Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Fintan Walsh's weekly blog

Irish Universities Championships

The R.S.C was the venue on Friday and Saturday last for the Irish
University Track and Field Championships the first major fixture to be
held there since the track was laid  It was a very successful
championships with Waterford AC and Menapians AC Wexford to the fore
in helping WIT AC to host the event this year. Congrats to WIT
Students Andrew Connick, Michael Deady, Shannon Ryan and all the
organising committee for pulling off such a professional event.
Particular thanks to all the parents and juvenile members of Waterford
AC who gave their time to help and add to the sense of occasion for
the athletes involved. Thanks also to coaches Cait Caulfield, Brian
Scanlon, Deckie Harte, David Murphy, Tom O'Brien and Kieran Leahy who
all gave their time freely to act as officials for the event on behalf
of Waterford AC and also to Tom Prendergast Ferrybank AC, Bro Patrick
and Greg Ashe West Waterford.  Athletes from WIT figured prominently
as did Waterford athletes competing for various University's and
Institutes. Barry Upton U.L won the 400 m hurdles,Ciara Cronin UCC the
800 m and for WIT Andrew Connick won the 10000 metres. Silver medal
winners  were Zoe Scanlon javelin, Eimear Lynch 400 metres both WIT
Tom Boucher U.C.D 16 kg weight, Niall Tuohy U.L. 1500 m, Sorcha Murphy
do high jump, Thomas Houlihan CIT and his sister Lisa NUI Maynooth
both in the pole vault  while third placings were secured by Keith
Smith javelin and long jump, Neil Fox 3000 m walk both WIT and Niamh
Whelan U.L. Visiting athletes and officials were very happy with the
facilities at the R.S.C. and with the staff also

Two Waterford Athletes win in Wales

Ar the Great Welsh Marathon in Llannelli on Sunday last Brian Byrne
West Waterford won the event in 2 hrs 43 minutes 3 seconds and Garrett
Byrne from the same club was 9 th in 3.01.12 First home in the ladies
race was Maeve Savage Waterford AC in 3.25.50

County Schools Championships

On Wednesday last the County Secondary Schools Championships were held
at the R.S.C Doubles were recorded by the following athletes; Ciara Mc
Kenna St Augustine's, Kate Flavin Stella Maris, Emma Hallahan St
Augustine's, Orlaith O'Brien Ursuline, Aaron Donnelly Abbey C.C. James
Murphy Tramore CBS, Mathew Hurley Dungarvan CBS, Sean Whittle De La
Salle, Ciaran O'Maoileoin St Augustine's and Darragh Musgrave De La
Salle and Kate McGrath Ard Sciol na n Deise  Ursuline won the girls
Trophy and De La Salle the boys. Other Winners were Boys; Jonathan
Crowley , Michael Dineen, Billy Delahunty, Tadg Brennan, Cillian
Drohan, Eoin Kenny all  De La Salle, Regix Madika, Jamie Stone Tramore
CBS, Brian Cooke, Anthony Mc Carthy .St Pauls, John Devine St
Augustine's, Aghan Swales, Dylan Swales, Ralph Britton Scoil Cathal
Naofa. Girls; Kristin Meade, Sinead O'Regan, Danielle Widger, Bella
Cummins Ursuline, Holly Smith , Hannagh Mc Guire, Clodagh Mc Guire St
Pauls, Neasa Murphy, Caoimhe Duffy, Denise O'Connor Stella Maris,
Maura Gallagher, Charlotte Connors, Aoife Lai St Augustine's, Sinead
Mc Evoy Abbey CC, Amber Kingham Scoil Cathal Naofa, Rena Behan St
Declan's, Cliona Ryan Ard Scoil and Emma Ni Bhriain Gaelscoil
Harty wins in Ballinroad

The 20 th Annual Ger Wyley Sports/'Skins Summer Road Race Series began
with  the MTS Media 5 km in Ballinroad on Friday last and 300
competed. The comfortable winner was Philip Harty West Waterford AC in
15 minutes 26 seconds, Frank Quinlan Waterford was second in 15.59 and
Zintars Klava West Waterford  third in 16.31. First lady home was
Sinead Mansfield West Waterford in 18. 43, Evelyn Cashman Youghal was
second in 18.48 and Aine Roche Clonmel was third in 18.53.

