UNITED STRIDERS A.C.
The Striders had another great day out at the Ferrybank A.C. open track and field event held at Waterford's Regional Sports Centre on Sunday. With both the Juveniles and Seniors preparing for the upcoming Wexford championships, it was no surprise we had a big representation.
Starting with the Seniors, John McGrath was the big winner, taking gold in the 1,500m Masters. Gavin Kelly took his excellent early-season indoor form to the track and put in a top performance to win silver in the 100m.
The final Senior medals went to our lady walkers, Emma Hewlett and Elaine Bawden, winning silver and bronze respectively.
The Juveniles had a very successful day, with lots of very fine performances and plenty of medals also. Darragh Flannelly followed his win here last year with another fine win over 500m.
Darragh got away to a fast start, settling in behind the leaders on the first lap. He set sail for home around the final bend and powered home for a super victory.
Elaina Browne took gold in her 800m, running a well-judged race to hit the front coming up the home straight. Our remaining three gold medals all came in field events, which comes as a great thumbs up to Paddy Delaney and the Friday evening sessions.
A remarkable performance from James Quinn saw him take high jump gold with a successful jump of 1.30m in a field which included provincial and national medalists.
Another week, another high jump medal for Ciara Kelly, this time taking gold with 1.35m. Our final Juvenile gold went to Eoin Shannon and his turbo javelin throw which exceeded 21m. Eoin had a great year in 2014 with the javelin, taking county and provincial medals.
Aaron Browne again doubled up with sprint and middle distance medals, just as he did the previous week at Kilmacow. Aaron came through the 80m heats comfortably and eventually managed a fantastic second place in the final.
After a break, Aaron almost emulated sister Elaina over 700m in a big field. Perfectly placed throughout, using his sprint speed at the end was enough to land a silver.
Rebecca Bawden put in a super performance to win silver over 80m hurdles. The medals ended with a couple of hard-fought bronzes for Katie Murphy and Aedan Rogers over 800m. Both athletes looked very strong and it's a great time to be hitting peak form.
Apologies to all the athletes who performed fantastically that I didn't mention. Yet again we were strongly represented and all our athletes looked at home competing at this level.
Well done to Ferrybank A.C. on an excellently-organised event. Thanks to national champion and Irish international Kelly Proper, who was very generous with her time, standing in for photographs with our young stars.
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ST. JOSEPH'S A.C.
A particularly busy period for St. Joseph's A.C. athletes commenced at the Ferrybank A.C. open sports at the R.S.C. in Waterford with an amazing number of 44 club athletes competing. Fantastic performances from athletes as young as six-year-old were recorded with club athletes competing in individual track events, field events and relay teams from Under-9 to Under-15 against many of the top clubs in Munster and Leinster.
It was a long and busy day for the athletes, coaches and parents, with the club being represented by Aisleann Mullally, Sarah Foley, Keelin Byrne, Megan Doyle, Luke Vereker, Lily Doyle, Eabha Mullally, Oisín Mullally, Conor Lanigan, James Reid, Aoife Lanigan, Breanna Beirne, Mairéad Mullally, Kaylan Doyle, Rachel Foley, Holly Hughes, Mia Doyle, Áine Purcell, Declan Murphy, Aidan Kehoe, Ciara Mullally, Aoife Byrne, Erin Foley, Áine Ryan, Danny Dowling, Evan O'Toole, Naoimh O'Connor, Katie Bookle, Kelsey Kehoe, Áine McDonald, Sophie Mullally, Eoin Kennedy, Clare Doyle, Chloe Mullally, Jack Ryan, Alex Hughes, Linda Lawlor, Darragh McDonald, Paul Manning, David Lanigan, Michael Ryan, John Joe Lawlor, Maggie Helen O'Connor and Bríd Lawlor.
The road race scene is in full swing and the Butlerstown four-mile race in Waterford had nine club athletes competing. Dean Rowe led the club home in 23.32 followed by Sally Forristal who was the third lady across the line in 24.52.
