Tuesday 12 December 2017

Club Call

The Slaney Olympic gold-medal winning Novice team at the county cross-country championships in JFK Park on Sunday. Back (from left): Mary Gorham, Annmarie Nolan, Sarah Byrne-Walsh, Ciara Kearney, Sabina Sweeney, Kate Doyle. Front (from left): Esther O'Leary, Gosia Gzymura, Maura Neville
The Slaney Olympic gold-medal winning Novice team at the county cross-country championships in JFK Park on Sunday. Back (from left): Mary Gorham, Annmarie Nolan, Sarah Byrne-Walsh, Ciara Kearney, Sabina Sweeney, Kate Doyle. Front (from left): Esther O'Leary, Gosia Gzymura, Maura Neville
Leah Chapman, scorer of two of Enniscorthy's goals in their win over Wexford seconds, takes on the ball with Katie Owen and Áine O'Brien in support
Paddy Morgan (Athletics Wexford), Marguerite Furlong of Adamstown (athlete of the month for July), and Pauline Roche of Mr Oil (sponsors)

Gorey Tennis: A Junior tournament will take place on Saturday, October 9, from 2 to 4 p.m.

There will be three separate age group cournaments: seven to eleven-year-olds; eleven- to 13-year-olds; 14- to 17-year-olds.

It's €3 for members and €5 for non-members (payable on the day).

Please send e-mail entries in advance to with the child's age, name and contact details, or else turn up on the day.


The sun was shining brightly on Sunday for Novice cross-country races which were held in the picturesque JFK Park outside New Ross.

Kennedy Park has been described as luxury cross-country running with conditions underfoot near to perfect with mowed lawns and excellent facilities for runners.

For the first time, the children's races were first off at 12 noon, followed at 2 p.m. by the ladies' Novice 3k race. Slaney Olympic had a strong turn-out with nine ladies making up the two teams.

Mary Gorham was first to score for Slaney, finishing in a strong fourth position and leading the way for the ladies to win team gold. She was closely followed home by Sabina Sweeney, Esther O'Leary and Annemarie Nolan.

Also taking part and running strong for Slaney were Sarah Byrne-Walsh, Maura Neville, Ciara Kearney, Gosia Szymura and Kate Doyle. Well done ladies.

Next up was the men's 6k Novice race and once again Slaney Olympic had a strong turn-out with ten runners at the start line. First home for Slaney was Enda Cloake, followed by Bryan Crouch, David Kehoe and Billy Reck who all made up the silver team.

Also running for Slaney and putting in great racing were Will Doyle, Jessie O'Connor, Ed Cahill, John O'Connor, Tom Crofts and Declan O'Brien. Well done lads.

Many thanks to all the supporters, photographers, tea ladies and bakers who all make this just a little bit easier.

The next race is the county Intermediate in Adamstown on October 16, with the ladies' 4k and the men's 8k, starting at 2 p.m.

Joe and Kay O'Regan were in action again last weekend, taking part in the Galway Bay half-marathon. Joe was first home in 2.05, closely followed by Kay in 2.15. Well done folks.

S.B.R. A.C.

What a great day for S.B.R. on the opening of the cross-country championship season!

The event took place in the JFK arboretum in New Ross hosted by United Striders.

The Novice races kicked off after the even ages Juvenile championships. Well done to our Juveniles on a very successful day with lots of medals won.

The ladies' 3k Novice was first off and the S.B.R. crew performed brilliantly to win team silver with scoring members being Belinda Kehoe, Claire Gibbons, Louise Kehoe and Clodagh Murray. Christine Hill, Lisa Murphy-Prendergast and Lisa Breen had great runs on the day too.

Then it was on to the men's Novice 6k with S.B.R's Pedro Calvo proving a runaway winner. Patrick Curley had a great race to win the bronze medal and this pair along with Thomas Kavanagh and Niall O'Connor won gold in the team competition. Adrian Doyle, Shane Gregan and Pádraig Sweeney ran great races too.

Well done to the S.B.R. duo, Pedro Calvo and Noel Kennedy, on taking first and second places in the Carlow half-marathon at the weekend. Pedro was first in 1.16.43 followed by Noel in 1.18.05. Great going guys!

Congratulations to the S.B.R. contingent who ran the Berlin marathon on Sunday. In warm conditions, some fast times and several P.B's were recorded. Jim O'Malley was first Wexford man home in 2:55:09, while Ferns native Micheál Murphy, running for Rathfarnham, was next in 2:57:08.

David Leonard ran very well in 2:59:02 and Adrian Doyle ran a brilliant race in a big P.B. in 3:16:36. Well done everyone!

There were some fantastic runs in inclement conditions at the Dublin half-marathon on Saturday. Congratulations on many P.B's and some terrific races. It's great to see so many from the club togging out.

