Tuesday 20 February 2018

Team of the Week


Team of the week is easily given to the Ballythomas mini-sevens footballers who, for the second year running, won the all county competition last week, beating Murrintown in the final. A big congratulations to the eleven lads and to Mr. Whelan who obviously has the Midas touch. And get well wishes to Paddy D'Arcy who had the misfortune of getting injured half way through that final.

There were big wins for the Under-12s over Horeswood and the Under-18s over Shamrocks. The Under-16 hurlers lost to Craanford but played very well in their first league game.

All Under-6s, boys and girls, and also Under-8s, are invited to perhaps their first training with the club. Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m. are the times for football training. Come along and let the children enjoy the fun while the parents introduce each other if this is your first time at the club. It is usually the start of life-long friendships and community spirit. Note: mouthguards must be used and parking on the road is a lot easier.

There was no joy for the adult footballers last week, and now it is the turn of the adult hurlers.


Congratulations to Peter and Pauline Clince, Lower Caim, on winning a luxury weekend in Tullamore Court Hotel at our recent dog buster night. On the same night our raffle for two All-Ireland hurling final tickets went to Helena Kehoe, Bellefield Road, Enniscorthy.

The final stretch of the Duffry Rovers Strictly Come Dancing fundraising will be in full swing over the next couple of weeks, with events coming up which include an American tea party hosted by the Caim dancing group this Saturday night, May 10, in Caim Hall. Anybody interested in hosting a table or who would like to be a guest at a table, please contact Philip Howlin on 087-2593313 or any of the Caim dancing group.

Other fundraising events in the coming weeks include the Kiltealy American tea party on Saturday, May 17, and the results of the sponsored weigh-in in The Holy Grail on Sunday, June 1. Also on June 1 is Wexford's fittest four in Coolree, all before the grand finale on June 15 in the Riverside Park Hotel.

Club fixtures for the coming week include this Thursday, May 8, Under-14 hurling at home to Davidstown. This Sunday sees the first round of the Intermediate hurling championship against Askamore at 3.30 p.m. in Farmleigh. Next Monday, May 12, we have Under-16 football away to Shamrocks.


Well done to John Hammel Snr., Ballygarron, Kilmuckridge who won one of the €200 prizes in the April Model County Draw held on Wednesday last. Tickets are currently on sale for May (€20) and June (€10). There are excellent prizes on offer including two cars each month. Tickets are available from club members and players.

The hurling championship gets under way this weekend and the start of this campaign is eagerly awaited each year, with all twelve teams in each group keen to get off on a winning note with expectations of getting to the final stages. However, there are many challenges along the way for all teams with many twists and turns, so wishing everyone in the Alley the best of luck.

All three teams are in action on Sunday next, May 11, with the first team playing the Rapparees in Farmleigh at 2 p.m. and this will be followed by the second team playing Our Lady's Island at 3.30 p.m. The same evening the third team play Rathnure in Monamolin at 7 p.m. - a day to bring a picnic!

Now that the new dressing-rooms are completed, a reminder to our own players and visiting teams that entrance is via the back of the new clubhouse. There will be no entry via the front door. During the week signs will be erected showing the way.

Finishing touches are being put to one of our old dressing-rooms which is being converted into a shop. This new project is expected to be completed over the next few weeks and is one of the many improved facilities the club is able to offer to its members and the public who visit our grounds.

This week our Under-14 hurlers are away to Carnew Emmets at 7.30 p.m. The Minors played a draw with Fethard last week.

The Kellogg's G.A.A. Summer Camps will take place in Buffers Alley from Monday, July 7, to Friday, July 11 (inclusive). The camp is open to primary school boys and girls who will play hurling, football and camogie. The cost is €55 for the first child, €45 for second child and €40 for third and subsequent children.

Kellogg's G.A.A. Cúl Camps are a great way for children aged six to 13 to play the games and learn G.A.A. skills in a fun, child-friendly environment, and maybe even help make them a G.A.A. star of the future! It is advisable to book early online. If you require details about the camp, please contact the co-ordinator, Kevin Kennedy (087-7678524).

During the past week two of our adult teams were in action in the ACHL with the first team overcoming Adamstown away while the second team had a win over Rathnure.

Congratulations and best wishes for the future to Jason Chawke and Noeleen Harris who got married last weekend. A great day was had by all.


Well done to all the hurlers over the past week. The Under-16 hurlers had a six-point victory over Bunclody on Monday last and they are out this Monday evening versus Monageer.

Saturday saw a double victory for the Liam Mellows Intermediates and Juniors. The Intermediates played Marshalstown in Coolgreany and came away with a 2-9 to 1-7 victory. Saturday evening the Juniors travelled away to play Rapparees, and another victory was secured on a scoreline of 1-14 to 1-9. Well done to all players, a great effort was put in by all and especially to the lads who played on the double.

Good luck to the Under-21 hurlers who play the District semi-final tomorrow in Camolin versus St. Pat's at 7 p.m.

Unfortunately, there were no winners from the club in the Model County Draw this month. The next draw is on May 28.

Match dates: Thursday, May 8, Under-14 hurling round two versus Craanford in Craanford, 7.30 p.m.; Saturday, May 10, first round hurling championship versus Ballyfad in Gorey, 5.30 p.m.


