Bs create a real buzz in Grennan

Grennan was bathed in sunshine as Thomastown AC hosted the annual juvenile B athletics championships on Wednesday.

Grennan was bathed in sunshine as Thomastown AC hosted the annual juvenile B athletics championships on Wednesday.

With events open to athletes who did not win a medal at the A championships, a large turnout provided some keen contests, where conditions were ideal for athletes and spectators alike.

Results, B athletics championships (club code: BR = Brow Rangers, CC = Castlecomer, G = Gowran, KCH = Kilkenny City Harriers, NV = Nore Valley, SJ = St Joseph’s, SS = St Senan’s, STY = Stoneyford, TT = Thomastown).
Girls’ U-8 80m: 1 Caoimhe Power (TT), 2 Hazel Coogan (KCH), 3 Miriam Holden (STY). Boys’ U-80m: 1 Albi Paul (G), 2 Bobby Brennan (CC), 3 Jack Coogan (BR). Girls’ U-9 80m: 1 Angela Carroll (KCH), 2 Blaithin Holden (STY), 3 Orla Kirwan (TT). Boys’ U-9 80m: 1 Cian Farrell (TT), 2 Colm Tracey (TT), 3 Niall Carpenter (G). Boys’ U-10 80m: 1 Michael Brennan (CC), 2 Ivan Bolger (TT), 3 Pauric Kirwan (TT). Girls’ U-11 80m: 1 Emma Shorthall (KCH), 2 Caoimhe Carroll (KCH), 3 Orla Walsh (TT). Boys’ U-11 80m: 1 Aaron Askins (STY), 2 Charlie Mullins (G), 3 Julian Maher (NV). Girls’ U-12 80m: 1 Isobel Ryan (TT), 2 Ciara Ryan (KCH), 3 Katie Ryan (KCH). Boys’ U-12 80m: 1 Emmet Rice (NV), 2 Luke Burke (CC), 3 Cian Hand (G). Girls’ U-13 80m: 1 Lauren McCormack (G), 2 Dearbhla O’Reilly (TT), 3 Anna O’Neill (KCH). Boys’ U-13 80m: 1 David Holland (G), 2 Liam Foot (G), 3 Tom Carroll (KCH). Girls’ U-14 80m: 1 Emily Taylor (TT), 2 Ellen Buggy (CC), 3 Cheryl Phelan (CC). Boys’ U-14 80m: 1 Zac Denieffe (G), 2 Reece Anderson (TT), 3 Luke Whelan (KCH). Girls’ U-15 100m: 1 Jade Maher (KCH), 2 Emma Counihan (KCH), 3 Emma Kelly (BR).

Girls’ U-9 turbo javelin: 1 Charlotte Hutchinson (BR), 2 Sinead Carroll (KCH), 3 Caoimhe Power (TT). Girls’ U-10 turbo javelin: 1 Molly O’Dornan (CC), 2 Katie O’Neill (CC), 3 Cliona Ryan (TT). Boys’ U-10 turbo javelin: 1 Michael Brennan (CC), 2 Oisin Farrell (KCH), 3 Ivan Bolger (TT). Boys’ U-11 turbo javelin: 1 Billy Power TT), 2 Corey Walsh (G), 3 Ger Power (TT).

Girls’ U-8 300m: 1 Caoimhe Power (TT), 2 Hazel Coogan (KCH), 3 Muireann Holden (STY). Boys’ U-8 300m: 1 Albi Paul (G), 2 Jack Coogan (BR), 3 Bobby Brennan (CC). Girls’ U-9 300m: 1 Angela Carroll (KCH), 2 Molly Hogan (CC), 3 Orla Kirwan (TT). Boys’ U-9 300m: 1 Cian Farrell (TT), 2 Colm Tracey (TT), 3 Niall Carpenter (G). Boys’ U-10 300m: 1 Michael Brennan (CC), 2 Ivan Bolger (TT), 3 Billy Coogan (KCH);

Girls’ U-10 300m: 1 Margaret Mary O’Shea (KCH), 1 Katie O’Neill (CC), 2 Tara Fenlon (TT), 3 Cliona Ryan (TT). Girls’ U-11 300m: 1 Caoimhe Carroll (KCH), 2 Emma Shortall (KCH), 3 Ava Shefflin (TT). Boys’ U-11 300m: 1 Charlie Mullins (G), 2 Aaron Askins (STY), 3 James Kelly (G).

