Fourteen Slaney Sharks swimmers participated in the New Ross annual gala on April 22 in the Apex Pool, New Ross. Once again, the swimmers proved themselves with a host of podium finishes and personal bests.
Holly Furlong took first place in the girls’ 13-14 100m backstroke.
Ava Byrne was in tremendous form, taking second place in both the girls’ 11-12 200m I.M. and 100m free.
Rioghna Hourihane took second place in the girls’ 15-16 200m free.
James Byrne took second place in the boys’ 10 and under 200m free.
Fleur Gillot took second place in the girls’ 10 and under 100m free.
The following swimmers achieved personal bests - James Byrne (10), 50m back 51:02 (-1.95), 100m back 1:44.28 (-8.04), 200m free 3:28.10 (-4.12); Fleur Gillot (10), 100m free 1:29.22 (-3.68), 50m breast 55.46 (-0.99), 100m breast 2:00.33 (-3.98); Ava Whelan (11), 50m free 37.02 (-0.92), 100m free 1:23.06 (-0.50), 200m free 2:58.99 (-0.68); Sarah O’Leary (11), 50m free 40:81 (-1.66), 100m free 1:34.19 (-7.70); Aimee Walsh (12), 50m free 36.07 (-4.28), 100m free 1:19.05 (-3.03); Peadar Folan (13), 50m free 35:07 (-0.99), 100m free 1:16.15 (-2.10); Alexi Gillot (13), 200 I.M. 3:18.46 (-8.57); Mia Barry (13), 50m free 48:62 (-1.57), 100m free 1:51.75 (-4.11); Holly Furlong (14), 200m free 2:27.58 (-0.90); Rioghna Hourihane (15), 200 I.M. 2:52.29 (-5.09), 200m free 2:25.81 (-0.19); Orla McCauley (15), 50m free 53.76 (-1.14), 100m breast 2:31.18 (-19.40); Sam Murphy (16), 200 I.M. 2:39.57 (-1.30), 50m free 30:00 (-0.56); Conor Dempsey (17), 200 I.M. 2:52.40 (-4.45).
Coaches Liam and Nicky congratulate all the swimmers on their achievements.
The Slaney Sharks Swim Club contact number is 087-4041544.
Enniscorthy Hockey Club might have completed the season on the pitch on a negative note on the weekend before last, but for players Andrew Rothwell and Mick Jordan, it was a very busy weekend representing the club.
Jordan lined out for the Ireland Great Grand Masters which hosted the Four Nations tournament at Three Rock Rovers Hockey Club in Dublin.
Eventual winners England defeated Ireland in Friday’s opening match on a 2-0 scoreline, but the boys in green bounced back on Saturday, defeating Scotland 2-0, with Jordan getting the opener. On Sunday a 1-0 win over Wales secured runners-up spot for the hosts.
Meanwhile, Farmers’ Cross on Leeside - home of Cork Harlequins - hosted the Junior Interprovincial tournament on Saturday and Sunday, and Enniscorthy first XI regular Andrew Rothwell was in action for Leinster.
The hosts began their campaign on Saturday with a 6-1 thrashing of Leinster, who bounced back to record a 2-2 draw with Ulster.
Sunday saw a reverse of the fixtures, with Leinster earning a last-gasp 2-2 draw with their northern counterparts, but Munster did enough against Leinster to claim the silverware.
The club Annual General Meeting took place at the IFA Centre on Thursday night. Chairman Jim Rogan in his speech to the meeting was able to reflect on another good year for the club, with trophies claimed at adult and under-age levels, while several members earned provincial or national recognition, as well as trials.
As with any club, however, fundraising remains a challenge and as part of this, the club is moving to an online fees payment system for the new season.
The club’s many volunteers and coaches were thanked for their commitment during the season, and the IFA Centre was recognised for its help also.
