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SLANEY SHARKS

Slaney Sharks swim­mers have once again be­gun their sea­son in ex­cel­lent fash­ion. It was kicked off in Septem­ber by Wex­ford Swim­ming Club host­ing their Har­vest Gala.

Slaney Sharks at­tended in great num­bers with all our swim­mers achiev­ing Per­sonal Best (P.B’s) in one or more events. In ad­di­tion, our swim­mers posted 27 top three fin­ishes through­out the day.

Next was the Le­in­ster dis­tance qual­i­fy­ing gala held at the Na­tional Aquatic Cen­tre. Slaney Sharks were rep­re­sented by three swim­mers, Ava Byrne, Holly Fur­long and Sam Mur­phy, who took part in six events and posted seven P.B’s be­tween them.

Holly once again made the trip to the Na­tional Aquatic Cen­tre in Novem­ber for the Le­in­ster short course cham­pi­onships. She rep­re­sented Slaney Sharks in five events, post­ing P.B’s in all and knock­ing an in­cred­i­ble 26.05 sec­onds from her 800m freestyle swim. It was a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment for twelve-year-old Holly who was swim­ming Un­der-15.

Most re­cently, this month, Slaney Sharks at­tended the W.S.C. round robin with 22 swim­mers rep­re­sent­ing the club. As al­ways, this gala proved to be a fast-paced day with a to­tal of 73 swims and 48 P.B’s achieved.

A spe­cial men­tion must be given to our swim­mers for whom this was their first gala: Mia Barry, Gemma Bourke, Riona Byrne, Peadar Folan and Bella Ho­gan-Hickey.

Each swim­mer rep­re­sented them­selves and their club with great swims and en­thu­si­asm. Well done to all our swim­mers and coaches.

We are ea­gerly an­tic­i­pat­ing our own round robin gala which will be held on Sunday, De­cem­ber 10, in the Water­front pool. We look for­ward to a fun day with lots more great swims and P.B’s to be achieved.

S.B.R. A.C.

S.B.R. had a strong con­tin­gent of 15 run­ners at Satur­day’s Water­ford half-marathon.

Myles Gib­bons led them home in a very strong field, fin­ish­ing 18th over­all in 1:15:09. Eu­gene Doherty con­tin­ues to amaze at age 60, run­ning 1:29:05 for 184th out of 2,172 to­tal fin­ish­ers. That placed Eu­gene third in the age 60 + cat­e­gory.

Ciara Bowe led home the S.B.R. women with a strong 1:46:23 clock­ing. Mary Car­ton had a sprint across the line for a 1:58:57 time, and Pat Crean had his fastest run in three years, fin­ish­ing in 1:49:11.

Michael Breen, Lor­can Mur­phy, Michael Sweeney, Robert Doyle, John Car­ton, Deirdre O’Mal­ley, Frances O’Ha­gan, Tom Ka­vanagh and Stephen O’Leary all ran re­ally well on a very good day for run­ning.

Full S.B.R. re­sults: 18, Myles Gib­bons, 1:15:09, 5:44/M, M40; 184, Eu­gene Doherty, 1:29:05, 6:48/M, M60; 402, Michael Breen, 1:36:59, 7:25/M, MS; 568, Lor­can Mur­phy, 1:39:48, 7:40/M, M45; 608, Michael Sweeney, 1:41:20, 7:46/M, M40; 840, Ciara Bowe, 1:46:23, 8:11/M, F40; 1,007, Pa­trick Crean, 1:49:11, 8:26/M, M55, 1,202, Robert Doyle, 1:54:11, 8:49/M, MS; 1,423, Mary Car­ton, 1:58:57, 9:12/M, F50; 1,448, John Car­ton, 1:59:46, 9:16/M, M50; 1,521, Deirdre O’Mal­ley, 2:02:01, 9:24/M, F35; 1,839, Frances O’Ha­gan, 2:11:50, 10:14/M, F50; 1,889, Tom Ka­vanagh, 2:14:03, 10:24/M, M60; 2,051, Stephen O’Leary, 2:25:14, 11:15/M, M50.

The Gorey Parkrun on Satur­day also had an S.B.R. feel as the club had both the male and fe­male win­ners as well as four run­ners in the top seven.

