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MANY thanks to all of our performers and those who attended the 'Magic of the Musicals' night in Whites Hotel on Saturday last. The fundraising event was a great success.
Top teams from six counties will converge on our pitch in Páirc Charman on Saturday, March 29, for the club's first-ever ten-a-side Senior football tournament.
A glittering line-up of participants will take to the field for a feast of football which is jointly sponsored by Whites Hotel and Wexford County Board.
Leading the way will be Ballymun Kickhams, Dublin and Leinster champions of 2012 and beaten All-Ireland Club finalists on St. Patrick's Day 2013. They are one of six teams from the capital confirmed for this prestigious event along with Ballinteer St. John's, Ballyboden St. Enda's, Round Towers (Clondalkin), St. Anne's (Bohernabreena) and Templeogue Synge Street.
The Wexford flag will be flown proudly by reigning county champions St. Martin's along with the host club, Gusserane and Kilanerin.
Carlow duo Fighting Cocks and Old Leighlin along with Emo of Laois will complete the Leinster line-up, while the Munster flavour will be provided by Mungret from Limerick and Stradbally of Waterford.
The tournament will be run on an all-day blitz format, with all games in Páirc Charman. The action will get under way at 10.30 a.m. with the final down for decision at 4.45 p.m.
There will be four groups of four, and teams in each group will play each other in a round robin format in games of ten minutes a side. The top two in each group will advance to the quarter-finals, while the bottom two will contest Shield quarter-finals, ensuring a minimum of four games per team.
This is the first time the club has organised a tournament of this nature and the quality of the line-up suggests that it will be a day of first-rate football. Spectators will be more than welcome throughout the day for an event which should whet the appetites for another great year of club football.
For further information please contact club Secretary Kevin Carty (085-1744521)
Hard luck to Adam Dempsey, Cathal Kirwan, Cian Foley and James Crean who were involved with the Wexford C.B.S. squad which lost the Leinster Juvenile 'C' football championship final to Cnoc Mhuire of Granard in Stradbally on Tuesday last.
Best wishes to the Under-14s who will be in action in the Féile Division 1 qualifiers in Hollymount on Sunday next. Their first game is against St. Martin's at 10.30 a.m. and they will also meet Shelmaliers and Horeswood, with the semi-final featuring the top two teams down for decision at 2 p.m.
Best wishes to Liam Bent for a full and speedy recovery from his recent car accident.
Our club teams will be busy this weekend, with the Seniors away to Gusserane on Saturday at 5 p.m., the Under-14 girls away to Blackwater on Sunday at 11.30 a.m., and the Juniors away to Clongeen on Sunday at 5 p.m. Hard luck to Aisling Halligan, Ciara Bridges and Lauren Murphy who were involved with the Wexford Under-14 girls in their Leinster championship loss to Dublin, and best wishes for a speedy recovery from his injury to Lee Chin.
Our girls marched together with Shelmalier ladies' football club in yesterday's St. Patrick's Day parade, proudly displaying their silverware and representing the club with distinction. Well done to everybody involved.
The weekend's inter-county games went well and we were represented on all fronts. Ciara Donohoe and Aine Lacey helped the Seniors to a second league win over Offaly; Shauna Kelly and Jessie Harding featured as the Under-16s beat Kilkenny; while Hazel O'Leary and Niamh Walsh played in the Minors' draw away to Clare.
Congratulations to Mag Kelly who has been appointed captain of the club Senior team for 2014, succeeding Ciara Donohoe who did a great job.
We will host the first Under-12 cluster blitz in Hollymount at 11 a.m. on Saturday next, featuring our two teams, Oulart-The Ballagh, Buffers Alley and Blackwater.
Under-age training continues weekly indoors on the astro-turf, with Under-10 and Under-12 every Monday from 7 to 8 p.m., Under-8 every Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m., and Under-14 and Under-16 every Thursday from 7.15 to 8 p.m.
The contact details for the managers are as follows: Under-8, Catherine Roche (087-0533952); Under-10, Emma Hearne (087-2950256); Under-12, Tom Tynan (087-6200207); Under-14, Mick Lanigan (086-3244617); Under-16, John Harding (087-1346547); Under-18, Kate Kelly (087-6578756); adult teams, Alan Aherne (087-9217766).
Our membership fees for 2014 are: adult players €80, players 16 to 18 €40, players under 18 €30, non-playing members €30.
We are looking for second or third level students to help out with the annual Easter camp from April 22 to 24 as a joint venture with Coiste na nOg, which will cost €20 per child. Please contact Alan Aherne if you are in a position to help out.
The County Board has double booked us for our first two adult league games, expecting us to play St. Martin's away in Senior and Blackwater home in Intermediate on Monday, March 31, at 6.45 p.m.
Please check with the mentors closer to the time for exact details as one of the games will have to be changed.
On Saturday last our adult hurlers went down to St. Fintan's in the second round of the All-County League on a score of 1-21 to 2-8.
On Sunday morning our Minor hurlers lost to a very strong Geraldine O'Hanrahans team in the first round of the championship.
On Saturday last, our Under-8s played their third and fourth round games in the Bannow-Ballymitty ground hurling tournament. We had Killian, Mikey, Conor, Darragh, Eoin, Evan, John, Lennon, Rory, Kyle, Finn and Logan in action.
The initial game was against St. James' which we dominated with Conor scoring a brilliant goal. Rory was again the master of the square, ably supported by John and Mikey, while Darragh, Eoin and Kyle did their best.
