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

Monday, 23 February 2015

National Senior Indoor Championships

It was a fabulous second day in Athlone today. Kelly Proper set lifetime bests of 7.38 and 23.27 in the 60m and 200m to add to her long jump gold yesterday and brings her national indoor titles to 19! Her 200m time ranks her first in Europe this season! 
Paul Murphy ran the best race of his life for silver in the 400m in a fabulous new best time of 47.62! 
Niall Tuohy placed a fantastic third in a classy 800m after leading on the last lap while Kevin Cooper fought a brilliant battle for 6th in the 3000m having been in medal contention for much of the race. A proud day for the club.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Fintan Walsh's weekly blog

Athlone the venue for National Senior Indoors

On Saturday and Sunday next Ireland's best athletes will be in action
at the National Senior Indoor Championships in Athlone and Waterford
will be very well represented there. Local  athletes expected to
defend titles are Kelly Proper in the 200 metres and long jump,Thomas
Barr 400 metres, Niall Tuohy 800 metres,David Mc Carthy 5000 and quite
a few more will be hoping to figure also.On Saturday the first event
is at 12 noon and on Sunday at 11.30 am,most of the finals are on

Kelly fifth in Sheffield

At the British Indoor Championships in Sheffield on Sunday last Kelly
Proper was 5 th in the long jump with a mark of 6.21 metres some way
below her best. The winner of the event cleared 6.73 metres.

Two Ferrybank wins in Scotland

Thirty five young athletes from Ferrybank AC competed in the Scottish
Under age Indoor Championships on Saturday and Sunday and they two won
titles,one on each day. A  comparative newcomer to the sport Phoebe
Murphy won the 200 metres under 20 in 24.78 seconds and Praise Owoeye
won the under 13 long jump with 4.65 metres and finished second in the
60 metres and shot putt with personal bests in all three,two others
finished third in the under 20 grade Neasa Murphy in the high jump
with 1.60 metres and Steven Walsh in the 200 metres with 22.23 while
Priscilla Ademoye was 4th in the high jump u 15.

USA News

At an indoor meeting in Boston University last week end  Shane Quinn
finished 9 th in a 3000 metres race in a personal best time of 8
minutes 00.34 seconds just outside the European Indoor Qualification
time of 8 minutes even. The overall winner of the event Isaac Pressen
Furman Elite clocked 7.50.60. 95 athletes competed in 6 heats and the
result went on time. In Vienna on Friday last Niall Tuohy was 6 th in
a good class 800 metres in 1.50.4. On Sunday Joe Gough competed as a
guest in the Leinster Masters Indoors and won the over 55  400 metres
and over 60 200 metres.

Jake Bagge wins Munster Schools title

On Thursday last the GloHealth Munster Secondary Schools Cross Country
Championships were held in CIT Grounds in Cork and athletes from
Waterford Schools performed very well.There was a a win at minor level
for the very consistent Jake Bagge Árd Scoil na Mara Tramore and
second placings for Aisling Quinn Ursuline in the senior grade- she
was beaten very narrowly- and Aaron Donnelly Abbey Community College
at junior level, Miceál Power St Augustine's was third in the
intermediate grade and Shane O'Neill De La Salle was also third in the
junior section. Other very good performances came from athletes placed
fourth and these were Barry Keane St Declan's Kilmacthomas
senior,Michael Troy St Augustine's minor and Lucy Holmes Árd Scoil na
nDeise minor. In team competitions St Augustine'won the minor boys
with Dungarvan CBS 3 rd, Ursuline Convent won the junior girls and St
Augustine's were second in the intermediate boys while Mean Scoil San
Nioclás An Rinn were third at intermediate level in the girls