Pa­trick Cur­ley won out­right in 17:35 with Tommy Lev­ing­stone third over­all in 19:21. Belinda Ke­hoe led home the women’s field in 22:08 which placed her fifth over­all. Liam Breen came home sev­enth over­all in a fast 22:39.

Congratulations to S.B.R’s Tomás Ka­vanagh, Paul Gib­bons and David Leonard for fin­ish­ing fifth team over­all at the Lan­zarote In­ter­na­tional Run­ning Festival. Over the four days of rac­ing, Paul Gib­bons placed eighth over­all (fourth cat­e­gory), David Leonard twelfth (sec­ond cat­e­gory), and Tomás Ka­vanagh 21st (third cat­e­gory).

Emma Mor­ris was a bril­liant sec­ond woman over­all at the Run the Gap race in Ki­lanerin. Well done Emma!

Niall O’Con­nor was eighth over­all out of 243 at the Run the Line short course race.

S.B.R’s A.G.M. will take place on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 8, at 8 p.m. in the Ferns Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

On Wed­nes­day there will be a group meet­ing on The Square in Ferns (Ferns Cas­tle) at 6.30 p.m. They will run laps of the ‘V’ which are ap­prox­i­mately one mile.

They will be there for an hour and would wel­come club mem­bers and non-club mem­bers alike. For any­one who is just start­ing out run­ning, this is a great way to get started with a sup­port­ive group and get fit for the new year. Ev­ery­one is wel­come, and please wear a hi-viz jacket.

All club re­sults, fix­tures and in­for­ma­tion are avail­able at www.sbr­club. com

E’CORTHY HOCKEY

Donal Doyle’s first XI men shared in a goal-fest with Sut­to­ni­ans at the Astro Ac­tive Cen­tre in front of a large crowd on Satur­day.

The Dublin side - who trav­elled with a small squad - were up against it from the off as En­nis­cor­thy took ad­van­tage of the ex­tra space on the pitch, and things looked omi­nous for the vis­i­tors as within 15 min­utes the hosts were two goals up through Seb Ryn­hart and O’Sul­li­van.

Sut­to­ni­ans found a goal in re­sponse but it was no match for the Wex­ford men as four more were added be­fore the break through Med­calf, O’Leary, Cooke and O’Sul­li­van once more, get­ting his ninth of the sea­son.

In the sec­ond-half, Ryn­hart scored ei­ther side of a William Dur­nan goal to com­plete his first se­nior hat-trick and En­nis­cor­thy’s sec­ond big­gest win in men’s hockey.

De­spite the crush­ing lead, Sut­to­ni­ans had found En­nis­cor­thy’s con­cen­tra­tion lapse some­what in the fi­nal ten min­utes of the first-half, and the hosts’ man­age­ment team of Doyle and Fraser Roth­well will be con­cerned ahead of Satur­day’s visit to the Astro Ac­tive Cen­tre of fourth-placed Corinthi­ans III.

Squad: Gra­ham Hill, An­drew Roth­well, David Sim­mons, Ivan Roth­well, Cory Cooke, Glen Chap­man, Roy Chap­man, Daithí Med­calf, William Dur­nan, James O’Sul­li­van, Seb Ryn­hart, Ciarán O’Leary, Ja­cob English, Char­lie Dunne.

En­nis­cor­thy’s men’s sec­ond XI also put in an im­pres­sive per­for­mance in a 7-0 de­mo­li­tion of the Y.M.C.A. fifth XI at the Astro Ac­tive Cen­tre on Satur­day.

Like the ear­lier Dublin vis­i­tors Sut­to­ni­ans, the Y came low in num­bers but En­nis­cor­thy were slow to get off the mark.

Af­ter two early goal chances for the hosts, Ja­son Roth­well scored and the ev­er­green Rob­bie Wal­she dou­bled the lead fol­low­ing an Alan Smith as­sist ten min­utes be­fore the break.

Shay O’Leary made it 3-0 ten min­utes into the sec­ond-half, fol­lowed by Roth­well’s sec­ond just two min­utes later. Rob­bie Wal­she then took ad­van­tage of an Alan Smith re­bound to put five goals be­tween the sides be­fore a two-goal salvo from for­mer South East Wan­derer Eric Hendy and Ja­son Roth­well - to com­plete his hat­trick - brought an end to pro­ceed­ings.

