The outdoor season just keeps rolling along and this weekend we were In Templemore for the Munster u12-19 on Saturday and Munster U20/23, Senior and Masters on Sunday.
Ruairi Walshe, he may have been our youngest, smallest, quietest, OK not quiet but two out of three is not bad, athlete on Saturday but he was also one of the bravest and his third place finish in the U12 600m was a great reward for this youngest member of the highly talented Walshe dynasty. Older brothers Tom who is a schools cross country international was 2nd in the U15 800m and Ben an All Ireland cross country individual medalist was 6th in the u14 800. Both are looking forward to the longer 1500m event next week. Ingebrigtsen brothers had better watch out.
Anna Paxman and Lilly Duffy reached the final of their U12 600m but didn't medal despite good performances.
Diarmuid Moloney had to endure the U13 600m on Saturday despite preferring something a little longer so he turned up on Sunday to the Carrig 10k and won the U16 catagory in an astonishing 38min despite being only 12 yrs of age.
In the U14 catagory Roisin Duffy had a wonderful competition and won it with a 1.50m clearence.
U15 the afore mentioned Tom Walshe was 2nd in the 800m after a great battle with Newports Dara Kennedy. Micheal Moylan was 5th in this race also.
Jack O'Callaghan also got a silver medal this time in the Pole Vault with a 2.55m clearence.
In the U15 girls high jump Ellen O'Dwyer and Ellie McEvoy finished 2nd & 3rd both clearing 1.45m.
U16 James Sage was 2nd in the 100m hurdles and 3rd in the long jump.
Alex Reynolds was 4th in his discus competition with a throw of over 34m.
Ben Connolly cleared 3.30m to finish 2nd in the pole vault competition.
Also U16 Sean Hayes with 5th in the 800m with a brilliant new pb of 2m.09s.
Jodie McGrath was not at her best but still finished 2nd in the U16 girls pole vault with 2. 55m.
Sarah Lane showed she is getting back to her best after injury with an emphatic victory in the U18 girls 800m. Staying with the pack for 400m she then increased her pace on the second lap and ran away from her persuers to win in 2m21s.
Ted Collins also U18 was 2nd in his 800m in 2m.06m
Josh Egan had a great new pb when finishing 4th in the long jump with a jump of 6.31m.
The quartet of Josh Egan, Joe Cunningham, Ted Collins and Louis Doyle had a great battle in the U18 relay eventually finishing 3rd.
U19s Sean Carolan and Darragh Miniter were 2nd and 3rd in the long jump with 6.41 & 6.21m respectively. They finished in the same order and placing in the shot putt comp when Sean threw 13.45m and Darragh 11.73m.
The 2nd & 3rd day of these munsters are next Saturday and Sunday in Casteisland.
Thanks to Sean Finn for the summary.
If your an athletics fan then the All Ireland schools Track & Field finals in Tullamore are the place to be every June. All track & Field events are straight finals with only the best 8-16 athletes in the country in each event so there is little room for error or having a bad day.
The competition starts early to a strict timetable and a lot of our athletes especially the endurance athletes were not even in Tullamore when Jodie McGrath got us off to a great start when winning the Inter girls Pole Vault in a new national record of 3 meters. This was Jodie's first national schools title so well done to her.
After that initial success we had a mixed couple of hours.
Caitríona Finn finished 6th in the minor girls shot with a throw of 9.46m. This was an excellent performance in her first national schools final and shows a lot of potential for the future.
The best of our juniors was Ben Connolly, Nenagh CBS who was 3rd in his Pole Vault competition. Ben felt he didn't perform to his full potential but the 3m clearence was still enough for the bronze medal.
Also in the junior catagory Ellie McEvoy, St Anne's Killaloe finished 7th in the High jump with 1.45m and Emma Carolan, St Mary's Newport 11th in the Shot Putt with a throw of 8.55m.
In the Inter catagory Sarah Lane, St Anne's Killaloe had a great run in the 800m running 2m17s finishing 4th in what was the most competitive race of the day and won by Newport's Aimee Hayde in a schools record.
James Sage, St Joseph's Borrisoleigh also finished 4th in the 100m hurdles an agonizing .02 of a sec off the bronze medal.
