Wexford Hockey: Following on from the previous week's defeat to Enniscorthy firsts, Wexford firsts took to the pitch to take on Carlow in a bid to get their league campaign back on track on Sunday.
Wexford were taking nothing for granted, knowing that anything short of a win would certainly put any league title hopes out of sight. From the whistle Wexford started at pace, putting Carlow on the back foot from the off, applying pressure at every opportunity.
Carlow's 'keeper, Eleanor Peters, brought her best game and pulled off some magnificent saves throughout the first-half. Wexford persisted and eventually broke the Carlow goal-line as the first-half drew to a close.
Miriam Lambert received the ball at one side of the circle and struck it past the 'keeper. Despite having most of the possession and attacking play, Wexford were only 1-0 up as the half-time whistle sounded.
The interval talk with team coach Mario allowed Wexford to re-group and the second-half started with the same pace as the first, only this time Wexford managed to break through the Carlow defence to register some scores.
Lambert converted again, getting on the end of a crossfield ball from Muireann McCarthy. Wexford now began to find their own pace and their passing and use of the ball was precise.
Muireann McCarthy was next up on the scoreboard, slipping past the 'keeper. Sharon Kenny then got in on the action, getting on the end of a through ball and neatly sid stepping the 'keeper to slot Wexford's fourth goal.
Not to be left out, Alannah Davis got on the end of a Kenny cross ball and hit the back board with pace. Shortly after Wexford were awarded a short corner which was slipped to Avril Jones who struck it past the 'keeper.
And to finalise the day's scores, Sharon Kenny again sidestepped the Carlow 'keeper and hit the backboard. The end result was Wexford 7, Carlow 0.
Next weekend sees a top of the table clash between Kilkenny firsts and Wexford firsts at 1.15 p.m. on Sunday in Kilkenny College.
Wexford: Anna Hayes, Ciara McGrath, Sinéad Dempsey, Avril Jones, Alannah Davis, Sinéad McDonnell, Joanne Grant, Sally Shortle, Ella O'Connor, Muireann McCarthy, Miriam Lambert, Sharon Kenny, Liz Doyle.
Menapians finished off the winter league in second place overall, a big improvement on last year's results.
Our girls performed particularly well over the league, out-performing the girls' sections of all the other clubs. The club also took home a star award with Róisín O'Reilly winning all four of the races in her age group.
Our Under-8 girls were in flying form with Niamh White in fifth place just ahead of Lara Walsh. Orla Dolan took 13th place with Hannah Larkin, Maeve White and Grace Goggins just behind her.
Abigail Quinn, Lara Butler and Sadbh Henderson had good runs in the Under-9 race. Lucia Goggins made a late burst to get herself well up, finishing sixth in the Under-10 race.
Katrina Rosca had a fine run in the Under-11, finishing seventh. Sinéad O'Reilly and Ailbhe White took on the early pace in the Under-12 race and finished well up with Sinéad second and Ailbhe fourth.
Aisling Goggins also had a fine run to finish seventh, with Cara Corkery not far behind her in ninth, Grace White 14th and Aoife Crosbie 16th.
Eimear Halpin continued her good form to finish second in the Under-13 with strong running also from Anoushka Nolan and Shona McCourt.
Danika Gilshinan secured her win in the Under-14 with ease, with Ciara Dolan placing well in sixth.
Róisín O'Reilly secured her win and star award in the Under-15 age category with a fast start. April Keeling ran an excellent race to finish fourth. Well done to April, who is a sprinter, for taking on the longer distance for the team effort.
Luke Carr flew the flag for the club in the Under-8 with a great run, finishing 15th. Alfie Whelan took the Under-9 race on with a very fast first 100m, and he held on bravely as the pack closed on him and finished strongly in third place which was gutsy running from Alfie.
Oisín McDonagh finished an excellent fourth just behind him. They were well backed up by Ronan Corkery, Jack McCormack, Rory Mulvaney, Jason Murphy and Ben Fortune.