Myles Gibbons led the men out with a brilliant 1:15:43 and Emma Morris ran a superb race in 1:47:53 to lead home the women.

Full results: Myles Gibbons 1:15:43, Tomás Kavanagh 1:24:13, Martin Askins 1:24:48, Eugene Doherty 1:29:12, Shane Gregan 1:35:28, Emma Morris 1:47:53, Michael Breen 1:47:57, Pa Cronin 1:47:58, Tim O'Neill 1:54:29, Kathy Kehoe 1:55:42, Lorcan Murphy 1:55:42, Shea O'Neill 1:55:58, Pat Crean 1:56:40, Orla Furlong 1:57:56, Frances Murphy 2:07:22, Annette Guinan 2:11:00, Mairéad O'Neill 2:12:08, Ciara Nolan 2:16:01, Tom Kavanagh 2:16:22. Well done everyone!

Sliabh Buidhe Rovers A.C. are hosting the Ferns half-marathon on Sunday, October 9, at 10 a.m., so if you're out training come along and join us - ideal preparation also for the Dublin marathon!

There's cash prizes, a finisher medal and a goody bag! The entry fee is only €25. Enter online -

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.


Enniscorthy hockey men's first XI faced YMCA at home in the second round of their Division 5 Leinster League on Saturday.

The home side started with the push back, which led to some lovely play up the right-hand side of the pitch. The teams looked even at the start, and onlookers may not have been sure which way the game would go.

Early on, the visitors managed to win a short corner, however defensive efforts by Enniscorthy's Andrew Rothwell and Roy Chapman meant the ball was cleared from the circle and stopped the Dubliners' attack.

Centre midfield Medcalf managed to send numerous balls in the direction of the opposition's goal, however left wing Durnan was unlucky in his effort to open the scoring for Enniscorthy.

After several lovely plays by the Slaneyside midfield players, Medcalf and the Chapman brothers along with centre back David Simmons, the home side found themselves defending again, when the visitors entered the circle in search of a score.

Glen Chapman was key in clearing the ball from the danger zone and ensuring the Y.M.C.A. attack was broken down. The visitors won another short corner halfway through the first-half, but the defensive team of Roy Chapman, Glenn Chapman, Simmons, Andrew Rothwell and 'keeper Hill stopped them in their tracks.

More excellent play from the Slaneysiders saw them entering the opposition's circle, where a pass from John McWey from the right met centre-forward Luikimas, who slotted the ball past the Y.M.C.A. 'keeper.

Minutes before the half-time whistle blew, excellent play saw a ball come into the circle from the left, and a determined Jacob English hit the backboard following a rebound from the 'keeper.

The second-half started 2-0, and while the home side were content with the score, they never gave up with strong runs down the right from Ciarán O'Leary keeping the visitors on their toes.

The Dublin side were awarded numerous short corners as they went in search of their first goal, but the Enniscorthy defence wasstrong and did not let any of these result in a score for the visitors.

Hard work from young William Durnan in left wing paid off halfway through the second-half when he received a ball into the right post. Durnan deflected a pass from Glenn Chapman and it sailed past the visiting 'keeper into the back of the net.

The Y.M.C.A. captain at the final whistle noted the excellent defence of Enniscorthy, which consisted of P.J. Pierce, Ivan Rothwell, Simmons, Andrew Rothwell and 'keeper Graham Hill, who along with the entire team persisted in their efforts to keep a clean sheet.

Next up for the men is Glenanne, when they travel to Dublin this coming Saturday.

Enniscorthy: Graham Hill, Andrew Rothwell, David Simmons, P.J. Pierce, Ivan Rothwell, Daithí Medcalf, Glenn Chapman, Roy Chapman, John McWey, Edmundas Luikimas, William Durnan, Ciarán O'Leary, Jacob English. Coach: Donal Doyle; Manager: Fraser Rothwell.

The Enniscorthy hockey ladies' first XI were in action again last weekend in their second league encounter of the season. This October morning saw them face local rivals Wexford seconds.

Early morning frost cleared quickly and the sun emerged from the clouds, resulting in a lovely autumn morning for a game of hockey. Enniscorthy started with their backs to the sun and despite Wexford having the first push back, Enniscorthy attached quickly and had a strong early push forwards with a circle entry within the first minute.

Enniscorthy worked very well at the start with the first score on the board coming from Jessie Flood after four minutes, when she connected with a splendid pass across the circle from vice-captain Leah Chapman.

The fifth minute saw a short corner awarded to Enniscorthy and Chapman was unlucky with her shot on goal veering slightly wide. Some excellent passing play was displayed from the home side early on in the first-half.

