With only two more weeks left in this year's league, we have lots of movement on both the top and the middle order of the table and it's all to play for as we enter the home straight.
The ladies' section saw Michelle Bradley play Inez Brennan in a cracking encounter where Michelle stormed through the first two legs to hold a two-leg advantage, but Inez showed her mettle by digging in and winning the next two to take us to the fifth and deciding leg.
Again, the ladies' section has lived up to its reputation for producing close games. The deciding leg was all Michelle on this occasion as she hit some big scores and finished nicely to take maximum points, but Inez is in good form lately and will be hard to beat come finals day.
Two old hands, Tom Kent and Paul Murphy, squared off in the main event final and despite Paul's best efforts, Tom was a worthy winner on a three leg to zero scoreline. Tom was in fine form and those 19s didn't know what hit them as Tom battered them all night.
Tom is now in third place overall and only three points behind Michael Meaney. Jeff Nolan tops the league at the moment but as we well know anything can happen in the last weeks of this league.
The top 16 positions are by no way sorted either as at least six players could still play their way into that all-important ranked spot, and it's all to play for.
ST. JOSEPH'S A.C.
The indoor season is in full swing and St. Joseph's were well represented at the national Under-23 and Junior indoors in Athlone on Sunday week. A club athlete who is rapidly making a name for himself at national level over the past two years is pole vaulter Shane Power, and he surpassed all previous achievements in winning the national Junior men's title, clearing a height of 3.6 metres.
Incidentally, he also won both the Under-19 and the Junior events appearing as a guest in the Munster indoor championships over the previous two weekends.
Not content with featuring on the programme cover for the national finals, Sophie Becker ran very well in the junior women's 400m, finishing in third position. Sarah Lawlor competed in the 200m and also the triple jump and finished eighth in both.
At Under-23 level, Shannen Dawkins was third in the 60m hurdles and was fourth in the 400m. Eoin Power was fourth in the 60m hurdles, and sixth in the 200m. At the national Senior indoor championships, Eoin was unlucky to again finish fourth in the 60m hurdles.
On the road racing scene, Sally Forristal had a great run in the John Treacy 10 mile race in Dungarvan in a splendid time of 1:04:30. The Anne Valley five-mile race in Dunhill in Waterford saw Dean Rowe cross the finish line in a great time of 31:21. Next in was Larry Lacey who was second Over-55 in 32:32.
Glynn-Barntown rounders team members invite you to their affiliation night in Barntown Community Centre at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 12.
The ladies' team had a very successful season last year, reaching the All-Ireland semi-final. We hope to see many new faces this year to join this great club and go further to win that All-Ireland title in the coming season.
We look forward to seeing you there. Both men and women are welcome!
SBR had ten runners compete in the John Treacy Dungarvan 10 Mile on Sunday week, compiling some fast times and a few new personal bests.
Chip timing failed so all times listed below are gun times. Denis Moynihan led home the men in a time of 1:05:52 and Eilish Kehoe led home the women in 1:26:52.
Additionally, Pat Crean, Eilish Kehoe, Claire Gibbons, Annette Guinan, Marie Cullen, Mag O'Leary, Frances Murphy, Tina Morris and Orla Fogarty all ran extremely well.
Well done to all to competed in the Kelly Gregan Memorial 6k on Sunday week as well. S.B.R. had a strong turn-out with more than ten runners and it was great day in Kelly's memory supporting Wexford Hospice Homecare.
Upcoming County Wexford races: Novice road race, Sunday, March 13, 11 a.m. in Enniscorthy; Intermediate road race, Sunday, April 3, 1 p.m. in Ballygarrett; Senior road race, Sunday, April 24, 2 p.m. in Ferns.
Training takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. at the Square in Ferns. Non-club members are encouraged and welcome to join. There is speedwork on Thursdays at 6.30 p.m. at the G.A.A. field in Craanford as well. All are welcome.
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. Jim O'Malley on 087-7559683.
Congratulations to 795's Patricia McCord on completing back-to-back marathons in Clonakilty, Co. Cork, last weekend. In pretty appalling conditions, Patricia managed to complete both marathons in just over four hours.
This was Patricia's second attempt as her previous attempt late last year was cancelled after completing the first marathon due to weather conditions, which makes this achievement all the more satisfying.
Interval training and couch to 5k training continues every Thursday at 8 p.m. in the HWH G.A.A. pitch. These sessions are open to all comers of all abilities.
Friday night spinning classes will be extended by a further four weeks in the Waterfront Leisure Centre, Enniscorthy.
Road spins continue every Saturday, meeting at the square in Bunclody at 8.30 a.m. Again this is open to all comers and abilities.
Racing 795 is a mountain bike and triathlon club catering for members in north Wexford, Wicklow and Carlow.
For further details on all of the above events and club membership, check out www.racing 795 or follow us on Facebook.
SLANEY OLYMPIC A.C.
The club results for the Dungarvan 10 are below. Well done to men's captain Billy Reck who was the first clubman home in 59:00, and to Catherine Murphy who was the first lady home for the club in 68:41.
Congratulations also to Kevin Murphy who won second prize in the 0ver-50 category in a highly-competitive race.
