Well done to the Seniors on their best start to the championship since 2004, beating Adamstown by 2-11 to 0-10 in Cushinstown on Friday week and then accounting for Duffry Rovers in Bree by 2-7 to 0-9 seven days later.
The club is fielding a third team in the championship for the first time since 2003, and the project got off to a great start when the side known as Sarsfields Red defeated Kilmore away by 3-11 to 0-7 on Monday after being level (0-4 each) at half-time. The Under-21 mentors decided to enter this team to ensure all players, young and old, get plenty of games over the next few months, and the two in charge on this occasion, Alan Aherne and Kevin Carty, were delighted with the outcome.
Team: Kevin Carty; Liam Barry, Paul Harrington, Adam Roche; Danny Barnes, Jamie Mcdonnell, John Gannon (0-2); John Bridges (0-2), Ryan Walsh; Barry Moore (0-2), Jack Ennis (0-3, 1 free), Colm O Corcora; Aaron Mcmahon (1-2), Adrian Campbell, Ian Murphy. Subs. - John Harrington (1-0) for Campbell, Mick Murphy for Moore, Martin Cloney for I. Murphy, Corey Ennis for Walsh, inj., Damien Dempsey (1-0) for O Corcora.
Sarsfields Red are at home to CrossabegBallymurn on Friday at 7 p.m. in round two while Sarsfields Yellow, managed by Colin Bent, Liam Bent and Morty Ambrose, will be 'away' to St. Mary's (Maudlintown) on Sunday at a time to be confirmed, having received a walkover from St. Joseph's last night (Tuesday). The big game everyone is looking forward to will be on Friday, May 18, when Sarsfields Red take on Sarsfields Yellow in round three!
Our request for an upgrade from Roinn 1 to Premier for the Under-21 championship was granted at a County Board meeting recently.
Well done to the Minors who had their persistence rewarded in Boolabawn on Wednesday last when they scored 2-2 in the last six minutes to beat Davidsgate by 4-4 to 2-5 and make it two wins out of three in the Division 2 championship ahead of the break for exams.
Team: Conor Halligan; Cian Doyle, Gavin O'connor, Liam Barry; Darragh Keeling, Jamie Mcdonnell, John Gannon; Ryan Walsh, Eoin Roche (capt., 1-0); Shaun Donohue, John Bridges (1-3, 1-0 pen., 0-3 frees), Dylan Walsh; Aaron Mcmahon (2-1), Dale Scallan, Corey Ennis.
The Juveniles got their campaign off to a bright start in Gorey on Tuesday of last week when they held Naomh Eanna scoreless from the 27th minute onwards to record a 3-10 to 15 victory, having trailed by 1-5 to 1-3 at the break.
Team: Matthew Murphy; Luke Byrne, Conor Halligan, Stephen Healy; Richie Kearney, Shaun Donohue, Cian Doyle; Brian Cuddihy (0-1), Ciarán Kirwan; Eoin Broaders, Shane Wilde (0-3, 1 free), Emmet Sinnott (1-1, 1-0 pen.); James Somers (0-1), Pádraig Clancy (0-4, 1 free), Shane Mcgrath (1-0). Subs. - Paul Bailey for Broaders, Cormac Jones for Somers, Niall O Donnagáin for Cuddihy, Ryan Kelly (1-0) for Mcgrath, Seán Grayson for Doyle.
Well done to the Under-12s who played some super football in their big win over St. Anne's in their first Go Games encounter in Rathangan recently. A special word goes to James Crean who travelled home to play after boxing in the National Stadium for the first time earlier that day, going down narrowly (109) to a Tramore opponent in the National Boy 1 36 kg. quarter-final.
We couldn't have fielded without the contribution made by the four girls who answered the call for assistance as the squad was depleted owing to holidays, so a big well done to Aisling Halligan, Emma Mcmahon, Carla Fusciardi-wallace and Eimear O Donnagáin. Aisling, Emma and Carla have all been selected on the county Under-12 squad while Eimear scored a point, so the future looks very bright for our girls' teams.
The Under-14 girls made a fine championship debut on Thursday last when they forged a 3-6 to 4-3 draw with the Starlights side which had beaten them by a big score in last year's semi-final.
It was great to see such improvement from the players and well done to mentors Tadhg O Corcora and Leanne Goff.
Team: Alanta Grigailunaite; Kate Slaven (joint capt.), Róisín Walsh, Lauren O'donoghue; Neamh Dempsey (joint capt.), Hollie Hynes, Aisling Halligan; Kate Miller, Jessica Sinnott (1-1); Emma Mcmahon, Demi Flood (1-1), Róisín Kelly-walsh (0-1); Muireann Ní Chorcora, Emma Goff (1-3, 0-1 free), Hannah Malone. Subs. - Caoimhe Twomey, Emilija Grigailunaite, Emer Mccormack, Carla Fusciardi-wallace, Alannah Corcoran, Karen Roche, Aine Sinnott, Clare O'grady.
The Under-16 girls, united with Volunteers and known as Páirc Charman girls, will make their debut at home to Clonard tonight (Wednesday) at 7 p.m., while the Under-12 girls are due to play their first championship game at home to Oylegate-glenbrien on Saturday next.
Hard luck to Ciara Neville, Aine Lacey and Niamh Doyle on Wexford's All-ireland Minor 'B' championship final loss to Derry in Blakestown on Saturday last.
The three girls and their Under-18 club team-mates will take on neighbours Blackwater in the Roinn 1 championship semi-final in Hollymount on Friday at 7.15 p.m. and we wish them well.
