Monday 22 January 2018

GAA club notes

Ben Brosnan (Wexford) Barry Mulrone (Fermanagh)
Ben Brosnan (Wexford) Barry Mulrone (Fermanagh)

SARSFIELDS Congratulations to Eoin Roche on winning a Leinster Junior football championship medal with Wexford in Dowdallshill on Tuesday when they beat Louth by 2-12 to 0-9 in the final to retain their title.

Eoin played the first-half at midfield, and the victors will now face Mayo in the All-Ireland semi-final on July 23.

Eoin is only the fourth man in the history of the club to win a Leinster Junior football medal. He follows in the footsteps of the famous Jemmy Rossiter who captured his in 1911 before being killed on the battlefields in World War One. And then in 1963, Tommy Nolan and Kerry native Noel O’Mahoney represented the club on the successful team, so Eoin has now bridged a 53-year gap.

Well done to the Juniors who beat Clonard by 6-12 to 3-14 in a high-scoring All-County League Division 5A game. The Seniors will be at home to St. Martin’s on Friday at 8 p.m., having beaten Volunteers in the town league on Thursday, while the Juveniles went down to St. Mary’s (Maudlintown) by 4-4 to 1-12 on Monday at home.

Hard luck to the Slaney Gaels Minors who were beaten by Bannow-Ballymitty by 3-6 to 1-4 in the county quarter-final in Grantstown on Sunday. The Under-12 girls also suffered defeat, to Baile Dubh Tíre on Wednesday in Farmleigh by 2-4 to 1-5.

Our Under-12 boys really enjoyed themselves on Sunday when they hosted St. Finian’s of Dublin in some challenge games before watching the Ireland v. France game in the clubhouse.

A reminder of our Coiste na nOg training nights in Páirc Charman: Baby Butters (boys and girls aged four to six), Wednesdays, 6.30 to 7.30 p.m.; Under-7 and Under-8 boys and girls, Wednesdays, 6.30 to 7.30 p.m.; Under-9 and Under-10 boys, Tuesdays, 6.30 to 7.30 p.m.; Under-9 and Under-10 girls, Thursdays, 6.30 to 7.30 p.m.; Under-11 and Under-12 boys, Thursdays, 6.45 to 8 p.m.; Under-11 and Under-12 girls, Thursdays, 6.30 to 7.30 p.m.

We extend sympathy to Eoin O Donnagáin and family on the death of his mother. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam.

The winning lotto numbers on June 20 were 4, 8, 23 and 25. There was no jackpot winner.


The Under-12 Tom Kenny Memorial hurling tournament takes place in Ballyroebuck on Saturday, July 2, starting at 10 a.m.


Our club is running a 24-hour walk benefit for Johnny Waters on next Friday, July 1, starting at 8 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday. There will be a barbeque on from 5 until 8 p.m. Saturday, so come on down to the G.A.A. Centre walk track and walk for an hour from Friday until Saturday evening. There is no charge, just a donation bucket.

The club lotto is on this Tuesday night in the G.A.A. centre. The jackpot will be €3,200, and please have your tickets in at 7.30 p.m.

The hurling team plays Fethard on Tuesday, June 28, at 8 p.m. in Fethard in the league, and we play Ballymitty on Saturday evening, July 2, in the final round of the football league in Taghmon.


Hard luck to the Under-14 Féile footballers who were knocked out in the tournament's cup semi-final on Sunday.

On Friday, they opened their campaign with an 0-8 to nil victory over Clonmel Commercials while they had to settle for a draw with An Ghaeltacht (2-5 apiece). They met their hosts, Castlegregory, on Saturday morning and they dispatched them by 6-7 to 1-7.

In the cup quarter-final, the lads rose to the challenge provided by Na Gaeil and knocked them out by 3-5 to 1-3. However, South London defeated our lads by 3-5 to 1-3 on the Sunday morning.

The lads showed great heart throughout the weekend and were a credit to their mentors and parents. As always, the club expresses huge thanks to all those who supported fundraising efforts to ensure that all of them could enjoy a great weekend in the Kingdom.

Last Friday night, the Senior hurlers earned their first league victory this year as they defeated their hosts, Cloughbawn, amid torrential rain. It finished 2-15 to 0-18. Scorers were Pádraig Doyle (0-10), Aodhán Doyle (1-0), Gearóid Cullen (0-3), Darragh Hughes (1-1) and Conor Hughes (0-1). They'll play a practice match tonight (Tuesday) in Clonattin at 8 p.m.

