Wednesday 24 January 2018

Clubcall -- the news


Ten swimmers have been representing New Ross Swimming Club at recent national championships. In the Irish Division 2 championships, Simon Curran took gold in the 1,500 freestyle and Tabitha Roche took gold in the 200 butterfly.

Tabitha had an outstanding meet, taking a further medal in the 200 breaststroke and narrowly missing out on a medal in the 100 breaststroke. Eimear Lacey swam exceedingly well after taking her exams this summer with a bronze medal in the 200 backstroke. Other finalists were Niamh Fogarty and Denis Kilbride, both swimming in their first national championships.

This last weekend the Irish Age Group championships took place, where five of our swimmers took part. Lydia Kehoe took two gold medals and two bronze medals in her swims, and with her outstanding performance in the 400 individual medley she was awarded the overall swimmer in the 13 years category.

Ben Curran took a fantastic bronze medal in the 1,500m freestyle. After a close race he stormed through the last 500m to take the medal and narrowly missed a second place finish.

The swimmers competed well, with Jacob Roche, Clodagh Quirke and Joseph Sheehan also making finals in their age groups.

The club is still to complete its season with the youth swimmers competing this weekend in Dublin and Luke FitzGibbon and Lydia Kehoe competing in the British championships in Sheffield.

Lydia will also fly to Berlin as part of the Irish youth team competing in the Berlin Youth International. This will be her first international cap, following our other swimmers into the international arena.


Well, what a few weeks for the bow men and women from local club Dunbrody Archers.

Firstly we had eight archers representing us and Ireland at the European Bowhunter championships 2012 in Northern Italy and all eight did us proud. With over 1,000 archers present from all across Europe, our eight participants did extremely well over four days of competition on a tough and challenging course.

To get into the top 20 in any of the shoot categories is not an easy feat indeed. To finish inside the top ten is a brilliant achievement.

This is how Dunbrody Archers finished in the Ladies' Bowhunter Recurve class as Slieverue archer Diane Cummins shot extremely well throughout the tournament and finished in impressive eighth place overall with a total score of 1,247 points. This resulted in Diane achieving the highest finishing place for a Dunbrody Archer on this occasion.

Diane had been showing tremendous form of late and we are all delighted at her achievement. She was delighted with her result and is now confident of continuing her excellent form at home this season.

Lynn Ellingworth (Listerlin), currently the Irish A.F.B.H.R. champion, also shot very well and finished in impressive eleventh with an admirable score of 1,180 points.

Enniscorthy archer Nikki Carroll had a great competition, finishing not far behind Lynn in a solid 15th place with 1,159 points.

Helen Kavanagh (New Ross), one of the top female archers in this country, may have been a tad disappointed to finish in 33rd but was generally not far off the pace on a daily basis and ended on a well-earned score of 986 points.

All four ladies will be doing battle again at the Irish I.F.A.F. Bowhunter championships later this month which is to be hosted by Dunbrody Archers.

As for our men's Bowhunter Recurve archers, Mark Daly (Adamstown) and Keith Shiel (Bunclody), both found themselves up against over 200 top archers in this highly-competitive shooting class.

After day one Mark found himself in the top dozen. However, over the four gruelling competition days he fought extremely hard to consolidate this, and eventually finished 48th overall which was in the top quarter, and very satisfactory, on a final score of 1,443 points.

His clubmate, Keith Shiel, who did not start quite as well as Mark, rallied significantly over the tournament and finished in a very impressive 31st position with a total score of 1,492 points.

Of the five I.F.A.F. archers competing, they both finished best of the Irish in this class.

Our remaining club archers, Martin Moylan (New Ross) and Danny Cummins (Slieverue), shot solid performances throughout in their highly-competitive Freestyle Unlimited class.

Martin finished 37th with 1,917 points while Danny ended up in 46th with 1,816 points. This is a very testing class where a couple of points dropped throughout the four days means significant decreases on the leader board. Both our archers were not far off the pace and finished well.

Two weeks later Dunbrody Archers were in action at the 2012 U.K.I.F.A.C. (United Kingdom and Ireland Field Archery championships), held near Bury St. Edmonds in Suffolk, England.

Shooting for club and country were three of our young archers - Kevin Power (The Rower), Shannon Mernagh (New Ross) and Brendan Walsh Jnr. (Camblin). All are showing blistering form and excelled over both days to win their classes and take away titles.

Shannon was Cub Female Bowhunter Recurve winner, Kevin was Cub Male Bowhunter Recurve winner, and Brendan was Junior Freestyle Unlimited winner.

Incidentally, this was the trio's first time competing outside Ireland, and they will now be confident of further successes in the national championships in a couple of weeks. All three set new U.K.I.F.A.C. records.

Keith Shiel, fresh from his very good performance at the Europeans, was clear winner at the A.M.B.H.R. class. Keith has a brilliant record at U.K.I.F.A.C., winning in Wales in 2010, then third and winning his 'B' class in 2011 when it was hosted in Ireland, and now for the third year in a row picking up a trophy. As he stated himself, he likes shooting at the Field and Hunter roundel targets that are the order of the day at these U.K.I.F.A.C. tournaments.

