Seven swimmers from the Slaney Sharks club travelled to the National Aquatic Centre to compete in the N.A.C. Charity Gala and Mini Minnows Gala, in aid of the Ronald McDonald House at Crumlin Children's Hospital.
Taking part in the Mini Minnows Gala were Lauren Jordan, Derry Mahon and Riona Mahon. The three Sharks put in fine performances, making their competitive debut at the National Aquatic Centre.
Derry Mahon, aged eleven, had two outstanding podium finishes, taking the bronze medal in the boys' eleven and over 25m breaststroke in 26.10. He also took bronze in the boys' eleven and under 25m freestyle in 19.82. Derry also put in a strong performance in the boys' eleven and over 25m butterfly in 32.06.
Lauren Jordan, aged seven, also swam her way to winning a bronze medal in the girls' eight and under 25m butterfly in a new personal best time of 35.31 (-0.73). Lauren swam personal best times in each of her swims, namely the girls' eight and under 25m backstroke, 34.01 (-0.02); the girls' eight and under breaststroke, 32.01 (-1.68), and the girls' eight and under freestyle, 26.23 (-3.96).
Riona Mahon, aged nine, put in four strong performances in her four races, namely the girls' nine-ten 25m backstroke, 25.69; the girls' nine-ten breaststroke, 33.01; the girls' nine-ten 25m butterfly, 29.17, and the girls' 25m freestyle, 23.17, finishing off a fantastic afternoon's swimming for the Sharks.
In the N.A.C. Charity Gala, Cliona Byrne, aged nine, achieved three new personal best times. In the girls' ten and under 50m freestyle, she took a significant 5.87 seconds off her previous record to achieve a time of 47.19 seconds. She achieved a time of 57.07 in the girls' ten and under 50m butterfly (-4.77) and 57.59 in the girls' ten and under 50m breaststroke (-6.19). Harry S. Nolan, aged ten, swam his way to a new personal best time in the boys' 12 and under 100m backstroke, 2.01.81, an improvement of 3.62 seconds. Harry also put in a strong performance in the boys' 12 and under 100m breaststroke, 2.20.40, in which he made his competitive debut.
Sophie Gilliot, aged twelve, put in a very strong performance in the girls' 50m freestyle, She achieved a new personal best time of 35.21, an improvement of 2.30 seconds. Sophie then made her competitive debut swimming the girls' 200m individual medley, finishing strongly in a time of 3.28.76.
Alexi Gillot, aged ten, joined her team-mates achieving personal bests, with a new record in the girls' ten and under 50m freestyle. Alexi achieved a time of 43.59, a significant improvement of 2.20 seconds.
Pat Foley finished off the last leg of the I.M.R.A. winter league in style on Saturday morning by securing a fantastic third position on Maulin. The 7.5 km. course had a 538-metre climb.
Pat ran a solid race from start to finish, putting in his strongest performance to date on the mountains. Pat finished fourth overall in the winter league.
Croghan was well represented at the Ballycotton 10 mile last Sunday. Twelve athletes from the club lined up for this historic race and they all did the club proud with fantastic running and great times recorded: Andrew Dowse, 1.05.23; Brian Maher, 1.05.34; Derek Malone, 1.05.36; Mark McGrath, 1.06.31; Liam O'Donovan, 1.10.40; Emily McGrath, 1.11.17; Mary Kennedy, 1.19.18; Nicky Boland, 1.17.51; Joe Berney, 1.17.54; Kellie O'Shea, 1.41.38; Keith O'Shea, 1.41.38.
The second leg of the C.M.C. (Craanford, Macamores, Croghan) league for Juveniles is on next Friday (March 13) at 6 p.m. at Enniscorthy track. We received great feedback from the first leg so again this promises to be a fun event for all the children and we encourage everyone to participate.
It was a little quiet on the racing front lasts weekend, but the club had two members taking part in the the first Johnstown parkrun in Wexford on Saturday in windy conditions.
Mary Doyle was the first lady home in the 5k run in a time of 21.10. John Murphy also represented the club and crossed the line in a time of 19.05, seeing him home in sixth place overall.
