PITCH AND PUTT
St. Patrick's Pitch and Putt Club, Enniscorthy held its annual and very popular Scratch Cup on Sunday and there was an entry of almost one hundred players from around the country, with some travelling from as far afield as Drogheda and Cork city.
The course was in wonderful order in spite of the heavy rain which fell on Thursday which meant that it had to be closed to allow it to dry out. This proved a wise decision with many commenting on its great condition so early in the season. This is mainly due to the ground staff under the leadership of Nigel Baxter which saw it win another gold award to add to the one which it merited in 2014.
Although there was a cold wind blowing, playing conditions were good and after the first 36 holes' play, the top twelve went on to another 18 to decide the eventual winners.
Paul Tobin of the home club took a three-shot lead into the final round and he withstood pressure from his pursuers to maintain his advantage to the finish and pick up his first Scratch Cup, with many more surely to follow for the young Parnell Avenue man who plays off a handicap of zero, being only one of three scratch handicap players at the club.
Another of them, Martin O'Neill, had a great third round of ten0 under to snatch second place on a countback from clubmate Willie Hudson on the same score. The prize for the best third round went to John Hudson while the Intermediate section went to Derek Ryan, with Aaron Moorehouse having an easy success in the Junior grade.
The only prize which eluded the home club was the ladies' one which went to Dublin as there are very few lady members of that standard playing the game here. The strength of the Parnell Avenue club is further underlined by the fact that nine of the twelve who made it to the third round were home members which augurs well for them as they set out in defence of their All-Ireland and Leinster titles this year.
Overall it was a great day's pitch and putt with a great victory for Paul Tobin who has received many congratulations on his success.
It was fitting that club Chairman Aidan O'Brien should present Paul with the Tommy Foley Memorial Cup as the late Tommy was Paul's mentor and teacher when he took up the sport at a very early age, but unfortunately was not around to share in his protege's success.
UNITED STRIDERS A.C.
Well done to the Senior Striders who had a fantastic national indoor competition at Athlone.
Gavin Kelly and Sinéad McCarthy were the big winners, with both taking 400m gold. Sinéad added silver in shot putt and narrowly missed a medal when coming fourth in the 200m event. Gavin also narrowly missed medals in the 60m and 200m events.
Aine Walsh entered two events and came home with two medals - silver in 1,500m and bronze in the shot putt.
In the ultra-competitive middle distance events, both John McGrath and Ted Flannelly put in strong performances and were unlucky not to finish in the medals.
John recorded impressive times of 2.05 for 800m and 4.19 for 1,500m, for fourth place finishes.
Similarly Ted's excellent 9.41 over 3,000m was also good enough for fourth in a big field. Well done to all and congratulations to our latest All-Ireland medal winners.
To cap a great day, Catherine Ronan won her age category at the well-supported St. Laurence O'Toole 5k road race.
See www.unitedstriders.com or United Striders on Facebook for more details.
Members from the Kinetic Kickboxing Academy are currently preparing for various tournaments over the coming months.
On March 29 Oulart Community Hall will host the qualifiers to represent Ireland for the W.K.F. With fighters like Robert Casey, Tadis, Ryan Malone, Jonny McDonagh, Emma Roche, Adam Taylor, Seán Furlong, Noel Furlong, Abbie Way and Brandon Maltby to mention but a few, this should be a great day and challenge for all.
Jonny McDonagh has had a meteoric rise in the world of kickboxing. Jonny's starting weight was 90 kg. plus and he now fights at an incredible 69.5 kg. after keeping to a strict training regime and healthy eating. He challenges for the I.K.F. Irish welterweight title on April 11 in the Black Box Theatre in Galway which is sure to be a cracking show.
Classes are on at Kinetic Fitness, Mary's Lane in Wexford town. Kinetic Fitness hosts numerous types of classes catering for all levels of fitness which include circuits, kickboxercise, kickboxing for children and seniors.
It also caters for specific teams of all sport types and has one-to-one personal training with advice on food choices etc. Special packages are available with competitive rates.
For information on any of the above, check out Kinetic Fitness on Facebook or contact Brian at 087-7370803 or Theresa at 087-2036936.
We are having our open day on Sunday, April 5, at 2 p.m. when our President will open the bowling season.
There will be a match between the members and we are inviting anyone interested in taking part or just wishing to see what bowling is all about to come along.
We are always looking for new members, male or female, any age with or without bowling experience. If you would like any more information please get in touch. Contact Catherine Cuffe, Honorary Secretary of Rosslare Bowls Club (086-8177679).
Racing on Sunday took place in Carlow when Carlow C.C. ran the first classic of the season, the Des O'Hanlon Memorial.
There was a huge turn-out of riders across the different classes, over 500 in total for what is probably the hardest one-day race in the calendar, and the Wheelers were well represented in all classes.
Congratulations to all the Wheelers who started in Carlow and particularly to young Seamus Sinnott who finished in the bunch in the A3/Junior race which had a field of 190 riders.
Racing next week is in Dungarvan and again a strong Wheelers presence is expected for a race that the club did very well in last year.
Tours continue every Sunday morning from the Bullring, Wexford. All levels are catered for. In addition, Roy Doyle takes a tour from The Maldron every Saturday at 10 a.m. and also on Tuesdays and Thursdays from The Maldron, weather permitting.
We also send our condolences to club members Billy Roche and Alan Lawlor who both lost their mothers in the last couple of weeks.
Wexford Wheelers are available on Facebook and on the net at www.wexfordwheelers.com.
Menapians have another national sprint champion in Sabia Doyle who last weekend won the girls' Under-13 60m in 8.04.
Sabia equalled the Irish record of 8.02 in her heats and this is indeed super running from the young Wexford girl.
April Keeling, Jane Shovlin and Jack Hayden all made their 60m finals, running P.B's in the process and finishing just outside the medals.
Ciarán Maher fell foul of the DQ rule but for all these athletes to make their national finals is a great achievement. Ciarán was part of the Under-17 relay team which won bronze in the 4 x 200 over the weekend, joining team-mates Jack Hayden, Sam and Luke O'Neill, so well done to these young men.
Also a big well done to our girls' Under-14 relay team.
Although they did not qualify for the final, they ran a new P.B. and ran faster than the Leinster champions. Well done Liadh, Sabia, Danika, April and Róisín.
There was a great turn-out also on Sunday for the county Novice road race. Two very fast races took place on the roads around Ferns on a glorious morning.
Ladies first as always and they were led home by Lorraine McMahon in the 3k and followed by Mary Gaynor, Helen Sinnott, Siobhán Ní Shúilleabháin, Louise Henderson. Orla Redmond, Kate Wilson, Sharron Dier and Thérèse Byrne.
Next the men took to the road over 6k. First Menapian home was Stephen Ainsworth, followed in by Lee Savage, Michael Kinsella, Ger Mulhall, John Dier, Ken Jones, Tadhg Henderson, Darren O'Grady and Brian Reilly.
Well done everyone and we're looking forward to the Intermediate on April 19 which we will be hosting!