Friday 23 August 2019

Club Call

The group of 24 athletes from New Ross Boat Club at the Ghent International Regatta
The group of 24 athletes from New Ross Boat Club at the Ghent International Regatta
Members of the Irish ITF Academy who travelled to the German open international, (from left): Mark Henebery, Rosie Loughran, Jack Devereux, Jack Redmond, Mr Flaherty (instructor), Cormac Clare, JJ McGrath, Neil Jordan, Zoe Evans

New Ross Boat Club - A group of 24 rowers from New Ross Boat Club travelled to Belgium to compete at the annual Ghent International Regatta which is held over two days and sees crews from all over Europe compete, including a number of clubs from Ireland.

Saturday saw great success on the water with our first medals going to our very young athletes Heather Ferguson and Mabel Schwartz who claimed silver in the JW12 2X final.

It wasn't long until our Junior women's coxless four crew of Laura Brown, Shona Tierney, Aoife Coughlan and Lily O'Keeffe took to the water, claiming bronze medals.

The JW double of Aoife Coughlan and Lily O'Keeffe entered a strong filed of 37 crews and took sixth place, finishing as the fastest Irish crew in this category.

The last medals came from the Junior women's 4X crew of Laura Brown, Shona Tierney, Jess Doyle and Faye Prendergast who took silver just 0.36 seconds behind the winners, Henley R.C.

Sunday saw some more great races from all New Ross crews, with the Junior women's 4X of Laura Brown, Jess Doyle, Aoife Coughlan and Lily O'Keeffe coming third, just 1.29 seconds behind winners Henley.

All 24 athletes represented their club at a high level, with great experience gained by our Junior members. A huge thanks to all coaches and parents who travelled and helped out in any way.

A special thanks to Derek O'Keeffe and Seán Sutton who travelled long hours to deliver our boats safely to this event.

Training is now stepped up for the next eight weeks in preparation of the Irish national championships taking place on July 14-16 at the National Rowing Centre in Cork.


The U.S.A.C. Juveniles completed a very successful Wexford track and field championship in Enniscorthy, with lots of great performances and plenty of medals.

The day had many highlights with many athletes achieving their personal best times on the track and personal best distances and heights in the field events.

These highlights included a sprint gold for Aaron Browne in the Under-16 80m and a sprint silver for Oisín Mac Eochaidh in the Under-14 80m, where Seán Barry and Owen Lennon also made the final.

For the second week in a row the Striders excelled in the middle distance events. Over 600m, Myles Hewlett won the Under-13 event, with Eoin Shannon finishing third.

With the distance up to 800m, Aidan Shannon, Adam O'Connor and Cian Flanagan won their respective Under-14, Under-15 and Under-16 events with fantastic performances.

Against a competitive field, including some real speedsters, Aedan Rogers decided to lead from the gun and judged the pace to perfection to win gold in his Under-18 800m event.

Likewise the girls had middle distance success, with Rebecca Bawden leading out her 800m race and finishing strongly to win gold, ahead of Alanah Byrne in third place.

In the final middle distance race of the day, Elaina Browne ran a perfect race to claim another gold in the girls' Under-19 event. In the race walking events, all three Striders excelled with podium finishes. In her competitive debut, Ciara Murphy won gold in a thrilling finish in the Under-14 girls' event over 1k.

In the same race Isabel Bawden won bronze, despite being a year out of her age group. After some great performances in schools events recently, it was no surprise to see Ryan Kielthy win gold in his 2k walk. In blustery conditions, Louise Doyle and Conor Murphy did really well to win medals in the high jump event. Louise had some good training sessions and won gold in her first competitive attempt.

Likewise, Conor's training programme paid dividends as he equalled his P.B., in adverse conditions, to win silver.

In the throws, Oisín Mac Eochaidh and Darragh Flannelly won gold and silver in the Under-14 shot putt event.

The best event of the day for the Striders was undoubtedly the Under-13 javelin, where Cosmo Hewlett, Eoin Shannon and Myles Hewlett filled the first three places. A great championship wrapped up for the Striders with relay medals for the following - bronze, Under-12 boys (Seán Lennon, Luca O'Connor, Olan Delaney, Sam Myers, Ronan Shannon); silver, Under-14 boys (Seán Barry, Owen Lennon, Oisín Mac Eochaidh, Aidan Shannon); silver, Under-16 girls (Eve Byrne, Aoife Nic Eochaidh, Aisling Power, Louise Doyle, Erinn Shannon); bronze, Under-16 boys (Cian Flanagan, Conor Murphy, Adam O'Connor, Ryan Kielthy).

Well done to all U.S.A.C. athletes who participated.


