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CLONARD BADMINTON

Clonard ended the badminton season last week with singles and doubles club competitions.

The winners of the doubles were Laurynas Matzumas and Seona FanningIronside, with Cillian Walsh and Olivia Malone in second place.

There was a tie for third place, so both pairs received bronze medals. They were Caolán Hartigan and Sarah Butler, followed by Cora O'leary and Tara O'farrell .

The singles competition was won by Laurynas Matzumas, who defeated Caolán Hartigan in the final. The beaten semi-finalists, Tara O'farrell and Cillian Walsh, played for third spot, with the latter coming out on top.

Cora O'leary won the plate event, claiming gold from Olivia Malone. The bronze medal was won by Sarah Butler who beat Seona Fanning-ironside in the play-off.

Hannah Dempsey was in charge of the lollipops and she carried out her duties without fear or favour, making sure there was no one left without a sugar rush.

The club will cease activitites in Scoil Mhuire until September, when it is hoped to start again. Enjoy the Olympic Games!

WANDERERS CRICKET

Wexford Wanderers seconds went down to a 39-run defeat in a low-scoring league encounter with Pembroke at Sandymount on Saturday last.

Pembroke batted first but faced an excellent Wanderers bowling attack that was well supported by a tremendous fielding performance.

Wickets fell at regular intervals as the home side only managed a total of 91 all out off 31 overs.

Stefan Carty with three wickets for 17 runs off eight overs was Wexford's most successful bowler, closely followed by Tim Monahan with two for 13 and Dave Sugden with two for 17.

Sharjeel and Steve Wood, both playing their first game for the club, each took a wicket.

Hopes were high for a Wanderers win at half-time but what happened after can only be described as a disastrous batting performance.

Sharjeel was the only Wexford batsman who looked comfortable at the wicket but when he was caught for 24 all hopes of victory were gone.

No other batsman managed to reach double figures, although Eoin O'leary looked promising with two boundaries to his name.

The final score was a very disappointing 51 all out off only 16 overs.

Despite this defeat, skipper Martin Carty said the team can take a lot of positives from their bowling and fielding performances and is hopeful the batting will improve over the coming few weeks.

Team: Martin Carty (capt.), Sudath Peiris, Martin Redmond, Martin Sheridan-pope, Eugene Carley, Dave Sugden, Eoin O'leary, Tim Monahan, Sharjeel, Stef Carty, Steve Wood.

Wanderers had an exciting win over Dunmore East in a friendly game played at a bitterly cold W.I.T. on Sunday.

Wexford batted first and scored 77 for nine off their 30 overs, with Alan Murphy getting 22, Eugene Brennan 16 and Herbie Honohan 10.

In a very exciting finish that went down to the last over, Paul Messette managed to take the final wicket to see Wanderers home with just five runs to spare.

Paul, Rabhani and Eugene Brennan all took three wickets on what were very difficult batting conditions.

Congratulations to skipper Martin Carty on his first victory as Wanderers captain and here's hoping there will be many more to follow.

Team: Martin Carty (capt.), Tom Hudson, Sharjeel, James Hynds, Jamie Frankis, Rabhani, Steve Wood, Paul Messette, Alan Murphy, Eugene Brennan, Herbie Honohan.

WANDERERS RUGBY

The annual Casey's Cup weekend is scheduled to kick-off on Saturday, May 5, at Wexford Wanderers R.F.C. The annual event which returns to Park Lane this year is held in honour of former club member Casey Ryan who died a number of years ago.

The Ryan family, who are originally from Greystones, have kept Casey's memory alive in both Wexford Wanderers R.F.C. and Greystones R.F.C. where Casey originally learned to play rugby by creating this annual event where teams from both clubs compete at all age levels from Under-7 to Golden Oldies.

The rugby will commence on Saturday evening with the Under-20s, the Seniors and the ladies' side, the Vixens, all in action on the night. Sunday morning (May 6) will see the action continue with the minis and youths teams from Under7 to Under-17, and the Junior Vixens will also be in action.

The highlight and final fixture in the afternoon will be between the Greystones and Wexford Golden Oldies sides to decide the home of the Casey Cup for the next twelve months before both sides and supporters celebrate the end of the 2011-2012 season well into the night at Park Lane.