Satur­day sees the side head to East Glen­dalough School for the derby en­counter with Wick­low III.

Squad: Luke Doyle, Mick Jor­dan, Shay O’Leary, Rob­bie Wal­she, Ja­son Roth­well, Alan Smith, Eric Hendy, David Mul­li­gan, Niall Maguire, Gra­ham Chap­man, Nigel Bai­ley, Robin Doyle, John McWey.

In the fi­nal Satur­day fix­ture, the ladies’ sec­onds trav­elled to a damp The Maws to take on Di­vi­sion 12’s bot­tom side, North Kil­dare 5th.

En­nis­cor­thy got off to a strong start with Mairéad Neville net­ting af­ter just three and a half min­utes. The vis­i­tors fol­lowed up with a penalty cor­ner soon af­ter which went nar­rowly wide.

Ni­amh Rochford dou­bled the lead fol­low­ing an as­sist from Elaine Hickey, who scored her­self on 27 min­utes.

Strong per­for­mances from Red­mond and Gain­ford helped put pres­sure on the hosts across the pitch. Neville added a sec­ond, as did Hickey, giv­ing En­nis­cor­thy a 5-2 win.

It was a cru­cial morale-boost­ing win for the side ahead of Satur­day’s visit to Dublin and the league’s sec­ond-placed side, Old Alexan­dra 5th.

Squad: Alice Med­calf, Julie Hayes, Róisín Ó Muirí, Muire­ann Nic Cor­cráin, Amy Dal­ton, Laura Red­mond, Eleanor Bol­ger, Me­gan Dempsey, Ni­amh Rochford, Elaine Hickey, Mairéad Neville, Brid­get Gain­ford, Or­laith Breen.

En­nis­cor­thy’s ladies’ third XI were in action in the Sunday League against Car­low II, and put in a mas­terly per­for­mance against their hosts. Catherine Oakes claimed a hat-trick while Ciara Mur­phy was also on the score­sheet in a 4-1 win.

Fi­nally, it was a busy week­end for En­nis­cor­thy’s Un­der-16 In­ter­me­di­ate A and In­ter­me­di­ate yel­low girls’ squads, who were in action against Corinthi­ans and Y.M.C.A. re­spec­tively.

Y.M.C.A. were vic­tors on a 2-1 score­line while Corinthi­ans in­flicted a sec­ond de­feat on the In­ter­me­di­ate A side. At­ten­tion now turns to the Ju­nior Jac­qui Pot­ter Shield for the Un­der-16 group, who host Clon­tarf on Sunday at the Astro Ac­tive Cen­tre.

GOREY HOCKEY

Gorey hockey ladies trav­elled to Sut­ton on Satur­day for their lat­est league match.

Sut­to­ni­ans started well, win­ning the first short cor­ner early on within min­utes of tip-off. Gorey had Fiona Mythen in goal to save the de­flec­tion.

Sut­to­ni­ans added more pres­sure and won an­other short cor­ner from a foot in the cir­cle. A clever flick to the left by Sut­ton and a scuf­fle in front of Gorey’s goal gave the Sut­to­ni­ans an early lead.

From the re-start Gorey went straight into Sut­ton’s cir­cle with ex­cel­lent pass­ing play be­tween mid­field­ers Ruth Evans, Ni­cola Ryan and Robin Swords, and for­wards Lyn­d­sey Wal­ters and Olive McGarry.

They were fi­nally re­warded with a short cor­ner for their hard work. Muire­ann Dee­gan was un­lucky not to equalise, as Sut­ton’s goalie saved her strike and put it wide for a long cor­ner!

Robin Swords skipped past Sut­ton’s de­fence, pass­ing to Gorey’s cen­tre mid, Muire­ann Dee­gan, who swept the ball past the goalie into the left cor­ner for the equaliser.

With Sut­ton’s at­tack­ing re-start, they found them­selves in Gorey’s cir­cle once more. Gorey’s de­fence cleared the ball to the side­line to al­le­vi­ate Sut­ton’s im­me­di­ate in­flu­ence.

