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Reports - August 2014

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26 August 2014

The Setanta Games, a new competition on the athletics calendar this year, was staged last Sunday week at the Bush track. This is an open meet promoted by Athletics Louth with track and field events for athletes in the U8 to Junior (U20) age groups inclusive. It was very well supported by the clubs in County Louth and also attracted several athletes from further afield, including Counties Cavan, Dublin, Kildare, Meath and Monaghan.

Dromiskin-based St Peter’s AC topped the medal table in the Setanta Games, winning a total of 14 gold, 7 silver and 4 bronze medals. The club’s successes came from a good mix of athletes, both boys and girls, across the age groups.

U9 athletes Lucy Brennan and Pearse Grimes both finished in the medals, with Lucy winning gold in the 60m and bronze in the 200m and Pierce taking silver in the 60m.

St Peter’s was particularly successful in the U10 age group. Seán Allen sped to victory in both the 80m and 200m and added a silver in the Long Jump. Niamh Brady triumphed in both the 80m and Long Jump and claimed silver in the 200m. Judith Bell won silver in the Long Jump and bronze in the 200m. At the end of the day Seán and Niamh teamed up with two athletes from other clubs to finish third in the U11 Boys’ 4x100m.

Gabriel Bell was in excellent form in the U14 age group as he enjoyed a double victory in the 100m and Long Jump (5.28m). He also took silver in the U15 Shot Putt (9.29m). U14 athlete Katie Murphy moved up an age group and had a very impressive win the U15 Shot Putt (10.97m). Ava Brennan had a good run to claim bronze in the U14 500m.

Three athletes represented the club at U17 level. Chloe Finley won both the 100m and Shot Putt (10.53m), with Orlaith McMahon taking silver behind her in both these events. Martin McGrane threw well to claim gold in the Shot Putt (10.63m).

The U18, U19 and U20 athletes all competed as Juniors and this category saw three golds for St Peter’s AC. Daniel Finley won both the 100m and Long Jump (5.89m) and his brother Luke Finley dead-heated for first place in the 800m.

Several of these athletes are likely to compete again in the Ardee & District AC Open Sports this Sunday, a meet which will bring the local track and field season to a close.

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19 August 2014

Last weekend brought yet more success for St Peter’s AC as two of the club’s athletes travelled to Scotland for the Scottish Senior Championships and both finished in the medals. The competition, which was open to all comers, was staged at the Ayrshire Athletics Arena in Kilmarnock in very wet and windy conditions.

Despite the conditions Olivia McDonald threw an excellent 40.41m, her best since 2009, to win bronze in the Women’s Javelin behind two athletes representing English clubs – Devota Nyakyoma of Border Harriers and Natasha Wilson of Sale Harriers.

Olivia thus rounded off a great season with an impressive collection of senior javelin medals – bronze in both the Irish and Scottish National Championships, and gold in each of the Leinster, Ulster and Louth Championships.

Tom McGrane was in action in the Men’s Shot Putt and he also struck bronze with a 9.77m performance. Tom Kirk of Doncaster AC in England won that title, with Scottish athlete Graham Porterfield of East Kilbride AC taking the silver.

Tom has also done well in the Shot Putt in senior championship events during 2014, with a trio of bronze medals – in the Scottish, Leinster and Ulster Championships – and a gold in the Louth Championships.

There was an excellent turnout of athletes from the Dromiskin-based club at last Sunday week’s Boyne AC Open Sports, which were staged at the Lourdes Stadium in Drogheda. Many medals, mostly gold, were won and there were a host of fine performances.

Daniel Finley was very impressive in winning a great treble – the Senior Shot Putt (9.80m), the Junior (U20) Javelin (43.90m) and the Junior 100m. Seán Allen and Marie-Claire Rogers both returned home with two golds and a bronze apiece. Seán won the U10 100m and U10 200m and finished 3rd in the U11 Long Jump, while Marie-Claire won the U15 100m and U15 Shot Putt before adding bronze in the U15 800m.

Niamh Brady dead-heated for first in the U10 100m and then followed up with a bronze in the U10 200m. Katie Murphy was a long way ahead of her opposition in winning the U14 Shot Putt (12.95m) and she also had a good run in the U14 100m. Gabriel Bell confined himself to the U14 Shot Putt, which he duly won.

Martin McGrane picked up a gold medal in the U17 4x100m, as he teamed up with three Boyne AC athletes. He also finished 4th in the Senior Shot Putt (8.59m) and 5th in the Junior Javelin (21.05m). Tom McGrane warmed up for his trip to Scotland by taking silver in the Senior Shot Putt (9.60m).