The Under-12 hurlers welcome St. Martin's to Gorey this evening (Tuesday) for 7.30 p.m. throw-ins. Meanwhile, the Junior hurlers play host to Davidstown-Courtnacuddy tomorrow (Wednesday) at 8 p.m.

On Thursday at 7.30 p.m., the Under-14 hurlers play Oulart-The Ballagh at home. The Under-10 hurlers travel to Monageer-Boolavogue on Friday for a 7 p.m. throw-in.

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Congratulations to Shelmalier under-age player Jack Watters-Cosgrave on his great performance in the county long puck competition held in Kilmore on Saturday. Jack was always in contention for the title but narrowly out to Blackwater man Peter O’Brien by a point.

In an exciting game of hurling where both sides showed great determination and hurling skills, the Shelmalier Juniors eventually got the better of Ferns by 4-14 to 0-12 in their league encounter played in Ferns on Friday.

Aodhán Foley and Jody Donohoe got the Shelmaliers side off to an early lead, while goalie Paul McCleane was outstanding at the other end, stopping many Ferns shots on goal in the early stages of the game.

Full-forward Stephen Whelan got his side’s first goal in the tenth minute, with further points from Johnny Campbell and Brian Doyle before Jody Donohoe scored his side’s second goal direct from a long-range free in the 25th minute to leave a half-time score of Shelmalier 2-7, Ferns 0-5.

Ferns came very strong on the resumption but great defending from Eoghan Fitzgerald, Kevin O’Leary and Eoin O’Leary in the full-back line ensured their scoring was kept to a minimum. When Aodhán Foley got his side’s third goal in the 15th minute following great work by Stephen Rossiter, the match was effectively over as a contest.

The Shelmalier Senior hurlers take on local rivals St. Martin’s in Piercestown this evening (Tuesday) starting at 8 p.m. and your support would be appreciated.

Duffy Rovers paid a visit to Hollymount on Thursday evening to take on the local side in two Under-10 hurling matches with all players well catered for in both matches. All the boys displayed the hurling skills they have learned and practiced over recent years and they put it to good use when winning both matches by a narrow margin.

The Shelmalier club was well represented on the Wexford Senior football team that took on Fermanagh in the first round qualifiers in Wexford Park on Saturday. The team was captained by Brian Malone from wing-back and he was joined by Simon Donohoe at corner-back who also scored a great goal, and Eoghan Nolan at wing-forward. Unfortunately, the northern side was victorious at the final whistle.

There was no winner of the Shelmalier development lotto draw on June 20 when the numbers drawn were 2, 4, 24 and 30 and the jackpot stood at €16,400. There were four lucky match three winners and they were Ian Hearne, Seán Og Flanagan, Carmel Tobin and Kathy Shortle, receiving €100 each.

There has been great excitement in Hollymount after the new and the very fashionable Shelmalier sports and leisure gear was recently launched and put on sale in the new sports shop. The new gear is intended to cover camogie, hurling and football for boy and girls, men and women of all sizes and all ages which will greatly cut down the costs for most families and individuals in the club.

The shop caters for all ages and sizes and if they are out of your size they will order it for you. The shop will be open as usual every Monday from 6.30 to 7.30 p.m. so come along on Monday and buy your gear or place an order.


Our adult hurlers play Faythe Harriers at 7.30 p.m. at home in the league on Tuesday, June 28. The adult footballers play Kilmore at 7 p.m. in a home game.

Our Under-10s play Kilmore in hurling at home on Friday, July 1, at 7 p.m. Your support for all these games would be greatly appreciated as always.

The summer camp is running from August 2 to 5 for just €35. Forms need to be returned by Friday, July 1. For any information required, please contact Mary on 087-9967925.

Under-age training continues on Tuesday for Under-6s, Under-8s, Under-10s and Under-12s from 6.30 to 7.30 p.m. On Thursday there is training for  Under-12s from 6.30 to 7.30 p.m., and on Friday there is training for Under-10s from 6.30 to 7.40 p.m. There is training Saturday for Under-6s and Under-8s from 10.30 a.m. to 12 noon.

Congratulations to Ann Miskella on winning €242 in last week's Split the Pot. The seller was Marlowe Cleaners, Anne Street.

A big thank you to all who supported us this week and thank you to all our sellers. Next week’s envelopes are on sale now, and your continued support would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.


Last week’s lotto numbers were 6, 14, 20 and 26. There was no jackpot winner. There was one match three: Sarah Usher. The jackpot is €10,000.

Our Intermediate hurlers beat Adamstown in the League on Sunday by 3-16 to 1-11. Our Junior ‘B’ hurlers beat St. Anne’s in the championship last week by 1-20 to 0-7. Their game against Blackwater on Friday was postponed and has been provisionally re-fixed for Tuesday, July 5, in Ballymurn.

