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Fiona is on Wed­nes­day in Kilmore G.A.A. Cen­tre at 6.30 p.m. for Ju­ve­nile mem­bers. See the train­ing pro­grammes for de­tails.

Young run­ners must be seven years old al­ready this year to qual­ify un­der Ath­let­ics Ire­land rules. New mem­bers are wel­come, and par­ents can con­tact us by e-mail­ing kil­more­ath­let­ic­[email protected] gmail.com

WEX­FORD HOCKEY

Both of Wex­ford’s adult teams were in ac­tion at the week­end, with the teams record­ing two wins out of two.

Wex­ford ladies’ firsts con­tin­ued their win­ning ways with a home game against Guin­ness firsts on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Af­ter a good win against Botanic the pre­vi­ous week, Wex­ford were look­ing to put wins back-to-back and give them­selves a boost up the Di­vi­sion 4 ta­ble.

The home side got the best pos­si­ble start when Muire­ann McCarthy found the net in­side the first two min­utes. Wex­ford at­tacked right from the off and from the goal­keeper’s diving save of an ini­tial shot, McCarthy slot­ted the ball into the net to give Wex­ford an early ad­van­tage.

Guin­ness, how­ever, in­creased the pres­sure fol­low­ing the Wex­ford goal, push­ing up and us­ing a high for­ward to hunt for the equaliser.

Wex­ford de­fended well, par­tic­u­larly on short cor­ners, with the back line hold­ing firm against the lively Guin­ness mid­field and for­ward line.

But Guin­ness got their break just min­utes be­fore half-time when a way­ward Wex­ford pass was picked up by an in­com­ing player. Goal­keeper Anna Hayes came out to try to smother the at­tack but a quick pass found an un­marked player who slot­ted home the equaliser.

Wex­ford re-grouped at half-time and made some team changes that helped to so­lid­ify their cen­tral line.

Up front, Laura Gib­ney, Miriam Lam­bert and Muire­ann McCarthy cov­ered ev­ery inch of the field, with Joanne Grant also slot­ting into the at­tack, win­ning a num­ber of frees and short cor­ners.

In­deed, it was Grant who sealed the win for Wex­ford; when a ball broke to her in the cir­cle, Grant wasted no time in ham­mer­ing it to the back of the net to put the home team back in the driv­ing seat.

The team con­tin­ued to push on, while hold­ing their shape at the back. Cen­tre-back Sinéad Dem­spey made some cru­cial tack­les, with sweeper Sinéad McDon­nell also step­ping back to cut out the Guin­ness threat.

But Wex­ford were well in con­trol in the sec­ond-half, ev­i­denced by the fact that they did not con­cede a sin­gle short cor­ner in those 35 min­utes.

The win brings the team back up to a mid-ta­ble po­si­tion with one league game left be­fore the Christ­mas break.

They are back on cup duty next week­end when they take on YMCA firsts in the Di­vi­sion 3/4 Cup in En­nis­cor­thy.

Team: Anna Hayes, Chloe O’Con­nor, Anna Cor­co­ran, Sinéad Dempsey, Ciara McGrath, Avril Jones, Sinéad McDon­nell, Ciara Pet­titt, Laura Gib­ney, Miriam Lam­bert, Muire­ann McCarthy, Joanne Grant, Is­abel O’Con­nor.

In an ac­tion-packed Sun­day League fix­ture, Wex­ford sec­onds faced Car­low sec­onds in Loreto Kilkenny.

The weather held up, Car­low won the toss and opted for push­back.

Wex­ford dis­played fan­tas­tic team­work and deter­mi­na­tion through­out the game; both teams were evenly matched, as em­pha­sised by the fact that both won the same amount of short cor­ners, to no avail on ei­ther side as the goal­keep­ers were solid.

The Wex­ford for­ward line of Róisín Doyle, cap­tain Cora Raftery and Char­lotte Breen made great charg­ing runs on at­tack, while track­ing back when Car­low turned the ta­bles on the counter-at­tack.

The O’Con­nor sis­ters, Chloe and Is­abel, worked in part­ner­ship to send threat­en­ing balls into Car­low’s de­fence as well as keep­ing great fo­cus on their game to win pos­ses­sion back in their tack­ling.

Wex­ford’s back line, sim­i­larly, dealt with strong at­tack­ing play from Car­low, with Edel Mo­ran and Is­abel O’Con­nor clear­ing any po­ten­tial dan­ger. Mean­while, Emer O’Rourke hounded the Car­low for­wards, cut­ting off po­ten­tial at­tacks by shad­ow­ing their play.

Char­lotte Breen broke the dead­lock, mak­ing a su­perb run down the wing, send­ing a ball in from the end line which de­flected off a Car­low de­fender, beat­ing the ‘keeper to give Wex­ford the lead.

