A huge number of juvenile athletes from across Munster made their way to Nenagh Olympic Indoor Track for the Munster indoor championships. Moyne AC was represented by 27 athletes competing in sprints, middle distance, hurdles, jumps and throws over the course of the weekend.


On Saturday, the u12 girls started the day with the 60m.  The club was represented by Emily Bergin (10.49s), Olivia Daly (10.96s), Maebh O’Shea (10.18s) and Doireann Quinlan (9.98s), dipping under 10s for the first time! Following on from this PB, Doireann went on to compete in the 600m, where she placed 3rd in her heat in a time of 2.21.03 and in a new event for her, the shot putt, with a best of 3.94m to finish 16th. Both Olivia and Emily continued their day in the long jump competition, jumping 2.52m and 2.54m respectively – well done girls. Maebh also competed in a new event this weekend – high jump – where she jumped 1.10m to finish an incredible 4th, a huge achievement at this level of competition.


The boys u12 kicked off their competition on Sunday. Matthew Esmonde started off the day on the outer track, running a strong 600m in a time of 2.07.24 and finishing 5th in his heat. Darragh Maher was first on the inner track, bravely taking on a new event, the 60m hurdles, finishing in a time of 13.55s. He had a long wait until his second event, the high jump, where himself and Tom Renehan unfortunately did not clear the tough opening height of 1.10m. Tom Renehan had already completed his competition in the shot putt, with a best throw of 5.40m  to finish 12th, where he was joined by Geoff Morrissey (4.66m, 16th) and Daniel Delaney who narrowly missed out on the top 8 with a best throw of 6.17m (9th). On the track, Daniel (9.76s), Geoff (10.38s), James Ryan (10.35s), and Tom (9.81s) competed in the 60m, in what was a highly competitive event. James and Geoff also competed in the long jump, with best jumps of 3.14m and 3.22m respectively.


Moving up to u13, the club was represented in the 60m by Faye Murphy and Saoirse Joyce. Both girls finished second in their heats in times of 8.98s and 9.40s respectively to take an automatic qualifying spot for the semi-finals. In the semi-finals, Saoirse ran 9.50s, while Faye (8.92s) secured a spot in the final, going on to run 8.98s in the final for a seventh place finish. Saoirse’s weekend was not over, as she lined out again later in the day in the 600m, where she finished 5th in her heat in a time of 2.07.24. On Sunday, Saoirse returned to Nenagh to compete in the long jump where she jumped a best of 3.75m to finish 12th overall. William Morrissey also competed on Sunday in the shot putt, with a best of 5.04m on the day.


All of the club’s u14 athletes competed on Saturday, across a range of disciplines. In the 800m, Caoimhe Slevin (2.51.31) improved by 4s on the time she ran in the Track and Field Live in the same venue in January, while Abbie Delaney, newly moved up to middle distance running finished in an impressive 2.55.53. Grainne Daly competed in the Long Jump (3.15m) and the 60m (9.93s). Well done Grainne. Helen Renehan also lined out in the 60m where she finished 2nd in her heat in 9.36s to take an automatic qualifying spot for the semi-final, where she ran a time of 9.39s. Helen then returned on Sunday to compete in the 60m hurdles (12.75s) and the high jump, where she cleared 1.30m to finish an excellent 6th overall. Gerard Delaney continued his success in a wide range of disciplines finishing 7th in the shot putt with a best throw of 7.16m and qualifying for the final of the 60m hurdles with a time of 12.45s which he improved to 12.14s in the final to finish 7th. Gerard finished his day with a new PB in the high jump of 1.45m, adding a Munster gold medal to his growing collection.


The club only had one athlete competing u15, and Maria Doyle did an excellent job, qualifying for the top 8 in the shot putt and finishing in 5th with a best throw of 8.78m, just 6cm short of qualifying for the all Ireland. Réiltín Morrissey and Clodagh O’Shea continued the club’s representation in the shot putt u16, both qualifying for the top 8. Réiltín went on to finish 5th with a best of 7.93m and Clodagh 7th with a throw of 7.37m. Well done girls. Also competing u16 this weekend, Eleanor Doyle ran in the 200m on Saturday, competing in a huge field of 38 athletes and finishing in a time of 30.65s. Aisling O’Reilly put in a tough weekend’s work, competing in the 800m on Saturday where she finished third in her heat in a time of 2.37.50. She followed this up with the 1500m on Sunday, where she ran 5.26.35s.


Our oldest athletes this weekend were the u17 girls. Dearbhla Gleeson and Niamh Cleere competed in the 200m on Saturday, finishing in times of 30.93s and 30.28s respectively. Dearbhla then returned on Sunday to compete in the 400m where she finished in a time of 1.11.82s. Also competing over the tough 400m distance, Emma Delaney improved on her PB by an incredible 5s to secure a silver medal in a time of 1.03.44. Congratulations Emma! Kate Delaney competed across the longer distance of 1500m, finishing in 5.51.18.


Thanks to the parents for the photos.


Aoife Hall.

Emma Delaney 2nd Place Girls U17 200M 1.03.44.