Saturday 17 March 2018

Local round-up

Fiona Kavanagh, Wexford, in action against Liz Power, Tipperary. Irish Daily Star National Camogie League Division 1 Group 2, Tipperary v Wexford, The Ragg, Thurles, Co.Tipperary.
Fiona Kavanagh, Wexford, in action against Liz Power, Tipperary. Irish Daily Star National Camogie League Division 1 Group 2, Tipperary v Wexford, The Ragg, Thurles, Co.Tipperary.

SARSFIELDS - We wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the Walsh family on the sad passing of Liam on Saturday last. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Well done to the Juniors who beat Clongeen by 1-10 to 2-4 in the league on Sunday last.

Team: James Roice; Adam Roche, Gavin O'Connor, Peter Grannell; Stephen Gannon, David Gannon, John Gannon; Seán O Corcora (0-1), Paul Gannon (0-1); John Clancy, Ciarán O'Leary, Colin Bent (0-2); Corey Ennis (1-1), Jack Ennis (0-5, 2 frees), Conor Farrell (1-0).

Don't forget our ten-a-side Senior tournament in Páirc Charman on Saturday next which gets under way at 10.30 a.m., with the final down for 4.45 p.m. (see page 3).


Well done to our Under-12 team on their great start to the year when we hosted the first cluster blitz in Hollymount on Saturday last.

Teams from Blackwater, Oulart-The Ballagh and Buffers Alley also participated, and a special thank you to our newly-recruited referees Linzi Lanigan and Katie Lacey.

Team: Andrea Fielding, Catie Byrne, Beth Byrne, Becky Halligan, Amy O'Connor, Aoife Doyle, Hannah Hearne, Aoibhe Murphy, Aoife Hearne, Caoimhe Parker, Nicole Harding-Kenny, Katie Feeney, Ciara Banville, Sinéad Banville, Ellie Doyle, Mai Ling Tynan, Erin Kehoe, Kate Murphy, Sophie Byrne.

Well done to team manager Tom Tynan and mentors John Banville, Angie Kinsella ans Trish Fielding who organised the blitz.

It is important that every player is registered on or before March 31 to ensure that they are covered insurance-wise in the event of a mishap on the pitch.


Lotto numbers last week were 3, 12, 20 and 30. There was no jackpot or match three winners. Lucky dip winners were Michael Kehoe Jnr. and Brendan Kehoe. The jackpot is now €12,000 with a €2,400 reserve jackpot.

The Intermediate hurlers play Monageer in the league at home in Ballymurn at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, while the Junior 'B' hurlers play St. Anne's away in Rathangan at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 30.

The Minor footballers play Cushinstown at home in Ballymurn at 11.30 a.m. on Sunday, March 30.

The club website is now up and running along with the club Twitter page which you can find @Cbeg_Bmurn_GAA. You can also look up the club Facebook page on Crossabeg Ballymurn Gaa Club. Club membership is also now due.


All players and members please note your registration is coming due and you are to pay James Horan (Senior Registrar) or Murt Hanrahan (Coiste) ASAP. Senior fees: players €120, students €70, non-playing members €50.

Our Senior hurlers met Cloughbawn under lights in Cloughbawn on Tuesday night last. After a titanic battle, Cloughbawn emerged victors on a scoreline of 2-21 to 4-11. Best for Shels were Joe Kelly, Benny Barron, Brian Doyle and Ciarán O'Shaughnessy.

The Minor hurlers got their championship campaign of to a good start with a well-earned draw versus Glynn-Barntown. Shels were leading after goals from Liam Rockett and Daniel Murphy but Glynn-Barntown equalised with a long-range point. Final score: Shels 2-11, Glynn-Barntown 3- 8. Best for the Shels were Bryan Kehoe and Cian Manley.

The Under-21 hurlers were beaten by 0-14 to 0-9 in the first round of the championship played in Piercestown on St. Patrick's Day. The opening half was evenly contested with the sides level at the break. However, St. Martin's pulled away in the closing stages and deservedly won with a five-point margin.

Our Senior footballers had a solid victory over Kilanerin Sunday morning by 2-11 to 1-10. Having led by 2-7 to 0-1 at half-time, Shels with numerous injuries had to fight for the victory. Best for Shels were Barry O'Connor, Ibar Murphy, Brian Doyle and Aidan Cash.

