Wexford Swimming: Wexford Swimming Club had a busy weekend recently, starting with the junior swimmers competing in the New Ross round robin gala.
A total of 20 swimmers took part with all getting P.B's or new times. Coach Andy Trilsbach was very happy with all the swimmers.
Well done to the following who achieved Grade 7 times: David Larkin in the 100m fly, 50m back, 100m back and 100m free; Niall Griffin in the 100m and 50m back; Ruby Middleton in the 50m fly and 100m free; Orla Griffin in the 50m free; Emmet Cousins in the 50m free; Grisha Dietvorst in the 50m and 100m free.
Well done also to Helen Barry, Mateusz Sznajder, Elise Cahill, Max Sweetman, Tristan Cahill, Sarah O'Mahoney, Louise Doyle, Pádraic O'Carroll, Peter Doyle, Róisín Lawless, Róisín Doyle, Abbie Kershaw, Eliza Kelly and Juliet Kelly who all had great swims.
The more senior swimmers took part in the Leinster long course gala in the N.A.C. in the 50m pool. In the girls' section, Ana Bates swam in the 200m free and set her time. Sarah Murphy swam the 200m and 400m free and matched her previous best times.
Georgina Steel competed in the 200m and 400m free and also the 200m back and 200m I.M. and got very close to her previous times.
In the boys' section Dillon Cousins swam in the 400m free, 200m free, 200m back and 200m breast and matched nearly all his P.B. times.
Liam Devaney had a great morning's swimming. He started with the 400m free where he took an impressive one minute 39 seconds off his time. He continued on and took eight seconds off his 200m breast and three seconds off his 200m I.M.
Michael Leacy started the day off well with a two-second P.B. in the 400m free and an eight-second P.B. in the 200m breast. He also competed in the 200m I.M. and 200m free and, although he swam well, he finished just outside his P.B. times.
David Matthews competed in the 200m breast, I.M., free and 400m I.M. and although he swam well he finished just outside his P.B. times. Denis Miculescu had a great morning, getting P.B's in the 200m breast and I.M., and he matched his 200m free and 200m back times in the afternoon.
Adam Mahon also started off with a great ten-second P.B. in the 400m free. He went on to take three seconds off both his 200m free and 200m I.M. and finished off the day with the 200m back in which he put up a slight bit of time.
Niall Reck had a great start to the day, taking 18 seconds off his 200m breast and then matching his time in the 200m I.M. In the afternoon session he finished just outside his time in the 200m back and finished up the day with a P.B. in the 200m free.
Cameron Steel swam in the 400m free, 200m free and 200 I.M. and finished very close to his times. Darragh Sinnott got a great three-second P.B. in the 200m I.M. and then got a further two-second P.B. in the 200m free.
Eoghan Mahon started off slowly, putting up a little time on his 200m breast but more than making up for it when he got P.B's in both the 200m I.M. and 200m free and finished the day with a great six-second P.B. in the 400m I.M.
Seán Reck started off well with a four-second P.B. in the 200m breast and a great five-second P.B. in the 200m I.M. He went on to match his times in the 200m free and 200m back.
Coaches Mary Duggan and Mariusz Sznajder were very happy with all the swimming and the results, considering it was a very long day starting at 7.30 a.m. and not over until 6 p.m. for some swimmers.
Well done also to our Under-16 water polo team, playing their hearts out and performing brilliantly in Lisburn. They lost narrowly to two well-established teams, one of whom went on to reach the semi-finals.
These young boys have improved so much in such a short space of time under the guidance of George Dunne and Murt Francis. Well done Niall Reck, Seán Reck, Michael Leacy, Adam Mahon, Conor Mahoney, Liam Devaney, David Matthews, Denis Miculescu and Jason Dempsey.
Sunday saw Wexford firsts take on Enniscorthy firsts in the first round of the South East Cup. The last time the sides met they couldn't be separated with the game ending in a 1-1 draw. Both teams approached the game knowing that all was to play for.
The game very quickly picked up pace. The ball travelled end to end but it was obvious from the beginning that Wexford were up to the challenge with some great link-ups with the midfields and forwards.