The next game with Kilmore saw the wheels fall off our wagon. Maybe it was because we had an hour between the two matches as oOur boys just wanted to hurl outside in the sunshine.
Evan made a lovely daisy chain, and we all sang happy birthday to Rory while Gillian made her motivational speech. Our thanks to all the grandads, dads and mams who travelled to Grantstown and made it a family occasion.
A big thank you to all boys and girls, parents and coaches who turned out for the St. Patrick's Day parade. You all looked well in your colours and well done to everyone.
Good luck to Wexford C.B.S. in the All-Ireland final against Munster champions Salesian College of Pallaskenry (Limerick).
Our Minors will play their next game in the championship on Sunday next away to Adamstown at 11.30 a.m.
Indoor training for under-age continues tonight (March 18) in St. Peter's College sports complex. Starting times are: Under-6s and Under-8s, 6 to 7 p.m.; Under-10s, Under-12s and Under-14s, 7 to 8 p.m.; Under-16s and Minors, 8 to 9 p.m.
ST. JOHN'S VOLUNTEERS
Our lotto took place in the Loch and Quay last week. Numbers drawn were 4, 10, 19 and 28. There was no jackpot winner so the jackpot for this week stands at €10,400.
Training times: adults, football 8-9 p.m. Tuesday and hurling 8-9 p.m. Thursday, both in Peter's College; Minors, hurling Monday 6.45 p.m. in Peter's College and football Tuesday 5-6 p.m. in Páirc Charman; Under-16 hurling, Monday 6.45 p.m. and football strength and conditioning Thursday 6 p.m., both in Peter's College; Under-14 football, Friday 7-8 p.m. in Peter's College; Under-12 football and hurling, Wednesday 6-7 p.m. in Peter's College; Under-10 football and hurling, Thursday 6-7 p.m.; Under-8 fun and games programme, Friday 6-7 p.m. in Peter's College.
St. John's Volunteers fundraiser - Garth Brooks tribute band (Friends In Low Places) on April 4 in Whites Hotel. Tickets (€25) available from Whites Hotel, White's of Wexford or any committee member.
This week's fixtures: Minors are playing their second hurling match of the championship on Sunday, March 23, home to Horeswood, while the adult football first team play Crossabeg-Ballymurn (away) on Saturday at 5 p.m., with the second team v. St. Anne's (home) on Sunday at 3 p.m. The Féile Peil takes place in Páirc Charman also on Sunday with the first match at 10.30 a.m.
Best of luck to the C.B.S. in the All-Ireland hurling final on Saturday.
Please come and support all the teams.
Our Intermediate hurlers suffered their first defeat of the year against Shamrocks on Saturday last on a scoreline of 2-14 to 2-12. They were leading by nine points at half-time but unfortunately lost to a very late Shamrocks goal.
Team: Peter O'Brien; Richard Blake, Lar Lacey, Anthony Roche; Kevin O'Brien, Diarmuid Murphy, Joey Murphy; Mick Lillis (0-6, 4 frees), Denis Carroll; Wayne O'Connor (0-3), James Dooley, Jack Sheridan; Kevin Murphy, Dean Wright (0-2 frees), Mossie O'Brien (2-1). Subs. - Shane Wright for M. O'Brien, inj., Seánie Purcell for Sheridan, Brendan Murphy for K. Murphy, inj.
The Minor hurlers had more luck on Sunday when they defeated Adamstown by 4-4 to 0-8. It's back to football this weekend when the Juniors take on local rivals Shelmaliers on Sunday at 3 p.m. in Blackwater. The Minor hurlers play Geraldine O'Hanrahans in O'Kennedy Park, New Ross, on Sunday at 11.30 a.m.
Operation Transformation finished during the week. A large crowd attended over the last number of weeks with the venture a huge success.
There was no winner of last week's lotto. The numbers drawn were 5, 8, 12, 15 and the bonus number was 30. The lucky dip winners were Peter O'Rourke, May Rath, Conall Kavanagh, Adam Cullen, Anne McLoughlin and the seller's prize went to Jack Wright. The jackpot is now up to €4,600 and the draw is on March 25.
Bingo will be back to its usual time of 8.30 p.m. on Saturday night in Carrig Hall.
Both hurling teams had wins last weekend and the Minor hurlers also gained two points.
Saturday, March 22, the Intermediate footballers take on Ballyhogue at 5 p.m. while the Junior footballers host Kilmore on Sunday at 3 p.m. Both games are in Grantstown. The Minor hurlers who are joined with St. James' will travel to Cloughbawn at 11.30 a.m. on Sunday.
The Complex committee will be hosting an Easter Fair on Easter Sunday. Keep that date in mind with more details next week.
Please support our Coiste na nOg table quiz which takes place on Friday next at 8.30 p.m. in the clubhouse. It's €30 per table or €10 per person.
Our Minor hurlers ground out a draw in Hollymount on Sunday in the first round of the championship. They play St. Martin's in the next round in Killurin on Sunday at 11.30 a.m. and would welcome your support.
In camogie our Under-14s started their league campaign against Oylegate on Sunday on a positive note with a hard-fought win.
Well done to Clodagh Jackman and her Under-16 county colleagues who defeated Kilkenny by two points on Sunday.
Laura Dempsey and Chloe Cashe were part of the Minor county outfit which drew with Clare on Saturday.
We are set to host our first Under-12 blitz this Saturday at 11 a.m. with Cloughbawn, Adamstown and Davidstown as the opposition.
All club registration is due now so any outstanding amounts can be paid to any team mentor or committee member.
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