WEXFORD SWIMMING: Wexford Swimming Club held their first gala of the year on Sunday, October 4. This gala was a first of its kind for the club as a new format was tried out.
The gala consisted of all individual medley and relay races. There was a huge turn-out from the home club and also from Slaney Sharks and Asgard.
The gala kicked off with the 400m I.M. Georgina Steel took first place with Olivia Middleton second and Enniscorthy third place, and in the boys' race there was a clean sweep for Wexford with Eoghan Mahon taking first place, Darragh Sinnott second and Angelo Miculescu third.
The first relay was the freestyle. The girls aged ten and under 100m relay was won by Enniscorthy and the boys' was won by Wexford. In the 11-13 years category, the 200m relay was won by the Wexford girls and the Enniscorthy boys. The 14 years and over teams swam 400m races and Wexford came out on top in both the girls' and boys' races.
In the backstroke relay, the Under-10 section was won by the Enniscorthy girls and the Wexford boys. The 11-13 years 200m relay was won by Wexford girls and boys, and the 14 years and older 400m races were won also by the Wexford girls and boys.
The 200m I.M. was won by Cameron Steel with Enniscorthy taking second and third places, and in the girls' section Asgard came first and Enniscorthy came second and third.
The breaststroke relay Under-10 section was won by Enniscorthy girls and Wexford boys. The 11-13 years and 14 years and above sections were won by Wexford teams.
The butterfly relay Under-10 was won by Enniscorthy girls and Wexford boys. The 11-13 section was won by Enniscorthy girls and boys while the Wexford girls and boys won the 14 years and over category.
In the 100m I.M. Wexford had a clean sweep with Georgina Steel, Olivia Middleton and Egle Matuzaite coming first, second and third, while in the boys' section Eoghan Mahon came first, Darragh Sinnott second and Cameron Steel third.
The 400m medley relay was won by the Wexford boys and girls. The 200m relay was won by the Wexford girls and the Enniscorthy boys, and the 100m relay was won by the girls' team from Asgard and the boys' team from Wexford.
The gala finished off with a cannon relay. In this relay one swimmer from each age group made up the team and the Wexford team came out on top and won a box of chocolates for their effort.
A great day was had by all. Thanks to all who helped out including all parents who helped out with catering and timekeeping.
KUNG FU, KICKBOXING
The Wexford Kung Fu and Kickboxing Centre hosted the Lau Gar Kung Fu and Kickboxing inter-club championships in the Riverbank Hotel. Clubs from Wexford, Dublin, Drogheda, Navan and Kilmore competed in sparring, sets competition and demonstration events, with participants ranging in age from 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 fighters were in action: Dale White (World and European champion), Rebecca Rowe, Anna Nolan, Michelle Casserly and Mark Rowe used the event as an opportunity to prepare for the World Championships which are being held in Florida next month.
There were some great fights throughout the day and chief instructor Bobby O'Neill said: 'The enthusiasm of the younger competitors was infectious. To see such a high standard of competition at such a young age ensures continued success for the club and association'.
The Kilmore Lau Gar Club also had a very successful day with a number of wins against formidable opposition. Mick Bates, club instructor with Kilmore, said he was 'delighted with the success of the team members who competed with real determination'.
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 Wanderers second XV travelled to north Dublin on Saturday to face Metro League rivals Skerries in the furthest away trip of the season. The side which has been in existence for a number of seasons has continued to provide a rugby outlet for players making the step up to adult rugby as well as for players seeking a more social rugby outlet.
The contest, which saw two evenly-matched teams, saw Skerries pull away in the final moments of the match before the visiting Wexford side scored twice to draw at 34-34.
Anyone who is interested in playing with the side or even just training is welcome to attend training at the club's grounds at Park Lane every Wednesday and Friday at 7.30 p.m. The next match for the seconds is the visit of De La Salle Palmerston on November 7 to Park Lane.
The match will have an added edge in that current Wanderers President Brendan Culliton is a former member of Salmo and was in fact their President in 1988-'89. Of course, everyone in Wexford knows that in this upcoming fixture there won't be a hint of divided loyalties.
Wanderers firsts meanwhile continue to push for the play-offs in their pool of Leinster League Division 2B. The team is on the road next weekend for a crucial must-win game in Clane on Sunday at 2.30 p.m. With the pool stages finishing next Sunday, the format of the balance of the league campaign will clarify itself in the following week.
Seconds: Reece Moore, James O'Connor, David Martin, Micheál Donohue, Pádraic O Tuairisg, Aidan Stewart, Adrian Harrington, Ger Lynch, Kevin Roche, Donal Power, Pádraig Cousins, Noel Richards, Thomas Furlong, Nick Jones, David Nolan. Subs. - Niall Stenning, Adam Cheevers, Dermot Graham.
