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Juvenile News, April 30th 2007

West Waterford Juveniles Get to Grips with busy schedule

The athletics season started in earnest this week with events on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  Despite the rain earlier in the week the weather kept fine for all three events. Even on the warmest day in summer there is always a cold breeze on the track in Waterford so having fine weather is a big plus for the athletes and also for the officials who stand for hours officiating at these events.


Post Primary School Championships 

These events were held on the track in Waterford and there was a very good turnout of athletes with nineteen schools sending representatives to this event.  This year there was a big increase in the number of boys competing and there was also a large contingent from Youghal who traditionally compete in the Waterford and East Munster area. West Waterford athletes represented the Ardscoil, Colaiste Cathail, and St. Augustines and many of them were among the medal winners.  These will go on to compete in the East Munster Championships, which will be held over the next two Wednesdays where they will be looking for qualifying places for the Munster Schools.

Among the Medal winners from West Waterford competing for St Augustines were :  Minors  Kate Veale 3rd 1500m, Leann Herlihy 2nd Long Jump & 2nd High Jump  Juniors Lisa Houlihan 1st Long Jump and High Jump

Representing Ard Scoil na nDeise were: Minors Ciara Scanlan 2nd Shot &3dr Discus, Natalie Wancerg 3rd High Jump, Siobhan Nugent 3rd Javelin

Juniors; Roisin Tobin 1st 100m, Edel Roche 1st 800m &2nd 1500m, Colleen Whelan 2nd 800m, Clodagh Gallagher 3rd 1500m, Jane O’Brien 3rd 100m, Claire Collins 1st High Jump & 2nd Long Jump, Zoey Scanlon 1st Discus & Javelin Colleeen Hayes 3rd Shot & Discus.


From Colaiste Cathail Maurice O’ Connor 2nd 800m, Michael Mc Grath 3rd Shot & 2nd Discus

Representing St. Augustines David Early 1st 800m & 2nd  Long Jump, Lughaidh O’Mahony 2nd 800m, Joe Conway 3rd Discus,  Mark Shalloe 2nd 1500.

From Dungarvan C.B.S.  Darragh O’Riordan 2nd 1500m,  Kevin Harty 2nd Triple Jump & High Jump.   

Big Crowds and exciting finishes at Primary School Sports


On Thursday the youngsters from the big schools were in action for their heats. With places at stake in the western final the athletes were prepared to give their all for the glory of their school.  There were some very close and exciting finishes particularly in the relays.  Schools will be notified of their qualifiers for the finals.  Next week it is the turn of the smaller schools to run their heats.  Once again we expect large numbers so come early if you want to park in the Friary.  Line up starts at 6.15 and the first race will be under way at 6.30.  We will not wait for latecomers as we need to start on time to ensure we are finished before dark.


70 Athletes travel to County Championships

On Friday the first round of the county championships were held in Waterford.  A large contingent travelled from West Waterford.  There were also large numbers from Ferrybank, K.C.K, Tramore, Waterford A.C. and An Gaeltacht making it one of the largest and most competitive championships for several years. West Waterford had many medal winners on the track in the jumping and throwing events. Among them were Caoimhe Dwyer, Shannon O’Brien, Cliodhna Ryan, Tholm Reddy, Shane O’Riordan, Thomas Shaw Hamilton, Richard Casey, Kate Hickey, Leann Herlihy, Ciara Scanlan, Kate Veale, Cian Ryan, Zoe Scanlon, Lisa Houlihan, Lorraine O’Neill, Niamh Collins, Clodagh Gallagher, Kate Kennedy, Rebecca Maher, Claire Collins, Edel Roche, David Early, Ronan O’ Neill, Shane O’Gorman, Darragh O’Riordan, Michael Tutty, Daniel Kearney, Daniel Mc Carthy, David Mc Carthy, Mark Shalloe, Patrick Palmer, Ann Fennell, Ruth Fennell,  Emma Dunne, Aisling Fennell, Thomas Houlihan, Michael Devine, Aarron Meehan, Joe Conway, Brian Hallissey Mary Frost, making it a very successful night for West Waterford.  A tired but happy bunch arrived back in Dungarvan at 10.30.


Training continues Wednesday and Friday at 6.00 in the Friary.


Next Events;

Wed May 2nd East Munster Girls Championships

Thurs May 3rd  Primary School Sports Small Schools Heat

Wed. May 9th East Munster Boys Championships

Thurs May 10th Western Finals of Primary School Sports

Sunday May 13th Second Round of County Championships