Mark Carroll, Nenagh CBS 5.92m in the long jump and Ted Collins, Glenstal Abbey 2m06s in the 800m were performances below their own expectations but they will bounce back in the upcoming weeks.
St Joseph's, Borrisoleigh quartet of Alex Reynolds, James Sage, Tom McCutcheon and Lewis Doyle did not have their best day with a couple of changes not as slick as normal and eventually finishing 6th.
Our senior boys of Joe McEvoy, St Anne's Killaloe, Sean Carolan, St Mary's Newport and Darragh Miniter, Ennistymon CBS had mixed fortunes Joe was 3rd in the High jump with 1.95m but knocked a hurdle in the 110m H and finished 5th. Seán was 3rd in the Shot with an excellent 14.14m and 4th in the Long jump with a good 6.70m clearance. Darragh was just one place behind his clubmate in 5th with a 6.67m jump.
Our last individual competitor of the day was definitely worth waiting for. Ailbhe O'Neill, St Mary's Nenagh was favourite for the U16 mile in many peoples eyes. For Ailbhe the favourites tag was something new but you wouldn't have known that on the day for she dominated the race from the start and ran away from her competitors on the last lap to win in 5m.20s. This junior cert student has pressures of a different kind this week but I'm sure she will deal with them in the same cool, calm manner she always deals with what life throws at her.
Speaking of exams best of luck to all our junior and leaving cert students in the coming weeks.
Next week we have U12/19 juvenile Munster champs in Templemore on Saturday and Munster junior, U23 and masters also in Templemore on Sunday
Start lists are now up at https://www.munsterathletics.com/ on an event by event basis for both days in Castleisland (Days 2 & 3). Can you please check and if there are any errors, contact me by return by 4 pm today, Friday 14th June. Click HERE to go there. Thanks, Brian
The Munster T&F championships are spread across three days. Makes sure you scroll down through the order of events for each day below!
Sat 8th June
Munster U/12 to U/19 T&F Championships - Day 1
Templemore Track, Co. Tipperary
Start List for Day 1 - 8th June
Sat 15th June
Munster U/12 to U/19 T&F Championships - Day 2
An Riocht A.C. Track, Castleisland, Co. Kerry
START LIST FOR DAY 2 - 15TH JUNE
Sun 16th June
Munster U/12 to U/19 T&F Championships - Day 3
An Riocht A.C. Track, Castleisland, Co. Kerry
START LIST FOR DAY 3 - 16TH JUNE
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Thanks to Sean Finn for the summery...
It doesn't matter by what yardstick you use the Munster Schools athletic championships was a highly successful one for the club and local schools. We had medals, great performances and a great sense of progress throughout all disciplines. But the most pleasing aspect was the great sense of joy and unity among all our athletic community.
The schools athletic programme is broken into four age groups Minor, Junior, Intermediate and Senior. So starting with the youngest minor age group we had Catriona Finn St Marys, Nenagh pick up the bronze medal in the Shot Putt. Also in the minor age group Micheal Moylan, Nenagh College finished 5th in a very fast 800m race.
In the Junior section we had great performances from our girls Jodie Mcgrath St Mary's Nenagh clearing 2.50m in the pole vault for the gold medal , Ellie McEvoy St Anne's Killaloe was 2nd in the high jump with a 1.50m clearence and Emma Carolan St Mary's, Newport taking the bronze in the shot putt. Ava Coady St Mary's, Nenagh had another great 100m sprint and came close with a 4th place finish. Also in fourth place was Niamh Pateman St Mary's, Nenagh in the pole vault.
The junior boys also did well and James Sage showed that he is close to getting back to his best with a comprehensive win in the 100m hurdles. Ben Connolly also did very well with a silver medal in the pole vault when clearing an excellent 3.25m. Both Tom Walshe CBS, Nenagh 800m and Tom McCutchoen St Joseph's, Borrisoleigh 200m finished within .2 of a second of a medal when both finishing 4th. Cian Hodgins CBS Nenagh returning from injury had a very solid race in the 1500m. Louis Doyle was 6th in both the 100 & 200m.
The St Joseph's Borrisoleigh relay team had a trilling win in the junior 4x100m. Alex Reynolds, James Sage and Tom McCutchoen in the first three legs handed over to Louis Doyle in 3rd and an inspired run from Louis captured the gold medal on the line.
