News Archive - June 2012


Third time lucky for Piercestown/Murrintown girls

posted 27 Jun 2012 15:02 by secretarybng StMartins Wexford


Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Roinn ‘A’ Camogie Final

Third time lucky for Piercestown/Murrintown girls

Piercestown/Murrintown 5-5 Craanford 2-1

Craanford almost completed a three-in-a-row in Bellefield on Tuesday last only to be denied by the goal-scoring force of the girls from Piercestown. On the back of a Roinn ‘C’ title in 2010 and a Roinn ‘B’ title in 2011, Craanford had strong claims towards this years Roinn ‘A’ title and up until half time they looked to be on their way.

Piercestown started very well, threatening the Craanford goal early and calling Craanford goalkeeper Rebecca Doran into making a good save from Siobhán Alouf. Piercestown got the first score of the match in the fifth minute when Lettie Whelan saw her effort go in off the point for a well-taken point. Clodagh Walsh then hand-passed to Lettie Whelan who clipped over for her second. Craanford got their own account up and running when Katie Smyth collected a long Rebecca Doran puck-out and converted it into a well struck point from out the field.

It took some time for more scores to follow as both teams battled it out and defences rose to the fore. It was Piercestown who eventually made the breakthrough when Ciara O’Connor hit a dangerous ball across the goal for Clodagh Walsh to finish into the back of the net. Lettie Whelan was unlucky not to grab a second Piercestown goal immediately after when she rattled the side netting. Moments later she got a consolation score when she slotted over a 45 to bring the scores to 1-3 to 0-1.

It was Craanford who finished the half the stronger from here on in and got their offensive game going largely due to the efforts of Emer Kavanagh who hit some great ball up the field and Katie Smyth who was doing some great work in midfield. They got their just rewards when Emma Poole took on the entire Piercestown defence and somehow got her shot off to blast the sliotar into the top corner of the net. Craanford tried in vain to build on this momentum as the half drew to a close but were denied time and time again by a valiant Piercestown defence.

Piercestown came out in the second half and stunned Craanford with an early goal, Lettie Whelan passing to Siobhán Alouf who handpassed to the net while under pressure. Piercestown continually used the slight breeze and the excellent puck-outs of Megan Carty to keep the pressure on Craanford early in the half. Craanford began to respond through Katie Smyth who repeated made some great solo runs up the field and were unfortunate not to get a second goal when Amy Kelly was foiled by a smart Megan Carty save. It was Piercestown who were creating all the scoring chances at this stage and as the half progressed the scores began to flow. Ciara O Connor scored a well taken point and then Ella O’Connor made a tremendous overhead catch from a Craanford clearance and scored a goal with a dangerous high ball that went all the way. Ciara O’Connor caught another high ball to score her second point of the half and then Amy O’Leary nearly got a goal of her own only to be denied by an excellent Rebecca Doran save.

In the 17th minute of the half, Katie Smyth carried yet another ball the length of the field and passed to Emma Poole for her second goal and momentarily it looked like Craanford could get back into it. It wasn’t to be their day however as Piercestown had that little bit extra up front and they put the icing on the cake with a fifth goal when Ella O’Connor scored a fantastic goal from an acute angle and Elaine O Sullivan Connell tapped over a free with the last stroke of the game.

The final whistle was greeted with wild celebrations from the Piercestown girls who understandably were delighted at finally landing the title. Rackard League Co. Chairman Jim Dempsey presented the cup to winning captain Emma Codd and praised the great and growing traditions of both schools in the competition. For Craanford, this final represented the beginning of a great camogie dynasty for the future. For Piercestown it was the end of heartbreak after coming close in the two previous finals.


Minor Hurlers back in Championship action

posted 26 Jun 2012 14:25 by secretarybng StMartins Wexford

Exams are over and after a few weeks hiatus, and off the back of a great win for Wexford's County Minors last weekend, St Martins minors are back in action with a choice fixture on Wednesday night v Faythe Harriers.
Game throws in at 7.30pm and I'm sure the boys would appreciate your support.


Best of luck to our County representatives

posted 23 Jun 2012 07:19 by secretarybng StMartins Wexford   [ updated 23 Jun 2012 07:20 ]

Best of luck to all St Martins players who are involved with the County hurlers this weekend. Luke, Jack and Adrian with the minors tomorrow while Gizzy, Willie and Stephen will be hoping to get back to winning ways at home to Westmeath on Saturday evening. Best of luck also to Tomas who will be a part of the selection team and we also send our best wishes to our former star Eoin. All going well it should be a good weekends hurling in Wexford Park.


