Tuesday 20 August 2019

Grass roots

ST. JOHN'S VOLUNTEERS: Last week's lotto results were 1, 5, 12 and 20. There was no jackpot winner and no match three winner.

We are delighted to report tremendous progress with our upcoming event (Strictly Club Dancing) which will take place on October 6 at Whites Hotel. We are also delighted to announce that Whites Hotel are on board as our main event sponsors.

All 16 participating dancers have now been picked and we will be announcing their names shortly.

Make sure to keep October 6 and 29 free in your diary.

As always a list of upcoming events, training times and match fixtures can be located on our website -


Last week approximately 100 children descended on Páirc Charman for the Faythe Harriers hurling and camogie academy. What a great week it turned out to be! During this week the children's skill levels were assessed and with the expertise of the coaching staff they received intensive coaching based on their ability.

The activities took place within a framework of total supervision. The academy was staffed by qualified coaches and was strictly supervised at all times, thus guaranteeing an enjoyable five days for all participants.

Our Under-14s were treated to intense training sessions as part of the ' Jim Berry School Of Hurling' during this week. Congratulations to Eoin O Donnagáin who acted as the facilitator for the week and to the members of the committee who assisted with the academy.

Under- 8s: Our Under-8s continue training for the summer months on Saturdays at 11 a.m. Anyone interested in joining should contact Justin Browne (087-2190343) or head out to Páirc Charman on Saturday mornings.

Under-10s: Training for our Under-10s takes place on Mondays and Fridays from 67 p.m. on one of our pitches in Páirc Charman. Anyone interested in joining the Under10s should contact Seán Murphy (0872069450).

Under-12s: Training for our Under-12s continues on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6.30-8 p.m. on our main pitch. Anyone interested in joining should contact Richard Murphy (087-6680630). Our Under-12 squad was in action on Sunday morning last, welcoming Kilmacud Crokes to Páirc Charman.

Under-14s: Our Under-14s train on Sundays at 10.30 a.m., Tuesdays and Fridays from 6.30-8 p.m. Anyone interested in joining the Under-14 squad should contact Pat Henebery (087-2609958). Last Saturday morning they played the Mary's of Rosslare away in a challenge match as part of the Rosslare Harbour Festival. Thanks to James Sheil for asking the lads to participate in the festivities.

Currently our camogie squad trains on Mondays at 6 p.m. on our all-weather pitch. Any girl that's interested in playing camogie should head out to Páirc Charman or contact Nicky Keeling (086-0832120).

We are currently in the process of recruiting under-age players. Any club member who has a son, daughter, grandchild, neighbour or friend aged between five-twelve years, please contact Ann Slaven (0868245166) or any of the coaches about joining the club.

Lotto results for July 9 were 2, 7, 22 and 25. There was no winner and our jackpot currently stands at €11,400.


It was a mixed week for the Junior 'B' footballers as they competed in both league and championship campaigns. First up was a championship game on Thursday night against a very strong Sarsfields side. Good performances from Tommy Walsh and Ger Beary were not enough to prevent a 0-12 to 0-6 defeat.

This result leaves Clonard waiting on other results to see if we progress. The league campaign finished with a re-arranged game on Friday night. This was a good three-point win for Clonard's second string against town neighbours the Volunteers.

The Intermediate team was in league action last weekend against St. Fintan's at home in Coolcotts. This was a close, hardfought game but, despite leading by three points at half-time, Clonard lost out by three points. Best for Clonard were Tim McGrath, Tony Hennessy and Shane Keogh.

Do not forget 'Beatlemania' takes place this Friday night, July 20, in Whites Hotel. This Beatles extravaganza featuring Maurice McCarthy, Jimmy Gaddren, Alan McGuire and Des Browne will no doubt be an enjoyable night for all in attendance. Tickets are just €15 with proceeds going towards funding Clonard G.A.A. activi

ties. For more information on purchasing tickets contact 086-1506623 or Whites Hotel reception.

Congratulations to Ross Dunphy and the Tipperary Senior hurling team on winning the Munster championship on Sunday last.

Finally, a big congratulations to Clonard player and hurling mentor Martin Gordon on the birth of son Shay during the week.


Bingo will take place in Carrig Hall this Saturday at 8.30 p.m.

Hard luck to Ben and Niall who represented the club in county football throughout the year. They lost out to Tipperary at the weekend. Thanks lads for the great entertainment during the season. Roll on next year!

