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Sunday 22 October 2017

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Lisa Murphy, Belinda Kehoe, Lillian Lawless and Ciara Bowe of the silver-medal winning S.B.R. Masters team at the county road race in Crossabeg on Friday
Lisa Murphy, Belinda Kehoe, Lillian Lawless and Ciara Bowe of the silver-medal winning S.B.R. Masters team at the county road race in Crossabeg on Friday

United Striders A.C.: It's been a busy period for the Striders recently, with both the Seniors and Juveniles participating at various events, starting off with the Juveniles, who were ramping up for the Wexford track and field championships.

Myles Hewlett, Cosmo Hewlett and Eoin Shannon all made the trip to the St. Abban's track and field event in Laois and did particularly well in their middle distance and javelin events.

We had athletes competing at the South Leinster Schools track and field championships in the R.S.C. in Waterford over the last two weeks and great results were achieved.

Gráinne and Rebecca won medals in the 300m relay, with Aaron doing likewise in the 800m. Ciara clinched silver in the high jump and Joshua won gold in the javelin with a championship and personal best, throwing 51.27 metres.

Conor, Patrick, Dawid and Daniel teamed up for a sprint relay medal. Eve and Ryan were outstanding in their race walk events, both winning silver. Clodagh, Louise, Adam, Ellie, Ciara, Erinn, Aoife, Aisling and more all represented their various schools to great effect. Well done everyone. The Novice Leinster 5k road race was held in Gowran, with outstanding results from our Senior men, winning second place in the club team event. Well done to Alan O'Connor, John McGrath, Ted Flannelly, Seán Murphy, Brendan Lyng and Pat O'Callaghan, who also helped the Wexford team win silver in the county event. Thanks to all of the supporters who turned up in force.

More Striders were out supporting the New Ross Swimming Club 5k and 10k held at the JF Kennedy Park on Bank Holiday Monday morning. Michael Cleere, Theresa Tierney and Aine Cullen completed the 10k course.

Aedan Rogers, Linda Molloy, Sheila Paterson, Barbara Donovan and Karina Somers completed the 5k course. Congratulations to Aedan who was first male home in the 5k and winner of a beautiful plaque. Thanks to New Ross Swimming Club for a great event. It was hard to keep up with all of the events of the weekend, and we had Emmett Malone, Dessie Mullett, John Kent, Mick O'Gorman and Pat O'Callaghan in action at the Taghmon 10k. With a lovely hill at the finish and nasty weather, I'm sure the lads loved every minute.

Geraldine Purcell, Lorraine O'Brien, Chantal Rowe and Michael Fottrell all took part in the ultra-competitive Waterford to Tramore 7.5 mile run, hosted by Waterford A.C. Some of our gang supported the 5k/10k in Ballycullane, fundraising for diabetes charities.

Congratulations to the 10k runners: 1, John Kent; 2, Martin Kehoe; 3, Mick O'Gorman. Well done to the rest of the Striders including Sam Power, Patricia Foran, Geraldine Purcell and Clare O Morchoe.

At the Blackstairs Adventure Race, Caitríona McLoughlin was second female in the 3 Step Challenge, just ahead of Karina Somers. The 3 Step Challenge is an 11k run, 15k cycle and 0.5k run, all across the Blackstairs Mountains!

Also on Bank Holiday Monday, the Striders were at the Rosslare 10k event, hosted by the Wexford Triathlon Club, with strong running by all.

Alan O'Connor was fourth, winning first Over-40 in 35:45. Brendan Lyng secured a top twelve finish in 37:52, with Mick O'Gorman 43:34 and Eoin Kissane 43:51 also in action. For the Striders ladies, a very impressive run of 46:49 was produced by Beth O'Connor.

Finally, a shout out to Brendan Lyng, who had a very busy weekend as he managed to throw in a first place in the New Ross Parkrun in a P.B. of 17:57.

S.B.R. A.C.

It was a glorious Bank Holiday Monday for the S.B.R. men, with a Leinster title at the Masters road race championships in Gowran.

