SLANEY SHARKS - Enniscorthy Slaney Sharks swimming club hosted the second round of mini round robin gala at the Waterfront Swimming Pool, Templeshannon, Enniscorthy.
As well as the Enniscorthy swimmers, clubs from Wexford, 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 clubs' more Junior swimmers with points being allocated for first, second and third place finishes. The hosts claimed wins in six events and also had twelve other podium finishes.
Jack D. Nolan-Whitney was at the top of the club's leaderboard when he finished first in all four of his events, swimming personal best times in three of them. He won the boys aged 9-11 50m freestyle in a personal best time of 35.50, taking 1.52 seconds off his previous time. He won the boys aged 9-11 50m backstroke in a personal best time of 45.91, an improvement of 1.48 seconds, and he won the boys aged 9-11 50m butterfly in a personal best time of 42.35 seconds, 0.33 seconds faster than his previous record. Jack also won the boys aged 9-11 50m breaststroke in a time of 50.78.
Eimear Doyle followed close on her teammate's heels with a win, two second places and a third place finish in her events. Eimear won the girls aged 9-11 50m breaststroke in a time of 53.97 seconds. She went on to take second place in the girls aged 9-11 50m freestyle with a personal best time of 39.88, taking 0.21 seconds off her previous best time. She also took second place in the girls aged 9-11 50m backstroke with a time of 51.48 and third place in the girls aged 9-11 50m butterfly, finishing the event in a time of 55.56 seconds.
Barry T. Nolan also claimed valuable competition points for his club when he placed first and second in two of his events. Barry won the boys aged 12 and over 50m butterfly with a time of 51.22 and he finished second in the boys aged 12 and over 100m backstroke where he swam a time of 1:49.07.
Twelve-year-old Luke Harrington finished second with a new personal best time of 1:52.53 in the boys aged 12 and over breaststroke, taking 1.78 seconds off his previous record for the event. He also finished third in the boys aged 12 and over 50m butterfly, swimming a time of 56.37 seconds.
Luke went on to swim two further personal best times: 1:53.60 in the boys aged 12 and over backstroke, 1.07 seconds faster than his previous best time, and 1:32.03 in the boys aged 12 and over 100m freestyle, an improvement of 0.86 seconds.
The Slaney Sharks youngest member, seven-year-old Abi M. Cullen, finished second when she swam an impressive personal best time of 32.13 in the girls aged eight and under 25m butterfly, an improvement of a remarkable 9.03 seconds. Abi also swam personal best times in the girls aged eight and under 25m breaststroke where she finished in a time of 35.39 (-0.79 seconds), and the girls aged eight and under 25m backstroke with a time of 30.78 (-0.40 seconds).
Chloe M. Walsh finished in second place in the girls aged 9-11 50m butterfly when she swam the distance in a time of 54.55 seconds.
Eleven-year-old Ben J. Geraghty scored a hat-trick when he had three third place finishes at the gala. Ben finished third and swam a personal best time of 1:00.36 in the boys aged 9-11 50m backstroke, 0.12 seconds faster than his previous best time.
He also finished third in the boys aged 9-11 50m freestyle, finishing in a time of 44.45. His final podium finish came when he finished third in the boys aged 9-11 50m butterfly in a time of 1:01.54. He also swam a personal best time in the boys aged 9-11 50m breaststroke with a time of 1:02.82, an improvement of 1.42 seconds.
Alannah Malone finished third in the girls aged 12 and over 100m breaststroke with a time of 1:53.34.
Jessica L. Roche (age 12) took an astounding 11.61 seconds off her time for the girls aged 12 and over 100m breaststroke when she swam a new personal best time of 2:21.01 in the event. Jessica also swam personal best times of 1:47.91 in the girls aged 12 and over 100m freestyle, taking 3.35 seconds off her previous time, and 2:01.91 in the girls aged 12 and over 100m backstroke, an improvement of 3.18 seconds.
Eight-year-old Harry S. Nolan also swam three personal best times at the gala. He took a very impressive 7.02 seconds off his time for the boys aged eight and under 25m freestyle to finish the event in 38.77 seconds. He swam the boys aged eight and under 25m backstroke in a time of 42.70, 6.17 seconds faster than his previous best, and he finished the boys aged eight and under 25m breaststroke in a time of 44.53 seconds, an improvement of 3.63 seconds.
Tadhg Malone swam personal best times in all three of his events. He swam a time of 1:08.07 in the boys aged 9-11 50m backstroke, taking 4.80 seconds off his previous best time. He finished the boys aged 9-11 50m freestyle in a time of 49.16, 1.75 seconds faster than before, and he finished the boys aged 9-11 50m breaststroke in a time of 1:05.63, an improvement of 0.92 seconds.