All reports are in full on

Paramedic Mick Garry will host an 'introduction to first aid' meeting on Saturday, March 29, at 5-6.30 p.m. in Hollymount. All team mentors and parents are invited to attend. Common injuries in the game of both hurling and football will be covered as well as general tips on what to do or more importantly what not to do. It is vital to our players that we can give them help if needed and that we have and can use the equipment in hand. Your attendance will be informative and most appreciated.

What a turn-out for the parade in Wexford from the Shelmaliers club, with 80 boys all decked out in the black and amber. The banner was carried by Murt and Colm and the mentors were led by club Chairman Noel Feeney. The boys came from Under-8s, Under-10s and Under-12s.

It was rounded off with refreshments organised by Sheila and Tomás. In the parade we were followed by St. Ibar's camogie club and Shelmaliers ladies' football club. All in all between the three clubs 150 marched and it was nice to see the three banners and everybody line up for a photo. Shelmaliers/St. Ibar's abú.

There was no lotto jackpot winner on March 17 and one match three winner, John, Anne and Aaron Doyle. Numbers drawn were 10, 22, 23 and 31.


On Saturday last our adult footballers lost to St. Pat's (Camolin) on a score of 1-11 to 0-7. Also on Sunday morning our Minor hurlers lost to St. Anne's.

The last draw in the monthly annual confined members' draw will take place this Friday, March 28, in Clonard Community Centre. Please have all money in by 8 p.m.

Hard luck on our players and the Wexford C.B.S. team in the All-Ireland final against Munster champions Salesian College of Pallaskenry (Limerick) which was lost by 1-9 to 1-6.

Indoor training for under-age continues tonight (March 25) in St. Peter's College sports complex. Starting times are: Under-6 and Under-8, 6 to 7 p.m.; Under-10, Under-12 and Under-14, 7 to 8 p.m.; Under-16s and Minors, 8 to 9 p.m.

Minor football training is on Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. in the field.

The club would like to wish a speedy recovery to 'Jappa' Murphy and also to Garry Roche's mother. Hope to see them out and about soon.

The club would like to send a vote of sympathy to Ger Walsh and his family on the death of his brother, John Paul Walsh. May he rest in peace.


Our lotto took place in Gaynor's last week. Numbers drawn were 1, 12, 16 and 25. There was no jackpot winner so the jackpot for this week stands at €10,550.

Training times: adults, football 8-9 p.m. Tuesday and hurling 8-9 p.m. Thursday, both in Peter's College; Minors, hurling Monday 6.45 p.m. in Peter's College and football Tuesday 5-6 p.m. in Páirc Charman; Under-16, hurling Monday 6.45 p.m. and football strength and conditioning, Thursday 6 p.m., both in Peter's College; Under-14 football, Friday 7-8 p.m. in Peter's College; Under-12 football and hurling, Wednesday 6-7 p.m. in Peter's College; Under-10 football and hurling, Monday 6-7 p.m. for the next two weeks in Peter's College; Under-8 fun and games programme, Friday 6-7 p.m. in Peter's College.

St. John's Volunteers fund raiser: Garth Brooks tribute band (Friends In Low Places) on April 4 in Whites hotel. Tickets (€25) are available from Whites Hotel, White's of Wexford or any committee member.

This week's fixture: adult hurlers v. GO.H, Sunday at 3 p.m.

Hard luck to the Under-14s in the football Féile on Sunday despite putting in a great effort. Thanks to all the parents who helped out.

Please come and support all the teams.


What a performance from our Under-14s on Sunday in the football Féile in Blackwater. After coming through the group stages in Blackwater, they went on to Páirc Charman and defeated St. Anne's in the semis. Three down at half-time, the lads scored a last-minute goal with great heart shown by the team. The final will be on Wednesday at 6.30 p.m. in Patrick's Park, Enniscorthy.

Our Junior footballers played local rivals Shelmaliers on Sunday afternoon. The lads were short a number of first team players and lost out by five points.

Team: G. Lynch; E. Carroll, K. O'Brien, D. O'Leary; J. Murphy, A. Roche, R. Blake; D. Carroll, M. Lillis; K. Sutton, L. Lacey, S. Purcell; D. Whelan, J. Sheridan, D. Dixon.

