Club Call

The New Ross Workmen's club P.J. Browne snooker final presentation (from left): Dylan Wickham (semi-finalist), John Hearne (runner-up), Jason Moran (referee), Stephen Bolger (winner), Ciarán Murphy (semi-finalist)
The New Ross Workmen's club P.J. Browne snooker final presentation (from left): Dylan Wickham (semi-finalist), John Hearne (runner-up), Jason Moran (referee), Stephen Bolger (winner), Ciarán Murphy (semi-finalist)
The Wexford Wanderers Under-12 players who provided the guard of honour at the Leinster versus Scarlets match in the R.D.S. on Saturday. They played Coolmine at half-time, winning by one try to nil. Congratulations to all who took part and many thanks to coaches Eoin Reynolds, John Keane, Richard Bramley and Chris McCarthy. Back (from left): Eoin Reynolds (coach), Alex O'Connor, Jack Kearney, Páidí Doyle, Connor Fahy, Shane Ryan, Sam Turner, Chris McCarthy (coach). Middle (from left): Paddy Bramley, Daniel Furlong, Robert Reynolds, Charlie O'Hagan, William Miller, Robert Moore. Front (from left): David McCarthy, Robin Hawkins, Pearce Doyle, Tadhg Duffin, Eoin Sinnott, Matthew Bishop

Kilmore A.C.: Congratulations to Fiona Kehoe of Kilmore A.C. on winning the national Senior indoor 800m title in two minutes eight seconds recently.

There was a quality field of athletes in attendance at the National Arena in Dublin and Fiona triumphed after a fiercely-fought few laps to win in convincing fashion.

Fiona continues to maintain her winning form from cross-country to track and field this year.

ST. KILLIAN'S A.C.

Niall Sheil of St. Killian's Athletic Club travelled to Athlone on Sunday to compete in the national Masters 1,500m Over-35.

The pressure was on with Niall having won this title for the last two years. Niall had a great race and showed all his experience, taking control from the start in a very competitive field.

This tactic paid off with Niall finishing strong to take a super victory. Niall has been in great form and winning three titles in a row is a superb achievement.

Well done to his coach, Pavel Kolesnikov, who had been instrumental in his consistency and success.

WHBTC TENNIS

Park 100 spring mixed doubles results - Section A: Iain Walker and Sarah Egan beat Rosaleen Doyle and Gary Quinn 0-6, 6-2, 6-2; Section B: Sheila Kissane and Niall Bridges beat John Byrne and Miriam Geraghty 6-4, 6-1; Section C: Declan Fahy and Evelyn Howell beat Stephanie Durnin and Eddie McNulty 6-1, 6-1 .

Upcoming events: poker night, Friday, March 17, 8.30 p.m., €5 for chips, bring a friend; Austin Channing singles league; Spanish tennis - Padel trip for members is now April 21 to 28. Ole!

UNITED STRIDERS A.C.

The Juvenile Striders were in action at day three of the Leinster indoor championships at the new National Indoor Arena at Abbotstown.

We had multiple relay teams and a number of individual athletes performing in their track and field events.

The girls were outstanding in their field events, with Aoife Muldoon winning gold in the triple jump and Ciara Kelly winning silver in her high jump. Both girls were a shade off their P.B's, but this was a great start to the season for both.

Aedan Rogers looked very strong in finishing fourth place in his 1,500m event, which qualified him for the national championships.

The girls' Under-18 and Under-17 sprint relay teams both made their respective finals and were very unlucky to miss out on the medals. We also had girls' Under-16 and Under-15 teams who both ran really well in their sprint relay heats.

Well done to Aoife Muldoon, Ciara Kelly, Aisling Power, Alannah Byrne, Aoife Nic Eochaidh, Grace Costello, Gráinne Flannelly, Rebecca Bawden, Eve Byrne, Erinn Shannon, Ellie Quinn, Ciara Murphy, Clodagh Foran and Louise Doyle.

The boys' Under-16 team of Aaron Browne, Adam O'Connor, Patrick Doyle and Cian Flanagan were in great form and raced to an impressive silver medal in their 4 x 200m relay.

The Under-14 team of Aidan Shannon, Oisín Mac Eochaidh, Darragh Flannelly and Owen Lennon were very impressive in their heat and were just outside the medals in a final that had plenty of drama.

Also running well were Seán Lennon, Finn Kelly, Caolan Costello and Eoin Shannon who finished second in their heat and were unlucky not to make the final as a fastest loser. The following day was equally exciting, as it was the turn of the Senior Striders who were competing at the Leinster indoor Masters championships, also held at Abbotstown.

There was a great turn-out of eight Striders, with four making it their first venture indoors. There was some tough competition, with close finishes and fast times in all events.

Mick O'Gorman showed that he has plenty of pep in his step as he won silvers in both the high jump and long jump events.

His training partner, Aine Cullen, also came away with two Leinster silvers in the high jump and shot putt events.

Striders' super sprint sensation, Gavin Kelly, raced to silver in a thrilling 200m and bronze in the 400m. Drawing an unfavoured inside lane in the final, Gavin put in a scorching run that almost won the 200m event.

In the middle distance events, Sonya Byrne competed in a very fast ladies' 800m final and put in an exceptional performance to win silver.

Alan O'Connor finished very strongly in fourth place in the 3,000m and almost made it two Leinster medals for the O'Connor household, following son Adam's medal on Saturday.

Earlier in the day Alan placed a solid fifth in the 1,500m, as did Pat O'Callaghan who also placed fifth in his category of the 1,500m on his indoor debut.

John McGrath yet again performed to his high standards and that was good enough for a bronze medal in the 800m and fourth in the 1,500m.

Forty or so years on from his first Leinster medal, Ted Flannelly is still bringing provincial medals back to New Ross.

