Juvenile News November 27 2023

First Munster Medals for Etain and Colm

The Munster B Championships were held in Riverstick Co Cork on Sunday. This championship is growing stronger every year and there were big field in all the races. As with all the races this year underfoot conditions were soft  and the hilly terrain made it a tough challenge for our young athletes.

First in action was Etain Ní Mhurchadha who is making steady progress all year. She put in a strong run to finish 30th . Etain was a scoring member of the Waterford team that finished 3rd in the inter county event. This is Etain’s first Munster medal.

Up next were the under 11 girls with a field of almost 100 athletes. Sinead Houlihan put in a strong performance to finish 71st and Sinead Donnelly who was running a year out of age finished 89th.

Colm O’Muiri completed the 1000m course in just over 6mins to finish in 24th place in the boys under 11 race. Waterford had a strong team in this event with six athletes in the top thirty. Colm was the third scoring athlete on the Waterford team that finished 3rd in the inter county competition.

West Waterford’s top finisher of the day was Ava Kiely who finished 15th in a very competitive field dominated by Cork athletes who had eight athletes in the first ten finishers. Ava was the first Waterford girl home in the race. There was a big spread of athletes from all six counties in the boys under 13 and Fergus Donnelly was the second Waterford athlete home in 26th place.

Our final competitor of the day was Oisin Whelan in the under 15 boys race. Oisin was out of action for all of the cross country season so it was good to see him back for the last Munster race of the season. Oisin finished 23rd in the race.

Well done to all seven athletes who made the trip to Riverstick to represent their club and county.

123.IE All Ireland Under 11,13,15,17,19 in Navan on Sunday Next Dec 3rd

We will be heading off to Navan next Sunday where our athletes will compete in Day 2 of the All Ireland Championships.

Leah Kiely, Ellie Mai Doherty, Isobel Daly and Eile de Paor will all compete on the Waterford team under 11

Saoirse Kinsella and Ava Kiely will compete on the Waterford under 13 team

Isabelle Gaffney and Luisne De Paor will represent Waterford in the under 19 race

Noah Commins under 15, Fia de Paor under 17 and Naoise Mac Mhurchadha will all represent Munster in their races

Fia de Paor, Sarah O’Riordan, Lauren Cliffe, Eabha Hickey and Sarah Gaffney will represent West Waterford and Waterford in the under 17 girls race.

 We will travel by bus on the day and the bus will leave the Park Hotel at 6.45 sharp. Best of luck to all those competing on the day.

Elverys Intersport  Sponsored Tony’s League

Next Wed will be the final team run in Tony’s League and the last chance to improve your time. We had some very good running last week in the league. Noah Commins got his best time down to 6.30 and Isabelle Gaffney went under 7mins for the first time this year. Fergus Donnolly got under 7.30 ans Ava Kiely broke the 8mins. Colm O’Muiri is also very close to breaking 8mins as he was just one second off last week.

Others to record their best times last week were Mark McLoughlin, Ellie Mai Doherty, Luisne de Paor, Leah Kiely, Siun Cunningham, Amy Cosgrave, Eile de Paor. Natalie Barry has knocked almost a minute and a half off her time over the few weeks and Nathan Butler was almost 1min faster this week.

In the short lap Andy Zakis improved his best time and Jamie Kiely broke 4mins for the first time. David Kiely is also close to breaking 4mins. Fionn McKeon went under 5mins for the first time and Fiadh Hamblin has improved her time by 50secs. Daniel Curran, Billy O’Riordan ans Charlie Ahearn also ran their best times last week.

On Wed the 6th we will have one final run. Everyone will go off at their best time and the clock will count down. If everyone runs to their best they should all cross the line at the same time.

The run will be followed by the presentation of prizes in the school hall and we will be finished about 6pm.

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