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Clonliffe make it four in a row!

The Clonliffe Men’s team battled gamely in Tullamore at today’s National League final.   Having last year made it a hat-trick of wins in the premier division the team were not going to let the title and the prospect of a fourth successive title slip lightly from their grasp.  Thus a daylong battle ensued from the gun with Timmy Crowe taking to the track in the 110 hurdles to the conclusion of proceedings with the 4 x 400 relay at approximately 6 p.m.  In between the full range of track and field events and emotions to boot.

Despite the scoring system providing that it is a clubs 17 best events that counts towards the overall score a clear picture as to precisely how proceedings stood emerged from early such was the margin of victory.

Once again the field eventers proved to be particularly strong point scorers for Clonliffe with maximum points being scored by Niall Counihan in the triple jump, Keith Marks in the long jump, Stephen Rice in the javelin and Simon Galligan in the hammer.

There were also maximum points contributed on the track by Leo Morgan 100  Jayme Rossister 3000sc, Colm Rooney 1500 and 4 x 100 relay.

In addition there were high scoring points achieved across the range of events and whilst it is always unfair to single out individuals considerable praise must go to athletes who took in more than one event in particular Timmy Crowe who took in the 110 hurdles and the 400 hurdles, multi-eventer Rolus Olusa who contributed greatly to the points total in the pole vault, discuss and 4 x 100 relay, Luke Mangan in the shot and 56lbs.

At the end of a long, tiring and satisfying day the Clonliffe team topped the standings on 127 points from Galway City Harriers on 98 to make it four national track and field titles in a row and now look forward to a further European adventure in May of 2019..

Credit of course must go to the athletes for putting in such a strong effort after what has been a very long and tiring season, to the club captain Joe Cooper and to the coaches.

Nil desperandum.

Strong team heading to Tullamore for League defence

There is a strong Clonliffe team looking to defend the national league title in Tullamore this Sunday. Clonliffe are not only the reigning National League champions but also are looking to complete another double having captured the indoor league title at the commencement of 2018. A tough battle is expected with stiff competition all round and all will have to be at their best if there is to be any prospect of the national title being brought back to Santry.

The team is:

Race walk – Greg Hossenny

100 – Leo Morgan

200 – Pascal Touche

400 – Mark McDonald

800 – Richie Owens

1500 – Colm Rooney

5000 – David Flynn

110h/400h – Timmy Crowe

3000 SC – Jayme Rossiter

Pole Vaut/Discus – Rolus Olusa

Shot/56lbs – Luke Mangan

Hammer – Simon Galligan

Long jump – Keith Marks

Triple jump – Niall Counihan

High jump – Marcin Klincosz

Javelin – Stephen Rice

4 x 100 (from) – Leo Morgan, Pascal Touche, Keith Marks, Rolus Olusa, Mark McDonald

4 x 400 (from) – Mark McDonald, Timmy Crowe, Richie Owens, Colm Rooney, Sean Carrig, Pascal Touche.

The bus travelling to Tullamore will leave Morton Stadium on Sunday morning at 9 a.m. sharp.

Looks like both teams are heading to Tullamore!

Today saw round 2 of the National league take place in Morton Stadium. Both men and women`s teams put in really good performances with the men ending the day top of the pile and the women showing a quite remarkable return to form after a disappointing round 1 to finish 2nd. Looks like athletes will need to keep their training up a little longer with the final in Tullamore on August 19th.

Performance of the day went to Stephen Rice on his return to competition after injury with with a 67.70m throw just shy of his pb and then a monster throw of 75.55, but fouled!! Still a big win for the club. Other excellent wins included Leo Morgan`s 100 in a new pb of 10.74, the 4 x 100, Colm Rooney in the 1500, Simon Galligan in the hammer, Niall Counihan in the triple jump, Timmy Crowe 400H.

At the close of business the black `n`amber head the charts (provisionally) on 133, Finn Valley 116, Tipperary 104, Donore 98.

The women`s team really rallied today with the 4 x 100 team, who had won national u/19 24 hours previously, winning and likewise the 4 x 400. Wins also for Leah Moore in the 100 and Leah Bergin in the 400 and a 2nd place for Shannon Sheehy in the high jump. Other highlights included an excellent pb of 5.00.28 and 3rd place by the baby of the squad Sarah Bateson , who had put in a great run the previous day on the U/17 4 x 400 silver winning team in Tullamore, and of course from the ultimate club woman Snezana Bechtina 3rd place in both the pole vault and triple jump.

