Sunday 15 September 2019

Weekly GAA club notes

SARSFIELDS The Seniors produced a below-par performance in Innovate Wexford Park on Thursday, losing the Town Cup final to St. Mary’s (Maudlintown) on a 1-11 to 0-5 scoreline.

This was a disappointing display from an admittedly very young team which trailed by 1-5 to 0-4 at the break. Seán Pailing and Warren Broaders picked off points in the fifth and seventh minutes respectively, with Shane McGrath converting two frees early in the second quarter after fouls on Dylan Furlong.

His second score pushed us 0-4 to 0-3 clear after the teams had been level three times beforehand, but St. Mary’s never looked back after scoring their goal in the 24th minute.

Indeed, we only managed one more point after a scoreless spell lasting 36 minutes, and that came from Ciarán Byrne’s first touch after his late introduction as a substitute.

We did have a couple of goal chances as a Seán Pailing shot was well saved, and later a Shane Wilde delivery from the left was flicked onto the crossbar by Shane McGrath.

By the same token, only the good reflexes of Eoin Healy prevented further St. Mary’s goals as he made two decent saves, one in each half.

A number of players were missing due to injuries and suspension, but it’s clear that major improvements are needed before the crunch fourth round championship game against Adamstown which is expected to go ahead in early August.

Team: Eoin Healy; David Gannon, Conor Halligan, Fiach O Crúalaíoch; Fran Cleary, Cillian Lawlor, Adam Carroll; Paul Gannon, Eoin Roche (capt.); Dylan Furlong, Warren Broaders (0-1), John Gannon; Shane Wilde, Seán Pailing (0-1), Shane McGrath (0-2 frees). Subs. - Stephen Cummins for J. Gannon (39), Liam Kehoe for D. Gannon (48), Colm O Corcora for Roche (50), Ciarán Byrne (0-1) for P. Gannon (56), Pádraig Clancy for Pailing (56).

Apologies to the Under-12 ‘A’ boys’ team as the omission of one word in last week’s notes painted an inaccurate picture of their games. The line should have read: ‘The Under-12 boys were busy on Monday evening, with the ‘A’ squad winning and the ‘B’ crew losing away to Glynn-Barntown’.

Unfortunately, the most important word, ‘winning’, was the one omitted! For the record, the boys were successful by 1-7 to 1-5.

Well done to the Under-14 boys who had an excellent home win over St. Martin’s on Thursday. The Under-10 boys had a very competitive game away to Clongeen on Friday, while the Under-8 boys enjoyed themselves at home to St. Joseph’s on Wednesday, with over 20 children in action.

Best of luck to the Slaney Gaels Under-12 team in their game away to Glynn-Barntown ‘B’ tonight (Tuesday) at 7.30 p.m. They had a very good 6-8 to 3-3 home win over Clongeen on Friday.

Well done to the Juvenile girls who had an excellent 4-12 to 0-8 home win over Fethard on Monday. They will be away to St. Fintan’s tomorrow (Wednesday).

Well done to Alannah Fusciardi-Wallace and Orlaigh Lynam who played with the Wexford Under-14 county squad in the Leinster blitz on Saturday.

Many thanks to everyone who attended and organised the family fun quiz night in the clubhouse on Monday. It was a big success and hopefully will be repeated in the near future.

Thanks also to the coaches who facilitated the fun training session in conjunction with F.A.B. Huggie Bears childcare services in Páirc Charman last week.

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.

Congratulations from all in the club to Tony and Betty O’Leary who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary recently.

Best wishes to Eoin Roche and his Wexford colleagues in the All-Ireland Junior football championship final against Mayo in Tullamore on Saturday (2 p.m.).

The winning numbers in the lotto draw on July 18 were 6, 8, 10 and 26. There was no jackpot winner, and next week’s jackpot is €6,200.

Well done to Lauren Byrne who won last week’s split the pot and won €52. Envelopes may be purchased from the club shop for €2.


There is an Under-8 hurling match against Oulart away this Tuesday, July 19, at 7 p.m.

There is an Under-12 hurling match this Tuesday, July 19, against Bunclody in Ballyroebuck at 7.30 p.m.

