With the season well under way our athletes are competing all around the country at the moment and are doing very well. Recently at the combined events Pádraig O Drisceoil put in a fine performance, winning the 200m, the 1,000m and shot with new P.B'S in these events. Other events were high jump and long jump. Just coming back from injury and with some stiff competition, Pádraig finished a good fourth overall. Well done.
Well done to our ladies' team which got bronze medals in the county Masters road race in Bridgetown. The team was Ann Sullivan who also got the individual silver, Niamh Coman in eighth and Lorna Doyle in 16th. Paul Mcloughlin had a good run for 14th in the men's race.
Tom Furlong is in great form at the moment, recently winning gold in the Leinster Senior T & F. He has also just retained his Senior men's varsities title in style with a throw of 59.12 in the hammer. Tom is working very hard at his event and has a lot more to come.
His sister, Christine, is also flying the flag and recently won the Leinster T&F, taking gold in the hammer. She took her ladies' varsities title with a throw of 43m 10cm in her hammer event. Like Tom, Christine is working hard and deserves all she gets. Well done to Christine on winning the Wexford Creamery athlete of the month for April.
Lorna Doyle won silver in the ladies' W40 100m. William Hunt-tyrrell won silver in the Senior shot putt. Eva Murphy finished fourth in the Senior ladies' 100m. In the All-ireland schools, Katelyn Furlong won the silver medal with Jennifer Bohanna fourth in Intermediate girls' javelin while Mary Bohanna was fifth in the girls' hammer. Well done to all.
At the weekend athletes travelled to Navan for the Leinsters for Junior and Under-23. Bobby Lee Murphy, having his first Leinster for the club, put in a very good performance to take gold in the Under-23 high jump with 1.70, a new P.B. Bobby Lee is another dedicated young athlete who can only get better considering within two months he has increased his jump by 20cm. His hard work is paying off. Well done.
Marco Pons again won gold in the Junior discus with a throw of 48m and also recently won the varsities Senior discus. Well done to this outstanding young athlete. More results to follow from the Leinsters.
D.M.P. are holding The Mile Challenge on Monday, June 25, with registration from 7.15 p.m. down at the track, Sinnottstown Lane. This year all proceeds are in aid of the Ben Wadding Trust for Children's Hospital in Crumlin and M.S. Society (south Wexford). If you can run, jog or walk a mile why not give it a go, take up the challenge and raise some muchneeded funds for both charities.
D.M.P. Athletes Club would like to express their deepest sympathy to Dermot and Liz Mcguinness on the recent death of Dermot's mother. R.I.P.
Menapians men's and women's teams travelled to Athlone for round one of the national league minus some key athletes, but a combined effort of our Senior athletes and some new young athletes ensured a very successful day was had.
Highlight of the day was a fantastic 10.49 for David Hynes in the 100m, putting him ninth on the all-time Irish list and just 9/100ths off the European 'B' standard. This is a fantastic breakthrough run for Hynes and there is definitely more to come.
Team captains Barry Upton and Francesca Reville showed great club spirit throughout, with Barry taking a great second place in the 400m hurdles and a new P.B. to boot with 52.79 behind Crusaders' Jason Harvey. Francesca anchored the women's 4 x 100 team to third place, passing two athletes on the last leg.
Michelle Shanahan ran her first relay leg for Menapians, passing to Emma O'Gorman who is making a comeback after some seasons of injuries, and Margeriet Groot provided the third leg. This was a great result from a relatively inexperienced team.
Adrian Jackman was also in P.B. form, running 16.00 to take third spot in the 110m hurdles, and Niamh Byrne took the line in the women's 100m hurdles to gain some valuable points in the process. Joan O'Brien was fantastic in jumping into the women's walk to secure more valuable points, as was Niamh again in the high jump.
The men's 4 x 100m saw young athlete Dale Murphy step up to the mark for his first Senior race and a baptism of fire in a quality premier field, but he showed no signs of fear as he ran a storming leg to hand over the baton to Aaron Meyler who likewise had a storming leg, passing to Jackman and then Hynes who took the team home in fourth place.
Shaun Donohue was another athlete who got his first taste of Senior athletics as he ran his first-ever 400m and showed form that will definitely see him win national titles over seasons to come. Niamh O'Brien ran a great double in the women's 800 and 1,500 which was a tough task on such a hot day, as did James Cloney in the men's. James was delighted with his two P.B's also and should go quicker as the season progresses.
Catherine O'Connor reeled in the years as she charged around the track both in the women's 3k and later in the day in the 4 x 400, as did Kurt Nowak in the men's steeplechase. Jimmy O'Neill gained points in the discus and hammer as did Aaron Meyler in the long jump and high jump.
Emma O'Gorman completed a busy comeback with good results in the javelin and triple jump. Pat Shannon showed he can still do it, even in runners, as he took second in the triple jump for the men.
David Hynes completed a clean sprints sweep as he won the 200m earlier in the day before his 100m exploits. Francesca took second in a 100m which saw her show a serious return to form and third in her less-favoured 200m. Margeriet Groot was another athlete running her first-ever 400m and showed huge improvements since taking up the sport last season.
