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Dublin inter xc and Juvenile league xc on Sunday

The beat goes on! After the drama and excitement of last weekend’s Nationals thing get slightly calmer with the Dublin Intermediate Cross Country and the final Juvenile cross country league race in Tymon Park, Tallaght this Sunday, December 1st.

Once again it’s great to have a full women’s team competing with a trio who braved all of 8000 for the cause in Abbotstown back for more: Clodagh Galvin, Alannah Cooley and Laura Tuite. The full women’s team for the 5000m distance in Tymon is Emma Harding, Yvonne McDonagh, Elaine McLoughlin, Clodagh Moriarty, Aideen O’Connor, Clare Roche, Laura Tuite, Alannah Cooley, Clodagh Galvin.

The inter men’s team is: Shane Casey, Matt McGuinness, Paul Keenan, Shaun Connaghan, Shane Caffery, Michael Devine, Dave Riley.

Preceding the intermediate championships is the Dublin Juvenile league, where Clonliffe underage athletes will compete including a number of the U/17 squad would will be racing in the uneven age nationals in Dunboyne on December 15th, and will use Sunday as their final build up race.

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A muddy good day in Santry as men retain the Padraig Keane Cup

In conditions that the legendary Padraig Keane would have relished the Clonliffe senior men’s team retained Padraig Keane Cup as the winners of the Dublin senior cross-country championship. The race itself was won by the exceptional Efrem Gidey, still a junior athlete and racing in his first ever senior championship. Efrem made the telling move early in the race with only two of the six big laps under his belt to break away from the pack and then open a substantial lead to take the title at ease. Cathal Doyle also ran a brilliant race coming through to take a fine silver medal, repeating his performance of 2018. In fourth place, last year’s winner, Colm Rooney, again running a clever race to come through the field and in 6th, Ian Guiden who had a much better outing today then in Abbottstown two weeks ago, completing the scoring for for a combined total of 13 points well clear of DSD second on 31 points and Rathfarnham third on 44 points. There were good runs also from Sean Doran in 15th,  Liam Roarty 24th, Thomas Sherlock 26th, Paul Keenan 56th and Peter Bissett 62nd.

The senior men had not won the Dublin title for a number of years until 2018 and thus it was very pleasing to retain the title once again on home turf in 2019. Padraig would no doubt be happy to see Clonliffe once again top dogs in Dublin.

It was also very pleasing to see a Clonliffe senior women’s team in action in the Dublin’s. There was a good showing by the women led home by a Ailish Malone in 10th position and then very good runs from Alannah Cooley in 17th and likewise a positive run by Laura Tuite in 21st, Emma Cooper 32nd, Clodagh Galvin 35th and Maura Matthews 37th. Although the team placed fifth and out of the medals it was certainly a good performance from the team.

The junior men’s race incorporated the U/19 Dublin Championships. Again very strong Clonliffe performance from these young athletes, obviously the loss of Efrem to the senior team was always going to be a difficult handicap to overcome but the guys rolled up their sleeves and with Aaron Cullen fourth, Ben Guiden fifth, Stephen Cashin ninth and Alex Murray 14th the team finished second in the junior race on 32 points behind DSD on 22 however took U/19 Dublin gold (Aaron Cullen, Ben Guiden, Alex Murray and Ian McAlweeney). The other Clonliffe placings in the race where Daniel Lacey 16th, Ian McAlweeney18th, Thomas Baltazar 19th.

The junior women/U/19’s took bronze in both categories with a fine run by Sarah Bateson in seventh place leading home the team. A very much improved Hannah Browne was 12th, Abbie Sheedy 13th, Ella Brown 14th and Tess Loftus 16th. In the junior championship DSD took gold on 25 points, Templeogue silver on 36 and Clonliffe bronze on 46.

The day itself commence with the juvenile Championships kicking off with the U/9,, where Clonliffe did not have athletes running in accordance with our club ethos, the U/11’s all put in good showings in the Clonliffe colours and got the day off to a good battling start. The boys U/13 team took a fine team bronze with the girls U/13’s also putting in fine efforts. The boys U/15 squad continues to impress with Sean Cronin an excellent second place and being well backed up by Jonathan Fitzsimons, Cillian Keegan, Sam Murray, Lorcan Benjacar, Callum Maguire and Christian Finn as the team took a well deserved set of silver medals. There were fine performances also by the girls U/15’s led home in ninth place by Orla O’Sullivan and good runs also by Clodagh Nic Dhomhnaill, Hazel Kenny and Eva Guy.

