Wexford Hockey: It's that time of year again. Time to dust off those hockey sticks or pick one up for the first time!
Wexford ladies' hockey club training starts back today (Tuesday) at 7 p.m. in Enniscorthy Astro Centre.
After a very successful year, Wexford are hoping to build upon this success in the coming season. Seasoned players and newcomers are very welcome, so please check out our Facebook page for contact details and to keep up to date with teams' progress.
With the end of summer, a new season begins: the hockey season. Enniscorthy Hockey Club has an exciting year ahead, now with approximately 300 members across the club, with two ladies' teams, two men's teams and boys' and girls' teams from Under-8 right up to Under-16.
After a great first season last year for our ladies' teams who made a welcome return to the South East League after a year's absence, they not only came back with one team but two, with many of the ladies taking up a hockey stick for the first time.
Enniscorthy Hockey Club was found in 1982 when the first ladies took to the field. In initial years, there was a very close association with Enniscorthy Rugby Club.
The grit pitch in Bunclody's F.C.J. became their home ground. The club grew, fielding three and even four ladies' teams at times, winning leagues and cups throughout the years.
In 2002, the ladies won the Irish Junior Cup, a great achievement for a club without their own astro pitch. The nearest astro pitches were Kilkenny and Waterford. It became apparent that if it was to survive and develop, the club needed the essentials of new young members and a pitch.
Senior players and parents started Junior hockey coaching in Hillbrook Tennis Club with many familiar faces still in the club today. Alongside this, a pitch development group set about finding a site or a school in town to develop a pitch, and research grants and the building process, a goal that is still alive and well.
This was a good working group but no suitable venue was secured. Then C.W.C.W. secured land and a grant and built their astro active pitch, which made it possible for hockey to develop in Enniscorthy and Junior hockey took off.
The outgoing season has been a great one for the club. Along with the ladies' team rising again, they also had five representatives - Leah Chapman, Olive Lett, Fiona Rothwell, Julie Watchorn and Sonja Rynhart - selected for the South East team which took part in the interprovincial tournament in Sligo last May. The South East team came joint second with Ulster and did Enniscorthy Hockey Club proud.
The men won the Walters Cup after being runners-up the previous season, meaning they have won either a league or cup every year since they first started in 2013. Two from the men's ranks were also selected to represent the club at provincial and national level, with Martyn Vietch selected for Leinster at the interprovincial tournament and Mick Jordan representing Ireland at the Masters World Cup in Australia.
In what was a great year for our Under-14 boys, they won the Leinster 'B' League and came agonisingly close to beating the Leinster 'A' League winners, Monkstown, but penalty flicks at the end separated the teams.
With many under-age boys and girls taking part in development squads and going forward for interprovincial trials, it seems the future is bright in Enniscorthy Hockey Club.
Looking forward to the new season, the two ladies' teams in Enniscorthy Hockey Club are managed by Irene Doyle and coached by Ivanna Yeats and Donal Doyle who will join them for the first time this year.
They will return to league action late next month, with both teams playing away in Kilkenny College, with the first team up against Kilkenny firsts and the seconds against Kilkenny seconds on September 25.
Familiar foes Carlow, Gorey and Wexford make up the rest of the opposition in the South East League. Like the rest of the club, all home matches will take place at Enniscorthy's Astro Active Centre.
Over in the men's section, coach Donal Doyle and manager Fraser Rothwell will hope to continue how they left off last year, when they won the Walters Cup last May. They have been putting their men through their paces with a thorough pre-season training programme over the last few weeks and will continue in the coming weeks leading up to their season opener.
The first team will meet teams from U.C.D., Wicklow, Y.M.C.A., St. Brendan's Phoenix Park, Pembroke Wanderers, Clontarf, Glenanne, Monkstown and Avoca throughout the year when they begin Leinster Division 5.
First up for them is a trip to Dublin where they will take on Pembroke Wanderers on September 24. The second team will meet some familiar faces for the 2016-'17 season in Leinster Division 7. Their opponents for the season have not been confirmed as of yet but are expected to be disclosed in the coming weeks.
Enniscorthy Hockey Club are always looking for new members throughout the club ranks of boys, girls, men and ladies. If you or your children are interested in joining the club, a registration and information day is being held in the Astro Active Centre, Enniscorthy (behind the Community Workshop and Lidl) this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12.30 p.m., or alternatively visit www.enniscorthyhc.com.
SLANEY OLYMPIC A.C.
Kay and Joe O'Regan called up to Enniscorthy Athletic Club's training session on Thursday to kindly present a cheque to the club.
