St. Killian's A.C.: The festival of running has been going from strength to strength over the past number of weeks, with St. Killian's Senior athletes putting in some top performances.
Brian O'Shaughnessy has put in some great races lately and his dedication and commitment is showing in some fine performances. He competed in the recent Hope and Dream 10k in Enniscorthy, finishing in fifth place out of 357 competitors in a time of 61 minutes 56 seconds.
Pádraig Moriarty has been very busy too, travelling to Co. Meath to compete in the Bohermeen A.C. half-marathon, and he had a great race to finish in 41st place in a time of 82 minutes 38 seconds.
This put him in an excellent position when he lined up for the county Intermediate road race where he finished in 24th place in a very competitive field.
After finishing his indoor competitions, Niall Sheil has been busy touring the county over the past number of weekends and has been in super form, picking up some fine victories, such as the Blue 5k in Wexford, the Enniscorthy Hockey Club 5k, the Enniscorthy Gaelscoil 5k, and the Davy Fortune 5k hosted by the Shamrocks G.A.A. club.
It was great to see one of the club's newest members doing really well. Seamus Harding won the St. Ibar's camogie club road race recently. He also competed in the Rosslare 10k and put in a strong performance, finishing in 29th place in a time of 41 minutes 47 seconds.
Welcome to the club. It was good to see all doing so well and supporting worthy causes at the same time. St. Killian's will host the county Masters road race on Friday, May 5.
The race will begin and finish at Crossabeg national school. The club will need the assistance of all members to help out with stewarding, car parking and refreshments.
Wexford was a hive of activity on Sunday morning as nearly 2,000 athletes descended on the town to compete in the annual half-marathon and 10k. Conditions could not have been better with a gentle breeze and balmy sunshine.
Pádraig Moriarty represented St. Killian's in the half-marathon and Niall Sheil was in the 10k. Both ran really well with Pádraig giving another consistent performance, finishing in 83 minutes, and Niall winning the 10k. It was great to see so many runners out, and the atmosphere around the town was electric.
Niall also competed on Friday in the Faugheen 5k as part of the Carrick-on-Suir summer series. In a competitive race Niall ran well to finish second in a time of 15 minutes 50 seconds. Congratulations to both on flying the flag for the club.
Congratulations to Jackie Carthy on winning the ladies' section of the Rosslare 10k on Easter Monday. Well done also to all the Kilmore Athletic Club athletes who participated in the race, achieving some excellent placings and times too.
Rosslare Kettlebell Club were on top form recently in Portumna for the A.I.K.L.F. seven-minute competition, held at the Engine Room Gym.
With a 5.45 a.m. start from Rosslare Harbour, lots of tired eyes were evident as they boarded the bus to Portumna, but not half as tired as the bodies on the return journey after an amazing victorious day's lifting.
In this competition the contestants had to lift their bell for seven minutes continuously in their chosen lifts with one hand change allowed within this timeframe. Female competitors lifted one bell and male competitors lifted two bells at the same time for the seven minutes.
The scores were calculated on a co-efficient basis which meant that unfortunately the competitors who achieved the most reps didn't always get a medal because bodyweight was factored into the scoring (which favours lighter competitors).
Rosslare Kettlebell Club had ten competitors, seven adult and three Junior lifters. Each lifter had two lifts each and did fantastically in both lifts, all with personal best performances, and we are all so proud of these achievements.
In the 16 kg. snatch and long cycle discipline (female), the seven-minute results were: Stacey Brady - 124 reps in snatch and 77 reps in long cycle; Patricia Molloy - 114 reps in snatch and 96 reps in long cycle, taking gold; Olivia O'Connor - 113 reps in snatch and 78 reps in long cycle (first time competing with 16 kgs.); Colette Meyler - 82 reps in long cycle (first time competing with 16 kgs.); Debbie Sinnott - 72 reps in long cycle (first time competing with 16 kgs.).
