Enniscorthy 14, New Ross 24: Enniscorthy's Leinster League Under-19 quarter-final versus Navan was put back a week, as was New Ross v. Mullingar, with both re-scheduled for Saturday next which necessitates a dawn start to Navan for the early noon kick-off to facilitate the viewing of Wales v. Ireland at 1.30 p.m., thanks to the I.R.F.U. and T.V. schedules.
Both sides had a final run-out at Ross Road in an even contest until the visitors showed greater power to snatch a victory with two late tries. Enniscorthy started well with their pack dominating exchanges through the good work of pack leader Murt Kehoe, captain James Cooper, groundhog Lar McDonald and Brian Windsor.
After a good break by Martin Steemers, re-cycled ball was taken on by Mike Morrissey, off-loading to Jack Flood with Alex Pim scoring in the corner and Rob Frayne landing a mighty conversion from the touchline. Ross came back hard and only excellent defence marshalled by Brian Bolger and Fionn Carty held them at bay, however despite the heroics they managed a touchdown out wide to leave the halftime score 7-5.
Enniscorthy started the second-half in determined mode and after a good break by Dylan Walsh and Danny Dreelan was stopped in its tracks, the ball broke kindly to Neil McCrea who made good yardage up the blind side to link with flanker Ryan who touched down under the posts, followed by an easy tap-over by Frayne to lead 14-10.
Enniscorthy emptied their bench and good contributions from Dylan Furlong, Pat Kehoe, Ross Walsh, Leon Power, Ciarán O'Neill and Daniel Owen helped to stem the red tide until tiredness set in on a sticky pitch and Ross finished the stronger. Enniscorthy will need to build on this performance to take the spoils in Meath on Saturday next.
Enniscorthy Under-15s had a Leinster League match against Gorey in the Ross Road. On a bitterly cold day, the home side was up against a bigger side, but took the game to the opposition at every opportunity.
Gorey ran the first couple of balls that they had but were kept in check by excellent tackling by Peter O'Connor, Adam Daly, Andrew Redmond and Peter Breen. The next time Gorey tried to run the ball, the home side took advantage of this good tackling for Sebastian Pim to catch an intercept and run 40 metres to score under the posts for a try converted by Adam Daly. It was 7-0 and Gorey were reeling.
The home team were playing very well now and great rucking and forward drives by Josh Martin, Donal Harrington, Declan Geraghty, Oisín Cullen and especially David Doyle were causing the visitors untold problems. Following a long spell of this type of play, Gavin Watchorn was unlucky not to score, but he showed fantastic football sense to convert a drop goal when very little else was on, and on a sodden, mucky pitch this was a score of real skill.
Gorey began to have more say in affairs at this stage, but were still being stopped in their tracks time and again by resolute home defending. Luke Sweeney, Eoin Kelly and Daithí Medcalf were especially prominent during this spell. While Gorey had lots of possession, they were never allowed to get close enough to really threaten the home line and the home side went into the break on a high when Watchorn struck for a try following great work from Doyle, Redmond, Harrington and Peter Breen, with great link play provided by scrum-half Billy Wickham. This try was not converted.
Having put in such a huge effort in the first-half to lead 17-0 at the break, it was no surprise that Gorey came out strong in the second-half to try to get back into the game but they were met by solid tackling, chasing and covering by a very determined home outfit for whom Peter Breen was a tackling dynamo, frequently making two or even three tackles in one phase of play.
Eventually however, the pressure told and Gorey scored a try which wasn't converted. This was then followed by a second try and the home team really had to knuckle down to ensure a win. They managed to get up the field and after some great work from forwards, and good running by backs, they were rewarded with a penalty which Daly kicked to put some daylight between the sides and make things a bit more comfortable.
At this stage, Tony Murphy, Darragh Gethings and Mike Kelly were brought on to bolster the defensive effort, and each played their part, with Murphy making sure the scrum stayed solid, while Gethings produced several bullocking runs which Gorey found very hard to stop, and Kelly brought off two fine tackles.
Finn Condon was unlucky that time ran out before he got his chance. After further great play from backs and forwards alike, Pim struck for the insurance score which Daly converted to leave the last minutes of play relatively comfortable with the final score 25-10.
Racing795 was well represented at the recent Naas duathlon at Punchestown racecourse. The race, hosted by Naas Triathlon Club, consisted of a 3.2 km. run, 19 km. cycle, and a 3.2 km. run to finish. Mike Ryan finished first, Niall O Muirí third and Tracey Redmond seventh in their respective age categories, with Colm McGrath putting in a very solid performance. Well done to all.
