Slaney Olympic A.C.: It was another busy weekend for Slaney Olympic with members running in races all over the country, and with many more members finishing off the last of their long runs in preparation for Dublin in three weeks' time.
S.B.R. hosted the Ferns half-marathon on Sunday and Slaney had eleven members taking part. First home for the club was Conail Cooper in 83.52.
Results: Conail Cooper 83.52, Brian Maher 85.09, Michael Finn 85.52, Ben Hill 87.17, John Foley 88.26, Billy Reck 88.45, Bobby Redmond 88.46, Joe Whelan 92.38, Sunday Nzerem 1.40.22, Tom Crofts 1.43.38, Declan O Brien 1.44.15.
The South East Run for Life ten-mile fundraiser in aid of The Solas Centre was held on Sunday in Waterford.
Will Doyle was first man home for Slaney in 1.08.59, and Annmarie Nolan was first Slaney lady home in 1.21.11. Also taking part from the club were Chrissie Murphy (1.44.08), Mary Murphy and Siobhán Fenlon (1.49.25).
Vanessa McShane was the ladies' winner in the 8k Run the Ridge trail race in Wicklow over the weekend, completing the race in 43 minutes and just seconds behind her son who was the first Junior runner across the finish line.
Mary Gorham was the second lady home in the Connemara 10k road race held Saturday in Co. Galway. Mary's time was 43.46 and a shiny new P.B.!
The Irish 3/4 Marathon took place on Sunday in Enfield, Co. Meath. Club members taking part were Tom O'Shea (2.31.27), Pat Hennessy, Dooley French (3.32.20) and Orla Doyle (3.23.56).
Don't forget next Sunday is the county Intermediate cross-country hosted by Adamstown A.C. The ladies' race is 4km and the men is 8km, with the ladies' race not starting before 2 p.m.
The Ferns half-marathon on Sunday had a tremendous turn-out with more than 140 runners taking part. The rolling course climbs for the last three miles but despite that, some very fast times and performances were recorded.
Freddy Keron Stuk won the race in 71:56 with Timothy Bowen second in 72:56. S.B.R. placed the next three runners in third, fourth and fifth with Pedro Calvo, Tom Hogan and Myles Gibbons finishing in close order.
Noel Kennedy was eighth, Denis Moynihan ninth and Willie Rossiter tenth to give S.B.R. six of the top ten finishers. Additionally Myles Gibbons, Eugene Doherty and Billy Harpur all won their categories for S.B.R.
On the women's side, Fiona Kehoe of Kilmore won in a tremendous time of 81:58 which placed her seventh overall in the field. Anna Fothergil was second in 84:21 with Mary Doyle third in 96:22.
Lillian Lawless was the top S.B.R. woman and won the women's Over-40 category in 101:02. Belinda Kehoe and Claire Gibbons had great runs to finish second and third for S.B.R.
Mary Carton of S.B.R. had a brilliant race to win the women's Over-50 category as well.
Huge thanks to all of the organisers, volunteers, marshals and everyone who came down to support the race.
Category winners - male: Over-40, Myles Gibbons, 74.08; Over-50, Derek Hayes, 84.55; Over-60, Eugene Doherty, 88.51; Over-70, Billy Harpur, 137.08; Over-75, Patrick Collins, 151.59.
Female: Over-40, Lillian Lawless, 101.02; Over-50, Mary Carton, 126.39.
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.
Well done to all the U.S.A.C. Juveniles who competed at the Wexford county cross-country championships at JFK Park in the autumn sunshine.
The day got off to a great start for the Striders with our Under-10 boys and girls performing really well. Winning loads of medals and running strongly were Anna Murphy, Katie Costello, Moya Corbett, Lucy Power, Abby Jordan, Hugo Fernandez, Cillian Browne, Sam Myers, Patrick Pyne and Ronan Shannon.
The Under-12 girls' team of Aisling Ryan, Isabel Bawden, Emily Egan and Saidbh Rossiter all ran well, over a tough 2k undulating course, and must have been very close to a team medal.
Shortly after, the first win of the day for the Striders came from Myles Hewlett in the Under-12 boys' race. Myles dominated from start to finish in a race that contained an incredible ten Striders.
Eoin Shannon came out of the chasing pack to record an impressive second place finish and Ben Myers looked equally strong to be third Strider over the line and securing the first team medal of the day.
With Caolan Costello, Cosmo Hewlett, Finn Kelly, Seán Lennon, Danny Costello, Luca O'Connor and Conor Rossiter all in good form, in the same race, it was no surprise that we picked up a second team medal here also.
The Under-14 girls were also in the medals, securing a team silver. With the distance up to 3k, Erinn Shannon was first Strider home, judging things to perfection over three laps and finishing off her race strongly.
Ciara Murphy, moving up an age group, put in a fine performance to finish in the top ten. More great efforts came from Louise Doyle, Eve Byrne, Clodagh Foran and Kelly Corbett to secure the team medal.
The boys in the same age group won a dramatic silver thanks to an exciting sprint finish by Adam O'Connor. The team of Adam, Aidan Shannon, Darragh Flannelly, Owen Lennon and Oisín Mac Eochaidh went one better to win a really good team gold.
