Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Fintan Walsh's weekly blog

 National Indoor titles won in Athlone by Waterford athletes

The first two days of the GloHealth National Juvenile Indoor
championships were held in Athlone on Saturday and Sunday last and
three clubs from Waterford had athletes competing and all three had
athletes on the winning podium. Ferrybank AC had four winners and
these were Phoebe Murphy in the 60 metres under 18 with a championship
best time of 7.68 seconds continuing her fine form, Neasa Murphy in
the under 19 high jump with 1.60 metres,she is a regular winner, Kylie
Heinen in the under 14 high jump with a personal best of 1.54 metres
and Praise Owoeye in the long jump under 13 with 4.65 metres and she
was also second in the 60 metres with a personal best of 8.15 seconds
she is a most consistent athlete. Waterford AC had two winners Grace
Furlong in the triple jump with 10.98 metres and Evan Hayes in the
under 13 high jump with 1.45 metres and Órla O'Connor was second in
the 1500 metres walk in 7.42.02. and now Waterford AC names are
appearing regularly in these competition results. West Waterford had
very good results in the pole vault events winning two titles, Séamie
Fennell won the under 19 title with 4.10 metres and Jurig Kanass was
third in the same event also on 4.10 metres, Patrick Fitzgerald won
the under 15 title with 2.10 metres and Craig Cluna was third in the
under 16 with 2.70 metres. All three clubs had athletes just outside
the medals coming fourth in their finals.

National Juvenile Indoors Day 3

Its Athlone again on Saturday next for the final day of the GloHealth
National Juvenile Indoor Championships and they begin at 10 am.
Waterford will be well represented at the fixture and we expect more

.Munster Road Championships

Kilmallock Co Limerick is the venue on Sunday next for the Munster
Senior and Novice Road Championships and they begin at 1 pm. There are
just two races men and women with senior and novice sections  included
in both and distance is 4 miles. Waterford athletes will compete

St Senan's Sports

The Annual Kilmacow Open Sports will on Easter Monday April 6 th at 1
pm in the Sports Complex in Kilmacow. Lots of events for
juveniles,junior,senior and masters full list on St Senan's AC website

Road Races in April

Easter Sunday April 5 th  Easter Bunny Run 5 Miles Run/Walk RSC in aid
of Waterford Hospice.12 noon. Monday April 6 th Aglish 10 KM and 5 Km
11.30 am. Sunday April 12 th Splashworld 10 km/7 km junior and 5 km
walk Tramore 11 am Sunday 26 th  Ferrybank  Community Family Run 10 KM
11 am.

Ladies in Lisbon Half Marathon

Last Sunday five ladies from the Waterford area were among the
thousands who took part in the 25 th Annual Half Marathon in Lisbon in
Portugal. the five were Ann Flynn, Kathleen Kennedy ,Rosie Van Der
Valk,Tina Connolly and Patsy Foskin.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

National Juvenile Indoors Weekend 1

Our crew simply covered themselves in glory this weekend in Athlone at the national juvenile championships winning four gold and a silver and several final placings. Well done to Phoebe Murphy who won the u 18 69m in a championship best and a new lifetime best of 7.68s. We had double high jump gold with Neasa Murphy winning u 19 and Kylie Heinan winning u 14 in a new pb. Praise Owoeye was in brilliant form winning gold in the u 14 long jump and silver in the 60m where she smashed her pb running 8.15. Stephen Walsh ran a brilliant final in the 400m finishing 4th in a new pb of 50.88. Katie Murphy made the final in the u 16 long jump and Oisin Kiely had a great run in the u 17 60m. Sinead O'regan jumped a brilliant 1.50m for 5th in the u 17 high jump and Tom Gallagher also jumped well in the u 15 event. Frankie Dolphin made the final in his high jump u 17. Spare a thought for Patrick o Neill who was most unlucky to be disqualified in the 60m for a false start after looking really good in warm up. Well done to everyone.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Fixtures 2015

April 2015
Mon 6th
St Senans Open Meet
Sun 12th
Waterford RSC
Sat 18th
Cork I.T.
Sun 19th
Cork I.T.
Sun 19th
AAI Road Relay Championships
Tue 21st
Waqterford City Primary Schools
Sun 26th
Munster Junior, U/23 Track & Field & Juvenile Pentathlon Championships
Cork I.T.
Wed 29th
Templemore Track

