Women Impress in National League Track & Field Round 1 Antrim Forum, 17 May 2008


The Clubs Premier League Women’s Team had a most successful outing at Antrim on Sunday last. The occasion was the first round of the National League and the aim was to maximise a points total to take forward to round two in three weeks time. The top eight scoring teams from the two rounds qualify for the prestigious Irish final in early July.


It was great to see the team-commitment from this bunch of women. Senior International Athletes Mary McLoone and Geraldine Stewart travelled up from Dublin and Kildare and led the way with maximum nine points winning performances, Mary in the 100m Hurdles (16.7secs), Triple Jump (12.30m) and 3rd in the 400m while Geraldine was a winner in the Shot Putt (12.70m) and 2nd in the Javelin with a 29m plus throw. Both combined with Lisa Shields and Aoife O’Connor for an impressive 50.2 secs 4 x 100m relay 2nd placing.


Lisa Shields a very welcome guest from Letterkenny later in the afternoon ran a superb 26.34 secs for 2nd place in the 200m. Aoife O’Connor added valuable points with 3rd place finishes in the long-jump (4.97m) and 100metres.


Lisa Shields who guested for Tír Conaill AC at Sundays National League

meeting in Antrim, 2nd from right, runs a PB to finish 2nd in the 200metres


Marie Rooney, also travelled up from Dublin where she had been competing in the 'Banks Track and Field Championships' on Saturday to gain 7 points and 2nd placing in the 1,500m walk. Marie, recovering from a recent injury, showed a lot of determination in finishing this race and later in the afternoon competed in the Discus and gained more important points.


Ethna McLoone added valuable points with a 2nd and 3rd place finishes in the High Jump and Hammer. Finally Kitty O’Kennedy, another of the youngsters to join the team in 2008, ran an excellent 72.2 secs for 2nd place in the demanding 400m Hurdles.


Shelley Roper, recovering from injury made a welcome return and finished 3rd in the 3,000m for 6 more valuable points.


When the overall points were announced a very happy team Captain/Manager, Jackie Harvey, found her team in 2nd place on 104 pts, 2pts behind last years champions Abbey, Belfast with Lisburn filling third place.


As the team now look forward to the 2nd round on the 15th June and adding to the competitive depth of the squad, they find themselves in a favourable overall third place behind DSD 114pts and Abbey 106pts. DSD were Round 1 winners of the Tullamore section.


To qualify for the final is now a realistic goal and a possible top three placing is within their sights.

Breda McGinty, Finn Valley, No 15, leads the (Division 1) Women's 1500m

at the National League Meeting in Antrim last Sunday


Premier Women Results.pdf

Premier Woman Totals.pdf

Division 1 Woman Results.pdf

Division 1 Women Totals.pdf

Premier Men Results.pdf

Premier Men Totals.pdf

Division 1 Men Results.pdf

Division 1 Men Totals.pdf