Gymstars: Well done to 14 gymnasts from the Gymstars club in Barntown who returned home from the Granada Acrobatic Cup with three out of the five groups making finals and three sets of much sought-after medals won also.
A party of 25 people flew out to Spain on Wednesday, May 25, comprising 14 gymnasts, two coaches and nine parents. This was the first time that the Gymstars club has taken part in the Granada Acrobatic Cup.
The club competed against clubs from Spain, France, Belgium, Italy and England to name but a few. The competition was a great success and Gymstars excelled.
In the Infantil section, Gymstars had a pair of Sinéad Kirwan and Sarah Murphy competing. The girls were very nervous but kept their cool and performed a fantastic routine.
Seventeen pairs took part in this section and only the top six scores make it through to finals. Sinéad and Sarah performed so well that they made it through to the finals in fifth place.
The sinals for the Infantil section took place the following day. The girls were second up and performed another fantastic routine, scoring higher than they did on the first day. The placing stayed the same and the girls were very happy to come in fifth overall in their first major international competition.
In the cadet section, Gymstars had two trios competing: Alison Doyle, Abby Mulligan and Mair Williams, plus Shauna Dunne, Frankie Moody and Shonagh McCourt. This was a very tough section and although both trios performed great routines, they didn't make it to finals.
In the Juvenile section, Gymstars had a trio of Sophie Graydon, Katie Mai McCabe and Ellen O'Brien. This trio had to perform two routines, one on Friday and one on Saturday.
The girls had their dynamic routine on Friday and, although they performed a great routine, they were not in a position for a place in finals. The trio performed a perfect balance routine and pulled up to sixth place overall to narrowly make it to the finals.
The finals took place on Sunday and the girls has to perform their dynamic routine again. They performed an even better routine second time around which pulled them up to fifth place overall, a fantastic achievement for them.
The club had the best results in the Junior section. This was the second highest section of the competition and our trio of Charlotte Bruce, Tara Doyle-Robinson and Sadhbh Quinn stole the show.
The girls had three routines to perform over three days, and you can win medals for each routine in this high section. The trio performed their dynamic routine first which included a double somersault, full twisting somersault plus other moves. They made these incredibly hard moves look simple and won the silver medal for their dynamic routine.
On Saturday they performed their balance routine and a slight mistake in an almost perfect routine put the girls in third place so they won the bronze medals.
The trio progressed into the finals on the Sunday and a perfect combined routine won them the gold medals. This was a fantastic achievement and it makes up for the many hours of training the girls put in over the last six months leading up to this competition.
Well done to everyone who took part in the event. The gymnasts, coaches and parents all had a fantastic five days in Spain.
The county 'B' championships took place in Enniscorthy Hub where all 17 Bree A.C. athletes won medals in relays as well as a number of individual placings.
Results - Under-9: Sophie Chapman, third 60m; Jayden Kenny, first LJ, second 60m; Conn Fraser, first 300m.
Under-10: John Asple James, third 300m.
Under-11: Cillian Dempsey, first 60m, LJ; Dylan Carr, third LJ.
Under-12: Yvonne Hennebry, first 60m; Jay Hogan, first 60m, LJ.
Under-13: Leah Nolan, third 60m.
In the mixed relays Bree won the Under-9, were second in the Under-13 and third in the Under-11.
Other relay medal winners were: Under-9, Piers Hogan, Jack Browne, Erin Ryan and Lara Donegan; Under-10, Clodagh Dempsey; Under-11, Aoibhe Donegan, Emily Dunne and Daniel Chapman. Well done to all involved.
The Leinster team event was held in Tullamore on the June Bank Holiday Monday and Bree Athletic Club was represented by five teams. Two athletes from each team competed in four events plus a relay.
Gold medal winners were the Under-9 girls' team of Maura Doyle, Ciara Laffan, Lea Bolger and Sophie Chapman, the Under-11 girls' team of Abbie Doyle, Gracie Kehoe, Katie Doyle and Joanne Chapman, and the Under-12 team of Robbie Chapman, Seán Rowley, Ryan Whelan and Shane Doran.
Silver medal winners were the Under-15 team of Sophie Codd, Katie Whelan, Donna Delahunty and Agata Farioli-Vecchioli.
The Under-9 boys were unlucky to finish in fourth place as they were in a medal position before the relays.
Here are the results from the Under-9 to -13 Leinster championships that took place in Tullamore on Saturday: Under-9, Ciara Laffan and Maura Doyle, first 300m; Under-10, Katie Doyle and Johanna Chapman, second LJ, third 500m.
Under-11: Abbie Doyle and Gracie Kehoe, first 60m.
