Juvenile News

Juvenile News, 13th February 2017

WWAC Named Best Club at All Ireland B’s

The Irish Life Health All Ireland B championships came to Carriganore Waterford for the first time on Sunday last and after some wonderful performances from our young athletes running over a very tough course West Waterford won the best overall club award at the championships. The cup will be presented at the National Juvenile Awards in Tullamore on Saturday next. This is the first time that WWAC sent a large group of athletes to this event and the first time we won the overall cup.

Bronze Medals for Grainne and Fiona

We had three girls in action in the first race of the day for under 11 girls. All three were taking part in their first All Ireland competition and they coped well with the difficult hilly course. Gráinne Moore was first home for West Waterford in 38th place with Fiona O’Riordan in 41st and Aisling O’Donovan in 81st . Gráinne and Fiona were scoring members of the Waterford team that finished third in the intercounty contest and are now the proud owners of All Ireland bronze medals.

Cal Tutty leads under 11 Team to Gold

The performance of the day came from Cal Tutty, a newcomer to cross country running Cal was competing in his first All Ireland. He made light work of the hilly course as he moved through the field on the uphill section and finished strongly to take an individual bronze medal. Cal lead the West Waterford team to gold in the inter club competition and Waterford to second in the inter county competition to earn a full set of All Ireland medals. Cal was ably backed up by the other scoring members of the team with under 10 pair David Nyhan and David Gaffney putting in strong performances to finish 19th and 27th. Darragh O’ Regan had one of his best runs of the year to finish 24th. Next home was Ian Holmes in 37th with another under 10 Joe Kelly in 51st place followed by Thomas Brosnan in 75th place and Daniel Coonan 89th.
Cal Tutty, David Nyhan, Darragh O’Regan, David Gaffney and Ian Holmes were all scoring members of the Waterford county team that finished second in the inter county contest.

Individual Medals for Eve Power, Lia Cunningham and Emma Hickey as team win Gold

The under thirteen girls laid the foundation of a gold medal winning team performance with three athletes making it into the top twelve and winning individual medals. Eve Power had her best run ever to finish in 6th position and both Lia Cunningham and Emma Hickey put in a sprint to the finish passing a number of athletes to take 11th and 12th places. Angelina Chizhikova finished in 40th place to claim the fourth scoring spot on the team and ensure the gold medals ahead of Carrig na bhFear and St Mary’s Clare. Newcomer to the club Sarah Nyhan was next home in 44th place followed by Kate Keogh in 53rd place and Cathy Ní Sheanlaoich in 87th place. Eve, Lia, Emma, Angelina and Sarah were all scoring members of the Waterford team that finished third behind Cork and Clare.

Bronze for Conn Willans as team lose out by 1 point

Conn Willans was another who kept his best run of the year for the last cross country of the season running strongly throughout the race to finish 3rd in the under 13 boys and win a individual medal. There was also a much improved performance from ConorDavidson who finished in 41st place and Jack Power finished in 74th place. The inter county competition was a very close affair with Cork winning from Kilkenny and Clare taking the bronze medals just one point ahead of Waterford.
We also had four girls competing in the under 15 race with Elia Tutty first home in 52nd place followed by Grace Power 58th, Aoife O’Brien 63rd and Hannah Hallahan 70th. The club team finished 9th and the county team finished 4th.

We had only one representative in the Boys under 15 race as Mark Blackwell lined up with the county team. Mark finished in 42nd place and was the seventh member of the team with the first six only getting medals.

Waterford take Gold Medals in Under 17 Girls Race

Waterford girls put in a very strong performance in the girls under 17 race and had four athletes in the top twelve. Kate Hickey who is coming back to her best form had another good run to finish 9th and lead the club team to the bronze team medals. A much improved Sinead O’Brien finished 15th to score on the winning Waterford team. Dani Cunningham finished 22nd and newcomer Sophie Landers was 29th as all four scored on the club team that finished 3rd behind Ferrybank and St Catherine’s Cork.

This performance rounded off a very successful day for the club. Well done to all the athletes who competed, their coaches and parents for making this a day to remember for West Waterford A.C.

Munster Athletics and Credit Union Awards

The Munster Athletic Awards were held last Saturday night in the Clonmel Park Hotel. MichealPower was presented with the Juvenile Cross Country Award for Waterford and also present from the senior club to receive the International Award was Joe Gough well done to both athletes. Next Friday in Waterford the Combined Credit Unions will host the twelve monthly winners of their athletics awards and announce the overall winner. West Waterford A.C. has two athletes in the final twelve Micheal Power and Lucy Holmes. Best of luck to both Lucy and Micheal on Friday night.

Irish Life Health Munster School Cross Country

Tramore Valley Park Cork will be the venue for the Irish Life Health Munster Schools Cross Country Championships. A large number of West Waterford athletes will represent Ard Scoil na nDéise, Blackwater C.S., C.B.S. and St Augustine’s at these championships with the first three teams and those finishing in the top fifteen qualifying for the All Irelands in Belfast in early March. Best of luck to all those travelling to Cork for this event.