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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Club Call

The United Striders A.C. ladies' squad, competing at the Wexford Senior track and field championship in Enniscorthy on Wednesday
The United Striders A.C. ladies' squad, competing at the Wexford Senior track and field championship in Enniscorthy on Wednesday
Sam Molyneux and Rory Cassidy from Kilmore A.C. who finished second and third respectively in the Under-17 3,000m at the county track and field championships in Enniscorthy

United Striders A.C.: United Striders A.C. hosted a novel event on Friday, July 21, at their home track in the town park, New Ross.

Over one hundred club members, including Juveniles, Senior men and ladies, participated in relay format to complete a marathon.

Owen Lennon, recent Leinster gold medal winner with the Wexford relay team, got the event started, with a quick first lap. With a goal of beating ex-club member Andy Ronan's 1991 Boston marathon time of 2:11:27, all eyes were on the clock during the evening.

The halfway time check confirmed that the Striders were just inside the target time, but with no room for error. When Aedan Rogers completed the last lap, he stopped the clock at 2:06:42, well inside the target time. Cue wild celebrations. Well done to all who participated in a marvellous event. On Wednesday evening, the Senior Striders were competing at day two of the Wexford track and field championship. There was plenty of excitement in both the track and the field events, and having four Striders ladies' teams face the starter in the 4 x 100m relay was a real club highlight.

Also noticeable was the large number of athletes progressing from our Juvenile section to our Senior section, with great success. Aedan Rogers, John McGrath and Pat O'Callaghan were all dual medal winners in their respective middle distance races.

Nic Walkden continues his fantastic first year in competitive athletics, winning both his middle distance and sprint events.

After years of under-age success, the Striders ladies Grace Costello, Rebecca Bawden and Alannah Byrne had a fantastic first, second and third in their 3,000m event.

At the same distance, Emmett Malone had a solid run, finishing well up the field. At 800m, it was no surprise to see Leinster and national medal winner Sonya Byrne claim a county gold medal. Aine Cullen won our only hurdles medal, with a second place over 400m.

Linda Barry, Lettie Roche, Sandra Young, Colin Carney and Gavin Kelly all performed really well to win medals in their various sprint events. Our leading high jumper, Ciara Kelly, won our only medal in the field events with another fine effort.

The evening ended on a high with a relay silver medal for Aoife Muldoon, Alannah Byrne, Rebecca Baldwin and Grace Costello.

The Striders had an additional three teams with Linda Barry, Sonia Tierney, Paula Freeman, Sonya Byrne, Gráinne Flannelly, Ciara Kelly, Joanne Kelly, Sandra Young, Aine Cullen, Lettie Roche, Sarah Boland and Catríona McLoughlin all performing, in an amazing event for the club.

The final medal of the evening went to the Senior men's relay team of Aedan Rogers, Nic Walkden, Gavin Kelly and Colin Carney, who won bronze.

S.B.R. A.C.

S.B.R. runners were action in Ferns and in New Ross over the weekend. On Saturday night at the United Striders five-mile, S.B.R. was well represented and had some fine performances.

Paul Gibbons continued a great run of races, finishing second overall in a strong field and breaking 28 minutes in the process. Tommy McElwaine continues to impress as well and was close behind Paul in under 29 minutes.

Eugene Doherty ran brilliantly, finishing in 32:20 and took age category honours as well.

On the women's side, Ciara Bowe had a brilliant run, finishing fifth woman overall in 35:21 on the challenging course. Louise Kehoe also turned in a great performance in 40:59.

At the Ferns Fun Run 5k on Sunday, S.B.R. made up a strong number of the finishers in the 5k race out the Stump Lane and back to the G.A.A. pitch. Paul Gibbons took top honours with Joe Lillis second.

On the women's side, Belinda Kehoe continued an excellent time to win in 21:35 with Ciara Bowe not far back in 23:04 for second. Emma Morris made it an S.B.R. clean sweep for the women in 23:14 for third place.

In the family competition, Christine and her daughter Orla took the first mother and daughter category. Well done everyone and it was a great job by the organisers Louise and Andrew Kehoe, stewards and everyone who helped out. 

All club information and fixtures is available at www.sbrclub.com

KILMORE A.C.

Congratulations to four Juvenile athletes who competed at the county championships in Enniscorthy. The 3,000m was the only Juvenile event on the programme.

