New Ross Snooker: New Ross Workman's Club got back in the swing of things after the summer break on the green felt with the final of the Declan Ryan snooker competition.
The finalists were Jason Moran and John Bennett. The first frame was far from a classic with both players missing pots, rusty after the summer break. Moran went on to win the frame 61-36.
The second frame was a one-sided affair with Moran conceding defeat on the colours at 60-21.
The following three frames were the best of the tournament. The third was very tight with both players playing some great snooker, and the safety plays were top class.
The game went down to the colours with Bennett potting brown and blue. He had only the pink to win, but he missed. Moran went on to pot the pink and the black and won the frame 63-59, going 2-1 up.
Moran was very unlucky in the fourth frame as the game went down to the black. Bennett had potted the blue to go eight points up and Moran needed the pink and black to win the frame and match.
Moran potted the pink and hit a long cue ball, potting the black to everyone's amazement, but the cue ball followed the black into the pocket so Bennett won the frame 55-49.
So it was down to the final frame and what a frame it was! Bennett took an early lead, but Moran had other ideas; his potting and safety play being first class.
The frame went down to the colours with Moran potting yellow and green and Bennett potting brown and blue, only needing the pink to win the match.
He missed the pink, however, and Moran potted pink and missed the black which Bennett potted to win the frame (72-68) and match 3-2.
The club would like to thank their sponsor, Declan Ryan Plumbing, and referee Tony Bennett.
All members are asked to check the noticeboard for fixtures after the summer break, and anyone who changed their phone number is asked to please put their new number on the noticeboard.
UNITED STRIDERS A.C.
The Wexford cross-country championships at sunny and windy Adamstown was the venue for the Juvenile Striders' latest excellent squad effort, as the under-age athletes competed from Under-9 all the way up to the Under-17 age group.
The Striders were really well represented in the Under-9 boys' race, with a team of eight. In a big field of competitors over 500m, Seán O'Brien entered the home straight with a narrow lead and he dug deep to register a great win, on his debut for the Striders.
Jack Murphy and Jake Sutton, who was a year out of age, recorded top ten finishes. Powerful runs from Max Murphy, Liam Murphy, Rúairí Lyng, Aidan Murphy and Gearóid Byrne, all competing for the first time over cross-country, bodes well for the future.
More success followed for the Under-11 girls' team, with Moya Corbett leading home the Striders crew which included Milly Sutton and Sadhbh Rossiter to an impressive team silver medal.
Ronan Shannon was the star of the Under-11 boys' team, despite being a year out of age, winning an individual bronze. There was more great news at this age level, with Seán Lennon and Sam Myers finishing top ten and Luca O'Connor, Danny Costello, Donnacha McCarthy and Conor Kelly all running really well to help the team to a silver medal.
The Under-13 girls were just outside the medals but, over the tough 2,500m course, Ciara Murphy, Aisling Ryan, Isabel Bawden and Kelly Corbett all performed really well.
In contrast the Under-13 boys' squad came away with a hatful of medals from their race. Aidan Shannon put in a top-class performance to win, ahead of team-mate and Under-12 county champion Myles Hewlett, who was excellent against older opposition.
Darragh Flannelly was the next Strider home, to secure a team gold. With ten athletes in the field, all running right up to the best of their abilities, it was no surprise that we won team silver here also. Well done to Eoin Shannon, Owen Lennon, Finn Kelly, Ben Myers, Cosmo Hewlett, Oisín Mac Eochaidh and Seán Barry.
More medals followed in the Under-15 girls' race, with Erinn Shannon running a remarkable race out of her age group and coming from well off the pace to finish strong and win an individual bronze medal.
Erinn was closely followed by the rest of the Striders squad: Ellie Quinn, Aisling Power, Eve Byrne, Aoife Nic Eochaidh and Catríona Ryan. The girls won gold and silver team medals, quite an achievement.
Not to be outdone, the Under-15 boys' squad of Aaron Browne, Adam O'Connor, Cian Flanagan, Ryan Kielthy and Conor Murphy took team gold, with Aaron also taking individual silver, behind the impressive Joe Byrne of S.B.R.