The Minor hurlers put in a strong performance but it wasn't enough as they lost by two points to Geraldine O'Hanrahans.

The Under-12 hurlers are busy preparing for the upcoming season, playing Shelmaliers during the week with the game finishing on a score of 4-5 to 5-4. Then they played Oulart in another challenge on Wednesday evening. They were the better team but still unfortunately lost by 3-1 to 0-6.

They will be in Division 1 this year, the top division, which is a huge achievement, one which not many Blackwater teams over the years have managed. I'm sure everyone will be looking forward to watching these Under-12s during the coming months with some top-class games at this age level.

Scoil Naomh Bríd boys have made it through the football sevens semis with victories over Ballymurn and Castlebridge during the week. They will play Ballythomas and Bunclody in Bunclody on March 28.


A full bus set off from the club at 7.30 a.m. on Sunday as our Under-12 and Under-16 boys made the trip to Cork to play Castleyons in hurling.

The home side showed us tremendous hospitality off the pitch and great sportsmanship on the pitch where our Under-12 lads kept up their good start to the season with a strong, workmanlike win.

The Under-16s had a tough, physical encounter and started strongly with a flurry of scores from our lads, leading to a half-time lead of 1-9 to 0-1. The second-half continued in the same vein as St. Martin's continued to score well and finished with some outstanding points. The final score in Cork was St. Martin's 1-19, Castlelyons 0-2.

All boys played their part in two fine contests before we headed off to Páirc Uí Rinn for Wexford v. Cork in the final round of the National League. The boys all enjoyed Wexford's fine performance and look forward to cheering them on again versus Kilkenny.

Meanwhile, our Under-14 boys took part in the Féile football blitz in Hollymount where after a loss to Glynn they recovered to beat Sarsfields and qualify for the semi-finals. However, a strong Gorey team beat them at that stage. Nonetheless our boys showed great skill and character so well done to all.

Under-8 training continues again this week in the hall and thanks to the large number of adults for attending the parent information night. A copy of the presentation Go Games and the home practice sheet is available on request. Under-10 boys will train again on Saturday at 7 p.m. under floodlights and will move out onto the green, green grasses of home as soon as the clocks go forward.

Finally, the clock is ticking on membership dues. All monies should be paid by the end of March, otherwise the 'no pay no play' rule will apply.


Congratulations to our Minor team which had a fantastic victory over Buffers Alley on Sunday last by 2-13 to 1-9. Our goals came from Conor Cullen and Liam Hore. The next game is against Glynn-Barntown at the end of April.

Upcoming adult fixtures: Friday, March 28, Junior 'A' team away to Rapparees in Bellefield at 8 p.m; Sunday, March 30, Senior team away to Shelmaliers at 2 p.m.; Junior 'B' team at home to Clongeen in Páirc Charman at 5 p.m.

The Under-14 Slaney hurling competition takes place on Sunday morning next. For exact details, please check the local papers, club website or club Facebook or Twitter account.

The club is holding a registration night on Friday next, March 28, at the all-weather arena. Anyone not yet paid membership should attend, as only paid-up members by March 31 are allowed to participate in games for insurance reasons.

Podge Farrell, Ciarán Byrne, Peter Furlong and Jack Ennis represent the club at the white collar boxing event in St. Joseph's club on Saturday next, March 29. Tickets cost only €15 and are available from club officers, participating fighters or can also be purchased at the registration night on Friday next at our arena.

My Big Fat Fake Wedding: Preparations continue for our major fundraiser, in Whites Hotel on Easter Saturday night, April 20. Tickets are priced at €27 each, which include a four-course meal and a fantastic night is guaranteed. Tickets can also be purchased for this event on Friday night next at the club's all-weather arena.

Hard luck to Wexford C.B.S. and especially to the Harriers lads involved in their All-Ireland loss on Saturday last. They had a marvellous run and just came up a little bit short in the end.


Our Minors had a great one-point win over St. Martin's in the championship last weekend with man of the match Matt Doyle contributing a crucial 2-2.

Hurling 365 will be starting soon in Barntown National School. For any queries contact Willie Carley (087-2933815).

There is a basic first aid course in clubhouse this Saturday, March 29, from 9.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. It covers C.P.R. and basic first aid. Anyone interested in going, contact 087-6479944.

