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GOREYCRICKET

2018 will be re­garded as a mem­o­rable sea­son for Gorey Cricket Club, with the club col­lect­ing their first pieces of sil­ver­ware in only their sec­ond sea­son of com­pet­i­tive cricket fare.

Ex­pec­ta­tions were high go­ing into the sea­son fol­low­ing an im­pres­sive de­but sea­son in Di­vi­sion 14. Fol­low­ing on from a tough open­ing match de­feat to Tyrrel­stown sec­onds in mid-April, the team quickly re­bounded and built up mo­men­tum to which most op­po­si­tion was pow­er­less to halt.

In Di­vi­sion 14 the club pro­duced one great per­for­mance af­ter an­other with con­tri­bu­tions com­ing from all play­ers in­volved. These per­for­mances in­cluded (but not lim­ited to) great top or­der bat­ting dur­ing the sea­son from cap­tain Anslem Diaz (405 runs @ 57.86), Umar Khan (385 runs @ 42.78), and Philip Leonard (165 runs @ 55.00), with con­tri­bu­tions from Roger Spen­gler, Brian Wil­loughby, Reiner Garz, Naleem Ibrahim, Khan Khalid Am­broze and Ross Nor­man.

Gorey’s strength was their bowl­ing unit, ar­guably the league’s strong­est, com­pris­ing Khan Khalid Am­broze (22 wick­ets @ 10.05), Pradeep He­wanalaga­m­age (18 wick­ets @ 9.22), Umar Fa­rooq (18 wick­ets @ 12.28), and Anslem Diaz (12 wick­ets @15.33), sup­ported by Philip Leonard, Umar Khan and Brady Archer.

The Gorey bowlers were also backed up by a field­ing unit that had greatly im­proved from the pre­vi­ous sea­son, led by wick­et­keeper Ross Nor­man (22 dis­missals – two stump­ings, 20 catches), a Di­vi­sion 14 sea­son record).

Fol­low­ing from that open­ing match de­feat to Tyrrel­stown sec­onds, Gorey went on to win all of the re­main­ing 13 league games, clinch­ing the ti­tle at home against the same op­po­si­tion with two games to play. The club ended the sea­son as cham­pi­ons on 301 points ahead of Castle­knock thirds in sec­ond on 216 points.

The club was also proud of the per­for­mances of its ju­niors who played for Gorey’s se­nior teams dur­ing the sea­son, es­pe­cially to Razwan Ahmed and Brady Archer who ended the sea­son as reg­u­lar fix­tures in the firsts.

Dur­ing that win­ning run in June/ July, the club played an ex­cit­ing brand of T20 cricket, pro­gress­ing to the Rus­sell Court Tro­phy fi­nal, where they met Tyrrel­stown sec­onds.

A good start by Gorey’s open­ing pair of Umar Khan (27) and Khan Khalid Am­broze (34) looked to set the club up for post­ing a good to­tal, but a mid­dle-or­der bat­ting col­lapse led to Gorey only post­ing 118 with­out bat­ting the full 20 overs. How­ever, with Gorey’s bowl­ing at­tack, they were still con­fi­dent of de­fend­ing the to­tal posted.

Tyrrel­stown held their nerve and won the game in the fi­nal over. It was an en­ter­tain­ing game played in good spir­its, and for Gorey it was a tough de­feat but one from which the club would learn.

The club also saw their sec­ond team en­ter the Minor 2 Cup. Gorey sec­onds’ open­ing match ended in an agonising de­feat to Rail­way Union fifths, los­ing by seven runs. With nu­mer­ous good per­for­mances, the sec­onds proved the club, de­spite be­ing young, was build­ing great strength and depth.

With a grow­ing youth cricket sec­tion, Gorey also en­tered their Un­der-15 side into the ‘B’ league, look­ing to pro­vide its promis­ing young­sters with a plat­form to play com­pet­i­tive youth cricket. Un­for­tu­nately, due to player un­avail­abilit,y Gorey with­drew from the com­pe­ti­tion be­fore its com­ple­tion.

