The Slaney Sharks swimming club travelled to Donaghmede to take part in the Cormorant Age Group Gala. Set over two days, this gala showed the Sharks' endurance and strength.
The high calibre of the club was evident; every Slaney Sharks swimmer had a podium finish, and Jack Nolan-Whitney took first place in every swim he competed in.
On day one, Abi Cullen, aged nine, won an outstanding two gGold medals and one silver. It was first place for Abi in the girls' nine and under 200m backstroke in 3.52.80, and first place in the 200m freestyle, in which she also swam a new personal best time of 3.24.10 (-3.68). Abi then went on to take silver in the 200m breaststroke in a time of 4.22.75, a significant improvement of 8.90 seconds.
Jack Nolan-Whitney, aged 13, put in a stunning performance to win gold in the boys' 200m butterfly. Jack smashed his previous record by 16.16 seconds, an astonishing feat, to finish in a time of 2.35.36. Jack then took gold in the boys' 200m freestyle, again in a new personal best time of 2.15.88 (-1.24).
Seán Bookey, aged 15, took a well-deserved gold in the boys' 15 and over 200m butterfly and swam his way to an incredible new personal best time of 2.37.00 (-9.87). Seán then took bronze in the 200m backstroke in 2.46.10, and bronze in the 200m freestyle in 2.27.99.
Jack Roban, aged 16, proved what a strong competitor he is, taking gold in the boys' 15 and over 200m breaststroke in 3.26.86. Jack also swam the 200m freestyle in a new personal best time of 2.34.86 (-2.88).
Claire Whelan, aged nine, had an incredible first day's swimming, taking silver in both her swims. Claire took silver in the girls' nine and under 200m backstroke in 4.28.49, and silver in the 200m freestyle in 4.14.41.
On day two, Jack Nolan-Whitney was unstoppable again, taking gold in every swim and showing his dedication to his training by also achieving a personal best in every swim he won. It was gold in the boys aged 13 50m butterfly in 30.13 (-0.37); gold in the 100m freestyle in 1.01.61 (-0.89), and gold in the 200m individual medley in 2.35.38 (-5.53).
Abi Cullen swam her way to success again, taking gold in the girls' nine and under 200m individual medley in 3.58.94. Abi then took silver in the backstroke in 1.53.55, giving her five podium finishes in two days. Abi also swam a new personal best time in the 100m freestyle of 1.33.57 (-3.68).
Holly Furlong, aged ten, had a superb day, claiming gold in the girls aged 10 50m butterfly in 43.60. Holly then went on to win the bronze medal in the 100m freestyle in 1.25.96, an excellent day's swimming.
Sarah Byrne, aged 13, joined her team-mates on the podium with very strong performances. Sarah took silver in the girls aged 13 50m butterfly in 49.26. Sarah then took bronze in the girls' 100m backstroke in 1.40.42 (-1.78), a new personal best. Sarah also achieved a personal best in the girls' 100m freestyle of 1.25.25 (-5.50).
Claire Whelan, aged nine, shone again on her second day, taking bronze in the girls' nine and under 100m backstroke in 2.13.98 (-0.46), a new record for Claire.
She also achieved a new personal best time in the 50m butterfly of 1.03.09 (-2.81).
With 21 podium finishes for the seven Slaney Sharks swimmers, the team would like to thank coach Liam Murphy for all his hard work.
Well done to all the Croghan athletes who put in great performances in the Novice road race in Ferns on Sunday. The sun was shining as the ladies lined up for the 3k route.
Mary Kennedy led the Croghan ladies home to finish in a fantastic seventh position. There was a great duel behind where Ciara Jones and Majella Boland battled it out to cross the finish line within a second of each other.
Fiona Byrne put in her strongest performance to date on the road, knocking over a minute off her time for the distance last year. Jane Merrigan and Máire de Prionnbhíol recorded fantastic times in their first-ever Novice road race. It's great to see all the hard work in training paying off.
Next up were the men to tackle the 6k race. Derek Malone put in a huge performance to finish in seventh position (his best-ever finish in a county race to date). Andrew Dowse, Brian Maher and Brian Kavanagh took on their first Novice event for the club and ran a great race with Brian Kavanagh having a very strong finish. Liam Donovan ran his strongest Novice road race, knocking a minute and a half off last year's time.
Well done to Andre van Barneveld who took on the Wicklow Way Trail Run on Saturday. Andre finished the 25k in a great time of 2.28.
SLANEY OLYMPIC A.C.
Oh the purple and gold: gold, gold everywhere and silver and bronze on Sunday. What a fantastic day for all members of Slaney Olympic who were out in force to run and support our great club.
The weather was perfect, if not a little warm, and even the wind behaved on the main road with the breeze to our backs as we made our way to the finish line. First off at 12 noon was the ladies' 3k race.
