Athletes dash from the start line in the boys under-9 race in Castlecomer
Large numbers of runners and keen competition made for an exciting end to the second day of the county juvenile cross-country championships in Castlecomer.
St Senan’s AC came into day two as leaders, with two points to spare over their nearest rivals Gowran AC.
The stage was set for an interesting battle - Gowran were prolific in numbers, while St Senan’s dominated in the older age groups.
However, the army clad in red shirts wouldn’t be denied as Gowran won the title for the best overall cross-country club in the county, pipping the Saints by a point. It was the first time Gowran had won the title since 1988.
An emotional Liam Kealy spoke at length about the joy of such a victory. Not since he left behind his days with Marble City Striders and formed Gowran AC has such a victory been witnessed. He thanked every man, woman and child who came to the hills of Castlecomer intent on securing that victory.
With the absence of a team presence in the girls and boys under-11 events St Senan’s had already dropped eight points behind Gowran, their initial two-point lead swallowed up within 10 minutes. Molly Daly (Kilkenny City Harriers - KCH) had a fine victory leading her Harriers team into second place.
Joss O’Connor (St Joseph’s) scored a double when he added the boys’ under-11 title to the under-12 one he won a week earlier. Joss looks very good ahead of the Leinster Championships in a fortnight’s time. Gowran, with about 20 teams in this race, finished first and second ahead of St Joseph’s in third.
The girls’ under-13 race was always going to be a cracker. With St Senan’s missing Eve Dunphy and Charlotte Carpendale just returning from injury, last year’s champions were always going to be chasing hard.
From the word go, Sarah Kehoe (Gowran), Orla Kirwan (Thomastown) and Caoimhe Phelan (St Senan’s) pushed ahead, locked in battle.
However the surprise of the day was Rachel O’Neill (Gowran) who, with a late surge, came up for second place just behind team-mate Sara Kehoe. Gowran won the team event with St Senan’s second and third.
The boys’ under-13 race saw a great team victory for St Senan’s, who were led home by Ben Wallis in second place. The race was won by Rory Murphy.
Back in form
Fiona Dillon (Thomastown) showed she was back to her old form, as she won the girls’ under-15 race by about 600m. Fiona looked comfortable and at ease all the way. St Senan’s won the team event from Gowran.
Tadgh Connolly of St Senan’s looked strong as he led the quartet of club-mate David Williams, Tom Lodge (KCH) and Billy Coogan (Gowran) in the chase for boys’ under-16 honours.
With all four athletes locked in battle for much of the race it was Connolly who looked most at ease.
Going up the last hill, he took off to win by a comfortable margin of 30 metres from Billy Coogan (Gowran). St Senan’s won the team prize.
The in-form Aine Kirwan (Thomastown) took the girls’ under-17 title from club-mate Hannah O’Keeffe. County camogie matches decimated the teams in this race, leaving Gowran to pick up the team title.
John Muldowney (KCH) scored a great victory over Castlecomer’s Cathal O’Reilly in the boys’ under-17 event. St Senan’s again took the team title.
Aoife Allen of St Senan’s won the girls’ under-19 race while KCH, in the form of Kevin Burns, Shay McEvoy and Luke Whelan, dominated the boys’ under-19 race in a similar fashion to their under-18 prowess a week earlier.
The numbers in many of the races hit the 70 mark, a testimony to the popularity of cross-country in the county.
St Joseph’s took the team spoils in the women’s over-45 race, with the experienced Maria Griffin leading them home in second place. The race was won by Cathy Millet (KCH).
In the men’s race Derek Kehoe (Gowran) had to endure yet another battle as he was matched stride for stride with Philip Fennelly (Kings River) for much of the way.
It was Fennelly who came in the victor with Derek scoring yet another second spot. Kings River packed well to win the team event.
Results, county juvenile and over-45s cross country championships (club code: BH = Barrow Harriers, CC =Castlecomer, G = Gowran, KCH = Kilkenny City Harriers, KR = Kings River, SJ = St Joseph’s, SS = St Senan’s, TT = Thomastown)
Girls’ Under-7: 1 Ellen Quinlan (SS), 2 Muireann Maher (CC), 3 Grainne Maher (CC), 4 Katie Ryan (SJ), 5 Aoibhe Cody (BH), 6 Aoibhinn Garvin (SJ), 7 Isabel McDonald (SJ), 8 Shauna O’Neill (BH), 9 Meave Farrell (G), 10 Pearl Treacy (G).