Tom McDonald is in the form of his life at the moment and he finished in a great time of 24.57. Close behind were Elaine O'Donovan (26.19), Peter Duggan (26.20), Anita Barry (27.36), Kyle Comerford (34.59), Eva Richardson (35.21) and Sarah Lee (40.29).
More great performances continued in the Console ten km. race in New Ross, with 15 club members participating. Dean Rowe finished second followed by Sally Forristal who was the first lady home. David Lanigan crossed the line in sixth with Rocky Mernagh winning the Over-50 award.
Chloe Richardson, Ciarán Cullen, Helen McDonald, Claire Forristal, Tracey Malone, Frankie Kirwan, Mary O' Donoghue, Sheila Boyle, Anne Doyle, Rachel Mernagh and Rebecca Mernagh also competed.
In the Splashworld ten km. in Tramore, Tom McDonald was first Over-45 with a new personal best time of 39.02. Anita Barry, battling injury, had a great run in 42.57 and Susan Lanigan was the third St. Joseph's athlete competing and finished in 50.25.
At the Hope & Dream 10 Mile race in Enniscorthy, Paul Sheehan battled the wind and rain to finish in 1.08.06, while Eileen Gannon ran the ten km. race in 1.02.38, seven minutes faster than her time of the previous year.
The racing took place in Stamullen, Co. Meath on Saturday and Sunday week. On Saturday Seamus Sinnott rode a great race to take fifth place in the Pat Howard Memorial behind winner Martyn Irvine, the former world track champion and no stranger to Wexford and Wexford Wheelers.
On the Sunday we were represented in the Stamullen races by Seamus and Andrew Maguire and both riders finished safely in the bunch.
Over the Easter weekend the Gorey three-day was concluded after we had gone to press and it was another good weekend for the Wheelers and particularly Seamus Sinnott who took a great result in the overall when finishing eleventh from a field of 193 riders including international teams from France, Germany, England and The Isle of Man.
The final result was set up by a great ride of 8.06 minutes in the time trial on Sunday morning which put him into 14th place overall, and strong riding in the last stage to Blessington saw Seamus move up to eleventh overall in the bunch sprint which ensued.
There was an added bonus for the Wheelers as Andrew Maguire did a fine ride to finish 19th overall and both results helped the Wheelers finish in fifth place in the team classification which was a great and deserved result for all concerned.
The full team was James Maddock, Seamus Sinnott, Luke Maguire, Andrew Maguire, Shane Kelly, Michael Stafford, Tony Harpur, Marcus Harrington, Conor O Crúalaoích and guest rider Matt McCullough.
We also send our congratulations to Martin Gill who represented the club at Rás Mumhan.
Remember all our sportive riders that the Blackstairs Challenge which takes place on April 19 is now open for entries at www.blackstairscyclingchallenge.com. The online entry fee is €22, and it will be €25 on the day.
Tours continue every Sunday morning from the Bullring, Wexford, with all levels catered for. In addition Roy Doyle takes a tour from The Maldron every Saturday at 10 a.m. and also on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from the Maldron, weather permitting.
Wexford Wheelers are available on Facebook and on the net at www.wexfordwheelers.com.
The Wexford Kung Fu and Kickboxing Centre hosted the Lau Gar Kung Fu and Kickboxing inter-club championships in the Riverbank Hotel recently.
Clubs from Wexford, Dublin, Drogheda, Navan and Kilmore competed in sparring, sets competition and demonstration events with participants ranging in age as young as five years old right up to veterans.
Particular emphasis was placed on Novice and Junior competitors to nurture their martial abilities and give them confidence in a competitive environment.
As well as the Novice competitors, Wexford's international kickboxers Rebecca Rowe and Anna Nolan were in winning form along with current world boys' champion Dale White.
This was also an opportunity for the international competitors from the club to prepare for the Irish national team eliminations that are being held in City West, Dublin on April 26.
There were some great fights throughout the day. Chief instructor Bobby O'Neill said 'the enthusiasm of the younger competitors was infectious, and to see such a high standard of competition at such young age ensures continued success for the club and association'.
The Wexford and Kilmore clubs had a hugely-successful tournament, clocking up a string of wins against formidable opposition. Mick Bates, club instructor in Kilmore, said he was 'delighted with the success of his team members who are comparatively new to the competition circuit'.
