Monday 22 January 2018

Club call

Evan Kelly, who made Wexford Gymnastics Club history
Evan Kelly, who made Wexford Gymnastics Club history

St. Killian's A.C.: St. Killian's Athletic Club are hosting a primary schools relay marathon catering for children in their catchment area - Oylegate, Ballymurn, Crossabeg, Castlebridge, Glenbrien, Curracloe and Screen.

Each school is expected to provide 30 children who will share the marathon distance between them. Children can run as much or as little as they like. Each team must carry a baton and the first team across the line having completed the full distance will be declared the winners.

The event will take place in Crossabeg community field on Wednesday, May 11, at 10.30 a.m. There will be an overall perpetual trophy awarded to the winning school, and the schools finishing in the top three placings will also be awarded medals.

Please come along and give the children the support they deserve. This is a first in the county and the club are hoping that parents and supporters will come along and give the children encouragement and support.


A group of 23 swimmers from the Wexford club travelled up the road to New Ross to compete in New Ross Swimming Club's first gala in The Apex recently.

A total of 36 medals comprising 8 gold, 13 silver and 15 bronze along with the first place and two second places in the skins finals were achieved. Coaches Andy Trilsbach and Mariusz Szneider were on hand for the day and were very pleased with all the results.

In the age ten and under, Róisín Lawless swam in the 50m free, back, breast and fly and got some new P.B's. Emmet Cousins swam in six events and won a gold medal in the 100m back, silver in the 50m back, 100m fly and free, and bronze in the 50m free.

Thomas Francis also swam six events and won a gold medal in the 50m breast and bronze in the 100m back.

In the age 11-12 group, swimmers competed in 100m and 200m races. Helen Barry got five-second P.B's in the 100m breast and 100m back. Sophie Mahon got a five-second P.B. in the 100m fly, ten seconds off her 200m free and 15 seconds off her 200m I.M.

Ruby Middleton had a great day and took 24 seconds off her 200m I.M. along with eight seconds off her 100m free. Dillon Cousins swam in four events and won silver in the 200m I.M. and 100m fly, and bronze in the 100m back and 200m free.

Pádraic O'Carroll swam 100m in the four events and got a good six-second P.B. in the 100m back.

At age 13-14 level, Hannah Leacy swam in the 100m free and breast and 200m free and I.M. and set some very good times. Kate Rossiter-Gargan swam in four events and set a new P.B. of eight seconds in the 100m back.

Denis Miculescu won gold in the 200m I.M., silver in the 100m back and 200m free, and bronze in the 100m free. Adam Mahon won gold in the 100m fly and bronze in the 200m free.

At age 15-16 level, Liam Devaney was delighted when he got under the minute in the 100m free and won a silver medal. Ana Bates got a great eight-second P.B. in the 200m I.M.

Olivia Middleton swam in four events and got some good P.B's. Michael Leacy swam four events and won bronze in the 100m fly and 200m free.

Seán Reck swam six events and got some good P.B's. Niall Reck also swam in six events and won silver in the 100m back.

At age 17 and over, Sarah Murphy swam in three events and won bronze in 100m fly. Egle Matuzaite won bronze in 100m free and back and 200m free.

Eoghan Mahon swam in five events and won silver in the 100m back and bronze in the 100m free, 200m free and 200m I.M. Darragh Sinnott swam in three events and won gold in the 100m breast and 200m free, and silver in the 200m I.M.

Age 19 and over, Cameron Steel swam in four events and won gold in the 100m and 200m free and silver in the 100 fly and 200m I.M.

In the skins event, the fastest six swimmers in the 200m I.M. competed for a prize of €50. In the age 15 and under, Adam Mahon and Denis Miculescu qualified for the skins final. Denis came fifth and Adam went on to finish second, just missing out on the cash prize.

In the age 15 and over group, three Wexford swimmers qualified for the skins final. Darragh Sinnott went out in fifth place, leaving Cameron Steel and Eoghan Mahon to battle all the way to the end, with Eoghan coming out on top in the final event to win the cash prize.

