With most of our athletes on a break after a long season we had the last couple of competitions of the year this week.
On Wednesday Jodie McGrath took part in the world famous Cork City Sports at CIT track in Cork. 15 Yr old Jodie taking part in her first senior competition almost equaled her PB in the Pole Vault and should be really happy with her efforts.
This weekend saw the finals of the All Ireland Community Games in UL.
On Saturday the Templederry 4x100m relay squad of James Sage, Tom McCutcheon, Lewis Doyle, Colm Ryan, William Fogarty and Aidan Murray won the U16 relay final in a very comprehensive manner.
On Sunday the anchor man on that relay Lewis Doyle became the first Templederry athlete to win an individual gold medal when he won a very close U16 200m final with a very strong closing 100m. Its Lewis's first individual all Ireland medal also.
Seán Hayes representing Kiladangan reached the final of the U16 1500m and finished 6th in a very competitive race. I'm sure Sean will be a star of the future as he has come a long way in a relatively short time.
The cross country season starts in approximately seven weeks so it's back to full training this week
From the very first day you step inside your local athletics club your on a voyage of discovery. With a little talent, a lot of determination and an even greater amount of sacrifice you can put yourself in a position to do what all sportspeople dream of which is to represent your country.
The latest athlete to receive that honour is Ailbhe O'Neill one of our most focused endurance stars in the club.
Getting the call up for the U18 team competition versus England on the day of your 16th birthday made it extra special and memorable not only for herself but also her parents Brian and Annette and younger sister Emily herself another running star of the future.
Ailbhe running the 800m did a fine job finishing 4th and the experience has instilled a deep desire to repeat the experience of wearing the green singlet of which there is no greater honour in sport.
Well done Ailbhe O'Neill you made your family your club and your coach very proud and best of luck in the future.
Day 2 of the All Ireland juvenile championships took place in Tullamore on Saturday and the Nenagh athletes were in fine form. Top athlete of the day was Seán Carolan who scored a double success with a win in both the U19 Shot 14.31m and Hammer where he went over the 50m for the first time. Second to Seán in the Hammer was his teammate Brian Naughton who threw 46m plus.
Jodie McGrath showed our girls have quality too with a silver in the U16 Pole Vault to continue a great season.
Also under 16 James Sage took the bronze medal in the Long Jump with a 5.86m PB and Alex Reynolds threw over 38m to also take the bronze in the Discus competition.
One of the highlights of the day was having three new athletes to this level all deliver great performances and get great experience at this level which bodes well for the future. First Lewis Doyle finished 6th in the the U17 100m final. Then Ellen O'Dwyer was 4th in the U15 High Jump and Luke Purcell was 10th in the U16 3000m.
Well done everyone.
Day 3 of the All Ireland's in Tullamore saw the athletes greeted with beautiful sunshine and they produced some fine athletic performances.
Our U19 boys took up where they left off yesterday with first Darragh Miniter got the better of Sean Carolan in the Long jump with Darragh recording a fantastic new PB of 6.90m. Not to be outdone Seán then reversed the order with another 1-2 finish this time in the Discus.
The Discus competition also saw Joe McEvoy 4th and Brian Naughton 7th which brought these four U19 athletes juvenile careers to a conclusion. Roll on the junior U20 category next year.
Joe McEvoy also cleared 1.95m when taking the silver medal in his high jump.
Another athlete to continue their good form was Sarah Lane in the U18 catagory this time in the 1500m when she added a silver to last week's 800m bronze.
Ben Connolly had a new 3.60m PB in the U16 pole Vault when taking the silver medal.
That was all the medal performances but we also had a number of very good non podium finishes.
Ailbhe O'Neill will be a little disappointed after finishing 4th in her 1500m final but overall she has had a great year.
Tom Walshe returned to form and had a big new PB of 4m.25s when finishing 5th in the U15 1500m final. Cian Hodgins continues his return to racing and should be well pleased with his 4m.32s PB also in the U15 1500m final.
Also in the 1500m were Luke Purcell and Seán Hayes both coming away with new Pb's in the U16 final and Ted Collins finished 6th in the U18 final.
