Juvenile News

Juvenile News, 14th November 2016

More Success for West Waterford Athletes at Munster Cross Country Championships Day 2

Limerick Racecourse was the venue for Day 2 of the Munster cross country championships where athletes took part in races under 9,11,13,15,17,19 and juniors. The course was one of the toughest our young athletes had to face with very sticky underfoot conditions and testing hills but once again they showed that they were well prepared to compete with the top athletes in Munster and produced some wonderful performances to win individual, team and county medals.

Bronze Medals for Sarah Gaffney, Aoife O’Donovan and Aoife Lattimoe

As usual the programme started with the girls under 9 race and even though they are only in their first cross country season they get better with each race. Waterford county finished 3rd in the inter county event and three of the girls scored on the county team. Sarah Gaffney 20th , Aoife O’Donovan 28th and Aoife Lattimore 44th all won their first Munster medals as part of the county team. Líli Hallahan finished 72nd and the club team finished in 6th place. In the boys under 9 race Liam Broderick ran a superb race to finish 13th which was a huge improvement on his race of two weeks ago where he finished 70th in the boys under 10. He was unlucky to miss out on an individual medal by just one place.

David Gaffney leads under 11 boys to silver medals

Despite running a year out of his age group David Gaffney put in a fantastic performance to finish 3rd in the boys under 11 race a huge improvement on his 31st place of last year. Cal Tutty continues to improve with every race and fresh from his win in last Sunday’s B championships he was next home in 13th place. David Nyhan also stepped up from the under 10 race and finished 25th and Ian Holmes improved seven places from last year to finish 39th and with Darragh O’Regan 54th and Thomas Broderick completed the team which finished second to Bandon A.C. The Waterford county team finished third behind Cork and Clare and David Gaffney, Cal, David Nyhan and Ian were all scoring members of the team. There was a very big field in the under 11 girls race and Grainne Moore was another who put in a big performance. Three weeks ago she ran her first Munster race finishing 70th but this week in her own age group she finished 25th. Next home was Alannah Willans in 63rd place closely followed by Maebh Kiely in 69th with Fiona O’Riordan 98th and Aisling O’Donovan in 107th place .

Silver for WWAC’s Girls under 13 Team

Caoimhe Prendergast was another athlete who made a big improvement on last year’s performance when finishing 13th in the girls under 13 race and leading her club and county to Munster medals. Emma Hickey showed they are made of tough stuff in Kilbrien she was tripped and spiked in the early part of the racebut she got back on her feet and finished 17th. Ally Cunningham was next home in 21st place followed by her sister Lia in 34th . Kate Keogh crossed the line in 50th place just ahead of Eve Power in 55th . Angelina Chizhikova 90th and Cathy Ni Sheanlaoich 120th completed the team which finished second behind a very strong Youghal team. Waterford finished third in the inter county contest and Caoimhe, Emma Ally, Lia and Kate were all scoring members of the county team.

Individual Medal for Tommy Fennell

Tommy Fennell was another athlete who was in top form last Sunday and his second place in the boys under 13 race was the best place finish by any Waterford athlete on the day. Conn Willans ran strongly to finish 39th and Ronan Mansfield who missed his own age group three weeks ago finished 41stwhich was twenty eight places better than last year. Conor Davidson finished 78th and Eoin Kiely 92nd.

Another Munster Title for WWAC’s under 15 Girls

The girls under 15 team made it to the top of the podium winning the under 15 club title to add to the under 14 they won last year. Lucy Holmes was first home in 5th place two places up on last year and for good measure ahead of County Champion Una O’Brien. Aine O’ Neill who moved up from the under 14 age group put in a great run to finish 14th. Mary Kate Prendergast was next home in 27th and the fourth scorer was Megan Keogh in 44th just two places ahead of Kate Killigrew. Grace Power crossed the line in 53rd place and Aoife O’Brien 73rd and Hannah Hallahan 78th completed the team. The Waterford team finished 3rd and Lucy, Aine and Mary Kate were all scoring members of the team.
Bronze for WWAC’s Boys under 15 team

Conor Mullaney underlined the improvement he has made since September with a great run in the under 15 boys where he finished in 3rd place and led both his club and county to bronze medals. Oisin O’Riordan also made into the top twelve and claimed an individual medal when he finished 9th. Cormac Mahony is coming back into top form and finished 15th and Ciaran Frisby 66th and Mark Blackwel 71st completed the team.

