Thursday 23 November 2017

Club Call


Sadhbh O’Flaherty, Nhan Slevin and Emma Flood of Gymstars with coaches Joanne Mahoney and Aoife Harnett. The girls were selected on the Irish team for the European Acrobatics Championships in Germany
Sadhbh O’Flaherty, Nhan Slevin and Emma Flood of Gymstars with coaches Joanne Mahoney and Aoife Harnett. The girls were selected on the Irish team for the European Acrobatics Championships in Germany
Members of the Wexford Academy of Martial Arts gearing up for their fight night in the Talbot Hotel on Saturday

The Wexford Academy of Martial Arts is hosting its biannual kickboxing fight night entitled 'Welcome To Anarchy' on Saturday, October 3, in the Talbot Hotel in Wexford town.

The fighters from the Wexford Academy have previously shown that they are world class athletes as they returned with a treasure trove of medals from the last world kickboxing championships.

Well, they're off again to Benidorm, Spain in November to take on the best in the world. Obviously, we won't get to see these spectacular young athletes compete first hand, so, they've decided to take on the best fighters in the country to show you what they are made of!

A total of 21 fights will be on the fight card which will see both Junior and Senior fighters from the club go toe-to-toe with Ireland's best. There will be an Irish title up for grabs and one world title bout which is set to be a cracking fight.

Come and support a local club with world class fighters and have a thrilling night out all at the same time. You can purchase tickets before the night or on the door at the Talbot Hotel.

Doors open at 6.30 p.m. with a 7 p.m. sharp start. Best of luck to the fighters from the Wexford Academy of Martial Arts.


Wexford Wanderers first XV hosted Roscrea at Park Lane on Sunday in the first round of Division 2B of the Leinster League. The visitors got on the scoreboard early with a breakaway try in the corner.

The next score came from the boot of Wanderers out-half John Flynn who profited from Roscrea indiscipline to score a penalty to bring the score to 5-3 to the visitors at the break. The day could have been a contest for kickers with Roscrea missing no less than five attempts at the posts while Wexford fell short on three occasions. The second-half continued as the first with good phases of play especially when Wexford moved the ball wide.

However, despite a scrappy contest the visitors added a second try which they converted to win 12-3. Next up for Wanderers is a trip up the N11 to Arklow which takes place on Sunday at 2.30 p.m.

Team: David Martin, Richie Morris, Gavin Doyle, Tom Brennan, Mossie Earle, Aidan Stewart, Willie Morris, Nick Jones, Kevin Roche, John Flynn, Tom Barry, Seán O Corcora, Noel Richards, Robbie Kenny, Paul Gannon. Subs. - Paudge Cousins, John Turner, Alan Kinsella, John Rowe, Kyle Roche.

A depleted Wexford Wanderers second XV hosted Dublin side Terenure on Saturday in the opening round of their league.

Despite being understrength from the start, Wanderers managed to score the opening try through flying winger Luke Roche. The second score came in the 25th minute when winger Paudge Cousins raced away from the Terenure defence to score under the posts to give himself the easiest of conversions.

By this stage an already depleted Wanderers were reduced to 13 men when battling centre Ben Murphy had to retire from play with a recurring injury, from which we wish him a speedy recovery.

Wanderers however had managed to establish Terenure's weakness in the backs, especially on the wings, and kept targeting these zones for the remainder of the contest. A penalty resulted in Terenure getting their first points before narrowing the gap further before the break with an unconverted try to give Wanderers a 12-8 lead.

Early in the second-half Wanderers' numbers shrunk further with winger Cousins' withdrawal with an arm injury. However, determined play by the Wexford pack saw second row Rory O'Carroll barge over for a try which he duly converted from an awkward angle.

Midway through the period Terenure hit back again with another unconverted try to narrow the lead to six points before outstanding out-half Dara Keogh scored Wanderers' final try.

Terenure however were not finished and despite intense effort and a two extra players they could only narrow the score with a further try. The final score was a 24-18 win to Wanderers who finished the contest with only 12 men to Terenure's 14, much to the visitors' disbelief.

Next up is a challenging trip to North Dublin to face Suttonians at Station Road on Saturday at 3 p.m. It is hoped that as many players as possible will be available to make the trip to a Suttonians side reeling from a 44-3 loss to St. Mary's.

Team: James Byrne, Hedge Leary, Reece Corish, Rory O'Carroll, Pádraig O Tuarisc (capt.), Ger Lynch, James O'Connor, Dara Keogh, Ben Murphy, Paudge Cousins, Stephen Scallan, Luke Roche, Alan Kinsella, Mark Rowe.

The Wexford Wanderers' Vixens got off to the best possible start in their first Leinster League game of the season with a win against the formidable Tullow ladies.

The Vixens squad, led by captain Anna Marie Russell, showed from the first touch that they had the kind of steely determination that comes from meeting a team which too often has had the upper hand.

