Thurles Community Games athletes are pictured with their newly sponsored banner at the finals in Moyne Athletic Club recently
We held our Community Games on finals on Friday the 18th of May in Kickham Park with the largest turn out in many years on the night with hurdles, sprints, mid distance and the highly competitive mothers race alongside long puck and ball throw.
Many medals were won on the night and from this we had a contingent of 23 athletes qualify for the Community Games finals which were held in Moyne Athletic Club on Sunday the 10th of June.
Thurles took their place in the parade behind our newly sponsored banner, thanks to members project management, and so began the community Games 2018.
First up were the hurdlers with Sarah McGinley placing 3rd in her heat of Girls u10 60m, Jamie Connor and Cillian Leahy both coming in 3rd in their heat of the u10 boys 60m with one to qualify it was always going to be tough ask but they all put in great performances.
On to the boys u14 80m hurdles and here Sean Lloyd a new comer to the event put in a brilliant display to claim silver in a tight contest our Girls u14 hurdler Lisa O'Connor was unable to take part but she will be back for another go next year.
Next up were the sprinters starting with the u8 girls 60m were Katelyn Creedon and Ella McGinley were in action Katelyn taking 4th in her heat and Ella McGinley very unlucky to be piped on line to make the next round. In the Boys u8 60m we had Lorcan McLeish and Paddy Creedon running for the first time in this event both boys did very well in finishing 4th in their heats and will return to this age group next year. In the boys u8 80m we had Phillip Lloyd and Michael Doyle who both placed 3rd both are young enough for this age group next year again.
Next up was Olive Leane Spillane in u10 girls 200m showing very well from the start and eventually finished in 5th place in her heat just outside qualification. In the boy’s u12 100m Dylan Cotter put in a brave effort in finishing 2nd in his heat just missing the next round. Next group on track were our middle distance runners with Saoirse Doran in Girls u12 600m, Alex Coppinger and Adam leane Spillane in the boys u12 600m. Saoirse learning on the experience of last year was in control from early on and finished strongest to claim our first gold medal for many years. Saoirse will now represent Tipperary at the national finals on the weekend of the 17th of August in the University of Limerick. In the Boys u12 Alex and Adam ran a very controlled race and pushed hard to the finish finishing 1st and 2nd in their heat, when the times were calculated Alex finished 4th overall to the claim a pewter prize with Adam just outside the medals in 5th place.
On to the field events and first up was the girls u12 ball throw were Caoimhe Troy and Leanna Coppinger were representing Thurles both girls did very well with Caoimhe finishing 12th overall and Leanna claiming a bronze with a mighty throw in the last round. Next up we had Leelan Donoghue and Jake Moore in the boys u12 long puck both boys did exceptionally well with Jack claiming 8th overall and Leelan a Silver which was very close to being a gold. Shane Troy our u14 shot putter was unlucky to miss his event but he will be back again next for another go. Finally we had two relay teams for the first time in many years and both these teams were very unlucky not to pick up a medal. First up was our u10 mixed team of Eleanor Doyle, Jamie Connor, Sarah McGinley and Olive Leane Spillane did themselves proud finishing in 5th place 2 seconds behind 4th. Our boys u12 team of Dylan Cotter, Alex Coppinger, Leelan Donoghue and Adam Leane Spillane were also placed 5th after a great display of running. Thurles claimed 5 medals overall and have Saoirse Doran through to the National Finals.
All the kids who represented the parish had a great day out and will not doubt be looking forward to getting another chance next year.
Well done to Tipperary Community Games and Moyne Athletic Club for putting on this great event.