Juvenile News 24 October 2022


6 Individual Medals for West Waterford Athletes @ Day1 of the Munster X Country


Day 1 of the Munster Cross Country championships under 10,12,14,16 and 18 were held on Sunday last in Riverstick Co. Cork. Very heavy rain fell in the days leading up to the championships so the lower part of the course was very soft and draining on the legs. This was one of the toughest courses our athletes have ever run over. Despite the dire weather warnings the day dawned bright and clear and the rain stayed off for the duration of the races. WWAC athletes were competitive in all the races and with medals for the top twelve, six WWAC athletes won individual medals Ellie Mae Doherty, Isabelle Gaffney, Noah Commins, Sarah Gaffney, Fia de Paor and Naoise MacMhurchadha.

Isabelle, Noah, Sarah, Fia, and Naoise will all represent Munster at the upcoming All Ireland Championship.


5th place finish for Ellie Mae Doherty


The first race of the day was the girls under 10 run over 1000m . There was a big field in this event with almost 150 athletes taking part. Ellie Mae Doherty was quick off the mark and was always in contention for an individual medal and held on well in the tough conditions to finish 5th. This was Ellie Mae’s first individual cross country medal and an improvement on her 13th place last year. Leah Kiely was going well in the top half of the field and finished 67th. Eile de Paor was the next home in 76th and Sinead Houlihan 84th  and Allanah Pope 102nd  completed their first Munster championship event.


There was another big field in the boys under 10 and they started very fast.

Jarleth Hurney was first home for the club in 25th place  followed by Tiernan Hogan  46th . Colm O Múiri was next across the line in 63rd  just ahead of Rian Flavin in 67th and Seb Byrne completed the team in 107th place.


Under 12 Girls just outside the medals


There were big field again in both the under 12 girls and boys races over 2000m. First home for West Waterford was Clodagh Lattimore in 82nd place which was 10 places better than last year. Ruth Walsh and Amy Cosgrave who are both under 11 made it in to the top 100 finishing 94th  and 96th. Saoirse Kinsella also made it into the top 100 as she finished 98th and Natalie Barry completed the team in 112th.


In the boys race Fergus Donnolly put in a very strong individual performance to finish 41st .  He was followed home by Conor McCarthy 78th  and Peter Ahearne 95rd  and Olan Devereaux 98th made it in to the top 100. Not far behind was Mark McLoughlin 104th   Charlie Curran 106th  and Lochlann Hurney 115th.


Bronze for Waterford Girls  Under 14 Team


The first medals for Waterford in the inter county competition came in the under 14 girls race where Waterford finished 3rd. First West Waterford athlete home was Isabelle Gaffney who came with a strong sprint finish to move from 14th  to 11th and claim an individual medal. Sophie Beresford and Ellen Power  were both running in their first Munster Cross Country and put in strong performance to finish 35th and 37th. Both scored on the Waterford and won their first Munster medals and also qualified for the All Ireland.  Ciara Flavin was next home in 72nd place just ahead of Luisne de Paor 78th and it was close also between Suin Cunningham 86th and Sarah Hallissey 88th.  


Individual Silver for Noah Commins in Boys under 14 Race


West Waterford’s top finisher of the day was Noah Commins who finished 2nd in the boys under 14 event. The race over 3000m was a tough test for all the athletes. Noah was in the leading group from the start and finished strongly to take the silver medal. Running only his second race with the club Oisin Whelan finished 45th. Oisin took a tumble on one of the slippery downhill turns but showing great spirit he got back on his feet and finished the race.


Individual,Club and County Medals for Under 16 Girls


West Waterford’s strongest team was in the girls under 16 race with four of the group running together since they were under 9. Sarah Gaffney and Fia de Paor ran neck and neck for most of the race with Sarah just edging into 8th on the run in but Fia was close behind in 9th place. Aoife O’Donovan battled hard to finish 21st and Ami Flavin stuck to the task to finish 33rd.  They were well backed up by Lauren Cliffe 35th and Sarah O’Riordan 36th. The team took the bronze medals in a very tight contest with only six points separating the three teams.

Waterford were also 3rd in the inter county contest with Sarah, Fia, Aoife and Ami all scoring on the Waterford team.


First Individual Medal for Naoise in Boys under 16


As they moved up the age groups the distance got longer and the athletes were really tested by the tough conditions.  Naoise Mac Mhurchadha was going to make sure of an individual medal this year having just missed out by one place in his first Munster last year. With a year’s competition under his belt he ran a more canny race letting the leading bunch go and settling in the second group. In a fast paced race he finished in 8th place.

Our last two competitors in the girls under 18 made it into the top 30 with Grainne Moore finishing 26th and Angelina Chizhikova just two points behind in 28th .


Well done to all our athletes and parents who travelled on the day and a huge well done to all our athletes who completed such a tough course.


