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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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Teams for National Indoor League Final

The Indoor League final takes place on Saturday at Abbotstown. Both the Clonliffe men and womens teams have successfully negotiated safe passage to the final. The men are the defending champions whilst the women were runner up last year. The two squads are very strong and include: Brian Gregan, Dara Kervick and Keith Marks on the men`s team  and Ciara McCallion, Denise Byrne and Emer O`Brien all looking to score maximum points for the women

Men`s team: 60m Chris Sibanda, 200m Brian Gregan, 400m Dara Kervick, 800m Mark McDonald, 1500m Greg Hossenny, 60H Rolus Olusa, long jump Keith Marks, triple jump Niall Counihan, High Jump Anrea Mahin, Pole Vault Dave Donegan, shot Luke Mangan. 4 x 200 (from) Stuart Roche, Dara Kervick, Theo Cruz, Leo Morgan, Isreal Ibeanu, Mark McDonald, Chris Sibanda.

Women`s team: 60m Leah Bergin, 200m Emma Kelly, 400 Ciara McCallion, 800 Emer Treacy, 1500 Emer O`Brien, 60H/Pole Vault Snezana Bechtina, High Jump Maria Magina, Long Jump/Shot Denise Byrne.

Teams through to final as Gregan solos to Euro standard

The big news from Round 2 of the indoor league is Brian Gregan`s solo 47.07 season`s opener inside the European Indoor standard! Both the Clonliffe men and womens team came through today`s round in Athlone and will line up in the final at the National Indoor Arena in Abbottstown next Saturday February 4th.

The men`s team were very strong once again, in addition to Brian Gregan`s win both Andri Mahin and Niall Counihan delivered maximum points. Andri winning the high jump with 1.85m and Niall the triple jump with 14.00m. Chris Sibanda was 2nd in the 200 (22.35), and Niall Norman 6th in the 1500 (4.44.05).

In the guest races Richie Owens won the 800 (1.56.02),Mark McDonald was 4th in the 400 (51.06) and in the 200s Theo Cipriano Cruz was 2nd in his race in 23.03 while Stuart Roche ran 23.31 placing 4th in his.

Scoring maximum points for the women`s team was the ever reliable Ciara McCallion in the 400 winning in 56.48 and in the 1500 Emer O`Brien (4.43.83). Once again Snezana Bechtina chipped in with a good points scoring performance, 2nd in the 200 (25.47) and in true club spirit Orna McGinley togged out in the triple jump placing 7th with a 9.03m (a pb!!) and Diana Markina was 8th in the high jump (1.35m).

In the guest 400 races Leah Bergin had a win in 58.25 and Emma Kelly was 2nd in guest race 2 (61.33).

Well done to both teams on qualifying for next week`s final.

Men top Indoor league with 2 new club records

Today`s first round of the Indoor league in Athlone saw a dominant performance by the Clonliffe men topping the standings on 56 points from GCH on 39. This huge margin came as a result of 3 wins, 2 seconds and 1 third in the six events. Into the bargain two new club indoor records were set: Marius Containsius in the shot (15.88m) and Niall Counihan in the long jump (6.78m).

Wins came today from Marius in the shot, and then a double from Rolus Olusa: 60H in 8.72 and pole vault with a 3.60m best. In the long jump Niall Counihan was 2nd, likewise Keith Pike was 2nd in the 60m in 7.10 and Mark McDonald picked up 3rd in the 800 in 2.01.61. Guesting in the 60m Chris Sibanda was 1st in race 1 in 6.96 and Leo Morgan 1st in race 2 in 7.07. As if not busy enough Rolus also took in the 60m guest race recording a time of 7.24!

The women`s team were very light on the ground with four events only covered. Snezana Bechtina doubled up finishing 5th in the long jump (4.69) and 7th in the 60H (11.22). Ciara McCallion came down big time in distance finishing 7th in the 60m (7.99) and Emer Treacy also made a very valuable contribution 5th in the 800m (no times). The women ended the day in 7th on the table.


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