Saturday 18 November 2017

More Grassroots

What can we say about Billy Walsh that hasn't been said already? The man's loyalty and passion for Irish boxing is matched by his total devotion to the Sarsfields, and we are honoured to have him as a member and friend. Congratulations Billy - you did us proud as always!

Top billing this week goes to the Under-8 footballers who travelled to Gorey for the annual Jim Woods Memorial tournament on Saturday last and captured the cup with some great performances (full report next week).

The Seniors finished their group with an encouraging 1-12 to 2-9 draw with Castletown in Farmleigh on Sunday last (see report elsewhere) and will now take on Gusserane in the quarter-final in Bellefield on Sunday, August 26, at 4.30 p.m.

Best wishes to the Juniors who will meet HWH-Bunclody in the All-County League Division 6 play-off in St. Patrick's Park, Enniscorthy, on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The winners will take on Ballyhogue, with the victors in that tie facing Rathgarogue-Cushinstown in the final proper.

Hard luck to the Minors who went down to Naomh Eanna in Páirc Charman on Wednesday last by 4-9 to 4-6.

Team: Matthew Murphy; Liam Barry, Dean McGrath, Conor Halligan; Shane Wilde (2-0), Jamie McDonnell, Cian Doyle; Eoin Roche (15), Ben O'Brien (0-1); John Gannon, John Bridges, Pádraig Clancy; Corey Ennis, Dale Scallan, Ciarán Kirwan (1-0). Sub. - Gavin O'Connor for Clancy.

The Under-14s had mixed fortunes in their final two championship group games last week, beating Ferns St. Aidan's away in a back fixture on Tuesday by 8-16 to 3-4, and losing at home to Ballinastragh Gaels on Thursday by 4-6 to 3-6. Thanks to Kieran Carroll, Damien Dempsey and Paul Harrington for their work with this squad.

Team v. Ferns St. Aidan's: Danny Walsh (10); Daire Reville, Dylan Furlong, Eoin Goodison; Stephen O'Donoghue (1-0), Adam Carroll (1-1), Shane Hall (0-1); Fiach O Crualaioch (1-0), Cathal Kirwan (0-4); Conor Hillis (1-0), Liam Hore (0-3), Ben Butler (0-1); Jack Haughton (0-1), Riain Carty (1-3), Darragh Goodison (2-1). Sub. - Ryan Dempsey (0-1).

Team v. Ballinastragh Gaels: Danny Walsh; Daire Reville, Cathal Kirwan, Eoin Goodison; Stephen O'Donoghue, Adam Carroll, Shane Hall, Fiach O Crualaoich, Ben Butler; Conor Hillis, Liam Hore (1-1), Lee Whelan; Seán Banville (0-3), Darragh Goodison (1-0), Jack


Haughton (1-2). Subs. - Ryan Dempsey, Dylan Furlong.

Well done to the Under-12s who maintained their impressive form with a 6-10 to 1-5 win over Glynn-Barntown in Páirc Charman on Tuesday last.

Team: Jake Clancy, Gary Carroll (capt.), Cian O Finneadha (0-1), Ryan Furlong, Conall O Crualaioch (0-2), James Crean, Conall Clancy (1-4), Jack Finucane, Cian Foley (2-2), Lee Donohue, Shane Bergin (1-1), Seán McGrath (2-0), Seán Kelly, Cian Twomey.

The Under-10s had mixed fortunes on Wednesday last in the Kent Stainless league, with one team beating St. Martin's while the other lost to Blackwater.

Thanks to the following for their help in making the Scrap Saturday fundraiser such a big success: Peter Spratt from Tesco; Adrian Rochford, Abcon Ship Repairs; Enda Whelan, Whelan Cleaning Systems; Steptoe and Son (A.K.A. Jim Roice and Noel Murphy); Eddie Morrissey; all the members who helped out and anyone who donated scrap.

Sarsfields' annual golf day is in Wexford Golf Club on Friday, August 31. It's a singles stableford competition, plus a three-person fun 'yellow ball' competition. The fee for golf club members is €10, and it's €20 for visitors. The event is open to ladies and gents, and there will be a Junior competition also. Contact Wexford Golf Club for the timesheet or talk to any committee member.

