Friday 19 January 2018

Weekly GAA notes

Coiste na Nog Wexford People minor football rionn 2 final at, St. Patrick's Park; capt. Conor Scallan, Ferns with his winning team.
Coiste na Nog Wexford People minor football rionn 2 final at, St. Patrick's Park; capt. Conor Scallan, Ferns with his winning team.

SARSFIELDS The club sends its condolences to the Brennan family and the Clonard club on the death of Joe Brennan which occurred on Sunday.

Joe was a mentor with many successful Sarsfields Bord na nOg teams in the 1970s before playing a key role in the formation of the Clonard club. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Well done to our club members who won county titles with the Faythe Harriers Juvenile and Under-14 Rising Stars teams over the weekend.

Hard luck to the Under-14 boys who lost their county semi-final to St. Martin’s in Taghmon on Wednesday by 1-8 to 0-5.

Our Baby Butters ended their training for the year with another fun hour last Wednesday. Many thanks to the parents and mentors for making this such an enjoyable aspect of the club’s under-age structures.

Minor player Shane Hall is hosting a table quiz in aid of the C.B.S. Zambia immersion project 2017. It will take place in Wexford Golf Club on Friday, September 23, and all support would be very much appreciated.

We have been fixed to play Under-21 versus St. Anne’s in Tagoat on Sunday at 11 a.m., and Minor versus Crossabeg-Ballymurn at a venue to be announced at 11.30 a.m. on the same morning, so something clearly has to give. Please check with club officers as the week progresses for confirmation of what’s on and what’s off.

The winning numbers in the lotto draw on Monday, September 19, were 17, 22, 27 and 31. There was no jackpot winner, and next week’s jackpot is €9,800.


The Under-16 hurling county quarter-final against Rathnure is on Saturday, September 24, in Rathnure at 11 a.m.


Commiserations to the Senior hurlers who lost to reigning champions Oulart-The Ballagh in Saturday's championship quarter-final by four points. Our lads tried hard for the whole game and enjoyed a four-point advantage after 36 minutes. Hard luck men, best of luck next year.

Team: Barry Kinsella, Pedro Travers, Brendan Travers (capt.), Tom Stafford, Seán Doyle, Lee Kinsella, Gary Molloy, Eoin Conroy, Dara McDonald, William Cullen, Pádraig Doyle (1-3, 0-2 frees, 0-1 ’65), Darragh Hughes (0-1), Gearóid Cullen, Conor McDonald (1-7, 1-2 frees), Aodhán Doyle. Subs. - John O'Brien (Ramsfort Park) for Dara McDonald, David O'Brien (1-0) for William Cullen, Kevin Harrington for Eoin Conroy, Conor Hughes for Gearóid Cullen.

Well done to the Intermediate camogie ladies who march onto the county final following a 2-4 to 1-2 victory over Oylegate-Glenbrien. They'll meet HWH-Bunclody in the championship decider. Well done to all involved.

Well done to the Under-14 footballers who have sealed a place in this year's county final following a 7-8 to 0-8 victory over the Shelmaliers.

Well done to the Under-10 footballers who finished their year on a high as they claimed the Jim Woods Cup following a close final with St. Patrick's of Wicklow. Thanks to their selectors Liam Flynn, Declan O'Toole and Martin Kavanagh.

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Our Intermediate hurling team had a great win in the quarter-final of the championship over the weekend , beating St. Patrick’s 2- 21 to 2-12. We are now in the Co. semi-final where we will play Fethard in two weeks’ time.

Next weekend our Intermediate football team play Ferns in the Co. semi-final in Wexford Park. It’s on Saturday at 4 p.m., so get your colours on and come on out and support your team.

The club lotto is on this Tuesday night in the Centre, and the jackpot will be €5,000. Sellers please have your tickets in the Centre at 7.30 p.m.


Last week’s lotto numbers were 9, 15, 24 and 26. There was no jackpot winner. Match three winner: Tom T. Doyle. The jackpot is €10,000.

Well done to our Junior ‘B’ footballers who won the District final on Saturday when they overcame St. Mary’s (Maudlintown) by 1-14 to 0-6.

