30 May 2016

Pairs shine in Irishtown (with coaches reports & photos)

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It was another glorious day at the Dublin U9-11 Pairs competition in Irishtown. Well done to all our athletes who were taking part. Below are the Coaches reports and performances by the athletes in each age group. Well done to all involved in what was another great day of competition.

U9 Report (Nicolas Reuland):

If ever proof was needed that the U9s are not diesel-powered but run on solar energy, Saturday 28 May was the day.

There was no shortage of enthusiasm and energy from the relatively small contingent (3 girls and 2 boys).
Yesterday was a good introduction to competition for Maeve O’Riagain. She did well in the 60m and 300m races.
Alfie Gorman and Finn Reuland got on extremely well as a pair for the 60m and 300m. Their seemingly boundless energy did not always translate in horizontal speed towards the finishing line, but with a bit more maturity and focus, they’ll do well in future competitions.
The stars of the U9 team were without doubt Emily Furey and Sarah Cowman who truly shone in the long jump competition, bringing home a well-deserved gold medal. Watch this space!
U10 Report (Valerie O’Brien & Dave McMahon):
It was a super turn out with 10 of our Under 10 boys competing and 10 of the girls. Some athletes were competing for the first time in the Blackrock singlet – Francesca Comer, Philippa Kickman, Donnacha Barry David Curran.
Below is a full report on the days events and some pictures.
60m Sprint
Strong performances from David McMahon, Jack Muslow, Donnacha Barry and Chris O’Brien, Also, Oisin O’Gormley and Andrew Flood both ran very well.
We had 6 girls running in the 60m sprint – Francesca Comer and Isobel Curtin, Philippa Kickman and Anna Conroy, Roisin Treacy and Isobel Craig. Some fantastic individual performances with Francesca and Isobel both putting in very stong performances to take silver in a very competitive event
Turbo Javelin
Over at the Turbo Javelin, Mark Fitzgerald and Killian Thornton both continued their winning ways from last year – and won gold in the boys competition.  Amma Conroy and Sinead Kelly both put in a fine performances in the girls competition and it is great to see Sinead back from injury.
Long Jump
There were also medals being won at the Long Jump pit with David McMahon and Jack Muslow continuing their winning Long Jump partnership to secure gold and Holly O’Brien and Rachel O’Brien winning Bronze in the girls event. Also, competing in the long jump were Roisin Treacy, Francesca Comer, Philippa Kickman and Sinead Kelly, Killian Thornton, Oisin O’Gormley, Donnacha Barry and Chris O’Brien. Our under 10s are showing great progress in the long jump with many of them jumping PBs!!
600m
In the 600m, Mark Fitzgerald and David Curran were the only entrants in the boys race and ran very well in a competitive group. Holly O’Brien and Rachel O’Brien joined Isobel Curtin and Isobel Craig in the girls race. With Holly and Rachel both putting in very strong performances to win gold.
Well done to all entrants for the 600m – not an easy event in yesterday’s heat.
Relays
To round off the day, there were some fantastic relay performances from both the boys and girls teams.
In the Girls Sinead Kelly, Sarah Cowman, Isobel Craig and Philippa Kickman ran a very strong heat and despite Philippa’s grit, determination and speed in the 4th leg were unlucky not to qualify out of their heats. Thanks to our two super subs Sinead Kelly just back from injury and who sub’ed in to replace Roisin Treacy on the day and Sarah Cowman who ran up an age. Great running and well done!
Holly O’Brien, Isobel Curtin, Rachel O’Brien and Francesca Comer ran a very strong heat finishing first in their heat. The girls all ran their hearts out to finish in third place in the final and they were all delighted with their bronze medal which was well deserved.
The Boys race was a straight final with David McMahon, Jack Muslow, Chris O’Brien and Donnacha Barry running. Through sheer grit and determination – which was written all over Donnacha’s face in the 4th leg – they secured a gold medal. Well done boys!
u11 Report (Fergal O’Riagain):

There was a great attendance from the 2006 Group yesterday and some great individual performances as the warm sunshine made a welcome change to snowy conditions of the indoors competition in February.

60m Sprints

Six athletes contested this event from the girls group and six also for the boys.

Eve Gormley, Aine O’Neill, Grace O’Connor and Joanna Dunne all put in great performances in the heats made all the more challenging by the high number of entrants.   Annalie McMahon and Libby O’Gorman won a gold medal in a fantastic performance and a repeat of their result last year.

In the boys group, there were also six entrants with Donal Martin, Alex Connaughton, Luke Moraghan, Daniel Cheung, Sean O’Riagain and Peter Walshe all competing.   Again, some fantastic individual performances with Sean and Peter both winning a gold medal.

Turbo Javelin

Over at the Turbo Javelin, Daniel Schwer and Jack Fairmaner both continued their winning ways from the leagues  – and from last year – and won gold in the boys competition.   Rees Dowling and Alex Connaugton both put in a fine performance in the boys competition as did Joanna Dunne and Alex Maher in the girls event.

Long Jump

There were also medals being won at the Long Jump pit with Peter Walshe and Luke Moraghan both wining gold as the only entrants from the group in the boys competition.  Grace O’Connor, Shayna Crowley, Annalie McMahon and Libby O’Gorman all competed in the girls event with Annalie and Libby winning a well deserved silver medal.

600m

In the 600m, Eve Gormley and Aine O’Neill were the only entrants in the girls race and ran very well in a competitive group.

Daniel Schwer and Jack Fairmaner joined Sean O’Riagain and Daniel Cheung in the boys race with Sean and Daniel winning a silver medal for their efforts.

Well done to all entrants for the 600m – not an easy event in yesterday’s heat.

Relays

To round off the day, there were some fantastic relay performances from both the boys and girls teams.

In the Girls events both teams cruised through their heats and both made it comfortably into the final.   Aine O’Neill, Eve Gormley, Alex Maher and Shayna Crowley came an easy second in their heat and were unlucky in the final.   Meanwhile the other girls team of Joanna Dunne, Libby O’Gorman, Grace O’Connor and Annalie McMahon came first in their heat and went on to win gold in the final – retaining their position from February in the process.

The Boys race was a straight final with a gold medal for each of Sean O’Riagain, Daniel Cheung, Luke Moraghan and Peter Walshe.   This was a great performance and improvement from the silver medal the group won in February.   Meanwhile, the other boys team of Daniel Schwer, Donal Martin, Jack Fairmaner and Alex Connaughton ran a brilliant race and did themselves proud.

 

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