Wex­ford showed fan­tas­tic com­po­sure for the rest of the game, keep­ing Car­low at bay, in par­tic­u­lar in the dy­ing min­utes when the back line came un­der sus­tained pres­sure, but ‘keeper Dot Byrne made two fan­tas­tic saves, ce­ment­ing Wex­ford’s win.

Wex­ford held firm, with their team spirit, mo­ti­va­tion and per­se­ver­ance re­sult­ing in them hold­ing on for the 1-0 win.

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 Gowran on Sun­day.

First to the start line were Richie Mul­lally and Luca Kin­sella. Both ran fine races with Richie ninth and Luca close be­hind him.

The Un­der-9 races saw Olivia Mul­l­lally fin­ish­ing a fine fourth, with Saor­laith Mul­l­lally not far be­hind in the girls’ race and James Vereker sev­enth in the boys’ race.

A great run by Lily Ryan saw her fin­ish sec­ond in the girls’ Un­der-11 race, with Aisleann Mul­lally twelfth and Mia Barry 22nd.

The boys’ race saw the sole St. Joseph’s vic­tory of the day, with Luke Vereker hav­ing a great win.

A typ­i­cal storm­ing fin­ish saw Eabha Mul­l­lally gain two places to fin­ish an ex­cel­lent sec­ond in the girls’ Un­der-13 race, with Caoimhe Barry bat­tling hard not far be­hind to fin­ish sev­enth.

The last two races were the women’s and men’s 0ver-50 county cham­pi­onships, with the club rep­re­sented by Frances Mul­lally and Patrick Bookle. Both ran fine races to fin­ish sec­ond in each and claim county sil­ver medals.

A great club turn-out at the Water­ford half-marathon last week­end saw the fol­low­ing re­sults achieved: Michael Ryan 1:29:40, Stephen O’Con­nor 1.33.03, David Larkin 1:33:11, David Lani­gan 1:33:40, Anita Barry 1:51:16, Sinéad Croke 1:56:57, Oriel Glen­non 2:00:20, John McDon­ald 2:00:41, Su­san Lani­gan 2:00:38, Dun­can O’Shaugh­nessy 2:07:01, Mary McDon­ald 2:14:37, Katie Kin­sella 2:19:46, Alma Barron 2:20:12, Jackie O’Shaugh­nessy 2:19:58, Su­san Bol­ger 2:20:59, Denise Doyle 2:21:34, Adri­enne Flynn 2:22:49, He­len Wal­she 2:22:51 Cather­ine Hen­nessy 2.47.10, and Anna O’Dwyer 2:47:10. Well done to ev­ery­one.

The an­nual St. Joseph’s Ath­letic Club St. Stephen’s Day 5k fam­ily fun run will take place at 12 noon. Walk, jog or run, bring the buggy or bring the dog. Fancy dress is op­tional, with spot prizes and light re­fresh­ments avail­able. Do­na­tions are wel­come.

UNITED STRIDERS A.C.

With quite a strin­gent qual­i­fi­ca­tion process to com­pete at the na­tional Ju­ve­nile cross-coun­try event, it was fan­tas­tic to have so many Striders in ac­tion at Ab­bot­stown.

Myles Hewlett was our star per­former, pick­ing up a na­tional sil­ver medal with a fan­tas­tic dis­play of front run­ning. Myles cov­ered the test­ing 3k course in 9.58, which ranks as one of the best-ever per­for­mances by an un­der-age Strider.

He was ably sup­ported by his team­mates Eoin Shan­non, Finn Kelly, Seán Len­non, Cosmo Hewlett, Ben My­ers, Caolan Costello and To­masso Hickey. All eight boys have made great per­sonal progress this year and recorded a fourth place fin­ish in the na­tional club event. They were ever so close to a na­tional medal in this ul­tra-com­pet­i­tive age group.

Our Un­der-16 boys’ team were also com­pet­ing, cour­tesy of their pro­vin­cial club-win­ning per­for­mance in Oc­to­ber. All run­ning out of age, they gave it their best shot and, un­der the cir­cum­stances, per­formed re­ally well.

The team con­sist­ing of Ben and Robert Wall, Ai­dan Shan­non, Dar­ragh Flan­nelly and Oisín Mac Eochaidh all fin­ished mid pack, and out­side the club and county team medals.

This group will team up with Myles and the other younger lads to com­pete at the na­tional Un­der-15 cross-coun­try event in mid-De­cem­ber.

The Striders were out in big num­bers in round two of the Wex­ford win­ter league, de­spite the cold and wet con­di­tions, and all per­formed fan­tas­ti­cally well.