Splashworld 10 KM Results

290 competed in above race on Sunday morning last  in Tramore and
Brian Murphy Carrick on Suir won it in 32 minutes 35 seconds, Frank
Quinlan was second in 33.31 and Noel Murphy third in 34.55 both
Waterford AC . The Ladies were led home by Sylvia Malone Waterford AC
in 38.48, Naomi Doonan was second in 42.10 and Oonagh Boland was third
in 42.50. The junior 5 Km winners were Gerard Lynch jnr in 22.43 and
Zara Breslin in 25.39

Ferrybank AC  Sports

There was a huge entry for the Ferrybank Open Sports at the RSC on
Sunday last and the Trophy for best visiting club went to St Joseph's
AC 2nd St Lawrence O'Toole 3 rd Nenagh.

 Butlerstown Road Race on Saturday

The second race in the Ger Wyley Sports Skins Series will be the
Butlerstown 4 miles on Saturday next at 7 pm. Entries from 5.45 pm at
the Butlerstown GAA Centre, Holy Cross Waterford  and the proceeds go
to the Waterford Alzheimer Society. Please note the shorter distance
this year of 4 miles, previously it was 10 KM. On Sunday morning next
with an 11 am start the Easter Bunny 5 miles run is in the city
starting at the R.S.C where entries will be taken from 9.30 am.

Kilmacow Sports on Monday

At The Sports Complex in Kilmacow on Easter Monday the Annual Kimacow
Open Sports has a 1 pm start. Lots of events for juveniles,junior
senior and masters

Colleges Fixtures

 East Munster Girls  Wednesday April 30th 12.00 R.S.C, East Munster
Boys  Wednesday May 7th 11.30  Templemore, Munster Finals Saturday May
17  th  Cork  IT. 9.30 am and All Ireland Finals Saturday May 31 st
Tullamore 9 am

Friday, 11 April 2014

Fintan Walsh's weekly blog

Harty wins Connemara Marathon

Philip Harty West Waterford AC had the biggest result of his career on
Sunday last when he won the Connemara Marathon over a very picturesque
and demanding  coarse in a time of 2 hrs 28 minutes in gale force
winds,the event had a huge entry. In the Ultra Race again in Connemara
over 39 miles Ravis Zakis  was 2nd in 4 hrs 22 minutes and Anthony
Whelan 5th in 4.40 both again from West Waterford

Winners at Leevale Sports

Last week end Leevale Open Sports took place at the Cork CIT Track
over two days Saturday and Sunday. Day 1 was for seniors and Ferrybank
AC had three winners.These were Kelly Proper long jump 5.80 metres,
Paul Murphy 400 metres 48.65 seconds and Neasa Murphy high jump 1.65
metres, Kelly Proper was second also in both the 100 and 200 metres
and Sorcha Murphy  third in the high jump. On Sunday at the juvenile
section there were winners from four Waterford Clubs. Ferrybank had
two wins with Eoin Kenny in the 15 shot putt and Praise Oweye in the
under 12 6 0 metres, second placings went to Mollie Comerford u 10
javelin, Jake Bagge u14 800 m,Tom Gallagher u14 high jump and third
placings went to Tom Gallagher u 14 hurdles,Chloe Farrell u 15 long
jump, Sinead O'Regan u 16 100 m, Paula Igwe u 12 60 m Mollie Comerford
u 10 300m and Lauren Hennessy u 15 hurdles. For Waterford AC Jack
Corcoran was first in the long jump under u 11 and second in the 300 m
 while Emer Mc Glynn was third in the 600 m u 13. Shane Mc Gonagle
Tramore won the under 15 hurdles and was second in the 100m and long
jump, Cormac Mahony West Waterford won the 600m u 13 and Finisk Valley
a new club had a win with Mossie Kehoe u 8 60 m and Cody Scanlon was
second in the u 9 60 m.

Bralitis wins at WIT

One hundred and sixty five athletes competed in the Annual WIT/AC road
race held in association with Waterford AC at the WIT Sports Campus on
Friday evening last in miserable conditions. The race up front after a
mile or so developed into a two man duel between Sandis Bralitis West
Waterford AC and Trevor Power Waterford AC and in the final stages
Bralitis proved the stronger to win in 15 minutes 31 seconds, Power
was second in 15.33 and Frank Quinlan was third in 16.01. Marie Murphy
Farranfore Maine Valley Kerry led the ladies home in 17.53, Sylvia
Malone Waterford AC was second in 18.31 and Ann Sullivan was third in
19.11. Among the entries was World Champion Joe Gough who got a
rousing welcome from all at the start and the race was started by WIT
President  Ruahri Neavyn. Overall a very well organised event over a
tough enough course

