Because of fireworks display in CBS tonight training will be from nenagh College, dromin Rd, at 5.40 earlier time. The session will finish in the same place.
When we awoke to the sound of wind and rain I taught it was in the words of Del Boy , déjà vu all over again as our last trip to the Kingdom four years ago the weather was memorable for all the wrong reasons . In fact after the U10 races had finished around midday the sun shone for the rest of the day and I’m sure I spotted Kate Kearney leaning over the half door spotting the incredible athletic talent on her doorstep.
Well if talent was what she was looking for then she didn’t have to look any further than our own boys U14 . They romped to the munster title in the classiest race of the day. Speaking of class Cian Hodgins was back to his best winning the munster title for the second year in a row , leading our club team to the club title and Tipperary to the county title. Not a bad days work by any standards but this quiet unassuming young man just takes it all in his stride and was as excited about the team titles as his individual title. Five athletes broke away including Cian and teammate Tom Walshe who is showing signs of a return to his best form also. With the Clare athlete fearful of the Nenagh boys finishing speed he pushed the pace at the front and soon down to just two athletes. Try as he might the Clare man couldn’t break Cian and with 800m to go Cian struck for home and pulled away all the way to the finish. He was ably backed by Tom Walshe in 5th , Ben Walshe running brilliantly in 8th and Micheál Moylan after a recent dose of the flu having his best run in a while to finish 19th . Indeed the Tipp team also won the county title with the Nenagh boys being backed by Dundrum , Templemore and Newport athletes and should be favourites to win the All Ireland title in Abbottstown in a months time.
Our U14 boys were not the only Nenagh athletes on show with our two U10 athletes Emily O’Neill 28th and Charlie Cairns 19th in the girls and boys races respectively. Both ran really well with both county teams finishing 4th.
We had two U12 boys with Diarmuid Moloney and Ruairí Walshe getting stuck in from the start. Diarmuid finished 14th in his first munster championship and Ruairi 28th running out of age both should be well pleased with their efforts.
In the U16 Girls Ailbhe O’Neill was delighted with her endeavors . Staying in contention for most of the race she eventually finished 10th for her highest finish in a munster cross country race. This track star will surely benefit in the upcoming indoor season from the strength gained from cross country training.
Our U16 boys had a mixed bag of results . Three of our team were out of age with one having a slight injury and the other two athletes were running in their first munster championship. Luke Purcell finished 21st and Jamie Moloney 23rd were first home and being backed by Seán Hilmi and George O’Leary the team finished 6th and all will benefit from the experience.
Last but definitely not least we had one athlete in the U23 men’s race and with Aaron Quigley running 16.10 for 5k just a week ago he was quietly confident of a good result and so it proved. Staying with the leaders for all the race he eventually finished 2nd individual and also helped the Tipperary team to the bronze medals in the novice team competition.
Our next outing is in two weeks in Turnpike, Two Mile Borris for the uneven age munsters and next Saturday the munster development squad will train with us in Nenagh CBS .
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Ray Ban’s , sunshine & music ? Not what you expect at the county cross country in Moyglass but on this beautiful autumn day that’s what greeted us at the county uneven cross country championships.
Being only a stones throw from Coolmore which is the worlds largest breeding operation of thoroughbred’s in the world the Magniers could have done worse than to view some of the classiest thoroughbred’s in the country right on their doorstep. From Newport’s Aimee Hayde , Dundrum’s Shane Bracken and our own four classy U15 boys of Tom Walshe , Seán Hayes , Jamie Moloney & Luke Purcell. Add in Last years All Ireland bronze medalist Ben Walshe and teammate Diarmuid Moloney and The always classy U17 winner Ted Collins and the €5 entrance fee seems like a true bargain.
Our U11 girls had a tough day at the office with Anna Paxman first home in 11th position. Jane Quigley in 28th had a fine race and was closely followed by Kara O’Carroll & Anna O’Dwyer .
The U11 boys are a much more experienced team and being led in 2nd place by Ruairí the youngest member or the very talented Walshe brothers they were always going to do well . Mikey Ryan taking a break from captaining Éire Óg ran exceptionally strong also for fourth position . They were backed up strongly by another Éire Óg man Aodhán Tucker and Silvermines man Jack Quirk Jones and took the team silver medals.
The U13 boys race had a very strong lineup. The race was won by the pre race favourite Dundrum’s Shane Bracken but Ben Walshe kept him honest with a great run in second position. One of our newest cross country stars Diarmuid Moloney of Ballycommon was excellent in fourth position especially being out of age.
The Nenagh U15 boys completely dominated their race with a 1,2,3,4 finish. Tom Walshe the eldest of the wonderfully talented Walshe trio led them home with Seán Hayes 2nd, Jamie Moloney 3rd and Luke Purcell 4th. We rested their teammate and captain Cian Hodgins today as they will have a long season but the team is strong enough to rotate these early races. This team won last years All Ireland schools cross country and their early season form is very promising indeed.
Lucy Mulcahy was our sole U17 Girls competitor and her good early season form continues with a solid 5th place finish .
Ted Collins showed his versatility as this 800m track star won the U17 boys race over 5000m in comprehensive fashion. This 6’3” 15 yr old is starting to come good again after an almost 2yr growth spurt has kept him from fulfilling his full potential but keep an eye out for this young athlete on the track this year.
Going back to the first paragraph I could give you one of my extremely interesting “back in my day “ speeches but if music , tents and Coffey stalls are the future then who am I to argue especially with results like these. So next Sunday we’re in Beaufort outside Killarney for the even age munster championships. Our U10, 14 & 16 boys teams should all do well plus with some very strong individuals I for one can’t wait. With only seven sleeps to go , it’s like Christmas every week.