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Sunday 26 October 2014

Club call

Published 29/08/2012 | 10:12

KUNG FU & KICKBOXING: Members of the Wexford Kung Fu & Kickboxing Centre came together recently to support their clubmates who travel to the World championships in Montreal, Canada, this October.

The club members and committee held a sponsored training and sparring session at their premises in Image Health Studios, WestPoint, to raise much-needed funds for the five Wexford fighters.

As well as a tough training session, all participants young and old got a chance to spar with chief instructor, former world champion Bobby O'Neill.

Apart from the serious side of the day's events there was also lots of fun for the young (and young at heart) with a magic show and a fantastic performance of Mr. Cool's Puppet show.

All the funds raised went directly to the five-strong team of Clara O'Doherty (-45 kg. girls), Conor Cullen (-50 kg. boys), Dale White (-45 kg. boys), and the father and daughter combination of Mark (men's veterans) and Rebecca Rowe (50 kg. girls).

The club members are planning further fundraising activities over the coming weeks including a demonstration by club members aided by the Gymstars Gymnastics Club in St. Joseph's Hall on Sunday, September 23. This promises to be an action-filled afternoon of martial arts and gymnastics, and admission is only €5. The committee would also like to sincerely thank Juice teenage disco for their very generous contribution recently.

Training for the new season starts for adults on Monday, September 2, and for children on Tuesday, September 3. New members are always welcome.

WANDERERS RUGBY

Both Wexford Wanderers men's sides commenced the new rugby season on Saturday evening last at Park Lane, where neighbours Enniscorthy were the visitors for both teams.

The matches which were contested as part of the South East League provided an early opportunity to shake off the summer cobwebs and become accustomed to the new rule changes for the current season.

The first team fixture saw the home side play with great belief in the early part of the game, putting pressure on a visiting side whose last competitive outing was their successful Towns Cup final. The pressure yielded results and when Wexford were awarded a penalty centre Colm O Corcora converted from the boot.

Shortly after O Corcora added another from a similar position to stretch the lead to 6-0. Sensing an upset, the Wexford backs played with serious determination and could feel aggrieved not to have scored on the left early in the half.

However, the visitors responded by cutting through the Wexford defence to score a try under the posts which was duly converted to lead 7-6. From the restart Wexford again pressurised the visitors into conceding a penalty which O Corcora again converted to regain the lead with just 30 minutes gone. The response from Enniscorthy was again to cut through the home defence and score an unconverted try.

The home side pressed for a score before the break with full-back Goodison leading a searing counter-attack from a loose Enniscorthy kick to bring the home side within inches of the Enniscorthy line in the right corner. However, Enniscorthy's pattern of play was set and they again broke clear to add a converted try just before the break to lead 19-9 at the halfway stage.

After the break and with the ten-point cushion from the first-half, the visitors cut loose to score a further four converted tries before the end of the contest to bring the final score to 47-9. However, from a Wexford persepective the score did not match the performance from the home side, especially in the first-half where the game was much closer with a good performance by the side both in attack and defence.

It should be remembered that when the Leinster League campaigns commence in six weeks' time that the visiting side will be competing in three divisions higher than the home side. The outing did provide Wexford with an opportunity to give game time to players new to the side like centre Colm O Corcora who graduates from last year's successful Under-19 side to join his brother, Seán, in the Senior team. Other players such as out-half Maurice Logue and No. 8 John Rowe return from injury and stints away respectively.

Team: Gavin Doyle, Kyle Roche, Niall Stenning, Rory O'Leary, Killian McConville, Anthony Walsh (capt.), John Rowe, Neil Mac Aogáin, Stuart Ryan, Maurice Logue, John Browne, Colm O Corcora, Michael Bolger, Pádraig Cousins, Mark Goodison. Subs. - Seán O Corcora, Alan Kinsella, James Turner, Keith Cullen, Owen Moore.