Waterford Primary School Sports

Over 800 boys and girls from Primary Schools all over the City and
adjoining areas took part in the Primary School Sports organised by
Ferrybank AC. at the R.S.C on Tuesday April 1 st.The best large girls
School results; 1 St Ursula's 2nd St John of God 3rd Ballygunner, Best
large boys School Ballygunner 2 nd St Declan's 3rd St Mary's
Ferrybank. Best small School 1 Gaelscoil na n Deise 2 nd Gaelscoil
Portlairge 3rd ButlerstownThe following were all the individual
winners Girls u 8 80 Metres  and Race 3 300 metresTiftney Hinkakn
Mercy 300 m race 1 Amina Svarkova Ballygunner, Race 2 Catherine Munroe
Gaelscoill Portlairge. Relay Ursuline. Boys u 8 80 m and 300 m Race 3
Daniel Goff Ballygunner 300 M Race 1 Fergal O'Brien Gaelscoil
Portlairge Race 2 Andrew Scanlan Gaelscoil na nDeise Relay St
Declan's. Girls u 9 80 m Laura Flynn Ballygunner. 300m  Race 1 Faith
Halligan St Saviours Race 2  Molly Comerford Ursuline Race 3  Orla
Walsh Passage  Relay Ballygunner, Boys u 9 80 m  and 300 m Race 1
Thaddeus Eremionkhale, Scoil Lorcáin  Race 2 Aaron O'Neill Ballygunner
 Race 3 Iarla Hennessy Educate Together.Relay Scoil Lorcain. Girls u
10 80 m Lauren Sheils Ballygunner 300 m Race 1 Emma Beadle St John of
God  Race 2 Ellen Boylan Portlaw  Race 3 Jessica Widger Ursuline
Relay St John of God. Boys u 10 80 m and 300 m Race 1 Jack Corcoran
Gaelscoil na n Deise 300 m Race 2 Mark Imirin,St Mary's Ferrybank
Race 3 Divine Ehichoe do, Relay St Mary's. Girls u 11  80 m Paula Igwe
Ursuline 500 m  Thando Encube do Relay Ursuline. Boys u 11 80 m
Victory Eddy St Declan's 500 m Glab Brucikovs do Relay St Declan's.
Girls u 12 80 m Sophie Meade Ursuline 500 m Una O'Brien Gaelscoil
Portlairge Relay St John of God. Boys u 12 80 m and 500 m  Ethan Flynn
Gael Scoil na n Deise Relay Gaelscoil na n Deise. Girls over 12 80 m
Priscilla Ademoye Mercy 600 m  Zoe Kiely Ursuline Relay Ballygunner.
Boys o 12 80 m Tom Gallagher Ballygunner 600 m Jake Bagge Butlerstown
Relay Ballygunner

Busy week end at RSC

One of the first big events of the Track and Field season takes place
at the R.S.C on Friday and Saturday next. The Irish University
Championships will have athletes from all over Ireland competing The
programme begins on Friday at 2 pm and on Saturday at 9.45 am Then on
Sunday the Ferrybank AC Open Sports has a huge programme of events for
juveniles juniors and seniors and masters and the first event is at 12
noon.,full details on Ferrybank AC website. Another fixture on Sunday
morning next  at 11 am is the Splashworld 10 km road race in
Tramore.and a 5 km junior event also

Coming Road Races

 This  Friday April 11 th  Race 1 Ger Wyley Sports Skins Series
Ballinroad 5  km 7 pm , This Sunday April 13 th, Splashworld  race
Tramore 11 am.
 Saturday April 19 th Race 2 Ger Wyley Sports/Skins Series Butlerstown
 4 miles( note change in distance this year) 7 pm, Sunday April 20 th
 Solas Centre 5 miles R.S.C Waterford 11 am

Transfer Window

The April transfer deadline is now closed next up is the September one
and no transfers considered until then.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Fintan Walsh's weekly blog