The Irish I.T.F. Academy travelled to Bochum, Germany, to compete in the second German open international on May 6.

The eight students won ten gold, twelve silver and five bronze between them.

The club trains in the Faythe school on Tuesday and Thursday and in the Gaelscoil in Enniscorthy on Monday and Wednesday.

Contact Suzanne on the IITF Facebook page for any enquiries.


SBR was busy this weekend taking in races around the region.

Joe Lillis started the weekend off well, finishing 6th in the Poulmucka Road Race on Friday night.

Pedro Calvo picked up the 1st SBR win of the weekend on Saturday morning and in the process broke Myles Gibbons' Gorey Park Run record with a lightning fast 16:23 for 5K.

Tomas Kavanagh took to the Tullow Park Run on Saturday and came away victorious as well placing 1st in a time of 17:52.

SBR was well represented at the Holy Cow 10 Mile in Tinahely Sunday along the Wicklow Way.

On a very hilly course, Tom Hogan and Myles Gibbons finished first and second. Noel Kennedy finished a strong fourth and Patrick Curley rounded out a great SBR finish in fifth.

At the Vinegar Hill 5 Mile in Enniscorthy, SBR had some strong showings as well.

Mairead O'Neill was first home for the club on the day in 42:16 and she was followed by Frances Murphy in 43:36, Tom Kavanagh in 44:19 and Stephen O'Leary in 52:58. Well done all!

Further afield, Paul Gibbons won the 5K at the Club La Santa in Lanzarote and Louise Kehoe was the first woman home.

A nice evening in Gorey kicked off the SBR Summer League with 29 finishers over the 5K distance this past Wednesday.

A moment of silence for the late Noel Hendrick of DMP who passed away this past week was had before the race led by Lukie Kehoe.

The men's race was won by Myles Gibbons in 16:51 after a duel with his brother Paul who finished in 17:01. Christine Hill led out the women finishing in a fantastic 22:54 ahead of Louise Kehoe and Lisa Murphy.

Please join us on Wednesday in Ferns at 7:30PM (registration at 7PM) for 5K as the SBR Summer League continues. The League is for non-affiliated runners who want to sample club running or any SBR runners.

Full results, fixtures and club information at


Sunday saw another day of amazing performances from Bree Athletic Club athletes in Lexlip at the Leinster Relay competition.

Bree Ac travelled with four teams and all four teams made the podium with one bronze and three gold placings.

First team on the track was our under 11 girls and despite a comfortable win in the heat they went into the final in fifth place and we're not expected to make the podium.

But these four young ladies showed pure grit, determination and with the help of good baton changes crossed the line in third.

It's those moments when a bronze can sometimes mean more than gold. Super achievement girls. The team is Ciara Wilson, Johanna Chapman, Ciara Laffan and Katie Doyle.

The under-13 boys were up next and to be fair they did carry the burden of expectation as they had produced good form in previous relay competitions.

This is a strong panel of five athletes and it was great to be able to run each athletes between the heat and final.

They won the heat with some ease which again put even more pressure on them but they proved pressure was all they needed to excel even further crossing the line in gold meal position taking 0.34 seconds off their heat time.

The under-13 team boys of Sean Rowley, Shane Doran, Robbie Chapman, Ryan Whelan and Oisin Rochford.

The youngest team of the day we're first up after lunch and again with a strong panel all five members were able to compete in the under-10 relay.

These young ladies, although only eight and nine years old, took to the track as though they had been competing for years.

Again it was a comfortable win in the heat but this didn't stop them pushing hard in the final finishing in gold place and again beating their own semi time by 1.26 seconds. The under-10 team on the day was Leah Bolger, Keira Wilson, Maura Doyle and Ciara Laffan.

The under-12 girls were the last to compete and ran a fantastic heat to finish first and we're clear favourites going into the final.

We always say anything can happen in a final but despite a few mishaps with changes they fought hard and never eased up and even though it may not have been as comfortable as the semi they crossed the line gold medalists.

The under-12 girls team is Amelia Furlong, Gracie Kehoe, Katie Doyle, Abbie Doyle and Johanna Chapman.

Thanks to athletes and parents who travelled on Sunday and helped make the day the success it was. Next competition is the All-Irelands.

On Wednesday and Saturday Leinster Schools competitions were held.

Congratulations to Bree AC athletes Sophie Codd and Darragh Casey who both finished in bronze medal position in the Intermediate 100m Hurdles.

Congratulations also to Aoife Cloke Rochford who just seems to be going from strength to strength with a super win and yet another Pb in the Senior 100m.

Well done to all three and best of luck in the All-Irelands.

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