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Reports - April 2008

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30 April 2008

The St Peterís AC AGM was held recently in Dromiskin. The attendance was down on last year but the meeting went smoothly as those present reflected on a very successful year for the club in 2007.

The following officers were elected for the coming year: Chairperson Ė Eugene McManus, Vice-chairperson Ė Maria Duffy; Secretary Ė Angela McDonald; Assistant Secretary Ė Geraldine Fussey; Treasurer Ė Kathleen McConnell; PRO Ė Tom McGrane.

St Peterís AC would like to sincerely thank all those who contributed so generously on the occasion of its annual Flag Day last Thursday. The club also appreciates very much the support of Bank of Ireland for the Flag Day.

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23 April 2008

Despite the unseasonably cold weather we have all been enduring in recent weeks, the athletes of Dromiskinís St Peterís AC have made a flying start to the 2008 outdoor track and field season, as they competed in four competitions last week.

First off the mark was Olivia McDonald who won the Senior Javelin at the Dublin Graded Meet in Irishtown on Wednesday. Her throw of 36.15m was her furthest since 2006.

On Friday afternoon, cousins Emily Rogers and Grace Rogers, were in action in the Meath Schoolsí Championships in Navan, representing their Drogheda school, Our Ladyís College, Greenhills. Both were victorious in the High Jump in their respective age groups. Emily cleared 1.50m while Grace jumped 1.35m.

On Friday evening the Louth County Board held a very successful juvenile meet in Bush. There was a great turnout of St Peterís AC athletes and their parents who braved the bitter east wind blowing in off the Irish Sea. Several of the athletes finished in the first three in their events and thus won medals. Those who finished outside the medals also performed very well.

Those who competed at Bush included: Elizabeth Bell, Gabriel Bell, Aaron Byrne, Aisling Byrne, Brianán Conway, Lauren Finegan, Megan Finegan, Liam Fussey, Niamh Fussey, Declan Gernon, Nikayla Hamill, Alex Hanneffy, Conor Hoey, Olivia McDonald, Pádraic McGinn, Ellen McGuinness, Orlaith McMahon, Niamh Mernagh, Daniel Mullen, Joseph Mullen, Michael Mullen, Lorcan Murphy Grimes, Jack OíBrien, Frances Rogers, Grace Rogers, Heather Rogers and Mark Rogers.

On Saturday Emily Rogers, Frances Rogers and Olivia McDonald travelled to Tullamore for a Leinster Squad training day. Meanwhile, also on Saturday, other athletes and parents were packing bags in Tesco in the old Shopping Centre in Dundalk. The club is very grateful to Tesco and its staff for their co-operation, and to all who supported this fundraising effort.

The next day a very busy week came to a close with the staging of the Cushinstown AC Sports in Co. Meath. Brother and sister Mark Rogers and Emily Rogers enjoyed two victories each. Mark leapt 1.40m to win the Under 13 High Jump and also won the Under 14 Shot Putt. Emily was a double victor in the Under 16 jumps, clearing 1.50m in the High Jump and 4.48m in the Long Jump. She also took 3rd in the Under 16 Shot Putt with a 6.85m throw.

Frances Rogers also had a very successful day in the Senior events, finishing runner-up in the Shot Putt (9.14m) and 3rd in both the 100m and 200m. Olivia McDonald also performed well in the Senior events, finishing 2nd in the Long Jump (4.56m) and 3rd in the Shot Putt (7.77m).

Ellen McGuinness has been showing good form in the Shot Putt recently and continued to impress at Cushinstown with a 6.81m throw for 2nd place in the Under 14 event. As at all athletics competitions, the sprints for the younger age groups were very competitive at Cushinstown, with large fields competing. Once again Nikayla Hamill shone through for St Peterís AC, as she claimed 3rd place in the Under 11 80m.

Several other St Peterís AC athletes competed at Cushinstown and impressed all by their spirit and fine performances. These included: Aaron Byrne, Aisling Byrne, Lauren Finegan, Liam Fussey, Niamh Fussey, Pádraic McGinn, Martin McGrane, Orlaith McMahon, Michael Mullen, Heather Rogers and Marie Claire Rogers.

The Bank of Ireland has generously agreed to match the funds raised (up to 1,000 euro) through St Peterís AC annual Flag Day in Dundalk tomorrow (Thursday 24th April). Geraldine Fussey (086 3675155) is organising the rota for the Flag Day collectors. Your full support for this event would be very much appreciated, especially given the matching funding available.

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16 April 2008

Last Saturday Hilary Kerr brought the indoor season to a close for Dromiskin-based St Peterís AC with a fine silver medal performance in the Under 18 Long Jump at the Irish Juvenile Indoor Championships in Nenagh, County Tipperary.

Hilaryís jump of 5.13m was the second best of her 2008 indoor campaign, 10cm behind her Leinster title-winning leap at the same venue in February. She was disappointed that she was a little outside her best, as her perennial rival, span class=athletename>Nicola Power of Waterfordís Ferrybank AC, jumped just 3cm further to win the national title. These two young athletes were the class of the field, as the bronze medallist, span class=athletename>Amanda Nevin of Tipperaryís Borrisokane AC, was over a foot further back with a distance of 4.80m.

