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Wednesday 23 October 2019

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CLONARD BADMINTON

The juvenile monthly club competitions were held on Thursday last in Scoil Mhuire. The girls' doubles was won by Olivia Malone and Cora O'Leary. All the other pairs tied for second place. They were Sarah Butler and Emer Furlong; Rachel Sweeney and Hannah Dempsey; Seona Fanning-Ironside and Tara O'Farrell.

The boys' singles was won by Eoin Hickey, with T.J. Cousins in the silver medal position and Ryan Lynch collecting the bronze medal.

The mixed doubles was split into two groups, with Tara O'Farrell and Eoin Hickey winning the first group. The went on to defeat the second group winners, Rhys Connor and Rachel Sweeney .

The Leinster Branch of Badminton Ireland will hold some training sessions for players interested in becoming coaches. This will involve two weekends at a local venue. Anyone interested should contact the Secretary so that the arrangements can be put in place.

The Mixed League starts next week. Clonard will play the first game against Gorey and will then play Taghmon and Terrerath. The selectors are busy assessing the merits of the players so as to field a strong team.

The Treasurer has pointed out that only registered players can play on teams, so the relevant fees must be paid before play.

WANDERERS CRICKET

This week saw the curtain close on the 2011 cricket season with the Wexford Wanderers annual dinner held at the Riverbank Hotel on Friday night. A most enjoyable evening was had by all and a special thanks to the hotel for their generosity.

The batting award for the first eleven was presented to Paul Wise, with Alan Murphy claiming the bowling award. Martin Sheridan-Pope was the seconds' leading batsman and bowler. A special award was made to James Hynds for his tremendous performances in the field, and Stefan Carty won the young player of the year award.

The highlight of the night was the presentation of the Niall McConnell Wanderer of the Year award, which is presented to the member who in the opinion of his colleagues contributed most to the club either on or off the pitch, and this year the popular winner was James Redmond for the immense work he put in as groundsman, youth coach, selector and player. Well done James and richly deserved.

2011 saw both teams finish mid-table in their respective Leinster Leagues and considering both were promoted the previous year, the season has to be regarded as a satisfactory one. Next year the first team will be skippered by Aidan Seaver with Martin Carty taking control of the seconds.

MENAPIANS A.C.

Menapians A.C. were well represented at the county Intermediate cross-country championships held in Ballytrent on Sunday last.

Newcomer Kurt Nowah, fresh from his silver medal in the Novice, showed he can mix it at the Intermediate level, taking a well-earned bronze this time despite having issues with his footwear.

Lee Sauvage battled hard all the way to the line and took an excellent tenth spot. Gus Bates wasn't far behind in 17th and is showing huge signs of improvement with every race. Kurt's dad, Bill, completed the Menapians team, coming home in 25th position.

In the women's event, Niamh O'Brien and Catherine O'Connor took seventh and eighth spots respectively in what was a very competitive race. These are great results for Menapians and it shows the hard work that is being done by all athletes and coaches involved. Next up is the county Seniors on December 18 and it is hoped that we will have a team in both races.

Elsewhere, Menapians sprints and hurdles coach Shane McCormack attended the first block of the new AAI level 3 course which took place in Portlaoise. This new course is also an IAAF level 4 course and was delivered by a hugely-experienced IAAF German coach who has coached several World and Olympic athletes across a number of disciplines. The final two blocks will take place in March and April next year.

ST. MARTIN'S CAMOGIE

St. Martin's camogie club and ladies' football held their medal presentation on Friday last in the Community Centre. Medals were presented by J.J. Doyle, manager of the Co. Senior and Intermediate camogie teams.

Noeleen Lambert, Aine Codd, Lisa and Linda Bolger also presented medals. The silverware on display was a credit to the girls who won Under-10 and were runners-up in Under-12.

They took a clean sweep in Under-14, winning league, championship and Slaney Festival camogie. They represented Wexford in the national Féile na nGael and Feile Peil where they reached the final in the camogie. The Under-14 footballers were also runners-up in the local championship.

The Under-16s were runners-up in the Premier camogie final and won the Roinn 2 camogie.