The following Slaney Sharks swimmers excelled themselves in their events and achieved personal best times at the gala -
Róisín B. Kennedy: 1:07.47 in the girls aged 9-11 50m breaststroke (-2.07) and 1:00.53 in the girls aged 9-11 50m backstroke (-0.17);
Sophie Gillot: 54.03 in the girls aged 9-11 50m backstroke (-4.23) and 1:06.89 in the girls aged 9-11 50m breaststroke (-1.88);
Rioghna Hourihane: 1:09.09 in the girls aged 9-11 50m butterfly (-10.15);
Abbey Rynhart: 1:41.69 in the girls aged 12 and over 100m freestyle (-8.04);
Eoin M. O'Leary: 2.07.21 in the boys aged 12 and over 100m breaststroke (-1.82);
Ailbhe Harrington: 1:08.28 in the girls aged 9-11 50m freestyle (-0.91);
Alice Medcalf: 46.11 in the girls aged 9-11 50m freestyle (-0.55);
Danny Kehoe: 1:55.84 in the boys aged 12 and over 100m backstroke (-0.18).
The following Slaney Sharks swimmers also represented their club at the gala: Eimer Bowe, Kevin Deering, Kate M. Doyle, Lily Mahon, Abbey Mernagh, Amy E. Murphy and William Redmond.
Dundalk 21, Enniscorthy 37: Enniscorthy recorded a fine away win on the road with a five-try Leinster League Division 1A victory over Dundalk on Saturday last. This was essentially a cup match for the visitors as the prize was a top four place in Division 1A which is needed for qualification in next year's All-Ireland Junior Cup. It is still within their own power as they have Garda away in their penultimate league match and Tullamore at home in their final encounter.
Tullamore are essentially league champions as their ten-point lead at the top means that second-placed Wanderers cannot now catch them.
Enniscorthy are gradually getting their longterm injuries back, especially Tony Ryan and Declan O'Brien who both excelled in this game, and their return made a big difference.
Enniscorthy had to withstand early pressure from the hosts as they pressed their defence for the first 15 minutes. Their only reward was a penalty kick from their full-back to put Dundalk ahead.
Centre Ivan Poole levelled matters for the visitors with a penalty kick after 20 minutes. Soon after this right winger David Dunne, following his own kick ahead, held up the Dundalk defender and from the turnover the ball was swept out through the backs to left winger Ivan Jacob who scored in the corner. This score proved to be the turning point.
Minutes later Enniscorthy were 15-3 ahead from a penalty try as their dominant scrum pushed the home pack over the try line. Dundalk to their credit came storming back with a well-worked try from their centre which was converted just on half-time to leave the score 15-10 to the visitors.
Both injury returnees, Tony Ryan and Declan O'Brien, were having stormers and as a result the Enniscorthy pack dominated the second-half. Lock Seán Wall barged over from five yards after just three minutes and Ivan Poole added the conversion.
Both Ivan Poole and Dundalk's full-back exchanged penalty goals before the visitors struck again with a well-taken try which came from captain Ross Barbour after sustained pressure from the forwards. Dundalk, however, fought to the end and scored in the corner with only minutes remaining. Evan Lett won the race to touch down from Ross Barbour's excellent kick through for the last play of the game, leaving the final score 37-21 to the visitors.
This was an impressive team performance with Enniscorthy's pack dominant (apart from the first 15 minutes). The backs did profit from all the good possession, with strong running and good handling. Peter Kerins, who came in for injured player-coach Damien McCabe, had a fine game at out-half with regular number ten shirt owner Ivan Poole moving to the centre.
Next week will be a much stiffer challenge however as a place in the All-Ireland Junior Cup final is up for grabs. They will have to raise their performance again if they are to beat the Ulster Cup champions, Clogher Valley, on their home patch in Fivemiletown, Co. Fermanagh. The match is scheduled for this coming Saturday and the team will travel on Friday night.
Team: Luke Goff, Naoise Dunbar, Ciarán Murphy, Declan O'Brien, Seán Wall, Tony Ryan, Mitchel Dalton, Timmy Morrissey, Alan Jacob, Peter Kerins, Ivan Jacob, Ivan Poole, Ross Barbour (capt.), David Dunne, Richard Dunne. Subs. - Paddy Waters for Dunbar (HT), Evan Lett for Kerins (60), David O'Dwyer for Dunne (70), Robbie O'Connor for Murphy (70), J. Leech for O'Brien (75).
Enniscorthy Under-19s had a good dress rehearsal against a game Tullow side before their long journey to play unbeaten Senior club Navan's Under-19 side on Saturday next at the Meath venue. With the exchanges being quite even in the pack, the good work of captain James Cooper, Jack Flood, pack leader Steven Redmond, Brian Windsor and Ciarán O'Neill provided good ball for scrum-half Neil McCrea to get the backs moving, with Martin Steemers helping himself to a hat-trick of tries.
