Arklow St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Congratulations to Jimmy Dunne on leading out this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade as Grand Marshal. Well done to all AGB players, AGB Féile teams, Scór members, parents and supporters who took part in the parade. The Arklow Geraldines Ballymoney float won the ‘Best Cultural and Irish traditional float’ and will receive the trophy in the Bridge Hotel on Thursday night, the 26th of March.
Academy (U6 boys and girls) started back on Saturday 21st March from 11.15 to 12.15 on the Astroturf in Pearse Park. Training for AGB U8 boys also started back on Saturday the 21st March. Training is on Saturdays from 11.15am-12.15pm on the Training pitch in Pearse Park. AGB U8 girls are starting back on April 11th at 11.15am on the Juvenile Pitch in Pearse Park. Other training times posted in AGB Facebook groups and on ‘AGB PRO’ Facebook page. New members always welcome.
Best of luck to the AGB Scór Sinsear Ballad Group of Sean O’Conchuir, Geraldine Hamilton, Kathryn Noone and Mary Graham, who will travel to Ballymore, Co. Westmeath to compete in the Leinster finals of the Sinsear competition on Sunday March 29th at 3pm.
Upcoming Fixtures: Intermediate Men: AGB v St. Pats – Sat 28th March (Away). Other fixtures will be posted on Facebook pages.
AGB kicked off the Junior League with a home game against Tinahely Junior Ladies. Sarah Kendrick, Vicky O’Brien, and Róisín O’Reilly were all on target for AGB, helped by the welcome return of Aisling Appleby to the Arklow forward line. Marsha McKay stepped into the goal in place of the regular keeper and had a fine save towards the end of the half. In the second half Tinahely had the upper hand scoring 2-3 for the half despite the valiant efforts of Becky Condren in the goal for this period. Final score: AGB 1-7 Tinahely 2-6. This was a fast and sporting contest and sets the scene for an interesting Junior Ladies season ahead.
AGB Senior Ladies took on Tinahely in Tinahely on St. Patrick’s Day in round 2 of the Combined Cup. This was a one-sided affair with a full strength Tinahely dominating an AGB side introducing their up and coming youngsters to ladies football at its best in county Wicklow. This was a baptism of fire for the newcomers to AGB as they were given a serious lesson in what is involved in senior ladies football. The game was played in good spirit by both sides and to be fair to AGB they battled it out to the bitter end. Final score: AGB 1-2 Tinahely 2-16
A very lively Bray team really put it up to AGB Senior Ladies in the opening game of the Senior League and led by three points at the break on a score line of 1-4 to 1-1. Great defending from Rachel Byrne, Annie Conroy and Kayleigh Carter limited the damage and AGB had a chance to regroup at the break. The introduction of Jessie McElheron impacted immediately in the second half and resulted in a goal from Áine O’Reilly in the opening minute which settled the Arklow side. Bray were not for giving up and the game ended in a hard-won victory for AGB on a score line of 4-4 to 2-7.
Wicklow Minor Ladies
Annie Conroy represented the club in a cracker of a minor challenge against Kildare champions, Sarsfields, on the 21st March, where she lined out with Bray’s Alanna Conroy in the backline for Wicklow. The Wicklow girls fought a brave battle, in what was possibly their best team performance to date, against a very strong Kildare side. However Sarsfields won out on the day on a score line of 5-8 to 6-9. The county minors take on Louth, away, on Saturday 28th March in their final game of the 2015 Championship opening rounds.
Tickets are now available for the Easter Raffle. Please request from any Committee member or pick up at training.
AGB Club gear is available at great prices. Some lovely new gear included for 2015. Check out AGB Facebook page for pictures. Contact Kerry on 087 3287881 to order.
Please send club notes to [email protected] or [email protected]. You can contact the AGB PRO at above email, Facebook (‘Arklow Geraldines Ballymoney GAA Club’ or ‘AGB Ladies’) or Twitter (@AGBArklow).