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NEW ROSS SE­NIORS

We held our A.G.M. prior to golf on Thurs­day when there were a few very in­ter­est­ing items down for dis­cus­sion. Prior to the meet­ing start­ing we ob­served a minute’s si­lence in mem­ory of all past mem­bers who have passed on since last we met.

The re­port showed that we had an ex­cel­lent year both at home and in our six away out­ings which in­cluded overnight­ing in Bal­lyk­isteen and play­ing a new course at Tip­per­ary. The Au­tumn Se­niors’ Al­liance of which we are mem­bers was very ben­e­fi­cial to New Ross Golf Club in Au­gust with fine sup­port from other clubs.

The main items em­a­nat­ing from the A.G.M. con­cerned hand­i­caps which were caus­ing a bit of a prob­lem. A mo­tion was passed that from Jan­uary 1, 2018, all play­ers play off their of­fi­cial G.U.I. hand­i­cap both in our own weekly competition and in our away out­ings as well, with a re­view tak­ing place at the end of June, 2018.

Also from Jan­uary 1 we have some changes to the for­mat of our weekly cham­pagne scram­ble. In fu­ture all team mem­bers play their own ball on the par threes, and also each team mem­ber must have at least two drives on the 18 holes be­ing played.

Tony Har­ford pre­sented the fi­nan­cial re­port which showed we were in a healthy po­si­tion and that we made sev­eral vol­un­tary con­tri­bu­tions to lo­cal char­i­ties through­out the year. The meet­ing con­cluded at 10 a.m. and we went to play golf.

With im­proved weather con­di­tions and the course dry­ing out nicely un­der­foot, big scores were ex­pected in our cham­pagne scram­ble for­mat and that is what we got. Once again, ten of the twelve com­pet­ing teams sur­passed the 90 points tar­get, show­ing that these vet­er­ans can rack up some ex­cel­lent re­turns.

Com­ing home in first place with a crack­ing score of 98 points were Dick Cud­dihy (15), Wil­lie Whitty (17), Frank Boyle (20) and Jame­sie Mur­phy (24). Pipped at the post one point be­hind were Jimmy Fur­long (10), Wil­lie Byrne (15), Dan Quigley (18) and Jim Ke­hoe (25), fin­ish­ing on 97 points.

The 94 points scored by Andy Ro­nan (15), John F. Roche (18), Wil­lie Wal­lace (19) and Donie Cody (23) proved good enough to give them third prize. We had only one near­est the pin win­ner and that was John F. Roche on the eleventh hole.

A re­minder to all that our Christ­mas out­ing and din­ner is on this Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 7, with the draw for teams at the usual time of 9.40 a.m., and all should be in good time. Any­one not al­ready booked in for din­ner should ring or text Jame­sie Mur­phy on 0851846172 as soon as pos­si­ble as we need to know num­bers din­ing for the restau­rant staff.

NEW ROSS LADIES

Very cold con­di­tions didn’t de­ter the lady golfers in New Ross on Wed­nes­day when they played for an­other turkey competition.

Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 27, 14hole stable­ford: 1, Tee­nie Mur­phy (29), 26 points (last seven); 2, Maeve Wil­son (31), 26 points; 3, Liz Roberts (23), 25 points.

Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 6, will be an­other turkey 14-hole, with book­ing on­line and a morn­ing draw only. If frost is fore­cast it is as well to move early book­ings to en­sure that you get your game.

The De­cem­ber 13 fun golf will be a three-per­son scram­ble with a low hand­i­cap, mid-range and high. Dress code for the day is red, of course!

Please add your name to the list posted in the locker room be­cause there is no on­line book­ing and it is not open to be played at the week­end ei­ther. The draw will be done on Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 6, when you will find out your team and time slot.

Also on Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 6, in the club­house at 4 p.m. we will have a run over some Christ­mas songs to pre­pare for our de­but on De­cem­ber 13. All are wel­come.

UNITED STRID­ERS A.C.

The Un­der-14 boys’ team made a big break­through at the na­tional Ju­ve­nile cross-coun­try cham­pi­onships at Ab­bot­stown, win­ning the club’s first-ever ti­tle at this level.

