The Clonliffe men’s stranglehold on the National Indoor League continues unabated. Round two of the National Indoor League took place in Athlone IT with the combined totals from day 1 and 2 deciding the Championship. The National Indoor League competition commenced in 2016 and since its inception the Clonliffe men have dominated winning the title every year with that streak continuing to include 2019. So it`s an Indoor four in a row!
The men’s team headed into Day 2 in a very strong position courtesy of an excellent showing in round 1 at the NIA Abbotstown two weeks ago. That form continued today with Eamonn Fahey in particular being one of the main drivers. Eamonn was 1st in the 200 in 22.36 and proving that he really is an all rounder was 2nd in the high jump (1.70m).
Niall Counihan also contributed excellently today winning the triple jump in 13.01m. Jarlath Jordan finished 4th in the 1500m in 4.20.20 and an injured Timmy Crowe just completed the 400. The 4 x 200 team of Niall Counihan, Mark McDonald, Pierce Friel and Val Strogans took 2nd in 1.35.65.
The Clonliffe team were well ahead of the chasing pack amassing a total of 105.5 from Donore 84 and Raheny 77.5 meaning that the National Indoor league title remains in Santry.
The women’s team put in a very solid day`s work in Athlone today. This team being a combination of youth and experience and probably performed better than they had expected finishing up in 4th place on 75 points behind defending champions DCH who once again prevailed.
Positive performances from the girls today with Rebecca Fitzsimons 1st in her 200 heat and 3rd overall in 26.28. Leah Bergin was 1st in her 400 heat and also 3rd overall (58.63). The 4 x 200 relay squad of Rebecca, Leah, Emma Kelly and Lauren Carr also finished 3rd in 1.47.42. Hannah Browne was 4th in the 1500 5.18.91. Once again Snezana Bechtina displayed all the attributes of a top club athlete finishing 3rd in the triple jump 9.30m and 5th in the high jump 1.30m
Well done to both teams today and to the club captains and coaches for the work in preparing the athletes.