Slaney had an impressive 17 ladies toe the line with Emily O'Connor coming home in first place in a time of 11.46. Next home was Tara O'Connor in 12.45, followed by Karen Murphy in 12.50 and Aoife Kavanagh in 12.59 to win team gold for Slaney Olympic.
Not to be outdone, the men's 6k race was off shortly after, with again a huge show of purple and gold on the start line with 19 men racing for Slaney Olympic. First home for Slaney was Brian Maher in 21.02 to earn silver, followed by Bobby Redmond in 21.12, who got bronze, and Fergus Murphy in 21.27 and David Kehoe in 21.33 who all got the gold team medal.
Next across the line were Jessie O'Connor 21.46, 'Pudgie' Hyland 21.47, Conor Hyland and Declan Ivers 22.25 who won team silver.
Out of a potential 30 medals, Slaney Olympic earned an impressive 15. A special word of thanks for this great achievement for the club goes to Kevin Murphy who has helped to train, coach and advise us over the last number of months. Thanks Kevin, all that torture and pain was worth it!
Everyone who ran should be very proud, as it was a great day and the first of many more. Gold Slaney gold!
Ladies' results: Emily O'Connor 11.46, Tara O'Connor 12.45, Karen Murphy 12.50, Aoife Kavanagh 12.59, Esther O'Connor 13.15, Sabina Sweeney 13.18, Mag Dunphy 13.20, Yvonne Treacy 13.33, Ciara Kearney 13.35, Dee Boland 13.38, Stephanie McKenna 14.04, Lisa Chigara 14.31, Susan Dempsey 14.42, Emma Doran 14.54, Katie Doran 14.55, Tracy Kavanagh 15.05, Karen Tull 15.38.
Men's results: Brian Maher 21.02, Bobby Redmond 21.12, Fergus Murphy 21.27, David Kehoe 21.33, Jessie O'Connor 21.46, 'Pudgie' Hyland 21.47, Conor Hyland 22.01, Declan Ivers 22.25, Malo Roban 23.20, Brendan Dillon 24.08, Eamon Saunders 24.24, Tom O'Shea 24.25, Richard Murphy 24.56, Seán Doran 25.20, Conor McDonald 25.24, Darren Shiggins 25.28, Sunday Nzerem 27.17, Paddy Tull 29.57.
In other news, on Saturday in the Johnstown Castle Parkrun, Martina O'Sullivan was the first lady home in 21.58. Also taking part were Lynda Murphy, Joe and Kay O'Regan, Clodagh Connolly and Danielle Dempsey. Well done to all.
Marie Chapman was in England running back-to-back marathons in Milton Keyes and Caldecott in times of 4.05.21 and 3.57.05 for her first sub. four-hour this year. Well done Marie, great running as always.
The club gives a warm Slaney Olympic welcome to new member Lisa Chigara.
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.
First up last Tuesday, St. Patrick's Day, ten members competed in the Davy Fortune Memorial 5k run in Enniscorthy. A threat of a shower quickly blew over to make near-perfect conditions for the near 200 taking part.
First home for the club was Ger Doyle in a time of 17.36, and Dena Hogan was first for the ladies in a time of 19.32. Also competing for the club were John Murphy 19.02, Tommy McElwaine 19.33, Belinda Kehoe 23.06, Pat Crean 23.13, Eilish Kehoe 23.35, Marie Cullen 24.41 and Declan Gibbons 24.44. Also in action was Liam Murphy. It was great going from everybody with some P.B's.
Joe Lillis was in action on Saturday in the third week of the Parkrun Wexford held in Johnstown Castle in glorious sunshine. He crossed the line in first place in a time of 17.25. Well done Joe.
S.B.R. were delighted to host the Mr Oil Wexford Athletics Novice road race on Sunday in Ferns in brilliant sunshine. A record number competed with 71 ladies and 60 men, and with plenty of spectators cheering on all the runners, it made for a great buzz around the village.
Thanks to Wexford Athletics for their work and well done to all clubs who competed. A big thank you to everybody who helped out with stewarding, photographs, teas etc. as without you we would not be able to host events like this.
The ladies' race was first off at 12 noon over 3k. Louise Redmond was first home for the club in a time of 12.01 and third place overall. The men's race was over 6k and first home for the club and in first place overall was Trevor Conroy.
S.B.R. ladies won second team with Louise Redmond, Ciara Bowe, Cathy Maher and Belinda Kehoe. S.B.R. men won third team with Trevor Conroy, Patrick Curley, John Murphy and Jarlath Duffy. Well done to all.
