Monday 18 December 2017

Gorey rugby -- all the news

GOREY R.F.C. held their annual golf classic on Friday last at Courtown Golf Club.

Once again there was great support for this event with over 20 teams entering. Thanks to the support of many people, a great time was had by all.

Result: 1, Oliver Ryan's team (Brett Vickers, Tony Ryan, Martin Ryan, Eugene Ryan); 2, Physio Solutions (Ned Copeland, Adrian Copeland, Lynne Copeland, Joe O'Shaughnessy); 3, Blake Sunderland/Golden Anchor (Jimmy Woods, John Kinsella, John Kavanagh, Blake Sunderland); 4, Redmond Dry Cleaning (Stevie Redmond, Ian McGirr, Stephen Byrne, Aidan Quirke); 5, Lombard & Cullen Solicitors (Michael Cullen, George Kilbride, Pierce Dooley, Eileen Cullen); 6, Kerry Foods (Pat McCrea, Alan Harrington, Mick Greene, Shay Clinton).

Gorey R.F.C. would like to thank Courtown Golf Club and all the sponsors as their support was vital to the success of the day.

Gorey R.F.C. currently have the tag rugby tournament up and running. Huge numbers are showing up every Thursday night with 28 teams taking part. More are welcome - come up and we will find a team for you.

The club lotto - Ruggo - is ongoing and support for this would be greatly appreciated. Funds raised here will assist in the delivery of the facilities required for our current and next generation of rugby players in Gorey.


Last week the Slaney Olympic club colours were seen in varied locations. Mag Dunphy and Martina O'Sullivan organised and ran in a charity 10k race in Turkey, while Catherine Murphy and Martin Monaghan stayed closer to home to take part in the S.B.R. league race in Ferns. Martin finished in third place in 10.33 and Catherine was the second lady to cross the finish line in 12.39.

Last Sunday Brian Murphy was in New Ross to compete in the Pink Rock 10k. Sabina Sweeney took part in the 5k in Malahide Castle.

Ger Dempsey hosted the third night of the Slaney Olympic Audi Summer league in The Ballagh on Friday week last. The rain poured down for the 55 runners for the race. Jason O'Connor was first for the Slaney club in third place and Catherine Murphy won the women's race.

The Slaney Olympic Audi Summer league continues next Friday evening in Davidstown. Fergus Murphy is race director, the distance is 6k and the race starts at 7.30 p.m. A full list of races is on the club website:

Club training continues every Wednesday at 6.30 p.m. in the Showgrounds, ideal for beginners to come along to a friendly training session and meet members of the club. Also the group meet Sundays at 8.30 a.m. in the Abbey Square for a long run. Please feel free to contact Mag Dunphy (087-6366905), Jason O'Connor (087-1216233) or any club member if you need any further information about training or joining the club.


There are a number of club competitions to be played immediately, so members please consult the noticeboard or the website:

In the L.B.L.I. championships, Chris Naughton and Kathleen Cuffe are through to the quarter-finals in both the singles and the pairs championships.

Chris Naughton, Marion Farrell and Kathleen Cuffe are through to the quarter-finals of the Rose Ivie Trips. Maurice McCarthy and Harry Marshall are also through to the quarter-finals of the Boyd Cup.


Saturday week saw the members of Wexford North and South Road in Rosscarbery for the second-last inland race of the old bird season. Thirteen members sent 215 birds with the South Leinster Federation, which is very good birdage coming to the end of the programme.

The birds were released at 10.15 a.m. and with a helping south-west wind, the winner did a velocity of 2,147 yards per minute, which is the equivalent of just over 73 mph, the fastest time of the season so far, and I cannot see it being beaten with only one inland race left.

In first place was Tomás Hore of Bride Street, winning his first race of the season. Tomás is no stranger to the winners' enclosure, and has won more than his share of races. In 2011 he was first open in the I.N.F.C. national, before they broke it down to sections only. He also won the federation derby the same year and last year won the I.H.U. national, all top-class performances.

