UNITED STRIDERS A.C.
The Striders had a small but select squad competing at the St. Senan’s open cross-country event at Kilmacow.
Over 300m, T.J. Murphy won emphatically to get us off to a great start. T.J’s training partners continued the successful run of events, with Sarah Lillis, Maitiú Wall and Cormac Delaney all performing really well and deservedly winning medals.
Sam Myers was our sole representative at Under-12 level and finished very strongly just outside the top three.
More success followed for the Under-14 boys, with Myles Hewlett recording a wide margin victory and leading the Striders team including Ben Myers, Cosmo Hewlett, Seán Lennon and Tommaso Hickey to a gold.
In the same age group, Isabel Bawden and Hazel Hickey ran really well in a very competitive race.
Ben Wall, Darragh Flannelly and Owen Lennon all finished in the top five, in a race full of top-quality athletes.
The day ended, as it began, for the Striders Juveniles, with Ryan Kielthy winning the Under-18 event, looking very impressive over the testing 4k course.
Warming up for the upcoming county Senior championships, John McGrath and Brendan Lyng had impressive outings over 7k.
John won the Masters event and Brendan finished third in the Seniors event. Well done to all Striders young and old who performed so well at Kilmacow.
ST. MARY’S BOXING
One of the biggest sporting events of the year will take place next Saturday night in New Ross, when St. Mary’s Boxing Club will host an international show.
The top Irish schoolboy team will take on the current leading boxers from Wales in preparation for the upcoming European championships.
Not only will all the national talent be on show, but top local and county boxers will be in action to try to get their place on Irish teams.
The boxing will take place in the Youth Centre in Nunnery Lane, with doors opening at 6.45 p.m. Tickets are available from any club member or on the door. What a great chance for local people to come and see the best of boxing on your doorstep.
NEW ROSS RUGBY
Newbridge 27, New Ross 10: New Ross made all the early running in their match against Newbridge but it was evident this was their first Leinster League fixture of the season when try-scoring chances were not taken.
However, on 18 minutes a crooked throw to a line-out by the visitors gave New Ross a scrum and, two rucks later, David Crowdle crashed over to put the home side a deserved 5-0 in front.
Four minutes later it looked like New Ross were in for their second try, but play was called back by the referee for a forward pass.
With 27 minutes gone it looked like Newbridge had scored under the posts, but the referee called play back for a scrum to the visitors. This time they made no mistake and outflanked the cover to cross in the corner for their opening try.
They followed this up on the stroke of half-time with their second try to go in at the break 10-5 in front.
Five minutes after the re-start, Newbridge took a clean line-out catch just inside the New Ross ‘22 and mauled their way over to lead 15-5.
For the next 30 minutes the big Newbridge pack made life difficult for New Ross, with the home side having to dig deep at times to keep them at bay.
One of their few visits to the Newbridge ’22 seemed to break down when the Kildare side cleared the ball to touch, but a quick throw in saw the ball moved across the back line to Michael Dunleavy who crossed in the corner to reduce the deficit to five points.
Newbridge restored their ten-point advantage a few minutes later when they broke upfield following some rather aimless kicking by both sides, and missed tackles saw them in for the bonus point score.
Newbridge scored a final converted try in injury time to win 27-10.
ST. JOSEPH’S A.C.
The first Sunday in October means the first day of the Kilkenny cross-country championships, hosted as always by St. Joseph’s on the Grennan farm at Ballycurran Cross.
A fantastic club turn-out of 43 Juvenile and eleven Master athletes ensured club involvement in almost all the races.
The action started at Under-8 over 200m with Holly Murphy fifth, Saoirse Doyle tenth, Isabella McDonald 16th and Hannah Duignan 17th in the girls’ race.
The boys were represented by Seán Doherty who finished in an excellent second position, followed by Seán Croke (sixth), Dylan Murphy (tenth) and Luca Kinsella (twelfth).
The Under-10 girls comprising a huge field of over 60 athletes over 600m saw a great turn-out of ten club athletes. This group of girls was led home in 13th position by Olivia Mullally, followed by Aisleann Mullally (14th), Saorlaith Mullally (18th), Dearbhla Ryan (20th), Mollie Ryan (21st), Lauren Vereker (22nd), Isabella Murphy (23rd), Isobel Griffin (32nd), Mia Barry (51st), and Maeve Garvey (54th).
The boys’ race saw Kyle Bolger first home from the club in seventh place, followed by Sam McDonald (16th), James Vereker (20th) and Neil Ryan (25th).
The girls’ Under-12 race saw the distance increase considerably to 1,500m. The club athletes made light of the distance with a great race from Eabha Mullally seeing her finish in fourth position.
Not far behind was Lily Ryan in sixth, followed by Cíle Garvey (15th), Caoimhe Barry (18th), Caoimhe Connolly (24th), Kadhla Croke (26th), Lily Doyle (27th), Keelin Byrne (31st), and Sarah Foley (34th). The girls’ efforts were rewarded with third team prize.
