Club Newsletter no. 30 - August 18

posted 3 Sep 2015, 04:55 by Cian OLionain   [ updated 12 Jan 2017, 01:01 ]

Adult mens’ teams

Our senior hurlers lost their 100% record in disappointing fashion at the hands of Glynn Barntown on Friday night last on a scoreline of 0-17 to 0-14. Despite leading 0-3 to 0-0 at the start of the match and by 0-13 to 0-10 halfway through the second half we were unable, on a perfect evening for hurling to shake off the Killurin men who finished much the stronger. The result means that both teams are qualified for the knockout stages and our final group will be against Cloughbawn, who currently lead the Group A table by 1 point from us with Glynn Barntown a further point back.

The senior footballers will complete their group games on Tuesday 25 August in Bellefield when they take on Castletown and this will give our lads a chance to get things back on track. However, with Castletown needing a win to qualify for the knockout stages this will be a serious test of our mettle so hopefully we can have a big crowd of supporters in Enniscorthy tonight week for the all-maroon derby.

The best of luck to our lads and all their team-mates in the All-Ireland under 21 semi-final on Saturday. Ticket prices for the semi-final are €15 for Adults, €10 for students and OAPs and all those under 16 go free.

As for our junior hurlers, our lads maintained their 100% championship record with in round 4 when they took on Wygram Gaels on Thursday 13 August in Páirc Charman. After a very tame first half we had excellent performances on the night from Ciaran Redmond, John Coleman, Conor Coleman , Michael Kearney and Micheál Lyng which ultimately led to a facile win by 4-23 to 0-5.This means that they have topped their group and are through to the quarter finals. The junior B hurlers will play a district semi-final on the last weekend in August and the junior B footballers will play their district semi-final on Friday 21 August at 6.45pm in Tagoat versus Crossabeg / Ballymurn.



Our senior team host Buffers Alley at 7pm tomorrow evening, 19 August, in their championship quarter final and it’d be great to have a big crowd there to support the girls.

Our under 16 camogie team travelled to Waterford via ferry on Friday night to play Gailtir in a practice match which they won 3-13 to 1-3. With 4 cars in the convoy on the way back rumour has it that John Harrington made the ferry first leaving the other 3 cars with no choice but to bide their time until the next one. This resulted in Ellen O’Connor and Sean Whelan entertaining the girls with some choice dance moves! Chips on the way home in Wellington Bridge topped off a lovely evening

The under 12 camogie team travelled to Kilkenny on Saturday and played what turned out to be a competitive fixture against local team O'Loughlin Gaels. The girls turned in a fine second half performance and recorded a well-deserved victory.

The under 8 camogie team took part in the last County Blitz of the season on Sunday in Oylegate. We had two teams involved with each playing 3 games against Monageer, Cushinstown and Oylegate before then going on to play their final game against Oulart. While we had mixed results in the first 3 matches, both teams won their final game and each and every player has improved hugely over the last three blitzes due to their commitment to training. Well done to all concerned and we will continue with training for another few weeks.

Hard luck to Linda and Lisa Bolger, to Colm and Barbara and to all involved with the senior county camogie team who were cruelly denied in the All-Ireland semi-final on Saturday against Galway in Nowlan Park. Having battled back from a 5-point deficit to level the game in the last few seconds of the indicated four minutes’ extra-time it was incredible that the referee played as additional two and a half minutes that allowed Galway to win by a point with the last puck of the game.


Coiste na nÓg

The under 8 boys completed their football matches on Saturday against Our Lady's Island/St Fintan’s.  Many of the boys attended the Cul Camps earlier in the week and their recently learnt skills were evident on the field of play. Two hurling fixtures remain for the boys in the coming weeks against Our Lady's island and St Mary's. Our under 12s travelled to Gorey last week where they lost two well-contested football matches against Naomh Éanna. They welcome the Gorey lads to Piercestown tonight for hurling matches and hopefully our lads will be able to restore some balance here. On Saturday, Raheny GAA under 11s visited the Club and they played football and hurling matches against our boys. The games were played in great spirit and a good time was had by all afterwards in the Centre as our under 11 parents hosted refreshments for our visitors. The Raheny boys, fed and watered, then headed off to Curacloe for a paddle and with an open invitation to St. Martin’s to return to the northside of Dublin sometime. Raheny play in identical colours to St. Martin’s so, as you can see from the picture below, our guests togged out in the Dublin colours! Then on Sunday, our under 12s will travel to Kilmore for their annual football tournament which starts with a blitz competition this year at 1030am.

Our juvenile footballers played Sarsfields last night in Taghmon in the premier semi-final and had a good 2-7 to 0-5 win to qualify for the final where they will play Glynn Barntown. They will pick up hurls next as they play their premier hurling semi-final, in Patrick’s Park, on Sunday 23 August at 1030am versus Glynn Barntown. The minor hurlers’ semi-final, against Rathnure, is provisionally scheduled for Saturday 12 September.

A quick reminder that it’s imperative that all players are wearing their gum shields for football. Referees are now reporting non-wearing of gums shields and they will be taking action accordingly.


Ladies’ football

In ladies’ football, the under 10s played Kilmore last Thursday evening and in a close game again the girls showed how their skills are improving. They play St Fintan’s on Thursday evening at 6.30pm. The under 12s were back in action against St Anne’s after a long break and had a good win. They will play Kilmore in their last group game on Wednesday at 7pm in Piercestown. The adults meanwhile are now on the countdown for the county semi-final in which they will face Clonard again. This game will be played in Clonard’s pitch at 7.15pm on Monday 24 August and it would be great if we could replicate the fantastic support that attended when last the girls played in Clonard in their “make or break” final group stage match.


Hubangel is an innovative new way to help to raise funds for the club. The Hubangel smartphone App connects our club with local retail businesses who pass on promotional offers / e-Coupons to club members, friends, and supporters with a monetary benefit returning to the club every time one of our members makes a purchase.  All clubs are known as a Hubs on the system because they are “Hubs of activity in the community" and it’s certainly fair to say that St. Martin’s meets that definition! The senior committee met with the Hubangel promoters some months ago (locally-based initiative) and are happy to endorse this to our members.

It's completely FREE for the club and our members to use and it will be formally launched in Wexford on 27 August so get downloading in order that you can shop local,  save money for yourself, and give to the club with every purchase you make.

Club Lotto

Finally, the Club Lotto numbers drawn last Sunday 16 August were 4, 9, 11 and 28. We had 4 “match 3” winners so well done to V & A Staples, Colm and Jackie O’Leary, Fiona O’Keefe and Cian and Annie Ó Lionáin. However, the giant €15,000 jackpot rolls over for yet another next week. At this stage, somebody is bound to win the big prize soon so sign up as quickly as you can!