County final joy!
Killurin hosts enjoyable camogie and rounders finals
The County finals of the girls' Under-12 football, the Under-13 girls' rounders, and the Under-14 camogie competitions were held in Killurin recently.
Community Games Round-up
Wexford Community Games are most grateful to the Glynn-Barntown G.A.A. club for the use of their premises and to all who committed to the finals. Thanks also to the local Community Games committee for having everything ready for the occasion and to those who gave of their time to help out with refereeing, in particular Dan O'Flaherty and Damien Donovan.
There were wins for Piercestown-Murrintown, Castlebridge-Crossabeg and Craanford over the course of the programme. The Glynn-Barntown Area were the other contestants, but alas they failed to take a win.
The Under-13 girls' rounders had Piercestown-Murrintown and Castlebridge-Crossabeg in action. Piercestown-Murrintown are no strangers to this game and have competed very well at county, provincial and national levels, taking their fair share of medals in the process.
However, the Castlebridge-Crossabeg Area were competing for the very first time and it was good to see some newcomers coming on board. The game is quite popular now in national schools and hopefully we will see many more Areas getting involved in the coming seasons.
The newcomers began very well but gradually the more experienced Piercestown-Murrintown team got into their stride and took control. However, their opponents continued to give it their all and can only come back better and stronger next year.
Congratulations to the team of Kate Barrett, Sally Barrett, Jasmine Brennan-Roche, Demi Byrne, Aoife Cullen, Claragh Keane, Saoirse Kearney, Kaitlyn Kehoe, Dara Kelly, Heather O'Leary, Ribh Sexton and Jane Sinnott, and their manager Pamela Brennan, who will now compete in the Leinster events.
The runners-up from Castlebridge-Crossabeg were represented by Sadhbh Bowe, Molly Davis, Kelly-Ann Dempsey, Eimear Halpin, Ava Kearney, Chloe Kearney, Cliona Kearney, Méabh Laffan, Emma Lawlor, Alana McDonald, Aisling Murphy and Orla Redmond. Their manager was Getta McDonald.
In Under-14 camogie we had local team Glynn-Barntown taking on Castlebridge-Crossabeg. This was an eagerly-awaited game from two experienced Areas in camogie.
Castlebridge-Crossabeg got off to a great start with a very early goal from Hannah Hearne. They took control and were in command in the first-half, leading their opponents by 2-3 to 0-1 at the break.
Try as they might, Glynn-Barntown could not get into the match at this stage, and their only score, a point, was registered by Rachel Murphy.
The writing seemed to be on the wall for them, but it was a much more focused team which took to the pitch for the second-half. Minutes into the half they had amassed a point and a goal in quick succession and followed up with four more points before Castlebridge-Crossabeg let them know they were still in the match too, adding two goals in quick succession.
A point and a goal from Glynn-Barntown saw the sides within a few points of each other, but time ran out for the home and when the final whistle blew, Castlebridge-Crossabeg were declared the county winners on a 4-5 to 2-7 scoreline. Their scorers were Andrea Fielding (3-3, 0-1 '30, 0-1 free), Hannah Hearne (1-0), Orla Redmond and Leah Scallan (0-1 each), while the runners-up scorers were Rachel Murphy, Niamh Rowe and Emma Dempsey.
The panel for the Castlebridge-Crossabeg Area consisted of Ciara Banville, Sinéad Banville, Kelly-Ann Dempsey, Loren Doyle, Andrea Fielding, Holly Frost, Nicole Harding-Kenny, Hannah Hearne, Rioghna Hourihane, Ciara Lawlor, Hannah Mernagh, Amy O'Connor, Caoimhe Parker, Orla Redmond, Leah Scallan and Mai Ling Tynan. The team was managed by Patricia Fielding and Eamonn Mernagh.
The gallant runners-up from Glynn-Barntown had Ciara Butler, Ashling Comiskey, Sophie Dawson, Emma Dempsey, Rebecca Fanning-Redmond, Aoibhinn Ferriter, Sinéad Kirwan, Rachel Murphy, Lisa Redmond, Grace Roche, Cora Rowe, Niamh Rowe and Kate Walsh on their panel. They were managed by Sinéad Dempsey.