The club book can still be purchased in most of the retail outlets around the parish. If you have not got a book yet it is well worth a read.

The Junior hurlers played their championship match against the Rapps last week and lost by two points. Hard luck to all involved.

With both Wexford hurlers and footballers finished with their campaigns, the club championships will soon take place. Check the sports section for fixtures.

Keep up to date with what is going on in the club on our Facebook page.


Our Minors had a mixed week in terms of results. On Wednesday, we hosted Naomh Eanna in Division 1 hurling and lost the game by two points on a scoreline of 1-13 to 0-14.

Early on Saturday morning, we hosted Gusserane in Division 1 football and won by two points on a scoreline of 2-10 to 1-11.

Our next game is Division 1 football against Starlights on Wednesday next in Enniscorthy.

Our Under-14 camogie team play Rathnure on Saturday next in the Co. final. Check with the selectors for time and venue. Please come and support the girls.

Congratulations to Deirdre Colfer who came second in the Leinster Puc Fada adult section at the weekend and to Tara Doyle who came third in the under-age. Well done girls.

Lisa and Linda Bolger are holding a table quiz in the centre on Friday at 8.30 p.m. in aid of the Niall Mellon Trust. Please get a team together and come along and support this event.

Hard luck to all our club people who were involved with Wexford teams last weekend.


There was no winner of last week's lotto jackpot and one match three winner. The numbers drawn were 4, 12, 22 and 23. This week's jackpot is €5,600.

The Junior 'A' footballers lost to the Volunteers in the league on Sunday morning. The Junior 'B' footballers lost to the Shels on Friday and they lost to the Sarsfields on Sunday evening in the District championship.

The Junior hurlers play the Shamrocks in the league final this weekend. The Under-21 hurlers play Blackwater in the District final on Tuesday, July 24, at 7.30 p.m. in Tagoat.

The Minor hurlers beat Buffers Alley on Wednesday. The Under-18 footballers lost to the Shels on Saturday. They play Gusserane at home on Wednesday, July 18, at 7.30 p.m.

The Under-16 footballers play Taghmon at home on Monday, July 23, at 7.30 p.m. The Under-14 hurlers play Taghmon away on Thursday, July 19, at 7.30 p.m. The Under-12 hurlers play Clonard at home on Tuesday, July 24, at 7.30 p.m. The Under-10 footballers play away to Fethard on Friday, July 20, at 7 p.m.


The Senior team played two games last week, the first on Sunday against Crossabeg at home. Crossabeg were the favourites from the start as they have been recently crowned Leinster club league winners.

However, Clonard held them to a draw until half-time and had them rattled, but Crossabeg came back and send in two goals in quick succession to take the lead for all the second-half. Overall it was a great game but Clonard dropped their heads in the last ten minutes, giving away the three points.

The women came back on Tuesday evening, again at home, against Bunclody and dominated the game from the off. It was an overall excellent performance which brought them back to winning ways. Kim Walker, who has recently retured from her trip around the world, had another great game in goal. Nicole Guerrine, Collette Butler, Cara McDonald, Hazel Brennan, Chloe Bates and Niamh Walsh (0-1) were strong in the backs.

Aoife Tormey and Leanne Brennan totally dominated in midfield. All our forwards got on the scoresheet which is what any club would like to see - Nelly Walsh (2-1), Shauna Glesson (3-1), Tanya Walker and Gemma Mac (1-1 each), Niamh Butler and Robin Brennan (0-1 each). Rebecca Foley came on and rattled the back of the net straight away. Zi O'Neill, Jessica Beary and Jessica Martin all came on in the second-half.

It was a great team performance and a very fast-paced, enjoyable game. The final score was Clonard 8-7, Bunclody 3-4. There are two more games in the championship against Taghmon and Marshalstown and as it stands we are joint third. Therefore, we need to put in that extra mile at training if Clonard are to go all the way.

On Thursday the Under-12 girls travelled to Taghmon on what was a very miserable night. Unfortunately we were beaten by two points but the girls were brilliant and there is very little between these sides. There was some lovely football played despite the terrible conditions.

