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Wednesday 13 December 2017

GRASSROOTS

The Intermediate team got off to a winning start in this year's championship when they defeated Cloughbawn in Taghmon on Friday last. Three first-half goals, one from Donal O'leary and two from veteran forward James Murray, gave the lads a seven-point lead at half-time.

They then had to work hard in the secondhalf to hold off a Cloughbawn comeback and they did so showing great heart and determination to hold on for a crucial victory. The final score was St. Mary's 3-8, Cloughbawn 1-10.

Team: Ian Nolan; Darragh O'leary, Alan Lynch, Ross Lynch; Gavin Cullen, Paul O'connor, Graham Carty; Christy Lane (0-1), Richie Kehoe (0-1); Dermot Flood (0-1), Donal O'leary (1-1), Martin O'connor (0-1); Pierce Dooley, Conor Keeling (0-1), James Murray (22). Subs. - Paul Dempsey, Kevin Sheil, Lee Malone, P.J. Bourke, Darren Phillips, Paul Kelly.

The Under-12 team has made a great start to the season, winning their first two games against St. Joseph's and Bannow-ballymitty. The Under-14 team also got their season off to a winning start last week by beating BannowBallymitty in their championship opener. The Under-16 team lost their opening game last week at home to Cloughbawn.

CLONARD

The Intermediate football team got their championship off to a great start with a 3-12 to 1-6 win over Réalt na Mara in Hollymount on Sunday week last. Good performances from Mark O'connor, Mossy Whelan, Barry Redmond and Tony Hennessey helped Clonard to a strong first round win.

Unfortunately, the second round game against Geraldine O'hanrahans did not go Clonard's way, losing out by 1-10 to 2-4 in poor conditions in Cushinstown on Friday night.

Outdoor training times for all under-age: Minor and Juvenile, Tuesday football, Thursday hurling, 6.45-8 p.m.; Under-14s, Wednesday 7-8 p.m.; Under-12s, Tuesday and Thursday, 6.30-8 p.m.; Under-10s, Monday and Wednesday, 6.30-7.30 p.m.; Under-8s, Monday and Wednesday, 6-7 p.m.; Under-6s, Wednesday, 6-7 p.m.

The club would like to thank parish members and club members who supported our effort to attain a gear package from the 'Irish Independent', and also to anyone who has purchased a Model County draw ticket which is of great benefit to the club and county.

ST. MARY'S (M'TOWN)

Tickets are still on sale for our monthly draw. Tickets are priced at €2 and are available from any club member. All proceeds go towards The Rocks Development Fund.

SHELMALIERS

The schools coaching initiative continues in Screen, Curracloe and Castlebridge National Schools for the last school term. Each week volunteer mentors are going into our local schools at lunch times to coach hurling to all interested school children (boys and girls).

To date this has been a huge success in encouraging hurling into our schools and promoting the sport to both existing and new players. We need your support in order to continue. There are only ten weeks left to the holidays, so if you are available to help during any of the following times, any week please contact Martin Doyle, Coaching/development Officer (087-2550461).

Monday: Castlebridge N.S., 11.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Tuesday: Screen N.S., from 12.30 to 1 p.m. Wednesday: Curracloe N.S., from 12.45 to 1.15 p.m.

There was no winner of the lotto jackpot draw on April 16. Numbers drawn were 3, 7, 13 and 24. The five match three winners were Mr. and Mrs. G. Meagher, Kearney, Seán Tobin, DJ John and Conor Howlin.

Our Senior team put in a spirited performance but were unable to overcome St. Martin's in Taghmon. Shels had an improved performance but were still unable to get the scores on the board. Final score: 1-11 to 2-3. Best for Shels were A.J. Lehane, André O'brien, Barry O'connor, Glen Murphy and Graham Lawlor-ryan.

Our Junior team also had a much-improved game versus Tara Rocks' first team in Ballygarrett. Shels were leading by 0-4 to 0-3 at half-time after playing against a stiff breeze.

Hopes were high for the second-half but we totally faded out of the game, again failing to register those all-important scores. Cathal Gaule, on the road back from injury, was our mainstay and was well supported by Niall Cullen and Chris Gordon. We are moving in the right direction and the wins will come if everyone puts their shoulder to the wheel.

CLONARD LADIES

There is a busy week ahead for the underage Clonard girls. The first game is on tonight (Wednesday) in Páirc Charman versus Páirc Charman Girls at 7 p.m. Could all Clonard Under-16 girls please meet at Páirc Charman at 6.30 p.m.

On Thursday evening the Under-14 girls will play their first league game away to the Shelmaliers at 6.45 p.m. Could all girls please meet at Clonard Church at 5.45 p.m.

On Friday the Under-12 girls will travel to Ballygarrett for their second league game. Girls, please meet at Clonard Church at 6 p.m. with throw-in at 7 p.m. Parents are requested to travel with the Under-12 girls. There will be no Under-10 training on Friday evening due to mentors travelling to the match.

