27 Nov 2021

Saints win Shield in ’Comer sunshine

The SECOND round of the county cross-country championships were held in glorious sunshine in Castlecomer on Sunday.

The SECOND round of the county cross-country championships were held in glorious sunshine in Castlecomer on Sunday.

Racing on an excellent course, the large numbers of athletes made for an exciting morning. While the tea, honours were evenly spread across the clubs in round one Sunday belonged to St Senan’s AC. They captured the overall shield, with previous holders Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH) in second place and St Joseph’s third.

Individual winners were evenly spread across the clubs. Gowran had winners in Ella Cusack (under-7), Rebecca Kennedy (under-15), Sean McCormack (under-19) and Paul Deegan (masters over-45). Thomastown had top performances from David Holden (under-7), Ciara O’Keeffe (under-11) and Sean Power (under-15).

KCH had winning runs from Luke Fitzpatrick (under-13) and Anna Sheehan (under-17) while the St Joseph’s winners were Sophie Mullally (under-9), Cathal O’Beirne (under-9) and Helen Hoynes (under-13).

St Senan’s had winning performances from Hugh Morgan (under-17) and Bronagh Kearns (under-19). Conor Clarke (under-11) from the host club Castlecomer won gold for the second week in a row as did Ciara O’Keeffe (Thomastown), Luke Fitzpatrick (KCH), Helen Hoynes (St Joseph’s), Rebecca Kennedy (Gowran), Hugh Morgan (St Senan’s) and Bronagh Kearns (St Senan’s).

The races were of high standards and there was some notable individual battles such as between Anna Sheehan (KCH) and Megan Morrissey (Thomastown) in the girls’ under-17 race, while Hugh Morgan (St Senan’s) stormed to victory in the boys’ under-17 race.

There was a even spread of team medals between the clubs but St Senan’s underlined their strength in depth. The Saints won two team golds, three silvers and three bronze medals, a return which gave the Kilmacow club an overall victory for the Cross-Country Shield.

Thanks went to host club Castlecomer and to the O’Shea family for the use of their lands.

Juvenile results - Girls’ under-7: 1 Ella Cusack, Gowran; 2 Molly O’Dornan, Castlecomer; 3 Maria O’Keeffe, Thomastown. Boys’ under-7: 1 David Holden, Thomastown; 2 David Williams, St Senan’s; 3 Rory Conellan, Thomastown.

Girls’ under-9: 1 Sophie Mullally, St Joseph’s; 2 Saoirse Allen, St Senan’s; 3 Anna Cass, Thomastown. Boys’ under- 9: 1 Cathal O’Beirne, St Joseph’s; 2 Jordan Knight, Thomastown; 3 Zach Bayhamed, Thomastown.

Girls’ under-11: 1 Ciara O’Keeffe, Thomastown; 2 Hannah Kelly, KCH; 3 Jane Rochford, St Senan’s. Teams: 1 St Senan’s ‘A’, 20pts; 2 Thomastown, 43pts; 3 St Senan’s ‘B’, 50pts. Boys’ under-11: 1 Conor Clarke, Castlecomer; 2 Rory O’Connor, St Joseph’s; 3 Killian Griffin, St Joseph’s. Teams: 1 St Joseph’s, 19pts; 2 Castlecomer, 42pts; 3 St Senan’s, 44pts.

Girls’ under-13: 1 Helen Hoynes, St Joseph’s; 2 Jennifer O’Keeffe, KCH; 3 Ruth Kennedy, Gowran. Teams: 1 St Joseph’s, 22pts; 2 St Senan’s, 34pts; 3 KCH, 38pts. Boys’ under-13: 1 Luke Fitzpatrick, KCH; 2 John Nolan, KCH; 3 David O’Connor, St Joseph’s. Teams: 1 KCH, 21pts; 2 Thomastown, 37pts; 3 St Joseph’s, 49pts.

Girls’ under-15: 1 Rebecca Kennedy, Gowran; 2 Ruby Harvey, Thomastown; 3 Ailis O’Shea, Thomastown. Teams: 1 St Joseph’s, 32pts; 2 Gowran, 37pts; 3 St Senan’s, 49pts. Boys’ under-15: 1 Sean Power, Thomastown; 2 Cormac Buggy, Gowran; 3 James Power, Thomastown. Teams: 1 KCH, 32pts; 2 St Senan’s, 40pts; 3 St Joseph’s, 53pts.

Girls’ under-17: 1 Anna Sheehan, KCH; 2 Megan Morrissey, Thomastown; 3 Sinead Whelan, Thomastown. Teams: 1 Thomastown, 20pts; 2 KCH, 23pts. Boys’ under-17: 1 Hugh Morgan, St Senan’s; 2 James Maher, KCH; 3 Conor O’Carroll, Gowran. Teams: 1 Gowran, 29pts; 2 St Senan’s, 34pts; 3 Castlecomer, 38pts.

Girls’ under-19: 1 Bronagh Kearns, St Senan’s; 2 Mary Ellen Doyle, Gowran; 3 Aine Kinsella, St Senan’s. Teams: 1 St Senan’s, 11pts; 2 KCH, 18pts. Boys’ under-19: 1 Sean McCormack, Gowran; 2 Gerry Walsh, Gowran; 3 Jack Brennan, Castlecomer.

Complete results are available on the county athletics website


Gowran’s Paul Deegan was a clear winner in the masters men’s (over-45) 3km cross-country race in Castlecomer on Sunday.

The race was held on a flat fast course in perfect Autumnal sunshine, with ideal conditions for running.

Paul pulled away early on from the leading group which included Colm Murray (KCH) and St Joseph’s athletes Michael and Seamus Power, Jack Duggan and Rocky Mernagh. Murray emerged from the group to take silver while Michael Power was the bronze medal winner.

St Joseph’s won team gold for the second week in a row. Scorers were Michael Power (third), Jack Duggan (fourth) and Rocky Mernagh (fifth). Gowran won team silver with Paul Deegan (first), Muiris Bric (sixth) and Mick Walsh (ninth) completing the team. KCH were third with Colm Murray (second), Conor MacGabhann (eighth) and Willie McTiernan (15th). The Gowran B team of Marty Kelly (12th), Denis Cormack (13th) and Jimmy Lennon (16th) were fourth.

Masters results - 1 Paul Deegan, Gowran; 2 Colm Murray, KCH; 3 Michael Power, St Joseph’s; 4 Jack Duggan, St Joseph’s; 5 Rocky Mernagh, St Joseph’s; 6 Muiris Bric, Gowran; 7 Seamus Power, St Joseph’s; 8 Conor MacGabhann, KCH; 9 Mick Walsh, Gowran; 10 Sean Hokey, St Joseph’s; 11 Bill Lacey, St Senan’s; 12 Marty Kelly, Gowran; 13 Denis Cormack, Gowran; 14 Michael O’Keeffe, Thomastown; 15 Willie McTiernan, KCH; 16 Jimmy Lennon, Gowran; 17 Gerry Fogarty, Gowran; 18 John Wallis, Gowran; 19 Mick Hogan, Gowran.

Donadea 10K

Gowran athletes Tommy Evans and Simon O’Dwyer travelled to the Donadea 10 K in Prosperous, Co Kildare on Saturday.

Tommy finished in second place with a time of 31 minutes. Simon was first veteran home and ninth overall in a time of 36 minutes, 28 seconds.

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