2016 Weekly Newsletter No. 32, September 8th

posted 12 Sep 2016, 07:07 by Cian OLionain   [ updated 11 Jan 2017, 06:04 ]

Coiste na nÓg

Our under 8s continue to make great strides and have great fun, as you can see from the pictures below, as they prepare for the 2026 minor final. Well done to all the boys and the mentors for the energy and enthusiasm consistently displayed! There was disappointment for our under 9 and 10 teams on Saturday as the “Festival of Hurling” Blitz  (with teams from Waterford, Kilkenny, Cork and Kildare) had to be cancelled due to the monsoon rains. The coaches were very sorry and disappointed to have to cancel the blitz at such short notice but, with teams coming from long distances and the children’s safety centre stage, an early call on the matter was a must. Nonetheless, the coaches and boys would like to express their thanks to a large number of people who volunteered their services both to prepare for the day and also offer their services on the day.  The focus now turns to the  upcoming blitzes and finishing out the “Go Games” programme of matches so that we finish the year with a flourish.


It has been a tough week for our under 12 A teams as they went out at the semi-finals stage in both hurling and football. On Friday 2 September, the boys went to Rathangan for their shield semi-final against St. Anne’s and, despite the game being very close after two of the three periods, they went down to a heavy defeat in the end to a strong St. Anne’s side. There was real heartbreak then for the A footballers on Tuesday 6 September as they hosted Glynn-Barntown in the cup semi-final. Having found themselves down by 8 points after two thirds of the game the boys roared back in the final period to lead by 2 points. Sport, as we all know, can be cruel and so it was that Barntown snatched a goal – entirely against the run of play – with two minutes to go and we just couldn’t find one more score and went out by 3-6 to 2-8. However, the boys can hold their heads high with the manner of their comeback and as the coaches explained, more is always learned in defeat than in victory so move on now to the B team semi-final which will take place tonight, 8 September, away to Shelmaliers.


The under 14 boys A hurling team took on Gusserane/Horeswood in the Division 1 playoff for the remaining semi-final place on Saturday 3 September, in Rathangan. In very tough conditions, they proved too strong for a determined Gusserane/Horeswood combination as they clinched the semi-final spot on a scoreline of 4-10 to 2-4, and now face Faythe Harriers to decide who will take on Rathnure in the final. David Cantwell rightly grabbed the headlines on a morning when he scored all 4 goals in a superb personal display, but this was also an excellent all round team performance. No date has yet been fixed for the semi-final although it is expected to played on Saturday week, 17 September.


The under 16 hurlers played a challenge match against Faythe Harriers in Piercestown on Tuesday 6 September and with both teams preparing for semi-finals this was a beneficial workout for both sides, St. Martin’s winning by 3-16 to 2-15 in a game that saw both teams making both positional and substitution switches throughout. The lads will now take on Oulart in the semi-final of the shield in Piercestown on Saturday 10 September at 11am and all support would be most welcome.


The minor hurlers were in county semi-final in Wexford Park, against Faythe Harriers, on Thursday 1 September and they had a comfortable win on a scoreline of 2-13 to 0-4. They will now play the combination outfit Mogue O’Rahillys in the county final in Taghmon at 12.30 on Saturday 17 September.


Adult teams

Our junior A footballers had a good win in the county quarter-final against Clongeen on Friday 2 September in Taghmon by 3-10 to 1-4 but the Junior Bs disappointingly lost the Wexford District semi-final to St. Mary’s of Maudlintown by the narrowest of margins, 2-7 to 2-6.  The following day, the seniors played St. James’ – their county final conquerors last year – in the quarter final in Wexford Park and the game was played in terrible conditions that ensured many of the spectators were as wet as the players! Playing into a strong wind we were down by 0-7 to 0-6 at halftime and, despite St. James’ getting the first point of the second half, we steadily chipped away on the scoreboard to win by 0-12 to 0-8. Given how poor the conditions were it was a decent team performance with a nice spread of scorers and with Tomás Hayes catching the eye in the first half with one brilliant save. Their reward is a semi-final against old friends Glynn-Barntown and that match will take place on Sunday 25 September in Wexford Park at 3.30pm.

Scorers: Ciaran Lyng 0-5 (2 frees), Jack O’Connor 0-2 (one free, one 45), Ryan Murphy 0-1, Paidi Kelly 0-1, Ciaran Redmond 0-1, Jake Firman 0-1, Joe Coleman 0-1.


The focus now turns to hurling as the Junior As will take on Glynn Barntown on Saturday 10 September in the quarter-final. That game throws in at 4.30pm in Tagoat. The following day, Sunday 11 September, the seniors will be in quarter-final action against Ferns St. Aidan’s at 3.30pm in Wexford Park. Needless to say, it would be great to have lots of support at both those matches.



Our minor team will host Rathnure tonight Thursday 8 September at 6.45pm.


Ladies’ football

The under 10 season will finish this evening, Thursday 8 September, with an away match to Glynn Barntown at 6.15pm and our under 16s are busy training for their county final which has been fixed for Sunday 18 September at 6pm in a venue that’s yet to be confirmed. Our adult intermediates were due to be in league quarter final action on Friday evening, 2 September, in Piercestown against St Fintans but they received a walkover and are straight through to the league semi-final where they will play Bunclody away, under lights, tomorrow Friday 8 September at 8pm.



The first games in the county 40 x 20 championship will commence on Monday 26 September so the best of luck to the 7 players from St. Martin’s that are entered.


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 6 September August were 15, 16, 20 and 28 and we had two “match 3” winners who get €50 each so well done to Andy & Jenny Firman and to Kevin & Liz Waters. 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!!