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Reports - March 2013


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26 March 2013

St Peter’s AC enjoyed yet another great weekend at Athlone IT’s splendid new indoor arena last Saturday and Sunday. The occasion was the first two days of this year’s Irish Juvenile Indoor Championships, and the Dromiskin-based club’s team of seven athletes won two gold, three silver and one bronze medal, with a further three 4th place finishes.

Conor Durnin won the U18 Triple Jump title on Sunday with his second best performance ever – a massive hop, step and jump of 13.88m, just 9cm off his personal best. This gold medal is a fitting conclusion to a great indoor season for Conor, in which he also won the Irish Junior (U20) title and took silver in the Irish Senior Championships. On Saturday Conor was also close to his PB in the Long Jump, as he leapt 6.41m to secure 4th place in his secondary event.

The star of the show for St Peter’s on Saturday was young Katie Murphy, who won the U13 Shot Putt. Her best effort of 10.40m was almost a foot ahead of the best that the rest of Ireland could throw at her on the day.

Mark Rogers was in Athlone for both days of competition, and his efforts were rewarded with a brace of medals. He took silver on Saturday with a PB of 12.43m in the U18 Shot Putt, and was back in action on Sunday when he leapt 1.80m for bronze in the High Jump. Mark was unfortunate to be denied the chance to challenge for further glory on Sunday when he was disqualified in the 60m Hurdles after a false start.

Gabriel Bell made a huge but well-deserved breakthrough to claim his first national medal, as he leapt an impressive 4.34m to finish 2nd in the U13 Long Jump on Saturday. Also winning silver was Niamh Fussey, who consolidated her position as one of the leading young hurdlers in the country, as she clocked a time of 9.89 in the U19 60m Hurdles on Sunday.

Emma McDermott, first cousin of U13 Shot Putt champion Katie Murphy, rewrote her PB when she threw 10.72m to finish a fine 4th in the U14 Shot Putt on Sunday. St Peter’s also had another 4th place finish in the Shot Putt courtesy of Chloe Bolton in the U17 event n Saturday. Her best effort of 7.72m was a mere 9cm short of her PB.

Club members should note that there will be no club training session on Holy Thursday evening, but there will be training as normal at 6:30 p.m. on Easter Tuesday.

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19 March 2013

The full impact of the excellent performances by the athletes of St Peter's AC at the Leinster Juvenile Indoor Championships the weekend before last only became clear in recent days when detailed results were published. The club's medal tally of five gold, four silver and one bronze medal was good enough for 8th place on the overall medal table – the highest ranking among the Co Louth clubs.

Once again St Peter's proved to be exceptionally strong in the jumps and throws, with five gold, three silver and one bronze medal coming in the High Jump, Long Jump and Shot Putt events. This ranks the club in 2nd place in the province, behind Cushinstown AC from Co Meath, in the field events.

St Peter’s medal tally in the Shot Putt – three gold (one of them with a championship best performance), two silver and one bronze, backed up by three 4th place finishes – was particularly impressive. No other club in Leinster came close to matching the Dromiskin-based club in this event.

Nor should it be forgotten that the eight St Peter's athletes who won Leinster medals were part of a team of 16 athletes who competed in the provincial championships. All the athletes on the team should be very proud of the part they played on a very encouraging weekend for the club.

The regular club training sessions, which take place at the facilities of St Joseph's GFC, continue each Tuesday and Thursday evening, starting at 6:30 p.m. These sessions have been very well attended in recent months, a factor which undoubtedly contributed to the excellent performances in the Leinster Championships. Any prospective new members would be made very welcome, and can get more detailed information about the club on www.stpetersac.com.

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12 March 2013

The Leinster Juvenile Indoor Championships for the Under 12 to Under 19 age groups were staged in Athlone last Saturday and Sunday. It proved to be a very successful weekend for St Peter's AC, as the Dromiskin-based club's team of 16 athletes won five gold, four silver and one bronze medal, and also recorded no fewer than six 4th place finishes.