Under-12: Seán Rowley, first 60m hurdles (C.B.P.), third 60m; Shane Doran, second HJ, third 60m hurdles.
Master: Neasa Gately (M1), third javelin; Olwin Gately (M2), third javelin; Myriam Gately (M3), third javelin; Thomas Loonam (M1), third discus, shot putt.
Despite a long day on Saturday, the Bree club athletes headed into Enniscorthy to compete in the Community Games county athletics finals on Sunday. The sun shone and so did the talent, and Bree A.C. athletes certainly were not hiding in the shade.
They brought home a total tally of 40 gold, six silver and six bronze medals, with numerous athletes earning their place on the bus to the All-Ireland finals in Athlone. They competed far beyond all expectations.
Results - Under-8: Chloe Casey (Glynn-Barntown), gold, Oisín Harte, bronze, 80m.
Under-10: Jayden Kenny, gold; Leah Bolger (Glynn-Barntown), gold, hurdles; Gracie Kehoe, gold, Ella Doyle, silver, hurdles; Tadhg Doyle, bronze, hurdles; 200m, Katie Doyle (Enniscorthy), gold; 100m, Abbie Doyle, gold; Oscar Redmond, silver, 100m.
Under-14: Lucy Kehoe, 100m, bronze; Sophie Codd, hurdles, gold; Katie Whelan, hurdles, silver; Darragh Casey (Castlebridge-Crossabeg), hurdles, gold; Conor Doyle (Enniscorthy), 800m, gold; Tobias Redmond, 800m, silver; Conal Kervick, 800m, bronze.
Under 16: Mairéad Crean, 1,500m, gold; John Kehoe and Peter Rogers joint marathon, gold; Cian Wickham, 200m, silver; Darragh Rochford, 100m, bronze.
Under-10 mixed relay gold (Abbie Doyle, Gracie Kehoe, Katie Nolan, Oscar Redmond, Tadhg Doyle, Dylan Carr).
Under-12 girls' gold (Leah Nolan, Emer Kervick, Yvonne Hennebry, Ciara Byrne, Ailisha Furlong, Katie Murphy).
Under-13 mixed (Lucy Kehoe, Donna Delahunty, Anna Jevens, Seán Fitzpatrick, Darragh Kehoe).
Under-15 mixed gold (Katie Whelan, Sophie Codd, Claudia O'Neill, Shane Kehoe, Darragh Rochford, Conal Kervick).
Under-16 boys' gold (Cian Wickham, Oran French, Peter Rogers, John Kehoe).
We are so thrilled with all our athletes who competed. Keep up the hard work.
Bree Athletic Club ladies dominated the track last weekend in the Leinster championships.
Day one of the Leinster Under-14 to 19 championships saw Sophie Codd out first in the Under-15 hurdles. Facing the hurdles at a new height of 2:6, she never let this upset her as she battled hard from start to finish to claim her first outdoor silver hurdles medal with style.
Katie Whelan competed in the Under-14 200m in the afternoon with her usual flair, winning her heat and entering the final with the second fastest time. The gun went off and Katie put all she had into the race, finishing a convincing first and going home the Leinster Under-14 200m champion.
Aoife Rochford has had a great 2016 to date and this was to be no exception. Her first Under-18 event was the sprint hurdles which she won comfortably with an amazing time of 15:08. She then headed to the 100m sprint and led the race all the way to the finish, earning herself yet another gold medal.
Sophie MCcabe had a busy day with three Under-19 events almost one after the other. First up was the long jump where she missed out on the gold by only one cm. Within 15 minutes she was on the track for the 400m and pushed hard to the finish in the gold medal position.
Shortly after she was jumping again, this time in the triple jump. Sophie has become something of a specialists in this event and, although with tired legs from the two previous events, she still managed to acquire the gold.
Olivia Howe, who has recently returned to training, competed in the Under-17 100m and made the final with a new P.B. time. She entered the 100m knowing that a medal may be in doubt but this did not stop her running her heart out and bettering her time to finish two places higher.
On day two our Under-18 and -19 athletes, Aoife Rochford and Sophie McCabe, both ran in the 200m and both led from the start through to the finish, earning gold medals in their respective ages. It is a proud moment when it is announced over the stadium 'and here is another Bree athlete on her way to a win'.
Katie Whelan, who, like her older team-mates, was hoping to do the track double in the 80m, and anyone that knows this young lady will know that it won't be her heart that lets her down. She exploded from the blocks with perfect technique, building a clear lead up to 60m.
The gap narrowed with the finish line coming closer, but it was only those on the sidelines that panicked as Katie dug in and found that little bit more to pick up her second gold of the weekend and second Leinster title.
These were amazing results girls; keep up the hard work and making us proud. The All-Irelands are coming up shortly.
