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.
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.
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!
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.