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Reports - June 2015

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30 June 2015

The National juvenie combined events and under 9-11 pairs competition took place in Tullamore on Saturday. St Peters had two sets of pairs who had qualified from the Leinster championships both competing in the long jump event. Katie Mulligan and Isibeal Fitzpatrick took part in the under ten event in what was a very high standard Katie jumped 3.20M and Isibeal jumped 3.26 to finish a very creditable 8th place. In the under 11 Long jump Judith Bell and Niamh Brady competed, having won silver in the Leinster Championships the girls traveled with hopes of winning a medal, however the girls experianced heartbreak when finishing just outside the medals in fourth place when Judith jumped 3.31 and Niamh jumped 3.58. All four of these girl should be very proud of themselves and the experiance will stand to them in the future.

In the combined events Gabriel Bell yet again repsented the St Peters club with distinction when he competed in the under 15 competition. Gabriel known for his jumping ability set a new PB with a leap of 5.96M to take first place in the longjump , he then threw a PB in the shot putt with a throw of over 11M, Gabriel then recorded 1.69M in the high jump and a third place finish in the hurdles, going into the last disciplin Gabriel found himself in 4th place but a fantastic run in the 800M where he finished in first position, this was enough to earn Gabriel a bronze medal with a points tally of 3108.

Veteran club thrower Tom McGrane kept his great season going when he traveled to Cardiff to compete in the Welsh Senior Championships. Tom took part in the shot putt event and yet again enjoyed a podium finish with a throw of 9.23M to collect a bronze medal.

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23 June 2015

The St. Peters juvenile Athletes traveled to Tullamore for the Leinster Juvenile Track and field championships for ages of under 14 and upwards which took place over Saturday and Sunday. Yet again this small club from the wee county took home four provinconal medals and indeed with a little bit of luck could have had a couple more.

Katie Murphy and Gabriel Bell were the stars of the show. Katie began the first of her events on Saturday when she competed in the under 15 discus, Katie threw a seasons best of 25.49 to finish just outside the medals however Katie returned to Tullamore on Sunday for her main event the shot putt, the favourite tag didnít phase the young Louth Village native and with a throw of 12.18M she secured another Leinster gold medal.

Gabriel Bell began his championships with the under 15 high jump event on Saturday. Yet again Gabriel produced his best performance on the big stage when he leaped to a new PB of 1.71M to win the silver medal and was very close to gold as he just lost out on count back. Then on Sunday Gabriel jumped 5.58M metres in the under 15 long jump which was enough to win the gold medal. Gabriel would be well known for his jumping abity on the national stage so probably the most pleasing medal for him was when he finished off the full compliment of medals with a bronze medal on the track when he finished 3rd in the 800m. This was richly deserved as Gabriel has worked hard at his running this year.

Ava Brennan ran very well in her heat in the girls under 15 hurdles to make it through to the final. Eoghan Smyth competing for the first time at this level jumped very well to finish 9th in the under 14 long jump and also had a good run in the sprint. In the girls under 14 shot Destiny Ogbeni had a very good outing in what was a very standard to finish 5th. Martin McGrane was also unfortunate not to medal when he finished 4th in the under 18 shot.

On Friday night the Drogheda and District club held their mid summer 5k and the club was resented by veteran runner Andrew Rogers who ran a very respectable 24.22m to finish well up the large field of competitors.

Training continues on Tuesday and Thursday at 6.30 in the Joes as our younger athletes prepare for the All Ireland track and field championships next weekend.

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16 June 2015

St Peters were represented on the international stage this week when high jumper Emily Rogers took part in the CSIT World Sports Games in Lignano, Italy. The week started off very well for Emily when she was selected to read the Oath at the opening cermony, however this was just the start of what was to be a memorable week for the the DCU student and indeed the Leinster team. The high jump competition took place on Thursday and yet again Emily delevered on the big stage with a leap of 1.68m to win the gold medal. This is a fantastic acheivement for Emily and is richly deserved as she is a very dedicated athlete who has worked hard lately to rediscover her form which she showed in the early part of the season. In total the Irish team took home a total of fourteen medals 7 gold 6 silver and 1 bronze.

On Saturday St Peters AC thrower Tom McGrane was in action in the Le Cheile International which took place in Leixlip. Tom who is comming into a rich vein of form was again on the podium with a third place finish when he threw a seasons best of 9.58M in the shott Putt.

