Gorey 24, Athy 14: Gorey Under-19s made it two wins from two without concession of a bonus point by defeating Athy at home in the Leinster Premier league. In perfect windless conditions, they once again played with an appealing brand of open running rugby, rarely putting boot to ball in open play.
They might have added significantly to their four-try haul were it not for some uncharacteristic handling errors at crucial moments. And, yet again, an unacceptably high penalty count - 15 in all - for the dominant team.
Once again, it all looked too easy in the opening quarter. No. 8 Stephen Gardiner, returning from Senior duty, caught the Gorey kick-off, gaining a foothold in the Athy half. Gorey hooker Richard Deering took the first scrum against the head, allowing Gorey to break left down a generous blindside.
A swift passing interchange saw Stephen Gardiner crashing over for an early try. Conor Hatton added the conversion.
Gorey were quick to regain territorial dominance as, from the re-start, out-half Brian Brookes launched his forwards effectively for forays through the gain line. An Athy '22 drop-out was judged illegal due to a player being in front of the ball.
The subsequent Gorey scrum, at the mid-point of the '22, saw full-back Conor Hatton attack the left side. Quick recycling resulted in Gorey attacking right and finally left before Stephen Gardiner again crashed over from close in, to leave Gorey 12-0 up and looking comfortable.
But this Athy team was not for lying down. They were very well drilled and maintained their shape all day against a physically-bigger Gorey team. Furthermore, Gorey conceded territory and possession through needless penalty concessions, allowing Athy breathing space, territory and crucial scoring opportunities.
Two penalties were conceded for illegal tackling and one for not releasing before Jack Cleary was sin-binned on 19 minutes for handling in a ruck. Three further penalty concessions before halftime allowed Athy to narrow the deficit, leaving the half-time score at 12-6.
Athy narrowed the deficit to three points shortly after the re-start with their third penalty. Still Gorey stuck to the task and overall won the territorial battle by some margin, with James Nolan proving a handful in midfield.
Athy conceded penalties of their own. At the end of the third quarter Gorey gave themselves some breathing space with a well-worked try. Initial possession was secured from a line-out in the Athy '22. Off a subsequent ruck, scrum-half Robert Harrington probed blind before passing to No. 6 Josh White in support who crossed at the corner.
Gorey finally secured the fixture, and Stephen Gardiner his hat-trick, with a well-worked training ground move. It was testimony to excellent work in the line-out all day, notably to the front pod lifting David Condren. James Nolan added the difficult conversion.
Athy got just reward for a very committed performance with the game's final score. For Gorey, it was a good victory, but there's much more to do if they are to retain their Leinster crown.
Gorey: Conor Hatton, Jack Cleary, Seán Byrne, James Nolan, Seán O'Connor, Brian Brookes, Robert Harrington, J.J. Earle, Richard Deering (capt.), James Mulligan, Harry Woods, David Condren, Josh White, Donnchadh Carroll, Stephen Gardiner. Subs. - Stephen Doyle, Callum O'Donoghue, Paddy Chapman, David Eirkem, Eoin Walsh, Seán Mahon, Peter Spencer, Conor Savage.
The Under-10s travelled with good numbers on Sundaylast to Kilkenny. A total of four games were played in surprisingly good conditions.
Kilkenny provided good opposition and the Gorey lads needed to be at their best. Some good performances were put in by John Milne, Brian and Lee Cushe, Enda McCrea, Ewan Stephens, Jack Higgins, John Kenny, Luke Bursey and Tiernan O'Loughlin.
One of the highlights, other than some great breaks by the Cushe brothers, was the intercept try scored by Rian Fitzpatrick.
Thanks to all our parents for travelling in such good numbers and for their support.
The Under-8s travelled to Kilkenny with two teams and found they were up against stiff opposition on a beautiful November morning. However, the visitors fought on bravely with stunning tries from Alex, Ben, James, Tiernan, Rory, Neil and Reece.
Gorey played a free-flowing game with great runs from Pádhraic, Gina, Orla, Matthew and Lachina, with D.J. and Darragh involved in some beautiful passing moves. In the tight, Daniel, Darragh, Kyle and Ross were powerhouses in securing possession. Finn, Seán, Brian and Michael pulled off some great tackles to slow down the home side.
There is training on Sunday next at 10 a.m. in Gorey R.F.C. Contact Mark (0879550333) or Edward (087-6502453).
The Under-7s played their fourth game of the season on Sunday last. Gorey had 19 players divided into two teams. The Gorey boys made some great runs with each team making very good breaks down the wing.
Each Gorey team made some great passing moves and some strong running breaks through the Kilkenny defence.
Each game produced a few fine tries and they were evenly contested. Many thanks to all the parents and supporters for coming to the match.
Any new players are very welcome. Training is on Sunday next as normal.
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.