Club Newsletter no. 31 - August 25

posted 3 Sep 2015, 04:59 by Cian OLionain   [ updated 12 Jan 2017, 01:01 ]


Adult mens’ teams

Our senior men play a key football match tonight, Tuesday 25, when they take on Castletown in Bellefield, Enniscorthy, at 7pm. While we’re qualified already a win would be a huge boost to a high finish and a good draw. We hope to live-tweet tonight’s match so make sure that you’re following @StMartinsGAA on Twitter!!

Then on Sunday, the senior men will play Cloughbawn in their final hurling group match, also in Bellefield, at 5pm. Like the football, qualification for the knockout stages is assured, but after the recent disappointing defeat to Glynn Barntown the hurlers will want to get back on track with a good performance. Congratulations also to Jack O’Connor, Jake Firman and Luke White and the Wexford under 21 hurlers who qualified for the All-Ireland Final by beating Antrim in Thurles on Saturday. It’s a real boost to the younger Wexford supporters to see county teams playing into September.

The junior B football team had an excellent win on Friday night in the district semi-final in Tagoat when they defeated Crossabeg by 7-20 to 2-4 and they look forward now to their final.


Coiste na nÓg

Well done to our juvenile hurlers who have won through to the county premier final by beating Glynn Barntown in a hard-fought semi-final on Sunday, in St. Patrick’s Park, on a scoreline of 1-8 to 0-8. At the absurdly early hour of 10.30am a decent though groggy crowd gathered to see the lads take an early lead which, despite an intensely physical challenge from the Killurin men, was protected throughout a teak-tough match.

We wish Jack Devereux and Ben Stafford a speedy recovery from the injuries sustained in the match and the final will be against Naomh Éanna of Gorey who beat Faythe Harriers convincingly in their semi-final last night. That final is scheduled for next Tuesday 1 September in Oylegate at 6.45pm. This completed a good week for the lads as last week they beat Sarsfields by 2-7 to 0-5 to also reach the county premier football final in a game that was played under floodlights in Taghmon. Best wishes also to 5 of our under 16 players who will be representing Wexford in the Under 16 Arrabawn hurling tournament on Saturday in Tipperary. The 5 players, to whom we extend every good wish, are Eoin O’Leary (captain), Michael Codd, Adam Cantwell, Jack Devereux and Ben Maddock.

The under 8 boys turned out in great numbers on Saturday to play a return hurling fixture with Our Lady's Island/St Fintans. The last game before the boys return to school will be a home hurling fixture tomorrow, Wednesday 26, against St. Marys.

Wednesday will also see our under 12 hurlers in semi-final action, with the B team playing Rapparees at home and the A team taking on Glynn Barntown in Killurin. Both games are at 7pm. Every bit of support will be gratefully received!


As for the under 10s, Faythe Harriers were the visitors to Piercestown last Friday where they took on our under 9 and under 10 boys teams. The Harriers were tight on numbers so we played a 9 aside with under 9s and a 10 aside under 10 game which meant a busy time was had by the fourth official keeping track of our substitutions! Nevertheless our lads got stuck into the task very well and both games were very good affairs. While the Harriers finished the stronger team in the under 9 match, the under 10 boys battled their way to a 4-5 to 6-0 single point defeat. A feature of the game was our lads willingness to have a go shooting for points, and with 9 very near misses to add to their 5 successes the lads can be very pleased with their overall efforts. Then on Saturday we should see some fantastic under 10 hurling in the Club as we are hosting Ballincollig, Ballygunner, Kilmacud Crokes, Thomastown and neighbours St Anne's in a Blitz. Details of throw in times etc can be found on the website later in the week.



Our senior camogie team find themselves in a county semi final having overcome Buffers Alley on Wednesday night last on a scoreline of 2-15 to 0-6.

The draw for the semis will take place on 7 September with Rathnure, Ibars and Oulart being the other teams through.

The under 14 premier camogie final against Bunclody took place last night, Monday 24, in Wexford Park and in a scintillating performance the girls were crowned champions on a scoreline of 5-15 to 4-2.