Kilmacthomas 5 Miles

230 competed in the 13 th Annual Bausch and Lomb Kilmacthomas 5 Miles
Road Race  on Sunday last and  Andrew Connick Ferrybank was first
overall and Grace Mc Connell (Ballyroan/Abbeyleix ) led the ladies
home..the following were the prize winners.Men 1 Andrew Connick (
Ferrybank ) 25.55 2 Noel Murphy ( Waterford ) 26.29 3 Tony O'Reilly (
Ballyroan/Abbeyleix ) 26.54 4 Alban Coghlan ( Crusaders ) 27.01. Age
Categories M40 Alan Ryan ( West Waterford ) M45 Brendan Aspel (
Waterford ) M50 Martin Hayes ( West Waterford ) M55 Walter Keane (
Waterford). Women 1 Grace Mc Connell ( Ballyroan/Abbeyleix ) 31.41 2
Sally Forristal ( St Joseph's ) 31.51 3 Angela Mc Cann ( Clonmel )
31.58 4 Maebh Savage ( Waterford ) 32.01. Age Categories  W 35 Maebh
Savage W 40 Corina Walsh ( West Waterford ) W45 Elaine Barry ( Tramore
) W50 Bernie Prendergast ( West Waterford ) Junior Aoife Hamilton do.

Mt Juliet Road Races

A number of athletes from the Waterford area got among the prizes in
the Mt Juliet Half Marathon and 10 km on Saturday last. Noel Murphy of
Waterford AC won the 10 km in 35 minutes and 1 second with Alban
Coghlan Crusaders a native of the Carrick on Suir area second in
35.07, Kate Nolan was second in the women's section in the Half
Marathon in 1.30.14 and Martin Kirwan was third in the men's section
in 1.21.44 both from Focus on Fitness, John Hayden Waterford Triathlon
was fourth in 1.23.34 and Shane Curtin Waterford AC was 6 th in
1.28.27 . The course in Mt Juliet is a very demanding one with several
stiff hills.

 Déise College 10 KM on Sunday in Dungarvan

The final road race in the Michael Roche Carpets Spring Series, the 33
rd Déise College Dungarvan 10KM will take place at 11 am.on Sunday
next February 22 nd  The race headquarters at the Dungarvan GAA Club
House which is where the presentation will also take place. Entry fee
8 euro. entries from 10 am

International Competitions

The Major International Competitions for Junior and Youth athletes for
2015 are: European Junior Championships - Eskilstuna, Sweden July 16
th to 19 th Athletes Born:1996 & 1997, World Youth Championships -
Cali, Colombia July 15  th – 19th Athletes Born: 1998 & 1999. European
Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) - Tbilisi, Georgia July 25 th – August
1st Athletes Born: 1999 & 2000

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Fintan Walsh's weekly blog

Irish University titles won.

Competing at the Irish Universities Indoor Championships in Athlone on Friday last Thomas Barr Ferrybank representing UL won the 400 metres in a time of 47.22 seconds retaining his title which he won last year in 46;97 a record. Other winners from the area were West Waterford's Thomas Houlihan representing CIT and his sister Lisa with Maynooth who both won the pole vault titles while Sean Archer was third in the triple jump as was Eimear Hayes in the 400 metres both WIT.Competing as a guest at the meeting Kelly Proper had two victories, in the long jump with 6.31 metres and the 60 metres in a personal best time of 7.41 seconds,in this event she had two very prominent sprinters Amy Foster and Phil Healy behind her..In Ghent in Belgium on Saturday last Niall Tuohy won an 800 metres indoor race in 1 minute 50.98 seconds and in Kingston Rhode Island on Saturday Shane Quinn was third in a mile race in 4 minutes 13,66 seconds and on the winning Providence College Distance Relay team.

Pole Vault wins

West Waterford AC athletes did well on Saturday last in Nenagh at the Munster Juvenile Indoor pole vault Championships. Two  athletes won titles Séamie Fennell under 18 and Sam O'Neill under 15, Aoife Lai and Cathy Metcalfe tied for second place in the under 16 grade and there were third medals for Craig Clune u16 and Victoria O'Hara u15. In the Munster Juvenile Indoor Relays also in Nenagh Ferrybank were third in the Boys u10 and Girls u9

9 th Annual Anne Valley 5 Miles a great success.

