Juvenile News

Juvenile News, 26-November 2018

All Ireland Cross Country Championships
On Sunday last the cream of Irish athletics talent made its way to Abbotstown for the first session of the All Ireland Cross Country Championships. All the athletes competing had to qualify from their provincial championships so as always the standard was high and there was some great cross country running on show throughout the day. Conditions were ideal at the venue which is now the national cross country centre and problems with access which caused a major delay last year were sorted this year with no tailbacks on arrival. West Waterford had two club teams qualified for the event under 12 and under 16 boys. We also had athletes on Waterford teams under 12 girls, under 12 boys, under 16 boys and under 18 boys and girls while David Gaffney, Oisin O’Riordan, Tommy Fennell, Lucy Holmes and Cian O’Riordan all competed on Munster teams. West Waterford athletes brought home seven All Ireland medals with Lucy Holmes winning four of those.  
Under 12 Girls Compete in their First All Ireland
The programme got under way at 11.30 with the under 12 girls race with 171 girls competing. The girls ran two laps of 1000m each on the flatter part of the course , with conditions ideal the race was run at a very fast pace.  First home was Sarah Gaffney in 127th with Aoife O’Donovan running her best race this year to finish 130th and Claudia O’Halloran just behind in 135th. Well done to all three girls in their first ever All Ireland competition.
All Ireland Team Medal for David Gaffney
The boys under 12 had a field competing with over 160 athletes taking part.
This race was dominated by Ulster and Leinster athletes with only one Munster athlete in the top 12. David Gaffney was still struggling to return to form after his recent illness but he ran with great heart on the day and finished 32nd to become the fifth scoring member of the Munster team who won the bronze medals behind Leinster and Ulster. Liam Broderick who will compete in the under 11 boys next month was next home in 75th and improvement of over thirty places from last year.  Ben Qualter was next home in 111th and will compete with the under 13 boys in the upcoming All Ireland and Conor Keane another under 11 running in his first All Ireland finished 150th.
Bronze Team Medal for Oisin O’Riordan 
There were 160 boys competing over 3000m in the under 16 race. It was run over two laps of the 1500m course which included several short steep hills and a very muddy section through the woods. The form book from the Munster championships was well and truly torn up in this race with the athletes form in Munster no indication of their performances last Sunday. Oisin O’Riordan had been out of action with a heel injury for the last three weeks and missed the second round of the Munster Championships but showed he was back in form with a good run in the winter league last Wednesday. On Sunday he finished in 39th to become the 6th scoring member of the |Munster team who took bronze behind Ulster and Dublin. Tommy Fennell found it hard to find his rhythm but still finished in the top half of the race in 74th place. He will be looking for a much better performance when he competes in his own age group in three weeks time. Eoin Buenaventura and Robert Quinn had their own private battle within the race running close together for much of the race. Eoin came through strongest to finish 120th with Robert in 124th and Mark Blackwell ran steadily throughout the 3000m to finish 146th.
Superb Run from Lucy Holmes to Win Individual Bronze  
The top performance of the day came from Lucy Holmes who put in a storming run to finish third in the girls under 18 race. Run over 4000m the under 18 and junior races were combined with over 100 athletes competing. The junior girls set a very fast pace but Lucy was always in the top 10 and in fact finished 8th in the combined race and third in the under 18 race behind Maeve Gallagher of Swinford A.C. and Aoife O’Cuill St CoCa’s A.C. This was the best performance by any Waterford athlete on the day. Lucy led the Munster team to second in the regional contest and Waterford to silver in the inter county contest behind Kilkenny. In the junior inter county contest Waterford finished second to Cork and Lucy was also a scoring member of this team.
Silver Team Medal for Mary Kate Prendergast
Our final medal winner of the day was Mary Kate Prendergast. Competing in the under 18 girls race Mary Kate finished 54th and was the 6th scoring member of the Waterford team that took the silver medals in the Inter county contest.
In the final juvenile race of the day Cian O’Riordan ran in the combined under 18 and junior men’s race. The juniors set a very fast pace and Cian went with this pace in the first lap but found the going too fast and fell back in the last lap to finish in 27th place.  Cian was the first Waterford athlete home. Waterford had a very strong team in the Munster and won the team title but three of the scoring team did not travel to the All Ireland and this considerably weakened the team.
Micheal Power who competed at last year’sAll Ireland with the juvenile club moved on to competed with the senior club and finished 6th in the junior men’s race ensuring his selection for the European Cross Country in Holland next weekend. All in the juvenile club wish Micheal the best of luck next weekend. 
Elverys Intersport Winter League
Last Wednesday was day 5 of the Elverys Intersport Winter League (Tony's league), and the third night of the team competition. There was a good turnout for the League with 67 athletes taking part.
