Great turnout for Shelmaliers big night in Enniscorthy.
There was a great turn out in Enniscorthy greyhound track on Monday night last for the Shelmaliers “Night at the Dogs”. There were many stories of the dog that nearly won, or the dog ‘I should have backed’, but over all a great night was had by all. We would like to thank all the companies and individuals who either sponsored a race or an individual dog. Your contribution was gratefully received and will go towards the development at Hollymount, which is presently progressing at a very satisfactory pace. We must not forget our expert greyhound tipster James Mythen who forecasted during the pervious week possible winners of each race on our club website www.shelmaliers.ie .Wel' anybody who took James' advice certainly came home happy on the night with lots of winners.
Next week sees the start of the ‘Over the Water’ under 10 hurling tournament. There are six teams taking part and they are Oylegate/ Glenbrien, Shelmaliers, Oulart Ballagh, Crossabeg/ Ballymurn, Blackwater and Faythe Harriers.The tournament will run for six weeks finishing with the finals in Hollymount on the 15th or 16th of September. We wish all the teams every success in this tournament and thank the organisers for their efforts in promoting hurling in this part of Wexford.
The Shelmalier minor footballers had a 7-11 to 3-7 victory over the Starlights played in Bellfield on Thursday evening last. The story of this game is the dominant second half performance produced by the Shels, in which they outscored the Starlights by 3-9 to 1-1, to run out comfortable winners in this premier minor football championship clash. On a warm and overcast evening in Enniscorthy the Shels started the game well as Eoin Doyle opened the scoring with a well taken point. This was followed by a miss-hit Conor Byrne free which found it's way to the Starlight's net. Following this, the Shels recorded two more goals from Shane Murphy and Conor Byrne, which sandwiched a Brian Doyle point to leave the score at 3-2 to 0-1 with 15 minutes gone.
The Shels adjusted their back line in the second half with Andre O'Brien and Benny Barron moving into the full-back line, Brian O'Connor taking up position at left-half back and Kevin O'Leary coming into the attack. The changes appeared to work and the Shels recorded 1-6 without reply over the next 10 mins, with the major coming from the newly introduced Kevin O'Leary after some excellent combination play from several Shels players. Super-sub Stuart Lacey was introduced, and proceeded to score 1-2 over the next 10 mins, when Niall Stafford unfortunately sustained a facial injury contesting a high ball mid-way through the second half. The Shels demonstrated some great score taking in the second-half including three fisted points from close range and two fine Brian Doyle points. The scoring was rounded out by a good individual effort from Ciaran O'Shaughnessy who side-footed to the net following a break through the heart of the defence and an expert side-step of the Starlights number 3.