Luke Renwick had a good run in the Under-10 with fifth place, and Cillian Larkin was 14th, having unfortunately misjudged the lanes. Charlie Renwick ran well in the Under-12 race.
Shane O'Neill showed his fitness and versatility by finishing fourth in the Under-15 boys, and Cian Murphy won the Under-16.
Well done everyone, it was great to get that second place back again this year. We look forward to the county relays next Sunday.
UNITED STRIDERS A.C.
Congratulations to our Juvenile and Masters athletes who competed in the Leinster cross-country relay and cross-country Masters 6k championships respectively in Dunboyne, with great running and brilliant results.
Ted Flannelly won bronze in the very competitive Masters event, some 40 years after he collected his first provincial cross-country medal. It was a great day all around for the Flannellys as Darragh was part of the boys' Under-14 Striders relay team who won Leinster gold.
Despite being without one of the team's stars, Eoin Shannon, who was injured, the Striders fielded two Under-14 teams. Myles Hewlett and Owen Lennon took the first two legs and put the team in a winning position.
On the third leg Aidan Shannon increased the lead, which allowed Darragh Flannelly to cross the line well clear of a strong field.
Our other Under-14 team of Seán Barry, Cosmo Hewlett, Finn Kelly and Oisín Mac Eochaidh ran really well and were just outside the medals.
Also finishing just outside the medals were the Striders girls' Under-16 team of Louise Doyle, Aisling Power, Eve Byrne and Clodagh Foran.
The final race for the Striders ended in real excitement and a medal for the boys' Under-16 team, with Ryan Kielthy crossing the line in third place to win bronze with the help of team-mates Patrick Doyle, Cian Flanagan and Adam O'Connor.
We had 44 Juvenile Striders competing in Enniscorthy on a cold Friday evening at round three of the Wexford winter league. Of the 17 races, the Striders were represented in all but one.
Our winners were Rebecca, Cosmo, Adam and Aaron. We had lots more great performances, with everybody battling really hard for points.
Our athletes were: Hannah Carney, Maeve Burke, Ruby Noonan, Moya Corbett, Millie Sutton, Katie Whelan, Cara Noonan, Isabel Bawden, Emily Egan, Juno Clarke, Erinn Shannon, Leah Myers, Ellie Quinn, Aoife Nic Eochaidh, Rebecca Bawden, Allanah Byrne, Liam Kenneally, Gearóid Byrne, Josh Malone, Seán O'Brien, Jack Murphy, Eanna Grennan, Max Murphy, Conor Meehan, Shane Cummins, Ronan Shannon, Sam Myers, Eoin Hannon, Donnacha McCarthy, Cillian Browne, Hugo Fernandez, Seán Lennon, Luca O'Connor, Cosmo Hewlett, Ben Myers, Ciarán McCarthy, Owen Lennon, Seán Barry, Oisín Mac Eochaidh, Bobby Nolan, Adam O'Connor, Aaron Browne, Cian Flanagan and Conor Murphy.
Another great squad performance led to the Striders winning round three and stretching their lead in the league with only one round remaining.
The New Ross Workmen's open snooker final was between Nathan Murphy and John O'Leary Snr. Frame one was very good, with two of the up and coming young players in the club in fine form.
Murphy took an early lead which left him 38 points clear, with one red left. O'Leary fouled the red and conceded the frame (58-16).
Frame two was more even, with both players potting well. The score was 39-32 in favour of Murphy, who played a snooker on the red. O'Leary got out of it but left the red over the top pocket.
Murphy potted the red and pink to leave him 18 points ahead with colours left. He got the yellow, green and pink to win the frame 60-36 and go two up.
O'Leary could not afford to lose the third frame, and it had a funny ending. O'Leary was 15 ahead with blue, pink and black left on the table. The blue was over the top left pocket, but Murphy conceded the frame to O'Leary's disbelief, leaving the score 2-1.
