W.A.M.A.: One of Wexford's oldest and most prestigious martial arts clubs, the Wexford Academy of Martial Arts, decided to pay tribute to its long-standing President, Padge Reck, recently.
Most Wexfordians are more than familiar with Padge due to his outstanding service to the county and its people as a county councillor. Padge pledged much of his life to helping others and succeeded in improving the lives of people all over the county, including those members involved in the Wexford Academy of Martial Arts.
As mentioned, the Wexford Academy has existed for many years under the guidance and tutelage of Billy Murphy and his family and, from its emergence until the present day, Padge has taken up position as President of the club.
Billy, his family and the club's members decided to come together in a night of celebration in order to commend and honour Padge's service to the club over the years. Members, new and old, fellow local politicians and family and friends gathered in St. John's Community Centre.
Although the centre was packed to the brim, it proved to be a very intimate ceremony as those in attendance paid homage to Padge by recollecting their fondest memories with him.
Billy told those in attendance of his and Padge's time-honoured relationship. Billy went on to praise Padge's consistent involvement with the club and commented on his 'unwavering commitment to always preserving and improving the standards of the club and its members'.
Billy then presented Padge with a plaque. Billy explained how this plaque was to be forever known as the 'Padge Reck Perpetual Award', which would be awarded to a club member annually to celebrate their individual successes from that year.
Padge, visibly moved by Billy's speech, responded with a heartfelt speech of his own where he cited and commended the hard work of Billy and all the club members and stated that he admired how the club succeeds in continuously benefiting the lives of those involved in the club, especially its younger members. A wonderful night was had by all who attended this fitting tribute to Padge Reck.
UNITED STRIDERS A.C.
Another national club team title, for our Under-15 boys, was the highlight of the national cross-country championships held in Navan.
Having won the Under-14 national event last year, the U.S.A.C. boys put in a great effort to retain their title.
Ben Wall and Myles Hewlett led home the team, in seventh and eighth place respectively, to also win individual medals over the tough 3,500m course.
With the first four Striders to score in the club team event, the Shannon brothers, Aidan and Eoin, secured gold with excellent performances.
In the same race, Ben Wall, Darragh Flannelly and Owen Lennon, returning after a recent injury, all played strong supporting roles to complete our national winning squad. Well done to our latest Striders legends.
The day started with Strider Heather Costello representing the Wexford team in the Under-11 girls' event. As usual, Heather put in a great effort and helped the Wexford team to an eighth-place finish.
Adam O'Connor rounded off his excellent cross-country season with another fine placing in the Under-17 boys' event.
The day ended with a fantastic performance from Aedan Rogers, who was right in the hunt for an individual medal until a mid-race fall halted his progress. Aedan finished strongly to claim a top 30 spot and he will go into the indoor season with a lot of confidence.
Patrick Curley was a strong second in the Gorey Parkrun to Croghan's Brian Maher in a quick time of 17:23 for 5k. Joe Byrne was first Juvenile in 19:24 and a very good fourth overall.
S.B.R. will be a running a winter league starting this month. The league will run over six nights, commencing on January 23.
We will finalise details and share them closer to the time. The cost of the league is €10 and it is free to new club members joining in January.
Fixtures: Wednesday, January 23, two-mile; Wednesday, January 30, one-mile; Wednesday, February 6, two-mile; Wednesday, February 13, one-mile; Wednesday, February 20, two-mile; Wednesday, February 27, one-mile and prize-giving.
2019 registration will be held on January 18 at 7 p.m., with the A.G.M. at 8 p.m. in the Community Centre, Ferns.
All club results, fixtures and information is available at www.sbrclub.com
Christmas hampers week one: Group 1, Joe O'Reilly (13), 26 points; Group 2, Tony Gleeson (8), 29 points; Group 3, Ray Furlong (11), 22 points; Group 4, Viv Galligan (20), 24 points.
December 12, Wednesday open singles: 1, Pat St. Ledger (12), 38 points; 2, Stephen Gahan (14), 38 points.
NEW ROSS GOLF
LADIES - Wednesday, December 19, Christmas champagne scramble nine-hole: 1, Ann Crosbie (37), Teenie Murphy (26), Martina Reidy (21), 41 points; 2, Geraldine Mackey (13), Mary Furlong (33), Rita Furlong (29), 40 points; 3, Elsie Redmond (24), Marie O'Connor (29), Peggy Hill (30), 38 points; 4, Marguerite Sutton (17), Mary Bolger (40), Catríona Caulfield (36), 37 points.
Nine-hole ongoing competition to December 18: 1, Teenie Murphy (26), 17 points (last six); 2, Claire Ogilvie-White (25), 17 points.
Golfer of the year: Adeline Foxe.
Kathleen Pyne fourball matchplay: winners, Teresa Byrne and Margaret Rossiter; runners-up, Adeline Foxe and Margaret Furlong.
Mixed fourball matchplay: winners, Liz Roberts and Tom O'Connor; runners-up, Teresa Foley and Jim Meggs.
