Swimmers from Enniscorthy's Slaney Sharks club competed in the Leinster Distance Graded Gala at the National Aquatic Centre recently.
Among them was Niamh Treacy who was in tremendous form, winning two gold medals and swimming three personal best times. Niamh took 3.44 seconds off her previous time for the girls' Grade 4 100m butterfly to finish in a personal best time of 1:26.60 and to take the gold medal.
She also won gold when she swam a personal best time of 45.20 in the girls' Grade 4 50m breaststroke, taking 2.67 seconds off her previous best time. On top of winning her medals, Niamh smashed her personal record for the girls' Grade 5 100m backstroke when she took a massive 14.80 seconds off her previous time to finish in 1:33.48.
Jack D. Nolan-Whitney also had a podium finish at the gala: he won a bronze medal when he swam the boys' Grade 7 50m breaststroke in a new personal best time of 48.74, taking 0.37 seconds off his previous time for the event. Jack went on to swim another personal best time of 44.83 in the boys' Grade 7 50m butterfly, surpassing his previous best time for the event by 1.34 seconds.
Amy E. Murphy swam two new personal best times at the gala: the first was a time of 53.36 in the girls' 50m freestyle event, 3.30 seconds faster than her previous time, and the second was a time of 1:04.14 in the girls' 50m backstroke which was an improvement of 1.35 seconds on her previous performance in the event.
Eleven-year-old Cian Clarke improved on his previous best time for the boys' 100m butterfly by 3.37 seconds to finish in a time of 1:43.98. He also swam a personal best time of 1:32.61 in the boys' Grade 7 100m backstroke, 0.52 seconds faster than his previous best time.
Danny E. Kehoe finished the boys' 50m breaststroke in a new personal best time of 1:01.00, 2.42 seconds faster than his previous time for the event. He also swam a new personal best time in the boys' Grade 7 50m freestyle event, finishing in a time of 40.77, an improvement of 3.89 seconds.
Abbey Rynhart surpassed herself when she swam the girls' 100m freestyle in a time of 1:49.73, 7.56 seconds faster than her previous best time for the event.
Also competing in the girls' 100m freestyle, Jessica L. Roche took a very impressive 8.49 seconds off her time to finish the event in a time of 1:51.26.
Abi. M. Cullen, Jordan L. Allen, Sophie Gillot and Róisín B. Kennedy also represented the Slaney Sharks club at the Gala and each of the swimmers put in strong performances in their events.
Tullamore 32, Enniscorthy 20: Enniscorthy suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Leinster League Division 1A leaders Tullamore away on Saturday last. While missing four of their team due to injury, there was no doubt that the home side, particularly their big pack, were a different class.
Enniscorthy started brightly enough, scoring a penalty after three minutes, and then five minutes later an excellent try from a break by Ivan Poole who released winger Ivan Jacob to sprint over from 25 metres. This left the score 8-0 to the visitors.
However, in the second quarter Tullamore burst into life and began to dominate the forward exchanges. They scored two tries in quick succession when the ball was kicked directly into their speedy full-back's hands and he raced over.
The Offaly men scored their third try near the end of the first-half through a well-worked move from a ruck when their scrum-half released inside to their No. 8 to touch down under the posts unopposed. A late penalty for the hosts and a yellow card for Mitchel Dalton ended the first-half with the hosts ahead 20-8.
Tullamore started the second-half where they left off and with Enniscorthy down a man scored two tries after 15 minutes. Some very weak tackling by the visitors didn't help their cause.
To their credit, Enniscorthy didn't give up. They scored two tries in the last ten minutes through winger David O'Dwyer and loose head prop Paddy Waters who barged over under the posts from ten metres. This left the final score at 32-20.
Enniscorthy will have learned a harsh lesson. They will need to get fitter and physically more aggressive to compete at the top level. They next play Gardaí in Ross Road on Saturday, November 17, at 2.30 p.m.
Team: Paddy Waters, Luke Goff, Ciarán Murphy, Johnny Leech, Declan O'Brien, Luke Cummins, Mitchel Dalton, Seán Wall, Alan Jacob, Ivan Poole, Ivan Jacob, Damien McCabe, Evan Lett, David O'Dwyer, Ross Barbour (capt.). Subs. - Naoise Dunbar for Cummins (50 mins.), Fiacre Ryan for O'Dwyer (50 mins.), S. Dalton for Lett (50 mins.), David O'Dwyer for I. Jacob (65 mins.), William Dunne for Leech (70 mins.), Robert O'Connor.
Enniscorthy Rugby Club as part of its centenary year celebrations are launching a book covering the history of the club over the 100 years. The book has been compiled by David Hasslacker and is edited by Ger Moynahan. RTE's rugby presenter, Tom McGurk, will launch the book in the club on Wednesday, November 14, at 8 p.m.
Fixtures (Saturday, November 10): Under-19 v. Athy, away, Leinster League, kick-off TBC; Under-17 v. Gorey, away, Leinster League, kick-off TBC; Under-15 v. Wexford, away, Leinster League, kickoff TBC; Under-15 Hawks, Leinster League v. Kilkenny 'B', Ross Road, 10.45 a.m. (back pitch).
S. B. R. A. C.
S.B.R. cross-country training takes place each Tuesday and Thursday evening in Ferns for Senior men and women, in the field on the Ballycarney road. Sessions take place under lights and are suitable for runners of all abilities. More information is available from Lukie Kehoe on 087-3222914 or Sliabh Buidhe Rovers can be found on Facebook.
S.B.R. Juvenile training takes place each Monday in Ferns and each Wednesday in Craanford. More information is available from Catherine Walsh on 087-2935743.
