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Men retain the National League title!

The Clonliffe Harriers men’s team have successfully defended the national league title. After a long battling day in Tullamore the men once again topped the charts in the premier division to continue the almost decade long dominance of the track and field team competition.

The win today was built on a total of 7 wins from Simon Galligan’s in the Hummer in the first event to Ian Guiden’s in the 5000 in the second last event. In-between maximum points were gathered by Greg Hosseny in the race walk Niall Counihan in the triple jump, Stephan Rice in the javelin, Jayme Rossiter 3000 sc and the 4 x 100 relay  team of Eamonn Fahey, Isreal Ibanu, Keith Marks and Keith Pike.High scores were chipped in during the course of the day by Keith Marks in the high jump and long jump, placing second in both, Timmy Crowe 3rd in the 110 H and 400H,  Luke Mangan 2nd 56 lb and 3rd in the shot, 3rd place finishes also from Thomas Pitkin in the 400 and Colm Rooney in the 1500.

Results:

Hammer, 1 Simon Galligan 58.87

56lb 2 Luke Mangan 6.82

Discus, 4 Matt Jarvis 32.35

Shot 3 Luke Mangan 12.63

Javelin 1 Stephen Rice 59.08

High jump 2 Keith Marks 1.90

Long jump 2 Keith Marks 7.06

Triple jump 1 Niall Counihan 13.70

Race walk 1 Greg Hossenny 16.13.43

100 4 Keith Pike 11.07

200 5 Eamonn Fahey 22.57

400 3 Thomas Pitkin 48.56

800 4 Cathal Doyle 1.55.21

1500 3 Colm Rooney 3.59.04

5000 1 Ian Guiden 14.59.08

110h 3 Timmy Crowe 17.07

400h 3 Timmy Crowe 56.52

3000 sc 1 Jayme Rossiter 9.08.70

4 x 100 1st 42.29

4 x 400 4th 3.29.09

Well done to Captain Joe Cooper, the Vice Captains, all the athletes, including those who competed in the earlier rounds, and the reserves today Manny Okeye, Sean Carrigg and Aaron Cullen.

 

 

 

 

Clonliffe men in Tullamore for League final on Saturday

The Clonliffe mens team head to Tullamore on Saturday morning for the National league final. The team are defending champions, having been the dominant force in this competition in recent years. The club captain has once again pulled together a very strong team, despite withdrawals through injury, and the team will be confident of putting in another fighting display.

The competition commences at 11.30am with the hammer and 110h and will conclude at 5.40pm with the 4 x 400 relay.

The team coach  coach will leave Morton Stadium at 9.00 am sharp for Tullamore. Athletes not travelling on the coach please let Joe Cooper know by text or phone call.

There will be a meal afterwards in clubhouse serving between 8.00-8.30pm.

The very best of luck to Joe and the team. Nil desperandum.

Clonliffe men for league final.

Both the Clonliffe men and women’s teams were in action at home yesterday in round two of the National League. Official results are now to hand the men’s team top the table making it through to the final. Despite a spirited flight the ladies didn’t quite make up the substantial deficit from round 1 and fell short.

The men of course are defending national league title holders and went into round 2 in a very healthy position. In Morton Stadium yesterday there were wins recorded by, amongst others, Simon Galligan in the hammer, the 4 x 100 relay team, Sean Carrigg in the 3000 SC to name but a few and also good solid pointscoring by amongst others Rolus Olusa, Timmy Crowe and Greg Hosseny.

The story of the day whoever was the performance of the Clonliffe women who really pulled out all the stops for captain Louise Carraher with the wins by the girls in the 4 x 100 relay being the highlight a great performance by the team of Snezana Bechtina, Leah Bergin, Emma Kelly and Lauren Carr. Lauren also put in a very solid performance in the 200 finishing 2nd and Leah Bergen took a fine win in the 400. Very good performance also in the middle distance events by young Sarah Bateson 3rd in the 1500, Laura Tuite 3rd in the 3000, in her first track race for two or three seasons, and Alannah Cooley in the 800. Good fighting displays from the team.

The men will look to try retain the title  in Tullamore on July 20th.