Committee for 2018-’19: Chairman, Jim Rogan; Secretary, Alan Smith; Treasurer, Laura O’Leary; Development Officer, Donal Doyle; Men’s co-ordinator, Fraser Rothwell; Youth girls’ co-ordinator, Elaine Smith; Junior girls’ co-ordinator, Deirdre Morris; Youth boys’ co-ordinator, Pauline Rogan; Health and Safety Officer, Keith Ogilvie; Club merchandise, Andrew Rothwell; Welfare Officer, Avril Buttle; Designated Person, Eva Clifford; Match Secretary, Irene Doyle; Membership co-ordinator assistant, Elaine Smith; Fundraising co- ordinator, Eamonn Sweeney.
Mixed social hockey returns for any hockey players over 15 from Wednesday, May 30, and weekly thereafter from 7.30 to 9 p.m. at the Astro Active Centre, Enniscorthy.
The pitch rental fee is €5 per person. Members and non-members are most welcome.
The S.B.R. women won bronze and the S.B.R. men won silver at the Wexford Novice road race in Camross on Friday.
Thanks to United Striders for hosting and John Joe Jordan and the team at United Striders. It was great going by everyone involved.
The bronze medal-winning S.B.R. women’s team was a very strong Emma Morris in ninth, followed closely with a brilliant run by Christine Hill in eleventh, then Marie Kirwan 15th and Lisa Murphy 17th providing vital points to take the medal.
They teamed with Orla Furlong, Lisa Breen, Mag O’Leary-Doyle and Mairéad O’Neill who all ran really well.
Darragh Cloake was a brilliant fourth in his S.B.R. debut, with a resurgent Niall O’Connor fifth on the men’s side.
Tomás Kavanagh (ninth) and Eugene Doherty (17th) rounded out the silver medal-winning team with strong runs. Adrian Doyle, Shane Gregan, Liam Breen, Patrick Fortune and Peter Kavanagh all ran really well, and S.B.R’s depth was evident.
Congratulations to the S.B.R. runners who competed at the Leinster Masters and Novice road race championships in Gowran on Monday. In sizzling conditions, the club had some strong finishes which led to four individual medals as well as a county bronze for Wexford.
Myles Gibbons led the S.B.R. charge in a strong 13th overall in 20:29 for the 6k rolling course.
That run put Myles on the Wexford bronze medal-winning team with three members of the United Striders team from New Ross. Myles also finished third in the men’s 40 category.
Myles’ brother, Paul, was next S.B.R. man in 17th in 20:46. He was followed by Denis Moynihan in 34th in 21:54, and David Leonard in 41st in 22:11. Those four finished as the fifth overall Masters club in Leinster.
Very strong performances followed behind, with Eugene Doherty winning Leinster Over-60 bronze in 23:39. Tom Kavanagh won silver in the Over-70 in 35:14, and Billy Harpur won bronze in the same category in 38:02.
At Saturday’s Gorey Parkrun, Martin O’Connor was third overall in a strong 20:37. Claire Gibbons was the fourth overall female in 24:02. Des O’Neill was 24th in 28:21.
On Sunday, Olive Brownrigg ran a massive four-minute P.B. in the Searlait Tywang Memorial in Kilkenny in 56:22. She was followed by Cathy Donovan in 1:02:06.
In the corresponding 10 Mile, Christine Hill followed on her strong run Friday by finishing in 1:23:05, and Linda Avbarra ran well in 1:46:02.
On Sunday, Paul Gibbons was victorious at the St. Anne’s Cara 5k in Dublin in 17:31, winning by over a minute.
Fixtures: Friday, May 18, county Wexford Senior road race championships, hosted by Wexford Marathon Club in Murrintown (7 p.m.); Sunday, May 27, Run With Ray for 5k road race, Craanford.
Enniscorthy 35, Athy 29: The Enniscorthy Under-15s played Athy in Energia Park, Donnybrook, on Bank Holiday Monday in the Leinster Plate final.
They travelled more in hope than expectation. A 21-match season had left the team missing some of their more influential players through injury, and they had to call on the resources of three of the very strong Under-14 panel.
Athy came into the match with some great pedigree, with Joey Carberry’s dad involved with them as a coach and Joey’s brother playing at number 10.