420 faced starter Jim Harney in Dunhill on Saturday last in the 9 th Annual Anne Valley 5 Miles road race and Trevor Power was the very comfortable winner in a time of 26 minutes 35 seconds,Noel Murphy a native of the Dunhill area was second in 27.11 and Frank Quinlan third in 27.32. all three from Waterford AC. Ónra Murray Ferrybank AC was first lady home again winning very easily in 30 minutes 27 seconds, Maebh Savage was second in 32.51 and Diane Behan third in 34.08 both Waterford AC.The Category winner's were as follows; Men Over 40 John Dillon Tinryland,0 45 Pat Bookle St Joseph's.0 50 Brendan Dunne Carrick on Suir, 055 Walter Keane Waterford,0 60 Jim O'Connor Waterford.0 65 Eddie Walsh do, Junior Jamie Murphy do. Women 035 Joan Mahony Waterford, 040 Aisling Ferguson, 045 Jacinta Brazil Waterford, 050 Phillipa Carney Tramore, 055 Una Ui Mhuirithe, 0 60 Terri Gough West Waterford Junior Órla Queally Ferrybank. The juvenile under 14 race winners were; Boys1 Mark O'Dwyer, 2 Tom Halley 3 Mark Shanahan.Girls 1 Grace O'Neill 2 Jessica Flynn 3 Sarah Jackman. The event was well organised with lots of stewards all around the course,lots of volunteers from local clubs and assistance from The Coast Guard and Order of Malta,The proceeds go to the Jack and Jill Foundation.

Neasa wins Credit Union Award

In the Tower Hotel last Saturday evening the Combined Credit Unions Supreme Young Athlete of the Year Award for 2014 was announced by Special Guest David Gillick two times European Indoor 400 metres Champion and National record holder in the 400 metres outdoors and Indoors. The Award went to Neasa Murphy Ferrybank AC who had a terrific year in the High Jump event with many important wins Twelve monthly Award winners were present and County Mayor James Tobin paid tribute to all and to their clubs, coaches and parents and spoke of the great athletes of the past and present Waterford has produced. He also complimented the Combined Credit Unions for their support of the Awards. On behalf of the unions Linda O'Kane said they were delighted to be associated with them and thanked all who support them,the adjudicators, David Gillick and especially the twelve monthly winners.


Kelly Proper competes in the British AAA Indoor Championships on Sunday in Sheffield in the long jump.Niall Tuohy is in Vienna for an 800 metres Indoor race this weekend and a large group of Ferrybank under age athletes travel to Scotland for the Scottish  Juvenile  Indoor Championships on Saturday and Sunday

Munster Schools Cross Country Finals

The GloHealth Munster Schools Cross-Country Championships will take place in Cork IT on this Thursday 12 th February 2015 starting at 12.30 pm. Many athletes from Waterford secondary schools will be competing in minor,junior,intermediate and senior  grades boys and girls and good results are expected

Kilmacthomas 5 Miles

At 11 am on Sunday next February 15 th the 13 th Annual Bausch and Lomb sponsored Kilmacthomas 5 mile road race will take place.This is race number 3  in the Michael Roche Carpets Series. Entries will be taken at the Community Hall Kilmacthomas at the top of the town with the entry fee being 8 Euro.Proceeds to Waterford Hospice..

Mt Juliet Road Races

This coming Saturday February 14 th the Annual Half Marathon and 10 KM road races are in Mt Juliet starting at 11 am,see website for all details .

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Munster Indoor events u 13-19

