Thursday 19 September 2019

Club Call

Finals of the Smithwicks Wexford Town Dart League Division 2 in The Sailing Cot on Friday. Runners up Larkins beathen 4-1 by the Farmers Kitchen Back; Gary Wilson, Tony Frayne, Sean Rossiter, Dermot Roche, Nigel Casey and Podge Rowe. Front; Tom Murphy, Michael Sinnott, Harry Wilson and Jack Murphy.
Finals of the Smithwicks Wexford Town Dart League Division 2 in The Sailing Cot on Friday. Runners up Larkins beathen 4-1 by the Farmers Kitchen Back; Gary Wilson, Tony Frayne, Sean Rossiter, Dermot Roche, Nigel Casey and Podge Rowe. Front; Tom Murphy, Michael Sinnott, Harry Wilson and Jack Murphy.
At the Remember Shane 5K in the JFK Arboretum last Sunday were Michaela Stussi and Kevin Barry
Graiguecullen captain Daniel Murphy and Geraldine O Hanrahan captain Paddy Somers exchanging momento's before their game in O Kennedy Park New Ross on Saturday


The Anne Roice memorial tournament was played on June 26 at Gorey Tennis Club.

The event was well supported by club members with 30 playing in the tournament and 50 attending the barbeque afterwards.

This event commemorates the life of Anne Roice, a club member and keen tennis player, and this year marks the 40th anniversary of her passing. The trophies, two commemorative silver plates, were presented to the winners, Lisa Stacey and Peter Flanagan, by Carmel Roice.

Runners-up were Christiane Deller and Walter Coady. Many thanks to Caroline Whitmore for organising the caterers.

The next big event at Gorey Tennis Club will be our Wimbledon evening on July 9 at 7.30 p.m.

Members are reminded to wear predominantly white tennis wear and the tournament will be followed by traditional strawberry and cream.


The first night of the county track and field events was held on Wednesday on the sports track in Enniscorthy. Slaney had a small group in attendance but still managed to take away a great haul of medals.

200m Masters 0ver-35, Emily O'Connor, silver; 800m Masters 0ver-35, Emily O'Connor, silver; 800m Novice, Emily O'Connor, silver; 800m Masters 0ver-50, Mag Dunphy, gold; 800m Novice, Ger Forde, gold; 800m Masters 0ver-35, Brian Maher, bronze; 800m Masters 0ver-50, Jim Stafford, gold; 3,000m Novice, Emily O'Connor, silver; 3,000m Masters 0ver-35, Emily O'Connor, bronze; 3,000m Masters 0ver-50, Mag Dunphy, silver; 3,000m Masters 0ver-35, Martin Monaghan, silver; 3,000m Masters 0ver-50, Jim Stafford, gold; 3,000m 0ver-50 walk, Lar Doyle, gold; 1,500m Senior walk, Ger Forde, gold.

Day two of the Senior track and field continues this Wednesday. Check out for a full listing of all events.

The first race is starting at 7 p.m., with registration from 6.30 p.m.

Paddy and Karen Tull took part in a Parkrun in Clermont, Orlando, Florida with temperatures of 27 degrees at 7.30 a.m. and they completed the 5k route in 28.39. Well done folks, especially for racing on your holidays!

The annual Waterford Full and Half Viking Marathon was held on Saturday, Slaney Olympic had three members taking part.

James Kinsella was the only member running the full marathon in a time of 4.35.54, whilst Pat Codd and Denis Gill ran the half in times of 1.32.35 and 1.52.54 respectively.

The Dublin Marathon 2015 race series started on Saturday with the Irish Runner five-mile race in the Phoenix Park in Dublin.

Taking part from the club was Michael Finn who finished in 31.16 and Danielle Dempsey who completed the course in 44.37.

Marie Chapman took part in the East of Ireland marathon in Lusk, Co. Dublin. This marked Marie's 91st marathon to date.

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.

S.B.R. A.C.

Last Saturday morning, the Viking marathon and half-marathon took place in Waterford city in near perfect running conditions. All participants travelled the same route until the ten-mile mark where the full went on to Tramore and the half returned towards the city.

S.B.R. were represented both in the full and half. Tom Hogan and Paul Lynch took on the full and stayed close together for the first quarter, but Tom moved up a gear and pulled away from the leading bunch and was the first man through the gates of the running track to cross the finish line in a time of 2.33. Next home for second place was Paul Lynch in a time of 2.36.

In the half-marathon, Adrian Doyle was the first clubman home in a time of 1.30, followed by Pat Crean in 1.56, Marie Cullen in 2.01 and Ciara Nolan who was running her very first half-marathon in a time of 2.29. The half-marathon was won by Freddy Keron Stuk. Well done to all.

Joe Lillis took part in the 5k parkrun in Clarisford, Killaloe on Saturday and came home in 17.43. Well done Joe.

Croghan A.C. hosted the Coolgreany 6k fun run on Sunday in conjunction with their field day and official opening of new track and field facilities. Noel Kennedy won the race in a time of 22.19. David Leonard was in sixth place overall in a time of 24.12. Belinda Kehoe also ran well in a time of 29.24.

Wednesday saw day one of the track and field championships get under way at the Enniscorthy track. In the 200m Masters Over-35, Belinda Kehoe picked up a bronze medal. In the 800m Masters Over-35, Joe Lillis secured silver.

In the 3,000m Novice, Myles Gibbons won gold and Joe Lillis won a bronze medal, and in the 1,500m Senior men, Myles Gibbons secured silver. Well done to everyone.

