Wanderers Rugby: The Wexford Wanderers second XV hosted St. Mary's College on Saturday at Park Lane in the final home match of the current league campaign.
The home side were under pressure from before kick-off with a number of players being called into the Senior side to cover a growing injury crisis, especially in the front row. The game between the league's bottom two sides started evenly with neither lacking in either attack or defence.
Indeed, the only score of the opening period was a Mary's penalty which separated the sides at the interval.
In the second period Mary's extended their lead with two early unconverted tries. However, quick thinking from replacement scrum-half Richie Watters saw him cut the Mary's defence open for a wonderful converted try.
Mary's then added a second penalty before the man mountain that is Aidan 'Chicken' Stewart scored a try in the corner to cut the lead. Unfortunately, almost immediately from the re-start, Mary's attacked the Wexford line and scored a converted try to extend their lead.
The Wexford side were not finished though, and just before the final whistle Watters scored his second and added two points to leave the final scoreline a respectable 23-19 for Mary's. For Wanderers seconds this season has been just like that with games narrowly lost by single scorelines.
However, Cup season will soon be upon us and with this in mind the seconds will host Enniscorthy at Park Lane next Friday night in a practice match where no doubt there will be some fireworks.
If you are interested in playing rugby, why not come out to training on Wednesday and Friday nights as there is always a warm welcome and a place waiting for you in a game most weekends?
Team: Reece Moore, Steven Roche, Dermot Graham, Pádraig O Turisce (capt.), Helmut Burger-Smit, Aidan Harrington, Thomas Furlong, Owen Cardiff, James O'Connor, Tommy Hudson, Rory Devereux, Steven Scallan, Noel Richards, Craig Hore, Paudge Cousins. Subs. - Kyle Roche, Gavin Doyle, John Hickey, Richie Watters.
David McDonald set the bar high for Menapians Juveniles when he broke the Irish youth 200m record and took bronze in his first Senior championships, but his training partners, (especially the girls!!) stepped it up on Sunday at the Leinster Juvenile championships and showed how much speed is in this south-east club.
Ciarán Maher took his first-ever provincial title over 60m, winning the Under-18 with a new personal best to boot. Sabia Doyle, last year's record breaker, survived three rounds of the Under-14 60m to win another Leinster title, and the ever-improving April Keeling smashed her previous P.B. to take silver in the Under-15 60m with 8.22.
Suzie Brennan also smashed her P.B. with 8.52 in the early rounds, just missing out on a final spot by the narrowest of margins. Liadh Dwyer was also just outside progressing through the rounds in the same age group.
Chloe Whelan ran a season best of 7.99 to take silver in the Under-19 60m and will take this form into her nationals next weekend where she competes over the hurdles and the flat 60.
Ailbhe White ran a great heat in the Under-12 60m to progress to the semis and was unlucky to make a final. Róisín O'Reilly joined team-mates April and Liadh in the long jump and all three girls had a very good competition. There was great running and jumping from these young talented girls and the future looks bright for them indeed!
Jack Hayden took a well-deserved bronze and a P.B. in the Under-17 200m, just pipped for silver, and finished fourth in the 60m. Nathan Murphy was in P.B. territory also, making the final round of the shot putt with a new P.B., and also in the high jump.
Aaron Smith was just outside the qualifiers in the Under-18 200m but will have his hurdles to look forward to in the nationals next weekend. Shane O'Neill ran a great heat in the 60m and had a good long jump competition.
On Sunday it was the turn of our Senior and Masters athletes to compete at their Leinster championships. Shaun Donohue rounded off a great indoor season with a well-deserved win in the 400m after early qualifying through the heats comfortably in second spot.
Anne Gilshenan took gold in her Masters 1,500m in another world class time for her age group as she continues her preparation for the European indoors.
Ruth Bowe was in the medals also, running a 400 P.B. en route to silver in the women's 400m. We are still awaiting official results, but Richard Burns also looks to be in the medals in his Masters category over 1,500m. There was a small group Sunday but a nice return all the same. Well done folks!
