Thursday 23 November 2017

CLUBCALL -- all the news


The final race of this year's popular summer league series was held at an old club favourite, Clonhaston, Enniscorthy, recently. A fast and challenging course ran over two miles saw the first six runners under eleven minutes.

The race was won by Mick Kelly (Gowran A.C.) in 10.24, with Paul Gibbons (S.B.R., 10.32) and Martin ' Farmer' Monaghan (Slaney Olympic, 10.34) hot on his heels in second and third respectively.

The ladies' race was won by Lillian Lawless (Macamores, 13.11), followed by Martina O'Sullivan (Slaney Olympic, 13.48) in second position, with Helena Browne (Slaney Olympic, 14.51) in third.

The race was followed up with prizegiving and refreshments in The Bailey and later a talk and training plan for club members on the upcoming county cross-country season by Kevin Murphy. Well done to race director Mag Dunphy and to all who helped with timing and marshalling.

The club wishes to thank everyone who has organised any of this year's summer league races on its behalf. Additionally, to anyone who has contributed in any way in timekeeping, marshalling, race cars, making teas and refreshments, as the season would not have been a success without you. A special mention goes to Kevin Murphy who has given great support and advice/training tips to club members over the season.

With the cross-country season starting soon, club training will continue as normal Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Clearstream cul de sac on the Dublin Road, as well as Sunday at 8.30 a.m. at Abbey Square. Everyone is welcome including anyone wishing to join Slaney Olympic, and membership forms are available at these sessions.

Race results from around the country - Some of the clubs athletes have had outstanding performances recently in various races around the nation including the Dingle half marathon and marathon; Oxfam 100km trail-trekker in Co Down and the Kilmore 10km road race.

Marathon Man Morrissey and Mrs Browne's Boy in Dingle - Mick Morrissey ran a fabulous 3.12 on the renowned very hilly marathon course. Equalling Mick's marathon performance on a very hilly course was a super half marathon performance by Paul Browne 1.30, recording a personal best time; other notable performances came from Maurice Whitty 1.38; Bobby Redmond 1.38; Marie Chapman 1.56; and John Chapman 2.15.

Porters 'Blistering' Performance - Another race recently supported by the club was the agonising Oxfam 100K (yes 100km) Trail-trekker from Newcastle, Co. Down to Carlingford, Co. Louth.

The club's chairlady and secretary; Jane and Graham Porter along with Jane's niece Caitriona completed it successfully at 6.60am on Sunday, September 2 finishing 9th team out of 40 despite the blisters.

They would like to thank all who took part in the Ballycarney 10K last May to raise funds for Oxfam.

'Ferry' good for Michelle in Kilmore - Another recent race was the Kilmore 10k road race with good performances from many club members. Amongst the prizes were Martin Monaghan 4th senior 34.42; first O45 male was David Barron 34.34; first O50 male was Jim Stafford 37.02 and the Slaney Men's team came 2nd Overall consisting of David Barron(4th); Martin Monaghan(5th); Jim Stafford(14th) and Eoin Keane (21st)37.59.

The first O55 lady was Annis Kehoe 55.19; first O60 lady was Jane Porter 50.37 and the winner of the Celtic Ferries prize draw of a car journey to France was Michelle Doyle who was more overjoyed than the race winner with her prize.

Other News - The end of summer season 4 x 1 Mile relay will take place on September 21followed by barbeque and prize giving for the summer league in Treacy's Hotel.

Training on Tuesdays and Thursdays moves to Kavanagh's field in Drumgoold from 5.30pm for the next few weeks in preparation for the cross country season. Sunday training continues from Abbey Square at 8.30 am.

Further information from Jason (0876968472) or Mag (0876366905). Anyone wishing to join the club will be able to at these sessions, everyone is welcome.


Despiterain on ten of twelve Thursday nights this summer, the tag rugby tournament at Gorey Rugby Club proved a great success.

A total of 20 senior teams and four children's teams took part during the summer, and the club was delighted with how the event went, despite the interruptions from the weather.

The A Division League was won by the Young Guns, while the Servier team from Arklow came second. The Interim Division was won by Ball Busters, while the Shy Tall Knights came second. The Veterans' league was won by Murphy's Tigers, and the Gods and Godesses came second.

It's been a busy few months for Gorey Rugby Club. Work was recently completed on the new high performance gym for the senior players. The gym has free weights rather than machine weights, and focuses specifically on the requirements of rugby players.

