair but at crucial times in the half it was Rovers who were the most clinical in front of goal. Sinead McGettigan who worked tirelessly in the centre of the park increased the lead when she powerfully fired home from the left four minutes into the second period. Sinead made it 6-1 after forty two minutes when she cut in from the right to fire to the back of the net. Mount Merrion scored a consolation goal with five minutes remaining. The final result ended up 6-2 to Rovers and earns them a place in the final against the winners of Balbriggan FC or Grange Woodbine. Grainne Phelan was a dominant force in this game and caused havoc that the opposition had no answer for. Sinead McGettigan worked tirelessly in the middle but it has to be said this was an excellent all round team performance by the girls. It was an outstanding game of football which provided loads of thrills for the watching crowd and was played in an excellent spirit by both sides.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathy to the family and friends of John Healy [Newcastle] 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 23rd FEBRUARY 2014
The second team played out a scoreless draw at the Whitegates on Saturday afternoon when they held mid table Farm Utd to a draw. This was a tight encounter and the lads have been shown a steady improvement in form lately.
Our under 17’s defeated Coolboy Rangers 6-0 at the Whitegates on Saturday morning, they led 1-0 at the break with a goal from Alan Power. The second half saw them step up their performance and a brace a piece from team captain Liam Kavanagh and Conor O’Brien and a single from leading scorer Glen McCarthy saw them run out comfortable winners.
In the junior section on Saturday the 8A’s defeated Ashford Rovers. Josh Butler plundered six goals with Jack Macklin hitting two. Tom Donoghue, Michael Brennan and Brian McCaul all scored singles. The 9A’s played out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Aughrim Rgrs. Aaron Murray netted twice with Cole Byrne nabbing the other. Our 9B’s continued their recent good form as they made it six games without defeat with victory over Aughrim Rgrs B, a four goal haul from Sam Culleton set them on their way. A brace from Matthew Porter and one from Charlie Doherty completed their tally. The 10C’s were going well away to Greystones Utd but after playing well they conceded late goals to eventually lose out 4-0. The 12B’s remain unbeaten after three games in the league when they drew 2-2 with Ashford Rovs, goals from Conor Lewins and Nedis Velindis earned them an excellent point. The under 13A’s guaranteed their place in the shield final with an easy 14-0 win away to Arklow Utd to make it eleven wins from eleven games in the shield. Conor Byrne brought his tally for the season to twenty seven with an incredible five goals, close on Conor’s heels was Daniel Fitzsimons who notched four goals to make it twenty for the campaign. Sean Leonard banged home two while Cian O’Brien, Ryan Corrigan and Jack Colaluca all scored one each to complete the fourteen goal haul. The 14B’s got a taste of what premier football is all about, in their first game in the premier league they were beaten 9-0 by a very strong Arklow Town A side. Kept the heads up lads as when you get used to this level we have no doubt there will be better days ahead.
The only game to beat the weather on Sunday was the under 11A’s, they travelled to take on Greystones Utd A in the premier shield and after going through the calender year of 2013 unbeaten, they continued 2014 in the same vein, they played out a thrilling 2-2 draw with Sam Brown and Sam Bishop notching the all important goals.
Once again we would ask all managers to text in their result and goalscorers to the relevant club fixtures secretary asap after your game has finished, everyone should realise that all match information has to be emailed to the league, the paper and posted on the club facebook and website so please get the details to us as soon as possible.
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 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 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 or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 2nd MARCH 2014
The first team took on Mount Merrion in the Moore Cup on Friday night, unfortunately they went narrowly on a 2-1 score line. They fell two behind but then got on top of their hosts to control the majority of the game. Stephen Earls pulled a goal back and the lads had other chances to draw level but failed to take them. With the rub of the green they could have won this match against their higher ranked opponents.
The second team travelled to take on Beggsboro on Saturday evening in the Tom Carroll cup but their cup ambitions were dashed as the home side ran out 2-0 winners.
In the junior section on Saturday the under 10A’s had an excellent 3-1 away win over Greystones Utd A in the quarter final of the premier cup. Conor Hunter notched a brace with Mark Hodgkinson adding the other to book their semi final place. The under 13A’s maintained their good run with a 6-0 home victory over Ashford Rovers, leading narrowly at the break by a score of 1-0 the lads stepped up the pace in the second period to run out comfortable winners. Two goals from Daniel Fitzsimons and one each from Ryan Corrigan, Jack Colaluca, Shane Cullinan and leading scorer Conor Byrne accounted for their tally.
On Sunday the under 8B’s were involved in a close exciting tussle with Aughrim Rangers in the Hockey pitch, after going 2-0 down they grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and dominated for large periods. Steven Kavanagh pulled one back and even though they created several more chances they just couldn’t find an equaliser losing out 2-1. Our 11A’s continued their amazing unbeaten run which dates back to the 13th of January last year, they defeated Enniskerry 6-2 away in the premier shield, two goals from Harry Hodgkinson and singles from Max Kearney, Fionn Luddy, Mark O’Brien and Sam Bishop ensured their unbeaten run was maintained. The under 12A’s made it three wins from three games in the league when they won 3-0 away to St Anthonys, Nathan Sullivan scored two with Jamie Noble notching the other, in three league games their defence has yet to be breached. The 10C’s lost out narrowly to Ashford Rovers on a 1-0 score line. Goalkeeper Fionn O’Higgins was the star man in what was a good all round team performance. Our under 13B’s lost 4-2 to Wolfe Tone B, Fionn O’Reilly hit his third goal of the season while Fionn Matthews got his name on the score sheet for the first time this season. In the under 15 premier league the ‘A’ team took on the ‘B’ team with the A’s coming out on top winning 5-1, Jack Dunne hit a splendid hat-trick with Stuart Cox and Ronan Murray adding one a piece. Jack Gibney scored for the B’s who battled all the way after leaking three goals in the first six minutes.
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 registration and you come along to whatever Saturdays you can make.  
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to express their sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Sean McDermott [Bray] who sadly passed away recently, Sean’s grandson Mark Delaney plays on our first team while his son in law Paul is part of our executive committee, our thoughts and prayers are with Bernie and her family at this sad time. May he rest in peace.
Also everyone at the club would like to extend their deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Phyllis Cox [Bray] who sadly passed away recently, Phyllis’s granddaughter plays for our under 18 girls team, 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 9th MARCH 2014
On the senior front at the weekend both the first team and second team had excellent wins, the first team travelled to take on fourth placed Portmarnock and came home with a fantastic 2-0 victory against a side they lost 4-1 to at home earlier in the season, Mark O’Sullivan and Mark Delaney scored the all important goals to give them all three points to move them into mid table and with a lot of home games left lets hope they can climb further up the table.
The second team have been playing well of late and Saturday saw them record an excellent 6-2 home win over Verona at the Whitegates. The speedy and impressive Sean Knowd helped himself to a splendid hat-trick, the highlight of his three goals was an excellent individual effort early in the second period when he picked the ball up in his own half and ran at the visitors going past several players before slotting past the advancing keeper. Leading scorer Ciaran McGettigan, Conor Tobin and Ruairi Marron all added singles to give the lads an impressive victory.
Our under 13 girls drew 1-1 with St Josephs, top scorer Sinead McGettigan hit her seventh of the season in a tight encounter.
On the junior front on Saturday the under 8B’s had a 2-0 win over Wicklow Town, Ben Lyons hit both goals for Rovers with Niall Connelly turning in a man of the match performance in the Rovers defence.. All three of our under 10 teams were in action on Saturday and all three lost, all by the same score line. The 10A’s went down 3-1 to Greystones Utd A in the premier shield with Joseph Neilan notching his sixteenth of the season. Our 10B’s lost 3-1 to Arklow Utd, Sean O’Meara scored for Rovers to bring his tally to a eleven for the season. The 10C’s lost 3-1 to Arklow Town with Zach Callery getting their goal, Conaill Barry put in a man of the match performance for the lads. The 12A’s continued their one hundred percent start to their league campaign, an excellent hat-trick from Scott Sheridan and a brace from Paul Marah set them on their way with Frankie Reynolds, Dylan Doyle, Nathan Sullivan and Jamie Noble all adding one a piece. A special mention goes to the Rovers keeper and defence who have now gone four games without conceding a goal. The 12B’s went down 4-0 to a strong Enniskerry side at The Whitegates. The 13A’s made it three wins from three premier league games when they defeated Greystones Utd A away from home. Top scorer Conor Byrne scored his twenty ninth of the season with Jack Colaluca nabbing his ninth of the campaign to continue the team’s great run.
On Sunday our 8A’s lost 4-2 away to St Anthonys, Lee Brown and Jack Macklin scored their goals. The 9B’s won 8-1 away to Greystones Utd E, Sam Culleton and Kai Fitzpatrick both hit hat-tricks with Patrick Saville scoring two. The 11A’s long unbeaten run going back fourteen months came to an end at the weekend when they narrowly lost 2-1 to Arklow Town A, in a close tussle Sam Brown scored for Rovers. The 11B’s lost 1-0 to Arklow Town B in what was a keenly fought game, the 11C’s suffered their first defeat in the division 1 shield when they went down 3-0 at home to Arklow Utd. The 13B’s lost 5-2 away to Wolfe Tone, leading scorer Ryan Murphy scored one with David McNabb netting his first of the season. Our under 14A’s cemented their place in the premier shield final with a 3-0 home victory over Enniskerry, Daniel Harbourne, Stephen Finlay and Eli Graham were all on the score sheet. Our under 15’s had an excellent 6-2 win away to St Anthonys, Mitchell Kelly and Alfie Heather scored a brace a piece with JJ Power and Michael Anthony Doyle getting one each. The under 16’s got the better of local neighbours Wicklow Town winning 5-0, Andrew Earls gave Rovers a 1-0 lead at the break and the same player added two more in the second half to complete his hat-trick. Colin O’Toole and Ben Fleming scored one each to complete the scoring.
With next weekend been St Patricks weekend the club’s junior section will be marching in the parade on Monday, all managers and players are requested to meet at the clubhouse in the Whitegates at 2.45 pm, the parade starts at 3.15 pm so we would ask all managers and players to arrive early so everyone can be togged out in their club colours.
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 MARCH 2014
The first team entertained Skerries Town at the weekend and they ended up with a disappointing 3-2 defeat. They fell 3-0 behind in the first period, Greg Dunne and Simon Alexander in the Rovers goal tried to stem the tide with Greg covering every blade of grass, doing the work of several players while Simon pulled off several good saves. The second half saw the lads come into the game a lot more and nearly pulled off a comeback. A goal each from Sean Duffy and Ritchie Murphy saw them push the visitors all the way but their valiant effort in the second half just fell short.
Our under 17’s had an excellent 4-2 away win over Avonmore, they fell behind early in play when the hosts scored from the penalty spot but Rovers battled back with goals from Conor O’Brien and Sean Dease to lead at the break. Colin O’Toole increased the lead before Avonmore pulled one back with ten minutes remaining but in the dying minutes Darragh O’Connor killed off the game to make it 4-2.
The under 13 girls played a friendly with Greystones, the girls won 4-3, Niamh Caffrey hit two goals and Emer McNulty and Clodagh Irwin added one each. Everyone at the club would like to wish John Gerard and the under 13 girls the best of luck in the Subsidiary Cup final against Grange Woodbine next Sunday, keep an eye on the club facebook page for more details during the week, all support welcomed.  
On the junior front on Saturday the under 9B’s continued their great form of late, making it seven wins and a draw from their last eight games when they won 6-1 against Greystones Utd D. Kai Fitzpatrick hit an excellent hat-trick from the second week running, singles from Matthew Porter, Ross McCrea and Sam Culleton accounted for their remaining goals. The 10A’s had a good 4-1 win over Ashford Rovs, leading scorer Joseph Neilan scored one with Conor Hunter, Tiernan O’Brien and Callum Gibney adding the other scores. Our 11C’s played out a thrilling 2-2 draw with Enniskerry B, the teams top two goalscorers Noah Sheridan and Conor Leonard both hit the back of the net. Another exciting encounter which ended all square was the under 12A’s game with Greystones Utd B at the Whitegates, the match ended up 4-4 in a game that was end to end. A brace of goals from Frankie Reynolds and one each from Robbie Hoffman and Nathan Sullivan earned them a share of the spoils. The 14B’s gained their first win in the premier league when they defeated Wolfe Tone A 2-1, Chris Hudson and under 13 player Tristan O’Toole scored the all important goals. The under 16’s defeated St Anthonys 2-1 with goals from Andrew Earls and Kevin O’Halloran, this result assures them of the runners up spot in the premier league, well done to Mick, Philip, Dermot and the lads.
Sunday action saw the 8A’s win 5-2 against Rathnew with a hat-trick from Liam Burke and two from Josh Butler. The 8B’s won 4-1 at home to Arklow Utd, a hat-trick from Ben Lyons and one from Ben Harris scored their goals. Our 9A’s played out a 4-4 draw with Arklow Town with two goals from Aaron Murray and one each from Cole Byrne and Charlie Phelan. The 10B’s lost 4-1 to Wolfe Tone with Willoughby Woods nabbing their goal while the 10C’s lost 8-0 to Fassaroe YC. The 11A’s drew 1-1 with Greystones Utd with Max Kearney notching their goal. Our 11B’s defeated Arklow Utd 3-2 with Aaron Lynch, Sean Murphy and Adam O’Reilly accounting for their goals. The 13A’s won 7-0 away to Rathnew, Shane Lincoln plundered an excellent hat-trick, Jack Colaluca scored a brace with Conor Byrne and Tristan O’Toole hitting one a piece. The 13B’s lost 4-3 to St Fergals, David McNabb scoring two and Ryan Murphy getting one. Our under 15’s lost narrowly 2-1 to our local neighbours Wicklow Town in an exciting local derby, Eddie Geraghty scored the Rovers goal.
The club are running an Easter camp from Tuesday 22 nd April to Friday 25 th April. It will run from 10 am to 2 pm daily in our club grounds at the Whitegates. The camp is for girls and boys from the age of 4 years to 13 years. The cost of the camp is €45 per child, family of two children is €80. Every participant will receive a ball and a medal. For further information please contact Johnny Dunne 087-7802098, Willie O’Brien 086-1696911 or any committee member. More information can be got from our club website where you can download a camp registration form.
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 MARCH 2014
Our first team recorded an excellent 2-1 home win over league leaders Dublin University on Sunday, a goal a piece from Ian Brannigan and Luke Byrne ensured three important points as they edge towards safety in the table.
The second team had an excellent 3-0 home win over Celbridge Town, defender Joe Quinn was the quickest to react to an error in the away defence to head home the opening goal. Sean Knowd doubled their lead with an excellent individual goal with Conor Tobin wrapping up the points from the penalty spot in what was a good all round team performance. Everyone at the club would like to wish Shaun Vickers a speedy recovery from a serious ankle injury he picked up in the game, we all look forward to seen you on the playing pitch very soon, get well soon Shaun.
Pride of place last weekend has to go to our under 17’s, they started the season with eight new players from last years team and after an impressive season they captured the WDFL under 17 development league with a 3-1 away win over Rathnew. They ended their league campaign with an impressive one hundred percent away record. Two goals from top scorer Glen McCarthy and one from the excellent Liam Kavanagh saw them come from a goal down at the break to win 3-1. The team would like to thank all the people who turned out through out the season to support the team, it was an extra incentive for the lads to see so many people from the club on the line cheering them on last Sunday. A big thanks to Mick Humby and the under 16 players for helping the team out during the season. Also thanks to Paul Delaney, Franny Copeland and the executive committee for all their help behind the scenes. Well done Jimmy, Brian and the lads.
Hard luck to our under 13 girls who lost out 4-2 to Grange Woodbine in the final of the Liam Farrell Cup, after starting slowly and finding themselves 4-0 at the break they came out in the second half all guns blazing and put on an excellent second half performance. Goals from Niamh Caffrey and Grainne Phelan narrowed the gap but the comeback wasn’t to be. Its been a great season for this group of girls and hopefully next season they can go one better, well done to John Gerard and his team.
On the junior front last Saturday, the 9B’s continued their impressive run when they beat Arklow Utd 8-2, Kai Fitzsimons hit four goals for his third hat-trick in his last three games. Sam Culleton banged in two with Ross McCrea and Harry Tobin Kelly adding singles. The 10B’s lost heavily to a very strong Arklow Utd side, Willoughby woods scored two with Leo De Courcey scoring one to give the lads some consolation. The 11A’s were 3-0 winners over Greystones Utd B, Fionn O’Brien, Sam Bishop and Conor Lewins were all on the score sheet. Our 12A’s were on the wrong side of a seven goal thriller losing 4-3 to Roundwood, Scott Sheridan with a brace and top scorer Paul Marah with his fourteenth of the season accounted for the Rovers goals. Jack Meaney stole the headlines for the 12B’s when he hit a superb double hat-trick in his sides 8-2 win over Arklow Town C, Charlie Christie and Tom O’Neill both nabbed one a piece.