The 4 x 400s wrapped up the day and epitomised what Menapians are about both on the day and as a club. The men's team saw Upton, Novak, Donohue and Jackman run a storming race with young Shaun running the race of the day, holding his own with some decent Senior 400 runners after Kurt had handed off in second place, also running a great leg from Barry's opening leg. The women saw Catherine, Margeriet, Niamh and Francesca take a great third place in an equally impressive run considering the races everybody had already competed in throughout the day.
Well done to everybody who turned up and competed so well for the club. Round two is on Sunday, July 22, and all athletes are expected to make themselves available for this.
Menapians juveniles travelled to Navan on Saturday last for the Leinster pairs competition, and also the inter-county relays. In the boys' Under-9 60m we picked up our first medal of the day when Callum McDonald and Darragh Haughton won bronze. This was the first time these two youngsters competed outside the county, but they performed very well indeed.
Sabia Doyle and Rebecca Kelly won silver in the girls' Under-10 60m, another great performance by these two youngsters. They also were part of the Wexford relay team which won bronze in the 4 x 100m.
In the Under-11 boys, Shane O'Neill and Cillian Larkin won silver in the 60m and bronze in the long jump, with Shane also picking up another bronze with the county team in the relay. Other athletes who competed for Menapians included Josh Carley and Dylan Patel who were just 2cm short of a bronze in the long jump. Liadh Dwyer and April Keeling did well in the 60m sprint. Liadh did win bronze for the county relay team, while Tim Gilhooly and Cillian Corkery also ran well in the 60m.
Taking place there also was the Under-12 individual championships, where we had three athletes. New members Ali Gunning and Laura Haughton performed really well in the 60m sprint and the long jump, and these two girls look very promising. With some more training in the next few months they should do well in the indoors next season.
Josh O'Connor won gold in the Under-12 long jump with a leap of 4.22 metres. He was fifth in the 60m sprint.
The Barton Shield team put up a great performance on Saturday and Sunday last in Coollattin. Having left the qualifiers on Saturday finishing on 153 (77, 76), they beat Coollattin on Sunday morning and in the afternoon had a very convincing win over Waterford in the final.
They now go forward to the Leinster finals later in the Summer. The team was Mark Mullen and Tony O'Leary and Ross Young and Gary Collins. Ian Lynch and Tiarnan Rossiter were the reserves.
Junior Scratch Cup, May 27, 36 holes gross: 1, Stephen Gethings (5, Co. Meath), 75 and 78 (153); 2, Anthony Feicks (5, Waterford), 78 and 78 (156); 3, Liam Duggan (6), 74 and 83 (157); 36 holes nett: 1, Jim Doyle (6), 74 and 70 (144); 2, Jimmy Penrose (8, Mount Wolseley), 78 and 68 (146); 3, Arthur Flanagan (6, Killeen), 75 and 71 (146); first 18 gross, Mick Doyle (6, Wexford), 76; second 18 gross, Brian Connon (5, Balbriggan), 78; first 18 nett, Eoin Roche (9), 68; second 18 nett, Peter Garry (9, Naas).
Intermediate Scratch Cup - gross: 1, Pat Murphy (10, Wexford), 79; 2, Pat Goff (12), 81; 3, John Brady (11), 82; nett: 1, Tony Walsh (12, Wexford), 71; 2, Tony Crosbie (13), 72; 3, Bill Kelly (12), 73; gross first nine: 1, Peter Hurley (12), 40; gross second nine: Alan Keeling (14, Wexford), 40; nett first nine, Robert Redmond (12), 35; nett second nine, David Hemmingway (10), 33.
Saturday June 2, fourball: 1, Jim Cullimore (7) and John McDonald (17), 42 points; 2, Ken Maher (9) and P.J. Mahon (19), 41 points (back nine); 3, Tim Quinlivan (8) and Michael Horgan (19), 41 points; 4, Liam Duggan (6) and Alfie Jones (18), 39 points; 5, Noel Goff (10) and Kevin Driver (18), 39 points (back nine).
Monday, June 4, fourball: 1, Jim Kelly (14) and David McCabe (22), 45 points (back eight); 2, Diarmuid O Raghnaigh (9) and Keith Deacon (13), 45 points; 3, John Long (8) and Jim Goggin (9), 44 points; 4, Shay Downer (10) and Seán Cooke (16), 43 points (back six); 5, John O'Donohoe (4) and 'Babs' Keating (11), 43 points (back nine).
Wednesday, June 6, open singles stableford: 1, Mark O'Connor (13), 41 points (back nine); 2, Greg Kelleher (13), 41 points; gross, Gary Collins (+1), 37; vets., Dan Redmond (11), 36 points; 3, Eoin Roche (8), 39 points.
Saturday, June 9, 18-hole fourball: 1, Fintan Moran (8) and Declan Moran (9), 42 points (back nine); 2, Donal O'Flaherty (13) and Terry Fortune (13), 42 points; 3, Tim Quinlivan (8) and Ken Maher (9), 41 points; 4, Jim Doyle (6) and Bill Underwood (14), 40 points (back nine).