In the 12 kg. snatch and long cycle discipline (female): Colette Meyler - 135 reps in snatch (bronze); Debbie Sinnott - 141 reps in snatch; Carmel Doyle - 134 reps in snatch and 93 reps in long cycle; Marie Neiland - 125 reps in snatch and 82 reps in long cycle (bronze - first time competing with 12 kgs.).
Our Junior members who were at the top of their game showed us how it's done with fantastic reps and medals.
In the 12 kg. snatch and long cycle discipline: Katie O'Connor - 150 reps in snatch, taking gold, and 107 reps in long cycle, again taking gold; Sarah Rea - 150 reps in snatch, taking bronze, and 105 reps in long cycle, taking silver.
And last but by no means least in the eight kg. snatch discipline, Matthew Colgan put in two fantastic performances with 155 reps in the snatch discipline (bronze), and in the long cycle with two x eight kg. bells (16 kg.), 82 reps to take gold.
Rosslare Kettlebell Club trained very hard in the weeks coming up to this competition, they gave it their all on the day and got the results - all under the watchful eye of their coach Clara O'Connor, who come hail rain or snow is on hand 24/7 to coach and train the club continually to reach their highest potential.
Next on the kettlebell sport calender is the I.U.K.L. Youth European Championships and Grand Prix which will be held here in Wexford at St. Joseph's Community Centre from July 20 to 23.
Youth teams from all over the world will descend on Wexford to compete and see who will be the victor in each category for the title of European champion.
Competing from Rosslare Kettlebell Club we will have 15-year-old Caoimhe Van Der Bliake, her first time representing Ireland on the international stage in the long cycle 12 kg. category. The club will of course be there to cheer her on all the way.
Rosslare Kettebell Club train every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6.15 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. at Kilrane Community Centre, and are always open to new members aged ten-plus (Juniors) and adults.
If you would like to join don't hesitate to contact us via our Facebook page (Rosslare Kettlebell Club) or e-mail rosslarekettlebellclub@gmail. com.
Glynn-Barntown ladies' rounders team had their third match against Ballon of Carlow, last year's All-Ireland semi-finalists, on Sunday. From the start the ladies showed great skill in both batting and fielding, leading 11-2 going into the top of the second innings.
The girls demonstrated experience with tight and secure fielding as no players from Ballon managed to get home in the second innings. Bottom of the third innings and the Glynn-Barntown ladies were up to bat for the third time.
Great hits were seen by all players and they managed to get 19 home in this innings, leaving the score at 30-2 going into the top of the fourth.
The Ballon ladies were up to bat at the top of the fourth and secured another one home for the Carlow side. Glynn-Barntown ladies batted for the fourth time and through great play scored another nine home.
The Ballon ladies were up again at the top of the fifth but unfortunately didn't manage to get any home, leaving the final score 39-3 and the ladies of Glynn-Barntown with a batting in hand.
Glynn-Barntown ladies' rounders team have also played St. Croan's of Roscommon this year. Our second game of the season was against newcomers Michael Glaveys, also of Roscommon.
Our next game is against Na Fianna of Dublin in the coming weeks.
As another season draws to a close, Wexford firsts lined out for their last league game against a much-improved Enniscorthy side. The result of this game decided second and third places in the highly-competitive South East league competition.
Both teams were anxious for a win and this was evident as the game was played with high intensity and pace.
Wexford's defence was on high alert as Enniscorthy had broken them down in their previous encounter.
Wexford lined out missing a couple of first team regulars but their replacements were certainly up for the challenge.
In defence were Leonie Grant, Joanne Grant, Ciara McGrath, Miriam Joyce and Avril Jones, with Anna Hayes in goal. This defence remained strong throughout, allowing the midfield line-up to set up attacking play.
The game's intensity remained throughout as the ball went from end to end with both defences refusing to give an inch. The first-half ended 0-0 and Wexford coach Noel Bailey needed to make changes to see if his team could break the deadlock.
His changes certainly opened up the play and Wexford started to own possession, set up more chances and controlled the game.