In the junior section on Sunday the 8A’s defeated Arklow Town 4-1 with Liam Burke hitting two goals and Josh Butler and Brian McCaul getting one each. The 8B’s lost narrowly 2-1 away to Avonmore, young Steven Kavanagh is following in his older brother Liam’s foot steps as he found the back of the net again. The 9A’s went down 2-1 to Aughrim with Cole Byrne notching their goal. Our 10C’s secured their first point of the season when they drew 2-2 with Greystones Utd, Liam Nicholson and Zach Callery scored their goals with Conor Lacey turning in a man of the match performance. Our 11B’s defeated club team mates the C’s 4-1, Sean Murphy, Charlie Leonard, Adam O’Reilly and Finn Egan Barron were the scorers for the B’s with Ben Free scoring the C team goal. The 14A’s drew 2-2 with Greystones Utd A, Paul King and Ronan Murray nabbing their goals. Our under 15’s lost 7-2 away to Wolfe Tone with Michael Anthony Doyle and Mitchell Kelly scoring the goals.
The club are running an Easter camp from Tuesday 22nd April to Friday 25th April. It will run from 10 am to 2 pm daily in our club grounds at the Whitegates. The camp is for girls and boys from the age of 4 years to 13 years. The cost of the camp is €45 per child, family of two children is €80. Every participant will receive a ball and a medal. For further information please contact Johnny Dunne 087-7802098, Willie O’Brien 086-1696911 or any committee member. More information can be got from our club website where you can download a camp registration form.
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 MARCH 2014
The first team were at home to Ratoath Harps and come the final whistle nothing separated the two teams as they played out a scoreless draw. This result ensures the lads keep a four point gap between them and their opponents as they edge closer to safety.
The under 17’s final league match scheduled for the Whitegates against Enniskerry YC failed to take place as the away side couldn’t field a team. This seems to be an on going problem with sides when they drop out of contention for honours they just decide they wont finish out their games. Credit to our under 16’s who stepped into the breach and played a short training game with the lads to mark the presentation of the under 17 WDFL development league trophy. Once again thanks to Mick, Philip, Dermot and the under 16’s. Many thanks to Michael Kenna from the WDFL who came down to present the trophy to the lads. The full under 17 squad is Kyle Flynn, Shane Carty, Mikey Treanor, Aaron Meade, Sean Dease, Alan Power, Liam Kavanagh [Capt], Glen McCarthy, Lee Boylan, James Nolan, Ross Quinn, Darragh O’Connor, Conor O’Brien, Daniel Geoghegan, Colin O’Toole, Jamie Power, Brian O’Sullivan, Hugh Humby, Oisin Breen and Ben Fleming. The team was managed and coached by Jimmy Nolan and Brian O’Connor.
Saturday’s junior action saw the under 9B’s keep their recent good progress going winning 4-0 away to Coolboy Rangers, two goals from Paddy Saville and one each from Sam Culleton and Matthew Porter accounted for their goals. The under 10A’s continue their good form this season with a 3-1 away shield victory against Arklow Town A, goals from Matthew Harbourne, Conor Hunter and Mark Hodgkinson ensured the lads keep on course for a place in the shield final. The under 11A’s are another team going well, they defeated St Anthonys 2-0 in Finn Park in the quarter final of the premier cup, Harry Hodgkinson made it a good weekend for the Hodgkinson family matching his younger brother by scoring one of the goals. Top scorer Max Kearney scored the second to book their place in the semi final.
Sunday’s action saw the 8A’s beat Arklow Town 2-1 in a tight game, Lee Brown nabbed the first with Liam Burke getting the second to bring his total to twenty for the season. The 9A’s lost 3-0 at home to Ashford Rovers. Our 10B’s lost 3-1 to Aughrim, Leo De Courcey scored for the second week running to claim their goal. The 11B’s went goal crazy defeating Greystones Utd D 11-2, Charlie Leonard led the way with an excellent four goal haul, there were two goals a piece from Scott Bushe and Adam O’Reilly with Sean Murphy, Kieran Fitzpatrick and Finn Egan Barron getting one each. The 14A’s recorded a good 3-1 home win over Arklow Town in the league, a brace from Stuart Cox and one from Paul King earned them all three points. The under 15’s progressed to the semi final of the premier cup with a fantastic 4-0 away success over Greystones Utd A, a brilliant hat-trick from Mitchell Kelly set them on their way with Michael Anthony Doyle adding a single.
The club are running an Easter camp from Tuesday 22nd April to Friday 25th April. It will run from 10 am to 2 pm daily in our club grounds at the Whitegates. The camp is for girls and boys from the age of 4 years to 13 years. The cost of the camp is €45 per child, family of two children is €80. Every participant will receive a ball and a medal. For further information please contact Johnny Dunne 087-7802098, Willie O’Brien 086-1696911 or any committee member. More information can be got from our club website where you can download a camp registration form.
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 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 or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 6th APRIL 2014
The first team claimed three important points when they defeated Parkvilla from Navan 2-1 at the Whitegates, this result see’s the lads leapfrog their opponents in the league table on goal difference. Sean Duffy’s fifth goal of the season and Luke Byrne’s sixth saw them secure this vital victory in a good all round team performance.
The second team entertained high flying Postal Utd at the weekend and were unlucky to go down by one goal to nil. The lads put in a good performance against title chasing Postal and with a bit of luck they might have got something from the game.
Our under 17’s recorded an excellent 4-0 away win over Greystones Utd in the semi final of the cup, a well struck brace from Ross Quinn and one each from Darragh O’Connor and captain Liam Kavanagh booked their place in the final.
Saturday’s junior action saw the under 8B’s lead twice before going down 7-2 to Wolfe Tone, Ben Lyons scored both their goals. The 9B’s go from strength to strength, this time winning 8-1 away to Avonmore. Kai Fitzsimons nabbed his fourth hat-trick in five games to set them on their way, a brace from Paddy Saville and singles from Michael Nolan, Sam Culleton and Charlie Doherty accounted for their tally. Our 10B’s also hit eight goals when they defeated Glencormac 8-0, scoring machine Willoughby Woods crashed home his sixth hat-trick of the campaign to bring his tally for the season to thirty one, David Butler poached two with Oran Dempsey, Sean O’Meara and Luke Dunne completing the scoring. The 12A’s got back to winning ways with a 7-0 win over Avonmore, two each from Paul Marah and Nathan Sullivan and one each from Craig Anderson, Dylan Doyle and Scott Sheridan secured all three points. The 13A’s recorded a good 3-2 away win over Arklow Town, goals from defender Ryan Corrigan, his fifth of the season, Daniel Fitzsimons twenty third of the campaign and Jack Colaluca’s making it twelve for the season scored the goals that maintained their one hundred percent league record. Our under 15’s lost 3-0 away to Arklow Town.
On Sunday the 9A’s won 3-1 away to St Anthonys, leading scorer Cole Byrne, Charlie Phelan and Peter Dunne all hit the back of the net. Our 10C’s who have been shown great improvement recently gained their second point of the season with a great 2-2 draw away to Arklow Town B, they came from 2-0 down with a brace of goals from Michael O’Neill in what was a great all round team performance. The 13B’s lost out 10-2 to a very strong St Anthonys side, the lads battled to the end with Fionn O’Reilly and Ciaran Byrne getting their names on the score sheet. All other scheduled games for the weekend were called off.
The club are running an Easter camp from Tuesday 22nd April to Friday 25th April. It will run from 10 am to 2 pm daily in our club grounds at the Whitegates. The camp is for girls and boys from the age of 4 years to 13 years. The cost of the camp is €45 per child, family of two children is €80. Every participant will receive a ball and a medal. For further information please contact Johnny Dunne 087-7802098, Willie O’Brien 086-1696911 or any committee member. More information can be got from our club website where you can download a camp registration form.
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 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 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 or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 13th APRIL 2014
The first team were the only senior side in action at the weekend and they went down 2-1 away to Lucan. Mark Delaney put them in front on the half hour mark but the home team were level just before the break. The lads had the chances to win the game but didn’t take them when they came their way and they were made to pay when Lucan claimed all three points when they scored against the run of play.
There was only one midweek fixture and that was the 13A’s shield game away to Avonmore, having already qualified for the final the lads were involved in a nine goal thriller, coming out on top by five goals to four. Shane Lincoln, Conor Byrne, Dylan Frazer, Daniel Fitzsimons and a first of the season from Tom Farrell secured all three points in a highly entertaining match.
Action on the playing field last Saturday was confined to the junior section of the club, the under 8A’s were involved in a high scoring encounter with Newtown Juniors, two goals from Lee Brown and one each from Jack Macklin, Tom Donoghue, Charlie Czwalina, Brian McCaul and Liam Burke saw them win 7-4 in a game that provided exciting football from both teams. The 10C’s lost 4-0 to a very strong Greystones side in the semi final of the cup with Tom Farrelly standing out for Rovers. The 12B’s lost 5-2 away to Arklow Town in the semi final of the division 2 cup, Jack Meaney and Charlie Christie scored their goals.  Our 13A’s dropped their first points in the league, when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Arklow Town. Conor Byrne’s thirty second goal of the season earned his side a point which keeps them top of the pile. The 14A’s are safely through to the premier cup final when they defeated Arklow Town A 1-0, Stuart Cox provided the all important goal to make it sixteen for the campaign and keep his sides dream of a treble alive.
On Sunday the 8B’s lost 4-1 away to Aughrim Rgrs with Eoin Kennedy nabbing their goal. Our 9A’s won 3-1 against St Anthonys with Charlie Phelan, Aaron Murray and Steven Gormley all getting on the score sheet. The 9B’s had a narrow 1-0 win over neighbours Wicklow Town with leading scorer Sam Culleton getting the only goal. Well done to our under 10A’s who defeated Ashford Rovers in the semi final of the premier cup, a goal a piece from Chris Bouchier and Calum Gibney earned them a 2-1 win and a place in the final. Our 11A’s pursuit of the treble continues as they beat Greystones Utd A in the semi final of the premier cup, two goals from Sam Bishop and one each from Sam Brown and Conor Lewins with the last coming in the form of an own goal saw the lads win 5-2 after extra time in their quest to add the cup to the league title. The 11B’s won 2-0 against local rivals Wicklow Town with Adam O’Reilly and Finn Egan Barron hitting the net. Our 11C’s won 5-2 away to Greystones Utd C, Conor Leonard bagged an excellent hat-trick with Ben Free helping himself to a brace. The 12A’s won 3-1 against St Anthonys with Paul Marah netting two and Nathan Sullivan scoring one. Our 13B’s lost 3-1 to Arklow Utd, Ryan Murphy scored their goal and with better finishing the lads could have got something from the game. The under 16’s lost 2-1 to Coolboy in the semi final of the premier cup, after taking the lead with a well taken goal from Ben Fleming they had chances to extend their lead but the away side levelled against the run of play. Coolboy went in front with a hotly disputed penalty, which proved to be the winner. The lads can count themselves unlucky in this game as on the day they were the better team but just didn’t have the luck in front of goal.
There won’t be any Saturday morning soccer academy this coming Saturday the 19th of April due to the Bank Holiday weekend, the academy will resume the following Saturday.
The club are running an Easter camp from Tuesday 22nd April to Friday 25th April. It will run from 10 am to 2 pm daily in our club grounds at the Whitegates. The camp is for girls and boys from the age of 4 years to 13 years. The cost of the camp is €45 per child, family of two children is €80. Every participant will receive a ball and a medal. For further information please contact Johnny Dunne 087-7802098, Willie O’Brien 086-1696911 or any committee member. More information can be got from our club website where you can download a camp registration form.
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 APRIL 2014
The first team were involved in two games this week, on Wednesday night they collected three valuable points in their bid to pull away from the relegation zone in the league. Two goals a piece from Luke Byrne and Gareth Murphy secured them a vital 4-2 away victory over Glenmore/Dundrum which saw them move into a mid table position and five points clear of the drop zone. On Sunday they entertained Kilnamanagh at the Whitegates, they went into the game under strength with a few players out. After a tight first half with Rovers having the better chances the sides went in at the break scoreless. Rovers probed away in the second period and carved out a couple of clear cut chances but failed to take them. With thirteen minutes left Sean Duffy scored a screamer from just outside the area for his sixth of the season to give the lads the lead, but it wasn’t to last long as the away side were level within a minute. With nine minutes remaining Rovers were reduced to ten men and in fairness to the lads they battled to the end to gain a valuable point. Four points from two games helps them climb into a mid table position and away from the danger area.
In the junior section, midweek action saw the under 10A’s record a narrow 1-0 win over St Anthonys, Calum Gibney’s fifth goal of the season kept his side on course for a place in the premier shield final. The 11A’s also had a narrow 1-0 win, they defeated Ashford Rovs in the Hockey Pitch. Having already captured the premier league title and booked their place in the premier cup final a single goal from Max Kearney, his sixteenth of the season was enough to gain all three points in the shield and keep their quest for a treble alive. Our 11C’s went down 3-1 away to Arklow Town B, leading scorer Conor Leonard scored the Rovers goal to bring his total to twenty seven for the campaign. The 12A’s continued their assault on the division one title with their third win on the trot with an excellent 4-2 away victory over Newtown Juniors, Ben Hudson nabbed a brace to bring his total to three for the season, leading scorer Paul Marah brought his total to nineteen with a single while Dylan Doyle registered his ninth for the season. The 13A’s won a tight encounter with Newtown Juniors winning 1-0 in a keenly contested affair. Daniel Fitzsimons notched his twenty fifth goal of the season to earn all three points for his team to maintain their place at the top of the league. The other two games during the week were cup semi finals which unfortunately saw neither team have much luck, the 14B’s lost 3-1 to Arklow Town with Conor Hawes claiming his tenth of the campaign with the under 15’s going down 5-0 away to a very strong Arklow Town A side.
At the weekend the junior section had very little action with only the one game taking place. On Saturday the 13B’s lost out 5-2 away to Roundwood, Fionn Matthews and Daragh Gibney netted the Rovers goals in a game which saw the lads battle to the end.
The club recently participated in a bag pack to raise money for Habitat Ireland, 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 resumes this coming Saturday the 26th of April from 11 o’clock to 12 o’clock on the all weather pitch in the Whitegates under the guidance of club coach Johnny Dunne. All kids from the age of 3 years old upwards are welcome to attend.  
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their congratulations to local referee Paul O’Brien on becoming the new president of the Irish Soccer Referees Society, it’s an honour well deserved for all your hard work and commitment to your profession. We would like to wish you the best of luck in your term of office and once again congratulations Paul.
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 APRIL 2014
The first team held title chasing Swords Celtic to a 2-2 draw but in truth this was a game they let slip away, leading 2-0 at half time through goals from Ian Brannigan and Gareth Murphy and in total control they let the visitors back into the match. It was a promising performance from the lads but this was their ninth draw of the campaign. If they had turned four or five of those draws into wins they would have been challenging for the title. Hopefully they can build on it for next season.
The second team played their last game of the season away to title chasing Postal Utd losing unluckily 3-2 to a disputed penalty five minutes from the end. Daryl Sullivan levelled matters at 1-1 and then leading scorer Ciaran McGettigan equalised for a second time at 2-2 only to lose out to the harsh penalty with five minutes left. Tommy Sullivan was excellent between the posts for Rovers pulling off some excellent saves. The team had a great second half of the season after going through a transition period before Christmas. The executive committee would like to thank manager Pat Ffrench, assistant Anto Scanlon, the players and all involved with the team for all the hard work during the season.
The under 13 girls were involved in a six goal thriller with Peamount Utd drawing 3-3 away from home, Sinead McGettigan, Grainne Phelan and Niamh Caffrey nabbed their goals. The 18 girls won 3-2 against Dundrum with Rioghna McGettigan getting two and Saoirse O’Reilly notching one.
In the junior section during the week our 11A's continued their good form with an excellent 4-1 away win over St Anthonys, two goals from Sam Bishop set them on the way with two own goals completing the tally. The 12A's kept their title hopes on track with a solid 2-0 win away to Arklow Town, Paul Marah and a first of the season for Brandon O'Brien secured them three valuable points against one of their title rivals. The 12B's also have their sights on the division two title and they kept themselves in the hunt with a 3-0 home victory over Arklow Town. Goals from Jack Meaney, Daniel Murphy and Tom O'Neil earned them the win to close the gap on leaders Aughrim. The 15's lost 3-1 at home to Arklow Town, Michael Anthony Doyle scored the Rovers goal.
