Menapians A.C.: The club was represented on Sunday at a damp and breezy Ferrcarrig five-mile, and excellently organised race attracting approximately 300 to the start line.
Leading the club members home was Stephen Ainsworth in a very strong 24th place, timing 30.07. Ciarán Quirke followed him in 67th (34.30), with Michael Kinsella 75th (35.09), Ger Mulhall 93rd (36.24 P.B.), John Dier 95th (38.34 P.B.), Tadhg Henderson 121st (38.45), Mary Gaynor 123rd (38.57), Ken Jones 157th (40.51), Darren O'Grady 161st (41.31), Helen Sinnott 165th (41.49), Louise Henderson 221st (45.43), Sharron Dier 237th (47.08), and Peter Mulvany 281st (53.28).
Well done to all 13 runners, and it nice to see so many out competing. A special word of thanks also to the club members who turned up to cheer everyone on as it was very much appreciated. Next up is the 5k Run in the Dark on Thursday, January 28, at 7.30 p.m.
A reminder of Wexford's fastest feet event this Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Presentation school gym where the search for Ireland's fastest seven-eight year-old will take place.
This is speed gate testing where the fastest boy and girl will race in Athlone next Saturday in our national stadium, with the winner going on an expenses paid trip to compete in the fastest kid on the block race at the Millrose Games in New York! Contact Shane at 087-9955505 for more details.
Wexford Kettlebell Club are merely weeks away from our biggest and most important competition in our Irish calendar. The Nationals this year will be held over two days in Limerick's Delta Sports Dome on February 28-29.
Wexford will be represented by the usual mix of adults alongside a fantastic Junior squad. These youngsters will be competing for a place on the Irish Junior squad and a chance to represent Ireland later on this year in Latvia.
And it's not just the children looking for places on the Irish team as the adults are doing the same. Competition is fierce and this year even more so because of the growth of kettlebell sport in Ireland which means nobody's place is guaranteed!
With only five weeks of training left, we wish everyone well. We also remind club members to pay their annual A.I.K.L.F. membership by the time the Nationals come round, €10 for Juniors and €20 for adults.
We will also be holding an A.G.M. soon. With our club growing in numbers, it is a good chance to check in with everyone, maybe get some fundraising ideas and go through minutes of previous meetings for the year.
We would encourage the Juniors to attend and hope that the parents of all our Junior members will come along as well. The A.G.M. is on Monday, February 1, at 8 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
Wexford Kettlebell Club has its training every Monday from 6-7 p.m., Wednesday from 7.30 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 6-8 p.m. It is suitable for all fitness levels, men and women.
Teenagers are also encouraged to come up and try it out. It's pay as you go, €5 per class. Saturday morning class is also only €5.
There is Junior kettlebell club every Saturday at 10 a.m. Children from age eight upwards are welcome to give it a go!
For further details contact Mick at 086-2621488.
After suffering defeat at the hands of the North Midland Falcons in Portarlington in early January, the Wexford Wanderers women's side, affectionately known as the Vixens, were full of steely determination on Sunday week as they arrived in Sutton to face local side Suttonians.
The coastal team took victory from the Vixens at home in Park Lane late last year so a score had to be settled during this visit. The Wexford side, despite their eagerness to succeed, found themselves seven points down early on after a breakthrough try by the speedy Suttonians back row which was converted with ease.
A misdemeanour in a central position soon after gave the Dublin side an opportunity to stretch their lead to 10-0 as a penalty kick went directly between the posts. Worried now, the Wexford ladies engaged, going stronger into rucks, lower into tackles and faster on the wings.
While the scrums were uncontested, the front eight made up for this with forceful mauls. The hard work quickly paid off as number eight Fleur Moran grounded the first Vixens try. Unfortunately, the pace of the Suttonians women was hard to conquer and a quick break found play back in the visitors' '22 and under the posts once more. The conversion brought Suttonians to 17-5 as the interval approached.
