Tuesday 21 January 2020

Club Call

Some of the very successful gymnasts from Gymstars who were triumphant at the recent acrobatic national finals
Some of the very successful gymnasts from Gymstars who were triumphant at the recent acrobatic national finals

S.B.R. A.C.: There was a great turn-out for the Mick Murphy Memorial Road Race in Ferns on Saturday. A total of 126 men and women finished the race with some blazing fast times despite the wind.

On the men's side, Freddy Keron proved just too much for Willy Monson in a thrilling finish, edging second place by less than one second in 19:29 each. In third was former Dublin marathon winner Seán Hehir, training for the upcoming London world championship in August, in 19:33. 

On the women's side, Sarah MacMahon of D.S.D. was first home in a brilliant time of 23:08. Sarah was followed by many times Wexford champion Jackie Carthy of Kilmore in 23:49 for second and first Over-40, and Lillian Lawless of host club S.B.R. was third overall and first Over-50 in a brilliant 27:01. 

Myles Gibbons was first S.B.R. man home and also first Over-40 in sixth place in 21:58, followed by his brother, Paul, in seventh in 22:22.

Patrick Curley (22:36) and Paul Lynch (22:46) rounded out the top four for the hosting club.

Eugene Doherty was first Over-60 in the race in 25:22, while Tomás Breen was first Under-18 in 26:28, and Tom Kavanagh was first Over-70 in 37:07.

Tommy Payne of Tinryland was first Over-50 male, and Annis Kehoe of Slaney Olympic was the first Over-60 woman.

On the women's side for S.B.R., Lillian Lawless was first with her third place overall finish and was followed by Ciara Bowe in 28:11.

Rounding out the top four for Ferns were Belinda Kehoe in 28:52 and Emma Morris in 30:33. Mary Carton also had a brilliant second in the Over-50 in 33:04.

Special thanks to Dave Dempsey and Pop Up Races for the announcing and timing which were brilliant. Also a huge thank you to Ray's Panel Beaters, Ashdown Park Hotel in Gorey, Amber Springs Hotel in Gorey, and Breen Brothers Construction and John Cooney who were sponsors of the race.

Additionally the event would not be possible without the countless volunteers, stewards, and those who donated cakes or helped in any way. 


It was a really busy June bank holiday weekend for the Striders, starting on Friday with Joshua Hewlett's fantastic javelin bronze medal performance at the All-Ireland schools track and field championship in Tullamore.

On Sunday, the Senior Striders were back in Tullamore for the Leinster Masters track and field championship. Two Leinster champions and nine medals in total was a fantastic result for the squad.

Sonya Byrne, following on from a successful indoor season, had more success in the middle distance events, coming third in the 1,500m and second in the 800m.

Adding to his already impressive provincial medal collection, John McGrath was first in the 800m and third in the 400m event.

Alan O'Connor and Ted Flannelly both won bronze medals in their respective 5,000m events. In the field events, Aine Cullen had great success, winning gold, silver and bronze in the high jump, shot putt and discus events respectively The Juvenile Striders were also in Tullamore on Monday for the Leinster team championship. Competing in five events (long jump, high jump, shot putt, 800m and 4 x 100m relay), our Under-15 boys (Oisín Mac Eochaidh, Owen Lennon, Darragh Flannelly, Adam O'Connor and Aidan Shannon) were second, and the Under-15 girls (Kelly Corbett, Ciara Murphy, Erinn Shannon, Eve Byrne and Louise Doyle) were third.

It's fantastic to see how competent the Striders children are at the various disciplines of athletics. We also had a boys' Under-13 team (Finn Kelly, Eoin Shannon, Cosmo Hewlett and Myles Hewlett) and a boys' Under-11 team (Ronan Shannon, Sam Myers, Eoin Hannan and Olan Delaney) competing.

They were just outside the medals but accounted for themselves very well all day with many P.B's achieved along the way.

Meanwhile, in Dublin, also on Monday, 15 of the Strider ladies competed at the VHI Ladies' Mini Marathon. There were some great performances over the 10km course, in what is always one of the highlights of the athletics calendar.