UNITED STRIDERS A.C.
United Striders Juvenile and Senior athletes make the journey to Moyvalley, Kildare, this weekend to compete at the Leinster cross-country championships.
After a very successful Wexford championships, hopes are high that the Striders can make an impact at provincial level, where there will be individual, club team and county team medals up for grabs.
Best of luck to all Wexford athletes, including our club members Leona Berry, Ciara Murphy, Aidan Shannon, Darragh Flannelly, Myles Hewlett, Eoin Shannon, Finn Kelly, Eoin Lennon, Eve Byrne, Clodagh Foran, Aaron Browne, Adam O'Connor, Katie Murphy, Grace Costello, Rebecca Bawden, Elaina Browne and Hayleigh Bawden, who have all been selected for Wexford county teams in their age groups.
In addition, we will have many more athletes competing under the U.S.A.C. banner. Best of luck to all.
See www.unitedstriders.com or United Striders on Facebook for more details.
Week one of the new season is over and we had a good turn-out in Foley's last week to start the new campaign off with a bang. We have a few new members this year in attendance and two of them featured later in the night and started their season off in fine style.
The first semi-final saw Jack Farragher play Michael Meaney in a close match. Jack pipped the first leg and was looking strong in the second, but Michael dug deep and levelled the game at one leg each.
The deciding leg was a close affair, with Michael making sure of his place in the final. Jack will take the points from the night and move on to next week.
The remaining semi-final saw last year's league champion, Paul Murphy, play newcomer Andrew McCormack, and it was a quality game from two excellent competitors. Andrew was too strong for Paul though and he went through by two legs to nil.
Paul is not the reigning champion for nothing though and he will relish the challenge that the new boys are bringing.
So we had the two new lads line up for the final and they didn't disappoint with a thriller that went the distance. First blood went to Michael with a good 78 checkout, but Andrew hit back straight away and levelled proceedings.
Andrew was on a roll now and he was soon two legs to one in front, but a great 180 from Michael set him up for the fourth leg and we needed the fifth and deciding leg to see who would take the spoils.
Michael actually hit six maximums such was the quality on show. The last leg then was always going to be close and so it proved, but Andrew emerged the winner when he coolly checked out 74 to take the early lead in the league.
Come along next Wednesday to Newbawn if you want a good night's darts and if you think you have the game to challenge some of the best players in the county.
Gorey Under-13s welcomed Tullow to Clonattin on Saturday. The two had met earlier in the season in Tullow, and at that time the home side were low in squad numbers and Gorey came away with the win.
But for this return fixture Tullow were a different team, with their coaches having spent much time recruiting new players in the meantime.
The game started well for Gorey with their back line setting the early pace, with Jack Higgins, John Milne and Lee Cushe to the fore. However, they struggled to break down the Tullow defence until a fine piece of play from Ronan Cleary led to an early try which Lee converted.
It looked that it would only be a matter of time until a second try would follow, but the Tullow forwards had other ideas in mind, imposing themselves on their Gorey counterparts.
The rest of the first-half had Gorey on the back foot and struggling to get out of their own '22. Fine defensive play from George Hadden and Ewan Stephens helped Gorey go into the half-time break 7-0 up but lucky to do so.
The second-half saw a much-improved performance from Gorey, especially the forwards. A great piece of individual play from Lee Cushe resulted in a try, after he gathered his own kick on, which helped to settle the Gorey nerves.
The pack then really got stuck in, Dean Wadding in particular, which resulted in three hard-won forward tries - a brace from Ewan Stephens either side of one from Rory Tubritt.
Some excellent back play from Cathal Byrne, Tadhg Baxter, Cillian Byrne and Shamey O'Hagan saw the latter break down the right wing to get in under the posts, which he then converted himself.
Gorey ended up winners on a 34-0 scoreline. Next up for the Gorey lads is a home game against Wicklow next weekend.
Team: E. Byrne, S. Sawyer, J. Curley, E. McCrea, R. Tubritt, D. Fitzpatrick, G. Hadden, E. Stephens, J. Higgins, L. Cushe, J. Milne, S. O'Hagan, C. Byrne, R. Cleary, T. Baxter, A. Doyle, D. Wadding, C. Byrne, P. Kinsella, A. McNeill, D. Montague, S. Murphy, Zach Furlong, O. MacDwyer.
Enniscorthy's men's second team were the only adult representatives of the club in action over the Bank holiday weekend, and they fell to a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Dublin University in a fast-paced fixture.