Wexford applied enormous pressure on the Enniscorthy defence very early on, looking to open the scoring with some great play and on-target shots. However, Fiona Rothwell was solid and showed that she was a force to be reckoned with in the Enniscorthy goal.
Wexford continued to dominate possession in the first-half and were eventually rewarded when the as always dynamic duo of Miriam Lambert and Lisa Codd linked to none other than Muireann McCarthy who left nothing to doubt and slotted the ball into the goal.
The half-time whistle sounded and the scoreboard read 1-0 in favour of a strong and sharp Wexford side. Enniscorthy came hard and fast at the beginning of the second-half and were rewarded with a number of short corners that they couldn't convert, and the Wexford defence remained steadfast.
Wexford picked up pace and looked to add to the scoreboard. They were clinical in their approach in this half. Some sharp, perfectly-timed passing from Ruth Bowe who found the stick of the tenacious Miriam Lambert proved fruitful, with Miriam blasting the ball into the goal.
Enniscorthy tried their best to rally and tested the solid Wexford defence of Miriam Joyce, Sinéad Dempsey, Joanne Grant and Ciara McGrath to no avail.
Wexford were awarded their own share of short corners too. Miriam Lambert struck yet another ball to the back of the net from a short, essentially sealing the fate of the Enniscorthy team.
Wexford continued to dominate and were rewarded for their diligence with another two goals, one from some superb play from Lisa Codd and another from Avril Jones who nipped in behind the defence and slotted the ball past the 'keeper.
Wexford: Deirdre Colfer, Sinéad Dempsey, Joanne Grant, Miriam Joyce, Ciara McGrath, Ciara O'Leary, Ruth Bowe, Mary Barrett, Lisa Codd, Avril Jones, Muireann McCarthy, Sharon Kenny, Miriam Lambert.
Wexford Hockey Club is hosting a table quiz on Thursday, February 25, in the Talbot at 8 p.m., with Tom Dempsey as quiz master and great raffle prizes. It's guaranteed to be a great evening, so please come along as the club would really appreciate your support.
It's that time of year again in Wexford Kettlebell Club, as we are only days away from our national championships being held in the Delta Sports Dome in Limerick.
All 29 athletes (including our Juniors) who are competing have been training since early December, and three months of hard work will all be over after ten minutes on the platform, on either Saturday or Sunday depending on the lift.
The women/girls will be up first on Saturday competing in the snatch discipline, and the guys will be doing biathlon - this lift comprises a ten-minute jerk set with two bells and finishing with the ten-minute snatch using one bell.
The long-cycle event will be on Sunday. It's important to make sure your annual membership to the A.I.K.L.F. is paid up-to-date this week or if not you will not be allowed to lift.
As usual our fantastic Junior squad will be doing their thing on the platform with more than a medal at stake here. The Under-18s and Under-16s are battling for a place on the Irish team and a chance to compete at the European Youth Championships in Latvia in July.
The adults are also competing for a place on the Irish squad and their chance to shine at the European championships in Poland in May.
With 29 athletes from Wexford, we will again have the biggest team competing in Limerick. Not only the biggest but one of the strongest, with three athletes in the professional category: Kathleen Cleary will snatch the 24 kg. bell while Paul Kelly and Keith Dwyer will be lifting two 32 kg. bells in their respective lifts, and anyone who steps up to that level deserves massive respect and the very best of luck.
We have some new members this year for whom Limerick will be their first big ten-minute competition and also their first nationals. Junior lifters David Kelly and Kian Butler will long-cycle two eight kg. bells.
And we have two new ladies who joined us last year so both Maeve Carey and Kelly Fortune will be competing the snatch with a 16 kg. bell.
Chloe Kehoe, one of our Junior members, has been incredibly busy for the last few weeks, as we have changed our hoodies. Chloe was instrumental in getting them organised and dealing with the company 'Bodibro', so fair play Chloe, you did a great job and we're all looking 'fabulous'!
Wexford Kettlebell Club also runs a weekly lotto and tickets are on sale at reception. Tickets cost €1.50 and the jackpot stands at €9,800 this week. Members are asked to take a book if possible or buy a couple a tickets at the desk.
