MENAPIANS Juveniles finished off their track and field season in great style when they competed at the National Community Games finals which were held in Athlone on August 17 and 18.
Five athletes from the club qualified for these finals and brought home a total of seven medals, five gold, one silver and one bronze.
David Murray, who was representing the Rathangan Area, won a fantastic silver in the discus late on Saturday evening, in very poor conditions.
The four other athletes were all from the Clonard Area in Wexford town. First up was our 4 x 100m relay team of Leon Nolan, Sam O'Neill, Aaron Smith and Luke O'Neill.
The first round was on Saturday at 9 a.m., heat three, and the boys won convincingly with some great baton changing. They then went to the semi-final at 5 p.m., and again they eased into the final with another good performance.
In between the relays on Saturday the O'Neill twins, Sam and Luke, were also competing in the Under-14 hurdles and the 100m.
Sam qualified for Sunday's semi of the hurdles with a win in heat three, and Luke also got through in the 100m with a good run in second place.
So into Sunday, when Sam had his semi of the hurdles at 9 a.m. and again forged another win to make the final which was on at 1 p.m. He lined up in lane three in the final and got a magnificent start against the Galway athlete who was strongly fancied to take the gold, but with great hurdling technique Sam powered to the line and was a clear winner of the national title and gold medal.
Luke had qualified for his semi of the 100m also on Saturday, and qualified from the semi-final in second place on Sunday morning. He lined up for the final in lane three, again got a great start and finished second to the Clare athlete, picking up the silver medal.
The relay final was on Sunday at 4 p.m. with the Clonard team drawn in lane eight. Straight from the gun Leon Nolan blasted off around the bend and handed over a big lead to Sam who extended it before another fantastic baton change to Aaron.
Aaron, who is a great bend runner, handed over a huge lead to Luke who brought the team home and into the Community Games record books by winning the gold and also winning the Irish Rubies Perpetual Shield for a fourth time, surpassing Cork's record of three.
Clonard won this relay in 2012, and also 1992 and 1990 when the great team featured Kevin Cogley, Gavin Carroll, Alan Fortune and Kieran Kelly.
Kevin rang the team manager and passed on his congratulations to the four lads, reminding them that they made a little bit of history for the Clonard Area.
So it was a fantastic weekend, with Sam O'Neill one of the best athletes of the whole games, winning two gold medals, and brother Luke also with gold and silver. All these athletes are now on a well-deserved break and will resume training again in late September.
September has shouldered summer aside and with the shortening evenings the shuttlecocks are flying again.
Scoil Mhuire (Coolcotts) is the venue for Clonard Badminton Club. Play will resume on Tuesday, September 3, for adults, both novice and experienced.
Juvenile players (ages ten to 16) will have the courts to themselves from 7.30 until 9 p.m. on Thursdays, while the adult members play from 9 p.m. on Thursdays, and from 8 p.m. on Tuesdays.
Old acquaintances and new members are welcome to give the game a go.
National Badminton Week this year will run between September 7 and 15 and the season will kick off with open nights for everyone.
More information is available from Clem Daly at 087-7415151.
Wexford Wanderers firsts completed their 2013 league campaign with a comfortable eight-wicket win over Merrion at Park on Saturday.
The visitors batted first and excellent bowling and tight fielding restricted the visitors to a less than impressive total of 106 runs all out.
This score proved to be an easy challenge for the home batsmen and with Eugene Brennan hitting 52 not out and Paul Wise 46, the result was never in any doubt.
Although there are still a number of games to be completed by the other teams in their league, this victory sees Wanderers consolidate their third place position in what has been a very satisfactory season under the captaincy of Alan Murphy.
Meanwhile, the second eleven took on table-topers Greystones at Park on Sunday. The visitors had already two comprehensive victories over Wexford this season and once again the seasiders came away with the points.
Wanderers batted first and scored 148 runs for six wickets off their 40 overs. Once again young Abdullah Amin was the star performer, hitting 63 not out. This year Abdullah has come on in leaps and bounds with his batting and he richly deserved his first half century for the club.
Steve Hadley showed a welcome return to form with a well-made 26 and Tim Monahan scored a crisp 22. Herbie Honohan was the only other home batsman to reach double figures with 14 runs to his name.
In reply, a confident Greystones batting line-up had little difficulty in reaching their target with just three wickets down and with 13 overs to spare. Abdullah was Wexford's most successful bowler, taking two wickets for 39 off four overs, while Steve Wood was the other successful bowler with one for 34 off eight.
Next Saturday the seconds are at Balrothery to take on North County in their final league fixture of the year and on Sunday the club will host a family day at Park.
UNITED STRIDERS A.C.
The Junior United Striders continue to train at the New Ross Town Park track on Wednesday at 5 p.m. and at the C.B.S. Park, New Ross, Saturday at 11 a.m. Their upcoming cross-country season includes the Wexford County Championships, the Wexford Winter League and a number of open events, starting at Adamstown on September 15.
Well done to all the Senior club athletes who competed at the four-mile road race at Ferns last weekend. A reminder that runners of all abilities are welcome to join in training with the United Striders Seniors at the New Ross Town Park track on Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30 p.m.
See www.unitedstriders.com for more details.
ST. JOSEPH'S A.C.