I would say he got a great kick out of winning this one, as finishing a close second was the partnership of Willie and Mary Hore, his father and mother, and both these birds were well fancied by their owners, as they were both nominated to win the race.

Willie is a founder member of the club and himself, Mary and Tomás have been Trojan workers for both the club and the federation over the years. Willie and Mary also took ninth and tenth and between them had a great race.

Third, fourth, fifth and eighth went to Mr. consistent Billy Cullimore who is having a marvellous season as always. In sixth place was Adam Hillis, and as we mentioned in other reports, he is an up and coming fancier and is learning all the time. Seventh place went to Brendan Smith, another fancier on the result sheet this past few weeks.

Full result: 1, Tomás Hore, 2, 9, 10, W. and M. Hore; 3, 4, 5, 8, Billy Cullimore; 6, Adam Hillis; 7, Brendan Smith.

One of the biggest events for fanciers all over the country was the I.N.F.C. yearling national on Wednesday last from Sennen Cove near Cornwall, with over 4,000 birds competeing. The only Wexford fanciers to enter birds were Liam and Dylan Whitmore, who as we stated last week prefer these channel races. They had a good result, sending five birds and timing in three of them. Well done lads.

D.M.P. A.C.

The Leinster Juvenile championships took place in Tullamore recently, with D.M.P. athletes producing some fine performances. There was great excitement in the Under-15 girls' hammer when Kathlyn Furlong threw 47.32m, winning gold and achieving a C.B.P. by breaking the previous record by a massive 6.27m. Kathlyn also won gold in the shot putt with a throw of 10.88m.

In the Under-17 girls' high jump, Eimear Doherty won gold with a P.B. jump of 1.55m. In the Under-17 girls' triple jump, Eimear Gilhooly came first by jumping 10.65m, a metre and a half ahead of second place.

Peter O'Shea also won gold, throwing 39.29m in the Under-16 boys' javelin, 5.80m ahead of the next competitor. In the Under-18 girls' javelin, Jennifer Bohanna finished just outside of the medals in fourth with a throw of 28.93m.

Michael Carroll was placed sixth in a highly-competitive Under-14 boys' long jump competition which saw 23 athletes involved. Well done to the athletes and coaches for such a successful championship!

The fourth Dublin Graded Meet took place in Morton Stadium recently. Pádraig Ó Drisceoil ran the 100m, coming third in his race, and also competed in the pole vault. Pádraig was in Limerick on Sunday week to compete in the 100m as part of the University of Limerick selection which welcomed the combined Ivy League athletics team of Brown and Dartmouth.

A reminder that the mile challenge continues every Monday evening until July 15 at our grounds in Sinnottstown Lane. Please see our Facebook page for athlete results and times.

Participants can run, jog or walk the distance and the aim is to improve upon your times throughout the summer. The event is in aid of the Lochlann Doyle Fund with entry of €3. Start time is 8 p.m. with registration from 7.15 p.m. For further details contact John Joe (085-1744481).


This Friday, June 28, at 7 p.m. sees the tag rugby season kick off in earnest at Wexford Wanderers Rugby Football Club at Park Lane. Tag rugby is a completely non-contact sport which utilises all the best skills from running rugby to provide an attractive and exciting sport for both participants and spectators alike and is one of the fastest-growing sports in Ireland and the rest of the world where men and women compete together.

Over the next six weeks on Friday nights teams of twelve players (including a minimum of three lady players) will play in a league competition. Spaces are still available for teams to participate so if you are looking for a fun way to socialise or to develop and strengthen team spirit in your organisation then why not enter a team. Costs are €200 per team (or €17 per person). For further information contact Maurice on 087-2362663.

The event will commence on Friday at 7 p.m. with a mixed tag rugby competition for local businesses, community groups and sporting clubs. The competition will comprise teams of a maximum of 12 players (minimum five ladies) of which seven players (minimum three ladies) will compete in each match. Each match will be 20 minutes' duration consisting of two ten-minute halves with a five-minute interval.