Dur­ing the sea­son the club also par­tic­i­pated in the Dick O’Neill Cup, a 40-over com­pe­ti­tion with each team re­quired to play a min­i­mum of three Un­der-18 play­ers, run by the Midlands & South East Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion help­ing to pro­mote youth cricket.

Af­ter play­ing Athlone, Ash­bourne and Car­low, it cul­mi­nated in the fi­nal, in which Gorey was pro­vided with the hon­our of host­ing at their home ground (Cour­town Hibs A.F.C.), where they played against North Kil­dare. The club’s pre-game con­fi­dent de­meanour quickly changed when North Kil­dare’s David Fos­ter took four wick­ets in four balls, leav­ing Gorey on 25 for seven.

But Ross Nor­man (36 runs) along with ju­niors David Walsh (8) and Razwan Ahmed (29), and tailen­der Umar Fa­rooq (6*), pulled Gorey back to end on 119 all out.

North Kil­dare seemed to be on course for vic­tory but they col­lapsed from 94 for four to 115 for eight, with five runs re­quired off the fi­nal over of the in­nings. Gorey’s ju­nior player and man of the match, Brady Archer, seem­ingly unfazed by the pres­sure of the sit­u­a­tion, stepped up to bowl the fi­nal over.

Two runs and a wicket later, he forced North Kil­dare’s David Fos­ter, the ar­chi­tect of Gorey’s ear­lier col­lapse, to sky the ball high on the off­side to which wick­et­keeper Ross Nor­man caught, pro­vid­ing Brady with his third wicket and end­ing with fig­ures of three for 27.

That wicket sparked wild cel­e­bra­tions, in sharp con­trast to the club’s Rus­sell Court fi­nal ap­pear­ance ear­lier in the sea­son. It also pro­vided the club with their first piece of sil­ver­ware in their short three-year ex­is­tence.

This sea­son has brought many highs and lows, but it has pro­vided the club with a strong foun­da­tion on which to help pro­pel it­self up the Cricket Le­in­ster leagues over the com­ing years.

Play­ers who rep­re­sented Gorey C.C. in open com­pe­ti­tions (player name with the number of matches played in brack­ets) were: Ross Nor­man (vice-capt., 20), Umar Khan (19), Umar Fa­rooq (18), Khan Khalid Am­broze (16), Naleem Ibrahim (16), Philip Leonard (16), Anslem Diaz (capt., 15), Reiner Garz (15), Roger Spen­gler (15), Razwan Ahmed (14), Pradeep He­wanalaga­m­age (9), At­tila Stahlut (8), Brady Archer (7), Brian Wil­loughby (7), Wa­heed Babar (5), Rashid Owais (5), Allen Hol­man (4), Gary Mur­phy (4), Bren­dan Archer (3), Pavit­ter Rathaur (2), Shamara Si­r­i­manne (2), Sarath De Silva Haljothi (1), Ad­nan Ibrahim (1), Robert Leonard (1), Gareth Roberts (1), Ewan Stephens (1), Nigel Stephens (1), Has­san Tariq (1), Ah­mad Tariq (1), Steven Wood (1), Idrees Younas (1).

The club’s A.G.M. was held re­cently in the Loch Gar­man Arms Ho­tel, with all of­fi­cers and com­mit­tee mem­bers re-elected, apart from Naomi Walsh who has stepped down af­ter three years of ded­i­cated ser­vice. Imelda Trankner will as­sist Ha­ley Squire in the Wel­fare Of­fi­cer role.

Other com­mit­tee mem­bers are: Chair­man, Al FitzGer­ald; Sec­re­tary, Reiner Garz; Trea­surer, Mark Leonard; Chris Sheeran, Ross Nor­man and Rashid Owias.

The Chair­man thanked all mem­bers in­volved in Gorey Cricket Club, the coaches, par­ents and play­ers, not­ing how sub­stan­tial progress was made from the un­der-age right up to se­nior level.