On Saturday the 8B’s won 7-3 away to Wicklow Town, Ben Lyons hit a superb hat-trick while Steven Kavanagh nabbed a brace. Elliot Gaynor scored his first of the season with Eoin Kennedy getting the other. The 14A’s treble dream is still alive when they recorded a good 4-2 home win over Wolfe Tone, two goals from Luca Rampersaud and one each from Ciaran Coffey and Stuart Cox helped them to three important points. The under 16’s were unlucky going down 2-1 to Coolboy in their refixed cup semi final, Kevin O’Halloran scored their goal and they did have chances throughout to win but didn’t have the luck.
On Sunday the 10B’s lost 4-1 to Aughrim with top scorer Willoughby Woods scoring the goal. The 11C’s were disappointed as they were present to play Rathnew but the visitors failed to show. Our 12A’s secured their place at the top of the league with a 4-1 away win over Avonmore, a brace from Paul Marah and singles from Frankie Reynolds and Nathan Sullivan secured all three points. The 12B’s title hopes suffered a set back when they lost 4-1 away to Enniskerry, Jack Meaney scored their goal. The 13A’s continued their good form with a 4-2 win over Greystones Utd, two goals from Daniel Fitzsimons and one a piece from Conor Byrne and Tristan O’Toole keeps them top of the pile. The 14B’s suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Avonmore, Chris Hudson scored a consolation goal for them. The 15’s lost 5-2 to St Anthonys, Mitchell Kelly and Alfie Heather scored the goals.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers would like to wish our club president Anthony Earls a speedy recovery from a recent operation, we all hope to see you up and about very soon. Your missed around the place, get well soon Anthony.
The executive committee of Wicklow Rovers would like to thank all the kids and parents who supported the clubs easter camp. It was a great turn out with 65 kids participating in the camp. Everyone had a great time with plenty of fun and games. With the weather been fantastic and some potential Ronaldo's and Messi's on show the whole week was a joy to run. Thanks to all our coaches who helped with the running of the camp. Well done and thanks to everyone involved. Photos from the camp are posted on the club website and 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 4th MAY 2014
The first team put in a disappointing performance when they lost 3-1 at home to Templeogue Utd, in truth on the day the lads didn’t create enough clear cut chances to win the game. Ian Brannigan scored the Rovers goal with David Rowan and Jim Foley standing out for the team.
Midweek action saw the under 10A's draw 1-1 with Arklow Town A in a tight game, a first goal of the season for Tom Hodgkinson earn Rovers a valuable point in their quest for a spot in the shield final. The 11A's went goal crazy against Ashford scoring eleven without reply. Harry Hodgkinson led the way with an excellent hat-trick, Fionn Luddy and Sam Bishop hit two each with Conor Lewins, Mark O'Brien, Daniel Dunne and an own goal accounting for the other scores. Our 12A's lost 4-1 away to Roundwood in what was a bad day at the office, Craig Anderson scored their goal. The 12B's kept their title hopes alive with a fantastic 6-1 win over Greystones Utd C, Tom O'Neill smashed home a magnificent hat-trick, top scorer Jack Meaney bagged a brace with Charlie Christie nabbing a single. The 13B's were beaten 6-0 by a very strong Wolfe Tone A side. The 14A's earned three big points away to one of their main rivals Greystones Utd A as they keep their quest for a treble alive, Stuart Cox and Ciaran Coffey's second goal in successive games was enough to earn a very important victory. Our 14B's were unlucky going down 3-1 to Arklow Town A, Conor Hawes notched the goal for the B's. The under 16's got their shield campaign off to a good start with a good team performance in a 2-0 away win over St Anthonys, goals from Kevin O'Halloran and Mark Darragh secured all three points.
Saturdays action saw the 11A's continue their assault on the premier shield when they beat Greystones Utd B 5-1, Conor Lewins hit a brilliant hat-trick with Max Kearney plundering a brace as they try to add the shield to their league title. Our 11B's defeated local rivals Wicklow Town 3-1, two goals from Adam O'Reilly and one from Conor Leonard guaranteed all three points.
On Sunday the under 9A’s were involved in a seven goal thriller with Arklow Town with the lads winning 4-3. Peter Dunne scored two with Charlie Phelan netting one and an own goal accounting for the fourth. The 10A’s lost narrowly to Rathnew by two goals to one with Conor Hunter getting their goal. Our 10B’s lost by the odd goal in five losing 3-2 to Carnew, Cillian McAllister and Oran Dempsey scored their goals. The 12A’s got their title challenge back on track with a comfortable 8-0 away win over Wolfe Tone B, Scott Sheridan and Frankie Reynolds both hit two with Dylan Doyle, Brandon O’Brien, Jamie Noble and an own goal accounting for the other scores. The 14B’s were well beaten 5-0 by Greystones Utd. The 15’s were involved in a tense local derby with neighbours Wicklow Town, the Town ran out 2-1 winners with Michael Anthony Doyle scoring the Rovers goal, Rovers goalscorer Michael Anthony Doyle suffered  a bad injury later in the game, everyone at the club would like to wish Michael Anthony a speedy recovery. Our under 16’s lost 3-2 away to Aughrim Rgrs, leading 2-0 at the break the home home side hit three second half goals to take the points. Rovers put in an excellent team performance and deserved to get something out of the game. Ben Fleming scored both Rovers goals.
The clubs all weather pitch has now been resurfaced, we would ask all people using the facility to refrain from leaving objects, rubbish or anything that would cause damage to the new surface. All managers and members of the club are responsible for their players while using the pitch. The pitch is also available to rent out, anyone interested in renting the pitch can contact Johnny Dunne at 0877802098.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their deepest sympathy to the families and friends of Essie Shannon and Jack Hollingsworth who sadly passed away recently, our thoughts and prayers 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 or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 11th MAY 2014
Our under 17’s added the WDFL Development cup to the league title they already won when they defeated Rathnew 3-0 in Avoca on Saturday, a brace from Alan Power and one from Liam Kavanagh saw the cup make its way to the Whitegates. An added bonus saw team captain Liam Kavanagh pick up the man of the match award. The whole squad put in a tremendous display and credit has to go to this bunch of players as against all the odds they won a well deserved double. The management of Jimmy Nolan and Brian O’Connor would like to thank all the players for their effort through out the season, a big thanks to Mick Humby, Philip O’Sullivan, Dermot Vickers and the under 16’s for all their help. A big thanks to Paul Delaney, Franny Copeland and the executive committee for their assistance during the season. Finally a massive thanks to everyone who came out to cheer the lads on in Avoca on Saturday and through out the season, it was nice to see so many coming out to support the lads, it was a great lift for the players, thanks to everyone.
In midweek action the under 13 girls progressed to the semi final of the MGL under 13/14 cup, they earned a hard earned 2-1 victory away to Greystones, goals from Niamh Caffrey and Emer McNulty puts them on the verge of making their second cup final appearance of the season.  The 10A's put themselves back into contention for a top two spot in the premier shield with a good 2-1 win over St Anthonys,  Conor Hunter and Joseph Neilan scored the goals that see's them leapfrog their opponents in the group. The 10C's recorded an excellent 3-2 away win over Greystones Utd, two goals from Alex Byrne and one from Liam Nicholson earned them a fantastic win. Joe Davis turned in a man of the match display in what was a good all round team performance. Our 11A's remain on course for the treble, they ran out comfortable 9-1 winners away to Roundwood, a hat-trick from Max Kearney, doubles from Sam Brown and Fionn Luddy plus singles from Mark O'Brien and Harry Hodgkinson accounted for their nine goal haul. The 11B's drew 4-4 with Coolboy in a thrill a minute game, Adam O'Reilly, James Hamilton, Charlie Leonard and Kieran Fitzpatrick hit the Rovers goals in an exciting encounter. Congratulations to our under 12A team who captured the division one league title on Tuesday night, they had a resounding 9-1 home win over one of their closest rivals Arklow Town. Frankie Reynolds led the way with a superb hat-trick, Paul Marah and Scott Sheridan netted two a piece with Dylan Doyle and Nathan Sullivan notching one each. Congratulations once again to Willie, Peter, Rachel and the lads on a great achievement. Our 13A’s are on the verge of the league title after beating Rathnew 3-0, goals from Daniel Fitzsimons, Sean Leonard and Dylan Frazer secured the points. The 13B's lost 5-0 to Little Bray Utd, with a bit of luck the result could have been a lot closer. A tight affair saw the 14A's lose narrowly to Avonmore by one goal to nil, this result means its closed up at the top with four teams battling it out for the title. The 14B’s were well beaten by Enniskerry losing 7-0. The 15's were involved in a six goal thriller away to Greystones Utd A drawing 3-3, Mitchell Kelly hit two with the other coming from Rory Dowling.
Weekend action saw our under 13 girls earn a great point away to Peamount Utd in a 2-2 draw, Sinead McGettigan netted one with the other coming in the shape of an own goal to secure a good point. The 8A’s defeat Newtown Juniors 6-0, a brace each from Charlie Czwalina and Tom Donoghue plus one a piece from Jack Macklin and Brian McCaul  accounted for their goals, our 10A’s drew 1-1 with Greystones Utd B with Matthew Harbourne finding the net, the 11A’s had a comfortable 8-2 win over Roundwood, Max Kearney scored his second hat-trick of the week, Fionn Luddy also smashed home a hat-trick with Sam Bishop and Harry Hodgkinson hitting one each. The 11C’s won 7-2 against Greystones Utd C, Conor Leonard bagged an excellent four goals, Willoughby Woods, Kevin Leonard and Noah Sheridan registered singles. Our 14A’s took on club team mates the ‘B’s, the ‘A’ team ran out 7-2 winners. Luca Rampersaud and Stuart Cox scored two each with Ronan Murray, Eli Graham and Ciaran Coffey completing the scoring for the ‘A’ team. Jack Gibney and Dylan Frazer replied for the ‘B’ team. Our under 16’s lost 2-1 to Coolboy, Andrew Earls scored the goal in a game the lads should have got something from, in what was a good all round team performance.
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 MAY 2014
In midweek action the 9B's had an excellent 3-2 away win over Glencormac, Sam Culleton, Padfy Saville and Sean Mcguire hit their goals. The 10A's kept their hopes of a top two spot alive with a 4-0 away victory over Ashford Rovers, a brace from Conor Hunter and singles from Callum Gibney and Tom Hodgkinson secured three welcomed points. Our 12B's drew 1-1 away to St Patricks in their bid to close on league leaders Aughrim, Tom O'Neill notched their goal. The 13A's look almost certain to claim the premier league title after a convincing 7-2 home win over Avonmore, two goals a piece from Daniel Fitzsimons and Tristan O'Toole added to by one each from Shane Lincoln, Conor Byrne and Sean Leonard edged them closer to the title. The 13B's lost to a very strong Aughrim team, Jack O'Gorman nabbed a consolation goal for the lads. The 16's lost 3-1 away to Coolboy Rangers, leading scorer Andrew Earls put Rovers in front only for the home team to hit back.
On Saturday the under 9A’s won 2-0 against Ashford Rovers, Aaron Murray nabbed two goals for them. The 10A’s kept themselves in with a chance of making the shield final when they defeated Rathnew 2-0 to make it two wins from two games after winning midweek. Matthew Harbourne and Mark Hodgkinson netted the all important goals. Congratulations to our under 14A team who captured the premier shield when they beat Avonmore 2-1, in what was a closely fought game between two evenly matched sides Rovers just edged it. Ben Watson scored both for his seventh and eighth goals of the season, amazingly all his goals have come in the shield competition. Once again Congratulations to Boodhan and his team on a well deserved victory and the first part of a potential treble.
On Sunday our under 13 girls team put on an excellent performance when they took on one of the country’s biggest clubs in the semi final of the under 13/14 Metropolitan cup, they travelled to take on Home Farm and were unlucky to lose narrowly by two goals to one. Niamh Caffrey hit her eighth goal of the season in what was a fantastic all round team performance, unlucky girls but well done on a great season. An exhibition of football was on display in the Hockey Pitch as our 11B team took on our 11C team and what a game it was. Credit has to be giving to both sides for providing a highly entertaining and sporting encounter. Six goals were shared by the teams in a 3-3 draw. Finn Egan Barron, Charlie Leonard and Scott Bushe hit the back of the net for the ‘B’ team with Conor Leonard, Kevin Leonard and David Lally nabbing the ‘C’ team goals in a thriller. Our 13A’s won the premier shield when they defeated Ashford Rovers, in a tight first half the lads went in at the break leading 1-0 thanks to a Jack Colaluca goal. With twenty minutes remaining Sean Leonard was introduced to proceedings and what an impact Sean had, a brilliant hat-trick from Sean made sure there was no nervous moments in the last few minutes. It was a great victory for the management and players, congratulations to John, Matt and the lads, the best of luck in the remainder of the league. The 14B’s were unlucky to lose out in the division one shield final when they lost to Wolfe Tone 5-4 on penalties, the match ended 1-1 after extra time but at the time of going to print we had no information on goalscorers, congratulations to John and the lads on reaching the final and hard luck on losing on the dreaded penalty shoot out. The under 16’s saw their chance of making the premier shield final slip away when they lost 2-1 at home to Aughrim Rgrs. After making the early running the lads fell behind to two quick goals from the away side, Rovers pulled one back through Kevin O’Halloran and after that they created several chances but failed to take them.  
The club are currently seeking applications for a manager for our under 18 team for the coming 2014/15 season. The new manager will take charge of a highly successful and enthusiastic team which won the WDFL league and cup double this season. If you wish to apply please forward your application to club secretary Franny Copeland at fcopeland8@gmail.com as soon as possible.
The club’s awards night for the senior end of the club has been fixed for upstairs in Ernies on Saturday the 14th of June, hall of fame, club person of the year, young person of the year and player of the year awards will be presented on the night as well as the under 17 league and cup medals. More details to follow in the next week or two.
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 MAY 2014
This week's midweek action saw the under 9A's win 4-1 against Greystones Utd A, the highlight of the game was an excellent hat-trick by Steven Gormley, well done Steven, the other goal came from Peter Dunne. The 10A's kept their chances of a place in the shield final alive with a fantastic narrow 1-0 away win over leaders Greystones Utd A, Calum Gibney's seventh of the season won his team three very important points. The 11A's travelled to Arklow to take on the Town's A team and they recorded a 3-2 victory in a thriller, Conor Lewins made it seventeen for the season when he notched a brace, Harry Hodgkinson joined him on seventeen for the campaign when he registered a single to keep their assault on the top two spot very much in their own hands. The 12B's chance of getting the runners up spot suffered a set back when they went down 3-1 away to Ashford Rovers, Charlie Christie scored the Rovers goal. The 13B's played two midweek matches, on Tuesday they lost 4-2 away to Arklow Utd with Ciaran Byrne and Fionn Matthews nabbing their goals. On Thursday they entertained Aughrim Rgrs who were physically a lot bigger than the Rovers lads but after a tough battle and a great spirited performance from the lads they unluckily lost narrowly on a 2-1 scoreline with Jaafar Ali getting their goal. Our 14A's defeated Arklow Town A 2-1 down in Arklow, Stuart Cox's twenty first and Ronan Murray's thirteenth of the season was enough to ensure all three points in a highly competitive league where several teams are still in with a chance of winning the title. The 'B' team lost 6-3 to one of the title contenders in the shape of Avonmore in the same league as the A's, they went down 6-3 in an entertaining game, Jack Gibney with two and one from Chris Hudson accounted for their goals. The under 15's lost 3-1 to Arklow Utd at the Whitegates with Stephen McGuinness scoring his first of the season.  Our under 16's received a walkover from St Anthonys in their last game of the season.  
Saturday saw two more pieces of silverware come to the club. The under 10A's and 14A's were involved in their respective premier cup finals. First up was the 10A's when they took on neighbours Rathnew, the lads put on an awesome display running out 4-0 winners. Two goals from Calum Gibney and one each from Joseph Neilan and Tom Hodgkinson saw the cup head to the Whitegates. Every player on the Rovers team did the business on the day but a special mention goes to Matthew Harbourne who marshaled his defence superbly on the day. Congratulations to all the players and a big congrats to Joe, Colin and Jenny for all their hard work through out the season with this fine young team. Next up was the 14A's, having already won the premier shield they added the premier cup with an excellent 5-1 victory over Enniskerry, Stephen Finlay, Jack Dunne, Luca Rampersaud, Stuart Cox and Ronan Murray all registered singles to account for their tally to complete the shield and cup double. They are also very much in contention to complete a treble as they are in the mix for the league title as well. This was a well deserved victory, congratulations to the team and to Boodhan, Eoghan, Dave and John for steering the lads to the double and the best of luck in your quest for the treble. The only negative from the game was an injury suffered by Stephen Finlay, everyone at the club would like to wish Stephen a speedy recovery and hopefully we'll see you on the playing field very soon. The 12B’s lost 7-2 to league leaders Aughrim Rgrs with Charlie Christie and Daniel Murphy notching their goals.
