Second week of darts
Week two of the Newbawn Darts Club produced another great night's entertainment for all involved and once again the finals went all the way to deciding legs
In the ladies' section, Michelle Bradley and Caroline Bradley fought out a thrilling final with Michelle just getting the better of Caroline on a score of three legs to two. It was a real scrap with Michelle keeping her cool to hit the deciding double to take the last leg.
It was a match that could have gone either way but Caroline will take some confidence from this display. Michelle is proving to be a tough opponent in the ladies' section and will take more points from this section over the remaining weeks.
The main section was a tough one to call as we had the first sighting this year of P.J. Byrne and also the legend that is Billy O'Brien was in attendance and both looked really up for the challenge. The previous week's winner, John Sinnott Jnr., was an early casualty after topping his group and it opened the door for some of his opponents to claw back some valuable points in the title race.
P.J. Byrne showed his intentions with a 158 finish in his semi-final clash with Colm Kehoe and duly made the final match where once again Tom O'Connor was waiting after getting through a tough draw to make his second final in a row.
Tom was first out of the blocks and went into a 1-0 lead but P.J. hit back to level things up when he hit double 16. Leg three went to Tom and it looked like he was going to take the spoils but P.J. hit a great 140 at a crucial moment in the fourth leg to take the match into the deciding leg where P.J., who was now getting into scoring mode, made a brilliant 180 that set him up to take the leg and the match. Tom, while disappointed to lose the final for the second week in a row, is picking up valuable points and it surely is just a matter of time before he wins a final.
P.J. on the other hand has thrown down the gauntlet and it will be up to the other title contenders to show what they can do over the league to put themselves into a position to challenge.
Spot the dart winner was Inez Brennan who went home with €20 after just missing the bull with her throw. Once again thanks to the White family for their help and generosity to the Newbawn Darts Club.
UNITED STRIDERS A.C.
The United Striders had their best day in recent years at a county cross-country event on Sunday week last at Kilmore, with both Seniors and Juveniles winning individual and team medals.
The day started in great style with a sensational win for John McGrath in the men's Novice event. John pushed on at the halfway mark over the six km. course and, cheered on by big support, eased to a comfortable victory. The race resulted in double gold for the Striders when the team of John McGrath, Pat Callaghan, Colm Stafford, Barry Sherry, Emmett Malone, Mick O'Gorman and Jason Murphy all managed high-placed finishes to win the event.
Ciara Murphy came from 12th place rounding the final bend to take second in the girls' Under-10 event, closely followed by Leona Berry, Ciara Burke, Michaela Smith, Kelly Corbett and Isobel Bawden.
The good news continued in the boys' event, with Darragh Flannelly taking gold and Aidan Shannon taking bronze, just ahead of Caolan Costello and Finn Kelly. Eve Byrne just missed out on a medal, ahead of Erin Shannon and Maedbh Rogers. With all three girls running out of their age group, this was a remarkable performance.
The next medal was delivered in the boys' Under-12 event, with the team of Conor Murphy, Ryan Kielthy, Travis Phillips and Mikey Murphy picking up bronze over the testing two km. course. The girls' Under-14 team had the distinction of finishing first, second and third and also winning the team event. In an amazing race for the club, Katie Murphy, Rebecca Bawden and Grace Costello were in a breakaway group of six with one lap to go, with Ciara Kelly just behind.
Coming up the home straight, the lead group was down to the three Striders, with Katie just getting the better of Rebecca and Grace at the finish, who were both running out of their age group. The icing on the cake was Ciara Kelly's evenly-judged race to get that all-important fourth team member across the line and deliver a team gold. Well done girls - making club history.
This most remarkable day ended for the Striders, just as it started, with the very talented Aedan Rogers racing well clear for a comfortable victory.
On a day with many highlights, the sight of the United Striders Juveniles cheering on the Seniors, and then the Senior United Striders waiting around to cheer on and offer great encouragement to the Juveniles, was very special. Well done to all athletes, coaches and parents who contributed to a very special day in the club's history where we scooped six golds, two silvers and three bronzes.