Wednesday, June 13, open singles stableford: 1, Kevin Foran (12), 40 points (back nine); 2, Paul Kavanagh (8, Enniscorthy), 40 points; gross, Chris Drumm (1), 38 points; vets., Pat Rossiter (10), 38 points; 3, Stuart Brennan (9), 39 points (back nine).
On Friday, June 29, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday, June 30, from early morning until 2.30 p.m. the Captain's (William Ennis) prize takes place with a presentation and dinner on Saturday night at 7.30 p.m. Members' booking is online from 3.30 p.m. on Thursday, June 21.
On Saturday and Sunday next, June 23 and 24, the area finals of the Senior Cup take place in Rosslare. The best of luck to the Rosslare team.
The Kellys Resort Hotel singles which was postpooned on Sunday, June 3, will now take place on Sunday, July 22. The Willie French Memorial Cup takes place on Sunday, August 26, and the Junior Open is now on Thursday, July 12.
TUSKAR ROCK GOLF
June 17, singles stableford sponsored by Golf and Leisure Parks: 1, David Bradley (19), 43 points after countback; 2, Declan Byrne (23), 43 points; 3, John Butler (15), 42 points; nearest the pin, Tom Murphy, 2 ft. 3".
On Sunday, July 8, the club will run a golf classic in aid of St. Mary's Daycare Centre, Tagoat. The format is four-person scramble any combination.
The cost per team is €80 including food. There are plenty of prizes and thanks to all sponsors including Impression Print, Wexford, for donating the posters and to our main sponsor, Slaney View Honda Wexford.
This year the Centre has had cuts in funding and fundraising is now vital in bridging the gap. The Centre provides a huge service to the elderly in the region and the meals on wheels service is vital to many people who are housebound. We are currently looking for sponsors for greens and tee boxes. You can book a tee-time through the Pro Shop on 05391-23174.
Wednesday competitions are back and are open to all members. This is a nine-hole competition and entry is only €3 per member.
Club matchplay entry sheets can be found beside the competition computer in the gents' locker room.
This year Tuskar Rock Golf Club has introduced many new types of membership. If you are looking to join an affordable golf club and get an official G.U.I. handicap, check out our membership options.
New member, €350 - group deals available; five-day membership, €250; Junior membership - Under-12, €70; 12-17 years, €90; 18 years-plus, €100. Family membership is available - please contact the Pro Shop for details (05391-33234). Pay and play membership is available at €125.
Sunday, June 10, Junior and Minor Scratch Cup 18 holes strokes - Junior Scratch gross winners: 1, Seán Flood (6), 72; 2, Declan Furlong (6), 76 (back nine); 3, Cian Martin (5), 76. Nett winners: 1, Peter Byrne (7), 70 (back nine); 2, Dermot Kelly (8), 70; 3, Martin Monaghan (6), 71 (back nine).
Minor Scratch gross winners: 1, Leo Murphy (19), 86. Nett winners: 1, Liam Cunningham (19), 68; 2, James Thomas (22), 70; 3, Michael Lacey (19), 73.
Wednesday, June 13, 18 holes stableford Pro-Am qualifier: 1, Mark O'Leary (18); 2, John McNicholas (21), 41 points; 3, Maurice Delaney (8), 40 points.
The golfer of the year came to a close last week with the semi-finals line-up being Damien Bolger v. Paddy Kearney and Tommy Hynes v. Shane McLoughlin. After two great matches Shane and Paddy succeeded in getting to the final.
The final was to be a tense affair played on Saturday morning. With the golf course closed, they were the only people on the course and they played a cracker with Paddy Kearney victorious after 19 holes. Shane was a great runner-up and had a great run in the competition. Well done to both players. Wexford Golf Club would like to thank Pettitt's for their continued support in the sponsorship of the golfer of the year.
The Jimmy Bruen Shield team was in New Ross last weekend and qualified for the matchplay on the Sunday. They played Waterford in the semi-final on Sunday morning and after a very close affair Waterford scraped through. The Wexford team played some very good golf but were just left short. Andy Doyle and Liam Sinnott managed the team and did a great job, and deserved better for all their hard work. Well done boys.
ST. HELEN'S LADIES' GOLF
Wednesday, June 13, singles stableford: 1, Bernie Furlong (20), 36 points; 2, Aine O'Connell (15), 35 points.
The golfers in St. Helen's escaped the rain on Wednesday although it was raining in Wexford. Well done to Bernie and Aine on their good scores and also to all who took part.
Sunday, June 17, medal - strokes: 1, Aine O'Connell (15), 69; 2, Joan Walsh (21), 72; 3, Nora Kavanagh (21), 74.
Aine wins again! Congratulations on a wonderful score and by all accounts she was capable of an even lower score except for the hazard of the Irish Sea on the 18th hole not once but twice.
She'll be one to watch on Saturday next in the lady President Patricia Murphy's day. Well done to Joan and Nora also on their good scores.
After the heavy rain on Saturday the golf course dried out amazingly well overnight. The early-morning sunshine welcomed the golfers onto the course when everyone went out to try their best to win a monthly medal.