Wednesday 24 January 2018

Club call

The Wexford Gymnastics Club quartet who performed so well in the national trampoline championships
The Wexford Gymnastics Club quartet who performed so well in the national trampoline championships

Wexford Gymnastics: History was once more made recently when Wexford Gymnastics Club had four members competing in the national trampoline championships which were held in Limerick.

Brianne Doyle-Kidd, Holly McKenna, Isabelle Walsh and Olivia Breen all performed in NDP 1, 11-12 age category, where a total of 15 competitors were involved.

The club began preparing for this competition in September under the guidance of coach Terri Doyle. Each gymnast was required to compete two routines - a compulsory ten-move routine and a voluntary ten-move routine.

After the first round Isabelle was in first position with a score of 25.400, Brianne and Holly were joint third with a score of 24.800, whilst Olivia, unfortunately after a bad landing on her last move, was down to tenth position with a score of 23.300.

After warming up their voluntary routines, Isabelle scored 26.400, Brianne scored 26.700, Holly scored a massive 27.300, and Olivia after competing a flawless routine jumped to a score of 26.700.

This brought the total scores and final placings to: Olivia Breen 50.000 (national fifth place), Brianne Doyle-Kidd 51.500 (national third place), Isabelle Walsh 51.800 (national second place), and Holly McKenna 52.100 (national first place).

What an absolute delight for the club to secure first, second and third place on the podium at its first-ever national trampoline championships.


It wasn't just the sun that was shining at day two of the Wexford county championships as Bree Athletic Club members brought home a haul of medals totalling 42 gold, 20 silver and 14 bronze. The full results are as follows -

Under-9: Ciara Laffan, first 60m and 300m; Maura Doyle, second 60m and third 300m; Charlie Kehoe, second 60m and turbo javelin, third 300m.

Under-10: Katie Doyle, second 60m and third long jump; Johanna Chapman, third 60m.

Under-11: Abbie Doyle, first 60m and 600m; Gracie Kehoe, first high jump, second 60m, turbo javelin and 600m; Oisín Rochford, first turbo javelin and third 60m.

Under-12: Seán Rowley, first 60m, long jump and hurdles; Shane Doran, second 60m, long jump and hurdles.

Under-13: Lucy Kehoe, third high jump.

Under-14: Donna Delahunty, third hurdles; Darragh Casey, first hurdles, second 200m, third 60m.

Under-15: Sophie Codd, first hurdles and second high jump.

Under-17: Olivia Howe, first 200m.

Under-18: Aoife Rochford, first hurdles and 200m; Enda Minogue, second 200m, long jump and shot putt.

Under-19: Sophie McCabe, first 200m and long jump.

Relays: Under-10 girls, gold (Maura Doyle, Ciara Laffan, Johanna Chapman, Katie Doyle); Under-10 boys, gold (Robbie Chapman, Oisín Rochford, Shane Doran, Seán Rowley).

Congratulations to all who took part. The Leinster championships are not far away now, so keep up the good work everyone. Training resumes as normal this week.


Billy Cullimore made it three wins in a row as the Wexford North and South Road club raced from Owenahinca in Co. Cork - a flying distance of 119 miles to Wexford town.

Eleven members sent 223 birds for the club race that joined the South Leinster convoy of 2,800 birds. This was not only Billy's third club win, he also managed to top the Federation in the first two races of the season.

Billy's winning pigeon is bred down from his champion pigeon 'Sheargar' who continues to breed winners year after year.

In second place for this race, and no stranger to the winners' enclosure, was Francis Dempsey of Dempsey brothers. Francis had an absolutely fantastic season in 2015 and hopes this race is the start of his racing team coming into winning form.

In third place was another of Wexford's top pigeon fanciers, Ger Furlong. Ger will be looking forward with confidence to the upcoming National races where he will get the opportunity to race against the best fanciers from all over Ireland.

The Dobbs brothers are also starting to show some top form, having managed to take eighth place in this race.