However, the Wexford girls were hungry to end the half on a more respectable scoreline and pressurised the home side yet again. Slow phases and a strong push by second row Donna O'Brien got them where they needed to be, ending the first-half 17-10 to the home side.
The second 40 minutes were equally full of action. After an energetic but scoreless ten minutes, the home side crept back into Wexford's danger zone. Here the pressure increased, focus fell short and following a series of re-starts and penalties, the line was broken and another five points were added to the Suttonians scoreboard.
As play resumed the Wexford backs ran some great ball to bring play inside the Suttonians '22 where the pack took over, slowing down play and focusing on gaining all-important ground. An initial stretch over the line was deemed to be held up but the re-start couldn't keep them away and wing forward Fiona McAuley battled through and grounded the ball. A conversion by Siobhán Cloake brought the visitors back within reach at 22-17.
With victory in their sights, the final quarter saw the Wexford Vixens begin to play their kind of rugby with strong tackles and quick plays out to the wing. This paid off in the form of a run from behind the halfway point and a grounding by winger Linda Casey to even the scoreboard as the game entered its final minutes.
Sensing that the ascendancy was now theirs, the Wexford side continued to attack and full-back Siobhán Cloake took the opportunity to show her true colours as she ran unbeaten and aided by her fellow backs to touch down the final points. A defensive play was to end the day's hard work as the Vixens maintained their 27-22 lead until the final whistle for a much-savoured and hard-fought win.
Next Saturday, January 30, will see if the Wexford men are on the receiving end of a backlash from this memorable victory as the second XV welcome Suttonians to Park Lane at 2.30 p.m. for their re-scheduled Metro League match. For the details of what is happening in the club, follow us on Facebook or Twitter.
Team: Aine Whelan, Mandy Russell, Lauren Murphy, Ashley Reddin, Donna O'Brien, Fiona McAuley, Clodagh Cousins, Fleur Moran, Aoife Finnerty, Máire Busher, Cora Cousins, Shendah Moran, Linda Casey, Emma Shannon, Siobhán Cloake.
UNITED STRIDERS A.C.
The Striders Juveniles had another great day out in Kilmacow at the Leinster Juvenile cross-country relay championships, fielding five teams and winning three medals.
Well done to the gold medal-winning boys' Under-14 team of Aidan Shannon, Darragh Flannelly, Adam O'Connor and Owen Lennon.
Our boys' Under-12 team of Myles Hewlett, Cosmo Hewlett, Finn Kelly and Eoin Shannon won silver. Also placing second were the Under-16 boys featuring Cian Flanagan, Conor Murphy, Aaron Browne and Patrick Doyle.
Finishing just outside the medals were our girls' Under-12 team of Ruby Murphy, Leona Berry, Isabel Bawden and Aisling Ryan, and our girls' Under-16 team of Joanne Kelly, Gráinne Flannelly, Rebecca Bawden and Aisling Power.
As always with the relay events, thanks also to the coaches who put the teams together, and the parents.
See www.unitedstriders.com or United Striders on Facebook for more details.
Only four more weeks are left in the league this year, and we had some interesting movers last Wednesday as some of the best players in the south-east jockey for position as we approach finals day.
The ladies' section saw Linda Harte play Michelle Bradley and this gave both the opportunity to close the gap at the top of the league. This duo are top-rate throwers and county players to boot, and they didn't disappoint with a really good match that had some good scoring and tidy finishing.
Linda won the first two legs but Michelle showed her character by hitting back and winning the third. Linda wasn't to be denied though and she won the fourth leg to take maximum points.
Well done Linda, and hard luck Michelle. Caroline Bradley still leads the ladies' section and is in pole position, but Michelle and Inez can still ruin her party, so it's all to play for.
The first semi-final saw Jack Farragher square up against David Murphy and, as David was joint leader beforehand, he really had something to aim for, notably top spot. Jack was also looking to climb the table and see if he could maintain his position in the top 16 for finals day and, more importantly, see if he can retain his title from last year.
