ST. MARY'S BOXING - New Ross has the answer to the next Olympics with the opening of a new boxing club.
St. Mary's Boxing Club opened its doors this week on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. It is open to anyone from the age of nine upwards.
The club will firstly try to grade the boxers according to age and ability. Registration and full training will begin on Monday, August 27, at 7 p.m.
Dunbrody archer Diane Cummins from Slieverue is having a very productive year when it comes to archery accolades. Having recently finished in a super eighth position, and highest-ranking Irish lady Recurve archer, at the European Bowhunter Championships in Italy, she then went on to win the Irish Bowhunter Championship just weeks later, beating stiff competition in the process. She shot well over the two days and was the worthy winner.
Returning to the European Championships in Italy, Diane battled hard over the gruelling week-long tournament and was always in the reckoning against 50 of the toughest competitors from countries such as Estonia, Switzerland, Germany and Sweden.
Her eighth place finish was a just reward after breaking a bone in her foot two years ago when the Europeans took place in Austria. On that occasion, she continued on in the competition despite the obvious pain to finish very well in ninth place. This year she went one better, no mean feat indeed to finish so well two times in a row.
Diane also finished runner-up at the South East Field Archery Championships back in April, as well as a very creditable third place finish in the International Mail Match tournament early in 2012.
She will continue to impress for the foreseeable future no doubt.
Congratulations also go to another of our archers, Helen Kavanagh (New Ross), on winning the first-ever I.F.A.F. Hotshot award for Ladies' Bowhunter Recurve class. She won this coveted award after accumulating and winning her latest gold gain level pin in this class after shooting extremely well at the recent Irish Archery Club S.B.G. competition in Co. Offaly.
Helen is one of the top lady archers in this country and well deserved the recognition of this outstanding achievement.
Very well done to Diane and Helen from all at Dunbrody Archers.
The Enniscorthy Slaney Sharks Swimming Club held its annual awards night recently at The D-Bar, Treacy's Hotel, Templeshannon, Enniscorthy. The club's members, their parents and committee celebrated the year's successes with a barbeque generously sponsored by the hotel.
In the night's opening speech, club Chairman, Anton Treacy, spoke about the highlights of the club's year and the swimmers' achievements which included the winning of numerous medals at galas throughout the year and the achievement of improved personal best times for all members. He also spoke of the continued importance of the involvement of the swimmers' parents to the success of the club, including the supervision of training sessions, the ferrying of competitors to galas and the work of the committee.
In his speech the club's coach, Liam Murphy, complimented all the members on their achievements during the year and their dedication in attending training sessions and galas.
Liam also commended some of the top swimmers from the club who qualified to take part in the Irish Age Groups Division 1, Irish Age Groups Division 2, Leinster Division 1 Long Course and Leinster Division 2 galas during the year.
These swimmers were Matilda DunneCronin (Irish Age Groups Division 1 and Leinster Division 1 Long Course), Aaja Dunne-Cronin (Irish Age Groups Division 2, Leinster Division 1 Long Course and Leinster Division 2), Fiachra Hourihane (Irish Age Groups Division 2 and Leinster Division 1 Long Course), Seán Bookey (Irish Age Groups Division 2 and Leinster Division 1 Long Course), Cian Clarke (Leinster Division 1 Long Course), Kate Markey (Leinster Division 1 Long Course), Emma Chapman (Leinster Division 1 Long Course and Leinster Division 2), Michael Farrell (Leinster Division 1 Long Course), Charlotte Bruce (Leinster Division 2), Claddagh McLoughlin (Leinster Division 2), Seán McLoughlin (Leinster Division 2) and Ryan McLoughlin (Leinster Division 2).
The coach emphasised the difficulty he had experienced in selecting the award winners this year as so many of the Slaney Sharks swimmers were deserving, not only because of their achievements in competition, but also with regard to their commitment and hard work in training. He said he also took factors such as punctuality, attendance record, and positive, friendly attitude within the club into account when making his decision.
The club's highest award, the perpetual trophy for overall club swimmer of the year, went to 'A' squad swimmer Emma Chapman.