Top ten results: 1, Billy Cullimore; 2, Dempsey brothers; 3, Ger Furlong, 4, 5, 6, 7, Billy Cullimore; 8, Dobbs brothers; 9, 10, Adam Hillis.


Wexford Wanderers will host an end-of-season celebration night at the clubhouse on Park Lane next Friday, May 20, from 7 p.m. The event will see this season's successful youths and minis sides formally present their silverware and pennants to the club President, Brendan Culliton.

This season has been a memorable one for Wanderers under-age sides, with the Under-12s representing the club with much pride at an international tournament in Wales just after Easter.

This was followed swiftly by the Under-18s who took the Leinster league title in a memorable clash with Kilkenny at Donnybrook. Two weeks later at the same venue the Under-14s commenced an epic May Day of celebrations with a comprehensive win over Longford in the Leinster plate, before later the same afternoon the Under-15s took the MacAuley Cup in an epic contest with Gorey for the first time in 31 years.

The end of the season of success took place last Friday when the Under-17s emulated the -18s by winning the South-East Leinster league against Kilkenny.

The celebration on Friday will commence at 7 p.m. and is the club's way of saying thank you to players, parents, coaches and supporters for a memorable season, with music and a barbeque to go on into the night.

The summer school holidays in Wexford will start in the traditional fashion with the regular Bank of Ireland Leinster rugby summer camp being held at Wexford Wanderers from July 4 to 8. The event, which has been running for many years, caters for boys and girls from six to twelve years of age.

The popularity of the camp in the past has been such that the event has at times been fully booked well in advance. At present Leinster Rugby are offering an early bird special booking rate of €75 up until June 3 (normally €90).

Each player will receive five days' coaching from 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. with accredited Leinster coaching staff, as well as a tee-shirt, ticket to a Leinster game, a visit from some Leinster player during the week, a ball and a boot bag.

A similar reduced rate of €60 for participation in a second camp (normally €80) without kit is also available until June 3. For full details and to book visit


St. Josephs A.C. members were out in force on Sunday at the first day of the county track and field championships in Kilmacow, with almost 50 athletes wearing the green and white singlet.

Fantastic performances from athletes as young as six-years-old were recorded, with club athletes competing in individual track events, field events and relay teams for a hectic four hours of competition. It was a long and busy day for the athletes, coaches and parents, but a fantastic medal haul bodes well for the remaining days of the championships throughout May.

The day started really well for the club with Joss O'Connor first and Ciarán Cummins second in the Under-9 80 metres final. They repeated those positions in the 300m race.

Sarah Foley was third in the girls' Under-9 race and Kyle Bolger was second in both the boys' Under-8 80m and 200m. Grace Glennon finished second in the Under-11 sprint final and went on to win the long jump.

Danny Glennon and Eoin Kennedy both won gold in the Under-13 and Under-14 100m respectively. Clara Kennedy and Sarah Lawlor finished first and second in the Under-18 200m. The club also produced the gold and silver medal winners in the Under-14 200m in Sophie Mullally and Aine McDonald.

Tomás Mullally and Cathal Beirne judged their races to perfection in winning the Under-13 and Under-14 500m. Darragh McDonald crossed the line in second position in the Under-16 100m.

In the Senior women's 1,500m race, Frances Mullally was first Over-30 and Tracey Malone third Senior athlete.

Field event winners were Grace Glennon (Under-11 long jump), Rachel Foley (Under-12 turbo javelin), Kelsey Kehoe (Under-13 javelin), Evan O'Toole (Under-13 high jump), Erin Foley (Under-13 long jump), and Sarah Lawlor (Under-18 javelin).

The following athletes won silver and bronze medals in field events: Eabha Mullally, Mairéad Mullally, Darragh McDonald, Aine McDonald and Sarah Lawlor.

The day ended on a high with the boys' Under-13 relay teams winning gold and the girls' Under-11, Under-13 and Under-15 teams all winning silver.

