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Saturday 16 December 2017

Club Call

Eve Byrne (fifth in the Under-15 girls 2k walk) and Ciara Murphy (fourth in the Under-14 girls' 2k walk) who were both competing for United Striders at the national track and field championships in Tullamore
Eve Byrne (fifth in the Under-15 girls 2k walk) and Ciara Murphy (fourth in the Under-14 girls' 2k walk) who were both competing for United Striders at the national track and field championships in Tullamore

Slaney Sharks: Slaney Sharks Swimming Club celebrated the end of another fantastic year at the Waterfront Swimming Pool on Monday, June 26, with a fun swim followed by a presentation of end of year awards.

The club would like to congratulate all their swimmers for their participation in training and galas during the year. It has been a very busy and productive year with 24 galas being attended, just over 880 swims with fantastic results and P.B's. Well done Sharks!

We have had quite a few successes in the pool this past season and have seen a positive progression for all squads, particularly our younger swimmers where we saw them move through the squads and for some, compete at galas for the first time. The south-east round robin series of galas were a great success this season, with the Slaney Sharks taking second place again this year.

Twelve-year-old Holly Furlong was delighted to have been given the opportunity to represent the club at the Swim Swansea Long Course gala in Wales in May. She performed very well, coming home with some excellent P.B's.

We had two swimmers, Ava Whelan and Alexi Gillot, representing the club at Leinster Division 2 level, achieving great P.B's and podium finishes. Ava Whelan achieved a bronze medal in the 200m free aged ten and under, and Alexi Gillot achieved a silver medal in the 200m free aged 11-12.

The club was extremely proud to have had four young swimmers qualify for the Leinster Division 1 open championships held in the N.A.C., Dublin, on June 2-4, with Holly Furlong, Rioghna Hourihane, Eimear Doyle and Leah Morris representing our club and going on to achieve qualification times for Irish age group Division 2.

Holly, Leah and Rioghna travelled to the U.L. Arena at the end of June and once again had fantastic swims with P.B's all round.

2017 end of year club awards - A squad: swimmer of the year, Rioghna Hourihane; most improved, Sam Murphy; best attendance, Holly Furlong; B squad: swimmer of the year, Alexi Gillot; most improved, Ava Whelan; best attendance, Claire Whelan; C squad: swimmer of the year, James Byrne; most improved, Fleur Gillot; best attendance, Darragh Kirwan.

Overall swimmer of the year went to Holly Furlong.

The club would like to thank coaches Liam Murphy, Nicky Murphy and David Byrne for all of their dedication and hard work put into training the swimmers during the year.

New members are welcome! Enniscorthy Slaney Sharks Swimming Club will hold assessments for anyone wishing to join the club for the 2017-'18 season on Saturday, July 29, at 9 a.m. at the Waterfront Swimming Pool, Enniscorthy (bring a swimsuit and a hat).

A level 5 swim qualification or equivalent is a requirement. Registration for existing members will commence at 10 a.m. until 12 noon. For further information telephone 087-4041544 or e-mail Slaneysharksswimclub@hotmail.com

GOREY CRICKET

Gorey Cricket Club was honoured with the recent visit of Cricket Leinster C.E.O., Philip Smith, who kindly came at the request of member Rob Millard, to view first hand the recent renaissance of cricket in the Gorey region.

On arrival, he met chairman Al FitzGerald, along with the rest of the committee who showed him the recent installation of the club's mat and playing pitch in the grounds of Courtown Hibs.

Philip Smith witnessed the Under-15s and later our Senior team practising on the pitch much to his approval, but the highlight was the Under-13 match, when Gorey hosted Wexford Wanderers, witnessing children, some as young as seven, batting eloquently, whilst the older children displaying notable promise when batting, bowling and fielding.

The team was captain Marc Kinch, Aaron Leonard, Thomas Leonard, Bo Fleming, Dan Fleming, Zac Walsh, Ruben Kinch, William Walsh, Melissa Walsh, Brandan Byrne, David Stewart, Jillian Walsh, Jobe Hird and Ron Holeman, with local starlets Anna Wallace and Kate Hendy making up Wexford's team.

The C.E.O. commented that he was very impressed with our pitch and general set-up, particularly the energy and enthusiasm which was clearly evident, creating a positive sense of atmosphere and fun. Credit must go to all involved.

Gorey Cricket Club would like to thank Courtown Hibs A.F.C. for the use of the complex and general hospitality displayed in making possible the realisation of cricket being played. Such complimentary comments were well received but our club is in little doubt how important it is to raise funds in order for players to reach their potential.

Sponsorship is always welcome, and with such a large base of members, it would seem beneficial in progressing with our club as we seek new horizons with more members anticipated to join. The club is bag-packing in Tesco's on Saturday, July 22, and your support would be most welcome.

History also will be made on that date as 'competitive' cricket will be officially played in the G.C.C. pitch versus Adamstown from Dublin. What a momentous occasion to witness again, with cricket being played at a high level after all these years.

