ST. JOSEPH'S A.C: Day two of the Co. Kilkenny cross-country championships saw St. Joseph's athletics descend on Castlecomer last Sunday morning. The day started perfectly for the club with wins in the Under-9 and Under-11 races.
The boys' Under-9 race saw Joss O'Connor installed as pre-race favourite having won the Under-10 race two weeks earlier. And he did not disappoint, leading from start to finish to win comfortably.
His team-mates all ran great races with Ciarán Cummins third, Barry Furlong fifth and Kyle Bolger, running out of age, finishing 17th.
In the Under-9 girls' race, Lily Ryan finished eighth and Sarah Foley was 17th.
1,000m was the distance to cover in the Under-11 races, and a huge field of almost 50 athletes started the girls' race. Grace Glennon stayed with the leaders throughout, and then a superb sprint finish took her to the gold medal.
Maeve Bookle was next home for the club in eleventh place, followed by Mairéad Mullally in 13th and Eabha Mullally, running out of age, having a splendid run in 15th position.
These great placings, with all four athletes in the top 15, won the girls silver team medals.
In the boys' race, James Cummins was 13th and his brother, Niall, finished 24th.
The girls' Under-13 race over 1,500 metres saw Danielle Griffin first home for St. Joseph's in fifth place, with Erin Foley in tenth, Ciara Mullally 17th, and Shauna Furlong 30th.
Jamie O'Connor ran very well and had a super finishing sprint to claim 13th position in the boys' Under-13 race over 2,000 metres.
In the girls' Under-15 race over 2,500 metres, Katie Bookle finished in a hard-fought tenth position, with Linda Lawlor going one better and finishing in ninth position in the Under-17 race over 3,500 metres. The Under-17 boys had to run 4,000m and Darragh McDonald finished in eighth place.
Patrick Bookle finished in second position in the men's Over-45 race and led the team to second position in the team event.
Seamus Power was the second club runner to finish, in sixth position, followed by Paul Sheehan who was eleventh, Tom McDonald (13th), Michael Power (14th) and John Joe Lawlor in 15th place.
The results from the Junior tennis tournament were - Under-11: 1, Fionn Molumby; 2, Oskar Trankner; 3, Pollyanna Clavin.
Over-11: 1, Cormac Downey; 2, Daniel Ennis; joint 3, Ben Harrison and Catherine O'Gorman.
Congratulations to all. Our next Junior tournament is Sunday, November 6, with a Halloween/fancy dress theme.
S.B.R. had a great day Sunday in Adamstown at the Wexford Intermediate cross-country championship.
The S.B.R. women were led by Ciara Bowe who finished a brilliant second overall and was the team leader for the team which won silver. Ciara ran strongly throughout the race and was able to pull away from the third and fourth place finishers with a strong last lap and a half.
Belinda Kehoe ran a gutsy race and was close behind in fifth overall. Belinda was followed by Claire Gibbons in a brilliant eleventh after she moved up throughout the race, and Lisa Murphy who collected vital points as the women's fourth scorer in 17th place overall.
A great team effort led to the women's team winning silver, and it is a result the club is very proud of.
On the men's side, Pedro Calvo led the S.B.R. charge, winning the county Intermediate cross-country championship to add to his county Novice cross-country title and his Novice and Intermediate road race titles won already in 2016.
Pedro has been a great addition to the team and he led the race from early on and powered to a resounding victory.
Denis Moynihan followed in a brilliant fifth place, running near the front of the race most of the way. Willie Rossiter continued his brilliant return to county racing with a ninth place finish and was followed closely by Jim O'Malley in tenth place to round out the winning S.B.R. men's Intermediate team.
David Leonard ran very well and was next S.B.R. man home in 15th, followed on by Brian Kearney in 23rd and Adrian Doyle in 24th.
The S.B.R. men claimed their fifth straight Wexford Intermediate cross-country championship with the victory in Adamstown Sunday. Well done to everyone who lined up and to all of the S.B.R. supporters who really made the day.