Individual medals for Kate Hickey & Dani Cunningham

We had some fantastic running in the girls under 17 race with Kate Hickey finishing in 8th place adding another individual medal to her growing collection. The performance of the day must surely go to Dani Cunningham who finished 12th and won her first individual Munster medal. Last year in the same event Dani finished 46th so it was a huge step up to make it into the top twelve this year. Sinead O’Brien finished 37th and Orla Keane 60th. Kate and Dani also scored on the Waterford team that finished 3rd and the club team finished in 5th place.

Individual Medal for Cian O’Riordan

Cian O’Riordan had a much better run this week to finish 5th in the boys under 17 race a big improvement from his 17th place last year. He also renewed rivalry with Jake Bagge of Ferrybank . In the county championships Cian just beat Jake to the line to take the title but in the first session of the Munster cross country Jake was ahead. Last Sunday Cian was again to the fore so they will renew rivalry in the All Ireland in two weeks time.

Superb Running from under 19 Girls as they take Gold

All four under 19 girls made it into the top twelve and won individual medals they also won the club championship and helped Waterford to win the county title.

Aoife Hamilton was best of the girls finishing in 6th place. Rachel Wyley had the best run of her career to finish in 8th place and win her first individual medal. Hannah Power had a good run to finish 10th and Caoimhe Dwyer improved three places on last year’s performance to finish 12th. Their combined score won them gold in the inter club contest and Aoife, Rachel and Hannah were scoring members of the county team that also won the inter county race. The girls also competed in the junior race which was run in conjunction with the under 19’s and also won the club title and finished second in the inter county competition.

Individual Medals for Niall Blackwell

The final race of the day was the boys under 19 and junior races combined. Niall Blackwell once again showed good form throughout the tough race and finished 5th in the under 19 boys and 7th in the juniors. This was Niall’s highest individual placing in Munster.

We now have a large number of athletes qualified for the All Ireland in Dundalk on Dec 11th. We will stay at the Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport and Mary Ashe and Toni O’Brien will be sorting out the room list at training on Wed and Friday this week.

Munster Club Relays In the Friary next Sunday

The first Munster club relays will be held in St Augustines College Dungarvan on Sunday next 20th November @ 11.30. This is a new event and replaces the inter county relays. West Waterford A.C. will have a team in each age group. The team is made up of a panel of five athletes four of whom run on the day. We have had several practise run off s in the younger age groups in training and will have a final trial for the relay teams on Friday night.

Club Relay teams Sunday November 20th Friary

U/10 U/12 U/14
Aoife Lattimore Ali Cunningham Megan Keogh
Aoife O’Donovan Caoimhe Prendergast Kate Killigrew
Sarah Gaffney Angelina Chizhikova Emma Hickey
Lilí Hallahan Gráinne Moore Eve Power
Aisling Condon Fiona O’Riordan Grace Power/Kate Keogh

Kate Hickey
Lucy Holmes
Aoife O’Brien
MaryKate Prendergast
Danni Cunningham

U/10 U/12 U/14
David Nyhan Ronan Mansfield Con Willians
David Gaffney Eoghan Lattimore Oisín O’Riordan
Joe Kelly Darragh O’Regan Tommy Fennell
Nicky Fitzpatrick Ian Holmes Rory Fennell
Paddy McCarthy CalTutty Eoin Kiely

Michael Troy
Luke Power
Cian O’Riordan
Conor Mullaney
Cormac Mahony

Tony’s League Continues on Wednesdays

We have big numbers competing each week in our winter league and there have been some very good times recorded. It will continue every Wednesday until Dec 7th. Just a reminder to take part in the league you must be a club member and finally just a reminder to parents that training finishes at 5pm and as they evenings are dark and cold we ask you to collect your children promptly.