Wednesday 24 April 2019

Club call

The Enniscorthy ladies’ seconds hockey team which secured promotion last weekend
The Enniscorthy ladies’ seconds hockey team which secured promotion last weekend

Slaney Olympic A.C.: Noel Kelly swapped the challenges of the mucky fields for the scorching sun when he travelled to Lisbon to do the half-marathon in a cracking time of 1:49:53.

The sun was out in full force for the Davy Fortune Memorial 5k, but unfortunately so were the winds.

Will Doyle was the first club man home, while Catherine Roche was the first club lady home and second lady overall.

Katie Gregan also had a superb run and finished third lady overall in 21:52.

Other participants were: David Kehoe, John Foley, Paul Browne, Billy Reck, Seán Crotty (18:51), Michael Quigley, Joe Whelan, Fintan Kinsella (23:38), Paul Murphy, Sunday Nzerem, Colin Garry, John Brennan, Jessie O'Connor (21:10), Tom O'Shea, Paul O'Reilly (24:00), Aoife Kavanagh (23:01), Marie Kinsella (24:38), Tracy Kavanagh, Bernie Millar, Esther O'Leary (28:28), Angela McDonald, Siobhán Fenlon, Val Murphy, Siobhán O'Shea, Gosia Malgorzata-Szymura.

Eight club members took part in the Galbally10k on bank holiday Monday. First club man home was Billy Reck in 39:21, and first club lady home was Marie Kinsella in 53:29.

Other results: Colin Garry 39:39, Bobby Redmond 40:17, Pat Codd 41:57, Fintan Kinsella 52:26, Kate Doyle 1:05:28, Andy Staff 1:05:30.

Gosia Malgorzata-Szymura took on the Johnstown parkrun with her son and daughter in awful conditions and finished in 29:48.

Annis Kehoe did the JFK parkrun in 27:24 and was joined by Michelle Doyle. There's just no stopping Michelle as she did her 102nd parkrun in 45:18 despite being due her second baby in just a few days..yes, days. Unreal stuff Michelle.

Slaney Olympic were the hosts for the county Intermediate road race in Ballymurn where the weather was glorious. First off were the ladies with a 4k half loop, with a challenging hill just before the 3k mark

Slaney had 13 ladies in the purple and gold singlet. Katie Gregan cruised home in 16:56 to claim the silver medal which led the ladies to a well-deserved team silver along with Aoife Kavanagh (17:21), Maura Neville (18:28) and Esther O'Leary (19:03).

Also running very strongly for their club were: Marie Kinsella 19:07, Martina O'Sullivan 19:21, Ciara Kearney 19:25, Margaret Cahill 19:38, Sabina Sweeney 19:52, Clodagh Connelly 20:08, Greta Roberts-Tyrrell 20:55, Annis Kehoe 21:22, Val Murphy 24:24.

Next off was the men's race which was 8k. Slaney's newest member, David Mahon, made his debut for the club and was in contention from the start but just missed out on gold by three seconds in a sprint finish to get a well-deserved silver medal in 28:04.

This also led the men to team gold along with Will Doyle (29:27), John Foley (29:48) and Billy Reck (29:53).

Also running very competitively for the club were: Bobby Redmond 30:02, Colin Garry 30:43, Seán Crotty 30:46, Pádraig Coone 30:57, Paul Browne 31:23, John Brennan 31:29, Michael Quigley 31:51, Joe Whelan 35:38, Richard Higgins 36:29, Sunday Nzerem 37:02.

Enda Waters took part in the Tullamore Harriers 5k and did so in style with a time of 25:04.

Noel Kelly, only back from Lisbon, didn't waste any time and headed to Galway for the Craughwell 10 mile, smashing his P.B. with a time of 1:19:11.

Brian Murphy took part in the Manchester half-marathon on Saturday in a field of over 5,000 participants on a fair course to raise funds for St. Senan's autism unit and did so in a time of 1:33:00.

Mary Nolan traveled to Wicklow for the Gaol Break 10k and finished in a time of 1:08:42.

Catherine Roche and Garry Murphy headed to Coventry for the half-marathon. Catherine finished in 1:32:54, and Gary in 1:43:19.

Three club members took part in the Johnstown parkrun on Saturday. Wayne Allen finished in 23:07, Andy Staff in 26:17, and Annis Kehoe in 27:19.

Andrew Kehoe was the sole Slaney participant in the JFK parkrun in New Ross on Saturday in a time of 34:40.

Gosia Malgorzata-Szymura took part in the Tramore parkrun on Saturday in 23:55.

Well done everyone. Go Slaney go.