A big well done to the fol­low­ing: Anna O’Reilly, Katelin Cor­ish, T.J. Mur­phy, Don­agh Gren­nan, Sam Dowl­ing, Fionn Mac Eochaidh, Dar­ragh Mackey, Maitiú Wall, Sarah Lil­lis, Isabella O’Con­nor, Dy­lan Galvin, Finn O’Reilly, Eoin Steven­son, Ailbhe Mackey, Eanna Gren­nan, Max Mur­phy, Ava Ke­hoe, Sam My­ers, Kee­lan Ryan, Ro­nan Shan­non, Moya Corbett, Seán Len­non, Luca O’Con­nor, Tom­maso Hickey, Is­abel Baw­den, Hazel Hick- ey, Owen Len­non, Kelly Corbett, Ais­ling Ryan, Clodagh Fo­ran and Erinn Shan­non.

Ev­ery­body did their best and con­trib­uted points for the best club tro­phy, with the Striders lead­ing by a nar­row mar­gin with only one round to go.

WAN­DER­ERS RUGBY

Wan­der­ers 27, Rail­way Union 8: Af­ter a three-week lay-off, Wex­ford Wan­der­ers sec­ond XV hosted Rail­way Union at Park Lane on Sun­day in the open­ing clash of a must-win dou­ble-header against the south Dublin side.

Wan­der­ers’ last out­ing saw them record a 50-0 win over a poor Mullingar side who have sub­se­quently with­drawn from the J2 League, while the sched­uled fix­ture at home to New­bridge was can­celled due to their in­abil­ity to field.

The game against Rail­way Union, which was the first af­ter the half­way point in the league, saw a hun­gry Wan­der­ers side want­ing to ex­or­cise the nar­row 13-8 loss in the pre­vi­ous meet­ing.

The open­ing min­utes showed that Wex­ford were up against a much-al­tered Rail­way side who were first on the score­board af­ter three min­utes with an un­con­verted try in the cor­ner.

Wan­der­ers then started to find their rhythm, and num­ber 8 Kevin Red­mond scored a try un­der the posts which Richie Waters eas­ily con­verted.

Rail­way tried to use their fast back line to in­flict dam­age on Wan­der­ers, but solid de­fend­ing by Wex­ford en­sured the game ebbed and flowed un­til some rare indis­ci­pline al­lowed Rail­way to re­gain the lead with a penalty.

How­ever this was short­lived, with Waters restor­ing the lead on the half hour through a penalty.

With ten min­utes left in the half, Wan­der­ers started to cut loose with some ex­cel­lent han­dling to al­low phe­nom­e­nal wing for­ward Vinny Car­roll to score on the left.

In­deed, he showed great com­po­sure to cross in the cor­ner and then touch down closer to the posts to al­low Waters an eas­ier con­ver­sion.

Next up was Waters him­self who broke from the ’22 to score in the right cor­ner. Un­for­tu­nately, the con­ver­sion was not added, but the score­line stood at an im­pres­sive 22-8 at the in­ter­val.

In the sec­ond pe­riod Rail­way had a resur­gence of sorts, with two unan­swered and un­con­verted tries re­duc­ing the dif­fer­ence to 22-18 with less than 15 min­utes to go.

Wan­der­ers emp­tied the bench and thank­fully, with less than ten min­utes re­main­ing, Waters ap­peared to score in the cor­ner, only for the ref­eree to over-rule the lines­man and de­clare him in touch.

De­spite this set­back, Wex­ford re­mained calm and kept Rail­way in their own ’22. The try when it did come was from man of the match Kevin B. Roche who stole over in the cor­ner with less than two min­utes re­main­ing.

The fi­nal score was 27-8, in­clud­ing four tries.

There were some notable per­for­mances, es­pe­cially from the new half-back pair­ing of Roche and the re­turned Ciarán Joyce. Waters also al­ways looked threat­en­ing on the ball, as did young Barry Ryan and Car­roll.

The win keeps Wan­der­ers in sec­ond place (21), seven points be­hind Clon­dalkin, with third-placed Port­laoise four points fur­ther back on 17.

This makes next week­end’s away fix­ture against Clon­dalkin all the more im­por­tant in de­cid­ing Wan­der­ers’ fate in this league.

Wex­ford: Robert O’Leary, Barry Ryan, Ja­son Guer­rine, Mick Doyle, Pat Toomey, Cil­lian McConville (capt.), Vin­cent Car­roll, Kevin Red­mond, Kevin Bren­dan Roche, Ciarán Joyce, Yo­hann Pinchedez, Tom Barry, Richie Waters, Cor­mac Burke, John Gan­non. Subs. - David Avtin, Robert Walsh, Noel Richards, Chris Vick­ery, Jack O’Leary.

Wex­ford C.B.S. Box­ing Club mem­ber Richard O’Brien with his bronze medal and cer­tifi­cate won in a Ju­nior 1 54 kg. com­pe­ti­tion in Ger­many.He is pic­tured with club of­fi­cials Dar­ren Phillips and Pauline Ka­vanagh.

Niall Sheil of St. Kil­lian’s run­ning for Ire­land in Swansea.

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