Please note these are gun times, i.e. the times are from when the gun went off to the time you crossed back under the finishing gantry.
Full club results: Billy Reck 59:00, Kevin Murphy 1:00:13, Garry Rooney 1:00:50, Conor McDonald 1:02:51, John Foley 1:03:23, Paul Browne 1:03:40, 'Pudgy' Hyland 1:04:02, Bryan Crouch 1:05:40, Brian Maher 1:06:02, John Roban 1:06:14, Malo Roban 1:06:55, Brian Murphy 1:08:10, Catherine Murphy 1:08:41, Julie Kirwan 1:09:22, Brendan Dillon 1:09:53, Pat Codd 1:10:39, Ger Murphy 1:15:19, Peter Ryan 1:16:12, Jim Bob Dempsey 1:18:56, Paul Murphy 1:19:16, Sabina Sweeney 1:20:28, Ciara Kearney 1:22:37, Katey Gregan 1:22:54, Bill Kavanagh 1:25:51, Deirdre B. Kavanagh 1:27:10, Vincent Byrne 1:29:28, Karen Tull 1:30:34, Jim Kehoe 1:31:46, Tracy Kavanagh 1:31:47, Paddy Tull 1:31:57, Emma Doran 1:34:35.
It was first all the way for Slaney Olympic when 'Farmer' Monaghan and Emily O'Connor were the first man and lady home in the Johnstown Castle Parkrun.
Full club results: Martin Monaghan 17:01, Emily O'Connor 20:16, Michael Thorpe 22:19, Joseph Rainsford 22:35, Andy Staff 30:24, Michelle Doyle 32:33, Brigid Doyle 35:42.
Slaney Olympic's Paul Browne was the winner on Sunday in the 10k road race held in Bree in aid of the Ballyhogue G.A.A. biggest loser fundraiser. Also running from the club were Fergus Murphy, Peter Ryan, Seamus Jordan and Michael Quigley.
Our winter league is starting Tuesday, February 9, on the track at 7 p.m. sharp and will continue for six weeks, starting with a 1k time trial, and Kevin's speed session will be directly afterwards. This is for Slaney Olympic members only, and we hope to see a huge turn-out.
Don't forget training continues each Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. at Enniscorthy Sports Hub and is free to all club members. We are inviting runners who are interested in 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 us on 087-2788343.
Gorey R.F.C's Ruggo draws for December and January yielded to the following results -
December: draw one, 1, 11, 18, 26; draw two, 1, 3, 17, 24; draw three, 8, 11, 14, 26; draw four, 11, 12, 14, 26.
€50 lucky dip winners were: Bridget O'Doherty, Charlotte Row, Gorey; Chris Tallon, Forchester, Inch; Jackie Smith, Coolookbeg, Ballycanew; David O'Donnell, Killowen, Gorey.
January: draw one, 5, 14, 23, 28; draw two, 4, 23, 24, 26; draw three, 13, 17, 23, 24; draw four, 4, 14, 16, 30; draw five, 7, 8, 9, 12.
€50 lucky dip winners were: Bridie Dwyer, c/o James Tomkins (x2); Nicole Kelly, 25 Hazelwood, Gorey; Jim O'Connor, Ballinagran, Ballycanew; Paschal Whitmore, The Avenue, Gorey.
There was no outright winner for both so the next draw will be for €5,800.
Gorey R.F.C. thank those who continue to support the Ruggo. New members are always welcome.
In these early stages of the second half of Leinster's Division 5 league, every point counts and Enniscorthy hockey's men's firsts know that every three points will make a huge difference at the final weekend of the season.
Last weekend the Slaney men travelled to N.S.C. Abbotstown, Dublin, to take on St. Brendan's Phoenix Park. The last time these sides meet was in Enniscorthy, where the visitors took all three points in a tight game that finished 1-0.
This time, in Dublin, the visitors from Wexford took all three points themselves in a reverse of the result with a 1-0 to Enniscorthy.
The south-east men travelled with a strong team but were missing key players Glenn Chapman and Edmundas Liukimas. As the game tipped off you knew this was going to be a tight one as Brendan's started very strong, putting the Enniscorthy defence under pressure, although the visitors were cool and kept the Dubliners at bay.
Graham Hill in goal was called upon in the early stages and showed his dedication and determination as he dived to save a goal, only to have to put his head and helmet in the way to stop a rebound shot. This was a key point in the visitors' game, as all players were going to put their bodies on the line and give everything.
Enniscorthy made good ground down the right side with Liam Jowett, Niall Maguire and Jacob English working very well together to keep the physical Dublin defence busy. St. Brendan's came very close to breaking the deadlock when a long ball came through from midfield, only to rebound off the post and fall into the path of a forward, but fortunately for Enniscorthy, Hill was quick to react and deal with the shot.
Enniscorthy attacked and came close to breaking down the home side's defence through attacks from Roy Chapman and John McWey, and all beautifully controlled from centre midfield by Daithí Medcalf.
Half-time came and it was all square. Donal Doyle took his men in and wanted his boys to keep up the hard work and keep fighting.