Training will commence soon for the following groups: Under-7 and -8 boys this Saturday , 10.30 a.m. to 12 noon, contact Barry Goff (087-7995479); Under-6 boys and girls, Saturday, 10.30 a.m. to 12 noon, April 12, contact Phil Browne (086-8568669); Under-7 and -8 girls' camogie and football on Wednesday, April 23, at 6 p.m., contact John Murphy (086-2679024); Under-10 camogie this Friday, March 28, at 5.30 p.m., contact Sarah Butler (087-9941571); Under-10 girls' football, Monday, March 31, at 7 p.m., contact Barry Kirwan (087-9929800).

Over 30 Under-10 boys had a great day out on Sunday last when they travelled to Cork to see the Wexford Senior hurlers play Cork. They stopped off to play Dungarvan in hurling. The Under-12 boys' training this Friday at 6 p.m. will be with George O'Connor.

Well done to our Under-14 Féile football team which qualified for the semi-finals on Sunday. They will play Féile hurling on Sunday next, March 30. Many thanks to all those who organised and supported the Coiste na nOg table quiz on Friday night last. As always it was a good night out.

Our Under-12 camogie hosted a very successful blitz on Saturday and fielded two teams with all girls playing really well. Well done to Sinéad and her crew for great organisation. The camogie Easter raffle takes place Holy Thursday, April 17, in Declan's at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale from any player or committee member with great prizes to be won.


A big thank you to all our younger members who marched in the St. Patrick's Day Parade. For many of the little girls it was their first time marching. Well done girls, you were all great.

Our Under-14 girls had a bye last week but next up for them is Féile which will be held on Sunday, April 13, with the venue to be confirmed.

Our Under-12 girls will play their first game versus Shelmalier at home on Sunday at 5.30 p.m. Please meet at Clonard pitch for 4.45 p.m. and remember, gumshields are compulsory and must be worn at all training sessions and games. We need plenty of support for this young team's first game. Our Under-12 'B' team also have a bye next week but will play Clongeen on April 10.

The Minor team, Mná Loch Garman, will train on the Vols pitch on Saturday at 11 a.m. Wwe need all our Under-16 girls also to attend this session as the first Minor game is on April 23.

Our Gaelic4Girls programme continues in the Presentation Sports Hall on Fridays from 6-7 p.m. and there is still plenty of spaces for more new girls at our fun training session with Kim, Nicole, Clodagh, Shirley, Collette, Denise and Kirsty. Next week we will have our new training schedule for all teams as the clock goes forward and we head outside to the pitch.

Our Strictly Club Dancing is progressing nicely with the dancers enjoying their dance lessons. However, we still have places for two more couples, so if you would be interested in joining Clonard G.A.A. and ladies Strictly Club Dancing 2014 please contact Suzanne (086-6063488).

Registration is now due for all new members. Clonard G.A.A. confirmed members' last draw will take place next weekend. If anyone would like to enter this draw please let us know and a big thank you to all who have supported this draw already.

Clonard L.G.F.C. would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Natasha Walsh on the recent death of her grandfather, Liam Walsh. May he rest in peace.


It was great to see the field in full use over the weekend. Our Intermediate footballers welcomed St. James' (last year's Intermediate Co. finalists) for round three of the ACFL on Saturday. In a tight and competitive game we were unlucky to come out on the wrong side of a two-point margin. It would appear that the new rules are taking some getting used to with players on both sides left wondering as to the application of the new black card rule in particular.

On Sunday morning over 60 players were training in hurling in grades from Under-6 to Under-16. The Under-6s and Under-8s had a dual session. Nearly all age groups have re-commenced training. It is hoped that In the next few weeks team managers will be able to confirm firm training slots (especially with the time changing next weekend).

Training continues as follows: Wednesday, 6 p.m., Under-10 football; Thursday, Under-16 football (group session with Bannow-Ballymitty in Kilmore, 7.30 p.m.); Sunday, hurling/football training Under-6, Under-8, hurling training Under-10 and Under-12.

If you wish to order club gear (under-age only) please contact Mairéad Roche. There is a range of merchandise to select from - hoodies, rain jackets, windcheaters, polo-shirts, jerseys etc. We will be placing an order before Easter. Only orders that are pre-paid will be placed.

Gorey Guardian