Borrisoleigh Track-Attack Notes

Team Hazel are Snakes & Ladders Champions

Tom McGrath’s Team Hazel made all the decisive moves in the final round of the Snakes & Ladders Series which in turn brought them to square 94 and were crowned the Series Champions. Tom produced his best time to date on the night and he was also backed up with an excellent performance from Mary Ryan which earned them the necessary moves to earn the title.

Track-Attacker Edel Kennedy

Track-Attacker Edel Kennedy

Their stars of the previous week were Evelyn Groome and Miriam Murphy and they and they also chipped in with impressive performances while the fifth member of the team, Lochlainn Hodgins can feel very happy with his consistent level of performances right throughout the Series.

In second place overall and just 6 squares in arrears was Team Fir which was captained by Denis O’Connell. His team mates were Marie McGrath, Denise Gould, Patrick Groome and Delia Ryan.

In the individual stakes, there was plenty of movement and we ended up with 4 first time winners. In the men’s grade, Ger Ryan hit square 98 to claim the title. Kevin Delargy kept the chase going right to the end where he finished on 91 while Alan Kelly finished on 83 and third place overall thanks to the luck of landing on a ladder on the final night.

In the women’s grade, Matilda Hayes ruled supreme and was the only athlete to complete all 100 squares of the board. Matilda has shown superb levels of improvement in recent weeks and is a very worthy winner of the title. The podium was completed with a joint second finish by Mary Cummins and Edwina Ryan who both finished on square 93.

The hugely talented Tom Delaney is the underage boys champion thanks to a 14 square haul on the final night to bring him to square 97. With a snake sitting waiting for the kill on number 96, if Tom had finished a single second slower, he would have dropped back into the pack. A great run by Tom and again fully deserved. In second place was the equally talented Eamon Groome on 87 while in third place was the hugely improved Patrick Groome on 83.

Emma Maher has shown terrific athletic ability over the course of the 5 weeks and her efforts were rewarded when she was crowned the underage girls champion. Finishing on square 48, she was 12 ahead of both Ella Ryan and Gabrielle Hodgins who both finished in joint second on 36.

The overall Track-Attacker of the Series was won by the brilliant Therese Groome, a decision that few if any would disagree with. She was superb from start to finish and her levels of effort and determination each week were a joy to watch. Week on week she emptied the tank on the track and there is no doubting the sporting ability of the young athlete that is sure to have a bright future in her sporting endeavours.

The runner up prize went to Templederry’s Edel Kennedy. Edel had a superb Series in which she slashed her overall time for the 5km distance from 30:26 to 27:44. With the summer road racing now upon us, we will no doubt see further improvements in Edel’s times over the coming months.

The third spot went to the fastly improving Kevin Murphy who with every outing is making terrific inroads into his overall times. A very consistent athlete, Kevin is another that we are sure to hear a lot more about over the coming months.

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