VIXENS RUGBY: Sunday last saw Wexford Vixens undertake their first Leinster league game against Barnhall. The Vixens got off to a great start by keeping their opposition pinned within the defending half.
However, Barnhall got lucky when they had the ball on the five-yard line and offloaded to their awaiting second row who, head down, and with the addition of her team-mates, mauled the ball over the line for the first try of the game.
The only other score conceded in this half came from a penalty kick at goal, leaving the visiting side 8-0 up on the half-time whistle.
The second-half saw Wexford having the advantage of the blinding sun at their backs. The pressure was on the Vixens to put themselves on the scoreboard and accordingly that's what happened. Coming off a Wexford ruck, Vera Butler broke the strong Barnhall defensive line and carried the ball from outside the '22 to just short of the five-yard line where a ruck was created.
Fortunately for the Vixens, a penalty was awarded as a result of a Barnhall player coming in from the side of the ruck.
Quickly taken by scrum-half Barbara Hamilton, the ball was fed to awaiting hooker Terri O'Connor who tried to break through the Barnhall defence.
However, due to the large concentration of the forward pack, she was unfortunately unsuccessful. The Vixens were consequently awarded consecutive penalties due to the failure of the Barnhall side to retreat ten yards.
This time Hamilton noticed a weaker defensive unit down the blind side and accordingly passed the ball to awaiting prop forward Áine Whelan who, drawing in two defenders, created space for her supporting players, Jill Hamilton and captain Carrie Doyle.
Whelan released the ball to Jill who linked up with Doyle and the duo thundered through the remaining defender to put the Vixens on the scoreboard. Unfortunately, the conversion had direction but lacked the legs, just falling short of the posts, setting the score at 8-5 to Barnhall.
Although great determination was seen in the Vixens' defensive unit, due to constant penetration within the Wexford '22, Barnhall slipped through and over the line for a further two tries.
However, as a result of the Vixens charging down both conversions they remained a negative outcome, leaving the final scoreline at 18-5 to Barnhall.
The Vixens ladies travel to Portarlington on Sunday next for a 1 p.m. kick-off. Best of luck ladies!
2010 has been a great season for the Wexford Triathlon Club, with our athletes travelling all over the country to participate in events, as well as putting in hours of training at home with the club.
Every weekend there are triathlons being hosted all over the country, vying for competitors.
Over the past number of years, triathlons have been going from strength to strength and are now said to be one of the fastest-growing sports in Ireland. Competitors enjoy the challenge a triathlon poses, as being good at three events (swim, cycle and run) can be tough.
Our season began in May on a sweltering summer's day in Wicklow, with an Adventure Triathlon. This breaks from the traditional style as it is on crosscountry terrain rather than the conventional tarmac road.
The last event of the season was a Wexford-based triathlon, organised by a local man. Eireman X was also a crosscountry race held in mid-September, on a rather undulating course.
Many of our tri athletes also completed a charity race in Wicklow to end this year's racing season.
Wexford triathletes toured the country, doing events from Westmeath to Kerry and everywhere in between. Kildare, Kilkenny, Kerry, Tipperary, Waterford and Wicklow can all be included in the destinations we ventured to.
We are proud to have two members who competed in the European championships, representing their respective age groups for Ireland. We can also boast many top ten finishes in events around the country.
As well as participating in events hosted by others, we organised our own 10km run in Rosslare in April.
This was a very popular event for every one, with mini-races, a bouncy castle and face painting for the children and the main race for everyone else followed by tea, biscuits and prizegiving.
Our summer training schedule included a weekly sea swim and cycle session which was always very social and a good laugh for everyone.
We are currently beginning our winter training routine, which includes a weekly pool swim, kettle bell session and cycle.
New members are always welcome, so anyone interested in doing triathlons or finding out more about our club can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our facebook page.
Well done everyone for a great year's work and good luck with the winter training.
The A.G.M. will be held on Tuesday next, October 5, at 8.30 p.m. in Scoil Mhuire.
Some of last season's committee are taking a break from administrative duties, so there are openings for new members.
The club has entered two teams in the Mixed League, in Divisions 5 and 6, but the personnel have not been finalised, as the selectors are still studying form. Some of last year's team have joined clubs with teams in the higher divisions and we wish them well on court this season.
Club nights are the same as last year, Tuesday and Thursday. Adults have the courts to themselves on Tuesdays, while the juvenile members operate from 7.30 until 9 p.m. on Thursdays. More information is available from Clem Daly at 0877415151.