Girls’ Under-9: 1 Ellen Daly (KCH), 2 Zoe Beck (TT), 3 Ashling Phelan (CC), 4 Olivia Mullally (SJ), 5 Julia Healy (CC), 6 Mia Brennan (TT), 7 Katie Byrne (BH), 8 Sarah Jane O’Shea (KCH), 9 Ingrid Tierney (BH), 10 Molly Allen (SS), 11 Sinead Cusack (KCH), 12 Lauren Phelan (G), 13 Holly Drennan (G), 14 Ellen Cormack (KCH), 15 Sarah Mullally (SJ), 16 Dearvla Ryan (SJ), 17 Molly Ryan (SJ), 18 Niamh Brennan (G), 19 Chloe Byrne (BH), 20 Anna O’Shea (SS).
Girls’ Under-11: 1 Molly Daly (KCH), 2 Orla Brennan (G), 3 Clodagh O’Callaghan (KCH), 4 Eleanor Brennan (G), 5 Lily Ryan (SJ), 6 Katie O’Shea (TT), 7 Olivia Stelgher (G), 8 Mia O’Shea (TT), 9 Lucy Cooney (G), 10 Amy O’Shea (TT), 11 Ashling Covendale (TT), 12 Megan Kinsella (BH), 13 Eve Doyle (G), 14 Kate Maher (TT), 15 Aoife Dillon (CC), 16 Martina Bergin (KCH), 17 Katy Phelan (G), 18 Keela Garvey (SJ), 19 Ashling Mullally (SJ), 20 Laura Leahy (KCH).
Teams: 1 Gowran, 2 KCH, 3 Thomastown.
Girls’ Under-13: 1 Sarah Kehoe (G), 2 Rachel O’Neill (G), 3 Caoimhe Phelan (SS), 4 Hazel Coogan (G), 5 Orla Kirwan (TT), 6 Charlotte Carpendale (SS), 7 Ruth Fogarty (G), 8 Meave Bookle (SJ), 9 Grace Glennon (SJ), 10 Laura Chandler (TT), 11 Alex Brennan (G), 12 Molly Long (SS), 13 Juliet Evans (SS), 14 Aoibhe Mullally (SJ), 15 Aine O’Callaghan (SS), 16 Roisin Burns (KCH), 17 Moya O’Keeffe (SS), 18 Caoimhe Fennelly (TT), 19 Hannah Quinn (KCH), 20 Grace Ramaswamy (SS).
Teams: 1 Gowran, 2 St Senan’s, 3 St Senan’s.
Girls’ Under-15: 1 Fiona Dillon (TT), 2 Maria O’Keeffe (TT), 3 Molly O’Dornan (CC), 4 Saoirse Allen (SS), 5 Libby Murphy (SS), 6 Sophie Williams (SS), 7 Niamh Cuddihy (SS), 8 Ciara Mullally (SJ), 9 Maria Connolly (G), 10 Katie O’Neill (CC), 11 Aine Guthrie (SS), 12 Orla O’Shea (TT), 13 Emma Corr (G), 14 Giselinda Greovic (KCH), 15 Sophie Monahan (SS), 16 Iseult Greene (G), 17 Sophie Roche (SS), 18 Peg Keating (G).
Teams: 1 St Senan’s, 2 Gowran.
Girls’ Under-17: 1 Aine Kirwan (TT), 2 Hannah O’Keeffe (TT), 3 Tara Ramsawmy (SS), 4 Sophie Jackman (SS), 5 Ellen Ryan (TT), 6 Orla O’Keeffe (TT), 7 Katie Bookle (SJ), 8 Ellen Fitzgerald (KCH), 9 Eve O’Dwyer (G), 10 Rebecca Lennon (G), 11 Robyn Denieffe (G), 12 Lizzie Morley (G).
Teams: 1 Thomastown, 2 Gowran.
Girls’ Under-19: 1 Aoife Allen (SS).
Boys’ Under-7: 1 Darragh O’Callaghan (KCH), 2 Richie Mullally (SJ), 3 Joey Bolger (BH), 4 Eddie Bolger (BH), 5 Liam Kinsella (BR), 6 Luke Kinsella (SJ), 7 Darragh Browne (KCH), 8 Liam Lavin (BH), 9 Dylan McGee (G), 10 Thomas Hayden (BH), 11 Alton Hanrahan (KCH), 12 Ted Helga (G), 13 Michael Brennan (CC), 14 Calum Cuddihy (BH).
