Conor Wilson has won the Athletics Ireland Juvenile athlete of the year for 2010, for County Wexford. This is the second year that this young athlete has won this award.
Conor, who competes at the 100m and the 200m, is the current Irish number one in his age group. In 2010 he won the indoor 60m and 200m, and in the outdoors he was also crowned 100m and 200m national champion.
These are the four main titles he won, while he also won more All-Irelands in relay teams, and represented Ireland at a number of internationals. With this award for the second year running, it just confirms that he is County Wexford's best juvenile and certainly one of the best prospects in the country.
Well done to Conor from all in Menapians, and great credit must also go to his coach, Shane McCormack, for the tremendous work he is putting in over the last couple of seasons.
Congratulations also goes to Conor's team-mate and training partner, Tony Stafford, who won a bronze medal in the national indoor Junior long jump last weekend with a fantastic leap of 6.30. This is only 6 cm. off Tony's best and it looks very good for the coming season for this very talented athlete who has another two seasons in this age group after this season.
Conor Wilson was unlucky to be disqualified in the 60m after a false start but responded well in the 200m, running the third fastest time overall and winning the 'B' final in the process. It wasn't the easiest of days for the sprinter as he was impeded in the heats of the 200m also and had to endure running a repeat of the heat only ten minutes after.
There was again more glory for the club in the national indoor multi events and Masters championships in Nenagh, with Nicola Hayes winning a total of three gold medals, taking victories in the Masters multi events, and then following up with individual titles in the 60m and long jump. Nicola's time of 8.60 is exceptional considering she has only returned to the sport very recently.
The ever-reliable Jimmy McDonald also won gold when taking first spot in the Masters 3km walk in Nenagh. This is another feather in the cap of an extremely talented athlete with a long and distinguished career. Jimmy shows no signs of slowing up! At the same venue on Sunday, Aran Meyler and Adrian Jackman opened their indoor campaigns with some decent times in their respective events and look to the Leinsters next week to improve on these.
Meanwhile, we had a number of athletes competing in the Ballycarney 10k on Sunday last. Fiona Ryan won her categoery in a great time of 56.57 minutes, while Siobhán Doyle also ran a fantastic 55.56 minutes. Dermot Foley also had a good run of 41.30 minutes, as did Darren O'Grady in 51.37.
All of these athletes have put in a big effort in 2010 and their times have come down dramatically. Well done also to Jason Kehoe who had a fantastic run in the Waterford half marathon, smashing his lifetime best for the distance with a 1.27 time. This is great running from Jason who only took up the sport last season.
Menapians Juveniles compete in the Leinster relays next weekend. This is the first competition of 2011 for the club and we will be hoping to bring home some medals from these championships, as the teams have being putting in a lot of work over the last few months. At the same venue our Seniors, Juniors and Masters will also be contesting for Leinster titles and a lot of our Senior athletes will be using this as the first race of the season.
Training continues in the Presentation and on the track in Rosslare Strand, and also in the R.S.C. in Waterford. Just contact Ann (9146210) or Shane (0879955505) for more details. New members are always welcome. See www.menapiansac.com for more information.
The 2011 local road cycling season begins on Sunday next when Barrow Wheelers host their annual Sporting 100km.
Sign-on will be from 9 a.m., with the event starting at 10 a.m. at the Geraldine O'Hanrahans G.A.A. grounds, New Ross. There will be ample parking and showers as well as refreshments provided before and after the event.
It will follow a more scenic route from last year. The roads in Wexford are in such a poor state that it was decided to go in the other direction, towards Waterford and on up through south Kilkenny. With the new motorway in place, the roads from Waterford should be quieter and more suitable for cyclists.
The Sporting 100 goes from strength to strength and numbers are increasing each year. The event attracts many from Rás riders to leisure cyclists.
For more information including route map and directions to the start and finish, see www.barrowwheelers.com.
The monthly club tournament for the Juveniles took place in Scoil Mhuire on Thursday last. Aodhán Foley was the star of the show, winning gold in both singles and doubles.
In the doubles event, which was divided into two sections, Brian Mitchell and Megan Doyle emerged undefeated from section two, as did Aodhán Foley and Brian Thomas from section one. This latter pair claimed the gold medals and Megan and Brian collected silver. Rhys Connor and Pádraig Clancy won the bronze medals by defeating Larry Matzumas and Sarah Butler.
