Sunday 17 December 2017

Sarsfields seniors

The Seniors will begin their championship campaign against St. Fintan's in Taghmon on Friday, April 18, at 8.30 p.m., while the Juniors will host Horeswood in round one on Sunday, April 20, at 5.30 p.m.

Both teams were in action last weekend in the league, with the Seniors coming close to securing their first win but going down to St. Martin's by a point, whereas the Juniors maintained their unbeaten run at the expense of Ballyhogue.


Our Under-8 girls are having fun and learning the skills with Catherine and her helpers every Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. All girls are welcome.

Best of luck to the Under-10 team and their mentors who compete in their second blitz in Kilmore on Saturday, April 12, at 11 a.m.

Well done to all 14 girls who braved the wet, foggy and windy weather on Saturday last and played three Under-12 mini games against Buffers Alley, Blackwater and Oulart-The Ballagh in Oulart. Refreshments were enjoyed afterwards, with thanks to the Oulart-The Ballagh club.

Team: Catie Byrne, Becky Halligan, Amy O'Connor, Sinéad Banville, Ciara Banville, Hannah Hearne, Mai Ling Tynan, Caoimhe Parker, Lily Stoutt, Nicole Harding-Kenny, Aoife Hearne, Erin Kehoe, Abigail Gillen. Thanks to their mentors.

Training continues every Monday from 7 to 8 p.m. Please bring football boots, and if the weather is dry we will go outside. We look forward to the next Under-12 blitz on Saturday, April 19, in Buffers Alley.

Well done to our Under-14 team which beat Oulart-The Ballagh in the championship on Sunday in Hollymount by 2-4 to 2-2. It was a fantastic game. Thank you to the County Board and Oulart-The Ballagh for accommodating us, as the game was moved forward from Monday to Sunday owing to girls making their Confirmation on Tuesday in Screen and Curracloe.

Hard luck to our Senior county players and their team colleagues as they were beaten by Cork on Sunday last by 0-11 to 0-9 in a game which we were delighted to host at short notice.

Shelmalier Coiste na nOg and St. Ibar's/Shelmalier camogie club will run a three-day Easter camp in Hollymount from Tuesday, April 22, to Thursday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily. Girls and boys can enjoy fun, skills and games from local coaches and more. It is open to age groups from Under-6 to Under-12. Register and payment on the day at €20 per child or three children for €50 (of same family). Just bring yourself, raincoat, a snack and hurling gear. For further details contact Sheila Roche on 087-2075574 or Emma Hearne (087-2950256).


Lotto numbers last week were 22, 24, 29 and 30. There was no jackpot winner and one match three winner, Lisa Devlin. The jackpot is €12,000 with a reserve jackpot of €2,800.

County development draw tickets are on sale now. Please support your local club.

Under-age registration day will be held on Sunday next, April 13, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in Crossabeg for all ages from Under-6 up to Under-18 in hurling and football.


A very busy week lies ahead for Clonard L.G.F.C. First up is the Under-16s first game versus Horeswood at home in Clonard at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

Next up are the two Under-12 teams. Team two will travel to Clongeen on Thursday with throw-in at 6.30 p.m., and team one will travel to St. Anne's on Friday with throw-in at 6.30 p.m. Both teams please meet at Clonard Church at 5.30 p.m., and lifts will be needed from parents to all games.

Training will be on Wednesday from 5.45-6.45 p.m. for all our Under-12s and G4Gs. Registration will need to be paid on Wednesday evening for all of our new Under-12 girls in order for them to be eligible to play the match. Our Registrar will be available at training to answer any queries.

Our Senior women travelled down to Clongeen on Friday evening last to play their second league game. This was a tough game from the start but Clonard stood their ground and put in a good first-half performance with the score being Clongeen 0-5, Clonard 0-3.

The women were determined to give it their all in the second-half but the scores just would not come despite numerous attempts. Hazel Brennan was then injured and the game ended early. Hazel and the Clonard management would like to thank Claire Whelan, Doctor John and the Clongeen management team for looking after her until the ambulance arrived. Thankfully Hazel just had a muscle injury and noting serious.

The next game is on April 22 away to Ballyhogue and training is tonight at 6.30 p.m.

Féile will be held on Sunday next with the venue to be confirmed by County Board. Gumshields must be worn at all training sessions and matches, while €2 in subs is required at training from all teams.