The provisionally results show Louth County 102, Clonliffe 97, Tipperary 91, Donore 90.

Northwood bound for round 1 of League

The Clonliffe men and women’s teams head to the Mary Peters track in Belfast for round 1 of the National League on Sunday morning.

Both teams are in the premier division with the men’s team on Sunday competing against Raheny Shamrocks, Donore Harriers, DSD, Crusaders, Kilkenny City Harriers and Finn Valley AC.

Drawn in the women’s group are DSD, Raheny, Donore, Finn Valley, Meath Athletics and Louth Athletics.

Round 2 follows at Morton Stadium on July 8th with the league final for those teams that make it through being the last track and field event of the season taking place in Tullamore on August 19th.

The men’s team are defending champions but will face very stiff competition this year, at stake is not only the National title but also a place in Europe at the European Champion Clubs Championships Group B. Whilst the women will look to make the final and thereafter hopefully be in the hunt for medals but really the goal from the women’s point of view, with what will be a team very much blending a mix of experience and youth, will be preservation of premier league status.

The coach for athletes competing on the teams on Sunday will leave Morton Stadium at 8.30 a.m. sharp. (Please let your caption know if you are making your own travel arrangements)

Good luck to all.

Clonliffe men retain National Indoor League title (updated)

The Clonliffe men continued their domination of the National Indoor League with their 3rd win in succession at the NIA Abbotstown today. The win came today from a great team effort by the entire squad. Having topped the standings after both rounds 1 and 2 the guys made sure today with impressive performances throughout the day. Maximum points were scored in 5 of the 11 events: David Donegan in the pole vault 4.10m, Keith Marks in the long jump 7.15m, Marcin Klinzow in the high jump 1.85m, Chris Sibanda in the 200 (22.17) and Dara Kervick 400 (48.50).

With very solid points then contributed (again) by Marcin, this time 3rd in the shot (11.63m), Niall Counihan 2nd in the triple jump (12.97), the 4 x 200 team were also 2nd, Leo Morgan 2nd in the 60 (6.93), Mark McDonald 3rd in the 800 (2.00.04) and young Greg Hosseny 4th in the 1500 (4.19.59) the win was assured. 1st Clonliffe 61 points, 2nd Menapians 52, 3rd Donore 48.

The women`s team put in a spirited display also today with Lean Bergin`s win in the 400 (58.67) providing the high light. Once again Snezana Bechtina demonstrated what club spirit is all about by featuring in a variety of events: 7th in the 200 (26.16), 4th Long Jump (4.78m), 5th Pole Vault (1.50m) and relay as the 4 x 200 team finished 5th (1.47.74). Likewise the younger Harriers put in big efforts with Rapha Diamond-Ebbs in particular 4th in both High Jump (1.50m) and 4th in the shot (7.11m). Alex Lappy was 6th in the 60H (10.89), Emma Kelly 7th in the 60 (8.59), Orna McGinley 5th in the 800 (2.26.09) and Alannah Cooley 6th in the 1500 (5.06.37). The womens eventually finished 7th, but great experience gained that will pay off in the future.

So the first team competition of 2018 and for the men: “Winner all right!”

Clonliffe Men out to retain indoor team title

The Clonliffe Men’s team who have been the dominant team since the inception of the National Indoor League will seek to retain their team title tomorrow Saturday the 3rd of February at the National Indoor Arena, Abbottstown.

A strong men’s team has been put together by the club captain which includes former National Indoor 400 champion and international athlete Dara Kervick and last week’s U/23 National long jump champion Keith Marks.

The team is: 60h – Rolus Olusa, 60m – Leo Morgan, 200m – Chris Sibanda, 400m – Dara Kervick, 800m – Mark McDonald, 1500m – Greg Hosseny, Pole Vault – David Donegan, Long Jump – Keith Marks, Triple Jump – Niall Counihan, High Jump and Shot – Marcin Klinzow, 4 x 200 (from) Keith Pike, Chris Sibanda, Leo Morgan, Mark McDonald, Keith Marks, Dara Kervick, Brian Gregan, Israel Ibeanu.

The Championships commences with the shot putt at 12 noon, the first track action is the 60 hurdles at 1 p.m. and the event will culminate with the exciting 4 x 200 relay.

