Juvenile News

Juvenile News, 11-November 2018

West Waterford Athletic Club Juvenile Notes.
West Waterford AC Boys are Munster Champions.
There was more success for West Waterford athletes at the second day of the Munster Cross Country Championships held in Tipperary last Sunday. The day started brightly and conditions underfoot were excellent but showers developed later in the day the worst of them coming during the under 13boys and under 15 girls races. Our under 13 boys showed they were well able for the weather conditions and prevailed against the best in Munster to take the under 13 title to add to the under 12 title they won last year. Preparations for the race were not ideal as both David Gaffney and Ian Holmes had been sick in the previous two weeks and Cal Tutty and Eoghan Lattimore were involved in a cycling accident but once the race started all that was forgotten and the training they had done over the past few months kicked in. David Gaffney in 6th place led the team home followed by Cal Tutty in 19th. Eoghan Lattimore came through strongly to finish 26th with Ian Holmes in 38th.
Darragh O’Regan made a welcome return to this level of competition finishing 52nd with Ben Qualter completing the team in 64th place . The team finished well ahead of second placed Ennis Track who two weeks ago beat the under 12 team by one point and both David and Ben were members of that under 12 team. All six qualify for the All Ireland on Saturday Dec 15th in Navan.
Silver Medal for Isabelle Gaffney.
The day got underway with the girls under 9 race and here Isabelle Gaffney had a great run to finish in second place and help Waterford to the bronze medals. Clarissa Willans and Aoife Buenaventura showed a big improvement from their under 10 run two weeks ago with Clarissa finishing 44th and Aoife 57th. Amy O’Riordan was competing in her first Munster race and finished 91st .The club team finished 8th place overall. Well done girls.
First Individual Munster Medal for Anthony O’Donnell.
Anthony O’Donnell showed he had benefitted from a run in the under 10 Munsters two weeks ago and ran strongly throughout the race to finish 5th and win his first  Munster medal. Anthony was the leading Waterford athlete on the day and helped the county team to 3rd place in the inter county contest. Sean Hogan was competing in his first Munster cross country and finished 39th and was also a scoring member of the Waterford team. Cian Qualter improved over fifty place from his run two weeks ago to finish 52nd.
Tears and Frustration at the end of the Girls under 11 Race.
One hundred and sixty girls lined up at the start of the under 11 girls race.
Sarah Gaffney got out well at the start and was well up in the leading pack. Towards the end of the race a group of four athletes who were in the lead veered off the course and the rest of the field ran straight ahead to the finish. The leading four quickly realised their mistake and gave chase to the new leading group and some of them caught up with them and made it into the top 12. The top twelve athletes were ready and waiting to receive their medals and among them was Sarah Gaffney who had run the race of her life to finish in 3rd place. It was then announced that the race was null and would be rerun next Sunday. This resulting in a number of the young athletes bursting in tears. However after protest and counter protests common sense prevailed and the results of the race stood with the two athletes who took the wrong turn and didn’t make it into the top twelve also qualifying for the All Ireland. After much delay Sarah was presented with her bronze medal. Aoife O’Donovan was the next WWAC athlete home in 71st  place closely followed by Aoife Lattimore in 75th.  Niamh McCarthy improved twelve places on last year finishing 87th. Sarah O’Riordan finished 90th and Ami Flavin in her first Munster made it into the top 100 finishing 98th.
Liam Broderick Leads Waterford to Third Place.
Next up were the boys under 11 and first Waterford athlete home was Liam Broderick in 7th place  winning another Munster individual medal and helping Waterford to bronze in the inter county event. Eoin Prendergast who had moved up an age group improved five place from last year to finish 14th and next was Owen Morrissey 68th . Eoin and Owen were both scoring members of the Waterford team. Conor Keane was another athlete to make a big improvement from his run two weeks ago to finish 70th and Sean Nyhan running in his first Munster finished 130th. Liam and Conor will now move up with the under 12 boys for the All Ireland in two weeks time.  
The under 13 girls were  next in action and even though they were not among the medal winners both Grainne Moore 53rd and Fiona O’Riordan 73rd  improved on their performances from last year. Claudia 94th and Catherine O’Donnell 109th are in their first year competing and will improve over the coming years.
First Individual Medal for Sarah Nyhan.
What a difference a year can make last year at these championships Sarah Nyhan finished in 55th place but after that she began to focus more on her running and a had a good schools cross country season. Over the last few months she has trained consistently and it showed yesterday when she made a huge step up and finished 11th to win her first Munster individual medal. She was the first Waterford athlete home and led Waterford to third in the inter county event. Lia Cunning was next home in 22nd place . She was followed by Angelina Chizhikova who improved over twenty places from last year to finish 30th. Ally Cunningham missed all of last year and is beginning to find her form again finished 36th. Aoibh Murphy was next to finish and Cathy Ní Sheanlaoich completed the course in 66th place. The team finished in 4th place in the inter club contest just 6pts off the medals and so qualify for the All Ireland. West Waterford provided five of the six scoring athletes on the county team with Sarah, Lia, Angelina, Ally and Aoibh all scoring on the Waterford team.
Great Run as Tommy Fennell Wins Individual Silver.
