GloHealth All Ireland Senior Track and Field Championships were held in Morton Stadium,Santry on Saturday and Sunday last and Waterford athletes kept up their great winning tradition over the years by capturing four individual and two relay titles,three of the individual by athletes from Ferrybank who also won two relays.Thomas Barr in his first competitive race of the season retained his 400 metres hurdles title in 50.28 seconds well outside his best but nevertheless a very good result for him, this was his 6 th title in a row in the event.Cara Kennedy regained the hammer title she didn't defend last year with a throw of 58.36 metres and this was her 5 th title in this event since 2011, Niamh Whelan had a fine 200 metres win in 23.96 seconds her second time to win this title-- the first back in 2010 - and she also took the silver medal in the 100 metres in 11.92 seconds and was a member of the Ferrybank 4 x 100 metres relay team that won,the team being Emily Nolan,Phoebe Murphy,Katie Murphy and Niamh their time being 42.70 seconds and their men's 4 x 400 metres team that also won was made up of Niall Tuohy,Ben Kiely,Paul Murphy and Cormac Mc Cann their time was 3 minutes 16.07 seconds so a great two days for Ferrybank AC. Thomas Houlihan West Waterford a very consistent athlete won his first pole vault title with a distance of 4.40 metres. Órlaith O'Brien Waterford AC continued her great form by taking the silver medal in the javelin with a throw of 43.95 metres and Ben Kiely Ferrybank returned to form with a fine effort in the 400 metres hurdles to finish third in 51.47 a personal best,fourth placings were secured by Dion Ryan Waterford AC in the high jump with 2.00 metres and Yuri Kanash West Waterford in the pole vault with 4 metres, Grace Furlong Waterford was 5 th in the triple jump with 11.16 metres and 6 th in the long jump with 5.02 metres, David Mc Glynn do was 5 th in the 3000 metres junior race. Niall Tuohy Ferrybank and James Ledingham West Waterford both made the 800 metres final to finish 6 th and 8 th respectively,Kevin Fitzgerald Waterford was 7 th in the javelin final with a personal best of 54.98 metres
Two on Irish Team
For the upcoming European Championships in Amsterdam two athletes from Ferrybank have been selected on the Irish team Thomas Barr 400 metres hurdles and 4x 400 m relay and Niamh Whelan 4x 100 m relay.
Before the senior championships in Santry on Saturday last the Tailteann Schools Inter Provincial Track and Field meeting was held and a number of athletes from Waterford schools were on the Munster selection. Órla O'Connor Waterpark continued her great season with a win in the 3000 metres walk ,Shane Monagle Árd Scoil na Mara,Tramore was second in the hurdles and Katie Murphy Abbey CC was third in the 200 metres. On Sunday last the County Community Games athletic finals were held at the RSC and Tramore won the overall award while Ballyduff Upper won the Best Turned Out Award.
Cork City Sports
This evening Tuesday with a 5.30 pm start the Cork City International Sports are in Cork IT Track and there will be a number of athletes from Waterford clubs competing including Niamh Whelan and Niall Tuohy Ferrybank and Dion Ryan Waterford as well as a number in junior events..
Rás Na Rinne
On Friday next July 1 st at 8 pm the 24 th Annual Mooney's Pub Rás Na Rinne over 6 miles is in Ring another in the Ger Wyley Sports Skins Series,entries in Halla Na Rinne in Ring from 6.45 pm.
Major International Fixtures
The following major fixtures are coming up in July and the Qualifying cut off dates are shown. European Championships July 4 th to 10 th Amsterdam closed June 26 th, European Youth Championships Tiblisi,Georgia July 14 th to 17 th cut off July 4 th, World Junior Championships Bydguszcz Poland 19 th to 24 th. Again a reminder that qualifying for these competitions does not guarantee selection.
More July Fixtures at Home
Saturday 9 th All Ireland Juvenile B plus Relays u12 to 19 Tullamore, Sunday 10 th All Ireland Juvenile u 12 to 19 Day 1 Tullamore, Saturday 16 th SIAB Schools International Asford Kent England,Saturday 23 rd and Sunday 24 th All Ireland Juvenile u12 to u19 Day 2 and Day 3 Tullamore On Saturday July 30 th and Sunday July 31 st there are two Munster Championship fixtures in Waterford,on Saturday the B Juvenile and on Sunday the senior and master's.men and women.Local athletes should support both fixtures on their own doorstep.
More July Road Races
Friday July 7 th Outfield Sports Series Rathgormack 5 miles 7 pm , Sunday July 10 th Pink Rock 10 km 12 noon just off Waterford New Ross Road, Friday July 15 th Alan Everett Memorial 5 miles in Woodstown Co Waterford 7 pm, Friday July 22 nd 7.30 pm Ballymacarbry 5 miles Ger Wyley Sports Series