We suffered a dreadfully disappointing finish to the Senior Hurling Championship campaign when Oulart/The Ballagh beat our lads by 6-26 to 1-16 in Bellefield yesterday evening - that's a whopping 25-point margin.
People wondered afterwards when was the last time a Ferns team suffered a championship defeat so bad. The answer is that it hasn't happened since 1980.
Buffers Alley were the victors that time, as they beat Ferns by 6-14 to 0-5 in the quarter finals that year, for a winning margin of 27 points.
The only other two defeats that came close to that size since then were to Cloughbawn by 6-15 to 2-8 (19 points) in 1987, and to Oulart/The Ballagh by 6-14 to 3-2 (21 points) in 1992.
We hope it's equally long before we see it happen again. In fact, we hope it never happens again.
Big congratulations go to our under-12 hurlers, who captured the North Wexford Shield tonight by beating Oulart/The Ballagh by 3-7 to 0-6 in St Patrick's Park.
It was a great performance and a strong finish by a Ferns team who trailed for most of the match, but who hit the front with three great goals as the game drew to a close.
More details and more photos to follow.
All eyes are on the big senior hurling championship clash with Oulart/The Ballagh on Sunday evening in Bellefield, when it really is 'do or die' for our lads, but there's another big Ferns St Aidans v Oulart/The Ballagh game in the pipeline as well.
It's at Under-12 level and it's in St Patrick's Park on Friday evening (August 28), as the young stars of both clubs will face off against each other in the Under-12 North Wexford Shield Final. Throw-in time is 6.45 p.m., and it would be great to see a big crowd there to support the boys.
Meanwhile, next week is busy all round on the play-offs front for our underage teams - see our Fixtures page for full details.
No less than EIGHT of our rising stars are in line to play for Wexford this coming Saturday, as the County Development Squads at under-14, under-15 and under-16 level play their biggest tournaments of the year.
The under-14s are heading for Waterford to take part in the Tony Forristal Cup and Sonny Walsh Cup; the under-15s stay at home in Wexford for the Michael Foley Leinster Tournament; and the under-16s will be making the trip to Tipp for the Tipperary Supporters Club All-Ireland U-16 Hurling Tournament (formerly known as The Arrabawn).
At under-14 level, Rory Scallan is in the Tony Forristal Cup panel, while Robert Murphy is in the squad for the Sonny Walsh Cup. The Tony Forristal team will play Laois and Kilkenny in the group stages, while the Sonny Walsh team will come up against Tipperary and Galway.
At under-15 level, we have three players in the Wexford North panel that will come up against Dublin North, Meath, Antrim, and Kilkenny North. They are Niall Murphy, James Lawlor, and Patrick O'Hagan.
We've another three in the under-16 squad, and they are Jeff Tobin, Conor Scallan, and Chris Turner.
We wish them all the very best of luck. Loch Garman agus Feárna Abú!
Big congratulations to our under-14 footballers, who scored a big win over St Joseph's in their county semi-final at St Patrick's Park this morning.
The Ferns boys were in control all through the game, and won comfortably by 8-8 to 2-6.
Best of luck in the final!
Our lotto jackpot continues to grow after nobody matched last night's numbers of 1, 2, 17 & 18.
Our four Lucky Dip winners were:
Shay Rossiter, Clough
Chris Burke, c/o Dunbars
Sean & Maureen Monahan, Kells, Co. Meath
The jackpot now increases to a whopping €16,800 for the next draw, to be held in Jordan's Village Inn, Clohamon, on Tuesday September 1.
Our Under-12s are through to another final after they beat Ballinastragh Gaels by 4-6 to 3-2 last night to qualify for the Wexford North 'B' Shield Hurling Final.
They were already through to the football final in the Mixed Districts Shield competition. Maybe they'll do the double!
We've just got fixtures details for the final round of the group stages of this year's hurling championships - and that of course includes our senior hurling do-or-die clash against Oulart/The Ballagh.
That game will take place in Bellefield at 6.30 p.m. on the evening of Sunday August 30. The other two games in our group will be played at other venues at the same time.
Meanwhile, the junior hurlers can also go through if they win their last match, against Bannow/Ballymitty. That tie has been fixed for Oylegate at 7 p.m. on Friday August 28.
Here's hoping for a couple of good results!
We've just got word tonight that the U-12 football final against Marshalstown that was fixed for Saturday morning in St Patrick's Park has been postponed, due to a bereavement in Marshalstown.
There are no details yet as to when or where the match will go ahead instead.
We extend our sympathies to the bereaved.
Our juvenile hurling team had an important win by 3-19 to 0-11 over Liam Mellows last night, to qualify for the county quarter-finals.
This was a match Ferns had to win to be sure of a play-off spot. Our lads were against the wind in the first half but still led by 0-9 to 0-8 at the break, after a tough battle. Goals in the second half then from Brian O’Neill, Chris Turner and Niall Murphy really turned the game in favour of Ferns, while Chris Turner also added a number of super points.
The team was: James Lawlor; Steve Warren, Patrick O’Hagan, Robert Murphy; Shane Stafford, Conor Scallan, William Bolger; Eoin Murphy, Jeff Tobin; Michael O’Brien, Chris Turner, Brian O’Neill; Thomas Breen, Niall Murphy, Rory Scallan. Subs (all used): Eoghan Murphy, Jordan Kirwan, Kevin Stafford
The final North Wexford table now shows Ferns and two other teams on ten points, and two teams on nine points. Ferns have a quarter-final to look foward to against a team from the South Wexford group.