People and Standard club call
Wexford North/South Road Invitation Pigeon Club held their A.G.M. on January 11. A good attendance of 17 members were present.
There were a few resignations which is not a big issue as only one of them was a racing member and we had two new members joining the club. Membership now stands at 26 and all but two of these will be racing when the season starts.
The outgoing committee were all re-elected as follows: President, Robin Hillis; Chairman, Billy Cullimore; Secretary, Mick Driscoll; Treasurer, Fran Dempsey; Ring Secretary, Seán Kearney; Ring Assigner, Adam Hillis, the youngest member of the club and who got worker of the year for the second year running; P.R.O's, Lenny Bolger and Mick Driscoll; Patron, Paddy Connick.
The Chairman and Secretary thanked the members for all helping out during the season, with everyone doing their bit as no one had to be asked to clean hampers, mark birds and load the transporter etc. They also congratulated the prize winners, some of whom had some great results such as Billy Cullimore who again won the old and young bird averages and also the combined averages.
Ger Furlong won best old bird and Robin and Mary Hillis won best young bird. Adam Hillis won the channel averages, while Willie O'Neill and sons had a great year, winning six races. Other members to win were Noel McGuire, Dobbs Bros., Mick Driscoll and Francis Fanning.
The Wexford members topped the South Leinster Federation a total of 15 times from 22 land races and it goes to show how competitive the club is.
There were only five proposals on the agenda, all from the committee, and four were passed unanimously with the other being passed by 16 votes to one. This in our opinion shows the committee are doing a great job running the club as in previous years there were 20 and over proposals on the agenda and you could be there for up to three hours or more dealing and arguing about them, whereas we were in and out in just over an hour.
The members were really pleased with two of the proposals, one being that we run our own club derbies for young and old birds, and the most important one saw the fees vastly reduced for the members by being subsidised by the club.
The members are now waiting for the Federation A.G.M. in February and then the race programme which will be decided in March, with racing commencing around mid-April. That's all for now until the racing starts.
A busy weekend for Menapians kicked off on Saturday with the Juvenile club multi-events in Rosslare. There was a great turn-out by athletes, coaches and officials with some great performances and experiences gained. Thanks to all involved.
Sunday saw some of our Masters compete in the Munster open, with some competing in their first indoor event ever. Vera Meyler was fifth in the M3 200m in 39.84, while Siobhán Doyle was a great first in the M4 in 36.87.
Jimmy was first in M4 in 27.31 and 60m in 8.17, and Dave Percival was first in M4 800 in 2.54.
There was a great time for Mary Gaynor in her first indoor 3,000 at the Munster Masters. Mary ran 13.08 to come first in the M4 category. Siobhán Doyle was first in the M4 60m in 11.02, while Vera Meyler was sixth in the M3 60m in 10.85. Well done folks!
In Athlone, Conor Wilson led from gun to tape in the Galway championships, running a speedy 22.66 in the 200, just five-hundredths off his indoor best. This is a great run of form from the Menapians man and it bodes well ahead of next week's national Junior and Under-23 championships where he will be joined by a large squad of Menapians.
It was a great club weekend with more to come!
Week eleven proved something of a surprise in the ladies' section on Wednesday as we saw Inez Brennan take the spoils in the final. She beat Caroline Bradley three legs to one in a really good game that showed how well the ladies' section is progressing this year.
Inez has overcome her bout of 'flu from the start of the year and is laying down a marker for the rest as we approach the final few weeks of the season.
The main section saw a few of the veterans who have been a bit quiet of late make an appearance in the semi-finals and try to move up the rankings and claim their spot in the top 16. First up was league leader Paul Murphy against the evergreen Billy O'Brien, and they didn't disappoint in a close encounter which Paul edged. Billy will be delighted with the points gained though, and he is coming into a bit of form at the right time.
The second semi-final saw John Sinnott Jnr. play P.J. Byrne in a game that went all the way to the deciding leg as both players slugged it out to see who would play Paul in the decider. John was the victor but P.J. seemed more like his old self and is another who may be hitting form at the right time as well.