EVENTS GIRLS 13 GIRLS 14 60m Sprint 60m Sprint 60m Hurdles 60m Hurdles 600m 800m 1000m Walk Relay 4 x 100m Relay 4 x 200m High Jump High Jump Long Jump Long Jump Shot Put Shot Put GIRLS 15 60m Sprint 60m Hurdles 800m 1000m Walk Relay 4 x 200m High Jump Long Jump Shot Put GIRLS 16 60m Sprint 60m Hurdles 200m 800m 1500m 1500m Walk Relay 4 x 200m High Jump Long Jump Shot Put GIRLS 17 60m Sprint 60m Hurdles 200m 800m 1500m 1500m Walk Relay 4 x 200m High Jump Long Jump Shot Put GIRLS 18 60m Sprint 60m Hurdles 200m 400m 800m 1500m 1500m Walk Relay 4 x 200m High Jump Long Jump Shot Put Triple Jump GIRLS 19 60m Sprint 60m Hurdles 200m 400m 800m 1500m 1500m Walk Relay 4 x 200m High Jump Long Jump Shot Put Triple JumpBOYS 13 60m Sprint 60m Hurdles 600m Relay 4 x 100m High Jump Long Jump Shot Put BOYS 14 60m Sprint 60m Hurdles 800m 1000m Walk Relay 4 x 200m High Jump Long Jump Shot Put BOYS 15 60m Sprint 60m Hurdles 800m 1000m Walk Relay 4 x 200m High Jump Long Jump Shot Put BOYS 16 60m Sprint 60m Hurdles 200m 800m 1500m 1500m Walk Relay 4 x 200m High Jump Long Jump Shot Put BOYS 17 60m Sprint 60m Hurdles 200m 800m 1500m 1500m Walk Relay 4 x 200m High Jump Long Jump Shot Put BOYS 18 BOYS 19 60m Sprint 60m Sprint 60m Hurdles 60m Hurdles 200m 200m 400m 400m 800m 800m 1500m 1500m 1500m Walk 1500m Walk Relay 4 x 200m Relay 4 x 200m High Jump High Jump Long Jump Long Jump Shot Put Shot Put Triple Jump Triple Jump The committee reserve the right to alter timetable, the starting time of events m

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Fintan Walsh's weekly blog

Kelly Proper has great start to season in Athlone

Having her first competitive events of the season on Sunday last in
Athlone Kelly Proper had a winning double. Competing in the AAI Indoor
games she won the long jump clearing 6,25 metres and also the 200
metres in 23.76 not too far outside her best time. Another athlete to
catch the eye was Paul Murphy who finished second in the 400 metres
with a personal best time of 47.75 seconds well inside the B standard
of 48.20 for the European Junior Championships in the summer.the A
standard being 47.20. In the( B) 400 metres race Ben Kiely won in
49.56 seconds,all three from Ferrybank.

John Treacy 10 Miles in record time.

1800 completed the course on Sunday Last in the 24 th Annual John
Treacy 10 miles classic in Dungarvan and the first three home were all
inside the course record. The new record holder and winner on Sunday
was Mick Clohessy Raheny in 48 minutes 45 seconds, Mark Hanrahan
Leevale was second in 48.52 and Sean Hehir Rathfarham the previous
record holder was third in 49.09. First lady home for the second
successive year and fourth time in all was Siobhán O'Doherty
Borrisokane in 58.00, Ann Marie Holland St Finbarr's was second in
61.50 and Ann Curley Donore was third in 62.27 62.27,Trevor Power was
first Waterford athlete home in 8 th place.The following category
winners were from the Waterford area.Men;M40 Frank Quinlan ( Waterford
) M55 Gerry Cantwell (West Waterford ) M60 Joe Gough do. Women F 55
Bernadette Mitchell ( Balance Fitness ) F60 Olive Ruane ( Hasbro Hrs)
F 65 Terri Gough ( West Waterford )  In Boston University on Saturday
Kevin Cwas 7 th in a 3000 metres indoor race in 8 minutes 2.24 seconds

East Munster Cross Country

On Friday last the East Munster Secondary Schools Cross Country
Championships were held in St Augustine's College Grounds Abbeyside
and athletes from Waterford schools were very prominent. They won five
individual titles and three team awards also. The individual winners
were Aisling Quinn, Ursuline at senior level and Tara Romasawmy
Presentation at minor level in the girls, while in the boys there were
wins by Miceál Power St Augustine's intermediate, Aaron Donnelly Abbey
Community College junior and Jake Bagge Árd Scoil na Mara Tramore
minor Second placings went to Lucy Holmes Árd Scoil na nDéise minor,
Lyndsey Mc Guire Ursuline junior,Aoife Hamilton Mean Scoil San
Nioclás, David Mc Glynn De La Salle  junior and Barry Keane St
Declan;s Kilmacthomas senior and third placings went to Emer Mc Glynn
Ursuline minor,Hannah Power Mean Scoil San Nioclás intermediate,Niall
Blackwell Dungarvan CBS intermediate, Michael Troy St Augustine's
minor and Oliver Mullally Abbey CC senior. The team winners were St
Declan's Kilmacthomas at intermediate level, Dungarvan CBS minor in
the boys section and Ursuline Convent in the junior girls. The Munster
finals are at Cork IT Grounds on  Thursday February 12 th at 11.30 am