The Minor hurlers play St. Pat’s in Camolin on Wednesday, July 20, at 7.30 p.m.


The Shelmalier Junior hurlers retained their league title when they overcame District rivals Faythe Harriers in the All-County League Division 4 final in St. Patrick’s Park on Saturday.

The match was preceded by a minute’s silence for the late Mikey Sheil. Shels, playing against the fresh breeze, were quickly on the scoreboard when Conor Byrne was fouled and duly converted the free.

Harriers and Shels exchanged scores in the opening ten minutes before a great team effort put Michael Feeney through for a goal, with the Shels leading by 1-2 to 0-2. Harriers fought back strongly and surged into a 0-9 to 1-3 lead, despite great defending from the Shels backs, in particular Eoin O’Leary, captain Kevin O’Leary, Denis Kelly and Niall Murphy in this phase.

The referee did well then to spot a foul and awarded Shels a free on the stroke of half-time. Conor Byrne’s shot dropped just short and was helped to the net by Jody Donohoe and a last flick by Michael Feeney. A late ’65 for Faythe Harriers was bravely dealt with by goalie Paul McCleane. The half-time score was 2-3 to 0-9.

In the second-half Shels stepped up a gear and with great fielding from Aaron O’Neill, Emmet O’Leary, Graham Staples and James Gordon in this period, they edged further away from the Harriers with Chris Gordon and Jody Donohoe performing well in attack.

Fresh legs were introduced in the form of Glen Malone, Arnie Murphy and Aodhán Foley. A late push by Harriers was again well dealt with by Eoghan Fitzgerald and Barry O’Connor.

Shels were now on top and finished with a fine 2-16 to 0-16 victory and were well deserved winners of the league.

Team: Paul McCleane; Eoghan Fitzgerald, Kevin O’Leary (capt.), Eoin O’Leary; Niall Murphy, Barry O’Connor, Aaron O’Neill; Graham Staples, Denis Kelly;  James Gordon, Conor Byrne (0-8), Emmet O’Leary (0-2); Michael Feeney (2-2), Chris Gordon, Jody Donohoe (0-4). Subs. introduced - Glen Malone, Arnie Murphy, Aodhán Foley.

This was the third meeting between the respective teams during the week, with the Shelmalier Senior hurlers travelling to Páirc Charman on Sunday week to take on the Faythe Harriers with the team coming away with a 1-13 to 2-6 victory.

The Shelmalier Minor hurlers welcomed their Faythe Harriers counterparts to Hollymount on Wednesday evening last for a 2-14 to 0-15 win.

The Porter House Castlebridge were announced as the new Shelmalier G.A.A. Club hurling sponsors at the official launch of the sponsorship partnership held in Hollymount on Friday. Myles Doyle on behalf of the sponsors said he was delighted to be associated with the Shelmalier G.A.A. club in the form of this sponsorship deal and on behalf of his wife, Sharon, and himself he wished the club every success in 2016.

Shelmalier G.A.A. club Chairman Seamus O Leary thanked both Myles and Sharon for their support to the development of hurling in the club.

Well done to the Shelmalier Under-10 and Under-11 hurling teams which travelled to the Wexford Centre of Excellence in Ferns on Saturday to take part in the all-county blitz. All the boys showed some great skills and determination in all matches and the teams returned home undefeated after a day of extensive hurling.

There was no winner of the Shelmalier development lotto on Monday, July 11, when the numbers drawn were 3, 12, 27 and 32, with the jackpot standing at €17,000. There was one winner of the match three and that was Mrs. E. O’Gorman who won €200. The Shelmalier club once again thank all the people of the parish and beyond for their weekly support to our development lotto.


Our Junior ‘B’ hurling team had a good win over Fethard last weekend in the championship by 4-7 to 2-10. Our Junior ‘B’ football team is playing St. James’ this Tuesday, July 19, in Taghmon at 7.45 p.m.

Our Under-21 hurling team will play Rapparees next Tuesday, July 26, in the championship in Taghmon at 7.30 p.m. And our Intermediate hurling team will play Marshalstown next Friday, July 29, in the championship in Pat’s Park at 7.45 p.m. As usual your support would be most welcome.  The lotto Jackpot wasn’t won last week. Winning numbers were 14, 19, 26 and 27. There was one match three winner, Helen Shannon, Clohulitagh. The next lotto draw will be on Tuesday, July 26, in the Centre and the jackpot will be €3,800.