On April 24 the final round robin gala took place. Wexford Swimming Club's up and coming young swimmers put in a valiant effort but had to settle for third place this year.

The perpetual trophy was handed over to New Ross Swimming Club with Enniscorthy's Slaney Sharks finishing in second place and Courtown Swimming Club in fourth place. Well done to all the fabulous swimmers from all the clubs.

Competing for Wexford and setting new times in the 100m I.M. were Louise Doyle, Eliza Kelly, Juliet Kelly, Abbie Kershaw, Róisín Lawless and George Lucut.

Elise Cahill took 17 seconds off her 100m I.M. and Emmet Cousins took 13 seconds off his 200m I.M., while Peter Doyle took a massive 42 seconds off his 200m I.M. and 20 seconds off his 100m I.M.

Róisín Doyle took ten seconds off her 100m I.M., and Thomas Francis took eleven seconds off his 100m I.M.

Orla Griffin took 14 seconds off her 100m I.M. Pádraic O'Carroll took five seconds off his 100m and 200m I.M.

Niall Griffin and Sophie Mahon swam really well and have now achieved their Grade 7 times in both 100m and 200m I.M's.


History was yet again recently when Wexford Gymnastics Club entered its first-ever competitor in a men's artistic gymnastics competition.

Representing the Wexford club in the Under-10 category was Evan Kelly who was coached by Róisín Kavanagh. He started off by competing on the floor where he scored an 8.6 (first), then moved on to P.P.P. and scored 7.6 (second), and finally competed on vault where he scored 9.4 (second).

This gave him an overall score of 25.6 and a second place finish with only .3 of a mark behind first place. We're certain Evan will definitely be one to watch at the next competition.

The club is extremely pleased with how well he competed in his first men's artistic event.


Wexford Wanderers travelled to Togher to take on Portlaoise in their first Leinster League outing of 2016 and went down to a narrow six-run defeat in a keenly-contested encounter.

Portlaoise batted first and were all out for 184 runs in the final over of their allotted 45.

In reply, Wanderers got off to a good start and, with 73 runs on the board after 17 overs for the loss of just two wickets, they appeared to be in a very strong position.

However, the home side fought back gamely and it remained in the balance until the final over when the last Wexford batsman was bowled, just an agonising seven runs short of what would have been a magnificent win.

Nevertheless, the team can take great confidence from this performance.

Wexford Wanderers secured their first Leinster League victory for 2016 when they comprehensively defeated North Kildare by eight wickets at Park on Sunday.

The visitors batted first and although it was a glorious sunny afternoon, the wicket was still damp from the previous day's rain and proved very difficult to score on.

North Kildare made a cautious start but looked in reasonable shape with their score on 28 with just one wicket down. However, when Eugene Brennan was handed the ball the game soon changed dramatically.

In a six-over spell Eugene returned the truly remarkable figures of six wickets for only seven runs. He received good support from Alan Murphy at the other end with three wickets for 15 runs off his six overs.

The bowlers were well supported in the field with eight catches in all being taken, with skipper Tony Murray leading from the front with three catches to his name.

In reply, openers Steve Wood and Niall Honohan fell for five and eight respectively but then the bowling heroes, Eugene and Alan, set about steadying the ship. They survived a few anxious moments but gradually began to get on top of the visitors' bowling attack and they saw Wexford home without further mishap. Eugene was unbeaten on 22 runs with Alan 13 not out.

Next Sunday the team travels to Sandymount to take on Pembroke.

Training continues every Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Wexford Wanderers R.F.C., and anyone wishing to play cricket is more than welcome to attend.

Youth training for girls and boys from seven years old to 15 will begin on Tuesday, May 10, at 7 p.m. at the rugby club.


Sailing cots are a traditional flat-bottomed craft which are to be found only in Wexford.

The sport was revived in recent years and races are held each Sunday morning and Wednesday evening throughout the summer months.

Twelve of these Sunday morning races are classed as championship races with points and perpetual trophies awarded.

On Sunday, May 8, we sailed for the Noel O'Neill Perpetual Trophy and the results were as follows: 1, Lily; 2, Sunrise; 3, Frog; 4, Tippy Toes; 5, Swannie Lass; 6, The Goose; 7, Back in a minute; 8, Katy Leigh; 9, Southend.

