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Tuesday 23 April 2019

Kilanerin Ballyfad

Craanford v Monageer
Craanford v Monageer

TEAM of the week goes to Méabh and her colleagues who ran the Cúl Camp which was another great success, and likely to have been the biggest Cúl Camp in Wexford yet again. It was a great social week for the 146 boys and girls who took part.

Equally as successful last week were the under-age hurlers who have won all games in the past two weeks, including the Under-16s who beat Castletown and then Rapparees, and also the Under-14s who beat Rathnure.

The Under-18s have not lost a game and the Under-12s and Under-10s are winning most games and are playing both league fixtures and now football in the Kent Cup. July is all fun. Remember to tell the coaches if your chap will miss a game, as it is hard to field teams in the summer.

A big community congratulations to Conor Devitt on his winning of a Leinster Under-21 hurling medal when Wexford beat Dublin on Wednesday last. There are not many Leinster medals in the parish. Let's hope for more, maybe even an All-Ireland medal sooner rather than later.

Meanwhile, there was no jackpot winner in the club lotto draw. The numbers were 5, 19, 20 and 24. There were four match three winners. The next draw takes place on July 21 in Noel Murphy's with a jackpot of €11,800 with the bonus ball. It is time someone won the jackpot, so buy a ticket for €2 and it could be you.

GUSSERANE

Gusserane started the defence of their Under-10 Kent Cup in some style in Ballycullane on Wednesday last with a 3-7 to 2-4 victory over a very strong Horeswood side. In a game that ebbed and flowed, the Gusserane players stood tall in the second-half to gain their win.

Down by 2-2 to 1-4 at half-time after playing with the wind advantage, it didn't look well for the Tintern boys but cometh the 20 minutes cometh the Under-10s. A quick two-goal blitz at the start of the second-half sowed the seeds for this win.

Whilst congratulations are in order to all the players, there is loads of room for improvement. Remember gentlemen, you have to practice at home kicking and catching. To mention one player, it was good to welcome Darragh Power back onto the field of play, and back he was with a bang - a rocket to the net to score the O'Rahilly's goal in the first-half. The next game is away to Ramsgrange on Wednesday, July 16, at 7 p.m.

Team: Stephen Codd, Oisín Brown, Seán Whelan, Michael Mulligan, Jamie Lyng, Cormac Kiely (0-4), Adam Whelan (0-1), Jack Rossiter (1-1), Fionn Mullally (1-0), Eoghan Twomey (0-1), Rory McCillen, Darragh Power (1-0).

The Under-14 hurlers were out Thursday at home, losing out to Monageer-Boolavogue. The Under-14 footballers were out Sunday morning away to Oylegate, also losing out.

The Under-16 hurlers were away on Monday last to Oylegate and lost out.

Gusserane Camogie Club are holding a fundraising race night in Rosie's of Dunmain on Friday, August 15. Horses are on sale from any parent or committee member. All support will be very welcome. Lots of craic will be had on the night, with more information to follow.

BUFFERS ALLEY

Well done to the Junior footballers who had a victory over Gusserane O'Rahilly's on Friday night last, making it three out of three wins. This coming weekend they have a game v. St. Fintan's in Ballymore. Details of the fixture are not available yet.

Congratulations to Andrew Kenny and Oliver O'Leary who won Leinster medals in the Bord Gáis Under-21 hurling final on Wednesday night last in Parnell Park. They have now advanced to play Galway in the All-Ireland semi-final to be held in mid-August.

Tonight both Under-12 football teams play in Monamolin at 7.30 p.m. against Blackwater and Duffry Rovers. On Thursday night the Under-14 footballers play GOH in Monamolin at 7 p.m. The Under-10 footballers travel to St. Mary's (Maudlintown) on Friday night, with the Under-8 boys playing Ballygarrett in Monamolin on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Please keep Saturday, August 16, free for the annual Noel O'Brien Under-10 hurling tournament to be held in Buffers Alley.

Well done to Ciarán Kenny, Bobby Kenny and the Wexford Senior hurlers on their terrific win on Saturday last versus Clare in Wexford Park.

The Minor hurlers had two games recently and came away with wins in both. Two weeks ago they played Glynn-Barntown and won by 1-12 to 1-5, and then they defeated Shelmaliers by 2-11 to 0-12.

