UNITED STRIDERS A.C.
The highlight of a fantastic Wexford Athletics awards night for United Striders was the presentation of the Jim Redmond Cup in recognition of our performances in cross-country throughout 2014.
This was particularly pleasing as it encompasses Juveniles and Seniors, boys, girls, men, women, all age groups. In a sport that often has an individual focus, winning a club award is quite special. Well done to all who competed over cross-country in 2014 and made a contribution.
There was a big Striders representation supporting St. Patrick's Special School, Enniscorthy, on a very wet five km. run. Lots of personal best times were recorded, with Sharon Kehoe the second lady, Linda Rogers third lady, Paul Doran third man home, and Aedan Rogers first Juvenile. Well done to all who supported a great cause, with a club connection.
After Darragh Flannelly's All-Ireland medal-winning performance last month, the Striders were back in action in Galway. Justin, Ciarán and Donnacha McCarthy all participated in the Galway City Park Run. Well done guys. It was nice to see the Striders colours on show in Galway again.
See www.unitedstriders.com or United Striders on Facebook for more details.
Well, that's another season over for the Newbawn Darts Club and we finished it off in style on Saturday in Foley's Bar as we had our play-offs to find the winners of the N.D.C. for 2015.
One of the biggest attendances ever seen for the play-off finals turned out to cheer on their favourite players and to support the club, and we really appreciate the effort made by everyone to make it a day to remember for both players and spectators alike.
The ladies' final saw Michelle Bradley play Caroline Bradley. These two have met a few times this year in finals and there hasn't been much between them on most occasions. This time however Michelle was to triumph and she finished off a great year in style. Well done Michelle.
The 'B' final was between Johnny Delaney and John Sinnott Jnr. and what a game we had here. It went all the way to the fifth and deciding leg as they stood at two legs each.
Johnny had the bit between his teeth in the final leg and he held off a spirited comeback from John to take his second N.D.C. win of the season to add to his matchplay win from a few weeks back.
The main event final saw Jack Farragher play Alan Bennett in a truly great game, and the watching crowd were lapping it up. Once again we went to the deciding leg as the match stood at three legs each and large scores and clinical finishing were the order of the day from both players.
The players must have been nervous as they battled for the €400 first prize on offer, but if they were it didn't show as they hit each other with their best shots. However, we had to have a winner and Jack was to be that man by a score of four legs to three.
Alan gave it a great go but there is no shame in losing to Jack as he really was on song and he made good on his promise from earlier in the year to win this title. Hard luck Alan and well done to Jack. Enjoy your reign as there will be a lot of players out to try to claim your title next year.
Our most improved player of the year award went to Tommy Elmes and he has really stepped up his game this year and is now a threat to anyone on any given day. He was a popular choice with the watching crowd.
Finally, a huge thanks to Nicky and Kay White from Foley's Bar for everything they have done for the club and also thanks to the following people for their help as well this year: Caroline Bradley, Liz Byrne and Kathy Delaney. Take a bow girls and thanks a million.
So that's it and we hope to see you all again next season in Foley's Bar, Newbawn when we will do it all once more.
ST. JOSEPH'S A.C.
It was another hectic period for St. Joseph's athletes with All-Ireland cross-country relays, Leinster indoor championships, a mountain half-marathon and a duathlon.
Marie Claire O'Dwyer represented the club with distinction on the girls' county Under-12 cross-country relay team which competed in the national championships in Rostrevor, Co. Down. The team of Marie Claire, Fiona Dillon (Thomastown), Saoirse Allen (St. Senan's) and Áine Kirwan (Thomastown) finished third and took home All-Ireland bronze medals.
The first weekend in March each year means a mass exodus to Athlone for the Leinster indoor championships. An amazing 30 Juvenile club athletes headed to the midlands, with many competing on both Saturday and Sunday. The commitment and dedication of parents and coaches must be acknowledged with many families spending the weekend in Athlone. The best club performance of the weekend was undoubtedly from Sophie Becker who won the final of the Under-19 200m and 400m. A number of athletes, Sophie Mullally, Cathal Beirne, Mia Griffin, Paul Manning, Sarah Lawlor, Aine Ryan, Clara Kennedy and Aoife Dowling, had great performances in reaching the finals of their respective events.
Sarah Lawlor was particularly unlucky, qualifying for three finals and finishing fourth twice. Sophie Mullally and Cathal Beirne showed great versatility in qualifying for finals in both the 60m sprint and 600m.
In the field events, Kelsey Kehoe was fifth in the shot putt final with a new personal best of 8.02m, with Evan O'Toole also fifth in the long jump.
