Tipperary County Athletics News

Tipperary athletes were in top form at the Munster U/9 to U/11 Team Games & the U/12 & U/13 Track & Field Championships in Ennis on Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th June. Over the 2 days, our athletes won 17 sets of team medals & individual medals. Congratulations & well done to all our athletes who took part & performed so well over the weekend.

On Saturday 11th, our Tipperary girls were in action amid sunshine & blue skies. The competition opened very well with Aine Doyle & Kellie Bester, Carrick-On-Suir A.C. winning silver in the Girls U/9 60m sprint with a combined time of 20.64. This great start was followed by the Long Jump competition which became a Tipperary affair with Aine Doyle & Ciara Dunne, Carrick-On-Suir A.C. taking the Munster title & gold, Aine Grace & Velerale Van Der Wal, Clonmel A.C. winning silver with a combined jump of 5.82m & Kellie Bester & Lynn Vermeer, Carrick-On-Suir A.C. winning bronze on 5.65m.  To round off a great U/9 competition for Carrick-On-Suir A.C., the girls won the 4 x 100m Relay in a time of 67.19.

In the Girls U/10 where Munster competition is always fierce, Ava Fennessy & Orla Winston, Clonmel A.C. did very well to win silver in the Long Jump with a combined jump of 6.65m while Sarah Hennessy & Isabel Farnan, Nenagh Olympic A.C. threw very well in the Ball Throw to win bronze with a combined throw of 38.99m. Our only medal winners in the Girls U/11 were Hannah Finnerty & Caolifhionn Maher who won silver in the Ball Throw with a fine combined score of 46.47m.

In the Girls U/12 Olivia Moylan, Nenagh Olympic A.C. ran a super sprint to win Munster silver in a time of 8.9 & she also came 4th in the Shot Putt with a throw of 6.95m. Both Alannah Deering, Nenagh Olympic A.C. & Ciara Flaherty, Carrick-On-Suir A.C. won joint 3rd in the Girls U/12 High Jump finishing the competition on 1.20m. Nenagh Olympic  A.C. also blazed home to victory in the Girls U/12 4 x 100m Relay in a time of 58.9. In the Girls U/13 Javelin, both Lara O’Dwyer & Grainne Cole, Tipperary Town A.C. threw very well & qualified for the National Championships with Lara winning Munster bronze with a throw of 21.20m & Grainne placing 4th at 16.94m.

Despite the relentless rain on Sunday, our Tipperary boys showed Munster what they were made of as they captured medal after medal on track & in the field. First events of the day were the Boys U/9 300m & Long Jump where Cillian McDonagh & Dillon Ryan from Moycarkey Coolcroo A.C. blazed a trail for everyone else to follow when they won gold in both events with a combined time of 121.95 in the 300m & 5.91m in the Long Jump. Jake Addler & Conor McKelvey, Nenagh Olympic A.C. followed with a great competition in the Boys U/9 Ball Throw winning gold with a combined throw of 54.46m, 12 metres ahead of their nearest rivals.

In the Boys U/10 500m, Ted Collins & Stephen Cantwell, Nenagh Olympic A.C. stormed home to win silver with a combined time of 3.20.40. Out on the field two more sets of medals were won in the Boys U/10 Ball Throw with Kyle Shelly & Adam O’Dwyer, Moycarkey Coolcroo A.C. taking Munster silver with a combined throw of 50.52m & Diarmaid Delaney & Ethan Hayes, Templemore A.C. winning bronze with a combined throw of 49.33m. Nenagh Olympic A.C. rounded off the Boys U/10 competition by winning the 4 x 100m Relay in a time of 65.37.

In the Boys U/11 competition, Moycarkey Coolcroo A.C. had great success with their team of Shane Burke & Jack Ryan winning the Long Jump with a combined jump of 7.65m & coming 2nd in the 60m sprint with a combined time of 18.64. Nenagh Olympic A.C. also put in great performances in the same competition winning bronze in the Long Jump where their team of Sean Hayes & Matthew Spain jumped 6.95m in total & gold in the Ball Throw when Sean Hayes & Joseph McEvoy threw 69.59m in total, over 10 metres ahead of 2nd place. To round off the competition, Nenagh Olympic A.C. stormed home in the 4 x 100m Relay to win silver in a time of 61.00.

In the individual Munster U/12 & U/13 Track & Field Championships Moycarkey Coolcroo A.C. performed very strongly with Daniel Ryan taking a hat trick of medals home & a Championship Best Performance in the Boys U/13 Long Jump. Daniel competed very well over the 2 days winning gold in the Boys U/13 60m Hurdles (10.1), 80m (11.0) & Long Jump where he broke the existing Munster record of 4.88m set in 2008 by Promise Okofar, Bandon A.C. by jumping 4.94m on the day. His brother David won the Boys U/12 Long Jump with a jump of 4.41m while Sean Mockler won silver in the Boys U/12 Ball Throw with a throw of 42.60m & came 4th in the Shot Putt (8.01m). Moycarkey also won silver in the Boys U/12 4 x 100m Relay when they crossed the line in a time of 57.9. Other Moycarkey athletes who qualified for the National Championships were Oran Mulhall who came 4th in the Boys U/12 Ball Throw with a throw of 39.67m & Jack Fallon who was 4th in the Boys U/12 High Jump (1.20m). Jack Dunne, Nenagh Olympic A.C. was in top form on the day when he ran a brilliant race in the Boys U/13 80m pushing Daniel Ryan all the way to the line, great to see 2 Tipperary sprinters up there with the best of them in Munster. Nenagh Olympic A.C. also had great success in the Boys U/13 4 x 100m Relay when they came 2nd in a time of 56.0.