Points after race one: Lily (Bernard Nolan), 12; Sunrise (Philly Cullen), 10; Frog (Paddy Murphy), 9; Tippy Toes (Seánie Kehoe), 8; Swannie Lass (Duke Dempsey), 7; The Goose (Darren Phillips), 6; Back in a minute (Damien Foley), 5; Katy Leigh (Marty Murphy), 4; Southend (John Cullen), 3.


Athletes in Wexford Kettlebell Club are well into their preparations for this week's European championships being held in Gdansk, Poland.

Alison Murphy, Sarah Clifford, Jennie Carthy, Maeve Carey, Kelly Fortune and Keith Dwyer are part of a 40-strong Irish team which will start to compete from Thursday, May 12, finishing Sunday, May 15.

The girls will be competing in the amateur/veteran 16 kg. snatch discipline, and Keith, our only professional athlete, has changed lift this year and will be competing in the biathlon which comprises two lifts - the jerk and snatch.

The jerk will be done with 2 x 32 kg. bells and the snatch is done with one bell. All lifts are done in a ten-minute set, and the winner is whoever gets the highest amount of reps. in your allocated time.

We wish everyone competing the very best of luck and look forward to hearing and seeing your results as they happen via social media.

We have several training programmes up in the gym right now with athletes preparing for other competitions which are happening in the near future. We have a five-minute competition in Limerick in June, while our Juniors are preparing for their European championships which will be held in Latvia in July.

It was also announced that females for the first time will be allowed to compete with two bells at this event in Latvia. Ladies will compete in the long-cycle event using 2 x 16 kg., 2 x 20 kg. or 2 x 24 kg. kettlebells, a lift previously exclusive to men only.

Finally, the Cup of Ireland will also happen in July and this is the last ranking event for 2016. Any spaces available for the Irish squad can be filled before the world championships which will be in Kazakhstan in October.

The club would like to thank everyone who has helped with the fundraising events which we have held over the last few months. Our flag day was a great success despite the stormy conditions which ruined our Friday collection.

A grand total total of €980 was raised on the town and we're extremely grateful for any and all help we get for our club. We also run a weekly lotto and have had two match three winners in the past six weeks. Kathleen Cleary has been our lucky seller!

Tickets are only €1.50 and are on sale at reception in the gym, and most club members also have them for sale. The jackpot now stands at €14,600.

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's suitable for people of all fitness levels and beginners upwards.

Junior kettlebell club is on every Saturday at 10 a.m. and is a great introduction for children who are interested in weights and just want to see what it's all about. It's €5 per session.


What a day at the counties last Sunday, with sunshine and smiles all round.

Our youngest athlete competing was Jack McCormack running the Under-9 60m and 300m. He made the semi-final of the sprint and was so unlucky not to make the final. He placed well in the 300m.

Well done also to Allanah Cummings, competing in her first county championships at Under-10 in the 60m and long jump. Luke Rennick and Cillian Larkin also competed well in the Under-10 events.

Cliona Kearney had a busy day with a second place in the Under-11 high jump, fifth in the 600m, competing in turbo javelin and taking a silver medal in the Under-12 relay.

All of our Under-11 girls competed really well. Angeleena Juddimon ran the 60m, the 600m, did high jump and threw turbo javelin. Leah Sinnott and Niamh Murphy ran the 60m and did high jump, with Niamh taking bronze in the high jump and making the final of the sprint.

In the Under-11 boys, Jack Halpin threw a new personal best of 14.93 in the javelin to take silver. He was fourth in the high jump.

Seán Logue had a brilliant high jump, taking home silver and competing well in the 60m, javelin and 600m. Lee Carthy ran very well in the 60m, just missing out on a place in the final.

Our Under-12 girls were in excellent form, taking silver in the relay. Well done to Cliona Kearney, Sarah Leahy, Sinéad O'Reilly and Ailbhe White. Sarah acquitted herself well in the long jump and 60m.

