All Stars visit Madrid

Wex­ford trio part of his­tory in mak­ing

Wexford People - - SPORT -

A WEX­FORD trio were part of his­tory in the mak­ing last week when Madrid in Spain was the des­ti­na­tion for the first-ever camo­gie All Stars trip.

Vet­eran Kate Kelly of St. Ibar’s/ Shel­malier, who was se­lected on the team in 2016, made the jour­ney along with re­place­ments Sarah O’Con­nor (St. Martin’s) and Shel­ley Ke­hoe (Ou­lart-The Bal­lagh).

And an old-fash­ion shoot-out un­folded in an ex­hi­bi­tion game held in the XV Hor­taleza Rugby Club on a chilly evening for camo­gie, with the 2016 All Stars beat­ing their 2017 coun­ter­parts on a 10-13 to 7-8 score­line.

The en­ter­tain­ment value was high for the fas­ci­nated on­look­ers as the slio­thar rattled the net more of­ten than usual, with the even­tual vic­tors ahead by 6-5 to 4-4 at half-time.

Kelly cap­tained the 2016 team and was one of its stand-out per­form­ers in the eleven-a-side con­test, while Shel­ley Ke­hoe joined her on the score­sheet and Sarah O’Con­nor was a stal­wart in de­fence.

The ex­hi­bi­tion game on Thurs­day was the main show­piece of a trip that lasted from Wed­nes­day to Satur­day and also in­cluded vis­its to the Ir­ish Em­bassy in Madrid, the world-fa­mous Bern­abeu soc­cer sta­dium, and Atocha Rail­way Sta­tion.

Mean­while, hot on the heels of the re­lease of the All-Ire­land cham­pi­onship draws came the an­nounce­ment of the fix­tures for the 2018 Lit­tle­woods Na­tional Leagues.

There is an ear­lier start to Di­vi­sion 1, on Jan­uary 14, when the Wex­ford Senior team will be away to Tip­per­ary.

They will host Cork seven days later be­fore trav­el­ling to Of­faly for their third Group 1 fix­ture on Fe­bru­ary 4.

Wex­ford’s last game will be at home to Gal­way on Fe­bru­ary 25, with the top two qual­i­fy­ing for the semi-finals on March 11. A rel­e­ga­tion play-off in­volv­ing the bot­tom teams in Groups 1 and 2 will be held one week ear­lier.

The In­ter­me­di­ate cam­paign won’t start un­til Fe­bru­ary 18 with a trip to Antrim in Group 1, and Wex­ford are also away to Down one week later.

Af­ter a home tie against Cork on March 11, they will be on the road to West­meath on March 25 be­fore host­ing Car­low on April 1.

Once again, the top two teams will con­test the semi-finals.

Wex­ford’s All Star camo­gie trio Kate Kelly, Sarah O’Con­nor and Shel­ley Ke­hoe af­ter the ex­hi­bi­tion game in Madrid (above), and vis­it­ing the Ir­ish Em­bassy (be­low).

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