The final then saw Paul and John play out a quality match and John pinched the first leg with a 91 checkout. Paul, not to be outdone, hit a 116 checkout in the second leg to level the match and despite John hitting consecutive 140s in the third leg, Paul won this one as well.
John's final was summed up in what turned out to be the last leg as he hit some really good scores again and had two throws of over 100, but his finishing deserted him at the wrong time. Paul took the fourth leg to seal the deal and his clinical finishing was the difference as John outscored him all through the match, but as they say, 'scores for show doubles for dough'.
Liverpool supporter P.J. Byrne believes John hadn't fully recovered from Everton losing the previous night's F.A. Cup game to West Ham, and he may have a point as John is a Toffees fan for his sins.
Saturday, January 31, sees our matchplay event for club members and it's a doubles competition with a team entry fee of €10. An open draw will decide who is paired up with the top 16 ranked players available on the night, but one thing is for sure, it's always a fun night out and the action starts at 9 p.m.
There will be a few surprises so everyone is welcome to watch the darts in Foley's Bar, Newbawn.
UNITED STRIDERS A.C.
Well done to all 13 teams which participated at the Wexford cross-country relay championships at Lingstown, as the Striders had teams in all eight under-age races.
The girls' Under-10s were first up, over four legs of 250 metres. The team was led by Hope Murphy, who was a great help to her three younger team-mates, Kitty Malone, Lucy Power and Niamh Byrne. The girls were all fantastic and almost won a county medal, finishing fourth.
Also unlucky were the boys' Under-10s, who also just missed out on a medal after great runs from Seán Lennon, Aaron McPhillips, Luca O'Connor and Ronan Shannon.
The medals soon started arriving in the next age group, with the girls taking bronze and the boys taking gold. The girls' Under-12 team of Leona Berry, Isobel Bawden, Kelly Corbett and Ciara Murphy finished third after a solid team performance. In the same race, the team of Ciara Burke, Elaine Aspel, Ruby Murphy and Aisling Ryan all ran very creditably and finished just outside the medals.
The most exciting race of the day, for the Striders, was the boys' Under-12s, where we had two teams. For a while, it looked like we might scoop two medals, as the two Striders teams were swapping position during the race.
As it came to the final leg, Darragh Flannelly received the baton in second place, following a great third leg by Owen Lennon. Darragh put in a storming finish and came through for gold. Excellent legs from Finn Kelly, running a year out of age, and Aidan Shannon, set up the victory for the team.
Finishing just behind Darragh, and getting a fantastic fourth place finish, was the team of Caolan Costello, Eoin Shannon, Myles and Cosmo Hewlitt. For some observers, this was the team performance of the day, as all four boys were running a year out of their age group.
The second half of the Juvenile schedule started with two Striders teams in the girls' Under-14 event. With the distance now up to 4 x 500 metres, both teams ran really well, but unfortunately finished just outside the medals. The teams were made up of Eve Byrne, Erin Shannon, Clodagh Foran, Méadbh Rogers, Aisling Power, Zara Murphy, Leah Myers and Catríona Ryan.
It looked like our boys' Under-14 teams would have to work hard to get into the medals, as they faced really strong opposition. However, the team of Aaron Browne, Adam O'Connor, Conor Murphy and Cian Flanagan performed like a well-oiled machine, with no weak links, and won by a wide margin.
The team of Ryan Kielthy, Mikey Murphy, Travis Phillips and Patrick Doyle ran equally well, finishing just outside the medals to show the strength in depth we have at this age group.
In the final age group, the girls' Under-16 teams of Gráinne Flannelly, Ciara Kelly, Rebecca Bawden, Katie Murphy, Grace Costello, Cheyenne O'Farrell-Molloy, Alanah Byrne and Emma Callaghan picked up second and third places.
The day ended with real excitement when our boys' Under-16 team of Aedan Rogers, Eoghan MacLaughlin, Joshua Hewlitt and Matt Rossiter put up a great show to finish second. Well done to all 52 athletes, coaches and parents who made this another great day for the club.
