Juvenile News 07 November 2021


Another Successful Day at the Munster Cross Country Championships


The third and final day of the Munster Championships were held at Castlelyons Co Cork. Twenty seven athletes from West Waterford travelled to compete at the event with many of them taking part in their first Munster Championships. It was a great day for cross country running with bright sunshine all day and good underfoot conditions.

Two West Waterford athletes finished in the top 12 and won individual medals Anna Rochford under 11 and Eoin Morrissey under 13.


Great Running from the under 9’s


There were very big fields in both the girls and boys under 9 races. Alannah Pope and Olivia Kenny were competing in their first Munster Championship and both finished in the top 50 with Alannah coming through strongly in the latter half of the race to finish 36th and Olivia not far behind in 47th.

In the boys race those who competed last week all benefitted from the experience. Oran Murray led the team home in 41st place just two places ahead of Shane Power who had a much better run this week. Seb Byrne was next home in 56th place followed by Rex Radley 69th and newcomer Ronan O’Donnell finished 70th in his first race.


Medals for Anna Rochford and Natalie Barry


The first medals of the day came in the under 11 race. Anna Rochford had a super run. For much of the race she was just off the top twelve and with 300m to go she was in sixteenth place but she came with a great run down the final run in to move up to twelfth place and win her first individual  Munster medal.  Natalie Barry ran a solid race throughout and finished 58th. Both Ruth Walsh and Alicia Radley, who moved up from the under 10’s finished 74th and 93rd. The Waterford team finished third in the inter county race and Anna and Natalie were scoring members of the team.


The biggest field of the day were in the under 11 races with almost one hundred and fifty athletes competed in both the boys and girls races. Fergus Donnelly was the best of the boys as he continues to improve with every race and came home 20th, not far behind was Charlie Curran in 25th place.  Dylan Murray showed a big improvement from last week and finished 48th just three places ahead of Conor McCarthy 51st. Mario Zakis moved up from the under 10’s and finished 58th with Patrick Mullaney next in 75th place. We had three new athletes running their first race and Jacob Foley finished 75th followed by Nathan Foley 107th and Eoghan Kenny 121st.



Individual and County medals for the Boys under 13 


We had just two athletes competing in the girls under 13 race where Luisne de Paor finished 75th and Amy O’Riordan 89th.

Owen Morrissey had his best run of the season to finish 7th in the boys under 13 race and win the second individual medal of the day. A much improved Rory  Donnelly finished 21st and Cathal McKenna finished 63rd. Owen, Rory and Cathal all scored on the county team that finished 3rd in the inter county race.


In the final race of the day Angelina Chizhikova put in a strong run to finish 16th and Fiona O’Riordan also made it to the top twenty finishing 19th.


 Athletes from West Waterford who have qualified for the All Ireland Championships Santry

Sunday Nov 21st


West Waterford Ac is delighted to have such a large group of athletes qualified for the All Ireland Championships. Seven athletes will be competing at this level for the first time  Rosie Berryman, Lauren Cliffe, Nicole Cullinane, Luisne de Paor,Ciara Flavin, Ava Kiely and Naoise MacMurchadha and it is a huge achievement to qualify for an All Ireland in your first season of cross country running. Well done to all the athletes who have qualified and to their coaches who have supported them on their journey. 


Munster Teams


The following have qualified to compete on the Munster Teams


Under 12 Isabelle Gaffney,


Under 14 Sarah Gaffney, Fia de Paor, Aoife O’Donovan


Under 16 David Gaffney, Cal Tutty


 Waterford County Teams


The following have qualified to compete with the county teams


Under 14 Sarah Gaffney, Fia de Paor, Aoife O’Donovan, Kyla Flavin,            Lauren Cliffe, Ami Flavin


Under 16 Grainne Moore, Claudia O’Halloran, Ciara Quinn, Fiona O’Halloran


West Waterford Club Teams


The following have qualified to compete with the club teams


Under 12 Isabelle Gaffney, Ava Kiely, Rosie Berryman, Nicole Cullinane, Luisne de Paor, Ciara Flavin