Slaney Sharks

Twelve Slaney Sharks swimmers from our 'A' and 'B' squads travelled with coach Liam to Athy to attend St. Fiacc's 25th anniversary gala.

The swimmers were in tremendous form with lots of podium finishes, personal bests, and I.A.G. Division 2 times achieved.

Ava Nolan (13) had a fantastic day with five podium finishes, including gold in the 100m free, 200m back, 200m free and 100m back. She also got a bronze in the 50m free.

Jaden Chan (12) achieved gold in the 200m fly and 200m free, and silver in the 100m breast.

Emma Murphy (14) finished first in the 400m free with an amazing P.B. of 5:07.32 (-16.31). She also got gold in the 100m free and silver in the 200 I.M.

Leah Morris (14) achieved silver in the 50m free, silver in the 200m breast, and bronze in the 100m breast.

Riona Byrne (18) achieved gold in the 200m breast, Conor Dempsey achieved gold in the 50m breast, Ava Byrne (13) achieved gold in the 200m breast, and James Byrne (11) achieved silver in the 50m free.

Ava Whelan (12) had fantastic swims in the 400m free in 5:41.33 (-15.98), and the 200m back in 3:31.87 (-8.45).

Lily Hammel (13) swam the 400m free and 200 I.M. for the first time and had a fantastic P.B. in the 200m free in 2:45.55 (-15.45).

Aimee Walsh (13) had two personal bests in the 200m free in 2:45.52 (-9.46) and the 100m back in 1:30.65 (-3.20).

Alexi Gillot also represented the club and swam very well.

There was no rest for our swimmers as eight of our 'A' squad travelled with coach Nicky to attend the N.A.C. to attend the Leinster qualifying meet long course.

The swimmers performed amazingly well, and more times were achieved for the Irish summer national championships and I.A.G. Division 2.

Ava Byrne (13) had a fantastic day, achieving personal bests in all her swims: 100m free in 1:07.82L (-1.20), 50m free in 30.90L (-0.90), and 100m back in 1:21.06L (-0.46).

She has now qualified in another two races (50m and 100m free) for the Irish summer national championships.

Jaden Chan (12) swam amazingly well and achieved personal bests in all his swims: 200m back in 2:54.78L (-0.95), 400m free in 5:23.09L (-2.95), 100m free in 1:10.74L (-3.08), 50m free in 31.15L (-3.70), and 100m back in 1:22.68L (-1.38).

Conor Dempsey (18) swam extremely well with personal bests in the three races he entered: 50m fly in 33.32L (-0.44), 100m breast in 1:23.62L (-0.88), and 50m breast in 35.35L (-1.71).

Ava Whelan (12) had another great day with personal bests in the 200m free in 2:46.74L (-3.83), 100M free in 1:15.73L (-2.73), and 50m free in 35.11L (-0.89).

Ava Nolan (13) achieved personal bests in the 50m breast in 47.26L (-0.04), and 100m fly in 1:30.65 (-0.85).

Alexi Gillot (14) swam a great 200m free in 2:35.60L (-2.09), and 400m free in 5:27.84L (-2.64).

Holly Furlong (15) had a personal best in the 50m fly in 35.16L (-0.11), and Sam Murphy (17) had a personal best in the 100m breast in 1:28.78L (-1.14).

Coaches Liam and Nicky congratulate all the swimmers on their performances. The Slaney Sharks Swim Club contact number is 087-4041544.

Enniscorthy Hockey

The ladies' second XI had a crucial final game of their Leinster Division 12 campaign on Saturday, as they faced U.C.D. 8ths at the Astro Active Centre. Enniscorthy lay in second position and needed a victory to ensure promotion.

Enniscorthy started off very strongly with strong play by midfielders Eleanor Bolger and Laura Redmond. A great pass into the circle found Megan Dempsey who scored the opener for the hosts.

Enniscorthy continued to threaten U.C.D., winning a penalty corner. There was fine play by Alice Kelly and Olive Lett in the circle, but the ball went wide.

In the last play of the first-half, Enniscorthy won another penalty corner. After fine play from Ciara Parnell and Ciara Yates, the ball eventually found Muireann Nic Corcráin who hit it into the net. Unfortunately, the ball took a high deflection and didn't hit the back board, so it was disallowed.

The second-half was tense but competitive, with solid defensive play from Áine O'Brien, Ellen Creed and Amy Dalton.

Orla Sinnott had an open chance on goal but hit the post. In the last seven minutes U.C.D. drew level after a great save from Alice Medcalf.

