WHBTC Tennis: The annual Thai Gold Wexford Junior open took place in Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club this summer again for its 24th year.
Players travelled down from all parts of the country including Dublin, Galway, Tipperary and Wicklow, and even the U.K. A total of 130 matches were played over three days in the open.
There was a great turn-out and luckily the rain stayed away for most of the tournament. Wexford winners and runners-up included Sarah McRedmond who won the Under-16 girls' singles final and was runner-up in the Under-18 girls' singles final.
Bill Cullen and Kevin Culleton won the Under-16/18 boys' doubles, with the runners-up being Donal Buckley and Lochlann MacCormack.
Alfie McQuaid and Sass Thomson won the Under-15 mixed doubles, while Cathal Gormley and Alfie McQuaid were runners-up in the Under-14 boys' doubles. Robert Foyle and Sarah McRedmond were runners-up in the Under-18 mixed doubles.
The tournament would not be possible without the support of the many sponsors including Thai Gold, Wexford Dental Clinic, Toyota Boggans, Rocket Broadband, Park 100 Fire and Security, Ryans, Newtown Energy, Dunnes Stores, Sunnyside Medical Centre, Home Instead, Wexford Creamery and the Riverbank House Hotel.
Wexford Wanderers travelled to Bagenalstown on Sunday to take on Laois in the Midland/South-East final.
However, just as they arrived at McGrath Park the heavens opened and despite both teams remaining at the ground for several hours in the hope of having a reduced overs game, the rain never relented and the game will have to be re-fixed.
There was better weather for the Wanderers Under-14s as they played Waterford on their new ground at the Regional Sports Centre. Wexford batted first and excellent contributions from Alexander Kirwan, Tadgh Bonnington, Kenul Senevi, Cian Bosworth and Christopher Hill saw their total reach 79 runs off their 25 overs.
In reply, the Waterford batters had no answer to fantastic bowling from Nathaniel Henwick, Eoin Bonnington and Joe Gilhooley and were all out for 42 runs.
This was a very good all-round team performance and a particular highlight was Mark Miller's wicket-keeping display. This was Mark's first appearance behind the stumps but he looked a natural in that important position.
ST. KILLIAN'S A.C.
It has been a busy time for the senior athletes over the last number of weekends. Pádraig Moriarty competed on Sunday in the Cloughbawn 5k where he had a great performance to take second place.
Brian O'Shaughnessy and Niall Sheil were in Ballindaggin on Friday evening to compete in a 6k race hosted by Slaney Olympic as part of their summer series. Both athletes had good races with Brian finishing in fourth place and Niall taking the win.
Brian has been in great form this summer. He competed in the Camolin Woods 5k on August 6 and in a very competitive field finished in another superb fourth place.
Niall travelled to Waterford last weekend and competed in the Eilis Hayes Memorial race hosted by West Waterford Athletic Club. Niall had a strong run to finish in second place.
This follows on from his excellent performance when he did his club and country proud competing in the European Masters track and field championships. Niall got to the final of the 1,500m, came seventh in the cross-country race and ninth in the 5k. In both he was only 15 seconds off medalling and he was really mixing it up with some of the best master athletes in Europe.
Don't forget Oylegate G.A.A. are holding their annual 10k and half-marathon races next Sunday. It is always a great event in aid of a good cause so it would be great to see it being well supported.
Juvenile member Jack Forde competed on Sunday at the Sports Campus Centre in Abbotstown, Co. Dublin, in the high jump Under-16 final of the Community Games.
Jack finished in joint fourth place with a height of 1.70 and took home the medallion. Well done on this great effort as he still has another year to compete in this category.
ST. JOSEPH'S A.C.
The Rock and Roll half-marathon which took place in Dublin last weekend is one of the most competitive in the country, and congratulations to Sally Forristal who finished in a superb fifth position in an excellent time of 1.24.28. Elaine O'Donovan and Paul Sheehan also had great runs in 1.30.26 and 1.37.18 respectively.
Last Friday night saw four St. Joseph's athletes take to the roads in Dungarvan for the Glazosmithkline five-mile road race. Peter Duggan led the team home in 31.03 followed by Sally Forristal in 31.19 and finishing second lady overall. Patrick Bookle finished in 32.04 with Elaine O'Donovan crossing the line in 332.52 and finishing fourth lady overall.
The last night of the club two-mile summer series was held last week with a great turn-out of 33 athletes out to give their best. It concluded another memorable three-month series run each week at the Pink Rock.
The last night saw the presentation of awards with the coveted Fr. Mernagh Cup for the best team in the club league going to Johnny Carthy, John McDonald, Verena Fenlon and David Lanigan.
Best improver went to Jackie O'Shaughnessy with a remarkable five minutes 31seconds improvement, and best time went to David Larkin with his outstanding course record of 10 minutes 34 seconds.
Congratulations to Tom McDonald and Anita Barry who travelled to Co. Westmeath a week ago to compete in the Lilliput Back to Back marathons. On Sunday, August 6, Tom ran a great 26.2 miles, finishing in 3:52:41, and Anita struggled with a few niggles to finish in 4:14:41.
Unbelievably, 24 hours later, these two laced up their shoes again to run the same marathon as they had just finished the previous day with Tom finishing in 4:11 and Anita close behind in 4:15. Two weeks earlier Tom took on another huge challenge, competing in the Born to Run 40 Mile Ultra Marathon in Tralee. He completed the course in six hours and 42 minutes.
The United Striders five-mile road race took place recently with 18 St. Joseph's athletes lining up among almost 200 starters. Sally Forristal led the club athletes home in a superb 20th place in 30.32, followed closely by Patrick Bookle in 30.50 in 23rd position and David Larkin one place behind in 30.57.
Sally finished second lady overall with Elaine O'Donovan in third place in 32.48. Great runs by Anne Watkins and Maria Griffin saw them win the F35 and F45 categories respectively in 35.05 and 34.32. Patrick Bookle's run saw him finish second at Over-50.
A great night for the club saw the following runners also take part: Stephen O'Connor, Michael Power, Caroline Murphy, Maggie Helen O'Connor, Mairéad O'Donovan, Ciarán Cullen, Hanora O'Connor, Anita Barry, Steph Connolly, John Joe Lawlor and Bríd Lawlor.
The Piltown 10k recently saw David Lanigan finish in 40.03 with Anita Barry and Susan Lanigan finishing a few places apart in 50.17 and 50.46 respectively.