Waterpark Girls All Ireland Schools Senior X Country Champions
In dreadful underfoot conditions at the WIT Arena on Saturday last the Irish Life Health All Ireland Secondary Schools X Country Championships took place and it was a most successful event in the presence of a huge crowd. Almost one thousand Athletes from Schools all over the 32 counties competed in four categories boys and girls and and a number of athletes from Waterford schools impressed. Pride of place goes to the senior girls from Waterpark College who were crowned senior team champions the first time in the history of the championships going back to 1970 that a Waterford school won the title The brilliant team who packed very well saw the O'Connor twins Anna and Orla come in 11th and 13 th respectively,Ruth Heery was 16th,Una O'Brien 18 th and Olivia Queally was also a member of the team.. Being the second last event of the day the course when they ran it was an absolute quagmire but they made light of the conditions to record an historic and famous victory.The second race of the day the minor boys saw Tommie Fennell St Augustine's College Abbeyside run a blinder to finish second in a huge field and the very consistent TadgConnoly Abbey CC was not far behind him in sixth place. In the intermediate grade Tara Ramasawmy Presentation Convent another regular top performer finished ninth in a huge field and others to do well were Aidan Burke DeLa Salle, Aoife Redmond Abbey CC both junior,Jake Bagge ArdScoil na Mara Tramore intermediate and Matteo Mary St Declan's Kilmacthomas in the same grade,in addition all who ran for their schools locally gave it their best shot in desperate conditions due to Storm Emma and her snow and then rain all Friday night and part of Saturday. There was a big Waterford involvement led by Mary Ashe with a small number of reliable personnel in the organisation of the event, laying out the course on Friday ,stewarding officiating on the day in many ways and the management and staff at WIT arena were superb as usual as were the Order of Malta.Overall a very enjoyable day for spectators,a very demanding one for the competitors and a great day for Waterford mainly through the Waterpark senior girls team victory and visiting officials were very impressed with the smooth running of the event and the layout of the course and general arrangements and facilities at WIT.
Kate has a PB in Switzerland
In Lugano in Switzerland on Sunday last Kate Veale West Waterford had a big personal best in the International 20 km walk in the Lugano Cup Meeting.in a top class field she finished 10 th overall in a time of 1 hour 45 minutes and 6 seconds almost two minutes better than her previous best time.
Joe's treble and a record at National Masters
On Saturday in Athlone the National Masters Indoor Championships took place and there were quite a few athletes from Waterford clubs competing in various age groups. Joe Gough West Waterford was in top form once again and won the over 65 200,400 and 800 metres the former with a new National record in that age group. Terri Gough also West Waterford won the ladies over 70 200 metres and shot putt and was second in the 60 metres and 400 metres ,Miceál Downey Waterford AC won the 60 metres hurdles over 40 and was second in the long jump and third in the 60 metres,Tom O'Brien from the same club won the long jump over 45 while Paschal Halley again Waterford was second in the over 200 m and third in the 400metres over 45,Shirley Fennelly Tramore won the o 45 long jump and Pat Kennedy Ferrybank was second in the over 60 shot putt
Munster Games Successes
The Munster Secondary Schools Indoor games were in Nenagh on Tuesday March 6th and a number of athletes from Waterford Schools did well.Tadg Connolly Abbey Community College had a double at minor level in the 600m and shot putt and was also second in the 1200 m,Other winners at intermediate level were Jake Bagge Ard Scoil na Mara Tramore and Sopnhie Jackman Abbey both in the 600m,Katie Nolke St Angela's was second in the junior long jump and third in the open high jump,Emer McGlynn St Angela's was second in the intermediate 600m,Aoife Redmond Abbey was third in the junior 600m and Marek Dobrokowski Waterpark also third in the 600 m minor
Deise College 10Km details
129 competed in the 36 th Annual Deise College 10Km road race in Dungarvan on Sunday last and first home was Andrew Connick Ferrybank in 32 minutes37 seconds,Noel Murphy Waterford was second in 34.48 and Andrew Flynn West Waterford was third in35.20 .First lady home was Sally Forristal St Joseph's in 39.23, Louise Morgan Ferrybank was second in 41.47 and Julie Kenneally Youghal was third in 42.53. The following were the category winners;Men M40 James Whelan West Waterford,M45 Sean Dwyer (Ind),M50 Stephen Deveraux Youghal,.M55 Ron Isley (Ind) Junior Cian O'Riordan West Waterford. WomenF35 Clodagh O'Mara Tramore F40 Eveleen Drohan West Waterford. F45 Stephanie Johnson F50 Stephanie Isley (Ind) Junior Judith Campbell(Ind) West Waterford won both team prizes.It was the final race in the Ml Roche Carpets Series.
All Ireland Indoor Juvenile Championships on Sunday
Athlone is the venue on Sunday next for the All Ireland Juvenile Indoor Championships Day 2 The event starts at 10 am and check in is at 9.30 am with ful timetable on Athletics Ireland Website. Lots of athletes from Waterford Clubs will compete in the under 13 to 19 age categories
Dunhill/Fenor 10 miles on Monday
Postponed during the snow the Dunhill/Fenor 10 miles is re fixed for Monday next starting near Dunhill GAA Club at 11 am with proceeds going to Crumlin's Children's Hospital.See the website for further details
Road Races coming up.
Sunday April 1 st Easter Bunny 5 miles RSC Waterford, Friday April 6 th Ballinroad 5 km Friday April 13 th Butlerstown 4 miles, Friday April 20th Faugheen 5 Km,Sunday April 22 nd Ferrybank GAA
Munster Star Awards
The Munster Athletics Star Awards Banquet due to be held last Saturday week and postponed due to the weather and has been re fixed for the same venue Auburn Lodge Hotel in Ennis on this Friday March 16th