CLUB CALL

CLONARD BADMINTON

The knockout singles competition for the boys took place on Thursday last.

Adam Molloy came out on top with a narrow victory over Brian Mitchell. The bronze medal was played for by the defeated semi-finalists. Caolan Hartigan had a good win over the enthusiastic Tiernan Carr. Future competitions will be graded by age as well as skill.

Membership fees are beginning to be delivered to Treasurer Kevin Tierney and are a great benefit to the club's cash flow situation. Juvenile membership will be closed when aproximately 20 youthful players have declared their intentions.

WANDERERS RUGBY

Wexford Wanderers seconds side had their first Leinster League Division 2B outing of the season at a rain-soaked Athy on Sunday last. While the conditions were far from ideal, the Wanderers side showed great strength to hold out against the early onslaught from last year's league winners.

In the opening exchanges some heroic defending prevented an early Athy score and the game settled into a typical start of league contest. The first score of the contest came from an Athy attack which managed to out-flank the Wanderers defence for an unconverted try.

Some minutes later Wanderers conceded a penalty which the home side converted to lead by 8-0 at the break. At the break Wanderers identified the weakness in the Athy gameplan and held the home side scoreless for almost the entire second-half.

Midway through the half at a ruck the home side conceded a penalty which out-half Brennan slotted over to reduce the margin to 8-3 and to give hope to Wanderers. However, try as they might Wanderers were unable to break the Athy line and spent most of the half defending a constant assault from the home side.

However, constant defending can only last so long and in the final phase of the play the home side managed to create an overlap and move the ball back inside in order to score a converted try beside the posts to win 15-3.

The positive this Wanderers side can take from this contest was the superb defending which prevented Athy from scoring for a long period of the game. In the line-out debutant Kelly managed to steal numerous Athy line-outs which allowed Wanderers backs to come into the game, and captain Stewart along with Mark Rowe were unforgiving at the breakdown, fighting for every ball.

Team: Dermot Graham, Paddy Foley, Adam Cheevers, Keith Cullen, John Kelly, Mark Rowe, Aidan Stewart (capt.), Justin Carroll, Kevin Roche, Stewart Brennan, John Healy, Noel Richards, Mark Doyle, Shane Byrne, Thomas Coleman.

Wanderers firsts are in action on Sunday next away to bottom of the table Midland Warriors in Moate, while the next outing for the seconds side is on Saturday against North Kildare at Park Lane.

Please remember to check out the club website - www.wexfordwanderersrfc.com - or the club Facebook page - Wexford Wanderers RFC - in the event of changes to the fixtures.

As announced last week, Wexford Wanderers R.F.C. will be looking for items of clothing and books for recycling this Saturday as part of a new fundraising initiative at the Park Lane club. In an event dubbed 'Scrap Saturday', the club will be looking for good quality footwear, clothes, belts and books. Unfortunately we cannot accept magazines, curtains, duvets, bed covers etc.

The proceeds of the event will go towards providing funds for the development of the club's facilities. For further details check out the club website - www.wexfordwanderersrfc.com - or the club Facebook page.

WEXFORD HOCKEY

Sunday last saw a double-header of Wexford taking on Kilkenny. Wexford firsts got proceedings under way with a hard-fought game against Kilkenny firsts, with neither side giving an inch.

The Wexford defence remained solid throughout, with goalie Suzanne Farrell coming to the rescue with some excellent saves. At half-time there was nothing between the sides, but Wexford picked up the pace in the second-half with Muireann McCarthy unlucky not to score.

The midfield worked tirelessly throughout and eventually, much to the relief of the Wexford team, they grabbed a late goal with Miriam Lambert slotting home after a goalmouth scramble. Wexford held on for the remainder of the game and ran out 1-0 winners.

The second game saw Wexford seconds take on Kilkenny seconds. This game was equally as intense as the first with both sides displaying some excellent hockey. It was the turn of the new Wexford young guns to show off their talents with some impressive defensive play from Aoife Daly, while Aoife Coleman, Molly O'Driscoll and Hannah Frankis excelled at midfield. Wexford were unlucky not to score with Orla Joyce and Sarah Berney coming close on several occasions. The game ended in a 0-0 draw.

Sunday next, October 21, sees both Wexford teams travel to Wicklow town to take on Gorey in the next round of the league. The first game is at 10.30 a.m., and supporters are welcome.

Training continues every Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. in Enniscorthy Astro Centre.

WANDERERS CRICKET

Wexford Wanderers Cricket Club celebrated their annual dinner at the Talbot Hotel on Saturday last. Chairman Steve Hadley commented on an unusual season with the first team suffering relegation and the second eleven enjoying promotion. He wished next year's team captains, Alan Murphy and Steve Wood, all the best and said he was very pleased with the youth development currently ongoing at the club.

Aidan Seaver won the much-coveted Wanderer of the Year award. It was a well-deserved honour for Aidan who in addition to his captaincy demands, also worked diligently in the important role of groundsman. Aidan also found time to pass his umpiring exams and his expertise in this area has been well noted by the Leinster Branch officials. Next year Aidan will umpire at Senior level and all his clubmates would like to wish him well in this new exciting role.

The award for leading run scorer on the firsts was won by Alan Murphy, with Eugene Brennan winning the leading wicket-taker award. Similar awards for the seconds were won by Sudath Peiris and Tim Monahan.

All in all a very enjoyable night was had by all and a big thank you is due to the management and staff of the Talbot Hotel for looking after us all so well.

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