Friday 20 September 2019

Club Call

Captain's drive in at, Saint Patrick's Pitch and Putt Club; Gavin Kenny and Paul Tobin.
Captain's drive in at, Saint Patrick's Pitch and Putt Club; Gavin Kenny and Paul Tobin.
Stephen Gardiner
Charity darts exhibition with, Wayne Mardle in the Amber Springs hotel in support of, Friends of Gorey District Hospital; pictured with, Peter Coone and Shane Kavanagh.

S.B.R. A.C.

Three members were in action on Saturday in the 10k hosted by St. Laurence O'Toole A.C., Carlow. First home for the club was Elisa Leacy in a time of 48.29, followed by Pat Crean in 49.12 and Lisa Murphy crossed the line in a time of 49.47.

Also in action on Saturday was John Murphy who took part in the second 5k Parkrun in Johnstown Castle, Wexford in perfect running conditions. John ran the 5k course in a time of 18.44 which earned him third place overall.

S.B.R. was well represented on Sunday in the Hollyfort, Gorey 10k which was held mostly over Mount Nebo, a hilly trail terrain, more a mountain race than a road race. A fantastic run by Claire Gibbons saw her claim first place on the winning podium as the first lady home.

The S.B.R. men didn't want to be left out of the winners' enclosure with Myles Gibbons crossing the line to take second place. Paul Gibbons followed in third and Bernard Fortune was in fourth place. Orla Fogarty and Tina Morris, our two new club members, also competed and ran very well.

Belinda Kehoe was in action on Sunday at the Rosslare 5k and took the honours of being second lady home.

Dena Hogan competed in the Athy duathlon on Sunday and was first lady home, and in tenth place overall, in a finishing field of 169.


Twenty-three Slaney Sharks took part in the fourth round of the round robin gala, and each competitor earned valuable points for their club. Hosted by New Ross Swimming Club, the swimmers showed off their hard work at training with 22 podium finishes.

Jack Roban, aged 16, had a phenomenal morning's swimming with a hat-trick of first place finishes. In the boys' 50m butterfly, Jack took first place in a time of 39.57 seconds, an incredible improvement of 28.15 seconds on his previous record.

It was first place again in the boys' 50m backstroke, again in a personal best time of 45.03 seconds (-14.08), and first place in the boys' 100m butterfly in a time of 1.33.56. Jack also achieved a personal best time in the boys' 100m backstroke of 1.44.81 (-27.06).

Nessa Doyle, aged 13, took first place in both the girls' 50m backstroke, 49.41 and the girls' 50m freestyle, 42.52, putting in a very strong performance on her competitive debut.

Lauren Jordan, aged seven, took an impressive podium finish in each of her swims. She won first place in the girls' eight and under 25m breaststroke in 32.75. Lauren then had three second place finishes, namely in the 25m butterfly, 33.66 (-1.65); the 25m backstroke, 35.02, and the 25m freestyle, 25.22 (-1.01).

Leah Nolan, aged ten, took first place in the girls' 50m breaststroke and achieved a wonderful new personal best time of 56.17 (-4.21). Leah then took third place in the girls' 100m breaststroke in 2.06.63, a significant improvement of 11.33 seconds.

Jenna Kirwan, aged eight, joined her team-mates on the podium and took first place in the girls' eight and under 25m butterfly in 31.44 (-3.90), a wonderful new personal best time. Jenna also achieved a personal best in the girls' 50m backstroke of 1.02.47 (-1.17).

Seán Bookey, aged 15, put in a very strong performance in the boys' 100m backstroke, taking first place in a time of 1.18.73.

Denis Davidov, aged 13, took second place in the boys' 100m breaststroke in 1.58.00 (-5.24), an excellent performance. Denis then took third place in the boys' 50m breaststroke in 52.75 (-0.53), another strong swim. He also achieved a new personal best in the boys' 50m butterfly of 50.36 (-3.97).

Abi Cullen, aged nine, shone in the girls' 50m breaststroke, taking second place in a new personal best time of 59.82 (-1.30). Abi achieved a personal best time in each of her swims: the girls' 50m butterfly, 54.44 (-4.26), the girls' 100m backstroke, 1.49.47 (-5.20), and the girls' 100m breaststroke, 2.07.22 (-1.90).

Rachel Earle, aged eleven, put in a great performance and took second place in the girls' 50m backstroke in 51.69, an incredible personal best time and improvement of 5.89 seconds. Rachel also swam her way to a new personal best in the girls' 50m breaststroke in 1.01.75 (-2.61).