Goal opportunities started to mount with Sharon Kenny, Ella O'Connor, Catríona Corcoran and Liz Doyle clocking up the miles on the flanks, setting up Miriam Lambert and the forward running Ciara O'Leary. To Enniscorthy's credit they made crucial tackles to break down Wexford's attack.
Halfway into the second-half Wexford finally got into the scoring circle in a frantic goalmouth scramble, and Enniscorthy's 'keeper was eventually beaten by Miriam Lambert, much to the relief of the Wexford squad.
After this Wexford held on to the ball and ran the clock. The game ended 1-0 to Wexford.
Well done to both teams for a highly-entertaining game.
Best of luck to the Wexford players heading for South East inter-provincial trials.
Wexford: Anna Hayes, Ciara O'Leary, Ciara McGrath, Avril Jones, Joanne Grant, Miriam Joyce, Ella O'Connor, Sharon Kenny, Miriam Lambert, Catríona Corcoran, Sally Shortle, Chloe O'Connor, Liz Doyle.
The Wexford Wanderers third XV hosted Killkenny at Park Lane on Saturday in the semi-final of the J4 Michael Dunne Cup.
The thirds, who qualified for the Dunne Cup on the back of an opening round defeat at home to Tullow in the Anderson Cup, progressed to the semi-final after Enniscorthy conceded a walkover for the quarter-final fixture on Easter Sunday.
Wanderers have a long history of competing in the Dunne Cup and the main difference this season is that they are competing after fulfilling fixtures across the full range of cup campaigns, with the first XV competing in the J1 Bank of Ireland Provincial Towns Cup, the second XV making the quarter-finals of the J2 Provincial Seconds Towns Cup, and the third XV competing in the J3 Anderson Cup and now in the J4 Michael Dunne Cup.
Indeed, such has been the renaissance in men's rugby at Park Lane that competition to make the match day squad even at J4 level is a weekly occurrence. Last Saturday's game started well as both sides had met previously in the league with Wanderers coming out on top in both fixtures.
Kilkenny, like Wexford, had been strenghtened as the season progressed and were very efficient, especially in the middle of the park. The opening score came after 20 minutes when centre Tom Barry rounded the Kilkenny back line and scored the try well infield to allow the easy addition of the conversion. Kilkenny tried to respond but determined Wexford defence kept the scoreline to 7-0 at the interval.
In the second period Wanderers maintained their rhythm and continued to press for a second try. By this stage Kilkenny had started to lose some composure and after 50 minutes young John Gannon kicked a penalty before adding a second five minutes later to extend the scoreline to 13-0, a margin of at least one score.
At this stage Wanderers were well in control with the game heading for a conclusion, but Kilkenny continued to push and with less than five minutes left they managed to claw back a try in the corner which they failed to convert.
At this stage and with less than three minutes remaining, Kilkenny found confidence from their score and continued to press for a second. At this stage defence was paramount and Wanderers were unfortunate to have Cousins sent to the bin after he shot out of the line to intercept a pass and was adjudged to have been offside by the referee.
With Wexford reduced to 14, Kilkenny released one of their backs who rounded the Wexford wing and scored under the posts to finish the game with a converted try to give a final scoreline of 13-12. For Wanderers the missed conversion from Kilkenny's first try was absolutely crucial in progressing to the final.
Wanderers' final opponents will be Portlaoise who defeated Cill Dara also on Saturday evening. The fixture is provisionally fixed for next Sunday but as this clashes with the annual Casey Cup this will be subject to confirmation.
Supporters are asked to keep an eye on the club social media outlets on Facebook and Twitter for updates.
Wexford: Kyle Roche, Aaron Smythe, Reece Moore, Des Doyle (capt.), James Byrne, Kean Kehoe, Dan Murphy, Mossie Earle, John Gannon, Stewart Ryan, Chris Walsh, Tom Barry, Tony Boggan, Ger Lynch, Craig Hore. Subs. - Dermot Graham, Podge Cousins, Willie Morris, James O'Connor, Helmut Burger-Smit.