Our lads led by 0-6 to 0-2 at half-time. Midway through the second-half, we led by 0-10 to 0-6 when St. Mary’s were awarded a penalty. Thankfully they hit the post and when Emmet Kehoe scored a goal at the other end, our lads went on to win comfortably.

Emmet Kehoe had the honour of accepting the cup on behalf of the team. Well done to the players and their mentors.

They will play the county semi-final this Friday, September 23, at 7 p.m. in Taghmon, while our Intermediate ‘A’ footballers will play in their semi-final against Cloughbawn on Saturday at 6 p.m. in St. Patrick’s Park. Best of luck to both teams.

Hard luck to our Minor hurlers who lost to Rathnure in the shield semi-final on Sunday. Our Intermediate hurlers have been drawn to play Oylegate in the county semi-final.


There will be a special open forum focusing on and discussing all aspects of hurling and football in the Shelmalier G.A.A. club on Thursday, September 22, in Hollymount starting at 8 p.m.

The forum is an opportunity for all the people of the parish to air their views, suggestions and ideas on the future path that hurling and football should take in the Shelmalier G.A.A. club. Therefore, a special invitation goes out to anybody in the parish who is interested in the future development of hurling and football in the club to come along to Hollymount on Thursday starting at 8 p.m.

The club looks forward to hearing your views, suggestions and ideas on this topic.


The club would like to send a vote of sympathy to the Brennan family on the death of Joe Brennan. May he rest in peace.

The Under-10s played Kilmore for the third time this season - the second time in football in Coolcotts on Friday night. Like all encounters with Kilmore this was a good test for the blues.

Clonard brought a strong panel lining out an eleven-a-side team with players rotated in and out. While it was a rocky start for Clonard óg, they settled and gave a very good account of themselves, with the match swinging in the blues’ favour towards the end.

With only one game played on the night, players not fielded took part in a competitive training match to ensure their continued development. A sincere thanks to all the players for their efforts - those starting out with us and the veterans of Under-10 - and to the parents for their support.

The -10s have a hurling blitz upcoming as well as potentially a game the week after. Clonard Abú.

The Under-8s played town rivals St. Joseph’s on Saturday morning in Coolcotts. Clonard had a strong panel for the game and fielded two teams against the Bishopswater outfit.

With this game coming a week after a competitive match against fellow town rivals St. Mary's, Clonard blues were quick to find their rhythm in the game. This was a good run-out for the little blues with the skill level and commitment in evidence.

While players and coaches have much work to do in their development, this was a good day for the blues. On Saturday, September 24, our little blues Under-8s will head to Naomh Eanna for their annual football blitz. We have entered an ‘A’ and ‘B’ team of eleven-a-side. Let's make it a big family day out; bring the deck chairs/blankets and a picnic.

Congratulations to Angela and John McCormack on the birth of their granddaughter, Riadh Waldron, and her parents Sinéad and Paddy.

Congratulations to Andy Doyle on winning €301 in last week's Split the Pot. The seller was Aidan Gilbert.

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.


Our Under-12 camogie team play their mini league county finals next Saturday, September 24, at the Ferns Centre of Excellence at 10 a.m. (Green team ) and 11 a.m. (Blue team).

The Senior camogie team play Kilrush in the ‘B’ semi-final in Farmleigh on Saturday at 2.30 p.m. and need all club support.

Our Under-7 and Under-8 hurlers took part in a blitz in Monageer on Saturday morning, playing their hosts Monageer-Boolavogue, Buffers Alley and Shelmaliers.  There was a great turn-out and great performances.

Our Under-10 hurlers travelled also to Monageer the following morning to take part in a blitz. We fielded both an Under-9 team and Under-10 team and both played three games versus hosts Monageer-Boolavogue, Buffers Alley and Faythe Harriers, with the Under-9s winning the shield in an 18-point turnaround second-half performance! Well done to all.

Congratulations to our Under-12 footballers who played St. Anne’s (Rathangan) in their shield Co. final on Sunday morning in Innovate Wexford Park and were victorious on a scoreline of 3-5 to 1-1. Well done players and mentors.