This year, for the first time, the club introduced a new award for the male and female swimmer of the year in each squad. The recipients were:
'A' squad male swimmer of the year, Cian Clarke; 'A' squad female swimmer of the year, Matilda Dunne-Cronin; 'B' squad male swimmer of the year, Seán Bookey; 'B' squad female swimmer of the year, Kate Markey; 'C' squad male swimmer of the year, Danny Kehoe; 'C' squad female swimmer of the year, Lily Mahon.
As usual the most improved male and female swimmers in each of the club's three squads received awards. They were:
'A' squad most improved male swimmer, Fiachra Hourihan; 'A' squad most improved female swimmer, Aaja DunneCronin; 'B' squad most improved male swimmer, Barry Doyle; 'B' squad most improved female swimmer, Aoife Doyle; 'C' squad most improved male swimmer, Christopher Reidy; 'C' squad most improved female swimmer, Amy Murphy.
All other Slaney Sharks swimmers received a medal in recognition of their efforts and achievements throughout the year.
The swimmers will now take their summer break but will resume swimming on Monday, September 10, with prior registration for all new and existing swimmers on Saturday, September 1, from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Waterfront Pool.
GOREY CELTIC F.C.
Gorey Celtic Football Club are seeking boys and girls for the coming 2012-2013 football season. We are also looking for managers and coaches to assist teams.
Registration is now taking place on Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Training will resume for all teams shortly. Visit our website (www.goreycelticfc.com) for further details.
If you need any further information please contact John Clarke (Chairman, 086-1959220) or Alan Forsyth (Secretary, 086-8189609). We are also on Facebook: Gorey Celtic.
TOMBRACK UNITED F.C.
Sunday next sees Tombrack United hold their annual field day with a host of attractions.
If you have an hour to spare, everything gets under way at 1.30 p.m. and your support would be greatly appreciated.
COURTOWN LADIES' GOLF
Ladies' day, Tuesday, August 14, sponsored by Sunderland Oils: 1, Joan Sinnott (30), 72 (back nine); 2, Cecilia O'Riordan (26), 72; gross, Sorcha Howell (3), 79; 3, Mary Kilbride (21), 73; Cat. A, Niamh McCarthy (12), 76; Cat. B, Dorothy Kenny (20), 74 (back nine); Cat. C, Gretta Duke (32), 76.
TEMPLARS SOCIETY GOLF
Fifty-eight players took part in our Captain's prize outing in Coollattin on Saturday last. Winners were - overall: 1, Matty Hyland; 2, Colm Murphy; 3, Cyril O'Grady; Category 1: 1, Peter Whelan; 2, Markie Murphy; 3, Eamon Wall; Category 2: 1, Alan Chapman; 2, Tommy Murphy; 3, Kenny Barry; Category 3: 1, Paul Barden; 2, David Chapman; 3, Jason Molloy; front nine, Paddy O'Donohue; back nine, John Fitzgerald; nearest the pin, Alan Chapman; longest drive, John Molloy; twos club, Alan Chapman, Francis Browne, Eamon Wall.
Our next outing is on Saturday, September 15, in Carrick-on-Suir.
NEW ROSS LADIES' GOLF
Last Wednesday's competition sponsored by the Brandon House Hotel was postponed due to bad weather and will be re-scheduled for a later date. This Wednesday's competition will be sponsored by Sweeney's Garden Centre, with the usual draws and timesheet in operation.
There will be a presentation of prizes for all outstanding past competitions at 9.30 p.m., and we would ask all prizewinners to attend.
On Wednesday, August 29, our competition will be for the Katie Bailey Trophy, sponsored by Ju-L, Annette Byrne.
The Wednesday nine-hole fell foul of the bad weather. The August medal was played on Saturday (changed to stableford with winter rules due to conditions).
Gold went to Mark Read (20) on 40 points. Silver went to Leo Gleeson (13), also on 40 points. Club Captain Sammy Walker (8) took bronze with 39 points. Front nine prize, Anthony Fortune. Back nine prize, Stephen Duff.
Doyle's Garages matchplay third round: Ed Walsh beat Wayne Bates.
Wednesday sees a nine-hole competition and next Saturday, August 25, the Captain's prize will be followed by a barbeque, prizegiving and music.