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Reports - December 2010

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29 December 2010

St Peter's AC athlete Emily Rogers recently learned that she is to be honoured in the New Year by Athletics Leinster, when she will be receive the award as the best juvenile female athlete in County Louth during 2010.

This will mark the seventh year in succession that this particular award has gone to a member of the Dromiskin-based club. The current winning streak started when Shauna Martin was honoured for her achievements in 2004. Olivia McDonald was the recipient the following year and then Hilary Kerr won this award an incredible four years in a row.

It will be no surprise if Emily is also honoured at the annual St Peter's AC Awards Night, which will be held on Thursday 6th January at 7:00 p.m. in the St Joseph's GFC clubrooms. This is always a very enjoyable family night for all club members, their parents and other relatives and friends. It is one of the few opportunities for all those associated with the club in whatever away to spend a few hours together in a relaxed setting away from the demands of training and the pressures of competition.

All those wishing to attend this night should inform Angela McDonald as soon as possible so that the appropriate catering arrangements can be made.

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22 December 2010

The official Athletic Association of Ireland performance lists for 2010 show that two athletes from St Peter's AC are ranked in the top ten in the country in their events. These lists record the best performances of the season at Senior level. If separate lists were maintained for the various age groups, the Dromiskin-based club would undoubtedly have more athletes listed among the best in Ireland.

Olivia McDonald is in 4th place in the Women's Javelin rankings. Her season's best throw of 38.37m was achieved when winning the Irish Under 23 title in Tullamore on 27th June. Dublin athlete Anita White is on top of this list with a best of 45.03m.

Emily Rogers is in 8th place in the Women' High Jump rankings. She achieved her season's best of 1.66m on two occasions – firstly when winning the Leinster Schools' Under 17 title at Santry in Dublin on 22nd May and again when finishing 2nd in the Schools' Interprovincial Under 17 match in Tullamore on 26th June. German-based Dublin athlete Deirdre Ryan leads this event with a clearance of 1.90m, just 2cm below her own national record.

Both Olivia and Emily will be hoping to maintain their position among the country's leading athletes next year and to move even closer to the top of the 2011 lists. Emily will have opportunities to gauge her form in the coming months during the indoor season. Olivia, on the other hand, will have to wait until the outdoor season starts in late April, as the Javelin is not contested in indoor competition.

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15 December 2010

As 2010 draws to a close the members of St Peter’s AC are now looking back on a very successful year for the Dromiskin-based club. They won an impressive total of 15 medals in Irish national championship competition during the year – four gold, six silver and five bronze.

The bulk of these medals came while representing the club in the Athletic Association of Ireland (AAI) Indoor and Outdoor Championships, while medals were also won in the equally competitive Irish Schools’ Championships, which are only contested outdoors.

Mark Rogers led the way with a tremendous haul of five national medals – one-third of the club’s total. These medals – two gold, one silver and two bronze - were earned in the Combined Events and the High Jump. During the summer he won gold in both the AAI Under 15 High Jump and the Irish Schools’ Under 15 Sextathlon, and also took bronze in the AAI Under 15 Pentathlon. Earlier in the year in the AAI Indoor Championships he won silver in the Under 15 High Jump and bronze in the Under 16 Pentathlon.

Mark’s sister Emily Rogers is an outstanding young High jump specialist and she won one national medal of each hue at Under 17 level in this event in 2010. In the AAI Championships she took gold outdoors and silver indoors, while in the Irish Schools’ Championships she picked up a bronze.

Olivia McDonald was restricted to just one competitive appearance all year, as she continued to recover from illness. However her undoubted class shone through, as that sole outing earned her a national gold medal in the Under 23 Javelin.

Tom McGrane won bronze in the Over 45 Shot Putt indoors and then improved to take silver in the same event outdoors. This was his first time to win a national medal in this particular event.

Brianán Conway made a great breakthrough to win her first ever national medal when she took silver in the Under 18 Javelin. Lauren Finegan was also a silver medallist in the Javelin at Under 14 level, thus replicating her achievement the previous year.

Nikayla Hamill was the club’s youngest national medallist in 2010, as she was part of the Louth Under 13 team which won silver in the inter-county 4x100m relay. It was also a good year for Darren Tuite, who won his first national medal as a St Peter’s AC athlete with a bronze in the Under 19 High Jump indoors.

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8 December 2010

The sporting casualties of the recent wintry weather have been numerous, and even included indoor events such as last Saturday's Schools' Combined Events' International in the Kelvin Hall in Glasgow. This was particularly disappointing for Mark Rogers of Dromiskin-based St Peter's AC, who had been due to make his international debut. Following his victory in the Irish Schools' Championships In September, he had been selected to compete in the Pentathlon as a member of the Irish Under 15 team in their annual contest against England, Scotland and Wales.

However it was decided last Wednesday to cancel the competition, as the forecast adverse weather was expected to make for difficult travelling conditions in Scotland. It is not expected that the competition will be rescheduled for another date, as the scarcity of indoor tracks in Great Britain and Ireland means that those that do exist are normally fully booked each weekend during the Winter and Spring.

Mark will have a chance of appearing in this international event again in 2011 and 2012, as it is also contested at Under 17 level. It will be difficult for him to make the Irish team next year, as he will be up against athletes up to two years older than himself, but nobody should be surprised if he dons the green vest of Ireland in 2012.

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1 December 2010

This coming Saturday Mark Rogers of St Peter's AC will represent Ireland in the Schools’ Combined Events' Indoor International. This annual event, involving teams from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, is being held at the Kelvin Hall in Glasgow. The promising young Togher athlete, who is a 2nd year student at St Joseph's CBS in Drogheda, will be in action in the Junior (Under 15) Boys’ Pentathlon in the Scottish city.

There will be a total of 16 athletes in action in this event – four from each country. Based on the results of the various national championships held earlier this year, Mark is ranked 7th on paper going into Saturday's contest. The four English athletes, the leading Scot and one of his Irish teammates, Dan Finnerty of Nenagh Olympic AC, have registered higher points totals.

Mark's strongest event is likely to be the final one of the five, which will be the 800m. When he won this event at the Irish Schools' Championships in September, his time of 2:12.62 was faster than the winning performance at each of the corresponding championships in England, Scotland and Wales. He is also likely to do well in the Shot Putt, with his Irish Schools' performance of 10.68m ranking him 4th of the 16 competitors. His personal best with the 4kg implement is an even more impressive 11.38m.

However Mark's performances in his weaker events – the 200m, 80m Hurdles and Long Jump – will be just as critical in determining his final points total and thus his overall placing. It is unfortunate for him that the High Jump, which normally is included in underage pentathlons and is his strongest individual event, has been substituted on this occasion by the 200m.

This will be Mark's first time to compete in the green of Ireland and he will join an illustrious list of athletes who have represented their country while a member of the Dromiskin-based club. Those who have been similarly honoured before him include Maria Mackin, Aoife McCarthy, Olivia McDonald, Peter McDonald, Kevin McManus and his sister Emily Rogers. All at the club and his school wish him well on his international debut.

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