Slaney Sharks make a big splash
The Leinster winter championships took place at The National Aquatic Centre on November 8 and 9.
Slaney Sharks were very well represented by three of their top swimmers who have competed at Irish Division 1 and 2 levels, which places them among some of the strongest swimmers in the country. Achieving personal bests was the order of the day for the hard-working trio.
Jack Nolan-Whitney competed in three swims and took home an incredible personal best in the boys' 200m freestyle of 2.21.41, an improvement of 7.15 seconds.
Emma Chapman competed in two swims and followed her team-mate to achieve a strong personal best in the girls' 400m freestyle. She swam a new time of 5.07.86, an improvement of 4.14.
Matilda Dunne-Cronin competed in five swims and also achieved a well-deserved personal best in the girls' 100m backstroke of 1.16.67 (-0.97).
Their fellow clubmates are excited to see the year ahead for these dedicated swimmers.
Congratulations to Ryan Boland who represented Wexford in the inter counties cross-country in Dundalk on Sunday. Stephen Flavin also represented the county in the Senior men's race. Both ran great races and it was fantastic to represent the club and the county at All-Ireland level.
Next Sunday (November 30) an open Senior (men and ladies) 5k cross-country race will take place at Lavender Farm (Inch). It's a great course and all are welcome. The €5 entry includes tea/coffee and a scone. The race will start at 10 a.m.
Following this (10.30 a.m.) the last leg of the Juvenile CMC (Craanford, Macamores, Croghan) league will take place with presentations for children who have competed after the race.
Croghan Christmas Chase takes place on Sunday, December 7, at 2 p.m. This will be a Christmas-themed 6k fun run/walk starting at Coolgreany school and going through Ballyfad woods. All entrants will receive a Santa hat.
Lots to spot prizes will be up for grabs including the best Christmas-themed outfit. Mince pies, mulled wine, tea and sandwiches will be served afterwards in the Coolgreany Inn.
C'FORD HARRIERS A.C.
Day one and day two of the county cross-country championship saw the club with good representation on both days.
Laura claimed a medal in the girls' Under-12, while Jessica and Oscar also claimed individual medals at Under-14. Day two saw Saidhbhe claim an individual medal at Under-11 and Jessica and Laura finish yet again on the podium.
The next day out for our athletes was the Leinsters. Day one was held in Avondale and the club was represented by Laura, Jessica and Oscar. These athletes were also on the county team. Laura and Jessica had fine runs in their respective age groups while Oscar placed a fantastic fifth place in Leinster and was also the first home for Wexford Under-14s, qualifying for the All-Irelands individually and on the Under-14 Leinster team and Wexford county team. This is a great achievement in only his first cross-country season with the club.
Day two of the Leinsters was held closer to home in Adamstown with large fields in the younger age groups, and the club was again well represented. In the girls' Under-11 Saidhbhe was sixth home for the county team which finished third team in Leinster and gained qualification for the All-Irelands.
The club was also represented in the boys' Under-11 with Noah, Billy, Malachy, Harry and Tadhg all running well in a large field. Jessica had a good run in the girls' Under-13 in a highly-competitive field. Oscar was up next for the club, running out of age and finishing first home for Wexford.
The eagerly-awaited All-Irelands were on Sunday and with Oscar representing club, county and Leinster in the even ages, he did so with distinction, finishing 28th overall in a large field of 156 athletes and helping Leinster secure third place and the first All-Ireland cross-country medal for the club.
The next important day for the club is on December 7 when we will have Saidhbhe on the county team competing in the All-Ireland uneven ages in Santry. It is a great achievement for the club to have two athletes competing in the All-Irelands. The club has seen huge improvements in our athletes for the cross-country season and we can attribute this to the introduction of the CMC league which was run with local clubs Macamores and Croghan.
This has proved to be very successful with a big number of athletes taking part from all clubs. The final day of the league will be hosted by Croghan in Lavender farm, Inch, with the prize-giving after last race on Sunday, November 30. There will be a Senior race at 10 a.m. and the children's races will start at 10.30 a.m.
