Enniscorthy Rugby: The new season is just around the corner for Enniscorthy R.F.C. and with it brings the opportunity to go one better than last year and become an U.B.L. Senior status club. But before all that serious stuff we have one of the biggest nights in our summer/social calendar to attend to.
This Saturday , August 13, the finals of our annual tag rugby competition take place at 7.30 p.m. The club will be a hive of activity with tag rugby, barbeque, music and fun.
Throughout the summer, in sun or rain, teams of four men and three women have come to the rugby club to play 40-minute games in the hope of winning their league.
Tag is a non-contact sport where players make 'tackles' by pulling tags off an opponent's shorts. It is a fast and exciting game where ball skills and speed are of huge importance!
Each team has played ten games leading up to the finals and cups are up for grabs in Advanced, Intermediate and Veteran divisions. The three cup finals will be the last games of the night, all running simultaneously on the front pitch under lights at 8.30 p.m.
After the finals there will be the presentations of cups, M.V.P. awards and the dreaded wooden spoon (given to the team at the bottom of each league). The presentations will be followed by a D.J. and a late bar.
It will be a great evening of rugby and night of fun and craic! If you come to the club during the season for games or haven't been up at Ross Road in a few years, come up and see what we have to offer.
SLANEY OLYMPIC A.C.
Lar and Bridget Doyle were the race directors for the latest leg of the Donohoe Skoda summer league which was held in Camross over a 7k course.
This time around, the race was ran in the opposite direction to previous years which made for a faster finish at the Camross Ballroom. With a large number of members in the midst of marathon training, numbers were down on previous races but 50 runners started at 7.30 p.m. sharp in glorious sunshine.
'Farmer' Monaghan continued his clean sweep, winning in a time of 24.49, and first Slaney man home was Bryan Crouch in 26.06.
Also continuing her winning streak Emily O'Connor who was first lady in 30.09, and Kelly Long was the first Slaney lady across the line in 31.41. Spot prize winners were Declan O'Brien and Mike Banville.
Lar and Bridget would like to thank all the marshals and helpers who turned up to lend a hand. The next race is the Ballindaggin 6k next Friday, August 12, with registration from 6.45 p.m. in Jordan's Lounge.
The race starts at 7.30 p.m., and race directors are Ciara Kearney and Emily O'Connor.
United Striders hosted their annual five-mile road race on Saturday evening in Terrerath just outside New Ross. First home for the club was 'Farmer' Monaghan in 28.29, and first lady home for Slaney was Maura Neville in 38.51.
Full club results: 'Farmer' Monaghan 28.29, Bobby Redmond 28.54, Billy Reck 29.27, Mick Morrissey 33.27, Maura Neville 38.51.
'Farmer', Bobby, Billy and Maura were all prize-winners! Well done folks.
The national half-marathon was held on Sunday in Dublin and incorporated the Rock and Roll marathon. Brian Maher led the Slaney contingent home in 1.28.28, and the first Slaney lady home was Deirdre Bowers in 2.05.44.
Half-marathon club results: Brian Maher 1.28.28, Michael Coughlan 1.46.25, Dooley French 2.00.09, Deirdre Bowers 2.05.44, Orla Doyle 2.07.03, Bernie Millar 2.11.00, Yvonne Rossiter 2.16.37.
5k results: Dooley French 22.16, Orla Doyle 26.14, Bernie Millar 27.49.
Slaney Olympic's Jim Stafford was the overall winner last weekend in the Johnstown Castle Parkrun in a new P.B. time of 17.14 for the course. Also taking part from Slaney Olympic was Kay O'Regan who completed the race in 28.39.
S.B.R. runners were busy last weekend with strong turn-outs in both the United Striders five-mile road race in New Ross as well as the Rock and Roll half-marathon in Dublin which doubled as the Irish half-marathon championships.
Well done to everyone who competed and we look forward to seeing you all at the finale of the S.B.R. summer league on Thursday in Camolin Wood at 7 p.m.
At the United Striders five-mile road race on Saturday night, Myles Gibbons led home a strong contingent of S.B.R. runners with a fourth place finish and first in the Over-40 age category in 27:09.
Paul Gibbons was fifth overall in 28:18 and first in the Over-35 category, with Tommy McElwaine eleventh overall in 29:24 and winning the Over-45.
