2016 Weekly Newsletter No. 30, August 26th

posted 12 Sep 2016, 06:56 by Cian OLionain   [ updated 11 Jan 2017, 06:03 ]

Coiste na nÓg

Both under 12 teams travelled on Saturday 20 August to Ballygunner for challenge matches in glorious sunshine while Wexford suffered a deluge. Then our under 12 B team made the short trip to Páirc Charman to take on Faythe Harriers in a semi-final on Monday evening, 22 August. In what turned out to be an absolute classic, our lads roared into an early lead, then lost it and rescued the situation with a last minute goal to force extra time. In the 10 minutes’ extra time, unfortunately, Harriers grabbed a goal to run out winners of a great game by 6-10 to 5-10. Both A and B teams played their final football match in the league format away to Gorey on Wednesday 24 August and it was a case of double success with the A team winning by 2-7 to 0-8 and the Bs victorious by 5-10 to 4-3. Both teams are now through to the cup semi-finals. Meanwhile, our A team will play their shield semi-final on Tuesday 30 August away to St. Anne’s. Throw-in is at 6.30pm and it would be great to have a lot of support for this local derby.


The under 14 boys are gearing up for the finals stage of the season and first up will be the B team which takes on Sarsfields on Monday next, 29 August, in Piercestown in the semi-final of their football 'Rising Stars' tournament. In the group stages the boys had a single point to spare in Páirc Charman, so this should prove to be another close-run encounter. To add a little spice the A team are also due to meet the Sarsfields A team in their Division 1 semi-sinal and both matches are repeats of the respective under 12 Finals from 2 years ago. On the hurling front Gorey emerged from the 3-team draw on Monday last to clinch a semi-final spot versus Rathnure, which left our A team to face Gusserane/Horeswood in the playoff for the remaining place in the last four. That game will go ahead on Saturday week, 3 September, in Rathangan. In the meantime the lads will have a couple of practice matches in Piercestown: against Blackwater (last night) and against The Rower of Kilkenny on Sunday morning at 11:30am.


The under 16 hurlers had a critical game away to Faythe Harriers tonight on Thursday 18 August and they performed gallantly but went down by 2-14 to 2-7. The game had a real competitive edge throughout with Harriers taking the lead halfway through the first half. We were unfortunate to have a goal disallowed with 10 minutes to go as this would have made for a very interesting final period. This all means that the lads are in the shield competition and they will play Oulart-The Ballagh in Piercestown on Saturday 10 September at 11am. Before then, the boys have their football semi-final against Ballinastragh Gaels on Wednesday 31 August in Monageer at 6.30pm.


The minors were in action in football on Tuesday 23 August when they hosted Bunclody and we won by 4-10 to 1-6 in a match that was a lot tougher than the scoreline suggests. Hurling is next up for the minors with a county semi-final in Wexford Park, against Faythe Harriers, at 6.30pm on Thursday 1 September.


Adult teams

The Junior A footballers hosted Sarsfields on Friday 19 August and had a good win by 4-13 to 0-5. Then on Saturday, 20 August, our senior team togged out in Wexford Park also against Sarsfields and it was another fairly uneventful match as we won 4-21 to 2-10 with the two Sarsfields goals coming in the last few minutes of a game that never threatened to be competitive. The junior B hurlers played St. Anne’s on Wednesday 24 August and had to start with only 14 players and found themselves down by 8 points at halftime. However, they dug deep, found a 15th player, and ground out a great draw, 1-10 to 1-13. Our junior A team will be in hurling action tonight, Friday 26 August, when they host Oulart – The Ballagh with throw-in at 6.45pm.


It’s hurling next for our seniors as they resume action on Saturday against Naomh Éanna in Bellefield at 3.30pm. While we’re qualified for the knockout stages the result on Saturday will determine who we play in the quarter-finals while Gorey will be scrapping for a knockout spot so it should be a good, competitive match.


The U21 team will contest the county final on Tuesday 30 August in Wexford Park. Our opponents are Glynn Barntown and throw-in is at 6.45pm so hopefully we will have a good crowd in to support this fine bunch of young hurlers.