Good week for underage teams on the field

posted 23 Jun 2012 02:00 by secretarybng StMartins Wexford   [ updated 23 Jun 2012 02:11 ]

It's been a very successful week for our underage teams.
The Juvenile's returned from exam duty to beat Gusserane by 4-9 to 2-6 in Gusserane last night, playing some fine football, and recording two wins from 3 in Div 1 of the Championship.
The U12 hurlers had fine wins over the Harriers in Parc Charman on tuesday night. 2 games were
played, both won by St Martins - the A team taking their points to get home by 2-14 to 3-7, and making it 3 wins from 3 in Division 1 (South). Next up it's a home game with Glynn-Barntown.
There was some great football in the rain on wednesday night, as the U10's got to grip with
Sarsfields in a couple of matches in Piercestown. Narrowly ahead
in one game at half time, and behind in the other - both teams got to grips with the Sarsfields boys after the change around and ran out convincing winners.
The U8's and U7's were also involved in football action against the Sarsfields, and the U8's played out an epic, six goal thriller.
On Friday the U10's then travelled over the border to take on, Cats side, Rower/Inistigoe in The Rower. The lads produced some terrific hurling, with all 18 lads playing their part in a very strong 8-5 to 2-1 win. 


Colin 'Gooch' Cooper to pay a visit

posted 23 Jun 2012 01:40 by secretarybng StMartins Wexford

A definate date for the diary.
Next monday 25th june Colm "Gooch" Cooper will take a training session with our senior footballers, at 7.30pm. All are welcome to learn from one of the all time greats.


Wexford Minor Hurling side named

posted 22 Jun 2012 15:48 by secretarybng StMartins Wexford   [ updated 22 Jun 2012 15:49 ]

Congratulations to Luke White who is set to make his Wexford Championship debut on Sunday having been named in the starting 15 to play Laois in the Leinster Semi Final. Jack O Connor retains his starting place at no. 10, while Adrian Ryan in the extended panel make up the Martins trio.
Luke White St Martins

Sean Doyle Naomh Eanna

Sean Murphy Buffers Alley

Eoin Conroy Naomh Eanna

Liam Ryan Rapparees

Andrew Kenny (Capt) Buffers Alley

Anthony Roche Oulart

Colm Heffernen Faythe Harriers

Conor Devitt Ballyfad

Kevin Foley Rapparees

Sean Kenny Bunclody

Jack O Connor St Martins

Jordan Broarders Rosslare

Conor McDonald Naomh Eanna

Tony Ffrench Adamstown



U12 Ladies Gaelic Football Update

posted 21 Jun 2012 12:58 by secretarybng StMartins Wexford

Well done to Ella O Connor, Lettie Whelan, Clodagh Walsh and Ciara O Connor who represented Wexford in the Under 12 Leinster Blitz which was played on the June Bank Holiday.
Hard luck our U12's who lost out to Kilmore in their latest match. It was a brilliant game and the girls gave a great performance. Our next game is home to the Shels, on a date TBC.

Bolger Summer Seven's Part 2

posted 21 Jun 2012 12:26 by secretarybng StMartins Wexford   [ updated 21 Jun 2012 12:29 ]


Two of Wexford's All-ireland winning camogie players from last year are doing their bit to assist a worthy cause.

The Bolger twins , Lisa and Linda, are organising the 'Bolgers' Summer Sevens' with all proceeds going to the Niall Mellon Township Trust.

The camogie action took place on Sunday, May 13, with the hurling postponed from a fortnight later, now taking place this Sunday June 24th - the first match at 10am.

Teams include St Martins, Faythe Harriers, Rapparees & Glynn Barntown to name a few!

Supporters are invited to come along and bring your friends and family. There will be tea, coffee, soup, sambos and ice-cream available and it promises to be a great morning of hurling before heading into the park to support the Wexford Minors.


Championship Win

posted 14 Jun 2012 01:54 by pro stmartins   [ updated 14 Jun 2012 02:01 ]
Congratulations to our senior footballers who made it three from three in the championship last night with a impressive victory over the Sarsfields. This win leaves us top of the table and through to the knockout stages of the championship with two games to go.
Well done to all involved as the big ball game in the club goes from strength to strength.......


St Martins Archives

posted 13 Jun 2012 05:10 by pro stmartins
If anyone has any old pictures, newspaper cuttings or programmes involving St Martins and you would like to donate them to the club to be displayed around the building please contact Brendan Roche on 087 9640084 or email


Boggan League Finals Day 2012

posted 12 Jun 2012 14:21 by secretarybng StMartins Wexford   [ updated 13 Jun 2012 05:51 ]


What a great day we had on Sunday in the pitch.  The Boggan League took place in glorious sunshine and over 150 boys and girls aged from under 6 to under 10 took part in mini hurling and camogie games. There was great excitement amongst the children and more so the mammies and daddies!!!  Every child that competed got a medal and looking at the wonderful talent on display we can see the club going from strength in future years.  Well done to all who organised the day and many thanks to the Boggan family who supplied the medals.
Mick Reade, John Stafford and Tracy Hamilton cooked up a storm on the barbeque and fed hundreds of children and parents.


