Pitch and putt to the test
Several members of St. Patrick's Pitch and Putt Club, Enniscorthy, competed in the Leinster Strokeplay Championships in Newbridge, Co. Kildare, recently.
Paul Tobin and Dean Grannell really rose to the occasion, with outstanding performances resulting in both players finishing runners-up in their respective grades. Paul followed up on his great year in 2012 when he anchored the Wexford team to All-Ireland glory in the inter-counties finals by producing a great score of 18 under par over three rounds in very hot conditions on a course that he had only played a few times before, claiming second spot just three strokes behind the winner who was from Kildare and very familiar with it.
Many seasoned national champions couldn't handle the conditions but the St. Pat's man remained focused to bring the silver medal back to Enniscorthy for the first time in the club's history.
In the Intermediate grade played on the same day and on the same course, Dean Grannell also performed wonderfully well to take second prize in a very competitive grade with an outstanding score of 13 under par for two rounds, only to be beaten by two shots by a former Senior grade player recently regraded under national handicap revision.
Dean's score would normally be good enough to win the event but his return to the sport after an absence of a few years is very welcome and he is now fulfilling the promise he showed as a Juvenile.
Rúairí Fortune also competed in the Junior event and in spite of an unfortunate second round he still finished only two shots off the bronze medal in another competitive grade.
Derek Ryan also competed but couldn't translate his club form to the provincial stage and finished outside the medals. In fact, at club level Derek has been in great form over the past two weeks. In the weekly strokeplay competition he shot a nett 42 to tie with Dean Grannell but he came out on top after a countback.
Club Captain Kieron Morrissey showed a return to form by winning the gross prize on 49. The following week Derek was on song again, this time winning by a clear five strokes with a great nett score of 39 which is outstanding shooting for an Intermediate player.
His nearest pursuer on this occasion was Vice-Captain Aidan Whelan, winning his first prize for a while. Kieron Morrissey proved that his previous week's performance was no fluke by again winning, this time with a great 46 to take the gross prize.
Paul and Dean have received many congratulations on their great performances and it again shows the depth of talent which exists at the Parnell Avenue course which as usual is in impeccable condition mainly due to the great work being carried out by the ground staff under the guidance of Nigel Baxter. The course is open to non-members and green fees of €6 per round are very reasonable for one of the best courses in the country.
GOREY WOMEN'S RUGBY
As part of the I.R.F.U. campaign to encourage women to 'Give It A Try', on Friday, August 9, Gorey R.F.C. women's section are inviting new members to join thei three teams for their upcoming season.
Gorey Women's have a girls' Under-16, Under-18 and a Senior team.
On Friday, August 9, there will be an introductory training session taken by Philip Doyle, coach of the Grand Slam Ireland women's rugby team, from 7-8 p.m.
This will involve a series of activities such as practising ball skills, taking part in some drills and some fun games, but don't worry as they won't tackle you as there will be no contact involved.
Afterwards there will be a barbeque and an opportunity to socialise with the team members.
All level of experience from zero (barely knowing the rules) to superstars are welcome, the more the merrier.
For any futher information please contact Nicola Doyle (087-829 035) or Clodagh Flynn (085-1328247). We look forward to meeting you.
SLANEY OLYMPIC A.C.
The sixth race of the Slaney Olympic Audi Enniscorthy Summer League took place on Friday night last in Clonroche. Neil Hudson was race director for the 5k race which saw a large field of 81 runners.
Niall Sheil from St. Killian's was winner of the race in 16.19. In second place and first home for Slaney Olympic was Martin Monaghan in 16.48. Dena Hogan from S.B.R. won the ladies' race in 20.01, while Siobhán O'Shea was first Slaney lady home in 22.18. Full results are on the club website: www.slaneyolympic.com
The next race of the league is in Ballymurn on Friday, August 2, and race director is Bobby Redmond.
The club was represented at the Wexford track and field championships at the D.M.P. track on Wednesday evening last, with Martin Monaghan and Jason O'Connor winning silver and bronze in the Masters men's 1,500m. Jason added a bronze in the 800m Senior men while Martin added a bronze in the Senior 5,000m.
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.
The S.B.R. Summer league moved to Kilmuckridge last week, with entrants competing over a fast three miles course. Lovely sunny weather greeted the runners who turned out in good numbers for the only leg that will be held in Kilmuckridge, with Tom Hogan and Chloe Nolan the first male and female athletes home.
Well done to all who ran and thanks to everyone who helped out with the smooth running of the race. Full results are on http://www.sbrclub.com/. This week's league moves back to Ferns, with a two miles road race taking place on Thursday at 8 p.m.
