Juvenile News

Juvenile News, 24 October 2017.

West Waterford Athletic Club Juvenile Notes
Tough Conditions at Munster X Country
We made the long trip to Clarecastle last Sunday to compete in the Munster Cross Country Championships and it was a return to real old fashioned cross country running with plenty of mud and rough underfoot conditions.  The rain of the past few days made the course very sticky and hard on the legs. Once again however our athletes rose to the occasion and brought home individual, club and county medals. Waterford teams were very strong in the inter county competition scoring in all races except the under 14 boys. 
County Medals for Sarah Gaffney and Aoife O’Donovan 
First in action were the under 10 girls. There was a big field of 135 athletes so getting out at the start was very important. The five athletes from West Waterford made light work of the muddy conditions with Sarah Gaffney (32nd) and Aoife O’Donovan (44th) both scoring on the Waterford team that finished third. Next home was Sarah Lattimore  50th  with Sarah O’Riordan 89th.  . Niamh Mc Carth moved up from the under 9 age group for her first run at Munster level and finished 99th with Leah O’Riordan 116.  
Individual Medal for Liam Broderick  
Last year Liam Broderick just missed out on an individual medal by just one place he benefitted from the experience and was in the top ten for most of the 1000m race. He came with a strong sprint in the final 100m to take 7th place.   Eoin Prendergast and Owen Morrissey were running for the first time in a Munster Championships with Eoin Prendergast finishing strongly in 19th place and Owen Morrissey 59th.
Liam Broderick and Eoin Prendergast were scoring members of the Waterford team that captured the silver medals.
County Bronze for Alanna Willans
The biggest field of the day was in the under 12 girl’s race where 138 athletes completed the course. Alanna Willans finished in 47th place a big improvement on her 63rd place of last year and scored on the Waterford that finished 3rd. Grainne Moore 61st just missed out on a county medal but Alanna, Gráinne and Ele Mc Dermott (66th) all qualified for the All Ireland with the Waterford team.  Fiona O’Riordan finished in 100th place with Aisling O’Donovan 110th, Hannah Power 120th and Doireann Moloney 123rd. 
 Boys Under 12 are Munster Cross Country Champions 
The best performance on the day was from the boys under 12 team with four scoring members of the team in the top twelve they won the team competition with 38pts well ahead of St Cronans on 90pts and Waterford  A.C. with 133.  First home was Ian Holmes in 7th place a huge improvement on his 39th place last year. Hot on his heels in 8th place was Eoghan Lattimore with David Gaffney 11th and David Hyhan 12th also winning individual medals. Cal Tutty back in action after a recent injury finished 20th.  Darragh O’Regan (49th) who is just back training in the last few weeks just got ahead of Joe Kelly (50th) to claim the last spot on the team for the All Ireland. Paddy Mc Carthy (98th) and Rody Morrissey (136th) were running at this level for the first time. Ian, Eoghan, David Gaffney and David Nyhan were all members of the Waterford team that finished second to Cork. David Gaffney, David Nyhan, Joe Kelly and Paddy McCarthy are all under 11 and should have a very strong team for this event next month.
County Bronze for under 14 Girls 
A very strong field started the under 14 girls 3000m Caoimhe Prendergast who was running up a year was first home in 14th place. She was followed by Lea Cunningham in 21st place a big improvement on her 34th place last year with Emma Hickey 28th  and Kate Keogh 37th also thirteen places better than last year. Eve Power 47th, Angelina Chizhikova 53rd , Sarah Nyhan 55th and Cathy Ní Sheanlaoich 75th all improved on their performance of last year. The club team finished 4th and qualified for the All Ireland and Caoimhe, Lia, Emma and Kate were scoring members of the Waterford team that finished 3rd. Ally Cunningham who is out injured at the moment was cheering them on from the sidelines and we wish her a speedy recovery.
Silver Club Medals for under 16 Girls  
Lucy Holmes led the under 16 girls home in 9th place . Lucy has been struggling to find consistent form this year but last Sunday we saw a glimpse of her top form as she sprinted in the final 100m to move up two places and cross the line in 9th. The rest of the team improved on their positions of last year with Mary Kate Prendergast in 23rd, Megan Keogh 25th, Kate Killigrew 29th  Elia Tutty 46th and Aoife O’Brien 60th . The team finished 2nd to Ennis track Club so all six girls qualify for the All Ireland. Lucy, Mary Kate, Megan and Kate all scored on the Waterford team that finished 2nd.
Individual Medals for Conor Mullany and Oisin O’Riordan
The boys under 16 were next in action and West Waterford athletes were well up with the pace. Conor Mullany was first home in 7th place with Oisin O’Riordan 11th also taking an individual medal.  Asier Del Rio 41st ,Peter Finegan 44th and Eoin Buenaventura 50th were all competing in their first Munster championships and Mark Blackwell was next home for the team in 52nd place. All six qualified for this year’s All Ireland. Waterford had a very strong county team who beat Cork by just one point to take the gold team medals both Conor and Oisin were scoring members of the team.
Under 18 Girls Qualify for the All Ireland 
Sinead O’Brien was first of the under 18 girl’s home in 19th place almost twenty places better than last year. Dani Cunningham was next home in 25th ahead of Sophie Landers in 29th. All three girls qualified for the All Ireland as members of the Waterford team.
Under 18 Boys Qualify for the All Ireland
The final race of the day was the boys under 18 and West Waterford’s Cian O’Riordan made it into the top twelve and claimed an individual medal. He also scored on the Waterford team that finished 1st just two points ahead of Cork. Micheal Troy finished in 20th and missed a county medal by just one place. Newcomer David O’Connor and Ciaran Buenaventura finished in 36th and 39th place and the team finished in 4th place to qualify for the All Ireland Championships.
Inter Sport Elverys to Sponsor Tony’s League
We have a new sponsor for our very popular Tony’s winter cross country league. This year we welcome Inter Sport Elverys as our new sponsor. The league will get underway on Wed Oct 25th @4.15. Check in will be open from 4pm with the first group under way by 4.15. Wed 25th Oct and Wed Nov 1st  are the two trial days. You have to compete on one of those days in order to be in a team. If you miss those two dates you can still compete as an individual but will not be included in the team event. The team competition will be run over four weeks Nov8th, 15th 22nd, and 29th. The final run and presentation will take place on Wed 6th of Dec.
Powersfield House Cup for Tony’s League
Another new development for Tony’s League is the presentation of a cup for the best team in the league. The Powersfield House Cup was presented to WWAC Juvenile Club by Eunice and Edmond Power. At the conclusion of the league the cup will be presented to the winning team.
Wednesday Oct 25th Training moves to 4.10 
From Wed  25th training will be at the earlier time of 4.10.Please be on time as the league will start at 4.15.
Sunday 12th Nov Munster under 9,11,13,15,17,19  TipperaryVenue start 11.30
Sunday 19th Nov Munster Relays Cork venue
Sunday 26th Nov All Ireland under 12,14,16,18, Abbottstown Dublin
Sunday 3rd Dec Munster B Kerry Venue
Sunday 17th Dec All Ireland under 11,13,15,17,19  Waterford