Friday 28 March 2014

McMullen Cup Winners

McMullen Cup Final
Wexford CBS..25  St. Fintans High School, Sutton ….15
The Bokerboys entered this final hoping to complete the first leg of their double. St. Fintan’s provide quality opposition and indeed it was a tough hard fought encounter. CBS executed  three well rehearsed moves to score the game winning scores.
Sutton enjoyed the early momentum and were rewarded a penalty following a late tackle. They successfully landed the kick and took the lead. Within 2 mins. Wexford had won a lineout and swiftly moved the ball across the backline, for Ian Moran to get over the line in the corner. Sean Stafford kicked the conversion 7-3 The exchanges were fairly even but approaching half time , following a high tackle, Eoin Roche kicked a 50m penalty to extend the lead. 10-3
Wexford had not yet got into top gear but when Conor Fenlon fielded the restart in spectacular fashion the Wexford intent was clear. They were going all out to get their noses further infront. Mikey Coleman was tackled high and Sean Stafford stretched the lead to 13-3. Sutton responded and crossed for a try of their own which was converted, 13-10 and the game was certainly in the balance. Following a series of penalties, Wexford got into good lineout position, the ball was secured by Collie Joyce-Ahearne, the maul formed and moved forward towards the line, where David Kavanagh had the honour of getting the try.18-10
Then came the champagne try, a superb line break from Josh Healy carved open the defence, he drew in the full back and set Eoin Roche on his way, who magically side stepped his way over the line. Sean Stafford added the extra two points, 25-10 with three minutes left. St. Fintan’s did cross the Wexford line in the final play of the game, but the McMullen Cup was firmly on its way to the trophy cabinet  in The Boker.
This team now have the chance to achieve the double, as they have a League Final still to come. A truly remarkable two years for this squad of players.
Donal Moore, Mikey Coleman, Steve Roche, Gavin Byrne, Daragh Comiskey, David Kavanagh, Conor Fenlon, Collie Joyce-Ahearne, Tomas Barry, Sean Stafford, Josh Healy, Mikey Roche, Ian Moran, Liam Barry, Eoin Roche.
Subs. Ruairi Devereux, Callum Murphy, Chris Vickery, Richie Cleary, Evan Dunbar, Jason Guerrine, Steve Cullen, Joe Coleman, James Byrne.Kevin Birney.

Sunday 23 March 2014

Masita All-Ireland Schools SHC ‘C’ final

Wexford CBS.............................................1-6
Salesian College (Limerick)......................1-9

The quest for a first ever All-Ireland title fell just short in Leahy Park as the Munster champions Pallaskenry earned their All-Ireland title after a titanic battle.
CBS enjoyed the strong wind advantage in the opening half and quickly had points on the board from Sean Stafford and one from a seemingly impossible angle from Stephen Kearney.
However, Salesian College were very dogged and physical and they stayed with CBS preventing them to build up any kind of a lead. It was 0-5 to 0-3 approaching half-time when a free dropped into the Wexford square and went all the way to the net. It was a cruel blow which meant that Salesian had a one point lead at the break and the wind to come (0-5 to 1-3).
However, CBS redoubled their efforts and tore into their opponents. After 44 the score was 1-6 each. Sean Stafford scored a super goal from a half volley to breathe life into his team.
The forward unit couldn’t win enough possession and the defence was working overtime to contain the Limerick students. A twelve minute scoreless spell followed as both sides struggled for supremacy.
It was CBS who cracked first and three quick Pallaskenry points followed in the closing stages as they held out for the victory.
Best for CBS were Daniel Lynch, Evan Dunbar, John Hamilton, Ciaran Kirwan, Jamie McDonnell, Conor Fenlon and Sean Stafford.
It’s been a remarkable journey since the campaign started in September. CBS have won the South Leinster title and the Leinster champions and can be very proud of their efforts. Well done to all the panel.

