Monday 26 August 2019

Club Call

Harry Clavin with his sister, Pollyanna, at the Junior Wimbledon tournament in Gorey Tennis Club
Harry Clavin with his sister, Pollyanna, at the Junior Wimbledon tournament in Gorey Tennis Club
Aidan Jones in action at Gorey Tennis Club's Junior Wimbledon tournament
Participants in the Junior Wimbledon tournament at Gorey Tennis Club last weekend

United Striders A.C.: When most of Wexford were at Croke Park, three Striders were competing at the national Masters track and field in Tullamore.

Despite standards being obviously quite high, all three finished in the medals. Aine Cullen improved on her recent Leinster success to win silver in high jump and bronze in discus.

On the track, Sonya Byrne finished in third place in her 400m and 800m events. John McGrath was the last Strider in action and finished the day on a high, winning bronze in a very competitive 1,500m race.

On Wednesday the senior Striders were competing at the Wexford track and field championships in Enniscorthy, for the first of two evening competitions. There were many fantastic performances, including some wins and lots of medals.

National under-age javelin champion, Joshua Hewlett, who was recently selected for an Ireland squad, won the county event for his age group, as did Cian Flanagan in the next age group.

Staying with the field events, Aine Cullen won silver in the shot putt. On the track, there were wins for Sonya Byrne and John McGrath in their respective 400m events and Aedan Rogers in his 1,500m event.

Striders newcomer Colin Carney made a sensational competitive start, winning medals in two sprint events. The Strider ladies took the sprints by storm, with Paula Freeman, Linda Barry and Sandra Young all winning medals.

More success arrived in the middle distance events with John McGrath second in the 1,500m Masters and second in the 5,000m Senior events. Alan O'Connor picked up a further two medals in his distance events and Pat O'Callaghan won silver in his age category 1,500m event.

The evening finished with some great 4 x 400m relay performances from Linda Barry, Sandra Young, Catríona McLoughlin, Sonya Byrne, Liz Keating, Maria Ronan, Beth O'Connor and Paula Freeman, whose teams came second and fourth place.

The men's team of Aedan Rogers, Colin Carney, Alan O'Connor and John McGrath finished third to win the final medals on a great evening.

Also on Wednesday the Striders Juveniles finished in third place in a track and field challenge evening at Rosbercon. The squad included Isabella O'Connor, Moya Corbett, Ciara Murphy, Kelly Corbett, Eve Byrne, Erinn Shannon, Gearóid Byrne, Seán O'Brien, Jack Murphy, Keelan Ryan, Luca O'Connor, Eanna Grennan, Ronan Shannon, Eoin Hannan, Sam Myers, Ben Myers, Finn Kelly, Seán Lennon, Oisín Mac Eochaidh, Owen Lennon, Darragh Flannelly, Aidan Shannon, Adam O'Connor and Cian Flanagan.

All athletes performed wonderfully well in a number of disciplines, including race walking, where there were some flawless techniques on display. Thanks to the hosts, St. Joseph's A.C., for a great evening.


The athletic exploits of Sophie Becker and Shane Power continue to put St. Joseph's on the national map. They were our representatives in the Junior and Under-23 nationals in Tullamore and they won All-Ireland medals within minutes of each other.

First was Sophie winning the Under-23 women's 400m in a time of 54.74 seconds. That superb performance was followed by Shane a few minutes later setting a new personal best of four metres outdoors in the Junior men's pole vault and finishing second in the process. Shane's indoor pole vault best is an even more impressive 4.15 metres.

Everyone in St. Joseph's would like to wish Sophie the very best as she goes to Poland in a few weeks to compete in the Under-23 European championships. Qualifying for these championships is a just reward for years of dedicated training.

Shane was not the only member of the Power family competing at an elite sporting level, with his mother and brother, Catherine and Kevin, completing in the world field archery championships in Tuscany, Italy. Kevin, competing for the first time in the young adult section, was just outside the medals in fourth place. Catherine was among a huge field of adult female archers, finishing in a very respectable 22nd position.

July means the All-Ireland track and field championships and four of the best young athletes in the club headed to Tullamore to take on the best in the country. The long jump proved hugely successful, with Sarah Lawlor finishing an impressive third at Under-19 level with a jump of 4.77m, with Evan O'Toole seventh also in 4.77m at the Under-14 age group.

Katie Taylor was third in the heat of the 80m sprint and finished an excellent sixth in the final. Danny Glennon was fifth in the heat of the Under-14 80m with Evan O'Toole, having a busy day, finishing tenth in the high jump and fifth in the heat of the 75m hurdles.