Sunday will see the Minor girls, Mná Loch Garman, play St. Anne's in their second league game at the Volunteers pitch at 2 p.m. All girls, please meet in Páirc Charman at 1.15 p.m.

Two practice games were held last week for the Under-14 girls and the ladies' Junior team. Thanks to Volunteers Under-14 girls and Crossabeg-ballymurn Junior team for two sporting games.

Hard luck to Leanne Brennan and Rebecca Foley who lost out in Marshalstown versus Laois in an Under-16 county game. It was another very tight and tense game and Wexford were very unlucky not to come away with a win.

Clonard G.A.A. are runnning a foundation coaching course which will be run over four Friday nights in May and June. We would encourage parents that help us out and parents who would be interested in getting involved with the teams to please come along to this free course as Clonard girls will benefit greatly from it.

TAGHMON-CAMROSS

Taghmon-camross were defeated over the weekend in their second round of Intermediate football by Ballyhogue. The final score was 4-14 to 2-3.

Team: Seán O'gorman; Matthew Doyle, Robert Nolan, Pat Nolan; Denis Banville, Barry O'gorman (0-1), Mark O'gorman; Alan Nolan, Kevin Shannon; Eoin Doyle, Páuric O'gorman, Derek O'hanlon; Seamie Mcloughlin, Jason Mcloughlin (2-2), Garvin Kelly. Subs. - Michael O'gorman (Old Boley) for O'hanlon, Darren Colfer for Doyle, Thomas Furlong for Kelly, Jack Murphy for Furlong, inj., Tomás Whelan for R. Nolan, also Richard Stafford, David Ryder, Mick O'grady, Michael O'gorman (Caroreigh), Dara Kelly, Dean Mcgee, Willie Sinnott, Vinny Murphy.

Football now takes a break and our next two fixtures are in Junior hurling. On Monday, May 7, at 2 p.m. we meet Our Lady's Island in Tagoat, and the following Saturday we meet Oylegate-glenbrien in Bree.

For a full list of all club fixtures, both adult and Coiste na nog, please visit the Wexford G.A.A. website, and follow the links to fixtures club and Taghmon Camross.

ST. MARTIN'S

Well done to the Juvenile hurlers who beat Taghmon in the first round of the championship on Sunday last. They were behind by a point at half-time but put in a very strong performance in the second-half to win comfortably despite being short a number of regular players.

The Senior football team got off to a great start in the championship in Taghmon under lights on Friday night. They beat the Shelmaliers by five points. Well done to all the players and backroom team.

The Under-14 Féile Peil final will take place this Saturday against Gorey. Check with selectors for time and venue. Good luck to the boys.

Pride of place this week must go to the girls and boys of Piercestown N.S. who won the mini-sevens camogie and hurling finals in Bellefield on Wednesday evening last. The girls played first and all ten of the panel showed great skill and commitment, beating a very good Rathnure side. Well done to their coach Mrs. Martin who has put in a huge effort with this team, and good luck to them in the Rackard league which starts this Wednesday.

The boys followed the girls to victory in a very good game against Gorey. Congratulations to all concerned and especially Mr. Barrett who puts in endless hours of his time coaching the boys.

You can follow the club on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with what is happening at this very busy time.

CROSSABEG-BALLYMURN

There was no winner of last weeks lotto Jackpot and one match three winner, Joanne O'leary. The numbers drawn were 4, 8, 22 and 25. This week's jackpot is €3,200.

The Junior 'A' footballers got their championship off to a winning start on Sunday evening when they easily accounted for Volunteers on a scoreline of 6-12 to 0-4. The team was: C.J. Murphy; Alan Byrne, Eoin Mcdonald, Darren Roche; Conor Devereux (0-3), T.J. Parle, Timmy Cosgrave; Mark Peters, Paul Walsh; Eoghan Kehoe (1-5, 1-2 frees), Mark Dempsey (1-0), Niall Murphy (0-1); Seamus Carroll (1-2), Brian Dignam (1-0), Billy Roche (2-1). Sub. - David Scallan for Parle. They play away to Bunclody in the championship on Sunday, April 29, at 6.30 p.m.

The Under-16 footballers beat the Volunteers last week by 2-12 to 3-7. The Under-16 hurlers beat Craanford on Sunday morning by 2-11 to 0-13. They play away to Buffers Alley on Sunday, April 29, at 11 a.m. The Under-14 hurlers play away to St. Anne's on Thursday, April 26, at 7 p.m.

Crossabeg Ballymurn G.A.A. club are holding a golf classic on Friday, May 4, in Enniscorthy Golf Club. Enter a team for €140 (team of four) or sponsor a peg (tee or green) for €50. To book a tee-time contact Brian Dignam on 087-9842416.

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