There's a big thumbs up to our Under-12s today, after we hear they last night completed their football round-robin matches by beating St Patrick's (Ballyoughter) to make it five wins from five matches played.
The Ferns lads won last night by 3-9 to 0-5, and believe it or not, that was one of the closest matches they actuall played! They won others by a whopping 22 points (2-18 to 0-2) against Marshalstown and by 34 points (11-7 to 2-0) against the Duffry Rovers second team, on their way to a five-match tally of 21-48 for and just 4-10 against.
Well done to all the boys involved and to their mentors too.
Fixtures details for the quarter-finals of the Premier U-21 Hurling Championship and the Round 3 games of the Lodgewood Engineering Intermediate Football Championship have just been announced by the County Board.
In the U-21 hurling, Ferns will take on the winners of the first round clash between Rapparees and Naomh Eanna next Tuesday night, July 28, at either Bellefield or Gorey. That first round match takes place tomorrow (Tuesday July 21) night in Bellefield, so anyone interested in getting a sneak peek at our opponents might like to go along.
In the football, Ferns will be up against HWH-Bunclody in Farmleigh at 3 p.m. on Sunday August 2. The game is the second part of a double header, with Ballyhogue taking on Craanford in the first match at 1.30 p.m.
Our Junior 'B' hurlers scored a good win over neighbours St Patrick's (Ballyoughter) by double scores of 2-14 to 1-7 in Ferns on Friday evening, to maintain their good form this year so far.
The Junior 'B' line-up hasn't exactly been settled this year though, with manager PT having to use a different set of resources each night - sometimes calling on youth, sometimes calling on experience, and sometimes calling anybody he can think of, to try just get 15 to the field!
It was one of the older crew who peformed best of all on Friday night against St Pat's though, as the evergreen Mylie Cash struck 1-3 from play, making him the top scorer and showing that if you're good enough, you're never too old. And maybe he'll bag another goal or two the next night out!
Two Ferns football teams travelled to Coolree to take on Duffry Rovers last night, and there were two very different results, with the men losing out to their hosts but the boys giving them a big beating.
The men were involved in the ACFL Division 2 semi-final against the table-topping Duffry, and they lost out by 0-14 to 0-11 in a game where there always just a couple of points behind. The closest they came was when it was 0-11 to 0-10 in favour of the Duffry with ten minutes to go, but the home side finished stronger and it's they who go on to the final.
On the neighouring pitch though, our under-12 footballers were having a different sort of game altogether. They goaled within the first ten seconds of play and went on to score on less than ten more goals too, as they racked up an 11-7 to 2-0 victory.
This keeps them top of their division, with three wins from three games played, so well done to them all.
Our under-16 hurlers had another very good win last night with a 4-15 to 2-8 win over Rathnure. Going into the match, Rathnure had won all three of their matches, whereas Ferns had lost two of their four matches, so this was a match that we had to win in order to keep in contention for a quarter-final spot.
From the off, the team got some nice scores and led at half time by 2-6 to 0-4. Great teamwork and effort continued in the second half saw us finish up deserving winners.
It's back to football next Monday night with a match against Geraldine O Hanrahans with our next hurling match on being Monday August 3, versus Ballinastragh Gaels. Well done to all involved.
Team: James Lawlor, Robert Ronan, Patrick O Hagan, Steve Warren, Shane Stafford, Conor Scallan, William Bolger, Eoin Murphy, Jeff Tobin, Rory Scallan, Chris Turner, Brian O Neill, Tomas Breen, Niall Murphy, Michael O Brien. Subs: Robert Murphy for Conor Scallan (inj), Jordan Kirwan for Tomas Breen and Kevin Stafford for Michael O Brien.
It's Cúl Camp season again in County Wexford and the first week of the camps saw record numbers participating,with no less than 720 boys and girls enjoying hurling, football, and camogie activities across the county.
We're pleased to confirm that our own Ferns grounds will once again host a Cúl Camp this year too, with the dates in question being Monday August 10 to Friday August 14. With the camps proving so popular already, the advice is to book your child's place soon, to avoid any disappointment - and you can book a spot by clicking here.
The fees for Cúl Camps are €55 for the first child in any family, €45 for the second child, and €40 for third and any subsequent child, and all participants receive a goodie bag packed full of Kellogg's playing gear as well as the prospect of a great week of fun and making new friends.
Our senior hurlers finished their All County Hurling League campaign in some style tonight, as they earned a deserved 0-20 to 1-14 victory over Cloughbawn at home in Ferns.
Ferns trailed by a point at the break but got ahead in the second half and were worthy winners in the end.
The win means our League Division 1 campaign now ends with three wins and three defeats, but at least we're finishing on a high note, and hopefully it augurs well for the championship clashes to come.
The jackpot in our club lotto continues to rise and is now at a whopping €15,900 after last night's draw produced no winner.
The numbers out were 3, 18, 22 and 31.
Lucky Dip winners were Shane Stafford; Mrs Frances Stafford; Seamus Doyle, c/o Doyle's Bar; and John Doyle, c/o J Donohoe.
The next draw will take place on Tuesday July 21 in Doyle's Bar, Ferns, and tickets will be on sale from this evening. Remember you can also play online.
Well done to our Under-12 hurlers, who took part in the Kilrush Tournament last Saturday morning and came home after winning the Shield competition.
The boys all had great fun and it was bonus to win something!
Thanks to Mag O'Leary-Doyle for the photo.