Wexford teams fare well in league tests

Juvenile and field season ends

Published 21/07/2015 | 00:00

Danika Gilshinan of Menapians taking gold in the girls' under-13 600m in Tullamore
Danika Gilshinan of Menapians taking gold in the girls' under-13 600m in Tullamore
Luke Byrne of Adamstown AC en route to bronze in the boys' under-14 800m final

Wexford fielded two county teams in the second leg of the National League in Santry on Sunday. Menapians also fielded two teams in the league with their competitions being held in Athlone.

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The Wexford women were in a good position in the Premier Division coming into the second leg, standing on 130 points from the first round. With a few injuries to contend with as well as Sophie McCabe's absence due to international duty with Ireland in Scotland, the team of ten gave their all to come away with a score of 84 points, which should be enough to see them into the National League final in two weeks' time.

The Wexford women's team consisted of Fiona Kehoe (Kilmore), Ciara Wilson, Christina Furlong and Eimear Doherty (D.M.P.), Shannon Wall (Adamstown), Catherine Walsh (Slaney Olympic), Elizabeth Egan and Catherina Corcoran (Bree), Sinéad Maloney (St. Killian's) and Emma Owens (St. Paul's) with team manager Eamonn Owens.

They had a number of top-scoring events, including Fiona Kehoe in the 800m, Sinéad Maloney in the long jump and Christina Furlong in the hammer. Eimear Doherty was also joint winner in the high jump.

The men were competing in the First Division and the very youthful team held their own and await confirmation of whether the points earned were enough to seal their place in the final.

The team consisted of Joe Mooney (Adamstown), Shane Connick and Kieran Murphy (St. Paul's), Tim Bowler, Peter O'Connor, Chris St. Claire-Johnson, Cathal Byrne, Ciarán Joyce and James Fortune (Enniscorthy), and Peter O'Shea (D.M.P.) with team managers Peter Connick, Shane Connick and Paddy Morgan.

The final Juvenile track and field event of the 2015 season saw a number of Wexford athletes make a last trip to Tullamore on Saturday for the national relay and Juvenile 'B' championships.

The Menapians boys' Under-17 4 x 100m relay team once again did the work to bring home the national title in another championship best performance time of 44.71. The team of John Murphy, Sam O'Neill, Luke O'Neill and Ciarán Maher as anchor stormed out of the blocks and held steady with a resounding break away over the final few metres to be crowned All-Ireland champions, while team-mate David McDonald was simultaneously on Irish relay team duty, breaking the Irish Youth record in Scotland.

Also on the track in Tullamore Taghmon's Hannah Roche-Kelly made it to the Under-14 80m sprint final in the 'B' All-Ireland championships and ran a storming race from blocks to line to take a silver medal.

In the middle distance races the star of the show was Danika Gilshenan from Menapians in the girls' Under-13 600m. Danika had a difficult task in a timed heat, but took full advantage of her early lead to clock a championship best performance and take the gold medal.

In the boys' Under-12 600m there was another difficult task for Adamstown's Ben Wall, who finished the first heat in second position but had to wait on times to see if he was in medal position. Just one tenth of a second away from the silver, Ben was awarded the bronze medal for a storming 600m race. Clubmate Luke Byrne had the benefit of a straight final in the boys' Under-14 800m and, running a new P.B., also earned a bronze medal in a time of 2.26.29.

In the throws, Wexford saw more success when Eadaoinn Stafford from Adamstown defended her title in the girls' Under-15 shot putt and took the highest spot on the podium for the second year in a row. Also in the shot, Menapians' Nathan Murphy showed that hard work does pay when he threw a new P.B. to take the national gold in the boys' Under-13.

In the jumps, gold was on the way for Enniscorthy's Saidbhe Byrne in the Under-12 long jump when she put in a Trojan leap to earn the top spot on the podium. Maeve Hayes from St. Paul's did the double in the jumps, taking silver medals in both the girls' Under-14 long jump and high jump, showing great promise as a jumper.

This rounds off an extremely successful track and field season for the Wexford Juveniles with outstanding performances across the disciplines. A few more outings remain for those who will compete at Senior level and the youngest of the National League teams.

There are also the Celtic Games ahead for those called up to represent Ireland and of course the European Youth Olympics for Ryan Carthy-Walsh, who departs for Georgia with Team Ireland on Wednesday, July 22.

Wexford's strongest squad ever travelled to Scotland on Friday to Grangemouth Stadium to represent Ireland in the schools international track and field which took place on Saturday.

Returning on Saturday night with two international medals, the Wexford boys and girls did themselves proud against strong opposition, particularly from England, but also from Scotland and Wales.

Representing Good Counsel College on Team Ireland was Ryan Carthy-Walsh (Adamstown) who was in top form ahead of his trip to Georgia. Ryan took one of seven golds for Ireland with a brilliant leap of 2.07m in the high jump, making it a resounding victory for the 15-year-old who was travelling outside of Ireland to compete for the first time.

No stranger to the Irish vest, Menapians' David McDonald, representing Wexford C.B.S., was first out of the blocks for the Irish relay team in the 4 x 100m. David and his team-mates won silver, but set a new Irish Youths record in the process with a brilliant time of 41.68, smashing the previous record by over a second.

Also representing their country, Wexford, clubs and schools with pride were Kathlyn Furlong (Coláiste Abbáin and D.M.P.) in the hammer; Chloe Whelan (Mean Scoil Gharman and Menapians) in the 300m hurdles, and Sophie Whelan (Mean Scoil Gharman and Bree) in the triple jump.

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