Sunday 17 December 2017

Club Call

Jack Forde and Anna Finan of St. Killian's at the recent Leinster championships
Jack Forde and Anna Finan of St. Killian's at the recent Leinster championships
The Wexford Kettlebell Club crew in their new gear

St. Killian's A.C.: Well done to the juvenile athletes who competed in the Leinster indoors in Athlone recently.

Anna Finan ran a great race but unfortunately missed out on the final in the 60m Under-13. Jack Forde was on form and threw a massive 11.52m in the Under-14 shot putt, bringing home the gold medal.

Jack also took home a silver medal in the Under-14 high jump, jumping a new P.B. of 1.50m and narrowly missing out on the gold medal on countback.

In preparation for the county track and field championships, Wexford Athletics are holding a skills camp on Wednesday and Thursday, March 30 and 31, and this is an event that St. Killian's club would recommend to their athletes.

The event takes place at the Hub in Enniscorthy from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. daily. The cost is €2 per athlete per day (registered A.A.I. athletes only), and the camp is open to children who are competing this year Under-12 (born 2005) or over (born before 2005) - no exceptions.

Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Registration forms and full details are available by e-mail from our club Secretary.

St. Killian's A.C. was founded in November, 2006, to promote athletics in the Crossabeg, Ballymurn, Oylegate, Glenbrien, Curracloe, Screen, Castlebridge, Blackwater, Barntown, Glynn and surrounding areas.

Indoor training is continuing in Crossabeg Community Centre every Monday and Thursday from 7-8 p.m. and new members are always most welcome.

When the weather gets better after Easter, the athletes will train outdoor in the new community field in Garrywilliam, again on Monday and Thursday evenings. Members will be notified of the dates and changes when they come into force.

Club vest, hoodies, caps and jackets are available from committee members.

Nicky Cowman coaches high jump and hurdles in Adamstown Community Centre every Wednesday at 7.30 p.m. for juvenile athletes up to 14 years of age.

For fruther information on the club's activities please contact Secretary Kathryn on 087-9434080 or Chairperson Anne-Marie on 085-7484455.


Sixteen teams battled it out for the coveted team jumping title which was hosted by Carne Riding Club in Wexford Equestrian Centre.

This established annual competition continues to draw all levels of riders from clubs around the south-east region. The competition is run Nations Cup style to add to the excitement.

After the first 60 rounds were ridden, five teams - two from Carne plus Horetown, Barrow Valley and Thomastown and District - headed into the second round on zero penalties.

As the last rider of each team started their second round, the tension built around the arena with the captains being cheered on by their team-mates.

A jump-off was required to sort out the first four places, with sixth going to Horetown and fifth going to the team of three from Ashwood.

First into the arena was Thomastown and District rider Bernadette Murphy and Tinford Lad who set a good clear round in 33.94. Next in was Carne rider Lynn Sheehy and Honey Badger who had another lovely clear in 36.22.

The second Carne rider into the jump-off was Jennifer Kehoe on Westwinds Mr Cool who jumped clear in 33.72, putting them in the lead. Caroline Kelly, last in for Barrow Valley on Leinster, was also clear, but not fast enough to knock the Carne team off the podium.

Carne retained the team title for another year with Ger Hammel riding Taylor Slaney Cruise, Barbara Cullen riding Ashfield Pippa, Isabelle Rouviere riding Banner Lucky, and Jennifer Kehoe on Westwinds Mr Cool.

Carne Riding Club hosted the final leg of the South East Dressage League on Sunday in Wexford Equestrian Centre. It was a very successful day for Carne with a lot of red rosettes staying in Wexford after a great day's competition.

In the open class we took first and second with Ian Grace and Aisling Quinn respectively, while Ian won the overall title in the open league.

Melanie Hammel and Ginger got the win when it was really needed for them, also fetching her the overall Advanced Intermediate title.

The Intermediate class also marked another win by Carne with Nessa O'Sullivan on her homebred Moondance winning for second week in a row to secure her the overall Intermediate title.

Anne Clune with Bella also went to battle in the Advanced Primary class but she was third in an extremely-competitive class which meant she was knocked into second place in the overall league title race.

D.M.P. A.C.

It was a busy weekend for the club both on the local and national athletics scene.

