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.
All Ireland universities indoors AIT
The club had a busy 3 day weekend which started with the All Ireland universities indoors in Athlone on Friday. We took just one medal when Dan Finnerty got a silver medal with the UL 4x200m squad where he is doing his masters. This was Dan's second year in a row getting a relay medal but with different universities as last year he graduated from Carlow IT. We had four fourth places with Ciara Cummins in the 800, Paul White in the 400, and Deirbhile Ryan very unlucky indeed with two fourths in the high jump and shot. Margaret Mary Grace ran a swift low 60s 400m heat but didn't progress to the final.
Munster U/9 to U/11 Indoor Championships
On Saturday we had the munster U9/11 championships in Nenagh. This was a very competitive competition and while we didn't take home any silverware our athletes did us proud with a number of finalist. Fionn Tucker came closest with fourth in the U10 60m final. Well done to all who competed.
Munster Junior, Senior & Masters Indoor Championships
Then on Sunday we had the Munster junior U20, U23 and senior / masters indoor championships also in Nenagh.
Mark Tierney had a great day with 1st in the pole vault and 2nd in the senior shot.
Ailbhe O'Neill despite being the youngest competitor beat all comers including the seniors when winning the U20 title. This 15 Yr old has another 3yrs in the junior catagory so we look forward to seeing what she can do in the future.
Darragh Miniter also had a good day with silver in both the 60m & long jump in the U20 catagory.
Another young athlete competing in the juniors for the first time was Louis Doyle and he ran exceptionally well to take the silver in the junior 200m.
Aaron Quigley got his indoor campaign off to a flying start with a fine win in the U23 3000m. The Architecture student in UCD is more associated with cross country or road so he will be very pleased with this performance.
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Our Nenagh Olympic athletes that won County Tipperary awards last night for their success during 2018 at regional, national and international level in track and field and cross country
.Well done to all, you have done your club and county proud.
Pictured here with coach Sean Finn.
Back row: Jamie Moloney, Sean Hayes, Aoife deLargy, Ailbhe O’Neill, Cian Hodgins, Sean Finn ( coach).
Front row: Luke Purcell, Tom Walshe, Ben Walshe
Missing from the photo are Ciara Cummins, Aaron Quigley, Joe McEvoy and Margaret Mary Grace.
Club Singlets are available to buy in the shop at the indoor complex (full range of sizes available). We sell these at cost @ €25. Singlets must be worn for competition. We also have club hoodies and hats available. Thank you.
Congratulations to Sean & Darragh on their recent selection on National Throws (Discus)Team.
Congrats to ye both also on being selected for a Munster Sports Award -each for their outstanding performances last year .The Munster star Awards banquet takes place on 2nd Feb 2019 in the Rathkeale House Hotel .Best Wishes to ye both .
There is a saying that there is always some madness in love and to love Munster indoor relay day in Nenagh it would definitely put you in that category. For a start it's a long , long day which starts at 10.30 am necessating being on site at 9.30 and the last medals were presented at 5.45 pm. It's constant action puts a strain on even the most seasoned coach . With 130 athletes from U9 to U19 competing for our club alone who all bring Mom,Dad , brothers , sisters , granny and grandad the atmosphere is electric in the intimate surroundings of Nenagh Olympic indoor track.
We brought home six sets of medals from the relays , one Gold to our wonderful U9 girls , three silver to boys U17,18 & 19 and two bronze to the boys U14 & 16.
There were two silvers and two pb's of 2.70m & 2.80m
For Jodie McGrath and Ben Connolly respectively in girls and boys U16 Pole vault competitions.
Darragh Miniter took the gold in the U19 high jump with 1.85m and bronze in the shot with 12.04m.
Seán Carolan got silver in the U19 shot with a fine 13.12m throw.
Joe McEvoy took silver behind Darragh in the high jump with 1.80 m.
Ellen O'Dwyer got her first Munster medal with bronze in the U15 long jump with a fine 4.46m clearance.
We also had some near shaves with three fourths . The U10 & 15 boys relays both missed medals by inches . The U15 s qualified second fastest but due to an Achilles injury to Cian Hodgins their chance to win the final was gone despite a fine run from the young sub Ronan Cuneen.
Grace Brennan cleared 1.50m in the U16 high jump but narrowly missed out on the bronze.
All in all we can be well pleased with the day with plenty of success and plenty to work on for the future.
So with our heroes on the day 10 years apart in age with Darragh Miniter U19 & our fabulous U9 girls relay of
Jane O'Rourke, Aisling Ryan , Kate Duffy , Molly Madden , Abigail O' Brien & Lucy Ann Cleary it shows we have a fine spread of talent coming through in the club.
Pictures of the day available on our club's facebook page and also on Doonen AC;s facebook page. Well done all!
Juvenile Indoor Inter Club Relay Schedule of events for Nenagh Olympic Relay Teams (Estimated)Day: SUNDAY 20TH JANUARY Venue: Nenagh Indoor Stadium, Nenagh