The fourth frame was a bit tense, with both players missing pots, and two reds left on the table. The score was 29-21.
It was nick or nothing going on to the colours, with O'Leary winning on the blue (47-34).
It was game on now, two frames all and down to the final frame.
Murphy got off to a good start, going into an early lead, but O'Leary fought his way back with some good safety play and potting. It was anyone's game going on to the colours, but Murphy potted black to win the frame 43-30 and the match 3-2.
It was a great end to a great final! Beaten semi-finalists were John Bennett and Dylan Wickham. Referee was Tony Bennett and the marker was John Bennett.
The club would like to thank all who took part.
NEW ROSS RUGBY
New Ross ladies' rugby team played Gorey in Gorey on Sunday. This was a very difficult assignment for New Ross against one of the top teams in Division 2 of the Leinster League, with the home side still in with a chance of promotion.
Great credit must be given to an understrength New Ross team which again had to take the field with 13 players.
New Ross matched Gorey for the first 30 minutes, with both teams creating chances but just failing to score.
Three scores in the next five minutes and a further try in injury time gave Gorey a 24-5 lead at half-time.
The pressure told on New Ross in the second-half, with Gorey having the luxury of a full set of substitutes and the visitors reduced to twelve for long periods due to injuries.
The greater cohesion of the Gorey play created the chances and the final score was 62-5 despite some valiant defence by New Ross.
New Ross have a crucial relegation game against Wexford next Sunday and should be in with a great chance of winning if they can get a full team out and show the same spirit they showed over the last few weeks.
ST. JOSEPH'S A.C.
The club A.G.M. took place on January 16 with a large attendance. A hugely successful 2016 was reviewed.
Juvenile, Senior and Masters athletes completed with great success at county, provincial, national and international levels at cross-country, track and field and race walking. In addition, the Fit for Life section of the club had another really successful year.
Officers elected: Chairman, Pat Power; Vice-Chairman, Rocky Mernagh; Treasurer, Stephen O'Connor; Secretary, Oriel Glennon; P.R.O., Patrick Bookle; President, Helen Saunders; Child Welfare Officer, Julie Lawlor; Registrar and Competition Secretary, Rob Foley.
Thank you to the outgoing committee for their hard work in 2016, and all wish the new committee every success in the coming year.
St. Joseph's dinner dance and awards night will take place on Friday, February 17, in the Rhu Glenn. The meal will be served at 8 p.m. followed by the presentation of awards, band and D.J.
Tickets for the dinner dance cost €25 per adult and €15 per Juvenile and can be obtained through committee members.
Congratulations from everyone in the club to Sarah Lawlor who received her Leinster Star Award in the Seven Oaks Hotel in Carlow last weekend, reflecting the superb year she had in 2016 at county, provincial and national levels.
On the track, well done to Verena Fenlon who was fourth overall and first Over-40 in the national combined events in Athlone.
Verena competed in 60m hurdles (12:87), high jump (1.27m), shot (9.23m), long jump (3.66m) and 800m (2:54:32).
The cross-country season continued with the Leinster Juvenile relays and Intermediate and Masters Leinster championships in Dunboyne. A superb team performance by the club's girls' Under-14 team of Ciara Mullally, Aine Purcell, Danielle Griffin and Erin Foley saw them claim Leinster bronze medals.
The club's Under-12 team of Rachel Foley, Maeve Bookle, Mairéad Mullally and Grace Glennon had a good run, finishing in fifth position.
Sally Forristal ran a fantastic race in the Intermediate women's, finishing in fourth place in a high-quality field.
Road race action took club athletes to Waterford and the Frank Leahy five-mile race. David Lanigan was first home from the club in a great time of 30:55.
Mary Doolan was next to finish in 35:03, with Anne Watkins close behind in 35:36 and Susan Lanigan crossing the line in 42:09.