The Slaney Sharks swimming club competed in the first round of the mini round robin gala at Ferrybank Pool, Wexford. As well as the Enniscorthy and Wexford clubs, swimming clubs from New Ross, Courtown and Kilkenny are taking part in this new league for 2012'13, with each club hosting one leg of the competition.
The mini round robin gala is aimed at the club's more Junior swimmers, and those representing Enniscorthy's Slaney Sharks certainly showed they are well on their way to being the stars of the future. Swimmers took part in individual and relay team events with points being allocated for first, second and third place finishes.
Eleven-year-old Jack D. Nolan-Whitney was at the top of his game, and he showed it by finishing first in all three of his events, swimming personal best times in two of them. Jack started with a win in the boys aged 9-11 50m freestyle where he swam a personal best time of 37.02, taking 1.22 seconds off his previous time.
He then won the boys aged 9-11 50m backstroke in another personal best time of 47.39, 0.61 seconds faster than his previous record. He went on to also win the boys aged 9-11 50m breaststroke in a time of 49.29 seconds.
The Slaney Sharks' youngest member, seven-year-old Abi M. Cullen, was also in fine form, swimming personal best times in each of her three events. She took 1.47 seconds off her time for the girls aged 8 and under 25m freestyle when she finished the event in a personal best time of 25.26.
Abi swam another personal best time of 31.18 in the girls aged 8 and under 25m backstroke, taking 4.43 seconds off her record, and she finished the day with a personal best time of 36.18 in the girls aged 8 and under 25m breaststroke, 1.85 seconds faster than her previous best.
Sophie Gillot (age ten) took an astounding 14.39 seconds off her time for the girls aged 9-11 50m backstroke when she swam a new personal best time of 58.26. Sophie also swam a personal best time of 42.79 in the girls aged 9-11 50m freestyle, taking a very impressive 6.95 seconds off her previous time.
Twelve-year-old Danny Kehoe smashed his previous record for the boys aged 12 and over 100m breaststroke when he took 13.94 seconds off his time to finish the event in a personal best of 2:16.67.
The following Slaney Sharks swimmers excelled themselves at the gala and achieved personal best times in their events -
Eimear Bowe (age ten): 49.51 in the girls aged 9-11 50m freestyle (-6.44) and 1:01.58 in the girls aged 9-11 50m backstroke (-2.37);
Aoife Clausen (age 11): 45.54 in the girls aged 9-11 50m freestyle (-5.05) and 1:06.08 in the girls aged 9-11 50m breaststroke (-1.51);
Ben J. Geraghty (age 11): 41.66 in the boys aged 9-11 50m freestyle (-2.21), and 1:04.24 in the boys aged 9-11 50m breaststroke (-0.22);
Alannah Malone (age 13): 1:35.47 in the girls aged 12 and over 100m freestyle (-2.81) and 1:51.31 in the girls aged 12 and over 100m backstroke (3.63);
Luke Harrington (age 12): 1:34.13 in the boys aged 12 and over 100m freestyle (-0.95).
Three of Enniscorthy's swimmers made their competitive debut at the Wexford gala when they represented their club for the first time. They were Harry Nolan (age eight), Ailbhe Harrington (age ten) and Tadhg Malone (age eleven). All three put in very strong performances in their events as did Róisín B. Kennedy (age nine), Alice Medcalf (age ten), Amy E. Murphy (age ten) and Jessica L.Roche (age 12) who were also representing the Slaney Sharks club.
In addition to the individual events, the Slaney Sharks also performed well in the relay events. In the mixed aged 9-11 100m freestyle event the club's 'B' and 'A' teams finished second and fourth respectively, and Enniscorthy's 12 and over mixed relay team finished third in the 200m freestyle event.
Enniscorthy thirds played a friendly in Tullow on Sunday last ahead of their important league fixture in Wexford on Saturday next. Tullow were in typical mood with strong, robust forwards backed up by a very quick set of backs.
