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U/16 Girls Bronzed at Indoors

The final, final day of the long running National Juvenile Indoor Championships in Athlone today brought brilliant bronze for the Clonliffe girls U/16 relay squad. Competing in a very competitive 4 X 200 event the girls battled through their semi final winning in 1.49.55 and then went almost 2 seconds faster in the final a 1.47.29 effort delivering a fantastic 3rd place and national bronze. Excellent stuff from the squad of Emma McDonnell, Blaise Carroll, Kristin McGrady Hogan, Alex Twomey and Holly Roche. Emma also placed 7th in the high jump with a 1.55m and Blaise put in a solid performance in the long jump with a best of 4.18m.

National Indoors beats weather

With most athletics, and indeed most sports fixtures in the country, falling victim to today`s snow those who braved the roads and headed to AIT Athlone for the National Juvenile Indoor Championships were rewarded with nice warm, seated surroundings and not a splash of mud in sight!

The Clonliffe athletes who had qualified for the championships all put in solid performances. Jonas Norvaisa was in super form in the boys U/15 shot claiming silver with an impressive 14.30m.

On the track the day commenced with the 400, in the U/18 girls race Rebecca Fitzsimons placed 4th in her heat with a 62.50 run not enough to get through to that afternoon`s final. A similar fate befell Lauren Carr in the U/19 race, 4th in 62.62.

In the 1500s young Alana Fitzsimons will benefit from the experience of a tough day in the U/16 race where she placed 14th (5.29.06) in a big field. Abbie Sheehy ran a competitive race in the U/17 race getting into the lead pack until 400 or so to go, and running a 5.10.88 pb in 10th place. Craig Giles was clearly off form in the U/19 race, leading over the first 1100, however was swallowed up over the remaining laps and finished a disappointed 8th (4.18.31).

Finally in the 60m Sally Sumola enjoyed a great day in the U/15 race, qualifying for the final after an 8.09 heat and then running 8.03 in the final to capture bronze. In the U/19 60 Caitlin O`Reilly ran 8.00 in her heat to qualify for the final. In the final Cathlin put in a great effort running 7.90 but not quite enough to take a medal as she placed in that most unlucky of positions 4th. Also qualifying for her final was Alex Twomey in the U/16 60 after an 8.07 heat and placing 8th in the final 8.11. Finally Kristian Bosnjak was 12th in the boys U/17 long jump (5.34m).

Clonliffe at Juvenile Indoors (updated to final day)

There were fine performances from Clonliffe athletes at this weekend`s Dublin Juvenile Indoor Championships held at the NIA Abbotstown.  The championships of course commenced last weekend with the Even age relays, and continued on Friday evening with Uneven age relays. Unfortunately the Clonliffe teams on the night finished out of the medals, however, in the field events the first gold of the weekend was won by Jomas Norvaisas as he won the boys U/15 Shot with a best of 12.78m.

Saturday saw Lauren Carr win U/19 400 gold with a very good race as she squeeze by on the inside lane on the final bend. Both Rebecca Fitzsimons and Rapha Diamond Ebbs qualified for the U/18 400 final to be held later that afternoon. In the final however both were involved in a bit of argie bargee at the break and unfortunately crash out. Seamus Farrell placed 5th in the boys U/19 400 final.

In the 1500 there was again more success for the club with Craig Giles comfortably winning the U/19 title (4.09), Jordan Byrne had a solid race in 5th place. Ben Guiden ran well in the U/18 to take bronze (4.21), bronze also for Daragh Cartner in the U/17 race and the bravery award to Dermot Buckley who had a real go of it in this race going out hard from the gun and giving the field a right scare.

The girls U/16 race saw very good runs from the Clonliffe due with Aoife Hession 3rd and Alana Fitzsimons 4th, both qualifying for Nationals, a slight problem in this race as a counting error from the officials had the field race a lap short. In the U/17 race Abbey Sheehy ran so well for bronze that she just didn`t want the race to end! A very good run also in this by Sarah Bateson as part of her Leinster Cross Country build up in 6th place, Vicky McDonald placed in 10th. Tess Loftus had a good day in her first indoor race placing 5th U/18.

