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Reports - July 2008

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30 July 2008

Last Wednesday night Tom McGrane from Dromiskin-based St Peterís AC was in action in the Dublin Graded Meet at Irishtown Stadium. Competing in the Discus event for the first time in his career, he finished 2nd with a throw of 19.19m. Earlier in the evening he registered his best performance of the summer in Shot Putt, as he threw 7.51m for 3rd place.

The previous night the 3rd round of the Louth Juvenile League was held at the Bush track. Once again the St Peterís athletes did themselves and the club proud, as they earned points for the team with a host of excellent performances.

The athletes who were in action on a very pleasant summerís evening included: Craig Bannon, Elizabeth Bell, Lauren Finnegan, Liam Fussey, Niamh Fussey, Aisling Gernon, Declan Gernon, Nikayla Hamill, Pádraic McGinn, Ellen McGuinness, Orlaith McMahon, Daniel Mullen, Joseph Mullen, Michael Mullen, Jack O'Brien, Emily Rogers, Frances Rogers, Grace Rogers, Heather Rogers and Mark Rogers.

Tonight (Wednesday) the final round of the Louth Juvenile League takes place in the Young Irelands GAA grounds off Hoeyís Lane in Dundalk. On Friday evening the annual Glenmore AC Road Races for juvenile and senior athletes take place in Carlingford, while on Sunday afternoon Boyne AC stages its track and field Sports for juvenile athletes at Meadowview in Drogheda.

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23 July 2008

Last Saturday witnessed the best ever performance by a St Peterís AC athlete in Irelandís premier domestic athletics competition Ė the National Senior Track and Field Championships. Olivia McDonald crowned a great season with a silver medal in the Javelin at Dublinís Santry Stadium, thus adding to her bronze medals in this event from 2006 and 2007. The only other athlete from the Dromiskin-based club to have ever medalled in these championships was Maria Mackin (now Duffy), who took 3rd in the 400m Hurdles back in 1988.

Olivia had a great series of throws, capped by a 38.81m effort in the 3rd of 6 rounds. The national title was won by Anita White of Dublin Striders, who threw 42.82m, with Rachel Bolger of Slí Cualann in Co. Wicklow claiming 3rd place with a 37.08m throw.

Last Wednesday night the Louth Junior, Senior and Mastersí Championships were held at the Bush track. Despite the wet weather on the night, which precluded outstanding times or distances, these championships attracted the best turnout in years, boosted by the fact that they were also open to athletes from other counties. The older athletes of St Peterís AC were well to the fore, as a team of eight won 12 gold, 6 silver and 6 bronze medals.

The club had three athletes in action in the Junior (Under 20) events. Olivia McDonald won the Long Jump (4.57) and Javelin (36.33), and was 2nd in the 100m (13.43), 200m (28.37) and Shot. Frances Rogers won the Shot and took bronze in the 200m (34.26) and Javelin (14.37). Ian McDonald was a silver medallist in the Long Jump (4.84) and Javelin (27.00), and a bronze medallist in the Shot (7.12).

Oliviaís performances resulted in her becoming the inaugural holder of the Deirdre McGrath Mackey Perpetual Trophy. This trophy was presented by former Glenmore AC athlete Deirdre McGrath Mackey, and will be awarded annually to the Athlete of the Meet at these championships.

Peter McDonald was St Peterís only representative in the Senior events, and duly impressed with victory in the Javelin (46.44).

The club was represented by four athletes in the Mastersí events. Kevin Barry Mackin was in a class of his own in the Over 35 age group, as he won five gold medals. His victories came in the 100m (15.26), 3000m (14:10.37), Long Jump (3.93), Shot (6.50) and Javelin (28.35).

Brendan Rogers made his debut for St Peterís in the Over 45 category and impressed with gold in the 100m (14.65) and Long Jump (4.50), silver in the Javelin (25.07) and bronze in the Shot (7.12). Also competing in this age group, Tom McGrane was victorious in the Shot (7.18), while Declan Gernon finished 3rd in both the Long Jump (3.31) and Javelin (23.60).