This time in a thrilling silver medal performance, Ted took it on from the start and gave it everything to beat all but one over 3,000m.

Well done all who competed and all who were very noisy in their support, especially the guy who helped his dad win two medals with the 'c'mon Dad' shouts of encouragement.

ROSS WORKMEN

The final of the P.J. Browne Cup took place in the New Ross Workmen's Club, between John Hearne (-29) and Stephen Bolger (-25). It was a one-sided affair, as Bolger added to his snooker laurels when he defeated John Hearne by three frames to nil.

Stephen showed he meant business in the first frame with breaks of 20 and 23 to take it 63-14.

The second frame was a bit closer. Hearne took an early lead and looked to be in control, but Bolger came storming back and it went to the colours, with both playing some great safety.

Bolger potted the pink and black to win the frame 63-47. Two-nil down, Hearne had to pull his socks up to stay in the match.

Bolger broke off and left the white safe. Both finalists were playing a safety game, but as hard as Hearne tried he started making mistakes and Bolger punished him with a break of 24 to wind up the game and match on a score of 69-22, a three frames to nil win.

The referee was Jason Moran, and the marker was Tony Bennett. Beaten semi-finalists were Dylan Wickham and Kieran Murphy.

The club would like to thank our sponsor, Browne Photography, Bridge Street.

NEWBAWN DARTS

With only three more weeks left in the season, the battle for positions on the league table is heating up.

Firstly, a big apology is required from me as I incorrectly reported last week that Caroline Bradley had beaten Liz Byrne in the ladies' final when it was in fact Liz who had won; apologies Liz.

Last week's final did see Caroline and Liz once more face off and I must be a fortune teller as this time Caroline did beat Liz on a three legs to two scoreline after a titanic match. It just shows I am ahead of my time I guess!

The first semi-final in the main event saw a classic pairing of Tom O'Connor against Michael 'Flash' Dwyer. 'Flash' and Tom are old adversaries and they put on a top show as they played some great darts for the watching crowd. Tom finished the winner this time but 'Flash' is now in twelfth spot and looking good for his place for finals day.

The second semi-final was between the league leader, Paul Murphy, and Paul Delaney. Delaney has been a revelation this season and although he was beaten on this occasion, he is now in third spot on his own and he is a player no one will want in their group on finals day. He is a good value bet to go all the way and cause an upset on April 1.

The question now was whether Tom could get the better of Paul in the final and to be fair, there aren't many better players than Paul when he gets to the last game of the night, and he rarely loses a final.

Tom is a very good player, and a gentleman to boot, but Phil Taylor wouldn't have beaten Paul on the night as he was in devastating form. Tom can be proud of his night's work as he looks good to be in pot three or four for the draw for finals day.

To highlight how good Paul was, he had a 180 in the third leg, he had earlier hit a 160 check-out (highest this season), and he had an eleven-dart leg to finish the match off.

Paul is now the hot favourite to win the league title and I know he wants to try to make it a double by winning finals day as well.

Finally, hard luck to all of our club members who represented the county in Ennis in the All-Ireland recently. The ladies were unlucky to lose in the semi-finals and the men had to settle for the quarter-finals. Both teams have done us proud in the last few years and I am sure they will taste victory again soon.

Charlie Bradley was the spot the dart winner and brought home the €20 prize.

ST. JOSEPH'S A.C.

Ten gold, five silver and one bronze: that was the incredible medal haul achieved by the Junior, Senior and Masters St. Joseph's athletes at the Leinster indoor championships at the National Indoor Sports Arena.

Verena Fenlon led the way, winning four golds and a bronze. She was first in 60m hurdles, high jump, long jump and shot putt, and third in the 800 metres.

Austin Lee took gold in 60m hurdles, and silvers in high jump, long jump, triple jump and shot putt.

The race walkers continued their great form with Maggie Helen O'Connor first Over-45, Bríd Lawlor first Over-55, and John Joe Lawlor winning the Over-50 race.

To make the perfect day, Maggie Helen O'Connor now holds the Leinster indoor record for the 3k race walk in the Over-45 category after finishing in a championship best time of 16:09:59.

Shane Power continued his great form, taking first place in the Junior pole vault, while Anne Watkins, in her debut indoor adventure with St. Joseph's, had a great day by winning the Over-35 high jump, and finishing fourth in the 400 metres.

Sophie Becker was second in the Junior 200m while Eoin Power was second in his heat of the 400m. It was also great to see Paul Manning returning to competition, and he took on the 60m and 200m.

The Kilkenny Athletic county star awards took place recently in a packed Set Theatre in Kilkenny. The special guest was Ciara Everard, Kilkenny's own Olympian from Rio.

Congratulations to all the St. Joseph's athletes who won awards, reflecting a great year of success in cross-country, sprinting and race walking, and just reward for the commitment and dedication required.

Championship best performance awards reflecting success at national level were won by race walker John Joe Lawlor and sprinter Sophie Becker.

Eoin Power won the Eamon Costello shield for sprinting. County awards were won by John Joe Lawlor in race walking and Austin Lee for Masters track and field.

A fantastic winter of Juvenile cross-country by Kilkenny teams finished with four age groups, all girls, winning All-Ireland medals, finishing in the top three counties in the country.

Five St. Joseph's athletes were members of these county teams and were presented with awards. Grace Glennon and Maeve Bookle were on the Under-11 team, Erin Foley and Danielle Griffin were on the Under-13 team, and Katie Bookle and Erin Foley were members of the Under-14 county team.

Finally, county cups and shields won by St. Joseph's A.C. in 2016 were: Senior ladies' cross-country cup, ladies' Over-40 cross-country shield, race walking shield, men's Over-40 cross-country shield, and men's Over-50 cross-country shield.

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