For the first time, Killeeneen National School won the Christy Kennedy Sports on a glorious sunny day in Craughwell. The competition kicked off at 11am and finished up around 2.15pm after some intense excitement during the different events which included sprints, middle-distance, jumps, throws, long puck and relays.
Ballymana NS didn't relinquish the title they won last year without a fight and just lost out in the end to Killeeneen by a narrow margin of 8 points. Carrabane took 3rd place just 12 points back and Craughwell's "246" team (i.e. 2nd class 4th class 6th class) took 4th place a further 7 points back. Coldwood NS took 5th place with Craughwell's younger team in 6th and Killeeneen's second team in 7th.
Summary of the points were as follows:-
|Place||Team||1st/2nd Class||3rd/4th Class||5th/6th Class||Total|
The relays were the key factor in deciding the destination of the Christy Kennedy Shield for 2013 with Killeeneen taking 21 points from the relay events, Carrabane 14, Ballymana 12 and Craughwell 10.
In the track races, Killeeneen narrowly held the lead with 26 points from Carrabane with 25, Ballymana and Craughwell each with 21 and Coldwood with 12.
Ballymana were the leading club in the jumps with 28 points from Killeeneen with 26, Carrabane with 14, Craughwell 12 and Coldwood 7, while in the throws and long puck it was Coldwood's turn to shine with 17 points, ahead of Ballymana with 16, Craughwell with 15 and Killeeneen and Carrabane with 12 each.
Full results are attached here.
A big thank you to Craughwell NS for hosting the event, to schools and their teachers and pupils who took part, and to the coaches and secondary school students who helped to run the event.
As I'm sure you can see for yourselves, the club is hive of activity and our members are growing year on year!! So to ensure that we keep the show on the road and that we offer the best to our members, we need to continually raise funds for equipment and facility improvements and for new athletic training gizmos that might add to the list of activities we can then offer.
This is where we need help!!! We are asking you for the next couple of weeks to fill a bag if not two with items such as
- belts, etc in one bag
- any bed linen
- towels in another bag
and in return the club will be able to raise cash to improve the training experience for your child!
When filled, can you leave your bag in the red shipping container at the rear of Craughwell Community Centre between 6 and 7pm on Thursday nights. Please don't leave at other times at the container will be open only at this time.
We will try do this every month with final collection on the last Saturday of every month.
Filled bags=cash= equipment for the club!!
Any questions please phone Tracy 087 8810737.
Craughwell AC’s older juveniles had an amazing day at the U13-19 Connacht Championships in Athlone with over 60 athletes taking part and capturing a massive haul of 30 Connacht titles and 30 silver/bronze podium places. Following are summary details until results published - I will update with sprint times, jumps etc at that stage.
The club particularly shone in the sprints where Michelle Duggan landed a hat-trick of Connacht titles in the U15 girls 100m, 200m and 80m hurdles and brother Conor (unhappy to let his younger sister take all the glory!) repeated the feat in the U17 grade with Connacht titles in 100m, 200m and 100m hurdles.
Cillian Dolan almost did the same with a sprint double in the U15 100m and 200m beating some notable Connacht athletes in the process.
For those interested in long jump, a very interesting article in the latest officials newsletter from Athletics Ireland at link below ... about Peter O'Connor who held the world record for long jump for 22 years from 1901 to 1923 with a leap of 7.61m, a record which remained as the Irish record for an amazing 89 years until broken in 1990.
Following link has some more info on his achievements including breaking the world record 9 times in 1901
Provisional timetable for next Sunday is attached here.
Please note that all times are guesses so arrive an hour before the guess!
The guesses for the track times were provided by the Connacht Secretary.
The guesses for the field times were provided by me, assuming they all start at 11am and stick to the published order, which may not be the case.
Sorry I cannot be more specific on times.
In sweltering Mediterranean weather conditions, over 70 athletes from Craughwell AC took part in the Connacht U9-12s Track & Field Championships in Athlone on Saturday where they featured 31 times on the medal podium, easily the most successful Connacht club on the day.
Craughwell U12 Girls 4x100m Relay Team
It was a busy June Bank Holiday weekend for the club with 3 days of action in Tullamore Saturday and Ballinderrin Sunday and Monday for the Galway Community Games.
Craughwell AC had a small band of its leading athletes in action at the Irish Schools Track & Field Championships in Tullamore where they were representing Calasantious Oranmore, the Pres Athenry, St Raphaels Loughrea and Loughrea VS.
Over a busy 2 days of athletics action, many of our finest athletes in primary school competed in the Galway County and City Sports which were held on adjacent days in Dangan recently.
Craughwell NS and Oranmore Boys NS have competed in the Galway City Sports for many years along with many other schools from both city and county. This year a second event Galway County Sports was introduced but both schools stuck with the city event for this year anyway. Clarinbridge NS and Kileeneen NS took part in the County Sports day. There was remarkable success for athletes from the club across both days.
Three Craughwell AC athletes featured on the Galway U13 Cross Country team who took bronze medals in the National Community Games finals in Athlone recently - Oisin Lyons Abigail McNally and Shauna Tobin.
Oisin Lyons had a particularly impressive run when he placed second overall over the 1200m distance. Well done also to former member of the club Dearbhla Cronin who also had a fine run as the leading Galway girl home.
Dearbhaile Walsh also had a fine run as part of the bronze medal winning team in the U14 Girls Mixed Distance relay. Finbar McFadden and Sean Cannon were also in action on the U12 Boy relay team where they placed 7th in the final.
Are you interested in seeing some of Europes finest athletes in action?......free entry into Santry!
First invitation to this was sent out in April and very little response was received from Galway in general so we have been given another chance.
Athletes, Coaches, Parents are all welcome to come along and enjoy the thrills, If a group of 25 or more are interested the tickets are complimentary!!
If a group of parents are willing to go and take children that would be great. We would impress upon you all, children cannot travel alone and be left with any coordinating person/s. All arrangements for a different parent/family to take on the role of looking out for any child must be made directly with both families.
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If anyone out there wishes to take on coordinating this - please let me (Marion) know so I can direct interested parties to you.
Once you have gathered 25 or more please contact:
Hurry Guys Time is running out.
Hope everyone had a great weekend and got some running in over the lovely warm weekend.
Fit 4 life continues from the track this evening (Monday) at 7.30pm and Thursday evening at 7.30pm.
There is also a group meeting at the Gate Lodge in Carrabane at 7.45pm for a 6mile Monday evening run starting this evening.
Tony's session also continues Wednesday evenings from the track at 7.30pm.