Our Senior camogie team unfortunately came up short in their recent championship match versus St. Martin’s. The girls struggled to score despite long patches of dominance in the game and were defeated on this occasion.

Hard luck also to our Under-16 camogie girls who lost out to Oulart-The Ballagh on Wednesday in Oulart.

Well done to the Under-8 camogie girls who played in a blitz in Ballygarrett on Saturday morning, getting into their final and winning by four goals to three.

Our Under-10 Green camogie team played at home to the Rapparees last week. What a game it was to watch. Every player gave one hundred per cent and, with their superb skills and teamwork, Glynn-Barntown emerged the winners!

Well done to the Glynn-Barntown Under-10 Blue camogie team which had a great win last week against Monageer. Well done girls!

Everyone in Glynn-Barntown camogie and G.A.A. club joins together in wishing club camogie player Bridget Doyle and clubman John Walsh all the very best of luck, health and happiness as they exchange their vows later in the week.

Well done to our Under-11 boys who took part in a massive blitz recently in the Halo Tiles Centre of Excellence in Ferns.

Club lotto numbers for Wednesday, July 13, were 1, 7, 16 and 27. There was no jackpot winner and seven match three winners: Toirleach Leacy, Colm Neville, Johnny McDonald, Darren Hayes, Gus Huzzar, Barry Doyle Snr., Anne Marie and Eoin Riordan. The jackpot remains at €10,000, and the reserve jackpot is now €8,400. The next draw is in Marty's on Wednesday, July 27.

The family fun day scheduled for July 24 has been postponed due to the All-Ireland hurling quarter-final between Wexford and Waterford, with a new date soon.


The very best of luck to Conor McDonald and Eoin Conroy as well as Gary Molloy, Eoin Molloy, Jack Cushe, Jack Cullen and Tiarnán Doyle who are all part of the Wexford Senior and Minor hurling set-ups that will face Waterford and Limerick respectively in Sunday's All-Ireland quarter-finals in Thurles.

The squads are mentored by Ger Cushe and Billy Byrne respectively. To head to Semple Stadium with the club's bus, book places in the Complex bar. Complimentary grub will be served at the Complex at the same time as the big matches also. Best of luck men!

Hard luck to Darragh Hughes and the county Intermediate hurling squad which lost in the Leinster final last Wednesday. A late burst from Kilkenny saw Wexford lose by a goal on a scoreline of 3-14 to 2-14.

Hard luck to the Minor hurlers who lost to St. Martin's last week by five points.

The Under-12 camogie squad enjoyed success though as they defeated Fethard  by 7-3 to 2-0. The Under-12 hurlers travel to Buffers Alley tonight (Tuesday) for championship games.

On Thursday, the Under-14 hurlers will head south to Piercestown for a 7.30 p.m. duel with St. Martin's.

To add an item to the club notes, please phone 087-9770497.


Our Under-12 footballers played Ballyhogue last Tuesday, July 12, and they came home without the points. The Ballyhogue boys were out of the blocks and Clonard conceded two quick goals, with our boys shellshocked.

Maybe it was the drive, our guys were flat on their feet or it was like Nicky asked what county we were in. Anyway the boys got it together and they played brilliant football.

Nicky, the geography student, stopped bullets in the goal. In front of him were Cian, Leon, Daragh, Clinton and the surprise package of Adam who played out of his skin.

Our fear of the cluiche is Ryan who contributed three goals and six points from midfield; he was sensational. Rory, Barry, another Daragh, Taofik, who was captain, Cillian and James gave of their best.

Our thanks to the parents and grandparents who drove to Bree. I think it is like a social club, with people drinking tea and coffee on the sideline. Next time they will probably bring sandwiches and/or cake. Our next match on July 19 is against Taghmon-Camross and it is in Coolcotts.

Our get well soon to one of the stars, Barry, who broke two fingers in the match, so he will be out for the next three to four weeks. Our young men enjoyed themselves, to show off their skill and hopefully learn more skills from their opponents.