Wexford CBS: Brad Cohen (St. Martin’s); Daniel Lynch (Faythe Harriers), Evan Dunbar (St. Martin’s), John Hamilton (St. Martin’s); Joe Redmond (Shelmaliers), Ciaran Kirwan (Faythe Harriers), Joe McBride (Volunteers); Jamie McDonnell (Faythe Harriers Capt.), Nicky Lawlor (Faythe Harriers); Sean Stafford (St. Martin’s 1-5, 4 frees), Eoin Roche (Faythe Harriers), Conor Fenlon (Glynn-Barntown); Ian Moran (Glynn-Barntown), Stephen Kearney (Faythe Harriers 0-1), Rob Donnelly (Buffers Alley).
Subs: Mikey Coleman (St. Martin’s) for Donnelly, Liam Barry (Faythe Harriers) for Roche, also Richie Cleary (Clonard), Liam Hore (Faythe Harriers), Conor Coleman (St. Martin’s), Dylan Hynes (Clonard), Gearoid Finn (St. Anne’s), John Forde (Shelmaliers), Joe Coleman (St. Martin’s). 

Student Enterprise Awards

TY And 1st Year Mini companies were in Wexford Enterprise Centre, Drinagh today filming short video clips for the X-Cel Student Enterprise Awards Co-Final  in Whites Hotel next Wednesday 26th March at 6.30pm. Best of luck to all the young entrepreneurs that have put in tremendous work to get to the final!! 

Friday 21 March 2014

Senior Hurling - All-Ireland 'C' Final

Best of luck to our mentors Donal, Willie and Brian and Jamie who captains the senior hurling team who play in the All-Ireland 'C' Final v Pallaskenry, Co. Limerick, tommorrow in Cashel at 2pm.

Thursday 13 March 2014


Congratulations to Aaron Maguire who won a Leinster title at 50kg recently. Well done.

SCT McMullen Cup Semi-Final

Wexford CBS……..22   Naas CBS…….15
Wexford CBS travelled to Tullow to contest their McMullen Cup semi-final v Naas CBS on Wed. 12th March . Nass were the current holders of the cup, having also defeated Wexford at this stage of the competition last year. The Bokerboys were intent on revenge and a physically big Naas team were equally there for victory. A compelling contest was on the cards.
Wexford fielding without tight head prop James Byrne and second row Joe Coleman , had to restructured their starting team, but not weakened it. Steve Roche moved over to tight head and Donal Moore came on at loose head. Gavin Byrne moved to second row, Conor Fenlon moved from scrum-half to No.7 and Thomas Barry came off the bench to No.9
Wexford had an early lineout and cleanly secured the ball, the maul was formed an Naas were driven backwards. The pack were as strong as ever, no worries there. On 10 mins. The ball was sent into the open field and  centre Josh Healy crashed through the tackle and continued on his merry way to score under the posts. Sean Stafford reliably added the conversion. 7-0.
On 16 mins. Wexford had again got deep in Naas territory and again from the lineout they set the maul in motion, with Mikey Coleman getting the touchdown. Now in dominant form, Wexford bagan to open up and when Eoin Roche drew in the defence, and delicately placed a kick behind them, he had created a scoring opportunity for winger Liam Barry to finish in the corner. 17-0
Naas rallied briefly before half-time and managed to roll a maul of their own over the Wexford line, 17-5 at the interval was a good return.
The early stages of the second-half  was all Wexford, and an intelligent blindside move created a line break which brought Wexford surging up field and within meters off the Naas line, where Sean Stafford engaged a pick and go, to cross the line. 22-5 and comfortable, Wexford were on their way.
The final 10 mins. Had Wexford defending non-stop and some creative decisions allowed Naas record two tries, it was never enough to trouble the eventual result.

Wexford now find themselves with two Leinster finals to play, v St. Fintan's High School, Sutton in the McMullen Final on Thursday 27th March and v East Glendalough in the Leinster Section A League Final in April.

Monday 10 March 2014

Congratulations Deano

A huge well done to recent past pupil Dean Walsh who won his first National Senior boxing title at the weekend in the 64kg division. We wish him all the best in the future as he gains valuable international experience and hopefully a place at the Rio Olympics.

Anti-Bullying Week Launched

Billy Walsh (Irish Boxing Coach) kicked off our anti-bullying week activities with a talk on positive mental attitude to our first years and fifth years today. He also presented all first years with a Stay Strong wrist band which holds valuable information in relation to positive mental health.