Locally the Senior men and women took to the roads of Enniscorthy in the county Novice road race. The women's team battled hard with Christine Stone having a great run, just finishing outside the individual medals in fourth place. Martina O'Mahony, Kathleen Keane and Lisa Malone made up the team.

In the men's race all ran really well to secure third place in a very competitive team event. Well done to John Murphy, Eddie Kennedy, John Stone and Brendan Radford.

At national level on Saturday we had two Juvenile athletes competing at the indoor championships, Conor Brennan and Shane Parle. Conor competed in the Under-15 high jump and it wasn't his day, but after a silver medal at Leinster level there is more to come from this ever-improving young athlete.

Shane, however, reached new heights in his athletic career and was crowned Under-19 high jump All-Ireland champion, a great achievement by this young man.

Great credit to his coach, Jim Corcoran, and it was a proud day for his family, especially his grandad Jim Parle, a stalwart for many years of the D.M.P. club, and a great day for the club. Well done Shane.


Wexford Kettlebell Club has only just got back to normal after our national championships which were held in Limerick two weeks ago. A total of 26 members of the club competed over the two-day event and took away with us a great haul of medals along with national titles.

This event was the most important one in our kettlebell calendar as winning here gives you the opportunity to take your place on the Irish squad and compete at both the Europeans and the World championships. This year athletes will compete in Poland (Europeans), Kazakhstan (Worlds), and Latvia (Junior European championships).

Wexford club members who came out winners and placed in their weight categories were: Becca Dowdall, Under-18 gold medallist; Megan Lane, Under-16 winner; Gary Carroll, Under-16 long cycle winner; Dylan Walsh, Under-16 biathlon winner; Brendan Smith, Under-16 long cycle winner. These five young lads are all on Irish youth team and will travel to Latvia in June.

Chloe Kehoe was Under-18 runner-up and won a silver medal, while Emma Smith won the Under-16 silver medal. Billy Hillis at Under-16 won silver, while brothers David and Ian Kelly won gold and bronze in the long-cycle event. It was also David's first ten-minute competition, and the same for Kian Butler who won gold in his first ten-minute competition. Well done boys.

The ladies as always in our nationals compete in the ten-minute snatch discipline with either a 24 kg. or 16 kg. bell. Collette Butler took home a silver medal, while Fiona Kelly won a bronze medal, and Sarah Clifford won silver.

Alison Murphy won both a gold and a bronze medal. Jennie Carthy took home a gold medal as did Maeve Carey who at her very first ten-minute competition snatched a massive 201 reps - a fantastic result. Well done again Maeve.

Marie Laffan-Cullen won gold, while Clara O'Connor also had a great day and won a gold and silver with a huge 196 reps. with a 16 kg. bell which was a great result.

Two new members to the Wexford club, Kelly Fortune and Rachel Corrigan, both girls at their first big competition, did brilliantly. Kelly won bronze, snatching 16 kgs.

All the above athletes also won places on the Irish squad for 2016. Rachel Corrigan took home a gold medal, winning with the 12 kg. kettlebell.

And with only one female professional athlete in our club, Kathleen Cleary as always did the club proud, snatching 24 kg. and winning a silver medal in the process.

We also have two professional male athletes who competed in Limerick. Keith Dwyer won two gold medals competing on both Saturday and Sunday, winning both the biathlon and long cycle events.

Paul Kelly was a silver medalist in biathlon. Both these guys lift 2 x 32 kg. bells or the equivalent of 10 st. over their heads for multiple reps. Well done to everyone involved and a special thanks to Mick Kelly for all his hard work and the coaching/training programmes he does for all the club.

Next Thursday, March 17, is St. Patrick's Day and we will be marching, so please make sure you wear your club gear and collect your bell in the gym. We are meeting at 10.20 a.m. sharp on the green in Maudlintown. Fundraising days are coming up too, so please make sure your name is down to help with our flag days on April 1 and 9.

We are also raffling off a wonderful massive Lily O' Brien Easter Egg (kindly donated by Sarah Butler in Killeen's). Tickets are on sale at reception, €2 for one or three for €5.

Our weekly lotto jackpot now stands at a whopping €11,000. Tickets are only €1.50 and can be bought at reception, or just ask any Wexford club member who also has a book!