Special thanks also to men's coach Lukie Kehoe and women's coach Pat Creane who put countless hours into training and organising for the club.
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 county Intermediate cross-country was held Sunday in Adamstown, hosted by Adamstown A.C. With the heavy rain that fell over the previous couple of days, conditions underfoot were always going to be challenging for the runners.
First off at 2 p.m. was the ladies' 4k race, and Slaney had six runners take to the start line. Mary Gorham ran a strong race and finished in fourth position overall, leading the way for Kelly Long, Sabina Sweeney and Sarah Byrne-Walsh to clinch team gold.
Also running for Slaney and putting in a solid race performance were Maura Neville and Kate Doyle. Well done ladies on another fantastic result for Slaney Olympic Athletic Club.
Next off after the ladies' race was the men's 8k race. Slaney had five members taking part who all ran strongly over a gruelling eight-lap course.
Running from the club were Enda Cloake, Bobby Redmond, Billy Reck, Ed Cahill and Tom Crofts. Well done lads.
Thanks to Mag Dunphy for marshalling on behalf of the club and to Sabina for organising the much-appreciated cuppa afterwards.
The next cross-county is the Senior championship on December 18, hosted by St. Paul's Athletic Club.
Enniscorthy Hockey men's first XI faced Monkstown at home in the fourth round of their Division 5 Leinster League on Saturday. The night before the game saw some torrential rain in Enniscorthy, making the pitch and game a fast-paced encounter.
Enniscorthy started well with a number of strong attacks. One early attack in particular ended in a goal for the Slaneysiders.
With a combination of skill and fast ball movement, the home side scored with a break down the right, which ended with a cross into the visitors' circle, where Durnan was ready to pounce as he slap hit the ball into the bottom corner.
For the remainder of the first-half the Wexford men seemed to struggle to settle into the game as they were put under pressure by the Dubliners, along with putting pressure on themselves by rushing play unnecessarily.
The Dublin side scored their one and only goal as they attacked down the right-hand side. A cross into Hill's circle forced the 'keeper into diving for the ball, but it went narrowly under the outstretched 'keeper. An unmarked forward slotted the ball into the back of the open goal.
Enniscorthy continued to play below their usual standard until half-time when Donal Doyle rallied his men to raise their game, and that they did.
The second-half saw the Enniscorthy men score five goals as they upped their game to their usual high standard. The first goal came from a pass from Medcalf to Durnan, who slotted his and Enniscorthy's second.
The home side passing and composure on the ball was much greater than the first-half, and that was seen in their next goal when good play on the right led to a ball coming across the circle. Although the visiting 'keeper was out quick, Vietch got to the ball first as he tapped it into the bottom left corner.
Although Enniscorthy had a strong second-half, Monkstown were well capable of creating attacks and putting Hill and his defence of Simmons, Pierce and Andrew and Ivan Rothwell under pressure.
Hill was called upon on a number of occasions and pulled off some great saves. Ivan Rothwell was also called upon to save a shot as the defender managed to get his stick in front of the ball before it crossed the line after Hill had just made a save.
Liam Jowett scored for the south-east men from a short corner that was injected by Medcalf to Roy Chapman who passed the ball to his left for the waiting Jowett to slap hit the ball into the net.
Jowett scored yet again as he worked the Monkstown defender hard with some fantastic stickwork and got his shot away from a very tight angle.
The final goal came from the centre mid Medcalf as he got the ball at the top of the circle and played a one-two with Jowett and scored with an upright reverse shot into the bottom corner.
It was a great game with all players involved in scoring goals, with assists coming from such as Liukimas, McWey, Glen Chapman and Maguire. The final whistle was blown with Enniscorthy seeing out the game on the right side of a 6-1 victory.
The men will take on St. Brendan's Phoenix Park when they travel to Abbotstown, Dublin, this coming Saturday.