Hurling - All-Ireland Schools SHC ‘C’ semi-final

Wexford CBS...................................2-14
St. Patrick’s (Downpatrick).............1-8

WEXFORD CBS secured their place in the Masita All-Ireland Schools Senior Hurling ‘C’ final when they eventually overcame the stiff challenge of Ulster champions St. Patrick’s Grammar School from Downpatrick (Down) in the magnificent surroundings of Parnell’s GAA Club last Saturday.
The Wexford students lost the toss and had to play into the gale force wind in the opening half. They were rocked in the fifth minute when St. Patrick’s razor sharp corner forward Oisin McManus pounced on a loose ball and bore down on goal before giving Brad Cohen no chance with a stinging shot.
The Ulster side withdrew a forward, Conall Fay, to play as an extra defender in the first half which was a curious decision considering they enjoyed the strong wind. Despite the numerical advantage at the back there was nothing St. Patrick’s could do to stop Stephen Kearney from finding the net for CBS. Sean Stafford’s 65 dropped short due to the wind and Kearney was alert enough to grab it and squeeze it into the net. This together with a nice point from Rob Donnelly was all that the recently crowned Leinster champions could manage in the first half and their defence worked overtime to keep the score down.
McManus was the Down’s teams main source of scores as he converted two frees and nipped in for a point from play but his marker John Hamilton got to grips with him as the half wore on. McManus’s attacking colleagues found life very difficult against the Wexford defence where Joe Redmond, Ciaran Kirwan and Evan Dunbar repelled numerous attacks.
However, the Wexford students retired at the break losing by 1-4 to 1-1 which was the first time all year that they have been trailing at the changeover. The advantage of the strong wind would be significant for CBS in the second half but they still had to chase the game and break down their opponents who played with one and sometimes two extra defenders in the second half.
Sean Stafford got CBS off to an encouraging start with two points (one free) but at the other end it was goalkeeper Brad Cohen who produced a super double save to deny the Down students what would have been the considerable boost of a second goal.
Eoin Roche tapped over his first point moments later and when the hard-working Conor Fenlon was fouled, Sean Stafford split the posts. Oisin McManus had converted two ‘65s so the Mourne men still had the lead entering the final quarter (1-6 to 1-5).
It was at this stage that the CBS students began to make their pressure tell. Conor Fenlon was narrowly wide with an attempt on goal but they took the lead when Stephen Kearney pointed from a tight angle, Sean Stafford pointed a free following a foul on Kearney and wing back Joe McBride scored the first of his two long range points.
CBS got the goal they needed in the 48th minute when Kearney’s shot was saved by the St. Patrick’s keeper Conan Hynds but Ian Moran was first on the rebound and he found the net which gave his side a 2-8 to 1-6 lead.
Back came the Down lads with a point from midfielder Eoin King but CBS turned the screw entering the final ten minutes when the influential Nicky Lawlor passed to Eoin Roche who pointed and Sean Stafford popped over a free after Conor Fenlon earned another free.
A late flurry of points from Joe McBride, Stafford (two) and substitute Richie Cleary sealed the victory for Wexford CBS who progress to the All-Ireland final for the first time in their history.
They will meet the winners of the other semi-final between Munster champions Salesian College of Pallaskenry (Limerick) and the Connacht winners Colaiste Einde (Galway) or St. Mary’s College (Galway).

Wexford CBS: Brad Cohen (St. Martin’s); Daniel Lynch (Faythe Harriers), Evan Dunbar (St. Martin’s), John Hamilton (St. Martin’s); Joe Redmond (Shelmaliers), Ciaran Kirwan (Faythe Harriers), Joe McBride (Volunteers 0-2); Jamie McDonnell (Faythe Harriers Capt.), Nicky Lawlor (Faythe Harriers); Sean Stafford (St. Martin’s 0-7, 5 frees), Eoin Roche (Faythe Harriers 0-2), Conor Fenlon (Glynn-Barntown); Stephen Kearney (Faythe Harriers 1-1), Ian Moran (Glynn-Barntown 1-0), Rob Donnelly (Buffers Alley 0-1).
Subs: Liam Barry (Faythe Harriers) for Dunbar inj., Mikey Coleman (St. Martin’s) for Moran, John Forde (Shelmaliers) for Kearney, Richie Cleary (Clonard 0-1) for McDonnell, Dylan Hynes (Clonard) for Roche.
St. Patrick’s (Downpatrick): Conan Hynds; Niall Smyth, PJ Davidson, Marc Fisher; Jake Carville, Niall Gilmore, Cormac Coulter (0-1 free); Brook Byers, Eoin King (0-1); Sean Hardy, Emmett O’Neill, Ryan Watson; Oisin McManus (1-6 3 frees 2 ‘65s), Daithi Sands, Conall Fay.