The Junior ‘B’ hurlers will play Clongeen in the league on Wednesday at 7.30 p.m. in Crossabeg, while the Junior ‘B’ footballers will play St. Mary’s (Maudlintown) on Friday at 7.30 p.m. in Ballymurn.

Our Under-21 hurlers have drawn Gorey away in the first round of the championship. It is provisionally fixed for Tuesday, July 5.

This year is the 50th anniversary of the formation of Crossabeg-Ballymurn G.A.A. club. We hope to mark this occasion in the coming months.

We are currently trying to put together photographs and other memories from 1966 to 2016. If you have any old photos, other memorabilia or have any other details on the formation of the club, please contact a committee member.


Pride of place of course goes to our magnificent Under-14 team which won the John West National Féile Division 1 Christy Ring Cup in Tipperary. We were hosted by the famed Toomevara club in Tipperary and our weekend hurling action started on Friday evening.

We had two wins on Friday versus Killruane McDonaghs of Tipperary on a scoreline of 2-8 to 0-6 and against Glen Rovers of Cork by 3-6 to 0-5. Our players then met their host families from Toomevara and were looked after by them for the whole weekend.

On Saturday morning, we played our hosts on their home ground and after a tough encounter, eventually won by 3-8 to 0-2. This meant that we topped our group and next travelled to Cloughjordan to take on our third Tipperary team, Roscrea. We were outstanding in this game, eventually claiming the spoils by 6-10 to 3-0.

This meant that we had qualified for the semi-finals to take on Waterford champions, Ballygunner in the home of hurling in Semple Stadium. What an occasion it was for our lads to play on the hallowed turf.

The occasion seemed to get to us in the first-half and we trailed by 0-5 to 0-2 at half-time. What followed will be forever remembered however, as our best display of the weekend saw us overturn the deficit to win by 2-5 to 0-5, despite two missed penalties.

Our goals came from Josh Sheil and a Richie Lawlor penalty. There were scenes of utter delirium as we realised we had qualified for the final the following day in Cashel.

A huge crowd made the journey from Wexford to Cashel for the game. Glen Rovers paid us the ultimate compliment of playing a sweeper from the start in an effort to blunt our attack and it seemed to be working, as we trailed by 0-2 to 0-1 at half-time.

We got our fourth penalty of the weekend a minute into the second-half but unfortunately the Richie Lawlor effort shaved the wrong side of the post and the ball went wide. We followed this with two missed frees and at this stage, it looked like it might not be our weekend.

However, our lads weren’t to be disappointed and a superb delivery from the outstanding Richie Lawlor found the big paw of Josh Sheil on the 13-metre line. Josh took his man on and from a tight angle fired low across the ’keeper to find the back of the net. Scenes of joy followed but there was still a long way to go.

Another superb point from Richie saw us lead by 1-2 to 0-2 with five minutes to go. Our defence at this stage was outstanding and there was no way the Cork lads were getting through for a score.

A huge delivery from Ben Hynes saw the excellent Cian Carty challenge the ’keeper and corner-back for the ball and it ricocheted high into the net. Josh Sheil put the gloss on the scoreboard with another free to bring the final score to 2-3 to 0-2.

What a weekend and what an achievement! Our lads have been crowned as the best Under-14 team in Ireland. To put the achievement into perspective, this title has only ever been won since its inception in 1971 on one other occasion by a Wexford club, when Oulart-The Ballagh were successful back in 2001.

The lads were a credit to their club, to their county, to their families but most of all to themselves. The scenes at the end were very emotional as captain Cillian Boggan lifted the cup and made his speech.

We travelled home to Wexford that evening and proudly paraded the cup around the town before arriving back in Páirc Charman for the celebrations.

Many thanks to the Toomevara club for looking after us so well, for the supporters who followed the team for the weekend and those that travelled down on the day, to the sponsors who looked after us so well with gear, meals etc., to the mentors over the team, the club officers, to the Sarsfields club for the use of their clubhouse facilities, to anybody else who helped in any way at all, and mostly to the wonderful group of parents (mostly mammies!) who gave the boys the most wonderful vocal support that one could wish for over the weekend.

We beat Ballygunner in Semple Stadium on Saturday and there were probably a thousand people there but our supporters made it sound like there were 40,000 there!

The memories will live on for a long time and the celebrations are still ongoing but it will soon be time for the boys to get their heads down again now and try to add the Wexford Under-14 Premier championship to their All-Ireland title now.