Last weekend saw St. Joseph's Juvenile athletes head to Tullamore for the Leinster pairs and Under-12 and Under-13 championships.

The following athletes competed at Under-9, Under-10 and Under-11 level in turbo javelin and long jump, and in 60m, 300m, 500m and 600m on the track: Aisleann Mullally, Aoife Purcell, Sarah Foley, Cile Garvey, Lily Ryan, Caoimhe Connolly, Keelan Byrne, Megan Doyle, Lily Doyle and Eabha Mullally.

In the Under-12 and Under-13 individual events, Grace Glennon qualified for the semi-final in the 60m sprint and reached the final of the 600m, finishing an excellent eighth.

At Under-13 level, Kaylan Doyle and Rachel Foley ran in the 80m, with Rachel also competing in the shot putt. Aine Purcell finished eleventh in the 600m.

Last weekend saw the St. Senan's A.C. Little South four-mile road race which incorporated the county Novice championship. Sally Forristal led the big contingent of club athletes home in a superb time of 24 minutes, and not surprisingly she was the first lady across the line.

Sally was followed by Peter Duggan in 25:01, and he was second in the M45 category. Elaine O'Donovan was next in 26:14, finishing third Senior lady home followed by Anne Watkins in 28:43 who was first in the Novice lady category.

Michael Power finished close behind Anne in 28:44 and was third M50, followed by Mary Doolan who was first F40 in 28.54. Next home was Ciarán Cullen in 31:10, followed by Mairéad O'Donovan 31:10, Alma Barron 34:06, Denise Doyle 37:43, Steph Connolly 37:51, Katie Kinsella 37:58 and Tracey Malone 38:46.Congratulations to the ladies who won the county Novice team award.

The Wexford marathon last weekend saw Tom McDonald run a fantastic time of 3:47:55 to finish in 17th position overall. Unbelievably, this was Tom's third marathon in nine days, having ran two marathons in Tullaroan the previous weekend in 4.03 and 3.52.

Tullaroan also saw Anita Barry run the classic 26.2 mile distance in 4.01, and she also ran her second marathon in a week, finishing in 4.03 in Wexford and being the second lady across the line.

Congratulations to Ciarán Cullen who returned to his birthplace and ran the Newry half-marathon recently. Ciarán has run in Newry over the past number of years and finished in 1:53:36.

The Leinster track and field Senior and Masters championships in Tullamore recently saw fantastic results from our Masters athletes.

The Masters men three kilometre walk saw John Joe Lawlor win at Over-50 in 15:52. The Masters women's walk saw Maggie Helen O'Connor first at O45 in a new outdoor personal best time of 15:54, with Bríd Lawlor second at O55 in 20:21.

Austin Lee had a superb series of events, finishing first in hammer and discus, second in javelin, and third in shot putt. His sister, Verena Fenlon, went one better, winning three gold in hammer, shot putt and weight while also finishing second in discus and javelin.

Shane Power competed in the Senior men's pole vault and Mary Breen also competed at Masters level.

The final evening on county track and field action saw gold and silver medal-winning performances in sprints,walks, long jump, shot putt, discus and hammer by Michael Power, David Lanigan, John Joe Lawlor, Bríd Lawlor and Verena Fenlon.

In a hectic period for the club, a record 13 Juvenile teams represented us in the Leinster relays in Leixlip recently. The girls' Under-14 team finished an unlucky third in the final with mere hundredths of a second separating the three medalists. Ratoath won in 55:03, Boyne were second in 55:04, and St. Joseph's were third in 55:07. The girls' Under-15 team also finished third in the final.

On the roads, Patrick Bookle took on a hilly Strawberry five-mile race in Enniscorthy recently, finishing tenth overall and first O50 in 31.04. He also ran the 8k race in the Kilkenny summer series recently, finishing tenth in 30:27, and was also eleventh overall and first O50 in the recent Splashworld 10k in Tramore in 38:20.