On then to the U/17’s where the girls team again put in a most admirable shift, Aoife Hession was only metres of individual bronze taking a fine fifth place and followed home by young Naoise Cullen, just back from injury and running up an age, Katie Halpin, Alana Fitzsimons and Ella Cooley with the girls being rewarded with a set of team silver medals. The U/17 boys took team bronze led home by Niall Carbery in sixth, Sean Boyne eight and these two backed up very well by Alex Neuroth, John Lawrence, Owen Housley, Ronan Donohue, Eoin Byrne, Killian Sheridan and Andrew Gaffney.

In all it must be said an excellent performance by every single Clonliffe athlete today. The senior men and indeed women now look forward to the national seniors in Abbottstown in three weeks time. Also that day will be the national juniors and the even age juvenile Championships. Things are hotting up nicely!

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Defending champion Rooney leads Clonliffe in Dublin XC (updated)

The Dublin cross country championship are hosted by Clonliffe Harriers in Santry this Sunday, November 3rd. The men won the Padraig Keane Cup last year led home in 1st place by Colm Rooney and have a very strong team entered that will put up a stout defence on Sunday. It’s also pleasing that their will be a womens team in action for the first time in a few years and two good junior teams.

Sunday will also see the juvenile uneven ages championships with strong Clonliffe teams entered.

Senior men: Colm Rooney,  Ian Guiden, Cathal Doyle,  Efrem Gidey,  Karl Nolan,  Eoin Taggart, Sean Doran, Peter Bisset  Thomas Sherlock , Liam Roarty, Paul Keenan

Junior men: Efrem Gidey, Aaron Cullen,  Ben Guiden,  Stephen Cashin,  Daniel Lacey, Ian McAweeney, Thomas Baltzar, Callum Simpson,  Alex Murray  Niall Carberry.

Senior women:  Eleanor Alexander,  Ailish Malone, Alannah Cooley,  Laura Tuite, Clodagh Galvin, Maura Matthews, Emma Cooper.

Junior Women: Hannah Browne, Tess Loftus, Aimee Warren, Sarah Bateson, Ella Brown, Abbie Sheehy.

U/19 girls: Sarah Bateson, Abbie Sheehy,  Ella Brown, Tess Loftus, Aimee Warren.

U/17 girls: Aoife Hession,  Alana Fitzsimmons, Katie Halpin, Ella Cooley, Naoise Cullen, Amy Sheehy.

U/17 boys: Niall Carberry,  John Lawrence, Alex Neuroth, Sean Boyne, Owen Housley, Eoin Byrne, Killian Sheridan, Andrew Gaffney, Ronan Donohue.

U/15 girls: Orla O’Sullivan, Eabha Guy, Hazel Kenny, Ciara Scott, Clodagh Nic Dhomhnaill

U/15 boys: Jonathan Fitzsimmons, Killian Keegan, Sam Murray, Callun Maguire, Sean Cronin, Lorcan Benjacar, Christian Finn.

U/13 girls: Kamila Pastere, Ava Usanova, Kate Campbell, Nicola Poplusa-Cazka, Sarah McDonnell.

U/13 boys: Cathal O’Neill, Jack McDonnell, Marcos Lawrence, Noah Rossi, Peter Maloney, Sean McHugh, Yang O’Connor, William Walsh, Charlie Duffy, Jayden Carroll, Jake Kane.

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Efrem takes Dublin Novice XC title

The clubs cross country season kicked off today with the Dublin novice Championships held in beautiful autumnal sunshine in the Phoenix Park. Thankfully underfoot conditions were excellent despite the heavy rain of recent days, meaning that the pace was fast from the gun. In the men’s novice championship prerace favourite Efrem Gidey more than justified that tag as he ran beautifully over the 6000m course to take a very comfortable win well clear of second-place. Stephen Cashin had possibly the best race of his young career to date to finish an excellent fourth after a race long battle for third place. Next in was Greg Hosssney in 30th with Daniel Lacey 31st. These four were well backed up by the rest of the team: Paul Keenan, Patrick Hayes, Jarlet Jordan, Niall Sherlock, Shaun Connaghan and Dave Reilly. The team with 66 points took bronze, behind 1st Raheny 43 points and 3rd Donore 53 points.

