Saturday 17 March 2018

Wexford Swimming Round-up

Wexford Swimming Club hosted its annual galas on Saturday and Sunday week last.

The galas were a huge success with clubs travelling from as far afield as Bangor to compete over the two days.

On Saturday the older swimmers competed in the Last Chance Gala looking to get times to qualify for the Leinster and Irish Age Group championships. Thirty-one Wexford swimmers took part and all achieved personal bests.

Niall Reck, Adam Mahon, Angelo Miculescu, Matthew Arthur, Emily Kilgannon, Emma McKegney, Georgina Steele, Darragh Sinnott, Michael Feeney, Cameron Steele and Seán Maher all achieved times to qualify for Leinster Division 1.

Congratulations to Adam Mahon, Darragh Sinnott, Matthew Arthur and Emily Kilgannon who have secured their Irish Age Group Division 2 times and will now travel to Limerick to compete in June.

Well done also to Georgina Steele who has now got her Irish Age Group Division 1 time in the 100m free and will compete along with Cameron Steele, Seán Maher and Michael Feeney who have already secured their places to compete in July.

Twenty-three younger Wexford swimmers took part in the Small Fry Gala on Sunday and lots of medals were brought home, including Paddy Bramley (bronze in freestyle), Oran Cleary (bronze in freestyle, silver in backstroke and silver in breaststroke), Dillon Cousins (bronze in freestyle, bronze in breaststroke and gold in butterfly), Dennis Miculescu (bronze in freestyle, bronze in backstroke and gold in butterfly), and Adam Mahon (silver in freestyle, gold in backstroke, silver in breaststroke and silver in butterfly).

Wexford 's relay teams did extremely well, winning medals in six team events. The boys' Under-10 teams won gold medals in both the freestyle and medley relays, so well done to Alex Kirby, Paddy Bramley, Oran Cleary, Dillon Cousins and Jesse Dempsey-Reinhardt.

The girls' Under-10 teams were up against stiff competition and didn't make any mistakes to secure bronze medals in both freestyle and medley relays. Well done Ruby Middleton, Sophie Mahon, Helen Barry, Hannah Stavar and Katie Feeney.

The boys' Under-12 team of Adam Mahon, Seán Reck, David Tighe and Dennis Miculescu gave the Bangor boys a good run for their money and finished just behind them in second place in both relay events.

Also swimming in the Small Fry Gala and getting great P.B's were Annabelle Breen, Niall Griffin, Seán Maddock, Conor Mahoney, Aaron Gethings, Tamara Mann, Kayleigh Murphy, Rachel Murphy, Róisín O'Reilly, Pádraig O'Carroll and Rebecca Stavar.

A big thank you to all of the coaches and volunteers for their help over the two days, and also thank you to all of the parents who baked and helped out. Well done everyone.


Wexford Wanderers firsts got their 2013 Leinster League campaign off to a successful start with a hard-fought 46-run victory away to Bagenalstown on Saturday week.

Wanderers batted first and faced a strong and accurate home bowling attack, and they lost two early wickets with only 14 runs on the board. Lahiru Fernando with 25 and Eugene Brennan with 37 spearheaded a Wexford recovery and a fine innings of 53 from Sharjeel Shaikh helped to put the team in a commanding position.

Sudath Peiris with 23 not out and useful contributions from Tony Murray and Martin Redmond saw Wanderers reach an impressive total of 190 runs for nine wickets off 45 overs.

In reply, Bagenalstown got off to an excellent start and had 66 runs on the board without loss after 14 overs. However, the introduction of spin into the attack provided an immediate breakthrough, with Adrian Campbell bowling their dangerous opening batsman. A brilliant piece of fielding from skipper Alan Murphy saw their other opener run out and gradually the game began to swing in Wexford's favour.

Eugene Brennan was Wanderers' most successful wicket-taker with three for 37 runs off nine overs, and Alan Murphy rode in with two wickets to his name. The other bowlers too played their part and they were well supported in the field as Bagenalstown were finally all out for 144 runs.

Team: Alan Murphy (capt.), Sudath Peiris, Adrian Campbell, Eugene Brennan, Lahiru Fernando, Paul Wise, Tony Murray, Sharjeel Shaikh, Martin Pope Sheridan, Abdullah Amin, Martin Redmond.

There was not such good news for the seconds as they were comprehensively defeated away to a strong Castleknock side on Sunday week. The home side batted first and scored 194 runs all out in the 38th over.