Fixtures: Wednesday, August 15, Kent Stainless Under-10 league, 7 p.m., Sarsfields 1 home to Volunteers 2 and Sarsfields 2 home to Volunteers 1; Wednesday, August 15, Junior league play-off v. HWH-Bunclody, St. Patrick's Park, 7 p.m.; Saturday, August 18, Under-8 Go Games away to Our Lady's Island, 11 a.m.; Monday, August 20, Juvenie championship home to Gusserane, 7.30 p.m.


The Seniors have been drawn against Rathnure in the championship semi-final for the third year running, with the game down for decision on Wednesday, August 29. Best wishes to Kate Kelly and Katrina Parrock in Saturday's All-Ireland semi-final against Offaly in Nowlan Park, Kilkenny (4.15 p.m.).

Well done to the Juniors on completing the group stages of the championship with an impressive 4-5 to 0-4 win over Oulart-The Ballagh in Hollymount on Wednesday last. The team led by 2-2 to 0-3 at half-time, and the icing on the cake came with three minutes left when substitute Hazel O'Leary scored an absolute screamer of a goal.

The girls will have played the county semifinal by the time you read this, as they were pitted against Oulart-The Ballagh again, this time away from home, last night (Tuesday).

Team: Mary Cullen; Caroline Curran, Sinéad Kelly, Aine Barron; Lisa Quill (capt.), Catherine Doyle, Niamh Doyle; Niamh Potter (0-5, 3 frees, 1 '45), Nikki Scallan; Jane Mythen, Ceara O'Brien, Ciara Corrigan (1-0); Sarah Lacey (1-0), Róisín Tobin, Therese Sheil. Subs. - Hazel O'Leary (2-0) for Tobin, Kirsty Hynds for Lacey, also Maeve Doyle and Eadaoin Fitzgerald.

Hard luck to the Under-16s who went down to their first championship defeat in agonising circumstances in Gorey on Thursday last. They trailed Naomh Eanna by 4-7 to 4-2 midway through the third quarter but hit 1-4 without reply and held a two-point lead with three and a half minutes gone of the extra four which the referee indicated would be played.

The home side's best forward struck for the winning goal on a rare breakaway (5-7 to 5-6), and two further chances to equalise from placed balls unfortunately weren't taken. Let's hope the girls will bounce back at home to Oylegate-Glenbrien on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Team: Róisín Walsh; Katie Lacey, Maeve Doyle (capt.), Megan Murphy; Linzi Lanigan, Niamh Walsh, Eadaoin Fitzgerald; Leanne Corrigan, Róisín Tobin (0-3, 1 free); Geraldine Doolan, Hazel O'Leary (1-1), Cliodhna Flynn; Chloe Mahon (1-0), Shauna Kelly (2-0), Jessie Harding (1-2). Sub. - Róisín Doolan for Flynn.


Our Under-14 team had a championship game against Kilmore on Friday last and had a great win. After a draw and a loss in their last two games it was great to see the lads bounce back with a convincing win which puts them in a great position to qualify for the knockout stages. Well done to all involved. Final score: St. Mary's 4-20, Kilmore 4-1.

Our Under-10 team also had a match last week against Kilmore and got another positive result. The lads are putting in a great effort this year and are playing some great football which is greaat to see. If anyone would like to get involved with any of our under-age teams please contact Trevor Doocey on 0868140124 for training times.

Our monthly draw was held in Billy Kelly's last week and the following are the lucky winners: €100, Paddy Berney, 27 Liam Mellows Park; €50, Lauren Carthy, 125 Liam Mellows Park; €50, Tom O'Keeffe, Bernadette Place. The club would like to thank everyone who entered our draw. Your support is very much appreciated.

Our field day is fast approaching, on Saturday, August 25. The Green in Maudlintown will be the place to be with lots happening on the day including a barbeque, teddy bears' picnic, bric a brac stalls and much more. We will also be having a raffle with some great prizes.

First prize is a hotel break for two, second prize is a €50 voucher for the Lotus House Restaurant, third prize is a shopping voucher, fourth prize is a Wexford Creamery hamper, fifth prize is a gift voucher and hamper from Donnas Hairdressers. There's lots more to be won, and tickets are available from any committee member.


Taghmon Camross will take on Ferns St. Aidan's in the final game of the group stages of Junior hurling on Saturday next, August 18, at 3.30 p.m. in St. Patrick's Park. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Taghmon-Camross finished their Intermediate football championship group campaign on Saturday last, going down to Starlights on a final scoreline of 1-17 to 0-12. We are now in the relegation section of the championship.

