Newbawn darts: A good night's practice was had in the Horse and Hound last Wednesday as 27 players turned up, and it was great to see so many familiar faces and a few new ones as well.
This Wednesday, November 16, sees the first round proper of the new season and we shall be off and running in the points race.
The ladies' final was a showdown between Liz Byrne and Linda Harte and both were in tip-top form as they put on a great show. Liz got a new hairstyle for the season opener but alas it didn't help as Linda won on a three legs to one scoreline.
Never mind Liz, you looked magnificent; rumour has it that P.J. has been around a few barber shops looking for some ideas for himself.
The main section final saw Paddy and Michael Meaney face off in a family affair as they both progressed comfortably through the early rounds.
And even though Michael won out by three legs to nil, it wasn't a true reflection of the game as Paddy threw some great darts and even had a 180 to boot.
Michael was clinical with his finishing though, and he doesn't give you many chances so you need to take them. Paddy will be back and he looks a serious contender for the season.
Just a reminder, club membership is still only €10 for the season and we welcome all newcomers to our little club and we promise you a great night of darts. See you all next week.
ST. JOSEPH'S A.C.
For the second time in two weeks, St. Joseph's athletes, parents and coaches made the long trek to Tyrrellspass, Co. Westmeath, for day two of the Leinster cross-country championships.
Two weeks earlier in the Leinster boys' Under-10 non-championship event, Joss O'Connor ran a great race but had to settle for fourth position. Last weekend, in the boys' Under-9 non-championship race over 700m, Joss led from start to finish and was simply unbeatable to proudly become a Leinster champion.
The girls' Under-11 race saw a huge field of 139 young athletes line out over 1,500m. Grace Glennon ran a superb race, producing a sprint finish to cross the line in eleventh position and gain herself a much-coveted Leinster individual medal.
Maeve Bookle used her experience of running on this course two weeks earlier to pick off competitors throughout the race and finishing in an excellent 29th position. Both Grace and Maeve qualified to run in the All-Ireland cross-country championship in December as members of the gold medal-winning Kilkenny county team.
Mairéad Mullally in 72th place and Aoife Lanigan who finished 101st made up the St. Joseph's club team, with great running from all four girls earning sixth position.
The girls' Under-13 race over 2,500 metres saw Erin Foley run a great race for the second time in two weeks to finish 34th from 134 athletes. That run earned Erin eighth position on the winning Kilkenny county team, thus qualifying for the All-Irelands.
Ciara Mullally also took on this course again for the second time in two weeks, and ran very well to finish 69th.
In the boys' Under-13 race, Jamie O'Connor was rewarded for his endurance training with a super mid-field finish of 55th position.
Katie Bookle was the sole St. Joseph's runner in the girls' Under-15 race over 3,500 metres and ran very well to finish in 60th position. Jamie and Katie were ninth and tenth respectively on medal-winning Kilkenny county teams so both qualified for the All-Irelands.
Darragh McDonald ran 6,000 metres in the boys' Under-17 race and reached the finish line in 50th position, earning himself ninth place and an All-Ireland run in December on the successful Kilkenny county team which won gold.
The final St. Joseph's runner was Sally Forristal in the Senior women's race over 5,000m. Sally had her eye on a top ten finish, and ran a strong race, pacing herself over the five kilometres to cross the line in an excellent eighth position.
Sunday week saw the county Juvenile 'B' and Novice men's and women's races run in Kilmacow with great performances from the following Juvenile athletes: Kyle Bolger, Lily Ryan, Lily Doyle, Keelin Byrne, Sarah Foley, Grace Glennon, Áine Purcell, Maeve Bookle, Rachel Foley, Kaylan Doyle, Danielle Griffin, Erin Foley, Katie Bookle, Jamie O'Connor and Linda Lawlor.
The Novice women's team of Hanora O'Connor, Maggie Helen O'Connor, Katie Kinsella and Tracey Malone finished second, with the men's team of Stephen O'Connor, Paul Sheehan, Paul Sheehan Junior and John Joe Lawlor in third team position.
The Gorey Tennis Club Junior Halloween competition saw a knight, an avatar, a dead tennis player, Superman and some Pokemon characters all playing tennis.
