Wexford Swimming: The Leinster Graded Gala was held in the National Aquatic Centre in Blanchardstown, and eight Wexford swimmers travelled to compete in it.
Helen Barry had a great day, getting P.B's in most of her events. She achieved Grade 7 times in the 50m free, 50m back and 100m I.M., Grade 6 in the 100m free, and also won a bronze medal in the 50m fly, Grade 8.
Sophie Mahon got her Grade 7 times in 50m back, 50m and 100m breast, and also got Grade 6 times in 50m and 100m free. Ana Bates got Grade 5 time in 100m breast and Grade 3 times in 100m free and 100m I.M.
Emmet Cousins came home with a gold medal in 100m back Grade 8 and silver in 100m free Grade 8, and also got his Grade 7 time in 50m back. Paddy Bramley achieved Grade 7 times in 50m fly, 100m free and 100m I.M., and Grade 6 time in 50m free.
Dillon Cousins got Grade 7 times in 50m fly and 100m breast, and Grade 6 times in 50m back, 100m free and 100m back. Seán Reck got Grade 6 times in 50m back and 50m breast which earned him a silver medal, Grade 5 times in 50m fly and 100m back, and Grade 4 times in 50m and 100m free and 100m I.M.
Niall Reck won five medals in total: gold in 100m breast Grade 4 and 100m I.M. Grade 3, silver in 50m back Grade 3 and 50m breast Grade 4, and also a bronze medal in 100m back Grade 3. He also achieved Grade 2 times in 50m and 100m free, and Grade 1 time in 50m fly.
The following weekend saw the Leinster winter championships take place. Swimmers had to have qualifying times for each individual event to compete, and eight travelled to Dublin for the event.
Georgina Steel swam in 200m free, 100 back, 50 free and 100m I.M. and matched her previous times. Egle Matuzaite swam in 200m free and 100m back and was also very close to her times.
Olivia Middleton had a great race in 200m free and took four seconds off her time, and went on to take 3.2 seconds off her 100m I.M. time.
ST. KILLIAN'S A.C.
Some say cross-country running is the purest form of running. Whilst that may be questionable, in Santry on Saturday it could have been described as the toughest.
The Dublin venue hosted the annual Five Nations Masters international cross-country championships. The conditions were as tough as it gets but it not deter Niall Sheil of St. Killian's and his team-mates who did enough to secure the gold.
Niall, who secured his Irish team selection a number of weeks ago, had a great race. His tactics worked well, coming through the field in the second half, and along with his team-mates held off the challenge of England in second and Scotland in third.
This is the culmination of a busy and successful year for Niall who had plenty of variety racing on the roads, track and now cross-country. The next focus will be the county Senior cross-country championships on December 13 in the Wexford racecourse.
Wexford firsts took on Belvedere from Cork in round one of the Irish Hockey Challenge in Enniscorthy last weekend.
Wexford started the stronger and pressed the Belvedere defence in the early exchanges. Wexford won a short corner in the sixth minute, and after a double save from shots by Miriam Lambert, Ciara O'Leary was on hand to get the ball past the Belvedere goal-line.
Following the goal, Belvedere upped the pressure and in the 25th minute they were duly rewarded with a goal.
Both teams pressed hard for the next score and in the 30th minute an inch-perfect pass from Miriam Lambert found Miriam Joyce who slotted the ball past the Belvedere 'keeper. The first-half played out 2-1 in favour of the home side.
The second-half saw both teams continue to play with skill and pace. In the 47th minute Wexford were awarded a short corner which Miriam Joyce converted.
Belvedere continued to pressurise the Wexford defence and were awarded a number of short corners, only to be denied repeatedly by the resilient Wexford defence.
The Wexford midfield worked tirelessly throughout and in the 62nd minute Ruth Bowe and Lisa Barry exchanged passes before Ruth passed the ball to Ciara O'Leary who scored Wexford's fourth goal.
The game ended on an impressive scoreline of 4-1 to Wexford. Wexford would like to thank Paul Martin for umpiring and all those who came along to cheer us on.
Wexford now face N.U.I. (Galway) on Saturday, December 5, in Galway. Please follow Wexford's progress on their Facebook page.
Team: Deirdre Colfer, Sinéad Dempsey, Joanne Grant, Therese Finan, Leonie Grant, Miriam Joyce, Ciara O'Leary, Muireann McCarthy, Sharon Kenny, Miriam Lambert, Lisa Barry, Ruth Bowe, Marie Clare Morrissey. Coach: Donal.