Results: Under-17 girls, Regina Rochford, fourth; Under-17 boys, Sam Molyneux, second, and Rory Cassidy, third; Under-17 boys, Sam Boxwell, first.

Congratulations also to the Senior medal winners: Fidelma Rossiter, bronze 800m; Fiona Kehoe, gold 1,500m; Fidelma Rossiter, bronze 1,500m; Sinéad O'Brien, gold 3,000m.

Well done to Adrian Reville who also took part.

The Kilmore A.C. 10k run/walk sponsored by Saltees Fish will take place on Saturday, September 16, in Kilmore village, with walkers starting at 5 p.m. followed by runners at 5.30 p.m.

Online registration with www.runireland.com is €15 while on-the-day registration is €20. There will be cash prizes for the first four individuals male and female, the first two teams male and female, the first Junior male and female, the first two individuals Over-40, -45 and -50, and the first individual Over-55, -60 and -65.

For more information visiti www.facebook.com/Kilmore AC or call Paddy (087-9273545) or Mary (087-7564888).

WEXFORD HOCKEY

The club would like to wish our very own Leonie Grant the best of luck as she not only represents Wexford Ladies' Hockey Club but Ireland in the European Masters tournament next weekend in the Netherlands.

The club are very proud and excited to see Leonie in action. She is an amazing role model for younger members in the club as she shows you can have it all if you put in the commitment. Firstly a wife and mother, an accomplished businesswoman, and now representing her country in hockey.

Truly inspirational for the next generation. Good luck Leonie. Follow her progress on Facebook.

Calling all females 16 and over - Wexford Hockey Club members are starting back for the 2017-2018 season. If you are looking to take up a new sport or renew previous skills, join us this August to give hockey a go.

The first session is on August 8 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Astro Active Centre in Enniscorthy.

There will be free sessions for August, and mouthguards and shin pads are recommended.

ROSSLARE KETTLEBELL

A contingent from Rosslare Kettlebell Club took part in the I.U.K.L. Youth championships and Grand Prix competition in St. Joseph's recently, the first time ever the European championships had take place in Wexford.

On Saturday six club members took to their platforms in the 16 kg. long cycle division, with Leann Hennessy in the under 58 kg. category taking gold for her efforts.

Next up we had Patricia Molloy in the under 63 kg. category (gold), Clara O'Connor (Rosslare kettlebell coach) in the under 68 kg. category (gold), and Colette Meyler (gold).

In the +68 kg. we had Debbie Sinnott (silver) and Carmel Doyle. All put in terrific performances and reaped medals galore for the club.

On Sunday there was a very proud moment as Caoimhe Van Der Bliake became our first Youth European champion, winning gold in the long cycle 12 kg. Under-16 event.

We also had Olivia O'Connor and Stacey Brady competing in the snatch 16 kg. event.

Both put in marvelous performances and Stacey came away with a well-earned bronze medal for the club.

Patricia Molloy also took a cup for fifth place in the overall European championships 'absolute athlete' category.

It was a great weekend of lifting organised by the All-Ireland Kettlebell Federation, and we thank them for all their hard work putting this event together.

Next up on the kettlebell calendar is the Irish national championships in August in Dublin, and preparations are well under way for this upcoming competition.

WANDERERS CRICKET

Wexford Wanderers firsts advanced to the semi-final of the Midland/South East Cup with an exciting twelve-run win over North Kildare at Kilcock.

Wexford Wanderers batted first and a tremendous innings by Ibrar, who included five sixes and four fours in his innings of 76 not out, helped Wanderers reach a respectable total of 119 runs for the loss of nine wickets off their 20 overs.

He received good support from Anjith Varghese who scored 19.

In reply, a fine spell of accurate bowling from Nithin with two wickets for just eight runs off his four overs and an amazing over from Adeel, that saw him take three wickets while conceeding twelve runs, ensured the home side completed their 20 overs on 107 runs for nine wickets.

Wanderers now face a difficult task in the semi-final when they take on a very strong Bagenalstown outfit.

Meanwhile, Wanderers seconds enjoyed a victory over visitors Greystones. This was a friendly fixture and it was played in great spirit by both teams.

Greystones batted first and scored 137 runs off their 30 overs. In reply, useful contributions of 30 not out from both Steve McMillan and Anjith Vargheseand, and 24 from Sudath, saw Wanderers home to a three-wicket victory.

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