There were some excellent performances from the Menapians Juvenile crew who travelled to Tullamore for the Leinster championships.
Suzie Brennan made the final of the Under-15 long jump, finishing seventh overall with a jump of 4.20. She went on to compete in the 200m where she was moving into the lead with 20m to go when she pulled up with an injury.
This was most disappointing for Suzie who has improved so much this year. We hope she recovers soon.
Sabia Doyle also had a disappointing day having travelled, but she was sick and unable to compete.
On a better note, Nathan Murphy continued his good form in the discus at Under-14 level, winning with a new best of 26.46.
He also competed in the long jump but missed out on the top eight.
Róisín O'Reilly showed her strength to take a bronze in the 1,500m despite being ill during the week. April Keeling also secured a place in the nationals in the Under-15 200m with an excellent fourth place in a hotly-contested race.
Ciarán Maher progressed to the nationals also, taking third spot in the Under-18 100m. Leon Sinnott performed well in the Under-15 200m.
His brother and Aaron Tierney-Smith had to wait for the judges to untangle the result from the photo finish. Brandon was second with Aaron third.
Earlier in the day Aaron won the Under-17 hurdles comfortably in a time of 16.26.
Jack Hayden took third place in the Under-17 triple jump in 11.56. Minutes earlier he ran a stormer of a 400m.
Jack is new to this distance but is showing great form over the one lap. He was second, closing on the leader, clocking up a huge P.B. of 53.39.
Eoghan Doyle was fifth in the Under-18 Javelin, and it was good to see Eoghan back in competition.
Chloe Whelan held her form to finish a good second place in the Under-18 100m.
Sunday was a much more difficult day for the athletes with no let up in the rain. Nathan Murphy collected the first medal, his second of the championships, in the shot putt. This has been an amazing year for Nathan and well deserved. He threw yet another P.B. of 9.70.
Chloe Doyle also had a personal best of 32.45 to take a bronze medal in the Under-18 hammer.
Leon Sinnott had another good run in the Under-15 100m. Nadia El Mousatti was competing in her first Leinsters. This new athlete is showing good potential, especially in the long jump.
She jumped 4.30 to make the final eight and finished seventh overall. This was a great performance and we look forward to more from this talented athlete.
Both Suzie Brennan and April Keeling were contesting the Under-15 100m and both made the final comfortably. They both ran strongly in the final, with April taking third place and Suzie close behind in fourth. Both now qualify for the nationals.
Ciarán Maher finished a creditable fifth in his 200m. Jack Hayden, Aaron Tierney-Smith and Brandon Sinnott continued their rivalry in the 200m, always a close and keenly-watched contest.
Jack finished second in a big new P.B. of 23.76, and Aaron was third with a P.B. time of 23.88. Brandon was fourth in 24.02, also a personal best.
Danika Gilshinan qualified with ease for the Under-14 800m. She ran a brave race in the final, mixing it with the best. She finished fifth.
The Under-17 boys' team of Josh O'Connor, Brandon Sinnott, Jack Hayden and Aaron Tierney-Smith contested the inter-club relay. Josh passed the baton over in a lead position to Jack on the back straight, and then to Brandon.
Aaron took over the last leg behind and fought every inch to claw back for a great win. It was a well-deserved gold medal. Well done boys.
It was a great weekend overall, and thanks to David Sinnott and Pádraig for officiating.
We look forward now to the national development championships and relays on July 9.
ST. KILLIAN'S A.C.
Heartiest congratulations to St. Killian's A.C. Senior member Pádraig Moriarty who took the win in the very challenging Wexford marathon run on Sunday week in a super time of two hours 55 minutes.
Pádraig has worked really hard and has had some great results this year already, so it is fantastic to see the work paying off with this result.
The Leinster Juvenile championships were held in Tullamore last weekend, with St. Killian's represented by brother and sister Jack and Amy Forde.
On day one Amy, who debuted in the Under-17 hammer event, won a bronze medal with a throw of 31.76. She later competed in the Under-17 shot putt.
Jack was also competing in the 200m Under-14. He came through the heat and into the finals, finishing in fifth place.
He is not yet back to full fitness, as he had to take a break following a recent appendicitis operation.
Day two on Sunday saw all athletes compete in extremely wet conditions, but this did not stop Jack who won gold in the high jump Under-14. He later went on to do his club proud when he won the shot putt in a new P.B. of 11.58.
Later in the day, Amy took part in the Under-17 discus and took home a second bronze medal in a new P.B. of 26.55m. That's four medals won by two athletes.
Jack and Amy now proceed to the All-Irelands to be held in July.
From all in St. Killian's A.C., we say well done to both athletes.