Please make sure filled books/money are returned the following Monday evening.
Wexford Kettlebell Club training continues in Total Fitness Systems, Westpoint, every Monday from 6-7 p.m., Wednesday from 7.30-9 p.m. and Friday from 6-8 p.m., with Junior Kettlebell Club every Saturday at 10 a.m.
The cost is only €5 per class, all levels of fitness are catered for, and absolute beginners are welcome at any of the sessions. So bite the bullet, come on up, try something new and bring a friend! For any more details contact Mick Kelly on 086-2621488.
CARNE RIDING CLUB
Sunday was another successful day at the office for Carne Riding Club, featuring back-to-back wins for Ian Grace on Brocnas Orb in the open class of the Three Rocks leg of the South-East dressage league.
Mel hammell was third in the advanced Intermediate competition with Taylor's Slaney Sruise. In the young horse class, Joy French on Lilly Rose was first and Leeanne O'Keeffe was second on Lilly.
In the Intermediate section, Bridgetown Dancer and Gemma Cousins were third while Nessa O'Sullivan was fourth with Moon Dance.
Finally, in the advanced primary competition, Breda Rowe was third with Beech Tree Glitter Or Gold.
The Wexford Wanderers Under-12 side marked a new chapter for the club recently when they became the first side to play a team from Lithuania.
The tourists from the Klaipedos Kavos club were the guests at Park Lane on the final leg of their Irish tour which had seen them face Waterford the previous day and also saw them watching Leinster face Italian side Zebre on the previous Friday.
The side is based in the northern suburbs of the Lithuanian city of Klaipeda which is located on the Baltic coast and is the country's third-largest city with a population of approximately 160,000.
While rugby in Eastern Europe has traditionally been strong in countries such as Romania, Georgia and Russia, the popularity of the game has grown in Lithuania since independence in 1992 and a number of sides now compete regularly, with women's rugby also growing strongly in the country.
Wanderers were delighted to have the opportunity to host the visitors, and Under-12 coach Des Dempsey is to be credited for ensuring that the visitors faced a strong Wexford side keen to enjoy a unique rugby contest.
Credit is also due to the Wanderers support staff including Helen White who ensured a post-match banquet was prepared for the visitors while they watched the Italy versus England game on the big screen.
Jeff Nolan is the Newbawn Darts Club champion for 2016 as he held his nerve on Wednesday on the final night of the league to see off the challenge of David Murphy and Tom Kent.
Jeff had a really good start to the league and he was always up around the top of the table. Well done Jeff, and now we will see if he can take the win on Super Saturday which is on March 12.
The ladies' section saw Caroline Bradley take the spoils as she had a really solid year and was the favourite from a long way out. She didn't disappoint as she held off all challengers to wrap up the title in some style.
Congratulations to both of our winners and also to the rest of the club members who made it a season to remember. We still have the play-offs this Wednesday, February 24, to see who will make the final spots in the 'B' championship and the ladies' section for Super Saturday.
Here then are the names of the players and their ranking and pot placements for the relevant competitions - Super Saturday main section seedings: Pot 1, Jeff Nolan, David Murphy, Tom Kent, Jack Faragher; Pot 2, Jim Roche, Paul Murphy, Jacko French, P.J. Byrne; Pot 3, Colm Noblett, Alan Bennett, Tommy Elmes, Philip Tomkins; Pot 4, Kevin Leahy, Shane Roche, Garry Bradley, Johnny Delaney.
'B' championship seedings: Pot 1, Nicky White, Paul Cooper, Paul Delaney, Tom Bradley; Pot 2, Trevor Breen, Jimmy Newport, Lee White, Thomas Kehoe; Pot 3, Aiden O'Neill, Charlie Delaney, Charlie Bradley, Niall Bradley; Pot 4, John Kilkenny, John Sinnott Snr., Michelle Bradley, Inez Brennan.
Could any player who is not available to play in their section please let Caroline, Eamonn or Garry know ASAP? As usual the ladies' and 'B' championship will play down to the final pairing on Wednesday, and both of these finals will be played off before the main event showpiece on March 12.
