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Friday 20 September 2019

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SARSFIELDS

The Sarsfields Red Junior 'B' side took on St. Mary's (Maudlintown) in its penultimate championship game on Tuesday last and went down by 4-12 to 0-8. It was good to see Eoin Healy back in action for the first time since sustaining a serious injury last year.

Team: Kevin Carty; Adam Roche, David Walsh, Colm O Corcora; John Gannon, Jamie McDonnell (capt.), Eoin Healy; Dale Scallan (0-1), Dylan Sparrow (0-1); Aaron McMahon, Jack Ennis (0-4 frees), Corey Ennis; Ed King (0-1), Adrian Campbell, Mick Murphy (0-1). Subs. - Martin Cloney for C. Ennis, Damien Dempsey for Campbell, Campbell for McDonnell, inj.

Hard luck to the Juveniles who suffered their first defeat in the Division 1 championship at home to Fethard on Friday last, losing by 4-7 to 2-5. They only trailed by 1-4 to 1-3 at the break but the concession of three goals in a fiveminute period left them with too much to do.

Team: Matthew Murphy; Jack Crean, Conor Halligan, Stephen Healy; Cian Doyle, Richie Kearney, Shaun Donohue; Brian Cuddihy (1-0), Ciarán Kirwan; Stephen Cummins, Pádraig Clancy (0-2, 1 free), Emmet Sinnott; Shane McGrath (1-2), Stephen Kearney (0-1), James Somers. Subs. - Daniel Curran for Somers, Niall O Donnagáin for S. Kearney, Kearney for Crean, inj.

Well done to the Under-8 and Under10 players who gave their all against St. Martin's in some well-contested Go Games in Piercestown on Wednesday last.

Congratulations to Paul Harrington on winning the Captain's prize in Wexford Golf Club last weekend.

The winning golden goal minutes were 35 (first-half injury time) and 57. Contact Billy Dodd to claim your prize.

Fixtures: Thursday, June 28, Under-14 championship home to Craanford, 7.30 p.m.; Friday, June 29, Under-10 Go Games home to Volunteers, time TBA; Saturday, June 30, Under-12 girls away to Shamrocks, time TBA; Saturday, June 30, Under-8 Go Games away to Shelmaliers, time TBA; Monday, July 2, Juvenile championship away to Starlights, 7.30 p.m.; Tuesday, July 3, Under-12 Go Games away to Shelmaliers, time TBA.

ST. IBAR'S/SHELMALIER

Congratulations to the Juniors and their mentors, Alan Aherne (manager), John Kelly (coach), Fionnuala Hearne (selector) and John Furlong (selector), who won the ' A' league title for the first time since 1986 when they beat Rapparees by 3-8 to 0-2 in Farmleigh on Friday last. The Louis Kerr Perpetual Cup was presented to the captain, Lisa Quill, after a fine performance by all concerned.

Team: Mary Cullen; Caroline Curran, Sinéad Kelly, Aine Barron; Lisa Quill (capt.), Catherine Doyle, Ciara Donohoe; Ciara Neville, Ceara O'Brien (1-1); Niamh Potter (1-0), Aine Lacey (0-1), Deirdre McMahon (0-3); Sandy Carr (01), Nikki Scallan (1-0), Therese Sheil (02). Subs. - Sarah Lacey for Scallan, Hazel O'Leary for Donohoe, Róisín Tobin for McMahon, Chloe Thomas for Carr, Kirsty Hynds.

Well done to Kate Kelly and Katrina Parrock who played on the county Senior team on Saturday last as they beat Tipperary. We wish them and the team the best of luck on Saturday next as they take on Cork in Bellefield. Shelly Doyle and Bridget Curran were on the Intermediate team which drew with Tipperary.

The first Under-16 league/championship game is this evening (Wednesday) away to Castletown.

The Under-14 team received a walkover from Monageer on Saturday last. They will take on the winners of Buffers Alley v. Rapparees on Saturday, June 30, with the venue and time TBC.

The Under-12 team's next game is on Wednesday, July 4, away to Castletown 'A'.

The Under-10 team will meet Rosslare in their second mini league game this evening (Wednesday) at 6.30 p.m. in Hollymount.

The Under-8 team has been invited to St. Martin's for a friendly game on Monday, July 2, at 7 p.m.

The Senior team's first WFC Premier championship game is at home to St. Martin's on Tuesday, July 3, at 7.30 p.m.

Wishing all our teams the best of luck in all their games!

A big thank you to all who supported our camogie draw recently!

