Every national vest is special but for Tom Walshe getting his first international call up is something he will remember for the rest of his life. Tom made the Irish Schools cross country team for the SIAB International in Dublin after his great showing in the All Ireland schools in Clongowes two weeks ago.
On a beautiful day in Santry Demense Tom finishing in 28th position helped his Irish teammates to the team bronze medals. It was a great day for Tom and his training group who all traveled to support him. It was a great day for Nenagh CBS who he was representing on the Irish team, his club Nenagh Olympic and it was an especially emotional day for his parents Ronan and Bríd who give Tom and his brothers Ben and Ruairí unconditional love and support in all their sporting endeavors.
When your in a sport for a long time especially as a coach one can sometimes forget what brought you into the sport in the first place. And as you and the club in general get more and more successful we can sometimes lose sight of our roots which is why we decided we should put our weight behind supporting our county championships. After all keeping in touch with your roots is what keeps us humble and hard working which are noble qualities in sport as in life. This year because of a major effort by both committee and coaches we had 125 athletes out representing the club from U9 to junior.
Going through each athlete individually is not really an option so starting with the U9s here are our medallists and finalists.
U9 60m Gold final,
1st Molly Madden, 2nd Kate Duffy, 4th Jane O'Rourke & 8th Aisling Ryan.
U9 60m silver final.
1st Katie Ryan, 4th Saoirse Ryan.
2nd Naoise Kelly, 4th Lena Ryan, 6th Ines Healy, 7th Juliet Taylor ,9th Sadbh Kennedy.
U9 Long Jump.
1st Jane Ó Rourke, 2nd Aisling Ryan 3rd Lucy Anne Cleary, 7th Katie Ryan.
Boys U9 60m,
6th Harry Quinn, 7th Tadgh O'Brien
1st Fionn Tucker, 3rd Odhran Cahill, 5th James Hanly.
U9 Long Jump.
4th Tadgh O'Brien.
U10 60m Gold Final girls.
5th Saillí Ní Chonchúir, 7th Emma O'Brien.
60m Silver Final
3rd Emma Lane, 8th Dervla Ryan.
8th Aoibh Cahill, 11th Lauren Cleary.
U10 Long Jump.
3rd Róisín Hogan, 4th Pippa McGrath.
Boys U10 60m Gold Final.
3rd Cian Ryan, 4th James Dwyer, 5th Paddy McSherry.
60m Silver Final, 3rd Harry Walshe.
U10 300, 4th Donncha Brown, 5th Donagh Carmody.
U10 Long Jump
1st James O'Dwyer 2nd Donagh Carmody.
U11 girls Long Jump,
3rd Hannah Larkin, 5th Eleanor Boland,
2nd Emily O'Neill, 4th Lilly Marchand, 5th Sarah Long.
U11 60m silver final.
2nd Amy Dwyer, 3rd Isobel Coyle.
Boys U11 60m Gold
1st Oscar Griffin, 2nd Adam O'Callaghan, 5th Hugo Healy.
U11 Long Jump
2nd Adam O'Callaghan, 4th Karl Ryan, 5th Hugo Healy,
Girls U12 Long Jump,
3rd Anna O'Dwyer, 5th Jane Quigley.
U12 High Jump,
2nd Anna O'Dwyer.
U12 600m, 5th Sarah Williams, 6th Kara O'Carroll.
Boys U12 600m
1st Ruairí Walshe
U12 60m 6th Michael Ryan.
U12 Long Jump, 4th Michael Ryan, 7th Jack Quirke Jones.
Girls U13 600m
2nd Jennifer O'Leary.
U 13 60m 4th Amy McCarthy, 8th Clodagh Moylan.
High Jump 2nd Niamh Boland.
60mH. 4th Niamh Boland.
Shot, 2nd Niamh Boland.
U14 girls. Long Jump
3rd Cleo Griffin.
U14 High Jump
1st Róisín Duffy
60m, 5th Cleo Griffin.
U14 boys 60m
2nd Sam Cusack.
Shot, 3rd Sam Cusack.
800m, 3rd Ben Walshe.
U15 girls High Jump,
1st Ellen O'Dwyer.
2nd Ellie McEvoy.
3rd Sarah McEvoy.
60m, 4th Ellen O'Dwyer.
Shot, 1st Emma Carolan.
U15 boys 60m
1st Alex Reynolds.
2nd Tom McCutcheon.
U16 girls, 60m
2nd Ava Coady.
Pole Vault, 1st jodie McGrath
2nd, Niamh Pateman.
2nd Grace Brennan,
3rd, Marieke Hilvering.
2nd Grace Brennan.
Junior Women high jump,
2nd Emily Tierney.
Junior men 60m
3rd Lewis Doyle.
400m, 4th Ted Collins.
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Well done to Niall KELLY and Patrick NAUGHTON who both competed in the IRISH LIFE HEALTH NATIONAL MASTERS INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS in Athlone over the weekend.
Some great results from both our masters athletes.
Results can be found here
Irish Life Health All Ireland Schools Cross Country Championships
Clongowes Wood College in Clane, Co Kildare was the setting for this year's All Ireland schools cross country championships on Saturday. A Catholic school in the Jesuit tradition which was founded in 1814 was shown in all its splendor on a crisp but sunny spring day.
At the start of the season this was a race that we highlighted mainly because we were the reigning All Ireland champions. But life can sometimes jump up and bite you which is what happened with an injury to last years all Ireland 4th place finisher Cian Hodgins.
It's at times like this that you find out the true character of your team and rather than feel sorry for themselves they still won the East Munsters and Munsters title to qualify for Clongowes hoping that Cian would be recovered in time for the All Ireland's. But he is only about 70% right so the team headed by our track star Tom Walshe just got on without him.
So Tom Walshe, Luke Purcell , Jamie Moloney, Seán Hayes and Seán Moylan went to the start knowing that it was going to tough to get a team medal.
In the end they finished just outside the medals in fourth but it was a great effort. Tom Walshe after a brilliant effort was our first man home in 10th place in a race that was run at a relentlessly fast pace because of the very flat nature of the course. He was backed up by Luke Purcell running one of his best races to date in 25th. Jamie Moloney in 42nd, Seán Hayes 58th and Seán Moylan 78th all ran solidly but we just came up short in 4th position.
That's the end of the cross country for this year and we have County and All Ireland indoors for the next three weekends.
Munster Schools Indoor Games
We had Munster schools indoors during the week with some great results from our club members Ailbhe O'Neill, St Mary's, delivered again with a fine win in the Inter girls 600m.
James Sage, St Joseph's Borrisoleigh, won the inter Boys 60m hurdles.
Micheál Moylan finished 3rd in the minor boys 600m.
In the girls shot competition's we had Caitríona Finn, St Mary's Nenagh, 2nd in the minor comp and Emma Carolan, Newport, 2nd in the junior competition.
In the long jumps Ben Connolly, Nenagh CBS, was 3rd in the junior and Mark Carroll, Nenagh was 3rd in the Inter Boys.
Ellen Dwyer, St Mary's, was also 4th in the junior girls long jump.
George O'Leary, Glenstal, finished 3rd in his 1200m heat also.
Well done to all involved.
Well done to Mark Tierney & Brian Naughton who represented the club in this weekends Throws festival in Templemore. More info + results available on http://www.tipperaryathletics.com/. Well done both.
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