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Tuesday, 11th June 2013

Impressive Abbeyside

It was another weekend of competition last weekend as five ties were completed in the JJ Kavanagh Senior Hurling Championship. Unfortunately due to the tragic death of young sixteen year old Fergus Condon who passed away on Thursday following a quad bike accident, the De La Salle versus Fourmilewater game was deferred to Tuesday evening. This column would like to extend deepest sympathy to his family and friends on his death at such a tender age.

The weekend of hurling began with a huge result for Abbeyside in Walsh Park on Friday evening as they came to the city venue and completely dismantled honour laden Ballygunner to the tune of 1-21 to 4-6. Perhaps the six point difference in the final score does not reflect the fact that Abbeyside led the Gunners 1-21 to 1-6 as the game entered additional

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Tuesday, 11th June 2013

Chris Mintern wins Schull Triathlon

Congratulations to WTC member and Irish Development Squad athlete Chris Mintern who excelled at the Schull Triathlon in Cork this weekend beating some experienced competition, including last year's Sprint Distance National Champion Mark Nolan, coming home in 1:02:41. Well done Annette O'Mahony who also completed the race in 1:39:06.

TRI ATHY

2,100 triathletes converged on Athy last weekend for the annual Tri-Athy weekend of racing. We had club members competing in all three distances. In the Double Olympic distance race, Paul Ogle and Brian Slattery used the race as a training session for their upcoming Ironman race in Roth, Germany next month. Paul finished 9th overall in 4:38:54 and Brian 22nd in 4:50:38. Roll on Roth! In the Olympic distance we had eight club members. Paul Wyse and David Devine were very strong again finishing in 21st and

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Tuesday, 11th June 2013

Trading Leather scores at the Curragh

Trading Leather looked to be the star at the Curragh on Sunday and he made no mistake in the featured Listed TRM Silver Stakes. Ridden by Kevin Manning, the son of Teofilo was sent to the front over two furlongs out and forged away gamely, stamping himself as a live contender for the Irish Derby. That completed a double for Bolger and Manning, as they had already won the opening Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Maiden with Freedom Square.

Oxx In Double Form At Navan

John Oxx was the man to follow at Navan on Saturday, completing a double that included the featured Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Race with Stepwise. While the race only attracted four runners, it produced a thrilling finish, with Declan McDonogh driving Stepwise to a neck victory in a three-way

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Tuesday, 11th June 2013

The third annual Jog For Jockeys charity fundraiser will consist of a 5km and 10km run staged at one venue – the Curragh Racecourse – on September 29th, followed by a full day of horse racing featuring the Group 2 Juddmonte Beresford Stakes. All monies raised will be donated to the Irish Injured Jockeys Fund.

Upcoming Fixtures

Roscommon – Monday 10th June (First Race 5:50)

Roscommon – Tuesday 11th June (First Race 5:50)

Fairyhouse – Wednesday 12th June (First Race 6:00)

Leopardstown – Thursday 13th June (First Race 5:55)

Navan – Friday 14th June (First Race 5:25)

Clonmel – Friday 14th June (First Race 5:45)

Limerick – Saturday 15th June (First Race 5:55)

Cork – Sunday 16th June (First Race 2:10)

Sligo – Tuesday 18th June (First Race TBC)

Wexford – Wednesday 19th June (First Race TBC)

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Tuesday, 11th June 2013

Two AAI Games winners in Santry

On Sunday last at the AAI Games in Santry Stadium Dublin two athletes from Waterford had fine victories competing against the best in the country. Niamh Whelan ran her best race for some time when she won the 200 metres in 23.70 seconds which is inside the qualifying standard for the World University Games later this season,she also finished second in the 100 metres in 12.04. Thomas Houlihan West Waterford AC had a personal best in winning the pole vault with 4.60 metres, Niall Tuohy was second in the 800 metres in 1.50.45 and Sorcha Murphy third in the high jump with 1.60 metres both Ferrybank.