Sunday saw the 11A’s make it three wins from three premier cup finals over the weekend when they powered their way past Arklow Town A winning 6-0. Max Kearney led the way with a clinically finished hat-trick with Conor Lewins, Harry Hodgkinson and Mark O’Brien all adding singles. This was an excellent exhibition of football by the lads as they added the cup to their league title success and they still have their sights on the shield. Congratulations to Mick, Gerry and the lads on a great win and the best of luck as you try to add the shield to your trophy haul. The under 13 girls recorded an excellent 5-2 away win over Mount Merrion, Niamh Caffrey hit a fantastic hat-trick while Lauren Gregory and Sinead McGettigan added one each to give the girls a superb win. The 15’s lost 2-0 away to Arklow Utd in a game that could have gone either way.  
The WDSL schoolboys/girls presentation day will take place on Sunday the 15th of June, more details will be given to everyone as soon as the league confirm all the details.
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 1st JUNE 2014
Well with the season now approaching its last couple of weeks there was a limited amount of games last week. On Wednesday the 10A's went into their away game with Greystones Utd requiring a point to make the shield final but it wasn't to be. After a tough encounter the lads lost narrowly by a score of 2-1. On the night Calum Gibney hit the Rovers goal in a game that could have gone either way. The team had a superb season winning the premier cup, finishing runners up the premier league while just missing out on a place in the shield final in their last game. Well done to Colin, Joe, Jenny and the team on a great season. Thursday saw the 11A's try to complete the treble when they took on Greystones Utd in the final of the premier shield, having already captured the premier league and cup they had their sights firmly set on the shield. At the break they found themselves 2-0 down in a half where they never reached the high standards they had set themselves throughout the season. When they went 3-0 down early in the second period the cause looked hopeless but the game changed dramatically. Rovers started to dictate play and they pulled a goal back from the boot of Max Kearney with twenty minutes left. Max nabbed his and the teams second to set up a grand stand finish with ten minutes remaining. The lads piled the pressure on in search of an equaliser but Greystones held firm to claim the shield. The game was a very exciting affair with some excellent football played in what was a very sporting game between two evenly matched sides. Hard luck to Rovers and a big congratulations to Greystones Utd on their success.
On Saturday the under 12B’s had a great win over St Patricks winning 4-0, top scorer Jack Meaney plundered a brace with Charlie Christie and Tom O’Neill hitting one a piece. The 14A’s kept on course for the treble when they defeated Wolfe Tone by the narrowest of margins winning 1-0 in Bray. Stuart Cox hit his ninth league goal and his twenty third in all competitions to ensure his sides quest to add the league title to the cup and shield already won remains on track. The only game on Sunday saw the 13B’s lose 5-0 to Roundwood, in truth the lads had their chances to make this a closer contest but they failed to convert the chances when they came their way.
The club will be running their annual summer soccer/fun camp for two weeks in July. Week one will be from Monday 7th July to Friday 11th July, the second week is from Monday 14th July to Friday 18th July. The camp will take place on the club grounds in the Whitegates and will run from 10 am to 3 pm daily. The camp is open to children from 4 years old to 13 years old. Each participant will receive a ball, jersey and medal. Everyone should bring a packed lunch, drink, rain jacket, football boots and shin guards. The club hope to run a ‘Girls Section’ at the camp. The cost of the camp is €65, discounts are available to families with two, three or more children. For all enquiries regarding the camp contact Johnny Dunne 087-7802098, Willie O’Brien 086-1696911 or any other committee member.
The clubs annual awards night will take place upstairs in Ernies on Saturday the 14th of June, the night will see the presentation of the under 17 WDFL league and cup trophies to our under 17 team, other awards on the night are the Hall of Fame, club merit award, young person of the year and the first, second and under 17 team players of the season. Everyone connected with the club is more than welcome to attend, the presentation will start at 9 pm.
Our Saturday morning soccer academy resumes this Saturday the 7th of June after the Bank Holiday break. It takes place on the all weather pitch in the Whitegates from 11 am to 12 pm so come along and enjoy the fun while learning the skills of football.
The WDFL Tommy Earls awards take place in the Parkview Hotel in Newtown on Friday the 13th of June. Under 17 player Liam Kavanagh has been short listed for the WDFL under 17 player of the year, everyone at the club would like to wish him the best of luck.
The WDSL schoolboys/girls presentation day will take place on Sunday the 15th of June, more details will be given to everyone as soon as the league confirm all the details. As soon as details become available from the league we will post them on the club website and on our 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 8th JUNE 2014
With the season coming to a close in the next week it’s unbelievable that we have still got teams playing. Our under 11B and C teams were battling for a place in the division one shield final but both sides suffered setbacks in midweek games, the 11B's lost 3-2 away to Arklow Utd, Adam O'Reilly and Charlie Leonard plundered the goals but they just couldn't get a leveller. Our under 11C team saw their shield hopes suffer a setback when they lost 4-1 to neighbours Wicklow Town, David Lally hit the Rovers goal against a good Town side. The under 13A's completed a premier league and shield double during the week when they captured the league title, firstly they drew 4-4 away to Ashford Rovers in a thriller. Leading 3-0 at the break credit has to go to Ashford on a splendid fightback. Daniel Fitzsimons fired home an excellent hat-trick with Shane Lincoln getting his sixth of the season to earn Rovers a valuable point. Their second game was also away, this time Avonmore were the opposition and the lads made no mistake. A brace from Sean Leonard, a 34th goal of the season from Daniel Fitzsimons and singles from Tristan O'Toole and Jack Colaluca sparked off the celebrations. Congratulations to John, Matt and the lads on a great season. Our 14A's finished off their season in style winning the premier league to complete the treble. An excellent 4-2 away win over Avonmore coupled with a walkover from Enniskerry was enough to claim the title. In the Avonmore game the lads found themselves two down but then they produced a spirited fightback to score four goals without reply. Eli Graham smashed home two to make it seventeen for the season, Stuart Cox scored his twenty fourth of the campaign with under 13A player Jack Colaluca  firing in the other. It’s been a magnificent season for this young team taking the premier league, cup and shield back to the Whitegates. Congratulations to Boodhan, Eoghan, John and Dave and the team on a great achievement.
The club will be running their annual summer soccer/fun camp for two weeks in July. Week one will be from Monday 7th July to Friday 11th July, the second week is from Monday 14th July to Friday 18th July. The camp will take place on the club grounds in the Whitegates and will run from 10 am to 3 pm daily. The camp is open to children from 4 years old to 13 years old. Each participant will receive a ball, jersey and medal. Everyone should bring a packed lunch, drink, rain jacket, football boots and shin guards. The club hope to run a ‘Girls Section’ at the camp. The cost of the camp is €65, discounts are available to families with two, three or more children. For all enquiries regarding the camp contact Johnny Dunne 087-7802098, Willie O’Brien 086-1696911 or any other committee member.
The clubs annual awards night will take place upstairs in Ernies on Saturday the 14th of June, the night will see the presentation of the under 17 WDFL league and cup trophies to our under 17 team, other awards on the night are the Hall of Fame, club merit award, young person of the year and the first, second and under 17 team players of the season. Everyone connected with the club is more than welcome to attend, the presentation will start at 9 pm.
The club are currently seeking applications for managers within our club, if you wish to apply for any of our teams from under 8 to under 18 and both senior teams for the coming 2014/15 season you should forward your application to club secretary Franny Copeland at fcopeland8@gmail.com as soon as possible. Closing date for applications is the 20th of June. Application forms can be downloaded from the home page of the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com
The dates have been set for trials for schoolboys/girls teams for the coming 2014/15 season, all the dates can be found on the home page of the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or on the club facebook page.
The WDFL Tommy Earls awards take place in the Parkview Hotel in Newtown on Friday the 13th of June. Under 17 player Liam Kavanagh has been short listed for the WDFL under 17 player of the year, everyone at the club would like to wish him the best of luck.
The WDSL schoolboys/girls presentation day will take place on Sunday the 15th of June, more details will be given to everyone as soon as the league confirm all the details. As soon as details become available from the league we will post them on the club website and on our 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 15th JUNE 2014
The WDFL Tommy Earls Awards were held last Friday night in the Parkview Hotel in Newtown, our under 17's made a clean sweep of the awards in their group, under 17 team captain Liam Kavanagh had the great honour of been awarded the county under 17 player of the year, an honour well deserved by Liam. He has performed consistently over not just this year but all throughout his football career to date. His commitment and dedication to not just playing but training as well saw him deservedly win this award, from everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC we would like to wish you a huge congratulations, well done Liam. Following that, team managers Jimmy Nolan and Brian O’Connor picked up the managers of the year award and the icing on the cake came when they also took the fair play award to finish off a fantastic season for our double winning under 17 team, congratulations to all involved with the 17’s.
The clubs own annual awards were held on Saturday night, the night saw our double winning under 17 team presented with their league and cup medals, once again congratulations to all connected with the team. Our hall of fame recipients were Decky Murphy and Gerry Scully, both Decky and Gerry were involved with the club in the early days taking on various roles from looking after teams to positions on the committee while also manually working behind the scenes. Well done and thanks Decky and Gerry. The club merit award went to John Gerard McGettigan, John has been responsible for setting up the girls side of football within the club over the last couple of years and his efforts have been much appreciated by the club. John has also been involved in managing and coaching teams over the years as well as always been on hand to take sessions with other teams. Thanks and congratulations John. The young person of the year went to Ciaran McGettigan, Ciaran has been helping out with coaching over the last couple of years and at the soccer camps he is always on hand to help out afterwards when everyone is gone. Over the last couple of seasons Ciaran has made the transition from under 16 football to the senior ranks and ended up as leading scorer for the Leinster Senior second team this season, congratulations Ciaran.  The various player of the year awards were also presented, Sean Duffy captured the first team award with Sean Knowd winning the second team award. Liam Kavanagh made it a great weekend for him adding the club's under 17 player of the year award to his county award he won. Congratulations to all three players on your awards.
There was three games over the last week, the 11B's saw their hopes of making the division one shield final suffer a setback when they lost 5-3 away to Arklow Town B with Adam O'Reilly, Sean Murphy and Charlie Leonard nabbing their goals. The 11C’s lost 5-0 away to a very strong Arklow Utd team. Hard luck to our under 15 team who lost 2-1 to St Anthonys in the final of the division one shield in the Carlisle Grounds. Michael Anthony Doyle hit the Rovers goal in a tight encounter.
The club will be running their annual summer soccer/fun camp for two weeks in July. Week one will be from Monday 7th July to Friday 11th July, the second week is from Monday 14th July to Friday 18th July. The camp will take place on the club grounds in the Whitegates and will run from 10 am to 3 pm daily. The camp is open to children from 4 years old to 13 years old. Each participant will receive a ball, jersey and medal. Everyone should bring a packed lunch, drink, rain jacket, football boots and shin guards. The club hope to run a ‘Girls Section’ at the camp. The cost of the camp is €65, discounts are available to families with two, three or more children. For all enquiries regarding the camp contact Johnny Dunne 087-7802098, Willie O’Brien 086-1696911 or any other committee member.
The club are currently seeking applications for managers within our club, if you wish to apply for any of our teams from under 8 to under 18 and both senior teams for the coming 2014/15 season you should forward your application to club secretary Franny Copeland at fcopeland8@gmail.com as soon as possible. Closing date for applications is the 20th of June. Application forms can be downloaded from the home page of the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com
The dates have been set for trials for schoolboys/girls teams for the coming 2014/15 season, all the dates can be found on the home page of the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com or on 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 22nd JUNE 2014
Well with the final curtain eventually coming down on the 2013/14 season last weekend, the executive committee of the club would like to thank all the players, managers, coaches, parents and supporters who have helped out in anyway during the season. Thanks to the players for representing the club in the various competitions, thanks to the managers and coaches for organising and preparing the teams and thanks to the parents and supporters for cheering the teams on week in week out. Thanks to everyone involved for any help that was given through out the course of the season, it might have been providing lifts for players to games and training but every little helps with the running of the club. Once again thanks to everyone, enjoy your summer and we look forward to welcoming you all back for the 2014/15 season.
The club will be running their annual summer soccer/fun camp for two weeks in July. Week one will be from Monday 7th July to Friday 11th July, the second week is from Monday 14th July to Friday 18th July. The camp will take place on the club grounds in the Whitegates and will run from 10 am to 3 pm daily. The camp is open to children from 4 years old to 13 years old. Each participant will receive a ball, jersey and medal. Everyone should bring a packed lunch, drink, rain jacket, football boots and shin guards. The club hope to run a ‘Girls Section’ at the camp. The cost of the camp is €65, discounts are available to families with two, three or more children. For all enquiries regarding the camp contact Johnny Dunne 087-7802098, Willie O’Brien 086-1696911 or any other committee member.
The dates have been set for trials for schoolboys/girls teams for the coming 2014/15 season, the dates are as follows; Under 8’s (Born 2007) Tuesday July 1st, Under 9’s (Born 2006) Wednesday July 2nd, Under 10’s (Born 2005) Thursday July 3rd, Under 11’s (Born 2004) Friday July 4th. All players should bring boots and shin guards. Above trials will take place in the Whitegates from 6.30 pm to 8 pm. The 11 a side team trials will be held on the following dates: Under 12’s [Born 2003] Tuesday July 1st, Under 13’s [Born 2002] Wednesday July 2nd, Under 14’s [Born 2001] Thursday July 3rd, Under 15’s [Born 2000] Friday July 4th, Under 16 [Born 1999] Monday July 7th. All 11 a side team trials will take place in the Rocky Road from 6.30  to 8 pm each night.
Wicklow Rovers are holding a mini World Cup for boys and girls aged from 7 to 13 on Saturday and Sunday the 12th and 13th of July. On the Sunday we will also being hosting an open/fun day for the public. The details for the mini World Cup are as follows: Saturday 12th from 10am until 2pm and Sunday 13th from 1pm until 4pm. The age groups involved range from under 7 (born 2006/2007) to under 13 (born 2001). The cost per player is €10. Registration times for players are Monday 30th of June from 7 – 8 pm in Whitegates and Thursday 3rd July from 7 –8 pm, also in Whitegates. Contact details for the public are John Frazer 0870564394 and Brendan Porter 0862173174. The plan for the fun day is to have bouncy castle, fun events, penalty shoot out etc.
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 2014
The club will be running their annual summer soccer/fun camp for two weeks in July. Week one will be from Monday 7th July to Friday 11th July, the second week is from Monday 14th July to Friday 18th July. The camp will take place on the club grounds in the Whitegates and will run from 10 am to 3 pm daily. The camp is open to children from 4 years old to 13 years old. Each participant will receive a ball, jersey and medal. Everyone should bring a packed lunch, drink, rain jacket, football boots and shin guards. The club hope to run a ‘Girls Section’ at the camp. The cost of the camp is €65, discounts are available to families with two, three or more children. For all enquiries regarding the camp contact Johnny Dunne 087-7802098, Willie O’Brien 086-1696911 or any other committee member.
The dates have been set for trials for schoolboys/girls teams for the coming 2014/15 season, the dates are as follows; Under 8’s (Born 2007) Tuesday July 1st, Under 9’s (Born 2006) Wednesday July 2nd, Under 10’s (Born 2005) Thursday July 3rd, Under 11’s (Born 2004) Friday July 4 th. All players should bring boots and shin guards. Above trials will take place in the Whitegates from 6.30 pm to 8 pm. The 11 a side team trials will be held on the following dates: Under 12’s [Born 2003] Tuesday July 1st, Under 13’s [Born 2002] Wednesday July 2nd, Under 14’s [Born 2001] Thursday July 3rd, Under 15’s [Born 2000] Friday July 4 th, Under 16 [Born 1999] Monday July 7 th. All 11 a side team trials will take place in the Rocky Road from 6.30  to 8 pm each night.
Wicklow Rovers are holding a mini World Cup for boys and girls aged from 7 to 13 on Saturday and Sunday the 12th and 13th of July. On the Sunday we will also being hosting an open/fun day for the public. The details for the mini World Cup are as follows: Saturday 12th from 10am until 2pm and Sunday 13th from 1pm until 4pm. The age groups involved range from under 7 (born 2006/2007) to under 13 (born 2001). The cost per player is €10. Registration times for players are Monday 30th of June from 7 – 8 pm in Whitegates and Thursday 3rd July from 7 –8 pm, also in Whitegates. Contact details for the public are John Frazer 0870564394 and Brendan Porter 0862173174. The plan for the fun day is to have bouncy castle, fun events, penalty shoot out etc.