They opened the scoring after 15 minutes with a well-worked backs move followed by another try, this time after a forwards' drive. Enniscorthy were forced to make early changes with niggly injuries to Johnny O'Dowd, Jamie Barron and Francis Wickham.
The second-half pattern continued the same and Tullow got try number three midway through. There were further injuries to Davy Murphy and Brendan Kearney, and Tullow saw out the game 21-0 winners. Thanks to all who travelled and we look forward to a full strength squad next weekend.
Team: Jack Murphy, Davy Murphy, 'Butch' Doyle, Eugene O'Connor, Malcolm Rothwell, Johnny O'Dowd, Jamie Barron, Stuart Murphy, Ethan Dalton, Brian Allen, Jerome Caxard, Brendan Kearney, John Daly, Jonathan Jacob, Eugene Kehoe, Tom Quigley, Cathal Spratt, Francis Wickham.
Enniscorthy 20, Wicklow 7: Enniscorthy Under-19s recorded a good win in the Leinster League, in a match played in atrocious conditions against a game Wicklow side. Enniscorthy's forwards were the foundation of this victory, with hooker Jack Flood and Daniel Owen combining well out of touch, ably assisted by the remainder of the front five in the towering Mike Morrissey, Murt Kehoe and captain James Cooper.
Against considerable elements in the first-half, Enniscorthy hit the front with their brave half-backs, Neil McCrea and Rob Frayne, moving quick ball to release Liam Ryan on a forceful run up the centre. He produced a brilliant offload to link with man of the match Brian Bolger who ran over the full-back to touch down.
Enniscorthy were doing all of the attacking, squandering a few chances before a rare Wicklow attack produced a converted try despite staunch defending by Dylan Walsh, Fionn Carty and Gavin Bailey, on the stroke of half-time.
Enniscorthy had introduced Steven Redmond before half-time and he immediately instilled some leadership, with the home side taking the game to Wicklow on the resumption. Bolger was involved in some forceful play to hack on a ball Danny Dreelan got on the end of, keeping his head to secure an opportunist try.
Enniscorthy were now on top and Martin Steemers raced up the middle which forced the defenders to concede a fivemetre scrum, with Bolger on hand to pick up and score his second. Enniscorthy had then introduced Lar McDonald, Dylan Furlong, Ciarán O'Neill and Seán Murphy, due to injuries and trying conditions, to contribute to a handsome win.
Number 8 Brian Windsor had the final say to score the try of the match. Wicklow pressed hard for the final ten minutes but Enniscorthy's defence held firm.
Panel: Jonnie Squance, Dylan Walsh, Martin Steemers, Liam Ryan, Danny Dreelan, Rob Frayne, Neil McCrea, James Cooper, Jack Flood, Martin Kehoe, Daniel Owen, Mike Morrissey, Brian Bolger, Gavin Bailey, Alex Pim, Fionn Carty, Brian Windsor, Lar McDonald, Ciarán O'Neill, Pat Kehoe, Ross Walsh, Dylan Furlong, Leon Power, Seán Murphy, Ian Butler, Steven Redmond.
Fixtures - Saturday, December 1: Under-19 v. New Ross, Leinster League, at New Ross, 2 p.m.; Under-13 v. Newbridge, Leinster League, at Ross Road, 11 a.m., back pitch; Under-15 Hawks v. Arklow, at Arklow, time TBC; seconds v. Coolmine, Leinster League, Ross Road, 12.30 p.m.; firsts v. Coolmine, Leinster League, Ross Road, 2 p.m.; thirds v. Wexford Wanderers, Leinster League, Park Lane, 3 p.m.
Sunday, December 2: Mini blitz, 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.; Under-17 v. Ashbourne, Leinster League, 1 p.m., front pitch; Under-15 v. Naas, Leinster League, 1 p.m., back pitch; Panthers v. Dublin University, League, Dublin venue, 1 p.m.
S. B. R. A. C.
Well done to all the Wexford athletes who represented the county so well at last Sunday afternoon's All-Ireland Senior inter-counties cross-country championships that were held on a very muddy course at Tattersalls Farm, Co. Meath.