Congratulations also to our Under-14 footballers who booked a shield final spot with a win over St. Anne’s during the week.

Our Senior footballers play their Co. semi-final on Sunday, September 25, in Innovate Wexford Park versus St. Martin’s and we ask that all club members please come along and support them in their endeavours.

The pairings for the Senior hurling semi-finals have been made and Glynn-Barntown will play near neighbours Cloughbawn the following weekend. The club is delighted to have both teams playing in the top four in the county in both Senior grades and looks forward to its prospects in the business stages of the competition.

Unfortunately, our Under-14 ladies’ footballers fell at the last hurdle at Oylegate on Sunday morning. We led at half-time by two points in a very competitive first-half.

In a very close second-half, we failed to convert a penalty and then lost a player to the sin-bin for ten minutes, in a very harsh decision. Clonee took control at this stage and kicked on to win by five.

We had some chances late on but in the end the best team won. Congratulations to Clonee but our girls deserve great credit for a supreme effort. Well done also to the mentors for all their hard work and to the parents for their support.


Our magnificent Juveniles brought home the Premier county title after an absence of eleven years when we beat a very competitive Oylegate team on Saturday in Taghmon on a scoreline of 2-8 to 1-5.

Conditions were perfect and we opened brightly with a Conor Kehoe point from play. However, the nerves set in thereafter, with Oylegate stretching into a 1-3 to 0-2 lead. We got the final two scores of the opening half to trail by two points at the break.

We continued to defend brilliantly throughout the second-half but were finding it very difficult to get scores down the other end of the field. With ten minutes remaining, we still trailed by 1-5 to 0-5.

The game then turned completely as we scored two goals within a minute. Firstly, Under-14 star player Richie Lawlor, who had been introduced as a half-time substitute, got possession on the 20-metre line, and went around his opponent before firing to the top of the net.

The celebrations had hardly died down when Conor Kehoe went around his man and with a very deft touch, lobbed the ball over the keeper to put us four points ahead. We finished very strongly from there with some superb defending from Josh O’Connor and Cillian Gahan in particular, and finished with further scores from Glen Murphy-Butler and a superb individual score from Conal Clancy.

Conal Crowley accepted the cup as captain on behalf of his team-mates and the celebrations continued afterwards in The Talbot Hotel.

Congratulations to the players on their superb achievement in winning this title, all the hard work paid off in the end. Many thanks to the mentors and officers involved and a special thanks to the parents of the boys who provided great support and encouragement during the course of the year.

Our Under-14 Rising Stars teams was also in county final action on Sunday when they took on Buffers Alley in Oulart. We struggled to come to grips with the game in the opening half as a superior Buffers Alley team looked far too strong for our lads and they led by 2-3 to 0-1 at the break.

There was a massive changearound in the second-half however as our lads dug in to the task ahead and within five minutes of the re-start had changed the game around completely, led by the scoring exploits of Eoin Hartigan. Eoin bagged a total of 3-5 in the second-half to go with his point in the opening half, while Billy Hillis also weighed in with a vital goal.

We eventually won by 4-7 to 3-4 with an outstanding and courageous second-half performance. Emmet Gahan accepted the county cup on behalf of his team-mates.

It was a hugely successful weekend overall at Coiste na nOg level, with the Under-14 ‘A’ team still to come hopefully.

Our Under-14s have qualified for the Premier county semi-final and will play St. Martin’s on Saturday, September 24, in Taghmon at 12.30 p.m.

Our Junior camogie team will play Kilrush next Sunday, September 25, at 11.30 a.m. with the venue still to be confirmed. Please check our Twitter and Facebook pages later in the week.

Our Under-6, Under-7 and Under-8 teams will tog out in Wexford Park on Sunday morning next for our own internal blitz competition. We held a similar competition on our all-weather arena earlier in the year and it was a huge success, and hopefully we will have up to one hundred children competing again in the ‘big sheds’ on Sunday morning.

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.

A meeting of the club executive committee will take place on Tuesday, September 27, at 8.30 p.m. An agenda for the meeting will be distributed to members in advance.

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