Monday 23 October 2017

Club Call

Niall Sheil with his coach, Pavel Kolesnikov, and fellow Masters medal winner and training partner, Jackie Carthy
Niall Sheil with his coach, Pavel Kolesnikov, and fellow Masters medal winner and training partner, Jackie Carthy

Bree A.C.: Bree Athletic Club once again travelled to Athlone to compete in the All-Ireland indoor championships.

The first day was started off with Sophie McCabe in the Under-19 400m. She qualified from the semi-final and went into the final feeling confident, and she had every right to feel that way.

Thankfully for those watching she took hold of second place position with 100m to go and never let go of that spot. She ran yet another P.B. time, showing that she is getting stronger with every race.

In the Under-12 60m sprint, Seán Rowley was first to compete and faced his semi-final with the gold medal winner from the Leinster indoor championship. Thankfully this did not upset him and he finished in second place and entered the final with the second-fastest time.

Seán held this position and won the silver medal. No doubt this is not the last All-Ireland medal for this young man.

Katie Whelan was up next in the Under-14 60m but unfortunately it was not to be her day. She had a mishap coming out of the blocks and in the 60m there is no room for errors at the start despite fighting hard to the finish.

She narrowly missed out on a spot in the final. Katie is a strong character and will learn from this and come back stronger for the outdoor season.

Our final sprinter was Aoife Rochford and, despite qualifying for the final, she wasn't happy with her run and felt there was a bit more to find. How right she was as, although she didn't medal, she took a further 0.04 off her P.B. time, proving that her training is working and her road to the outdoor season is looking bright.

On the Sunday we had two hurdlers up and, although they were both fourth and just one step away from the podium, they were clearly winners in their performances, both attaining new personal bests.

First was Dara Casey in the Under-14 competition. He was second in the Leinster championship just a week earlier with a time of 10.11, and this time around had his best performance yet, beating the current Leinster champion with a new P.B. time of 9.83. This proves that he is moving in the right direction.

Aoife then took to the track in a very tough competition and on previous form was entering in sixth place, but she achieved a new P.B. in the semi and took her place in the final, finishing fourth.

Again she gained a new P.B. time of 8.96. Her previous time was 9.33 and she left a number of athletes who would have previously beaten her in her wake.

Yes, podium places are the aim but with improvements like this it is as good as a medal around your neck.

Juvenile training is all about improving and both of these athletes have proven that they have what it takes to make Senior athletes . Keep up the hard work and the times will keep getting better.

Major congratulations to all of you from the coaches. We were very proud of your performances both on and off the track.

The world indoor championships took place at the weekend but Bree Athletic Club had its eyes on our Under-12 boys who were taking part in the All-Ireland indoor relay finals. They placed second in the Leinster indoor championship just a few weeks ago and had a target of reducing their time in mind and did not disappoint.

The boys finished in third place and beamed with joy when the bronze medals were place around their necks. They reduced their Leinster time by 0.60, finishing in a time of 57.44 and beating the current Leinster champions. Well done boys on a great result.

Also in action last weekend was Sophie McCabe. There is just no stopping this young lady as she took home yet another gold, this time in the Under-19 All-Ireland indoor triple jump with a very good 10.92m. Huge congratulations Sophie, and keep up the good work.


Rosslare Bowling Club would like to invite all its members and anyone else, male/female, any age, interested in bowling as a hobby to attend on Sunday, April 3, at 2 p.m.

If you would like any further information, please get in touch with Hon. Secretary Catherine at 086-8177679.


The Wexford Academy of Martial Arts are set to hold their annual fight night next Saturday, March 26, at Wexford's Talbot Hotel.

Wexford, and indeed the country, have seen marvellous celebrations as of late in light of the country's centenary celebrations of the 1916 Rising. Well, the Wexford Academy has decided to follow suit and have entitled this fight night 'The Uprising', which promises a few battles of its own.

This fight night is set to show an extremely impressive undercard with a selection of Junior and Senior fighters from the Wexford Academy who will take on some of the country's best martial artists.

Following the undercard will be a whopping eight title fights. Yes, you read correctly, eight title fights including three Irish titles, four Celtic tiles and one Five Nations title.

Two of the Irish titles up for grabs will be contested by father and son duo, George and Josh Carley. Young Josh is a seasoned fighter with the Wexford Academy. He has been in hard training for this title for the last few months and is adamant that he will bring the title back to the club.

George, on the other hand, is going for his first title! 'Fifty and fabulous' George is showing the county you're never too old to get in the ring. George is extremely committed to his training and is facing an old rival for the belt. This is set to be a war.

Fighters from the Wexford Academy are contesting the four Celtic title belts. James O'Keeffe is the youngest member from the Academy but is fast making a name for himself across the country for his outstanding achievements in kickboxing. As a result, James has been given his first opportunity to fight for a title and he is ready for battle.