Aisling Alouf opened the game with a point from play before moments later a goal chance by Sarah Hobbert at corner forward was saved by the Bunclody goalie. Nevertheless St Martins were off to a flying start and then great combined work by Fiona Esmonde and Amy O’Leary resulted in a superb point for Ciara O’Connor off her left. A free in won by Aoife Dempsey for a hurl around her neck hit the post with Hobbert grabbing her second opportunity and finding the back of the net. Bunclody responded with a goal of their own at the other end before Alouf pointed her second, yet another Bunclody goal brought the sides level once more. Captain Clare Barrett worked hard at wing back getting the ball to Ciara O’Connor who was fouled and pointed the resulting free herself. O’Leary was unfortunate to be denied a goal following a square ball but moments later Aoife Dempsey drove in another ball and Amy wasted no time in drilling this one. A point for O’Connor and another goal by Dempsey brought us to a 3-5 to 2-0 leadas the girls really found their form. Ciara Bridges in midfield then sent a long ball in to April Moran who found the net and, with Aloud getting a point just before half time, the score at the interval was 4-7 to 2-0.

Bunclody started the second half with a quick goal but this just forced St Martin’s to re-focus. Points from O’Connor and O’Leary extended the margin further before Dempsey got in for St Martin’s fifth goal. Bunclody responded with 1-1 before a chop on Niamh Cullen saw O’Connor point another placed ball. Cullen herself then pointed from play moments later while Ciara Bridges also got on the score sheet. A superb handpass from Hobbert to Cullen saw our score increase to 5-13 before Cullen got in once again for her third point of the second half. A final point by O’Connor and a last gasp one for Bunclody finished this encounter at 5-15 to 4-2 with a very impressive 5-12 of the St Martin’s scoreline coming from play. Afterwards, the newly-crowned premier champions returned to the Club for some well-deserved pizza!

The under 16 camogie final is fixed for 4 September with the time and venue yet to be confirmed


Ladies’ football

Last night in Clonard, our intermediate ladies’ footballers took on the home team in the county semi-final. After the excitement of their previous match against Clonard, which they won to qualify for the semi, it was hard to believe that a repeat could be on the cards; that certainly looked impossible 10 minutes into the game as the girls found themselves 2-3 to 0-1 down after ten minutes! However, slowly but surely they worked themselves back into the match with 4 points in a row (but a lot of wides also) and when Aoife Waters kicked to the net after Rachael Bridges’ shot was saved we went in at halftime just 2-4 to 1-5 down. Ten minutes into the second half, after exchanging a few points, an Eleanor Kehoe batted goal put us a point up and when Lisa Firman, on as a sub, grabbed another goal we led by 3-8 to 2-6 with ten minutes to go. As normal time expired, and the light faded, St. Martin’s lead by 3-9 to 2-9 but, to general consternation, the referee indicated seven minutes’ injury time! In the semi-darkness, the game went on, and on, and on and then – in the ninth minute of injury time (yes, really) – a hopeful kick from Clonard somehow ended up in our net and the game was level. The referee still managed to play a 10th minute of injury time until he finally blew his whistle for extra time. However, after brief consultations, it was agreed that it was much too dark to play further and so a reply has been fixed for tomorrow, Wednesday 26 August, at 7pm in Piercestown.


This team deserves a big crowd of home supporters tomorrow after the drama, despair and euphoria of their previous two matches. They now stand just 60 minutes (or more!) from a county final and hopefully a large home crowd can act as the 16th player tomorrow!

The under 12 team will play Horeswood on tonight at 7pm in  Piercestown in a playoff to determine who will play in the cup and shield semi-final; the very best of luck girls! As for the under 14s, their season will wrap up on Thursday evening with a fun blitz against St Annes in Piercestown at 6.30pm. The highlight of their year had to be Féile and it was a brilliant weekend which has given us all such great memories. A big thank you to John, Graham and Anne for all their hard work throughout the year. The under 16s will play their last group game against Ballyhogue on Wednesday at 7.15pm in Piercestown


St. Martin’s Charity Cycle

The St Martins Annual Cycle with Wexford Hospice Homecare takes place on Sunday 13th September,  The new 100km route will take you over west to Ballinaboola, Campile, Kilmore and home and the 50km will take you west as well to Cleariestown, Duncormick, Kilmore and home. All the underage teams are asked to support their coaches and sponsorship cards are being distributed to all underage teams.


Fittest Family

Fundraising efforts for the Murrintown Piercestown Fittest Family event are beginning to intensify and we wish all our participating families the best of luck in the weeks ahead.



Since we featured Hubangel in last week’s newsletter, dozens of club members have downloaded the app and have begun to save money for themselves and generate some income for the Club. Anyone with a smartphone should really look into this 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 23 August were 3, 7, 9 and 14. We had 4 “match 3” winners so well done to V & A Staples, B. Dempsey, I & M Mernagh and J. Meyler and V. McGuire. 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!