This is all part of Donal's winter league tournaments for Junior members. Donal's Euro shop also sponsored great prizes for the fancy dress winners who were Pollyanna Calvin and Oisín and Fionn Molumby.
Under-11 age group: 1, Luca Clopin; 2, Jessica Molzet; 3, Pollyanna Clavin.
Over-11 age group: 1, Cormac Downey; 2, Daniel Ennis; 3, Catherine O'Gorman.
Rounds two and three of Donal's winter league tournament will take place on Sunday, December 4, and Sunday, January 8.
Wexford Swimming Club hosted the festival gala on Sunday, October 16, with 45 swimmers from the club taking part. There were lots of great races, lots of P.B's and 60 individual medals won along with nine relay team medals.
Medal winners were: Charlie Bramley, bronze in 50m breast; Paddy Bramley, bronze in 50m back, 50m fly, and silver in 50m free; Dillon Cousins, gold in 50m back, 100m back, and silver in 100m free, 200m free and 100m I.M.; Emmet Cousins, gold in 50m back, 50m fly, silver in 50m breast, 50m free, 100m back and 100m I.M., and bronze in 100m and 200m free; Liam Devaney, bronze in 100m breast; Louise Doyle, silver in 100m breast, 100m free, 50m fly, 50m back, and bronze in 100m I.M.; Ella Duggan, bronze in 100m fly; Hannah Fitzpatrick, gold in 50m back, and bronze in 50m free; Thomas Francis, gold in 50m breast and 100m breast, silver in 50m fly, and bronze in 50m back and 50m free; Eoghan Mahon, silver in 50m fly, and bronze in 200m free, 200m I.M. and 100m I.M.; Denis Miculescu, gold in 100m free, 200m free, 100m breast, 50m fly, and silver in 100m back; Olivia Middleton, silver in 200m free and 200m I.M.; Ruby Middleton, silver in 50m back.; Sarah Murphy, bronze in 100m fly; Darragh Sinnott, gold in 200m free and 200m I.M., and silver in 100m I.M.; Cameron Steel, gold in 100m free, 100m back, and silver in 100m fly and 200m free; Georgina Steel, gold in 50m fly, 100m free, 100m back, 200m free and 200m I.M.; Max Sweetman, silver in 100m breast.
The boys' Under-12 relay team won gold in the freestyle and silver in the medley, while the girls' team won bronze in the freestyle. In the age 13 and over freestyle relay events, the boys' 'A' team won gold and the 'B' team won silver, while the 'A' team won silver in the medley relay.
The girls' teams also won gold and silver in the freestyle relays, and the 'A' team won bronze in the medley relay.
Also swimming were Ana Bates, Conor Browne, Ella Browne, Róisín Doyle, Amjad Ibrahim, Eliza Kelly, Juliet Kelly, Kitty Kielthy, Mallaidh Kielty, Fleur Lambert, Róisín Lawless, Hannah Leacy, George Lucut, Adam Mahon, Corey Mahon, Sophie Mahon, Egle Matuzaite, Aoibheann Mc Auley, Cáit O'Carroll, Pádraic O'Carroll, Niall Reck, Seán Reck, Kate Rossiter-Gargan, Hannah Stavar and Rebecca Stavar.
A big thank you to coaches, committee members and parents for all the help in running the gala and making it so successful.
The Leinster short course championships took place in the National Aquatic Centre on October29 and 30. Seven swimmers from the club qualified to compete at this event. All competed on the first day with some very good swims.
Darragh Sinnott was in flying form, getting P.B's in all his events. He finished in ninth place in both the 50m breast and 50m free races and also qualified for the finals in the 100m back and finished in seventh place.
Seán Reck had great swims, taking off over two seconds on both his 100m back and fly. Denis Miculescu swam in the 100m back and I.M. and secured new P.B' for himself along with a great P.B. of 13 seconds in the 200m breast.
Adam Mahon again got new P.B's including an eight-second improvement on his 100m I.M. time. Michael Leacy had some great swims and got a two-second P.B. in the 200m free.
Eoghan Mahon also achieved new P.B's in all his events including a 17-second P.B. in the 1,500m free and finished in eighth place overall.
Niall Reck competed over both days of the competition and finished on a high after knocking nearly 50 seconds off his 400m freestyle. Well done to all swimmers.