Ron Donnelly and Nicky Lawlor in action.

Tuesday 4 March 2014


A warm welcome is extended to teachers and pupils who arrived from Ioana Prep. yesterday. They have already spent a few days in Dublin and are now settled into their host families until Thursday. We hope they enjoy their stay and leave with warm memories of Wexford CBS and make new friends in the process.

Monday 3 March 2014

Senior Hurling - Leinster SHC ‘C’ Final

Wexford CBS........................................4-9
St. Colmcille’s CS.................................1-3

The hurlers of Wexford CBS swept to Leinster Senior Hurling ‘C’ success with this fifteen point victory over Dublin school St. Colmcille’s CS in Pearse Park, Arklow last Saturday.
CBS rocked their opponents with an opening quarter of power and precision as they tore into a 1-6 to 0-0 lead. The Wexford defence totally shut down any Dublin attack while Joe Coleman punished every foul committed by the St. Colmcille’s defence.
Indeed Ciaran Kirwan was fouled right from the throw-in and Coleman split the posts from inside his own half from the resultant free. It got much better for CBS when corner-forward Ian Moran gathered possession and burned his marker for pace before coolly slotting a powerful shot to the corner of the net.
Coleman converted a ’65 and then Sean Stafford was narrowly wide with a goal attempt. However CBS, coached by Willie Carley and Fr. Brian Whelan, kept up the momentum and Ciaran Kirwan was fouled again for Coleman to slot his third point in the tenth minute. The big centre-forward grabbed the next three points in a row from frees as the Dublin students were finding it difficult to cope with the CBS forwards.
However, they came to grips with the Wexford lads in the second quarter. Their opening score came from Keith McCarron’s well struck 21 yard free in the 17th minute. He followed up with a converted free minutes later but McCarron’s colleagues found the going extremely difficult against the CBS defence who were in a miserly mood.
The recently crowned South Leinster champions struggled at this stage (1-6 to 1-1) but they received a massive tonic just before the break when Stephen Kearney (now at full-forward) got on the end of a lovely passing movement and slammed the ball to the top corner of the net with a stinging shot.
This gave the Wexford students an eight point lead at the break and early in the restart Joe Coleman’s seventh point was quickly followed by CBS’s third goal. Impressive midfielder Nicky Lawlor went on a galloping run through the heart of the Colmcille’s defence and he drew full-back Ciaran O’Brien before popping a pass to Stephen Kearney who made no mistake in finding the net.
Not once did the Dublin side flag or throw in the towel but they couldn’t find space to threaten Brad Cohen’s goal due to the stout defending of Evan Dunbar, John Hamilton, Daniel Lynch and Ciaran Kirwan.
Coleman pointed a ’65 before Ian Moran’s second goal after 50 minutes sealed the deal for Wexford CBS.
Thirteen of the St. Colmcille’s side play their club hurling with Dublin kingpins Ballyboden St. Enda’s and they are coached by Kilkenny senior hurler Conor Fogarty while they had won the Dublin championship in impressive fashion.
Afterwards CBS’s hard-working captain Jamie McDonnell received the trophy from Leinster Council’s Jim Murphy.
This was a fine team performance from Wexford CBS who grafted very hard for their win and can look forward to an All-Ireland semi-final against St. Patrick’s Grammar School Downpatrick next Saturday March 8 at a Dublin venue.
Wexford CBS: Brad Cohen (St. Martin’s); Daniel Lynch (Faythe Harriers), Evan Dunbar (St. Martin’s), John Hamilton (St. Martin’s); Joe Redmond (Shelmaliers), Ciaran Kirwan (Faythe Harriers), Joe McBride (Volunteers); Jamie McDonnell (Faythe Harriers Capt.), Nicky Lawlor (Faythe Harriers); Stephen Kearney (Faythe Harriers 2-0), Joe Coleman (St. Martin’s) 0-9, 5 frees, 2 65s), Eoin Roche (Faythe Harriers); Ian Moran (Glynn-Barntown 2-0), Sean Stafford (St. Martin’s), Rob Donnelly (Buffers Alley).
Subs: Conor Fenlon (Glynn-Barntown) for Donnelly inj., John Forde (Shelmaliers) for Kearney inj., Mikey Coleman (St. Martin’s) for Moran inj., Richie Cleary (Clonard) for Lynch, Liam Barry (Faythe Harriers) for Roche. Also: Dylan Hynes (Clonard), Gearoid Finn (St. Anne’s) Liam Hore (Faythe Harriers), Conor Coleman (St. Martin’s).
St. Colmcille’s CS: Conor O’Donoghue; Robbie O’Connell, Ciaran O’Brien, Cillian Byrne; Robert Leddy, Fergal Murphy, Darragh Bolger; Rian Cannon, Ross Cullen; Harry Coffey, Darragh McGuire, Keith McCarron (1-3 frees); Conor Deane, David Mahon, Darragh Gogan.