 Despite conditions being a bit sticky underfoot there were still some very good times recorded. The first three teams on the leader board remain unchanged. 
David Nyhan's team is still in the lead on 510 points, followed by Lucy Holmes' team on 560 points and then Tommy Fennell's team on 589 points.
Rory Fennell, Sarah Nyhan, Cal Tutty, Eoghan Lattimore, Darragh O Regan, Angelina Chizhikova, Aoibh Murphy, Grainne Moore, Ele Mc Dermott, Paddy McCarthy, Claudia O Halloran, Catherine O'Donnell, Cillian Towey, & Cian Qualter all recorded their best times to date in the league last Wednesday. 
Sarah, Cal and Eoghan are very close to breaking the 7min barrier. Darragh O’Regan has dipped under 7.30 and Grainne Moore broke the 8min barrier.
In the short lap, Aoife Buenaventura recorded her best time to date of 4.03. Sean Hogan, Rian Curran, Caolan O'Corrain, Aodhan O'Rahallaigh & Cormac O'Regan who have all moved up to the full lap from the short lap during the league are all doing very well.
With just one team competition night remaining in the league, it is all to play for next week!!
Below are the times recorded for all athletes on Wednesday 21st November.
Cian O Riordan 5.42
Tommy Fennell 6.25
Conor Mullaney 6.33
Oisin O Riordan 6.37
Rory Fennell 6.44
Lucy Holmes 6.45
Eoin Beneventura 6.47
David Gaffney 6.47
David Nyhan 6.54
Cal Tutty 7.01
Ian Holmes 7.03
Sarah Nyhan 7.04
Eoghan Lattimore 7.06
Robert Quinn 7.23
Darragh O Regan 7.28
Caoimhe Prendergast 7.31
Ben Qualter 7.34
Tadhg O Sullivan 7.35
Eoin Prendergast 7.35
Angelina Chizhikova 7.37
Aoibh Murphy 7.40
Liam Broderick 7.44
Mary Kate Prendergast 7.44
Mark Blackwell 7.50
Sarah Gaffney 7.52
Gráinne Moore 7.52
Anthony O Donnell 7.53
Emer O Neill 8.03
Owen Morrissey 8.08
Ele Mc Dermott 8.10
Ally Cunningham 8.13
Conor Keane 8.14
Sophie Landers 8.15
Cormac Deevy 8.17
Isabel Gaffney 8.21
Paddy Mc Carthy 8.22
Aoife O Donovan 8.27
Claudia O Halloran 8.28
Eva Nogueira 8.31
Aodan O Rahallaigh 8.38
Sophie Crotty 8.40
Catherine O Donnell 8.41
Cillian Towey 8.44
George Ruso 8.54
Lia Cunningham 8.56
Cian Qualter 8.58
Caolan O Corraoin 9.03
Aoife Lattimore 9.10
Rian Curran 9.12
Sean Hogan 9.13
Crea Frisby 9.18
Cathy Shanley 9.33
Cormac O Regan 9.33
Judit Nogueira 9.42
Fiona O Riordan 9.48
Sarah O Riordan 9.58
Ami Flavin 10.04
Short Lap
Aoife Bueneventura 4.03
Shauna Deevy 4.12
Maria Curran 4.14
Oisin Mc Govern 4.36
Amy Beresford 4.39
Riona Towey 5.01
Leah Wall 5.06
Sophie Carroll Lawlor 5.45
Aisling Ni Dhroma 5.55
Lucia Byrne 6.26
Annual General Meeting
The Juvenile Club AGM will take place on Tuesday December 11th at 8pm in Minnies. We look forward to a good turnout of parents on the night. 
All Ireland Day 2 Saturday December 15th Navan
The following West Waterford athletes have qualified for the All Ireland Championships in Navan
Under 11 Girls
Sarah Gaffney
Under 11 Boys 
Liam Broderick, Eoin Prendergast,   Owen Morrissey,  Conor Keane
Under 13 Girls 
Grainne Moore
Under 13 Boys
David Gaffney,   Cal Tutty,   Eoghan Lattimore,   Ian Holmes,   Ben Qualter Darragh O’Regan
Under 15 Girls
Sarah Nyhan,   Ally Cunningham,    Leah Cunningham,   Angela Chizhikova, Aoibh Murphy, Cathy Ní Sheanlaoich,  Caoimhe Prendergast
Under 15 Boys
Tommy Fennell
Under 17 Girls
Lucy Holmes ,  Mary Kate Prendergast 
Under 17 Boys
Conor Mullany,    Oisin O’Riordan     Eoin Buenaventura,   Robert Quinn,  Mark Blackwell
Under 19 Girls
Sophie Landers, Sinead O’Brien, Dani Cunningham
Under 19 Boys
Cian O’Riordan
This will be an overnight trip so please let Mary Ashe know if you are staying with the club group.