St. Joseph's Athletic Club will be holding the annual Richie Young Memorial race on Sunday, September 22, at the Pink Rock. Registration will open at 11.30 a.m. for walkers and runners with the race start at 12 noon sharp.
This is a race where you predict your finishing time so there will be a strict ban on watches, phones and ipods. The distance will be 5k approximately and the registration fee will be in the form of a donation bucket. Post-race refreshments and prize-giving will be in the Parish Pump, so looking forward to seeing you all down at the Pink Rock.
Adult and Juvenile training is every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. at the parish sports ground. Fit 4 Life training is at the Pink Rock every Monday and Wednesday at 7.15 p.m.
For more information visit www.stjosephsac.webs.com
While most of the members of Enniscorthy's Slaney Sharks Swimming Club were enjoying a well-earned break over the summer, some of the club's senior swimmers were carrying on with their training in preparation for the Irish Age Groups Division 2 Gala. Six of the Enniscorthy swimmers competed in this prestigious event which was held recently at the University Arena, Limerick.
Aaja Dunne-Cronin won a silver medal in the final of the girls' aged 17-18 100m freestyle with a personal best time of 1:06.02, 2.79 seconds faster than her previous best, and she won a bronze medal in the final of the girls' aged 17-18 800m freestyle when she swam the distance in a time of 11:19.04.
Aaja narrowly missed out on a medal in the final of the girls' aged 17-18 400m freestyle when she finished the event in fourth place in a personal best time of 5:23.75, taking an impressive 8.23 seconds off her previous time.
Matilda Dunne-Cronin took the bronze medal in the final of the girls' aged 13-14 100m freestyle when she swam a personal best time of 1:05.65, an improvement of 3.37 seconds on her previous best. Matilda went on to clock up a further four personal best times - she swam 5:32.01 in the final of the 400m freestyle, 2:56.86 in the heats of the 200m individual medley (-4.01), 1:31.99 in the heats of the 100m breaststroke (-0.83) and 2:30.84 in the heats of the 200m freestyle (-1.40).
Seán Bookey claimed the Slaney Sharks' fourth medal of the day when he won the bronze in the final of the boys' aged 12-13 100m butterfly with a personal best time of 1:18.80, taking 3.94 seconds off his previous time. Seán completed a hat-trick of personal best times with a time of 2:36.17 in the 200m freestyle (-4.18) and a time of 1:09.01 in the heats of the 100m freestyle (-2.06).
Jack D. Nolan-Whitney was in fine form at the gala, swimming personal best times in three of his events. Jack swam 1:20.48 in the heats of the boys aged eleven and under 100m butterfly to take a remarkable 9.61 seconds off his previous time and to qualify him for the final of the event where he finished just outside the medals in fourth place in a time of 1:21.04.
He went on to swim the final of the 100m freestyle in a personal best time of 1:11.44 (-2.31) and he took 7.60 seconds off his previous time for the 200m freestyle when he finished the event in a personal best time of 2:37.80.
Kate A. Markey and Emma Chapman also represented their club at the gala. Both girls performed very well in their events with Emma swimming personal best times in both the girls' aged 15-16 400m freestyle and the 200m backstroke.
The Slaney Sharks will begin their new season of swimming with registration for all swimmers on Saturday, September 7, at 9 a.m. at the Waterfront Pool in Enniscorthy. As always, the club is happy to welcome new members and anyone wishing to join is asked to attend for assessment, also at 9 a.m., on the same date.
Carlow 19, Enniscorthy 22: Enniscorthy' first XV commenced their season with an away win over Carlow in the South East League on Tuesday last. This was the first outing for both teams.
The visitors opened the scoring after five minutes with a well-taken try by scrum-half Evan Lett which was converted by Peter Kerins. By half-time though, Carlow were 12-10 ahead with their out-half kicking four penalties to Enniscorthy's one.
Enniscorthy began to dominate in the second-half and this superiority eventually paid off when they scored two tries. Full-back Fiacre Ryan made a great break before transferring to winger John Clare who scored under the posts and Kerins converted. Captain Seán Wall charged over three minutes later to bring the score to 22-12.
With the last play of the game the Carlow right wing scored an excellent try in the corner. Their out-half converted from the touchline with the last kick. This was an important victory for Enniscorthy with a very inexperienced side. Newcomers Todisco, Murphy, Pim, Clare and Bolger all put in impressive displays.
Team: Angelo Todisco, Davy Murphy, Ciarán Murphy, Seán Wall (capt.), Pat Doyle, Ronnie White, Naoise Dunbar, Tom Ryan, Evan Lett, Peter Kerins, Stephen Dalton, Damien McCabe, Daniel Pim, John Clare, Fiacre Ryan. Subs. - Brian Bolger for Dunbar (20), Jack Murphy for C. Murphy (60), Declan O'Brien for Doyle (55), Brendan Doyle for Kerins (65), Paul Byrne for Dalton (65).
The new season in Gorey Badminton Club begins in September in the Naomh Eanna complex, Clonattin.
The adults' club from 8.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. commenced last night (Monday) and will continue every Monday and Wednesday throughout the season.
The children's clubs are from 4-5 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. commencing on Monday, September 9, and continuing every Monday and Wednesday throughout the season.
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 all players, of all ages and abilities, so why not come along and give badminton a shot!. For more information please contact club Chairman Ross McNiven (086-6050870).