Juvenile News

Juvenile News, 10 December 2017.

A West  Waterford Athletic Club Juvenile Notes
 Season Ends with Presentation of Prizes for Tony’s Winter League Sponsored by Elverys Inter Sports
The cross country season for our younger athletes came to a close with the presentation of prizes for Tony’s League which was sponsored again this year by our new sponsor Elverys Inter Sports. Once again the league was a huge success with 112 athletes taking part over the six weeks. Each Friday before training a large group would gather around the notice board to check out their times and assess their teams ranking.  A large number of parents were present as Mary Ashe made the announcements. 
 The first presentation was to the individual prize-winners. 
Fastest Boy: Cian O’Riordan
Fastest Girl: Abbie Taylor
Fastest Boy under 12: David Nyhan
Fastest Girl under 12: Grainne Moore
Fastest Boy under 10 Long lap: Eoin Prendergast
 Fastest Girl under 10 Long lap: Sarah Gaffney 
Fastest Boy on Short lap: Aodhan O’Rahallaigh
Fastest Girl on Short lap: Orla Ni Chonduin
Most Consistent: David Gaffney
Most Improved since last year:  Ian Holmes
Pb on the very wet day: Elliot Henley  
Top finishers on final run big lap Judith Nogueira and Ruby Curran
The highlight of the league is always the team competition and there is always a keen contest for the honours.  This year the team result went down to the wire and was only decided on the last night, Ger Wyley representing our sponsors Elverys Inter Sport was on hand to present the prizes to the winning teams assisted by members of the committee. First up was Roty Fennell’s team to collect the third team prize, followed by Tommy Fennells team in second and finally what everyone was waiting for the announcement of the winning team which this year was captained by Asier del Rio. The winning captain was presented with the Powersfield House Cup which was donated to the club by the Power family. The members of the winning team were Asier del Rio,David O’Connor, Jordon O’Rourke, Liam Broderick, Fiona O’Riordan, Ele McDermott, Sarah O’Riordan, Tara Casey, Riona Towey.
There were some great individual performance during the course of the league  Cian O’Riordan went under 6mins on two occasions his best time was 5.50 on week two which puts him into second place in the top ten times just nine seconds behind Mark Shalloe’s record. David Nyhan was the only under 11 to go under 7mins but David Gaffney just one second outside the 7mins. The youngest competitior on the long lap Eoin Prendergast went under 7.30 and is one to watch for the future.
Winter Throwing League
Over the course of the autumn we also ran a throwing league. The athletes competed in Shot, Discus and Javelin with each throwing the weight appropriate for their age group. The overall winner of the league was David Horgan with Finn Wright in 2nd. Individual prizes went to Mark Blackwell biggest improvement in the javelin, Grainne Moore biggest improvement in the discus and Axel Kugel biggest improvement in the shot. The prizes were presented in conjunction with the winter league.
Irish Life Health All Ireland Championships Waterford
All roads lead to Carriganore next Sunday for the Irish Life Health All Ireland Cross Country Championships under 11,13,15,17,19. West Waterford has a large group of athletes qualified for this event. We will meet at the club tent on Sunday morning @10.30 for warm up with the first race getting underway at 11.30.  Our athletes will be in action in the second race of the day the under 11 boys. David Gaffney and David Nyhan were on the under 12 team that finished third the first session of the All Ireland championships and will have benefited from that experience. This will be our strongest team on the day having finished a close second in Munster.  The under 14 boys team should also be in the shakeup having finished second in Munster. We have strong representation on the Munster teams who are usually among the medal winners on the day.
The following are the West Waterford qualifiers
Under 11 Boys
David Gaffney, Club , County , Munster Teams
 David Nyhan, Club , County , Munster Teams
 Liam Broderick, Club, County Teams
Joe Kelly, Club, County Teams
Paddy McCarthy Club, County Teams
 Ben Qualter Club, County Teams
Under 13 Girls
Caoimhe Prendergast, Munster Team
Under 15 Boys
Tommy Fennell, Club, County, Munster Teams
 Rory Fennell, Club, County, Munster Teams
 Oisin O’Riordan, Club, County, Munster Teams
 Asier del Rio, Club, County, Teams
 Pete Finnegan, Club, County, Teams
Eoin Buenaventura, Club, County, Teams
Under 17 Girls
Mary Kate Prendergast, Club, County, Teams
 Dani Cunningham, Club, County, Teams
 Aoife O’Brien, Club, County, Teams
 Orla Keane, Club Team
 Elia Tutty Club Team
 Lucy Holmes Club Team
Under 17 Boys
Cian O’Riordan, Club, County, Munster Teams
 Conor Mullany, Club, County, Teams
David O’Connor, Club Team
Jordan O’Riordan, Club Team 
Luke Power, Club Team
 Kieran Whelan Club Team
Under 19 Girls
Rachel Wyley, Club, County, Teams
 Sinead O’Brien, Club, County, Teams 
Sophie Landers, Club, County, Teams
Caoimhe Dwyer, Club, County, Teams
 Dairine Ní Sheanlaoich, Club Team
Under 19 Boys 
Niall Blackwell, County, Munster Teams
 Michael Power, County Team
The best of luck to all competing from all in West Waterford A.C.
National Award for Aislinn O’Regan
The IWA had their National Awards in Kilkenny last weekend and Aislinn O’Regan was presented with the National Award for Discus. This is a huge achievement for Aislinn who only took up the discus event this year.
UCC Scholarship for Micheal Power
At the recent UCC scholarships awards Micheal Power was presented with an athletics bursary. Well done Micheal.