Camolin, so long the standard bearers, were the last team to have participated in the Leinster League before its demise in the late '70s. Their former members are thrilled to witness its imminent arrival, carrying on the proud tradition of cricket in this region.

Our Seniors suffered heartbreak not once but twice in recent weeks playing their league fixture matches. A brief summary of both games can't hide our disappointment, but it's a continued learning process which, no doubt, will make our first victory sweeter.

Gorey played AIB and won the toss and batted first, being all out for 133 from 39.3 overs. Stand-in captain Philip Leonard was top scorer with 58 runs.

AIB, in reply, struggled with Gorey's bowling and improved fielding and were 52 for six from 16 overs, but then a brief rain shower slowed Gorey's momentum. The match remained tight and Gorey came so close to being the first team to defeat AIB in the league.

AIB scored the winning runs in the 39th over, winning by just two wickets. Gorey's bowlers, in particular, were excellent and all our players should feel proud of their magnificent display, with most eagerly anticipating the return fixture at home in September.

Team: Philip Leonard (capt.), Khan Ambroze, Rashid Owias, Umar Khan, Waheed Babar, Reiner Garz, Ross Norman, Idrees Younas, Roger Spengler, Attila Stahlut, Pradeep.

Following our bitter disappointment, the Gorey crew were confident in defeating Railway Union 5. The match was played at Wesley College and, having won the toss, the visitors elected to bat.

Gorey steadily accumulated runs and found themselves 126 for three after 30 overs. Gorey accelerated to finish with 211 for six after 40 overs, Philip Leonard again top scoring with 52 runs.

Railway replied, scoring a similar rate to Gorey, being 42 for four after eleven overs, with Gorey seemingly in control. 

But then, a fifth wicket partnership from Railway of 169 runs took the match away from Gorey, as Railway proceeded to win by five wickets. The Gorey players are acclimatising to competitive cricket with all their emotions stretched to breaking point, as they pursue that inevitable first win which this team truly deserves.

Team: Anslem Diaz (capt.), Philip Leonard, Attila Stahlut, Abbas, Reiner Garz Khan, Rashid Owias, Ross Norman, Pradeep, Roger Spengler, Umar Khan.

On the same beautiful sunny day, our Under-15s hosted Bagenalstown in a challenge match on our 'newly' installed artificial mat, and what a difference it made. The pace, bounce and hand/eye co-ordination were something to behold as the general public were exhilarated in watching cricket at close range.

Bagenalstown scored 56 runs in 25 overs for two wickets, with Gorey scoring 57 runs by the 15th over with six wickets gone. Both teams continued to play, ensuring all players were involved.

Team: Ewan Stephens (capt.), Alex Walsh, Isabelle Walsh, Jake Walsh, Aaron Lett, Ross Wallace, Marcus Wallace, Robert Leonard, Oran Redmond, Andrew Graham, Dylan Hendy, Stephen Hendy.

July fixtures for your diary: July 19, Taverners match at home versus Baltinglass at 7 p.m. (to be confirmed); July 22, Senior Leinster League match, Gorey v. Adamstown, at 1 p.m.; July 23, challenge matches Under-15 and Under-12 versus Adamstown at 12 noon in Courtown; July 26, Leinster League away v. Clontarf; July 29, home Leinster League match versus Railway Union at 1 p.m.

Follow our Senior team on the Cricket Leinster website, or alternatively, on our club Facebook page, Twitter account or contact Al (086-1599074) for more information.

S.B.R. A.C.

There's many stars to mention in this week's S.B.R. round-up. The first one is Eugene Doherty who has enjoyed a brilliant year since turning 60 and continued that last weekend at the Wicklow Hospice Festival of Running.

In the marathon there, he clocked a brilliant 3:18 to win his age category. Well done Eugene!

Next up, Bernard Fortune by way of his fourth place at Croagh Patrick and his win at Nephin Hill last weekend was awarded Connacht I.M.R.A. co-champion status for 2017. 

On Saturday night in Ballyfad, S.B.R. runners with a love of hills turned out for the Jim Carton Memorial five-mile race. Belinda Kehoe led home the women with a brilliant run, taking first overall.

On the men's side Paul Gibbons won the race with Noel Kennedy second. Also performing well were Tommy McElwaine, David Leonard, Patrick Curley, Brian McLoughlin, Eugene Doherty, Tom Kavanagh and Louise Kehoe.

On Saturday, Tomás Kavanagh was in action in the Phoenix Park, running 37:52 for 10k to place 13th out of more than 1,300 finishers. Tomás was also in action at the Slaney summer league 6k on Friday night with a well-fought sixth place finish. 

Paul Gibbons was fourth overall and first Over-40 in the Parnell A.C. four-mile road race on Saturday after his winning effort in Ballyfad. 

Ciara Bowe competed very well, finishing high up the field in the Two Provinces triathlon on Saturday.

Joe Lillis was further afield, winning the Ballincollig Parkrun in Cork in 18:12.

