Thursday 19 September 2019

Club Call

The Wexford Kettlebell Club contingent at the Junior European championships in Latvia
The Wexford Kettlebell Club contingent at the Junior European championships in Latvia
Jack and Amy Forde of St. Killian's

St. Joseph's A.C.: Shane Power's unbelievable season continued last weekend when he won the Under-19 boys' All-Ireland pole vault competition with a clearance of 3.6m.

Shane was unlucky not to equal his personal best height of 3.8m as he was clearly over the bar on two occasions, only for the trailing pole dislodging the bar.

2016 has seen Shane win five All-Ireland medals - national Under-19 indoor and outdoor gold, silver and gold respectively indoor and outdoors at the Junior men's grade, and another silver in the ultra-competitive Senior schools competition.

In addition, he took on the best pole vaulters the country has to offer in competing in the national Senior indoor and outdoor All-Irelands and finished a hugely creditable sixth in both competitions. Roll on 2017.

Another athlete who has been putting the club on the national map is Sarah Lawlor in the triple jump event. Last weekend Sarah won a national bronze medal in the Under-19 All-Irelands.

Well done to Eoin Kennedy who competed against the best Under-14 long jumpers in the country last weekend but unfortunately an All-Ireland medal proved beyond his reach.

The Kilmore 5km in Wexford saw the St. Joseph's ladies' team win second team prize. The team consisted of Hanora O'Connor (ninth), Maggie Helen O'Connor (tenth) and Chloe Richardson (eleventh).

In the men's 5km, Stephen O'Connor finished in 19:06, with John Joe Lawlor not far behind in 21:41.

Chloe Richardson was first Junior in the 5km, and Jamie, Joss and Naoimh O'Connor ran in the Juvenile 800m.

The club summer two-mile league has reached the ninth week with an amazing 58 people having run in at least one of the races so far.

S.B.R. A.C.

S.B.R. athletes were busy again last weekend and beat the heat to run some fast times across the country from Dublin to Killarney to Johnstown Castle. Well done to everyone who competed and it's great to see so many taking part and running so well.

At the Wexford Park Run at Johnstown Castle on Saturday, Tomás Kavanagh continued his brilliant summer since joining S.B.R. at the beginning of the summer league. He ran a new personal best of 18:05 over 5k to place first overall.

Further afield, S.B.R. had a number of runners competing in the Killarney half-marathon and 10k and had some fantastic results. Pa Cronin led the half-marathon finishers with a brilliant 1:30:21, and Paddy Murphy and Mairéad O'Neill led home the 10k runners from S.B.R. in 52:01 and 56:24 respectively.

Half-marathon: Pa Cronin 1:30:21, Shea O'Neill 1:47:55, Pat Crean 2:28:38.

10k: Paddy Murphy 52:01, Mairéad O'Neill 56:24, Cherry Murphy 56:34, Frances Murphy 58:52, Ciara Nolan 1:01:01.

At the Dublin Marathon race series Fingal 10k, S.B.R. had some fast times in warm weather. Myles Gibbons led the men home with an eleventh place finish in 32:49.

Paul Gibbons ran 34:50 for 23rd and Tomás Kavanagh ran a new P.B. of 37:26 for 92nd place. Eugene Doherty took victory in the men's Over-60 category in 38:26, and David Leonard cracked 36 minutes for the first time in a new P.B. of 35:53 for 41st overall.

At the S.B.R. summer league at the Enniscorthy Sports Hub on Friday, Lillian Lawless continued her unbeaten 2016 over club racing. She was first at one mile in 6:06, followed home by Belinda Kehoe and Emma Morris.

On the men's side Myles Gibbons led three men under five minutes in 4:49, followed closely by Trevor Conroy in 4:52 and Paul Gibbons in 4:59.

The S.B.R. summer league returns Wednesday over 5k in Gorey at 7.30 p.m. Registration takes place at 7 p.m. at the Redmond Garden Centre on the Inch Road, with the race taking place at 7.30 p.m. Please park in the turning area opposite Redmond's.

If anybody is interested in joining S.B.R. and would like more information, please contact our Secretary, Louise Kehoe, on 086-8276661, or our P.R.O., Jim O'Malley, on 087-7559683.