Jack really played a blinder and was a worthy 2-0 winner, but David is the new league leader as both of his co-leaders, Jeff Nolan and Michael Meaney, had fallen earlier in the night. David leads by a point from Michael and only two points further back we have Jeff, so it really is nip and tuck.
The second semi-final saw Tom Kent versus Colm Noblett and again this was a match that would have major implications for the league table as Tom was looking to cement his fourth place spot that would see him in pot one for the draw if he can stay there.
He can still catch David at the top as he is now only nine points behind, and with a maximum of 28 points still to play for the lads in front will have to watch their backs. Colm on the other hand would climb above Jim Roche after this game regardless as Jim didn't advance out of his group.
Colm won the first leg and really should have wrapped up the match as he had darts in both of the next two legs to win, but Tom ground out the win by two legs to one to play Jack in the final.
In the first leg Jack hit a maximum 180 to leave himself with 54 and seemed in total control as Tom was quite a bit behind, but when he bust with his next throw Tom seized his chance and a really good 133 left him on a finish and he didn't give Jack another go in this leg.
Jack never seemed to recover from the first leg which he really should have won, and on the other hand Tom grew more in confidence and he really was battering those 19s. In the end he ran out a 3-0 victor.
Jack is a young man and he will have learned a lot from this defeat and will be a better player for it. Tom, the old warrior, climbs the table and now is hunting down the leaders.
Spot the dart winner was Kathy Delaney (might stop her complaining that she never wins it), and she was the lucky recipient of €20. Well done Kathy. Thanks to Nicky and Kay as usual.
And finally, best of luck to Garry Bradley who is bringing a group of like-minded individuals to Cork next weekend for his 'unofficial' stag party. Róisín, you are one lucky lady!
ST. JOSEPH'S A.C.
Dundalk Institute of Technology was the venue for the All-Ireland 'B' cross-country championships and inter-county cross-country relays.
St. Joseph's were represented by three athletes in the girls' Under-11 race with Grace Glennon having a great race to finish in 19th position, followed by Maeve Bookle 52nd and Rachel Foley 99th. Grace was a member of the silver medal-winning county team.
The girls' Under-13 race saw a further three club athletes on the start line with Ciara Mullally finishing 47th. followed closely by Áine McDonald 51st and Katie Bookle 55th.
Darragh McDonald finished 55th in the boys' Under-15 race.
In the inter-county relays, the boys' Under-12 Kilkenny team with Danny Glennon and Tomás Mullally representing St. Joseph's finished sixth county overall.
The road racing season saw two five-mile races in the south-east on Sunday. In the Frank Leahy five-mile race, David Lanigan had a great run, finishing in a time of 31.42.
In the Ferrycarrig five-mile, St. Josephs were represented by Dean Rowe finishing in 31.09, followed by Mary Doolan 35.13, Catherine Hennessy 49.42 and Anna O'Dwyer 59.02.
Sunday week saw the Leinster cross-country relays and Senior championships return to Kilmacow, hosted by St. Senan's.
The action commenced with the girls' Under-12 relay, with the club team of Maeve Bookle, Mairéad Mullally, Rachel Foley and Grace Glennon finishing in seventh position.
St. Joseph's entered two teams in the Under-14 race, with Erin Foley, Danielle Griffin, Aoife Byrne and Marie Claire O'Dwyer winning bronze medals followed by Katie Bookle, Ciara Mullally, Naoimh O'Connor and Áine McDonald in fifth place.
Sally Forristal race a fine race to finish ninth in the Senior women's event.
St. Joseph's had two athletes competing as guests in the Munster indoor track and field championships in Nenagh on Sunday week.
In the Senior women's events, Shannen Dawkins won the 400m and was second in the 200m. In the Junior men's events, Shane Power won the pole vault competition.
The St. Joseph's dinner dance and awards night will take place on Saturday, February 20, in the Rhu Glenn.
A great night's entertainment is guaranteed and tickets are available from committee members.