The Clonliffe novice women also put in a strong performance with two of the team placing in the top 10. Alannah Cooley ran a fine race to place 7th with Laura Tuite not far behind in 10th. Next in was Elaine McLaughlin in 26th and Clodagh Galvin 27th. Good batting runs also by Hannah Browne in 52nd and Yvonne McDonagh 65th. The team placed outside of the medals in 5th place.

A good start to the season with several of these athletes now looking forward to the Autumn Cross Country Classic in Abbottstown on October 20.

Another successful day at Juvenile Championships

A bright and still morning greeted the competitors for today’s latest Dublin juvenile track and Field Championships once again at Morton Stadium Santry. The Clonliffe Harriers distance athletes put in sterling performances across all age groups, the 3000 being the offering today for U/16’s upwards.

The U/17 girls were first into action, their race being mixed with the U/16’s, the Clonliffe trio performed superbly making it a black and amber clean sweep: first Aoife Hession, second Katie Halpin and third Alanna Fitzsimons. Next into action was Sarah Bateson in the U/18 girls 3000. This was a pretty loaded field and Sarah displayed great battling qualities powering home in a very strong third place in an outdoor PB time of 10.56.

The boys also put in great performances, Sean Boyne was second U/16 (9.59). In the U/17 race a battling Niall Carberry secured bronze in an impressive 9.40. Fine runs also in this from Alex Neuroth (10.16) and Eoin Byrne (10.22). In the U/18 and U/19 combined race Aaron Cullen, U/19, took up the running from the start and after a 67 second opening lap gradually opened a unassailable lead to win in a time of 8.52. In the U/18 category Callum Simpson was a smooth silver medallist in a time of 9.14 with Daragh Carter, putting his frustrations from Friday nights 1500 well behind him, to take bronze (9.24). Alex Murray clearly still carrying a shoulder injury battled away gamely and finished in a time of 9.55.

Also in action today was the Clonliffe U/13 girls 4 x 100 team, the girls looked majestic in their semi-final easily qualifying for the final and putting in an equally gutsy fine performance in the final to take Dublin silver, the team was Kate Campbell, Rebecca Walsh, Sarah McDonnell and Ava Usanova, Ali Connelly (reserve). A short time later both Rebecca and Sarah lined up for the U/13 600 final, both girls, who between relay had also taken part in the high jump competition, were tired looking athletes who competed well in the 600 but finished outside of the metal positions.

Sally Sumola was competing in the U/16 girls long jump winning gold with a best of 5.06m. Sally was also 3rd in the 100. Keith Burke was just out of the medals, 4th in the boys U/16 long jump and 8th in the 100 final. Making it a sprints double gold today was Val Sroganvous adding U/17 100 gold to his 200 from yesterday. Alex Toomey was 2nd in the girls U/17 100, with Holly Roche 5th and Milcah Anevho 5th in the final. Earlier in the heats Sandra Egwin just narrowly missed qualifying for the final, likewise Immy Hauer just missed qualifying for the girls U/16 100 final. Also Laimis Norvaisas took boys U/12 shot silver.

More Clonliffe success as Dublin juvenile Championships continue

The Dublin juvenile track and Field Championships continued again in Morton Stadium today. Once again some fine Clonliffe performances yielding Dublin titles and medals. Emma McDonnell was first in the U/17 high jump with Sandra Ggwin second. Emma also took silver in the 400.

Val Stroganvous won the U/17 200 title in a new PB, into a strong headwind, of 22.4 Jonas Norvaisas was once again victorious in the shot an event which he has dominated in recent years winning the Dublin U/16 title.

Fine performances also today in the hurdles by the clubs athletes U/16 girls 80 H 3rd Immy Hauer , U/17 100 H 3rd Milch Anevho. A good day also for Neil McLoughlin who was second in the boys U/19 400 and third in the 200. Boys U/18/400: 4th Aaron Nnadi, 5th Manny and in the discus Keith Burke 5th U/16.

Middle distance medals won at Dublin Juveniles

Clonliffe athletes were in action in the pouring rain at last night’s Dublin juvenile Championships in Morton Stadium. Last night was day three, four or five (hard to keep count!) of the championships and on the card was the 1500s and relays. Dublin titles were taken by both Aaron Cullen in the boys 1500 U/19 and by Aimee Warren in the girls U/19.

First in action where the U/16 girls were Naoise Cullen, who last week was third in the 800 put in a fine performance over the longer distance finishing fifth in a time, unofficial, of 5.16 with Amy Sheehy following her in in a time of 5.22. The U/17 girls put in a great shift with Aoife Hession placing second (5.12), Katie Halpin third (5.14) and Alanna Fitzimon’s fourth (5.25). One of the races of the day was the girls U/18 1500 were Sarah Bateson put in another battling performance finishing a close second in a time of 4.56.5 and then in the U/19 girls Aimee Warren took Dublin gold.

