Wanderers 32, Enniscorthy 20: This Leinster League Division 1A game was a wonderful game of rugby played at a whopping pace.
The visitors, who arrived on the back of defeating league leaders Tullamore, showed their intent right from the kick-off. They were rewarded with an early try after a good break from number 8 Damien Hall who made space for full-back Ciarán O'Boyle to get in for an easy try. Hooker Henry Parker kicked the conversion.
Centre Cian Farrell got clean through the Enniscorthy defence to touch down for a second try. Ivan Poole did kick two penalties as Enniscorthy eventually got into their stride. Five minutes before the break, number 8 Timmy Morrissey secured a loose ball and his off-load set Ivan Poole on one of his mazy runs. He worked the oracle to set wing Fiacre Ryan free, and his wispy run beat three defenders on the way to a super try. Ivan Poole's conversion put the home side in front 13-7.
The lead didn't last long however when the visitors scored their third try just on half-time. They availed of some sloppy defending and Cian Farrell got in all too easily for the fivepointer. It gave the visitors a 17-12 interval lead.
Veteran out-half Fergal Campion dropped a goal just after the re-start to extend the lead and, as the match moved into the third quarter, they added two further tries from Patrick Larchit and Richie Kavanagh. Enniscorthy will have been disappointed with their defence of those two scores. Enniscorthy introduced long-term injury victim Tony Ryan and he made a major contribution.
Enniscorthy's play improved and they were a little unlucky not to score on a couple of occasions, but their persistence paid off when captain Ross Barbour finished off a fine move to score the try. Ivan Poole kicked the conversion. The astute kicking of former Leinster outhalf Fergal Campion kept the regenerated home team at bay as they went in search of a bonus point.
Enniscorthy lost player-coach Damian McCabe ten minutes from the end with knee ligament damage. 'I am not sure yet the extent of my injury but it doesn't look good, especially as there are so many crucial matches on the horizon,' he said. 'What can you do as it is part and parcel of the game but look, we did let them in for a few easy tries. Having said that, one would have to be pleased with the way we bounced back.
'Wanderers are a much different side than at the start of the season and although I might complain, they were the better team today and will now take some stopping. Our target now will be to finish in the top four of the league which is well within our reach with three games remaining.'
Team: Ciarán Murphy, Luke Goff, Paddy Waters, John Bracken (Declan O'Brien), Seán Wall, Naoise Dunbar, Mitchel Dalton, Timmy Morrissey (Tony Ryan), Alan Jacob, Ivan Poole (David Dunne), Evan Lett, Damien McCabe (Ivan Jacob), Ross Barbour, Fiacre Ryan, Richard Dunne.
Waterpark 5, Enniscorthy 22: Enniscorthy Under-19s travelled to Waterford in preparation for their Leinster Premier League quarterfinal away to Navan on January 26 and came away with a win after a difficult encounter.
The match turned over at 3-0 to Enniscorthy after a Rob Frayne penalty which was the only score of the first-half. Waterpark had the majority of attacking options in the first-half and only stubborn defence from Martin Steemers, Alex Pim, Ciarán O'Neill, Pat Kehoe and Dylan Walsh kept the Enniscorthy line intact.
On the turnover Enniscorthy began to gain a semblance of control and forwards Mike Morrissey, James Cooper and Dylan Furlong carried strongly to set up an attacking scrum for Brian Bolger and Neil McCrea who worked a move to launch Danny Dreelan for a mazy run, and he beat four defenders to touch down under the sticks and make Frayne's conversion inevitable.
Waterpark came back hard and after a mixup in the visitors' defence they touched down out wide. A period of stalemate followed before Enniscorthy attacked the blind side for full-back Fionn Carty to crash over in the corner. This was quickly followed by a Murt Kehoe try under the sticks followed by another Frayne conversion to put the victory beyond doubt.
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, Alex Pim, Fionn Carty, Brian Windsor, Lar McDonald, Ciarán O'Neill, Pat Kehoe, Ross Walsh, Dylan Furlong, Ian Butler, Steven Redmond, Conor Farrell.
The Enniscorthy Under-15 'A' team beat a strong and determined Athy in their Leinster League match at Ross Road on Saturday last. The Enniscorthy team had tried hard in their previous two matches against Athy but did not get much luck on both occasions. From the start of this match the home team were up for the challenge and took the game to Athy, albeit playing against a stiff cold wind.
Sebastian Pim capped some good work following combination play between forwards and backs and from telling passes by Evan Kelly and Gavin Watchorn to get over for a good try in the corner which was not converted.