Team: Darragh Kehoe; Laurence Gahan, David Ryan, Gearóid O'Connor; Leonard Leacy, John Farrell, John Lee Meyler; Lee Murphy, Ciarán Murphy; Liam Rath, Ross Donohoe (0-4, 2 frees, 1 '65), Owen Dempsey (0-5, 2 frees); Rob Donnelly (1-0), John Furlong, Darragh Hammel (1-1). Subs. - James Teale for Rath, Conor Mangan (0-1) for L. Murphy, Seamus Stafford for Hammel, Liam Cousins, Barry Doyle, Jamie Warren, Michael McNulty.

KILRUSH-ASKAMORE

The Under-8 hurlers play Kildalkey of Meath on Tuesday in Croke Park with throw-in at 12 noon. Meet at the Cusack Stand at 11 a.m.

There will be no Under-6 training on Tuesday. The Under-12 hurlers had a good win over Davidstown on Tuesday last. This Tuesday they play football against Craanford in Craanford at 7.30 p.m.

The Under-10s have training on Tuesday at 6.15 p.m., and a match in the pitch on Friday. There is a football blitz on Saturday in Kilanerin at 10 a.m.

Congratulations to Coiste na nOg Secretary Sinéad O'Hara on the birth of her baby boy. Well done to the Wexford team on Saturday last on their great win over Clare. It was great to see clubmen Shane Tomkins and P.J. Nolan line out for Wexford.

BUNCLODY CAMOGIE

Bunclody Camogie Club are having a clothing recycling drive on July 16, 17 and 18 between 7-8 p.m. at the HWH G.A.A. pitch on Church Road.

Please donate clean unwanted clothes, bed linen, blankets, towels, curtains, shoes, bags, belts, soft toys and books (no school books or bric a brac please). Laptops and mobile phones are accepted also.

Please donate as much as you can, as more bags means more fundraising.

TARA ROCKS

Tara Rocks are celebrating an historic first this week, as their camogie team won the first championship match in their young history.

The newbies were denied a dream start in the opening encounter, at home to Kilmore, when a goal four minutes into added time wrecked their championship debut.

However, there was no stopping the girls from the Rocks in their second game, this time against fellow newcomers Davidstown-Courtnacuddy, as they came away with an encouraging 2-6 to 0-9 win.

It's hoped that Wexford's newest club will build on their success and go from strength to strength for the rest of the season and beyond, and surely their next victory is not too far away in the Junior 'C' championship.

DUFFRY ROVERS

Established in June, 2009, the Duffry Rovers' primary schools perpetual football blitz has gone from strength to strength and is now firmly marked out as a date of note for all concerned. The sixth instalment was held recently and, as usual, there were plenty of thrills and spills - all capped off with a new name on the trophy.

The host school, Caim, were joined by their Duffry clubmates from Kiltealy and Ballindaggin while Courtnacuddy and Donard N.S. (Poulpeasty) came from further afield to make up an initial round-robin of five teams.

Caim and Donard had been the dominant forces in previous years but this time, however, they were forced to settle for a place in the 'B' final where Caim just about edged it on a 3-2 to 2-0 scoreline.

At the opposite end of the table, Courtnacuddy had signalled their intent by securing a first place finish which left Kiltealy and Ballindaggin to battle it out in a play-off to see who would join them in the 'A' final. Ballindaggin had come out on top in the group game but Kiltealy had clearly learned the lessons of defeat and managed to turn the tables on a scoreline of 3-1 to 0-5, the bronze medals providing some consolation for a Ballindaggin side which had put in a good day's graft.

The stage was set, then, for the final showdown between Courtnacuddy and Kiltealy and while Kiltealy may have been battle-hardened after their tough play-off, Courtnacuddy were in no mood for complacency. They dominated the first-half to open up a commanding lead of 1-3 to nil at the break and seemed to be cruising to the trophy.

Blackstairs folk have never been known as quitters, however, and the switch-around saw Kiltealy drastically up the tempo to quickly smash home a goal and remind Courtnacuddy that the trophy would be hard won.

Following on from this morale-boosting score, Kiltealy proceeded to lay siege to their opponents' goalmouth. The questions were being asked but Courtnacuddy had the answers and, showing immense determination, they somehow managed to keep the scoreboard intact after several goal-line scrambles.

Another goal here could very easily have swung the game in Kiltealy's favour but Courtnacuddy had weathered the storm and were now free to run at an understandably stretched Kiltealy defence and managed to tack on the few scores necessary to seal a maiden success on a scoreline of 3-4 to 1-0.

Success was sweet for Courtnacuddy but, as ever, football was the real winner and the efforts of all the students and the teachers is to be highly commended. Thanks must also go to Duffry Rovers G.A.A. club for the continued use of their facilities and to the Wexford County Board for providing the necessary backing for an excellent competition.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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