On 30 March 2014 23:19, Fintan Walsh <fintanwalshwaterford@gmail.com> wrote:
> Joe Gough  brings World Athletic title to the Deise
> The roller coaster career of Joe Gough West Waterford AC in masters
> athletics reached a new high in Budapest last week at the World
> Masters Indoor Track and Field Championships when he won a gold and
> bronze medal in the middle distance events 800 and 1500 metres over
> 60.
> Brilliant Tactical run
> Joe was first on the track on Tuesday  in the 800 metres heats an-
> event which he set a new World record for over 60 athletes in Athlone
> in February.- and he easily qualified for the semi finals on
> Wednesday. being first home in 2.32.08. In the semi finals he again
> won his semi in 2.23.30 and qualified easily again. Friday was a day
> to remember the day of the final facing eight other top class athletes
> and in a brilliant display of tactical running he outran the current
> outdoor champion and USA champion Nolan Shaheed  who had made the
> first move to lead with 200 metres remaining but Joe struck in the
> straight- running his final 200 metres three second faster than the
> previous three 200 metres in the race to take the gold medal in a time
> of 2 minutes 15.08 seconds, Shaheed was second in 2.16.18 and Frank
> Martel the Canadian champion was third in 2.18.98.
> Second Race
> On Friday evening Joe decided to run in his second choice event the
> 1500 metres the following day and in the semi final on Saturday in a
> blanket finish between three athletes he qualified in third place with
> 4.47.54 to reach Sundays final the semi was won in 4.46.96.. In the
> final which was his fifth competitive race in six days Joe ran another
> blinder to finish third in a personal best time of 4.minutes 33.68
> seconds the race was won by another Irish athlete Brian Lynch North
> East Runners the Irish champion over the distance who clocked 4.26.62
> Martin Van Der Hoorn Netherlands was second in 4.28.15 and all three
> including Joe were inside the old World record for this distance. Joe
> won a World silver medal in the 800 metres over 55 in 2008 behind
> Shaheed and back in 2003 Joe also won a silver World medal in the 800
> metres in the over-50 age group.  He trains diligently daily and has a
> marvellous appetite for the sport and has multiple Irish titles to his
> credit  in every age group since he began at over  40 after leaving
> senior athletics, he gets better by the year. On top of that are
> British, European medals and he won a Russian title some years
> ago.Also in Budapest on Saturday Tom O'Brien Waterford AC was  joint10
> th in the over 45 high jump with 1.70 metres he failed to clear 1.73
> metres which is his Irish record,if he had cleared it he would have
> moved up a few places
> Munster Road Championships
> In Carriglea outside Dungarvan on Sunday last the Munster Senior and
> Novice Road Race Championships went ahead and athletes from West
> Waterford and Waterford AC figured quite well especially in team
> competitions. The men's senior race was won by James Mc Carthy East
> Cork and first Waterford athlete home was Philip Harty West Waterford
> in 4 th place.I n the club team section West Waterford were second and
> Waterford AC were third and in the County team section Waterford were
> second. Niall Mc Cormack Clonmel won the novice race and Frank Quinlan
> Waterford AC was first Waterford athlete home in 8 th place.Waterford
> AC were second club and West Waterford third and Waterford were second
> county.Angela Mc Cann  Clonmel led the senior ladies home  and Sinead
> Mansfield in 4 th place led West Waterford to the team victory, the
> other members were Corina Walsh, Liz Nyhan and Orla O'Mahony. West
> Waterford were second  in the County team and in the Novice West
> Waterfordi and Waterford were third county..
> Glor na Mara Run
> The first two home in the 4 Miles Tramore Run in aid of Glor na Mara
> School on Friday last were; Men 1 st Paul Ogle Waterford Triathlon
> Club 2 Eoin Lyons do  The ladies were led home by Susan Finn with
> Sylvia Malone second
> Juvenile Relays
> Waterford AC and Ferrybank AC both had two relay teams competing at
> the All Ireland Juvenile Relays in Athlone on Saturday last and all
> four reached finals. For Ferrybank the girls under19  were 4 th and
> girls under 12 6 th. Waterford AC had fifth placings in the boys under
> 12 and boys under 15
> WIT/Waterford AC 5 KM  Road Race on Friday
> This is the annual 5 KM road race held by WIT AC in association with
> Waterford AC. It takes place on this Friday April 4 th at 7 pm at WIT
> Sports Campus just outside Waterford City  .Plenty of Parking,
> changing rooms and refreshments after the race; on site..The number
> collection and changing rooms are approx 1 KM from the start so
> entrants are asked to allow time to get to the start on time. The
> finish is back at the changing rooms and where refreshments and prize
> giving will be held immediately after the race
> Leevale Sports
> Saturday and Sunday next Leevale Sports will be held at the CIT Arena
> in Cork.  The meet is a great opportunity for athletes to start their
> preparations for the upcoming outdoor season.Like previous years, the
> meet will be a two-day event; the junior and senior programme will be
> on the Saturday, juvenile events on Sunday.Lots pf athletes from
> Waterford clubs will compete on both days. Programmes for the Saturday
> and Sunday events are available on-line www.leevale.org.O. Ferrybank
> AC Open Sports for juveniles,junior and seniors is on Sunday April 13
> th at RSC at 12 noon, see Ferrybank AC website for full details.On
> Easter Monday April 21 st the Annual Kilmacow Sports will be at the
> Complex in Kilmacow at 1pm and full programme available on St Senan's
> AC website
> Meeting
> The next County Board meeting will take place on Monday April 7th in
> St. Augustine's College, Abbeyside, Dungarvan at 8 pm.
> Coming Road Races
> ,Friday April 11 th  Race 1 Ger Wyley Sports Skins Series Ballinroad 5
> km 7 pm , Sunday April 13 th ,Splashworld 5 miles Tramore 11 am.
> Saturday April 19 th Race 2 Ger Wyley Sports/Skins Series Butlerstown
> 4 miles( note change in distance this year) 7 pm, Sunday April 20 th
> Solas Centre 5 miles RSC Waterford 11 am
> .

