All updated Coaches reports & results
U10 report (Val O’Brien):
Congratulations to all the Under 10s who competed in the Dublin Indoors over the last two weekends. It was great to see so many of our Under 10s competing across so many disciplinesThe Indoor Championships kicked off with the relays – Day 1.
We had 1 x girl’s teams and 1 x boy’s teams running.
Both the girls and boys team ran impressive heats to qualify for the finals.
The boy’s Team of Andrew Schwer, Matthew O’Donnell, Conor O’Brien and Patrick Curran battled their nerves to secure 2nd place and a very fine silver medal.
The girl’s Team of Kate Sengupta, Emilie Vioreanu, Eva Kelly and Jessica Maher dug deep but were unlucky not to medal in the final.
Under 12 Report (Val O’Brien)
Congratulations to all the Under 12s who competed in the Dublin Indoors over the last two weekends. It was great to see so many of our Under 12s competing across so many disciplines including some new disciplines this year with Shot Putt and High Jump.
The Indoor Championships kicked off with the relays – Day 1.
This year was a much calmer affair with only the Even Age groups running. We had 2 x girl’s teams and 3 x boy’s teams running and it was great to see so many competing in what was a great night for Blackrock AC.
Those running were
Boys – James B, Daniel Norton, Max Sheridan, Sean Bane, Donnacha Barry, Ben McC., Jack Muslow, David Mc Mahon, Jack Mc Kinney, Killian Thornton, Matthew Wyse , Charlie White
Girls – Julia Holmes, Holly O’B, Abbie O’Connor, Francesca Comers ,Rachel O’Brien, Olivia Gaughran, Sophie Curtin, Amelia Philips
The boy’s B Team of James Brown, Sean Bane, Daniel Norton and Max Sheridan blitzed the opposition securing a very fine gold medal and 1st place.
The girl’s A Team final was a much closer affair, but the girls dug deep and crossed the finish line in second, securing a silver medal spot and putting last year’s disappointment behind them.
Day 2 – 60metres, High Jump and Long Jump We had a number of athletes competing across the disciplines. No medals though for the Under 12s on Day 2 but some notable performances.
Daniel Norton made it to the final of the 60metres and put in a strong performance in the final. A really great achievement given that Daniel has only just joined Blackrock and given the level of competition in the boys 60m.
David McMahon made it to the final of the Long Jump and finished in 6th place. Holly O’Brien and Francesca Comer also made it to the final of the girls Long Jump, finishing in 7th and 8th respectively. Super achievement as the Under 12s had done very little Long Jump prep and both events had in excess of 50 jumpers.
Day 3 – Shot Putt, 600 Metres
The day started with a medal for Blackrock AC in the first event – Girls Under 12 Shot Putt. Abbie O’Connor secured 2nd place and a silver medal in the Shot Putt. This was Abbie’s first time competing in the Shot Putt so congratulations Abbie. Elsa Mooney finished in 4th place and although she didn’t get a medal she earned herself a place in the National Finals in March.
We had a number of girls competing in the 600 metres- Abbie, Holly, Rachel, Olivia and Sophie. Both Holly and Abbie made it through to the final, with both winning their heats in impressive style. It was a long wait for the final but Holly O’Brien ran a super race to finish strongly in second place and secured a silver medal.
David McMahon and Ben McC. also ran strongly in their 600 metres heats and were unlucky not to make it to the final. While David Curran and David McMahon also competed in the Shot Putt.
U13’s Report (report by Fergal O’Riagain)
The Indoors weekend got off to winning start with a double gold for the Boys A and Girls A Relay Teams. Against strong competition, both teams comfortably won their heats and their final. Well done to Sean O’Riagain, Donal Martin, David Purcell and Igor Gonzales and to Grace O’Connor, Annalie McMahon, Libby O’Gorman, Ruby Mullen and Joanna Dunne for their performances. Both teams will now go onto represent the club at the National Competition in March.
Two other boys teams also contested the heats and acquitted themselves very well – Louis Bolger, Jack Fairmaner, James Neary and Luke Moraghan on the B team and Paul Sweeney, Alex Connaughton, Antoine Roquette and Daniel Schwer on the C Team.
On Saturday, the attention turned to the Long Jump, High Jump and 60m. In the Long Jump, the boys took two Top 4 positions (Igor Gonzales 2nd and Sean O’Riagain 4th) with Daniel Schwer and Luke Moraghan also competing.
In the 60m, and after a very long day of heats, Annalie McMahon reached the final and came 5th with Igor Gonzales reaching the boys final (6th). Joanna Dunne, Grace O’Connor, Libby O’Gorman and Louis Bolger also made it through the heats of the 60m.
On Sunday, five boys turned out for the 600m with three (Luke Moraghan, Igor Gonzales and Sean O’Riagain) reaching the final and Igor Gonzales taking a well deserved bronze medal. James Neary and Daniel Schwer also competed in the heats.
After a long wait, both David Purcell and Sean O’Riagain made it to the finals of the boys Hurdles with David Purcell winning a Gold Medal. Annalie McMahon made it to the finals of the Girls Hurdle competition placing 5th overall.
U14’s Report (Barry Thornton & Mark Cafferkey)
The U14’s took top honours in the 4 x 200m relay on the first weekend through the team of Killian Curran, Shane Van Zuydam, Robert O’Brien and Matthew Slevin. Ella Cowman also notched up a Dublin title when she won the girls U14 1k Walk. Congrats to Ella and the team on their victories.
We also had great performances from: 1K Walk – 2nd Place for Isabelle, Shot Put – 3rd Place for Anna, Long Jump – Killian came in 4th place, Hurdles – Killian came in 5th place, 60m Boys – Killian & Robert made it to finals and Alexandra made it to the girls final.
The relay teams also performed very well. The teams were as follows:
- Tom O’Connor, Ryan Sheridan, Conn Lucey & Niall O’Shea made the final finishing in 5th place
- Fionn O’Donaghue, Stephen Flaherty, Oscar Canavan & Patrick White ran well in the heats
- Alexandra Browne, Anna McCarthy, Ella Cowman & Niamh Walsh
- Amelie Cafferky, Hannah O’Brien, Sophie Maher & Dara Smyth
- Ciara Thornton, Amelia Axellson, Grace Naughton & Isabelle Rhatigan
U15’s Report (report by Peter Cosgrove)
In the U15’s we had some great performances. Congrats to Bobbi Gilespie who landed two individual Dublin titles in the Pole Vault and the Walk. This is a great return for Bobbi who has been working very hard over the last 12 months on the Field events in particular. Lucy Schwer also excelled in the Field events taking bronze in the High Jump whilst Ruben Bolger was an impressive second in the U15 Boys Hurdles.
We also had strong runs by Lucy in the 800m and James O’Brien (also 800m) who had two excellent runs (Heats & Finals) where he finished 5th overall
All three of our relay teams narrowly missed out on the finals Relay teams. The teams were:
2 x boys teams: Ruben Bolger, Sam O’Kelly, Doug Walshe, Joe Sweeney, James O’Brien, Yuri Cox, John Guilbert and Harry Casey
1 x girls team: Isabel O’Brien, Anna Smyth, Meadhbh Doyle & Simone Towns
Jack Moraghan had a great run in a high calibre U18 800m taking a new PB and finishing 7th in the final, Beth Sweeney had another top 3 in the U17 Long Jump finishing in second place whilst Robyn O’Brien was very comfortable in qualifying through the girls U19 200m final but due to the long delays couldn’t wait for the final
Congratulations to all our athletes and teams with Top 4 Individuals and Top 3 relay teams going on to the National Indoors in AIT during the month of March.