Slaney Olympic A.C.: The annual five-mile road race hosted by St. Killian's A.C. in aid of Crossabeg Community Field was held on Sunday in Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford.
Slaney Olympic had a huge field of runners, with 40 in total taking part. Kevin Murphy was first man home for the club in a time of 28.14, and Kelly Long was the first lady home in another great time of 36.08.
Full club results: Kevin Murphy 28.14, Billy Reck 28.36, David Kehoe 29.00, Dave Barron 29.27, Conail Cooper 29.30, Bobby Redmond 29.30, Brian Maher 29.50, John Foley 29.57, Paul Browne 30.35, Colin Garry 31.43, Declan Ivers 32.06, Jessie O'Connor 32.11, Mick Morrissey 32.17, Austin Codd 32.21, Malo Roban 32.26, Eamon Saunders 35.36, Pat Hennessy 36.04, Kelly Long 36.08, Sunday Nzerem 36.49, Tom Crofts 38.02, Paul Murphy 38.14, Sarah Walsh 38.41, Gosia Symura 39.06, Mag Cahill 39.14, Mag Dunphy 39.45, Maura Neville 39.48, Eric Derr 40.07, Clodagh Connolly 40.21, Enda Waters 42.36, Deirdre Bowers-Kavanagh 43.33, Jane Porter 44.19, Kate Doyle 44.32, Gretta Roberts-Tyrell 44.55, Annis Kehoe 45.39, Mary Murphy 46.12, John Chapman 49.03, Siobhán O'Leary 49.39, Catherina Codd 49.41, Pauline McGowan 51.06, Diane Breslin 51.26, Angela McDonald 52.05.
Well done to everyone.
Congratulations to Mick Jordan who completed the EOI Killoscully marathon on Saturday in a great time of 3.21, and to his brother, Seamus, who took part in the half-marathon in a time of 1.57.
Don't forget training continues Tuesday and Thursday in Enniscorthy Sports Hub for all members and any potential members looking to join from 7-8 p.m.
Pedro Calvo won Saturday's Gorey Parkrun in 17:52, making it five victories from seven for S.B.R. in the event (Myles Gibbons and Paul Lynch).
Tomás Kavanagh was second out of 160 finishers in the Wexford Parkrun in 18:39.
Pedro Calvo capped a great weekend by finishing first in the Kilanerin 10k/5k new year run. Myles Gibbons was a brilliant third, David Leonard a very strong sixth, and Bernard Fortune and Tomás Kavanagh were both within the top twelve.
Belinda Kehoe started her 2017 very well with a brilliant second place finish to lead the S.B.R. women. Well done Belinda!
In the 5k, Noel Kennedy, fresh off his Wexford third place in the Senior cross-country, won the event with Patrick Curley and Ian McQuillan running very well.
S.B.R. had a great group of runners at the annual Ferrycarraig 5 Mile. Tommy McElwaine led S.B.R. home with a 23rd place finish in 30:13. Ciara Bowe was 91st overall in a brilliant time of 35:09 to lead the S.B.R. women home. Well done to all.
Preliminary results: Tommy McElwaine 30:13, Stephen Whelan 34:28, Ciara Bowe 35:09, Michael Sweeney 36:44, Lorcan Murphy 39:08, Christine Hill 39:20, Mary Carton 41:03, Eilish Kehoe 41:11, Annette Guinan 44:14, Pat Crean 45:14, Frances Murphy 45:24, Brian McLoughlin 45:45, Emer Kelly 46:25, Tom Kavanagh 46:48, Billy Harpur 47:10.
Friday, January 13, at the Ferns Community Centre is the annual S.B.R. registration night for new members and for existing members to renew. That is followed by the A.G.M. at the Community Centre at 8 p.m. We hope to see you all there.
Hockey in Enniscorthy was back in full swing for 2017 last weekend when the first men's side were in cup action.
The opposition and visitors on this occasion were Dublin side, Clontarf. The two sides recently went to battle in a league game in early December.
On that occasion the south-east men came out on the right side of a one-goal game. Donal Doyle's Enniscorthy side knew from their previous encounter that this game was going to be a tight, tough one.
With this the first game of the new year for both sides, rustiness could be expected but from the push back it was clear both teams had shaken off the Christmas break very well.
The early stages were tense with both sides up for it and playing quick, exciting hockey. Both teams traded attacks throughout the first-half, with Enniscorthy having a number of shots from forwards Durnan, Jowett and Liukimas.