Enniscorthy: Graham Hill, Andrew Rothwell, David Simmons, P.J. Pierce, Ivan Rothwell, Martyn Vietch, Daithí Medcalf, Roy Chapman, Liam Jowett, Edmundas Liukimas, William Durnan, Glenn Chapman, Niall Maguire, John McWey. Coach: Donal Doyle. Manager: Fraser Rothwell.
Enniscorthy hockey ladies' first and second teams took on one another in one of the opening games of the South East League.
While a win for first team was almost certain, the ladies on both teams did not hold back; displaying the club's current enthusiasm and energy on a misty Friday evening at the Astro Centre in Bellefield.
Seconds captain Aoife Foran led the way as her team sought to redeem themselves from a disappointing start to the season. Aoife had her work cut out for her in goal against the firsts' spectacular front line. Serena Hatton and Eleanor Bolger worked with her to keep the first team in check.
Jessica Flood and Stephanie Kinsella ensured that the Enniscorthy firsts maintained their winning start to the season. Stephanie converted a pass from Jessie to score the first goal.
Enniscorthy seconds responded promptly, with Eleanor sending a strong ball to Alice Kelly who set things in motion. The firsts' backs were up to the job however.
Katie Owen and Julie Watchorn responded promptly to Alice Kelly and Niamh Buttle's efforts to reach their goal. The firsts' speedy midfielde, Leah Chapman, then returned the ball to their half of the field, where the dynamic duo, Jessie and Stephanie, worked together again to put the firsts 2-0 up.
Aoife Foran and her back line defended their goal relentlessly, stopping some fierce shots, until Nancy Dunphy broke past to score the firsts' third and final goal.
The first and second teams both left the pitch in good spirits when club umpires Fraser Rothwell and Alan Smith sounded the final whistle.
The firsts were delighted to continue their winning start to the season while the second team, undeterred by a defeat to their clubwomen, are on the up, improving three-fold on their opening game. It was a good night for Enniscorthy Hockey Club on all sides!
Firsts: Fiona Rothwell, Julie Watchorn, Katie Owen, Áine O'Brien, Ruth Harrington, Anna Flood, Jessie Flood, Leah Chapman, Nancy Dunphy, Marti Rudd, Laura O'Leary, Stephanie Kinsella.
Seconds: Aoife Foran, Serena Hatton, Eleanor Bolger, Róisín Ní Muirí, Ilsa Flynn, Elaine Hickey, Fiona Breen, Mairéad Neville, Laura Redmond, Avril Buttle, Niamh Buttle, Alice Kelly, Kim O'Connor, Saoirse Power, Anna Dillon.
Coaches: Ivanna Yates, Donal Doyle. Manager: Irene Doyle.
Enniscorthy ladies' firsts were in action again on Sunday morning against Gorey and served up a hatful of goals for the large crowd on the terrace despite the cold and wet weather conditions.
Enniscorthy had the upper hand from the off and had numerous circle penetrations through forwards Stephanie Kinsella, Sonja Rynhart and Laura O'Leary.
After ten minutes, Rynhart hit the backboard with a strike from the top of the circle after a short corner was attained. Enniscorthy won a further two short corners but failed to convert them into scores.
Gorey at this point started to grow into the game and had a great chance to equalise, though unfortunately they failed to do so.
Shortly afterwards Gorey levelled the score after a goalmouth scramble. Enniscorthy then won short corner number four just before half-time, with Áine O'Brien injecting with a fine pace from the baseline. Rynhart struck again, bringing the score up to 2-1.
At half-time, coach Donal Doyle stressed the importance of moving the ball faster and more accurately. Donal also encouraged the Enniscorthy ladies to move the Gorey defence about rather than rushing into crowded areas like they had done in the first-half.
The improvement was instant in the second-half and the full-backs of Olive Lett and Katie Owen began to receive more ball and started to move it up the line to the wide and ready mids, Nancy Dunphy and Leah Chapman.
