May 14, 2011 [Noel Guiden] There was a very good turn out of young Clonliffe athletes for round 3 of the Dublin Juvenile League held in the Morton Stadium last night. For the second successive weekend once the weather was kind as the heavy downpours of Friday afternoon gave way to warm evening sunshine although by the time proceedings came to an end it was pretty chilly to say the least. The Clonliffe youngsters again put in top class efforts with some very strong showings from these stars of tomorrow, high lights as in Tallaght last Friday included a noteable double win by Keelan Twomey, another starring role from Ruth Bergin and an almost clean sweep from the girls U/16 sprinting squad.
Starting with the sprinters, Ella Brown was 3rd in the U/10 girls 60m. In the U/11 event Lola O`Liadha was 2nd with Sol O`Liadha 3rd. In the boys U/11 Jordan Broy was 2nd in his race, Dylan Johnston, running his first race for Clonliffe was 3rd in his heat, with David Tuite just behind in 4th. Ruth Begin warmed up for her favoured distance race with a fine 3rd in the U/12 80m. Then Keelan Twomey took to the track picking up where he had left off in last weeks round with an excellent win in the boys U/12 80m. A fine win also in his U/13 80m race by Timothe Lawless with training partner Joseph Hession breathing down his neck in 2nd. Good run also from Darren Lawler 4th in his heat. A great run in the girls U/14 80m by Sarah Lynott as she took 2nd place and also by Peter Taylor in the boys U/14 in 4th. Finally the U/16 girls were the class of the field in the 100m as Shauna Reilly was 1st, Megan Coomber 2nd and Ciara Lynott 5th.
In the night`s distance races the girls U/10 team place 5th, Ella Brown, 7th Ella Bergin and 8th Aoife Hession. In the U/12 500 Ruth Bergin took up the running just at half way and powered to a comfortable win, a great finish in this race saw Lauren Carr take 3rd place with Clina Cooley not far off in 5th. Keelan Twomey had a great battle down the finishing straight of the U/12 boys 500 to hold on for a great win, his second of the night.
The U/13 boys resumed their inter club battle in the 600m with great runs from all the guys, Joseph Hession turning the tables on Timothe this time finishing 3rd with Timothe 5th after a great home staright sprint. Good runs also from Darren and Kevin Lionel Messi in this one. Amy McGrath showed a great turn of speed in the girls U/13 race taking 3 places over the final 150m to finsh 6th.
The older athletes ran 1200m. Paddy O`Hanlan once again ran a great race taking up his rivalry with his Tallaght AC counterpart, with the same outcome as these two finished well ahead of the chasing pack with Paddy 2nd. Alannah Cooley battled hard in the girls race to 9th place. Cathal Doyle made his long awaited debut for Clonliffe, however, luck was against him as a knee injury flared up mid race to hamper his progress as he finished in some considerable pain in 7th place. Finally the girls U/15 squad all ran very well as their hard training pays off, great runs from Stephanine McCaul 5th, Laura Tuite 6th, Sally Aherne 9th and Kate Hession 10th.
In the field events Timothe Lawless took his second win of the night winning the boys U/13 shot by three place meters with a best of 8.78m. A great win also by Lola O`Liadha in the U/11 ball thrown. While a tired Paddy O`Hanlon was 2nd in the boys U/14 high jump.
In all an excellent outing for these athletes with over 20 top 3 finishes. The final round is next Friday in Irishtown with the Clonliffe club championships two days later on Sunday the 22nd.