Clontarf won two early short corners but Hill's corner defence of Simmons, Andrew Rothwell and the Chapman brothers dealt with the threats. However, shortly after Doyle's men were not so lucky as a well-played Clontarf attack ended in a goal for the visitors.
Midway through the first-half and minutes after Clontarf opened the scoring, the Slaneysiders evened things up with a goal from Jowett. It started with a charge up the left flank from left back Vietch who pushed the ball to Medcalf, and with a reverse flick, he found a free Jowett who made no mistake in slotting the ball past the outstretched Dublin 'keeper.
Enniscorthy continued to move the ball around the pitch well, starting from the centre back partnership of Ivan Rothwell and Simmons, who both were solid in defence and quick in switching the direction of attack, making it hard for the visitors to get a hold of the ball.
The remainder of the first-half saw both sides gaining territory, but it finished 1-1.
The second-half started as the first had finished, a high tempo and with lots of exciting attacks. The home side gained a succession of short corners midway through the half but were unable to get the desired second goal.
The Wexford men came very close to scoring during play, with a combination between Durnan, Cooke and Jowett, but the final shot went narrowly wide.
Shortly after, another short corner was earned for Enniscorthy from the efforts of Medcalf, Jowett and Liukimas. The latter scored from the resulting short after a push from Medcalf to Roy Chapman on the top of the circle, who switched the ball to his right to Liukimas, and he flicked the ball through the charging Clontarf defence.
It was 2-1 with 15 minutes to go, plenty of time for the game to have a few more twists. Clontarf came back fighting and gained a number of short corners, but the home defence kept them out with saves from Hill and charge downs by his runners.
With five minutes to go the Dubliners came back knocking and won a short corner. Hill stopped the shot on its first attempt but, due to the power of the drag flick, the ball still managed to get over the line. With the final whistle coming shortly after and the game all square at 2-2, it wasn't over just yet though!
As this was a cup game, a winner was needed for the next round, so 1v1s were going to have to separate the teams. 1v1s are similar to a penalty shoot-out but the attacking player starts with the ball 25 yards out from the goal and is given eight seconds to beat the opposition goalkeeper and score a goal.
Enniscorthy selected its five takers and Clontarf did likewise. The brave five from Doyle's squad that stood forward were Jowett, Liukimas, Medcalf and Chapman brothers Glenn and Roy, and of course the man between the posts was the ever-solid captain of the side, Graham Hill.
After each side had taken their usual five, it was still even and they would have to continue until a winner was found. Three 1v1s later and Clontarf were the eventual winners.
In what was a tense, close game, to go down to almost a flip of a coin was heartbreaking for Doyle's men, but they will have learned a lot from the game and can be proud of the effort they put in.
They will bring that into their game this weekend as they return to league action and welcome Pembroke Wanderers down to Enniscorthy this coming Saturday.
Enniscorthy: Graham Hill, Andrew Rothwell, David Simmons, Martyn Vietch, Ivan Rothwell, Daithí Medcalf, Glenn Chapman, Roy Chapman, Liam Jowett, William Durnan, Edmundas Liukimas, Cory Cooke, Jason Rothwell. Coach: Donal Doyle. Manager: Fraser Rothwell.
The introduction of a new league format for the South East ladies' league saw it dividing into two after Christmas, with the top four teams from the pre-Christmas matches playing each other home and away, and the bottom four teams doing likewise.
Enniscorthy's first XI hockey ladies were met with tough opposition for their first match of the new year, having to travel to meet pre-Christmas league toppers Kilkenny.
A strong squad travelled, only missing Stephanie Kinsella and Nancy Dunphy. Kilkenny started the better, forcing goalie Fiona Rothwell to make a save in the first few minutes.
Enniscorthy's defence of Fiona Rothwell, Aine O'Brien, Julie Watchorn, Laura Smith and Katie Owen worked very well together and they dealt with a number of strong attacks and short corners in the first-half.
A special mention must go to 15-year-old Laura Smith who has recently joined the ladies' squad. She had a superb game at centre back and showed a level of skill and nerve beyond her years.
The even scoreline was changed early on as the forward pairing of Anna Flood and Sonja Rynhart showed great skill to take the ball out of defence and work it around several defenders, with Flood beating the goalie in a one-on-one.
The Kilkenny ladies fought back hard and did eventually penetrate Enniscorthy's defence with a well-worked goal from play 20 minutes into the half to level the scoreboard again.
