Venue - Nenagh Olympic Complex
Uploaded by Garrett Moylan, based on Nenagh Guardian notes by PRO Ray Deering
Congratulations to Joseph Mc Evoy in winning the Munster u14 competition in the Combined Event which were held on the same day as the relays. Joseph performed very well throughout a very long day winning both the Shot and the High Jump and thus ensuring a comfortable overall win. His brother Jack competed in the u13 section and finished in 8th place
Munster Juvenile Relays:
The Munster Juvenile Relays once again produced drama, excitement, happiness and sadness for our club and for all other clubs involved. The day turned out to be a good one on the medals count for Nenagh, while there was also a case of what might have been with some races. All our athletes from u9 to u19 gave their all on the track and we thank them for their efforts. Also to be thanked are all of the parents who patiently waited around all day as events dragged on, eventually falling two hours behind the Munster organised timetable!!
Onto the details of the day and a successful one it was with 4 golds, 3 silvers and one bronze as well as several athletes competing in their first Munster relays. To put some of our athletes performances in context, all heat results were based on times with the top four progressing to the finals - athletes were up against the best in Munster, reaching a final was a great achievement never mind winning a medal.
Our boys and girls teams were all competing for the first time at this level and while they didn’t make it through to either final all eight ran really well and we hope it’s the start of a long career with the club.
Girls u9 - Ava Collins, Ava Grace, Christine Percy and Ciara Ryan
Boys u9 - Matthew Sage, Ben Walsh, Jack Kennally and Niall Connolly.
Jack O Callaghan, Filip Mc Intyre, Tom Walsh, Zak Egan and Cian Hodgins all performed brilliantly and were unlucky to be pipped on the line in the final. To win silver was a great effort but they will have revenge in mind when they hit the outdoors.
Hannah Grace, Pheobe Sage, Ellie and Sarah Mc Evoy made up our team in this section and although they didn’t reach the final, all four girls ran very well.
We had great success at this age with a gold, a silver and a great run from our second boys team.
Ladies first..., Ellen O Shaughnessy, Jodie Mc Grath, Emma Carolan and Amy O'Mahony were excellent as they came through their heat to the final where they claimed silver medals in great style.
Now the gentlemen..., our boys team consisting of Tom Mc Cutheon, Oisin Pepper, Alex Reynolds and James Sage once again claimed a Munster title when they stormed to victory in the final and proved that fluent baton changing isn’t always needed to win a race just speed and determination. A mention also for the team of Luke Purcell, Jack O Callaghan, Ben Connolly and Daniel Fogarty who were very unlucky not to make the final but all four lads will be pushing the medal winning team for places based on the evidence of their performance on the day.
There was a tale of woe for our boys team in this section as Adam Brennan, Oisin Pepper, Jamie Kennedy and Padraic Hassett having made the final and built up a lead, then had the misfortune of dropping the baton. It was a shame for the lads but we know that they’ll bounce back stronger from this experience.
Abbey Sharkey, Kayleigh Boland, Ellen O Shaughnessy and Aoibheann Slattery ran well in their heat against strong opposition but unfortunately didn’t progress any further.
Our boys team here picked up another title for the club as they put in two great performances to win the gold. Ted Collins, Aaron Walsh, Aaron Morgan and Josh Egan all ran really well and fully deserved their victory as they powered to the win.
Lucy Mulcahy, Sarah Hennessy, Sarah Lane and Hazel Reynolds ran well in their heat but unfortunately didn’t make the final.
The u14 girls team of Caoilfhionn Maher, Hannah Finnerty, Maeve Hassett and Sarah Lane surprised a few with the quality of their running in this 4x200m race but against very strong opponents it just wasn’t enough to progress.
Losing an athlete the quality of Lauren Moylan to injury was a big blow to the girls team but Sadbh O Mahony, Aoife Dunne, Alannah Deering and Olivia Moylan all proved to be up to the challenge and went on to win a well deserved silver medal. Well done girls on a great effort and get well soon Lauren.
This group of girls have amazed us for years and Saturday was no different. Faced with a final against some of the big name clubs in the province and with not a huge amount of training done for some of the team (ye know who ye are!) Amy White, Leah Farnan, Emma Hennessy, Ciardha Maher supported by sub, Kayley Moylan defied the odds to claim the gold medals in great style. Great stuff girls.
The first gold medal won on Saturday was by the team of Amy White, Ciara Cummins, Aoife Deering and Ciardha Maher when the claimed the title of Munster u18 4x200m champions. All four girls ran brilliantly but special mention to Ciardha who held off a European Champion on the last leg for the victory.
Up against a very good field in the final of the u19 4x200m were Liam Finn, Michael Hogan, Daniel Keating and Colm O Brien (making his debut for the club) and all four lads performed very well to claim the bronze medal in a very fast race.
These were great results for the club and we can now look forward to the Nationals later in the season with confidence.
Congratulations to all athletes and coaches.