Grat­i­tude was ex­pressed also to Cour­town Hibs for the use of their grounds, Ron Breen on main­tain­ing the pitch, our spon­sors and those who do­nated to Gorey cricket.

Recog­nis­ing the im­por­tance of school in­volve­ment, Her­bie Hono­han, S.E. co-or­di­na­tor, Cricket Le­in­ster, Sports Ac­tive and the many School prin­ci­pals as over 2000 pri­mary pupils in Co. Wex­ford have fa­cil­i­tated this grow­ing sport of cricket, with nine schools in the Gorey re­gion alone. All sup­port has been very much ap­pre­ci­ated.

It was agreed that next sea­son an Un­der-13 team will com­pete in the Le­in­ster League, as well as a sec­ond Se­nior team (com­prised mainly of Ju­niors) to com­pete in the cup com­pe­ti­tions only, with a view of en­ter­ing a team in 2020 in C.L.

The Se­nior team had a phe­nom­e­nal sea­son, as out­lined above, and are seek­ing to be placed in C.L. Di­vi­sion 10. No doubt Gorey will try to em­u­late this sea­son’s suc­cess.

As cham­pi­ons, Gorey will be at­tend­ing an award cer­e­mony in the Guin­ness Store­house, Dublin, on Fri­day, Novem­ber 23. All de­tails are on our new web page: gor­ey­crick­et­club.ie

Christ­mas raf­fle tick­ets are cur­rently on sale, cost­ing just €5 a book, of­fer­ing many won­der­ful prizes. Now that matches have long con­cluded, the G.C.C. com­mit­tee is ac­tively pre­par­ing the ground­work for next year, in the hope that more am­bi­tions are re­alised. Roll on 2019.

GOREYHOCKEY

Gorey ladies’ hockey team trav­elled the fa­mil­iar road to Dublin to take on Loreto Beaufort on Satur­day, kick­ing off this year’s cup com­pe­ti­tion.

Loreto took push back and made a number of runs to­wards Gorey’s de­fence. Gorey held firm, forc­ing Loreto to lose poses­sion at the half­way line.

Us­ing the wings, Gorey sent the ball into Loreto’s cir­cle where they won their first penalty corner.

Gorey took the lead with a di­rect shot from the top of the cir­cle by Ailbhe Booth which de­flected over Loreto’s goal­keeper.

Loreto re-started the match and ad­vanced to­wards the vis­i­tors’ goal. Loreto en­tered Gorey’s cir­cle and took a shot on goal but it was never on tar­get and went wide.

From the hit-out, Gorey worked the ball up­field, win­ning an­other penalty corner. Gorey dou­bled their lead by send­ing the ball to the near post, a text­book corner di­rect from the train­ing ground, with Robyn Swords tak­ing the hon­ours.

Loreto re-started the game once more but quickly found them­selves back in their own cir­cle de­fend­ing.

Loreto con­ceded a penalty corner on the stoke of half-time, and Gorey’s third goal was a car­bon copy of Robyn Swords’ first.

Through­out the sec­ond-half Gorey and Loreto traded blows, but Loreto couldn’t record a score de­spite their added pres­sure.

Gorey ran out com­fort­able 3-0 win­ners and progress to the sec­ond round where they meet Muck­ross 5 on De­cem­ber 8.

Gorey travel to Belfield to play U.C.D. 7s next Satur­day, Novem­ber 10, in their next league match.

Team: Fiona Mythen (capt.), Vicky Hughes, Brid­get Kenny, Cor­rina Bai­ley, Ruth Evans, Ni­cola Ryan, Robyn Swords (two), Zoe Kenny, Ailbhe Booth (one), Rachael McSweeney.

S.B.R. A.C.

Paul Lynch showed very lit­tle hang­over from the Dublin Marathon as he cruised to a Parkrun win on Satur­day in Gorey in 17:21. Claire Gib­bons was a strong third in the women’s race in 25:21.

Tomás Ka­vanagh con­tin­ued a strong fin­ish to the year fol­low­ing his runs at the Novice and Se­nior cross-coun­try with a win at the Tullow Parkrun in 18:21.