A direct pass from sweeper Julie Watchorn to left wing Laura O'Leary through captain Olive Lett in the centre found right wing Sonja Rynhart who was unable to reach the goal.

Right-back Ruth Harrington also had a great break up the right wing and combined with her team-mate, Sonja Rynhart. After 14 minutes Enniscorthy were awarded another short corner, and Rynhart was unlucky to have her goal disallowed. Niamh Buttle and Stephanie Kinsella made some excellent runs upon their appearances.

Wexford began to build some momentum halfway through the first-half but could not manage to break the defensive line of Katie Owen, Áine O'Brien, Ruth Harrington and Julie Watchorn.

Katie continued to block any attempts of Wexford attacks down their right side. The half-time whistle blew and the scoreboard remained at 1-0 to the home side.

The second-half started with an Enniscorthy push back. Re-energised from the break, Enniscorthy displayed some great team play, passing from centre mid Anna Flood up the right-hand side of the pitch.

Seven minutes into the second-half, right mid Jessie Flood passed a lovely ball in from the right to Nancy Dunphy, who slotted it in through the Wexford 'keeper's legs.

Enniscorthy kept the tempo up and Sonja was unlucky to put a shot just wide due to great pressure from the Wexford goalie. This was followed by great play again up the right of the pitch by Rynhart and the Flood sisters.

Halfway through the second-half saw a goal by Chapman, who took a shot from the top of the circle. A Wexford defender got a touch but was unable to stop the ball from passing the goal line.

Chapman managed to hit the backboard once again from the top of the circle, making the score 4-0.

With five minutes to go, Wexford were awarded a short corner, but the Enniscorthy defence put pressure on early and prevented Wexford making anything of the corner.

Just before the final whistle, Wexford made a break up the left of the pitch, but Áine O'Brien showed some excellent defensive skills and stopped the forward in her tracks.

The final whistle sounded leaving the score at 4-0, giving Enniscorthy their first points on the South East League table.

Enniscorthy ladies' firsts and seconds now come head to head in their league encounter this Friday, October 7, in the Astro Active Centre, Enniscorthy.

Enniscorthy: Fiona Rothwell, Julie Watchorn, Katie Owen, Áine O'Brien, Ruth Harrington, Leah Chapman, Anna Flood, Jessie Flood, Laura O'Leary, Olive Lett (capt.), Sonja Rynhart, Nancy Dunphy, Niamh Buttle, Stephanie Kinsella. Coaches: Donál Doyle and Ivana Yeats. Manager: Irene Doyle.


The season well and truly kicked off for Wexford firsts as they played their first league match at home to Carlow.

Carlow fell into the lion's den so to speak as Wexford showed their dominance throughout, leaving the opposition shell-shocked.

Wexford fielded an experienced squad full of seasoned players, whereas Carlow are in the development stages in their club and were relying on younger players that weren't quite up to Wexford's pace yet.

Wexford got scores from free-flowing open play as well as setpieces straight from the training ground.

Wexford ran out 10-0 winners with the scores coming from Sharon Kenny (three), Miriam Lambert (three), Ciara Pettitt (two), Miriam Sherlock and Sinéad McDonnell 1.

Wexford: Laura Power (capt.), Sinéad McDonnell, Sinéad Dempsey, Ciara O'Neill, Joanne Grant, Avril Jones, Muireann McCarthy, Sharon Kenny, Ciara Pettitt, Miriam Sherlock, Miriam Lambert, Natasha Quigley.


You could not have asked for a more perfect day for the first day of the Mr Oil county cross-country championships. JF Kennedy Park was at its best in the glorious sunshine.

Luke Renwick ran an excellent race in the Under-10 event, finishing eleventh overall. James Whelan ran the Under-12 race and also ran very well.

Sinéad O'Reilly and Ailbhe White were rewarded for their consistent training in the Under-12 race. Both were in the pack of about ten girls and in contention for the first 1,000m.

Sinéad picked up the pace over the second lap with Ailbhe looking comfortable tracking her pace. Sinéad got to the top of the hill with the short descent in the lead but was pipped into second place in a sprint finish. Ailbhe put in a really strong finish to take third place.

Nathan Murphy finished tenth in his Under-14 race and has qualified for the county team for the Leinster championships.

Danika Gilshinan had a tough race in the Under-14 girls, bravely sticking to the fast early pace. She battled through the middle of the race and finished strongly in third place.

Mary Gaynor, Helen Sinnott and Siobhán Doyle ran the Novice for the club, but unfortunately we were not able to put a team together. Mary finished strongly in 19th place with Helen in 31st and Siobhán 34th with a blistering sprint finish.

For the first time in a long time we had a men's team thanks to our 400m sprinters coming out to back up our distance runners. Conor Gaffney finished first of the team in 18th place.

