Club call

Published 20/08/2016 | 00:00

Conor Gormley in action in the Junior tennis open in Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club
Conor Gormley in action in the Junior tennis open in Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club
Christine Hill, winner of the S.B.R. most improved female athlete award, with Louise Kehoe (Secretary)
Tom Kavanagh, winner of the S.B.R. most improved male athlete award, with Louise Kehoe (Secretary)

Gorey Cricket: Gorey Cricket Club, based in the grounds of Courtown Hibernians A.F.C., have had a wonderfully successful season both in Senior and Junior age-groups.

Established in 2015, Gorey C.C. can now boast of 60-plus members with numbers steadily growing, our teams having played clubs from Mount Juliet, Wexford, Waterford, Bagenalstown, Carlow and Greystones to name but a few.

The popularity of cricket was evident during the spring months when Gorey, along with Wexford Wanderers in conjunction with Cricket Leinster, launched its first primary school coaching sessions in Co. Wexford.

Schools from Kilanerin, Kilmore, Kilnamanagh, Curracloe, Barntown, Riverchapel as well as a host of schools from Gorey, New Ross and Wexford town took part.

Chief mentor Herbie Honohan is confident more schools are eager to come on board, and after the initial schools finals were held in Gorey, it is anticipated that a one-day competition may inevitably become a three-day event, incorporating the number of schools wishing to participate.

The cricket season is now coming to a conclusion, and our Junior teams will finish their home campaign against Wexford Wanderers on Saturday, August 20, at 11 a.m.

A fun-filled day is promised for all enthusiasts with barbequed food served until the final innings. Gorey's under-age academy is particularly strong in numbers, in the main testament to coaches Mark Leonard, Chris Sheeran and Cliff Stewart.

Our Senior Taverners team will finish their campaign against Arthur's Knights, Dublin, in Courtown on Sunday, August 28, at 4 p.m. Everybody is welcome to attend as a jovial atmosphere will ensue, plus it will be fitting finale and a social occasion.

It is our objective to enter into the Leinster League, both for our Senior and Junior teams, with a series of fundraising initiatives planned over the coming months. The installation of an artificial wicket is our main priority, a necessary pre-requisite in ensuring top-class cricket.

All support will be appreciated. Follow us on our Facebook page (Gorey cricket club), e-mail goreycricketclub.com or alternatively contact Al on 086-1599074.

SLANEY OLYMPIC A.C.

The rolling hills around Ballindaggin didn't deter any of our 60 runners who took to the start line for the sixth race of the Donohoe Skoda summer league, hosted by race directors Ciara Kearney and Emily O'Connor.

Also in action for the first time was the club's new digital clock under the watchful eye of our timekeepers, Helena, Paul and Kevin.

Race winner was Niall Sheil of St. Killian's in a time of 20.41, and first Slaney man home was 'Farmer' Monaghan in 21.06. First lady home was Kilmore's Jackie Carthy in 25.02, and first Slaney lady was Katey Gregan in 28.38.

Spot prize winners were Helena Browne and Orla Doyle. Many thanks to all marshals, helpers and bakers, it is always greatly appreciated.

Thanks also to Denis' kebab shop for sponsoring the water at the finish line, and to Jordan's Pub for use of their lounge for refreshments.

The next race is the Monageer 5k on Friday, August 19. Race directors are Martina O'Sullivan and Conaill Cooper.

S.B.R. A.C.

The tenth and final round of the 2016 S.B.R. summer league took place on a lovely warm evening in Camolin woods on Thursday, and it was great to see such a good turn-out of runners and supporters to finish up the series.

The 5k race took place over the same course that St. Patrick's G.A.A. had used for their trail race a couple of weeks ago. Myles Gibbons and Lillian Lawless continued their dominance of the league, in fact Lillian made it a perfect ten out of ten for the summer with victory.

This is great consistency by the Ballygarrett lady, while Myles was winning his seventh race out of ten. The top standings for the league are as follows -

Men's grade A: 1, Myles Gibbons; 2, Paul Gibbons; 3, Denis Moynihan; 4, Noel Kennedy.

Men's grade B: 1, Tomás Kavanagh; 2, Tomás Breen; 3, Stephen Tyrrell; 4, Tommy Levingston.

Men's grade C: 1, Richie Lynch; 2, Mick Sweeney; 3, Michael Breen; 4, Pa Cronin.

Ladies' grade A: 1, Lillian Lawless; 2, Belinda Kehoe; 3, Emma Morris; 4, Claire Gibbons.

Ladies' grade B: 1, Christine Hill; 2, Louise Kehoe; 3, Karen Crehan.

Ladies' grade C: 1, Mag O'Leary; 2, Annette Guinan; 3, Marie Cullen; 4, Frances Murphy.

Most improved athletes: male, Tomás Kavanagh; female, Christine Hill.

On Saturday, Tomás Kavangh continued his great summer by finishing a strong second in the JFK Park Run 5k in New Ross in 17:41.