The Talbot Hotel-sponsored winter doubles League is concluding this Friday, November 18, with finals night.
The tennis A.G.M. was held last week with reports of the year's activities given by Bernie Morrissey (tennis captain), Gráinne Foyle (Junior committee) and Ashley Wynne (coach).
Recent South Leinster League results: Enniscorthy beat Wexford; Wexford drew with Carlow.
A poker night takes place on November 25 at 8 p.m.
Preparatory work for two new courts is progressing.
The Gorey Under-14s played Wicklow in Clonattin on Saturday in their second-last game of phase one of the Leinster League.
They got off to a great start and had their visitors under all sorts of pressure, but squandered several chances due to poor decision-making or a knock-on just short of the line.
Finally, they got a try in reward for their efforts and having done so went on to add several more before the half-time whistle.
In the second-half the forwards came into the game much more and this gave the backs the platform they needed to go on and score more tries.
A solid defence kept Wicklow out and the lads ran out winners on a scoreline of 59-0.
Tries came from Brian Cushe, Michal Kruczek, Ronan Cleary and George Hadden, with Lee Cushe kicking seven conversions.
Well done to Simon Campbell-Carty who came on for his first appearance in a Gorey jersey.
The lads' last fixture in this section of the league is away to New Ross, with this likely to be next Saturday morning.
Thanks as usual to our parents who provided refreshments for both teams, and to those who helped out in the club.
Team: S. Guilfoyle, D. Fitzpatrick, E. Byrne, J. Curley, R. Tubritt, G. Hadden, C. Byrne, E. Stephens, J. Higgins, L. Cushe, T. Baxter, M. Kruczek, R. O'Loughlin, B. Cushe, J. Milne, A. Cleary, A. McNeill, P. Kinsella, C. Byrne, R. Cleary, S. O'Hagan, S. Campbell-Carty, J. Wizner.
Gorey's fourth match in the Leinster Under-15 League was away against Newbridge last weekend.
The game started in favour of the visitors with a nice try for Gorey, but then some sloppy defending allowed Newbridge back into the game.
Gorey went in at half-time ahead but dissatisfied.
The second-half saw Gorey's pack take control and Newbridge folded under the pressure.
Hard work and strong defensive patterns earned Gorey a good victory in what could have been a potential banana skin. The final score was 52-12.
Gorey: G. Murray, O. O'Hagan, J.J. O'Neill (1), K. McLaughlin (1), O. Austin (1), J. Tallon (capt.), P. Doyle (1), D. Cooke, H. O'Brien (1), G. Slattery, G. Lande, J. Colclough, S. O'Hagan (1), L. Noblett, K. Budeanu (2). Subs. - S. Timmons, S. Quirke, P. Darcy, C. Popplewell, J. Kinsella (all used), L. Bates, S. Millar, S. Doran, T. Montague.
The Under-15s are back in action this Saturday in a top of the league clash against Kilkenny at home, with support always welcome.
Thanks to all the lads for travelling, and for their hard work.
Enniscorthy 34, Wexford Wanderers 29: Enniscorthy thirds galloped into a 22-point lead on the back pitch in Ross Road on Saturday, but Wanderers came storming back to put the sides level at the interval.
Brendan Doyle scored in the corner after just three minutes. Mel Doyle added a second and Tim Bowler made a super run to touch down for the third.
Out-half Michael Farrell added a penalty for good measure and it was all the home side, but Wanderers responded magnificently to play some fluid rugby and put themselves right back into the game.
Midway through the second-half Joe Cullen made an excellent break to put Enniscorthy ahead, with Farrell adding the conversion.
Almost at the death the home side added another score when after sustained pressure Ronan McCarthy touched down under the posts, and an easy Farrell conversion followed.
Wexford were not finished and they scored their fourth try for a nervy conclusion, but the home side held on for the win.
Team: Connall Kavanagh, Ronan McCarthy, Eugene O'Connor (Frank Morris), Michael Wall, Tom Farrar, Murt Kehoe, Jack Flood (Conor Wheelock), Daniel Owen, David Farrar, Michael Farrell, Tim Bowler, Joe Cullen, Mel Doyle, Johnny Whelan, Brendan Doyle.