The Seniors were due to play St. Martin's away last night (Tuesday) in the league, while the Juniors will be at home to Rapparees on Saturday next at 11.30 a.m.
ST. JOHN'S VOLS LADIES
Last Sunday our Under-14s took part in the Co. Féile, which was held in Kilmore and St. Anne's. A great day was had by all and, with the sunshine favouring the day, it was a great day for football.
After playing our preliminary rounds and unlucky not to have won some of the matches, our Under-14s qualified for the semi-final play-offs. Unfortunately, we were again unlucky not to have won this one, but the experience gained by the girls in taking part in this Féile will be invaluable throughout the season.
There was some great play from the team and every girl gave 100% and played their part. A big thank you to Denise O'leary, Ray Cullinane, Seamus Sullivan and Eugene Downey who looked after the team and to all the parents who travelled and provided lifts, and of course to support and cheer on the team. A big thank you also to Kilmore G.A.A. club who made available their facilities.
Team: Shannon Carty, Aoife Dwyer, Sally Walker, Chloe Mcgrath, Emily Kelly, Ciara Cullinane, Sarah O'leary, Rachel Foley, Niamh Buckley, Julia Dempsey, Caoimhe O'keeffe, Ciara Rafter, Eve Hession, Aoife Kelly, Caoimhe O'sullivan, Sinéad Rafter, Sadhbh Cullinane, Chloe Mcguire, Hannah Goodison, Hannah Heinz, Megan Dempsey. Again a big thank you to all who took part, well done girls.
Our Minors, who have joined up with Clonard this year, had their first outing last week against the Shelmaliers. Because the Vols and Clonard have joined up at this level we were automatically put into Division 1, so for most of the girls this would have been the first time playing to this higher grade.
But in saying this, they acquitted themselves well and it was a very hotly-contested match and could have went either way. But instead of our shots finding the back of the net, it was the woodwork that took the brunt of our attempts. Well done girls on a great effort and we will improve with each match.
Congratulations to Sally Walker and Eve Hession who were recently picked to represent the club with the county Under-12s, and to Laura Bruen with the county Under-16s and Niamh Butler and Jessie Martin with the county Minors. Well done girls.
Remember, registration is now due and you will not be able to play if you are not registered as you will not be insured.
ST. JOHN'S VOLUNTEERS
Lotto numbers for last week were 11, 15 ,17 and 23. There was no jackpot winner and one match three winner, John Beary - well done.
Our Under-16 footballers played their first competitive match of the season on Tuesday last in Crossabeg-ballymurn against Crossabeg. After getting off to a slow start in the firsthalf, the Vols picked up the pace in the second-half and came within one point of their rivals. A massive effort was put in by all the lads but unfortunately they were beaten by two points.
With the level of effort shown, the general feeling was they were unlucky not to come away with a least a draw. Training for the Under-16 footballers is on Thursdays from 6-7 p.m., and the next big match is against Buffers Alley on May 13.
The adult footballers were victorious in Saturday's championship game against Barntown on a final score of 0-18 to 1-7. Well done! Training for the adult footballers is on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m.
Our football mini All-ireland has been set for the May Bank holiday weekend, Sunday and Monday, May 6 and 7, and our hurling mini AllIreland will take place on the June Bank holiday weekend, Sunday and Monday, June 3 and 4 - two fun weekends not to be missed.
A list of all the upcoming matches can now be viewed online at www.wexfordgaa.ie/fixtures-results/fixtures-by-club/.
The club would like to congratulate Josh Mcmahon, Richard Lawlor, Cian Kehoe and Glen Murphy on winning the Leinster schools handball championship. Hard luck to Adam Walsh, his partner Chris, and Richie Browne who were just pipped at the post.
A special thanks to all who braved the Sunday showers to take part in the 10k marathon, and thanks to everyone who supported them.
All training times and other information can be found on our website at www.volunteersgaa.com. If anyone has anything they would like to include on the website, please contact Joe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your support for all the teams playing during the coming weeks would be gratefully appreciated.
Bingo this Saturday evening will be €900 and it will take place in Carrig Hall.
All teams at the weekend representing the club wore black armbands and had a minute's silence in respect of our sponsor and clubman, Pat Neville. Deepest condolences to the family.
The Intermediate footballers drew their game while the Juniors lost to St. Anne's.
This Friday the Junior 'D' hurlers are down to play Faythe Harriers in Grantstown at 7 p.m.
Hard luck to Pam Mccormack who played Minor camogie with the county at the weekend. It was a great experience for you. Keep it up.
The Model County draw will take place on Wednesday evening. Good luck to all who bought tickets and thank you for your support.
Have you purchased the club's book yet? If not they are in all retail outlets around the parish.
Wexford footballers play in their league final this Saturday in Croke Park. Best of luck to Ben and Niall. For those not going you can see it on television.
It was a busy and successful week on the field with wins in the championship in Intermediate football, Minor and Juvenile hurling. In addition, the Under-12 boys had a good win over St. Anne's and our Under-12 girls had their first home football match.
The lotto this week has a prize of €2,250 if you can match four numbers, and the draw takes place in Marty B's on Wednesday. A big thank you to everyone who bought Model County Draw tickets from the club - your support is greatly appreciated.
The club sends its sincere condolences to the Laffan family. Jim Laffan had travelled with his friends and clubmates on the club trip in February and his passing so soon after the trip came as a massive shock. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.