Alex Daly was unlucky in the doubles as he was short of a partner, but got a game in the singles. Aodhán Foley went all the way and beat Eoin Hickey in the final and they collected gold and silver medals respectively. The bronze medal was won by Corey Mahon won overcame Ryan Kelly in a hard-fought encounter.
Competition results, January 23: 1, Aodhán Power (13), 59; 2, Michael Murphy (4), 59; 3, Mick Cleere (16), 60.
Aodhán Power followed up his win in last week's competition with a narrow win in the final competition of the golfing season.
Michael Murphy took second place with Mick Cleere making a welcome return to the winners' podium.
Both of these competitions were postponed due to bad weather on the run-up to Christmas.
This win also earned him the 'player of the year' title, finishing just ahead of Paddy Monaghan and James Larkin, who were both very much in contention on the final day.
The Society's A.G.M. was held in the clubhouse following the competition. Michael Murphy was thanked for his contribution as Captain over the past year. Not only a regular competitor and fine golfer, he also secured a beautiful array of prizes for his Captain's day.
James Larkin takes over this year as Captain, also a regular competitor and sure to do a great job in this role.
The first competition of the new year will be the 'free sub', and it will take place on the weekend of March 5-6. In the meantime, voucher competitions will be run each weekend up to this date for society members.
The 2011 committee is: Captain, James Larkin; President, Jim Byrne; Secretary, Michael Cuddihy; Committee: J. Larkin, M. Cuddihy, H. Malone, P. Monaghan, B. Walsh.
New members are most welcome to join us and you can contact the Secretary on 086-3668066 or any member of the committee. Wishing you all a happy golfing year.
Wednesday, January 19, open singles competition (played over 14 holes): 1, Tom Connon (17), 36 points (won on back seven); 2, Roy Sexton (16, Tuskar Rock), 36 points; 3, Aidan Murphy (7), 33 points (won on back seven).
Friday, January 21, open three-person team event: 1, Roy Murphy (19), Pat Mahon (9) and John Hammond (12), 73 points; 2, John Ffrench (14), Seamus Byrne (21) and Kieran Carroll (11), 72 points (won on back seven).
Saturday, January 22, fourball (played over 14 holes): 1, Benny Sullivan (16) and Thomas P. Ryan (20), 33 points (won on back five); 2, Denis Lehane (7) and Fran Thomas (10), 33 points.
Sunday, January 23, fourball (played over 14 holes): 1, Damien Dempsey (10) and Kieran Carroll (11), 35 points (won on back six); 2, Noel Donoghue (16) and Liam Cunningham (20), 35 points (won on back five); 3, Billy Meyler (21) and Michael Doyle (6), 35 points (won on back five).
Thursday, January 20, ladies' lamb competition, 14 holes waltz competition: 1, Sally O'Neill (23), Martina Dempsey (27), Anna Sullivan (24), 65 points; 2, Marguerite McGrath (29), Kathleen Rossiter (33), Tracy Ryan (29), 62 points.
Congratulations to all the winners. In very frosty conditions, 57 ladies played in this popular competition. The Pro Shop had a sell-out of coloured golf balls which were easier to find on the white fairways.
Kathleen Rossiter is having a great start to the new year; she was in the winners' enclosure last week, and the previous week she had a hole-in-one on the third hole, which needless to say was a cause for celebration. Well done Kathleen.
Reminder - ladies who have their names down to play in the Winter League would need to start getting their matches played. The round robin stage finishes on March 6, so make the most of these dry days.
ST. HELEN'S GOLF
Singles stableford 15-hole non-qualifying: 1, Michael Moloney, 34 points; 2, Pat O'Brien, 33 (countback); 3, Liam Brohan, 33; gross, James Morrissey, 29.
Upcoming fixtures/club events: Wednesday, January 26, Wednesday club; Friday, January 28, open wine competition; Saturday, January 29, fourball (any combination); Sunday, January 30, singles stableford.
Check the course status by calling 087-7507081.
See the club website - www.sthelensbay.ie - for further details and/or contact the club office at 05391-33234.