WEXFORD VIXENS: Saturday the 18th saw Leinster Division 3 team Wexford Vixens undertake their first international game. Unbeknownst to the Vixens prior to the arrival of the visiting team, 'La Unica' the Spanish team are one of the top teams in their Division 1 league.
Though most of Friday was spent travelling from their home place of Palma Nova, fatigue was not an obvious factor for this well experienced side, on Saturday.
On organisation it was suggested that the fixture would be one to ease the Wexford ladies into their season, however it ended up so much more. The Vixens were required to up their game following La Unica running in their first try within the first ten minutes of the game.
Fortunately for the Wexford girls, the wind had risen in time for the Spanish conversion and so duly went wide. This was the shake up the Wexford side needed. The Vixens efforts were rewarded accordingly with Maire Busher making a break from play at the half-way line and providing a clean offload to supporting player Shenda Moran. Shenda broke two tackles and hammered over the line to equalise the score line before half-time.
Although the second half saw the Vixens put up a strong attacking front, they failed to have their efforts rewarded. However the Wexford girls went about doing what they do best in putting up a solid defensive line sending the Spanish ladies backwards after each scoring attempt.
Having original apprehension regarding this fixture, the Wexford girls put up a united front under the strong captaincy of Babs Hamilton, coming away with a 55 draw. Taking division level into consideration the Wexford girls were pleased with their performance.
Differences left on the pitch, both teams socialised together well into the early hours of Sunday morning. Arrangements are currently under way for the Wexford girls to visit the Spanish side at home. GOREY RUGBY CLUB
Gorey hosted Rathdrum in South East League match recently. Both teams were willing to attack with Rathdrum dominating field position in the first half and very unlucky not to cross the line on two occasions.
Rathdrum led 6-0 at half-time .Gorey's pre-season training was showing and slowly started to make inroads into the attacking 22. Rathdrum were tiring and were starting to infringe around the ruck. This gave Gorey the field position they needed to attack up front. After a number of attacks Issac Porter crossed over in the corner for a well taken try. With a few minutes left in the game and Gorey still trailing by one point. In the last minutes of play Gorey were awarded a penalty 35 metres out and Gorey won the game 8 to 6.
Squad: Ed Warren, Phil Swaine, Gregorz, Simon Besanson, Issac Porter, Fearghal OConnor, Colin Power, Adrian Copeland, Tommy Martin, Gareth Bater, Stephen Byrne, Sean Kinane, Wayne Pevoy, Shane OLeary, Clinton Furney. Subs: Simon Whelan, Calvin Ryanhart, John Fanning, Conor Owley, John Mannion and Derek Shanahon.
Mini training continues each Sunday morning at 10 a.m. for 6 to 12 year olds. SHELMALIER BADMINTON CLUB
The AGM of the Shelmalier Badminton Club was held in the Hollymount Complex on Tuesday night last, September 14, with a large attendance present. During a very informative meeting in which Nicholas Murphy, Chairman of the County Badminton Association, welcomed the new club to the association, when it was decided to affiliate to Badminton Ireland for the new season.
The following were elected Chairperson Mary Rose Newman, Secretary David Cleary, Treasurer Ann Kent, Under age coordinator and registrar Colm Byrne. Committee members: Trish Potter, Theresa Roche, Sharon Doyle, Brian O'Connor, Noel Feeney, Emer McCrea and Eileen Monaghan.
It was decided to hold a special registration night tomorrow night (Thursday), September 23, in Hollymount from 7 to 9 p.m. and all underage and adult members are reminded that they are required to register before they can participate this year.
We will resume badminton playing on Tuesday, September 28, at the following times: Primary school children seven years and older 6 to 7 p.m.; Secondary school children 7 to 8 p.m. and adults from 8pm. Information on registration form and registration fees will be available on the registration night.
Shelmalier Senior hurling team take on Marshalstown in the Senior hurling relegation play-off in Wexford Park at 2 p.m. on Saturday next. Your support would be greatly appreciated.
The Shelmalier Juvenile hurlers put up a outstanding performance of hurling against the Rapps before going down by a few points in the county semi-final played in Hollymount on Saturday last.
Both sides were evenly matched throughout with great displays of hurling with Neil Rossiter, Kevin O'Connor, James Cash, Simon Donohoe among the many heroes on the day.
The sides exchanged the lead on many occasions with a Rapps goal with five minutes to go deciding the match. The Shelmalier Minor footballers play their county semi-final in Hollymount on Sunday next at 11, your support would be appreciated.
There were no winners of the Shelmalier Development lotto last week with Larry O'Shaughnessy, Garrylough, being the only match three winner, winning €200. WEXFORD HOCKEY
In preparation for the upcoming season, Wexford 1st played a pre-season friendly against the South East U-18 squad on Sunday morning last.
The South East squad, under the guidance of coach Elaine Kinsella, have been working hard over the summer months getting ready for the InterProvincials which will be hosted by the South East branch in Kilkenny College in mid October.
The South East squad includes Wexford players Jean Devoy, Anna Mealy, Rachel O'Brien and Shauna NicAogáin.
Wexford team: Trish Mennis, Therese Finan, Sinead Dempsey, Avril Jones, Ruth Kennedy, Ciara Pettitt, Steffi Bowe, Ruth Bowe, Miriam Lambert, Joanne Grant.
The first league game of the season sees Wexford I take on Wexford II. This will be played this Sunday, September 26, at 11.30 a.m, at the Enniscorthy Astro Centre.
Training continues on Tuesday nights at the Astro Centre from 7 to 9 p.m.
Wexford Junior Hockey is going from strength to strength, and this was evident by the large numbers that attended for registration last Saturday. We have now reached our quota of players and unfortunately cannot accept any more members.
Congratulations to Wexford Junior hockey members Katie O'Connor and Aisling Cronin who have been selected on a 20 strong panel for the South East U-16 squad.
This is a fantastic achievement for the girls who are both only 14 years of age. They are joined by Ruth Bowe, who is a regular with the adult section of the club, and her Loreto schoolmate Caoimhe Dunne. Best of luck he girls as they continue their training . CLONARD BADMINTON CLUB
The timetable of events for this season has been issued bt the County Board.
The selectors were out in force last week assessing new players and the old guard to see how many teams can be entered in the mixed leagues. October 1st is the closing dates for entries and play will commence within a fortnight of that date.
Club nights will be the same as last year; Tuesday and Thursday. Adults have the courts to themselves on Tuesdays, while the juvenile members operate from 7:30 until 9:00 on Thursdays. More information is available from Clem Daly at 087 741 5151. ST. JOSEPH'S A.C.
The Annual Richie Young Memorial Race took place on Sunday at the Pink Rock.
The event which is organised by St. Joseph's A.C and was sponsored by Trudies Catering Kitchen was a huge success with over 170 runners and walkers taking part in the 5km race. All funds raised were donated to local charity Compassionate Friends.
The charity is located in Hoodsgrove and carters for anyone who is dealing with death of a child.
The race is unlike most ordinary races seeing that before this race you have to predict a time and person who is closest to their predicted time at the finish is the winner.
This year it was Tracy Malone who won the Running section, Rochie Mernagh was second and Bernard Walsh was third. Joan Aylward won the walkers section, Nick Ryan was second and James Gill was third.
The trophies which were sponsored by the Young family, were presented by Lar Young in the Parish Pump.
Food was proved by the Trudies Catering Kitchen.
The Vintage Club also provided sponsorship.