Also wearing the St Joseph's singlet with distinction on the day with many splendid performances that cannot all be listed were Aisleann Mullally, Aoife Purcell, Hugh Beirne, Seamus Harney, Barry Furlong, Megan Doyle, Keelin Byrne, Lily Doyle, Conor Lanigan , Michael Harney, Maeve Bookle, Breanna Beirne, Aoife Lanigan, Kaylan Doyle, Bronagh Doolan, Áine Purcell, Caitlin Mullally, Aoife Byrne, Aidan Kehoe, Aidan Lawlor, Jamie O Connor, Ciara Mullally, Katie Bookle, Naoimh O'Connor, Tara Glennon, Doireann Sheehan, Marie Claire O'Dwyer and Linda Lawlor.

A notable achievement for St. Joseph's occurred in the past week when Sophie Becker was on the winning Irish team which ran a time of 46:79 seconds for the 100m relay at the Belfast International Athletics meet.

The European qualifying time is 46 seconds flat so the team will attempt it once again in Belgium in two weeks' time.

At the Leevale open track and field event in Cork, Evan O'Toole was second in the long jump, and fourth in the boys' Under-14 high jump. Eoin Power was also competing and finished second in the 100m hurdles and third in the 400m hurdles.

The Splashworld 10km was run in Tramore last weekend in splendid sunshine. Patrick Bookle led the St. Joseph's contingent home in 38:29 and was first Over-45. David Lanigan ran a great race in 39:53 with Sally Forristal finishing as second lady not far behind in 40:16.

Maggie Helen O'Connor was next home, crossing the line in 47:13, with Siobhán O'Leary and Ciarán Cullen less that a minute behind.

Sally Forristal wasn't feeling any fatigue from the Splashworld 10km in taking the ladies' first prize in 39:13 two days later in the Stoneyford 10km.

Dean Rowe was first home from the club and fifth overall in this race in a great time of 37:21, and John McDonald also ran a great race in the heat, finishing in 55:35.


Kilmore hosted the Wexford county Masters road race on Friday - a great night to finish off the 2016 road season.

Two medals, lots of club support from the non-running United Striders gang, our youngest member out in support, and a brilliant night out in Kilmore afterwards to top it off; off home then on the bus!

The women headed out first on a 4k course, and I'm delighted to say that the Striders women outnumbered the men this time! We had eight women all in great order, with Karina Somers, Catherine Ronan, Alison Murphy, Lettie Roche, Sonya Byrne, Sinéad Donovan, Fiona Donovan and our newest runner, Emma Hewlett.

Congratulations to Emma on her first county race with us. Well done also to Catherine Ronan who won a category medal for first Over-50.

The men then headed out on the 6k course, with a good representation of seven and great runs put in by all. Congratulations to John McGrath, David Byrne, Allan O'Connor, Mick O'Gorman, Pat O'Callaghan, Martin Kehoe and John Kent. A huge well done guys.

To top it off, John McGrath picked up a category medal as first Over-40, well deserved too for one of our great clubmen.

The previous week our under-age athletes broke all records on the second day of the Wexford track and field championships. With our medal count on the rise over the last few years, all focus was on getting all our talented athletes to compete to the best of their abilities and possibly exceed last year's total of 70 medals.

Despite intense competition from all corners of Wexford, the Striders had another great county championsip and managed to scoop 85 medals. In addition there were many great performances that fell just short of winning a medal, but bode well for the future.


The annual tag Rugby will return to Enniscorthy Rugby Club, beginning with a try-out night on Thursday, May 26, and there will be another trial night on June 2.

Those two nights are a great opportunity for new players to get involved or for old hands to get their eye back in.

The competition proper will start on June 9 and runs for the following ten weeks every Thursday night, with the finals night taking place on Saturday, August 13.

This year there is an action-packed summer in store with plenty of rugby and entertainment planned. As usual the barbeque will be firing and the bar will be open with drinks deals every week.

Tag rugby is non-contact and teams are mixed with a minimum of three women on each team of seven.

It is suitable for all ages, shapes and sizes and is a great social outlet for the greater Enniscorthy community.

Entry is €50 per player with a special rate for companies who enter full teams.

There are also leagues for all abilities - beginner, Intermediate, advanced and veteran (for all players who want to relive their youth).

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