Day two of the event will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, July 1, again at the Enniscorthy track. Registration is from 6.30 p.m. with events starting at 7 p.m.

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.

A group also meet on the square in Ferns to run five to six miles every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. All are welcome to come along.

If anybody is interested in joining S.B.R. and would like more information, please contact our Secretary, Louise Kehoe, on 086-8276661 or P.R.O., Marie Cullen, on 087-2776785.


It was a busy week for Croghan A.C. On Wednesday, day one of the county track and field championships took place at Enniscorthy track. Mary Kennedy took a bronze medal in the 3,000 metres while Nicky and Majella Boland both took silver medals in the 3,000 metres walk.

On Friday evening, the Juveniles competed in the 'B' championship. There were plenty of medals for Croghan A.C. and it was a very proud evening for the club, parents and coaches so well done to all.

Ryan Boland won two gold and one bronze, Conor McCarthy won three bronze, Seána Gorman won two silver, Óisín Hearns-McDonagh won one gold and one bronze, Ben Gorman won one bronze, Joel Page won one bronze, and James McCarthy won one silver. Liam Donovan put in a fantastic performance at the Waterford marathon, finishing in a time of 3.28. It's great to see all the hard work and determination paying off.

Well done to Kellie O'Shea who took on her first half-marathon in Waterford and crossed the line in 2.06 alongside Keith O'Shea.

Thanks to everybody who supported our 6k run and field day on Sunday. It was a fantastic afternoon for all the family.

Noel Kennedy was first across the finish, followed by Croghan A.C's Andrew Dowse with Darren Cullen taking third. In the ladies' race, there was a great win for Croghan's Mary Kennedy. Lorraine Smyth was second and Elaine McCabe third.

The first Juniors home were Ryan Boland and Isabelle Dempsey. There was great fun in the field afterwards with children's races, puppet show, a barbeque and lots of novelty stalls.


The points tallies in Division 1 of the Wexford horseshoes league are: Doran's Bridge 'A', eleven points; The Woodsmen, eleven points; Monart 'A', six points.

Division 2: The Ballagh, nine points; Monart 'B', seven points; Vinegar Hill, seven points; Curracloe, seven points; Doran's Bridge 'B', two points.

The Leinster open team event for Division 1 and the Michael Furlong Shield for Division 2 teams will take place in Páirc Mhuire at 6.30 p.m. on Thursday, July 9.

We would all like to offer our condolences to the family of Bob Dunbar on his recent passing. Bob was a member of the now defunct Courtown horseshoe club.


Points are as follows after the final games in the first round of the South-East Skittle League -

Senior division: St. Leonards, 20; Frank Jordan's, Tallaught and Taylorstown, 16 each; Doyle's and Saltmills, ten each; Clonmines, seven.

Junior division: Mary Jo's, 17; Micko's 'A', 15; Power's, 13; Gusserane, ten; Morrissey's, six; Micko's 'B', four.

Saltmills 1, Tallaught 4: Last year's Junior division winners, Saltmills, hosted neighbours Tallaught on Tuesday, giving a better account of themselves than the scoreline suggests.

Noel Murphy finished the first team game for Tallaught but John Finn levelled the score by finishing the second game for Saltmills. The deciding team game was claimed by Tallaught courtesy of a Jimmy Cullen finish on nine.

Despite games being close, Amy Ryan and Billy Downes furthered Tallaught's lead, beating John Finn and David Ryan, while Noel Murphy and Jimmy Cullen secured four points for Tallaught, beating Martin Kehoe and John Culleton.

Senior results: Taylorstown 0, St. Leonards 4; Saltmills 1, Tallaught 4; Frank Jordan's 3, Clonmines 1.

Junior results: Micko's 'A' 3, Mary Jo's 2; Gusserane 1, Power's 3.

June 30 fixtures - Senior: Frank Jordan's v. Doyle's; St. Leonards v. Tallaught; Taylorstown v. Clonmines; Junior: Micko's 'B' v. Micko's 'A'; Mary Jo's v. Gusserane.


Want to play Wimbledon? Well, you better try parks tennis first.

Due to the early close of some schools, parks tennis has started in some venues. Parents are welcome to come along to any of the 15 venues in Co. Wexford to register on Tuesday from 12.30 to 1.30 p.m. It's €45 for four weeks, one and a half hours per day.

This is the third year that parks tennis combined with the Local Sports Partnership , the Borough Council and the Schools Completion, and the club to run over 40 hours of tennis coaching in schools in Wexford.

Last year over 760 children took part over the month in Wexford with 25,000 playing parks nationally.

Parks is the most affordable summer programme for children in the country with Wexford the cheapest.Anyone with an old racquet to donate, particularly small ones, please drop them into the Tennis and Boat Club.

The biggest venue in Co. Wexford with three courts is Loreto Secondary School which will be run this year for all children who have done parks before, and who are keen to develop their strokes and matchplay.

Loreto has two very experienced coaches, with Shane Jenkins the men's singles top player and Marie O'Neill the top girl Under-18 player. The programme is one and a half hours for €45, for the four weeks.

The coaches' training took place on Thursday where all child welfare issues and the coaching plan were outlined. The core manual has over 30 pages of fun games, all with the aim to teach tennis in a fun and supportive programme.

For those children who wish to play more competitively, the finals will take place on July 24 in the Tennis and Boat Club.

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