The Enniscorthy ladies' competitions are in full swing and the beautiful spring sunshine is encouraging the ladies to the fairways. The course is looking fantastic and the flowers and shrubs add colour to the round of golf!
Tuesday, April 18, sponsored by Burke O'Leary's: 1, Kit Byrne (36), 41 points; 2, Marie Dunphy (19), 37 points; 3, Mary Delaney (32), 35 points (back nine); 4, Eileen Acheson (22), 35 points; Seniors, Jo McMahon (30), 33 points; 36 handicap, Marina Hatton (36), 34 points; nine-hole qualifier: 1, Patricia Thornton-Byrne, 14 points.
The Tuesday, April 11, competition was a fundraiser for Breast Cancer and the ladies raised €1,199. The competition was a team of three scramble.
Results: 1, Anne Banville (13), Liz Browne (12), Mary McCauley (20), 4.5, 68.5 points; 2, Anne Harvey (14), Nicola Jacob (12), Pauline Rogan (33), 5.9, 70.1 points; 3, Jacinta Kenny (21), Deirdre Kavanagh (21), Mary Ruth-Tobin (19), 6.1, 71.9 points.
The Tuesday, April 4, competition was a club-sponsored singles stableford.
Results: 1, Nicola Jacob (12), 37 points; 2, Mary O'Shea (14), 36 points; 3, Marie Dunphy (19), 34 points; 4, Elizabeth Browne (12), 33 points (back nine); Seniors, Maeve McCauley (18), 33 points; 36 handicap, Kit Byrne (36), 30 points; nine-hole, Attracta Doyle, 13 points.
Thursday, April 20, ladies' open Seniors: overall winner, Pauline Rogan; Cat. A, Marina Hatton; Cat. B, Mary McCauley; Cat. C, Vera Swan; visitor's prize, Liz Maloney.
Tuesday, April 25, is the first stroke medal competition and is sponsored by Creane and Creane.
Our teams have been very busy and congratulations to the Minor Cup team which won against Coollattin in Mount Wolseley on April 2. The Intermediate Cup won against Carrick-on-Suir on Saturday, April 22, and the Junior Cup team won against Castlecomer on Sunday, April 23.
The Revive Active are playing on Wednesday, and the Junior foursomes play Rosslare on Sunday, April 30.
Keep up to date with activities and results by following us on facebook.com/enniscorthygolfclub.com, Twitter @enniscorthygolf or Instagram (enniscorthygolfclub).
The Monday ladies' and gents' open singles stableford, April 10, sponsored by E.G.C. (21 played): 1, Joe Delaney (5), 39 points (back nine); 2, John Cleary (Wexford, 17), 39 points.
Nine-hole midweek, April 19, sponsored by Paddy O'Connor Car Sales, Blackwater (80 played): overall, Barry Bolger (18), 23 points (last six); Category A, Paul Connolly (6), 21 points; Category B, Jason Chawke (13), 20 points; Category C, Rajess Tirbhowan (17), 20 points; Category D, Liam Swan (27), 20 points (last six).
The presentation for all the April midweeks will be on April 26.
Four-person team (yellow ball format), April 17, sponsored by Smyth's Arro (108 played): 1, Eunan Doyle (10), Paddy Fitzpatrick (14), Frankie Morrissey (9), James Morrissey (6), 83 points; 2, Eddie Doyle (8), Joe Newe (14), Tom O'Shea (19), Ger Turner (17), 81 points.
Fourball, April 22-23, sponsored by Garry Flood Landscapes (114 played): 1, David Cleary 14 (13) and Alan Franklin 7 (6), 46 points; 2, Davy Murphy 9 (8) and Nicky Murphy 8 (7), 45 points (back nine); 3, Peter O'Shea 14 (13) and Tom O'Shea 14 (13), 45 points.
Next week's sponsor is Luke Finn.
Our J.B. Carr team travelled to Courtown on Good Friday to play the first round of the competition. Unfortunately home advantage told with Courtown winning 3.5 to 1.5. Commiserations to Liam Dunbar and his team. The first of the season's classics is for Ballymurn Church on Friday, April 28.