Ladies: 1, Louise Redmond 12.01; 2, Ciara Bowe 12.23; 3, Cathy Maher 12.56; 4, Belinda Kehoe 13.04; 5, Claire Gibbons 13.39; 6, Eilish Kehoe 13.40; 7, Lisa Murphy 13.43; 8, Anita Rossiter 13.44; 9, Mary Carton 13.53; 10, Louise Kehoe 14.14; 11, Marie Cullen 14.25; 12, Mag O'Leary 14.35; 13, Orla McFadden 14.41; 14, Orla Fogarty 15.23; 15, Ciara Murray 15.36.
Men: 1, Trevor Conroy 20.45; 2, Patrick Curley 21.57; 3, John Murphy 22.39; 4, Jarlath Duffy 22.57; 5, Mark Kearney 23.03; 6, Jimmy Sinnott 23.25; 7, Eugene Doherty 23.33; 8, Adrian Doyle 23.50; 9, Richie Lynch 24.11; 10, Pa Cronin 25.12; 11, Pat Crean 28.48.
It was a great day also for S.B.R. in the Wicklow Goal Half Marathon with Lachen Aouissar coming home to claim first prize, followed by Paul Lynch in second. Also in action was Chris Proby who had another P.B. for the distance. Well done guys, great going.
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. It's suitable for all abilities, with all members 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.
A group also meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. to run a few mile. All are welcome to join in.
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.
Enniscorthy ground out a 1-0 win against St. Brendan's Phoenix Park on Saturday, opening a seven-point lead at the top of Leinster Division 7 and maintaining their unbeaten league run.
Mindful that any slip-up would allow second-placed Monkstown back into the title race, manager Fraser Rothwell named a strong starting side for the clash at a sun-kissed Astro Active Centre.
Graham Hill took up his customary position in goal, with Andrew Rothwell, Clive Rothwell, Keith Ogilvie and Martin Veitch making up the back four. There was a new-look midfield, as Kieran Costello found himself on the right, with Roy Chapman in the centre and David Simmons on the left.
The changes continued up front, with Daithí Medcalf and Jason Rothwell joined by Glenn Chapman on his return from injury.
This was the home side's first competitive outing in a month, and the first-half performance against the league's second from bottom side showed. It was a close, sometimes physical contest with a number of chances for both sides.
Glenn Chapman had an early chance for the Wexford men; a free for the Dubliners close to the right-hand sideline was intercepted by Jason Rothwell, who spotted his team-mate inside the circle and away from the defensive cover.
Though quickly closed down, Chapman got a shot in which was kicked away by the 'keeper.
The northside Dublin men then entered a purple patch, their best chance coming when a cross from the left found a St. Brendan's forward unmarked in front of Graham Hill's goal.
However, it overshot its intended recipient and Martin Veitch scrambling across was able to shepherd it wide.
The men in red hit three further wides in this period and earned a long corner before Fraser Rothwell made a number of adjustments to settle the ship. Glenn Chapman made way for Liam Jowett, while Jonathon Rothwell came on for Costello.
Shortly before the break Enniscorthy's patience was rewarded with some sustained pressure on the St. Brendan's goal, which yielded two short corners and a long corner. While these yielded no results, a follow-up attack by the Slaneysiders displayed some serious intent.
Simmons took a free on the left deep inside the St. Brendan's half, which found Medcalf just outside the circle.
Dribbling at an angle, the F.C.J. Bunclody pupil spotted Jowett hovering close to the penalty spot.
A pass to the left found his team-mate, who shot for goal but was denied by the swiftly-advancing 'keeper.
The second-half continued where the first left off, as Enniscorthy continued to dominate but found it difficult to break down a stubborn defence.
The Dubliners were also dangerous on occasion; within the first five minutes of the half a break down the centre had to be scrambled over the sideline by Andrew Rothwell as the Wexford defence was badly stretched.
Still, the league leaders were in need of a goal - and eventually it came. Roy Chapman stole the ball in midfield, then passed diagonally left to his brother Glenn, who drove into the circle.
He spotted Jowett to the left, who had spotted that the St. Brendan's 'keeper was off his line and had left the far post vulnerable.
His shot was met by Costello who was able to nick the ball into the net and open his account for the club.
Further chances came for the home side, the best of which came from a Costello free close to the intersection of the right sideline and the endline. His ball found Roy Chapman at the edge of the circle; some quick thinking found Jowett in a similar position to that which resulted in the opening goal, but he was unable to get the deflection which would have made the points secure.
However, Enniscorthy held on for the deserved three points and await the visit of Pembroke Wanderers on Saturday in their penultimate league encounter.
Squad: Graham Hill, P.J. Pierce, Keith Ogilvie, Clive Rothwell (capt.), Andrew Rothwell, David Simmons, Roy Chapman, Jonathon Rothwell, Jason Rothwell, Robbie Walshe, Kieran Costello, Ivan Rothwell, Liam Jowett, Martin Veitch, Glenn Chapman, Greg Hawkins, Rory Maguire, Nick Peare, Daithí Medcalf.