Saturday, 21st April 2018
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Munster Senior, Junior and Master's titles won

Nenagh was the venue on Sunday last for the Munster Senior and Master's Indoor Championships as well as the Junior triple jumps. and Waterford athletes figured very prominently in each grade. At senior level there was a fine sprint double by Emily Nolan Ferrybank as she won the 60 and 200 metres and also at senior level Dion Ryan Waterford AC won the high jump and Grace Furlong from the same club was third in the long jump and Denise O'Connor Tramore won the 60 metres hurdles. In the junior triple jump Grace Furlong Waterford was first and Emily O'Mahony her club mate was third while in the boys section of the same event James Murphy again from Waterford was second.

Master's titles galore

There were lots of medal winners in the Master's Championship in different age groups by athletes from West Waterford,Waterford and Ferrybank and Tramore. For West Waterford AC in the ladies over 70 Terri Gough won four titles the 60,200 and 800 metres plus the shot putt,Joe Gough won the over 60 200 and 800 metres, Ray Hahessy was first in the over 50 3000 metres and second in the 1500 metres behind his club mate Harry O'Brien who won. For Waterford AC Paschal Halley had a treble over 45 with the 60 m hurdles in record time the 200 and 800 metres plus a second in the long jump, Brendan Leahy won the over 35 200 metres and Richard Hayes was third in the 800 metres o 45. For Ferrybank Tom Boucher was first in the weight throw and shot putt and third in the long jump over 35 and Pat Kennedy won the weight throw and was third in the shot putt over 60 and for Tramore Shirley Fennelly had seconds in the 200 metres and long jump o 45 and Kathleen Marchelewska was third in the 200 metres and long jump again over 45. .

Tuohy wins

Competing in a race in Athlone on Saturday during the first round of the National League Niall Tuohy Ferrybank won the 800 metres in 1.50.9 his first run of the season.

Colligan Cup Run

120 competed in the 29 th Annual Kiely Monumental Colligan Cup 5 Miles Run in Colligan Wood on Sunday. In this event all competitors predict the time it will take them to run the event in and the person with the nearest time to the predicted one but not outside it wins.This years winner was Patricia Daly, Youghal and it was race 3 of the Michael Roche Carpets Series, the McGrath Newsagent's Juvenile Colligan Shield winner was Amy Ryan and 40 competed in this event

Lots of Fixtures

A hectic week end lies ahead in athletics with fixtures here at home, in Athlone,Tuam, Nenagh and in Wales. The action begins on Thursday with the Waterford Secondary Schools X Country Championships in St Augustine's College Grounds Abbeyside at 11.30 am for boys and girls in various grades, on Saturday in Wales the Annual Celtic X Country is on, in Athlone the National Indoor Combined Events in all grades will be held starting at 10 am,in Tuam we have the All Ireland Intermediate X Country Championships and Juvenile relays under 12 and under 14 they start at 11.30 am while in Nenagh on Sunday the Munster Juvenile Indoor Relays and Pole Vaults Championships hold centre stage they begin at 11 am.and in the city we have the Annual St Paul's Road Race. Waterford athletes will be competing at each venue including Wales at the Celtic International. Lucy Holmes West Waterford AC u17 and David Mc Glynn u 20 are both on the Irish teams and on the Development teams are Cian O'Riordan u 17 and Miceál Power u 20 both West Waterford.

Frank Leahy Memorial 5 Miles

On Sunday next near St Paul's Church in Lisduggan in Waterford the Annual Frank Leahy Memorial 5 miles Road race and 3 miles walk take place in aid of St Paul's Church Fund.The walk begins at 12.30 pm and the run at 1pm. Entries are being taken this week for the run on and will be taken in St Paul's Parish Centre next to St Paul's Church on Sunday from 11.30 am.

Waterford AC AGM

A fine crowd attended the AGM of Waterford AC senior section in The Ramada Viking Hotel on Wednesday last. The most successful year for many years was reviewed with lots of success by juvenile in particular,junior, senior and masters athletes and a very successful running of the Annual Half Marathon and other events. Chairman and Treasurer Trevor Walsh welcomed all and paid tribute to all the coaches and others involved in running the club in many capacities and thanked the Gardai and all the Voluntary Organisations volunteers etc for their help with the Half Marathon and all involved in coaching and helping all through the year, his Financial Report gave full disclosure on money spent and funds taken in and showed the club to be in a good position but as always this is a part of every club that has to be kept constantly in mind as the cost of running a successful club is demanding. Secretary Kieran O'Mahony gave a comprehensive report on all activities while Ian O'Byrne club captain gave a full and detailed report on all the major results secured by the club as well as complimenting those at every level who secured International honours. Lots of discussion followed on the road ahead for the club , such as training costs and arrangements at venues, a finance committee being formed headed by Ronan Clinton and financial help being made available to young athletes with certain criteria such as- medal performances in National events- preparing for and travelling to seek standards for major events, the Finance committee to finalise the exact criteria in conjunction with coaches. Overall there was a very positive mood at the meeting. Election of Officers for 2017 resulted as follows Chair and Treasurer Trevor Walsh, Vice Chair Des Colbert, Secretary Kieran O'Mahony, PRO Fintan Walsh. Committee Emma Brent, David Murphy, Brendan Quinn, Tony Quinlan, Niamh Tebay Club Captain Ian O'Byrne.

Waterford AC Juvenile Info

Change of date for Registration for juvenile athletes. Registration will take place on this evening Tuesday, Jan 17th, from 6:30 - 8:30 at the RSC. This is due to WIT Arena being unavailable on Thursday night (Jan 19th) Therefore there will be no training at WIT Arena that night. Little Athletics registration will take place Thursday 26th when training returns to WIT Arena. All athletes must register. Waterford AC Juvenile Clubs AGM will take place this Wednesday 18th Jan at 7pm in WIT Arena, Carriganore.


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