It has been a busy week at Wexford Wanderers Cricket Club. On Thursday well-known Cricket Leinster coach Brian O'Rourke, who in 2012 received the prestigious International Cricket Council award for 'outstanding contribution to cricket coaching', together with two colleagues attended at Park to conduct coaching sessions for youths in the south-east.
Over 90 girls and boys from Carlow, Bagenalstown, Gorey and Wexford were in attendance and they enjoyed a tremendous day of sport. It was a great honour for Wexford Wanderers that Brian and his fellow coaches chose Wexford to host this event, and hopefully they will make a return visit to check on the progress of our youth teams.
Friday evening saw the newly-formed Gorey cricket team play their first-ever match at Wexford. Wanderers batted first in a 20-over social game and a fine display by all the Gorey bowlers restricted Wexford to a total of just 85 runs.
Despite losing a few early wickets, Gorey managed to reach their target amid scenes of great excitement. Everyone at Wexford Wanderers would like to wish Gorey all the best for the future, and it is very exciting news that there are now two active clubs in the county for the first time since Kilrane ceased playing several years ago.
Finally, on Saturday Merrion were the visitors in a top of the table Leinster League clash. The visitors from Ballsbridge batted first and were making good progress with their total on 54 runs with just one wicket down off 16 overs when the heavens opened.
The official umpires remained on the scene for an hour but as there was no prospect of the rain relenting, they had no choice but to abandon the game.
Wanderers' next league fixture is at home to Clontarf on Saturday, July 25. Anyone wanting to know more about cricket in Wexford may contact Herbie Honohan at 087-6535985.
It's been a busy time for D.M.P. athletes with many noteworthy achievements. Some of our younger athletes put in fine performances during the three days of the All-Ireland Juvenile championships in Tullamore.
Congratulations are in order to All-Ireland Under-17 hammer champion Kathlyn Furlong who retained her title on Saturday with a massive throw of 51.14m! Incredibly this is Kathlyn's fourth consecutive national title in the hammer - an amazing achievement at such a young age!
High jumper Eimear Doherty's good form continued following her success at the Leinsters. On July 5 there was a National Junior bronze medal for her when she equalled her P.B. of 1.60m, clearing it first go.
Then there was the All-Ireland at the weekend in Tullamore in which Eimear won bronze in the Under-19. It was a great way to finish off her final year competing as a Juvenile.
Also in the All-Irelands was Rachel Gregg who finished eleventh overall in the Under-12 high jump, clearing 1.20m. In the Under-18 high jump, Shane Parle cleared 1.70m to finish in a great sixth place.
Peter O'Shea was throwing in the Under-18 javelin where he was placed seventh best nationally, throwing the 700g javelin 43.83m. Putting medals or achieving a P.B. aside, it is a great experience for our young stars to compete on a national stage such as this.
There was good news for Marco Pons who has had the best of both worlds by finishing on top of the podium while also producing a new P.B. this season. Marco threw the discus 52.77m which was over half a metre further than his previous best at the recent Munster track and field championships.
Competing as a guest, he exceeded Frank O'Brien's record of 49.52m! Following this good form he went on the claim gold in the national Under-23 championship with a throw of 51.02m.
There was a double for Ciara Wilson at the county Senior championships in the Enniscorthy Sports Hub on Wednesday, July 1. Ciara won the Senior ladies' 800m and 3,000m. This gives Ciara a clean sweep of the Senior middle distance events.
There was also good news for both Brendan Radford and John Stone as their medals from the first night in the Novice 3,000m have been upgraded to gold and silver.
There was a good turn-out for the Juvenile 'B' county championships with lots of energy and enthusiasm on display plus a few medals included. Those who made it on to the podium were as follows: gold for Caleb Whitty and bronze for Ralph O'Gorman in the Under-9 boys' 300m; silver for Michael Kent in the Under-9 long jump; gold for Sofiat Ratun in the Under-10 girls' 60m and the long jump; bronze for Lucy Quirke in the Under-10 long jump; Cormac Simpson won gold in both the Under-10 300m and long jump; it was gold for Jessie Akinyemi in the Under-11 long jump and bronze in the 60m; Oisín Kehoe won two gold medals for the Under-12 60m and long jump.
GOREY CELTIC F.C.
Senior pre-season training starts Tuesday and Friday, July 14 and 17, at 7 p.m. at the pitch in Mulaunfin, Creagh. New players will be made most welcome.
We will have two Senior teams for the season ahead with Mike McCabe, Shane White and Wes Fitzpatrick looking after the Division 1 team, while John Lavery, Nicky Murphy and Colin Earls will take the Division 4 side.
For the children, this year's summer soccer school is on August 24-28 and your place can still be booked on www.summersoccerschools.ie
Huge congratulations to Andre Van Barneveld, Joe Berney and Nicky Boland who competed in the Stone Mad Ultra at the weekend. The lads took on the 63 km. route which started in Athy, Co. Kildare and finished in Graiguenamanagh, Co. Kilkenny.
All did fantastically well with Andre finishing fifth overall in a time of five hours, 43 minutes. Joe and Nicky finished in seven hours, 23 minutes.