A fundraising table quiz for the event will be held on Friday, April 27, at 8.30 p.m. in the clubhouse at Park Lane. Your support for this event will be much appreciated. For more details check out the club website - www.wexfordwanderersrfc.com - or follow us on the club Facebook page - Wexford Wanderers RFC - for details.

Meanwhile, Wexford Wanderers Rugby Football Club in conjunction with club sponsor Centenary Stores are delighted to announce a unique and fun event to be held from Friday, June 8, to Saturday, June 9, at the club's grounds at Park Lane.

The '24 Hour Tag Rugby Challenge' is open to all participants from six to 106 regardless of skill level and experience. Tag rugby is a completely non-contact sport which utilises all the best skills from running rugby to provide an attractive and exciting sport for both participants and spectators alike. It is one of the fastest growing sports in Ireland and the rest of the world where men and women compete together in the game of rugby.

The event will commence on Friday, June 8, at 7 p.m. with a mixed tag rugby competition for local businesses, community groups and sporting clubs. The competition will comprise teams of a maximum of twelve players (minimum five ladies) of which seven players (minimum three ladies) will compete in each match.

Each match will be 20 minutes' duration consisting of two ten-minute halves with a five-minute interval. The cost of entry for each team is €100 and the winning team will receive twelve tickets to a Leinster game for the 2012-2013 season.

Following the competition a barbeque will be held in the clubhouse where the bar will be open for refreshments. All registered participants in the competition will receive a free burger and free entry into the Centenary Stores on the night.

At 10 p.m. Wexford Wanderers R.F.C. adult men's and women's sides will commence playing in games which will continue through the night and early morning before handing over the baton to the minis and youths players at 9 a.m. the following morning. They will play through the day until the close of the event at 7 p.m. on Saturday followed by a barbeque. Refreshments will be available during the day in the clubhouse.

A number of unique games will be played during the 24 hours including coaches versus players, mums versus dads, and past Presidents versus committee members.

The main purpose of the event is to involve the extended community around the club in a unique fun event while also raising much-needed funds to finance the development of facilities at the club. The facilities we hope to finance include additional changing facilities, improved training floodlighting and drainage to our back pitches.

All players and members of Wexford Wanderers regardless of age will be given sponsorship cards for the challenge in the next few weeks and they will be encouraged to return their completed sponsorship cards to their coach or the club before June 1. All completed sponsorship cards will be entered into a draw, with the winner receiving tickets to one of the Irish home international matches for the 2012-2013 season.

For further details regarding the challenge, please contact Debbie at 0877449117 or Debbie@wexfordwanderersrfc.ie

Youths and minis players and their parents should in the first instance contact their team coach for further details.

Your support of this event is much appreciated.

KILMORE UNITED F.C.

North End United 0, Kilmore United 1: Kilmore wrapped up the schoolgirls' Under-12 Division 1 title when travelling to Belvedere on Thursday evening, with Sophie Boxwell scoring the all-important goal.

North End put up a brave battle against the champions-elect but the visitors did enough to take the league title. The trophy was presented to the winners by league Vice-chairman Barry Dempsey.

ST. PAUL'S A. C.

Best of luck to all athletes who will be competing in the County Wexford Senior road race championships this Friday (April 27). St. Paul's A.C. will host the races, which will take place on a circuit based from St. Helens Bay golf resort in Kilrane, Rosslare Harbour.

The ladies' race over 5 km. will be first off at 7 p.m., with an excellent race expected. Jackie Carty (Kilmore A.C.) will bid to defend the title she won in Bridgetown last year but both Fiona Kehoe (Kilmore) and Catherine Murphy (Slaney Olympic) will be hard to beat.

The men's race over 10 km. will follow and Tom Hogan (Sliabh Buidhe Rovers A.C.) will bid for another Senior road title (and repeat his success in Bridgetown last year), but this is expected to be a much closer affair, with the St. Killian's pair Niall Sheil and James Cloney in great form, along with 2010 Wexford Senior cross-country champion Dominic Ryan (S.B.R.) who is coming back to top form.

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