Shane Power was the best in a series of great performances by St. Joseph's Juvenile athletes at the national indoor All-Irelands in Athlone.

Shane won the Under-19 national pole vault title and equalled his previous personal best of 3.80m, and also barely missed a 3.90m clearance. Shane now holds both the Junior men's and boys' Under-19 pole vault national indoor titles.

Eoin Kennedy performed superbly, exceeding his previous personal best by jumping 4.84m in the Under-14 long jump final, but unfortunately he finished in fourth place, just missing out on an All-Ireland medal.

Superb jumps by Aoife Byrne and Evan O'Toole at the Leinster championships qualified them for the national Under-13 long jump finals, but they were unable to repeat their heroics on this occasion.

The above athletes qualified for the All-Irelands from an ultra-competitive Leinster indoor championships held on the previous weekend. St. Joseph's had 20 Juvenile athletes competing over a range of events, and the long jump gained the club gold and bronze medals.

In the boys' Under-13 event, Evan O'Toole won the heats with a best jump of 4.37m, and then exceeded that height by jumping 4.38m in the final and earning himself a Leinster gold medal.

In the Under-13 girls' competition, Aoife Byrne jumped a superb 4.07m in winning a Leinster bronze medal. Other long jumpers who competed really well but did not make the finals were Erin Foley, Danny Glennon, Alex Hughes and Tara Glennon.

Eoin Kennedy was the club's best sprint performer, winning his heat, finishing fourth in the semi-final and qualifying for the final where he finished in fifth position.

The following sprinters all represented the club with distinction, with many qualifying for semi-finals from their respective heats: Caitlin Mullally, Rachel Foley, Aidan Lawlor, Erin Foley, Aoife Byrne, Danny Glennon, Áine McDonald, Sophie Mullally, Marie Claire O'Dwyer, Tara Glennon, Chloe Mullally, Linda Lawlor and Darragh McDonald.

At Under-18 level, Sarah Lawlor was fifth in a straight sprint final.

In the shot putt, Holly Hughes threw a fantastic 5.81m in the Under-12 event which placed her just outside the medals in fifth position in the final. Rachel Foley also competed at this age group.

In the high jump, Darragh McDonald finished an excellent sixth, with a new personal best of 1.40m. Áine McDonald also competed in the high jump but finished outside of the medals.

The club Juvenile exploits on Saturday was followed by Junior, Senior and Masters heroics at their Leinster indoor championships on the following day, with brilliant performances and plenty of medals.

At Junior level, Sophie Becker led the way, winning the 400m, and finishing second in the 200m. Shane Power finished second in the Junior men's pole vault, clearing a superb 3.80m.

Sarah Lawlor finished third in the triple jump. A superb Junior women's relay team of Sophie Becker, Sarah Lawlor, Mia Griffin and Clara Kennedy won the 4 x 200m Leinster title.

At Senior level, Eoin Power won the 60m hurdles and finished third in the 400m. Emma Fenlon was second in the shot putt, with a new personal best of 11.38m. Sally Forristal finished second in the 3,000m and third in the 1,500m.

Jack Saunders gave David Gillick a run for his money, finishing second behind him in the 200m heats. Unfortunately, Jack broke in his finals which saw him disqualified. It's great to see Jack back in competition again.

Not to be outdone, the club's Masters athletes produced a series of superb performances. Verena Fenlon won the shot putt, finished second in the long jump, and third in the high jump. Austin Lee won the 60m hurdles and high jump, and finished second and third in the shot putt and long jump respectively.

In the 3,000m walk, Bríd Lawlor was first in the Over-55 age category, Maggie Helen O'Connor was first at Over-40, and John Joe Lawlor was first at Over-50. In winning the Over-50 race, John Joe race walked the 3,000m distance in 16:11:45 and set a new Leinster record.

Finally, Mary Breen finished second in the shot putt and Paudie Barron was fourth in both the 60m and 200m.

Congratulations to Paul Sheehan who ran the Tralee marathon on Saturday. This was Paul's first time to pace a marathon for a 3:45 finish, and he did this in style, crossing the finish line in 3:44:30.

Patrick Bookle had a fine run in the Run4Life 10km in Carlow, finishing in tenth position in a time of 38.07.

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