Wrapping the day up for the juveniles, at the Under-17 age group, were Katie Murphy and Rebecca Bawden, winning individual silver and bronze respectively. For the boys, it was a Striders one-two, with new recruit James Boland finishing just ahead of Aedan Rogers.
What a way to finish the 2016 county championships, which in total brought the Striders ten golds, 17 silvers, five bronzes and countless fantastic performances. Congratulations to all Juvenile Striders who competed over the two days. All at the club are very proud of your achievements.
After a great showing by our Juveniles, a fantastic day for the Striders ended with medals for both the ladies' and men's teams in the Wexford Intermediate cross-country championships.
The Striders ladies were led home by Sonya Byrne, finishing comfortably inside the top ten. Backed up by Beth O'Connor, Sinéad McCarthy and Aine Cullen, the team won a well-deserved county bronze medal.
The men's team had a great turn-out, with eight Striders competing. John McGrath won an individual silver with a really strong performance over a tough 8k course.
Competing for the first time at this level, Alan O'Connor had a great run to finish sixth. With four to score, Pat O'Callaghan found energy to sprint to a twelfth place finish, and likewise Matt Flannelly had to push it all the way to the finish line to secure another great finishing position.
Davy Byrne, John Kent, Colm Stafford and Emmett Malone completed a strong Striders squad which earned a super team silver, behind S.B.R.
Wexford Swimming Club welcomes back all our members to the new season. We also welcome our new members to the squads, water polo and learn to swim programme.
The new season kicked off with the annual barbeque and awards presentation for the previous season. The swimmers were first presented with certificates of attendance, gold, silver and bronze, and then the awards were presented as follows -
'D' squad: best boy, Conor Browne; best girl, Louise Doyle; runner-up boy, Mateusz Sznajder; runner-up girl, Abbie Kershaw.
'C' squad: best boy, George Lucut; best girl, Elise Cahill; runner-up boy, Peter Doyle; runner-up girl, Juliet Kelly.
'B' squad: best boy, Emmet Cousins; best girl, Ruby Middleton; runner-up boy, Thomas Francis; runner-up girl, Sophie Mahon.
'A' squad: best boy, Adam Mahon; best girl, Olivia Middleton; runner-up boy, Niall Reck; runner-up girl, Sarah Murphy.
Senior land training: best boy, Eoghan Mahon; runner-up, Liam Devaney; best girl, Olivia Middleton; runner-up, Ruby Middleton.
Junior land training: best boy, Peter Doyle; runner-up, George Lucut; best girl, Cáit O'Carroll; runner-up, Louise Doyle.
Senior water polo award, Seán Reck; Junior award, Ciarán Dunne; best attendance, George Lucut; most achievements, Denis Miculescu; most improved, Thomas Francis; swimmer of the year, Michael Leacy.
The club also presented coach Mariusz Sznider with a gift as he leaves to take up a new position in his native Poland.
The first event of the season was held in Arklow where Asgard Swimming Club hosted a round robin gala. This was a fun gala for the Junior squad members of the clubs.
Representing Wexford were Ella Browne, Louise Doyle, Ella Duggan, Peter Doyle, George Lucut, Aoibhinn McAuley, Cáit Carroll, Abigail Tocock and Lucy Tocock.
Also swimming for the club and achieving grade 7 times were Conor Browne, Emmet Cousins, Hannah Fitzpatrick, Thomas Francis, Fleur Lambert and Pádraic O'Carroll. Well done to all.
Fighters from the Wexford Academy of Martial Arts kickboxing club emerged victorious at the club's bi-annual fight night, 'Lights Out!' which took place in the Talbot Hotel recently.
It was a jam-packed event with fighters from four corners of the country converging on the capital of the sunny south-east. Fighters travelled from as far as Larne in Northern Ireland to take on the Wexford warriors!
The show displayed an extremely impressive undercard of talent with a mixture of Junior and Senior fighters from the Wexford Academy.
The Junior fighters on the undercard included Adam Dempsey, Eoin Murphy, Josh Carley, Lee Dempsey and Jack Shalloe. Each fighter put in a super performance and, amazingly, all brought back wins for the Wexford Academy.
