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Reports - June 2013


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25 June 2013

Last weekend saw a tremendous display by the Irish athletics team as they far exceeded expectations to finish in 7th place in the European Team Championships 1st League. The Morton Stadium in Santry, Dublin was the venue for what is reckoned to have been the highest quality athletics competition ever staged in Ireland. Just as our national senior team pulled well above their weight in leaving countries such as Belgium, Bulgaria, Hungary and Switzerland trailing in their wake, so did a small Dromiskin-based athletics club in terms of supplying officials to ensure that everything was in order for a major international competition.

St Peterís AC had no fewer that fifteen members on duty in Santry over the two days. Angela McDonald, Peter McDonald and Brendan Rogers were busy at the Long and Triple Jump events, while Kathleen McConnell and Frances Rogers officiated at the Shot Putt and Javelin. Andrew Rogers was to be found throughout the weekend at the Discus and Hammer throwing cage, while Paddy Bellís duties included setting out and removing hurdles on the track.

Maria Duffy and Olivia McDonald were kept busy escorting the athletes from the call-room to the track. Six younger members of St Peterís also had prominent roles as they helped to carry gear baskets and move starting blocks around. These were Elizabeth Bell, Conor Durnin, Niamh Fussey, Emily Rogers, Marie Claire Rogers and Mark Rogers. Several more club members travelled to Dublin to support their club colleagues and the Irish team.

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18 June 2013

A team of sixteen athletes from St Peter's AC travelled to Tullamore last weekend to compete in the Leinster Championships for the U13 to U19 age groups. They were rewarded with a magnificent medal haul of seven gold, three silver and five bronze medals in their individual events. Six of the team won additional medals as part of Louth teams in the inter-county relays. There were also three 4th place finishes, which is particularly significant in these championships, as the top four in each event qualify for the National Championships.

The Dromiskin-based club had three athletes in action in the U13 age group. Katie Murphy set a new championship best of 11.38m to win the Shot. She also ran the lead-off leg for the victorious Louth 4x100m team and reached the semi-final of the 80m after clocking 11.69 in her heat.

Gabriel Bell was also in great from, leaping 4.19m for silver in the Long Jump, clearing 1.35m for bronze in the High Jump, and picking up another bronze with the county team in the 4x100m. Ava Brennan reached the finals of both the 60m Hurdles, in which she finished 6th, and the 600m, in which she came home 7th, after clocking times of 11.21 and 1:54.96 respectively in the heats.

St Peterís was also represented by three athletes at U14 level. Emma McDermott took bronze in the Shot with an excellent throw of 11.25m. Marie Claire Rogers clocked 13.03 to finish 6th in the 75m Hurdles final and also leapt a personal best of 4.09m in the Long Jump. Craig Murtagh, competing in his first major championship, finished 8th in the Shot with a PB of 7.96m.

Ciara Murphy was the clubís sole U15 athlete. She leapt 3.26m for 14th in the Long Jump and won gold as a sub on the Louth 4x100m team.

At U16 level Chloe Finley threw 10.27m to win the Shot and also finished 4th in the Long Jump. In the same age group Martin McGrane threw 10.47m for silver in the Shot, 19.65m for bronze in the Hammer and a PB of 26.65 for 5th place in the Discus. Heather Rogers, also an U16 athlete, finished 5th in the Shot with a best distance of 8.41m and cleared 1.35m for 8th place in the High Jump.

St Peterís two U17 athletes both impressed in the Javelin. Lauren Finegan won with a throw of 30.86m, while Liam Fussey recorded 36.79m to claim 4th place.

Mark Rogers had a great weekend as he won three provincial U18 titles. He rewrote his PB with a superb clearance of 1.96m in the High Jump, clocked 57.86 in the 400m Hurdles and threw 12.25m in the Shot. Daniel Finley took bronze behind Mark in the High Jump and Shot with respective performances of 1.65m and 11.02m, having earlier thrown 40.55m for silver in the Javelin.

Eamonn McManus was also in action at U18 level, finishing 4th in the Shot with a 9.47m throw, as well as running in the 100m. Mark, Daniel and Eamonn were all part of the Louth team which took bronze in the U19 4x100m.

Niamh Fussey clocked 16.23 for a great win in the U19 100m Hurdles Ė her first ever Leinster gold in her last ever Leinster Juvenile Championships. Her victory was all the sweeter as she vanquished her great rival Orla Furney in the process.