Teams for Round 2 national league Sunday

The second round of the National League takes place at HQ tomorrow, Sunday. The men currently top the standings as they maintain the defence of the national league title. The club captain Joe Cooper has pulled together another strong squad that undoubtedly will compete very well and they and all being well the team will progress final in July

The Clonliffe team is as follows:

100 – Leo Morgan, 200 – Eamon Fahey, 400 – Mark McDonald, 800 – Jarlath Jordan, 1500 – Eoin Taggart, 5000 – Sean O’Leary, 3000 SC -Sean Carrigg, pole vault – Dave Donegan, high jump -Eamon Fahey, long jump -Keith Marks, triple jump – Niall Counihan, 110 H – Rolus Olusa, 400 H -Timmy Crowe, hammer – Simon Galligan,  javelin -Alan Gunning, shotput – Luke Mangan, discus – Rolus Olusa, race walk- Greg Hossney, 56lbs- Luke Mangan, 4 x 100 (from) Leo Morgan, Keith Pike, Keith Marks, Eamon Fahey, Israel Ibanu,  4 x 400 (from): Mark McDonald, Timmy Crowe, Jarlath Jordan, Manny Okeye , Sean Carrigg.

Louise Carraher has a much better hand this time out and has confirmed the following team:

100m – Snezana Bechtina, 200m – Lauren Carr  400m – Leah Bergin 400H – Emer Treacy, 800m – Alannah Cooley ,1500m – Sarah Bateson, 3000m – Laura Tuite, 4x100m – Lauren, Leah, Emma, Snezana 4x400m – Snezana, Emma, Leah, Lauren Discus – Caoimhe Morris, High Jump – Lauren,  Shot – Emer T,  Hammer – Caoimhe Triple Jump – Snezana Long Jump – Emma Javelin – Emma.

 

Defence of Track & Field league title underway

With the senior men about to head to Finland on  Friday for the European clubs track and field championships the defence of the national league title got underway in Belfast yesterday. It was a positive day for the men’s team who ended the day on 128 points. maximum points were contributed on the day by Timmy Crowe who was first in the 400 hurdles, Keith Marks first in the long jump, Niall Counihan first in the triple jump, Leo Morgan first in the 100, Sean Carrigg first in the 3000, Rolus Oulsa was first in the pole vault and  finished second in the 110 hurdles. Second also for Stephen Cashin in the 5000, Stephen deserving great credit for his performance running a time of 16.01, only two seconds slower than his time 24-hour’s earlier in the Leinster schools Championships. Their were batting performances also put in by Jordan Byrne in the 1500, Greg Hossney in the 800 and all contributed enormously to the successful trip up north. (Official results not yet to hand).

The ladies team endured a pretty difficult day, the team having been hit drastically by withdrawals meaning that the ladies captain was not in a position to field athletes in several middle distance events. There were good performances put in on the day by the small team with several athlete doubling up and indeed more. Lauren Carr was second in the high jump, third in the 200 and was on both relay teams. Emma Kelly was fourth in the 400 hurdles, sixth in the javelin and also ran on the two relay teams. Likewise Leah Burgin was a multi-eventer, competing on the two relay teams and was second in the 400. Szenana Bechtina was fifth in the 100 hurdles, second in the triple jump, third in the 100 and was on the two relay teams. Capt Louise Carraher also battled away and was fifth in the long jump, sixth in the 800 and was also on the 4×400 team. A win on the day came in the hammer from Caoimhe Morris and she also took second in the discus. The team ended the day on 66 points.

Round two of the league takes place in Santry at the end of June.

Teams for 1st Round of League

The National track and Field league commences on Sunday with the Clonliffe men and women’s teams travelling to Belfast for round one.

The men’s team for Sunday is: 100 – Leo Morgan, 200 – Pascal Touche, 400 – Cian Bolger, 800 – Jarlath Jordan, 1500 – Jordan Byrne, 5000 – Stephen Cashin, 3000 SC – Sean Carrigg, Race Walk – Greg Hossney, 110 hurdles – Rolus Olusa, 400 hurdles – Timmy Crowe, pole vault – Rolus Olusa, long jump – Keith Marks, high jump – Eamonn Fahey, triple jump – Niall Counihan, shot – Rolus Olusa, discus – Matt Jarvis, hammer – Simon Galligan, javelin – Stephen Rice, 56 LBS – Matt Jarvis, 4 X 400 – (from) Pascal Touche, Cian Bolger, Keith Marks, Timmy Crowe, Jarlath Jordan, Jordan Byrne Greg Hossney,  4 X 100 (from) Leo Morgan, Keith Marks, Keith Pike, Eamonn Fahey, Pascal Touche, Rolus Olusa.

Women’s team will be posted once to hand.

Team boss for Belfast will leave Morton Stadium at 8:30 AM sharp.

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.

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