The Senior fighters also displayed massive grit, skill and determination as they took on the best martial artists from around the country. Philip Walsh and Wayne Handrick took home the gold and led the way for the Seniors.
After a brief intermission, it was the time for the title bouts. A total of four titles were up for grabs and all were being contested by Wexford Academy fighters.
Junior fighters, Kelsey Sutton and twin duo, Craig and Jack Browne, were to contest titles, whilst Senior fighter, Marc Keane, was also fighting for a title.
Fourteen-year-old Kelsey Sutton took on Larne's Ella Cassells for the Junior -60 kg. All-Ireland title. These girls had met in the ring earlier this year in Scotland where Kelsey had pipped her opponent to the post. Cassells was out for revenge.
Both girls traded punches and kicks for the full fight. However, Kelsey's skill and stamina saw her taking the honours convincingly, and the first title was the Wexford Academy's.
Craig Browne's opponent, Bradley Rice, also hailing from Larne, was ready for action. At 15, these two lads showed the audience in attendance what kickboxing really is.
Both fighters put in a stellar performance, but Wexford's Craig Browne emerged the victor by the end. Title two was in the bag.
The one Senior fight between the Wexford Academy's Marc Keane and Larne's Matthew Ringland had the crowd on the edge of their seats. Marc took the first half of the fight convincingly, putting on a fantastic display of kickboxing, but his opponent came back swinging for the second half, rendering the bout a draw. This fight is set to take place again in three months in Larne.
The last fight of the night was Wexford's own Jack Browne who fought for a Five Nations title, and what a fight it was. Jack took on well-known Kilkenny kickboxer Morgan McEnroe.
Morgan has a stellar reputation as a clean, skilled fighter. However, Jack was determined to make his mark in the ring. Jack floated around the ring, picking off his opponent left, right and centre, much to the delight of the audience who were on their feet for most of the bout.
The skill that both fighters showed was next to none; a real exhibition. When Morgan hit, Jack hit straight back and with greater force, putting his opponent on the back foot. Jack won the fight by unanimous decision and with roars of exaltation from the crowd.
Wexford Academy of Martial Arts proved, once again, that it has some of the most talented athletes in the country. Well done to all who participated, especially those who travelled from afar to support the event.
The club is based in St. John's Community Centre, Mannix Place, and trains both children and adults. Children's classes take place from 6 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, while adults' classes take place on the same evenings from 7 to 8.30 p.m.
South Leinster league results, October 22: Wexford 1, Abbeyleix 3; Wexford 2, Carlow 2.
Winter doubles league section A/B - Group A: Catherine Haugh and Christine Hore beat Muriel Byrne and Dorcas Maher; Catherine Haugh and Christine Hore beat Rosaleen Doyle and Rachel Roche; section B/C - Group A: Sheila Kissane and Sheila O'Neill beat Valerie Foley and Mag O'Gorman 6-2, 6-2; Valerie Foley and Mag O'Gorman beat Phyllis Barry and Jo Flood 7-5, 2-6, 6-3.
Full results are on the noticeboard. There is a tennis-food night Friday, October 28, with new members welcome.
Sixteen members of the club running the Dublin City marathon are fundraising in aid of two charities - Wexford Hospice Homecare and The Hope Centre, Enniscorthy.
The group includes Pa Cronin, Shea O'Neill, Timmy O'Neill, Michael Breen, Tom Kavanagh, Stephen O'Leary, Pat Crean, Eilish Kehoe, Louise Kehoe, Frances Murphy, Mairéad O'Neill, Mary Carton, Ciara Nolan, Christine Hill, Emma Morris, Ryan Gleason, Billy Harpur and John Carton.
This is a very dedicated group and they are hoping to raise significant funds. To get involved in fundraising or to make a donation, please contact Pat Crean for sponsorship cards (086-2590090).
We wish all the S.B.R. runners a great day on Sunday at the Dublin City marathon. Additional S.B.R. runners include Noel Kennedy, Tomás Kavanagh, Eugene Doherty, Patrick Curley, Eoin Power and Stephen Tyrell. Best of luck everyone!
Cross-country training continues at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at the new G.A.A. complex in Ferns.
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.