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Fintan Walsh's weekly blog

World Masters Indoors in Budapest with Waterford Interest

Starting this Tuesday and running on to Sunday the World Masters
Indoor Championships are in Budapest with an entry in excess of three
thousand five hundred athletes from many countries around the globe,
men and women in various age categories and Joe Gough West Waterford
and Tom O'Brien Waterford AC compete there. Joe who set a world record
in  the over 60 category over 800 metres in Athlone recently will be
one of the main contenders for the 800 metres title but will face very
stiff opposition from current outdoor champion.and former European and
American champions. His first round heat is today Tuesday in the
afternoon and assuming he makes the semi final this will be on
Wednesday  morning and if he makes the final this is on Friday
afternoon.. He is also entered for the 1500 metres with the semi final
on Saturday and final on Sunday so it looks as if a busy week for Joe
lies ahead and his vast experience we hope will see him come up with
another big one. Tom O'Brien is entered in the high jump over 45 and
as the Irish record holder in the event she should figure prominently

Juvenlie athletes keep Waterford flag flying in Athlone

Athlone was the venue last Saturday and Sunday for two sections of the
All Ireland Juvenile Indoor Championships under 12 to under 19 and
athletes from three Waterford clubs got among the medals with
Ferrybank doing particularly well. For Ferrybank  Paul Murphy  won the
under 19 400 metres  in 48.96 seconds a championship best performance
and he also was second in the 200 metres , Neasa Murphy won the  under
18 high jump with 1.63 metres, Orlaith O'Brien the under 16 Shot Putt
with 11.11 metres,  a personal best,Tom Gallagher won the  under 14
high jump  with 1.63 metres, he was also second in the long jump and
third in the hurdles all personal bests. Praise Oweye  won the under
12 60 metres in 8.58 seconds and was second in the long jump and third
in the shot putt all with personal bests. Niamh Mc Nicol  was second
in the  under 18 200 metres and she  also won a bronze medal in the
60 metres  with a personal best, other bronze medal winners were
Siobhan Whelan under 19 triple jump  and Kylie Heinen in the under 12
high jump both with  personal bests and Anne Corcoran in the shot putt
under 16.. With a much smaller group of athletes Waterford AC did very
well. They had  a first and a second in the boys u 12 long jump with
Jack Deegan winning and Victory Eddy second, James Murphy was second
in the u 15 high jump and third in the long jump  and Emma Caulfield
was third in the under 14 walk while Shane Monagle took the silver
medal in the under 15 hurdles for Tramore  with a personal best, he
was beaten by inches. The third day of these championships are in
Athlone on Saturday next

 Waterford Primary School Sports

The Annual Waterford Primary School Sports is at the RSC on Tuesday
next at 11 am  with races for boys and girls including  a sprint and
middle distance  and relay in each age category. These are under 8
,9,10,11,12 and over 12 for children born 2001 0r before. Please note
this sports is confined to Waterford City Primary Schools and those in
close proximity to the city in County Waterford.

Two Road Races this week end in County

 On this Friday March 28 th the Glor na Mara 4 miles is in Tramore at
6 pm. Registration is at Oceanics Surf School from 4.30 pm. EURO 10 entry
fee and race starts at 6 on the prom. On  Sunday next the Munster
Novice and Senior Road Championships are in  Carriglea  near Bushy
Park  outside Dungarvan  at 1 pm There will be a number of men and
women from Waterford clubs participating and entries are closed ,no
entries on day, Another imminent race is on  Friday 4 th April the
Waterford AC/WIT 5 km 7 pm at  WIT Sports Campus