Next Saturday the Garda Open Sports meet will be hosted by Shercock AC. This meet, which has a starting time of 2 p.m., includes a good selection of events for both juvenile and senior athletes.

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16 July 2008

Last Sunday was another great day for Dromiskin-based St Peterís AC as the clubís four athlete in action on the final day of the Irish Juvenile Championships in Tullamore all won medals.

Once again Olivia McDonald rose magnificently to the occasion in the Under 19 Javelin with a winning throw of 40.70m. This was both a championship best performance and Oliviaís first time over the 40 metres barrier.

Laura OíNeill also starred in the Javelin, as she won a silver medal in the Under 17 event with a 28.36m throw. This distance was just 19cm short of her personal best performance.

Hilary Kerr and Frances Rogers both won bronze medals in their events at Under 18 level. Hilary leapt 5.09m in the Long Jump, while Frances registered a 9.82m throw in the Shot Putt, thus adding another national bronze medal to the one she earned in the Discus the previous weekend.

Last Friday night was the occasion of the Dundealgan AC Road Races in Seatown. St Peterís AC was well represented at this popular annual event which attracted athletes from throughout northern Leinster and southern Ulster. The first six athletes in each of the juvenile races were awarded medals.

Seven-year-old Lauren Matthews McGuinness got the club off to a great start with 6th place in the Under 10 girlsí 600m race. Then Daniel Mullen ran very well to finish 5th in the equivalent boysí race.

The distance for the Under 12 races increased to 800m. Nikayla Hamill strode around the course in a most impressive manner to claim 2nd place in her event. Aaron Byrne battled strongly for 6th in the boysí race, with Michael Mullen not far behind in 9th place.

Ellen McGuinness just missed out on a medal with a 7th place finish in the Under 14 girlsí 1000m race. St Peterís had three boys in action in this age group, all of whom won medals. The very versatile Mark Rogers was 2nd, while Éamonn McManus, a much improved athlete this year, finished 4th. Joseph Mullen, one of three brothers competing on the night, crossed the line in 6th place.

The clubís only representative at Under 16 level was Aisling Byrne, who ran well for 5th place over the 1500m course.

The Louth Junior, Senior and Mastersí Championships are being held at the Bush track this evening, while the Irish Senior Championships will be staged at Santry Stadium in Dublin on Saturday on Sunday.

Well done to all the athletes who competed in the 2nd round of the Louth Juvenile League in Drogheda on Tuesday 8th July. There were a host of excellent performances by the St Peter's AC athletes. The 3rd round of the league takes place next Tuesday night at the Bush track. Details of the events for the various age groups are available on the club website The support of parents in enabling the athletes to compete in this league is very much appreciated.

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9 July 2008

The athletes of St Peterís AC in Dromiskin were in action on both the national and international front last week. Once again these young athletes did themselves, their club and their country proud, as they produced a host of excellent performances.

Probably the most impressive performance was that of Peter McDonald at the Confťdťration Sportive Internationale du Travail (CSIT) World Games in Rimini, Italy. Peter produced a magnificent personal best throw of 52.25m in the Javelin to take a bronze medal. Ahead of him in the competition last Friday were Finnish and Austrian throwers. Trailing in his wake were athletes from France, Portugal, Italy, Brazil and Bulgaria. Peterís competitive outings have been limited recently due to academic and work commitments, so itís especially pleasing to see him produce such an outstanding performance.

Olivia McDonald, younger sister of Peter and likewise a javelin thrower, was in action in Rimini the previous day. In her first senior international competition she also did very well, finishing 4th with a throw of 37.81m. As in the menís event, and in so many international javelin competitions, victory went to a Finnish athlete, while silver and bronze went to Swiss and Brazilian throwers respectively. However Olivia beat the second string representatives from Finland, Switzerland and Brazil, as well as athletes from France, Italy and Russia.

Three athletes from the Rogers family won national medals at the Irish Juvenile Championships in Antrim at the weekend. Emily Rogers led the way with gold in the Under 15 High Jump on Saturday with a height of 1.50m. She has been utterly dominant in this event recently, winning both the national indoor and outdoor championships both this year and in 2007. Emily also competed in the Long Jump earlier in the day, where she finished 10th with a 4.14m jump.