Andrew Redmond, Josh Martin and David Doyle worked really hard in the front row. Adam Daly, Darragh Gethings in the second row and Donal Harrington, Declan Geraghty and Oisín Cullen in the back row covered a lot of ground but were penalised for infringements which they will have gained good experience from for future games.
Athy came into the match more midway through the first-half in spite of some very good tackling and covering by the backs. They were rewarded with a try in the corner and two penalities just before half-time to leave the score 11-5 to the visitors at the break.
Enniscorthy started much better after the break and pushed hard for the first ten minutes. They were rewarded after a huge effort by the backs and forwards rucking to get Josh Martiin over in the corner for a try which wasn't converted.
Josh went off injured and Lee Martin came on and played really well, tidying up a lot of loose ball. Gavin Watchorn got on the end of a Peter Breen break and managed to drive through three tackles to get over for another try in the corner, and Enniscorthy were motoring now. Within three minutes Sebastian Pim was in again in the right corner after some excellent work by the rest of the back line of Billy Wickham, Evan Kelly, Peter Breen, Peter O'Connor, Gavin Watchorn and Luke Sweeney.
Peter Breen and Billy Wickham made a few telling tackles after this which kept Athy at bay, and Tony Murphy, Mike Kelly and Daithí Medcalf came on to freshen up things as with less than ten minutes to go there were some very tired legs at this stage.
Enniscorthy did push on again and Peter Breen got over with five minutes to go to leave the score 25 points to 11. To their credit, Athy never gave up and put in a ferocious effort and only for some stout defending Enniscorthy would not have held them out. They did until well into injury time when Athy did get over to leave the final score 25 to 16 and a wellearned win for the home team.
It is true that plenty of hard work and effort will get results and this team will hope they have turned a corner and prepare for their next battle at home to Gorey on Saturday.
Squad: G. Watchorn, P. O'Connor, S. Pim, P. Breen, L. Sweeney, E. Kelly, B. Wickham, D. Doyle, J. Martin, A. Redmond, D. Gethings, A. Daly, D. Geraghty, D. Harrington, O. Cullen, L. Martin, T. Murphy, M. Kelly, D. Medcalf, M. Wall, F. Condon, T. White, J.P. Farrell.
Fixtures: Under-17 v. Carlow away, Leinster League, Friday, January 18, 7.45 p.m.; Under15 v. Gorey at Ross Road, Leinster League, Saturday, January 19, 11 a.m. (front pitch); Under-15 'B' v. New Ross, 12.30 p.m., back pitch, friendly development match; Under-13 v. Athy, Leinster League, 12.30 p.m., front pitch, Ross Road; Under-19 v. New Ross, away, 12.30 p.m.
Racing795 cross-country veterans kicked off 2013 in style at the county race hosted by Kilmore A.C. in Lingstown on Sunday week last. Fintan Redmond ran to a strong tenth place followed by Brian O'Shaughnessy in 15th and Mike Ryan who was 24th in his first cross-country race. Frank Burke unfortunately pulled up with an injury.
Racing795 continues to be actively engaged with other local clubs. Members of Racing795 and Sliabh Buidhe Rovers braved a festive run up Mount Leinster from Ballycrystal on December 29. Conditions were challenging but everyone returned safe and sound. Thanks to Dena Hogan for organising this run.
On the swimming front, nine Racing795 members recently participated in a 750m time trial with Wexford Tri Club in Enniscorthy Waterfront pool organised by coach James Dooley.
The Racing795 training duathlon is scheduled for February 17 starting at Spellman Park, Kildavin, with sign-on at 9.30 a.m. and 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/potential future club members are welcome to attend, but do please contact us to register your participation.
Other activities are ongoing with core and strength classes continuing in Kildavin, and a coached bike session in the pipeline. With the mountain bike racing season starting in early February, our mountain bikers are getting out for plenty of spins despite the gloomy conditions. With some new faces in the mountain biking side of the club it could be a good year.
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.
S. B. R. A. C.
Sliabh Buidhe Rovers A.C. had a successful day at the inaugural Ferrycarrig five miles road race on Sunday last. Tom Hogan put up a very strong performance to win the race, taking up the running after the halfway mark and powering home to an impressive victory in a time of 25.15 from Andrew Connick (Ferrybank) and Niall Sheil (St. Killian's).
Myles Gibbons also had a strong run, as he finished fourth overall in a time of 27.01, and these two S.B.R. athletes, along with Tommy McElwaine, were the scorers on the team which won the team competition. Dena Hogan was the first S.B.R. lady across the line (behind race winner Jackie Carty of Kilmore), clocking a time of 33.37.