This 5k event is new to Wexford and will be run in Johnstown Castle every Saturday at 9.30 a.m. It is free, so all you need to do is register with parkrun, bring your barcode and run.
It's great to see something like this coming to Wexford and the first week got off to a flying start.
Further afield in Ballycotton, four members competed in the Ballycotton 10 mile on Sunday. First home for the club was Noel Kennedy in a time of 57.52 and in 59th place overall in a field of over 2,700 competitors. In next was Patrick Curley in 1.04. Jimmy Doyle crossed the line in 1.07, followed by Pat O'Neill in a time of 1.10.
Training continues on Monday at the track in Enniscorthy between 6-7 p.m. for Juveniles and 7-8 p.m. for adults. You can run laps of the track at your own pace or join in some group speed work, suitable for all abilities. All members are welcome.
Ladies' training also continues on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Ferns G.A.A. grounds under lights with Paul Gibbons. Again it's suitable for all abilities and all are welcome so please come along and try it out.
If anybody is interested in joining S.B.R. and would like further information, please contact our Secretary, Louise Kehoe, on 086-8276661 or P.R.O. Marie Cullen on 087-2776785.
PITCH AND PUTT
Parnell Avenue, Enniscorthy was the place to be ont Sunday when the incoming Captain of St. Patrick's Pitch and Putt Club, Aidan O'Brien, struck the first ball of the new season in a ceremonial drive-in to mark the commencement of the 2015 competitive year.
There was a great turn-out of members to wish him all the best in his term of office and to compete in the first event of the season which followed. The weather proved kind and some good scores were posted.
When all cards were in, Kevin Doyle emerged victorious with a nett 40 following a great eight under par score of 46, playing off a handicap of six, to record his first win for a while and give him a wonderful start to 2015.
The runner-up spot went to a countback and by virtue of a good back nine, John Tyrrell got the better of Mick Molloy in third, with both players having tied on nett 41. The gross prize went to Paul Tobin with a matchless 12 under par score of 42 for a two-shot victory over Martin O'Neill on ten under, with both scratch men putting on an exhibition of pitch and putt.
Best Intermediate nett prize went to Gavin Kenny on 42, with Rúairí Fortune picking up the Junior nett award on the same score and the Juvenile prize going to Dylan Hudson.
Next week sees the club staging its annual Scratch Cup in memory of the late, great clubman Tommy Foley, and with the course due to host the Leinster Strokeplay finals in May, a good attendance from many parts of the country and especially Leinster is expected.
With many of the home club's players in fine form at present, it is hoped that the St. Pat's players will figure prominently at prize-giving time on Sunday evening.
SLANEY OLYMPIC A.C.
All roads led to Ballycotton for the 38th Ballycotton 10 mile road race. Conditions were almost perfect, as the temperatures were about eight degrees, with a gentle breeze, blue skies and sunshine.
Twenty members took part with Vice-Chairman Fergus Murphy leading the way, finishing in 1.00.25 in 100th place and earning himself the must-have top 100 finisher t-shirt. Well done Fergus on a great achievement which was well deserved.
First lady home for the club was Karen Murphy in 1.18.10. Well done to everyone with lots of fantastic times recorded and PBs.
Full club results (chip times): Fergus Murphy, 1.00.25; Brian Maher, 1.00.56; Bobby Redmond, 1.01.22; 'Pudgie' Hyland, 1.02.16; Conor Hyland, 1.02.24; John Foley, 1.03.09; Richard Murphy, 1.10.38; Tom O'Shea, 1.12.17; Paul Murphy, 1.13.32; Karen Murphy, 1.18.10; Mick Jordan, 1.19.05; Darren Shiggins, 1.20.07; Martina O'Sullivan, 1.22.11; Esther O'Leary, 1.25.01; Michelle Doyle, 1.25.51; Mag Dunphy, 1.26.20; Annis Kehoe, 1.30.13; Bernie Millar, 1.36.00; Emma Doran, 1.37.40; Lynda Murphy, 1.56.47. Full results are available on www.precisiontiming.net
Marie Chapman was running again lasts weekend, in not one or two but three marathons no less. Ballina A.C. in Mayo organised this special event which began Saturday morning with her first marathon beginning at 7 a.m.