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NEW ROSS RUGBY
On Saturday afternoon, the New Ross Under-19s played their second match of the season against the Carlow-Tullow Harlequins. The match started off even with both teams making big tackles and good runs.
The whole first-half was nip and tuck and neither team could take the lead. Six minutes before half-time, a blow was struck to New Ross as captain Adam Swan was sin-binned for an intentional knock-on. The Harlequins attacked strongly but New Ross held out for a scoreless half.
New Ross started the second-half strongly despite being a man down, with Eanna Burke making a darting run up the sideline. A well-placed chip saw the Harlequins full-back swallowed up and New Ross were awarded a scrum in the opposition '22.
The Harlequins fought back strongly and after a few phases a try was awarded to them in the right-hand corner. The very difficult kick was missed marginally.
After five minutes of a counter-attack, Rory Browne popped the ball off to Tim Coughlan on half way. Coughlan hit a big gap and out-paced the Harlequins defenders to score under the posts. Swan converted the try.
Lack of discipline within the Harlequins saw two penalties awarded to New Ross. Garrett Browne scored both comfortably to give New Ross the lead. Within the dying embers of the game Luke FitzGibbon intercepted the ball on his own ten-metre line. A dazzling show of pace left the defenders for dead as FitzGibbon scored in the corner. Swan converted the very difficult kick to end the match.
New Ross now have two matches under their belt, and the final score was 20-5.
Team: Mark Nolan, Rory Browne, Callum Wallace, Robbie Larkin, Mikolaj Kochanski, James Kinsella, Eoin Quirke, Tim Coughlan, Niall Coughlan, Adam Swan (capt.), Aaron Fenlon, Luke FitzGibbon, Garrett Browne, Alex McKenzie, Eanna Burke. Subs. - Martin O'Connor, Dale Redmond, Nathan Prendergast, Ruairí Dolan.
ST. JOSEPH'S A.C.
The club travelled to the uneven age county cross-country championships in Castlecomer on Sunday last and put in a powerful display of running in all the age groups. What started with the girls Under-7 and finished with the men Over-45 turned into a great event for the club!
Girls Under-7: 3, Lily Doyle; 4, Sarah Foley; 5, Saoirse Murphy-O'Neill.
Boys Under-7: 4, Óisin Mullally.
Girls Under-9: 5, Caitlin Mullally; 6, Áine Purcell; 11, Rachel Foley; 13, Aideen Ryan; 18, Mairéad Mullally; 21, Bronagh Doolan; 24, Maeve Bookle; 30, Kaylan Doyle; 32, Breanna Beirne.
Boys Under-9: 19, Patrick O'Connor.
Girls Under-11: 2, Sophie Mullally; 5, Marie Claire O'Dwyer; 10, Danielle Griffin; 11, Áine McDonald (first team prize); 19, Katie Bookle; 20, Ciara Mullally; 21, Aoife Byrne; 37, Áine Ryan.
Boys Under-11: 1, Cathal Beirne; 5, Tomás Mullally; 21, Colm Roche.
Girls Under-13: 5, Grace Mullally; 12, Linda Lawlor; 15, Chloe Mullally; 21, Lily May O'Dwyer.
Boys Under-13: 2, Killian Griffin; 3, Jack Elliott; 9, Jack Mullally; 11, Ian Byrne (first team prize); 18, Paul Murphy; 24, Jack Ryan; 29, Kevin Saunders.
Girls Under-15: 2, Helen Hoynes; 3, Eva Roche; 5, Emma Hokey.
Girls Under-17: 4, Mia Griffin; 5, Ruby Harvey.
Boys Under-17: 13, Paul Manning.
Masters Over-45: 2, Patrick Bookle; 3, Seamus Power; 4, Michael Power (first team prize); 8, Rocky Mernagh; 9, Séan Hokey.
Well done to all who took part. Adult and Juvenile training is every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. in the parish sports grounds.
Fit 4 Life training is every Monday and Wednesday at 7.15 p.m. at the Pink Rock, with walking, jogging and running, and all levels of fitness catered for. High vis jackets are required and for more details contact Mag on 087-6242017 or log onto http://stjosephsac.webs.com