Dunbrody Archers also tasted success as Sonja Power (Ferrybank) was victorious in the Adult Female Longbow (American Flatbow) class. This was also her first competition outside Ireland.

In the Adult Male Historic class, Andrew Wayland (Campile) finished in eleventh, with Stephen Clarke (Nuke) 14th from a large field of archers. Stephen was also competing for the first time outside of this country and enjoyed the experience immensely.

Brendan Walsh Snr. put in a solid display in a tough Freestyle class to finish 21st. This was the largest shooting class in these championships. He may be the dark horse at the upcoming I.F.A.F. championships.

There were great results for our local trio as Lynn Ellingworth was victorious in the Ladies' Bowhunter category with Nikki Carroll runner-up, while Catherine Power from The Rower finished in solid fifth in this, her first away international shoot.

Sarah Twomey (Enniscorthy), shooting for Waterford club 'Na Laoch Dall', was third, with local 'Aos Dana' club archer Maureen Walsh (Camblin) in fourth to round off a terrific display for Ireland.

Another local 'Aos Dana' club archer and Dunbrody Archers founder, Don Bradley (New Ross), put in a solid display to finish in a fine fourth in Veteran Male Bowhunter Recurve class.


Having reached the qualifying standard, some of the swimmers from Enniscorthy's Slaney Sharks club competed in the prestigious Leinster Division 1 Age Group Gala recently.

Aaja Dunne-Cronin put in an impressive performance when she finished the final of the girls aged 16 800m freestyle in a personal best time of 11:48.65, taking 14.74 seconds off her previous time. Aaja also took 3.38 seconds off her previous best time in her heat of the girls aged 16 100m freestyle to finish in a new personal best time of 1:09.80.

This time qualified her for the final of the event where she finished in a personal best time of 1:12.30. She went on to swim another personal best time in the heats of the girls aged 16 200m freestyle where she swam a time of 2:38.93, an improvement of five seconds even on her previous record for the event.

Matilda Dunne-Cronin also broke her personal records at the Leinster Gala. She took a staggering 78.65 seconds off her previous time for the girls aged 12 and under 800m freestyle to finish the final of the event in a new personal best time of 11:45.48. Matilda swam a personal best time of 2:35.56 in her heat of the girls aged 12 and under 200m freestyle, taking 10.70 seconds off her time.

She also swam a personal best time of 3:04.04 in the heats of the girls aged 12 and under 200m individual medley, finishing 8.48 seconds faster than her previous record for the event. Matilda also finished her heat of the girls aged 12 and under 100m freestyle in a personal best time of 1:11.33, an improvement of 0.26 seconds.

Her Slaney Sharks team-mate, Kate A. Markey, also competed in the girls aged 12 and under 100m freestyle where she too achieved a personal best time of 1:20.91, taking 4.24 seconds off her previous time for the event.

Eleven-year-old Cian Clarke swam personal best times in both of his events at the gala. He finished the boys aged 12 and under 200m individual medley in a personal best time of 3:25.71, taking 4.51 seconds off his time, and he took 0.15 seconds off his previous time for the boys aged 12 and under 100m freestyle when he swam the distance in a personal best time of 1:21.83.

S. B. R. A. C.

The S.B.R. Summer league will start on Thursday next (July 26) in Ferns. The league will be a great way to improve fitness and is an ideal introduction for anyone looking to join an athletics club. More information can be found on Sliabh Buidhe Rovers' page on Facebook or from Luke Kehoe on 087-3222914.

Athletes are reminded that the County Wexford Senior track championships will take place tomorrow evening (Wednesday, July 18) on D.M.P's athletic track in Sinnottstown Lane in Wexford town. There will be races over 800m, 1,500m, 3000m, 5,000m and 4 x 400m relay. All members of athletics clubs in the county are eligible to participate.

Well done to all the S.B.R. athletes who competed in the Ballagh four miles road race on Friday evening last. Tommy McElwaine was first clubman home, in second place behind race winner Mick Kelly (Gowran A.C.), the pair racing together for the majority of the distance before Mick managed to open a gap in the final half mile, while Paul Gibbons finished third and Denis Moynihan was fourth. Myles Gibbons, David Leonard, Eugene Doherty, Ann Bolger, Claire Gibbons and Noel O'Leary all ran well too.


At the first two days of the National Juvenile championships held in Tullamore, Co. Offaly, the club came away with four national titles.

Eoin Power was impressive in winning the 110m hurdles in the boys' Under-19 on Saturday and came back on Sunday morning to claim the 400m hurdles title.

Shannen Dawkins won the 100m hurdles in the girls' Under-17 on Saturday and, not to be outshone by Eoin, came back on Sunday and added the 300m hurdles title.

To complete a successful weekend, Shane Power, son of club Chairman Denis, won his first national medal when he claimed the bronze in the Under-15 triple jump.

The club wish the best of luck to Shannen Dawkins when she travels with the Irish team to Kent for the annual schools international next weekend.

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