The annual club competitions are taking place now, with semi-finals and finals on Saturday and Sunday, September 12 and 13, and Saturday and Sunday, September 19 and 20, from 12 noon to 6 p.m. each day.
The date and time of each competition will be published when the earlier rounds are completed.
We have one participant, Jamie Hynes, in the Bowling League of Ireland semi-finals of the Under-25s and the Nassau Cup being played in Aer Lingus Bowling Club next week, and the committee wishes him the very best of luck in both.
In the Ladies' Bowling League of Ireland semi-finals, Rosslare Bowls Club is very well represented. Chris Naughton and Marion Farrell are both taking part in the ladies' singles, Chris Naughton and Kathleen Cuffe are taking part in the ladies' pairs, and Chris Naughton, Marion Farrell and Kathleen Cuffe are taking part in the ladies' trios, with all of these matches taking place in Kenilworth Bowling Club from August 10 to 14. The committee members wish them all the best of luck.
New members are always welcome, male or female, any age. If you are interested in joining the Bowls Club please ring Catherine on 086-8177679 or you can communicate through our website: www.rosslarebowls.com.
What an eventful last few weeks it was for Wexford Kettlebell Club.
First up we had Megan Lane, Becca Dowdall and Brendan Smith competing in Lithuania at the Junior European championships. Megan came home a silver medallist which was a huge achievement, finishing with 123 reps. and only a Russian girl got more reps.
Becca (15) got 70+ reps. with the 16 kg. bell in the snatch discipline, again a major achievement at such a young age and there will be many more reps. to come!
Brendan had just turned 15 and was so unlucky not to place in the medals as a few more reps. would have seen him clinch bronze in a hotly-contested long cycle event with two x 16 kg. bells.
Mick Kelly, their coach, was delighted with not just their performance on the platforms but also how they conducted themselves throughout the trip. A massive thank you to the parents and to everyone who helped out with fundraising for these amazing athletes!
Just after the Juniors came home, two weeks later Keith Dwyer and Paul Hillis travelled to Varna in Bulgaria to take part in the open European championships. Both athletes, competing as professionals, were lifting two x 32 kg. kettlebells (that's over ten stone in old money).
Conditions on the day of the long cycle weren't favourable, as the heat and humidity were beaten into second place by the state of the kettlebells…with odd-shaped and mis-shapen handles with bits of metal sticking out it was always going to be a challenge to get ten stone into rack position and then try to jerk ten stone again overhead.
Keith got 36 reps., while Paul did 33 reps. and finished fifth. Both lads did the club proud and both scores helped Ireland finish in the top five overall in the championships.
Last but not least was the seven-strong team which travelled to England to compete in the O.K.S.E. (Organisation of Kettlebell Sport England) open competition in Darlington.
Ste Gordon is the President of this English Federation and had sent over an invitation to the Irish clubs to come and compete. It is a huge honour for Irish clubs to receive such an invitation and it just shows how much kettlebell sport is growing, not just at home but also abroad and with our nearest neighbours in England and Scotland.
The Wexford club had seven women compete over the two days in both the snatch and long cycle events. It was a massively successful competition with Jennie Carthy in snatch (16 kg. bell) winning gold, while Kathleen Cleary snatched 24 kg. one hundred times and won silver.
Clara O' Connor won both gold in her snatch discipline and gold at long cycle with a 20 kg. bell. Alison Murphy won silver snatching a 20 kg.
Marian Roberts and Collette Butler were the first Irish girls to compete T.A.L.C., that's using two bells a lift that used to be only performed by men. Marian won gold with 95 reps. using two x 12 kg. bells, and Collette won silver with 53 reps. with two x 16 kg. bells.
And to finish off the day we had a jerk relay so Team Ireland had five competitors, three from Wexford and two from Cork, a 15-minute relay with each person having to jerk two x 12 kg. for three minutes.
We won gold, finishing with 238 reps. and drawing with Team England (they had a Russian champion though), but it was a fantastic end to a fantastic competition. We would like to thank Ste, Simon, Chris and everyone in Darlington who made our stay a great one!
Now that everyone is back home, the next big event is The Cup of Ireland which will be held at the end of August in Rosslare Strand. Training is at the usual times and all programmes are on the board.
Weekly lotto tickets are on sale at reception. The cost is only €1.50 with a jackpot of €7,400 to be won.
Irish team members are to take a book, but please remember to return by Monday evening.
Kettlebell Club training times are every Monday 6-7 p.m., Wednesday 7.30-9 p.m., and Friday 6-8 p.m.
It's suitable for all fitness levels, both men and women, and ages twelve upwards. Junior kettlebell club is on every Saturday at 10 a.m., ages seven to twelve for boys and girls.
Wexford Wanderers suffered a setback to their Leinster League title hopes when they were defeated by Clontarf in a low-scoring game at Park on Saturday.
Clontarf batted first and looked in a comfortable position with their total on 62 runs for the loss of two wickets, but a spectacular collapse soon followed that saw eight wickets falling for the addition of just 12 runs.
The home bowling attack were on fire with Sudarshan Thanthirige taking four wickets for just eight runs off five overs, Alan Murphy three for eight off five, and Khurram Shahzad two for ten off six.
