Waterford AC Girls and Waterford County teams u 19 win All Ireland Titles
In Navan on Saturday last the Irish Life Health All Ireland X Country Championships for Novice men and women and juveniles under 11 to under 19 took place and it was another very productive day for Waterford athletes both individually and with teams,huge fields were the order of the day in all events
Waterford AC under 19 girls shine
The under 19 girls Championship turned out to be a terrific one for Waterford AC.in particular and for the County also. A few weeks back Wateford AC had an historic team victory in the Junior (u20 ) championship and last Saturday they added the under 19 title to it. With a brilliant second place overall Órla O'Connor led the team home followed by a fine 7th placing by Ruth Heery with the ever consistent Emma Caulfield 15 th and these were the three scorers and Hannah Burke also on the team was 50 th .The County team also had an historic win the scorers being O'Connor, Heery,Caulfield Waterford and Isabelle Cummins Ferrybank,the other panel members being Aoife Casey ,Aisling Lowe, Emily Goff Ferrybank, Hannah Burke Waterford, Sophie Landers ,Sinéad O'Brien and Dani Cunningham West Waterford. Ferrybank AC were third in the inter club narrowly missing out on second spot by just 4 points. West Waterford girls under 15 team were a fine second and their under 13 boy's team were third.
As already mentioned Órla O'Connor Waterford was second under 19 and also second wa the ultra consistent Lucy Holmes West Waterford in the under 17 grade with a terrific gutsy performance,she was third in the under 18 championship a few weeks back also, David Mc Glynn Waterford AC was a superb 5th in the Novice Men's race which had a field of 255 and Ruth Heery from the same club again made a big impression by coming home 7th in the u 19 race.
Other High placers
Others to secure high placings were as follows, Sarah Gaffney 12th u 11,her brother David 13 th u 13, Caoimhe Prendergast 15 th u15 all West Waterford, Emma Caulfield 15 th u 19, Aidan Burke 16 th u 15 both Waterford, Cian O'Riordan West Waterford 16 th u 19,Isabelle CumminsFerrybank 17 th u 19 and Matteo Mary Waterford 19 th u 17. Waterord athletes also collected team medals with Munster in the Interprovincial team section,these were Girls u 19 Gold, Órla O'Connor,Ruth Heery,Emma Caulfield all Waterford,Isobelle Cummins Ferrybank, u17 Gold, Lucy Holmes, u11Gold,Sarah Gaffney, u13 Gold,Davd Gaffney, u17 Silver Cian O'Riordan all West Waterford. In the girls u 13 race Saoirse Fitzgerald Lucan Harriers Dublin was second overall,she had won the u 12 title a few weeks back.She is daughter of former athlete Eoin Fitzgerld Butlerstown and Waterford AC and niece of Elaine Fitzgerald former World Senior X Country runner from Waterford AC who incidentally was second in the u19 All Ireland Junior Championship in 1992.For St Senan's Kilmacow Tadg Connolly excelled in winning the boys under 15 title.
West Waterford AC and Dungarvan GAA present Charity runs 2 and 5 miles St Stephen's Day 11 am at Dungarvan GAA Club in aid of Dane Power Rehabilitation Fund also same day Clonmel AC 4 miles 12 noon see their website,
In Kilbarry on Sunday December 17 th 1978 in excellent weather conditions for the time of year a record attendance was treated to a memorable individual run by World Cross-Country Champion John Treacy and a tremendous team battle between Dublin and Waterford In the "Waterford Glass" National Inter-County Cross Country Championship. Here we had the makings of a great race both for individual and team honours with Gerry Deegan and John Treacy renewing rivalry after their epic duel in Crystal Palace the previous week which Deegan won while the Waterford County team were going for "Four-In-A-Row" against a very strong Dublin squad. The expected individual duel however never materialised because as in last year's race John Treacy cut loose after a half mile or so and after that the individual result was never in doubt,Deegan did finish second. In contrast to the individual battle the team race developed into the closest in the history of the championships Waterford beating Dublin- who had Eamon Coghlan and Gerry Kiernan running- by 78 points to 79. The scoring members of our team on Sunday were the exact six as did the trick the previous year. John Treacy 1st; Ger Deegan 2nd; Ray Treacy 4th; Tony Ryan 21st; Brendan Quinn 24th and Roger Barron 26th. With the exception of Quinn all five others have figured in former wins. Our other athletes who made up the team of twelve on Sunday were Liam Nolan. Davy Browne, Mick Cullen, Mick Roche, Pat Halley and Joe Sheehan. John Barry cried off with injury and another reserve was Dominick Rooney.
A happy Xmas and great 2019 to all involved in Waterford Athletics in any way and to those that read these notes also.