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Reports - August 2008


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27 August 2008

Last weekend the national finals of the Community Games athletics events were held at Mosney for the last time. Next year it is planned to move this competition from the County Meath venue, with which it has been associated for so long, to Athlone.

Grace Rogers of Dromiskin-based St Peter’s AC marked the occasion with a great silver medal performance in the Under 16 Girls’ High Jump. Representing her home area of Togher, she jumped 1.50m, an excellent performance jumping off a grass surface.

Two other athletes from the Dromiskin-based club also competed in Mosney. Niamh Fussey represented Fane (Darver, Dromiskin and Haggardstown) in the Under 14 Girls’ Hurdles, and Nikayla Hamill was part of the Blackrock team which competed in the Under 12 Girls’ 4x100m relay. Although Niamh and Nikayla finished outside the medals, it should be remembered that it is a great honour to qualify to compete in the national finals, as there is only one representative per county in each event.

Next Saturday the Northern Ireland Masters’ Championships will be held at the Mary Peters’ Track in Belfast, and it is hoped that St Peter’s will be represented there.

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20 August 2008

On Tuesday night last week Tom McGrane of Dromiskin-based St Peter’s AC travelled to Bangor for the North Down AC Sports. He finished 3rd in the Senior Shot Putt with a throw of 7.74m, which was just 2cm short of his best distance this year. Tom also competed in the Senior Discus, but finished outside the medals in that event.

The 2008 track and field season is now almost at an end, and the club is currently taking a break from the regular Tuesday and Thursday evening training sessions in Dromiskin. However these will resume within the next few weeks. You can always check the club’s website, stpetersac.com, for the latest updates.

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13 August 2008

Last weekend six athletes from Dromiskin’s St Peter’s AC were in action in the final national championship competitions of the 2008 track and field season. On Saturday the Irish Juvenile Combined Events’ Championships were held at Dublin’s Santry Stadium, while the Irish Masters’ Championships took place in Tullamore. Santry was also the venue for Sunday’s Irish Juvenile “B” Championships, which were open to all athletes who had not qualified for last month’s national championship finals.

Mark Rogers, who is still in the Under 13 age group, finished an excellent 5th in the Under 14 Pentathlon on Saturday. His performances included two personal bests – 1.50m in the High Jump and 4.10m in the Long Jump. Emily Rogers, older sister of Mark, finished 8th in the Under 15 Pentathlon, with her best performance being a 1.53m leap in the High Jump.

Tom McGrane finished 6th in the Over 45 Shot Putt in Tullamore. His distance of 7.76m was his best performance since resuming competitive athletics at Masters’ level. However he was below his best in the Discus, where he finished 9th with a throw of 16.17m.

Grace Rogers was just 1cm below her best, as she won the Under 16 High Jump in the “B” Championships on Sunday with a height of 1.53m. She also took silver in the Shot with a putt of 8.00m.

St Peter’s AC won another Shot Putt silver at Santry on Sunday, as Ellen McGuinness threw 6.93m in the Under 14 event. She also ran in the 800m, but finished outside the medals in the two-lap race.

Megan Finnegan is another young athlete who seems to be following in the club’s fine tradition in the throwing events. Competing in the Under 13 Shot Putt in the “B” Championships, Megan threw a personal best 5.35m, which was good enough for 8th place.

The 2008 track and field season is now almost at an end, and the club is currently taking a break from the regular Tuesday and Thursday evening training sessions in Dromiskin. However there are still a few competitions left, including next Sunday’s Ardee and District AC Juvenile Sports, which may attract some St Peter’s athletes keen on one more competition before taking a well-deserved break.

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6 August 2008

Last weekend St Peter’s AC coach Kathleen McConnell was honoured to be selected by the Athletic Association of Ireland to travel to the Celtic Games as one of the managers of the Irish team. The team finished 2nd overall behind Wales in Saturday’s international match, which is a long-running annual fixture for Under 16 and Under 18 teams from Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The venue for this year’s event was Grangemouth in Scotland.

A small group of athletes from Dromiskin-based club made the short journey to the Boyne AC Sports last Sunday. They enjoyed considerable success at the Drogheda venue, as the rain held off during the afternoon to give ideal conditions for track and field athletics.

Mark Rogers was the club’s outstanding athlete on the day as he won the Under 13 600m and Shot Putt. He also finished 2nd in the Under 13 100m and 3rd in the Under 14 Long Jump.

Gabriel Bell also claimed victory in Drogheda, as he stormed home in the lead in the Under 8 200m. The youngster also took 3rd place in the Under 8 60m. Nikayla Hamill had been St Peter’s only medallist in this meet last year, and once again she did not disappoint, as she finished 3rd in the Under 11 300m.

Also competing at the Boyne AC Sports were Elizabeth Bell, older sister of Gabriel, and brothers Joseph Mullen, Michael Mullen and Daniel Mullen.

Just two days previously Mark Rogers had also impressed with a splendid victory in the Under 13 1000m at the Glenmore AC Road Races in Carlingford. Five other athletes from St Peter’s also ran well on Friday night: brother and sister Aaron Byrne and Aisling Byrne and brothers Joseph Mullen, Michael Mullen and Daniel Mullen.

Last Wednesday night there was an excellent turnout of athletes from St Peter’s AC at the final round of the Louth Juvenile League in Dundalk with several impressive performances. The athletes competing included Elizabeth Bell, Aaron Byrne, Aisling Byrne, Brianán Conway, Lauren Finnegan, Megan Finnegan, Liam Fussey, Niamh Fussey, Ian McDonald, Pádraic McGinn, Orlaith McMahon, Daniel Mullen, Joseph Mullen, Michael Mullen, Jack O’Brien, Emily Rogers, Frances Rogers, Grace Rogers, Heather Rogers and Mark Rogers.

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