Players' off-pitch showdown

Fintan Lambe

Published 07/01/2014 | 05:34

Strictly Come Dancing partners for Naomh Eanna GAA Club: husband and wife team Catherine and John Ryan.

TWO NEIGHBOURING sports clubs in Gorey are stirring up some friendly rivalry, but since they don't play the same sport, they're going to have a dance off.

Naomh Eanna GAA Club and Gorey Rugby Club, both based at Clonattin, are organising a Strictly Club Dancing, or Strictly Scrum Dancing competition, to see if rugby players or Gaelic games players have the best moves on the dance floor.

Ten pairs of dancers from each club are currently undergoing intensive training for their club heats, before six couples from each club compete in the grand finale in The Amber Springs Hotel, Gorey on Friday, February 28 next.

The dancers are also raising a minimum of €1,000 each for their club, through various fundraisers, and they are looking for as much support as possible for these events.

There's some talk of divided family loyalties, but it's all in good sport.

Dancing for Naomh Eanna are: Club Chairman Nicky Stafford and Maeve Mannion; Wexford Hurling Selector Ger Cushe and Carol Molloy; John O'Connor and Kim Feenan; Dessie Hennell and Theresa Cullen; Noreen Stafford and Thomas Stafford; John O'Brien and ladies footballer Orla Prendergast; John and Catherine Ryan; James Byrne and Laura Cushe; David Bolger and Caroline Whitmore; and Michael Murphy and Michelle Stokes. Incidentally Michelle's husband, Michael Stokes is dancing for the Rugby Club.

Dancing for Gorey Rugby Club are: Chloe and John Breen; Toni Farrell and Philip Horan; Maeve Farrell and Tommy Martin; Teresa Wemyss and Martin Crowe; Clodagh Flynn and Eoin Walsh; Lisa Gibney and Robert Wallace; Lynne and Adrian Copeland; Orla Brooks and Michael Stokes; Jennifer Mullen and Nigel Rothwell; and Cathy Farrell and Paul Redmond.

All couples are spending long hours perfecting their moves to ensure a great show. Tickets for both heats go on sale shortly and the various fundraisers are ongoing.

Gorey Guardian

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