Saturday 20 January 2018

Club Call

The Wexford Wheelers Frank O'Rourke Memorial Trophy cycling race sponsored by Ferrybank Motors at Camross Hall on Sunday afternoon. The A1, A2 and A3 race group


The A.G.M. will take place on Wednesday, May 20, at 7 p.m. in the clubhouse. Election of officers and committee will take place as well as a review of the season ended.

Please can all members and parents make an effort to attend. There is only one A.G.M. so this is your chance to have your say on the running of your club. Any motions for rule changes or additions to club rules or nominations for officer positions to be forwarded in writing/e-mail to club Secretary Brian Maher ( or 087-2995569).

We will be looking for additional managers, coaches and assistants in our under-age section next season. Contact Brian for further information.

We also require a management team for our Senior second team for 2015-'16.

Our astro turf can now be booked for five-a-side or larger groups at the discounted rate of €4 per person per hour for the summer months. Contact Nicky Murphy on 087-2721675 for bookings/enquiries.

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The annual fundraiser for the Taghmon Action Group which was held in Taghmon on Bank Holiday Monday was a 10k race starting and finishing in the village.

First man home for the club and second home overall was Ger Forde in a time of 33.25. First lady home and third lady overall was Emily O'Connor in a time of 42.33.

Full members' listings are: Ger Forde 33.25, Emily O'Connor 42.33, Billy Reck 42.33, Michelle Murphy 49.59, Dooley French 52.00, Gretta Roberts-Tyrell.

Two races were held on Sunday at Killaine Castle on what promised to be a fast and flat course. First home for the club and overall winner on the 5k route was Brian Murphy in 18.23, and first lady home for the club and again overall ladies' winner was Martina O'Sullivan in a time of 22.14.

In the five-mile race, first man for the club was Billy Reck in 31.16, and first lady home was Michelle Murphy.

Full members' listings are - 5k: Brian Murphy 18.23, Martina O'Sullivan 22.14; five-mile: Billy Reck 31.16, Bobby Redmond 31.53, Chris Squance 36.15, Michelle Murphy, Darren Shiggins 41.2, Clodagh Connolly 41.12, Andy Staff 52.40.

The annual Darkness into Light fundraiser in aid of Pieta House saw a huge number of members taking part in this special and unique event. Well done to everyone involved.

Slaney Olympic are hosting the Senior road race which will be held out the Old Dublin Road on Friday, May 15, starting with the ladies' 5k race at 7 p.m. and followed immediately by the men's 10k race. All members are eligible to run.

We all have trained hard for this and it would be great to see a sea of purple and gold on the start line for both races. Refreshments will be held after in the canteen of the Wexford County Council machinery yard on the Old Dublin Road, and if members could make or bake or bring something nice for afterwards it would be greatly appreciated. Go Slaney go.

The prizes for the Strawberry half-marathon have been announced. To enter log on to

Dates for the diary: Craanford 5k/5-mile road race, May 17; Mr Oil Masters road race, May 22; Vinegar Hill five-mile road race, May 24; Strawberry half-marathon and five-mile race, June 7.

Training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-8 p.m. at the 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.


Competition was strong at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin where eight Slaney Sharks swimmers competed in the Leinster open graded gala.

Holly Furlong, aged ten, shone with an outstanding podium finish in each race, taking three gold medals and one silver medal. It was gold for Holly in the girls ten and under 100m backstroke in 1.28.88 (-8.91); gold in the 100m breaststroke in 1.48.25 (-4.44), and gold in the 200m individual medley in 3.22.15 (-2.90).

Holly then took silver in the 100m freestyle in 1.22.75 (-0.50). Holly's remarkable times have now qualified her to compete at Leinster Division One in the girls ten and under 100m backstroke and the 200m individual medley.

Abi Cullen, aged nine, put in a very strong performance to win the silver medal in the girls ten and under 400m freestyle. Competing in this event for the first time, it was a great achievement and she swam it in a time of 7.03.09.

Abi then swam in the 100m freestyle in 1.28.77 (-4.80) and the 200m freestyle in 3.20.75 (-0.89), both personal best times. She also competed strongly in the 200m backstroke in 3.53.14.

Jack Roban, aged 16, joined his team-mates on the podium and took a well-deserved bronze medal in the boys' 16-17 100m breaststroke. Jack swam a new personal best time of 1.31.87, an improvement of 2.14 seconds. Jack also competed in the 100m freestyle in 1.09.60.

Sarah Byrne, aged 13, had a hat-trick of new personal best times in all her three swims. In the girls' 13-14 200m freestyle, she achieved a new record of 3.08.20 (-9.50). In the 100m breaststroke, 2.00.58 (-3.54), and in the 200m individual medley, another new record of 3.43.02 (-7.49).

Claire Whelan, aged nine, had an incredible day, smashing her previous records. In the girls ten and under 100m freestyle, she swam a new personal best of 1.45.30 (-14.70), and in the 200m freestyle, she swam another new personal best of 4.01.15 (-11.02).

Kate Hall, aged 15, achieved a new personal best time in the girls' 200m freestyle of 3.02.75, an incredible improvement of 11.41 seconds. Kate also competed in the 100m breaststroke in 1.55.04.

Sophie Gillot, aged 13, achieved a new personal best time in the girls' 200m freestyle of 3.06.30, an improvement of 1.37 seconds.

Harry S. Nolan, aged eleven, competed in the boys eleven and under 100m backstroke in 2.01.65 and the 100m freestyle in 1.48.95.

