My dad's old saying " the same only different" sprang to mind today in Clarecastle as we were still doing cross country only this time it was relays. As I'm quoting all the greats today I'll go with Del boy's it's like de je vue all over again as our recently crowned Munster champs added the U14 relay title to their growing resume . Cian running the opening leg showed why he is a growing force in Irish endurance running when he didn't panic with the fast early start and went on to stamp his authority on the proceedings to hand over to Micheál Moylan with a clear lead. Micheál in his first cross country relay with this team did a fine job of passing over to Ben Walshe the youngest member of the squad with a still substantial lead. Ben running the third leg and his brother Tom running the last leg are classy athletes with a lot of experience at this level and they never showed any signs of relenting the lead . Three of this team won the all Ireland U12 relay two years ago and with another fine athlete in Micheál Moylan bolstering the squad this year they will be hoping to repeat that success after Christmas.
We also had two other squad's out both running first time at this level . Our U12 boys Diarmuid Moloney, Liam O'Callaghan, Mikey Ryan and Ruairí Walshe running in a very competitive race finished 8th. With two running out of age it was a big ask but fearless as ever they tore into the task and will surely benefit from the experience.
Our other squad was the U16 boys and this group had three underage lads but still put up a great performance to finish fourth . Joe Cunningham , the only U16 athlete on the team ran a very strong opening leg handing over to Luke Purcell in third place . Luke battled hard to hand over to Jamie Moloney in fourth position.
Jamie showed his talent to haul them back up to third . Sean Himli running his first relay with the squad did a fine job and was just run into fourth position towards the finish.
We're off to a familiar proving ground next week for the All Ireland even age cross country in Abottstown in Dublin. The squad are in fine form so roll on next week.
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What a contrast at two sporting events in less than 24 hours. Leaving Aviva Stadium after the Ireland / Argentina match you couldn't help but feel let down by an Irish team that lacked motion and pride in the green jersey .I was half expecting Joe to be at the exit gate apologizing and offering our entrance fee back. Jump forward to the Munster Cross Country championships in Two Mile Borris on Sunday and the contrast was palpable . One group a professional outfit with supposedly the best rugby coach in the world couldn't get out of second gear and the other group of amateur athletes who wore their heart on their sleeve giving all for clubs and counties.
But Munster cross country days are special not just because it's a provincial championships but because of the caliber of the athletes who turn up year in ,year out.
This year Nenagh Olympic are continuing to build on a couple of strong years and our group of boys from U13 to U15 are leading the way.
This Sunday it was the turn of the uneven ages and we went into it highly motivated and expecting a good show .We were not to be disappointed coming away with the Gold medal in the U15 club competition and our four club scorers we're also on the Tipp team with six to score who also took the gold medals. Nenagh were led home by Cian Hodgins in 3rd with Tom Walshe 6th , Luke Purcell 12th and Jamie Moloney 15th. Cian & Tom we're running out of age to make it all the more impressive with Luke and Jamie gaining in confidence and getting stronger with each outing.
Out two U13 boys also had high expectations and these boys also ran out of their skin with Ben Walshe 3rd and Diarmuid Moloney 25th in only his fourth race for the club. Both athletes were on the scoring six for the Tipp team that finished 2nd to Cork in the county competition. Ben is rounding into form nicely and there is no better man to have a crack at the top two come All Ireland time in a few weeks .
Our two U17 girls of Ailbhe O'Neill and Lucy Mulcahy did the girls side proud today with Ailbhe 10 th out of age which is probably her best cross country performance to date as she is normally a track specialist. Lucy finished 19th and both of these girls were on the scoring six of the Tipp team that took the silver medals in the county category. Tipperary were led home by Aimee Hayde ,Newport, in 1st place.
Ted Collins was 14th in the boys U17 category and as he is really a track athlete he will be well pleased with his endeavors today.
Our younger athletes didn't medal today but Ruairí Walshe , Mikey Ryan, Aodhán Tucker , Jack Quirke Jones and Lilly Duffy all ran very well in an extremely competitive envoirment and will have gained much from the experience.
Our one and only Senior athlete competing today was Ciara Cummins . Ciara was competing in the senior ladies 6k race which would normally be a little outside her comfort zone but true to form this true competitor dug deep for to finish 8th and help the Tipp ladies win the team competition. Incidentally the Tipperary team were led home by Borrisokane's Siobhán Doherty in 1st position.
So well done to all concerned and in contrast to the day before rather than looking for a refund I felt like throwing an extra fiver in the kitty such was the effort and commitment from all concerned.
Next week we have Munster cross country relays in Clarecastle and the following Sunday See's the cross country band wagon move to Abbottstown, Dublin for the even age All Ireland's.
Gorgeous Sunday morning in Knocknaree Woods , Cloughjordan. Run ,walk, picnic. it's well worth the 15 min trip from Nenagh.
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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