Newbawn darts: Well, we have reached the halfway point in the league season and it's all to play for at this stage as we head towards the Christmas break. Next Wednesday, December 16, is the last night before the break and we will be back on Wednesday, January 6.
The ladies' section saw a welcome return from Liz Byrne who has had work commitments lately, but she made up for lost time by storming into the final where she came face to face with Michelle Bradley. Both of these girls know each other's games inside out and have both represented their county with distinction.
The ladies' section is turning into a fascinating competition this year and it's really close at the top. Michelle won out on this occasion, but Liz is back and eager to climb the table. Well done girls.
The main event saw two semi-final line-ups that would grace any competition in the country as first we saw David Murphy play Tom Kent in a belter of a match. There was only one point separating the lads on the league table so it was all to play for as Tom was looking to overtake David.
David, however, had other ideas and he won the match by two legs to nil, but who would he meet in the final? The second semi was between Kalen O'Neill and Jeff Nolan. Jeff is second in the league and with current leader Michael Meaney not making the last four, it was a good chance to close the two-point gap that Michael holds.
Kalen, who recently become a father and missed a couple of events as a result, will be delighted with the points gained by making the last four, but he had to give way to a rampant Jeff on this occasion as he progressed to the final match.
The final was a really good game and David hit the ground running by hitting a 180 in the first leg to see him take the lead. Jeff hit straight back in leg two with a couple of good scores including a 140 and a 62 checkout to level matters.
This match in total had twelve throws of 100 or more in just four legs such was the level the lads were playing at, and it was to be David's night as he won the next two legs to take the match and the valuable points. Both David and Jeff have closed Michael's lead at the head of table and it's all shaping up nicely for a storming second half to the season.
Sunday, December 27, sees the Newbawn open take place in Foley's Bar, Newbawn, and with €1,000 in prize money up for grabs and limited to a total of 64 places, it's advisable to book your place and get your deposit into Garry, Caroline or Eamonn ASAP to guarantee your spot in what is always a top-drawer event. Check-in is at 12 noon with the first round robin games starting at 12.30 p.m.
United Striders A.C.
Myles Hewlett's individual medal-winning performance was the highlight of another great day for the Striders at the uneven age cross-country All-Ireland event held at Dungarvan on Sunday.
Finishing the year on a high, Myles becomes the third Strider to win an individual medal at national cross-country level, following Darragh and Aidan earlier this year. Myles finished his race really strongly for eleventh overall and fourth to score in Leinster's gold medal provincial-winning team.
Excellent runs from Eoin Shannon, Cosmo Hewlett, Finn Kelly and Caolan Costello earned a twelfth place finish for the Striders in the club competition. Well done to this talented group of athletes who have had a fantastic year, not only in cross-country but also in track and field disciplines.
Earlier in the day, Leona Berry had another great race at national level and helped the Wexford team to a tenth place finish in the county event. Yet again Aidan Shannon was excellent in helping Leinster to a bronze, despite being out of his age group.
Aidan also led home the strong team of Adam O'Connor, Owen Lennon and Darragh Flannelly, who all performed well at national level.
Well done to all our athletes who represented our club at Dungarvan. To qualify through the county and provincial events for these national events is a real achievement, and to come away with a handful of medals is exceptional.
Next Sunday, December 20, we will host our annual Santa Dash. There is an option of a 5k for our fun-loving runners and an 8k for those of a more competitive nature.
This promises to be a fun festive event for all the family. Our technical t-shirts have arrived and they look great. Our goody bags are being put together so there will be lots of treats for all participants.
Registration is from 10.15 a.m. in the Coolgreany Inn. Refreshments and prize-giving will be held in the Coolgreany Inn after the races.
It's €10 per adult and €5 per child for the 5k, and €15 entry for the 8k. All adults receive a goody bag with a technical t-shirt, while children receive a goody bag with lots of treats.
The 5k fun run starts at 11.15 a.m. with prizes for the first male and female across the line. There will be hampers for the first male and female Juveniles across the line, plus prizes for the best dressed and those showing the most festive spirit!
The 8k road race will start at 11.30 a.m. (two loops), with prizes for the first three males and females across the line, category prizes for male and female Over-40, Over-50 and Over-60, plus lots of spot prizes.
For more information check out our Facebook page - Croghan Santa Dash - or contact Fiona on 086-8164625.
The Enniscorthy ladies' second hockey team were home to Wexford seconds on Sunday. The Enniscorthy ladies were in search of a first league win but, similar to recent matches, the mission did not go in their favour.
