Kate Veale returns with a victory in her favourite sport
The Indoor season began last week end with a Munster Championship fixture in Nenagh on Saturday and Sunday and there were a number of Waterford successes. Back in action after an absence of several years in the sport of race walking in which she made a name for herself on the World stage under age was Kate Veale West Waterford AC. She competed in the senior 3000 metres walk and made a winning return in a time of 15 minutes 9 seconds which was well outside her best but still quite a respectable effort for her comeback race. In the past year or so she had been running in road races so she had kept reasonably fit. For Waterford AC it was a very successful week end with their athletes winning junior,under 23 and under age titles.In the junior grade Dion Ryan won the high jump and was second in the long jump,James Murphy won the long jump and Órla O'Connor won the 3000 m walk with her sister Anna second,another second was that of Lance Baylon in the 60 metres,the men's junior team of Lance Baylon,Paul Sullivan,Eoin Kenny and James Murphy won the 4 x 200 m relay. In the under 23 shott putt the very consistent Hayley Fitzsimmons was first with a personal best throw, while in the Youths Pentathlon Emily O'Mahony was first and under 11 Sarah Abullo was second. For Tramore Denise O'Connor won the junior 60 metres hurdles and Tom Halley was third in the u 13 Combined Events,Ferrybank had a second in the junior grade with Katie Murphy in the 200 metres while Katie Nolke in the under 15 combined Events was third in which her high jump was a personal best.
Placed in Wexford
Over 400 competed in the Ferrycarrig 5 miles road race on Sunday n Wexford including a few from Waterford the individual winners were Mick Cohessy Raheny and Jackie Carthy Kilmore both well known in this area. Waterford AC had two men well placed and these were Noel Murphy 4 th and Brian Swaby 6 th while in the ladies Adele Walsh St Senan's was second and Sally Forristal St Joseph' s was third. Further afield on Sunday John nolan Waterford AC was second in a 15 km race in California.
Three fixtures this week end
There are three fixtures down for decision this week end in Antrim, Nenagh and here at home in the Dungarvan area. On Saturday the Greenmount Annual X Country International fixture is in County Antrim with junior and senior International races on the programme as well as under age races.On Sunday in Nenagh at 10 am the Munster Senior and Masters Indoor Championships will have a large entry from Waterford clubs in the Senior and the Master's in various age groups,the full timetable is on Munster Athletics Website. Here at home near Dungarvan on Sunday the 29 th Annual Kiely Monumental Colligan Cup run has a 12 noon start in Colligan Wood preceded by the Juvenile Colligan Shield at 11 am, the main race is race 3 of the Michael Roche Carpets Series.
More January fixtures
Thursday 19th Waterford Secondary Schools X Country Championships St Augustine's College Grounds,Saturday 21 st Celtic X Country Wales also National Indoor Combined Events(all events) AIT Athlone Sunday 22nd Munster Juvenile Indoor Relays and Pole Vaults Nenagh also National Intermediate X Country and Juvenile Inter Club Relays X Country Tuam also Annual Frank Leahy Memorial 5 miles Road Race Waterford City 1 pm preceded by 3 miles walk 12.30pm. entries on totaltiming, Sunday 29 th National Junior and U 23 Indoor Championships Athlone
The Annual Munster Star Awards will be presented in Clonmel at a function in February. Each year athletes and clubs from the six Munster Counties are honoured This year it will be a very special one for Waterford AC as they are chosen as Best Club in Province in three Track and Field Categories Juvenile,Junior and Senior and Master's,two of their athletes also get Awards Dion Ryan juvenile track and field and Hayley Fitzimmons uner 23 while Brendan Leahy is part of an over 35 relay International team also honoured. Other recipients are Katie Murphy Ferrybank juvenile track and field ,Miceál Power West Waterford juvenile cross country and Joe Gough West Waterford the International Award.
County Board Meeting
The next County Board meeting goes ahead on Friday night, January 20th in Dungarvan. Exact venue and time will be confirmed next week.
Late Kevin Casey
The death at just 40 years of age last week of WLRFM Sports Editor Kevin Casey was a very sad occasion for his wife Marquerite ,sons Paul,Mark and James his father Paddy and mother Mary brother Martin and sisters Marie and Majella and legion of friends in the sporting fraternity in Waterford. He was a terrific presenter but more importantly a top interviewer very much connected to his guests and listeners the best in the country by a long shot.When interviewing Kevin was a great listener,he asked a question and gave the person he was interviewing ample time to reply,the vast majority of interviewers both local and national interject after asking a question and invariably taking the emphasis from the guest..He had a great grasp of the majority of sports and gave all sports in Waterford fair Air time. In addition he was able to prioritise the sports bulletins leading off with the big stories on any particular day for Waterford sport not the usual predictable format of the same two or three sports leading off which we hear most days on all stations local and National ,he could distinguish between the important and unimportant on any given day With Kevin it could be any Waterford sporting triumph depending on the status of the victory on the day whether by one of the major sports or one of the so called minor ones. His association with yours truly in athletics since he came to WLRFM was valued through his ever obliging and courteous manner and demeanour and many a little humorous chat we had off air. A few little lines penned to say farewell to Kevin.
"We say thank you to Kevin Casey for his great listening ear.
From all those in Waterford sport he interviewed each year.
We remember especially this time his three sons and his wife.
Who were the pride and the joy of Kevin Casey's short life".