Finally, thanks a million to Kay and Nicky and the family for all of their help this season in running the club. Last but by no means least, thanks to you, the members, who make the club what it is.
ST. JOSEPH'S A.C.
It may be only February but the weekend just passed for St. Joseph's athletes will be hard to surpass. Athletes from Under-12 to Masters wore the green and white singlet with pride over distances ranging from 100 metres to an ultra marathon at five different venues throughout the country.
All roads led to Athlone for the Leinster indoor championships. An amazing number of 34 club athletes competed over the weekend with many in action on both Saturday and Sunday.
Competing against the best Juvenile athletes in Leinster. they produced some superb individual performances, but none better than Eoin Kennedy who followed up silver and bronze relay medals on Saturday with a new personal best of 4.78 metres and first place in the boys' Under-14 long jump on Sunday.
Achieving personal bests to win gold medals was the order of the day, with Sarah Lawlor and Shane Power emulating Eoin's achievement in winning the girls' Under-18 triple jump and boys' Under-19 pole vault respectively. Naoimh O'Connor upheld the proud race walking tradition of the club in finishing an excellent third in the Under-14 walk.
Evan O'Toole was an unlucky fourth in the Under-13 long jump and Tomás Mullally led the final of the 600m for the first two laps, but was overtaken on the third and final lap and finished in a brave fifth place.
Sarah Lawlor and Clara Kennedy both finished in fifth position in the Under-18 and Under-19 200m final. Oisín Griffin ran very well to finish sixth in the final of the Under-16 800m, and his sister, Danielle, was equally brave in finishing ninth in the Under-13 600m.
Linda Lawlor finished in twelfth place in the Under-16 800m and Áine Purcell finished 14th in the Under-12 600m final.
The superb individual medal-winning performances were matched by fantastic displays in relay events. The girls' Under-14 team of Áine McDonald, Sophie Mullally, Erin Foley and Marie Claire O'Dwyer (subs. - Aoife Byrne and Danielle Griffin) ran a superb heat to finish second and qualify for the final of the 200m relay, and they ran even better in the final to win Leinster silver medals.
Not to be outdone, the boys ' Under-14 team of Danny Glennon, Eoin Kennedy, Tomás Mullally and Cathal Beirne (sub. - Evan O'Toole) all ran superbly to also finish in second place in their final. The boys' Under-15 team of Eoin Kennedy, Killian Griffin, Alex Hughes and Cathal Beirne were third in another great final performance.
The following athletes not listed previously ran their hearts out in both relay and individual events but did not qualify for finals against the best Juveniles in Leinster: Grace Glennon, Bronagh Doolan, Caitlin Mullally, Rachel Foley, Maeve Bookle, Holly Hughes, Mairéad Mullally, Katie Bookle, Ciara Mullally, Aidan Kehoe and Aidan Lawlor.
Senior club athletes were competing at four different races over the weekend. Donadee, Co. Kildare, was the place to be on Saturday but it was not for the faint-hearted.
This was a 50k ultra-marathon race through forests, hills and paths, and intrepid marathon duo Tom McDonald and Anita Barry took on this massive challenge and proved well up to the task, completing the race in 4:25 and 4:32 respectively.
Next up was the Mount Juliet 10k in Kilkenny, and St. Joseph's had three athletes on the start line. First in from the club over a very hilly course was Michael Power in 47:47, followed closely behind by Rocky Mernagh in 48:04, with Ciarán Cullen crossing the line in 51:33. It is fantastic to see all three back competing again after long struggles with injury.
Michael Ryan took on the Tramore Duathlon which consists of a 5k run and 18k cycle followed by a 3.5k run.
The Enniscorthy 10k always boasts one of the highest-quality fields in the south-east, with many of the best club athletes from Dublin and further afield on the start line. This year was no exception and Sally Forristal was inspired to run a fantastic new personal best time of 38:06.
That superb time meant that she was the second lady to finish, only being beaten by one of the best distance runners in Ireland in Lizzie Lee who finished 13th in the recent European cross-country championships. It was a proud day for Sally.