Juvenile News, 14 October 2019

Inter Sport Elverys Winter League Starts on Wednesday October 9th@4.15
This year we welcome back Inter Sport Elverys who will again sponsor the juvenile winter league. The league known among the athletes as Tony’s League will get underway on Wed Oct 9th @4.15. Check in will be open from 4pm with the first group under way by 4.15. Wed 9th Oct and Wed 16th Oct are the two trial days with the team contest getting underway on Wed Oct 23rd. You have to compete on one of those two trial days in order to be in a team. If you miss those two dates you can still compete as an individual but will not be included in the team event. The team competition will be run over four weeks Oct 23rd, Nov6th, 13th and 20th. The final run and presentation will take place on Wed 27th of November with the Power Family Cup going to the captain of the winning team. If you take part in one of the trial days but cannot commit to running each Wed in Nov please let Lola, Antoinette or Mary know at training as it really throws out the team results if some of the team members are missing. 
The League always generates great interest among the athletes and is great preparation for the upcoming Munster Championships. Training will continue on Wed and Fri @4.15 for the rest of the winter

Another Great Day at the County Championships
Day two of the county championships was held in ideal conditions at St Augustine’s College on Sunday last. West Waterford had forty five athletes in action some of them competing for the first time at the county championships.
The first race of the day was the under 9 girls and Natalie Barry put in a great run to finish 15th. She was followed home by Clodagh Lattimore in 17th place and Aimee Barry in 29th. Amy O’Riordan was next home in 31st place with Ciara O’Donovan 34th and Abbi Casey 34th. The team finished in 4th place.

First County Title for Boys Under 9
 In the under 9 boys race Conor McCarthy crossed the line in 4th place and led the under 9 boys to their first team title. Patrick Mullaney was next home in 9th followed closely by Lochlan Hurney 10th and Peter Ahearne 11th. Not far behind were Fergus Donnelly 14th and Cameron Flavin 19th. This was a great result as most of the team were competing in their first cross country race.
Double for Isabelle Gaffney and Eoin Prendergast in the under 11 races.
Isabelle Gaffney completed the double adding the under 11 title to the under 10 she won last week. Isabelle led from the start and came home ahead of her teammate Kyla Flavin who took the silver medal. Sarah Hallissey 14th and Sarah Murray 16th were the other scoring members of the team that finished in 3rd place. Newcomer Marie Curran finished 24th with Ríona Towey 28th completing the team.
Eoin Prendergast also completed the double adding the under 11 title to the under 12 he won last week. Eoin led all the way in the 1500m race and led his team to the gold medals. Owen Morrissey put in a very strong finish to capture the individual bronze medal. Natanas Lunskis moved up from the under 10 and finished 10th as did Rian Curran in 12th and Cormac O’Regan completed the team in 20th place.  
Liam Broderick leads under 13 boys to County Title
The under 13 girls were next in action a much improved Claudia O’Halloran went off in the leading bunch in a very fast paced race. She stayed with the leaders for the first 2000m but faded in the last 1000m to finish in 5th place a big step up from her 13th place last year. Aoife O’Donovan finished 10th with Aoife Lattimore 13th and Sarah O’Riordan 16th and Catherine O’Donnell17th improving on their placings last year and Hannah Power completed the team in 18th. The team finished in 3rd place.
Liam Broderick took the individual silver in the boys under 13 race and led the West Waterford team to the county title. Conor Keane finished just outside the individual medals in 4th place and Cillian Towey 9th and Kaelen Barry 13th were the other scoring members of the team.
Clean Sweep for WWAC Girls under 15
Caoimhe Prendergast was back in action on Sunday last and led from the gun for a very convincing win in the under 15 girl’s race. She was followed home by Angelina Chizhikova who took the silver medal and Lia Harty who took the bronze. Cathy Ní Sheanlaoich in 10th was the fourth scoring member of the team followed Fiona O’Riordan in 12th. The team finished in first place.

Team Title for Under 17 Boys
The final team in action on the day was the under 17 boys. Tommy Fennel crossed the line in 2nd place just ahead of Waterford’s Aiden Burke reversing the result of last week’s under 16 race. Oisin O’Riordan was back in action after a recent football injury and finished 5th. Rory Fennell ran strongly to finish 7th just ahead of Eoin Buenaventura 8th and Mark Blackwell 9th. The team won the county title.
In the under 19 girls race Lucy Holmes finished 3rd with Mary Kate Prendergast came home in 6th place. 

Congratulations to Waterford AC who won the Babs Connors Trophy it was a very close fought contest with West Waterford with only a few point separating the two clubs.

County B Championships Next Sunday @11am
The final county championship the B championship for under 9, 11,13and 15 will be held in St Augustine’s College starting at 11am.  West Waterford athletes will meet at 10.15 to register and warm up. 
Any athlete who won an individual medal or was on a gold medal winning team in the last two weeks cannot take part in the B championships. 
Throwing Group Start Winter Training
Our throwing group will start their winter training programme on Tues next training will take place on Tues and Fridays @4pm