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29 September 2010

Last Saturday the summer track and field season came to a close with the staging of the Irish Schools’ Combined Events’ Championships at Santry Stadium in Dublin. St Peter’s AC athlete Mark Rogers ensured that he finished the season on the highest possible note, with an tremendous series of performances throughout the day to win the Junior (Under 15) Boys’ Sextathlon.

Mark, who was representing St Joseph’s CBS, Drogheda, recorded a final total of 3,201 points, which was a whopping 380 points ahead of his score when he took silver in the Leinster Championships just ten days previously. He improved in five of the six events, in some cases by a very significant margin, and recorded four lifetime bests.

Mark scored best in the 80m Hurdles (a personal best of 12.6 seconds for 618 points), High Jump (1.75m for 585 points), 800m (a personal best of 2:12.62 for 560 points) and Shot Putt (10.68m for 527 points). He was the leading scorer in the High Jump and 2nd best in both the Shot and 800m. He also performed very well in the other events, registering personals bests of 26.3 in the 200m (482 points) and 5.24m in the Long Jump (429 points).

At the same time as Mark was performing so well in Santry, his mother Catherine Rogers was one of four ladies representing St Peter’s AC in The Lakes 10km Road Race in Blessington, County Wicklow. She ran well to finish 8th in the Over 45 age category with a time of 56:38. In the same category Bernie Hoey was not too far behind in 11th place with a time of 60:22.

The Dromiskin-based club had two representatives in the 35 to 44 age group, and both had good runs. Shenda Mee recorded a great time of 53:26 to finish 19th in the age group, while Kay Morris was also in good form, as she crossed the line alongside Catherine with a time of 56:38 for 33rd in that category.

At the recent Navan AC Sports Liam Fussey won gold in the Under 14 Javelin with a personal best throw of over 22m. Pádraic McGinn was also in great form as he recorded a personal best of 7.20m for silver in the Under 14 Shot Putt. Ava Brennan was a double silver medallist in the Under 10 80m and Ball Throw (16.83m), while Nikayla Hamill also took silver in the Under 13 100m.

St Peter’s AC member, Grace Rogers, and former club member, Laura O’Neill, are also fine Gaelic footballers, and both were in action in Croke Park last Sunday. They were on the Louth Ladies’ team which, despite being defeated, put up a great show against strong pre-match favourites, Limerick, in the All-Ireland Junior final.

Also on the Gaelic football front, St Peter’s AC wish the local club, St Joseph’s GFC, all the best in this Sunday’s county Minor final in Drogheda. All at the athletics club value the good relationship between the two clubs, and particularly the availability of the St Joseph’s facilities for athletics training. Athletics club member, Ian McDonald, is also part of the football panel which will be striving to bring more sporting glory to the Dromiskin and Darver area by overcoming the Dreadnots to retain the county title.

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22 September 2010

Last Wednesday the Leinster Schools’ Combined Events’ Championships were staged at Santry Stadium in Dublin. St Peter’s AC athlete Mark Rogers once again showed his great potential as an all-rounder with a fine series of performances throughout the day to claim the silver medal in the Junior (Under 15) Boys’ Sextathlon. Thirty nine athletes from all parts of the province participated in this particular event, although Mark, who was representing St Joseph’s CBS, Drogheda, was the sole competitor from County Louth.

Mark’s final total of 2,821 points was not far behind the 2,913 points registered by the winner, Owen Scully of Presentation Carlow. In third and fourth places, and hence also qualifying for this Saturday’s Irish Schools’ Championships, were Eoghan Buggy of Castlecomer CS (2,667 points) and Robert Tully of Gormanston College (2,622 points) respectively.

Mark scored best in the 80m Hurdles (12.8 seconds for 598 points), High Jump (1.72m for 560 points) and Shot Putt (10.72m for 529 points). He was the leading scorer in the High Jump, 2nd best in the Shot and 3rd overall in the Hurdles. He also performed well in the other events, registering 27.3 in the 200m (409 points), 4.96m in the Long Jump (375 points) and 2:27.7 in the 800m (350 points).

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15 September 2010

The summer track and field season is now drawing to a close and several athletes are already looking forward to the imminent start of the cross country season. However Mark Rogers of St Peter’s AC is still focussed on the track and he will go into action once more today (Wednesday) when he competes in the Leinster Schools’ Combined Events’ Championships at Santry Stadium in Dublin.

Representing St Joseph’s CBS, Drogheda, the talented Togher youngster will tackle the Under 15 Pentathlon, which consists of the 200m, 800m, 80m Hurdles, Long Jump and Shot Putt.

Mark recently won the AAI Leinster title in the colours of the Dromiskin-based club, but the Schools’ competition will be a bigger challenge for him because it includes the 200m rather than Mark’s strongest event, the High Jump. Nevertheless he will be hoping to finish among the top four today in order to ensure his passage to the Irish Schools’ Combined Events’ Championships, which will be contested at Santry on Saturday week.

This autumn’s local cross country season gets underway on Sunday week when Star of the Sea AC stage their open event in the rolling East Meath countryside near Gormanston. The first of the Louth Championship events will be on Sunday 10th October, when the Juvenile even age groups (Under 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18) and the Novice Men and Women’s titles will be contested at Meadowview in Drogheda.

