S.B.R. A.C.: A busy Bank Holiday weekend of racing for the men and women of S.B.R. saw athletes competing in events across the county and beyond.
On Friday night, David Leonard continued his excellent run of form by winning the Monageer 5k. S.B.R. was also represented well by Brendan Kehoe in third, Pa Cronin, Michael Breen, Pat Creane and Stephen O'Leary.
S.B.R's Bernard Fortune won the MMRA Irish/Munster championships on Carrantuohill Saturday. Well done Bernard!
Also on Saturday, S.B.R. had four athletes competing at the Run the Rock 11k in Aughrim. With a treacherous climb in the first 3k, Trevor Conroy and Noel Kennedy pulled away and ended up finishing first and second against a strong field.
S.B.R. put four runners in the top ten, with Pat Conroy and Jim O'Malley in ninth and tenth respectively out of 149. S.B.R. topped Parnell A.C. of Wicklow and Croghan A.C. to take the team prize.
On Sunday, Paul Gibbons ran a blazing race in hot conditions at the Pearse Road 6k, finishing second to St. Killian's Niall Sheil.
Also on Sunday, Mag O'Leary and Annette Guinan finished joint first in the Bannow-Ballymitty G.A.A. rainbow run.
A beautiful night on Sliabh Buidhe saw 39 runners out on the third leg of the summer league over the 5k distance. After a fast 2k start, the race turned up against the hill for a good long climb before a flying finish back down the side of Sliabh Buidhe.
Once again the Gibbons brothers dueled at the front with Paul leading wire to wire in 17:20, Myles second in 17:25, and Noel Kennedy third in 17:32.
On the women's side, Lillian Lawless showed no sign of slowing down, finishing first in 21:15 and followed by excellent runs from Louise Gregan (21:54) and Ciara Bowe (22:05).
Special thanks to all the volunteers who marked out the course and took times/photographs, and to all the spectators as well. We look forward to seeing you all next week in Ballygarrett along the sea!
Please also remember the Mick Murphy Memorial 5k takes place in Ferns on Saturday, June 18, at 5 p.m., with registration at www.gorun.ie
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.
SLANEY OLYMPIC A.C.
The opening race of the Donohoe's Skoda summer league kicked off with the traditional opener of the one-mile dash on the Old Dublin Road in Enniscorthy.
The hot weather certainly didn't cool down any of the runners, with the first four home within five seconds of each other and all under the five-minute mile. United Striders were first and second, with John McGrath in 4.50 followed by Aidan Rogers in 4.53.
'Farmer' Monaghan was the first Slaney man home in 4.54 in third place, with Bobby Redmond hot on his heels in 4.55.
Kelly Long won the women's race in a fantastic time of 6.02, with Slaney's Vanessa
MsShane just behind in 6.04.
Emily O'Connor and John O'Connor headed to Athlone on Sunday to take part in the Leinster Masters track and field Events. Emily came home with two bronze medals for the 100m and 200m sprints, and John took three silver medals for the 100m sprint, long jump and high jump. Well done!
The annual 6k road race in aid of the Sacre Coeur Boxing Club was held on Sunday in glorious sunshine. A large number of Slaney Olympic members took part, and first man home for the club was 'Farmer' Monaghan while first lady home was Karen Murphy. Well done to all.
Vanessa McShane was the sole member to take part in the gruelling Run The Rock race in Aughrim, Co. Wicklow, and completed the course in 1.05.16. She was also a member of the winning ladies' team. Well done Vanessa.
Mag Sludds and Ger Dempsey were in action on Saturday, taking part in the Tullaroan marathon in Co. Kilkenny. Well done folks.
The next race in the summer league is The Still five-mile road race on Friday, June 10. The race starts at 7.30 p.m. sharp with registration open from 6.45 p.m. Race director is Tracy Kavanagh.
Wexford Swimming Club members attended the Leinster Division 2 Gala in the National Aquatic Centre recently along with coach Mary Duggan. A lot of new times were set and some great personal best times were achieved.
In the morning session, Ana Bates swam the 100m back and 100m free, taking three seconds off her time, and also the 200m free, getting a great eleven-second P.B.
Sarah Murphy was brave enough to swim the 200m fly and set her new time, and was rewarded with the gold medal. She also swam the 100m and 200m free and got P.B's in both and a silver medal.
Hannah Stavar had two swims in the morning and got a five-second P.B. in the 200m back and three-second P.B. in the 100m free.
Pádraic O'Carroll had three events and set his time in the 200m free. He got a P.B. in the 100m breast and went on to take a great 17 seconds off his 200m I.M.
Emmet Cousins swam in four events and set his time in the 200m back and free. He also swam in the 200m I.M. and the 100m fly in which he smashed his previous time by 28 seconds.
Sophie Mahon swam in both morning and afternoon sessions. She got P.B's in the 100m back and 100m free in the morning and started the afternoon with a great 13-second P.B. in the 200m free. She also swam the 100m breast, 100m fly and 200m I.M. and was very close to her previous times.
Joining Sophie for the afternoon was Kate Rossiter-Gargan who set her new time in the 200m I.M. and also got a two-second P.B. in the 100m fly and nine-second P.B. in the 200m free.