The Wexford Kung Fu and Kickboxing Centre held its end of season grading recently under Irish chief instructor Bobby O'Neill who was assisted by Patrick Monahan and Colin Dillon.

The Wexford members were joined by students from Kilmore and one young participant (Nathan Hegarty) who travelled all the way from Navan to successfully undertake his brown sash examination.

The members were examined in the Lau Gar style traditional kung fu and kickboxing syllabus over a three-hour session and then put on a demonstration of their skills for family and friends at the end.

Among the members taking the grading this time around were newly-crowned Irish champions Cathal Moran and Nathan Casserly who will fight in the world championships later in the year.

An extremely high standard was achieved across all age categories and at the end of the demonstration Bobby spoke about the importance of the facilities now available to the members who can now train up to six days a week at the club, 'essential to maintain the club's status on the open tournament circuit'.

Classes continue over the summer as the international competitors prepare for the upcoming world championships. New members are always welcome at the club hall in Image Health Studios, Westpoint Business Park, Wexford.


Two Juvenile members of St. Killian's Athletic club travelled to Tullamore for the All-Ireland championships on Saturday and they came home with three medals: gold, silver and bronze.

The day began with a brilliant start when Jack Forde competed in the Under-14 shot putt. Not only did be beat his P.B. three times, but he also won out the competition and took home a gold medal. His best throw was 13.22m.

His sister, Amy, was also competing in the Under-17 hammer event and she finished in third place and won herself the bronze medal. Her throw of 36.19m won her that medal and she too broke her P.B. three times in the competition.

That was two events down and two medals. Jack was competing later in the afternoon in the long jump. Here he finished in joint second place with a jump of 1.50m and he was rewarded with the silver medal.

Well done to both athletes. Your family and club members are very proud of you both.

Juvenile training has now finished for the summer break. We hope all athletes enjoy the rest and will come back with renewed vigour and energy when they resume training on Monday, September 5.


Nine Menapians athletes travelled to Tullamore for the national championships, contesting 15 events.

Aaron Tierney-Smith went into the weekend with a bronze medal already in the bag from his hurdles two weekends earlier. On Saturday he ran in the Under-17 100m, clocking up a new personal best of 11.79 and leaving himself agonisingly close to qualifying for the final. He missed out by .07 of a second.

On Sunday he ran the 200m, just missing out on qualification for the final. This has been a great season for Aaron who is making the transition through to the Junior ranks with confidence.

Chloe Whelan also rounded off an excellent season, coming into her best just at the right time. The previous weekend at the National League she ran a big P.B. in the hurdles. On Saturday she deservedly took home a silver medal in the 100m, running 12.60 which was a personal best. This was a good result from this hard-working athlete.

Suzie Brennan qualified as a fourth place from the Leinsters in the Under-15 100m. Suzie is still relatively new to athletics, as this is only her second season.

She narrowly missed qualifying for the final by .07 of a second. She can take many lessons from the experience, and we are confident that she will have more to offer in time.

Nathan Murphy was also agonisingly close to getting into the final eight of the Under-14 shot putt, missing out by 13 cm. He can be pleased with his performance as he threw a new P.B. of 9.78 and put together a consistent series of throws.

On Sunday Nathan contested the discus, making the final eight and finishing seventh overall. He put out a nice series of throws, fouling his first, throwing a P.B. of 27.98 from a standing throw for his second, and then launching his fifth to 28.84, a P.B. by two metres.

Nathan is showing great technique in this event and will improve. He finished first of the Leinster athletes.

Jack Hayden goes from strength to strength. On Saturday he finished sixth in the triple jump. He jumped well, opening with 11.56, somewhat short of his personal best. He jumped consistently and put in a huge jump for his final attempt, unfortunately fouling by about a centimetre.

Earlier in the day he comfortably won his heat of the 400m, clocking 52.55 for a personal best. He finished fifth in the final, running 52.44 and improving on his best time. This is a new event for Jack and he is showing great potential.

He passed on the 100m to concentrate on the triple jump but turned out on Sunday for the 200m, qualifying for the final. Drawn in lane one for the final, he ran a stormer, coming off the bend and making serious ground up on the last 100m to finish fourth in 23.36 - a fantastic time. This was a great championship for Jack.

