Club Newsletter - Week 13

posted 26 Apr 2015, 22:55 by luke hennessy   [ updated 12 Jan 2017, 00:57 by Cian OLionain ]

Weekly Newsletter, no.13,8 April


Féile update

Our under 14 hurlers did themselves proud in the Féile qualification blitz on Sunday as they drew with Faythe Harriers and beat Glynn-Barntown in the group stages. In the semi-final however they lost to Rapparees by 4 points. Despite missing a lot of players through injury the boys played outstanding hurling all day which augurs well for the year ahead. 


The girls’ football team, playing on Monday, have managed to go one better and have qualified for the final which will be on next Sunday against Taghmon. On a sun-kissed Easter Monday in Killurin the girls jogged out as underdogs and returned – much later that evening – as county finalists! First up for the girls at 10am were Shelmaliers who won, proving that our girls don’t like early mornings! In the second game, we played Clonee and things started to look up for the girls as they played much better and ran out convincing winners. The final group game was against St James by which stage the girls were on a roll and were worthy winners meaning they finished second in their group. They would now meet Horeswood, the red-hot favourites, in the quarter-finals but our girls had different ideas. In a brilliant game of football the St. Martins’ girls gave it everything and left nothing behind; with seconds left and the game tied in a draw we were awarded a free kick. Up stepped Ciara O’Connor to put the ball over the bar to win the game amidst scenes of great excitement all round. The day was not over yet as at 5pm the semi-final was played where we met  Shelmaliers again! At this stage, the girls’ confidence was high and it was a totally different game from the morning as we got off to a much better start and led the whole way through, withstanding a Shels comeback to finally win by 2 points, 2-5 to 2-3. The Final will be played next Sunday against Taghmon in Killurin with the time yet to be confirmed. A huge well done to every girl, all played their part and well done to mentors Graham, John and Anne.


Coiste na nÓg

The under 12 hurlers hosted Ballygunner of Waterford last Friday and played two entertaining games against very strong opposition. Afterwards all the players, coaches and families enjoyed a cup of tea and some food in the Centre and we look forward to travelling to Waterford later in the year to play a return friendly. Many thanks to the parents who helped so well with the catering. The under 16 footballers played an entertaining friendly on Monday evening against Volunteers, winning by 1-9 to 2-3, and tonight they host Ballygunner’s juveniles in a hurling friendly at 6.30pm; all support is of course very welcome on a lovely day such as this. In what is a busy time for the juveniles, they will then host Glynn-Barntown on Monday 13 April at 7pm in the first round of the under 16 premier football competition.


Best of luck to the sizable club contingent who will be lining out for the Wexford minor hurling team on Saturday in Wexford Park (3pm) in the Leinster championship versus Laois. The team is, of course, ably led by our own Larry Coleman.




Gaeltacht scholarships

We’re delighted to announce that Claire Culleton and Niamh Bridges will receive GAA Gaeltacht scholarships to attend Coláiste Aodáin in Carraroe this summer. The costs of the 3-week residential course are split between the County Board, the Club and the girls’ families and we hope the girls will have am iontach agus taitneamhach in June / July.




Ladies’ football

Our ladies’ intermediate football team played out an exciting 2-6 to 1-9 draw against St. James on Friday evening in Piercestown and their next league game will be on Friday 10th April against Bunclody, at home again. Congratulations to our representatives on the county under 16 ladies football team that put in a brilliant performance recently when losing very narrowly by 2-11 to 4-7 to a very strong Dublin team. Well done therefore to Becky Hamilton and Niamh Dunne and we all wish a speedy recovery to the “3rd musketeer”, Emma Codd, who’s out with a finger injury at the moment.



Senior mens’ football

The football championship commences this weekend as our lads take on Gusserane in Wexford Park at 3.30pm. The selectors have a full panel to choose from except for the unfortunate Brian Berney who has suffered a bad knee injury that will keep him out of action for several months; all our thoughts are with Brian as he recovers from the injury. Hopefully a good crowd will attend in the Park as the team looks to make a good start to its attempts to regain the county title we won in 2013. Congratulations to Jack O’Connor on reaching the big 21 years of age





It was a successful camogie week beginning with a fine win by our minors against Moyeady in the championship last Tuesday by 8-14 to 0-2. Then on Saturday the senior team had a convincing 5-8 to 1-5 away win over Buffers Alley made all the more satisfying when one counts the county players who were missing. Many girls made their senior debuts while Louise Fanning made a very welcome return after a few years’ absence and she managed to bag 3 goals. Then, on Sunday, the intermediate travelled to Blackwater after a heavy defeat to Duffry Rovers last week they came away with a 5-9 to 0-1 win, so good work all around!