The Senior ladies had 8 km. to cover, and Ciara Wilson (D.M.P.) had a great run to lead home the Wexford team and in the process win a bronze medal in the Under-23 championship race. Fiona Kehoe (Kilmore) was second Wexford lady home, closely followed by Catherine Murphy (Slaney Olympic). Elizabeth Egan (Bree) was next, ahead of Elaine Cardiff (Kilmore), Catherine Walsh and Lillian Lawless (both S.B.R.).
In the Senior men's race, S.B.R. athletes formed the six-strong County Wexford team. Denis Moynihan and Myles Gibbons ran the 10 km. race together, with Denis edging ahead over the last 400m to finish first Wexford man home. Paul Gibbons was third scorer ahead of Pat O'Neill, David Leonard and Tommy McElwaine.
The S.B.R. club handicap will take place this coming Sunday (December 2) in Ferns at 2 p.m. The race is open to club members only and runners will start on a staggered basis (rated on their time from the Mick Murphy Memorial four miles road race that was held in September - the same four miles course will be used for the handicap), with the fastest runner off last, thus giving everyone an equal chance of winning (the winner will be the first person back over the finish line, rather than whoever has the fastest time over the course).
Refreshments and prizegiving will take place in ''The Thatch'' afterwards. More information can be found on Sliabh Buidhe Rovers' Facebook page.
S.B.R. club cross-country training takes place each Tuesday and Thursday evening in Ferns (in the field on the Ballycarney road, past the Ferns G.A.A. grounds). Sessions take place under lights from 7 p.m. and new members are always welcome. More information is available from Lukie Kehoe on 0873222914.
SLANEY OLYMPIC A.C.
Slaney Olympic was represented by Catherine Murphy who competed in the national Inter-county cross-country championships held in in Ratoath, Co. Meath, on Sunday last.
Catherine finished the distance of over 8k in a time of 34.48, in 28th position, from a field of 74 runners. Underfoot conditions after such heavy rainfall meant the going was tough, and the Wexford team finished in fourth place overall. Well done Catherine and team.
The club A.G.M. was held on Friday last in The Bailey. The incoming committee for 2013 is: Chairperson, Jane Porter;
Vice-Chairperson, Ger Dempsey; Secretary, Graham Porter; Assistant Secretary, Marie Chapman; Treasurer, Alice Whitty; P.R.O., Tracy Kavanagh; Committee: Paul Murphy, Fergus Murphy, Lar Doyle, Bridget Doyle; Men's Captain, Jason O'Connor; Ladies' Captain, Mag Dunphy.
With the club enjoying success at all levels and the increase in members, the meeting was well attended and was followed by refreshments and a chance for members to catch up.
Club training continues Tuesdays and Thursdays in Bellefield from 6.30 to 7.30 p.m. and Sundays from the Abbey Square at 8.30 a.m. New members are always welcome - contact Mag on 0876366905 or Jason 087-1216233 or any club member.
Dates for your diary: December 9, national Novice cross-country, Adamstown; December 16, county Senior cross-country hosted by Slaney Olympic.
The Gorey Tennis Club are running a Christmas special for memberships to the club. The club has four excellent courts in great condition and lots of events and coaching available for all ages and skill levels.
Most importantly, it is a very social club and presents a great opportunity to meet up with friends - old and new - and get active on your own or with the whole family. The Christmas special for memberships is €65 for Seniors, €25 for Juniors and €110 for a family. The offer is valid until December 31. This could be a great present for under the tree this year, and will help start the new year on the right foot! Contact the club at 0862344495 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women's tennis mornings are continuing on Wednesdays at 10 a.m., as are club nights with an American-style mixed doubles tournament on Thursdays at 8 p.m. Both follow with a cup of tea afterwards. For Juniors, fun tennis takes place every Wednesday and a fun tournament takes place every Friday. Both begin at 3.30 p.m.