Nenagh Juvenile Meeting

On Saturday last Nenagh Olympic AC held an open indoor juvenile
meeting and Waterford AC had a fine group competing there. They had
wins with Tadg Corcoran in the under 9 long jump and he was also third
in the 300 metres and Nathan Mackey won the under 10 300 metres,
several others were 4 th in their events. For Finnisk Valley Caoimhe
Reynolds was second in the under 12 shot putt.

National fixture in Tuam

On Sunday next the National Intermediate Cross Country Championships
as well as the Master's and Juvenile( B) will be at Palace Grounds
Tuam with the first event the girls under 11 at 11.30 am and all the
juvenile events will be followed by the Master's and then the
intermediates.The Munster Juvenile Indoor Relays and Juvenile Pole
Vault Championships are in Nenagh on Saturday next with the first
event at 11 am. Waterford athletes will be competing at both venues.

Anne Valley Run on Saturday

Dunhill is the venue on Saturday next at 12 noon for the 9 th Annual
Anne Valley 5 miles road race and there is also a walk which begins at
10.30 am with proceeds going to Jack and Jill Foundation. Entries on
the day from 10 am at Harney's Dunhill and up to Friday on Total

Credit Union Award

On Saturday next David Gillick will be special guest at the Combined
Credit Unions Supreme Athlete of the Year Ceremony in The Tower Hotel
at 7,30 pm when the 2014 Young Athlete will be named.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Thomas is overall Beat Award Winner

Congrats to Thomas Barr who won the overall award at the Beat South East Sportstar of the year for 2014 in Carlow last night.

AI Games

Well done to Kelly Proper who notched up a double at the Ai games today in the long jump and 200m. Great early season form. Paul Murphy recorded a new pb in the 400m of 47.75 finishing second overall. Solid performances also from Niall Tuohy, Richard Lucas, Niamh Whelan and Ben Kiely.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Fintan Walsh's weekly blog

hree National Indoor titles won

A small number of athletes from West Waterford and Ferrybank competed
at the National Junior Indoor and under 23 Championships in Athlone on
Sunday last and they came away winning three junior titles.Two of
these were won by athletes from West Waterford AC in the junior pole
vaults. Megan O'Connor cleared 3 metres to win her event while Yuri
Kanass tied for first place on 4 metres. For Ferrybank  Paul Murphy
was a very easy and impressive winner of the 400 metres in a personal
best time of 48.03 seconds and Neasa Murphy was third in the high jump
with 1.60 metres,she was defending the title she won last year with
1,68 metres. Other placings included Jamie Fennell West Waterford 4 th
pole vault, Megan Dunford 4 th pole vault,Sean Curran 5 th in 1500
metres and Steven Walsh Ferrybank 5 th in 200 metres final. Unluckiest
athlete of the day was Ben Kiely  Ferrybank a strong fancy for the 400
metres under 23 but having won his heat was disqualified for a lane

Frank Leahy Memorial 5 Miles.

170 competed in the Annual Frank Leahy Memorial 5 miles road race in
the city on Sunday last in aid of St Paul's Parish. It resulted in a
dead heat for first place between Frank Quinlan and Trevor Power both
Waterford AC in 26.58, Emmet Kelly Waterford Triathlon Club was third
in 28.17  Kate Nolan Focus on Fitness was first lady home in 32.28
,Jennifer Murphy do was second in 34.20 and Diane Behan Waterford AC
was third in 35.19.
John Treacy 10 Miles in Dungarvan

The 24 th Annual John Treacy Dungarvan 10. Miles road race takes place
on Sunday next starting at  Dungarvan Sports Centre at 1.30 p.m.
entries closed since November 2014, no entries on race day,2100

