Wednesday 13 December 2017

Swimmers attend first gala of new season

Wexford Swimmers attended their first gala of the new season at home.

It was a special occasion for Wexford Swimming Club as it was the first time using our new electronic timing system.

We would like to thank Wexford Borough Council for helping to secure the funding for us. Mayor George Lawlor officially launched the new timing pads and also presented the medals to the swimmers after the morning session.

Twenty-seven swimmers took part in the morning session for age 13 and over, although a few younger swimmers swam up and competed very well against the older swimmers. A total of 20 medals were won by Wexford swimmers including six gold, five silver and nine bronze. The other medals were scattered as far as Portlaoise, Carrick-on-Suir, Waterford and also other clubs around the county.

The afternoon session was for 12-year-olds and younger. In this session we had 18 swimmers. Six gold, five silver and five bronze medals were won by Wexford club swimmers along with a lot of P.B's.

Congratulations to medal winners Helen Barry (gold and silver), Paddy Bramley (four gold), Dillon Cousins (silver and two bronze), Jesse Dempsey (two silver and two bronze), Denis Miculescu (gold), Seán Reck (bronze) and Ailbhe White (bronze).

Well done also to Ciarán Dunne, Jennifer Dunne, Amjad Ibrahim, Seán Maddock, Sophie Mahon, Kayleigh Murphy, Hannah Stavar, Rebecca Stavar, David Tighe and Seán White. The afternoon session finished with a cannon relay, 12 swimmers on each relay team with swimmers from each age group taking part. The Wexford team finished third to much shouting and cheering.

A big thank you to Ursula Carty for refereeing and to coaches Andy, Mary, Martin, George and Joanne for all their help. We would like to thank all the parents and volunteers who helped to make this gala successful, and also the staff and management of Wexford Swimming Pool for their co-operation. Thank you also to our sponsors, Ryan's Bread, Furlong's Butchers, Devereuxs, Scallans and Wexford Creamery.


Wexford Wanderers first team traveled to Kildare on Sunday last to play Athy in the Leinster League. The Wanderers side, devastated by injuries, was a much-changed one from the side that impressed in the previous two league outings this season.

Indeed, the starting loose head prop on both previous outings made his debut in the centre. The side was led by captain John Rowe in the pack and in an even first period Wanderers were the first on the board with a penalty from out-half Hyland giving the lead on the half-hour mark.

Minutes later Athy broke the previously resilient Wanderers defence to score a try against the run of play. On the stroke of half-time Hyland slotted his second penalty to give Wanderers a narrow 6-5 lead.

In the second-half Wanderers again hit the fore with wing Paudge Cousins touching down after the visitors pulled Athy across the pitch to create room for him to score in the corner. However, despite a strong Wanderers performance the scoring was all Athy's way with two tries followed by a conversion and two penalties giving them a 23-11 win.

This was despite significant Wanderers pressure in the closing minutes. The result leaves Wanderers in second place for a play-off and next week's home tie against league leaders and derby rivals New Ross will be all to play for, with Athy clipping hot at the heels for the final place. The game is scheduled for Park Lane on Sunday at 3 p.m.

Team: Kyle Roche, Alan Kinsella, Richie Morris, James Turner, Rory O'Leary, Chris Walsh, Collie Joyce-Ahearne, John Rowe (capt.), Michael Bolger, John Hyland, John Browne, Willie Morris, Sean O Corcora, Mark Goodison, Paudge Cousins. Subs. - Gavin Doyle, Alan Martin, Zach Corish, Gavin Kelly, Thomas Barry.

Wexford Wanderers second team, in their first league outing of the season, played North Dublin side Unidare on Saturday last at Park Lane. Wexford were fortunate to gain entry to the Metro League 9 as there was no alternative option available for competitive rugby as other sides with Leinster League 2B teams were unable to form seconds teams to create a provincial seconds 2B league.

Entry into Metro League 9 will provide Wexford with regular competitive rugby for the season as captain Shane Byrne's side seek to build on the success of the first team and establish a steady feeder side for the first team for future seasons.

The game commenced in lively fashion with the visitors pushing from the start and an early try for the visitors was quickly followed by a second to give a platform for them to build a lead. Wanderers defended as best they could with the pack and scrum-half Roche to the fore.

Roche was particularly impressive, placing his body on the line on more than one occasion to prevent almost certain tries. However, the side, depleted by injuries and the call-up of a number of key players to bolster the injury-ravaged first team, trailed 32-0 at the break.

At half-time the analysis, encouragement and hunger imparted by manager Deccie Rossiter seemed to have the desired effect on the players as the second period was a completely different game with the home side impressing in all facets of the game. Defending was controlled and ball retention was much improved.

Persistent Unidare infringements allowed Wanderers to create the platform for their only score when a five-metre line-out was gathered and worked through the phases for wing forward Peyton to get the elusive touchdown. Prop Gavin Kelly, the designated kicker on the day, was wide with the conversion which was from the touchline.

Minutes later Unidare managed to get the final score when they broke the home defence for the first time in the second-half to get an unconverted try to bring the final score to 37-5. While the result was not what Wanderers would have desired, the turnaround in the second-half showed that the side (showing eight changes from the previous week) has the ability to compete at this level. Anyone interested in becoming involved with the side is encouraged to come to training on Wednesdays and Fridays at the club at Park Lane at 7 p.m.