Chairperson, Máire O'Connor, congratulated Mags, Noeleen, Aine, Lisa and Linda and manager J.J. Doyle on the All-Ireland wins. Barbara Ryan was congratulated on achieving P.R.O. of the year.

WEXFORD HOCKEY

Wexford I (4), Enniscorthy I (0): Wexford I had a flattering 4-0 win over a much-improved and very determined Enniscorthy side on Sunday last. Wexford struggled to get any pattern to their play, but to their credit the stuck to the task at hand to grind out a win.

Two first-half goals from captain Miriam Lambert were added to by two second-half goals by Deirdre Bolger, from her new role at right wing.

Wexford I: Deirdre Colfer, Trish Mennis, Leonie Grant, Miriam Sherlock, Avril Jones, Marie Claire Morrissey, Ruth Kennedy, Ruth Bowe, Deirdre Bolger (2), Miriam Lambert (2), Sinéad Goggin.

Wexford II (2), Carlow (1): Wexford entered this game as complete underdogs, based on a heavy defeat to Enniscorthy the previous week, and Carlow's surprising 3-1 win over Kilkenny I.

However, the Wexford girls obviously didn't study the form book, as they took control of the game from the very start. Wexford went a goal up after just five minutes when Máire O'Connor finished off a perfectly-weighted pass from Aoibhin O'Connor.

Carlow knew they had a game on their hands when Máire registered her second goal minutes later from a short corner. Carlow made Wexford work hard in the second-half, and the game was on a knife edge after Carlow got a goal back to leave the score at 2-1 heading in to the final quarter.

Chloe Carroll in the Wexford goal pulled off a great save in the closing minutes, denying Carlow the equaliser, and helping Wexford II to their first win of the season.

Wexford II: Chloe Carroll, Rosie O'Brien, Vikki Jago, Emma Walsh, Dervla Daly, Tracy Browne, Elsa McDermott, Jane Barrett, Ruth Sinnott, Máire O'Connor, Aoibhin O'Connor, Miriam Howlin, Michelle.

Wexford Junior hockey enjoyed a very successful blitz on Saturday last, with over 60 girls from the club taking part. This was the first blitz for many of the girls who only started playing hockey in September, but they proved to be quick learners and played some great matches against teams from Enniscorthy, Carlow and Gorey.

A big thanks to all the parents who took on the role of team managers.

Under-8s: Meadhbh Boyce, Maeve Buckley, Aisling Evans, Isabella GoodallTurner, Laura Hawkins, Megan Johnston, Rachel Murphy. Managers: John Murphy and Aideen Buckley.

Under-10s: Ashling Alouf, Claire Barrett, Charlotte Breen, Sally Bruen, Aoise Davis, Emma Dempsey, Aoife Dempsey, Aoife Doyle, Róisín Doyle, Fiona Esmonde, Sarah Jones, Grace Lambert, Ruth Lawlor, Ciara McMillan, Sarah McRedmond, Abby Mulligan, Amy O'Leary, Aislinn O'Sullivan, Eve Quinn, Eileen Roe. Managers: Graham Mulligan, Tony Davis, Liz Dunne, Deirdre Doyle, Jane Barrett.

Under-12s: Shivaun Alouf, Mary Barrett, Sadhbh Boyce, Clodagh Bruen, Molly Byrne, Megan Carty, Lauren Clancy, Emma Codd, Aine Coleman, Niamh Coleman, Alannah Davis, Sarah Doyle, Carin Duffy, Aoife Dwyer, Sorcha Finn, Becky Hamilton, Ciara Harrington, Victoria Hawkins, Emma Helen, Anna Hennessy, Eve Hession, Holly Johnston, Emily McMillan, Ellie Mernagh, Anna Mulligan, Ella O'Connor, Ciara O'Connor, Caoimhe O'Sullivan, Doireann O'Sullivan, Beth Powell, Amy Richards, Clodagh Walsh, Lettie Whelan, Rebecca Jones. Managers: Susan Hennessy, Joanne Powell, Isobel Walsh, Gillian McMillan, Máire O'Connor.

There is no hockey for Under-15s this Friday, October 21, due to the fireworks and the opening night of the opera festival.

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