In the evening there was an over 40's game which was organised by David Dempsey. Two very strong fit ( some fat) teams took to the field with the stretcher bearers leading them out and the defibrilator standing by fully charged on the side line.  Thankfully the stretcher only had to be brought on once and even more thankfully it wasnt Larry Coleman who was injured!!!  For some reason Larry, Alex Waters and a couple more had no jersies, we believe O'Neills dont make MEDIUM adult sizes anymore!! The bibs team were beiing well beaten at half time and the Kilkenny man (who else) complained that the sides weren't fair so George had to switch over to them for the second half!!  You still lost Mick! Sheamus Howlin had one of his better games according to those old enough to remember him hurling. He scored a point from a free and fell over three times! Martin Quigley stayed out of harms way and made one run of about twenty yards! John O did not throw his hurl at the opposition as that would be most unsporting! Tomas looked like he was trying to impress Liam Dunne. Dec Codd scored an amazing point and Willie Cuddihy was as good a goalie as we have seen in a long time.To one and all who took part well done. We hope your aches and pains have started to ease by now! We expect to see you all in the field training on Friday, Jimmy Furlong will be contacting you!!
We will hopefully have another club day before the end of summer as this one was very successful.


Championship Football rnd 3 kicks off tomorrow night

posted 12 Jun 2012 13:44 by secretarybng StMartins Wexford   [ updated 12 Jun 2012 13:50 ]

 Both teams have made a very good start to Division 1 of the Championship to date, but tomorrow night St Martins will be hoping to get the better of local rivals Sarsfields in Rathangan at 8pm.
Two wins from two starts so far, fingers crossed for a third tomorrow night, and the best of luck to all involved.


U21 Prem Hurling Fixtures Finalised

posted 12 Jun 2012 13:26 by secretarybng StMartins Wexford   [ updated 12 Jun 2012 13:29 ]

Quarters Finals  
St Annes / Cloughbawn  
Oulart the Ballagh  
Buffers Alley  
Faythe Harriers  
St Martins  
Pairc Charman  
Oulart/Buffers Alley  
Rapparees/St Annes/  
Faythe Harriers/St Martins  


U12 Premier Success

posted 8 Jun 2012 05:50 by secretarybng StMartins Wexford
Our U12  A Camogie team played  their first round of the  league last night (wed). They travelled the long distance to Coolgreany to play Castletown. The girls put in a great performance and came away deserving winners with a scoreline to reflect this of 8 goals and 5 points to no score.
Our  U12  B team will have their first league match next week V Cloughbawn, and this Saturday Naas Camogie club are down with us for an U12 challenge match at 12 noon.


Good Luck

posted 8 Jun 2012 05:07 by pro stmartins 

Good luck to Daithi and Ciaran when they line out with the Wexford senior footballers as they take on Longford this Sunday in Tullamore......


Interview: Shauna Gleeson

posted 1 Jun 2012 03:42 by secretarybng StMartins Wexford   [ updated 1 Jun 2012 03:43 ]
A Minute of Your Time with SHAUNA GLEESON- Senior Camogie
Started playing camogie in Kennedy Park Primary School when I was around 8 and then went on to play  with "The Nard". Played there on the boys team until u14 and was coached by Mick Lyng, then came and joined the Martins.

The biggest influence in my career would have to be the mentors in Clonard because when I reached u14 I wasn't going to play camogie anymore but they encouraged me to keep it up.

Biggest achievement: Being told I was the first underage girl to receive a yellow card for the Martins in Wexford Park in a county final!!! And also being part of the féile team which got to the semi-finals.

Players I admire and why: Séan Óg has always been my favourite hurler because he shows such strength and determination on the field and shows lovely skill. My favourite footballer would be "The Gooch" because he's a great team player and such a skillful player.

Favourite sporting event of all time: The all-Ireland final every September.

Typical training week: When im not in the Stores, I would train twice a week with the camogie and once a week with the football, and most weekends have a match. 

Biggest disappointment: Last year I suffered from a back injured which put me out of all sports for over 6 months and I was also unable to attend the County intermediate trials for this years team.

Best sporting memory: When I was awarded best soccer player in the Bobby Charlton Soccer School while In England With the Wexford soccer academy.

Outside my own playing: Sitting at home watching the boxing in the Bejing Olympics and seeing a Wexford man doing the whole of Ireland proud.

Relax away from sport: Socialize with friends.

Transfer market: Kate Kelly

The county I like to see do well apart from Wexford is Tipp, considering my Fathers a Tipp man.

When I was a child I wanted to either be in the army or a guard.