Hilary had difficulty hitting the board right on the day, with her best and second best jumps coming in the last and second last rounds respectively. However it wonít be long before she has a chance to make amends, as her outdoor season will be starting shortly.

Having just finished an extremely successful indoor season, in which they won 13 provincial and 5 national medals (including 6 provincial and 2 national titles), the athletes of St Peterís AC find the outdoor season almost upon them already. Unfortunately the weather in recent weeks has remained quite wintry, and thus has not been so conducive for sharpening up for competition.

This Friday evening (18th April) a County Louth Juvenile Meet will be held in Bush. This is not a championship or league meet, but will serve as an excellent warm-up for the more prestigious competitions which will follow, especially for those athletes who did not have the opportunity to compete during the recent indoor season.

The next day (Saturday 19th April) members and parents of St Peterís AC will be raising funds for the club by packing bags in Tesco in the old Shopping Centre in Dundalk. All at the club are very grateful to Tesco for facilitating this fund-raising opportunity. If you have not already done so, please let span class=athletename>Geraldine Fussey (086 3675155) know when you are available, so that the burden does not fall unduly on a few.

On Sunday 20th April the annual Open Sports will be held at Cushinstown AC, County Meath. This is always a very popular early-season competition, with a wide range of events for both juvenile and senior athletes.

The Bank of Ireland has generously agreed to match the funds raised (up to 1,000 euro) through St Peterís AC annual Flag Day in Dundalk on Thursday 24th April. span class=athletename>Geraldine Fussey is also organising the rota for the Flag Day collectors. Your full support for this event would be very much appreciated, especially given the matching funding available from the Bank of Ireland.

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9 April 2008

Last weekend brought yet more success to Dromiskin-based St Peterís AC, as their athletes returned from the first weekend of the Irish Juvenile Indoor Championships in Nenagh with two gold, one silver and one bronze medal.

Mark Rogers was a double medallist at Under 13 level in the national championships, taking gold in the High Jump and bronze in the Shot Putt with two great personal best performances. He soared over 1.48m in the High Jump, a magnificent 8cm clear of his nearest challenger, and 9cm above his own winning height at the Leinster Championships in February. Mark also showed great improvement in the Shot, where he added 60cm to his Leinster performance to claim national bronze with a 10.07m throw.

Markís older sister, Emily Rogers, was also crowned champion of Ireland, as she matched her personal best to take gold in the Under 15 High Jump. Her fantastic height of 1.55m was the same as her winning leap at the Ulster Championships in January.

Mark and Emilyís cousin, Frances Rogers, had her third indoor competition of 2008, and it proved to be her best this year. She launched the 4kg Shot out to a very impressive 10.06m, which was good enough to see her stand on the podium and be presented with an Irish Under 18 silver medal.

Hilary Kerrís main event, the Long Jump, takes place this coming Saturday. Last Saturday, having first won her heat, she finished 5th in the final of the Under 18 60m. Her time in the final of 8.15 seconds was a little outside her best, which she set when also finishing 5th at the Scottish Championships in February.

Meanwhile 10-year-old Martin McGrane competed in the Junior Great Ireland Run in Dublinís Phoenix Park last Sunday. Running in very wintry conditions, he completed the 2.5km event in just over 17 minutes.

The members and parents of St Peterís AC will be raising funds for the club by packing bags in Tesco in the old Shopping Centre in Dundalk on Saturday 19th April. Please let Geraldine Fussey know when you are available so that a rota can be organised.

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2 April 2008

Next weekend five young athletes from Dromiskinís St Peterís AC will travel to Nenagh for the first weekend of the Irish National Juvenile Indoor Championships.

Hilary Kerr will compete in the Under 18 60m this weekend, in which event she recently won the Leinster title and finished 5th in the Scottish Championships. She will return to Nenagh the following weekend for her main event, the Long Jump, and for the 200m.

Frances Rogers will compete in the Under 18 Shot Putt. She showed good form when taking the Leinster Under 20 title in this event on her last visit to the County Tipperary venue on 9th March.

Emily Rogers was very impressive in winning the Ulster Under 15 High Jump title at Belfastís Odyssey Arena back in January, and will be hopeful of another good performance on Sunday.

Her younger brother Mark Rogers will be in action in two events in Nenagh on Saturday Ė the Under 13 High Jump, in which he won the Leinster title, and the Shot Putt, in which he took silver at the Leinster Championships.

Mark will be joined in the Under 13 Shot Putt by Leinster bronze medallist, …amonn McManus.

Last Saturday Frances and Emily prepared for the Irish Juvenile Championships by training with the Leinster squad in Greystones. They were accompanied to the County Wicklow venue by Olivia McDonald, who will be in Nenagh for the second weekend of the national championships.

The Annual General Meeting of St Peterís AC is scheduled to be held at 7:30 p.m. (not 8 p.m. as stated in last weekís paper) next Monday 7th April in the St Josephís GFC clubrooms. All athletes over 16 years of age and all parents are requested to attend.

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