In the Intermediate boys there was a great sense of joy when Ted Collins, Glenstal won the 800m title after a difficult time because of an 18 month growing spree. This 6'3" 16 Yr old has grown not only in height but in athletic stature as his 1m59s performance shows huge potential for the future.
His Endurance training partner Sarah Lane, St Anne's Killaloe also returning from a difficult period took another giant step forward when taking the silver medal in the 800m in 2m18s.
George O'Leary, Glenstal continues to improve with a 6th place finish in the 3000m.
Mark Carroll CBS, Nenagh cleared 6.06m in claiming the silver in the inter long jump.
Padraig Hassett, Glenstal was 4th in the 400m hurdles.
In the Senior boys our three clubmates Sean Carolan St Mary's, Newport, Joe McEvoy St Anne's, Killaloe and Darragh Miniter CBS Ennistymon all did extremely well in their events. Sean and Darragh were 1st & 2nd in the long jump with only 2cm between them 6.40m to 6.38m. Darragh was then 2nd to his other teammate Joe McEvoy in the 110m hurdles again in a very close contest. Joe also won the high jump in 1.90m and Sean was 2nd in his shot putt competition.
Last but not least was the two U16 mile races. In the boys Jamie Moloney CBS Nenagh came down in distance from his favourite 3/5k distance but showed great pace to finish 6th.
In the girls U16 Ailbhe O'Neill, St Mary's Nenagh went into the mile as slight favourite and she didn't let the pressure get to her with a dominant display eventually seeing her coming home 8sec clear in a new Munster record of 5m17s. Ailbhe may be slight of stature but is a giant of a competitor as she continues to improve and is one of the most consistent underage female Endurance athletes in the country.
So it was we left Cork with a pep in our step looking forward to the All Ireland Schools in two weeks time 1st June in Tullamore. Can hardly wait, we'll done all.
A huge well done to all our senior men's squad who ran , jumped and threw brilliantly yesterday in Templemore. From Joe who got us off to a flying start to Anthony who threw the 56 lbs in the final event of the day, you all did us proud.Well done again and thanks for making the day such an enjoyable experience.Mark is taking up where Liam left off as Captain Fantastic.
Competition results were not available at the time of posting but we'll update again later in the week once they come on line.
PREMIER MEN - Templemore
Kildare County 105
Galway City Harriers 102
Tipperary County 96
Kerry Athletics 92
Nenagh Olympic A.C. 90
St. Abbans A.C. 86
Menapians A.C. 59
Leevale A.C. 53
Detailed results attached below
update 27th May
It was the turn of our younger athletes this weekend with the Munster U9/11 team and individual and U12 & 13 field event championships. We had a lot of inexperienced athletes competing at this level for the first time. Our numbers were also small because of Holy Communion and Confirmations on this weekend so we could only field one relay team.
Anna Paxman at 11 yrs of age was probably our most experienced athlete in Cork and she continues to add to her growing reputation with a third place finish in the U12 High Jump competition. She can now look forward to her running events in two weeks time.
In the team event our U9 boys won the bronze medals in the 60m. Fionn Tucker, Paddy McSherry and Harry Quinn all sprinted very well and congrats to the boys.
We had no other medals in Cork but we had excellent performances from Molly Madden U9 sprint, Emily O'Neill and Sarah Long U11 600m and Oscar Griffin continues to improve with a PB in his U11 Turbo Javelin. U11 Hannah Larkin wasn't far off the medals in her long jump competition also.
Well done also to sisters Aisling (300m & Long Jump) and Soirse Ryan (600, Long Jump and Relay) competing in their first Munster event. Mikey Ryan should be proud of his performance in the Long Jump.
We had only one relay team on the day and while out of the medals did themselves and the club proud. Well done to our U11 team of Soirse Ryan, Sarah Long, Emily O'Neill & Hannah Larkin.
Well done to all our Athletes!
We are still waiting on official results to be released.
update 23rd may
Update 20th may
The following athletes have been entered to compete at this weekends Munster T&F finals. (Note: we've had a very poor response rate asking for confirmation of attendance. This is impacting the number of relay teams we can enter. Only two relay teams entered (Boys and Girls U11) and both are still TBC if we can actually field the teams.. If you can make time to reply by 5pm today, Monday). We will update again later in the week.
update 27th may
The County B U9/14 championships were also on this weekend in Moyne with most of our small team having their first outing for the club.