The club would like to sincerely thank the Riverbank Hotel for their help in organising this event. The club trains all age groups in Image Health Studios, Westpoint Business Park, Wexford, and new members are always welcome.
WEXFORD TAI CHI
Wexford man Mark Crowe competed recently in the T.C.F.E. European Championships. Mark won gold in free style Tui Shou -90 kg and bronze in 95 kg+ open heavyweight Tui Shou, meeting competitors from Latvia, Sweden, France, Denmark, England, Wales and Scotland.
This has been a great year for Wexford Tai Chi who also brought home gold from the I.C.B.A. Irish League earlier in the year.
If you would like to learn Wudang Tai Chi Chuan, classes are held on Wednesday 7.30 p.m. at Ferrycarrig Leisure Centre. See www.wexfordtaichi.co.uk for more details.
Wexford Wanderers R.F.C. have a number of teams in action over the next two weeks in the close out of the 2014-2015 season.
The action will start on Saturday when the Under-17s will be in neutral Gorey against their toughest opponents this season, Co. Carlow, in the final of the South-East league. Both sides have had a win apiece in previous meetings this season and the offer of silverware will only add to the electric atmosphere of encounters between these sides.
Also on Saturday, Park Lane, Wexford is the venue when the hosts, the combined Wexford Wanderers/Enniscorthy Under-19s (known neutrally as the 'Slaneyside Sharks') face Ashbourne.
The match, which will be a re-run of the recent Division 2 final between the sides, provides an opportunity to see a little bit of history on Slaneyside. This encounter will decide the fate of the Under-19 Plate and based on the result of the previous encounter is surely one to be watched.
The action the following day will see the Under-13s against Gorey. At the time of going to press the venue has not been finalised.
Sunday also sees the Senior second XV in action against Dundalk at 3 p.m. in the Dunne Cup final. The venue has not yet been confirmed.
The action then shifts to the following Wednesday when the Under-15s play in the South-East league final, and again a venue for this fixture has not been confirmed.
The second XV travelled the length of the province on Saturday to face Ardee in the semi-final of the Dunne Cup. The Wexford side, buoyed by their impressive 34-7 win over Kilkenny in the quarter-final on the previous Sunday, where not fazed by the prospect of the away trip.
The side, managed by the club Chairman Dec Rossiter, lined out and started strongly when Ardee indiscipline allowed full-back Paul Gannon to open the scoring with a well-taken penalty. Before the interval centre Maurice Logue managed to break the defense and score a try which was converted by Gannon. Ardee scored a penalty to reduce the difference but Wanderers led 10-3 at the interval.
In the second period the home side narrowed the gap with an unconverted try before Gannon scored another penalty to increase Wanderers' lead. Ardee however stuck to the task and scored another unconverted try before out-half Stewie Ryan stole over for a try to give Wanderers an 18-13 lead into the closing stages.
Determination however was the order of the day and despite intense Ardee pressure, Wanderers managed to hold out for an historic win. The game was notable for the contribution of a number of players such as young Luan Firman who was replaced through injury by the veteran Aidan Harrington.
Another veteran, John Hickey, also stole the show, putting in a full shift in the front row.
Team: John Hickey, Richie Morris, David Martin, Mossie Earle, Zach Corish, Donal Power, Luan Firman, Chris Walsh, Kevin Roche, Stewie Ryan, John Barry, Maurice Logue, Noel Richards (capt.), Stephen Scallan, Paul Gannon. Subs. - Willie Morris, Pádraig O Túarisc, James O'Connor, James Roche, Dara Peyton, Aidan Harrington, Cillian Joyce.
The annual Casey Cup weekend scheduled for the May Bank Holiday is starting to take shape. The event, which will be held in Park Lane, Wexford, will see various Greystones sides travel to the south-east to celebrate the end of the rugby season.
The activities will commence on the Saturday with a number of games, before a Wanderers President's XV will face a touring side from Leamington Spa in England. Sunday morning will see the annual influx of hundreds of young and not so young players from Greystones who will compete with Wanderers players from Under-6 upwards throughout the day.
