Norwich Union Ulster Sportshall Finals at the Valley Leisure Centre, Belfast


Congratulations to Aoife O'Connor, Louise Harvey, Kelly McGrory and Ema Brady who were part of successful Donegal Under 15 and 13 teams that qualified for the UK Finals in Birmingham on April 12th. The Ulster Finals held in the Valley Centre, Newtownabbey had the incentive of winning teams going onto to represent the province. Aoife O'Connor also won the top athlete award in the Under 15 age group.


George Bunner (Sportshall Founder) & Aoife O’Connor (Donegal)


Fermanagh Boys Under 13 and Under 15 and Donegal Girls Under 13 and Under 15 were impressive team winners when the Ulster Sportshall finals were held at the Valley Leisure Centre, Belfast on Tuesday last, 26 Feb. Following qualification heats in Larne and Enniskillen, during early February, six teams from various counties/regions in the province battled it out over two hours of exciting and very well organised programmes of team competition.


All four teams will represent the province in the UK finals on the 12th April at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham.


Many of the athletes on view compete in Athletics Northern Ireland/Ulster club and school competition. The overall Under 15 Boys Award Winner Ciaran Dolan, Fermanagh, had  bests  of 8.36m in the Standing Triple Jump, and 12.80m in the Shot Putt while Under 15 Girls Award winner Aoife O’Connor, Donegal, was a victor in the Standing Long Jump,2.34metres and in the 2 Lap sprint.


Sportshall founder, George Bunner, was in attendance and was most impressed with the standard of competition. He complimented the local Ulster Sportshall committee led by Barry Holmes on their outstanding work in promoting and organising an ideal introduction to athletics activity. He indicated that the vast majority of the G.B. International athletes we watch on TV e.g. Mark Louis Francis, Kelly Sutherton  and indeed local International  Ulster/Northern Ireland athletes, Anna Boyle and  Mary McLoone  all experienced and were part of successful Sport shall Athletics teams.


Donegal U13 Girls Team Winners


Donegal U15 Girls Team Winners


Fermanagh U13 Boys Team Winners


Fermanagh U15 Boys Team Winners


Ciaran Dolan (Fermanagh) & George Bunner (Sportshall Founder)


Neil Cullen (Mr Sportshall Donegal) in converstion

with George Bunner (Sportshall Founder), Sean McGinley (Rosses)

and three interested Donegal Under 13 athletes



Girls Under 15

1 Donegal 672pts

2 Belfast East 633pts

3 Derry City 536pts

4 Antrim 456pts

5 Co. Londonderry 454pts

6 Down 365pts


Boys Under 15

1 Fermanagh 680pts

2 Donegal 622pts

3 Antrim 555pts

4 Belfast 466pts

5 Down 422 pts

6 Co. Londonderry 253pts


Girls Under 13

1 Donegal                 681 pts

2 Belfast East          585pts

3 Fermanagh           566pts

4 Down                    491pts

5 Co. Londonderry  451pts

6 Antrim                   342 pts


Boys Under 13

1 Fermanagh      706 pts

2 Donegal           623pts

3 Antrim               501pts

4 Down                 446pts

5 Co. Londonderry  420pts

6 Belfast blue           366pts


Ulster Under 13 Boys.pdf

Ulster Under 13 Girls.pdf

Ulster Under 15 Boys.pdf

Ulster Under 15 Girls.pdf