May 2015
Wed 6th
Waterford Regional Sports Centre
Sun  10th
Waterford County Championships
Sat 16th
Cork I.T.
Tues 19th
Long Jump/Triple Jump Workshop from 7pm to 9pm for coaches & athletes aged 10+
Templemore, Co. Tipperary
Sat 23rd
Munster Juvenile U/9 to U/19 Inter Club Relays
Lee's Road, Ennis, Co. Clare
Sun 24th
Waterford County Championships
Sun 24th
GloHealth National Track & Field League Round 1 & Day 2 of National Combined Events Championships
Sat 30th
GloHealth Irish Schools Track & Field Championships @ 9am 

June 2015
Sat 6th
Munster Juvenile U/12 & U/13 Track & Field Championships & U/9, U/10 & U/11 Team Games (Day 1)
Cork I.T.
Sun 7th
Munster Juvenile U/12 & U/13 Track & Field Championships & U/9, U/10 & U/11 Team Games (Day 2)
Cork I.T.
Sat 13th
Munster U/14 to U/19 Track & Field Championships  - Day 1
Waterford RSC
Sun 14th
Munster U/14 to U/19 Track & Field Championships - Day 2
Waterford RSC
Sat 20th
Tailteann Inter-Provincial Track & Field Games @ 11.30am
Morton Stadium, Santry
Sat 27th
GloHealth Juvenile Team Competition & Juvenile Combined Events Championships (U/14, U/15 & U/16)
Sun 28th
Munster Senior & Masters Track & Field Championships

July 2015
Sat 4th
GloHealth National Juvenile Track & Field Championships
Sun 5th
GloHealth National Junior & U/23 Track & Field Championships
Wed 8th -Tues 14th
World University Championships
Gwangju, Korea
Sat 11th
GloHealth National Juvenile Track & Field Championships
Sun 12th
GloHealth National Juvenile Track & Field Championships
Wed 15th - Sun 19th
World Youth Championships
Cali, Colombia
Thurs 16th - Sun 19th
Eskilstuna, Sweden
 Sat 18th
GloHealth National Juvenile Track & Field Championships
Sat 18th
SIAB Schools Track & Field International @ 11.00am
Glasgow, Scotland
Sun 19th
GloHealth National Track & Field League - Round 2
Sat 25th - Sat 1st Aug
European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF)
Tbilisi, Georgia
Sat 25th
Munster Juvenile "B" Track & Field Championships
Lee's Road, Ennis, Co. Clare
Sun 26th
GloHealth National Masters Track & Field Championships

August 2015
Sat 1st
Celtic Games
Sun 2nd
GloHealth National Track & Field League Final
Sat 8th
GloHealth National Senior Track & Field Championships
Morton Stadium, Santry
Sun 9th
GloHealth National Senior Track & Field Championships
Morton Stadium, Santry

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Fintan Walsh's weekly blog

 All Ireland Juvenile Indoors this week end

On Saturday and Sunday next the GloHealth National Juvenile Indoor
Championships for boys and girls under 12 to 19 will be at the Athlone
arena starting at 10.30 am on Saturday and at 10 am on Sunday and
Waterford clubs will have several athletes competing against the best
young athletes in the country, the full timetable is available on
Athletics Ireland Website.On Saturday the Schools International Cross
Country fixture is in Santry Demesne  with a 12 noon start

National Master's titles galore

The National Master's Indoor Championships were staged in Athlone on
Sunday last and athletes from West Waterford AC,Waterford AC and
Ferrybank AC got among the medals with nine titles being won by West
Waterford AC and three by Waterford AC. For West Waterford in the
ladies Terri Gough had four firsts over 70 in the 60.100 and 200
metres as well as the shot putt and she was second in the hammer, Joe
Gough won the 200,400 and 800 metres over 60, Brendan Moran was first
in the 200 metres over 55 and 3 rd in the 60 metres and Harry O'Brien
was  first in the 1500 metres over 50. For Waterford AC Paschal Halley
won the 60 metres hurdles and long jump over 45 and was second in the
400 metres while Tom O'Brien retained his high jump title over 45 and
Brendan Leahy was third in the 200 metres over 35  Ferrybank's sole
medal winner was Pat Kennedy 3 rd in the shot putt over 60.