The Wanderers seconds' game against Enniscorthy which was played before the firsts game again provided the home side with an opportunity to bed in players for the season and to more importantly get some physical game time on the clock. Due to player commitments to other sporting codes, both sides fielded reduced sides in order to fulfil the fixture which at times was hard-fought but which the visitors put beyond doubt early in the contest when they moved the ball wide to their backs to out-flank the home defence.

Team: Dermot Graham, Steve Holloway, Adam Cheevers (capt.), K. Cullen, P. Cousins, Dave Kelleher, Frank Jordan, Shane Byrne, Kevin Roche, Stewart Brennan, Dave Yamamoto, Seán Hancox, John Barry, John Healy, Mark Doyle. Subs. - Pat Foley, Frank Doyle.

Both teams travel to Kilkenny on Saturday next for the first away fixtures of the season, with the seconds playing at 4.30 p.m. followed by the first XV playing at 6 p.m. As ever your support is always appreciated. Please remember to check out the club website - www.wexfordwanderersrfc.com - or the club Facebook page - Wexford Wanderers RFC - in the event of changes to the fixture times.

Under-age rugby training starts on Saturday next, September 1, at Park Lane with minis training commencing at 11 a.m. The club, which is one of the most successful in Leinster at under-age level, winning numerous titles at youth level last season, hopes to continue its success for the coming season and many more seasons to come.

In this regard the club will also be holding an open day the following Saturday, September 8, commencing at 1 p.m. at the clubhouse. On that day minis training will be scheduled from 2-4 p.m. so anyone who has not tried rugby before, but is curious to try, can come and have a go.

The ladies' side (supported by their mascot Vicky Vixen) will demonstrate tag rugby (a non-contact version of rugby) from 4-6 p.m. The men's second side will play the first of two South East League derby games against Gorey at 6 p.m. and will be followed by the first team derby between the same sides at 7.30 p.m.

On the day club members will be on hand to discuss how you could assist in the club whether by playing, coaching, refereeing or volunteering your time to assist on match days in and around the club, or maybe you have some ideas to help expand the social and fundraising side of the club.

Pencil the date in your diary and come and see us on the day. Further details will be posted on the club website - www.wexfordwanderersrfc.com - and the club Facebook page - Wexford Wanderers RFC - in the coming days.

WANDERERS CRICKET

Wexford Wanderers firsts were soundly beaten by Pembroke at Park on Sunday last. The visitors won an important toss and opted wisely to give Wanderers first use of a damp pitch.

Wanderers openers Anthony Jones and Adrian Campbell found runs extremely difficult to find against a very accurate Pembroke attack and after 14 overs had elapsed, the score stood at just 14 runs. The only batsman who looked in any kind of form was Alan Murphy and he too had to battle hard early on.

Four Wanderers batsmen failed to trouble the scorer as the total slumped to 69 runs with eight wickets down. It was only when Anjith Vargese came out to join Alan at the wicket that the run rate began to lift somewhat. Anjith played his finest knock to date as he scored 26 runs and, with Alan contributing 42, Wanderers managed to post an unlikely total of 111 all out.

To have any chance of winning Wexford needed to take early wickets. Opening bowlers Eugene Brennan and Alan Murphy tried hard but had little luck and despite a number of narrow escapes the Pembroke batsmen gradually got on top. By this stage the wicket had dried out considerably and batting conditions were a lot easier than when Wexford were batting.

Stefan Carty was Wanderers' most successful bowler, taking two wickets for 20 runs off seven overs, and Alan Murphy was the only other wicket taker as Pembroke easily reached their target with seven wickets to spare. Anthony Jones put in a good display of off-break bowling but he too had little luck.

Worryingly this defeat drops Wanderers into a relegation battle and with three league games still to play, the team badly need another win or two to maintain its league status.

Team: Aidan Seaver (capt.), Martin Redmond, Steve Hadley, Sharjeel Shaikh, Eugene Brennan, Anthony Jones, Adrian Campbell, Anjith Vargese, Alan Murphy, Stefan Carty, Herbie Honohan.

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