Ref: Pat Moran (Carlow).  

Saturday 1 March 2014

Leinster Champions - Senior Hurling

A huge congratulations to our Senior Hurling team and their mentors who had a convincing win in the Leinster Final today v St. Colmcille's, Dublin, in Arklow. 4-9 to1-3



Congratulations to our Senior Debating team who have qualified for the All-Ireland Schools debating final, to be held in Trinity College in April. Well done, Matthew Devereux, Jack Creane, Eric Maguire and Ross Long.

Leinster Schools Senior Hurling ‘C’ semi-final

Wexford CBS............................2-7
Scoil Mhuire (Clane)..................0-7

A superb defensive performance topped up with two razor sharp goals from Joe Coleman propelled the senior hurlers of Wexford CBS into the Leinster SHC ‘C’ final where they will meet St. Colmcille’s of Dublin on Saturday March 1st.
This was a teak tough semi-final encounter against the current North Leinster champions and reigning Leinster champions Scoil Mhuire (Clane) who threw everything at the Wexford lads but just couldn’t find a way through to get the goals they needed.
The match was played at Eire Og GAA club in Carlow in incredibly bitter weather conditions. The icy wind was accompanied by snow for most of the first half when it was the Wexford students who held the advantage of the wind.
Joe Coleman opened his account on two minutes when he converted a free following a foul on Stephen Kearney and Coleman was in for his first goal shortly afterwards when he nipped around his man and neatly tapped the ball to the net.
Scoil Mhuire hit back with a nice point from play but Coleman had one of his own before he split the posts with a 65. At the quarter-hour mark it was 1-4 to 0-1 but the Clane students responded with two more points to eat into the lead that CBS had built up.
CBS were rocked when influential midfielder Sean Stafford picked up an elbow injury in the 16th minute which severely curtailed his involvement.
The Wexford forwards earned a vital free due to sheer hard work by forcing a Kildare defender to overcarry possession and Joe Coleman obliged with the point. Eoin Roche popped up with another crucial point after 24 minutes and moments later Sean Stafford was fouled for Coleman to get his sixth point of the half.
Scoil Mhuire converted a free with the last puck of the half to leave CBS with an advantage of 1-7 to 0-4.
The next score was going to be important and it fell to the impressive Joe Coleman (now at midfield) to race through and ram the ball past the Scoil Mhuire keeper and give his teammates a huge tonic.
The Clane students seemed stunned by this goal and it took them some time to get back into the game - with the wind at their backs.
CBS failed to score again and it was the defence spearheaded by Evan Dunbar, Nicky Lawlor and Ciaran Kirwan who rolled up their sleeves along with captain Jamie McDonnell to repel their opponents. They fought their way out of countless Clane attacks and such was the stinginess of the defence that all they conceded in the second half was three points from frees.
Wexford CBS: Brad Cohen (St. Martin’s); John Hamilton (St. Martin’s), Evan Dunbar (St. Martin’s), Daniel Lynch (Faythe Harriers); Joe Redmond (Shelmaliers), Ciaran Kirwan (Faythe Harriers), Nicky Lawlor (Faythe Harriers); Jamie McDonnell (Faythe Harriers Capt.), Sean Stafford (St. Martin’s); Rob Donnelly (Buffers Alley), Eoin Roche (Faythe Harriers 0-1), Ian Moran (Glynn-Barntown); Joe McBride (Volunteers), Joe Coleman (St. Martin’s 2-6, 4 frees, 1 ’65), Stephen Kearney (Faythe Harriers).

Subs: Mikey Coleman (St. Martin’s) for Moran; Dylan Hynes (Clonard) for Roche inj., John Forde (Shelmaliers) for Stafford inj.,