GAA club notes
There was a great win for St. Peter's College in the Croke Cup hurling quarter-finals on Saturday against St. Brigid's of Loughrea, and it was great to see so many of our club players featuring so prominently.
Conor Firman and Aaron Maddock were key members of defence, Jake Firman scored a point from midfield, Joe O'Connor was the team captain and got four points from wing-forward, and Rory O'Connor bagged a trio of points from full-forward. In addition to those starters we had four substitutes and we look forward to the semi-final next Saturday.
On Saturday, our Senior hurlers had a good win at home against Shamrocks by 2-17 to 0-10 and, on the same day, our ladies' footballers had a great win over Rathgarogue-Cushinstown by 5-16 to 0-1.
Then, on Sunday morning, our Minor footballers played Glynn-Barntown in Piercestown and lost a tight game by 1-5 to 0-6.
Well done to the county Intermediate camogie team which, captained by our own Aisling O'Connor and with Amy Ryan having a stormer in a sweeper role, had their first league win by 1-9 to 0-9 over Laois.
The county Senior camogie team, featuring Marie Claire Morrissey and Lisa and Linda Bolger, had a tough day in Bruff where they lost to Limerick by 0-19 to 1-4.
The club lotto numbers drawn on Sunday, March 8, were 5, 9, 21 and 22 and we had two match three winners - James O'Connor, and Eddie and Marjorie McDonald - who each get €50.
However, the grand prize of €15,000 remains to be won so anyone wishing to join the lotto need only contact any committee member.
ST. MARY'S (M'TOWN)
The club will be marching in the St. Patrick's Day parade today. The club asks all coaches and under-age players who are marching to be at Maudlintown Green at 10.20 a.m. Over the last two years we have had a great turn-out, excellent compared to some of the other Wexford District clubs which participate. We hope this year is of course no different.
Hard luck to the Under-18 boys who were beaten by 4-7 to 3-7 by Clonard. The boys took on their town rivals on Sunday morning in The Rocks in what was a thrilling game. The Mary's attack hit the post twice and we conceded three soft goals.
Best overall Operation Transformation male was Brian Murphy (Whites Gym) who lost 14.95%. David Dunbar (Whites Gym) lost 13.98% and Matty O'Connor (Ferrybank Gym) lost 10.7%.
Best Operation Transformation female overall was Martina Carty (Curves) who lost 12.7%. Margaret Wilson (Whites Gym) lost 9.6% and Lucy Carty (Curves) lost 9.1%.
Best gym was Whites which lost 8.3%, followed by Ferrybank which lost 6%, and the Talbot Gym which lost 5.6%.
Overall loss was 569 and a half pounds or 40 stone. Congratulations to the winners, and we hope everyone who competed keeps up the good work.
Results: Senior hurling, Shelmaliers 0-9, St. Anne's 1-5; Junior hurling, Adamstown 8-12, St. Anne's 0-6; Minor football, St. Anne's 4-8 St. Mogue's Fethard 1-15; Junior 'B' ladies' football, Gusserane 3-10, St. Anne's; Under-14 inter-county Féile Peil blitz, Wicklow Centre of Exellence, Ballinakill, Rathdrum: An Tochar (Roundwood) 2-5, St. Anne's 1-2; Eire Og (Greystones) 1-4, St. Anne's 1-3; St. Anne's 5-8 , Newtownmountkennedy 3-2.
Fixtures: Senior hurling v. Shamrocks, Saturday, March 21, at 3 p.m., Fr. Murphy Park - TBC; Junior hurling v. Bannow-Ballymitty, Sunday, March 22, 4.30 p.m. in Rathangan; Minor hurling v. Kilross Gaels, Sunday, March 22, at 11 a.m. in Kilmore.
St. Anne's Coiste na nÓg are organising a 5km/10km walk/run on Sunday, March 29, starting at 11.30 a.m. The funds raised from the event will go towards the building of the proposed hurling alley, so your support would be greatly appreciated.
This event is open to anyone over the age of 16. Entrants should arrive at 10.30 a.m. to allow time to register. Registration will take place in the clubhouse. The entry fee is €10. Light refreshments will be served in the clubhouse afterwards.
Last week's lotto numbers were 23, 25, 28 and 29. There was no winner and one match three winner, Brian Foley and family. This week's jackpot is €10,000.
Our Intermediate hurlers beat Cushinstown in the league on Sunday by 1-12 to 0-5. The Junior 'B' hurlers played out a draw with Askamore also in the league (1-12 each).
Our Intermediate hurlers play away to Gorey on Friday at 8 p.m. (note change of date), while the Junior 'B's play away to Liam Mellows on Saturday at 4.30 p.m. The Minor hurlers play Abban O'Rahilly's in Adamstown on Sunday at 11 a.m.
Our club dinner dance and medal presentation, in association with the ladies' football club, takes place on Saturday, March 28, in Ferrycarrig Hotel with music by 'Something Blue'. Tickets are now on sale (€25). Come along and help both clubs celebrate a very successful 2014.