Both teams had good passages of play in the second-half. However, Kilkenny were the more clinical, with their second goal coming 15 minutes into the half.
Both Sonja Rynhart and Laura O'Leary made great attacks down the left and right wing respectively, but their attempts were dealt with by a strong Kilkenny defence. Jessie Flood, Olive Lett, Leah Chapman, Ruth Harrington and Marti Rudd put in a great effort in the middle of the field, making several tackles and passes and providing the crucial link between defence and attack.
Kilkenny scored one more time before the final whistle to leave the scoreline at 3-1, a score which doesn't reflect the closeness of the game.
Enniscorthy ladies put in a superb team effort and are now looking forward to next Sunday's league fixture against local rivals Wexford which is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Astro Active Centre.
Enniscorthy: Fiona Rothwell, Julie Watchorn, Aine O'Brien, Laura Smith, Katie Owen, Jessie Flood, Olive Lett, Leah Chapman, Ruth Harrington, Sonja Rynhart, Anna Flood, Laura O'Leary, Marti Rudd. Coach: Donal Doyle. Manager: Irene Doyle.
ST. JOSEPH'S A.C.
2017 started with a bang for St. Joseph's athletes last weekend with cross-country, indoor and road race action.
The county Over-35 cross-country championship took place in Gowran, with Patrick Bookle in fifth position followed closely by David Lanigan and Stephen O'Connor bringing home county silver team medal s with an excellent performance.
In the non-championship Juvenile races, Joss O'Connor raced into an early lead in the boys' Under-10 race, with the winning margin increasing all the way to the finish line. Kyle Bolger also ran a fine race in seventh place, with both athletes being out of their age group.
The boys' Under14 race saw Jamie O'Connor having a good run in finishing seventh, and an excellent sprint finish from Katie Bookle saw her claim a fine fifth position in the girls' Under-16 race.
In the Munster indoors championships in Nenagh, three St. Joseph's race walkers competed as guests and won gold and silver medals.
John Joe Lawlor finished second in 16.40, Bríd Lawlor also claimed second place in 20.44, and Maggie Helen O'Connor won the Masters category, and was third lady overall, in a splendid new personal best time of 15.52.
Racing in the Ferrycarrig 5 Mile road race, Sally Forristal finished third lady, Maria Griffin was first Over-40, and Mary Doolan, Anne Watkins and Frances Mullally ran very well also.
ST. KILLIAN'S A.C.
The athletic year kicked off in style on Sunday when St. Killian's hosted the annual Ferrycarrig 5 Mile race in aid of the local Crossabeg community field.
The race has gone from strength to strength over the years with this year's being the best ever. It showed the best of what running can offer, with over 400 competitors registered from Olympians to walkers, all getting out and tackling the course.
It shows what a community can do when they pull together, from the fantastic stewards to people who helped out with the famous spread after the event. The race is the brainchild of clubman Pádraig Moriarty who, along with his super team, ensured the success of a great day for all involved.
Ferrycarrig Park was a hive of activity for the annual race which got under way at 12 noon. Conditions were ideal for this popular but tough race which turned left on exit from the grounds, down to Newcastle cross, through Killowen, out to Kitestown cross, up the long hard pull to Kyle cross before heading back home to the grounds of Ferrycarrig Park.
There were some very high-profile runners competing and they came from near and far, including Kilkenny, Wicklow, Waterford, Meath, Carlow, Dublin and Laois to mention but a few, as well as the marvellous support from within the county.
Over the years the race has become synonymous with being extremely competitive, and it was great to see Mick Clohisey of Raheny Shamrocks coming back to claim the title he last won two years ago and also breaking the course record.
Mick, having competed last summer in the marathon in Rio, was competing in Edinburgh on Saturday having got the call up to compete with Team Europe in this prestigious event. He was not going to have an easy run on Sunday, with Brian Maher of Kilkenny City Harriers making him work hard for his win.
Mick and Brian were together for the first two miles, at which stage Mick picked up the pace to finish the race in 24 minutes dead, just three seconds off his record.
Brian Maher was not too far behind to take second. It was great to see our own athlete, Niall Sheil, having a great race to make the podium by finishing in third place.
St. Killian's were well represented with Brian O'Shaughnessy showing no ill effects from the new year celebrations to finish in 17th place in a P.B. time.
Gerry Moran and Deirdre O'Grady were also in flying form with both finishing together.
Gerry finished in 193rd place and Deirdre was 192nd. Máire Browne-Carley also ran really well, finishing in 239th place.