Craanford training nights are Monday from 6.15 to 7.30 p.m. from Under-9 up, from 6.45 to 7.30 p.m. for Under-8, and Thursday from 6.30 to 7 p.m. Further information is on our Facebook page, Craanford Harriers AC, or contact Edel (087-9187206) or Catherine (087-2935743). New members are welcome.
The S.B.R. club handicap takes place this coming Sunday (November 30) in Ferns at 12 noon. The race is for S.B.R. members only and will see the ladies compete over five kilometres, while the men will race over four miles.
The format of the race will see the fastest runners being let off last and the first person across the finish line will be the winner, as everyone will be handicapped on their previous race times. For more information log onto http:www.sbrclub.com or contact club Chairman Lukie Kehoe on 087-3222914.
Refreshments and prize-giving will take place in The Thatch after the race.
The third leg of the S.B.R. winter league will take place tonight (Tuesday, November 25), with all runners competing over two miles. The ladies'/Junior race will be first off at 7 p.m., followed by the men's race at 7.30 p.m. Registration will take place from 6.30 p.m. on the square outside Ferns castle and the league is open to S.B.R. members or those looking to join the club. Please contact Lukie Kehoe on 087-3222914 for more information.
SLANEY OLYMPIC A.C.
Congratulations to Slaney Olympic's Jim Stafford who represented Ireland on Saturday in the British and Irish Masters cross-country in Nottingham. Jim finished in second place in the Over-55s, and was on the Irish team which won the silver team medal.
Seamus Jordan joined Máire Chapman in the Marathon Club Ireland Lilliput marathon on Saturday.
On Sunday we had four members taking part in the Stook ten-mile road race hosted by Gowran A.C.: Brian Maher 1.04:09, Conor Hyland 1.04:28, 'Pudgy' Hyland 1.05:09 and first Over-50, Linda Murphy 1.45:51.
During the year, we've had winter leagues, 10ks, half-marathons, summer leagues, full marathons, and now it's time for the festive Christmas cracker. So it's Sunday, November 30, 11 a.m. at Clearstream for the 5k cracker.
As a Christmas gift entry for club members is free! It's €10 for non-members, and everyone is welcome. Times are worked out on a handicap basis, so everyone is in with a chance!
Andy's prize-giving (lots of them) and refreshments will be in The Bailey from 1.30 p.m. afterwards. We hope to see you all there.
Training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-8 p.m. at Enniscorthy Sports Hub for club members only, but we are inviting runners who intend joining Slaney Olympic to come along and run on the track and enjoy the experience before joining up. Anyone interested in joining the club, please contact Mag Dunphy on 087-6366905.
Well, round six is over but what an eventful night of good, close matches we had and some of the best darts seen so far this season.
First up were the ladies and we had league leader Michelle Bradley playing Caroline Bradley in a clash of past winners in a match that showed how good the competition is and how the standard of darts that they have brought to this section is now comparable to any of their female counterparts anywhere in the county. In fact, we have county players and future county players strutting their stuff in Foley's every Wednesday night.
But enough of that and down to the final itself where Michelle drew first blood to take an early lead, but Caroline hit back immediately to take the second leg and level the match. The third leg was a close affair that Michelle just nicked, and she was now one leg away from another win.
Caroline threw her heart out in the fourth leg but she had to give way on this occasion as the match went to Michelle by three legs to one. Caroline will be a big threat to Michelle for the finals night along with some of the other ladies, and they can't be discounted for the league title either as there are plenty of points still to play for.
The main section semi-finals saw two of the best games seen so far this season. First we saw Jim Roche play Paul Murphy in a match that finished two legs to nil to Paul, but this was far from as comfortable as the scoreline suggests.
Just to demonstrate how high the standard was from both players, imagine starting the second leg with 100, 180, 100 and seeing your opponent win the leg and the match with a 146 checkout. Well, this is what happened to Jim but he can console himself with the fact that he is well placed in the league and he will trouble the lads all season.
The second semi-final saw 'veteran' Colm Noblett play 'youngster' Jack Farragher in a match that saw Jack take the early lead but Colm hit back in the second leg with consecutive 140s to set himself up nicely to level things up and send the match to the deciding leg.