In the sprints both Holly Roche and Alex Twomey qualified for the U/16 final where Alex took bronze and Holly placed 5th. Sally Somula was once again the star Clonliffe sprinted winning 60m gold in U/15. In the high jump Jonas Nyberg took bronze.

Sunday the 11th, final day of the Dublin Juvenile Indoor Championships and again so fine performances indeed from the club`s athletes. Starting off with the field events where Blaise Carroll was the bronze medal winner in the girls U/16 long jump (4.51m). Christain Bosnzak was 2nd in the U/17 long jump with a fine 5.36m and Emma McDonnell took gold in the U/16 high jump (1.48m).

In the 800 Craig Giles made it a U/19 middle distance double as he won front the front in a time of circa 1.56. Seamus Farrell was 8th in this race. Hannah Browne took her 3rd Dublin 800 title in succession winning the U/19 800 in 2.25, again from the front, with Lauren Carr, the 400 champion from yesterday, 2nd. Cliona Cooley was 4th.

The U/18 800 was an exceptionally fast race from the gun, Cian Bolger was 5th in about 2.00. The U/17 race saw Daragh Carter place 6th with Aaron Nnadi 7th. Ella brown was 4th in the U/17 girls 800 and will go on to nationals, Cara Curran Beggs placed 11th. A good run also by Ella Cooley in the U/16 800 as she battled gamely to a 5th place finish.

In the sprints there were two medals taken by the Clonliffe girls in U/16 200, Emma McDonnell taking her 2nd win of the day, with Alex Twomey 3rd. In the U/18 200 final a great Clonliffe battle saw Rebecca Fitzsimons take bronze with Rapha Diamond ebbs 4th and Jessica Dedeku 5th.

Alex Lapey took the Dublin title in the girls U/18 60H.

In the U/12 600m final Sarah McDonnell was 7th after winning her heat. Christian Finn was 6th in the U/13 final having also won his heat earlier in the day. Jonathan Fitzsimmons was 4th in the U/14 800 final having ran very well but was boxed in early and led for a long time but faded in the last 100. Cillian Sheerin was 10th  in the U/15 boys final having put in a great effort in his heat to make the final.

 

Relays get Dublin Juvenile Indoors underway (photos added)

The Dublin Juvenile Indoor Championships got underway this evening at the NIA Abbotstown with the even ages relays. All the Clonliffe teams put in strong performances with the girls U/16 squad of Holly, Alex Kristen, Blaise and Emma taking Dublin silver. Likewise the U/14 boys battled into their final and were rewarded with bronze (Callum, Jonathan, Cian and Alex). Great efforts also by the U/14 girls team of Aoife, Orla, Ava and Ameile who were 3rd in their heat and narrowly missed final qualification, likewise the U/12 girls team of Sarah, Sally-Ann, Rebecca and Ava just missed out on reaching their final.

The Championships take a break now until resuming next weekend.

Golden day at Dublin Juvenile Cross Country

With Storm Brian having run out of breath it was a much more pleasant day than anticipated for the Dublin (even ages) Juvenile Cross Country Championships today. Abbotstown was the venue where thankfully the course had been changed from last year to a shorter much more spectator and athlete friendly 1500 loop. Despite yesterday`s rain with the good grass covering underfoot conditions were perfect. It proved to be a memorable day for the club with golden performances from the U/16 girls and U/18 boys.

The Clonliffe crew started gathering from early with teams entered from U/12s upwards. All looked determined and here to do the business. Whatever about Storm Brian running out of breath this was something that simply wasn`t going to happen to these young Harriers!

First into battle were the U/12 girls team running 2000m, 2 of the 1k loops. The Clonliffe girls Sorcha O`Connor, Rachel Hargen, Jessica Howlet and Katie Faherty put in really great efforts, doing themselves proud. Likewise the U/12 boys battled away gamely and came through the race with flying colours with Cian O`Hare placing 6th and making the Dublin team for nationals, great runs also by Christian Finn and Kahrl Balaro.

Next up the girls U/14 facing 2 of the 1500 laps. These girls have been training very hard since the Summer and boy did it show. Really strong runs from Naoise Cullen, Lara Gallagher, Amy Sheehy and Hollie Foy. The boys U/14 team of Cillian Sheeran, Jack Woods, Ronan Donohue, Keith Burke and Jakub Niedziolka are an equally determined group and again must be pleased with some quality runs.