Brandon Sinnott also clocked a personal best in the Under-17 100m. April Keeling qualified comfortably for the Under-15 100m final. In what was a very competitive final, she finished seventh.

This was a tough race with a false start unnerving the athletes and a swirling wind to contend with. On Sunday she ran the 200m, finishing fifth in her heat.

Ciarán Maher missed out on a place in the Under-18 100m final by just 0.02 of a second.

He bounced back from the disappointment on Sunday, contesting the 200m but agonisingly missing the final by 0.02 again.

Chloe Doyle did well in the Under-18 hammer. This was Chloe's third time to make the nationals. She finished a good fifth this year with a big P.B. of 33.43.

Róisín O'Reilly qualified for the 1,500m with a bronze from the Leinsters. She improved on that Leinster standard, finishing second Leinster girl with eighth place overall in a P.B. of 5.07. Well done to everyone.


It was Wexford Kettlebell Club's Junior athletes' time to shine on the international stage in the last few weeks.

Becca Dowdall, Megan Lane, Gary Carroll, Brendan Smith and Dylan Walsh were all competing for Ireland at the Junior European Championships held over two days, July 16-17, in Daugavpils, Latvia.

Accompanied by their coach Mick Kelly, parents and siblings, it turned out to be the most successful championships in Irish history.

The girls were competing in the snatch discipline and both Megan and Becca won bronze medals. Becca was lifting a 16 kg. bell and Megan snatched the 12 kg. bell 179 times and got a P.B. for her efforts.

Dylan Walsh also won bronze for his lifting in biathlon using two 16 kg. bells, a great result for his first international competition.

Brendan Smith, who came in fourth place last year in Lithuania, did one better this year and was delighted to place third and win a bronze medal. Brendan, who is only 16 years old, lifts two 16 kg. in the long cycle discipline.

But perhaps the lift of the second day came from Gary Carroll, also at his first competition abroad and lifting two 16 kg. bells in the long cycle event. He lost out on a place on the podium by one rep., and unbelievably he was behind the third place athlete by six reps. coming into the last minute.

He motored out rep. after rep. and was tied neck and neck until the last second when the Latvian athlete was awarded his last rep. even though the ten minutes were up to beat Gary by one.

However, Gary had done an amazing job, finished fourth and got a new personal best score!

Mick was very proud of all the children who had between school exams still managed to get their training done and tried hard to maintain a good school/home/gym life balance.

Massive thanks must be given to Liam O'Grady of 'Be Pierced' who generously sponsored the Junior athletes, and also Seamus Walsh who received sponsorship from his work colleagues to offset some of the cost of this trip.

Maeve Carey and Collette Butler also travelled as part of the Irish squad to Daugavpils. Maeve competed on Sunday in the Grand Prix snatch event and won gold with a massive 223 reps. in ten minutes.

Collette was travelling to compete in the long cycle trials which were happening to promote this lift and hopefully get it introduced to our major events, namely the European and World championships.

Collette was the first Irish girl to lift T.A.L.C. (Two-Arm Long Cycle) at an I.U.K.L. event, lifting two 16 kg. bells for the full ten minutes and finishing fourth overall which was a major achievement.

Wexford Kettlebell Club will be hosting 'The Cup of Ireland' this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, in Rosslare Strand Sports and Leisure Complex. One hundred and ten athletes from all over Ireland will be descending on the sunny south-east to compete in our final ten-minute competition of our kettlebell calendar.

Athletes will get a chance to lift for any spots still vacant on the Irish squad for whom the world championships in Kazakhstan beckons.

The competition will start every morning at 10 a.m. and entry is free, so if you or your family are looking for something to do over the weekend, pop down to see some of Ireland's best kettlebell lifters when they're in town.

A reminder that Wexford Kettlebell Club still trains every Monday 6-7 p.m., Wednesday 7.30-9 p.m. and Friday 6-8 p.m.

And our Junior Kettlebell Club opens every Saturday 10 a.m. and all sessions are only €5 pay as you go.

For any enquiries, call up to Mick any morning from 7.30 a.m. onwards at the Breakfast Club (086-2621488).

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