Juvenile News

Juvenile News, 24th October 2016

Three Munster Club Titles for WWAC

Conditions were near perfect for cross country on Sunday last. Carrig na bhFearA.C. had a great course laid out with a wide starting area to accommodate the big numbers competing. Numbers were up in all races with over one thousand athletes from all six counties in Munster competing in ten races from under ten to under 18. Fifty nine athletes from West Waterford made the trip to Cork to compete in all age groups and once again they showed they can hold their own against the best in Munster winning three club titles under 16 boys and girls and under 18 girls and finishing third in the under 10 boys as well as winning ten individual medals.
Great Running from under 10 Boys and Girls

First in action were the girls under 10 and all four girls competing here were a year out of age but were competing to get their first taste of Munster competition before they travel to Limerick for their own under 9 competition. Sarah Gaffney was first home in 51st place followed by Aoife O’Donovan 68th ,Aoife Lattimore 68th and Lilí Hallahan 114th.

Next up was the boys under 10 1000m and we had some great team running as they took third place in the inter club competition and also helped Waterford to second in the inter county competition. This race had the biggest field of the day with 147 athletes completing the course. David Gaffney equalled his fifth place finish of last year to take an individual medal. Next home was David Nyhan in 18th with Joe Kelly 42nd and Paddy McCarthy 52nd. Niki FitzPatrick was next across the line in 60th place followed by Liam Broderick 70th and Mossie Keogh in 73rd place. David Gaffney, David Nyhan and Joe Kelly were all scoring members of the Waterford team that finished 2nd in the inter county competition.

Individual Medals for Ally and Caoimhe

Caoimhe Prendergast and Ally Cunningham both had a great run in the under12 girls race. Both had won individual medals last year and they repeated the same feat this year with Caoimhe finishing 5th and Ally finishing 7th . Both girls will now compete on the Munster team at the upcoming All Ireland championships. Next home was Angelina Chizhikova in 66th place and she was followed by the first of our under 11’s Grainne Moore in 70th place. RhiannFlynn had a good run to finish 76th with Alanna Willians in 86th . Maedbh Kielywas next home in 104th closely followed by Aisling O’Donovan in 104th. Next came Fiona O’Riordan 110th and Cathy Ní Sheanlaoich completed the team in 121st place. This was a great experience for our under 11 girls most of whom were competing at Munster level for the first time.

Our under 12 boys team was made up mostly of our under 11 athletes with four of them competing in the Munster championships for the first time. EoghanLattimore put in a huge effort and finished 31st followed by Ian Holmes in 64thplace with Darragh O’Regan just behind in 64th place. Newcomer Cal Tutty was next across the line in 71st place with Jack Power in 126th and Thomas Broderick in 126th place.

Oisín leads Waterford to Brone medals

Oisín O’Riordan had a fantastic run in the under 14 boys finishing strongly to take the individual bronze medal and leading Waterford to third place in the inter county competition. Conn Willans also scored on the Waterfod team finishing 37th and qualifying for the All Ireland. Conor Davidson had a much better run than in the counties and was next home in 71st just two place ahead of Eoin Kiely and Mark Blackwell in 75th place.

Aine O’Neill made a welcome return to cross country running finishing in 25thplace with newcomer Emma Hickey in 28th . Megan Keogh improved twelve places on last year to finish 31st with Kate Killigrew in 38th place. Kate Keogh also improved on her placing from last year when she crossed the line in 45thplace followed by Lia Cunningham in 51st. Grace Power completed the tem in 59th place well up on her 73rd place of last year. The team finished in 5th place missing out on a place in the All Ireland by just two points.

Munster Club Titles for Under 16 Girls and Boys

The under 16 age group proved to be our strongest on the day with both the girls and the boys striking gold in the inter club contest. In the girls race run over 3000m Lucy Holmes was back to her best form equalling her 4th place finish of last year. The biggest improvement from last year was shown by Kate Hickey. Last year she ran as a newcomer to the sport finishing in 40th place with a years hard training behind her she finished in 5th this year. Lucy and Kate ran side by side in the leading bunch for most of the race with Lucy getting ahead in the sprint to the finish. Dani Cunningham also showed the benefits of regular training finishing 23rd which was also a huge improvement from last year and the fourth scoring member of the team was Mary Kate Prendergast in 27th. Next came Aoife O’Brien 51st with Elia Tutty 67th Orla Keane 68th and Hannah Hallahan 69th. Their first place finish in the inter club race reversed last yearsresult with Kenmare AC taking second to West Waterford this year. Lucy, Kate and Danni were all scoring members of the Waterford team that finished second to Clare in the inter county contest.