The U/16 girls team have been looking good all Autumn putting in great sessions twice a week and it paid off in spades today. The whole team put in real gritty runs and produced an outstanding result winning the Dublin team title. Great runs from Sarah Bateson, 4th,  team captain Abbie Sheehy 5th, Alana Fitzsimons, moving up from U/15,  8th, Ella Brown 12th, this scoring four fantastically backed up by Aoife Hession, another U/15, 13th, Vicky McDonnell 19th and Cara Curran Beggs 25th.

The U/16 boys were lead by experienced campaigner Daragh Carter who continues to improve placing 5th, next in on his Clonliffe debut was Callum Simpson 12th, Dermot Buckley 14th, Alex Neuroth, also on his debut and yet another debut man Kristof Cancrz 26th. The team took an excellent team silver.

On then to the U/18s, unfortunately injury during the week took half of the team out so only two girls lined up. U/17 athlete Aimee Warren was 10th, and makes the Dublin team for Nationals just behind her in 11th was Hannah Browne, by her own admission not a great lover of the country, likewise making the Dublin team for the Nationals.

Then at the end of the Championships another golden team performance by the U/18 boys. Lead home by the strong front running Eferon Gidey with a first Dublin individual title, the team of U/17 Aaron Cullen an excellent 4th, then 8th Craig Giles, 9th Daniel Lacey, 10th Ben Guiden, also moving up a year, 12th Jordan Byrne, 16th another U/17 Ian McAlweney and 19th Stephen Cashin took gold back to Santry.

Fantastic stuff from the Black and Amber, congratulations to all of our athletes on their efforts today. Pretty darn impressive!

Juveniles hit Tullamore for final time

The Juvenile track and season came to an end today in Tullamore with the final day of the Nationals. It was also a final track outing for Sean O`Leary in the juvenile ranks as he moves on now to junior and soon senior…only seems like yesterday that a tall young boy with a GAA back round wandered into the Morton Stadium more concerned with how to be quicker in Division 22 hurling than training to be a runner, and look at him now….going home this evening as the 3d best U/19 1500 athlete in the country, goes to show!

So starting off fittingly on the day that`s in in with the U/19 1500 where Sean O`Leary was 3rd in 4.04.76. In the U/18s after heats in the morning Craig Giles was 4th (4.08.94), he had ran 4.23.38 earlier, Daniel Lacey was 10th 4.22.58, after a 4.16.52 heat. A tired Jordan Byrne ran 4.33.08 in his heat. U/17 Aaron Cullen was also a tired looking athlete today placing 6th in the U/17 (4.14.32). In the U/16s again the Clonliffe lads were tired after a long season Dermot Buckley was 12th (4.34.01) with Daragh Carter 16th (4.42.39).

Girls U/16 Sarah Bateson was 11th in 5.19.51. In the U/15s Alana Fitzsimons was best of the Clonliffe trio 11th in 5.21.23, with Katie Halpin 5.35.43 and Aoife Hession 5.43.88.

In the 200s Sally Sumola took national U/14 bronze with a 27.04, after a 27.53 in her heat. Emma McDonnell was 4th U/15 26.68. There were three Clonliffe girls n this final, Emma was 4th with Holly Roche 7th (27.10) and Alex Toomey 8th (27.36). U/17 where both Rebecca Fitzsimons and Rapha Diamond-Ebbs made the final, 6th Rebecca 26.81 (earlier Rebecca had ran 26.30) and Rapha 7th 27.20, after a 27.19 in her heat. U/18 where Caitlin O`Reilly went out in the heats, with injury in 26.91.

Alexandra Lapiy was 4th in the U/17 Javelin (28.10m)

So the season comes to an end. Thanks to all our athletes for the commitment shown throughout the year, thanks in particular to the coaches and thanks to the parents for your support.

 

Giles wins National U/18 800 title plus day 2

Day 1 of the National Juvenile Championships yesterday in Tullamore saw Craig Giles successfully defend his 800 National tile. After a 2.01.01 heat he ran a superb 1.56.61 in the final and win the U/18 title.