The Racing795 training duathlon is scheduled for February 17, starting at Spellman Park, Kildavin, with sign-on at 9.30 a.m. and the race start at 10 a.m. This is an open training exercise comprising a 3 km. run, 25 km. cycle and a 3 km. run to finish. Non-club members or potential future club members are welcome to attend, but do please contact us to register your participation.
Pat Whitney took club members for a coached bike session on Saturday, January 19, in Enniscorthy. Pat is a top-class coach and Racing795 is very grateful for his time and expertise which members found to be highly valuable. Spinning and circuit training classes are continuing and are well-attended.
If you are interested in finding out more or becoming a member of Racing795, check out www.racing795.com, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on facebook: Racingsevenninefive Bunclody.
SLANEY OLYMPIC A.C.
Slaney Olympic on tour: a group of about 25 club members and some friends made the trip to Dungarvan on Sunday last for the John Treacy Dungarvan 10 road race. The weather in the days leading up to the race was wet and windy to say the least, but the conditions were perfect for the ten-mile race.
Starting off along the sea front, athletes then did a lap of the town, before heading out the country. The course was relatively flat so a few P.B's were achieved. Well done to everyone who competed and to the organisers for a great event. Results are on www.slaneyolympic.com.
Training continues in Bellefield Tuesday and Thursday at 6.30 p.m. If you're running the Hope & Dream why not come along to Bellefield where you can train from 6.30-7.30 on these evenings - contact Mag on 087-6366905 for details. If you're walking the Hope & Dream 10, Jason is meeting a group for some training also and he can be contacted on 087-1216233.
Only two weeks are left to the Enniscorthy 10k, taking place on February 10 and sponsored by Crean & Crean and Audi Enniscorthy Motor Company. If you haven't entered already see www.slaneyolympic.com for an entry form. The nominated charity this year is the Jack & Jill Foundation. Let's make this a great sporting day in Enniscorthy.
Race four of the winter league took place on Wednesday evening, with smaller numbers but some very speedy times. The fifth and inal night is tomorrow (Wednesday). We are looking for suggestions to continue some form of race for the Wednesday evenings in February, so get your thinking caps on! Results are on www.slaneyolympic.com.
Dates for your diary: January 30, fifth night of club winter league, The Prom; February 10, Enniscorthy 10k, Clonhaston; February 17, County Novice road championship, Dublin Road; February 22, Wexford Athletics awards night, The Bailey.
Gorey Badminton Club continues in 2013 in the Naomh Eanna G.A.A. complex every Monday and Wednesday, with the children's club from 4 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. and adults' club from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
For adults and children alike, there's lots of fun and games and plenty of exercise! There's social play, and also competitions for those that are interested.
The club is open to players of all ages and abilities, so why not go along and 'give badminton a shot!'. For more information, please contact club Chairman Ross McNiven on 086-6050870.
Gorey women's team play their first match on Sunday next, February 3, at home against Old Belvedere (Dublin) at 2 p.m. in the Shield Cup, Leinster Branch. The team, coached by Neville Copeland, Tommy Martin, Tim Roarke and Jonathon Reynolds, has trained hard for the past few months and the players are really looking forward to the game. The team includes some of the Gorey side which played in the recent Leinster Under-19 inter-pros series in December. Please come and roar on the Gorey women!
Gorey women's section are recruiting for the Senior, Under-18 and Under-15 teams. All beginners are welcome. As you can see we have a lot to offer in our club, a great way of making new friends and having fun too. Give it a try! Please contact Nicola Doyle at 087-8294035.
Gorey Under-12 girls' tag team have been invited to play against Enniscorthy at half-time at the forthcoming Irish Legends versus English Legends charity match on Saturday, February 9, in Donnybrook. A great occasion is guaranteed! Go Gorey girls!
S. B. R. A. C.
Well done to all the S.B.R. athletes who competed in the John Treacy Dungarvan ten miles road race that was organised by West Waterford A.C. on Sunday last. Results are not yet available but will be published next week.
S.B.R. members should note that renewal of membership takes place tonight (Tuesday) from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Community Centre in Ferns. All must attend if renewing membership for 2013 as registration is up on January 31.
The S.B.R. winter league will begin on Tuesday, February 5, with runners meeting on the square in Ferns at 7.45 p.m. and the race getting under way at 8 p.m. More details can be obtained from Lukie Kehoe on 087-3222914 or Sliabh Buidhe Rovers can be found on Facebook.
The league is an ideal introduction for anyone interested in joining an athletics club and will prove a very good build-up for forthcoming races such as the Enniscorthy 10 km, Wexford half marathon etc., as runners should see their times improve from week to week as they become fitter.