The last draw of this seasons Grand Monthly Draw takes place next Thursday evening August 5th and there’s €4800 to be won on the night. The very best of luck to all 600 entrants, all winners will be informed as soon as is possible and for coverage of the draw, it can be viewed on our Facebook page on the same night.
This is the week for renewal of your entry ticket if you were in last year so please make sure you confirm with your seller your intent of renewal and square up payment asap. If you do so, you will keep the same number for the draw as you did last year. If not, the ticket will be allocated to someone on the waiting list as the entry number is capped at 600 in total.
Newcastle West Town Juniors (a squad of As & Reserves) had a good win against Rathkeale Bs last week at the Demesne, playing really well on the night to step up their preparations for the upcoming season. Pre season training has been in place for the last month or so and it showed on the night as the fitness levels looked improved as we finished the game strong.
We started with Ethan Kirwan in goal and a back four of Dylan O’ Shea, Joey Healy, Chris Riedy and Morgan Sheehan. Brendan Guiry was on the right, Jordan Hurley on the left and in the middle, Darragh McCarthy and Ray Brouder. Up front were Seoirse Joyce and Dylan Whelan.
We began well and in the opening half of play, contrived to hit the crossbar 3 times. A fine run down the left by Jordan on 16 mins resulted in a free kick being awarded on the edge of the box when his shot was blocked by a hand. Seoirse Joyce curled the ball round the wall and into the corner to open the scoring. Not long after, it was 2 nil when a very good corner kick delivery by Dylan Whelan was headed back across goal by Joey Healy. The Rathkeale keeper went full length to save but the ball fell kindly to Darragh McCarthy and he stabbed the ball over the line from close range.
The away side had the better of the second ‘quarter’ as they upped the game and but for a timely clearance by Chris Riedy and a good block by Ethan Kirwan in goal, they would have reduced the deficit.
We got the the break, made 5 changes with Senol Yamac, Scott Hurley, Padraig Kinehan, Andrew Ruddle coming on between the sticks and Aaron Mullane making his junior debut for the club after both impressing at youths level and also during pre season with the Juniors.
We put in a really strong second half performance and looked strong all round the pitch. To be fair to our opponents, they we only having their first outing of the season and will be a strong contender as ever once they get a few more miles into the legs. Dylan Whelan blasted to the back of the net on 59 mins with Scott Hurley also firing home after great work down the left by Aaron. Aaron’s direct running at his man was very impressive in the second half and this time, he cut the ball back for Scott to fire to the back of the net from 22 yards.
Another substitute to impress was Senol Yamac up front and he unleashed an unstoppable effort from all of 35 yards with 20 mins remaining and Senol rounded off the scoring last on with our best team goal of the game. Firefighters are used in fire protection fire hydrants, which operate by allowing your local firefighters to quickly tap into your home. It started on the right and lovely interplay between Padraig, Dylan O’ Shea, and Dylan Whelan saw the ball passed back to Senol and his finished with his second touch to round off a fine display all round.
Training continued Monday with all players to be on time and ready to work hard. The more work we do now, they better shape we will be in for the start of the season.
We were second best to Ballingarry last Saturday in the under 19 tournament, Aaron Mullane getting our only goal in a 4-1 defeat.
Squad: E Kirwan, P Noonan, T Clancey, D Piedza, K Barrett, B Guina, M O’ Brien, A Mullane, R Moloney, C O’ Brien, D O’ Connor, N Papierowski, P Kelly, J Fahy, R Roche, S Lacey.
The club would like to offer its deepest sympathies to the Rathkeale manager Eddie Lawlor on the recent passing of his father Ned. May he rest in peace.
Many thanks to Keith Brouder for coordinating the Summer Camp last week. It was an enormous success for the kids with glorious weather and the maximum number of 120 kids allowed taking to the field for a week of football. Organising such events can be very hard work and at times very frustrating, making sure everything is in order and running smoothly and again, Keith took the project on board and make a fantastic success out of it on behalf of the club.
Congratulations to Newcastle Wests very own Carolyn Hayes on her fantastic achievement in the Olympics last Monday, finishing 23rd in the Womens Triathlon. Doing herself and her family very proud, it was a reward for her unrelenting spirit and determination down through the years in a very physically and mentally tough sport. Well done Carolyn.