The Munster under 13 to 19 Indoor Championships were in Nenagh on Saturday and Sunday last and athletes from Waterford were in sparkling form winning a total of 16 titles over the two days plus lots of silver and bronze medals. Five athletes had doubles and they came from three clubs Waterford,Ferrybank and Tramore. Waterford AC came home with the biggest haul of gold medals with eight,followed by Ferrybank with six and Tramore with a small entry had two gold.The Waterford AC winners were as follows;Evan Keane u 18 800 and 1500 m, Luke Brennan u 17 800 and 1500 m, Dion Ryan u 19 high jump, Shane Cawley u 16 shot putt, Claire Caulfield u 15 walk and Maeve O'Connor u 14 walk, their silver medal winners were Matteo Mary u 16 1500m, James Murphy u`18 hurdles, high jump and triple jump, Rachel Stephens u 18 shot putt, Lance Baylon u 18 60 m and bronze medals went to James Murphy u 18 long jump, Emily O'Mahony u 17 high jump, long jump and hurdles, David Scanlon u13 high jump, Lance Baylon u18 triple jump, Eoin Kenny u18 200m and shot putt. For Ferrybank AC their winners were Emily Nolan 60 and 200 metres u 19,Katie Murphy 60 and 200 metres u 18,Lorna Monahan triple jump u 18 and Katie Nolkie u 15 long jump,silver medal winners were Samantha Foley u 18 hurdles, Paula Igwe u15 long jump, Eoin Maher 400 m u18 ,Craig Mc Auliffe 400m u 19, Bronze medal winners Emily Nolan u 19 400 m, Jake Bagge u 17 800 and 1500 m,Callum Hurley u15 800m, Lauren Sheils u 14 long jump. For Tramore AC Shane Monagle had a fine double winning the u 18 hurdles and 200 metres and he was also second in the long jump, Tom Halley was second in the u 13 shot putt and Mark Hartery was third in the hurdles u 18 and for West Waterford Niall Blackwell was second in under19 1500 m.
Joe in form
Competing as a guest in Athlone at the Leinster Masters Indoor Championships last Sunday Joe Gough West Waterford was first in two over 55 events the 800 metres in 2minutes 19 seconds and the 400 metres in 60.12 seconds. In a mile race indoors in Boston USA on Sunday Kevin Cooper was 3 rd in 4 minutes 9 seconds.
Busy week end ahead
On Friday the European Indoor Championships begin in Belgrade and continue until Sunday and Ireland has a team of 11 athletes competing over the three days, best chances of progressing would appear to be with Ciara Mc Geehan 1500 metres and Brian Cregan 400 metres while Ben Reynolds hurdles and Phil Healy sprints are also capable. RTE2TV will cover lots of the events starting on Friday .On Saturday in Abbotstown in Dublin the Irish University X Country Championships will see a number of Waterford athletes among the competitors, first race the ladies is at 12.30 pm followed by the men's at 1.15 pm. Athlone is the venue on Sunday for the Irish Life Health All Ireland Masters Indoor Championships and many from the county men and women will compete, in different age categories full time table on Athletic Ireland website, the first event is at 11 am .On Tuesday next the Munster Secondary Schools Indoor Games are in Nenagh at 11.30 am.
Further March Fixtures
Saturday 11 th All Ireland Secondary Schools X Country Championships Mallusk Co Antrim 12 noon.,Sunday 19 th Deise College 10 km road race 11 am Dungarvan also World Masters Indoors Daegu,Saturday 25 th Schools International X Country Port Talbot, Wales.Saturday and Sunday 25 th and 26 th All Ireland Juvenile Indoors AIT Athlone
Road Race Series
The full list of races for the West Waterford promoted Ger Wyley Sports Series and the Outfield Sports Carrick on Suir Road Runners Series can be viewed on both clubs websites. The date for the first Ger Wyley Race is Friday April 7 th and the last of an 11 race series is August 18 th.and the first Carrick on Suir race is on Friday April 21 st the last of 5 races in the series is July 28 th Anyone intending organising road races should check all these dates and avoid clashing with them.Also if holding a race have it up in the public arena in plenty of time.Ferrybank GAA Annual Road race is on Sunday April 23 rd at 11 am. from their grounds,registration open now on totaltiming.ie
This week twenty five years ago on March 1 st 1992 John Treacy won the Los Angeles Marathon in a time of 2 hrs 12 minutes 28 seconds, Josielda Rocha Brazil was second 28 seconds behind and Pete Renner New Zealand was third in 2.14.14.For his efforts Treacy won a Mercedes Car,20,000 dollars and a gold watch. Not too far from the finish as the race came in a man who tried to take a gun from a policeman was shot dead by another policeman. On March 6 th 1992 BridHallisey now Brid Golden retained her British Indoor Combined Event Championship in Cosford with 3847 points. And again that week Susan Smith now Susan Walsh was making the news in the USA .Competing for Brown University at the Ivy League Championships in Darthmouth ,New Hampshire she won the 55 metres dash,the 55 metres hurdles was second in the 200 metres and was on the winning Brown University 4x 400 metres relay,she was voted athlete of the meeting and Brown won the Overall Trophy for the first time ever. And forty years ago this week also on February 27 th 1977 Gerry Deegan at 21 won the first of his five All Ireland Senior X Country titles in St Flannans Grounds in Ennis at the Inter Club championships. Leading from the start he finished well clear of Ray Treacy in second place with Donie Walsh Cork third. The race was billed as over a 7 1/2 miles course but Gerry felt after the race he had run nearer 81/2 miles as did all the others .All were correct as they were to run two short laps and five big ones but did in fact run three small laps,as directed by stewards. So two of the many memorable weeks for Waterford athletics over the years and happily they are still continuing..
Currently indisposed is Andy Hallissey Ferrybank AC well known in athletic circles not alone in Waterford but mucn further afield. We hope he has a speedy recovery to full health.