Danny Kehoe, aged 14, continued the Sharks' winning streak, taking two third place finishes in the boys' 50m butterfly, in 43.72, and the boys' 100m butterfly, in 1.50.67. Danny continued a strong morning's swimming, achieving personal bests in the boys' 50m backstroke, 47.87 (-3.21), and the boys' 100m backstroke, 1.44.41, a significant improvement of 11.43 seconds.

Sarah Byrne, aged 13, took third place in both her swims. In the girls' 50m butterfly, she achieved a new personal best time of 48.94 (-3.50). Another personal best and podium finish followed for Sarah in the girls' 100m butterfly, 1.51.22 (-3.06), to crown a great morning's swimming.

Hannah Fitzpatrick, aged ten, took third place in the girls' 100m freestyle in an excellent new personal best time of 1.45.47 (-0.97). Another personal best followed in the girls' 50m backstroke, 56.34 (-1.12).

The following swimmers achieved personal best times in their swims -

Hannah Freeman, aged eleven: the girls' 100m backstroke, 2.00.00 (-0.77), the girls' 50m breaststroke, 1.08.72 (-6.20), and the girls' 100m freestyle, 1.51.40 (-3.44).

Kevin Deering, aged 14: the boys' 100m breaststroke, 2.11.04 (-4.39), and the boys' 50m freestyle, 46.93 (-4.60).

Ava Byrne, aged eight: the girls' 50m butterfly, 1.04.49 (-3.14), and the girls' 50m breaststroke, 1.05.25 (-3.63).

Rachel Bowe, aged nine: the girls' 50m breaststroke, 1.09.90 (-1.87), and the girls' 50m freestyle, 54.14 (-4.17).

Alexi Gillot, aged ten: the girls' 50m butterfly, 1.00.60 (-1.53), and the girls' 50m breaststroke, 1.06.06 (-0.87).

Claire Whelan, aged nine: the girls' 50m breaststroke, 1.08.68 (-8.27).

Rachel Murphy, aged nine: the girls' 50m butterfly, 1.07.86 (-7.21).

Nessa Nic Corcráin, aged eleven: the girls' 50m breaststroke, 1.04.55 (-2.04).

Marco-Byrne Rodriguez, aged ten: the boys' 50m butterfly, (-0.29).

Also representing their club were Fionn Murphy, aged twelve, and Harry S. Nolan, aged ten, competing in four swims each.

The Slaney Sharks would like to thank New Ross Swimming Club for hosting the gala and their coach, Liam Murphy, for all his hard work in training.


Bernie Millar took part in the Narraghmore duathlon hosted by Athy Tri Club and was placed first in her age category in a time of 1.22:16. The duathlon consisted of a 5k run, 20k cycle and a 5k run. Well done Bernie on a fantastic result, and very well deserved.

Week two of the Johnstown Castle Parkruns was held on Saturday with Slaney Olympic's David Kehoe first home in 18.10. Also representing the club were Joe and Kay O'Regan, Clodagh Connolly, Tommy Colfer, Donie Colfer, Wally McKenna, Brendan Dillon and Lynda Murphy. Well done everyone.

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Don't forget the county Novice road race is next Sunday hosted by S.B.R. in Ferns and consists of 3k for ladies and 6k for men. The ladies' race starts at 12 noon, followed by the men's race. Go Slaney Go!

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.


Gorey Under-12s had the privilege of Stephen Gardiner attending and coaching in some recent training sessions.

Stephen, who plays with Lansdowne, and is an Irish international player, had some great drills and advice for the lads which he delivered in the good-humoured way that he is well known and respected for.

Stephen came up through the Gorey minis set-up himself. The lads were thrilled to have him involved and look forward to him paying future visits.


McCrea's horseshoe club ran an open doubles tournament on Sunday, the first event on the calendar for the year.

Michael Redmond (Woodsmen) and Bob Whitmore (Castletown) beat Tom Connors (Woodsmen) and Jim Lennon (McCrea's) 21-17 in the final.

McCrea's horseshoe team would like to thank McCrea's pub for their hospitality.

There was a County Board meeting on Thursday, and the following transfers took place: Pa O'Brien, Monageer to Monart; Mick Connors, Doran's Bridge to Monart; Wally Dempsey, Monageer to Monart; Jim Sludds Jnr., Monageer to Monart.

John McKeown who was not present due to personal reasons will be transferred from Doran's Bridge to Vinegar Hill.

For any queries relating to transfers, contact the county Chairman, Brendan Earle.

The winner of the Monart 'Golden Goal' last week was Maura Walsh, not Maura O'Brien from Glenbrien. Sorry but congratulations all the same to the real winner!

Wexford People