Team: Bekka Dowdall; Laura Kavanagh, Lauren Gordon, Megan Lane; Rachel Sweeney, Tara Foley, Simone Kemp; Chelsey Pitman, Niamh Tormey; Alannah Anglim, Clara O'Doherty, Sarah Siggins; Eimear Thomas, Ciara Shannon, Nicole Butler.

massive well done to Hollie Sinnott who rushed back from Dublin and made the second-half to the delight of her team-mates. Thanks to Gillian, Gemma and Hazel for helping out, and the parents of the Under12s who are always there supporting these girls which is great to see. The league table shows that Clonard and Taghmon are now joint first with two games left to be played.

It was the Under-10s' turn on Thursday to play the Vols and it would do you good to go and watch these little ladies aged six to nine play. From the first to the last whistle these girls played with smiles on their faces. It was a really great game.

As this new Under-10 league was designed for girls who are only starting out, it's about participation and fun and not about winning. Well done to both sides. Team: Tara Murphy (1-0), Ciara Roche, Zoe Anglim, Kayley Bates, Emily Kavanagh, Caoimhe Rochford (0-1), Hannah Lacey and Ciara Shannon who had an outstanding game at midfield, scoring 2-1.

The next Under-10 game is at home on Thursday at 6.30 p.m. against Crossabeg. Could all girls and parents please be at the pitch for 5.45 p.m.

The Under-16 girls played at home Sunday evening and had a great win against Crossabeg. This was the first game in a few weeks for this team. The first-half was very evenlymatched with the interval seeing Clonard up by three points. However, we dominated all of the second-half with great teamwork and skill from all. The girls stepped it up a gear and came away easy winners on a scoreline of 4-14 to 2-5.

Team: Jessica Beary; Zi O'Neill, Clodagh Downes, Andrea Byrne; Hayley Roche, Chloe Bates, Megan Doyle; Niamh Walsh, Leanne Brennan (0-1); Jessica Hore (1-4), Rebecca Foley (2-6), Sarah Morrissey; Sara Byrne (0-3), Kinesha Butler (2-0) and Jamie Beary who had an outstanding game, unselfishly setting up three of our goals.

The girls would like to welcome Natasha Byrne-Rossiter onto our panel and well done on your first Under-16 game with Clonard. Well done to all the girls on a great perfomance. One hundred per cent attendance is expected from everyone at training as we still have three tough fixtures to fulfill.

Hard luck to Rebecca, Leanne and Cloadagh who lost out to Kildare in the recent Leinster final in Carlow. These girls put great effort and dedication into their county panel and their contribution to the team helped them to reach the final. The girls would like to thank Aileen, Barry and Paddy for all their time and hard work in improving their skills and fitness which the Clonard Under16 team benefited from.

We held our much-needed annual fundraiser in Pettitt's last weekend and we would like to thank Cormac Pettitt, parents and members for helping us out and to all our supporters for buying tickets. Kim Kavanagh picked out Leonie Whitty from Kennedy Park at the Under-16 game on Sunday evening, sold by Estelle Murphy, as the winner of the €100 voucher. Congratulations Leonie.

Clonard G.A.A. are holding a fundraiser night in Whites Hotel on Friday, July 20, with Maurice McCarthy and Beatlemania. This promises to be a fantastic night's entertainment for all. Clonard ladies would encourage members, parents, friends and supporters to join us. Tickets (€15) can be bought on the door.

There is still some outstanding registration due and needs to be paid ASAP. There is an Under-14 game away on Thursday in Ballygarrett at 7.30 p.m. Please meet at the church at 6.15 p.m. sharp. Parents are requested to travel as cars are limited.

A big thank you to Denise, Collette, Shirley, KIm and Suzanne who give up so much of their time to all of the above age groups at training, at games and behind the scenes juggling fixtures etc. Without them the club would not progress so well or exist. Congradulations to our Under-14 manager, Collette Butler, who recently won three gold medals at a kettle bell lifting competition at the Munster finals.


Well done to Aoife Nolan who was selected to play at the half-time match on the mini Under-12 Wexford team at the Leinster ladies' final in Carlow on Sunday last. Our Under-12s played on Sunday morning against a very strong Gorey team. We were missing a few but we still put in a great performance. Well done girls, great commitment.

The girls all looked great after we got our new set of jerseys. Many thanks to Neiland Financial Services for sponsoring them. Training continues on Mondays from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. for the Under-12s and -14s and on Tuesdays for the Under-10s from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. All are welcome to come along.

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