Football Young Whistlers Trained up and Ready to go!
Cumann na mBunscol Wicklow held a Young Whistlers referee course for Gaelic football in the North East of the county on Wednesday September 27th in Kilcoole Primary School. This course has grown from strength to strength over the last number of years from 12 to 26 participants. There was a wide representation across the district, with thirteen different schools represented on the day. The participants were made up of mature, responsible 5th/6th class boys and girls who share a passion for Gaelic football and are interested in learning more about refereeing.
The coaching session was led by North East GDA (Games Development Administrator) Garrett Doyle, who engaged the group in discussion about the basic rules of the game and how best to communicate those rules to players, coaches and spectators alike. The course content covered topics such as: Motivation to be a referee, Knowledge of rules, Problem scenarios and Communication styles. The children worked very well together in group and pair work and showed a high level of engagement and enthusiasm throughout. It is heartening to see the next generation of young whistlers begin their refereeing journey, as without referees, we have no game. Thank you to all the boys and girls who volunteered and we look forward to seeing you refereeing your local Gaelic football games in the future!
Course participants: Jack Coughlan, Jack McCloy, Molly Bates (Nuns Cross NS), Sean Levins, Orla Meehan (Kilmacanogue NS), Zach Hollingsworth, Saorla Ní Artlaigh (Gaeilscoil Chill Mhantáin), Eva Power (St. Coen’s, Rathnew), Chloe Doyle, Mila Dowling (Greystones ETNS), Rafa Toolin, Fiona Marschner (Greystones CNS), Blaithín Keating, Evan Hatton (Kilcoole PS), Ciarán Ó’ Rodáin, Róisínn Ní Annaidh (Scoil Chualann, Bray), John Hogan, Zac Brien, Jack Taylor (St. Cronan’s, Bray), Tommy Ryan, Aoife Elliot (Newtown PS), Amber Boden (St. Brigid’s, Greystones), Hayley Carraher, Max Heatly (Roundwood NS), Henry Doyle and Clodagh Phelan (St. Saviour’s, Rathdrum).
North-East Wicklow Fixtures – Term 1
Allianz Camogie League Day on the 5th October
A Camogie League Day (no age limit) will take place on Thursday 5th October in Bray Emmets GAA Club. Please note an earlier start time for the Blitz this year – 10:30am. We kindly ask schools to arrive 15 minutes earlier in order to start the Blitz at 10:30am. Matches will be 9 a-side.
Date: Thursday 5th October.
Location: Bray Emmets GAA Club.
****IMPORTANT – HURLEYS SHOULD HAVE NO METAL BANDS****
No player can participate in the camogie matches if using a metal band on their hurley. All metal bands MUST be taped over. School mentors are asked to check if hurleys are clear of metal bands (or are taped) before the blitz starts.
Please let Clíona/Jennifer know via email/WhatsApp (087 6627223) by Tuesday 3rd October if your school will be in attendance and, if so, how many teams you will be sending.
Please note Cumann na mBunscol blitzes are all teacher-led events – team mentors must make themselves available to referee games. We also ask all schools to assist with tidying up pitches at the end of the blitz i.e., goals moved to sidelines, poles & cones collected and returned to container by astro.
Schools must be registered with Cumann na mBunscol to participate in CMB activities.
Boys’ Allianz Hurling Blitz Day
Thursday 12th October at 10:30am in Bray GAA grounds. Nine-a-side and no age limit.
Allianz Girls’ Football Participation Day (3rd and 4th Class Girls Football)
Thursday 19th October at 10:30am in Bray GAA grounds – Girls’ football blitz, nine-a-side and no age limit. Points only. Young Whistlers can be used.
Allianz Football Participation Day (3rd and 4th Class Boys)
26th October at 10:30am in Bray GAA grounds. Boys’ football blitz, nine-a-side and no age limit. Points only. Young Whistlers can be used.
Hurling Young Whistlers Course
North East – Wednesday 8th November in Kilcoole Primary School at 3.30 p.m.
South – TBC
West – Wednesday 15th November, venue to be confirmed
Allianz Tráth na gCeist
Thursday 9th November at 7.30 p.m. in Lynhams, Laragh
*5th and 6th Class Boys Football Blitz had to be cancelled due to weather conditions but will be rescheduled when pitch availability is known.
South Wicklow Fixtures – Term 1
Focus on participation-based games
5th and 6th Class Boys Football Blitz in Aughrim
Please fill out the form below to register your interest in your school participating in the boys football blitz planned for 5th October 2023 in Aughrim. This will be a 7 aside blitz with unlimited subs. Players will be permitted two plays (one hop and one solo or two solos). Smaller schools will be allowed to use 4th class students to make up numbers. Smaller schools may also decide to group together with other small schools to field a team. Please register teams by 5pm Monday evening, 2nd October.
Allianz Camogie 5th and 6th Class Girls – Indoor Thursday 12th October at 10:30am in Aughrim Community Hall. 7-a-side.
Allianz Hurling 5th and 6th Class Boys – Indoor Thursday 19th October – at 10:30am in Aughrim Community Hall. 7-a-side.
Allianz 1st and 2nd Class Girls Football – Indoor Thursday 16th November at 10:30am in Aughrim Community Hall. 9-a-side.
Allianz 1st and 2nd Class Boys Football – Indoor Thursday 23rd November at 10:30am in Aughrim Community Hall. 9-a-side.
Allianz Tráth na gCeist Thursday 9th November at 7.30pm in Lynham’s, Laragh
West Wicklow Fixtures – Term 1
Thursday 5th October Mixed 3rd/4th Hurling 9 aside Blessington (Boys&Girls)
Thursday 12th October Girls’ 5th/6th Football 11 aside Hollywood
Friday 19th October Boys’ 5th/6th Football 11 aside Baltinglass
Thurs 9th November Mixed 5th/6th Hurling 9 aside Kiltegan (Boys&Girls)
Friday 23rd November Boys’ 3rd/4th Football 9 aside Dunlavin
Friday 30th November Girls’ 3rd/4th Football 9 aside Baltinglass
Please contact Cormac Noone for football (086 7013403) or Conor Day (086 0442762) for hurling to confirm if you will be taking part.
Please note: Each blitz is scheduled to have an 11am throw-in. Blitzes would generally be finished by 12.30pm. Number of players on a team can be slightly altered to accommodate different schools. Size of school will be factored in on the fixtures as much as possible for fairness. Blitzes will remain as participation games.
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