Lillian Lawless and Ann Bolger were both among the prizes, the former winning the F40 category and the latter successful in the F50 category. Well done to all the other S.B.R. men and women who competed in the five-miler too.
S.B.R. athletes had a very prodcutive Christmas/New Year spell, with members taking part in varying races around the south-east. On Christmas morning, Tom Hogan broke his own course record for the Craanford Christmas mile, as he clocked a time of 4.41 for the event, coming home in front of Myles Gibbons and Paul Gibbons.
Dena Hogan won the ladies' event in a fine time of 6.05, from Ailish Kennedy on 7.11, while Jay Hogan won the Juvenile race with a time of 7.06. Well done to all the other S.B.R. members who togged out for this good festive cause too.
Paul Gibbons competed in the Streets of Wicklow 5 km. road race on St. Stephen's Day, running well to finish third behind Jonathan Phillips (Slí Cualann) and Phil Kilgallon (Sportsworld) in a time of 16.34. On the same morning, the Hogan family travelled to Danesfort in Co. Kilkenny to compete in the 5 km. road race, with Tom finishing second to Brian Maher (Kilkenny City Harriers) in a time of 15.40, while his wife, Dena, finished fourth in the ladies' race. Josh Hogan competed in the Juvenile race, running a very good time of 20.27.
Meanwhile, on St. Stephens afternoon, there was a very strong turn-out from the club at the annual 10 km. road race in Castletown. The top finishers were: 1, Andrew Connick (Ferrybank), 30.45; 2, Myles Gibbons (S.B.R.), 32.00; 3, Des Kennedy (Raheny Shamrocks), 32.08; 4, Tommy McElwaine (S.B.R.), 34.05; 5, David Leonard (S.B.R.), 34.33; 6, Ger Doyle (S.B.R.), 34.50; 7, Alex Williams (Slaney C.C.), 35.29; 8, Stephen Flavin (St. Benedict's), 35.39; 9, Eugene Doherty (S.B.R.), 35.55; 10, Iain O'Byrne (Slí Cualann), 36.07; 11, Bernard Fortune (S.B.R.), 36.13; 12, Dessie Shorten (Tallaght), 37.13.
This was Andrew Connick's second consecutive year winning the race (which is actually slightly short of the official 10 km. distance), while in total there were 15 S.B.R. members taking part - apart from the aforementioned six, Noel Kennedy, Claire Gibbons, Jimmy Howard, Marie Kirwan, Ailish Kennedy, Danielle Hennessy, Billy Harpur, Siobhán O'Sullivan and Annette Reck.
On December 28, three club members travelled to Duncannon to compete in the 8 km. 'Turkey Burner' road race. Tom Hogan finished in second place over a tough course in 27 minutes behind former D.M.P. athlete Sam Mealy (Crusaders - who had recently represented Ireland at the Under-23 European cross-country championships in Budapest, Hungary), while Myles Gibbons finished sixth in 28.49 and Paul Gibbons placed ninth in 30.23.
Myles Gibbons won the Bunmahon 10 km. road race on New Year's Day. The run was held over a very hilly course around the Co. Waterford seaside village, and Myles had a strong performance to cover the distance in 35.21, coming home well clear of his brother, Paul, who clocked 36.28 for second place. Claire Gibbons also competed well in the race, finishing in 50.30.
SLANEY OLYMPIC A.C.
Well done to all the Slaney Olympic club members who competed in last Sunday's inaugural Ferrycarrig five miles road race. There was an excellent turn-out for the race so hopefully it will be a permanent fixture on the calendar. Well done to all involved. Results are on www.slaneyolympic.com
The second race in the January league took place on Wedneday last, with even bigger numbers turning out than on the previous Wednesday. With 13 new people, there was a total of 45 in the race.
Registration is in the car park at the Riverside Hotel from 6.15 to 6.30 p.m. Then jog down to the bus stop outside St. Senan's on the Wexford Road, and race back to the footbridge at the end of the prom. It's great training for the Enniscorthy 10k which is only four weeks away on February 10. Online entry is €15 - see www.slaneyolympic.com. for the entry form.
Club training is Tuesday and Thursday 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 087-6366905, Jason (087-1216233) or any club member.
Dates for your diary: January 16, winter league, Wednesdays in January at 6.15 p.m. at The Prom.; January 20, Leinster Senior cross-country, Laois; February 10, Enniscorthy 10k. All details are on www.slaneyolympic.com