The Under-12 girls' football finalists were Craanford and Glynn-Barntown. It was good to see the Craanford Area back in the games and taking a county title to boot at their first attempt. Well done to all concerned.
They set about the task in front of them and in the first quarter quickly notched up 2-1 before Glynn-Barntown registered their first point. Into the second quarter and a point from Craanford saw them continue as they had finished the first, but Caitlin Gabbett took a shot at goal and netted for Glynn-Barntown to see the scores set at 2-2 to 1-1 in favour of Craanford.
They swapped points for the rest of this period and ended with just one between them (2-4 to 2-3) in favour of Craanford. Craanford upped the pace in the third quarter and quickly added a point and a goal to go 3-5 to 2-3 ahead, with Glynn-Barntown adding two more points before Craanford struck a goal to further widen the gap and leave two goals between them.
The last quarter went all Craanford's way and they scored another 1-1 to wind up the game and take the county title. Well done to both sides.
The winning team had Edie Byrne, Sadhbh Byrne, Thomasina Carter, Aisling Fitzpatrick, Caoline Fleming, Róisín Hughes, Kiva Kinsella, Neassa Last, Bebhinn McDonald, Saoirse McDonald, Róisín McGonigle, Caoilinn McNulty, Riadh Murphy, Nessa Ní Lúasaigh, Caoimhe Noblett and Ruth Redmond on their panel and were managed by Catherine Walsh.
The runners-up were represented by Gráinne Allen, Sinéad Barron, Helen Barry, Emma Cullen, Caitlin Gabbett, Rachel Goff, Jolie Keeling, Hannah Kehoe, Stacie Lewis, Emma Lucas, Robyn O'Connor, Sophie O'Leary, Ellie Stafford, Sarah Taaffe, Niamh Walsh and Alannah Wogan. Their manager was P.J. Gaynor.
The Under-12 outdoor boys' soccer county final was played in the Shamrock Rovers Football Club in Enniscorthy on Tuesday. The finalists were Glynn-Barntown and Kilrush-Askamore.
Kilrush-Askamore began the match with just ten players but they held Glynn-Barntown scoreless up to the half-time break. Although Glynn-Barntown had most of the possession in this half, Kilrush-Askamore did break a few times up the wing but were unlucky to lose the ball close to the goal.
The second-half had only just begun when Glynn-Barntown got their first goal through Paddy O'Leary. They continued to pile on the pressure with a second goal from Patrick Berry.
Their opponents defended well, holding off Glynn-Barntown until the 17th minute when Gregory Furlong struck the net with a third goal. The victors finished the match with a fourth goal from Shane Donovan in the last minute.
Maybe that extra man for Glynn-Barntown made all the difference at the end, as Kilrush-Askamore defended well. This was a great match from both sides with non-stop action from start to finish.
The gold medal winners had Darragh Bates, Matthew Bates, Patrick Berry, Max Butler, Liam Cooney, Tom Deavy, Shane Donovan, Gregory Furlong, Joe Gilhooly, Craig Laffan, Aaron McDonagh, Jack McNamara, Andrew O'Brien, Cathal Sinnott and Mark Walsh on their panel and were managed by Sinéad O'Leary.
The runners-up were represented by Conal Butler, Cathal Byrne, Seán Kenny, Micheál Kinsella, David Kirwan, Cian Lancaster, Robert McCrea, Owen Tompkins, Pierce Murphy, Thomas Kirwan, Darragh Moynihan and Niall Mimnagh.
The Leinster semi-finals and finals will be held in Carlow on July 2. First round matches must be played between May 27 and June 8, with second round matches to be played between June 20 and June 22.
Carlow are at home this year to Wexford teams and Kilkenny have the bye. Kilkenny will then travel to play the winners of the Carlow v. Wexford matches in round two. Contact details on teams participating from Carlow and Kilkenny will be available this week, and the County Games Director will inform all Areas.
The county finals of the athletic events will take place this year for the first time in The Hub in Enniscorthy on Sunday, June 12. The parade will get under way at 10 a.m., followed by the events themselves at 11 a.m.
Leading the parade will be the the Ring of Hook. Carrying the torch will be a competitor from the Adamstown Area. The Community Games pledge will be read in English by a competitor from the Craanford Area, and a competitor from the Bree-Davidstown Area will read the pledge in Irish.