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8 September 2010

Last Saturday was a remarkable day in the history of St Peter’s AC as a team of 17 athletes from the club enjoyed tremendous success at the annual Southport Waterloo AC Open Meet in Liverpool. Between them they won six gold, four silver and nine bronze medals.

Accompanying the athletes to England, and contributing greatly to what was undoubtedly the best ever overseas trip in the annals of the Dromiskin-based club, were club coaches Angela McDonald and Kathleen McConnell and parents Geraldine Fussey, Angela McGinn and Catherine Rogers.

The end-of-season competition attracted athletes from near and far to the Litherland track in the north of the city. The windy conditions militated against fast times in all the track events, although otherwise the day was quite pleasant for a track and field meet.

The occasion had a real international flavour, as the Irish presence in the shape of St Peter’s AC was complemented by several visiting athletes from Welsh clubs, along with an athlete from Saudi Arabia. Naturally clubs from across the North of England were especially well represented and there were also athletes from the Midlands and South of England who made the trip to Merseyside.

When the medal count for each club was tallied at the end of a hectic day’s competition, St Peter’s AC emerged as the fourth best club overall behind three big Merseyside clubs – Liverpool Harriers, the host club Southport Waterloo AC and Liverpool Pembroke Sefton AC. However 38 other clubs, including local Merseyside clubs St Helens Sutton AC and Wirral AC, trailed in their wake.

Nikayla Hamill was the star performer on the day as she won double gold in the Under 13 High Jump (1.25m) and Long Jump (3.73m) and battled her way to silver in the 800m (2:44.1). Mark Rogers also won three medals – gold in the Under 15 High Jump (1.75m) and bronze in both the 800m (2:16.7) and Shot (11.38m).

The other gold medallists from St Peter’s AC were Emily Rogers in the Under 17 High Jump (1.64m), Lauren Finegan in the Under 15 Long Jump (4.04m) and Liam Fussey in the Under 13 Javelin (21.41m). Lauren also finished fourth in the Javelin (21.02m), while Liam was seventh in the Shot (4.42m).

Niamh Fussey was in great form in the Under 17 events as she took silver in both the 100m (14.7) and 80m Hurdles (14.4) and bronze in the Long Jump (4.63m). Megan Finnegan made it a one-two for St Peter’s with silver in the Under 15 Long Jump (4.02m) behind Lauren and she also finished fourth in the 300m (50.7).

Éamonn McManus was a double sprints bronze medallist in the Under 15 100m (13.9) and 200m (28.7) and also finished fifth in the Shot (10.07m). Philip Larney did well at Under 17 level to take bronze in the 400m (1:00.7) and to finish fourth in both the 200m (28.3) and Long Jump (4.57m).

St Peter’s AC won three bronze medals in the Senior Men’s events through Darren Tuite in the High Jump (1.65m), Ian McDonald in the Long Jump (5.40m) and Tom McGrane in the Shot (9.05m). Ian was also fourth in both the 100m (12.4) and Javelin (32.04m).

Orlaith McMahon was most unfortunate to miss out on a medal as she finished in fourth place in both her events – the Under 13 75m (11.8) and Long Jump (3.40m).

Also recording fourth place finishes were Elizabeth Bell in the Under 15 Long Jump (3.64m), Heather Rogers in the Under 13 Shot (6.11m) and Martin McGrane in the Under 13 Shot (7.40m). Elizabeth also finished seventh in the 200m (34.1), while Heather was ninth in the 75m (12.7).

Pádraic McGinn did well at Under 15 level, finishing eighth in the 100m (17.3) and ninth in the Shot (5.84m).

These performances included several personal bests and it should also be noted that several St Peter’s AC athletes were competing outside their normal age groups. Among the club’s medal winners in the Senior events, Ian McDonald and Darren Tuite will still be Junior (Under 20) athletes until the end of 2011, while Tom McGrane is currently in the Masters’ Over 45 age group. In the underage events Elizabeth Bell, Lauren Finegan, Megan Finnegan, Niamh Fussey and Pádraic McGinn will all be in the same age groups again next year.

When the histories of athletics in Ireland and sport in County Louth are next rewritten, last Saturday’s feats of this small club from rural mid-Louth will surely be worthy of inclusion.

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1 September 2010

Last Sunday Mark Rogers and Niamh Fussey from St Peter’s AC were in action in the Leinster Combined Events’ Championships in Navan. Both were contesting the underage Pentathlon events, which involve competing in the 80m Hurdles, Long Jump, Shot Putt, High Jump and 800m in a single day.

Mark won gold in the Under 15 event but was pushed all the way by the opposition, as he emerged victorious by a narrow margin of 14 points. His excellent personal best performance in the High Jump, in which he cleared 1.76m, was a major factor in ensuring his well-deserved win. He had also won the corresponding Under 14 title in 2009.

Niamh was just outside the medals in the Under 16 event. When her points were tallied at the end of the day, it emerged that she had finished in fourth place. This was an improvement on her performance in these championships last year, when she had finished in fifth place.

Next Saturday several athletes from the Dromiskin-based club will be in action in an open meet in Liverpool. For the majority of them it will be their first time to compete in England. A party of 20 plus, comprising athletes, coaches and parents, is expected to make the trip to Merseyside for the competition, which will be hosted by Southport Waterloo AC at Litherland Sports Park in the north of the city.

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