Ath­let­ics Ire­land re­leased their of­fi­cial age cat­e­gory re­sults from the Dublin Marathon, and we are proud to say our very own Billy Harpur won a na­tional Over-70 bronze medal in the Ir­ish cham­pi­onships with his run. That marks 39 con­sec­u­tive Dublin Marathons for Billy.

And also a spe­cial men­tion for Eu­gene Do­herty who was a bril­liant fourth in the very com­pet­i­tive men’s Over-60 cat­e­gory.

Paul Lynch led the S.B.R. men home at the Dublin Marathon with a top 100 fin­ish in 2:39:20, with Myles Gib­bons right be­hind in 2:39:52. They fin­ished tenth and eleventh re­spec­tively in the men’s Over-40 cat­e­gory.

Noel Kennedy was strong in 2:54:20, with David Leonard close be­hind in 2:55:10 near his P.B. Jim O’Mal­ley (2:56:44) and Paul Gib­bons (2:57:57) rounded out six S.B.R. run­ners un­der the three-hour bar­rier.

Pa­trick Cur­ley had a strong run in 3:05:22, and Niall O’Con­nor had an eleven-minute P.B. to cap his year of P.B’s in 3:05:40. Adrian Doyle, de­spite a lin­ger­ing in­jury, man­aged a P.B. as well in 3:08:13, and Shane Gre­gan had a P.B. in 3:19:13.

Tim O’Neill dipped un­der the fourhour bar­rier in 3:58:21, as did Paul Dee­gan in 3:56:35. Ryan Glee­son, Shea O’Neill, Michael Sweeney and Des O’Neill all ran re­ally well too.

Belinda Ke­hoe had a 14-minute P.B. to fin­ish as S.B.R’s top women’s run­ner in a very strong 3:37. Orla Fur­long had a magical day as well, util­is­ing per­fect splits to break four hours for the first time in 3:59:41.

Orla Hobbs had a very good day, fin­ish­ing in 4:27:17, and Mairéad O’Neill bat­tled through in­jury to fin­ish in 4:36:52.

Like­wise, Ciara Nolan had to over­come in­jury to fin­ish in 5:05:24 and was fol­lowed home by Sharon Mur­phy (5:20:44), Cathy Dono­van (5:30:41) and Linda Avbarra (6:45:51).

Com­plete S.B.R. Dublin Marathon fin­isher list: Paul Lynch 2.39.20, Myles Gib­bons 2.39.52, Noel Kennedy 2.54.23, David Leonard 2.55.10, Jim O’Mal­ley 2.56.44, Paul Gib­bons 2.57.56, Pa­trick Cur­ley 3.05.22, Niall O’Con­nor 3.05.40, Adrian Doyle 3.08.13, Shane Gre­gan 3.19.13, Eu­gene Do­herty 3.22.50, Belinda Ke­hoe 3.37.42, Tim O’Neill 3.58.21, Orla Fur­long 3.59.41, Paul Dee­gan 3.56.35, Shea O’Neill 4.07.48, Ryan Glee­son 4.11.06, Michael Sweeney 4.25.52, Orla Hobbs 4.27.17, Mairéad O’Neill 4.36.52, Ciara Nolan 5.05.24, Sharon Mur­phy 5.20.44, Cathy Dono­van 5.30.41, Billy Harpur 5.45.09, Des O’Neill 5.45.35, Linda Ab­vara 6.45.51.

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

E’CORTHYHOCKEY

En­nis­cor­thy Hockey Club had three adult sides in ac­tion over the week­end, re­sult­ing in three de­feats.

At a mis­er­able, rainy Astro Ac­tive Cen­tre on Satur­day, the ladies’ sec­ond XI hosted U.C.D. 7 in the first round of the Di­vi­sion 12 Cup.

Even though the weather wasn’t the best, En­nis­cor­thy still showed they were a force to be reck­oned with from the get go and U.C.D’s early breaks ended with noth­ing.

