Kilkenny 3, Enniscorthy 34: Enniscorthy qualified for the final of the South East Cup with a comprehensive victory away to Kilkenny on Friday week last. They started the game without a number of their first squad. Debutants prop Andrew Kelly, flanker Tom Ryan and winger Brendan Perkins all had fine games, with Perkins bagging a brace of tries.
Kilkenny put it up to the South-East champions in the first-half, but an Ivan Poole penalty put the visitors ahead after 35 minutes. Then just on half-time Brendan Perkins touched down in the right corner after a brilliant passing movement through the back line which Poole converted. This left the visitors ahead 10-0 at the interval.
The second-half was mostly one-way traffic as the superior fitness of the visitors showed. Out-half Jack Kelly crashed over for an excellent try ten minutes into the second period.
This was quickly followed by a try from Ivan Jacob after an excellent break by Richard Dunne who has just returned from injury. The result was not in doubt at this early stage in the second-half. The visitors finished the match with two more tries from Brendan Perkins and their speedy scrum-half, David Dunne.
Enniscorthy will be pleased with the manner of this victory, particularly as many of the replacements played very well and will challenge for first team selection throughout the season.
Team: Pat Doyle, Luke Goff, Andrew Kelly, Johnny Leech, Declan O'Brien, Tom Ryan, Naoise Dunbar, Seán Wall, Alan Jacob, Jack Kelly, Ivan Jacob, Ivan Poole, Stephen Dalton, Brendan Perkins, David Shore. Subs. - Robert O' Connor for Kelly (HT), Richard Dunne for Perkins (HT), William Dunne for Ryan (HT), David Dunne for A. Jacob (60), Perkins for Shore (60), Damien McCabe for J. Kelly (65), Ryan for O'Brien (65).
Enniscorthy 16, Coolmine 22: Enniscorthy suffered their third Leinster League Division 1A defeat of the season to Coolmine in an entertaining game at Ross Road on Saturday last. They will be very disappointed with this loss as they were leading 16-12 going into the final ten minutes.
Ivan Poole opened the scoring with a penalty kick after 15 minutes. The visitors responded with an excellent try by their left winger. Another penalty kick put the home side in front but this was poor reward for the pressure they put on Coolmine's line for much of this half.
Before half-time the visitors scored another try after missed tackles from the home back line, and the interval score was 10-6 to the visitors.
Early in the second-half Enniscorthy edged ahead when centre Damien McCabe broke the visitors' defence and off-loaded to number 8 Seán Wall who barged over from five yards.
With just ten minutes to go, Richard Dunne scored in the corner when he caught his own chip ahead and out-paced the visitors' defence. Although not playing particularly well, it looked at this stage that they had done enough to win the game.
But Coolmine finished strongly and were rewarded a try with five minutes remaining. Their centre did appear to knock on the ball before he touched down but the referee awarded the try. The conversion put Coolmine ahead by a point.
After the kick-off the home pack drove deep into their opponents' territory. But despite all the pressure they could not get the winning score. The game ended when a loose pass was intercepted on the visitors' line and their left winger ran the whole length of the pitch to score in the corner. It was a cruel finish for Enniscorthy. They play Cill Dara away on Saturday next. Team: Luke Goff, Naoise Dunbar, Paddy Waters, Declan O'Brien, John Bracken, Tom Ryan, Mitchel Dalton, Seán Wall, Alan Jacob, Ivan Poole, Ivan Jacob, Damien McCabe, Stephen Dalton, Fiacre Ryan, David O' Dwyer. Subs. - Richard Dunne for O'Dwyer (HT), Ciarán Murphy for T. Ryan (60), David Dunne for A. Jacob (70), O'Dwyer for F. Ryan (70), Robert O'Connor, Pat Doyle.
New Ross 24, Enniscorthy 9: Enniscorthy Under-19s were in festive mood in gifting New Ross a try under the posts from the kick-off and another with the last play of the match to give a distorted look to the scoreline in this Leinster League phase one fixture.