Kay and Joe together with the children from Enniscorthy Athletic Club starred in an online promotional video which was shot on Curracloe beach on behalf of Electric Ireland for use during the Olympic Games.
The cheque was presented for their recent work with Electric Ireland, which they only accepted on condition that their payment would go to the Junior club.
Enniscorthy A.C. and Slaney Olympic A.C. are working on promoting athletics from eight to 80 with the emphasis on promoting the idea that athletics is for everybody. A big thank you to Joe and Kay.
The second-last race of the Donohoe Skoda summer league series was held on a wet and windy night. This time the location was Monageer for a 5K road race organised by race directors Conail Cooper and Martina O Sullivan.
It was a 5k looped course starting just outside the village and finishing at the local school. Refreshments were served afterwards for all involved in the Monageer Tavern.
First across the line and continuing his winning ways was 'Farmer' Monaghan in a time of 17.22, and first Slaney man home for the club was David Kehoe in 19.12.
Kelly Long was the first lady home in 21.45, and first Slaney lady home was Katey Gregan in 22.16.
Spot Prizes were won by Siobhán O'Leary and Seamus O'Toole. Many thanks to everyone to helped and marshalled, it is greatly appreciated.
Congratulations to John O'Connor who won the national decathlon (V4) in Belfast at the weekend, and set a new Irish record in the process.
The decathlon includes four running events, three jumping events and three throwing events - 100m, long jump, shot putt, high jump, 400m, 110m hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1,500m.
Points are awarded in each event according to a scoring table.
The Frank Duffy ten-mile road race was held on Saturday in Phoenix Park, Dublin, on a wet and windy day, making conditions difficult for the over 5,000 runners who started the race. First man home for the club was Billy Reck in a great time of 1.01.03.
Club results: Billy Reck 1.01.03, Bobby Redmond 1.01.49, Michael Finn 1.06.43, Tom O'Shea 1.13.04, Dooley French 1.23.30, Orla Doyle 1.36.41.
Louise Nolan-Ryan was back in action on Saturday in the triathlon held in Hook Head and completed the three events in a time of 1.43.11.
Dates for the diary: Oylegate half-marathon and 10k, Sunday, August 28; Donohoe Skoda summer league two miles, Friday, September 2; St. Paul's A.C. five-mile race, Saturday, September 3; Kilmore 10k, Saturday, September 17.
Last weekend proved to be one of the busiest for Racing 795 triathletes.
A large group went to Fethard-on-Sea to take part in the very popular Tri the Hook Sprint Triathlon. In very difficult weather conditions, Mike Ryan came in second in his age category.
Meanwhile, Mick Foley took part in the Stafford's Wholesale two-day road race.
Bernie Black and Kathrine Frazier travelled to Dungarvan to take part in the Seán Kelly Sportive.
Junior members Eve Furlong and Rachel Black had a great day out courtesy of Athy Tri Club's Junior duathlon.
But the weekend belonged to Peter Coulahan who, despite appalling weather conditions, completed his fifth Ironman. He travelled to Kerry to complete the gruelling Killarney Hardman Ironman in a time of 13.54.49.
Racing 795 is a Triathlon and Mountain Biking Club based in north Wexford, Wicklow and Carlow.
S.B.R. had more than 25 runners take part in the Rathdrum four-mile road race and relay on Sunday, August 14, with Myles Gibbons placing first overall, Paul Gibbons third and Tomás Kavanagh fifth.
On the women's side, Lillian Lawless was a brilliant second overall with Claire Gibbons placing first in the women's Over-40. Well done to everyone who took part.
S.B.R. had a banner day at the Frank Duffy ten-mile in the Phoenix Park on Saturday with more than 20 runners competing. Despite wind and rain, there were some very strong performances and a huge congratulations from the club to all those who took part.
Results: Myles Gibbons 56:24, David Leonard 1:01:35, Tomás Kavanagh 1:04:58, Eugene Doherty 1:06:14 (first Over-60 overall), Brian Kearney 1:07:27, Adrian Doyle 1:07:37, Eoin Power 1:09:35, Shane Gregan 1:10:30, Pa Cronin 1:11:27, Stephen Whelan 1:14:08, Ryan Gleeson 1:16:12, Michael Breen 1:17:37, Louise Gregan 1:18:13, Emma Morris 1:18:59, Tim O'Neill 1:23:27, Christine Hill 1:26:40, Orla Furlong 1:28:45, Lorcan Murphy 1:29:04, Mairéad O'Neill 1:33:04, Frances Murphy 1:37:53, Ciara Nolan 1:39:48.
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.