Lillian Lawless was the sixth woman home in a super time of 34:38 which won her the women's Over-45 age category. Claire Gibbons also had a fantastic run in 39:12 which was good enough for 67th overall.
At the Dublin Rock and Roll half-marathon on Sunday, David Leonard led home the men in a very strong finish with a 1:21:29 in windy conditions, with Belinda Kehoe running a fantastic race to lead home the women in 1:43:44.
Adrian Doyle ran a new P.B. of 1:29:30 and Eugene Doherty finished a brilliant second overall in the men's Over-60 category in 1:31:08. Michael Breen also ran a P.B. with a 1:44:17.
A beautiful evening in Ferns on Thursday saw 13 women and 17 men race the one-mile distance in the Main Road from Enniscorthy to the finish line of the Mick Murphy at Ferns Castle. Familiar names led the way with Myles Gibbons winning the men's side in five minutes flat and Lillian Lawless taking top honours in 6:17.
Paul Gibbons (5:04) was second, followed by Trevor Conroy (5:10), and in the women's race young Darragh Breen ran a brilliant 6:45 followed by Belinda Kehoe (6:48) and Christine Hill (6:57).
Well done all and thank you to Pat Crean for the race car duties and all of the helpers with the timing and finish.
It was great to see so many good performances and so many people out training and racing in and around Ferns. Please come down and join us Thursday night in Camolin Wood.
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.
The annual Wexford Wanderers R.F.C. golf day will be held this Friday, August 12, at Wexford Golf Club, Mulgannon.
This year the golf day is once again sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care and some limited places are still available for teams to register for this highly-popular annual event.
This event will from now one be re-named the Eamonn MacCarthy Memorial Cup after the former Wanderers President, Captain and Hon. Secretary who passed away during the past season and who had organised and managed the event for many years, mixing his love of rugby and golf.
The golf day itself raises much-needed funds for the day-to-day running of the club and has proven to be one of the club's most popular social outings for many years, coming as it does just before the start of the new rugby season.
Teams of four can enter for a great price of €160, which includes a round of golf, meal and of course the legendary post-golf socialising which has made this event one of the must-attend events on the local golf, rugby and social scene.
Further details, tee-times and entry forms are available from John Fagan on 086-8310296 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Irish squash number two Brian Byrne conducted a coaching session at Barntown Squash Club on Saturday, August 6.
Byrne, originally from Carlow, took a sabbatical from his job as a teacher two years ago to turn professional and is now playing on the Professional Squash Association circuit around the world.
Brian went through all the basics of this fascinating sport often referred to as 'physical chess' as players constantly try to out-think their opponent whilst on the go.
Brian ended the session with a few games with members, with the highlight coming when club legend Jim Hillis pushed his more illustrious opponent very close and dazzled the large crowd in attendance with his drops, lobs and cross-court nicks!
The club Chairman, John Hatchell, thanked Brian for freeing up his busy pre-season schedule and all the members who attended.
Hatchell acknowledged the co-operation of the Community Centre committee who work closely with the Squash Club to ensure the excellent facilities are maintained to the highest standards.
Since the club was re-launched in 2014 the membership levels have risen to an unprecedented 190 where members enjoy a host of excellent benefits such as 24/7 access, online booking, in-house box leagues/ladders, and all for just €2 per person per game.
Membership will re-open in September/October 2016, but if you do wish to visit the club and discover why Forbes Magazine voted squash the world's healthiest sport, then use the contact us form at www.barntownsquashclub.com.
ST. LEONARDS F.C.
James Walsh's team were the winners of the annual David Browne and Ivan Duffin memorial five-a-side tournament sponsored by Rosie's of Dunmain over the bank holiday weekend.
The organisers from St. Leonards F.C. would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all the teams which took part - James Keating, Mastiff, Duncannon F.C., John O'Neill's, Unbelievables, Young Lads, The Boys and James Walsh.
Thanks to everyone who turned up to support their team, and to Richie Dwyer and Peter O'Rourke for refereeing the games. A special thanks to Seán Parker, Larry Ryan, John Rossiter and Eamonn Kent for organising the competition.
A tightly-contested President's Prize held over two days was won by Michael Hegarty with 53 points. The top three were only separated by countbacks, all with the same points.
It was a great weekend of golf for our President, Michael Carty, with a fantastic crowd of members in the clubhouse for the presentations on Saturday evening.
