Gorey Rugby Club travelled in force to Limerick on Saturday last as six of their girls from their Under-19 team took part in a round robin tournament with Munster and Connacht. The six girls were Alex Doyle, Lauren Farrell-McCabe, Aoife Browne, Chloe Breen, Fiona Murphy and Aoife Farrell, with Maeve Farrell missing out through injury.
Leinster beat Connacht but Munster were to prove a bridge too far as a welldrilled team was too strong.
Gorey Senior firsts team got their league campaign back on track with a comprehensive win over Clane on a score of 45-12. The match was played on a cracking night for rugby with no wind and a dry pitch.
The home crowd were treated to a feast of tries as Gorey set about their task with an urgency and determination that sometimes did not always yield the deserved result but was always entertaining as they tried to play a brand of fast and open rugby.
The ever-present Matt Bater was the first to cross the Clane line after some good work by the pack, with Aidan O'Brien converting. Gorey were soon back on the attack again and sustained pressure saw the visitors' line breached again by Bater.
Clane rallied and managed to score a well-worked try as the home team relaxed a little. That was the way it stayed until half-time as Gorey had chances but somehow could not put the points on the board.
The second-half started with Clane exerting some pressure on the home defence. Gorey cleared down field and a great tackle by P.J. Clince saw the Clane winger knock on to the Gorey chasers for a kick ahead for Ben Horan to touch down, with Aidan O'Brien converting.
Clane were finding Gorey hard to contain, and when Adrian Copeland sidestepped not one but two defenders to race in from 35 metres to secure the bonus point, Gorey were well on their way to a home win.
Two further tries from the young guns of Jordan Ahearne and Michael Woods saw the scoring completed for Gorey, with Clane fitting one of their own in between. The final score of 45-12 saw the Gorey support retire to the bar happy.
Gorey's youth system is now coming in to play and the stars in the pack on a good night for the team were all Under20, with Jordan Ahearne, Michael Woods and Ciarán Smith the pick. Matt Bater, Aidan O'Brien and Tomás Sheehy worked hard in the backs.
Sunday next sees Gorey firsts and seconds travel to Killkenny for a crucial top of the table clash before the Christmas break. Gorey thirds have a home game on Saturday at 2.30 p.m.
Team: C. Smith, B. O'Connor, T. Tomkins, C. Hennessy, J.P. Redmond (capt.), K. O'Rourke, J. Ahearne, M. Woods, C. Furney, A. O'Brien, M. Bater, K. Breen, C. Peavoy, T. Sheehy, B. Horan, P.J. Clince, A. Copeland, R. Jones, S. O'Connor, D. Redmond, F. Bellanova.
Gorey Under-10s travelled to Wicklow on Saturday last to play both Wicklow and Rathdrum.
Having played Wicklow earlier this year we knew they were going to be tough opposition. The Gorey boys played very well in all of their matches.
Defence was very strong with some great tackles put in by Lee Cushe, George Warren, Ewan Stephens, Max McCabe, Seán Sawyer and Ross O'Loughlin.
Enda McCrea, John Milne and Adam Cleary did very well in the ruck, while in attack Rian Fitzpatrick, Jack Higgins, Adam Doyle, Brian Cushe, Rory Tubritt and Vinny Porfiri made some fine breaks.
Thanks again to all our parents for travelling in such good numbers and for their support.
Wicklow also hosted the Gorey Under7 last weekend. On a bright, sunny December day, the playing conditions were very good.
Gorey had 15 players divided into three teams. The Gorey boys made some great running breaks with Lewis Sunderland, Calum McNulty, Rhys Jones, Dan Fleming and Matthew Griffiths running forward well and creating good opportunities for tries.
Calum Sheridan, David Maher, Craig Mantle and David Pugh showed good skill in the middle of the field and made some strong runs into Wicklow territory.
Both Gorey teams made some great passing moves and the boys created opportunities for some fine tries, with Doran O'Toole, Jack Power, Brendan Coyne, Tom Mackey, Seán Traynor and Michael McDonald breaking through the Wicklow defence to score.
Thanks to Wicklow for a very sporting match and their hospitality. Thanks to all the parents and supporters for coming to the match. Training is at Gorey on Sunday, December 9, at 10 a.m.
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.
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 halfmarathon 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 0876366905, Jason (087-1216233) 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.