DVDs of our Strictly Club Dancing night are now available at €10 each, and to order a copy contact John Cummins.
Membership for 2015 is now due. Adult players: €100, students and non-playing members: €50. All mentors' (adult and under-age) memberships are €50.
What a brilliant night of dancing, twists and turns, pink shirts, sparkling dresses, and fabulous outfits, with 20 dancers showing off their wonderful skills in our Strictly Club Dancing show. It was a performance attributed to constant practice, preparing to their capability and commitment.
Congratulations to all 20 dancers on a memorable night's dancing. Seven now go forward to a dance-off against Ferns, on Saturday, March 21, in the Amber Springs Hotel starting at 8 p.m. sharp. Tickets are available from the dancers and any club committee member.
Chairman of St. Patrick's G.A.A. club, Peadar Roche, expressed his gratitude to the dancers, the judges, the night's presenter Stuart Quinn, tutor Tara-Ann, interval entertainment Brian Kidd, the organising committee, club members, sponsors, Ballycanew and Camolin parish, the Ashdown Hotel and the Amber Springs Hotel.
We look forward to another great display of dancing techniques on March 21 - a night not to be missed.
The club jackpot was almost won last week, with nine match three numbers. The numbers were 1, 6, 16 and 26.
There was another good win for the adult Division 1 team last week, this time over Horeswood. The Division 3 game was called off.
The first hurling game took place last Saturday, also against Horeswood, and ended in a win. The next hurling game is away to Liam Mellows next Saturday.
Under-age fixtures are in for Under-18 and Under-16. See www.kilaneringaa.ie. Under-8 and Under-6 panels have begun indoor fun training in the sports hall. If you have a boy or girl who would like to start having fun, contact Niall for Under-8s (087-6705943) and John on (087-6679076) for Under-6s.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery go to club stalwart, Eddie Hughes, It won't be long until he is back on the line.
The club would like to wish everyone in the community a very happy St. Patricks Day.
The proposed start date for Under-6 and -8 hurling and football is Tuesday, March 24, at 6.30 p.m. in Ballyroebuck. A hurl and helmet is required, and a gumshield for football.
Boys and girls of schoolgoing age are welcome. A parent/guardian must be present if the child is Under-6. Training will be at 6.30 p.m. on Tuesdays and 11 a.m. on Saturdays.
The Under-10 hurlers play in Craanford on Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The finals of the Castletown indoor tournament are on Sunday, March 22, at 6 p.m.
The Under-12 hurlers did very well last Friday in the Castletown tournament, winning all three games. The finals of this competition take place this coming Friday evening, March 20, in Castletown.
Well done to the Under-14 footballers at the Féile blitz in Fenagh on Saturday. The Under-14 hurlers are in Castletown on Saturday, March 21.
Due to the Ireland v. Wales rugby match and Wexford v. Laois National League clash in Portlaoise, fixtures got moved around last weekend, so at the time of going to press our first Senior hurling encounter in the All-County League against Buffers Alley was due to go ahead on Monday evening in Bellefield under lights.
Our Junior hurling game was played on Friday night under lights in Bellefield instead of Sunday afternoon, with a win for the Rapparees over Bannow-Ballymitty by 0-10 to 0-9.
Our Minor game went ahead on Sunday morning at Bellefield despite the fact that we had very few available to us up to the age and we were beaten by Monageer. On Sunday afternoon our Junior 'B' hurlers took on St. Pat's and were beaten by a point.
On Saturday, March 21, our Senior hurlers play Ferns in Ferns at 2 p.m. and our Junior hurlers are away to Tara Rocks at 4.30 p.m. On Sunday, March 22, our Junior 'B' hurlers are away to Clonee at 4.30 p.m.
And don't forget, all roads will lead to Wexford Park next Sunday as Wexford take on neighbouring Waterford in a bid to top the league and be promoted to Division 1. Congratulations from all at Bellefield to clubmen Liam Ryan and Kevin Foley on being part of the Wexford squad that beat Laois last Sunday to keep our league aspirations very much alive.
All under-age training is in full swing with Under-8s going through their paces every Saturday morning under the careful tutelage of Adrian Fenlon.
We are looking forward to seeing you all in the clubhouse after the parade on Paddy's Day for our traditional members' get-together of ceol agus craic when young and old gather to celebrate all things Irish.
Head to the Complex today (Tuesday) for St. Patrick's Day celebrations, with music until late and finger food provided.
Naomh Eanna 2015 club membership is now due. Please pay by March 31 to be eligible to play. Membership can be paid in the complex at any time.
The Naomh Éanna charity cycle crew is holding a table quiz in the complex on Friday, March 27, from 8 p.m. A table of four costs €20 or €5 per person. All are welcome for a great night's entertainment.
