Another road cycling season done and dusted. Congratulations to all our members who performed so well throughout the season at races and sportives all over the country and abroad.
The cyclocross season now takes over and the Christmas hamper race season will soon be upon us. All that remains now is the round of club A.G.M's, and the Wheelers A.G.M. will be held on Thursday, November 12, at 8 p.m. in the Riverbank Hotel. All members and potential members are invited to attend.
Please remember that all motions for discussion at the A.G.M. must be submitted to the club Secretary in writing at least seven days before the date of the A.G.M., so please submit all motions not later than Thursday, November 5.
Just a reminder that the club spins leave the Bullring every Sunday at 9.30 a.m., and we would encourage all members to try to participate in these spins over the course of the winter. All levels are catered for with newcomers particularly welcome. Helmets are compulsory on all club spins.
NA FIANNA BOXING
The Na Fianna annual boxing tournament for 2015 will take place in the Riverbank Hotel, Wexford, on Sunday, October 25, with the action starting at 7.30 p.m.
Featuring will be: Niall Murray (Gorey), Irish Senior champion and Irish international; Jason Kirwan (The Ballagh), Irish Senior champion and Irish international; Eddie Byrne (Na Fianna), multiple Irish champion and Irish international; Joe Whelan (C.B.S., Leinster champion); Aaron McGuire (Na Fianna, Leinster champion); James Crean (C.B.S., multiple Irish champion); Sarah Siggins (Na Fianna), Leinster champion and All-Ireland finalist); Eoin Long (C.B.S.), Leinster champion, and many more.
These will be matched against a Leinster selection containing multiple Irish champions and internationals, along with top male and female boxers from all over county Wexford and beyond. It promises to be a great night of sport, with further details available from Jason Giltrap (087-9533073) or Seán Barnes (087-2485275).
It's been a busy time for D.M.P. athletes with the cross-country county championships taking place over two weekends, with many Juvenile athletes competing in both the even and uneven age groups.
Day one was held in Adamstown on October 4 and results were as follows - Under-10 girls: Aoibhe Ormonde 8th; Eabha Keane 13th; Danielle Stone 15th; Sarah O'Mahoney 17th.
Under-10 boys: Kevin O'Mahoney 3rd; Ciarán Kelly 14th; Peter Kenny 17th; Daniel O'Mahoney 20th; Darragh Stone 23rd; Tiernan Doyle 25th.
Under-12 girls: Claragh Keane 1st; Rachel Gregg 13th; Aoife Cullen 16th; Ellie O'Mahoney 18th; Jane Sinnott 19th; Orla Griffin 28th; Fiona O'Mahoney 34th; Sarah Kenny 35th.
Under-12 boys: Oisín Kehoe 11th; Eoin Sinnott 14th; Alex Gregg 22nd; Eoin Ormonde 24th.
Under-14 girls: Aoife O'Connor 12th.
Under-14 boys: Conor Keane 5th; Joe Barrett 7th; Darragh Collins 9th; Darragh Whelan 16th. Following these performances the team was placed second overall.
Under-16 boys: Tony Rowe 6th. And finally in the Under-18 boys, Liam Turner finished first, winning gold.
There were five athletes in the Novice men's race. First home for the club was John Stone in eighth place with a time of 23.08, followed closely by Brendan Radford in ninth with 23.10. Next across the line for D.M.P. was John Murphy in 17th with 23.53, again followed closely by team-mate Eddie Kennedy in 18th (23.55), with John Kehoe finishing with 26.19 for 33rd place. These results meant the men won silver in the team event which was great work, well done.
Day two of the cross-country county championships took place in the beautiful setting of JFK Park, New Ross, on October 11, and our Intermediate and Juvenile athletes ran their hearts out.
First it was the turn of the ladies with Christine Lacey-Stone finishing seventh with 17.58, and Martina O'Mahoney finishing 18th in a time of 19.29, both with very strong finishes so well done ladies.
Then the men followed with Brendan Radford sixth in the Intermediate race with 30.32, John Stone 11th, Eddie Kennedy 16th and John Murphy 18th. These placings were enough to secure the bronze medal in the team event for the men; well done lads.
The first Juvenile race was the Under-9 non-championship race, and in the girls we were represented by three athletes: Eabha Keane 6th, Sarah O'Mahoney 12th and Lily Murray 24th.
In the boys Under-9 we had Kevin O'Mahoney who was first and Darragh Stone 20th. Kevin as always got a flying start and led from start to finish. These were great performances considering most are Under-9 again next year.