Sinéad O'Reilly surprised herself with a bronze in the 60m and was fourth in the long jump. Ailbhe White won the 60m and was second in the long jump with a big new P.B. of 3.98.

The Under-12 boys did well also, contesting the relay with Charlie Renwick, Finn Cullen, Jack Halpin and James Whelan. They all did well at long jump and the 60m.

Omar Karmas had a busy day also in the Under-13 80m, high jump and javelin. Ava Kearney did all her events on the day - sprint, high jump, hurdles and shot putt - and did really well.

Eimear Halpin took silver in the javelin throwing into a tricky wind and was fourth in the hurdles, just pipped at the finish. She went on to compete in the Under-14 relay team, taking gold.

Sabia Doyle anchored the Under-14 girls to a big victory in the relay. Well done to Nadia El Moussati, Eimear Halpin, Ciara Dolan and Sabia. Sabia was second in the 80m.

Nadia had an excellent day, showing great potential given that she is new to athletics. She gave her all in the 200m, finishing third, and was a good fourth in the 80m.

Ciara Dolan showed her speed in the 80m and jumped well in high jump. Danika Gilshinan had another convincing win in the 800m.

Nathan Murphy continues his medal haul, taking third in the high jump with a new P.B. of 1.23 and third in javelin. He was also fifth in the 200m.

Ben Logue was fourth in the javelin and made the final of the 80m, with training paying off for this dedicated athlete. Adam Leahy, another dedicated athlete, competed well in the javelin and high jump with a competition best of 1.25.

Shane O'Neill took bronze in the hurdles. He also threw javelin, finishing in fifth place. John Hennessy ran a good 800m and jumped 1.20 in the high jump.

The Under-15 girls' sprint trio of April Keeling, Suzie Brennan and Liadh Dwyer were bound to provide some excitement in the 200m and they delivered. It was a battle of strength and wits with April showing her class to take gold, Liadh pipping Suzie on the line for third, and Suzie taking fourth place, pulling up injured. We hope you recover soon Suzie.

Leon Sinnott had a good day also in the 200 and javelin. Jack Hayden and Brandon Sinnott were keenly matched in the Under-17 200s. The previous week Brandon got the better of Jack in the 100m. Sunday was Jack's day, taking silver with Brandon third.

Jack was also second in the long jump. Aaron Tierney-Smith had to pull out of the hurdles, tired from his efforts in the Cycle against Suicide on Friday. Eoghan Doyle showed that he is getting back into form in the Under-18 shot putt. Well done to everyone.

Training continues: Tuesday, 7-8 p.m., sprint hurdles, track in Rosslare, Under-12 up; Tuesday, 6.30 p.m., distance, County Council building; Wednesday, 6-7 p.m., Presentation gym for seven- to ten-year-olds; Thursday, 7-8 p.m., track in Rosslare for Under-10 upwards; Saturday, 10 a.m., track in Rosslare for Under-10 upwards; Saturday, 2.30 p.m., track in Rosslare, throws.


The last Wexford North and South Road Invitation Pigeon Club race was flown from Kinsale, an average of 95 miles, to Wexford town. A total of 14 members sent 238 birds for the club race to join the convoy of 2,800 birds competing in the South Leinster Federation.

The winner, once again, was Billy Cullimore. What a fantastic start to his racing season, and Billy did it in style by taking first and second place.

The winning pigeon was a two-year-old hen and is a daughter of Gerry O'Mara's great pigeon, 'Rocket Ronnie' - a winner of three first Dublin Federations.

The second-placed pigeon for Billy was the previous week's race winner, '007'. It looks like Billy has another champion at his Clonard lofts.

In third place and another fancier getting off to a great start was Adam Hillis. Adam is the only fancier putting pressure on Billy Cullimore at this early stage in the season, as there was very little between Billy's and Adam's pigeons when the result emerged from the computer.

It was also great to see Michael Driscoll and Ger Furlong getting into the results.

Results: 1 and 2, Billy Cullimore; 3 and 4, Adam Hillis; 5 and 6, Michael Driscoll; 7, Ger Furlong; 8 and 9, Billy Cullimore.

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