S.B.R. won the title in a strong field over Sportsworld and Newbridge, with only four points between the top three teams.

Pedro Calvo led the men home with a brilliant fourth in 19:34 over 6k, with Myles Gibbons right behind in sixth in 19:48. Joe Lillis and Trevor Conroy ran well together and came in 16th and 17th in 20:49 and 20:50 to round out the scoring.

Paul Gibbons ran very well in 21:32 and Billy Harpur added to the day with a second place finish in the Over-70 men in 35:31.

With the S.B.R. scorers, Wexford was able to win a bronze county medal behind Dublin and Laois. Well done to everyone who ran and special thanks to Lukie Kehoe and the supporters who travelled to cheer on S.B.R. on an historic day.

A great night of racing in Crossabeg at the Wexford Masters road race on Friday resulted in team silver for the S.B.R. women and team gold for the S.B.R. men. 

Lillian Lawless led home the women, winning the bronze individual medal in third behind Jackie Carty and Emily O'Connor. Lillian has been consistently brilliant at the county level and once again ran a well-timed race to secure bronze.

Behind her Ciara Bowe and Belinda Kehoe ran exceptional races, finishing in sixth and seventh respectively to round out the S.B.R. scoring. Lisa Murphy ran very well behind them and was 24th overall.

In the men's race, Myles Gibbons was second overall to lead the S.B.R. men to team gold. Myles has also consistently led S.B.R. in 2017, and the team grouped tightly behind him to secure gold. 

Noel Kennedy was fifth overall after running much of the race in third and asserting himself. Paul Gibbons followed in a great sixth and Joe Lillis was eighth to round out the team scoring.

Trevor Conroy was eleventh overall just off the scoring, followed by Eugene Doherty in 30th, Adrian Doyle 33rd, and Raymond Byrne 39th. Brian McLoughlin, Tom Kavanagh, Billy Harpur and Stephen O' Leary all ran strong races as well. 

Tom Kavanagh was first Over-65 and Billy Harpur was first Over-70 to conclude a great night's racing for S.B.R.

Congratulations also to Pa Cronin who ran the recent Great Limerick Run marathon in 3:30, and to Tomás Kavanagh who ran a very fast 37:30 at the Taghmon 10k. 

Dates for S.B.R. summer league: May 17, Gorey 5k; May 24, Ferns 5k; May 31, Bunclody 5k; June 21, Old Bawn Beach 5k; June 28, Camolin Woods 5k.

The league is for S.B.R. members or anyone wanting to join or try out running with the club. All races start at 7.30 p.m., and the entry fee is €10. 

For all fixtures, club information and results, please visit www.sbrclub.com

WANDERERS CRICKET

Wexford Wanderers travelled to Fingal and were involved in a truly remarkable game of cricket against Ringcommons.

The home side batted first and quickly put the Wexford bowling attack to the sword. Their opening batsman, Declan Moore, batted right through the innings and scored 166 runs.

At the end of their 45 overs, Ringcommons has amassed a huge total of 312 runs for the loss of just two wickets.

The Wanderers batsmen made a valiant attempt to chase down this unlikely target. Fine contributions from Haz Nawaz with 50 runs, Sufian Tatar with 45 and Ullah Jan with 44 kept the momentum going, and a fantastic innings of 68 from skipper Tony Murray, who was well supported by James Redmond, saw Wanderers all out for 273, just 39 runs short of what would have been an amazing victory.

This was by far Wexford's highest-ever total scored in any game, but alas it was not quite enough.

WANDERERS RUGBY

Wexford Wanderers' memorable senior rugby season came to a close when the third XV travelled to neutral Tullow on Saturday evening to face Portlaoise in the final of the J4 Michael Dunne Cup.

The game, which had been postponed from the previous weekend due to the annual Casey Cup, took place on an overcast evening in the presence of a sizeable contingent of travelling supporters.

Wanderers were first on the scoreboard with a penalty after eight minutes from young Gannon. Portlaoise struck back quickly, levelling the score after a further three minutes had elapsed.