In the Under-11 we had eight athletes in the girls and two in the boys. Results for the girls were: Ellie O'Mahoney 12th, Mary Rowe 14th, Orla Griffin 17th, Caitlin Murray 21st, Danielle Stone 24th, Sinéad Cullen 25th, Sophie Kolin 31st and Lucy Quirke 32nd. For the boys: Eoin Sinnott 15th and Ciarán Kelly 24th. Well done, great running.
Next it was the turn of the Under-13 girls with most of them moving up an age group to compete. Strong running and determination saw the girls secure the winning team prize and Claragh Keane and Rachel Gregg making the county team for the Leinsters, with Claragh winning her second county title.
Results were: Claragh 1st, Rachel 8th, Aoife Cullen 15th, Aoife O'Connor 16th and Jane Sinnott 20th; well done girls.
In the boys Under-13 we had only one athlete, Alex Gregg, and he finished a very creditable 15th in a competitive field.
Then our boys Under-15 stepped up to play their part in what was turning into a very good day for the club. Again most of the boys were moving up an age group to compete and boy did they do well, winning the team event for the club and four of the boys finishing in the top ten to gain a place on the Wexford team for Leinsters: Conor Keane 5th, Darragh Collins 8th, Joe Barrett 9th, Adam Kehoe 10th and Darragh Whelan 17th.
Last but by no means least was Liam Turner in the boys Under-17. Liam ran a very strong race to finish third and will represent Wexford at the Leinsters in November.
A special mention to the Murray sisters, Lily and Caitlin, in their first cross-country race for the club. Well done girls.
There are lots of photographs of these races and the happy participants up on our Facebook page so make sure to have a look at them.
Wexford Wanderers first XV hosted Athy on Saturday at Park Lane in the latest game of the pool stages of Division 2B of the Leinster League.
Wanderers had an excellent start with find of the season Luke Roche opening the scoring with an unconverted try. Fifteen minutes in Athy responded with a penalty kick before adding a second 20 minutes later to take the lead heading for the break.
However, first centre Colm O Corcora managed to punch a hole in the Athy defence after the Wexford pack attacked the fringes. Winger Paudge Cousins added the conversion to give Wanderers a 12-6 lead at half-time.
In the second period Cousins missed an early penalty in the highlight of the action before Athy narrowed the score with a penalty 15 minutes from the end to keep the pressure on Wexford.
A surging run from the back line saw Wexford work a number of phases, with James Byrne impressing before a quick reverse of attack saw replacement winger Derek Butler dive for the corner with less than five minutes to go for an unconverted try.
At this stage Wanderers needed to slow down the play and control the game, but Athy weren't finished and managed a quick distribution of the ball to the wing where their winger raced along the touchline from the halfway to score an unconverted try in the corner.
The final score was 17-14 in an evenly-matched and intense encounter. Wanderers have a free weekend before travelling to bottom of the table Clane on November 1 in a match which will undoubtedly decide which section of the league Wanderers play in for the rest of the season.
Team: John Rowe, Richie Morris, James Byrne, John Turner, Mossie Earle, Luke Roche, Aidan Stewart, Dara Keogh, Stuart Ryan, Paul Gannon, Robbie Kenny, Colm O Corcora, Seán O Corcora (capt.), Paudge Cousins, Liam Barry. Subs. - Alan Kinsella, Derek Butler, Mick Donoghue, Willie Morris, Kevin Roche, Gavin Doyle, Kevin Birney.
UNITED STRIDERS A.C.
It was another fantastic day for our Seniors at the Wexford Intermediate cross-country at the JFK Park.
It started with the women's 4k race, and it was an historic day as the strongly-placed team of Fiona Donovan (sixth), Sonya Byrne (ninth), Aine Boland (eleventh), Sinéad McCarthy (25th) and Aine Cullen picked up team bronze. It could be ten or so years since the Striders last won a team cros- country county medal, and the 2015 ladies have had an exceptional year.
Then it was the men's turn with a much longer run of 8k. Paul Doran ran a tactical race, waiting until the final hill to break away from the bunch and finish in fantastic style to take the double silver for Intermediate road and cross-country.
Backed up with strong members Paul Doran (second), Pat O'Callaghan (eighth), Seán Murphy (15th) and Luke Butler (21st), they took the men's team silver. Chasing them included the rest of the Senior men with Colm Stafford (22nd), Emmett Malone, John Kent and John O'Neill - brilliant achievements by all.