Needing only 75 runs to win, a Wexford victory seemed an odds-on certainty. However, it soon became apparent that this was going to be a more difficult task than expected, as batting became more troublesome on a wicket where the bounce of the ball became more erratic as the game progressed.
None of the Wexford batsmen looked at ease and wickets began to tumble at regular intervals. In a nervous and tense finish, Wanderers were all out for 64 runs, leaving Clontarf the unlikely winners by ten runs.
Next Saturday the team travel to Sandymount to take on Pembroke in a game that they need to win to stay in contention for league honours.
Myles Gibbons and David Leonard headed to Carrig-on-Bannow on Friday to take part in the trip to Cullenstown 6k race, part of the Phil Murphy weekend.
Myles was first to cross the finish line while Dave was the fifth man home. Well done guys.
Ian McQuillan was the winner of the 5k run around the windmills in Castledockrell on Saturday. Well done Ian.
Ciara Bowe took part in a triathlon in Ennis, Co. Clare on Saturday while enjoying a holiday in the west. Ciara completed the course in a time of 1.23. Well done Ciara.
The Ferns half-marathon will take place on Saturday, September 12, at 10 a.m. This year we are also going to have a 5k fun run and the proceeds will be donated to the Hope Foundation. The 5k will start after the half-marathon at 10.15 a.m.
A group meet on the square in Ferns to run five to six miles every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. All are welcome to come along.
If anybody is interested in joining S.B.R. and would like more information, please contact our Secretary, Louise Kehoe, on 086-8276661 or P.R.O., Marie Cullen, on 087-2776785.
SLANEY OLYMPIC A.C.
The Slaney Olympic summer league took place in Ballindaggin on Saturday on a challenging and testing course over a distance of 6k. Race directors were Emily O'Connor and Ciara Kearney.
The weather took a turn for the worst and with thundery downpours, runners took shelter in Jordan's Lounge until the worst was over. With just ten minutes to the race start the sun came out and thankfully the rain stayed away for the reminder of the evening.
'Farmer' Monaghan continued his winning ways, coming home first in 20.45. Billy Reck was second home and claimed first Slaney man in a time of 21.43.
Julie Kirwan was the first lady home in 25.06 and Catherine Murphy was first Slaney lady in 25.16. Spot prizes went to Helena Browne and Bryan Crouch.
Many thanks to all the marshals and helpers and also to everyone who baked and maked, as without all the help these races wouldn't happen. Full results can be found on www.slaneyolympic.com
Mick Morrissey took part in the Keith Whyte Waterfront Ultra Marathon on Saturday, held in the picturesque village of Courtmacsherry, west Cork. Well done Mick.
'Farmer' Monaghan travelled to Co. Tipperary on Sunday to take part in the Ballynonty ten-mile road race hosted by Ballynonty A.C. 'Farmer' ran an impressive race despite the wet and windy conditions and finished in second place in a great time of 57.35. Well done 'Farmer'.
Kevin Murphy was first home on Saturday in the Johnstown Castle Parkrun in a great time of 17.24. Also taking part from the club was Kay O'Regan who finished in 28.20. Well done.
The Slaney Olympic summer league continues on Friday, July 31. Please note the change of location, as the race now takes place on the Clonhaston 5k route. Parking is available at Mr Price, the race starts at 7.30 p.m., and race director is Conor Hyland.
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 Slaney Olympic to come along and run on the track and enjoy the experience before joining up.
Anyone interested in joining the club, please contact Mag Dunphy on 087-6366905.
UNITED STRIDERS A.C.
The summer break comes to an end for the Juvenile Striders, with the resumption of training on Wednesday, July 29. Following another fantastic track and field season, the under-age Striders will be keen to get back into action for the upcoming cross-country season, where many of our athletes will have ambitions of making the Wexford team in their age groups.
Senior United Strider, Fiona Donovan, completed the Ironman competition in Germany last week in a smashing time of eleven hours, 31 minutes, eleven seconds. As the name suggests, this one is not for couch potatoes, starting with a 3.86 km. swim, followed by a 180 km. cycle and ending with a full marathon.
A mere five miles will be the focus of attention on August 8 when the club hosts its annual road race at Terrerath Community Centre. The club would like to thank all the race sponsors and volunteers who will make this a great event again this year.
See www.unitedstriders.com or United Striders on Facebook for more details.
ST. JOSEPH'S A.C.
It was another weekend of wonderful marathon performances from St. Joseph's athletes, with three finishers in the Waterfront marathon in Clonakilty. Club Chairperson Anita Barry was first lady to finish, and fourth overall, in a fantastic new personal best time of 3.32.03.
Finishing beside Anita in fifth position overall and in another personal best time was club Treasurer Tom McDonald who crossed the line in 3.32.04. All the long runs over the past year or two are paying rich dividends.
The third club member running in Clonakilty was Chris McNamara who finished in 5.09.42 and unbelievably was running his fourth marathon in four months.
More success followed in the national Masters track and field championships in Tullamore with two gold, two silver and one bronze medals won. Both John Joe and Bríd Lawlor are national champions after winning the M45 and M55 walks respectively.
The two silver medals were won by Pat Power in the M55 100m and 200m with Verena Fenlon winning the bronze medal in the M45 shot putt.
Both Mary Breen and Paudie Barron were just outside the medals in finishing fourth and seventh in the shot putt and 100m and 200m respectively.