Mark Rogers, younger brother of Emily, took bronze in the Under 13 High Jump on Saturday with a jump of 1.45m. The next day he threw 9.84m for 9th place in the Shot Putt. Also on Sunday their cousin Frances Rogers smashed her previous personal best with a distance of 22.75m for 3rd place in the Under 18 Discus.

Conditions at the Antrim Forum were unseasonably poor last weekend, especially on the first day of the championships. Despite this Hilary Kerr recorded a great personal best in the Under 18 100m, running 12.87 seconds into a headwind for 5th place in Saturdayís sprint final.

St Peterís AC also had two young javelin throwers in action in Antrim. Brianán Conway took 6th place at Under 16 level with a 20.35m throw on Saturday. Young Éamonn McManus, who first tried this event just a few months ago, also impressed with a 21.82m throw for 9th place in the Under 13 championship on Sunday.

This Friday night the Dundealgan AC road races will be held in the Seatown area of Dundalk. The remaining events of the Irish Juvenile Championships will be contested in Tullamore next Sunday. St Peterís AC will be represented there by Hilary Kerr, Olivia McDonald, Laura OíNeill and Frances Rogers.

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2 July 2008

Last Sunday was another great day for Dromiskin-based St Peterís AC as Olivia McDonald won the Irish Junior (Under 20) Womenís Javelin title in Tullamore. Her winning throw of 38.08m was the best ever in the history of these championships. Olivia thus adds another national title to the Irish Schoolsí title which she won a month ago.

Hilary Kerr just missed out on the medals in these championships as she finished 4th in the Long Jump with a fine leap of 5.12m. Hilary also went in the heats of the 100m earlier in the day.

On Saturday Hilary Kerr and Laura OíNeill represented Leinster in the annual Tailteann Games Schoolsí Interprovincial match at Under 17 level. The two girls, both of whom have just finished Transition Year in St Louis, Dundalk, both performed well in this competition, which was held at Dublinís Santry Stadium. Just as she was to do 24 hours later, Hilary came 4th in the Long Jump with a leap of 5.12m, while Laura threw 27.71m to finish 7th in the Javelin.

Friday night was the occasion of the official opening ceremony at the new track in Bush. There were lots of dignitaries in attendance and a magnificent supper was served. Some relay races were held on the track and the St Peterís AC Under 15 team of Ellen McGuinness, Aisling McKeen, Niamh Mernagh and Emily Rogers ran in the 4x100m.

Last Wednesday night brother and sister Peter McDonald and Olivia McDonald competed in the Dublin Championships in Santry. In his first competitive outing in over a year, Peter threw a fine 47.62m for 2nd place in the Senior Javelin. Olivia has been competing much more regularly than her older brother and she impressed once again, winning the Junior Javelin with a 37.73m throw.

The McDonalds will be in action in the CSIT World Games in Rimini, Italy tomorrow and Friday. Olivia will compete in the Senior Womenís Javelin tomorrow, while Peter will be in action in the Senior Menís Javelin on Friday. 16 countries have sent teams to the athletics events at these multi-sport Games. Besides Ireland and the host country, Italy, there will be athletes from Algeria, Angola, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, France, India, Mexico, Portugal, Russia and Switzerland in action in the Adriatic Sea resort.

This coming Saturday and Sunday sees the staging of the first weekend of the Irish Juvenile Championships in Antrim. St Peterís AC will be represented there by Brianán Conway, Hilary Kerr, Éamonn McManus, Emily Rogers, Frances Rogers and Mark Rogers.

Well done to all the athletes who competed in the 1st round of the Louth Juvenile League in Dundalk on Tuesday 24th June. The weather was very poor for the time of year, so much so that the meet was abandoned before all the events had been completed. The performances of the St Peter's AC athletes were very impressive in these difficult circumstances.

All athletes in the Under 9 to Under 19 age groups are encouraged to compete in the remaining two rounds of the league. The 2nd round is being held in Meadowview, Drogheda on Tuesday 8th July. The support of parents in enabling the athletes to compete in this league is very much appreciated.

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