Juvenile News

Juvenile News, 10th October 2016

WWAC Retain Babs Connors Cup

The second session of the county championships took place on Sunday last in the grounds of St Augustine’s College Dungarvan. Once again this week conditions were ideal and numbers were up in all the races with eighty athletes from West Waterford taking part. For the sixth year in a row West Waterford A.C. retained the Babs Connors Cup. West Waterford won a total of 13 team titles over the two days and finished well ahead of Waterford AC and Ferrybank A.C.

Silver for under 9 Girls Team

The under 9 girls got the programme underway @ 11am. Sarah Gaffney took the individual silver medal and led the team to second in the team race. She was well supported by Aoife Lattimore in 5th place, AoifeO’Donovan 10th and Lilí Hallahan 16th who all won their first county medals. Also representing West Waterford were Sarah O’Riordan 24th, Leah O’Riordan 30th, Annie May Kenneally 31st andLaoise Cummins 33rd.

Gold for under 9 Boys Team

The boys under 9 put in a great team performance to take the gold medals. They were led home by Liam Broderick in 4th place. Eoin Prendergast was next home in 7th place just ahead of Adam Fitzpatrick 8thand Sam Blake 9th who made up the scoring four. Aidan O’Donovan was next home in 12th with Kevin McNally 23rd and Sean Nyhan 24th .

Under 11 Girls and Boys strike Gold

West Waterford athletes dominated the under 11 age group in terms of numbers competing and results winning both the boys and girls title and the boys also taking the silver medals. Grainne Moore who is in her first cross country season ran a powerful last 800m moving up from 5th place to take the individual silver medal, she was followed home by another newcomer Fiona O’Riordan in 6th place. MeabhKiely 11th and Aisling O’Donovan 16th completed the scoring four. Doireann Hickey ran a very steady race to finish 21st followed by Eimear O’Neill 29th, Doireann Moloney 31st, Aoibhín Keith 33rd, Rebecca Noonan 35th, Hannah Power 36th and EabhaHickey 37th.

David Gaffney who missed his under 10 race last week put in a great performance to win the under 11 boys race and lead his team to the team title. Hot on his heels was Eoghan Lattimore in 3rd place winning his first individual county medal. Ian Holmes was just behind in 4th place and David Nyhan completed the scoring four when he finished in 5th place. Such was the strength of the boys under 11 that they also took the second team prize. The scoring four were Cal Tutty 6th, Darragh O’Regan 8th, NickeyFitzpatrickey 9th and Joe Kelly 11th. Also competing were Sean Prunty 14th,Mossie Keogh 16th, Mark O’Donovan 20th, Daniel Coonan 24th ,Donal Roe 27th, Thomas Broderick 28th and John Power 31st.

Individual Titles for Ali Cunningham and Tommy Fennell

Ali Cunningham added the under 13 title to the under 12 she won last Sunday thus
completing the double two years in a row. She was pushed all the way by her teammate CaoimhePrendergast who took the runner-ups spot and with Eve Power in 3rd place and Kate Keogh in 4th it was a clean sweep for West Waterford with the four girls winning the team title in the lowest possible score. Our second team took the silver medals and they were led home by Roisin Prunty in 7th, Katie Kenneally 8th,
Angelina Chizhikova 11th , Rhiann Flynn 14th and AoibhMurphy 15th.

The under 13 boys also won the individual and team titles. Tommy Fennell had a great run to take another county cross country title. He was well backed up by his brother Rory in 3rd place with Con Willans 4th and Ronan Mansfield just behind in 6th place. The boys also took the second team prize with Eoin Kiely 13th, CormacMcGrath 14th, Jack Power 15th and Eoin Power 18th.

Another Team Title for under 15 Girls

The girls under 15 added gold to their growing list of team honours. Both Lucy Holmes and Mary Kate Prendergast had much better runs this week and their 2ndand 4th places laid the foundation for team victory. Megan Keogh and Kate Killigrew stepped up from the under 14 age group to finish 8th and 12th to ensure the team victory. They were well supported by AoifeO’Brien 14th, Grace Power 16th, Elia Tutty 18th and Hannah Hallahan 19th.

In the boys race Jack O’Floinn made a welcome to cross country running and had a fine run to finish 3rd in the boys under 15 race. In the same event Mark Blackwell finished in 7th place.

County Title under 17 for Kate Hickey

Kate Hickey had her best race to date running strongly over 4000m to cross the line in first place in the under 17 girls race and win her first individual county cross country title. Another good run from Dani Cunningham saw her finish in 8th place and with Sinead O’Brien 111thand Orla Keane 13th the girls took third in the inter club race.

In the boys race it was another tough battle between West Waterford’s Cian O’Riordan and Ferrybanks Jake Bagg with Jake getting the nod this week and reversing last weeks placings. Micheal Troy was back in action for the first time since breaking his collar bone earlier in the summer and he put in a steady run to finish 10th.

Individual and Team Title for under 19 Girls

This was the last time that Aoife Hamilton will compete as a juvenile in the county cross country championships and she went out on a winning note taking the individual title under 19 and leading her team to victory. CaoimheDwyer took the runner up spot with Rachel Wyleyputting in a very good run to claim the bronze ahead of Hannah Power in 4th place and these four combined to take the team prize.

Well done to all the young athletes from West Waterford who did themselves and their club proud over the two days of the county championships and helped West Waterford to be the best cross country club in Waterford.

Our thanks to Bro Lennon and St Augustine’s for the use of their facilities and to all the parents and coaches who had a very busy two days.


  • Sunday 23rd Oct Munster under 10,12,14,16,18 Novice ,under 23 Carrig na bhFear Cork
  • Sunday 13th Nov Munster under 9,11, 13, 15, 17, 19, Limerick Racecourse
  • Sunday 20th Nov Munster under 10, 12, 14 relays St Augustines College
  • Sunday 27th Nov All Ireland even ages National Sports Campus Abbotstown
  • Sunday 4th Dec Munster B cross country Clarecastle
  • Sunday 11th Dec All Ireland uneven ages Dundalk IT
  • Training continues on Wed and Friday @ 6pm in the Friary
  • Training on Saturday in Colligan @10am from under 12and up
  • Training on Monday @ 6pm for our older athletes