Major drainage work was also done on the pitches, along with some reseeding, which should stand the grounds in good stead for the new season.

The club has over 200 children involved in mini-rugby, making it one of the fastestgrowing clubs in Leinster at this level.

Three club players, Stephen Gardiner, James Nolan and Josh White, are currently playing with the Leinster Youths, while nine girls are with the Under-18 Leinster Development team, namely Maeve Farrell, Lauren McCabe, Aoife Farrell, Catherine Blood, Caitlín Crowe, Aoife Browne, India McGirr, Clodagh Dunne and Chloe Breen. Seven of the club's young players are also with the South East Development side.

The players' committee has brought in two new coaches, Philip Jones and Lloyd Furlong, to work with the senior team alongside Phil Horan, Matt Bater, Willie Clancy and Frank Deering. The senior team won its league last year, and has now progressed from Division 2B to Division 2A.

Nicola Doyle has also been working as co-ordinator with the women's teams, and the club now has Under-16, Under-19 and women's teams. Anyone interested in joining these teams can contact Nicola on 0878294035.

To get involved with Gorey Rugby Club, at any level, from minis to seniors, or even as a spectator, join the Gorey R.F.C. Facebook for updates. Contact Paddy Sinnott on 086-8158693 for the Youths section, Phil Horan on 087-9507999 for the seniors, and Aidan Wafer on 087-6873538 for the minis.


Sliabh Buidhe Rovers A.C. will stage its big race of the year this coming Saturday (September 15th) when the Mick Murphy memorial four miles road race will take place in Ferns at 5pm.

This is the eight annual running of the popular road race and fun run. Pre-entry is open online on, or runners can enter on the day from 3-30pm at the community centre in Ferns. For the first time chip timing will be in operation this year, so all entrants are guaranteed an accurate chip time for the four mile route, due to the chip only being activated once runners cross the start line, no matter whether they line up at the front of the race or take a number of seconds to cross it once the gun has gone off.

The race starts outside Ferns church, with runners completing a lap of the 'V' and then heading out the Ballycarney road, passing Ferns GAA grounds before turning left. The race route takes in the stump lane before coming out on the main Enniscorthy road at Lodgewood and it continues back in this road before finishing outside Ferns Castle.

There will be numerous cash prizes in all categories for both men and women, from senior to veterans to juniors, with prizegiving taking place in 'The Courtyard' after the race. Everyone will also be welcome to indulge in ample refreshments after the run here too, while watching a race video which will show all entrants to the race.

For more info contact Lukie Kehoe on 087-3222914 or Sliabh Buidhe Rovers can be found on Facebook.

The very successful Summer league run by the club came to a conclusion last Thursday evening in Ferns, with runners competing over a mile. There was a record turnout again, with everyone enjoying refreshments in The Thatch afterwards, where prizegiving for the league took place and all entrants received certificates with their best times for the one and two miles distances during the series.

The club would like to thank everyone who helped make the league such a success, in particular club chairman Lukie Kehoe and club secretary Louise Kehoe for their hard work and timekeepers Una Doyle and Adele Byrne among the many who ensured smooth running of competition.

Overall winners for the league were as follows: mens - Denis Moynihan, ladies - Catherine Walsh, vet men - Myles Gibbons, vet ladies - Lillian Lawless, leading junior - Martin Breen, most improved male - Patrick Leacy, most improved female - Cathy Maher. Full results from the final night are available on the clubs facebook page.

Well done to all our athletes who represented the club so well in last nights Kilmore 10km road race that was organised by Kilmore Athletics Club. The mens team were victorious in the club team event, thanks to the four scorers - Tommy Mcelwain (who finished third in a time of 33-25), Myles Gibbons (who was sixth in 34-44), Paul Gibbons (who was seventh in 35-04) and Denis Moynihan (who was eight in 3602). Jim O'Malley (36-05), David Leonard (who won the M40 category in 36-34), Pat O Neill (37-20), Martin Breen (who was second in the Junior mens race in 38-57) and BigNoel O Leary (51-51) all competed well too. The SBR ladies team also fared well on the day, with the trio of Mary Doyle (46-02), Claire Gibbons (49-00) and Louise Kehoe (53-42) finishing in fourth place behind club teams from Kilmore AC, St Josephs AC and Menapians.