Daniel Lacey was also in good form taking bronze in the U/18 3000 sc (10.12.92).

The rest of the crew all put in strong performances against the best athletes in the country. Young Jonathan Fitzsimons was 12th in the U/13 600 (1.44.34), in the girls U/15 800 13th Alana Fitzsimons (2.31.92), 14th Katie Halpin (2.33.66), U/16 10th Amy Hodson (2.27.66), U/18 7th Hannah Browne (2.26.81). In the U/15 High Jump Emma McDonnell was joint 5th (1.50M0 and Nicole Lapiy 10th U/14 javelin (21.98).

Day 2 today: Silver for Caitlin O`Reilly in the U/18 100 (12.23), silver also for Justinas Gedvilas U/19 Javelin, and bronze for Jonas Norvaisas U/13 shot in a new pb of 11.19m.

Other great performances in the 3000 where in the U/16 girls Sarah Bateson ran really well in her first national placing 9th in a new pb of 11.25.65. PB also for Daragh Carter U/16 of 9.59.14 and by both athletes in the U/17 Aaron Cullen 9.03.86 for an excellent 4th and Ben Guiden 8th in 9.29.85. U/17 Jordan Byrne was 12th (9.55.54).

Rebecca Fitzsimons also recorded a pb in the U/17 400 of 59.92, to make the final and 61.98 for 8th in the final. Rapha Diamond Ebbs was 5th in her 400 heat (63.04) and Jessica Deideku ran 13.36 in her U/17 100 heat.

All four relay teams medal in Irishtown

The even age Dublin Relays took place in Irishtown this evening. A fantastic team effort from the four Clonliffe teams in action saw all medal. The race of the evening was the U/18 girls 4 x 400 where the Clonliffe girls, Rapha, Rebecca, Cliona and Hannah were just superb and in a three way battle for the line lost out on the dip finish to DSD but took silver.

Silver was also won by the U/14 girls team of Sally, Hollie,  Naoisa and Orla in the 4 x 100 having battled through the heats and then were again excellent in the final.

Likewise the U/14 4 x 100 boys faced heats and then another great effort in the final by James, Jonas, Jonathan and Ronan saw them take bronze.

Bronze also for the U/16 girls 4 x 100 team of Cara, Sarah, Vicky and Amy (all middle distance athletes) after a fantastic battle particularly from Amy going from 5th to 3rd on the final leg.

Clonliffe U/15 girls win Dublin 4 x 100

The Dublin Juvenile Championships moved onto the relays (uneven ages) last night in Morton Stadium. Once again there was very good Clonliffe representation with lot of teams competing. Two of the teams excelled last night: the U/15 girls team of Emma McDonnell, Holly Roche, Kristin Mc Cready Hogan, and Katie Halpin winning 4 x 100 gold and the U/13 boys (Jonathan Fitzsimons, Cian O`Hare, Kahrl Balero and Oran Redmond) took 4 x 100 silver.

The final day of the Dublins is next Friday, the even age relays in Tallaght.

Juveniles add to medal collection in Tallaght

The Dublin Juvenile Championships continued tonight in Tallaght. The offering tonight was 1500s and high jump (rained off on Sunday). The first medals collected on the night came from the U/15 girls who ran an excellent race, it was great to see three black and amber vests at the front of the race, lead home by one of the hardest working athletes in this group Alana Fitzsimons who won her first Dublin title, 2nd was Aiofe Hession with Katie Halpin 4th, and making it through to National finals.

Another girl who had a great run tonight was Sarah Bateson in the U/16 race with a fantastic last lap to go from 4th to 2nd, adding another silver to her 3000 one from Saturday.

Daragh Carter took U/16 bronze with a, as always, battling Dermot Buckley 4th. The U/18 ans U/19 race was combined with great Clonliffe representation lead home with a flying finish by Craig Giles, winning the U/18 title from Sean O`Leary, U/19 gold and, after a fine run, Daniel Lacey U/18 silver. Good runs also by Jordan Byrne and Jack Horan.

In the high jump James McDonnell took U/14 bronze.

Relays are next: Unevens on Friday and Evens the following Friday.

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