Forge best in horseshoes decider
THE DIVISION 2 league final was held in Ferns on Saturday last between Ballyroe and The Forge.
In a best of six games event, Ballyroe got off to the best possible start by winning the first, but that was as good as it got for them.
Results: Seán Storey and Billy O'Brien (Ballyroe) beat Jerry Connors and Tom Cash (The Forge), 21-15; John McKeown and Pa O'Brien (Ballyroe) beat Jim Sludds Snr. and Jim Sludds Jnr., 21-15; John O'Brien and Seán Owens (Ballyroe) beat Chris Sludds (replaced by Thomas Cullen) and Willie Gordon, 21-17; John McKeown and Pa O'Brien beat Billy O'Brien and Seán Storey, 21-10; Tom Cash and Jerry Connors beat Jim Sludds Jnr. (replaced by Lar Sludds) and Jim Sludds Snr. (replaced by Chris Sludds), 21-16.
The Forge won 4-1 overall and their squad was completed by John O'Toole and Paddy Connors.
The best player for Ballyroe was Billy O'Brien, while The Forge had several players who were outstanding. None of them had a bad day - congratulations to the worthy winners.
Referees were Seán Doyle (Curracloe) and Charles Christopher Jnr. (Monageer).
The Division 1 league final was postponed due to a bereavement. It has been re-scheduled for Saturday, September 1. The presentation of the league trophies will take place in Ferns on Saturday next in O'Loughlin's pub after the All-Ireland club and counties which are two of the biggest events of the year.
On Sunday, the All-Ireland doubles will be held. In the AllIreland club there is a new second division for the tournament - the first time it has been done. Hopefully one of the Wexford clubs will bring home the trophy.
In the first division both the Woodsmen and Doran's Bridge will fancy their chances in particular, having had good seasons so far.
The Gap and Monart are also competing and will be hoping to put up strong showings. Hopefully someone can win, as to date only the Woodsmen have won the trophy from Wexford. There will be stiff competition from Donegal and Gouleyduff though.
The presentation of All-Ireland trophies will take place on Sunday night in The Courtyard. There is a €5 cover charge for entry to The Courtyard - this will cover the food and music for the night.
Condolences to Richard Collier and the Collier family on the death of Richard's uncle, and to the Connors brothers, Tom and Paddy, on the death of their uncle. May they both rest in peace.
Well done to John Doyle Snr. for being elected Wexford horseshoe person of the year.