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Team: Shane Byrne (capt)., Robbie O'Connor, Gavin Kelly, Ciaran Kavanagh, Michael McGuire, Wayne O'Connor, Dara Peyton, John Turner, Kevin Roche, Niall Grannell, John Healy, Tomas Coleman, Adam Cheevers, Tomas Earle, Aidan Harrington. Sub. - Dermot Graham.


Monday, September 30, 14-hole Senior competition: 1, Martina Dempsey (25), 29; 2, Sheila Richardson (7), 26; 3, Wendy Tiernan (22), 24 (back two); 4, Catherine Carmody (24), 24 (back seven); 5, Bernie Cooney (21), 24 (back seven). Well done ladies.

Thursday, October 10, two-person team event: 1, Beppi O'Connor (21), Denise Dunne (26), 49; 2, Theresa Kehoe (16), Yvonne MacSweeney (12), 44 (back nine; 3, Wendy Tiernan (22), Trish Field (25), 44 (back six). Well done to all the prize-winners and a big thank you to the sponsors, McCauley's Chemist, for the very generous prizes.

Thursday last saw the end of the season awards being presented. The Junior girls' medal went to Kate Mackey. The ladies' I.L.G.U. silver medal went to Ruth Kennedy, the ladies' I.L.G.U. bronze Medal to Wendy Tiernan and the silver spoon to Louise Boshoff. Next up were the winners of the birdie tree: Category A, Helen Lacey; Category B, Patricia Hanton, and Category C went to Mary Lambert (hole ten, index 13).

Con Dowdall presented the Irene Dowdall Memorial Cup to Trish Field, winner of golfer of the year. Trish proudly accepted the cup. She was a very worthy winner, having played great golf throughout the season.

And lastly, the J.J. Devereux matchplay cup was presented to Trina Walsh. Trina graciously accepted the cup, thanked all the ladies that she played against during the course of the competition and lastly she thanked Ruth Kennedy for a very challenging, nail-biting final that took them to the 21st hole. Well done to Ruth, the runner-up, and to the semi-finalists, Carmel Murphy and Angie Ruane. Congratulations to all the winners.

Two of our Junior girls, Kate Mackey and Caoimhe O'Sullivan, have qualified to play in the medal competition in Seapoint Golf Club on October 30. Both girls also have made the I.L.G.U. panel to receive special golf training, which is a great achievement. Well done girls.

Congratulations and best wishes to Colette Furlong who was recently appointed as the new incoming lady President for 2014.

The ladies' A.G.M. takes place on November 20 and the Captain's dinner takes place on November 22.

Next Thursday's competition on October 16 is 18-hole stableford, sponsored by Jacques Vert.


Last weekend the last singles tournament of the season took place, which was a stableford competition.

The winner of the hamper with a great score of 42 points was Tony Lynn, who was two shots ahead of his nearest rival, Eamon O'Neill.

Wednesday, October 9, fourball: 1, Richard Walsh and Tony Lynn, 33 points; 2, Tommy Byrne and Richard Byrne, 32 (back seven).

Friday, October 11, open three-person team event: 1, Enda Lambert, Noel Donohue, Liam Cunningham, 66 points.

October 12 and 13, singles hamper competition: 1, Tony Lynn, 42 points; 2, Eamon O'Neill, 40 (back nine); 3, John O'Brien, 39; 4, Eamon Purcell, 39 (back nine); 5, Pat Kavanagh, 39; 6, Kevin Murphy, 38.

Check online for competitions, special offers and tee-times or phone the club on 05391-46300. Website:


With the 2013 golfing season drawing to a close, today's (Tuesday) competition is the last 18-hole singles for the year so make sure you have completed the birdie tree.

On Sundays there is an open ladies' and gents' 12-hole singles competition on the Burrow course, and the entry fee is €3 for members.

Anyone interested in playing in the As v. Bs annual matchplay on October 26, please put your name on the list in the locker room as places are limited.

Sunday lunches continue in the Terrace Restaurant for the winter season and our caterers, Siobhan and David, are planing to start 'early bird' specials on Friday and Saturday nights in early November .

Next Tuesday's competition (October 22) is the end of season waltzing rumble.

Congratulations to the lady Vice-Captain, Bernadette Cuddihy, who had a hole in one in Woodenbridge recently.

Saturday, October 5, open fourball: 1, Cathy Atkinson (11) and Kathleen Cullimore (17), 39 points (back nine); 2, Vandra Deacon (17) and Máiread Esmonde (27), 39 points; 3, Doreen McGovern (14) and Catherine Howard (16), 38 points.

Tuesday, October 8, 18 holes singles stableford: 1, Máire Farrell (21), 40 points; 2, Karen O'Keeffe (29), 39 points; gross, Niamh Byrne (10), 24; 3, Doreen McGovern (14), 36 points (back nine); 4, Paula Stafford (16), 36 points; Senior, Bernadette Cuddihy (23), 35 points (back nine); 5, Teresa Cowman (15), 35 points (back nine); 6, Ann Gaynor (21), 35 points.

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