30 Jan 2015 - Tír Chonaill AC Juveniles impress at Magherafelt

The Meadowbank Stadium in Magherafelt last weekend was a happy competitive arena for the clubs young athletes, coaches and supporters. The occasion was the annual Indoor Ulster /Athletics Northern Ireland Championships held over two days for the Under 12 to 19 age groups. Club athletes battled their way onto the presentation podium at regular intervals and recorded numerous top class performances and PB's.

 

Saturday, 31 Jan 2015

Early in the morning, Lucy McGlynn, from Ballyshannon finishes 2nd in the U12 60m heat 9.44secs and qualifies for the final. Niamh Mohan, Frosses, 2nd in her heat 9.73secs, is just outside the eight athlete final placing. In the Girls U13 60m Amy Elliott, Ardara impresses with a 2nd place 9.28secs and automatic final qualification. Aisling Mohan, Frosses, and Tess Duke, Donegal Town, were just outside final qualification.

 

Rian O'Murchu, Portnoo. Boys U12 wins his heat, 9.89secs and qualifies for the later final. Neighbour, Johnnie McGonagle, was just outside a final placing. Derbhla O'Neill, Killybegs, GU14 performed well. Boys U15, Iarla O'Murchu. Portnoo, wins his heat 8.20secs and qualifies for the final.

 

As we moved into the afternoon, Lucy McGlynn in a closely fought U12 60m final time 9.19secs finishes 2nd behind Rachael Callery, Glaslough Harriers and is the first Tír Chonaill athlete to climb onto the victory podium. Rian O'Murchu, 9.47secs 4th, Amie Elliott, 9.23secs 6th and Iarla O'Murchu, 8.18secs 5th, outstanding performances in very competitive finals.

 

Track competition now moved into the middle distance disciplines. Large entries dictated that time trials were held with the fastest times determining final placings. Emer O'Brien, from Ballintra, won her heat of the GU12 600m and an excellent overall 4th place finish. Maebh Neill, Killybegs,8th, Albha McCrossan, Ardara, and Sean Doherty also gave good performances. In the U13 age groups Savanna Timoney, Ballintra, Maria Bonner, Fintown, Christopher Mulligan, Killybegs and Lee McCabe, Binbane, all were happy with their performances.

 

In the U14 and U15 800m events Laoise McGonagle, Portnoo, 8th, Eoin Sharkey, Ardara,10th and Declan Sharkey U15/7th gave battling performances. Late in the afternoon Kate McGowan, U19, Donegal Town, in her first attempt over 400m won in a good time of 59.14secs ahead of club-mate Eva McMullin, Ballyshannon. Christopher O'Loughlan, U19, Doorin, finished 4th in the 400m.

Eva McMullan 2nd & Kate McGowan 1st in 400m U19


In the field events, Shot Putt U12- three club athletes, Johnnie McGonagle, Liam Gallagher and Liam Roarty took the premier placings while Ellen Canavan, 5th and Niamh Mohan, 7th were also impressive. In the Girls U18 age group club mates Clara Herron, Grange, 10.77m took gold and Chloe Masterson, Donegal Town, 3rd. In the Long Jump discipline the following had top ten finishes, Rian OMurchu U12, Christopher Mulligan, U13/4th, Eoin Sharkey, U14 and Declan Sharkey, U15

Tír Chonaill AC 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Boys U12 Shot Putt

 

Sunday, 01 Feb 2015

In the first field event on Sunday morning Niamh Mohan, Frosses, surprised herself in winning the U12 Long Jump with Maebh Neill filling 8th position. Caolan O'Callaghan, Donegal Town, with a PB of 1.81m/High Jump/U19 was an impressive winner. Later he followed up with a win in the Triple Jump/12.68m. Amy Elliott, finishes just outside the medals in the U13/Long Jump while Laoise McGonagle, Derbhla Neill and Amy McCullagh had top ten finishes in the U13 Girls Shot. Diarmuid O'Donnell, Mountcharles, 2nd Shot/U13 and Iarla O'Murchu, 3rd/Shot U15 with Lisa Adair,Cassie Brennan, both Ardara and Tess Duke Donegal Town all filled top ten places and a most successful weekend for the throwers.


On the track Eva McMullin wins the U19/200m while Chloe Masterson finishes 3rd in her heat of the U18/200m.

Clara Herron 1st & Chloe Masterson 3rd U18 Shot Putt

 

 

The climax of the two day meeting was the relays. Tír Chonaill had four teams entered and came away with a victory in the G12 /4 x 100m, a third in the BU12/ 4x100m and 4th place finishes in the GU13/4X100m and GU14/ 4 x 200m.

Tír Chonaill AC G12 4x100m Ulster Champions

 

Congratulations to all club competitors and a sincere thank you to club coaches and supporters for their invaluable leadership over the weekend.