Earlier in the day, it was a great start to the year for the Senior Striders who were competing in the Wexford cross-country Masters and Juniors event. With the Juniors competing with the Over-35s, it was the first chance for two of our ex-Juveniles to compete with the adults at championship level.
First up, over 4k, were the ladies and lining up for the Striders were Aine Cullen, Sinéad McCarthy and Elaina Browne. An amazing performance from Elaina saw her win the Junior title and finish in the top ten proper. Solid runs from Aine and Sinéad contributed to a great start to the day for the Striders.
Over 6k, the Striders men's team had high hopes for a medal and hence had a full squad in action. John McGrath had a great start to 2015 with a very impressive second place, only a handful of seconds behind the winner. Ted's sixth place finish was good enough to win his age category and Pat O'Callaghan's 12th place was enough to put the team in the mix for a first team medal of the year.
After an agonising wait, the Striders were awarded second place on countback after finishing level on points with the winners. Completing the squad were Emmett Malone, Gavin Kelly, Mick O'Gorman and Martin Kehoe. To complete a great race for the Striders, Ethan Anderson ran very impressively on his debut run at this level and scooped the Junior title.
ST. JOSEPH'S A.C.
At the A.A.I. combined events on Saturday, Verena Fenlon finished in fourth position with Pat Power in fifth place in the men's competition. Verena's disciplines were 60m hurdles, high jump, long jump, shot putt and 800m, with Pat competing in 60m, long jump, shot putt and 100m.
On Sunday St. Joseph's had athletes competing in both Nenagh and Dunboyne. In the Munster open track and field championships in Nenagh, Shannen Dawkins won both the Senior 60m hurdles and the high jump.
Sophie Becker finished second in the Senior 400m and third in triple jump. Pat Power continued a very successful weekend of competition, winning both the Masters 60m and long jump. Paudie Barron finished third in the 60m event.
Dunboyne was the venue for the Leinster cross-country Juvenile relays on Sunday. St. Joseph's had two teams flying the flag with the boys' Under-12 squad of Evan O'Toole, Danny Glennon, Aidan Lawlor and Tomás Mullally (substitute Danny Dowling) finishing fourth, and the girls' Under-12 team of Erin Foley, Aoife Byrne, Ciara Mullally and Áine Ryan finishing sixth.
The club A.G.M. will take place on Monday, January 26, in the Parish Pump, Rosbercon, and St. Joseph's dinner dance and awards night will be on Saturday, February 7, in the Rhu Glenn. The meal will be served at 8 p.m. followed by awards, band and disco. Tickets for the dinner dance cost €25 per adult and €15 per child.
Dunbrody Archers have returned after a festive break to resume an already busy season. On Sunday a large group of club archers attended a S.I.F.A. (Society of Irish Field Archers) shoot held by Waterford I.F.A.F. (Irish Field Archery Federation) club Valley Bowmen.
The event went very well and there were many successes for the New Ross-based club.
There are many events on the calendar over the months ahead including shoots at Loughcrew (Co. Meath) and Irish Archery Club (Co. Offaly).
Dunbrody hosts its first home shoot in March which should attract a large attendance from around the country.
Shoots overseas this year include N.F.A.S. (National Field Archery Society) events throughout the U.K., and the Scottish 1003D championships near Edinburgh. Also the world championships take place in Hungary and Dunbrody Archers will be represented.
The club A.G.M. takes place this week, an important time for the club.
We will be soon planning for our own second annual 1003D championship which takes place in the summer. Last year's event included archers from all around Ireland, and from Denmark and Iceland.
We will also hope to emulate last year's S.I.F.A. national championship success by Dunbrody club archers. These 2015 championships will take place in Sligo.
Our archers are busy training for these events. Our newly-registered under-age and adult archers are doing very well at present too and hopefully will get to progress well in the year ahead.
As always if interested in trying archery, give our club Secretary a shout at 086-696587.