On the same day the Striders hosted day two of the Wexford Juvenile championships, also at the wonderful Kennedy Park venue. In front of great local support, the young Striders put on a great show, with all athletes performing at the peak of their powers.
Under-9s Moya Corbett, Lucy Power, Sam Myers, Patrick Pyne, Liam Murphy and Cillian Browne started the day very brightly for the home club. Leona Berry was very strong in the latter stages of her race to be first over the line, for our first gold.
With a strong team in this age group of Aisling Ryan, Ruby Murphy, Isobel Bawden and Ide Aspel, it was no surprise that they won bronze.
There was more good news at the Under-11 age group, with Myles Hewlett taking gold ahead of team-mates Eoin Shannon, Finn Kelly, Caolan Costello, Cosmo Hewlett, Ben Myers, Seán Lennon, Ryan Murphy and Ciarán McCarthy. With all the lads finishing high up the field, they managed to take gold and bronze team medals.
The Under-13 girls' Striders - Clodagh Foran, Eve Byrne, Ciara Murphy, Erinn Shannon, Louise Doyle, Méadbh Rogers and Leah Myers - all did well and scooped a team silver. The Under-13 boys' team of Aidan Shannon, Adam O'Connor, Darragh Flannelly, Owen Lennon and Oisín Mac Eochaidh also took gold, with Aidan and Adam also winning individual silver and bronze.
In the next age group, Grace Costello continued her good form from the previous week to win an individual silver. The teams of Grace, Alannah Byrne, Gráinne Flannelly, Joanne Kelly, Lilliana Rice and Zara Murphy did superbly to win gold and bronze medals.
The Under-15 boys - Aaron Browne, Patrick Doyle, Conor Murphy and Ryan Kielthy - won team silver and Aaron took individual silver. The final Striders in action were Elaina Browne and Hayleigh Bawden, who did fantastically well over 4km to win silver and bronze respectively.
Well done to all athletes who represented our club over the last two weeks and in the process won a club record 29 county championship medals. Thanks also to the New Ross Boat Club, where we celebrated another great day for the club.
Our final practice night was held on Wednesday in Foley's Bar, Newbawn, and we are now entering the real business end of things as round one of the new league season will start next Wednesday, October 21.
Names have to be in for 8 p.m. for the ladies and 9.15 p.m. for the main event, with first games starting at 9.30 p.m. sharp. Annual club membership of only €10 for the season can be paid to Eamonn or Caroline on the night, and we welcome any new members who might fancy their chances against some of the strong players we have in the club.
For the record, Paul Delaney beat Tom Bradley three legs to two in the final practice night last week, and both of these players have a big season ahead of them I think.
So don't forget next Wednesday, October 21, where a big welcome awaits all our old and hopefully some new members for the 2016 season in Foley's Bar, and where you will find a good night's entertainment, a few drinks and a cocktail sausage or two to while away those long winter nights.
The autumn league tournament is currently being played at Gorey Tennis Club with four teams, each consisting of eight members, battling for a place in the finals on October 30 at 7.30 p.m.
The presentation of prizes will take place at 9 p.m. followed by a Halloween party for senior members and their guests. Cost of the Chinese meal is €10, and bring your own drinks.
Fancy dress is optional. Please put names on the clubhouse noticeboard by October 26 for catering purposes.
SLANEY OLYMPIC A.C.
Well done to clubman Billy Reck on completing the Amsterdam marathon on Sunday in 2.58.
The dynamic duo of Ger Dempsey and Mag Sludds were racing again last weekend, this time taking part in the Charleville marathon in Co. Cork on Sunday.
Kevin Murphy was the first man home in the Parkrun held in Johnstown Castle on Saturday, crossing the line in 16.46.
Also taking part from the club were Michael Thorpe in 23.04, Joe O'Regan 26.08 and Kay O'Regan 28.00. Well done all.
The Dublin marathon group photo for all in Slaney Olympic or from town will be taken at 8 p.m. at the Enniscorthy Sports Track after training this Tuesday, October 20. All are invited to come and train with us on the night if they so wish.
Slaney Olympic would like to wish a warm welcome to new members Katey Gregan, Michael Quigley, Will Doyle and Annemarie Nolan.
Dates for the diary: Senior cross-country hosted by D.M.P., Sunday, December 13; Masters cross-country hosted by Croghan, Sunday, January 10, 2016.