MENAPIANS A.C. Menapians held their annual Mini Olympics in the Presentation School gym on Wednesday last. This fun competition was for all the youngest members of the club, ranging in age from seven-to nine-year-olds.
All the children really enjoyed the fun and games and were presented with their medals by our current international sprinter, Conor Wilson, Conor is the 2010 Under-17 100m and 200m national champion and represented Ireland on a number of occasions in the 2010 season.
Menapians Juveniles are now on their Christmas break and will be back on January 12 and 13 in the Presentation gym.
All the older Juveniles and Senior athletes will continue training over the Christmas period to prepare for the upcoming Leinster relays which take place in Nenagh on January 30.
The GOAL Mile will be held on the track in Rosslare Strand on St. Stephen's Day. For more information on this event contact Shane (087-9955505).
Well done also to Ciarán Bates and Dermot Foley who competed in their first county cross-country Senior race recently. The two lads ran really well and clocked some good times.
ROSS AND DIST. DARTS
Due to the weather and road conditions, the second semi-final of the tournament took place on Tuesday last. Corcoran's travelled to Ryan's pub in Galbally, having a 4-2 lead and only needing three games to get to the final.
But Ryan's of Galbally were not one bit fazed by this deficit and at the end of a brilliant night of darts the score stood at a 6-6 draw. One game of 1,001 was to be the decider for who would go on to meet Davitt's of Ballyanne in the final.
Corcoran's looked like they would be the ones that triumphed, taking a hefty lead, but when it came to the crunch they could not hit the winning double and let Ryan's in to clinch the game and go on to the final to play Davitt's in early January, weather permitting. The final will be played in Davitt's of Ballyanne.
The inaugural New Ross women's darts open took place recently in Davitt's of Ballyanne. A field of 24 women put toe to oche to try to win this first ladies' tournament in many years.
Some of the results from the quarterfinals on are: J. Delaney 0, L. Connick 2; M. Delaney 2, L. Mylett 0; B. Elmes 1, K. Delaney 2; J. Murphy 0, M. Doyle 2. The semi-finals saw Lisa Connick overcome Michelle Delaney and Michelle Doyle take a place in the final over Kathleen Delaney.
A great final took place between two sisters, Michelle and Lisa, with Lisa scraping a 3-2 victory. Presentations were made by Vice-Chairperson Liz Mylett.
New Ross and District darts committee would like to thank all who supported this event, and a special thanks to Davitt's bar in Ballyanne for hosting it.
Practice resumed in Scoil Mhuire this week, and the sixth division team is rescheduling the trip to St. Martin's and to Myshall, with both games to be played before Christmas.
The fifth division team travelled twice to Ramsgrange and went down 7-3 to the Shelburne C team on Tuesday. The team was: John Ryan, James Donegan, Corey Doran and Amanda Wickremer.
Amanda was replaced on Thursday by Helen Foley when the team met the allconquering Shelburne A team. The home team had an 8-0 victory, a not uncommon experience for that team this season. The games were close and quite competitive.
The fifth division team will complete its programme when Shelburne A visit Scoil Mhuire this week, weather permitting.
The Juvenile section held its Christmas tournament with a doubles round robin event. Nicky Lawlor and Rhys Connor won the gold medals with 42 ponis out of 42.
The only pair to defeat them ended with the silver medals in second place, namely Conor Halligan and Laurynas Matuzas on 39 points.
Four pairs tied for third spot on 35 points, but Aodhán Foley and Cora O'Leary were deemed to be the bronze medalists by virtue of winning more games and having a higher losing score.
The singles knockout competition was won by Shaun Donohue who beat Aodhán Foley in the final, while Shane Kelly won bronze by beating Corey Mahon in the battle of the defeated semi-finalists.
All the players had a sugar rush from chocolate money and toffees.
The Juvenile section will now have its mid-winter break and will resume on January 6, 2011.
A happy Christmas to all our members.
SLANEY OLYMPIC A.C.
Well done to our two Senior men's cross-country teams who competed in the county championships on Sunday week last. Our first team took silver, led home by Dave Barron. Ted Flannelly, Pádraig Moriarty, Jim Stafford, Martin Monaghan and Mick Jordan all ran well to come within two points of S.B.R. for the title. Congratulations to S.B.R. and especially to Dominic Ryan who took the individual title.
Our second team of Fergus Murphy, Mick Morrissey, Bobby Redmond, Mick Nolan, Paul Murphy and Billy Reck finished in third position. Well done also to Michelle Doyle on her run in the ladies' race.
Saturday week last saw the launch of the MySport Enniscorthy 10K in the shop in Castle Street with interviews on South East Radio. The race is on February 13 at 12 noon. The nominated charity is Slaney Search and Rescue. Entry forms are available at MySport or enter online at www.runireland.com.
Killenagh Soccer Club lotto draw, December 12: numbers drawn were 6, 7, 20 and 22.
There was no jackpot winner, and no match three winners. Christmas draw: turkey, Andy Nolan; bottle of whiskey, Mark Whittaker; box of biscuits, Naomi Besanson.
Our new website is now up and running - www.killenaghwanderers.net.
Patsy McCaffery fought off strong competition to become the latest recipient of the Wexford Wheelers clubperson of the year award.
He has enjoyed a good year on and off the bike with his business going well, baby Jamie being born to him and Rozaleen, and his winning of the Betty D'Arcy Memorial Race. However, the highlight for him must have been bringing the big trophy home.
Wexford Wheeler Alan Hinchy and his mother have made a very nice 2011 Kilmore Quay calendar to raise money for the Children's Hospital in Crumlin, and he is hoping to do the overseas cycling challenge again which will take place in Italy next September.
The calendars are available to buy in the Wexford Bookshop, the Heritage Park in Ferrycarrig, Killeens Service Station, Rocklands Service Station and Roche's Service Station in Drinagh. They are also available on ebay.
Wexford Wheelers wish everyone a happy, peaceful and safe Christmas.