Well done to Niamh Butler who had a great game on Saturday with the Senior county team and best of luck to the Mná Loch Garman girls - Rebecca Foley, Trudy Downey, Laura Bruen and Emer Buckley - as they play in the Minor Leinster semi-final on Saturday next.

Denise and Suzanne sold the winning €500 first prize to Kathleen Rossiter of 106 Kennedy Park. This is the second €500 winner they had so it could possibly be third time lucky for anyone who would like to buy a Model County Draw ticket from Clonard ladies. There are some fantastic prizes to be won.

For more information please join us on Facebook, look up or phone 086-6063488.


On Saturday our Intermediate team travelled to Réalt na Mara and beat them by 3-14 to 1-6 in Division 3 of the All-County League. That's three wins out of three in the league and this Saturday we will play St. Mary's (Maudlintown) at 6.30 p.m. up in The Rocks.

Team: Jamie McMahon; Paddy King, Eddie Byrne, Seamus King; Gary Byrne (0-2), Paddy Harnett (0-1), Eddie Lawlor; Wayne Carty (1-2), Derek Bergin (0-1); Philly Leniston (0-2), Barry Walsh, Robbie Mullins (0-2); Jason Martin (1-2), John Bergin (1-1), Wesley Kinsella (0-1). Subs. - Fran Hore for Mullins, Wally Lawlor for J. Bergin, Jamie Kelly for Kinsella.

Our Junior game on Sunday versus Bannow-Ballymitty was called off due to pitches being unplayable due to weather.

Our Intermediate team begin their championship campaign on Easter Sunday when they play Kilanerin at 6.30 p.m. in Ferns. Our Under-14s kick off their championship this Thursday at 7 p.m. in Whiterock versus St. Mary's of Rosslare.

Training for our Under-12s and Under-14s is on Tuesday at 6.30 p.m. in Whiterock. Training for our Under-10s, Under-8s and Under-6s is every Saturday at 12 noon in St. Joseph's Community Centre. New members are always welcome and for further information contact Wesley Kinsella on 086-3723898.

Model County Draw tickets are now on sale and can be obtained from any committe member. Tickets for our club reunion will go on sale this week. The reunion is on Saturday, May 3, in the Talbot Hotel. Tickets cost €25 and can be purchased from any committee member. County championship and league medals will be presented.


Our Senior camogie team played their first league game of 2014 against the county champions, St. Ibar's, on Monday last and although they lost 0-7 to 0-5 they performed really well with a very youthful team. It will be very interesting to watch how this team develops over the season.

The Under-18 camogie team travelled all the way to Coolgreany on Wednesday where they beat Castletown convincingly in the first round of their championship. The girls play Craanford in the next round on April 30. Hard luck to our club representatives, Muireann Byrne (captain), Amy Cardiff, Sarah O'Connor, Katie O'Connor, Chloe Fox and Lauren Carty on the Under-18 county team which lost out recently to Tipperary to miss out on a place in the All-Ireland semi-final.

However, after a number of years competing in the 'B' division, this year's experience in the 'A' division is something they, along with selector Deirdre Colfer, should all be proud of. Meanwhile, our Under-10 and Under-12 girls have taken part in the first of a number of blitz days recently. While the emphasis is entirely on participation and fun at that level, it's obvious that the girls themselves have a competitiveness that bodes well for the future!

Congratulations to Ciarán Lyng and Daithí Waters who were instrumental in Wexford's victory over Longford in Wexford Park on Sunday. These men are an inspiration to our under-age players and it's great that they still make the time to come back and help out occasionally with our young teams.

Also working with our under-age players and coaches, on Friday last, was Maurice Logue who is a full-time coach with the Leinster Rugby Academy. Maurice played Senior football with Clongeen and spent two hours teaching our coaches about all aspects of the warm-up and physical literacy.

Football was also the focus for our Under-12 boys when St. Anne's made the short trip to Piercestown for the boys' first football matches of the year. The lads played two games and showed no signs of rust as they began their preparations for the first round of the county league Division 1 which begins next Tuesday, April 15, at home to Starlights.

Before then the boys will host an exceptionally strong Kilmacud Crokes squad in Piercestown for a couple of hurling matches on Sunday next with throw-in at 11.30 a.m. Those Dublin boys will of course be in Wexford for the Leinster Minor hurling championship match between Wexford and Dublin which our club is honoured to host.