Many Munster juvenile winners

Ennis was the venue on Saturday and Sunday last for the Munster u 9 to 11 team competitions and under 12 and 13 championships and there were

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Tuesday, 4th June 2013

No joy and no goals against Rovers

Sligo Rovers 2 - 0 Waterford united

Two first half goals were enough for Sligo Rovers to advance to the next round of the FAI Ford Cup with a 2-0 win against First Division Waterford United on Saturday night. The Blues were dealt a massive blow before the game when star central defender Gavin Kavanagh fell sick and his absence did not help matters. It's back to the league this Saturday now for the Blues when Salthill Devon come to the RSC for a 7pm kick off time. Now out of both cups, the local side must now focus fully on gaining promotion.

Sligo Rovers began strongest with Anthony Elding denied a chance by the diving headed clearance of Seamus Long before Michael Coady's goal saving challenge to stop Raffaele Cretaro from opening the deadlock in

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Tuesday, 4th June 2013

Blues Back To League Action

After the visit of high-flying Sligo Rovers to the RSC for their FAI Ford Cup tie last weekend, Waterford United are back to the bread and butter of the First Division promotion chase, when they welcome Tony Mannion's Salthill Devon this Saturday (KO 7.00pm). The Blues were beaten by the better side last Saturday, but they gave a good account of themselves against the league champions, and in no way looked out of place in such exalted company. Whether this game, and Limerick match before it, will inspire the team to push harder towards promotion to the Premier Division where they should be, remains to be seen. For now, United will be just concentrating on taking three points from a side they struggled somewhat to beat in Galway, netting a very, very late winner through Paudie

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Tuesday, 4th June 2013

Kilcohan Park Greyhound Stadium rowed in behind "The Gathering" a failte Ireland initiative. It has taken nearly 3 months of meeting and behind the scenes work to get this event organised but the night was a great success.

With the gates opening up at 17.00 for a meet and greet with the players and fans we set up BBQ area outside along with an outdoor bar area. Luckily at 16.45 the sun shone and Kilcohan Park Greyhound Stadium was turned into "A field of dreams for some" for the first time since 1993/1994 season.

A little under 1000 people turned up on the night to watch Paul McGrath, Paul Morrisey, Noel Hunt, Syd Wallace grace the Kilcohan turf. Paul McGrath played the first 25 mins and was very composed at the back

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Tuesday, 4th June 2013

Meade in Double Form at Kilbeggan

Noel Meade was the man to follow at Kilbeggan on Sunday, completing a notable double on the card. He opened his account in the Mullingar.ie Beginners Chase, saddling Six Stone Ned to record a game 3/4-length victory under Davy Condon. The Meade brace was completed in great style in the http:www.kilbegganraces.com Flat Race, with him sending out Devils Paintbrush to make a very promising winning debut by a margin of four lengths under Nina Carberry.

Glory Boy Prevails At Listowel

The Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Maiden attracted a classy field at Listowel on Sunday and it was the Dermot Weld-trained Glory Boy that took the spoils. Pat Smullen was patient on the son of Myboycharlie and delivered him to lead inside the final furlong, scoring by 1/2-length. The pick of the remainder of the action

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Tuesday, 4th June 2013

Joe Gough received his official certificate recording his European Master Athletic Championship Record from Kurt

Koscke, the President of the European Master Athletic Federation. The European record was achieved when Joe won the European Master Indoor Championships in San Sebastian, Spain last month in the 800m, Over 60 in 2.14.64.

He also won the 1500m in the same championships. This was Joe’s second time winning a double gold at European level he also won the double 5 years earlier in Ghent, Belgium in the 800m & 1500m.

The Dungarvan born athlete (West Waterford AC) also broke the British and Irish record for the 800m during the year in a time of 2.14.46. Joe now holds Irish records in 400m, 800m and 1500m and in particular holds the record

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