The star club performance of the day came from a familiar source when Joss O’Connor fought hard for victory in the boys’ Under-12 race.
He was followed by James Cummins (sixth), Luke Vereker (13th), Tadgh Roche (21st), Niall Cummins (23rd) and Barry Furlong (24th), with the boys winning third team prize.
The girls’ Under-14 race over a really challenging 2,500m distance saw Maeve Bookle having a fine run to finish seventh, with Grace Glennon close behind in ninth and Mairéad Mullally 19th from a big field of 35 starters.
Danielle Griffin in eighth position led the three girls representing the club home in the Under-16 race over a long, energy-sapping 3,500 metres, followed by Ciara Mullally (ninth) and Katie Bookle (eleventh).
A great turn-out of club athletes in the Over-40 women’s race over 3,000m saw Maria Griffin run a great race to win, followed by Frances Mullally (fifth), Breda Hennessy (sixth), Susan Lanigan (eighth), Siobhán Mullally (eleventh), Maggie Helen O’Connor (twelfth), and Tracey Malone (13th). The St. Joseph’s squad won both first and third team prizes.
A great day’s action concluded with the men’s Over-40 championship over 6,000m, with another first team-winning performance. A wonderful racelong duel saw Peter Barry move clear in the last lap to claim a great win.
His team-mates not far behind were David Lanigan (third), Stephen O’Connor (fourth) and Patrick Bookle (fifth).
Well done to all St. Joseph’s athletes, and a big thanks to all the club personnel who spent many hours assisting in the running of the championships. A particular thanks to the Grennan family for the use of their land.
Gorey 28, Enniscorthy 20: There has been very little between both of these Under-18 teams in the past age levels, and so it was on Saturday last with Gorey winning 28-20.
Having survived an injury scare in the first minute to David Farrell, worse was to follow in the fourth minute when a shoulder injury forced talisman Ben Kidd off the field and off to hospital for a scan.
It took Enniscorthy some time to re-group, having lost their out half, and they came under sustained pressure which eventually led to a converted Gorey try after ten minutes.
Gorey continued to turn on the pressure and they added another converted try which left them leading 14-0 after 20 minutes.
Enniscorthy eventually settled and had a better spell which led to an unconverted try in the 36th minute when Temi Lasisi made a superb break to score, which left the half-time score 14-5 to the hosts.
Enniscorthy started the second-0half stronger but calamity hit with two quick converted tries from Gorey in the 55th and 56th minutes to stretch the lead.
Enniscorthy, to their credit, never gave gave up and were rewarded when Michael Kinsella-Shiggins crossed the line in the 58th minute, followed by another try from Michael McGinty ten minutes later.
Returning exile Killian Creed forced his way over the line to score the fourth try after sustained pressure which left the final score 28-20, with Enniscorthy missing their conversions.
Enniscorthy 14, Wicklow 29: A hugely physical opening period was contested in this Under-13 South-East League game before Wicklow finally broke the deadlock with a try in the 13th minute.
This was negated on the quarter of an hour mark by a fine individual effort, followed by a conversion, from centre Arthur Ashmore to put his team 7-5 in front.
Unfortunately for Enniscorthy, this was the sole time they had their noses ahead in what remained, to the end, a fiercely-contested contest.
Ongoing G.A.A. finals had resulted in a re-jigged back line, and they were challenged at the gain-line throughout by a pressing Wicklow defence.
Momentum swung towards the visitors for the duration of the opening half and, despite heroic Enniscorthy defence, Wicklow touched down on the 19th minute and again deep into injury time to take a 17-7 lead into half-time.
The second-half re-started with neither side willing to give way, but Wicklow’s well-drilled back line continued to create opportunities.
A crossfield kick-and-collect saw them score on 32 minutes, followed promptly by another well-worked try four minutes later.
To their credit, although the scoreboard now showed a deficit of 22 points, a characteristically defiant and combative Enniscorthy team refused to submit at any point. As one would expect, the visitors defended stoutly, but the Enniscorthy pack was unrelenting.
Enniscorthy did get some reward when Zack Creane touched down under the posts in the 51st minute.
The home side continued to push hard all through the remainder of the contest, but that was to be the final score as Wicklow ran out deserved winners 29-14.
Squad: Gary Power, Patrick Cox, Zack Creane (try), Cian Bolger, Conor O’Brien, Max Horan, Danny Kervick, Corey Walsh-Murphy, Seán Downes, James McHugh, Arthur Ashmore (capt., try and two conversions), Colin Ivers, James Browne, Oisín Stafford, Eoin Hickey, Aaran Whiting, Stephen Doran, Eamonn Asple, Adam Butler, Fionn Doyle, Odhran Cullen Ryan Bailey.
Enniscorthy 71, Wexford 26: The Enniscorthy Under-16 girls’ rugby team registered their fourth win on the trot in an entertaining game against their Wexford counterparts at a windy Ross Road on Saturday.
Wexford, short a number of regulars, found themselves 21-0 down after only five minutes but, to their credit, they steadied the ship and managed four tries in the remainder of the game, three of which were converted.
