Woodsmen assert dominance
The county Wexford horseshoe league finals took place in Bellefield on Saturday.
First off was the Division 1 final featuring Woodsmen versus Doran's Bridge in the best of six games.
Game one saw Harry Kinch and William Redmond (Doran's Bridge) beat Paddy Connors and Phil Mahon, 21-16. In game two, Chris Macdonald and Mick Redmond (Woodsmen) beat Richard Collier and Brendan Earle, 21-14.
The third game went to Tom Connors and Johnny Giltrap (Woodsmen) who beat Billy McGuire and John Doyle, 21-17. In the fourth game, Willie Redmond and Harry Kinch beat Phil Mahon and Paddy Connors, 21-20.
The fifth game saw Chris MacDonald and Mick Redmond beat Brendan Earle and Richard Collier, 21-12. Finally in the sixth game, Johnny Giltrap and Tom Connors beat Billy McGuire and John Doyle, 21-12.
It was a close final as the Woodsmen, who are current four-in-a-row All-Ireland champions, pushed their way forward to win.
The Doran's Bridge team was completed by Billy Cash, while the Woodsmen's remaining squad members were Liam Bond and Seán Redmond.
Next up was the Division 2 final with The Ballagh and Vinegar Hill.
Martin Dowd and Paddy O'Connor (The Ballagh) beat Paul Farnan and John McKeown, 21-4. In game two Paddy Doyle and John Lacey (The Ballagh) beat Artie Roberts and Pa Redmond, 21-20.
The third game saw Seán Storey and Seán Byrne (The Ballagh) beat Nigel O'Toole and Mark O'Toole, 21-13. In the fourth game, Paul Farnan and John McKeown beat Paddy Doyle and John Lacey, 21-17.
In the firth game, Artie Roberts and Pa Redmond beat Seán Storey and Seán Byrne, 21-13.
In the final game The Ballagh sealed the win, with Martin Dowd and Paddy O'Connor beating Paul Redmond and Tony Kenny, who were substituted by Jessie Dwyer and Chris McKeown, on a scoreline of 21-3.
This was a brilliant win for The Ballagh as it is their first year together, and Vinegar Hill were hot favourites to win after beating them recently in the county championships.
The Vinegar Hill team also included Mark Farnan, while the rest of The Ballagh team featured 'Butch' O'Connor, Richard Devereux, Seán Moran and Peter Storey.
The Wexford County Chairman would like to sincerely thank Bellefield for the use of their grounds, and Vinnie's Pub, Island Road for the use of their premises for the presentation and for providing music for the players. Finally, thanks to referees Dinny Larkin Jnr. and John Joe Byrne.
The National Ploughing doubles were held in Laois on Thursday. In the Division 1 final, Denis Ryan and Paddy Byrne (Gouleyduff) beat John Joe Byrne and Walter Christopher (Monart), 21-11, and in the Division 2 final Liam Bond and Seán Redmond (Woodsmen) beat Dinny Larkin Jnr. and Jim Sludds (Monart), 21-6.
Monart were out of luck in both finals. There was a good turn-out.
The Wexford ringers are on next Sunday in Ferns at 2 p.m. for two divisions.
The County Wexford horseshoes A.G.M. is being held in Ferns Community Hall on Wednesday, October 7, at 7.30 p.m. The outgoing officers are not seeking re-election.