Earlier last week Tom McGrane competed in the Northern Ireland Senior Graded League at the Mary Peters Track in Belfast. He started the evening by breaking his four-year-old PB to take 3rd place in the Hammer with a throw of 19.01m, and then went on to win the Shot with a new outdoor PB of 9.69m.

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11 June 2013

Athletes from St Peterís AC were in action in a broad range of competitions in recent days and once again they did not disappoint their supporters as they produced some highly praiseworthy performances.

Last weekendís action got off to the best possible start in Kilkenny on Friday when James Meenan stormed to a superb sprint double in the Leinster Special Olympics. James has just recently joined St Peterís and all at the club were delighted to learn that he won both the 100m and 200m titles.

There was a big contingent from the Dromiskin-based club at the AAI Games in the Morton Stadium in Dublin on Sunday. Mark Rogers got the day off to a good start by clocking a personal best of 1:00.13 to take 3rd place in the 400m Hurdles. Later in the afternoon Niamh Fussey finished 4th in the 100m Hurdles in a time of 16.22.

Meanwhile Kathleen McConnell, Angela McDonald, Peter McDonald, Andrew Rogers and Brendan Rogers were all working as officials in Santry and Paddy Bell was helping with the equipment. Elizabeth Bell, Frances Rogers and Marie Claire Rogers were busy with the baskets used to take the athletesí gear to the finish area, while Frances was also working on the computer.

In terms of all this activity behind the scenes, the AAI Games was effectively a dress rehearsal for the European Team Championships 1st League at the same venue the weekend after next, in which Ireland will take on eleven other national teams from across Europe. All the St Peterís members who were working in Santry on Sunday are scheduled to help again at the European event.

Last Monday week the Louth Community Games athletics finals were staged in the Lourdes Stadium in Drogheda and four athletes from St Peter's AC were representing their local communities in the competition.

Chloe Finley (Cooley) leapt 9.76m to win the U16 Girls' Triple Jump and picked up a second gold with her peninsula teammates in the U16 Mixed 4x200m. The club also enjoyed an U16 Discus double through Martin McGrane (Dundalk) and Heather Rogers (Togher), while Marie Claire Rogers (Togher) took silver in the U14 Girls' 80m Hurdles.

The three gold medallists Ė Chloe, Martin and Heather Ė have all now qualified for the National Community Games which will be held in Athlone in August.

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4 June 2013

Last weekend was another busy and successful one for St Peterís AC, as athletes from the Dromiskin-based club produced several top-class performances in English, Irish and Leinster competitions.

The weekend action got underway early with a 9 a.m. start for the Irish Schoolsí Championships in Tullamore on Saturday morning. Four St Peterís athletes were representing their schools at the Midlands venue.

Conor Durnin (St Maryís, Dundalk) continues to impress in the Triple Jump and he duly delivered once again with a 13.62m performance to take the laurels in the Senior age group. Niamh Fussey (Scoil Uí Mhuirí, Dunleer) smashed her personal best with a 15.81 clocking into a 2.5 m/s headwind in the Senior 100m Hurdles. This earned her the silver medal in her first appearance in these championships.

Emily Rogers and Lauren Finegan, both of whom were representing Drogheda school, Our Ladyís, Greenhills, were also in good form on Saturday. Emily claimed silver in the Senior High Jump with a clearance of 1.60m, while Lauren just missed out on a medal in the Intermediate (Under 17) Javelin, throwing 30.68m to finish in 4th place.

Mark Rogers had also qualified for the Irish Schoolsí Championships, but opted instead to contest the Under 18 Octathlon which was held in conjunction with the English Combined Eventsí Championships in Bedford on Saturday and Sunday.

He produced a solid series of performances across the eight events over the two days to win the event, setting new personal bests along the way of 12.68m in the Shot Putt and 16.02 in the 110m Hurdles. His best individual event is usually the High Jump, but unfortunately his normally excellent form deserted him somewhat on Saturday, as he bowed out after clearing 1.81m.

Mark was quite close to his best in the other five events, recording 12.13 in the 100m, 5.99m in the Long Jump, 53.34 in the 400m, 39.14m in the Javelin and 2:51.26 in the 100m. This gave him a total score of 5073 points.

The Tullamore facilities were in use once again on Sunday as they hosted the Leinster Under 23, Senior and Mastersí Championships. Frances Rogers won the Under 23 Shot Putt with a final round throw of 9.35m, while Tom McGrane took silver in the Over 50 Shot Putt with a best distance of 9.82m.

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