Our Junior ‘A’ team had a good win in their ACHL Division 4 fixture away to Clongeen on Sunday morning last on a scoreline of 3-10 to 2-6, with our goals coming from Con O Donnagáin (two) and Brian Mitchell. We were due to play Rosslare again in a back fixture on Monday night in Páirc Charman. To date we have three wins out of three in the league.

Our Junior ‘B’ team was defeated in the District championship on Friday night by St. Martin's on a scoreline of 2-17 to 1-6.

Our Senior team play Rathnure in the fourth round of the All-County Hurling League Division 1 on Wednesday, June 29, in Rathnure at 7.45 p.m.

Our Junior ‘B’ team is due to play Clonard in the All-County League on Tuesday in Coolcotts at 7.30 p.m.

Our Under-12 team host Shelmaliers in Páirc Charman in the championship on Wednesday at 7.30 p.m.

Our National Féile Under-14 winners make their re-appearance to competitive hurling on Thursday when they travel to Rathnure to take on the home side in the next round of the championship at 7.30 p.m.

The final Model County Development Draw takes place on Tuesday night. Anybody with tickets or monies outstanding, please get them to Nicky Keeling as soon as possible. Many thanks once again to all those who purchased their tickets through the club and supported us for the draw.

For all updated news, under-age games, fixtures, results, lotto, photos etc. with the club, check out our website at, or follow us on Twitter (@faytheharriers) or on our Facebook account for regular updates of club activity.


Our two Under-8 camogie teams played fantastic games against St. Ibar’s/Shelmalier in Hollymount on Wednesday evening. Thanks from the mentors to Caoimhe Neville for coaching the girls - the future is looking bright!

Hard luck to club girls Emma Walsh and  Aoife Sheil and trainer Alan Stafford and the Wexford Senior camogie team, and to Clodagh Jackman and Patrice O'Gorman and the Wexford Intermediate camogie team, defeated on Saturday afternoon by Offaly and Tipperary respectively.

It's a busy week ahead on the camogie front. Our Junior camogie team play their league final in St. Patrick’s Park on Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. versus Marshalstown while our Under-16 camogie team resume the championship versus St. Martin’s in Killurin on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Our Under-9 hurlers were guests of Eire Og Corrachoill in a tournament on Saturday morning where the lads swept the boards, winning their three group games and semi-final before taking the spoils in the final where they met Lucan Sarsfields. Well done lads and mentors.

Our Under-10 boys played Faythe Harriers on Friday evening in Killurin and both had success with plenty of excitement for the spectators. The -10s travelled to Tagoat on Sunday morning for a friendly versus St. Mary’s (Rosslare) where the boys recorded a win also.

Both our Under-12 hurling teams played Faythe Harriers in away matches on Wednesday with the following  results: Green team 5-8, Faythe Harriers 5-8; Blue team 3-12, Faythe Harriers 1-3. Well done to all Under-12 boys!

Our Under-16 footballers resume championship on Monday evening in Killurin when they play St. Martin’s at 7.30 p.m.

Monday, June 27, was the last day of Hurling 365 for this school year. A big thank you to all the children for turning up every week and thanks to the dedicated mentors also.

Our Junior hurlers had a comfortable win over neighbours Ballyhogue on Friday evening in the championship.

Congratulations to James Stafford and his Wexford Junior football team-mates on their Leinster championship final win over Louth in Dundalk on Tuesday evening.

Hard luck to Rob Tierney and Michael O'Regan and the Wexford Senior footballers who bowed out of championship on Saturday afternoon in Innovate Wexford Park after defeat by Fermanagh.

Our Under-10 White girls’ football team played at home on Monday against Taghmon-Camross. A great battle saw the teams well matched with both sides fighting hard.

Our girls pulled ahead in the second-half to win with some great goals. Deirdre and Aidan were so proud of every one of them and each girl got to play the full match.

It was a real treat for the football moms who were nice and comfy on the sidelines basking in the sunshine! The final score was 3-1 to 0-4.  Well done coaches and players.

On Sunday evening our Minor ladies’ footballers played their quarter-final versus St. Fintan’s in Killurin.

Congratulations to club stalwart Barry Kirwan who took part in the ‘Hell and Back’ competition in Kilruddery, Co. Wicklow, on Saturday and went on to WIN the event outright! Well done Barry!

Parks Tennis will take place from Monday, July 4, at the tennis courts in Glynn-Barntown G.A.A. club. Register for one, two, three or four weeks on Thursday, June 30, at Glynn-Barntown G.A.A. pitch from 12.30 to 1.30 p.m. Registration forms are available in local shops also.

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