The Wanderers bowlers tried hard on what was a bitterly cold afternoon but they were up against a couple of very useful players. Steve Hadley and Sudarshan Thanthirige were the leading wicket-takers with three apiece.

Wanderers lost two early wickets in their vain effort to chase such a formidable total. A brief partnership between Azhar Abdullah (25) and Herbie Honohan (15) seemed promising but after their dismissals the innings folded tamely enough and the final wicket fell with just 84 runs on the board.

The team was severely hampered by a leg injury to James Redmond. He was unable to complete his bowling quota and was not fit enough to bat.

Team: Steve Wood (capt.), Martin Redmond, Ravi Kumar, Dave Sugden, Niall Honohan, Azhar Abdullah, Steve Hadley, James Redmond, Sudarshan Thanthirige, Paul Messette, Herbie Honohan.

Wexford Wanderers firsts continued their good form from last week with a fine victory in a high-scoring encounter at Pembroke that saw each side score over 200 runs, with the highlight of the Wexford innings being a match-winning 115 from Paul Wise. This was Paul's second century for the club and helped to ensure a memorable outcome for Wexford.

Pembroke won the toss and elected to bat. Runs flowed steadily but early wickets were lost thanks to good bowling from Heru Fernandez, Tony Murray, Alan Murphy and Steve Wood. They were well supported by good fielding and, with the help of an excellent slip catch by Sharjeel Sheik, the Pembroke score stood at 72 for four after 14 overs bowled.

However, the Pembroke number five bat took the game to Wexford with some fine hitting, eventually going on to score a well-compiled century (103 not out). He was well supported by S. Zibran at number six and these two put on 73 for the fifth wicket before Martin Sheridan-Pope acheived the breakthrough, eventually trapping the Pemboke number six LBW with the score at 145 for five off 30 overs.

A further 93 runs were added in the final 15 overs, with the runs being restricted by excellent bowling from Steve Wood and Paul Wise and with good support in the field. Pembroke finished on an impressive score of 238 for eight off their allotted 45 overs.

Undaunted, openers Alan Murphy and Paul Wise got the Wanderers reply off to an excellent start, scoring freely, keeping up with the required run rate and after 23 overs being bowled when they were exactly half way at 119. Soon after Paul reached his century which included 17 boundaries and at this stage the score stood at 185 off 31 overs.

At this stage victory seemed a formality but after a wonderful opening partnership of 199, Alan was bowled for 73 and when Heru Fernando was bowled in the same over there was sudden hope for Pembroke. However, Tony Murray steadied the ship with some some well-struck boundaries. Soon after Paul Wise was dismissed for an excellent 115 and nerves started jangling further when Tony was stumped in the 37th over with the score poised at 221 for four off 37.

Nursing a hamstring injury, Sharjeel Sheik was bowled in the following over but a typical cameo innings from Steve McMillan (15 not out) with good support from Sudath Peiris saw Wanderers home with no further mishap after with four overs to spare.

This was one of the finest Wexford batting displays seen for some time and sets the team up well for their Wallace Cup fixture away to Bagnelstown on May 18.

Team: Alan Murphy (capt.), Paul Wise, Heru Fernando, Tony Murray, Steve McMillan, Sharjeel Sheik, Sudath Peiris, Stefan Carthy, Tim Monohan, Steve Wood, Martin Sheridan-Pope.

D.M.P. A.C.

The first day of the county track and field championships took place on Sunday last in New Ross. Provisional results are as follows: Kathlyn Furlong, second, Under-15 girls' shot putt; Eimear Doherty, second, Under-17 girls' high jump; Michael Carroll, second, Under-14 boys' long jump and third, 100m; Peter O'Shea, first Under-16 boys 100m and first shot putt.

The South Leinster Schools Track and Field Championship took place in Kilkenny's Scanlon Park on May 1 with records being broken by D.M.P. athletes. Kathlyn Furlong won gold in the Junior hammer with a new championship record throw of 39.74m. She also won gold in the Junior shot putt with 9.72m.

Peter O'Shea similarly produced a championship record by throwing 37.73m in the Junior javelin. And Michael Carroll was also in good form, winning silver in the long jump. Well done to all athletes!

The Dublin Graded Meets always provide a great opportunity for athletes to get competitive practice in. The first meet of the summer took place on Wednesday last in Tallaght A.C. D.M.P. had two athletes present as Ciara Wilson took part in the 1,500m, finishing in a time of 4:54:99, while Marco Pons threw a season's best of 46.82m in the discus.

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