Registration takes place on the square outside Ferns castle, with the race being held over the Stump Lane circuit. Runners, whether total beginners or seasoned competitors, find the league a great way to increase fitness and get into good shape for the club's big race on Saturday, August 31, the Mick Murphy Memorial four-miler. More information is available from Lukie Kehoe on 087-3222914.
Well done to the club's athletes who competed over the two evenings of the County Wexford track and field championships that were held on D.M.P's track at Sinnottstown Lane in Wexford town over the last two Wednesdays. The club's medal winners were as follows -
Evening one: Lillian Lawless, gold in the Novice ladies' 800m and silver in the Masters ladies' 800m; Marie Kirwan, silver in the Novice ladies' 800m, bronze in the Masters ladies' 800m, bronze in the Novice ladies' 200m, bronze in the Masters ladies' 200m, and bronze in the Senior ladies' 400m; Mark Kearney, bronze in the Novice men's 110m hurdles and bronze in the Novice men's 800m; Myles Gibbons, bronze in the Masters men's 800m and gold in the Masters men's 3,000m. S.B.R. won silver in the Novice men's 4 x 400m relay (team comprising Mark Kearney, Liam Breen, Raymond Byrne and Brian Kearney).
Evening two: Mark Kearney, bronze in the Novice men's 1,500m and bronze in the Novice men's 400m; Myles Gibbons, gold in the Masters men's 1,500m and gold in the Senior men's 5,000m; Paul Gibbons, gold in the Senior men's 800m; Tommy McElwaine, silver in the Senior 5,000m.
There were some excellent performances from S.B.R. athletes in the Fingal 10 km. road race that forms part of the Dublin Marathon race series. The race started and finished in Swords village on Sunday morning last and Tom Hogan was first home for the club, running a time of 32.01, while he was closely followed by the much-improved Myles Gibbons in 32.37, another big P.B. for him. Ann Bolger ran 47.36, which saw her win her age category, while Claire Gibbons also ran a P.B. with 47.43 and Stephanie Flynn ran 55.53.
Well done to Jimmy Howard and Annette Guinan who competed in the Run Killarney 10k road race on Saturday morning last, which was run in sweltering heat.
The annual Wexford Wanderers R.F.C. President's golf day will be held on Friday, August 9, at Wexford Golf Club, Mulgannon. This annual event which raises much-needed funds for the day-to-day running of the club has proven to be one of the club's most popular social outings for many years, coming as it does just before the start of the new rugby season.
Teams of four can enter for a great price of €160, which includes a round of golf, meal and of course the legendary post-golf socialising which has made this event one of the must-attend events on the local golf, rugby and social scene.
Further details and entry forms are available from the club committee or by e-mailing the club at email@example.com. Follow Wexford Wanderers on Twitter @wexfordwrfc or Facebook (Wexford Wanderers RFC) for the most up to date news on what is happening at the club.
The final day of the Woodie's DIY Juvenile track and field championships took place on Sunday last in Tullamore with another national champion for D.M.P. A.C. Our triple jumper, Eimear Gilhooly, won the gold in the Under-17 girls' event with a jump of 10.47m, a considerable distance ahead of her next competitor. Also competing at these championships was Eimear Doherty who finished fifth overall in the Under-17 girls' high jump, clearing 1.45m.
The Woodies DIY National League round two took place on Sunday week lastwith the Wexford county men's and women's teams competing in Cork I.T.
Our athletes who represented Wexford were Christina Furlong, Thomas Furlong, Eimear Gilhooly, Pádraig Ó Drisceoil and Marco Pons, with all securing either first or second place in their events.
D.M.P. athletes have contributed massively to the county teams' overall scores during the two rounds in all disciplines: running, jumping and throwing.
Results for round two were as follows: Christina, first hammer 39.84m; Tom, first weight for distance 6.09m, and second hammer 56.53m; Eimear, first triple jump 10.74m (new P.B.); Pádraig, second pole vault 2.70m; Marco, first shot 12.25m and first discus 48.39m.
The women's team finished first with 222.5 points and will now compete in the league fnal. Ciara Wilson was unable to compete on Sunday owing to an injury but will hopefully be fit to attend the final. The men's team scored 214 points which placed them tenth on the list and with only eight places up for grabs in the final it is uncertain whether the team will feature.
Wednesday last was day two of theWexford Creamery Senior track and field championships held at D.M.P's grounds. Our athletes who won medals were: Novice ladies 100m, second, Lorna Doyle, 15:02; Masters ladies' 100m, first, Lorna Doyle, 15:02; Senior ladies' 800m, second, Niamh Coman, 2:54; Novice men's 400m, second, Alex Hurley, 1:02:75
D.M.P. would like to thank all those who supported this summer's Mile Challenge which was in aid of the Lochlann Doyle Fund.
This year saw a new event record in the Mile on July 1 by James Cloney who ran 4:48. We hope to see you all again next year!