I.L.G.U. winners: silver medal, Mary Shannon; bronze medal, Tess Ryan; silver spoon, Mary Shannon.
Centenary Cup winner: Bridget Murphy.
Birdies for 2018: Cat. 1, Liz Bennett (9), eleven birdies; Cat. 2, Teresa Foley (14), eleven birdies; Cat. 3, Ann T. Curtis (33), three birdies; eagle: Pat Purcell; hole-in-one, Jacqui Morgan.
Best wishes for good golfing in 2019!
SENIORS: Our final outing of 2018 was blessed with a fine, dry day and the course, despite all the heavy rainfall of the days before, was in superb condition with not a sign of waterlogging anywhere.
Great credit is due to Seamus and the course staff for their dedicated care, making New Ross G.C. playable in all kinds of weather. Not many courses could withstand the battering of wind and rain which the south-east has endured this winter.
If the weather was of the balmy variety, the scoring returns were red hot. Statistics show that ten of the twelve competing teams registered scores in the mid-nineties and some of them did not even figure in the prizes, but even they were well satisfied with a brilliant day's golf to round off the year.
Taking the honours were Michael Kavanagh (16), Paddy Bennett (20), Martin Burke (25) and Jim Kehoe (25) with an incredible score of 107 points, composed of 56 points on the outward nine and 51 points on the back nine. Splendid teamwork was the keynote to their success.
The runners-up spot was filled by the three-person team of Jimmy Furlong (12), Michael Gannon (18) and John Colfer (20) with 102 points (96+6).
Placed third with 101 points were Andy Ronan (16), Willie Whitty (18), Liam Glasheen (21) and Aidan Wallace (27).
Nearest the pin prizes went to Seán O hUginn on the ninth hole and Tony Redmond on the eleventh.
We resume on Thursday, January 3, with Brian Dolan, Tony Sexton and Larry Shannon on board duties. We wish everyone a bright and prosperous 2019.
December 1 and 6, ladies' 14-hole stableford: 1, Mary McMahon (33), 33; 2, Beppi O'Connor (16), 28; 3, Leonie Furlong (11), 24.
A total of 22 played, and nearest the pin was Tracey Ryan with 3m 13 cms.
Well done Mary on a great score for 14 holes!
Senior ladies' competition, Monday, December 10 (eight played): 1, Rita Morgan (36), 25 points.
Congratulations to Rita and well done to the other seven ladies who braved the elements.
The ladies' section held a wonderful and very well attended Christmas party on December 14.
After our very tasty meal it was time to relax and enjoy the great entertainment supplied by our talented singers, dancers and actors all under the baton and musical direction of Theresa Kehoe (what a STAR!).
Huge thanks also to Johnny Smith for his choreography. There was a major Kerry theme to the show this year in honour of lady Captain Martina, who even received a message, and a Dr. Crokes shirt, from her Kerry hero, Colm 'The Gooch' Cooper!
Many thanks to all our special guests, including Mrs. Brown who gave us some of her theories on the new rules of golf.
A fantastic night was had by all and a few hardy ladies even ventured out to play golf the next morning.
We had a great time in the club at our annual children's Christmas party on December 16.
Santa arrived and with the aid of his helpers made the day special for all the children who were there. Many thanks to all the lady elves, our Junior lady elves, and Mrs. Clause.
Also many thanks to the gentlemen for all their assistance with the party. The clubhouse looked very festive for the important visitor.
Unfortunately, the weather continued to disturb the golf competition but a few brave women went out in the elements for the ladies' 14-hole stableford on December 15 and 20.
The winner was once again Mary McMahon (33) with 26 points. A total of 13 ladies played and nearest the pin was Margaret Hearne with 1m 50 cms.
The final ladies' single stableford competition of the year took place on December 22 and 27, with a total of 18 ladies in action.
The winner of the 14-hole competition was Leonie Furlong (11) with a fantastic 30 points.
The winner of the nine-hole competition was Geraldine Broaders (11) with 16 points, thanks to some very 'delicate' putting - but no chip-ins! Nearest to the pin was Helen McGuire with 4m 95cm.
Well done to all the prize-winners from 2018 and here's to more good golf and new rules in 2019! Happy new gear - and year - to all.
The Enniscorthy Under-13 team pipped Gorey 10-8 in the South-East league semi-final played in Clonattin on the Friday before Christmas.
Gorey started very well and, after a period of sustained pressure, scored the first try. The conversion was missed so it remained 5-0 to the hosts.
They added a penalty just before half-time to lead 8-0 at the break.
Enniscorthy upped the tempo and, due to the strength and depth in the squad, were able to bring on fresh legs.
By playing through the phases they got good field possession from which scrum-half Seán Downes crossed for a try (8-5).
Eamon Asple added the second try that sealed victory, although the defence had to be strong near the end before tight head prop Zack Creane cleared his lines with a superb kick.
Wicklow await in the final.