The cost of entry for each team is €100 and the winning team will receive 12 tickets to a Leinster game for the 2012-2013 season. Following the competition a barbeque will be held in the clubhouse where the bar will be open for refreshments. All registered participants in the competition will receive a free burger and free entry into the Centenary Stores on the night.

At 10 p.m. Wexford Wanderers R.F.C. adult men's and women's sides will commence playing in games which will continue through the night and early morning before handing over the baton to the minis and youths players at 9 a.m. the following morning. They will play through the day until the close of the event at 7 p.m. on Saturday followed by a barbeque. Refreshments will be available during the day in the clubhouse.

A number of unique games will be played during the 24 hours including coaches versus players, mums versus dads, and past Presidents versus committee members.


Wexford Wanderers firsts scored an emphatic eight-wicket victory over Bagenalstown at Park on Saturday last. This game took on greater significance as it doubled up as a Leinster League and a Midland/ South East Cup tie.

Bagenalstown batted first and their openers put on 55 runs before the first wicket fell. When their score stood at 83 for one they appeared to be heading for a big total.

However, the introduction of Martin Pope into the attack soon changed the face of the game. Popey took three wickets for just eleven runs off his eight-over spell that completely demoralised the opposition and there was to be no let-up as the re-introduction of Lahiru Fernando saw a further three wickets fall in quick succession as Bagenalstown slumped to 154 runs for nine wickets off their 40 overs.

Overall it was a good bowling and fielding performance by Wexford, with the highlight being a wonderful low catch at full stretch by Sharjeel Shaikh.

In reply, openers Alan Murphy and Paul Wise took the score to 32 before Alan was bowled off a useful delivery. Lahiru Fernando then joined Paul and he scored a fine 29 that took the Wexford score to 71 runs with two wickets down. Paul continued to play confidently and he was given good support by Adrian Campbell as they gradually got on top of a now demoralised Bagenalstown attack.

Wanderers did not lose any further wickets as Paul with 70 not out and Adrian with 20 not out saw the side safely home for a memorable win, which consolidates their position as league leaders.

Team: Alan Murphy (capt.), Stefan Carty, Niall Honohan, Sharjeel Shaikh, Tony Murray, Lahiru Fernando, Paul Wise, Adrian Campbell, Sudath Peiris, Steve McMillan, Martin Sheridan-Pope.

Meanwhile, the seconds welcomed league leaders Castleknock to Park and came away with a splendid 59-run victory. Wanderers batted first and although Athol Henwick fell early, a fine partnership of 71 runs between Sheryas Singh who made 40 and Steve Wood (24) saw Wanderers in a strong position at the drinks break.

Azhar Abdullah scored 18 but when he was out a collapse soon followed and it was left to Herbie Honohan with a vital 39 and Steve Hadley (ten not out) to see the Wanderers innings close at 160 runs for nine wickets off 35 overs.

Castleknock made a reasonable start in their attempt to overhaul Wanderers' score and as long as their opening batsman was at the wicket they held a strong hand. He quickly reached his half century and it took a fine catch in the deep by Steve Hadley off the bowling of Sunny to dismiss him. Several wickets soon followed as the visitors went from 80 for four to 101 all out.

Talat Manzoor, playing his first game for the club, was the bowling hero and he ended up with splendid figures of five wickets for 16 runs off seven overs and he was well supported by Sunny with three for nine off four.

This was a great victory and will help lift the team from their precarious league position. Skipper Steve Wood has always believed the team is capable of playing a lot better than their results to date have shown, and defeating the league leaders so convincingly proves his point.

Team: Steve Wood (capt.), Athol Henwick, Martin Redmond, Pradeep, Azhar Abdullah, Steve Hadley, Sheryas Singh, James Redmond, Talat Manzoor, Sudarshan Thanthirige, Herbie Honohan.

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