We now have eleven athletes through to the All Ireland in Donegal on Sunday Nov 30th

Isabelle Gaffney, Sophie Beresford, Ellen Power,  Noah Commins,Sarah Gaffney, Fia de Paor,Aoife O’Donovan, Ami Flavin, Lauren Cliffe, Sarah O’Riordan and naoise Mac Mhurchadha.


 Elverys InterSport Tony’s League  up and Running


We are delighted that Elverys InterSport have come onboard again this year to sponsor our winter league. Week 1 and 2 have been run off and now the team competition starts in earnest on Wed 26th . The teams will all be up on the board at training on Wed as well as the results of week 2. On Wed Nov 2nd we will have training as usual but will not run a leg of the league as it is midterm.  Remember each week it is your own time you are trying to beat. Will anyone make it into the top ten times this year? All those who competed over the last two weeks will now be on a team. It is very important for the team race that everyone turns up each Wednesday as everyone contributes to the team score.


 Tonys League Top 10  
1LucyHolmes2019 6.21 
2AoifeHamilton2013 6.29 
3KateVeale2011 6.38 
4HannahPower2013 6.42 
5ShonaCurran2003 6.48 
6DarinaNí Sheanlaoich2013 6.49 
7SineadFlynn2013 6.53 
8SarahNyhan2019 6.54 
9LorraineMcCarthy2004 6.55 
10CaoimheDwyer2013 6.58 
1CianO’Riordan2018 5.38 
2MarkShalloe2007 5.41 
3DavidMcCarthy2002 5.52 
4RoryMoloney2007 5.54 
5MícheálPower2013 5.59 
6LiamO’Reilly2014 6.00. 
7NiallBlackwell2015 6.04 
8FerdiaO’hAodha2003 6.05 
9SeanStillwell2005 6.05 
10ShaneO’Riordan2013 6.07 


Full Lap12/10/202219/10/2022
Noah Commins6.42
Oisin Whelan7.086.58
Isabelle Gaffney6.597.01
Fia De Paor7.237.10
Aoife O Donovan7.177.11
Sarah Gaffney7.167.22
Rory Donnelly7.37
Ami Flavin7.387.39
Fergus Donnelly7.468.31
Ellen Power7.558.17
Jarlaith Hurney7.58
Sophie Beresford7.598.15
Anna Rochford8.01
Sarah O Riordan8.038.01
Callum Curran8.01
Colm O Murrai8.048.32
Nicole Cullinane8.069.06
Elli Mai Doherty8.088.42
Tiernan Hogan8.118.18
Clodagh Cunningham8.16
Ciara Flavin8.24
Mark Mc Loughlin8.298.42
Sarah Hallissey8.359.00
Cian Qualter8.35
Peter Ahearne8.37
Isabel Daly8.538.41
Conor Mc Carthy8.459.10
Fiona O Riordan8.46
David Dempsey8.479.54
Amy Cosgrave8.528.48
Saoirse Kinsella8.499.11
Rian Curran8.50
Lachlan Hurney8.51
Ruth Walsh8.529.08
Alicia Radley8.549.16
Layla Rose Harty8.55
Shannon Radley9.218.59
Seb Byrne9.00
Leah Kiely9.0110.05
Grace Hodge9.08
Mario Zakis9.0811.55
Clodagh Lattimore9.08
Luisne De Paor9.229.10
Charlie Curran9.12
Faye Mc Grath9.569.19
Katie Mai Daly9.20
Olan Devereux9.2211.56
Emily Curran9.30
Seoda Kinsella9.349.58
Leah Wall9.38
Oisin Cunningham9.52
Alice Power9.59
Ami O Riordan10.08
Niveah Cairns10.12
Eoghan Kenny10.2910.13
Alannah Pope10.14
Clodagh Mills10.26
Nathan Butler10.30
Natalie Barry10.3710.50
Ava Kiely10.49
Caoimhe Houlihan11.2512.09
Siobhan Hickey11.2712.08
Feidhlim Harty11.53
Cillian Pope11.57
Myah Kiely13.57
Short Lap12/10/202219/10/2022
Rian Flavin3.554.04
Ger De Buitlear4.05
Sinead Houlihan4.264.26
Joe Curran4.27
Evan Radley4.304.58
Ele De Paor4.344.3
Darcy Lavin4.344.33
Jack Mc Grath4.364.35
Elin Qualter4.364.46
Madeline Curran4.36
Aisling Hickey4.43
Eadaoin Houlihan4.504.54
Charlie Ahearne4.52
Ava Burkin4.59
Daniel Curran5.06
Sinead Donnelly5.095.29
Alex Dempsey5.11
Jess Collins5.125.18
Maisie Kenneally5.165.39
Rex Radley5.21
Leon Phelan5.25
Daniel Flynn5.435.27
Gavin Dowdall5.446.11




The West Waterford Juvenile Committee would like to extend sincere condolences to Anna Rochford and her family on the sad passing of her father Anthony last week. May Anthony rest in peace.

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