With big fields of elite un­der-age athletes from the 32 coun­ties in ac­tion, the level of competition is al­ways high. Athletes must qual­ify through their re­spec­tive pro­vin­cial events and, fol­low­ing their suc­cess­ful Le­in­ster ex­ploits, the Strid­ers Un­der-14 boys and Un­der-18 girls, in ad­di­tion to Aedan Rogers in the Un­der-18 boys’ event, all qual­i­fied to compete.

The Le­in­ster bronze medal-win­ning squad of Grace Costello, Re­becca Baw­den, Alan­nah Byrne, Gráinne Flan­nelly and Joanne Kelly per­formed re­ally well to earn a top ten plac­ing in the club competition. The girls have been bril­liant all sea­son long and are great role mod­els to our younger athletes.

Like­wise, Aedan Rogers has been in fan­tas­tic form re­cently and even though com­pet­ing against older athletes, he looked right at home at this level, putting in a great ef­fort to record a 51st place fin­ish in a field of al­most 200.

The stars of the day and the pride of Wex­ford ath­let­ics were the newly crowned Ir­ish cham­pi­ons, the Strid­ers Un­der-14 boys’ squad - Myles Hewlett, Dar­ragh Flan­nelly, Cosmo Hewlett, Eoin Shan­non, Finn Kelly and Ai­dan Shan­non.

In ex­cess of 150 faced the starter and from the gun, Myles, Dar­ragh and Ai­dan were prom­i­nent, with the other Strid­ers set­tling nicely in the chas­ing pack. De­spite be­ing a year out of age, Myles never dropped out of the lead pack and recorded a fan­tas­tic top twelve fin­ish to win an in­di­vid­ual medal.

Dar­ragh con­tin­ued his best-ever cross-coun­try sea­son to record a top 20 fin­ish. Cosmo fin­ished like a train to move through the field, up the long up­hill home straight, gain­ing sev­eral places that would be­come so im­por­tant later on.

Strid­ers leg­end Eoin Shan­non was the all-im­por­tant fourth man to score, with an­other im­pres­sive fin­ish, just ahead of Finn and Ai­dan. The gold win­ning per­for­mance was greeted with great cel­e­bra­tion by the trav­el­lling sup­port­ers.

Olympian and former club mem­ber, Andy Ro­nan, passed on some kind words of con­grat­u­la­tions and en­cour­age­ment, prais­ing both the athletes and coaches. More mes­sages from abroad flooded in, with ex-Ir­ish Ju­nior 1,500m cham­pion, former club mem­ber and Dar­ragh’s un­cle, John Hamilton, com­ment­ing on the enor­mity of the achieve­ment. Back in 1977, both Andy and John were part of the sil­ver medal-win­ning team from New Ross in the same event.

There was fur­ther good news in the shape of a sil­ver medal for the Wex­ford team in the county event. The U.S.A.C. boys were joined by Ben and Robert Wall (Adamstown), James He­garty (D.M.P.) and David Kir­wan (S.B.R.), who were all mag­nif­i­cent and this should prove a real boost for Wex­ford ath­let­ics.

More medals fol­lowed in the pro­vin­cial event, with Myles and Dar­ragh both scor­ing for the Le­in­ster team which placed sec­ond.

Well done to all the U.S.A.C. and Wex­ford athletes on qual­i­fy­ing and com­pet­ing so well at the very high­est level.

ST. JOSEPH’S A.C.

The county ‘B’ un­even age cross-coun­try cham­pi­onships saw a small but ded­i­cated band of St. Joseph’s athletes head to a new cross-coun­try des­ti­na­tion, Tullaroan, on Sun­day. The tough­est cross-coun­try course of the sea­son awaited them.

First to the start line were the Mul­lally sis­ters, Aieleann and Saor­laith, and Mia Barry. Three strong per­for­mances fol­lowed with Aisleann fourth, Saor­laith tenth, and Mia 13th.

A great run by Lily Ryan saw her fin­ish third in the girls’ Un­der-11 race with Caoimhe Barry, ben­e­fit­ing from ded­i­cated train­ing over the past three months, fin­ish­ing in an ex­cel­lent sev­enth po­si­tion. Kyle Bol­ger tried his hard­est, as al­ways, to fin­ish sev­enth in the boys’ Un­der-9 race.