Well done to all the gymnasts from Gymstars Gymnastic Club who represented their club at the All-Ireland acrobatic championships in the new National Indoor Arena, Dublin, on May 27 and 28.

The All-Ireland competition is the biggest in the acrobatic calendar and the medals are always hard won as the standard just gets higher and higher. Acrobatic routines are performed in pairs and trios and are a mixture of acrobatic elements, individual gymnastic elements and dance.

Gymstars were fantastic and brought home a massive ten sets of national medals, 24 medals in total: seven gold, eleven silver and six bronze.

This is the first year that Gymnastic Ireland has included the Grade 1 and 2 competitors, and it was a massive success for Gymstars as Mairéad Mulally and Clara Hogan were fantastic and won the bronze medals in Grade 1.

In Grade 2 women's pairs, Katie Moran and Aoibhinn Ryan performed a flawless routine and won the overall gold medals, while Molly O'Gorman, Ellie Byrne and Cristabel Stamp performed with ease and won the national silver medals for Grade 2 Trio. This was the very first national competition for all these participants.

In the Grade 3 mixed pairs section, Gymstars had Dermot Hogan and Samantha Quirke representing them. This was also Sam's first national competition and they both showed no nerves as they performed a perfect routine and won the national gold medals.

The Grade 4 level was keenly-contested with a particularly high standard. Gymnasts Isabella Gainford and Katie Nolan performed an almost flawless routine and won the coveted silver naional medals.

This was Isabella and Katie's first time at this high level and Katie's first national competition. A big well done to them both.

Gymstars had two pairs in the Grade 5 section. The Grade 5s have to perform two routines over two days: their dynamic routine and a balance routine.

Women's pairs of Alison Doyle and Eve Kinsella, and Sinéad Kirwan and Charlie Buckley, both performed their dynamic routine on the first day.

Both pairs put in a very fine performance with Alison Doyle and Eve Kinsella getting a fantastic score to put them in first place after the opening day.

Again very fine performances on the second day meant that Sinéad and Charlie won the bronze medals and Alison and Eve won the gold medals with a massive lead of over one whole mark.

This was a fantastic achievement so well done girls.

In the 11-16 section, Gymstars had a women's pair of Abby Mulligan and Mair Williams. This pair, who have not been working together for very long, performed with great confidence and won the bronze national medals.

In the top section 12-18, Gymstars had a trio of Aisling Caldicott, Aoife Prunty and Ellen O'Brien competing. The girls performed two routines.

In their balance routine they received the highest score and won the gold medals, while in the dynamic routine they chose to perform all the extremely hard moves and were fantastic, winning the silver medals for this routine.

The girls had to settle for silver all-round national medals, missing out on first place by just .15 of a mark. Well done girls on a brilliant two days of competition.

Gymstars are running two summer camps. Anyone wishing to avail of a place, look on our Facebook page for more details.


Wexford Wanderers Rugby Football Club will hold its Annual General Meeting (A.G.M.) tomorrow evening (Wednesday, June 14) in the clubhouse at Park Lane from 7.30 p.m.

All club members eligible to vote on the night are asked to attend this meeting.


Day one of the Leinster championship in Tullamore was on Saturday, June 10, and the first such event for our Under-9s and some of our Under-10 athletes.

You would not have guessed though by the way they handled the pressure of the big stage.

Bree Athletic Club is very proud of all our athletes' performances, medals or not. They all ran fast, jumped and threw far and high, giving it their all. Well done to everyone.

A total of five gold, six silver and three bronze medals were brought home by our athletes.

Under-9 pairs: Leah Bolger and Ava Doyle, 60m gold; Leah Bolger and Ava Doyle, long jump gold; P.J. Breen and Tom Finn, long jump silver.

Under-10 pairs: Ciara Laffan and Keira Wilson, long jump gold; Ciara Laffan and Keira Wilson, 60m silver.

Under-11 pairs: Katie Doyle and Johanna Chapman, long jump silver; Katie Doyle and Johanna Chapman, 60m silver.

Under-12: Abbie Doyle, 60m gold; Gracie Kehoe, high jump silver.