There was su­per move­ment on the wings by Me­gan Dempsey, Orla Sin­nott and Martha Dunne, who made great runs and just barely missed a cou­ple of chances. How­ever, U.C.D. scored just be­fore half-time due to a mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion in the En­nis­cor­thy de­fence.

As the sec­ond half pushed off, En­nis­cor­thy started off full of en­thu­si­asm, fight­ing for ev­ery op­por­tu­nity. The backs de­fended bril­liantly as none of the goals came from the many short cor­ners that U.C.D. got the chance to take.

En­nis­cor­thy were a bit more in­tel­li­gent with their play in the sec­ond-half but were un­able to cap­i­talise on it. De­spite a hard-work­ing de­fen­sive ef­fort, the hosts leaked two fur­ther goals in the sec­ond 35 min­utes, giv­ing the stu­dents a 3-0 win.

Squad: Aine O’Brien, Alice Kelly, Alice Med­calf, Amy D’Al­ton, Eleanore Bol­ger, Ellen Ro­gan, Laura Red­mond, Martha Dunne, Me­gan Dempsey, Muire­ann Nic Cor­cráin, Orla Sin­nott, Saoirse Power.

The on pitch mis­ery con­tin­ued on Sun­day. The ladies’ third XI trav­elled to Kilkenny to play reign­ing Sun­day League cham­pi­ons Car­low.

A weak­ened squad were weak­ened still fur­ther when Muire­ann Nic Cor­cráin was in­jured in­side the first ten min­utes.

The hosts took full ad­van­tage, lead­ing by three goals to nil at half-time, and ex­tended by a fur­ther goal in the sec­ond-half.

Squad: Alice Med­calf, Amy Mur­phy, Hay­ley Squire, Irene Doyle, Linda Dur­nan, Lisa Frayne, Mairéad Mur­phy, Mairéad Neville, Me­lanie Ní Dhuinn, Muire­ann Nic Cor­cráin, Cather­ine Lakes.

Mean­while, the men’s first eleven made their way to county Kil­dare and a cup en­counter with Naas.

In a close en­counter, En­nis­cor­thy were level with 15 min­utes to go, cour­tesy of goals from Ivan Roth­well (penalty flick) and Roy Chap­man af­ter some strong run­ning by Wil­liam Dur­nan.

How­ever, the hosts found an­other gear and scored three times, knock­ing the Slaneysiders out on a 5-2 score­line.

Squad: Gra­ham Hill, David Sim­mons, Glenn Chap­man, An­drew Roth­well, Ivan Roth­well, Roy Chap­man, Aod­hán O’Leary, Wil­liam Dur­nan, Char­lie Dunne, Jake English, Ed­mundas Liuiki­mas, Niall Maguire.

The Un­der-14 boys played Y.M.C.A. at the week­end, los­ing 2-1. Jack Tully scored for En­nis­cor­thy.

The blitz events for the first/sec­ond class and third/fourth class girls’ groups fell vic­tim to the in­clement weather.

The girls’ Un­der-16 In­ter­me­di­ate yel­low side were un­for­tu­nate to nar­rowly lose away to Weston on Sun­day, with the west Dublin out­fit scor­ing from a penalty corner mid­way through the first-half.

En­nis­cor­thy had good op­por­tu­ni­ties from Tara Somers, Emer Bowe and Sad­hbh Ryan, while Re­becca Leech was des­per­ately un­lucky to hit the post with ten min­utes re­main­ing.

Squad: Kate Free­man, Eva Roth­well, Ailbhe Har­ring­ton, Emma-Louise Do­ran, Alexi Gil­lot, Aoife Browne, Dervla Walsh, Emer Bowe, Re­becca Leech, Tara Somers, Sad­hbh Ryan, Katie Ward.

Ay­men Siounne of Gorey Rangers and Cian Han­ley (Moyne Rangers) in ac­tion dur­ing the youths league game in Ram­stown on Satur­day which ended in a 2-1 win for the vis­i­tors from En­nis­cor­thy.

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