The Clonliffe Women’s team have also successfully negotiated the rounds into tomorrow`s league final

The team is: 60h – Alex, 60m – Emma Kelly, 200m – Snezana Bechtina, 400m – Leah Bergin, 800m – Orna McGinley, 1500m – Alannah Cooley, Shot – Rapha Diamond-Ebbs, Pole Vault – TBC, Long Jump – Snezana Bechtina, High Jump – Rapha Diamond-Ebbs, Triple Jump – TBC.

The best of luck to both teams.

Clonliffe men retain National League title (updated)

The Clonliffe men successfully retained the National Track & Field Premier League title in pretty poor conditions indeed in Tullamore today. (Officially confirmed)

It was a win built firmly on the performances of the club`s field eventers where maximum points were taken in 6 of 9 field events: Dave Donegan winning the pole vault (4.20m), Simon Galligan the hammer (54.43m), Luke Mangan shot (13.34), Keith Marks high jump (1.75m), Andri Mahin triple jump (13.50m) and Stephen Rice javelin (58.41). To complete the almost total dominance in the field Luke Mangan was 2nd in the Weight for Distance, Keith Marks was 3rd in the long jump and Roulus Olusa 3rd in the discus.

On the track there was a win for the 4 X 100 team in 43.00 and then valuable top three scores in most events:

1500 Eoin Pierce 2nd (4.15.24), 100 Leo Morgan 2nd (10.88), 110H Rolus Olusa 3rd (15.45), 400H Timmy Crowe 3rd (56.35), 3000 race walk Greg Hosseny 3rd (15.59.48), Jayme Rossister 3rd in the 3000 sc in 9.43.50, Brian MacMahon 3rd in the 5000 (15.27.11), Richie Owens 3rd in the 800 1.57.03.

Other scores chipped in towards the win came from Mark McDonald who was 4th in the 400 (51.38) and then two 6th places Keith Marks 200 (23.52) and the 4 x 400 team.

At the end of a long day the Clonliffe men placed 1st with Crusaders AC, the margin, was significant, with Tipperary Country 3rd.

Final points:

1st Clonliffe 142

2nd Crusaders AC 130 points

3rd Tipperary County 109.5

4th Raheny 96 points

5th DSD 94.5

6th GCH 82 points

7th Menapians 73 points

With each team`s 4 worst scoring points to be dropped, the end result was Clonliffe 1st 125 points and Crusaders AC a single point behind on 124!

Many congratulations to Joe and the team and as always a huge thank you to the coaches. Nil desperandum!

Above: Keith Marks goes clear to win High Jump

National League Champions 2017


Clonliffe set to defend league title

The Clonliffe Harriers Men’s Team will defend the National League title on Sunday in Tullamore. After two qualifying rounds Sunday’s final includes seven clubs and one county.  Clonliffe will face Crusaders A.C., Leevale A.C., DSD, Galway City Harriers, Menapians A.C., Raheny Shamrocks and Tipperary County.

The winning club in this prestigious championship will represent Ireland in the European Clubs Track and Field next summer. An event at which Clonliffe performed superbly this year when the team finished 3rd in Group B in Portugal.

Proceedings will get underway in Tullamore at 11.30 a.m. and will conclude with the 4 x 400 at 5.20 p.m.

The team for Sunday is : 100/200 Leo Morgan,  400 Mark McDonald,  800 Richie Owens, 1500 Eoin Pierce, 5000 Brian MacMahon,  3000 sc Jayme Rossiter, 110H Rolus Oulsa, 400H Timmy Crowe,  PV Dave Donegan, Triple Jump Andri Mahin, Long Jump/High Jump Keith Marks, Shot/56 lbs Luke Mangan,  Hammer Simon Galligan. Discus Rolus Oulsa,  Javelin Stephen Rice,  Walk Greg Hossnney, 56lbs, 4×100 from K Pike. I Ibeanu. K Marks. R Oulsa. L Morgan. 4 x 400 from M. McDonald, T. Crowe, R. Owens, E. Pierce, AN Other.

Meet clubhouse at 9.00am on Sunday morning. All support welcomed!

Good luck to Joe and the team. Nil desperandum.

Men lead standings after round 1 of league

Clonliffe Harriers defending champions, and 3rd place in the European Clubs B Group this year, got the defence of the national title off to a tip top start in topping the standings at the end of the first round.

Clonliffe were drawn for the round in the Tallaght stadium along with DSD, Raheny, St. Abbans, Kildare County, Donore Harriers and Finn Valley.

