Thursday 19 September 2019

Club Call

Wexford Wheelers recently hosted the Frank O'Rourke Memorial cycle race, based around the Camross area. Over 150 cyclists took part in a very hard-fought day of racing. Local man Philip White had a great win, coming first in the A4 section, with fellow Wexford Wheelers Joe Rossiter and Dave Allen taking fourth and fifth places respectively. Photographed (from left) are Joe Rossiter, Philip White, Wendy O'Rourke (Ferrybank Motors, race sponsor), and Michael Noonan.
Wexford Wheelers recently hosted the Frank O'Rourke Memorial cycle race, based around the Camross area. Over 150 cyclists took part in a very hard-fought day of racing. Local man Philip White had a great win, coming first in the A4 section, with fellow Wexford Wheelers Joe Rossiter and Dave Allen taking fourth and fifth places respectively. Photographed (from left) are Joe Rossiter, Philip White, Wendy O'Rourke (Ferrybank Motors, race sponsor), and Michael Noonan.

St. Paul's A.C.: What a day for the club when no less than 25 young athletes turned out to represent St. Paul's on day one of the Wexford county track and field championships in Enniscorthy. 

The following competed with great determination -

Under-9 girls: Addison Tormey, Ellen Goggin, Rosanna King and Caoimhe Ryan.

Under-9 boys: Artem Kelly, Elijah Paige-Redmond, Adam Meyler and David Byrne.

Under-10 girls: Aoibheann Quirke, Sophie Whitehead, Clara Sheehan and Hannah Kelly.

Under-11 boys: Lucas Paige-Redmond and Evan Englebtecht.

Under-12 boys: Rob Stirling and Ryan Choules.

Under-13 girls: Abby Lambert, Bonnie Murphy, Amelia Rees and Zara Newport.

Under-14 girls: Ciara Martin.

Under-15 girls: Emma Carr, Aoife Rees and Niamh Rees.

Under-16 girls: Maeve Hayes.

We had a great haul of medals: Hannah Kelly in turbo javelin, third for Aoibheann in the 100m sprint, second for Lucas Paige-Redmond in both the 100m and long jump, second for Rob Sterling in the 600m, second for Bonnie in the 100m and third in the long jump, third for Ciara in the 1,500m, second for Emma in the long jump, and first for Maeve in the long jump.

We also had great success in the 4 x 100m relay. The Under-9 girls (Addison Tormey, Ellen Goggin, Rosanna King and Caoimhe Ryan) took silver, and so did the Under-9 boys (Elijah Paige-Redmond, Artem Kelly, Adam Meyler and David Byrne).

The Under-13 girls got bronze (Zara Newport, Bonnie Murphy, Amelia Rees and Abby Lambert), while the Under-15 girls took silver (Niamh Rees, Ciara Martin, Aoife Rees and Emma Carr).

The club would like to acknowledge the attendance and support of so many parents, it was great to see so many of you there. It wouldn't be possible to do it without your support.

And finally we would once again like to thank Murphy's SuperValu and Kelly's Bakery for the refreshments they provided to the club.


Bree A.C. were competing on a very sunny day one of the Mr Oil Wexford county championships. Great results were forged throughout the day.

The Under15 250m hurdles saw Katie Whelan come home first and Donna Delahunty third.

Sophie Codd was second in the Under-16 girls' 250m hurdles, and Darra Casey won the boys' Under-16 250m hurdles.

The sprints were up next on the track in blistering heat. Under-9 girls: Leah Bolger, first; Under-9 boys: Jayden Kenny, first; Under-10 girls: Ciara Laffan, first; Maura Doyle, third; Under-11 girls: Katie Doyle, first; Johanna Chapman, third; Under-12 girls: Abbie Doyle, first; Gracie Kehoe, second; Under-12 boys: Oisín Rochford, second; Under-13 boys: Seán Rowley, first; Robbie Chapman, third; Under-15 girls: Katie Whelan, second; Under-17 boys: Daire Rochford, third; Under-18 girls: Olivia Howe, first; Under-19 girls: Aoife Cloke-Rochford, first.

Some great performances were produced in the longer races. Under-10 girls' 500m: Ciara Laffan, second; Under-10 boys' 500m: Con Fraser, third; Under-12 girls' 600m: Abbie Doyle, first; Gracie Kehoe, second; Under-15 boys' 1,500m: Conor Doyle, third.

In the field events, Bree athletes had good results too. Under-11 girls' long jump: Johanna Chapman, first; Katie Doyle, second; Under-9 girls' long jump: Eva Doyle, first; Leah Bolger, second; Under-9 boys' long jump: Jayden Kenny, first; Under-10 turbo javelin: Lucy McCormick, first; Under-12 high jump: Oisín Rochford, first.

