Tir Chonaill Women have successful step 1 defence of National Title


Antrim was, on Sunday last , the venue for Round 1 of the 2009 ‘National League’. Tír Chonaill’s women, fresh from their recent successful trip to the ‘European Clubs’ in Slovakia, had another successful outing. After five hours of competition Pool 1 score sheet read - Tir Chonaill 110pts, Ballymena and Antrim 108pts, North Down 89pts, City of Lisburn 84pts, Abbey 78pts and Lagan Valley 60pts.


Accumulating this remarkable score, we find numerous outstanding performances from the South Donegal based group.


Geraldine Stewart, made the journey from Kildare, where she now resides, to score maximum nine points in Shot Putt, 12.27 metres and Javelin, 30.86 metres. Louise Harvey, High Jumped 1.45m for 5th place and almost immediately moved to the 100m hurdles where she was involved in a ding dong battle for a top three placing. She edged to the front at the 5th of the 10 Hurdle race. Hitting the final three barriers with her trailing leg she had to give way and finish a close 2nd in a time of 16.02secs.


Marie Rooney, one of the great servants of Tír Chonaill, in the highly technical 1,500m race walk won in a very good time of 8mins 34.40 sacs. Later in the afternoon she added to the club’s points total with a fifth place finish in the 3,000m. The 4 x 100m quartet of Molly O’Gara, making her club debut, Mary McLoone, Louise Harvey and guest competitor Lisa Shiels, Letterkenny, ran 50.76secs for runners up spot behind a very good Ballymena and Antrim foursome, 48.80secs. Michelle Harvey, in the 1,500m – 4mins 42.17secs and 800m -2mins 17.6secs added a maximum 18 points. Early in the afternoon, Lisa Shiels ran 26.43secs for 200m and a 2nd place finish and at 5.30pm was involved in a blanket finish and a 3rd place, 100m, 12.92secs finish.


As we moved through the day long competition, Ballymena and Antrim held a slight overall lead over Tir Chonail and mentors from all clubs indicated that the final event of the day- the 4 x 400m relay-would decide the victors on the day. In all there are 19 competitive events with each club scoring their top 15. All events score from 9pts for a 1st to 1 pt for a 8th finishing position. Tir Chonaill’s additional points throughout the afternoon came via, Louise Harvey, 2nd - 400m hurdles - 66.8sec; Mary Mc Loone  2nd 400m - 57.45secs and 4th Discus -22.87m; Ethna Mc Loone  5th Triple Jump and 6th Long Jump; and Brenda Morris, 5thin the Hammer.


As the statisticians calculated the teams for the 4 x 400m lined up on the track. Eight teams from the Premier and 1st Division declared and we were to witness an intriguing climax to the day. Louise Harvey, led off for Tir Chonaill and timed her 400m run - 60.8secs –to hand over to older sister Michelle in 2nd place. Div. 1 club Clonliffe led by a few metres at this stage with Ballymena and Antrim a close 3rd.


The Tir Chonaill winning 4 x 400m Quartet

at the National League in Antrim on Sunday

L-R: Mary McLoone, Lisa Shiels, Louise Harvey

and Michelle Harvey


Michelle moved to the front on the back straight and held a 5 metres lead entering the home straight. Christine McMahon, Ballymena and Antrim and a representative on the Irish team a the recent European Indoor in Turin, battled over the final 70 metres to hand over the baton and the lead to Ballymena and Antrim. Lisa Shiels, not experienced at the 400m distance, ran conservatively over the opening 250metres and entering the home straight moved into a close 2nd position – 2 metres separated three teams at the final change over. Mary Mc Loone at the end of two days of competition, on Saturday she won the 200m, 24.95secs and smashed the Donegal 100m record -12.16secs at the Ulster Championships, was tired but dug very deep when moving to the front mid way down the back straight and held off the efforts of Clare Wilkinson, Ballymena and Antrim, over the final 50metres for a well deserved victory. Tir Chonaill - 4mins 08.07secs; Ballymena and Antrim 4mins 08.49secs.


Mary McLoone on the anchor leg of the 4 x 400m

brings Tir Chonaill to victory in the 4 x 400m

relay at Antrim on Sunday



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Mary Mc Loone smashes yet another Co Record

Mary Mc Loone last week received the very welcome news that she was selected on the Irish Team for the upcoming European Cup. At the moment Mary is Ireland’s top triple jumper and is ranked at number 2 in the Long Jump. In both disciplines she holds county records.


On Saturday at the 'Ulster/Northern Ireland Senior Championships' in Antrim she added yet another distinction to her already outstanding list of achievements. Qualifying for an afternoon 100 metres final with a 12.41secs 2nd place in heat 2 Mary was drawn next to Olympian and Ulster record holder Anna Boyle in the final. Letterkenny’s Lisa Shiels also qualified for the final following a 2nd place finish in her heat.

Mary McLoone

Mary McLoone (Tir Chonaill) next to Olympian and

Ulster record holder Anna Boyle (Ballymena), go head to head at

Ulster/Northern Ireland 100m final at Antrim on Saturday


Running into a negative 0.1secs breeze Mary reacted to Boyles blistering start and over the final 50 metres closed down the early lead to record an excellent time of 12.16secs, a new PB and county best behind Boyle's 12.04secs. Lisa Shiels was 5th -12.81secs- excellent for the youngest athlete in the final.


Later in the afternoon Mary was an impressive 200m heat winner and was in a class of her own in winning into a head wind in a time of 24.94secs.

Mary McLoone

Mary McLoone in full flight in the

200m final at Antrim on Saturday


Mary McLoone

Mary McLoone wins 200m at Ulster/N.Ireland

Championships on Saturday last


Lisa Shiels was delighted with her 3rd place finish of 26.42secs. She fought from 5th place entering the straight to finish up 3rd.