At this stage the game was settling as a contest, with Wexford looking to have a slight advantage on the wings in terms of pace. Indeed, it was from quick hands that Stevie Holloway fired around his opposing winger to score a magical try in the corner, which was unfortunately not converted.

Wanderers at this stage were edging the match and within ten metres of the Portlaoise line fighting to get a further score when a loose ball allowed one of the Portlaoise midfield players to race the length of the pitch to score under the posts and give them the lead for the first time.

The first-half still had some acts to play and on the half hour mark captain Des Doyle, in typical forwards-style rugby, crashed over the line to the left of the posts to give Gannon an easy conversion to regain the lead.

Portlaoise however, in almost a carbon copy of their first try, broke away again to score a second against the run of play to square the scoreline at 15-15 at the interval.

The second period started with Portlaoise scoring a crucial penalty early on, and it took 20 minutes for Wanderers to get their next score which unsurprisingly came from Doyle yet again with his second try which was unfortunately not converted.

Wanderers stuck to the task and, under pressure from a Portlaoise attack, replacement winger Ger Lynch wonderfully read and intercepted a loose pass and ran the length of the field, showing most of the players and the officials dust in his aftermath, only to be caught five metres from the line.

McConville, who was the closest support player, took the off-load and touched the ball down under the posts, only for the referee to have harshly adjudged it to be a forward pass.

As the game worked to its conclusion Portlaoise indiscipline offered Wanderers the opportunity to take the game to extra-time as multiple penalties were awarded to Wexford who opted to keep attacking the line.

Indeed, the final action saw Doyle cross the line again, only for the referee to fail to see the grounding and blow the final whistle rather than return to the penalty advantage of resetting with a five-metre scrum. It was a harsh and cruel end to a tough game which ended in a 23-20 loss.

One massive positive Wanderers will take out of this season despite the lack of silverware is the growth of the senior men's section since last August, with well over 35 players togging out twice weekly to prepare for fixtures. Such was the wealth of talent that the club was able to field full squads on consecutive match days without having to share players.

The roll of accomplishments speaks for itself with the first XV finishing second in the Leinster League Division 2B, playing a Naas side featuring a number of ex A.I.L. players in the Provincial Towns Cup and making it to the second round of the Provincial Towns Plate.

Meanwhile, the second XV also finished second in the South East J2/J3 league after narrow home and away defeats to winners Athy as well as making the quarter-finals of the Provincial Seconds Cup (the first time in over a generation of players) where they lost out to the beaten finalists, Tullow.

The emergence of a third XV in February marked another progression in the growth of the club. The team competed in the opening round of the J3 Anderson Cup, losing to Tullow, before completing in the Dunne Cup until its conclusion last Saturday. This made the current season extra special for the club as it fielded teams in all four Provincial Cup competitions, something which has not occurred for a long, long time.

Wexford: Willie Morris, Aaron Smythe, Reece Moore, Des Doyle (capt.), Kean Kehoe, Kyle Roche, Cillian McConville, Mossie Earle, Stewart Ryan, John Hyland, Chris Walsh, Tom Barry, Tony Boggan, Stevie Holloway, John Gannon. Subs. - Dermot Graham, Dan Murphy, Aidan Harrington, Ger Lynch, James O'Connor.

ST. KILLIAN'S A.C.

The club hosted the ladies' and gents' Masters road races on Friday. The competitors began the race at the local school, headed to Foley's cross, made a turn for Crory and headed back once more to the school.

This was a first for the club and they would like to thank each and everyone who came out and helped out in any way, with refreshments, catering, stewarding and car parking. Your help ensured that the events ran off smoothly.

Thanks also to the householders along the routes who kept their pets indoors whilst the races were passing by. Congratulations to St. Killian's athlete Niall Sheil who flew the flag for the club by winning the men's event. The ladies' race was won by Jackie Carthy of Kilmore.

Well done to Amy Forde who came home on Thursday with a gold medal from the Senior hammer event and a silver medal from the Senior discus won at the South Leinster schools championships.

