Sunday 19 November 2017

Wexford to the fore at national Games finals

Competitors from Piercestown-Murrintown, Rathangan and Taghmon with their medals.
Competitors from Piercestown-Murrintown, Rathangan and Taghmon with their medals.

WEEKEND TWO of the national finals took place in Athlone I.T. over the weekend of August 18 and 19.

This was a very busy weekend for the competitors from Wexford as they were competing in so many different events, from gymnastics to grass cycling, variety to skittles, pitch and putt to swimming, girls' soccer to hockey. There was much to celebrate with the teams faring exceptionally well.

PITCH AND PUTT: Enniscorthy boys' pitch and putt team was in action in Bealnamulla just outside Athlone against 16 other counties. Although unlucky not to win any medals, Dayle Donohoe scored a round of 55, just two points away from the overall top scorer from gold medal winners Limerick who scored 53. Well done to team members Kyle Foley, Dayle Donohoe, Robbie O'Neill, Barry Sinnott and Dan Power.

UNDER-15 GIRLS' SOCCER: Here we had the girls from the Tintern Area competing. In their semi-final against Burrishoole from Co. Mayo, they were completely overwhelmed on a 7-0 scoreline. Tintern then took on St. John's, Ennis, Co. Clare in the play-off for third place and were just edged out on a 3-2 scoreline.

Well done to the team of Danielle Byrne, Caoimhe Power, Aine McGarr, Sinéad Egan, Muireann Kehoe, Anastasia Breen, Leane Rossiter, Kerry Wall, Lauren Egan, Alex Holohan, Michelle Ryan, Ciara Ryan, Ellie Sheehan and Valerie Stafford. The team was managed by Derek Egan.

HOCKEY: The Piercestown-Murrintown Area competed in the last-ever hockey competition which is being dropped from the calendar of events. This was run on a round-robin system with Wexford finishing 0-0 against Knocknacarra from Galway and drawing 2-2 with Adare from Limerick. Galway took the gold medals on four points, with Piercestown-Murrintown amassing two points.

Well done to the team of Rachel Cantwell, Lauren Carty, Amy Cardiff, Sarah Berney, Aoife O'Keeffe, Aoife Daly, Anna Coleman, Katie O'Connor, Hannah Frankis, Aisling McAuliffe, Aoife McAuliffe, Elizabeth Doyle and Anna Corcoran. The team manager was Ellen O'Connor.

SKITTLES: The Taghmon Area had two skittles teams representing Wexford. First in action was the Under-14 team of Clodagh Dempsey, Elsa Dunlop-Doyle, Jessie Doyle, Rachel Murray, Luke Sinnott, Pádraig Hore and Danny Winters. They beat a team from Sligo in the semi-final on a 309 to 258 scoreline after the five rounds.

The final saw Taghmon up against a team from Limerick and got off to a rocky start, going behind 69-44. They settled down and after the second round they trailed 132-106. Taghmon had some excellent shots in the third and fourth rounds with Clodagh and Luke both scoring 18 points. Elsa scored 19 and Pádraig finished the fourth round with 19, reducing Limerick's lead to just 14 points going into the fifth round.

Taghmon had an excellent round, scoring 84 points, but Limerick stayed in the driving seat and scored 88 points to win out on a 363-345 scoreline.

Well done to Taghmon who never gave up after their rocky start and congratulations to them on winning the national silver medals.

Annie Stafford, Emma Shannon, Bronagh Murphy, Declan Carroll and Daniel Furlong also met a team from Sligo in their semi-final, and there was heartbreak at the death.

Going into the last person to throw for each team, Wexford had 229 points to Sligo's 227. Bronagh scored eleven points, giving Taghmon a total of 240, with Sligo's last person to take their four shots.

At the end of the third shot Wexford were still two ahead on 240 to 238. Tensions and emotions were running very high as the Sligo lad lined up to take the final shot of the match with the four, three, two and one still in play. Sligo needed at least the two to draw level or the three or four to win.

The throw seemed to travel in slow motion as it rose in the air, coming down and knocking the four out of the circle to give Sligo the game by two points. Congratulations to Taghmon who took home the bronze medals.

VARIETY: The Bree-Davidstown group members were Amy Cullen, Amy Long, Darren Long, Conor Long, Gráinne Byrne, Gina Murphy, Lucy Doyle, Fionn Rochford, Ciara McKelvie, Kate Byrne, Joe Murphy, Bill Harrington and Tadhg Harrington, while the producers were Michelle Hogan and Sinéad Doyle.

Less than seven points separated the top five teams with Bree-Davidstown taking the gold medals on 88 points. Well done Wexford.

GYMNASTICS: The Wexford delegation of Fiona Doyle, Piercestown-Murrintown (Under-8), Dearbhla Walsh, Gorey (Under-10), Karyn Murphy, Enniscorthy (Under-12), Rebecca Crean, Glynn-Barntown (Under-14), Saidbh O'Flaherty, Glynn-Barntown (Under-16), Rúairí Martin, Gorey (Under-8), Taylor Dench, Ballycanew (Under-10), Daniel McCarthy, Glynn-Barntown (Under-12) and Diarmuid McDonald, Glynn-Barntown (Under-14) who were all competing in the individual competitions were up against it.

There was just one medal winner, a silver for Diarmuid McDonald.

SWIMMING: There was just one individual medal winner here, Seán Maher from the GlynnBarntown Area who took a silver in the Under-16 freestyle final.

The Under-16 Glynn-Barntown squad of Conor Mahoney, Stuart Vaughan, Adam Mahon, Alan Mahoney and Justin Dempsey took the fourth place medallions. Well done lads.

GRASS CYCLING: There was no luck for Lauren Sinnott of Oulart or Stuart Byrne and Donnacha Kenny from the Craanford Area in the various tough grass cycling events, but well done for trying.

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