This year's season has definitely started off on the right foot for Shelburne B.C. thankfully. The 2012 knockout tournament saw the first big challenge of the year for the club.
The selectors managed to put together ten strong teams who proved well capable of performing in their respective divisions. The Division 5 grade saw the first of five titles for the club with our team coming out victorious with a result of 5-2 over Terrerath.
Following this the Division 4A team came through a tremendous battle with a very strong Taghmon team. After an end result of 5-5 it was down to the dreaded countback of aces which saw us secure victory for title number two.
The Division 3 event saw four teams from the club entered along with others. Following some tough rounds with very close matches, the final featured Shelburne 'B' against Taghmon. Title number three came after a great 6-1 result in our favour.
Division 2 saw a straight final between Shelburne 'A' and Shelburne 'B', with the 'A' team winning with an overall score of 7-3. Another great display of skill and determination in Division 1 was shown when Shelburne competed against a very strong and capable Gorey team. After some close doubles and mixed matches, Shelburne were proud winners with a final score of 5-2.
The matches throughout all divisions provided great entertainment for both spectators and players, and the club would like to say a huge well done and thank you to the organisers.
And now last but by no means least - a huge congratulations and best wishes to our friends and club members, Chris McMackin and Clodagh McDonald, on their recent marriage. We all wish them a peaceful and happy future together.
With more league results to come and the charity tournament fast approaching, let's hope the next round of updates will contain more great results for the club.
ST. JOSEPH'S A. C.
Twelve of our finest athletes travelled to Ratoath, Co. Meath, on Sunday last to compete in the even ages All-Ireland cross-country on what was a very cold day. Underfoot conditions were very mucky but every one of these athletes put in a massive performance and should be very proud to represent their club at this level.
Well done to Grace Mullally, Oisín Griffin, Killian Griffin, Rory O'Connor, Ian Byrne, Darragh McDonald, Paul Murphy, Eva Roche, Emma Hokey, Helen Hoynes, Richie Murphy and Mia Griffin, and the very best of luck to all who are running in Adamstown on Sunday next.
A number of our Senior athletes took part in the Stook ten-mile road race held in Gowran recently. For anyone who doesn't know this race, you meet the Stook Hill at about six miles and it continues for about 1.5 miles and takes no prisoners.
First to beat the hill and finish for the club was Rocky Mernagh, followed by Maria Griffin (third lady overall), Larry Lacey, Paul Sheehan, Tom McDonald, Verena Fenlon, Mag O'Connor, Anita Grant, Ciarán Cullen, Chris McNamara, Bríd Hennessy, Mary McDonald, Nora O'Mahony, Adrianne Flynn, Anna O'Dwyer, Jean McNamara, Stella Sheehan, Julie Lawlor and Ann Ryan (second lady home in her category).
The county ten-mile road race was run in conjunction with this race and the St. Joseph's men's team of Rocky Mernagh, Larry Lacey, Paul Sheehan and Tom McDonald finished third. Well done to all.
On December 26, St. Stephen's Day, the club are holding the festive fun run at the Pink Rock at 12 noon. This is a 5k flat course, so come along and run, jog, walk, or even bring the pram and get rid of that excess turkey and pudding.
Entry fee is €5 per person or €20 per family, and all money raised will go towards running the athletic club. There will be spot prizes for the best festive costumes, so looking forward to seeing you all there.
The monthly Juvenile doubles competition was held on Thursday last in Scoil Mhuire. Evan Carr and Eoin Hickey won the gold medals, a solitary point ahead of Nathan O'Brien and Brian Mitchell, who claimed the silver medals. The bronze medal winners, one point behind, were Caolan Hartigan and Laurynas Matsumas.
The girls' doubles was won by the favourites, Hannah Dempsey and Cora O'Leary, with Seona Fanning-Ironside and Dearbhile Fanning-Ironside in second place. Tara O'Farrell and debutante Emma Haddigan collected the bronze.
The mixed doubles competition only reached the half way stage when the clock ran out. It will be completed next week.
Last weekend saw both Wexford teams make the journey to Kilkenny where Wexford firsts played Carlow and Wexford seconds took on Portlaoise. Wexford's firsts were first up to play and took this game with relative ease.
Wexford firsts hit the ground running, refusing to allow Carlow to settle into the game. First to score was Miriam Lambert when Avril Quirke ran the end line and crossed an inch-perfect ball for her to get on the end of.
The second goal was a carbon copy of the first but this time Aishling Cronin got on the end of it to convert. Cronin added two more to her tally to complete her hat-trick following some neat individual play.
Katie O'Connor made it four when she struck the ball sweetly past the Carlow defence, leaving the goalie with no chance. Finally, to complete the day's scoring, Ruth Bowe decided to get in on the action when she stopped a goalbound ball and displayed some excellent stickwork when she flicked it over the Carlow goalie.
The Wexford defenders were seldom tested but when called upon Ornagh Cullen was on hand to clear the ball, allowing the midfield to set up the next attacking play. Wexford eventually ran out 6-0 winners.
Wexford seconds were next up to play Portlaoise. Wexford owned the ball in the first 15 minutes and were unlucky not to capitalise on this. Portlaoise gradually came into the game and were awarded four short corners in quick succession but were unable to convert due to some excellent defensive play from goalie Suzanne Farrell, Susie Cloney and Therese Finan.
Anna Corcoran also stopped a certain goal when she cleared the ball from the line and calmly got it out of danger. The game continued to ebb and flow with neither side giving an inch. Róisín murphy came closest for Wexford but her shot was stopped by the Portlaoise defence. The game finished up as a 0-0 draw.
Next Sunday, December 2, sees Wexford firsts travel to Glendalough to take on Gorey seconds, and wexford seconds take on Enniscorthy firsts. Best of luck to both teams. Training continues every Tuesday night from 7-9 p.m. in Enniscorthy Astro Centre.
League leaders Wexford Wanderers will be hoping for a good outing against Wicklow side Rathdrum at Park Lane on Friday night next, November 30, at 8 p.m. following the disappointment of last Sunday's home game postponement. The postponement was the second in two weeks for the Wexford outfit and was a disappointment to fans looking to see the side in action at home.
However, last Sunday's visitors, the West Offaly Lions, pulled out on Sunday morning much to the dismay of home fans.
On Friday night the clubhouse will of course be open for the Rathdrum game and it is hoped as many people as possible will attend for what is expected to be a lively rugby match and a good way to start the weekend.
The following day, Saturday, December 1, the Wanderers seconds side is due to host neighbours Enniscorthy at Park Lane. Your support is as ever always appreciated.
Menapians hosted the first round of the new Juvenile middle distance league last week in the Volunteers pitch in Páirc Charman. This great idea showed it has captured the attention of many of the county's Juvenile clubs and athletes and was a great success. Thanks to everybody who turned out to compete and assist, and special mention to the coaches behind the large turn-out for the club.
Menapians had some great results and also at round two which was held on the track in New Ross on Friday last. Sinéad O'Reilly, Mark Hennessy, John Murphy and Leon Nolan were winners across both days, but there were many fine results from a large Menapians contingent.
Day three will take place on the track in Adamstown Community Centre (G.A.A. and soccer pitch) under lights on Friday next, November 30, at 7.30 p.m., with a bus leaving Clonard church at 7 p.m. Contact Catherine at 086-3899523 for more details.
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