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 JULY 2014
The club’s annual summer soccer/fun camp started on Monday and will run for two weeks. Week one will end this Friday the 11th of July, the second week is from Monday 14th July to Friday 18th July. The camp will take place on the club grounds in the Whitegates and will run from 10 am to 3 pm daily. The camp is open to children from 4 years old to 13 years old. Each participant will receive a ball, jersey and medal. Everyone should bring a packed lunch, drink, rain jacket, football boots and shin guards. The club hope to run a ‘Girls Section’ at the camp. The cost of the camp is €65, discounts are available to families with two, three or more children. Any participants in the first week that want to take part in the second can do so at a reduced rate. For all enquiries regarding the camp contact Johnny Dunne 087-7802098, Willie O’Brien 086-1696911 or any other committee member.
The club will be running trials for our under 17 team [Born 1998] for the coming 2014/15 season, the trials will take place on Wednesday [tonight] the 9th of July in the Rocky Road from 7 pm till 8.30 pm. New players welcomed to attend. All players whether existing or new players that are unable to attend the trials and would like to play next season should make contact with the team management or any committee member to inform them of their interest.
Wicklow Rovers are holding a mini World Cup for boys and girls aged from 7 to 13 on Saturday and Sunday the 12th and 13th of July. On the Sunday we will also being hosting an open fun day for the public. The details for the mini World Cup are as follows: Saturday 12th from 10am until 2pm and Sunday 13th from 1pm until 4pm. The age groups involved range from under 7 (born 2006/2007) to under 13 (born 2001). The cost per player is €10. Contact details for the public are John Frazer 0870564394 and Brendan Porter 0862173174. The plan for the fun day is to have bouncy castle, fun events, penalty shoot out etc.
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.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Carmel O’Donovan who sadly passed away recently, our thoughts and prayers are with you 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 JULY 2014
The second week of the club’s annual summer soccer/fun camp started on Monday and will run till Friday. Week one was an outstanding success with a very large turnout. All the potential Messi’s, Ronaldo’s, Van Persie’s and Manuel Neuer’s were on show displaying their skills for the watching crowd. All the kids had a very enjoyable time picking up some useful tips in the glorious sunshine. The club would like to thank all the kids who participated in the camp on their excellent attituide for the whole week. We would also like to thank all the parents for their continuous support for this annual event. Finally a big thanks to Johnny and his coaches, who built up a brilliant connection with all the kids. Photos from week one of the Summer Camp can be viewed on the club website at www.wicklowrovers.com and the club facebook page. Photos from week two will be posted on the conclusion of the camp.  
The seniors are back at training preparing for the new season, any player interested in joining the senior ranks of the club should come along to training in the Rocky Road. Training takes place every Tuesday and Thursday nights from 7.30 pm sharp. New players welcomed.
The club’s annual mini World Cup took place at the weekend, a big crowd turned out all togged out in the colours of Ireland, Portugal, Germany, Argentina, Spain, England, Brazil, Holland, etc. It was a colourful spectacle with the nations flags fluttering in the breeze. All the kids had a fantastic time on Sunday with the semi finals and finals taking place. The bouncy castles were very busy with all three castles full all afternoon. The penalty competition proved a big hit with Jack Colaluca coming out as the penalty king winner. The club would like to thank all the kids for taking parting in the mini world cup. A big thanks to the parents for bringing your kids along. A massive thanks to all the people involved in organising the event, thanks to the ladies for running the shop, the people for making sure the matches ran smoothly, the refs, the people who took part in the clean up, the lads who supervised the bouncy castles and the penalty competition. The club would like to thank anyone who helped in anyway to make the day a great success.    
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 or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 20th JULY 2014
Well our annual summer soccer camp was an outstanding success again this year. The first week saw 83 participants take place in a week of coaching, fun, games, etc. Our second week saw the magical 100 mark broken with 104 kids taking part in a week full of fun for all the children. A big thanks goes to James Nolan who advertised the event on the club facebook page. He also put the posters up around the town and texted all club members regarding the information for the camp, once again James, many thanks. Thanks also to Johnny for over seeing the two weeks of the camp and making sure everything ran smoothly. Thanks to all our coaches who struck up an excellent relationship with all the kids over the two weeks ensuring everyone enjoyed themselves. Thanks Johnny, Willie, James, Liam, Ciaran, Rachel, Mark, Daryl and Tommy for all your help over the duration of the camp. Finally a big thanks to the main people because without you it wouldn’t have been the big success that the camp was and that’s the kids and the parents. Your continued support year in, year out helps us go from strength to strength. Everyone seemed to have an enjoyable time over the course of the two weeks and for that everyone involved should take a bow, well done everyone. Just to let people know due to demand the club will be running another soccer camp before the kids go back to school, we have had loads of requests to run another camp so the club will run one from Monday the 18th of August to Friday the 22nd of August. The camp is open to kids from 4 years old to 13 years old and will take place in the Whitegates. The camp will run from 10 am to 2 pm daily, each participant will receive a ball and medal, the cost of the camp is €40. Anyone interested can contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098, Willie O’Brien at 086-1696911 or alternatively you can contact any committee member.
The senior teams of the club are back in training for the new season, training takes place in the Rocky Road every Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30 pm. Anyone interested in playing should come along, everyone welcome.
The next main project in the pipeline for club is the installation of floodlights at our main pitch in the Whitegates. We recently received a grant of €43,000 towards the cost from the sports capital grants which will help us on our way. The club would like to thank everyone who assisted in anyway in obtaining the grant. This project will see the club been able to play football at night time therefore freeing the pitch up for more teams at the weekend. Exciting times ahead.
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 .
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 JULY 2014
The senior squad continued their pre season build up at the weekend when a squad of 25 players travelled to take on Greystones. After defeating Bray Wanderers under 19’s 4-0 last week they recorded another good victory, winning 3-1. Two goals from Chris Burgess and a single from Peter Finnegan helped them continue their good form. Everyone of the 25 players got game time on the playing field with the new management team of Pat Ffrench, James Macklin and Anto Scanlon very happy with the progress of the squad.
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.
Just to let people know due to demand the club will be running another soccer camp before the kids go back to school, we have had loads of requests to run another camp so the club will run one from Monday the 18th of August to Friday the 22nd of August. The camp is open to kids from 4 years old to 13 years old and will take place in the Whitegates. The camp will run from 10 am to 2 pm daily, each participant will receive a ball and medal, the cost of the camp is €40. Anyone interested can contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098, Willie O’Brien at 086-1696911 or alternatively you can contact any committee member.
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, 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.  
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to wish club president Anthony Earls a speedy recovery from his recent operation, we all hope your on the mend and hope to see you out and about very soon, get well soon Anthony.
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 AUGUST 2014
Our two senior teams are back in full swing regards training, players are building their fitness with the start of the new season starting on the weekend of the 16th/17th of the month. They had two run outs during the week against Ashford Rovers and Shamrock Bhoys, while losing both games it was all a matter of getting game time for all the players with everyone getting substantial playing time on the pitch.
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.
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 any club committee member or privately message the club facebook page.
Just to let people know due to demand the club will be running another soccer camp before the kids go back to school, we have had loads of requests to run another camp so the club will run one from Monday the 18th of August to Friday the 22nd of August. The camp is open to kids from 4 years old to 13 years old and will take place in the Whitegates. The camp will run from 10 am to 2 pm daily, each participant will receive a ball and medal, the cost of the camp is €40. Anyone interested can contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098, Willie O’Brien at 086-1696911 or alternatively you can contact any committee member.
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, 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 clubs junior soccer academy will resume this Saturday the 9th 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.
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 AUGUST 2014
Our senior teams continue their preparation for the big kick off which starts this coming weekend in the Leinster Senior League, at the time of going to print the first fixtures hadn’t been released for the first and second teams. The first team will be competing in the intermediate level playing their football in LSL Senior 1B on Sundays while the second team will play in Major Division 1B on Saturdays. Their fixtures will be posted on the club website and on the club facebook page early in the week. Everyone at the club would like to wish both sets of players, their mentors and coaches all the best of luck for the new season and here’s hoping to a successful one, good luck lads.
Just to let people know due to demand the club will be running another soccer camp before the kids go back to school, we have had loads of requests to run another camp so the club will run one from Monday the 18th of August to Friday the 22nd of August. The camp is open to kids from 4 years old to 13 years old and will take place in the Whitegates. The camp will run from 10 am to 2 pm daily, each participant will receive a ball and medal, the cost of the camp is €40. Anyone interested can contact Johnny Dunne at 087-7802098, Willie O’Brien at 086-1696911 or alternatively you can contact any committee member.
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, 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.
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 any club committee member or privately message the club facebook page.
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.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC were saddened to hear of the sad passing of local Wicklow League referee Paddy O’Toole. Everyone at the club would like to extend their deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues at the Isrs Wicklow Branch. 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 17th AUGUST 2014
Well the action on the playing field started at the weekend, while the first team game was cancelled the second team kicked off their season with an excellent home win over Earl Celtic. Rovers were on top in the early stages and had the chances to go in front. They’re early dominance was rewarded when Maurice Dunne smashed home a penalty to the roof of the net to send them in at the break one up. The second period saw the lads step up another gear with Gareth Murphy slotting past the keeper to make it 2-0. Another penalty from Maurice Dunne and one from last season’s leading scorer Ciaran McGettigan gave the lads a well deserved 4-0 victory and the perfect start to the campaign for new manager Anthony Doran and his squad.
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, 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.
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 any club committee member or privately message the club facebook page.
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 club’s weekly junior soccer academy continues every Saturday morning under the watchful eye of senior club coach Johnny Dunne who is ably assisted by junior coaches James Nolan and Oisin Breen. 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 24th AUGUST 2014
The first team kicked off their season on Monday night away to Shamrock Bhoys in the Carlisle Grounds. Unfortunately the lads got off to a bad start finding themselves 2-0 down after twenty minutes, to their credit they upped their performance in the second period pulling it back to 2-1 with a goal from Chris Burgess from the penalty spot but as they pressed forward in search of an equaliser they got caught with the sucker punch goal to eventually lose out 3-1. Sunday saw them fare better, they entertained Ballymun United in the Whitegates and it was the complete opposite to Monday’s game. This time it was the lads who raced into a two goal lead inside the first fifteen minutes with Chris Burgess hitting both goals and the lads been in total control of the game. The lads let the away side back into the game when they gave away a needless penalty before the break to send Rovers in 2-1 up at the interval. The second half saw Ballymun do most of the pressing in search of a leveller and with eight minutes left they got their reward. Just when it looked like the spoils were going to be shared Daryl Sullivan got on the end of a Luke Byrne knock back to score deep into injury time to give the lads all three points. On the day Arthur Delahunt pulled off an excellent save at a crucial stage but the man of the match went to Mark [Wally] Johnson who put in an excellent shift in the middle of the park breaking up a lot of the away sides play while also driving his own side forward.
The second team followed last week’s great result with a disappointing narrow 1-0 defeat away to Verona FC. In what was a closely fought encounter where the lads had their chances they will be disappointed they didn’t get something from this game. Rovers had the chances but failed to take them, Jim Foley was Rovers star player on the day involved in everything that was good from Rovers.
The club are currently looking to start up a girls team for girls born in 2004, 2005 and 2006, if you were born in any of these years and would like to be involved in a soccer team you should contact Carmel at 086-2490093.
The clubs August soccer camp proved to be a huge success with close on 50 kids taking part. Everyone at the camp had a great time with the weather been kind with the sun shining every day. The kids showed their coaches how its done in the famous end of week coaches versus kids matches, the coaches got off to a flyer winning the first game but the kids stormed back winning the next two games to claim the bragging rights. A big thanks to all the coaches and kids on making the week so successful.  
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 club’s weekly junior soccer academy continues every Saturday morning under the watchful eye of senior club coach Johnny Dunne who is ably assisted by junior coaches James Nolan and Oisin Breen. 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 31st AUGUST 2014
The first team had a bad day at the office when they went down heavily away to Lucan United, at 2-0 down they were awarded a penalty which could have got them back into the game. Unfortunately the spot kick wasn’t successful and the lads ended up conceding another five goals to lose out 7-0. The only thing to do after this is roll up the sleeves, get back to the training ground and come out next week determined to get back on track with a good result.
The second team took on one of the title favourites on Saturday in the Whitegates, St James Gate rolled into town boasting two wins from two games justifying their favourites tag. The first half proved to be a tight affair with both sides limited to a couple of chances each. Tommy O’Sullivan in the Rovers goal pulled off two excellent saves in one on one situations while up the other end the away keeper saved well from Maurice Dunne on two occasions. The second half was more of the same but it was the away side who looked the more dangerous in attack. With eighteen minutes left St James Gate went in front and with eight minutes left they increased their lead, it looked like Rovers goose was cooked. Rovers pulled one back with six minutes left on the clock when Mark Delaney stole in at the back post to head home. In added on time Rovers got the leveller which they probably deserved, a free kick was awarded to Rovers out on the right for a bad challenge which was followed by an away player been dismissed for an off the ball incident. The resulting move was a product of last seasons under 17 team, Liam Kavanagh whipped in the free which was met by Alan Power to power home his first senior goal to give the lads a well earned point.
The clubs AGM will take place in the clubhouse in the Whitegates on Monday the 29th of September at 7.30 pm. All members are encouraged to attend this meeting. Please arrive on time as the meeting will start at 7.30 sharp.
The club are currently looking to start up a girls team for girls born in 2004, 2005 and 2006, if you were born in any of these years and would like to be involved in a soccer team you should contact Carmel at 086-2490093.
The club’s weekly junior soccer academy continues every Saturday morning under the watchful eye of senior club coach Johnny Dunne who is ably assisted by junior coaches James Nolan and Oisin Breen. 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. 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.
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 SEPTEMBER 2014
The first team welcomed Dublin Bus to the Whitegates on Sunday in the first round of the Metropolitan Cup, with the away side plying their trade two leagues higher than the lads they came to Wicklow quietly confident of turning over the home side. What they didn’t count on, was the fighting spirit of this young Rovers team. In what was an even enough first half it was Rovers who went in at the break 1-0 up with Gareth Murphy hitting a screamer from twenty five yards. Disaster struck five minutes into the second period when a defensive mistake allowed the away side in to level matters. Things got worse over the next few minutes, first the away side were awarded a penalty but Arthur Delahunt in the Rovers goal was the hero pulling off an excellent save. Five minutes later Rovers were reduced to ten men having a man sent off for a second bookable offence. This only seemed to spur the lads on as they knuckled down and battled away to bring the game to extra time. They were more than a match against the eleven men, defending well and causing problems when getting forward. The first period of extra time saw both sides cancel each other out. Rovers went in front five minutes into the second period of extra time, Luke Byrne and Gareth Murphy combined to cause all sorts of panic in the away rearguard before Murphy tucked away his second goal of the game. A minute later things got even better, Gareth Murphy slipped in Mark O’Sullivan who coolly slotted past the advancing keeper to put the lads into round two. It would be hard to pick out a man of the match for Rovers, first Arthur Delahunt was excellent between the posts pulling off four excellent saves topped off with his penalty save. At the centre of the Rovers defence David Rowan and Ricki Quinn were rock solid while also driving their team mates forward. Up front Gareth Murphy put in some shift, chasing every ball and not giving the defenders anytime to settle, add to that he netted twice and provided the assist for the third goal. This was a confidence boosting win for the lads and a well deserved victory.  
The second team continued their good start to the season when they earned all three points from their trip to Celbridge. They returned from the County Kildare town with a narrow 1-0 victory in a game which they could have won more comfortably, they had plenty of chances to make this game a lot easier but the good thing was they claimed all three points to keep them ticking along. This win moves them up to third place in the table.
Our under 14 girls started their season in group A of the eFlow cup away to Shamrock Rovers, unfortunately they came up against a strong side losing out 5-1. Niamh Caffrey scored the Wicklow goal.
The various SFAI National cup draws for our schoolboys/girls teams were recently carried out, in the under 12 section, the 12A’s will have to travel to County Kildare when they take on Newbridge Town in the first round. The under 13A’s received a bye in the first round of their competition and then were handed a home tie in an all Wicklow clash when they take on Wolfe Tone in the second round. The under 14A’s head to Laois where they take on Portlaoise in what will be a tough first round encounter. Finally the under 15’s are also on the road when they were drawn away to Willow Park in the first round of their cup.