Of the boys Owen Housney was sixth in the U/16 1500 in a time of 4.44 with Jack Woods seventh in 4.49. Fourth place for the Niall Carberry in the U/17 boys in a time of 4.25 Alex Nuroth eight in 4.43. Callum Simpson ran 4.19 in the U/18 boys to 5th place with Darragh Carter seventh (4.25). Then in the boys U/19 a Clonliffe one two with Aaron Cullen  first (4.02) and Daniel Stone second.

Once the 1500s were completed proceedings moved on to the even age relays. The U/U/18 girls team having completed the 1500s decided that they would give the relay a go and were rewarded for their tenacity with fine bronze with a team of Carra Curran Beggs,  Alanna Fitzsimons , Abbey Sheehy and Sarah Bateson.

In the U/12 girls relay the practice the team put in during the week paid off with superb button changes from all of the girls in the 4 x 100 the team of Mia, Rose, Sienna and Harriet were just off a place in the final. Likewise the U/12 boys team of Steve Connor Cian and Ethan, who ran a particularly strong final leg, again were very close to making the final. Likewise the boys U/14 4 x 100 team put in an excellent performance and were just shy of making the final.

The Dublin juveniles continues today (Saturday) and this report will be updated later this evening.

Bronze taken from Dublin Juveniles

The Dublin juvenile track and field championships day 2 took place this evening in Morton Stadium. Clonliffe athletes mainly competed in the middle distance events. At the end of the evening Orla O’Sullivan took a fine bronze in the U/15 800. Naoise Cullen then did likewise in the U/16 800 with Amy Sheehy in a very solid 5th place. 5th place also for Jack Woods in the U/16 boys 800. Other notable performances include Ethan Somula winning his U/12 600 semi final to qualify for the final in a weeks time.

Sarah McDonnell and Rebecca Walsh both had great runs tonight and are through to the final of the U13 girls 600m. Likwise Sorcha O’Connor is through in the U14 800m with Hazel Kenny also running well 7th. Jonathan Fitzsimmons was 6th U/14 800. Other U/12 athletes were Harriet Kenny in 600m and Long Jump. Cara Connolly in U/12 600m, Conor Tynan, boys U/12 600m, Ali Connolly missed out on time for final of U/13 600m. Cathal o’neill U/13 600m.

Clonliffe Keane after regaining Dublin Cross title!

A pretty successful day at HQ today for the Dublin Cross Country Championships all round from Juvenile right through to the senior men. The highlight was the senior men’s capture of the Padraig Keane Memorial Cup as Dublin Champions. This was the first time the cup, presented by the Keane family in honour of Clonliffe legend Padraig, has been won by a Clonliffe team. A proud and emotional moment for both Padraig`s family and club mates.

The day started off with the U/11 Clonliffe girls and boys all putting in strong runs over their 1000m race distance. Next up the U/13 girls where the team again performed very well with stand out runs from Sorcha O`Connor, who placed an excellent 10th to qualify for the Dublin team an Nationals and Sarah McDonnell, Rebecca and Kate Faherty. Likewise strong runs from the U/13 boys particularly from Sean Cronin in a superb 4th place to also qualify to run for Dublin in the Nationals. Good runs also by Cristain Finn and Devin.

The u/15 girls all battled away throughout the race distance of 3,500m and just missed out on medalling in 4th place: Orla O`Sullivan, stepping up an age group, 22nd, Naoise Cullen 23rd, Amy Sheehy 28th, Lara Gallagher 29th and Hollie Foy 33rd.

In the U/15 boys race there were excellent runs from the team lead home in fine style by 5th place finisher Sean Boyne. Followed by Ronan Donoghue 10th, Cillian Sherrin 18th, Jack Woods 20th, Jacob 32nd and Adam Keogh 37th. These efforts were rewarded with team silver.

Silver also for the U/17 girls over 4000m with Sarah Bateson putting recent injury behind her to lead home the team in 7th, next in was Aoife Hession 8th, Ella Brown 11th, Katie Halpin 14th, Alana Fitzsimons 15th, Ella Cooley 16th, Vicky McDonnell 17th and Cara Curren Beggs 21st. With half of this team stepping up from U/16 it makes things even more encouraging.

