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26 February 2013

Last weekend was a quiet one on the competitive front for St Peter’s AC, giving the members of the Dromiskin-based club a chance to draw breath and review what has been a great indoor season to date.

With significant competitions for the Junior, Senior and Masters’ athletes now at an end, but with the Leinster and Irish Juvenile Championships still to come, the older athletes have certainly set a high standard for their younger counterparts to follow.

At this stage last year St Peter’s had won one gold, four silver and four bronze medals in Leinster and Irish championship competitions. Of that total, one silver and one bronze came at national level.

But the tally to date for 2013 stands at an even more impressive four gold, ten silver and one bronze medal, with three golds, three silvers and one bronze having been won in Irish championships.

The athletes who have contributed to this remarkable medal haul are Maria Duffy, Conor Durnin, David Finley, Liam Fussey, Niamh Fussey, Tom McGrane, Eamonn McManus, Brendan Rogers, Emily Rogers, Frances Rogers and Mark Rogers. Five of these eleven – Conor, Liam, Niamh, Eamonn and Mark – are still young enough to contest the forthcoming juvenile championships.

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19 February 2013

Last weekend brought yet more glory to St Peter’s AC, as four young athletes from the club produced outstanding performances at the Irish Senior Indoor Championships in Athlone. Competing at the highest level of their sport domestically, they returned home with one gold and one silver medal, as well as three superb personal best performances.

Emily Rogers got the weekend off to a cracking start, as she soared clear at 1.65m to win the High Jump title on Saturday afternoon. Eighteen-year-old Emily is now the proud possessor of a full collection of Irish national senior medals. This time two years ago she took bronze in the indoor championships, while last summer she claimed silver in the outdoor championships.

Shortly afterwards Conor Durnin added a whopping 51cm to his previous best in the Triple Jump. His massive hop, step and jump was measured at 13.97m, and deservedly earned the sixteen-year-old the silver medal. No doubt this will have pride of place in his trophy cabinet alongside the Irish Junior gold medal which he won just the previous Sunday.

Saturday’s action in Athlone drew to a close with another sixteen-year-old, multi-eventer Mark Rogers, smashing his personal best when finishing sixth in the heats of the 800m. Incredibly his finishing time of 2:03.84 was over four seconds faster than anything he had run previously.

Mark was back in action in Athlone on Sunday afternoon, when he cleared 1.85m in the High Jump to finish in ninth place in what has traditionally been his strongest individual event.

A great weekend for the Dromiskin-based club was then rounded off in style by a young woman just a few days past her eighteenth birthday. Niamh Fussey ran the race of her life to take fourth place in the 60m Hurdles. In the process she lowered her personal best from 9.68 to 9.56 seconds.

It was indeed most gratifying to witness these young athletes perform so well in competition against the very best this country has to offer. They undoubtedly have the potential to improve significantly over the next decade and more. The promise of many more national senior medals, and perhaps even success on the international stage, lies thick in the air.

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12 February 2013

The indoor athletics season stepped up a notch last weekend with Irish and Scottish national championship events being contested in Athlone and Glasgow respectively. The athletes of St Peter’s AC responded in style, winning one gold and three silver medals and setting several personal and seasonal best performances.

On Saturday Brendan Rogers got the weekend off to a great start when he took silver in the Over 50 Long Jump at the Irish Masters’ Championships in Athlone. His leap of 4.75m was his best since 2009, and was an agonising 1cm behind the winner.

Tom McGrane was also in top form in the Over 45 Shot Putt, in which he finished 4th with a lifetime best of 10.16m. David Finley was unfortunate to sustain an injury on his first jump in the Over 50 Long Jump, but nevertheless later managed 6th place in the Shot Putt with a throw of 8.82m.

On Sunday it was the turn of the Junior (Under 20) and Under 23 athletes to battle for Irish championship glory in Athlone. Once again Conor Durnin was the star of the show for the Dromiskin-based club as he equalled his personal best of 13.46m to win the Junior Triple Jump. Conor is still just 16 years old and will be eligible for this age group until the end of 2015. Unfortunately, however, he had to withdraw injured from the Long Jump later in the day.

Frances Rogers was happy to register a seasonal best of 9.79m, which saw her claim silver in the Under 23 Shot Putt. Emily Rogers also recorded her best performance so far this year in the Junior High Jump, with her best clearance of 1.65m leaving her in 4th place, although only 3cm below the winning jump.

Niamh Fussey crossed the line in 5th place in the Junior 60m Hurdles, stopping the clock at 9.88 seconds. Mark Rogers scaled 1.80m in the Junior High Jump, which earned him 7th place in that event. Daniel Finley also registered a top eight finish, as his best throw of 10.37m left him in 8th place in the Junior Shot Putt.

Mark was also in action in the heats of the 400m and 60m Hurdles, while Daire Boylan and Jack Reilly made their competitive debuts for St Peter’s in the heats of the Junior 60m and 200m.

Also on Sunday, Tom McGrane was back in action at the Scottish Masters’ Championships in Glasgow’s Commonwealth Arena. Still somewhat tired after a busy day of travelling and competing on Saturday, he was pleased to win silver in the Over 45 Shot Putt with a best effort on the day of 9.60m.

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5 February 2013

Last Saturday was an excellent day for St Peter’s AC as a team of ten athletes won one gold and seven silver medals on the first day of the Leinster Indoor Championships in Athlone. The events contested included all the Junior (Under 20), Senior and Masters' (Over 35) events, along with the Juvenile relays for the Under 12 to Under 19 age groups.

Conor Durnin led the way with a victory in the Junior Triple Jump (13.32m) backed up by a silver in the Long Jump (6.23m). He also ran the lead-off leg for the Dromiskin-based club’s silver medal winning Under 18 4x200m team. Conor handed over to Eamonn McManus, who was followed by Liam Fussey, and then Mark Rogers brought the quartet home in a time of 1:39.7.

Mark won another silver medal in the Junior High Jump with a 1.85m clearance and also smashed his personal best to record 53.08 for 5th place overall in the 400m. Eamonn also contested two other events, finishing 7th in the Junior Shot Putt (8.74m) and 13th overall in the 60m with a PB of 8.05.

St Peter’s had two other athletes in action in the Junior age group. Towards the end of the day Niamh Fussey ran a strong race to claim silver in the 60m Hurdles. Earlier Daniel Finley had equalled his PB of 1.65m to take 4th in the High Jump, after setting a new PB of 10.59m with the 6kg implement for 5th in the Shot Putt.

The club’s three athletes in the Masters’ category won a silver medal apiece. David Finley’s medal came in the Over 50 Shot Putt (9.46m), and he also finished 4th in the Long Jump (4.07m). Brendan Rogers leapt 4.67m in that same Long Jump to finish two places ahead of David, just 2cm behind the winner. Tom McGrane added over a foot to his previous PB, as he threw 10.02m to take silver in the Over 45 Shot Putt.

Frances Rogers was St Peter’s sole representative at Senior level on Saturday. She recorded 9.62m, her best since 2011, for 4th place in the Shot Putt.

Frances had also been in action in Athlone the previous day when she competed in the Irish Universities Championships. Representing Trinity College Dublin, she finished 8th in the Shot Putt (9.28m) and 9th in the 8kg Weight Throw (5.79m).

Training for the club’s younger athletes, who must be at least 7 years old, resumes this Thursday night (7th February), rather than on Tuesday 5th February as previously advised.

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