Boys’ Under-9: 1 Robert Coogan (G), 2 Darragh Carroll (G), 3 Robert Cullen (KCH), 4 Ryan Farrell (KCH), 5 Tom Henderson (KCH), 6 Zak Fenton (SS), 7 Evan Ryan (G), 8 Tom Lawlor (TT), 9 David Timmins (G), 10 Daniel Bolger (BH), 11 James Vereker (SJ), 12 Sam Corr (G), 13 Darragh Ryan (TT), 14 Sean Lavin (BH), 15 Darragh Leamy (G), 16 David Hayden (BH), 17 Darragh O’Flaherty (KCH), 18 Joe Doyle (SS), 19 Sam McDonald (SJ), 20 Sean Doherty (SJ).
Boys’ Under-11: 1 Joss O’Connor (SJ), 2 Tom Kehoe (G), 3 Robert Lacy (KCH), 4 Anil Ramaswamy (SS), 5 Conor Carroll (G), 6 David McGee (G), 7 Aiden Keating (G), 8 Hugo Tierney (BH), 9 James Kelsey (G), 10 Luke Vereker (SJ), 11 Charlie Ryan (G), 12 Eoin Moore (KCH), 13 Jamie Cahalan (CC), 14 James Carroll (G), 15 Luke Browne (KCH), 16 Sam McAvinney (G), 17 David Phelan (SS), 18 Tadgh Roche (SJ), 19 Odhran Prendergast (G), 20 Adam Joyce (G).
Teams: 1 Gowran, 2 Gowran, 3 St Joseph’s.
Boys’ Under-13: 1 Rory Murphy (G), 2 Ben Wallis (SS), 3 Sam Brennan (G), 4 Rory McEvoy (KCH), 5 Isaac Carew (SS), 6 Oisin Murray (KCH), 7 Sam Young (KCH), 8 Eoin Aylward (SS), 9 Patrick Lacey (KCH), 10 Shane Morrissey (SS), 11 Jack Joyce (G), 12 Matt McAvinney (G), 13 James O’Neill (CC), 14 Darragh Dunne (G), 15 Liam O’Dwyer (G), 16 Oscar Broderick (CC), 17 Rory Phelan (G), 18 Luke Gamble (CC), 19 Michael Holland (G), 20 Michael Keating (G).
Teams: 1 St Senan’s, 2 KCH, 3 Gowran.
Boys’ Under-15: 1 Tadgh Connolly (SS), 2 Billy Coogan (G), 3 Tom Lodge (KCH), 4 David Williams (SS), 5 Gearoid Long (SS), 6 Colm Roche (SS), 7 Killian Dunne (G), 8 Luke Phelan (G), 9 Billy Power (TT), 10 Joe Kearns (KCH), 11 Charlie Brennan (G), 12 Matt Holland (G), 13 James Walsh (SS), 14 Luke Joyce (G), 15 Jamie O’Connor (SJ), 16 Pauric Kavanagh (G), 17 Declan Walsh (KCH), 18 Danny Heddon (KCH).
Teams: 1 St Senan’s, 2 Gowran, 3 KCH.
Boys’ Under-17: 1 John Muldowney (KCH), 2 Cathal O’Reilly (CC), 3 Fergal Suffin (SS), 4 Josh Fenton (SS), 5 Ryan Cummins (SS), 6 Tom Butler (SS), 7 David Byrne (G), 8 Peter Holohan (CC), 9 Adam Ryan (G), 10 Diego Rolegra (G).
Teams: 1 St Senan’s.
Boys’ Under-19: 1 Kevin Burns (KCH), 2 Shay McEvoy (KCH), 3 Luke Whelan (KCH), 4 Keith Butler (SS).
Teams: 1 KCH.
Women’s Over-45: 1 Cathy Millet (KCH), 2 Maria Griffin (SJ), 3 Maria McCormick (KCH), 4 Frances Mullally (SJ), 5 Breda Hennessey (SJ), 6 Siobhan O’Dwyer (G), 7 Maggie Helen O’Connor (SJ), 8 Emma Tobin (G), 9 Kathleen Brennan (G).
Teams: 1 St Joseph’s, 2 Gowran.
Men’s Over-45: 1 Phillip Fennelly (KR), 2 Derek Kehoe (G), 3 John Barron (KR), 4 Patrick Bookle (SJ), 5 Vivon Fennelly (KR), 6 John Davis (TT), 7 John Leamy (G), 8 Bill Carroll (TT), 9 Gary Farrell (G), 10 Kevin Hayden (G), 11 Eamon Kelsey (G), 12 Michael O’Keeffe (TT).
Teams: 1 Kings River, 2 Gowran, 3 Thomastown.
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