Dermot Foley was 32nd with Conor Wilson behind him in 33rd. Ger Mulhall was 41st and Tadhg Henderson 44th. Dale Murphy was unable to complete the course due to a calf strain. Well done to all.

The next day of the championships is Sunday, October 16, in Adamstown when the uneven ages and Intermediate run.

Training for Juveniles continues: Tuesday, 6.30 p.m., County Council, Under-12 upwards; Wednesday, 6 p.m., Presentation, age seven to ten; Thursday, 6 p.m., ages ten to twelve, and 7 p.m., ages twelve upwards; Saturday, 10 a.m., Jones' field beside rugby club, Under-12 upwards.


Well done to the Strider Juveniles who competed at the St. Senan's A.C. open cross-country event.

Myles Hewlett was the star of the day, winning his event in great style. Also in action and performing really well were Isabel Bawden, Cian Flanagan, Cosmo Hewlett and Rebecca Bawden.

This gang will be ready to hit the ground running next week at the county event.

Competing for the Seniors was Alan O'Connor, who had a great performance to finish second in the Masters category. Well done to all.

United Striders are delighted to be supporting the Lake Region Medical four-mile run and walk which takes place on Sunday, October 23.

Lake Region Medical and their charity committee are working hard and raising money for the Hope Cancer Support Centre in Enniscorthy, plus one of our own, Catherine Ronan, is helping with race organisation.

Finally, the club would like to thank Gerry Byrne who kindly assisted U.S.A.C. by presenting on the topic of 'Sports Nutrition For Health And Performance'. Thanks to Gerry for taking time out to share his knowledge and expertise with us.


After all the training, the first day of the county cross-country championships hosted by the club finally arrived in Ballycurran on Sunday.

The Under-8 boys started the day for St. Joseph's athletes with Kyle Bolger sixth, Hugh Beirne eleventh and Daniel Cody 19th.

In the girls' Under-8, Aisleann Mullally ran a fantastic race to finish second with Aoife Purcell 16th and Isabel Griffin 19th.

The Under-10 girls were led home by Eabha Mullally (sixth), Lily Doyle (ninth), Lily Ryan (tenth), Keelin Byrne (18th), Sarah Foley (21st) and Megan Doyle (22nd). The girls won third team prize.

Joss O'Connor is making a habit of winning cross-country races and flew over the 600-metre distance to another victory in the boys' Under-10 race. He led home a strong team consisting of James Cummins (fourth), Ciarán Cummins (twelfth), Conor Lanigan (20th), Niall Cummins (24th) and Barry Furlong (28th), winning second team prize in the process.

A huge field in the girls' Under-12 race over 1,500 metres saw a fast pace throughout. St. Joseph's had a wonderful number of nine girls on the start line and Grace Glennon led the team home in fifth place, followed closely by Aine Purcell (sixth), Maeve Bookle (twelfth), Mairéad Mullally (18th), Aoife Lanigan (23rd), Breanna Beirne (24th), Rachel Foley (26th), Kaylan Doyle (32nd) and Shauna Furlong (37th). The team secured second team prize.

An excellent team performance in the girls' Under-14 race over 2,000 metres saw another second team prize with Danielle Griffin seventh, Erin Foley ninth, Katie Bookle eleventh and Ciara Mullally twelfth.

Jamie O'Connor in eleventh position kept the St. Joseph's colours flying in the boys' Under-14 race. The lone St. Joseph's runners in the Under-16 races were Linda Lawlor (15th) and Darragh McDonald (tenth).

A great day's competition finished with the Masters races. In the women's Over-40 race, Mary Doolan (second), Hanora O'Connor (third), Maggie Helen O'Connor (fifth), Susan Lanigan (sixth) and Tracey Malone (seventh) secured the first team prize in fine style.

The men's Over-40 race saw a nail-biting team battle that concluded with St. Joseph's defeating their old rivals, Gowran, by one precious prize. Patrick Bookle led the team home in fourth position followed closely by David Lanigan (fifth), Stephen O'Connor (seventh), Seamus Power (eighth), Paul Sheehan (14th), Michael Power (15th) and John Joe Lawlor (16th).

The St. Joseph's Athletic Club Dark to Dawn Walk in aid of Pieta House will take place on Sunday, October 23, at 6.30 a.m. This is the third running of this event which has grown overwhelmingly in that short time.

Come along and remember loved ones as you walk the beautiful countryside by the river Barrow at the Pink Rock, just five minutes drive outside New Ross. Donations on the morning go to the Waterford branch of Pieta House which opened its doors last month.

Refreshments will be served afterwards. For more information, contact Maggie Helen O'Connor at 087-6242017.

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