Hannah Leacy set her new time in the 200m back and got P.B's in her other three events: six seconds in the 200m free, three seconds in the 100m breast, and one second in the 200m I.M.
Well done to five club swimmers who travelled to Galway to play water polo in the Irish Under-15 Cup. They joined forces with the St. Vincent's club from Dublin.
They won all their games in the first round and got through to play the semi-finals on day two but were unlucky in their matches and finished in fourth place overall. Well done to Thomas Francis, Ciarán Dunne, Denis Miculescu, Adam Mahon and Seán Reck.
The second of our cot sailing championship races was held recently for the Jimmy Nolan Perpetual Trophy.
Results: 1, Tippy Toes; 2, Sunrise; 3, Katy Leigh; 4, Frog; 5, Swannie Lass; 6, The Goose.
Points after two rounds: Sunrise (Philly Cullen), 20; Tippy Toes (Seánie Kehoe), 20; Frog (Paddy Murphy), 17; Swannie Lass (Duke Dempsey), 14; Katy Leigh (Marty Murphy), 13; The Goose (Darren Phillips), 12; Lily (Bernard Nolan), 12; Back In A Minute (Damien Foley), 5; Southend (John Cullen), 3.
Wexford's European champions arrived back from Gydnia in Poland almost three weeks ago now, but such is the nature of our sport combined with work and family commitments, that a trip up to the club for pictures and showing off their medals, diplomas and even a cup this year proved a tough task!
Jennie Carthy won a gold medal and is European snatch champion 2016! And while conditions weather-wise were beautiful, there was different-shaped handles on the kettlebells than the ones we lift at home and it affected quite a few members of not only the Wexford crew but Irish team members also.
This didn't affect Sarah Clifford though, as she had a fantastic lift. She got a competition P.B. with 145 repetitions done in ten minutes with a 16 kg. bell.
Alison Murphy is one of the strongest lifters in our club. Over the last few years she has been so unlucky and missed out on a medal by the narrowest of margins. This year, however, she finally cracked it and put up a massive 195 reps. in ten minutes. This was a personal best in competition and earned her a third place finish and a bronze medal.
Keith Dwyer was our only male competitor to travel. He lifted on both days, doing the biathlon (jerk and snatch) on Friday before lifting again on Saturday. Keith was our only professional athlete which requires him to lift 2 x 32 kg. bells. He finished fifth overall and secured valuable points for team Ireland.
Finally, both Maeve Carey and Kelly Fortune competed in the open amateur category, lifting 16 kg. in the snatch discipline. This was the girls' first time to compete abroad and while no medals were won it was a brilliant learning experience for them both.
Kelly did 105 reps. with a 16 kg. bell and competes under 58 kg. bodyweight. This is a very good foundation and will only get better.
Maeve did 175 reps. and was so unlucky not to place higher and would have done but for unforeseen timing issues. It was so unfortunate for Maeve as she came home a week later and did a re-test when she got 220+ reps. in the gym.
Ireland finished fourth overall in the open and professional categories (there was 27 countries in total in attendance). But on the Sunday, which is veterans' day, Ireland finished a very creditable third place and shared the platform with Russia (first) and Kazakhstan (second).
The whole event was very well run in a state of the art sports hall in the beautiful city of Gydnia which accommodated over 400 athletes from all over the world.
Back home training continues as normal for adults an Juniors alike. Our club will travel to Limerick for a five-minute competition on June 18. Please let Mick know if you are going and what you're planning on doing, i.e. lift and KB weight.
Our Junior lifters will travel to Latvia next month for their European championships and are flat-out in their preparations for it! And, The Cup of Ireland's training programme is on the noticeboard up in the gym too guys. It is our final ten-minute competition in 2016 and also your last chance to go for your ranking.
Also, should there be any spaces in the Irish squad you can compete to win a chance to go to the worlds in Kazakhstan in October.
Wexford Wanderers Under-14s played their first game of the season when they welcomed Bagenalstown to Park on Saturday on a glorious sunny day.
Bagenalstown batted first and scored 84 runs for the loss of three wickets off their 20 overs. The wicket-takers for Wexford were Pierce Arthurs, Kanul Seneviratne and Eoin Bonnington.
In reply, openers Tadhg Bonnington and Pierce Arthurs got the innings off to a great start, putting on 21 runs for the first wicket. Brothers Eoin and Aaron Sheridan-Pope kept the momentum going, with Eoin striking three fine boundaries and Aaron hitting nine runs.
A fine partnership then developed between Elio Simmons with 17 runs to his name and Niall Ennis with eleven, and this stand saw Wanderers close in on victory. Aaron Redmond, Eoin Bonnington and Nath Henwick all batted well, and it was left to Abban Moran to strike the winning boundary.
The team was well skippered by Niall Ennis and another feature of the outstanding performance was a great display of wicket-keeping skills by Aaron Sheridan-Pope.
Next Saturday the team will meet Waterford at the R.S.C. ground starting at 1 p.m. Youths training continues every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Wexford Wanderers Rugby Club.