The D.M.P. Athletics Club A.G.M. was held on Wednesday in Murrintown Community Centre and the following officers were elected: Chairman, Michael Farrell; Vice-Chairman, John Dunne; Treasurer, John Joe Doyle; Secretary, Pauline Quirke; Child Protection Officer, Eilish Culleton; P.R.O., Deirdre O'Driscoll; Committee members: John Kehoe, Maura Gregg, Kathleen Keane, Paul O'Mahoney, Michael Cullen, John White, John Dunne, Mag Codd.
The Leinster Star Awards were held in the Seven Oaks Hotel in Carlow recently. The throws award for 2014 was given to Marco Pons for his considerable improvements in the discus throughout last year. This is an excellent accomplishment for Marco and we wish him continued success.
There will be another opportunity to register for the coming year on Thursday, January 29, in Murrintown from 7-9 p.m. It is essential that all athletes, young and old, are registered for the 2015 season. You can keep in touch with club news and events via our Facebook and Twitter pages along with being able to message us with any of your queries.
Next Saturday, January 31, we have our club matchplay event in Foley's Bar, Newbawn which is open to all club members for the 2014-2015 season. It's always a great night out with music, spot prizes, cash prizes and of course darts all taking centre stage, so make sure to get your seat early.
Names to be in for 8.30 p.m. please with the draw to follow and first matches at 9 p.m. It's €5 per person or €10 per team.
Last week was week twelve of the season and the ladies' section saw Inez Brennan play Caroline Bradley in the final. They both had a chance to claw back some points from league leader Michelle Bradley who was absent, no doubt still celebrating the Leinster final win from the previous week in Kilkenny as she is a member of the winning Wexford team.
Well done Michelle and also well done to Liz Byrne, another club member who is representing her county with distinction and another member of the victorious Wexford squad.
Back to the darts and this was Inez's second week in a row to contest the final. Indeed, she was the previous week's winner but alas on this occasion she had to give way to Caroline who was in magnificent form as she won out in a closely-fought contest. Well done girls.
The men, not to be outdone in the club by the ladies, have also some winning Leinster players amongst their ranks, notably Colm Noblett, Jack Farragher and David Murphy who were all members of the Wexford side which triumphed in Kilkenny, and again our congratulations to them for their achievements while representing the Model county.
The semi-finals threw up a few surprises as Tom Kent and Jimmy Newport squared up in a quality match in which Tom took an early lead, but Jimmy hit straight back to draw level. A 180 in the third leg from Jimmy saw him take the lead and he held out to make his first final of the season.
The second semi saw league leader Paul Murphy play Peter Waters. The match saw Paul possibly underperform a bit, but take nothing away from Peter who, although quiet of late, turned the clock back a bit to produce a classic 'Waters' match full of good scores and lethal finishing. Paul is almost there in regard to the league title but it's that final step that is always the hardest to take and he still has some work to do.
The final then was a real dinger with each player hitting maximums and 140s were ever-present with the guys as well. Jimmy is of late probably the most improved player in the club and it was great to see him in the final pairing as he is also one of the most popular players in the club as well.
As for Peter, what can we say about this man? He has seen it all and bought the t-shirt and it was tough to cheer for either player as I was rooting for both of them to win. Unfortunately, sport can sometimes be cruel and despite Jimmy hitting the scores and playing to a standard that would win a lot of matches, he had to give way to Peter on a three legs to one scoreline on this occasion.
There is no shame losing to Peter Waters though as many players around the globe will testify to, and Jimmy is now a real contender for finals Saturday.
Once again please come out and support the matchplay on Saturday, January 31, where there will be a warm welcome for you from Kay and Nicky White and the family.
Racing 795 has started the year with a bang. We have hosted two very successful training days in the past couple of weeks.
The first was the watt bike test and training tips held on January 10 and 11 with bike expert Jonathan Gibson. The following Saturday we hosted a run coaching session hosted by James McAssey. Both events were well attended by members and they gained valuable information to help improve their racing.
