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Monday 22 September 2014

Good performances over a busy weekend

Published 14/02/2013 | 09:26

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Lauren O'Leary and Hollie McCarthy: Last weekend was busy for club members with juveniles in action at Nenagh both days, masters in Athlone followed by juniors Sunday.

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Lauren O'Leary and Hollie McCarthy: Last weekend was busy for club members with juveniles in action at Nenagh both days, masters in Athlone followed by juniors Sunday.

At Nenagh, ten athletes tried their hand in their first competition of 2013, Lauren O'Leary U13 did very well in the long jump with a great effort at 4.63 metres to win the silver medal.

Shauna Linehan U13 did herself proud by finishing 4th in the shot putt with a throw of 7.62m. In the boys events Conor Lane U12 also did well in the shot putt, finishing 4th at 6.90m.

In U9 boys 300m Sean Tarrant in his first ever competition finished in 7th place, 59.9 seconds.

Athlone IT was masters All Ireland indoor championships day. John Murphy o/50 won his 5th All Ireland high jump gold. In this age category an extraordinary feat by any standard.

He also finished 3rd in the long jump to win bronze. It was back to Nenagh Sunday for girls events.

Lauren O'Leary U13 had just one event to do, 60m sprint. She had to run a heat, a semi- final and a final and won all three with very strong running to win gold medal in the final race of the day.

Hollie McCarthy also competed in U11 60m. She had to run a heat against the clock, to qualify for the final. Her final race was a blanket finish with Hollie just edging in front to win gold.

Sarah Reidy ran in one of the 600m U13 heats which was run against the clock and which she won easily in a time that was good enough to win the bronze.

Shot putt U12, Ciara Sheehy and Emily Linehan had a tough competition with Ciara finishing 2nd to take silver and Emily being unlucky to finish 4th. This was a good start to the season by our younger athletes, some of whom were on their first trip to Nenagh and competing in their first competitions.

Lauren, Sarah and Ciara have now qualified for All Irelands in March in Athlone. Hollie does not go further as there are no U11 championships.

Overall it was a good weekend and a huge thanks goes to them and their parents.

Jodie Cusack travelled to Athlone to compete in her first junior All Ireland walk but found the going tough as she was up against much older athletes.

Up ahead: The season has only started and the heat is on because there is a litany of competitions ahead. This weekend is a breather and next Sat 23rd and Sun 24th our juvenile U14 to U19 go into action in the Munster indoor championships.

Two weeks later, 9th March, it's back to Nenagh for the Munster relays U9 to U19 and juvenile multi events. Two weeks later it will be All Ireland indoor championships for U12 to U19 who will have qualified from the Munsters.

Training: There has been a step up in training since last week and we hope that everyone will keep it us. Shortly we will be entering relay teams but we will not be able to do so if teams have not got together to practice.

Training will continue Tuesdays in Liscarroll and Fridays in Charleville, 6.30 to 8 p.m. each night.

Corkman

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