Full results & Tipperary details can be found on our website at www.tipperaryathletics.com.

Congratulations to our President, Breeda Christie who received a National Volunteer in Sport Award for Athletics & Community Games in the AVIVA Stadium on Tuesday 31st May. The ‘National Awards to Volunteers in Irish Sports’, celebrate the contributions of volunteers to Irish sport. These awards are an initiative of the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport in conjunction with the Federation of Irish Sports & are also supported by the Community Foundation of Ireland and the Irish Sports Council. Breeda was nominated by the Tipperary Sports Partnership for her dedication to sport. Breeda plays a huge role in County Tipperary Athletics where at 80 years young, she is the Assembler/Assistant Starter & P.A. Operator at all County Track & Field Championships. This is Breeda’s 3rd prestigious award recently as she was the 2010 overall winner of the Canon Hayes Volunteer in Sport Award in December & she received the Munster Athletics Hall of Fame Award to a standing ovation in January.  Well done Breeda, we are inherently proud of you & appreciate all your hard work & dedication over the years.
Another of the County’s hardworking volunteers, Seamus Hartigan, Templemore A.C. received a “People of the Year Award” last weekend from Templemore Town Council for his dedication to sport. Seamus is well known around Templemore for the enormous amount of voluntary work he does for young people, particularly in the area of athletics & is always a smiling face around the track with plenty of helpful advice & thoughts. He has also been instrumental in reviving Community Games in the town. Well done Seamus on a well deserved award, keep up the good work.

The AVIVA All-Ireland Secondary Schools Track & Field Championships took place on Saturday, 4th June in Tullamore. All our athletes put in great performances winning 5 Gold medals & National Titles, 2 Silver & 3 Bronze. Results of medal winners are below:-

Junior Boys

80mH – 3rd Michael Quilligan, Nenagh C.B.S., 11.99

1200m Walk – 3rd Aaron Egan, High School Clonmel, 5.25.77

TJ – 1st Darren Prout, Presentation Ballingarry, 11.33m

Junior Girls

800m – 3rd Eileen Rafter, Ursuline Thurles, 2.16.73

Hammer – 2nd Aoife Vaughan Witts, Borrisokane C.C., 40.63m

Inter Boys

3000m – 1st Sean Tobin, High School Clonmel, 8.40.86

1500mSt/Ch – 1st Michael Carey, High School Clonmel, 4.31.48

2000m Walk – 1st Evan Lynch, Gael Colaiste Cheitinn, Clonmel, 8.46.05

Senior Boys

Javelin – 1st Jaco Oosthuysen, High School Clonmel, 51.63m

Senior Girls

3000m Walk – 2nd Maeve Curley, Presentation Thurles, 14.04.34

This year Tipperary have entered both a Mens & Womens team for the Woodies DIY National League. Round 1 of the League took place on Sunday 12th June in Castleisland & Sligo I.T. Borrisokane A.C. finished 5th in the Premier Women’s category on 93pts while Tipperary finished 2nd in the Women’s Division 1 category on 107pts & joint 2nd (with An Riocht A.C.) in the Men’s Division 1 category on 106pts.  Round 2 takes place in Athlone I.T & Morton Stadium on Sunday 17th July with the Final taking place on the 20th August in Tullamore. Details of both teams are posted on our website at www.tipperaryathletics.com together with full National League results.

Upcoming fixtures are below:-

Sat 25th June – AAI Juvenile Team Games for U/9 to U/11 in Templemore. Good luck to our 17 Tipperary teams who will be taking part on the day. Events commence at 10.30am.

Sun 26th June – County Tipperary Community Games Athletic Finals in Templemore. The Marathon will start at 11am with the parade at 11.30am & all other events commencing at 12 noon.

Sat 2nd July – Cork City Sports in CIT. This year for the first time there is a Juvenile 300m Gala for U/9 to U/16. All interested juveniles must enter online in advance. For further details, log onto www.corkcitysports.ie.

Sat 9th July & Sun 10th July – AAI Juvenile Track & Field Championships in Tullamore.

Sat 16th July – Schools International Track & Field Championships in Wales.

Sun 17th July – Munster Juvenile “B” Track & Field Championships in Templemore.

Sat 23rd July – AAI Juvenile Track & Field Championships in Tullamore.

Sun 24th July – AAI Juvenile Track & Field Inter Club & Inter County Relays in Tullamore.

Sat 30th & Sun 31st July – AAI Combined Events in Tullamore.

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