Teamwork came into play for the relay events and our three teams worked excellently together to take three county titles in fine style.

Under-9 boys' relay: Jayden Kenny, P.J. Breen, Tom Wall, James Finn.

Under-11 girls' relay: Ciara Laffan, Johanna Chapman, Maura Doyle, Katie Doyle.

Under-13 boys' relay: Robbie Chapman, Shane Doran, Oisín Rochford, Seán Rowley.

Well done to all our competing athletes.

It was another fantastic day for Bree Athletic Club at the final day of the Mr Oil Juvenile county track and field championships on Sunday.

There was medals galore for the club with rushes of individual and relay medals coming between the rain-showers. Altogether there were 20 individual golds and four relay golds, twelve individual silver medals and two individual bronze medals. Well done to all athletes involved.

Under-9 - 60m: 1, Leah Bolger; 1, Jayden Kenny; javelin: 2, P.J. Breen; 300m: 1, Leah Bolger; 1, Jayden Kenny.

Under-10 - 60m: 1, Ciara Laffan; 2, Keira Wilson; long jump: 1, Ciara Laffan.

Under-11 - 60m: 1, Katie Doyle; 600m: 1, Katie Doyle; high jump: 2, Katie Doyle.

Under-12 - 80m: 1, Abbie Doyle; 2, Gracie Kehoe; hurdles: 1, Abbie Doyle; 2, Gracie Kehoe; 1, Oisín Rochford; high jump: 1, Gracie Kehoe; long jump: 2, Abbie Doyle; 3, Oisín Rochford; shot putt: 1, Oisín Rochford.

Under-13 - 80m: 1, Seán Rowley; 2, Robbie Chapman; hurdles: 1, Seán Rowley; 800m: 2, Seán Rowley; high jump: 1, Shane Doran.

Under-14 - 800m: 2, Conor Doyle.

Under-15 - hurdles: 2, Donna Delahunty; 200m: 2, Katie Whelan.

Under-16 - hurdles: 2, Sophie Codd; 1, Daire Casey; 200m: 1, Daire Casey.

Under-17 - 800m: 3, Oran Ffrench.

Under-18 - 200m: 1, Olivia Howe.

Under-19 - 200m: 1, Aoife Cloke-Rochford.

Under-10 girls' relay: 1, Ciara Wilson, Maura Doyle, Leah Bolger, Ciara Laffan, Chloe Casey.

Under-10 boys' relay: 1, Oisín Harte, P.J. Breen, Conn Fraser, Jayden Kenny.

Under-12 girls' relay: 1, Amelia Furlong, Gracie Kehoe, Katie Doyle, Abbie Doyle.

Under-14 boys' relay: 1, Michael Roche, Seán Rowley, Shane Doran, Conor Doyle.

Congratulations to all athletes involved over this year's county championships.


There was another victory for Wexford in Kilkenny recently when the Boat Club tennis team won the Charity Cup tournament.

Team captain Joe Corrigan and his team of Nuala Walsh, Liz McRedmond, Anne Marie Kelly, Glenda McKeown, Iain Walker, Seamus McQuaid and Aidan Bolger saw off the challenge from Kilkenny, Tullow and Hillbrook in a great day of tennis.

The big winner was Merchants Quay Ireland, the deserving charitable beneficiary.


Wexford Wanderers R.F.C. will be hosting an awards night this coming Friday, May 19, at the clubhouse on Park Lane.

The event, which will commence at 7 p.m. sharp, will honour the players who have participated in a memorable season right across the club from the three Senior men's teams to the Youths teams.

Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for the most up to date information on what is happening at the club.

D.M.P. A.C.

The Juvenile athletes of D.M.P. once again did their club proud at day two of the Mr Oil county track and field championships in Enniscorthy on Sunday.

First off were the hurdlers, with Ciarán Kelly taking a silver in the boys' Under-12 60m hurdles, and Ellie O'Mahony finishing just off the podium in fourth in the girls' Under-13 event.

In the sprint races, Kevin O'Mahony took his first win of the day in the boys' Under-11 60m, with Cian O'Dowd finishing third.

They weren't the only D.M.P. sprinters in good form as 60m silver went to Layla Stafford and bronze to Rachel Whelan in the girls' Under-11. Sophie Kotun also earned herself a bronze medal in the girls' Under-12 60m sprints.

Rachel Gregg barely missed a podium spot in the girls' Under-14 80m sprints, finishing fourth. Conor Brennan picked up third place in the boys' Under-16 200m sprints, having won his heat in great style.

The middle distance runners also showed their class, with Claragh Keane taking a dominant victory in the girls' Under-14 600m race. Ellie O'Mahony was in action again in the 600m race and once more finished in a fine fourth place. Layla Stafford took a great second place, with Rachel Whelan fifth in the girls' Under-11 600m race.

