Wednesday 16 January 2019

Seen and Heard

Newtown’s Adam Short.
Newtown’s Adam Short.

Adam Short is one of the most in-form riders in Ireland right now and the 21-year-old from Newtownmountkennedy celebrated a double at Sligo on Thursday, which brought his tally to five winners in the space of just ten days.

Short somehow snatched victory from the jaws of defeat on Justmemyselfandi in the Sky Sports Racing Launching In 2019 Chase, the Liz Doyle-trained 11-2 shot getting back up in the final few strides to deny favourite Major Destination by half-a-length.

Short then teamed up with Tinahely trained Phillip Rothwell to win the Sligo Races Hospitality Packages Handicap Chase on Shanklys Dawn, returned at odds of 5-1.

Upset over no scoreboard

Carnew Emmets and Avondale/Parnells supporters who turned up to Joule Park Aughrim to cheer on their under-17 hurlers on the biggest day of their hurling year were left feeling frustrated when it became apparent that the scoreboard was not in use for the game.

What made matters worse was that the names of the clubs involved in the second game of the day, the Darcy Sand Intermediate Football Championship semi-final between Tinahely and Kilmacanogue were being placed up on the board while the Under-17 'A' final was ongoing.

One supporter contacted this reporter and said that it was 'disrespectful to the Minor hurlers of the county' that there would be no scoreboard for such a pivotal game.

Wicklow GAA chairman Martin Fitzgerald explained that the zapper for controlling the scoreboard is broken and that a new one and the repaired one are expected back in the very near future. Currently the zapper from Blessington GAA Club is the only one that can work the Aughrim scoreboard and there was a JAFC semi-final on in Blessington last Sunday morning that went to extra-time.

Another gold for Miley’s collection

Dunlavin's Alan Miley added another gold medal to his growing collection by winning the Leinster Schools Athletics combined event held in Abbotstown last week.

The talented Miley came out on top in the under-17 competition, winning by over 400 points which is even more impressive considering he can participate in this age group again next year.

The combined event involves competing in shot putt, long jump, 60m hurdles, 200m and 800m. Alan now goes forward to represent Leinster in the All Ireland finals on Saturday, October 13.

Wicklow People