Juvenile News

Juvenile News, 6th February 2017

Local Schools win Individual and Team Championships at the Irish Life Health East Munster Schools Championships

It was back to cross country on Friday last with a trip to Carriganore for the Irish Life Health East Munster Schools Cross Country Championships. There were eight races in all from Minor to Senior and there was success for West Waterford schools in all eight racesOnce again this year Waterford athletes were to the fore winning six of the eight individual titles and three team titles. The top fifteen individuals and the top four teams qualify for the Irish Life Health Munster Schools Cross Country Championships in Tramore Valley Park on Thurs Feb 16th.

In the Minor girl’s race the city schools filled the top two places with Saoirse Allen Mercy winning from Aoife Redmond Abbey CC. Emma Hickey (Ard Scoil) was the first West Waterford athlete home in 9th place and the Ard Scoil team finished fourth to qualify for the Munster championships.

Callum Hurley Ardscoil na Mara Tramore was the winner of the Minor boys race followed by James Aylward De la Salle with Abbey CC 3rd and St Augustine’s 4th also qualifying.

Una O’Brien Waterpark led from the start in the Junior girls race with Roise Ní Mhuirí ( St. Augustine’s) putting in a great performance to finish second. Aine O’Neill representing St Augustine’s was the first West Waterford athlete home in 5th place and St. Augustine’s took the team title ahead of Waterpark and Ursuline Waterford.

St. Declan’s athletes filled the first two places in the Junior boy’s Race with Matteo Mary winning just ahead of Eoin O’Brien and Fionn Blanche Abbey 3rd. In the team race St Augustine’s finished 2nd.

Lucy Holmes (Ardscoil) last year’s junior winner added the intermediate title this year with a convincing win in a race that Waterford athletes filled the top fifteen places. West Waterford’s Kate Hickey 5th and Mary Kate Prendergast 8th combined with Lucy to win the team title for the Ardscoil with Ursuline Waterford 2nd, Blackwater CS 3rd andWaterpark 4th .

Cian O’Riordan (Dungarvan CBS) finished second in the Inter boy’s race behind Jake McCarthy of Pobalscoil na Trionóide. With West Waterford’s Like Power 9th , Cormac Mahony 14th and Gavin McCarty 21st Dungarvan CBS took the team title. Michael Troy (St Augustine’s) finished in 6th place and the St. Augustine’s team clinched the 4th qualifying spot.

In the senior girls race twins Anna and OrlaO’Connor Waterpark finished 3rd and 4th. West Waterfords Caoimhe Dwyer representing St Augustine’s also finished in the top six and Waterpark, Ursuline Waterford and St. Augustine’s made it through to the Munster Championships.

Waterford athletes made their presence felt in the senior boys race with victory going to Evan Keane St. Declan’s with Hugo Blair Waterpark 2nd, ConorShiels Ardscoil na Mara 3rd and Niall Blackwell Dungarvan CBS 4th. Waterpark took the team title with St Augustine’s taking the bronze medals.

With so many qualifiers from Waterford schools there will be plenty of local interest in the Irish Life Health Munster Cross Country Championships.
Many thanks to the officials and parents from West Waterford who turned out to officiated in the event.

All Ireland Development Championships On Sunday Next

Its back to Cariganore on Sunday next Feb 12thfor the Irish Life health All Ireland development championships under 11, 13, 15, 17, and 19. Over the past few weeks a group of West Waterford athletes have been training away in preparation for this championship. The following have been entered for next Sunday

Girls under 11—Grainne Moore, Fiona O’Riordan, Aisling O’Donovan and Eimear O’Neill

Boys under 11--- David Gaffney, David Nyhan, Cal Tutty, Ian Holmes, Darragh O’Regan, Joe Kelly, Thomas Broderick, Nicky Fitzpatrick, Daniel Coonan

Girls under 13--- Emma Hickey, Lia Cunningham, Angelina Chizhikova, Kate Keogh, Cathy NíSheanlaoich, Eve Power

Boys under 13--- Ronan Mansfield, Jack Power, ConorDavidson, Conn Willans

Girls under 15--- Aoife O’Brien, Elia Tutty, Hannah Hallahan, Grace Power

Boys under 15--- Mark Blackwell

Girls under 17--- Kate Hickey, Sinead O’Brien, DaniCunningham, Orla Keane , Sophie Landers

Boys under 17--- Luke Power

Our thanks to our juvenile members and their parents who turned out on Saturday and Sunday to help with the John Treacy 10mile.