One event in one of the matches saw Killian play a ball over his head and as it fell he took an unstoppable shot at goal, like Rory O’Connor the county Minor. The best of our boys were Darragh, Rory, Killian, Little Flash, Leon, Nicky, James and Luke. We were missing Adam, who is in Austria.

We sent a team of hurlers to the Halo Tiles Wexford G.A.A. Centre of Excellence for the Under-11 blitz. This was brilliantly organised, and the set-up was magnificent. Clonard could like to express their gratitude to the co-ordinators, Marion, Emma and Amanda, and Coiste na nOg.

Could we suggest that this event should be a monthly occasion of this initiative? Our first match was against the bearers of the purple and gold, St. Patrick’s, then we had the stripeymen from the ‘bould’ Shelmaliers, and in conclusion Clongeen. Our gang of drivers were reeking of coffee, again, and we would like to say thanks to those who drove to Ferns.

Clonard Under-10s played away to St. Mary's of Rosslare in Tagoat on Friday. A sincere well done is due to all players on their performances. With 17 players available, Clonard fielded two teams - a nine-a-side and an eight-a-side team.

In the nine-a-side game there were some good goalkeeping (and outfield) performances from Luke, Josh and Cormac. While players rotated positions out the field, the effort from all was exemplary - Darragh, Cillian, Rory, Daniel, Troy, Eoin.

The nine-a-side game was a good competitive workout for the blues which finished even. The eight-a-side game was also a good competitive game for the blues with Orlaith, Jenna, Charlotte, Fionn, Cormac, Shannon, James and Ella giving one hundred per cent.

A few examples of the effort from Cluain Ard included Shannon driving out with the ball, Cormac Gallagher's score, Rory banging in the goals, and Luke and Daniel working together in a great piece of defensive work. Training is again on Tuesday to keep progressing.

Clonard Under-8s played Kilmore in Kilmore on Saturday. Both clubs played two teams against each other in good spirited football contests. It was great to see the honest efforts of the Clonard blues in keenly-contested matches.

In one of the games Jack Gregg, carrying an injury into the game, displayed kicking accuracy in his role as ’keeper. Tyler and Finn in the same game worked together in defence with Sam, Borna and Joe working hard out the field.

In the other game Aine and Eamonn Ryan were aided by Doireann and William. Overall it was a good workout for the Cluain Ard Under-8s. A sincere thanks to the parents who were able to travel and our hosts in Kilmore.

Congratulations to Mags Carty on winning €285 in last week's Split the Pot. Seller was Sharkey’s Takeaway, Coolcotts. A big thank you to all who supported us, and thank you to all our sellers. Next week’s envelopes are on sale now, and your continued support would be greatly appreciated.


Last week’s lotto numbers were 2, 8, 23 and 29. There was no jackpot winner. There were two match threes: Tricia Dempsey and Mark Cullen. The jackpot is €10,000.

Well done to our Junior ‘B’ hurlers who beat Craanford in the league final on Friday.

Despite getting off to a slow start, our lads worked hard throughout. We were three points to no score down early on and after 20 minutes we were 5-3 down. Then two goals from Kevin Sludds put us ahead and he added a third just before half-time to leave the score 3-3 to 0-7 at the break.

In a hard-fought second-half, scores were hard to come by, but our lads kept in front and won by 3-8 to 0-9. Our joint captains, Daithí Redmond and Liam Kehoe, proudly accepted the cup on behalf of the team.

Team: Noel Scallan; Daithí Redmond, Paul Larrissy, David Scallan; Michael Eviston, Paul Roche, Michael Doyle; Martin Redmond, Robert Byrne; Darragh Cummins, Liam Kehoe (0-2 frees), Glen Murphy (0-1); Kevin Sludds (3-3), Emmet Kehoe, Dylan Ring. Subs. - Luke Redmond (0-1) for E. Kehoe, Eoin O’Connor for M. Doyle, Shane Conroy for G. Murphy, Stephen Dempsey for D, Redmond, Colm Jackman (0-1) for D. Cummins, Conor Barlow, Mark Campbell, Shane Whelan, David Kehoe, Shane O’Rourke, James Grannell and James Kehoe. Well done to the players and their mentors.

