Juvenile News

Juvenile News, 28th November 2016

Lucy Holmes second places caps a great day for West Waterford Athletes at All Ireland Cross Country

The National Sports Campus hosted its first ever national cross country championships and once again West Waterford’s young athletes showed they could mix it with the best
athletes in the country winning seven individual medals and also scoring on provincial, county and club teams.
It was an ideal day for cross country running a bright fresh day with very little wind. The course was deceptive being tougher than it looked with some short hills and heavy ground in part but all the athletes who ran it agreed it was a very fair test of cross country running. There seems to be a boom in cross country running with large field of athletes competing in all age groups. All those competing yesterday had to qualify through their provincial championships so it was the cream of Irish athletic talent that was on show in Abbotstown on Sunday.

Ally and Caoimhe on Munster winning Team

First off at 11.30 were the girls under 12 and both Ally Cunningham and Caoimhe Prendergast got out well at the start and were in the top twenty for the first half of the race. Ally had her best run to date coming through strongly in the second half the race and finishing 9th to win her first individual All Ireland individual medal. Caoimhe who was recovering from a bug picked up during the week sprinted hard for the line and finished 12th to also win an individual medal.
Munster fielded a very strong team and with their six scoring athletes in the top twelve they easily won the inter provincial championships. As members of the winning team Ally and Caoimhe were presented with gold medals to add to the silver ones they won under 11 last year with the Munster team.

Individual Medals for Oisin O’Riordan and Tommy Fennell

Next up was the boys under 14 and we had three athletes competing. Tommy Fennel was competing in his first All Ireland and made a very good start and was always in top twelve. Oisin made a slower start but made his way steadily through the field. On the last hill both were in the shake up for individual medals with Tommy slightly ahead, however Oisin was determined not to be beaten by his younger club mate and in the sprint to the finish just edged ahead to take 10th just ahead of Tommy in 11th. Oisin led the Munster team to third in the interprovincial competition. Oisin , Tommy and Conn Willans were members of the Waterford team that finished 9th in the inter county competition.

Lucy Holmes selected on Celtic International Team

Lucy Holmes had the best run of her career to date to finish second in the under 16 girls race and secure a place on the Irish team for the Celtic International in Cardiff on the weekend of Jan 21st/22nd. This is a great achievement and all in West Waterford wish her the best of luck in Cardiff. The race was won by Sarah Healy who led from gun to tape she was followed by a group of about six who ran side by side across the width of the course always in this group when it came to the run to the finish Lucy pulled away from the group to finish second. She was also a member of the Munster team that finished 3rd in the inter provincial championships. Next home was Kate Hickey who finished 44th eight places better than last year. Mary Kate Prendergast showed she is coming back into her best form with a good run yesterday to finish 47th . Dani Cunningham also improved from last year making it in to the top 100. Elia Tutty got her first experience of All Ireland competition and finished 118th just two places ahead of Aoife O’Brien. The club team finished in 4th place with 193 pts just two points behind the third placed team and the county team finished in 6th place.

Bronze Medals for Boys under 16 Team

Cian O’Riordan has had a very good season running consistently well over the last three months on Sunday he put in another very good performance finishing 10th in the under 16 boys race and being selected on the Irish development squad team for the Celtic International. This was a huge improvement from last year where he finished 52ndand he added a gold medal as a scoring member of the Munster team that won the inter provincial contest. Well done Cian on being selected for your first international event. Michael Troy is improving with every race he runs and had his best run to date when he finished 28th . Luke Power put in a strong performance to finish 60th and Cian, Michael and Luke were all scoring members of the Waterford county team that finished in 3rd place. Still recovering from a rugby injury Conor Mullaney was next home in 64th place and Cormac Mahony 73rd and Ciaran Frisby 141st completed the club team line up which took 3rd in the inter club contest.

Medals for Micheal Power and Niall Blackwell in under 18 and Junior Race

Micheal Power underlined his reputation as one of the countries up and coming young athletes with a sixth place finish in the under 18 boys race. Micheal suffered a fall at the start of the race which is not uncommon in cross country running but he got back into the race to finish in sixth place. Micheal also scored on the Munster team that took the interprovincial title and on the county team that finished 3rd. Niall Blackwell improved on his performance of last year to finish 36th and score on the county team to win his first All Ireland medal. The under 18 race was run in conjunction with the junior race and athletes could compete in both race. Both Micheal and Niall were members of the Waterford junior team that finished 3rd and Shane O’Riordan has made the move up to the senior club and competed in the junior race where he finished
in 50th place.

Our under 18 girls also competed in both races and Caoimhe Dwyer had her best runoff the season to finish in 51st place. Rachel Wyley continues to improve and was up twenty places on her finishing position last year in 61st . Dairina Ní Sheanlaoich has struggled with her form this year and came home in 70th place. Sinead O’Brien ran steadily throughout the race to finish81st and Hannah Power who struggled with an injury picked up football training finished in 85th place. In the under 18 race the club team finished 8th and the county 6th while in the junior race the club team finished 5th and the county team 8th.

To round off a very successful day we stopped at the Newpark Hotel in Kilkenny where we enjoyed a well earned dinner which was followed by a presentation of the medals won on the day. Well done to all the athletes from West Waterford who qualified to compete in Abbotstown ,to the parents who travelled on the day to support them and of course to our coaches who have been working hard with our young athletes since the end of August.

All Ireland uneven age races in Dundalk on Dec 11th

Our next event will be the second session of the All Ireland championships for athletes under 11,13,15,17and 19. Athletes from West Waterford have qualified in all age groups and we have booked accommodation at the Clayton Dublin Airport and we will be checking this week who is travelling by bus and car.

Teams very close at the top of Tony’s League

Tony’s league which is again sponsored by Wyley’s Sport is throwing up some very interesting results and a look at the board on Friday night showed it is very close at the top for team honours all will be decided this week when we have the final team race. The presentation of prizes for the league will take place after the final run on Wed 7th December.

Annual General Meeting

A note for your diaries the AGM of the juvenile club will be held in Minnies Bar Abbeyside on Tues Dec 6th. We look forward to seeing the parents of our young athletes at this meeting.