American result

Providence College graduate-student Emily Sisson (Chesterfield, Mo.)
was crowned the 2015 NCAA 5,000 meter Indoor Champion on Friday last
in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The title marks Sisson's first ever NCAA
title and is the first title a Providence College track athlete has
won since Danette Doetzel claimed her 10,000 meter NCAA outdoor title
in 2009. Sisson looked dominant from the start of the race, finishing
in a time of 15:32.15, eight-seconds ahead of the second-place
finisher. She also won the bronze medal in the 3000 metres on Saturday
last.Followers of the sport locally may remember her winning the Alan
Everett Road race in Woodstown last year while home on holidays from
the USA with Shane Quinn.

Munster Fixture note.

The Munster Road Championships Senior and Novice will take place on
Sunday week March 29 th in Kilmallock, Co. Limerick at 1 pm.. There
will be 2 races on the day, women (incorporating both novice and
senior in the one race) and men (Incorporating novice and senior), and
county teams will be sent where appropriate. To sort out such county
teams, clubs to send John Behan Waterford County Secretary at address
below any athletes that will be competing in these championships by
March 17 th

St Senan's Sports

The Annual Kilmacow Open Sports will on Easter Monday April 6 th at 1
pm in the Sports Complex in Kilmacow. Lots of events for
juveniles,junior,senior and masters full list on St Senan's AC website

Ferrybank Fixtures

 The Annual Open Sports promoted by Ferrybank AC is scheduled for RSC
in Waterford on Sunday April 12 th at 12 noon,lots of events for
athletes male and female under 8 to 17, junior and senior men and
women. The Annual Waterford City Primary School Sports is also at the
RSC at 11 am on Tuesday April 27 th It will have a sprint and middle
distance event for under 8 to under 12 and also over 12 as well as
relays. Contact for both 087 6889330 please note only for schools in
Waterford City and surrounding areas in Co Waterford.

 Deadline for transfers

 A reminder that the deadline for transfers is March 24 th, with May 1
st being the date an athlete may compete for their new club once the
transfer has being passed. Transfers properly processed and signed can
be sent to County Secretary John Behan, Curralandy, Rathgormack,
Carrick-On-Suir, Co. Waterford.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Fintan Walshs weekly blog

Quinn second in Big East Championship in USA.

Competing at the Big East Collegiate Indoor Championships in New York
last week end Shane Quinn Providence College ran in races on Saturday
and Sunday. On Saturday he ran a very good race in the 5000 metres to
finish second overall in a time of 14 minutes 19.53 seconds not very
far behind the winner James Tiernan Villanova who clocked 14.18.04.
Then on Sunday Shane ran the 3000 metres where he finished 6 th in
8.22.58 the race was won in 8.17.58. In Boston last week end Kevin
Cooper finished third in a 1 mile race in 4 minutes 2 seconds his
second best time for the distance.At the National Cross Country
Championships in Rostrevor Co Down on Sunday Andrew Connick Ferrybank
was 11 th in the senior race,the winner was Mick Clohessy Raheny
Shamrocks an athlete very well known in the South East.

Busy Month

March will be an extremely busy month, with Munster and National
Indoor Championships, Schools Cross Country and of course the major
fixtures are the World Cross Country Championships in China and the
European Indoor Championships in Prague from this Friday March 6 th to
Sunday March 8 th and there was due to be a Waterford interest but
unfortunately Paul Murphy from Ferrybank AC who was chosen on the 4 x
400 Metres Relay squad had to withdraw due to a fractured bone in his
foot. Mark English carries the  hopes in the 800 metres of a very
young Irish team

Many Munster Juvenile titles won.

Nenagh was the venue on Saturday and Sunday last for the Munster under
13 to 19 Indoor Championships and athletes from Ferrybank AC and
Waterford AC did well.Ferrybank AC had a very good championships and
had wins with Phoebe Murphy under 18 60 and 200 metres, Niamh Casey
u18, 800 and 1500 metres, Praise Qweye u 13 60 metres and long jump,
Frankie Dolphin won the high jump under 17, Neasa Murphy the high jump
under 19,second placings were had by Steven Walsh 400 metres u 19,
Jake Bagge 800 metres u15 ,Kylie Heinen high jump u14, Patrick O'Neill
60 metres u18 and Sinéad O'Regan had thirds in the long and high jump
under17. Waterford AC had wins with Órla O'Connor u16 walk and Emma
Caulfield u15 walk, seconds with James Murphy u16 long jump, Ruth
Heery u16 walk,Hannah Jacob u 17 walk and third placings with Anna O'
Connor u16 walk, Evan Hayes u 13 high jump and James Murphy u16 high
jump. For Tramore AC Denise O'Connor was third in the u18 hurdles