The 3G astro surface made for a fast, compelling game in very warm conditions. Enniscorthy didn’t get the perfect start as Athy ran in a try after five minutes and converted.
Enniscorthy hit back midway through the first-half with good forward pressure and the first try came from captain Aaron Doyle breaking off the back of a ruck close to the Athy line. Conall Kervick converted to level matters.
Five minutes later Athy were putting pressure on at the Enniscorthy five-metre line but thankfully Enniscorthy were awarded a scrum for an infringement from the Kildare side.
From there, the large Enniscorthy support present was treated to a moment of individual brilliance - Seán Kelly, scrum-half, passed to the blindside winger Steven San Augustin who beat one man and kicked up field, chased his own kick, rounded two more Athy players, caught his own kick just before halfway and continued his sprint to dot down under the opposition posts. Kervick converted to make it 14-7 to Enniscorthy.
Athy came straight back and were awarded a penalty on the ‘22 which they duly slotted over. Enniscorthy were under sustained pressure from the Kildare boys who were now in the ascendancy.
The Slaneysiders had to make some personnel changes due to injury. Athy attacked again and split the Enniscorthy defence to score under the posts which they duly converted to go ahead 17-14.
The ‘Scorthy boys were feeling the pressure but showed great resolve to come down field and, after continued forward pressure, Aaron Doyle dotted down again near the Athy corner flag. A super conversion followed from Kervick, leaving the score at the end of the first-half 21-17.
This was a truly entertaining match with the lead changing four times already.
Within minutes of the resumption of the game, Athy, playing on the front foot, were back in front with a try which they converted and they were ahead 24-21.
The Slaneysiders were feeling the pressure and there was a feeling that if the Kildare boys scored next it could potentially be a match-winner.
With 15 minutes left Enniscorthy were attacking but the Kildare boys seemed to be comfortable in defence. However, as Athy were going wide trying to turn the screw, San Augustin came flying up off the line, completed an intercept and touched down near the posts. Kervick duly converted, meaning that Enniscorthy were edged into a 28-24 advantage.
More drama was to come with the controversial sin-binning of Enniscorthy hooker Conor Murphy. Now there were ten minutes to go but the lads were down to 14 men.
More changes and fresh legs were required, and the ‘Scorthy boys kept showing some great character during this phase of the match.
Thanks to some excellent tactical kicking by the out-half and good chasing from the back line, they kept the tiring Athy side pinned back.
Back to 15 men, Enniscorthy struck again and another great San Augustin run saw him stopped just short of the line. But the support was there from substitute Aaron Quigley who took the short pass and dotted down in the corner.
Another excellent conversion by Kervick to continue his one hundred per cent record made the scoreline 35-24.
Enniscorthy were in control now, but were made to work hard to keep their lead as seven minutes of injury time were allocated by the referee. Athy did get a breakaway try under the posts at the end but failed to convert before the final whistle blew, leaving a score of 35-29.
The boys were ecstatic in winning their first final. This was a top-quality game by both sides in very warm conditions, with the lead changing six times and some excellent tries. It was a real team effort, with huge work put in by the forwards and some exquisite back play.
There was a sense of determination from the Slaneysiders after losing a South-East cup final the week previously. The boys wanted it more and never gave up.
This was a great day for the club with both Under-13s and Under-15s winning their respective finals. Thanks to the large support from parents, players and club members including club President Andrew Owen and Secretary Rory Fanning.
There was great support throughout the year from parents, club officers and lastly and by no means least the committed coaching volunteers. The signs are good from the youth structure and it will only be a matter of time before we see some of these players in the top Senior ranks of the club.
Team: Wayne Byrne, Conor Murphy, Evan O’Connor, David Bolger, Chris O’Leary, Josh Murphy, Aaron Doyle, James Doyle, Ore Lasisi, Seán Kelly, Conal Kervick, Evan Jacob, Ronan Kervick, Barry Hassey, Stefan San Augustin, Cillian Doyle, Shawn Leacy, Joshua Kinsella, Matt Kinnaird, Euan Kennedy, Ciarán Doyle, Marco Byrne, Aaron Quigley.