However, it was not without a great team spirit and a never give up attitude that Enniscorthy were pipped at the post; instead it was the Wexford attack making the most of those breaks in the second-half that resulted in a 2-0 win to the visitors.
Enniscorthy defended the town goal and the Wexford tip-off. The home side started well and were solid in their defence and attacking play. Solid defensive play by Aine O'Brien, Ilsa Flynn, Catherine Dunbar and Róisín O Múirí in the first-half made it difficult for Wexford to break through.
The Wexford forwards were forced into making errors due to the consistent support play of the backs and their goalkeeper, Aoife Foran, throughout the half. Sunday also saw the return of Meagan Petzke from injury, and she played a big part in a great team performance.
Throughout the first-half, Enniscorthy's excellent goalkeeper, Aoife Foran, was called upon and delivered every time. In that first-half there was excellent passages of play and passing by the home side with fine attacking movements made by Aoileann Hourihane, Avril Buttle, Caroline Doyle, Lisa Tyghe, Róisín Bridges and Lillian Howlin, but all their tireless work resulted in a 0-0 half-time score.
The first Wexford goal came in the early stages of the second-half despite the home side defending hard, and the valiant efforts of Elaine Hickey, Catherine Dunbar and the aforementioned backs and goalie.
Enniscorthy continued to fight, but their effort was to no avail on the scoreboard. Instead the 'Scorthy ladies were penalised on the scoreboard again by a strong Wexford side for the second time midway through the second-half.
The Enniscorthy ladies, under the guidance of Irene Doyle and Ivanna Yates, have been working hard in this their first season for many of the players, and they will continue to go in search of their first win.
The Christmas break comes for the South-East League which will return in early 2016.
Enniscorthy: Aoife Foran, Aine O'Brien, Róisín O Muírí, Catherine Dunbar, Ilsa Flynn, Emma Doyle, Meagan Petzke, Elaine Hickey, Lisa Tyghe, Aoileann Hourihane, Róisín Bridges, Lillian Howlin, Avril Buttle, Caroline Doyle.
Slaney Olympic A.C.
Slaney Olympic was out in force on Sunday at the county Senior cross-country races hosted by D.M.P. on the Wexford racecourse. The conditions underfoot after the recent spell of rain were wet, muddy and challenging, and there was even a few ditches and drains to be negotiated as well - proper cross-country running!
The women's 5km race was first off at 12 noon with 18 women crossing the starting line and 2.5 laps to be completed. Jackie Carthy led from gun to finish in a time of 21.23, followed by Slaney Olympic's Emily O'Connor in 23.09 and Catherine Murphy in 23.34.
Slaney Olympic ladies won individual silver and bronze medals and team gold and team silver. All the ladies racing won a county medal, so it pays to show up and race for your club.
Immediately after the women's race, the men's 10k race started with a field of 49 men, 17 of whom were representing Slaney Olympic.
Tom Hogan of S.B.R. was the eventual winner in 37.10, finishing strong ahead of Slaney Olympic's Ger Forde in 39.13 who won individual silver. Slaney men also won team silver, scoring 78 points.
Many thanks to all our supporters, photographers and to Slaney Catering for coming and encouraging us, and giving us that little push just when we needed it.
Club results - women: Emily O'Connor 23.09, Catherine Murphy 23.34, Kelly Long 25.39, Mag Dunphy 27.15, Alison Storey 27.25, Esther O'Connor 27.39, Sabina Sweeney 27.44, Ciara Kearney 27.46.
Teams: 1, Slaney Olympic, 2,3,8,12 = 25; 2, Slaney Olympic, 13,14,15, 16 = 58.
Men: Ger Forde 37.10, Martin Monaghan 39.13, Dave Barron 39.52, Billy Reck 40.34, David Kehoe 40.50, Jim Stafford 41.06, Mick Jordan 42.20, Kevin Murphy 42.29, Bobby Redmond 42.57, Paul Browne 43.02, Jessie O'Connor 43.03, John Foley 44.22, Fergus Murphy 46.08, Peter Ryan 47.38, Mick Nolan 49.30, Paul Murphy 52.16, Ger Murphy 55.13.
Teams: 1, Sliabh Buidhe Rovers, 1,4,5,6,9,12 = 37; 2, Slaney Olympic, 2,8,11,15,17,19 = 72; 3, United Striders, 7,10,13,14,22, 23 = 89.
Don't forget the Masters cross-country is on Sunday, January 3, hosted by Croghan A.C.