All Ireland Schools Cross Country

On Saturday next with a 12 noon start the All Ireland Secondary
Schools Cross Country Championships are in Clongowes Wood College
Grounds ,Clane Co Kildare Many athletes from Waterford schools will be
competing in four grades boys and girls minor, junior,intermediate and
senior. A few individuals are expected to challenge for honours and
team titles are also up for grabs.

Munster under 9 to 12

Nenagh is the venue on Saturday and Sunday for the Munster under 9 to
12 Indoor Championships over two very long days. Many youngsters from
Waterford clubs will be competing and at this age they are basically
learning about their sport and any over emphasis on them at this age
can lead to a short time in the sport as happens in all sports,
enjoyment should be the keyword. Full programme is on Munster
Athletics website the first day starts at 10 am and the second at
10.30 am and remember Nenagh is a very cold spot keep youngsters
mobile and warm

 Other fixtures in March

Sunday 15 th National Masters Indoor Championships Athlone. Saturday
21 st and Sunday 22 nd National Juvenile Indoor Championships Day 1
and 2 Athlone Saturday 28 th National Juvenile Indoor Championships
Day 3 Athlone, Saturday 28 th World Cross Country China, Sunday 29 th
Munster Senior and Novice Road 4 miles Championships Kilmallock Co

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Munster Indoors Day 2 Juveniles

It was another excellent day in Nenagh where we had gold medals from Frankie Dolphin in the u 17 high jump, Praise Owoeye in the under 13 long jump and Niamh Casey in the 18 800m. Our silver medalsits were Jake Bagge in the u 15 800m, Kylie Heinan in the u 14 high jump and Patrick O Neill in the u 19 60m. Sinead O Regan secured her second bronze of the weekend in the u 17 long jump. Well done to everyone who competed so well this weekend.

Munster Indoors Day 1 Juveniles

Fantastic results in Nenagh today at the Munster u 13-19 championships where we won five gold, 2 silver and a bronze. Congrats to gold medalists Neasa Murphy u 19 high jump, Phoebe Murphy u 18 60m& 200m, Niamh Casey u 18 1500m and Praise Owoeye u 13 60m. Our silver medalists were Stephen Walsh u 19 400m and Praise Owoeye u 13 shot. Well done to Sinead O Regan who won bronze in the u 17 high jump. We had lots of finalists also. Well done to everyone and best of luck to all who are in action in Nenagh tomorrow .

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Table Quiz March 12th

Ferrybank AC  - Annual Table Quiz
Inviting all adults / parents of juveniles and all athletes over 18.…..

Thursday March 12th 2015
Venue : Cove Bar , Dunmore Road. 8.30pm sharp
Cost €20 team of four.

 Great craic guaranteed! Please come along and support and bring your friends.
If you can’t make up a team come along anyway and we’ll make up teams on the night.
Absolutely loads of prizes for quiz teams and also lots of spot prizes.

Fintan Walsh's weekly blog

Kelly Proper National Championships star again.

Once again Kelly Proper has shown her marvellous competitive spirit in
a National Championship. In Athlone on Saturday and Sunday last Kelly
competed in three events and won all three decisively at the GloHealth
National Senior Indoor Championships to bring her total of National
Senior individual titles to 19 and in two of her victories she
recorded big personal bests.