Sut­ton took the line ball quickly and won an­other short cor­ner. Sut­ton jabbed the ball to the right and took a shot on goal which de­flected off the goalie’s pads for a 2-1 lead.

From Gorey’s re-start Ni­cola Ryan took the ball down the wing into Sut­ton’s half. Ni­cola’s pass to Muire­ann Dee­gan into the cir­cle was pre­cise.

Sut­to­ni­ans’ goalie made a dive but Muire­ann’s quick think­ing slipped the ball past to Olive McGarry who tapped the ball into the goal. Half-time came shortly af­ter­wards with the teams level (2-2).

Gorey started the sec­ond-half with a changed for­ward line due to in­jury. Claire Swords took on the role of cen­tre for­ward. Lyn­d­sey Wal­ters strength­ened our de­fence while Brid­get Kenny and Imo­gen McGuin­ness made nu­mer­ous runs through the Sut­to­ni­ans de­fence.

Gorey set­tled well into their new roles. Goalscorer Muire­ann Dee­gan ran at Sut­ton’s back line again, skip­ping past two de­fend­ers and a div­ing goalie to sweep the ball over the line and give Gorey the lead for the first time (3-2).

Sut­to­ni­ans ap­plied pres­sure from the re-start, gain­ing a two short cor­ners quickly fol­lowed by a long cor­ner. A high ball in the cir­cle from a brush of sticks was tipped over the cross­bar by goalie Fiona Mythen, re­sult­ing in an­other long cor­ner. Sut­ton were un­able to cap­i­talise on any of their chances.

Cen­tral de­fender Brid­get Kenny passed balls to Gorey’s Ni­cola Ryan and Ruth Evans who worked it up the wings, only to lose out to Sut­to­ni­ans’ grat­ing tack­les. Gorey hit back with an in­ter­cep­tion at the half­way line by Muire­ann Dee­gan. Charg­ing for the Sut­ton’s goal once more, Muire­ann and Olive McGarry traded passes, with a per­fectly-timed flick by Olive dou­bling Gorey’s lead (4-2).

With sec­onds left, Sut­to­ni­ans mounted one more at­tack but the clock was against them. Gorey’s de­fence held firm. The fi­nal whis­tle blew, giv­ing Gorey vic­tory and a well-de­served three points for the Su­per 10.

Gorey (Su­per 10): Fiona Mythen (capt.), Imo­gen McGuin­ness, Brid­get Kenny, Claire Swords, Ni­cola Ryan, Muire­ann Dee­gan (two), Ruth Evans, Robin Swords, Lyn­d­sey Wal­ters, Olive McGarry (two).

BOWLS LEAGUE

DI­VI­SION A P WD L Gorey A 4 301 N Ross Beta 3 300 Bal­lagh Black 5 2 0 3 Ou­lart 5104 Kil­more Seals 3 1 0 2 DI­VI­SION B PWDL 5 4 0 1 4 2 0 2 3 2 0 1 4 1 0 3 4 1 0 3 Bree

Bal­lagh Red N Ross Al­pha Kil­more Gulls Gorey B F 52 37 50 29 23 F 70 39 46 50 30 A Pt 31 20 23 18 45 18 59 14 33 10 A Pt 39 26 54 16 25 14 48 12 69 12

Award win­ners at the Bree Ath­letic Club pre­sen­ta­tion night in the Com­mu­nity Cen­tre. Back (from left): Darra Casey, Seán Row­ley, Aoife Rochford. Front (from left): Oisín Cloke-Rochford, Kiera Wil­son, Grace Ke­hoe, Ciara Laf­fan, Ab­bie Doyle.

Packy Somers is con­grat­u­lated by Linda Busher, Is­abella Skrzypek and Mike Byrne from the Syn­ergy Fit­ness team in Dri­nagh af­ter win­ning sil­ver and bronze medals in the veter­ans’ sec­tion of the World Kick­box­ing Cham­pi­onships in Florida re­cently. Wex­ford man Packy fights out of Car­low Kick­box­ing Club, and his coach is Patsy Whe­lan. He would like to thank Syn­ergy for their help with his fit­ness pro­gramme, and all those who spon­sored his trip to Florida.

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