 East Munster Schools Cross Country

On Friday next with a 12.30 pm start at St Augustine's College
Abbeyside the East Munster Secondary Schools Cross Country
Championships go ahead with many athletes from Waterford Schools and
Colleges competing in,minor,junior,intermediate and senior grades boys
and girls
Indoor Meeting

Nenagh Olympic A.C. will be holding their 2 nd open competition for
athletes U/9 to U/12 in Nenagh Indoor Stadium on Saturday 31 st
January with High Jump starting at 11.30am & Track events at 12 noon.
Full programme on Munster Athletics Website

Munster Star Awards Banquet

The Golf Resort Hotel in Blarney is the venue on Saturday next for the
Munster Star Awards Banquet.Waterford athletes receiving awards are as
follows; Juvenile Track and Field James Murphy Waterford AC and
Siobhan Whelan Ferrybank AC Juvenile Cross Country Sean Curran, West
Waterford International Award Joe Gough do, Best Club in senior road
and cross country  West Waterford, best master's track and field Club
Waterford AC, Kelly Proper gets a special award. Another award to go
to Waterford this year is the Patsy O'Connor  Award and it goes to
Michael Gregan who has served the County as an outstanding
Officer/Official over the years.

Road Races in early February

, Saturday week February 7 th Anne Valley 5 Miles Run and Walk Dunhill
12 noon, ( Walk starts 10 am ) Saturday Feb 14 th Mt Juliet 10 km and
Half Marathon 11 am.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

National Junior & u 23 Indoor Championships

Congratulations to Paul Murphy who had a splendid win in the National Junior 400m today in a pb of 48.04. Neasa Murphy was jumping very well and secured bronze in the high jump. Stephen Walsh had two pb's in the 200m for fifth in junior event. Sean Whittle had a fine run in the junior 400m as had Richard Lucas in the u 23 800m. Spare a thought for Ben Kiely who cruised to a very easy heat win in the u 23 400m and looked a dead cert for gold in the final only to learn that he was disqualifed in the heat due to a lane infringement. Well done to everyone.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Fintan Walsh's weekly blog

Many Munster titles won by Waterford athletes

Nenagh was the venue on Sunday for the Munster Senior and Master's
Indoor Championships as well as the junior pole vaults and triple
jumps and Waterford athletes collected medals in all three especially
the master's The sole winner at senior level was Stephen Walsh
Ferrybank AC in the 400 metres in 52.16 seconds, junior pole vault
titles were won by Megan O'Connor 2.80 metres and Yuri Kanass West
Waterford  4.20 metres and Seamie Fennell also from West Waterford
was second behind Kanass while Grace Furlong Waterford was third in
the triple jump equalling her personal best

Eleven Master's titles

West Waterford in the Master's section had two athletes who had
trebles that man again Joe Gough showing no signs of tiredness after
his exertions on Saturday in Athlone won in the over 60.grade  200,800
and 1500 metres while in the ladies Terri Gough was first in the
60,200 and 800 metres over 70,Harry O'Brien won the over 50 1500
metres and Ray Hahessy was third in the 3000 metres over 50. Doubles
were recorded by two Waterford AC athletes Brendan Leahy 60 and 200
metres over 35 and Paschal Halley long jump and 800 metres over 45.
For Ferrybank Tom Boucher was second in both the shot putt and weight
throw over 35 and Pat Kennedy was was second in the shot putt over 60.

Celtic Games.

A number of Waterford athletes competed in the Celtic Games meeting in
Dunboyne on Sunday with Órna Murray Ferrybank on the Irish under 23
team  but she finished down the field. Three others ran in Development
teams Sean Curran West Waterford and Barry Keane Waterford AC under 20
where they finished 13 th and 14 th respectively while Miceál Power
Waterford AC was 15 th under 17.