One such newcomer is Lily Marchand from Templederry. Competing in her first outdoor competition she won the U11 500m and so begins the long road to endurance glory. She can take comfort in knowing that she is taking the very same route to middle distance success as our U17 & 18 Track queens Ailbhe O'Neill & Sarah Lane who with all probability will medal in next Saturdays All Ireland schools championships. I won't unload one of my many scintillating stories on Lily just yet about what's needed and expected on the road most taken to "guaranteed" athletic success, if only. Best of luck kid welcome to the club.
Thanks to Hazel Ryan (one of our many dedicated coaching assistants!) for the following summary:
The small group of Nenagh athletics that traveled to the county b finals in Moyne today all did very well. To name a few results Donnacha Browne came 2nd in U10 boys turbo javelin and 1st in U10 boys 300m, James Hanly took 2nd place in U9 boys long jump and a silver again in U9 boys relays. Isabelle Coyle came home with a gold medal in U11 girls relays, Dervla Ryan won a silver medal in the U10 girls Relays, Lena Ryan was delighted to her first individual medal of Silver in the girls U9 200m and a gold medal in U9 girls relays. Apologies to other Nenagh Athletics I have not mentioned here
The county B results are not up on the Tipp athletics website as I post this but I'll bring you all results during the week. If anyone has pictures and comments to share please do so.
Well done to all our Athletes.
County B Entries
Dervla Ryan - Long Jump
Dervla Ryan - 60m
Donnacha Browne - Turbo Javelin
Donnacha Browne - 300m
Isabelle Coyle - Long Jump
Isabelle Coyle - 500m
James Hanly - Turbo Javelin
James Hanly - Long Jump
Lena Ryan - Long Jump
Lena Ryan - 200m
Rachel Quigley - 80m
Rachel Quigley - 800m
Ronan Cunneen - Long Jump
Ronan Cunneen - 80m
Saoirse Ryan - 60m
Saoirse Ryan - 500m
We traveled to Templemore for our county championships this weekend with U13/19 on Saturday and the stars of the future our U9/12 were on Sunday. We had almost 90 athletes out over the two days and every one of them competed their hearts out.
With so many athletes each in two or three events we couldn't do an indept analysis of every event so starting with our wonderful U9 girls here's a quick run through, see what I did there.
Results and pictures of each of the events published on our facebook page & results can be found via Tipperary Athletics facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/Tipperary-Athletics-112962225429349/?epa=SEARCH_BOX
Molly Madden continues where she left off from the indoors with a win in the 60m and 2nd in the 300m. Also U9 Alannah O'Carroll was 2nd in the Turbo Javelin. Lucyanne Cleary put in a great performance to finish second in the U9 long Jump with a distance of 2.67, followed very closely by Jane O'Rourke in Third with a distance of 2.66.
Our U9 boys Paddy McSherry, Fionn Tucker and Harry Quinn had a 1,2,3 finish in the 60m.
Fionn also had a great win in the 300m while James Hanley was 4th in the Turbo Javelin.
In the U11 girls Eleanor Boland won the High Jump, Emily O'Neill was 2nd in the 600m and Hannah Larkin was 2nd in the Long Jump.
U11 boys and Oscar Griffin was 2nd in both the 60m and Turbo Javelin. Adam O'Callaghan finished 2nd in the Long Jump and Karl Ryan was 3rd in the Turbo Javelin.
U12 girls and Anna Paxman won 3 events, the 600m, High Jump and Long Jump. Her compatriot Lily Duffy was 1st in the 60m and 2nd in the 600m. Mairead O'Brien had a storming run to finish 2nd in the 60m.
U12 boys and Mike Ryan won the Long jump and finished 3rd in the 600m. Ruairi Walshe took the silver also in the 600m.
Results can also be seen via the link on Tipperary Athletics facebook page with plenty of pictures on our facebook page.
Thanks everyone for your support over the two days. Another great turn out by the club!
Ailbhe O'Neill, Sarah Lane and Ted Collins were in Athlone over the weekend as part of the U20 National Endurance Squad.
As well as tough track sessions there were also talks on Nutrition, Injury prevention and a Q&A session with Fionnuala McCormack: