Slaney Sharks at Christmas
Celebrating the Christmas season didn't give the members of the Slaney Sharks Swimming Club an excuse for slacking with the swimmers still training over the holidays.
Some of the club's members also continued to compete with eleven swimmers taking part in the Swim4Life Christmas Cracker Gala at the National Aquatic Centre.
Their dedication was rewarded with a visit from Santa Claus to the pool, although the man himself didn't take a dip!
Jack D. Nolan-Whitney was the Enniscorthy club's top performer, winning a silver and a bronze medal and swimming three personal best times.
Jack won silver in the boys aged 12 100m butterfly with a personal best time of 1:17.61, 2.87 seconds faster than his previous best, and he won bronze in the 100m freestyle, swimming another personal best time of 1:09.04, an improvement of 2.25 seconds. Jack's third personal best came when he took 5.21 seconds off his time for the 100m individual medley to finish in 1:21.37.
As well as Jack's success, every one of the Slaney Sharks swimmers swam personal best times at the gala.
Holly Furlong managed to swim personal bests in all four of her events. She swam 39.68 in the girls aged nine and under 50m freestyle, taking 3.64 seconds off her previous time.
She swam 48.60 in the 50m backstroke (-2.22 seconds), she swam a time of 52.84 in the 50m butterfly (-2.00 seconds), and she finished the 50m breaststroke in another personal best time of 55.50, 1.60 seconds faster than her previous best.
Eight-year-old Abi M. Cullen swam a hat-trick of personal best times. She took a remarkable 16.24 seconds off her time for the girls aged nine and under 50m butterfly to finish the race in a personal best of 1:02.50. She swam the 50m backstroke in a time of 55.97 (-5.43) and she swam the 50m breaststroke in 1:06.23, taking 3.73 seconds off her time.
Harry S. Nolan swam personal best times in the boys aged nine and under 50m backstroke, where he took a significant 7.47 seconds off his record to finish in a time of 1:07.26, and the 50m freestyle where he finished in a new personal best of 1:01.07, taking 2.82 seconds off his previous time.
Jack Roban also swam two personal best times: 2.53.35 in the boys 200m freestyle, taking 2.85 seconds off his previous time, and 1:13.54 in the boys 100m freestyle, finishing 1.88 seconds faster than his previous best.
Cian Clarke swam personal best times in both the boys aged 12 100m backstroke, where he took 2.41 seconds off his time to finish in 1:24.09, and the 100m freestyle, where he finished in a personal best of 1:15.69 (-0.93 seconds).
Twelve-year-old Conor M. Dempsey surpassed his previous best time for the boys aged 12 100m breaststroke by a staggering 26.02 seconds to finish in a new personal best of 1:56.98.
Seán Bookey swam a personal best time of 1:19.87 in the boys 100m individual medley, taking 5.76 seconds off his previous best.
Matilda Dunne-Cronin took 0.79 seconds off her time for the girls 100m individual medley to finish in a personal best of 1:19.35.
Emma Chapman also swam a personal best time in the same event, finishing in 1:22.34 which was an improvement of 0.82 seconds.
Eimear Doyle joined her team-mates on the honour-roll when she took 0.33 seconds off her time to swim the girls aged eleven 50m freestyle in a personal best of 37.20.
All in all, the Enniscorthy swimmers enjoyed their day at the National Aquatic Centre and are now looking forward to the first competition of 2014.
The club committee and coach Liam Murphy would like to wish all the Slaney Sharks a happy new year!
The Youth team beat Duncannon 5-2 in the first round of the Cup, with four goals from Shane Franklin and one from Brian Hancock getting this year's campaign off to a great start.
The Under-15 boys travelled to Courtown and beat Hibs 5-0 in their Cup game. A hat-trick from Jack Bates and one each from Byron Byrne and Eddie Black gave the lads a well-deserved win.
The Under-13 boys are through to the third round of their Cup.
The men's team beat North End 'B' 4-2 after extra-time in their first Cup game. Shane Franklin scored his fifth goal in two days, with two from John Breen and the fourth from Johnny Melay securing a very good win for Bunclody.
There was no winner of last week's Ground Development Lotto draw, and only one match three winner, Mary O'Loughlin, who won €100. This week's draw will take place In Sinnott's Pub on Sunday, January 12, and the jackpot is an amazing €10,000.
Tickets are only €2 each and remember, if you're not in, you can't win.
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SLANEY OLYMPIC A.C.
Well done to the Masters from Slaney Olympic who braved the storm and travelled to Taghmon for the county cross-country on Sunday last.
Let's just say conditions were not good under foot. That didn't stop silver and bronze county medals being won.
Catherine Walsh was first home in the 4k race for Slaney in fourth place and led the team of Mag Dunphy and Ciara Kearney to take the silver medal. Jane Porter won gold in her age catogory as did Annis Kehoe.
Conditions got even worse for the men's 6k event . Nevertheless, Dave Barron finished in fourth place, leading the team to win the bronze medal with 'Farmer' Monaghan and Billy Reck. Bobby Redmond, Paul Browne, Jessie O'Connor, 'Pudgy' Hyland, Brian Maher, Neil Hudson, Paul Murphy and Ger Murphy all had excellent runs.
The annual Slaney Olympic 10k takes place on Sunday, February 9. This will be the ninth year of this very popular event, which has been growing in numbers and going from strength to strength year on year.
All prizes have been increased this year due to our very generous sponsors: Audi Enniscorthy, Old Dublin Road, and Creane & Creane Insurances, Enniscorthy.
Entries can be made online on www.slaneyolympic.com, while paper entries are also accepted. Contact Jane Porter on 087-6799490. Entry is €15 up to February 6, with more details over the coming weeks.
The A.G.M. and registration night to Sliabh Buidhe Rovers A.C. will take place this coming Wednesday (January 8) in Ferns. From 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., registration to the club for 2014 will take place - new members are always very welcome and runners who would like to find out more information about the club's activities or who would like to join should come along.
Whether you're a seasoned runner or someone looking to get fit in the new year, there's a place for everyone in the club.
The A.G.M. will then take place once registration is complete. Orders for club gear will also be taken.
Well done to all S.B.R. athletes who braved the tough conditions and terrible weather to compete at last Sunday's County Wexford Masters cross-country championships in Taghmon.
Myles Gibbons had a great 2013 and he started 2014 in the best possible manner by adding the Wexford Masters title to his portfolio.
Myles led the S.B.R. team to the team title too, as with the help of Tommy McElwaine and Paul Lynch, the trio saw off a very determined challenge from United Striders A.C.
There was a sizeable turnout from S.B.R. at the Kilanerin 10k and 5k on Saturday afternoon last, and with plenty of success too.
Tom Hogan won the 10k race, beating Myles Gibbons (who won the Masters title the following day) into second, while Dena Hogan won the ladies' section and, not to be outdone, Josh Hogan made it a family sweep by winning the 5k. Well done to all who competed from the club.
There was a large entry from S.B.R. at the annual Castletown 10k' road race on St. Stephen's Day, with all running well. Myles Gibbons finished second to Des Kennedy (Raheny Shamrocks A.C.), while Tommy McElwaine finished third, with Paul Lynch and David Leonard just behind.
The annual S.B.R. handicap club race took place on Sunday, December 29, and despite a wet afternoon there was a good turn-out of members.
This year for the first time, there were two separate races, with one for the ladies and Juveniles (5k) and one for Senior men (four miles).
The winner of the ladies/Juvenile race was S.B.R's hard-working Secretary Louise Kehoe, who had a strong run to finish ahead of Mag O'Leary-Doyle in second and Dawn Whelan in third place.
In the men's race, Bernard Fortune showed that he has come right back to form (after a strong performance in Castletown) by running out a convincing winner from Paul Lynch in second and Pat O'Neill in third. Many thanks to all those who helped out at the handicap.
Menapians were well represented at the inaugural A.A.I. Indoor League in Athlone on Sunday last with two men's teams and a women's team.
There was also a section of guest races for those athletes either not having a team competing in the league or for athletes who did not have a place on a club team.
Menapians had a good day in both sections and while no points were known at the time of going to press, it should see them in a top four position going into round two.
Highlight of the day was David Hynes picking up from where he left off last season as the national 100m champion and the fastest man indoors in Ireland in the last three years ran 6.81, just one-hundredth off his own best and the 60m record for the track.
This is by far the Wexford man's fastest opener for 60m, having previously opened with 6.96 last year, and this bodes well for the coming season.
Tony Stafford also gained good points for Menapians, taking second spot in his 60m and third overall in the long jump, just edged out by team-mate Keith Smith with a solid 6.62 jump.
In the girls' event, Annie Stafford ran a solid eight dead in her fastest opener for the 60m and also had a new indoor P.B. in the long jump with 5.42, taking the win in the process.
In the 60m hurdles, Orla Furney was just pipped for the win and later in the guest 60m ran another fast flat time as she builds on her speed for coming 200m and 400m races.
Jane Shovlin had a busy day competing in the shot putt for the women's team and both the guest long jump and 60m, and she ran a great P.B. in both 60m races.
In the guest men's 60s it was personal bests all the way, with Aran Meyler making a comeback after two years away from the sport with a speedy 7.14 and the third fastest time on the day.
Shaun Donohue was also in good form, knocking a big chunk off his time with a 7.33, as did Michael Deady, lowering his time to 7.47 from 7.68.
Mikey Cullen ran a new best of 7.49, while Dale Murphy ran a best of 7.8 also. Keith Smith, Conor Wilson and Tony Stafford were just fractions off their best also in the same event. Keith and Aran also took on the sprint hurdles events, gaining valuable points in the process.
In the middle distance events we were represented by our upcoming Juvenile stars in Conor Gaffney and Mikey Cullen, and both competed with distinction against some seasoned Seniors with both running bests.
Conor Wilson and Dale Murphy gained more valuable points for the club in the shot putt.
Miriam Hill competed in the 800m for the women's team and, running her first indoor event ever, gave a great account of herself as she took fifth place in her race.
Well done to everyone who competed for the club with such distinction. This talented squad travel to Wales next weekend with coaches Shane McCormack and Mick McKeon to the Cardiff Grand Prix where they will look to build on this solid opener.
Closer to home at a mucky county Masters cross-country in Taghmon, Catherine O'Connor was yet again putting in another solid run, taking sixth overall and the first Over-45 lady. Catherine has been in great form all winter and has been a club stalwart in and out of competition.
For the men, Stephen Ainsworth put in a grinding 6k as the sole representative. Another ever-present athlete for the club this winter, he finished in the mix with the men.
Well done Catherine and Stephen in such difficult conditions.