Another Irish Masters title for Joe

In Athlone on Saturday last Joe Gough West Waterford AC won the
National Over 50 Combined Events Indoor title with a total of 1581
points. In second last place going into the final event he ran a
terrific1000 metres to seal the victory he also won the title last

 Colligan Cup

130 competed in the 27 th Annual Colligan Cup Run in Colligan Wood on
Sunday and the winner was Dermot Dwyer. the shield was won by the
first lady home Mary Harney and Clare Fitzpatrick won the Victor
Mullins Trophy and the Albert Mc Grath Newsagent's Juvenile Shield was
won by Ronan Mansfield

Waterford Secondary Schools Cross Country

In ideal conditions on Thursday last the Waterford Schools Cross
Country Championships went ahead in St Augustine's College Grounds
Abbeyside ande entries were well up on last year and many schools got
among the medals individual and team. The following were the winners;
Minor Girls 1 Tara Ramasawmy Presentation Convent,2 Lucy Holmes Árd
Scoil na n Deise 3 Emer Mc Glynn Ursuline Team Ard Scoil na n Deise
Junior 1 Lyndsey Mc Guire Ursuline Convent, 2 Emily Gough do 3 Nell
Murphy do  Team Ursuline  Intermediate 1 Aoife Ni Urmholtaigh Mean
Scoil San Nioclás, An Rinn, 2 D ni Sheanlaoich St Augustine's 3
Hannah De Paor Mean Scoil San Nioclas Team St Aiugustine's Senior 1
Órla Queally Árd Scoil Na Mara Tramore. 2 Emer O'Brien Blackwater CS
Lismore  3 Kristin Meade Ursuline Team Ard Scoil na n Deise. Minor
Boys  1 Jake Bagge Árd Scoil na Mara, 2 Cormac Mahony CBS Dungarvan 3
Michael Troy St Augustine's Team Junior 1 Aaron Donnelly Abbey
Community College,2 Cian O'Riordan CBS Dungarvan 3  Shane O'Neill De
La Salle  Team Abbey CC Intermediate 1 David Mc Glynn De La Salle,2
Jamie Murphy St Declan's Kilmacthomas 3 Niall Blackwell CBS Dungarvan
Team St Declan's Senior1 Shane O'Riordan CBS Dungarvan.2 Fiachra
O'Mahony De La Salle 3 Tadg Brennan do Team De La Salle All Round Cup
Girls Ard Scoil na n Deise,Boys Tie between De La Salle and CBS
Dungarvan. The East Munster Schools Championships are in St
Augustine's on Friday January 30 th at 12.30 pm.

National and Local Fixture on Sunday.

On Sunday next January 25 th the National Junior and u 23 Indoor
Championships are in  Athlone and there is expected to be a sizeable
entry from Waterford the first event is at 10 am on the track and
first field event at 11 am, full timetable on Athletics Ireland
Website. Here at home at 1 pm on Sunday the Annual Frank Leahy
Memorial 5 miles Road Race in aid of St Paul's Parish starts near
Paddy Browne's Road, Lismore Park in the City and entries from 11.30
am at The Craftsman Lounge The run will be preceded by a walk at 12.30

 Munster AGM
The 2014 Munster Athletic Convention will take place on this Saturday
24 th January 2015 in the Park Hotel, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

Award for Michael Gregan

At the recent county board meeting, it was decided that the Patsy
O’Connor award will be presented to Michael Gregan of Tramore. The
Munster award is presented to someone who has served their county as
an outstanding officer/official over the years and Michael will be
Waterford’s first recipient of the award.Michael has been involved in
the sport of athletics for almost 40 years.  During that time he has
been involved in a broad range of roles across the athletics spectrum.
Over the decades Michael has regularly filled board roles at club,
county, provincial and national level.  He served on the National
Executive, beside his late wife Marie, while also holding roles on the
Munster Council. Michael has and continues to be actively involved
with the coaching of athletics. While primarily based with Tramore AC,
Michael is also actively involved with local schools where he provides
coaching to many. Congratulations are in order to Michael.there were
two other nominations Tom Prendergast and Fintan Walsh.

Winter League

The Winter League will continue on this Thursday at 7 pm at the RSC in
the City and continue every Thursday.

Road Races in early February

Sunday February 1 st John Treacy 10 miles Dungarvan 1 pm entries
closed, Saturday February 7 th Anne Valley 5 Miles Run and Walk
Dunhill 12 noon, ( Walk starts 10 am ) Saturday Feb 14 th Mt Juliet 10
km and Half Marathon 11 am.