Boys’ U-9 long jump: 1 Cian Farrell (TT), 2 Albi Paul (G), 3 Noah Manogue (TT). Girls’ U-10 long jump: 1 Katie O’Neill (CC), 2 Moly O’Dornan (CC), 3 Tara Fennelly (TT). Girls’ U-11 long jump: 1 Emma Manogue (TT), 2 Emma Shortall (KCH), 3 Katie Purcell (CC). Boys’ U-10 long jump: 1 Cian Farrell (G), 2 Michael Brennan (CC), 3 Daragh Carpenter (G). Girls’ U-12 long jump: 1 Emma Shortall (KCH), 2 Ava Shefflin (TT), 3 Emma Manogue (TT), 3 Rachel Whelan (KCH). Boys’ U-12 long jump: 1 Charlie Mullins (G), 2 Brogan McAvinney (G), 3 Cathal O’Reilly (CC). Girls’ U-14 long jump: 1 Alice Monaghan (SS), 2 Kerry Whelan (TT), 3 Sophia O’Shea (KCH). Boys’ U-14 long jump: 1 Reece Anderson (TT), 2 David Holland (G), 3 Tom Carroll (KCH).

Girls’ U-12 800m: 1 Sophia O’Shea (KCH), 2 Ciara Ryan (KCH), 3 Katie Ryan (KCH). Boys’ U-12 800m: 1 Will Fox (CC), 2 Cathal O’Reilly (CC), 3 Charlie Mullins (G). Girls’ U-13 800m: 1 Dearbhla O’Reilly (TT), 2 Alanna O’Neill (KCH). Boys’ U-13 800m: 1 David Holland (G), 2 Tom Carroll (KCH), 3 Liam Foot (G). Girls’ U-14 800m: 1 Nell Murphy (SS), 2 Aoife Cahalan (CC), 3 Emily Taylor (TT). Boys’ U-14 800m: 1 Killian Hogan (CC), 2 Luke Whelan (KCH), 3 Reece Anderson (TT). Girls’ U-15 800m: 1 Emma Counihan (KCH), 2 Jade Maher (TT).

Girls’ U-13 shot-put: 1 Shauna Coady (BR), 2 Aideen Coady (BR), 3 Sophia O’Shea (KCH). Boys’ U-13 shot-put: 1 Liam Foot (G), 2 Tom Carroll (KCH), 3 Brogan McAvinney (G). Girls’ U-15 shot-put: 1 Lorna Monaghan (SS), 2 Sorcha Davis (TT), 3 Keri Whelan (TT). Boys’ U-15 shot-put: 1 Luke O’Dwyer (G), 2 Thomas Maloney (G), 3 Reece Anderson (G).

Girls’ U-10 relay: 1 Thomastown, 2 Castlecomer/St Senan’s. Girls’ U-12 relay: 1 Thomastown, 2 KCH, 3 KCH. Girls’ U-14 relay: 1 Thomastown, 2 Castlecomer, 3 Stoneyford/St Senan’s. Boys’ U-10 relay: 1 Thomastown, 2 Castlecomer, 3 Gowran. Boys’ U-12 relay: 1 Gowran, 2 Castlecomer, 3 Mixed team. Boys’ U-14 relay: 1 Gowran, 2 Castlecomer.

Race Walks

The action moved to the roads on Friday as Gowran AC hosted the county race walking championships in Paulstown. Some of the county’s walkers have recently benefited from the coaching expertise of world champion Rob Heffernan, something which was evident in the standard of the races.

Girls’ U-10: 1 Sophie Monaghan (SS), 2 Mairead Mullally (SJ), 3 Rachel Foley (SJ). Boys’ U-10: 1 David Williams (SS), 2 Harry O’Shea (SS). Girls’ U-12: 1 Erin Foley (SJ), 2 Niamh O’Connor (SJ), 3 Clodagh Mullally (SJ). Girls’ U-14: 1 Aoife Dowling (SJ), 2 Grace Mullally (SJ). Boys’ U-14: 1 Nicky Connolly (CC). Girls’ U-16: 1 Isabel Morgan (SS), 2 Molly O’Shea (SS). Girls’ U-18: 1 Ailis O’Shea (TT).

Junior Women: 1 Ailis O’Shea (TT). Junior Men: 1 Nicholas Dunphy (KCH). Senior Women: 1 Mag Helen O’Connor (SJ), 2 Verena Fenlon (SJ), 3 Tracey Malone (SJ). Team - 1 St Joseph’s. Senior Men: 1 Michael Ryan (SJ), 2 J.J. Lawlor (SJ), 3 Rocky Mernagh (SJ).

Team Championships

Kilkenny athletes were to the fore as they landed All-Ireland medals at the national juvenile team and relay championships in Tullamore. The competitions brought young athletes from all across Ireland to compete in the 60m, 300m, 500m, 600m, long jump, turbo javelin and relays. All the athletes compete in pairs, with the aggregate times or distances of the two athletes determining the finishing places.