Sliabh Buidhe Rovers A.C. are hosting the Ferns half-marathon on Sunday, October 9, at 10 a.m., so if you're out training come along and join us - ideal preparation also for the Dublin Marathon!

There will be cash prizes, a finisher medal and goody bag! The entry fee is only €25. Enter online - 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.

UNITED STRIDERS A.C.

Wexford native Andrew Connick, running for Ferrybank A.C., was the well-deserved winner of United Striders A.C's five-mile stride, around the roads of Tererrath, New Ross, recently.

In a top-class field, Ballyfin's Colin Maher finished second, with last year's winner Niall Sheil (St. Killian's) taking third place. With a winning time of 25 minutes 27 seconds, the pace was fast from the start, with Connick, Maher and Sheil establishing an early lead on the chasing pack headed by regular visitors Myles and Paul Gibbons (S.B.R.), Martin Monaghan (Slaney Olympic) and local man John McGrath.

With a stiff uphill finish, the winner made a decisive push in the last mile to win in great style, 22 seconds ahead of the Laois native, who in turn was 50 seconds clear of Sheil, who turned in another great performance in this race.

S.B.R. had a great evening, with Paul and Myles Gibbon and the ever-popular Tommy McElwaine all winning their age categories. Also winning category prizes for the home club were Mick O'Gorman and Ted Flannelly.

Irish international Una Britton (Kilcoole) made her journey to New Ross well worthwhile, winning the ladies' event in a time 28 minutes 48 seconds. Last year's winner, Jackie Carthy, ran another great race over this course to finish second ahead of third-placed Yvonne MacAuley, from Dublin's Crusaders.

In a very competitive renewal of the ladies' race, Sally Forristal (St. Joseph's) and Annaleigh Hore (Kilmore) filled the next two places. Category winners for the ladies were Dee Ní Cearbhaill (Crusaders), Mary Doolan (St. Joseph's), Lillian Lawless (S.B.R.), Mary Gaynor (Menapians) and Bridget O'Flynn.

The final prize of the evening, the Seamus Burke trophy, was won by the United Striders team of John McGrath, Ted Flannelly, Alan O'Connor, Matt Flannelly, David Byrne and Luke Butler. Named after a great friend of the club and with three generations of Burkes on hand to present the trophy, it was a fitting end to a fantastic day.

The club would like to thank all participants, both runners and walkers, for supporting our annual road race. Hopefully everyone enjoyed the hospitality and will return for the 2017 edition.

Thanks also to our very generous race sponsors, New Ross Civil Defence, club volunteers and Terrerath residents for use of their community centre. Finally, the club would like to acknowledge the efforts of race organisers Catherine Ronan and Aine Cullen, without whom the event would not be possible.

Further details of this event and other club-related details are on www.unitedstriders.com and United Striders on Facebook.

ST. JOSEPH'S A.C.

After months of training and planning, the Run the Kingdom 100km ultra-marathon in Kerry finally arrived for Tom McDonald and Anita Barry.

As the day progressed the agony and ecstasy of sport was very much in evidence. Tom stood on the start line already carrying a calf injury, and unfortunately had to make the toughest of decisions to withdraw after 15km.

However, Anita had a day never to forget, crossing the finish line in 11:05:49, with only one female runner ahead of her and finishing in an amazing eighth position overall.

Extremely strong head winds for most of the run, and the hills of Kerry, posed no problem as she ran consistent 10km split times, encouraged by her team of family and supporters, to reach the finish line in a fantastic time that she would have not dared to hope for. What an achievement.

The road race season is in full flow with a great representation of St. Joseph's athletes lining up for the five-mile race hosted by our neighbouring club, United Striders.

Patrick Bookle led the club home in 31:15, being chased down by David Lanigan in 31:20. Sally Forristal was fourth lady, finishing in 31:54.

Stephen O'Connor crossed the line in 34:13 followed by a group of five club athletes in close proximity to each other. Seamus Power led this group home in 36:05, followed by Mary Doolan 36:25, and first lady Over-40.

Next came Rocky Mernagh in 36:30 with John Joe Lawlor and Michael Power hot on Rocky's heels in 36:38 and 36:52 respectively. Hanora O'Connor was second Over-40 in 38:22, with Maggie Helen O'Connor just three seconds after her in 38:25.

Verena Fenlon was next in 39:51 with Susan Lanigan close behind in 39:55. Sinéad Croke was second Over-35 in 40:02 with Tracey Malone finishing in 48:46 and Katie Kinsella in 51:31.

Well done to Jamie and Joss O'Connor who ran the children's run and Mary Breen who completed the three-mile walk.

Some excellent times were recorded by club athletes in the Piltown 10km of two weeks ago. Patrick Bookle was first home from the club in 38:24, followed by David Lanigan 38:52, Michael Ryan 39:09, Sally Forristal 39:19 and second Senior lady, and Susan Lanigan who finished in 50:21.

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