Best of luck to Ger Cushe (selector), Conor McDonald and Eoin Conroy who are part of the Wexford Senior hurling squad that plays Waterford on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Innovate Wexford Park.
Hard luck to the Minor footballers who lost to Rathgarogue-Cushinstown last weekend. The Intermediate hurlers drew with Ballygarrett on Saturday while the Junior hurlers shared the spoils with Tara Rocks.
The Intermediates meet Crossabeg-Ballymurn on Saturday in Gorey from 2 p.m. while the seconds travel to Ferns St. Aidan's for a 4.30 p.m. throw-in. The Minor hurlers head to Páirc Charman where they'll play Faythe Harriers on Sunday at 11 a.m.
Operation Transformation continues on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
To add an item to the club notes, phone 087-9770497.
There was no winner in our weekly lotto.
Our Senior and Junior hurlers competed in the ACL last weekend. Our Seniors took on St. Martin's and although going in at the break just two points down, ended up losing on a scoreline of 2-17 to 0-10.
A lot of work is done with some more to do in the coming weeks for Paul Gahan's charges who will no doubt find their feet in the Senior grade very soon.
Upcoming fixtures see Mount Leinster Rangers visit Fr. Murphy Park on Saturday, and then the following Tuesday we take on St. Anne's under lights in Bellefield.
Our Juniors gave a spirited display but ran out second best in their first outing of the season against Glynn-Barntown. With Willie, Stephen and John at the helm their fortunes will turn sooner rather than later.
We hope to see you all at the Davy Fortune Memorial run on St. Patrick's morning, and wishing all members and supporters a happy St. Patrick's Day.
Well done to the Junior and Intermediate hurlers who played their first competitive games of the year. The Juniors had a one-point win over Oulart-The Ballagh while the Intermediate men drew with St. James'.
This weekend another round of hurling will be played. The Seniors play St. Martin's in Piercestown on Sunday at 4.15 p.m. following the Wexford v. Waterford game in Wexford Park. The Junior 'B' team is at home to Bunclody on Sunday at 4.30 p.m. The Intermediate team host Monageer on Saturday at 4.30 p.m.
Good luck to the Minor hurlers who start their championship campaign on Sunday at 11 a.m. in Buffers Alley v. the Rapparees. Good support would be appreciated.
Tickets for the Allianz Hurling League game on Sunday (Wexford v. Waterford) can be purchased for €10 instead of the normal €15 if bought before close of business on Saturday at SuperValu Gorey, SuperValu Enniscorthy or Pettitt's Wexford.
Buffers Alley spring fashion show/health and wellness evening will be held in the clubhouse on Thursday, March 19, commencing at 8.30 p.m. sharp. For all those who would like to go a little earlier, there will be a prosecco reception commencing at 8 p.m.
Tickets (€10) are available from camogie players or from Aoife Kenny (087-2400063). Tickets are at a premium so it's important to book early. Have an enjoyable evening!
The 2015 Model County Draw tickets are now in circulation with the usual attractive prizes on offer.
On Saturday night the place to be was the Arklow Bay Hotel with over two hundred people in attendance to honour and remember the past heroes from the club in the form of the 1964 Liam Mellows Wexford Junior champions and the 1965 Wexford Senior cootball Champions.
Many of these players travelled from far and wide to join in the celebrations and meet up with their fellow players. The club presented a book of memorabilia from that era to each player, with the hurlers' presented by the captain of 1964, Oliver Cullen.
Ciara Goland, one of Castletown's ladies' footballers, Wexford county player and All-Ireland winner, presented books to the footballers of 1965.
The ladies' football players who won the Minor county final, Junior championship county final and Junior league county final last year were presented with their county medals and were acknowledged for their outstanding achievements to date.
Hayley Murphy received a presentation for Minor player of the year an Dawn Bergan won Senior player of the year. The club also made a presentation to Patsy Murray for his dedicated service to Coolgreany handball and to Mick Murray for his contribution to Liam Mellows hurling over the years.
The club is delighted to welcome the Arklow Bay Hotel on board as the main sponsor for the Senior football and hurling club. The official launch took place at the dinner dance where William Hudson of the Arklow Bay Hotel handed over the new set of jerseys to Colm Morris representing the Senior football and Danny Gardiner representing the Senior hurlers. We look forward to a successful partnership with the Arklow Bay Hotel.
Club registrations are now due and registration take place on Saturday in the clubhouse, Tomnahely. Family €150 (includes Model County ticket), under-age €75, Senior €100, non-playing member €50.
Please pay your membership on time as it is unfair to ask committee and mentors to chase individuals.
Club lotto tickets are on sale. If you're not in you can't win, so purchase your tickets from committee members, at regisration or go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Well done to the Intermediate hurlers who kicked off their league with a first match draw versus Marshalstown. This was a great start to the season lads.
Well done to the Minors, the Cuchulainns, who were out in round three of the football championship versus St. Pat's and came away with a 4-11 to 1-6 impressive victory.