This game was of a very high standard as well and in the final leg both players had darts to win but Jack came through to take his place in the final. Colm and Jack are both well placed in the league standings and are real contenders for the title.
The final then saw Jack Farragher, despite the inconvenience of having his jaw wired up after a surgical procedure, play Paul Murphy, with Liz Byrne (rather uncharitably in my opinion !) wishing for his to be wired up too!
Paul and Jack provided a match full of some unbelievable darts. I have never seen Paul so focused in a match and it was obvious that he really wanted the win and the points. It really is a testament to Jack that he brushed aside his discomfort to get to the final when others may not have even been able to turn up.
It's hard to know how to describe this match as the result finished three legs to nil to Paul, but what a game he threw. In the three legs played he had nine throws of 100 or more and never missed a double. Jack's scores on another night would have probably won the final but he just ran into Paul in top form.
UNITED STRIDERS A.C.
Well done to all our 62 athletes who competed at the Enniscorthy track for stage two of the Wexford winter league. With too many great performances to mention them all individually, we did have a number of race winners including Leona Berry, Shade Animashaun, Myles Hewlett and Aidan Shannon.
It was also great to see the big number of Striders who competed for the first time and raced like seasoned veterans. After this second stage, the United Striders stretched their lead in the league and have two more stages to negotiate before the competition ends. Thanks to S.B.R. (Ferns) for organising a great day.
Well done to Aidan Shannon, Darragh Flannelly and Owen Lennon who were all selected to represent Wexford at the All-Ireland cross-country at Dundalk.
For more information see www.unitedstriders.com and United Striders on Facebook.
Wexford Swimming Club had eleven swimmers qualify for the Leinster Winter Championships which were held in the N.A.C. in Blanchardstown on November 9.
For some swimmers this was their first time qualifying for this event and they performed extremely well under the watchful eye of coach Mary Duggan. Matthew Arthur was in flying form and took five seconds off his 200m freestyle, 200m breaststroke and 100m I.M. times.
Liam Devaney, also in great form, took four seconds off his 100m I.M. time while Michael Leacy took a whopping 32 seconds off his 200m freestyle time. Well done also to Jessica Devaney, Eoghan Mahon, Angelo Miculescu, Denis Miculescu, Olivia Middleton, Domantas Sniezka, Cameron Steel and Georgina Steel who all swam great races and improved their times. Eight young Wexford club swimmers competed in the annual ESB gala in Dublin on Sunday, November 16, and had a great day. Swimming in the age ten and under were brothers Emmet (age seven) and Dillon (age ten) Cousins, along with nine-year-olds Jesse Dempsey and Paddy Bramley and ten-year-old Sophie Mahon.
All swam in the 50m butterfly, freestyle and backstroke and some great PBs were achieved with Dillon winning the only medal for the day when he finished in third place in the backstroke. In the 13- and 14-year-old category, 14-year-old twins Mallaidh and Kitty Kielthy were swimming neck and neck in the same heat of the 50m freestyle and took three seconds off their times, while 13-year-old Adam Mahon swam in the 50m freestyle, 100m butterfly and 100m freestyle and got some good PBs.
In the afternoon session Mallaidh and Kitty were again competing in the same heat of the 100m breaststroke and both got huge PBs. Adam swam in the 200m freestyle and 100m I.M. and again was very happy with his performance. Jesse, Paddy and Sophie all swam the 50m breaststroke and 100m I.M. and got great PBs. Well done.
Menapians Athletic Club are holding an open night on Thursday, November 27, in the Sports Hall, Presentation School, Wexford. Everyone is welcome to come along and see the training sessions and demonstrations. We will be demonstrating hurdles, high jump, long jump, throws, sprint drills and more. New members are welcome.
Registrations will be taken from existing members for the 2015 season on the night also. For details contact Catherine O'Connor on 086-389 9523 or Jimmy O'Neill on 086-3864265.
Results from the winter league after round two: U.S. 712, Menapians 856, S.B.R. 881, Adamstown 882, St. Paul's 960, D.M.P. 984, Taghmon 993, Ardattin 1,017.
Well done everyone, that is a great result. Our highest scoring team was the Under-16 boys.