We went into this race last year quietly confident of taking the title but this year because of an injury to the classy and ultra reliable Cian Hodgins we knew that only a top class run from the rest of the squad would suffice if we were to win the U15 junior title for Nenagh CBS.
Tom Walshe, Ráthnaleen is never found wanting in pressurised situations and stepped up to lead the team home with 4th placed individual despite the ultra hilly Waterford IT course not being ideal for this classy track star.
Our next two boys home Luke Purcell, Newtown in 10th & Jamie Moloney, Ballycommon in 11th on the other hand can't get enough of the hills and both made significant progress on the last long uphill drag to ensure we won the title. Luke just confirmed his mountain goat capabilities while Jamie only started training with this group after last year's all Ireland schools win but has come a long way in that time.
Another track star Seán Hayes, Puckaun was our fourth scorer in 23rd place despite not being fully fit after a recent back injury.
Sean Moylan, lisboney is the most recent welcome addition to the squad and was our fifth man home after a very solid run. The three weeks period from now to all Ireland day in Clongowes, Clane Co Kildare will be spent making sure we have no more injuries which are really just growing pains as the whole squad has grown 3/4 ins in the last 6 months and trying to get Cian and Seán back to full fitness.
Niamh and Ellen Cuneen, St Mary's Convent, Nenagh had very strong runs in 8th and 12th respectively in the girls intermediate race. These multi sports stars can be viewed in last week's Guardian winning Soccer and Camogie titles with their school and finished their junior mock exams the day before the race so this was top class performance.
Lucy Mulcahy running for Presentation Thurles had a very solid run also in 25th position in the Inter race.
Next week its back to indoor competition in Nenagh with the Munster U12 / 19 championships coming to town.