CLONARD LADIES

It was a busy week for the Clonard girls as two teams played away on Tuesday last. The Under-12 girls travelled to Blackwater with a small crew of 13 as some of the girls were busy with school plays etc. A special thank you to Elaine O'Sullivan-Connell for going that extra mile to attend the game as she had just finished playing a camogie schools final in the Rackard League in Enniscorthy and scored goals in both games. Well done Elaine.

This was another outstanding game for this Under-12 team, as they dominated from the start again, coming away with a much-deserved three points. Rebecca Dowdall, just back from holidays, made some great saves in the goal but was also well protected by her full-back line of Lauren Gordon, Megan Lane, Tara Foley, Simone Kemp and Hollie Sinnott.

Much of the play was dominated by Tara, Chelsea, Alannah, Niamh and Elaine who worked the ball well into the forward line to Ciara Brennan, Eimer Thomas and Laura Kavanagh. Overall it was a great game with a fantastic win: Clonard 7-7, Blackwater 1-5.

At the other end of the county the Under-16 girls travelled to Horeswood to play this much-awaited game as the girls were eager for a kickaround after the long break for the exams. Rebecca Foley got Clonard off to a great start, putting a point over the bar in the opening minutes.

Horeswood weren't long about responding though with a cracking goal. Two goals in response, one from Sarah Morrissey and the other from Sara Byrne, put Clonard back in the driving seat. Both girls added a point each to this tally before half-time.

Horeswood kept picking off their points and went in only four behind at half-time. The second-half got off to a great start with a goal in the first few seconds from Jessica Hore.

Clonard took off after this with two more goals, one from Sara Byrne and one from Rebecca Foley. Leanne Brennan, Jessica Hore and Sara Byrne also added to the points tally.

Jamie Beary and Sadhbh O'Flaherty had great games up front, laying on many of the scores. Fantastic running from Niamh Walsh, Clodagh Downes and Chloe Bates made sure the ball kept coming forward for Clonard.

Andrea Byrne, Zi O'Neill and Hayley Roche played their part, in the first-half in particular, in the backs. Megan Doyle played out of her socks with fantastic defensive work and in coming forward.

Only for two cracking saves from Jessica Beary the scoreline might not have been so comfortable. It was another great win: Clonard 6-6, Horeswood 2-7. Kim and Collette were well pleased with the girls' performance. However, they stated that a full attendance is needed at training as there are plenty more tough games ahead.

It was another great night for the club on Thursday last as our Under-10s played their very first match away to the Shelmaliers. What a performance they put in. We were a little nervous starting off but by the end of the game all ten girls were full of confidence.

The team was Tara Murphy, Ciara Roche, Kayley Bates, Aimee Kelly, Susie Kelly, Naoise McManus, Emily Kavanagh (1-0), Caoimhe Rochford (10), Hannah Lacey (0-1) and Ciara Shannon (0-3). We were beaten by a point in the end but the girls were thrilled to play their first competitive match. Well done girls, there are plenty more games coming up for you. The girls would like to wish their team-mate Naoise McManus a speedy recovery from a broken wrist.

Our women travelled to Monageer Sunday evening to play a championship match and came away with the points. Jessica was her ever-dependable self in goal. Our backs - Nicole, Collette, Chloe, Niamh W, Cara and Zi - were under a lot of pressure starting off but when they got into their stride they dominated their opponents.

Niamh B and Aoife (1-0) were fantastic in midfield and never stopped running. Our forwards were in great scoring form - Gemma, Shauna (3-7), Rebecca (1-0), Tanya (4-0), Natasha (0-2) and Kirsty (10). Jamie Beary came on in the secondhalf and settled straight in. Kim, Anthony and Olly were delighted with the commitment shown by these 16 players. The final score was Clonard 10-9, Monageer 4-7.

Parents are requested to accompany their daughters to games or make sure that they have a lift to and from games as lately we have been short on cars.

Clonard ladies G.F.C. would like to extend our sympathy to Joe Ryan and his family on the recent loss of his mother.

Well done to our girls attending W.I.T. on passing their recent exams.

Training times are as usual: Tuesday at 8 p.m., Thursday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m. for Under-14, Under-16, Minor and women, with Under-10, Under-12 and Gaelic4Mothers on Fridays at 6-7 p.m.

We would encourage parents to join our Facebook page - Clonard Ladies - for up to date reports, match times, news etc.

A Grab Ur Whistle course will be starting in the coming weeks and we would encourage our older girls 16-plus to attend as this course would be a great asset to have in the future for refereeing under-age games during the summer months.

Outstanding registration needs to be paid A.S.A.P. as from July 1 players not fully paid up will not be allowed to play games.

Hurry now girls for summer camp application forms as they are still available for the 7-14 year-olds, but places are filling up fast for what promises to be a great Cúl Camp in Clonard.

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