Please come out and support the Ferns Fittest Family 5k on Sunday, July 30, at 11 a.m. from the Ferns G.A.A. pitch. It's €10 entry with cash prizes and family awards. All club details are on www.sbrclub.com.

KILMORE A.C.

Thanks to all volunteers and athletes for making the Kilmore A.C. Seafood Festival 5 km. race so enjoyable.

Well done to all Under-14 athletes for a fast 800m. Congratulations to Jackie Carthy on winning first prize in the ladies' race, and to Sinéad O'Brien on claiming third prize.

The ladies' team of Sinéad O'Brien, Fidelma Rossiter and Jackie Carthy also won the team prize.

Kilmore A.C. men Michael O'Flaherty, Gordon Boxwell and Rory Cassidy also took first team prize. Special mention to our winning Junior, Rory Cassidy, running a 5k P.B. Maith an fear!

MENAPIANS A.C.

The second Menapians 5 km road race takes place in Wexford town on Thursday, July 20, at 7.30 p.m. The race carries the tagline 'designed by athletes for athletes'.

Basically, this means that, apart from the course being accurately measured and properly stewarded, one can expect 'a pleasantly testing course'!

Registration, along with changing facilities and ample parking, is from 6 p.m. at Wexford Wanderers R.F.C. clubhouse. The entry fee is a very reasonable €10.

The race has an A.A.I. permit. Participants must be 17 years or over. Prize-giving and post-race refreshments will be in the clubhouse.

Menapians A.C. acknowledges the kind support of Graphedia, Profitsflow.com and Fresh Today.

UNITED STRIDERS A.C.

The Striders Juveniles were in great form at the national track and field championships in Tullamore, with lots of great performances, medals, P.B's and even a national champion.

The boys did really well in the middle distance events, starting with Myles Hewlett running an excellent time of 1:40 in his 600m race to finish just outside the medals.

Next up, Darragh Flannelly posted a P.B. of 2:20 in his 800m final to continue his fantastic form this season.

The first medal of the weekend was won by Adam O'Connor, with bronze in his 800m event. With the event streamed live by Athletics Ireland, there were lots of Striders at home in New Ross watching Adam get into a three-man lead group and finish the race in impressive fashion to secure a spot on the podium, with a P.B. time of 2:09.

In the throws we had the Hewlett brothers, Cosmo and Joshua, both competing in the javelin. Cosmo followed up an impressive display in the Leinster championships with another fine performance.

Throwing just under 30m, he was only a few metres short of a medal.

Reigning national champion, Joshua Hewlett, retained his title with a throw in excess of 50m.

It was good to see Joshua in great form as he will make his international debut next week, representing Ireland in the Celtic Nations event.

Nic Walkden was our sole sprinter in action on this first weekend of the championships, posting a great time in his 400m event.

Returning from an injury he picked up at the Leinster championship, Nic did really well considering his interrupted preparation in this, his first season with the Striders.

Last, but not least, our race walkers, Ryan Kielthy, Ciara Murphy and Eve Byrne, were exceptional, finishing third, fourth and fifth respectively.

Our walkers have done really well in a short space of time to get to the point where they are winning national medals.

Well done Ryan for bringing home another national medal and also to Ciara and Eve who were competing in big fields that also included the English national team who were participating as guests. Well done to all.

ST. JOSEPH'S A.C.

Last weekend was a truly memorable one for St. Joseph's when club athlete Sophie Becker proudly represented her country with distinction in the European Under-23 championships in Poland.

In the women's 400 metres, competing against the best athletes in Europe, Sophie finished eighth in her heat, running 54:99 which unfortunately did not qualify her for a place in the final.

Sophie was also the first runner on the Irish women's 4 x 400 relay, running a split time of 53:30, with the team finishing in sixth place.

Huge congratulations to Sophie from everyone in St. Joseph's on this wonderful achievement.

On the final day of the All-Ireland track and field championships last weekend, Katie Taylor travelled to Tullamore to compete in the girls' Under-14 200 metres.

Katie finished second in her heat and qualified for the final where she finished eighth with a mere second and a half separating all eight finishers.

The Juvenile 'B' track and field championships also took place in Tullamore last weekend with some memorable medal-winning St. Joseph's performances.

Eoin Kennedy led the way, winning the long jump and shot putt and finishing second in the 100 metres at boys' Under-15 level.

Erin Foley won the girls' Under-14 long jump, finished third in the shot putt and seventh in the 80 metres final.

Grace Glennon finished fifth in the girls' Under-12 60 metres and sixth in the 600 metres, while Rachel Foley competed in the Under-13 80 metres, long jump and shot putt.

Tom McDonald and Anita Barry decided to run a marathon with a difference last weekend when they headed to Le Chéile A.C. in Belfast to undertake a midnight marathon on the track which works out at 96 laps of a 400-metre track.

Anita finished in 3:54:01 and was first lady to finish while Tom, struggling with a calf injury, finished it in 4:19:01.

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