The Tom Funge Memorial Cups boys' and girls' open will be held in Courtown Golf Club on Thursday, August 11, sponsored by Funge's of Gorey.
It will be a stableford competition for anyone under 18 on January 1. The handicap limit is boys 10-18 and girls 36.
Please contact the club on 05394-25166 for timesheet availability.
Best of luck to our Duggan Cup team in the semi-final next Sunday in Edenderry. Please get out and support the team.
Our Junior team is in action in the Popplewell Cup on Tuesday. Best of luck.
Four-person team event, Sunday, July 31, sponsored by Lombard & Cullen: 1, Henry Dale (17) ,Seamus Grogan (14), Caroline Dale (30), Mary Grogan (29), 100 points (last nine); 2, Jimmy McDonald (10), Eamonn Byrne (15), Leslie Masterson (21), John Maher (13), 100 points; 3, Sorcha Howell (4), Elaine Murphy (27), Mairéad Sunderland (19), Emer Bruton (20), 98 points.
Open four-person team event, Monday, August 1: 1, Tom McGrath (10), Alan McDunphy (12), Tony Smyth (14), Ciarán Doyle (18), 56.6; 2, Seamus Kennelly (8), Chris Sheeran (16), John Doran (18), M. Cooper (36), 58.2 (last nine); 3, Tom Lynch (10), Stephen O'Brien (13), Evan Stack (17), Damien Dillon (28), 58.2.
Open gents' singles, Wednesday, August 3: 1, Danny Whitty (17), 40 points; 2, Michael Carty (15), 37 points (last nine); 3, Anthony Chow (17), 37 points; gross, Des Roche (6), 28 points; eleven holes, John Caffrey (15), 24 points.
Gents' open Seniors, Thursday, August 4: 1, Pat Kenny (15), 41 points; Cat.1: 1, Tony Sheriff (15), 39 points; 2, Edward O'Malley (Castlewarden, 13), 36 points; Cat. 2: 1, Pat Cousins (Enniscorthy, 20), 37 points (last nine); 2, Larry Burke (Stackstown, 14), 37 points; Cat. 3: 1, Eamon Mahoney (16), 38 points; 2, John Bolger (18), 36 points.
President's prize, Friday and Saturday, August 5 and 6: 1, Michael Hegarty (9), 53 points (last nine); 2, Lee Bodger (4), 53 points (last nine); 3, Jimmy Flynn (24), 53 points; gross, Barry Symes (3), 44 points; 4, Ralph Lennon (9), 52 points; 5, George Horan (8), 52 points; 6, Jason Kinsella (19), 51 points; 7, Joe Simpson (16), 50 points (last six); 8, Mark Morris (8), 50 points; 9, Donal Noonan (10), 50 points; 10, Andy Hickey (9), 50 points; past Presidents, Jimmy Flynn (24), 38 points; best nett day one, 18 holes, Tom Lynch (10), 36 points; best nett day two, 18 holes, Jim Peppard (21), 36 points; veterans, Eamon Mahoney (15), 49 points; Juniors: 1, Ciarán Sheridan (2), 34 points; 2, Cillian Hughes (4), 32 points; ladies' nine holes: 1, Ann Morgan (29), 23 points; 2, Denise Kavanagh (14), 22 points; 3, Clare Kinsella (32), 20 points.
Our recent outing was Marky Murphy's Captain's prize in Mount Wolseley Golf Club.
George Foley took home the glassware with a couple of shots to spare from Aiden Molloy.
Results: 1, George Foley (13), 37 points; 2, Aiden Molloy (30), 35 points; 3. Mark O'Mahoney (3), 33 points; Cat. 1: 1, Alan Chapman,31; 2, Cyril Stafford, 30; 3, Aiden Cullen, 30; Cat. 2: 1, Lorcan Barden, 33; 2, Liam Stafford, 31; 3, Kenny Barrett, 30; Cat. 3: 1, Adrian Burford, 31; 2, David Chapman, 29; 3, John Conway, 26; longest drive/smallest man, Marky Murphy; nearest pin, John Whelan; front nine, John Whelan; back nine, Tommy Murphy.
Mark O'Mahoney has closed the gap on Colm Murphy's lead in the Molloy's Bar golfer of the year to four points with Aiden Cullen closely following.
The next outing is on August 13 in New Ross Golf Club.