Friday 20 April 2018

Gorey Rugby Round-up

Gorey R.F.C. Under-12s finished their season at Seapoint in what turned out to be a tough, competitive blitz. Both Gorey teams faced tough opposition.


Gorey 1 played Newbridge in game one and won well with tries from Robert Murphy, Mark Doyle, Mark Boyle, Daragh Canavan and Seán O'Loughlin. The second game was a Munster v. Leinster clash against Young Munster.

Gorey played some exceptional rugby to win 6-1 with tries from Ryan Kinsella, Mark Boyle and Robert Murphy (four). The last game was against a very strong Bective Rangers side where Gorey competed well but lost in the end by three tries to one.

Gorey 2 were in a group with Lansdowne, Coolmine and Wanderers. Having lost the first two games narrowly, Gorey put up a great show in the third game to beat Wanderers. Oisín Fortune and Alex Murphy were among the scorers. Well done to all players who have had a fantastic season.


What can you do for only €2.50 a week? These days you can't buy a coffee for that, or a pint, or get out to the movies. But you can meet friends, learn a skill, get active and find a vibrant social outlet with membership to Gorey Tennis Club.

At €130 for the year, that's all a single membership for tennis in Gorey costs. It's unbelievable value, and continuing so for Juniors at €40 and families for only €220 - giving the whole family access to an active and social lifestyle and a life-long skill. To join, contact the club Treasurer at 086-234 4495 or For all existing members, membership is now due.

Gorey Tennis Club is a 'best kept secret', offering four outstanding outdoor courts with floodlights, coaching facilities and lots of events to keep everyone interested. Any member can play any time, with Juniors getting preference before 6 p.m.

Members can also join in on any organised event or tournament. The club championships are now beginning, with singles and doubles playing to find out who's best in the club!

Women's tennis mornings on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. are very popular and a great way to get a game and enjoy a cuppa with new friends. Those who come for Thursday club nights are drawn into mixed doubles teams and a round-robin American-style tournament is played, finishing with tea and biscuits in the clubhouse.

This is definitely a highlight with great craic every week. There is plenty for Juniors with coaching, as well as Wednesday fun tennis and Friday fun tournaments taking place every week.

For more information on the club, check out our website at or contact us at 086-2344495 or All are welcome!


The youths' and minis' awards on Saturday next at 7 p.m. brings the under-age season to a finale in the clubhouse. The players and families will look forward with anticipation as to who the managers and coaches have nominated for player of the year at Under-19 (Alfie Walshe Trophy), Under-17 and -15 (Michael Foley Trophies), and overall mini player of the year (Sydney Murphy Trophy), together with various mini medal presentations.

These awards, which have been presented by the families, form an integral part of Enniscorthy Rugby Club, honouring as they do the memory of club members who in their lifetime contributed greatly on and off the field to E.R.F.C. It is a great honour each year for the recipients and indeed the club to have members of Alfie, Mick and Sydney's respective families attend and present the trophies.

The event is an open invitation to all members, their extended families and friends and indeed any prospective members and families who would like to see what mini and youth rugby is all about at E.R.F.C. All are more than welcome.

S.B.R. A.C.

Wexford athletes performed very well in the annual Waterford to Tramore 7.5 miles road race that took place on Saturday evening last. Andrew Connick, now running with Ferrybank but a former member of both St. Paul's and Slaney Olympic (when he won the county Wexford Senior cross-country crown in New Ross) had a strong run to come home a clear winner of the race.

Tommy McElwaine was first S.B.R. athlete across the line, finishing third, while Myles Gibbons placed fourth. Slaney Olympic's Martin Monaghan finished sixth, while S.B.R's Eugene Doherty won the prize for first M55. Ann Bolger and Claire Gibbons ran well also.

The third annual Run 4 Jamez took place in Riverchapel on Sunday afternoon last, with Myles Gibbons winning the 6 km. race from David Leonard in second place. Claire Gibbons finished second lady home.


April proved to be a busy month for the senior section of the club and the Striders were out in force again as Enniscorthy hosted the county road race Intermediate championships. Tracy Flanagan took bronze over a testing four km. course, ahead of Catherine Ronan and Alison Murphy.

John McGrath continued his excellent form and was close to the medals with a sixth place finish, ahead of Pat O'Callaghan, Emmett Malone, Colm Stafford and Mick O'Gorman.

On Sunday week, New Ross hosted the 10 km. Console Run and the United Striders were represented in big numbers. Tracy Flanagan was first lady home with a comfortable victory in a fast time ahead of Catherine Ronan, Kathleen Flannelly, Sandra, Alison Murphy and Dee Ní Cearbhaill (honorary Strider).

Ted Flannelly completed a double for the club when he just got the better of Seán Murphy in a fast finish, up the Irishtown hill, to win the men's event. Also completing in good times were John McGrath, Pat O'Callaghan, Emmett Malone, Colm Stafford, Mick O'Gorman and Jason Murphy. A special mention to Ciara Murphy and Gráinne Flannelly who also completed the course.

Well done to all the Junior United Striders who participated in the track and field county championships on Sunday last at the New Ross town park track.

Full details of that event to appear next week. See for more details.


New Ross faced a big and strong Ashbourne side in the Leinster Under-17 Bowl final in Portlaoise on Saturday last. The match started with New Ross under pressure.

The large Ashbourne pack formed a strong maul and drove up the pitch. Eventually they were stopped and held out from the try-line by a strong New Ross defence. After about ten minutes the Ashbourne forwards broke over the line and touched down near the right-hand corner. A good strike from the kicker saw Ashbourne add another two points to their try.

New Ross retaliated quickly by driving up the pitch towards the Ashbourne try-line. New Ross quickly scored a try by passing the ball wide to Eanna Kennedy who went over in the left-hand corner. Unfortunately, the very tough kick was barely missed by Adam Swan.

New Ross seemed to gain momentum after their first try. Niall Coughlan put up a high ball from the back of the scrum in the '22. The ball was gathered by Rory Browne around the New Ross ten-metre line. Browne got to the '22 when he popped the ball off to Adam Swan who ran in for the second Ross try. Swan converted his own try from in front of the posts.

At the end of the half New Ross had a scrum on their own five-metre line. The ball popped out of the side of the scrum and the Ashbourne scrum-half was first to react. He reached for the line, placing the ball beside the post. The very easy kick was missed by a very large margin. At half-time the scores were even at 12 points apiece.

The second-half was even enough. After 20 minutes the Ashbourne backs scrambled over the line in the corner. The difficult kick was helped by the wind and barely sailed over the bar.

With less than ten minutes to go New Ross worked their way up the pitch. They were awarded a penalty on the 22-metre line where Swan broke the Ashbourne back line to dive under the posts. Swan brought the sides level with the conversion.

With five minutes left New Ross worked their way up the pitch. In the last play of the game the referee called a knock-on for a less than flat pass. At the whistle the sides were even at 19-19. Ashbourne were crowned the winners as they scored the opening try of the game.

Team: Mark Nolan, Martin O'Connor, Jon Roche, Eugene Buckley, Michael Tench, Sam Prendergast, Rory Browne (capt.), Tim Coughlan, Niall Coughlan, Adam Swan, Eanna Kennedy, James Kinsella, David Bolger, Aaron Fenlon, Garrett Browne. Subs. - Bill Crowdle, Oisin Bridges, Daniel Comiskey, Aaron Kehoe, Geoff Buttersworth.

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