The last race of the day was the men’s Over-50 county cham­pi­onships, with the club rep­re­sented by Pa­trick Bookle, Michael Power, Seán Hokey and a club stal­wart mak­ing a re­turn to com­pet­i­tive ac­tion, Bill Do­herty.

Pa­trick ran a fine race to cross the line in sec­ond place fol­lowed by Bill in sev­enth, Michael in eighth, and Seán eleventh.

Sean showed what club com­mit­ment is all about, turn­ing out over the fields to en­sure that the club had a team 24hours af­ter run­ning the Water­ford half-marathon. Un­for­tu­nately, the gang were pipped to the team gold by Gowran.

A great club turn-out at the Water­ford half-marathon last week­end saw the fol­low­ing re­sults achieved (well done to ev­ery­one): Elaine O’Dono­van, 1.28; Michael Ryan, 1.30.47; Stephen O’Con­nor, 1.35.01; Seán Hokey, 1.39.26; Hanora O’Con­nor, 1.53.59; John McDon­ald, 1.56.50; Su­san Bol­ger, 2.16.36; Cather­ine Hen­nessy, 2.16.45; Bríd Lawlor, 2.17.45; Adri­enne Flynn, 2.20.47; Mary McDon­ald, 2.24.34; He­len Walsh, 2.24 35.

WEX­FORD HOCKEY

Wex­fords firsts lined out against Dublin’s Rail­way Union in the sec­ond round of the Le­in­ster League Cup competition.

Wex­ford had to utilise their full squad as a num­ber of key play­ers were ab­sent. Thank­fully the squad had plenty of depth and tal­ent to call upon.

Rail­way play in a di­vi­sion lower than Wex­ford in the Le­in­ster League, so on pa­per Wex­ford were the favourites to win. Rail­way had their home­work done and packed the de­fen­sive lines to with­stand Wex­ford at­tacks.

Rail­way held strong for the first 15 min­utes and frus­trated the Wex­ford for­ward line of Deirdre Bol­ger, Miriam Lam­bert and Ca­tríona Cor­caran. Even­tu­ally the dead­lock was bro­ken as Wex­ford won a short corner de­liv­ered per­fectly from Sinéad McDon­nell to Miriam Lam­bert who sent it past the Rail­way ‘keeper.

Wex­ford con­tin­ued to be the dom­i­nant team with the mid­field line of Alan­nah Davis, Ella O’Con­nor and Muire­ann Mc­Carthy rarely al­low­ing the ball past them and con­tin­u­ally build­ing at­tack­ing play.

To Rail­way’s credit they re­mained strong in de­fence but the Wex­ford’s for­wards pres­sure was even­tu­ally re­warded as Lam­bert got in past the de­fence to score her sec­ond. The first-half ended 2-0.

The sec­ond-half con­tin­ued in a sim­i­lar vein as Wex­ford con­trolled the game, with the back line of Sinéad McDon­nell, Ciara McGrath, Chloe O’Con­nor and Leonie Grant be­ing used more and more to set­tle the game and start at­tack­ing play.

Wex­ford’s Sinéad Gog­gin and Deirdre Bol­ger were un­lucky not to hit the score­sheet as a re­sult of the Rail­way ‘keeper play­ing ex­cep­tion­ally well.

Twenty min­utes into the sec­ond-half Wex­ford were awarded a short corner again. This time it was Lam­bert’s turn to slip the ball to McDon­nell and she con­verted to put Wex­ford 3-0 up.

The game ended on that score­line, and Wex­ford will now take on Pem­broke Wan­der­ers in the next round in the new year.

Squad: Anna Hayes, Ciara McGrath, Sinéad Gog­gin, Sinead McDon­nell, Leonie Grant, Chloe O’Con­nor, Ella O’Con­nor, Alan­nah Davis, Muire­ann Mc­Carthy, Deirdre Bol­ger, Ca­tríona Cor­co­ran, Miriam Lam­bert. Coach: Dave Wil­liamson.