The tempo and intensity doubled as Enniscorthy needed a win to secure promotion. A super clearance from Olive Lett found Hannah Sweeney who passed to Alice Kelly, and she scored the vital goal in the last minutes to secure a 2-1 victory.

Squad: Aine O'Brien, Alice Kelly, Alice Medcalf, Ciara Parnell, Ciara Yates, Eleanor Bolger, Ellen Creed, Hannah Neville, Laura Redmond, Megan Dempsey, Muireann Nic Corcráin, Olive Lett, Orla Sinnott.

A sunny Saturday spring afternoon saw Enniscorthy's ladies' first XI record a resounding 9-0 win over Skerries.

Having won the league already, Enniscorthy could afford to take their foot off the pedal, but it was clear from the first whistle that this was not the case as in the opening moments forwards Nancy Dunphy, Sonja Rynhart and May Wickham put intense pressure on the Skerries defence, making sure the ball stayed in the opposite half of the pitch.

Throughout the match, Jessie Flood and Hannah Graham sent good early balls down into the corners for both wingers to run on to, with May Wickham perfectly timing her runs to receive these balls.

Enniscorthy consistently attacked the baseline, resulting in either a penalty corner or a strike on goal. Enniscorthy were unlucky as the first few shots on goal were saved by the Skerries goalkeeper or were not on target.

However, it wasn't long before Enniscorthy had their first penalty corner which was the result of May Wickham attacking the baseline and finding a foot in the circle.

The Slaneysiders made no mistake, and a powerful strike from Sonja Rynhart and a deflection from May Wickham made it 1-0, but Enniscorthy were only getting started.

Soon after, Jessie Flood made it 2-0 after Enniscorthy were awarded another penalty corner. A pre-planned move saw the ball passed to the top of the circle where Flood was, then to Laura Smith on the right, then back to Flood who was in the middle, and a powerful strike resulted in the second goal.

Enniscorthy continued to attack the Skerries goal, and it was clear the Slaneysiders were good at finding each other with passes. Some scrappy play in the circle resulted in Caoimhe Larkin finding the back of the net to make it 3-0.

Shortly after Enniscorthy were awarded another penalty corner, and this time Ciara Kelly made no mistake in finishing off the hard work by putting the ball past the goalie and making it 4-0.

It wasn't long until Larkin found the back of the net again, with Nancy Dunphy bringing the ball along the baseline and passing it across the goal to where Larkin tapped it past the 'keeper, and the score was now 5-0.

Just before half-time Dunphy added to the scoreline. Precise passing between midfielders Leah Chapman and Susannah Doyle resulted in Larkin, on the baseline, hitting the ball across the goal where Dunphy pounced and pushed it into the net to make the half-time score 6-0.

The second-half was much the same as the first, where the Skerries backs struggled on their hit-outs to find their own players as Enniscorthy were blocking off any potential passing options, so they were forced to hit the ball aimlessly downfield.

The Enniscorthy backs were solid all day, with Jessie Flood, Julie Watchorn, Hannah Graham and Laura Smith working well together, passing and recycling the ball throughout.

The composed defence kept the Skerries team out of their circle and ensured a clean sheet for goalkeeper Alice Medcalf.

Once again the midfield and forwards worked together, passing the ball around and attacking the Skerries goal. Their hard work was rewarded with a short corner, and a Laura Smith strike was deflected by a Skerries defender's stick into the goal. The score was now 7-0.

Relentlessly, the Slaneysiders continued to attack and after many opportunities Jessie Flood made it 8-0, scoring off a penalty corner identical to how she scored her first goal.

Nancy Dunphy added the last goal to Enniscorthy's impressive tally, putting the ball between the goalkeeper's legs and making the final score 9-0. Overall great teamwork resulted in an impressive win for Enniscorthy.

Squad: Alice Medcalf, Laura Smith, Ciara Kelly, May Wickham, Caoimhe Larkin, Niamh Ogilvie, Sonja Rynhart, Jessie Flood, Julie Watchorn, Susannah Doyle, Leah Chapman, Hannah Graham, Nancy Dunphy.

The men's first eleven had another chastening experience in Division 3, this time at the hands of Y.M.C.A. Enniscorthy were unable to make the most of an early period of sustained pressure, with the experienced Dublin side running out 6-0 winners on Saturday.

Squad: Graham Hill, Andrew Rothwell, Ivan Rothwell, David Simmons, Glenn Chapman, Roy Chapman, Seb Rynhart, Aodhán O'Leary, Charlie Dunne, William Durnan. Leo Durnan, Edmundas Liukimas.