The under 12 camogie girls played in a blitz hosted by Kilmore on Sat morning. Fielding two teams, 'Maroon' and 'White', the girls proved very competitive as they took on Rosslare, Kilmore, St Anne's and Bannow.


On the intercounty front, Wexford’s minors lost to Clare by 2-15 to 2-11 in a match that featured Amy Cardiff, Sarah O’Connor, Lauren Carty, Chloe Fox and Aine Ennis. The intermediates lost to Galway by 2-12 to 2-08 and this match featured Aisling O’Connor and Amy Ryan. Congrats also to Sarah O’Connor who has been called up to the intermediate squad and she came on at half-time, debuting at centre back. The senior team, featuring Linda and Lisa Bolger, and Marie Claire Morrissey, lost heavily to Galway by 2-23 to 0-9.




Easter Coffee morning

Also on Sunday we had our annual Easter Coffee Morning and Cake Sale and we’d like to thank all those who turned up and made it such a successful fundraiser as over €700 was collected. Again, many thanks to the fantastic bakers whose goods made the event so enjoyable and indeed to everyone who helped, Easter bunnies and all!




Committee meeting, Code of Ethics course

There’s a senior committee meeting on tonight, Wednesday 8th, at 8pm and a full turnout is requested. The following evening, Thursday 9th April, the Club will be hosting another Code of Ethics training course and any mentors or committee members that have not yet participated in this training are asked to attend.


Concussion Talk

Dr. Kieran McCormack will give a talk about concussion – what to look out for, how to treat it etc – on Friday 10th April at 8pm in the Centre. All coaches are encouraged to attend and any interested players, parents etc are also more than welcome.




Coaching the Coaches

On Saturday April 25th at 10am, trainer and conditioning expert Gerry McQuaid will be holding a coaching session entitled "Conditioning with the ball" for all Coiste, Adult, Camogie and Ladies football coaches.  This session is to promote, educate and advise our club coaches on modern training and conditioning and speed training techniques with can be used throughout the course of the season. Gone are the days of the boring laps and repetition  of sprints, incorporation of the ball is now shown as the way forward. We would recommend that managers from all teams and at least 2 fellow coaches / selectors attend this 1 hour session.




Tennis news

The membership fees need to be in by now, so those yet to pay are asked to do so now. Many thanks to those who have. On the playing front, the finals of the Spring league will take place in the next week or so and we’re also hoping to have a round-robin type tournament starting next week, on either Tuesday/Wednesday nights from 7-9pm.







Fixture / Event



April 8, Wednesday, 6.30pm

U16 hurling friendly v Ballygunner


April 9, Thursday, 7pm

Code of Ethics training course, 7pm

Centre, Piercestown

April 9, Thursday, 7pm

U14B hurling v Our Lady’s Island (Div. 4)


April 10, Friday, 7pm

Ladies’ intermediate football v Bunclody


April 10, Friday, 8pm

Concussion – talk by Dr. McCormack

Centre, Piercestown

April 11, Saturday, 3.30pm

Leinster minor hurling championship v Laois

Wexford Park

April 12, Sunday, 3.30pm

Senior Football championship v Gusserane

Wexford Park

April 13, Monday, 7pm

U16 Premier football v Glynn Barntown


April 16, Thursday, 7pm

U14 hurling v Horeswood (Div. 1)


April 16, Thursday, 7pm

U14B hurling v Geraldine O’Hanrahans (Div. 4)





Club Lotto

Finally, the Lotto numbers drawn on Sunday April 5th were 8, 9, 12 and 22 and we had one “match 3” winner, Lisa McDonald, who gets €50. The grand jackpot of €15,000 remains to be won so anyone wishing to join the Club Lotto, a key income source for the club, need only contact any member of the Committee.