The Under-16 girls' race was quite a spectacle with the Striders supplying nine of the ten competitors. Over 4k, Grace Costello ran out a convincing winner ahead of Alanah Byrne in second.
In addition the Striders won team medals through great performances from Ellie Quinn, Rebecca Bawden, Aisling Power, Maeve Whitty, Aoife Nic Eochaidh, Catríona Ryan and Gráinne Flannelly.
Silver medals were the order of the day in the Under-16 boys' race, with Aaron Browne winning an individual silver and assisted by Cian Flanagan and Ryan Kielthy, winning a team silver.
The final Juvenile races yielded two medals in the Under-18 age group, firstly Katie Murphy winning bronze and quickly followed up by James Boland winning silver, in his first appearance for the Striders.
Well done to all athletes, who performed fantastically well on their first competitive race of the cross-country season.
Following a great showing from our Juvenile athletes, the Striders ladies' and men's teams put in fantastic performances to also get amongst the medals.
Ann Ryan was the leading lady Strider and, supported by a strong team of Lettie Roche-Myers, Sonia Byrne, Beth O'Connor and Aine Cullen, the ladies won a well-deserved team bronze.
There was a very impressive turn-out from the Strider men and their team also won bronze. Over a tough 6k, Alan O'Connor was first Strider home, continuing to impress, this time with a fifth place finish.
Pat O'Callaghan also finished top ten, just ahead of Luke Butler, who was prominent right from the start. Davy Byrne, Colm Stafford, Lala Murphy, Dirk Ardrichem, Emmett Malone and Martin Kehoe made up the medal-winning squad. Well done to all the competing Senior Striders who were very competitive.
ST. JOSEPH'S A.C.
The pinnacle of the year for all club Senior athletes, the county Senior cross-country championships, arrived much earlier than usual this year in early October.
However, the venue had not changed and all St. Joseph's athletes headed to Conahy on a bright, dry Sunday morning with two ultra-competitive races facing them.
As usual the women's race over 4,000 metres was the first, and a fantastic performance by the four St. Joseph's athletes brought individual silver and team gold. Sally Forristal ran a superb race to finish in second place and was followed home by Maria Griffin (seventh), Mary Doolan (eleventh) and Anne Watkins (14th).
Winning team gold by a mere four points was particularly sweet as every athlete gained places on the final lap and St. Joseph's would not have been favourites to finish as the best team in the county.
The men's race over 10,000 metres was a great test of endurance and the St. Joseph's team was led home by Patrick Bookle (14th), followed by Seamus Power (18th), Stephen O'Connor (20th), Paul Sheehan (24th), Michael Power (30th) and John Joe Lawlor (33rd).
Titanic battles for positions took place throughout the field with every point counting and the efforts of all the team were rewarded when they finished first in the 'B' section of the race, beating Thomastown by just three points.
On the same day a huge club contingent ran or walked the Solas Run for Life in Waterford and raised much-needed funds in the process. The following club members took part: David Lanigan, Elaine O'Donovan, Hanora O'Connor, Susan Lanigan, Bríd Lawlor, Helen McDonald, Catherine Hennessy, Mary McDonald, Katie Kinsella, Tracey Malone, Adrienne Flynn, Sheila Boyle, Ann Doyle, Nora O'Mahony, Jackie Delahunty, Eileen Gannon and Mary Breen.
The St. Joseph's Athletic Club Dark to Dawn Walk in aid of Pieta House will take place on Sunday, October 23, at 6.30 a.m. This is the third running of this event which has grown overwhelmingly in that short time.
Come along and remember loved ones as you walk the beautiful countryside by the river Barrow at the Pink Rock, just five minutes drive outside New Ross. Donations on the morning go to the Waterford branch of Pieta House which opened its doors this month.
Refreshments will be served afterwards. For more information, contact Maggie Helen O'Connor at 087-6242017.
The DNG Property club championships were held recently at Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club.
Play got under way from 1 p.m. for the singles grades, followed by doubles concluding at 9.30 p.m. approximately. Conditions were bright, dry and autumnal, leading to some great contests and new trophy holders.
Prize presentations were followed by a barbeque and Richie Doyle's tasty finest Irish-made burgers infused with a hint of gherkins!
Winners: ladies' 'A' singles, Aine Teevan; ladies' 'B' singles, Gay Brennan; ladies' 'C' singles, Mag O'Gorman; men's 'A' singles, Shane Jenkins; men's 'B' singles, Aidan Bolger; men's 'C' singles, Seamus McQuaid.
Men's consolation 'B', Seamus Atkinson; ladies' A' doubles, Aileen Sutherland and Nuala Walsh; men's 'A' doubles A, Colm Byrne and Gary Quinn; ladies' 'B' doubles, Catherine Kehoe and Eleanor Somers; men's 'B' doubles B, Jim Staples and Garrett Hickey; ladies' 'C' doubles, Colette Blake and Alison Stone; mixed 'A' doubles, Shane Jenkins and Mary Coman; mixed 'B' doubles, Theresa O'Reilly and Joe Corrigan.
The South Leinster League versus Carlow on October 2 ended in a draw - two games all.