Unfortunately, our Intermediate hurlers lost to Craanford in their league final on Sunday evening. Again it was a hard-fought game, with both sides eager to win. The game was close throughout with the sides being level on several occasions.

They were level at 0-5 each when Tony Murphy pulled on a cross ball to score a goal and put us three ahead, but Craanford responded to lead by two at half-time (0-10 to 1-5). Five minutes into the second-half David Jackman scored our second goal to level the game (2-6 to 0-12).

However, Craanford kept in front with frees. With three minutes left we were awarded a penalty, after Tony Murphy was fouled, with the score 0-18 to 2-9. However a good save from their ’keeper meant Craanford held on to win on a final score of 0-19 to 2-10.

Team: Mark Dempsey; David Kehoe, Billy Roche, Matthew Sludds; Alan Byrne, Bill Eviston, Paddy Devereux; Ronan Devereux, Seamus Carroll (0-1); Oisín Foley (0-2), Tony Murphy (1-0), Conor Devereux; David Jackman (1-0), Niall Murphy (0-2, 1 free), Barry Murphy (0-5, 2 frees). Subs. - Eoin McDonald for C. Devereux, David Murphy for P. Devereux. Hard luck to the panel and their mentors.

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.


Our Junior ‘A’ team travelled to St. Patrick’s Park on Saturday of last week to play the Shelmaliers in the final of the Division 4 All-County Hurling League. We had won five games out of five on our way to the final.

We started with the aid of the breeze and despite the concession of an early goal, points from mainly Ben O’Brien and Con O Donnagáin had us leading by three points just before the half-time whistle. However, the concession of a soft goal right on half-time was to have a big bearing on the game, as we went in level on a scoreline of 0-9 to 2-3.

Matters were close in the early stages of the second-half before the Shels took control around the midfield area to stretch into a six-point lead. Our lads fought back and as we entered the final stages, we only trailed by three points.

However, the Shels men finished the game strongly to go on to win by 2-16 to 0-16. Our scorers were Con O Donnagáin 0-9, Ben O’Brien 0-4, Dean Walsh, Fran Cleary and Daniel Lynch 0-1 each. That brings an end to the league campaign but it was a very good game to get in preparation for the upcoming championship campaign.

Our Junior ‘B’ team travelled to Rathangan to take on St. Anne’s in the District championship on Friday but unfortunately were unable to field a team.

Our Junior ‘B’ team is due to play an ACHL Division 7 fixture tonight (Tuesday) at home to St. Patrick’s of Camolin/Balloughter at 8 p.m. in Páirc Charman. They also have a further league back fixture when they travel to Bellefield on Thursday to take on the Rapparees at 7.30 p.m.

Adult championships are due to kick back into action on the weekend after next, depending on how Wexford fare out against Waterford in the All-Ireland quarter-final on Sunday. Our Junior team is due to play St. Mary’s (Rosslare) in Rathangan on Friday, July 29, at 7.45 p.m., while our Senior team is due to face county champions Oulart on Sunday, July 31, at 6 p.m. in Bellefield.

Our Minor team travelled across the bridge on Wednesday to take on the Shelmaliers in Hollymount. We made a poor start and trailed by 1-3 to nil within the first few minutes. However, we improved significantly after that and with the aid of the breeze fought our way back into the game in the second-half.

The Shels were eventual winners on a scoreline of 2-14 to 0-15 but it was a far better performance from our lads with some encouraging signs as we prepare for the knockout stages of the tournament later in the year.

The Juveniles returned to championship action on Monday versus Oulart. There will be a full report in next week’s notes.

Our Under-12s are in championship action tonight (Tuesday) when both our ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams travel to Piercestown to take on St. Martin’s at 7.30 p.m.

Our Under-14 team takes on the Shelmaliers in the championship in Páirc Charman on Thursday with a 7.30 p.m. start.

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.

Best wishes to Lee Chin and his Wexford Senior team colleagues in their quest to continue their summer hurling when they take on Waterford in the All-Ireland quarter-final in Thurles on Sunday. Commiserations to Richie Kehoe who captained the Wexford Intermediate team to a narrow defeat in the Leinster final on Wednesday against Kilkenny.

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