There were also several fourth place finishes for St Peter’s athletes. Both Lucy Brennan and Pearse Grimes just missed out on the medals at U9 level, as they contested the 60m, 200m and Turbo Javelin.

Judith Bell was also very close to the medals in the U10 100m, U10 200m and U11 Long Jump (3.41m). Rory McLaughlin and Hazel Murphy did very well at U11 level, as did Julie McLaughlin, Rory’s sister, in the U10 events.

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12 August 2014

This year it was Ireland’s turn to host the Celtic Games – the annual match between the Under 16 and Under 18 national teams from Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The competition was staged last Saturday afternoon at Santry Stadium in Dublin and St Peter’s AC had direct involvement once again.

It is normal for the host country to field a development team as well as its national team, and it was for the Irish Development team that U18 javelin thrower Lauren Finegan was selected. Unfortunately, she was little below her best in the competition on the day, finishing 4th with a throw of 29.88m.

Kathleen McConnell and Angela McDonald from the Dromiskin-based club were both acting as field event coaches with the Irish teams. They had the great satisfaction of helping to lead Ireland to victory in all five categories – U16 Boys, U16 Girls, U18 Boys, U18 Girls and the overall trophy. Wales finished as runners-up overall, with Scotland back in third place.

The Annagassan Viking 10K Coastal Run, which is supported by St Peter’s AC, also took place last Saturday, with more than 250 runners finishing this popular race over a very scenic route on the roads around the historic village.

Catherine Rogers finished 32nd in the female category, clocking a time of 54:08. Eamonn McManus, one of the youngest competitors in the event, came home 52nd in the men’s race in a time of 47:04. Brendan Rogers, who had led the training for the Zero to Annagassan 10K group in the lead-up to the race, was just five places behind Eamonn in a time of 47:42. Andrew Rogers also had a fine run, crossing the line in 82nd place in a time of 51:16.

Seán Allen had a great win in the U11 Boys’ 500m race at the Glenmore AC Road Races in Carlingford last Friday week, while Niamh Brady was also very impressive in coming home second in the U11 Girls’ 500m race. These performances were all the more meritorious considering that both these exciting young athletes will be still be eligible for the U11 age group in 2015.

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5 August 2014

St Peter’s AC had six athletes in action last weekend, as the Irish National Combined Events’ Championships and the National League Final were staged alongside each other in Tullamore.

Mark Rogers opted to compete in the Senior rather than in the Junior (Under 20) Decathlon and he produced a fine series of performances in very difficult weather conditions to claim the bronze medal with a total of 4967 points. This is the third national senior track and field medal won by an athlete from the Dromiskin-based club this year, following his sister Emily Rogers’ silver in the High Jump and Olivia McDonald’s bronze in the Javelin a fortnight earlier.

Mark’s individual performances were 12.47 (100m), 5.53m (Long Jump), 8.93m (Shot Putt), 1.74m (High Jump), 53.37 (400m), 17.63 (110m Hurdles), 21.46m (Discus), 2.40m (Pole Vault), 38.66m (Javelin) and 4:29.21 (1500m). It was only in the final two events – the Javelin and the 1500m – that the rain, which had bucketed down all day Saturday and for a good part of Sunday, finally eased.

Gabriel Bell also won the bronze medal in the Under 14 Pentathlon on Saturday with a total of 2392 points. This is his third national medal this year as he had earlier won bronze in both the Long Jump and the Pentathlon during the indoor season. Gabriel’s individual marks were 13.10 (75m Hurdles), 1.51m (high Jump), 9.37m (Shot Putt), 4.77m (Long Jump) and 2:33.42 (800m).

Athletes from St Peter’s AC made up half of the ten-man Louth team which finished 6th in the National League Division One Final on Sunday – the county men’s team’s highest placing in this competition in recent years – and the club’s representatives contributed an impressive 45.5 points of the team’s total of 69 points.

Mark Rogers finished 3rd in both the 110m Hurdles (17.63) and the Pole Vault (2.40m), as well as 4th in the Discus (25.71m). Daniel Finley came home 4th in the High Jump (1.65m), 5th in the 100m (11.95) and 6th in the Triple Jump (11.66m). Tom McGrane registered 5th in both the Shot Putt (9.29m) and the Hammer (18.35m). Aaron Finley recorded 4th in the Javelin (38.49m) and 7th in the Weight for Distance (4.23m). Luke Finley crossed the line 7th in the 5000m (20:43.53).

Mark also ran the third leg for the Louth 4x400m team which finished 3rd (3:34.9), while Daniel ran the lead-off leg and Mark ran the penultimate leg for the county’s 4x100m team which came home in 5th place (47.39).

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