The boys under 15 race gave the West Waterford supporters much to cheer about. In the first lap Aidan Burke of Waterford led out the race followed closely by WWAC’s Tommy Fennell and Clare’s Niall Murphy. In the second lap Tommy took up the lead and began to pull away but in the closing 300 he was caught by Niall Murphy and the two of them battled it out for over 100m with Niall just pulling ahead in the last 50m to win with Tommy taking the silver medal and Aidan taking 4th place. They will all again renew rivalry in the upcoming All Irelands,
Another Good Run from Lucy Holmes.
Two weeks ago Lucy Holmes made a return to cross country running having missed out most of last year and finished 3rd in the girls under 18. On Sunday she beat both of the girls who finished ahead of her on that day to finish 2nd in the under 17 girls race. For much of the race Lucy was in third place behind Aimee Hayde and Niamh O’Mahony but in the last 600m she moved into 2nd place and finished ahead of Niamh O’Mahony for the first time.
Silver County Medals for Under 17 Boys.
We had four boys competing in the under 17boys event. Conor Mullany was making a welcome return to cross country running and finished in 19th place scoring on the Waterford team. Eoin Buenaventura 35th , Robert Quinn 37th and Mark Blackwell 43rd were the other scoring members of the club team that finished 4th in the inter club contest and qualify for the All Ireland.
Another Individual Medal for Cian O’Riordan.
In the final race of the day Cian O’Riordan was always in the leading bunch and led out the race for part of the second lap but Damien Madigan of North Cork proved too strong for them all and went into a commanding lead and take the title with Cian finishing in 4th place. Earlier the girls under 19 team of Sinead O’Brien 19th , Sophie
Landers 20th and Danni Cunningham 21st finished 4th in the inter club contest and qualified for the All Ireland.
Well done to all the athletes who competed on Sunday to their coaches Tony, Harry,
Mary. Rosemarie and Sylvia and to the committee members and parents who helped out on the day.
All Ireland in Abbottstown on Sunday 25th .
The following athletes have qualified for the All Ireland in Abbottstown on Sunday 25th 
Under 12 Girls
Sarah Gaffney, Aoife O’Donovan, Claudia O’Halloran
Under 12 Boys
David Gaffney. David Nyhan, Liam Broderick, Ben Qualter, Paddy McCarthy
Conor Keane
Under 16 Boys
Oisin O’Riordan, Tommy Fennell, Robert Quinn, Eoin Buenaventura, Mark Blackwell
 Under 18 Girls
Lucy Holmes, Mary Kate Prendergast
 Under 18 Boys
Cian o’Riordan
Elverys Inter Sport Winter League.
After the two trial nights in October,  the teams were drawn up for the Elverys Intersport winter league ( Tony's league), and last Wednesday was the first night of the team competition.  There are eight teams in all taking part and at this early stage, David Nyhan's team is in the lead on 331 points, followed by Lucy Holmes' team on 347 points and then Tommy Fennell's team on 357 points. We can look forward to some exciting competition over the next few weeks !Sarah Gaffney and Emer O Neill were the two that dramatically improved their placings from the previous week. Sean Hogan stepped up from the short lap to run the full lap this week and it was no bother to him ! Lucy Holmes knocked a further 8 seconds from her best time to run 6 mins 29 seconds.
Below are the times recorded for all athletes on Wednesday 7th November.
Cian O Riordan 5.50
Tommy Fennell 6.28
Lucy Holmes 6.29
Eoin Beneventura 6.43
David Gaffney 6.45
David Nyhan 6.58
Ian Holmes 7.12
Rory Fennell 7.13
Eoghan Lattimore 7.15
Robert Quinn 7.17
Cal Tutty 7.18
Sarah Nyhan 7.21
Liam Broderick 7.33
Eoin Prendergast 7.34
Darragh O Regan 7.35
Caoimhe Prendergast 7.37
Ben Qualter 7.37
Angelina Chizhikova 7.41
Tadhg O Sullivan 7.46
Mark Blackwell 7.53
Aoibh Murphy 7.54
Sarah Gaffney 7.57
Lia Cunningham 7.58
Emer O Neill 8.00
Elia Tutty 8.02
Mary Kate Prendergast 8.05
Conor Keane 8.06
Owen Morrissey 8.08
Gráinne Moore 8.12
Ally Cunningham 8.20
Ele Mc Dermott 8.25
Anthony O Donnell 8.28
George Ruso 8.32
Mattie Kupczyk 8.35
Aidan O Donovan 8.36
Isabel Gaffney 8.37
Paddy Mc Carthy 8.38
Aoife O Donovan 8.43
Mark O Donovan 8.44
Eva Nogueira 8.49
Sophie Crotty 8.51
Sean Hogan 8.54
Fiona O Riordan 8.55
Cathy Shanley 8.56
Cian Qualter 9.01
Cillian Towey 9.05
Claudia O Halloran 9.08
Ami Flavin 9.18
Catherine O Donnell 9.26
Aoife Lattimore 9.33
Sarah O Riordan 9.33
Crea Frisby 9.48
Judit Nogueira 10.34
Sarah Hallissey 10.36
Short Lap
Caolan O Corraoin 3.48
Aodan O Rahallaigh 3.51
Cormac O Regan 4.05
Rian Curran 4.08
Aoife Bueneventura 4.18
Darragh O Droma 4.29
Oisin Mc Govern 4.39
Riona Towey 4.41
Amy Beresford 4.44
Tessa O Connor 4.48
Laura Beresford 4.49
Amy O Riordan 5.17
Aisling Ni Dhroma 5.20
Leah Wall 5.31
Lucia Byrne 6.22