In between these scores it was an absorbing contest, with the lighter Slaneyside pack battling gamely against a bigger, heavier Ross outfit. Ross dominated out of touch but Enniscorthy held their own in the scrums through the good work of Jack Flood, Mike Morrissey and captain James Cooper, without ever establishing a dominance.
In the loose they managed to turn over some good ball with an industrious back row of Gavin Bailey, Alex Pim, Brian Windsor and the ever-improving Lar McDonald on his introduction.
The absence of the injured Brian Bolger and the enforced early withdrawal of Murt Kehoe denuded the pack of some of its steel, with replacements Ciarán O'Neill and Dylan Furlong battling manfully.
The home side's forward power meant that half-backs Neil McCrea and Rob Frayne had to deal with some dirty ball. This meant threequarters were getting ball on the back foot and, despite huge effort from Liam Ryan, Martin Steemers and Danny Dreelan, they were unable to get around the home defence on the tight top pitch which suited the Ross style of up the middle forward effort.
Enniscorthy's points came from Rob Frayne's boot and, despite the score being 12-6 going into the final quarter, the truth was Ross physicality won out in the narrow confines. Only some last-ditch defending by Fionn Carty, Dylan Walsh, Bailey, Ryan, McCrea and Steemers kept the score manageable until fatigue set in.
Enniscorthy have qualified for phase two Premier by the skin of their teeth, getting the fourth and final slot ahead of Wicklow who will play in Division 1 for phase two. Enniscorthy will now meet the top two teams from the north Leinster section on a home and away basis, commencing on December 15. While upcoming matches will be tough, it is where this team and mentors want to be, competing against the elite sides.
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, Conor Farrell.
Enniscorthy Under-13s played host to Boyne recently. The inclement weather and sub-zero conditions were braved by both teams and a very tight game that could have have gone either ended in a 5-5 draw.
The visitors started the brighter and took an early lead in the first five minutes. Boyne's dominance was countered in the second-half with Scorthy digging deep and deservedly earning the draw.
Enniscorthy's try was got by Niall Parker. Impressive displays came from the scorer and Ryan Cahill.
Team: Robert Bolger, Ryan Cahill, James Rothwell, Seamus Doyle, Jordan Kelly, Peter Rowley. Eoghan Herlihy, Niall Parker, Fiachra Hourihane, Danny Ryan, Adam Gethings, Luke Harrington, Cameron O'Leary, Michael McGinty, Joe Atkinson, Conor Nolan, Adam Pepper, T.J. Owens, Ryan Askins, Stephen Hadley, Eoin O'Leary, Cian Wickham.
Newbridge were the visitors to Scorthy's Under-13s on Saturday last. A tough game saw Scorthy's young men coming out victorious 28-12.
First-half tries from Adam Pepper and Jordan Kelly saw Enniscorthy having a two-point lead at the break. The second-half was an intense affair, with both sides showing periods of dominance and Enniscorthy's final line of defence showing strength and determination.
A try for Fiachra Hourihane in the 19th minute put some light between the teams. Niall Parker then scored the final try with a strong run along the left-hand side before he cut inside and touched the ball down at the posts.
Overall this was an impressive display by the Under-13s. There were also strong performances from Adam Pepper, Peter Rowley and Seamus Doyle.
Team: Ryan Cahill, James Rothwell, Seamus Doyle, Jordan Kelly, Peter Rowley, Eoghan Herlihy, Niall Parker, Fiachra Hourihane, Danny Ryan, Adam Gethings, Luke Harrington, Cameron O'Leary, Joe Atkinson, Adam Pepper, Stephen Hadley, Cian Wickham.
Fixtures (Saturday, December 8): Under-17, North Kildare v. Enniscorthy at Kilcock (TBC); Under-15, Gorey v. Enniscorthy A at Gorey (TBC); Under-15 Hawks v. Kilkenny 'B', 12 noon, Ross Road.
Racing795 is delighted to announce that Frank Burke from Ballinastraw, Bunclody, is our 2012 club champion. The result was announced at the Racing795 end-of-season party in Ferns recently.