Tullow 23, Gorey 22: Gorey games are won and lost on fine margins, and they don’t get much finer that this, as hearts were broken when Tullow’s Paul Canavan converted a difficult penalty to put his side into the lead in the final minutes of an enthralling Towns Cup seconds final in Carlow.
A scoreline of 23-22 was how it ended as both sides gave their all in front of a large crowd on a beautiful day for rugby.
The Wexford men got off to a flyer when, straight from the kick-off, Gorey retained possession and a little chip by Garrett Bater saw Joe Naughton race on to touch down.
It was the dream start for Gorey but they failed to build on this, as Tullow slowly cranked up their effort.
Some excellent play by Tullow saw them deep in the Gorey half and, a number of phases later, Mick Demitri crossed in the corner to open their account.
Seven minutes later they were back again as Gorey struggled to halt their big ball carriers and eventually Charlie Ward crossed for another try.
It was to get worse for Gorey as Tullow moved the ball at every opportunity, and when John Fitzgerald went over to extend their lead it looked as if Gorey were in deep trouble.
With seconds left until half-time, as they have done so often before, Gorey grabbed a lifeline.
The pack put some good phases together to finally threaten the Tullow line.
Seconds later Robbie Brooks, who had just come on, squeezed in at the corner flag to give Gorey a lifeline for the second-half.
The score was 17-12 as the second-half commenced. Some big carries by Ben Mason, Lar Kinsella and Eoin Walsh were starting to pay dividends.
Gorey were now beginning to believe and looked dangerous. Within ten minutes of the re-start they scored a cracking try.
Some great inter-play between backs and forwards stretched the Tullow defence, for Robbie Brooks to cross for his second try, and Cian Hadden added the conversion to put Gorey in the lead for the first time (19-12).
Gorey were now playing with confidence as scrum-half Garret Bater directed play. A further penalty saw them extend their lead to 22-17 when Cian Hadden split the posts.
The game was now opening up and with 15 minutes left on the clock the excellent Tommy New raced clear for the Tullow line. He looked to be almost over but a last-ditch tackle saved the day for Tullow.
Five minutes later Paul Canavan landed a penalty for Tullow to set up a nervous few minutes for Gorey, with just two points between the sides.
With minutes left on the clock, Tullow threw everything they had at Gorey.
As in all games it comes down to that fine margin and when Gorey were penalised out wide, they could only look on as Canavan stepped up to land the perfect kick to put Tullow in front (23-22).
Gorey tried for the remaining few minutes to rescue a game that, minutes earlier, they looked to have in the bag, but such is sport.
This Gorey team, with eight of the starters Under-20 and several more on the bench, will be disappointed and rightly so, but the experience of this cup campaign can only bode well for the future.
There will be bigger days. Gorey had some outstanding performances, with Lar Kinsella, Eoin Walsh, Shane Stokes and captain Ben Mason the pick of the pack.
Dave O’Neill, Robbie Brooks and man of the match Garett Bater showed well in the backs.
Gorey: W. Rothwell, E. Walsh, C. Allen, M. Wafer, L. Kinsella, S. Stokes, S. Hadden, B. Mason, G. Bater, C. Hadden, R. Harrington, D. O’Neill, T. Cleary, J. Naughton, J. Willoughby, B. Doyle. R. Hughes, Z. Sinnott, T. New, R. Deering, R. Jones, M. Whelan, R. Brooks.
The first night of the Wexford county horseshoes league was called off due to the weather conditions. There will be two rounds played next Wednesday night, with a 7 p.m. start.
There are six teams in the county league this year.
The four first division teams are Doran’s Bridge, Woodsmen, Vinegar Hill and Monart, and the two second division teams are Curracloe and Doran’s Bridge.
This means that in the second division, the two teams are automatically through to the final as they are the only participants.
The triumphant Enniscorthy Under-15 rugby squad and mentors in Donnybrook after their victory on Bank Holiday Monday.