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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.


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.


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.


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.

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