All in all it was another great weekend for the club and the future looks bright indeed. Attention now turns to the national finals which take place next weekend in Athlone. Good luck to all involved!
Well done to all the gymnasts from Gymstars Gymnastic Club who took part in the Novice competition which was held in the Astro Active Centre, Enniscorthy, recently.
This was a team competition with the top four scores from each team going towards the final score. There was also individual trophies to be won by the best overall three gymnasts in each section.
Gymstars entered 26 teams and a whopping 26 teams came home with medals. The club won nine first place team medals, eight second place team medals, and nine third place team medals.
In the top prize of individual trophies for the best in each category, nine Gymstars gymnasts won the coveted first place trophies, ten gymnasts won the second place individual trophies, and 14 gymnasts won the third place individual trophies.
In the Under-7 section the Novice Level 6 gymnasts from Gymstars won the bronze team medals while the Level 5 gymnasts also were fabulous and won the bronze medals. This was the first gymnastic competition for most of these gymnasts who ranged in age from five to six years. There were no Individuals for the Under-7 section.
In the Under-8 section the Level 6 team won the gold medals plus Ruth Doyle and Chloe Casey won the third place individual trophies and Aoibhe Murphy won the coveted first place individual trophy.
In the Level 5 section the team also won the gold medals plus Demi Bergin won the third place individual trophy and Lucy Reville won the first place individual trophy. In Level 4 the team took home the silver medals while in the Level 3 section the team also brought home the silver medals and Isabella Booth won the second individual trophy.
In the Under-9 section the club had a team in Level 6, 5, 4 and 3. The Level 6 gymnasts brought home the bronze team medals and Clara Delaney won the second place individual trophy. The Level 5 team won the silver medals and Ella Hurley won the third place individual trophy.
The Level 4 and 3 teams both won the gold medals with Christable Stamp, Chloe Murphy and Robyn Wiggins winning the third, second and first place individual trophies in the level 4 section. Alannah Cummins, Layla Stafford and Eve Kinsella won the third, second and first place individual trophies in the Level 3 section. What an amazing set of Under-9 gymnasts that we have.
In the Under-10 section the club had teams in Level 6, 5, 4, 3 and 2. The teams won one set of bronze medals, one set of silver medals, and three sets of gold medals.
Gymnasts who won third place individual trophies were Mairéad Mulally, Jane Duggan and Amber Shaw. Second place individual trophy winners were Sarah Murphy and Zoe Wildes, and first place individual trophy winners were Niamh O'Brien and Mair Williams.
In the Under-12 section again the club had Gymnasts in Level 6, 5, 4, 3 and 2. The teams won one set of bronze medals, two sets of silver medals and two sets of gold medals, with Anna Sinnott, Beth Byrne and Megan Pernagallo winning third place individual trophies and Yvonne Hennebry, Emer Kervick and Suzie O'Gorman winning the second place individual trophies.
Katie Moran, Isabella Gainford and Jessica Durkovicova all won the much sought after first place individual trophies.
Last but not least was the Over-12 section where teams in Level 6, 5, 4, 3 and 2 took part. The gymnasts won three sets of bronze team medals and two sets of silver team medals.
Grace Flanagan won the third place individual trophy and Ella McDonald won the second place individual trophy.
Well done to all who took part - you did your club proud.
Last weekend saw Bree Athletic Club travel to Athlone to compete in the third round of the Leinster indoor championships. Some of our athletes competing on Saturday were doing so for the first time in this event, and others were competing after long absences.
The club had some impressive performances over the weekend but overall what made us proud was the attitude our athletes showed. Win or lose they left everything on the track, leaving with smiles on their faces and a desire to work hard and improve.
Two boys competing for the first time were Under-12 athletes Robbie Chapman and Ryan Whelan. Ryan competed in the high jump and 60m sprint. He jumped well and was unfortunate not to medal and narrowly missed out on a place in the semi-final of the sprint.