Fundraising Cycle

The Coiste na nÓg fundraising cycle, organised by Des Dempsey, took place on Saturday 20 August from Piercestown to Portlaoise and back. There are still some sponsorship cards unreturned by the under 8, 10 and 12 boys (and parents!) so we would ask for those to be returned ASAP even if empty.



Our senior women were in championship quarter final action against Ferns on Tuesday 24 August and they won by 4-19 to 1-3. Then, on Wednesday 25 August, our juniors hosted St. Ibars in the last round of the championship and they lost by 4-10 to 1-6. At underage, the premier shield U14 final against Rathnure will take place in Coolree on Saturday 27 August at 11am.


This was a busy week for the two U12 teams with both teams playing league matches. The Maroon team played Glynn Barntown on Tuesday evening 23 August. The girls put in a tremendous effort, displaying loads of hooking, blocking and batting down and most of all showed great determination throughout the whole match. Unfortunately, the final score was 1-6 to 3-3 to Glynn Barntown. The White team played Ballygarrett on Wednesday 24 August. Again, the girls put into practice the skills being taught in training, but Ballygarrett were the stronger team on the night with a final score of 2-2 to 6-3 to Ballygarrett.


Ladies’ football

Last Sunday was a very tough day at the office for  our Intermediate Ladies who found ourselves on the losing side in  the county final for a 2nd successive year, going down by 2-7 to 0-7 to a very strong Clonard / Volunteers team. We had chances, going in level at halftime and dominating possession for much of the 2nd half but, in the end, more clinical finishing by our opponents won the day. Our girls are a very united group and they will bounce back stronger than ever from this setback. Of course there is still a league quarter final to be played with the details of that yet to be confirmed. The team would also like to thank all those who supported their fundraising table quiz on Thursday 18 August; it was very well attended, and most enjoyable, and we hope that their will be another county final fundraiser to look forward to in 12 months’ time.


Our U14s played their Shield Final in atrocious conditions last Friday night, 19 August, in Rathangan; unfortunately the result didn’t go our way but the girls gave it their all and they were just pipped at the post.  The under 16s have a county semi-final next Wednesday 31 August at home against Kilmore, with throw-in at 6.45, and we would ask for as much as support as possible to cheer on these wonderful girls who topped their group in the preliminary stages.


Golf Classic

On Friday September 2nd, a major Club fundraiser will take place in Rosslare Golf Club when we host the St. Martin’s September Classic, organised by the management of our adult mens’ teams. The cost of entry is €160 per team of 4 and we’d love to see a great crowd of Martin’s members, friends, families and people from further afield taking part and having fun. This fundraiser is a key part of helping the Club to cover the cost of its senior teams and is being strongly supported by the current players and management. It’s one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to support the push for success on the field so dust of those clubs that have lain hidden in the garage and sign up for what’s sure to be a great day. We are also actively seeking sponsors of tee boxes at €50 a box, and prizes also.  This is another easy way to support the event without having to hit the driving range or rooting around in the garage for the aforementioned golf clubs! Any enquiries about teams or offers of sponsorship / prizes can be directed to Mick “The Golden Bear” Morrissey at 086.6010425.



Hard luck to James Stanners who, with Fintan Furlong, was beaten 2-1 in the Leinster championship on Wednesday 24 August by another Wexford pairing from Ballyhogue and Kilmyshall. The scoreline was 7-21, 21-8, 21-15 and hopefully the Wexford victors can go all the way now. The 40 x 20 championship is starting on 23 September and there are 7 St. Martin’s players competing in a total of 16 competitions so the best of luck to them all.


Club Shop

The Club Shop is fully stocked once more with our very popular Skinny Pants and Trainings in all sizes from 5/6 up to Adult. Anyone looking to buy is asked to contact Susie at 0872073353.


Club Lotto

The Club Lotto numbers drawn on Tuesday 23 August were 14, 16, 22 and 25 and we had no winners. The €15,000 jackpot survives untouched for another week. As always, anyone wishing to sign up to the Club Lotto needs only to contact Club Treasurer Frank Codd at 087.6593553. If you’re not in, you can’t win!!