Also representing the club with distinction over the weekend in Athlone were Aoife Byrne, Danielle Griffin, Ciara Mullally, Tomás Mullally, Áine McDonald, Alice O'Connor, Jack Ryan, Alex Hughes, Danny Glennon, Danny Dowling, Naoimh O'Connor, Marie Claire O'Dwyer, Eoin Kennedy, Paul Murphy, Chloe Mullally, Darragh McDonald and Linda Lawlor.
Three intrepid club athletes took on the serious challenge of the Wicklow mountains half-marathon with Tom McDonald finishing in 1.58 followed by Anita Barry (2.01) and Chris McNamara (2.14).
The Kilkenny duathlon consisting of a five km. run, 20 km. cycle and three km. run saw a huge club contingent taking part. Michael Ryan, with a superb performance, led the club team home followed by Tom McDonald, Michael Power, Verena Fenlon, Anita Barry, Basil Glennon and Mossie Connell, with Verena being the fourth lady to finish.
The following are the results for week five of the Smithwicks Wexford town darts league - Division 1 men: Pike 'A' 6, Vinnie's Enniscorthy 1; Wicked Swan 4, Browne's 'A' 3. Division 2 men: Browne's 'B' 3, Kelly's 'A' 4; Jordan's 'A' 5, Foggy Dew 2; Mocking Monks 5, Culleton's 'A' 2.
Division 3 men: Bailey's 7, Kelly's 'B' 0.
Division 4 men: Pike 'C' 4, Bailey's 'A' 3; Culleton's 'B' 5, Mocking Monk 'B' 2.
Division 5 men: John Barry's 3, Wicked Swan 'B' 4; T Morris 2, Mooney's 'A' 5.
Division 1 ladies: Mocking Monk 2, Pike 'A' 3; Culleton's 'A' 5, Vinnie's Enniscorthy 0.
Division 2 ladies: John Barry's 0, Sailing Cot 5; Browne's Babes 1, Wicked Swan 4.
Racing last week took place in Clonard, Co. Meath on Saturday where once again Seamus Sinnott was the star of the show from a Wexford Wheelers point of view as he finished a fine second in the Rás Naomh Finian afier being in the front two all through.
Then on Sunday we were well represented at the Newbridge G.P. when the following riders took part: James and Francis Maddock, Alan Lawlor, Frank Doyle, Dave and Nigel Allen, Luke and Andrew Maguire, Shane Kelly, Seamus Sinnott, Marcus Harrington, Martin Gill and Tony Harpur.
Tony fared best of the Wheelers with fifth place in the A2 section of the race.
A couple of our riders were involved in crashes near the end of their races but none of them suffered serious injury.
All of our other riders finished in the bunch in their respective races.
The racing next week takes place in Slane when the riders will be competing in the Boyne G.P.
Tours continue every Sunday morning from the Bullring, Wexford, with all levels catered for. In addition, Roy Doyle takes a tour from The Maldron every Saturday at 10 a.m., and also on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from the Maldron weather permitting.
The K.R.H. Top Community Group Charity cycle postponed from February 22 has been re-arranged for Sunday, March 15, from Kilrane National School over distances from 30 km. to 100 km., so there will be something to suit all levels.
The starting time is 10 a.m. with registration starting at 9.30 a.m.
Days three and four of the Leinster Juvenile Indoor Championships took place over the weekend in Athlone's iInternational arena.
On Saturday there was great excitement when D.M.P's Eimear Doherty claimed the Under-19 high jump title after she cleared 1.50m. This is Eimear's final under-age Leinster indoor competition and it was fitting to finish on top of the podium.
Kathlyn Furlong was due to compete in the shot putt but had to withdraw due to injury. We wish Kate a speedy recovery.
Park 100 Fire & Security once again sponsored the winter mixed doubles league in Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club. The league, as popular as ever, saw almost one hundred entrants battle it out over the past five weeks to take part in the finals night which took place in the club on Saturday.
Spectators were treated to some quality tennis from the mixed 'A' finalists, Bjorn Jenkins and Rita Codd, who proved to be too strong for Andrew Roche and Nuala Walsh, taking the title in two sets with a score of 6-2, 6-3. Bjorn and Rita were undefeated throughout the competition.
In the 'B' section, Seán O'Donohoe and Rachel Roche had an excellent tournament. Despite tough competition from Frank Hyland and Catherine Haugh in the first set, they stormed through the second set to take the mixed 'B' title with a score of 6-4, 6-2.
New member Denis Jones teamed up with Colette Blake to take the 'C' title after a tough battle against Brian O'Keeffe and Valerie Foley, dropping the first set 6-3 but winning the next two 6-4, 6-0.
Nicky Rossiter, tennis Vice-Captain, presented the prizes with Richard Cotter from the sponsors.
The next competition will be the Austin Channing singles league, starting in April. Anyone interested in joining to take part should contact the club on 05391-20999.