Marie followed this up by running another marathon on Saturday starting at 3 p.m., and she rounded off her weekend by running another on Sunday. Also taking part from the club were Ger Dempsey and Margaret Sludds who entered the 33-mile ultra trail marathon. All this was in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation. Well done and great running.
The first-ever Wexford parkrun was held on Saturday in Johnstown Castle. These are a timed five km. run through the park. Its a free event and suitable for all runners, so to enter just log on to www.parkrun.ie/johnstown and register your name.
Taking part from the club were David Kehoe, Declan Ivers, Brendan Dillon, John Roban, Clodagh Connolly and Deirdre Bowers-Kavanagh. Well done everyone.
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.
The Gorey J2 team completed their league fixtures at Carlow on Sunday. Both teams were out of contention in the league and had nothing other than pride to play for.
Gorey set out their stall early after veteran Jason Emery put Shane O'Leary through for the first try for Clinton Furney to convert.
Gorey kept the pressure on but found Carlow hard to break down, and it took until the 25th minute for Ken Rothwell to score try number two. Once again, Furney converted to take the score to 14 -0, and that was how it stayed until half-time.
The second-half saw Gorey go on a bit of try-scoring spree with Ian Horan rounding off a fine move with the backs and forwards showing good handling skills.
The ever-elusive Jack Cleary was next in on the act as he finished another cracking Gorey move.
Try number five saw Clinton Furney put through the gap and he raced from the halfway line to score under the posts.
The last try went to man of the match Eoin Walsh who crashed over after again some great inter-passing between the backs. This was the only conversion for Clinton Furney to miss and left the final score at 40-7, with a late try awarded to Carlow after good work by their pack.
Best for Gorey, in a great team performance, were Kenneth Rothwell, Jason Emery and Jonathan Reynolds in the pack, with Shane Rafferty, Clinton Furney and man of the match Eoin Walsh the pick of the backs.
Team: T. Tomkins, A. Kelly, N. Rothwell, C. Hennessy, J. Reynolds, C. French, K. Rothwell, E. Horan, Jerome, C. Furney, S. Rafferty, J. Cleary, E. Walsh, C. Power, S. O'Leary, J. Emery, I. Horan, C. Butler, J. Freeney, N. Cousin.
On a blustery damp Saturday afternoon, Gorey Under-18 girls took on New Ross in Clonattin.
New Ross decided to play against the wind in the first-half. Gorey got down to business straight away, attacking the kick-off and putting New Ross under pressure in their own half. This pressure led to a knock-on which gave Gorey a scrum six metres out from the Ross line.
Gorey's scrum held rock steady while Daisy Earle picked from number 8 and sprinted over under the posts for a five-pointer. Jessica Foote added the two points to give Gorey an excellent start.
Soon after the re-start Gorey got down to business again with a great display of running and attacking rugby. Niamh Doran crossed the line but was held up. The following scrum (which now was being dominated by Gorey) gave Coimhe Molloy the opportunity to crash over under the posts with several of the forwards pushing her through the melee. The conversion was narrowly missed as the gusty wind now was carrying rain.
New Ross found it difficult to control the ball in the high wind given the pressure Gorey were exerting. Soon Gorey were in a good position again to strike at the line and they did so.
This time it was Orla MacNeil who did the honours and Jessica made no mistake, bringing the score to 19-0 at half-time.
It was now time for Gorey to play against the now gales blowing. With a great defensive display, Gorey worked hard to fight their way up the field and keep their line intact with some great rugby from both sides in atrocious conditions.
Gorey girls gave one more display of running rugby with Jess running 60 metres to get the last score. Gorey play Portarlington in the next round.
This Wednesday, March 11, Wexford County Horseshoes Board will hold a meeting in Ferns. The main item on the agenda will be transfers.
Anyone seeking a transfer must be present or their application will be rejected.
McCrea's have the honour of running the first tournament of the year.
This will take place on Saturday, March 14, at 3 p.m. It will be an open doubles tournament.
Congratulations to Maura O'Brien on winning €50 in week one of Monart's golden goal competition. Thanks to all who supported it, and better luck next week.
Also we'd like to offer our congratulations to James O'Toole of Ballymurn for winning this week's golden goal competition.