Our club open night is being held on Saturday, February 7, at 8 p.m. in the River's Edge, Bunclody. so if you are interested in running, swimming or cycling, fancy having a go at triathlon or mountain biking, come along and have a chat with us and hear the inspirational story of our special guest Marie Casey-Breen. Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're coming.
This year our club training duathlon will take place Sunday, March 8, starting at 10 a.m. If you are interested in joining us, please contact us at email@example.com for more information.
The cyclocross boys have been busy. David Furlong and David Conway competed in the national championships in Swords on January 11, and the following weekend Frank Burke joined them for The Muddy Cup race in Cashel. Well done to you all.
Meanwhile in Punchestown on Sunday, we had Nigel and Trish McCord along with Mick Foley competing in their first-ever duathlon. All three did very well on a cold morning with Mick taking the honours in a time of 1.14.
Don't forget TRI 795 takes place on Sunday, May 17, in Carlow and is now open for entries at https://www.triathlonireland-newserver.com/local-races.html
PITCH AND PUTT
The weather has been very kind to the members of St. Patrick's Pitch and Putt Club as their competitions continue into the winter season.
The course at Parnell Avenue, Enniscorthy remains in pristine condition and this is due to the hard work put in over the autumn period by the ground staff under the guidance of head greenkeeper Nigel Baxter and his dedicated team.
Six events have been successfully run off with only one cancellation necessary due to inclement conditions, and the wins have been divided equally between Dylan Hudson, John Tyrrell and Aidan Whelan with two each.
The winter programme will continue every Saturday up to the Captain's drive-in when Aidan O'Brien will strike the first ball of the new season to mark the inaugural event of his captaincy on Sunday, March 1. He will take over the reins from the outgoing Aidan Whelan.
The A.G.M. of the Carlow/Kilkenny/Wexford Regional Board will be held in the clubhouse of Bagenalstown Pitch and Putt Club on this Thursday at 7 30 p.m. This meeting is open to all members of the Pitch and Putt Union of Ireland.
SLANEY OLYMPIC A.C.
Slaney Olympic club member Bobby Redmond organised a 5k run/walk in aid of Temple Street Hospital in Ballymurn on Sunday, raising a substantial amount of money for the charity. First home for the club were 'Farmer' Monaghan and Esther O'Leary. Well done to them and to all the members who took part in this event.
Another weekend, another marathon for Marie Chapman, this time her journey took her to Lilliput, Co. Westmeath.
The Slaney Olympic winter league continued on the track with a 1 x 1,500 on Tuesday and a 4 x 400 relay on Thursday, which was a new experience for most of us.
Many thanks also to Enniscorthy Athletic Club for facilitating us on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. by allowing club members to use the track during their training session. As this is not a club session, all members are requested to sign in and pay €2 per visit.
A warm Slaney welcome to new members Fran Millar, Maurice Donohoe, Clodagh Connolly, Barry Nolan, Jonathan Brady, Mylie Kavanagh, Pat Gahan, Tomás Hyland, Karen Tull, Paddy Tull, Lorcan Doyle, Vincent Byrne, Joe Whelan, Eamon Saunders and Anne Shore.
The Slaney Olympic winter league continues next Tuesday and every Tuesday and Thursday until February 3 at the track. The start time is 7 p.m. each night, open to club members only.
The Enniscorthy 10k will be held on Sunday, February 8, and this year is celebrating its tenth year, so to celebrate it's only €10 to enter with a souvenir hat for the first 500 to enter, so get training everybody. Places are filling up fast so if you would like to secure a hat, get your entry in A.S.A.P.
Training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-8 p.m. at Enniscorthy Sports Hub for club members only, but we are inviting runners who intend joining Slaney Olympic to come along and run on the track and enjoy the experience before joining up. Anyone interested in joining the club, please contact Mag Dunphy on 087-6366905.