This is a huge occasion for the club with seven players on the panel - Joe Coleman, Conor Firman, Jake Firman, Johnny Hamilton, Aaron Maddock, Harry O'Connor and Joe O'Connor - which is managed by our own Larry Coleman (and Barry Sinnott as Secretary), and we expect to see a huge crowd for this match. Hopefully the unique experience of playing such an important game in a venue like the St. Martin's club will help to drive the Wexford team on to victory.

Our Juvenile boys had a really good game against the county Under-16 football development squad on Friday last and it showed that there's quite a conveyor belt of talent coming through to build on last year's break-through Senior success. Meanwhile, our Senior men continue their training for the championships with their first game, in football, against Adamstown in Bellefield on Saturday, April 19.

The club lotto continues to grow and the jackpot prize now stands at €14,000 as there was no overall winner last week. There were however four match three winners, each of whom get €50, so congratulations to S. and C. Cullen, V. and A. Staples, C. and J. O'Leary and to Eoin Quigley.


Congratulations to Vincent and Cathy and Suzanne and Martin on their performances in the county final of Strictly Club Dancing.

Well done to Laura Dempsey who started with the Co. Minor team on Saturday last.

Our Under-10 girls had a great day at their blitz also on Saturday last.

Our annual camogie club Easter raffle takes place on Holy Thursday night in Declan's for our hamper. Tickets are on sale from all club members.

The lotto this Wednesday will have a jackpot of €3,750.


My Big Fat Fake Wedding: Preparations are continuing for our major fundraiser in Whites Hotel on Easter Sunday, April 20. Tickets are €27 each, including a four-course meal, and a fantastic night is guaranteed. Contact Paula at (087-6627353), Lisa (087-9701308) or Therese (086-1019000) for details.

The next round of fixtures is a league weekend May 3 and 4, followed by the first and second rounds of the championship on May 10/11 and May17/18. Our Senior team played a very entertaining practice match with Ballyhale Shamrocks in Páirc Charman on Sunday last.

The Under-14 team was due to compete in the Féile competition in Rathnure last weekend but unfortunately, for the second weekend in a row, it was called off due to the bad weather.

Club membership is now overdue for all adult and under-age players and families. Please make arrangements to pay with club officers.

Tickets are now available for the annual Model County Development Draw. For details contact Nicky Keeling at (086-0832120) or Willie Murphy at (086-2636305).

Our Minors had an excellent win over Buffers Alley in the championship last weekend on a scoreline of 2-13 to 1-9. After suffering defeat in our opening game to St. Martin's, this was an excellent win by a young team. We have one more game against Glynn-Barntown at the end of April before the exams.

For details of under-age training times, please check the club website: New members are welcome to the club at all times.


Membership is now overdue for everyone involved with the club. Please pay James Horan or Murt Hanrahan as soon as possible.

Shels had a superb win over Fethard in the Senior football league under lights Friday night by 2-8 to 1-10. The goals came from Neal Rossiter and Eoghan Nolan. Simon Donohoe, Ibar Murphy, Aidan Cash and Graham Staples were to the fore.

Despite strong efforts our Junior team could not overcome a strong Castletown outfit in the league Saturday evening and lost on a score of 1-14 to 1-10. Adam Whitmore, Adrian Veale, Micheál Redmond and Conor Byrne were amongst those to shine.

The Under-16 footballers start off their season on Thursday, April 17, in Hollymount v. Taghmon-Camross at 7.30 p.m.

Wexford Senior hurlers will play Waterford in a practice game in Hollymount Thursday, April 10, at 6.45 p.m.

Congratulations to Glen Malone, Oldtown, who has been named captain of the county Minor footballers, a great achievement.

The under-age Easter hurling and camogie three-day camp for 6-12 year-olds is on Tuesday to Thursday, April 22 to 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily for boys and girls. Come and enjoy fun, skills and games with local coaches. Contact Sheila Roche (087-2075574) or Patricia Fielding (087-9290975) for more details. Register and pay on the day, €20 per child or thre children in one family €50.

There was no lotto jackpot winner. Numbers were 2, 9, 26 and 29. Three match three winners were Michael Ryan, Ted Black and Sindy Jones. Last night's jackpot was €14,600.

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