First golds of the day came courtesy of the U/17 boys. With fantastic work by the four scorers, all in the top 12, Alex Murray 4th, Callum Simpson 7th, Daragh Carter 8th and Niall Carbery 12th. These guys were very well backed up by Dermot Buckley 15th, Evan Foster 18th, John Laurence 22nd, Alex Nuroth 23rd and Manny 24th.

Gold (on the double) also for the U/19/Junior women, on the double as the team of Hannah Browne 6th, Tess Loftus 8th, Aimee Warren 9th and Cliona Cooley 10th won both championships.

The U/19/Junior men`s race was totally dominated by Sean O`Leary. From the off he was gone and built up a lead of 30 plus seconds at the finish. U/18 athlete Ben Guiden put in a strong run to place 7th, next in was Jordan Byrne 8th, Stephen Cashin 10th, Daniel Lacy 14th, Jarlaith Jordan 15th, Thomas Baltazar 17th and Ryan Sheridan 23rd. The team took junior silver and with a scoring 4 of Guiden, Byrne, Cashin and Lacy also took U/19 silver.

Finally then the senior men. The Clonliffe men looked like they meant business from the gun with Colm Rooney, Cathal Doyle and Adam O`Brien well up in the lead bunch. Adam O`Brien had a footware issue and ended up racing shoeless and consequently loosing places, however, both Rooney and Doyle held strong, both ran superb last laps to romp home 1st (Rooney) and 2nd. With Eoin Taggart running well to take 7th, Sean Doran 12th, Tom Sherlock 15th and Adam O`Brien grimly holding 18th these scoring 6 took the Dublin team title and on course were presented with the Padraig Keane Cup by Padraig`s wife Mary.


Mary Keane presents the Padraig Keane Cup to Colm Rooney

Clonliffe One, Two:  Cathal Doyle 2nd, Colm Rooney 1st

Dublin Senior Cross Country Champions 2018

U/11 Girls

U/11 Boys

Sean Cronin U/13 Boys 4th placed individual

U/15 Girls team, 4th place

U/15 Boys team, Dublin silver

U/17 Girls team, Dublin silver

U/17 boys team, Dublin Champions 2018

U/19 girls/Junior Women, Dublin Champions 2018

U/19 boys/Junior men, Dublin silver

 

Dublin Juvenile XC: All that glitters isn`t gold!

The Dublin Juvenile even ages cross country took place in Abbotstown today with Clonliffe teams very much in the mix. At the end of the day 5 sets of team medals were on the way back to Santry, unfortunately not the gold ones the athletes were looking for…but it`s early days yet! Abbotstown is a tough course. While the underfoot conditions were superb it is a hard course featuring some really taxing climbs. All the club`s athletes put in very solid efforts.

The U/18 boys placed 2nd, only missing out on gold to DSD by a single point. This was a great inter club battle between two evenly matched squads. From the gun there were 3 Clonliffe and 3 DSD athletes in the lead pack, the Clonliffe lads were lead home after the 6000 race length by 3rd place finisher Aaron Cullen, 5th Daniel Stone, 8th Ben Guiden and 12th Thomas Baltzar. This scoring four were very well backed up by their team mates: Ian McAlweney, Calum Simpson, Alex Murray, Daragh Cartner and Dermot Buckley (several stepping up from U/17).

Silver also for the U/18 girls, again behind DSD: Ella Brown 8th, Tess Loftus 10th, Aimee Warren 11th, Vicky McDonnell 14th.

The U/16 girls were also in silver, and yes behind DSD! A great run in particular by Aoife Hession 4th, the rest of the team were very impressive indeed Alana Fitzsimons 11th ,U/15 girl Naoise Cullen 13th, Katie Halpin 15th, Lara Gallager, another stepping up a year, 17th and Ella Cooley 18th.

The U/16 boys also impressed. A great run in this race by Niall in 5th place, again an athlete stepping up a year, also Ronan 20th, Jack 27th, Alex 29th, Andrew 36th, Adam 38th and Jacob 46th. The efforts of the lads was rewarded with team bronze.

Bronze medals were also won by the U/14 boys team of Cillian Keegan 12th, Jonathan Fitzsimons 13th, Sean Boyne 15th, Alex Usanova, Calcum Regan and Sandy.

Great runs earlier in the programme by the U/14 girls team with Orla O`Sullivan leading the tam home in 25th place and by both the girls and boys U/12 teams.

Next up from the crew is the Dublin uneven ages in Santry on November 4th.

 

 

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