A good turn-out out from S.B.R. attended the 5k run in Ballymurn for a great cause, Temple Street Children's Hospital, hosted by Bobby Redmond of S.O. Well done to all.
A new training session for ladies continues every Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Ferns G.A.A. grounds under the watchful eye of Paul Gibbons. It's suitable for all abilities so please come along, all are welcome.
Training on the Enniscorthy track also continues every Monday for Juveniles between 6-7 p.m. and adults from 7-8 p.m. It's a great facility for winter training, safe and floodlit. You can just run laps around the track yourself or take part in some speed work.
A group also meet at the square in Ferns every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. to do a few miles, and if anyone would like to join us you would be most welcome.
If anyone is thinking of joining S.B.R. and would like more information, please contact our Secretary Louise Kehoe on 086-8276661 or P.R.O. Marie Cullen on 087-2776785.
Adamstown Athletic Club celebrated its 60th anniversary at an awards ceremony held in Adamstown Community Centre. Athletes old and young joined together to take a look back at the achievements of the club during 2014 and for the years before.
Some of the club's founding member athletes from 1955 joined the present batch of athletes and invited guests which included landowners and workers who have supported the club, coaches and officials from other clubs and home-grown stars who joined in to present the athlete awards.
Adamstown's own Vinny Bradley, whose father, Seamus, is one of the stalwart members of the present committee and has been involved with the club for most of its existence, presented a number of awards.
He was joined by former club athlete of the year from 2007, Shane O'Gorman, who went on to captain the Wexford Under-21 hurling team, having won numerous county championships with Adamstown A.C. as well as Leinster golds, silvers and bronzes plus All-Ireland medals in the indoor 60m when he was Under-14 and Under-15.
Shane was joined by his Adamstown team-mate on the Wexford Under-21 panel, Tony French, who also presented some of the many awards.
Following a number of presentations, the Adamstown A.C. athlete of the year award was presented to Ryan Carthy-Walsh for the second year running. Ryan is current national triple jump champion at Under-16 and Irish Schools champion at the Junior high jump.
He also got his first international vest in 2014 when he competed in the Celtic Games and overcame Welsh and Scottish opposition to take silver for Ireland. Ryan was presented with the Jim McGee Memorial Cup.
Ryan's great-grandfather, Sonny Walsh, was a founding member of the club, with the aforementioned Jim McGee, back in 1955. His great-uncle, Tom Walsh, was the first athlete to compete for the club and was also in attendance, along with his grandfather, Nick, an outstanding cross-country athlete back in the early 1960s.
The clubperson of the year Award went to Clodagh Walsh in recognition of her dedication to the club and her outstanding personal improvements during the year, resulting in a gold at All-Ireland 'B' level in the Under-16 high jump and selection on the Leinster Performance Squad.
Both Ryan Carthy-Walsh and Joe Mooney received mementos of their first international vests, which they both received during the year.
Eleven awards were presented for outstanding achievement, earned by athletes who qualified and competed as individuals at national championships.
These went to Ben Wall, Robert Wall, Rachel Power, Kate Jackman, Christopher Mahon, Luke Byrne, Sonia Mooney, Marguerite Furlong, Triona Mooney, Ryan Carthy-Walsh and Joe Mooney.
Shane O'Gorman presented awards to athletes who had medalled in the 'B' All-Ireland championships, and these went to Annalise Crean, Eadaoinn Stafford and Zara Power.
The final awards were presented by Tony French to the Under-8 boys' winter league team of Ross English, Jack O'Shea, Watt Creane and Stephen Power.
Sets of cinema tickets were awarded to Junior athletes Isobel English, Caragh McDonald, Gráinne English and Clodagh Creane.
The evening finished with the cutting of the 60th birthday cake before refreshments were served and all present, which included a big turn-out from the wider athletics community in Wexford, had plenty of time to reflect on the history of the club and the many achievements of the present set of athletes who will bring the club forward into the next 60 years.