Not to be outdone, the Under-11 boys were formidable in their 600m race, with Kevin O'Mahony and Cian O'Dowd finishing first and second respectively. Mark Hennessy and Adam Peilow finished just outside the medals in fourth in the Under-13 600m and Under-17 800m respectively.

In the relays, the boys' Under-12 team of Cian O'Dowd, Conn Mernagh, Ciarán Kelly and Kevin O'Mahony won their race.

The girls were also out in force, with the Under-10 team of Judy Sinnott, Emma Barrett, Eabha Keane and Sarah O'Mahony finishing fourth. The Under-12 team of Sophie Kotun, Cara Kelly, Rachel Whelan and Layla Stafford earned broze medals, as did the Under-14 team of Jessie Akinyemi, Ellie O'Mahony, Claragh Keane and Rachel Gregg.

In the field events, Sophie Kotun earned a silver medal in the girls' Under-12 shot putt, while the boys again excelled with Con Mernagh winning the Under-12 long jump and Conor Brennan winning the Under-16 high jump.

Kevin O'Mahony took his fourth gold of the day in the Under-11 high jump, with Michael Kent taking silver. Mark Hennessy finished a fine third in the Under-13 high jump.

Success continued in the high jump, with Alex Gregg setting a new P.B. to earn his first county gold medal in the boys' Under-14 event, while Rachel Gregg also jumped to a new P.B. and finished second in the girls' Under-14 high jump.

Well done to all our athletes and best of luck to those going on to the Leinsters.


Wexford Wanderers cricketers returned to winning ways with a comfortable six-wicket win against Y.M.C.A. in a Leinster League tie played in Sandymount on Sunday.

The home side batted first and their opening partnership put on 75 runs. The introduction of Sharjeel Shaikh into the Wexford bowling attack had an immediate effect as he emerged as Wanderers' most successful bowler, taking four wickets for 41 runs off his nine overs as Y.M.C.A. were all out for 217 runs in the 44th over.

In reply, openers Sufian Tarar with 34 runs and Ulah Jan with 21 gave Wanderers a good start, and when Haq Nawaz came to the crease he quickly got to grips with the home bowling attack.

Haq went on to complete a magnificent century as Wanderers went on to record a fine victory with ten overs to spare.

Next Sunday the team go to Kilcock to take on North Kildare.

Adult practice takes place every Wednesday at 6 p.m. and youths practice is on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at Wexford Wanderers Rugby Club. Any enquiries should be directed to Herbie Honohan (087-6535985).


It was another good day for the Striders with lots of participation at day one of the Wexford Juvenile track and field championships in the Enniscorthy sunshine.

Seán O'Brien was outstanding, coming second in the turbo javelin, and followed up with gold in the 100m (after winning his heat and semi-final).

In the 500m event, Jack Murphy set a strong pace and, entering the home straight, Seán raced clear for another gold.

Sam Myers collected two bronze medals, in the 100m sprint and long jump, as did Oisín Mac Eochaidh in the 100m and javelin.

In an amazing run of double bronze medals, Rebecca Bawden (1,500m and sprint hurdles) and Erinn Shannon (1,500m and shot putt), also managed to make the podium on two occasions in their individual events. More success came in the field events for Owen Lennon, first in the long jump, and Cosmo Hewlett, first in the shot putt. The Striders struck gold in the middle distance events, with Aidan Shannon, Adam O'Connor, Aaron Browne and Aedan Rogers all winning their 1,500m events. Grace Costello, Darragh Flannelly and Cian Flanagan also won silver medals in the 1,500m events.

Finally, the Striders finished on a high in the relays, with the following squads all winning medals: Under-11 boys, gold (Olan Delaney, Seán O'Brien, Sam Myers, Ronan Shannon, Rúairí Lyng and Shane Cummins); Under-13 boys, silver (Caolan Costello, Myles Hewlett, Cosmo Hewlett and Eoin Shannon); Under-15 girls, bronze (Ciara Murphy, Louise Doyle, Eve Byrne and Erinn Shannon); Under-17 girls, gold (Grace Costello, Rebecca Bawden, Aoife Nic Eochaidh and Alannah Byrne); Under-17 boys, gold (Patrick Doyle, Josh Hewlett, Nick Walkden and Aaron Browne); mixed Under-18, silver (Josh Hewlett, Elaine Browne, Nick Walkden and Josh Hewlett). Well done to all the other U.S.A.C. athletes who competed. There were many great performances and personal best achievements recorded. Earlier that weekend, the U.S.A.C. Senior athletes were competing at the Wexford Masters road race in Crossabeg. The women ran first, over 4km, with a great result for Catherine Ronan, picking up the medal in her age category.