September 17 and 18 were two very successful days for the members of the Wexford North & South Road Invitation Pigeon Club as they dominated the two national events which were taking place, competing against the best fanciers in Ireland.
On Friday, September 17, the members competed in the I.N.F.C young bird national from Skibbereen. The race was due to be flown on Saturday but, due to inclement weather forecast for Northern Ireland, it was brought forward to Friday and the birds were liberated at 10 a.m. in a light north-west wind. A total of 450 members entered 3,927 birds in this event.
Taking the top two positions in the club, fed and national was none other than Billy Cullimore from Clonard. This is Billy's second national win in 2010 and his fourth national win with the I.N.F.C., truly top flying. Billy's winning pigeon is a Staff van reet.
Third and fourth club, fed and national went to Brendan Smith from Davitt Road South. Both birds' bloodlines are staff van reets and are related to his brother Robbie's 'Blue Power Ranger' which won the I.N.F.C. young bird national in 2004.
Results: 1, Billy Cullimore, 1,288.865; 2, Billy Cullimore, 1,288.261; 3, Brendan Smith, 1,286.479; 4, Brendan Smith, 1,285.285; 5, Billy Cullimore, 1,283.564; 6, Billy Cullimore, 1,262.206; 7, Billy Cullimore, 1,261.163; 8, Billy Cullimore, 1,255.283; 9, Denis Carroll, 1,251.850; 10, Toddy Morris and son, 1,250.112; 11, Billy Cullimore, 1,248.094; 12, Billy Cullimore, 1,245.377; 13, Brendan Smith, 1,236.861; 14, Billy Cullimore, 1,233.517; 15, Billy Cullimore, 1,233.296.
The second national event was held on Saturday and was organised by the Irish Homing Union national flying club and again flown from Skibbereen. This was the final race of the season.
The birds were liberated at 8.30 a.m. and on this occasion the wind had completely changed to a south-westerly direction which meant that fast flying was going to be the order of the day. One hundred members entered 1,500 birds in this race.
Taking top prize in club, fed and national was Brendan Smith from Davitt Road South. Bloodlines of his winner are similar to his two birds in the previous day's race which are staff van reets.
Second club, seventh fed and seventh national went to Adam Hillis from Murrintown.
Whilst only a young fancier, Adam has maintained a very high, consistent standard throughout the season.
Bloodlines of this bird are staff van reet from his grandparents, Robin and Mary Hillis. Third club went to the Bolger family from Ashfield Drive.
Results: 1, Brendan Smith, 2,010.811; 2, Adam Hillis, 1,959.818; 3, Bolger family, 1,957.091; 4, Billy Cullimore, 1,954.767; 5, Billy Cullimore, 1,954.210; 6, Billy Cullimore, 1,933.570; 7, Brendan Smith, 1,920.496; 8, Billy Cullimore, 1,920.319; 9, Dempsey brothers, 1,906.781; 10, Dempsey brothers, 1,904.450; 11, Dempsey brothers, 1,885.244; 12, Billy Cullimore, 1,877.003; 13, Dempsey brothers, 1,857.766; 14, Furlong brothers, 1,852.963; 15, Billy Cullimore, 1,816.175.
The South East hockey league got under way on Sunday last, and Wexford I emerged 8-1 winners over the club's second squad in the opening game. The scoreline did not reflect the competitive nature of the game, as Wexford II had some fine performances from Therese Finan, Rachel O'Brien and 'keeper Rosie O'Brien who made some great saves throughout the game.
The main threat up front for the seconds was Lisa Codd, who made a welcome return after missing last season, and her driving runs kept the firsts' defence on their toes.
Club coach Dave Williamson was very pleased with the performance from all his charges, both firsts and seconds, and is very optimistic for the season ahead.
Wexford I: Deirdre Colfer, Trish Mennis, Sinéad Dempsey, Zoe Codd, Avril Jones, Ruth Kennedy (1), Ciara Pettitt, Steffi Bowe (1), Dara Gahan, Miriam Lambert (3), Ruth Bowe (3).
Wexford II: Rosie O'Brien, Therese Finan, Edel Moran, Marie Claire Morrissey, Joanne Grant, Anna Mealy, Rachel O'Brien (1), Katrina Corcoran, Fiona McDermott, Lisa Codd, Anne Hegarty, Gillian McMillan.