Katie Murphy got the weekend off to a great start on Saturday when she smashed the championship best performance with a putt of 10.92m to win the U13 Shot. Katie was back in action in the 60m on Sunday, in which she reached the semi-finals after registering a time of 9.11 in her heat.

Mark Rogers struck double gold on Sunday with victories in the U18 High Jump (1.85m) and Shot (12.35m), backed up by 4th place in the 800m (2:03.88).

Gabriel Bell leapt 4.18m to take the U13 Long Jump title, having earlier finished 4th in the High Jump (1.36m), and he also clocked 9.25 in the heats of the 60m. Chloe Finley impressed in winning the U16 Shot (11.59m), and she also finished 4th in the 200m.

Daniel Finley was a double silver medallist in the U18 High Jump (1.70m) and Shot (11.22m), and he also clocked a useful 24.61 in the heats of the 200m.

St Peter’s other silver medals were won by Niamh Fussey in the U19 60m Hurdles (9.73) and Chloe Bolton in the U17 Shot (7.81m), while the club’s sole bronze went to Emma McDermott in the U13 Shot (10.50m).

Three more shot putters just missed out on the medals, as they finished in 4th place in their respective events. These were Martin McGrane (11.16m) and Heather Rogers (8.61m), both at U16 level, and Eamonn McManus (9.65m) in the U18 age group.

Eamonn also went in the heats of the 60m and 200m, clocking 8.10 in the former and 25.53 in the latter. Martin registered a time of 8.48 in the 60m heats, while Heather was 13th in the Long Jump (3.81m).

Marie Claire Rogers finished 7th in the final of the U13 60m Hurdles, and 13th in the Long Jump (3.31m), while Orlaith McMahon was 10th in the U16 Long Jump (4.17m).

Ava Brennan finished 14th in the U13 Long Jump (3.41m) and also went in the 60m heats. Ciara Murphy and Sarah Larney clocked 9.52 and 10.11 respectively in the U15 60m heats, while Sarah had earlier finished 21st in the Long Jump (3.37m).

All the medallists have now qualified for the Irish Juvenile Indoor Championships, which will be staged in Athlone over the two weekends either side of Easter.

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5 March 2013

Some of St Peter’s AC’s younger athletes availed of the opportunity to have their first competitive outing of 2013 at last Saturday’s Boyne AC Juvenile Indoor Meet in Gormanston College, County Meath. Their efforts produced a fine medal haul of two gold, three silver and one bronze medal for the Dromiskin-based club.

Heather Rogers was a double medallist, as she took silver in the Under 16 60m, and then moved up an age group to claim gold in the Under 17 600m. Niamh Brady was a very impressive winner of the Under 9 300m, and backed that up with bronze amongst the older girls in the Under 10 30m. The club’s other individual medallist was Dean Murtagh, who had a great run to take silver in the Under 9 300m.

The crack young quartet of Dean Murtagh, Niamh Brady, Judith Bell and Seán Allen finished the day off in style when they claimed silver in the Under 9 mixed relay race.

Meanwhile, also on Saturday, eight of the club’s older athletes participated in the final Leinster Squad session of the 2012-13 series which, as usual, was staged at the Morton Stadium in Santry, Dublin. Conor Durnin, Lauren Finegan, Chloe Finley, Liam Fussey, Niamh Fussey, Martin McGrane, Emily Rogers and Mark Rogers trained together with the leading young athletes from across the province, and also attended an interesting lecture on sports nutrition.

Next weekend sees one of the biggest occasions in the annual competitive calendar for St Peter’s AC, as the Leinster Juvenile Indoor Championships for the Under 12 to 19 age groups will be staged at the new arena in Athlone. All the athletes will be striving for personal best performances, with some of them also hoping to finish in the medals and qualify for the Irish Championships.

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