This weekend the juvenille athletes from under 14 upwards will take part in the Leinster Championships which will take place in Tullamore over Saturday and Sunday and all the athletes will be putting the finishing touches to their preperations for thier events at training this week.

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9 June 2015

St Peters younger Athletes were in action on Saturday in the U9-U11 Leinster pairs and the under 12 and 13 Leinster Championshps. In the under 10 girls competition St Peters had two pairs competing in both the Long Jump and 60m Sprint. The pairing of Lucy Brennan and Isibeal Fitzpatrick kept the clubs strong tradition of field events when they won the gold medals when Lucy Jumped 3.26 and Isibeal 3.19. The clubs other pairing of Katie Mulligan and Ellie Smyth jumped very well to finish 6th. Both pairs also ran well in the 60M sprint to finish 11th and 13th respetively .

In the under 11 pairs St Peters girls were also in the medals when Niamh Brady with a jump of 3.56 and Judith Bell with a jump of 3.27 won the silver medals in the under 11 long jump, Niamh also took part in the 600M were she fnished 2nd in her race were she was paired with Julie McLoughlin who ran well in her race, the girls were unfortunate as when their times were added together they finished in 4th place. Niamh then ran the last leg for Louth in the Under 11 inter county relay helpng the team to win bronze.

The boys under 11 pairs Ronan Deery and Dean Murtagh took part in the turbo javelin , both boys threw well with Dean throwing 12.03 and Ronan with 16.69. Ronan also took part in the Long Jump with Sean Allen as his partner Ronan finishing in 6th place. The under 11 600M boys was a case of so near and yet so far as the pairing of Sean Allen and Dean Murtagh came agonislying close to medaling Sean won his race in style storming up the home straight to victory and Dean had a great run in a very tough heat,when the times were all calculated the boys found themelves in 5th place but just 0.9 of a second off the bronze medal.

Rory McLoughln competed in three events in the under 12 Leinster Championships in the Long jump he jumped 3.66. He also ran in he 60M sprint finishing a very creditable 3rd in his heat just missing out on the final. The highlight of Rorys day was his 600m heat were he ran an excellent 1.52 but unfortuntely the final just didnít go to plan. Mark Brady also took part in the under 13 shot putt were he threw a new PB of 6.65m.

The Ulster Senior Championhips also took place on Saturday in Belfast were Tom McGrane took part. Tom won bronze in both the shot putt with a throw of 9.45 and the hammer with a new PB of 20.53.

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2 June 2015

The all Ireland school championships took place in Tullamore on Saturday and there were three St Peters Athletes representing their respective schools. Conor Durnin representing the Marist, Gabriel Bell repsenting Delasalle and Katie Murphy representing St Louis all three came home with medals.

Gabriel Bell who had a fantastic Louth Championship was again in great form leaping to a new PB of 1.70M which won him the bronze medal in the junior section. Conor Durnin in his final year of competing in the schools championships won a brillant silver in the senior triple jump when he jumped 13.86M. Last to compete was shot putter Katie Murphy who threw a massive 11.43M to win gold in the minor shot putt competition.

The following day at the same venue St. Peters had two athletes competing at the Leinster senior and Master championships. Tom McGrane won two bronze medals in the senior shot and hammer and was 4th in the discus. Tom had an excellent throw in the hammer, just 4cm of his PB which made up for his below par performance in the shot and discus. Maria Duffy had a fantastic championship winning a total of five medals in the over fifty category. In both the javelin and shot Putt Maria won gold, then won silver in the 400M and 800M and rounded of her medal collection for the day with a bronze medal in the 200M, a fantastic acheivment especially as Maria has only recently returned from injury.

On Friday night the St Peters younger athletes were in action at the Blackrock Beach Races. A total of nineteen took part in the club colours in what was a very enjoyable event. The highlights from the club was the boys under 10 were Pearse Grimes and club mate Jack McLaughlin battled hard in a tough race to finish 2nd and 3rd respectily and Niamh Brady and Sean Allen who were running out of their age set the pace for a long time in both of their races Niamh finishing 2nd in the girls under 12 and Sean finishing 3rd in the boys under 12.

Training continues this week as athletes prepare for the under 10 and eleven Leinster Pairs and under 12 and 13 Leinster chapionships which will take place in Tullamore on Saturday.

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