Team: Seán O'Gorman; Matthew Doyle, Pat Nolan, David Bridges; Darren Colfer, Barry O'Gorman, Páuric O'Gorman (0-1); Kevin Shannon, Alan Nolan (0-1); Michael O'Gorman, Darren Deery, Seamie McLoughlin (0-7); Mark O'Gorman, Jason McLoughlin, Garvan Kelly (0-3). Subs. - Jamie O'Hanlon for Michael O'Gorman, Dean McGee for J. McLoughlin, Michael O'Gorman for P. O'Gorman.

A full club meeting will take place on Monday next, August 20, at 8.30 p.m. in the clubhouse. All members, parents and players are asked to attend this important meeting.


Bingo will take place this Saturday at the usual time of 8.30 p.m. in Carrig Hall.

Well done to the Intermediate footballers who won their match when they played Craanford in Enniscorthy on Saturday last. The Junior footballers lost when they played Clongeen on Friday evening.

All roads will lead to Clongeen this Tuesday evening for the Foxe Cup hurling final. The Junior hurlers will play stiff opposition in Adamstown and we wish them the best of luck. Then on Sunday the hurlers are down to play New Ross in Horeswood at 12 o'clock. Please check the sports section for times and dates of these fixtures.

If anyone still needs to purchase the club's book, 'If They Could See Us Now', please contact Pauline (051-561364).

Keep up to date with the club on the Facebook page!


All roads lead to Hollymount on Sunday next, August 19, for the annual Shelmalier field day which begins at 1 p.m. A great family day out is in store with fun and attractions for all.

There's the usual barbeque, music, face painting, crazy golf, vegetable, baking and bottle stalls, bric a brac, children's sports, hurling and football skills etc. This year's special attractions include live sheep racing and egg throwing (pitching) competitions. The Kilkenny and Tipperary Senior hurling semi-final will also be shown on TV in Hollymount during the field day.

Pride of place this week goes to our Senior footballers who qualified for the last eight with a comfortable win over Duffry Rovers in Taghmon by 0-17 to 0-7. Best for Shels were Craig McCabe, Alan Griffith, Tommy Barron, Graham Lawlor, Clive Lawlor and Feargal Hynes.

Well done to the Shels Junior footballers who beat Glynn-Barntown by 2-19 to 2-6 in the championship. Best were Noel Mythen, Willie O'Shaughnessy, James Cash, Niall Cullen and Emmet O'Leary.

A late rally by St. Martin's left them victors by 1-16 to 2-10 over the Minor footballers. Kevin O'Connor, Eoghan Nolan, Graham Staples and Stephen McGuire were all on target for Shels.

A strong second-half from Faythe Harriers saw them beat the Shels by 1-19 to 1-11 in the Senior hurling championship. Shels never reached anywhere near their potential and now need to win their last game versus GlynnBarntown to be assured of progression.

The Junior hurlers were always in control against Geraldine O'Hanrahans (New Ross), winning by 6-16 to 1-6. Best were Páraic Coone, Shane Birney, Stephen Corrigan, Tommy Barron and Chris Gordon.

There was no winner of the lotto jackpot draw on August 6. Numbers drawn were 9, 11, 14 and 19. The five match three winners were Willie Moore, John Hearne Snr., P. McDonnell, Pat Roche and Helen Flanagan. Each receive €40. The next jackpot is €8,400.

All reports are on


Well done to the Under-12 camogie team which won the Premier Co. final in Oylegate on Friday evening. They played St. Ibar's in the final and were worthy winners.

Everyone of the girls on this panel showed great skill, effort and commitment and the future of the club looks very bright with these fine players growing up over the next few years. Congratulations to all of them and to their selectors who are putting in a huge effort with their teams.

The Under-16 camogie team took part in the Leinster Pink blitz on Sunday. This event was hosted in Piercestown for the second year running. The girls beat Rathnure, Lucan Sarsfields, Camross, Mount Leinster Rangers and Kildalkey. In the final they played Lucan Sarsfields again and won well.

Rathnure won the second cup and Mount Leinster won the shield. It was a great day's camogie with some very fine players involved with all the teams.

An old clothes collection in aid of the Niall Mellon Township Trust is taking place on Wednesday, August 22.

Old clothes, shoes, curtains and bed linen are all accepted. Bags will be collected at St. Martin's G.A.A. club between 10.30 and 11 a.m.

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