Niall Connolly, Ben's younger brother finished 6th in his first All Ireland final the U14 Discus.
Pádraig Hassett reached the final of the U17 300m hurdles finishing 7th.
Lewis Doyle also U17 was 5th in his heat of the 200m
Emma Carolan U15 finished 8th in the shot putt final.
So all round it was a very good championships for the club and it brings the juvenile track season to a very satisfactory conclusion.
Sarah Lane, Ailbhe O'Neill, Margaret Mary Grace and Emily Tierney all compete in Tullamore next Sunday with the Tipperary senior ladies in the Premier League final and we wish them and the whole team the best of luck.
Date: 27th July & 28th July
Venue: Santry, Dublin
Closing date for entries: Monday July 15th *** 5PM ***
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Sunday saw some of our U14 - 19 athletes in action on day one of the All Ireland's in a beautiful sundrenched Tullamore Harriers.
In the early action we had the hurdles races and Joe McEvoy and Darragh Miniter carried on where they left off the day before with a 1-2 finish in the U19 110m Hurdles.
James Sage was also in hurdles action and after hitting a couple of hurdles he eventually finished 5th in the U16 100M hurdles in a very close finish.
Ellen O'Dwyer and Ellie McEvoy took part in the U15 high jump and their 4th and 5th place finish didn't do justice to their excellent performance.
Our endurance athletes were in action in the afternoon with the 800m races and here our ladies Ailbhe O'Neill and Sarah Lane stole the show with Ailbhe showing some real class in finishing 2nd to her good friend Newport's Aimee Hayde in the U17 800m. Ailbhe's 2m16s is a new PB and she can't wait for next week's 1500m.
Sarah Lane seemed to take heart from Ailbhe's performance just a few minutes earlier and her 3rd place finish in the U18 800m was a welcome return to form after a difficult twelve months with niggling problems. Her 2m.17s was also a PB and she is another athlete who will look forward to next week's 1500m.
Tom Walshe U15, Seán Hayes U16 and Ted Collins U18 were also in action in their respective 800m races and all performed admirably but no medals on this occasion. All three will also be looking forward to next week's 1500m races so roll on next week.
So as I've said next Saturday and Sunday will see a lot of our a lot of our athletes competing in day 2 and 3 also in Tullamore so we hope the weather will hold.
It was a busy weekend for the club with the All Ireland U20 on Saturday and U14 - 19 on Sunday both in Tullamore.
We had just four athletes on Saturday but it was a case of quality over quantity all the way.
Darragh Miniter got the ball rolling with a 6.65m long jump to take the silver medal.
Busy boy Joe McEvoy was 2nd 110m hurdles, 2nd High Jump 1.90m and 3rd in the Javelin with a 44.03m throw.
Seán Carolan was also i good form with 2nd in the Shot, 13.97m and also 2nd in the Discus with a 43. 87m throw.
Brian Naughton was our fourth athlete in action and despite being our most inexperienced he performed strongly with a 4th place finish in the Hammer and 5th in the 35lb weight for distance.
National Juvenile "B" T&F Championships (U12 - U16) & National Juvenile Relays - Sun 21st in Tullamore
NATIONAL JUVENILE "B" T&F CHAMPIONSHIPS (U12 - U16)
Date: 21st July
Check-in Opens 10.00 a.m
Closing date for entries: Monday July 8th
Regulations: Normal regulations for Track and Field apply plus:
1. U12 - U16 Age groups Only
2. Any athlete NOT qualified for the National Juvenile championships in any event is eligible to compete in this event.
3. Athletes may enter 2 events only and compete in their own age.
4. ALL FIELD EVENT ATHLETES MUST BE TECHNICALLY PROFICIENT AND COMPETENT IN THE EVENT IN THE INTEREST OF SAFETY.
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NATIONAL JUVENILE RELAYS (U14 to U19 )
Date: 21st July
Closing date for entries: Monday July 8th
The following teams (ONLY) have qualified for this competition
We will work with the coaches, who will work with you, to confirm the teams. Therefore the above is an FYI for you and no action needed at this point.
