MENAPIANS A.C.: Menapians A.C. were invited to an athletics coaching day in Galbally National School on Friday last.Two coaches went along to introduce the students to the sport of athletics. Who better to introduce the sport than Pat Shannon, our current Winter Olympian, fresh from the 2010 Winter Games, which were held in Canada.
Pat is also a former national triple jump champion and sprinter. Also along for the day was our club Chairperson, Jimmy O'Neill, who is also a very experienced coach.
The children were first put through their paces by Jimmy with a series of sportshall games, and then afterwards the session moved to the classroom, where Pat was put through a very tough questions and answers session by the young students and their teachers.
Pat also introduced a video of his Winter Olympics experience. Overall it turned out to be a very entertaining day for everyone involved.
Menapians athletic club would like to thank the principal, Siobhán Doyle, and her fantastic staff for inviting us out, and well done to all the children.
Training has resumed after all the bad weather, at the usual times and at the same venues.
Next up for the club are the indoor relays. These are the Leinsters and will be held in Nenagh on January 30.
For more details contact Ann (0539146210).
2010 was a tremendous year for Wexford Wanderers Cricket Club, with both their Senior teams winning their respective Leinster League titles.
The first eleven, under the captaincy of Aidan Seaver, had a quiet start to the season but gradually improved their performances and soon found themselves challenging for league honours. In a very exciting finish to the season, during which several teams were in contention, Wanderers ended up league winners by the narrowest of margins in the final game.
However, before the team was confirmed as league winners they had a nervous wait as the Leinster Branch had to deal with an appeal from Y.M.C.A., who had finished in second place.
Paul Wise will captain the team next year. Paul had a great first season for Wanderers and was the side's leading run scorer, while Eugene Brennan was the leading wicket-taker.
The second team with Adrian Campbell at the helm were in contention from the start and were involved in a dingdong struggle with Rush for much of the season. The issue was finally resolved when Wanderers beat Rush narrowly in their final game of the season, amid scenes of great joy.
This team had been relegated for the past two seasons but never lost their enthusiasm and spirit, and the players fully deserve the success they had this year. Adrian will again be captain for next season. Sudath Peiris was the leading run scorer during the year with Steffan Carty taking the most wickets.
Getting an Under-17 team on the field for the first time in several years was another highlight of the year and this team showed great promise with both bat and ball. The club also provided cricket for boys and girls from an early age.
The Niall McConnell Memorial trophy for Wanderer of the year was presented to Adrian Campbell at the annual dinner by the club's President, Liam McCormack. This award is given to the individual who in the opinion of the members contributed most to the club both on and off the field of play.
Practice resumed in Scoil Mhuire this week, and the sixth division team is rescheduling the trips to St. Martin's and to Myshall, with both games to be played before Christmas.
The fifth division team will travel twice to Ramsgrange this week and will entertain the 'A' team in Clonard. An element of compromise and co-operation will be necessary to fit them into a crowded calendar.
The juvenile members are back in action on Thursday in what is likely to be the penultimate session before Christmas. There may be some novelty matches arranged.
Now that the snow and ice has gone, for the time being at least, cycling can resume and Wexford Wheelers met up again for their tour on Sunday last. A small group met up at the Bullring but were joined by more cyclists on the road. As it was safer to stick to main roads, the N25 between Wexford and Rosslare Harbour saw plenty of action.
While our hamper race fell to the weather, there are other events going ahead and on Sunday next Comeragh C.C. host a cycle in aid of the Lions Club. Start is at 9.30 a.m. from Waterford Regional Sports Centre and there are distances of 30, 40 and 50 miles. Donations will be accepted at the start.
Both South East Road Club and Comeragh Cycling Club are hosting hamper races next weekend.
Full details can been seen at www.southeastroadclub.com and www.comeraghcc.com.
All in the club wish a speedy recovery to Seán Nolan who recently underwent an operation on his leg. While he is likely to be off the bike for a while, we hope to see him back in plenty of time for the warmer weather.
The presence of all members (of eligible age!) is requested at Simon's Place on Friday, December 17, for the club's Christmas ' social' at which the clubperson of the year will be named.
Wexford Wheelers meet up on Sundays in the Bullring, Wexford, at 9.30 a.m. There are usually three groups: race training, touring and underage/novice. All are welcome to join us. Helmets must be worn.
NEW ROSS SWIMMING
Nine swimmers travelled from New Ross to compete in the first long course event of the season. The swimmers competed against over 500 swimmers from the U.K. in the Welsh Capital open meet held in the new international pool in Cardiff.
The team swam extremely well in a multiple number of events, returning home with a total of 19 medals, having to overcome the arctic travel conditions of -15C and snow.
The medal haul was led by Luke FitzGibbon who won two golds in the 100 and 200 backstroke, and Simon Curran in the 200 individual medley. The team also took six silver medals and ten bronze from the competition. Medallists were Ryan Shannon, Eoin Bergin, Ben Griffin, Jess Stallard and Lydia Kehoe.
However, two of the team, Simon Curran and Daniel Finnerty, narrowly missed out on medals but achieved personal best times.
The team will travel to Dublin to compete in the Leinster Winter championships with the hope of competing against the best Senior swimmers in Ireland. The New Ross Swimming Club would like to acknowledge the support from New Ross Town Council, without which the swimmers' success would not be possible.
Lotto results - numbers drawn: 1, 6, 16, 25. No jackpot winner. Match three: Cathal Spratt, Eddie Doyle, Niall and Anne Wrafter. Next draw: December 20. Jackpot: €10,000.
The Christmas party is on Wednesday, December 15, in D Bar, Templeshannon, for all sponsors, members, coaches, parents of under-age and minis, lotto sellers, friends and supporters. Everyone is welcome - strictly over 18, no children allowed to comply with licensing laws.
Saturday, December 18: Under-19 v. Carlow, Leinster League Premier, Ross Road, 11.30 a.m. kick-off, front pitch; Under-17 v. Carlow, Leinster League Premier, 1.15 p.m. kick-off, front pitch; Under-17 Eagles and Under-13 away to Clane and Carlow; Under-14 v. Naas, Ross Road, 12 noon kick-off, back pitch.
With a good thaw it's looking good for tpnight's (Tuesday) match: Under-17 v. Wexford, Leinster League Premier, Ross Road at 7.30 p.m.
COURTOWN HIBS F.C.
On Saturday next, December 18, Courtown Hibs host Arklow Town in the last 64 of the S.F.A.I. Under-11 MentonSeery Cup in Ounavarra Park, Courtown, at 1 p.m.
Managers Rory Adamson and Derek Herbage and all the Under-11 squad would appreciate all the support they can get for this big occasion.
Refreshments in the clubhouse afterwards. C'mon the Hibs!