The clubs AGM will take place in the clubhouse in the Whitegates on Monday the 29th of September at 7.30 pm. All members are encouraged to attend this meeting. Please arrive on time as the meeting will start at 7.30 sharp.
The club are currently looking to start up a girls team for girls born in 2004, 2005 and 2006, if you were born in any of these years and would like to be involved in a soccer team you should contact Carmel at 086-2490093.
On the junior front the club are looking for three players for our under 10 section, so if your child was born in 2005 and is interested in playing football you should 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 CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 14th SEPTEMBER 2014
The second team continued their good start to the season when they defeated Greystones Utd 3-2 in a local derby. Rovers went in at the break with a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Jim Foley and Maurice Dunne and seemed to be in total control of the game but the away side had other ideas. Within five minutes of the restart Greystones were level, two minutes into the half a mistake allowed the away side pull one back and two minutes after that they were level with a well struck effort. The lads battled their way back into the lead and it was fitting that Rovers best player on the day popped up with the winner. Ciaran McGettigan flicked the ball past the last defender before racing clear to powerfully drive past the advancing keeper to score what proved to be the decisive goal. Rovers probably just about shaded. On the day Greg Dunne marshalled his defence well, but our best player was Ciaran McGettigan who proved a handful for the away defence, his pace, strength and willingness to chase down every ball caused havoc to Greystones and his goal was clinically finished to top of an all round excellent individual performance which see’s the team maintain their third spot in the table.
Saturday’s junior action saw our under 8A’s play out a thrilling 2-2 draw with St Anthonys with Joe Culleton and Conor Williams hitting the back of the net, the under 10B’s lost 6-1 to Newtown Juniors with Cormac Waldron netting for them. The 11A’s lost out narrowly on a 2-1 score line to Ashford Rovs, David Butler scored their goal. The 12C’s which is a mixture of under 11’s and 12’s lost 8-1 to Enniskerry with Conor Lacey popping in their goal. Our under 14B’s came up against a very strong Wolfe Tone team losing 10-1 with Nathan Sullivan plundering their only goal.
On Sunday the 8B’s drew 1-1 with neighbours Wicklow Town in an exciting local derby, Sean Patrick Geurin hit the Rovers goal. The 9A’s won 4-2 at home to St Anthonys, Liam Burke smashed home an excellent hat-trick with George O’Neill netting the other. The 9B’s played some neat football in their 4-0 home win over Greystones Utd, two goals each from Evan Conyard and Ben Lyons earned them victory in a good all round team performance. The 12A’s continued from where they left off last season, they travelled to Enniskerry and recorded a comprehensive 10-2 win, Max Kearney and Fionn Luddy both claimed fantastic hat-tricks, a brace from Mark O’Brien and singles from Sam Brown and Samuel Bishop accounted for their tally. The 13A’s started with a good win at home to Coolboy Rgrs, Paul Marah with two goals and singles from Scott Sheridan, Robbie Hoffman and Nathan Sullivan earned them a 5-3 win. Our 13B’s came up against a very strong Newtown Juniors side losing 14-1, they kept trying through out the game with Tom O’Shea getting their goal. Our 14A’s started their campaign with a resounding 9-0 home win over St Anthonys, a well taken hat-trick from Conor Byrne, two goals from Sean Farrell and one each from Tristan O’Toole, Daniel Fitzsimons, Ryan Corrigan and Shane Lincoln secured them the perfect start. The under 15’s got off to a flyer with a 5-1 away victory over Ashford Rovs, James Lang, Paul King, Eli Graham, Luca Rampersaud and Stephen Finlay all scored for last seasons treble winners.
Everyone at the club would like to wish executive committee member and former chairman Paul Delaney a speedy recovery from his recent operation, we all hope to see you up and about very soon, get well soon Paul.
The club are holding four registration nights for all club membership fees, the dates and times are as follows: Friday 19th September 7 pm till 9 pm, Friday 26th September 7 pm till 9 pm, Friday 3rd October 7 pm till 9 pm and Friday 10th October 7 pm till 9 pm. All registration nights will take place in the clubhouse in the Whitegates.   
Due to the absence of some executive committee members the club have regretfully had to cancel the club’s AGM scheduled for Monday the 29th of September. A new date for the AGM will be posted on the club website and in the club notes in the Wicklow People in the near future, sorry for any inconvenience.
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 SEPT 2014
The first team made the trip to Edenderry on Friday night to take on the local side in the first round of FAI Umbro Intermediate cup, the lads went in front early in play with a Chris Burgess header finding the back of the net. This is the way it remained until twenty minutes from the end when the home side equalised with a controversial goal. The home side then went on to fire home a winner with eight minutes left on the clock. It has to be said that some of the decisions from the officials during the game left the Rovers management team and players baffled.
The second team continued their great start to the season when they defeated Mount Merrion away in the first round of the Leinster Junior cup. Maurice Dunne set them on their way, with last season’s county under 17 player of the year Liam Kavangh firing home the second. The home side pulled one back before Daryl Sullivan scored the third for the lads to secure a safe passage to round two.
Our under 17’s finally got their season off to a start after all the weeks of uncertainty of whether there was a league for them or not. After a lot of false starts they at last got a competitive game under their belts and it was a great start for them. They took on local neighbours Wicklow Town and recorded a good 5-2 win, Josh Browne, Colin O’Toole, Mark Darragh, Fionn Nother and Hugh Humby plundered the goals to earn them all three points.
In the junior section on Saturday, the under 8 white team won 2-1 away to Arklow Town, Sean Patrick Geurin scored for the second week running with Shane O’Reilly nabbing the other goal. The under 9 green team lost 6-1 to Arklow Town with leading scorer Liam Burke notching their goal. Our under 9 white team lost 4-1 away to a strong St Patricks team with Ben Lyons scoring his third of the season. The 10A’s had a good win away to Ashford Rovers winning 4-2, Sam Culleton hit a fantastic hat-trick with Cole Byrne hitting the fourth. The 11A’s lost 4-2 away to St Anthonys in an exciting encounter with Sean O’Meara scoring a brace. Our 12C’s which are a mixture of under 11’s and 12’s gave a good account of themselves before losing 3-0 to neighbours Wicklow Town. The under 13A’s lost 4-1 at home to local rivals Wicklow Town with Jamie Noble scoring their lone goal.
Sunday action saw our under 8 green team lose 4-2 away to Ashford, Joe Culleton and Steven Kavanagh hit the back of the net for Wicklow, our 10B’s lost 7-3 to Wicklow Town with Cormac Waldron, Aaron Cavanagh and Matthew Porter all scoring a goal a piece. The 11B’s played out an exciting 2-2 draw away to Glencormac, Cole Byrne and Jordan Younger scored the Rovers goals. The 12A’s and 12B’s were both involved in thrilling 2-2 draws, firstly the 12A’s drew with Arklow Town A, Fionn Luddy nabbed both their goals. The 12B’s drew 2-2 with Rathnew , Conor Leonard and Finn Egan Barron found the back of the net for Rovers. Our 14A’s defeated Greystones Utd by three goals to one, Daniel Fitzsimons scored his second of the campaign with Sean Leonard and Jack Colaluca netting their first goals of the season to earn all three points to make it six points from a possible six. An under strength 14B’s lost heavily away to Roundwood on a 9-0 score line but to their credit they never gave up and gave it their all. The under 15’s made it two wins from two games with a hard fought away win over St Patricks. Stephen Finlay, Luca Rampersaud and Patrick O’Keane all netted a goal each in a narrow 3-2 victory.
The club held the first of their four registration nights for all club membership fees last Friday night, we would like to thank everyone for coming along. The dates and times for the next three nights are as follows: Friday 26th September 7 pm till 9 pm, Friday 3rd October 7 pm till 9 pm and Friday 10th October 7 pm till 9 pm. All registration nights will take place in the clubhouse in the Whitegates.   
Due to the absence of some executive committee members the club have regretfully had to cancel the club’s AGM scheduled for Monday the 29 th of September. A new date for the AGM will be posted on the club website and in the club notes in the Wicklow People in the near future, sorry for any inconvenience.
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 SEPTEMBER ‘14
The first team gained three excellent points on the road when they defeated Garda FC 6-2 on Friday night. An excellent hat-trick from Gareth Murphy laid the foundations for this impressive victory. Singles from Tommy Smullen, Sean Duffy and Peter Finnegan accounted for their tally to move them onto six points in the league.
Our second team continued their great start to the season with a 3-1 away win over CYM Terenure, a brace from Maurice Dunne and one from Sean Tobin earned them all three points which keeps them in the top three in the table.
The under 17’s were involved in a six goal thriller at the Whitegates against Aughrim Rangers with honours even at the end of ninety minutes. Rovers raced into a two goal lead with two clinical finishes from the impressive Colin O’Toole but a lapse of concentration let the away side back into the game. Aughrim made it 2-2 with an excellent goal but Rovers showed great spirit when they went back in front when Adam Browne fired home from eight yards. Yet again the away team drew level to make it 3-3. Both sides had chances to win the game but in truth a draw was probably a fair result as both teams had the chances to win and neither team would have deserved to lose.
Junior action on Saturday saw our under 8 green team take on Arklow Town in what proved to be a very exciting game of football. In line with requests from the WDSL we will no longer be publishing results from non competitive matches but as the weeks go by we will give goalscorers. In the above game Finn Dunne scored two with Steven Kavanagh, Killian Dunne and Sonny McHale netting one a piece. Our 12A’s made the trip to Newbridge but unfortunately they lost out on a 3-1 scoreline in the National cup. Leading scorer Fionn Luddy scored their goal to make it six goals in three games. The 12B’s were involved in a six goal thriller when they travelled to take on Arklow Town, finding themselves 3-0 down at half time they came out in the second period a completely different team and performed an amazing comeback to snatch a point in a 3-3 draw. Scott Bushe started the comeback with their first and then Evan Dwyer pulled it back to 3-2 before Scott Bushe completed the fight back with Rovers third and a share of the points. Our 12C’s came up against a very strong Coolboy outfit losing heavily by eight goals to nil. The under 14A’s recorded an impressive 5-1 win away to Portlaoise in the National cup, Daniel Fitzsimons led the way with two goals with Tristan O’Toole, Jack Colaluca and Sean Farrell all adding singles in what was an excellent win. They now take on Templeogue Utd in round two. The under 15’s will be kicking themselves, they made the long journey to Athlone to take on Willow Park in the National cup. Leading 1-0 with three minutes to go they conceded two soft goals to cruelly lose out 2-1. James Lang scored Rovers goal.
Sunday saw the 8 white team play Arklow Utd, unfortunately we had no goalscorers on the day. Our 9 green team took on Greystones, their scorers on the day were Charlie Czwalina 2 and Lee Brown and Josh Butler nabbing one each. The 9 whites played in an exciting game with Aughrim, Eoin Kennedy scored for them. The under 10A’s defeated St Anthonys 3-1 with Jack Noble hitting the net twice and Cole Byrne adding the other, a special mention goes to Rory Hennessey who put in a man of the match performance. The 10B’s recorded a narrow 2-1 win over Rathnew with Cormac Fitzsimons scoring one goal and the other coming by way of an own goal. The 11A’s beat Rathnew 8-1 with Conor Hunter scoring a fantastic hat-trick, singles from Tom Hodgkinson, Mark Hodgkinson, Sean O’Meara, Callum Gibney and Conor Luddy accounted for their tally. Our 13B’s lost 3-1 away to Shamrock Bhoys with Dylan Doyle getting their goal. Rhuain Doyle hit the net twice for the 13B’s in their 2-2 draw with St Anthonys. The 14B’s were unlucky to go down 4-2 to Rathnew, Ciaran Byrne and Joe Geraghty scoring their goals in a good team performance.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to wish George Power a speedy recovery from a recent illness, we all hope your on the mend and look forward to seeing you up and about very soon, get well soon George.
The club have now held two nights of their four registration nights for all club membership fees, we would like to thank everyone for coming along to our first two nights. The dates and times for the next two nights are as follows: Friday 3rd October 7 pm till 9 pm and Friday 10th October 7 pm till 9 pm. All registration nights will take place in the clubhouse in the Whitegates and we encourage all members to please try to make one of the next two scheduled nights, thank you.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 5th OCTOBER 2014
The first team had an excellent 5-0 home win over Rathcoole Boys, this win moves them up to within touching distance of the promotion spots. Sean Duffy set them on their way with the first. Ricki Quinn then scored a David Beckham special, the lads were awarded a free kick midway inside their own half, Ricki’s quick thinking saw him lob the keeper from the resulting free to make it 2-0 for what has to be favourite for goal of the season. Further goals from Tommy Smullen, Gareth Murphy and Chris Burgess saw them run out comfortable winners in the end. But there’s no doubt the talking point of the game was Ricki’s wonder goal, a couple of hours after the end of the game rumour has it that the free kick was from inside his own area.
The second team played Dunboyne in a preliminary round game in the Noel Ryan cup, the lads went in 1-0 up at the break through Maurice Dunne’s seventh goal of the season and this proved to be the only goal of the match to earn the lads a safe passage to the first round proper. In truth they could have made it more comfortable as they had three of four very good chances to increase their lead. On the day Paul Alexander was a rock at the centre of the defence while the evergreen Greg Dunne prowled the middle of the park with his usual committed performance.
Our under 17’s suffered their first defeat of the season losing 2-1 at home to Arklow Utd, after going 2-0 down they battled back with Mark Darragh scoring to give them hope, even though they created several chances they failed to convert any them as the away team held on.
On Saturday the under 9 Whites played Carnew giving a good account of themselves, Evan Conyard was on the score sheet for them to claim his third of the season. Our 11A's were involved in a seven goal thriller with Arklow Utd, Mark Hodgkinson hit two goals with Callum Gibney and Jack Ryan scoring one each in an exciting 4-3 victory. The 13B's went down 3-1 to Arklow Town, Aidan Hennessy nabbing their goal.
Junior action on Sunday saw the under 8 green team play an exciting game with St Anthonys, Steven Kavanagh scored two with Joe Culleton and Johnny Bourne getting one a piece. The 10A’s came out on top of a seven goal thriller with Wolfe Tone winning 4-3. Evan Burke, Cole Byrne, Jack Noble and Charlie Phelan were all on the score sheet. The 10B’s went down 3-1 to Coolboy Rgrs with Harry Tobin notching their goal in a good battling team performance. The 11B’s lost 8-0 to a strong Rathnew side. Another seven goal thriller saw our 12A’s lose 4-3 away to Greystones Utd, Connor Lewins, Fionn Luddy and Harry Hodgkinson were their marksmen. The 12C’s went down 6-0 to Wicklow Town. The 14A’s went goal crazy when they defeated Arklow Town 10-2, Conor Byrne smashed home five goals with Sean Leonard helping himself to two. Daniel Fitzsimons, Tristan O’Toole and Tom Farrell added one each to complete the total. Our 14B’s lost out 5-1 to Roundwood with David McNabb scoring their goal. All other game over the weekend were called off.
The club are holding a Last Man Standing competition, every member of the club should have received registration forms to sell for the competition by this stage. The cost of entry is €10. The prize is €500 to the last man standing. A full list of rules has also been handed out with each registration form. Anyone that would like to enter the competition or obtain further information can contact Jimmy Nolan by texting or ringing him at 087-9108706 or emailing lt jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com. Alternatively you can contact any committee member or any team manager to register. The competition starts on the weekend of the 25th of October so get your entry in early. All the profits from the competition will go towards our floodlights project.
The last of our four registration nights for club membership will be held in the clubhouse at the Whitegates this coming Friday night the 10th of October from 7 pm to 9 pm, thanks to all who have come out over the last three weeks.
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 12th OCTOBER 2014
The first team suffered a disappointing 4-1 defeat away to Kinamanagh on a day when nothing went right for them, they found themselves 2-0 down before they could get a foot hold in the game. Just before the break they went 3-0 down to leave them with a mountain to climb. To their credit they came out in the second period and gave a better display pulling one back from a Gareth Murphy strike before the home side added a fourth.
The second team’s recent good run came to an abrupt end in the Whitegates on Saturday when they lost 3-1 to Verona. Their only other defeat in the league so far this season came away to the same opposition. In fairness on the day Verona probably deserved their win as they were sharper to the ball and when the chances came their way they took them. Leading scorer Maurice Dunne scored the Rovers goal in what was a bad day at the office with Darren Kavanagh in the Rovers defence been Rovers best player on the day.
