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.
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.
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:
Well done to the Nenagh Olympic Athletes who competed in the county Junior, Senior & Masters T&F Championships in Templemore yesterday.
No results available at the time of publishing, so I'll update once received.
There was a huge turnout in Borris last night where the 3rd annual Borrisoleigh Mile took place.
A time of 4:35 saw Crusaders AC athlete Michael Kiely (formerly of Borrisoleigh) win the Gerard Ryan Perpetual Trophy.
John Fitzgibbon (Thurles Crokes) took second place in 4:37 with Paddy Cummins (Moycarkey) a further one second behind in third place.
Also on the night Sarah Lane of Nenagh Olympic won the Paddy Dolan Perpetual Trophy in a time of 5:04 followed closely by Dundrum’s Dymphna Ryan in 5:08 with another of Nenagh’s top athletes Ailbhe O’Neill in third place in a time of 5:27.
A total of 8 athletes broke the 5 minute barrier with 42 in total breaking the 6 minute barrier.
Well done to Sarah and to all our club members and support who traveled the short distance to Borrisoleigh. Always a lovely evening and well hosted by the crew from Track attack!
Update 10th may
County T&F kicks off tomorrow morning, Saturday for the U13 to U19 age groups. Then again on Sunday for the U9 to U12 age groups. Start lists were posted here on Facebook and on our website earlier in the week. We've ~ 90 Athletes entered from our club with over 1300 from clubs across the county.
For some this will be your first time attending a competition / outdoor competition:
Update 7th May - Timetables
Tipperary Track & Field Championships Saturday 11th May U13 - U19
Tipperary Track & Field Championships Sunday 12th May U9 - U12
Update 6th May- Final Start List
Update 3rd May
Entries are now closed for the county T&F. Thanks all for your entries. Entries received are below.
Please check the below and if there is a mistake please contact Brian on 0879165960 before 6pm Today, Friday 3rd May.
(Relay teams will be picked be selected on the day by the coaches. We get a lot of questions on this.... We can only do this on the day & prior to the relay start times as the selection will be based on who is there (Not every one entered competes & not everyone who competes remains at the track for the duration)).
Update 29th April
*** Reminder - All entries need to be submitted by Thursday 2nd May 8pm (closes after Juvenile training) ***
Update 17th April
Update 16th April
Update 15th April
Click the links below to bring you to the timetable of events for each day.