Juvenile News

Juvenile News, 15th May 2017

Another Successful day at the County Championships

There was a good turnout of West Waterford athletes for the first session of the county championships held in the RSC on Sunday last. Our numbers in the younger ages were somewhat depleted as there were First Communions in Abbeyside on Saturday but those who were in action made sure WWAC was well represented among the medal winners in running, jumping and throwing events.

Sprinters Get Track off to a Good Start

First on the track were the sprint events and West Waterford athletes won four county titles. David Gaffney set the standard with a win in the boys under 11followed by Eve Power in the girls under 14 and Aoife O’Brien and Ryan McGrath in the under 16 races. Finishing strongly taking silver medals were Ian Holmes and Fiona O’Riordan under 12, Tommy Fennell under 14 Megan Keogh under 15 and Sinead O’Brien under 18. Bronze medals were won by Grainne Moore, Angelina Chizhikova, Oisin O’Riordan , Kate Keogh and Kate Killigrew. In the 250m hurdles it was first and second for West Waterford with Megan Keogh getting the win ahead of Kate Killigrew.

Great Running in the Middle Distance Events

There were some classic battles in the middle distance events none more so than the girls under 16 1500m where Una O’Brien Tramore AC led from the gun with Lucy Holmes WWAC sitting on her shoulder in a great sprint to the finish Lucy just snatched victory on the line with both girls running under 5mins for the first time. Angelina Chizhikova put in a very strong performance sprinting over the final 200m to take her first county title in the girls under 13 600m and Megan Keogh won another gold in the girls under 14 1500m. We had solid running from Oisin O’Riordan, Conor Mullaney, CianO’Riordan, Kate Hickey, Sam Blake, David Nyhan, Cal Tutty and Tommy Fennell who all finished second in their age groups. Sarah Gaffney, Rory Fennell, Peter Finnegan, Eve Power and David Gaffney all won bronze medals and in the closest finish of the day Ian Holmes came with a late sprint to take the bronze and edge out fellow clubmate Darragh O’Riordan in the boys under 12 600m.

Gold for David Gaffney and Kate Killigrew

On Sunday it was boys long jumps and boys and girls triple jumps with the girls long jumps taking place next Sunday. David Gaffney won the boys under 11 long jump with a jump of 3.71 and Kate Killigrew had a good win in the girls triple jump and also finished 2nd in the high jump under 15.

Good Throwing as West Waterford Athletes win Six Titles

Some of our younger athletes competed in the Turbo Javelin with Fiona O’Riordan winning her first county title under 11 with Grainne Moore in second place. Sarah Gaffney was 3rd in the girls under 10 as was davidNyhan under 11 and our youngest competitor on the day Cormac O’Riordan finished 3rd in the under 9 turbo javelin.

In the girls Hammers Tammy Whelan won the under 14 girls event with Orna Nic Aoire taking the under 15 girls title and orna also finished second in the shot. Eve Power was second in the girls under 14 shot and Angelina Chizhikova was also 2nd under 13 Fiona O’Riordan 2nd under 12 and Grainne Moore third in the same event. Aoife O’Brien finished 3rd under16. Mark Blackwell had a double winning the under 15 discus and javelin. Luke Power won the under 17 javelin and was second in the discus with Peter Finnegan 2nd in the under 15 discus.

County Championships Day 2 next Sunday

The RSC will again be the venue for the second day of the county championships. Check out the events and the time of the bus on the board at training,

Western Final of the Primary School Sports

On Thursday May 18th a large crowd is expected at St. Augustine’s College for the western final of the primary school sports. Over the last two weeks we have had some very exciting races as the young athletes tried to qualify for the final. We have been lucky with the weather so far and we hope this continues on Thursday. All the schools have been notified with list of qualifiers and the first race gets underway at 6.30 with line-up at 6.15. Once again we ask athletes and parents to arrive in plenty of time for the event. We have secured extra parking inside the school grounds so there should be plenty of parking for everyone. Please obey the stewards and park in a sensible manner that does not restrict the flow of traffic. The first three in each of the individual events and the first two relay teams will qualify for the county finals on Thursday June 1st.There will be overall trophies for the best boys and girls school in both the big schools and small schools sections and these trophies will be presented along with the Nora Healy Perpetual Trophy on the night of the county finals.

Irish Life and Health Munster Schools Championships

Having taken part in the qualifying rounds at East Munster over the last two weeks a large number of West Waterford athletes will head to Cork next weekend to compete in the Munster Schools Championships where they will represent all the local schools we wish them all the best of luck.

Upcoming Events

  • Thurs 18th May Western Primary Schools Sports St Augustines @ 6.30
  • Sat 20th May Glohealth Munster Schools Championships CIT Cork @9.30
  • Sunday 21st May County Championships Day 2 Waterford RSC @11.00
  • Thurs June 1st County Schools Finals
  • Sat June 3rd & Sun 4th Munsters under 9—13 Ennis
  • Sat June 4th Glohealth All Ireland Schools Championships Tullamore @9am
  • Sat June 17th &Sun 18th June Munsters under 14-19 CIT