In the second-half Enniscorthy were kept busy as St. Brendan's were awarded multiple short corners. Thankfully the short corner defence of Graham Hill, Roy Chapman, Martyn Vietch, Clive Rothwell and Keith Ogilvie was strong and dealt with each and every one.
Keith Ogilvie in particular was strong as he blocked down a number of powerful shots coming his way. On a day that needed the entire squad to be on their game, David Simmons and Andrew Rothwell were also called upon when short corner defence players were forced off due to blood substitutions and were ready to fill their boots.
Enniscorthy were awarded one short corner in the second-half and ended up with a goal from Niall Maguire. St. Brendan's came back at Enniscorthy but the Wexford team were determined to hold onto the one-goal advantage.
The final play of the game was a short corner to St. Brendan's and they put everyone forward as they went in search of a share of the points. The defence was not letting it slip and Keith Ogilvie yet again cleared the ball and it ended with an Enniscorthy win.
A break awaits the Enniscorthy men as they have a weekend off before they take on Suttonians in Enniscorthy on February 20.
Enniscorthy: Graham Hill, Andrew Rothwell, Keith Ogilvie, Clive Rothwell, Martyn Vietch, David Simmons, Daithí Medcalf, Liam Jowett, Roy Chapman, John McWey, Niall Maguire, Jacob English. Coach: Donal Doyle; Manager: Fraser Rothwell.
Enniscorthy ladies' firsts braved the weather to meet rivals Kilkenny on a wet and cold Sunday. 'Scorthy Win' rang out as the girls took to the field against their nemesis.
The first minute saw a short corner to Kilkenny, which resulted in the first of their four goals. Ruth Harrington, Aine O'Brien and Leah Chapman maintained their strong defence from the start, clearing a potential goal in the Enniscorthy circle.
Fiona Rothwell kept her cool and saved a potential goal, as Kilkenny wasted no time in taking a free. A lot of play in the Enniscorthy circle was defended well by Julie Watchorn and Eleanor Bolger.
However, Kilkenny managed a second goal from play. Enniscorthy came back with some great attacking play by Bridget Gainford and Leah Chapman, and Lisa Frayne produced a lovely strike into the Kilkenny circle. However, Kilkenny's defence deprived her of a goal.
Enniscorthy won a short which Molly Boyne passed nicely to Anna Flood who struck it well but again couldn't pass the Kilkenny defence. Leah played a great shadowing game against her marker, which saw her skilfully defend against a goal.
She also hit a great shot in the Kilkenny circle which just missed the post. Caroline Doyle produced great work at midfield, moving the ball up front.
The first goal of the second-half was scored by Kilkenny after ten minutes. Molly Boyne and Anna Flood worked hard up front and won a short corner.
Leah took the strike which narrowly missed the target. Good Kilkenny attacking play saw them score again 15 minutes into the second-half.
Enniscorthy's first goal came five minutes later with a scramble in front of the Kilkenny goal. A flurry of saved shots ended with Nancy Dunphy slotting the ball into the back of the net.
Fiona Rothwell used all her skill to successfully save a brilliant Kilkenny shot on goal. Kilkenny got a short corner but the Enniscorthy defence remained strong.
The game ended with Kilkenny firsts 4-1 victors but the Enniscorthy girls, pleased with their play, are gearing themselves up for their forthcoming cup clash.
Enniscorthy: Fiona Rothwell, Julie Watchorn, Eleanor Bolger, Molly Boyne, Serena Hatton, Anna Flood, Ruth Harrington, Karri Clifford, Leah Chapman, Lisa Frayne, Nancy Dunphy, Aine O'Brien, Avril Buttle, Bridget Gainford, Caroline Doyle.
Enniscorthy Under-14 boys notched another win on Sunday against South East Lions on a 4-1 scoreline. It was a great team effort from the squad.
It took some time to settle down, but once they got going they displayed some great techniques and superb hockey was played. Our next and last league game is Sunday, February 21, against Newbridge in Astro Active Enniscorthy, where it will promise to be another battle.
Enniscorthy: G. Rothwell, S. Rynhart, A. Stewart, J. Doran, H. Somers, R. O'Leary, A. O'Leary, G. Cousins, R. Wallace, S. Veitch, J. Sutton, E. Jacob, C. Dunne, J. Porter, R. Jowett, C. O'Brien, L. Durnan, A. Symes, P. Rogan. A big thank you to coaches Kai Gahan and Kieran Costello.
Enniscorthy travelled in force to the Wicklow Under-12 boys' blitz on Sunday. Coaches Roy Chapman and Dave Medcalf had 16 players at their disposal for the outing on the rain-lashed astro in Glendalough school.
The squad was divided into two teams of eight each - the Eagles and the Emeralds - with both playing three matches. The Emeralds took the bragging rights with a one hundred per cent record, chalking up wins over Bray, Monkstown and Gorey.
The Eagles lost a tense battle with Monkstown, in which goalie Adam Hill was beaten by one shot. Tadgh English and Niall Kehoe bagged a couple of hat-tricks as the side had the better of both Wicklow and Gorey, with three other players also on the mark.