Well done to all the S.B.R. members who took part in the opening day of the Leinster cross-country championships in Avondale House, Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow. Lillian Lawless (43rd) and Marie Kirwan (55th) both ran the ladies' 4 km. Novice race, while Denis Moynihan (15th) and Myles Gibbons (22nd) both ran the men's 6 km. Novice race.
Josh Mythen-Hogan (29th), Louis Scwartz (67th) and Oisín Woolmington (106th) ran the boys' Under-12 race. Maura O'Rourke (121st) ran the girls' Under-14 race. William Bolger (49th) and James Boland (51st) ran the boys' Under-14 race. Lisa Bolger (48th) ran the girls' Under-16 race. Ivan Meegan (29th) and Jordan Ryan (72nd) ran the boys' Under-16 race.
Well done to all the S.B.R. members who took part in the inaugural 'Beach Bog Run' that was organised by Castletown G.A.A. club. The race featured a variety of obstacles over a 6 km. course that included a beach section at the start and finish, along with water jumps, mud pits, rope swings, bail jumps, rivers, nets and tyres to negotiate!
Myles Gibbons finished third behind race winner Mick Kelly (Gowran A.C.), while Bernard Fortune was fourth, Paul Gibbons fifth and Jimmy Howard also took part. Dena Hogan was first woman home.
Athletics Wexford has published full results of the under-age races from day one (in Ferns) and day two (in Kilrane) of the County Wexford Juvenile crosscountry championships. There was great success for Sliabh Buidhe Rovers A.C. each day and it was also great to see so many of the club's Juveniles taking part in so many different age-groups. The following are the full placings of S.B.R. Juveniles over the two days:
Day one (in Ferns, hosted by Sliabh Buidhe Rovers A.C.) - Under-8 girls: Orlaith Byrne won silver, while Brídín Doyle (fifth), Sorcha O'Rourke (sixth), Katie Doyle (eighth) and Ava Leacy (12th) also competed.
Under-10 girls: Laura Ivors won bronze, while Edana Mimnagh (ninth) and Eilish Rourke (13th) also competed. Under-12 girls: Ella McShane (21st). Under-14 girls: Maura O' Rourke (ninth).
Under-16 girls: Lisa Bolger won silver, Rebecca Fleming won bronze, while Denise Bolger (fourth), Dawn Byrne (fifth) and Saoirse Dignam (sixth) also competed.
Under-8 boys: Tim Ivors won gold, Jay Hogan won bronze, while David Kirwan (sixth), Niall Mimnagh (seventh), Darragh Breen (ninth), Tadhg McShane (eleventh) and Thomas Kirwan (13th) also competed.
Under-10 boys: Joe Byrne (fourth), Conor Doyle (sixth), Josh Milne (seventh), Jake Kenny (tenth).
Under-12 boys: Josh Hogan won bronze and, along with Louise Schwart (sixth) and Oisín Woolmington (15th), formed the team which won silver behind Adamstown A.C.
Under-14 boys: William Bolger won bronze and, along with James Boland (fourth) and Thomas Breen (seventh), formed the team which won gold.
Under-16 boys: Ivan Meegan won gold, Dylan Carthy won silver, while Conor Jordan (fourth) and Bill Milne (eleventh) also competed. S.B.R. won team gold.
Under-18 boys: Cathal Byrne won silver.
Day two (in Ballytrent, Kilrane, hosted by St. Paul's A.C.) - Under-9 girls: Siadbh Byrne won bronze, while Orla Byrne (tenth), Brídín Doyle (12th), Katie Doyle (16th) and Sorcha O'Rourke also competed.
Under-11 girls: Laura Ivers (seventh) and Eilish O'Rourke (13th).
Under-13 girls: Maura O'Rourke (14th).
Under-17 girls: Lisa Bolger won a joint gold medal.
Under-9 boys: Conor Doyle (fourth), Jay Hogan (sixth), Tim Ivers (seventh), Darren Breen (11th) and Darren Moynihan (18th). Under-11 boys: Joe Byrne (sixth). Under-13 boys: Josh Hogan won bronze, while James Boland (fourth), William Bolger (fifth) and Thomas Breen (ninth) also competed. S.B.R. won team gold.
Under-15 boys: Jordan Ryan won gold while Bill Milne was seventh.
Under-17 boys: Cathal Byrne won gold.
Best of luck to all Wexford athletes who will be competing in the Leinster Intermediate and uneven ages Juvenile cross-country championships in Dunboyne, Co. Meath, this coming Sunday (November 11).
Congratulations to all the Wexford athletes who competed in the Dublin City Marathon on Monday of last week. The traditional October Bank holiday fixture saw a record number from S.B.R. take to the line for the 26.2 miles event and there were some great times recorded.
Not for the first time, Tommy McElwaine was the first Wexford athlete across the finishing line in a time of 2.36.05, which saw the well-known Ferns man take a gold medal in his M40 category in the A.A.I. national marathon competiton. The Masters men's team from the club also had an excellent medal-winning performance, taking bronze in the M35+ team category thanks to Tommy's efforts and excellent runs from both Shane Whitty and Jim O'Malley.
The full results of club members were: Tommy McElwaine, 2.36.05; Shane Whitty, 2.45.03; Jim O'Malley, 2.53.29; David Leonard, 2.58.33; Eugene Doherty, 3.14.45; Richie Lynch, 3.40.28; Anna Bushe, 3.42.02; Mark Kearney and Brian Kearney, both 3.45.38 (Mark was third in his category of M Under-19); Pat Kirwan, 3.50.07; Seamie Redmond, 3.58.17; Billy Harpur, 4.30.48.