Three of the best

  On Saturday Kelly won the first of her three titles in the long jump
which many felt was her favourite event and this was for good reasons
due to her marvellous record in the event since 2006. but in recent
years her great sprinting ability has meant that she is now regarded
very highly in this sphere. Her winning jump on Saturday was 6.22
metres and even though it was some way behind her best she still had a
very good series of jumps and won comfortably. She was due to run in
200 metres heats also on Saturday but this was not necessary as just
enough for a final entered and this was held on Sunday. First of all
however on Sunday she ran in the 60 metres heats and easily qualified
for the final in second place in the heat in 7.46 seconds just one
hundred of a second behind the leading qualifier on 7.45. In the final
she flew from the blocks to win decisively in 7.38 seconds a major
improvement on her previous best.the standard for upcoming European
Indoor Championships is 7.36 it was that close.Then 40 minutes later
she lined out for the 200 metres final and in this she was even more
impressive as she swept to her treble in a new big personal best of
23.27 seconds,which is the fastest time in Europe so far this year and
the second fastest time ever by an Irish athlete and not too far away
from the 23.20 standard required for the World Championships in
Beijing in August which can now be a target for her in the weeks and
months ahead. Kelly has had a marvellous career since she started out
in athletics many years ago and her record in Championships won
indoors and outdoors is testament to her commitment.  For the record
Kelly has won ten long Jump , six 200 metres and three 60 metres
Indoor titles, as well as eight long jump, four 200 metres and one 100
metres titles outdoors, plus Combined events outdoors and Indoors

Other medal winners.

Paul Murphy Ferrybank AC had a fine run in the 400 metres race
finishing second with a personal best time of 47.62 seconds, the race
was won by Dara Kervick in 45.63 now running with Clonliffe Hrs but he
did all his running up to recently with Carrick on Suir AC  and he is
a second cousin of Kelly Proper's. Three athletes collected bronze
medals and these were outgoing 800 metres champion Niall Tuohy of
Ferrybank  who was in a most competitive final eventually finishing
third in 1.52.35 behind two of Ireland's best 800 metres runners Mark
English who won in 1.51.34 and Declan Murray second  both of whom have
qualified for major Championships. Brother and sister Thomas and Lisa
Houlihan both had good results in the pole vault collecting bronze
medals Thomas with 4.60 metres and Lisa with 2.90 metres. Kevin Cooper
Ferrybank was 6 th in the 3000 metres final and Sean Curran West
Waterford was 7 th in his heat of the 1500 metres and not too far off
qualifying for the final.

 International in Athlone

On Thursday last the International meeting in Athlone saw the best
high jump in the world this year by Mutaz Essa Barshim,Qatar of 2.41
metres and the first sub 4 minute mile ever run in Ireland indoors  by
Ben Blankenship from USA who clocked 3 minutes 56.75 seconds. But
aside from this the meeting was a disaster for many athletes due to a
fault in the Timing System which saw many disqualifications. A number
of athletes from Waterford competed with Niall Tuohy 3 rd in the 800
metres in1.50.00 and Kelly Proper 5 th in the 60 metres and long jump.

Dungarvan 10 KM Details

The 33 rd  Annual Dungarvan Colleges 10 KM Road Race the final race in
Ml Roche Carpets Series was held in Dungarvan on Sunday last and
following were the results.Men 1 Brian Murphy (Carrick on Suir) 33;13
2 Danny Smith (Ballynonty ) 34;13 3 Darragh Kavanagh ( Leevale) 35:18)
 M40 Michael Murphy (Carrick on Suir) M45 Sean O'Sullivan (Midleton) M
50 Martin Hayes  West Waterford) M55 Gerry Cantwell do. Women 1 Ann
Doris ( Midleton) 39;26 2 Sally Forristal (St Joseph's) 39;46 3
Siobhán Mc Hugh (Clonmel) 40.24 F 35 Sinéad Kehoe ( United Striders) F
40 Corina Walsh (West Waterford ) F45 Catherine Clancy ( St
Catherine's ) F50 Geraldine Houlihan ( Carrick on Suir )  West
Waterford won men's and women's team prizes.120 competed. Series
winners Men; Kevin Kenneally ( West Waterford) Women Corina Walsh do.

National Cross Country in County Down

The All Ireland Senior and Junior Inter Club Cross Country
Championships are in Kilbroney Park Rostrevor County Down on Sunday
next as well as the Inter County Juvenile Relays with the first event
at 12 noon.

Munster Juvenile Indoors

 On Saturday and Sunday next the Munster Juvenile U/13 to U/19 Indoor
Championships are at Nenagh Indoor Stadium starting at 10 am both
days. Lots of athletes from clubs in Waterford will be competing over
two very long days of competition, full timetable on Munster Athletics

USA Event

This week end the Big East Collegiate Indoor Championships are in New
York and Irish athletes will be competing