Kelsey Sutton is also a well-known fighter and is looking to retain her title, having put in a fabulous performance to win last year. She has put in a tremendous amount of effort in training and is confident that she will be victorious.

Jack Browne is a 'fan favourite' for his guts and skill. Having narrowly lost out on this title a year ago, Jack is ready to fight tooth and nail to bring home the win and the belt.

Last but not least is seasoned fighter, Alice Power. Alice is the most sought after female fighter in the country and is making a name for herself on the international circuit also. Not many can go toe-to-toe with this girl and she's hungry for her next title.

Two well-known fighters will be contesting the remaining titles. Liam Alford, from Shannon, will be looking for the Five Nations title, while Stephen McAfee, from Dublin, will be going to war for an Irish title.

There's going to be thrills and spills in abundance with an enormous amount of talent on display. What more could you ask for? Door will open at 6.30 p.m. with a 7 p.m. start. Best of luck to all the fighters.


Wexford Kettlebell Club had a brilliant turn-out last Thursday morning at our St. Patrick's Day parade. Big thanks to all members (adults and juniors) who came out to march.

We would also like to thank John Fowler for his help and all the organising that went on to make the day so good. We got a fantastic reception from the mayor, local councillors, dignitaries and everyone in and around the bandstand, especially 'Biddy' who did a great job on the mic.

We have a massive year ahead of us with two teams now travelling away for major competitions. Our Junior squad will travel to Latvia in July and the Senior team is Poland-bound in May.

We will be starting our fundraising events in a couple of weeks' time, with our first flag day on Friday, April 1, followed by a second one on Saturday, April 9. A rota will be up in the gym this week, so please check the days and times that you are pencilled in for, and should you need to make a change you can contact Kathleen.

If any member of the kettlebell club or our Junior team has any fundraising ideas or want to discuss an idea that you have, please bring it to Kathleen Cleary, Marie Laffan or Marian Roberts.

Our weekly lotto jackpot now stands at €11,400, and tickets are on sale at reception or you can buy them from any member of the club. Tickets are only €1.50 and we would encourage every club member to do their best to sell a book or if not to buy a few tickets.

This is our one steady stream of fundraising so the more tickets we can sell, the better.

Also, this is the last week to get tickets for our massive Easter Egg raffle (donated by Sarah Butler in Killeens shop). Tickets are €2 a strip or three for a fiver.

Wexford Kettlebell Club is on every Monday from 6-7 p.m., Wednesday from 7.30-9 p.m., and Friday from 6-8 p.m. It is suitable for all levels of fitness and classes can be tailored for total beginners who are always welcome.

Junior Kettlebell Club is on every Saturday at 10 a.m. Children from ages eight upwards can enjoy learning the basic movements and lifts involved in kettlebell sport in a fun environment with smaller/lighter weights.

Again these classes are focused on younger children but all levels of fitness can be catered for due to the versatility of the kettlebell itself. It's a great sport to get into because an eight-year-old is shown how to lift or learn with a four kg. bell, and a 13-year-old chap will learn the exact same exercise but use an eight kg. bell. If you have any enquiries at all, contact Mick Kelly on 086-2621488.


The annual Wexford Wanderers R.F.C. dinner dance and awards night will be held in two weeks' time on Saturday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in the Talbot Hotel.

The night will commence in the usual meeting point of the hotel bar for pre-dinner drinks, followed by meal and music and dancing into the morning hours. The music will be provided by the 'The Waxies' who will surely get the crowd going with their legendary style.

This year the club will honour its most famous past player, Gordon D'Arcy, who was capped 82 times for Ireland as well as touring twice with the British and Irish Lions and who retired from rugby at the start of the season.

It is hoped that as many parents, former players, supporters and friends can attend this event and organise tables to engage in the important social side of what makes rugby such a special sport for this very special night.

Tickets are only €40 and orders can be pre-booked at this stage by contacting Brian McGonigal on 087-7744574 or any member of the club committee, or by e-mailing Alternatively tickets are also available on Saturday mornings from the club gear shop at the clubhouse at Park Lane.

Follow Wexford Wanderers on the official club Twitter account @wexfordwrfc or Facebook (Wexford Wanderers RFC) for the most up to date news on what is happening at the club.


National titles are rare things and hard to come by, but are a result of hard work, discipline and dedication.

Niall Sheil from St. Killian's travelled to Athlone on Sunday to compete in the national 1,500m Over-35 event. Having taken the indoor and outdoor national titles in this event last year, he was the man to beat.

In a very competitive field he did not relent to the pressure and put the foot down from the start and took a commanding lead, a lead he was not to lose as he took the victory with 50m to spare in super style.

This sets him up perfectly as he prepares to compete for Ireland in the European Masters indoors in Italy in a couple of weeks.

Well done Niall and a special mention to his coach and mentor, Pavel Kolesnikov, who has yet again been instrumental in Niall's success.

Wexford People

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