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. 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
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 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).
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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.