The KCH under-9 boys’ relay team gave a gold medal performance, while in the pairs competition Thomastown’s Fiona Dillon and Emma Manogue won gold in the girls’ under-11 600m. Thomastown’s Katie Taylor and Fiona Dillon took silver in the 60m while Ava Shefflin combined with Katie Taylor to win bronze in the long jump. All four ended the day with a silver medal performance in the relay event.

Kilkenny results, national juvenile team and relay championships: Boys’ U-9 turbo javelin: 8 Cian Farrell & Noah Manogue (TT). Girls’ U-11 600m: 1 Fiona Dillon & Emma Manogue (TT). Girls’ U-11 60m: 2 Katie Taylor & Fiona Dillon (TT). Girls’ U-11 long jump: 3 Katie Taylor & Ava Shefflin (TT). Girls’ U-9 relay: 4 KCH (Emily Smith, Aisling Browne, Angela Carroll, Holly Larkin, Lauren Carroll, Kate O’Neill, Aine White). Boys’ U-9 relay: 1 KCH (Danny Ring, Edmund Lauhoff, Sean Young, Brian Moore). Girls’ U-11 4x100m relay: 2 Thomastown (Fiona Dillon, Katie Taylor, Ava Shefflin, Emma Manogue).

Pink Rock 10k

St Joseph’s AC hosted the Pink Rock 10k on Sunday, the race incorporating the county 10k championships. Held in sizzling conditions, the large turnout was grateful for the gentle cooling breeze that greeted the athletes over the last few kilometres.

David McPherson (KCH) won the men’s race, crossing the line in a time of 33.40, more than 80 seconds clear of the second-placed Siobhan O’Doherty (Borrisokane), who won the women’s race. Paul Deegan (Gowran) was third, giving him county silver, with Michael Johnson (KCH) fourth overall and third in the county rankings.

Donna Dowling (KCH) was first place in the women’s 10k championship with Elaine O’Donovan (St Joseph’s) second and Miriam Maher (Castlecomer) third.

In the team races KCH took men’s gold with silver going to Gowran and bronze to St Joseph’s. In the women’s team event St Joseph’s were first with KCH second and St Joseph’s third.

The event was a big success for host club St Joseph’s, with race participants treated to an open air barbecue and music while they recovered from their exertions.

County 10k results - Men: 1 David McPherson (KCH), 2 Paul Deegan (G), 3 Michael Johnson (KCH), 4 Conor Rothwell (SS), 5 Paul Moran (KCH), 6 Cormac Buggy (G), 7 Peter Duggan (SJ), 8 Eoin Molloy (KCH), 9 Billy Holden (G), 10 Oliver Mullally (SS). Teams: 1 KCH, 17pts; 2 Gowran, 29pts; 3 St Joseph’s, 50pts.

Women: 1 Donna Dowling (KCH), 2 Elaine O’Donovan (SJ), 3 Miriam Maher (CC), 4 Caolite Malone (KCH), 5 Jeanette Boran (CC), 6 Frances Mullally (SJ), 7 Caroline Mullally (SJ), 8 Rita McGarvey (KCH), 9 Maggie Helen O’Connor (SJ), 10 Mairead O’Donovan (SJ). Teams: 1 St Joseph’s, 24pts; 2 KCH, 25pts; 3 St Joseph’s, 58pts.

National League

The KCH men’s team gave a great performance in the second round of the national track and field championships on Sunday.

The Harriers clocked up 119pts, a result which should ensure qualification for the finals on August 3 and leaves the team as genuine contenders for promotion from Division One.

With a number of promising junior athletes in the squad, promotion would give the young athletes an opportunity to compete at a higher level and develop their talents.

KCH results - 100m: 1 Callan Byrne. 200m: 2 Aaron Barron. 400m: 2 Michael Bowler. 110m hurdles: 1 Eoin Power. 440m hurdles: 1 Eoin Power. 1,500m: 1 Brian Maher. 5,000m: 2 Brian Maher. Walk: 1 Nicholas Dunphy. 4x100m: 4 KCH. Shot-put: 1 Brendan Hyland. Javelin: 2 Brendan Hyland. High jump: 1 Jack Manning. Long jump: 2 Aaron Barron. Triple jump: 3 Nicholas Dunphy. 56lb for distance: 3 Jack Manning.


Joe and Murty Kelly flew the flag for Brow Rangers at the recent Munster Open track and field championships.

Competing in the M3 category, Joe won gold in the shot-put, discus and hammer events. Not to be outdone Murty, who competed in the M7 category, was also a triple gold medal winner. He finished first place in the shot, discus and hammer.


Saturday/Sunday: Leinster juvenile track & field championships, Tullamore.