Well done to Tommy McElwain who competed in the opening race of the Tinryland Autumn league in Carlow last Wednesday evening, the SBR athlete having a good run to finish in third place in the two miles race in a time of 10-13, just ten seconds behind race winner Daniel Lawlor (St Lawrence O' Toole AC).

Paul Gibbons competed in the 5km road race that was staged in Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow this morning by Rathdrum camogie club, finishing second behind race winner Mick Byrne (Parnell AC) in a time of 1722.


Enniscorthy Rugby Club are heading into their Centenary Year and are celebrating the year with a Centenary Dinner in the Riverside Park Hotel on Saturday September 22nd. Special guest on the night will be George Hook. Tickets are available from club members.


The Celtic first team travelled to Cloughbawn and picked up a decent point against a strong physical home side.

The Gorey men switched off for a corner and were slow to get out and they got a toe poke just before half time. We had played the better football in the first half and didn't see any reason to panic or change.

We sprung Shane Troope on fand switched Matty up front and with 15 minutes to go good pressing from Terry and Ger put their centrehalf in trouble and Matty was onto it in a flash and smashed home under the keeper from 16 yards.


The final weekend of the All-Ireland finals of the HSE Community Games took place recently in Athlone which saw many young people from G.T.R. (Glenmore Tullogher Rosbercon) taking part.

In the Under-10 mixed relay were Jack Mullally, Evan O'Toole, Kevin Saunders, Marie Claire O'Dwyer and Niamh O'Connor. In the Under-12 girls' relay were Eva Roche, Emma Hokey, Grace Mullally and Lily May O'Dwyer.

In the Under-12 boys' relay were Darragh McDonald, Richard Murphy, Jack Elliott, Luke Whelan and Killian and Oisín Griffin. In the Under-14 girls' relay were Helen Hoynes, Mia Griffin, Sarah Lawlor and Aoife McDonald. In the Under-15 mixed relay were Richard Hennessy, Paul Manning, Marguerite Hoynes and Clara Kennedy.

Some of the above-named athletes also competed in individual events and did very well, namely Ciara Mullally, Evan O'Toole, Marie Claire O'Dwyer, Marguerite Hoynes and Richard Hennessy. Well done to all the athletes, for not only did you do your local area of G.T.R. proud, you also represented Kilkenny at the highest level and that is a great achievement. A word of appreciation to the local area committee who keep the ethos and spirit of Community Games alive and well.

On the October Bank holiday weekend, Monday the 29th, Mossie Connell of Shanbogh is running the Dublin City Marathon in aid of G.T.R. Community Games. Sponsorship cards are currently in circulation and your support to Mossie and to Community Games would be much appreciated. Best of luck Mossie.


The club's Academy is now back after the summer break and will continue every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the club's home ground in Good Counsel College.

The Academy caters for boys and girls aged from four to 14 years old.

Coaching takes place on the astro turf or the indoor sports hall depending on the weather.

Training times for four-, five- and six-yearolds is 10 a.m.; seven-, eight-, nine- and ten-year-olds is 11 a.m.; and 11-, 12-, 13and 14-year-olds are on at 12 noon.

For more information contact Liam Rossiter on 087-9340968 or check out our Facebook page.


New Ross Rugby Club is back in full swing after the summer break. The Senior players are currently improving their fitness levels under fitness coach Mick Cleere and have played two matches to date, against Tullow and Waterford City.

Club coach, Jared Dunbar is pleased with progress thus far and feels everything is falling into place.

The Ladies team are fast approaching their biggest test to date as they prepare for their first game in the Senior league against Young Munster on September the 23rd at Home at 1pm.

Some tough games lie ahead for the ladies including a game against one of the giants in the game, Shannon. They are very much up for it and feel this is the challenge they need. Good luck to them.

The youth teams are training hard and numbers are good and the minis are also enjoying themselves since they have returned.Youth training is on Wednesday evenings .

The club would be delighted to welcome new players to both the Senior ranks and the Youths section.

The training is very rewarding and friendships are made for life. Anybody wishing to join New Ross RFC can ring the Director of Rugby, Nicky Haberlin on 087 7964990.

New Ross RFC send best wishes to one of our players, Walter Walsh, who is starring for Kilkenny under-21's in the hurling championship.

Also to a former player, Taidgh Furlong, in his career with Leinster and hopefully Ireland over the next few years.

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