St. John Bosco Athletes Successful Outing in Glasgow


St John Bosco Athletes made a successful trip to the 'Scottish Indoor Relay Champioships' on Saturday last. Held in the impressive Kelvin Hall, the clubs Girls Under 13 and 17 squads, made their own piece of history when they were the first Irish club teams to compete at this level and the first to win medals.


Relays are always exciting and full of drama, with a variety of tactics, lane draws, order of running and team spirit, all factors that can influence the outcome.


The underage relays were held in conjunction with the Scottish Seniors where Irish stars Paul Hession, sprints and Kelly Proper, the new Long-Jump sensation were impressive medals winners.


Fifteen teams declared for the Under 13 Girls 4 x 200m event. Final qualification was via the winners of three heats plus the two fastest losing teams – a five team final.  Lasswade A.C. 1min 59.89 secs, St John Bosco 2mins 02.68secs and Shettlestown Hrs 2mins 00.25 secs were heat winners with Edinburgh and Ayr Seaforth getting the support final spots. Drawn in Lane 1 in the final and lying in 4th position on time the Donegal girls had to improve their excellent heat winning performance if they were to get amongst the medals.


The Bosco girls responded in the final with an excellent overall performance. Coach, David Doherty, made a few important adjustments to running order and change over spacings and Kelly McGrory, Emma Brady, Kate McGowan and Karen Tracey in the noisiest arena they have yet experienced battled for a third overall final placing. Result  1st  Shettleston 1min 59.35 secs; 2nd Lasswade 1min59.60 secs 3rd St John Bosco 2mins 01.59secs 4th Edinburgh 2mins 02.17 secs; 5th Ayr Seaforth  2mins 02.40 secs.


St. John Bosco Under 13 Girls Team Bronze Medal Winners at Scottish

Indoors in the Kelvin Hall with Coach David Doherty


The Under 17 Girls had ten teams declare with final qualification via the winners of two heats plus the three fastest losers  Edinburgh were impressive winners of Heat 1 -1min 46.81 secs while the Bosco girls finished 4th in heat 2 with a time of 1min 51.02 secs behind winners Lasswade 1min 48.00secs.


The Donegal girls were drawn in lane 5 in the final and had a mountain to climb if they were to be serious medal contenders. The unknown is one of the factors that makes sport so attractive and challenging. The Donegal quartet of Aoife O’Connor, Louise Harvey, Kitty O’Kennedy and Amie Brogan forgot about the prediction script and with a time of 1min 48.31 secs finished three seconds faster than their qualification time for a third place finish. The satisfaction of the performance was soon dampened when the track referee informed the St John Bosco manager that due to a lane infringement the team were to be disqualified. He indicated that one of the team had run on the inside line of a lane during the early part of the race.


Following the highs and lows of the day both St John Bosco teams now look forward with much confidence to the Ulster relays in Magherafelt on Sat 15th March and possible qualification for the All Irelands in Nenagh in mid April. A sincere thank you from the club to the coaches and parents for their support on this trip.