Commiserations to under 13 GCA coach Paddy Dalton and the Wicklow footballers who unfortunately were defeated by Meath over the weekend.
We conducted a question and answers session with Dean Healy and John McGrath last week and the interesting results are available on our website at gardencountyacademy.com
The U13’s had 19 players training on Saturday morning. The players put in a very focussed and high energy session particularly in the game. Coaches concentrated on kicking with both left and right foot and as always encouraged to the players to practice for a few minutes everyday at home. There is no training for this age group on Saturday 20th June. In July we are scheduled to train on the 4th and 25th, and management are currently trying to arrange some matches during July. It would be great to see the numbers pick up in July and everyone involved at Club Level is asked to encourage all players born in 2002 to attend. Best of luck to all GCA players who will be taking part in the upcoming Feile. Eoin Phibbs Manager, 0868282033.
The lads are travelling to Carlow IT on Thursday for a fitness assessment and we will have a break for the next couple of weeks to allow the clubs to prepare for the feile at the end of the month. We will be back in action on the 4th of July with a blitz. Best of luck to all the lads that will be participating in the upcoming Feile.
Our under 16’s are busy preparing for the upcoming Gerry Reilly tournament in Oldcastle. The squad have been together since February and have been through numerous training sessions and challenge games. We have been drawn with Meath, Cavan and Monaghan in our group and it kicks off against the home side on the 28th June. We would welcome all support for this team who have been putting in a fantastic effort this year. With the squad last week, we ran the roost with manager Martin Ging on our website and the full profile on Martin is on gardencountyacademy.com and well worth a read.
On Saturday 13th June we travelled to Louth’s centre of excellence in Darver. This was also a re-match of last year’s Gerry Reilly Plate final so it was always going to be competitive. The early exchanges were even, with a cross field wind making scoring difficult. Despite only recently reforming as a squad, the team-work and understanding between the Wicklow players was very evident and improved throughout the game. A series of quick passes and decisive runs opened up the Louth defence, for three goals in rapid succession. The Garden County took a comfortable ten point lead into half time.
Louth were always going to strike back and Wicklow wished to ensure that all uninjured players got some match time. However, it was notably how well the defence coped with the Louth attacked and how easily the introduced players slotted into the overall team plan. Wicklow ran out deservingwinners with a score-line of 4-11 to 1-11.