Next Satur­day sees Wex­ford take on Kilkenny in the Le­in­ster League. Sup­port­ers are wel­come for this clash of the ta­ble-top­pers at En­nis­cor­thy Astro Cen­tre at 12 noon. Please fol­low us on Face­book or on our web­page for fix­tures and re­sults.

KIL­MORE A.C.

Mas­sive con­grat­u­la­tions to Fiona Ke­hoe, sixth in­di­vid­ual and first team over­all, and Jackie Carthy, fifth in­di­vid­ual and sec­ond team over­all, in the Bri­tish and Ir­ish Mas­ters in­ter­na­tional in Derry.

Well done also to Fiona Ke­hoe and Michael Fla­herty who rep­re­sented Kil­more A.C. in the na­tional cross-coun­try cham­pi­onships in Ab­bottstown.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Fiona Ke­hoe (1.21.16), Jackie Carthy (1.21.41), Carol Dev­ereux (1.55.39), He­len Doyle (1.35.01), Sinéad O’Brien (1.37.08) and Ger Power (1.29.18) who ran in Satur­day’s Water­ford A.C. half-marathon as part of a big field.

Fiona and Jackie placed sec­ond and third re­spec­tively over­all in the women’s race which is a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment. It was great to see so many run­ners from our club take part in this event!

ME­NAPI­ANS A.C.

The third and fi­nal round of the Wex­ford win­ter league took place in En­nis­cor­thy on Sun­day. Head­ing into round three, Me­napi­ans were sec­ond over­all, first in the girls’ competition and sec­ond in the boys’ competition. It was go­ing to take some im­pres­sive run­ning by our young athletes to keep the club in this po­si­tion.

Our young athletes de­liv­ered im­pres­sive per­for­mances. Cian Dono­van, Sinéad O’Reilly and Róisín O’Reilly all won their races. For Cian and Roisin, this was their third vic­tory in the win­ter league and both athletes won star awards.

Eimear Halpin had a great race, fin­ish­ing sec­ond and just missing out on a star award. Archie Ren­nick and Nathan Mur­phy fin­ished sec­ond in their races. Zach Ham­mill and Adam Leahy were third in their races.

As this is a team competition and ev­ery per­for­mance counts, the con­tri­bu­tion of ev­ery ath­lete was im­por­tant. Well done to the fol­low­ing athletes who took part in all three rounds of the league: Amy Rayner, Archie Ren­nick, Jim Kelly, Zach Ham­mill, Issy Kearney, Laragh Walsh, Oran Naluswa, Abi­gail Quinn, Cian Dono­van, Rúairí McGuin­ness, Eimear Halpin, Ka­t­rina Rosca, Nathan Mur­phy, Adam Leahy and Róisín O’Reilly.

Thanks to the strong run­ning by all our athletes, the club fin­ished sec­ond over­all, the girls won their competition, and the boys fin­ished in sec­ond place. The club will be cel­e­brat­ing this achieve­ment at train­ing over the next few weeks where medals will be pre­sented to our 2017 win­ter league team.

A sin­cere thanks to ev­ery­body who helped out with the league, and well done to United Strid­ers who suc­cess­fully de­fended their ti­tle. Full re­sults are avail­able on the Me­napi­ans A.C. Face­book page.

Also last week­end, six Me­napi­ans trav­elled to Water­ford for the chal­leng­ing Water­ford A.C. half-marathon. Ger Mul­hall was the first Me­napian home in a time of 1:54:51, fol­lowed by Enda O’Sullivan in 2:02:30, Michael Gately in 2:07:57, Brian Reilly in 2:16:53, Janette Mul­vany in 2:35:12, and Peter Mul­vany in 2:39:12.

Ann Sullivan of D.M.P. with Kil­more duo Jackie Carthy and Fiona Ke­hoe af­ter com­plet­ing the Bri­tish and Ir­ish Mas­ters cross-coun­try race in Derry.

United Strid­ers, the na­tional Un­der-14 boys’ cross-coun­try cham­pi­ons (from left): Cosmo Hewlett, Myles Hewlett, Eoin Shan­non, Finn Kelly, Ai­dan Shan­non and Dar­ragh Flan­nelly.

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