The under 17’s took on Ashford Rovs in the youths league and they earned a point in a 3-3 away draw. Hugh Humby put the lads 1-0 up and then Oisin Breen added a second. Ashford came roaring back with two goals to send the sides in level at the break. The second half saw both sides hit the back of the net once a piece with Mark Darragh netting for the lads to give them a deserved share of the points against a side a year older than themselves.
In junior action on Saturday the under 9 white team travelled to take on Coolboy Rgrs and enjoyed an entertaining game of football, Ben Lyons scored for them. The 10A’s made it four wins from four when they won 3-0 against Greystones Utd, Charlie Phelan scored two and Peter Dunne got the other to maintain their one hundred percent start. Our 11B’s gave it their all in their game away to Greystones Utd but in the end they were on the wrong end of a 5-0 scoreline. The 12B’s recorded a good 3-1 away win in the under 12 combined cup against Greystones Utd, A brace from Conor Leonard and one from Luke Horan gives the lads a two goal cushion going into the home second leg. The 13A’s proved way too strong for Arklow Town C in the 13’s combined cup winning 15-0, Paul Marah led the way with five goals, Cian Ward and Nathan Sullivan both scored hat-tricks with Dylan Doyle, Frankie Reynolds, Scott Sheridan and Craig Anderson all scoring singles to make the second leg a meaningless game. The 13B’s went down 9-0 away to Coolboy Rgrs to give them a mountain to climb in the second leg.
Sunday’s action saw the under 8 green team play Ashford in an exciting match with Finn Dunne scoring for Wicklow. The 9 green team were involved in a thriller with Arklow Town, Charlie Czwalina, Brian McCaul, Josh Butler and Adam Doyle all scored a goal each. The 11A’s played out a 2-2 draw with Ashford with Tiernan O’Brien and Callum Gibney getting on the score sheet. The 12C’s lost 7-0 away to a very strong Coolboy side. Our 14A’s defeated Arklow Town 14-0, Daniel Fitzsimons nabbed five goals with Sean Leonard and Conor Byrne both netting hat-tricks. Jack Colaluca, Fiachra O’Briain and Sean Farrell all added singles. Our under 15’s were involved in an eight goal thriller with Arklow Town drawing 4-4. Luca Rampersaud hit two with Paul King scoring one with the fourth coming in the shape of an own goal.
The club are holding a Last Man Standing competition, every member of the club should have received registration forms to sell for the competition by this stage. The cost of entry is €10. The prize is €500 to the last man standing. A full list of rules has also been handed out with each registration form. Anyone that would like to enter the competition or obtain further information can contact Jimmy Nolan by texting or ringing him at 087-9108706 or emailing lt jimmy.nolan09@hotmail.com. Alternatively you can contact any committee member or any team manager to register. The competition starts on the weekend of the 25th of October so get your entry in early. The club expect our members to support this new fundraiser as its them who will get the full benefit from the project in the present and in the future. Please try to get your registration forms in by this weekend the 19th of October All the profits from the competition will go towards our floodlights project.
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 19th OCTOBER 2014
The first team played out a disappointing 2-2 draw at home to Skerries Town, they went into an early lead when Sean Duffy fired home but it was short lived as the away side hit back with two goals to go in at the break 2-1 up. Rovers didn’t create a lot of clear cut chances in the first period but the second half was a totally different story with numerous chances been created by the lads. Chris Burgess equalised for them and had a second goal ruled out for what the referee harshly judged to be handball. Rovers work rate in the second half deserved more but they had to settle for a share of the spoils, which the away side were more than happy with. If the first half performance had matched their second half display they possibly would have gained all three points.
Saturdays junior action was limited this week, the 11B’s had a good 7-1 win away to Fassaroe YC, Jordan Younger led the way with an excellent hat-trick with Sam Christie, Ruaidhri Kelly, Oran Dempsey and Liam Nicholson all adding singles to complete their seven goal haul. Our under 13A team progressed to round three of the SFAI cup when they defeated Wolfe Tone 4-1 at the Whitegates. Paul Marah brought his total for the season to nine when he netted twice. Scott Sheridan and Dylan Doyle made it three each for the campaign when they scored one a piece. Their reward for this victory is an away tie against Naas or Esker Celtic. The 13B’s went down 2-0 at home to St Anthonys in what was an evenly contested game, with a bit of luck the lads could have got something from the game. The scheduled games for our 11A's and 12B’s were called off.
On Sunday the under 14 girls won 4-1 away to Greystones Utd, two goals from Niamh Caffrey and one each from Grainne Phelan and Holly McSorley accounted for their total. The under 8 green team were involved in a thriller with Arklow Town, Steven Kavanagh scored two with Finn Dunne notching one. The under 8 white team came up against a very good Arklow Utd team and hard as they tried they couldn’t breach the Arklow defence. Our under 9 green team played out a very tight game with Greystones Utd, Josh Butler hit the goal for the green’s. The under 9 white team also had a close battle with Greystones Utd, unluckily for the white’s they didn’t find the back of the net. The 10A’s lost their one hundred percent record when they narrowly went down 1-0  Arklow Town in what was a closely fought encounter. The 12C team which is a mixture of under 11’s and 12’s went down 7-1 to a very strong Enniskerry team, they probably didn’t deserve to lose by this score as they put in a great spirited display, Conaill Molloy netted for them on the day. The under 15’s won 10-0 at home to Wicklow Town, the feature of the game was two hat-tricks, one each from Paul King and Stuart Cox. Ronan Murray helped himself to a brace with Luca Rampersaud and Stephen Finlay adding singles to complete the scoring.
Our Last Man Standing competition starts this week, all participants will be updated on their progress as the competition unfolds, everyone will be notified by text as to whether they have progressed to the next round or sadly eliminated. Progress of the competition can also be followed on the club website by going to the home page and clicking on the link to Last Man Standing Table. Fixtures for the competition will be texted to every participant on either Monday or Tuesday of every week.  If any managers or anyone has registration forms to be handed in they must get them to Jimmy Nolan asap, you can contact Jimmy by ringing or texting him at 087-9108706, no forms will be accepted after the deadline which is 7 pm on Thursday night. Good luck to everyone and once again thanks to everyone for your continuous support of the club. All profits from Last Man Standing goes into the fund for our floodlights project.   
Congratulations to our under 14A keeper Sean Coffey who was selected to participate in the FAI Emerging Talent Programme due to start next week, everyone at Wicklow Rovers wishes Sean the best of luck and hope you enjoy your experience.
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 registration and you come along to whatever Saturdays you can make.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 26th OCTOBER 2014
The first team played Maynooth Town University at the Whitegates on Sunday morning, the match was very entertaining with both sides givng a hundred percent. The game finished all square at 2-2, Rovers went in front when Chris Burgess found the net with a fine header which gave them a one goal lead at the break. Shortly into the second half the lads increased their lead when a thunderous effort from outside the box from Sean Tobin nestled in the bottom right corner of the net to put them 2-0 up. In a period of ten minutes midway through the second half the lads switched off and this allowed the visitors back into the game with two goals to square the game. Credit to what is a very young Rovers team they battled their way back into the game and if they were a bit more clinical in front of goal they could have claimed all three points against a very strong Maynooth side. Rikki Quinn and David Rowan in the heart of the Rovers defence put in good shifts with Luke Byrne a constant thorn in the side of the away team further up the field. In truth the whole team put in a good team performance providing a very entertaining game of football.
Our second team were involved in a third versus fourth placed game on Saturday. Fourth placed Tymon Celtic came to the Whitegates in a confident mood lying one place and one point behind Rovers with two games in hand. The lads were in excellent form putting Tymon to the sword by hammering four goals past the visitors without reply. Top scorer Maurice Dunne set them on their way and then added a second before the break to put them 2-0 up at the interval. Not to be out done Ciaran McGettigan scored two well taken goals to give the lads a convincing 4-0 victory to keep them on course for promotion. This win puts them into second place in the table.
The club’s AGM will take place on Monday 24th of November 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.
Our Last Man Standing competition kicked off last weekend with 189 participants competing for the €500 prize. Unfortunately 91 players fell at the first hurdle [doesn’t include QPR v Aston Villa game on Monday night], 31 people went with Liverpool, Man City 23, Tottenham 18, West Brom 10, Chelsea 8 and Man Utd 1.  On the plus side 92 players with [QPR v Aston Villa still to be played at the time of going to print] definitely going through to week 2, all the people who selected Southampton, Everton, Swansea, and Arsenal advanced to the next stage of the competition and a step closer to the prize. The club would like to thank everyone for supporting this very important fundraiser which we hope to run on a regular basis, so if you fell at the first hurdle you will get the chance to regain the bragging rights from your mates that are giving you a hard time after your elimination. All proceeds from our Last Man Standing fundraiser will go directly into funds towards the installation of our floodlights project. This is why its very important for all club members to get behind this fundraiser as this project is to the benefit of both senior and junior members of the club. Once again a big thanks goes out to all the managers, committee members and club members who made the effort to get people to register for Last Man Standing. But most of all we would like to thank all 189 participants for supporting our competition, we appreciate your support and once again thank you all.
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 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 or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 2nd NOVEMBER 2014
Our first team travelled to take on title chasing Portmarnock on Sunday and were involved in a seven goal thriller. The lads fell 3-0 behind but showed great character in battling back. Chris Burgess pulled one back for his eighth of the season, then Luke Byrne slotted home from the penalty spot for his first of the campaign to make it 3-2. The home side gave themselves breathing space when they notched a fourth but Rovers hit back straight away when Luke Byrne nabbed his second from the penalty spot. The lads gave a hundred percent in this game and were very unlucky not to get something from the match.
The second team put in a very impressive display in a 5-2 home win over higher ranked Glenville in the first round of the Noel Ryan cup. The first period saw the away side reduced to ten men before Rovers cut loose, Maurice Dunne hit the first of his three goals to set the lads on their way, Daryl Sullivan scored the second to make it 2-0 at the break. Two further goals from leading scorer Maurice Dunne and a first of the season for Shane Morley saw the lads storm into a 5-0 lead. The only down side to the game was when the team seem to switch off in the last ten minutes allowing the away side in for two consolation goals.
The under 17’s earned an excellent point away to league leaders Arklow Utd, finding themselves 1-0 down at the break they battled back in the second half to secure a point when Hugh Humby fired home the equaliser in what was a good battling performance.
Junior action on Saturday saw the under 8 green’s involved in a thriller with Newtown Juniors, two goals a piece from Sonny McHale and Finn Dunne and one from Senan O’Donovan were the Rovers scorers in a highly entertaining match. The lads would like to thank former Stoke, West Ham and Sunderland player Clive Clarke for letting them be part of a group photo with the Newtown team. The 9 green team played St Anthonys and put in an excellent display, Charlie Czwalina and Liam Burke both hit two with Jack Macklin and Brian McCaul nabbing singles. The 10B’s lost 5-1 away to Glencormac Utd with Harry Tobin scoring his second of the campaign. The 12A’s progressed to the second round of the combined cup with a comfortable 6-0 win away to Roundwood, a brace from Fionn Luddy and singles from Mark O’Brien, Samuel Bishop, Connor Lewins and Adam O’Reilly accounted for their six goal haul. Our 13A’s received a walkover from Arklow Town C. The under 15’s suffered a disappointing 4-1 defeat away to Arklow Town losing 8-5 on aggregate. Their goal came in the shape of an own goal.
Sunday’s action saw the under 9 white team play some great football against Greystones Utd red team, Ben Lyons helped himself to a brace with Eoin Kennedy scoring one in an exciting encounter. The 10A’s kept their title charge on course with a good 2-0 home win over Aughrim Rangers, Charlie Phelan hit the net twice in a good all round team performance. The 11A’s earned an excellent point in a 2-2 draw away to Arklow Town A, Sean O’Meara and Tiernan O’Brien scored the goals that earned them a fantastic point. Our 11B’s lost out narrowly in a very tight game at home to Glencormac Utd going down 1-0. The 12B’s progressed to round two of the combined cup when they defeated Greystones Utd 6-0, Luke Horan scored two with Scott Bushe, Finn Egan Barron, Kevin Leonard and Noah Sheridan all hitting singles. The 12C’s lost 9-1 to a very strong Coolboy side, Ben Lawless nabbed a consolation goal on the day. Rhuain Doyle hit the Rovers goal for the 13B’s in their 9-1 cup defeat to Coolboy Rangers. The 14 girls won 4-0 against Greystones, Niamh Caffrey scored two with Grainne Phelan and Sinead McGettigan scoring one each. Our under 14A team were unlucky to lose 2-1 away to Templeogue Utd in the second round of the National cup, in a game that could have went either way saw Daniel Fitzsimons notch the Rovers goal. The 14B’s put in a spirited display against a physically bigger Aughrim team before going down 5-1, David McNabb slotted home their goal.
Everyone at the club would like to wish Stephen Earls a speedy recovery from an ankle injury he suffered in a recent match against Maynooth Town, we all hope to see you back on the playing field very soon, get well soon Stephen.
The club’s AGM will take place on Monday 24th of November 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 deepest sympathies to the family and friends of George Pegman [Greystones] who sadly passed away recently, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time, may he rest in peace.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 9th NOVEMBER 2014
The first team kicked off the weekend fixtures on Friday with an away match to Rathcoole Boys, Gareth Murphy and Sean Tobin scored one each to put them 2-0 up but they didn’t close the game out allowing their opponents back in to the game with two goals of their own to earn a share of the points in a 2-2 draw.
The second team also drew 2-2 at the weekend, they entertained Rathcoole Boys on Saturday. After a scoreless first half, it was Rovers who drew first blood when Mark Delaney slotted home when he got on the end of a pinpoint cross from Liam Kavanagh. Disaster struck midway through the half when opponents St John Bosco hit two quick goals to go 2-1 in front. In truth the lads were struggling to make any impact on the away side rearguard and just when it looked as the game was petering out a quick ball forward into the danger area resulted with Rovers earning a penalty, which leading scorer Maurice Dunne duly dispatched to the back of the net to earn the lads a point. On the day the lads didn’t cause their opponents enough problems in the final third but on the few occasions they did it was when they moved the ball forward quickly and this proved to be the case with our two goals.
On the junior front a few games fell foul of the bad weather, the 10B’s, 11A’s, 11B’s, 12A’s, 12B’s, 12C’s and 13B’s games were all victims of the weather. The under 8 green team played out an exciting tussle with Rathnew, Sonny McHale hit his fourth goal of the season in this game. The under 8 white team came up against a very strong Coolboy Rgrs team but to their credit they battled all the way against a physically stronger side. Our under 9 green team were involved in a thriller with Arklow Town , Tom Donoghue, Josh Butler and Jack Macklin all hit the back of the net for Rovers in a game between two evenly matched sides. The under 9 white team entertained Avonmore and both teams provide some good football for the watching spectators, Eoin Kennedy smashed home a brace of goals. The 13A’s made the journey to Naas to take on the local side in the third round of the SFAI cup but unfortunately the home side proved way too strong defeating the lads 10-0. Our under 14 girls lost 4-1 to Mount Merrion with Sinead McGettigan claiming her second goal of the season. The 14A’s remain top of the premier when they defeated Greystones Utd 3-0, a goal a piece for Jack Colaluca, Cillian Kelly and Tristan O’Toole paved the way for their win. The 14B’s drew 2-2 with Wolfe Tone to gain their first point of the season, this result shows the steady improvement they have been making since the start of the season. They lost 10-1 to the same opponents in the first game of the campaign so to hold them to a draw shows how good a result this was, David McNaab and Luke Whyte scored their goals in what was a good all round team performance. Our under 15’s recorded an excellent 3-0 away win against Avonmore, Ciaran Coffey, Luca Rampersaud and an own goal accounted for their tally.
The club’s AGM will take place on Monday 24th of November 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 the club would like to congratulate our former striker Davy O’Sullivan who recently was awarded the honour of Airtricity League of Ireland division 1 player of the year. Davy has turned in excellent performances week in week out for his club Longford Town, while also hitting 21 goals which propelled them to the division 1 title and promotion to the League of Ireland premier division. Once again Davy well done, everyone at Wicklow Rovers is proud of your achievements.
Everyone at the club would like to wish Gail Dunne a speedy recovery from a recent illness, we all hope to see you out and about very soon, get well soon Gail.
Our Last Man Standing competition saw 25 casualties at the weekend, 7 people selected Man City and West Ham, 3 went with Arsenal, Tottenham and Hull with 2 going for Everton. This leaves the 38 people who selected Man Utd, Southampton [19], Swansea [1] and Newcastle [1] bringing the total to 59 moving on to week 4. The competition takes a break this weekend due to the international matches.