Frank was presented with the championship trophy by last year's winner, Lorraine Byrne. Frank had a long and busy season.
He competed in nine triathlons including four sprints, four Olympics and, just recently, a half Ironman. Between races Frank is always present at club training sessions, and always on hand to offer help and support to clubmates. That's what Racing795 is all about, so Frank is a popular and deserving champion.
Club championship runner-up this year was David Furlong of Ballyprecas, Bunclody, who scored well in early-season mountain bike races. New member Fintan Redmond from Ballingate took third place in his first full season with the club.
Frank Burke was also presented with the 2012 summer league trophy to add to his winter league success back in January. That's a clean sweep for Frank in 2012, making him the man to beat next year.
Tom Hogan from Ferns was presented with a special award in recognition of representing Ireland at the world mountain running championships.
The Racing795 A.G.M. also took place recently with all committee positions filled. Club Chairman David Conway gave an upbeat report on the condition of the club as it enters its fifth year and thanked members and the local community for their continued support.
Club members continue to compete during the off-season. Brian O'Shaughnessy from Enniscorthy performed very well at the Waterford half-marathon last weekend, finishing in a time of 1:24:39.
Racing795 is always open to new members. Our members, from complete beginners to internationals male and female, take part in triathlons, road and mountain biking, running, swimming, adventure racing and everything in between! We pride ourselves on being a small, friendly and well-organised club.
If you are interested in becoming a member or just having a go, check out www.racing795.com for information or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SLANEY OLYMPIC A.C.
Eight members from Slaney Olympic took the short trip to Waterford on Saturday last to compete in the Waterford A.C. half-marathon. The cool, crisp morning meant the conditions were perfect for the 13.1 miles, which started at the Regional Sports Centre on the Cork Road, out the Tramore Road, and looped back towards the city, finishing with a lap of the nature park, beside the Kingfisher Leisure Centre.
Great times were achieved by everyone: Brian Murphy, 1.30; Neil Hudson, 1.34; Mick Nolan, 1.35; Bernie Millar, 1.51; Louise Nolan, 1.56; Stephanie McKenna, 2.02; Annis Kehoe, 2.10; Deirdre Bowers, 2.10.
Club training continues on 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 087-6366905, Jason (0871216233) 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; December 26, John Corrigan Memorial run/walk, Oylegate to Enniscorthy.
S. B. R. A. C.
S.B.R. staged its annual club handicap on a very wet afternoon in Ferns on Sunday last, with the race taking place over the four miles course used for the Mick Murphy Memorial road race.
There was a good turn-out on such a damp afternoon with 27 runners from the club toeing the line. All entrants were started on a staggered basis rated on their most recent times over the Mick Murphy route.
The race resulted in a clean sweep for the ladies, with Annette Reck crossing the line ahead of Anne Cleere and Ellen Fitzgerald.
The full results (in finishing order with finishing times listed) are: 1, Annette Reck, 36.53; 2, Anne Cleere, 36.53; 3, Ellen Fitzgerald, 38.46; 4, Siobhán Nolan, 39.02; 5, Jimmy Howard, 32.27; 6, Cathy Larkin, 35.06; 7, Annette Guinan, 37.01; 8, Tom Kavanagh, 35.52; 9, Cathy Maher, 32.46; 10, Eilish Kehoe, 32.59; 11, Ailish Kennedy, 31.19; 12, William Bolger, 27.45; 13, Ger Doyle, 23.27; 14, Paddy Leacy, 27.08; 15, Lillian Lawless, 27.19; 16, Lisa Bolger, 31.50; 17, Mary Doyle, 28.57; 18, Paul Gibbons, 22.18; 19, Dawn Whelan, 30.58; 20, Ann Bolger, 31.02; 21, David Leonard, 23.56; 22, Tommy Levingston, 24.58; 23, Claire Gibbons, 31.17; 24, Noel Kennedy, 28.15; 25, Billy Harpur, 33.08; Tommy McElwain, 25.26.