Online entries are now open for the Talbot Hotel winter doubles.
Enniscorthy hockey men's first team were on the road early last weekend as they made the journey up the M11 to Dublin to take on Tallaght-based side, Glenanne, on Saturday morning.
Saturday was shaping up be a lovely day for a game of hockey as it was a fresh, dry autumn morning. This was the first meeting of these sides in the Enniscorthy men's short but strong history.
The south-east men knew the Dublin side was going to be strong, as Glenanne are and always have been one of the big names in Irish hockey.
A minute's silence was held before the game began as a mark of respect for Forbes Vigors, a Wicklow Hockey Club player who tragically passed away a week earlier after playing for his club.
Many of the Enniscorthy players had played alongside Forbes with the South-East men's hockey team which played in Leinster prior to Wicklow and Enniscorthy forming their own men's teams.
Since their formation, the two teams have come head to head on many occasions. Forbes was also involved in Enniscorthy Hockey Club when he was the Senior ladies' coach.
In true Enniscorthy style the south-east men under coach Donal Doyle came out strong, but it was evident they were going to be up against a tough opposition.
Glenanne's strong marking of Enniscorthy players made it hard for the visitors to gain a hold of the game and they found themselves trailing by a goal after Glenanne took the lead.
Enniscorthy didn't panic as they put some strong attacks together and earned themselves a short corner, but the home side's defence dealt well with the pressure.
Right back Andrew Rothwell pushed up the pitch and combined well with Roy Chapman in the midfield to put a threatening ball into the circle towards Liam Jowett, but again the home side cleared the ball.
After 25 minutes Enniscorthy drew even with Jowett making a run up the left wing before passing to Liukimas. Liukimas then popped the ball to Medcalf who took a shot that was saved but the determination in Liukimas was evident when he pounced on the loose ball and slotted it away for the visitors' first goal.
Glenanne came back strong, but Hill in the Enniscorthy goal made a beautiful save to keep them out. Unfortunately for the visitors the strength of the Dublin side's attack led to them taking the lead once again just three minutes before half-time when a ball was put across the circle was met by a free Glenanne stick.
Half-time came and despite being behind, the Wexford side knew they were capable of turning the game around. Glenanne earned an early short corner in the second-half but the defence of Hill, the Chapman brothers, Andrew Rothwell and Vietch were up to the task and cleared their lines.
Glenn Chapman brought things all square when a ball from Liukimas set him up and he swept the ball past the onrushing 'keeper and into the left corner of the goal.
Enniscorthy's defence did their best to keep Glenanne out, but the home side earned themselves a number of short corners and scored two goals in the second-half.
Enniscorthy were 4-2 down with 15 minutes left to get something out of the game. They never gave up and with ten minutes to go brought it back to one goal in the difference.
Liam Jowett's great skill was on show for this one when he brought the ball right up to the end line and at this extremely tight angle managed to sqeeze the ball between the upright and the 'keeper.
It was all to play for with plenty of time for the visitors to get back into the game. Unfortunately, no matter how hard the visitors pressed with forwards Jowett, Liukimas, Durnan and McWey trying everthing to square things up, the final whistle blew to Glenanne's delight.
Enniscorthy will take a lot from the game, and will put it into play against the Monkstown men, who will be the next opposition for Donal Doyle's men at home in the Astro Active Centre, Enniscorthy this coming Saturday.
Enniscorthy: Graham Hill, Andrew Rothwell, Martyn Vietch, P.J. Pierce, Ivan Rothwell, Daithí Medcalf, Glenn Chapman, Roy Chapman, John McWey, Edmundas Liukimas, Liam Jowett, William Durnan. Coach: Donal Doyle. Manager: Fraser Rothwell.
Enniscorthy Under-16 boys played their first Leinster League game against Atlantic Academy on Sunday in Astro Active Centre, Enniscorthy.
The game finished as a draw. From the start and throughout it was a very tight game, with both sides battling it out for the first goal.
Enniscorthy's, Peter Yaciuk O'Connor broke the deadlock when he found the back of the net just seconds before the whistle was blown for the end of the first-half.
In the early stages of the second-half there was some great play from Enniscorthy both in defence and attack.
The westerners had two short corners awarded but were unable to convert, thanks to Andrew Stewart and Jack Doran, as they made some goal-saving clearances.
The Slaneysiders cleared the ball up the pitch towards midfielder Charlie Dunne, who combined with Pearse Rogan to feed Seb Rynhart, with the latter unfortunate not to score.
Enniscorthy had ample scoring opportunities only to be saved by the visitors' excellent 'keeper. Atlantic Academy seized a great opportunity in the dying seconds when they scored their first goal, drawing things all square just before the final whistle.
Next up for the Under-16 boys of Enniscorthy Hockey Club is an away fixture against Corinthians of Dublin.
Enniscorthy: Pearse Rogan (capt.), Seb Rynhart, Charlie Dunne, Gavin Cousins, Aodán O'Leary, Peter Yaciuk O'Connor, Jack Doran, John Sutton, Glen Rothwell, Harry Somers, Jacob English, Andrew Stewart, Ross Wallace.