Stephanie Kinsella grabbed her first goal of the game, bringing the score to 3-1. Stephanie repeated her trick shortly afterwards after receiving an accurate and fast-paced ball from O'Leary, making it 4-1.
More short corners followed with fantastic passes in from the wingers Rudd and O'Leary, but the fifth goal came from play from Kinsella again. Kinsella, grabbing her hat-trick, brought the score to 5-1.
A short while later Rynhart brought the score up to 6-1 after picking the ball up on the left from Dunphy and running right around the back of the Gorey defence where she decided to flick the ball into the net over the diving 'keeper.
Enniscorthy were cruising at this stage with their passing becoming more accurate, controlled and fast-paced. Jessie Flood had great control of the game from centre-mid and the backs of O'Brien, Harrington, Owen and Lett were moving the ball at ease.
Goal number seven came just before the final whistle with another strike from Rynhart from a short corner, finalising the score of 7-1.
Enniscorthy: Fiona Rothwell, Katie Owen, Áine O'Brien, Ruth Harrington, Olive Lett, Jessie Flood, Leah Chapman, Nancy Dunphy, Laura O'Leary, Sonja Rynhart, Stephanie Kinsella, Marti Rudd. Coaches: Donal Doyle, Ivanna Yates. Manager: Irene Doyle.
Enniscorthy ladies' seconds travelled to Loreto Kilkenny on a crisp Sunday morning to face Carlow.
Enniscorthy were off to a flying start, gaining 80% of ball possession in the opening half. Aoileann Hourihan and Orlaith Breen pressed high from the outset, putting an experienced Carlow team under fierce pressure.
The Buttle sisters were in flying form on the attack, Niamh making light of the defence and tactically working with Avril to get ball after ball in the circle.
Róisín Ó Muirí and Ilsa Flynn were looking strong in defence. Róisín's strong hit-outs ensured the ball was promptly cleared.
Serena Hatton worked with the girls, clearing the ball out and down the pitch. The back line played high as Carlow struggled to keep up with runners Aoileann D'Alton, Niamh Buttle and Amy D'Alton in midfield.
Ilsa Flynn supported them as Carlow fought back. Carlow cleverly resorted to the 'aim-for-the-feet' tactics to gain a short corner in the first=-half. Aoife Foran stopped a tough shot on goal but unfortunately Carlow were able to deflect and score.
The second-half saw the Enniscorthy defence line and goalie defending further short corners from the Carlow side. A fantastic clearance from Ilsa Flynn foiled a further goal on the scoreboard.
Enniscorthy continued to play high and attack, with Avril Buttle getting a swift shot on goal yet unlucky in pursuit of the goal that the seconds deserved.
With further short corners, Carlow scored another two goals in the second-half, leaving the score at 3-0 at the final whistle.
This game saw a continually improving seconds' team, who will need their strength as they face Kilkenny firsts in their next game.
The Under-16 boys travelled to south Dublin for their second Leinster League game to take on Corinthians in St. Columbus grounds on Sunday.
They started very strong, controlling the first five minutes with two very promising attacks. But things changed and Corinthians got their rhythm going. They began to pile on the pressure on the Enniscorthy defence and had many shots on goal, including two short corners, but the Trojan defence of the backs and Glen in goal prevented them from scoring.
The half-time talk from manager Donal Doyle seemed to have done the trick as Enniscorthy took on the second-half at a stronger pace and with better direction.
Quick on a counter attack, Jake carried the ball up the wing, feeding it across to Charlie who scored a lovely one-on-one.
Peter connected with Jake down the left wing, crossed to Charlie on the spot, and he controlled and scored a second for Enniscorthy.
With the pressure still on, Gavin and Ronan's pace was continuously testing the opposition and getting in behind their defence. From a sideline ball Pearse took a pass, eliminating two players before feeding Charlie who then in turn scored his hat-trick.
Corinthians goaled on a counter-attack but Peter made it 4-1 before the end.