Under 14 Sarah Gaffney, Fia de Paor, Aoife O’Donovan, Kyla Flavin,            Lauren Cliffe, Ami Flavin


Under 16 David Gaffney, Cal Tutty, Naoise MacMurchadha, Ben Qualter


Tony’s League Sponsored by Intersport Elverys


Week three of our winter league which was the first week of the team competition went ahead on Wednesday last.  Once again we had over eighty young athletes competing and there were some very good times on the day. Fastest of all was Cal Tutty who completed the 2000m course in 6m30.

Shannon Radley made the biggest improvement on the day knocking a full minute off her time. Natalie Barry, Doireann Hickey, Eabha Hickey, Ciara Quinn,Fiona o’Riordan, Rory Donnolly and Ami Flavin have all bettered their times in each of the three weeks so far. In the short lap Jarleth Hurney still leads the way and Sulán Ní Shullibháin and Sinead Houlihan are two young athletes that are bringing down their times every week. Full list of times below. You can check out your team scores at training on Wed.


 Full Lap03/11/2021
1Cal Tutty6.30
2David Gaffney6.34
3Eoin Prendergast6.57
4Sarah Gaffney7.12
5Aoife O Donovan7.14
6Conor Keane7.18
7Fia De Paor7.20
8Owen Morrissey7.27
9Rory Donnolly7.32
10Rian Cliffe7.35
11Isabelle Gaffney7.36
12Ami Flavin7.40
13Grainne Moore7.50
14Kyla Flavin7.53
15Lauren Cliffe8.06
16Callum Curran8.07
17Sarah O Riordan8.08
18Charlie Curran8.09
19Rosie Berryman8.09
20Crea Frisby8.15
21Lia Cunningham8.16
22Fergus Donnelly8.18
23Cathal Mc Kenna8.19
24Sarah Hallissey8.21
25Fiona O Riordan8.22
26Cian Qualter8.22
27Angelina Chizhikova8.24
28Ciara Quinn8.27
29Shannon Radley8.38
30Ava Kiely8.42
31Cathy Shanley8.48
32Claudia O Halloran8.49
33Nicole Cullinane8.51
34Dylan Murray8.58
35Lochlann Hurney9.01
36Aimee Barry9.02
37Doireann Hickey9.03
38Rian Curran9.06
39James O Donnell9.10
40Natalie Barry9.18
41Patrick Mullaney9.23
42Clodagh Cunningham9.28
43Conor Mc Carthy9.29
44Ali Cunningham9.29
45Clodagh Lattimore9.30
46Eabha Hickey9.33
47Ciara Flavin9.37
48Ciara O Donovan9.39
49Matilda Mattuzzi9.55
50Siobhan Hickey9.59
51Ami O Riordan10.22
52Luisne De Paor10.55
53Aoife Doyle10.57
 Short Lap03/11/2021
54Jarlath Hurney3.42
55Mario Zakis3.51
56Anna Rochford3.60
57Jack Barry4.00
58Alicia Radley4.00
59Mark Mc Loughlin4.04
60Isobel Daly4.08
61David Dempsey4.10
62Ruth Walsh4.13
63Eoghan Kenny4.23
64Jacob Foley4.25
65Sulán Ni Shuilleabháin4.27
66Katie Mai Daly4.28
67Grace Hodge4.32
68Leah Kiely4.33
69Cormac Hallahan4.33
70Éle de Paor4.35
71Sinead Houlihan4.37
72Shane Power4.41
73Sebastian Byrne4.45
74Ellie Mai Doherty4.46
75Oran Murray4.48
76Clodagh Mills4.52
77Alanna Pope4.55
78Ronan o Donnell5.02
79Caoimhe Houlihan5.04
80Olivia Kenny5.06
81Nathan Butler5.09
82Aisling Hickey5.12
83Rex Radley5.17
84Killian Pope5.27