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Reports - March 2018

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20 March 2018

The National Indoor Athletic Championships day 1 took place in Athlone IT on Sunday. The St Peters Club had just one representative for the first day events. Niamh Brady who is enjoying a current rich vein of form in several events traveled in hope having recently won bronze in the Leinster U14 Girls High Jump with a PB of 1.40M. However sport doesn’t always work out the way we wish and Sunday just wasn’t to be Niamh day as her form deserted her on the day unfortunately Niamh exited the competition with the bar set at 1.35M.

Testament to the quality of this fine young athlete is that she will return next Sunday to the same venue to take her place on the start line of the girls U14 Hurdles having also qualified from the Leinster Championships in this event also. Niamh will be joined in Athlone by fellow Athletes Lucy Brennan who will compete in the girls U13 Long Jump and Dean Murtagh who also qualified from Leinster in the boys U14 shot putt competition.

On Friday next the club will recognize achievement of its Athletes with the clubs annual awards night which will take place in St Josephs GAA Club rooms starting at 7.30 pm. This is always a most enjoyable evening we’re both athletes and parents can enjoy a night of reflection on the previous years achievements in a relaxed atmosphere.

Training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the community center situated at the Joes GAA club in Dromiskin, new members welcome.

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13 March 2018

The rearranged day four of the Leinster Juvenile Championships took place in Athlone IT. The original fixture had to be re-scheduled due to storm Emma. However it was storm Niamh that hit Athlone on Sunday! Niamh Brady had a great performance following her recent podium finish in the Under 14 High Jump with a silver medal in the 60M Hurdles. This was a really impressive performance in a race that was stacked with quality athletes, Niamh who is enjoying a rich vein of form this year will now take her place in the National Hurdles final, earlier in the day Niamh also had a decent performance in the girls Long Jump were she made it through to the final eight but unfortunately finished outside the medals.

Both Lucy Smyth and Judith Bell also took part in the girls under 14 Long jump and both made good accounts of themselves. Lucy Brennan finished fifth in the girls High Jump with a jump of 1.30 M but unfortunately sustained an injury which prevented her from taking her place on the start line of the girls U13 hurdles.

Ellie Smyth suffered the effects of combining events as she was very comfortable in the high jump easily clearing 1.20M, she then departed the high jump to take part in the girls U13 600M and when she returned unfortunately wasn’t able to get across the bar which was then at 1.25M, a height she would normally easily get across, indeed in training she sometimes jump higher than the winning jump was on Sunday.

Dearbhla Allen ran bravely in the girls U12 600M and this ever willing young athlete will have gained valuable experience from her first indoor outing.

Mark Litchfield had a real good performance in his heat of the boys 800M when he looked very comfortable to qualify in second place and had a solid performance in the final and was unlucky not to be in the medals.

Sean Allen and Cian Gorham both had decent runs in their respective 800M heats with both missing out narrowly on a place in the final, Sean also was in action in the boys under 14 long jump were he leaped to a new PB of 4.33M to make the last eight, Ronan Deery also was in action in the long jump and both him and Sean competed in the boys U14 60M hurdles with both out of luck in their respective heats.

Rory McLoughlin made it through to the boys U15 800M final where he ran to a new PB and he also performed well in the under 15 high jump. Ben McKeown who is always willing to try events made his indoor debut with three events 600M, Long jump and shot putt and performed well in all three.

Harry O’Reilly was had missed some training lately due to illness proved that when he is fully fit he will be a force to contend with as he was in the business end of his heat up till the last 150M were his lack of fitness cost him a final place. Conor Litchfield finished off his busy weekend having made his confirmation on Saturday by running very strongly in the boys u13 600M on Sunday.

Next weekend the National Indoor Championships day 1 take place at the same venue where Niamh Brady will take part in the girls U14 High Jump. On Friday the there will be a bag pack in Dunne’s Stores Ard Easmuinn in aid of the Dundalk Athletics Ground. The St Peters club along with the other clubs involved will be out in force for this very worth cause.

Training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays at St Josephs GAA Ground in Dromiskin at 6.30pm and new members are always welcome.

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