Meanwhile, in the Saturday late tip-off at Portrane, the men's second eleven suffered a 3-1 defeat as their promotion hopes took a serious knock. Eamonn Sweeney scored in a match in which veteran Mick Jordan made a welcome return from injury.

Squad: Glen Rothwell, David Mulligan, Jack Doran, Robin Doyle, Mick Jordan, Billy James, Cian Hogan, Niall Maguire, Graeme Chapman, Eamonn Sweeney, Shay O'Leary, Mark Ennett.

The ladies' third eleven were on cup duty on Sunday as they took on Carlow II. Level at one apiece (Hayley Squire with the Enniscorthy goal) at the end of ordinary time, one-on-ones were required to separate the sides, and the Barrowsiders prevailed on a 3-2 scoreline. Lisa Frayne and Amy Murphy were on target for the Wexford side in the one-on-ones.

Squad: Irene Doyle, Hayley Squire, Amy Murphy, Keira Warren, Lisa Frayne, Catherine Oakes, Linda Gethings, Brigid Kehoe, Jane Peppard, Melanie Ní Dhuinn, Alice Medcalf, Hannah Neville, Nora McGinty.

The first and second class and third and fourth class girls' groups visited Loreto Wexford on Saturday for a blitz with Wexford and Gorey.

S.B.R. A.C.

The county Intermediate road championship took place on Sunday in Ballymurn, hosted by Slaney Olympic A.C. The route was the same as last year with plenty of drags.

The ladies' race was off at 12 noon, followed immediately afterwards by the men's event.

There was strong performances in both races, most notably Tomás Kavanagh with a fourth place finish.

Dara Cloake had a strong run from the front, and was unlucky not to come away with a medal after setting the pace for the first 6k.

The men's team took a hard-fought silver medal by only two points. It really goes to show that every place counts in the championship races.

A big thank you must go to Ciara Nolan and Annette Guinan for helping Louise and Paul run another successful county event, and all who came along to support the club.

Ladies' results: 11, Emma Morris, 18:14; 12, Deirdre O'Malley, 18:19; 27, Claire Gibbons, 19:28; 28, Orla Furlong, 19:35; 30, Orla Hobbs, 19:42; 33, Mairéad O'Neill, 20:03.

The ladies took silver with 46 points (second, tenth, 15th and 19th).

Men's results: 4, Tomás Kavanagh, 28:33; 6, Dara Cloake, 29:16; 14, Niall O'Connor, 30:19; 17, Adrian Doyle, 30:38; 20, Jim O'Malley, 30:49; 26, Ian McQuillan, 31:18.

The men's took team gold with 30 points (second, seventh, tenth and eleventh).

On Saturday, Denis Moynihan took part in his second ultra mountain race in the space of three months, the Maurice Mullins 50k ultra on the Wicklow Way.

Spending very early mornings all winter training on Sliabh Buidhe certainly paid off for Denis, coming in 38th place out of 229 finishers in 5:11. Well done Denis and enjoy the rest.

Myles Gibbons headed to the K Club to run the B.H.A.A. 10K and continued his great form to run 32.48 and finish 13th.

On Sunday, Paul Lynch and Belinda Keogh took part in the Wicklow half-marathon.

Paul was a strong winner, finishing over a minute ahead of second place in 76:33, and Belinda had a great run, finishing in 1:45.40

On March 17, Myles Gibbons and Dara Cloake both took part in the Davy Fortune 5k in Enniscorthy.

Continuing their great form, they placed second and third in 16:37 and 17:38.

The Galbally 10k took place last weekend with a first and second for S.B.R. Paul Gibbons was first runner home in 36:49, followed shortly afterward by Dara Cloake in 37:29.

Patrick Keogh was once again in action in the Tullow parkrun over the weekend. He was third finisher in a new P.B. of 20:44.

Claire Gibbons was the sole club runner in the Gorey parkrun (24:45).

On March 16, Adrian Doyle continued his return to racing in Tullow. He was the first finisher in 18:51.

Well done Adrian, it's great to see you competing again after an injury lay-off.

To continue on the successful winter league, we are keeping Wednesday nights going, starting on March 27 at 7.15 p.m. sharp.

The format will be warm-up, relay race, cool down. It will be a four-team relay, and the teams will be similar to the league teams.

It's one lap each of the 'V' from the Castle back to the Castle.

This is club training so it won't be timed but will be a bit of craic with serious speed work included.

If you did take part in the league but can't make it or likewise didn't take part in the league and want to be included, please let us know.

If you're new to running or an old hand but want to try something new, why not come along and give this a go, or ask any members for more information?

Rest assured you will be more than welcome.

Enniscorthy Guardian