Well done to all our athletes who ran the first round of the winter league. Conditions were challenging in Enniscorthy with a stiff wind but luckily the rain held off.
The Under-8 girls were first off with Millie Stone in 13th, Saidbh Mulcahy 15th and Toni Carey 16th.
We had a big pack of Under-8 boys with fine runs from Alex Norval in seventh, Harry Purcell tenth, Conor Corbett eleventh, Ronan Corkery 12th, Jack McCormack 13th, Ziggy Rossiter 16th and Jack Cullen 18th.
In the Under-9 race, Lucia Goggins put in a huge sprint finish to take third place followed by Sophie Roche in ninth.
Our Under-9 boys did very well also with Liam Donohoe eleventh, Callum Doran 13th, Eoin Dwyer 15th and Luke Mulvaney 16th.
Cliona Kearney had a fine run to finish second in the Under-10 girls, followed by Angeleena Juddimon in 14th and Clarissa O'Connor 15th. Their training partner, Niamh Murphy, was first. Lee Carthy had a good tenth place in the Under-10 boys with Conal Dwyer clipping his heels in eleventh.
Sinéad O'Reilly continued her good form with fourth place in the Under-11 race, with Ailbhe White in sixth place in a very competitive race. Cara Corkery was 14th and Faith Doyle 18th. Mark Hennessy ran strongly to finish fifth in the Under-12 boys, with Sam Norval finishing ninth.
In the girls' Under-12 race, Eimear Halpin looked composed, taking second place and backed up really well by Emma O'Leary in eighth, Anoushka Nolan eleventh, Ava Kearney 12th, Triini Jurisoo 13th, Laragh Frawley 14th and Megan Ryan 15th.
Danika Gilshinan had a comfortable win in the Under-13 girls with a good, solid run from Ciara Dolan in eighth. Nathan Murphy was seventh in the boys.
Róisín O'Reilly also had a good win in the Under-14 girls, with excellent runs from the sprint group of Liadh Dwyer in seventh, Susie Brennan eighth and April Keeling tenth.
John Hennessy was also in good form, finishing fifth in the boys Under-14, with a good performance from the hard-working Adam Leahy in ninth. Tiana Smith placed well in the Under-15 girls in seventh.
The Dash for Defib Sunday morning saw a few out running the 5k in blustery conditions. First home in the black and red was Mary Gaynor in 24.31, followed home by Helen Sinnott in 25.39, Paul Dier 26.38, Louise Henderson 28.49, Orla Redmond 29.02, Siobhán Ní Shúilleabháin 29.07 and Una O'Dowd in 36.19.
Well done to everyone raising money for a good cause. Also well done to John Dier and his team for a very well-organised race.
Wexford Wanderers Senior men's XV hosted the Midland Warriors at Park Lane on Sunday in the opening tie of the second phase of Leinster League Division 2B.
The opponents, who have faced off against Wanderers many times in recent seasons, started the game under pressure from the home side who scored an excellent opening try in the corner after some excellent handling by the back line.
The visitors quickly managed to re-establish themselves in the game and five minutes later they broke the Wanderers defensive line to score near the posts.
However, the windy conditions blew the conversion wide in a game which was not suited for using the boot. Ten minutes later the visitors doubled their advantage with another well-worked try to leave the scoreline at the break 10-5.
Immediately after the interval Wanderers went in search of an equaliser, and replacement prop Willie Morris crashed over to even up the scoreline. Five minutes later centre Colm O Corcora broke through the Warriors back line to score Wanderers' third try.
However, the visitors were only five points behind and managed to work the ball through their back line to score to the left of the uprights The conversion was added to give them a two-point advantage heading for the close.
Wanderers once again attacked along the fringes and winger Robbie Kenny managed to sneak into the corner for an unconverted try to leave a full-time score of 20-17. The attacking performance of the Wanderers back line on a day not suited for allowing the ball to travel long distances due to the wind factor was encouraging, as was the forwards' rolling maul, especially when it was well established and marshalled by seasoned players like Aidan 'Chicken' Stewart and Willie Morris.
Wanderers' young guns also had scope to continue their evolvement into Senior players in a highly-competitive encounter which could have swung in favour of either side before the final whistle. The win, which also earned a bonus point with the final score, places Wanderers on top of the league table.
