Three athletes from Waterford competed in the Celtic International X Country in Belfast on Saturday last on Irish teams. David Mc Glynn Waterford was 10 th in the under 23 race, his club mate Órla O'Connor was also 10 th under 20 and was a scoring member of the Irish team that were third,in the same race Lucy Holmes West Waterford was 20 th she was on the Irish Development team.Also on Saturday in Athlone at the All Ireland Indoor combined events two athletes from Waterford won titles both in the over 50 age group,these were Shirley Fennelly Tramore ad Tom O'Brien Waterford.
Munster Indoor Fixture
The Munster Indoor Juvenile Relays and some field events were in Nenagh on Sunday last and Waterford athletes were among the medals. For West Waterford AC their pole vault athletes did well. Patrick Fitzgerald won the u 19 and Sam O'Neill was second, other second placings went to Ryan Mc Grath u 18,Alannah Kelly u 18 and Kate Killigrew u17 .For Waterford AC Evan Sullivan was first in the u 19 high jump,Sophie Crowley was second in the high jump u 16 and Sarah Jacob second also in the shot putt u18. For Ferrybank AC Katie Nolke was second in the long jump and 3rd in the high jump u16 and Kylie Heinen was second in the high jump u 18 and their girls u 9 relay team were third.,for Tramore Dara O'Neill was second in the u 16 long jump.Well done to Ferrybank who had quite a few relay teams competing , relays an ideal way to give athletes of all grades competition.
Over 100 competed in the 31 st Annual Kiely Monumental Colligan Cup Run in Colligan Wood on Sunday last and Martin Hayes was the winner, Nicola Cunniffe won the Colligan Shield ,the Victor Mullins Trophy went to Alan Ryan all three West Waterford. and the Mc Grath's Newsagents Juvenile Cup winner was Natale Barry Mahon Bridge the event was another leg of the Michael Roche Carpets Series
Waterford Schools X Country
On Friday last in excellent conditions the Waterford Secondary Schools x Country Championships were in St Augustine's College Grounds Abbeyside and there were fine entries in all races.The following were the results.Boys Minor.1Naoise Gilmartin Abbey C.C.2 Ben Wallace Newtown School 3 Gearoid Long Abbey C.C. Team 1 St Declan's Kilmacthomas 22 pts,2 St Augustine's 38 3 Abbey C.C.55. Junior Boys.1Tommy Fennelll St. Augustine's 2 Rory Fennelll do 3 Harry Colbert Waterpark College. Team 1 Waterpark 22 pts 2 St Augustine's 28 pts 3 De La Salle 41 pts. Intermediate 1 Hubert Homa De La Salle 2 Aidan Burke do 3 Eoin Bueneventura St Augustine's.Team 1 De La Salle 16 pts 2 St Augustine's 24 3 Blackwater College Lismore 74.Senior 1 Cian O'Riordan CBS Dungarvan 2 Ben Keane St Declan's Kilmacthomas 3 Eoin Hearne De La Salle Team 1 De La Salle 2 Ard Scoil na Mara Tramore 3 Blackwater College 44. All Round Cup De La Salle. GIrls Minor 1 Angelina Chizhikova St. Augustine's 2 Caoimhe Phelan Abbey C.C .3 Chloe Bennett Ardscoil na Mara Team Abbey C.C. 15 pts 2 St Declan's 21 3 St Augustine's 28. Junior 1 Ali Cunningham St. Augustine's 2 Caoimhe Prendergast Ard Scoil na nDeise 3 Alannah McNulty Ursuline Waterford. Team 1 Ard Scoil na nDeise 11pts 2 St Augustine's 13 3 Ursuline 26. Intermediate 1 Sarah Nyhan Ard Scoil na nDeise 2 Anna Fanning Ursuline3 Anna Duffin Ursuline.Team 1 Ard Scoil na N Deise 10 pts 2 Ursuline 16 3 St Augustine's 28.Senior 1 Emma Caulfield Ursuline 2 Nathalie Nicholson Blackwater C.S.3 Mary Kate Prendergast Ard Scoil na nDeise.Team 1Ursuline 13 pts 2 BlackwaterC.S. 14 3 Ard Scoil na n Deise 18. All Round Cup Ard Scoil na nDéise
Week end Fixtures
Kate Veale West Waterford competes in Bratislava, Slovakia in an International Race Walking event next Sunday over 3000 metres. On Sunday next in Athlone the All Ireland Junior and u 23 Indoor Championships will be a big attraction and Waterford will be well represented in both grades and we can look forward to good performances by quite a few.Here at home the Annual St Paul's Parish,Frank Leahy Memorial 5 miles run and 3 miles walk starts near St Paul's Church Lisduggan,Waterford City ,the walk at 12.30 pm and the run at 1pm. Entries on totaltiming.ie or on the day from 11.30 am at Parish Centre next to St Paul's Church.
Thomas takes Park Hotel Award
Congratulations to Thomas Barr Ferrybank AC who was chosen as the Park Hotel Supreme Sports Star for 2018-his third such award- at the Annual Awards ceremony in The Park Hotel on Saturday last No doubt his historic third place performance in the 400 metres hurdles at the European Senior Championships impressed the judges as well as other fine shows Internationally and also his 8 th All Ireland Senior title in a row won in 2018. Thomas in his own quite and low key way takes it all in his stride and is an example to all our athletes and indeed parents and coaches as to how to enjoy the sport he excels in and in particular in his ability to acknowledge those that are better than him on the day in races on the occasions it happens.It was good to see Joe Gough among the monthly winners also after a great year at Master's. The Awards showcase the great sportspeople we have in Waterford in many sports as we saw last Saturday -all are stars continuing this great tradition..The Flynn family in the Park Hotel are great supporters of sport in Waterford for years and their generosity to all monthly Award winners is very much appreciated and acknowledged.
European Master's Award
Last week the European Masters Athletic Association announced awards in different disciplines and Joe Gough got the middle distance athlete of the year award he was also nominated by the World Masters Association as one of the five athletes from which the World Master's middle distance athlete would be chosen and that should be known this week.