Well done to all the Croghan athletes who took part in the Jim Carton Memorial race in Ballyfad. It was a Croghan one-two for the ladies with Anna Bushe winning the race, followed in second by Mary Kennedy.
In the men's race Pat Foley (fourth) and Andrew Dowse (5fifth) were just edged out of a podium finishing. Great perfomances on a very tough course came from Brian Maher, Brian Kennedy, Syl Ivers, Cyrus Kavanagh, Martin Conroy, Fiona Byrne and Karen Conroy.
The judges' award was presented to a well-deserving Cyrus who as always got a huge cheer. He really brings a lot of fun to the club and any race he goes to. Well done to all who took part in the 5k walk through the woods.
Huge thanks to Tanya Tighe and all the team involved. It was a really well-organised race, with great t-shirts and plenty of refreshments afterwards.
Good luck to all taking part in the last leg of the I.M.R.A. Leinster League on the Sugar Loaf on Wednesday.
Castletown G.A.A. (in association with North Wexford Hospice Homecare) are hosting a 10k race and a 5k family fun run next Saturday, July 18, with plenty of prizes and spot prizes up for grabs.
The race starts at 6 p.m. with registration from 4 p.m. at the G.A.A. pitch (Tomnahely). There will be a barbeque and entertainment at the field.
James Boland travelled to New Ross on Saturday morning to take part in the parkrun and finished in second place in a time of 18.52. Well done James.
The club was represented at the Kilmore Seafood Festival 5k on Saturday on a wet and windy evening. First off were the ladies to run the five-lap course. First home for the club was Ciara Bowe, followed by Claire Gibbons, Cathy Maher, Eilish Kehoe, Emma Morris, Annette Guinan and Frances Murphy.
The men took to the start line at 7.30 p.m. to run the same five-lap course as the rain and wind became stronger. Myles Gibbons was the first clubman home and in second place overall. Next was Paul Lynch to take third place, followed by Joe Lillis, David Leonard and Pat Crean. Well done all.
At the run for Nepal in Wexford on Sunday morning, Myles Gibbons crossed the line in first place, followed closely by clubmate Joe Lillis in second. Belinda Kehoe claimed second place for the ladies. Well done to all.
Club member Dena Hogan was in action in Germany on Sunday in very hot conditions to compete in the Roth Challenge which consists of a 3.8m swim, 180k cycle and a 42k run. All was completed in a time of 12 hours, nine minutes. This was a fantastic achievement Dena.
The Ferns half-marathon will take place on Saturday, September 12, at 10 a.m. This year we are also going to have a 5k fun run and the proceeds will be donated to the Hope foundation. The 5k will start after the half-marathon at 10.15 a.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.
SLANEY OLYMPIC A.C.
A unique event took place over the last number of days, with several members from Slaney Olympic taking part in the seven marathons in seven days challenge. Held over a looped trail course around Avondale House in Co. Wicklow, all proceeds from the event went to Wicklow Hospice.
Mick Morrissey leads the way having completed in four marathons. His first was last Thursday and his final marathon was on Sunday. Ger Dempsey and Mag Sludds also ran the marathon on Thursday and another marathon on Sunday.
Annis Kehoe took part in the marathon on Sunday. Emma Doran and Deirdre Bowers completed 20 miles Saturrday and SUnday. Danielle Dempsey also took part in this event. Well done everyone.
Marie Chapman was in action again last weekend, this time taking part in the Stone Mad Marathon which takes in the route of the River Barrow from Carlow to Graiguenamanagh, Co. Kilkenny.
Marie completed the run in 4.12.49 and was third lady home. Well done Marie.
The Cahir Downhill half-marathon was held on Sunday. This is a downhill, road, point-to-point half-marathon from Kilbehenny, Co. Cork to Cahir, Co. Tipperary, losing over 70 metres in height from start to finish.
Taking part from the club was Brian Maher who finished in 1.22.20, followed by 'Pudgy Hyland' who finished in 1.28.21. Well done lads.
Kilmore Athletic Club's annual 5k was held on Saturday on a wet and dreary evening in Kilmore Quay as part of the Kilmore Seafood Festival. Jim Stafford won the 0ver-50 category in 17.47. Full club results are: Jim Stafford 17.47, Jessie O'Connor 18.52, Aoife Kavanagh 23.17, Pat Hennessy 22.47, Denis Gill 24.00.
Kelly Long continued her great running, earning herself another P.B. on Saturday in the Parkrun held in Johnstown Castle in a time of 21.50. Also taking part from the club were Kay O'Regan in 28.38 and Joe O'Regan in 25.55.
Menapians A.C. held a 5k fundraiser on Sunday to raise much-needed funds for the Nepal disaster.
Catherine Murphy was in flying form, winning the ladies' race, while Billy Reck came home in third place just behind race winner Myles Gibbons and Joe Lillis.
Mag Balfe won the first 0ver-40 category. Also taking part from the club were Bobby Redmond, Paul Browne, Seamus Jordan, Mag Balfe and Dooley French.
The Ballagh four-mile road race as part of the summer league is on next Friday, July 17, The race starts at 7.30 p.m., is open to non-members, and the cost is €3.
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.