The club had a brilliant representation of athletes at the County Indoor Championships in Nenagh on Saturday with 43 athletes donning the green and gold, some for the very first time. On what was a very long day of competition, it was great to see all the athletes compete to the best of their abilities, not alone for themselves but also for the club. 24 County medals (6 gold, 9 silver, 8 bronze) in individual competitions and five sets of relay medals (1 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze) were won across sprints, middle distance, jumps and throws which shows the versatility of the athletes.
Lily Murphy defied her tender years as she was our star performer winning double gold in the U/9 60mts (10.49) and Long Jump (3.05). Faye Murphy at U/11 showed a clean pair of heels to her competitors in the 60mts to claim the title in 9.95secs while just out of the medals in the Long Jump finishing 4th with a leap of 3.15mts. Annie Ely at U/9 and Eva Maher at U/10 claimed the gold in their respective 60mts silver finals in 11.38 and 10.82 respectively. Annie also finished 7th in the Long Jump (2.58mts) while Eve finished 15th in her Long Jump (2.41mts). Aaron Moore claimed the gold medal in the Junior 1,500mts in a time of 4.50.00 while also claiming the bronze medal in the 200mts in 26.89 with Jack Flanagan taking the Boys U/16 800mts title in 2.28.77 and winning bronze in the Long Jump with a leap of 4.73mts
Maria Doyle at U/13 level and Sarah McGinley at U/15 level won silver medals in their respective shot competitions. Maria threw 8.42mts with Sarah’s best 7.98mts. Maria also finished 6th in the Long Jump with a leap of 3.38). Leona Maher won two sets of silver medals at Junior level when finishing second in the 60mts in 8.43 secs and running 28.50 secs in the 200mts. Adam Spillane-Leane collected a silver medal in the U/16 800mts in 2.30.46 with Geoffrey Morrissey jumping 3.20mts in the U/10 Long Jump to also win silver while also finishing 7th in the final of the 60mts (10.60). Niamh Cleere collected a silver medal in the U/15 Long Jump (3.55mts) and a bronze in the 60mts in 9.25secs. Meadhb Hall (U/9) won silver in the 60mts (10.74) while also finishing third in the Long Jump (2.88mts). Our final silver medallist, but by no means the least, was young Doireann Quinlan in the U/10 60mts silver final recording a time of 11.20secs while also finishing 12th in the Long Jump (2.52mts).
Bronze medals were also won in a variety of competitions with Aisling O’Reilly finishing third in the U/14 800mts (2.41.33), Reiltin Morrissey third in the U/14 Shot Putt (7.10) and Dearbhla Gleeson third in the U/14 Long Jump (3.54) whilst also finishing 5th in the final of the 60mts (9.81). Olive Spillane-Leane also finished third in the 600mts (2.02.49) while also finishing 5th in the Long Jump (3.43mts). Billy Flanagan was another to win bronze in the U/12 Long Jump (3.60mts) while he also finished 14th overall in the 600mts (2.10.06).
In the relay events the Girls U/9 team were the star of the show as Annie Ely, Meadhb Hall, Lily Murphy and Orlaith Costigan won the gold medals. Silver medals were won by the Girls U/14 team of Ruth Phelan, Olive Spillane-Leane, Eleanor Doyle and Aisling O’Reilly, the Girls U/15 team of Dearbhla Gleeson, Niamh Cleere, Aisling O’Reilly and Eleanor Doyle and the Junior team of Aaron Moore, Jack Flanagan, Adam Spillane-Leane and David McConnell. Bronze medals were won by the Boys U/10 team of Jeffrey Morrissey, Darragh Maher, Fionn Phelan and Daniel Delaney.
Our athletes competed from early morning until late in the evening and returned some great results. Orlaith Costigan got to the final of the 60mts finishing 5th (11.34) while also finishing 9th in the Long Jump (2.32). At U/10 level Poppy Lyons finished 4th in the 60mts silver final (11.65) and 17th in the Long Jump (2.38) while Anna Concagh finished 6th in the 60mts silver final (11.71) and 11th in the Long Jump (2.60mts). Darragh Maher finished 3rd in his heat of the 300mts in 57.90 which saw him finish 5th overall while he also finished 7th in the Long Jump with a leap of 2.96. Daniel Delaney finished 6th in the final of the 60mts (10.32) and 17th in the Long Jump (2.47) while Fionn Phelan finished 4th in the final of the 60mts silver event (11.12) and 15th in the Long Jump (2.55). Zach Ryan finished 6th in the final of the silver 60mts (11.41) while also competing in the Long Jump (16th – 2.54mts). Cian Kelly and Cormac Young were also competing U/10 and ran competitive races in their heats of the 60mts and in jumped well in the Long Jump in what was their very first championship event.
Abbie Manton finished 9th in the final of the U/11 300mts and 21st in the Long Jump while Cathal O’Reilly finished 8th in the final of the 300mts also at U/11 with Bill O’Neill 10th and William Morrissey 21st. Pauric Tierney finished 6th in the final of the silver 60mts and 25th in the Long Jump. Abbie Delaney finished 14th in the U/12 600mts and 18th in the Long Jump with Michael Doyle 8th in his heat of the 60mts and 19th in the Long Jump also at U/12 level. Saoirse Deegan finished 8th in the U/13 600mts with Heidi Maher running well in the 60mts heats. Noah Murphy and David Nolan are great club representatives, and both took part in the U/13 600mts and Long Jump with Laura Fogarty in action in the U/14 800mts and Eleanor Doyle reaching the final of the 60mts U/14 to take 8th place.
Congratulations to all the athletes on their great performances and we can look forward to the outdoor track season in the not-too-distant future. Huge thanks also to all the parents who travelled to Nenagh, it was a long day and great commitment was shown by you all throughout the day’s competition.