With wins clocked up by Rory Gunning in the javelin (56.25m), Andri Mahin in the triple jump (13.41m), in the Hammer Simon Galligan (55.80m), Pole Vault David Donegan (4.20m) and Leo Morgan in the 100 (10.98) things got off to a very solid start. 2nd place positions and good points contribution were also chipped in by Eoin McCullough in the Steeplechase (10.14.71), Rouls Olusa, 2nd in the 110 hurdles in 16.39 and 2nd also in the Discus (37.41m) and also double 2nd by Keith Marks – High Jump 1.90m, Long Jump 7.06m, there was also 2nd place by Luke Mangan in the shot (14.24m).  In the relay the 4 x 100 team also placed 2nd 43.50 and indeed the 4 x 400 squad were also 2nd 3.27.47.  Other Clonliffe performances in Tallaght included Mark McDonald running a 400 PB in 3rd place of 50.58, young Greg Hosenay finishing 3rd in the 3000 walk, Adam O’Brien 4th in the 1500 and Dara Kervick 4th in the 200 (22.33).  In the 800 Shaun Connaghan was 7th in the 800 in 2.02.20 and Liam Roarty was a fine 3rd in the 5000 in 15.55.15.

At the end of the day Clonliffe had 125 points and topped the standings between the two venues.

The Women’s team were also in action in Tallaght but not being in a position to cover all of the events found the going fairly tough and ended the day in 6th place.  There was a win on the day in the javelin from Denise Byrne (35.93) and maximum points also contributed by Caoimhe Morris in the Hammer (42.20).  Some of the club’s younger athletes put in fine performances, notably Hannah Browne 3rd in the 1500, Rebecca Fitzsimons 5th in the 100, Raffa Diamond Ebbs 6th in the Long Jump and then both girls competing on the 4 x 100 relay team that placed 4th.  Other performances from the ladies on the day:  Emma Kelly 4th in the 400 hurdles (71.70), Leah Bergin 4th in the 400, Louise Carragher 5th in the 3000, Emma Kelly 4th in the 200, Eimear Treacy 3rd in the 800 (2.23.52), in the 4 x 400 relay the team placed 3rd (4.06.86), Denise Byrne also placed 6th in the Shot Putt (7.51) and 3rd in the Discus whilst Diana Markina was 5th in the High Jump.

The second round of the league takes place on July 30th.

The beat goes on: Clonliffe men win National Indoor League

The Clonliffe men continue to sweep the boards. After wins on the country from the Novice and Intermediate men today it was the track and field team to once again claim top spot and retain the Irish Life Health National Indoor League title at the truly magnificent National Indoor Arena.

In truth it was never really in doubt. The men were just unstoppable and with a magnificent seven wins in the end won by a country mile: 93 points to 64 for 2nd and 3rd.

David Donegan got the team off to a winning start in the pole vault (4.30m) and this continued with Keith Marks once again setting a new club record in the long jump (7.12m) as he also bagged maximum points. Likewise Niall Counihan took all points on offer in the triple jump (14.15m).

On the track there were wins recorded by Chris Sibanda in the 60m in a very fast 6.87 (a mere 100th shy of Keith Pike`s club record) and by Rolus Olusa in the 60H (8.57), Rolus was again a star performer as he was 2nd in the shot (11.20m). Dara Kervick impressed greatly in his first outing in almost a year to win the 400 in 48.85 and then to produce an outstanding 3rd leg in the 4 x 200 to propel the team from 3rd to 1st (team: Theo Cruz, Stuart Roche, Dara and Chris Sibanda).

Great work from the rest of the lads: Andrea Mahin 2nd in the high jump (1.90m), Mark McDonald 3rd in a tactical 800 (2.01.10), Theo Cruz 5th in the 200 (22.70) and also from the youngest team member Greg Hossenny an excellent 4th in the 1500 (4.17.41, a pb).

Fantastic work by the whole team and their coaches with John Shields in particular.

The Clonliffe women battled away all afternoon but really found themselves up against it and ended the day in 7th place. There was a good win by Ciara McCallion in the 400 (58.01), a 2nd place in the 1500 for Emer O`Brien (4.49.72) and 3rd place for Emer Treacy in the 800 (2.23.45) but that was as good as it got. Snezana Bechtina was 7th in the 60H (10.94) and 6th in the pole vault. Denise Byrne placed 6th in the shot (8.12m) and 8th in the long jump (4.30). Emma Kelly was 7th in the 200 (27.24) and Maria Magina was 8th in the high jump (1.15). There was a positive enough conclusion to the competition by the girls with a solid 4×200 relay performance that delivered a 4th place.

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