The Wexford men travelled to Santry minus two vital representatives of their defence - P.J. Pierce (work commitments) and Mick Jordan (injury) - and the makeshift back four of Fraser and Ivan Rothwell, Andrew Rothwell and Greg Hawkins was ruthlessly exposed inside two minutes by the league leaders.
An attack down Enniscorthy's right swiftly broke into the visiting side's semi-circle and the resulting shot found a gap between goalkeeper Luke Doyle - guarding his near post - and midfielder Costello who had worked back to the opposite post.
The students quickly doubled their lead as forays into the opposition half by the Wexford side were closed down quickly by tough tackling which meant Enniscorthy had little time to get comfortable on the ball. This time Trinity fired in from the left, beating Doyle who had advanced off his line and a despairing dive from Costello.
After this explosive start, Enniscorthy worked their way back into proceedings, though perhaps the hosts had subconsciously taken the foot off the pedal. Alan Smith in central midfield worked hard to link up defence and attack, and Fraser Rothwell made a number of moves deep into the students' half.
In the forward department Robbie Walshe managed to create a number of short corners, but Andrew Rothwell was finding the unfamiliar water-based surface tricky to deal with on his push-outs.
With the scoreline reading 2-0 to the hosts at the break, the Wexford side faced an uphill battle to get any sort of result.
Trinity oozed confidence throughout, and refused to panic as Enniscorthy tried to fight their way back into the game.
In both attack and defence they were able to commit numbers, and a large panel afforded them the luxury of frequent rest periods for their players. Still, Enniscorthy battled hard; Niall Maguire and Andrew Rothwell both produced several barnstorming runs; Luke Doyle showed signs of developing into a talented 'keeper; and John McWey was tireless in his efforts.
At the back Hawkins and Ivan Rothwell put in a series of decisive tackles, breaking up wave after wave of attacks.
Across the team though, energy levels began to drop and this, perhaps, is where the fault for the third and fourth goals lay. A mis-clearance by Fraser Rothwell only found a Trinity player, whose goal-bound shot was stopped by the foot of Costello, resulting in a penalty flick.
The fourth arrived following a series of passes which split the Wexford men open, culminating in a shot which gave Doyle little chance.
Enniscorthy tried hard to get a goal back, with Walshe and Smith proving particularly adept in the attack, while Niall Maguire put the ball over the bar with just minutes remaining, but to no avail. The hosts ran out deserved winners, but perhaps the scoreline does not exactly reflect the closeness of the encounter.
Squad: Luke Doyle, Greg Hawkins, Ivan Rothwell, Fraser Rothwell, Andrew Rothwell, Alan Smith, Kieran Costello, Niall Maguire, Robbie Walshe, Rory Maguire, William Durnan, John McWey, Jack Redmond.
Enniscorthy advanced to the quarter-finals of the Irish Junior Cup on Saturday. Their opponents, Dromore of Co. Down, had two serious injuries during training last week and had to travel without two front row players which resulting in them in conceding the game before the kick-off.
An agreement resulted in a match taking place with Enniscorthy providing some players for Dromore. John Daly, Andrew Kelly, James Ruth and Arron Coleman obliged.
Enniscorthy gave a debut to 18-year-old Nick Doyle in the second row and he impressed. The tries came thick and fast with Ivan Jacob galloping over after just five minutes. Timmy Morrissey scored the second after breaking through from a close-in ruck.
The third try was a thing of beauty, as a switch pass with Ivan Poole saw right wing Ivan Jacob make a break up the line. Out-half Poole kept moving in support on his outside and Jacob made the pass for Poole to score and also add the conversion.
Killian Lett scored the fourth using his speed and strength with Poole adding the conversion.
The visitors' left wing, Brian McClearn, picked a hole in the home side's defence and touched down for a try. Scrum-half John Russell kicked the conversion.
Enniscorthy emptied the bench for the second-half and, after just ten minutes, three further tries were nailed on the scoreboard through Nick Doyle, David O'Dwyer and Ivan Jacob.
Two more tries were added through David O'Dwyer and Killian Lett. After consultation with both teams, referee Robert O'Sullivan called time on the game after 60 minutes with the obvious concern of injuries. For the record the scoreline was 59-7.
Team: Angelo Todisco, Davy Murphy, Paddy Waters, Tomás Stamp, Nick Doyle, Greg Jacob, Tom Ryan, Timmy Morrissey, Evan Lett, Ivan Poole, David O'Dwyer, Daniel Pim, Killian Lett (capt.), Ivan Jacob, Ross Barbour. Subs. (all used) - Arthur Dunne, Hughie O'Neill, Peadar O'Mahoney, James Doyle, Damian McCabe.