Update July 15th
The following relay teams have been entered:
Please inform the club if you are not available!
Unfortunately we were not able to field any Girls teams.
We had three competitions on this weekend at the opposite end of the age spectrum.
All Ireland 9/13s
Saturday we were in Tullamore for the All Ireland 9/13s. We had just two competing with Anna Paxman first out and finished 6th in her U12 High Jump. In the afternoon Ruairí Walshe was 10th in his U12 600m final. Both will gave gained great experience for the future.
Munster juvenile B's
In Ennis we had the Munster juvenile B's and
Eleanor Boland 2nd U11 shot and her sister Niamh was 2nd in the U13 high jump. Mairéad O'Brien also ran brilliantly to finish 3rd in the U12 80m.
While in Santry our senior men were doing their best to qualify for the national league final in three weeks. Without the official results from Dublin it looks like we may just have done enough but all will be confirmed during the week.
What is confirmed is our returning international Paul White won the 400m. Robbie Bennett won the 200m and finished 3rd in the 100m. Mark Tierney was 2nd in the Discus & 4th in Pole Vault. Seán Carolan's over 13m PB was good for 2nd in the Shot and was also 3rd in the Javelin.
Darragh Miniter ran strongly for 3rd in the 110m Hurdles.
Young Ted Collins was 4th in a classy 800m race. Brian Naughton finished 5th in the Hammer.
Josh Egan 3rd in Triple jump & 5th in 400m hurdles. Aaron Quigley was 6th in the 5000m.
Anthony Carolan was 5th in the 56lb for distance. We were also 3rd in both the 4x100m & 4x400m relays.
Tipperary also had a senior women's team competing in the league and we had three
representatives on the team. 15yr old Ailbhe O'Neill beat all the seniors to win the 800m.
Sarah Lane was 5th in the 1500m despite being a little under the weather.
Margaret Mary Grace combined with Ailbhe O'Neill, Emer Lynch (Newport) and Rose Anne Fitzgerald (Carraig on Suir) to comprehensively win the 4x400m.
The next two weekends we have the U14/19 All Ireland's in Tullamore.
The Tailteann Games in its original form is one of the oldest festivals of sport in the world, almost 2000 yrs old. After a lull it was revived by the Irish free state in the 1920s as a way of reconnecting with and re-establishing ancient Irish cultural heritage following independence from Britain. The idea was for a bigger better version of the Olympic Games with events such as Motorcycling included. The motorcycling never got off the ground but the Athletics did and is still going strong with some of the most talented young athletes from all four provinces competing for the team and individual honours.
The teams are picked from both the provincial and national school championships. So our five athletes were representing not only themselves and their families but their clubs and schools also. In fact five athletes from one club is no small achievement for a small provincial town but Nenagh always punches above its weight in most sports and athletics is no different.
On the day Ted Collins, Glenstal Abbey and Jodie McGrath, St Mary's Nenagh were our top performers. Ted put the disappointment of the Irish schools well behind him with a classy bit of 800m running. Starting conservatively and going through the Bell in 7th position in 59sec. Starting his run 300m out and looking magestic he got to 2nd with 100m to go. He tired a little with 50m to go but held on for 3rd and a podium position.
Jodie McGrath despite being younger than her competitors also took a podium position and the experience gained from her 3rd place finish will be invaluable as she is also young enough to compete next year. Jodie is having a great year and with the nationals only a couple of weeks away it looks good for the rest of her season.
We had three other athletes on the day James Sage, St Joseph's Borrisoleigh was 5th in the 100m hurdles. Ailbhe O'Neill, St Mary's Nenagh was 6th in the 1500m and Padraig Hassett, Glenstal was 6th in the 400m hurdles and all will benifit from the experience gained. So as you can see the motorcycling never made it. But you never know with a little luck maybe next year.
Our next outing is the 2nd leg of the National senior league next Sunday in Santry. The club are in 5th position after the first weekend and will need a good overall performance to reach the final.
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