The previous weekend saw our girls' Under-14 relay team of Aoife Byrne, Katie Taylor, Ciara Mullally and Erin Foley compete in the All-Ireland relays in Athlone having qualified from the ultra-competitive Leinster championships. They finished in an excellent second place in their heat, thus qualifying them for the finals in which they finished in a highly-creditable seventh position.

Four gold, six silver and one bronze was the unbelievable haul of national medals for our amazing Masters athletes in the national championships a week ago. Verena Fenlon won gold in high jump and shot putt in addition to silver in discus and javelin and bronze in the hammer.

Her brother, Austin Lee, won silver in discus and hammer and fourth in javelin and shot. Mary Breen won silver in the shot putt.

Race walkers Bríd Lawlor and John Joe Lawlor won gold in Over-50 and -55 age groups with Maggie Helen O'Connor winning silver at Over-45 level in a superb new outdoor personal best time of 15.50.

Not content with national Masters medals, the sister and brother duo of Bríd and John Joe Lawlor also travelled to the Northern Ireland race walking Masters championships in Belfast. This adventure to the north did not disappoint, as on the famous Mary Peters track, Bríd took gold in the Over-55 age group, while John Joe took the gold in the Over-50 category.

Last weekend saw Anita Barry and Tom McDonald continue their unbelievable marathon exploits, travelling to Wicklow for the hospice marathon weekend where an athlete could run one, two or three marathons over three days. Anita Barry ran on Friday, finishing in 3:40:33, with both athletes taking on the 26.2 miles on Sunday, with Anita finishing in 3:47:04, with Tom just behind in 3:47:47.

On the road, Patrick Bookle travelled to Dundrum in Tipperary for the annual 10k race. He finished in an excellent time of 38.26 to come third in the Over-50 age category.

Last Tuesday evening the glorious weather saw St. Joseph's host the Murco Cup inter-club competition between the host club, St. Senan's and United Striders. A wonderful night of competition took place with the fantastic turn-out from St. Joseph's ensuring that they were the worthy winners of the Murco Cup.


Looking to keep your hockey going over the summer, or want to give a new sport a try? Enniscorthy Hockey Club is running mixed social hockey each Wednesday at the Astro Active Centre, Bellefield Road, Enniscorthy, between 7.30 and 9 p.m.

This is for all aged 15+, and you don't even need to be a member to join in! Please note there is a €5 fee per night to help cover pitch rental costs. We hope to see you there!


The annual Wimbledon tournament in Gorey Tennis Club will be held on Thursday, July 13, at 8 p.m. All members are invited to attend and encouraged to wear whites.

Strawberries and cream as is tradition will be served.

A reminder that Junior tennis camps are available over the summer. See the club website for more details or contact Jamie at 087-2788985.

S.B.R. A.C.

S.B.R. had a banner performance on Saturday in Kilmore, taking home the team prize in the Kilmore Quay Seafood Festival 5k.

Paul Gibbons was first S.B.R. man home in fourth overall in 16:59 to lead the men. He was followed by Tommy McElwaine in sixth in 17:22, Den Moynihan in seventh in 17:26, and Tomás Kavanagh in eighth in 17:28.

The four in the first eight gave S.B.R. the win. Tom Kavanagh also ran really well, finishing second in the Over-60 age category in 28:20. Well done gentleman!

The Run with Ray 5k on Sunday in Craanford had a brilliant field of nearly 200 finishers. Ray Byrne's leadership and enthusiasm led to a great turn-out for the community of Craanford.

Full results will follow but many excellent performances were had on the day in scorching conditions. Well done everyone!

Full results, fixtures and club information are available at


Congratulations to Helen Doyle and Jackie Carthy who represented the club in the county track and field championships on Wednesday at Enniscorthy Hub.

Jackie won gold in the Masters 1,500 and 3,000m, and Helen also won silver in the Masters 1,500 and 3,000m.


Wexford Wanderers returned to winning ways with a comprehensive 85-run win over Y.M.C.A. in a Leinster League game played at Park on Saturday.

Wanderers batted first and openers Tony Murray and Umar Tatar got the innings off to a great start, putting on 69 runs before Tony was caught for 28.

Umar continued in good form before he was caught on the boundary for 43. Further useful contributions from Adeel Mohammed (25) and Sami Jan (17) saw Wanderers all out for 181 runs in the 42nd over.

In reply, Y.M.C.A. never looked likely to reach this challenging target and they struggled against the spin threat of Umar, who returned excellent figures of four wickets for 20 runs off six overs.

Anjith Varghese took two wickets for 32 and the bowlers received great support from all the fielders.

Such was the pressure on the visitors that three of them managed to run themselves out trying for impossible runs.

Their innings finally closed at a total of 96 all out, with only 23 of the overs completed.

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