Juvenile News

Juvenile News, 5th June 2017

County Schools Championships a Great Success

The county final was an exciting finale to a month of primary schools athletics. Despite the rain during the day the skies cleared just in time for the first race asthe best athletes from west Waterford, mid Waterford and the city competed against each other for the honour of being county champion. Western athletes figured strongly in all events. The trophies for the overall winners of each section of the Western Finals and the Nora Healy Trophy were presented on the night of the county final. West Waterford would like to extend their thanks to all the athletes, parents, committee member and senior club members who helped in the running of another very successful Primary School Sports. Our thanks also to St Augustine’s College for the use of their facilities. Lots of photos of the event are on the West Waterford A.C. website. Full results here

Irish Life and Health All Ireland Schools Championships

The top one thousand schools athletes in the country headed to Tullamore last weekend for the All Ireland Schools Championships. Of the thirty thousand who started out on the qualification journey only the top one thousand made it through to the finals so competition was tough in all the rounds. St Augustine’s were once again well represented in the pole vault with Patrick Fitzgerald taking second in the Inter boys and Alannah Kelly clearing 2m50 for the first time to tie for bronze in the junior girls. Aleksander Wagner jumped 12m70 to take a bronze medal in the inter boys triple jump and Micheal Power finished off his school’s career with a bronze medal in a very tactical senior 5000m.

Kate Hickey and Sinead O’Brien (Ard Scoil na nDéise) both improved on their personal best times when finishing 7th in their steeplechase races with Sinead taking 16 secs off her best time. Conor Mullanny was representing Blackwater C.S. and he finished 8th in the inter boys steeplechase.

Munster Bronze for David Gaffney and David Nyhan

Once again there were huge fields in all the events at the Munster under 9-13 Championships which were held in Ennis on Saturday and Sunday last. We are awaiting confirmation that David Gaffney and David Nyhan were third in the under 11 600m team event. They left the venue believing they were outside the medals but the results posted on line would give them third place so we await the corrected results. Both Cal Tutty and Ian Holmes qualified from their heats in the under 12 600m with both improving on their times in the final with Cal running 1.52.45 and Ian 1.53.30. Despite running 1.57.52 in her heat Angelina Chizhikova just missed out on a place in the under 13 girls 600m final. Sarah Gaffney competed in her first Munster track and field and ran 1.46.97 to finish 11th in the girls under 10 500m final.