For updates on venues and times for these clashes, please check the club Facebook or Twitter '@wexfordwrfc' accounts or signup for the newsletter at email@example.com.
On Saturday Marco Pons travelled to Cork I.T. for the Leevale open. It was another successful competition for him where he saved his best for last when he threw 48.23m to win gold, ten metres clear of second place.
Now that the evenings are brighter, please note that the Fit4Life training group has moved back to our grounds at Sinnottstown Lane, Drinagh. Fit4Life is for runners or joggers of different abilities to improve their fitness and well-being. New participants are welcome - contact John Joe Doyle for more details on 085-1744481.
Congratulations to Brian Maher and Brian Kennedy who represented Croghan at the county Intermediate road race in Wexford on Sunday. The lads put in great peformances over the 8k route. Brian Maher finished tenth and Brian Kennedy had another strong sprint finish.
Good luck to all the Croghan athletes taking part in the Wexford half-marathon and 10k on Sunday.
The last leg of the C.M.C. (Craanford, Macamores, Croghan) Juvenile league took place at Enniscorthy track on Friday. It was another fantastic night and well done to the three clubs and all the Juveniles who took part.
The next event of the horseshoe calendar year, the Gouleyduff open doubles, will take place in Tegral, Kildare on Saturday, April 25, at 6 p.m. Own partners, one division.
The Thomas Doyle Memorial Cup, an open doubles tournament, will be held in Páirc Mhuire, Ferns, at 2 p.m.
SLANEY OLYMPIC A.C.
The Mr Oil Intermediate road race took place on Sunday in Carcur, Wexford, hosted by Menapians A.C.
The ladies' 4k race was held first, starting at the entrance to the Old Hospital, heading towards Ferrycarrig and then turning left on to the Old Carrig Road. An impressive 12 ladies lined up for Slaney Olympic and Emily O'Connor led the way home in a time of 15.49, earning herself individual gold.
Emily has now won back-to-back Novice and Intermediate road races. The Slaney women also won team silver. Scoring for the club were Emily O'Connor (first), Siobhán O'Shea (eighth), Martina O'Sullivan (eleventh) and Kelly Long (12th).
The men's 8k race commenced shortly after and was ran over a hilly and challenging course. Slaney Olympic's latest signing, Ger Forde, who runs unattached for April, led the race from the start and won in an impressive time of 26.46.
Slaney Olympic men won both team silver and team bronze. Scoring on the silver team was Brian Maher (fourth), John Foley (sixth), Jessie O'Connor (ninth) and Fergus Murphy (eleventh). The bronze team members were David Kehoe (13th), Conor Hyland (16th), Pat Hyland (18th) and Brian Murphy (23rd) with a total score of 60 points.
Special word of thanks to Kevin Murphy for all his help with our training programmes and for his words of encouragement. Out of a potential 30 medals, Slaney Olympic took home 14!
The Slaney Olympic team spirit and camaraderie amongst runners and supporters who travelled down was just fantastic and great to be part of. In the words of someone recently, we're not a good club, we're a great club - go Slaney go!
Moyne Rangers F.C. held their annual 5k fundraiser on Sunday out the Old Dublin Road. 'Farmer' Monaghan was second in a time of 16.57. Also taking part from the club were John O'Connor, Dooley Ffrench, Louise Nolan, Maurice Donohoe, Emma Doran and Susan Dempsey.
'Farmer' Monaghan travelled to Waterford on Friday to take part in the Butlerstown four-mile road race hosted by West Waterford, finishing in seventh place in a time of 21.58. Well done 'Farmer'.
Running from the club in the Johnstown Caste Parkrun last week were Chris Squance in 21.08 and Kay O Regan in 29.11. Well done.
The Strawberry half-marathon and five-mile road race is on June 7. Online registration is available at active.com or www.runireland.com
Training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-8 p.m. at Enniscorthy Sports Hub for club members only, but we are inviting runners who intend joining to come along and enjoy the experience before joining up.
Anyone interested in joining the club. please contact Mag Dunphy on 087-6366905.