Leinster in sights
Wexford teams target provincial titles
All first and second rounds of the Leinster team events have now been concluded and it's all systems go for the semi-finals and finals which will be held at various centres in Newbridge, Co. Kildare.
For the past couple of weeks the winning teams in Wexford have been competing against teams from Kilkenny in the first rounds and Carlow teams in round two. We had 18 team winners from Wexford while a couple had to withdraw, and of the others, five teams are through to the Leinster semi-finals. Those heading to Newbridge, Co. Kildare are as follows:
In the Under-13 chess competition, Castlebridge-Crossabeg first took on Dicksboro, Co. Kilkenny and came away with a 4-1 win. They then met Ballon-Rathoe, Co. Carlow in round two and once again came away with a 3-2 victory.
The team consisted of Will Sidney, Sadhbh Quinn, Matthew Molloy, Judith Allen, Cathal Gormley, Aoife Murphy and Shane Walker.
In the Under-16 competition, the Enniscorthy Area was in action against Dicksboro in round one and came away victorious. They took on Askea, Co. Carlow in round two and came away as winners on a 5-0 scoreline. Best of luck to both teams in the semi-finals.
In Under-11 hurling, the young boys from the Castlebridge-Crossabeg Area were in action against Dicksboro, Co. Kilkenny in round one. The Wexford team quickly got into their stride and in-form Niall Cullen got their scoring off to a fine start with a very early point, with team-mate Paddy Connors adding another quickly.
Cian Doyle scored next and Niall added yet another before Cian sent the ball to the back of the net for the only goal. Niall Cullen added two more points before the end of the first-half while the Kilkenny lads failed to score.
Wexford began the second-half as they did in the first with points from Cian Doyle, Darragh Harris and Seán Rowley. Kilkenny did manage to score a couple of points but the local lads ran out easy winners on a 1-8 to 0-2 scoreline.
The team now faces Shinrone, Co. Offaly in the semi-final. The team features Aaron Howlin, Joe Coone, David McCarthy, Mikie Doyle, Shane Kelly, Seán Rowley, Cian Doyle, Paddy Connors, Niall Cullen, Ronan Furlong, Darragh Harris, Adam Nolan, Eamonn Moran, Matthew Bishop and Shane Doran.
The Under-12 girls' football team from the Tintern Area took on Aghaviller, Co. Kilkenny in the first round of Leinster and had an overwhelming 8-9 to 0-2 victory. Their opponents in the second round were Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow.
Again the Wexford girls were in full control throughout and came away comfortable winners on a 4-9 to 2-2 scoreline.
Their panel consists of Chloe Cahill, Aoife Cullen, Eabha Cullen, Clodagh Foran, Aislinn Gabbett, Cara Hackett, Emma Kehoe, Jennah Molloy, Lauren Roche, Aisling Ryan, Emily Sinnott, Michaela Sinnott, Emma Whelan and Shauna Whitty.
The Kilrush-Askamore Area will be representing the county in the Under-14 draughts competition. They had no opposition from either Kilkenny or Carlow and now go through to the semi-finals.
Their team members consist of Emma Tomkins, Sarah Kenny, Seán Kehoe, Jenny Doran, Edana Mimnagh and Patrick Ivory.
The Leinster semi-finals and finals take place in Newbridge, Co. Kildare on Saturday, July 4. The Under-13 chess team will face The Downs, Co. Westmeath in their semi-final at 11 a.m.
The Under-16 team from Enniscorthy has no opposition in the semi-final and awaits the winners of the Longford versus Dublin match.
All chess competitions are to take place at the Patrician Secondary School.
The Under-11 hurlers will face Shinrone/Coolderry, Co. Offaly and if successful will meet a team from Dublin in the final. The game will be played at the Sarsfields G.A.A. grounds at 11 a.m. with the final at approximately 1.30 p.m.
The Under-12 girls from Tintern take on a team from Westmeath in their semi-final at 11 a.m. at Hawkfield.
The draughts Under-14 team from Kilrush-Askamore take on the Heath, Co. Laois in their semi-final at 11 a.m. at the Patrician Secondary School. Best of luck to all competing.