Ballinahinch & Borrisoleigh Track-Attacker Bill Mullaney
Two Munster Champions, one runner-up, and sixteen bronze medallists was Tipperary’s haul at the Munster Un-Even Age Juvenile Cross Country Championships hosted by Moreabbey Milers in Galbally.
In addition Tipperary teams won one silver and four sets of bronze medals while Nenagh Olympic claimed the silver medals in the Boys U/9 and the bronze medals in the Boys U/13.
Cian Hodgins, Nenagh Olympic (U/13) and Aimee Hayde, Newport (U/15) were the shining lights for Tipperary overcoming the soft underfoot conditions to be crowned Munster Champions. Sophie Coughlan, Moycarkey-Coolcroo ran a super race to finish 2nd in the Girls U/11 race while Colm Ryan, Newport and Leah Quane, Moreabbey Milers also made light of the conditions to finish 3rd in the U/9 and U/13 races respectively. In addition to the above bronze medals were also won by Daniel Lyons, Nenagh Olympic (U/9), Abagail O’Regan, Carrick-on-Suir(U/11), Charlie Tobin, Newport (U/11), Daire O’Donnell, Moycarkey-Coolcroo (U/11), Kate Ferncombe, Dundrum (U/13), Millie Kelly, Dundrum (U/13), Tom Walsh, Nenagh Olympic (U/13), Shane Buckley, Dundrum (U/13), Ben Walsh, Nenagh Olympic (U/13), Emma Murray, Coolquill (U/15), Siobhan Whelan, Clonmel (U/17) and Bjorn Downes, Moreabbey Milers (U/19).
Large fields of athletes were the order of the day particularly in the younger age groups and Aoife Maher, Moycarkey-Coolcroo led home the Tipperary team to 5th place in the Girls U/9 when finishing 24th. Anna Butler, Dundrum finished 39th, Leah Barry, Newport 42nd, Sophie Moynihan, Dundrum 45th, Saoirse Coen, Dundrum 48th and Isobel Hayde, Newport 51st. Dundrum finished 7th in the club competition. In the Boys U/9 race Tipperary scored their first set of team medals when finishing third and leading them home to finish an excellent third overall was Colm Ryan, Newport with Daniel Lyons, Nenagh Olympic not far behind to finish 8th. Eanna Tucker, Nenagh Olympic came through for 17th with Billy Gleeson, Moyne 22nd, Oisin Kennedy, Newport 24th and Shay Carroll, Dundrum 25th. Nenagh Olympic claimed the silver medals in the club competition with Newport in 5th and Dundrum 13th.
In the Girls U/11 race a great run from Sophie Coughlan, Moycarkey-Coolcroo saw her claim the runner-up position with Abagail O’Regan, Carrick-on-Suir finishing an excellent 7th overall. Clodagh Shanahan Rice, Carrick-on-Suir finished 19th followed by Muireann Riordan, Moreabbey Milers in 21st, Rachel Buckley, Clonmel 34th and Caoimhe Stakelum, Thurles Crokes 36th to bring the Tipperary team into the bronze medal positions in the team competition. Carrick-on-Suir finished 8th, Thurles Crokes 12th, Dundrum 16th and Moyne 17th in the club competition. Two more individual medals came the way of Tipperary in the Boys U/11 race were Charlie Tobin, Newport and Daire O’Donnell, Moycarkey-Coolcroo finished 5th and 8th respectively. Ronan O’Dwyer, Thurles Crokes finished 31st while Cathal O’Reilly, Thurles Crokes finished 34th, Tony Ryan, Moyglass 35th and Jack Heffernan, Dundrum 43rd to bring Tipperary to fourth place in the inter-county competition. Thurles Crokes finished 6th in the club competition with Moycarkey-Coolcroo 7th and Moyne 16th.
Tipperary were once again amongst the medallists in the Girls U/13 race where Leah Quane, Moreabbey Milers ran a great race to claim the bronze medal following her third place finish. Finishing 6th was Kate Ferncombe, Dundrum with Millie Kelly, Dundrum in 11th to also win bronze medals. Orla Ryan, Dundrum finished 18th, Chloe Carroll, Templemore 33rd and Saoirse Walsh, Newport 40th to win bronze medals on the Tipperary team that finished 3rd. Dundrum finished 5th in the club competition. Our first winner of the day came in the form of Cian Hodgins, Nenagh Olympic who had a fantastic race to clinch the Boys U/13 title. He was followed home by his club-mate Tom Walsh in an excellent 4th place with Shane Buckley, Dundrum having an equally good race to finish 6th. 12th place went to Ben Walsh, Nenagh Olympic with Dara Kennedy, Newport, 15th and Oisin Shelly, Moyglass 19th. With such a strong showing from all the athletes Tipperary won the silver medals in the team competition while Nenagh Olympic won the bronze medals in the club competition.
Aimee Hayde, Newport continued her winning streak taking the Girls U/15 title following a terrific effort. Emma Murray, Coolquill finished 7th with Ailbhe O’Neill, Nenagh Olympic in 17th. Emma Gleeson, Moyne finished 35th, Gillian Hughes, Clonmel 47th, and Celine Durand, Clonmel 55th to secure the bronze medals for Tipperary while Clonmel finished 6th in the club competition. Emmet Fogarty, Thurles Crokes was our leading man in the Boys U/15 race when he came through for 15th place. Gavin Ryan, Moyne finished 23rd with Jack O’Meara, Thurles Crokes 30th, Darragh Minogue, Thurles Crokes 34th, Alex Crowley, Thurles Crokes 36th and Padraig Collins, Templemore 44th to bring the Tipperary team to fifth place in the inter-county competition while Thurles Crokes finished 4th in the club competition.
Tipperary did not field teams at U/17 level but this did not deter Siobhan Whelan of Clonmel from claiming a bronze medal when finishing 9th in the girls race. Aifric Walsh, Newport came 25th with Molly Keane, Clonmel 38th, Aoibheann Duggan, Moyne 45th and Brid Moynihan, Clonmel 47th. The County had just two entrants in the Boys race where Michael O’Brien, Newport finished 26th and Stephen McDonald, Dundrum 40th.
Our final athletes to run on the day were the Boys U/19 team where Bjorn Downes, Moreabbey Milers came through for 7th overall and won an individual bronze medal. Colm McCarthy, Clonmel finished 19th with Rory Fogarty, Thurles Crokes 23rd, Nathan Bowe, Moyne 24th, Ben O’Dwyer, Moycarkey-Coolcroo, 25th and Ewan Cunningham, Moreabbey Milers 26th to bring the Tipperary team to the bronze medals.
Well done to all our athletes on such a strong showing and indeed to the many other athletes from the County who did equally as well at the various age groups. Those teams from U/11 to U/19 who finished in the top three can now focus on the National Cross Country Championships in Waterford in December where no doubt we can mix it with the best from around the Country.
Many thanks to Moreabbey Milers for hosting the event and having everything in order for the day.
Munster Juvenile Inter Club Relays
Riverstick, Co. Cork is the venue on Sunday next for the Munster Juvenile Inter Club Relay Championships commencing at 11.30am. The following are the age groups.
Girls U/10 4 x 500m Relays (Munster Only), Boys U/10 4 x 500m Relays (Munster Only), Girls U/12 4 x 500m Relays, Boys U/12 4 x 500m Relays, Girls U/14 4 x 500m Relays, Boys U/14 4 x 500m Relays, Girls U/16 4 x 500m Relays (Munster Only), Boys U/16 4 x 500m Relays (Munster Only).