A kick-off to Tullow led to a lengthy defensive play from the Wexford side, much of which was completed in their own half. Multiple phases ultimately culminated in a penalty in front of the posts, which was kicked safely between them, putting the home side three points ahead.

With a spring in their step, Alex O'Brien's Tullow squad quickly pushed the Wexford line again and while the defence held strong, another error put the Tullow out-half back in front of the posts again to extend the scoreline.

The Wexford team fired up soon after and, working the phases, they moved closer to the Tullow line. Initial pre-planned plays within the Tullow five proved unsuccessful with a push to touch in the first run, followed by a double movement which left the Vixens with a heavy heart and empty scoreboard.

Eventually, tenacity won out and a third challenge by the Wexford pack got number 8, Fiona McAuley, over the line, narrowing the gap to one point as the first-half ended at 6-5 to Tullow.

The second-half proved to be equally challenging as both sides emptied their tanks and went for broke. This, as with the first-half, was interspersed with several set-pieces, allowing the Wexford pack to dominate in the scrum.

Despite winning several Tullow balls, Wexford stumbled in the danger zone yet again and the Tullow wing forward made it over the line, stretching the home side's lead to 11-5.

The Wexford forwards were determined to make amends and, following an injury-filled quarter, they found themselves again inside the Tullow '22. Slowing down play and taking inches at a time, Fleur Moran reached the try line yet again in the 79th minute, closing the home lead to one point yet again.

However, the contest was not complete and in injury time, the Vixens kept play slow initially, sticking to safe phases in the middle of the pitch, but a last-minute opening on the wing and a quick pass to Wexford's Emma Shannon on the halfway line led to a nail-biting run.

Amazingly, the winger got the better of the entire Tullow defence and placed the ball beneath the posts, ending the day with a 15-11 Wexford win after an epic encounter.

The Wexford side next meet North Dublin's Suttonians in Park Lane, Wexford on Sunday, October 4, and the game should be a brilliant appetiser for Ireland's next World Cup clash with Italy.

Team: Anna Marie Russell (capt.), Shauna McGuinness, Lauren Murphy, Ashley Reddin, Donna O'Brien, Aine Whelan, Mandy Russell, Fleur Moran, Jamie Lee Coyne, Shannon Comiskey, Siobhán Cloake, Loretta Gilbert, Linda Casey, Clodagh Cousins, Máire Busher. Subs. - Fiona McAuley, Emma Shannon, Orla Quirke.


The Striders had another great day out at Taghmon open cross-country on Sunday week, with our Juveniles and Seniors in action. The highlight of the day was being awarded the best club shield after some excellent performances. Well done to the hosts, Taghmon A.C., on organising a great cross-country event to mark their 30th anniversary.

With over 50 athletes in action, the Striders faced strong opposition from the Wexford clubs and lots of other clubs from further afield.

There were lots of fine individual performances, with our winners being Aidan Shannon, Aaron Browne and Katie Murphy, all running exceptionally well.

Recording top three finishes were Ronan Shannon, Seán Lennon, Rebecca Bawden and Grace Costello. Other competitors were Tadgh and Fionn Mac Eochaidh, Laura Murphy, Moya Corbett, Lucy Power, Niamh Byrne, Sam Myers, Patrick Pyne, Chloe Berry, Megan Carty, Luca O'Connor, Leona Berry, Aisling Ryan, Kelly Corbett, Ruby Murphy, Isabel Bawden, Juno Clarke, Darragh Flannelly, Miles Hewlett, Eoin Shannon, Owen Lennon, Finn Kelly, Caolan Castello, Cosmo Hewlett, Oisín Mac Eochaidh, Clodagh Foran, Louise Doyle, Caitríona Ryan, Aoife Nic Eochaidh, Méadhbh Rogers, Leah Myers, Cian Flanagan, Adam O'Connor, Conor Murphy, Ryan Kielthy, Travis Phillips, Daniel Wickham, Mikie Murphy, Joanne Kelly, Gráinne Flannelly and Ciara Kelly.

With many athletes running their first-ever race, all others improving on recent performances and many winning individual and/or team medals, it was valuable preparation for upcoming county and provincial events.

Well done also to the Senior Striders: Aine Boland, Aine Cullen, Paul Doran, Colm Stafford, John Kent, John McGrath (category winner), Ted Flannelly, Patrick 'Lala' Murphy and Emmett Malone.

A big thank you to all parents who made the trip to Taghmon and gave fantastic support to all athletes.

All focus now is on the upcoming Wexford county championship events, to be held at Adamstown (October 4) and JFK Park, New Ross (October 11).

In addition to individual and team medals being awarded, these events also serve as selection for the Wexford squads for upcoming provincial and national cross-country events.

See or United Striders on Facebook for more details.

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