Under-13: Seán Rowley, 60m silver; Shane Doran, high jump silver.


Congratulations and very well done to our two teams which competed in the Leinster pairs championships on Saturday in Tullamore.

Aoibheann Quirke and Lucia Donohue competed in the 100m sprint and the long jump, and Hannah Kelly and Leah Peare competed in the 500m and long jump.

All four girls put in magnificent performances, doing their club proud. This was these girls' first performance at Leinster level and I'm sure it won't be their last.

Bonnie Murphy also travelled to Tullamore, competing in the Under-13 80m sprint and putting in a strong performance to finish in fifth place in her heat.

Bonnie was also part of the Under-13 Wexford 4 x 100m relay team which placed fourth.

Gergely Pap and Milan Kovacs competed in the county hammer championship on Friday at the D.M.P. grounds, finishing in first and second place respectively.

St. Paul's had two relay teams taking part in the Wexford marathon. Our men's team of Johnny Kelly, Anton Dowd, Jaro Sumec and Shammy O'Brien finished in a magnificent second place in a time of 3:16:56, followed by our ladies' team of Yvonne Clooney, Gail Martin, Assumpta Carthy and Denise Doyle-Cloke in a time of 3:47:16, finishing in 17th place. It was fantastic running from all.


Well done to all our athletes in the Leinster championships. First to compete was Leah Sinnott who threw a P.B. in the Under-12 shot putt. She also ran a P.B. of 9.89 in the 60m.

Alfie Whelan and Oisín McDonagh, in their first Leinsters, continued the club success in the pairs long jump. Competing at Under-10, they both put in a consistent series of jumps, with Alfie jumping a P.B. of 3.57 for his final jump and Oisín jumping 3.35 for his best.

This fantastic effort from the pair gave a combined result of 6.92 and first place. The boys were delighted with their gold medals.

They went on to run the 60m, finishing second and third in their heats. This gave them fourth place overall, a great result for the young lads.

Sinéad O'Reilly and Ailbhe White ran the Under-13 600m. Sinéad qualified comfortably for the final, while Ailbhe missed out by one place with a good time of 1.57. Sinéad ran a great final to finish in fourth place with a big new P.B. of 1.47.

Ailbhe went on to run the 80m, qualifying for the semi-finals and finishing fifth.

Alfie Whelan ran the first leg of the Under-11 inter-county relay, helping the Wexford team to gold.

On Friday Triini Jurisoo took silver in the Under-14 Mr Oil county hammer, with Sophie Kelly taking bronze. This was a great result for Triini and Sophie who only took up the event this year and are improving all the time. Triini threw 24 metres and Sophie threw 20m.

Leon Reid continued his good form, winning the 100m and 200m in the Northern Ireland championships. Conor Wilson had a good run also in Belfast.

Ruth Bowe was third in the Munster 400m. Conor Gaffney competed in his first pole vault, clearing 2.80.


Despite a poor weather forecast for the day, Wexford Wanderers travelled to Portlaoise on Bank Holiday Monday to take on the local side in a Leinster League fixture.

The game started in persistent rain with the home side batting first on an artificial wicket. Despite the conditions, both sides tried hard to keep the game flowing and after 23 overs Portlaoise had 85 runs on the board for the loss of four wickets.

However, at that stage the outfield was very wet and slippery and when a couple of players took heavy falls it was determined that the game could no longer continue.

Skipper Tony Murray bowled very well, taking two wickets for 13 runs off five overs, and Anjith Varghese and Sharjeel Shaikh took a wicket apiece.

Wanderers' league campaign continued at Bagenlstown on Sunday, where they suffered a crushing ten-wicket defeat. Wanderers batted first on a difficult green and soft pitch.

In the poor batting conditions the Wexford batsmen did not apply themselves very well to the task and were dismissed for a paltry total of just 51 runs.

The home side had little difficulty knocking off the runs without losing a wicket. This was by far Wanderers' worst defeat for some time and the team will need to improve significantly when they entertain Dundrum at Park next Sunday.

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