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 16th NOVEMBER 2014
The second team took on Kilnamanagh in the second round of the Leinster Junior cup on Saturday, the away side ply their trade two leagues above the lads so it was always going to be a tough game. This was a typical cup tie, all action, plenty of chances and biting challenges. It was the away side who got off to a dream start going 2-0 up by the midway point of the first half. The lads battled back when they reduced the deficit in the shape of a deflected goal. The second half saw the lads have most of the possession and they got their rewards when Cormac Byrne levelled matters with an excellent finish. Rovers piled forward in search of the winner creating chance after chance but luck was against them. The away side went in front against the run of play but to the lads credit they fought back again and it was Mark Delaney who sent the game to extra time when he scored Rovers third in the last minute. Extra time failed to separate the two teams and it went to the dreaded penalty shoot out which the lads unfortunately lost out by five penalties to four.
In junior action on Saturday the under 11B’s went down to a strong Rathnew team losing 14-1, the lads battled to the end with Jordan Younger scoring his fifth of the season. The 12A’s kept their hopes of the title alive with a comprehensive 10-3 win over Arklow Town, Fionn Luddy led the way when he hit a fantastic four goals, Max Kearney nabbed a brace with Sam Brown, Connor Lewins, Samuel Bishop and Ryan Kavanagh all registering singles. Our 13B’s recorded an excellent 6-3 win over Aughrim Rgrs, Ewan Dwyer smashed home a hat-trick, Charlie Christie scored his first of the campaign with Rhuain Doyle and Tom O’Shea also hitting the net. The 14A’s progressed to the second round of the combined cup with a comfortable second leg 7-0 win over Arklow Town B, Daniel Fitzsimons netted twice, with Dylan Frazer, Jack Colaluca, Tristan O’Toole, Ryan Corrigan and Conor Byrne to earn them an easy passage to the next round. All other games fell foul of the weather.
Everyone at the club would like to congratulate club member Brian O’Sullivan who recently was awarded a silver medal at the National Bravery Awards, Brian dived into the water in Wicklow harbour to come to the aid of a man who got into difficulty back in July 2013. At the time Brian who was just 15 years old noticed the man was struggling so he dived in to help him, when Brian got to him he was floating face down in the water but brave Brian manage to lift the distressed man’s head out of the water and hold on to him till assistance came his way. Once again Brian congratulations on your award, an award that was well deserved for an extradionary feat of bravery.  
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to wish Sandra Rampersaud a speedy recovery from a recent illness, we all hope your up and about very soon, get well soon Sandra.
The club’s AGM will take place on Monday 24th of November 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’s Last Man Standing competition resumes this weekend after the weeks break due to the international matches. There are 59 participants left in the competition going into week 4, everyone will have received the fixtures early in the week, if anyone is unsure of the teams they have already selected they can contact Jimmy Nolan at 087-9108706 for details or alternatively check out the Last Man Standing table on the club website [www.wicklowrovers.com], all team selections should be in by 7 pm Thursday night. Good luck to all remaining participants.
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 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 or the club facebook page.

WICKLOW ROVERS CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 23rd NOVEMBER 2014
The first team had a tough game in the second round of the Metropolitan cup at the weekend, when you want to test yourself against the best they don’t come any better than cup holders Tolka Rovers. Tolka also top the table in the top league of the intermediate section so they don’t come any bigger than that. The early exchanges were cagey by both sides with neither keeper been tested. The first period was even enough with the away team probably just about shading it. The holders went in front with a thunderous effort from a 35 yard free kick but the lads responded well and were on level terms four minutes later, Luke Byrne skipped past two players and crossed for Gareth Murphy to fire home. Arthur Delahunt made two fantastic saves just before the break to send the sides in all square at the break. Tolka went in front in the early part of the second half but credit has to go to the lads, they more than matched their higher ranked opponents and should have drawn level on a couple of occasions. In the dying minutes of the game the lads got caught on the break when Tolka earned a penalty, which was converted and then added a fourth in injury time which flattered the holders. The lads gave a good account of themselves and for most of the match they were more than a match for their opponents.
With no youths or senior games on Saturday due to waterlogged pitches, it was down to the juniors of the club to provide our Saturday football. Our under 8 white team played some great football against Newtown Juniors, the highlight was a fantastic hat-trick from Steven Kavanagh, Joe Culleton hit two while Ciaran Walton and Sonny McHale notched one each. The under 9 green team were involved in a tight tussle with St Anthonys yellow team with very little between the two teams. Josh Butler hit his fourth goal of the season in a good all round team performance. The 10B’s lost out 9-4 in an exciting encounter with near neighbours Rathnew, a lot of good football was provided by both sides, Tom Phelan nabbed two goals with Aaron Cavanagh and Matthew Porter scoring one a piece. Not to be out done by our 10B’s, the 11A’s also provided a thirteen goal thriller away to Arklow Utd, both Rovers and Arklow Utd kept their supporters on the edge of their seats right up till the end of the game. Arklow eventually won 7-6 in a thrill a minute match which was a good advert for football. Two goals each from Conor Hunter and Willoughby Woods and one each from Sean O’Meara and Callum Gibney were the Rovers scorers on the day. Our 12A’s had an excellent win over local rivals Rathnew winning 7-0, two goals from Connor Lewins and Samuel Bishop set them on their way, Max Kearney, Harry Hodgkinson and Fionn Luddy all added singles to earn three points to keep their title hopes on track. Our 12C’s came up against a very strong Coolboy team, even though the lads lost 8-0 they kept trying to play football and battled to the final whistle and with a bit of luck on their side they might have had a couple of goals of their own. The 13A’s lost 5-3 to Greystones Utd, Dylan Doyle, Paul Marah and Craig Anderson hit the Rovers goals in a game which showed a big improvement since they last met their opponents. The 13B’s earned a fantastic point away to Arklow Town, in a close game between two evenly matched sides a 2-2 draw seemed a fair result, Tom O’Shea and Charlie Christie plundered the Rovers goals in a good team performance.
On Sunday our under 10A’s went down narrowly on a 2-1 scoreline to Wolfe Tone A, in a tight game Charlie Phelan notched his sixth goal of the campaign. The 11B’s went down to a disappointing 3-0 home defeat to Greystones at the Whitegates. Our under 14A’s kept up their relentless pursuit of the premier title when they defeated Arklow Town 5-2, a brace from Daniel Fitzsimons to make it fifteen for the season, two from Conor Byrne to put him one behind Fitzsimons in the goalscorers table and a single from Jack Colaluca accounted for their tally to keep them on top of the pile.
Our Last Man Standing competition saw 11 casualties on Saturday, eleven people were on Stoke City who lost to Burnley to unfortunately exit the competition. Joining them through the exit doors were three more people who were on Liverpool on Sunday as they lost to Crystal Palace. Forty four people have made it through to week 5 with one more person going with Southampton on the Monday night which we didn’t have the result at the time of going to print. Please note anyone left in that makes it past next weekends fixtures will be required to select a team from a full set of fixtures on Tuesday/Wednesday the 2nd/3rd of December.  
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers would like to congratulate second team player Maurice Dunne and Tanya Neilan on the arrival of baby Eva, we would like to wish you all the best for the future. Rumour has it that grandad Johnny was spotted during the week showing his new grandaughter Eva how to cut the grass at the Whitegates. Once again congrats to Maurice and Tanya.

WICKLOW ROVERS CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 30th NOVEMBER 2014
The first team were the only senior team in the club in action at the weekend and they were involved in a six goal thriller away to St John Bosco on Saturday night, a brace from Peter Finnegan and a single from Luke Byrne earned a share of the spoils between two teams that are on the fringe of the promotion spots. Rovers have now drawn four of their last five league games and really need to start picking up wins to force their way into promotion contention.
Saturday’s junior action saw our under 8 green team play Rathnew green’s in a very even tussle, both teams produced some excellent football. The under 9 green team took on Arklow Town black team in what was a very closely fought game with very little between the two teams, George O’Neill was on the score sheet for Rovers. The 10A’s got back to winning ways with goals from Evan Burke and an own goal to secure all three points in a 2-0 win over St Anthonys, a special mention has to be given to Rory Hennessey who pulled off an excellent save which changed the course of the game in his team’s favour in what was a good all round team performance. Our 10B’s went down 4-1 to Coolboy Rgrs with Aaron Cavanagh scoring his third of the campaign. The 11A’s recorded a good 5-2 win over neighbours Rathnew, both Callum Gibney and Conor Hunter hit two each with Mark Hodgkinson netting one. The 12A’s kept their excellent winning run going when they hit St Anthonys for eight, a splendid hat-trick from Max Kearney, a brace a piece from Fionn Luddy and Connor Lewins and a single from Adam O’Reilly helped them to an 8-0 victory and keeps them well in the mix for the title. The 13B’s came up against a very strong Newtown Juniors side losing 8-0 but to their credit they battled to the end. The 14A’s are another team who are in the hunt for a premier title and they cemented their place at the top of the pile when they comprehensively defeated Avonmore 11-2. The highlight of the game was to see Rovers two leading goalscorers Daniel Fitzsimons and Conor Byrne smash home four goals each to make it 19 and 18 respectively for the season. Tristan O’Toole helped himself to a brace with Jack Colaluca nabbing one goal.
Sunday saw the under 8 white team play away to Arklow Town, after an excellent performance by both sides Rovers were rewarded with goals from Sean Patrick Guerin, Cillian Czwalina and Colin Lezley. The 9 white team put in a fine display away to Greystones Utd, Ben Lyons scored two goals. The 11B’s lost 4-2 to Coolboy with Charlie Phelan and Liam Nicholson scoring the goals. Our 12B’s had a good 7-0 win in a local derby against Wicklow Town, Noah Sheridan and Luke Long hit two each, Ben Free, Conor Leonard and Kieran Fitzpatrick nabbed one each. Our 13A’s went down 3-1 away to Arklow Town, Nathan Sullivan scoring their goal. Ryan Murphy hit the goal for the 14B’s in their 3-1 defeat to Wolfe Tone. The 15A’s kept their title challenge on track with a fine 6-1 win over St Anthonys, Luca Rampersaud plundered an excellent hat-trick, two from Paul King and one from Stephen Finlay made up the total.
The club would like to thank everyone who attended our AGM recently, it was nice to see the people turn out showing an interest in their club. There were some very positive suggestions from the people in attendance on how to progress our club forward going into the future. It has to be said that the committee thought it was one of our more productive AGM’s for many a year with people suggesting ideas for fundraising, sponsorship and a plan to obtain a defibrillator. Also we had people expressing an interest in helping the club out in some capacity. Over the coming weeks we hope to put some of the ideas into operation in order to help our club prosper going forward. Once again thanks to all who attended our AGM.
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. 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.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Tommy Keogh who sadly passed away recently, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time, may he rest in peace.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 7th DECEMBER 2014
The first team recorded a convincing 5-1 home win over Confey FC on Sunday, they got off to a nightmare start when the visitors went one up from the penalty spot after only two minutes. The lads showed great character as they drew level with a Chris Burgess goal to send the teams in all square at the break in what was a fairly even half. Rovers stepped up the pace in the second period, two more goals from Chris Burgess to complete his hat-trick and one each from Gareth Murphy and a fine solo effort from Luke Byrne accounted for their total to push them up the table and onto the fringes of the promotion spots.
The second team had a bad day at the office on Saturday, Swords Celtic were the visitors to the Whitegates and they travelled back to north Dublin with all three points in the bag after a comprehensive 4-0 win. In what was a disappointing performance only Shane Morley played anywhere near their normal standard.
Our under 17’s made the trip to Arklow to take on league leaders Arklow United and returned home with a share of the spoils in what was an excellent all round team performance. Adam Browne and Hugh Humby from the penalty spot were the Rovers goalscorers on the day and if they had converted the numerous chances they created they could have won all three points.
In junior action on Saturday the under 10A’s drew 2-2 away to Greystones Utd, Charlie Phelan scored his seventh of the season with Paddy Saville getting his first. The 12B’s kept their unbeaten start to the season intact with a fine 4-2 win over Coolboy Rgrs. A brace from top scorer Conor Leonard and one a piece from Ben Free and Scott Bushe was enough to earn all three points. The 13A’s game with Roundwood ended all square at 1-1, Cian Ward notched his fourth of the campaign.
On Sunday the under 9 green team played Greystones Utd white team in a game that saw some good football played by both teams. The 10B’s went in front against Greystones Utd with a goal from Tom Phelan but they unfortunately conceded two late goals to lose out 2-1. Our 11A’s were involved in a thrilling end to end game with Arklow Town, a goal a piece from Willoughby Woods and Jack Ryan saw them earn a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw. The 13B’ s lost 6-1 away to Aughrim Rangers with Tom O’Shea scoring their goal. The under 14 girls had an excellent 3-1 win away to Malahide Utd, two from Niamh Caffrey and one from Grace Hurley secured them an excellent victory. The 14B’s lost 5-2 to Enniskerry FC, David McNabb’s fourth of the season and Ryan Murphy’s second of the campaign were their scorers. The under 15’s made it six wins from six in the league with a 7-1 victory over Greystones Utd, a brace each from Luca Rampersaud, Stuart Cox and James Lang and a single from Paul King saw them maintain their one hundred percent record in the league.  
The club are holding their last and final registration night for club membership this Wednesday the 10 th of December in the clubhouse at the Whitegates from 7 pm to 9 pm. The club encourage all members with outstanding fees to attend this registration night. As I’m sure you all can appreciate the hard work and the amount of time committee members are putting in trying to gather in membership fees considering six nights have been held since early October to now. It is very important for the running of the club to get in all membership fees so after Wednesday anyone with outstanding fees will be contacted by the club regarding the payment of their fees.
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. 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.
This Saturday a special visitor is coming to meet the kids in our Saturday morning academy, Santa is coming to visit the kids so anyone who has taken part in our academy through out the year is welcome to come along and meet the great man. The academy runs from 11 till 12 in the Whitegates.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathy to Boodhan Rampersaud and his family on their recent family bereavement, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.

WICKLOW ROVERS  CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 14th DECEMBER 2014
On the senior front the first team had no game at the weekend, our second team travelled the short distance to Greystones to take on Greystones United in a local derby in Leinster Senior terms. The lads gained three valuable points in a 4-1 win. Leading scorer Maurice Dunne hit a brace to make it sixteen for the campaign, Mark Delaney and Luke Byrne scored one a piece to get their promotion challenge back on track.
The under 17’s recorded an excellent 4-0 win over local neighbours Wicklow Town at the Whitegates, Fionn Nother nabbed two, a first of the season from Kevin O’Halloran and an own goal accounted for their four goals and into the bargin keeps them on the shirt tails of league leaders Arklow United.
Only two junior games were up for decision on Saturday, the under 12B’s came home from Roundwood with all three points with a fantastic 5-3 win in a thriller. Two goals each from Ben Free and Scott Bushe and one from Lee Hamilton makes sure the lads maintain their unbeaten start to the league. The 13B’s went down 2-0 to Greystones Utd in what was an even encounter which the lads were very unlucky not to get something from.
A bit more action on Sunday, the under 8 white came up against a strong Coolboy Rgrs team, after a tough game the lads can hold their heads held high as they battled right to the very end. The 9 white team didn’t reach their normal standards but they also gave one hundred percent effort in their game against Greystones Utd, Eoin Kennedy was on the score sheet. Our 10A’s were involved in a seven goal thriller with Arklow Town A but unfortunately the lads came out the wrong side of a 4-3 scoreline. Steven Gormley notched his first of the season, Cole Byrne and Sam Culleton nabbed one a piece to bring both their totals to four for the campaign. The 12A’s suffered a disappointing 3-0 defeat away to Arklow Town A in their top of the table clash while the 12C’s lost 8-0 to a strong Greystones Utd side. The 13A’s gained an excellent point in a 1-1 draw with Arklow Town A, Paul Marah found the net for Rovers to make it eleven for the season. Ryan Murphy scored two for the under 14B’s to make it four goals in three games as his team went down 3-2 to Arklow Town in what was an exciting tussle between two evenly matched sides.
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 20th of December in Ernies, many thanks for your continuous support and the best of luck in the draw.
At the time of going to print one of our five remaining participants in Last Man Standing competition was waiting on Everton on Monday night to scoop the €500 prize, it was straight forward, if Everton won the €500 was his. This was due to two people on Southampton and two on West Ham on Saturday been eliminated as both teams failed to win, if Everton didn’t win the prize fund would be divided between the last five people who were left standing.
Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to congratulate second team player Ciaran McGettigan on his achievement of winning the county minor footballer of the year award, an award well deserved to a dedicated athlete. Well done Ciaran.
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. 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.

WICKLOW ROVERS AFC CLUB NOTES WEEK ENDING 21st DECEMBER 2014
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. 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.
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. 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.
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.
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 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
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 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
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 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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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 ou