In the boys race Cian O’Riordan and Conor Mullany were both in the individual medals with Cian in 5th and Conor in 6th place. Cian was well up throughout the race but Conor stormed home over the last 500m to move up nine places to claim his first individual medal. Micheal Troy ran much better than in the county championships and finished 17th and Luke Power in 28th was the fourth scoring member of the team. There was a welcome return to cross country for Cormac Mahony who finished 37th and next home was Ciaran Frisby in 51st. With newcomers Conor Mullany and Micheal Troy competing with the club in their first Munster Cross Country we fielded a very strong team and got the better of our old rivals Ennis track in the team race. Cian and Conor were also scoring members of the Waterford team that won the inter county competition.We look forward to seeing both these teams in action in the All Ireland at the end of the month.

Gold for Under 18 Girls and Boys

It was another win for the girls under 18 as they successfully defended the title they won last year. Dairina Ní Sheanlaoich had her first run of the year and finished in 14th place a much improved Rachel Wyley was next home in 16thplace and she was followed home by Caoimhe Dwyer in 24th and the fourth scoring member was Sinead O’Brien giving them a combined score of 85points fifteen points ahead of Ferrybank AC. Dairine and Rachel scored on the Waterford team that finished second to Cork in the inter county competition.

In the boys race Micheal Power was our top finisher on the day finishing in second place after a great battle with Leevale’s Charlie O’Donovan he led Waterford to gold in the inter county competition and Niall Blackwell back in form after his recent injury finished 12th and also scored on the Waterford team. Such was the strength of this Waterford team that all six scoring athletes were in the top twelve and they should be well in the hunt for medals in the All Ireland

County B Championships Sunday Nov 7th

The County B championships will take place in the Friary on Sunday Nov 7th starting @ 11.00. There will be races under 9,11,13 and 15.
Any athlete who was placed first, second or third in either session of the county championships or was a scoring member of a team that finished 1st cannot compete in the B championships. Ckeck with Mary Ashe if you are eligible to run.

Tony’s League and Training have moved to 4.10

With the dark evenings closing in Tony’s League and training have moved to 4.10 on Wednesdays and Fridays. Please make sure you are in the Friary by 4.10 to warm up so the league can get underway at 4.20. The league kicks off on Wed 28th of October with a practise run and after the run on Nov 2nd the teams will be allocated. There will be no additions to the teams after this date. The teams are graded with athletes from all ages in each team so it is important that all team members participate each week. Missing a week can put your team out of the running for the prizes. The team contest will take place over the four Wednesdays in November and will conclude with a run off on Dec 7th .This event is the most hotly contested and talked about event on the calendar and I’m sure it will be no different this year.

If you are on a team for the league it is very important that you are there every week for your team even one missing runner can put a team out of the reckoning for the team prizes.

Training continues in Colligan on Saturday mornings @10am for our older athletes and on Monday evenings @6.15

Athletics Initiative is coming to WestWaterford!

We are on the search for the speediest boys and girls in Ireland! All seven and eight year olds are encouraged to come along to the Blackwater Community School, Lismore on Friday 4th of November at 4pm and see how fast your legs can move! Blackwater AC are kindly hosting the West Waterford trials of The Fastest Feet Nationwide search for Ireland’s fastest kids!

At each testing venue we will select Ireland’s fastest feet and the semi-finalists will all be invited to an indoor development meet in the Athlone AIT arena where they will get a chance to experience the thrill or running on an indoor track in front of a packed crowd and rub shoulders with some of Ireland’s top track and field athletes. The winners of the girls and boys finals in Athlone will be flown to New York along with a parent.
To be eligible to participate, the child must be under 9 on the 11th of February 2017.


  • Sunday 7th Nov Waterford B Championships under 9,11,13,15 Friary @11am
  • Sunday 13th Nov Munster under 9,11, 13, 15, 17, 19, Limerick Racecourse
  • Sunday 20th Nov Munster under 10, 12, 14 relays St Augustines College
  • Sunday 27th Nov All Ireland even ages National Sports Campus Abbotstown
  • Sunday 4th Dec Munster B cross country Clarecastle
  • Sunday 11th Dec All Ireland uneven ages Dundalk IT