Next week sees Wanderers on the road to face a familiar foe in the form of Balbriggan. Last season the Division 3 title was essentially decided in a battle royale between the two sides, with Balbriggan winning the opening round before Wanderers evened up the contest last December in Park Lane.
The final meeting of the sides in Balbriggan last January delivered an epic contest with everything at stake. On that occasion Wanderers prevailed and dashed Balbriggan's league hopes.
Next week will see a resumption of hostilities at 2.30 p.m. at Balrothery.
Team: John Rowe, Kevin Birney, James Byrne, John Turner, Tom Brennan, Luke Roche, Aidan Stewart, Mossie Earle, Michael Bolger, Paul Gannon, Robert Kenny, Colm O Corcora, Corey Carty, Liam Barry, Seán O Corcora (capt.). Subs. - Richie Morris, Darragh Keogh, Noel Richards, Tom Barry, Willie Morris, John Flynn.
Wexford Wanderers will host their annual memorial service for club members, families and friends in the clubhouse on Park Lane this Friday, November 20, at 8 p.m.
All are invited and welcome to attend this ecumenical service of remembrance for former players, family members and friends associated with the club, followed by refreshments.
We had another fine turn-out last week for round four of the league as 41 players lined up to see if they have what it takes to be victorious.
The ladies' final saw Sinéad Fox and Caroline Bradley play off in a tight game that saw Caroline emerge as the victor and cement her place at the top of the rankings. It was a close contest and the three legs to two win shows Sinéad is more than capable of beating Caroline. It will be an intriguing contest I am sure throughout the remainder of the season.
The main event once more saw some tough games in the knockout stages and the quality on show was excellent. P.J. Byrne showed what he is about when he hit the highest checkout so far this season as he made short work of 152 and is in pole position for the highest checkout prize.
The final saw Tom Bradley and Jeff Nolan take to the oche where Tom was looking to deny Jeff his second win of the season. Jeff stormed into the lead with a fine checkout of 70 but Tom's reply was instant and he levelled the game up as he hit tops.
Jeff though wasn't to be denied his second win though and he ran out a three legs to one winner. Tom should be soon in the winners' circle if he continues to play like this and will no doubt be a top 16 contender at the very least.
Jeff is now the target for the rest of the players and will have to watch out as the remainder of the pack will try to take him down. Thanks to Liz Byrne for marking the final and several other matches as well.
Spot the dart winner was Garry Bradley, and finally huge congratulations to Kalen O'Neill and his partner, Nicole, on the birth of baby Madison who arrived last week. Both mother and baby are doing really well and Kalen is hanging in there too.
Enniscorthy ladies' first team returned from their short break on Sunday, having not had a league game in five weeks. Unfortunately, after a hard-fought match they were beaten by a strong and experienced Kilkenny side.
The match started fast with Kilkenny quickly finding Enniscorthy's circle. The goalie, Fiona Rothwell, made some great saves but Kilkenny found the back of Enniscorthy's net.
The south-east ladies were undeterred and fought back. Some great breaks from Olive Lett got the ball into the Kilkenny circle. The Marble city ladies again showed their skill and experience to score a further two goals in the first-half.
Just before half-time the first short corner was conceded. Enniscorthy defended well but the visiting players with possession struck a very fast and powerful ball into the back of Enniscorthy's net.
Enniscorthy were behind on the scoreboard but came out fighting in the second-half. Some great runs were made by Bridget Gainford, Nancy Dunphy and Lisa Frayne early in the second-half on the right side of the pitch. The Slaneysiders were unlucky not to pull back a goal.
A tiring Enniscorthy side conceded another goal from a short corner midway through the second-half.
This was well chased down by Julie Watchorn. Kilkenny went on to score another three goals, showing their strength and experience.
Enniscorthy now look ahead with determination to overcome this loss in their upcoming game against Wexford this Saturday.
Enniscorthy: Fiona Rothwell, Molly Boyne, Eleanor Bolger, Katie Owen, Julie Watchorn, Olive Lett, Anna Flood, Bridget Gainford, Ruth Harrington, Nancy Dunphy, Karri Clifford, Sonja Rynhart, Lisa Frayne (capt.), Serena Hatton. Coach: Ivanna Yates. Manager: Irene Doyle.