The swimmers would like to thank coach Liam Murphy for helping them train and prepare for the gala.


Racing on Sunday took place in Wicklow when Bray Wheelers ran the second one-day cycling classic of the season, the Shay Elliott Memorial race for A1/A2 and The Shay3 for A3/Junior riders.

Andrew Maguire, Marcus Harrington and Seamus Sinnott represented the Wheelers in the Shay3 over a tough 90 km. course which included the fearsome Glenmalure climb. In the end Peter Buggle rode away from the field in the last 20 km. to win solo but once again Seamus showed his sprinting prowess by finishing second in the bunch sprint for third place on the podium and a great result for him and the club in this most prestigious of Irish races.

Both Andrew and Marcus performed admirably to finish in the main bunch on a tough day for cycling.

In the main event we were represented by Martin Gill in what was the best domestic field of the year. Martin rode well in very testing conditions but could not make any impression on the results. The race was won by Ireland's former track world champion Martyn Irvine who rode away from a top-class field on the Glenmalure climb to win on his own by over five minutes, the biggest winning margin in this race for some years.

Martyn is well known to everyone in the Wheelers, having been guest of honour at the club's 40th anniversary celebrations.

On Sunday, May 3, Wexford Wheelers hosted the ninth running of the Frank O'Rourke Memorial race over the Camross/Adamstown circuit. Over 200 riders descended on Camross to race for this prestigious trophy and in the end it came down to a sprint between seven riders who had gone clear of the field on the second lap.

The sprint resulted in a great win for Conor Hennebry of Carrick Wheelers. Unfortunately, there were no Wexford Wheelers in the shake-up for the win but all our riders acquitted themselves well on what was a very wet race.

On Thursday, May 7, Slipstream hosted week two of their league and there was a win for Wexford Wheelers when Andrew Maguire followed up on Seamus Sinnott's success in week one by winning to make it two out of two for the Wheelers.

The Slaney C.C. A4 and Novice league continues on Wednesday in Davidstown and the Slipstream League for all classes continues on Thurday evening in Gorey.

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.

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Day two of the county track and field athletics championships took place in a blustery Enniscorthy on Sunday. There was a great turn-out of athletes and again some great performances put in from first-time competitors, finalists, medal winners and a few athletes who managed hat-tricks!

Those who made it on to the podium were: Aoife O'Connor, Under-13 girls' 80m, second, and hurdles, third; Aliat Kutun, Under-14 girls' shot putt, first with 8.96m; Rachel Gregg, Under-12 girls' long jumpm third with 3.55m; Relay, Under-12 girls, second overall (Claragh Keane, Jane Sinnott, Demi Byrne and Rachel Gregg).

Kevin O'Mahoney, Under-9 boys, gold in the 60m and 300m; Adam Kehoe, Under-15 boys' 200m, third; Conor Brennan, Under-14 boys' high jump, gold with 1.40m, and shot putt, second with 9.00m. Well done to everyone who took part - a great day was had by all!

The county throws championships which was due to take place last Friday had to be postponed due to the torrential rain which visited the county last week. A new date will be set so keep an eye on our club's Facebook for confirmation of this.

Our members look forward to having international guests this coming weekend when a party of over 22 athletes and their partners will visit Wexford. French club ESC Athlétisme, which is based in Couëron, Brittany, will arrive on Friday and take part in a number of runs.

Saturday morning the group will race in the Johnstown Parkrun followed by a visit to Curracloe for a run. That evening all will gather at the Farmer's Kitchen, Drinagh, for a meal to mark the occasion.

It's that time of year again - the D.M.P. mile challenge gets under way in just under two weeks and like previous years the proceeds go towards a worthy local cause. This year funds raised are in aid of Aoife Doyle who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy (S.M.A.) type 2 which is a rare genetic condition.

S.M.A. affects the muscles in her body which means she will never walk or even stand. Muscles in her head and neck are all affected as well as those used for breathing, coughing and swallowing. Due to this she has an increased risk of pneumonia and other respiratory infections.

This is a devastating condition and Aoife requires 24-hour care plus costly essential equipment. A sombre statistic of this illness is that 50% of the most severe cases result in death by the age of two: Aoife is currently four years old.

So please show your support and make a date in your diaries to run, jog or walk the mile during the summer months. The mile challenge starts at 8 p.m. on Monday, May 25, at Sinnottstown Lane and continues weekly for six nights. Cost per night is only €3.


Wexford Wanderers firsts travelled to Wesley College to take on Dundrum in their first Leinster League outing of the season. The home side batted first in cool, cloudy conditions and seemed set for a large total with their score standing on 76 runs for the loss of just one wicket.

However, some fine bowling by James Redmond, backed up by Nabeel Anjum and Sharjeel Shaikh, saw Dundrum collapse to 116 all out.

In reply, openers Alan Murphy and Niall Honohan got the side off to a steady start, putting on 26 runs before the first wicket was lost. A Wexford victory at that stage looked odds on but unfortunately none of the Wanderers batsmen were able to produce that match-winning performance.

A disastrous run out that saw Sharjeel dismissed certainly did not help the cause and in a tight and nervous finish Wanderers were all out for 101 runs, 15 short of victory.

Skipper Tony Murray, although obviously disappointed with the result, felt there were a lot of positives to take from the game and in particular Nabeel, playing his first competitive game for the club, looks like an exciting addition to the squad.

Youths training takes place on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at Wexford Wanderers Rugby Club. Girls and boys aged seven to 15 are most welcome.

Any enquiries about the club can be directed to Herbie Honohan (087-6535985).

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