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Reports - December 2012

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25 December 2012

The athletes of Dromiskin-based St Peter’s AC enjoyed tremendous success in 2012, winning a host of medals at county, provincial, national and international level.

Emily Rogers got the year off to a great start in January with a High Jump silver at the Irish Junior Indoor Championships. A week later Mark Rogers won bronze in the U17 Pentathlon at the Irish Combined Events’ Indoor Championships. Then Tom McGrane won the M45 Shot at the Scottish Masters’ Indoor Championships in February.

The Irish Juvenile Indoor Championships were staged in late March and early April. They saw Emily Rogers winning the U19 High Jump, Chloe Finley and Niamh Fussey taking silver in the U15 Shot and U18 60m Hurdles respectively, and bronze medals going to Mark Rogers (U17 800m and High Jump), Conor Durnin (U17 Long Jump) and Daniel Finley (U17 Shot). Gabriel Bell and Eamonn McManus narrowly missed out on national medals with 4th place finishes.

Between the indoor and outdoor seasons fourteen athletes and five coaches from the club enjoyed a very successful five-day training camp in Portugal.

In May Emily Rogers finished 3rd in the High Jump at the AAI Games, the first major competition of the outdoor season. Then in early July she claimed a great silver in the High Jump at the country’s premier domestic competition – the Irish Senior Championships. Just over a week later Emily finished 6th in a strong international field at the Cork City Sports.

Also in July St Peter’s enjoyed great success at the Irish Juvenile Championships. Conor Durnin won gold in the U17 Triple Jump, as did Lauren Finegan in the U16 Javelin. Silver medals went to Niamh Fussey in the U18 100m Hurdles, Emily Rogers in the U19 High Jump, and Chloe Finley and Orlaith McMahon as part of the Louth team in the U15 4x100m. Chloe also struck bronze in the U15 Shot, as did Aaron Finley in the U19 Javelin and Mark Rogers in the U17 High Jump.

Daniel Finley, Liam Fussey, Emma McDermott, Eamonn McManus and Heather Rogers also performed well in the Irish Juvenile Championships, having earlier qualified through the Leinster Championships.

August began with Chloe Finley claiming another national medal with a silver in the U15 Pentathlon at the Irish Combined Events’ Championships.

Also in early August the club had a great day at the Irish Juvenile Development Events’ Championships. Gabriel Bell won double gold in the U12 High Jump and Long Jump, while Martin McGrane won the U15 Shot and Katie Murphy won the U12 Shot. Elizabeth Bell, Nikayla Hamill, Claire McKenna, Orlaith McMahon and Marie Claire Rogers also contributed to the club’s medal haul, while Ava Brennan, Sarah Larney, Pádraic McGinn and Ciara Murphy performed well.

The Celtic Games in mid-August – an international between Ireland, Scotland and Wales – was undoubtedly one of the highlights of 2012, as Conor Durnin won the U18 Triple Jump and Lauren Finegan finished 2nd in the U16 Javelin.

Later in August Maria Duffy took gold in the W45 80m Hurdles and silver in the Javelin at the Irish Masters’ Championships. The next day Olivia McDonald and Emily Rogers recorded wins in the Javelin and High Jump respectively in Division One of the National League Final. Niamh Fussey and Frances Rogers were also part of the Louth team on the day, while Maria Duffy and Hilary Kerr had earlier helped them to qualify for the final.

A great year for St Peter’s drew to a close when Mark Rogers finished 12th in the U18 Pentathlon at the Anglo-Celtic Schools’ Indoor International in December.

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18 December 2012

Last Saturday morning Maria Duffy from Dromiskin-based St Peter’s AC took part in the Xmas Pudding Run in Carlingford. This event, which is now in its fifth year, is organised by Setanta Triathlon Club. It is a challenging but festive 9km hill run from the village up through Maeve’s Gap, along Goylin Pass, and back down again via the side of Slieve Foy Forest. Maria felt good on the uphill stretch but found the descent somewhat tougher.

Meanwhile the final club training session before Christmas takes place tonight (Tuesday 18th December). Training resumes for the older athletes (from 12 years old upwards) on Tuesday 8th January, while the younger athletes will continue to enjoy a break until the end of January.

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11 December 2012

The athletes of Dromiskin-based St Peter’s AC are taking full advantage of the current lull on the competitive front to build solid foundations for 2013 by working hard in training. Club training sessions are held each Tuesday and Thursday evening at the facilities of St Joseph’s GFC, starting at 6:30 p.m. The younger athletes finish at 7:30 p.m., while the older athletes continue training until 8:00 p.m.

Several of the older athletes are putting in additional sessions at other venues, including the newly reopened Lourdes Stadium in Drogheda, St Colman’s College Track in Newry and the Cushinstown AC indoor facility in Co Meath, as well as in local gyms.

Eight athletes from the club – Conor Durnin, Lauren Finegan, Chloe Finley, Liam Fussey, Niamh Fussey, Martin McGrane, Emily Rogers and Mark Rogers – have been regular attendees at the monthly Leinster Development and Performance Squad Sessions. Promising young hurdler Niamh Fussey also attended a recent Hurdles Workshop in DCU, which was organised and led by Derval O’Rourke – the 2006 World Indoor champion in the 60m Hurdles.

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4 December 2012

Last Saturday Mark Rogers made his third appearance in an Irish vest when he represented his country in the Anglo-Celtic Schools’ Pentathlon Indoor International in the new Commonwealth Arena in Glasgow. The talented young athlete, who hails from Togher, is a member of Dromiskin-based St Peter’s AC and is a student at St Joseph’s CBS in Drogheda, finished in 12th place in a very strong field of 16 athletes – four each from England, Ireland, Sctland and Wales – in the Under 18 Boys’ event.

Mark’s overall score at the end of the five events was 3019 points, which helped the Irish team to the bronze medals in their category, behind Wales, the surprise winners, and England, but ahead of the host country, Scotland.

Mark’s day started very well with a clocking of 8.94 in the 60m Hurdles to earn himself 759 points. This knocked over half a second off his previous personal best. In the next event, the Shot Putt, he was a little below his best, throwing 10.61m to add 522 points to his total. He was back in top form once again in the 200m, recording another PB of 25.08, which was worth 599 points. His leap of 5.78m in the Long Jump then earned him 540 points, and he finished off by recording 2:10.12 in the 800m for an additional 599 points.

Although the 60m Hurdles was Mark’s best event in terms of points scored, his best event in terms of placing amongst his rivals was in fact the 800m, where he registered the 5th fastest time overall.

Mark had previously represented the Irish Schools’ team in indoor internationals in Cardiff, where he contested the High Jump, and in the Kelvin Hall in Glasgow, where he contested the Pentathlon, in early 2011.

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