Also competing were Jean Dwyer and Paul Freeman, with Jean taking home silver in the Senior hurdles. Paul ran a good race in the 3,000m but unfortunately he narrowly missed out on the medals. Both Amy and Jean qualified for the Leinster schools finals.

St. Killian's Athletic Club had a good turn-out of Juvenile members on Sunday for day one of the County Wexford track and field championships held at The Hub in Enniscorthy. Well done to all who competed so well.

The sun shone brightly all day and added to the enjoyment of the events. Those competing ranged in ages from Under-9 right up to Under-17.

It was a great day for Jack Forde who collected four medals in total: gold in the 100m Under-15, silver in the hurdles, gold in the shot putt, and gold also in the long jump.

Paul Freeman took silver in the 1,500m Under-17 and bronze in the high jump. Kate Freeman won a bronze medal in the Under-14 javelin, and Emma McCarthy won a bronze in the 500m Under-10 final.

Anna Finan finished in fourth place in the final of the Under-14 sprint and sixth in the javelin. Kara Morrissey finished in fourth place in the Under-11 sprint final, with Chloe Reck also qualifying for this final and finishing in fifth place.

Billy Reck finished in fourth place in the Under-15 shot putt. The Under-9 relay team of Chloe Murphy, Hannah Murray, Lorna Furlong, Megan Moran and Kara Murphy took home the bronze medals.

Thanks to all the parents and children for their attendance and help. Part two of these championships will take place at The Hub on Sunday, May 14, with some members also competing in the throws championships in the D.M.P. grounds on Friday, May 12, at 6.30 p.m.

St. Killian`s athlete Jack Forde was presented with a plaque during the county championships on Sunday at The Hub in Enniscorthy. Jack was voted athlete of the month for March.

At the Under-15 national indoors, Jack won the shot putt and took third place in the high jump. Heartiest congratulations from all athletes, coaches and members.

D.M.P. A.C.

D.M.P. athletics club had a great turn-out at day one of the Mr Oil county Juvenile track and field championships in Enniscorthy on Sunday. Over 30 entrants were present from the club on a scorching hot day and every one of them did themselves proud.

Conor Brennan got the track action off to a flying start, taking a well-deserved gold in the Under-16 250m hurdles, while Adam Peilow followed it up with a bronze in the Under-17 300m hurdles.

In the sprints, Kevin O'Mahoney took silver in the Under-11 100m, with Con Mernagh going one better to claim gold in the Under-12 100m. Several athletes just missed out on the medals in their 100m sprints, with fourth places for Rachel Gregg in Under-14, Aoife O'Connor in Under-15, and Conor Brennan in Under-16.

The girls' Under-9 relay team of Judy Sinnott, Cara Simpson, Amy Kehoe and Saoirse Flanagan brought home gold, while the girls' Under-11 relay team of Layla Stafford, Rachel Whelan, Doireann Mullally and Nicole Lague got silver medals in their race.

D.M.P. athletes had impressive performances in the middle distance races, with emphatic wins for Eabha Keane in the Under-10 500m, Con Mernagh in the Under-12 600m, and Claragh Keane in the Under-14 1500m. Conor Keane also collected a bronze medal in the Under-16 1,500m event, while Tony Roe did likewise in Under-18 1500m.

In the field events, the club also had great representation. And despite the searing heat making it t-shirt weather, there were plenty of jumpers about!

In the Under-11 long jump, Kevin O'Mahoney took the win in the boys' event and Layla Stafford earned second place in the girls' event.

Rachel Gregg and Aoife O'Connor both earned bronze medals in the Under-14 and Under-15 girls' long jump respectively. Alex Gregg narrowly missed out on the podium in the Under-14 boys' long jump but achieved a new P.B. in the process.

Across the field at the shot putt, Michael Kent won the Under-11, Cormac Simpson took a great second in the Under-12 category in turbo javelin, and Danielle Stone earned herself a bronze medal in the Under-12 high jump.

It was a great day's athletics and D.M.P. would like to pass on a big well done to everyone who took part - now we look forward to day two of the championships, next Sunday, May 14!

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