Robbie qualified from the heats to the semi-finals of the 60m sprint and despite a great run in the semi he missed out on a place in the final. Both boys will compete in the All-Ireland relay competition in two weeks' time and this experience will be invaluable.
Also competing for the first time was Corban Brown in the Under-14 60m sprint. He didn't progress to the final, missing out by 0.02 of a second. He is a hard-working athlete and will learn greatly from this experience.
Olivia Howe, who came back to the club after a two-year absence, competed well in the Under-17 60m sprint and made the final of the Under-17 long jump. She ran well and with some hard work she'll be back to winning ways in no time.
Seán Rowley ran in the 60m sprint, breaking the championship record and gaining a silver medal for his efforts. He improved his time with every race, from heats to semis to final, and he produced a new personal best of 8.45.
Katie Whelan ran an impressive 8.36, shaving 0.13 off her personal best time and earned herself a bronze medal in the Under-14 60m sprint in an exciting final.
Aoife Cloke-Rochford competed after nearly a year-long injury. She stormed the finish line in first place, winning gold in the 60m sprint with a personal best time of 7.88.
Sophie McCabe won gold in the 400m sprint with a well-executed race plan, running just under a minute in a time of 59:55. Not content with this medal, Sophie travelled up to compete on Sunday in the Leinster Junior competition. She competed against athletes who were almost three years her senior but this did not stop her and she earned herself yet another gold medal in the triple jump.
The Bree Athletic Club coaches are proud of all our athletes. We continue training at 7 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at Ballyhogue G.A.A. pitch and 7.45 p.m. on Thursdays in Bree Community Centre.
Check us out at breeathletic.com or on Facebook. The All-Ireland indoor championships are up next, and Bree A.C. is ready and waiting.
S.B.R. had a strong turn-out of 13 women and 17 men on a blustery night in Ferns for the first leg of the club's spring league.
Paul Gibbons led from the start and placed first in 5:15 over Patrick Curley. On the women's side, Lillian Lawless was more than ten seconds clear, winning in 6:12.
The next league race is Tuesday, March 8, at 7 p.m. (6.45 p.m. registration) in Ferns over the two-mile distance. Come down and join us next week.
Women's one-mile: 1, Lillian Lawless 6:12; 2, Belinda Kehoe 6:25; 3, Louise Gregan 6:33; 4, Emma Morris 6:35; 5, Dawn Dunbar 6:41; 6, Claire Gibbons 6:55; 7, Elisa Leacy 6:57; 8, Lisa Murphy 7:01; 9, Mairéad O'Neill 7:28; 10, Marie Cullen 7:52; 11, Tina Morris 8:07; 12, Orla Fogarty 8:11; 13, Frances Murphy 8:12; * Tomas Breen 5:31.
Men's one-mile: 1, Paul Gibbons 5:15; 2, Patrick Curley 5:19; 3, Noel Kennedy 5:19; 4, David Leonard 5:21; 5, Jim O'Malley 5:23; 6, Tommy Levingston 5:26; 7, Tomás Breen 5:27 (second timed mile of night); 8, Denis Moynihan 5:35; 9, Stephen Tyrell 5:37; 10, Brian Kearney 5:40; 11, Shane Gregan 5:41; 12, Jarlath Duffy 5:48; 13, Daire Sheridan 5:55; 14, Pa Cronin 6:11; 15, Michael Breen 6:22; 16, Pat Creane 6:33; 17, Robert Doyle 7:09.
Congratulations to Myles and Claire Gibbons on excellent runs at the Wexford Park Run 5k at Johnstown Castle on Saturday, February 27.
Myles won the race, finishing in 16:50, with Claire finishing fifth woman overall in 23:42 and 35th out of more than 200 finishers.
If anybody is interested in joining S.B.R. and would like more information, please contact our Secretary, Louise Kehoe, on 086-8276661 or our P.R.O., Jim O'Malley, on 087-7559683.