Danny Dreelan added another gem before unselfishly passing to Murt Kehoe when over the line for a second. Forwards Mike Morrissey and Brian Bolger powered over for two more with Rob Frayne adding the cheekiest of all to go with an impeccable kicking display.
This was complemented with strong running from Alex Pim, Dylan Walsh and Conor Farrell, with solid performances from the bench from Pat Kehoe, Dylan Furlong and the recently-returned Leon Power.
However, they will face a much sterner test on Saturday next, going in as rank outsiders against a Navan squad fancied to go all the way, with a need to show determination, grit and no little skill to return victorious to Ross Road.
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.
On Saturday last Enniscorthy Under-13s played host to Athy. This fixture turned out to be a tight affair with the home side edging out winners 22-17.
Enniscorthy started the strongest, scoring two well-worked tries in the second and eighth minutes, both by Luke Harrington. Despite Athy scoring a 15th-minute try, Enniscorthy dominated the first-half.
A try by Adam Pepper in the 25th minute on the right-hand side after some good support play put Enniscorthy 15-7 up at half-time. An early try in the first few minutes again by Pepper and the resulting conversion saw Enniscorthy extend their lead to 22-7.
Enniscorthy were unlucky not to increase their lead after this, with Conor Nolan coming very close to scoring a fifth try five minutes later. Athy then rallied and came back with two well-worked tries.
Enniscorthy battled courageously for the last ten minutes to take the honours. Overall this was a stong team performance. However, man of the match Niall Parker and try-scorers Adam Pepper and Luke Harrington deserve special mention.
Squad: Robert Bolger, Ryan Cahill, James Rothwell, Seamus Doyle, Jordan Kelly, Peter Rowley, Eoghan Herlihy, Niall Parker, Fiachra Hourihane, Danny Ryan, Adam Gettings, Luke Harrington, Cameron O'Leary, Michael McGinty, Joe Atkinson, Conor Nolan, Adam Pepper, T.J. Owens, Ryan Askins, Stephen Hadley, Eoin O'Leary.
Fixtures (Saturday, January 26): Under-19 Leinster Premier League quarter-final v. Navan away at Balreask, Old Dublin Road, Navan; Under-17 v. Ashbourne, Leinster League at Ross Road, 1 p.m.; Under-15 v. Naas, Leinster League at Forenoughts, Naas; Under-13 v. Newbridge, Leinster League at Rosetown, Newbridge.
SLANEY OLYMPIC A.C.
Jason O'Connor and Dave Barron represented Slaney Olympic at the Leinster Senior cross-country championship held in Ballyroan, Co. Laois, on Sunday last on what was a bitterly cold day. The distance was 10 k. Well done to both.
The rain didn't dampen the spirits of the 36 runners who gathered for the third night of the club winter league on Wednesday last, and with only two more evenings of racing left, it's anyone's guess as to who the winner will be. Registration is in the car park at the Riverside Hotel from 6.15 to 6.30 p.m. Results are on www.slaneyolympic.com
The countdown is on for the Enniscorthy 10 k which will be held on February 10. See www.slaneyolympic.com for the entry form.
Walkers preparing for the Hope & Dream 10 Mile, meet and train with Jason O'Connor, Tuesdays and Thursdays 6 30 p.m., back pitch in Bellefield. Phone Jason (0871216233).
Are you hoping to run the Hope & Dream 10 Mile on March 24 in Enniscorthy? Do some running training with us in Bellefield, on the back pitch on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6.30 to 7.30 p.m. Contact Mag (087-6366905).
Club training is Tuesdays 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 23, club winter league, The Prom, Enniscorthy; February 10, Enniscorthy 10 k; March 24, Hope and Dream 10 mile.
S. B. R. A. C.
Sliabh Buidhe Rovers A.C. were out in force in Co. Laois on Sunday last, as club athletes competed on two fronts: in the Leinster Senior cross-country championships in Ballyroan, near Abbeyleix, and in the Great Heath 10 km. road race near Stradbally.
Tom Hogan had a super run in the Leinster Senior, finishing in second place behind Simon Ryan (Raheny Shamrocks A.C.), having been in the leading group from the start and seeing off some of the strongest crosscountry runners in the country, never mind the province.
Tom led home the Wexford team, with Tommy McElwaine (S.B.R.), Jason O'Connor (Slaney Olympic) and Ger Moloney (St. Paul's) the other scorers. David Barron (S.O.), Denis Moynihan, Myles Gibbons and Paul Gibbons (all S.B.R.) were the other Wexford competitors.
Five S.B.R. ladies competed in the Great Heath 10 km. road race, and Dena Hogan led home the team, as she in fact won the race outright, having a strong run to clock a time of 41.20. Lillian Lawless, Mary Doyle, Claire Gibbons and Ann Bolger also had good runs in Sunday morning's race too.
Best of luck to all the club's athletes who will be competing in this coming Sunday's Dungarvan ten miles road race in Co. Waterford.