Juvenile News

Juvenile News, 17 JUNE 2019

Five Munster Medals for WWAC Athletes
Day 2 and 3 of the Munster Track and Field Championships were held in Castleisland on Saturday and Sunday last.  West Waterford had ten athletes in action over the two day and they came home with one gold and four silver medals. Those who competed on Saturday got the worst of the weather with some very heavy showers. Sunday although blustery was a drier day as most of the rain fell on the drive home.
Another Munster Title for Lucy Holmes
West Waterford’s only gold medal winner of the weekend was Lucy Holmes. She competed in the under 18 1500m which was run in conjunction with the under 19 girls race.  Lucy was a clear winner on the day crossing the line in 4.54 to claim the under 18 title she was followed home by the under 19 winner Alice O’Conner and had six seconds to space over the second placed athlete under 18.
First Munster Medals for Doireann Hickey, Saoirse Kelly and Sarah Slevin 
We had three athletes who won their first Munster medals last weekend. Fist in action early on Saturday morning was Doireann Hickey who competed in the under 14 walk. This was Doireanns first Munster competition having already won the county title in May. She put in a fine performance to finish 2nd on the day and qualify for her first All Ireland.
Saoirse Kelly was also competing in her first Munster Championship season.  Last weekend she competed on the long jump and made it into the top eight for the jump off finishing eight. This weekend she pulled out all the stops jumping a personal best of 9m03 to finish second in the under 16 triple jump and qualifying for her first All Ireland
Sarah Slevin was another athlete who recorded personal best performance on Saturday. She threw a new personal best of 9m40 in the under 15 girls shot to finish 2nd and was also second in the discus with a personal best throw of 25m.52. On Sunday she finished 6th in the javelin with a throw of 23.94. Sarah can now look forward to competing in her first All Ireland in both the shot and discus. Newcomer Rebecca O’Shea was also competing in the under 15 discus and she finished 5th with a throw of 18m10.
Eoin Buenaventura competed in the under 17 High Jump and finished just outside the medals in 4th place with a jump of 1m60 but as the 4th placed athlete he will qualify for the All Ireland. Fionn Keane O’Mahony was another newcomer in action on Sunday and he place 6th in the shot with 9.09 just one place ahead of David Horgan who threw 8.59. Fionn also finished 5th in the discus with a throw of 23m43  with David in 7th place throwing 20m24. 
Mark Blackwell finished 13th in the under 17 boys 1500m in 5m19 and Angelina Chizhikova was 9th in the girls under 15 1500m with a time of 5m34.
First All Ireland for Mattie Mullaney and Mary Fitzgerald
The first of the All Irelands begin on Saturday June 29th when the Childrens games and the field events for under 12 and 13 athletes take place in Tullamore.
West Waterford has just one athlete qualified for this event Mattie Mullaney who will compete in the under 13 boys long jump. Mary Fitzgerald will compete on Sunday July 7th in th under 15 hammer with all our other qualifiers competing on July 13 and 14th.
Sean Mullarkey and Eoin Buenaventura on Munster Schools Tailteann Team 
The Tailteann Games which nis a schools inter provincial competition for under 17 athletes takes place in Santry  on Saturday and two West Waterford athletes have made it on to the Munster Team. Sean Mullarkey Dungarvan CBS will compete in the shot putt and Eoin Buenaventura will compete in the pole vault.
First Night of East Cork V West Waterford a Huge Success
The first leg of the meet between clubs in East Cork competing against club in West Waterford was hosted by Blackwater in Lismore on Tuesday last. Clubs competing for West Waterford were Blackwater, Finisk Valley, KCK, Ardmore and West Waterford. Clubs competing for East Cork St Catherines, St Nicholas and Youghal AC. There were medals and points for the top three in the running jumping and throwing events and the Waterford clubs take a clear lead over the East Cork clubs into the second night. After the first night West Waterford clubs have 326 points and East Cork Clubs have 178points with the Cork clubs promising a big push on the second night which will be hosted in Conna. Best overall club on the night was KCK with 138 points with West Waterford on 88 and Finisk Valley on 68. West Waterford A.C.  had plenty to cheer about with Aimee Barry getting us off to a great start with 3rd in the under 9 sprint. There were also third place finished for Patrick Mullaney, Cian Qualter, Sarah Hallissey, Mattie Mullaney, David Gaffney and Graine Moore. Silver medals were won by Clodagh Lattimore and Isabelle Gaffney in the Long Jump and Isabelle was also the winner of the girls under 10 80m
We then had the fun part of the night the relays and we had boys and girls under 9 in which the girls finished 3rd as did the boys team. This was followed by mixed relays under 11 in which twenty one teams competed. This was followed by medlay relays under 13 and a 4x300m under 15
In all West Waterford AC had over thirty athletes competing on the night well done to all those who travelled to Lismore on the night a great time was had by all and we look forward to an even bigger number making the trip to Conna for the second night on Tuesady June 25th.   
Programme for Night 2 Tuesday June 25th
6.30 Arrive in Conna GAA Field. Parking in nearby field
6.45 Warm Up for All age groups
7.00 Event starts
Under 9 300m
Under 10 400m
Under11 500m
Under12 600m
Under  13,14,15,16 800m
Long jump for under 14 and 16 @7pm followed by long jump for under 10and 12
Shot Putt for under 14 and 16 @7pm followed by Turbo Javelin for under 10and 12 
It will be long jumps for boys and shot and turbo  javelin for girls