There was strong running also from Beth O'Connor, Sonya Byrne, Linda Molloy, Maria Ronan, Geraldine Purcell, Karina Somers and Aine Cullen. Special mention to Maria and Geraldine in their first county race. The men had one lap of the 6k course, with a few hills thrown in here and there. Thee was great excitement for the travelling U.S.A.C. supporters to see John McGrath and Alan O'Connor coming home together on the final stretch.

John claimed third place and Alan was fourth, with Alan also winning his age category. Pat O'Callaghan excels in these hilly road races and it was no surprise to see him claiming first place in his age category event also. The men's team picked up silver, with John, Alan, Paul Doran and Brendan Lyng all finishing in good scoring positions. The U.S.A.C. men's squad was completed by Ted Flannelly, Liam Murphy, Lala Murphy, Mick O'Gorman, Martin Kehoe and Emmett Malone.

It was great to see such representation from the Striders at these events. Thanks to St. Killian's A.C. for a very well-organised event, and for the refreshments.


The last few weeks has seen St. Joseph's represented in most of the road races in the south-east.

The Angela Burns Memorial 10k in Ferrybank saw David Lanigan finish fourth in a time of 40.04.

The Wexford half-marathon saw Michael Ryan, Sinéad Croke and Alma Barron having fine runs, finishing in 1.34.46, 2.00.08 and 2.00.24 respectively. The Wexford 10k saw Mary McDonald cross the line in 57.47.

A busy David Lanigan ran an excellent time for four miles in Butlerstown in 25.04, with Peter Duggan just behind in 25.34. Susan Lanigan also ran in 32.03.

The Mooncoin Rose Run saw Sally Forristal finish first lady in 40.28, with David Lanigan running the 5k in 18.59 and finishing in second place. John McDonald finished fifth Over-40 in the 10k in a time of 53.31.

The Waterford to Tramore 7.5 mile saw 15 club members on the start line.

Sally Forristal led the club home in 47.22 and finished third lady. Sally was followed by David Lanigan in 48.41, with Elaine O'Donovan crossing the line in 49.39 and finishing fourth lady.

Breda Hennessy and Mairéad O'Donovan led the rest of the club home in an identical time of 59.36. Close behind were Anne Watkins (59.51), Stephen O'Connor (59.55), Hanora O'Connor (59.55), Ciarán Cullen (1.00.52), Susan Lanigan (1.02.42), Sinéad Croke (1.06.48), Jackie O'Shaughnessy (1.14.03) and Fiona Ryan (1.15.27).

Maggie Helen O'Connor and John Joe Lawlor race-walked the 7.5 miles in identical times of 1.10.13.

May bank holiday Monday always sees the Leinster Masters and Novice road race championship return to Gowran. In the men's 6k race, Patrick Bookle led the club home in 22.47, followed by Michael Power in 25.31 and Rocky Mernagh in 28.59. The ladies' 3k saw Tracey Malone keep the club flag flying in 17.43.

The St. Abban's open track and field competition in Laois saw Danny Glennon win the Under-14 'B' 100m. Eoin Kennedy finished second in the boys' Under-15 100m was also second in the Under-15 long jump.

Evan O'Toole and Danny Glennon also finished third and fifth in the boys' Under-15 long jump.

Evan O'Toole also travelled to the Cushinstown open track and field competition in Meath and ensured the long journey was worthwhile in winning the high jump in 1.45m and finishing second in the long jump in 4.45m.

The first Sunday in May means the county track and field championships, and a fantastic turn-out of club athletes ensured an individual medal tally of eight gold, five silver and five bronze medals in addition to relay success.

Gold medals were won by Joss O'Connor, Danny Glennon, Katie Taylor, Sophie Mullally, Patrick Bookle, Mairéad Mullally, Erin Foley and Grace Glennon.

Silver and bronze medals were won by Naoimh O'Connor, Evan O'Toole, Eoin Kennedy, Grace Glennon, Erin Foley, Sophie Mullally, Tracey Malone, Michael Power, Mairéad Mullally, Katie Taylor and the girls' Under-13 relay team.

Also representing the club proudly in Scanlon Park were: Kai Chan, Aoife Purcell, Rachel Murphy, Mairéad McDonald, Isabella Murphy, Ellen Arkins, Jack Barron, Kyle Bolger, Eimear McDonald, Lily Ryan, Sarah Foley, Barry Furlong, Ciarán Cummins, James Cummins, Conor Lanigan, Niall Cummins, Jaden Chan, Maeve Bookle, Aoife Lanigan, Caitlin Mullally, Rachel Foley, Shauna Furlong, Áine Purcell, Ciara Mullally, Katie Taylor, Erin Foley, Tara Glennon, Aidan Kehoe, Tomás Mullally, Jamie O'Connor and Stephen O'Connor.

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