Under-6 boys' football training is Friday at 7 p.m. in Tintern Complex.

Well done to our Under-12 girls who played exceptionally well at the Fethard camogie blitz on Saturday morning last. They met up with Cushinstown and Fethard and fought well in both matches. Keep up the practice at home until the next training Monday evening in Gusserane school grounds.

Panel: Aisling Power, Katie Rossiter-Feeney, Chloe Ryan, Aoife Cullen, Emma Kehoe, Katlyn Coleman, Makala Sinnott, Heather Fergurson, Anna Dillon, Caoimhe Bird. Missing were Maeve Duffy, Kate Dillon, Abbey Whitty, Makenzie Molloy, Emma Davitt.

The mini-sevens took part in the county hurling final on Tuesday last in St. Patrick's , Enniscorthy, St. Leonards v. Craanford, but unfortunately St. Leonards were beaten. Well done to all the children and the management involved.

The Under-14s had their second hurling match against Askamore on Thursday last away and after battling hard against a very tough team, Askamore came out the winners. This Thursday they are playing their third hurling match at home against Geraldine O'Hanrahans.

The Under-16 hurling team was out on Monday last in Gusserane and had their first game against Rathnure, losing out by 5-14 to 2-11. Their next game of hurling was played last night away to Cloughbawn.

The Minor hurlers were beaten by Taghmon by 4-13 to 2-8, and have no more games until the end of June.

Gusserane ladies' Intermediate team had their third win on the trot in the championship as they put in a great performance against local rivals Clongeen. It was a very tough and physical game but our girls came out on top, winning by 8-10 to 2-5. There is a break in championship now until the end of June, however the girls will face Clonee in the league on Monday, May 12, in Gusserane park at 7 p.m.

Membership is now due from all under-groups as soon as possible please. It will be asked from you in the next week as no child is covered for insurance until they do pay, so please return the required money and forms that were handed to you by management ASAP.

Club gear can be ordered from Ger at 086-8240859.

The first parish league games are on June 1: St. Leonards v. Ballycullane, Boley v. Gusserane. Philly Flynn has the Ballycullane players training before they go to work every morning so the other teams may get their acts together.

Strictly Club Dancing tickets will go on sale this week. It is taking place at the Tintern complex, Ballycullane, on Saturday, May 24.

Strictly are holding a clothes collection on Saturday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Suitable clothing is bedding, shoes and all other clean clothing. Bags can be dropped to the sports complex any morning this week and on the morning of collection.


The hurling championship is this Saturday when the Junior team take on Davidstown-Courtnacuddy at 5 p.m. in New Ross. The second team have a home game against Fethard on Sunday at 7 p.m. The very best of luck to all in both grades .

The Junior ladies also have a home game at the weekend. Check Facebook for more details.

The club had one winner in the Model County Draw, well done to Des Watchorn, Foulksmills. Thanks to everyone for your continued support on these tickets. The next draw is on May 28.

Tickets for the Corner Boy concert which takes place on June 21 down in the Complex are on sale in all the local shops. Like and share on our Facebook page to be in with a chance of winning two tickets. The draw will take place this Wednesday evening so good luck to all!


Well done to the Billy Byrne, Kieran O'Dwyer and John Lavin-managed Under-14 hurlers who captured the Féile title last week at the expense of Oulart-The Ballagh on a full-time scoreline of 4-3 to 3-4. A last-gasp goal from Seán Delaney gained the spoils for Gorey.

With the Under-14 football title already claimed, Naomh Éanna will represent Wexford at national Division 1 level in a repeat of the 2012 team, which was managed by Ger Cushe and Tony Molloy. We'll have more on their national games over the coming weeks.

The Minor hurlers drew with Craanford on Wednesday night last. Hard luck to the Minor camogie side which was beaten by an amalgamation of Marshalstown and Bunclody on Wednesday last.

The Under-14 hurlers play away to Faythe Harriers this Thursday at 7.30 p.m.

Best of luck to Darragh Hughes and the county Minor hurlers who play in their provincial quarter-final on Saturday in Wexford Park at 2 p.m.

On Friday week last, the Intermediate 'A' footballers disposed of Clonard in the opening round by 3-16 to 2-6. Their second round game was much closer, as they saw off Marshalstown-Castledockrell by 1-10 to 1-8.

After losing to Oulart-The Ballagh's seconds in the league by two points, the championship begins for our Intermediate hurlers this Sunday afternoon in Monageer. In a repeat of last year's opening round clash, Davy Morris' men take on Blackwater with a throw-in time of 1.30 p.m. For the first time in recent years, Naomh Éanna's second string of hurlers are due to play at Junior 'A' level. On Sunday they'll travel south to play St. Fintan's at Ballymore at 7 p.m.

On Monday next the Under-16 footballers are in action. The 'A's travel to Hollymount to play the Shelmaliers while the 'B's are home to Marshalstown-Castledockrell. Both games have a throw-in time of 7.30 p.m.

Under-10 outdoor football training continues on Wednesdays from 6.30 p.m. until 7.45 p.m. Boots and gumshields are required. Anyone born in 2004-2005 is eligible to play. For more call Stephen on 086-0483995.

For more information on Naomh Éanna, log onto,, e-mail or phone 087-9770497.

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