The Enniscorthy try scorers were Aoife Weafer with three, Erin Cahill and Mia Kelly with two each, and one apiece for Taragh Cooper, Jessica Wickham, Miria O’Dowd and Elaine Oladiran. Mia Kelly and Lauran Delaney landed nine conversions between them.
Aoife Weafer gave a powerhouse display of all aspects of rugby from rucking to tackling and everything in between. Aoife Codd may be small in stature but that doesn’t stop her from time and time again stopping much bigger opponents in their tracks.
Miria O’Dowd, who only took up rugby last year, scored her tenth try of the season and is fast becoming the complete player. Lucy Egan and Taragh Cooper, who normally ply their trade in the front row, got some game time in the centre and were a revelation.
Newcomer Laura Doyle showed some nice touches and Jessica Wickham scored her first-ever try after a couple of close calls in recent games.
Well done to all who played and entertained the spectators. The referee, Michael Carbury from Carlow, remarked afterwards that it was the first game in years that he did not have to consider penalising dangerous play.
Enniscorthy have a break next weekend but then face a series of games in the Leinster League that will ask a lot of questions that haven’t been asked of this team so far this season.
Squad: Aoife Codd, Erin Cahill, Ciara Boland (capt.), Lauren Delaney, Miria O’Dowd, Ciara O’Leary, Mia Kelly, Taragh Cooper, Aoife Weafer, Lucy Egan, Lara Freeman, Codie Dunne, Jessica Wickham, Bríd Kavanagh, Elaine Oladiran, Amelia Morycka, Jessica Blythe, Miriam Knoblauch, Laura Doyle.
The weekend was a busy one for the club’s under-age sides, while the ladies’ first eleven were the only adult team in action as they recorded a 4-0 home win over Clontarf.
The ladies’ first eleven continued their strong start to their second season in Division 7 with a 4-0 home win over Clontarf on Saturday.
Rebecca Ogilvie opened the scoring from a first-half penalty corner, and the Cathedral town side were 2-0 up at the break, with Leah Chapman doubling the lead.
Nancy Dunphy made it 3-0 before Rebecca Ogilvie scored her third of the season to make certain of all three points and leave Donal Doyle’s side top of the league on goal difference. Fifth-placed Corinthians host Enniscorthy on Saturday.
The Under-10 boys made the trip to Dublin for an enjoyable blitz hosted by Monkstown.
Taking on Y.M.C.A., Three Rock Rovers, Corinthians and Bray, the team emerged with two wins, a draw and one defeat.
Squad: Rory Fleming, Aaron Baily, Ross Warren, Jan Dunne, Dylan Tully, Oisín Harte, Buno Kalis and Colin Hill.
The fifth and sixth class girls hosted Gorey at the Astro Active Centre on Saturday. There has been very strong recruitment at this level and as a result Enniscorthy fielded four teams, while Gorey brought two - a good sign for the future for hockey in the county.
The two girls’ Under-16 teams were in action on Sunday, producing a win and a defeat as their respective league campaigns got under way.
At Greystones’ Templecarraig school, the Intermediate yellow side beat Bray 1-0, with Sadhbh Ryan scoring the winner.
Meanwhile, the Intermediate A team returned to Grange Road for a repeat of their Junior Jacqui Potter Plate final. The Dubliners gained some measure of revenge over an Enniscorthy side without Laura Smith, Aoife Mahon and Hannah Graham of last year’s side, winning 2-1. Martha Dunne scored for Enniscorthy.
Intermediate yellow squad: Kate Freeman, Emer Bowe, Ailbhe Harrington, Lettie Hassey, Eva Rothwell, Rebecca Leech, Agatha Fairiolo Vecchiolo, Aoife Browne, Emma Louise Doran, Sadhbh Ryan, Niamh O’Leary, Ailbhe Tierney.
Intermediate A squad: Norah McGinty, Eabha Farrell, Beibhin O’Brien, Amy Murphy, Caoimhe Larkin, Rebecca Ogilvie, Rebecca Doyle, Leah Kidd, Martha Dunne, Laura Sutton, Tara Somers, Caoimhe Quigley, Ellie Kehoe.
Meanwhile, the first year girls began their Extreme 8 season with a strong performance against Tallaght side Glenanne at the Astro Active Centre on Sunday. Emer Kervick, Holly Rothwell and Gabriella Hill all got on the scoresheet in a 5-1 win.
Squad: Emer Kervick, Arina Walsh, Anna Dunne, Anna Oakes, Holly Rothwell, Sara Williamson, Rachel Bowe, Rachel Jacob, Gabriella Hill, Laura Kelly. Coach: Olga Williamson.
Finally, congratulations are in order for Leah Kidd and Kate Freeman. After strong performances for the Under-16 South-East interprovincial side in September, they are two of 43 invited for trials for the national side. Their selection is testimony to the support from their parents, families, friends and coaches.
Five times world pool champion Mick Hill with Steven Mullett, winner of JD North’s pool championship in New Ross, and John Quigley.